Thursday, December 1, 2016

LOVE STORY (KISAH CINTA)

KISAH CINTA
The song "Kisah Cinta" by Sugiman Jahuri triggers nostalgic memories of the time when I wrote the Malay lyrics of the song for his album.


The movie
I saw this beautifully written/produced movie "Love Story" acted by Ryan O'Neal and Ali Macgraw. I really liked the song-track sung by Andy Williams. I saw it several times, and each time when the film ended, I walked away with a lump in my throat, when the song was played. 

One day, Daisy Devan (EMI) called me and asked if I could write the Malay lyrics for Sugiman Jahuri to record in his next album. Without any hesitation, I agreed, and was even prepared to waive any fee that EMI allocated for lyric writers. I knew the English version well by heart, and immediately sat down to put Malay lyrics, depicting myself in the role portrayed in the movie. It was an easy write, and I was pleased with the result.

Sugiman Jahuri sang the song beautifully, but when I was given a copy of the EP, my heart jolted. I noticed an important word in the lyrics was substituted with another, and this totally changed the meaning.

"Dari mulanya ku terkenang wajah yang sungguh jelita" should have been sung this way:-
"Dari mulanya ku terpandang wajah yang sungguh jelita". (The word terkenang was not what I wrote).

Grammatically, nothing was really wrong with that word, and no one even noticed it. Being the writer of the lyrics, I was disappointed because the word "terpandang" made more sense since the lyrics that followed "ku terpandang wajah yang sungguh jelita, senyum mesra dan lemah lembut gayanya" (meaning, that he fell in love with her at first sight, and her beauty, smile and grace, captivated him).

I pointed this out to Daisy. She panicked, and instantly checked with the Producer, and later called to say that it was too late to do anything as the EP was just released. It was a tense moment for EMI. Everyone (including me) was told not to mention this to anyone, for fear that it could be wrongly speculated, and affect the sale.

All fears were put to rest, "Kisah Cinta" became a HIT song, and the best selling album of Sugiman. This is the untold story behind "Kisah Cinta".

Today, "Kisah Cinta" is revived by many new generation singers. I like the vocal in this karaoke version (right). It sounds fresh, and different from the original track,

(Below) "Kisah Cinta" is being given a new treatment by Rudy Djoharnaen. His soothing voice and unique style in delivering the song, make me happy to have written the lyrics.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

BERSAMA & DUA KALI DUA

Song lyrics often reflect the personalities of the writers. From their works one can sometimes sense their temperaments, emotions, and states of mind.

When conceiving works, writers are sometimes influenced by the environment, people and places. Hidden desires, inner feelings, hopes, disappointments, anger, and other positive and negative emotions are sometimes visible from the way the lyrics are written.

Most lyric writers and music composers are often critical of the works they churn out. They sometimes imagine themselves in a similar situation, so as to relate to the life experiences of their listeners. Good lyrics can touch the hearts of listeners, and may cause tears to flow especially when the words symbolize the listeners' life situations.

Many persons believe that creative works, ideas and inventions are inspired, and I am one such believer. I believe that quality work cannot be forced out or extracted upon at will. It is best to let go until such time when the mind is relaxed to produce the work at its own pace and momentum. Such works would be well worth waiting for, would flow like a river, and be remembered forever.

"Bersama"
My mum was a Hindi movie fan. By coincidence, I was in Penang when I first heard this movie song-track "Yeh samma" sung by Lata Mangkeshkar. The melody is beautiful, and romantic and it caught my attention. It was common in movies then for stars to play hide and seek in the garden teasing each other whilst singing. I did not understand the Hindi lyrics, but felt that the song deserved a better treatment.

I then decided that I would definitely record this romantic melody in Malay for my next album. However, the idea was shelved, as the next scheduled recording had already been pre-planned. In any case, I had not even written the Malay lyrics. .

I then totally forgot about this melody. Many months later, I was all alone manning the small gift shop in Kuala Lumpur, that I owned. That day my staff had not turned up for work. It was a quiet day with hardly any activity in the complex, and I was feeling slightly low. Then suddenly this beautiful romantic melody that I had forgotten about, kept spinning in my head, and along with it came pouring-in the Malay lyrics without much effort on my part. Somehow the lyrics fitted in so beautifully with the melody, and even the title  "Bersama" sounded quite similar to "Yeh samma".

That certainly made my day, and I could not wait for the song to be recorded. I was most certainly inspired, and it did not end here. Believe it or not, there is more to this song. I've written about this unusual experience that I had, the night before the song was recorded

"Bersama" is currently the most viewed song on sarenafanclub09 You Tube channel.



Incidentally, I met Lata Mangheskar when I visited Bombay, and mentioned to her that I recorded some of her songs in my albums. She was particularly interested to hear my version of "Yeh Samma", and was later presented by EMI with a copy of my LP album, with the song in it.

Dua Kali Dua
2 x 2 - that's what it means. It reminds me of my childhood days, when I had to memorize my mathematics. Yes it sounds mathematical, but in Malay it also implies that "you are the same, no better than me". These words are often used to tease someone.


I liked the English song "kiss me honey, honey" by Shirley Bassey. It is a catchy song with cheeky lyrics. It never crossed my mind that I would one day be recording it in Malay.

One fateful day, I was alone in my car, heading towards KL city, and roads were empty then. The weather was bright and sunny, and I was feeling exceptionally happy. During such times, I often kept myself entertained with music from the car. However on that day, whilst driving, I sang loudly to myself all songs that came to my mind, including "kiss me honey honey".

Suddenly, I was struck by an idea to put whatever Malay lyrics that came into my mind, to this song. Being in high spirit I was then, cheeky lyrics flowed out from my mouth spontaneously. I then pulled the car to the side of the road, and jotted down what came into my mind. The lyrics seemed to fit in beautifully with the melody, and that day, "Dua kali dua" came into being.

EMI Producer the late Reggie Verghese, was excited by this particular choice of song. He knew exactly what I wanted, and provided superb instrumentation. In between the song, clapping sounds were inserted to set the mood for the cheeky lyrics, and vocal that followed.


The completion of the album coincided with my TV show. An unreleased copy of the album was rushed to KL, in time for the song to be featured in my 4th weekly TV show "Sarena in Saturday Night Entertainment"- (Hiburan Malam Minggu bersama Sarena". TV Producer, Helan Abu, had a good vision for sound and music, and predicted that the song would be a hit.

When the show was aired on TV, it was the first time that many heard the song, including my mum. She called me from Penang immediately and was so excited with the song. I am proud to know that my young fans who were then no older than 10 years old, remember me by this song to this day. Even more touched I am, to hear that they grew up with my songs and my songs brought back fond memories of their childhood days."Dua kali dua" became a sing-along, and according to EMI this was my best selling LP album.

Epilogue
Today,  I occasionally hear "Dua kali dua"  over the radio, including "Bersama". I'm happy and content knowing that my songs have made some people out there happy!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MY TV MEMOIRS

Changes in life
As we continue with our journey in life, changes often take place. Changes can occur from within and sometimes situations initiate inevitable changes. Perhaps changes are necessary in life. Without change, we may never know that the path that lies ahead can sometimes make life even more meaningful.

I made that decision and changed my path and left behind the entertainment world as an artiste. With this, I left behind not only the way of life but also the people that I knew and worked with. I did not look back at that chapter of my life.


TV Memoirs 
Today, I feel that it's time to share some of my past experiences as an artiste and dedicate this piece to the memory of those days. Here are some of the highlights. 

I performed in many TV musicals and dramas and worked with TV Producers in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. My most memorable experiences were when I hosted my own TV shows - Hiburan Malam Minggu bersama Sarena - (Sarena in Saturday Night Entertainment) & Personaliti Hiburan Malam Minggu.

TV PRODUCERS
Zainal Abu
Zainal was a well-known singer before he joined RTM. This was long before I set foot in the entertainment world. I met him when I was appointed as one of the judges for the National talent show  "Bakat TV". (Below - Zainal seated on the extreme right).

In 1976, Zainal produced the first musical programme "Personaliti Hiburan Malam Minggu” that I hosted.

I offered to write the script for the comedy segment of the musical. I was happy that Zainal agreed without hesitation. No singer was given this privilege before. He made minor changes to my script, to be more in line with RTM’s policy.

This was the beginning. Subsequently, Helan Abu produced "Hiburan Malam Minggu - bersama Sarena" that I hosted, and I wrote 5 more comedy scripts for the show.

Ironically, two persons who share a similar surname, but unrelated, were instrumental in bringing to life, this latent potential in comedy/scripting, and unleashed the humour in me, that the public had never seen before. For this I'm grateful.


(Below - Part 1 - Audio/visuals of a comedy sketch with guest artiste Connie Looi, 
and comedians, Ishak Jonid, and Hamid Gurkha. Helan Abu produced the show).



Helan Abu
Helan introduced many unique ideas for the weekly show. These were carefully planned by him ahead of schedule, and I was excited to do my best. He was the script writer, director and producer.

The show was nominated for “Best Women's Entertainment Production”. I did not attend the function, as I had moved on with my new life. Helan deserved the recognition for his creativity, and commitment to the show. 

Sadly, as a normal practice at RTM, all tapes were eventually erased. Today, what’s left are memories embedded in my mind. Some of the salvaged audios were uploaded on YouTube, for sentiment.

Helan had good things to say about my performance, as reported in the article below:-

Utusan article, dated 24 August, 2009 written by Muzlina Abu Bakar (translated)

Quote - “I can still remember the show that I produced on Sarena Hashim in 1976, after my return from a 2-month work assignment in Sarawak. In this weekly show telecasted on Saturday nights, Sarena not only sang with her sweet voice, but participated in comedy, acting, and dancing. For 6 consecutive weeks, Sarena hosted HMM show with many invited guests, like the late Puan Sri Saloma, and Veteran actress Datin Saadiah. HMM became the most eagerly awaited entertainment programme, by fans. TV channels did not feature many artistes then, and such appearance was really looked forward to”. 

MEMORABLE SEGMENTS
·      (Lagu & Fesyen - Song & Fashion)
Four extra dresses were needed weekly for this particular segment of the show. Since RTM fees were low even for professionals, to lessen my burden, I arranged with several boutiques to sponsor this segment. The clothes by “Lady Jane Boutique” that I modeled, turned out the best. Jenny, the boutique owner, received well-earned credits on TV.   

Each time I made a 360 degrees turn, I appeared in a new dress. The live audience present, were puzzled seeing me running in and out of the studio, in a new outfit, halfway in between the song. Lagu & Fesyen, became the topic of conversation, and I was often asked, how this visual effect was created by the Producer.

·       Outdoor filming
The song “Tie a yellow ribbon”, was filmed at several locations, around Kenny Hills (Kampung Tunku)". This was a challenge for me, because the roads were winding, steep, and narrow.

As I cycled downhill, then got down from the bike, untied the yellow ribbon from a huge tree, and ended the song, a small crowd that gathered applauded. I felt silly then. Today, this song is still remembered by viewers of my generation.


                     Video below, is an amateur replica of "Tie a yellow ribbon"


Different themes
Each week a different theme was created to depict the mood, and concept. One was a picnic scene and camping, with actual campfire setting in the indoor studio. This too was an original concept, that had never been done at RTM. 

Another was on “travelling with songs” that commenced with the song "Kenangan Manis" with photo montage of my visit to Bollywood. This was followed by a Middle Eastern song performed with Normadiah dancers (Video below)



The week's theme provided me with the opportunity to perform a repertoire of songs in Malay, English, Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin, all in one programme.

Producer - Teh Ching Chiang 

Here, I wish to record my gratitude to TV Producer, Teh Ching Chiang, who was very spontaneous in helping me with my diction in this Mandarin song. He was then the Producer in the Chinese entertainment section. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to work much with him, except a few occasional appearances as a guest singer, in his programmes.

GUESTS IN THE SHOW
Well-known Celebrities
Several well-known personalities were guests of the show, and among them were the queen of songs, Saloma, veteran actress Sa'adiah, Actress Noor Azizah, veteran actors, Abdullah Chik, Mustafa Ma'aof, and many others. It was an honour to have them in the show. 

Saloma

We sang a medley of her old songs together (below)


"Solitaire" is my favourite song by her. I can feel her sadness as I recall the stories she told, of her emotional struggles, after her beloved husband, P. Ramlee departed. I wrote a tribute to Saloma in this post.

Sa'adiah
I liked her movie roles especially in "Antara dua darjat" and "Penarik Beca" with P. Ramlee. She was a legend of the silver screen, a great actress and beautiful in real life, as she was on screen. 

This was the first time that we worked together. I liked Sa'adiah at first sight. I had earlier imagined her to be quiet, and soft spoken, but found her to be cheerful, and bubbly. Her performance in  this comedy,  showed that she also could be funny, and firm. 

Sa'adiah was referred to as beautiful and "montel" (meaning chubby) 
in the comedy. Helan added the word, with no disrespect intended - and I told her so. Sa'adiah was gracious, and immediately brushed aside, and said no apology was needed, and it was all for fun, and that she actually was chubby then. The word "beautiful" was enough compliment to make her day. She was very encouraging, and sisterly towards me. 


Sa'adiah was married to the late veteran singer/actor Ahmad Daud. Occasionally, when she spoke, I could hear the Penang slang coming from her, obviously inherited after years of exposure to her beloved Penangite husband. 

I once appeared in Ahmad Daud TV Show, and performed on stage in Penang with him, and his sweet celebrity niece, Rahimah Rahim. This was the very same stage that I sang when I participated in the Bintang Radio competition, and where I performed alongside P. Ramlee and Saloma. It was a happy moment for my parents, and relatives, seeing me performed live for the first time, after becoming a Recording/TV artist. 


Actress Noor Azizah 
Noor Azizah was popular then, with many movies to her credit. I was happy that she was invited to appear as a guest. In real life she looked even better. This was the first time that the comedians met her in person. They were excited, and this coincided with the script that I wrote.

(Above - Noor Azizah and Ayappan standing next to me, and Lim Goh Poh, Shafee, and Yahya Sulong seated together).

The comedy was about 4 guys who came for a screen test, and only one would be selected to act as Noor's leading co-star. Seeing her in person, they became nervous, and there were squabbles among them. They forgot their lines, and invented their own. 

Situation in the studio became so hilarious and uncontrollable, during the rehearsal, that it had to be stopped for awhile until everyone settled down. That day, I laughed so much, as I had never laughed before. 

                                
(Below - in a comedy sketch with the late Abdullah Chik
and the late A. R. Ayappan)
Abdullah Chik 

He was a veteran singer and actor. His presence in the comedy, was looked forward to by fans, after his long absence, living overseas. 

Ayappan appeared with me in other comedies too. From the press reviews, this was said to be the best comedy performed in the show.


Shortly after the show, Abdullah Chik acted with me in a TV drama "Wajah wanita". I remember him as a jovial person, who had many stories to tell, that kept the casts and crew continuously entertained. I did not see Abdullah again after filming ended. 

On 26th September, 1995, I read the sad news that he had passed away. Alfatihah. Ayappan passed away in the year 2000. (May their souls rest in peace).


Singers & Musicians
The participation of well-known singers namely D.J. Dave, Hail Amir, Helen Velu, Salmiah Hassan, Jasmin Hussein, Mex Siwalette, Jamal Abdullah, A. J. Ajmain, Zainal Adnan, and many others, alongside local and foreign musicians, made the show even merrier. 

(Below)"Leave me alone" (Ruby red dress) 
performed with Helen Velu, and Salmiah Hassan).

  
(Right) In a medley of popular songs with well-known singers - Mex, A J Ajmain, Zainal and Jamal)

The finale
Perhaps it was an intuition, or pure coincidence that all the songs selected for the finale were goodbyes, and farewells  - Selamat Tinggal Bunga ku, Masa Berpisah,  Kucupan Azimat, etc. 

"Hasta Manana" performed during the finale
(Below - pictures and audio)

Whilst performing, I felt an unusual sadness then, as though I was bidding my last farewell to my fans. The atmosphere was sombre, and I was asked why I chose all depressive songs, and if I was going somewhere. 

Yes I did go, and by my own choice. This show turned out to be my last farewell, and I never sang again on TV, after this day. Subsequently, I acted in Saloma Show as her guest, and thereon acted in a feature film "Menanti Hari Esok". 

I then left the entertainment industry and never again faced the camera as an artiste. I returned to the scene, 6 years later, as a music & film producer.


SPECIAL TRIBUTE
Rahimah Alias
She was a young lady from a small village, who ventured to Singapore city to make a name for herself, in the movie industry. There were many reigning stars then, and it was more her beauty that captured the hearts of movie goers.

Her first movie was a supporting role in the film "Cinta gadis rimba", directed by Tan Sri L. Krishnan in 1957. Thereon, other 
supporting roles in Labu Labi, Ibu Mertua Ku, Chuchu Datuk Merah.


I first saw Rahimah in person, when she visited my mother and auntie in our home when I was youngShe was the same age as my mum. Her daughter Suraya Harun was also in the movies. During her childhood, Suraya lived in Penang for awhile with a close relative of mine.  


Make-up artist
Rahimah then stopped acting, and was employed as a make-up artist at TV Malaysia. She did not know that I was the daughter of her family friend. When she found out, she insisted that I called her "mama", and thereon, was persistent in wanting to personally do the make-up for my TV appearances.

We maintained contact like most families do, and this bond was sustained for many decades. Two years prior to her departure, she asked me to write her autobiography, and said that she had many stories to tell of her struggles, and experiences, as a movie star. From the stories she related, it would have been a best seller. Sadly, I could not spare the time to write, and suggested that she could get one of her daughters to write. 


Rahimah is remembered for her generosity in sharing her affection, and for her cheerfulness. She had the gift of making people happy with her entertaining stories, aside from the delicious food that she happily cooked with her very own artistic hands. 

Mama departed on 30th December, 2009, and will always remain close to our hearts. Alfatihah.


SINGAPORE TV


Yusuf Ahmad
Pak Yusuf, as he preferred to be addressed, was a fatherly figure to all the artistes. I often appeared in his shows, alongside well-known Singapore artistes. The invitations were eagerly looked forward to, as I would be meeting many of my Singapore counterparts. 

The pictures in the article (right) were taken during filming of a Hari Raya TV Special produced by Pak Yusuf. That day, I was the only Malaysian artiste invited
to perform alongside Singapore singers - Kartina Dahari, Rafeah Buang, Anita Sarawak, Ahmad Jais, Ismail Harun, Eddie Ahmad, A Ramli, etc.  

Pak Yusuf was a veteran Producer, well-respected in the industry, as someone who thoroughly enjoyed his work. I was proud to know that his daughter Azizah was a fan, and I was privileged to meet his family.


During one of my visits, and just before filming commenced, 
Pak Yusuf appeared on the floor with a microphone in his hand. This was said to be unprecedented. 

In the presence of the audience, he said that he received many requests from my Singapore fans, who wanted to hear in my own words, what it felt like to be a well-known singer. Also, if I could give some advice for upcoming singers, on how to confront challenges in order to succeed. (The above photo with Pak Yusuf, was taken during the interview).

Pak Yusuf is fondly remembered. Alfatihah. 

Brunei TV

Over the years, I made several trips to Brunei, to perform in the TV shows, as a guest. Several times alongside Malaysian singers and celebrities, and once as an invited guest of the country with the late Saloma, the late Sharifah Aini, Uji Rashd, Ahmad Nawab, Hail Amir, Noor Azizah, and several others. 

In the old days, artistes were appreciative of each other's talents. Jealousy and animosity if at all existed, were rarely demonstrated openly, or perhaps, I was unaware. I seldom performed on stage, and during the rare occasions when we appeared together, I had the opportunity to get better acquainted with my counterparts. 

One day, an unforgettable phenomenon occurred in Brunei. Sharifah Aini, Uji Rashid, Saloma, Daisy Devan (our chaperone), and myself, had an unbelievable experience of our lives. This happened when we were returning late from a TV recording session. Perhaps, I might relate the incident one day, in a different segment of the blog. 

(Pictures in the press article were taken in between filming, at Brunei TV). 

Epilogue
In life, there may be times when words were left unspoken, but it’s better late than never. This long overdue piece, is my gesture of appreciation to some of the many persons, whose presence in my life as an artiste, made it pleasant, and colourful. 


The song below is dedicated to the memories of those times.



(Photos - By courtesy of Helan Abu & RTM. Newspaper articles from Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian,  Malay Mail). Thank you.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I ASK MY HEART



What is described in this poem is an imaginary conversation with our heart, if only it can speak. We may not realize this, but our heart is telling, and showing signs, that can lead to an ailing heart. When these warning signs occur, we do need to make many adjustments, in our life.

Not being concerned about health issues is very normal, when we were young. However, who we were then, can also determine who we become, in later part of life. Like a seed that is sown in a healthy fertilized ground, this tree grows rigid, healthy, and strong.

This among others, I learnt from a wise old man, at an early age. “Look after your heart, and it will take care of you”, “food for the heart”, “poison to the heart”, etc. Curious and nosy I was, I bombarded him with questions, to understand the meanings. He was proficient in Contemporary and Alternative Medicines, and from him I gathered the seeds. He was my grandfather. I was intrigued, and continued the search, and thereon, familiarized myself with many of the ancient teachings.

Today, I’m sharing some.

Why is our heart rebelling?
Why the sudden rebellion, when it never needed attention before? Seriously, our heart is like a child, that continuously needs to be cared for, and nurtured with proper food, good temperaments, exposure to right environment, etc. These, and many other aspects, can influence to a large extent, the status of our heart, and overall health.

It is a common knowledge that heartbeat changes with physical exertions, and outdoor activities. However, as time passes on, and our heart regularly behaves abnormally, it could be sending warning signals that it needed help desperately. Then, we really need to consult a doctor.

ANCIENT TEACHINGS
Good health as mentioned in all ancient teachings, and cultures, is the attainment of an absolute perfection of the total being - i.e. our mind, body and soul. This knowledge was common, and practiced for Centuries, but was slowly discarded as people changed with time, and progress. Fortunately today, people are reverting, as ancient knowledge begins to resurface.        

The rule of law and aproach then, was that – “prevention is better than cure”. There are ways to attain good health, and to sustain it. This includes:-
  • Spiritual enhancements
  • Eating the right food that suits individual metabolism, 
  • Proper sleep,
  • Be well in control of emotions, 
  • Harness good thoughts, 
  • Living a disciplined lifestyle, etc. 
These have always been the simple formula for health preservation, for slowing down the aging process, controlling premature manifestation of illness, etc.

As the ancients believed - “for every illness, there is a cure, except death”. It is considered a spiritual and moral obligation to preserve health since ‘life’ is the greatest gift bestowed upon all the living, by the Benevolent Creator.

What is poison to the heart?
Today, I’m focusing on man’s biggest enemy i.e. “Anger”.

The mind is believed to be the dwelling place of the good and evil. It is also the breeding ground of negative elements. Anger is looked upon as the uncontrollable manifestation of evil caused by the reaction of the mind. We have the capability, and capacity to control this demon, within us.

We are aware of the physical and mental reactions, arising from anger. There are easy and fast solutions, that can be done via medications, counselling, etc. which are not necessary. Here are simple remedies, and harmless to try, that cost absolutely nothing. By recognizing our shortcomings, along with determination, any possible threat to the heart, may be averted.  

Simple tips that can diffuse anger
  • Recognize anger as an enemy – keep away
  • Count 10 and suppress
  • Don’t allow anyone to aggravate  – avoid and walk away
  • Don’t dwell on problems that cause frustration and anger.
  • Distract the mind by engaging in activities, that can change the mood, and atmosphere 
You may think that these are easier said than done. However, with a little patience, and restraints, we can overpower this enemy.

What is food for the heart?
  • Prayers and other spiritual enhancements
  • Meditate, and harness good, positive thoughts
  • Be grateful, feel good and be content about life
  • Encourage the spirit of giving with charitable deeds
  • Engage in hobbies - to entertain the mind and heart  
  • Relive just happy memories, and experiences
This song by Connie Francis is for all the hearts in the world, that are broken.

Connie has a soothing voice, that's calming to the nerves. This is the kind of song that can drive away anger, and keep it at bay. “So if I broke your heart last night, it’s because I love you most of all”.

Unlike the lyrics of the song, declaration of love alone is insufficient to alter the condition of the heart that is medically traumatized. 

Epilogue
Our heart is the most loyal and trusted companion. So, if we love our heart, treat it well and in turn, it will take care of us.

Friday, July 29, 2016

TIME

This little phrase written on the cover of a notepad, makes me ponder. I can imagine the state of mind of the writer. It is obviously someone who had gone through life's experiences with all the trials and tribulations.

I look upon life akin to a pile of memoirs of moments and experiences. Stacked within the package are collections of triumphant and ecstatic moments, disappointments, emotional scars, etc. Inevitably, these life experiences are necessary tools for evolvement.

As we cruise through life, we are confronted by severe stormy weather, calm weather, and sunny weather. Riding through rough times whilst remaining steadfast and focused is our test of endurance. Unfulfilled dreams can often trigger remorse. However, for lack of trying and for having taken life for granted, we only have ourselves to blame.

Now, lets divert for awhile and listen to this popular song of the 60s. It amplifies my views on the wisdom, and essence of time.

Turn, turn, turn by the Byrds.
To everything, turn, turn, turn.
There is a season, turn, turn, turn.
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born, a time to die.
A time to plant, a time to reap.
A time to kill, a time to heal.
A time to laugh, a time to weep.

To everything, turn, turn, turn.
There is a season, turn, turn, turn.
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to build up, a time to break down.
A time to dance, a time to mourn.
A time to cast away stones.
A time to gather stones together.

To everything, turn, turn, turn.
There is a season, turn, turn, turn.
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time of love, a time of hate.
A time of war, a time of peace.
A time you may embrace.
A time to refrain from embracing.

To everything, turn, turn, turn.
There is a season, turn, turn, turn.
And a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to gain, a time to lose.
A time to rend, a time to sew.
A time for love, a time for hate.
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late.


TIMES OF OUR LIVES
“Time and tide wait for no one”. We know this not just by hearsay, but experience. Time has its schedule, and mercilessly moves on. There were moments when we could not catch up.

This version of "Unchained Melody" by Matt Monroe is my favourite. "Time goes by so slowly, and time can do so much". 

Childhood 
Yes, time can really do so much in people's lives. I remember the times of the year when monsoon seasons, were fear factors in my childhood. One day, three adventurous kids ventured to a nearby beach and told a white lie. I was one of the three. Then a sadistic relative warned us that children who told lies would be struck by thunderbolts. Each time thunder roared above our heads, we raced and took cover under tables and chairs. We felt doomed for having lied, and believed that our fate was sealed.

Of course, like the weather that came and glided away, although it then seemed to move very slowly, time took its toll and along with it, our innocent years.

Adulthood
We moved along with time, and then came the next phase of life. We experienced the process of change, and the people who were important in our lives, were taken away, including the sadistic relative. Somehow, then, time seemed to move much too quickly, and we could not keep pace. We pursued our dreams and goals in life, and sometimes cried out ‘there’s not enough time’. We were angry, that time was hasty and ruthless, for having left us behind.

Golden years
Then comes the golden years, when we have all the time in the world. But now, it seems like our time is running out. Our anxiety makes it move even faster than our heartbeat. Yes, time can be merciless, for it again took away the people we loved, and what mattered to us in life.

THAT ONE MOMENT IN TIME
Time continues with its persistent journey. We can only ride along, but still need to catch up with its pace, and momentum. We yearn for that 'one moment in time, when we are 'more than we thought we could be'. When that one moment comes, if we let it slip away, that moment in time is no longer a gift to take.


(Right) Whitney Houston with her rendition of "One Moment in time". 

This is the most powerful, and inspiring female vocalist, I've ever heard, in my lifetime. Not a singer in the world can deliver this song, the way she did.

Whitney had her wish for that "one moment in time" that she asked for. Her memories will linger. She delivered her pledge of "eternity", with this song!

Epilogue
I seized that moment in time, and realized my dreams.

One moment in time
Each day I live, I want to be
A day to give, the best of me
I'm only one, but not alone
My finest day, is yet unknown

I broke my heart, fought every gain
To taste the sweet, I face the pain
I rise and fall, yet through it all
This much remains

I want one moment in time
When  I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time, when I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time, I will feel, I will feel eternity.

I've learnt to be, the very best
I want it all, no time for less
I've laid the plan, now lay the chance
Here in my hand

Give me one moment in time 
When  I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time, when I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time, I will feel, I will feel eternity.

You're a winner, for a lifetime, if you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine
(Repeat above)
Then in that one moment of time, I will be, I will be, I will be free.


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