I asked my friend to meet me to go to JB.
I had asked him to be at my house bus stop by 12pm so that we could catch the bus.
He told me that he can go himself as he was staying at his relative’s place so I said ok.
At 11.45am, he called me and said that he was already at Jalan Besar.
I was confused – I had asked him to meet me at the bus station to go to JB, so why was he at Jalan Besar?
When I explained to him that we were going to Johor Bahru, he apologised for being confused.
He said he had thought that I had wanted to meet him at Jalan Besar, which was why he had gone there.
I was a bit annoyed at first, because isn’t it clear that JB is a lingo for Johor Bahru and no one would think if Jalan Besar?
However I remembered that my friend had always been a ‘suaku’ since young and so I decided to just let it be.
I told him to go home and take his passport and Grab down to the checkpoint and I made sure to say it was Woodlands Checkpoint in case he went to the wrong checkpoint.
The rest of the trip went smoothly – we had a great time exploring Johor Bahru.
It was a good reminder to me of how important it is to be clear when communicating with people, especially those blur like sotong ones.