Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Colourful Muar





Welcome to Bandar Muar. The colourful Muar Town. There this one year, Muar has changed its' colour to pastel. And every row ada different colours. I must say, okay jugaklah effort ni. Nampak macam Europe pulak sikit-sikit. Kalau Majlis Daerah Muar Selatan tu boleh solvekan masalah orang double parking tu mesti lagi best.

Muar ni jalan dia mostly one way street. On both sides of the road, boleh parking kereta secara side parking. Sebab tulah aku terer side parking. Imagine bawak kereta bapak aku yang tak ada power steering tu, aduss berposak-posak jugaklah nak masuk side park. Pulak tu tengah on the look out nak cari parking, orang rapat aje kat belakang.

Lagi satu, waktu tengahari most shops akan turunkan blinds yang ada nama company kedai tu, sebab nak avoid panas matahari. So imagine yourself walking along the alley of the shops, you can't really see the view outside, because of the blinds. Yang you boleh nampak are the sparrows flying around above you.

So one afternoon, I was walking, crossing the street. It was a quiet afternoon. There were not many cars. There were not many people. It was hot. All blinds were down.

I can still remember crossing a particular street. I remembered noticing a van. A black van. The kind of van where there were no windows at the back. The one that people use to forward goods. Like I said, Muar is full of one way street. The vehicles were all coming from my left. And thus the van. It drove slowly, I remembered. It was so slow, that I was sure it was going to stop. Presumably, the van wanted to do double parking.

Then I heard, the van's passenger door slides open. In that split second, a thought crossed me, why is the van opening the door when it has not come to a proper halt. I looked at the driver. It was a man, and there was another man beside him. I felt that they were looking at me. I sense that the van was approaching me. I also felt that the van was actually trying to stop right behind me.

I then thought something is just not right. Then I changed direction. I walked faster to the right and walked within the many motorcycles parked at the road side. Then walked further into the shop alleys where I can hide behind the blinds. I peeked, the van was in front of me now. Stopped. There were men, whom I can only see their shadows at the back. I felt their eyes on me though. I felt that they were talking and strategising and were still looking at me. Like pack of wolves about to pound on a rabbit. Then the rabbit ran. The opposite direction, still within the alley. The van can't reverse. (One way street). Then I crossed the street. Still being aware of them. I stopped and looked. I know, unless the men run out of the van, they can't get me for they can't reverse without being honked and noticed.

Probabbly they decided, that running out would create a scene, which is best to avoid.

Then the van moved on, slowly. No one came out of it.

I wanted to have a haircut that day. I changed my mind and went home.

I am not sure what it was all about. But I have a feeling, though, that I wouldn't be here typing this if I had not been aware of my surroundings that afternoon. When I read stories of women being abducted, gang raped, sold off, I remembered that afternoon. Of course I can't be sure. For all you know, they were only lost.

But I ain't gonna take chances. If they were to grab me, no one would know and no one would see. The blinds would have blinded others and I'd be gone in a split second and perhaps manage a "ahh", a very lame scream.

This story, of course, is no way related to the colourful Muar.

32 comments:

famygirl said...

the rabbit must've been very comel...

saya tension sbb rasa tertipu (oleh modblog)

atiza said...

itu la kau..apasal la chomel sangat..
terasa macam tengok tv cerita spy-spy la pulak :)

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

love the song.

why you call muar a bandar? bukankah rakyat muar itu semua perasan yg muar itu adalah sebuah negeri dan ia tidak termasuk dalam negeri jajahan johor?

Lollies said...

famy - saya rabbit yang cita alice in the wonderland tu. kesana kemari

atiza- takut wooo masa tu

babe - sebab I try as much as I can to be politically correct.

bergen said...

Good move. Always have this in the head that when strangers look at you longer than they should, they've got something going for you. It's time to we wary, look for places where there are people and if you have parked your car at a lonely spot, wait until it's safe to get it. And once inside the car, lock all doors and get out of the area, or head straight to the nearest police station.

-nutty- said...

saya pun rasa tertipu jugak!

Lollies said...

bergen - I try as much as I can to do that as I often alone. I think, I think lah kan, so far I escaped twice of this sort. Do you think I am a cat, limited with nine lives?

nadia - saya rasa marah. geramm..

Nekbat said...

Adakah sebab Muar itu colourful menyebabkan orang-orang Muar pun colourful jugak, wahai sizzling red, Pink Lollies?

*Yay, Sting is back*

Lollies said...

nekbat - macam tulah kiranya..tapi mana boleh kalahkan cik mek molek dari kelate.

asal you dah penat dengar P.Ramlee ya?

Nekbat said...

Sebab saya tangkap sayu la dengar itu Pak Cik Ramlee nyanyi dan saya sungguh jiwang bila dengar Abang Sting nyanyi.

Anonymous said...

I have that kind of experience b4 with my kids.This pulse racing experience was at a shopping mall parking lot.A blind person with his companion following us into the lift,though they just came out from it.Luckily there were some people in the lift as well.The blind was behind my daughter and start touching my kid's back.I stepped out from the lift as others do...disable person some more...

CikNi said...

oh my.....

lollies said...

anon - lift is a dangerous place indeed. I wonder now whether that person is really blind

cik ni - scary

nENn said...

my Arwah Tok Jantan used to tag me along on his bicycle and ride to this Pasar near our village.
I miss Muar :(

Lollies said...

nenn - you from muar too nenn?

Anonymous said...

lollies,
what is the best food in muar? where can i get it? going to muar this weekend and this is my first time.
cheers,
pengat

Lollies said...

mee bandung lah of course. There are various places in mmuar that you can get them. some people vouch loyalty for certain shops, but I don't really mind. Try the one in muar town Jalan abdullah looks like kopitiam. I always try the small warungs kat small kampung.

and also muar is famous for its' satay for breakfast. really satay for breakfast. you can find this somewhere near the express bus staion, near the big market..pasor muwor yang ada cita nampak ulor kat bawah pasor tu. siap masuk TV3 tu.

asam pedas at parit jawa is famous too. some makan kat tanjung emas's rest house. Not bad jugak. asam pedas johor memang best.

have fun gobbling.

Wong Ah Beng said...

i like muar..
Amoi2 muar manyiak cantekk..

Lollies said...

ah beng - iya ka? tapi saya bukan ah moi. kucing kat muar pun manyak cantik tau

OneEE said...

dah lapar, baca pasal satay la, mee bandung laaa....nak mamam!!1 nak mamam!!!!

tak pernah lagi sampai muar ni.

saya pon rasa tertipu, marah, geram dan berbagai2 rasa kat mb!!!

I pun pernah, tapi kena kejar ngan orang, mati2 dia kata I ni somebody he knows..kat area2 CM masa tu - terus masuk KFC dan selamba-ly dok kat satu meja ngan sorang auntie tu - I tell her, I kena follow so she asked me to sit with her - lepas tu orang tu nampak, dia blah..menggigil2 takut masa tu..

onde2

zan said...

euww...kat muar pun ada psycho ekk? so dah potong rambut?

bergen said...

Besides mee rebus, Muar is also famous for coffee, I think. Can't think of the brand, I think it's something to do with number, 409 or something. Wait, that's PT 409, the boat the late John Kennedy used to serve on.

Lollies said...

onde2 - my God takutnya. But I think that is a good tacticlah. I'll keep it in mind

zan - dah. :-)

bergen - OH MY GOD! How could I forget those. Coffee best. 434. Yes pengat don't forget to get yourself kopi 434. That's the code bergen 434. ha ha ha

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

dulu my exboss bila balik negeri muwor dia tu (kat sebelah padang jalan daud?), dia mesti bawak balik kat kitorang mee sanggul. sunggoh potong stim gitu. sakit perut siot makan sambal dia.

atiza said...

aku miss la asam pedas arwah atuk aku...raya tahun ni tak balik muor pun..

satu lagi best kat muor, roti cream fresh from the oven....(sebab kedai roti tu dekat dengan atuk aku ;))

Lollies said...

ha ha ha..ko punya exboss panggil mee sanggul jugakke? Aku panggil mee siput. Aku rasa kalo aku makan sekarang, hancur gigi ni jadinya.

Yeah I know Jalan daud. My primary school kat situ dulu. Masa start 7 likur they always have pelitas banyak2 arranged kat padang tu. When I was a teenager I suka lah pegi. Nanti boleh kena ngurat

shidah said...

always trust your instict, better be kiasu than sorry

nusayba said...

intuition saves lives

lollies said...

atiza - wooo asam pedas sedap. sehingga menjilat pinggan

shidah and nusayba - correct

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