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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, 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)

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)

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Bliss of Nature...

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave…” – Mary Tyler Moore

(Kepong Metropolitan Park)

My hectic life often gets in the way of a regular exercise…

Lately, I have been experiencing spinal disc related problems, spondylosis, slipped disc, coccyx, pinched nerves and whatever conditions related to aging. I was given muscle relaxant and pain-killer for medications. Most often than not I put them aside, just ignore the pain and go on with my routine.

(Forest Research Institute in the background)
(Jogging and cycling path)

My doctor had on so many occasions advised me to undergo a physio and a regular exercise program. Exercise gives many positive health benefits and helps our aging muscles from dwindling. It is good for the body and mind too. At our age, a brisk walk of 30 minutes a few days a week is good enough.

(My brisk walking 5 km route)

We have done better. For the past few months, our exercise routine is an hour of brisk walk, four days a week!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Amazing Race against the Voyager of the Sea...

"You cannot change the speed of the passage of time -- but you can augment your perceptions, experiences and growth while it takes you on its course."

(Sara, Fitri, Alia and Arif on the Cruise Ship)

Date: 9 - 12 Sep 2018
Route: Johor Baharu – Kuala Lumpur - Port Klang - Phuket

We flagged off Sara, Fitri, Alia and Arif for their family cruise trip on The Voyager of the Sea from Singapore to Phukhet.

(Alia and Arif at the start of the trip)
(On the Voyager of the Sea)

The next day we met them at West Port of Port Klang where their Cruise Ship docked early in the morning. As they had to board the ship again before 4.00 pm we decided to drive to IOI Mall Putrajaya for lunch at Ko-Ryo-Won, a Korean Restaurant.

(Ko-Ryvo-Won, a Korean Restaurant)
(Having Kimchi for lunch!)
(The Voyager of the Sea docking in West Port)

Back home we switched to our 4x4 Bigfoot and drove north and stayed the night at T-Hotel in Changloon. Early next morning we crossed into Thailand through Bukit Kayu Hitam border and drove direct to Phuket. In Phuket we fetched the kids at Dophin Pier at Makham Bay and spent time with them swimming at a quiet and secluded bay on Panwa Beach. Later we visited the kid-friendly Aquarium then had an hour of therapeutic foot massage to while away the time.

(Alia and her grandpa at Panwa Beach)
(Making sand castle)
(Swimming in clear clean water)

By 4.00 pm we sent the kids to the pier where a tender boat will ferry them back to their Cruise Ship for their journey back to Singapore.

Tomorrow we will continue our Kembara 4-Nation Drive covering Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. If we have the opportunity, we will cross into the border town of Myanmar, insyaAllah...

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Rojak Bellamy, the legacy of a simple tasty dish....

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was...” - Muhammad Ali

(Tasty and filling)

Today was the first time we visited the famous Rojak Belamy Restaurant.

In the early 1940s, the late Mohamed Yuni used to sell his rojak kandar on foot from house to house. He had loyal customers who waited for his tasty rojak regardless of the weather. For his perseverance and hard work, he managed to buy a motorcycle to continue his rojak business. His rojak has become popular and well-known amongst the locals.

His legacy is now taken over by his nephews, Mohd Husin and Mohd Jacob. The Rojak Restaurant is situated at Jalan Bellamy next to the Pernama building. Most of the loyal Rojak Bellamy’s customers come here for its nostalgic memories and to enjoy varieties of other dishes.

(The early crowd at Rojak Bellamy)

Friday, 7 September 2018

Mouth watering Chocolate indulgence...

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

(Arif contemplating on his order)

I am not a huge fan of chocolate or anything with chocolate in it.

When the kids chose Molten Chocolate for the spot to have a cup of coffee, they ordered plates of attractive chocolaty desserts to go along with our drinks. If the presentations didn’t attract you, the smell of chocolate definitely will.

Everyone was drooling by the time the desserts were served.

(Moltem Marshmallow with hot lemon tea)
(Amazing Churros with chocolate and ice-cream)

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

A tour to Nasyrul Quran Complex...

"And Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness..." - Al-Anfal 8:33

(The main lobby of Nasyrul Quran)

Today the Muslimah of Masjid At-Tayyibin, Taman Bidara Selayang organised a visit to Malaysian owned Quran Printing Press, the Nasyrul Quran.

(Muslimah Masjid At-Tayyibin)
(Verses of Al-Quran as lamp deco)
(A video show in the Main Hall)

Nasyrul Quran, the world's second largest Quranic printing complex is situated at Presint 14, Putrajaya. The printing and binding operations officially started in 2017. Nasyrul Quran, which was built in 2016, is Malaysia's contribution to expanding and upholding the holy book of the Muslims in the world. The Quran publication is an effort to accommodate the requirements at the domestic and world levels as the Muslim population is expected to reach three billion people from the world's nine billion people by 2050.

(Another group waiting for their turn)
(Calligraphic painting of Quranic verses)
(Ceramic Calligraphic Vases on display)
(Visiting the three Exhibition Halls)

(The printing press from the viewing deck)

After visiting the Nasyrul Quran the group visited a few other attractions around Putrajaya, including Masjid Putra and Masjid Tuanku Mizan.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Selangor - 2018 DAHP Program Amal

"We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead..." - Roy T. Bennett

(The DAHP 78/79 gang)

We had collected enough fund for our yearly Charity Program.

Doc Razak volunteered to be the Team Leader and had bought the provisions to be distributed to the needy and underprivileged in Ulu Langat. The list of recipients were prepared with the assistance of the AJK of Masjid Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah, Bt 14 Pekan Ulu Langat.

(Discussion on the program itinerary)

After a briefing by the Secretary of the Masjid and a simple breakfast, we started to distribute the provisions and cash to the recipients around the area. There were altogether eleven recipients, including a Maahad Tahfiz.

(The monthly provision and cash)
(The Maahad Tahfizul Quran Anawiyah)
(One of the recipients, a single mother)

The program ended around noon. The group had a good lunch of Nasi Padang Makan Minang Restaurant. Alhamdulillah...

(Nasi Padang, with variety of dishes, for lunch)

Monday, 3 September 2018

Breakfast meet at Kak Jon's...

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it..." - Ferris Bueller

(Nasi Lemak, nasi dagang and nasi berlauk for breakfast)

We arrived very early at Kak Jon's house but waited in the car for a while until everyone arrived.

Ubai was in town for a meeting and had time to meet up for breakfast at Kak Jon's place in Damansara Height. Kak Jon prepared Nasi Lemak for breakfast and on top of that we had nasi dagang, nasi kerabu and nasi berlauk bungkus bought from a famous Kelantanese Restaurant.

My Talaqqi and Musyafahah class starts at 10.00 am so hubby and I left early to beat the morning traffic.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Our 39th Anniversary, quite a milestone...

"Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do..." - David Wilkerson

(Celebrating our Anniversary with Hana and family)

Marriage is a milestone in life. And today we celebrate our 39th Anniversary. I wonder where did that time go?

Our Wedding Anniversary and Iwan's birthday fall on the same date too! So tonight we celebrated the occasions having a sumptuous western dinner at Victoria Station in Damansara.

(A piece of birthday cake to share)
(Having western dishes for dinner)
(Mouth-watering baked lobster for me)

Friday, 24 August 2018

A Nephew's Wedding, a new journey in life...

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead..." - Oscar Wilde

(Imran and Farrah)

Best wishes on this wonderful journey, 
as you build your new lives together,
May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.

From: Pak Uda & Mak Uda

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Negeri Sembilan - A family picnic in Lata Kijang...

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children..." - Charles R. Swindoll

(A day trip to Lata Kijang)

On Saturday, fifteen of the KKB gang and family convoyed in four cars and one bike to Taman Alam Liar Negeri at Lata Kijang in Negeri Sembilan and had a picnic by the stream. The kids enjoyed themselves in the cool stream while the ladies prepared Nasi Lemak and BBQ chicken for lunch. The men tried their luck in fishing, but only brought back a pair of tiny fishes.

(An outing with the KKB bikers gang)
(Hana and Amir crossing the stream)
(The camping area complete with facilities)
(Setting up camp for the grand kids)

Lata Kijang Recreational Forest is located in the Kenaboi Forest Reserve in Negeri Sembilan. It is about 80 km from Seremban and 45 km from Kuala Klawang. The main attractions of this forest area are the 80 meters high Lata Kijang waterfall, which is the highest waterfall in Negeri Sembilan, the Gunung Besar Hantu at 1,462 meters, the Semong and the Tiger Caves, as well as the Orang Asli settlements.

(The men ready to catch big fishes)
(Hana and Amir bathing in the stream)
(Ella watching the kids from far)
(Hana's creative rocks formation)
(Grandma wading in the cold stream)
(A BBQ of small fishes for Hana)

Lata Kijang's facilities include a large camping area situated next to the stream that can accommodate up to 300 people. There are toilets and a multi-purpose hall complete with dining area with tables and benches.

The Lata Kijang Waterfall is accessible only by a 4x4 vehicle because of its rough terrain. It takes about 3 hours of trekking from the Recreational Area. This jungle is ideal for nature lovers because of its rich flora and fauna.