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With Family & friends in Malaysia (Jan & Jun)

马来西亚家人朋友 (1月 和 6月)

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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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原本, 几天后,我就会回马。一来,是要避一避这里的严冬。二来,是要出席共三场的婚礼。可是,最后还是改变主意,刚巧找到机票,就决定留到圣诞过后才回马。因为,圣诞在这里大过天。就如农历除夕一样,要一家团聚。我知道Ed和他家人希望我可以多留几天。所以,就留下来过圣诞。而且,去年的圣诞不是白色的,有点失望,今年雪下早了, 应该可以如愿以偿。

现在想起来,我也还没见识过马来西亚华人的婚礼。我在澳洲那么多年,马来西亚的朋友结婚,我都没机会出席。在澳洲,虽有参加过华人的婚礼,但都有点西化的。我还没见过什么兄弟们上新娘家‘抢新娘’啦,什么玩游戏捉弄新郎新娘啦,还有什么媒人婆尽说好听的话啦, 等等。这次回马参加婚礼,正好让我这个也开始有点西化的华人开开眼界。

只是,改了机票后, 我会错过一个怡保朋友的婚礼。很可惜。那婚礼是我很期待的。因为,在较小的城市举行,应该会较吉隆坡的传统, 也较不同其他两个婚礼是在吉隆坡)。我这个朋友也是在澳洲住了十多年。这次回马结婚,主要也只是让马来西亚的家人开心就是了。 我有几个在澳洲住的朋友都是如此,他们是一点都不用操心婚礼的。一切交由父母办,他们想怎样搞就怎样搞。总之,到时候,飞回马,出席婚礼,露个面, 一切照做,和亲戚打个招呼,就可以了。婚礼嘛,老人家开心就是了。

我曾听说过,有些朋友(不论是华人或洋人)因为婚礼和家人闹不满。也难怪,两代人的观念不同了,要办的形式相异,磨擦是难免的。有些华人朋友爱开玩笑说,她们的婚礼哪是她们自己的婚礼,其实是她们妈妈或家婆的婚礼。一切听她们就是了。华人传统尊重长辈。有些人觉得,算了啦,不然关系没弄好,嫁进去就难相处。可是,我有些洋人朋友对我说,如我结婚,一定要搞个自己开心的。这是一世人一次的,回头缅怀的是自己。别人意见听得多少啊。哈! 真是华人和洋人的观点不同。我觉得各有各对。只是,洋人性格较不记仇,过了就忘,相处不会太难。华人嘛,有可能会碰礁哟。

说起洋人的婚礼,前阵子,Ed带我去一个他好友的婚礼。在高尔夫球场举行。很小,才五,六张桌子。那五,六十人是新娘新郎最亲近的家人亲戚朋友。搞笑的是,他们想到可能有人不爱跳舞,给我们猜字游戏玩。新郎还有时间过来和我们玩上好一会儿 (如图)。我好喜欢,感觉好亲切,认识了些新郎新娘很好的朋友。我们真的是为新郎新娘庆祝,替他们开心的。可是,有些婚礼,有超过三百多人。我啊,坐在远远看我穿得很漂亮的朋友,可是却一句话都说不上。 当然,心中很替他们开心,可是也同时在婚礼上碰上一些人其实一点都不认识我的朋友或朋友的另一半。问起他们,关系差上几千万里。有时会疑惑,他们在这里是不是真的会替我朋友找到一世伴侣而开心。

唉呀!我啊,在这里啰哩啰嗦,又不是我的婚礼。嘻嘻!怎样都好,真的很替我那三个结婚的朋友开心。很期待见证他们说我愿意时的那刻…

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Ed told me that our little family in Toronto is waiting for me to go home soon 🙂

(photo by Ed)

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我回马已有几天。弟弟比我早几天回马。

我从澳洲回,他从中国回。

我是在将往加拿大开始新生活的当儿,回马和家人聚一聚。 弟则是刚从中国学中医毕业回来。在过去弟弟留学 的两年期间,我俩没在马碰到面。现在,难得一家团聚。

我还有一个妹妹, 正在家附近的学院念电子学。她最近有了个男朋友- 人乖巧,对她还蛮好的。弟弟也有个女朋友,也是人乖巧,对他蛮好。我和Ed 在一起也很开心。 家里多了几个成员,多了两个中医,我想爸妈最高兴。

今天想到这里,我突然有感而发, 幸福感油然而起。庆幸我的家是个快乐又平凡的小康之家。

我家经过艰苦的经济风暴,多谢爸妈努力经营,现在三餐温饱,我们有升学的机会。我家也曾经历过痛失我另一个弟弟的悲伤, 现在家人因此更珍惜彼此。虽然,家里仍有我们的烦恼,可难得一家人健康和和睦相处。

Ed 常说我怎么常常有数不完的梦想,而他只是想过平凡简单的生活。今天,我才发现, 原来我也是个爱平凡简单生活的人。

原来,快乐真的可以很简单。

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爸爸很爱热闹,尤其喜欢一家共聚的气氛。

难得劳动节(五月一日)公共假期,我又在马,就邀了二舅母和堂弟妹们来我们店铺开大吃会。

[嘻嘻! 抱歉,我爱吃,我爸爱吃,我男朋友爱吃 :)写了那么多篇有关美食的贴字,还是要写,而且会继续吃,继续写 :)]

爸爸早在几天前已想好要煮什么。

当天一早去甲洞菜市场 (巴刹)买材料。

回到家就大显身手做大厨,誓要煮出一顿人人举起大姆指赞好的美肴不可。

我也不多说了,贴上几张照片,让你们评, 也让你们羡慕吧!:P

坦白说,老爸煮的咖哩好吃过我的 ! 姜是老的辣 !也难怪,在马买得到新鲜的椰浆和好的咖哩浆。(给自己找藉口:)

还有, 二舅母的甜麦粥加蜀粒, 妈妈的红豆沙……甜品,我的最爱!

哦! 有一件事要提,妈妈和二舅母说,咖哩鸡是不加pandan叶的 ,咖哩叶已够了。原来,是我自作聪明(见生日和饯行晚餐):p 。我被揪出狐狸尾,推搪说多伦多买不到咖哩叶! 这倒是真的。只是,不好意思,误导大家。 抱歉。

可是,当我读到,在劳动节当天,美国,澳门和泰国都有劳工为争取一些权益游行示威。我们却只是快快乐乐吃了一天 (看我的堂弟们吃得多开心),而感到一点点的内疚。

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回来近一个星期了, 没怎么写有关马来西亚的生活。

有几个朋友关心,问我还好吗。

其实, 很好,谢谢。

回家,最温暖。

有妈妈体贴入微的照顾。衣食住行都无需担心。

只是,身体还很累,也还在适应这里炎热的天气。

除了见一些亲戚朋友, 大学教授刚批了我硕士论文的大纲,我也开始为写论文忙碌。

还有,我一向馋嘴,一到马就尽情享用街边小吃,却搞得肠胃不太舒服。

身为中医的爸爸要我戒口,不再让我吃刺激性强的食物。

天啊!回马不吃这些,就没了乐趣。

为此与爸口角,唉, 我这个不孝女, 虽知爸爸纯粹关心。

妹妹知道我要买一些电脑零件,也为我蹦跑采购便宜的。

家,有家人的嘘寒问暖, 很是温暖。

一切很好。 谢谢。

I have been back in Malaysia for nearly a week but have yet to write much about my home-home. A few friends had wondered how I have adjusted myself being back.

Returning home is always warm and pleasant feeling, and I am not talking about the 33 degree heat and 70% humidity. Mother is always around to look after me. I can totally relax and not worry about daily routines such as meals and laundry. But on the whole, I am still a little bit exhausted from the travels and time change, and is still adjusting to this hot and not-so-pleasant humidity from the cold and gray of the Canadian winter.

My lecturer has recently approved my proposal and content of my thesis for my TCM Masters. I’ve trying to balance between catching up with relatives and friends and writing the thesis.

Those in Malaysia knows that the street food is fantastic and full of variety, something Australia and Canada is missing. However, on this visit I found myself not too used to it and suffered from some mild gastrointestinal problems. My father, who is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor was quite worried and forbid me from eating anything that is too spicy, too sour or greasy. This frustrated me so much that I I had a small argument with him. I know it is very unwise of me to argue about such a trivial thing, knowing that my father was only looking out for my well being.

Everyone in my family is helping and looking after me so well and I am so appreciative of having such a wonderful family. So the answer is, “I guess I am adjusting rather well to being home after all.”

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昨晚抵马。

回到家了。

妈妈好开心,因为我胖了。因为,这代表我的日子过得好。

上次,从澳回马,为了搬去加拿大忙得瘦了好多。

这次回马,胖了。在加国好吃好住, 没压力了四个月,哪有不胖的 :)

没关系啦,妈开心就好了。

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这几天,飞得有点累,定不下心写好部落.....希望这些短短的贴字(post) 可代表我现在的心情....

Arrived Kuala Lumpur last night.

Feeling relieved – I am home.

Mum is very happy to see a fatter me.

For her, it is an old fashion sign of a better life.

When I was home last year Nov, I lost lots of weight due to the stress of moving to Canada.

This time I am home with more weight because of a life with no stress for four months.

I am fine with a rounder face and thicker waist and mum is happy 🙂

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Feeling exhausted after all the flying and can’t settle down to write something more substantial……..hopefully short and sweet posts are enough to reflect my feelings now.

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