For Old Times’ Sake…

Again I got this from Facebook. If you enjoyed your high school years, you’ll do it. If you did not enjoy, you’ll still do it. If you have nothing else to do, you’ll do it. If you’re here to read the questions/answers and pretend to hate to do it, deep down you’ll still do it.

1) Which school did you go to?

Beatty Secondary School. Non Vi Sed Arte is the motto: Not with force but with skill. I think in my life post-secondary school, I’ve got by with a lot of skills… With words especially and sometimes actions… Heh… Nak hidup katakan… 😛

2) What classes were you in?

1E2, 2E2, 3E5 & 4E5… Till today I don’t understand why 1E1 and 2E1 were an all-girls class and those doing Design & Technology during upper secondary were classified as the “pariahs” of the Express stream, judging by the class number…

3) What was/were your favourite lesson(s)?

Malay!!! Cos I get to joke around with Cikgu and see the other gals who were not in my class. Kata Pencinta Wanita??? 😛 

4) If you could remember, what time was your recess?

Sec 1 & 2, I was in the afternoon session so our recess times were either at 3:20pm-3:40pm or 3:55pm-4:15pm. During sec 3 & 4, our recess times were either at 9:45am-10:05am or 10:20am-10:40am. Correct me if I’m wrong whichever ex-schoolmate who is reading this. 20 minutes of recess time was too bloody short!!!

5) List down your favourite food/snacks.

I think I seldom eat at the canteen because mum always packed something for me to eat. If I did eat at the canteen, then maybe the mee rebus or mee goreng were my favourites. 

6) Did you have a nickname way back in high school?

I remembered the mean girls in my batch calling me “Humpty-Dumpty“. One of my classmates in upper secondary, a guy, called me “Yan Dao” (handsome). I dunno what else they called me back then. 

7) How did you wear your socks? 

Above the ankles, just before the start of my calves. Yah it was that high cos I needed to protect myself when playing football even if I wasn’t wearing any protective guards.

8) Have you been suspended due to the way you put on your uniform?

No… Don’t think I was ever suspended for any wrongdoing except for being part of the school’s hockey team that fought with Victoria School in one of our inter-school tournament games. It was the national zone quarter-final round and we didn’t take losing kindly, especially when the Victoria boys were no angels themselves.

9) Were you given plenty of reminders about your appearance?

Other than to tuck in my shirt or cut my hair cos it was getting longer than allowed, I think I was generally ok back then. 

10) Who did you look up to when you were in high school?

I’d have to say Reza, Azhar & Latif, cos I think without their influences, I would not be able to observe my daily responsibilities religiously. I think peer influence plays a huge role in shaping one’s self as you grow older and I am thankful I had them to guide me from being the notorious prankster to one who is able to balance life. 

11) Name one memorable scene where you were punished in front of the whole class.

In sec 4, Cikgu separated my seat from the guys and I was made to sit in front of my wife cos I could not stop passing notes / moving over to the gals’ side to talk to them / attract her attention.

12) How many times did you skip class? What were you doing?

I don’t recall skipping any of my classes. It helped that my circle of friends were the goody-two-shoes kind who would sit through a boring session of Chemistry or even Maths… I started skipping classes when I was in polytechnic and one can find me playing football at the Astroturf pitch or the basketball courts.

13) Give one scene where you escaped from being caught / punished.

Errrrr… I think it was during my technical class… The workshop faces (yes it is still there now…) the football field and whenever the teacher wasn’t looking, I would go out and have a kickabout, even to the extent of playing all by myself. I was reprimanded but never punished cos my teacher knew how madly in love I was, and still am, with football.

14) Did you vandalize any school property?

Oh hell yeah!!! Writing on tables were norms…

15) Did you ever make any teacher upset?

Yes… I made my English teacher upset cos I refused to take part in the inter-class debating competition. But I relented, only to make a fool of myself during the competition proper cos I went unprepared.

16) Who was your favourite teacher?

I think Cikgu Hamzah was my fave teacher even if he had subjected me to humiliation by asking me to change seats during Malay class in sec 4. Through him, I learnt quite a lot of things about life and religion in particular cos we always have an impromptu “lepak” session after school if he’s not pre-occupied with work. 

17) Describe your Discipline Master / Mistress.

From Sec 1-3, I think we had Mrs Tan (something something… I can’t recall her name)??? I kinda forgot her name but my elder sis seemed to be her pet. She doesn’t need a microphone to speak and when she stared at you, you’ll feel as though she could see through every nook and cranny in you. She brought fear wherever she went.

18) Who was the funniest/weirdest/loudest teacher?

It had to be Mr. Tan Eng Guan, our Maths teacher in sec 3 and 4. He has such a comical face and a funny style of delivery that we would always poke fun at him during his classes, especially the way he speaks English. We’re very mean, I know… 

19) Were you popular back then?

That depends on how you look at things. For the first three years, people knew me as “Farah‘s  brother”, a tag I was extremely uncomfortable with because my elder sis made a name for herself as a prefect who was strict and quite serious, dilligent even, whereas I was the exact opposite. But I think in terms of popularity, I guess you could say I was quite a character in school who was able to forge a link between the guys and gals in my batch as well as the link between my batch and our juniors / seniors. In that respect I think I was popular. It helped that being the Tok Juara performing in the Dikir Barat performance during Perjumpaan Hari Raya helped me to score some brownie points. Hahahah…

20) Were you in a big group of boys/girls or small ones?

Normally I’m with the three guys that I mentioned earlier: Reza, Latif & Azhar

21) Who were your best friends? 

The three guys again… I think we were very tight like brothers, even though I’m always the butt of their jokes… 

22) Did you and your friends have nicknames?

I remembered we gave ourselves names related to wrestlers but I can’t recall now who was who. But the names were parodies of wrestlers’ names like “The Overtaker” and “The Repeat Man“. Oh wait, I think my nickname was “Flesh“, because not only was I fleshy, I was also fast for someone who is plump.

23) What were your favourite memories of you and your friends?

One that still sticks in my head were the times we went up to the rooftop of the old MUIS building before our Friday prayers. We were joined by other boys from the other levels and you know what we did??? We did the Kallang Wave whilst facing our classrooms (our school is situated behind the building) and our classmates / schoolmates were seen and heard roaring with laughter at our antics.

24) What type of CCA were you in?

Lower sec – NCC Land, Football & Hockey 

Upper Sec – NCC Land till end of sec 3. We were barred from representing school in football and hockey in sec 3 and by the time we were in sec 4, our teacher was afraid to resurrect the team in fear that history would repeat itself. I was also Treasurer of my Malay LDDS, the only guy in the ExCo…

25) What did you have to bring to your CCA?

The stupid uniform that was meant to be starched before every session. I actually dreaded going after awhile. A wonder how I forced myself to go till the end of Sec 3. 

26) What did your CCA required you to do?

For NCC Land, it was more like pre-NS. And to think before I joined, I was so interested with military stuff and jet fighters. After that, I totally hated it!!! For Malay LDDS, my job was to look after accounts and balance. Funny they gave me that role since I had no accounting background.

27) Got injured?

Yeah, I was punched in the eye by that stupid classmate who called me “Yan Dao“. Didn’t know what came into him that day. He was the kind that loved to play pranks on others but cannot take one himself. 

28) Are you in good terms with your last crush?

I think whichever crushes I had in secondary school, I’m still on good terms with them… All I can say is, they missed out on being with a great guy like me 😛

29) Did you ever had a relationship with anyone in your high school?

Yes and she is now my wife. But we only hooked up two years after graduation… 

30) Have you ever made out in school?

I knew some who did, but unfortunately not in my case… Hahahah… 

31) How did high school changed you?

Never to trust people so easily and to do my research before jumping the gun. Can you imagine I was conned into saying something in Hokkien and ended up I was the one who lost face after declaring that I have no “grass” growing in the nether regions in front of my class and schoolmates???

32) Sing one verse of your school song.

I can only remember “Non Vi Sed Arte – Not With Force But With Skill“… Funny I can still remember my primary school song better than my secondary school’s.

33) What was your favourite question?

Cher… How to do this???” 

34) Who/what will you remember from your high school?

Whatever sweet and sour incidents that had happened throughout my four years…  And of coz I remembered most of the people I had rubbed shoulders with back then…

35) Any memories you will not forget.

I think singing in front of 300-500 odd people during assembly was an experience in itself for me to gain my confidence in performing. It helped that our Dikir Barat performance was in Malay, so basically most of them did not understand what I was singing… Hahahahah… 

Now let me know about YOURS!!!~

Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

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