GROWING UP IN THE ’90S
There is something about living life in the ’90s that made every moment memorable. Those were the years before we got ‘addicted’ to checking our mobile phones every few minutes. A time when meeting up with friends meant chatting face to face, freely and without the urge to post the day’s activities on social media to proof to your social circle that it actually happened. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed my teens as it was a time when the music scene was booming, going to watch movies with friends was the highlight of my weekend, and there were various life lessons to learn indirectly from TV shows each week, whether it was Fresh Prince of Bel Air or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
One of my favourite shows to watch every Saturday morning was Oprah’s talk show. I would make sure to sit in front of the TV minutes before it started and remain there throughout the show. It didn’t matter if her topics were sometimes too ‘adult’ for me – it allowed me to keep an open mind when it came to topics such as gender quality, women’s empowerment and relationships. It always amazes me how Oprah is able to share complex ideas in such an easy-to-understand manner.
Another key point of having grown up in the ’90s was not experiencing racial discrimination. Never in my high school years did I feel that we only made friends with those of the same race. It was never an issue. So, when YB Hannah Yeoh mentioned in the cover story, “People should be chosen for jobs based on their merit, not skin colour. People need to be treated with respect.” – it truly resonated with me. I have much respect for her vision and hope that we, Malaysians, will move forward to embrace all in good faith.
Happy Malaysia Day!