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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Our humans' amazing holiday - part 1!

JD - We've been super busy over the past few days checking out all the great gifts that our pals in KL and Singapore sent over to us with our humans!

"These three huge bags and boxes are full of pressies for US you say? Really? Wow!!"

Max- Everyone has been so generous - we're going to be doing some special posts about all the great gifts we got very soon. It's going to take a while as we got LOADS of loot!

JD - "Oooh, what's in this bag? Smells good, can we have some if whatever it is please?"

JD - It's brilliant! Thank you so much
Fatty and Ally and Santa and Minnie and Christmas and Cobi! You and your humans are wonderful, and so very generous!

Max - "Let me just hop up on this box for a better look in these two bags.....!"

Max - Mind you, we are a bit alarmed because our humans now keep on saying they'll never have to buy us treats ever again because we got so many!


JD - "A quick peep inside the big box that Fatty and Ally sent us - ooh, it's all so exciting!"

JD - Hmmmm, IS there such a thing as too many treats? We think not!!


JD and Max investigate the gift bag from Santa, Minnie and Christmas - you can just see Max starting to drag a toy out to play with!

Max - Anyway, whilst we're working on our posts we're going to hand over to female human so that she can give a recap of their great holiday!

Max - "Oooh, let's have a peek inside the bag from Cobi! Wow, this looks very exciting!!"

JD - It's going to take her several posts to finish - there is so much she wants to tell you about! So, without any further ado, I am pleased to present to you - female human.....!


FH - Er, thanks lads!


There is a saying that is bandied around - 'if you want to make friends get yourself a dog!' I have certainly got to know many wonderful people since JD and Max came into our lives fourteen months ago, but if you had told me back then
that getting the dogs that I had waited over 10 years for would culminate in me travelling 6,557 miles from London, UK to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to meet up with the good friends I had made as a direct result of them I would not have believed it. Yet this is what has just happened and I can hardly believe the adventure that I've just had because of JD and Max!

We booked our flights for KL over a year ago. We don't usually book anything for a holiday so far in advance but this decision was
borne out of a combination of reasons. Firstly, we were aware that our local airport (Stansted) had started to operate budget long-haul flights to Asia courtesy of Air Asia and we wanted to support this. It makes a big difference to be able to get to an airport within an hour - travelling to the more well known Heathrow or Gatwick airports in London is not so convenient for us and when this is added to a 14 hour flight it starts to makes the whole experience less appealing. So - flights from Stansted? Oh, yes please, don't mind if we do!

However, as I had just started a new job when these flights first became available and because the boys were still so young we decided to postpone the trip for a year. Hence, our flights were booked for February 11
th. We would be in KL for valentine's day. And, as it would turn out, also for Chinese New Year!

Red lanterns decorate the streets throughout KL during the Chinese New Year

When we booked the flights we didn't even know the blog pals we would end up meeting! We got to know
Santa first - I remember seeing her photo on Suzuki's guest book and thinking 'Wow! What spectacular ears! I have to track down this schnauzer!" Santa was the one who introduced me to Fatty and Ally - she left me a chat message saying she thought they looked like JD and Max and that I should swing on by to say hi! I also got to know Scottie and Cobi through Santa blog (she's very sociable!) and eventually Santa's family grew to include Minnie and Christmas.

Street lights and lanterns adorn a KL street for Chinese New Year

It slowly dawned on me that these blog pals lived where I was due to visit. I thought it would be great fun to visit them, but I was also worried that they might think I was a blog stalker if I told them I was going to be appearing in their city! I think this is a British thing - we're rather reserved and prefer not to 'trouble' people or 'put anyone to any trouble'. So, much as I wanted to visit I was really, really nervous about telling them I was coming. Well, this certainly turned out to be a groundless fear - they could not have been more welcoming about us coming over.

Fatty and Ally even did special 'tour guide' posts for us, highlighting places to visit, places to eat, even guides on the language. When we told them what hotel we would be staying at Fatty took her daddy down there and had her photo taken in front of it with him so that we could get a feel for the place! How's that for amazing friendship - we were blown away and started to get really, really excited about the holiday.

Chinese lanterns were in most places because of Chinese New Year

So, Wednesday 11th February dawned and we took the boys to the kennels in the afternoon (they ran in without so much as a backwards glance - I'm so pleased that they obviously enjoy their breaks away as much as we do!) and set off for the airport. Just as we were putting the suitcases in the car it started snowing. Heavily. As we pulled away visibility was limited and the car in front of us was slithering all over the place! I was convinced our flight would be cancelled and I started getting grumpy before we'd even got to the airport.

However, any fears about the holiday being a non-starter were unfounded as the flight was good-to-go when we got to the airport. Well, eventually it was at any rate. It wasn't cancelled but it was delayed. Unfortunately, the delay began after we'd boarded the plane so we were on it for 17 hours, albeit only 14 and a half of those actually being
airborne!

When we touched down in KL, tired, cramped and rather grouchy, we turned our phones on and got a message from Eric,
Fatty and Ally's daddy. "Are you here yet?" We'd been in touch a couple of days before as he'd asked us if we'd like to go for a late supper on our arrival - he would be bringing Fatty and Ally and their mummy, Jaclyn.

I was dubious - I don't travel well and I didn't want to be cranky, sleepy and rather
whiffy from the plane at our first ever face-to-face! So I asked if we could play it by ear. However, upon arrival - and especially after the plane food which had been spectacularly bad (apologies Air Asia - your concept of low cost long haul is fabulous and your staff are truly wonderful, but your food is the worst I have ever tasted on a plane!) - a late supper sounded like a great idea!

It took longer to get to the hotel than we thought and felt bad that we kept Eric waiting for about half an hour. I said to my husband, "Let's just dump the cases, brush our teeth, brush our hair and get downstairs quick!" Well, that was the plan and it would have worked too if we hadn't forgotten to pack a hairbrush - eek! There I was, looking as fresh as if I'd been dragged through a hedge and smelling as fragrant as if I'd been sleeping rough - and I couldn't even brush my hair! The hotel provided free soap, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, shower caps and even body scrub - but no free comb! However, it DID provide free toothbrushes. So I cleaned my teeth with my own toothbrush and ended up attempting to brush my hair with the hotel's free toothbrush, all ready for my very first meeting in the flesh with our good blog pals!

I will always my very first meeting with each of my blog pals. We exited the hotel lobby, a maroon Golf drew up and out leapt Eric - young, stylish and sporting one of the most amazing smiles I've ever seen. He ushered us into his car and in the front sat the most beautiful woman I've ever seen! Jaclyn is truly stunning - and when she turned to smile at us it filled the whole car!

Fatty and Ally were with them - we were aware of low growling being directed at us! They are very protective of their mummy and daddy and they didn't like these strange, crumpled strangers who had just leapt into their car! Jaclyn handed me Ally - she is super-cute! Absolutely tiny at a very small 4 kg. Max is 9 kg and JD - my gorgeous tall-boy! - is an impressive 13 kg! So you can understand our wonder at how tiny - and light! - Ally is! She continued growling at me, but allowed me to cuddle her and scratch her behind the ears. Eventually she settled down on my lap, but she made sure she was positioned to ensure her daddy was in her direct line of vision!

Eric drove us round a few streets, pointing things out and telling us how to get to some of the places. We stopped on a street that was full of open-air eateries and the 6 of us made our way to one that cooked seafood.

Eric chose a great fish eaterie for our first meeting - the food was great!

Eric ordered for us - we were pretty tired by this point so were grateful that he did! Spicy cockles, deep fried squid, mixed veggies and sting-ray - it was wonderful!
Fatty and Ally had their own chair - Fatty is very protective! Whenever she thought anyone got too close she let them know about it!

Ally (l) and Fatty (r) sit in their pretty mummy's lap - Jaclyn is beatiful, friendly and adores her two girls!

It was a nice experience, enjoying a meal outside with a couple of dogs - it's not something I've ever experienced in the UK. Dogs are not allowed in restaurants or cafes or any indoor places over here (unless, of course, they are service dogs). They ARE allowed in beer gardens in most pubs - but unfortunately the UK weather isn't very
conducive to alfresco dining!

Eric and Jaclyn realised we were tired so took us back to the hotel soon after - but not before Eric handed me Fatty for a cuddle! I was expecting her to take great exception to this but she behaved very well and snuggled in nicely whilst I carried her back to the car! It was wonderful to be cuddling her - I do suffer withdrawal symptoms from missing my boys and this really helped! As he dropped us off at the hotel Eric told us that he had organised a meal for the following night with several other bloggers and their furkids - we couldn't wait!

A view from our hotel room!

The next day I set off in search of a hairdresser. I'm not a '
girly girl' - I'm really extremely lazy about how I look. I never wear make-up, I usually slob about in either gym gear or 'comfortable' outfits for walking the dogs. But I do like to have nice hair - well, nice hair without any effort at any rate! My hair is naturally very frizzy, but the thought of using straightening tongs bores me - you'll never find me spending time preening myself (I figure 'you can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear' so why bother!!)

Another view from our hotel room!

So, about 5 years ago when I visited Bangkok I found myself doubling back when I walked past a hairdressers there after seeing the sign '
permanent hair straightening'. I had the treatment and was amazed and delighted at the difference it made! I had been quoted £700 to have this treatment carried out in London because of the length of my hair - it cost me £50 in Bangkok. I've had this treatment a few times now, but the last time was about 2 years ago and my hair was frizz-fest once more. I had informed my husband that one of the first things I'd be doing in KL would be looking for a hairdresser to have the treatment carried out again! Well, we found a hairdresser and 4 hours later I was happily striding around the shopping centre checking out my reflection in every window! Hey - I said I'm not a 'girly-girl' but I never said I wasn't vain, he he!

Some Chinese lanterns adorn a shopping centre

We wandered round a few more shopping centres and then headed back to the hotel for a quick cup of tea before setting out again. Well, that was the plan at any rate, but we fell asleep! Well, there is an 8 hour difference in time between KL and London!

I pose in front of a fountain!

We woke up half an hour before Eric was due to collect us which was just as well really! After a quick change of clothes we were ready to roll! So, we picked up the gift bags we had put together for the pals we were due to be meeting and set off!

Eric kindly met us at the hotel again and we piled into his car. Jaclyn was there with
Fatty and Ally and so was her good pal Ringo who had her cute dogs Cheddie and Kyoko with her. Jaclyn told me my hair looked nice which made me feel fabulous (well, when the world's most attractive woman tells you something like that it gives you a bit of a buzz!)

Eric sorts out the table and chairs whilst the ladies stand around chatting and cuddling the dogs!

We were going to have a 'steamboat' meal, which is a typical Malaysian way of eating. A big pot of soup is cooked in the middle of the table and throughout the night food such as chicken, fish and crab and finishing with noodles is placed in it to cook - yummy!


Asa jei jei brings Carrie over to meet Scottie and Audrey

We got to the restaurant and Eric sorted out a table near the edge so that we could keep the dogs out of every one's way.

Carrie smiles for the camera, watched by the humans!

We knew that '
Aunty Diana' would be there with Santa, Minnie and Christmas and that she would be coming with her sister Cindy, who is the mummy of all the dogs.

Some of the food - before we scoffed it! It was yummy!

We also knew that handsome
Scottie would be there too and I was looking forward to seeing him do his famous 'balancing food of his nose' trick!

Fatty and Ally sit hopefully between their mummy and daddy - but didn't get any of our food!

Another schnauzer was also joining us - the pretty Carrie. I didn't know her blog but have become a follower since I've got back!

Audrey cuddles Christmas, I cuddle Minnie and Diana cuddles Scottie!

Well, the first person who turned up to join us was Audrey with Scottie. I hadn't seen a photo of Scottie's owner on his blog - but that didn't matter as I recognised Scottie immediately!

I introduce Minnie to Scottie - he was the only male dog in attendance and behaved like the perfect gentleman!

He's a handsome fellow, stylishly groomed and very well behaved. I zoomed over to say hello, feeling very excited that I was meeting him for real.

A shot of folks enjoying their food!

Audrey was wonderful too, so friendly and - like all the folks we were meeting - effortlessly stylish! Next to turn up was Carrie with her owners - what a cute girl she is!

I really enjoyed getting to know Minnie - she is such a sweet, friendly little girl!

We were just sorting out the chairs for people and dogs alike when Santa turned up with her family - we recognised those wonderful ears driving past!

Carrie looks on as Santa shows us her spectacular ears, carried by Aunty Diana!

Diana brought Santa out of the car with her and I got Minnie to cuddle - she is adorable and loves to give everyone a kiss! Diana introduced everyone and Cindy took Santa so that Diana could also bring Christmas out to meet everyone.

I give fiesty Fatty a cuddle - she was definately the alpha dog of all the group!

Christmas is so sweet - she is rather shy and a bit nervous of people, but she's only been a member of the family since December so she's still finding her paws.

Neil gives Fatty a cuddle too - she's a very pretty girl!

I feel in love with all of the dogs - all so well behaved and all so easy to make a fuss of!
The meal that evening was wonderful - very tasty! Diana and Audrey took great care of me and Neil, always filling our bowls whenever they were empty, it was great!

Scottie and Fatty are chaperoned by Audrey and Eric as they shyly flirt with each other and discuss the possibility of becoming exclusive!

The conversation flowed easily and the night just flew past. We couldn't believe it when it was all over and everyone had to leave - we had had such a great time.

Little Ally seems to enjoy her cuddle - she is so cute and tiny, I was completely smitten!

Santa, Minnie and Christmas had got their Aunty Diana and mummy to put together a great goodie bag for both humans and doggies alike!

Fatty and Ally work it for the paparazzi!

As it was Chinese New Year during our visit Diana had been baking
cookies - we are proud to boast that we were the lucky recipients of two batches of Aunty Diana cookies!

Can you spot the pot of doggie treats on the table?!

She had packed them with a bag of chicken floss and some clementines individually wrapped in red bags. These are the foods that are traditionally in people's houses for Chinese New Year - we were thrilled that she had passed these yummy treats onto us.

From left to right - Audrey with Scottie; Asa jei jei with Carrie; me with Minnie; Aunty Diana with Christmas; Cindy with Santa; Jaclyn with Ally; Neil with Fatty

And let me tell you -
Aunty Diana cookies taste even better than they look! Seriously - myself and my husband are seriously addicted to her pineapple cookies - super-yum! The gifts for the boys are simply wonderful too! Aunty Diana is a great seamstress and makes a lot of toys for Santa, Minnie and Christmas.

Clementines wrapped in red bags, a traditional CNY treat

One of the toys she has made for
Minnie is a cute dinosaur stuffie - we've always loved it! When she passed us the huge bag of gifts I noticed a dinosaur stuffie sitting on the top and I was so excited! They also got an Aunty Diana exclusive stuffie bone and stuffie balls, as well as a squeaky log toy, some doggie aftershave and loads and loads of treats! The boys are going to be doing their own post on the gifts they got over the next few weeks - it's going to take us a long time as everyone was so generous - most of the luggage we brought back with us was gifts for them! Which they feel is only right and proper -he he!

After the meal Eric and Jaclyn took us for a drive around KL. First we stopped off at a night market. Fatty and Ally were packed into their 'doggie bag' for Eric to carry them round with us.

I admit I did try to concentrate on the market but my eyes were drawn to the cute noses of
Fatty and Ally peeking out of the mesh at the back of the bag as we made our way through the busy, narrow streets.

We bought a few pots of traditional Malaysian snacks and Eric bought us a cup of fresh sugar cane drink - it was very refreshing!
As Chinese New Year was almost upon us all the market was packing up a bit earlier than normal so we made our way back to car for a little tour of KL.

The Petronas towers at night - an amazing building

Eric took us to a great spot to get some spectacular views of the Petronas Towers - they really look amazing lit up at night. Eric and Jaclyn said they didn't pay them much attention as they were so used to them now - well, we're the same with the Gherkin and Buckingham Palace and Big Ben in London. Having worked in London for 22 years I see these buildings and think - 'meh!' and that's about it!

We proved we were there, he he he!

But I loved the
Petronas Towers - I thought they were a really stunning sight. Eventually we had to go back to the hotel where we bid each other farewell.

Chinese New Year is a major celebration in KL, rather like our Christmas, so all our pals were busy with family and friends for the rest of our trip. Everyone had been very
apologetic that they could not spend more time with us - well, we hadn't expected them to spend as much time with us as they already had!

As we got out of the car Eric pulled a huge box out of the boot and handed it to us - gifts for JD and Max!

The box was amazing - full to the brim of treats and toys! (
Fatty and Ally have already done a post about their gifts here and here so please take a look!) The boys are going to do their own post on the gifts soon - it's going to take us a while as there are so many things!

The generosity of everyone we met has left us speechless. We don't just mean the gifts, but also the time that everyone spent with us, showing us around and looking after us when they met up with us. We can't thank you enough - it really helped to make our holiday so special.


JD - Right-oh FH, we think that's about it for you for now! You've hogged our blog for long enough thank you!


Max - Indeed! This is a dog blog you know, not a bi-ped blog, he he he!


JD - We're thrilled that our humans got to meet so many of our blogging pals - we're just a bit sulky that we couldn't get to meet everyone ourselves. Oh, the fun we could have had playing with everyone!


Max - Female human will be back with more updates over the next few days - and so will we!

19 comments:

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

What a fabulous time you had! #1 says her favourite bit is about you brushing your hair with a toothbrush... YAY!!!!

And boys, what a great stash of gifts! Fuku-Chan would like you to know that the red gift bag from Santa and Co, has HIS name on it "FUKU" so please to send it along...

Woofs and Purrs,
Everyone at The Poupounette

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Wow, what a fantastic experience. We love all your photos with all the different dogs, you all look so happy.
The boys must have been jumping for joy when they saw all those pressies. Glad you had such a great time!
Thank you for sending us some of Auntie Dianas biscuits, we are looking forward to them arriving, you are so generous to us, thank you dear friends.
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Blue said...

WOW!,What a lottaluvvly prezzies. I bet you're glad to have your humans back home again, what a fantastic holiday they've had...Finn

Mango said...

Dog people meet ups totally rock! My momma is kind of shy but she says when the DWB ladies came over she never ran out of anything to say! What a grand adventure you had.

Of course lots of goodies for the boys!

Slobbers,
Mango

Amber and Nala said...

Wow, what a fabulous time your blog friends showed you! How neat and yes unbelievable that a blog can bring friendship and shape events in your life. :) So glad you had a fabulous time.

Amber & Nala

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Aww, I'm so chuffed your Mom thinks I'm a gentleman! *grins* I didn't think your Mom is not stylish..she sure looked great when we met her! Mom didn't think she was that stylish...she doesn't like preening up herself too =P We're so happy you've had a great time (as we all did during that steamboat dinner) in KL =) Love the photos, and can't wait to hear more about your humans' adventures!

Scottie

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a great retelling of the trip!

Both by woo handsome boys and by your mum!

My mom is the same way - not the girly girl fussy type but she khonkhurs that your mum looked khwite pawesome!

Thanks fur sharing!

It truly is khool they got to meet our furiends and their humans!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello jd and max its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow that wuz an amayzing trip!!! so menny lites and the towers luk like sumthing frum a siense fikshun moovee!!! ok bye

Santa and Minnie said...

Hi JD and Max, hope you like the little gifts that we sent you. If only we could have spent more time with your humans.

Please tell your FH that we think she is beautiful. We have not seen her frizzy hair but she looks great with her new hairdo.

We can't wait to read more about your holiday.

We love Luna said...

We are so happy that everything was perfect in this trip.Those pictures are excellent and I loved all of them!
Thanks a lot for sharing!
A blessed week for you dear JD & Max , your friends and your lovely family.
*** Your mommy is sooo cute in these pictures!
purrs and love
Luna

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

this whole post has got me so excited and it starts with Max on top of the box and just got better and better---i think that is the neatest thing in the whole world what you guys have done! i want you to come to NS and meet Saige Guinness and Groucho but now i know it can't even come CLOSE to this hospitality and adventure and you would be bored silly. and this is only part 1!!!!! we can't WAIT to read the rest! wow! you write so well, it flowed so easily!! i felt like i was right there with you--it must have been just amazing to meet these wonderful dogs that you only knew from cyber space--and then there they are in real live dog! WOW is all we can say!!
and oops!!! oh my goodness we almost forgot! yesterday we got your valentines day card in the mail!!! what a RIOT!! everyone laughed SO HARD! and then our best friends came over with Groucho and they fell on the floor laughing. you are our kind of people!!! hahahaha!!!! thank you ever so much of thinking of us once again--we have never met anyone so generous that we never met before and we are Canadian so we are USE to friendliness but you guys take the cake. sitting on the edge of my chair for part 2!!!!!!

Anya said...

Wow!!
It was a amazing vacation..
and meet blogfriends and blog doggies real SO FANTASTIC :-)
Your photo's are amazing
such a wonderful trip .... Wow!!
Thanks for sharing
(I want also on vacation!!!)

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Hi JD & Max!

Mom and I have got the stuff ready, and then we realized we forgot to ask for your mailing address! *smacks head* Would you mind giving me your mailing address so we can send some gifts to you? It's nothing much really...just some things for you and your humans as a thank you for all the great gifts you got for Mom and I! Let me know okay? Thanks!

Scottie

Clive said...

Hi JD and Max

We have just enjoyed reading your post so much - your FH's retelling of their trip to KL was just fantastic. Mom's cup of coffee was stone cold by the end of the post - she got so caught up in all the adventures and fun your humans had!

We think the blogging world is just amazing - getting to meet such wonderful people through their dogs.

We can't wait to read the second instalment!

take care
Clive and the NSLM's Mom!

ps-I was so happy to read that I'm not the only one who has brushed my hair with a hotel toothbrush!!

Clive said...

and that's the NSLM's Mom by the way!!

Clive can get away with his 'bed head' hair look!!!

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Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Max & JD - what a fabulous post this is!!! Your FH is a brilliant writer - Hsin-Yi says she feels like she can almost taste the food at the night market! We just SO loved going on every step of your human's adventures with them. Hsin-Yi & Paul visited KL ages ago while they were on a big backpacking trip when they were still at Uni - so this post brought back lots of wonderful memories (although they never saw the Petronas towers look so amazing!!)

And what a wonderful time they had with your blog friends!! I would so love them to come and visit me & my humans, although I think that Malaysian hospitality is going to be very hard to beat!!!

Can't wait for the Part 2 of the holiday!!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane
ps. SO sorry I haven't been visiting for ages - Hsin-Yi was away and then had to catch-up with work so didn't have much time to help me with blog stuff but I've been dying to come over and read this post all week!

Oskar said...

What a fantastic, amazing trip. If your humans ever want to visit Michigan we would love to have them.

You boys have a great attitude about not being able to go, but I'm sure all of the goodies will ease your pain!

My mom person thinks FH is very lovely!

SaSa said...

HaiJD and Max & Clare and Neil,

Clare you are soooo kind and gorgeous, we relly feel so great to get to know you and Neil :)
hope we have more chance to get to know each other in the future !!


Love Carrie & Tin Tin, Sasa & Shane

*p/s (Carrie):my blog getting rusty during the whole Chinese New Year due to Asa jie jie laziness BUT photo will be up soon!! Love ya!