2013 is here!!

Why, hello! Long time no see. Well about 365 days or so. This is me having a curious conversation with the New Year. πŸ˜›

2013 is here. Where did 2012 go? In a way I am glad that it is over but on the other hand another year has passed. Another year older, wiser and everything that goes with the passing of time.

As for resolutions, I have given up on making them years ago. Though one remains on the list of things to do. That is to get in shape. Got the ball rolling on that and I am hoping to keep it going and not gather any moss. Other than that, does living my life to the fullest qualify as a resolution?

I will be boarding soon for yet another flight so here is to wishing everyone especially those of you who have taken the trouble to drop by my blog, a very amazing New Year! May 2013 bring you load of happiness, great health and abundance of wealth. I am Chinese after all…wishing you wealth is never far off. Also without wealth, life is a tad more difficult. πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!!!

Happy 5th Anniversary!!

Us at Palumbosila, Calabria

Today marks our 5th wedding anniversary! Has it been 5 years? It doesn’t even seem like it has been 5 years. It feels like it was just yesterday that I moved to Italy. Or even got married. Which is a good thing. It is, as they say, time flies when you are having fun and it crawls when you are not. I guess the adage is true.

Congratulations to us, darling!! Here is to many, many more to come!! Loads of love, hugs and kisses!!

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We have just celebrated our anniversary a day before with a dinner with the family. We didn’t tell them it was our anniversary dinner. We wanted to do it today (Sunday) but we have decided to leave early for Rome so that we don’t have to wake up at 4am on Monday morning just to be in Rome in time for the 10am appointment we have with our clients. Then after that meeting, we are making our way to Naples for another meeting the day after. I think it is a good idea that we take it slow and not kill ourselves driving the entire day for the next 3 days.

After Naples we are going to Puglia for another meeting and to collect some vespas we bought. Then the entire journey back. We will be making a stop as it is 2200kms from Genoa to Puglia. We just have not decided where we would like to rest for the night yet. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @mouseytong to find out where we decide to stay.

I enjoyed our dinner as it was with family. πŸ™‚ I wish my family was here with me too, but they are never to far away!

Goose night, people! Happy Anniversary to me!!

Happy 55th Birthday Malaysia!!

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Proud to be Malaysian!! (pic taken from the web)

Today is the last day of August. It is also the day that Malaysia proclaimed its independence 55 years ago. It is also the day that I celebrate on my own regardless of where I am. Which is usually outside of Malaysia. πŸ˜›

The past few years I have taken to flying the Malaysian flag in the office (though we are usually closed this time of the year for the great Italian summer holidays). Today, I am still on the island of Sardinia celebrating by myself, as I doubt that there are any Malaysians here at Porto Cervo. Wait! I met another Malaysian from N. Sembilan at our shop. Though he might not be here anymore as he follows his boss around for business. πŸ™‚

Every year, I tell everyone who would listen that today is the day Malaysia gained its independence. It is our National Day! Although I have not lived in Malaysia anymore since 1998, I still celebrate in my own way, Merdeka Day. Though I live far away, Malaysia will always be a part of me and I am glad that I do not have a reason to give up my citizenship unlike others who are from war torn countries. The ease of travel is also another bonus point.

What I miss from Malaysia is the food! Not so much the weather. Of course, my family too but they are not the issue here. I get to talk to them almost everyday but Malaysian food is another thing altogether! Which is probably why I stuff myself to the hilt whenever I am back. hmm…..

Anyhow, I shouldn’t ramble on when all I want to do with this entry is to wish Malaysia a very Happy Birthday! Independence Day! Merdeka Day!! May we reach our goals as a nation and toward a safer Malaysia!

Lots of love from Malaysian living abroad!!

Another year etched on the tree of life

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Chocolate shoes! My idea of a cake topping. Ice-cream cake with chocolate shoe topping. Heaven!!

I wanted to share a recent picture of me but I can’t find my camera anywhere! I am actually in panic mode now but I am telling myself to calm down as I remember giving the camera to M 2 days ago. I will have to ask him about it tomorrow. Or rather later today. No wonder, I felt that there was something missing from my handbag the whole day yesterday. It is only after midnight here in Italy. We decided to close the shop early tonight. Almost on the dot, we closed our doors.

The recent picture is of my nephew Mattia and I, celebrating our birthdays. They left for Genoa on the 23rd, so we decided to go out for a family dinner on the 22nd to celebrate our birthdays. His birthday is today, the 29th. He turns 15. He just got his motorcycle license too and is very eager to get his hands on a scooter. I told him, we might get him one if we could find one cheap and good. The prices of petrol is now over Euro 2.10 per litre!! Crazy!! @_@

I did try to sell him on the idea of an electric motorcycle. After all he can only ride a 50cc one and if we make him pay for his own petrol he would definitely feel the pinch. πŸ˜›

Getting to the restaurant was quite an adventure which left my in-laws a little upset and on edge throughout the dinner and the whole night after. The place was a little far, and up in the mountains of Sardinia. Well actually it wasn’t that far, about 40-50kms away. But the road was winding and dark. There were no road lights. Also out van could only fit max 7, so 2 of them went by scooter. Another 2 who recommended and booked the place were in a SmartCar. We got lost a little which added to my in-laws’ anxiety. It didn’t help that my SIL and her friend were on the scooter trailing behind us. 2 ladies, at night, in the dark winding roads equals recipe for anxiety though they were behind us all the way.

After we got there, we found out that dogs were not allowed in. So I kept it hushed so that my MIL will not be upset. Somehow, someone opened their big mouths and asked where is Milo? The tranquility was shattered once again. She kind of refused to eat much of the rest of the dinner and took every opportunity to sit outside with Milo. Mind you, Milo was just outside the window right next to us. We had a full view of him and he, us. Watudu…., as they say in Malaysia, I have an over-protective MIL. She actually spoils Milo to a point that makes it hard for me to undo all the bad habits she has allowed. 😦

The icing on the night was or birthday cake. It was a strawberry ice-cream cake!! Yummeh!! It was gone in a flash!! Other than that, the food there was just ok. There was a baked lasagna like bread with cheese and cinnamon that was quite unusual but good. No photos of the food unfortunately because by the time we got there all of us were famished and I could feel the onset of my gastritis. We started eating. I only thought of taking a photo when the cake came out at the end of the dinner. >_<

The actual day of my birthday was spent unceremoniously. I felt the love from all my friends and family through their messages on BBM, FB, Twitter, and SMS. Thank you all!!!! M bought sushi for me for lunch cause he promised a Japanese dinner for my birthday but my FIL is here and he not such a fan of Japanese food. We couldn’t leave him on his own for dinner so M bought sushi for me as a surprise. I thought the plan was already scrapped. I felt loved!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I had only a glass of wine for myself at dinner, celebrating the day that I was born! Then it was back to work. A quiet day. I spent the whole day stuck on the computer though. πŸ˜› Replying messages and doing nothing but surfing the net and catching up on blogs. Blissful day, right?

Writing this entry on the balcony under a beautiful moon. Moons make me happy. Whenever I see a sliver of the moon, I start to smile and I will look up every night waiting for it be full and watch it slowly slip away day after day. πŸ™‚

So another year has come and gone. Am now starting on the next year of my life. I can truly say that I am enjoying the journey of my life and I look forward to all the adventures it has in store for me. Lets see where I will be next year.

Signing off from Porto Cervo , Sardinia.

Goose night!

Update: Found the camera and the here is the picture I wanted to share. πŸ™‚

Birthday celebrations!

The birthday boy and “girl” πŸ˜› with the amazing ice-cream cake.

The Olympics have come and gone…

I am presently trying not to doze off. Been telling myself the last 2 days that I should blog. Between the shop and family (M’s family is here with us) and friends AND gym (yes, I got myself access to a gym here. πŸ™‚ ) I hardly have time to pen any of my thoughts down. The shop is open from 10am – 1pm and 6pm – 1am. Understandably I crash every night almost immediately. Come home to help with lunch and the clean up then laundry. Then some time to myself. About an hour or so before I haul my ass off to the gym.

During these “myself” moments, I watch the Olympics. I watch it so much that my MIL wonders if there is anything else on tv and how long more is the Olympics going to last. She is getting tired of the same channel! hehehehe..

At the same time, I catch up on emails, Twitter, messages, Milo, etc…

What did you think of the Olympics? I wasn’t too impressed with the Opening Ceremony. Except for the dancing number it felt more like just a lot of big names and that was it. All the special effects and props were wonderfully done but if there wasn’t a commentator telling the story, I would have been absolutely lost and wondering what the h*ll was happening the whole time. I am sure many felt that it was really good. To me it was just so-so.

I love the Olympic Stadium torch though! I think it the best thing! I was wondering what the children were holding when each country was coming into the stadium. Also when each child was walking up the flag hill and presenting them to the spectators before fixing it on the torch. So much guessing. I probably won’t be able to watch the closing ceremony. I hope I will be able to catch the replay some other time. Or maybe some highlights of the night, tomorrow.

Now, to the games. Malaysia did really well!! We are not really known for our athletes except in Badminton. A sport I have to explain to everyone in Italy. No one knows what it is! They have never really seen the racquet not the shuttlecock either! So, not so easy for me to boast about our amazing Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s silver medal which put us on the medal table!!! I search for the medal table and proudly showed M.

Me: “See! See!! We are on the medal table!! Silver!!” *huge dumb-ass grin plastered on face*

M: “uh-huh.”

Me: “See!! Look!! Look!” *finger pointing furiously at Malaysia*

M: *blank stare*

Me: “Yay!!! hehehehe” *oblivious to blank stare*

Then a few days later, we got a bronze!!! Whoot!!! I was watching Pandelela in the finals in the gym. Luckily I was alone in the gym, if not people would have thought me crazy. I clapped and cheered when they introduced her and after each of her dive. I must have been such a sight! LOL!!

I couldn’t finish watching here as I had to go to the shop so I was really surprised and absolutely beaming the next day when I read my Twitter and Facebook updates. Ahhhh….it was a good day. πŸ˜€

I did the whole exchange above again with M. hehehehe!!!

Throughout the Olympics, I was very surprised at the amount of athletes we had who were diving. I was also so surprised we had a female 10km marathon swimmer who came in 16 out of 24! Very good effort! I would have died 3km into it, I think. I am really glad too that no Malaysians were involved in the female badminton scandal. All in all, Malaysia, you did well!!

Where there were no Malaysians, I give you one guess who I cheered for?

Forza Italia!! πŸ™‚

Now to wait for the next Olympics in 4 years time. Rio 2016!!

Sampdoria is back in Seria A!!!

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If you followed my twitter or even my update on “Life in Photos”, you will see that I had a great Saturday. I am not an avid football fan but in a land of football (soccer for Americans) you get swept into the celebrations. What’s more if your in-laws are ALL Sampdoria fans. Except for my husband, they are all Sampdoria fans. The hardcore fans are my FIL, BIL and nephew. FIL NEVER misses a game at the stadium if it is played at home. Now, if you are a football fan, you might recognise this team. I am not a hardcore football fan so I didn’t till I came here but my brother did. He follows most of the leagues especially those teams that have been in the EUFA like the other more famous teams like Juvetus, Milan AC and Inter Milan. Some cities have 2 football teams much like Manchester City and Manchester United. Truthfully, I never knew there was a Manchester City till they got into the Premier League a few year back but Man U? It would be blasphemy if I didn’t! My brother is a great fan of Man U!! I had an ex who is an Arsenal fan so, Arsenal is also known to me. To really irritate him, I will cheer for Chelsea always, doing a little dance and singing “Chelsea, Chelsea!” LOL!! All in good fun! I also never miss the World Cup. I watch it whenever I can. Suffice to say, I know more about football than M and that is not a feat. M has no interest in football except to maybe watch Italy in the World Cup every 4 years.

As I was saying, Genoa like major cities here in Italy, has 2 football teams. It seems Genoa is the older and first football team, and supposedly in Italy too. I don’t know how true this is. Then there is Sampdoria. Easily identifiable bu their colours (duh!) and the emblems (double duh!). I know, I know…. Anyway, Genoa has the Gryphon and its colours are dark blue and red affectionally known as “Rosso Blu” (Red Blue) whereas Sampdoria has the eagle and red, white,Β  blue and black also known as “Blue Cerchiati” (Blue circle?). All Sampdorianis do not like gryphons and I say this because when we started the vespa restoration company and designed a logo with a gryphon on it, my FIL was visibly upset. It was funny! πŸ˜€ We incorporated a gryphon because the original Piaggio (the company that makes vespas) has a gryphon on it. We changed it to a dragon.

Why the big celebration? Well, last year, Sampdoria played really badly and got relegated to Seria B. Something that was unfathomnable to most. In the last 6 years here and maybe more (since my brother has heard of Sampdoria means they were quite a team) they have always been near the top of the table. And for them to do so badly and get relegated was devastating. The constant playful taunting from the Genoanas was heartbreaking for my FIL. πŸ™‚ Poor fella! It was worse because just 2 years ago, Genoa was in Seria B and when they got up to Seria A they blazed their way to the top of the table while Sampdoria slipped down the rankings and eventually fell off the table.

But within 1 season, they are back!!! This was what all the celebrations was about. Last Saturday was the determining game and we made it!!!!!!! Wohoo!!! I am not a true fan but a fan none the less. I went with M to the historic centre to celebrate with the family. Paid a little homage to Sampdoria and saw the crazy crowd in action. Celebrations went on till wee hours of the morning. At 5 am, the horns were still honking on the streets. Whoever who watched the game at home all come out in full force to celebrate. Streets were packed, there was traffic especially near the expo centre at Foce where they have set up a open air cinema-like area for the fans to watch the game. To give you an idea how big that area is, they usually have the travelling circus or theme parks set up there complete with the area for all their caravans and 18 wheeler trucks. That is how big that area is. There was fireworks, drinking, singing, horns and loads of flag wavings! It was fun!! Even the children were out with their parents. From babies to toddlers. Some were even fast asleep among all the ruckus! I don’t know how they could sleep through ALL that noise.

It was a fun Saturday night. A different twist to the usual Saturdays. πŸ™‚

I will leave you with videos of that night’s madness.You can even see me in one of them giving my tribute. hahahaha! πŸ˜›

Toodeloos!

Happy Women’s Day!

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Today is international Women’s Day. So happy Women’s Day to all the women out there! It is your day so enjoy!

Mine started with an alarm buzzing at 7.50 am. Considering we only went to bed at 1 and we had a looooooong dat the day before, I was suprised I could even get up without being all grumpy. But, there is also a story behind that. This year, unconsciously (i say this because I didn’t make any new year resolutions this year nor thought about it) I am trying to change my mindset. A paradigm shift if you will. Smile and nothing is ever as bad as it seems or made out to be. Stress will become peace of mind just by changing my mind. So I am working my mind this year… Zen…

Sheraton gave me a box of chocolates in conjunction of the day. Though i am not a chocolate fan, who doesn’t like to be given beautiful chocolates! That is my box features here. πŸ™‚

In an hour I will be in my third leg of the 4 countries 2 day marathon. The last destination being Malaysia! I am going home!! Shoot! * doing a jig*

Technically I am not doing that jig. I am in the lounge and people would be wondering what is this crazy woman doing. LOL! So I am jig-ging in my heart. πŸ˜›

Also, this is my first time blogging from my mobile via HTC mobile app. Curious to see how it would look. The one on Multiply via email works beautifully.

Toodeloos people! I is boarding nowwwww! Whee!

Side note: interesting how we all become kids when excited. Whee! *skipping to the gate*

Thaipusam

Thaipusam was celebrated a few days ago. The first time I have ever attended the celebration was also my last time. I celebrated it back in 1997 at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. It was not that I was there to celebrate, we Malaysians celebrate everything because we are a multiracial country but most of all if it comes with a holiday we celebrate! I was there more to see for myself something I have read about and seen only on tv. It was really eye opening. :O

Thaipusam is a Hindu celebration by the Tamil community. A better explanation of the celebration can be found here. I was always fascinated by the kavadi bearers. It seems so heavy and so painful being pierced all over. But the most interesting part is that they never bleed and after ceremony no holes remain on the person. That in itself is a miracle. Maybe there is a scientific explanation for it but when I was looking directly at it was awe inspiring.

A multiply blogger in my circle was a photographer took some great shots of this year’s celebrations in Penang, a nothern island state of Malaysia. His photos showed me a different side of Malaysia I never knew. We all learn something new everyday! πŸ™‚

This years celebrations came and went without a peep. I only heard of it only when my sis said that she was going for a mini holiday because there was long weekend. I waiting for the next celebration to roll around so that I can celebrate! Even if we don’t celebrate it here in Italy, I can always have a mini celebration myself! hehehehe!