Wednesday, July 28, 2010


All tuned-up and serviced and ready for the weekend ride North...

You live. You die. You happy. You sad. You laugh. You cry. You don't have a choice. All you've gotta do is understand one thing; this here world isn't the hereafter. Unlike in the hereafter where things are permanent, things around here don't stay around long enough for you to be happy, or sad, before you are happy again, only to be sad once again one fine day when you least expect things to mess up. That's the way it is and you should get it and stop complaining, or become irritable when things don't go the way you plan. It's easy if you get it but I'm sorry to have to tell you that it is hard if you don't get it. If there's a good thing in not getting it, you are not alone. Million of decent men and women like you in this world don't get it and they are a good source of income for medical centers in the city to make money because those who don't get it are prone to stuff like high blood pressure, stress and depression and all of those things that can get you (if you don't get it).
It's easy to understand. It's a simple concept. You win. You lose. And then you win again, only to lose again. People will try to say nice things to you when you're down and out like; be strong. Or don't-worry-about-it-too-much-everything-is-going-to-be-okay. And people will say nicer things to you when you are up and about; you're-the-best. Or hey-you're-one-lucky-star. Or something like that. If you don't get it, you'd take all this with a heart big as a balloon thinking, I am cool. But if you get it, deep down inside you say; Alhamdulillah. Or Innalillahi wa 'inna ilaihiroji-oon (check your Tajwid - the Roman version of these phrases are meant for basic pronunciation only).
That's because you understand that good things that happen to you is short term. And bad things that happen to you is only temporary. Nothing is permanent in this here world, mate! Good things may last anywhere from 2 seconds to 20 years or more. Same thing with bad things. They may go on and on for years until one fine day when you least expect things to change, good things take over and all those bad things that you gotta face for 20 years are just memories.
It's easy if you get it. And hard if you don't. Wish I can help you but really, you gotta understand this thing yourself.
All I can say is, don't be too happy if good things happen to you. And don't be too sad if bad things happen to you. Good things, or bad things - they don't stay around long. Like you. You live. You die. You marry. You divorce. You marry again. And divorce again. And then who knows what's gonna happen.
Get it?


Blogger Awang Goneng said...

Good to see you writing again Bergen. Good to read your thoughts. Salaam!

12:42 AM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Awang Goneng: Sir, it is good to see you. How are you and Kak Teh?

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


nice piece there from u.

dont know whats got into me.. but m very much into terennganu n terengganu people of late. (since 2008, i'd say)

nice state. nice place. nice people.

6:56 AM  
Blogger BMP said...

I get it.... time to weep, and
a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and
a time to dance


7:21 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

yep, impermanence is the philosophy that is life.. so let go and just be, for everything is just a perception..


7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for reminding.

Help me help myself.


8:29 AM  
Blogger Fi-sha said...


Dear Encik Bergen

I wish you a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing this enlightening post, which I must say how good it feels inside knowing there are people like you who share this life's mantra, just like me.

"We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way" ~ Author Unknown

For that, I am thankful for every single thing God Almighty has bestowed upon me - no matter good or bad - because in the words of Oprah Winfrey, "we should all turn our wounds into wisdom".

I recall many moments spent crying like a baby when things didn't go as I planned. God is Great, not too far in the future, I am blessed with the answers to such crying - those tears are those of thankfulness, never of regret - for God knows what is best for this unworthy being.

"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known" ~ Garrison Keillor

So, do I get it? I sure did Sir by getting smart...

Take care Encik Bergen

9:12 AM  
Blogger Zendra-Maria said...

Redha atas qada' n qadar?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hi Bergen, u remind me of those old time movie hero, no blindfold required, just give me my last fag & get on with it.

Yes, we might have met on another lifetime on another planet & in the words of ‘The Chairman of the Board’;

That's life (that's life), that's what all the people say
You're ridin' high in April, shot down in May
But I know I'm gonna change that tune
When I'm back on top, back on top in June

I said that's life (that's life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks stompin' on a dream
But I don't let it, let it get me down
'Cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin' around

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king
I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
Each time I find myself, flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That's life (that's life), I tell you I can't deny it
I thought of quitting, baby, but my heart just ain't gonna buy it
And if I didn't think it was worth one single try
I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly

That's life (that's life), that's life and I can't deny it
Many times I thought of cuttin' out but my heart won't buy it
But if there's nothin' shakin' come this here July
I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball a-and die

My life!

Hope u drag on that fag a wee bit longer.


11:47 AM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Anonymous 6:56AM: Thank you. I can understand your fascination with Trengganu. It's like the state has re-invented itself into a new entity - cleanliness, orderliness and all. Dungun is a good example. Who would have thought that Dungun could re-invent itself into a civil and orderly town - very much like one of those towns you'd find in Norway (we're working towards that and we are sure going to succeed)

If you are in Dungun take a good look around. There's a place to fly kite, beach football courts (complete with net to prevent the ball from flying off into the road), a museum, a motor-cross park, a horse riding trail (by the beach), sea food strip, high class beach motels - all this exist in a very clean environment. We've got waterfront at the estuary where Dungun River opens up to South China Sea - and a lighthouse as the final touch to adds the sense of romantic.

I love Dungun, or I've re-discovered Dungun, like the rest of us from this place that used to be an eyesore of sort in the 70s. It's so clean and orderly you don't find mat rempits anymore.

So yes, I can understand your fascination with Trengganu.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

BMP: Time to dance. Time to rest. And dance again.

MM: You've got it, ma'am.

Wawa: You're welcome, ma'am.

Fi-sha: It's best mechanism to deal with the pressure and the demands of the present day world.

Zendra-Maria: You've got it right there, ma'am. But we know better that it's easier said than done, or it's easier to deal with it when it happens to someone else.

Tommy Yewfigure: You've got the whole script out, and delivered it too. Go get 'em, sir. It's your movie, mate!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Sharifah Rashidah bt. Syed Ahmad said...

Sir Bergen:

Your writing has always made good reading and this one is no exception. Being a cancer survivor myself, I can surely relate to the message in your writing.

There's always joy in every sadness and there's always sadness in every joy. If we sit and think about it..

1:09 PM  
Blogger AWANG said...

Tuan Bergen,

Nak ajak masuk ke blog baru hambe,

6:21 PM  
Blogger nadya.s said...

good one.

sir berg ada FB?

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

todate - no big C but life's full with ups and downs.. and i am so there.
who knows what awaits tomorrow.

innalillaahi wainna ilaihirraajiuun.


8:51 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Sharifah Rashidah bt Syed Ahmad: Thank you for visiting, ma'am. Glad to have you here.

Awang: Rajin awak buat blog mengenai Trengganu. Bagus tu, teruskan.

Nadya: No, ma'am. I don't have FB account.

Anonymous 8:51PM: Take it one day at a time.

9:22 PM  
Blogger NanaDJ said...

If only people think like you then there will be less unhappiness, stress, disappointments etc in life. Yours is a timely reminder for those who are facing crisis in their lives.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

NanaDJ: Thank you, ma'am.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous mm said...

look at that babe (the red one!). what's the story with the number plate?

hv a great weekend.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Justiffa said...

Wowzas.. thats one mean riding machine u got there berg. no wonder the ankle tak tahan.

So my ironman projection was way off the mark heheh.. but i guess theres still the marathon man ;p

I get it berg.. i still worry about a lot of things but yup, i get it.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

MM: She was born in Japan, raised in Singapore, now a Malaysian PR. he he

Justiffa: Iron man ha ha, make that Titanium man, or aluminum he he

4:20 PM  
Blogger Baharudin said...

Sir Bergen,
Nice one... I sure hope I get it, this circle of life thing, that is!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Baharudin: Thankj you, sir.

10:58 PM  
Blogger mekyam said...

nice machine you have there. zoom on, berg! :D

12:37 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Mekyam: Thank you, ma'am.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous zara said...

Yep, I get it. And it all make sense. ;-)

11:22 AM  
Blogger Zaharan Razak said...

Of course most everyone enjoys having, but I've reached a point where not having is just as enjoyable as having if not more so ... but then one can afford to say that because one has had it once or never had so much so one does not miss its continued absence ... just trying to copy your style ... pass?

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

Hi Berg. Don't care if this is not the hereafter or that is the hereafter. Whatever. Only thing that matters is YOU MUST NEVER EVER STOP WRITING !!! You have no idea how your writing makes the world all warm and fuzzy again. Can we shake on it?

5:12 PM  

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