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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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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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昨晚和两位旧朋友 – Ah Ben 和慧沁,出来吃个饭。

认识他俩有十五年以上了。

Ah Ben 是我的小学和中学同学,慧沁是我的中学同学。

他俩已是夫妇多年,带着三个儿子出来。

我们失去联络蛮久了,是最近才在Facebook重遇。

多年不见,难得又聚在一起。没想到有说不完的话题。

或许也因为我找到慧沁的部落 ,常上去‘看’她。

也在那认识到他们的另一面 – 爱上长跑。

我们谈他们的长跑,谈我的背包旅行,谈我们和身边朋友的近况,谈他们的儿子经…

我们一边谈,一边看着那三个小瓜嘻嘻哈哈在餐厅玩。

他们甚至和用餐的顾客打成一片,好活泼 🙂

旧朋友就是旧朋友。

虽在过去很多年,在不同的国度,过蛮不同的生活。

再相聚时,感觉还是很温馨。

很难得 ,真的很难得….

可惜没拍到朋友小康之家的照片。

那三个小瓜真的好可爱哟 !

这两个星期在马,因两场婚礼,碰上了很久没见的旧朋友,都感到很贴心,尤其是昨晚。

或许是因为那三个精灵的小瓜。

突然,觉得我们都长大了。

不但要为自己的快乐负责,有些朋友已经要为下一代的幸福努力….
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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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这几天, 感觉很奇怪。因为,突然有许多马来西亚的中学朋友加入Facebook, 和他们的联络突然多了。

我加入Facebook 有好几个月了。刚开始时,我也有相同的奇怪感觉。因为,我在Facebook遇上了七年前在尼泊尔旅行认识的英国朋友,还有当地的朋友。那时,我好兴奋,我们也吵着要搞一个尼泊尔七年之痒加重聚之旅。当然也只是说说。

这十多年在外国的生活,我虽从没有和中学朋友失去联络。可也只是我一年回马一次时,出来吃吃,见见面。见的也只是较相熟的几个朋友。偶尔一,两次大型的聚会,可人多,也很少真的聊到什么。平时,大家忙大家的,电邮也很少。现在,大家在Facebook, 虽也没真的聊到什么,感觉还是较‘贴近’了。要‘见’他们也较容易,也不用担心他们的电邮地址有没更新。

刚好也发现有几个中学朋友有写部落。去拜访他们,看看这几年来他们的生活,好像在重拾一些遗落了的时间。

往另一 方想,我和几个有写部落的朋友,也已少写电邮了。想他们时,就上部落找他们。我们有时懒得重复,就会说:上我的部落格看就知道啦。可也是,有些每天生活的细节在电邮也未必可以详述。只是,偶尔会搞不清,到底网际生活是拉近了,还是疏远了,彼此的距离。

在这几个月来,如有时间,我也会读读其他人的部落。因而认识了几个朋友。通过一些留言,我也知道有几个我在现实生活中不认识的朋友常上我的部落。突然间,生活中多了几个部落世界的朋友。

现在,我也常用Skype。虽远在它方, 我可以与家人朋友聊天,可以’见’到他们。 感觉像他们就在我身边。我也听网上电台。 虽住在多伦多, 我听的却是LA的电台。有一天, 心血来朝开香港电台来听,我还以为我已到了香港。 想念澳洲时,只要时间配合好,我可以听到我爱听的澳洲电台。要知道马来西亚或澳洲的新闻,一上网就知道。

有时会疑惑 : 我到底身在何处? 这到底是我虚拟的世界,还是我真实的生活?网际的生活和真实的生活再也难分。

我想很多人过着这种生活已很久了。我却是刚开始体验。

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几个星期前,我从朋友A家搬去朋友B家。

因为朋友A要去南美洲旅行了,而且也不便住得太久。

把两个旅行箱一提,很容易地就搬到了朋友B家。

这两个旅行箱 :一个装衣物和日常用具,另一个装课本和文具。

重量共不超过三十公斤。

在朋友A家住很像一家人。她父母把我照顾得无微不至。我天天有住家饭吃。

在朋友B家住很方便。

她的公寓就在市中心。搭个电梯到楼下,就什么商店餐馆咖啡室都有。

5至10分钟就可走到图书馆。这正适合我苦读的日子。

现在,考试过了,正适合我泡咖啡店的日子。

知道我只在墨尔本几个月,这些朋友不但不肯收房租,还处处照顾我。

心中很感激。

其实,有时也会厌倦这种居无定所的流浪式生活。

可往积极一方面想,这种两个旅行箱的日子却也很简单,很方便。

衣服就那几件,出门前不用多想,有什么穿什么。

反正就要离开墨尔本了,日常用品就只是需要的。

没什么多余的,也没什么需求。

少需求,就少烦恼。

这种生活,还不错。

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“ 久违了,墨尔本 !”

微微一笑,轻轻松一口气,感觉很舒服。

这是我抵墨尔本时的心情。

一切是那么地熟悉….

暂住在朋友的家,被热情招待。

这几天的天气很好- 蓝蓝的天, 白白的云朵,暖暖的阳光, 清凉的微风 ….

我驾着我暗红色的车子,奔驰在宽坦的大道上, 空中送来我喜欢的另类音乐电台节目, 一路翠绿的树木….

我在机场遇到在机场工作的朋友,走在街上也会碰到久违了的朋友….

已与几个朋友去了几间我喜欢的餐馆吃我锺爱的食物 🙂

当然, 工作上也没太大的更改。

虽然我的心境和生活中的许多方面已经改变, 这里的一切还是那么地熟悉, 就好像我从来没有离开过…..

(注:我其实正在大学图书馆为硕士论文埋头苦干,但还是挡不了写部落的瘾,忙里偷闲地写上几句 🙂

“Melbourne, I am back!”

I immediately felt comfortable and relaxed when I arrived in Melbourne. I looked around and smiled -everything is familiar again.

I am temporarily staying with my friend and her family, and been welcomed warmly like a family member.

The weather has been very pleasant for the last few days. The sky is so blue, the cloud is so white, the sun is so gentle, the breeze is so comforting…

I am driving my burgundy Toyota in the Eastern Freeway, listening to my favourite radio stations, and noticing the lovely greens all along the freeway…

Incidently, I ran into a friend immediately when I arrived Melbourne Airport, who happened to work there. Then I met a friend while I was walking in the CBD (Central Business District)…

So far I have been to a couple of my favourite restaurants with a many good friends…..

But work is still the same … :p

Everything here is so familiar that I feel as if I had never left, although many aspects of my personal life have changed since…..

(PS: I am currently in RMIT university library, supposedly should work extremely hard on my Master thesis. However, I obviously can’t resist of my addiction to blogging…… 🙂

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