Tuesday, November 03, 2009

orkid's cafe: burger ijan in the rain

1999

There was a teacher by the name of Puan Azmiyah who taught Account. She was not a teacher from my school, I was her student only for three months before ibu transferred me into a school near to our house.

The reason for the transfer was because I did not want to be a pure science student since I was not intrested in Biology. My new school was like an escape from Biology because the subject has been replaced by Account;)

Since Puan Azmiyah was a good teacher, I asked her whether it was possible for me to learn from her. She took money from others but not from me. I told her my parents won't send me for tution so they didn't give me any money to pay her. As an exchange to everything she taught me, I promised to score in my exams. It has been proven - I am now an Accounting degree holder:D

The trip to Puan Azmiyah's house was not that far from my house. If my parents sent me by car, it would just be ten minutes drive. Unlike several kids there days, I was not that lucky.I took the bus before climbing the hilly part of the housing area. My pocket money was RM1 per day, so I couldn't spend more. RM0.50 was for one trip which was the exact amount to spend - otherwise I would have to walk home.

I had good friends who would spare the backseats of their bikes on the way home, but most of the time I'll give them the RM0.50 as a token of appreciation. As students, we were not rich so each cent was valuable.

Each day, rain or shine, I walked pass the shops with empty stomach. It was hell, but it was worth it. I constantly scored A1 for my Math and Account because of the pain I had.

"Dik, beli burger dik!" there was one handsome guy who acknowledged me each time I passed his burger stall.

"Takpelah bang. Terima Kasih!" I smiled at him.

That one umbrella and small burger stand was where he stood and shouted the word "Burger" everyday.

The next time I walked, I smelled a wonderful smell of burger. I couldn't stand it so I walked faster.

"Tak beli burger dik?" he asked.

I gave him the same answer I have been giving him for the past one year. My stomach was growling but I smiled at him. He just smiled back.

One day, he stopped me.

"Kau pergi mana ni, dik? Balik sekolah?" he asked.

"Tak bang. Saya gi belajar...kat umah cikgu sana tu," I answered.

"Jauh kau jalan? Dari Mobil?" he asked again. I nodded.

"Kau tak pernah beli burger kat sini. Kenapa?"

"Tak ada duit, bang. Kang balik nak naik bas. Takkan saya nak menapak balik Ampangan?" I tried to smile at him. He was quiet and he returned to his stall.

I continued my walk to Puan Azmiyah's house.

I was late on one rainy day. I promised my teacher I would come to her house at 3.00 pm but I reached there at 4.30pm. I nearly broke down and cried because my stomach was empty, the exam was coming and I knew I had to walk back that day because I didn't have any money. My parents? Well, some might say they were the cruelest creatures ever but that was life. They had their own reasons.

The moment I passed the stall, he stopped me. He had a burger in his hand. I looked at him.

"Ambillah. Kau mesti lapar. Belajar elok-elok, ye dik..." he said.

"Eh, takpelah bang...saya tak mintak pun," I was embarassed.

"Ambillah...ni abang bagi. Nanti kau ada duit datanglah makan kat sini." He gave me a very sincere smile.

I thanked him and left.

I stopped at the shop nearby and hungrily ate the burger. That was the best burger I've ever tasted. My tears were pouring down my cheeks as I prayed for that young man's generosity. If only he knew how hungry I was.

***---***
2009

I love TV. Weekend is the good time to watch whatever I want to watch. I love cooking programs the most; so my brothers had to bear with Jamie, Michael Smith, Nigella, Ramsay, Marco, Bourdain, Laura....there are too many of them.

That particular week, however, I accidentally changed to Astro Prima and watched a programme called Warung Kita.

I saw the sight of Seremban in that show so I continued watching while comparing my own preferences with the choice of the show. One place stopped my breath for a while:


Huiiikk...? That place was becoming larger with options of burgers. No more takeaways, you can even dine at that place itself. What?!!!

I knew I have been staying in Kajang too long until I didn't realised that a lot of things have changed in Seremban. When I was sending my youngest brother to go for tution at the area nearby, I didn't even checked whether the burger stall was still there. It was there and it has expanded. Huhhhh...

Later that night, I opted to eat my family and I got to choose the place. It was BURGER IJAN, where the burger was nice and the ambience was superb. The place has changed a lot. Based on the stories I heard, the abang eventually became rich with his burger stall. I heard he has a BMW:)

I did not managed to see that kind face who helped me. He might not remember what he did but I do. I told my brother about my experience. My brother said, "Abang tu memang macam tu. Dia selalu bagi makan kat budak sekolah."

Alhamdulillah.

Have you met such person in your life?

41 comments:

Cik Qemm said...

baik nye abg ijan ni.tulah,buat baik biar selalu, Allah bagi dia rezeki melimpah ruah skarang. kalau semua org mcm ni, seronok nye :D

farah said...

alhamdulillah,
berbuat baik pada org.

rezeki pon jadi murah.

bestnya citer nie kak sha.

:)

~ mizzAmy ~ said...

brother tuh sangat pemurah. sebab tuh lah rezekinya mencurah-curah kan? tapi, amy lebih suka burger yg kat stall ni berbanding MC'D. tapi the best burger yg pernah amy makan ada kat serdang. ;)

Tie said...

Uwaaa.....

Bertuahnya Sha dapat jumpa abang tu.. seorang yang mulia hatinya. Dan dapat tengok rezekinya berlipat ganda kerana sifat pemurahnya.

dotblogspotdotkom said...

huhuhu.. kamu tak ambik no hp dia?.alamat dia?... rugi la... tidak kalu.. kamu blh kapel dengan dia..huhuhuhu

bozzobattousai said...

klu ada ramai lagi org cam abg burger tuh aman dunia nih...selalu sedekah murah rezeki...

Na Shari said...

Alhamdulillah...Mungkin berkat doa Sha dan doa budak2 sekolah yang dia bagi makan tu...maka hidup dia pun senang... Kawan husband akak pun jual burger je...tapi pakai Toyota wish...Siap belikan wife dia perdana lagi... :)

~LP Lum~ said...

2 nmanya wat baik d bls baik... :)
dia ikhlas nolong org2 susah.. so sbgai blasannya skang dia dah ada bmw.. ;)

iza~de~bintang said...

Tmn Paroi Jaya yer..ermm teringin lah pi makan kat situ. Suka dengan sikap abang beger yg baik hati itu. Org pemurah biasanya rezeki depa berlipat ganda.

*Teringat kenangan sendiri di Negara Pasir Berdengung :D

Dee said...

i don't know why i cried bila bc ur story ni sha..anyway it was a good experience kan..life..

miss jane said...

kak sha>>>

heeeeeeeeee ttivbe rs terharu pd lelaki yg baik itu..yg bg burger tu...

die hnsem tak???
wakakakaakakakaakak

tbe2 jatus centa pd beliau...huhuhuhuhu

♠ y.a.n.i.e putrajaya ♠ said...

++ teringat beger ayam special kat umah...haih...mlm ni nak kena beli beger nih....heehhee ++

LotsOfLove-Pearls said...

My Dear Sha,
Hi..
Miss ya dear..

Sedih lak LOL baca n3 kali ni.

btw, congrats coz you dah berjaya kini.

*Bersakit-sakit dahulu, bersenang-senang kemudian.


Great day Sha!

Cik Cookie said...

tiba feeling nak kenal abg tuh.
nak burger free gak tapi haruskah CC tukar uniform sekolah?

Cik Cookie said...

lupa

Click nuff CC ekk

leb u.

~Kak AZZ~ said...

tak pnh lg jumpa dgn org yg baik ati cmtu....ehh...mgkin ada kot, tp tak berani nak amek sbb mak salu pesan jgn amek benda dr org yg tak dikenali hehe...

alhamdulillah....murah rezeki dia ekk Sha....hrp2 lps ni makin bertambah murah la rezeki tu....mcm pakcik yg jual cendol yg masok majalah 3 tu....amin....

sueanne said...

kalau kite berkongsi rezki yg kite dapat, insyallah rezki kite akan bertambah2x..kan sha?..

sha, nak bagitau ni, kite dulu sek teknik ampangan..kat kampung joboi tue..tahun 98/99..SPM kat situ..heeeee..

Samaira said...

iskk sgt terharu baca cete ni
siyes xspecially kebaikkn abg burger tu..Allah maha kaya..

sueanne said...

owh TTJ ek..tau2x..heheh..mesti taunye..sekolah kite berdua kan cume dipisahkan dengan padang TTJ je..hehehe..

aishah_conteng_je said...

kak sha..
nak nangis pun ada aishah baca citer ni.
abang ijan dgn wife dia memang baik..sebab tu diorang murah rezeki.
nanti2 kita dating kat kedai ijan ye?

hehe~
teringin la pulak burger cheese..jap lagi ada yang melepak kat burger ijan ni.

eh..
teringat,
dulu time tusyen kat paroi pun selalu beli burger ijan lepas tusyen.pastu kena marah dgn umi sebab selalu makan burger..rumah aishah dekat2 situ je kak..

Mama-Danish & Sarah said...

hai sha...

suka baca citer nie...

untuk abang burger, saya doakan bisness awak akan maju jaya sehingga ke pelusok dunia...aminn

sapa tahu kan??? hehehe...

LOVE said...

Ooops, ingatkan Ijan (Finland) buatkan burger tadi!

Anyways, a generous man will always succeed in life..that's a truth! ;)

Gud experience...;) Pleasant to read.

atty's said...

great experience sha..
kty ade tgk burger ijan ..kat warung kita tu ..

baik sungguh ati abg burger tu ..patutlah dimurahkan rejeki ..

CuTeMiUt78 said...

syukur alhamdulilah.. rezeki abg tu.. bertambah2 .. baik sungguh hati dia

Precious said...

Cheryna, this post made me cry! I guess I never experience anything close to that ... But I know out there .. there are many unfortunate hungry souls and maybe as many kind hearts waiting to feed them.

ashie023 said...

sha..baca cite nih,buat ambe lupa nak baca novel ambe..hehehhe...ambe khusyuk sekali membaca nye cam ambe baca novel plak..wah..very talented lam penulisan..sungguh teruja/..IM SO TERUJA...

"I stopped at the shop nearby and hungrily ate the burger. That was the best burger I've ever tasted. My tears were pouring down my cheeks as I prayed for that young man's generosity. If only he knew how hungry I was."

ambe hampir nanges tau..ooo..

how sweet abang tuh..

[ o k e d ] said...

takde..tak pernah

hasni said...

pernah la dulu2
huhu
hah
kak sya
apa lagi
watla entry sal salad buah
haha

sI tEDI said...

aduhai.. ada lagi dia ya.. ALhamdulillah. berkat dia bersedekah pada budak2 rezeki dia datang mencurah.

mmg payah nak jumpa orang macam tu..

sya said...

hah?
tak suka 'biol'ogi ye?
hehehe
saya dulu pun tak berapa juga..
tapi, sekarang dah terjadi cikgu biologi pulak.. hehehe

Drama Mama said...

Alhamdulillah, baiknya abang tu. murah rezeki dia. kalau gi seremban nak jugak makan kat stall dia :-D

blogresipi said...

Baiknye abang Ijan tue. Semoga Allah murahkan rezeki kepada orang2 yang murah hati macam tu. Psst, adik Ijan ni pun nak jadi murah hari jugak.hehehe :D

ashley said...

it really reminds me of something..that something happened long time ago.
almost twenty years ago...
.
.
.
this story is so touching.
great one, cheryna!

that abang IJAN..bless him!

fa10 said...

thanks...tazkirah yg bagus

Kujie said...

owh.... sayu je
buat baik , sampai mati dikenang org...

moral of the story : jangan sesekali pun sakitkan hati orang...

AMIR SHAFIQ ADHAM said...

it's a nice story sha..beautiful endin..waaa..:D

Yunus Badawi said...

kalau abg tu baca n3 ni tentu dia terharu (mcm saya ni) dan juga bangga kerana org yg dia pernah tolong dah jadi org yg berjaya.

Kalau kita ikhlas menolong org dan tak harapkan balasan Allah akan menolong kita. Bukankah Allah Maha Kaya.

MrMrsFaiz said...

Saya prefer burger Malaysia. Sangat sedap. Especially bila cukup pedas dan manis sosnya. Dulu di Jitra ada satu stall burger yang sangat sedap berhampiran hostel IPDA. One of the menu is twister.

First time makan burger letak bawang goreng adalah kat situ.

razifembi said...

Kesiannya adik ... berlapar2 dulu hendak belajar . . . mujur pulak ada yang memerhatikan adik . . .

kurang2 hari itu dapatlah merasa makan burger jugak.

There was a time when someone did a good thing to us . . .

And there is a time for us too . . . to do a good thing too to other ppls ...

* Hikmahlah tu . . . perut sentiasa lapar and kosong bila belajar ... ilmu pun senang masuk ...

kalau kenyang pulak takut2 jadi berat plak...hehehe

salam bersua kembali...Assalamualaikum

Adila said...

terharu baca!!
berkat dia kasi mkn budak2, berkembang kedai dia

caya lah abg ijan!

nmz said...

sy ingat burger ijan
sebut je,semua org tau
mmg sedapp bila makan
taksabar nak makan lagi:)