Thursday, 5 August 2010

Catching up with Ong Jin Hui

Joanna catching up with Jin Hui and her family in Perth

Most of you know by now that one of my favourite things about travelling is the opportunity to catch up with friends who are scattered across the globe. Last week in Perth, I caught up with Ong Jin-Hui (Class of 1988), a BBGSian whom I haven't seen for 23 years! Jin Hui migrated to Perth in 1988, married Michael Ho and they have 3 beautiful children. Jin Hui graduated in Accountancy but her true passion lies in running marathons. Her lean frame is a testament to the many miles clocked around the beautiful parks and waterways of Perth. Her Facebook updates indicate that she runs regularly up to 26 kms a day. Way to go, girl!

3 smiley faces: Alessandra, Isaac and Lucas / Watch out, Lucas!

Jin's 3 children - Alessandra (10), Isaac (8) and Lucas (5) - are the friendliest funniest kids I've met in a long time. They were just so bubbly and hospitable that by the end of the evening, they had invited me to stay at their house for 2 weeks, and asked if they could spend the night in my hotel. Sweet Alessandra is clearly brilliant in school and strives to be the best in everything she does. Isaac, whom I think has the potential to be a handsome film star, is very perceptive and funny. When I said I loved to borrow other people's kids to have fun, he said "Oh, you mean like walking a dog?" LOL! Little Lucas is everyone's darling with a very sweet tooth. You should have seen him rummaging for lollies before dinner and how his face lit up when I offered to buy them ice cream for dessert.

Boys providing entertainment during dinner with their Karate Kid moves

The evening came to a lovely end with a nocturnal trip to King's Park to catch a view of Perth by night. It's a beautiful city made even more memorable with the presence of old (and new!) friends. Thank you Jin Hui, Michael and the kids for showing me your hometown. I'll be back...I promise!