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Books I have completed reading since January 2021:

1. The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
Cabin mates
Sunday, January 22, 2012

The beginning of our friendship ...

Tidbits: This picture is taken on our second day in the ship. We were wearing life jackets because we were having lifeboat drill. I got no idea why is my roomie holding a packet of food... On your left is from Thailand and the other is from Cambodia.

You know I was so thrill to have cabin mates regardless of nationality. The only thing I prayed to God is we all can get along in the room, which was answered! I now can replace my bad experience with roommates back in college with the wonderful memories of my cabin mates and I created. =)

College roommates, begone!

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Tadaima~ (I'm home~)
Sunday, January 22, 2012
On 1 December 2011 ...

I returned to the ship with 4 luggage and a huge box of food. I think I frightened myself with the bags lining up in my friend's car boot... How on earth I'm gonna carry all those bags to the ship? Luckily, my team member and I were allowed to drive the car into the port, and parked right in front of the ship entrance! HAHA.

In the afternoon, I presented the Punjabi suits to my cabin mates and instantly the room is shrilled with joy. I just love to see the smiles on their face. =)

Spinoff: The bangles I bought for my Cambodian roomie is too small for her wrists. I ended up keeping them for myself. How unfortunate. Luckily, the costume is not too loose for her. Phew~ The colour I chose really suits their skin colour. Hmm... nod nod ... I have good taste. HA.

I also bought a male costume for a PY. It looks perfect on him! Phew~ My only regret is I should have bought for another friend. Ah.

Anyways, mission accomplished!

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Kaimono Ikimasu! (Shopping!)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
On 30 November 2011 ...

I spent my whole day shopping for my cabin mates and PYs from Masjid Jamek to KLCC. It was truly exhausting especially I was carrying two large bags of Punjabi suits and its accessories. However, I had fun in bargaining with the Indian sellers on the costumes. I realised I got the wrong size for my Cambodian roomie!!! But it was too late to change since I was already in KLCC. ARGHH. I should have bought another costume and keep the wrong size for myself for I love the colour myself! Coincidentally, the costumes I bought for my cabin mates are the same colour: Green and Pink! Anyways, please excuse renaye for being greedy.

I thought I will meet some PYs in Masjid Jamek, but I met none. Instead, I met a few in KLCC. I was hoping I could meet more!

Today is not only exhausting but also frustrating! That's simply because I didn't get to eat any pure vegetarian or local cuisine! I had McDonald for lunch and pasta for dinner. T.T

I was dying to eat vegetarian food!!! ARGHHH!!!

Tidbits: Yes, I'm a vegetarian, but a part-time one. HAHA. I will eat meat if I could not find any vegetarian menu. I wasn't a vegetarian when I was doing my homestay, because I don't want to trouble my host family. Despite being served vegetarian meals on board, I still miss the local ones! I should have tapau (takeaway in Cantonese) vegetarian food from my frequent place to the ship!! Perhaps, I should teach the chef how to cook instead. Sigh. >.<

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Dinner list
Saturday, January 21, 2012
On 29 November 2011 ...

Finally ... finally ... I'm home after a long cruise ... There are many local food that I wanted to eat. Cuisine that top my list is authentic vegetarian and Assam Laksa. Somehow, I decided to have western food with V. Strange right? Especially I'm addicted to assam laksa.

We headed to a restaurant called Ben's Place that serves delicious pizza and desserts. And guess who I met. I met three of my students sitting next to me. I could only remember one of their names. I thought the other two were his juniors. So I just looked at him, hoping he would notice me. HAHA. Unfortunately, he was too engross sharing something with his colleagues that I have to call out to him.

Hmm... I think I regretted for calling him out because the first thing he said to me was "Ms renaye, when can I get back the petrol money?"

ARGHH!! I'm still on leave from work! Don't mention anything about work to me!

I kindly replied that I'm still on vacation mode. One of the students was somewhat offended that I didn't acknowledge him. And the girl ... totally forgotten about me!

I apologised for not acknowledging him, because I have not seen him before in my office. But for the girl ... I can't believe she forgot I was with her during her internship stint in Malaysia at the beginning of 2011.

That night I learned I have heaps of backlog work waiting for me upon my return.


Tidbits: I had a short-lived landsickness that night. I was already looking for a drink to knock myself out, but decided not to in the name of saving money.

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My home
Saturday, January 21, 2012
On 29 November 2011 ...

After the homestay matching, an ex-PY gave me a ride home. I could not find my makeup-remover tissue in my luggage, so I asked her in the car if she has them. She asked why. "Oh I left mine in the ship," I replied nonchalantly. She laughed.

"What's so funny?"

"The way you said it make me believe the ship is your real home."

I looked askance. "Did I?"

Note: Meow V. Did I recall your sentence precisely?

Spinoff: I ended up removing my makeup partially at V's house, and the rest with baby oil at home. And then head off to dinner with V!

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Balik rumah!! (Going home!)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
On 29 November 2011 ...

My contingent tried to behave normal, but it was a monumental task. We had fidgeted countless of days; I didn't sleep soundly fearing this day would come. In fact, we all don't want to talk about this date. We often sighed together. We seriously do not want to know what is awaiting us after lunch hours ...

It's the homestay matching reception today at Stadium Bukit Jalil. I was pretty restless, so were my team members. We distracted ourselves by checking out our friend's homestay address. Or chatting with ex-pys.

When the PYs had left we were called for a short briefing. We hurdled together holding our breath. The verdict of our stay is to be delivered ...

The program coordinator conveyed that the government has decided to let us return home! YAHOO! I think I held my breathe for ever. We were extremely relieved for we do not want to return to the place where we had been training vigorously before departing for Japan. This means we can spend time with family and friends! I was incredibly relieved.

However, only PYs from Kuala Lumpur were only allowed to go home. Local PYs can opt to host outstation PYs though, and many of us did, except for me. =) The program coordinator also shared that accommodation is provided for PYs who are not going home or rather temporarily homeless. She added who's gonna stay? My cheeky team members looked up into the air as if they were counting stars or trailing after some mozzies. I saw their reaction. I was dying to release my amusement, but too afraid so I ventured only a smile in their direction. A broad smile met mine.

I finally gotta sleep in my own bed tonight ...

Tidbits: Initially, we were told that we won't be allowed to go home, while the PYS are having their homestay in Malaysia. I almost died from anxiety when I heard that because I certainly won't survive another round of stay in that place. Let just say I miss my husband too much.

Readers, please meet my husband, Benq Joybook s73G.

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