24 Jan Saturday: Eve of CNY Eve 年二九
The trip to MLK was unexpectedly long. The usual 4hrs (or less) journey became near 6hrs of ride. All becos of an almost 30mins jam before tuas checkpt. But this could be prevented if the driver din went into the car/motorist lanes, cos the traffic at the bus lane which he took after realising his mistake was so smooth.
Another 20mins was wasted at the immigration while waiting for the last grp, a chinese family of 3, to board the coach.
After 3hrs from departure, we were brought to Ayer Hitam eating place via the old route instead of the usual Yong Peng eating place, and stopped over for 30mins. This malay driver was really taking his own sweet time, unlike other malay drivers which I encountered before. And not only that, he stopped by the toilet pt for 20mins too @_@
Shouldn’t this service be direct without stopping over at any eating place? Anyway it was 11am+ then, just another 1hr we would have reached MLK town, and he could eat as long as he like. We were all tired and hungry too. ***furious***
Then came the worse part. He stopped the coach opp The Sentral instead of alighting everyone at the mlk coach terminal. He told us the coach he was driving had no licence to drive in. Wat nonsense! Best part was, only our family alighted, cos the rest in the coach didn’t know that was the last stop. 爹地 had to announce to the rest on ‘his behalf’. @$%!@#$%$
Suay suay my hp went no batt when I wanted to contact my ‘chauffeur’. 1st time using a public ph after so many yrs. Kinda not use to it 😛
25 Jan Sunday: CNY Eve 年除夕
大妹’s family together with 小妹 and A arrived on the 2nd day of our arrival. We were so afraid 小王子 cun tahan the long journey and make noise along the way. But he ‘enjoyed’ the bus ride. Lucky for them, their coach din make unnecessary trips and smooth traffic along the way, and so arrived on time.
We had lunch as our reunion meal instead. Just these recent years, we (the younger generation) had made an effort to wear RED for the reunion meal, with the usual 5 wearing the same designs.
Finally for my FREE haircut which I had ‘booked’ mths ago 😛
It was until then that we knew how good a keeper Ema was. She brought out and showed us towel and sarong which many of us used since we were a bb … clean and looked new somemore.
The (almost) whole grp went out for a walk at the jonker walk after our dinner, with some joined us later after their temple trip. But we were ‘trapped’ in a cafe and din get to walk much as the drizzle didn’t stop at all. So we headed back hm for a round of mahjong instead.
We were approached by a malay student on project for … kinship during cny? … cos majority of us were wearing red 😀
26 Jan Monday: 1st Day of CNY 年初一
After all the dily-daly-ing, we finally set off at around 1pm.
1st Visiting: Ah Sok’s hse
We made a wasted trip cos they weren’t at hm when all 4 cars of 20 pax arrived at their gate.
2nd Visiting: Ah Chai Kao Fu’s hse
We proceeded on to their hse and made a big ‘commotion’ there … as always =P
3rd Visiting (Unplanned): AN’s hse
Unexpected guests of 22 pax stepped into his hse (by his invitation) and even targetting at the leftovers of the unbelievable fatty porky dessert mentioned by Cousin J who took it on the nite before 😀
Repeated trip to the 1st location: Ah Sok’s hse again
According to them, they happened to step out of the hse at 1pm this afternoon. If only we weren’t so dily-daly-ing … if only 爹地 made a call before the visiting cos they weren’t aware that we had came to MLK … well …
After an almost full day of visitings, it was time for us to welcome guests.
A few of us however preferred to make another trip down to jonker walk as T and A din get to do so the nite before. But we forgotten that it was a Mon and so the road wasn’t closed for the nite market 😦
27 Jan Tuesday: 2nd Day of CNY 年初二
It was simply a shopping day for the ‘youngsters’ 😀
Back to gather with the elderlys for a dining-out dinner. Ah Ee and Ema finally could rest … “sum fu sai” (cantonese) =P
小王子 had been very grouchy during the whole dinner. It had been a tiring day for him actually. No nap for a little boy of his age wor. So poor thing. And so 大妹 put him to bed while the rest went out for some nite shots.
I had Cousin M to drive the rest to the Old Bus Terminal near Malacca River, cos none of them went there before except me and her. Not even Cousin J hor.
28 Jan Wednesday: 3rd Day of CNY 年初三
Leaving for 1.30pm coach …
We took Jebat Express for the 1st time cos the usual services were either sold out or cny tix not released yet. Cun afford to wait and so Cousin M bought the tix at RM22 each after she was ‘promised’ of ‘high-class’ seats 😛
It was indeed a good one, comparable to 707 service. The return trip was so fast and smooth that we reached back hm in 4hrs+ time.
It went thru the msia new checkpt at the causeway where the new immigration checkpt building was almost similar to tuas checkpt. There were more counters than the usual cramped one. We went forward to the counter for “Asian Passport”. An officer at the very last counter to the right where dunno-why no one was queuing was dozing away when I approached. Wat a funnie sight … hahaha …
Actually the direction signs weren’t very obvious. Wat worse was, they were written in melayu. But following the flow of the human traffic cun be wrong in such situation 😛
And soon we came to the pt where we needed to get to the right platform to our coach. I din know how to read wat’s written on the signboards where different buses/coached parked at each platform, but luckily I still recognised the word “EKSPRES” (though there was an officer standing behind it directing the others) and so headed towards Platform A. Clever me huh? A thought I knew melayu. hahaha…
Once reached hm, I sent sms to Ms Pilot to ensure that the steamboat gathering at her hse was still on. But Ms Pilot being Ms Pilot, she ‘flown aeroplane’ to all 9 ppl. Well …