Good Ol Days

My Sis and I

We are coming to the end of 2007. Do you find that this year really flew by so quickly? Well, I do. Gosh, another year and another year. It is getting scarey! Scarey because I will be waving goodbye to being a 30s mom and next year I shall be hitting full 40! I just can't believe it! I wish I could stay being a teenager, sometimes. Life was fun being a teenager! Seeing the photos of my friends, I see how they have grown older too. However, when I closed my eyes, I can still remember their chubby cheruby faces in primary school.

(Penang Prawn Paste)

Gone are the days of our primary school where we can just lose ourselves to the world of games and by hanging out in each other's homes. I can almost taste the sourish mangoes in rojak sauce from the stall outside our school! And eating laksa with extra hae ko nearby the roundabout at Sunrise Tower, Gurney Drive.

Back then we didn't have computers to write emails. Not like the kids nowadays.. We enjoyed writing letters. We had penpals, not internet friends. We had diaries, and no blogs. They were so personal and how I did looked forward to them even though we could be living just less than 3km away. It didn't matter if it was a school week or holidays. We'd still be writing letters with those fancy stationery to each other! There were tricks on how to reuse stamps too.. so we didn't have to buy stamps except for the few that we send to each other..

(my neighbour's house, taken by Nancy Yew few month's back)

I also missed the carefree days when I can just ride my bicycle to the Midlands Park and not have to worry about anything. It was quiet but certainly safe. There were no MacDonalds during that time until we reached the teens when the first MACDONALDS FRIED CHICKEN was opened near the Tip Top Restaurant, in Pulau Tikus! Gosh that place was really monopolized by CPT school girls.

I enjoyed the fun time when I would just climbed down the longkang near the Fettes Road market just trying to net those little 'peacock' fishes. Life was simple then. We played games that we simply created in our little minds and the kind that don't need money to buy. Like 5 stones and kali tuay. Penang Hokkien had a podcast dedicated to these old games that people played recently.

If you were born during the 50s and 60s, okay, okay ancient liao.. (hahaha) you probably understand the games they played in those era. For me, I just loved those jumping ropes that were made by rubber bands held in chains together. Games like 'touching' and how we'd even have rhymes like 'ajinomoto, cap mangkuk merah'.. wonder if anyone played those anymore. In anywhere in the kampungs in Malaysia? Are they solely girls' games. I did remember some boys playing those too..

An Old Primary School Photo

I've missed my old school alot. The primary school that still stands proud, looking quaint and our secondary school that now doesn't seemed to carry the nobleness of a Convent School anymore... sigh. Where are the strict nuns, the choir girls, and Mrs Kee? I'm sure my sister, my friends, my aunt and all those who have studied in our Alma Mater CPT, would think so. Does anyone still have the old school magazines? Do they have it in the current school library?

Did Earth just spin faster without us realising it? Even Pluto is not a planet now. Things have changed. I do miss the good old days. How about you. Maybe it's time to catch up with one another before the end of 2008.. you'll never know.

May 2008 be a year of keeping the spark alive for old friends, families and love ones. I wish you all a lovely lovely 2008.


David (AKK) said...

Such a sweet memoriable post... Hmm... I missed my past old days too...

Happy New Year to you too ;)

jepunlauee said...

Hoon,thanks alot for all those sweet memories..Hmmm...so sad all those things will never be the same anymore..
I remember after school,I always use to clycle inside the midlands area(tat time,it was just a rambutan estate)to curi rambutans to makan...hehe..

Tau Sar Phneah said...

ooo..sumtimes is so sweet and u will laugh urself when u think back the last time...hehe...happy new year...hooon mum!!

K3ViN said...

haha i also miss my old time.... the moment tat i miss soo much is when i at sekolah menangah...... what a sweet memory...... wah what a cute little ah hoon jie jie... haha

keeyit said...

Those are your sweet memories lol...

Dragon said...

happy new year to u too!! ya, time flies!

Mommy to Chumsy said...

That's a lovely photo of you and your sis :D Happy 2008 to you and yours :D