It’s all started 25 years ago, when life was much simpler, when everything was done manually, when radio telecommunications was way cooler than using a mobile phone. How is this related to husky voice? It’s not actually. I’m just saying that it’s cool, and yes, it has got to do with why I took that Amateur Radio exam, which I pass of course, which lead me to my licensed transceiver. That’s transmitter and receiver rolled in one.
Back to history, 1986, in Primary School, a year before that “Big Cover-Up” story, I was introduced to marching. Not and ordinary marching, it’s a marching band. Yes people, I was in my school marching band, back when SK Tanjung Aru is just one school, and today it’s known as SK Tanjung Aru 1. Just because of some petty “jealousy” thingy you want to split that school in two? Tsk tsk tsk. Anyway, that was the first time I had a taste of marching. All I need to do is to remember what music to play, marched in-group, following our Drum Major’s staff. Seeing them throwing and catching the staff was awesome. OK I forgot what’s the staff called, it’s been 25 years already. What instrument did I play? I played the trumpet. Being in a band was effin fun!
Come Secondary School era. The only school that have school band was the ones that has Chinese name on them. I was pretty sad at that time. No matter where I go, I can’t play music anymore. I do however have a backup plan, which is to join Red Crescent, because of two things; they have first-aid course and marching. That’s about it. But I joined St. Johns Ambulance instead, because of three things. This might sound silly but the one reason that won me over was, I had a crush with someone and she’s in it. Eventually I was really active there, doing first aid voluntary work. Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam? Pffthh!!! Back then, we rule! We have back-up from Yayasan Sabah’s Paramedic. The marching, a lot of yelling and pumping and running 5 laps if you did wrong. Everytime there’s an event, be it School Sports Day, Independent Day, TYT’s Day, whatever it is, you can bet I will be there marching.
I did found out that a few years after that, SBPS back then, SMSS known today, have form their own Marching Band and they were asking me to enrole im their school so I could play with them. The things is, half of us from SK Tanjung Aru went to Sabah College, where I went, and half of us went to, you guess it, SBPS, so those who we previously in the Marching Band was the one who thought of me to join them. I respectively decline because I don’t want to start over in a new school, so I stayed. It was the same year that I had a taste of giving a command, the first time they know I have an extremely loud voice, the time I had the taste of a husky voice. Those were the days, I was only 5’4” (I think), but I have a loud voice.
OK fast forward to the current year, this year, I once again had a taste of a husky voice. For 1 week I can’t talk properly because?
We were asked; more like forced, to represent my organization to march. I guess we did well, even though we were told last minute, having to only train for three days, but we did good. Lost my normal voice for almost a week but I think it’s worth it. I think Independent Day or Malaysia Day will be my annual event. Of course in the previous year I only escorted marching contingent, doing Silat Demo, maybe next year I’ll join Kota Kinabalu Cycling Club.
I’m a bit on the patriotic side. Despite of what’s happening in our country, compared to what’s happenning out there, we are trully blessed. Happy Malaysia Day to you all. 🙂
Update 19 September 2011: Added video from SEDIA Multimedia Unit 🙂