I came back last night around 11.30, but was just plain too tired and sleepy to continue off where I left. A dear friend, MB, had called me after Isyak last night asking me to meet him. Since his voice sounded rather urgent, I decided to check out what was the matter. Turned out to be it was nothing much really, just that MB and wife just wanted to meet me over dinner, and took me to a new Chinese Muslim restaurant in Kelana Jaya. Except, for the week and more before this, I have managed to skip dinner, having a very light meal instead. But it would be impolite to do so last night, and I enjoyed myself a meal of Ramen with Lamb Roast, which I think is a surprise inclusion in a Chinese restaurant menu as none of my Chinese friends eats lamb. But there we were, enjoying ourselves.
Should you ever venture to Kelana Jaya in Petaling Jaya, I would recommend this restaurant. It has a friendly atmosphere with easy parking (at night) and a bounty of food and drinks to choose. The Ramen I had, which was a huge serving served in an equally huge bowl, had a price tag of RM7.50++ only. Considering some eateries now charge RM4.00 for a medium size bowl, I would think the meal I had was inexpensive. Further, perhaps because it is still new, the staff were surprisingly obliging on 2 occasions:
1. The staff had recommended i try Red Bean Milk Shake but instead sent Iced Lemon Tea. Since the colour of the latter was somewhat reddish, and the fact that I did not look proper, I began drinking. When I realised the mistake, I pointed it out to the staff, who promptly sent the correct order and had the house take the mistaken tab - free of charge!
2. MB's order of Rice with Beef Szechuan, tasted too much like lamb to him and he just could not continue. But the house were again obliging, changing the order to another which is more palatable to MB. Again, with no extra charge!
These, and I am sure you would agree with me, is something you rarely find today - the want to serve to customers satisfaction. And were I the one paying the bill, I would certainly not mind tipping the staff, which I think MB did too, as they certainly made up for the service which was a mite too slow. So, if ever you find yourself in Kelana Jaya looking for a meal with nice decor and decently priced menu, I would recommend 'Aladdin'.
By the time I got back, I was just too tired and sleepy to continue writing. Apart from rushing to several places earlier in the day, my leg - again! - was throbbing in pain (apart from the throb in my heart, that is). And early this morning, while the world tried hard to stay sober, Wak and I were making our rounds again to continue off where we left off yesterday.
Today - perhaps after the Lady Doctor had explained what a tandu is - lady luck was with us as we managed to secure 4 interviews within a space of 7 hours! That's not bad when you considered pre and post interview set-up, the interview itself, traveling and the short breaks we had in between. Though there were only about 5 questions asked to each person, you have to bear in mind that they are political personalities with many thoughts to share: Tn Syed Shahrir of MTUC, YB Ng Suee Lim of DUN Sekinchan, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, and saudara Lee Khai Loon of Youth4Change! They were each friendly and open during the pre and post stages, making the interviews a pleasant thing indeed! And if ever you want to watch a Javanese-speaking Chinese YB, do make a special effort to watch YB Ng. I do find him a small delight to watch but fear due to time constraint, webtv8 will be editing a significant portion from each person's time...sigh.
Ok, while I was jabbering one way, my mind was going the other - I still could not accept what tandu meant, and was more or less like that cat there trying to solve the Rubic's Cube puzzle. The lovely Lady Doctor had kindly explained it to me via a text message late last night and it somehow does not make sense. But one would be a great fool to ever question a lady who is not only great in looks, but also a Doctor at that! Then suddenly tonight, I saw Pak Mior's comment confirming the meaning of tandu as explained in the Lady Doctor's text below:
"Royalties usually sit in or on it, while being carried by their servants during travels." Hmm...pretty smart lady this Doctor. She also seem to concur with me that there is a hairline fracture or two somewhere around my ankle which would explain why the swelling has not subsided totally since November 10. Perhaps, I would be wiser to see a doctor friend in Putrajaya Hospital. Hmm...that's a delightful thought.
Anyway, the new year has begun. With it, perhaps, I should rethink and have another look at the priorities in my life. Could it, insyAllah, bring about a catalyst that would lead to...a whole new world?
Together, let us hope and pray for the best. For, though we may plan, none is a greater planner than Allah s.w.t., and only He knows best.
Since kerp had wanted directions to Aladdin, I have scanned and uploaded the restaurant's tissue packing. Its quite easy to find, just make sure you take the first left from where ever you are, and continue doing so all the way. I'm kidding, off course.