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Thursday, August 9, 2007

When Your Car is a Platypus


We were on the North South highway one weekend bound for Ipoh when a swarm of Lotuses just whooshed us by. There were hundreds of them in bold and striking colours trying to outdo each other on the road. The kids were screaming and waving *I waved too* at the not so young guys (mostly in their 40s) in those magnificent cars, my hub was honking and giving them the thumbs up all the way. Just for a moment there, it felt like we were one of them, part of the Lotus convoy, since our car too could be mistaken for a lotus*yeah right* in its bright yellow colour. In the midst of all the honking and waving and perasaning, my son blurted out "...mama, Anin tak suka la keta kita ni. Mama beli la keta macam tu, lagi best." I looked at my husband and then turned my gaze to my children and said "...now, if we bought a car like that, where are we going to peronyok you guys in? There are only two seats and not much space at the back. You have tons of things to bring everytime we take the car out even to the kedai runcit Naleena, like your swimming bag, your 'just in case we go to the movies tonight' jackets, your plastic of toys, your bag of books and snacks, mama and kakak's telekong pouches, baba's 'just in case I can play football today' boots, and baba's 'just in case there's someone to play tennis with' rackets, and don't forget your cushions?!? Silence permeated the air, well for a few seconds before both of them jolted "...iye la mama, tak best la keta tu, keta kita laaaagi best!"

Our car may not be the most sophisticated car around, may not be the fastest and may not even be the sight for sore eyes for many people we know, but it is like our second home, a place we take refuge in. We have travelled a great distance in this yellow refrigerator on wheels as I endearingly call it, all over Malaysia except for Sabah and Sarawak. With plenty of room at the back, the children have often played camp there under a lot of selimuts, did their homework, had their meals, and even slept the nights away while we were travelling. It's our little caravan, our home away from home. From the outside people may view the car as boxy, clowny, silly looking but from the inside we always look at them as people who are missing the most for not enjoying this car as much as we do.

It may not be a Lotus, but we are thankful for our own car, adik beradik kepada Lotus la, called Platypus.

6 treats:

Salina said...

My forever humble and practical friend. I have never ridden 'the platypus" and have never been interested in cars. As long as it can take me to a destination, that will do. I'm 'educating' my husband as well not to buy 'mercedes' like what most malaysian students do before they go back to Malaysia. Whatever money that he earns now should be saved for our 'future' children's education. I foresee that in the future scholarship will be scarce and the competition will be extremely stiff. i prefer to live humbly and avoid debt keliling pinggang. To me those who are truly rich are people like you - blessed with a loving family and have very few debts.

Wiz said...

Right now this platypus takes me places and helps me delivers all these cakes around.

Salina said...

Dear Wiz,

Since there some demands for your cupcakes abroad maybe you should be thinking of delivering them by air. Remember the article that you forwarded to me about this Indian Lady in Sri HartaMas who has been fulfilling orders from all around the world. You may need to research ways and means on how to preserve and package the cakes. Glad that you open the chatroom. See i told you, you have many fans out there! Alhamdulillah your rezeki is expanding by the day!

mº¿ºsh, brecht & nora said...

Hi Wiz, your car looks fantastic i thought, i would like to hv one of those too! We dont have one of our own yet and my significant other is taking driving lessons - cos we or he was given a company to drive around in, thus hopefully the new year we can, explore more of europe with this tiny, family friendly car = )

Wiz said...

Thanks Mush, It is very practical to have the Juwara. Exploring Europe? Can I tag along? You've got to take the Bernina Express and experience the snow capped Alp all the way to Italy. Please do that and take lots of pictures k.

mamazieza said...

To me, it is not the brand of the car yang penting.. tapi samada kereta tu practical or not untuk kita.. frankly speaking mama tak berapa suka sangat akan kereta mewah.. nak beli satu hal, nak maintain satu hal dah tu.. segala-galanya mahal... lain laaa kalau duit kita memang berlambak-lambak jatuh dari langit.. hehehe...

Biarlaa kita guna kereta yang tak glemer tapi itulaa yang byk berjasa pada kita...

Mama pun kalau balik kampung ke..pergi kedai ke... tu dia barang-barang penuh.. lenkali nak kena beli lori.. hehehe besar skit.. budak2 boleh lari2 kat belakang.. hehehehe