I want to write this as a posting as I could not publish your much-welcomed comment. I've been blogging since late 2008 at the behest of the youngsters in my family who want a record of the family story. But I never, in my wildest dreams, expected this 'bonus'- that because of my blog I would be re-united with Sumijah, a long-lost and dear old friend after 30 years. And you, Roslina, made it all possible and enabled me - to quote you - to "share this precious link" with Sumijah. You further added: "Ahhh .. such a small world we live in now .. and the wonders of technology.."
But even the latest state-of- the art technology will not work if there are no human hands and hearts to make it move. I am forever in your debt.
I think this was the photo that first 'alerted' you to my old friend.
This was taken on the eve of my sister's wedding at our kampung house at Kampong Abu Kassim, Pasir Panjang Road. Sumijah is in the middle row, the first to the left, and I am next to her. That was December 1965!!
We were schoolmates at Crescent Girls School. I think the two of us were the original inventors, not of the word, but the act of melepak-ing. I would run away to Sumijah's house near Angullia Mosque (it was then located off Orchard Road) whenever I wanted to ponteng lectures at the Teachers Training College. I would do the same in her house in Brunei during the late 70s up to the mid 80s - whenever I needed a shoulder to lean on and a good pair of ears to listen to my whingeing - and of course a snack of fried kropok belinjau - even though she was by then a married lady with two kids! We lost touch when I left Brunei in 1984.
|AsH and her students from Maktab Perguruan Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah circa early 1980s.|
So you see Roslina, you have given us a wonderful gift, to facilitate the reunion of two dear friends. And oh yes, I spoke to Sumijah yesterday. Once again thank you. I do hope that one day in the not so distant future, Roslina and Sumijah and AsH will be able to share a great chinwag over plates of kropok belinjau and mugs of kopi kampung.