Sunday, 26 July 2009

Day Out

*sigh* This is soOooO depressing. We took some photos at Glenelg before our buffet dinner yesterday to celebrate my brother's good results for the term. We already knew that he had gotten 2 distinctions for two of his subjects at the time and told him that if he gets a high distinction for the last subject, we'll treat him to a buffet. I wanted to load them up on Facebook to show dad and sis back in Malaysia but I look horribly bloated in all those photos! >__<" argh..I'll be selfish and decline to show my ugly face. We decided to make a day out of it and went in the morning to do some grocery shopping at Chinatown. The next destination was IKEA since it's one of mum's favourite er..store? outlet? lol..what do ppl call IKEA? I dont think shopping mall fits the bill and shop sounds wrong too. ANYway, my sis and I got weak in the knees at around 3pm and decided to break our fast and buy a hotdog to share. Yeah..chinese people do that. Fast on the day of a buffet so that there's space to fill in more food and get our money's worth. The last destination before dinner is Harbour Town, a shopping outlet in Adelaide. We rushed in to grab a pair of crocs for my sis and then had time to stroll around. On the way to Glenelg, my brother stopped by the airport to look at airplanes landing as he's a real airplane fanatic. (His laptop, facebook and friendster are full of pictures of planes! His knowledge of them are pretty impressive) Unfortunately, we did not make a reservation at the buffet restaurant and had to take the earliest slot at 5pm. The place was seriously packed to the rafters. As hungry as we were, after a plate full, everyone's stuffed like turkeys. I always say buffets are like KFC and pizzas. After you've had them, you vow never to let your body go through such torture again. Think of the calories, carbohydrates and fat swimming in your blood system. But after a few months have passed, you forgot your vow and let your body go through the whole thing again. Heh..The fickleness of human mind. In the car on our way back home, my younger sis asked us all to make a sound together. My brother asked her what sound (I thought she wanted us to sing together or something) and she started to make this horrendous gagging sound. lol.. p/s: After looking at the photos taken, I wish I'd really vomitted all the contents out!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

The Apple of Our Eyes

I was reading a manga that has a baby theme the other day and the little tot reminded me of my baby nephew. So unbearably cute...when his mood is right. At other times though, he would be like a spoilt royal highness who must have his demands met at the snap of his fingers. His full blown bawl is really a sight to behold. It makes you wonder how those tiny lungs can produce such powerful sound that causes adults to have palpitations. Really scary. If I am alone with him and sees him scrunching up his face, I would grab him, run to wherever my sister is and deposit him in her arms. Let the pro handle him.

Mum, my sis, nephew and myself went to a hotel for lunch during our trip back to Malaysia last year. While we were waiting for our orders, my nephew who had been quietly playing with his cars suddenly lost his temper, threw the cars and started to howl in earnest. My sister tried to quiet him down but was rewarded with a vigorous hair pulling. I tried to make him break his hold but believe you me, the little fella is an incredible hulk in disguise. Remember that this happened in a hotel restaurant. The horror! My mum and sis rushed the incredible hulk out of the restaurant and left me to fend for myself. With my face burning with embarrassment, I requested for take aways and waited patiently while people around continued to gawp at me. As soon as we got in the car, the tears stopped. We think he just wants us to bring him for rides. The little devil.

But for all his tantrums and moods, there are much more incidents where he made my heart melt. I remember putting on sunglasses and talking to him once. He loves it and stared at me as if transfixed and won't let me take it down. I smiled and said hi softly to him a couple of times and he suddenly smiled back and repeated the greeting in a very soft and gentle voice! My heart!! My heart has been stolen!! He loves watching 'Finding Nemo' and can memorize all the scenes. Whenever the whale or jellyfish is due to appear, he would pull my arms around him and whimper. The first time he did that, I was bewildered but my sister explained that he couldnt stand it when Dory got stung by the jellyfishes or when they got swallowed by the whale. So cute! I love it when my sister sang the teddy bear song and when she got to the part where she said..he's my favourite one! he would always always laugh. There's another time when I got in the car after having my hair permed and baby Joel kept turning to look at me sitting at the back and smiling as if to say..'Hey..you look different!' I love to see him running around in his diapers and would hate the day when he is potty trained. I think that would mark the end of babyhood. I love it when I carry him and he lays his head on my chest so trustingly. The list is endless eventhough I normally see him only once a year and a few weeks at a time. Being the first grandchild from both sides, he will always be precious to us. It is hard to imagine that less than 3 years ago, this little gem was still absent from our lives.

I envy my sister. She is a very dedicated mother and has to sacrifice a lot for her child. Not having had a good sleep ever since she becomes a mother. Rushing home from work every lunch break just so she can spend a few minutes with my nephew. Giving him the best of everything. She says it's all worth it. Mum says it's worth it as well eventhough we were an ungrateful bunch (she says)..lol. Well, I hope I would one day feel ready to bear such responsibility. But first I have to find a man to settle down with and I have a feeling that would be a long time coming. O-H-W-E-L-L what will be will be I guess.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Rainy Days

The location of the ticket validating machine in the busses here varies and are not always on the same spot. Sometimes it's located behind the bus driver. Sometimes next to the bus driver and sometimes on the opposite aisle. While on the bus today, I happened to see a girl coming up the bus with her outstretched hand holding a ticket. This girl extended her hand towards the driver but upon realising that the ticket validating machine is missing, did a 360 degree turn trying to locate the said item. I just couldn't supress my giggles as she missed it even when it's right under her nose. I've been in that situation before and it's amazing how hard it is to see anything when you were in a moving vehicle doing a 360 turn. Anyhow, some kind soul pointed out the machine and her mission is accomplished.

It has been raining on and off these past few weeks in Adelaide. I just loooooove rainy days. Love the sound, love the smell. Eventhough it's cold and windy while waiting for the bus. Everything just turns into a really mellowy, refreshing canvas. Sometimes lying in bed, with my ears half buried under my blanket, everytime a car passes by, I could imagine hearing the sound of rain. It's really soothing. Isn't God great to have thought of making water fall from the sky?