Jul 28, 2016

My Primary School Friend

As some saying goes,

"People come and go"

But not this friend. Seri have been a friend of mine ever since primary school. We knew each other when we were 10 years old, which was primary four but only until we were in primary five that we've became the best of friends. She was a newly transferred student to the school that I was in. I came into knowing her during Award Giving Ceremony (Anugerah Cemerlang), where I remembered I leaned on the door and said Hi to her for the first time.

We go long back to the days where after school, we both go home to our respective houses and then after I take my shower and lunch, I will cycle to her house which is in another taman. And I did that for almost 300 days out of 365 days in a year LOL. True story. Literally almost everyday. Yet I never get tired of going to her house. Neither did she. She would walk all the way to my house and never break a sweat. I go to her house that often til my digimon reached level 38 wtf (both of us play PS3 together that time). We shared common interest such as reading manga and drawing. I have a pet cat and so does she. She would be happier to see my cat than me when she comes to my house lol.

We did entered the same high school together and got into the same class. But after a few months, she went to Maktab while I remained. She then no longer live in the neighbourhood while I still live in the same neighbourhood. However so, the both of us still make time for each other. We will meet up during holidays.

Today we met again. We actually met yesterday to catch up on each other. We spent the whole evening til night together. Never ending conversations. At first we had Milo and some nice kek lapis at my house. Then we thought of getting McDonald's new Hershey's ice-cream but only to be turn down due to its unavalibility. So we ended up in another cafe, sipping on milkshakes and continued chatting.

Seri and I rarely meet up. I would say probably twice a year. And rarely do we chat too. But whenever we meet, we wouldn't keep our mouth shut. I really had a great catch up with her these two days. Today we met up again and we walked around the neighbourhood, pointing at things that were so familiar to us, reminiscing on our primary school days. We would be excited when we hear ice-cream motors, and chase after it with our bikes when we missed the ice-cream uncle for the first time. This evening we were looking for ice-cream as thou we were 11 years old, but wearing clothes that were for a university presentation.

It was a mixture of feelings when we look back at how long we've been friends. It has been 9 years of friendship, almost a decade (since we didn't count primary four). I am truly grateful, sincerely from my heart, for the friendship that we have. We were 11 years old when we became best friends, and now we are like, what? 20 years old already? Time really flies. But you were still the same Malay best friend I met 9 years ago. And I am still the same Chinese friend you met 9 years ago.

Til then, see you again soon Seri!

Priscilla Ong.

Jul 26, 2016

Hatyai in July with Family

6th July - 8th July

Our family embarked on our very first trip together as a family of five. Our first overseas trip. More like over-the-border of Malaysia trip lol. After hearing so many people around me going to Hatyai, we finally stepped into the land of Thai. Hatyai is consider a destination that most Malaysian will go for a short getaway, especially for its food and a good shopping spree. But as much as many have told me, Bangkok will be a better place for shopping and food.

We were however very excited to go to Hatyai! The currency exchange was approx RM1 to 8.60 Thai Baht when we went there. When I asked my friends should we learn some Thai language to communicate better there, they would say, just speak Hokkien and Mandarin to them. To my surprise, we did really communicate in Hokkien most of the time! Which results in a better understanding and communication in Hokkien for me oh yeah! 

To me Hatyai was like, a town full of Malaysians lol. We went there during Raya season, so the whole place was packed! Like really packed. Everywhere we go is crowded. I find Hatyai food very susceptible to our taste buds. Remember to buy their coconut ice-cream! It cost like 50 Thai Baht, which is really cheap if you compare it to Sangkaya coconut ice-cream. It's way too expensive in Malaysia. Sigh. And when you go for a shopping spree, you should always bargain bargain and bargain. You could really get a good buy by negotiating the price.

And then there was the "tuk tuk", which is somewhat similar to what we call in Malaysia the "beca". I don't know why I was very happy to get on a "tuk tuk" hehehehe. Probably it was after we went to the big market, it was a scorching hot day, and our legs were sore after all the walking.

A trip to Hatyai is not complete with a massage. As you along the streets, you can see plenty of massage centers. Most people go for foot massages after a long day of shopping. I never been to any massages before. So it was virgin visit to the massage center. I tried the oil massage. And you were actually required to naked, which I didn't know! o.o And from my own experience, I find it more painful than relaxing wtf. And some parts was ticklish which almost made me laugh in the very quiet environment wtf again. So there goes my virgin attempt to get a massage mehh.

I'll just let the photos do the talking!

Near Hatyai big market.
On the way to Malaysia-Thailand border.
At the immigration.
At the big market.
In a "tuk tuk"!
Coconut ice-cream! 
Blizzard. We bought this at random and turns out to be one of the best ice-cream we tasted! omg.
Family <3

Jul 2, 2016

Neighbourhood Mini Adventure

Hi guys!

Today have been quite an indifferent day, unlike any normal days I would usually spend most of my time on the internet and probably doing elder sister's duties such as driving my siblings in and out, for example, sending them to school, sending them to tuition and then pick them up later or sometimes even sending my mom to work and on top of that doing house chores.
I have this perception: I am not often at home, probably just come back few times a year, so when I'm home I will help out as much as I can to lessen everyone's burden.

So back to topic! Tonight we were suppose to go out for dinner because it's the weekends, mom and dad often work very late in additional it's the festive season, Hari Raya, so they will be more busy than usual thus they wouldn't be able to cook dinner. And then I had an idea, why not I cook dinner instead?
Instead of driving to my neighbourhood grocery stall, I decided to cycle. But turns out the bike was out of air so I pushed the bike to a workshop to get it filled first. The grocery stall was just next to the workshop, so I went in to get my list of ingredients and then made a phone call to mom to tell her I'll be cooking dinner.

The same road when I drove and walked gave a totally different vibe. You tend to take notice of the smaller details around the road instead of usually just driving pass it. It also made me reminisce my childhood days where I often cycle around the neighbourhood, I even remember the curve where I once fell down which got me a scar on my knee that is still visible until today, and also a kind uncle who lend me a hand.

Years have passed throughout the years. I am still in the same neighbourhood, yet it gives a different touch to me every now and then, especially when I return home. The kids whom I see crossing roads to get home after school...I was once like that too, a high schooler anxiously walking back home curious of what's on the table for lunch haha. I see the bus stop. I look back on those days when my friends and I ran to the bus stop when we saw the bus approaching. The bus was our sole transport provider to get us to the shopping malls. Those days were fun! How times has passed and now we passed the second half of year 2016.

My primary school.

Bibimbap for dinner!

After all that saying, not a bad day I had huh!
And not to mention, from the items I bought, it cost me only RM5 excluding the rice and egg. A dinner for 4 below RM10?! Where to get you tell me?! Especially given that we are staying in KL, eating out is very costly. 

How was your day? Why not spice it up by trying something different from your daily routine? :D