For the good times…

My first posting as a qualified teacher was to this little town called Kanowit in 1978 and in December that year, I went on a holiday to visit some of my friends in Kuala Lumpur as well as Singapore. That was the time when I bought my very first radio-cassette player in the island republic – my SHARP GF9191…

*My SHARP GF9191, 2012*

It was my constant companion all my five years in that small and somewhat isolated town and to entertain myself, I would play my cassette tapes on it and listen to my favourite songs all through the day and night…

Listen to the music
*My SHARP GF9191 and me, 1981*

It was also my means of communication with the outside world as I would listen to the news and all the programmes of my choice on the radio. We did not have any FM then so I had to listen to the local Sarawak station on the medium wave (MW) band and to the stations of other countries on short wave (SW).

We were the pioneers of that secondary school in the little rural town, the founding fathers, and temporarily, we had to share the premises of a Chinese primary school in the town. Thus, we had to make do without many things and the school did not have much when it came to audio-visual equipment. School assemblies were held in the open and the principal had to use a portable loud hailer to speak to the kids.

But thanks to my SHARP GF9191, I was able to use it in my English lessons whenever I had the opportunity to use songs to teach the language in the classroom. Needless to say, the students enjoyed its high fidelity stereo sound reproductionΒ a lot and were all ears and very interested throughout.

It certainly came in useful as well during school functions like Teachers’ Day when we would hold concerts and I would play the music on my SHARP GF9191…

Play that funky music
*Teachers’ Day, 1980*

…while my students performed the dances that I taught them…

You should be dancing...
*National Day (Hari Kebangsaan), 1979*

…and we also used it for talks and forums like this one which we, the teachers, conducted at the town community hall to share with the students our views on the importance of reading…

Lend me your ears...
*Forum on Reading, 1979*

One advantage of the SHARP GF9191 was the fact that it was portable and it could run on batteries. Thus, I could bring it along whenever I went on picnics…

Picnic in Kanowit 1
*November, 1979*

…with my friends and students…

Picnic in Kanowit 2
*At the Kanowit sandbank, 1980*

…at strategic scenic spots along the Kanowit or Β Rejang River.

It has been over 30 years now but the beautiful memories of those wonderful times, all the joy and the laughter that we shared. remain crystal clear in my mind to be treasured and cherished forever.

Thank you so very much, SHARP, and congratulations on your 100th Anniversary

SHARP 100th Anniversary

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

26 thoughts on “For the good times…”

  1. WAHHHH..lovely post. If u need a vote…pls buzz me.

    Thanks for the compliment. I’m not too sure how it goes. I’ve submitted the photo to SHARP – I think that’s all they want…not a blogpost. And I’m not too sure either whether it would require people to LIKE or vote on Facebook. Will just wait and see…

  2. Yeah, buzz me too! hehehe… yes, i have one like that too.. those were considered very privileged already.. with the stereo stuff and all that… πŸ™‚ Sharp is certainly very pleased with this post!

    Like I told Yee Ling, I think they only want a photo…and a caption (250 words). I’ve submitted that. Hopefully, all is in order…and luck is on my side.

  3. Ohh….a nice story with your SHARP GF9191,your best companion.
    Kay… last I’m seeing photos of you… the 80s. Looking good too… =)

    Too bad…time has not been kind. Sobssss!!!! Muahahahaha!!!!!

  4. That Sharp looks like pretty forward thinking technology for 1979!

    I had to go to Singapore to buy it…and those days, things were cheap there – currency more or less the same…and Sarawak people would go there and shop till they dropped. Impossible to do that now – so expensive and after conversion, pengsan!!!!

  5. Me three, will surely vote for you. Wow!!!…you so leng chai, so hemson. Like your pose in the 2nd photo. Good Luck to you, Arthur.

    Sigh!!! Those were the days… Now so big, fat and ugly…and old, so very the kesian!!! Sobs!!!! πŸ˜₯

  6. beautifull… really beautiful story and memories. The best part is you’re still holding unto the radio cassette player. So many memories attached to it.

    You love to take photos of yourself too eh when you were young.. hehe πŸ™‚

    Last time, tall, slim and handsome mah! Of course, liked to pose for photographs… Now, camera shy dah! Ya…but too bad no more cassette tapes. I hear Oxford has removed it from their dictionary… :O

  7. good luck on the contest STP! if you need me to vote for anything, just holler ! πŸ™‚

    Thanks. I really don’t know how the contest works. Details, not very clear…or to me, at least. I think they choose themselves, not too sure.

  8. Hehehe, you are still as hemson as before, only the older version. Thumbs Up!!!!…Thumbs Up!!!!…

    Thank you, thank you. Come, come to Sibu…I belanja you big makan. LOL!!!

  9. was the first photo a recent one?? wow, that “antique” still looks like brand new!! you must be maintaining it so well.. but nothing is more interesting than looking at your old photos, hahaha!! wow, you were such a hunk back then huh?? :p

    Yes, I just took that photo today. Ya…just like me mah, forever young! Mushahahahaha!!! Oooo…you think I was hunky then, eh? Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  10. Wow! You look fetchingly handsome in all the photos! πŸ˜€

    Nice one Arthur!

    Kanowit eh? Spent some time there when my dad was posted there.

    Yes, your father was the principal of that very school many years after I had left. I never taught in the present location – left before it was constructed. There were some land disputes that could not be settled so the construction was delayed for a long time.

    Ya…I didn’t look too bad eh? Hard to believe…looking at me today! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰ …and thanks for your compliment, Huai Bin. πŸ™‚

  11. Oh, I liked how you shared your first experiences with your Sharp GF9191. I like how you were able to use it for your own personal enjoyment, and share the experiences with others too. You’re such a friendly person. That was extremely thoughtful.

    For some reason while reading this post, I thought of the story by Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for you nice words, Opal! Dr Seuss?
    Today is your day.
    You’re off to great places!
    You’re off and away!…”
    I certainly hope I will win the grand prize in their on-going competition – if I’m not mistaken, it is a free air ticket to the U.S. Wouldn’t that be nice? I may get to meet you in person then. Wish me luck!

    1. Oh that would be nice… so many places to go, just like the Dr. Seuss story… And like that story, your radio went a lot of places, and seemed to bring happiness for many. πŸ™‚

      Yes, even then, I could live without a tv but not without a radio…and music and songs in my life. πŸ™‚

  12. That’s one mean looking machine, haha!! (the Sharp lah… πŸ™‚ ). And you look like a student yourself in that 1980 Kanowit sandbank pic. Definitely a very young looking Sir πŸ˜‰

    Haizzzz!!!! For a while, I thought you were talking about me… LOL!!! πŸ˜€ I wasn’t really young by then…late 20s already, I think… But you know me lah…always look young one, even now… Hehehehehe!!!!

    P.S. Spot anything familiar in the 1st photograph? Wink! Wink!

    1. Ahhh!! Very sui placemats!! Late 20s you were then but a very young looking late 20s – sui leh πŸ™‚

      Now also very sui what… See! Sui-tuapui… LOL!!!! πŸ˜‰

  13. wah lau ehhh ..
    pee weet.. u looks so handsome…
    I guess that you are those hippies..
    who carry the “L”adio on the shoulder and boogie all the time.. kakakaka
    kewl man… so you still got the moves now?

  14. That radio definitely is an antic for you. You keep it so well. Don’t you think last time quality is much far better than now?

    Look at that photo of you back in the 80’s. I was just born in 1981

    Ya, those days, things were made to last. Nowadays, they’re made to conk out on or after the warranty dates…so they can squeeze more money out of you. Gosh!!! You are soooo young! πŸ˜‰

  15. Wah, can donate to museum liao! My dad threw away my old radio a few years ago….sigh!

    I also have an old gramaphone – Grundig! Can’t play anymore but in good shape. That one is a real antique. I’m sure the museum will want.

  16. Wow…u really yaw ying when you were young. πŸ˜‰ I am sure that you had a string of girl’s followers.

    Now also what? See all my blogger-friends…female ones. Muahahahaha!!!!

  17. Who is that sharp looking young guy in all over this post? I click already and will click click every 24 hours. Have to support lah that handsome young thing!! muahahaha.

    Who? Me? Now still so sharp looking and young mah! Muahahahaha!!!! Thanks, Quay Po, for your support… πŸ˜‰

  18. wah your old photos are still well-kept. And you don’t look much different from your younger days except the size la. hehe

    Hah!!! You’re being very kind… Ya, the photos are still ok…but some are turning yellow with age. 😦

  19. Those good old memory, you and your sharp radio, you should be the winner for the story if not for the click!

    Ya…too bad they do not want people to submit their blogposts…and the other photos are all not related to SHARP in any way… Just random memories… 😦

  20. hahaha~~ What an all in one device! Nice!

    It certainly was useful in so many ways… Ah yes!!! The teenagers in the town would borrow from me for their lamsing…oops, I mean dancing parties and I would be invited to those. Hehehehehehe!!!!

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