I am thinking about my friends. I mean, long lost friends who meant a lot to me during our school days. I don't mean that we really hanged out together like what other kids do. After school we just went back to our own homes and lived our own lives. It was only during school hours that we kept each other's spirits up during bad times and cheered each other on during the challenging times. We shared our agonies and triumphs. Stories about what happened at parties, dates and family and girl-friend problems.
One of them was SK P'ng. He once sat in front of me in class. One day our Moral teacher was reading aloud from a book and he made an error. I remarked sofly that he should change his specs. Somehow he heard that remark, looked fiercely at SK, strode straight towards him and raised his book high above his head. He was big sized. Without thinking I stood up and said I was the one who made that remark and I immediately apologised. He glared at me, said something which I can't remember and walked back to the front of the class. That was a close shave. I learned to keep my mouth shut after that.
After we left school, I used to drop by at his place and we'd discuss what we'd do with our lives. The subject just went round and round with no progress. One day we decided to pay a visit to our former Art teacher. We rode around looking for the house until we located it. We discussed the pursuit of Art as a future. He showed us some of his art works. His wife was baking some crabs and they were getting ready for lunch. He started to drop hints that we should go somewhere else. I guess they didn't have enough crabs for 4 so they didn't invite us to join in. We bade goodbye and left them to enjoy their lunch.
I lost SK P'ng when he was in the final year in University Sains
Now, I keep wondering about Jimmy (photo above). We used to keep each other updated on our progress with life and work after we went out the school gates for the last time. He left for
Jimmy Ooi Khoon Beng, if you're still around somewhere and happen to be reading this blog, just leave a message.