I set foot in Kuching and for that matter, the state of Sarawak for the first time last week.

The following day from the hotel by the Riverfront,  my spouse and i and our daughter drove up to  Sematan to meet an old close friend, a cafe owner and an auto component designer turned chef.

Driving a rented car i had the opportunity to get in touch with the much touted highway project that would stretch from Sabah to Sarawak toll free.

The Pan Borneo Highway is still very much under construction. You wouldn’t know where and when there would be a detour to the parallel lane.

Surely it is still not safe to drive especially when it is dark.

It took us more than 2 hours of driving to reach the destination that is just about slightly more then a 100 km away.

I met Shahbudin after a lapse of about 9 years at his cafe the ‘D’Dangao Cafe & Restaurant’ in Kg Sebat.

Aahh.. he cooked us lunch and while enjoying his speciality menus we chatted about both the good and the not so good of the old times spend and endured together.

Later with his wife and daughter, he guided us around and also to a spot where the Pan Borneo Highway  zero kilometre mark count begins in Telok Melàno.

As i do not have the luxury of time we bid farewell after a short visit to the scenic and peacefull town of Sematan.

Some hours later the news broke around among the circles of his social media.

Another former colleague who hails from Kuching rang me while we were enjoying seafood in Kampung Muara Tebas. She wants to meet up.

I met Su at some points along the Riverfront within a walking distance from the hotel.

We had coffee and we chatted for hours of the days we were with the company and also about her present job which she said is a far cry from the automotive manufacturing industry that both of us have left for good.

Meeting both Shabudin and Su was the main highlight of my first visit to Sarawak.

I do hope and pray that they would continue to be successful and be blessed.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin

Well.. folks, this blog is alive again.

Be grateful, be good and be happy.. ya.


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