FREDO GAYONDATO - In Memoriam.
19th October 1950 - 8th November 2006.
1 year has passed since Fredo left us but memories of him still lingers. He is still missed and spoken so fondly of at The National Press Club of Malaysia at Jalan Tangsi, Kuala Lumpur. Not many has the gift like Fredo. To many who knew him, he was Laughter their Best Medicine. He could change the entire mood in a room or in a bar with his mere presence. Though he could not stand-up and be a 'philosopher' like his younger brother, but he could sit down and entertain anywhere, anytime. A musician, singer, artist, comedian, sportsman, cook, gambler, and most of all, a friend.
This is my take on the life of my brother Fredo. He lived life the way he wanted to live, full of life, full of joy, full of passion. He may not be very successful but he was not unsuccessful either. It there was one way to describe how he lived, I would say that he lived it to the fullest. Just like the poker player he was, he played his hand and bought every card. And if you know the game of poker, playing every hand means taking a risk which could be in your favour or not...you could win or lose.
In the game of Life, Fredo played his hand and whether he won or not did not matter. What mattered was he played the game - the game of life. The very famous Robert Kiosaki once said, 'If you write the book of life, make sure there is a chapter of you winnings or your losses. But make sure you didn't write that YOU DIDN'T PLAY THE GAME'.
Life is about living and making decisions. If we are afraid to make decisions for fear of failure, we will always live in our comfort zone and will always have in back of our minds...'What if I had made this or that decision and taken the risk...what if?'