TO THOSE BORN IN 1930 – 1979 First, we survived being born to mothers who had no maids; they cooked, cleaned while taking care of us at the same time We took aspirin, candy floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare Salt was added to Pepsi or Coca Cola and Sinalco We brought empty bottles to hospital to be filled with cough syrup When we were children, we were experts in cycling even when our feet could not touch the ground As children we would ride with our parents on bicycles, the richer ones in cars with no seat belts, no booster seats and no air bags Then we drank water direct from the garden tap and not from a bottle We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect us We go to the jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be an endless game With a ball (tennis ball is best) boys would run like crazy for hours We even caught guppies in drains/canals and when it rained we swan there We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and no one actually worry about being unhygienic We ate salty, very sweet and oily food, candies, bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft coffee/tea, ice kacang, but we weren’t overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing !!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day till streetlights came on No one was able to reach us all day and we don’t have hand-phones to bug us and we were ok and we were safe No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet, no Nintendo games, no DVD but we had FRIENDS! We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and just yelled for them We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all AND YOU ARE ONE OF THEM! CONGRATULATIONS!