Saturday, November 16, 2013

More limericks

He was a national tennis player, was A.K.Bear
Even while in  Form Five and still unaware
Of the big wide world and professional sportsmen
With their big prize-money and many a big endorsement
But at Hank's book launch, he was busy with his own affair.

Halim rockfoundation said he'd take a miss 
So he was nowhere in the premise 
Though his name was in the acknowledgement's  middle
As being one of  Hank's inspirational people
He's  probably busy compiling his own thesis.

Salim, Jerry, Noor Shaari, Aziz and Mat Nor Gear
Were some of the familiar people from the alma mater
Many others who also came 
With their better halves, too, I cannot name
Many more, if free,  would have been here.

It was inspirational, to say with pride 
Seeing an old friend showing a new side 
Prose, poetry, painting and what-not
Showing that age doesn't need to rot
Savour life and enjoy the ride.

Those are some of the notations
For a simple gathering and a celebration
Life's too short to dwell on the sadness
That's part of it,  too clear in our awareness 
Bravo, Hank, for your publication.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hank's do at the Lake Club.

I made it to Hank's book launch, maybe 15-20 minutes late. There was a Club competition in Seremban in the morning, then I rushed to Ismail Hassan's son's wedding in Paroi, then I took the Lekas to KL. I didn't know it's Club Perdana now. You don't have to rename everything, you know - there should be some historical value to old established names of roads & places.
It was a good turnout, mostly of course old "budak" boys, considering.  Hank said in his rambling speech at the end of the presentation he was overwhelmed by everybody's presence. We all rather enjoyed the whole thing, plus the tea & cakes afterwards. A. K. Bear even managed to slip several invitations sticking out of his batik shirt pocket of his son's coming wedding to several people there, including me. And I managed to get my copy of "Rainbow" signed by the author, after Noor Shaari showed me his copy.  I remarked "you're using American English spelling." "That is on purpose - to sell better" Hank explained.
I forgot to look at Hank's paintings because we were all talking at the same time, and after about 5 p.m.  I slipped out without telling the host, and only back in my car I remembered about them.
Halim "rock foundation" wasn't there, although Hank mentioned him in his acknowledgement, as he, surprisingly, did me, too.
Hank and me and rock foundation were also for a while house mates, too, at varsity, at Kawasan Melayu and later section 17 P.J. After landing different jobs we only bumped into each other once in a long while, although for a short period in the early 80's Hank and I played golf in KGNS. In fact Hank and I took up the game together. The difference now is I'm still at it, while Hank is probably now the game's loss.
I posted earlier that I might get inspired by the book launch. I am. I must start doing something about putting my thoughts in print. Come to think of it, I used to be pretty handy with my paint brushes myself. One of my paintings used to hang in the RMC dining hall - I wonder if it's still there.
So, there you, Hank.

There was this chap from Pulau Pandan, Pelangai
He went to school at VI
He worked in Jengka
And then as a banker
And now he's busy as a blogger guy.


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