We never know what we could have forgotten or if by car, whether a massive traffic jam could cause our journey to be longer than expected. I have known a few cases of people who had forgotten their passports on their way to the airport. This and other things like visa requirements (esp. those difficult ones), and being scrutinized before being allowed into the country (UK), or sometimes, problems with customs regulations concerning certain food items (Australia) and so on. I have almost given up on international travel. So this is about local travel.
Last Thursday, I was due to travel by KTM's ETS to KL at 3.10 pm. Knowing my wife, I told her 3 pm so that I could be there without having to rush. But soon after sitting down on a bench, when I wanted to telephone a friend I realized I forgot to bring along my mobile phone! So it was, from a relaxing trip, I was anxious about how to get my mobile, and if I could get it on time!
These days, not having our mobile phone with us would make us insecure, though we had been through many years without such convenience. But having been reliant on this gadget, without it, I would have a hard time in KL/PJ because I intended to stay until Sunday without my own car. I had arranged with my siblings to visit my parents' and grandparents' graves early Friday morning (Ching Ming); with friends for a jam session on Saturday afternoon; followed by Selangor Ongs' Clansmen Association 50th Anniversary dinner. As it turned out later, all train tickets back to Ipoh for Sunday were sold out because of the end of the school holidays and also because of Ching Ming. I gathered those who were on their way north by car on Saturday, could only reach Behrang, after two and a half hours!
Living near an LRT station is definitely convenient. On Monday morning, I declined my son's offer of a lift to the LRT station. I left the house on my own minutes after, having to walk to it, take the train from KJ 21 to KJ 15, buy the ETS ticket and wait for the KTM train to Batu Gajah. All these (from house to KL Sentral) within an hour... and I managed, with 15 minutes to spare, for just in case! But I must admit, age is catching up. My brisk walk to the LRT station made me breathless when I reached the last two steps and the train was about to leave. I chose not to rush for it in case I might collapse! I knew I had enough time because the trains were frequent and the journey from Asia Jaya to KL Sentral took only 15 minutes.