The City Kid (Part 1): Lunar

On the eve of lunar, the last batch of them made their way back. Already starting from a week before, people, from all walks of life, started the migration back North. This, is the time of the year, to be with your family and love one. This, is the time of the year, to be back, at home.

My journey across the much-dreaded causeway turned out to be slightly better than expected. A breeze from our side of the bridge. And then the nightmare began. The newly-built Iskandar checkpoint proved to challenging, for visitors, with the longer detour consuming every moment of our precious time.

The City Kid, returning to the countryside. Amidst the hectic lifestyle, it is easy to lose one self. The rural area, with no computer, no internet, no wi-fi, no gprs, no poking on facebook, no chatting on msn, no checking of emails. Out of contact, out of touch, from the rest of the world. Living in seclusion, self reflection to find back the true you. A state of battle errupted, within the confinements of thoughts, the self-struggle, the dilemma, the yearn, the pine for, the desire, the wish.

New year resolutions, they say, are made to have a target, a goal to work towards for the oncoming year. Tomorrow will be better, the optimistic always believed. Mine, buried deep in my heart. Like birthday wishes, it won’t come true if you say it aloud.

I was reminded of the sweet and carefree childhood. Where there was no trouble, no problem, no dilemma, no confusion, no heartaches. And only eat, sleep, study, play. What can be the worst? Failing your exams, getting scolded, and everything back to normal in the next day.

For the few precious days, living without any worries, playing with cousins, eating everything without any consideration of our friend calorie, sleeping like time will always freeze and wait for us, breathing the air freely, this is life.

Content. The seven letter word might be short, but how many people can truly say that they are contented with what they got. Not many. I always believe one should never get contented with life, since once you are satisfied with whatever you got, there will be no more push, no more desire, to improve and get a better one. Like results, if you are contented with having eighty points, you will never improve and strive for ninety. Like wealth, if you are happy with one million dollar, you will never reach your ten million mark.  

Yet, there are things that we should be contented with. Our family, our loved ones. However, more than often or not, the area where people should be stay contented, are always the one that they strayed off from. Have you not heard of your friends breaking up with their partners, simply because they got bored of each other. Yes? Have you not experienced family quarrelling for the smallest of issues? Contentment.

We shouldn’t be living like this, fretting all the problems; about what tomorrow will bring. For tomorrow will always come, and lets think about what tomorrow will bring, tomorrow. There is just so much things for us to do, remember your new year resolutions?

Alas, happiness always passed by the fastest. Cliche as it sounds, time went by in a blink of the eye. The city kid is going back to where he really belong. Reality oftens get the better of man after all.

A new year beckons, with so much at stake, with so much to do. Your family, your love ones, your friends; it is always easy to lose our focus and left out the people closest to us. Let this year bring us closer to everybody, let us help the people who are less fortunate to us. For giving is always better than receiving. Happy lunar new year!

I promise to live better.

18 COMMENTS

adeline: thanks for always dropping by and leaving comment dear. Happy Chinese new year to you too! any cny goodies over yr side to eat? or are you snacking on m&s cookies? haha

etel: haha the city kid will be a series of posts for me to blog abt things i wanna write, mostly will be non food, so naturally you need to put in feeling to write. happy cny!

foodie queen: I’m always a sentimental person. haha

ratatouille: thanks! yeah sometimes need to write about other stuff as well, take a break from food :)

Your pics bring up memories of my dad’s old home town in Malaysia. My grand-dad had lots of durians and mangosteen trees. That’s the good part. I have not been eating durians since 12!

The bad part – I was scared of possible floods in the village. And strange insect sounds! Most houses had wooden stilts but the teak wood was very sturdy and never rot!

Very good post Brad – I feel it’s important not to forget your roots (or that of your ancestors)!

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kelly: hahaha thanks. yeah its nice to take photos of the place.

edwin: yep dude. my family usually go back to my mother’s side in Malaysia for reunion dinner.

michie: hahah yep i also cant surf net there. but its not too bad, taking a break, cutting off from the rest of the world for that few days.

( : I went to Ipoh too. Though not very rural, the internet connection was down when I was back. Yet, ironically, life was even happier without the net, with the bugging work to do and not to forget, the stress that accompanies the pile of never-ending work.

Was as disappointed as you were when I had to come back. What’s even worse was the mad rush to catch up with tutorials and all. All beauty sleeps and leisure / free time seemed so distant now. Such a fast-paced life we have to live!

Like you, I love going back to celebrate CNY! ( : The company and fun I get from the gatherings with relatives and cousins were the best part!

Ya, treasure all around us and be contented with our life. I agree! Why live life so miserably in this mad rat race when you could choose to be contented with whatever you have! ( :

shayna: Yeah at home i always need to use the internet, so although i was forced to cut off from the rest of the world there, there’s thia amazing calm feeling. The mad rat race, all of us are forever rushing in our life to find happiness. And if we might just slow down a little, happiness will catch up with us :)

YUP! ( : Stay happy and don’t forget all around you! Try to go back for CNY every year. When the school and work start, you might find it difficult to compromise the work here for a short trip. ( :

keropokman: hahahaha! there no free wifi in the small town area la! and use gprs so expensive. well its good to get away from everything for a few days. lol

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