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Journey to Taiping and Ipoh

Posted by Hisham
Thursday 16 September 2010 at 09:00 am.
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The journey began on the morning of the 12th of September. The planned route would have taken us from Sitiawan, up north toward Taiping to two houses, Opah Teh and Tok Teh's at Matang and Pak Unggai and Mak Unggai's in Taiping. Then, we'd drive south-east using the North-South Highway toward state capital of Ipoh, to Wan Cu's new abode.

Just three houses to visit for the day. By normal reckoning, it would take us an hour to get to Taiping, then another hour to get to Ipoh, and finally another hour to get back to Sitiawan. If we spent 30 minutes per house visit, we would be back before it was late afternoon.

Little did we know...

Before we began our journey, we stopped for supplies at the local Giant hypermarket. It's still weird to think of having a Giant hypermarket in little Sitiwan. Of course, Sitiawan is no longer "little", but I digress.

The Alfa parked at Giant supermarket

Here is the crew of the Alfa, sans Opah who went shopping. But who's that little girl in the back peering over the chair?

Alya is not in a zero-zero ejection seat, no.

It's none other than Alya Jean, hanging on to Purrsley the Cat! (Well, the next minute she threw him down onto the floor...)

Here's cousin Irfan!

Then here comes Irfan from the other car to play with his cousin for a while, before we started driving north. 

En route, we came upon a traffic jam, after Trong. I thought there was an accident up ahead causing it. An hour later, I had thought differently. There were just that many cars out on the road that day. but after clearing Simpang, and heading oceanwards, the traffic was good to us all the way through the turn off into Matang where we finally arrived at Tok Teh and Opah Teh's house in the kampung... more than an hour late.

Up to their shenanigans at Tok & Opah Teh's

The enclosed veranda in front of the house was a perfect place to play in. Alya, Irfan and Irfan's Godzilla ran all over the place as we chatted with Tok Teh and Opah Teh in the den.

They both enjoyed running about
Looking for Yop Irfan

After some time, Irfan initiated hide-and-seek. Yaya would run inside and look for her cousin. He's usually out of sight.

Yop Irfan jumps out and surprises Alya!

Then, Irfan would pop out from behind a door, or the sofa and surprises the heck out of Yaya, who will squeal with laughter and run back out to reset the game and begin again. It must have been one enjoyable game.

The den.

After that we set sail for Mak Unggai and Pak Unggai's. However I can't seem to find any photos of us at their house, consuming vast quantities of mi sup. Because the Alfa's air-conditioning was broken, we moved Yaya's seat to the Wira. Yaya and her parents travelled with me and Irfan and Ain went with Atok and Opah hence. It also started to rain.We bade the Unggais goodbyes and headed for the highway... which was jammed from Penang all the way down to Kuala Lumpur, we would learn the next day.

We moved slower than snails along the highway and got off at Kuala Kangsar.

Whatever she's dreaming, it certainly had nothing to do with traffic jams

Thankfully, Yaya was asleep 99% of the leg. It'd have been mind-numbingly boring to her to be stuck in a jam for FOUR FREAKING HOURS from Taiping to Ipoh in the rain, as it grew dark.

After stuffing ourselves full at Wan Cu's new place!

Finally we arrived at Wan Cu's place which was somewhat Phineas and Ferb-esque. She and her new blended family showered us (along with our numb butts and sore spines) with lots of food, including satay. Yaya woke up just in time for a nappy change.

Most of the wimminfolk are here.

The Ipoh family were gracious hosts. We quickly felt much better and refreshed.

We arrived home at 1am. Did I say we'd be back late afternoon? Yeesh.

Addendum:

I finally found some more photos which were from Sila's camera from our time at Mak Unggai's house:

Atok getting videos of Alya behind the curtains
Eda, Ain and I around the circular holographic conference table
Mak Unggai and Pak Unggai will be performing their Hajj in October

Finally, here are some notable photos of our cousins Petra and Hazwan, who were awesome with Irfan since when he was a toddler, and they were awesome with Yaya now:

Tuck and friends, but hopefully no Buck
Mama!!!

six comments

sila

late afternoon, yeesh, indeed. i still can’t believe it took us 4 hours to get from taiping to ipoh, and that people kept saying “but it should only take you 45 minutes!?!?!” made me want to punch them that day! but it was awesome to see opah and tok teh, the unggais, and wan cu’s new place and meet new family members. wan cu may not have a platypus, but she does have turtles and rabbits (that made yaya a happy little camper!)

sila - 20-10-’10 00:19
Lil

omg, 4 hours! on the highway? should maybe have exited and tried the old road..?

Lil (Email ) (URL) - 20-10-’10 09:06
zarin

“so what sound does a turtle make?”

zarin - 20-10-’10 13:35
Sree

Damn, that cup looks puny in Vin’s hand…

Sree - 20-10-’10 13:57
sila

lil: we got off the highway in KK and it still took us another 2 hours to get from KK to Ipoh on the old road.. :-(

zarin: she has a turtle sound! she made it up :-D

sree: i didn’t notice until you said it, sree…

yope: irfan is also hiding behind the curtain, playing with yaya in that picture!

sila - 20-10-’10 21:19
Hisham

Once upon a time I tried the highway from KK to Ipoh via the Jelapang tollbooth. It took us 2 hours to reach the tollbooth just 10 away klicks from it. If that was the case that day, it’d have taken us longer to reach Ipoh than it did.

Hisham (Email ) (URL) - 20-10-’10 21:50


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