This is the first ever overseas DG outing to Dor's hometown in Muar. We had a grand count of 12 on the trip. The youngest member is 1 month old while the oldest is ahem 50 plus. Much to look forward in terms of what will unfold with such diversity. My friend also commented that it is like a family outing. To which, I really think so! The family of God.
Sok and I met up with Est and Mel P at Novena at around 8pm. We were supposed to meet up with another car before heading to Msia together but there was a change of plans and we would meet in Msia directly. I was keeping my fingers crossed about the traffic... But it was a breeze! And we were so glad that we buzz Dor that we would be there in no time.
Erm.. But it didnt really happen that way... Lor called to say that the Yeos were still packing at close to 9pm. There were subsequent calls that they were on the wrong checkpoint and eventually wrong road. We waited for 2 hours in all.. from stoning in the car to sharing Kickapoo (aka Joy Juice) in the petrol kiosk. Could see the relief on all our faces when we saw the familiar car plate number pulling into the petrol station! It was another 1.5 hours of drive to Dor's place.
The next adventure was the search for the unit. We couldn't find it after looking at houses on both sides of the road. After calling Dor and making another turn on the road, we finally saw our destination.
On Sat, we toured Dor's older house and it is a heritage site in itself. Besides the architecture of the building, the interiors are decorated as though it is a museum. We were told that it was built before the Jap Occupation and the place was actually used during the Occupation.
We were treated to home cooked food in the backyard of the house. Fancy having a meal in a backyard. Woo Hoo...
After meeting WO and WP, we headed to Mt Ophir for the trek to the waterfall. It was a lush green envrionment and the waterfall was amazing. At least it is a natural and not one that is man made. Was good to chill and talk by the waterfall. We also saw how loving the couples were, whether if its taking photographs or helping one another along the way.
We packed ourselves with lots of food at one of the 5 major hawker centers. We were practically on an ordering spree, having food items such as otah, oyster egg, chicken wings, noodles.. and the list goes on! Guess we were all very hungry after the trek up and down the "mountain".
Back home, we did Karoke... With WO having to sing repeatedly as Lor and Dor slipped in Teresa's songs on the song list. Quite hilarious how he was shy after a while, as he was constantly holding the mic. Cool to see songs from different genres and eras as suggested by the diverse age range. Ha. Was interesting to see different of us sing, espectially the Yeos who sang the duet <在我生命中的每一天>. Sweet.
And on to the serious part of this trip. We visited Uncle Chua's church and it was good to meet and sing alongside with fellow believers in another country. Though we may not have known each other, but we are united in God. How wonderful is that prospect. Caused me to think about how great it would be when all the nations sing to Him. Eagerly awaiting that day!
We also had a good time chatting about a shot that I took in the morning.. of a couple . I really like this. Heh. One of my most satisfied pic. And the other couples also asked for similar shots. LOL.
It was more food just as we were packing to head back to SG. A dose of dou suan was almost a perfect ending to the trip.
We made our way back to SG in our troop of 3 cars.. In all, I'm thankful for Dor and family who were fantastic and thoughtful hosts, for the time spent together as a DG and the good food in Muar. Oh, and not having any runs at all for the days in Muar. Thanks be to God who watched over us throughout the trip.