At Jesselton Ferry after the Hell Ride…
“Anthony, my Chouchsurfing host is over there! I can see him already. I’m gonna introduce you to him”, I said to Anthony as he was also dizzy as hell.
I am bit nervous that Adam, my host, is furious about me not answering his calls and texts. But Adam was all smile when he saw me. It was a relief.
“Adam, I am sorry. I just…..”
“Don’t worry. I understand and its ok. I ferried my sister here earlier so its just cool”
“Thank God I survived that ride. By the way, this is my friend, Anthony. We met in Brunei Ferry Terminal.” The guys shook each others hand.
“Where do you live here?”, Adam asked Anthony.
“I live in ##########. Darby mentioned you are a Filipino”
“Yes, I am. But I grew up here. My surname is ###########”, said Adam
“Oh. Do you know Ryan ########?” Anthony asked.
“Yes, Ryan is my cousin. How come you know him?”, Adam asked with a surprised tone.
“Well, he is a member of our church. I am his Pastor”, answered Anthony.
“WHAT? You are a Pastor?” I said shockingly. I remembered myself cursing and using F words and S words during our hell ferry ride. I am a bit embarrassed now.
“Yes Darby. I am a pastor of ############ church. I don’t usually tell people that.”, Anthony replied. Adam was laughing at me.
“You were with him for 6 hours and you didn’t know he is a pastor?” Adam asked jokingly.
After the three of us had a short conversation, we parted ways. Adam took me to his car and drove me around the city.
“Hey Darby. Is it ok if I do some errands before we explore the City?”
“Of course it’s ok. This is actually the dream. Becoming a local, immersing in culture and helping out my host”
Adam is an enterprising guy. He helps run his aunt’s cake shop and do some cooking for University of Malaysia Sabah’s Cafeteria. For this day, he needs to deliver a Minnie Mouse cake to a birthday party in town. I admire Adam. He can juggle work time and fun time. I enjoyed doing errands with him as well as the conversations we had while doing them. It was always a meaningful one with Adam. He knows a lot about his country especially economics and politics. Not to mention his love for Malaysian and Filipino culture. As I’ve said earlier, he is a full blooded Filipino who was born and raised in Malaysia. He was always proud of this mixture.In fact, I have learned a lot of things about the Philippines from him. The irony.
Aside from that, Adam loves his Islam. He is an advocate of Halal. Back home, I encourage Small and Medium Enterprises to be Halal certified. Then he told me that he had conducted a seminar in the Philippines about Halal years ago. That’s when I found out that we have a common non-Couchsurfing friend. The world is really small. The 6-degrees of separation is an understatement.
After finishing the errands, Adam decided to have dinner and fetch Andris, an Indonesian Couchsurfer, another character in this long detailed story.