Friday, 23 February 2018

Reunions, Returns and Men in Uniform!

Hey everyone! How's it going? I'm back in Perth, having arrived early yesterday morning following an overnight flight from KL on Wednesday night (12am Thursday). It was a pleasant enough flight, and I managed to train myself to reduce my phobia of flying a little bit, by reminding myself not to "feed the fear" each time the plane does a little wibble-wobble. The immigration process was a bit of a bitch, what with long luggage-collection waits and the whole dog-sniffing checkout (though the doggy was cute). But all in all, it was a good return to Perth. Now if only I could've slept on the plane, instead of touching down and wandering about the airport through customs looking like some red-eyed, bleary-faced zombie. Oh well.

The housemates seem to be pleased that I'm back, and it's a relief that the guy who caused all that conflict last year has moved out. Only thing is, a new dude has moved in. I just met him last night, and let's just say he's an attractive straight bloke who's working in some form of law enforcement. Oh lawdy, lawdy, lawdy. I need to have a word with my existing housemates about allowing a man in uniform to move in!!!! OY!

In all seriousness though, the dude seems to be a good (if assertive, which probably comes with the work territory) guy, and we hit it off pretty well last night. So yeah, this should hopefully be smooth-sailing from now on, fingers tightly crossed. I was also really warm-fuzzied when Plant Lover Housemate told me yesterday: "I've missed you, Chooey. After you went home, I thought, 'I miss Chooey'." AWWWWWW. Such a sweetheart. He's still a plant-loving hermit, but bless him.

What else? Before I came home, I spent a couple of days with Little Jo who was visiting from Singapore. It was a good time! As usual we had too much to eat... LOL. On Thursday, our dear friends Josie and Trevor (from Perth) visited, and we managed a catch-up over lunch as well. I'll post up pics of that reunion when I have them, but in the meantime, here's a pic of little Jo and me, freaking out over a platter of pork belly and ribs! Argh, pig-out city!!

We always do this to ourselves! Gaaarrgggh!
What else? Hmmm I can't think of anything, lol. I've spent yesterday and today just catching up on zzzz's and I'm also starting to feel under the weather, which I attribute to the flight over (started getting sneezy then) and also the change of climate and what-have-you. On top of this, my car battery is completely flat dead, which serves me right for not asking one of my housies to start the engine every now and then! Oh well, I guess we'll just have to get it sorted, won't we? Social Housemate has hooked up the battery to an electric car charger, so we shall see if that yields positive results.

Well, I guess that's about all for now, until and unless I happen to remember mo--- OH WAIT. I just remembered!! When I got in at about 7:30 yesterday morning, the house was a friggin' pig sty!! I kid you not! ARGH!! I mean, I guess it could have been worse, but man oh man, these boys are such slobs, it's not even funny! (In reality it didn't really upset me TOO badly. I'm mostly chuckling, good-naturedly, about it... although being told that the dustbin lid was out in the sun because they'd forgotten to bring the bins out and maggots had taken root was not a nice thing to be told!). But hey, don't take my word for it, here's a nice little 5-minute-plus video!

This all resulted in me being the ol' Asian maid (a derogatory statement I'm putting on myself; none of them have ever called me that, so it's semi in jest) and giving the house a massive clean. And it also resulted in some reprimanding words via the household group Whatsapp chat, where I learnt the abovementioned fact that New Housemate is assertive simply by the tone of his response. (Apparently he's also a clean freak, a fact Plant Lover Housemate opposes, so time will tell. This could get interesting.)

All in all, though, I'm in good spirits and looking forward to what this year will bring, including the previously mentioned new Perth project that's happening in May (which I'm still not allowed to officially talk about). Rest assured when I have permission to reveal the news officially, I will. Until then, stay cool and check back in on my blog for more updates soon, k?! Cheerio!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Food, Family and Fundraisers

As you can see below, it's the first day of Chinese New Year, which I've previously noted is not my favourite time of the year!! This year might be an exception though, because for the first time the entire family is home in KL (the parents and brother usually high-tail its to Penang, which I used to do until we collectively decided not to put the dogs under the strain of being vet-kennelled, meaning someone – i.e. yours truly – had to remain home in previous years). So Mum decided to go all-out and prepare the kinds of traditional CNY foods Grandma would usually make, and boy did she do a good job! Let this picture paint a thousand om-nom-nommy words!

There has been a lot of pigging-out happening in recent days, haha!

What else has been happening? Oh yes, of greatest significance, of course, is the fundraising concert I held to help raise monies for my brother's healthcare fund. It was held on the 8th and 9th of Feb, a week ago, and I'm so happy to share that it was a big success!

The concerts were well-attended; we had some very positive feedback from the audience; and all in all we made at least twice the targeted amount of RM6,000. So YAY!! I couldn't have done it without the help of Cheryl Teh, who co-owns Harmony Hall PJ, and who very graciously offered to let me hold the concert there for free. And of course, all the performers involved; members of the Selangor Phil, who contributed financially as well as their time and energy to help out behind-the-scenes; and to all who attended and donated. A huge THANK YOU. Here are some photos!

With Michelle, one of the awesome performers!
So that's all for now, boys and girls. Day II of CNY tomorrow... time to get some beauty sleep, hehehe! Till then!!

Arf, Arf!

Updates to come!

A Case of Resting Bitch Neighbour Face

A few nights ago I was out walking my doggy Ashley when... oh, let this Facebook post explain it. I'll copy and paste here:


So I was walking my doggy Ashley when she decided to sniff at the grass by the curb next to a neighbour's gate. This neighbour has previously given me death glares before: the old man who lives there tends not to smile or acknowledge you but just openly stare. Tonight he did it again – from inside his car, then standing at his gate, just watching me with open hostility while my dog did nothing but sniff the grass.  

Then his wife called out, in Hokkien: "Eh why you taking so long?" "There's someone out here, letting his dog shit here!" he replied, also in Hokkien. "What?" his wife exclaimed, and he repeated it, loudly, as he went into his driveway and into his house, while I called out: "Hey, don't simply make accusations!" or something to that effect (but Malaysianised). 

When I got home, I told my dad what had happened, and he walked over to the man's house intending to have a word. But the man's daughter was at the front gate, so he told her, "Tell your father we don't just let our dogs shit anywhere we like." She ignored him and went back into her house. 
The letter. Click for full view.
Subsequently, when I got home, I penned a long-ish letter which I then left in his mailbox. I just might've started a neighbour war, but you know what? I've reached a point where I no longer give f*cks about people who treat me or my dogs badly. I simply can't stand assholes who think that every neighbour who owns a pet is irresponsible and is out to get them. Furious doesn't begin to describe how I feel. 

Here are the contents of that letter:

Dear old man who lives here, 

I am highly offended by your act of openly STARING when I am walking my dog. I have been walking my dogs on this street for the past 14 years – usually TWICE a day – and my dogs have NEVER, NOT ONCE, taken a SHIT anywhere CLOSE to your property. To stare and not smile, not say hello, is inherently RUDE and ultimately DISRESPECTFUL. As someone of the older generation, I would think you should know better. Do you know WHY I don't let my dogs shit close to your house? Because I am a RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL neighbour – qualities you seem to LACK. And because of that, I will not demonstrate any respect to you. Respect is not a given; it is EARNED. 

To make matters worse, you then openly complained to the old woman that I was letting my dog shit there. This kind of accusatory, suspicious behaviour is not just unnecessary; it is downright shameful. All you had to do is say hello, learn to smile, and you would know I mean no harm and will not leave a mess. To top it all off, I was not even NEAR your gate; I was closer to your neighbour's house. They have a dog. He and I often have conversations. We are on good terms. I respect THAT family as my neighbours.

Of course, the biggest joke is that if my dog or *I* wanted to shit on the roadside... we COULD. You realise, of course, that you do not OWN the areas outside your house? It's laughable that you would be so incourteously (sic) resentful of me being there when we don't complain about the number of cars you own that block the PUBLIC ROAD. Again, why? Because we are GOOD NEIGHBOURS, UNDERSTANDING NEIGHBOURS, TOLERANT & FRIENDLY neighbours. Kids get taught these things in kindergarten. 

In conclusion, your attitude and behaviour are despicable and reeks of someone who isn't civilised. I'm sure that is NOT true. So why be a "tu lan" (pig's balls!) neighbour when you can be a nice one? 

Sincerely, Dog Walker (and now, shitter) 

PS: I understand Hokkien. 

PPS: We have even TALKED about this BEFORE. I have previously ALREADY reassured you of my dogs leaving no mess. If you don't remember, that is NOT *MY* fault. 

Happy Chinese New Year.