The Random Writings of Rachel: Seen and Done Lately

Seen and Done Lately

The last week has been rather busy. My parents' landlord is finally performing a much-needed renovation of the bathrooms in their apartment, so the kids have been holed up in my apartment during the day since the sound of drills and the smell of fresh cement is not conducive to homeschooling.

I thought that since I was a mite too busy for a superbly philosophical or deeply humorous post, I'd go for sharing some of the more interesting sights and moments from the past weeks:



In America, you probably wouldn't find a poster advertising that they are seeking an employee of one specific ethnicity, and that ethnicity only, but it's a fairly common sight at the mall here.


I just had to prove that, 24 years or no 24 years, I could still climb around the jungle gym with the rest of the kids! Also, you'll be happy to know, since these photos were taken, I've gotten a major haircut, which is a good thing. I couldn't take the fluffiness anymore!


We went to a fundraising carnival for a local school and decided that our ringgit would be best spent at the henna booth. It was a lot of fun. The student clubs had been put in charge of designing booths as mini businesses and had to plan supplies and prices in order to turn a profit. I think the henna booth was very profitable as there was a line for it all morning! Boys don't normally get henna, but the teachers lifted the ban on boys wearing henna at school, and our friend Samuel got a tattoo of "Pizza Hut Delivery" on his shoulder, since that's what he does for a living. Makes sense, right?


We had an interesting occurrence when I walked into our storeroom to grab a couple schoolbooks and walked straight into a puddle. Overnight, we'd experienced severe leaking in that room (we later found out that it was caused by a leaking water tank on the roof of our building). I was soon to discover how inconvenient it is to have your storeroom develop a crazy leak because now we have books and suitcases scattered all over the rest of the apartment in order to keep them safe from water damage. The room should be fixed soon--I hope!--and then everything can be stored neatly again, just the way I like it. I look forward to that day!


During Hari Raya in July, we got to help out in shopping for and packing 30+ gift hampers to give to families in need who might not have much extra to celebrate the holiday with. Mom had a LOT of tulle left over after a wedding 5 years ago and it came in perfectly handy for wrapping all of these hampers. She was very happy to finally be justified in saving the fabric all that time for the perfect occasion!


Friday mornings have become market morning for Angel and I. Here's Rebekah buying veggies from the uncle they've been buying from for many years. I go to the same stall, and he's always surprised at how little Angel and I buy--because he's used to the huge quantities of vegetables that my family consumes. :)


So...this one's a little tough to explain. I wasn't actually there when it happened. Apparently, Angel asked this lady working at the shop if he could take a picture with her and then dropped on to one knee and proposed--and had MaryGrace close by to act as a shocked bystander. My only possible explanation is that Angel has recently decided that #randomproposals should be a thing and he singlehandedly wants to start the newest photo trend. I'm so sorry, lady working at the shop. He takes some getting used to.

What's your best adventure so far this month?

25 comments:

  1. Rofl, leave it to Angel to spice things up with crazy brilliant ideas! :D I actually think this is awesome, I'm currently following a thing in instagram with the name "Hot dudes reading" and its filled with photos of just that, hot dudes reading, plus bonus commentary :D So Angel's idea just might be the next best thing!
    Oh, I love henna tattoos! They're something I imagine an elf would wear!
    Best adventure this month was a ride with the bikes to eat some delicious tripe soup in a very dodgy fast food place. :D And bought a cool top from the second hand store that was nearby! Double win!

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  2. Ah - trying to climb the jungle gym. Been there - and failed miserably! Ha!

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  3. Haha, #randomproposals would be so fun and awkward. She looks like she just doesn't know what to do! haha
    I once went to a bachelorette party where the main activity was a photo scavenger hunt that involved proposing to a stranger...awkward but fun at the same time!

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  4. Lol at the last picture, #randomproposals should definitely be a thing (although, I could also see it backfiring). I love the market picture, how produce and groceries should be :-)

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  5. What a funny idea of Angel's! Just watch out for the string of women who take him seriously and follow him home! Hope that the water-leak is fixed soon!

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  6. loving seeing every day life that occurs over there! also super interesting about the chinese-only job applications!!!

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  7. I love getting henna! I was in a friend's wedding a few years ago (she's Indian) and we all got henna for the ceremony. It's so beautiful and intricate!

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  8. Fantastic jungle gym! Random proposals look fun, but I think I'd be confused too!

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  9. Henna is so pretty! And the gift hampers are such a cool thing to do!

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  10. I tried going on a jungle gym recently and was sore for days!

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  11. Ohhh I've always wanted to get henna done, so beautiful and intricate! LOL that's quite a unique photo trend to start ;-)

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  12. Love the henna, so pretty! LOL at Angel, that poor girl must have been so confused!

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  13. UGH! I'm feeling your pain on the water leak. It's always a pain when a storage room is hit by something like that. Hope it's all resolved asap.

    Angel and #randomproposals don't even surprise me. I'm over here crossing my fingers for a bunch of pictures like the bear series.

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  14. What a fun month! I love your weekly market-shopping tradition. My biggest adventure this month was watching my little brother get married after 10 years of dating his girlfriend. About time!

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  15. That henna is gorgeous!!! How impressive that students were able to do that!

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  16. The jungle gym looks so fun! I'd be climbing it too! The henna tattoos are gorgeous.

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  17. The wedding proposal thing is absolutely hilarious!! Her expression!

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  18. I want to play on that playground! <3 + I love henna! Those are such beautiful designs! :]

    That's awesome what you and your family did with those gift hampers (and yay for no-waste with the tulle! ;P)

    I would love #randomproposals to be a thing! I did a skit back in high school with a couple friends and it involved my friend "proposing" to me. A random lady happened to be driving by and kinda freaked out; it was awesome[ly hilarious], haha. :D

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  19. You always have fun stories. Random proposals is too much. Ha! That lady as probably like ????

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  20. Love the henna tattoo!! I've always wanted to get one of those!

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  21. Whoa, that sign. Just out of curiosity, what state are you in? Love the henna, btw.

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  22. What a great post about things you're doing this week. I love posts like this especially when it shows you've been out and about in your community. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

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  23. That sounds like a lot of fun. The henna looks fabulous on you Rachel! :)

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  24. Love catching up with what's been going on! The expression on the poor ladies face!

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