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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, 31 December 2017

Poor Arif, weak and warded...

"Health is not valued till sickness comes..." - Thomas Fuller

(Sick and weak)

We were in Johor Bahru as soon as we heard the news from Sara.

Arif was experiencing hard of breathing early in the morning. Earlier of the week he was having bad cough and cold. Arif was warded for three nights and given antibiotics to clear his infected lungs.

Arif is not going to start school any time now. He needs to get well first...

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

2017: Q6 4-Nation Ride

“The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose…”

A week before my South America trip I had a bad fall that hurt the small of my back.

I was overcome by anxiety attack when we were in Sacred Valley Peru, a day before our excursion to Machu Pichu. At an elevation of 4,000 meter above sea level, I was experiencing severe back ache, short of breath and light headedness, all at once. The next morning before boarding the train to Machu Pichu we were advised to drink cocca tea to prevent altitude sickness. After drinking a few cups I was suddenly well and fine. It was either the cocaine in the tea or the excitement of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World that made me high and happy while tracing the Inca Trails in Machu Pichu.

It’s been three weeks since we came back from the South America trip and I am still nursing my sore throat and back pain. In a few days’ time hubby and I are planning to go for the year-end ride crossing borders of Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam over a duration of approximately 24 days. The first seven days we will be riding with the KKB gang to Ayutthaya, Thailand. The next ten days we will ride solo from Ayutthaya to Cambodia and into Vietnam. The last seven days we will join the JBMC and the Truecolors gang in Pai, Thailand and will ride back home with them.

Part I: KKB gang - Malaysia/Thailand
Date: 24 – 28 November 2017
Route: KL – Hatyai - Chumphon – Kanchanaburi – Phitsanulok – Route 12 - Phu Tubberk - Khao Kho - Petchabun – Ayutthaya
Total Distance: 2,465 km

Part II: Solo Ride – Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam 
Date: 28 Nov – 10 Dec 2017
Route: Ayutthaya – Koh Kong – Kampot - Ha Tien - Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap – Prachin Buri – Kamphaeng Pet - Pai
Total Distance: 2,990 km

Part III: JBMC and the Truecolors gang – Thailand/Malaysia
Date: 10 - 16 Dec 2017
Route: Pai – Mae Hong Song – Mae Sot – Kanchanaburi – Chumphon – Dannok – KL
Total Distance: 2,630 km

This kembara biking trip will be the last trip for 2017 and will be our 6th. We have been doing the year-end kembara like this since 2012.  As it is going to be a long trip for us, it’s easy to underestimate just how much preparations need to be thought of, right? We don't wish to be caught by lack of preparedness, or a case of been-there-done-that mentality.

Semoga di permudahkan urusan kembara kami ini, insyaAllah, Aamin...

My Travel Blog: munmus.blogspot.com

Next Trip: Ireland and Iceland

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Selera Rimba Day Ride...

"If you are losing your leisure, look out, you may be losing your soul...".- Logan Pearsall Smith

(Beware of wild animals)

It seems like a long time since we last wore our riding gears. And this morning it felt pretty good to get into them.

Today we decided to take a leisure ride to Restoran Selera Rimba in Sungai Panjang Selangor for lunch. If you are into exortic food, this is the place to go. The dishes are cooked Banjar and Jawa style. Besides daging rusa, pelanduk, landak and ayam hutan, they also serves siput and udang galah. Depending on the catch for the day you may be lucky to have ikan keli, ikan puyu, ikan sepat and many more variety of fresh water fish.

Be aware that the operating hours are from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm only.

(Solo ride just the two of us)
(Popular at lunch time)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Annual B-P Guild Gathering...

"A scout smiles and whistles under under all circumstances..." - Robert Baden-Powell

(A welcoming rain greeting us at the resort)

7th Annual B-P Guild Gathering
Date: 10 - 12 November 2017
Venue: Semenyih Eco Venture Resort

(Ready for the Qi gong exercise)
(Paint ball target shooting)
(Testing... testing...)
(Trying out the ATV)
(First Aid and CPR demonstration)
(The girls having fun before raising of flag)
(47 years of sisterhood in scouting)
(Our lodging in the background)
(Some of the Kelantan B-P Guild representatives)
(Celebrating my 62nd birthday with best friends)

Representatives from Kelantan B-P Guild: Mus/Mun, Hizan/Adilah, Hj Din/Sariah, Dato Salleh/Datin Mahiran, Bee Noriah, Nik Kamaliah and a few others...

Monday, 6 November 2017

Brunch with the hostelite sisters...

"Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears..."

(Nik Yah, Kak Jon, Kak Sariah and Datin Sri Dah)

(Sultan Ismail College Girl Hostel 72/73)

Hostel life is the best life
Which change our life style
We start the new life here
We make new friends
We enjoy the little things in our life
For one day we will look back
And realize they were the best things ever
happened in our life

- Ananya Bihari -

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Printis Pengakap Wanita...

"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers..." - Juliette Gordon Low

(The pioneers - Nong, Kid, Ubai, Ani and Bee)

The Big Five, we made history again today...

In 1969 we joined the Girl Guide troop in Sekolah Menengah Kota Bharu. In 1970 we asked the Scout Master's permission to join the Boy Scout troop and were allowed to join the Jamboree in Kem Kijang. It was then, the first Girl Scouts were officially acknowledged.

From 42nd KB Scout Troop in Sekolah Menengah Kota Bharu we moved to 1st KB Scout Troop in Sultan Ismail College. Scout values have remained with us and inspired us to put forth our best throughout our life.

(Our stories in Mingguan Metro)
(42nd and 1st KB Girl Scouts)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

South America - Exploring the Wonders of the World...

South America - Exploring the Wonders of the World
Argentina - Peru - Brazil
(16 -30 October 2017)

Hubby and I are going for a trip to South America.

We will be travelling to Argentina, Peru and Brazil and plan to visit two of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Machu Pichu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. We will also visit one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls in the World, bordering Brazil and Argentina.

Towns visited in our itinerary:

Beunos Aires, Argentina - Paris of the South
Lima, Peru - City of the Kings
Pisac, Peru - Hilltop Incan Citadel
Machu Pichu, Peru - The ancient city on the mountain
Sacred Valley, Peru - Sacred valley of the Inca
Chinchero, Peru - Birthplace of the rainbow
Cuzco, Peru - The Capital of Inca Empire
Foz de Iguazu, Peru - The largest waterfalls in the World
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The River of January

I will be updating my travel blog munmus.blogspot.com when we come back from the trip.

Next trip: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Friday, 22 September 2017

A get together again...

"Distance and time apart are irrelevant to the bond formed by a true friendship..." 

The SMKB gang gathered again at Sariah's house in Kota Warisan to celebrate her hubby's birthday and to meet friends we have not met for a long time.

The home-cooked food spread was in abundance and very delicious, of course...

(The ladies in waiting)
(The host with the late comers)
(Nong with Nik Kama and Bee)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Thailand - Betong Trip

"Let's find some beautiful place to get lost..."

(A t-shirt for souvenir)

Hari Malaysia Betong Trip
Date: 15 - 17 September 2017
Distance: 940 km
KKB Gang: 5 bikes and a Ford Ranger

(Awan Nano at Ayer Weng)
(Ayer Weng View Point)
(Piyamit Comunist Tunnel)

Next trip: Latin America

Saturday, 9 September 2017

42nd SMKB Troop...

"Life is not just making new friends, it's keeping the ones dear and special to you..."

(SMKB 42nd Scout Troop 1969 - 1972)

We are catching up with old friends over good food...

In conjunction with Nik Arif and wife homecoming, we arranged a lunch gathering at Rumah Makan Chibiuk in Kinrara. We also invited the SMKB 42nd Scout Troop, seniors and juniors to join the gathering. It was a happy noisy occasion. It is nothing better than catching up with old friends especially those we have not met for decades.

Friends are precious. In the end you always go back to the people that were there in the beginning...

(The ladies of SMKB)
(The gentlemen of SMKB 42nd  Troop)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Knowledge Sharing...

"Talent is god given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful..."

(Discussing their next trip at Bidara House)

It was raining non-stop the whole afternoon...

Instead of having a teh tarik session at the warung, the gang decided to tapau kuew teow goreng and had dinner at Bidara house instead. During dinner, we shared important coordinates and our experience of overland crossings through the many Thailand/Cambodia border points. 

Next week the Melaka Bikers is planning for a trip to Cambodia through Hadlek/Kong Kong border point. Safe ride to all...

Saturday, 2 September 2017

A Nephew Wedding...

"The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together..." - Robert C Dodds

Congratulations to

May your life together be full of love
and your love be full of life...

(Hari Raya Haji at Bidara House)
(Home-stay in Kubang Seman)
(A family photo at Masjid Padang Ibu)

Friday, 1 September 2017

Our 38th Anniversary...

"Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile..."

Our anniversary
Is not meant to be
A reminder of
A long journey...

Our anniversary
Is meant to be
A mark of good times
That we are yet to see...

Happy Anniversary Yang...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Travelling on The Ancient Silk Road again...

"Traveling - it offers you a hundred roads to adventure, and gives your heart wings!" - 
Ibn Battuta

(The Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis in Samarkand)

Date: 11 – 22 August 2017
Route: Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan - Tajikistan 

We are going for a Central Asian exploration that need us to travel from Tashkent in Uzbekistan, to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, and to Dushanbe in Tajikistan, stopping at some of the medieval cities and admiring the stunning architecture and colourful history on the lesser-visited side of the Ancient Silk Road.

This is our second visit to Uzbekistan and our first to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. In 2009 we visited Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan and discovered the mystical, spiritual and historical side of the cities.

(2009 winter holiday in Uzbekistan)

We planned to visit the following cities along our exploration route:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Shavat (Uzbek/Turkmen border)
Darvaza, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Mary, Turkmenistan
Farab (Turkmen/Uzbek border) 
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Shakrisabz, Uzbekistan
Termez, Uzbekistan
Tursunzoda (Uzbek/Tajik border) 
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Khujand, Tajikistan
Oybek (Tajik/Uzbek border)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

My Travelogue: munmus.blogspot.com

Monday, 7 August 2017

Banana Leaf Rice for lunch...

"Stop leaving and you will arrive, stop searching and you will see, stop running away and you will be found..."

(Nasi Kandar Daun Pisang)

Today, for the first time,we tried the Nasi Kandar Daun Pisang at Macha & Co at the Curve. The price is quite expensive compared to other Nasi Kandar restaurants in town but it has a comfortable dining environment and ambiance.

This restaurant serves other meal sets too.

(Lunch @ Macha & Co)

Monday, 31 July 2017

Brunch with SIC sisters...

"True friends isn't about being inseparable, it's being separated and nothing changes..."

(Brunch date at Datin Sri Zaidah's house)

When old hostelite sisters get together, everything else fades to insignificance. It doesn't matter what stories we are telling, we are telling stories of sweet memories we shared more than 45 years ago...

(A spread of delicious home-cooked food)
(With the charming hostess)

Sunday, 30 July 2017

My Best of Friends....

"Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best of time..."

(The Big V minus kid at De Palma)
(Ubai, Nong, Anie and Bee)

They're the ones that guide you 
through when fate takes a turn
Fights, small and large, 
end in forgiveness, never a burn

You forget about first impressions 
and the feelings they brought
You're grateful for who they are 
and you forgive 'em for what they're not