Don’t forget to remember…

Yesterday, I was rummaging through my cabinets and I came across this…

21st birthday present 1

…and I could remember 36 years ago when I received it on my 21st birthday. It was 1973 in Singapore. I did not have a grand birthday bash, just a few people for dinner at an Indonesian restaurant located at the Golden Mile Shopping Complex along Beach Road.

That was a present from Gerry, who was in a way, remotely  related to my cousins on my mother’s side – Pollie and Stella but on their father’s side. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? LOL!!! The last time I heard he married and eventually, got divorced. After that, he went to further his studies in the States and subsequently, stayed on to work there. We communicated for a while but eventually, lost touch. I guess he is still there right now.


Sometimes, after a long long time, we may stumble across something  – a present from someone, a souvenir or an old faded photograph perhaps, that reminds us of a friend we knew long ago, a place we had been to or some event in the past. The inscription engraved at the bottom reads:

21st birthday present

That brings to mind the song – Don’t forget to remember, not the more recent one by Carrie Underwood but the one long ago by the Bee Gees. Does it bring back sweet memories to any of you? Or any other song perhaps?

Well, like it or not, songs too will bring flashbacks from the past to our minds. Where I am concerned, one that never fails to remind me of  wonderful times in years long gone by is Lionel Richie’s “Still“. I feel it’s a beautiful song with such melancholic lyrics, for instance:

Those memories,
Times I’m sure we’ll never forget
Those feelings…we can’t push aside
For what we had,
Sometimes I try to understand
But it’s so heavy on my mind
So many dreams that flew away
So many words we didn’t say
Two people lost in a storm
Where did we go, where’d we go
Lost what we both have found
You know we let each other down
But then most of all, I do love you

This verse was in the original version by the Commodores, Richie’s original band, but unfortunately, when he re-released the song in his greatest hits album “Back to front”, this part had been left out.

I was looking for a video clip of the song and came across this one that caught my attention. Here, I would like to share it with all of you. Do click on the link and let me know your reaction… LOL!!!