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Growing up is a bliss. Growing old is a bitch.

June 5, 2007 by Galvin Tan in Daily Rants, Events with 20 Comments


Today marks the day when I officially join the 30 something crowd. I’ve been telling most of my younger friends, “Don’t rush to become 21. Once you reach that 21 mark, it’s all fast forward from there onwards.” Trust me; take an old man’s advice.

Passing the 30 mark is a blessing. Growing up is a bliss, growing old is what’s bothering me. I’m happy to be where I am and to have what I have now. I’m a very simple guy who asks nothing but happiness and happiness is what I get. I’m blessed to have a lovely GF and a great bunch of friends. Although sometimes I can’t be much of a better friend for them but I’m glad that they are there for me. And to achieve the things that I’ve never thought I could, I’m indeed very glad and thankful that everyday passes by without much sorrow.

I look forward for more exciting years waiting for me ahead. Happy birthday old man, you’ve another year older :)

To be continued….

Part 2:

Obviously I slept late this morning. Luckily I made it to office before 9 am. Not a bad start of the day for an old man.

I just had my hair coloured last week. Some copper brown colour which doesn’t look too extreme. No, this is NOT an attempt to blend in with the younger crowd, but merely an attempt to cover my goddamn grey hairs! Looks good so far. It’s a bitch having to cover the colour of my hair to disguise my age. What’s really a bitch is the fact that I’m also growing grey nostril hairs as well! %*^*^)(^%&

Malaysia is celebrating her 50th anniversary of independence. Galvin is celebrating his 31st anniversary of being spanked by a nurse at birth :P

Here’s looking back into my…

childhood days:

after birth:

  1. Spent 4 years in my life staying in Petaling Jaya. I can only recall that the current MBPJ building was actually the wet market long long time ago.

in my teens :

  1. We moved to Klang. I remember we used to play a lot of bottle caps and ice-cream sticks during primary school days… oh oh…and ‘tan jioa’.
  2. My early education was all along the same street, Jalan Meru. From Peter Pan Kindergarten to SRK(1) Jalan Meru then to Klang High School.
  3. Picked up Tae Kwon-Do during primary school and then joint the 6th Klang Sea Scouts when I was in high school.
  4. Was a school team member for volleyball in primary school; got second placing. Was a school team member for volleyball too during high school; district champions!
  5. Hanging out at McDonald’s every Saturday after skipping POL classes to play badminton.
  6. My first bike was a BMX. Mom bought it for me for being the 2nd top student in my class during primary school.
  7. Took over a racing bike from my cousin. Was cycling it for awhile until I had an accident. Not major but I bruised my whole left thigh.
  8. After that, got a spanking new Mountain bike which I spent quite a little in it to pimp it up. Got stolen at school after a year :(
  9. Followed my 3rd brother’s footstep and became a school prefect. That’s my first time in life wearing a blazer with my school badge bearing the motto “Probitas Et Fides” – stands for Loyalty and Integrity.
  10. Having my first crush – puberty kicks in!
  11. Driving my dad’s car around way before taking my official driving lessons and exam.
  12. Was not the smartest kid in school – scored 2As and all Bs in SRP – scored 2As again and the rest of them Cs in SPM – my most consistent scoring subject; English and Arts
  13. Left high school to pursue my studies in KL. Wanted to become an architect but ended up signing up for a graphic design course in LIMKOKWING.
  14. Decided to be creative and left my hair long – wanted to pierce my ears but didn’t have the guts to do so, so growing long hair was the next best thing.
  15. Nirvana, Metallica and Green Day are GODs.
  16. Apple was the King.

in my 20s:

  1. Got my first job in Taman Tun as a designer.
  2. Got my first REAL job with DRB-HICOM Group as a designer too. Learned my first HTML coding from there on a PowerMac 9200!
  3. Became an avid IRC chatter in UnderNET and DALnet and got to know many lame friends; most of them are still my very good but lames friends now :) Love you guys!
  4. Got my first car – Porsche Saga
  5. Boom Boom Room and Arena was da bomb! Boom Boom Room every Saturday night and Arena almost every other night
  6. Had my first car accident – was on the way to Arena in Sunway Lagoon. Wrecked the taxi!
  7. Picked up foosball for the first time in Arena. Playing on a LOWEN table.
  8. Got my first credit card – got my first debt :P
  9. Learned to play 3 ‘legged’ mahjong. Bad bad bad
  10. Changed jobs a couple of time – some good and some really shitty.
  11. Gained lotsa weights. Lost 35 kgs in a month after that. The best time of my life… health wise :P
  12. Down on my luck – VSS twice and had 2 bad freelance projects.
  13. Picked up foosball again and played in competitively. Haven’t won a major title yet but my best been a 3rd placing at Nationals PRO-AM.

in my 30s:

  1. I’m dating the woman I loved most and I still love her more and more everyday. Julea got me a very nice Braun Buffel wallet which I loved it alot! Thank you my love :)

Braun Buffel Wallet



Wow, time passes by real fast. It’s like taking a rollercoaster down a steep slope. Scary but I had a lot of fun. Best thing about growing up is knowing that you can’t get any younger. So there’s no need to sulk and feel bad. Just lay back and enjoy the rest of the ride :)

That’s pretty much about my life so far. Best part of life has yet to come. Looking forward to write the next chapter of my life :)

Oh…

Birthday Cake
HAPPY 31ST BIRTHDAY AGAIN, YOU OLD MAN ;)



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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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galvin
galvin

Thank you everyone :P

Surely feel older now...hehe

galvin
galvin

Thank you everyone :P

Surely feel older now...hehe

Lisa Y
Lisa Y

Happy belated wishes. May you have a wonderful year ahead :-)

Lisa Y
Lisa Y

Happy belated wishes. May you have a wonderful year ahead :-)

KY
KY

Happy belated Burpday chow ah beng!

KY
KY

Happy belated Burpday chow ah beng!

Chris
Chris

Happy Belated Birthday!

Chris
Chris

Happy Belated Birthday!

Elise
Elise

Hey, happy birthday :D

Just celebrated mine a few days before yours.. inching very near to the 30 mark... depressing... where has the time gone...

Elise
Elise

Hey, happy birthday :D

Just celebrated mine a few days before yours.. inching very near to the 30 mark... depressing... where has the time gone...

chris
chris

happy birthday, fellow klanghighschoolian! wow, district champs..did our school proud

chris
chris

happy birthday, fellow klanghighschoolian! wow, district champs..did our school proud

Julea
Julea

H a P p Y B i R t H D a Y . L o V e L o v E .

Julea
Julea

H a P p Y B i R t H D a Y . L o V e L o v E .

Kelvin
Kelvin

Congratulations... just remember that our bodies aren't as young and we aren't able to recover as fast as we used to... so don't forget to eat well and live well.

I only begin to realize this halfway through my 4th decade.

Kelvin
Kelvin

Congratulations... just remember that our bodies aren't as young and we aren't able to recover as fast as we used to... so don't forget to eat well and live well.

I only begin to realize this halfway through my 4th decade.

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