Category Archives: weather

Rainy Season

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it’s been raining these past few days with strong winds, loud thunder and lightning, all coming down with heavy raindrops.

i realized one thing about Kuching drivers – some tend to drive into monsoon drains! i’m not kidding…. i just witnessed a car (and it’s a WHOLE car) in a monsoon drain just now as my friends and i were on our way to pick a friend up. the people inside were standing by the roadside with their umbrellas waiting for help, while their car was in the drain with the hazard light on. wonder how it happened, hope none got hurt.

i suddenly recalled the story from Aunt Margaret telling us about her daughter with a friend who drove into a big drain quite a long time ago; and then there was Ayl’s brother who got knocked into a drain as he was trying to drive out of a junction. in just less than a month in Kuching, i’ve heard and witnessed these _______ (insert a word which defines hilarious but also dangerous) real life true events of ppl driving into big drains!

but yesterday’s rain was no joke. the wind was so strong it was scary. after the storm, mom’s papaya tree broke midway and fell, together with the many unripe fruits on it, so sayang (what a waste), they’re so nice to eat, esp when it’s home grown. some of the branches from the mango trees also broke off – mom and dad had quite a lot to clear up. a lot of unripe mangoes fell also, a lot of it were given away while some were made into pickled mangoes. what a shame, coz they’re the sweetest mangoes i’ve ever tasted when they’re ripe; no exaggeration here. some more Ayl was suggesting to mom to sell it when they’re ripe for RM20/kg. hahaha… we’re waiting for the fallen mangoes to turn into gold!

Hot, Humid, Haze & H1N1

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wow… so much for the anticipated homecoming. the weather condition here is really bad, everyone at home here in Kuching was down with stomach flu and Ayl is down with flu (no, not H1N1 thank God!) come to think of it, nearly everyone we know has fallen sick – our neighbour, Ayl’s friends and their baby whom MIL is babysitting, Rachel & Ryan (the siblings MIL babysat for also), even the lady at the watchshop i went to was eating plain porridge with a huge bottle of 100plus (isotonic drink) by her side which indicates a high probability she’s also suffering from an upset stomach. and the haze is not getting any better.

HONG KONG

Arielle got sick with diarrhoea when we were in Hong Kong and today, she just got better but has developed a very wet cough, caught from Ayl. i fell sick too with stomach flu (or was it also in HK come to think of it), but thank God it wasn’t serious and it lasted just for a few days. so, because Arielle was sick, our Hong Kong trip was uneventful. we practically stayed in the apartment and ate at home at the Welch’s expense 😛 (thanks so much guys); didn’t get to go anywhere except our first day at Disneyland which was uber hot!! we had HK Dim Sum – yes it was superly nice but expensive (everything in HK is expensive!), HK’s charsiu, HK’s milk tart and breathed in HK’s very humid and polluted air… hahaha. but though the city’s packed with people, it’s clean like Singapore and due to the recent flu outbreak, a lot of public places have the automatic-waterless-sanitary-handwash machines at our disposal. good thinking there.

family pic at HK Disneyland

family pic at HK Disneyland

HK Dim Sum - yummy!!

HK Dim Sum - yummy!!

our wonderful hosts

our wonderful hosts

another thing we learnt about HK is that accommodation can get crazily expensive and SMALL!! super culture shock for us to see ‘pigeon holes’ everywhere; with apartments’ average height at 60+ levels; living space at 30 – 40 sq ft. a friend of mine said that she can actually read the subtitles off her neighbour’s tv as she sits in her own living room. i can’t even begin to imagine how it’s like in Japan. coming back to Msia made me appreciate how luxurious we actually are, where space is not as confined.

PENANG

we had Ayl’s parents join us for a week in Penang, and although i had a few things in mind planned on where to bring my in-laws (being their first ever trip to my beloved pig-land), it was too hot to bring Arielle around. so at least we covered Penang Hill, B. Ferringhi beach and most of the makan-makan; did i mention it was also the durian season? mmmmm-mmm… right time to be home.

going up the Hill in the tram

going up the Hill in the tram

the lovely couple up in Pg Hill

the lovely couple up in Pg Hill

sandy beaches and blue skies

sandy beaches and blue skies

building sand castles with grandma

building sand castles with grandma

pig out sessions

pig out sessions

missed out meeting a few friends i wanted to meet but had a nice surprise when some unexpected friends turned up for our small gathering over lunch/dinner. all in all, pigland is still and will always be my homeland no matter what. it was goodbye again all too soon for me.

KL

didn’t really get to do much in KL coz we stopped by only for such a short time – should really have stayed longer so that i get to shop for some things before heading off to Kuching (esp maternity clothes!!) it was all so rushed and we didn’t really get to have the time to meet up with people. esp so when we got back from HK and Arielle was sick and it was best not to tire her out too much by going out the whole day. so, mostly we got together with whoever we thought were significant to us over lunch/dinner and that was about it. we can always rely on facebook right?

lunch with the Wangs

lunch with the Wangs; regret didn't have banana leaf rice instead 😛

dinner with the gang

dinner with the gang

so, as of current, i’ll be here in Kuching till i deliver in End Oct – and have i mentioned it’s a BOY!!; so meantime, i’ll live with Ayl’s family and hang around with baby and Arielle till Ayl comes back again from Slovakia for his winter break in End Dec (2 weeks). we will see if baby is fit enough to fly (hopefully) and if he is then all of us will fly back to Slovakia together Beg Jan – which will be in the dead of Winter, aaaahhhhhh!!! talk about from one extreme to another.

more photos uploaded on facebook, check it out.

Snow stopped, but now the Rain pulak

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the temp’s gone up higher the past few weeks but still below 10*C; nevertheless, thank God!! finally no more snow – didn’t know that there’ll come a day when i’ll actually say this. it’s really so much of a hassle just walking and driving in it. so much for all the fantasies i had with snow before actually living in it. 

the official date for Spring is Mar 20th, which is just 2 days away now. we see more of the Sun nowadays, but it rains most of the days and unexpectedly. one min the sun is shining brightly, the other min it’s drizzling and then the strong winds come. no joke with strong winds here, can blow a kancil away man. 

anyway, i feel as if there’s some kind of expectation in the air and all around. it’s like all of a sudden, stores have nicer & colourful dresses up on ‘new arrival’, bikinis are back on the shelves, there’s green grass on the long stretches of farmland along the highway to Austria (i’m waiting for flowers!!), kids are playing outside, when i wake up i’m greeted by the sun (even at 6am, it’s already bright), and my mood is lighter everyday – must be the sun; or prolly the change of the season from a depressingly long and freezing winter to my fav season of all – SPRING! 

oh btw, have i mentioned that i FINALLY got my visa last thursday? well, it only just took us half a year! and i was only illegal until last thursday! 😛 so, now we can finally look to shift – we’re looking for a cheaper one, and one that is nearer to town so i don’t have to take the bus. 

here’s a latest video of Arielle, one of my fav! she’s growing up so fast! 

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!

Snow STORM – GAH!!!

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wohhhh… i’m an alien, i’m a legal alien. i’m an englishman in New York.

as i listened to Sting and awaited the green light, the street lights/traffic lights above and around me swayed a little under the pressure of the strong gusts of wind. in front of me, beyond my windshield, the snow practically went horizontal as it falls continuously from the sky. it’s so crazy!! and only yesterday, the temperature was 18*C; and ayl and i had a nice stroll at the park. 

i had to take the car out for grocery shopping, nothing left at home. i thought i could wait out for the rain & wind to stop first, but then just when i thought it was better, the rain turned to snow! oh boy! what happens when it snows hard is that the car is all covered and we’ll need to either scrape or brush off the snow. since it’d just fallen, i had to brush it off the windows in order to drive. good thing i wasn’t blown away by the wind; the snow was blowing right into my face and it stung… like small little pebbles thrown at you. then you get inside, and the windows are all misty; can hardly see.

no.. thank God i didn’t crash the company car, it was just a slight nudge to the gate when i was reversing… that’s all. blame it on the cars here; they don’t have reverse lights for reversing (well, maybe they do but it’s NOT BRIGHT ENOUGH) and they don’t have that annoying sensor to tell you that you’re way too near (i’ve come to appreciate that a lot now). plus, the car’s like a tank considering the car i used to drive around in Kajang. oh and one more vital point, it’s a left-hand drive here. it’s a total mistake to be driving out in this insane weather! 

the season is changing though. it’s not as cold as it used to be, these days it doesn’t get lower than zero degrees anymore. what a relief! after next week will be Spring Break for a week. so before i forget how my first winter is, i’d like to make some records. ha… 🙂

WINTER: 

God’s wonderful creation; everything white and beautiful; romantic when seen from inside a warm cozy place; reminds me of korean love-dramas; freezing cold; slippery; iced ground; dangerous; misty windows; road accidents; Christmas; Christmas market; radiator at home and in the car; boots (we actually miss wearing slippers, and to think i got so excited to wear boots); wool clothes and socks; jackets, hats, scarfs, gloves, thermal underwear; layers and layers of clothes just to go out; missing my shorts and mini skirts; boring essential turtlenecks; being stuck indoors; when we reach a certain destination and it’s too warm for winter jackets and we had to peel them off and lug those bulky things around everywhere we go; winter activities like ice-skating, skiing/sleighing; hot thermal pool; jacuzzi; warm water from tap for all kinds of washing – what an essential!!; cold feet; nice and thick duvet; waking up in the morning and prefering to stay in bed coz it’s the warmest place in the house; ‘white breath’ when you exhale which also reminds me of korean dramas when they talk; frozen red noses; the sound of ice/snow being scrapped from ground; snowmans;  hanging up the laundry and freezing my fingers; indoors-only ice-cream; strong winds; my self-praised great driving skill suddenly turn rotten; staying indoors for long long boring hours; hot wine/hot choc; nice to have noodles with hot & spicy soup and last but not least, i now understand why the angmohs love the sun so much!!

Talking to Strangers

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long time ago when we were still students studying english in schools, i remember some of the conversations considered proper to use with strangers would be on the weather. back then i’ve always been confused why people would start a conversation about the weather. i mean… what is there to say?

let’s take for example; you’re sitting in a bus stop and waiting for your bus to come and then you see this person sitting next to you and you thought hey, why not say something. oh, ok, let’s talk about the weather:

BEGIN CONVERSATION:

very hot-ah today.

ya man, super hot la! some more no wind.

END OF CONVERSATION.

er… how awkward is that. what else is there to talk about the Malaysian weather?? LOLz! it’s either rainy, hot, hotter or super hot!! (no, the word ‘warm’ does not suffice)

oh but if a person were to be here (yes, Europe or UK), then talking about the weather makes more sense, coz almost everyday the weather changes. yesterday was a sunny nice day; today is cloudy and supposedly rainy. last week it snowed!!

another thing: do you check the weather forecast everyday in Malaysia? oh, more like, is it even accurate? the only people whom i know who checks weather forecasts everyday are pilots.

even if it’s raining here in Slovakia, it doesn’t pour like back home. the raindrops are light, and you don’t need a big umbrella for shelter coz you don’t get drenched from head to toe. this also explains why they don’t have umbrellas like ours (big sturdy golf umbrellas).

ok, i’m digressing. the point was about the ‘topic of conversation’ we were taught to use when talking to strangers. then again, with so many crazy people around now, we might think twice now to start talking to strangers.