Kami pindah ke Miri tahun 2010, dan sejak dari itulah I dah berkali-kali cakap dengan hubby, jom lah kita ber-roadtrip ke KK. Macam best jek driving 10 jam lintas2 sempadan Sarawak-Brunei-Sarawak banyak2 kali sampai lah yang terakhir, sempadan Sarawak-Sabah. I love roadtrips cause obviously, there's more to see, and more to experience.
Akhirnya, setelah hampir 5 tahun dan setelah penambahan ahli keluarga seramai 2 orang menjadikan 6 orang kesemuanya, tercapai jugalah my roadtrip dream. Hik!
I had this trip planned as best as I - an impulsive and disorganized person - could.
Booking bilik, checked!
Kereta hantar servis - checked!
Passport semua valid - checked!
Makan-pakai untuk seminggu - checked!
Pendek kata, insyaAllah semua keperluan covered lah.
Kebetulan our neighbours depan rumah, Geena and family, had also been planning the same trip on the same day. What a lucky coincidence! So we decided to make the journey together. Konvoi gitu. Since they've made the trip before, who better to guide us kan?
|About 10 minutes into the journey, hujan renyai-renyai.|
Konon GPS tapi tak set pun. Mentang-mentanglah
ikut pilot car kat depan hihihi.
Everything went smoothly from there. The first checkpoint, Sungai Tujuh, lintasan sempadan yang pertama ke Kuala Belait, Brunei. We stopped at Kuala Belait for breakfast. Lupa lah pulak nak snap gambar kedai tu... al maklum... dah lapor! Pretty decent shop and good food too. And then we continued with our journey.
Alhamdulillah, lepas cross border ke Brunei, cuaca dah tak hujan. Malah, elok sepanjang jalan. Maka menjamu matalah I tengok kiri-kanan. Maklum, memang seronok melihat negara orang ni kan?
|Happy faces at the start of the journey.|
|Leaving Brunei Immigration (left), entering|
Malaysian Immigration (right)
Hoping for the best, since the car was still running, we continued on. But barely 2km or so after the immigration checkpoint, akhirnya, the engine gave way and died on us.
In the middle of nowhere. As far as I was concerned.
There we were tersadai tepi jalan in mid-day sun and quite honestly, not a clue of what to do next. In my head, thoughts were running wild... my kids in the car, my mum, in a foreign place that has no internet reception... Where are we? What do we do now? Who to call for help? Haish!
I quickly called Geena yang maybe tak perasan we all dah takde kat belakang dia huhuhu. They turned back. At this point, I was so thankful that we were travelling with friends!
At first, we tried to get help from a house tepi jalan. It was the only house there, and ada anjing lah pulak! Tuan rumah cakap dia tak tau any tow truck company or anyone who can help. Macam taknak tolong jek... takpe lah. In the meantime, hubs called his regular guy in Miri to ask if he has any contacts in Lawas, the nearest town to where we were stranded. Si Geena and hubby pulak, God bless them, when they turned back to get to us, sempat lagi diorang survey2 pekan Lawas looking for a workshop that's open. And they also noted that there's a Hotel Seri Malaysia (HSM) in town.
Mind you, this happened on a Sunday, and to make things worse, the coming Monday and Tuesday pulak cuti awam sempena perayaan Hari Gawai. Mana nak cari workshop yang nak amik job time pekerja dia bercuti, ye tak?
Anyway, long story short. We had no choice but to make a quick decision to spend the night in Lawas. Geena and hubby then ferried me and the kids over to HSM. Disebabkan ramai, terpaksalah buat 2 trip. For the first trip, Geena left her maid with my mum and hubby while they ferried me and all the children to HSM. Bayangkan, 3 adults and 8 children ranging in age between 13 and 2 all in a 5-seater car hehehe!
Pic courtesy of Geena.
|Layan anak-anak sementara|
tunggu makanan sampai.
We spent the night in Lawas making alternative plans due to the unexpected turn of event.
We went to bed that night exhausted. But at least, the plan for the following day had been laid out. We were to continue our journey to KK via a public transport in the form of a van. Hubby got all 7 of us booked for the 7am departure. Maknanya, kena bangun seawal-awalnya lah kan? We don't want to be late and delay the trip for other passengers.
Our car, it seems, would have to be left at the hotel until the workshop resume business on Tuesday. Itupun, masih belum pasti whether they can fix the car or not. But tentatively, the plan was to come back to HSM on Friday, and hoped that the car would've been ready by then.
At this point, I was still feeling positive and hoping to have a good family vacation.
To be continued...