Thursday, 20 September 2012
I was in Kangar a couple of days ago.. Actually I was looking for my facial night cream dah habis.At 11 am in Kangar macam there is no life.Ada la a few people here and there.
Got my night cream.Baru 15 minutes in town, I walked cepat2 with small steps.My habit bila out alone.Will walk fast , get whatever I want then terus balik.But if with Faten or friends boleh la lambat2 sikit.
My daughter Famila once said, kalau jalan sorang jalan cepat2, jangan bertentang mata dengan strangers especially men.Tu petua untuk orang muda2 I suppose, but I think older ladies pun boleh buat macam tu.Jalan straight on saja and get on with whatever business you are up to.
On the way to my car, I passed by a few shops selling tudung and baju kurung. I had no intention to stop and look at those beautiful things displayed there.But something caught my eyes at one of the shops.
One lady in her early forties maybe, quite plump, wearing baju kurung, nampak selekeh sikit with her scarf not properly tied, her kain too long..dok sapu the floor. She did not carry any handbag, tangan dia dok seluk poket baju kurung dia.
At a glimpse I saw her putting something underneath her baju kurung. Look like a tudung.Tak berapa sure.
I entered the shop then, suka tengok benda macam ni yang I never expect to see depan mata.
Dia cool saja. She was alone.Shop assistants ada 2 orang.Two girls tengah keluarkan baju kurung dari kotak and writing something dalam buku.They did not look up and saw what was going on in the shop.
I went deeper into the shop. Suddenly I pulak yang rasa tak senang hati, was wondering betul dak what I just saw tadi, or mata tua ni silap pandang.
She continued looking at the tudung displayed di situ.Muka dia selamba saja. Then depan mata I she took another one , a two layered red chiffon tudung, and ploooooop under her baju kurung it went.
Confirmed apa yang I saw earlier.She was a thief alright. ish ish berani nya dia. I just stood there transfixed.macam patung cendana.I think kalau tengok cermin mesti muka I pucat .
Suddenly her eyes met mine. I did not say anything, or showed any reaction that I saw what she did. But she looked different now.I think she could sense that I saw her stealing.
I stood looking , almost staring at her. She moved quickly out of the shop. One of the girls came to me." Kak tengok tudung baru sampai..cantik2 ni."
And she showed me the range of tudung yang the other lady just took one tadi . My mouth tiba2 terkunci. I wanted to tell her but tak sampai hati bila ingatkan rupa and pakaian perempuan tadi.
"Tak pa , saja tengok2 saja " I said. I walked out to go to my car. I saw her again. She was with two boys in a restaurant di hujung jalan.The boys were about 9 to 10 years old. They were eating fried noodles.The lady did not eat anything.She just sat there with them and looked on.And there was a big plastic bag she was holding..
Suddenly she turned around and saw me looking. Quickly she turned away .I continued walking to my car and drove home.
Tak boleh imagine macam mana tudung tu tak jatuh bila dia berjalan.Dia ada kantung ke dalam baju dia?
Incident tu berbekas dalam hati...Tak tau la apa masalah dia.Kalau hidup susah pun bukan alasan boleh mencuri. kalau teringin nak pakai pun kalau tak mampu pendamkan saja la keinginan tu. And she has children..If her children know about this , she was settting a bad example to them.
Wonder if she has a husband...
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
I was early .The jogging track was deserted. The heavy rain last night left the track all wet. Puddles of water were everywhere. The wind blowing softly. No one was in sight.Looked at my watch.It was already 650. The sun is creeping out slowly.
I looked at the market across the river. Many people moving around. I thought of walking to the end of the track, but changed my mind,instead I turned around and started walking in the direction where I came from.
Still there was nobody around. Where were the regular walkers who used to come here, where was that friendly Chinese lady who will approach me with the same question everyday ..
"Awai na ? "
Or that Chinese girl who never look up at your face.(She's short.Very much shorter than me ).
Tried smiling many times, in fact humming and singing my favourite tune when I came face to face with her. But still she couldnt afford to light her face with a smile...awal pagi dah masam..Kesian kat dia..
My ex science teacher..Mr Khor pun tidak melewati kawasan itu pagi ini.Or you could see him walking leisurely with his wife and talking to her loudly as if she was 10 meters away from him....he he..
Finished two rounds I decided to turn back and went to the market. Gerai ikan penoh ikan hari ni. Nowadays bukan tentu kadang2 suddendly u tengok gerai cerah , ikan ada segenggam dua saja di meja batu tu.
After buying some fish, I moved over to get some vegetables. Orang ramai pula, beratur nak bayar. I was the last in the line.bukan apa pun, sebiji peria and daun kesum and bendi.
While waiting for my turn my eyes wondered around..
Two girls about 10 or 11 years old were sitting on the steps.One was quite chubby, the other tall and thin.The chubby one was eating something and the thin one was holding a plastic bag with a few apples in it.
" Hey, ayah balik umah hangpa semalam ? " said the fat one.
" Hmmm ..awat ? "
" Awat la ni selalu ayah di umah hangpa saja eh? "
" mana ada..rumah hangpa pun dia pi jugak "
" Tapi lebih kerap rumah hangpa .."
"Nanti kalau dia balik umah kami, kami suruh dia pi umah hangpa na .." said the thin one.
The fat one offered the biscuit to the thin one. She took one.
"Sedap la ..hangpa beli mana ? "
"Ayah beli hari tu."
"Dia tak pernah beli pun kat kami biskut ni.." said the thin one.
"kalau dia balik umah hangpa hari ni, hangpa suruh la ayah beli kat kami biskut ni na ? " she continued.
I understand now the girls were sisters. Bapa depa kawin dua. Kesian budak2 dua orang tu, berebut kasih ayah. They were innocent little girls..
wahai ayah ( whoever he is )..adil la sikit. giliran balik kena sama, and apa yang beli di rumah A mesti sama dengan umah B..Bukan senang nak adil kan?yang jadi mangsa anak2 and isteri2..Yang dia seronok saja..orang lain ada satu,, dia ada dua..he he.
"Awat hangpa tak pi sekolah hari ni " asked the fat one.
"Ayah tak hantaq, dia keluag awai.Lepas subuh."
" La, kami pun dia tak ambik.. sebab tu tk pi sekolah.."
"Tu ke ? .."
Both started laughing..
I pun tersenyum tengok..Maybe they even live in the same neighbourhood..
My turn to pay for the vege. When I turned around those girls were walking hand in hand towards the news stall at the corner of the market area.Langsung tak rasa bersalah tak pi sekolah...macam2 la jadi ........ Pasal ? because of a man who neglects his responsibilities..Pandai kawin ramai tapi tak pandai mengatur hidup...
Ish ish ...kesian dia kan ?