Fridays. They’re the best days of the week, well, almost. I love Fridays. Because it means the work week has come to an end, and the weekend beckons, promising longer sleep hours and time with the family. Which is not to say I don’t enjoy my work. I do. But every little break counts. No matter how short. I find that the weekend passes by too quickly. But that it often true when it comes to Time. And when you are occupied and kept busy, Time will whizz past you before your eyes.
This weekend, my husband, E and I are going to the Berjaya Hills Resort (formerly Bukit Tinggi Resort) for some much-needed quality time and R&R. I’m excited. Which is sad, really, because I hardly have the opportunity to get away often. This is also one of the few times we will be taking E on holiday with us. I can barely remember the last time we travelled out of town with her. We had decided, my husband and I, that from hereforth, we would take E with us everywhere we went- holidays, dinners, events, etc. She would be 2 in October, and certainly old enough to be more manageable.
The prospect of packing for her is quite intimidating. Because I am a control freak, and because she is, to me, still so terribly young, I am not inclined to allowing her outside meals. Oh sure, she picks from our meals when we eat out, but I allow that to enable her little body to build its resistance to the kind of crap we get in meals eaten out. I don’t, however, encourage full meals eaten out for her. I almost always cook her meals. Hence, I will be lugging up a portable electric stove to Bukit Tinggi (we opted to stay in the Meranti Park Suites (apartments)) together with vegetables, fish, rice and chicken broth (which I have to make tonight) so that I can cook for her.
Clothes. I don’t know where to start. Last night, I stayed up until 1 a.m. deciding which clothes to pack for her. I’ve come up with 2 zip-up sweaters, a pair of jeans, a thick, fleece pyjama pant suit, 3 long-sleeved t-shirts, 2 short-sleeved t-shirts, 2 pairs of stretch pants, a denim hat, socks, towels and hankies and her brand-new Gap bikini. Yes. A bikini. In case it’s warm enough to swim. Or will it be cold up there? Have I got enough warm clothes for her? What if she hates the cold? The weather has been unpredictable of late. What if it’s warm? I think I’ll pack her some short pants, too. Her Adidas sneakers and Adidas Mary-Janes, Nike sandals. Toiletries. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Fleece blanket. Barney bolster. Safe & Sound pillow. Done.
For myself, and as is the case everytime I travel, I overpack. Clothes and underwear. I have this fear of being stranded and unable to get home, and if that happens, at least I’d have clean clothes and underwear. Never mind food! Half the time, I end up wearing only 2-3 items of clothing from the 10+ pieces I pack. For an overnight trip. My toiletries bag is the size of a carry-on luggage: shower gel, talcum powder, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hair serum, gel cleanser, milk cleanser, sunblock lotion, day moisturizer, night moisturizer, hydrating toning lotion, skin brightener, sebum gel, 2 types of facial masque, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, cotton buds, cotton balls, hair brush, shaving gel (for legs) and shaver. I’m thankful I don’t wear makeup, except for lipstick, which I can shove into my jeans pocket, otherwise I’d be force to carry another makeup bag.
Bukit Tinggi is beautiful, of course, but there really won’t be anything much to do. Which is perfect for us. I’ve also packed our DVD player and a few DVDs. I don’t often have an opportunity to catch up on the movies, so I intend to do that this weekend. The visit to Colmar Tropicale, the French-themed village is, of course, in the books. The arts & crafts shop in the town square is my favourite place. I’d love to plonk E there and let her go crazy painting and drawing. The rabbit and deer park- E would love that. A long evening walk in the Japanese gardens. Sleeping in…? Maybe.
What I will look forward to most is the cool, clean air, unpolluted by the hustle and bustle of the city, and the green surroundings. Hills and dales. Staring at the clear sky in the night.