April 22, 2005

The Meeting Of Long Lost Friends

On Monday night, I received an SMS from a friend and former classmate that another friend would be in Penang until Wednesday. My adolesence years were spent in JB in a boarding school. There were 36 students in my class of Form Five T of '76. We had 3 Noraini's in the class. To differenciate we called each one with their fathers' name. They are NI, from Perlis, NS from Perak and NMI from KL. When my friend SMSed me to say that S (NS's father's name) I knew who she meant. There was one time when one of our friends called NMI using her father;s name so spontaneously without realizing that the father was present. The pak cik actually looked at my friend but he was sporting enough to smile at the red-faced teenager.

NS is working with the National Carrier and she was in Penang to interview flight attendants. I called her to confirm where she was staying and how long she would be in Penang. I ended up making arrangement for a meeting with her on Tuesday evening after work.

As I was driving home before going to meet NS, another friend who is staying in Kulim AMN called me to say that she would be joining me to see NS. I did not ask her along thinking that she might have been busy. So I suggested that she parked her car at the Seberang Jaya hospital and we would be going together to see NS.

We arrived at around 7.00 pm at the hotel. NS and AMN had not met for 29 years. Imagine that. I had not met NS for almost 10 years myself. She doesn't change that much we can recognise her straight away. We hugged for along time, the 3 of us. We didn't know how much we missed each other until that time when we hugged. So much time had passed and now we all long to see each other again.

We prayed Maghrib prayer at her hotel room and then drive all the way to Batu Feringhi for dinner. We talked and remebered the old time we spent in the school. Talked about our classmate and where they are right now. We do not have all of their contact numbers but from what we know the friend MM (who SMSed me) has 21 names in her collection. NS told us that she and another 7 friends attended the reunion recently held at the Legend. Those who attended decided that a reunion for 5T 76 is long overdue (29 years to be exact!!). They are trying to organise a reunion of our own one these days. AMN and I are agreable almost in unison. Told NS that, there is no problem for me, AMN and MM (our information database friend) to come to KL for the function. We will all drive together on any Saturday and we can come back on Sunday. we even called a friend in JB to talk to her and she was so excited at the same time envied us. We yak and yak until the restaurant almost closed. I had to tell them, let's go they are closing already. We said our goodbyes at NS's hotel entrance with tears in our eyes. I eventually reach home at midnight that night. It was areally good meeting a friend after such a long time.

Last night, Wednesday, I was online with another long lost friend. She was my super duper senior from the same boarding school. She was in upper six when I was in form1. How i got connected to her? This is the wonder of blogging and the internet. She is in the US and I am in Malaysia and we meet again on the net!!!.

This sister Kak M, who was originally from my neighbouring kampung, meaning we are from the same hometown. We have definitely had shared the same train when we were travelling to the boarding school. We had met before when I was at the Univ, since she organised a reunion at one time and I did attend it with MM. She was asking me so many names that I had to call MM to clarify. MM is someone who knew and still remember almost all the students in the school. So, there I was on the YM with Kak M and on the mobile with MM. MM doesn't have a YM, I have persuaded her to install and she had given me very unacceptable excuses (unacceptable to me that is). I "talked" to Kak M for sometime and time flies I did not realised that it was almost midnight. After the chatting session was over between me and Kak M, Atenah was online and wanted me to lend her my ears, so it was after 1 am that I got to sleep.

Although I have made new friends, on and off the net, I still realised that I missed all my old friends, I do hope I would be able to see them soon.

27 comments:

atenah said...

ha ha ha the wonders of the internet. can u imagine, i still terperanjat beruk when the clapping sound come out to announce that somebody is online, otai abih i ni. nye nye nye nye nye i know who M is. also know abt the Perahu but not the Petai. but my favorite is Nagalilit, what a whimsical name.....ahhhh our kampungs

atiza said...

sakan betul you all berym...i've retired...:)

good to have a reunion. we can catch new gossips as well as forge biz networking..sapa la nak tolong kita selain dari kawan2, kan?

Mutiara said...

Alhamdulillah...
memperdekatkan lagi perhubungan silaturrahimmmmm.

cm said...

hmmm rindu kawan lama, susah nak jumpa mereka sebab semua sibuk esp ramai yg dwi-karier (moms/office) kalau jumpa mau riuh rendah jadinya, tapi bilaa???

Anonymous said...

my sis was also in the same school. she was ur junior..1 yr je. still fresh in my mind.. kecik2 dulu slalu ikut mak hantar my sis kat stesen keteapi Tampin. I wonder if U all know each other.

SK

shidah said...

AuntyN: Friends are definitely a major part of our life...

Apple Pie said...

AN, u have been seeing ur long lost fren rite. so when r u going to see me?? eheheheheh

hana_kirana said...

kawan ketawa ramai sekali, kawan menangis sukar dicari... :)

AuntyN said...

Tenah, Perahu dah tau, Petai dah tau, Jering dan Cempedak tau dak? Jering dah dekat dengan Perahu and Petai tu, cempedak jauh sangat.

Atiz : tu yang sampai restoran nak tutup tu dok bergossip lah tu, hahaha

Mutiara : Alhamdullillah.

cm : memang riuh tu baru 3 orang can u imagine if all 36 were there?

SK : if she is one year my junior very likely that I know her. Could you let me know her name?

Shidah : Memang pun, especially when we stayed in a hostel far away from home. They are really major part of our lives.

Apple : you are not Lost yet, you are just FOUND. Kata hari ru nak hantar tiket ke Labuan!!

HK : awat berfilosofi macam tu ni, nak naghih ka? Mai sini naghis kat bahu aunty ni. Sat aunty tukaq pakai raincoat no

MA said...

kak N : I know how it feels, I just our first reunion last year. Waaupun a small group, but we did not get enough of each other...

shopaholic said...

Aunty N,

just checking.. r u a serikandi ???

Kak Teh said...

auntyN, i have friends from std one - and yesterday, while i was busy doing my essay (kononnyalah!) my friends dok kalut sms sebab dok buat poco poco - celebrate birthday one of our friends...we are all very2 close - and have website pun...yes, old friends certainly stay in a special section of our heart.
PS AuntyN, UiTm nak celebrate 50th anniversary - how abt us coordinating and come up with a road down memory lane for this occassion in our blogs. has anyone contacted you abt this?

AuntyN said...

Mak Andeh : Tu lah syok sangat jumpa kawan2 lama ni.

Shop : Yes I am, are you a Srikandi too?

Kak Teh : Tak ade sapa contact pun, tapi kan kalau dah di suruh macam tu rasa macam tak tau pulak apa nak tulih sat ni

aina said...

Aunty N...i think i met u during at the reunion last year.i was the youngest ;P..actuallly i am your 'super duper' junior..and i was in 5T too!!~~hehe..i was there from 97-2001...nice to meet u sis^_~

Kak Teh said...

auntyN - yang i kata down memory lane tu is for our blog.
as for the Uitm anniversary tu, they contacted me for details of former students cos they wanted to include in the special programme. i will let them know where to to find you.

AuntyN said...

aina : impossible for us to have met last year sbb I tak pernah sekali pun pergi re-union tu. Ye lah obviously you are my "super duper" junior lah tu.

Kak Teh : Oh camtu, nak kena bukak album and "interview" hubby kut. Insyaallah boleh kut cite camtu. Thanks anyway. Kak Tek kenal Rose Ismail from NST?

Anonymous said...

Been wondering what it's like to meet my long lost friends in Malaysia, sure havoc punya, dapat dibayangkan..


I miss all of my dear friends, dari sekolah rendah sampai ke Menengah.. sampai ke unibesiti

Om

aina said...

ish..nape tulih 'during at'...haha..sowey

AuntyN said...

Om, sure havoc lah tu, tapi mesti bersedia untuk ditanya "Dah berapa ank ko sekarang?" hahaha

aina, tak faham apa maksud aina tu?

atenah said...

ish Jering I tau, Cempedak pun i Tau nuuun kan gurun sahara noo. i pun srikandi gak AuntyN......serikandi cintaku gitu cewah

shopaholic said...

Yes I am too !! Batch 92'.

Next year is our 50th anniversary. They are planning a BIG BASH so Aunty N kena datang !!!

Btw, it is always fun when u meet old friends, esp from school pasal....kuar citer-citer lama on the things we've done, we've shared, rules we've broken, cikgus we love and cikgus we hate, dorms, classes, preps, toings :)

Err..I wonder if toing existed back in '76 ??

AuntyN said...

Atenah : lawak lah hang ni

Shop : Toing? Yes, it was already there way before I was there, I had a few myself, hehehe

Kopi Suam said...

aduh rindu jugak pada geng2 saya kat sains muar...

oneEE said...

AuntyN, it's really good to see old friends..sure tak habih satu malam nak story.

anedra said...

Hey AuntyN,
I am a Srikandi too!!! You must be my supersenior. Was there 88-92. Bestnya!

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