Two years ago, my interns, students and I started the practice of sharing photos of their reunion dinners in our chat group. So, at the eve of our New Year, photos would come flooding in; from the other side of town, from different parts of the country, and from overseas. It is our little reunion in a way - many of these young people are like family members; my 'borrowed' children from another life. It is meaningful for me to see them in their homes with their parents and siblings.
I counted about 170 interns who have trained at DNA with me, with Suh Chee and Arlene in the past 14 years. We started taking interns at a time when very few architectural firms in Kuching would accept interns into their offices. Two years ago, I created a FaceBook page (with Sam's help) for the DNA Trainees Alumni with the objective of introducing everyone to everyone; a network for sharing ideas, contacts and travel plans.
More recently, I changed the name of the FB page from DNA Trainees Alumni to Min-ions 2016.
Recently, I made use of this post in an article for the architect's newsletter.