During a cheering event for the rugby team.
A day like this doesn't come always.
When I look back at that picture, it simply reminds me of how fast time flies. Back then, a lot came in mind.
About what it's gonna be like at the end of the year. About taking SPM. About ending my Form 5 life. About ending my school life. About many other things. But now, those are all things of the past. The day has finally come.
School holidays have long started, leaving most of the hostel blocks empty. The fifth formers are the only ones left to lighten up the nights here. For me, as one of the fifth formers, it's an honour to enliven my last days and nights here in Malay College. These final days and nights are really tightening the bonds between batchmates and taught me a lot in valuing friendship. Probably because I know that soon, we'll be going our separate ways.
And that 'soon' I meant is just only a few days from now.
Saturday. It was suppose to be a calm day but I woke up the day with a bang. A friend woke me up earlier than usual. And that was damn ugh. What dream I was having in my sleep vanished straight away from my memory. Due to sudden awakening maybe? Everyone woke up and prepared early, not wanting the same thing that happened last Saturday to happen again.
And so, the daily routine began. While I was tidying up my locker, I found a film strip under a bulk in my drawer. It was morning, and the angle of the sun rising at that time made the sunlight to fell into my dorm in streaks of light through the old wooden window. Since my locker was set facing the window, I, happened to be standing in front of my locker at that moment, held up the film towards the window and to my surprise, the film happened to be the first roll I shot using my Yashica. I had it processed and printed before but never scanned.
I was ecstatic because I thought it was lost for a long time already. After inspection was over, I took the film strip along with my camera and had it scanned at a nearby photo center.
I can't quite remember exactly when I shot these. But most were during a cheering event for a rugby match.
It rained throughout the noon and evening. By evening, the rain started to recede. I was on my way back to dorm when I spotted a rainbow in the sky. Back then, I was in front of the tennis court of the West Wing. The view of the rainbow was pretty much blocked by a row of trees in front of the court. I strode faster and made it upstairs of the Overflow building. I wanted to take a shot of the rainbow and upstairs Overflow would provide a better view. Sadly, by the time I reached there, the rainbow had gone in just a matter of seconds. Quite a frustrating moment.
From now on, I'll be more ready when it rained in the afternoon. Although I missed one, I'll try not to miss the next.
The rainbow's sudden disappearance taught me a lesson.
Once an opportunity is there, you have to grab it fast.
Time and tide wait for no man. And so do rainbows.
Yashica Mg-1, Shutter at 1/500s, f=2.8, Fuji Superia ISO 400.
This year's Aidilfitri has just passed. Yet, I still don't on how should I feel. Should I feel happy? Yeah, maybe so because I managed through the whole month of Ramadhan with success. Or maybe I should feel sad too? After all, the awaited month of blessings has just passed. Not to mention the loss of a friend of mine two days before Aidilfitri. It is none of my expectations for his life to end that early. His loss made me thought about myself. What will become of me? Will I make it to the years to come?
Well, life is like that. Simply being a human alive brings risks. No one knows what day will be their last day. It is something that is decided by Allah. The best thing that all of us can do is to live our lives as if today is our last day. With that, we won't forget the one and only above us.
Last night, the Hari Merdeka countdown was in front of the Big School building. The countdown and celebration were done moderately so as to respect the holy month of Ramadhan. Though moderate, it was so much meaningful and memorable. Me and the rest of the collegians even sang the song, Suria.
Suria muncul di pagi hari,
Kita bangun sederap kaki,
Menara bangsa akan kita bina,
Perkasa tiada rebah lagi.
Mentari sudah ada di sini,
Pasti bersinar seribu tahun lagi,
Biar berhembus angin sangka kala, Malam pasti tiada datang.
Kita sudah tiada perlu tidur kerna mimpi ada di depan mata,
Peluh jernih berganti keringat,
Bersinar bagai mutiara.
Rimba akan terus hijau,
Unggas riang ria berkicau,
Air jernih meriak di kali,
Udara nyaman tenang di rongga.
Darah kembali berharga,
Merah buat penyeri muka,
Embun jernih meniti di bibir,
Kasih sayang jadi milik semua.
Kita bebas terbang laksana burung,
Terikat hanya di tali cinta.
Kita bebas terbang laksana burung, Terikat hanya di tali cinta.”