Saturday, 13 April 2013

..these days, those days..

..a song pakmat grew up with..from a fumbling youth to a married man..


..these days with my children, nieces and nephews, I used all the applications that come along with a smartphone...viber, wechat, whatsapp and, of course, facebook...I store my pictures online through picasa, dropbox and such...my blog is a form of maintaining a journal...stories about my past, mainly, my children and my life.,.

..I can say without reservations, that I am active in the cyberworld...I have loads of friends there, of which I am in constant contact...amost all I have never met...but I see their lives unfolding before me as they see mine...almost intimately...sharing their highs and grieving their lows and loss...my children think I am cool..and I said, no..its not so much being cool, but just a matter of keeping up with all of them...whilst having the privilege of having friends from every corner of the globe and exchanging ideas with them...it keeps me mentally alert..and at 68, the only thing that I can traipse around with is with my mind...

..and I cannot imagine it being otherwise....growing up in the fifties, I had none of these things kids today took for granted... our motor training was walking around with a bamboo pole inserted into another shorter pole stuck in the ground...cognitive skills was acquired through peek-a-boo sessions...and later, a little bit older, games were cops and robbers or cowboys and injuns..and much later, when I have acquired the ability to read, it was books..of every kind..from Henry Miller to Enid Blyton, even Elizabeth Arden...

...it was in 1970 that I met my first wife...courting in the days when communication was not instant has its drawbacks...back then, even telephones of the black and bulky kind were a rarity...of course, its difficult to rendevous or arranged trysts without texting or instant messaging...but you become innovative and daring...pakmat deluged her with letters...letters carefully written, and posted with  ten cent stamps affixed on the envelopes..addressed to her school, to her home, to anywhere I thought she was...quoting anything from Blake to Shakespeare...

..chatting was by waylaying her on her trisha on her way to school...for an exchange of a few words...a smile, maybe, and she was on her way again, and I was left struggling to restart my Vespa...there was no Facebook or KFC..no malls or video calls...the only way to meet was to scoot up her door...and hoped that she was home, and her mother in a friendly mood...

...those were wistful times...but today, I don't think I can survive a day without the internet and my smartphone...

7 comments:

YuinTing said...
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YuinTing said...

Dear Pakmat, I enjoy reading your post! I can imagine how creative and romantic you were during those days. I think until today you are still the same as before.

Have I ever told you that you are my most elderly friend whom I respect? Yes, I did tell my hubby that one day we should really go to visit you in Bachok :-)

Take care and be happy!

Pakmat Fahmy said...

Dear Yuin Ting, and, indeed, I enjoy you reading my blog...and, of course, I will be most happy to have you here in Bachok, and meet up with your fine family...meantime, take care...

mokjadeandell said...

Dear Pak Mat,
Your writings about those old times brought back memories from the past.
Enjoyed reading them.

Pakmat Fahmy said...

..dear mokjadeandell...as I enjoyed writing them...as you enjoyed your asamk pedas..:)..as we both enjoyed being with our cats...so, you take care..cheers..

Siti Munirah Ismail said...

Salam Pakmat, I'm a master student, doing a research regarding blogging as language learning. Your blog is interesting and informative. May I have your email as I would like to ask a few question regarding my research.

seemunies_pga@yahoo.com

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