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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
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
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
“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
Lim Siow Yen