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title: Sports & Hobbies

This page was last updated on 20 March 2002

SPORTS

pic: Uchimata judo throwI joined the Judo club in Raffles Institution (RI) during Secondary One in 1969. As I enjoyed the sport very much, I persuaded several of my classmates, including Seow Yew,  to join during a new member recruitment drive at the beginning of Secondary Two. After several months, most of them dropped out after having been literally thrown around.

However, Seow Yew persevered and later represented RI on many occasions. I could still remember those tournaments held at Chung Hwa Girls' School at Bartley Road where  many of us went there as spectators to cheer the Judo team. And there were many occasions when Seow Yew had to face opponents much stronger than him!

"One of his favourite throws was Uchimata in which you throw your opponent by reaping your foot backward and up between his inner thighs."

One of his favourite throws was Uchimata in which you throw your opponent by reaping your foot backward and up between his inner thighs. It is one of the more advanced judo techniques that is difficult to master. He liked the throw so much that he often used it during training and even during tournaments.

Seow Yew continued to pursue the sport during his University days in Japan. When he came back to Singapore, he already achieved the well-deserved rank of black belt.

Subsequently, he participated in the 1981 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) and achieved the honor of winning a bronze medal for Singapore!


HOBBIES

pic: music scoreSeow Yew was a man of many hobbies including reading, singing, listening to and making music, strength training and even roaming the streets.

"We also participated jointly in the contest to pick the top 5 tunes for the following week"

During our primary school days at Selegie Integrated School, we enjoyed listening to music together. For months, we gathered almost weekly at my home to listen to "Top Tunes of the Week", a programme that ranked the top 10 most popular English songs broadcast for the week over Rediffusion. We also participated jointly in the contest to pick the top 5 tunes for the following week. In fact, we guessed correctly a couple of times. Unfortunately, on those occasions, there were also many other winning entries and we had to split the prize money among all. That made each of us richer by a mere five to ten dollars on each occasion!

On almost every Saturday afternoon while we were in secondary school, we listened to  Rediffusion's broadcast of the new countdown radio show "American Top 40" hosted by veteran rock jockey, Casey Kasem. On occasions, we also enjoyed special broadcasts of "Billboard's Hot 100".

pic: chromatic harmonicaIn our primary school days, we played the harmonica together. Later, he even bought a chromatic harmonica and managed to learn to play the sharps and flats. When we were in secondary school, we switched to strumming the guitar. Each of us purchased a Yamaha entry-level classical guitar at the student rate of $50.00 thereby saving ten dollars, which was a lot of money at that time. We mastered songs by the Beatles, Bee Gees and Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc. We even joined other friends to practise at music studios with full band equipment and also performed live at parties!

pic: BullworkerDuring Secondary One, we both acquired a "Bullworker" each through mail order. He paid $85.00 in cash while I had to pay a total of $110.00 through monthly instalments with assistance from my grandfather. The "Bullworker" was a state-of-the-art equipment that allowed us to train every part of our bodies without ever going to the gym. (Was there a gym at that time in the first place? :-) With that, Seow Yew trained hard and saw a lot of progress to his strength and physique (while I laboured without any results). That helped a lot in his Judo career.

We roamed the streets quite a fair bit. When we were small, we used to frequent the Albert Street and Bugis Street area looking for delicious foods among other interesting sights and sounds. He introduced me to one of his favourite local foods, kambing soup. When we were older, we roamed Bras Basah Road after school at the old RI (where Raffles City now - 2002 - stands). That wonderful place boasts numerous book stores from where we acquired some interesting books for curious teenagers!

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