Departure Time Approaches

My goodness, we are getting near to the time for our trip. The most obvious sign is that the living room has turned into a staging area for suitcases and the “stuff” that will be going into them.

Believe it or not, it seems we have more to take with us this trip than we did on our last trip fifteen months ago.  Things for family as well as things for our condo apartment.  I suspect that we will be bringing more back with us as well (please, nobody else ask us to bring them something).  One of the handiest things I purchased for our last trip will be in use again.  Our handy dandy luggage scale will ensure that none of our checked luggage will exceed the fifty pound maximum (including straps and locks).

To say that Kim is excited about going would be an understatement, especially considering that packing commenced at least three weeks in advance – must get it right you know!

The timing of this trip is to celebrate Chinese New Year with the family in Malaysia, although missing out on a month of Edmonton winter is not a bad thing either.  We will also be celebrating the birthdays of Valen, our oldest grandchild, Kim and her brother Richard.  We received a photo yesterday of Valen standing beside his mother.  Wow, he has become quite a good sized young man.

While in Malaysia we are hoping to visit with many of our Malaysia District Kiwanis friends.  Kim and I are both members of two clubs there as well as our home club in Edmonton.

Traveling around Malaysia is not difficult and my new camera is itching to take all kinds of photos of different areas.  Fear not though, all ye who are expecting food pictures, there will be plenty of them as well.  A friend of mine has a great blog called “Then I Ate” giving reviews of various eateries in Edmonton.  I won’t be writing reviews, however we will be eating and sharing at least the photos, and sometimes maybe a bit of a description.  Just because of course.

Well back to preparations.  Packing will be pretty straightforward for me.  I will take the necessities: shorts, sandals and t-shirts.  That should about do it.  Oh, and of course a few electronic items in my carry-on.  Then Kim takes over the rest of my luggage for the stuff that has been accumulating in the house over the past year.  Good thing we’re only allowed two checked bags each, or we’d need a bigger plane.

Until next time.

About Richard Le Sueur

In the past I never considered that I lead an overly interesting life, however I have since learned that "interesting" is very subjective and has a variety of concepts. I have not been much of a dare-devil or thrill-seeker but I have done things and been places that many others have not. It seems that there are those who enjoy my recollecting of these occasions, and that is one of the reasons for this blog. Another reason is to share some of my thoughts because generally, sharing is good. I had a career in Canada's military, have worked for various charities and non profits, had several businesses and now work on a casual basis at a local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment. I have lived in Canada literally coast to coast to coast and yet seem to have merely touched the surface of what our country has to offer. I have two wonderful children, and through marriage, have gained two more along with seven grandchildren. I love people and yet spend an inordinate time by myself. I am not shy about saying that I like/respect/admire someone, may offer criticisms of those I don't, but I refuse to badmouth or speak in a derogatory form about anyone. Some of what I say may be thoughtful, some witty, some perhaps silly. Whatever it is, it is all from me. I welcome any who wish to follow me, and I welcome any comments, as long as they are not rude or vulgar, in which case they will be deleted.
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