We made a trip back to Kuantan on the first day of Raya. Traffic was slow and heavy approaching the Gombak toll but was clear for a short while after the toll, before it came to a painfully slow crawl again. We were crawling for a good 20-30 minutes and saw the reason for the crawl – a car was on fire but luckily, all the passengers were safe, as we saw a family standing by the side of the road. They even had time to evacuate their belongings from the car.
Mum followed us back on this trip so we made a day trip to Sungai Lembing, and boy, the little town was totally crowded with visitors. I even met my ex-colleague there, who came all the way from Penang with her family and friends. We walked around the town centre, taking in the atmosphere of the town that seemed to have frozen in time in the 70s.
Huge trees line the centre of the main road
Unique road signage and unusual street name
We then crossed the famous hanging bridge of Sungai Lembing.
Zinc roofed houses along the river bank
Back to Kuantan in the evening, we visited Teluk Chempedak beach, which was again crowded with holiday makers. Yiu Yiu wasted no time in hitting the waters while Yan Yan was again, contented just playing by the beach. Surprisingly however, she gathered enough courage to venture into the waters soon after.
I took two days leave on Week 2, and took the girls to the Farm in the City. The girls enjoyed themselves so much. Coming back from the Farm in the City, we stopped by a goldsmith shop where Yiu Yiu got her ears pierced. She was pretty brave, no tears were shed, and the process was over in the blink of an eye. Yan Yan chickened out at the last minute, but woke up the next morning declaring that she was ready to have her ears pierced as well, so we made a second trip to the shop. I was expecting some drama as she’s usually quite timid but she wowed me – again, no tears, but a simple “Ouch” as the shop assistants fired the earring guns. It must have stung a little, as I could see her eyes turning red, but she bravely held back her tears. I was mighty proud of her, as earlier in the day, she went to the dentist for the first time in her life and got her teeth checked. There were there cavities that needed filling and we filled one, just so she isn’t traumatised by her maiden dentist visit. She went through the whole process without a whimper. No photos of this milestone unfortunately, as she laid down on me on the dentist chair throughout the whole process.
Can you spot the stud on their ears?
We also visited the Popular Bookfest at KLCC, and watched two movies: Ge Mei Lia, an adaptation from the children comic book by the same name and Smurfs 2.