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An unforgettable holiday

 
Two whole weeks in the middle of nowhere! But it was no use complaining. My parents had to go to Saudi Arabia on business. Since it was the December school holidays, my brother and I were to stay with our maternal grandparents in Cameron Highlands.

A couple of days before my parents were to fly off, my father drove us to Tanah Rata where my grandparents live. It was not our first time there but it was the first time we would be staying there. My grandparents were housekeepers for the owner of an old bungalow. They lived in a small house in the back garden. There were only two bedrooms and a tiny living-cum-dining area. Other than an ancient looking television, there was nothing that looked interesting. My brother and I prepared to die of boredom.

My grandparents were truly happy to see us. They soon made us feel at home. We were surprised at our good appetite when it came to meal times. My grandmother cooked us simple dishes of fresh vegetables harvested from their very own garden. I never knew that vegetables could taste so good. We thought we would be bored by day two but the day flew by for us happily. We went with our grandparents as they went about their housekeeping duties. The cool, fresh air seemed to make us more alert and energetic. We actually enjoyed helping with the chores. We had most fun gathering twigs and broken tree branches for the fireplace. Our grandparents' house had a real English style fireplace. When it got cold at night, we lit a fire. It was easy to pretend we were somewhere in England then.

One day, Grandpa took us to an Orang Ash village to visit his friend. His friend belonged to the Semai tribe and he lived in a bamboo hut with his wife and six children. We were told to call him Uncle Mai. First, he taught us to use the blowpipe. Then he took us to a waterfall deep in the forest. His children came with us and we ended up having great fun playing in the pool. We had the place all to ourselves. Before the end of our holiday, we visited the waterfall two more times.

It surprised us how quickly the two weeks passed. When our father came to fetch us home, he asked us how our holiday was. With one voice, we replied, 'Unforgettable.'

     
in the middle of nowhere   far away from excitement
     
maternal grandparents   mother's parents
     
cum   also used as
     
 
 
 

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