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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sounds familiar?

[Source: Forwarded emails]

First, we survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked/cleaned while taking care of us at the same time.

They took aspirin, candies floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare. Salt added to Pepsi or Coke was remedy for fever.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

As children, we would ride with our parents on bicycles/motorcycles for 2 or 3.
Richer ones in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.

We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle.

We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect us.

We go to jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes.

With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be a endless game. With a ball (tennis ball best) we boys would ran like crazy for hours.

We catch guppy in drains/canals and when it rain we swim there.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually worry about being unhygenic.

We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies,bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft sweet coffee/ tea, ice kacang, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. AND WE DONT HAVE HANDPHONE S TO BUG US. And we were O.K. AND WE ARE SAFE.

We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo's, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts.

We never had birthdays parties till we are 21.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and just yelled for them!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 30 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them!
CONGRATULATIONS!

Yes, YOU! Those who were born in the 60's & '70s...

8 comments:

adzimi said...

Hahaha.. yeah, we went through all that and survived just fine. The kids of today may be academically smarter than us, but we were definitely more street smart and creative at finding our ways around :).

sckhoo said...

Thanks for this blog entry.

It does brings back memory.

I grew up near you are now. In Taman Sri Setia. Stuland Darat. :)

Love your blog, very inspiring. I am following your footstep to get into running and tri.

Keep up the training and blogging.

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

Adzimi,
Yeah man, situations and surroundings do have great influence in shaping one's character.

Khoo,
Hey, thanks man.
I'll be at full support if you want to join triathlon.
What u have to do now is tell youself that one day, you'll become a triathlete. And one day, you'll be one.
Keep up with your training. Start slowly, but keep it moving.
Never give up ya!

sckhoo said...

I will. Did the relay of PD Tri (cycle) this year, really enjoy it. Will definitely continue. Planned for a individual PD Tri next year.

Your post on not running and swimming before to being a triathlon athlete is the inspiration.

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

Khoo,
Thanks again. I'm honored.
I'll try my best to keep up writing.

haza said...

Hey, I still drink tap water, on my runs!

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

Haza,
No wonder la...
Aha, now i know your secret!
:)

amsyah said...

aiseymann... memori sunggoh... made our own senapang, mandi sungai on end...

hear, hear...

(o yes haza, we all still drink tap water kat stesen minyak)