There was some good years which I have spent keeping up with a friend who has been passionate about many things and my own indulging on some of them. This friend of mine has been consistently collecting stamps, first day covers, gundams, coins, jigsaw puzzles and many more which i may not know.
When he entice me on fishing, i begin to acquire a proper fishing rod. Not that i just started fishing but all the rods that i have used before was either borrowed or gifted to me from an unwanted piece by its previous owner.
Initially we went fishing by the river mouth and by the seaside that i was used to and later from the piers we stepped up to the next level, we went to the kelongs. Eventually we sort of turn ourselves to being a pro, hire a boat and we went to the deep sea!
When we fell into deep obsession for the high seas fishing we went from a near island of Pulau Ketam to Pulau Angsa and farther to Pulau Sembilan in Perak .
After a lapse of a few years, fishing became just a subject of conversations where your little experience is deem relevant enough to ask what bait used and what fish caught and where.
Some years later we joined a few young and energetic engineers who organized a hiking trip to the hilltop. He got hook to it and became quite serious for a while and bought himself some trekking gears like a headlamp and a trekking pole.
And on his personal persuasion we hiked the Broga Hill a number of times and eventually i got hooked to it to this day.
While he has stop short to a hill or two, i had continued the activity and has hiked many other hills with a different partner ..my daughters!
And while flipping through some scenery images in the office it has lead us to the subject of photography. We used to taking pictures with a digital camera but i made known to him that i have equipped myself with a dslr.
Some weeks later it really surprised me when he announced that he has bought himself an Olympus which is more than double the worth of my Canon.
We made a trip to Taman Negara Kuala Tahan and shot many pictures. We had a planned trip to Rompin but i kept on postponing it until he stopped reminding me and eventually it was totally out of his head. I was always on personal chores and family activity and of social obligations to prioritize.
Then some years before i went into retirement he found a new passion, running. Running in an organised run. Initially he ran a 5km popularly termed as the fun run and it is more so out of a charity. Then he ran a 10 km. Many times he tried to coax me into running with him i turned him down.
But soon i thought i notice that he got hook to it and again became a dead serious when he practically participated the least of two runs in a month and each time trying to increase the distance.
I did gauge my fitness though and conclude that my stamina will not go if it need to match a fixed distance and tied to a time frame. To justify myself, i could say he is 5 years younger. And running in an organised run is quite costly too.
Couple of days ago i guess out being the need to share his latest achievement he whatsapped me announcing he had successfully ran a half marathon of 21km and looking forward to his next.
Recently i also received a text message inviting me to the Pasir Salak Half Marathon scheduled on March 2019. I guess he must have felt so excited and being pleased with himself for successfully registered with a discounted fee as an early bird.
While i am fond of roaming the state of Perak but I did not commit that i will come along. That was typical of me.
He may not know but I am building up my stamina again. We might cross our path in Perak about the same time as i had Gunung Semanggol very much in my mind.
Well.. good luck to the future runner of Boston Marathon. And this is from the future climber of Mount Everest.