Nov 29 2009
The description of the routes would be understood only by those who frequent them .
Last Thursday, after the visit to Ikea, we packed our stuff and headed towards our hometown, Kota Bharu. Thinking that the bulk of the traffic had left, we decided to take the normal Gombak->Raub->Gua Musang route.
We used the Mempaga by-pass, but some how missed the junction, and headed towards Lurah Bilut instead of Kelau and Sempalit. All these are part of Raub, but the later would bypass the notorious Raub town traffic. Hence we found ourselves stuck for hours .
We thought that was it, an a surprise we got when soon after we left Padang Tengku, the traffic just stalled. It was well before the Petronas station at Kg Kechau! Argh… So we got stuck again and the congestion only eased when we reached Cegar Perah.
We arrived at Gua Musang R&R at 10pm, a good 7 hours after we left home. On a normal day, we would have reached my MIL’s place by then. I then took over the driving. On a normal day, from the R&R to MIL’s place would be about 2 hours. That night, we only reached MIL’s place at 2am! That’s a good 4 hours, instead of the regular 2 hours. So, all in all, it took us 11 hours to reach our destination.
What irked me the most were the drivers who jumped queues each time we got stuck (3 different places). They were so inconsiderate and selfish.
So, on Raya morning (Friday) I was so groggy and sleepy. I paid for the qurban (sacrifice) but got MIL to actually go the place where the qurban was performed. I only helped to cook the beef when she brought some home.
On Saturday, we visited uncles and aunts of DH’s before we sent Nafis back to his school. Nafis is sitting for his SPM (end of secondary school examination) which will resume on Monday. His dedicated teachers had earlier arranged some extra classes that were to start as early as Saturday afternoon.
To avoid similar jam coming back to Shah alam, we decided to leave home right after the Man U match vs Portsmouth that Saturday night (last night). And guess what? We arrived home 6 hours later! That’s a record as compared to the 11 hours we did the other way, last Thursday!
Here’s the orchid that I bought for MIL a few months ago, which fully bloomed again just the day before raya: