A day in our life

Travel Diary – Penang

As some of you may know we have been traveling for the past three weeks. This is Victor’s first time in Malaysia. Traveling long distance was not pleasant but it was worth it because we get to see our family, and spend time with those we love. Some of you maybe curious about when was the last time I was back home visiting. It has been too long to be honest, as far as I could remember it was five years ago.

We landed on the 23rd of December but we didn’t get to do much for the first week, due to the fact that I have to run around getting my passport and visa stuff done. After all that crazy running around at the US consulate, we planned a trip to Penang. Penang is a state located on the northwest coast of Malaysia. It consists of two parts the Penang island where the capital George Town is and Seberang Perai which is part of the Peninsula. Penang is one of the smallest states in Malaysia but the population is not as small as you think, it is actually one of the state with the highest population densities.

This post took a while for me to get it onto the blog because we had to deal with jet lag and unpacking. Both of those are no fun at all, try getting up at 4 am and all you can do is stare at the ceiling, and head to work at 2.30 pm.  It took about a week for me to get used to the schedule again. Of course unpacking was always my worst nightmare, unpacking means laundry time. We had a couple loads of laundry by the time we got back to Kalamazoo.

Penang Hill

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Took the funicular train all the way up Penang Hill. I don’t really remember when was the last time I was in one of these trains, but for sure this is Victor’s first time. The view from the top was spectacular.

 

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When we got all the way to the top of the hill which is about 820 meters above sea level. This picture was taken at the viewing deck, you can over look the entire Penang Island.

Armenian Street

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I have seen this street all over the internet, but this was actually the first time I saw this in person. It was amazing, the artist actually drew this based on two real siblings.
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Painting from the same artist. It reminds me of when we re young and mom would always bring us to breakfast on Sunday morning. We probably try to do the same when we were kids.
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Victor decided to check out what all the fuss was about. He did enjoy the trip, of course the first few days he had a cultural shock. Everything was just so different. It was interesting to see Malaysia through the eyes of an American.

 

We do plan to head back to Malaysia again end of the year, hopefully this time, things would be perhaps easier without having to deal with the paperwork. Was it all worth it? Absolutely. We will have more posts about Malaysia in the next couple weeks. Stay tune!

Until next time!

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Art Bayou – Pottery painting

Sometimes a gift doesn’t need to be expensive, it’s the thought that counts. I don’t remember who told me that, but I do run into trouble during the holiday season. I spent hours and hours thinking what to get for person A, then B, then C, etc. There are times when I ended up with a gift cards for some people that I think they already own everything in the world. So, here comes the question, what do you get for people that already have everything?

I found this pottery painting place near where we live. It’s literally 5 minutes drive from where we live called Art Bayou. When I first tried out my first pottery painting was at Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge, it was located in Los Gatos, California. It’s amazing how fast time flies, before I know it, it has been three years already. I walked into the ceramic lounge without a clue how and if I could paint. I was told to walk around and look for a piece or ceramic I would like to paint. I did as I was told, I picked out the biggest mug I could find. In my mind, I wanted to paint something for my little cousin. I started painting as soon as I grabbed the mug, before I know it I had already spent four hours at the lounge.

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After seeing Art Bayou, Victor and I decided to give it another try. Why? Just because it’s the holidays season, what’s better than making something for someone you care very much for?

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That’s another Sunday for this family.

We planned to paint a couple more for friends and family. What’s a better way to tell them you love them or care for them than this?

I hope you guys would give it a try if you can find a pottery store around your area. Did I mention it’s extremely therapeutic to do so?

Until next time!

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Sunday Fun-day

What does your typical Sunday looks like? Do you spend time with friends and family? Are you just a couch potato Netflix and chill all day? Do you just head out and shop till you drop? Different people spent their Sundays differently, and I would love to know what’s yours.

In this family, we have done all the above. What’s so special about this Sunday? A good friend of mine has decided to move away from Michigan. She decided to head south to start a brand new journey by herself. I am very happy for her but at the same time I am sad as well. I am sad because she is moving to a state where I can no longer just drive an hour to meet her up for coffee. From the reasons above, we have been through a lot, and I value our friendship a lot. She is a very special friend that has a very special spot in my heart, she would do everything necessary for a friend that she values, on a flip side she is the one person I would do the same for too.

Long story short,this Sunday we have decided to do a little wine and paint, called Paint with a Twist. I have been here for nine years and I haven’t heard of a place where you can actually have wine while you paint. Of course when Rachel suggested we should check out Painting with a twist, I jumped on that and said yes, we totally should. Lo and behold, Painting with a Twist is actually pretty fantastic, Victor would have told you he never knew he could paint until today.

There is a first time for everything. We got there and realized ” Oh wow, this is a huge class with only one instructor, I am sure I wouldn’t be able to paint  the painting that she had in the front of the class.” Anyhow, all I have in mind was, I just wanted to spend some great time with Rachel. For that two hours, it made me realize there is no such thing as I can’t do anything if I have my heart set on something. I was also reminded how important these people are in my life. I came to the States for school nine years ago, all I had in mind was I just want to graduate and go back to where I came from, why would I need friends? I have plenty of them back in Malaysia, but somehow things changed without me knowing it.

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I would 100% recommend you guys to check out a place like that if you just want to spend time quality time with friends and family relaxing and be productive at the same time.
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Never in a million years I would think I can paint this. Sometimes we surprise ourselves, and this is mine.

I am not sure if it’s because of the holidays season, I do get a little emotional this time of the year. It’s not a bad thing when you have these moments when you come to realize how important friends and family are. Do something with those feelings and not have regrets later in life.

As for me, family and friends definitely come first. Victor was the one that told me, work will still be there without your presence, but once you missed the chance to spend time with the people that you love, you might never get them back again.

Until next time!

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What do we do on a Sunday?

This is another post following a day in Mylo’s life. I am sure you guys are pretty familiar with our lives right now, we are both working adults and we do have a funny and beautiful puppy named Mylo. He just stayed home while we are at work on a day to day basis. We do try to do things that involve Mylo during the weekends since on the weekdays we have to get to work we walk him but not as much as we would like to.

Today we have both decided to sign Mylo up for the dog park right down the street from where we live. The name of the dog park is Meadow Run Dog Park, it is a privately owned dog park. The membership is a little pricey but we went with for it because we thought it would be good for Mylo. Mylo has always been a house dog, we don’t really have a lot friends that have dogs, so he pretty much just plays with humans. We felt that Mylo was a little short on his socialization skills which is one of the main factor why we decided to get the membership.

Let’s take a peek into Mylo’s afternoon on a Sunday.

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Mylo: “I love running so much, but my parents do not have a giant size back yard just yet, so they brought me here for a good run. Obviously I am enjoying the park because it is huge. Also I met some really cool friends.
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Mylo: “Alright, I need a breather, this is too much for me to handle! We shall continue after a 5 minutes break. Now let my mom show you some of my friends.”
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Mylo: “These two Keeshonds are my new friends that I made during my first visit to the dog park. They are friendly and my mom said they look like a miniature lions.”
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Mylo: “Oh! I almost forgot my two Australian Shepard friends. They showed me around the pond where they took a swim.”
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Mylo: “I spent an hour at the dog park, I felt great but I think I am going to take a nap at the dog park. Maybe just 10 minutes?”
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Mylo: “And then Daddy decided to give me a nice belly rub, there goes my nap time.”
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Mylo: “I think it’s safe to say that I love this dog park. Hopefully my parents will make the effort to come to the park with me every morning before they head to work.”

Honestly, I haven’t seen Mylo being this happy except heading back to grandma’s house once in a while. It was nice seeing Mylo enjoying his afternoon, as you can guess he passed out as soon as we step into the condo. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about Mylo’s life as much as us jotting all these memories down. We will definitely make these trips to the park a routine on weekends and as much as we can on the weekdays.

 

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Meet Mylo

This little nugget is Mylo. He joined our family on September 06, 2016. We adopted him from a shelter called Animal Rescue Project in Kalamazoo. When my boyfriend and I were first planning on getting a puppy, we had been looking around for breeders, I had my heart set on either a Shiba Inu or a Husky. We were on a hunt for about three months, we found out that there aren’t a lot of breeders that would breed Shiba Inu in the Midwest area. It could also be we weren’t looking in the right place. We ended up volunteering in a the dog walk event that was held by the Kalamazoo Humane Society. During the event, we saw a lot of Huskies, and then we started thinking to ourselves, maybe we should start looking into Husky, because we have a ton of cold weather here.

After a couple of months of searching, my boyfriend had an idea. According to him, if we are willing to pay a breeder that amount of money to get a puppy, why don’t we look into a rescue puppy instead. Rescue’s are always looking for new owners to adopt, we would be able to help reduce the amount of puppies in shelters.. That’s a win-win situation for the puppy and for us. We agreed on doing so, we decided to take a look at the Animal Rescue Project in the Kalamazoo area. When we went there the first time, we saw a few puppies, we thought we were ready to adopt him. We went home without him because we wanted to sleep on it before we act on that. Also at that time the condo that we bought wasn’t finalized yet. So we didn’t end up with the puppy that we saw the first time.

A couple of weeks had passed, we went back to the shelter to check on the new puppies that the shelter brought in. We looked in the metal crate, there were six husky mix puppies in the crate that were just brought in from a rescue in Kentucky. Four of them were already adopted, that left the two of them, a boy and a girl. Mylo and his sister were the last two puppies left. When we first went into the play room with the two of them, they were both shaking, and wouldn’t really respond to us. To him, we were a complete strangers, I don’t blame him for not coming to us. Just when I was about to give up, he started warming up to Victor. I guess that was the moment when we knew he will be ours. I can’t find words to describe that moment, we just knew he is the one that we would bring home that day.

He was tiny little puppy about 12 weeks old when we first got him. After we got him we moved into the condo, it was a process for him to adjust to the new environment. Potty training took him about a month, and completely house broken after two months. He is a very smart puppy, he picks up commands pretty quickly. We are very blessed on that, he does go to puppy class every Saturday, he is a lot more disciplined than before. Having him in the family has created a need for adjustment, not only for him but for us too. We do a lot of things together, especially on weekends we have gone on a lot more walks. We can’t spend a lot of time with him during the weekdays, he has to be in the condo by himself for the most part because we both have to work. As a results we try to spend as much time as we could with him when we do not have to work, because he is an important part of our family.

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Hi, my name is Mylo, people from the rescue told my parents that I was born in the month of June, somewhere in Kentucky. In this picture I was about seven months old.
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I am a happy boy when mom and dad get me new toys (did you notice I am actually smiling just for this picture). I love anything that squeaks, and soft. This Koala was my best friend for a night, I kind of killed it by accident, I can’t help that I’m an aggressive chewer. That little snake at the corner actually was my old friend for more than two months.
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When it’s cold out I like to snuggle up with mom and dad on the couch while they watch Netflix.
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I love to give mom the puppy eyes when I want something. She usually will give me what I want. Mom does the same thing too, when she pouts, she gets what she wants. I learned it from my mommy.
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I finally went to a groomer after six months being with my parents. The groomer was super nice to me, they gave me s little scarf after they chopped off the tip of my tail.
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Oh, did I mention that I am a big boy now? I wiped myself down after daddy gave me a shower. All he has to do was lay down a towel, I will finish the rest. =)
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I love to sleep on my parents bed. Their bed is better than my tiny puppy bed.