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Sep 24, 2011

The Happy Wanderers

"The Happy Wanderers" (Photo from left to right): Victor Koo, Philip Chew, Dr Tan Wee Kiat, Thimbuktu, Peter Chan, Anthony (Honey Ant), Andy Young, Lam Chun See, Dick Yip.

A small group of "Happy Wanderers" "Friends of Yesterday" (FOYers)get together informally today (Saturday, September 24, 2011) at an undisclosed venue.

We were not meeting to chat about yesterday. It was to capture this happy moments our fellow bloggers, the "Bloggers of the Same Feather" blog to express about today, the present.

Thanks to Wee Kiat to recce an uncrowded cozy corner in a place few people know, on a little street in Singapore.

Although we tried to jealously guard the secret of our meeting place, those who are familiar to eastern area of Singapore from the photos on this blog have been given the clues of the location. Wee Kiat studies his topography of Singapore very well. He even research on the best time for us to be left alone, far away from the madding crowd.

Not to be missed was a complimentary copy of "Singapore Stamps & Money: One for the Birds" new book autographed by Wee Kiat and personally presented to Philip Chew.

Chun See mesmerised with the music notes for the ukulele practice.

Unk Dicko offering Anthony (Honey Ant) some extra one-to-one student's practice and tips on his ukulee.

Wee Kiat watching Unk Dicko conducting his ukulele lessons.

Wee Kiat on his harmonica with feelings to partner with Unk Dicko on his ukulele.

Travelling "Ukulele Music Man" Unk Dicko and Wee Kiat, the "Harmonica Music Man". Official photographer Peter Chan with his professional SLR camera.

"Have Ukulele Will Travel"...everywhere Unk Dicko brings joy and happiness with our happy wanderers. With his over 50 years old song books, photostated notes for distribution to everyone to join in the happy "evergreen" songs even the young ones can just sing along. Andy Young's "Singapore 60s Andy's Pop Music Influence" keeps our favorite songs alive. Thanks Andy.

We are the "oldies and goodies", singers and the songs, having a good time together!

A great Saturday afternoon of fellowship and friendship of yesterday, today, and everyday.

Thimbuktu had the chance to croak while Unk Dicko strummed his ukulele to his favorite song, "Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley on Youtube.

Who says we need to have a "live" band or an enclosed karaoke soundproofing acoustic room for group of happy wanderers to enjoy our "live" music with harmonica and the ukuleles?

Philip Chew with his romantic number with his dreamy eyes closed and imagined with arms in the air waltzing "Changing Partners" .

Wee Kiat making music with his harmonica and clapping to the tempo of the happy songs, while Unk Dicko in harmony on his ukelele.

Did you notice something on the floor? Scroll to the next photo below.

Anthony's hat was used as "unlicensed buskers" performance in public. A great fun and laughters from the audience. Wee Kiat and Unk Dicko are sporting and the jolly good fellows!

Please watch Philip Chew's "Bloggers Turn Buskers" video clip. Who's the generous guy who threw in $50 in that hat?

Another one from Peter here .

An appreciative young lady reader who was presented an autographed copy by Wee Kiat to present to her father.

Wee Kiat congratulates Andy Young on the birth of his third grandson this morning. Cheers!

Unk Dicko with Anthony (Honey Ant) to fine-tune their next number.

Andy Young blogs "When Seniors Meet In Camaraderie And In Music in poetic prose "ukelele and harmonica sounds charm the surrounds beneath the tree-lined meadows of Siglap Hill" at Singapore 60s Andy's Pop Music Influence .



Blogger ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Thim for the get together. Appreciate the photographs. Shhh!
Don't reveal the venue or else others will come to chiong kong our chairs and tables. Ha, ha.

September 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger sim hui hwang said...

Very nice to read. You said so much but you forgot about the ang ku kueh resting temptingly in their styrofoam box waiting to whet your appetite!

How nice, got Ukulele, will travel. You all must be having a whale of a time. How nice. I was at home furiously trying to clear the last class of compositions in the Prelims Exam. How I wish I could be there - so idyllic, so lilting, so nice.

Great outing for sure. Thanks, James for the post.

September 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Unk Dicko said...

James..this is one of your very best blogposts! It has everything - fun, laughter, humour, Truth about life and seniors, deep secrets, mystery, "crime "..,but I think most important of all is you have managed to capture and show what you have been saying all along so nicely. And what's that?
" We are not the young ones but we were young once"..and may I add more so today !

September 24, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Wow Ah Hia, you sure are fast hor. I haven't even found time to download Peter's huge but magnificent photos.

You probably did not realise that at one point Wee Kiat and I went round to check out some of the fruit trees in the 'secret location'. Spotted a cocoa tree, a buah susu climber as well as several nangka trees. Too bad no ang mor lew lian.

September 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Victor said...

Wah, that is "lightning speed blogging", Thimbuktu. Thanks for documenting this get-together.

September 25, 2011 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Andy, our FOYer gathering would prefer a quiet isolated place without unnecessary public attraction...nice to enjoy our sing-along fun for a weekend afternoon. Cheers!

September 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thanks Chun See. Pls post your own blog topic on GMY to share our FOYers gathering experience and the photos you have taken yesterday. I didn't know there were so many fruit trees in the vicinity of our meeting place. We could have a feast at harvesting time ; )

September 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger WK Tan said...

Hi! Chun See,
>Too bad no ang mor lew lian.<
The "ang mor lew lian" fruit(Soursop, Sweetsop) is known as "Durian Belanda" in Malay. The "lew lian - Durian" part is because of the thorny skin (like the durian) while "Belanda" refers to the Dutch (the Dutch ruled Indonesia for many years.)
So, the "ang mor" here refers not to an English man but a Dutch man.

Sorry, didn't have time to show you the Breadfruit trees surrounding the multi-storey carpark. The Breadfruit is (was) the fruit that started the "Mutiny on the Bounty" a couple of hundred years ago.
Regards to all,
wee kiat

September 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

I did not take any photos yesterday. But you and Andy are already doing a fine job of blogging about our little get-together.

September 25, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

I think you and Andy shd insert links to each other's posts as well as to the video clips @ Youtube.

September 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger PChew said...

Met Ivan this morning on grave hunting at Bukit Brown, and told him the group missed him at yesterday's meet. Thanks to everyone of you, I had great fun crooning with Dick, Wee Kiat, James and the rest.

Congratulations to Andy for being a grandpa for the third time.

September 25, 2011 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Wee Kiat, most "Ang Moh" (meaning the Dutch) regards durian as "eating smelly cheese inside the latrine" simply the taste of urine...a kind of food culture shock. Perhaps no problem with "ang moh durian" for the adventurous ones.

September 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Ivan Chew said...

wah sey, you guys know how to have fun eh? :)

September 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you Victor and blogger friends for your kind comments.

This is an incidental blog topic to express at a spur of the moment; as with life from moment to moment. As I get older over the years, I realised that my memory has a shorter span to remember. Just forget the unhappy moments to encounter quarrelsome people and events. Time is short and impermanent.

Just as unprepared happy moments to capture with a camera whenever available, brains are not lost as long as we are alive.

However, my memory is not as quick as I was young.

Thus I now choose to store my shrinking brain for selective memories for happier moments to share with friends and not to harp on unpleasant ones. Happy blogging!

September 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Ipohgal said...

Wow James, that was very interesting and a good way to socialise with friends.

I wished we could have the same fun over here. Have ukulele will travel, how nice but you must also have the passion too!

September 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Forgot to thank you for the wonderful ang ku kueh. Too full to try the green bean soup. How was it?

September 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

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