Thursday, July 30, 2009

An eventful Sunday...

It was one of those Sunday [July 26, 2009] that was somewhat gloomy. Not the usual bright day with the sun shining bright. We woke up early to attend the Kelab Volvo Klasik Malaysia [Volvo Classic Club] AGM held at the Federal Auto on the Federal Highway [Jalan Syed Putra]. I thought even without this function we would have gone out, just to get away from the noisy carnival of sort been organized by the 1M folk at the Padang behind our house. By eight in the morning the roadside of the housing estate was already crowded with cars from outside the area and part of one of the main road [Jalan 4] was closed. They should not have closed this road and instead use the whole Padang for their activities. I notice that most of the folks who attend this function are from outside the area and the local are fuming hot for the loud music that disturbed their lazy Sunday; their day of rest.

Well that was what happened at Ampang Jaya that morning as I drove out to attend the AGM of the club on the other side of the city. Since it was a Sunday I decided to take a slow drive using the Jalan Ampang/Jalan Pegawai/Jalan U.Thant and then got into Jalan Tun Razak. From there took the old Sungei Besi road at Bulatan Kg.Pandan and then got into Jalan Istana and Jalan Syed Putra. As I drove on I saw the Federal Auto, the meeting place but because it is on the other side of the road it was not that easy to get there, especially for me who had not been to this part of the city for such a long time. After trying the old road I got lost into Siputeh and turn back and ask those folks who was walking along the road for direction and I was pointed out to the Mid Valley Mall. I then got into the Mid Valley Mall area and from there drive slowly looking for signboard that would lead us to the Federal Auto. After some tense and a rather exciting moment I eventually arrived at the meeting place. It was lucky that I did not drive the Classic Volvo that morning but instead drove the Honda. Had it been the Classic car I would have had a difficult time to negotiate the car without the auto transmission and the power steering to get there. I would surely be dead tired arriving for the meeting. With the Honda it was a pleasure driving. Nowadays I used the Volvo Classic for a short trip around the vicinity of my home only.

On arrival it was really nice to see familiar faces; some I had not seen for a year since at the last AGM I was away in the US for a holiday. Before the meeting there was the game for those adventurous drivers and this time it was the blindfolded driving game at the compound of the Volvo complex there. It went on for a while. Since I did not take part I just went to join the others for coffee and some snacks that had been provided for us there. We chat and yarns of old time and enjoy the get-together. There were not many ladies this time, I just did not know why. Anyhow my spouse found her friends and sat to enjoy her drink with the gang while I browse along meeting friends.

After the game was over, the AGM start with the Secretary of the Club taking the lead role. The first speaker was David the President of the Club with his usual charm of informal speech of thanks to those who have made the club so successful in its endeavor. Then the Secretary Noël Chua presented the Annual Report 2008 via a Power Point presentation that end with a fifteen minutes video of the club's visit to South Thailand. The whole presentation was done in an innovative way; done professionally. After that came the Treasurer Md.Rani who gave a brief on the financial statement of the club, which shows a very healthy situation indeed. Just before the election of the new office bearer start, a veteran member who was once the Secretary of the Club C.S Tung took the stand. After a short explanation suggest that the present office bearer be reelected for another term and this was accepted by the members. So with that all the main office bearer remain the same as in 2008/09 under the leadership of David Netto again. With thank to the Chair the meeting was adjourned and then we all head for lunch there.

With that done we headed home on that Sunday afternoon. We arrived back home with that loud music still blaring at the carnival side behind our house and cars parked on both side of the roads. I am glad that we went out from Ampang Jaya that morning. What a day!. Folk that has been our Sunday. Colorful indeed eh!.

Images of the KVK AGM are here. Do make copy if you need any of those images; Gratis. Have a nice day.


~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Salam, Pak Idrus! I'm glad you eventually found the place and was not too late for the AGM. That sounds like an interesting AGM, with the presentation and all.

Have a great weekend!

louis said...

Selamat Idrus,

I liked that new convertible in the showroom in one of your pictures at the AGM. Would be just the car for cruising along Chuckanut Drive, with the top down of course, in our current heatwave.

I sat in one at an auto show here some months ago and dreamed, until I saw the price sticker :)

All the best.

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78~, Ee Lynn thanks for the visit and the good words on the subject of this posting.

Well We decided to go early so that if we got lost we would still make it to the AGM.

Now the young has taken over most of the post of the office bearer.From the way the AGM was conducted by the new Secretary it augur well for the future of the club.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

louis, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Well that Convertible is priced her at around RM400 thousand. We all did talk/joke about it and think that for those millionaire it is nothing and they would buy it just to enjoy spending.

The Convertible is not suitable in the tropic with the hot and humid climate but it would surely be great for you there. So why wait, go and get one and enjoy on that country road. Hey! What is money if you did not spend it. Enjoy...

Have a nice day.

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Martin Lee said...

Just bumped into your Volvo site! I bought a 1985 240GL just about 3 months ago. It is not classic enough like your 122. Owned this car just to fulfill the earlier dreams when I was still a junior executive of Federal Auto.

Had quarrelled a few times with my wife for owning this "junk"!

Pak Idrus said...

Martin Lee, thanks for the visit and sharing your thought on the subject of this posting. Well the 122 or the Amazon series is now a classic and I do not believe all the other Volvo would be like the 122. It is because the 122 is so special in its design and loved buy all all the time. It still has its followers even after more than forty years.

BTW I used to drive the 24O and like the car, so do enjoy it, Just forget about those quarrel since the female of our species never really understood us after all. We are actually a different species, thus have different view of things. Martin Enjoy it for life is to be enjoyed.

Have a nice day.