Monday, June 21, 2021

Happy Father's Day in Heavens,

I remember my late father today, just like everyone else. I posted these photos in my Facebook and it attracted a hundred friends of my siblings who never knew our father's little known talent. He was best known as the earliest ballroom dancers in the country. In Facebook, I would normally write 2-3 lines but in my blogs would be lengthy details for my own diary records. I might get dementia when I am old because my dad suffered from the most advanced dementia. This blog will hopefully remind me during old age that I once had the best father in my life.

Both my parents loved ballroom dancing so much and would hold dinner & dance at the 5 star hotel ballrooms during all their wedding anniversaries including the weddings of my siblings and I. The invited guests were mostly championship dancers themselves in the same social circle. The guest dancers would dress to kill and show up in their shiniest tuxedos and shiny sequined dresses to give impressive floor shows. My mother and all the female dancers would always put on the heaviest colourful make ups with fake lashes like birthday cakes on their faces! OMG! I grew up watching my parents practice ballroom dances regularly even before I went to school. I was still carrying a toy and would often doze off on the chairs for hours. Hahahaha.




My dashing father was a London trained ballroom dancer when he was young. He was sent to United Kingdom under the Colombo Plan Scholarship to further his Chemistry studies for his occupation in the Forensics. I think he was based in Sunderland and promptly found time to enroll into the Royal Ballroom Dancing School of London. He graduated and won a Gold Medal in London.



He proudly returned home and often gave ballroom dance exhibitions at so many events. It was a big thing back those days as many people were influenced by the British Colonial lifestyles. He never took part in any competitions at home as he had already won the UK's Gold Medal.




Both my parents loved to dance Venetian Waltz the most as mum said it was the most graceful and classic style with the serenading music. Besides that, they were able to do the normal waltz, tango, quick steps, fox trots, cha cha, jive, rhumba and many others. 



Ballroom dancing was obviously in my parents' blood throughout their lives. They would waltz happily and lovingly from Penang all the way to Blackpool and Leningrad. Just for your info that Blackpool in England is the world stage for the best ballroom dancing competitions. They would fly all the way there to watch with close friends. You bet, they took the dance floor after the competitions to leave their memorable footprints there. As for Leningrad in Russia, they were guests invited by the Thai Ambassador in Moscow who took them to watch the famous Leningrad Ballet performance. The diplomats admired my parents' dancing passion and brought them to dancing halls there to enjoy.



My mother had all her dancing dresses and shoes specially custom made. You would not believe that she used to ask a known shoe maker in my hometown to make her dancing shoes that lined with shiny sequins and suede bottoms. The humble shoe maker had a small son who grew up later and became the world famous Jimmy Choo. We all know that he was the most perfect shoe designer for the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

(** My mother's photo was not inside the above photos)



My Dearest Papa, 
Happy Father's Day to you in Heavens.




My next posts will be:

1. My Wedding Anniversary
2. Computational Thinking @ Taman Desa

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21 comments:

  1. Your parents are amazing with such talent in ballroom dancing! Your Papa was so dashing in his tuxedo and to have won a gold medal in London, wah! he was truly talented. I am aware of Blackpool from Strictly Come Dancing where the semi-finals are held there.

    So what about you? Do you and your wife dance? I love to watch dance competitions on TV like Dancing With The Stars, Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You can Dance. I am always in awe of the gracefulness and the sassiness of the moves. I also admire the ladies costumes and shoes and wonder how they can dance on high heels. Wah, your mum had her shoes made by Jimmy Choo's father!

    I cannot dance because my brain is not wired that way. I cannot tell left or right when the music starts and I panic. I also cannot remember dance moves.

    This is a lovely tribute to your Papa and thank you for sharing the photos. I noted from your little note that your mum is not on the photos. The lady in photo #4 did a flip!

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    1. You are smarter than me as I didn't even know where Blackpool was until my parents flew there. I do love to dance and quite good with the full variations of Cha Cha. I started learning from young when I had no partner, so I never had chance to master any dances. My height is another issue as normally perfect dancing couples need to have very compatible heights as it is important.

      My wife is not into dancing habits like me. Remember that I was wild and a party animal when I was younger. I could go clubbing 6 nights per week!

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    1. Well all fathers are the best and they deserve to get tributes during the Father's Day.

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  3. Ah, what a charming tribute to your late father. I see where you got some of your youthful and dashing good looks from! ;)

    Didn't know of your father's talent in ballroom dancing (I came to your blog late). Did your dad meet your mom at one of these competitions since they share the same love for dancing? I love ballroom dancing myself too and that's why I love to watch dancing competitions (just like PH) like Dancing with the Stars (my favourite), So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance (with J Lo)...I even watched a few seasons of Dance Moms. When I was young & single, I even signed up for ballroom dancing classes in KL (for like 2 - 3 months after work...haha...but don't ask me now, I've forgotten all the steps already!), that's how much I love ballroom dancing. My favourites are the fast-paced Viennese Waltz & Quick Step, the strong & sexy Pasodoble and the romantic & sexual Rumba but my most fav is the Cha-Cha (probably because this one we can dance to (or show off our moves) at annual dinners & parties...lol).

    And your mom had all her dancing shoes (Jimmy Choo's some more) and dresses custom made...see even your mom & dad rub shoulders with the rich and famous!

    What about you? Did your dad's suave, sexy moves rub off on you...and you danced your way to your wife's heart?....kekeke! ;D

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    1. My parents met when my mother was in her late teens in Penang. Those days, many affluent Thais fled to Penang during the political coups in Thailand. There was a huge community of Thai students and Royalties residing in Penang.
      My father went to England after he had married my mother and she returned to Thailand with my siblings to wait.

      I am amazed at your keen interests in Ballroom Dancing too and could understand how much time you invested in this passion. You are definitely a well dressed person and polished in many ways. Your knowledge in dancing is much better than me and I didn't even know it is called Viennese Waltz. I always heard my mum utter the word Venetian Waltz. Hahahaha

      During their final years, the E&O Hotel in Penang invited my parents to enjoy free drinks and complimentary buffets at anytime when they were free. It was a Win-Win offer that in return, my aged parents would waltz their nights away at the hotel's ballrooms after buffet or cocktail drinks, with their pianist in attendance. Their presence always attracted many local dancers to drop by and make full use of the huge dancing space available. In return, the paying guests would drink or eat there to boost & enhance the venue. It was like a known hang out place for ballroom dancers. I don't think we have that kind of culture in KL where dancing is very commercialized.

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    2. Actually, I know very little about ballroom dancing. I only learned the type of dances and their names from watching Dancing with the Stars for close to 20 seasons (I think). The only Venetian I know is Venetian blinds...hah..hah...hah! :D

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  4. A magnificent glimpse into the glorious past.

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    1. I think I may not have much to brag about my father from next year's tributes except his travels to exotic places.

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  5. You have a very dashing and handsome dad! Your dad must be very happy that you wrote a tribute to him on father's day. I love dancing but I only know disco dancing not the elegant ballroom dancing like what your parents are so good at lolol. I know Jimmy choo shoes, very expensive shoes.

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    1. I think Jimmy Choo's shoes are very overpriced and expensive considering his short debut when compared to shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo or Louis Vuitton.

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  6. Talking of dancing, I know Thai people loves Mo Lam & they also dance to the tunes of Luk Thung. That's for average Thais may be ballroom dancing is only for the hai-so and royal family.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I am not aware of the Thai culture for dancing except that my mum could perform Thai Classical Dances which she learnt from her time at Chulalongkorn University. She always guessed that there were more serious Ballroom Dancers in Thailand than Malaysia after watching the high numbers of Thai couples competing at world's competition levels.

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  7. wah...handsome dad and knows how to dance some more....must have alot of 'girl fans' back then when he was young! did u learn some of his skills when u were 'dashing & handsome young man' during your younger days?

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    1. You are right. My father has lots of girlfriends when he was a bachelor. He did teach his dashing & handsome son to dance too. Muahahaha I just need to oil my joints and brain to dance again.

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  8. Beautiful story. Your dad was a handsome and I bet he attracted lots of attention. Lol.

    A wonderful dad. Happy Father's Day to him and all awesome dads.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments. Is my dad's son handsome too??

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  9. For me ballroom dancing is rich people activity/hobby as the dancing attire and shoes are not cheap.
    I've recently saw some videos of a talented Chinese little girl who participated in competitions and her confident face expression has made her very famous.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJz97CRT1CE

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    1. Actually dancing is free! Nowadays can learn from YouTube easily. Clothes and shoes buy cheaply from Taobao!

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  10. Wow...you father credentials are really impressive...London trained ballroom dancer...studied forensics...no wonder you are also darn smart and full of caliber. :D

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. First time someone says I am full of caliber. Now my head swells bigger than Humpty Dumpty. Thanks bro!

      You are the best father to your kids!

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