I kid you not when I mentioned the title of this entry as "French Girls Wished Me Gong Xi Fa Cai". More details on that somewhere in the middle of this entry.
So it was the first day of Chinese New Year, and celebrating it away from home was not exactly something exhilarating. Plenty of people gave me that one kind of look as if I was doomed to hell if I did not make it home for this auspicious celebration. I know it is against traditions and God knows what other forbidden unspoken rules out there to be away from family, but hey if I was given a choice I would definitely have made the right one.
Note: Click on the picture to see its awesomeness.
Under my given circumstances, which I do not wish to discuss openly, it is crucial I do not make it home this CNY. All I can hope for would be understanding and encouraging words from people who found out that I am not going home, but unfortunately that is too much to ask for and all I have received so far were reminders of how my parents would miss me, how it was a horrible thing not to abide by the tradition, and gosh, I just wish people could be less depressingly demeaning to talk to sometimes. Stop asking questions when I do not feel like answering, and please, stop with the lectures. They just made me feel a lot worse.
I planned on waking up as early as 7am to make it out from the house to satisfy my itching lust on snapping pictures. Nevertheless, being alone on the first day of CNY was more saddening than I thought it would be, so I got off bed around 10am. Storming out the door with an unexplainable smile on my face, I took the LRT to Plaza Rakyat Station. It was disturbing how so many people told me how empty and ghost-town like it would be on first day of CNY in KL. Apparently those were merely fictions, the LRT was jammed packed like any other usual days, and the streets at the heart of KL was flooded with massive traffic. You would think that many of those people walking around were not Chinese? Think again. It was comforting to know I was not alone in some strange ways.
The sky was breathtaking on this first day of CNY, and I gladly made full advantage of it by going full on landscape mode with my camera. I have been wanting to just walk around aimlessly and snap random pictures of the scenes as I see and come to it, but this was always less exciting when the sky was blanketed with thick ugly white clouds. Sky was dramatic and clear today, and somehow it calmed my soul as I looked deep into it.
In the span of just a couple of months, I have come across 2 abandoned motorcycles, most possibly being stolen and both were left approximately at the same spot, near the Dayabumi building. This particular one had the front tyre being ripped off. I find it rather inviting as I was staring at it under the hot sun, hence I turned my LCD monitor on for the live view and lay the camera low on the ground to capture this shot. The angle was slightly off since I was having difficulty of viewing the monitor under the strong sun glare, but I do like the turnout of the picture. I have to stop bumping into these kind of things, it is getting scary I tell you.
As I was walking away from that missing-tyre bike, I was stopped by two gorgeous looking girls. They were asking for directions to the Lake Gardens, and I asked them for specific spot since the Lake Gardens is quite a huge area covering the Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, National Monument, Planeterium, National Mosque and many other tourist attractions.. all congested in one spot. They opted for Bird Park, and since I was not doing anything and not in any urgency to go anywhere, I offered to guide them to the Bird Park, which was quite a walking distance away from where we met.
Apparently both the girls came from France. One was studying, and the other was working and both were stationed in Singapore. Since it was CNY holidays, they came with some other friends to explore Malaysia. It was great seeing people coming from other countries and doing the tourist things in Malaysia. Then Sonya asked if I was Chinese.. I said I was.. and the next thing she said to me shocked me out of my bananas...
"Xing Nian Kuai Le... Gong Xi Fa Cai !!!"
She spoke FLUENT Mandarin I tell you!!! This was the first Chinese New Year greeting I have had (the ones I received few days before the holiday, and through phone or SMS do not count ok?) and it came all the way from France !!
How unexpectedly sweet and charming.
Note: Sorry if I get the spelling of the names wrong girls.
Apparently she studied Mandarin before, and can converse very well in it. That somehow put me to shame, since my Mandarin is... ermm.. nowhere near something I could be proud of. It was nice meeting them and getting to know them a bit better as we were on our feet to the Bird Park which took us almost 30 minutes.
Arriving at the Bird Park, I asked if I could join for a glass of cold drinks at the Hornbill Restaurant & Cafe (situated in the Bird Park) and they agreed !! Therefore, I took the opportunity to snap their pictures. They were waiting for another friend, and as the friend arrived, I went off.
So there you have it. My first day of Chinese New Year 2009. Who would have predicted that I would be greeted by French girls. More importantly, as I looked into the sky, it was blue. And I smiled.