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I am married to my loving husband for more than 40 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 13 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Indulgence

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well..."

(Lamb chop for dinner)

Monday, 1 June 2020

CMCO - No more 10-km rule...

"It feels good to be lost in the right direction..."

(A bright day for a good drive)

It’s almost like driving in the twilight zone.

After being lock down and immobilized for almost three months, we decided to go for a drive to no where in particular. We ended up driving to Kuala Selangor and back, without stopping anywhere  taking the smaller rural roads, avoiding roadblocks.

Following the country’s success in flattening the curve of new Covid-19 cases there is no more the 10-km rule so we could travel further yet there is still the ban for interstate border crossing for now.

(Tall glasses of cendul for the trip)

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Salam Covid Eid Fitri...

"May Allah's blessings be showered on us on this Eid al-Fitr during this Covid-19 Pandemic..."

(Celebrating a simple Eid)

Eidul Fitri won't be the same this year.

Iwan and family came a day earlier. There will be no morning prayers at the mosque. Our Eid prayers were performed at home. I cooked nasi empit, sambal tumis and cream caramel for dessert. The rendang and kuah kacang were ordered online. We could not even have our favorite satay Samuri to eat with the other dishes. I missed our kids and grandkids in Johor. They will be celebrating the Eid with Fitri's family in Pontian. There will be no gathering of close family, no chance of friends to meet.  

This year the Eid is celebrated very simply and somberly...

(The two of us at Bidara House)
(Iwan and family)
(Sara and family in Johor Bharu)

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Post 14-days Quarantine...

"Life is about laughing and living in good and bad times. Getting through whatever comes our way and looking back with a smile..."

(Iwan after the quarantine)


Iwan and Ella were travelling in a few countries in Europe during the onset of the pandemic. They were lucky to be able to take the flight back to Malaysia from Amsterdam. 

On13 March 2020, when the number of new cases became greater than those in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) began to consider Europe the active centre of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were worried on the well-being of Iwan and Ella as cases by country across Europe were reported to be doubled over periods of 3 to 4 days, with some countries showing doubling every 2 days.

As of 17 March, all countries within Europe had a confirmed case of COVID-19. As of 18 March, more than 250 million people were in lockdown in Europe.

And Malaysia followed suit.


Monday, 16 March 2020

MCO - It's now or never...

"In times like these, hope can be a powerful source of reassurance..."

(Fightinģ the Covid Pandemic)

Today the PM announced the implementation of the Movement Control Order for Malaysia.

The CMO is a cordon sanitaire implemented as a preventive measure by the federal government of Malaysia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MCO will be effective on 18 March 2020.

Everyone is to stay home and stay safe.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Putramas at dusk till dawn...

"I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight..."

(Skyline at dusk)


We were shut like a jacket
So do your zip
We will roll down the rapids
To find a way that fits

Can you feel where the wind is?
Can you feel it through?
All of the windows
Inside this room?

Monday, 23 December 2019

Four Nation 4x4 Adventure...

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions...”

(Plain of Jars at Ponsavan, Laos)

Four Nation 4x4 Adventure
Malaysia - Thailand - Cambodia - Laos
(1 - 23 December 2020)

(Our reliable 4x4 Toyota Hi-Lux)
(The beginning of our 23-days adventure)

My Travelogue:

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Langkawi Trip with the kids...

"A mountain is not higher than your confidence because it will be under your feet if you reach the top..."

(Alia and Arif with their parents)

Langkawi Trip
(17 -21 November 2019)

(Langkawi Sky bridge Gunung Mat Cincang)
(Fooling around in the cable car)

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Penang JJCM...

"We only remember the beautiful things about our travels and the bad stuff fades away..."

(BNM Chalet in Batu Ferringhi)

Our 'Jalan-jalan Cari Makan' trip destinations will include Penang and langkawi.

In Penang we visited Warung Laksa Janggus and had the most talked about tasty laksa, crispy banana fritters and mouth watering ABC. We spent the night in BNM Resort in Batu Feringhi. The next morning we had roti bakar and telur goyang at Roti Bakar Hutton Lane for breakfast.

(Warung Laksa Janggus)
(Roti Bakar Hutton Lane)

After breakfast, we drove leisurely to Kuala Perlis and boarded a ferry to Langkawi. Earlier we booked two rooms at the BNM Resort in Pantai Cenang. Sara and family flew in to join us for a few days and spent quality time with the grandkids exploring the attractions around the island.

(Waiting for the ferry to Langkawi)

Friday, 15 November 2019

SIC girls birthday brunch...

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart...”

(SIC girls at Secret Recipe KL Sentral)

It was a belated celebration for my 64th birthday at the Secret Recipe with my best of friends.

The SIC hostelite sisters have been there through the good times, the rough moments, and everything in between. They pick you up when you’re feeling down and lift you up even higher when you’re on top of the world.

Our togetherness throughout the years will always remind us just how special our bond truly is.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

A Nephew's Engagement,,,

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning..."

(Aiman's fiancee with both mothers)

May you both be blessed with lifelong happiness and joy.
Wishing you the very best as you begin to plan your lives together.

Congratulations Aiman!

Monday, 4 November 2019

Braving the storm in Danang...

"Travel helped us find our purpose and put focus into our lives. The more we got lost in our travels, the richer our lives became..."

(Braving the rain at the Golden Bridge)

Danang Vietnam Trip
(1 - 4 November 2019)

(Wading the shallow water of Lang Co Lagoon)
(The old Japanese Bridge at the Heritage Town of Hoi An)

My Travel Blog:

Sunday, 27 October 2019

A picnic trip to Sg Kelah...

"One of the nice things about the Senior Tour is that we can take a cart and cooler. If your game is not going well, you can always have a picnic..." - Lee Trevino

(Hot water reflexology pool)

The Sihat Muslimat of Taman Bidara had organised a day trip to Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park in Sungkai, Perak.
 
Sungai Klah Hot Springs is nestled in the serene and lush forest, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. Its unique concept of free flowing Hot Springs and mountain Springs Swimming Pools and Therapeutic Hot Spring bath pools at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature. Groups visiting the park can try out the private baths with traditional massage and enjoy the privacy. Another popular  activity not to be missed is the hot springs egg-boiling experience.

Other activities around the area are Titiwangsa Range flora and fauna exploration, Sungkai River rafting adventure, jungle/river trekking and outdoor camping.

(A group waiting for the tram)
(A boardwalk leading to the recreation area)
(A private bath for hourly rental)
(Huge natural cool mountain spring pool)
(Hot springs egg boiling activity)

Friday, 25 October 2019

Amir 6th Birthday...

"There's nothing like a grandchild to put a smile on your face, a lump on your throat and a warm feeling in your heart..." 

(Our four grandkid at Putramas Apartment)

I wish you oceans of happiness 
and love as you turn 6 today
May this new chapter of your life 
be a very exciting one for you

Happy birthday Amir...

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Early Morning Briskwalking...

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life...” 

(A sunflower garden at Hospital Selayang)

Lately the traffic around our housing area is getting heavier. So we decided to walk to Hospital Selayang and walk a few rounds around the compound.

While brisk walking around the hospital compound we stopped at the well maintained garden to admire the blooming sunflowers and Japanese roses. There is also a small flower nursery near the water tank on the hill.

(Climbing the steep road to the water tank)
(A bird house on top of the hill)

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A short morning ride...

" There are old bikers and there are bold bikers, but there are no old, bold bikers...” - Evel Knievel

(Contemplating on the destination)

It was the shortest ride ever.

When we started from our Bidara house, the sky was already gloomy. We took the LATAR highway and rode from end to end. It was raining lightly when we reached the last Tol booth. We decided to make a U-turn and rode back when the rain became heavier.

There's this saying, if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride at all. And then we only regret the rides we didn't take.

(The cloud is heavy with rain)

Thursday, 10 October 2019

My Tokmak Putih and my Abah...

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life..." - Richard Bach

(My abah and his mom)

In her younger days, my grandma was a pretty fair lady.

She was so fair and always blushing pink under the hot sun. She had greyish blue eyes and short-sighted since she was young. When my grandpa married her, the villagers thought that he married an orang putih. Actually my grandma or Tokmak Putih to her grandchildren, was an albino. She was born genetically without skin and hair pigmentation.

Only the ladies in the family inherited this albino traits. Almost all my aunties are albino or at least partially. Luckily my father and the rest of the men in the family were spared of this condition.

Lucky me...

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Hana and Amir at GPO...

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it...”

(Hana and Amir at GPO)

We were babysitting Hana and Amir when Iwan and Ella travelled to Singapore for the Universal Studio Halloween Night. On the weekend, we drove to Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and spent the whole afternoon there.

(Mesmerized by the creativity of the clown)

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Masjid Sri Sendayan...

"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it, our prayers do make a difference...” - Max Lucado

(A beautiful architecture of Masjid Sri Sendayan)

Masjid Sri Sendayan is one of the latest tourist attractions in Seremban, known for its elegant and artistic Islamic architecture.

Many visitors have likened it to majestic buildings around the world like the Taj Mahal, Masjid Nabawi and mosques from the Ottoman empire. The mosque is built from the donation by RHB Group founder Tan Sri Abd Rashid Hussain, who was very particular about the mosque’s design. Every corner of the mosque has his personal touch.

We visited the mosque and performed Maghrib and Isya prayers with a crowd of tourists who came from all over Malaysia.

(The Taj Mahal of Malaysia)
(The main prayer hall for Muslimin)

SMKB girls and boys gathering...

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are...”

(The SMKB girls at Adilah's house)

A group of SMKB old girls travelled all the way from KB for a small reunion with those in KL. They spent a night or two at a few friends houses in Negeri Sembilan and Shah Alam.

(SMKB girls and boys at Sariah's house)