Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Awang Goneng & Kak Teh

Folk are not sure who this Bergen really is but then it doesn't really matter because all they want is to read what he writes every now and then. Of course he writes funny most of the time; that's because he learnt English from movies he watched as a kid growing up in Dungun. He did most of the watching in a cinema called Panggung Happy which has been long demolished to make way for a spanking new building selling all kinds of stuff but not as much stuff you can find at Pekan Rabu in Alor Setar, but close enough to be one. Of course the folk running the shops don't speak like the girls minding the shops at Pekan Rabu but you get the idea what's the idea behind the construction of such a builing, which is to complement the one and only bus terminal the town will ever have if ever the town like Dungun will be the state capital of Terengganu one fine day when folk are fed up with Kuala Terengganu being so far north.
This Bergen character came out of the blue when blogging was the favorite thing to do among folk his age who found the shortest way to consider themselves a writer or something like that. At first this Bergen guy wrote things that didn't matter to none; things like his life before he discovered that there was more to life than going about with folk who didn't know any better that fun and laughter came to an end too, just like life itself.
And so this Bergen guy discovered the joy of writing and heaven knows he tried very hard to learn every trick in the book to be a writer. It took him almost a decade to finally muster what he got in him and start writing. The first entry of the blog was nothing but a completely gibberish sentences of a guy who drank too much coffee.
And then he discovered Kak Teh. After that he discovered Awang Goneng. And things changed. He discovered sentences that can be written in many different ways. And then he tried to write like Kak Teh, and Awang Goneng but it didn't work out.
And so he met them one day for lunch. And he tried harder to write. And he's been trying since and still trying.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anon-bottom-up said...

Yeah, we are all trying...I forgot what year...I was grandiose that year and thought I'll write a literature of a novel in Malay and win the award advertised in the Newspaper..well..dream year and it hinders book that I could write and could help people...so now I've stopped dreaming and beginning my third book the topic of which I could claim as an expert...bun then a novel in Hinglish is still a recurring dream...Kak Teh dia pun dah burnt out berangan-angan...Awang Goneng, yet to read his book.

Anyway I'm lookin forward to launching of my 2nd book in December..

ok lets us all keep dreaming..and writing and deleting ha ha

11:26 AM  
Blogger Wan Sharif said...

That's fine..Bergen.. as long as kita tak menyakiti hati sesiapa ;)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Anon-bottom-up: You gotta tell me more about the book, ma'am.

Wan Sharif: Betul tu, Ayoh Wang.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

Bergen, dont forget, we found you and simply love te wat you write. Yes, I am burnt out...too bust doing all sorts of things and blogging is the last thing on my mind. But am inching back..am finishing my second book here in London...but nothing earth shaking. OOh, i remember how Bergen jumped!! that image is still replaying in my mind!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Kak Teh: oh the jumping ha ha

3:03 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

sorry - my typos really bad...typing in the dark early in the morning!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Bro. Bergen,
Its really great to be able to read your postings again! Tot u dah gave up and left for the unta country or something... hehehe... Tot of paying a visit to Prof. Dr Hayee... do u have any news of him? Btw, congrats! for getting married again & semoga bahagia keanak cucu & cicit!

Dhahran Sea

10:37 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Dhahran: Ustaz Hayie is ok. Last week demam. I meet him for kuliah Hadith bukhori every Friday and Riadhussolihin every Saturday. Good to have you here, sir.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bro. Bergen, you really walk your talk... I was reading one of your 2006 postings about blogging manners (don't ask me why I did that ok)... and that you would not visit a blog whose owner wouldn't bother answering a comment from a visitor... anyway, may I know what time and where is the Saturday session with Ustaz Hayiee held? Salam.

Dharan Sea

11:08 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Dhahran: Saturday class i.e Riadhussolihin kat Masjid Kawasan Melayu PJ - a completely made-over mosque - every first Saturday of the month. You can call me at 012 - 989 2309.

9:41 AM  
Blogger aliff muhammad said...

Pak Bergen,

Saya suka gaya Pak Bergen menulis. Tulislah selagi Pak Bergen mampu.
Mungkin ada amal yang tidak nampak di mata namun berbekas di hati.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Bergen said...

Aliff Muhammad: Terima kasih, mas.

11:47 AM  

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