Down Memory Lane

Watching Movies In The Old Days

Brigitte Lin Chin Hsia and Chin Han in Outside the Window (窗外)

Masuk bilek, tutup pintu, tutup lampu, buka kain, main main. If you can answer the above riddle easily, it means you are most likely in your 50s or 60s now. Yes, I am talking about watching movies at the cinemas. What were you thinking about? Growing up in Binatang, I often tagged along with my parents or my friends to ...

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What An Incredible Reunion!

Reunion dinner group (Photo credit William Ting)

The Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang Year 1975-1976 Reunion is now history but it has been etched into the memory of those who made it to the function. I am one of the committee members and I take pride in the post-reunion accolades from the participants. Mr Ong Siang Phiaw, for instance, personally texted me, saying that the reunion ...

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It Has Been A Long Time

Making a drink for a customer

It has been a long time since I last saw her. About 3 decades ago, to be exact. I was driving along Medical Store Road in Miri in the early 1980s when I saw a roadside stall selling rambutans. I pulled over and parked my car. Alighting from my car, I realised that the woman selling rambutans was the hawker ...

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I Am A Lucky Guy!

That is me as a kid sitting on my dad's three-wheel "Harley-Davidson" in Binatang

I am a lucky guy! Lucky to have been born in Sarawak, the Land of the Hornbills where there had never been a need for 1Malaysia to instill racial harmony among the people. Laidback, peaceful and beautiful. Lucky to have spent the first seventeen years of my life in Binatang (now Bintangor). Yes, the Animal Town where everybody seemed to ...

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Who Is The Boss?

The asshole is the boss!

I was looking through the photos that I took at Taman Selera today when the one showing the dog really tickled my fancy and made me recall the old joke about who is the boss. So here it is….bear with me if you have read it. For those who have not read it before, I hope it will have you ...

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I Luv “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

I would rank “Stairway To Heaven” by English rock band Led Zepellin as my No.1 favorite rock song. It was released in late 1971 when I was in Form 2 at Kai Chung Middle School in Binatang but I was not a fan of rock music at that time. The song became my favourite when I was in Canada as ...

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Old Taste Ice Kacang & Rojak Warisan

Old Taste Ice Kacang & Rojak Warisan

Ais kacang stalls are springing up all over Miri. I suspect the hot weather has something to do with it. And of course a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon when they see some ais kacang stalls doing a roaring business. It is a cash business that requires small startup capital. Ais kacang or ice kacang, popularly known ...

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The Joy of Reading

Enid Blyton's Famous Five Books

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710 It was during my primary school days at St Augustine’s Primary School in Binatang that I picked up reading as a hobby. I devoured books by Enid Blyton and immersed myself in the world of the Famous Five and Secret Seven. I would drop ...

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Looking Back At 2012

goodbye 2012 hello 2013

2012 is now history. It will be remembered as the year of Gangnam Style. I turned 55 in 2012. I survived the Mayan calendar. As I start the first blank page of my new 365-page book, I pray that the book will be filled with great memories. 2012 has been a very memorable year.  For me, the year was filled ...

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