Monday, June 27, 2011

Status update...

Finally... free internets!

*falls dramatically onto a couch and pants in relief*

Yes, dear friends, 'tis me, live and kicking and mooching around beautiful Malaysia.

Actually, I'm doing anything but mooch, being here on training - and the intensive would be an understatement to describe the program so far! We leave the hotel at 7.30 in the morning and the last lecture finishes at 6.00pm, so I am usually exhausted but have to to group work and individual work as preparation for the next day.

They've put us up in a fairly swanky hotel with a lavish buffet breakfast... and if it were not for the academic commitments, it would feel like a wonderful holiday away from the hecticness that was my life for the past couple of months. The rest of the food is rather meh... Malaysians tend to favour very oily, meaty rice which I couldn't tolerate after the first 2 days and I've been surviving on soup and sandwiches for the last couple of weeks. My other grouch was having to pay an exorbitant amount for the internet at the hotel... and finally after days of begging, the course agreed to give us a free connection, so yay!

I think I've mentioned before that Malaysia is shoppers paradise... but only if you have the stamina for it! The malls are huge and numerous and varied, but finding good deals (yes I DO believe in value for money) takes time. I did spend a couple of days shopping with friends, but to be honest, most of the weekends were spent lounging around in a truly decadent way, just enjoying the time to myself.

The only downside is being away from Darling for so long... and even with frequent calls and skype, I miss him with every fibre of my being. I yearn very badly for the moment I can rush into his arms and hold him tight.

It looks like even after (in spite of?) 3 1/2 years of marriage the flame still burns, more intensely than before....


P.s. : I have got loads of new shoes I am dying to show off... someone please remind me to do a shoe post when I get back!

Friday, June 3, 2011


I am so utterly and chronically exhausted that even lifting a finger seems to be too much effort at the moment. This post is being fueled exclusively by my emergency stash of toblerone mini's.

I guess we all go through this sometimes... burnout, maybe... maybe just feeling out of sorts.

I've been wearing the same half a dozen sarees to work for the last month. Why? Because they are made of nylon, i.e. no need to iron, just rinse, drip dry and wear. Unlike the more fashionable Hyderabad cotton sarees that are a PAIN to starch and iron. Speaking of starch, does anyone else use the spray on type available at supermarkets? Darling swears they keep his shirts crispy all day. He doesn't trust me with his shirts because the last time I starched one, it was so stiff, it could have walked off and hung itself in the closet.

I have spent the last 5 days marking MCQs, on paper that has been designed to be marked by a machine and not by humans. Said machine broke sometime ago. After a couple of hours, the coloured dots start to swim in front of your eyes. I hallucinate about them even while at home. Life has become a binary black hole. Adding insult to injury, the payment is like 2 rupees per paper or something.

Not sure this post makes sense... need to sleep.