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 forย 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;ย  don’t ask me why but it didn’t push through. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Worst,ย  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+kidย  physically every single night and day before I became an expat, it dawned on me that I find it difficult to be alone.ย  Perhaps, I may be able to tolerate such in due time.

So after work last Thursday, I decided to go straight to Penang Island; wentย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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.ย  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?




  1. i thought it’s only women who are comforted by retail therapy when a bit lonesome.:p
    when i’m alone in a foreign place, books are my best refuge. i could stay in a coffee shop for hours reading and stuffing myself with coffee and sweets.:p

    1. a lot of men out there like shopping too; some are even more impulsive buyers than women.
      is it a therapy? -must be. but it’s an expensive habit that i definitely want to avoid. *so help me, God*

      glad to know you like reading too. it’s a good way to kill time eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have this habit of reading paperbacks during lunch break especially if not that busy! It always makes me more at home, even when home is just a ride away.

  3. Your pillows are so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I super liked da vinci code. I read it in one sitting. As in! I didn’t sleep and wanted to finish the book because it was such a thrill. ๐Ÿ™‚ Angels and demons was okay. I haven’t read the lost symbol. Don’t read Deception Point because it’s just a waste of time. haha

    Don’t worry doc. Konting tiis nlng, and you’ll be with your family soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun with your weekend because unlike me, I rarely get to enjoy an ordinary weekend anymore due to work-related activities. Try to have fun!

    1. my son and i like toy story movies, so when i saw this pillow case with woody and buzz light year ( at its back) prints in plaza gurney here in penang, i bought it in a blink even if it cost me RM 25 (x PhP 14) he he…

      sayang, deception point pa naman ang sunod ko sana basahin…what about digital fortress; have you read it too?

      …dami mo ata projects, architect, kaya you even work on weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I haven’t read Digital Fortress too. Don’t know if it’s good.

        Eh kasi I go out on weeknights naman. Pero busy lang talaga. In fact, i have a meeting today (on a Sunday) for an urban planning project. But they also happen to be my friends so okay lang. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hi iana, i only have read few chapters yet of the lost symbol but it’s gripping like the other 2 dan brown fictions i’ve read. go ahead, put it on your must-read-list! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. confession to make : it’s my 3rd of king-sized bed linens that i got from queensbay mall, penang; and the fourth one was a silk comforter set of black and tan colors. ๐Ÿ™‚
      like you, i have fetish for linens. i could have liked sheets in white but are too hard to maintain.

      i enjoyed my saturday, elna. thank you.
      you too deserve a better week! God bless ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I cannot help but look twice whenever I see something heavily discounted and more often than not, I tend to buy it whether I need it or not. I’m afraid to ask if there is something wrong with me LOL.

    1. note to luna miranda : you see, even bert is a shopaholic! *biro lang, sir bert!*

      who can resist such great deals, right?
      i am with you, bert!…i believe there’s nothing wrong with us. he he he ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. it’s only here in malaysia (penang and kuala lumpur) that i get to enjoy 70-80% discounts on almost all items particularly when we arrived here last july (there mega malaysia sale is every july -sept)… it’s irresistible! ha ha… least, blog fellows bert and you can identify with me on this matter. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. i wish i have more time to read doc, kaso alam mo na pamilyadong tao sa abroad, I work 24/7 after my 8:30 t0 6 I have 6:30 until morning duty for my family, hay inshallah this dec kasi annual vacay ko. i like that pillow,we are also a fan of toy story, we have lightning mcqueen, hanah montana and mickey at home. cheer up! God Bless you and your family.

  6. naku, doki nakakaloka ka pag wala pasok- that’s why napunta ako sa blogging wala nang maisip gawin hehehe

    is penang nice? you should have visited Singapore na lang sa merlion

  7. shopping is a good way to spend a long weekend. although personally i could use a long weekend to catch up on the dvds i haven’t seen yet.

    like your taste in pillows – i would decorate my bedroom in sanrio designs if my husband have no say in the decor ๐Ÿ™‚

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