My former boss invited me for her only daughter's wedding. My surau was celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad. I was blessed with another granddaughter a few days before. My children and their families were back home for the weekend. My railway fans club invited me for their visit to the Gemas railway station.
But I had to forgo all that to be somewhere else. I was with my school friends at Kuantan, Pahang. Here is a pictorial story of the choice my being with them instead, in three parts.
It started here. I boarded the KTM Komuter train at Seremban with school friend Muhamad Abdullah from Melaka. It was Muhamad's first taste of the KTM Komuter although we had been on KTM trains during our school days.
We alighted at Bandar Tasik Selatan where we were joined by Salihodin, my junior.
Then we joined six others in this Inokom mini bus. There were already six friends on board plus the driver. They started their journey from Shah Alam, Selangor.
In the bus. We took the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT).
We stopped at a petrol station to have a coffee break because the Rest and Recreation area near Temerloh was full.
We have reached our destination. This is the Wisma Belia at Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan.
This is our first programme, attending the wedding of our school mate Misron Dimin's daughter. My school friends came from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu and Kelantan for this occassion.
Since we were early birds we could afford to take a group photograph with the host.
From left Dr. Anwa Sulaiman who had just retired from the post of Director of Health, Terengganu, Dato' Mamat Ghazalee Abdul Rahman, former Terengganu EXCO member who likes to be called Abang Li, Nazir Md Shah, our Alumni Secretary and Ehsan Jaman, Alumni EXCO member.
The meetings of two Dato's. Dato' Salamon Selamat was formerly Selangor State Assembly speaker and Mayor of Shah Alam. He and Dato' Abang Li were two good speakers during school days. Dato' Salamon even won a national oratory award.
There are three Dato's here, a former State Secretary, a former Judge and a Professor.
My friend on the left was called 'Tipah' in school because he has a mole below the left side of his lips like the late actress Latifah Omar.
Here the mole is apparent.
In the end we had a group photograph while the host was busy entertaining guests. I was too much engrossed with my friends that I forgot to snap photographs of the bride and groom.
This is the perfect gift from the host, bottled Pahang honey with the words "Thank You" and ''Once a Sdarian, Always a Sdarian".
End of Part 1.