MUCH ADO ABOUT LONG WEEKEND

Dear boredom and homesickness,

I hate you both.

I’m sick and tired of entertaining you.

always,

-docgelo.๐Ÿ˜€

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?

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25 thoughts on “MUCH ADO ABOUT LONG WEEKEND

  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…

      ..at 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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