Monday, September 8, 2008

A Country Boy At Heart ...

The weather has been so darn cold the past couple of days cos it's been raining non-stop almost everyday and I was pretty much happy with that. You see, I love the cold weather. I live in a country that has basically one season all year round which is hot, hot and more hot. So I relish days when it rains and the weather becomes nice and cool.

But on Saturday, I don't know about the rest of you guys in Malaysia, the weather in my side of the world was so darn cold that I was practically shivering while having my dinner. And I wasn't shivering from hunger mind you. In fact I wasn't the only one. Even wifey, who is used to cold weather, was feeling the chills and was covered up in a blanket just sitting in the hall and watching TV. Normally we'd both be complaining how hot it is.

The temperature on Saturday was seriously the coldest it has ever been that I thought it would snow the next morning, so you can imagine my disappointment when I woke up and there was no sheet of white snow on the ground ... LOL! Well, one can dream can't one?

Anyway, this post isn't about the cold weather on Saturday. This post is in a way related to Nessa's post titled Potty Talk. She wrote something about how in her childhood she didn't really have a proper toilet and all they had was this outhouse on stilts a little distance away from her house. And how old newspapers and even coconut husks were used as devices to clean up after doing your business ... ouch, those coconut husks must have hurt ... hehehe ...

I cannot imagine having to walk out of my house quite a distance away to just use the toilet. You can say I was brought up as a spoilt city brat who had everything, well almost everything, I didn't get that helicopter I wanted for my 9th birthday ... LOL! But yeah, I'm a city boy through and through. I was born in the city, I grew up in the city and I don't think I could stay anywhere else but in the city.

Even though I grew up in the late 60's, very late 60's for your information, I'm not that old ok, the place I lived in had modern amenities. Well, modern for that time period anyway. And I cannot and won't even pretend to imagine the life Nessa went through in her childhood. But I must say that her life probably had a whole lot more character than mine did!

Even though I've been a city boy all my life, I've always envisioned living in a little house on the prairie kinda place, with lush greenery, fruit trees all around, rolling hills surrounded by streams and creeks. Clear night skies with millions of twinkling stars and the sounds of crickets accompanying me to sleep with the occasional sounds of the howling old owl in the woods hunting horny black toads (ok, ok, I kinda stole that line from Elton John, so sue me ... LOL!).

Anyways, you get the picture, right? That's the kind of life I would have loved to lead. I'm not saying that city life is bad, urrmmm, well maybe a little but it just cannot compare to the simple life of country living. It builds character. And that is what's missing in most of us city boys. We hardly have any character at all. I mean if you consider climbing over concrete walls and playing in the drains of the city as having more character than wading barefooted in a stream or scaling up the trunk of an old oak tree, then you've seriously got to get your head checked.

Whenever I hear or read stories about people reminiscing their younger days back in their old village, I'll always be very attentive and soak up as much of their experience as I can. I tend to try and imagine inside my head what it would feel like to run around the huge expanse of land, take a dive in a freezing stream, sit by a lake and do some fishing, snooze under a nice shady tree, fly a kite even ... and be able to do this everyday cos this huge 'play ground' would be just outside your door.

Growing up in the city, my huge playground was this small expanse of a garden, hardly big enough to run around in let alone fly a kite! Let's not even talk about finding a lake or a stream for me to dive in. In fact, I can't swim for that matter *blush* and let's not even start about how I don't even know how to fish! See just how much 'character' I have! Well, at least I can climb trees ... hehehe ...

Now, all you city born people, please don't start screaming bloody murder at me for bringing you guys down a peg or two. Yes, while there were indeed fun things to do in the city, playing in those monsoon drains were indeed fun and scary, scaling those concrete walls in the front yard was indeed interesting and climbing that mango or rambutan tree was an adrenalin rush but it just isn't the same.

While I may long for a country lifestyle, I cannot escape the fact that I was born in the city and probably cannot live away from it for too long. After all, I'd go crazy without my internet connection, my cell phone, my 24 hour 7-11 store, the huge malls ... you get the drift, right? I've lived in the city almost all my life, save for a couple of years when I was living in small seaside town, but I was too young to really enjoy life back then. I'm so used to the lifestyle here but I'm envious of those who come from small towns and are so full of rich experiences from their childhood there.

Maybe one day, when I can finally afford to retire, I might move out of this cold concrete city and move to some quite far away country side with those rolling hills and lush greenery I envision, sitting in my rocking chair watching the birds (not that kind of birds, mind you ... LOL!) go by or catching a little snooze time under the old shady oak tree. Maybe then I'll finally learn how to fish :D But I could certainly do with a proper toilet and not the outhouse that Nessa grew up with though cos I'm sure those coconut husks must have hurt quite a bit ... LOL!
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52 comments:

  1. It rained so much during the past 1 week over my side too. Ended up, the boys din get a chance to go to the beach. Its their school holiday last week. They are back to school today & its sunny day :)

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  2. :) When i went back to my kampung last time, i was really scared to go to the toilet because it was very very far from the house...maybe 30m away?? why im scared??? Because my late grandma's pigs will chase after us (the cousins) whenever we want to use the toilet..scary huh! hehee
    Well..hope ur dream to have a house far away from the city will be materialized one day..

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  3. Saturday was definitely cold! The rain does have its pros and cons, and to me, the pros outweighs the cons by a mile!

    Cold temperature vs Fresher air... :-)

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  4. Ya, it was cold in where I stay too, what more with lots of trees around. I love it!
    But a toilet outside of the house? err.. I used to stay in one before which belongs to my aunt, and I refused to go at night!

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  5. Janice - Hey there, haven't seen you here in a while ...

    At least it's sunny when they're back at school. It's been sunny yesterday over here but the clouds are back today, it just might rain again ...

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  6. Kadus Mama - 30m? That is far. Imagine if you emergency perut sakit, don't know can make it in time or not ... hehehe ...

    I can just imagine the pigs running riot over there. It must have been an experience for you guys using the toilet over there, huh? :D

    Yeah, maybe one day I'll be able to have a nice little house on the prairie ... hehehe ...

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  7. Gallivanter - I agree. Honestly speaking, I'd take the cold weather anytime ... :D

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  8. Hannie - Welcome to my blog :D Must be a pretty nice place you live in. The only trees I see around the place I live in is my mango tree and even that is practically bald already ...

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  9. Kampung life is always best! :D The people are so much friendlier and helpful.. as compared to my KL neighbors. :P

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  10. i love kampung life. but i still need the basic facilities to live in...when i first posted to a remote village,there is no electricity, no telephone/cell phone signals and proper water system. a day felt like a year (and i was there for one year). the moments the sun rise came up on Friday mornings were the days i was the most happy cos i got to see 'life' again. lol!

    p/s it's been raining almost every day, you say? u sure didnt wash you car every day nick? ;)

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  11. It poured here all weekend. It was miserable. How cold is cold to you? It gets to be -36 oC here in the winter time. You don't know how to fish???? I LOVE FISHING!!!!

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  12. Hi Nick!

    Partially recovered so just to a short line to say hi and thanks for the wishes.

    That retirement place you describe sounds suspiciously like Taiping...

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  13. it has really been cold these past few days.. especially in the evening when it rains.. but its really hot in the afternoon tho.. cranky weather.. monsoon season i guess.. hehe

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  14. I grew up in a small town, in a huge bungalow house. My granny's house that is, with lots of fruit trees and a huge garden. Masak masak is my favourite 'hobby'. We masak rumput and daun rambutan for the dogs to eat. But sure as hell, they came near, took a sniff and ran away. I would say I'm very much a kampung girl.
    Missed those days....

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  15. Hi Nick! How great would it be if it snows here? He he cool right?!!

    I can't stay away from the city for too long either. How to live without the internet? ;)

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  16. I grew up in a kampung but luckily my dad was a draughtsman and we had modern toilet in our house. You're right about the carefree kamoung life. I do miss it and hope to retire in the kind of countryside like you described. The John Denver type. Hope your dreams will come true too!

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  17. Cindy - I have to agree with you abut KL neighbours. They can be a pain in the rear most times :D Kampung folk are really very down to earth people ...

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  18. Carol - That exactly what I mean about the old kampung life style. While I may love living there, it must have the basic amenities that I'm used too.

    How did you survive for a year without electricity, telephone and proper water system? Must have been difficult. I would have given up and gone home the next day ... hehehe ...

    That's the surprising thing. I have only washed my car once which was about 2 weeks ago. Somebody else must be washing their cars la ... LOL!

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  19. Tammy - Wow, -36ºC? I'd end up turning in a frozen solid snowman with temperatures of that kind! LOL! It's cold but not as cold as that though.

    *hangs head in shame*

    Yes, I don't know how to fish, pathetic isn't it? Now, if you asked me to fix computers, the latest cell phones and such, then I could probably do that, but fish, sadly no ...

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  20. Perry - Good to hear that you're on the road to recovery buddy.

    How did you guess? Taiping is such a BEAUTIFUL place to retire too ... the people there are so laid back and the weather is perpetually on the wet side.

    Gee, now you've got me wanting to take a trip there ... hehehe ...

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  21. Josephine - First of all, welcome to my blog :)

    Yeah, cranky is the right word for it though I'm not complaining cos I seriously love the cold more than the hot :D

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  22. Shern's Mom - That is the life isn't it? Though I grew up in KL, I did the best I could to simulate kampung living by playing in the garden (though small it may have been) all day and climbing walls, crawling around in monsoon drains ... LOL! Those times were great though ...

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  23. Marzie - I'm always looking out my window on really cold days and trying to see if I can spot a hint of a snowflake falling from the skies ... LOL!

    If you're born and bred in the city, you definitely can't stay away from it for too long I guess ...

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  24. BT - LOL! A good thing he was otherwise you'd probably end up like Nessa and having to walk quite a distance just to answer the call of nature.

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  25. My hubby actually wore a sweater last Sunday and we did not switch on our fan the entire day. Yup..can't quite believe that we could have such weather. But, today, the sun is out and scorching again :-(

    And it's kampung life for me all the way! You get to lie under the coconut tree, green fields, ant-infested ground etc and just gaze into the blue sky. BTW, I just came back from hometown, Sabah and boy, the sky was REALLY blue there.

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  26. I grow up in a small town but I can't swim either...LOL.. Some friends laughed at me and said, "Sabahan doesn't know how to swim and how to fish?" :-D

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  27. Blusher - He's a smart man :D It was really crazily cold that night. Wifey and me both slept freezing snugly under our comforter and we don't usually use a comforter to sleep. but I wasn't complaining tough, I enjoyed the weather thoroughly ... hehehe ...

    I'll bet the weather and life over there is wonderful unlike over here :D

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  28. Monica - Cool, at least I'm the only one around who doesn't know how to swim and fish either ... hehehe ... But I shall one day resolve to learn to swim and fish as well ... hehehe ...

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  29. I am with you on that - being born and bred in a city!:)
    I thought I was pretty normal and enjoyed short vacations in islands or countryside but I could never bear to part from the hustle bustle of the city for too long. Somehow, I always find the island/rural areas tad a bit too quiet for me and 2-3 days vacation makes me long for shopping malls or any modern facilities.
    Well, I do agree with the downside of being so city-stricken that we do lose the track of other things around us (we can never go without technology)

    Still, I am proud of being a city folk!~:D

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  30. I was born in my grandparents' kampung home on top of a hill :-) But so sayang, the hill is long gone (taken over by KDCA building, for those who live in KK/Penampang you'd know this). I love both city and kampung lives.. Now living in Penampang, I feel so blessed to have both 'lives' so to speak.

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  32. I don't mind cool weather, but if it's less than cool I have to wear four jumpers, five pairs of socks, a woolly hat, gloves and a scarf, as I really feel the cold!

    I work in the city, and although I moan when the trains are misbehaving, I do enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city life and the social scene that goes with it. However, at the weekend I do appreciate the quieter life and the near by villages to my parents home. Maybe this weekend I should listen out for the howling old owl hunting the horny black toad?!

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  33. I hate being too cold!! Shivering while eating dinner = NOT FUN!

    Yeah...um...I can't imagine living in a village, or having to use an out house!!

    Ah yes. I am a city girl and I love me some cement and convienience!

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  36. Christy - First of all, welcome to my blog :)

    Yeah, I'm a city boy with a deep passion for living the country life ... LOL!

    It's the same with me. I can't stay away from the city for too long and I definitely need my modern toilets ... LOL!

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  37. Osindak - Lucky you. At least you got the best of both worlds :D

    A lot of old places I knew are now being redeveloped over here as well and soon there won't be any traces of the past left for me ...

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  39. The World According To Me - LOL! I can just imagine you in that four jumpers, five pairs of socks, a woolly hat, gloves and a scarf!

    Actually that would be a good way to spend weekends, in the country :D Well, maybe not hunting any horny black toads ... LOL!

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  40. Meleah - LOL! You're a city girl alright. I'm a full fledge city boy but there are times when I long for the serenity of the countryside ...

    Shivering while eating is not definitely not fun. I couldn't even hold up my spoons properly ... hehehe ...

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    And yes, I'm silly enough to even answer spam comments at times ... LOL!

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  42. Nessa - Kopi-O only? Aiyaaa, kopi-O pun kopi-O la ... hehehe ... I'll hold you to that tau, you know greedy I can get at times ... hehehe ...

    Your potty story really made me wish that I was leading a nice quiet country life somewhere :D

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  43. Nick, I'm a city boy indeed! I was born in a Brazil's big city: São Paulo and I wouldn't live without its noise, dirt and all everyday agitation. It's in my blood, you know what I mean? :o)

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  44. It's easier for country people to get accustomed to city life, but harder for city-born to get used to country life.

    But that coconut husk doesn't hurt as what you think. In fact, it was exhausting when we used it in polishing the floor, lol!

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  45. Meleah - LOL! I love being a city boy too and I know a day couldn't go by with me being near my gadgets but somewhere deep inside I think I have a country boy just waiting to break out ... LOL!

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  46. Cidao - Yeah, I know exactly what you mean :D There is a certain kind of familiarity of the sounds of honking car and construction work compared to the sounds of birds and crickets ... LOL!

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  47. Marlene - You're right on that point. It's easier to get accustomed to city life when you're from the country isn't it? But after awhile, I'm sure you'll long for country life again.

    I really don't know, I've never tried coconut husks before but I'll take your word for it ... LOL!

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  48. yeah...living in a hustle and bustle is totally different than living in a village..as i was living in a village when i was a child, i feel that there was a lot of memories to be share..compARE living in a city is totally different..i'm pity with my youngest sister as she do not feel the experience just like i do when i was still a small girl jumping, playing in a mud, and feel all the experience of being a village girl..nowadays, people bound with luxury and danger..where city life style sometimes make us forget about a good moral values..but not all of them..but some of them..besides, yeah..i love the cold weather than hot weather...

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  49. Sweet-Girlicious - You're right on that point. I did roll around in the mud and all that but somehow I think the city mud is vastly different from the ones you find in the country ...

    But overall, us city people are not too bad ... LOL! Well, I can't speak about our politician la ...

    Anyway, welcome to my blog.

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  50. Oh dear, I am so far behind with my blog reading...sorry Nick.

    I grew up in the suburbs and worked in the city for years. Now I live in a semi rural area and I LOVE it. Sure it's a pain that you have to travel to get anywhere, even the local shop, but all the peace and quiet and huge expanses of land are well worth any inconvenience.

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  51. Gypsy - Hey no worries :D My blog will always be here ...

    Ooo, I envy you. i can imagine the peace and serenity of your place. I seriously plan to retire to some nice country side one fine day and take long afternoon naps on my hammock under a shady tree ... hehehe ...

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