Sunday, July 13, 2008

Went to the old site of....

Bukit Bintang Girls School in Kuala Lumpur, now known as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang Girls' School (BBGS) began in 1893 with Miss Betty Langlands teaching girls to read in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Formerly known as The Chinese Girls' School, BBGS, as it was later affectionately called, gained its name after moving to its well-known premise on Bukit Bintang Road in 1930. It was known as one of Kuala Lumpur's premier school. BBGS was the oldest school in Kuala Lumpur, surpassing Victoria Institution, Methodist Boys' School Kuala Lumpur, Convent Bukit Nanas, St. John's Institution, Kuala Lumpur as well as Maxwell School.

The school adopted the motto Nisi Dominus Frustra, which is Latin for "Without God, all is in vain". The school was famously known as BBGS and its students are widely known as BBGSians.

In 2000, the school officially changed its name to S.M.K Seri Bintang Utara (SBU) and S.M.K Seri Bintang Selatan (SBS). It was moved to a new location at Taman Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras and was established as one of the first Smart Schools in Malaysia. SBU is no longer an all-girls' school now but a co-ed. The legendary BBGS landmark on Bukit Bintang Road was demolished to make way for Pavilion KL, a new commercial site in Kuala Lumpur.

English Version of the School Song:
BBGS we pledge to thee,
Our love and toil in the years to be,
When we are grown and take our place,
As loyal women with our race.

Father in heaven, who lovest all,
O help Thy children when they call,
That they may build from age to age,
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth,
That in our time, Thy grace may give,
The truth whereby the nations live.

Teach us delight in simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter springs,
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And love to all men 'neath the sun.

BBGS we pledge to thee,
Our love and toil in the years to be,
When we are grown and take our place,
As loyal women with our race.

NOTE: I was not a student at BBGS because we shifted to Petaling Jaya when I was five years old, but most of my aunts were students at BBGS!

I just want to add: darn do we really need another shopping areana in that neck of the woods?!!

DH and I went out for dinner last night and he choose the Pavilion. We decided not to drive and took a taxi there (which was the easy part - coming back was another story!). All the international brands were there in addition to the usual local ones. My favorite was an art gallery featuring a famous Chinese artist!

6 comments:

biblo said...

What did you do to make ZainHD pengsan? LOL!!!! Too relief for not having to meet up with you?

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Aiseh, I was not the contributing factor to his pengsan spell! Poor chap, he is over worked!

biblo said...

LOL!! You know I was just joking, right?

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