Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Reunited After 7 Years

Back in 2002 when I was based in Borneo, my job was to set up a satellite communications network for more than 200 schools there. That meant travelling to god forsaken areas through any means of transportation as shown below :
Hours of walking in my special pants

Facial expressions says 5 more hours to go

Russian plane

Anyway, there was a picture taken while I was in the midst of work back then in 2002. In the picture below shows a young teacher looking in wonderment of the equipment I was handling. This project brought telephony and Internet access to their very very rural school, hence his excitement.
Cikgu in grey shirt,me in blue singlet circa 2002

Fast forward seven years later to 2009, I was asked to visit several of these schools involved in the project back in 2002 and in the list was the school now being mentioned. I brought along the picture and asked the headmaster if he could recognize the teacher. He said "Of course, that's Cikgu Albert!He is still with us" He summoned another teacher to call Cikgu Albert and for the first time in 7 years, we met. He did not recognize me until I showed him he picture. Since then, he has gotten married with 3 kids and still teaches at the school. Before I left, we took a picture together at the same spot for a Kodak moment.

What can I say? Je suis tres tres dramatic.


jonie said...

awww... soo sweeeet.... tt's nice.. it's alw good to know that you've changed someone else's life for the better :)

Pak Zawi said...

You had load of adventures. Please blog about them.
Yes, the hardship you had to endure brought lots of smile to those people who benefited from it. It is good that you managed to revisit them. Bravos my friend.

The Godfather said...

first pic... that was my pants!