Wednesday, July 02, 2008


No, I haven't gone completely MIA, life just got a little hectic with 2 blogs and a (newborn) baby.
Who would have thought that something that weighs only 4kgs could dominate so much of our lives!

Anyway, you can still find me lurking around on from time to time.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year

GONG XI FA CHAI to all out there!

Friday, October 19, 2007

1 more sleep!

1 more sleep until we move into our new apartment!! Whoohoo! And 1 more sleep till the Rugby World Cup finals! Go Springboks!

Until then, like Antipo, I’ll be dressed in my finest tonight for the France-Argentina match. Though instead of Antipo's "maxi boyfriend" Chabal, I’ll be hoping to see my little lust-bunny Frédéric Michalak!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Bring it on!

Moving to England has been a complete battle. I never imagined that it would be this difficult moving to a country where everyone spoke the same language as me!

But on the bright side, we only have 2 weeks left of living in a dirty B&B with non-existent water pressure before we can move into our apartment! I’m counting down the days!

Also, thanks everyone for all your words of support! There are worse red-tape crazy places to live than France!

Other than that, if you haven’t already been caught up by the Rugby World Cup fever, jump on the bandwagon quickly!

The match of the weekend is Australia vs England on Saturday the 6th!

No prizes for guessing who I’ll be supporting!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I miss France

I never thought I’d ever hear myself say this but I miss France!

Everything almost seems easy in France compared to England! Yes, yes, I can hear all you French expats muttering that I’ve been drinking too many cups of tea without milk over here but let me give you one example that probably says it all for me.

Part of all this chagrin is me keeping my maiden name and not officially changing my surname to Hubs’ surname the very second I got married. I don’t have anything against changing my surname; I’m just too lazy to do all the paperwork.

In France, when I first arrived, the Hubs had a job but I didn’t. We went to the bank and wanted to open a joint account. The French bank lady said that she couldn’t put my maiden name on the joint account as I was married. It HAD to be Hubs’ surname. This was obviously a problem for me as all my ID has my maiden name on it.

French bank lady even told me that I should change my name immediately! She even got quite huffy about the whole situation. In the end, she compromised, and my surname on our joint account was “maidenname-marriedname”. I just got hyphenated but we had our joint account in less than 30 minutes.

Across La Manche, same situation. Hubs is employed, I’m not (I've been here 1 week!), and I still have my maiden name. So off we went to the bank.

English bank man says that firstly, I can’t have my maiden name on the joint account, it has to be my married name. And secondly, I don’t have a job so I can’t even put my first name on that joint account. In other words, no income, no account!

Hubs on the other hand, can open an account because he has a job. So Hubs explains that we’re married so his income is my income. English bank man says: no job, no name on account.

Then English bank man says that I really should change my maiden name to my married name. What the heck!

Oh, and then the English bank man tells us that when we come back in to open the joint account, we should allow at least 45 minutes per person. That’s 1.5 hours to open 1 bank account.

So anyone who’s tired of living in France because of all the red tape blah blah blah, don’t even think about moving across La Manche! The people are still talking a whole other language here!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Nomad forever

Thanks everyone for their well wishes but I have to say, you’re all not wishing hard enough as this has definitely been a nightmare move! Almost comparable to the move to France…which for some reason seems like a breeze compared to this one (Hubs says that I have a short memory!).

I have lots of gory details to share but not enough ££ to pay for the time to share it all at the Internet café. We’re currently living out of our backpacks and in various B&Bs in the Surrey countryside, which is not as exotic as I would like it to be.

I also have to say that for some reason, I can’t understand about 60% of what people say to me! I keep having to ask people to repeat themselves. Over the phone, even repeating doesn’t help! Some of the times, I’m not even sure that people are speaking English to me.

I think I might need “British English as a foreign language” classes.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Selamat Hari Merdeka

First of all, I’m a day early but Happy Merdeka day to all the Malaysians out there!

I’m a little too stressed out to blog properly at the moment as we’re in the middle of yet another move! This time to the UK! Well, theoretically to the UK as I’m still waiting for my visa and we’re due to leave in a couple of days!

So, instead of blabbing on about how stressed I am, here are photos from our recent (food-oriented) Malaysian holiday!

A couple of photos at dusk from Perhentian Besar.
Snacks from my childhood. The dried up wrinkly things are assamboi (sour-salty dried plum things) and pickled green mangoes.

More snacks from my childhood. I still don’t know what these little biscuit things are called but I used to eat them all the time when I was little. The colourful bits are hard sugar icing.

Food that I’m missing right now!
From left clockwise: satay and ketupat, sambal kangkong, wantan mee

From left clockwise: ice kacang, more satay and a satay stall.

And my favourites – the tropical fruits!

From left to right: rambutan, mangosteen and duku langsat.

Selamat Hari Merdeka and see you all in about 3 weeks when hopefully we'll be happy, merry and settled in the UK!