Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Up Terengganu Way

This time last year when we drove home from a short holiday in Terengganu, we took the less popular jungle route that passes through the new township of Bandar Al Muktafi Billah Shah. I remember that this route was not very well maintained some stretches of which were clearly marked as dangerous. Our GPS very frequently warned us about school zones, hence to slow down. I lamented about the yet to be completed Terengganu section of the new East Coast Expressway (ECE).


Last weekend we had occasion to be in Kuala Terengganu (KT) again and this time we returned via the more scenic coastal road; the expressway still uncompleted. This route takes us through the more developed areas of Terengganu which naturally offer more pit-stop possibilities than the other one. However, as soon as we entered the district of Dungun, we had to contend with endless traffic light intersections from Bukit Baok all the way to Kemaman near the Pahang border. I counted altogether not less than 23 such junctions, which make for a very slow drive indeed. It took us 7 hours from KT inclusive of a Kopi O and Roti Kaya break at the famous Kedai Kopi Hai Peng in Kemaman, and a prayer break at Gambang R&R. The drive on the ECE portion from Gambang to Subang was a mere 2 hours only.


Next May school-holidays we'll be making the trip again. I wonder if the Terengganu section of the ECE will be completed by then. I hope so but then again I don't think so. It'll be yet another super long tiring drive but one which we will have to make. My no. 3, Adeen aka Amal the airline pilot, will be getting married then.


Last weekend he and his sweetheart, Cikgu Akma, were engaged.






I'M GOING TO BE A MOM-IN-LAW!!!


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18 comments:

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Zendra,
Should stock up the Mak Dara spectacles from now! purrrr....meow!

Marina Monroe said...

Alhamdulillah selamat dalam perjalanan pergi dan balik. Tahniah di atas pertunangan anak.

Pak Zawi said...

Zendra,
I am planning to make my trip to Trengganu next month probably from the 6th to 9th Jan. It has been so long that we havent drove that way. By then my daughter will be relocated in Kerteh and it will be a way of visiting them in their new home. After that we will be moving to Kuantan for 3 days and get to meet our blogger friends in Kuantan.
By the way which airline is Adeen flying for?

Kak Ezza@makcik blogger said...

Hmmmm next year boleh buat rombongan ke ganu eh...
Selamat bertunang to yr son....

Wan Sharif said...

Mm.. mungkin cuti sekoloh bulang lima tu Ayoh Wang nok balik tengok Mak dan sedara mara di KT.. lama doh dok pekena asam gupal dan pulut cawang..
Nok gi intai kueh Kasidah, akok dan nekbat di Pasar Kedai Payang..
Mung dan RA nok bessang ngan orang gganu ke?..welkang! welkang!

Zendra-Maria said...

Dear Cats, can wear oversized mak datin shades or not?

Zendra-Maria said...

Salam Marina Monroe, terima kasih atas ucapan. You run a fascinating blog, love to read your kisah-kisah - do keep it up!

Zendra-Maria said...

Pak Zawi, I hope you'll have a very pleasant trip in January. The coastal route is a nice drive actually if you're not in a hurry. There are plenty of eateries along Cherating as well, one of our favourites is the Restoran Cempaka where the roti tempayan and kari kambing is absolutely delicious. It opens around maghrib time though.

Adeen is with MAS by the way, and he trained at APFT in Kota Baru.

Zendra-Maria said...

Ezza thanks for the wishes. Next year kena pikir nak charter bas lah... hehehe

Zendra-Maria said...

Aiyoh... Ayoh Wang, kami belum boleh nak spiking Ganu unless Ayoh Wang bua' kusuh dulu... boleh ke?

Bulang lima nanti kiter konfem Ayoh Wang nak maghi kenduri Ganu koh Kay Eh koh, dua-dua pung takde hal... okay?

Anyway thanks for the wellkang hahahah....

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Congrats to u & Red Alfa, gorgeous looking daughter-in-law. Well done Adeen (looking very casual there).

How come photo dated 1st Jan 2006?...kekeke

Best wishes to both the families.

Tommy

P/S - Beware of the overly protective father of the bride to be :)

Pi Bani said...

Jangan in-law takpa, jangan jadi outlaw sudah....

Congrats!

Kama At-Tarawis said...

selamat menjadi mother-in-law in waiting..:D

Pi Bani said...

Oops, typo. I meant jadi in-law takpa, jangan jadi outlaw...

Zendra-Maria said...

Thanks very much Tommy from all of us. Actually as is custom Adeen wasn't supposed to be at the proceedings, which explains his casual gear. In fact during my time boy's parents also stayed away - in case get rejected maaa... and ignore the imprinted date lah (I fished this pic off someone else's page :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Takpa Pi... semuanya lawful :)

Kama, thanks but seriaulah rasa nak jadi mom-in-law nih...

zafi said...

aunty,
thats awesome!!!! I want to go there as well :D congratulation...
Maher zaim song :P

Zendra-Maria said...

Thank you Zafi... see you there then :)