Friday, 24 December 2010

..a playground no more..

..kl has changed since the last decade..of course, it is not anymore the playground of my unbridled youth...the spirit and passion of the sixties are gone..along with Sudirman and Chow Kit Road...but I made a vain stop at Chow Kit, trying to rekindle past flames..and discovered that the language of Chow Kit is gone..every one that I talked to is an Indonesian...




..I took a walk along a little lane of my memory and found myself in front of Globe Silk Store..it is a far cry from its glorious era of the sixties..then, any self-respecting Kelantanese's trip to KL was not complete without shopping at the store..but one feature remains..a couple with impaired sight bashing it out on keyboards..this  time it is Roslan and friend, Mona...semut merah is in their repertoire..




..but I did not sing along with them..I have lost the abandonment of my youth..things are calculated and measured now..kl, the city, is no longer for me..as I made my way around keramat and kampung baru, I did see the young man in me..foraging the streets..but it is for my children the city awaits...



13 comments:

zX said...

good observations there pakmat ..

I've been earning a living in KL for almost 15yrs .. much things have change, some for the better but nevertheless the worse is gaining up the momentum as well.

Kotaraya these days are a no go for locals, same thing is happening to many of the lepaks site in KL ... man, i wished we can go back to the early days where KL belongs to the locals

June Malik said...

apsal pak mat tak cakap nak turun KL?

pakmat said...

..salam zX..ChowKIt has changed, along with Jalan Raja Alang..it is not for pakmat anymore..tho some kjparts remained the same..wetmarket keramat stood still..and I drove thro kg. Baru narrow streets, ignoring directions from my gps..and found certain parts are still the same..crowded and congested..

hi, june..it was unplanned..just a few days..I have left KL for so long, thought I just got feel of it..meeting fellow bloggers was not on the agenda..later, perhaps..will take up Lady Kama's offer yet..one day..meantime..take care..

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Dear Pakmat,
How long ago was your last trip to KL? Even in mid-1990s Chow Kit was already nicknamed Jakarta by taxi drivers. purrr....meow!

June Malik said...

Well am moving to JB next wkend, so next destination if dtg JB, holler :)

Sir Pök Déng said...

Koala Loomper is not my kind of place. It is probably the last spot on Earth I'd choose to grow my family. People with many psychological problems roam freely on the streets. Maybe it's a good place to find a job, but not for raising my future kids.

Wan Sharif said...

Teringat yang Pak Mat nak call for TT.. tunggu juga call dari Pak Mat.. but then rasanya mungkin Pak Mat terlebih busy .. walking down the memory lane..

pakmat said...

..hi, cat..not too long ago, seems like eternity..only this time I was there as a tourist..things and places that I have never bothered to see and savour before stood out..and I tried seeing it through the eyes of my lost youth..
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salam jun..I will..and that's a promise..take care in JB..

..there are misfits everywhere, sir pok deng..but I was stryi8ng to get into lthe human side of KL..and retrieve a bit of my past..

..no, wan..I was not prepared to meet fellow bloggers..maybe next time..over nasi ayam at my dotters place..who knows..?

luahfikiran said...

SALAM,
PAKMAT FEELINGS IS MY FEELINGS TOO. IT'S OK TO CHANGE BUT MUST BE POSITIVE CHANGES

mekyam said...

as the saying goes, the only thing constant in life is change! :)

pakmat said...

..agreed, luah fikiran..one has to be positive..and mek yam, I better keep changing, so as to remain constant..

Anonymous said...

happy that pak mat came and visit 'me'in KL. Eventhough we never know each other but seems i know all about u. Hope u enjoyed your trip here.

pakmat said...

..we don.t?..should be remedied..:) but, yes, we enjoyed the trip..hopefully we will be making another one soon..and maybe meet a few blogger frineds..happy new year, anon..cheers..