Flash back 1974.
This cinema was a favourite place for secondary school students to go to. Some students wanted to watch two movies in a day and they would come out with a great headache because of the cigarette smoke. At that time they did not know the term "pollution" very well. Nor did they know about lung cancer. Life was terrific in Limbang - a cinema - some shops and a coffee shop which sold wonderful tou sa buns and peanut butter buns - those were our luxuries as hardworking teachers.
And the main transport for teachers was Honda Motor Bikes. Students walked three miles to catch a movie. And the Principal could literally ride next to them slowly...either to protect them or to threaten them. This was how a caring principal was....Today..students disappear to don't know where...and principals might not care much....after all they are adults until they are in trouble and they will then be punished as naughty naughty children....
Cinemas always bring back a lot of memories to me and I am sure to many other people too. This is actually quite remarkable because the cinema is still there in Limbang after all these years. In other places the cinemas have been converted to other uses.
A good movie then would be the topic of conversation for days.
Bruce Lee was the real hero. Every kid walked like Bruce Lee and they even tried to smile like him. And of course every now and then they bared their tops and showed their skinny chests. I thought that was quite amusing!!
And Jacky Chan and Jet Li were not in the scene yet. There was no Korean Wave...and the TV was still black and white.
The radio was still a very impressive gift and possession.
Those were the days. 1974.