It was kind of ad hoc plan yesterday, when I was at Kak Julie's place.
Being Easter weekend, she is free, and she hasnt visited Pak Tam (Ani) and Makcik Ramlah in Oamaru for sometimes. So we drove this morning in my Odyssey with Kak Rozie (Kak Julie's younger sister).
We started at about 9.30am and arrived in Oamaru around 2pm.
After a bit of snack, we walked down to a house by the beach, where Ramu, Devi and their 2 kids lives. Ramu is an electrician from Kuala Terlah, Cameron Highland and has lived in Oamaru for the past 6 years. They are settling down comfortably in Oamaru.
Later on, Zaidi (Pak Tam's grown up son) took me on a tour of the blue penguin colony and drove to the beach at Kakanui.
Back at the house Pak Tam reminiscence about the old days when he first arrived in Oamaru to work as halal slaughterman in 1986.
He was asking about Naim Mohamad, Mahmud Hishamuddin, Mahzan Mahbob, Sazaly Shuib, Suhaimi Salleh and Taufik Ibrahim among others.
I informed him that I just met Naim and Mahmud in KL last January, and they are doing well. Yes I can pass his salam to Mahzan Mahbob through facebook, hopefully Mahzan still remember Pak Tam. As for Sazaly Shuib and Taufik Ibrahim, I havent been in contact or met them for years. And I told him that Suhaimi Salleh passed away years ago back in the 90's.
He asked me which part of Malaysia am I from, and I said Tanjong Karang.
"Ah, thats where Pak Deris came from." he said.
"Yes, I knew Pak Deris, one of his daughter was my classmate at school." I said.
Pak Deris died back in 1988 in Gisborne, NZ.
Pak Tam is still healthy, goes to work as halal slaughterman at a local freezing work, and goes out fishing at weekend.
We had trout for dinner. Its taste like salmon, meat is pinkish but you cannot buy trout at your local fish shop.