Thursday, November 30, 2006

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

FRIENDS has been a hot topic lately.. A topic that stir different thoughts...
* Angel wrote friends...
* May wrote If I could turn back time...
* King's wife wrote I turn to You...

I was flipping through the old photo album and came across this vintage photo. Taken in 1992 in Kabong Beach, Sarawak together with my Upper Six classmates (my old friends). We went to Kabong Beach the next day after we our last paper in STPM exam as planned. Wah.. come to think about it, I had left secondary school for 14 years .... We chartered a school bus for the trip and departed early in the morning. Few hours later, we reached our final destination - the isolated Kabong Beach. And that was the last time I had outing and crazy time together with my ex classmates. Those were the innocent good old days; Everyone is so pure and sincere.

I can't remember a word about what we were yakking about during our 2 days and 1 night trip in Kabong Beach. The only thing I remembered was most of us didn't sleep and stayed awake throughout the night... lying down or sitting on the beach in small groups.. looking at the stars and the dark sky.. looking at and listening to the plashing of fiery waves (of the South China Sea)... enjoying the cool breeze.. sharing our thoughts etc... During those days, we totally had no idea and clueless what the future has in store for us.

Although friends come and friends go, I still keep in touch with most of my ex classmates or schoolmates (via sms or phone call or email, but not on regular basis). Nowadays, we hardly have time to meet up coz everyone is busy with their own lives, their commitments, their families and their jobs. Moreover, each and everyone of us is working in different towns or different states or different countries. But... One good thing is we still have reunion gathering each year (without fail) during Chinese New Year in my hometown - a small town called Sarikei. Too bad I cannot made it to join them for the last 2 gatherings..

Appreciate what we have while it lasts ;)

40 comments:

13th Panda said...

WOWW!i am 1st!

Where are you in the photo?You should have allowed us to enlarge it, so that at least i can guess which one r u.LOL!!

hey, at least u get to go out with class mates till far far away when in high school. My parents was very strict when i was in high school. :-(

now ok liao.HEE..

may said...

hallo, kawan-kawan sekalian!

very nice photo, so nostalgic! glad to hear you still keep in touch with your old friends. they're such treasures. I just received a typewriter-written letter from an old friend today too, so kum tong he still writes snail mails to me... *sniff*

a^ben said...

good frens are hard to come by hor` sigh` when you thought you have made more true good frens, in the end they are just "frens"` sad hor???

angel said...

Those were the days...

When I was young
I'd listen to the radio
Waitin' for my favorite songs
When they played I'd sing along
It made me smile

Those were such happy times
And not so long ago
How I wondered where they'd gone
But they're back again
Just like a long lost friend
All the songs I loved so well

Every Sha-la-la-la
Every Wo-o-wo-o
Still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling
That they're starting to sing is
So fine

When they get to the part
Where he's breakin' her heart
It can really make me cry
Just like before
It's yesterday once more

Lookin' back on how it was
In years gone by
And the good times that I had
Makes today seem rather sad
So much has changed

It was songs of love that
I would sing to then
And I'd memorize each word
Those old melodies
Still sound so good to me
As they melt the years away

Every Sha-la-la-la
Every Wo-o-wo-o
Still shines
Every shing-a-ling-a-ling
That they're starting to sing is
So fine

All my best memories
Come back clearly to me
Some can even make me cry

Just like before
It's yesterday once more

Chen said...

13th panda,
yeah yeah.. u r the first one :D
where am i ah?
somewhere somewhere inside the photo,
but cannot tell which one leh..
secret, hahahha...

may,
hello ah may yang disayangi,
wow..
u received a typewrite written letter?
i hardly write snail mails liao..
even emails also I seldom write compared to earlier days..
nowadays either sms or phone call :P
nice hoh to receive snail mails from friends :)
pssss.. I haven't use typewriter for ages :P

ben,
yeah, how true...
today your comment very serious geh..
no io ka chng or hehe haha wan :)

angel,
Those were the good old days...
Recalling back those days really bring a smile to our heart :)

ah nel said...

oiiii...1992 no kaler pigcher mer???

*angeliuliu manyak free*

carcar said...

always hugs...

mistipurple said...

Please Mister Postman, look and see
If there's a letter in your bag for me
Why's it takin' such a long time...

*brings back memories indeed*

i love the 'yesterday once more' too. sigh.. i feel so old and young all at once.

Chen said...

ah nel,
hahha...
purposely made it this way to give an "aged appearance" to the photo mah :P
more vintage :D

ah nel lately manyak sibuk hoh?
sibuk cari & digging $$$ :D

carcar,
priceless hugs :)

misti,
Might be Mr Postman can't find your place leh? It is good to recall back those old days once in a while... but life still goes on... :)

ah nel said...

jobless ler...u wana hire male nurse???

Monk[+]Icon said...

yeah...miss those crazy days...young and wild...infact i still keep in touch with a friend who is from kindergarden days...and we too have CNY reunion every year...

Chen said...

ah nel,
i'm not big boss leh..
i makan gaji too..
no $$$ to hire male nurse :P

monkticon,
It's nice to meet up with old friends :) Some of my secondary school friends are my primary & kindergarden friends too :)

Growing up together..

L B said...

Friends come and go, yeah? You made me wanna post up My Enemies now!! Enemies stay on forever!! LOL.. Not really.. they go poof too..

mistipurple said...

lol at LB's "enemies go poof too!"

wah, must be christmas season coming, everyone so nostalgic mood.

Cynthia said...

if i would have had to remember my old friends..erm..it is going to take a while. pai seh. when i went back, they acknowledge me..and mos of the time, i asked them: who are you??????
=.='''

Pink Cotton said...

BOOHOOHOOO

so touching ar :(

EH how come ur photo macam taken few hundred years ago like that???HAAHAHAHAHHA

HEY HEY!u shud b honored...this is the 2nd 'house' i come for carolling...get ready ar...

*clears throat*

JOY TO THE WORLD!!
THE LORD HAS COME...
LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING.....

YAY!habis!...this is trial version so only 3 lines..HAHAHAAH

eh so this is how we sing la...i bcome so worried when everyone macam thought that we r going to actually SING :p how can?cannot la...this is blogsphere ma...singing means 'typing' 'x'

WAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

Kenny Ng said...

Miss my old days together with friends too. Sometimes when look back the pictures, really can smile n cry.

We used to have gathering every CNY too, but now almost all got own family, the group from become smaller now days.

zeroimpact said...

Yes... we should all treasure what we have
:)

Winn said...

eh i havent wrote my fren topic lehhhhhhhhhhhhh......*sobs*...
me me me....

ops ok it's not a tag:P

i stil havent do ur before and after tag.........hhaha...errrrrr
can change other topic for me ar? i duno wat to write of before and after leh.........

Winn said...

wat leh har ?

faster!!!!!!

Winn said...

dowan fren:(...


:P

izchan said...

That is a sign of age. Yes. We are getting old and nostalgic.

Which is why I am trying so hard to make me look forward ... to think about tomorrow instead of reminiscing yesterday.

Age is never merciful ... :P

Kurakat said...

Reminiscences... =)

liucas said...

ahboy dowan fren me dy...he said i too intelligentt

Chen said...

LB,
friends come & friends go..
as long as they don’t curi the heart & make ppl melayang-layang can liao..

wah.. u wanna post up My Enemies?
Wondering how many enemies u have then… kakkakka..
I presume I’m not in that category.. LOL
Yeah.. made them poof..
*poof & disappear*
*gone with the wind*

misti,
If they don’t go poof, might be we can point at them with the sotong stick..
That sotong stick got magic power wan..
Don’t play play.. hahhaa

cynthia,
walao.. next time if u meet up with me, I hope u won’t ask me this question: “Who are you?”
I will hide in one corner & sob sob leh..
Hahhaha…

Chen said...

pink cotton,
so touching ah> u got cry or not?
U want Kleenex? FOC wan :D
That is the special effect mah..
To get the “feel” :P

Wah… blog to blog caroling start liao ah?
Must inform me earlier on mah…
I was not around just now…
Aiyak.. rugi only… didn’t manage to see your LIVE performance :D

kenny,
Last time, I don’t have the opportunity to take many photos…
Didn’t have camera during the early days..
Later on in university time, I get myself a filmed camera – Pentax.
The camera is still with me :)

zeroimpact,
Still remember those FRANCE (Friendship Remains And Never Can Change), BURMA (Between Us Remember Me Always) etc etc which we always write in autograph during primary school days ? So nostalgic :D

Chen said...

winn,
take your time… u still have one month to do so..
LOL

The Before & After tag ah?
Kekke… I forgotten about it liao..
Now u mentioned… and reminded me…
Hahhaha..
Dunno what to write?
I give u suggestion…
Write what happened Before & After Liucas Poo on Your Bed !!!

izchan,
that’s true.. At times we can’t help but to recall back those good old days..
Anyway, the past is the past..
Those can only remain as memories…
Life still goes on, regardless what is it about :D

kurakat,
u have any story to share? :)

liucas,
ah boy says u very cocky…
when talk to him time, u look at the sky instead of looking at him..

nyonyapenang said...

look back with fondness; and never with regrets. :)

Anonymous said...

For good times, and bad times, I'll be on your side forever more... That's what friends are for...

I always like this song.

True friends are like gold.

Mr.Goober said...

wah, so good to have old photos :P i keep looking at my old school mags sometimes. Gathering sumore, good good!

Chen said...

nyonya,
nice phrase..
can i curi this phrase to use in the future? :P

day dreamer,
true friends are priceless :D

goober,
I have all the old school magazines too.. I know where I kept them in my old house in Sarikei. But since my family shifted house 2 years ago.. I dunno where are those priceless magazine liao.. might be hidden inside on of the several boxes inside the store room... :(

goober, I tot u just leave school not long ago only, right? :P

Anonymous said...

It takes a good occasion or a sad one for friends to meet up, kinda sad, huh?
We should make more effort to meet up with true friends...and the ones from our school days are the genuine ones, sometimes but maybe not..sometimes

Anonymous said...

*knock knock*

O, Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
and play just the same as you and me.

Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,
thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew
the sun was hot that day,
So he said, "Let's run and
we'll have some fun
now before I melt away."

oopss...sorry..gotta run...going to melt!

Anonymous said...

Touching!

Eh...but cant figure out which one is u from the pic lor!!!

Mr.Goober said...

6 years lo

Chen said...

just me,
Another good occasion for friends to meet up is wedding dinner :D But most of my old friends are married by now.. Some even fathered or mothered few kids :) Friendship during those days are pure friendship, without any motives behind... :)

red sponge,
wah.. the carolling team is here..
welcome welcome :D
wanna drink iced lemon tea after the song? ;)

heehe.. if u can figure out which one is me from the picture, then wa chin kia loh... hhahha... I purposely photoshop the photo this way so that u all can't figure out who is who :P

mr goober,
6 years is still not very long ;)
as least not as long as mine...
LOL

I guess quite a number of your friends are working outstations? The grass is always greener on the other side :)

ah nel said...

u pay me with ah boy can oledi...

Chen said...

ah nel,
no way :D

Simple American said...

Old friends are nice to see agree. Spent last night with some of my mine. Oh for those good old days. Thanks for sharing this special memory Chen.

Chen said...

SA,
yeah.. it is good to gather around with old friends. I know some people hates to go to reunion party cos some of those old classmates like to talk about status or showing off their properties etc. Glad my friends are not in those categories :D