Thursday, 21 October 2010

Calling BBGSians in UK!

This message is posted on behalf of Doreen Craig and Ong Jin Kar who have taken the initiative to set up an OGA chapter in the UK. Bravo girls...way to go!!

Attention all BBGSians currently residing in UK/EU

We are happy to announce the formation of a OGA chapter in the UK/EU. Is anyone interested in becoming an administrator? Ong Jin Kar and Doreen Oh (both from the Class of 1986) are looking for a couple more girls to join them as administrators for the group (ideally London-based). This post is purely on a voluntary basis so NMW applies.

Once this OGA is set up, we can organise functions such as reunion lunches/dinners which will provide a great opportunity for everyone to catch up with old friends, and of course, make new ones. The first reunion dinner/lunch is planned for January/February 2011. We have news that some KL-ites have expressed interest in joining us too for the happy occasion...bless Air Asia!

Please pass on this information to as many ex BB girls as possible so we can start the ball rolling as soon as possible. For more information, please email Jin Kar at or Doreen at If you are on Facebook, please send your message to Jin Kar Ong or Doreen Craig.

Let's make this happen so we can re-live the good old days of our beloved alma mater here in Europe!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Blast from the Past

Moonlake, Joanna & Lu Meng proudly displaying the BBGS badge at Fort Canning Park

Last Saturday on 9 October 2010, four girls who grew up in the '80s trooped up a bukit (hill) to see some bintang (stars). And since three of us were from BBGS, we promptly declared it a mini-reunion! The three girls were Moonlake Lee, Tan Lu Meng (Jaclyn) and yours truly. The generation of 40-somethings who grew up in the era of giant shoulder pads and tacky plastic hoop earrings proudly congregated at Fort Canning Park in Singapore for a musical blast from the past.

Retrolicious Stars: Johnny Hates Jazz, Debbie Gibson & Rick Astley

We had so much fun singing and dancing to the tunes of Johnny Hates Jazz, Debbie Gibson and Rick Astley. I only recognized 2 songs from JHJ - "Shattered Dreams" and "Turn Back the Clock" - and judging by the response, so did the rest of the crowd.

Debbie Gibson's voice was as high-pitched squeaky as I remember but of all the entertainers that night, she was the one who REALLY connected with the audience. She is one hot mama, judging by the legs on display under her teeny sequinned skirt. She sang all her hits - "Shake Your Love", "Electric Youth", "Foolish Beat" and "Lost in Your Eyes" - but really brought the house down with her encore number "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.

Finally, Rick Astley, the love of my life in the 1980s, appeared on stage. Sigh...that man can still sing! He started with "Together Forever" before moving on to slower numbers to " allow a 44 year-old to catch his breath and bring down his heart rate". What a sense of humour! For me the highlight was when Rick sang "When I Fall in Love"...aaahhh....I would have swooned and fainted had not the crowds been packed so tight. He went on to parody his canoe-paddling dance moves in "Never Gonna Give You Up", which was hilarous. I LOVE YOU RICK ASTLEY!! I hope he heard me :-)

Finally at 12:30am, we trooped down the hill after five hours of standing and dancing on tired feet, which we all felt acutely the next day, declaring it a retrolicously brilliant night of entertainment.

(Photos courtesy of Moonlake Lee)

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Time to Party like it's 1980s again!

Hi Girls,

I still remember the first cassette I bought in 1983 at my local pasar malam. It was Michael Jackson's "Beat It" - and that's the day I officially entered the 80's. Before that I was stuck in an endless loop of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and Beatles music from my parents' era :-)

Now, it's cool to be retro again so some of us BBGSians in Singapore will be at Fort Canning Park this Saturday 9 October to party with Rick Astley, Debbie Gibson and Johnny Hates Jazz at the RETROLICIOUS concert! A group of us will be meeting at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station at 6:30pm to walk to Fort Canning together.

Tickets can be purchased at or from SISTIC agents. 10% discount for OCBC credit card holders.

Please contact Moonlake Lee at if you'd like more details.

Come join us!

Never gonna give you up...never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you...
Together forever and never to part...together forever we two
And don't you know I would move heaven and earth...
To be together forever with you...