Keep Calm and Continue Reading! In 1971, I was enrolled in Form 4 at the Technical Institute, Penang (also known as Tanjong).
My course of study was Mechanical Engineering & Workshop Practice, but somehow, there was a subject called “Surveying”. I have forgotten much of it, save for the most enjoyable outdoor practical sessions.
The worksite is where the present Penang State Mosque stands. Back then, it was a rambutan plantation. So while we practised with our Theodolites, Measuring Tapes and Ranging Poles, half the time we set our sights on the irresistible globes of hairy, fiery red balls dangling tantalizingly from the branches around us.
Whenever the teacher-in-charge was not in view, up went our Ranging Poles (about 2m long), to whack down the rambutans – and exact sweet justification for our labour in the sun.