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I AM GLAD THAT I KNOW YOU...

Everyone in this world can’t live alone. We need companions. Therefore, friendship is one of the most important parts in one’s life. Many people spend a great deal of time with companions going to movies, playing sports, listening to music and also share personal secrets. I too, have a good friend who shares my pains and gains together. I treasure our friendship very much. I would like to share this story with all of you.

Jasentha and I are good friend since Standard 3. We joined the same activity, we go out together, we study together and sometimes we even share the same pants… Both of us had so many wonderful memories together.

After secondary school, Jasentha and I separated. I got an offer from a college but Jasentha didn’t. She decided to work, as she needs to support the family. For me, I had to leave my family and friends to further my tertiary education in another town. I felt nervous and worried when I knew that I need to leave my hometown to a place that is totally strange to me. Luckily I had Jasentha. She was the one who advised and comforted me.

I thought that I would be lonely at the new environment without Jasentha. Out of my expectations, I made new friends there. Everyday, there were lots of new and interesting things waiting for me to discover and experience. It really opened my eyes. I felt that now my life really got started. I went clubbing with my buddies, had parties during the weekends, but always be back to the hostel late at night. I thoroughly enjoyed that time.

During my semester break, I went back to my hometown and I met up with Jasentha. I told Jasentha about my life there but she didn’t seem to be interested. During that meet, I felt that Jasentha was so different from my college mates. She was dull, boring and old-fashioned. I started to avoid Jasentha as I thought that she is not up to my standard anymore. I felt irritated whenever she called or came to visit me. Slowly, Jasentha and I lost contact.

I went back to my college after my holidays. My wonderful life started again. One day, I went to a party with my girl friend and her boy friend. At that party, I made a lot of new friends. We drank and danced. After a short while, I started to feel dizzy. I went back my hostel, as I was not feeling well.

At the junction before my hostel, I felt a guy was following me. I didn’t bother much as I was not feeling well. Suddenly the guy hugged me from behind and dragged me to a dark lane. “Piak…….how dare you do this to me!!!” I slapped and shouted at the guy who was trying to harass me. At first, I was scared and panic. When it came to me what is happening, I started to protect myself by struggling away from the dangerous place and screaming for help. Luckily at that time, a pedestrian passed by. I managed to run away from there.

I went back home straight after that incident. I don’t know what to do at that time. I called my friend who brought me to the party and told her about what had happened to me. My friend scolded me of being so ‘chicken’. I got a shock and feel disappointed when she said I had embarrassed her. I thought that as a good friend she should be concerned about what had happened to me and not said I had embarrassed her.

At that moment, I started to think what type of friend she was, am I making the right choice of choosing friends? I thought of Jasentha. I called Jasentha and told her what had happened to me. She was worried about my condition and comforted me. She told me I was lucky as that there were people passing by. She advised me to make a police report so that other people won’t be harassed or hurt by the same person. I took her advice. I am glad that I have a friend like her who always support and encourage me. I felt sorry that I had neglected her after I made new friends. From that time onwards, I cherish my friendship with her.

So friends out there, make a right decision when choosing friends. Don’t just mixed with those friends which can only enjoy with you. Here, I would like to share a quote that I read before with all of you:

“A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift,
A friend is someone we turn treasure our friendship is a gift
A friend is someone who fills our lives with beauty, joy and grace,
and makes the world we live in a better and happier place.”

Lim Siow Yen
RDO, FFPAM

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