01 January 2015

Pakcik Reminisces ( Pt 38 ) - My 1962 New Year Resolution


My Resolution 52 years ago

In the final hours of 2014 ecided to look back to those years when making new year resolutions was a must to me. Generally it was made with a serious thought. Each year my diary would, without fail, start with resolutions for the year. Now it is all a history.  A quick glance brought me to my diary of 1961  I was then in my final year. In the middle of that year, armed with a degree, I started my working career, in Singapore for a start. ( I regret I am not right now able o put a picture of that book and the relevant page.)


Let us see how the first page of my ( Monday, January 1961) diary began. I wonder in what mood I was  when I was writing it down.  Was I being as serious as I was on other occasions ?  Here is what I wish my readers to see:

 “ a -No vice of any sort.

  b - By the time the last page of this diary is written there should be at least ‘three’ if not full house‘4’ ?”

 The first part (a) sounds as if I had lived a dirty and wild life those years I was a student away from home. Who knows -  that is a matter for anyone to judge. No one is perfect.

 Now we look at the second part (b). My first question when I read this, what was that 'three' and 'full house 4' mean? Since I now have three children I immediately thought of children.  No, it was not meant to be children. The 'last page' of that diary would  mean a period of less period than a whole twelve months, needing me to be married and to force a triplet  (or even a quad within a year!. That would not be human.
Then the  'full house 4' would only make me think of my right as a Muslim man! In short,Pakcik must be in a humorous mood on the first day of 1961, the year I would be liberated from text books and all, come snow and sunshine. How could that young Pakcik ever seriously think of 'full house '4' . Today,53 years down the line  the ‘house’only has one 'guest', and I have been more than contented. Alhamdulillah.

Those comments enable me today to comment and criticise how foolishly naïve I was those heroic years, at least so I thought.





Just as well I am finishing this entry at almost within the last minutes of 2014. So, I have the opportunity to wish every one of my readers a successful and rewarding 2015.  I will have this posted within the first hours of 2015, but I must also have my  new year resolution as well - that is :    

Berkhidmat kerana



sintaicharles said...

new Year's resolutions motivate us towards our goals. Happy new Year to you and your family. I always ask my students to write about their resolutions but they are reluctant to write.

Ismail aka Pak Mail said...


I haven't been writing diaries in a month of Sundays, though, occasionally I received diaries from the office or from friends. Never thought or realised the importance when we get on in years later.

Selamat Tahun Baru 2015, Pakcik.

Omong Mak Long..... said...

I used to make and write down new year's resolutions. But they only last for a few weeks. Sokmo malahh nak cara... Happy New Year Pak Cik and everyone of your family.

Uncle said...

Selamat tahun baru pakcik...semoga panjang umur, murah rezeki dan diberikan kesihatan yang baik...makcik juga!

kaykuala said...

Dear Pakcik
Nice to have a roll-back on some wishful thinking. Seen against the present happy family back-drop they sure seemed cheeky. Young hearts with young wishes were all in jest. One can take a big laugh now! Happy New Year to you sir! May the ensuing year bring good tidings!


Al-Manar said...

Pak Mail,

There is nothing magical about writing diaries. Blogging id the modern equivalent. Your stories of your days in he service will be of interest to your children especially. The thrill in written diaries is the sight of age visible, yellowish and partially damaged, giving the sense of age .Keep your interesting reminisces going Pak Mail

Al-Manar said...

Omong Mak Long,
Resolutions are just a fashionable way of expressing one's intention to better oneself. After a few weeks it is all but forgotten, to think about it again after buying a new diary.

Selamat tahun baru dan Maal Hijrah

Al-Manar said...


You are truly an odd teacher! How on earth you think of asking your children to write resolutions. This is a habit old generation, a very benefitial one of course. Keep trying, old boy. You may succeed to get a few who will remember you dearly in thirty years' time.

Happy new year Cikgu.

Al-Manar said...


Terima kasih atas ingatan baik dan doa.I wonder where on earth you are planning to tour this new year. All the best to you and family

Anonymous said...

Salam Pakcik,

Ha Ha..muda muda rasanya memang mostly orang 'cheeky'. Selamat berjumpa tahun 2015 Pakcik and Makcik.
30 tahun dulu waktu ini saya berlari-lari ke sekolah masuk darjah 1 dengan beg kotak warna merah ke Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Sungai Besi....

Uncle said...

Salam Pakcik.
takde lah banyak plan sangat pon...tapi dalam fikiran tengah pikir nak ke Kyoto during spring..sakura and all and at the same time visiting a good friend of mine there...insyAllah....kita hanya mampu merancang Pakcik!

Al-Manar said...

Dari mana agaknya dating NKZ - Nun Keakhir Zaman. Terima kasih menemui Pakcik dan ucapan selamat. Hilang rasa 'muda muda' mengetahui NKZ sebaya dengan anak lelaki Pakcik yang tengah. Dia sudah ada tiga anak lelali, yang tua baru masuk university. Adakah kesamaan ini. Sila datang selalu. Kalau tiggal berdekatan negeri sila lah keteratak kami dengan anak cucu sekali , kalau dah ada.

Kalau ada perkara yang lebih berupa peribadi email la ke alamanar@pd.jaring.my. Tidak sekali akan dimasuk blog.

Anonymous said...

salam Pak Cik,
I wish that it is not too late to wish you and makcik happy new year!
I know it is been quite long I remained in silence. I am really sorry for that as I am having a very hectic forth year. Assignments, clinics, labs work and research are what I am facing until the end of this year 4. Take care of yourself and makcik. In shaa Allah, I will drop by to Nuri whenever I have free time.

lots of love,

Aziela said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik.

Untung juga bila menyimpan diari begini. Secara tak langsung, kita seolah2 menonton filem tentang perjalanan diri kita. Perubahan dan perkembangan kita. Dan dipenghujung cerita, pasti ada senyuman kerana kita tahu kita dah berusaha untuk meningkatkan kualiti.

Selamat tahun baru, pakcik.

Al-Manar said...

Going to Kyoyo in springtime. I know you would be somewhere on earth. Enjoy yourself

Al-Manar said...


I have guessed your tight schedule. Never mind my dear, Do well and you can treat us both when we need it.

Al-Manar said...

Waalauk Salaan AZIELA.
The entries in your blog are really a modern way of keeping diaries. Photos can be attached, unlike my old days. Adam and all will enjoy rreading the blog some twenty years from now. You have done very well

BaitiBadarudin said...

As salam,
Happy new year.
Nice to see your regular entries here.
I've finally got a 'mock cover' for the manuscript.
And an invite to a book launch. Please try to drop in if you're in KL.
Thank you.

Al-Manar said...

Baitibadarudin, waalaikum salaam.

Regretfully I cannot make it to KL then. But please let me know, email or your blog posting where one can place an order. I would certainly need at least a copy.

I wish you success, beginning early .in 2015