Normal Routine

Phew… I’m finally back in Penang after a two weeks’ absence…

I got a lot done today. I had to do some major cleaning up of the house since I was not able to do it before CNY due to the working trip. And then I had to also go on an expensive grocery run because my fridge was empty. In between I managed to squeeze in a movie session, watching Deadpool. I enjoyed that movie very much by the way, it was very funny in a very blatant way πŸ˜‰ .

But now I feel kind of settled down again.Β So I guess I can declare: normal service is resumed!

No, wait. Actually, IΒ think, maybe the more appropriate phrase is: normal routine is resumed!

I’m not gonna deny it. Although I feel sad with coming back to my rented house in Penang again, where I will lose access to air-conditioning and embrace working in the office again, I also feel kind of relieved to be coming back to doing things that I am used to.

I remember every time I moved houses, I was always very uncomfortable for a couple of weeks, trying to get used to new timings to leave for work and to leave work, trying to re-establish some form of routine.

I guess this is all thanks to being a boy scout at school, but I am someone who thrives on being regimented. I am at my most comfortable when I have a pre-established routine in my life.

Okay, enough of me…

As I have just said, I got a lot done today. But I don’t have many photos to show. I guess I’ll tell you another story that happened when I was still at home in KL yesterday morning.

So… I was actually expecting a mail from Singapore which was sent out early January, to my home in KL. But the family kept telling me that nothing came in for me from Singapore. I waited until CNY Eve, and all through CNY, and I assumed that mail was lost in transit lost to transit.

And then, yesterday morning, as I was helping to clean the living room, I accidentally stumbled upon this CNY greeting card.

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Huh? This is the card that I have been expecting…

Apparently, this card came in a week after it was sent out. I guess what happened was, because my mom has most of her side of the family residing in Singapore, and when she saw the card, she took [Somewhere in Singapore] quite literally, and assumed the card was sent to her by her extended family somewhere in Singapore.

So, nope. The mail was not lost to transit. It made its way safely to my home. What a lovely CNY card and a lovely gesture. Thanks, Sharon! Sorry for being a d**k and not sending any cards your way in return. Actually, sorry to all my readers for not sending you guys any cards >.< …

Hmm… what else can I show you?

Let’s show you something that I shared on Instagram yesterday. I love the opportunity to showcase my prowess in taking photos while driving, simultaneously.

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Seeing the festive traffic on the opposite direction never fails to amuse me, no matter how many times I have seen it after all these years. I hope I would not have to join them ever in my life. πŸ™„

Oh, ya. I was able to catch a glimpse of lion dance while doing my grocery run. I noticed that I was watching the lion through 发门 (Rich Gate)

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I’m feeling kind of superstitious lately, so I think watching an auspicious lion dance through an equally auspiciously named Rich Gate would do wonderful things to my fortune this year. We’ll see… πŸ™„

And let me end my post for today with a picture of dinner. It’s been awhile since I used the oven, and it’s been a longer while since my dinner featured chicken breast and broccoli being cooked together.

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I know, this is nothing compared to what my mom dishes out. Sigh…


  1. hahaha, yeah!! i saw your cooking and it’s back back to normal routine!! i’m also back to work today after more than a week off too, hmmmm..

    BTW, being more superstitious, i wonder if you actually walked in and out under that η™Όι–€ chanting all 4-word auspicious phrases for 7×7=49 times that day?? πŸ˜€

    • Hahaha, I am just mildly superstitious, not that serious! Anyway I don’t even know how to chant those 4 words phrases, usually when lou sang I am the quiet one! πŸ˜€

  2. I am also back to normal routine today! First day of work after the holidays…

    I want to watch Deadpool but it is not going to be released in China! Grrr! I will have to resort to the internet…

    • What the?? I thought China is more open now, at least with entertainment. Sad to still see so many blockbusters not showing… 😐

  3. You sound like me. I also like routine and a regimented life. I am also glad the festivities are over and I can resume my normal routine πŸ˜€ But it was great getting together with family for the new year. That is always fun.

    • Yeah, exactly. It was fun to get together and meet up so many family members, but it was also stressful to me, even though I did not need to cook or prepare anything like you or my mom did… πŸ™„

    • I think so too. I think you will enjoy it tremendously. Just make sure to stay until the end, until all the post-credits are over…

  4. Every year I had to send CNY cards to many kind bloggers who kept the tradition going. I was not sending cards to anyone until I started blogging and they often flooded greeting cards and gifts from their travels. The happiness is priceless. So you know what to do next year lah.

    • I shall forget it next year. Actually, I rather nobody send me anything. The reason I don’t send anything to others is precisely because I am not expecting anything from anyone. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to return gifts to me or something. Maybe this makes me seems like a moron, but then, I am indeed a moron, so… πŸ™„

  5. Lucky for Sharon that you discovered the CNY card or else she would be so sad thinking that it is lost in transit. Did you tell your mother that the card was for you sent by your reader? Or you prefer that your mother does not know?

    Friday’s morning traffic was very good. We left Penang at 6.30am and reached KL at about 11 am with 2 toilet stops. No queues at tolls and not much traffic. The photo you took must be later in the afternoon on Friday since there is more traffic from Penang to KL.

    May you get windfalls this year by watching the lion dance through the Rich Gate and leaving an angpow in your car. Healthy meal – meat and vege, no carb.

    • No, I did not tell her anything. Contrary to popular belief, I would not want to give her the wrong ideas if possible, LOL!

      I hope you are right with your wishes. I will wish you the same things! πŸ˜€

  6. Like you, I like routine in my daily life. Gives me a sense of comfort and it is also a practical way to live without going off the rails πŸ™„

    I am assuming you are not going at a snail’s pace while taking that photo of the road. Very sharp photo *applause*

    Lately I am feeling superstitious too. During the second day of CNY, my parents gave me an ang pow. It isn’t a massive sum of money but I am still thinking of depositing it into the bank πŸ™„

    • I was going at 90kph. That’s considered snail’s pace as far as the highway is concerned. πŸ™„

      And, how can depositing angpow money into the bank be considered superstitious? Try mine, I left one angpow with money in my car just to make my car more “ong”… 😳

      • Well, it is generally considered wiser to save money as opposed to spending it on trivial things. So instead of spending angpow money just like that, keep it away for a rainy day… πŸ™„

        • Yeah, of course it is wiser, but we’re talking about superstition. Being wise has no correlation whatsoever with being superstitious LOL! πŸ˜€

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