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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, 23 September 2012

Sunday ride to Cameron Highlands...

“The journey not the arrival matters...” – T. S. Eliot

(Early to arrive at Welly's...)
(48 bikes lined up ready to roll...)
(Different makes, different colors...)
(A short briefing before the journey...)
(Waiting in line to refuel...)
(The ladies taking a break too...)
(A mishap at one sharp corner...)
(Checking on the unfortunate bike...)
(Bikers stopping to assist...)
(Stopping at a strawberry farm for fresh fruits and juice...)
(Ripe strawberries ready for harvest...)
(Sweet honey in cute bottles...)
(Slow and cautious ride home...)

Total Mileage: 520 km
Route taken: KL - Raub - Sg Koyan - Ringlet/Tanah Rata - Simpang Pulai - KL
Bikers gang: Welly Advanced Bikers

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Soul Mate...

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” - Robert A. Heinlein

(Pulau Tioman, a decade ago...)

We share a single soul…
Fates soft embrace
A tale many times told
Then usually laid to waste

An age-old rhyme
We all but actually hear
Cutting swiftly through time
To covet what is near

remember the soul…
it knows our name
give us all we need to know
and how it is we became

- G H Ballinger-

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Riding to Koh Lanta...

“Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on…” - Stairway to heaven

Koh Lanta is mountainous and rugged in some areas with its green forested hills, gravel and sand beaches, pretty coral reefs, clear emerald water and traditional lifestyle, provide a charming retreat from modern life.

Only 20,000 people live on Lanta including a clan of Chao Ley, or Sea Gypsies. This distinct ethnic group still follows their traditional customs and culture. Along with the Muslim and Chinese locals they give the island its unique ambiance and total seclusion.

In the early 1990s only the most adventurous travelers visited the island. The development however is slow and still nothing on a par with the likes of Phuket or Ko Samui.

Date: 15 - 17 September, 2012

Total mileage: 1,650 km
Route: KL - Bukit Kayu Hitam -Koh Lanta - Hatyai - Bukit Kayu Hitam - KL
Bikers' gang: Mus, Mun, Din, Yati, Chon, Syed, Zaini and Fifi

Travel Reflection: All weather ride to Koh Lanta

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Travelling again...

"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life..." – Jack Kerouac

Our planned trip to Moscow/St Petersburg this month is cancelled as there are not enough takers for the trip. And we are yet to claim our deposit from the travel agent.

On Saturday we visited the MATTA Fair and use the unclaimed deposit to again book for a few more trips. This time to Iran and Morocco. Hopefully there will be enough people to form a small tour group for the trips. If not, we will resort to go on our own, backpacking as usual...

I wish I could go travelling again
It feels like this summer will never end
And I've had such good offers from my friends
I wish I could go travelling again

I want to sit in traffic anxious about our plane
While your blasé comments drive me half insane
I want to dash for shelter with you through the tropical rain
I wish I could go travelling again

I want to be awakened by a faulty fire alarm
In an overpriced hotel devoid of charm
Then fall asleep again back in your arms
I wish I could go travelling again

I want to sit in my shades, sipping my latte
Beneath the awning of a famous cafe
Jet-lagged and with our luggage gone astray
I wish I could go travelling again

I want a waiter to give us a reprimand
In a language neither of us understand
While we argue about the customs of the land
I wish I could go travelling again

(Stacey Kent)

Monday, 3 September 2012

Grandchildren at Putramas...

"It’s funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and talk like chipmunks..." 
(Hana and Alia on wheels...)
(Hana Ashran...)
(Alia Ashran...)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Our 33rd Anniversary...

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved..." - George Sand

(Reflecting 33 years of togetherness...)

I was with a few of my close friends at Cawan Bangsar the other day. As usual, I was drinking coffee with toast and those friends of mine were having heavy breakfast, nasi lemak and the like.

We were talking about nothing in particular when the topic of wedding anniversaries crept into our conversation. And I told them that my husband and I are celebrating our Anniversary soon.

I listened to them berating their ways of celebrating. A few celebrate on a grand scale, exchanging gifts and vows. But most have stopped wishing each other. Some couldn't even bother to remember. To them, after being married for more than 3 decades, the concept of loving the same person seemed a bit unreal, more of melodramatic metaphore for the depth of feeling rather than an actual commitment...

For me, each and every anniversary deserves to be celebrated. At least in a simple moderate way.

And tonight we are celebrating our 33rd Anniversary with a scrumptious feast of mouth-watering seafood dishes at Subang 2 with all in the family...