When you are old…

I absolutely love this Mandarin song…

…inspired by a poem by W.B. Yeats – I so love how he incorporates the classic La Vie En Rose into his song, and whatever you do, do not click this link for the one this handsome singer sang for his father – it is so beautiful, so very emotional that I am very sure you will break down and cry! I cried buckets, I tell you, the first time I heard it and every time I play it!!!

Well, I am old now – 68 years old today…

Longevity mee sua 2020

…and the lyrics of another song come to mind:

The older I get, the more I think
You only get a minute, better live while you’re in it
‘Cause it’s gone in a blink
And the older I get, the truer it is
It’s the people you love, not the money and stuff
That makes you rich…

The older I get, the fewer friends I have
But you don’t need a lot when the ones that you got
Have always got your back
And the older I get, the better I am
At knowing when to give
And when to just not give a damn…

And I don’t mind all the lines
From all the times I’ve laughed and cried
Souvenirs and little signs of the life I’ve lived

The older I get, the longer I pray
I don’t know why, I guess that I got more to say
And the older I get, the more thankful I feel
For the life I’ve had, and all the life I’m living still.

I guess there is no need for any further elaboration – these lines from the song say it all.

And on this my special day, I sure would appreciate it very much if you would whisper a little prayer for me and ask that I shall continue to be blessed abundantly with lots of love, endless happy days and good health in the year ahead and for that, I thank you all. Cheers!!!


Author: suituapui

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

28 thoughts on “When you are old…”

  1. Happy Blessed Birthday to you… πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ.. And hope many many more years to come. May you be blessed with lots of love, happiness and good health always.

    Thank you, thank you! My two most loyal commentors, always looking forward to your comments every day. Cheers to another year of the same.

  2. Happy Birthday to you. Nope you are still young. Ha πŸ˜€

    At least you are younger than my dad. πŸ˜€

    I am? But he’s a grandpapa already, me… Sobsss!!! Thanks for the birthday wish.

  3. It’s December already? And your birthday again! Well, many happy returns and may you be blessed with excellent health, boundless energy, loads of joy and many many more happy years to come!

    Thanks a million for all your good wishes!!! All the positive vibes will surely auger well for me in the year ahead!

  4. 68 years old? How time flies! And may you celebrate many more birthdays to come!

    Indeed! Next year, “make nest” (cho siew) liao! Chinese, the men celebrate a year earlier before the Big-0! Hopefully, things will be all right by then, can have a bash! Thank you, Paul. #staysafe #staywell

  5. Happy Birthday Arthur Wee!!! God bless always with good health, good friends and good food (and Jackpot)!!!

    Thank you so much, Chris, for the birthday greeting and the good wishes. Stick around, stay in touch.

  6. Happy birthday to you Arthur. May God bless you and healthy always. Cheers sir.

    Thank you and thanks for dropping by to comment. It’s been a long time, hope you’re keeping well at your end.

  7. Happy and blessed birthday to you, dear friend.

    A lovely and sentimental song. I love it. I think I heard it before, once. When my hubby played in his phone. He listens to Chinese songs more.

    Wahhhhh!!! Your hubby so sentimental one kah, his choice of songs – just like me. LOL!!! Thanks for your birthday wishes, cheers!

  8. Happy birthday, dear friend. It is such a blessing to have known you! May God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace, love and joy always.

    Thanks, Yan, for your birthday greeting and good wishes and thanks for dropping by to comment. The feeling’s mutual…like what we used to write in our autograph books in our younger days – F.R.A.N.C.E. Friendship remains and never can end.

  9. Happy Birthday Arthur. May you have a blast today, tomorrow and many more days, months and years to come ❀️

    Thank you. I certainly hope so. Looking forward to the end of the pandemic and I shall be able to travel again, waiting to get together with everybody over there.

  10. Happy Birthday Arthur. May you have a blast today, tomorrow and many more days, months and years to come ❀️

    Oopsss!!! Duplicate comment. Never mind, the more the merrier.

  11. Happy birthday dear friend. May His Grace grant his blessings. Many more healthy, happy years with family and friends. Keep the lovely write ups coming in your blog. Cheers.

    Thanks, Nancy. Fingers crossed, will be blessed with many more happy years ahead. Will keep this blog alive as long as I can – it’s my diary, everything documented here even though it looks like it’s mostly on food.

  12. Happy Birthday, Arthur. Wishing you good health and happiness always. May the years be kind and gentle to you.

    I love this Mandarin song too. Sad but yet meaningful. And yes, I love how cleverly he incorporates the La Vie En Rose into the song. Thanks for sharing.

    Glad you like it, rather emotional though but I love sad songs, silly old me!

    Thanks for your birthday and good wishes. Thankfully, things have not been too bad, hopefully will stay this way. Cheers!!!

  13. Happy birthday Sir, stay healthy and continue enjoying great food! πŸ’πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ–πŸ₯ͺ

    Thank you, Gim Chong. I certainly hope so, continue going here and there to enjoy the food!

  14. First, a blessed birthday wish for an awesome, young at heart buddy. 67? I’m counting on you for me to come back here to wish you at 76. Perhaps, sooner, at 69, and tell you how you could be young again!
    Secondly, I wanna wish you good health, stay cherry, and urge Mel to get hitched soon, so you can timang2 cucu soon! ☺️😘

    Finally, do drop by here again and rediscover the northern cuisine.
    Cheers buddy!

    Thanks so much. It has been so many years, wish I could go over and see you all again, miss you heaps! I’m 68 now, 69 next year – will “cho siew” (make nest). Chinese men celebrate a year earlier, before the Big-O, dunno why. Hopefully, all will be good by then and I can throw a bash. You’ll come, won’t you?

    Yes, that second one – been hoping and praying for so long now. Any potential candidate? Send one our way – will give you BIG ang pao and BIG too kha (pork leg)! LOL!!!

    I was caught up with chauffeuring my girl between home and her jungle school for over 6 years. Now that she’s back in Sibu, I was planning to go and travel, look up old friends and dear ones here, there and everywhere and then disaster struck. Darn, COVID-19!

  15. Happy birthday, Arthur! God bless and many happy returns of the day!

    Thanks so much, Dr. It sure has been a very very long time. Around 7-8 years already since my girl left SP. Hope you are doing well over there, God bless you too, take care always.

  16. Happy birthday, Sir.
    May all your days are blessed with happiness n good health always.
    Stay young, stay happy..

    Thank you, Pek Suan and thanks for dropping by and commenting. So sweet of you! You too, God bless always.

  17. Happy birthday Mr Wee πŸ™‚ wishing you abundant blessings!

    Thanks, Raphael. Guess I shall not be seeing you this year. Take care there, have a lovely Christmas and New Year, fond regards to your friend, blessings, you both too!

  18. Blessed Birthday to you, Arthur Wee…
    Stay wealthy, keep healthy and continue to blog for many more years to come!!

    Thank you so much! Yes, let’s keep on blogging – only the strong will survive!

  19. Happy Birthday Arthur!
    May you be blessed with lots of love, happiness and good health always.

    Thank you. May you and all your loved ones be abundantly blessed too!

  20. Happy Birthday Mr Wee! Was reminiscing about food in Malaysia when I suddenly remembered I knew a teacher who’d turned food blogger. Good to see you’re going strong! Many happy returns!

    Hello, Nicholas, so nice of you to drop by. Thank you, thank you. It has been a long long time – hope you’re keeping well and doing great at your end. I wonder where you are now, would be great if we could get together sometime…but probably we’ll have to wait till the pandemic ends.

  21. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday & a very Blessed & Healthy year ahead, filled with lots of great makan adventures πŸ™‚ !

    Thank you. Am certainly looking forward to a year of good health and great food!

  22. Happy Birthday, and today I found out your name is Arthur! 68 is a great age to be, very “Ong”

    Oh? You mean you didn’t know. Now who has told you that? LOL!!! Too bad my surname isn’t “Ong”. Thanks for the birthday greeting!

  23. Happy blessed birthday STP! Apologies I am late. May you be blessed with good health, good food, good company, peace and joy for many years to come.

    You are right, when you are getting older, health and safety are more important than money, imagine you have a lot of money but you do not have the health and body to enjoy it, what is the point?

    Thank you. You’re probably the last but this morning, I also received a greeting from my niece in Singapore (and maybe one or two others). Guess she does not follow my blog and does not go on Facebook regularly.

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