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With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

马来西亚家人朋友 (1月 和 6月)

Dear English readers, please scroll down for English translation.

阳历年时忙考试,没回顾我在08年做了什么。
现在,试考了,农历年过了,回头看看,鼠年可真多姿多彩。

这两年来日子都很漂泊,去年可说是‘四海为家’的顶峰:-
在马来西亚和澳洲各住了三个月,其余的六个月则在加拿大。

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

和Ed在马旅游 (2月)

1月 – 大马
回马做家里的大小姐。
在爸爸店里帮忙和学习。
天天去巴刹,到处吃吃吃。

2月 – 大马
Ed第一次来马,第一次见家长。
我俩背包游新加坡,吉隆坡,槟城,马六甲和浮罗交怡。
Ed回加国工作,我回澳洲工作。

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

澳洲的朋友 (3月 - 5月)

3月 – 澳洲
上班。和一位好朋友住。
放工回家就和朋友追港剧。
很高兴和很多朋友相聚。
喝我爱喝的意大利咖啡和比利时热巧克力,
吃我爱吃的eggs benedict早餐。

4月 – 澳洲
继续上班。
搬进一间有三房,却只有一张床和一张椅子的公寓。
没有网络。看了很多英文小说。

Lonely apartment in Australia (May)

寂寞的公寓 (澳洲)

5月 – 澳洲
如4月。

6月 – 大马
回马。如1月。

Toronto (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

7 月 – 加国
回加国。见到Ed给他一个大拥抱 :“亲爱的,好久没见”。
享受我在加国的第一夏天。

8月 – 加国
阳光继续普照。每个周末尽情欢享。
Ed告诉我,我煲的汤和煮的东西已可以见人。Yay !
我这大小姐开始认真做好家务。

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

9月 – 加国
啊!结婚吧!

10月 – 加国
开始发闷。不如去学喝茶和学泡茶吧。

Gonna have fun in summer (Canada)

Hey 先生,来个胜利手势吧 ! (多伦多)

11月 – 加国
好冷。
决定参加考试,

12月 – 加国
好冷。
拼命苦读。
圣诞和新年快乐!

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

多伦多 (7月 - 12月)

1月 – 加国
试考了,年过了。
2009 牛年要做什么好呢 ? ……

With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

I was very busy with exam during the New Year, did not get the chance to review my 2008 year. Exam is finally over and (Chinese) New Years came and gone, finally, I have the time to sit down, to reflect on my 2008 year. Looking back, it was indeed a great and interesting year.

For the past two years, I have been dividing my times between Malaysia, Australia and Canada, and last year was my most traveled and drifting year. I lived 3 months each in Malaysia and Australia, the rest of the six months in Canada.

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

Traveled with Ed in Malaysia (Feb)

Jan – Malaysia
Went back to Malaysia and be pampered like a princess at home by my lovely family.
Learned from my father and helped out in his shop.
Went to pasar often and fully enjoyed the famous delicious street food !

Feb – Malaysia
Ed visited Malaysia for the first time and met my parents for the first time.
We traveled in Singapore, KL, Penang, Malacca and Langkawi.
Ed headed back to Canada, while I went back to Australia.

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

With friends in Australia ((Mar - May)

Mar – Australia
Went back to work. Stayed with a good friend.
Hong Kong TV series was our favourite passtime together after work.
So happy to catch up with many good friends in Oz.
Drunk my favourite Italian coffee and Belgium hot chocolate;
ate my favourite eggs benedict breakfast.

Apr – Australia

Continued to work.
Moved into a huge 3 bedroom condominium, however,
you won’t believe I only lived with a folding bed and a chair in the condo.
No Internet. Read many novels.

Lonely apartment in Australia (May)

Lonely apartment

May – Australia
Same as April.

Jun – Malaysia
Went back to Malaysia.
Same as January.

Toronto (July - Dec)

Toronto (July - Dec)

Jul – Canada
Went back to Canada.
Gave Ed a big hug, ‘Darling, long time no see! ‘
Enjoyed my first summer in Canada.

Aug – Canada
Went to nearly all summer street festivals and events.
Surprisingly, Ed started to praise my cooking ! Yay!
Finally, I had been better with housework.

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

Toronto (2) (July - Dec)

Sep – Canada
Let’s get married dear !

Oct – Canada
Started to feel bored and restless. So attended Tea Sommelier classes.

Gonna have fun in summer (Canada)

Hey dude, you gonna have fun in summer ! (Canada)

Nov – Canada
So cold !
Decided to sit for exam.

Dec – Canada
So cold !!
Studied unbelievably hard for the exam.
Happy Christmas and New Year !

Jan – Canada
Exam is over, new years came and gone.
What am I going to do in 2009 ? …..

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

Toronto (3) (July - Dec)

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我和妹妹

我和妹妹

昨天,摇电话回家寒喧几句。后来,在自己的部落看到妹妹很久以前留下的留言,才惊觉忘了向妹妹说声生日快乐。

我这个妹妹是除夕晚出世的孩子。我俩年龄相差九年。我十七岁出国读书时,妹妹才八岁。出国前,常被中华独中沉重的课业压得透不过气来。加上自己好动的性情,课外活动常排满满。所以,和妹妹在一起的时间是少之又少的。

出了国后,每年也只能回家一次。每次回家,见妹妹一年年地长高长大。记得有一年,发现妹妹原来已高过我了。 前年回家时,妹妹身边也多了个人。

虽离家那么多年,庆幸的是,我俩的姐妹情好像没疏远,反而更亲近了。尤其是近几年,回家时,我总是妹妹前,妹妹后的。我啊,电脑笨蛋一名,常需读电脑的妹妹的协助。我也不是个有胆量在吉隆坡驾驶的人。妹妹的男友是好人一名,却不幸成了我的‘专用司机’。真不好意思。

我这个做姐姐的,突然变成了‘妹妹’,常需妹妹来照顾。这时,我才发现我这小我九年的妹妹真的是长大成人了!

妹妹成少女后,和我的长相越来越相似。父母的朋友有时还以为妹妹是我。等到他们搞清楚时,我可能刚好回家,他们就以为我是妹妹。我俩站在一起时,他们会搔头,到底哪个是大女儿,哪个是小女儿。

长相虽相似,可是我俩的性情却又不同。我外向好玩,说话大声,笑声更大。妹妹则较内向,害臊和斯文。我性情硬朗好胜,有时太过自我。如,出国读书,要出就出了,没为家人多想。妹妹则较会体贴到家人的感受。她也想出国读书,不过当时家境不允许,而且,爸爸的大女儿不要回家,她这小女儿就留在家人身边。

今年,妹妹又大一岁了。 年中也将毕业。 姐姐祝妹妹学业顺利,事事顺心,幸福安康。

妹妹,就如你之前留言说的,‘期待着你给我红包的日子’。我记着了,我欠你两个大红包,一个是新年的,一个是生日的。回家一定会给你。希望你结业后,有钱出国玩玩啦!来加拿大或澳洲的话,吃喝玩乐姐姐的 🙂

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最近几天,很多网友找‘中秋节’或 ‘happy mid-autumn festival’的文章时,无意间来到我这个部落。

每逢佳节倍思亲。如今,在外国生活或工作的华人越来越多。在中秋时节,上网看看其他华人如何在异国过中秋来解解乡愁是可以明白的。不知找到我这里来的网友多是哪里的朋友呢?看来,他们有点想家吧?

小时候的我很爱中秋- 吃月饼,点灯笼,玩腊烛游戏…马来西亚的中秋气氛还算浓厚。那么,现在的我呢?今天是中秋,我怎么在多伦多庆祝呢?

在多伦多,是没什么中秋气氛的。我是在去华人经营的杂货店买东西时,看到很多月饼,才惊觉中秋将近。 墨尔本的情况一样。不同的是,在墨尔本,我有很多华人朋友。有几年,刚好大家空闲时,会搞个中秋晚会或大吃会。

在多伦多,我们没有熟识的华人朋友。Ed的家人在这里住得久了,已没有庆中秋。

至于月饼,虽然我很爱吃(尤其是脆皮的上海月饼!),可也懒得买了。在墨尔本,有散卖的月饼,就算没和朋友庆中秋,我也会买一,两个来吃。这里呢,我没看到散卖的。要买就是必须整盒买。Ed不爱甜的食物,虽然我其实可以将整盒月饼一个人吃完。可是,才不敢呢!很怕自己变成大肥猪!看来,要等到下个周末,去Ed父母家吃饭时,我们才买一盒月饼一起吃吧。

今天中秋,虽有点冷清清,不过,我也习惯了。我和Ed呆在家里看电视,煮饭吃,悠闲自在,也很快乐。虽没月饼,没灯笼,我们一样有圆圆的月亮!

嗯…今晚,我必须记得摇个电话给妈妈!

还有,当然是祝大家中秋快乐!

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循慧沁要求,和已很久没摇电话回家,让我先报告近况吧。

回来多伦多有两个多星期了。虽离开了半年有多,一切都是那么地熟悉。除了,刚开始时,我记不清公共交通路线,下错站一,两次外,这里一切如常。Ed还是老样子,家里摆饰一点也没变。感觉上,好像从来没离开过。唯一最不同的是,现在是夏天,路上没雪,不用穿得胖嘟嘟的。

刚抵多伦多的第一星期,Ed刚好病了,我则努力跟时差战斗。加上,那时天天有雨,Ed拿了病假,我俩在家看戏和呼呼大睡。很幸运的是,我们看的戏都很不错。有,Helen Miren 的Elizabeth I 短剧,Juno, La En Vie Rose 等。当然,还跑去看新鲜热辣的 Wall-E。很棒!

第二个星期,天气转晴,阳光普照。Ed病好了,我则不再半夜眼睛张大大或下午打磕睡。加上是加拿大国庆 (上图),Ed有四天假,我俩和家人朋友聚聚,到处逛逛 ,也见证了加拿大人热爱阳光的一面。

现在,第三个星期,日子终于恢复’正常’。Ed去上班,我在家里悠闲,上网和朋友聊天,做做家务,写写部落…. 其实,有很多事情要办,如:找新公寓搬家,办药剂公考手续,准备考试,等等。都在做着,只是进展不大。唉 !

As per request from friends, and since I have not been calling home recently, let me briefly update what I have been up to.

I have been back to Toronto for more than two weeks now. Although I have been away for half a year, interestingly, I still remember the details of this city. Only when I was lost and got off at the wrong subway station has reminded me that I have been away for a while. Other than that, things are the same – Ed remains the same (haha, yup 😉 ) , and there isn’t much changes in our home, I feel as if I have never left here. Oh yes, the only one huge difference is, there is no traces of snow on the street, and I don’t have to wear layers of clothing anymore. Yay!

The first week I arrived Toronto, I was struggling with jetlag and Ed was sick. He took a sickie and the weather was rainy, so we stayed home, either watched movies or just slept like a baby. The good thing is, most movies we watched (like Helen Mirren’s Elizabeth I short series, Juno, La En Vie Rose, and of course the new absolute gem from Pixar – Wall-E) are pretty cool. So, we were happy.

The second week, the weather turned fabulous, clear and sunshine. Ed had recovered and I wasn’t sleepy during the day anymore, plus it was Canada Day long weekend (pictures above), we finally ventured out from home.  We caught up with family and friends, walked around downtown, and I saw the summer madness here.

Now, entering my third week here, life is getting back to ‘normal’. Ed goes to work five days a week as usual, and I stay home doing not too much, cleaning, cooking, surfing, chatting online, blogging (finally) ….yup, doing them ‘leisurely’ too. Frankly, I have a long to-do-list and plenty of plans, for example, looking for new apartment to move, sending application for Pharmacy Registration exams, preparing the exams and etc. Well, I am trying hard to work on them, but procrastinatingly, as usual…..

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真的很久没写部落格了。

最近的两篇都是Ed代我写的。

在没写部落的日子里,我和Ed在马游了几个旅游胜地。我这个十多年没在马生活的大马人,突然对大马有了另一面的认识。

在没写部落的日子里,我又病倒了。都是在旅行时吃出来的,嘻嘻。在大热天下走了好几个小时后,还要吃煎炒热辣的,还有什么任你吃海鲜生锅啦。不病才怪。

在没写部落的日子里,Ed回多伦多,我拖着一个旅行箱回到墨尔本勤奋工作。老板结婚,我回来帮帮忙。反正,在加国无所事事。加上内疚,做少奶奶也太久了。再出来闯闯,脑袋不会生锈。

在没写部落的日子里,我上班上得像条狗。下班后,累得什么都不想做。写部落很花时间,需要思考,要整理思索,也要整理照片。我虽然有很多感触,可却真的心有余而力不足。

在没写部落的日子里,我都在适应不同的生活,不同的气候。在加国,我是量地的。在马,我向爸爸学中医。在澳洲,我很努力地做一个好的药剂师。加国,现在天寒地冷。大马,天天炎热。墨尔本,天气多变。一个多星期前,气温39度,热。今天,18度,刮风,下雨,冷。

在没写部落的日子里,我都在飞,都在搬。从多伦多飞到大马,再飞到墨尔本。在墨尔本,我先暂住朋友家。现在,已搬到另一个空空的公寓里。迟些,可能会搬到乡下小镇上班。那里的药剂行可能会给我住motel吧。

在没写部落的日子里,日子很忙,有时也很累。还好,我有音乐和小说的陪伴。有家人,有Ed。在三个国家里,都有很多很好的朋友。也有很多朋友,还有我认识和不认识的读者常来这里看我。

所以,在忙和累,在飞和搬的日子里,日子很充实,很快乐。

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It is pouring outside, and I am in Hangout Backpackers Hotel in Singapore writing this post.

I arrived Singapore yesterday with a few friends from Malaysia. Thankful for one of them who drove such long distance. Each of them coming here for different reasons, and I am here for Ed. He will be arriving midnight tonight. We planned to spend 3 days in Singapore, then back to KL for Chinese New Year. After Chinese New Year celebration with family, we will then travel to a few places, including Penang, Langkawi and Melaka. Well, yes, the typical Malaysia trip.

I am, of course, excited, yet a little nervous. This is his first time in Malaysia and his first time to meet with my family. Hee hee….meeting the parents is not easy for him but I am sure he will do well. He loves to eat and my family loves to eat. So, there is a common ground 😉  I know he loves Chinese grilled pork slices. We have already received a few boxes as Chinese New Year gifts from relatives, so there are something to keep him happy and busy 😉 I hope Ed will also enjoy the Chinese New Year atmosphere here.

As for traveling in Malaysia, it is something I am a little concerned –  the Chinese New Year congestion. I have booked all the accommodations and transports weeks ahead which is something we don’t normallly do. We love to play things by ear and hangout around somewhere we like longer and move on to something else if we don’t like the place. I hope we won’t get stuck in somewhere we don’t like or nothing opened or too busy during Chinese New Year. Nonetheless, never really have the chance to travel in Malaysia, it is exciting that I can travel in my own home country as a backpaker.

While waiting for Ed to arrive, I am spending some times with friends who live and work in Singapore. Great to see them, especially my high school friends who provided accommodation for me last night. They are a lovely couple with two really young and gorgeous kids. I have not seen the husband for over 10 years and the wife for a few years. And the kids are so cute ! 🙂

Another 6 hours or so, Ed will be here……and I am patiently waiting……at the mean time, will be going to my friend’s place to have steamboat dinner !! 🙂

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近几年回马都来去匆匆, 没时间和一些朋友见面。

这次,机缘巧合下,在一个婚礼上遇到一位已失去联络几年的小学同学。

于是,就有机会和一群小学同学出来聚聚。

有几个我已十多年没见了 !

除了谈近况,我们坐在一起还记得小学时的羞事,顽皮事和无聊事。

突然想起,小学毕业纪念册时,我们喜欢写什么- 友谊长存啦,保持联络啦…

我想,我们真的是做到了….

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