I had several reasons to want to go to Penang. Firstly I would often bring my oldest brother and his wife there as he doesn't drive anymore and his wife only drives locally in KL and not for long distances. I had informed him earlier that I would make a trip in April but I had a US visitor with me for the past 2 weeks.
Next I received some inspiration about following up on the Cheah family history of my mother's side after I was somehow reminded it was her birthday just a couple of days before Mother's day.
Then there was some documents I had to see a Commissioner of Oath in Penang who had previously attested them but due to the stamp stuck on the document was past it's valid date, I needed to bring it back to the same Commissioner of Oath to stamp a new date on it.
There was also some interested parties that I wanted to do a Talklane video interview with, one of whom had come from overseas and was waiting for me but I couldn't leave due to my engagements in Kuala Lumpur besides other meetings that had cropped up.
Suddenly in the late morning of Tuesday 10 May 2016, I received a Whatsapp message from my nephew in Penang that Stanly Lim, an old relative of 82 years old had passed away in the early morning. In my deliberation of when should I go to Penang, this news became the deciding factor to leave quickly and I called my brother who also received the news to inform him that I could leave the next day!