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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ah Beng Draws Cartoons: Kuching Beggars

Many years ago there's this Malay husband & wife couple who went around begging for money at kopitiams in Kuching. It didn't matter where you go, they'd almost always be there.

I could still remember encountering them most of the time at this laksa place at Rex cinema. The husband is blind, guided by the fierce wife. When my dad didn't give enough money, the wife would retaliate by scolding & elbowing him.

In light of that, I did this cartoon strip many, many years ago, but somehow I never did send it in for publication.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Run Ah Beng Run!

After having a gut-wrenching experience, & taking an advice from my good friend Eng Hean, I decided to start my jogging routine once again.

This is where I jog.

For 50 sen, I could run a 1.6km (1 mile) track which snakes its way through an authentic rainforest setting. At certain times, if you're lucky, you might spot a squirrel or a monkey up in the trees. And if you're really, really, lucky, you might see a snake slithering across the path. If that happens then you can head towards the nearest 6D shop afterwards.

I used to be an avid jogger, running something like 2-3 times a week. I always made sure to cap it at two rounds, which translates into 3.2km or 2 miles for each time I run. This made sure that I don't spend too much time at the park. The thing with jogging is that it could get addictive at times & easily turn into something like a 2-hour marathon, if you're not careful.

I used to clock around 16 mins for 2 miles.

That's not entirely a Watson Nyambek. It'd be something more like a tortoise on hyperspeed.

Today, I almost died after completing one measly round. Today, I felt that almost everyone was zooming past me, including the aunties. One grandma went toe to toe with me but I managed to edge her into the bush.

I really need to get a new pair of nikes. I need to attain top speed to beat grandma.