Human Nature, Quotes, Simplify

Their Opinions

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us—or a wise human being, even—and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions—instead of our own.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.4

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Health, Human Nature, Malaysia

Set Them Free

This morning, my parents flew back to Lahad Datu with the tickets I bought online. They have been unusually enthusiastic and talkative since then. D and I had to laugh when the two walked off without even a glance back to us at the airport.

With the parents heading back home, the two of us went to the well known Gaya Street Sunday Market. After that, we went to our favourite mall to cool down. A slow walk back to the apartment made up the rest of today’s walking quota.  :-)

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Jibber Jabber

Shred & Cheque

Today, I had dad shredding outdated documents using a paper shredder. I think he finds this task therapeutic and satisfying. The shredder makes an awful sound that drives the rest of us crazy. I have to limit the paper I hand off to him and shred the envelopes by hand.

This afternoon, we handed off a cheque to pay for another week’s stay at our current holiday apartment. Boy, it was many years ago since I filled in a cheque for my mom. 

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Creative Business, Malaysia

Taxing Taxis

Coming from a third world country, I have always accepted taxi services as an important part of the Malaysian society. It is the occasional unethical and unruly drivers which I cannot stand.

Thus, we tried an app known as Grab for the first time today. D and I were torned between our hate for the uber-ishness of this system, but can’t help loving the ease of use, the low cost and the friendly drivers we have met so far.

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Malaysia

Passports

Today, my parents renewed their Malaysian passports. With nine more months before expiry, they decided that it is best to have these renewed while they are back home. The process went smoothly and both received their new passports within the hour. These are good for the next five and a half years.

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Food & Drinks, Malaysia, Travels

Pool, Pasar & Korean

In the morning, D spent some time in the pool while I soaked my feet and took photos. Later we went for a walk along the waterfront all the way till the city’s wet market. Our senses were pleasantly bombarded by the many fresh produce that were displayed in old wooden stalls. We bought fruit and vegetables, and decided to come back again.

In the evening, we walked to a Korean restaurant we know from previous visits. The Korean owners recognized my parents and we were greeted with many friendly smiles and warm handshakes. The food was wonderful and we had a lovely meal despite the reduced portion and inflated prices.

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Malaysia

Cultural Dance

Yesterday was lost to long distance travel. By the time we reached our lodging, we were all at a half-comatose stage and were not functioning at optimum level. I personally do not remember much of the exhausting day. 

This afternoon, we went to a familiar shopping mall a taxi ride away. We ate something at the food court. Later, mom went to get her hair done while the three of us roamed around the mall, posting for photos, watched a cultural dance at 4pm. We ended the day with a lovely sushi dinner. 

The Kadazan cultural dance was certainly the highlight of my first day back in Sabah.

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Malaysia, Travels

Off We Go

The airport shuttle arrived at our front door at 9.45am this morning. That marks the beginning of our trip to Sabah. Now, there will be two flights, one long transit, and one taxi ride to reach our destination. 

Let the journey begins!

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Belgium, Events

Sinksen 2017

D and I spent this Sunday afternoon at the Sinksen in Kortrijk with both our parents. I do not know if it was my parents presence which somehow affected my outlook of things, but it seems that this year’s celebration is a bit less lively than before. There seemed to be less people as well. 

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