Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hello Athens

Departed to Athens via Dubai. Upon arrival, we will be met by a travel guide at the Athens airport. Then check in at the hotel. We will be free to explore on our own until dinner time.

The weather:
8 degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius

Warm clothing and winter attire required.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Things to do while I'm away

First and foremost, someone must handle my two dogs, May and Teddy. I will leave the chores to both my husband and my boy. My boy would have to feed the dogs once in the evening. I have asked my husband to feed bread to May before he goes to work every morning. He would need to do the dressing for May every morning and night. As you know, May's bandages need to be changed at least twice a day. With me around, I will change her bandages three times a day.

Next, the housework. My boy would be the sole person to help. He would do the laundry and keep the compound clean as my two dogs easily mess up the place..

Regarding my boy's meals, he has to think for himself. He can walk to the eateries and buy his own food. My husband would be definitely busy in the shop.

Well, I hope that everything goes on fine while I'm away for the week-long holidays!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ready for my trip

Well, each time before I embarked on my planned trip, I would do a lot of research on those places that I would be visiting. But I guess this time, I'm short of time. So I will just follow the go and see as much as I can..

Anyway, earlier I had managed to googled some pictures of those places that I'm going to visit soon..

Ermou Street

Athens Airport





At the meantime, I don't think I have the time to 'look' at more places in the itinerary. I haven't even packed my luggage. That I guess would be my last minute chore.

I will be in Athens for just 5 days. Wish I could go for more days!

My precious holidays

In September 1999, I planned to visit Paris but it was rejected by the Education Department. Those days, we as teachers were needed to get permission before we could visit other countries. It was a blessing in disguise as at that time, I was accepted into university for my TESL degree.

So when I finally graduated in May 2002, I had already planned to visit places. In September 2003, I visited Seoul Korea. Then in December 2004, I went to Sydney and Newcastle in Australia.

Next in Oct 2005, I was in Germany with my Fitline people. In June 2006, I went to Beijing with my school colleagues in Batu Gajah on a halal trip. In July 2007, I just went to Kucing with my new school colleagues in Ipoh.

I started working in the shop in 2008 and I had no time to visit until Nov 2009 when I visited Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen. I was very aggressive and I next visited Taiwan in March 2010. Not long after, I visited Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in June 2010.

Next in June 2011, where did I go?

In June 2012, where had I been?

Now it's 2013, where will I be going?

Flying Emirates to a faraway land!

By the way, I have checked through my February posts and checked on the comments. If you missed commenting on one single post, then you are not listed as my top regular commenters. So here are the top five with no specific order..Mun, Jeanette, SK, Mecoy and Small Kucing.

Will be on holidays and hopefully manage to get some overseas souvenirs.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Back to normal

After the CNY gathering at my shop yesterday morning, everything will be back to normal. Life won't be so hectic until the next festival.

Let's look at what we had for the gathering..

CNY cookies

 Mandarin oranges

 sambal biscuits

 kaya puff


 fried bihun

 steamed cocktail frankfurters

 nuggets and wedges

 dried pork

Some of my customers were already waiting for me to get ready..
 my very first guest of honor with his granddaughter

more pictures can be viewed here @ Chang Jiang

Next, we had a birthday celebration for my part-time worker.
 Happy Birthday, Seng!

Later in the evening, my husband, my boy and I went to Parkson to have our dinner.
 the lovely stage used for CNY performances

We had different orders..
 my boy's chicken chop rice

 my husband's fish and egg rice

 My curry chicken chee cheong fun

 My snow ice

After dinner, I saw the Choy San Yeh..
 took a picture with him and he gave me 2 golden chocolate coins.

Next, we went hunting for a luggage. All my 3 luggages have gone oversea..
my brand new Polo
it's 50% off

Ready to go for a holiday!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happy Chap Goh Meh

In 10 hours time, the Chap Goh Meh gathering at my shop will start and will last for an hour. Initially I had planned just for my shop's facebook friends but I guess many are shy. Only a handful have confirmed that they are coming over to my shop for the gathering.

Since that's the case, I prepared just a few gifts to be given to those who confirmed that they are coming over. As for customers who happen to be at my shop during that period, they will be invited to join in our gathering.

 We used to have gathering for my staff and worker.

The main dish is KFC fried chicken and fried bihun together with nuggets, wedges and cocktail. I have lots of CNY cookies and oranges too. I just prepared the soya bean agar-agar. The drinks will be on the house too..

Can't wait to see how it will go and I'm wondering how many would actually shop at that time ie. 11am - 12pm

Happy Chap Goh Meh!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My boxer

My boxer, May has been home since the 4th day of CNY. When she came back in the evening, she was so groggy possibly due to the intense medication at the vet's clinic. She was taken care by my girl until she went back to her uni on the 7th day of CNY. 

Since then it was my duty to take care of May. I was very concerned in the sense that I changed her bandage three times a day. I stopped the usage of the white powder which my husband gave. It was not helping. I switched to a herbal powder, the Yunnan Paiyao which we sell at my shop. It is practically used for serious wounds. Seeing that May's sores were rather serious, I didn't hesitate to use it even though it's rather expensive for a small bottle of the herbal powder. I used almost a bottle a day.

I realized the effectiveness of the powder. I was actually experimenting with the ways of treating and bandaging her sores. Now after 7 days of care for her, I believe that she is recovering.

Last evening, I saw her vet and asked if May still needed medication. She said that May already had much medication and advised me to put her on vitamins.

I asked regarding her condition and she told me that her case is cancerous ie Lymphoma. I googled about it and got to know more about her condition. This kind of cancer can only be put under control and I hope her sores would quickly heal.

So sorry that May has to bear with her disease. Hope she can survive till my girl who studies in UK comes back. My girl loves her the most.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Twin bananas

Today this cute little darling visited me. His grandparents brought him over for the very first time. He's so cute as he smiled readily. I was tempted to carry him and he was fine with that. Some babies don't like strangers. 

I carried him and kissed his cheek several times..So adorable. Without hesitation, I gave him an ang pow.
his granddad put him on the table and I took a shot of him..

When I went back home in the evening, I realized that the bunch of bananas at the altar has ripen. I brought the bunch to my shop and shared with my people. There was this particular twin bananas and my worker wanted them.

She peeled them and I could see that they were adjoined all the way down. Well, old wives tale has it that those ladies who ate them would give birth to twins in future..

Inai drawings

Well, Thaipusam was on the 27 Jan 13. Ipoh was a busy town. My girl came back earlier before the event and wanted me to take her to the temple to observe the Thaipusam procession for her project work. It was a Sunday and I wanted to do some housekeeping so my other girl took her there

She came back and showed me her hands being drawn with inai. She has posted about it on her blog. Maybe you would like to see her pictures of Thaipusam celebration @ Simple Life.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Detect counterfeit note

It's very easy to get caught if we don't use the money detector. Counterfeit note doesn't show anything on the money detector

Here's showing what we could see through the real note under the uv light of the money detector.








Now let's see the counterfeit note under the uv light..


Another way to detect counterfeit money is to touch and feel.
Those words on the real note could be felt
whereas counterfeit note feels smooth.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CNY day 9

On Sunday, at about 12 midnight, I walked over to my neighbor's house ready with some CNY gifts. Both of them looked so cheerful. They always have this celebration every year  and I am sure to be invited.

sugar canes were being offered

The roasted pork was the highlighted item.


sweet glutinous rice

'ang ku'

'ang ku'

steamed egg cake

pomelo and watermelon

red eggs

After distributing ang pows to my neighbour's grandkids, I was ushered into the house and served..

fried bihun, curry chicken and sweetened vinegar pork knuckles

After prayers, the roasted pig was cut and hence I was given some. Some agar-agar too and most importantly the Carlsberg. Well, I don't drink but this time I was not spared. The landlord poured some Carlsberg into my glass and told me to finish it. I had to finish the drink before I called it a night. I was already feeling like 'floating' and before I got drunk, I made a move.

So goodbye I said and off I walked back.

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