I am blessed. I have a good life. I have the privilege of staying home with my boys.
I am also very lucky to have in-laws who live nearby who love their grandkids and who’ll have them both for a couple of hours occasionally, leaving this Mama some precious free time.
Free in the sense that I don’t have a child hanging off me. Or one who needs his butt wiped. Or demands to be fed, given a drink/ snack/ whatever the toddler can think of.
So I had two hours!!
A few of you said that you would like to see more of my city, so I thought I’d photo document my little jaunt on Thursday.
I walked the boys to their grandparents house in the next block of apartments (yes, they live that near!). We pass by a water feature and some greenery. Nice, yes? The Malaysian flags are up to honor Malaysia’s 55th Independence Day on August 31.
I then drove to a grocery store nearby to get a few items. On my way, I pass a mall. And then it starts raining, which made me think, for a second (just a second!), that maybe I should have stayed home.
I had to go to this specific grocery store because. Well, because.
Off I go again, after my quick grocery store run. It’s a short drive to my next destination, a neighborhood building. I call it a building as I don’t know how else to describe it. It houses many offices, restaurants, shops and it has a courtyard in the middle. And yes, I did drive with my phone in hand just so I could take these pictures for you. See what I do for blogging? Down a leafy street, traffic light stop (there are 3 light stops in less than 2 miles), on the highway (or freeway as you know it), off the highway/ freeway under the bridge and into the building car park.
Here we are! I come here a lot as it’s just down the road from where we live. Top left, is a typical Malaysian bakery. Sweet baked goods. Yum. And looky, Starbucks! And a courtyard filled with tables and chairs for the weekly outdoor flea market which sells clothes, food, fruit and other useless things! Lastly, a local cafe, popularly known as a kopitiam, where I get my rare fix of Asian food (outside of my cooking).
What I ate: Spicy Sichuan noodles. It’s a flat noodle, tossed in a variety of dark sauces (soy sauce, sweet sauce, I think), with minced chicken, a poached egg, a lot of chili flakes, and clear soup on the side with green vegetables and fried tofu skin. All washed down with Asia’s answer to iced coffee – this particular drink is known as ‘cham’. A literal translation of ‘mix’ as it’s a mix of local coffee and tea. Best of both worlds, yes?
My short drive home down the road, up the hill, past the fountain and into the apartment grounds.
Finally, walking to the lobby from the car park. I thought of including my ride up the elevator and getting to my front door, but you get the picture!
So um, two hours, I drove to two places, bought some stuff from the store and ate a quick lunch. I know right? Why didn’t I go get a pedicure or something?
* this is by no means a clear representation of Kuala Lumpur, just my neighborhood!
What would you do with two free hours?