The road that never sleep
It has been a very long time since my last visit to Chow Kit Road. I can vividly recall the days in the 80’s where it was this very road that offered bargains for various goods. In those days, there were only a handful of large departmental stores in Kuala Lumpur. I remember carrying my eldest son, Faiz on my arm to board the Sri Jaya route 255 bus service from Hulu Klang to Chow Kit to shop at Keramat and Batu Road supermarkets. Mmm… Sweet memories are always refreshing. In those days, I didn’t own a car and the three of us traveled by bus or train.
I arrived at Cititel Express Hotel late friday night, but Chow Kit area was still very much alive with people – men, women and children – still looking for bargains. On the pavements of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Raja Alang, traders were selling variety of goods. With Hari Raya approaching you can find many items at reasonably low price, and if you have the right skill, you’ll save a fortune, I think.
At One a.m. I was starving. So, I went down the street and settled for Char Kwaytiau and Kopi O at one of the nearby stall. Later as I was lying on bed trying to sleep, the musics from the street were still loud, not giving the slightest chance for the expected serenity to envelop the night. It was well after 2 am when I finally collapsed into near comatose due to exhaustion. My comments on the hotel: the room was tidy with basic facility and you can get a good bargain through on-line booking, but avoid the “standard rooms” as they are located on the lower floors and thus noisy.
I woke up at 4.30 and the music was still loud, and indeed I didn’t stop at all until I left for the campus in Jalan Semarak. When I related the story to the students, some of the Klites said that at the end of ramadan, Chow Kit never sleep. Mmm… a clash of needs -this is the time when one should spend more time on prayer mat and stay up early morning to seek forgiveness and mercy from God the Almighty, but at the same time, some arrangements are to be made to prepare for hari raya. I wonder and keep wondering…
Iftar and Tarawih at Kg. Baru
As usual whenever I happened to be in KL during ramadan, I would never miss a chance to have my tarawih prayer at Kg Baru mosque. As usual, this year, three imams from Mecca (I was once told) are taking turn to lead the prayer which last for nearly 2 hours to complete the 20 rakaats with beautiful recitations from about one juzuk of the quran.
To optimise time, I had my iftar in one of the restaurant near the Kg. Baru mosque. From Chow Kit, I had to walk through bazar ramadan along Jalan Raja Alang. It was busy with plenty of foods offered. If you happened to be there sometime, don’t look at your watch because with the luring aroma, you’ll feel as if time is not moving.
As I was a bit late, all restaurants were already packed and I had to settle at a table on the pavement. As sunset is nearing and foods are not yet delivered, I went across the street to get an ice cream. Mmm, ice cream for iftar, and it was a good idea. Shortly after the azan, dinner arrived but unfortunately, before I could finish the meal, evening showers started. I quickly concluded the dinner and left to the mosque. What a luck, eeh?
Now I am in my classroom watching the students diligently scribbling something on the answer sheets. We are having the mid-term exam for “Process Safety and Loss Prevention”, one of the core subject in the popular M.Sc. in Safety, Health and Environment program. It is popular as we consistently have a class of 30 + in JB and 15 + in KL.
Good Luck Guys…