Friday, July 5, 2013

How Yeng Han - GoodBYe 4 July 2013

One of the classmate in form 3, How Yeng Han had passed away on 4 July 2013. He was suffering from cancer for about 2 years.

I knew that he was suffering from cancer. Many of my friends went after the hi-tea at PJ Hilton.

Another classmate of mine Vijaya Kumari

The house of How Yeng Han
I did not go as I had to be home to send my daughter. He was so happy to receive friends, my of whom he had not meet for more than 30 years.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wedding of Yussof''s Daughter

Friendship in those days were really close. Of course like any boys and girls, we do fight and had disagreements, but we still remain friend.

I still remember the days when I was in the remove class of 1966.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Clifford Form3 1969

Form 3 was special year, as it was the first real exam.It has been a long time, I have forgotten most of my classmate. Only those I continue to meet, I still remember them.

What I can remember is a bit scratchy, this is what I still can remember:

1. The classroom was at the single block just next to the hostel. It was the first room and nearest to the hostel. There must be over 40 of us, majority are chinese. There were some Malay, and some of them from the remove class like me.

I still remember that Yusuf Ibrahim was there, Hamid Yaakob, Rahimah Ibrahim, Badaruddin. The students not from remove class were, Norzaiti Salleh, Nafizah, Nasron. There was one boy who became a doctor and entered politics later, I cannot remember his name.

2. The form teacher was a young Chinese who drove a Fiat 600. I cannot remember his name, he wore a spec and had a lot of pimples. He was married by had no child. He taught us geography.

3. The most notorious of all the teacher was Mr Patrick. The was a believer in the concept of punishment without reward. He taught history, no really teaching, but used punishment. This is what he did.. " ok class next week, we are going to cover chapter 3, the first sultan of Malacca. Read it and prepare for a quiz".

So next week, he will come with the book in the left hand and a small cane in the right hand. He will go to ask the students, one by one in a raw. He use the book to ask question and the cane to reinforce learning.. or rather to FORCE learning. You cannot answer, put you palm out for the whipping.

That about all,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Memories of Lipis - My first trip to mela

This is taken from my long term memories, probably comparable to that of the hard disk of your PC. I just completed std 6, and there was that long term holiday at the end of the year. Those days, every student was looking forward to to go to the 2 selected boarding school, for girls, the Tun Fatimah and for boys, the STAR. I was not the lucky few, only faridah and norwin were selected to sit for the exam.

I still remember the head teacher, cik gu zakaria. He really work very hard for the school. I think his focus was on the academic achievement. About 4 of us attended the supplementary courses, although we knew that only 2 will sit for the exam. Now looking back, I think it was a smart strategy, who knows if one us the 2 were to be ill, at least the reserve are ready.

So a group of us decided to visit our class teacher, cik gu hassan in mela. I cannot remember for sure how were in the group, but I think, faridah, rohani zainal, norwin, mat ali and johari. We went by train from padang tunku, through lipis. I think we stayed for 2 nights. It was a real experient, first time going out with a group of friends.

What struct me, is the freedom given to us by our parents. But those days, there was no danger like today, you rarely hear someone was killed. If you you to read the paper now, everyday there are people get murdered.

I think cik gu hassan had passes away, I am not sure the wife , cik gu azizah and the beautiful daughter with straight hair.

I remembered arriving at Mela, then we had to walk towards Kuala Lipis, following the railway track, I think it was about a kilometer walk. Then we reached the house on the right, first we passed trough his mother in law's. It was an average wooden house, nothing grand with the traditional Malay architecture.

That night, the girls slept in the room and we the boys were at the guest's room. I cannot forget, mat ali was teasing the girls, then to our surprise, he climbed on the table trying to peep at the girls. Unfortunate he felt and hurt his elbow. The noise got the teacher rushing up, and luckily the girls were also on our side to to cover the embarassement.

I cannot remember anything about my return trip to Kuala Lipis. Probably the virus had spoiled that sector of memories.

good night.

Good night.

rohani zainal - daughter of a policeman, living in the end block, next to the school blog.
faridah mat natar- cousin of norwin, her father was interested in politic. .... remember him saying... ' yang itu tak ada dalam dasar kerajaan kita sekarang".
mat ali - his father was originated from sumatera, spent his weekend selling apam balik, I remember the bid one was 30 cents... now rm2,00.
few more whom I had forgotten the names.

My next trip was many years later, when I was in Clifford. Shahrom organised a trip for a football competition. Shahrom is now and MP for Lipis.... Dato' Dr Shahrom.

Trip to che gu hassan, I think he had passed away.

To be built......

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Classmates at Padang Tungku

I was at standard 6 in 1965, I cannot really remember how many in the class. However, I still remember, how it was arranged. The students were put in rows according to standard 5 result. Norwin Mohd Nor, was in front, followed by Faridah Mat Natar and then me. Behind is Rohani Pilus and Rohani Mat.

There were 3 Rohani's. Rohani Zainal is the daughter of policemen, Rohani Mat lived in Selvon Estate and she is the mum of the class. She was a big size for a 12 years old girl, and that cause me to think that may be she was much older. Ustaz Mohd used to teased her. Rohani Pilus was small, Ustaz use to lift her, her size was like a standard 2 girl.

I remember Awang Musa. I even met him when he was at Productivity Center. He did his  PhD, then he resigned and wanted to start a business. I do not know what happen. Nowrin went STAR and Faridah to STF. Somehow they did not excel in their study. I was informed, he went to Kelantan and became a car sales agent. Faridah became a teacher.

We had a few new comers. Zainuddin from Melaka and Ibrahim from Kampong Dusun. I never meet them since I left school. Bahanordin became Police OCPD and now started a business after his retirement.

The teacher was cik gu Hasan,  from Mela. During the December Holiday, we went to Mela by train. Actually we were more free than the average kids nowadays. There were 6 of us, 3 boys and 3 girls as I remember. I was long time ago, about 47 years ago. The boys were Norwin, Mat Ali yunus and me. The girls were, Faridah, Rohani Zainal and another girls.

I remember the head Master, Cigu Zakaria. He did the first science experiment. Using portable cooker, he heated a tin with 20% water. As the water turned to gas, he closed the tin, it crumbled when cooled.