It’s that time of the year again, it is my birthday. But there is something special this year 🙂 32 years ago I was born on 11 Dec or according to the Hijri calendar 21st of Muharram. This year 21 Muharram falls on 15 December 2011.
That is what is so special about this year 🙂 I will have two birthdays in a week, I will also turn both 32 according to the Gregorian calendar and 33 according to the Hijri calendar. Now that would be a memorable birth week, wouldn’t it?
Also memorable this birthday is the fact that I am also celebrating with the addition of a new family member, my little boy Faiq, who is also celebrating another milestone in his life, just a few days back he had his first few steps 🙂 TM also had the courtesy to get my telephone line installed today, on my birthday 🙂 Seems I’m of to a good start for my birthday week 🙂
p/s: Thank you to everyone who wished me all the good things under the sun, may all your wishes come true 🙂
Moga masih belum terlambat utk saya dan keluarga mengucapkan selamat hari raya kepada semua rakan-taulan, sahabat-handai dan kaum-kerabat sekalian. Maaf Zahir dan Batin kami sekeluarga pohon dari semua kenalan.
Terlewat sedikit ucapan tahun ini sebab internet sebelum dan sewaktu dua tiga hari raya pertama agak bermasalah jadi susah sket nak menulis panjang lebar.
Alhamdulillah sekali lagi dapat beraya bersama keluarga kami berdua, di tambah kegembiraan kami dengan kehadiran ahli keluarga baru kami, Faiq yang hampir 6 bulan umurnya 🙂 Sudah pandai serba-serbi, ditambah pula dgn kakak yg cukup sporting, siap merajuk kalau tak diberi peluang menjaga adik 🙂
Kami juga cukup gembira walaupun rancangan asal untuk beraya di rumah sendiri terpaksa di tangguhkan ke lain masa, namun masih dpt buat sedikit majlis kecil bersama adik-beradik di rumah sendiri. Untuk yang tidak di ajak, seribu kemaafan di pohon, majlis yg lebih sempurna sedang dirancang dan insyaAllah anda akan dijemput.
Sekali lagi, Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin dari kami sekeluarga!
Alhamdulillah, praise to god, my son has finally decided to come out into the world. The EDD was actually on 2nd March, but had been delayed.
Signs of labor started on Friday the 4th morning, via a bloody discharge, then wife started to have her contractions towards noon. But the contractions were on and off so we delayed going to the hospital, even called and checked with wife’s doctor and she concurred we dont need to hurry. the contractions continued to be on and off for the rest of the day until it subsided late afternoon.
Contractions started again at around 11pm, this time stronger and stronger, got out of the house at around 2 and arrived 15 minutes later at KBMC. Waited a bit for the doctor to arrive, then around 3.30 actual labour started, and finally at 3.56am, 5th March 2011 our little boy arrived into this world. Weighing at 3.8kg just a little bit heavier than the sister.
The name of our wonderful little bundle is unofficially Ahmad Faiq Amri. Need to wait for a day or so to go to the Registration Department to get it official. 🙂
This year I was tasked with the not so tough but still time demanding duty of invigilating the SPM examination, from 23rd November till 20th December I was stuck. All plans was cancelled, had to cancel going to Johor for my cousin’s wedding, was only able to went to the groom’s side here in Kelantan. Was also unable to visit wife’s brother that had a knee surgery in KL.
After some discussion with the wife, we decided that if we couldn’t go to KL or Johor, a trip to Terengganu would do. So that’s what we did. We planned to go right after SPM finished and wanted it to be on a weekend so we can meet up with friends in Terengganu. So we decided to go on Christmas weekend.
Unfortunately for us, we had to push off later than we planned as on 23rd the PMR results was announced, and I myself had a meeting on that particular morning. Still that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm, as I said to my wife, better late than never. 🙂
With the hotel’s assurance that they would hold our booking until 11pm , we pushed off at around 4pm, the journey was uneventful as it only took us 1 and a half hours to get there… not too much traffic on the way there. Felt more like I was driving to KB on a busy day.. heheheh
Arrived there in a small shower and me thinking this weather would really ruin our trip as we need to be indoors most of the time. But we were already there so enjoy it we must :p
So we checked in at the Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu and got ourselves a room on the 12th floor! The room was actually a corner room so instead of it just facing the riverfront we also got ourselves a view of Kuala Terengganu city. A nice room indeed if I might say so 🙂
So we got comfortable and unpacked, my wife had already packed us some nasi goreng the only thing it was lacking was a dish, so we head out to a nearby McDonald’s and bought their Ayam Goreng McD.. spicy for me 🙂 Then the night was spent eating dinner in front of the TV inside our room, and afterwards straight to bed, but of course my daughter wouldn’t allow us to sleep that early..
Second day there we had an early start, had the complementary breakfast at the hotel, I don’t know why but some of the food tasted a bit salty, chef must have had a bad day ehehheh… Then right after breakfast we head out to Chendering in search of “Mak Ngah Nasi Dagang“, quite famous for its delicious nasi dagang, our intention was to “tapau” some for lunch. You will be saying, why so early? Because by the time we arrived it was already 9 am and we had to wait for half an hour just to get to our turn. The crowd was packed, ppl arriving since 7 in the morning, but most of the crowd was dining in, and the owner prioritizes the dine-in crowd. Lucky that ours was take-away as it was a long queue just to get a place to sit.
After Chendering we went to Pulau Wan Man, to visit the Taman Tamadun Islam / Islamic Heritage Park, but we didn’t go in to the Monuments Park instead spent our time at the Crystal Mosque only. Was wondering why there were so many people at the mosque and thought it was because of the school holiday, apparently not, there was actually a wedding taking place at the mosque at that time, so we went and had a little walk by the river instead. 🙂
After resting for a bit at the hotel, we went out again that afternoon. Went over to Kg. Bukit Tok Beng (BTB), wanted to order some kerepok lekor to take home, alas it was closed. Then we went to a shop called Pak Ndut’s as it is said his keropok keping is the best but it was also closed. Then and only then did we remember that it was a Friday. Not everybody opens on a friday hehehe :p
That night as I was supposed to meet up with a few friends, we had an early dinner. Went to a little place near our hotel called Zie’s Corner, as the western there was highly recommended, I order a Sirloin Steak while the wife had Chicken Chops and not forgetting the daughter we ordered omelette with sausage for her. Did I mention that my daughter just love to eat eggs in general. All I can say is the food there is delicious and reasonably price, certainly not a 5 star affair but for the price it was a bargain.
Later, the meet up with friends was cancelled due to some technicalities 🙂 Instead we decided to stay in and watch the television as there was Anugerah Skrin that night. I went out before hand to the nearby Pizza Hut and ordered a small pizza to munch on while watching the award show.
On saturday, right after breakfast we went back to BTB and ordered our keropok lekor, we wanted to pick up the keropok at 2pm, but they told us it would only be ready at 5. So after discussing with my wife we decided to reschedule our day and instead go back to Kelantan after 5. After that we went back to Pak Ndut’s place but it was still closed, apparently they have a ‘kenduri kahwin’ that day. Seems we need to go to some other place to get our keropok keping.
As we have a few more hours to kill, we went back to TTI and this time around we went to the Monuments Park. Alya had fun running to and fro inside the park, but instead of being interested with the monuments she was more interested with the playground and the rides they have. We had fun as well checking out the different monuments from all over the world, there we definitely many photo opportunities. At 11.30am we realized that we were running late and it would almost be impossible to get back to the hotel and check out by 12. So I called the hotel and asked for an extension, they gave us the extension and that leaves us with an extra hour.
Rushed back to the hotel so that we can pack our bags. Arrived at the hotel at 12 and hurriedly packed everything. By 12.45pm managed to haul everything to the car and check out from the hotel.. phewwww! As my wife had promised to meet up with her friend from her university days we head out to Batu Buruk beach. Met my wife’s old friend and her family at the Batu Buruk Food Court. Went to this Nasi Ayam Yunnan stall for lunch, and my wife definitely had a wonderful time catching up with her old friend, the husband is from Kelantan so I was talking to him throughout the meal making small talks 🙂
After lunch we head out to Bazaar Warisan where my wife went shopping for Batik while I wait in the car with my sleeping daughter. It didn’t take her long to purchase her batiks.. but I did manage to do some surfing while in the car. hehehe 😀
Later on we went to Masjid Terapung Tg Zaharah for our Zohor and Asar prayer. We also spent some time there as it was still early and we didn’t want really want to rush back to BTB.
After Asar prayer we head on to Losong and went to Kak Yah’s, it was a stall/restaurant and there were many people there eating their keropoks. Bought our keropok keping and then continued our journey to BTB to pickup our Keropok Lekor.
Arrived at BTB just around 5, in time for our order to be ready. The place was packed to the brim. One interesting fact about this particular shop is that it is so packed and full of people that they had to utilize a queue system similar to the ones used in banks. If you ever get to the shop you might be greeted by the sound of “Number One Two Five (125), Counter One”. And by the time we got there the numbers were already in the thousands. 🙂
So we headed straight home as it was already late, but we still had time for a short stop at Penarek beach. Bought ourselves some take-away dinner from Hasnik’s Restaurant…. Sotong Goreng Tepong, Ikan Celup Tepung every type of seafood imaginable fried in a light batter. Simply marvelous.. :p
Managed to arrive in Machang just right after maghrib at around 7 pm 🙂 So you can say it was another 1.5 hours journey for us 🙂 minus the stops of course …. so that’s the condensed version of my trip to Terengganu last weekend.
My two year old daughter is quite talkative, eventhough she still has problems with her pronunciation… she is also most talkative when she is in the car… especially when commenting on the traffic… maybe because from an early age we taught her to recognize the type of vehicles… lorry, cars motorcyle, ambulance and the not so often excavators..
She also like to comment on the cars and traffic, for example whenever I hit a pothole she would say “gok gek car papa” (papa’s car is unstable).. and we have no idea where she got the word “gok gek” (kelantanese) probably from her nanny?
Today she was talking in the car, saying “aguh okcik! iso okcik!” (very good, uncle! superb, uncle!) holding her thumbs up and showing it to the car in front.. this one is because whenever we encounter problematic vehicles my wife and I would hold our thumbs up to them.. hehe (cynical?)
And yesterday was something else altogether, we went to KB and she slept in the back seat, she woke up as I was getting into a crawl near a traffic light, she commented “ange epuh car, ekciden.. bum bum” (don’t hit the car, excident boom boom”…. really funny… the observation power of a child….
My grandfather, Yaacob Abdullah died this morning at 4.45am at HRPZII (HKB). He died due to a perforated gastric ulcer and then combined with heart complications. He is the last of my grandparents to go and amazingly the oldest. According to his IC he is 89 years old, but it is estimated his real age is more than 100.
It started with him being admitted to the Emergency Room of Hospital Machang 2 weeks prior, he complained of stomach pain. The doctor diagnosed him with perforated gastric ulcer and was transferred to HKB and receiving 4 pints of blood during the process. Then he had an OGDS. Was warded for 6 days and then was sent home much healthier.
After a few days he complaints of chest pains and was readmitted to the ER at Machang then transferred again to KB, and had to be hooked up to a machine. Almost 24 hours after being transferred to KB he was pronounced dead.
Adieu dearest grandfather…. the one that always calls me as “Cucu Cik” before cuddling me, even to his last days, not caring that I’ve outgrown his lap….. Adieu….
Went to Johor Bahru to visit my parents, they are currently living there with my sister. Managed to spent a few days there.
On the way there, took the shorter route and arrived in 10 hours… meaning that we took to the hills and there was nothing but greens all the way there. Slept like a baby when I got there… haven’t had to drive long distances for quite a while 🙂 Our holiday there was not filled with sight seeing, but more like trying to cover as many shopping places as possible. 1st day there, we went to the biggest AEON in Southeast Asia, AEON Tebrau City….. and it was big… but couldn’t really explore the place as I brought along my parents and they were already tired after 1 round. But I did manage to make a pit stop to one of the bookshops and got 3 books… hehe
Second day, my wife wanted to see this famous place that made tableware, she learned about it from her friend, it was 80km from JB so we left early. The interesting bit about this place is that not only they make tableware under their own name, but they also produces for other brands, the few brands that I found was from UK and France. Forgot the name of the place is Claytan and its located in Ayer Hitam. My wife bought a set of for our home. Quite a nice set if I may say so.
In the afternoon we went out again and found our way to The Zon Duty Free, eventhough it says that it is duty free I can’t see any real differences for the price, even when looking at perfumes I think the price is almost the same as other places, then we got out and went ahead to Johor second biggest Aeon, hehe AEON Bukit Indah, they had a Crocs outlet over there, I bought a pair of shoes there, a model that they didn’t have in Kelantan, enticed by the promotion my wife bought one as well… hahah, she also went ahead and bought some clothes for herself.
The day after we went to Larkin’s wet market and bought some Nasi Beriyani spices and also bought some coffee. Then went to buy some clothes for the daughter at Danga City Mall..
I think JB has more shopping complexes per 10km radius than any other city in Malaysia, I mean come on, make a turn anywhere and you get to see another complex. I was told this was to cater to Singaporean shopping habits. Never mind as long as the price is cheap hehe :p
On the way back we used the scenic route, the wife wanted to see some beaches, so went back via the coastal towns, we got home after almost 12 hours on the road, the trip back was really more tiring than the way there.
Tiring but definitely satisfying, managed to visit my parents, had a chance to go shopping and just a little bit of sight seeing. It was a fruitful trip 😀 Now on to other things that I left hanging to go on a holiday hehehe 😀
Went for a short trip to KT on saturday, wife has family over there. So we went for a last shot Hari Raya visit since it is still Syawal.
Pushed off very early and arrived in KT at 10 am.. just in time for a late breakfast… Kak Ming (wife’s cousin) prepared a table full of food.. Nasi Dagang, Popiah, Lopak Tike and lots more…. Really loved the Nasi Dagang…. was told it was the nasi dagang from Chendering.. Spent the rest of the morning at her house… Wife and family simply had loads of fun catching up… (padahal selalu je jumpa)…
Highlight of the day was Alya doing a bit of catwalk wearing Kak Ming’s high heel 🙂 That really did provide us with a bit of laugh.
In the afternoon, wife and MIL wanted to shop for batik so we went to a boutique owned by my wife’s best friend… Enira’s Batik, located at Bazar Warisan. They had a catching up session while browsing through the batiks at the store. MIL and wife definitely was fascinated with the new batik design… digital batiks… very exclusive as it was. They really did have a field day. Both of them bought enough batik that the owner just had to smile.
Then on the way back we made a few stop… one at Keropok Lekor BTB, currently this is the place to buy Keropok Lekor. Then made one more stop near Penarek to buy some deep fried delicacies… Ikan, Udang and Sotong Celup Tepung… simply delish!
Overall it was a good trip…. and will be making it again if time permits..
My sweet little angel is now one year old 🙂 Her achievements this year includes walking at 9 1/2 months… climbing the chairs at 11….
We had a small get together on 29th to celebrate her birthday… did it in advance due to the fact that my B.I.L was at home just for the weekend. We had a small cake for her.
The main dish however was Laksa and Laksam, with choice of gravy either Penang of Kelantan…. Invited only my immediate family members… as the rule was to keep the guests to a minimum…. Alya was quiet the whole day… and at the end was having some tantrums. Perhaps due to her being tired…. the whole affair kept her awake too long and she likes her naps 🙂
All in all it was fun seeing family members and celebrating her birthday in one go 🙂
*pictures are unfortunately mostly on FB 🙂
It has been quite a while since I wrote anything on the blog. For one thing, my life has been very hectic. Can’t think of a time when I have less me time than this year.
The meeting/briefing/courses have also been unrelenting plus crazily last minutes. For instance I was called on 19th at 6pm telling me that I have to check in by 2 on 20th. It was a short course for new data teachers. Baru la sangat, been in this position for almost 6 month already. On 21st I pushed back to G.M as the wife and kid are still there. Bloody tiring, but can’t help it; it is my job right.
Work at school has also been crazy. I used to be given a week to complete the school schedule, but recently I’ll be given one or two days to complete. That really tires me. Lucky I have access to my wife’s computer which is definitely faster than my own laptop. Being tired of always borrowing her lappy, I bought a new one. Cheap one actually but with bigger rams and faster processor than my old laptop and even my wife’s. So that should speed up the schedule compilation process.
On another note, Alya is one week away from her first birthday… yay!!!! Suppose to have some makan-makan, but the plan is not concrete yet.
So many things to put into words, but so long ago that most of them has passed me by. I guess till next time 🙂