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    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    My Train Journey

    Have been traveling on weekly basis for almost 3 years. It's really tiring. I think it is about time for me to take some rest. I am tired on traveling, I am tired of the "mm seh dak" feelings whenever I say goodbye to my family members and my dear. Cant afford to be apart with them anymore. Tired of facing 4 walls alone in my rented room after work, with no internet connection. Hate the feelings of eating alone, and that's the main reason why I skip breakfasts and dinners.
    Buying coach and train tickets in advance is another headache for me. I have to keep track on long weekends, or school holidays and make sure that I buy the tickets 2 months in advance! This year is considered 'not so tiring' for me because I changed job, and I take the straight bus from SG to KL. 2 years before that, due to my "kiamsiap-ness", I go all the way to JB to get my express bus to KL because I can pay in Ringgit which is much much more CHEAPER! If I take a straight bus from SG to KL it will cost me $33 (around RM80), but if I take a bus from JB, it costs me about RM30 only!!! Can u see the different? RM50 different!!! I can save up to RM200 a month!!! But it takes 2 hours for me to reach Larkin (JB's bus terminal) from Singapore. I really salute myself, I cant believe I actually spending so much time on the bus and I am doing it every week!
    For the past 10 months. Instead of taking a bus from KL - SG on every Sunday afternoon, I take night train now. Although it takes longer hours to reach (11 hours) compare to bus journey which is only 6 hours, I don't mind because I can sleep in the train as long as the berth is not near to the coach exit. But still have to be alert while sleeping, I got to make sure that I don't sleep like a pig because I have to take care of my belongings and my passport.
    Ever since the H1N1 virus is spread in Malaysia, I have to be extra careful. Got to make sure I wear a mask when I am in the train. I don't care if people call me "kiasi". Better to be safe than sorry.

    Jeng Jeng! This is me with the mask in the train... Do I look scary? lol


    Long train journey, newspapers (Wan Pao) is always my travel companion.

    21 comments:

    eugene said...

    Hey Jo,

    I salute you for yout tenacity, and on H1N1, i think you are doing the right thing, you are being responsible citizen,,kudos..

    i am happy now cos i managed to become your first commentor,,hahahahah(something i love to do now, being the first commentor)

    take care now

    jezalmy said...

    OMG Josep, I can't believe you travel like that before. If for me, I rather stay over there and only come back once a month or else i will look for a job here...haha

    reanaclaire said...

    eugene..no wonder u always go jog in the evening..so that u can be fast in everything hor?

    josephine, sorry, cant help teasing eugene here..
    wanted to say that i cannot sit on the train..each time i did last time, i vomitted one.. bus ok, but not train or plane.. cham hor?

    Doreen said...

    How I wish I could see my family weekly.....

    Shingo T said...

    I am not the first commentator. Please delete the comments that come before mine. (kidding) =p

    Anyway, I am really amazed how anyone can go to and fro SG --> KL every week. You must love your family alot. ^_^

    chrisau said...

    Really salute you! I travel every weekend back to JB like dat also tiring, with the crowded causeway and folks. Why not consider working in KL, like that don't have to part with your loved ones every sunday?

    Josephine said...

    chrisau: Who wants to give me Sing Dollars in KL???
    If got hor, I already go back loh...

    vialentino said...

    wahliow.....every week up and down...salute u....careful of h1n1 too....ur risk very high ler. t. care.

    Joanna Tang said...

    Jo, i think its time for u to settle down in kl leh..u r getting married, right.. it's not so good to leave ur darling behind..no matter how strong is ur relationship.

    Ju Ann said...

    Wah I can just feel your pain! I used to travel 2 hours each way to, and fro JB-SG just to study. 2 HOURS! Imagine the time wasted on buses and waiting and queueing..

    How much is your train ticket now then?

    I used to also go JB then take bus to KL cos you are right, its so MUCH cheaper. But usually on the eve of long weekends, the jam to JB is crazy. :(

    Ju Ann said...

    I'm sick of renting rooms in sg too! where you stay btw?

    I'm gonne buy my own HDB! :)

    Josephine said...

    JuAnn: Upper berth is RM40, and lower berth is RM46

    Kuntong said...

    wah...salute.
    every week travel frm SG to KL and KL to SG again... if me, i will go back once a month..kakaka

    Willie said...

    Hi, didn't see u in my blog for a while. The mask? Scary right? I hope the price will be reasonable.

    Borneo Falcon said...

    I can't remember when is the last time I took a train ride. I think it was in 2005 for the Butterworth-KL train.

    Pete said...

    Wow, you very 'keng' leh, travel home every week. Must be missing Boy Boy very much leh!

    Adrian & Aeiween said...

    "Jia Yu Oh" Josephine~ i know travel alone is kind of tiring job~ but anyway i just want to say take care for yourself okay. Ya is very good to wear mask so that can protect yourself out of H1N1. You done a good job :)

    Kikey Loo said...

    yes,shd wear mask , u look nice in mask too :)

    Dora said...

    Can understand how tiring u r for the frequent & long traveling journey. Take care girl!

    Cherish Tulips said...

    It's scary with this H1N1 around.Good tht you are taking all the precaution needed!Have a safe trip always!

    FAMILY FIRST said...

    So when you will stop work and back to KL for good?