It feels like forever since I last updated this blog. It also feels like forever since I last saw my husband!
You see, the company where I work with believe in development "outside of the box". That is why, the company encourages the employees to go abroad and learn a lot of new things from the people outside Malaysia. It helps opening up the horizon you see.
That is why, my husband and his friend Shankar (who is also my colleague) were both sent to San Francisco, United States for a week to attend one of Google's biggest events called Google I/O. To find out more about the event, you can click on the link provided.
I was supposed to follow my husband, initially. Heck, the first thing I said when he broke the news to me was, "CAN I COME WITH YOU?!". Haha. And we did think of the possibility. But after much thoughts and considerations, we figured that it's best for me to stay home since the cost incurred to bring Aydein and I along is quite costly. Besides, what would Aydein and I do when they both go to the conference? Sit in the hotel and do nothing? It would be a waste! So Aien promised to take Aydein and I to a nice vacation real soon to make up for this trip instead -- which makes even more sense to me. :) I mean, baiklah bila dah spend banyak2; use it to the fullest kan! Kalau setakat nak duduk hotel je, baik tapayah. Membazir je. Betol tak? (ayat nak sedapkan hati ni hahaha) :D
We reached the airport at 4.00am in the morning. Poor Aydein was also dragged to the airport just because his papa wants the last few hours with him.
I tried so hard to blink back tears after Aien waved bye-bye, but as soon as my brother teased me by singing one weird Malay song that goes something like "janganlah kau menangis...", my tears fell down my cheeks almost instantly! Ntah apa apa je, I know. After all, it's only for a week! But I dont know. We've never been separated this long kot. Sighs. Now I wonder how my friend Anne and my elder sister Sarah do it! The same goes to my other friends Nuurill & Irin whose nature of jobs need them to go abroad every now and then. Seriously, you guys have my vote for the strong ladies of the year!
But anyways, as expected, Aydein was not his usual self the first night of Aien's absence. He was rather cranky. So I called Aien and put him on loudspeaker for Aydein to hear but it still didn't help. Nothing like papa's very own smell eh? So I did the only thing I know to soothe him -- my teetotheteetees. And that managed to lull him to sleep. Poor Aydein, he must have sensed his papa's absence!
But Aydein is a strong boy. The next day, he was back to his normal self once again! :) As for his mama, ooh his mama went through quite a lot more! If normally his mama would be driven to work and here and there, this time, his mama had to take the trains (yes, commuter AND monorail) and walk a thousand miles just to reach the office! And this is what his mama has to go through every single day since the past 1 week!
And that's not even half as bad! Needless to say, it was exhausting. SO exhausting that his mama lost 2 kilos! Yes people, I actually lost 2 kilos after only 4 days of braving through the rain, crowd and more smelly crowd! It was a nightmare, I tell you. Such a nightmare that I really felt like collapsing on the fourth day, and was not fit to go to office last Friday (the fifth day). Yes it was that bad.
Not that I did not want to drive to office, it's just the traffic there that makes me want to hurl. It's not worth it. The traffic there is always, always bumper to bumper. And people will honk at you for no reason at all! It's so bloody annoying. But then again, it's Jalan Raja Chulan, what do you expect?
Yes, it has been tough without Aien around. Luckily I had my sweethearts around to keep me company for the first few days :)
So how come they can all be at my place at one time? Simply because they can! My brother Raqib from USM Penang, is now doing his internship in RTM. He will be staying at my place for the next 2 months. My elder sister Sarah, is now doing her Masters in HUKM/HKL. Oh and she just passed her exam -- congratulations again sister! Thanks for the Zanmai Sushi treat the other day! :D And my youngest brother Hakim, is now struggling to finish his second year in Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Gombak. We've always had this strong bond with each other despite the age gap, so during this so-called hard time of mine, they were all there to offer me support. Thanks loves!
But on top of all, I am glad that today will be my last day to go through the hell as I will be picking up my dear husband at the airport that is estimated to touch down at 9.30pm tonight!
So hello husband, goodbye stinky trains!