Tuesday, July 31, 2007

After Melbourne

My last semester at Macquarie Uni kicked off yesterday.

I'm quite psyched about it. My lovely winter vacation has certainly rejuvenated me - not just physically and mentally - but spiritually as well :)

On a more sombre note, yesterday, I've gotten to know that my brother Erwan's house was burgled. Burglaries are so common in Malaysia now that you hardly bat an eyelid.

But this burglary is slightly more chilling. The burglar leveled his knife to my 10-month old niece. He also left a message to my brother: "Tuan rumah jangan nak berlagak"

Huh?? berlagak?? Apa kes??
I've never been to my brother's house in Kuching but from the photos that I've seen, his rented house looks very modest. It doesn't look remotely luxurious.

I felt so angry and sad. What's happening to Malaysia?
Crimes are so widespread and common that you don't feel safe anymore... not even in your own house :(

Tetiba rasa takut nak balik Malaysia hujung tahun ni... huhu

Monday, July 02, 2007


13:45, July 2, 2007

I'm supposed to be on flight JQ1 right now.
And that plane is supposed to take off for Melbourne at right about now.

But I'm not on that flight. I've been transferred to another flight that does not leave for another 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Why the deferment??

Well, I happen to leave my PASSPORT at home.

Yes, my PASSPORT. Can you believe it?? Out of all things, I had to forget to bring my passport. So, for security reasons, I can't board my original plane as it departs from the international terminal. I had to catch a plane to Avalon that takes off from the domestic terminal.

Right now I feel like Tom Hanks' character in the movie 'The Terminal'. I've been stranded only for a while but I'm bored out of my mind. Travelling alone is so not fun :(

So, a little humble advice to all:
The next time you're travelling somewhere, and people start to ask you "Do you have your passport with you?", don't get all exasperated and irritated. Just check again and reassure them. Because though it might sound implausible, some people do forget to bring their passport - as I myself know only too well...


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