Habih sekolah monongah se tak dapek belaja lai. Jadi lopeh menganggo dalam setaun se pun dapek kojo dongan kerajaan. Cukuplah se katokan inilah satu-satu kojo se sampai se pencen. Lopeh pencen pun sambung kojo yang samo.
Lopeh se habih penghekso diploma, se ditondang ko Kelantan. Maso tu se bolum lai boli moto atau keto, jadi se konolah naik keto api ko situ. Bezo eh kali ni se naik kelas satu, tak kelas tigo macam maso sekolah dulu. Keto api tu pulak jalan malam jadi se pun dapek tompek tido.
Maso yang samo sekolah se di Tanjung Malim tu pindah segalo-galo eh ko Soghomban ni. Jadi di stesen Soghomban tu ado lah se jumpo oghang-oghang opis sekolah lamo se tu. Dio oghang tongah nunggu pegawai-pegawai dan mungkin mughid-mughid pindah daghi Tanjung Malim. Se ingat lagi soghang daghi eh io lah En. Ahmad Tajuddin yang komudian tingga dokek ghumah se di Taman Paroi Jayo.
Nogagho kito maso tu baghu yo lopeh banje, yang toghuk eh pantai timo lah. Jadi keto api tu kono jalan pelahan sikit. Lopeh tu pulak kono boghonti di stesen-stesen somontagho nak selisih samo keto api yang datang daghi dopan. Se inghat lagi keto api se kono boghonti di Kolo Lipih, Pahang lobih kughang duo jam untuk bondo ni.
Pandangan di pantai timo ni lain daghi pandangan yang se biaso lalu daghi Soghomban - Tanjung Malim. Keto api kono lalu di hutan ghimbo. Teghowong eh panjang-panjang pulak tu, tak macam yang di bawah Bukit Aman atau dokek Taman AST Soghomban tu. Tapi se tak buek peghangai hobin botol tu. Kok buek yo mungkin buang kojo. Se nampak ghamai pegawai keto api munda mande ateh keto api tu.
Stesen mulo-mulo sekali keto api boghonti di Kelatan yo lah Guo Musang. Di sini ghamailah oghang-oghang poghompuan naik nak jua baghang-baghang yang banyak eh buah-buah. Sumo eh cakap loghat Kolantan. Jadi se tokonang balik maso se sekolah dulu bilo kawan-kawan se yang daghi Kolantan tu bukan yo cakap loghat tu samo-samo dio tapi samo kito pun cakap macam tu.
Lopeh tu se kato kek dighi se, ini lah loghat yang se akan donga ontah boboghapo lamo lai sampai bilo tak tau lagi.
Bilo sampai yo kek Krai yo tu stesen untuk Kolo Krai lobih dari setoghah keto api tu kosong. Se peghatikan banyak teksi dah nunggu.
Bila nak Maghrib baghulah keto api se sampai kek Wakaf Baghu io tu stesen untuk Koto Baghu. Se peghatikan tak ghamai yang tughun samo-samo se. Se pun caghi teksi. Tak ado. Beca banyak. Bilo se tanyo jawab eh memang tak ado teksi kek sini. Kalau nak ko Koto Baghu konolah naik beca. Jadi se pun naiklah beca. Apo nak pilih lai? Baghulah se tau ghang-oghang yang nak ko Koto Baghu tughun di Krai. Lopeh tu naik teksi ko Koto Baghu. Cagho ni lobih copek. Se tak tau macam mano kaghang ni.
Disambung ko Bahagian 3....jaman ni.
The train, part 2
After secondary school I did not manage to go for further studies. So after doing nothing for a year I got a job with the government. I can only say that it is the only job I held until I retire. If you read my profile you'll know that I am reemployed doing the same job.
After I sat for my diploma examinations I was sent to Kelantan, of all places. Since I haven't bought any form of transport I took the train there. The only different this time was I rode first class as compared to third class during my school days. Since it was a night journey I was given a sleeping berth.
What a coincidence then because my school was about to be shifted lock, stock and barrel to Seremban at the same time. At the Seremban train station I saw a few members of my former school staff waiting for their school collegues and students from Tanjung Malim. One person I could not forget is En. Ahmad Tajuddin who would later stay in the same place with me in Taman Paroi Jaya.
The country especially the east coast had just recovered from floods so the train had to move slowly. Sometimes it had to stop at stations for quite a while to wait for on coming trains to pass. I remember we had to stop at Kuala Lipis, Pahang for about two hours.
The senery here was much different from my normal Tanjung Malim - Seremban route. I saw a lot of greenery as the train had to pass through thick jungle. The train had to pass through a number of tunnels too. But this time I could not perform my bottle throwing act.
The first stop at Kelantan was at Gua Musang. Sellers mostly women boarded the train trying to sell their products in the form of food, mainly fruits. Of course they spoke the Kelantanese dialect. It brought me back memories from my school days when my Kelantanese school friends spoke their dialect not only among themselves but to us non Kelantanese boys. Suddenly I realised that I was going to hear this dialect for some time from now.
When the train stopped at Krai which is the station for Kuala Krai more than half of the passengers disembarked. I was quite surprised at first. I saw a lot of taxis waiting to ferry them to their ultimate destinations.
After almost dusk my train stopped at Wakaf Baru the station for Kota Bharu. I had travelled for almost 2o hours on a train. To my surprise only a few people disembarked here. So I went to look for a taxi to carry me to Kota Bharu. There was none. I asked and was told that the only means of tranportation to Kota Bharu from this station was by the trishaw. So I rode a trishaw to Kota Bharu.
Only later I learned that at that time train passengers travelling to Kota Bharu from the west coast anf south would stop at Krai and from there continue their journey by taxis. This would be faster than stopping at Wakaf Baru. I don't know the situation now.
To be continued....the present.