Once upon a time in the 60s and 70s, the Lido beach in Johor Bahru was THE place to congregate on weekends, be it for a family picnic or evening stroll (a must for dating couples) or even, for a spot of fishing.

Our late father would take us (all seven of us for we were still kids then) in his Triumph wagon (they don’t make this anymore!) and head to Lido beach for a bit of a swim and merriment.

Images by Shah Said ; @ all rights reserved ; April 2021

It goes without saying, our mother would have prepared some nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) and bihun goreng (fried thin rice noodles), never forgetting the garnishings and the trimmings to bring along for the outing, for what’s a picnic without food and drinks.

But that was then. Today, that Lido beach is just a memory of those bygone carefree days. It has undergone lots of changes, with condominiums , eateries and business establishments dotting the skyline that was once dominated by coconut trees.

Images by Shah Said ; @ all rights reserved ; April 2021

However, a stroll by the Lido beach today does bring back memories of childhood innocence, when as kids we would never tire of frolicking as well as learning how to swim (and swallowing mouthfuls of salt water in the process), in the waters of the Tebrau Straits, coming ashore only for some food and drinks before heading back to the waters for more fun and games.

But that was then, and this is now. Lido Beach, many thanks for the beautiful memories – of childhood innocence, of fun and games, and of our late father.