Today (09/09/09), I am enlisted in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as the youngest published poet in Malaysia. I feel very honored to be enlisted in MBR.
I want to thank MBR for organizing this event, and Dato’ Danny Ooi for founding MBR. They have personal achievement records and group event records. The personal achievement records help encourage the person while the group records help to build the spirit of teamwork. I am very proud to be a Malaysian.
I am also very grateful to my mother and father for supporting my hobby and lifting it into the professional level.
First, Azrene, the Head of Research in MBR, emailed me to ask me to join the Malaysia Book of Records on July 13 after my appearance with the Prime Minister on the press on 11 July.
Then, they had to confirm that I am the youngest poet by checking the bookstores for poetry books that were written by kids no older than 9. None were found.
On 5 September, I was invited to their office and they asked me to write a funny poem based on the topics they chose on the spot. So, here is the poem (I took one hour to finish it):
My Kitty’s Adventure
My kitty was so bored of me
for I hug him all day.
He chose to take a small break
and go for a holiday.
He jumped into my toy plane.
He didn’t want to stay.
He buckled up his seatbelt
and zoomed out of the way.
With his great catty power,
he went out my open door.
He flew into the big blue skies.
He wanted to explore.
But there was a big thunderstorm.
The plane was struck by lightning!
He then began to crash! Oh no!
I’m sure that it was frightening.
Good thing he learned to swim because
he crashed into a river.
Bad thing it was the Angel Falls!
He then began to shiver.
He fell 1000 meters from
that great, tall waterfall.
He fell onto an ape that thought
my kitty was a ball.
And with his strength, he threw my kitty
up into the sky.
(I wish that I were him because
I always wished to fly.)
At that time, I was gazing at some
pretty clouds of red.
Then I saw my kitty flying.
Then he landed on my head!
“My darling, it is you!” I said.
I was indeed delighted!
”Meow! Meow! Meow!” he loudly sang
as we were reunited.
After finishing, I also acted out the poem on the spot in front of the founder of MBR, Dato’ Danny Ooi. After that, my mother chose this date (09/09/09) to receive the record certificate.
My mother chose 09/09/09 because number 9 in Chinese culture means ‘forever’.. After receiving the certificate, then my mother realized this date was really God-given, because my Chinese name is Teh You Heng. “You” means protection from God. “Heng” means forever.
Here are some photos from the event. I want to thank Simon Liew (A kind friend I met online) for helping me take all these nice photos (Yes, all photos here are taken by him).
Me with Simon Liew, the kind guy who helped me take all these photos.
My brother, Rockson, was invited to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, too.
Holding a personal record in the Malaysia Book of Records has certainly encouraged me to become a better person each day.
I hope you enjoyed this post!