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19.2.10

My fun childhood memories

*WARNING : THIS IS A LONG-WINDED ENTRY BUT IF YOU SOMEHOW MANAGE TO READ EVERY SINGLE WORDS UNTIL YOU REACH THE LAST DOT OF FULL STOP, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WOULD FIND IT WORTH YOUR TIME. HAPPY READING!*

I have always love parks and outdoors. I love having a long trip to look at new places rather than spending time at the malls, unless if I really have things to buy, or to catch a movie. I don't know why, but I guess because when I was still young, my dad always brought us to these kind of places during school holidays, rather than spending every free minutes loitering the malls. Yes, we went to malls when we had things to shop for, or food to devour Oh my, suddenly I miss those yummylicious hot dogs from White Castle. But other than that, we didn't spend more time than we needed to at the malls, not to just window shop or anything, at least that's not what I remember about my childhood pleasures.

What I remember is that, growing up, my dad would bring us to all these parks and parks alike in Penang like the Youth Park, Bukit Dumbar, Taman Rimba and a lot of other places where we'd play balls, frisbees and whatnots. Imagine all 7 of us would be running in the opposite directions and scattered everywhere at the parks, trying to have fun in our own ways until it was time to go back. What a blissful way to spend your time with family!

And then, I was always so excited when The Yearly Book Carnivals were back in town, because my dad would surely bring us there, every year, without fail! And of course the peak of the excitement was when we'd be allowed to buy a few books each, as I just can't wait to get my hands on those mystery and detective novels that I used to love so much! I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised if I tell you that during those days, my motto was : Makan, buku, tidur buku, minum buku!

Holidays were spent at libraries too. You just name it - all the libraries in Penang - I'm sure we've been there. But the ones that we frequented last time were the (state?) library at Dewan Sri Pinang and USM library (since my dad worked at USM). However, if you ask me which library I loved most, it has to be the children library housed at this old mansion at Scotland Road. The ambient there was just so relaxing with bean bags and children's study table set, but the fact that it got rows and rows of Sweet Valley novels was the main thing that got me hooked up to that place. There were times when I wished my parents would forget all about me and leave me behind so I could sleep and wake up every morning with all those books in my arms. Haha! Over kan?

And oh, let's not forget that yearly, most-awaited-for Pesta Pulau Pinang. We'd be having so much fun screaming our lungs out on those cool rides, being scared until we shit in our pants to death in the Rumah Hantu, and roaming the streets after that eating those soft pinky cotton candy! Who cares about the crowds, being able to devour those soft cotton candy while playing some shooting games really was worth the crowds that we had to jostled through. Heavenly I tell you!

During my university days, I still wasn't much of a mall-stalker and I enjoyed being outdoors more than I did being cooped up in the malls, unless, like I said earlier, I got movies to catch or things to shop for. Thus, I really enjoyed going out with my families and younger cousins because most of the times that's what they wanted to do too.


But some of my studio mates back in Uni did enjoy being outdoors too so once in a blue moon we'd be having days / nights out doing things we enjoyed like simply roaming the streets to engage in people-watching activities or just have a walk in the park. When I was about to get hitched, I even forced my friends to throw me a bacholerette party at the Sentul Park, poyo kan? It was such a pretty park and we did have fun having our little picnic there, so I'm glad somebody came out with that idea. ;-)

Now, I really want Irfan to have the same kind of childhood that I had, filled with outdoor activities and so much fun so that one day, he would be able to look back and smile while he tells the story of his fun-filled childhood to his kids and grand-kids.

So let's start with buying him a rockstar jacket for the Cameron trip, shall we hubby?

13 comments:

  1. you entry ni ingatkan i tentnag i punye childhood memories pulak.during that time , parents i selalu bawak g tasik titiwangsa jogging and cycling..after that pergi makan mamak, lepas makan pergi national library...ermmm winduu

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  2. hmm...bess kan..rasa macam nak ulang lagi those sweet moments in life..huhu..yeahh..time to let them feel the same..instead of hanging with outdoor activities..kitorg tak lepas utk menyinggah ke mall..hikhiks..

    BTW..awek baju n tudung pink with the long skirt duk ataih buai tuh cunn seyhh..peeweeettt... :-D

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  3. owh..my memories.. bestnye lah kalau dapat kembali ke zaman dolu2.. syok je! kn?

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  4. old times are great treasure.. i dont know if i could ever do what i did again.. :( i dont know any library in Penang, beside usm's and that boring library at Mayang Mall.. kids library tu still ada ke?? since I was a teenager I had a dream to have our own library in our house.. hmm mana la agaknya ek ruang tuh????

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  5. yaa best nyer mase kecik2...ma parent slalu bawak becuti g waterfall...sg congkak laa..pd laa tp2 berkelahh ...hihhihhi muzium zoo wajib k :p

    tibe2 tringin g cameron balik...sbb panas sgt kot skrg...

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  6. taecher nunu : I love national library too! heaven! (tapi dulu pernah pinjam buku and lambat pulang kena denda dekat ratus2 hahaha)

    imma : haa mana tau kot2 esok2 boboy punya sweet memories would be hanging out with his old folks kat malls haha

    chugie : a'ah..best. now it's time for us to give sweet memories to our kids plak kan ;-)

    zoora : oh library kat Mayang Mall, i didn't know ada pon. Kids library tu i'm not sure btu one of these days we must go check it out. dia further up dari McD Free School tu, but it's on ur right hand side (McD left side). Old Mansion.

    I used to want to have a library at the house too, but space is limited. Tapi adala one tall book rack in the study cum computer room, just have to expand later huhuhu

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  7. tu laa. budak2 skrg asyik pegi shopping malls je. pastu main game. takde outdoor activities mcm kita dulu. i used to love camping with my fam! nanti bila nia dah besar sikit nk bawak dia gi camping. appreciate the nature. :)

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  8. wahh..u remind me of my childhood too..duk state library for hours, pehtu pinjam lak buku n topup guna kad library adik bradik.. hehe.. thanks mama irfan.

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  9. DULU MASA KECIK2 I PON X PNH TIDO XDE BUKU. ADA JE NEW BOOKS TO READ...DH ADA RAFIQ.....BC MAGAZINE PN BBRP HARI BARU HBS.I MISS BOOKS.BEST U...BYK ADVENTURE!

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  11. i dulu masa kekecik slalu berkhelah kat gua kelam with my parents... and your entry ni really brought back all the memories...
    huhu..

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  12. never late than never...keep wondering camne nak jd ulat buku am kak bai? since i'm not science fiction lover either movie or story books, i do sometime enjoy love story movie..haha, tapi la ni, buku yg selalu beli adalah buku yang berkaitan dgn jait menjait..hahaha, even mag pun tak sempat nak baca..camne ni?

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  13. beshnye kehidupan u! mesti ur mom ade cam bengkek gak ngan u sbb mkn buku minum buku tido buku hahahhaa

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