Last wednesday, when I was at a hardware store, one mid-age man came in. About my age, I guessed. He brought with him a pressure pump hose complete with a gun, walked straigth to the counter. I was standing at the other side of that same counter. Then, I looked at him so anxiously, for I might know him sometime ago, somewhere. Yes, he was my classmate back in 1984. It was 27 years back.
I moved closer to him and asked. 'I think, I know you. You are Simon.?'
He didn't even replied, and walked passed me.
Since, I am so confident that the guy was someone I knew. I approached him, again, and said. 'Yes, I know you, you have a twin brother.'
Only then, he looked at me, and said. 'Yes, I have a twin brother. But, I am Peter, and my brother is Andrew.'
Thereafter, we had our conversation. Reminiscing.
Sometime : You might recognized a person, even after a quarter of a century passed by. You are lucky, if you could still remembered them by their name, as well.
Dua puluh satu tahun dulu... aku masih ingat...
Mat Jai, dan Kucai... ini idea mereka berdua. Sewa van, ajak aku join sekali. Dari Kulim, ke Perlis, dan bersama empat yang lain.
dan kami jugak singgah2... situsini...
aku masih ingat, masa tuh... aku bawa knapsack kaler purple, berjenama Sherpa (yang aku beli di Komtar, sebab jenama tuh sehampir ngan nama aku. Yang sebenarnya, Sherpa adalah satu puak di selatan Nepal...).
dan, aku masih ingat... itu jam, aku ada satu tebiat. Ke mana saja aku pergi, sentiasa ada sebatang berus gigi terselit di poket belakang seluar jeans Levi's.
dan... salah satu tempat yang kami singgahi ialah di satu masjid kecil di daerah Taiping.
itu... dua pulu satu tahun dulu, kawan...
* cerita seterusnya ada dalam Travelog... Destinasi : Ibukota... di Berjaya Times Square.
Yang akan terbit, sabtu nih...