Reason: The road was going uphill. We wanted to offer a lift – he could put his bike inside the hiace and we’d take him to his destination. (Aduh..mesti penat nak naik bukit. Kesian dia..jom ajak tumpang) – this was the script in my head, from the perspective of a couch potato.
However, he refused because he was on a mission to cycle from Singapore to Penang. We could just say, “Ok fine. Good luck!” but we were determined to have him as our guest. A golden learning experience for our kids! Homeschooling, right?
After much persuasion, we gave him our address and promised to wait for him in Taiping. He was planning to spend a night in Taiping, by the way, so it worked out nicely.
His name is Yoji from Hiroshima, Japan.
The kids call him Abang Yoji. I wished I had recorded all the questions Muhammad and Musa asked Abang Yoji. Yoji-san entertained them well and the kids were being excellent host, I thought.
I was amazed when the boys told Abang Yoji about surah-surah in the Quran. They also performed solat in front of him. My boys…proud to be a Muslim! Sarah and Maryam also sang their favourite nasyid (Nazrey Raihan’s songs) for Abang Yoji.
Imagine the boys’ excitement when they got Abang Yoji’s email…