Mousey roller-blading??

All ready for roller-blading


































Spring is in the air and it has been ages since I last roller-bladed. I am not good at it but I can go straight, swerve to avoid people, stop and do a turn-a-bout, albeit a little big of a circle to achieve it instead of the graceful ala ice skaters’ jump and twist. M is amazing at it. He went to the USA in his early 20s with a bunch of friends and discovered roller blades. Something that was new at that time, we are talking about more than 20 years ago. The irony of the situation is such that, roller blades could not be found in Italy yet but it was made by an Italian company. So, the business man in him decided to contact the manufacturer upon his return and set up a roller blade rental kiosk here in Genova way ahead of everyone else and he gave lessons. This little business actually sustained our present main business while in its infancy.

In that whole time, he lived, breathed and ate roller blade. He is so good at it that he was asked to do an ad in a volcanic crater. Sounds far fetched? I thought so too at that time. He had photos as proof!! So I had to zip it! 😛 Actually many know him as the one who roller blades around town and also one of the few crazy ones to ski in the historic centre 20 years ago. This stunt was recently replicated when we had an unusual snowfall earlier this year or as it end of last year. There is a youtube video floating around on this.

Anyway, today while running outside, he must have seen a little boy trying out his new roller blades and he excitedly came back into the office (yes, we are sad that the office on a Sunday. We are perpetually here!) and said “let’s go roller blading!!”. We have been talking about it for some time. I do prefer roller-blading  to running. It seems less tiring. It is. I like the wind in my face and when I need to rest, I just glide. So much easier! But, one thing for sure, my back and leg muscles were aching! It works those back and thigh muscles I never knew I had! Which is a good thing! So many exclamation marks….hahahahaaha! I am excited!

I am writing this while cooling down. Stretching the back muscles while typing this. How? you say? My keyboard is wireless…so easy. Bend over, and leave the keyboard on the floor. Or sit on the chair, with wheels of course, and push it back and forth. Well the lazy man’s stretching. Guilty as charged!

I had a good workout! Though it was a wet and lazy Sunday earlier on, I am now geared up for the rest of the week! Bought some new knee guards as my knees are aching like a 70 yr old and I am all ready! After the accident, my knees have never been the same. It can give way while walking, or climbing up or down stairs. Come to think of it, roller blading would be THE best exercise for my knees.

Exercise! Exercise!!! Ah…my sis would be proud!

I like spring!!! *random thought*

Mousey’s brush with H1N1…

Hello everyone!

Hopefully you guys didn’t feel lonely the last 2 weeks when I was having my internet withdrawal moments. I lost 2 weeks just like that! Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but I was hoping that I would be able to keep to 10 posts a month. Since I started with this new paradigm shift in my mindset, I have been actively trying to keep my motivation sky high. But I am back now to set the record straight!

Last 2 weeks, I was back in Malaysia where we had an exhibition on and I took the opportunity to go home since it was in my own country. We got back to Malaysia on the 13th of April which was a Friday (come to think of it, it was Friday the 13th!! :P). Got in early and brought Eddy straight for some local food since he couldn’t check in yet and I wanted my laksa. But where we went we were still too early for laksa. Then I went home, my sis’ place, and then my sis and my BIL S sent Eddy to the hotel. That was when the adventure began. Not for me but for my sis and S.

S was having fever on and off for the past week after their disastrous Air Asia adventure weekend in Penang. They have gone to the doctors for 3 times already and the last diagnose was that he possibly had dengue fever. Told to go home and rest and if it got worse, he should go to the hospital the next day. He came home and went straight to bed. I lounged in the hall and didn’t think of checking up on him since he was resting. When my sis came back his fever has worsen and we made a beeline to the hospital. Our plans to go home to Ipoh for the weekend was shelved for my sister.

In the end, only my dad and myself went home to Ipoh. Then the news got worse. S was diagnosed with possibly having H1N1.  He was treated immediately. I urged my sister to contact Air Asia immediately to keep them informed that all who were on that fight could be at risk. After 3 days, his fever still didn’t go down and the doctors were a little puzzled, so was S’s family as they were doctors themselves. After H1N1 which was already under control, the doctors think he has Influenza A  which he probably caught in the hospital as his immune system was low. After almost a week, he was finally allowed to go home. He is still on “house arrest” of some sort. He will back in the skies in another week.

Though the title sounds like I had the highly infectious flu, my sis and I both had high immune systems that we were both protected from it. Not as exciting as the title suggests but that was my brush with H1N1. The last time I had a brush like this, it was when I was flying, right through SARS, twice! 🙂

All in all a quiet, uneventful trip back home.

Going home to another withdrawal..


I am going home tomorrow!! Till now, 6.30pm, I am flying tomorrow supposedly at 11am, I have yet to receive my tickets from my very irresponsible travel agent. Which is why I like to get my own tickets most of the time. Why am I still using her? Well, it is not me who is using her, but our company. M has dealt with her for more than 10 years now and will continue to use her. He bought the tickets with her before I could even tell him no, and that I will get my own tickets. Also, because of her, M lost his Krisflyer Gold Card qualification because even after several reminders, she kept buying the wrong tickets resulting in no points given. This really riled M up. Because of the nature of our jobs, it is essential that we have the Gold Card. It allows us to go to a Business class check in line which is usually shorter, have extra baggage and the First and Business class lounges available to us whenever we are airport hopping is really a blessing in disguise. The extra baggage also allows us to carry items that are essential for every Italian stand, the espresso machines, and anything else we either forgot or have to bring on our own to supplement the stand, with no extra cost. Anyway, we are working on this. Hopefully we can get him back on track with just one flight.

I am going home to Malaysia. As you all know from my earlier posts, I don’t have any data plan on my local number, oh, man am I going to suffer!!! Sniff!! T_T this is the crying emoticon, right? I so bad at this. 😛 Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go home. I get to see my family and eat! eat! eat! A little exercise in between and then eat again! But, as my sister said, I am such an internet whore. I blame all this on my new found interest in Twitter. I love to read the posts and the fact that I am in touch with people around the world in real time. I know that FB does the same but it feels distinctly different. I prefer Twitter. Not much mumbo jumbo to sift through. Just 140words or less. Get the gist and move on.

I have to go soon. A friend came down from Turin and is now in front of me. Update y’all soon!


Update: just got the tickets now. Better late than never, right? 🙂



Just got back on the mainland this morning. Many photos to sift through but I am too tired to sift through them. I want and need to run but I am popped!

I will try to post something tomorrow. For now a glimpse of our weekend getaway