Later in the year, Adam visited KL again as the legal advisor to the owners of the Malaysian A1 Grand Prix team in its inaugural year. He introduced us to the key members of the team including owner, Jack Cunningham and marketing director, Owen Leed. Jeannie and I hosted lunch at the Hakka Restaurant. Our new friends liked the restaurant so much (especially the deep fried trotter, below) that we all agreed to make it an annual ritual whenever the A1GP leg was in Malaysia.
Last year, the Malaysian leg coincided with Jeannie's 47th birthday and Jack, Owen and Adam presented her with a bottle of Moet & Chandon. The bottle of champagne still remained after Jeannie's passing.
It was different this year without Jeannie when I met Adam and Owen for lunch at Hakka last Saturday. Jack was still in UK and would arrive in KL before race weekend, 24/25th November. I had brought the bottle along intending to share it in honour of Jeannie but after a bottle of Chivas later, we decided to open it on Tuesday when we planned to meet again. We were to meet for dinner just before Adam's flight back to UK, at El Cerdo Restaurant, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang where the theme is PORK!
Looking at the photograph on the left, perhaps Jeannie was with us more than just in spirit at the Hakka Restaurant that day; notice the mysterious "energy orb" near Owen's face.
Wherever you are Darling, you are never far from our hearts.