Another good friend of mine had just closed his final chapter as a lifelong plant pathologist and settled down to lead a meeting-free life in the land of hornbills. Away from his hometown up north, probably avoiding being caught in the endless turmoil and turbulence that almost certainly will spoil his mood to enjoy his early retirement life.
That was after more than 30 years of meticulously looking after one of our major commodities and making sure a disease free environment for the many smallholders. This is a man I rarely see easily getting angry and donning his signature smiling face almost all the time. No humiliation will ever wipe out the smile on his face. I hardly see this trait of warmhearted genotype around, anymore. What a character.
He is not a prodigal hybrid, but so am I. We both live to accept that we are not the immortal trying to unravel the order of this world. Along the way we crossed each others path many time, and friendly dispute is almost instantly become a mutual understanding over a mere plate of 'nasi ayam'.
As if everything move in a very slow motion, I can almost see the good old days evaporated and vanished before my eyes. For me, life has just began. Yes, People do come and go as they will. What left for me is to stand tall and brave this messy dysfunctional hectic life. After all, I don't have a problem donning that biggest and sweetest smile too.
Bro Sham, Happy early retirement and enjoy the sweetness of your after-life. I really hope we can meet again somewhere....some time. On second thoughts, AirAsia is just a click away!