The One With The Lost Key Chain

Over the weekend, something terrible happened to me. I dropped my bunch of keys.

The fact that I lost some keys is not that bad. I could get them replaced.

The fact that I got stranded in the middle of the night is not that bad. I could go to my friend’s place to bunk for the night.

What was terrible is the keychain which I have lost. That keychain was my very first purchase when I moved to Singapore back in 1999. I was at Orchard Road, I needed a keychain for my hostel keys, so I bought a nice one, all bronze and leather with my initial R.

Why was it significant? At S$10, it was almost RM25, which was a luxury to me as a student back then. The purchase was a splurge. But I loved the keychain. I have lost it several times over the years, but every time it got returned to me.

But not this time. I wasn’t so lucky. And the worst thing was that I don’t even have a photo of it to put up a “lost and found” notice. The closest I could find was this photo on Flickr.

It was like the lost of a long time friend. The keychain has been with me for more than ten years. Now it is gone.

Perhaps it was a sign… for me to get a similar symbolic item for my (somewhat) new life in Hong Kong.

Maybe I shall get a Tiffany. But I’ll do that only when I have grieved enough about its lost.

Good bye, my keychain. You are sorely missed.

2 Thoughts on “The One With The Lost Key Chain

  1. Grace Tan59 on 14 December, 2010 at 4:25 pm said:

    Hi Razlan,

    this is a very much-delayed post, looking at the date of your post, reason being that when i first looked at the picture of the keychain posted in the article … somehow i have an inkling that i seemed to have saw it before … or even possess one such keychain, but i couldn be more sure at that point of time …
    It is only recently when i was doing some springcleaning that i got the confirmation.
    yes, i have one such keychain – all bronze and leather but with an initial “L” though … it was bought years ago in Orchard Road Isetan @ $9.90 (ha ha, price tag still intact)
    erh, i m sharing this info … because i m willing to part with it in a way. i have collected keychains in the past, but no longer continuing … so i m happy to entrust it to a new owner :)

  2. @ Grace – And here’s a very delayed reply :P

    Well, I would love to get the keychain from you… only if it is a “R”! Yes, you are right, I think it was about S$10. With the conversion rate from ten years ago it would have been RM25ish, a huge sum for a student like me.

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