You know the age-old cliches? Times passed by in a flash. It seemed like yesterday…
Well, it doesn’t exactly feel like yesterday but maybe the day before yesterday.
And she’s two now.
Melts our hearts with her smiles and giggles.
Twirl the father around her finger (twice for insurance).
Amazes us with the things she says, do and want.
Makes us laugh with her antics.
Obliges us with the sweetest kisses and hugs.
And most of all, makes us insanely proud that she’s ours to love and hold.
So I finally went ahead and got myself a Kindle.
I’ve never been so excited to receive something, and so anxious about its transit here. Everyday couldn’t happen soon enough.
Ever since then, there’s been no turning back. There’s a little flaw here and there but overall, it’s perfect.
But the bad thing is that I have this incessant need to check out the Kindle books almost everyday and as a result, stuff it with frivolous reads. And get dark eye circles from staying up late, trying to sieve out the treasures among them.
No regrets though.
No. We didn’t see her nor did we expected to. Just wanted a different title than Our Ipoh Trip.
I think this is probably the second time that I’ve travelled up to Ipoh for the Lunar New Year.
Considering that we’ve been married for eight years, this trip is way overdue. I had mistakenly assumed that we wouldn’t hit much of a traffic jam but I hadn’t count on the nosy drivers who felt compelled to slow down to a crawl just to gawk at traffic accidents.
Ipoh is really beautiful with its scenic mountains and sumptuous food. We only managed a meal of ngah choi kai since most were closed in preparation of the celebrations. But we were wonderfully stuffed with homecooked food like Hakka meat balls and 梅菜扣肉. Felt so much like a turkey.
The kids loved the space and new friends. We were thankful for a great time catching up with relatives and friends.
The friends had also generously extended an invitation for us to stay with them when it became clear that it was too late for us to head home. And I’m thankful for the opportunity to share and laugh together. And of course to take in the calming scenic view.
The kids were so knackered from the swim that it took them little trouble to sleep. Makes me think I should do this everyday to save myself some trouble.
We also discovered a cafe in our hotel. A rather quaint little cafe.
But they were so severely understaffed that it’s not even funny. We had cancelled our orders and walked out when it was apparent the orders were going to take insanely long but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Carrot Cheese cake so we dropped by again. The staff or owner was profusely apologetic and though the cake was good (but not mind-blowing), I love its atmosphere more.
I think it’s safe to say that we enjoyed our trip tremendously, except for the traffic and food jams which gave us the opportunity to admire the vividness of its blue skies.
I’m about a day late but here’s wishing all who celebrate the lunar calendar, a very Happy Lunar New Year.
This year, we finally headed up to the land of fat and juicy 豆芽 (bean sprouts), firm chickens, smooth kway teow, yummy cuisine and the hometown of a certain Bond girl.
I hope everyone will have a fantastic Lunar New Year.