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December 12, 2008

So, it’s been a while.  So long, in fact, that there are snowflakes on WordPress (way to embrace your southern-hemisphere bloggers, WP!) and a number of other changes that I just won’t bother with unless they bother me.

What have I been doing?  Nothing exciting.  Reports.  Putting films on the list, and then watching as they disappear from cinemas before I get to see them.  Trying not to procrastinate.  Finishing reports.  Trying to balance sleep and not-sleep (not always effectively).  Catching up on some DVDs: The Band’s Visit, Wordplay, the rest of Battlestar, both seasons of Spaced, some 30 Rock and some revisited Arrested Development.

What’s in store?

  • three more teaching days (which are now “in training” days, which means I have to write three days of extras this weekend.   I guess the holiday feeling starts… later?)
  • a holiday!  Yay!  Sixteen days in Malaysia.  Beaches.  Food.  Lots of food.  I’m trying to figure out what to eat first
  • hopefully a few films.  I do want to see Burn After Reading, and – now that I’ve broken the James Bond embargo (thanks, Daniel Craig) – there’s no real reason not to see Quantam of Solace.  Can’t wait for Frost/Nixon and Milk
  • some rest.  I feel like splodging out on the couch for at least a month
5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2008 12:04 am

    Those snowflakes really annoyed me when I first saw them. If I wanted to slow my laptop down to a crawl, I’d do it myself, WordPress. Ugh.

    It doesn’t sound like you’ve done much exciting… but at least you have Malaysia to look forward to! Sounds like that’ll be great, even if you seem a bit preoccupied with the “food” side of things right now. My holidays are going to consist of learning to drive. Against my will. Hmmm.

  2. injera permalink*
    December 13, 2008 7:43 am

    Learning to drive is something that should be done when you’re young. If you leave it too long, you’ll never get around to it and it will be a background source of parental nagging for ever. Trust me.

    Seriously, the food side of things is incredibly important! One reason we’ve always considered, then abandoned, the thought of going to Tahiti is because the food sounds a bit… boring. And Malaysian food is quite possibly the best in the world.

  3. December 13, 2008 8:12 pm

    Oh Injera I so agree that the food in Malaysia is some of hte best in the world. I spent a month there many moons ago and another week not so many moons ago. And I have not had a bad meal.

    I still dream about banana leaf curries.

    Have a fabulous relaxing time.

  4. December 14, 2008 12:05 pm

    Maybe I should learn to drive when I’m young, but not when I’m too short. I can’t even look over the steering wheel, let alone at the road, and I don’t think it would be safe for the community to let me drive! (My dad thinks this is irrelevant because I can learn to drive in a paddock where I can’t hit anything except electric fences.)

    I don’t think I’ve eaten much (if any) Malaysian food, only Indonesian. I do know that I enjoyed the Indonesian food I’ve eaten. Actually, the school canteen at DECV specialises in Indonesian food, and it always tastes fantastic (but they serve SO MUCH and it’s almost impossible to eat it all — at least, for me). Isn’t it typical that the best canteens appear at schools with no students? Anyway… if Malaysian food is that amazing, maybe I should track down some…

  5. injera permalink*
    December 14, 2008 3:54 pm

    Thanks, RR – I’m looking forward to some time on the beach, and on poolside deckchairs with refreshing cocktails. I’ll be sure to have a banana leaf curry while I’m there. We lived there about ten years ago and haven’t spent much time there since, so it will be interesting to see what’s changed. One thing that has certainly changed is that the internet has taken off, so we’ve been browsing the (many) Malaysian food bloggers to get some tips on the current “best” rotis, yong tau foo, teh tarik, fish head curry, char kway teow… etc… etc…

    Jess – I didn’t consider the practicalities of not being able to see! That certainly does change things.

    Malaysian food and Indonesian food have some elements in common, but then Malaysia also has Chinese and Indian cuisines, and then hybrids of all of these as well, so there is a lot to choose from! The hawker centres are particulary good. Think of a food court, and then imagine what it would be like if the food at said food court was actually edible. No, not just edible, tantalising! Mmmm, I’m salivating at the thought.

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