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!
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 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
•Power bar with surge protector
•Bedspread, sheets & pillow
•Towels & face clothes
•Dishes & cutlery
•Needle & thread
•Desk organizer (somewhere to put your pens, paper,
•Soap & toiletry items
•Loonies and quarters for washers and dryers (Loonies?!?)
•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! ;) )
• 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
And guess what? Their Internet...54 Megabits of high-speed bandwidth...
Oh my...This is really happening isn't it? I'm actually moving to another country!!!
PS: I'm keeping my number active, so you can actually still reach me by sms...=)