A centenarian’s celebration

[Lifestyle] “People often field questions, eager to learn the secrets. The answer is simple - live in moderation and never overdo anything. Eat well, sleep well, don’t overeat, and also exercise regularly. During my younger days, I was also active in martial arts.” This local man living in Kampong Tanjong Nangka recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Video By Aziz Idris and Hakim Hayat Read more on our Lifestyle page or click on the link in our bio @borneobulletin #brunei #bruneinews #borneobulletin #100 #century #centenarian #birthday #celebrate #menimbalauk #guntaltidor #bruneimalay #wisdom

Posted by Borneo Bulletin on Sunday, February 2, 2020

Azlan Othman

It is rare for people nowadays to hit the one century mark and they often ponder what the secrets are.

Many have expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty for their long lives. People stress the importance of living in a positive environment filled with laughter. Many are able to find happiness in their relationships with family and friends.

With modern supersized portions of food as well as a less nutritious and uncontrolled diet plan, it is hard to live longer with good vigour. Non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity problems are on the rise including in Brunei Darussalam.

It seems unlikely for one to reach 100 years, with a life expectancy of 76.4 years for men and 78.5 years for women based on statistics from the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics (JPES).

The Bulletin met a centenarian who recently celebrated his 100th birthday at a family gathering at his son’s house in Kampong Pasai, Sengkurong. Haji Anggas bin Lamudin is still in good health, going strong and living with his family.

Haji Anggas bin Lamudin performs his prayers. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT
Haji Anggas with his birthday cake. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

Wearing a sash around his body, family members treated Haji Anggas with a birthday cake showing his century-old age.

“People often field questions, eager to learn the secrets. The answer is simple – live in moderation and never overdo anything. Eat well, sleep well, don’t overeat, and also exercise regularly. During my younger days, I was active in martial arts,” he shared.

“I always joke with friends about the secret of long life, and said take only rice,” said Haji Anggas who resides in Kampong Tanjong Nangka.

His daily diet that keeps him healthy includes boiled fish and local vegetables, while avoiding grilled or fried food.

It came as no surprise that this centenarian said his faith has sustained him and he believes he will be here as long as Allah the Almighty blesses him with a long life.

“I recite Surah Al-Ikhlas 1,000 times a day (a surah from Al-Quran with four verses). I never miss the five daily prayers and recite Doa for longevity. I love to read Al-Quran but nowadays, I feel pain in my hip when seated for too long. My sight is also not clear these days,” he said.

Haji Anggas has 11 children – seven sons and three daughters – as well as 35 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

He stayed active in his early days as he worked as a grass cutter under the Public Works Department (JKR). “I cut grass along Jalan Mulaut and Sengkurong road which made me fit and healthy. During those days, there weren’t as many cars on the road,” he said.

“I don’t worry about my daily meal as my sons and daughters always send me food. Sometimes there is too much food for myself,” he said. “I hope Allah the Almighty will grant me longevity.”

The 100-year-old exemplified resilient factors that help him live a longer and fuller life, with low stress, a simplified lifestyle and regular physical exercise to maintain physical health.