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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Charlee The Puppet


Charlee, the puppet was born more than 50 years ago. The first time I met him was during my honey moon with my wife, way back in the spring of 1962 on board the ship MV Vietnam sailing from Singapor to Saigon, HongKong, Japan and back the same way. He was introduced to the passengers after a magic show by the late Mr Khoo Teng Eng. Among the passengers was the then Singapore Minister of Education, Mr Yong Nyuk Lin and his wife. Charlee was very humorous and entertaining. He was one guy who never grow old and has the same handsome face today. Through Charlee, my wife and I came to know the magician and ventriloquist, the late Mr Khoo Teng Eng. They were on their 'second honey moon'. Our friendship blossomed after returning to Singapore. On one occasion a mutual friend arrived from Hong Kong. Charlee was introduced to him. After the introduction cheeky Charlee stole a kiss from my wife! So, ladies beware of Charlie the cassanova and do not let cheeky Charlee get too close unless you want to be kissed. I do not know where he is now. Anyway, I hope he continues to make people happy with his humour and wise talks.



French boat MV Vietnam at Saigon port



The late Mr Khoo Teng Eng and his magic show.
At centre: Mr & Mrs Yong Nyuk Lin



Charlee was introduced to a mutual friend from Hong Kong.




Cheeky Charlee stole a kiss from my wife.




Saying farewell to the host.

11 comments:

2ndshot said...

Actually if we look at his genealogy, Khoo Teng Eng is a descendant of Chew Boon Lay. Eh, any relations with Chew Joo Chiat?

PChew said...

Chew Boon Lay and Chew Joo Chiat are not related

Lam Chun See said...

pchew. I hope you are not confusing our friend Victor Koo the blogger with Victor Koo the ventriloquist; although our Victor is quite funny at times.

PChew said...

Thanks Chun See for pointing out my confusion. When Victor said 'don't expect ventriloguist show', I thought he is the same guy I know.

Victor said...

So Khoo Teng Eng was Victor Khoo's father and Charlie was an heirloom?

PChew said...

yes, do you know your name sake?

timesofmylife said...

OK, Victor Koo the blogger and Victor Koo the ventriloquist not related. Same as Chew Boon Lay and Chew Joo Chiat - also not related.

Got blurred by all the names...

yg said...

was the puppet's name charlie or charlee? i used to listen to the programme on radio in the 80s.

PChew said...

I know the puppet as Charlie

professor said...

where is that place "saying farewell to the host"?

my first impression was East Coast Road opposite the convent school + SHELL Station

PChew said...

The address is 65 Goodman Road