Thursday, 24 July 2008

Oh My...I'm Actually Moving to Another Country!...



Gosh...

Two more weeks, and I'll be flying off...


I was pleasantly surprised when Winnie The Pooh emailed me a few days back, reminding me of things I should do before leaving, and also gave me important stuff I should know about, like what banks I can open an account with in Canada, various telephone companies etc...

One important thing she reminded me to do was to bring along all my medication for my allergies...Haha! Thanks, Winnie. I will be needing them...New environment means new allergens!



A while back, NightWing also sent me an email with things he thinks I should bring along to Canada, after reading my checklist of things to do...Thanks NightWing...




My immediate neighbour, a dentist and his wife also had a surprise for me the other night...Aunty Janet called one night and asked me to open my side-gate as she wanted to come over...I thought maybe she had baked a cake and wanted to pass some over...We are friendly with our neighbours, so we do exchange recipes and plates of steaming food...


Instead she came with a bag in her hand. In it was a lovely box with a pen inside. Dr Chuah and Aunty Janet know I like to write, so they said they felt this was a good gift for me. They asked that I remember them everytime I put the pen to paper...



Awww...Of course I will!







The box...




The Inside...It comes with a Card-Holder...




Hey, my name engraved on it!...




And a message...





People have been feeding me too...*Lol*...A Malaysian tradition is to eat! And I am most thankful for all the people who took me out to celebrate, from the bloggers, to my Umi, to my teachers, to close family friends, and even to my doctor (hey, who said the doctor you see when your allergies flare up can't become your friend?) who even came with a list of medicine she feels I should bring along in case my allergic rhinitis gets out of hand.



"Daphne, this will help relieve the pressure in your ear but don't take it before landing because it is drowsy and you need to pull your bags...This you better have in case your eyes start to itch and swell...This for the insect bites so you don't blister...This...This...This..."...

...

..."Daphne, stop scratching. Your skin is turning red...I said, stop scratching..."


*Lol*...She's thought of everything! And yes, I am weirdly allergic...They call it atopic allergy...




Looks like I will have lots of postcards to send out once I settle down...It's ok...I actually like sending snail mail...=)



And then just over a week ago, I got this in my email, from the university:-




What to Bring with You


•This CD
•Alarm clock
•Clothes hangers
•Phone
•Computer
•Power bar with surge protector
•Stereo
•Desk lamp
•Bedspread, sheets & pillow
•Towels & face clothes
•Dishes & cutlery
•Needle & thread
•Stapler
•Desk organizer (somewhere to put your pens, paper,
etc.)
•Soap & toiletry items
•Robe
•Shower shoes
•Loonies and quarters for washers and dryers (Loonies?!?)
•Laundry detergent
•Clothes hamper
•Iron
•Posters/wall hangings (Do not bring anything that
would require putting holes in the wall to mount –
bring non-residue tape.)
•Wait until you see your room to make large purchases
– it helps to get an idea first of what you need.



*My aunt who resides in Canada (I have two aunts there) emailed me. This darling Aunt of mine has already bought me pillows and towels, and has set aside bedsheets for me. She even found me a phone (which they bought a while back, but never used), a desk lamp and a pitcher with filters so I have filtered water to drink...Thank God for family! Thanks Ah Ee's...





What NOT to Bring with You


• Pets, including fish (Awww man...)
• Own bed (Duh!)
• Items to loft furniture
• Appliances – all appliances with open elements (i.e.,
hot plates/George Foreman Grills) or appliances such
as toasters and kettles must be used in the kitchenette (But, but...I need a coffee maker! ;) )
• Candles/incense
• Weapons – including decorative ones (No pepper spray?!?)
• Duct tape or packing tape for walls, do not use duct
tape or packing tape on your walls
• Drinking or drug paraphernalia – (including but not
limited to mini kegs, bubbas, bongs and funnels –
all such items are prohibited under the Residence
Standards)



And guess what? Their Internet...54 Megabits of high-speed bandwidth...

Wow...*Faint*



Oh my...This is really happening isn't it? I'm actually moving to another country!!!

Gosh...




PS: I'm keeping my number active, so you can actually still reach me by sms...=)



35 comments:

Pi Bani said...

Wei, sudah sedar ka masih pengsan? :)

Free for another round of makan-makan?

Anonymous said...

Look at the people taking you out to eat! It is ok you can afford to put on weight. I need to put on weight too1 Having reads your blog for so long you sound like a person who is easy to like. It is no surprise that even your doctor who is treating your allergy has become your friend. GOod luck with your moving and remmeber to blog when you are there with very fast net connection!

Daphne Ling said...

Kak Pi,

Haha...Sudah, sudah sedar...;)

I anytime also can makan-makan one...But not such a good idea for my hips and waist...Hehe...Belum pergi dah lar gemuk, how lar wei?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 15:32,

Thanks for coming by...

Like I said, Malaysian tradition is to go eat wan...Surely we all celebrate by pigging out! =)

Thank you for the wishes. I will surely continue to blog from Canada, once I've settled in nicely...

You remember to read, ok? ;)

Akmal said...

Hello daph,
Another two weeks, yea? No pet? Awww...
Sure you can go for more makan-makan session. Make sure you had enough hehe. If not, I am not going to be surprise if your first entry from Canada is about you screaming out in a shameful gesture for not having another round of Roti Canai :P
Just in case you meet Celine Dion over there, tell her I say Hi ya. Hehehe.

Anonymous said...

loonies...and toonies as well...you'll get the hang of it in no time.
lived in canada for a while. loved it.
i wish you the best.
i love reading your blog and knowing there are so many good people still out there even if the news we hear everyday seems to suggest otherwise.

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne..

We're so happy for you!!

Do take great care of yourself & study well for your bright future!!

Sheyna said...

Good luck Daph! even reading about it is exciting (reminds me of the time when I first left as well...) so you must be all hyped up. :) Well, you take care... and do pop by London soon. ;) Sx

ICook4Fun said...

Daphne, good luck in your move and if by any chance you are in this part of the wood you can always drop by for a visit and most welcome to stay with us. After all Canada is not too far from US.

Salt & Turmeric said...

yes u are Daphne! gotta eat and stock up on all the dry goods. im not sure how diff it is to find msian stuff in ur neck of the wood but u dont wanna be stuck craving for some good maggi curry esp during the harsh winter. ;)

WP said...

No pets? Well, you can always flout the rules by bringing inanimate "pets"! (by that I mean soft toys...hehe)

All the best!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Akmal,

"If not, I am not going to be surprise if your first entry from Canada is about you screaming out in a shameful gesture for not having another round of Roti Canai :P"

Haha! You do know me well, don't you? The things I would do for food? Hehe...

What to do? I came with four stomachs, ya know? ;)

As for Celine Dion, I sure will!

PS: Yeah lor, no pets...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 17:52,

Loonies and toonies? Goodness, they sound like something outta Looney Tunes! Or some coin-chips from Disneyland...Haha...

Thanks for coming by anyhow, and for reading this blog.
See you round!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Jimmy,

Thank you, sir, and I will try my best...

Oh, I'll be bringing your cap along! =) Thanks again...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Sheyna,

Yessss, it is exciting, but scary as well...I'm scared how I might 'suffer' when I'm craving for some Malaysian food =( Hehe...

It's not like you wait till the next day and voila, you get it!

Will keep in touch. Meanwhile, how's Junior coming along? Coming soon, right?

Daphne Ling said...

Hello ICook4Fun,

Wow, thank you! This is the first time we're communicating and you're offering me a place to crash...That's mighty sweet of you...Appreciate it a lot!

Looks like I have more places to visit now...There's you in Pennsylvania, Kak Farina in Orange, Sheyna in London, Aunty Rita in Washington...

Not bad...All this just from blogging...

Ok, anybody from France, Italy, Africa and Switzerland wanna open their homes? ;) Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

La, you had to bring it up, huh? Now I'm thinking of Indomie Goreng...=(

My aunts and cousin swear they're all readily available in 'my neck of wood' though...It seems, they even have White Coffee!

I really dunno though, having never been there...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi WP,

Haha...You ar...

Nothing beats the real thing lar...I was hoping I could get a cat or something, but looks like I can't now...

I think my parents are happy though...Cos knowing me, my money will go into feeding my cat instead of feeding myself, than I'll groan all the time...Hehe...

thefinethings said...

Hi Daphne,

I know Im like 'now you see it, now you don't, but I have been following your blog and STILL find what your share interesting:)Anyway, I'd like to wish you all the best in your studies and the move to Canada! I know the feeling!

Zawi said...

Daphne,
Keep blogging while you are over there but don't read too much blogs about Malaysia. As rocky said it blogs is bad for health and may keep you away from coming back to Malaysia. We dont want to lose you.

Salt & Turmeric said...

eh larling. no more in orange ler. now already in huntington beach. ;)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

hi daphne,

my only wish is you'd settle in as quickly as possible. all the best to you. hope i wont miss your departure date. will give ya a call before that.

wanshana said...

So, are all your bags packed? (2 dozens of them?!)

I'm so excited for you!

My only advice - just eat whatever you want to eat in the next 2 weeks. Yes, they should have Asian/Malaysian food over there, but it WON'T be the same. Trust me :)

Don't worry about your waistlines or whatever lines you have (or don't have). Just wallop everything, my dear!

All the best. I look forward to your first posting from Canada :)

J.T. said...

Hey Daphne

Wow.. so soon you are leaving. You told me about your big move one year ago. Time flies, huh?

Anyway, I believe you have no problems finding Asian stuff in Toronto -it is sold in abundance. Unless, you have a particular favourite, then check with your aunts.

Judging from photos (of a friend's posted in Facebook) of what a typical supermarket sells in Toronto, you will probably will want to try new stuff. But always, always, have your Malaysian favourites as back up. :D
As Farina mentioned, maggi curry is good during the harsh winter.

yolanda spearman said...

My immediate neighbour, a dentist and his wife also had a surprise for me the other night.Aunty Janet called one night and asked me to open my side-gate as she wanted to come over.I thought maybe she had baked a cake and wanted to pass some over.

whre4arthou said...

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... i know what you have to bring nai nai..

SOYA SAUCE!! :)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey everyone,

Sorry, a bit busy. Will answer the rest of the comments in a bit, k? I gotta read through them all...Thanks!

Nightwing said...

Looks like u all set for the trip...:)

All the best now....cheers...:)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi TheFineThings,

Nah, it's ok, you don't have to leave a comment if you're not comfortable. Most of my readers are silent ones anyway (judging from my sitemetre)...

But thanks for coming out and leaving me a comment. I appreciate it!

And thanks for the wishes!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Wah, lidat also can ah? But most of my friends' blogs are Malaysian!

But I also know what Rocky means lar...Sometimes after you read a posting on a blog, you feel like catching the next plane out of Malaysia, and never coming back!

And then you remember Tomyam and Ice Kacang ;)...Haha!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Ooops, my bad!


Hey Kerp,

I hope I settle in quick too! Don't worry about calling lar. We always have MSN, blog and email...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Shana,

2 DOZEN bags? Even if I had that many bags (I don't), the airline won't carry for me! Maximum two ma...

So that would be 2 check-in bags, one laptop bag, and one handluggage (my backpack)...

As for waistline, too late! It's grown past the point of no return...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jacqui,

Yeah, time flies! As I was telling one blogger the other day, time should learn to take the Malaysian public transport during peak hours every once in a while...;)

As for food, my aunts said bring nothing! They have Maggi Mee and Indo Mie (and every other mee) in Canada, and they also have kaya in a bottle.

They even have, get this, IPOH WHITE COFFEE! Haha...My Ipoh grandma is happily sipping it in good ol' Toronto as we speak!

They were saying I might be most tempted to bring stuff from there back here when I come back!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Yolanda (Spearman),

Er, your point is?


Hey Ae Mi,

Haha...No la, I'm not bringing that...My aunts will faint!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi NightWing,

Yeap, looks like I'm quite all set...Haha!

Got samore things to do lar...Alot in fact! How come things never seem to finish wan ar? =(