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.
I started early in the morning…
First, I thawed the frozen items that were to be part of my dim sum fillings. By lunch time, I was already making my little spring rolls with all the ingredients I have chopped up and spiced accordingly.
By evening, I have completed items four of eight. Phew!
At 11pm, I realized that I have been too ambitious wanting to finish everything and sell them off before the trip. Parents are still here and they need to enjoy the days they have left in Belgium. I am unable to make food and go sightseeing at the same time. The love ones are always my priority. Dim sum will have to wait.
This Friday became really productive after lunch. First it was a short bike ride with D to the post office to mail off a letter to a Malaysian bank. Yep, snail mails are still in use apparently!
When we got home, our neighbour handed us a package which was ordered yesterday. This got me into my geek mode whereas I started plotting my steps in replacing my damaged Nexus 7 screen.
Around mid afternoon, we took my parents to Lokaal for one final Friday before they leave for the US next week. We had a good time drinking, eating and buying local produce.
In the evening, we joined the neighbours for a few drinks to finalize the last play street (speelstraat in Dutch). After serving the neighbours some of my dim sum things, I got several orders to make them. This before my long trip to US?!
It has been a good and busy Friday indeed…
Four years ago, I wrote this. Well, I have just booked some air tickets on the same airline I am supposed to avoid at all cost. I guess ‘monetary cost’ was a strong enough reason for me to allow myself to be herded about the internet like some digital life stock. I do not like my decision. I do not like how I am currently feeling regarding this matter. I guess we just need to face it and hope for the best.
The rain water cistern has been empty for almost two days now. So, imagine our relief when it finally rained today. A short 30-minute downpour actually filled the cistern up with 25cm worth of rain water. Phew…
Today in Gent, the four of us met up with my cousin who has lived in Belgium for a year. Family meet up aside, I took this opportunity to buy a jar of mustard and some coffee at local businesses that I have known for years. Going to Gent still feels like going home. I am pretty sure that I will feel the same if I ever visit Las Vegas and Lahad Datu.
I am 46 years old. That’s not young, and neither is that old. I am healthy and my life is in order.
When I was a teenager, I promised myself that I will not wait to travel. I will see the world every chance I get when I still have all my teeth. Travelling while I can still eat, can walk and can sleep well.
Is it not logic then that I refuse to spend the best time of my life at a demanding job, grinding away my precious time at the hamster wheel? All this at the expense of my health and time on earth. Nope, I shall spend the best days of my life doing what I enjoy the most. Being useful where it is most needed. Not living the standard conventional ways that many adhere to. I am going to leave these boring stuff for later…
Yesterday, I took my parents for a walk around the Gavers lake. Despite the sub-tropical heat, we enjoyed our walk. My parents were impressed by the nature this area has to offer and took lots of photos.
This morning, dad joined D and I to the Thursday Market. We bought a lot of fish and fruit.
Today is our third day back in Belgium. A few of us are still experiencing some minor jet-lag. Bags are completely unpacked and stored away. I am currently at my last two loads of laundry. Boy am I glad that my father likes ironing!
Damn, key duplication is so easy and cheap here. I do not know whether I should be pleased or scared.