My late aunt's (Mak Long) house in Lorong 3, Kg Besut (adjacent to SMU Al-Falah) fast became the centre of curious television viewers from the neighbouring houses. It was our television set brought there from Perak when my parents decided I be left in Kemaman to continue my studies.
It was, if my memory is right, somewhere in 1964. At the time Terengganu just began getting tv services and not many folks owned a tv set at the time.
I remember seeing so many people watching tv programmes at night in my aunt's house. She graciously placed the tv set in the hall where many people could sit and enjoy the programmes.
Many funny incidents happened during these tv viewing sessions. I do not mean to make fun of them, but just to highligh the realities back then.
One came from my grandmother. She was puzzled seeing cartoon series for the first time that she asked,"Where are these people from?"
"Wan, there are not people. They are cartoons," replied Zaimah, my cousin.
We all burst into laughter and so too my grandma.
At the time there a was long family drama that was liked by all of us, including my aunt and my grandma. It was Peyton's Place. Despite them not understanding a word of English, they knew the storyline and even knew the characters by name, names like Norman.
There was also this girl by the name of Zaitun, the same age as me, but she studied in an English medium school. She was so uppity that she thought that she was the only one there who understood English. More than once we got ourselves in heated debates about the meanings of some words in certain series.
Little that she knew even at the time, my English was quite good, perhaps better than hers.
That time it was still black and white. My favourite series included Dangerman, The Fugitives, Honeywest, Peyton's Place, The Saint, High Charparral, All in The Family, etc.