Saturday, September 15, 2007

No place I'd rather be

Was chatting with Audz on MSN yesterday. I miss hanging out with her and I asked her if she might decide to settle down in UK after all... "No, I'll definitely go back to Perth!"... good lar, still I'm keeping my fingers crossed... 'cause you'll never know, she might meet someone, then fall in love, and the story goes on... "never say never" I always say.

I came across this song - which was the Singapore NDP 2007 theme song

There's no place I'd rather be
Music & Lyrics: Jimmy Ye

I've walked the streets of Cairo and Bombay
I've seen the neon signs on old Broadway
I've climbed the Eiffel Tower
The Great Wall in one hour
Experienced sweet and sour but that's okay

Seen Hollywood, the sunsets in LA
The London Bridge, Big Ben, Thames
I've crossed the River Kwai
Yet still I don't know why
I think of you each night and every day

There's no place I'd rather be
You'll always be a part of me
And even though I've roamed the world
It's still me home I long to see

This is where my family
And my friends grew up with me
So I'll cross the skies and sail the seas
To be where I wanna be

'Cause there's no place I'd rather be

Nice song eh? I admit that beats Malaysia's 2007 National Day theme song 'Malaysia Gemilang' hands down.

I like the song not just because it has a nice tune, Kit Chan's beautiful voice singing to it, but also because I can really relate to the lyrics.

Everyone has a special place that just holds their heart. It could be their hometown, or the place they spent a significant amount of time in, or a place that where they created the best memories in.

I wouldn't say I've roamed the world... but I've traveled to and lived in a few cities in other countries. And every place I've been to has never failed to add to my treasure trove of memories.

It annoys me sometimes when people say things like "Why Perth? Sydney/Melbourne more exciting, Perth is so dead!" or "Nothing to do in KK... very boring there lar" or "So you were from [name of school/university] huh?" *gives me this feel-so-sorry-for-you-my-school-is-so-much-cooler look*

Uhuh...yah... okaaay... What do you want me to say?

When you love a place... you just love it. Even if there are no logical reasons why. (It's possible that even when I might be the only person of my 'gang' left, I will still love a place purely for the sake of the memories that left an imprint on my life while I was there).

I'm not arguing that my city/town/school/home/family is better than yours. That's your place. I have my own.

You can turn up your nose and boast about all the wonderful things about 'your place'. And I won't deny that what you say is true. Because how can I ever expect you to understand. You are a stranger. You don't know this place and this place doesn't know you. You can choose to look beyond and get to know us, but that's up to you.

You might see every part there is to see about my place. It's not a big place anyway... but until you open your heart, you will leave this place without ever really 'getting' it.

You probably have never had your own 'mountain' to climb and explore every day after school.

And you probably will never experience the excitement of having the first shopping mall/department store/McDonalds/Burger King/Starbucks/Coffee Bean opened in your town.

Would you ever know the satisfaction and pride of making your own poms-poms using nothing but some rafia string and a plastic chair.

Or what about chillin' out barefoot outside on your front lawn on a warm summer evening, playing 'Hearts' and 'Cho Tai Ti', and laughing so hard until it hurts.

Or the thrill of sneaking out with 3 giggly girls at night in the dark to rummage through neighbours' junk.

And only a select few would know the sheer pleasure of catching and cooking your own flower crabs in the lazy afternoon sun, and later sucking the sweet meat from the shells of all those 87 crabs.

You probably have your own place and memories. This is my place and these are my memories. So there's no need to be condescending.

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