Dear boredom and homesickness,
I hate you both.
I’m sick and tired of entertaining you.
FYI, long weekend in Penang started last Thursday night for Hindus’ Deepavali or Festivities of Lights was celebrated yesterday, Friday. Of course, our work resumes Monday so it follows I need not to spoil the 3-day-break.
Initially, my friends and I planned to go to Singapore and explore the Lion City via train from Penang; don’t ask me why but it didn’t push through. 😦
Then one of us suggested to just stay within Malaysia and experience the island of Langkawi; too bad all ferry trips and hotel accomodations were fully booked. 😦
Worst, 3 of my housemates were all out –two of them went home to Manila; one of them chose to spend his birthday alone in an undisclosed place for the duration of our break, and the other one came home late at past 1AM 2 days ago after he attended a medical mission facilitated by our company.
Needless to say, I was absolutely bound to be home alone last Thursday evening.
After 6 years of being with my wife+kid physically every single night and day before I became an expat, it dawned on me that I find it difficult to be alone. Perhaps, I may be able to tolerate such in due time.
So after work last Thursday, I decided to go straight to Penang Island; went to Queensbay Mall (the largest and the most welcoming mall in Penang) and did little shopping…
- bought some non-Halal supplies : ham, bacon and Spam lite for baon next week
- a baseball cap from GAP winked at me so I gave in. 🙂
- A 360-thread count King-sized bed sheet set in black from AKEMIuchi on sale with 70% discount
- 2 shirts on sale from a certain boutique
- and of course, phone calls to Tina and Gabby comforted my lonely evening.
- I also bought something to remind me of my most favorite holiday…
The kid in me kicks in and I put him beside my other pillows…
Now, Santa and Woody serve as my company whenever Tina+Gabby end call in Skype. 😀
Friday came and docRonnie (my housemate who came home late from Med Mission) and I went again to where else but Queensbay Mall. With our backpacks & laptops in tow, we spent the entire afternoon at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
Two more colleagues came to join us–docJhoram & docAnna.
Before I savored CBTL’s Cafe Americano, chicken pie and yogurt parfait, I thought of resuming my old forgotten on-and-off habit of reading paperbacks. So I went to the basement of the mall and at a bookstore called Popular, I purchased Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.
After reading Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code long before they were shown on screen, it’s only now that I am following again Robert Langdon’s adventures.
It’s Saturday and we’re here again at the same coffee shop of our favorite mall, doing the same thing we did yesterday but certainly I am neither bored nor that homesicked.
I’d like to think it’s only mind over matter, is it not?