The Place Where He Grew Up

The day after Aidiladha we thought we would head into the city to check out the borough of Pandan Indah where Irfan grew up.

Nia's uncle, Nia and Nia's cousin

Morning TV

It would literally be a balik kampung for him even though the kampung was Kuala Lumpur. Born less than 10 klicks away as the crow flies in Kuala Lumpur Hospital, he knew no other home other than Pandan Indah before we moved to Perlis nearly four years ago.

Wan Cik and Afzan


From Nia’s house all the way south, we travelled up north via the MEX and inserted ourselves into the MRR2. We thought we would visit Wan Cik who took care of Irfan from when he was 1 year old until he enrolled in pre-school.

It was Nia’s first time at Wan Cik’s house too. Wan Cik had expanded her house since the last time we were there. Irfan caught up with Afzan who is actually his uncle. Soon after, we split up with  Irfan and I going to explore Pandan Indah while the others headed for a nearby Ikea.

When we first moved here the masjid did not exist

Masjid Al-Azim

I remember that it took some years before we were able to have Friday prayers here. Thankfully in those early years I spent Fridays away from Pandan Indah where I worked.

Ayah Dia, Mak Dia, Baby Dia redux

USIM buses

As a pre-schooler, Irfan used to point to the USIM buses parked at the back of the mosque and said that the largest was the father, the medium-sized bus was the mother and the smallest bus was the baby. I think these buses were newer buses.

We both went to Friday prayers here for years, meeting his school friends and their parents here too.

Six years of blood and sweat


I still cannot believe that I once fretted about Irfan going to primary school. We still remember his first day in school. Here he was nearly four years after his last day of primary school, and a year before he has SPM to plough through.

Irfan locates his old classrooms

The academic buildings

Here was the location of his school’s food fair. We attended a few of them and bought food that the students were selling.

We sometimes used to wait here for Irfan to get out of school

The side road by the school

Besides waiting for Irfan parked here at the street beside the school in hot sun, we also bade him farewell here when he went for his first school camping trip outside the school.

The cafeteria where we once waited in line with hundreds of other parents to enrol Irfan

The cafeteria

I bet Irfan would have more stories to tell about that cafeteria than I do after six years studying here.

Ilham Bestari


After the primary school, we drove through the housing areas to reach Irfan’s old pre-school! Of course the first thing he mentioned was the time he lost his Speed Racer Mach 5 Hot Wheels toy when he brought it to school without permission.

I also remember worrying about which pre-school would we enrol Irfan

Ilham Bestari

We attended his sports day event here twice! Irfan even celebrated his birthday here with his buddies. I wonder where those other children had moved on to.

The Burger King near the Tesco across the MRR2

Burger King

At first, we thought we would have lunch at the stalls near 1 Shamelin. However they were all closed because of Aidiladha. After some time looking for a place to eat, we decided on the Burger King nearby that we never actually went to because we could not really afford eating there when we lived here. It has been a while since I had a Whopper. Plus, we wanted to try out the Nasi King product that they were advertising all over town.

The bbq-flavoured Nasi King was actually delicious.

Nasi King

The Nasi King was more delicious than expected. Well, only the barbeque-flavoured one. We never ordered the other types. Irfan ordered the Cheeseburger although after a bite of my Whopper, agreed that he should have also ordered a Whopper.

A strange day with strange emotions

Leaving Burger King

So long, Pandan Indah, Pandan Jaya, Pandan Mewah, Shamelin and their environs. No idea when we will have the opportunity to visit again.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

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