Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Link the the new "Josephians of the Seventies" blog


Make sure you link to the NEW blog that supercedes this one !!!!!

It is up and running now & can be accessed at the address below..


Welcome to all !!!!!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Last Message from Website Jaga

Dear friends,

All good things must come to an end ..... Last evening, I found out that we have reached the system limit for number of pictures in a blog. Apparently Blogger sets 1000 as the maximum number of pictures or photos a blog can have, and we arrived at that mark yesterday.

I could continue to post just text entries, but I guess that won't be much fun. So I've decided to end this blog ... Thank you all and have a good life !

OK,OK, just kidding ....ha ha ha ! I won't end it just like that. What I'll do is create a new blog to continue from this one. I'd also like to use this point of transition to expand the audience for the blog. I'm told that the classes of 1976 have had a lot of good times on and through this blog, so I think it's time to extend the benefit to other fellow Josephians and friends. I intend to call the new blog "Josephians of the Seventies & Friends", which will obviously widen our potential visitors to anyone who was at St Joe between 1970 and 1979.

I will announce the new blog address in a day or two, and provide a link from this blog to the new one. I'm not quite sure what kind of response I will get, but with your support, let's give it a try.

You can continue to enter your comments to this and all past postings, so this blog will continue to live on. Also let me have your ideas and suggestions on creating an even better blog.

Have a nice day !

Friday, October 1, 2010

Remembering ODEON and CAPITOL cinemas

Continuing our theme of old cinemas of Kuching, here's a nice photo that Gerard found, which clearly shows the two grand old ladies of Padungan - ODEAN and CAPITOL cinemas. Sadly, both buildings no longer around ... victims to development and progress.

I distinctly remember watching "The Blind Swordsman" at the Odeon. This starred the Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune.

I reckon I spent far too many afternoons in Capitol (and Lido) watching all manner of Shaw swordfighting and kung fu flicks.

Share your memories ...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Remembering REX Cinema

How many of you still remember Rex cinema, formerly located on Wayang Street? It doesn't exist any more, having been replaced by that colourful cineplex and carpark building.

As a kid and teenager growing up in Kuching, I remember watching some great movies in Rex. One that comes to mind is the musical "My Fair Lady" starring Audrey Hepburn. There were also gun-slinging westerns like "For a Few Dollars More" with a very youthful Clint Eastwood. Then there were a number of James Bond 007 movies, like "Goldfinger" and "Thunderbolt", starring Sean Connery.

For some of the more high-profile movies, there used to be extra picture boards with lighting put up above the frontage of the cinema, depicting images from the movie. I distinctly remember the board for "Thunderbolt" as well as the first "Airport" movie some years later.

The old Rex had no escalators and those who bought tickets to Circle seats had to walk up the stairs. I recall it was a rather narrow and winding staircase.

I'm looking for more photographs of Rex cinema (and for that matter of all other cinemas of old Kuching). The one you see below was kindly sent to me by Nick Chin and Philip Chin. It shows Rex in very early days, 1952 according to the caption.

Look at the style of dressing and also the models of cars. And notice the little cart on the left, probably a hawker selling sweets, seng boi and sotong.

Such interesting scenes from old Kuching....