Mr and Mrs. Temple and their lovely children on the wooden stair case of the Sibu Girl Guide Hut.
When we were in the Girl Guides in the 60's we used to sing many songs from different nations. This was a very early awareness of globalisation in those days. We celebrated Thinking Day on 22nd Feb each year....thinking of girls all over the world. Our Captain was Mrs.Lora Temple who has a great impact on the girls that she groomed. She was instrumental in introducing songs from different nations to be sung by us.
It was really good to be in the Girl Guides. Amongst the numerous activities I learned to cook an egg and light a fire with only one match. I passed the test. I believe I did very well in mending a bicycle tyre too as that was part of our Girl Guides' tests.
Then we often cooked out - and that developed my love for outdoor living. Camping was curtailed by the curfews and the insurgencies. When I became a Guider I had a challenging time .It was a sad time when the Girl Guide Movement slowed down because academic pursuits became very important amongst the younger generation's life. Parents wanted to send their girls to other clubs instead. Very much later uniformed groups became compulsory and more girls joined Pandu Puteri (a change of name) and they even had a change of uniform.
But it was really through the Girl Guides that I caught the bug for loving nature....and campaign for global understanding and tolerance.
The Girl Guide Hut in Sibu is still at Race Course Road. The photo below shows a very old uniform of the Girl Guides. I used to wear that tie (made from a yellow triangular scarf which could double up as a bandage - it was so practical!!) I really proud of my uniform. We wore the short sleeved version.
This song came from those long ago days....and thank you Ann (http://annkschin.blogspot.com) for rekindling my thoughts of my Girl Guiding days....This song brings to our world a special message. It also makes me think of Mr. Edwin Temple who passed away last year not so long after he came back to Sibu for a visit. He was a very good singer.
My sympathies to Barry's family and friends...Stay strong!
This Land of the Silver Birch, the unofficial national anthem of Canada.
Land of the Silver Birch
Land of the Silver Birch,
Home of the beaver,
Where stands the mighty moose,
Wanders at will,
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boom didi ah da,
Boom didi ah da,
Boom didi ah da,
My heart is sick for thee,
Here in the low lands,
I will return to you,
Hills of the north.
Swift as a silver fish,
Canoe of birch bark,
Thy mighty waterways,
Carry me forth.
Here where the blue lake lies,
I’ll set my wigwam,
Close to the water’s edge,
Silent and still.
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