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A walk down the memory lane

March 20, 2009

To All those Born in the 50’s , 60’s & early ’70s.. The article below was written by Patrick Teoh  in his blog “Niamah!!”.  I think this is more for boys. I have added my Bruneian girls’ version in bracket.

First, we survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked /cleaned while taking care of us at the same time.

They took aspirin. Candies, floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare.

Salt added to Pepsi or Coke was remedy for fever.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

As children, we would ride with our parents on bicycles/ motorcycles for 2 or 3. Richer ones in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.

We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle.

We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites (and playing masak-masak), without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect us.

We go to jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes.

(As I was born in Kampong Ayer, I always look forward to the high tide as it would bring all sort of floating toys and dolls)

With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be a endless game. (My sister was the village champion in main simban)

With a ball – tennis ball best, boys would ran like crazy for hours (and girls would endlessly played bola belidar, main tinting and main gatah  – awww! I missed those games).

We caught guppy in drains / canals and when it rained, we swam there.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually worry about being unhygenic.

We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies, bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft sweet coffee/ tea, ice kacang, but we weren’t overweight because……


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.  AND WE DONT HAVE HANDPHONES  TO BUG US.  And we were O.K.  AND WE ARE SAFE.

We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo’s, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts. (My elder brother would always stole pucuk or young shoots from the fruit tree and asked me to be as a look-out. I always got caught by the owner – sob! sob!)

We never had birthdays parties till we are 21

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and just yelled for them!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

PS: -The big font was because of long-sightedness or hyperopia at your age. he… he…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. bizzy permalink
    March 21, 2009 10:42 am

    Hi, I’ve just stumbled on your blog this morning while googling (is there such a word?) for ‘school holidays promotion in Brunei’. The article really reminded me of my childhood life back in Singapore during the 70s/80s, we had quite similarities except for the Kampong Ayer part 😉 I do remember spending most of the time playing outside the house with own-made toys/gadgets, masak2, catching spiders with my brothers & the best part, we all just know when to come back when playing time is up (even not having watches during those days). Those were the good old days & I always reminisced those memories with my two young children. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brunei Lifestyler permalink
      March 30, 2009 9:27 am

      I think ‘googling’ is now an acceptable wordbizzy. Yes, our world of innocence…

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