Carol Singing 2017
The Paulinian Christmas carol singing for the seniors was held on Saturday, December 9th.
This event has been organised for over 20 years as a contribution to the Chinese community. As in previous years, the Paulinian carol team visited three senior homes in the Vancouver Chinatown area, namely Simon K.Y.Lee Care Home, the Villa Cathy Care Home and Grace Seniors Home.
It was a foggy morning when our team of 37 carol members, all wearing smart uniforms. (red T-shirts with “Paulinian Vancouver” embroidered on the front, black pants/skirts, black shoes and sparkling red Santa hats) got on board a bus sponsored by a school bus company. Everyone was excited to greet each other on the bus and started chit-chat; like seeing classmates in those old school days.
The carol team stayed at each senior home for about an hour. They sang seven carols and three oldies including two Cantonese songs and one Mandarin song. Most of the seniors remembered the rhythm of the oldies and sang along with the carol team. Then, the team distributed Christmas gifts to all those present. It was a knit hat this year and the seniors found it very practical and useful for daily use; some put on the hat immediately. Some seniors were even happier as they won special prizes in the game. In addition, seniors received a homemade Christmas card with an instant photo of themselves on one side and a 2018 calendar on the other. Smiles and contentment on their faces showed that the seniors were happy to see us visiting and singing for them.
All the carol team members felt blessed to have spent a meaningful and enjoyable day as they were able to bring warmth and festive joy to the residents of the senior homes as well as enjoyed a great time with fellow Paulinians.
One-day Trip to Sea To Sky Gondola, Squamish, B.C.
This year the one-day trip was organised on Saturday, September 9, 2017; with destination to one of the newest tourist attractions Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish. We have 50 Paulinians, families and friends joining the trip. As usual, we have chartered a school bus which set out at 8:30am to pick us all at 3 pick-up points. Pouring rain didn’t affect the participants as they boarded the bus with smiley faces and good mood. All had well prepared for the wet weather by bringing along umbrellas and raincoats.
Due to weather, we changed our breakfast area from outdoor Dundarave Park to covered Park Royal mall in West Vancouver. All enjoyed a relaxed breakfast with Chinese buns, coffee and tea.
We arrived at our destination Sea to Sky Gondola at 11:30 am then took gondola ride up the mountain to the Summit Lodge. Even though it was a wet day, most of the participants walked across the suspension bridge and had a great view of Howe Sound. We had sandwich & soup lunch at Summit Restaurant where three tables were reserved for us. All of us enjoyed both the food and chit-chat with misty hills around us. It was indeed another scenery to experience. The group left the Summit Lodge at 3:00pm and continued to our last stop, Whytecliff Park.
The rain stopped on our way to Whytecliff Park. When we reached Whytecliff Park, majority of our participants took a stroll along the beautiful beach while some climbed the rocks to enjoy a better view from the top of small hill. Everyone was happy to see the sun and had an enjoyable time at the Park. We then headed back home at around 4:30 pm and one day trip ended when the bus arrived Richmond stop at 6:10pm.
Reluctance to say goodbye, 17 participants had dinner together in a Chinese restaurant in Richmond; carrying on their chit-chat ....
Performance at the Canada 150 celebration
The Christmas Carol team was honoured to be invited to participate in the Canada 150 Atlantic to Pacific Celebration project “An All Canadian World Record Drumming Celebration”. The event was organised by a consortium of individuals and groups in the Chinese Canadian communities in eight cities. It was a series of regional drumming events that occurred simultaneously across the country to form a dynamic national Drumming Event on Canada Day, 1 July 2017. In addition to the drumming, there were performances by different nationalities.
In Vancouver, the event was held at the Creekside Park. The Alumni singing team of 23 members arrived the Park at 10:30am. All looked energetic and enthusiastic in smart uniform - red polo T-shirts with white embroidered Alumni logo and white pants.
We performed as the finale show of the event by singing a Cantonese song “Love & Passion” which is a forever Golden Hit song in Hong Kong since 1980’s. Our performance was well liked by the audience; with endless applause and requests for encore.
All Carol singers enjoyed in the performance as well as the involvement in this commemorative event which demonstrated the multicultural society that Canada is all about. Everyone was excited and considered the participation in the celebration to be meaningful and rewarding.
The BBQ was held on Saturday, 27 May 2017 at the Belcarra Regional Park. The day was perfect for outdoor activities; incredibly sunny, blue sky and white cloud, with gentle breeze. It certainly marked the beginning of beautiful summer.
The day started early at 8:30am when the chartered school bus picked up participants at the first stop in Richmond, then in Vancouver and finally in Burnaby. A total of 42 participants enjoyed a smooth drive and happy chit-chat in the bus. As always, we rented a big covered shelter with 8 large picnic tables in front of an amazing view of the sea, grassland and play ground.
We arrived Belcarra Regional Park at 10:00am. While participants were taking a deep breath of the fresh air from the sea, ExCo members were busy in carrying out their tasks : setting table, distributing plates and cutlery, setting BBQ stoves, etc. We began our sumptuous barbeque by serving 3 kinds of salads - Kale, fruit and potato, together with French bread and chips. Our main course included prime rib, pork chop, beef ribs, chicken wing, fish balls, wieners, mushroom and corn. All participants loved the food and thanked the hard work of 3 volunteer chefs who were husbands of ExCo members.
With a full stomach, half of the participants took a 1.5 hours walking trip around the picturesque park while some strolled the seashore; socializing and catching up with one another.
Sweet treats were served after the good walking exercise. Participants were impressed by having 5 kinds of desserts - mango pudding, guava jello, Chinese sweet soup (Foo Chuk Tong Sui), mini cream puffs and sweet potatoes; plus water melon, red grapes and green grapes.
Highlight of the day was 2 interesting games; firstly it was a "mahjong" competition among four groups, followed by Charade game for finding Chinese idioms/popular songs. All participants had lots of fun and were reluctant to leave the Park by 3.30 pm.
During the return trip, it was relatively quiet in the bus as most of the participants were so tired that they were sleeping soundly; might be dreaming about the delicious food they just had.
Annual Dinner was held on Friday, 24 February 2017 at Richmond Kirin Seafood Restaurant with a total of 106 guests joining; out of which 71 were Paulinians. This was the biggest and most popular event of the Alumni.
The theme of the Dinner was "An Evening of Unforgettable Games" during which all guests were brought back to their childhood by those simple and interesting games they played with classmates and/or children in neighbourhood. The venue décor were made up of posters showing Hop Scotch and Tic Tac Toe as well as colorful kites on the window; folded paper planes and balls hanging from the ceiling and "2017" formed by rubber bands rope as stage backdrop. On all tables, there were crayon coloring as centre piece, paper doll with changing clothes as dinner program and a traditional yoyo with imprint of Alumni and date of annual dinner as souvenirs. Inside each yoyo was a LED light which happened to be its modern touch-up. Adding more fun to the atmosphere, all ExCo put on white top and denim dungarees which looked smart and cute.
After registration at the reception, all guests received a quiz form asking them to list down names of all childhood games being used in the venue. Then they were directed to turn fortune wheel and got their color cards for the lucky draw. Majority of guests were attracted by the old-times popular games on the stage including pick-up sticks, 5 stones, marble chess and playing cards. For sure guests did not miss the deli corner where homemade childhood snacks, such as, brown sugar pudding with red beans, mini cakes, curry puff, etc. were served. All commended that the homemade food were better than those sold in deli shops.
The dinner started with singing the school hymn. After Chairlady's welcome speech and introduction of ExCo members and phone coordinators, Sylvia Chok representing SPCS Class of 1966 presented key chains and folders to seven senior Paulinians. All key chains were gifts from Sr. Margaret, the current Principal of SPCS while folders were from Esther Yeung from Class of 1966.
Throughout the dinner, over twenty childhood songs were played; the brisk melody and simple lyrics sounded so familiar to guests that some started to sing along. There were two games in the evening; both were very popular Cantonese games in Hong Kong during 1960s. Participating guests got totally involved and enjoyed the fun of the games while others burst into laughter. Not only winners of both games received prizes, all games participants and those at winners' tables received cake coupons and movie tickets. All prizes were sponsored by generous members.
The highlight of the evening was the performance of Yulin Li, 2014-2016 Canadian Yoyo Champion and Terrance Wang, Champion in junior division. All guests were amazed in how the performers mastered the strings of yoyo without getting it tangled as well as how they could do different tricks and spins so quickly. Their excellent skills received non-stop applause from guests.
The dinner came to the end after drawing of 3 grand prizes sponsored by Cecilia Tong, Sylvia Chok and Geraldine Lui respectively. Apart from grand prizes, every guest received a table prize and a prize from lucky draw. All prizes were sponsored by generous members.
All members and their guests had a playful evening filled with fun and laughter. Those old fashioned games not only refreshed the Paulinians' memory of their childhood but also the sweet days spent on the playground of the Alma Mater.