Monthly Archives: February 2009

Co to je?

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i am so proud of myself!

on tuesday, Arielle and I went the nearby grocery store to get some veg for the week. because it’s a self-serving store, i had to weigh & print the price tag on the stuff that i’m getting. the thing is, i’ve memorized some of the things i’m used to buying like garlic or capsicum, and for some, the codes are clear for what items i’m getting. but i was getting some carrots, and i didn’t know which were the codes coz i don’t read Slovak!, so i was kinda stuck in a position there.

arielle was getting annoyed having forced to sit for so long on her pram, so i had to act quick before she starts; so i had no choice. i turned to the lady nearest to me (who didn’t look friendly) and asked her;

Prepacte. Co to je? (excuse me. what is this?)

and then suddenly she smiled warmly and tried her best to help. i was so glad that she turned out to be a nice lady, was really quite intimidated and nervous speaking Slovak for the first time.

Mrkva, she said.

And just to confirm the code, i said the numbers in Slovak and she said yes. YES!! i can converse in Slovak and with numbers too!!! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… what an accomplishment. *pats meself on me back*

eh, don’t laugh la, i know you think i’d have learnt something so easy earlier but guess i was just too caught up being nervous and intimidated with the people to use it – plus Slovak’s not easy ok. but this is a good starting point for me to use the language more.

Fairy Tale

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At this point in time, I’m probably living the ‘dream’ of most Malaysians; experiencing snow. We grew up thinking that it must be the best time of the season in the world, having snowfights, sitting by the fireplace having hot beverages, waking up to be greeted by presents (think Christmas), skiing, snowboarding etc… The tellie does well in burning all these beautiful images into our minds.

Well, without intention of bursting your bubble, it was a nice feeling when I, from our apartment,  first saw the snow drifting down  to the walkway. Such sense of peace and calmness flooded me when I beheld the sight. Li-Ann was gleeful, like a child getting her christmas present, looking out the window every now and then just to make sure that the dream was really a reality. 

Reality bites. After 3 months of sub-zero temperatures, icy and slippery roads, it is, after all, a fairy tale. I feel what every European feels now; WE WANT THE SUN!!!!! Personally, I am really tired of wearing layers and layers of clothes before going; for goodness sake, I’ve never missed my slippers so much before in my life. I now share the sentiments of the people here, the longing for spring, for greens, for bright sunshine, to have walks in the park, walking lazily, looking at the architectures, having ice cream or sitting by the walkway sipping coffee; generally doing nothing significant, just enjoying the warmer side of mother nature. 

20-MARCH-2009: OFFICIAL START OF SPRING

Never Ending Snow

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it’s been snowing and snowing and snowing for the past 3 days, it stopped for only a short while and just when you think it’s stopped, tiny little snowflakes started floating around, and then it all came down again.  we’ve been so bored not being able to go out and Annette’s gone on holiday for the whole week (she usually drops by on Mondays and that makes all the difference throughout the week), so both Arielle and I were left staring at each other with only the few toys she has, the TV and her ever-fav-but-soon-to-be-bored-with Sesame Street videos online; think we watch it too often!  well anyways, because i don’t know what else to entertain her and myself with, and the snow stopped falling for a while, i took the opportunity to brave the freezing cold weather and went out downstairs to the private park for a stroll (or something like that). also because i thought it would be fun playing with so much snow, maybe i’d lie on it and make like an angel, you know, flap my hands up and down!    

-sitting on snow coz she couldn't walk, too deep

-sitting on snow coz she couldn't walk, too deep

 

someone kind enough to make a pathway

someone kind enough to make a pathway

her mittens kept coming off; guess i put on the wrong one for her and she started poking the snow with it. hahahaa!!  well, that was yesterday. today, the balcony seemed more tempting, and looked like a playground too!

 

getting ready

getting ready

 

play time!!

play time!!

 

i made an ice castle out of arielle

i made an ice castle out of arielle's toys

on the balcony

on the balcony

 

sitting beside my masterpiece LOLz!

sitting beside my masterpiece LOLz!

in actual, i was even more excited than arielle was coz i was so happy building snowcastles and she was getting frustrated that she couldn’t get to hold anything!! awww… so, in the end, we went back in earlier than was planned. ah! the sacrifices a mother has to make…. otherwise, i think the balcony will be filled with snow castles!! wouldn’t that be such an impressive sight for my husband when he gets back!

Love Reading?

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don’t know why i didn’t mention this before; guess i haven’t been buying books from there until lately. 

my parents love reading, and i can remember my mom bringing me to Chowrasta Market at Penang Road (they don’t only have local food goodies there), upstairs where the second-hand book dealers were while my dad just ‘borrows’ from Rasa Sayang Resort’s library, used to anyway. so we never really buy new books.

this place called Next Apache (www.nextapache.com – don’t know why the link doesn’t work) buys and sells second-hand English books; they have nearly everything, they even have text books for lessons. it’s a nice, warm and really cozy place for some ‘me-time’ or if you’d like a quiet place to chat over coffee – this is the place for you, and the staff speaks English so no worries about not being able to comprehend Slovak. 

this is also the place where we go for coffee fellowship after Sunday church services, and they have a nice garden terrace outside for seating as well. it’s just that due to winter, the place is too small to occupy all of us inside, so we’ve moved to a new place temporarily.

here are some pics i took when i was there last Saturday; just the inside though, they also have a level upstairs for more books.   

the many book shelves

the many book shelves

more shelves

more shelves, toilet on the left & pc on the right. i think they also offer internet services

 

sofa/seating area surrounded by books

sofa/seating area surrounded by books

bar - more seating areas opposite it

bar - more seating areas opposite it

the only bad thing about this place (and maybe the whole of Slovakia) is that there is no law to ban smokers from smoking indoors or in public places.  ppl smoke everywhere and especially at coffee places inside the malls, the smoke is thick and if you were to be there long enough, you’d come out smelling like a smoker yourself – hair, clothes and all. 

*Next Apache: Mon – Fri (9.00 – 22.00); Sat – Sun (10.00 – 22.00); Panenska 28. If you’re standing facing the Presidential Pallace, it’s to your left.*