Archive for April, 2007

Out of an old thing, comes a memorable souvenir

Friday, April 27th, 2007

An email entitled “being disappointed on Old Batavia Tour” appeared on one of my ”history” groups. The main concern of the writer was the conditions of the old buildings we visited. Handful were in a proper conditions to be considered as touristic sites, most were filthy and smelly, even deemed as debris. Was the journey right to be called tour if what we toured around were objects in poor conditions? The email writer questioned the groups.

I didn’t share the same opinion with the writer. I definitely wasn’t disappointed on the tour. I really cherished every moment marching up with friends under the sun and shower, being blessed with sweat, fatigue, laughter, smiles and friendship. Yet, the conditions of the building indeed touched my mind. I felt sorry instead of disappointed.

I was sorry that the tour might be my last chance to see the buildings. I was sorry to only have a chance to see the remains of the grandeur of the past. I was sorry not to come earlier… I was sorry that they who came after me might not know these places…

But behind all the gloomy reflections, I found some still borne their splendor. Take the ex-Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China located in Kalibesar-Kota as an example. From outside, the building was just another old abandoned building and shelter to the homeless who worsen the performance of the old structure. But inside, in the moistly-dusty smelt air, we came across magnificent stained glass mural ornaments

Old Bank





The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China – KaliBesar, Kota

These five pieces of stained glass pictured the agricultural economic activities. Alternately man and woman placed side-by-side working together providing staples and refreshments to the nation.

stained_ glass



Consecutively, from the left to the right: a man harvesting tobacco leaves, a woman pounding paddy grains, a man carrying sugar canes, a woman collecting rubber sap and a man holding a bucket of milk.

Obviously due to our incapability, limited fund and negligence, many old historic buildings in this city will fade away. Before all of them gone, I really wish we could have chances to re-discover and to preserve their beauty. But if there isn’t anything we could do, if they are finally taken from us, I wish they would live in our memory which we would kindly bequeath to our next generation.

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Coopetition - Inspirational Quotes

Friday, April 27th, 2007


You don’t have to blow out the other fellow’s light to let your own shine
- Bernard Baruch -

If you can’t beat them, join them!
- Queen -

You can get anything you want in life, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want
- Zig Ziglar -

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them
- Chinese Proverb -

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
You never know – you just might make a new friend
- Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II –

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding
- Paul the Apostle -

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