Zeeet Zeet, my husband’s phone vibrated. Oberressl. That’s how my husband answers when he doesn’t know the person calling or when someone from work calls him. But this time it was a lady from Ctrip booking service. “This is to inform you that we can’t process your booking transaction because the name that you wrote in our form is too long”. I heard my husband’s loud voice stormed. “What?, that’s the name that I always use and that is the name written in the passport”. As far as I can tell, the lady from the other line insisted that it will not work, which made my husband even more so irritated but then she confirmed that she will try her best and will call again once she settles the issue. So you see, this is just one of the many things we usually have to deal with being in China.
When their conversation was over, he turned to me and said that it was my name that can’t be processed because it was long. Oh great, I know my name is long (and I love it) but I haven’t encountered any booking problems in the past. How is that possible that now she is claiming that it can’t be done?
This reminds of..
When I was in the 2nd grade, I was a lazy tad writing my long name. My handwriting was also big that my name alone already occupies the first lines, I had to use the next lines for my surname. So then (which I thought back then was the smartest thing to do), what I did was I abbreviated my given names and my surname. Not like taking just the first letters but for each name I took the second and the first 3 letters then dot.
Ex. Ma. Ang. Tes. Tan. Easy right?
Okay before I go off track.…
After a few hours, the lady called and apologized for the minor issue about my name, and confirmed that our booking is confirmed. Yay! Our Malaysia trip is on and we are flying to KL (Kuala Lumpur) on the 19th of December.
It has been a year since I left Malaysia. It is a special place for both of us ( Hubs and I) because it was where our paths crossed. To give you some small details, we both worked there in the past. I worked there for 2 years and my husband, worked there for a year. I think it is a place that will always be in our list to visit if there is a chance to.
As far as my experience living in Malaysia is concerned, I would say it was one of the best times in my life by far.
Its diversed culture made me feel more connected to different types of people in the world. I like the hospitality that this country and its people had shown.
And the best of course, is the tropical weather. Perfect place to escape winter..
I was hoping.…
A warm, clear blue sky! and here’s what to expect…
Now I am wishing hard for a miracle to happen. Sigh..
Alright, I don’t want to sound all so unhappy about this. Well there are still a lot of reasons to cheer me up. I would be able to see my friends and spend some time with them. I would be able to attend the Christmas party in Carespeech and see the kids who were in my therapy case load before. And oh the parents who have been so dear to me like Aisha, Evelyn, Roslina…
Sashimi, my once lil sweet girl Sashimi! I would see her again. She must have grown so much taller now.
The lovely Twin Towers standing tall with all pride and beauty.
It was one cloudy day when this photo was taken but still the Lovely Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers never cease to amaze me.
I would still consider this trip as a “winter escape” at least it would be warmer there. And I’ll be even warmed up by the people whom I missed.