Tuesday, September 05, 2006





The adage, you’ll never appreciate something until it’s gone has slapped me right across my face! For more than a week, my area has virtually lost all broadband connection. Streamyx has gone bonkers! And dial-up is so frustratingly slow and by the time you are able to load a page and make comments, the person has made a new entry and your poor comments go unnoticed!!! Masyallah!

For more than a week I have gone sans internet and by that I mean that I haven’t been making entries , reading people’s entries or making intelligent comments. After a while I kind of accepted the idea of not being virtually connected with others. My mind has sort of resigned and quietly able to come to terms with the situation and the feeling of having missed something gradually eases off. I am beginning to look at the PC without feeling remorse. Initially, my small heart kept on wondering what my virtual friends are up to. Mynn and Nisak must be on one of their weekend trips. Pycno should be splitting the beans about his Bangkok trip. Has must have an entry about her last chemo. QOTH must have several entries by now!

Minus Two and Feeling Blue

We sent Sarah and Sofi off last 29th August. The house was temporarily shrouded with a melancholic atmosphere especially in the girls' room which is now in order and less cluttered. The feeling was similar to when we sent Sofi off last year for the first time.
All so quiet. I miss Sarah's cooking and how she loves to playfully hang around in Luqman's room. I miss their joyful presence around my bedroom and how Sofi would try to shock me with her 'scary' "boo" sounds from behind me.

It's now back to sending the young ones to school and back and doing our own errands. We sure miss you girls! Take care and may the academic year ahead be filled with good marks, kind lecturers, beautiful weather and understanding friends.

Minus Three and Still feeling blue!

And last Sunday we made a day trip down to KL, then to Lembah Beringin and back to Kuantan via genting, to send Muhammad back to his college. Muhammad suggested we use the old road behind his college that leads to Kerling. It’s an old road that cuts through a palm-oil estate. He failed to inform us of a left turn to be taken and I used my ‘usually unfailing bearing intuitions’ and told iKelah to turn right. After half hour of arduous journey, we realized we had made a wrong turn when we ended at an orang-asli village!!
No wonder the estate dwellers along the road stared curiously at our car when we passed them! At one point, we had to stop the car as we saw some of them trying to capture and kill a huge and long green snake with sticks!! I tell you! It was an eerie feeling. The snake was writhing and gliding away on the road trying to outdo the capturers. And as dusk was approaching, it was getting unpleasantly dark. And Kerling was no where in sight! By the time we reached the dead end, I felt doomed and the background sound of twilight zone was playing in my ears!!

After retracing our track and finally having found the small Kerling town, I was sighing with great relief!!

Moral of the story: never try unfamiliar road when you’re in a hurry and dusk is approaching!!

32 comments:

mama sarah said...

no wonder!

semoga 'tabah'

hiyoshi said...

*Horrified look on face*

It's like going back to the dark ages.

JoKontan said...

Laa Padan la lama takdorok..

Mebbe U cud try a redundant connection.

Streamyx + EDGE Mobile connection from Digi.

Edge is not as fast as Broadbrand, but fast enough for surfing. Boleh surf at LPT. Permatang Badork Pun ada connection !!

RM90 per month for 24/7 connection.

All the very best.

pycnogenol said...

Minus Two,you're Feeling Blue,
Minus Three and Still feeling blue!
By the time you minus four or five, you'll turn blue-black Dr Roza!!!!
(I believe that's known as haematoma in medical terms)

P/S: I know what it's like. We are missing our children despite getting to see them every weekend. Bersabar lah. Bea sends her warmest regards.

mynn said...

patutlah senyap je dith, you left all of us wondering. I thought you were quiet because you wanted to spend quality time with the daughters before they head back, i suppose i was only half right.

anyway, welcome to uncle de's dial up club :)

Has said...

keh, keh, keh, at least you could get in a new entry.

hiyoshi said...

Indeed, the part where you sent your son home sounded as if it came straight out from an episode of The Twilight Zone.

"Eerie Hurry to Kerling"

Queen Of The House said...

Still not connected but you managed to slip in an entry! Hahaha, i like your perseverence. It is a weird feeling sometimes not to have internet acces .... I went home to my parents' and found my dad's computer KO ... I tried all I could to get it running so that I could be connected. Itu baru 1 hari.

How much longer are the 2 girls going to be in Russia? By the time they come back, I guess the others pulak yang nak pergi .... the empty nest syndrome is looming larger for all of us!!!!!!

2wenty3hree said...

we just sent my sister off to ireland last saturday, and its always the same each year, sunyi jadiknya. but it feels like the vibe is returning to a normal pace, so hopefully, yours will too. :) take care drroza

dr in the house said...

Nisak- dah habis tabah nih..

Hiyoshi- You have redefined the meaning of dark ages

Jo- Thanks a lot for the tips. Tak boleh waieming dah ek??

Pycno- Hematoma saja tak pe. Kalau black and blue, dah teruk tu, :p

Mynn- Dial-up club. Tak perlu member's fee

Has- Buat entry tempat lain and load cepat2, hehe

Hiyoshi- Want to collaborate writing short stories book?

QOTH- Medicine in Russia is also 6 yrs. EMpty nest syndrome...everyone's gotta go thru it

23- Thanks for the reassurance

crimsonskye said...

Snakes!! aaaa... tidaaak!!

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