In early June, I received a phone call with a number quite foreign appearing on the screen. I would have known if it had been from any part of Malaysia. With the customary 'salam' he introduced himself and I realised it was my friend from Singapore. They were in Langkawi and would be coming to Alor Star, The next day we met at Kuala Kedah jetty and invited them to our home. It was good to meet Hj Ismail and wife again. They were accompanied by Hj Ibrahim and wife. They were our guests this time and it was a friendship rekindled. The next day they were joined by Hj Johan and wife arriving from Haadyai having been on a motorcar expedition from Singapore to southern Thailand.
What could we show them at Alor Star given only less than a day to see the city? We guessed they enjoyed the short tour, discovering the unique 'Museum Padi' at Gunong Keriamg, the simple and traditional 'Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir' and a brief sighting of the city center. The vast expanse of the green rice field plus the idyllic kampong scenery must have also captivated them. More so the camaraderie of getting together.
Now there is a reason for us to travel down south and cross the Strait to enter the Lion City again which has been for quite a while. Getting to know friends can manifest in many ways. Even strangers can become good friends.
Our guest Hj Ismail enjoying the morning coolness at Titi Gajah before getting behind the steering wheel for the journey back.