Our old television set which had served us faithfully for years had broken
down. First, it was the sound fading off. At first, a few knocks on the box
restore the volume. However, one night, I personally witnessed its demise.
While I was switching channels, I saw the screen light slowly flicker and die
My brother, the DIY expert, when summoned, could not restore it to working
condition. This set had held many fond memories for my family. We had seen
numerous drama series on it and viewed many National Day Parades together.
We were thus determined to obtain a set of the same brand and size. However,
we had a problem. Dad had lost his job and wanted a smaller set. My sister and
I surveyed the shops and sadly concluded that we could not afford one with our
original size and brand for less than RM1,000.
So it was with surprise and
mounting excitement when I heard from my
brother that Summit Parade was celebrating its tenth anniversary by having
special offers this Saturday. And guess what? The best offer was a television
at half its original price. As soon as I heard the news of the special offer, I
what I had to do. A close scrutiny of the newspaper advertisement on this
special event revealed that the set was of the same brand and size as our spoilt
At 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, the deejay would announce the shop where the
offer was to take place. I knew that there were only three shops selling
goods in that centre. On Friday afternoon after school, I
centre. From the deejay stand, I made a mental map of the nearest route to
each electrical store, noting down the nearest stairs, lifts or escalators.
Saturday morning dawned bright and clear. However, when I woke up, I
received a call from my classmate that there would be an athletic practice that
afternoon. My heart sank and I was just about to ask my brother to take on the
task of securing the offer when another call came. My classmate informed me
that our coach was indisposed and the
practice was called off.
Whew! I then decided to go early to queue up and survey the territory.
At 1 p.m. sharp, I approached the deejay stand. You could not miss the place
because of the loud booming voice of the deejay who was rattling off the
day's offers to a growing crowd around him, greedy for the day's offers.
My heart sank when I saw the crowd. There was a hundred-odd people and
growing. Suddenly, there was a commotion at 1.20 p.m. It was not, however,
about the television offer but an announcement of free goodie bags on the
second floor. Half the crowd made a noisy beeline for that. I thanked my lucky
stars for the organiser's foresight. This would mean less of a crowd at the
electrical store and better security and order.
Sure enough, when the crowds had thinned out, on the exact minute, the
deejay uttered the words I was waiting for. "Our best offer of the day, the
Samsung television set will be at Ha..." Before he could finish his
I was off in a flash.
Heart pumping and adrenaline coursing through my veins, I steeled my
body into a "flying" missile. I knew the store on the third floor. The lift was
further away and the escalator would be crowded. The stairs to my left would
offer the best route. I ran pell-mell with
bewildered shoppers making way
for `this crazy boy'.
Suffice it to say, I was panting and exhausted when I reached the store
entrance. I was greeted with loud applause by the manager and his sales staff. I
was first and the set was mine!
Need I say more? My family was jubilant that night watching our favourite
programmes again. Once again, I saw my dad's face light up after a month of
unemployment. All the preparation was really worth it just to see him smile.