Monday, 25 February 2013

Bon Voyage

In about 10 hours time, I'll be on board a plane to start my journey to Canada. Yes, it would be a long travel   - close to 30 hours, and I'll be stopping by Tokyo and then, Chicago. My flight ends in Toronto but I would be taking another 2+ hour bus ride before I arrive in London. I have to say, I am pretty excited - this would be my first time seeing snow (the REAL deal, not those man made ice shavings in Mt Buller). At the same time, I have this somewhat daunting feeling of what awaits me in the next few months or so.

The last one week has been pretty awesome. I caught up with family and friends. I barely paid for my meals, thanks all those who treated me! I did my first long ride of 150km since Ironman WA, it was a big group of nearly 40 people. The sun was scorching hot when we returned and I was toasted by the end of the ride. The day after, I rode an easy 40km with my sis up Genting Peres. I think this is the first time we rode together actually. Fun and eventful outing it was.
Yesterday marked the last day of Chinese New Year. I enjoyed the company of relatives, as after all isn't that what Chinese New Year is all about - family. This is also the first year for Li-Ann and myself to be giving out ang pows rather than receiving them! Took us some getting used to. Perhaps it's time for us to get the process started so that we can reap some return on investment soon *wink*

Although it's farewell... it would only be farewell for now. I'm not sure when is the next time I'll be returning to Malaysia or Australia. But I'll keep on blogging... just in another side of the world and in another timezone!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kiong Hee Huat Zhai

A  bit belated but here's to wishing all my blog readers a very happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the snake brings you peace, prosperity and lots of happiness! Week one of my two week break has just flown by and here's what I have been up to.

Chinese New Year at my dad's hometown in Raub. The last time I went back to celebrate was 3 years ago. It was also Li-Ann's first time celebrating it with my relatives.
My turn to celebrate Chinese New Year with Li-Ann's family.  This picture taken with bro in-law's camera and I borrowed his T-shirt too (which later was given to me hehe) as I did not have anything appropriate to wear.
Dad's belated birthday lunch - delicious buffet meal at the Majestic Hotel KL. We couldn't resist taking a picture with  the doorman dressed in colonial costume.

A ride from Putrajaya to Port Dickson with an awesome group of people. Thanks to  those who organized it and supported us along the way. You can see we were well taken care of... with plenty of food at each stop! Pictures courtesy of Nik Raiha Kosai.
Did a 6km open water swim the day after the ride. It wasn't a race and the buoys were small and far apart, making it difficult for sighting. The final buoy was removed partway through the swim as it was faulty. I stayed with another lady and we turned back early as the final buoy wasn't there anymore. According to her Garmin we swam 5.9km, which was close enough and a personal record for my furthest swim in the open water.

Mum and Dad joined me for a short getaway as well as to watch me swim. It's always nice to have them supporting by my side at these events.
Donated blood for a friend in need. I've been quite selfish in the past, keeping myself away from the blood bank, thinking that it will affect my training. Now that I'm on holiday, there's no excuse.
One more week left before I embark on a new adventure. Let's make the most of it!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Farewell Perth...

In about 20 hours time, I'll be boarding my flight back to KL for just over 2 weeks before I head off to Canada. My feelings are somewhat mixed... excited to embark on this new adventure, but sad to leave this place at the same time. Perth has been my home for the past 10 years. I will miss running along the Swan River on Mounts Bay road... taking only 15 minutes drive to the nearest beach to catch the sunset... watching the city skyline from King's Park... fish and chips by the harbour in Fremantle... Little Caesar's pizza at Hillarys... riding up the hills in Mundaring... and many more!

Most of all, I would miss the people.
Instagram photo by Natasha. Farewell Chinese New Year lou-sang lunch and very touching farewell gifts, thanks guys! 
Paparazzi Dennis in action. Drinks at The Garden and dinner at The Burger Bistro, Leederville. Thanks boys for the treat!
One last run in Perth, starting from King's Park
I have a full day of packing to do, so that will keep me from reminiscing too much. Perth, you have been really good to me for the past 10 years. I probably don't give you enough credit, much less than you deserve.  We may or may not be back after our stint in Canada. But I do hope for the former.

See you Perth... and may we cross paths again in the future!