Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Lady in Her Twilit Years

“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once – and it’s too much.”

Kevin Spacey, as Lester Burnham in American Beauty

Malacca is this dear old lady that I used to meet every Saturday for tea. She’s fragile and tired – but oh, the stories she can tell me! She must have seen so very much living for such an aching long time.

Bless her, the dear old thing – still as charming as ever.

So much familiarity flooded my senses as I drove through her streets that I became very much beset by nostalgia. Once upon a time, this was where I grew up.

Once upon a memory, this was where I loved life.

I remember a time when I did not know how to drive. I used to get everywhere on my old bicycle. Now, my bike wouldn’t go anymore – her chains have rusted apart. She was the fourth one I ever rode on.

Come to think of it, I sort of grew up on a bicycle. I couldn’t do without one last time.

Oh, to feel the rush of wind on my face again!

I parked my car somewhere and got down to walk. Everything felt closer when I'm on foot somehow. Everything felt real.

I stood on the bridge and watched the sun descend over the Straits of Malacca. A gentle sea breeze was breathing on my face. Right then, I felt that I could almost love life again.


k0k s3n w4i


meifong said...

Malacca is so beautiful!! (especially the last picture) There's no traffic.Everything is peaceful & quiet... Beautiful scenery! banyak romantic!

k0k s3n w4i said...


These aren't Malacca's best scenes yet. All of them was taken on this bridge over Malacca River (nearby Mahkota Parade).

I'm pretty sure Johor is just as romantic. ;)

michelleg said...

one day i must go there at sunrise n sundown to take pics. after buying my digicam of course.

malacca is a nice place. i love malacca!! u make me miss home lar..

k0k s3n w4i said...


U just left Malacca 4 days ago! So fast miss?

Really shud take a walk on that bridge. The pictures hardly did the scenery any justice (and of course, my n00b photography skillz aren't helping either)