My Big Bad Wolf ‘Howl’

Written by Shuyi aka Lavender at 11:30 pm

Book lovers would know that we have an exciting book sale going on at the Mines Convention Centre – The Big  Bad Wolf Book Sale!!!

I’ve been to the sale in 2009 but I’ve missed it in 2010 and 2011. There’s no way I was going to miss this year’s.

And so, I went on the very first day of the sales, on the 7th of December 2012. Thank goodness the traffic wasn’t too bad in on a Friday afternoon!

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There we go, The World’s Biggest Book Sales with 3 millions book discounted by 75% – 95%!!! Who wouldn’t go crazy!!!

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The huge hall was filled with people on the first day itself. I can’t imagine how the crowd would be like over the weekends!

A lot of ‘warriors’ came prepared with huge luggage bags and trolleys. People less ambitious like me just took up a box from the book pile and start wondering around looking for gems.

Because of monetary limitations I just chose a boxful of books. At the counter I overheard that one had 9 boxes of books!!! The cashiers are definitely working their asses off trying to cope with crowd.

I’m very glad to see that the sales is more well organised. They even have helpers to help with carrying to books! You just need to drive your car to the driveway and they’ll help you load them into your car!

I believe they are people who would return a few times to the sales but I didn’t. Nonetheless, I’m very very pleased with my selection.

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My ‘howl’ from the sales!!! All these books for under Rm250!!!

Because of my limited spending abilities and also because of the fact that I still have finish reading the books I bought from UK, I simply have to limit myself, picking only the juiciest book and painfully forego the other gems in the sales.

Some highlights of my selection:

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Some books that I’ve been eyeing on for some time.

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Some books by Candance Bushnell – the famous author of Sex and the City. By the way, can you believe it?! Hard cover books selling at RM8!!! How could anyone resist!!!

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Nora Roberts – The Bride Quartet for RM30!!! I’ve never read her books before but I’m very looking forward to it!

In short, I’m very content with my ‘howl’ and I can’t wait to dig into them! My one other wish would be that I would be immune from the urge of buying anymore books for, say, one year…

Too bad I don’t really have much confidence in myself. Haha…

A Belated Happy Birthday to Myself

Written by Shuyi aka Lavender at 10:41 pm

Finally, I found my camera cable! I haven’t been able to find my camera cable lately and so I can’t load pictures into my computer because I don’t have a memory card reader.

Also one of the reasons why I can’t been blogging much lately. (ahem, excuses, ahem) :oops:

Now that I have my pictures, not many because I lost my interest to snap thinking I couldn’t use them anyway, I will blog about ancient events. Let me start with my birthday on the 7th of May.

Days before my birthday I was feeling quite depressed because every year there’s difficulties celebrating my birthday as it falls on the unfortunate month of May when everyone is at their busiest and stress level raises to a dangerous point.

It wasn’t that bad years ago when I was still staying in Damansara Jaya because I had my housemates, or at the very least, I had my loyal roommate who made quite sure it’ll be an occasion. Nothing big and fancy but a very warm one.

A group of friends will gather for dinner no matter how busy they were and as a friend told me recently that she fail an assignment because she came for my birthday dinner celebration and she never fails, as so she claimed if my memory did not fail me.

Now, living away from them, getting together is hard. And also they’ve graduated and started working. So I started having quieter birthday celebrations which is not a bad thing because the warmth of it has never dampen but I do miss my bunch of friends really much… :cry:

Anyway, it hit me harder this year because I’m not taking any examinations and so I had a lot of time in my hands when everyone’s pot of work is boiling hot and steaming.

It struck me that the situation will never change and every year, no matter what, it’ll always be the same. I’ll never have my bunch of friends back! I know I sound like a puppy whining for more when my bowl is still full, making a big fuss about something which is not exactly matters of life and death but it did hit me hard. Maybe it’s because I had too much time to think…

However, on my birthday eve I decided that I have to snap out of it and so I embarked on a journey of peace and quiet… to Sunway Pyramid. I will enjoy being on my own, tranquilize in the aura that surrounds me, making peace with solitary. 8-)

My dose of instant peace and happiness…

My favourite Norwegian Smoke Salmon and Egg Sandwich can instantly bright up my day! Then I sat there quiet sipping ice fruit tea while reading The Secret Garden, a wonderful book which was once made into a movie that I like very much but still can’t find it because it was a very old movie, looking up once in a while to watch the ice skaters.

When I felt that I’ve sat there long enough I went for a stroll along the aisles of the shopping center taking my own sweet time in searching for a birthday present for myself. I wanted a pair of shoes of a certain design, and I’m quite particular about having the design that I had in mind, so I went on a hunting spree. :-)

And guess what?! I found it! That very design that I made up in my mind! Although the outlet didn’t have my size, I am told that the outlet in Times Square has it and they will hold it for me for a week! Was super excited and super happy about it! And my Dear took me to Times Square the very next day! :-D

Here is the shoe which got me all pumped up! It looks a bit squashed up because it was kept in a box for quite some time but it’s still a beauty!

Happy Birthday to Me and I’m Happy! :mrgreen:

Still on the 6th of May, everything was going perfectly well until some guy who couldn’t understand the word NO approached me wanting me to have a drink with me. But it was only a minor hiccough and I was not going to let something as insignificant as this ruin MY DAY!

Later in the evening my Dear came over to my place to pick me up for dinner. We headed to KLCC and had a nice meal in San Francisco Steakhouse. I guess we were starving at that time and laid all our concentration on the food because I forgot to take any pictures.

After dinner my Dear took me to Sky Bar. I have always wanted to go there and my Dear had actually planned to take me there on our very first Valentine’s Day but the servers there screwed up the table bookings. I think I didn’t know my Dear was going to take me there or I would have dressed up.

A nice view of the Twin Towers + champagne = bliss

We tried to take pictures of us with the Twin Towers but all of it turned out looking awkward. Well, I guess the Twin Tower looks good without people blocking the view.

And I think champagne will be my new favourite alcoholic drink.

The drink I’m holding in the picture is not pure champagne though, we toasted it at the strike of twelve and I finished it because it was so so goooooood~ , it’s champagne mixed with peach I think.

ON MY BIRTHDAY, my Dear took me to Times Square because I so badly want THE pair of shoes and it was a simple and nice day out filled with lots of love!

I had a wonderful surprise when a friend called to wish my Happy Birthday all the way from UK! Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate every warm wishes from my friends and family. It’s just that I never expect to receive an oversea call! That certain friend had shot my happiness level to a bursting tip!

Super Duper Happy!!!

One more surprise awaits me at home – A cake from both my brothers!

Thank you everyone, friends and family, for remembering and making my day! I had a wonderful birthday, special thanks to my Dear who made the effort the celebrate it with me in the midst of assignments and examinations.

CNY 2010

Written by Shuyi aka Lavender at 3:54 pm

One more day and Chinese New Year 2010 will be officially over. Sad as it is, the fun and the joy goes with it too. Up next in line is a whole year of work.  :cry:

Ok, it might not be that bad but that’s the way it is in my mind right now.

I had lots of fun this CNY! So much fun that I totally forgot to take pictures! The only pictures I got is taken by my dad during our big family reunion lunch on ‘nian chu er’ (mandarin), the second day of Chinese New Year.

I had a marvellous dinner at home on CNY eve cooked up by my talented mum which I helped out. I said to myself before the dinner that I am going to snap a picture of each and every food on the table but totally forgot.

The culprit was most certainly the pungent aroma of the delicious food and, of course, the thrill of having my uncle and my cousin with us for dinner this year.

Our big TEH family gathering always happens on the second day of CNY.This year we had our lunch in Sun Li How Fook, Ipoh. We had two big tables of 10 this year. Too bad we have so many family members who are overseas and couldn’t make it back or else it would be even merrier!

From right, my uncle, cousin, cousin, brother waiting for our food.

Yay, let’s ‘lou sang’!

‘lou ah, lou ah…’

The other table oso ‘lou ah, lou ah…’

Everyone looks so happy when lou-ing sang. Haha…

Happy and satisfied…

Well, as usual, the food in restaurants aren’t at their best during CNY probably because of the crowd but I think we’re all happy and enjoyed every moment of it. It’s not the food that matters, it’s the joy of being together and sharing the food we have.

Now, let me introduce my cute cute nephew –

Baby Issac!

He’s only 10 months old but he’s already a lil’ man. Very steady… He’ll just sit there and watch while everyone’s chit chatting as if he’s analysing every movement, every thing that’s going on.

When I last saw him he was just a new born sleeping quietly in the living room while we chatted softly with the mum and dad. Now, he’s so big and heavy! It’s a wonder to see how much babies grow.

The most adorable thing about him is that he lets me carry him whenever I want. I went to him when I saw his mum, my cousin, carrying him into the restaurant and he immediately wants me to carry him! Love him to the max! I’m missing him already…

After the reunion lunch, all of my relatives came to my house as usual to hang out and chit chat. This year we even skyped with two of my cousins who are overseas and couldn’t make it back. One’s in UK, doing his PHD, and another one’s in Japan, pregnant and couldn’t get on the plane. But we’ll see them next year. I’m so looking forward to it. :-D

Besides meeting up with my relatives I also meet up with lots of friends which I forgot to take pictures of our gathering.  :-( Anyhow, I still had a lot of fun catching up and meeting them. My only regrets, besides the photos, is the fact that I didn’t have time to meet them all.

Anyway, Happy Chinese New Year! :-)

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