Monday, August 17, 2009

Of August and Me..

Folk, August is a special month to me for it was in this month that I was born. The year was 1939 and the date August 17. So accordingly to the year, month and date I am now seventy years old today. I am as healthy as ever and enjoying life as I goes along. With such a wonderful spouse, great kids and grand kids I am one happy man enjoying life in my golden years.

Last year I received a wonderful Birthday Card from my kids and grand kids. I believe the card is a collective project of the grand kids, five of them and from the look of it they must have done lots of thinking and times planning and getting it done, an elaborate one indeed; one of a kind that one could never get at the bookshop.

As you could see in the image above they do know what grandpa love to do at this juncture of his life and they did said it all in this wonderful collage of sort. I was extremely happy and trilled to get it and kept it as one of the special Birthday Card that I had ever had. So folk that is what living is all about and I am indeed happy to have such a wonderful family full of loves.

My advice to all those out there, enjoy life; do live in the present for the present would be with us but for a few seconds only and then it would be the past. The future we are yet to know and today is yesterday's future. So do live in the present and enjoy every seconds of it for it would soon be the past. The present is a gift and we all love gift, so do treasure it as we move along in life, for life is like that. Enjoy it for you are not going to travel that path again. Another thing folks; do gives love and be thankful for what you have got. Enjoy and Have a nice day.


louis said...

Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Idrus.

Best wishes for a very long, happy, healthy and prosperous life.

Louis and Elena

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Pak Idrus said...

Louis, thanks for the visit and the wonderful Birthday wishes from Elena and You.

Indeed another great day in my journey of life. It was really great getting to know such wonderful folks like Elena and You. Meeting both of you in such a faraway land to me was a destiny.

Have a nice day.

Berisman said...

Happy birthday,Pak Idrus!
May you have many,many more golden years ahead...


Pak Idrus said...

Berisman, Adib Young man thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes.

It was indeed great to meet you first in cyberspace and then in the real world. I am having a great time in my golden years.

Have a nice day.

Howard said...

Happy BD, Pak Idrus! I just finished saying "Happy BD, RI!" to all my Indonesian friends on Facebook (yes, I finally caved in to pressure and joined FB), and then I saw your post! Happy BD again! -- Howard

Pak Idrus said...

Howard, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes.

Yes the Indonesian Merdeka Day is August 17, which happen to be my Birthday as well. But I am older then an independence Indonesia. It is really great to have a Birthday on such as auspicious day.

Have a nice day.

Akmal said...!
that is indeed one card you're not going to find in any bookstore. especially the effort and the love sent with it :)
happy birthday pak idrus. many good years coming, insyaAllah :)

Pak Idrus said...

Akmal thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes.

Well like you I found that card is very very special and it made more specially because it is made by my own, those wonderful grandkids. These are the new generation that would contributes toward making Malaysia and the world a better place to live and enjoy life.

Akmal, take the que from me, always enjoy whatever you are doing and do not believe if myth and superstition. Be with science and life would continue to be beautiful.

Have a nice day.

bnaipal said...

Wishing you a Very Happy Birthday Pak Idrus!
May you have a wonderful life ahead, gifted with good health, fortune and wonderful pleasant memories of the path you walk.
Your site is a delight to visit.

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, happy (x 10000), Birthday Pak Idrus!!!

Have a fabulous Birthday with lotsa good and warm wishes from me,


Pak Idrus said...

bnaipal, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes and the good words on my kind of blogging. Much appreciated.

I am indeed glad that you enjoy those posting. Well at this age I thought that it is best that I contributes my thoughts with the world, hoping in a small way it would made the differences for the present generation.

I enjoy blogging and would continue to do so. It does kept my faculty healthy.

Have a nice day and take care.

Sheela Jayaraj said...

MANY MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY, Pak Idrus from all of us here in klang!! May u be showered with good health, Love & Happiness always as you deserve it.

Pak Idrus said...

Anonymous, Yvonne thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes. Much appreciated.

Well, I blog because I love doing it and hope that others like you would somehow benefit from my experiences since most of the time I have travel the path before you all and know for sure that the journey of life is an adventure. If you take that journey with a positive attitude, like me you would surely enjoy that adventure. It is indeed a beautiful world we live in, so enjoy it.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Sheela Jayaraj, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes.

Well it is folks like you that made my life so very colorful. As I had relate to you before blogging kept my faculty healthy and with that a healthy life as I travel on this journey in my golden age.

Best wishes to all those at Kelang and do have a nice day.

Puan Isah said...

Pak Idrus,
May I have the honour of wishing you a happy belated birthday. Like you I love blogging and blogging about simple ordinary things in life gives me much pleasure. I am a grandmother and I understand what you mean by 'enjoy life and live in the present for the present' :)
I wish you and spouse a very nice day!

Pak Idrus said...

Puan Isah, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes as well as the good words on my kind of blogging.

So we both love to blog, it is indeed a godsend tool for us to share our thoughts with the world and at the same time enjoying doing it. I have been blogging since 2003 and have regularly posted my thoughts and would continue to do so as long as I could.

I am indeed happy to be 70 now and hope that you and many others would get there as well, for life is always beautiful. Glad that you appreciate what I meant to go on living in the present. Its a gift, a beautiful gift indeed, so enjoy it.

Have a nice day and take care.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! insyaallah, I will come and wish u in person one of these days ;)

Doha but now in Ampang Jaya :)

Pak Idrus said...

Anonymous, Thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes. I would be too glad to meet you in person.

Your dad say that you are around and would take you to my home. Do come over by all means. So you are going to be here for Puasa and perhaps for the Raya too, great.

Have a nice day and take care.

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger said...

Salam Pak Idrus,

Happy B/day to you,

Semoga dipanjangkan usia, sihat sejahtera aman damai adanya. :-)

Pak Idrus said...

AuntieYan @ Makcik Blogger, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes. Appreciate it very much.

We are all on a journey of life and I am here already after that wonderful time that I have had on that journey. Another Zero to my age, this time it is 70 and I am indeed happy for having such a wonderful spouse and a loving family who contributes in making my life so colorful.

Have a nice day and take care.

headsteadi said...

your photo there doesn't conclude you're 70. how do you maintain your health?

headsteadi said...

btw, Happy Birthday to you Pak Idrus.

Pak Idrus said...

headsteadi, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes as well on the good words on Me.

Well that image of me was taken in February this year and if I do not look my age of 70 it is because I live an active life. I read a lot, blog a lot, enjoy good food, travel, kept active in my hobby of gardening and photography. I do have a open mind and do not believe in myth and superstition. My breakfast has always be the same; two soft boiled egg, a glass of Ensure and a cup black coffee without failed. I now avoid dairy products.

I do not talk about religion but just be a good person always and live in the present, not yesterday or tomorrow and I always enjoy whatever I did. To summarized; I kept a healthy mind always and enjoy living.

Have a nice day and take care.

Ms B said...

Pak Idrus,

That is very sweet of your grandkids! such thoughtful gesture. Wish you a happy birthday and may your life is blessed with beautiful things.

Also, salam ramadhan to you.

Pak Idrus said...

Ms B, thanks for the visit and the Birthday wishes, much appreciated.

Well we should never underestimate the wisdom of the kids of the present generation. They have more knowledge then kids of my generation had, so that is why I was not surprise when they presented me with that Birthday Card. See they watch us and knew what we like, thus that card.

I believe your young lady is the same, perhaps more observant, been living in a more advance society.

I and indeed happy that the generation of my kids and grand kids are better then my generation.

Thanks as well for the good words on my kind of living. I did enjoy life and would continue to do so as I move along on the journey of life.

Have a nice day.

svllee said...

Many many Happy Returns to you Pak Idrus! Now go take that Sayang of yours for a spin round town and smile! And your missus of course!

Pak Idrus said...

svllee, thanks for the visit, the Birthday wishes and the good words on my kind of living styles.

Yes We did had a quiet time to enjoy and of course smile. What better gift to get at 70 then a good health and a wonderful family that gives loves endlessly.

Have a nice day.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Selamat berpuasa and Happy Belated Birthday Pak Idrus!

I remember last year on your bday post i mentioned tht my dad's bday is just 2 days after yours but i dont remember that it was literally 2 days as is he too was born in 1939! lol. So, semoga murah rezeki and panjang umur!

Pak Idrus said...

Salt N Turmeric, Farina thanks for the visit and the Puasa greeting as well as the Birthday greeting. Much appreciated.

It is indeed great to know that your dad and me was born in the same year and month, so it look like we both are Leo. I am enjoying life in the golden years and I do hope that your dad are doing the same.

Have a nice day and take care.

Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus
Roaming about the blogsphere I finally arrive here. August is important to you because it is the month you celebrate your birthday and it is important to the Indonesians who celebrate their independence. Of course it is our Merdeka anniversary as you have nicely and briefly outlined.
August is also important to me. It is our 45th wedding anniversary. In age I am older than you by a couple of years, not much but it is enough for me to address you as Adik Idrus, rather than Pak Idrus. May I, much belated, wish you a happy birthday. How many 70-year bloggers there are I wonder. You are in a better position to judge as you seem to be a seasoned one at it.

Pak Idrus said...

Al-Manar, thanks you Sir for the visit and sharing your thought on the subject of this posting. Thanks so much for that Birthday wishes, much appreciated.

Yes August is special to me for my birthday fall on the day Indonesia gain it independence on August 17. We are a very lucky generation indeed for we saw the country develop from day one of independence and I am concerned as to where we are heading especially so with the political party that had been ruling the country ever since still refused to reform itself despite a reminder from the rakyaat.

As for using Pak Idrus, I did that when I first start to blog some six years ago. Since I was among the oldest in blogsphere at that time, I had to find a suitable way, Pakcik does not sound as good like Pak Idrus, thus I stick to Pak Idrus so that those who visit my blog know that I am a senior. Sir it is alright to address be as Pak Idrus or whatever you may think right since you are an Abang to me.

Have a nice day and take care.

mutalib saifuddin said...


it's been long time since my last comment in your blog!!

firstly, happy belated birthday.
secondly, happy ramadhan.
thirdly, stay happy!

Pak Idrus said...

mutalib saifuddin, thanks for the visit and all those greeting.

Well, it has been a great life all throughout the years and I am now enjoying my golden age.

Have a nice day.