Through readings, surfing the net & asking around I find solace in knowing this is typical among cancer patients. But demanding everyone around him especially mom to be as depressed as he is.. is just too much! Please don't get me wrong, we love him dearly but what he's doing is not doing him any good. I'm not going into details to prove my claim. Rest assured, we know our dad.
I have to be strong, for mom & for my sister.. and of course for dad as well. So whenever I'm with them, I have to pay a great cost of multi-tasking; a daughter, a joker in the family, a woody woodpecker who chatter non-stop just to break the eerie silence hehehehe...
Attempts after attempts went to the drain. Then one fine day, I finally managed to literally drag my dad out of the home & went for seafood hunting! I want him to remember how we used to enjoy this as a family. I want him to reminisce how closed we're before. I want him to be the husband & the father we used to know...
Tears aside, so off we went with hubby as the chauffeur to Kunak, about 1 1/2- hour drive from Lahad Datu. Dad was silent all the way except for some occasional sighs despite me yapping away and singing along to the CDs . Mom was extra happy to finally get away from things.
Just after Kg. Silam, amidst all the palm trees we reached our first destination. Don't be fooled with the quaint look of these wooden shacks. We've been 'patronizing' them like forever! Hehehe.. why?? They've got the freshest, biggest, most gorgeous mud crabs! .. and they're so cheap! I mean just look at our catch on that day, they cost us RM35 ONLY!
Need I exaggerate more?? They never sell the crabs in kilos, they use wooden boxes instead. So if you are lucky, as we were :) you may get 7-10 crabs in one box with just RM35. How much do you think they will cost in any seafood restaurants in KK? ...and that's not all. Did you notice the rows of plastic bags hanging? Those were seashells; RM1/plastic. Yes you read right. RM1 ONLY! Argghhh... We bought three bags of those hihihihi..
About half an hour later, we stopped by at Pusat Sejadi Forest Reserve Madai Baturong, Kunak. It's famous for it's waterfall, ginormous trees & equally larger than life giant yam plants. Seeing is believing. We managed to frolic with the giants before getting a 'warning' call from dad tih tih tih...
Just another half an hour later, we finally reached our destination; the humble town of Kunak. It still maintains some of the wooden shops built in the 60s & 70s. We decided to drive all the way to the 'end' of the town hehehe... actually this is one of the main attractions. You get to see the fishing boats/ships docking right next to the wet market selling the catch. Talking about fresh produce. Literally!
The pretty & unique sighting was a bit marred by the existence of a few illegal immigrants both young ones & adults who persistently harassed the workers on the boat for free fish. We took off when the scene became worse and was welcomed with a 'buffet' of fresh seafood and very cheap too! Tuna, mackerel, sardines and all the other unknown species.
I was singing my happy song when I saw my fave 'species'. The blue prawns or maybe baby lobsters or maybe just overgrown prawns. Blah! Who cares I just love them! The price? RM35/kilo. Yeah it's our "RM35-day". This lady was drooling all over... hehehehehe and the seller was a polite man as well despite seeing me tangoing around with the prawns.
We stopped by at some of the stalls selling bananas at RM1/bunch. Aiyoooo! Why can't we get these back in KK?? Ignore the unhygienic side of the 'location'. These are small traders. An RM1-sale means a lot to them.
Mum said it was our lucky day. We managed to buy all the seafood on our 'wish list'. Dad was extra happy to see us all busying around in the kitchen. He even managed to force his weak hands cracking up a crab's claw for me.. it's tradition.. and that just got the best of me. Thanks dad! Thanks crabby mr crab!
..and yeah start googling for Lahad Datu! Cheerio!