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Selamat Hari Raya!

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-with Uncle Alex and her first taste of ‘firecracker’ 😀

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Obviously I’m Invisible!

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just got back from the store with some groceries, mainly i went to buy bananas coz i want to try to make banana bread and i had another encounter with the locals. don’t know why generally i have negative things to report, and i’m usually a tolerant person who has nice thoughts of people. 

when queueing up to pay at the cashier, here comes a man and a woman (they’re together) who suddenly out of nowhere stood in front of me. i was a bit confused coz i thought ‘hey, i’m also in the line, isn’t it obvious?’ but then they didn’t seem to notice me at all; guess i’m JUST A STICK! – oh, but Arielle is a person sitting on her pram, coz they acknowledged her and they made baby talk to her. 

because our line was slow, the couple decided to move to the other line. and then i tried to align the pram and station my body to show to all that i’m in the line (i know, it’s so stupid. how obvious can it be) and also to ensure that no one squeezes through. but with just a turn of the head, the front guy moved further to the front just an inch and then suddenly those two were back and they squeezed through to stand in front of me again. the thing that ticked me off is they treated me as if i was not there at all!! instead, they asked the guy in front of me, and not me, if they could cut the line. i don’t care if you needed to go first, if you’re in a hurry, please… but at least look me in the eye and smile. that’s the least they could do even if you can’t speak my language or think that i’m brainless. and then they turned back and looked at Arielle and again make baby talk to her. at that point, i was so pissed, i didn’t even look at them. 

throughout the 5mins walk back, i kept going through my head the scene that just went through. part of my head said to the couple ‘God bless you man’ but in my heart and most of my head thought of multiple things that i could have done/said:

1. i could have grumbled in Chinese since i assume they think that i’m unable to understand Slovak/English. coz i’m just a housewife and i’m Asian: ‘si lang ah moh kui, boh ah-kai eh. khi chiak sai lah!’

2. declare audibly in English: ‘OH! either you guys are blind or i’m just a freakin’ stick!!’ but even then, i don’t think they’d understand coz they seem uneducated to me. ooops! did i just think that out loud?

3. confront them and say ‘Prepacte’ (excuse me in slovak) and give them a question mark look that says ‘hello!! i was here first’

4. purposely knock them with Arielle’s pram and ignore them; whahahahakakaka! funny! 

*takes a deep deep breath and exhales loudly* 

GOD BLESS YOU MAN!!

Deserted on Christmas

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it’s such a culture shock for us – to see everything closed and streets and highways totally deserted!! it was nearly like a ghost town! 

yesterday after the Christmas Eve service at church, Aylwin decided we should eat out – but thankfully the day before we stocked up on groceries coz, in the end after driving around, there was no place to go as EVERYTHING was closed. everyone was at home with their family having their ‘reunion’ dinner like us chinese during CNY’s eve. 

we really didn’t expect it to be like this coz we assumed that things would be more ‘happenin’ here since Christmas is such a big thing here. we thought there’d be street parties, fireworks and stuff like that, but… guess we were wrong. the celebrations in Malaysia is such a big contrast now to how Slovaks celebrate Christmas. it’s without a doubt a much much more quiet event here than back home and nothing like what we expected. it’s sort of a bit like an anti-climax for us… the talk and atmosphere were all built up for Christmas, and then when the time comes for the big bang – all of a sudden there’s … nothing; silence – no parties, no fireworks, no loud cheers/laughter in the streets, not even carol singers! 

confused a bit now; i honestly don’t know which i’d prefer – i was afraid that there might be loud fireworks at midnight that might rouse Arielle from her slumber; but what’s happening now was the furthest thing on my mind. i suppose in a way, it’s good not to have any distractions. that way we can really focus on the reason for Christmas in the first place – our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth, His life, His sacrifice on the Cross, His Gift of Eternal Life; and how these have impacted and changed the lives of those who have come to believe in Him.