Have been giving some thought to some of the problems facing retirees as they step into the abyss that is essentially the very last episode of their lives.
Having lived in an apartment in Brisbane and having as a friend an elderly Doctor, we became aware of the ritualization that dominates the lives of many of retirement age. This Doctor (who is now deceased) had lunch every day at The Queensland Club for over 60 years. He had his breakfast at exactly the same time every day and always set the breakfast table before retiring for the night. He always wore a navy jacket, grey trousers and shiny black shoes every day. He promenaded along Wickham Terrace in the above clothes brandishing his walking stick with pipe in his mouth every afternoon.
I use this as an extreme example but many of us slip into rituals without being aware and they limit what we can do in life’s last episode. I would urge all of around our age to analyse their lives in search of rituals and on finding any cast them aside and get on with life unencumbered. We should not be “Waiting for God” at this age we should be getting up and going!
Headed off on a very hot day to Visit Orchid Garden on behind the Governor’s house. We caught the wrong cross river sampan and wasted 4RM as we returned after 20 minutes of searching and not finding. Erica has lots of trouble bending to get in and out of “ye olde sampan” and was heard to cuss several times. We abandoned the search and headed to Merdaka Plaza like the sensible Kuchingites to cool down.
Were lucky to see an art exhibition at The Old Court House put on by Final year students from Universiti Teknologi Mara Sarawak. A charming student called Siti Rahmah Binti Lani showed us around and I took a lovely pic of her next to two of her creations. All the art was based on their Malay Native Culture with a contemporary twist.
Back to our hotel and then down Jalan Pandungan where as a part of China Town they make and wholesale steamed buns. We snacked on some last night and wanted more. Today we had Pork Steamed Bun, Chicken Steamed Bun, 6 Dim Sums and a Lotus leaf rice that came wrapped in fresh Lotus Leaf. Cost 14.10RM or about $5 Australian.
Went to the end of Jalen Pandugan and were startled by “Mega Puss” a fourth cat monument but this one takes the cake. Its eyebrows are formed by use of fencing wire and it was not the sight you would like to come upon on a dark night. Erica posed next to the Giant Feline to give you an idea of its size.
At Hotel now waiting for the Mini Bus to take us to the Santubong Wildlife Cruise in the river wetlands to see among other wildlife the Proboscis Monkey. Saw them in Sabah last time we were in Borneo and are looking forward to seeing them again.
Earlier went to Maybank to withdraw some money. When I got there a man (a guard) with a very large heavy duty rifle was guarding the door. He looked like he would use it at the slightest provocation. After a while he beckoned me in and I could see why he was there. The ATM next to me was being filled with cash and they were emptying the cash deposit machine on the other side of me. Strangely I felt quite safe!
Very hot in Kuching today around 35°C and very high humidity. Even the locals look hot!