CNY Day 11: Accident

I’m crying writing this. I was very calm before this but I guess the effect sank in after 3 hours.

While on my way back home from work about 6:40pm, along LDP, just in front of IOI Business Park, one car was trying to get from the right to the left lane, the other from the left lane to the right and and they were cutting into the same lane at the same time.They tried to avoid one another, one car carried on driving while the other lost control, spinned and landed in the middle of the right lane. Unfortunately, I was the first oncoming car on the right lane and I braked so hard but still wasn’t able to stop in time. So, I crashed into her car.

The water tank or whatever it is called, burst. Front park kemek. Car registration plate broke into two but still hanging on the car. Breaks my heart really, just looking at my car. The other car, the driver’s door was dented, tyre a bit lari. Luckily, none of us was injured. But thinking back, if I would have drove faster, I guess it’ll be a totally different story, given the fact that the driver’s door was facing the direction of the oncoming cars. So if I would have drove at a higher speed, I don’t know if she will get hurt. Likewise, maybe I would be hurt too.

Both cars had to be on tow. Mine because the water tank burst. Hers is because of one of the tyres.

Another thing I felt grateful for was that coincidently, a guy who works at the car workshop was just behind me when the accident occured. Before I could even get down from the car while thinking to myself that why I have to be involved in an accident and why during Chinese New Year, he was already busy snapping photos of the cars. Introduced himself and said he could help me.

I really didn’t know what to do because this accident is different than my first minor accident. This happened on a highway and this accident is worse than the one I had back then, which seemed just like yesterday. You guys must be wondering why I’m always getting into an accident. I feel so myself even though this is the second time.

He was a witness also because he saw how the accident happened and told me it’s not my fault…but then I wouldn’t know if the law would say it’s not my fault. Anyway, he sent me to the nearest police station, brought me straight up to meet the Sergeant. Then, went down again to get my report done and then up again to meet the Sergeant. Most of the time, the guy did the talking and he seemed well-versed with all these procedures and stuff.

After making the police report, he sent me home and we talked a bit in the car. He asked me how I’m going to work tomorrow, why the first person I called immediately after the accident was my dad and not my boyfriend of which I replied, “I do not have a boyfriend so obviously I couldn’t call one.”

He laughed and replied saying, “Yea, relationships can be very complicated.”

He also asked why I looked so calm and said the other girl was so frightened. If I were the girl, I would be frightened too, imagine your car spinning and then you stop in the middle of the right lane and then you see Grace coming and knocking into you. Scary, kan?

I was surprised that I was calm too. I expected myself to be buried in tears at the accident scene. But I was just looking very cool and for a while there, I thought I had turned into a stone.

We forgot to take down the details of the other car owner so I just left a note on the windscreen as her car was still there by the roadside, hoping that she’ll give me a call. She smsed me and said she was sorry. I replied telling her it’s okay because I know she didn’t wish it to happen and it wasn’t entirely her fault. Shit happens. Accident happens.

I don’t have the energy to think or do anything tonight. I just want to go to bed, wake up the next morning and study the technicalities of car insurance and stuff like that. And as I’ve mentioned in my previous accident entry, after each car accident, we grow up.

I am thankful that there was someone to help me just now.

And I feel lucky that I’m still alive!

This is my first challenge in the Year of the Pig. Still cannot believe that I met with an accident, on my first day of work, after coming back from Sandakan, after a nice, long holiday.

Oh well, it started with a bang!

CNY Day 7 (??): Happy Birthday Everyone!

Red Lion

The lion above is one out of the eight lions who performed this morning. Very pretty!

Had lunch at Imperial Bayview Restaurant after that. Amber Chia once patroned this restaurant too. Saw her picture on the wall.

At 4pm, the sound of the drums broke the silence, calling all penduduk to gather at the basketball court. 4:30pm sharp, the performance began. There was a black+ golden lion and a dragon. Yes…a dragon!!!!

My wish is fulfilled! ๐Ÿ˜€

Today’s the 7th day of Chinese New Year and it’s everyone’s birthday, may you grow one year wiser!

CNY Day 6: Girl Talk

Pappy called the Immigration office to check if the machine is up and running. And it is. So we went there, made payment and was expecting to collect my passport after 3 hours. But guess what? One of the officers knew Pappy or the other way round…but the officer saw Pappy and offered to help him and gave him the promptest service.

After making the payment, they immediately processed the renewal for me. All in, it was just less than 30 minutes. Like magic! Unbelievable! While walking out of the building, I was holding the passport in my hand and waved it to Mummy who was waiting in the car. More so, the passport is red so it looked like I just got a very big angpau!

Had lunch at New Century Restaurant and ordered 3 of my favourite dishes. Crystal Prawn, Sabah Vege (Cos you only get this in Sabah) and Corn Soup! The Crystal Prawn (???? was so good. Maybe because I only get to eat this once a year so everything taste very good to me.

Came back home to have a short nap and then off I went to visit my friend, who has moved to a new, bigger house. We had 2 and a half hours of girl talk. Very therapeutic, especially for another friend of mine who expressed herself throughout the hours and we helped to cheer her up, give her some tips and suggestions. Hoping that she’ll bring back some courage and optimism to face the challenge again while she goes abroad. You see…sometimes I enjoy being a girl. Wait, I enjoy being a girl ALL the time.

Pappy brought me round the new housing estates, showing me the new places and new development areas and suddenly I have this feeling of coming back home for good. I love this place a lot. Even more, when you have leave home, seen other places and come back to feel the warmness of your own birth place. It’s just so good to be home and I feel that this is a very nice place to stay with the good food and all. Simple people. Simple environment.

At least, it is affordable to buy a decent house here and renovate it to your own liking. Salary may not be as high as what I get in KL but then expenses here is low…so you can actually save money. It is a very good place to start a family, raise children and grow old. Sometimes I wish to meet someone from Sandakan, marry him and live happily ever after here. The only thing is that I don’t know what I can do here, as in work for a living, which is also the main reason why I’m working in KL, where there are more opportunities, just like most of my friends are doing. We come home every Chinese New Year feeling happy and excited and we leave this place as the holiday ends with a very heavy heart. I’ve only got 3 more days before I fly back and I feel like time is running short.

When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to leave this place but now that I’m older, I feel like coming home everyday. *sigh*

I’m just going to work hard when I get back to KL, gain more experiences, learn new things and see what I can do about it. One of my dreams is to own a house, as in paying with my own hard-earned money. I do not need to own a car of my own but I definitely would like to see myself buying a house.

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Dinner…went to Happy Restaurant at SS2. There is an SS2 in Sandakan as well. Hehe.

The best part of today is I got to know that I’ll get to watch a lion dance performance featuring 8 lions at one of Pappy’s friend’s shop tomorrow morning.

This is what I call Chinese New Year!

CNY Day 5: Immigration

Happiness is…seeing this red notice hanging on my gate in the morning.

 

Notice

It has been such a LONG time since someone sponsored to bring lion dance to the housing estate I’m staying. There used to be lion dance performance many years back and I’m very happy that this time around, I can walk down memory lane again.

More so, the basketball court is just opposite my house. YB Au Kam Wah, even though I do not know you, thank you very much for bringing lion dance this Saturday. I can’t wait! Hopefully, it’s going to be more than one lion. I haven’t had to chance to watch the dragon dance and the Hokkien lion dance. There is only one in Sandakan so it’s quite hard to spot it.

Berita Harian Merdeka

One thing I miss doing is flipping through our very own daily Chinese newspaper – Berita Harian Merdeka (?????. Bought The Star too and read about how crowded the Immigration office in Pusat Bandar Damansara is. Coincidently, I was on my way to get my passport renewal done.

There wasn’t much of a crowd here in the Immigration office, Wisma Persekutuan, Sandakan but the machine is down so that means I won’t be able to get the renewal done today. They are waiting for the technician to fly from KL to Sandakan to get it repaired. My goodness. Why can’t they get someone who is based in Sandakan?

Went to Kedai Kopi Shin Cheong Loong for ais kacang. And my friends had satay. I’ve never fancied eating satay and I have no particular reason why. Met some of my ex-classmates while we were there.

Had dinner at Pasir Putih and got to taste “Manila Clams” or locally known as “Sah Bak” (Cantonese). I only know the English name to it today while I was going through the receipt. I don’t know if it’s found in Manila but you can only get it in Sabah. It is yummy!

Someone drove me out for a ride and bought me Iced Chocolate. How sweet!

More sweetness tomorrow! Pictures..will only publish when I get back to KL. I want to savour the moments while I’m still here in Sandakan. Time really flies!