Living Moments (Part 15)

by Patrick Liew on April 18, 2012

While I was driving to an appointment, an old familiar song started to play on the radio. Somehow the song triggered a memory that I would love to forget.

I’m sure you must have heard of the hauntingly beautiful …song, The Way We Were. I was glad the deejay did not play the Barbara Streisand version, the album of which became the number 1 hit on the American Billboard.

It would have intensified my emotion and feelings. I might have to picture the scene again – the scene where I had one of the most embarrassing moments in my life.

When the song was first released in 1974, I was still in school. Like many teenagers, I had a crush for another student. 

It was a puppy love that was felt at a very deep level of my heart. I had put in a lot of my feelings and the passion affected almost every area of my life.

At that point in time, we were actively involved in a youth organisation. It was a beautiful period of my life, a time that still brings back beautiful memories to me.

As leaders of the youth movement, we did many things that i believe have never been done by the generations that came after us. We initiated many projects and had many achievements that fired up our being.

You can imagined we had many things in common and shared many great memories. We were literally floating on multi-coloured romantic clouds.

Well, to put it in a nice way, clouds are afterall clouds. They are not supposed to last. They can turn stormy and then disappear like the whiff of a cruel wind.

Shortly after we completed our studies, we started to drift apart. We had many painful moments, despite sharing a wonderful part of our life journey. 

One not-so-faithful evening, we called off the relationship. To cut a long story short, shortly thereafter, she found another guy and got married.

Meanwhile, for reasons I cannot explain even until today, I carried the brokenness in my heart. I carried a pain in my soul that I could not shake off, even when I dated someone that I thought I could have a great relationship.

I knew this to be true because I did try to go out with a charming lady. If my memory served me correctly, we had a nice dinner and an engaging conversation.

After the meal, I drove her back. It was at the East Coast Expressway that one of the most embarrassing experiences happened. 

The radio started to play ‘The Way We Were’. I felt something heavy forming below my eyelids. 

I had to pull the car to the side of a busy expressway. Then, a terrible thing happened.

I broke down and cried. I bawled like a little baby.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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