A Black and A Malaysian: Our life together...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Diva Bagz in Business





We took part in the First Friday Art Walk at the Hemisphere Park in San Antonio, TX on January 5th 2007. Just a little something that we do on the side, haha! We sold handmade silk bags and scarves imported from Vietnam...the bags look great and lots of people loved it...looks like we'll be selling again next month!

~Fiona

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Our Christmas Ice-capades






















Christmas was a little different this year...then again, every Christmas away from Malacca is not the same! For almost 5 years in retail, I actually got Christmas Eve off this year...why? Coz' I'm the boss this time and I gave myself off, hahaha!
So anyway, I was driving home after work on Saturday, Dec 23rd and I had a bright idea of going to spending Christmas in Dallas with Li Fong and Kim Teng...two of our very close Malaysian friends that we consider family. On Dec 24th, Artez and I packed our overnight bag (notice? 1 bag with both our things in it...we did good!) and drove up to Dallas, TX.
San Antonio had been raining for 2 days, and we literally brought the rain with us all the way up there. When I called Li Fong, she told me that Dallas was dry and cool...but not when we arrived! It was raining heavily and cold!
Li Fong being the good friend like she always is, warmed us up with a nice homemade Bak Ku Teh (pork ribs cooked in Chinese herbs) served with yam rice. Yeah, she went all the way for us...that's what friends are for! Artez loved it! He loves yam rice...then again, Artez loves almost all Malaysian dishes (except for belacan, ikan bilis/anchovies, cilantro and durian) Well, the food was great and we started to laze around for awhile and watched tv.
At around 4.30pm, Kim Teng announced that he wants to take us to this place called " Gaylord Texan". It's a 5-star hotel resort wih great Christmas decor and ice sculpture show. Sue also came along..another friend from Singapore. Tons of people were there...most of them were people away from home...We took lots of pictures! The decorations were awesome! But the coolest thing (literally!) is the ice sculptures! They were all carved into a Winter Wonderland with Snowmans, reindeers, Santa and his sleigh, angels, the Nativity Scene and many more...such intricate details! The facility had to be maintained at or below 9 F (-12.78 Celsuis!)...We had to put on special jackets (gold color) to stay warm...still our brains were frozen when we got out! There was also a slide made of ice...Sue and I went down the slide and froze our butts...for once I'm thankful that I have more butt than I need!
After hanging out there for more than 2 hours, we left the place and went to look for some grub...you know us Malaysians...we eat all the time! They brought us to Maxim's where it's famous for Dim Sum and signature dish like Crab fried rice. Needless to say, we stuffed our frozen faces and felt much warmer after that. After we got home, we watched a movie, chit chat and caught up with our lives and finally went to bed.
December 25th, 2006/Christmas Day
We woke up on Christmas Day feeling really hungry...as always. So once again we went to Maxim's...but this time for Dim Sum. The place was packed with Asian people...like every dim sum place should be...ahhh...just like home! We waited for about 40-45 minutes before we got a table. we ordered tons of food as usual...coz' everything looks good and we wanted to eat everything in sight! After brunch, we went to a housing site to see Li Fong and Kim Teng's house being built. Very nice! The floor plan is almost similar to ours...lots of windows and a nice big kitchen island.
Well, sad to say that we had to leave at 4.30pm that day because both Artez and I had to work the day after Christmas. I'll try to do better next year and give myself more days off, haha! We reluctantly drove back to San Antonio...
Although Artez and I didn't spend our Christmas in our own home under our lovely white christmas tree, although we didn't get to go home to Malaysia to spend Christmas in Malacca or spend the holidays in Greenville, Mississippi with his family...we had a wonderful Christmas because we got to spend it with Li Fong, Kim Teng and Sue...friends that we care about that we consider our family.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!!
Warm wishes from Fiona & Artez

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Just Hanging Out with Maxine









Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Labor Day

From Left: Kim Teng, Li Fong, Artez (only black dude:)...he almost blend in with the ceiling, haha), myself/Fiona, Noi and Ronald

We had some friends from Dallas, TX come visit us for Labor Day (1st Spetember, 06). They arrived on Saturday at lunchtime and I cooked Mee Siam (yummy!). After lunch, we just hung out around the house watching tv and catching up on old college times.

In the evening, we went to the downtown River Walk...very famous in San Antonio. The first thing we were looking for was a place to have dinner. After checking out at least 6-7 restaurants, we finally decided to eat at Landry's. All the restaurants had a 2 hour wait time!!! We were so hungry and we finally gave it...so we waited, which felt like forever! The picture above was taken while we waited for our table...we were so hungry that I'm surprised we were even smiling! When we finally got a table, the host put us at a table that was so close to the kitchen ,and we could smell the damp carpet, yew! I think all the food, drinks and water is rotting and fermenting under there, GROSS! Anyway, I told the host that we can't stand the smell, so she moved us else where. We finally got to order and we had our dinner...it was delicious! After dinner, we continued our walk by the river and then went home.

The next day, Sunday, I had a great idea! I decided to take them 'toobing' down the Guadalupe River. Toobing is where you sit in a tire inner tube and float down the river...which is another popular San Antonio recreation. Most of the time, people pick the tubes with bottoms for extra support (some of us do have bigger asses), and we picked an extra tube with the bottom to put our cooler. We all rode in my SUV (haha) and we got to the river there were at least 2000 people in that water! The whole thing took about 3 hours...but it was so peaceful and relaxing. We put the tube with the cooler in the middle, then Li Fong, Kim Teng, Noi, Ronald, Artez and myself surrounded the middle tune and rested our feet on it. We had alot of time to chit-chat, eat, drink and just lay back and enjoy nature...We had lots of fun! After our outdoor adventure, we were famished (can you tell...we love to eat!), so we went to the famous Rudy's BBQ for some good ole barbeque brisket, ribs, sausage and side dishes.

On Monday, Artez and I took them to the San Marcos Outlet Mall for soem shopping. They left around 3pm for Dallas. We wished they couldn't stay longer...we would have gone to Seaworld and Fiesta Texas too! Maybe next time...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

BBQ Day

It was one summer weekend, the weather was great and so we decided to barbeque. By "we", I really mean Artez doing all the hard work, haha! It was just the two of us since we hardly have any friends here in San Antonio...except for a few work friend :( My poor hubby had to make the fire and stand by the heat to make his wife a delicious barbeque. Well, I chipped in by marinating all the meats...we had chicken wings, hamburgers, pork ribs, grilled vegetables and corn on the cob. The food was delicious and we had fun on our backyard patio!
Photo: Artez looking like he knew what he was doing...

Our Canine: Maxine


We got Maxine in April this year from the Animal Defense League. She is a Shepard and Lab mix. She has big paws...so looks like she'll be a big dog! Artez and I really enjoy her company. We take her out on walks 3 to 4 times a week...or we'll take her to Petsmart to meet her friends :) Maxine is so smart; we've trained her to go to the door when she needs to relieve herself, sit, and lay. She is a very friendly dog...she only barks at total strangers. Her favorite toy is a squeeky fish toy we bought her...she runs around the house with it like it's her play ground.

The Big 3-0

Yep, the big 3-0! I just turned 30 on the 21st of August, 2006. Artez got me some jewelry from Zales, a beautiful cake and he took me out for dinner at Red Lobster. He is such a darling hubby!

I can't believe that I am this old! The good thing is that I don't feel like I'm 30...but I do feel the pressure that it's time for Artez and I to have a kid...before we get too old to play with our kid. We're just taking things one day at a time...if it happens so be it...if not, try try again :)

My Niece & Nephew: Charlotte & Leroy


Charlotte

Leroy

Here's my brother's (Glenn) kids: Charlotte (4) and Leroy (2). They are growing up so fast and it's a pity that I can't be there to watch them grow up. I've missed so much of their childhood! They are so adorable...and mischievious too! Maybe we'll have one of our own soon...we are curious how would a Black/Malaysian mix baby look, hmm...

Trip To Malaysia: Aug 2006


I recently had to take a 2-week emergency leave to go home to Malaysia to see my grandmother. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to undergo an operation. Taking into account that she is 82 years old, I was very worried if she'll be able make it through the operation at all. So I decided to go see her...and I prayed that it wasn't for the last time. I arrived in Singapore on July 30, and my sister Elaine fetched me from Changi Airport. Needless to say, I had a long long flight. After that we took the bus to Malacca...3 hours ride. By the time we got there I was exhausted!
Grandma checked in the hospital the next day and went through the operation on Aug 1st, 2006. Thank god that she made it through okay. She was weak but the doctors said that she will be ok. Mommy, Auntie Geraldine, Auntie Gloria and myself took turns taking care of her in the hospital.
I was in Malaysia for 2 weeks but I spent the first week taking care of grandma. Although it was a short trip...I enjoyed the stay and I'm glad that I had a chance to spend time with my family. I got to meet many of my relatives and ate lots of good Malaysian food, haha!

My Endeavor-My SUV


My wish came true...I finally bought a SUV. Here it is...my beautiful Mitsubishi Endeavor, steel gray with lots of extras...it's good to be riding above everyone else on the road. Most of all, I don't get bullied by the unruly San Antonio drivers, haha! I also got a nice tag number too--884 PMP...I'm pimping in my ride alright! And 884 is an auspicous number for Chinese...how cool is that :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

First Christmas in our Home



















It's so exciting! We put up a white 7 feet christmas tree this year...a tree that's taller than me! We decorated the tree with blue, silver and white.

For Christmas Eve, we attended the midnight mass...ooops, actually, we attempted to
attend the mass...but by the time we got there, it was half way done because the service started at 11pm instead! Anyway, we attended service the next day.


Fiona

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fiona/Artez

Artez and I met while we were doing our masters in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We were at Doc Murdock's a.k.a. Club Gecko on N. College Ave...partying the night away. After seeing me turning down 2 guys...Artez still had the courage to walk up to me and asked me to dance. I guess he must have asked me in a very unique way...I said yes.

His first question was "where are you from?" I thought, hmmm...he is different--most guys would say :what's your name? or can I get your number...you know, lousy pick up lines like that :) August 18th, 2001 was the day we met. We started dating, he popped the BIG question on my birthday on August 21st, 2002 and we were married on December 14th, 2002. Come to think about it...that was fast! But I guess we both knew that we were right for each other.
We live in San Antonio, Texas now. We just bought a house in May of last year. We love and absolutely enjoy living in our own home. It's no mansion or castle...but it's a palace that we built together. Join us as we take you through a short journey of our lifes...
Fiona/Artez