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The Trip with Twists

February 1, 2013

Never really understood the word ‘Unexpected’, until our very recent road trip.

We had a three day weekend – not long enough to go through the trouble to go back to Taiping, not short enough to rot alone in Gua Musang. So, we decided to have a girls’ trip to Aisyah’s place in Rantau Panjang (the border between Kelantan and Thailand), and cross over to Golok, Thailand too!

We were pretty excited. Well, at least i know i was lol. Having known that part of my family line is from Thai yet not actually been there before, enticed me even more to see that part of the world! Plus, Thai food has always been very YUM to me, so that alone is a huge motivator lol.

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guess, which bag is mine? hahahahah TOTALLY OVERPACKED!

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Our first meal was already pretty good. On our way to RP, we dropped by Machang for a well-needed dinner after the girls did their prayers… and since i was set on having a Thai-experience, i ordered TOMYAM and really enjoyed it!

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We arrived pretty late that night… so after some girls’ chat, taking turns to shower, we called it a night to get enough rest for a supposedly adventurous day to Golok the next day!

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we were so excited that we had a round of camwhoring before we left the room!

and then…

Aisyah’s mum called us on our way out.

Aisyah’s uncle was very ill, and i probably won’t go into too much details as it is personal to Aisyah.

But to cut the story short, all our plans came to a halt, and it was all about how to accommodate Aisyah and her family, to help them through the rather difficult time.

Nadia, being the sweetheart she is, offered to show me around RP instead while Aisyah was busy at the hospital.

we walked around the small town, going in and out of the very very crowded market,

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bought a few stuff, and ate some RP specialty… including

the much acclaimed…

Jeng Jeng Jeng

BABA ICE CREAM!!!!

to be fair, i found it on blogs that its a must-eat in RP and had been bugging Nadia about it… so when we saw a vendor selling it, we totally screamed in delight!

ordered…

and found out that she wasn’t the ‘original’ seller… there was this other pakcik who has a lot of customers in line… well, we still had fun eating ours..

here’s some pictures of BABA Ice Cream!

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I too found out a few more types of food that I wouldn’t have known if not for my trip/stay in Kelantan…

Do you know that this is called Roti Cotek?

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apparently the egg is supposed to be runny, and plastered onto the Roti. so this was a not so ‘successful’ Roti Cotek lol.

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and we also had somtam

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sweet, sour and spicy goodness! the peanuts were there to add some savoury taste to the dish.

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later of the day, we had simple dinner at Aisyah’s place.

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that night, Aisyah’s uncle passed away. It was very sad for her and her family, and we felt very sorry, and a great sense of awkwardness….

I woke up to the prayers chanting of men outside the room, feeling uncomfortable and lost, i just waited for either Nadia to wake up or Aisyah to come to our room.

I doubt i ever felt so lost, speechless, and foreign in my life.

there I was, a chinese, a non-moslem, in a house packed with mourning families and friends of Aisyah, not knowing what to do, how to respond, what to say, or even whether i should smile at all.

We do feel very sorry for Aisyah’s lost, and we were worried for her too as she had little to no sleep, and we do not want to outstay our visit since that was happening… Her family was back from every where, she has enough on her plate and she does not need to be also worrying about her guests (nadia and i). So we sat down and talked to Aisyah, explained how we felt, and while she kept telling us she felt bad that our plans were changed due to the circumstances, we reassured her that we are fine and just want things to be easier for her and her family too. In the end, Aisyah lent us her car, i booked a room at Tune Hotel for Nadia and I, and we headed off to KB.

Before we left RP, we went back to the market for some Lokcheng and more Baba Ice Cream (this time still unable to find that pakcik and we settled for this other vendor)

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Basically in KB we were going to many places, to settle errands on behalf of Aisyah, and also some of ours.

Both Nadia and I are not people of sweet tooth. In fact, too much sweetness gives us headaches, and we probably fulfilled our weekly quota of SWEETS in RP… But who can say no to.. this?

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Plus the seller is a man from Golok, very nice and friendly.. our closest link to Thailand for this trip hahahahahaha…

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(both of us had zero make up on since we just drove to KB from a funeral.. )

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This trip taught me many things.

First, nothing is certain. We just have to suck it up, adapt, and make full use of our situation.

Second, there is no such thing as colours, in friendship. I am really glad that despite our beliefs, culture, and our obvious skin tone, Aisyah and Nadia have been great friends, and going out of their ways to make me feel comfortable and accepted in their community. Too many times, people like to play the Race card, and sometimes we ourselves, unknowingly become racists in certain ways and stereotyping others. At the end of the day, we may look different on the outside, but God made us the same inside. We were all given organs to live, brains to think, and hearts to love – so why the need of hate and discrimination?

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Thank you God, for always being in control of our situations.

Continue to watch over us in our ins and outs, and help us to grow in your wisdom, strength and glory.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2013 2:44 am

    we stayed at Tune Hotel too during our short stay in KB! awesome location, near the malls 🙂

    • February 4, 2013 3:33 pm

      well, we really dislike the steep and dangerous parking lot and how its not directly connected to the hotel though

      • February 4, 2013 6:05 pm

        oh yes that was scary. mujur kevin was with me. I’d freak out if I have to go there alone!

  2. February 3, 2013 10:55 pm

    Found your blog (you were linked to a friend of a friend) ! Will link you up on mine! 🙂

  3. February 4, 2013 1:09 am

    Haha~~~ Glad you had a good time. I wanna go up North one day too.

    I just find it really amusing that you brought not 1 but 2 dictionaries with you on your trip! hahaha~~~

    • February 4, 2013 3:36 pm

      bwahaha those dictionaries were unintended. we went straight from school u see lol.
      you should make it to North one day!

  4. February 9, 2013 1:10 pm

    love the look of the ice creams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! felt like running to get one right now. im so mengidam now after seeing the pictures. hehe

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