Note: July is coming!! This is gonna be a very busy month for me. I've even informed my boss about my schedule, coz "last minute tasks" are too common and often. I wish to do a lot of things (fulfill my dreams) whilst not neglecting my job. I felt funny when he told me, "Will not call you tonight, no worry!"
Mentioned before that I spent the just-over weekend at Sg Lembing. We also gained another new experience this time, which was to have our car broken down on the highway when we were heading back to KL.
Prior to that, someone asked about the Emergency Phone available along the highway. None of us used it before, hence the question could not be answered appropriately.
Neng noticed that the temperature of the car was approaching maximum. She stopped the car. I experienced the same before, but I didn't notice the increased temperature, till my car could not go any further and I smelled something burning. I'm indeed a lousy driver.
Without having the chance to use the emergency phone, the patrol team had noticed us.
We were quite amazed with their efficiency. However, it's just the matter of our luck! They said they just passed by coincidently...
As we know, under such condition, we need to let the car rest for a little while before we could do anything.
Facing such a problem, I knew Neng must be feeling bad, coz we were talking about getting home early then take long hours sleep. We had been too hectic and tired for the past 2 days.
Therefore, I told her, need not to worry. There were 9 of us in total and for sure would face everything together. By the way, I snapped some photos, talked some nonsense to make others feel relaxed a bit. (though I didn't know if I was successful in doing this)
Not long after the arrival of the highway patrol team, another Chinese uncle arrived. The patrol team could not help in any way, till the car is "certified" to be problematic (this is their policy). The Chinese uncle claimed that the "casket" (hope the spelling is right) was broken.
However, the patrol team said they had only 1 "towing truck" (again, hope the term is right). If we were to wait for their free service, it's not known how long we had gotta wait. The Chinese uncle then offered the service for RM30, and we agreed.
There was only an iron stick used to drag the car. Someone had to manage the steering. Leong was the honored candidate for the holy task.
Arrived at the shop. I praised Leong for his great job (purposely did that in front of his girlfriend), but he said I was teasing him. Haiz...
Needless to say, the car examination was carried out immediately.
Tested this and that... the "casket" was actually not broken, but the engine fan did not function accordingly.
I was wondering if he felt pressured being monitored by 9 people.
While waiting, I said, no matter how much we study, how great are us (one is lawyer, one is working in the satellite industry, many deals with financial-related stuff etc), when the car broke down, we could do nothing, except asking help from the expert in that area.
The mechanic/foreman was okay. He did not charge us unreasonably due to emergency or coz we are not locals. He didn't change anything but provided us with temporary solutions (that could allow us to reach home, but would need further service afterwards).
Apart from telling Neng not to feel guilty, this incident allowed me to discover and feel how caring and considerate are my hometown friends. Compared to them, I'm really nothing although people used to say I'm meticulous.
Things happen for a reason, and I believe, it's the same this time.
P/S: Read Neng's write-up here in Chinese.