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When I suggested that she let me publish her lively verses, Mrs. Chong-Lee responded positively. So to all our young once and young ones, please read the very down to earth but soul-stirring lines...
Thank you Judy.
Sharing with my close ones this poem I penned in May 2020 during the lock down. For the inspiration of fellow seniors 🙂.
Age they say is just a number
But the higher I go I seem dumber.
I've never been as old as I am now
To the march of time I must bow.
Simple chores no longer automatic
Auto-pilot programs gone erratic.
Things often get lost or go missing
Tasks to do need constant reminding.
Add on to these my new miseries
The sad pain of physical disabilities.
From birth to death we face life stages
Same for everyone through the ages.
With all our experience and wisdom
Age constraints restrict our freedom.
Since the past is already long gone
Please don't let it keep us forlorn.
The present is really a great gift
To live with joy as we daily drift.
The future is undecided for all
Just be very careful not to fall.
We're here on a wondrous journey
Aspiring to reach our divine destiny.
If there's still a dream or ambition
Go for it... too old for any inhibition.
For many they say life begins at 40
At 70 we could be young (once) as 30.
So cast away the cares every onus
To live these golden years is a bonus.
I want to live well laugh and love much
So my dear friends please stay in touch.
Judy Chong - Lee [Mrs. Jimmy PresLee]
*Click comments below, please, one by Chow Wen Hing especially...
Yours too are welcome.
Here's a short list of songs with similar themes that could interest you:
1 Life - Elvis Presley [Mrs. Judy Chong's choice on YouTube]
2 Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band
3 Against the Wind - Bob Seger/Silver Bullet Band
4 Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
5 Those Were They Days - Mary Hopkin
6 It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra
7 Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark
8 My Way - Paul Anka
9 Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
10 Forever Young - Rod Stewart
11 Just Young - Paul Anka
12 The Young Ones - Cliff Richard
13 The Times Of Your Life - Paul Anka
14 Enjoy Yourself - Doris Day
15 In Our Old Age - Kenny Rogers
16 That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine - Gene Autry
17 Silver Threads Among The Gold - Will Oakland
18 We'll Meet Again - Johnny Cash
19 September Song - Willie Nelson
20 Rocking Chair - Hoagy Carmichael
Wednesday, November 03, 2021
These are songs that came to be before Cliff Richard and the Shadows emerged from Britain, about a time when we, in Singapore, had the Flamingos, the 3 Bambinos and before the Crescendos even cut their first vinyl.
Monday, November 01, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Hello Mr. Young,
I’m a student at a local university and I’m currently working with a team on a research project about local Singaporean music in the 1960s, specifically focused on the local pop genre. While we were researching, we came across your blog on Singapore music of the 60s, and read that you fronted a couple of bands back then - the Swallows being one of them.
Would you be open to a short interview with us?
We understand that we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 climate and we’re open to doing the interview online! In the event that you are open to being interviewed, we would also like to ask for your permission to record it and use it for a class presentation. This is a non-profit project only for educational purposes but the website is likely to be made public.
We’d love to hear your insights on this topic! Do feel free to let me know if you have any enquiries. Thank you so much for your time, looking forward to your reply😊
[This letter has been edited.]
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Article, a re-post from 31.10.2018.
Since Halloween is around the corner, let me relate this story that discusses a very pretty waitress in an Indonesian restaurant in Singapore. She is beautiful, especially with her bewitching looks.
This particular Indonesian restaurant has dishes that are authentic and an atmosphere that is cordial. The food is similar to what my mother used to cook at home when I was a child, a treat of home food.
I was with my wife and a lady waitress came to serve us. This one was a stunner! She had porcelain skin and quality features, with remarkably high cheekbones, definitely a photographer's delight.
Surprised by her stunning beauty my wife got into a conversation after complimenting that her face was flawless. She beamed with delight. She also had a petite nose, "Hidung macung..." (sharp nose) when we both described her. Tall and slim she would fit any modelling agency's resume.
But her most unique feature was her eyes. They looked pearly and sea green and seemed to shine under the dim restaurant lights that evening. But there was something different about them.
We placed our orders and in the midst of eating, she came to our table and told us that she was of mixed parentage. I honestly forgot the racial combination, extremely exquisite to remember. Very interesting.
An illustration of a lady in meditation. This waitress vanquishes evil spirits.
She was multi-lingual too and we heard samplings of the languages she could speak; she rattled off in Dutch, French, Spanish, Chinese, some dialects, Indonesian and bits and pieces of other languages. My wife and I were both fascinated.
Since the restaurant was not busy that evening, my wife asked how she managed her beautiful self. Her answer. in delightful Indonesian:
"I drink a jug of water every night before bed and I believe the water cleanses the toxins in my body."
But her beauty was not the actual attraction because what she told us surprised us that Halloween season.
She explained that she practised meditation very seriously; this regime helped her maintain her beauty and physical fitness. She went on to explain that she was able to "distinguish the good and evil spirits that come before me when I meditate. They appear like images out of a book."
She was able to manage these spirits and send the negative ones away. She was also able to see dead people as some of them would walk around her sometimes. Shades of Bruce Willis, black magic and sorcery! She could tell the future, read your palms and quietly whispered in my ears, "Seduce you!"
A clairvoyant! OK! My wife was taken aback by her tale and behaviour and was becoming a little concerned but the waitress carried on to explain her supernatural abilities:
"Dead bodies should not be cremated because they can feel the pain. Burial is best," she concluded. The piece of rendang (Indonesian beef dish) in my mouth seemed to have melted down my throat. I swallowed hard.
"I know!" she looked at us with her darting eyes. "I can hear them scream when I go to the Mandai Crematorium to watch them burn."
"I have an aunt in Bali," she carried on, "and I have helped her get rid of a persistent troublemaker in her large bungalow in the suburbs. It was a JIN (an imp)." Apparently, the JIN came back when she was not around. People in her kampong (village) laughed at her in disbelief when she told her stories. They said that she was a mental case, that she's GILA (crazy).
When we left the restaurant we thanked her for her stories and gave her a small tip. She thanked us too with much gratefulness and enthusiasm. As we left everyone looked our way as she had an aura about her. To have left was a relief for us.
The next time we came round again, the head waiter told us she had already left. Why? The boss didn't like that she talked too much. According to a new head-waiter, she had troubled some customers.
I forgot to ask her name.
Happy Halloween 2021 everyone!👿
Witchy Woman by VictoriaM1 from Deviant Art Website. Thank you for pix.
A short list of songs pertaining to the topic:
Voodoo Child - Jimmy Hendrix Experience
That Old Black Magic - Sammy Davis Jr
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Ghost Busters - Ray Parker Jr
Magical Mystery Tour - Beatles
Black Magic Woman - Santana
You Can Do Magic - America
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
With A Little Luck - Paul McCartney and Wings
Do You Believe In Magic - Lovin Spoonful
Witchdoctor - David Seville
Witchy Woman - Eagles