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Dedicated To All those Born in 1940’s, 50’s , 60’s…

Good on and fond memories.
How I wish we can rewind the clock.

For those who have not read/received this email, this is pretty good.

More Additions;

For as long as the shuttle is in flight, regardless of how many feathers were left, our game continues…
When it gets too windy for badminton, we switch to Hantu Galah
Thomas Cup ties was played over 2 days with the final night going on till 3 am in Stadium Negara
Matches was always chilly or king kong brand…to own a box of matches from a hotel was something great
Even GREATER if you can flash a credit card … now Banks rush to issue cards
Maths tuition was $10.00 a month
Parties were held in the Town hall
21st Birthdays had the connotation that its time to lose your virginity
Morris Minors and Morris Marinas still roll on our roads…with Vauxhall by your side and Opel behind you at traffic lights … oh yes, we have the Chyrsler !!
CEO’s of companies drive Peugeot 504
Japanese cars were considered “inferior”
The whole kampung came in to “kacau dodol”, each taking turns during kenduris
Chinese and Indians all speak Malay and were a part of kenduris
JPJ testers instill fear and were highly respected …
Detention class was like going to prison for a day
Prefects were a fearful lot …more fearful than the teachers

More more more ……

Just a few additions…ah..the good old days!!

Ah……those were the days. Rose Chan was our favourite performer.
Wong Peng Soon was our favorite badminton player.
We used Yoneyama and Dunlop Under 5 rackets
Our shuttles were swallow and rabbit brand, Gajah Mada and Aeroplane was a luxury
Because we reared fishes, the seller was our idol.
We fed our fishes with worms from shit
Driving license renewal was by pasting an additional slip at the back of a small booklet
Susu lembu was house delivered by our big friendly and strong Bahiii …………. on his bicycle
Kacang puteh man came a peddling , walking and balancing his head top of 6 compartments o of different type of murukus …
F&N orange was served in wooden crates and displayed on table during Chines New Year
M&M ‘s was calles Treets …
Malay weddings had joget sessions in the night, only time to ask the lady of the kampung for a dance
Ketupat was NEVER in plastic wrap
Cold water was always in bottles lying cool in the fridge
Marmite was a household name
Tikam was good fun
Made our own kites – and then fought kites for REAL..
Aiyah – Catching spiders, keeping them in match boxes ..ready for a fight
Kangkong was free…go harvest it by the riverside
Kembong was 30 cents a kati
Nobody was interested in eating ikan pari
We played in the rain, sun…nobody worried a thing about getting sick!
Cut hair – cry b’cos barber silap potong telinga, go dentist – also cry because takut. (Now cry because pay a fortune!)
Never used locks on gates

I started my badminton in open air courts with “Bluebird” racquets, was upgraded to Dunlop Maxply when it was handed down to me from my brother.
And so it goes with almost all items – shoes, clothes, school bags, school books, bicycles, etc…
Never knew why the boys can never beat the girls at hopscotch. But then it was the time when we hid our (branded) hazardous “gasing” in the girls’
school bags when it was banned.
Circus was LIVE as in you smell, hear & touch the animals.
Football was played barefooted in torn-filled padangs – come rain, come shine.
Collecting metal scrap for sale to fulfill our dreams to watch John Wayne westerns on Sunday Cheap Matinnees at 25 cent per show.
Taking a bus was a luxury – you either cycle or walk.
Swimming in rivers/streams was a norm; you swim with the leaves, snakes, frogs, and “what not” that float down from upstream!
You don’t BUY fruits; it’s either self planted or given by neighbours & friends

Do add some more >>>> surely you can ! Those were the days , my friends !!!

The article below was written by Patrick Teoh

Dedicated To All those Born in 1940’s, 50’s , 60’s

First, we survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked /cleaned while taking care of us at the same time.

They took aspirin, candy floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare. Salt added to Pepsi
or Coke was remedy for fever.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

As children, we would ride with our parents on bicycles/ motorcycles for 2 or 3. Richer ones in cars with no
seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.

We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle.

We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV ray
which never seem to affect us.

We went to the jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes.

With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be a endless game. With a ball (tennis ball best) we boys would run like crazy for hours.

We caught guppies in drains / canals and when it rained, we swam there.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually worried about being unhygienic.

We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies, bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft sweet coffee/ tea, ice kacang, but we weren’t overweight because…….


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till street lights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.WE DID NOT HAVE HANDPHONE TO BUG US.
And we were O.K. AND WE WERE SAFE.

We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters out of scraps and then ride down the hill,
only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did no t have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo’s, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound,
no phones, no personal computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts.

We never had birthdays parties till we were 21

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and just yelled for them!

We don’t know what is “Bumiputra”……

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law !
Nobody knew about child psychology !

Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned ……!!


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the
government ‘regulated’ our lives for good !!

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

P/S: -The big font used is because of Long-sightedness or hyperopia at our age.


One Response to “Dedicated To All those Born in 1940’s, 50’s , 60’s…”

  1. I was born in the 60’s , and this a beautiful reminder that made me recalls of my happiest moment of live, had eventually disappear … You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you…

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