THE sea has always captivated me since my childhood days.
I remember spending a day and night on board the cruise vessel Amusement World and it provided me with all the comfort and rejuvenation I needed without pinching my pocket.
It cost less than RM100 for either a day or night cruise to international waters.
I remember sitting back on the deck marvelling at the twinkling stars and feeling the cool night breeze.
Finding a cheap way to relax is the secret to my longevity and happiness as a septuagenarian.
One night when I was onboard Superstar Gemini, I left my luxury cabin after a warm bath to go jogging.
Using a long fleece wrap to protect my body from the cold breeze, I jogged around the cruise ship from bow to stern.
I just wanted to warm up my body but still, I failed to sweat it out due to the coldness.
In the distance, the vast ocean was enveloped with darkness and I felt like I was running on the surface of the ocean.
But on board, it was well- lighted with colourful lighting at the top level of the open air pool.
It was indeed a very invigorating run.
As I stood on the balcony of my cabin, the floating palace sailed with almost complete silence.
Thoughts began to gather momentum on my mind on the greatness of the Supreme Being for creating this planet.
I was left in a world of my own. I could not help but admire and appreciate the Supreme Being’s gifts to mankind.
The 4D/3N trip from Port Klang to Langkawi, Phuket and Penang was full of sweet memories for me.
While on board the ship, guests were pampered with the utmost care in a wonderful ambience.
The food, the entertainment theatre and other facilities were enough to enliven the time.
I believe in taking a quality break from the rat race.
Stress and tension have taken a heavy toll on most of us.
Lack of exercise contributes to this.
The key is to unwind and escape from the duress.
A short cruise can provide a touch of luxury without hurting our budget.
Most of us should indulge in such escapades to attain peace of mind and satisfaction.
I still share my experience with The Star’s new journalists on how best to reach the desired state.
One should know how to explore life with creative ideas.
We should not be imprisoned by our own negative thoughts.
Various activities are waiting to be unlocked even in our own backyard.
For example, music is a great emotional stimulant.
We should be wise to release our tangled emotions via various ways so we can bounce back into action.
Take life easy. Juice it up by increasing your fitness level. It gives an edge in life.
I have attained it through a clean and simple lifestyle.
As a colon cancer survivor since last year, I am still grateful to the Maker despite this adversity.
It is time to attain a well-balanced, clean and quality life to prolong our longevity.
Money is not the main factor in attaining happiness in our twilight years. Good health is.
> A.R. Amiruddin is a former journalist with The Star for 19 years and the defunct National Echo for 10 years. He is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the oldest person to celebrate his birthday atop Mt Kinabalu in 2000. He broke his own record in 2001 by climbing up via the Mesilau summit trail. The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.
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