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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, 12 April 2017

Trip Down By The Seaside...

"Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly..." - Van Morrison

(Ao Nang Beach, Krabi)

Krabi, Phuket & Songkhla Trip
(5 - 11 April 2017)

Down by the seaside. See the boats go sailin' 
Can the people hear, What the little fish are sayin' 

Sing loud for the sunshine, pray hard for the rain 
And show your love for Lady Nature. And she will come back again

(Nopparat Thara Beach, Krabi)
(Fossil Beach, Krabi)
(Patong Beach, Phuket)
(Kamala Beach, Phuket)
(Surin Beach, Phuket)
(Samila Beach, Songkhla)
(Chalathat Beach, Songkhla)

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Missing our beloved...

"Sometimes it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence..."

(My emak and abah, side by side)
(My youngest son, Mirza Ashran)

There's really no shortcut 
to forgetting someone
You just have to endure 
missing them everyday
Until you don't anymore..


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Severe Spinal Pain...

"The answer lies within ourselves. If we can't find peace and happiness there, it's not going to come from the outside..." - Tenzin Palmo

(Visiting the Spine Specialist)

I was strong and healthy when I was in Madinah and Makkah. The weather was cool throughout our stay there.

The last day in Makkah and on the way to Jeddah Airport for our flight back to KL, we were hit by a bad sand storm. When we reached KLIA I started experiencing a very bad sore throat and started having dry cough. The last time I had cough and flu, it lasted for almost three weeks.

Besides the whooping cough, I had a bad lower back pain. After the MRI procedure, my Spine Specialist diagnosed nerves impingement at my 4th and 5th lumbar. I was asked to go for a round of physiotherapy and to do routine daily exercises. To ease the pain I was prescribed with nerve relaxant, pain killers, vitamins and hot gel rub.  

After two days of consuming the loads of medications, I became nauseated with constant vomiting and purging. I was dead flat and miserable. After consulting my Doctor, he advised me to stop all medication immediately because of the severe counter-indications.

I am now back to square one...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Umrah Trip: Mosques Visited...

"Our life's path is revealed to us by spiritual guideposts. They mark and lead us to our soul's ultimate purpose..." - Randi G Fine 

Umrah Trip
(11 - 21 March 2017)

(Masjid Airport Madinah)
(Masjid Nabawi Madinah)
(Masjid Quba' Madinah)
(Masjid Jabal Uhud, Madinah)
(Masjid Qiblatain, Madinah)
(Masjid Bir Ali, Dzul Hulaifah)
(Masjidil Haram, Makkah)
(Masjid Saidatina Aishah, Tannaem)
(Masjid Ja'aranah)
(Masjid Wadi Mehrim)
(Masjid Al-Hada)
(Masjid Al-Madhoon or Al-Qantara, Taif)
(Masjid Al-Koe or Masjid Siku, Taif)
(Masjid Addas, Taif)
(Masjid Abdullah Ibn Abbas, Taif)
(Masjid As-Syafa, Taif)
(Masjid Qarnil-Manazil)
(Masjid Hudaibiah)
(Masjid Qishas, Jeddah)
(Masjid Al-Rahmah, Jeddah)

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

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)