A Tribute to E&O’s Nightingale

E&O Nightingale...Our post on ‘Remembering Nancy and Albert Yeoh’ in September 2012, happened to catch the attention of the E&O hotel group’s magazine team, who included our walk down memory lane with Penang’s iconic entertainers, in their classy publication.

If you don’t happen to chance by the December issue of the E&O Edition magazine, drop by the hotel in Penang, you might find one lying around the cafe.

After digesting with delight, the E&O’s feature on the Yeohs, we happened to come across some old photos taken with Nancy and Albert at the E&O and spent many a joyful hour, immersed in pleasant memories. What a well-spent afternoon that was.

On a closing note, we thank E&O for graciously including mention of our blog in their prestigious magazine. Keep up the good work!

Amen.

Remembering Nancy and Albert Yeoh

As they say, savour every moment of life, appreciate daily blessings that come to us in different ways… some may be in the form of a beautiful butterfly flitting past at the most unexpected of times, and mostly, in the form of dear friends, near or far, but always in each other’s hearts.

Well, one such friend has recently returned to the Lord, very suddenly, I might add, but as someone pointed out, she was blessed with a painless exit from the stage that highlighted her life, as one of the last icons of Penang’s heritage.

That lady was our dear Nancy Yeoh of the ‘Albert and Nancy of E&O hotel fame.  The kind of fame that was synonymous with the crème de la crème of society in the hotel’s early hey days, when Nancy joined her husband, Albert Yeoh and his Band, to entertain at the hotel, for at least four decades.

In her inimitable style, Nancy’s mellow contralto voice kept an international audience entertained with a wide repertoire of songs in English, French, German, Maori, Tagalog, Polish and Chinese (and perhaps a few more languages), accompanied by Albert’s perfect tinkling on the ivories.

The couple became an institution in the Penang entertainment scene. Our family and friends treasure fond memories of many joyous weekend evenings toe-tapping to the Yeohs’ old-world musical style at the then 1885 Lounge of the E&O Hotel.

Their special friendship will remain with us for always – from shared travel adventures to regular afternoon tea banter and being there for each other during the good and not-so-good times.

Albert and Nancy never failed to help entertain friends at our private social gatherings. Even though Albert had joined the choir of angels in heaven a few years ago, Nancy continued to sing alone at our birthdays and anniversary parties (the show must go on..), with or without any musical accompaniment.

The last time our group of friends saw Nancy bring the audience to their feet and join in the singing, was in August this year, at Suzanne’s 88th birthday gathering. It was all the more memorable an evening, thanks to Nancy’s expert coaxing of the party mood to joyous notes of unabashed stage performances.

Always clad in long shimmery dresses, many of which she stitched herself, Nancy had a vast collection of chandelier earrings, which she treasured.  She probably had one or more for each day of the year and wore them with sheer delight.

On a closing note, we will miss Nancy’s kindness, sincere friendship and her cheeky rendition of the Cantonese song “Why I love you so” (Thim Kai Ngor Choeng Yi Lei)…not forgetting her very thoughtful creation of special songs, dedicated to us on different occasions.

We have lost a friend on this earth, but gained a new angel by our side!

God Bless us all.

Tony

Hello…..

A cosy dinner at the E&O Hotel, to celebrate our 63rd Anniversary.

Suzanne and I are new to blogging… and while we have so much to write about, we are not quite sure where to begin.  Initially, we were planning to launch our blog on our 63rd Anniversary two months ago… so perhaps it is not too late to share a photo of our cosy dinner at the grand dame of Penang, the E&O Hotel.

We have celebrated many an entertaining evening at the E&O Hotel, from as early as the 50’s, during the hotel’s hey day as a hub of social gatherings. Suzanne, always dressed in her elegant best, whether it was an evening dress of that fashion era or in her favourite cheongsam, was always the ‘belle of the ball’. We cut a handsome figure, (so says our daughter) on the dance floor, and, always in the company of good friends, we truly cherish those memories.

Later on, we frequented E&O Hotel too, but more to enjoy weekend evenings at the then 1885 Lounge, where the talented Albert and Nancy Yeoh entertained the guests with their timeless renditions of songs from around the world.  Albert with his magic fingers twinkling on the ivories, and Nancy with her unique singing style, and her famous chandelier earrings.

Over the years, while the Hotel has taken on a new look, we still head to 1885 for special dinner occasions, savouring the good memories each time.

Recently, Suzanne and I were interviewed by a lady from the E&O Hotel about our experiences there, and possibly we might be accorded a small mention in the annals of their glamorous history.

 Until the next time….