While I wait…

The other day, I had to send my car to the workshop – no, not the old Wira that I use regularly – every day, in fact…and even on my long Sunday drives to my girl’s school in the jungle and back. This was the much older Proton Saga, the 1st generation

Old Proton Saga
*Archive photo*

…that I hardly ever use which makes me wonder how problems may crop up once in a while when it is sitting there day in and day out, idling and occupying space in my car porch. I spotted an oil leak or something below the engine so that called for immediate attention – a stitch in time saves that, that is my firm belief!

The guy said it would take sometime and usually, I would get one of them to send me home and once they were done, they would drive the car to my house but that day, I was very free with nothing else much better to do so I said that I would wait.

In the meantime, I walked around the shops in the vicinity, went through every section of the supermarket nearby and it was getting very hot so I decided to stop by this Sarawak’s own franchise place right around the corner

SCR Sungai Merah

…for tea. At least. it was nice and cool and I sat right below the air-conditioning vents – that sure beats sitting in one of the coffee shops around there, sweating it out in the blistering afternoon heat. No, I did not order the ABC – after the two recent experiences, I did not think I would want to have that again, not here, not anywhere.

I had seen this…

SCR sandwich
*Archive photo*

…at another outlet and when I went back there and ordered that, they told me they were out of bread. Tsk! Tsk! I did not see this in the menu here or rather I was not really looking – the moment I saw some sandwich item on the menu, I ordered it right away.

In the end, this what what I got (RM8.80)…

SCR Sg Merah sandwich & French fries 1

– a sandwich cut into quarters with a whole lot of French fries in the middle…

SCR Sg Merah sandwich and French fries 2

I could see the egg – that was pretty obvious and the slice of cheese and the cucumber and tomato…

SCR Sg Merah sandwich 1

…but wait a minute! This is a chicken rice place so surely there would be some chicken in the sandwich. I looked more carefully and then, I saw it – those little bits buried in the mayonnaise…

SCR Sg Merah sandwich, bits of chicken

Hmmmm…I would have expected some very thin slices of the meat at the very least.

On the whole, it was all right though I did wish they had toasted the bread. It did not feel like they did that and anyway, I love sandwiches so I quite enjoyed it and after an hour or so, I paid for my sandwich…

SCR Sg Merah sandwich & French fries 2

…and drink to the very sweet and friendly girl who took my orders and did the serving…and manned the cashier’s counter as well, Noraini’s her name, and she even gave me a sweet – barley and mint when she gave me the change. Perhaps they give that to every customer, I wouldn’t know.

I went back to the workshop and yes, it was done…so I drove home happily.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

13 thoughts on “While I wait…”

  1. I thought it comes toasted as depicted on the picture. If it was a toasted sandwich but it arrived cold or it was made with stale bread and curled at the corner, would you be incline to return it?

    That was not what I ordered.

  2. Your Proton Saga car looks well maintained. This old car body is tough unlike today’s car. Yes, always get it immediately done if there is anything wrong but I know some people just take it for granted until something happens. That will be too late.

    Yes, very solid, heavy…compared to the Wira, like tin kosong.

  3. Just takeaway its roasted chicken rice and fried rice the other night. It has been a while and we kind of missing the food although it was not that cheap. Sigh.
    I tried its sandwich before. I quite enjoy it. Somehow different outlet, different quality. I like one particular branch where I used to open shop.

    Heard that few SCR outlets closing down in Kuching. Those that not doing well.

    Ok here, none closing down though I did hear of somebody taking over the outlet beside Star Megamall/Daesim.

    Their promos seem quite reasonable priced, the package deals – chicken and rice plus drinks but I have never gone for those.

  4. What year is your proton? The one my brother is still using was bought by my late father in 1986. I think first generation too.

    Mine’s 1990. The salesman said they would come out with a new model, would be more or less the same and a lot more expensive and persuaded me to buy quickly and I did. Turned out that they changed to the mega-valve, 12-valve…while this one is just 8-valve. Tsk! Tsk! Never trust those sweet talking salesmen.

  5. I would order the ABC rather than the sandwich because I never order sandwich outside.

    I like my sandwiches to be stuffed with a whole lot of things – that is why I love the ones outside. I love those club sandwiches, the good ones. At home, I would probably have just an egg sandwich or sardine sandwich once in a long while. We do not buy bread very often…and now that we have found out that my girl is gluten sensitive, no more bread at home.

    1. Oh, so you do not buy bread that often, that’s why you don’t make club sandwich at home. How did you find out about gluten sensitive? Can she eat “mean kan” (the gluten vegetarian Chinese food)?

      Started with her overdose on oats from skipping proper meals in her school in the jungle and the symptoms started to show, like a lot of belching, lots of gas, migraines and she had been rather unwell. Went for tests but still waiting for the result for the one for allergies. In the meantime, we checked online and have cut out oats and wheat and other things blacklisted and she is a whole lot better now. Rice is fine, meat and seafood, fruits and vegetables, potatoes, dairy products, nuts so it is not too bad, actually.

  6. I hate sending car to mechanics and either have to wait or seek transportation home. Nowadays we have mobile mechanics with their workshop in their van and can do most jobs at your house. I use these all the time now, as they don’t charge any more.

    That’s good. Things would be much easier here. I would have the choice of calling them and getting them to come to the house to get my car or I can drive there and they can send me home first and they will send it over once they’re done but for minor servicing like an oil change, I would just go there and wait, would not take long – just half an hour or so.

  7. Cannot go SCR so often now because the price is really hike up. However my daughter really love the Nasi Ayam very much. She could finish the whole plate for herself.

    Oh? Expensive now, eh? Not sure about the ones here as I hardly ever go to any of them. The first and the last time we stopped by this particular outlet at Sungai Merah, the rice was really the best, a whole lot tastier and more fragrant than most, if not all, the regular chicken rice places in town. Dunno if we caught them on a good day or theirs is truly always that good. I hear you can just go and buy the rice, no problem at all.

  8. I’m quite an automobile dummy, so I always pray that no car troubles occur, cos I’m not sure I can tell a spark plug from a carburetor! 😉

    I’m a bit better than you. I sure know what spark plugs look like but not the car burrito or whatever, only know the edible ones. Hehehehehe!!!!

  9. I cannot resist sandwiches. I know it can be easily made at home but somehow the ones at the cafe or bakery is more attractive. There’s nothing like having someone else make the sandwiches for you. You take very good care of your cars.

    I like how they have lots of things stuffed inside – not into those egg, sardine or tuna ones at the bakeries, thank you very much. Those, I would be able to make my own quite easily.

    Yes, so expensive…like everything else of such high value – will have to take very good care so will last a long time. Money does not come easy mah.

  10. Same with PH, i cannot resist sandwiches…

    I like the more special ones like this one that had egg, cheese, chicken, cucumber and tomato – I would not mind a bit of lettuce as well actually, a real big fat sandwich…and more chicken than what I had in this one.

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