Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Return from America

It's been a long time since I have posted here, as I have been visiting friends and family in the US. This was Kevin's first visit to the US, so I was like a tour guide in my own country. We were in upstate New York (Watertown and The 1000 Islands Region) and in Boston. We returned last week, but we were overwhelmed by jet lag.

It was great to be with family and friends again and have Kevin meet everyone. Besides being with everybody, it was great to have some of the foods that I have missed while living in Malaysia. Eating real Italian food again was so great. So much better than the stuff they call Italian food here. We had rigatoni, manicotti, eggplant Parmesan, stuffed shells along with spaghetti and meatballs, sweet sausage, pork chops and pepperoni. We couldn't even find spaghetti bolognese on the menu. Thank God! We also had cannoli at the best Italian pastry shop in Boston's Italian North End.

My friend Angie, who is Greek, invited us over to her house for a wonderful Greek meal, which included Greek lasagna, appetizers and wonderful Greek pastries. I have never seen a Greek restaurant in Penang, so I really enjoyed having Angie's Greek food again. Beside having a lot of Italian food and Greek food, we had Mexican, Vietnamese, Cajun, Japanese, Chinese, Tex-Mex and traditional Texas BBQ. There were so many other ethnic cuisines to have, but there just was not enough time. We cannot find many of these foods in Penang, so we ate it while we had the chance. It was also nice to have real napkins when you ate out, instead of flimsy tissues or nothing at all.We also had a lot of home cooked meals thanks to my sister-in-law Debbie, my friends Donna and Linda. So much to eat, so little time.

Other than eat we went sight seeing, whale watching (we saw 1 whale and about 30 dolphins), fishing and of course a lot of shopping. Brand name goods are about 1/3 of the cost here in Malaysia, so we stocked up on many articles of clothing. Kevin had to buy another suitcase to fit all of his shopping items. He bought way more than I did. We both took many photos and Kevin plans to turn his photos into a book. The time spent back home was too short and we were both sad to leave everyone.

We got home after a 27 hour flight, with the longest leg of the flight having a spoiled brat who cried for 11 hours straight. When we got home we slept for 15 hours straight. I think we are both fully recovered from jet lag now.

We were welcomed back by torrential rains, heat and humidity, as usual.  Walking around the neighborhood I see nothing has changed. Not only have to 2 open manholes not been fixed after 2 months, but 2 more are missing across the street. I guess public safety is not a priority in Penang. My sinuses are acting up quite a bit and the pollution is still here. But that's one of the joys of living in Malaysia. Nothing as changed, but it is nice being back with friends here again.