Hasya and Hilman just finished their monthly test yesterday, and I thought it would be nice to just bring the kids out for dinner and a movie last night. Ayah could not join us as he was attending a Cardio Conference in KL (has been since Tuesday, and will only be free after the weekend). Next week, Hanna will have one of her many UPSR trial exams - and if we were to wait for everybody to be totally free before going to the movies, that would mean having to wait for at least two more weeks, and until then I would be bombarded by this standard question endlessly - "When are we going to see Transformers, Mommy?!!!"
Going on a weekend, would be a "No-No", as the cinemas will be full of people of all ages and all walks of life, and, it would not be "fun-fun" at all, so, Ayah asked us to go without him. Hanna was a bit reluctant to go without Ayah initially, but we decided that we could go and see the movie again with Ayah, maybe later this month, when he's free(er). So, off we went to One Utama at 7:45pm, right after Maghrib prayers - Mommy, Hanna, Hasya and Hilman, hoping to catch the 8:30pm show. Yep - you guessed it right, we went there without making any ticket reservations! And, the truth be told - I didn't even have any idea as to the scheduled times for the movies at GSC!
Driving from Section 17 to One Utama was really crazy - the Sprint Highway in front of Eastin Hotel was jammed, and I managed to just swerve out of the queue and used the Damansara Utama route via NKVE, BUT once again, we met with an even worse jam in front of One Utama! My guess was - ALL of the most inconsiderate drivers in Klang Valley were at One Utama last night - because there were cars parked on both sides of the roads in front of One Utama, causing the 3-lane road to become a 1-lane road, creating a massive jam there, which in turn earned continuously swearing from yours truly! (mind you - all were lip synch swearing, away from the kids' ears!)
We only managed to find parking at the New Wing at 8:30pm (it would normally only take 15-20 minutes). We rushed to GSC, only to find >100 people queing in front of us - and horror, horror, there were only two counters opened! The kids were looking at the screen anxiously, and became increasingly worried when they saw that the tickets for "Harry Potter - The Order of the Phoenix", were selling fast!
Errr...Hang on?! Wait a minute!! Did they say "HARRY POTTER"? I thought all these while we were supposed to be watching TRANSFORMERS?! So, Mommy had to take a vote, and asked everyone what his/her preferred movie was. It was unanimous (well, at least among the kids), they wanted to watch Harry Potter. So, Harry Potter it was - and Mommy was SO frustrated because Mommy was REALLY looking forward to watch TRANSFORMERS! And Mommy was really hoping Hilman would vote for TRANSFORMERS! If it was 2 against 2, I could have used my veto power and decided on TRANSFORMERS, instead! Eherks...
The 9:00pm show was sold out right in front of our eyes while we were queueing, and tickets for the 9:30pm show were selling fast. I asked Hanna to queue up at the Golden Class Counter just in case they still had tickets for the 9:00pm show, and she came back saying that the only tickets available were for the 12:30a.m show! I could see that the kids were really anxious as I told them that if there were no tickets for the 9:30pm, then we would only go and have dinner at either Johnny's or Secret Recipe at One Utama, as any show later than 9:30pm would be too late for them. I could see Hilman muttering some do'a/mantra (probably do'a makan?!!) praying that the tickets would be available. And voila, suddenly the screen flashed - stating that there would be two 9:30pm showings of Harry Potter and there were 119 tickets available! The kids started counting the number of people queing in front of us - only 23! "YESSSSS!!!", the three of them exclaimed! (Hilman's mantra must have worked wonders!)
We only got our tickets at 9:25pm, and we had no choice but to have 1901 takeway Hotdogs for dinner in the cinema, instead. The kids managed to gobble everything down while watching the adverts and trailer, and from 9:45 until 11:55pm, we were enchanted and awed by the amazing wizardry of Harry James Potter and his fellow trainee wizards of Hogwarts (some of them who have been with Harry since "The Philosopher's Stone" have turned up to be quite good-looking and charming in their own ways!)
We left One Utama at 12:15a.m and reached home 15 minutes later. Ayah was waiting with Special (Ramli) Burgers for the kids, and they had a late supper together (probably one of the few times Ayah has had the chance to eat with the kids in the last few weeks!). After giving his "Nighty-nights" kiss to the kids (and their Mommy! Winks*), Ayah went back to his hotel room in KL, as he was scheduled to chair a breakfast symposium at 7:30a.m today. If he were to sleep at home and drive from PJ, he would have to leave the house by 6:30a.m this morning!
The kids only went to bed at 1:15a.m. (Sekali-sekala it is okay - but, tak boleh buat selalu!)
As for me, I can't remember when exactly I dozed off, but I remember asking myself this - "When are we going to see TRANSFORMERS, Mommy?!!!", right before I fell asleep...