Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Patah kaki...

Do not be alarmed by the title...hehehe. I've just send my car to the workshop to be repaired, finally! So I couldn't go anywhere. 

Since I spent so much money on Sunday, I 'grounded' myself on Monday... I didn't even get out of Tasik Puteri and that's a record in itself! Since I arrived on the first of May, that's the only day I didn't get out of Tasik Puteri! Wow, I'm amazed at myself...hehehe

Yesterday was another lazy day. I went out and buy several pieces of materials in Nagoya in Rawang (Yep, we do have Nagoya in Rawang!) and later in the afternoon I went with my brother to mahkamah Syariah in Kuang to get the faraid certificate (I'll blog about this later, insyaallah).

And today, I'll be at home the whole day... Hmm, that means I'll have a whole day to blog! Yeay! I'll finally continue my story about the wedding. Yeay!

Amir : Daddy's Boy...

My husband called a little while ago. Sudan is 5 hours behind and that means he called when he reached home, after 5 pm. He managed to talk to Amir, who's about to go to sleep and I could hear from his voice that he's missing Amir, his boy...hehehe. He mentioned that he's watching 'Cars' and he imagined Amir sitting down, unblinking! Hehehe... So, dear husband, these pictures are for you. Enjoy!

Playing at the baby's swing...

He's shouting 'cheese'!

He wanted to play with my tudung... naughty boy!

Trying to get my attention!

The kids' playday @ Mak's spending day?!!

On Sunday, I started my first day fasting in Rejab. But I already promised the kids that we would go to Kidzsport in OneUtama...sigh. So instead of thinking about food, I'd better spend the time outside of the house...hehehe

We arrived around 11.30 am and the kids had their breakfast before going to the kidzsport. Once there, I was told that I had to pay rm30 to 'drop and shop', meaning letting the staff there to take care of the kids while I shop...Hmmm, okay but I was thinking one hour?!! It's so short a time?!! hehehe

Anyway, I waved them goodbye and started my 'personal' one hour. First I went to the Clinique counter in Jaya Jusco. I've been trying to find one product in particular. FIY, I just started using Clinique products about a month ago, before this I've never used any beauty product at all. So after 'consultation' with the salesgirl, I walked away with not one, but a variety of products...sigh...

After that I did some window shopping and I entered Bodyshop and came out about rm100 poorer. By now, I've started looking at time on my phone. It's only half an hour! I was thinking what do I need and I remembered that I didn't have a swimming suit. I went to Arena and tried the muslimah one and got one for myself... yeay! For the first time in my life, I own a swimming suit! Before this, it's always t-shirt and a track bottom for me...hehehe

I didn't know that one hour felt so long! When I'm with the kids time really flies, without them I'm counting the minutes. So, even before the one hour's up, I went back to see the kids where I was informed that if I'm there, the kids could stay on, free. Amir rushed towards me and asked for Milo, while Hadi wanted apple juice and Aliah wanted plain water. Poor kids, they must have been very thirsty.

After slaking their thirst, they started playing again. And I started thinking about what I did for the last one hour. I amazed myself when I realised that I've spent nearly rm1000 within one hour! OMG! I felt really guilty and vowed not to go crazy shopping like that again! 

One good thing about the place, they have free wifi... So, I surfed while the kids play...and play... until they're too tired to play...hehehe. We left around 2 pm. After that I bought them a swimming goggle each and later, we went to Poh Kong to re-pierce Kak Long's ears. 

I didn't go straight home after OneUtama because I was craving for J.Co. I went to Giant Kota Damansara to buy dinner from chicken rice shop and doughnuts from J.Co. Enjoy the pictures!    

Some of the things I bought!

Amir saying 'cheese'!

Hadi with his apple juice...

And Aliah with her mineral water...

The kids were playing...

Aliah and Hadi at the swings...

My kids...

Aliah's ear-piercing!

Without realising...

I was a bit shocked today. Earlier today, while I was browsing my older entries I discovered that I started writing my blog more than a year ago! My first entry was written on the 3rd of June 2008, which means that I've been a blogger for more than a year! Without realising, I've missed the first anniversary of my blog...hehehe

I started writing this blog in the hope that I could share my life experiences with family and friends. Yes, I did that and more. In the first few months of blogging, I shared my experiences of living in Sudan. Then, came the worst news of 2008, I lost my youngest brother in a road accident. I started writing from my heart, shared my sadness in this blog of mine and there I discovered I also have a few 'virtual' friends...Kak Olie for example, shared her grief over her late brother as well.

By bloghopping, I discovered that I'm not alone. There are others like me, like Aina for example who lost her father while she was in Doha. I gain strength from all these shared life experiences, it lighten the burden of sorrow that I carry...

Now, I blog because I want to keep a record of my life and what happens to me and my family. I try to be as honest as I can. Blogging also brought me closer to relatives of mine. I feel that I could reach Mie and anak Intan better... in reality even though we live in the same state but we didn't keep in touch. I'm glad that we've become closer this way.

At first, I would write once in every 2 or 3 days but now I'm truly hooked...hehehe. Especially because I have so many things to share. I just didn't have enough time to sit and write! 

I have a confession to make. I have a weird habit! When I bloghop, if I find an interesting site, I would read every single entry from the beginning! Until I 'khatam' their blogs, I'll spend weeks, sometimes months just to backtrack! My husband called me crazy...hehehe. The longest time spent so far to 'khatam' a blog would be LeeUk and also JoeBangla...I feel that the longer you read their blogs, the better you know the writer because I discovered that a blog writer would reveal their true self, bit by bit, entry by entry... 

To sum up, I wish that I could blog until my hands are too shaky to type and my eyes too blurry to see, then I'll ask my children or grandchildren to type for me...hehehe. In other words, I wish I could blog until the day I die (not too soon, I hope...hehehe).

Monday, 29 June 2009

A boring day...

The day after we sent my husband back to Sudan, we woke up late... Well, we reached home around 1 am, and it took me an hour or so to fall asleep. 

After having a late brunch with the kids, I went to the dentist. I pity Kak Long who had been suffering from a toothache for a few days. We had to wait for more than an hour...sigh. Then everyone 'decided' to accommpany Kak Long to see the dentist...hehehe. Hadi was at his most talkative, asking the dentist about his various 'tools'...sigh... he was curious enough to try and touch the 'tools'.

The dentist had to extract the bad tooth and I squirmed just looking at Kak long's discomfort. Kesian dia but better to do it in Malaysia rather than Sudan...hehehe

After that, we went home...  Such a boring day for us...hehehe

Saying goodbye...

On Friday, we were busy packing my husband's stuff to bring back to Khartoum because his flight was early morning, the 27th of June. He went out to buy frozen food like sausages and sotong balls for Hadi to bring to school while I packed his clothes. Actually he didn't a lot of clothes back, just some new shirts that I bought for him during one of the sales.

While he was at Jumaat prayer, I packed everything, including some stuff for Petronita activities. We were supposed to approach a few people from GNPOC to help carry the things to Sudan but because we're busy with the wedding and the holiday, we didn't have time. Only Kamal agreed to bring some stuff back. Alhamdulillah.

So, in the end he had to carry his black luggage, one box of frozen stuff and another box of stationeries for Petrobnita. We pushed off from the house a bit late, around 4 pm to Subang Jaya, to Kamal's house. We arrived around 4.30 but since Kamal's not at home, we had a late lunch at Kenny Roger's Roasters. After that, we dropped the stuff at Kamal's house and drove towards Taman Tun.

The traffic was really bad, hardly moving at the plus highway and also LDP...sigh... We had to stop at a rest-stop to pray Asar. We arrived at Mummy's house around 7.30 pm and Aliah got a really bad stomachache and she wet her pants, to say the least...sigh... I had to clean up after her and I was really mad at her for not telling us sooner...kesian dia. Sometimes I could be a cruel and heartless mother with a temper...sigh... I hope I could change and be a better mother for the 3 lovely kids...

Anyway, we're supposed to go to KLIA around 10 but we had to wait for Adik and Fahim to come back from Kelantan, if not my husband would not see them until next year...because by the time he comes home to get me and the kids, the newlyweds would be on their honeymoon. While waiting for them, Amir was thirsty. When I offered him mineral water, he refused and he went downstairs.

Suddenly, he went upstairs and showed me his mouth, he was really in need of water. I saw some droplets of chilli sauce on his pyjamas. Poor fellow. When I investigated the fridge later, I saw that he had tried to drink the chilli sauce which was put inside a 'coke' bottle. He must have thought that it was 'coke'...Poor baby, but it was hilarious all the same...hehehe

Adik arrived around 11 pm as we were about to take off. As a formula One driver, I had to drive of course... We arrived in KLIA around 11.40 pm. I waited outside while my husband checked in, the kids except Hadi were sleeping. Luckily, he was allowed to bring all the stuff (46kg) with another 6kg to spare because he was allowed 40kg plus another 12kg as a skyward member...hehehe

I drove back and arrived at home around 1 am. When I arrived, I was shocked to hear somebody calling my name. It was Mimi and her sisters. They were washing up outside their house (they had a kenduri that night!) and I went and chatted with them for awhile. They offered the lauk kenduri but I declined because I know it would be wasted. Waved them goodbye and carried the boys in... Such a tiring day for me...sigh. 


An action-packed day!

On thursday, the 25th of of June, we went to Damansara Specialist to see our kids' paediatrician, Dr. Azizi. Because of the hectic life that we led, I've been neglecting the boys health...sigh. Amir and Hadi had been experiencing continued coughing and cold for more than 3 weeks. I brought them to the clinic nearby but their health was not improved significantly.

We like Dr Azizi because he's such a laidback specialist. But I hate going to his clinic because of the long wait, sometimes worse than a government hospital! We arrived around 10 am, we only got to see him about 2 and a half hours later! Fortunately, they had free wifi, so I could blog-hop freely...hehehe

Around 12.45 pm, we headed towards OneUtama, hoping that we could watch Transformers together with my husband before he fly back to Sudan. Angah said that at the Curve, the wait was about 2 weeks.  Once there, I managed to secure 10 seats for the movie, including Angah and his family. By popular demand, Transformers was screened in 6 theathers simultaneously. 

We chose to watch it at 3 o'clock, so we had ample time to pray and eat lunch. Angah came about 2.30 pm and we proceed to the theater with six bouncing kids on tow! Hehehe. Afiq and Hadi matched their fathers enthusiasm for Transformers!

What do I think about the movie? Watchable but not as fantastic as the first movie definitely. The CGI effects were fabulous, of course but the storyline was a little bit weak. But we enjoyed watching it all the same, especially the kids because they got to watch it with their cousins.

After the movie, we went back to Taman Tun and later rushed back to Tasik Puteri after maghrib to pick up our laundry... Alhamdulillah...

Sunday, 28 June 2009

A night at Awana Kijal...

I always consider Awana Kijal as one of my favourite hotels in Malaysia. The other one's in Penang, the Northam. The first time I came here was after I got married in 1997 or was it in 1998? It was supposed to be our honeymoon?!! But actually it wasn't because my husband got work in Kerteh...cheh?!! So, I've never had a 'proper' honeymoon...sob, sob. With three kids in tow, I could kiss 'honeymoon' goodbye, forever...hehehe

When I first went to Kijal, I was amazed by the personal jacuzzi inside the room...hehehe. I'm still fascinated by jacuzzi nowadays...hehehe. But the surrounding area was still not developed. It was difficult to find food and Kerteh was just a 'cowboy town!'. I spent my time in the only bookstore if I'm not mistaken. Now, they even have a mall! I could see that they even have a toys'r'us store, now.

Over the years, I've been to Awana several times, but normally on company trip (if my husband got work in Kerteh for example) because it's quite expensive. I knew that they have a beautiful swimming pool and very suitable for children because we've been here when Aliah was small and even when Hadi was small. The only one haven't been there was Amir. So, that means we've never been to Awana for at least 3 years! Hehehe

We arrived at Awana around maghrib and we sat in the car while my husband went up the stairs to enquire about available rooms. I could see from the way he got back to us that he got something up his sleeve...hehehe. His eyes were shining when he informed me that there's no connecting room left, but he got us a suite instead. The kids were hopping with excitement! Hehehe...

It looked like it's going to rain soon, so we just grabbed what we needed for the night to the room. It was on the first floor. Quite a big room, with a kitchenette, dining area and a living area with sofa bed...Yep, really nice! The kids were happy to be able to spend the night in a 'fancy' hotel...until they discovered the huge 'jacuzzi' outside! They were ecstatic to say the least!

Hadi started to take off his pants when we heard all the kids screamed and rushed inside...hehehe. There was a frog inside the jacuzzi and my kids were 'allergic' to any slimy animals...hehehe. I tried 'helping' the frog out with a hanger and a basket, mind you... but the frog was insistent that he should remain in the tub...sigh. My husband?!! He was worse than the kids...hehehe. You have to remember that he's a city boy!

We finally had help from the hotel staff and after cleaning the tub, the kids went in and played with bubbles in the jacuzzi. They called it many names...jakazu, jakazi etc...hehehe. Did the parents managed to get our time in the jacuzzi, of course we did... just not at the same time because the kids kept on 'monitoring' our movements...hehehe...

They were also happy because the hotel got disney channel. We had a relaxing night because it was raining outside and we just had room-service for the kids. It was just a real treat for everyone, a wonderful end to our holiday. Thank you, husband!

The next day, we made full use of the time by playing in the swimming pool and jacuzzi. We left the hotel around 12 p.m, satisfied. As usual, after half an hour, I took over driving the car while the others slept. We stopped at Genting Sempah for lunch and solat and arrived home around 5 pm. (Oh yes, we had a pit-stop when Amir was 'car-sick' just before Genting Sempah...sigh). I straightaway sent all the laundry to the laundrette as my husband's going back on Friday. Nearly 80 percent of the car's content was dirty laundry...hehehe... 8 days worth of laundry for a family of five!

Pulau Perhentian : Day 3

Hadi, Aliah and Amir

The above picture was the one and only photo taken on our holiday at Perhentian Island...sigh. You could see the green water and the darker spots contained corals. The picture was taken at the jetty while waiting for our boat. Hadi and Aliah were holding pieces of bread to be given to the fishes. At first, there were only small fishes but when Hadi and Aliah left us, bigger fishes came near and we got to see again so many colourful fishes...hehehe

On our last day there, we spent it by maximizing our time in water in the morning. I was very proud of my daughter because she was brave enough to learn how to float and swim within the 3 days. I think the grandparents were happy to have her around, too. Maybe they missed not having adik around, but at least they got a granddaughter to spoil...hehehe

The island's really amazing and I hope I could go again, someday. Especially because my camera run out of battery and I wish I could capture all the wonderful sights around the island. We packed our stuff by 10.30 am and the kids and me walked to the jetty to feed the fish. I was happy because I got to see lots of fish just before we headed back to the mainland. 

I would strongly recommend everyone to go to the island, but remember to bring some food stuff as well because the shop there was really expensive. Pringles was sold for rm11 per container, while other crisps ranged from rm3.50-5.50 per packet. There were other smaller chalets also around the islands so probably you could check out the rates on the internet.

We arrived in Kuala Besut around 12 pm. While waiting for my husband to get the car, I managed to buy some souvenirs for the kids (fridge magnets and ship in a bottle for the boys which Amir promptly broken in KT...sigh). We drove straight to Kuala Trengganu to have lunch. My in-laws brought us to ICT Hj Pok Su near the airport. ICT stands for Ikan Celup Tepung, okay...hehehe. We were the first customers at 2.15 pm. so everything was fresh and delicious...hehehe

On the way there, I could see the infamous collapsed stadium! It looked really bad from afar. How I wish I had my camera with me...sigh. After lunch, we went our separate ways. Uncle Muda to teluk kalong, my in-laws with Angah and family to KL and us?!! We had a separate agenda. We wanted to spend another night in Kuantan...hehehe... a free and easy journey...

We went to the kerepok lekor stall in Gong?!! Tok Beng. I didn't buy any keropok there (now I wish I had!). Then we went to Chabang Tiga looking for 'roti paung' but couldn't find the shop...sigh... We bought some keropok lekor in Losong but it was not that good, tasted more starchy than fishy, unfortunately. After that we went to pray at Masjid Kuala Ibai where we met Angah and the others again...hehehe

Around 4 pm, we drove towards Dungun to Ayah Su and Che' Su's house. We arrived around 5.30 pm. Che Su mentioned that she could bring me to the 'Hilyah' shop near her house. I jumped at the opportunity to shop! Hehehe. There was a little incident before we went, my husband fell down (tersembam!) because he didn't see the small drain at the porch of Che Su's house...sigh... My husband, the klutz!!! Luckily, he was okay, just winded. 

When we arrived at the Hilyah shop, I went crazy, of course. I even had Ayah Su to send Aliah over to try her blouses...hehehe. So, we pushed off from their house around 6.30 and it was getting dark. Instead of going to Kuantan and find a hotel there, I persuaded my husband to check out Awana Kijal instead.


Pulau Perhentian : Day 2

After breakfast the following morning, we prepared to go on a boat ride going round the islands. For your info, we stayed at Perhentian Island Resort and on the life jacket on the boat was written P.I.R... I thought to myself that if the letters were the other way round, it'll become R.I.P (Rest in Peace!)...hehehe

The island that we stayed on was a marine eco-park, so it's protected. Uncle Muda said that it's even more beautiful than Tioman. Since I've never been to Tioman, I'll reserve my comment. But I do agree that it was really beautiful. The wonderful scenery itself could make me 'drool' and not many things could make me 'drool' except for food, of course!

The main reason we hired the boat was for snorkeling. Me? Snorkeling?!! Hehehe, it was definitely not my idea, ok! I relished the thought that 'somebody' would have to stay with the kids on the boat...hehehe. The boat we hired arrived around 9.30 am and we were equipped with life jackets and snorkeling gear. 

The tricky bit was getting in and out of the boat (for my husband and me, of course!). We became the butt of jokes so many times...sigh. Well, we were the heaviest there, what to do?!! Anyway, the first stop was at 'long beach' where all the night activities were. This is where we learn how to use the snorkeling gear. I was kinda afraid to say the least even though the life jacket acted as a float, I would freak whenever my feet loses touch with the ground. 

After several tries, I managed to 'snorkel' on my own but I find it really funny listening to my own breathing...hehehe. To my ears, I sounded like 'Darth Vader' in star wars! And when I started thinking, I started laughing and let me tell you... laughing when you have the snorkeling apparatus would make the water rushed in... And of course, I would start panicking... I'm truly hopeless, I tell you.

After the others were ready, we made our move to 'shark point'. This is where sharks sometimes were sighted. And we were lucky that day because another scout told us that there was sharks around. Do you think we would snorkel there? No way, jose! If the shark got me, it'll feast for a week! Hehehe. But the area was really wonderful, with beautiful corals and since we brought with us some bread (not bread crumbs, mind you), a few pieces of sandwich bread... the kids fed the fish and it was remarkable!

Lots of fish came up to take our offering and they came in droves, beautiful, beautiful sight to behold. I wish I could capture the moments but it was etched strongly in my mind... it was like 'living' the moments in a national geographic movie...sigh... Uncle Muda dived in to snorkel there, but the rest of us 'cower' in fear of the unknown...

After that, we were taken to a place where the fishermen got their fresh water supply... there was a small waterfall and gave the supply of fresh water from the mountains and the water was cold and delicious! There was a legend of the place but I didn't really know the story, sorry. The others went snorkeling in the area and there were shouts of joy when they saw lots of fish. For me, I'd rather be with the kids playing sand...hehehe. 

Finally, they asked me to go in and what the heck, I went snorkeling too. Seriously, I didn't see anything... it must be because I had to leave my glasses behind and what could I see?!! I'm shortsighted, ok?!! My husband fared worst because his sight was worse than mine. The power for one eye alone was 1000!! Another thing that I didn't like about the place was the fact that there were a lot of sharp objects or stones at the bottom of the sea. So for a 'land lover' like me, trying to stand on sharp objects while pretending to love to snorkel was a hard act! Hehehe...

After that, we went to a 'turtle point' and we were lucky because we could sight some sea turtles. The men dived in including my husband but all he could see was a big blob of a dark object under the water...hehehe. I was amazed at the ability of Yahya, our guide because he could spot a turtle from afar...really amazing! By this time, the kids were getting restless and we made our way to the chalet.

When we were scrambling to get out of the boat with kids and everything else we carried (bottles of water, towels etc), we were greeted with so many 'sh!' sound?!! What the ****? It seemed that we came in at an unfortunate time, a movie crew was filming! Right infront of our chalet, can you believe it?!! I met Hans Isaac, the director... He was truly handsome in person...hehehe

We found out later that he's filming a tv series which titled I couldn't remember with Julia Hana, Harun Salim Bachik and a few others. They've been there nearly 3 weeks and they still have nearly 2 more weeks of filming. So, my husband got to see live movie action while I was busy 'handling' the kids. I just had to make sure we were quiet, silap haribulan could hear me shouting at the kids in the background! Hehehe.

After lunch, the kids watched 'Madagascar' while I slept like a log! It seemed that my husband let Natrah out because she said she wanted to go to her room but instead of going there, she went in another direction, towards the cafe. Luckily the staff was kind enough to bring her to our room, crying. 

In the afternoon, we played in the water again. I loved the beach infront of our chalet because it was full of sand, not rocks. And about 100 metres from land, we have beautiful corals, full of fish. It seemed that if there's corals, there'll be fish around because the fish feed on corals. I tried snorkeling again. This time I even used my own style! Hehehe. 'Menonggeng' style...hehehe. Instead of floating, I just bend down into the water and what do you know, I saw lots of fish. One even bit my hand!! Naughty fish! Hehehe. After that, I just played with the smaller kids, satisfied that 'I've done that!'

Later that night, the kids watched 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' while I suffered from 'internet breakdown!' I tried the wifi at the lobby, there was no connection... I even tried their cyber cafe and was ready to pay when I discovered that their server was down...sigh... My daughter and my husband even watched 'the Mummy III' while I was busy dreaming of internet connection...Zzzzzz

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Pulau Perhentian : Day 1

On 22nd of June, we made our way to Pulau Perhentian, Trengganu. The kids didn't know that we've planned a family vacation to the beautiful island, it was a surprise for them. So, early in the morning of our departure, they were woken up by a yell of, 'Surprise! We're going to an island! Go and have a shower!' . The trick worked, I tell you... I've never seen my kids went into the shower 'that fast' and the most important, without whining from Hadi and grumbling from Aliah...Hehehe

We had breakfast of nasi dagang, of course. But to my dismay, I discovered that my camera's running out of battery... and the charger was left somewhere in Rawang...sob, sob! I took so many pictures the day before that naturally the battery became weak...sigh

We started our journey around 9 am and drove through the Tok Bali road. We arrived in Kuala Besut quite early, around 11 am because our boat was not until 12 pm. I've never been to Pulau Perhentian before so I was excited. We minimised our luggage and just brought enough clothes for the 3 days. 

Soon we got on the speed boat and it was just 'nice' for 8 adults and 6 kids... my in-laws, Auntie Nah and Uncle Muda, Angah's family and our family. Once on the boat everyone scrambled for a life-jacket...hehehe. I definitely did not know how to swim, I could only hope my 'fat' would keep me afloat long enough for someone to save me...hehehe

Anyway, the journey was quite rough, with lots of bumps along the way. Felt like an extended roller coaster ride at times. But everyone was in high spirit because we're looking forward to the holiday. It took nearly 40 minutes of speed boat ride to the island and I saw my MIL kept on berdoa all the way...hehehe

The day was bright and clear. We arrived around 12 pm but the first thing that I noticed was the fact that the water was so clear...and green...and I could even see the bottom of the ocean. The view was breathtaking to say the least!

Our package was complete with 3 meals a day, so while waiting for our room to be cleared, we waited at the cafe. We waited and waited and waited somemore. Around 1 p.m. we had lunch and after that we waited somemore. The kids got restless and I sighed a breathe of relief when we finally got our room before 2 pm. 

We had a four-room chalet, just nice for everyone. Angah and our room were just next to each other. The view was spectacular and the room was comfortable (it had a twin-single beds, so we asked for another two beds). The only dissapointment was the lack of internet connection. There was a wifi at the lobby but was not very reliable. But the kids were a bit horrified because there was no TV in the room...hehehe! I guess the purpose of being there was not to be cooped up in our room!

We had a siesta in the afternoon and around five pm, let the kids out for a swim infront of our chalet. Actually not just the kids, the adults also joined in the fun. It was truly a wonderful experience, it's really beautiful with white sandy beach and bluish-green water. We could see corals only about  100 metres from the edge of the water. Uncle Muda was snorkeling around in deeper water because he was a good swimmer. Me? I gladly took the duty of watching the kids at the water's edge...hehehe

We came in only just before maghrib and by that time, everyone's hungry. After dinner all six kids came to our room to watch 'Bolt' on our laptop. I zonked out really early, I didn't even realised when they went back to their room...hehehe
 
Ready to start their journey, still in Temenggong Hotel, KB

Having breakfast...

Impromptu peads visit?!!

Later in the evening, Abg Pian and Wani came with their kids. We were told that their third child was quite sick. She's a little bit younger than Amir, so she must be about 2 years old. The sad thing was that she couldn't walk and the doctor who attended to her said that it was something to do with her nerves. The 'frustrating' bit was that the child was asked to be admitted on Sunday, the 22nd of June (even though she was seen by the doctor on wednesday?!!). 4 more days at home...just waiting to be admitted?!!

So, we asked Angah to have a look at her. Well, what's the use of having a paediatrician in the family if not to help, right? Anyway, Angah examined the baby and said that he was afraid that it could be a case of 'Guillain-Barre' (as pointed out by my husband! hehehe) where she had a fever before and the antibody produced attack her healthy cells instead. That's why she's progressively losing the use of her lower limbs.

Angah was concerned because it could ultimately constrict her respiratory system if not treated soon. If I were the parents, I would have run and camp at the hospital when the child could not walk...maybe I'm the panicky type of parent, who knows?!!

The funny thing was that Angah was not prepared to 'examine' any patient on his holiday...hehehe. So he had to improvise a little bit. When he wanted to test the girl's reflex, he asked for a 'kayu'. Being me, my mind started thinking of all sorts of 'kayu' from the small tree branch to a log?!! Luckily he found his 'kayu' substitute quicker than my 'imagination'. I wouldn't tell you here because I think the picture would explain better...hehehe

After that, he had to write a recommendation letter to the local doctor. I hope the child is now in better health and hopefully she would regain her walking abilities. Amin...

Angah was examining Abg Pian's daughter...

He was using the 'substitute'!

What is it? An old fashioned room key! Hehehe...

He was checking the correct 'terms'...

He was writing his recommendation...

Pictures at Mak Anjang's house...

After leaving adik at her MIL's house, we went to KB mall...hehehe. Later in the evening, Angah and his family plus us went to 'lepak' at Mak Anjang's house. My in-laws and their friends went to shop at Pengkalan Kubor while we opted to visit Mak Anjang.

Amir and Natrah were sleeping when we arrived and we let them sleep on the sofa. If I'm not mistaken Natrah slept throughout our visit...hehehe. We had afternoon tea with Pak Anjang and Mak Anjang. We loved the big and succulent murtabak raja...hehehe. Soon after, Man came with Ila and we chatted with Ila. It seemed I missed a 'teary-eyed' scene just before we left adik...hehehe. Sapa lagi kalau tak, MIL and her only daughter...hehehe

I always love coming to Mak Anjang's house because I enjoyed her sense of humour. For someone who had to suffer seeing her husband took another wife, I think she's really upbeat about her life. I enjoyed her stories of campaigning for PAS...hehehe. She's a strong and committed supporter of the islamic party, without getting any benefit for her support, just pure passion on her part...hehehe

Natrah and Amir, dead to the world...

Having tea...

Ila's expecting her third child any time soon...

Pak Anjang also have a sense of humour...

Amir, Afiq and Aliah...

Mak Anjang with her beautiful smile...

Friday, 26 June 2009

Pictures of Bertandang - Day 4 (Makan time!)

These photos were taken during lunch. We occupied so many tables that it felt right at home...hehehe. So we used the opportunity to say hello to each other. Some we haven't seen for more than a year...hehehe. Do not ask me what was the food like because I could hardly remember. I do remember the heat though...Just enjoy the pictures!

The lauk-pauk...

The nasi...

Edlee and angah...

Husband and wife...

The men at the high table...

The ladies...

Mok Su in the middle...

Anak uncle Kudus, Kak Senah, Kak Bada n Abg Usop...

Che Ja, Fatin, Cik Rah and Ayah Teh...

Daddy's sisters and their family...

Ajis at our table...

Kak Ana and Abg. Man (she used to take care of my husband when he was small, kitorang terhutang budi banyak ngan Kak Ana nih!)

Ila, Edlee n wife...

Kak Pah leaving for a course...

Angah, Kak Sina and Man...

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Pictures of Bertandang - Day 4 (During Merenjis)

These pictures were taken during the merenjis ceremony. It was quite difficult to get good pictures because of the 'cage-like' dais and the fact that I was too 'small' to squeeze myself at the sides...hehehe

Mummy started the session...look at adik's expression...

Daddy's turn...adik was smiling, maybe she knew daddy was happy...

Mak Anjang kissing the bride...

Mak Anjang with her signature smile...hehehe

Mok Su kissing the bride...

Mok Su leaving the dais...

Che Rah and Ayah Teh

Che Rah kissing the bride...

Che Ja, merenjis...

Che Ja and Ayah Da

My husband's turn...

While I was busy upstairs, the boys were also 'busy' downstairs...sigh...