back in school i had a senior named Nurdin. or more famously known as 'Badak'. when i first saw 'Badak' i got pretty scared of him because he was kind of big for kids our size hence the nickname. but some part of me thought, if one is comfortable being called Badak and rightly because one might resemble one, then one must be awesomely awesome. but that certainly didn't change the fact that i was intimidated. apart from the occasional "semekom bang" we never spoke to each other until i was 16 when i joined the rugby team. Badak was 17 and a senior in the team.
it started rather awkward but meeting each other almost everyday on the rugby field got us close. despite Badak's sheer size and his intimidating appearance - he was actually quite a funny chap. i don't remember much of him except for the fact that he made me laugh a lot during rugby training. and that we went to Bangkok together on a 2 day train trip for a rugby match.
the last time i met Badak was about 6 years ago. we chatted for a bit and as usual he cracked jokes. and i remember him telling me that he's getting married to which i smiled and thought he was joking as usual. he wasn't.
anyway, i got news that Badak passed away last weekend due to heart attack. Badak, if you're reading this, i know you'd be angry that i didn't spell your name as Badaque. i just thought that spelling is rather juvenile. i shall see you soon mate. hopefully back at the rugby field.
let us recite "Al Fatihah" for arwah Nurdin. semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat.