Monday, February 28, 2011

Baju Kuning

I knew a man. In fact, everybody in Tanjung Aru town knew of him. We may not know his real name, but he is a familiar face. It is no secret that this man got some mental problem. People called him the Orang Gila and Orang Sot. I just call him Baju Kuning due to his trademark yellow shirt. It has blackened over time due to his sweat. I doubt he ever washed or even changed his wardrobe. Did I mention that he wore a cheap baseball cap also? Nothing fancy, just enough to cover his head from the blistering heat. He loved to wander in Tanjung Aru town, all day long.

He barely uttered any words. The only time I ever hear him say anything is when he ordered his favourite drink. “Kopi O satu!” he would say. You see, every morning he would come into our coffee shop to have his drink. On occasions, my father would give him a piece of paper and ask him to scribble 4D numbers on it. My father would then go buy it with the hope of kena nombor” Some numbers did win but most didn’t (No surprises there). That didn’t stop my father from asking him again and again though. His reward for this would be a char siew bao, sometimes a box of cigarettes.

Mental problems didn’t stop him from completing his obligation as a man though; ogling pretty girls. He would stare at any liang mois and sumandaks (pretty ones, of course) for a long, long time. Scanning them from head to toe. This usually happens when the ladies are eating whatever in the coffee shop. Understandably, the girls would get really uncomfortable but this activity of his is harmless. He would usually just walk away after that.

I’ve heard stories about him. He was once a boss of a certain company, repairing refrigerators. He once had a wife and children but they all left him for unknown reasons. I’m no Sherlock, but that may had an effect on his downward spiral. People told me that he was once admitted to the Hospital Mental Bukit Padang and that he caused a ruckus in Tanjung Aru once by burning a lorry to a crisp.

A few days ago, I found out that this man had passed away. That day, he was doing his usual routine, walking around Tanjung Aru town when he suddenly fell to the ground. He never woke up after that. It is discovered that he had cancer all along. After I learned about his death, I became unusually sad. I’m surprised that his death had affected me. He was just a man, a mentally-ill one at that. He was nothing more than a familiar face but I felt really sorry about his fate. Why? Is it because I pity the way his life ended? Is it because I’m afraid that I’ll become like him someday? Is it because he died a lonely death, with no family members by his side? Is it because he will never come to our coffee shop again? Who knows?

This is the only picture I got of him. He would stand in this corner of our coffee shop for a long time, looking out into the distance. I may not know your name, but you have my prayers. Rest in peace, Baju Kuning. May the good Lord bless your soul.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year Resolution Baini.

A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit (copy dari Wikipedia baini). It's only the 9th of January, so I guess it is still acceptable to post about New Year resolution. Right?

To start off, New Year resolution and me doesn't get along too well. You know the drill. You hear your conscious mind, with the lemah-lembut voice talking to you. CONVINCING you to turn a new leaf this new year, give up all your bad habits and be a better person. All with the semangat "SAYA BOLEH!!!!", echoing all over the room.

But seriously,who am I kidding? These so called resolutions doesn't last long. It exist in words and thoughts, but will never manifest in actions. There are however, exceptions.

Some people do follow up to their resolutions. These species of people in general are known as Manusiayangtidakwujud Sapiens [citation needed]. Should you see them bragging, it is always okay to throw rocks at them. Pedulilah, siapa suruh diurang tembirang-tembirang.

Saya mengaku, I never did and never will follow through with my new year's resolution for as long as I live. Even if I try to,the outcome will be the opposite from the one I desire. Therefore, this year I want to do something different. My resolutions are as follows.

Instead of losing 10kg, go on a diet and become slim again,
I resolute to gain more weight, eat whatever I want and become as bulat as I can. For all I know,the beliaus always say "Nampak lebih sihat bah kalau gemuk".

Instead of studying more and get better results,
I want to learn DotA (some people still find it hard to believe that I don't know a thing about this game!) and get horrible results,that will certainly make any lecturer cries.

Instead of berjimat cermat more this year,
I want to spend like there's no tomorrow,buy things I'll never use and unavoidably, get used to eating Maggi everyday.

Any question? Good. Happy New Year 2011 y'all. :)

On a different note, my next post will be about this.