Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Back to Memory Lane

This is something I've been meaning to post for months since we got back, but as usual, kids take up all your time. Something I was keen to do the last trip back to Malaysia was to show my kids places their dad went to. And so, one morning, we drove to my old kindergarten with Allison (Ava was too young, so we left her with grandparents). The headmistress was kind enough to let us visit, though having a kwaipoh roam the yard was somewhat disruptive to the kids having classes methinks!
Being in preschool now, Alli had some inkling to what kindergarten was. However, with how different the systems are between the USA and Malaysia, I think she found it hard to fathom (my wife too, I think). The huge class sizes. The relatively spartan conditions. The dirty toilets, with the squatting potty, no less.
For me, it was certainly a trip back to memory lane. It is the same building, at the same location I went to 30 years ago (WTF??? Really, 30 years???). And though the memories are mostly long gone, I do remember much.
Like where my classroom was (yellow class, with Ms. Janet as our teacher). I remember where the toilet was, and how even then, I hated to take a dump outside of home (I remember the day when I did have to take a dump and my kindergarten sweetheart Salina happened to walk in on me!). I remember Sports Day; I think I won a price in the tube race. I remember the biscuits they used to serve at break time- I loved those chocolate wafers (to my delight I can find them here) and those pea-sized biscuits with the sugar frosting on top. I remember the ?ivy plant in the back, and how we used to pluck the leaves and stick it to our forearms. I remember the concert night (or whatever they called it, but I remember it as the concert). When we all dressed up and performed on stage; I remember dad buying me and Hon Hui a bottle of Yeos strawberry drink. And I remember the damn lipstick they put on me for the performance!
Anyone find me?
But perhaps my fondest memory, now that I'm a dad, is my Ah Kong. I used to be the most homesick kid in the world. I had screaming, howling, crying escapades whenever my parents dropped me off (actually carried on until Standard 1!). Anyway, after some unsuccessful drop-offs, they got desperate, and finally talked my grand-dad into coming to kindergarten with me.
As in, staying there the entire class! I remember how Ah Kong would sit on the bed outside my classroom while I was in class. That must have been for at least 4-6 hours each time? I remember how nervous I got whenever he stepped out of view.
I don't remember how long he had to do this, but it was certainly long enough that I remember this fondly.
(sidenote: Don't you think it's ironic that having been such a homesick boy, I ended up settling down farthest from Malaysia amongst my siblings?)
Yes, Alli and Ava will have their own experiences here in the USA, experiences that will be foreign to me still. But I'm glad I was able to take her there for a visit.


Blogger mmjiaxin said...

coach outlet store
swarovski jewelry
michael kors outlet
christian louboutin shoes
michael kors uk outlet
ugg boots
nike running shoes
michael kors outlet sale
ray-ban sunglasses
cheap soccer jerseys
nike air max uk
prada sneakers
michael kors outlet online
nike roshe
swarovski crystal
oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren uk
nobis jacket
north face outlet
roshe run men

8:35 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 12.15
oakley sunglasses, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet online, prada outlet, louis vuitton outlet online, oakley sunglasses, nike free, oakley sunglasses, replica watches, burberry outlet, christian louboutin, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, tiffany jewelry, ralph lauren outlet, ray ban sunglasses, burberry factory outlet, cheap jordans, longchamp outlet, michael kors, ralph lauren polo, michael kors outlet online, replica watches, gucci handbags, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, uggs on sale, michael kors handbags, nike outlet, nike air max, uggs on sale, uggs outlet, christian louboutin, prada handbags, uggs outlet, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louboutin uk, longchamp bags, longchamp outlet, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton handbags, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, uggs on sale, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet

12:33 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

louboutin pas cher, timberland pas cher, nike trainers uk, true religion jeans, nike roshe run pas cher, nike air max pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, lunette ray ban pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors, coach outlet store online, coach purses, new balance, nike air max, hollister uk, michael kors, lunette oakley pas cher, true religion outlet, nike tn pas cher, replica handbags, nike air max uk, longchamp soldes, nike free, longchamp pas cher, north face uk, ralph lauren pas cher, michael kors uk, north face pas cher, vanessa bruno pas cher, true religion outlet, polo ralph lauren uk, nike air force, converse, vans pas cher, nike roshe uk, burberry pas cher, sac guess pas cher, true religion outlet, nike air max uk, ray ban uk, hogan sito ufficiale, jordan pas cher, hermes pas cher, mulberry uk, polo lacoste pas cher, nike free pas cher, abercrombie and fitch UK

12:35 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

chi flat iron, iphone cases, wedding dresses, hollister clothing, reebok outlet, herve leger, converse, mac cosmetics, iphone 6 plus cases, vans outlet, jimmy choo outlet, giuseppe zanotti, timberland boots, ray ban, celine handbags, polo ralph lauren, vans scarpe, iphone 6 cases, ghd hair, beats by dre, oakley, mont blanc, p90x workout, iphone 6s cases, instyler ionic styler, valentino shoes, north face outlet, mcm handbags, abercrombie and fitch, insanity workout, iphone 5s cases, bottega veneta, gucci, nike air max, hollister, iphone 6s plus cases, nike air max, new balance shoes, lululemon outlet, babyliss pro, soccer shoes, north face outlet, ipad cases, asics running shoes, nfl jerseys, s6 cases, nike roshe run, softball bats, soccer jerseys, salvatore ferragamo, hermes handbags, louboutin

12:38 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

sac louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, supra shoes, coach outlet, canada goose outlet, doke & gabbana, hollister, montre pas cher, pandora jewelry, swarovski uk, ugg pas cher, canada goose, juicy couture outlet, links of london uk, moncler uk, moncler, louis vuitton, canada goose jackets, louis vuitton uk, thomas sabo uk, barbour, moncler, moncler jackets, lancel, canada goose outlet, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, barbour jackets uk, canada goose, replica watches, karen millen uk, moncler, pandora jewelry, juicy couture outlet, swarovski jewelry, canada goose jackets, toms shoes, louis vuitton, marc jacobs, pandora charms, ugg uk, canada goose uk, canada goose pas cher, moncler outlet, bottes ugg pas cher, pandora uk, wedding dresses uk, moncler, moncler pas cher, sac louis vuitton, converse shoes outlet
ninest123 12.15

12:40 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home