Monday, July 26, 2010

Kuantan On The River

Westwards - upriver.
Eastwards - opens up to South China Sea. Tanjung Lumpur is on the other side - great seafood strip.
I love boats. I love sampan. I love them like I love ribeye steak.
Trawlers - I've never been on one of these. We don't have this type in Dungun. Maybe a few lately.
Tugboat going upriver hauling a barge. Used to love watching stevedores on a barge in Dungun in the 60s.

Sun coming up. My favorite time of the day. Actually I over slept and rammed up the shutter speed to darken the image. Photoshop will have to wait.

Kuantan used to be my kinda town but not anymore now that the girl I used to love with everything I got in the world is a distant memory that I can't, for the life of me, piece together something about her to even remember how she looked like. I used to have her photographs but who knows where I must have placed pictures of me and her in the kinda hair style back then when the hot bands were people like Bay City Rollers and Wynners or something like that that she liked very much but I didn't care very much about it because I wasn't into that kinda music but you know what love can do to you; it can make you like the music you don't like just because that's the kinda music she likes. And so you listened even though deep inside you wish you were somewhere else where you didn't have to listen to the music all that much because all you wanted to say to her was; will you marry me even though deep inside you knew better that it was impossible because you didn't have a job and you had no future going for you.

I used to like Kuantan very much but not anymore because it wasn't the clean town I used to know. But I like Kuantan On The River very much because the barge, the tugboat and the trawlers remind me that we are going some place even though we might not know for certain where that place is that we are going to but you can bet two of your eyes that we are going some place.


Blogger Saya... said...

Den tak paham la kadang2 aper maksud jang ni...heheh

12:54 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Saya: Don't worry about it, ma'am.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Cik_kembang said...

Salam sir,

The only thing I remember about Kuantan is rojak ayam in Taman Gelora...sedap!!..hehehe..

Ms. Pendangshire

3:14 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

CK: I know where Taman Gelora is. Nice lake - in the 80s la. Haven't been there ages. Now dah crowded kot.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous mm said...

Is that the hongkie Wynners you are talking about? I used to be a fan, haha, they had this song called L.O.V.E,, kinda sound like what you had with this gal..
Remember BCR with their platfowm shoes and spiky mullets.. cool then.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

MM: Ha ha yup they the one I am talking about. They also did My Sentimental Friend.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Red Alfa said...


When you talked about Kuantan on the River and then Bay City Rollers, you got me started on the moments I was at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Kota Baru on the River?)and Middlesborough-on-Tees!

For the life me how could anyone like their (and Suzi Quartro) music.. but when I saw the hordes of the Tartan Terrors/ Teeny boppers in their high-above-the ankle-hipster lengths crowding the discos of these 2 towns on the rivers, didn't I feel too old for these sorts of things and I was just 21!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Red Alfa: Suzi Quatro - my kinda basist ha ha

9:07 PM  
Blogger Zendra-Maria said...

When Red Alfa and I were in this town called London on Thames in 2006, to get from place to place, we had to go Underground and got ourselves in a Tube and waited for the transport to our destination. Marvelous structures indeed these Underground Tube stations - much more than the standard 6 feet below

Saya pun tak faham my drift... :)

12:56 AM  
Blogger Zendra-Maria said...

PS - Red Alfa and I are husband and wife, in case you are wondering hehe

12:57 AM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Zendra Maria & Red Alfa: Now I know.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Tommy Yewfigure said...

hey Bergen, like saya, I don't know what u r rambling about :)

Ahhh first song that comes to mind by BCR;

Give a little love


P/S- btw I'm Red Alfa's long lost best friend that kantoi fella...kekeke

11:11 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Tommy Yewfigure: I've met you,haven't I? I gotta feeling I have. If I'm not mistaken you sang 'New York New York'. I remember you hit the pitch 'Start spreading the news...'

Or is it a scene from another life in another planet...

12:27 AM  

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