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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The road less ventured...

"The old ones are still the best. Old jeans, old boots, old friends, old movies, old tunes and old times..."

I had discarded my old walking boots and replaced them with brand new ones, lighter and comfortable...

Hubby and I will be on the road again. We will be away for about three weeks, joining a small group of frequent travellers to explore some places of interest in Georgia, Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Arzerbaijan in the first two weeks.

The final week, Hubby and I will split from the group. We plan to travel by bus or train to Bulgaria and visit the capital city of Sofia. We will stay in Sofia for a few days, then travel to Istanbul for a free and easy activity before we board the plane back home.

The trip is going to be very hectic with a lot of walking. My last visit to the specialist, I complained of pain in my heels. My doctor's early diagnosis was Plantar Fascilitis. The walking activity will either cure my painful heels or will make them worst.

I am praying for the best...

The Road Not Taken 
(By Robert Frost)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveller, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same, 

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, 
I doubted if I should ever come back. 

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I 
I took the one less travelled by, 
And that has made all the difference… 

The Caucasus Trip
Georgia -  Armenia - Nagorno Karabakh - Arzebaijan - Turkey - Bulgaria
(15 April - 05 May 2018)

My Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Friday, 30 March 2018

The Pergola Garden...

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere..." - Vincent Van Gogh

I enjoy gardening...

In between travelling and biking trips I love to indulge in gardening. Although I have little luck in keeping my plants alive when we are on long holidays, we still have some hardy plants like the Philodendron, Dracaena and snake plants  surviving. And of course my favorite bonsai Adenium will go into hiatus during our absence.

Our small fish pond under the pergola has been neglected for a very long time too. Slowly and surely we are trying to plant green foliages around the pergola again.

In time, greens make a beautiful garden..

(Pink hibiscus)
(Peach hibiscus)

Sunday, 25 March 2018

T.G.I Friday's on a Sunday...

"All great achievements require time..." - Maya Angelou

(Western lunch on a Sunday)

We had a lunch date with the children and grandchildren.

Iwan just came back from Bogota after a 2-week work assignment there. And Sara was in town for the weekend to attend a half-day work related function in Bentong.

The only free time for all in the family to get together was on a Sunday!

(All in the family)
(Hana and Alia, best of friends)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Lunch with Applied Sciences gang...

"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what others think as long as you're happy..."

(An old  triumph in front of the restaurant)

It was extra humid today.

Our lunch date with the Applied Sciences gang was scheduled at noon. We arrived early but there was no parking space available so we parked in Jaya Shopping Complex, a short walking distance away.

The choice of food was excellent. We had bryani, Nan, Capati and chicken tandoori for lunch. We talked about nothing in particular. It was an opportunity to reminisce and even cringe at old memories. At times we had differences in opinion but we avoided fighting tooth and nail on some matters and tried not to get pulled into any argument.

It's nice to meet up with old friends and see how matured we've grown...  

(We have grown older and wiser)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Mid-morning Breakfast at Teh Tarik Place...

"True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face..."

(A brunch date at Teh Tarik Place)

As usual, we arrived early at the meeting place in Paradygm Mall.

YB Ubai was in town, so we took the opportunity to gather some of the SIC Hostelite sisters for brunch at Teh Tarik Place. The food was good and the ambiance was conducive for relaxing chat among the sisters.

Thanks to Datin Seri Dah for the treat...

(A nice corner for a noisy lot)
(Me, Kak Jon, Nik Fuzi, Kak Sar, Prof Doc Zah, Datin Sri Dah, Kak Ani and YB Ubai)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Alia's 6th Birthday...

"You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for..."

(Make a wish everybody!)

Make a wish on your birthday

Make a wish and give it wings
Dreams of bright and beautiful things
Dance through all the fun filled hours
Don't forget to smell the flowers

Share some love and birthday cake
All life joys are yours to take
And when evening comes to view
Thank your lucky stars you're you

Happy Birthday dear Alia...

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Catching up with old friends...

"Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends..."

(A lunch meet of old friends)

It's been a while since we met.

Hubby and I are going off for a 2-week holiday in Ireland and Iceland starting next week so today is the only time that we are quite free to meet my SMKB friends since 1970's for lunch.

Satay Samuri in Kajang was a good venue to meet as it is situated steps away from Gate C of Kajang MRT Station making it convenient to just take the train and avoid the traffic jam. As it was on a weekday there was no queue and we had our orders delivered immediately to our table.

(Col Abdul, Ron, Jeff, Bee, Zaky, Hasni, Doc Helmi, me and AD)

Drinking a cool tall glass of water melon juice on a hot day, with good varieties of satay in the presence of good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures...

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Iceland and Ireland Winter Holiday…

“People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy...” – Anton Chekhov

(The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
(The Sun Voyager, Iceland)

Ireland and Iceland are definitely on our bucket list!

This is our repeat trip to Ireland and our first to Iceland. In May 2017, during our 20-day road trip in the United Kingdom, we made a detour and boarded the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

For this trip we will fly into Dublin and stay for two nights and visit the many attractions in the Republic of Ireland. From Dublin we’ll fly to Iceland and stay there for five days where we will have a tour of the island. There’s nothing like a good trip on the Iceland roads, especially when driving past pristine landscapes, natural beauty, volcanoes, blue icebergs, and roaring waterfalls. If we are lucky, we’ll sight the elusive Northern Lights.

From Iceland, we’ll fly back to Dublin and go for a road trip to Belfast in Northern Ireland before we fly back home.

Yes, we are going for an adventure trip. And the cold winter weather will definitely freeze the blood in our veins…

(Cliff of Moher, Liscannor, Republic of Ireland)
(Titanic Visitor Center, Belfast, North Ireland)

(Ireland and Iceland Trip)
(12 -22 February 2017)

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A brief family retreat...

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking..." - Earl Wilson

(All in the family)

(26 -28 January 2018)
Grand Lexis Port Dickson

(Chalets on stilts)
(Arif inspecting the room)
(Ready to check out)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Visitng my ailing uncle...

"Family is like branches on a tree. We may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one..."

(PakCik is bedridden)

On Sunday, the three sisters planned to visit my sick uncle in Kluang.

PakCik is my dad's youngest brother. He is staying with his ailing wife and has been bed-ridden for a while now. Looking at him lying in bed reminds me of my Abah.

May he be well looked after with love and care by his nine children.

(MakCik is not that well too)
(Buying the famous Air Itam Putu Bamboo)
(Asam Pedas lunch in Jalan Padang Tembak)
(Having Coffee and toasts at Kluang Train Station)

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Capturing wonderful moments...

"Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!" - Joseph B. Wirthlin

(Photo books of our travels)

Welcome to cold and flu season!

It's that time of the year when everyone is down with flu and fever. The bad news is that when you get the flu, there's no magic pill to cure you right away. Even a visit to the doctor would not guarantee the right medications. I ended up with loads of medicines, cold and cough syrups, paracetamol for fever, packets of pain killers and even ointment for joints pain.

I stopped consuming the lot when I started getting stomach cramps.

(Memories of the two of us over the years)

Being confined at home for the better part of the New Year have given me time to compile photos of our past travels.

So far we have created more than 30 photo books. And a lot more to go...

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Poor Arif, weak and warded...

"Health is not valued till sickness comes..." - Thomas Fuller

(Sick and weak)

We were in Johor Bahru as soon as we heard the news from Sara.

Arif was experiencing hard of breathing early in the morning. Earlier of the week he was having bad cough and cold. Arif was warded for three nights and given antibiotics to clear his infected lungs.

Arif is not going to start school any time now. He needs to get well first...

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

2017: Q6 4-Nation Ride

“The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose…”

A week before my South America trip I had a bad fall that hurt the small of my back.

I was overcome by anxiety attack when we were in Sacred Valley Peru, a day before our excursion to Machu Pichu. At an elevation of 4,000 meter above sea level, I was experiencing severe back ache, short of breath and light headedness, all at once. The next morning before boarding the train to Machu Pichu we were advised to drink cocca tea to prevent altitude sickness. After drinking a few cups I was suddenly well and fine. It was either the cocaine in the tea or the excitement of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World that made me high and happy while tracing the Inca Trails in Machu Pichu.

It’s been three weeks since we came back from the South America trip and I am still nursing my sore throat and back pain. In a few days’ time hubby and I are planning to go for the year-end ride crossing borders of Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam over a duration of approximately 24 days. The first seven days we will be riding with the KKB gang to Ayutthaya, Thailand. The next ten days we will ride solo from Ayutthaya to Cambodia and into Vietnam. The last seven days we will join the JBMC and the Truecolors gang in Pai, Thailand and will ride back home with them.

Part I: KKB gang - Malaysia/Thailand
Date: 24 – 28 November 2017
Route: KL – Hatyai - Chumphon – Kanchanaburi – Phitsanulok – Route 12 - Phu Tubberk - Khao Kho - Petchabun – Ayutthaya
Total Distance: 2,465 km

Part II: Solo Ride – Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam 
Date: 28 Nov – 10 Dec 2017
Route: Ayutthaya – Koh Kong – Kampot - Ha Tien - Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap – Prachin Buri – Kamphaeng Pet - Pai
Total Distance: 2,990 km

Part III: JBMC and the Truecolors gang – Thailand/Malaysia
Date: 10 - 16 Dec 2017
Route: Pai – Mae Hong Song – Mae Sot – Kanchanaburi – Chumphon – Dannok – KL
Total Distance: 2,630 km

This kembara biking trip will be the last trip for 2017 and will be our 6th. We have been doing the year-end kembara like this since 2012.  As it is going to be a long trip for us, it’s easy to underestimate just how much preparations need to be thought of, right? We don't wish to be caught by lack of preparedness, or a case of been-there-done-that mentality.

Semoga di permudahkan urusan kembara kami ini, insyaAllah, Aamin...

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Next Trip: Ireland and Iceland

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Selera Rimba Day Ride...

"If you are losing your leisure, look out, you may be losing your soul...".- Logan Pearsall Smith

(Beware of wild animals)

It seems like a long time since we last wore our riding gears. And this morning it felt pretty good to get into them.

Today we decided to take a leisure ride to Restoran Selera Rimba in Sungai Panjang Selangor for lunch. If you are into exortic food, this is the place to go. The dishes are cooked Banjar and Jawa style. Besides daging rusa, pelanduk, landak and ayam hutan, they also serves siput and udang galah. Depending on the catch for the day you may be lucky to have ikan keli, ikan puyu, ikan sepat and many more variety of fresh water fish.

Be aware that the operating hours are from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm only.

(Solo ride just the two of us)
(Popular at lunch time)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Annual B-P Guild Gathering...

"A scout smiles and whistles under under all circumstances..." - Robert Baden-Powell

(A welcoming rain greeting us at the resort)

7th Annual B-P Guild Gathering
Date: 10 - 12 November 2017
Venue: Semenyih Eco Venture Resort

(Ready for the Qi gong exercise)
(Paint ball target shooting)
(Testing... testing...)
(Trying out the ATV)
(First Aid and CPR demonstration)
(The girls having fun before raising of flag)
(47 years of sisterhood in scouting)
(Our lodging in the background)
(Some of the Kelantan B-P Guild representatives)
(Celebrating my 62nd birthday with best friends)

Representatives from Kelantan B-P Guild: Mus/Mun, Hizan/Adilah, Hj Din/Sariah, Dato Salleh/Datin Mahiran, Bee Noriah, Nik Kamaliah and a few others...

Monday, 6 November 2017

Brunch with the hostelite sisters...

"Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears..."

(Nik Yah, Kak Jon, Kak Sariah and Datin Sri Dah)

(Sultan Ismail College Girl Hostel 72/73)

Hostel life is the best life
Which change our life style
We start the new life here
We make new friends
We enjoy the little things in our life
For one day we will look back
And realize they were the best things ever
happened in our life

- Ananya Bihari -