They sell milo in tins here. and other dairy products. it taste nice... but is kind of weird.
Sorry this entry has been a while coming (muma keeps telling me that it's way past time I wrote another entry), but the last week has been, interesting. While we were in KK, C purchased a car, (it's nice too, very jealous) so instead of flying to Miri
, we decided to drive. The trip takes about eight hours, and one has to enter and leave Brunei twice. We started driving at about 2 and, suprisingly, the trip wasn't even that boring... the landscape changed so quickly, the vegetation was always different. At the first Brunei border it became apparant that I needed a visa to enter the country, even in transit. Whoops, no visa. The customs staff mananged to process my visa for a small fee of 30 Brunei dollars, and we were on our way again in half an hour.
This is a public toilet (tandas is Malay fro toilet) on the border between Sarawak and Brunei. Apparently they are highly dangerous to use... whatever that means
It got dark pretty soon after we entered Brunei, so I didn't really see much of the country (except that they have very good roads!). Will be going back for a visit sometime next week through. At the second border between Sarawak
and Brunei we had some food from a hawker stall, roasted chicken bum of all things! While they were very nice, it turned out to be a huge mistake.
I started to feel pretty sick When we were almost at Miri, I didn't eat anyting when A and C stopped for food. By the time we reached A's family home in Miri, I was pretty much running to the bathroom. And I more or less stayed there for the whole night with awful food poisioning. With poo and vomit streaming (and while that might seem like too much information, it's really not, it was so, so much worse than that), it was a pretty awful night.
There is grammar like this everywhere here, which is fair enough I suppose, but it make me twitch every time I see it.
Needless to say, not exactly the frist impression I wanted to make. Ah well. The next day was pretty awful too, every joint and muscle in my body ached so much I could barley move, and A started to feel sick too (he had a much milder version, still highly unpleasant though). C took us both to the doctor, and after downing some meds, we both started to feel better that afternoon, although I slept for most of it.
I also managed to get a cold, the full head-cold-full-of-snot-and-eyes-watering-so-much-you-can't-see sort. The irony of getting a cold in a tropical country wasn't totally lost, but it's only in the last few days that I've started to feel better. Gah, stupid body. My appetite still isn't back to normal though... food just doesn't have the same appeal. Which is strange, for me.
A and the sushi train... the sushi was very yummy!!
And kind of a pity, because the food here is amazing. L took the whole family (plus his pastor) out to dinner at a Chinese Restaraunt (**) on Friday, one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Amoung other things we had Peking Duck, which was just amazing. First, the skin of the duck is cut off, and served in very thin, almost paper like bread, absolutely delicious! The duck flesh was also delicious, very nice. And there were lots of other dishes that were also v yummy! Am having a bit of trouble adjusting to the whole asian breakfast thing; they eat breakfast as if it was dinner... personally i still preffer a few slices of toast, and maybe porridge. I just can't face fried noodles every morning for breakfast.
Have been doing a bit (more!) shopping here, C took me shopping yesterday, and I bought three dresses, two tops and a few other bits and pieces for less than $200 AUD.
A looking at the camera
Crazy cheap. Have very much enjoyed meeting some of A's friends, they are all very lovely. Oh, had a massage with C's massage therapist, Chinese reflexology style. Was rather painful, but in a good way. It helped clear up my head cold which was rather nice. And, the guy said that I had a very high pain threshold, especially for a white woman! Ha.
I'd better wrap this up, because A and I have to go and pick up his sister from school (the schedules these kids have is just ridiculous... There is no time for fun either, I wouldn't want to go to school here.)