Monday, 31 March 2008
(This post was published 3 1/2 years late)
Today would be our last day together. Quick and his family would leave for home at around noon.
That morning, Quick joined us for a walk. We went exploring along Lebuh Kimberley, Lebuh Carnarvon, Lebuh Acheh and Gat Lebuh Acheh streets.
We passed by Ah Chew Bar. Was this the seedy bar that Eng brought me 13 years ago to experience the atmosphere of a cheap bar?
On our return, we went for breakfast at Seng Thor coffee shop. Quick could not wean himself off Hockien Mee, also known as Prawn Noodle also known as Har Mee.
I could not wean myself off from Tua Pau (big bun). I only had this opportunity of buying one piece of Tua Pau at Leong kee Tea Garden because this particular piece was not picked up by the person who 'booked' it. This Tua Pau was really good, just like those that I first had at USM, more specifically at a stall outside the Sungai Dua gate, more than 13 years ago. Quick bought breakfast for his family here.
At 10:00 a.m., we were out again. Ling wanted to go to Bee Chin Heong to shop for some religious artefact. This shop was 'discovered' while we were out exploring Jalan Kimberley that morning. At that time, the shop had not opened for business. Quick and his family were shopping at Jalan Kuala Kangsar, behind Chowrasta Market, which he 'discovered' that morning too.
On our return to Oriental Hotel, we shopped for some preserved fruit at Penang Road.
At 11:20 a.m., we took farewell photographs with the family of Quick. These would be our goodbye photographs.
We checked out of Oriental Hotel before noon. Our last meal together would be at the Teochew congee stall near Komtar.
At about 12:15 p.m., we parted ways. Quick would be driving back to Kota Bharu with his family. Ling asked to be dropped off by Quick at CTY Aquarium for his last shopping of corals, while I walked over to have a look at the Komtar that we used to go so often 13 years ago.
Before 3:00 p.m., Ling and I would be on our way to Bayan Lepas International Airport for our flight to Kuching.