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I am married to my loving husband for more than 37 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 10 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Our next destination...

"In life, it's not where you go. It's who you travel with..." - Charles Schulz

My Algerian Story

Date: 5 -15 October 2016
Route: KL - Doha - Algiers - Tipaza - Oran - Djemila - Constantine - Timgard - Biskra - El-Oued - Ghardaia - Algiers - Doha - KL

My travel blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Friday, 9 September 2016

Umphang Death Highway...

"An adventurous life does not necessarily mean climbing mountains, swimming with the sharks or jumping off the cliffs..." 

(A rest area half way to Umphang)

Date: 1 – 9 September 2016
Route: KL – Surat Thani – Kanchanaburi – Mae Sot – Umphang – Tak – Samut Prakan – Chumphon – Hatyai – KL
Total Distance: 4,760 km

(Staying in a resort in Umpang
(Signage of the long and winding road)
(Not for the weak heart)
(Route 1090 with 1,219 curves)
(An achievement of sort)

My travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Our 37th Anniversary...

"Love is not just about finding a good partner. It is also about being a good one..."

(Thailand/Myanmar border)

Let's grow old together
Hand in hand, you and me
Sharing life's great moments
Keeping each other company...

Living, loving, laughing
Smelling roses as we go
Even when our eyesight dims
And the steps we take are slow...

No matter where life leads us
Remember this is true
Today, tomorrow, forever
I always will love you...

Thursday, 25 August 2016

My beloved emak...

"There may be no single thing that can teach us more than life than death..."


My beloved emak passed away in her sleep this morning...

Emak has been bed-ridden since she had her hemorrhagic stroke more than five years ago. Over those years, with my other sisters, we took turn to look after her and my ailing Abag in Melaka as they were comfortable to stay in their own home. My father passed away exactly a year ago.

Losing my emak is hard to accept but letting go is the most painful...


(My beloved emah and abah, now just a memory)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Blackfoot in the workshop...

"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comfortable words of all: This too shall pass..." - Ann Landers 

(Overheated and refused to start)

On Tuesday after Zohor, we started our journey to Melaka for my nurse duty.

We stopped for lunch at Almina R&R on the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. When we wanted to continue our journey, the blackfoot refused to start and showed the signs of overheating. We called GCE Ronda for assistance. When they arrived 15 minutes later, we drove the Blackfoot towards home but it stalled again at Lagong Tol Plaza. We decided to leave the 4x4 near the rest area and took a taxi home and drove to Melaka with our other car.

We safely reached Melaka a little late than usual...

(Patiently waiting for the taxi at Lagong Tol Plaza) 
(The Blackfoot is being towed to the workshop)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Say a little prayer for Amir...

"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe..."

(Amir in Ampang Hospital)

Two years ago Amir was diagnosed with Leukemia...

Amir is Bee's younger son. He is in and out of hospitals several times and now he's being treated with chemotherapy and later will be undergoing bone marrow transplant.

I visited Amir during my free time and stayed with Bee during the short visiting hours. Bee looks tired and drained but she needs to be with Amir. I could not describe a mother's anxiety, words fail me. For most part, she has accepted and is accustomed to the reality. Amir is getting through it, one day, one treatment cycle, one challenge at a time. The shock and fear of the first diagnose days are long gone, replaced by patience and determinations.

I am praying hard for Amir's fast recovery. I told Amir to be strong. Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don't give up... 

(A mother's prayer for her son recovery)

Out of medications...

"Thank God for your life tonight. For your health, your family, or your home. Many people don't have these things..."

(Collecting my medications at Pantai Hospital)

Health is Wealth

Rich or not
We all have got
Chances in lifetime
To live quite sublime

More rich people become richer
And the majority poor more poorer
It's not how much money brings boost
But having enjoyed life not its cost

Healthy body makes an active mind
Once sick can't make good things rewind
Beware of taking too much of everything
Good health is wealth and the best thing 

(Marvin Brato Sr)

Monday, 8 August 2016

Karimun and Batam trip

"Take vacations, go as many places as you can. You can always make money, you can't always make memories..."

(Rumah Makan Selero Bersamo, Batam)

Tanjung Balai, Karimun
8 - 9 August, 2016
Hotel Lovina Inn

(Ferries from Kukup to Karimun and Batam)
(Return ferry tickets to Tg Balai, Karimun)

Karimun is one of the islands in the Riau Islands province of Indonesia, 37 km southwest of Singapore. The island's main city is Tanjung Balai. Notable landmarks on the island include Mount Jantan, the beaches of Pelawan and Pongkar, and the Pongkar Waterfall.

Tanjung Balai is a bustling port town with a lot of commerce, boosted by tourists from Singapore and Malaysia. Like Batam, Karimun is also listed as a Free Trade Zone area.

Return ferry tickets from Kukup, Johor cost RM95, excluding RM10 port tax/boarding fee.

Kotamadya, Batam
9 - 10 August, 2016
Holiday Karimun Hotel

(DAHP Program Amal gang)

Located only 25km from Johor in Malaysia, Batam is Indonesia's equivalent to China's Special Economic Zones. The island is an industrial hub with electronics factories, a large and growing ship repair industry and an even larger oil service sector. Quite a few expats head there for work, and pubs and golf courses have sprung up to serve them.

Most tourists, come from Singapore and Malaysia. While there is a smattering of family resorts, the main lure on Batam is the discounted shopping and the nightlife. The new governor of the province has shut down casinos and taken steps to curb prostitution.

Regular ferries operate between Tanjung Balai, Karimun or direct from Kukup, Johor.

My Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 7 August 2016

A trip to Pulau Kukup and Tg Piai...

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep..." - Robert Frost

(The mangrove jungle, peaceful and quiet)

After our program Amal in Pontian, we decided to explore some attractions in Pontian and decided to visit the Kukup National Park and Tanjung Piai.

Pulau Kukup is one the largest uninhabited mangroves in the world. It is also the only one situated in Johor waters. Today, Pulau Kukup has received international recognition as the island has been granted the status of a 'Wetland of International Importance' (RAMSAR site) by the Geneva-based Ramsar Convention Bureau.

A local folklore tells a tale of Pulau Kukup, an abode for five celestial princesses. One day, one of the princess fell in love with a sailor and they eloped. A curse was set upon the island of Kukup and it was submerged by sea. The island later resurfaced, but it was covered in mangroves. Many have tried to settle on this island, but without success. Some say this is because the island is inhabited by spirits.

Pulau Kukup is today the home of countless species of wildlife. Among these are the playful monkeys, the quiet mudskipper or the nosy wild boars.

(The gang boarding a ferry to Kukup National Park)

(Kelong Fish Farm with varieties of fish to choose)
(A home-stay on the old floating fishing village)
(Arriving at Kukup Island jetty)
(Tickets to enter and explore the National Park)
(Pulau Kukup is shaped like a palm with 6 fingers!)
(The jetty with basic amenities)
(A group photo at Kukup National Park)
(A place to rest and relax, tranquil and serene)
(The pathway leading to the entrance to the National Park)
(An island of Mangroves and mudflats)
(Protected as a National Park under the Johor State Park Corporation) 
(Pulau Kukup is one of the biggest inhabited mangrove sites)
(Declared as a RAMSAR site in 2003)
(One of the many mangrove species) 
(There are various species of wildlife too)
(The many small resting huts in the mangrove jungle)
(A well-maintained pathway into the mangrove jungle)
(Ready to board the ferry back to the mainland)
(Happy faces on board!) 
(A famous Kukup Seafood Restaurant on stilts)
(Ready to go to our next destination)

Our next destination is Tanjung Piai situated at a cape in Pontian District, Johor. Tanjung Piai is one of the five Ramsar sites in Malaysia. Tanjung Piai is also an important nature site in Johor, being the 3rd designated park of Johor National Park Corporation. Tanjung Piai has high socio-economic value for fisheries. The site also has high ecotourism potential, attracting many visitors.

Located on the southernmost tip of mainland Asia, the skyline of Singapore is visible across the Johor Strait from the point. It features resorts and seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by a rugged and rarefied coastline of unspoiled mangrove forests.

Under the Ramsar Convention, the government and relevant stakeholders have an obligation to ensure the mangrove ecosystem and its values are maintained. Erosion at the site needs to be minimized to safeguard the ecological integrity of the mangrove ecosystem. The root causes of the erosion need to be eliminated or reduced.

It is also an important habitat for migratory and resident birds. These include the IUCN-listed vulnerable species, such as the Lesser Adjutant Stork. It is part of the Important Bird Area of southwest Johor, which extends from Parit Jawa to Tanjung Piai. The southwest Johor mangroves are ecologically important as a natural barrier for protecting the inland villages and agricultural lands from storm events, including tsunamis.

(Tg Piai is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia)
(Tg Piai Resort and seafood restaurant on Stilts)
(A good place for fishing enthusiasts too)
(A 15-metre light tower which flashes once every 3 seconds)

After our trip to Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai we checked-in Kukup Golf resort and spent the night relaxing and unwinding in one of the 54 villas there.

(A golf resort amidst mangrove, shrubs and palm fronds)
(Checking in for the night)

Charity Program in Johor...

“You will not attain righteousness till you spend in charity of the things you love...” - The Quran 3:92

(Rumah Sungai at Kg Sri Dungun, Pontian)

Alhamdulillah, we had completed our 6th Charity Program for the poor and needy.

Twenty four of us from the class of DAHP 74/78 participated in the charity program in Johore. Most of us arrived in Pontian on Saturday and stayed in Pontian Garden Hotel. On Saturday night we gathered at Hj Mansor's house who volunteered to lead the program and had a simple kenduri and majlis doa selamat.

From the fund collected from our classmates, we bought 2-month grocery provisions worth RM300 to be delivered to ten recipients around Pontian area. Each recipient would also receive RM300 in cash.
(A group photo at Hj. Mansor's house)
(Packed 2 months provision for the needy)
(Provisions ready for delivery)
(Strong and mighty 4x4 for the job)
(Pakcik Haron, the frst recipient at his rented house)
(2nd recipient, bedridden for many years)
(3rd recipient, a stroke patient, out of job)
(4th recipient, a single parent, living alone)
(5th recipient, reciting doa for the group)
(6th recipient with tears of gratefulness for the donation)
(7th recipient, living on a Rumah Sungai)
(8th recipeint, another Rumah Sungai)
(9th recipient, a single mother with small children)
(10th recipient, Makcik Saadiah living alone in a flat)

We have planned to carry out our charity programs twice a year, insya-Allah. Our good deeds might be small and invisible, but hopefully they will leave a trail that is printed on the hearts of others.

(A group photo at Kg. Sri Dungun)
(Asam pedas lunch at Restoran Tiang Cokelat, Pontian)