Monday, November 29, 2010


The contributors below responded as soon as the plight is posted. Enquiries can be forwarded by sending your questions to the comment icon below the article. Yes, just a few minutes ago, we received some feedback from current students asking whether they can contribute. Sure. Even a ringgit, two or ten means a lot. We are looking into something like putting a donation box outside the office for students' convenience. For old boys who happen to be in town, the box would definitely come in handy.

Names of contributors are listed on the side of blog.


Little is written about the school chapel. This under-publicized heritage of SMI, located on the 2nd floor of the main building and is linked to the quarters where the Brothers stayed, has been long  "abandoned"....Read more.....


The Centennial Celebrations committee discussed the matter at length. As we are moving towards the 100th year celebrations, everyone feels strongly that the chapel is taking its role as one of the integral parts of the highlight. This prized heritage has been around for decades and it is time all of us rally together to see that the chapel opens its doors again. Currently, it is not accessible to anyone as some repair works had to be carried out first.
Concerned Michaelians have long voiced their support in `revitalizing' the chapel so that we can see the glorious days when students streamed into the chapel to sing songs of worship and occasionally listen to words of wisdom. For others, a stroll inside would be an excellent balm for tired souls or just to reminisce those moments they had in this great institution. No matter what's the reason, the chapel must be allowed to continue its glitters.

Michaelians can make their cheques out to:


and send them to:

c/o The Narborough Plantations Plc
33A, Jalan Tun Sambanthan
30000 Ipoh.
(SMI Chapel)

For acknowledgment purposes, I will post all names of contributors and the amount contributed on this blog. Best wishes and regards from us at St Michael's.

Signing off,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Taking A Break In Cambodia

Currently having a short break in Cambodia. Visited Phnom Penh on the first day and put up a night. The second day took a 6-hour bus ride to the capital city of Siem Reap, province in northwestern Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor. Tried many local food. Will update blog when back home in December. Happy holidays all.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Among the special guests at the gathering were YB Kula, MP for Ipoh Barat, YB Fong Po Kuan, MP for Batu Gajah, YB Thomas Su, assembyman of Pasir Pinji and Dato Brother Vincent Corkery.   
The junior prefects were invited to be part of the celebration. They did a marvelous job in keeping the residents occupied.
Sister Henrietta giving a speech, thanking the OMA for a job well done. She also thanked Riverview Rubber Estates Bhd for meeting the expenses in replacing the entire roof of Asrama Bintang due to termite and leakage problems. The expenditure involved was RM 70,000. 

Mr Adrian Tsen, OMA president, contributed some cash to the Home.
Some of the residents enjoying the food served that evening.
Our prefects mingling with their "sisters". Second from right is Sister Mary Michael. On her left is Mr Bobby Chew.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Venue: La Salle Centre, Ipoh - Irish Ambassador His Excellency Declan Kelly, accompanied by his wife, Anne Kelly, arrived at around 11am. After a short conversation, they walked over to St Michael's.

Venue: SMI- The distinguished guests were welcomed by the prefects, librarians and students. Among the places the couple visited were the parlour where the sculpture, "Pater Familias" is located. The "teacher and child" artpiece was completed in 1980 by Brother Joseph McNally, an Irish sculptor. They also visited the lecture theater, the Marian library and the foodcourt.
H.E. Declan Kelly later presented a congratulatory message from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery.

The letter is produced here.

Congratulations Brother. It is truly an honour.

Note: All pictures courtesy of  Ms Corrinne Mah.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



17TH November 2010
To : All Members
Dear Sir / Madam,

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Old Michaelians Association, Ipoh will be held on Friday, 17th December 2010 at 7.00 pm at the OMA Secretariat, (Besides the school Office), SMI Ipoh.

1.  Presidential Address
2.  To receive and adopt the minutes of last AGM (18.12.2009)
3. Annual Report 2009 / 2010
4. Annual Account Report 2009 / 2010
5.  Election of Office Bearer 2010 / 2011
6. To transact any other matters of which notice in writing has been given to the Hon General Secretary at least 96 hours before the meeting.

By order of the Committee of Management

Harneak Singh

Friday, November 12, 2010


Irish Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Declan Kelly is making a trip to Ipoh, meeting up with Dato Brother Vincent Corkery on November 16, Tuesday. 
His stint here will cover a short visit to St Michael's Institution. A group of Michaelians will welcome him with the school rally, which according to Brother Vincent, has a hatful of Irish Connection. Lunch with Brother Vincent follows next. 
Declan Kelly, 60, has vast experience in the diplomatic field including as Ireland's ambassador to Canada and concurrently to Jamaica and Bahamas, and as ambassador to Australia and concurrently to New Zealand and Fiji before his posting to Malaysia. 

Selamat Datang ke Ipoh. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this -Thank a teacher!

Thank you for sending over this, Mr Adrian Tsen.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Birthday Do For Three Great Michaelians

A Birthday Gathering even attended by old boys from ACS and Anderson.
Their birthdays are just a day apart from one another. Come early November every year, St Michael's remembers these three illustrious men who are empowered with real passion - Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery (November 4), Mr Adrian Tsen (November 5) and Mr Louis Rozario Doss (November 3).
These are ordinary men leading extraordinary lives who have touched the lives of many Michaelians through their values of true humanity, powerful emotions and dedication.
It was last Saturday at the Delight Restaurant some old Michaelians celebrated their auspicious days. The day was so special that even old boys from ACS and Anderson came to show their support. To think of it, until today, St Michael's still rules!
Member of Parliament of Batu Gajah YB Fong Po Kuan, being a close friend of Mr Adrian Tsen, was also present.
Batu Gajah MP congratulating the OMA president.
We are so proud of all you’ve accomplished, but we are more proud that you’re our good friends. Happy birthday.

Deepavali Open Houses

The festive mood of Deepavali was made more meaningful with visits to Mr Sathia's house in Menglembu and Mr Velupillai's open house at Excelsior Hotel. Authentic Indian dishes like mutton curry, dried chicken curry and pomfret curry were marvellous at Mr Sathia's house. Joining in were Mrs Sathia's wife and his junior. Mr Lawrence and his wife were also there to join in the merriment. Thank you for the nice meal, Mr Sathia. 
Mr Velupillai held his open house at Excelsior Hotel, attended by teachers from St Michael's and his former colleagues from a few schools. 

Thursday, November 04, 2010

From St Michael's Ipoh, Happy Deepavali

Happy Holidays and best wishes.
From Peter Khiew