If I am given the chance to relive a period of my life, it will definitely be my secondary school days. Those were the formative days of my life, the times when I learned so much, a time when I felt I finally blossomed. I must say, huge credit has to be given to this organisation called… The Boys’ Brigade (“BB”)
Being born into a very notorious neighbour led to my Mom locking me in the house and not allowing me to mix with others in the area. But all that changed when I hit 13, the year I entered secondary school. I told parents that I will be kicked out of school if I don’t join any uniform organisation. I lied, there was no such rule and I merely want to join BB.
It was in BB that I learned so many things. From sports to music to other skills, my life was transformed, literally. It was also a time when I developed in character. It was also the time I got to be on stage doing something I truly enjoy… performing arts, be it acting or singing. It was also in BB that my face appeared in the papers.Without BB, I don’t think I will be who I am today. It was also the time when I first heard about God and accepted Christ. It also got my church life going and gave me many beautiful memories.
Sad to say, BB is slowly dying. Being in uniform and standing in the sun on a Saturday afternoon doing marching is no longer cool. Going camping and spending nights in the jungle acting all macho is no longer cool. “Cool-ness” is now defined by what kind of gadgets you have, how expensive are your garments and having non-mamak coffee.
Then it was time to leave school. My father wanted me to start working after form 5 because that’s what all my cousins did. They were doing quite well earning a nominal income and a having typical Chinese parents means I am to start making money as soon as possible. I remember crying and begging and then I threw a big tantrum saying that I will not work but I will study. I managed to get my message across, a decision my father never regrets.
I still remember it as thought it was only yesterday… the euphoria of entering college, no more school uniform, long breaks in between classes and of course… girls!!! Coming from an all-boys school, college life was like a whole new world. But it was bad, results in college were not as good as though I used to get in school… far from it. Guess freedom did a big damage there.
Thank God I still managed to get into Uni and due to the financial crisis then, I did a twinning programme with UK. I remember my father’s eyes nearly popped out of his eyes when I told him how much everything will cost. But I guess getting partial scholarship helped a lot. I also got a bit funding from an association of former BB-members.
I remember feeling really big after graduating, as though I can conquer the world. I was wrong, the end of education life is the beginning of life in the real world. I have written quite a number of entries on life as a modern slave so I guess I don’t really need to go there.
But besides the hard work and late night and feeling so small working in a big corporation, I have to say one thing… being in a relationship with someone as a working individual as compared to being in a relationship as a student are two distinct realms. Life is no longer about taking the bus together or sharing the same plate of meal or helping each other with homework. It’s now a whole new phase in life. I am sure many of you will agree with me on this.
As I journeyed through my 20s, life taught me a lesson I will never forget… no matter how you feel towards your parents… always cherish them. Mom left me all in a sudden a little more than a year ago no matter how much time has passed or will pass, it will never take away the pain. If you screw up in a relationship with a guy/girl, you can make amend in the next one but with mothers, you only have one chance. Don’t screw it up!
Sad stories aside, one of the highs of my 20s is none other than meeting Jules. I first saw her in a dance club during my party animal days but we didn’t really talk until very much later. Things blossomed from our very first lunch date at McDonalds and the rest as they say… is history.
Of course, the latest sequence of events has taught me that life is indeed fragile and we are not to live as though we are invincible. But the beauty of it all is that God has brought me back to the light amidst it all. Perhaps everything is the work of His hands. Regardless, I thank Him for sustaining me for almost 30 years and I know in faith, that He will sustain me for many more to come.
P/S: For those of you who have been asking me to post pictures of yours truly, I hope this is more than enough.
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Happy Birthday, zewt!
Happy Birthday friend!
Happy Birthday. You both look so happy and contented in the picture. Sometimes, that is what matters most!
Happy Buffday man :)
"Though in the mind hath made us.
What we are by thought was wrought and built,
Values life and treasures those around us."
Happy 30th B'day... and thanks for the prayer. =)
May the Lord bless you with good health & happiness.
Have a Blessed Birthday! :)
hey....you were quite a cute kid! what happened? heh heh....two or three of my friends who are in their late 30s have recently told me that their 30s were the best years of their life. Here's hoping that when we sit down for a cup of coffee (mamak coffeelah of course, you and I are simple souls after all)in 10 years, you think so too. Take care and have a great week ahead.
hey! blessed birthday!!! yay!!!! may u have a greater year ahead, filled with blessings and love!
Have a bombastic 30th birthday, my fren!
So being in your 30's... it's time to get a pair of Peter & Jane into your world! :P
Happy thirtieth birthday Zewt! Thanks for sharing with us your early days of adulthood and childhood. I think the BB is still very much a cool organization that I'd join even today.
Damn I need to start going to dance clubs. The last pic is very nicely taken. Did you set up a tripod or get a passer by to take?
Before I forget, Happy B'day... ;-)
You're still about 1/2 way on your journey my friend...
happy birthday zewt!
That's a really cute photo of you! Looks real cheeky. :)
The last photo of you two looks lovely too!
Here's to another great decade ahead! Happy Birthday!
Hehe... wishing you a happy 30th birthday in advance...:P
all the best ya...
Happy birthday Zewt!
Happy birthday, zewt! You are only 30, wait till you are in your 40s, that's when life begins! Hahaha! :)
happy birthday. thanks for the advice. so much :)
ur kid photo very cute la!! hahaha
so, lepak today huh? lazy bum, get back to work!!! *grins* happy birthday, little one.
Happy birthday, mate. Great pictures you posted. Hey when you getting here already?! Wii parties, hello? (ask Jules :p)
u are ex-mbskl too?
while u were with BB, i was with 10th KL Air Scout.
Zewt!!! Happy birthday!!!
You look very happy and content in the last pic, am so happy for u :)
I hope everything will go really good for you, take care!!
Your photo with your wife is so lovely. Wish you a great birthday!
Happy birthday! may u be blessed with all the good things in life and to a healthier life!
Loved the entry =)
happy birthday :)
am entering the same path as you did last time, going to the uk..new life. many question marks in my mind, many thoughts of who would i be then...am wondering. but overall, it is a good chance to explore myself, explore the entire new world that i have nvr been and training myself without my family surrounding
Loved the way you told your life story. Here's wishing you, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!" Haha. Hope that we will all cherish all the people and every little things in our lives. And may you enjoy a blessed new life with your wifey from now. :p
fark! you're getting old! but not as old as me!
sang yat fai lok!
it's like a rebirth of all sorts for you eh? many happy returns zewt...
there's just too much of life to enjoy :)
You actually make me look forward to being 30. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your life.
happy burfd@e Zewt!
btw, ur story is very touching..
happy birthday mate..
sigh..i definitely will learn how to appreciate the 7 yrs b4 the big 3-0!
Nyehehe! Welcome to the club dude! About time!!
Oh... Happy burfday!
Happy Birthday!!! I love the pic of you and jules... so sweeet! =)
Oh oh... can i have the high school pic of yours? I ermmm... wanna look for 'someone' in there and it is a bit too small for me to spot... =D
may this year be a good one and filled with joy, good health, serenity and wisdom! :)
Happy Birthday to you Zewt!
*2nd photo, white pant guy's pose is sooo cool.. :)
Happy Birthday, Zewt. Thanks for sharing your story with us. :)
happy birthday zewt!!! i think this is the first time that you re posting ur personal pics...apart from ur wedding ones...:P
Happy b-day to u! Wellcum to 30 something! And trust me once u becum a father time pass even more quickly! Before u know it ur kids is in kiddy then primary then secondary & then to uni!Before u know it u r already 50 somethings! Time just past by so quickly!
Well enjoy ur life to the fullest! As I have always say 'Poke while u can'! To me so long as u can Poke u r always 24!!!!!!!
Oh! BTW I am always 24!!! He! He! Have a nice day!
happy bday "uncle" ;p
Happy Birthday zewt! You and Jules look great together. :)
Happy Birthday Zewt! May GOD bless you and your loved ones always. :-)
May God give you a rainbow for every storm, a blessing for each trial, a sweet song for every sigh and an answer to every prayer. My special prayers for you on your birthday - may God bless you with good health and may your dream of going to Australia and be with Jules come true soon. Happy Birthday and many you have many, many more to come...from someone who's almost double ur age! :( LOL!!!
Happy birthday bro!
How come that class pic brings back so much memories and familiar faces...
Heh heh heh
That makes me miss those times too
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! sooo cute when u were a kid!.. eeee
My birthday is just 3 days away from you. Hail fellow cancerian!
Happy 30th Birthda, zewt! So, can I call you uncle now? Hehehe.
Happy Birthday man! Hey you act and sing? wow... you're not the typical type owh kan...
Your advice on cherishing the relationship with mother is really touching... I'll remember that advice. More birthdays to come!
happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! my big 30 next yr haha
Happy Bday!!! Welcome to the 30s club! My bday is coming soon too... another 2 weeks to go.
selamat hari jadi~~
Happy Birthday! Best wishes and stay young!
Ya hor...you and me same same, only age not same! ;)
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Happy Birthday, Zewt! Remember 30 is the new 20! Hahahaha...neway, i love the pic of you and jules..very nicely taken! *thumbs up!*
happy bday man! nice pics btw. =)
day-dreamer / Theodwyn / u-jean - thanks :)
mh - yup... and it all begins from the heart :)
ikan bilis / Novinthen / She's Jess - hey, welcome to AZAIG. thanks for the wish.
-=Sin=- - you're welcome for the prayers man. let me know if u need more.
Jemima - thanks for all the prayers.
iamsickandnotgoingtoeytoday - looking forward to the mamak man... and hey... i think... youshouldreallynotgotoeythatoften.
Lynnwei - thanks... and all glory back to Him.
kyh - not so fast mate... ehhe...
narrowband - dance club... u dont always meet nice ppl... hehe... you need to be truly blessed :P as for the picture, it was taken by my friend's SLR :)
Angie Tan - about 1/2 way eh... hehe... :)
cc - yes, i am cheeky indeed :P
myop101 - thanks... and thanks for the prayer.
Dancing Queen - i shall enjoy my life in 30s first :P
Winn - kid sure cute mah... and always welcome for the advice :)
me - nope... yest no lepak... today i lepak.
Tine - she said she sucks at it... how ler... hehe...
anon @ 23/6 9.11am - yup... mbsskl... 10th air scout... we were rivals :P
Vino - thanks mate... looking forward to all the blessings :)
Jennifer - thanks... it is truly a very nice candid shot.
Sharon - healthier life... amen to that!
sugarbaby - trust me, you will enjoy the experience. just remember to come back.
twosuperheroes - wah... superheroes also wish me happy birthday... i feel so proud :)
wuching - no worries mate... i am getting there.
rainbow angeles - dou jeh...
§pinzer - thanks mate... truly... 30 is like a rebirth to a new journey.
Suit Lin - really? well, i am glad i changed some perspective.
drumsticks - thanks... glad you like the story.
constant craver joe - 7 years???? long time to go la... aiyooo...
frostee - hahahaha... got welcoming dinner or not?
Miss Pharmacist - thanks... sure, which e-mail i send to?
pavlova - thanks... and amen to all that!!
Kadus_Mama - hahaha... thanks. you're one of the few who can spot me eh?
Terra Shield - you're always welcome.
WY Kam - slowly... will post more :)
Hor ny Ang Moh - wahhh.... not so fast la... u make it sound as though i am going to fast forward ahead hehehe...
Jun - sigh... that's reality already...
Grace - thanks Grace.. Amen to that.
suituapui - Amen to that!!! hahaha... well, i wish you will live to more than double my age!
zeroimpact - hahaha... that place itself is a legend eh?
HuntressMoon - hahaha... so yours coming soon eh?
rinnah - dont lah.. i still look young ok :)
ArMs - thanks... yeah, i just love the stage :P... like attention konon :P
CK - better enjoy your 29 to the max :P
purple mushroom - any special celebration kah tak?
-ritchie- - terima kasih.
TH - stay young... i like that.
King's wife - think i recall that haha... happy birthday!
missironic - new 20? oh no... is it going to end very fast again? :P
Jason - thanks... some of the quality not very good leh :P
Happy Birthday to you, Zewt!
Wishing you all the best and good health!
and wat a colourful 20s you've had! :D
Happy Birthday Zewt!
I think also it is about time you start investing for you future. All the best.
Bro, happy birthday!!! and a healthy one too!!!
A June baby! Happy 30th birthday!! BB has really touched and changed your life. Must tell my dad that (he helps in my church's BB.. all kids though).
hahaha...if over very fast, can alwiz be in denial and tell urself u're 20 at heart! ;P
Happy Birthday mate! Haha...another phase in life huh? I'll catch you there in another two years ;p
nope! that's not enough..we want more! ;P
seokthong - thanks... good health is really important.
Ah-Bong - and i am hoping it will be a colourful 30s!
william wang - what kinda investment? :)
mrbherng - oh yeah... definitely!
lynnx01 - hmmm... dumc has BB?
missironic - i will always be 20s at heart.
Ivan - in another 2 years?
huei - more aging? no no no no no no... :P
Oh my God, that's Old Trafford!
30s is when u cant do what the 20s can.but, to hell with numbers.
God bless u and Manchester United!
(bcuz ada gambar u kat OT!!)
Happy Birthday, Zewt! Post more pictures
Hey! Happy birthday! Life begins at 30? :D Welcome to the big 30 club. The wilderness years are gone, now it's time to reap what we sow.. and enjoy every minute of it. Wishing you good health, blessings, lotsa love and of course, happiness always.
Happy birthday dear Zewt. Big 30 is jus a dot on the journey of life. lots of great times ahead :)
happy birthday mate!!!
i will come back very soon...dont say like am tht kind of ppl never come back after tht...>_<" here is my home
Hey Zewt, happy birthday!!!!
This is such a sweet entry:)) One of my favourite i would say.
You look very adorable in the first photo :))
Hmmm, I wonder what i should write on my blog when i turn a quarter of century old in a few months time...
jam - yup yup yup... hehehe...
j or ji - hahaha... takde gambar OT pun ok lah.
ClaudiaMom - in due time :)
gina - time to give... no more taking :)....
Bengbeng - life begins at 40 eh? hehe...
nikz - cheers mate.
Junie - thanks.
Jermayne - well, a quarter of the century is a landmark indeed... think of something :)
Going down memory lane eh...
That last pic so sweet....... :)
selamat hari lahir, wahai encik alvern ho.
wow, that sounded weird...happy belated birthday.
nah u've got nothing to worry about aging..yet! man in their 30s r erm..gold? ;P
Happy birthday Zewt! Know what...? I was in the Girls' Brigade too....had my fair share of growing up there. Cheers and take care. Love that picture of you and Jules :)
mar - always like to down down that lane... very sentimental:)
Aput - terima kasih... :)
huei - hahaha.. so 40s... diamonds?
diggy tigress - ohhh... a GB member here eh? :)
Belated Happy Birthday, Zewt, and many, many happy returns. Best wishes.
happysurfer - :) thanks
Happy belated birthday bro! Been away from blogs hopping for awhile so din get to read this post earlier...
It's good to have some time reflecting on our lives, and i'm sure many of us will agree that it's our 20-30 years old which made significant difference...at least to me it was...
happy belated b'day zewt!!
welcome to d world of 30s....hahaha
enjoy it coz very soon u will be heading towards 40s!!
sharlydia - thanks :)
jacss - wahh... hopefully i will get to enjoy the next 10 years more than the previous ones...
a belated happy birthday to you, zewt! i must say, you look cool in the BB photo. like you, i learned many wonderful things from BB too. sad to know that it is slowly fading....
susu kacang - oh really!! that's cool... what company were you from???
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