have bump will travel far

Yesterday was my official first day back at work here in Santa Clara, California, after a one-month-long hiatus.  Nothing spectacular happened at work, however.  My hubby dropped me off at the office in the morning and I had a brief walk around the campus, being shown where everything was.  My cubicle here is definitely WAY better than the one I have in Penang though.  For one thing, this one here has WALLS!

I spent the day clearing my email backlog and submitting all the necessary forms for work here in California.  Anyway, enough of boring work stuff.  Wait till you hear about what I was up to LAST FRIDAY!  Hehehe…. *rubs hands with glee*


So last Friday, being my last non-working weekday before I start work and all, I decided to go gallivanting on my own.  Hubbs dropped Ethan off at daycare on his way to work and I quickly logged in to the PC to get some directions online.  I was gonna take the light rail transit (VTA) and then board a bus to somewhere in Mountain View to visit the famous Daiso store!


I walked to the nearest VTA station (which took me about 6-8 minutes, and bought a $1.75 ticket that was valid for two hours.  And I waited for the train.


And I waited some more… the train was late by about 15 minutes!  But when it finally arrived, I boarded it happily and made my (roughly) 40-minute ride to Downtown Mountain View.  The VTA train moved slower than the LRT back in Malaysia and had less passengers too.  But they had a cool feature where people could ride their bikes, board the VTA and PARK their bikes nicely in the train.


Upon arrival in Mountain View, I waited for the bus to take me to San Antonio Shopping Center.  That was another 5 minutes’ or so waiting time.


While waiting, my itchy eyes and itchy hands had to take this picture of birds perched on the lamp post nearby.  Haha…don’t ask me why… Don’t you think the sky is just so BLUE?


Anyway, I finally arrived at the shopping center, but man, it was huge!  I was reluctant to walk blindly looking for Daiso, so I asked for directions, and after a few minutes….



I had only very little time to look around, because I wanted to be home by 2:30p.m., so I quickly went to the BENTO aisle and picked out some stuff.  Actually, I kinda expected more…maybe longer aisles and more stuff, but still I managed to come back with this loot:


Everything in that store is seriously $1.50 unless stated otherwise, like the brown bento box in the far left corner, which I got for $3.00.

So, that was quite an adventure I had.  A few booboos were that I spilled all of my root beer which I bought for lunch and I only managed to get back home at 3:00p.m.  Oh yeah, and I also found out the hard way that in VTA trains, you need to press a strip stuck to the wall of the train to indicate you want to get down, otherwise the train will just whoosh past your station.  SIGH.  That’s what happened to me…so I had to wait for another train to take me back one station.

But all’s good.  I got some bento stuff for lunch packing, and I rode the VTA!  Yay!  Now who says pregnant women have to lie down in bed the whole day long? 😛

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15 Responses to have bump will travel far

  1. jemima says:

    Life’s so good there.. you probably dun ve time to miss Penang. 😉

    The Giddy Tigress says: We are definitely enjoying ourselves here…but we do miss Penang Assam laksa though 😛

  2. Paik Ling says:

    Good on you girl!! I love exploring new places on my own as well. It’s so terribly exciting!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, the sense of independence is just so great, isn’t it?

  3. wen says:

    u are pretty active!! i thot only ur hub got a job there and u too? how lucky!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Well, I am still with the same company back in Malaysia. Same job, just a different time zone 🙂

  4. Pink Cotton says:

    wow!! daiso!!


    $1.50 is damn cheap 🙁
    buy some back to do online biz..kekeke

    The Giddy Tigress says: You’re a bento maniac too? Maybe I bring a car next time I go so I can buy more stuff huh?

  5. Susan says:

    Wow Bento!
    Can’t wait to see your Bento creation.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hehe…hopefully soon!

  6. FamilyFirst says:

    seems like stuff are so much cheaper in US even after conversion? time to think about another citizenship ..

    The Giddy Tigress says: You think so? 🙂

  7. KittyCat says:

    Hahaha you’re one happening preggie 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thank you! Hehe…

  8. michelle says:

    Looks like a very adventurous journey. Need to take a train and a bus just to get to a mall. 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, but the journey would have taken less time if I had driven.

  9. mistipurple says:

    bento is so in, hehe.
    wait to see your creations ok?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ok 🙂

  10. Leah says:

    Wah, I now wish there is a Daiso store near us. 🙂
    You can probably get ingredients for Asam Laksa at Asian grocery store if you want to attempt.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hmmm…maybe no Daiso, but perhaps some other Japanese specialty store? I have all the ingredients for Assam laksa, except the laksa itself. Will try to see if I can get some from the Asian market here.

  11. michelle says:

    You can use Spaghetti for your laksa noodle.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Nah, I don’t think it will taste that good with spaghetti. Besides, the color ain’t right….I managed to find something that MIGHT work….I’ll try it soon.

  12. hey, yea, I love to explore on my own too. You get to see so much more that way. And you are so farnee..hee..hee..on finding Daiso…like you struck gold! hee hee!

    The Giddy Tigress says: First time I step into the store maa… 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    I followed hubb to Japan when i was 8 mths pregnant and we bring along Kelvin too. Lots of people said i am crazy, but i found the trip is fun and adventorous for 3 of us! And i even bring Kelvin out to walk around when hubb went to work, it’s fun though!
    Who said preggie needs to lie on the bed all day long and wait for baby to come out? hahaha!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hear hear! And look what a beautiful baby girl you have given birth too! 🙂

  14. pc says:

    guess wat? daiso is gonna open at the curve, right outside nichi! woo hoo!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wow!!! I can’t wait! I heard everything’s gonna cost like $5 each!

  15. zara's mama says:

    Wah.. even in US they have Daiso.. how come not in Malaysia???

    The Giddy Tigress says: Eh, Malaysia has a few already la…I think the latest one opened at The Curve!

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