May 14, 2010

The season for cherry blossoms viewing is over. Nevertheless, it's never too late to share this lovely Japanese folk song lyrics about cherry blossoms. Also attached are some photos I took for the past few years.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
On Meadow-hills and mountains
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the Spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come,
Let’s look, at last!

Ohh...I will surely miss this when I get back to my home country!


May 13, 2010

I met and interesting woman on the flight from Birmingham to Amsterdam. I sat on a window seat while she sat in the middle, accompanied by her husband who sat on the aisle seat. The flight from Birmingham to Amsterdam was only 45 minutes. So I tried to occupy my time reading the on flight magazine and checking out the duty free goods they had. Not long after, the stewardess asked us what we would like to have. She and I both asked for tea. The tea was OK I thought. What would you expect from tea in a flight anyway? After drinking a few sips, the lady beside me asked, 'How was your tea?' I replied, 'It's alright.' I asked her back, 'How's yours?'. 'Not good...', she said. I smiled at her and sipped the tea again. Well, it indeed was not so tasty. She was looking for a stewardess and perhaps wanted to ask for a new cup of tea when the husband actually stopped him and said, 'It's not that bad, darling...'. After a while, the stewardess collected the cups and noticed the tea was not touched. The husband laughed and said, 'I am afraid the tea was rejected by these two ladies'. 'Oh, that's a first. We never had tea rejected before.' The stewardess jokingly said. The lady and I looked at each other and laughed. We had a few conversations after that. I learned that she was from Ghana and the husband was an Englishman. Below was some collected conversations which I found very amusing.

'So, where is good for sightseeing in Ghana?', I asked.
She looked at me, 'Nowhere. haha...basically there is nothing good for sightseeing in Ghana.' I laughed and said, 'You are not very good at promoting your country are you...then what is Ghana famous cuisine?' She laughed and looked at me, 'You would not like's not palatable for other people apart from our country people...' She continued, 'I for instance, do not cook Ghana food. I cook Asian food at home. We lived in Indonesia for 3 years and we loved the food there. So, we eat nasi goreng, kari, kuih...and many others which my maid used to teach me.' I was very impressed with the fluent Malay she spoke. I then told her that I was from Malaysia. She said, 'Oh, so kamu bisa cakap bahasa melayu?' I said, 'Yes I can.' She said, 'so doktor, do you have rumah sakit korban laki-laki di Malayia?' I looked at her puzzled. Trying to figure out what she was trying to say. Rumah sakit is hospital, korban laki-laki is ...? She then smiled at me, 'Rumah sakit=hospital, korban=victim, it?'. I threw into a laughing fit after realizing what she meant, 'Ohh...we don't call O&G by that name. We call it Hospital sakit puan or Obstetrik dan Ginekologi....hahahaha...'. We then chatted until we landed in Amsterdam. I enjoyed the talk very much, though a little frustrated that I didn't get that piece of jewelery which I had been eying on in the flight magazine. Nah...I can live without it.


I am back from UK. My flight back to Japan was smooth sailing and I considered myself lucky because my flight was not canceled due to the worsening of volcanic ash in Iceland.
All in all, it was a pleasant trip. I learned what I needed to learn. I did some sightseeing. Most important of all, I did a lot of shopping! Yoohoo!
Shopping was fun. I love the variety of colors and designs they have. Unlike in Japan, the fashion and colors in UK are interesting and bold. There was a controversial piece of jacket I bought. It was a bright green jacket from Debenhams. A new arrival! I have never seen Japanese wear bright green jacket before. hahaha. Let's wear it one of these days. It would be amusing to see their reactions.