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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A truckload of memories.. ok la, tipu! Just boxfuls of them.. ☺

Last week, my room got flooded!

There was something wrong with the roof or something but during a storm on Monday, I found myself swimming in my room.. Okay, I'm exagerrating, but you get what I'm saying right.

The water ran down from the front wall of my bedroom and practically flow across the house right out the back door *sigh* I had to spend the best of the morning mopping up the water but gave up after a while since the flow vs Ayu's mopping was showing signs of the flow winning by means of being so much faster than the speed of my mopping.

It was only on Sunday did I manage to clear up my room that was already having that queer smell of wet cardboard. Why wet cardboard? Well, when I first rented here, I thought I was ONLY staying for the duration of my masters so I had kept all my moving boxes in preparation for a move. I didn't expect to still stay here 5 years later. nyway, I kept all those boxes neatly under my bed but after the leaking roof disaster, all those boxes were beyong saving so I had to throw them away.. or risk having a room that smells unpleasant enough to make me rather sleep on the couch.

Some of those boxes were empty but some had a few things in them that I had totally forgotten about..

The first thing I found in the first box I was throwing away were a few jars I had filled with dried petals. It made me smile for a long time since these were the flowers I had received during my graduation for my bachelors degree. I had received at least 12 bouquets of flowers (a first for me ok!) and treasured them all enough to not wanna throw them away after they had withered. Instead, I bought these jars and filled them with the dried petals..

Actually, one of these jars also contains the rose petals from the flowers given to me my IM. Somehow, instead of making me sad, it actually made me smile as I remembered my feelings at that exact time. Nope, I don't want him back la (just coz I was smiling.. duh!), but I guess some memories just stick around in your head anyway!

The next thing I found, was actually also indirectly related to IM. You see, I had bought this photo frame to put our graduation picture (the one and only picture of us together) in it but after things went astray, I had hidden the picture somewhere else (where I mysteriously can't remember till today) and kept the frame back into its styrofoam box, empty with no picture in it. This part made me feel sad (but just a bit je la..) coz I guess I didn't expect things to happen the way they had.. =(

Then I found some A4-sized papers neatly folded. I opened them and almost laughed when I realized they were song lyrics I had compiled once upon a time ago. Almost immediately I began singing some of those songs. There were a mixture of all sorts but certainly songs I had really liked once upon a time ago.

After putting those papers into the recyclable pile, I found another pile of papers in another box and was suprised to see that they were Additional Mathematics notes I had made for my students when I had taught the subject a few years ago. The thing is, I've been avoiding teaching the subject for years now.. and I can't remember why! I've almost forgotten that I once taught that and everytime my students want to ask me a question on that, instead of Modern Mathematics, I always tell them I don't teach that subject when I had actually taught it for 3 years kot klau tak silap hehe..

Another folder of papers were revealed to be my MSc notes. I didn't expect to find them in the boxes under my bed since most of them have already been filed away in my MSc box files for easy referance but here they were, complete with Dr Wan's handwriting on some of them ☻

In another box, I found a few more smaller boxes and I opened them to find old gift given to me by.. by.. errr, by sape eh? Hahaha.. aiyak! I've totally forgotten by whom. There's an essential oil burner, a stationary stand, another burner and a few other knick knacks given to me through all the years..

Next I found an old Dragon Ball comic book, salvaged from my school days (my recent one were all recently bought since my original ones sumer telah dihilangkan oleh adik² ku yg tersayang). It was without its dust jacket and all, but it made me go back to my school years when me, Misa and Amoi (and Nafisah sometimes) would go hunt for those comic books.

The last box made me laugh out loud when I found my first pair of spectacles. I had bought them during matriculation after complaining of headaches and had my doctor tell me to go check my eyes. I didn't believe her when she said my eyesight was the source of my headaches since had the BEST eyesight in my classes for years! Seriously, I could see farther than anyone else (proven ok.. bkn sy ckp je ni!) so imagine my suprise when it was revealed that I had to wear glasses. Granted the lense power was only around 50~75 but it sure made me realize why it was so hard for me to focus on the writings on the whiteboard once I started to wear them.

I remember Mama laughing at me as I was so conscious of myself whenever I wore them. I only wore them in class, mind you. A habit that has stayed with me till now (tho I also wear it when driving at night too nowadays)

But what made me a bit sad was what I had found at the bottom of that last box. A few old photo negatives during the time digital cameras were still not that affordable and not that easy-to-get like now. Those were negatives of pictures from my convocation, from my data collection days during MSc and alos from the baktisiswa I had joined then, PEWARIS where I had met my juniors whom I'm still close too till now. Luckily I still have the original photos so I just need to digitalyze them but still, there are some mising photos from my collection..

Well, I had fun clearing up my room that day. All sorts of memories jumped right up at me and most of them made me smile and reminisce those good ol' days..

*sigh* Don't you miss all those times you just can't get back, too?


Irfan Kuroneko said...

IM tu spe ckgu ?
just curious ..

Ayu Ikhwani said...

Ahahah.. aiyakkkk! Where do I start?!?! Camni laa, all my life I've only fallen in love twice.. he was my first =) Tho i'm not sure he even realized that..

j1da said...

my parents just 'announced' last weekend that i have a box of my stuffs in the storage room...been wondering what they are till now...maybe time for me to korek2 one of these days.

Ayu Ikhwani said...

Jida: Hahah.. sile².. I'm betting mesti bnyk senyum je nnt =)