According to Sunday Star, 'Penang education fair a hit'
Yet upon arrival on Saturday morning, Beng already complained about PISA being old, rundown and disorganized!
Sunday morning, I was greeted with my wife's information that Beng asked if we could meet in Penang instead of Ipoh! 'Sup, sup, sueh lah' (in Cantonese means, no problem at all). We used to decide 'to go to Penang for laksa!' and off we went.
But she had to do a round of Lorong Kulit Sunday market first before lunch. As usual, I cringed at the thought of her usual tardiness. We arrived PISA at 2 pm, just outside Brothers accessories shop, called and waited for Beng to come out. As we were waiting, I saw this Honda Civic with a familiar number... Perak plate too! 'Is it Dr's car?' Then it clicked, education fair seemed likely since his son is seeking a career path. Called his mobile and sure enough they were in the exhibition hall. But then we had to go for lunch first.
After lunch, SP initially did not want to go in, but I said why not look at the booth which Beng is in charge, at least. As it turned out, she found Holiday Tours and Travel and even booked her flight to UK! When I called Dr again, they were already out of the hall and on their way somewhere. But who shall I meet but a recently graduated pilot who was on duty at HM Aerospace & LIC, from Batu Gajah! After introduction, we talked about retired teachers who we know and who were his former teachers at Yuk Kwan School.
I still cannot get over the details as I got the impression the group were from KL. As it turned out, only two came from KL and the others came by air - they piloted their planes from Langkawi! It seems, just based on fuel, it works out cheaper than by road!
Later, SP and I had dinner at Cherry Sweet, a Thai restaurant well hidden from the beaten tracks. It was introduced by GP Tan, who owns an antique shop in Chulia Street, when she gave us a treat. To get there, one has to go through Arratoon till the end of the road, join the right going traffic at the main road and turn next right again after a short distance. Go along the one-way road until you see an old bungalow on the right. We had three dishes: steamed fish (whole for Rm28 only), red chicken curry (Rm12) and mixed vegetables meant for two, and Chinese tea, and the bill was just over Rm50.
While on our way home, somewhere near YTL cement factory, SP got a call from Beng telling us that they are just behind our car! Again we split, we on our way back to BG while they overtook us on a longer journey back to KL.