What a week we've had.
Busy as the bees. Mom's just so relieved that the first week of school went smoothly. It's great to see all the children again. Sigh, can't believe another school year has begun.
Mom has several entries all stashed up in the draft post box ... half written ... awaiting photos to be downloaded from her new cell, but no one seems to be able to do it. By no one, your mother means, Dad and Justine. It's got something to do about us not getting "the cable ..."
However, last night, Mom got your call ... Yup, she got your message all right ... and she had told Justine there and then, "Would you look at that, your brother is waiting for my call ..." :D We were in Gardens Mall. It was closing time, slightly after 10 pm ... we were walking past some boutiques to get to the car park, when Mom spotted a GIGANTIC telephone - the size of the display window of a boutique that was right next to Kate Spade, the outlet that Dad had bought her handbag from for her birthday last June.
Mom had pointed to the sign excitedly. Yup, there was a sign and all, with words on it, and it said, believe it or not "CALL ME ..."
Oh gosh ...
What are the chances of a boutique having that telephone and that call ad on its display window?
Mom quickly got out her new cell, took some time to flip open the flap and slide to unlock before clicking onto the camera icon. Thankfully, unlike her car eviDANS that got away a few times since she got the new cell, this big giant of a telephone stood like a large heavy rock, just waiting for her to snap a shot.
Justine said, "Stand further a bit ... so you can take the whole the window ..."
Mom took a few steps back, focused on the image, and took a shot. By the way, Justine can't get the photo out ... can't download ... because of some cable that we don't have ...
So anyway, this morning, Mom was in school with the maid.
It was about 11 am or so, late morning, when Justine came over to pick Mom up for brunch.
In the car, we decided to go to one of the noodle coffee shop at Kuchai area. Normally, Dad takes us there. Mom asked your sister whether she knows the way, and your sister said yes.
We drove there.
Approaching the area of coffee shops, as we were turning into a lane, there was a large vehicle (MPV) which signalled to leave its bay. Mom exclaimed, "Hey, right in front of you ... would you look at that? And such a large space ... easy for you to slide the car in ..."
Justine was like, "No no no ... there's a lorry behind ... so scary ... it's too far to walk anyway ... " and she drove past the empty bay, took another turn into the lane of the row of shops.
Mom was like, "Aiyah Jus, you could have parked there ... we can walk to the place ... Your brother is probably shaking his head and going tsk tsk tsk ..."
Justine said confidently, "There will be another one ... a better one ... not so scary one ..."
Mom fell silent.
Of course ... Why shouldn't there be? When you have your personal angel to watch over you, how could you not find another ... better, not so scary one?
We followed the moving traffic ...
As we approached the coffee shop, we couldn't help but noticed with delight, a nice empty bay waiting for us directly opposite the eatery.
Your sister threw a look of triumph over to Mom.
Mom could almost hear You say,
Close enough, Jus?
We got out of the car.
As we were about to cross the road, a vehicle with the registration plate 4440 appeared before driving pass us. Justine and Mom both saw it. You can't miss it, as you have to look to that direction for cars before you cross the one way lane.
"Look Jus, what are the chances? 4440 ... Your brother is definitely with us ..." :D
Seriously, had we crossed the road 3 seconds earlier, we would have missed the sign from heaven.
So anyway, we took a table, before ordering our food.
After our noodles, we decided to order 3 packets for lunch later. We'd be in school, and will be too busy to go out again. So Mom ordered 3 packets for take away.
Some 10 minutes later, the waiter came with a plastic bag and presented the bill.
Mom looked at the bill ...
Oh boy ...
She lowered her tone, "Look at the bill, Jus ..."
Pulling out some notes, she paid for the food. She couldn't wait for the waiter to leave, so she could ... um ... omg ... in peace.
"Omg Jus ... just now 4440 ... now 4400 ... "
ZAP ZAP ZAP all the way from somewhere over the rainbow.
Honestly, what are the chances to order exactly up to RM 44-00? Not one cent less or more.
Angel chance. Truly, angel chance. There were more than 50 different selections of noodles we could have ordered from, and most varied in price, by a few ringgit to a few cents. Yet, our bill figure turned out perfect.
We drove back to school. Mom was like, "I really need to get on the blog tonight ... I haven't called him in a while ... been so busy ... there's just no time ..."
No excuse, no excuse, she chided herself. Mom knows You're right beside her all the time ... all the signs that she gets daily ... yes, DAILY for THREE YEARS for cryin' out loud ... how could a mother whose child is in heaven, not get the message ... it's so easy ... she need not write anymore, she already KNOWS that You're near ... yet ... somehow ... yeah, somehow, she always get this feeling within her heart, a crunch in her chest, that she was meant to share these zap signs ... these signs and inciDANS were not given to her for no reason ... there's always a reason for everything ... Yup, everything ... Yeah, yeah ... You could say she's' got God all figured out ... but please don't tell God Mom said that ... it's just her way of expressing certain unexplained thoughts that make no sense, You know ... (would You please heave a sigh right here) ... but yeah, perhaps her sharing could reach out to a mother out there somewhere, who's in her same situation.
Justine stopped by a petrol kiosk. Mom passed her some notes. Your sister looked up to check the station number.
Smiling, Justine said, "Look at the number ..."
Mom opened the car door, and looked right up.
Everywhere we there, there You'll be, Daniel ...
Mom sent a text to Dad, who was on his way to Singapore then, relating the :
inciDANS. Justine calls it "a pyramid of 4s ..."
Her sms text read :
Just now cross road to coffee shop, car 4440 pas by. Den bil rm44-00. Now at petrol kiosk 4.
What a nice day we were having, huh, Son ...
So anyway, we spent the entire afternoon in school, arranging stuffs ...
It was after 8 pm, when we went to Gardens Mall.
It was a Saturday night. Mom noticed the overhead parking notification of empty bays. She cannot remember now at the point of writing this line what the figure was, but the 3 lighted boxes indicated an all time low low low.
Inwardly, Mom smiled to herself. Oh, You just know how to make your presence felt, don't You, Daniel?
Justine drove down the parking basement, and picked up a ticket at the dispenser. As always, we took the NO ENTRY lane. Mom called out loudly, "Get us a place, Daniel ..."
Immediately ... yes, yes ... IMMEDIATELY ... she saw a nice space by the side of a wall. It wasn't a proper parking space but hey ... Malaysia Boleh. Yes, yes, WE CAN.
We drove ahead to reverse into the slot, and at the same time, would You believe it but we spotted a nice parking bay right ahead of us. Justine drove straight in.
"Gosh, what are the chances?" Mom breathed out loud.
Your sister answered, "No chance ... no chance ..."
Thank you, Son ... that was You ... for sure ...
To cut the story short, we went to the bookstore ... and then had some dinner ... and then back to the bookstore ... and stayed there till the store at one point, closing point, started to dim the lights, section per section ... why yes, say HELLO to the polite way to get the customers to leave in a hurry.
Justine was like, "Let's go ... it's closing ..."
We left ... finally ... but we took our time. There were just so many new stuffs to see, to touch, to pick up.
As we were walking over to the connecting mall, we approached a bubble tea stall. Mom asked Justine whether she wanted a drink. Jus replied, "Yeah, why not ..." since we would be waiting for Dad at the coach station. He should be arriving about 11 pm. A one day trip down south and back.
And so, we ordered a roasted tea, something or rather.
Five minutes later, the tea was handed to us ... it was milky white ... Justine complained that it looked strange and tasted even stranger. How could roasted tea be white? Did these people not put in any tea leaves? Was it because it's closing time, and they ran out of tea leaves?
Mom took the drink back to the counter.
The girl was nice ... You must have whispered to her ... and asked us to wait for another cup. Meanwhile, the girl explained about how tea leaves may vary from season to season. That was in response to Mom's insistence that the last time she bought tea from that stall, it was tea color - brown.
We waited ...
and waited ...
and waited ...
Were they brewing the tea again or what? Mom said, "Note the delay ... there must be a reason ..."
Finally, the tea came ...
Would You believe it but it was still the same milky white ...
The same ...
Exactly the same ...
What the ...
No time for that ... It was already 10:30 pm.
We went up the escalator, to the ground floor of the connecting mall ... and that was when your mother received the zap when she saw the HUGE telephone with the sign
Had we parked at another spot, we would have entered the mall through a different entrance, perhaps at the other end, and miss this new telephone display. Mom has not seen it before ... and hello, it's right beside the outlet Dad bought your mother's handbag from.
Incredulous, don't You think?
We paid for the parking at the automated booth, and walked to the car. Starting the ignition, Justine and Mom both saw the time that appeared on the dashboard.
It was 10:21 pm.
Decode : 4 and 21
Nobody, nobody but You.
Oh Wow ... what a feeling ... when that zap occurs.
Justine said, "That's why there was a delay ..."
Thank you, Son ... You're with us, we know.
Mom's gotta go now ... should be getting ready for mass.
Will talk to you in a bit. Still so much to tell.
Love You, Son ... <3
(Dad just figured out how to download the photos ... 11:08 am)
Tuesday Jan 15 @ 7:14 am
Morning Son, You know what ... that Call Me giant phone is IN the Kate Spade shop ... we went to the mall on Sunday. Dad, Justine and Mom ... Of course Mom couldn't wait to show Dad ... and was really surprised to see it in the Kate Spade shop. She had thought it was at the shop next to it. Wow ... even more awesome ... the CALL ME sign in that shop that Dad bought her handbag from.