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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....

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

My Hajj and Umrah rites...

“When I get toward the end of my life, I want to look back and see that I’ve lived not only the length of it, but the width of it as well…”

(The Kaabah from the upper tawaf area)

Looking at the amount of time and money spent on my travel each year, a lot of people, especially close friends asked me a typical, mocking question:

"Kau gi jalan round dunia ni tak simpan duit sikit untuk buat haji ke atau umrah ke? Kalau duit lebih tu sedekah le pada parents ke … adik beradik ke… anak-anak ke.. kekawan ke... bla bla bla… he he he…”

Hubby and I usually will just smile and ignore those remarks. Our parents, siblings and kids know us better to pass judgments...

When we started working in early 80s, we opened a deposit account with Tabung Haji. A small monthly salary deduction was a heavy burden to our pockets. Then, with our general degree our meager salary was barely sufficient to pay for house rental, car loan and utilities. Eating out on Saturday nights was a luxury treat for the kids…

Over the years with each yearly increment, we increased our deposits. Over 5 years our tabung haji deposits were enough for us to perform the Hajj. It didn’t take us long to decide. In 1991 we registered and in 1992 we were offered to join the muasasah group.

In May 1992, we severed all ties with our family and home and started our journey for the Hajj Pilgrimage. Leaving our small kids behind, my late youngest son, Mirza was 7 then. We performed the various duties of the pilgrim at all stages of the Hajj and completed the fifth and last of the Rukun Islam. Alhamdulillah… In front of the Ka’abah we prayed for Allah to endow us with wealth and health, for us to be able to visit the holy lands again.

In November 1994, we brought our 3 kids, my Mak and Abah and my MIL to perform the Umrah and after the Umrah we stopped over in Amman, Jordan for a 3-day ziarah.

In December 1996, joining a big group, together with our 3 kids we went to perform our Umrah again. This time we transited in Istanbul, Turkey for a 3-day ziarah.

In December 1998, together with the kids, my parents and MIL we went for ziarah in Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. Over there we were accompanied by my nephew, Abu Dzar, who was then studying in Al-Azhar U and was our tour guide. We then flew to Madinah and later we entered Makkah on the first day of Ramadhan.

In November 2000, only the two of us went to perform the Umrah during the last week of Ramadhan. After the Umrah, when we reached KL, we had already completed 30 days of fasting and celebrated the Eid-Fitri. People in Malaysia were still fasting then.

In September 2002, together with another 2 couples we went to perform the Umrah. On the way back to KL our flight was stranded in Sana’a, Yemen and we were made to stay for 3 days before the next flight. The 6 of us enjoyed our stay so much. And all expenses were paid for!

In September 2004, we joined a group of a dozen people to perform the Umrah. After the Umrah the two of us transited in Dubai for a 4-day holiday. There, we met with my nephew, Nor Azhar, a Captain with the Etihad Airways.

In September 2006, Sara, my parents and MIL, my two sisters, Zai and Amah joined us for another Umrah trip. We transited at Dubai and spent three nights in my nephew’s place in Abu Dhabi.

In July 2008, we brought Sara, Iwan, Ella and my besan Normah for another Umrah trip and we transited in Dubai and stayed a few nights in Abu Dhabi.

In April 2011 together with Sara and Fitri, we went for our Umrah trip via Amman, Jerusalem and Damascus. Our planned Umrah trip in December 2010 was postponed to 2011 when the Saudi stopped issuing the ziarah visas until early 2011.

In April 2013, with a group of 20 jemaah, we performed our Umrah and transited in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia for a two day visit.

And this coming April 2015, the two of us are going for our Umrah trip. Our original plan for a ziarah trip to Oman after performing our Umrah was cancelled by the travel agent when Oman Air changed their routing.

We have always planned to perform our Umrah every other year and Alhamdulillah, Allah has granted us our wishes.

Insya-Allah, we will visit the holy lands again...

My Overseas Travel: munmus.blogspot.com

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Kembara Borneo....

"Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder..."

Tomorrow early morning we will be flying to Kota Kinabalu where we will start our Kembara Borneo riding through Sabah, Brunei and Serawak with 15 others. The discovery Borneo on wheels, is organised by Wilhin Motor Club and this is the first time we are joining the club.

Last Friday we had arranged with MAScargo to fly our motorbikes to Kota Kinabalu and on Monday we will collect them at the airport.

We will ride carefully and safely.


Kembara Borneo Day 1 - Kota Kinabalu
Kembara Borneo Day 2 - Keningau
Kembara Borneo Day 3 - Brunei/Miri
Kembara Borneo Day 4 - Sibu
Kembara Borneo Day 5 - Kuching
Kembara Borneo Day 6 - Serikin
Kembara Borneo Day 7 - Kuala Lumpur

My overseas travel: munmus.blogspot.com

Monday, 16 March 2015

Jaloro Chili @ my garden...

"I'd rather be a failure in something that I love than a success in something that I hate..." - George Burns

(Jaloro chilli, the Jalapeno hybrid, hot and sweet)
(Ripening well, ready to harvest)
(Jaloro chilli and spring onion from my kebun mini)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Family get together at Bidara House...

"A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes..." - Mahatma Gandhi

(Pictures courtesy of Zin's fb)

Tonight we hosted the family gathering at our Bidara House and celebrated birthdays for those who were born in March. Our western dishes for dinner were prepared by Chef Munawar. We had roasted lamb with mashed potato and coleslaw and seafood pasta.

The rest of the dishes and desserts were contributed by others...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Kabin Fever...

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan…" - Eleanor Roosevelt

(The goonies ready to take a group photo)

Surprisingly, we were quite free that weekend…

When Sara invited us to join her Ex-STF weekend retreat at the Kabin in Kuala Selangor, it was also an opportunity to get away from our routine hectic life and be with the kids and grandchildren. Iwan and family came to join us in the evening and we had dinner at one of the seafood restaurants at Pantai Remis while the STFians were having BBQ dinner at the Kabin.

(Taking a cool dip in a hot afternoon)
(Hana is having a heart burn, taking a rest)
(Amir loves to stay in the pool)
(Alia is comfortable to play in the children's pool)
(Iwan's under water picture)
(Fitri is trying to hold his breath as long as he can)

The Kabin, situated next to Remis Beach is a unique holiday container lodging with swimming pools, a modest café, BBQ area, a multi-purpose hall and bicycle rentals facilities. A short distance away is the beach, packed on weekends, quite cosy and clean for picnicking and swimming. There are also a few eatery outlets around the area.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Bukit Melawati lighthouse...

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted..." - John Lennon

(The light house perched on the hill)

We had ample time to visit Bukit Melawati in the morning before we checked in the Kabin.

Bukit Melawati apart from being a historical site, from the top of the hill we could get a panoramic view of Selangor coastline. On a clear day we will be able to see the Straits of Malacca.

Bukit Melawati is also home to the Silver-leafed Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques. We can buy pea-nuts or kangkung to feed the monkeys but need to be cautious as they can be highly mischievous and easily provoked.

(A welcoming sign)
(Excited Alia riding the train with grandpa)
(Feeding the cheeky monkeys)
(Waiting for the train)