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Monday, December 30, 2013
A happening in Johor Bharu....
After having a great time at the Johor Premium Outlets and
created some damage there we proceed to Johor Bharu. We arrived at just after
six in the evening and check in at a new hotel at Permas Jaya; the
Renaissance. After a good shower and a short rest our son in law took us on a ride
out of the hotel to look for the Seafood village nearby. After a while we found a Malay village with a mosque and a sea front with rows and rows of
eateries that sell nothing else but seafood. The place was already thronging
with folks having dinner. Been the first time there, we just browse along
and eventually found a table that could accommodate the whole family of seven. The
eatery is on the coast of the straits of Tebrau facing the island of
We ordered dinner of various kinds of seafood and white rice and
then enjoy the scene as we wait for our meals to arrive. It was really nice to
sit there and enjoy the cool breeze and the smell of the sea. Yonder glittering
with lights is the the coastal area of the northern part of Singapore that
most Malaysian call the Dot down there. It was a magical scene of glittering
sea and some small boats tied at the jetty nearby turning it into a picturesque sight indeed. I love watching such scene
since it remind me of my childhood growing up at the coastal town of Kuantan.
It parts of my culture of growing up thus such scene especially the sea always
Nearby a man was busking with sweet melody of oldies that was
pleasing to the ears. I give a Ringgit to my young grandson to put into the
basket in front of the busker. Later on I went to talk to him and drop a few
more Ringgit into his basket. I love watching busker doing their show. It creates
a musical environment of its own kind, an enjoyable sight to enjoy and wonder.
I took a few snap of the man busking in the dark corner of the eating stalls and thanks him for the good show.
Soon our order of seafood arrive plates after plates and placed on the table.
We thoughts that we had order too much but after enjoying the meals found that
it was just right for the food was tasty, fresh and delicious. When the bill
arrives we found to our amazement it does not cost much, just less than
RM250.00 for a dinner of seven people. We were happy with the quality of the
dinner and the price we had to pay. In Kuala Lumpur it would have cost double
that. We then went back to the hotel for a complete rest after the long trip
from Kuala Lumpur; the four hours adventure at the Johor Premium Outlets
ending a yet another beautiful day.
I then took a moment to call a
long-time friend who lives in Johor Bharu, he was excited and would come over
the next morning to see me. Just before that I wrote a message to a Facebook
friend and told him that I am in Johor Bharu and that it would be great if he
could join me for breakfast the next morning. We had been friend on Facebook
but as yet to meet. The reply was positive and that he would take the time
to come over and join me for breakfast the next morning. So at the breakfast at
the hotel I met Harold Angus in person, completing a friendship made in
cyberspace to the real world; now a stranger no more. We sat to enjoy the
breakfast and chat on various subjects that come to our mine. I then introduce
him to the family who were enjoying their breakfast at another table. Later on
my spouse came over and joints the chat at our table. While in the midst of the
breakfast I remember the other person who was to be here this morning. He was
one of my officers when I was working in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and
Sports. Like me he has since retired and now lives in Johor Bharu. I call him
on his cell phone and found that he has already arrived at the lobby but did
not want to join me for breakfast for health reason. He would just wait and
meet me after we are done with the breakfast. After finishing our breakfast the
four of us; my spouse, Harold Angus, Md.Nor Jabar and I set at the lobby and
continue our chat. It was really nice to get to meet Md.Nor Jabar again after a
lapse of some 20 over years. And meeting for the first time Harold Angus; a
story of friendship from cyberspace to the real world. After a while and since
they both had other business to attend to we parted with a promise to meet
again. The meeting of both of them does made my day.