Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year to all of you who celebrate it.

I realize it has been a couple of weeks since the last time I posted anything in this blog. I have been busy shopping and eating –two activities that are probably the most common for any visitor to Malaysia! I think at last count, I am taking back to Sydney 10 pairs of shoes/sandals and about 35 or more pieces of brand new outer wear. I am almost afraid to count how many pairs of underwear I have bought! I think that once again, my luggae will weigh more than the allowed 20kg.

We went to Midvalley Megamall today, and after saying that I will not buy any more ‘stuff’, I bought four cushion covers, a tiffin carrier for taking lunch to work and 6 teaspoons last year I bought bowls and mugs, a weighing scale and some cushion covers and tissue box covers. So at least this year I have bought fewer things. Hmm.. fewer, but not none! I am getting better, I think.

I was at FOS at Bangsar Village and managed to buy a light pink silk top for RM9.90 (that is about AU$4 or US$2.60 for you non Malaysians) It’s nicely fitted and long enough. Most tops look short on me as I have a long body but this one was just fine. I think I will wear it tomorrow when I go visiting. (During Chinese new year, we visit our relatives, and they come to visit us as well). I also bought a linen/silk blend shirt for RM49.90. The label says “DKNY”, and half of it has been cut off, which is what they often do at FOS as they are meant to be selling factory seconds and over-runs. None of the clothes were stained or defective in any way, so I guess they were just factory ‘extras’.

I have also been shopping at the Nichi Fashion Warehouse along Jalan Sungai Besi, the Cheras market (yes, it is a wet market, but there is an entire floor devoted to clothes there), One Utama (my, oh my, is that place big, or is it big…), the Curve and Ikano Centre, Star Hill, Bukit Bintang, Lot Ten, Ampang Park, City Square, Great Eastern Mall and KLCC. Hmm, I think I have pretty much covered most of the shopping area of KL and PJ!

Food-wise, I have not had any durians, but I have had my Bak Kut Teh and Hokkien Fried Mee, and I guess that that’s what matters. Tonight at dinner we had pork hock cooked in two different styles, salted vegetable, pork and duck soup and various waxed meats. Hmm, that’s probably stuff I’d never cook in Sydney but love to eat.

It was a sad day yesterday when we had to send Shilo back to the SPCA, which is where we originally bought him. The silly boy got into a fight with Brownie, and Brownie had sunk his teeth into the back of Shilo’s neck. We had so much trouble trying to apply the medication onto is neck as Shilo was getting agitated and snappy. On Sunday night he bit Dad and we had to take Dad to the doctor to get his tetanus shot and to get the wound dressed. It was unfortunate but we decided that we had to send him back to the SPCA since he would not let any of us near him. I was not home when the man from the SPCA came for him, but Dad said that he put up a huge fight, growling and snapping at anyone who tried to approach him. It was really ad as Shilo was probably my favourite of the four dogs we have. He’s normally such a sweet playful boy, but he does have a mean streak. The last time he was wounded in a fight (with Brownie), he tried to snap at Dad when Dad was applying the medication too. I hope the SPCA will not put him down. He will make a good guard dog for a factory, I think. He will probably not be a safe dog to have around children, which is really sad as I think most of the people who adopt dogs from the SPCA are families who want family pets.

Tonight has been a terrible night for the dogs. Poor Butch is now hiding under the car. All of them hate fireworks and fire crackers, but it seems to bother Butch the most. Both he and Brownie were barking loudly earlier tonight. I think Butch is now hiding under the car. Poor boy. Fireworks and firecrackers are illegal in Malaysia. I don’t know why the authorities don’t do something about it. It’s now midnight and there are neighbours setting off fireworks – very loud ones too! I think it is very inconsiderate of them as it is probably the same neighbours who will complain about the dogs in the neighbourhood barking when they set off fireworks. Ok, I am being a whiner tonight, but it really gets up my nose that people are setting off fireworks and firecrackers at midnight. Some people need to sleep, Chinese New Year or otherwise!

Ok, onto more positive news – I have completed my Opal socks tonight – FINALLY! I will take a picture and pos it when I get a chance. They were easy enough to knit, and I think I like the fabric I got from knitting with 2.25mm needles. It is tighter ad stiffer than my other socks but will probably wear better as well. I will have to compare them to my other socks once I have worn them and washed them a few times.

Unfortunately I have bee so busy that I have hardly had time to check my email and I never made It to any of the knitting meet-ups in KL. Maybe next year, if they will still have me.

Gong Hei Fatt Choy everyone!
Hi there, it seems that you had a very fruitful vacation. I've never been to Malaysia. I came from Hong Kong, which is pretty close to Malaysia, but am now living in California. I always like reading about people visiting countries in Asia. I guess that means I'm a little bit homesick!
Kung Hei Fat Choy to you too!
Happy New Year to you too! Really unfortunate about ur dog. I'm sad to hear about that. When are you going back to Sydney? I'm sorry u weren't able to make it to the meets. Next time then. Gong hei fatt choi!
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