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Time and Tide waits for No Man

Posted by sphyrez on March 31, 2006

*Extracted from an email of mine*

For your reading pleasure… some might be true. Hope you will all enjoy reading it. This might bring you back the old memory especially during those school days…..

Signs that you are a 80s' baby:

You grew up watching G-Force, He-man, Transformers, Thundercats, Silver Hawk, Woody Woodpecker, Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse. Not to forget Ninja Turtles, Mask, Smurfs and Voltron too.

Girls watched Japanese cartoon like My Little Pony,"Xiao TianTian","Hua Xian Zi" etc.

You grew up brushing your teeth with a mug in primary school after recess time.
You squatted by a drain with all your classmates beside you, and brushed your teeth with a colourful mug.

Remember the days when the school nurse, comes with a list for the dentist appointment, the sound of the drilling when your friend has a fill in his tooth.

You remember the packets of milk we get in primary school to encourage us to drink more milk. (It cost only 30 cent per pack)

In secondary school, girls go to the library to borrow their favourite romance storybook.

In secondary school, girls altered their school skirt to shorten it
and guys will go to the school appointed school uniform tailor shop to tailor make their school trousers to the then fashionable "baggy pants"!

During primary school days, the teacher will punish you using a ruler to hit your palm.

A bowl of noodles soup cost only 30cent in primary school days.

When you were in primary school, girls like to go to the bookshop to buy cute stuff such as animal erasers, various shape sharpeners, colourful notebook etc.

Hankyu Jaya, Yaohan departmental stores used to be a favourite hangout for families during weekends.

In secondary school days, you buy the Bata BM Turbo or Pallas Jazz school shoes.

Some guys like to wear those china made ankle high shoes. Some even like to wear those very thic! k socks with their school shoes.

Internet? E-mail? What the hell is that?

So you thought a decade or more ago, your friends don't have pagers or handphones in school.

CDs? What's that? Cassette tapes were the norm.
Movie tickets used to cost less than $5 last time.

The goodies from Mama shop used to be Chickerdis, Mamee , Kum Kum, UFO, O-Ya, Ding Dang chocolate balls with toys in the box, colourful hard "egg", "cigerette" bubble gum, KIKI Bubble Gum, pink bottle of bubbles c/w a small tubes with yellow sticks to blow "more lasting" bubbles that you can pop more air in or slam it on.

You never forget 'Ti Kam'. When exams are over, the board games (e.g Monopoly, Donkey, Transportation Comparison Card) & held ! video games will be all over the class room.

Your favourite sound is the bell!
For it's the homemade ice cream man. The cream that tops Haagan Dazs!

And the other peddler you love is the old lady who sells juicy Muah Chee and thick olden syrup rolled in a balloon the tip of a chopstick stick.

Another bell is the recess bell, a time to get away from school work and to eat.

Another time when there is no bell but all guys will anxiously wait for it…The PJ (Pendidikan Jasmani), PE time (time for football)

Your favourite childhood games were playing "guli"(marbles), five stones, five bottle cover, zero-point, catching,"Pepsi-Cola one two three" and/or "Police & Sentry"!

The best thirst quencher of all times is the yummy colourful ice tubes you can buy from provision shops for only 10 cent. To eat them, break the tab and suck while holding the freezing tube!

All gals have a girl doll/strawberry shortcake/my little pony/pound puppy, while all boys have a soldiers figurine (combat) or a rubber band catapult that shoots folded paper!

Once was the era whereby ice-cream sticks were valueable items, then call me the paper aircrafts, chalk fights.

Some boys made their own guns from wood, and used 'Bacali' as the bullets.

Some even used matches to shoot and burn kids'lanterns during MoonCake Festival.

And your favourite holiday was Lunar New Year! New clothes, Ang Pows, shopping, junk food and family outings!

Let's see, the majority of students in universities today were born in
1987 / 88…. They are called "youth".

For them, they have never heard of the song "We are the World, we are the Children…" And the "Uptown Girl" they know is by 'Westlife' but not 'Billy Joel'.

For them, there have always been only one Germany and only one Vietnam. AIDS exists since they were born.

CD exists since they were born.

Michael Jackson is already whitened.

John Travolta is always round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Spiderman and Incredible Hulk are just new films.

They can never imagine a black and white screen for a computer.

They never know what is Atari or 'Game & Watch'.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and they don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

And they never understand how we can go out without a mobile phone when we were in university…

Let's check if we're getting old…

1. You understand what was written above and you smile.

2. Most of your secondary school friends are getting married.

3. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computer.

4. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.

5. You spend less and less time talking on phone with your friends daily.

6. When you meet your old friends from time to time,talking about the good old days, repeating again and again all funny stories you experienced together.

7. Lastly, having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other old friends. You think they will like it too…..

Hahaha!…. Yes! We are getting old too………..

Brings back old memories huh?

Cheers to the 80s babies!!!


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Learning & Talking & Writing English

Posted by sphyrez on March 17, 2006

After my first post, I’ve taken awhile to write my second post due to my exams at the end of January. Before anything else, a warm greeting Happy Chinese New Year to all my friends in Malaysia. Hope you guys get many many red packets. It’s quite lonely around here as Portsmouth does not have celebrations like the ones in Chinatown London. I managed to squeeze in a celebration meal with my flatmate and even went to see a movie. But thats all for this year celebration to me.

Sigh, it has taken me so long to post…in fact it is exactly 1 month from my last post! To carry on with the blogging ‘job’, here is another dose of ‘Goodwill Discussion’.

As many of us know, English is probably universally used. English is now the fourth, third (or possibly even second, depending on the source) most widely spoken native language worldwide (after Chinese, Hindi and Spanish), with some 380 million speakers. Through the global influence of native English speakers in cinema, airlines, broadcasting, science, and the Internet in recent decades, English is now the most widely learned second language in the world, although other languages such as French and Spanish also retain much importance worldwide.*Wikipedia*

It is important to use English when dealing with job prospects/interviews/blah blah blah; come on, you get promotions faster if you know English. We are taught from young and we use English almost our entire journey through life! Ya…English is so easy everyone also can spell laa E-N-G-R-I-S-H ma…er is that right?

Learning, talking and writing English is totally different from what it seem to be. After leaving high school, we go to a working world where English is our most commonly used language. But within the interactions of colleagues and friends, we would go back to our roots…Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay and Tamil. (other languages included but I don’t know what they are)…so when are we gonna practise our English?

My mum once told me she went shopping and spoke to the sales girl in english, but she replied with hokkien. The sales girl tried to speak in english but was ‘broken’ english.

-B.Melayu saya masih betul- (My Malay is still correct)
-Wa mai kong hokkien eh bo?- (Can I not speak Hokkien?)
-Moon ng moon ar?- (Is it boring?)
Or we can have mixture of… –I tak nak you makan chicken ok?- (I don’t want you to eat chicken)

Why must we speak half/half sentences?? SIGH. I am not saying we must have excellent english (even I don’t speak perfect english), but at least to conversational level. When foreigners come to our country and buy souvenirs

Foreigner: How much is this? (points to a dress)

Salesgirl: Huh? Ar, this wan RM25…

Foreigner: Do you have any new ones in stock?

Salesgirl: No more, this wan last wan…

…………wan wan WAN…………WAN TAN MEE AR !?!?

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