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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....

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Nursing my frozen shoulder...

"Health is like money, we never have a good idea of its value until we lose it..." - Josh Billings

(Waiting for the Orthopaedic Surgeon)

The last time I visited the Orthopaedic Surgeon was in March 2017.

I was diagnosed with impingement of nerves at my 4th and 5th lumbar. I was advised to undergo a surgical procedure to correct the condition but I refused. After loads of pain killers, muscle relaxants, hot gel rub and after a few physiotherapy sessions, the pain stopped as mysteriously as it started.

This time around, I experienced stiffness and pain in my right shoulder joint. I tried a  deep muscle massage but the pain worsen. It was worst at night when I sleep on my right side and put pressure on my bad shoulder. The doctor injected corticosteroid into my shoulder joint. It was supposed to have a numbing effect but the nagging pain had limited the movement of my right hand.

A follow up visit will be in five days time to assess the effect of the jab.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Udang Galah lunch at Leban Chondong...

"Young riders pick a destination and go... Old riders pick a direction and go..."

(A rendezvous at Leban Chondong)

Today from JB we rode back to KL and decided to take the road to Mersing and rode towards Rompin. We planned to meet with Ayami and Siti around noon at the famous Udang Galah restaurant in Leban Chondong.

(Arriving in Mersing town)
(A brief stop at the Kompleks Niaga Penghulu Mohd Aris)
(Fishing boats at the muara)

It was already passed noon when we reached Leban Chondong. Ayami and Siti arrived around the same time. We had a sumptuous lunch with the many dishes of udang galah. We performed our prayers at the surau before we started riding back to KL via Kuala Pilah and Kuala Klawang.

We arrived at our Bidara House just before dusk.

(Udang galah restaurants at Leban Chondong , Rompin)
(A hearty lunch of fresh udang galah)

Monday, 19 November 2018

High Tea at Datin's place...

“ A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out..."

(A gathering of a few friends)

A few of the gang from KB would be in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.

Some came with the whole entourage to visit the Nasyrul Quran and interesting places in Putrajaya. Others were here to attend weddings or visit their grandchildren or relatives.

Datin Ma was kind enough to host the gathering at her place in Shah Alam with varieties of home-cooked dishes to savour.

(Delicious spread of food on the table)

Saturday, 10 November 2018

The famous Nasi Lemak Tanglin...

"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck..."

(Nasik lemak with sambal paru)

This morning we had breakfast at the famous Nasi Lemak Tanglin at Jalan Chenderasari near Taman Tasik Perdana.

It has been a long time since we visited this place. It used to be one of our favorite breakfast joint for quite a long time. It's always nice to eat here while reminiscing the good old times especially of our children schooldays. Back then, the nasi lemak stall was secluded, under the shelter of a big pokok saga somewhere near the existing food court.

(Nasi Lemak Tanglin Food Truck)

The price of a plate of nasi lemak Tanglin has escalated steeply over the years. They have built permanent tents at the back to place more table and chairs to cater for customers. The place is livelier now, with life band playing oldies songs. Parking wise, still remains difficult as always as there are street vendors sprucing up, taking over some parking spaces.

To me the taste and flavor of the nasi lemak is just so-so. I would say that it is a little over rated. Although the ambiance is nice and cool the area is littered with rubbish.  And the foul smell from the unattended dumb site at the back of the food court is overpowering.

(Tents under the shade of big trees)
(A life band playing the oldies)

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Hutan Lipur Bukit Lagong...

"All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within..." - Horace Friess

(The entrance to the Recreational Park)

Hutan Lipur Bukit Lagong in Selayang is less than 2 km from my Bidara House.

In 1986, when we moved into our Bidara House, the housing estate was surrounded by lush jungle and greeneries. We used to drive along Sungai Bukit Lagong  till the end of the unpaved road where we would enter the Orang Asli village. Over the years, there were massive development around the area and access roads were built to link the surrounding housing estates. The river and small waterfalls were once neglected had now become a recreational park.

(The park is quite near to the main road)
(A welcoming sign to the village)
(A well-maintained camping site)
(A fishing pond near the Orang Asli Village)
(Wooden houses of the Orang Asli)

Hutan Lipur Bukit Lagong still retain most of its green and have the potential to be developed into eco-tourism spots. Various facilities offered here indirectly attracts visitors to have recreational activities on weekends and public holidays.

The park is under the management of the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang. The 7.28 hectare park is a beautiful and sustainable natural forest having a beautiful clear river, seven artificial lakes, and a cascading waterfall. Various facilities have been provided by MPS such as two bridges, rest shelters, picnic stalls, toilets and changing room facility.

(Shallow pool, safe for children to swim)
(Huts and shelters, ideal for family picnic)
(Clean clear Bukit Lagong River)

Another attraction of Hutan Lipur Bukit Lagong is the presence of the Orang Asli Settlements, that enable visitors to get closer to their culture and life patterns. There are a total number of 25 Muslim families that lives in the Orang Asli village in Bukit Lagong. During fruiting season the Orang Asli could be seen selling durian, duku langsat and petai by the roadside.

Wondering on Denai Razak trail in Taman Botani...

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks..."

(The start and end of Denai Razak)

Denai Razak at the FRIM Kepong Botanical Garden is a 400-meter unique route with the theme of Rich Diversity of Malaysian under-storey plants. It was launched in early 2008. Interestingly, Denai Razak is the only disabled-friendly education trail in Malaysia. The unique collection houses about 9,000 shrubs and local herbs such as ginger, bamboo, orchid and many others which are collected from the original habitat and systematically planted for ex-situ conservation.

(The way to Razak Walk)
(A short elevated walk to the denai)
(A big compass at the entrance of the denai)

Denai Razak is the only trail in FRIM that can be visited without the need for a guide. The trail of Denai Razak trail is cemented to facilitate visitors with wheelchairs. The trail is made in a full circle so visitors will enter and exit from the same point. The entrance and exit are close to each other.

(Large plants along the path)
(A cemented path, wheelchair friendly)

(A brief rest at the gazebo)
(Continue pace-walking around the Botanical Garden)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Selera Rimba exotic food ride...

"Look beyond your problems and you'll see solutions everywhere..."

(Lunch is ready as early as 11.00 am)

It was raining heavily last night. This morning the weather was a little better.

We decided to go for a ride and took the LATAR and Plus highway, exiting at Bukit Tagar and rode towards Sabak Bernam.

(A beautiful day for a day ride)
(Less traffic on the rural road)
(Masjid Noor Hidayah Felda Sungai Tengi)
(Passing through Felda Soeharto)

If you’re looking for a decent place to have a rest or a lunch break, Restoran Selera Rimba along Jalan Sungai Panjang is a good place to stop. The restaurant has gained fame primarily for serving exotic dishes, attracting curious foodies and tourists interested in trying out something for novelty’s sake.

(Major road works along the route)
(Having an early lunch at Restoran Selera Rimba)

We reached the restaurant quite early but our tummies were already grumbling. There were already people having their early lunch. The place is relaxing especially after the long ride. The restaurant is nestled within serene and green surroundings, making the place very quiet and peaceful.

We ordered rusa goreng berlada, kari udang galah complemented by sambal belacan, tempoyak and ulam-ulaman to eat with steaming hot rice.

After the heavy sumptuous lunch, we rode back home taking a different route.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Amir 5th Birthday...

"Life should not only be lived, It should be celebrated!"

(A birthday cake for Amir)

Wish you a very Happy Birthday. 
May life lead you to great happiness, success 
and hope that all your wishes comes true! 
Happy 5th Birthday Amir!

(Cheeky siblings, Hana and Amir)
(Celebrating Amir's birthday at Putramas Apartment)

Thursday, 18 October 2018

My hibiscus is blooming again...

"Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously..." - Naval Ravikant

(A 3-tone hybrid)

I randomly bought a few hibiscus trees from a local nursery. They have done very well for a while until the point when they started to drop leaves like crazy! The leaves would turn yellow and then drop. I started spraying fertilizer and insect repellent to no avail and decided to place the plants under quarantine and totally forgotten about them.

(A shocking pink with a tinge of white)
(Orange red)

A couple of weeks ago, lots of flower buds started to appear, and the trees have become bushy again! Surprisingly the colours have some what changed into a deeper tinge. For now I am going to let them bloom and enjoy the beautiful vibrant colours.

(Light pink)
(Beautiful peach)
(A bright orange, a new addition)
(Beautiful radiant yellow)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

A relaxing day by the pool...

"I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive..." - Joan Rivers

(Nursing my frozen shoulder)

Last night, the two grandchildren, Hana and Amir stayed the night with us in our Putramas Apartment. Because of the unpredictable weather nowadays, and most often than not, it will always rain in late afternoon, we decided to bring the kids for a swim early.

The weather was fine around noon and there were not many people in the pool. We had lunch at the Club House cafe before allowing the kids to have a go at the playground.

(Hana and Amir with grandpa)
(Shivering cold after an hour of swimming)