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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Picnic at Changi Beach

Picnic at Changi Point beach on 4th August 1951

I was in secondary one, and during the August holidays the first thing in our minds was to orgainise a picnic but we ended having 2 picnics in the same month.

A group photo for all boys and girls
We played horse riding in the sea.
The fun was to push the other 'rider' into the water.
Notice the the 'kelong' or fishing stake on the upper
left of the photo. I have not been to Changi beach
for a long time, so I do not know if any 'kelong' is left.
We played games and the loser had to play a forfeit.
The guy above lost in the game and
had to put on the lipstick on his lips.
The lady in the photo was very popular.
All the guys who had to perform forfeit chose her as
his partner.

The couple was not kissing because there was
something in between. Maybe they were biting
an apple or ? The person in the centre was holding
the thing to prevent it from dropping.

Then it was her turn to perform the forfeit.
Can you believe this? The couple were
next door neighbours and they did not know
each other existed until they met at the picnic.
A fairy tale story always had a happy ending.
They married and lived happily ever after.

The girls were all from the same class performing a pyramid.
Two of the girls were twin. Try to spot them.

1, 2, 3, cheese!

Another group photo. This time they were in the water.
The guy named Mahmood 4th from the left was a
TV comdian before. He died a few years ago.

Pinic at Changi Point beach on 25th August 1951

Many of the boys and girls who came to our picnic on 4th August
asked us to organise another one. We were happy to oblige.

All girls group photo.

A group photo for all.

A group photo for guys.
Mahmood was standing 5th from right.

Hey! What were you all watching?
Wish I can remember.

Look! They were enjoying and laughing
at the happening in front of them.
I cannot recollect as it took place more
than half a decade ago.

There were bushes at
Changi beach then. Love birds liked to go there
at night as it was breezy and dark.
I wonder whether the bushes are still there.


Lam Chun See said...

The girls doing the pyramid thing is really neat. I have not seen this before.

PChew said...

They must have been practising the pyramid formation in the school. Their performance at Changi beach was perfect.

Victor said...

Looks like girls outnumbered boys at least 2-to-1 in your class. You were indeed a rare and a lucky guy!

I studied in an all-boys secondary school (Victoria). Even in Pre-U, we had only 4 girls and they were... (what should I say?) not exactly drop-dead gorgeous.

yg said...

with people like you and your friends around, no need for sdu or parents playing the role of match-makers.

i remember playing the game - sitting on the shoulders of your partner and wrestling another team - at the shallower of the two pools at the farrer park swimming pool.

PChew said...

Hi Victor and yg, during my time there was no co-ed school. We got to know the whole class of girls from my friends' sisters. We organised games and played pop music/songs in the girls' school compound a few days a week. So, there was no shortage of girl participants in our picnics and parties. Life then was more liesurely than it is today.