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Saturday 29 October 2022

SATURDAY Drive Around (Shah Alam and Beyond!)

We're off on another drive!

A week on and my lower back, although much better was still feeling a little 'pinched'.

We made plans this Saturday morning to drive to Plaza Damas for my month haircut, and at the same time have breakfast with my sister Imm. Alas she was feeling under the weather this morning and took a rain check.

We had breakfast at Banana, I had the Thosai (Dosa, or Dosai?) while Cat had the Roti Canai. Together with a round of drinks our breakfast came to RM11.80 (approximately USD/EUR2.50). 

I then headed to the barber and after a short wait (I was second in line) Santosh tackled what little hair I had left. The haircut was RM20.00 (approximately USD/EUR4).

We then took a leisurely drive south to Shah Alam. I had meant to take this short trip for a while now, and revisit places I knew from thirty years ago. 

I also wanted to search for an old friend (Zul) who used to be my drummer. Together with Gerald (the brother of my girlfriend at the time) and Wan Kelly we would often frequent the jamming studio at Seksyen 6 nearby.

I remembered Zul staying with his parents during our late teens at Jalan Rata 8/1F in Seksyen 8, Shah Alam so we drove there first. Unfortunately, I could not remember which house he stayed along Jalan Rata 8/1F. For all we knew they could have even moved away.

We then drove a short distance to Jalan Puncak 8/1H where I used to spend every evening playing football (or soccer) at the field there. In fact I have reason to believe an old friend Zuraidy is still here (or at least his parents are).

We then drove to Jalan Landai 8/2C, where I had lived with my girlfriend (at the time) and her family at the top floor of Block 3 to be precise. After a few years I moved out to Block 4 along and stayed with a couple of friends. One of them was Muhaya Sulaiman, a fellow Terengganuan who unfortunately lost his life in a road accident in the early 1990s. May he rest in peace.

We then headed to Seksyen 6 and parked at the 7-Eleven while I took a stroll along the Commercial Complex here. Gerald, Zul, Wan Kelly, and I would spend countless hours here at the jamming studio honing our skills while dreaming of making it big in the local music scene.

While we eventually got on with our lives Wan Kelly actually made it big as a musician. Sadly he passed away some years ago due to heart failure. May he too rest in peace.

I came across RedBrick Studio but for the life of me could not recall if it were the same jamming studio we went to all those years ago.

We then drove to Medan Selera Prima 2 in Seksyen for lunch. We wandered around for a while before settling on Eizayus' stall number S28 that served fried dishes. After perusing their menu we settled on the:

  • Tomyam Campur [Mixed Tomyam] for RM8.00
  • Ayam Goreng Halia [Ginger Fried Chicken] for RM6.00
  • 2 servings of Omelette for RM1.00 each
  • 2 servings of Plain Rice for RM2.00 each
  • ABC [Air Batu Campur] Special for RM6.00
  • Coconut Juice for RM5.00

What was the damage? Our simple spread came to only RM31.00 (approximately USD/EUR7). 

We then got into Puteh and drove a short distance across the Federal Highway to Seksyen 16 and visited a can making factory that I used to work when I was in my late teens.

I worked the night shift at the Hock Joo Can Factory (now the site of AEX Systems) for about six months while waiting for my A-Level results. An apprentice to the machine operator I worked from 8pm to 8am six days a week. 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

We then drove back home as my head swirled with memories from my distant past.

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📍 Location:
Plaza Damas -
Jalan Rata 8/1F -
Jalan Puncak 8/1H -
Flat PKNS Seksyen 8 [Blok 3] -
RedBrick Studio -
D'Bubbles Corner -
[formerly Hock Joon Can Factory] AEX System -

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