That said, I’m still living the Malaysian life here in Sibu. Mostly, we hang out at the gym, watch what I can only assume are pirated DVDs – they come in little plastic sleeves, and cost about $2 Canadian – and eat far too many carbs. Luckily I’ve also discovered shaved ice, so I’m getting a healthy dose of fruit these days.
We’ve been doing a little more adventuring, and found some interesting little shops and new restaurants – I can’t post pictures of my favourite purchases though, since a lot of them are birthday presents that I’m sending home to Canada this month. Don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Andrew and I also went adventuring through the mall where the gym is, up on the top floors and the roof, where it looks like no one ever goes – most of the rooms and stair wells don’t even look like they’ve been completely finished. We went up an extremely narrow staircase, down and extremely narrow hallway, and we found this strange little set up in a tiny room.
Someone set up their own makeshift library – my kind of person! I thought about borrowing a book or two (everything was covered in dust and the newspaper was from January – I’m fairly sure the makeshift library is thoroughly abandoned) but everything except the Charles Dickins was in a foreign language.
I’ve had much better luck photographing the wild life the last couple weeks as well – there are ibis and monitors hanging out in all the drains, but usually they’re way too quick for pictures.
I also got my hands on some pictures from the birthday party (I felt like a giant).
And was gifted some chopsticks from Lucas, and some very strange candy from Laura.
And of course, I’m still good at making friends of the four-legged variety.
And then last week, the unthinkable happened – my Wacom grip pen came apart (which has been happening for about a year now) and when I tried to put it back together, it went a little crooked, and the back end of the pen wedged onto the chip inside. When I pulled it apart… well… photos speak louder than words.
An eight year relationship has just come to an end, and a bitter end at that. It’s also left me pretty thoroughly out of work, in terms of my day job – a freelance illustrator isn’t much good without a tablet. I’ve ordered a replacement, but the ETA is October 1st. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will show up early and surprise me.
And… I think that’s all I have to say for now. Tonight I’m hoping to find the time to dye my (horribly faded) hair, on Wednesday I’m finally going to the beach (the ocean!!!), and I think later this month we may be taking a trip to Kuching. It’s a five hour trip from what I’ve heard, but Andrew has been invited to train at a gym there with a wrestling coach, and he’s not allowed to have fun without me!
As always, I’ll be sure to take pictures. I love you all – thanks so much for following along on the journey.