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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....

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Crochet Cushions Collections...

"Happiness is not the absence of problems. It's the ability to deal with them..."

I have started my crocheting again!

And within a month, to while away my free time, I had completed four cushions for my living room with the help of u-tube tutorials and free patterns from the web. Friends asked whether crocheting is therapeutic? Heck yes. I’ve found that it’s really good for the brain to work on something where you have to count stitches and focus.

It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolates are good for us. It is claimed that crocheting and knitting could cure everything from arthritis to weight problems. But I can’t speak for others.

It can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps improve mine...

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Indulgence in the clouds...

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed...” - Mahatma Gandhi

(Tenderloin steak and lamb ribs)

Today we drove the blackfoot for a spin up Genting Highlands.

After spending a couple of days recuperating in the workshop, it was time to test the pickup's power. While we were up on the mountains, we had a late western lunch at Awana Genting. We will be test-driving the blackfoot again over the weekend down south.

And, an opportunity to visit our two grandkids in JB too!

(Very rich cheese cake for dessert)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A morning of disappointments...

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed...” 
- Alexander Pope

(Our ailing blackfoot)

We were at our travel agent office to submit our passports for our Umrah visa.

While we were there we asked about the status of the South America trip and were informed that there were no takers and the trip may need to be cancelled. We have to check our bucket list and need to start looking for another holiday destination.

Half  way home our blackfoot started to experience reduced power. To avoid being stranded in the middle of a traffic jam, we parked our pickup and called the insurance company for a tow-truck service. While waiting, we had fried rice, which was not that tasty, at a nearby stall.

Our pickup is now in the workshop again, waiting for spare parts...

Monday, 6 February 2017

My beloved siblings...

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved..." - George Sand

(With my elder brothers and younger sisters)

It is very rare that my siblings of six get together for whatever reasons.

Since we were young, two of us, the eldest boy and I, the eldest girl were separated from the rest of my siblings when we went to boarding schools away from home. Later we further our studies, started working and got married. Our relationship was limited to seeing each other during holidays and festivities.

Taking turns caring for our ailing parents for the past five years had put us in more frequent and intense contact with each other.

After our parents passing, we met to discuss the division of whatever properties left to us by our parents. It was by mutual consent that the properties are to be divided in accordance to Faraid.

At times like this, I miss my beloved parents so very much...

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Babysitting the rascals...

"A child's laugh could simply be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world..." 

(My cheeky grandchildren, Amir and Hana)

There’s nothing like grandkids to keep grandma and grandpa active and joyful!

Iwan and Ella were in London for a holiday. For a week we stayed in Iwan's Mandy Villa house to babysit our two grandkids, Hana and Amir. As there were also public holidays during the week, Hana attended school only for two days and the rest of the week we brought them with us anywhere we went. We had no problem babysitting the both of them as they were well behaved and cheerful all the time. I am missing my other two grandkids in JB and would find time to visit them before our next overseas trip in March.

A recent study shows that spending a moderate amount of time with grandkids may actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease... ha ha...

Friday, 3 February 2017

A Nephew's Solemnization...

"The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are..." - Goldie Hawn

(Farhan and Dashenee)

Marriage is caring and sharing
giving and forgiving
loving and being loved
walking hand in hand
talking heart to heart
to give and to take
and to see through each others eyes

(The bride and the pretty bridesmaids)
(A family photo with the newly weds)

Holiday Momento - Magnets from all over the world

"We do not remember days, we remember moments." - Cesare Pavese 

(Magnets collections in the Study)

Souvenir Magnets from Around the Globe

Over the past 40 years, we have traveled the seven continents and the seven seas...

During our travel very often we'll buy small mementos from the foreign land. Our favorite buy is fridge magnets as they are light and easy to pack. Souvenir fridge magnets are a particularly good way to remind us of our travels. I used to decorate the fridges in our Putramas Apartment and Bidara House with these small, colorful depictions of famous landmarks, map of countries, flags and other things to reminisce the excitement and fun of visiting foreign destinations.

And they served to be the start of many intriguing conversations too...

(Ten panels of colorful magnets)

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 29 January 2017

CNY hellish traffic...

"Grandchildren fill a space in your heart that you never knew was empty..."

(Gua Kelam Perlis)

We braved the massive traffic jam of the Chinese New Year holiday.

We started our journey north after sending Ella to the KL Sentral. Ella is travelling to the UK to spend a week's holiday in London with Iwan who was already there for work.

We are babysitting Hana and Amir for a week. As it was also a school holiday, we decided to bring them to Perlis for a family reunion with the Truecolour Bikerz gang. We stayed a night in D'View Guesthouse and visited Gua Kelam, Wang Kelian and spent half a day in Padang Besar for a shopping spree.

On the way back to KL, we had to detour in and out of PLUS highway onto the old trunk road to avoid the massive traffic jam. It took us more than 13 hours to reach home.

What a tiring weekend!

(A brief visit to Malaysia/Thailand border at Wang Kelian)
(Another favorite shopping place at the border)
(A BBQ dinner at Mak Chun's)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Above the clouds...

"When your head's in the cloud, keep your feet on the ground..."

(A new view point at Aiyoe Weng)

There's a place where the sun breaks through
And the wind bites cold and hard
Stings my ears and tears my eyes
When the day starts to shout out loud

Stand tall and glide
When you're all alone in the crowd
Don't fall don't hide
When you walk above the clouds

(Cyndi Lauper)

(2,038 m above sea level)
(The map to the view point)

Betong 4x4 trip
Route: KL - Betong - KL
Date: 14 -17 January 2017 
Distance: 1,000 km

Our Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Old friends of Applied Sciences...

"True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils..." 

(Applied Science Class 74/78)

We had lunch at Rama V today.

It was a small gathering among ITM friends from the School of Applied Sciences classes of Microbiology, Food Technology, Chemistry and Vet Science.

The food was delicious and the ambiance was great.

(Sumptuous Thai delicacies for entre)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Momento from South Africa (1996)

"Capturing the moments of today that will wow your hearts tomorrow..." 

(An Ostrich egg on a ceramic ornament)

The Ostrich Egg

We were in South Africa in November 1996 for business and leisure trip and to celebrate my 41st birthday.

We had the opportunity of visiting a beautiful mansion of a colleague in Johannesburg and were presented with an ostrich egg from his many egg collections.

Ostriches are native to Africa. The ostrich eggs are bone-white, strangely shiny, and of unbelievable girth. In fact, an ostrich yolk is the world's largest. Ostrich eggs make great conversation starters, if you can get beyond the uneasy impression that they are not the eggs of dinosaurs.

Yes, it's very tempting to become an ostrich egg owner. But once you have it, what do you do with it? Other than it being used to amaze and mystify my grandchildren of course... ha ha...

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

2016: Q5 4-Nation Ride...

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow..." - Lin Yutang

(Riding the loop in 22 days)

Date: 27 November - 18 December 2016
Route: Malaysia - Thailand - Cambodia - Laos
Total Distance: 7,650 km

(On top of Muang Kasi Plateau, Laos)

Earlier, we made plan for our 4-nation solo ride and plotted the detail routing covering Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos and coming back through different route. For the first 10 days we rode solo, just the two of us, crossing the Malaysia/Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, the Thailand/Cambodia border at Hat Lek and the Cambodia/Laos border at Dom Kralar thus completing our mission of our solo 4-nation ride for 2016.     

On day 10 in Thakhek, Laos we met up with the Truecolour Bikerz who crossed the Thailand/Laos border in Chong Mek. From then on we rode together doing the loop through Laos and Thailand back to Malaysia.

This ride was a relaxing journey covering a total distance of more than 7,650 km in 22 days. We enjoyed the freedom of riding the open road, absorbing the beautiful awesome scenery and exploring new places. I have compiled the 4-Nation Ride itinerary in our travelogue.

Every experience, good or bad, is priceless...

Day 01: K Lumpur - Hatyai
Day 02: Hatyai - Chumphon
Day 03: Chumphon - Chanthaburi
Day 04: Chanthaburi - Koh Kong
Day 05: Koh Kong - Phnom Penh
Day 06: Phnom Penh
Day 07: Phnom Penh - Stung Treng
Day 08: Stung Treng - Pakse
Day 09: Pakse - Thakhek
Day 10: Thakhek
Day 11: Thakhek - Vientiane
Day 12: Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Day 13: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabhang
Day 14: Luang Prabhang - Boten - Luang Namtha
Day 15: Luang Namtha - Golden Triangle - Mae Sai
Day 16: Mae Sai - Pai
Day 17: Pai - Mae Hong Son
Day 18: Mae Hong Son - Mae Sot
Day 19: Mae Sot - Kanchanaburi
Day 20: Kanchanaburi - Chumphon
Day 21: Chumphon - Danok
Day 22Danok - K Lumpur

(Our faithful reliable KTM, otw to Thailand/Cambodia border )
(By the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
(Just the two of us in Trat, Thailand)
(Thai Guest House in Kanchanaburi, Thailand)
(The Villa Thakhek, Laos)
(The Avalon Hotel in Vientiane, Laos)

The Truecolour Bikerz gang:
Mat Put, Nizam/Faiza, Mad Wan/Effa, Mus/Mun
Pok Deng/Aizan and their 3 kids (4x4)

Our Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Momento from Italy (2008)

"A person without the knowledge of his past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots..."

(Leaning mugs of Pisa)

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

In March 2008 we went for a backpacking tour of Italy and took the night train from Rome to Genoa. On the way back to Rome we hopped off to Pisa to visit the Leaning Tower.

My Travel Blog: munmus.blospot.com

Sunday, 13 November 2016

My 61st Birthday...

"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years..."

(Koh Lanta, Thailand)

It’s that time of the year again!

I remind myself every year on this special day how blessed I am to have been given another year to experience the wonders of this beautiful world! Thank you Allah for all the blessings of lots of love, good health and abundance of wealth.

Today I spent my 61st birthday with dear hubby, watching the sunset at the beach of Koh Lanta, Thailand.

I’m another year older but none the wiser...

(A tranquil sight of sunset from the chalet)

Koh Lanta Ride:
12 - 15 Nov 2016
KL - Hatyai - Koh Lanta - Hatyai - KL

My Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Momento from Egypt (1998)

"Live for the moments that you can't put into words..."

(Perfume decanter)

Glass perfume bottles

Glass and glassblowing have long been a part of the Egyptian culture, glass has been found in tombs dating back 3,500 years ago.

The best raw materials used is the quality Pyrex glass. Each perfume bottle is fired a minimum of three times, this ensures permanent rich colors. First, the glass blower who brings shape, second, the painter who is meticulous in his creative expression, and on some - the artist who etches your blown glass creation.

Each one of these skilled people brings their best talent forward to create a truly unique piece.

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Arif Ashran 1st Birthday...

"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why..." - William Barclay


So what if you're getting older,
There are worse things to be,
Like a goofy, pimply teenager,
With zero self-esteem.

So what if you got a few wrinkles,
There are worse things to have,
Like a case of the twenty somethings,
And a room at Mom and Dad's.

To me, you're simply wonderful.

(With sister Alia and cousins Hana and Amir)

Friday, 28 October 2016

An evening in Japan...

“If you lead me astray, then my wanderings will bring me to my destination.” - Michael Bassey Johnson

(A relaxing stroll)

(A nice ambiance)

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

(Djemila archaeological site)

My travel blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Momento from the Netherlands (2002)

"Sometimes you will never know the value of the moment until it becomes a memory..." - Dr. Seuss

(Decorative wooden clogs)

Dutch Wooden Clogs

These high quality wooden shoes are made in the Netherlands from white poplar wood. Worn by the Dutch Village farmers, these shoes are long lasting and comfortable.

Traditional clogs remain in use as protective footwear in agriculture and in some factories and mines. Although clogs are sometimes negatively associated with cheap and folkloric footwear of farmers and the working class, some types of clogs are considered as fashion wear today.

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