Yayan, a guy I met during my trip to India in May last year has been transferred to Padang (which is actually his hometown) from Batam just last October. Us, having the same hobby which is traveling, have often kept contact since then to share itineraries or interesting places to visit. I was supposed to visit Sumatera last year during the fasting month but had to cancel my plans due to work restrictions.
Only just recently I was able to visit Padang which was during the Wesak holidays. YES!
Dream come true!!
Having met Yayan on the few accounts in India and at the airport in KL, I was surprised that he offered to host me during my visit to Padang. (I actually don't know him that much! Haha!) Letting me stay at his sister's room at his parents' home. Wow! Thanks Yayan! He even allowed me to bring one of my girl friends with me! Now that's what I call hospitality at its finest! :P
Discussing our plans in Padang via FB chat, we actually didn't work out a solid itinerary. In the end it was going with the flow. The plan was my friend and I will fly into Padang on a Saturday afternoon, explore Padang ourselves on Sunday as Yayan was busy with his school exams and rent a car to Bukittinggi on Monday. The thing is, this kind-hearted host of ours had taken leave from work just to spend Monday with us!!! *terharu mau nangis*
So what happened when I first stepped my foot on Sumbar land? (Sumbar stands for Sumatera Barat as in West Sumatera). After I passed through the immigration and the customs, I was greeted by a guy in uniform, "Hey Jard, where's Siti Nur?". I looked up and was shocked to see that Yayan has grown slimmer than the last time we met!!
Want to see the difference?
|Last year in India. Yayan is on the far left, looking chubby. Hehe. From the left is Mukhlis, Suntea and Alid.|
|Yayan now, lost 7 kg (and so he claims). Maybe it got something to do with gelled hair?|
The Minangkabau airport to the town of Padang takes around an hour and it sure is far away! As from what I heard, most of the foreign tourists don't stay in Padang. They either go straight to Bukittinggi where all the shopping and attractions are or go to the Mentawai Islands to surf the waves. Siti Nur and I decided to stay our full 4 days in Padang. You'd be surprised with what Padang has to offer! A lot!
Once we got to Yayan's home, we were welcomed by his sweet mom and younger sister. I wasn't sure how to "salam" an elder in Sumatera and did how we Malaysians did it, which is by taking both of the hands and pull it to our lips as if to kiss it. There was a moment of awkwardness there. Hehe. We handed our gifts and were settled into his sister's room. Not long after, Yayan invited us to go out to visit Air Manis Beach for sunset. On the way we were treated with this.
|A nice meal on a rainy afternoon. *brb cari nama makanan ini. Lupah heh!*|
|It seemed like a hopeless afternoon for a beautiful sunset. :(|
|We managed to enjoy a perfect sunset! Picture taken by Siti Nur.|
Malin Kundang was washed ashore, seriously injured and was turned into stone on his hands and knees. Thus, it is said, Malin Kundang has been forced to stay on the beach for all time, forever begging for forgiveness from his mother who he shamed so badly.
|The stone that has a resemblance of a person on his hands and knees. Creepy!!!|
Upon arriving home, we again received another delightful surprise, being served with home-cooked dinner by his mother! Hahaha! Oh-em-gi! This family who doesn't even know me that much has opened their homes to us with great kindness. I was overwhelmed with the acceptance. So that night, we slept with full bellies. Waiting for more adventures the next day.
To be continued......