All for the want of a new TV..
If it wasn’t for a new TV, I would have been in KK right now.. My current TV is older than Yaya and though it has a set up box to convert the digital signal to analog, (or is it the other way around?) I don’t get half the channels..
All I want to watch is mentalist and at the moment all I get is ‘unsupport video’, whatever that means!!
So I thought I would stick around till boxing day and see if I can get a good bargain.. ( pishukki.. I know). I also didn’t want to cart my children’s Christmas gifts to KK..Younger two still believe in Santa and it was really not possible to hide Santa’s gifts in my backpack.
Since I can’t be in Sabah right now, I thought I will go on a mental trip..
The last time I went back to Sabah was when Yaya was about 8 months old. I don’t remember why I took Yaya to Sabah ( must have been running away from something!). But I do remember the trip. I was flying MAS. The cabin crew fell in love with Yaya and upgraded us to first class. Pairin Kitingan was also travelling in the first class and he was very impressed with Yaya ( she was already talking ) and played with her till the flight landed.
I love to take my children to all the places I have been to..there is a story in everything.
Like Tanjung Aru beach.. I used to go to the beach most evening..buy jagung ( boiled corn) and watch the sunset while eating jagung. Sometimes I used to take S ( my neighbour’s daughter) for company. She was about 3 years old and she loved eating jagung. Some times S and I ate dinner at one of the restaurants near the beach..and one day she took the chop stick and tried to eat noodles with it..It was such a delight to watch her trying to hold the chop stick.. I will be meeting S this time..and she can’t wait to see my kids..
Then there is this restaurant in Donggonggon. The owner was a Sino Kadazan and only opened the restaurant for breakfast. I always had Kway teow and teh special ( only for me..extra condensed milk) Kway teow there is unusual because it is pre cooked and served cold, but yummy….
Right behind the restaurant is the Kasigui suspension bridge ( over Moyog river). I am terrified of heights and never had the guts to walk on that bridge. I want to do it this time..
Then of course visit the Donggonggon tamu (Village market..)
Unlike the pasar malam (night market) in west Malaysia, the tamu is more fun..Villagers from nearby villages comes to the tamu to sell and buy stuff, meet their friends and relatives to talk and drink tapai ( rice wine).. the tamu last for days.. Again to start all over the next Thursday..
I want to buy a moram.muram.. ari pettunna muram.. ( don’t know what to call that in english).. Sabahans are very much like Malayalees.. They grow rice and they make/weave muram to winnow the grains ..only difference unlike the typical malayalee muram, Kadazan muram is perfectly round..
I know I have to face the quarantine officer at Brisbane airport..Even if it is going to costs me an arm and a leg.. I am buying a muram.
I want to take my children to Signal hill ( it was the only place in Sabah where the sign post also had Tamil translation) and watch the city lights.
Visit Tambunan.. In those days, there used to be a sign board after the Gunung Emas restaurant that showed the elevation in meters and feet. ( I can’t remember the number anymore and it bothers me.. So I want to go there and remember it again.)
I want to do the Ranau, Kundasang and Mount Kinabalu road trip..( I am not climbing Mt Kinabalu.. I can’t. I am totally unfit..I am yet to find a way to weasel out).. I used to buy this vege called “Sabah vege”..it was only available in Kundasang..It is not Sayur Manis..and I don’t know what it is.. I am going to find out this time.
I want to Visit Jimmy.. he saved my life once and I think it is only right that I visit him and introduce my kids to him. ( and drink tapai..His wife makes the best tapai)
Visit Hannah’s grave.. ( I hope I can find it)
Visit Kudat, Kota belud and Kota Marudu..There used to be a Tamu Besar in Kota belud with the Bajau horse men all dressed up in their finery.. I hope it is still there..( Bajau’s were called cow boys of the east for the same reason).
I hope my Sunday Morning favourite place..the dosai shop..is still there..The shop is next to a lotto center..Sunday morning breakfast involved buying 4D as well..My biggest win was RM 3000..
I want to travel to Kinabatangan.. ( India’s Larson and Tuobro was involved in the bridge construction or design.. can’t remember which.. It is a beautiful bridge..)..
Batu Tulug is another place I want to take my kids to.. apart from the usual wildlife watching in the Kinabatangan river..
( digressing a bit here.. When I was in the 9 th or 10th std, I watched this native American movie on doordarshan..it was a very long movie..all I remember is the way the people bury their dead..they leave the dead body on top of a tree..In the movie.. the old man wasn’t dead.. he was in coma..and they left his body on top of the tree!! if any of you remember the name of the movie..pls leave a comment). Yaya wants to adopt an Orang Utan..I told her she is one and why bother adopting one.. ( She gave me that death stare!)
I can’t wait to go back.. (home..it was always home..always will be)