Since I moved to Bangi more than five years ago,I usually take Komuter Train from UKM to KL Sentral.From KL Sentral,I can go almost every where to my preferred destinations either by LRT or bus.I am taking this alternative to travel because I want avoid stressful traffic jam and reduce my cost of transport if I had to use my own car.Since two years ago when I qualified to become a senior citizen,my train fares is cut by half.From UKM,Bangi to KL Sentral,I only have to pay RM1.70.
When I was a student at SDAR/TIKL,I travelled on 3rd class coach using warrant tickets given by the government.I dreamt then that one fine day,I will travel first class.Thirty years later,when I have two young boys,I took my family to Johor Bharu by train and we had a holiday in Singapore.It took six hours and I had a great time with my wife and kids on the train.As they say,the journey is the destination.Travelling by train brought back my memories when I was a student in England way back in early 70s.The good old British Rail was my preferred choice of transport from Sheffield to London.
My longest train travel was from London to Lancaster more than a decade ago.Whenever I am in UK,I travel by train to enjoy watching English rolling country side passing by my train window.The memories of my life in Sheffield from 1973-76 started rolling in at the speed my train travels.One scary ride of Eurostar from London to Paris was a few weeks after the tunnel caught fire.My kids and my wife were having fun during the journey but I was praying for safety all the time.As they say,ignorant is bliss.Knowledge is at times,is a burden.
In April 2012,I went to Holland to visit a sick friend living in Leiden.He passed away a year later.When my plane landed in Schipol Airport,I went straight to the railway station and took the double deckers train.I love every minute of the journey,not to mention having a preview of tulips gardens along the route.Two days later,my late friend Guus Liberstein and his wife Marjolein took me to visit Keukenhof.And that made my day.During my five days stay in Leiden,I went cycling with them.But then,it is a nother story of my hobby-cycling.
Now ,going back to London,I usually take The Tube.It can take me wherever I want to go.My latest travel on British Rail was in May,2012.If I were to close my eyes,I still know when I am on The Tube.The smell and the sound never change since my first ride in September,1973.The same thing with KTM.The ambiance remains but the memory comes back from different times of my life..