Saturday, September 15, 2012

Growing Up Is A Must

There is a man with hint of bags under his eyes. His bushy eye brows under the broad greasy forehead of his oblong skull are charcoal black. It must be hard for an artist to sketch every detail of his eyes only by looking at a photograph of his. His slightly sunken eyes always keep lights away. When facing the sun, one man could see the irides are heterochromias. One is like a copper nickel coin bleached in vinegar and the other one is darker than his skin. Stubble below and above his dry lips. He examines his face, brushes some thin strands which stand higher than other sparse remaining hair like damaged springs coming out of an old bed. He turns his neck a little to left and right to let light paint a clearer image of the slightly coarse skin of his cheeks. Two tiny moles at the right side. He pinches a small pimple at his temple, presses the blood and pus smeared fingertip against the dusty mirror, touching his image - touching me. Time moves on oh so swift. It has been twenty five years since this very day. Growing old is a must.

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  1. I read this from somewhere : Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.

    Welcome back, young man :-)

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    1. Ah. I heard of that saying before. Kinda an excuse for someone really old to act childish. Hehe.

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  2. My patience has paid off! Welcome back, and thank you again for a wonderful read.

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  3. 25? That's nothing. Multiply that by 3. That begins to mean something. Do it now or you will regret for nothing.

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    1. Doesn't matter. Itz mah b'day, uncle. Hihi.

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  4. Happy Birthday young man! I look in the mirror and say,"That's the woman my husband fell in love with!"

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    1. September 15. It's my birthday.

      He doesn't see what is in the mirror. What lies beneath is.

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  5. Owh, how nice, I ve found your blogs again!Young man, how r u? Btw, someone like you, needs more than a pretty face. Someone with depth, passion and love for the seas is more suitable . Possibly a mermaid :P

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    1. You wonder in circle, finally seeing me again. I'm great. Thank you. A mermaid, yes!

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  6. Happy belated birthday Sir! Growing up and being old are part of the life cycle.

    Psst...pssttt... I thought I just want to share with you this secret. I found the fountain of youth - deep in my heart.

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    1. No matter how decrepit old man you physically are, if you're "bengong-bengong", you're a young man at heart. LOL

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  7. Happy belated birthday Sir, Yes..growing up wisely is a must!

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    1. I thank God for the wisdom he gives me. :)

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  8. Are you still looking for job? I saw this and it reminds me of you = Chemical + Terengganu.

    So check it out.

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-still-strong-to-receive-fdis-says-najib/

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    1. I am now officially a Researcher at SIRIM Berhad, doc. Molecular biology (genes, proteins, etc) and all stuffs like that. Baru je Isnin lepas confirm jadi staff permanent. :)

      I have already about that new mega project which will be established in my Terengganu. Tanam pokok herba and more herba, then turn them into high-end products.

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    2. Glad to hear that. Pheww!

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  9. Pergi la treat yourself and go watch Life of Pi.

    Love your Thinker avatar.

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