Wishing You Well

Today begins the first day of my study leave. I was surprised that I didn’t stay in bed past 10 a.m. given that I don’t have to work today.

Anyway, I picked Kin up for lunch and printed some study materials at the office.

Forty minutes later, I arrived home with my takeaway lunch – combination fried hor fun from Malaysian Gourmet at Broadway. I was just walking towards the stairs when one of my neighbors, an old man approached me and said, “Would you be able to help me with… with… with…” while gesturing our security side gate.

“The security gate?” I asked.

“Yes. Yes. That.” He replied.

I agreed immediately. Never been happier to help. So we both walked to the door and I ran through the whole combination code thing with him. I slowly recited the numbers and made sure he repeated after me. I was thinking it’d be easier for him to remember the combination that way.

All the time, I thought to myself, he must have forgotten the code because he’s too old. Poor guy.

After he thanked me, I walked away, ready to head upstairs so I can have my lunch but my heart cringed as I walked further and further. As I reached the stairs, I turned to see if he was doing alright. There he was, his tall, skinny frame standing by the side gate. I could see he was slowly punching in the numbers but I wasn’t sure if he had the combination right this time.

Meanwhile, my neighbor who lives directly underneath me (an old man as well) just got back from lunch and was heading upstairs too. I think he saw that I was watching the old man attempting to open the security gate and so he stopped behind me and watched as well.

I turned and said, “He’s forgotten the security codes.”

He let out a soft sigh.

Poor guy, I whispered to myself.

The old man behind me then continued walking upstairs. At that moment, the old man by the gate turned around and wandered around with a look a desperation on his face.

Oh gosh. He must’ve forgotten the code again. And my heart sank.

He walked to the parking lot and I think he was looking for me because just as he turned around and saw me watching him by the stairs, he looked so relieved and happy, almost. I hurried myself to him and he said, “I have forgotten again.” My heart sank even deeper.

I offered to write the combination on a piece of paper for him and asked if he’d like that.

“Would you be able to?” he asked kindly.

“Sure!” I said. “I’m just gonna pop upstairs and grab a pen and a piece of paper.” And so he nodded his head and waited for me.

I ran upstairs, into my unit, frantically thinking to myself, PEN & PAPER! PEN & PAPER! PEN & PAPER!

I have so many pens on my table but I didn’t know which to choose. I reached for an ink pen and thought, bad idea, if the paper comes in contact with water, my writing will be smudged and he won’t be able to read it. NOW WHERE IS MY BALL-POINT PEN!

When I finally got what I needed, I ran downstairs again and was glad to find him where I left him. I scribbled the instructions on the piece of paper and handed it to him. His face lit and he thanked me again and again. Once again, he turned around and walked to the gate to try to open the gate. Meanwhile, I was watching him from the stairs as I was walking up. I saw him punching in the numbers again and this time, I see him opening the door and I felt really, really happy that I smiled to myself.

He repeatedly opened the gate for two to three times then stopped. He then turned around to walk to the other security door, to try if the combination will work on that door, I suppose.

After making sure that he was alright, I quickly ran back home and told Wing Kin what happened.

Several minutes later, I decided to step outside to check on him once again. Just as I was looking for him from upstairs, I saw him walking towards the stairs to his unit. I quickly ran to greet him and asked if everything is alright.

He said yes, with the piece of paper I gave him, he’ll be alright. He then proceeded to tell me this, “I’ve just got cancer. I was okay for a while but then now… now… now I’ve just lost it all.”

Right then, I think someone tied my heart to an anchor and threw it deep underneath the ocean bed. I wanted to give him a rub on his arm, but I didn’t. I didn’t know what to say when I looked into his blue eyes. He’s a sick, dying, old man who is living all by himself. I felt so sorry for him yet there was nothing I could do. He could tell I had a look of sympathy of my face but I don’t think that was what he wanted.

“If you ever need my help, I’m just at unit xx,” I told him, unsure if he would actually remember it.

“Thank you. Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome.” I then turned and walked back home.

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I will pray for you every night from this moment on.

Oh! Happy

Happy point #1: Bumped into a friend I haven’t met for about 2 years tonight and he said I’ve slimmed down a lot! 😆 Don’t know if he’s just saying that to make me happy or not but OH WELL, I shall take the compliment and not give it back to him HAHAHAHAHA.

Happy point #2: Finally had the guts this morning to ask my boss if I could go back for Chinese New Year next year and she said yes!!!!!! Miri here I comeeeeeeee~ Will get to attend Stephanie’s wedding too! I’m expecting to see lots and lots of ex-schoolmates & classmates hehehe.

Happy point #3: Kin is going back to Miri and I have parcels from Miri for him to bring back here for me muahahahaha! Saving me heaps of postage cost!!! Thing is, I don’t know when is he coming back though. Hopefully it won’t take him too long lah otherwise my excitement (of getting the parcels) will be all gone by then -_-

Butterflied Lamb Leg

Felt like cooking something special tonight so I made butterflied lamb leg with baked potatoes, bacon curly tails and baked egg in tomato.

Clockwise from bottom left: Chipolatas with bacon served with tomato chutney, baked egg in tomato, butterflied lamb leg with baked potatoes served with baby rocket and baby spinach.

Was supposed to wrap the bacon around the chipolatas and secure with toothpicks but we didn’t have any at home 😦

The egg was a little overcooked to my liking as well, sigh. I wanted it to be runny!

The lamb was yummy! The portion was way too big for me though so I got Kin to help finish mine, hahahaha!

Alrighty, back to the books!

Sleepy Head

It’s officially 2 more weeks till my exam day (yes, ANOTHER one! Exams never seem to end for me GAH! WHYYY!) and yet, I fell asleep studying in my bed today. SIGH. I slept so much that I’m still awake at 1:28 a.m. (albeit getting slightly sleepy right now) I wonder if I’ll be a walking zombie at work tomorrow?

Work has been crazy. When I say crazy I DO mean crazy. We’re getting so many new clients but we only have this small amount of staff. I really think we need to hire more people but I’m in no position to say so. Which sucks. ‘Cos this means we all have to deal with more and more clients each day until the financial year end and then it just keeps going on and on without an end.

There’s so much responsibility in my hands now that I’m even afraid to ask my bosses if I can go back for CNY next year 😦 *Long sigh* But I reaaaally wanna go back!!!

Okay Imma go to bed right now. Don’t wanna think about this anymore. Just wanna sleep it off and be ready for another DULL. MONDAY. MORNING.

Bosses are away for 2 days though so WOOHOO!!!!!!

Bye.

Made in Miri

The story goes like this:

Kin hands me a wood panel.

Kin: Look what I bought from Bunnings today.

Me: A wood panel?

Kin: Yeah. Flew ALL the way to Perth to buy something from Miri!

Kin points at logo on left hand side.

Kin: Made in Malaysia by SAMLING Global Limited.

Me: Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu [in awe].