It’s good to be home,…

It's good to be home, and eating zhap fan XD Malaysia still is home for me, and still has some of the best food on the planet πŸ˜€

Day One, short and sweet

I woke up at 3:45PM. What the flying fuck.

Haha I was so shocked at myself, and I still can’t believe it! My cousin was on the way back alr, so I thought I’d greet her first before deciding what to do next.

We had a good laugh when she walked through the door, but she just said “ah, it’s your holiday! Zero shame in waking up whenever you want and doing whatever the hell you want!” now those are words of wisdom.

Decided to do what I wanted to do for today, and that was to cycle around Stanley Park. Best idea ever! I just headed to the nearest bike rental shop to our place so that I could get cycling!

I was a bit optimistic in thinking that I could cycle around the entire park.. The place is ginormous! But also very very scenic.

The marina area where they have all the yachts and seaplanes kinda reminded me of the Flisvos marina in Athens. Cycle abit more, to.. Hallelujah Point, and you can get a really good skyline of Vancouver. Further on, along the seawall, is just a huge body of water, peace and quiet, and me generally enjoying the wind against my face.

I think cause I also haven’t cycled in awhile, it’s extremely freeing to be able to control where I wanna go, and when I wanna stop. And the initial fear of cycling in traffic, I mean there are some dedicated bike lanes, but otherwise I’m still cycling on the same lane as a car! And on occasion I cycled on the wrong side of it too.. So that was slightly scary! Haha and trying to beat the red light so that I wouldn’t have to stop.

Had to begin my journey back when I reached Lionsgate Bridge, cause it was getting abit late and I had to shower and head out to dinner. That ride back, though, really reminded me of driving through Hokkaido. That forest view! Also drove past some flower garden and an entrance to a lake.

Nearly expired cycling uphill on the way back to the bike rental store. But the gears are really good! I survived it! Just got abit confused at some of the intersections. XD

The evening eating plan for today was also quite fabulous. Blackened creole chicken at Cactus Club! Tasty, tasty indeed. And also, Bella Gelateria. There was a queue! But happily enough we didn’t have to wait that long. Besides, dinner was pretty filling, so it wasn’t a problem! We ended up with Whisky Fudge & Lavender. πŸ˜€

And I can’t sleep, which is why I’m awake at 4am. Damnit jetlag! Slept for about 4 hours nia. Maybe I’ll tire out myself tmr properly so that I’ll sleep normal hours.

Day zero – travelling back in time(zones)

My sleep cycle is completely messed up.

Midnight flight from KL – Narita was still alright, I slept through that and was feeling fine for the 3 hour layover. Japan possibly has the nicest airports! Neat shops and stuff to buy, and I think I just really like Japanese things in general πŸ˜‚

The food on this flight, well, I only got breakfast and that was mihun + egg. Hahaha quite a Malaysian fare, I think! But I thought it was OK lah.

Wandered around the terminal a little bit, and bought some Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory biscuits for May Yun. They looked really good, gorgonzola + honey, and salt + camembert flavored.

Second leg from Narita to Fort Worth.. I think I slept through a fair bit too, watched some movies. But this time, for some reason I started to feel my brain crying out in despair! Like I started to feel abit bored.

Didn’t help that the American Airlines air hostesses were kinda strangely curt. Manalah tau that some things are self-service? Like water? πŸ˜‚ And I’m not even being rude when I ask for things. So.. That put me off abit.

The food on this flight was pretty good though, haha I took all the Asian options. Pork + rice, and teriyaki salmon + rice. Quite liked both of it. There was some cold side dishes like banchan that was really tasty too!

Had like 7 hours at the airport this time. I was starting to feel more tired at this point and I decided not to go out into town although I should have had enough time. Might have been a good idea in hindsight.

Immigration was kinda cool, they had kiosks you could scan your passport so that you didn’t have to fill in forms manually. Doing this meant that the officer just had to eyeball you and make sure u look like your passport and you were free to go!

So I wandered around 4/5 terminals. Ate a pork rib sandwich for lunch, and that was quite good, actually. Was a toss-up between ribs or Tex-Mex. Also was quite tempted to eat ice cream, but I held off. Reckon I’d get my fair share of it in Vancouver.

Final flight, from Fort Worth to Vancouver. I was already nodding off at the terminal, so this flight I just KO-ed. But it felt kinda cold, so I didn’t really get to sleep well. But I am thankful they at least gave some water and.. Some snacks to pass the time. Cause I was starting to feel a little hungry by this time.

So landing in Vancouver was a “THANK God this is over!” moment πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I just wanted to have a meal and shower and sleep!

They also had the kiosk for the immigration but it couldn’t read my passport.. Had to do it manually.

Anyway, it wasn’t hard to spot my cute host, she was wearing a duck hat after all! 😍 We took the train back, and her place is quite quaint! Chucked the bags, and headed off to catch dinner at a comfort food place. Stole some of her pot pie, and had some pork tacos which were a little dry, but alright. That pot pie, though, was delish! Chunky filling and nice sauce too!

We rounded up dinner with some servings of cake, and the biscuits I bought from Narita. And some peach tea. Verrryy noice.

Was also introduced to Queer Eye, and I love how they managed to bring out the best in their clients! Haha and that they’re quirky. And take care of themselves very well. Haha they’re really all quite good-looking! My faves so far are Antoni & Tan, they just appeal to me.. Haha like their general “type” of look. (lolol I pronounced Tan like a Chinese surname and just went, wtf kind of name is that?!)

My first work famirry – the end of a journey.

10th Aug, 2018.

My last day with my first work famirry at 123RF. I was there for 8 years and 7 months.

My day started with “What The Fuck” as I saw my entire desk covered with bubble wrap. From monitor to laptop to chair.. To even my water flask, and my alpaca. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ You guys definitely did it well with this one.

Deployment for card reuse was successful, and within the time frame too, no drama!

Had lunch at Jibby & Co. Haha it’s so hipster even the waiters match the decor.

Rolling around as usual in the afternoon, just waiting for my exit interview.

Then did my rounds to give my thanks and appreciation to everyone I’ve worked with. Took some pictures, joked round abit πŸ˜€ Glad I worked with some decent people.

Met Eng Eng at the door, and I hugged her alot! All will be well. πŸ˜€

Most beautiful sprint burn down graph I’ve seen so far πŸ“ˆ

Had a quick dinner at Big Wantan. Silly David and Bobby went to the one in Uptown, but we were all at DJ! Sibeh fail lol.

Karaoke time was epic πŸ˜‚ everyone was in an oldies mood that night, some Japanese songs were played, and The Miao Miao song! What happens here stays here (just that we have some damming evidence of it)

OH MY GOD, you guys are a bunch of idiots..made me tear up properly, you did. I made the right choice to open the farewell gifts at home.

I started with the farewell card, with the hand illustrations.

Still okay, and smiled a little at their notes.

Moved on to the photo book. Holy moly there were so many good moments in that book, with people past and presently in the company.

Heart began to twitch a little. Oh dear.

Lastly, decided to open the gift box hidden at the bottom of the bag.

It came in a LeTao packaging.

“What? Is this cake?!”

Removing the packaging, revealed a very smooth dark rosewood box. I kinda knew what it was at that second..

HOLY SHITTO IT’S AN OTARU MUSICAL BOX! This is not something people buy on a whim.

Opened the box to hear the melody of… Radwimps’ ε‰ε‰ε‰γœ. And next to it was a small stack of very cute notes.

This was the moment where my heart really grew heavier.

As I opened the notes, one by one.. I didn’t really realize how much I have impacted them, and how they’ve accepted me for who I am.

Somehow after I read my Bossu’s thank-you note, all floodgates let loose.

My first work famirry made me cry.

Because I know how much they meant to me. I also know how much I am going to miss them. I grew up with them, learned so much from them, and taught them in return too.

It’s not something I’m likely to ever forget, there’s nothing I ever regret, and everything I will cherish.

Had so much more great times than rough times, and I’m gonna carry on out into the world with all the love and support you guys have shown me. I will do well, and I hope in turn everyone does well too!

I really love you guys. πŸ˜€