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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Home Away From Home


As everyone adjourned to their respective kampungs and hometowns for Hari Raya, we too were transported to a kampung far far away. A place so alien to the eyes, a weather so foreign to the face, would be our temporary home for this leg of the journey. This is a kampung unlike any other, located about 45 minutes drive to Chicago, situated in a replica ambiance of Wisteria Lane, which saw us ooooing and aaahing at every erected structure. Looking at those lovely homes reminded us so much of our own...which might not be as pretty or as beautiful but it is where this heart cozily resides.



Our first impression of USA was met with our expectations of it being all spruced up just like the street of Desperate housewives. We bumped into a few Susans, Brees and Lynettes minding their chores or walking their dogs but never a sight of Mike fixing a household. sigh! ;o) I took a 360 degree turn to enjoy the welcoming view of the entire Kampung, appreciating the presence of a friend who like me felt the experience was too surreal. The landscape was preparing itself to usher Autumn, the temperature was decreasing, the leaves were falling and we were freezing.



It was drizzling on the first day at Kampung Bloomingdale. But that did not deter us from trampling on the fallen leaves leaving our footprints on the sidewalks. We dashed to the nearest grocery store, raced to the nearby lake and skipped all the way back. Everything was almost in a walking distance from our hotel but when the temperature dropped too drastically we would take the free shuttle service provided by the hotel. Selepas tahu mengenai perkhidmatan percuma itu, tidaklah kami dengan kurang bijaknya berjalan kesejukan lagi.



We took refuge in Kampung Bloomingdale folks... it was our home away from home.



Bloomingdale

10 treats:

Kitchen Guardian said...

it is indeed wisteria lane...with wiz the cake queen!!

Wiz said...

Yanie - More like Histeria Lane if wiz is on it laaaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha.

Lisajoehari said...

babe come over la and get more pictures.... specially with my face in it huhuhuhu

xoxoxo

M-O-M said...

saaangat envying!!! sangat worth the heart wrenching departing moments.

zue said...

I am imagining wisteria Lane as I read this. ...am missing that series tho' bila nak mula balik. Wah, best lah wiz......can't wait to know more.....

Ms Wong said...

Wiz, bila tengok gambar you bersandar kat pokok dan diiringi lagu Home by Michael Buble, buat I rasa sedih sangat baca entry you. Keep the story coming my dear Wiz!

Wiz said...

Dian - Yes it was well worth it. I'm glad I went for it.

Zue - it felt like being on the set Zue without the cast jer. But not all of Chicago is like that. Yang kita orang pergi ni the high end area, tu sebab cantik jer. As you go further downtown, baru nampak real. Not so clean not so beautiful.

Ms Wong - Sajer jer drama lebih sikit tu ha ha ha tapi berkesan jugak gambar black and white tu kan with the accompanying song. Thanks for reading me. I will continue writing especialy for a reader like you.

Farida_Ismail said...

u should write a drama script, kasi celen nurkasih kit..

Sugarpink Icing said...

WOW Wizz, the kampung looks so beautifu! have fun there ya!

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

Dearest Wiz, u must write me and tell me exactly again what it was that brought u a zillion miles away from home but nonetheless i am so glad u got over this mountain and back home safe and sound! I am so proud of u Wiz - memacam gunung u dah climb.....We just got back from our 3 weeks in asia, masih penat and i am sick. Will return for more. Take care and big hugs xxx