Friday, August 25, 2006

No Excuses

The last trip back to Penang was during Wesak Day break a few months ago and I have been telling myself that it's time to make another visit. The dates have been playing in my mind for the past week or so and I thought I'd just hop on a bus tomorrow. As usual, something came up that I have to attend to tomorrow itself, put paid to my plans. Sigh... Nevermind, perhaps I shall visit over the next weekend then.

Then as if on cue or something, I got a call from my dear aunt from Penang. It's always a joy to receive calls from her and my uncle, this pair of old lovebirds - Aunt is 90 and Uncle is 91. This nanogenarian set will call once every couple of weeks or so, not so much on anything urgent or important but just for a casual chat. It's so sweet of them. In fact, after speaking for a short while to Aunt just now, she then passed the call to Uncle. A man of few words, Uncle's usual opening line will be "How are you and the kids? Everything OK. Nothing lah, we were just thinking about you and wanted to hear your voice."

I almost cried. Told Uncle they have been on my mind too and that I actually bought him another pair of bermuda pants and T-shirt this afternoon. As usual, Uncle protested and made some noise that I should not be wasting so much money and that he has more than enough pants and shirts. Told him that the pleasure is mine and I shall bring them back soon.

Uncle and Aunt are my two oldest living relatives in Penang. I love them dearly. No excuses. I should make every effort to visit more frequently and enjoy their company.
 
posted by nyonyapenang at 12:09 AM, |

21 Comments:

  At 2:42 AM Blogger angel said:
awww... next week leh? can take flyday off... ;)

pssst pssst... lu tua island ah si pak hai?
  At 4:16 AM Anonymous Jermima said:
To love and to be loved is the greatest joy in the world.

Thus, no more excuses - Go! Go! Go!
Geee..that is so sweet, imagine ol folks calling you..I don't think my mom will be calling me leh..ayo got good excuse to go back Penang..must die die go...me wanna go oso have to have special reason like visit customer..dying for a bowl of yummy assam laksa & char kuey teow...can ta pau back ah??? yum yum..
definitely no excuses! wats the distance? 300-400km? no problem. done in 2 hours! or even better go charter a private jet!
  At 9:30 AM Blogger Ah Pek said:
wah.. 90 yrs old liao can still talk over the phone. must be very healthy. when you go visit, ask them what ginseng they take.
  At 9:53 AM Blogger Ianfluenza said:
Sweet...
  At 10:15 AM Blogger sming said:
So Sweet....
Sounds like they are physically and mentally healthy even though at such an age.
My grandma is 95 yrs old this year. But since a few years back abit blur blur d.
yeah..I also want to know how they maintain themselves ??
hehehe
  At 10:48 AM Anonymous suituapui said:
GO! These old people love nothing more than people dropping by to see them. Never mind that they can't hear a word they say, and you can't understand what they're talking about!!! They're lonely and in need of company! Go AIR ASIA lah! Everyone can fly...or rather, everyone can wait (Flights ALWAYS delayed! Cheap bah!)!
angel,
come from island, but, but kenot swim. boh lor eong betul! LOL

jemima,
very true indeed!

laundryamah,
they are using handphone somemore leh.
put your whole family in the care & go lah...tapau ledi tak sedap mia.

las montanas,
2 hours??? .... kenot afford saman leh. ehh, you got private jet ah? send over lah.

ah pek,
both of them, eating, hearing, talking, cooking semua no problem. Uncle now still rides a kapchai and as recent as 2 years ago, was ferrying Aunt around until i did a wardance.
Uncle can actually walk faster than me but Aunt has slight pain on her knees.
I suppose doing a lot of manual work and less of rich man's food helps.

ianfluenza,
i am truly blessed! ;)

sming,
wow, your grandma is 95. God bless her and everyone too.

suituapui,
i am so guilty. in fact when i told Uncle i'm planning a trip, he reminded me that have to jaga my work first lah, free only go.
shucks, WORK CAN WAIT!
  At 4:08 PM Blogger Sasha said:
*sob*this merdeka go bek lor...*sob*
  At 1:36 PM Blogger dreamie said:
nyonya - make time to go back and visit them. old folks needs the company of their relatives, it make them very happy to see you, and you too will feel good too.
  At 3:01 PM Blogger Helen said:
It's surprising what a little gesture on our part can do to uplift another... :-)
  At 10:00 AM Blogger See Fei said:
a heart warming post! dont forget to take pic when u r in penang
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