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Monday, January 23, 2012

Vacation to The Land of the Hornbills

Should future teacher’s posting be made a conversation hot topic, a bunch of people choose not to mind their language! Pok pek…pok pek… mulut tak ada insurans ke? They and their big mouth. Let ‘em be, then. They claim, "Kamu ni bujang lagi. Patutnya korang ditempatkan kat kawasan nun jauh di pedalaman." Ewah-ewah...sedapnya mulut. Aku cili kang baru tau!

I’m so freaking pissed when they thoughtlessly suggest that we be posted on the island of Borneo (Either Sabah or Sarawak). To cover this trick, the smart alecks persuade, allegedly, we’ll get banked with plenty of monthly allowances. Yes I know that – BUT, truly sorry, I’m not a kid anymore. Don’t you see I’m growing older now?! Well…easier said than done.

Used to hear heart-to-heart stories ala Bersamamu TV3 regarding a huge number of teachers grumbling like a baby so they’d be sent back to Peninsular Malaysia. Nak pulang jugak! Nak pulang jugak! Tak kira!  – *sigh*

On the other side, there’re happy-go-lucky teachers! This category is said to allegedly have fallen in love with the Borneo Island at first sight. What a romantic love story! Kalah kisah cinta Romeo & Juliet kot. Whatsoever, you like or dislike, ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’, right? 

The question is, have you ever been there? If not, you better watch out your mouth when getting yourself into this kind of topic. Because firstly, somebody’s feeling might probably get wounded or secondly, you’d have to take your words back. What a shame!!!

The hornbill - Sarawak's trademark

Given an opportunity to be in Bumi Kenyalang (The Land of the Hornbills) for approx. five days or so remains a moment to be remembered. Despite of the fact that I never thought of reaching the state, what to do, lucky me for a dream has already come true! Prior to my arrival in the state which is very synonymous with a wide range of ethnics and cultures, my first hypothesis I made was the state couldn’t be as modern as those states in Peninsular Malaysia. Obviously I’m total right! 10 marks!!!

My status as a local tourist made every predicament we underwent turn out just enjoyable for me and family. By the way, before I forget, it’s family holidays! Our mission would seem unaccomplished if I refused to share all the sweet memories during the vacation with you all. 

Here we go…

On June 3, last year, as early as seven-five in the morning, our flight Airasia (Sarawakians call it ‘belon’) departed high in the blue sky leaving the district of Sepang, Selangor. That’s the longest domestic flight I’ve ever flown with, about 120 minutes long. Because that’s the typical period of the flight flying from Kuala Lumpur to Bintulu – one of the eleven districts in Sarawak and is pretty near to Miri and Brunei Darussalam. What’s more, Bintulu was the first district we headed to.  

Overhead, we could only see beautiful islands and the South China Sea. Once my eyes caught the land of Sarawak, something damn high was stealing my attention, that was Mount Santubong. Tinggi siot!

KUCHING - The capital state
Can you see Mount Santubong behind?

As soon as we arrived at the Bintulu Airport, I felt a bit impressed cos I got to get here at last! Before that, welcome to Sarawak, people! We got a bus on heading to Medan Jaya (a town) and stayed at a budget hotel, the Wilden Inn (to be as thriftier as possible).

As a matter of fact, seemed a bit tricky for us to get halal food here, to be honest. Fortunately some Allah’s slaves helped us out. So generous of them. Thanks! All that I know the Malays are the minority here. For an evening activity, we went shopping at Farley shopping centre. Just like Mydin to me.

Farley Shopping Centre in Medan Jaya, Bintulu
Pretending as if we're celebrating a birthday party!

On the next day afternoon, June 4, about a half past one, we left for Sarikei by bus. The journey generally takes six hours long. Just like a six-hour journey from KL to Kuala Terengganu by an express bus. Along the journey, we’re served with a ‘package’ of evergreen environment including all long houses, churches and quite thick tropical forest. Where's the mosque? I found pretty much none. The statistics of the local population here I figured was too small.

The Long House

The bus as well picked a few more passengers up in Sibu. Yep, the bus also stopped by in Sibu – another good-to-know district found in the largest state of the country. Recalling my classmate coming from the district, Miss Ila is her nickname, I then texted her to inform the good news. Of course, she sounded so happy.   

At 2000 hours, we eventually reached Bandar Sarikei. Phew! Dad’s former buddy and his son picked us up by a couple of Proton cars. They drove us to a budget hotel shortly after that. Once again, we said NO to extravagance! That night, we guests were invited by them to have ‘grand’ dinner at their house, not far from the town. There, I ate Laksa Sarawak as well as Sagu with Udang Salai for the very first time. I’m addicted to Udang Salai sometimes. LOL.

This 'grand' dinner turned out more like Majlis Tautan Kasih on TV. Kidding!

On June 5, after the sun rose, we looked a halal restaurant over right opposite the hotel we’re staying at. A long time waiting, the restaurant was closed on that day after all. Shoot! We’re still lucky for noticing another restaurant ala Mamak stall nearby with Basmallah written on the signboard. So we made our mind up having breakfast there. The name of the restaurant is Biryani House, belonging to a Pakistani.

At noon, we chanced to go sightseeing around the town. Then, we headed to Tanjung Manis by boat and it’s sort of an old boat. I mean a very very old one. By rights, our bags were supposed to be put on the roof. Realising it’s such a dumb idea, we brought all the bags in and hid ‘em at our seats. Super great idea, wasn’t it? Kalau beg-beg kitaorang ditakdirkan terjatuh ke dalam Sungai Rajang dan buaya ialah penghuninya, ada diaorang nak selamatkan nanti? Tak ada maknanya lah!

The voyage in general takes an hour. I got to see Dayak’s villages by the riverside. Please take note that smoke in the air here doesn’t mean a building or something is on fire, get it? Please don't you ever call 999 or you're dead! Maybe something to do with Dayakian’s customs and traditions. I don’t know much! So just go ask them in detail to make things crystal clear. Capiche!

On the boat - the voyage! Yeeha...

The jetty of Bandar Baru Tanjung Manis

Alhamdulillah. Praise be to Allah. After the one-hour voyage, we safely arrived at the jetty of Bandar Baru Tanjung Manis. We’re greeted by two Dad’s former male fellas whose nationality is Melanau. You got to know that ‘Bandar’ here doesn’t signify they got all those tall premises and offices like a very city.

About half an hour later, we arrived in a small village called Kampung Jerijeh. Nothing to worry about: No traffic jams, no traffic lights and I found less vehicles on the road. Not pretty sure about robbers and burglars. At the village, the villagers could afford to have their own transports like cars and motorcycles but WATCH OUT, petrol stations are nowhere. I mean real far. On top of that, their home designs look exactly like many of ours in West Malaysia. They enjoy electricity but then still rely upon the rainfall for bathing and cleaning stuff up. Come on, this isn’t a joke!

The Melanau's village - Kampung Jerijeh

Getting dark after 6 p.m.

They’ve got the only one primary and secondary school in one area. You know what? The width of the school area is merely as big as a football field. The total of students and teachers is far smaller than us in West Malaysia. The coordinates of the local houses appear so close to each other. Hence, I bet they all have a much better neighbourhood than we do. Besides, once you’re out of the village area, no big deal you can only see the thick forest in the surrounding. A little scary!

The primary school: Sek. Keb. Abang Buyuk, Jerijeh
PS: Only 11 teachers are teaching & 6 classes available

Don’t get surprised, they’ve got an airport! Kau ada? Yet, it’s only a very small one, normally for a light aircraft, not for MAS or Airasia. Not to mention, things change when you’re on the Borneo Island. Time for prayers will be way earlier and you gotta get used to this condition. It’s getting darker after 1800 hours and Isyak is around 8pm whilst the sunrise is around 6am. Beware or you would miss your Fajar prayer!

On June 6, me and siblings walked around the village, searching for something unique and extraordinary we can never find in Peninsular Malaysia perhaps. Before noon, we’re taken to the mouth of the Rajang river – in fact, the longest river in Malaysia. Before long, we started packing and got ready to leave. We headed to the jetty and subsequently left for Kuching – the capital of Sarawak.

At the riverside of the Rajang river (Sungai Rajang)

A model by the sea. Ada gaya tak?

On the ferry all the way to Kuching.
PS: The strong wind somehow got me look like an ugly Garfield. 
Haha tak ada kena mengena langsung! =P

We preferred the voyage because it’s a whole lot faster, only three hours long compared to the roadway which can take hours. No big deal ‘cause no highways that can offer you shortcuts. Getting a bigger ferry on ala many ferries on the Langkawi Island was a very fantastic experience although not that comfortable. Because the passengers were too crowded, even worse the weather was too hot. The strong wind anyway faded our discomfort away. Imagine both on your right and left, all that you can see is the ocean! Woo creepy. Apparently, the rain fell when we’re sorta reaching Kuching. Welcome to Kuching!

Terminal Penumpang Kuching
Sorry the photo looks slightly vague - taken using a cell phone

At the Kuching jetty or ‘Terminal Penumpang Kuching’, we’re then greeted by a teacher around 40’s who’s actually Dad’s former friend’s friend. Do you see my point? Hehe. He took us to Kuching City. So generous of him! I knew he’s kind of a qualified tour guide for us and he really was. Speaking about Kuching, personally, what a surprise! Kuching is physically a quite contemporary city with a great number of tall skyscrapers and excellent roadways. Be informed there’re no buses that function like RapidKL and Metrobus in KL.

Welcome to Kuching!!!
The cat statue

Few days after Gawai festival

The five-star river cruise I guess

Kota Margherita was built by the British

Speaking about traditional food, Sarawak is pretty popular with ‘Kek Lapis’. And, we too bought ‘Kek Lapis’! Other than that, we’re able to see the glory of the city on our own. Kota Margherita a.k.a Astana James Brooke, a five-star River Cruise and a lot more. In a word, COOL!

Kek Lapis. Yum Yum!
Some are worth at RM5 & some are of RM10 or a little more expensive.

However, I got shocked all the way to the teacher’s house. The very wonderful scenery of Kuching just now could only be seen very temporarily. Out of the city centre, all that we could enjoy was the mere thick forest. Again! And it took us an hour to get to the teacher’s house. More interestingly, this is a village the houses of which have been built on the water even a bungalow. We had to walk on a very narrow long wooden bridge heading to the house. Don’t laugh! My little sister fell onto the swamp on account of the darkness. Nevertheless, we enjoyed free dinner at night. How’s the food? It’s finger lickin’ good buddies!

At 11:00 pm, we left for the airport. Just in case you forgot, I’d love to remind you that 11:00 pm in Sarawak is like 12:00 am to us in West Malaysia. Here, the local time is an hour earlier. This really matters and do keep it in mind! Since our flight was scheduled on June 7, the next morning at 6:00 am, we therefore decided to only sleep at musalla in the airport for the rest of the night and that sure made things better.

FYI, the Kuching International Airport looked really nice being lit with yellowish lights. Nonetheless, the scenario of the airport was so very much quieter than LCCT and I must say. After performing Fajar prayer, we went check-in immediately. Nay, we had already checked in online. Actually, it’s our boarding time! So sad, it’s time for me to say Goodbye to Sarawak!

The Kuching International Airport at night

 On the board prior to departure back to West Malaysia
The front seat was being taken by a pretty sexy stewardess. Aaww!

We finally arrived at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, Selangor after a one hour and forty minute flight. Before moving to the next destination, we had had our breakfast at KFC. Phew! I was starving, my dear! 
The end

So, how do you find my experience?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Diary: A So-called KLite's Nostalgia in KL

Dear Diary,

Kuala Lumpur – the very first time I arrived in Malaysia’s proudest Capital City was in 2002. When? Erm…I wish I could still keep it in mind. I turn to be a little bit forgetful sometimes, you know. Sorry for that. In fact, I was joining a school trip organized by Form 4 students. To reach KL, we underwent a lot of ups and downs. Oh really? Yep, I’m not kidding! So what happened?

Genting Sempah, Pahang

We got stuck here for 5 hours or so. Damn!

Our bus broke down very unexpectedly somewhere in Bukit Tinggi early in the morning. We got stuck in Genting Sempah in Pahang till noon, approx. 5 hours long. Well…I didn’t give a damn! Guess where we stayed in KL? We chose Masjid al-Ghufran in Damansara. By now, I’ve missed the mosque already I swear!   

Masjid al-Ghufran in Bandar Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara

Masjid al-Ghufran was where we stayed

The second time I went there a year after as joining another school trip to Malacca 'Bandaraya Bersejarah'. To be frank, we just stopped by somewhere in KL all the way back to the East Coast.

And the third and fourth time both took place in 2004. Form 4 Umar al-Khattab was the very organizer of the trip and I was merely one of them. Due to my post as a cooperative shop committee, I was invited to attend an annual grand meeting shortly together with other members from various religious secondary schools at the main campus of University of Malaya in Lembah Pantai. Our sponsored accommodation was at the Kuala Lumpur International Hotel in Chow Kit. Thanks Koperasi!

The Kuala Lumpur International Hotel

Our sponsored accommodation. Awesome!
Dear Diary,

2006 wasn’t just a year to me but was the most challenging year in my life as for the very first time I was to be away of my family members in such a faraway distance. I had to manage my life on my own in a foreign place in Petaling Jaya. Staying for one year long there was enough for me to know KL a lot better. Believe it or not, I used to print out LRT route map to ease my journey up cos I know I can never rely on others all the time, can I?

Right. Gonna tell you a few fascinating destinations I was fondest going either for shopping, coping with stress, entertainment or anything. Let’s start with Mid Valley Megamall – one of the biggest shopping centres in Bangsar.

Mid Valley Megamall in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Do you know? I bought my first jeans here. LOL

Spending my leisure time going bowling at Cosmic Bowl. Super great!

Dear Diary,

The shopping centre the location of which was the nearest to where I was studying was the main reason for going shopping there more often. You know what? That’s where I bought my first jeans with the lowest price of RM30. Wondering how’s the jeans now? I no longer wear it. Oh yea, I also got to meet up the actor Mustapha Kamal there! 

Coming across the actor Mustapha Kamal whilst shopping

I met the most popular female singer, Dato' Siti Nurhaliza here

One Utama Shopping Centre in Bandar Utama

Dear Diary,

Quite certain that most Selangorians know well that OU or 1-Utama which is situated next to Sri Pentas TV3 is also one of the most well-known shopping centres in the state. What makes it so very memorable to me is because I could see the very popular female singers, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza and Waheeda for the first time. I saw CT sing the song ‘Siti Situ Sana Sini’ from her album ‘Transkripsi’ live. Siti Saerah, CT’s sister was around too. Honestly speaking, there’s a reality show, that was ‘Siti Nurhaliza Mencari Bintang Pantene’, do you still remember? That’s when I saw Fida.

Dato' Siti Nurhaliza - Malaysia's most popular singer

It's once the world's tallest building

The Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC)

Dear Diary,

When mentioning KLCC, one can never escape of talking about I-setan – the popular shopping centre. Alhamdulillah. I managed to conquer the world’s tallest twin towers till the sky bridge and that time the entrance fee was free of charge after ‘Visit Malaysia 2007’.

In memory: Me in the sky bridge after 'Visit Malaysia 2007'

I loved walking around the KLCC Park where Masjid As-Syakirin and a man-made waterfall are located. Not forgetting the top bookstore in I-setan, Kinokuniya which was once my ‘port’ to find latest books and mags. I couldn’t afford to purchase many books there ‘cause some were just out of my league! Very often I had meals at the foodcourt and liked all desserts. Banana Split was one of my favourites. I’ve never been to Petrosains in that every time I passed it, the ticket was already sold out. Sigh. Bloody hell!

But then, I once chanced to visit Aquaria. Not bad! I touched some turtles and rays ‘illegally’ even though visitors might not do that. So, could you please keep this secret? Huhu…how naughty! BTW, I got a student price which was worth at RM20. At KLCC, I came across actors like Eizlan Yusoff and Fahrin Ahmad.  

Aquaria KLCC

 I intentionally touched turtles and rays during my visit

Dear Diary,

Still stuck in my head, I kept my good friend company for dinner. He’s fasting but I wasn’t. It’s not during the fasting month, hope you don’t get misunderstood. It’s such an exclusive restaurant but I've forgotten its name. My bad. What a surprise! Our first time having dinner there at the restaurant was 'served' with acting. Yes! We’re able to steal some time watching the actresses, Kartina Aziz, Sheila Mambo and others shooting for a Malay film, ‘Mami Murai’. So weird I’ve yet to see the film either on TV or at the cinema. What’s wrong?

The Kuala Lumpur Tower

 Apparently, I've already conquered the tower for 5 times, at least

Of the observation deck (Height: 421m high)

Dear Diary,

I went up to the observation deck of the world’s fourth tallest communications tower in 2002 – over my first school trip to KL. Today, I’ve been there for 5 times already whether during the daytime or even at night. The ticket is presently way expensive than ever and that’s why I don’t feel like visiting it any longer.

Around the observation deck

The typical scenario of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Dear Diary,

KLites call it a popular destination for shopping spree. There’s where Pavilion, Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza, KL Plaza and Low Yat Plaza have been built. A so-called shopaholic like me used to shop for Raya at Pavilion and Sungei Wang Plaza. At the same time, Low Yat Plaza was where I usually got my electronic stuff such as mp4, pendrives, coolers and headphones. 

Jaya Jusco Alpha Angle in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur

 Where I most regularly got sushi, my Japanese favourite food

We're only shopaholic wannabes, do you see my point?!

On LRT on the way back to campus

Dear Diary,

This one I considered the nearest shopping centre to my Uni. Every time I went to JJ, I didn’t forget to buy sushi. FYI, sushi is my Japanese favourite food! My roommates and I frequently hooked up there as well as had dinner at a Japanese restaurant. Plus, there’s where I met up a veteran singer, Dato' A. Rahman Hassan shopping.

I used to go bowling and see the movie here

Wangsa Walk Mall in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur 

Dear Diary,

Ha! Ha! What’d we been up to? Going bowling, for sure! I’m not good at bowling, honestly! Just play for fun. On top of that, we went to the cinema. One Malay film I watched there was ‘Nur Kasih The Movie’. Typically, Pop Corn and a large cup of Coca Cola was just a perfect combination for me to consume while enjoying the movie. Oh by the way, I watched Adam AF and Shima there performing on stage, not to mention other artistes like Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza, Tini 3R and Ruffedge. More interestingly, that’s where the drama ‘Nora Elena’ was shot. My favourite drama, of course!

Besides Wangsa Walk Mall, another venue we loved hanging out was at KFC restaurant which is located nearby. We liked staying overnight outside just for fun. I rode my junior’s motorbike and that’s when I dared to ride it myself in a foreign state! Take it easy guys. I do have a motorcycle license and wasn’t a bully for borrowing my junior’s vehicle. 

The Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, Selangor

LCCT in Sepang - where I flew with Airasia
Dear Diary,

This was a frequent airport I headed to whenever I wanna go back home. Yup, I got on a plane, mostly Airasia. Like I said previously, I’ve already flown in the blue sky for no more than 15 times as yet. Getting on a plane doesn’t mean you’re rich, OK! Last but not least, I bumped into the actor Tony Eusoff there. That’s all!

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor


Me and the celebrity Ally Iskandar checking in at the airport

Dear Diary,

The celebrity Ally Iskandar and I used to get the MAS domestic plane off after Eidul Fitr festival in Oct 2007. That day, I took ERL Express which merely takes 28 mins to reach KL Sentral. Truly fast!

The Kuala Lumpur Sentral (also known as KL Sentral)

KL Sentral is the main transportation hub in the city

Inside KL Sentral

PUTRA LRT - the main public transport I most often got on

Dear Diary,

Talking about KL Sentral, it’s uncountable how many times I’ve been there. Its function as the main transportation hub in the metropolis, that’s where I took KTM commuter or PUTRA LRT to reach diverse destinations including KLCC, Bukit Bintang etc. It’s the location where I booked Airasia and MAS flight tickets manually for the first time. Occasionally, I spent some time having meals at KFC or Mc Donald’s there.

Merdeka Square (or Dataran Merdeka) in Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Square - where the National Day is annually celebrated on Aug 31st.

STAR LRT I constantly chose to reach Putra Bus Station

Dear Diary,

I never spent my whole time here. As you know, it’s a historical destination where Sultan Abdul Samad building was built as well as the National Day is annually celebrated. Last time I hooked up there with my family. In the past, I asked my schoolmate to discuss his problem there.  Motive?

Mc Donald’s at Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

Dear Diary,

Seemed like a bad habit, I was used to taking breakfast at the fast food restaurant. Should I get the express bus off at the Putra Bus Station, before changing the STAR LRT to PUTRA LRT at Masjid Jamek station, usually I stopped by at the McD for breakfast. It’s pretty good to have my tummy tucked in before I kept going, wasn’t it?  

Burger King at the Lingkaran Karak petrol station, Gombak

That's where my lecturer treated me and my classmate

Dear Diary,

Here was where my lecturer asked me and my classmate, Izzati to have dinner and very fortunately, all meals were on her! I think no lecturers used to treat me like that except her. So kind of her. She spoke English damn fluent, OK!

The National Zoo in Ampang, Selangor

I've been a local tourist here for 4 times


Children, what animal is that? Elephant! Yeah, so clever.

Dear Diary,    
My Uncle’s home is in Taman Melawati right behind the National Zoo. I used to stay overnight at his home. Obviously, you can hear lions roar anytime at night. Creepy, isn’t it? I visited the zoo for the very first time in 2004. At present, I’ve visited the zoo for 4 times, once with my schoolmates, once with my brothers, once with my family.

Taman Melawati

Dear Diary,

I can still remember when my coursemates invited me to join them having ‘Cendol’ at a so-so restaurant. Completely delicious and I didn’t tell them my Uncle’s home was somewhere nearby. Hehe. A sweet moment to be remembered! Sadly, no photos were taken.

The Look Out Point, Saujana Ampang

You can see the Kuala Lumpur skyline behind me, can't you?

Dear Diary,

Thank you so much to my big friends, Najib (not the PM), Dzul and Lukman for making my dream come true. Of the peak of Ampang Hill, I could observe wonderful scenery of Kuala Lumpur skyline. So nice! The weather was a bit hazy. So miserable! The film ‘KL Menjerit’ was shot there before and so were many other Malay films and dramas.

Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Dear Diary,

A small village within the city. Prior to registration at UIA Matriculation Centre in July 2006, we had had our lunch at a restaurant there. For the second time, I went there with my friends, Fizul, Boo and Tasya for breaking fast in the month of Ramadan. There, I first met up my former friend, Shahrifuddin after 10 years! Can you imagine? So incredible! What a tiny world! Last time I went there with my family and we had lunch there before leaving for LCCT in Sepang. We’re actually on our way to Sarawak, 'Bumi Kenyalang'.

Lake Metropolitan, Kuala Lumpur

We're still doing teaching practise that time at secondary schools around KL

Dear Diary,

FYI, this was where me and classmates gathered one evening. This place is also called ‘Taman Layang-layang’ and many visitors spend their evenings playing their colourful kites, conversely we ate ice-cream on that day.

Sunway Pyramid in Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sunway Pyramid - I already felt like somewhere in Egypt

Now everyone can go ice skating in Malaysia!!!

Dear Diary,

I shopped like hell at Sunway Pyramid in PJ with my international friend, Esam, a Yemeni. I spent several hours looking for attractive attire. It’s Raya shopping spree! Although the Yemeni growled at me for being a shopaholic of the day!   

The Putra Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur

Dear Diary,

Which bus station should we go to for East Coast destinations? Putra Bus Station, of course! Such a popular bus station for all East Coast residents which is just next to PWTC. This is the main transportation hub for us to go back to the East Coast. I was accustomed to taking express bus to go back home other than Airasia. The bus station is located near The Mall.   

The Mall in Putra, Kuala Lumpur

That's the shopping centre I most regularly hooked up

Dear Diary,

Speaking about The Mall – a shopping centre attached with the Legend Hotel, I liked having meals at the foodcourt. My favourite choice was Thai Corner. That’s where I hanged out prior to departure to Terengganu. After purchasing my homecoming bus ticket, I usually would have my meals at the shopping centre. What’s so funny about the mall was when I once forgot to pay the pizza I ate at Pizza Hut restaurant. Luckily I was quickly aware of that. LOL! Was I starving, I’d have my breakfast at Mc Donald’s sometimes.

Sogo, Kuala Lumpur

I shopped here for Raya occasionally cos I'm not a well-to-do guy

Dear Diary,

I used to shop here for Raya. Many people say it’s an affordable shopping centre. This can be supported by the typical phenomena that so many school trips will come shop there. Plus, you can come many school children across at times shopping. You’re sure they’re shopping? Aha…I think…maybe they’re just fooling around. Huhu.

Maju Junction in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur 

Where I kept my buddies company for meeting Maher Zain

Dear Diary,

Maju Junction was the destination me and friends used to hook up. We met Maher Zain there. Whilst my friends were busily queuing up to shake hands with the Sweden singer, I took my brunch at KFC having Chicken Rice. Yummy!

The Central Market (or CM) in Kuala Lumpur

My Malay favourite film, 'Cinta' was shot here

Dear Diary,

The Central Market (also called CM), is such a popular handicraft shopping centre. There was one location where the Malay film, ‘Cinta’ directed by Khabir Bhatia did the shooting. Remember the scene between Nanu Baharuddin and Que Haidar. That’s the place! 

Masjid India & Jalan TAR

Dear Diary,

I ever performed Friday prayer at Masjid India and the khutbah was delivered in Tamil. I had to. I went shopping at Jalan TAR quite often but actually not really shopping. I regularly kept my friend company especially when Eidul Fitr was just around the corner.

Seems I got so much to tell. I’d better pen off here. There're so many places I've been to. All this was some of the memoirs I can keep in my heart. The Malays are right to say ‘Jauh Perjalanan, Luas Pandangan’. Yeah, I just admit it! 

PS: Life will go on but the nostalgia will ever remain...