a ressurection after 33 years!

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Here is an email received yesterday... and my reply. Tog and I use to MC the scout troop campfires back home in Malaysia.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Hi Asshole!
From: Tog Tan

Hi! Hi! How u been doing? Its like what(?), 33 years since we lost contact.. Good to hear you are still bullshitting people from the stage now.

As for me, I took up a career in advertising photography, did well and then gave it up for a business of dealing with snakes. Kinda weird, ha? Somewhere along the way, I got married, produced a lovely daughter who is 20 yrs old now, and got my freedom back thru a divorce. U hitched? Or the females over your place have the intelligence to avoid ya?

The only shithead I kept in contact, though not constant, during all this time is Colin. Now he’s Dr. Colin as of 05. He hasn’t change a bit except for his loss of hair.

Oi..send me a pix of u, I wanna see how ugly u have matured into.. I will attach a pix of me for your insults, demeaning, dartboard or whatever your wretched mind wants to do with it.

I still feel its like yesterday with those darn campfires and what not. Mentally I don’t feel I have aged. Come to think of it, I will be 50 this year. As of this year and the coming ones I don’t have a solid plan yet cos at about this time in ‘05 I got very badly screwed in a project and actually lost every cent I had. Took me like a year to get me feet back on the ground again.
I have been offered a post as an advisor to a government snake facility. Still kinda skeptical about it. After 10 years of dealing with reptiles, I got a little tired from the diseases I catch from them. So for the time being I will be taking a much needed holiday to Bangkok from 18/1 to 25/1 with my daughter and her boyfriend. At the same time, I will be seeing my Thai girlfriend there.

So do drop me a line.
Oh by the way, since I went into the world, I been using my family nick name " Tog " its was really something when I heard people calling me by “Kong Liang” at the last ESG gathering which Chin Kee put together. There were only 4 of us from my time, ie., Andrew, Seong, Colin and me. Most of the time I kept muttering.. “hey.. I don’t think I know you.. .

So till I hear from the One Fin Fish, keep well and feel well..

Regards Tog Tan

-------- My Reply --------

Damn, man... yeah, it's been years. You have a 20 year old daughter??? They actually allowed you to breed? LOL! I'm sure she is a lovely girl.

Good to hear from you. Believe it or not you have crossed my mind (fleetingly) over the years! Good to know that you are alive and well. I've been busy. It always seems as if I'm starting from scratch... nature of the business but it keeps me on my toes. As for me... I've made a living doing theatre. Was married... not now … but we are still good friends. No kids... 4 dogs, a house and lots of bills. Started a festival a few years ago and it's taken off. Have my own theatre company... that I'm kicking up again this year. The best way to keep up with my exploits is http://sinun.blogspot.com ... you can actually leave comments too!

If you're still doing photography... you should get into the gallery component of the festival. David Lim is performing again this year... his third time... and quite the hit. It's in March... wanna come by?
Anyway... lets keep in constant touch.


p.s. Here is a collage that I posted on my blog at new years. Try to figure out which one I am... David is in a couple too!

Postscript: Tog recently discovered a new species of reptile on his adventures which is second in size to the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia. It will soon be officially named Varanus Togtani... after him. That and he remembered the "One Fin Fish" thing which I had totally forgotten!

24 Responses to “a ressurection after 33 years!”

  1. Blogger Trojan 

    Nice post:)

  2. Blogger goobergirl 

    How cool is that! And I really like the flavor of the email ... the sarcasm lol ... you can tell you 2 were good buds and old feelings weren;t lost :) Very cool Lecram. Oh btw, I love the collage and have picked out 2 of my favs already lol :)

  3. Blogger lecram sinun 

    trojan - yeah, and I did ask permission to post it... and he said... YES!

    goobergirl - it is, isn't it? I love the fact that no matter what time has past... it's like yesterday that we last hung out! LOL! So, which two did you pick as your faves? :)

  4. Blogger the_mrs 

    Good for you guys to catch up like that! 33 years is a long time to not see someone---I was surprised when he said he was going to be 50---I just didn't realize how old he was from his sense of humor. Who knew older folks even have a sense of humor? LOL! JK

    Best of luck staying in touch!

  5. Blogger Ms Bees Knees 

    how fucking cool is that!? after 33 years and the way you both spoke to one another... you'd never know. btw, happy belated birthday to you my dear. a capricorn, i really should have known!

  6. Blogger Deadly Female 

    Wow, I loved that email! And I think I see you on the collage - I think......

  7. Blogger Marie 

    That's amazing! It sounds like you picked up where you left off many years ago. It's wonderful to hear from those people from our past whom we'd like to be in touch with again. :)

  8. Blogger BTExpress 

    Wow, 33 years. The internet give's us another amazing thing.

  9. Blogger lecram sinun 

    the_mrs - yeah, it's almost as if he hasn't changed.

    Ms Bees Knees - Thanks, dear! Yup, I'm a Cap.

    Deadly Female - If you look for Rasputin... you'll find me! LOL!

    Marie - It's been happening more and more of late... and I like it!

    BTExpress - just to be able to reconnect... it's an amazing & wonderful tool!

  10. Blogger Deadly Female 

    Yep, that's what I though Lecram! I have you now!

  11. Blogger Lelly 

    Hey Cuz...talking of your ol' scouting buddies 'Whackman' IS Richard Lau, right? Cos you said he was a mutual friend of ours?? Only I've left a few comments on his site and he's never responded...or the comments are removed all together!
    Love your collage pic...is there a larger version?

  12. Blogger Lelly 

    Oh...yeah, there is! (just clicked on it...Doh!)

  13. Blogger Spider Walk 

    You gotta love it when old friends climb out of the woodwork...write you a letter, insult you *grin*... as well as take you down a stroll on Memory Lane... and then take off to discover a new species And..and...and...Have it named after them!!!

    I just knew I would find something interesting here!

  14. Blogger lime 

    how great to reconnect with a long lost friend!

  15. Blogger lime 

    how great to reconnect with a long lost friend!

  16. Blogger lecram sinun 

    DF - Tough to miss, huh?

    lelly - I'll send you his email address and you can berate him personally for his lously manners.

    Spider Walk - yeah, until now this creature was somewhat mythic and was called the Black Dragon.

    lime - it's the best! I'm so enjoying this.

  17. Blogger Trashed 

    I have heard of Tog Tan before and I believe that he was pretty much known to produce good work.

    What a turn to deal with reptiles ... ahhh, maybe there's no difference with the advertising world LOL !

  18. Blogger lecram sinun 

    trashed - I was thinking in a similar vein when I first read his e-mail. LOL!

  19. Blogger blue1aqua1 

    wait, what u can get diseases from reptiles! u know i felt kinda of weird reading that i mean i felt more like a spy. thanks for letting us into your world thats really cool of u do it like that :)

  20. Blogger lecram sinun 

    blue1aqua1 - there may be more views into myrather strange universe. :)

  21. Blogger airplanejayne 

    hey! I found a few of me in the collage!!!!!!!!

  22. Blogger dusty 

    Aw..thats awesome Lecram..I have lived from coast to coast and many points inbetween..I would love to hear from people I knew "back when"..you are lucky to have friends that love you enough to find you :)

  23. Blogger Maverick 

    Oh, what I meant to say is "HI ASSHOLE!" I love that - I think I will start greeting everyone that way from now on. Seriously considering it! :-)



  24. Blogger lecram sinun 

    apj - you knew you were in there! :)

    dusty - I am blessed... it's always a pleasant surprise when that happens. :)

    stacie - lol! I've been called worse! lol!

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