I don't know why, deja vu maybe, but these few weeks, I have been thinking of old friends. So much so I guess the energy created had been pulling some to me. Let's start with when I was in KL 2 weeks ago. While there I had an sms from a friend giving me someone's house phone no. The number belongs to a former classmate (one of the 5T '76), AJ. I gave her a call, we talked for a long time. She was in the US for quite a number of years, she came back to Malaysia last November. She went to the UK to do her first degree, came back to work in Malaysia, went through a divorce and the next thing we knew of her was, she was in the US furthering her studies. She did find another love there, was working and staying in Florida and now has come back to Malaysia with her husband (a foriegner) and a 6 year old daughter. She said although she may be getting her green card this year, she may be back in Malaysia for good. She missed home so much. She said she was fed-up of working there in the US and now under semi retirement. She is doing some business of selling things from the US and gold ornament from Trengganu in KL. She also said that the reason for her to come back is that she wanted her daughter to go to school here in Malaysia. It puzzles me a bit there, because normally many want to have their children schooling overseas, but she is just the opposite. Different people with different opinion. I haven't seen her for more than 10 years.
2 days ago, another friend, NS, called me while I was driving home. She asked me about the reunion she was planning for the 5T '76. We talked about it when she was here a few months back. I told her the date should be fine with me and she just need to find the venue. I may be able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, since my Kak Long will be coming back for a holiday and we can send her back to MMU the week-end planned for the reunion. I really hope it will happen and I will be able to see as many as possible. I haven't seen most of them for 29 years.
Yesterday, I met Richard. Richard was the HR manager at the first factory where I used to work. He was a dear friend as well. I used to turn to him when I had problems. Although he is a Chinese, he speaks fluent Malay, likes Malay food especially the ulams. He used to tease me as being a Melayu murtad because I don't eat petai, jering etc. He used to share his marrital problems with me too. I used to "kutuk" him last time when he told me his excuse for having an affair because he did not love his wife. He said that he married her because his mom liked her. "Nonsense Richard", I said, "It was meant for you to marry her. It was your destiny, how can you hurt her like that". You would not allow anyone to influence you to marry a girl if you didn't want to" I used to argue with him about this issue and he used to ask me on how I view polygamy. In the end I would tell him to be kind to his wife, take her and his 2 daughters for holidays etc. Told him to appreciate his wife because she is a good wife. I think he did realise what I said was true. I saw him with his wife yesterday. He said he is 62 now, retired and travelling between Sg Petani (his holiday house - his mom's house) and Penang. I like Richard, I felt easy talking to him, he is a friend. The last time I met him was when he was still working in Prai, I think 8 or 9 years ago, when I was finding someone to talk to about a career move.
Yesterday, I posted my sailor story, I haven't seen MT since 1978.
Semua ini bagaikan Mengundang Nostalgia. I'm sure it is a sign that I am getting older, when we were young relationship with friends and family seems to be loose. As we grow older, we want to get closer to the friends we may have lost contact with or relatives we haven't seen for years. Wouldn't it be easier if we have always kept in touch, at all times.....