Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Back in Boston...

Well, Boston has change over time. The Big Dig has been completed. It started when we was here ten years ago. Now getting from the Logan Airport to the city is in a whiz. No more those nightmare traffics on the highways of steel above ground. The roads has gone underground and up where there was once those unsightly steel jungles of roads, all those structure has gone, making the surface so different and beautiful with the greens of trees. I had a glimpse of the development on my way to the city from the airport. Soon it was a familiar sight. It was our city for a year in 1998/1999. Now we are back and now living at Somerville at a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. To get to the nearest shopping mall, we have just to go to the nearest T [in Malaysia it is the LRT] at Davis Square and get off at Kendal, where there is a regular shuttle bus to one of the mall.

They say that Boston has one of the best Public Transport System. I agree it is so easy to commute from one place to another. In those days we had to buy token to get to ride the train but now you just buy those card and you are on a way to a smooth ride. Boston has six T and a commuter train servicing the city and outlay. Malaysia should look at Boston for an example of a good and effective Public Transportation System in the city. For folks like us who are on a short stay and do not have a car, it was easy to get to the Mall and back. We love shopping so it is another place to whilst away not that far from our home here. The weather has been on our side ranging from 17 to 26 degree Celsius. Here they have not change to the Metric system so it is still in Fahrenheit. Anyhow it is nice to be able to walk and enjoy the weather.

Yesterday we went to the Harvard Square, which is just two T stop from our place. As usual the Square was throng with people. I wonder around while my spouse and our daughter went to do a little shopping to get things for the Commencement Day this June 5, 2008. In Malaysia we call it Convocation Day, here it is Commencement Day. It is the American way and different from the British way that Malaysian inherits. Well that is the way with the culture on this side of the Atlantic.

There are other parents from Malaysia here as well and yesterday we got the opportunity to meet them at a brunch organized by one of the student. As usual we get to meet the other students too. And to our surprise we met a couple who came from Amapng Jaya, where we live. It was real nice to meet them and as usual we sat at the garden chairs and chat on various subjects while enjoying the Malaysian spreads that was laid at the brunch, so what else Malaysian do.. Makanlah. Have a nice day.


all-in-one said...

Dear PI,

Its nice to know that you moved around in temp of 17 to 26C. Its so comfy that one tend to feel less tired.

The temp back at home is close to boiling and it hurts. RM2.70 per litre for petrol! Few hundred rinngit per year subsidy be given for each private car during roadtax renewal.

Maybe you can tell us on petrol price increase and responses to it in the states?

Nice day to you.

Pak Idrus said...

all-in-one, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on this posting. Well, we have to adjust ourselves to the environment and continue to enjoy living.

To me raising the price of petrol is a rather naive move. The reason that price of other commodities has gone up is because of the transport factor. With this raise I believe commodities would continue to raise.

What we need are smart leaders to think of a better way to give Malaysian a better quality of life.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Salaam Pak Idrus:
Welcome to North America, Boston. Congrats to your daughter and both of you on a job well done. I hope you can come to Canada, our border is not too far from Boston. Enjoy your stay in Boston.
Shehnaaz, Ottawa, Canada

Hussin said...

Sallam Pak Idrus,

Have a good stay in the States. How I wished I could be there. Tahniah untuk anak bongsu Pak Idrus.

I'm sure the students enjoyed having your company. When I was a student, we look forward for parents to come so that they can help us with the cooking. Of course, my parents being kampong folks cannot afford the trip. Dapat menumpang parents orang pun jadi.


Zawi said...

Pak idrus,
It must be like going back to your second home in Boston. With that kind of temperature and efficient public transport service, I for one would be roaming all over Boston. Hopefully you will post more pictures of Boston for us to see.
Please convey our warmest regard to Kak Asmah.

Nadzirah said...

Assalam'mualaikum Pak Idrus,
I've been reading your blog with great interest. Congratulations on your daughter's commencement. Have an enjoyable stay in Boston!

anasalwa said...

Pak Idrus,
Thousand apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Been busy like crazy, but yesterday I called you twice but I couldn't leave a message though. And this morning when I read your latest entry I realized you and your Mrs. were at your daughter's commencement. What a joy. Congratulations. I'll call you again.

Pak Idrus said...

shehnaaz, thanks for the visit and the compliment. Well, we are still adjusting to the time zone. Let see, any way have a nice day and take care.

Pak Idrus said...

hussin, thanks for the visit and the compliment, as well as sharing your thoughts on your stay in the US.

Well, we love this country that is why we are coming back from time to time. At the same time to get to meet Malaysian students and of course play the roles parents to those in faraway land. The last time we was living in Boston and New Haven we use to play host to the many students there and enjoy doing that.

Have a nice day and take care.

Pak Idrus said...

zawi, thanks for the visit and the greeting. Well, we shall make full use of our time here to visit places that we had never been before and would share those moments in this blog.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

nadzirah, thanks for the visit and the compliment.

Sure we would enjoy our visit here. I believe you studied in the US before. BTW which part of the world are you now.

Have a nice day and take care.

Pak Idrus said...

ana, thanks for the visit and the compliment.

Well, like you we are as busy yesterday and actually have not settle as yet. Getting to acclimatized to the Summer weather. Hope very much to meet you in person.

Have a nice day and take care.

Nadzirah said...

Assalamualaikum Pak Idrus, I am currently residing in Evansville, Indiana. A dinky town by the Ohio river! haha. Let me know if you have in your plans of visiting this part of the area.