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Update 24Mar10

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ok, it’s nearly 1 month now since we got back to Brats and how has life been with TWO kids now?

truth from my heart: it’s really tough and sometimes i think i can really go insane (but i can’t cos i’ve no choice and i’m too responsible for that); i’m surviving and taking each day at a time.

when we got back, the apartment was a mess although Ayl had a friend to help clean it up before we got back.  Ayl has decided to join Citylights (a new fellowship we call church) and we’ve been attending it as a family now that we’re back. although it’s a small group of us, about 20+ people, the people there have touched my heart from the moment we arrived.

after about nearly 16hrs flight (not to mention 7hrs in transit), we were all super super tired. it wouldn’t have been so bad if we didn’t have 2 kids with us, and if we have been given a bassinet seat on the plane… but oh well, we made it here nevertheless. we got to our apartment after the 1hr drive from Vienna airport and Patrick was there to greet us. he helped Ayl with the baggages while i brought the kids up; and on the table there was a card and a vase of flowers to welcome us home. it was so unexpected and so touching to see that; while there was homemade goulash (local soup dish) in the fridge together with some groceries that we might need which the church got for us.

flowers and card; didn't manage to take the pics of the food though 🙂

you might think that this is nothing much, but if you’re in a foreign land and you don’t have your family and friends with you, it’s more than you could ask for.

week 1 – jetlag and getting settled with unpacking including some house cleaning. went over to Patrick/Ivetka’s for dinner on Saturday and got to know them better; the people Ayl spent most of his time with when we were away. the people who were feeding Ayl 😛 – and i must add, Ivetka is a MEAN cook!!

Ivetka and the place where all wonderful food comes from

Patrick with Gabriel and David getting acquainted with Ashton

Gabriel being a big koko to Arielle

bread taken with balsamic vinegar and olive oil; something very different and new to us but good

goooooood foooood - Ayl's plate

week 2 & 3 – had a few friends over, fell sick with flu and fever; had Kieko from church made food for us.

Tio and pretty baby girl Hanna

look how sweet she is!

Ashton meets Hanna

Ivetka & Ashton

homemade sushi rolls and apple pie

i need to add here that it means so much to have ppl making food for us and so openly and willingly have us over for dinner, makes me feel so phai seh; God bless you for being so kind to us.

week 4 – trying to finish up my post here, takes me nearly a week to get this done (as per the title). 3 of us are still taking cough medicine, it’s good that the weather is picking up now, no more below 5*C and some days i can wear short sleeves at home, walking around without socks & woolly slippers.

church is good, though i still don’t get to fully participate in the worship (for those without kids, enjoy it while you get to). Easter is coming up and we’re looking forward to the long holiday this weekend (Ayl’s off from Friday till Mon). but this would also mean we’ll need to stock up groceries coz everything (yes, everything! we’re not in Asia unfortunately) will be closed and we’ll have to cook at home.

more updates after this… my boy is crying for attn now and i think this is sufficient for now. 🙂 Blessed Easter everyone!!

1 week away

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i’m 1 week away from due date and really i just can’t wait to deliver!! argh!!

baby, baby… time to come out and see the world darling!

it’s fantastic that Ayl gets to come back to see us even for a day (ETA KCH 30/Oct night – ETD KCH 31/Oct), and we’re so looking forward to seeing him again after just 2 1/2months being away from each other. he has a biz trip to KL office for the whole week next week, so he’s flying in today and will ETA KUL tmr afternoon.

we really thank God for His favour and His goodness that Ayl has such a generous and wonderful boss! the parents here hope that by then, baby will already be out and he gets to see the newborn. we shall see then…

MERDEKA!!

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so… Merdeka Day (Independence Day) came and went in Kuching, and it’s like just another holiday here. nothing really special – no big concerts or street parties or people carrying the Malaysian flag while riding their motorcycles and making a lot of noise with their horn along the streets. didn’t see a single car whose bonnet is covered with the national flag either unlike in KL or Penang. what’s more, there wasn’t even a single sound of fireworks. real quiet…. 🙂

either that or i was really really dead asleep at 11pm on Merdeka Eve.

2 weeks left!

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we’re so super excited about going back finally… i’ve nothing left in my brain and nothing interesting i want to say to the world, that’s why i’ve been neglecting my blog. i just can’t think of anything else to write other than the mental list of family & friends to meet and especially the food that i’m eagerly anticipating to eat!! muahahahah!

anyways, anyone wants me to get/check for anything from europe, please let me know before we head back ok.

Updates!

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Wah, it’s been a while since I updated this blog-o-mine.

Ok, so 2 more weekends before we hop and sit on the plane for 18hrs on-route to Malaysia <feeling sorry for my bum already>. Striking out the dates on the calender never felt so exciting. High on the list now is to get souveniers for friends and family back home. I wonder if too much fridge magnets will affect the plane… hmm…

Work is also getting slower and slower… what to do… people here are already in holiday mood, plus current economic recession is not exactly doing wonders to the consumer electronics market. Honestly I am getting bored with my job, specifically bored with my current responsibility. There’s only so much you can learn at the “PERSON IN-CHARGE” level.

And thanks to cooking almost everyday, Li-Ann’s culinary skill have improved so drastically that I’d blame her for looking forward to coming home everyday to eat rather than spend money eating outside. Honestly speaking, 48 Stromova (our apartment address) is the best restaurant there is in Slovakia, IMHO.

I’m also now a new convert of Dave Barry, a humor columnist from US that have written (and still is writing) tonnes of books that is guaranteed to make you laugh (and girls roll their eyes). If you like shallow writings that provoke your thoughts (how that happens is beyond me), you’ll like him. Look him up in www.amazon.com and you’ll find some of the books with preview function. Heck, I’ve already bought 3 books and the next 8 will be coming soon.

Cheers all. See you all in 3 weeks time.