Today is warm and sunny. It is the perfect weather for a bike ride and a picnic lunch at the lake. So, D and I packed up some sandwiches and drinks, biked to the lake and enjoyed our lunch sitting on a bench under the trees. After lunch, we biked around the lake just for fun. It was lovely. I am still amaze and grateful that I get to experience all these wonderful things for free.
Today is one of those sunny breezy spring days. So after some light gardening, I suggested to D that we bike to De Gavers for lunch. I prepared and packed up some sandwiches, took some cold drinks out of the fridge, and put these into D’s bag. Although I was prepared to carry these, we ended up dividing the tasks. We biked leisurely to the lake, parked our bikes near a cafe, and then walked to our favourite bench to enjoy our simple lunch. After lunch, D took some photos of the lake and its surrounding. While biking home, we made a quick stop in the forest and took some photos of wild hyacinths.
D and I are truly fortunate to live so close to a lake. We need not travel far to get in touch with nature, to see beautiful things, and to have a picnic lunch outside our home.
This afternoon, D and I went to the Hello, Robot exhibition in Gent. I would describe the exhibition as ‘compact and concise’. It provides the necessary information and awareness in the form of posters, leaflets and videos. Aside from the original R2D2 display, there are really nothing really mind-blowing or new to me here. I had wished for more interactive or virtual reality displays, but they probably had a limited budget after paying for R2D2’s plane ticket.
On the other hand, we got to visit our beloved Gent on a sunny day. That is always good.
D and I landed at Zaventem 25 minutes earlier. Boy was the airport busy this Monday morning.
Fortunately for me, I did not have to line up at ‘All Passports’ but was allowed to go along with D and whizzed by immigration in minutes. I luv Belgium.
However, we did have to wait for a while at the baggage claim because a gazillion planes landed at the same time.
This trip has been smooth like butter. UA has won me over for now thanks to a very good partnership with Aer Lingus. Damn it, there goes one of my many mini boycotts.
By midday today, our one bag is packed. It is half full.
Since D and I did not want to be cooped up in the house the last day we are here, we asked M to drive us to the town centre so that we can check it out by ourselves. Mom came along because she wanted to get out of the house as well. We were dropped off at the library, took a walk around town and ended up at Rec Bar drinking beer.
We then decided that the family (all eight of us) should have dinner at some place nice. M suggested a burger place, which turned out to be a great eating place. Everyone was happy and satisfied and we spent the evening watching tv together.
Today, M took the day off. The four of us (dad stayed home) went to visit the Mega Cavern.
Wow, I never know this thing (they call it a building) exist! Goes to prove that one will never be too old to still be surprised by life’s little and big things.
Today is Malaysia Day. I am spending (not celebrating) this day in Kentucky with two other Malaysians, my parents.
On the theme of not celebrating, we went out for a Korean dinner. My goat stew was simply delicious. After dinner, we went to drink some beers at a local brewery pub known as 3rd Turn Brewing.
So here I am visiting my youngest brother after a four-year gap. Seeing where he lives, his neighbourhood, doing grocery at Meijer, helping out in the garden, seeing a play by my niece and her two friends and taking long walks around the neighbourhood. Ten years of living in Belgium does not stop me from having this familiar feeling, like I know this place, even though I have just been here in Kentucky for 48-hours. I guess those years in Michigan left quite an impression after all.
Three flights and four airports later, I have accomplished my mission of bringing the parents safely back to the US. Phew… I am going to sleep good tonight.
Today, I clean the house as I usually do on Wednesdays. Then, I do my accounting and finances. I pay bills that are due in the near future and allocate funds to where they will be needed.
Tomorrow, I shall try to freeze any leftover food that the four of us cannot finish. I will also get some snacks ready for the budget flights I have booked. Then, one last kitchen scrap composting and I will be ready for the upcoming trip to America on Friday.