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Jun 27, 2011

இ Random facts VI ~ As Years Go By

The Old Geezer.
*The Old Geezer was the 64th commenter in my last post "When U ЯR 64". Oh what a coincidence! He wrote an enlightening comment ~ "Old age ain't for sissies! Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege!" Profound and insightful words of wisdom from a wise man. Almost coming to the end of my 7 Random Facts of Bananaz, one more to go. A picture paints a thousand words. Kindly bear with the time for uploading as it may take awhile. Its all about the adventures of Bananaz in his 20 something, turning 30, pushing 40 reaching 50 making it to 60 hitting 70 and gracefully hope to get into 80 and perhaps more. (Sorry for the poor condition of the old scanned photos).


By looking at the two pictures above one should be able to tell some stories and the year. No prize for guessing. Yup its Woodstock, the Psychedelic Flower People, Peace and Make Love Not War.  Cannot see any ears or shoes and the bell bottoms or commonly called in our local lingo 'hala hala' could go around at 25 inches. Singapore had their strict rule of 4 x 2 meaning the hair at the side must have two fingers clearance from the ears and 4 fingers from the back of the neck. Never been to Singapore until late 80's. The picture of little Bananaz is a classic example of 4 X 2 haircut. Noticed the hair parting? As a boy would part the hair from left to right which is the norm for guys those days but got it changed from right to left during secondary school and what about the watch? It's on my right hand all becoz Bananaz wants to be different.


1970's ~ Full throttle: It's almost every young men's dream to drive a machine full blast without the fear of getting a speeding ticket. Powered by a two-stroke adapted chainsaw McCulloch 87cc engine and slick tyres to grip on asphalt road. When the chief track marshal at the starting point announced "Start your engine!", the adrenaline really started pumping. Go Kart races were mostly held in Penang with the 'racing track' start/end at the main Post Office and only been to a competition once in Taiping.


1970's: Where's Bananaz? Clue: The person who defies superstition or taboo over unlucky number?


1980's ~ Mount Aso: is the largest volcano in Japan, and one of the largest in the world. That was the closest Bananaz ever landed the feet at the crater. Honestly with the current quakes and eruption around the globe we may not have the opportunity to be near volcano. According to Wikipedia an erruption that took place from 300,000 to 90,000 years ago created a huge caldera, 25km across north to south and 18km across east to west. Its circumference is estimated between 80 and 120km.


1990's: The two hours wait for this ride was worth the while, imagine travelling at a top speed of 160km/hour and a free fall straight down from 115 metres. Venue is Dreamworld, Gold Coast Australia. The 'Tower of Terror' with Speed: Up to 160 km/hour, Height: 115 metres or 38 storeys, Length: 330 metres (=3 football fields), Track Length: 400 metres, Acceleration: 0 to top speed in 7 seconds, Weightlessness: 6.5 seconds, Gravity Forces:4.5 G's. Location of Bananaz: second row second from left.



1990's: The view is spectacular from up above Mount Kinabalu and the greatest pleasure in life is doing things that others say you cannot do which is against my doctor's recommendation not to climb mountain. In 1997, a re-survey using satellite technology established its summit (known as Low’s Peak) height at 4,095 metres (13,435 ft) above sea level, which is some 6 metres (20 ft) less than the previously thought and hitherto published figure of 4,101 metres (13,455 ft).[(Said this before in previous post). ]

Con't Part 2..


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[SK] said...

hehehe, wow, those bell bottoms were just classic yeah?? and they can go 25 inches!! OMG, that is as good as a fit lady slim waist, guess she can even wear the jeans from bottom up huh?? hahahaha~~ :D

[SK] said...

oh well, all those golden years, hehe!! maybe i should scan my photos and then keep them in my PC, so that i can blog about them 20 years later, haha~~ :D

eugene said...

Two things i like about after seeing through the pics,,, the bell bottoms and the glasses,,,,,,,,,,and looking at your pictures,,, 70s,80s,90s and more, i am sure you lived and still living a good life..........

Small Kucing said...

wa...the picture are still in such a good condition. Looks like your life have been very eventful

suituapui said...

Your photos look great!

suituapui said...

You have not changed one bit over the years - still look the same...unlike me. Sobsss!!!!

reanaclaire said...

hey..my bell bottom those days were also 20-25inches..hehee.. the bigger, the more hip it was.. i was in my teens when bell bottom was in fashion! i also must dig out some teenage photos.. see the drastic change in me.. i think i posted up mine in November last year.. during my birthday.. so .. is your birthday coming too? :)

suituapui said...

Wah! You went to Mount Assh**e, I mean, Mount Aso. Muahahahaha!!!! Reminds me of that Japanese guy in "Mind your language". Remember that one?

suituapui said...

When we went to Singapore in the 70s, we wore a wig - short hair...our own long hair hidden inside...just to go through immigration.

suituapui said...

When we went to Singapore in the 70s, we wore a wig - short hair...our own long hair hidden inside...just to go through immigration.

suituapui said...

Yes, I agree 100%. "Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege!" When will you be singing..."I did it sideways, oops...I mean...my way"? LOL!!!

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

Haha i think my eldest worn those bell bottom type - same classic image

lina said...

Whoa! Mr Bananaz so stylo with his bell bottom. :)

You do have great memories. Looks like you enjoyed your life, so why resent growing old. ;p

lina said...

So you choose no 13 for your jersey, ah? Tak takut? XD

Tekkaus said...

I wish I can hit the magic number 80 too. :p

Tekkaus said...

Wow...last time you used to be so "IN" ar? :D

Tekkaus said...

Wow...you like to play basketball too? Even represented your school or maybe club?

Tekkaus said...

Wow...your life is being lived to the fullest by you bro. Good! Good! :D

Ying Ying Dai Tao Har said...

wow... you were such a happening teenager who knew how to enjoy life and live life to its fullest. i hope i can go travelling with some adventurous trips like yours. really envy :)

yvonne said...

Wow! Looking at your 70s styles reminds me of my dad :) The hair, the shoes and the pant - Classic!!

levian said...

wow, look at that hair! we often seen it in the movies n thought it was for movie only. now that i saw you in it, you felt like a movie star to me!

HappySurfer said...

What a pleasant time-travel, Bananaz! Thanks for sharing your memories. Best wishes for many, many wonderful years ahead. Show us again in twenty years.. :)

Luciana said...

aiyoo..kecil2 pandai bergaya pulak..seriously i like those pics..got style lar :D

Daisy said...

This was interesting to see these pictures from down through the years, Bananaz. Fun post! :)

Naomi said...

It is funny to know how singapore used to control hairstyle.

Lrong said...

Waah, those bell bottoms... looks like we might be of the same vintage...
Didn't know that Mt. Aso is one of the biggest volcanoes in the world...

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ Yeah those slim ladies would have no problem from bottom up. Scan them now and post in 5 years time haha. tQ.

eugene இ You got the chance to wear them not your era I presume. tQ looking forward to break through 80 haha.

Small Kucing இ Just the normal teenager would go through living life the way it used to be. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

suituapui இ Photos slightly blur after a few process in shaping them in boxes. Noto to late to pump iron and get back in shape haha. Mr Brown got a great bunch of English students certainly can remember that Jap with his Ah..So! Wow you wore a wig to get away from the immigration not bad an idea huh. Very true its a privilege. tQ

reanaclaire இ You wore those 20-25 inches as well, the bigger the more the more groovy. We also call those bell bottoms sweepers. Quick get the photos out again and write something about it. Ma birthday long way to go. tQ

MRC இ Oh yeah your elder bro wore them but you didnt get the opportunity of wearing those, quite fun you know can hear the flapping noise and your floor is always clean haha. tQ

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ No regrets had a great time, haha those were the days. Tak takut lah never pantang about 13 or 4. tQ.

Tekkaus இ Very IN those days and very fussy too with my dressing. Cut away half of the two sleeves of my blue jeans jacket and made frills. The only game I played in school was basketball and badminton. Was in the school basketball team and also commercial club and played for company that I worked with. tQ.

Ying Ying Dai Tao Har இ Had an adventurous life as teenager. You can also make it a point for trips overseas once in a year. Yes you can. tQ

Bananazஇ said...

yvonne இ Oh satu bangsa sama your dad eh. Maybe might even know him hahaha. tQ

levian இ You make my day, me a movie star thank you hahaha. Yes its the trend those days especially actors like Jacky Chan, Chow Yuen Fatt or Sam Hui will have that hair style then. tQ.

HappySurfer இ Shall take note of your comment to show my pixz 20 years later wonder able to do the typing by then or will take me month to complete a post hahaha. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Luciana இ Bananaz was very fussy during those days as teenager and now pretty fussy too. All shirts and pants were tailor made. Even till today never buy ready made pants from supermarket except jeans. Style mesti mahu mati tak pa hahaha. tQ.

Daisy இ Our hair style then were influenced by The Beatles and used to be trendy. tQ.

Naomi இ There was once a big hoo-ha when they shaved our Malaysian boys cant remember how many was shaved botak. tQ.

Lrong இ So you are in the same boat too bell bottoms with no ears and shoes hahaha. tQ

Isaac Tan said...

awesome bananaz, just awesome! I was wondering if you're from the same decade as my father, because he does look like you when you were young, complete with the hair and bell bottom pants. My dad is a retired teacher aged 66. I miss him now, feel like rushing back to penang just to see him. Can't wait for my house to be ready in KL, so can invite my parents over here.

lena said...

i wonder what makes 70s hairstyle so popular then? looking back anow, it made a man looks feminine actually! so vast difference looking at you from the 70s to 80s and now..i remember seeing your recent photo at a 'blind leading the blind 'event you had put on a lot of weight since then.oh, dont worry, you will age gracefully till 8 and past 90.!

Bananazஇ said...

Isaac Tan இ Cannot be Bananaz is only 36..hahaha Quite near your dad but have not cross the golden years yet. tQ

lena இ tQ for the reminder shall go for my gym and morning brisk walking again. True my weight was very consistent in the past but lately increased slightly. Still wearing my working pants made 16 years ago. Guess 'blame' it on the Beatles for those long locks which we considered 'groovy' then hahaha.

foongpc said...

You really had lived an eventful life looking at these pictures! Oh you are so cute as a little boy with the 4 X 2 haircut : D

foongpc said...

Eh unlucky number can be 4 or 13? Which one?

foongpc said...

Wah! Standing near the volcano crater is very nice! : )

foongpc said...

I have yet to climb Mount KK! Must do it soon! Oh btw, nice bell bottoms : D

Alice Law said...

Wow, you really live life to the fullest!!! ... and surely like thrills and adventure... let me guess your nxt post, you must hv gone for Bungee jump and sky diving leh??!^^

Pete said...

Long hair and bell botton pants....he he he!

Wanna go parasailing in Jugra?

Life Ramblings said...

great to see a different perspective of old-time photos. you were so leng chai.

Life Ramblings said...

It is common to see bellbottom pants worn by people in photos taken in the 70's. I guess when bell bottoms were in fashion, they looked good. But looking at the pictures now, they're outdated liau.

Life Ramblings said...

i don't think i'd ever go for the tower of terror. i'm such a scaredy cat and besides, i'm too old for this.

Life Ramblings said...

wow, good thing you've conquered MK. the views are truly breathtaking. you looked so stylo up there.

rainfield61 said...

"Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga." -- David Ogilvy

Alice Law said...

Hey mate, thanks for the inventive rhyme! My kids love it, I reckon frm now on we will hv fun singing your rhyme while preparing dough! LOL!

Keep well and have a great day!

Twilight Man said...

Alamak I love that cute photo of the small little boy! So so cute and I wanna chubit your face! Ha ha ha!

Twilight Man said...

I am surprised that your Mt Kinabalu photo was so bright and mine was so dark at 4.00 to 5.00am. Don't tell me you took it at 7.00am!

Sheoh Yan said...

As years go by, you still listen to 倪安東. Thumbs up. You young at heart.

Twilight Man said...

I must tell you that your post has awakened me a lot about humans and old age. I am the youngest in the family and having to tend to old parents here.

Twilight Man said...

The dude in No 14 must be you! So cool and handsome nia....!

Twilight Man said...

LOL... I love Suituapui's comment Mt Ass@#$% !!

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ OK lah boleh tahan, life a bit kind. Those days the 4x2 haircut was so square then. Bananaz fav number is #13 ~:). Better climb Mt Kinabalu go go go. tQ

Alice Law இ Sorry to disappoint none of the above of what you mentioned. Maybe timing was not right *lame* of perhaps no guts to do that hehe..tQ

Pete இ Jom..you jump I jump. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Life Ramblings இ Heard the bell bottoms are coming back haha. I was 'complaining' about life but after I posted and looked back, life is not that boring after all got all the excitement those days. C'mon age is just a number coz Bananaz always feel like 36 *ahem*. You can do it if you want to. tQ was leng chai & stylo once upon a time. You be the judge might search for my latest pix until till age 80 if I can find them hahahaha.

rainfield61 இ tQ for dropping by. That was a great quote just as when I tried to switch doing things using my left hand a friend thought I went cuckoo and added I should walk with my hands instead of my legs.

Alice Law இ Oh really, the kids liked my version of 'roll roll roll your dough!' hahaha.

Bananazஇ said...

Twilight Man இ Ouch ouch ouch! The youngest and the most spoilt kid right? hehe. You mean #13 no got #14 woh..Oh our DOM with his Mt Aso@#$%&!muahaha tQ.

Sheoh Yan இ Bananaz always young at heart. Love that particular song by 倪安東 the very first time I listen to 988 and dunno know who or the name of the song until I heard it again the second time from 988. Was lucky the DJ mentioned the song name but cant grasp the singer's name got 'tong' something. Did a search..viola found it in YouTube just like the same song for Y2J heard it from 988. Also love it the very first time and through trial and error heard the song again and wrote it in pinyin got it translated and did a search. Once I set foot on something I love no matter what it takes Bananaz would go all out for it and I did it my way.. ~;). Btw do you like the two songs? tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Twilight Man இ Sorry cant remember the time pixz were taken. Was up at the summit quite close to 6am. Probably pixz were taken after I have inhaled tons of fresh air into my lungs so the time could be between 6-7am..~;).

Casendra said...

Wah really classic! Share more photos!

Faisal Admar said...

very envy!

bananaz is hot!

when the bell bottom will becoming again? freaking nice :)

Bananazஇ said...

Casendra இ Coming up next post Part 2 but no more exciting ones anymore but on Bananaz go places.

Faisal Admar இ Bananaz hot but not deep fried hahaha. You start the trend with bell bottoms ok bro?

London Caller said...

Funny that you mentioned hair parting from left to right.
I do "right to left" with my right hand.
I always thought that was the "right" one. ;)

The telephone engineer is coming to install internet connection on the 11 July 2011.
Seems like a long time to wait…

Netster said...

Fuh! look like my father hahahahahaha

Those long hair cut like Beatles style is truly famous those day.

How come I have a feeling your age are not so far off from my dad... but I think you're younger.

anyway... its remind me of my father :)

Bananazஇ said...

London Caller இ Oh 11 days wait for full throttle. Now is right to left meaning the hair line is on my right..~;)

Netster இ Hello son *ahem*. Like my earlier comment mentioned only 36 woh. Who knows maybe Bananaz may be older than your dad leh? muahahaha.

Hayley said...

Hi!
Wah, those photos are really classic!

EastCoastLife said...

My father and his brother had those bell bottoms and I laughed until stomachache. :P

EastCoastLife said...

I cannot imagine guys wearing them and sweeping the floor with them. Maybe it's a good idea to bring them back so our streets can look cleaner. :P

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Your photos certainly hold good memories.Bell bottoms are cool- wear them!

Bananazஇ said...

Hayley இ Thanks for dropping by. Those were the days will take a long time for the fashion to make a come back. tQ

EastCoastLife இ Looking back can really laugh at what men with long locks & bell bottoms and women too, like those signature glasses worn by the late Lydia Shum Din-Ha and tall beehive hair style my late mama used to set. tQ

Keats The Sunshine Girl இ Not sure would love to wear them now hahaha.

Autumn Belle said...

I think those bell bottoms looked very matching with the hippie hairdo and peace-sign belts and chains, just like the Bee Gees. Did you go have a drain-pipe jeans and John Travolta Saturday Night Fever walk?

No. 13 was my lucky no. when I started work. My company address was no. 13, Jalan 13 in Section 13!

Aha, my DH and I have a lot of sentimental memories related to basketball. Was it what attracted Mango to Bananaz?

willie a.k.a reptoz said...

Wah! You went to interesting places. And my dad has a lot of photos with those fashion and hairstyle.

Netster said...

36? confusing! How come your beautiful daughter look like college going? Ehhh daddy your daughter single ah? Hahahaha

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ Sometimes hard to explain on the trend. Oh yes Travolta with his one index finger dance point up point down here there and every where haha. So 13 is your lucky number and ho ho ho basketball ball slam dunk both you and hubby together eh that's interesting to know but not Mango she dont play basketball. You have a great break tQ.

willie a.k.a reptoz இ Got a colleague who often laughed at my old NRIC coz of the old photo. So she told me when she is upset to show her my NRIC..cool eh..hahaha. tQ

Netster இ 36 is in the mind *ren lao xin bu lao* hahaha. Nikki is still single but you got no chance bro you are married hahaha.tQ

lina said...

wah, can make people happy with your IC photo? Can I see it too? ;p

Alice Law said...

Hi Bananazஇ!

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Thanks for your kind offer and support, that very nice of you!Appreciate it!^^

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Bananaz, love this posting and the jurassic pics. Reminds me of my teen days too.
You look good too in those hide a chimpedak bell pants, ha ha.
Guess those were the days....good fun too.
You take care and have fun.
Best regards.
Lee.

Yee Ling said...

Hmmm....the first picture from the left looks like my Pa's pose back then....ahahha...macho eh!

Bananazஇ said...

lina இ Old NRIC given back to gomen have it photostated need to go for a treasure hunt nanti Bananaz akan post. haha

Alice Law இ We will ROCK you anytime.

Uncle Lee இ tQ for dropping by. Yeah jurassic pixz stone age time you wore those hide chempedak pants too haha.

Yee Ling இ tQ for dropping by. Oh this post reminds most bloggers of their Papa and all had a good laugh, guess that betrays the age of Bananaz hahaha.

Bengbeng said...

haha the good old days of bell bottoms n whatnots.. i remember the bell bottoms i wore were big enough to cover my high heels n omg i waved my hair once hahaha during my sales exec days hahaha .. btw u look much better than John Travolta haha

lina said...

I wanna see Bengbeng's photo in his bellbottom too! XD

Bananazஇ said...

Bengbeng இ Yeah long hair and high "heels" of 3 inches tall hahaha oh goodness they trend and fashion then were so groovy.

lina இ Me too would like to see Bengbeng with long locks and bell-bottoms. I send to my buddy friend of his long hair and 'hala hala' he lol-ed..ah so desu ne..hahaha.

Leovi said...

Excellent post, interesting and fun.

London Caller said...

Ha ha! Of course you can take those pebbles home.
Are you planning to open an aquarium? Ha~

Ai Shiang said...

Hey Bananaz, those photos don't look right leh, as the time went by. What's your secrets? :o)

I always thought and still think we're of the same age range. But if those vintage photos' time is correct then, I'm wrong.

ken said...

by looking at your pics.. im just amazed with how the world has changed so much..

Wenny said...

wah!!! you going down nostalgia lane. how the era has changed. i still remember those 'hala hala' pretty well coz i had to help my mom iron those pants for my brother then.

Ever Green Tree said...

Interesting....Its nice to get to know the person behind the blog. U have been an athlete n enjoy adventure sports, hiking, racing n all...That's terrific NO 13??? Is it?

Bananazஇ said...

Leovi இ thanks for dropping by glad you like it. tQ

London Caller இ Reason I asked coz in Jeju Island, Korea we cannot take the certain stones from volcanic ashes.

Ai Shiang இ No secret its all in the mind stay young, be young and will be young hahaha.

Bananazஇ said...

ken இ Things changed, time changed, people changed hahaha. tQ

Wenny இ Yeah great experience reminiscing the nostalgic moments. You ironed for your brother lucky guy. Bananaz has been DIY ever since after left school and still doing the ironing myself until today. tQ

Ever Green Tree இ Yup lots of involvement of pumping adrenalin and #13 is my favorite jersey number which nobody wanted even though they are all Chinese. Thought only Westerners have a taboo over it..haha. tQ.

Cloudia said...

thank all wise geezers!



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London Caller said...

Oh I have been to Cheju island...
Don't remember about picking up the stones though.
I had live octopus by the sea caught by the sea women!!!

Faisal Admar said...

haha i will wear bell bottom when you come to penang. then we wear together!

Bananazஇ said...

Cloudia இ Wise indeed tQ

London Caller இ Those are lava stones. Wow live octopus can predict the future or not? hehe.

Faisal Admar இ Cool!!!BBR? Bell Bottoms Revival? hahaha.

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) said...

Wow...Bananaz~ Great photos! Love those laba ku and the mountains. I like your new template as well.

Thanks for posting~
Cheers!

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) said...

Looking forward to your part II!

Bananazஇ said...

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) இ Haha laba ku long time didnt hear this comment already. Part 2 is up tQ.

One said...

Judging from the photos, I could guesstimate your age. You looked like a star. :)

I've also climbed Mt Kinabalu before. It rained and the air was thin but I made it.

Bananazஇ said...

One இ Yo! by now it so easy to guess the age hehe. Great you been up at Mt Kinabalu must have that good feeling standing at the top. Lucky for you the rain didnt block you going up as certain case the guide would decide a yes or a no to climb further.

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