I'm off to Penang to shoot a breast cancer short film and one third of "Vidai". Thanks to MushroomHoneyDew, I'll be also be making two campaign ads.
I was also summoned to attend Prem's wedding. Prem is the son of my childhood nanny Auntie Saras. Indian wedding cuisine, making film and lots of sun. I think my trip to Penang is more of a vacation than anything else!
It has been a long time since I last rode a bus so I decided to take the risk of getting killed on the highway (remember last year's massacre?) Nothing much changed. The RM9 surcharge is still charged to all tickets even though the petroleum price is back to normal last year. Bus operators make a cool RM9 off every passenger and no one complained. Well, I did. 5 times. Puduraya is still Wild Wild West. Crazy ulat trying to entice naive looking ah chais like me with catcalls.
But it'll take a human tragedy to get authorities off their comfy seats. I can imagine the headline already: "Ibu dan lapan anak tersadai di Puduraya kerana tidak mampu membeli tiket bas ke kampung" and there'll be a smaller header: "Kementerian Pengangkutan kesal operator bus tidak menghentikan surcaj bas"