Wednesday, July 6, 2011

~Penang~

We went to Bukit Mertajam (is that how to spell it?... anyway...) for a talk and workshop my parent's will be speaking at called "Education is unlimited" But before that, we stopped by my grandmother's house... Here are some pictures:
 Dandelion days. Make a wish blow away. 

I find it fascinating the way the dandelion seeds float so gracefully with the wind... 

I had some free time so I went out to the garden and captured all the weeds that were growing in my grandmother's garden. They are just so beautiful aren't they?
This fly and butterfly even let me photograph them...


 Our favorite 'Chee Cheong Fun' store, it's a must-eat every time we visit :)

I love staring out the window on our way to my grandma's house because of all the mountains surrounding it. Lately the mountains are getting chopped up for their marble and it's just a very sad thing to see. All those beautiful, large mountains are now getting hard to find. So I'll take some pictures in my mind as well as on my camera so I won't forget it. 


 This was the talk on the first night we arrived... Needless to say, it is in chinese. So here we are all 'banana' chinese and my mom giving a talk in Mandrin. She did really well I think, I wouldn't know. I have the vocabulary of a kindergardener. 



The hosts of this event were so nice to book us hotel rooms for the night. The hotel is called My Hotel. Say it in a sentence; "I'm going to My Hotel now!" when they said it, I honestly believed they owned the place. 

 This is one of the activities on the second day workshop my sister and I participated in. Make sense out of no sense. Make sense? Basically I think it means when something doesn't seem to make sense, look at it in a way that will actually make sense instead of running around like a headless chicken. So we were supposed to write a story with a group of people and each of us writes one line each and folds the paper so the other person doesn't see it. It goes on and on until we reach the end and finally, we open the paper and read what it says. Most of the time it will end up hilarious! But in this case, we played with a bunch of adults still trying to find their inner child in them, they weren't quite there yet at the beginning. I think everyone has to inevitably grow up, there's no stopping it. But we don't have to only focus on work and no play and leave behind all our childhood. I think some people forget their childhood, the good and the bad but those experiences make us who we are now. And I think it's okay to still be a kid sometimes. We don't have to grow up and become completely different people. Innocence is precious. 
Back to the story... This is the sample story my sister and I did for the group. It's not even in English but it's still fun and even funnier!


Obviously it being a whole day workshop, I'm bound to get bored. So I got out the camera and just snapped pictures no end. These are a few that seemed blog-worthy enough. 



After a long day, we went to a café called May Way. If I'm not mistaken, it means beautiful taste when directly translated to English from Mandrin. It was a vegetarian café. I really loved the pictures they had on the walls and they're signboard telling you wether the shop is open or closed is made out of beans!


I had a fruit salad there. And I always find an unexpected funny face in the picture with me. Well, it used to be unexpected, but now it's getting pretty predictable. 


Immediately after that, (I'm getting tired just typing what we did this weekend!) we went off to Penang for a holiday. Finally, a more relaxing day. 


Once we got there, it started raining. There was lightning everywhere and it was freezing in the hotel room! The next morning, we went to the beach. It was still drizzling when we got out and each drop felt like ice cold water dripping on me, but we have to keep going if we want to build... Sand castles!!


 The lifeguard told us it had been sunny and hot until yesterday. Ironically the day we arrived. So swimming was also a freezing cold activity. I made a bubble bath for my brother and I since he has not had one before. My dad used to make it for my sister and I when we were really small and could still fit in a bucket. The bathtub was filled with nice warm water and it was like our own swimming pool, minus the freezing weather.


This was the beautiful view from our hotel room. I missed the sunset though...






We visited the toy museum which was conveniently outside the hotel.. Yup, some of the toys were HUGE!!




 Monster's Inc. I grew up watching this movie. I can't believe I used to be scared of some of the monsters in the film.


 Arian's favorite exhibit; Transformers. Everything Transformers, even the chess. To him nothing could be better than his two favorite things put together: Transformers and chess.


 And my favorite part.. All the pretty dolls with sparkly dresses and ballet slippers. I used do dream of having one of those when I was little.
It was a great holiday and we had a lot of fun. I had soooo so much more to write but the blog didn't save it and my dad turned off the internet.....

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