Ex-TAFE staff meet in Maroubra

By Evelyn Opilas

Three years since Filipino staff members of TAFE touched base, they gathered for an impromptu pow-wow recently in Maroubra, celebrating the birthdays they missed to mark collectively.

Former staffers at TAFE Mely Estanislao, Evelyn Opilas, Jophine Teagle, Maria Lorna Horan, Manolita Pasion, Nita Robertson and Albert Nera at the Maroubra pow-wow.
Former staffers at TAFE Mely Estanislao, Evelyn Opilas, Jophine Teagle, Maria Lorna Horan, Manolita Pasion, Nita Robertson and Albert Nera at the Maroubra pow-wow.

Armed with food and other goodies, they trooped to Maria Horan’s hideaway, spending an afternoon catching up on their life, times and experiences at the Sydney Institute Technical and Further Education, Ultimo campus.

“There’s life after TAFE,” they agreed, nostalgia missing except for each other’s friendship. In between sips of Moet and Chandon Rose, mouthfuls of Maria’s newly-discovered baked salmon with Asian vegetables recipe, Mely’s finger-licking chicken adobo with tofu, Albert’s scrumptious empanada, Nol’s refreshing vegetable salad, and various delightful desserts, their collective laughter, din, and chatter seemed inexhaustible. Promises to keep in touch and meet more often made parting such sweet sorrow, with due respect to William Shakespeare’s line. They pledged to meet again, sooner this time, inviting the others unable to attend at short notice.

Birthday girl Mely Estanislao (left) at lunch with friends Charito Arcilla-Tano and Evelyn Opilas
Birthday girl Mely Estanislao (left) at lunch with friends Charito Arcilla-Tano and Evelyn Opilas

Meanwhile, her birthday falling on a weekday, Mely Estanislao enjoyed lunch with friends Charito Arcilla-Tano and Evelyn Opilas at Dooley’s in Lidcombe.

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