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Community Service in a Darwinian Age

From May 10 to May 24, we'll be heading to Kuala Lumpur. From August...something or other...past August 15, we'll be in Vermont. I originally wanted to bring my new husband home, to one of my favourite cities in the world, so he could meet my parents. We were to have a quiet week together, and I'd show him the places I grew up, visit museums and galleries I haven't seen in some years, or never had the time to see when I lived in KL. He was to bring me to Vermont, so we could share some time with his immediate family, and meet some of his favourite relatives.

My parents had different ideas. His parents had different ideas. My mother practices Feng Shui. She's practised it for upwards of 20 years. The weird Malaysian trip dates were her idea. The August date in Vermont was a collaborative effort between mothers on both sides. The amazingly similar ideas of inviting "close relatives who knew me/Seth as a child" (I have 7 uncles and aunts on my side alone) to a "small gathering" (about 2-3 tables at a wedding dinner is about as far as restraint goes) sprang up independently on each side of the family, and evolved into equally amazing similar convergences of people, as culturally speaking, parents everywhere will turn the joining of two families into a large communal event.

I guess that coincides with what we currently know about the social evolution of humans.

For the last month or so, we've been scrambling to get tickets in time, travel documents in order, and I've been covering the cat in hugs, because I don't want to miss her for two weeks. We still have to get full measurements for both myself (Mom's threatening me with a dress) and my husband (Mom's threatening him with a suit), and I'm sure there's something in this about people slapping me with paint and trying to make me look like a girl. Still, it'd be kind of an adventure, and we'll have stories to tell. Our hotel is centrally located in a place I'm quite fond of -- the KLCC park. It's within walking distance to one of the nicer places for dim sum, Boh's cafe (if it's still standing), the Petronas Gallery, the subway to Jamek Mosque (and the Islamic Cemetery -- I wonder if they'll let me in with a discreet camera), the subway to my parents' apartment and a relatively painless interchange each for Chinatown and Low Yatt Plaza (the computer fish market). We will, within 12 hours or so of landing in KL, need to fly an additional 2 hours to Sabah, to my mother's family, for 3 days, before running back to KL for a week.

Then we will return, and resume a relatively moss-like existence, slowly growing around the plushie cat and various game-shaped consoles.


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Apr. 16th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Photos, or it didn't happen.
Apr. 16th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I agree w/ that comment.

Anyway, I bet a trip in KL with you, Afi, would be tons of fun. Your husband is very lucky.



Apr. 16th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Next year, I need to do a tour of my friends who aren't in San Francisco, or something. I wanted to start this year, but ohgawdthetravelling. Slooooowly saving up the coinage and mental space!
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
We promises!
Apr. 16th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, have a wonderful time. And bring back pictures!
Apr. 16th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I will!
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