Friends at Fraser’s Hill

Last year we were so busy travelling – we managed 6 Β trips altogether. On top of that, we also had a wedding of our eldest child, Nuni and an engagement of our 3rd child. We also tried as much as we could, to visit my parents-in-law in Kelantan, now that FIL is not mobile πŸ™ .

One of the consequences to this life style change was very much less visits to Fraser’s Hill. Our last trip there last year was in October 2013. We wanted to go there in December, but during the only available time, DH was down with shingles πŸ™ .


So this year, again we hope to be able to spend more time at the hill. We were lucky that for the last 2 weekends we managed to do so. Not only we spent our weekends there, but we also had visitors with us πŸ™‚ .


Two weeks ago, Sseme and family came to join us for a night.


While taking them for a tour round this tiny place, I spotted a new attraction, and had it immortalised with this pic πŸ™‚ :


Here’s a pic of us having a breather at a nearby cafe


The next day we came down from the hill together because we were going to attend a wedding do at our friend’s place. On the way down, it was so misty, we decided to come down for some photo shoot πŸ™‚ .


and a selfie:


We also stopped at a bridge;


But hey!! There’s a car coming!! So we dashed away!! (in the mean time, the cameraman, Faim, kept on clicking the shutter, hahahaha!!!)


Here’s a photo of us taken at the gigantic signage, on our way down:


Then last week Ana came with her daughter and son. Here’s a photo of both of us taken in front of “Ye Olde Smokehouse” πŸ™‚


So, those were 2 wonderful, or rather “peaceful and quiet” weekends for us πŸ™‚

Last, but not least, thanks to these friends who kept us accompanied for the duration. We hope you enjoyed the tranquility as mush as us and will come back in the future πŸ˜‰



Meeting My Teacher Again :)

(I am trying to be active again in blogging πŸ™‚ )


Yesterday, 20 august 2013, I got a visit from a very special teacher, Cikgu Ashaari. Β Please read the the link to know how special he is to me πŸ™‚ .


I have been meeting him quite regularly, but any meet with him is always special. Yesterday meet was extra special because he came with (apart from his wife) his son, Azam.

hardly 2 weeks ago DH and I visited him at his house in Kota Bharu. Here’s a photo taken then:


And yesterday we had this one taken πŸ™‚ :


Cikgu seated with his missus.

Standing from left: Azam’s daughter, missus, Fadhil, Azam’s BIL, Azam’s daughter, Azam, Nury (my friend since ssecondary school), me and DH.





Aidil Fitri 1435H

We celebrated the end of the fasting month last week, on Thursday 8 August.


Compared to our same celebration last year, this time round it was a much more toned down occasion.


Initially we didn’t plan to celebrate much, since our no.4 kid is in USA and no.5 kid in France, both studying…


Two days before the big day, I (for the first time) went to SP Setia Welcome Centre, to collect some of the Raya packets (we put money inside, to be given as gifts to relatives/kids) that the developer is distributing for free:


We however figured out that the traffic of “Balik Kampung” (going back to our home towns) would be well spread out, so we decided to go back to our home town, Kota Bharu, which is over 400km away.


We left for Kota Bharu at 10.30pm on the even of the big day, and arrived at MIL/FIL’s home 7 hours later (that’s the typical time taken on a normal day. We certainly managed to avoid the jam because by the time we left for KB, the bulk of the “Balik Kampung” people had already reached their destinations.

It was a simple celebration. We managed to have a rare extended family photo taken:


DH and I stayed home most of the time (sleepy for sure), playing hosts to relatives and friends who came visiting. It was only on the 3rd day that we decided to visit DH’s friend. After the greetings and hugging, I managed to snap this picture of both of them:


Later that night, on our way to my alma-mater’s gathering, we stopped at another of DH’s friend’s house. A rare photo was also snapped that night:


Oops, did I forget to tell you that Sadki (in the picture above), was also my senior during my secondary school days (he was DH’s primary school buddy).


Here’s the gathering in the school hall (we were still waiting for more to turn up):


I was rather in a hurry, but here’s one of the pic of me, taken by another friend/senior (Shukri Hamidi):


I left the function early because I promised Azam to visit him at his parents’ house. Azam lives in UK and is home for a short holiday. His father was my teacher. I wrote about him/cikgu (teacher) here.


Here’s a picture of (from right) Azam, DH, Cikgu, and me.


We arrived at cikgu’s house at 10.15pm, and stayed there for over a hour, before we rushed home (FIL & MIL’s place).

That night we left for Kuala Lumpur at 12.30am, and arrived home 7 hours later (we certainly managed to avoid the traffic jam/rush that day πŸ™‚ )





A Gathering of Old-Timers

The last time we had a gathering was on the 4th July 2009. It was a grand one (30 years after we left school) and I was among those who initiated it. Unfortunately, later on I found out that Nuni’s graduation was on 5th July 2009, so I had to give the gathering a miss despite having bought the flight (return) tickets to go back to Kota Bharu for the gathering.Here’s a group pic, obviously without me in it!:

So, here’s the recent (mini) gathering:

Date : 5th March 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 12 noon until 7pm (or rather ,until the last guest left!)

Venue: Setia Alam (my place)

I guess many of us have been busy that we never got to have any significantly big gathering since then. Though, I know that some of us do have regular meets where we have have breakfast, lunch or just a cup of coffee together.

As usual, my ever faithful Nury was the first to arrive. Even DH calls her my co-host πŸ™‚ .

Zuhdi and family came next. We managed to have a couple of photos together (thanks to Zuhdi):

This one with Nury (but no Zuhdi) in:

Now… I can’t remember who came next. I think Kamil, Engku & Deng were next, followed by Wan Hasamudin aka K*j*k. It was nice of K***k to come, despite being busy with his son’s departure to Cairo that night.

Soon Nik Ahmad Eid arrived with his family. They arrived at the same time as Yasmin & Salwani. Yasmin brought sumptuous Secret Recipe cake.

We were waiting diligently for Salwani’s “lompat tikam”. It was definitely worth the wait:

Ladies (Mat Eid in the foreground):

K*j*k and Deng:

Close up of Kamil andΒ  Engku:

Earlier, we tried to discuss THE agenda of the day – preparation of next’s year’s Grand Re-union :

but were distracted a few time, LOL!

We however managed to have a quick group pic of the guys available at that time:

Sham arrived later with a beautiful fruit basket (forgot to take any pic until the fresh roses wilted πŸ™ ).

Kojak soon had to leave, followed by Yasmin, Salwani and Sham.

The others wanted to leave too but I told them 3 more of our friends were already on their way. Actually I think I forced these nice guys to stay back!

They were not disappointed because soon after Zuhaimi and Rusdi aka A**k arrived.

Zuhdi who went home to send back his family arrived again πŸ™‚ . He’s one loyal member of any gathering!Β  He came with some banana fritters πŸ™‚ .

After another long wait, our 3 musketeers (Kamil, Ku & Deng) wanted to leave too, especially when Nury got ready to leave. By that time Roslan P*c*t was on his way.

These guys said, OK, they’ll wait for Roslan, say hi and then go off.

Here’s a pic of us with for Roslan when he had just arrived:

Nik and Nury soon left, but the others decided to come in again! I went up to pray and was quite surprised to see the dining table full:

After quite a long wait, these guys wanted to leave too.

Ah, did I forget ot mention that the satay I ordered earlier finally arrived (my sons had to wait for almost 1 hour, despite making the booking earlier)?

Zuhdi, Kamil & Dr Zuhaimi (that’s our family doctor πŸ™‚ ):

Even DH rejoined the group for a serving of lompat tikam:

These guys finally left just before sunset!

Final headcount:

Alpha – Zuhdi, K*j*k, Nury, me, Rusdi, Roslan, Mat Eid

Beta – Deng, Yasmin

Delta – Kamil, Zuhaimi,Salwani, Shanmsiah

Gamma – Engku

To all who came to this gathering, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was a real pleasure to have you at my place that day!

Credits should go to ZuhdiΒ  and K*j*k for most of the photos above πŸ™‚

When Two Old Friends Meet for the First Time In Over 30 years!

This blog entry supersedes my blog for the gathering held last Saturday. This blog also has the longest title so far! πŸ™‚

But then, that was exactly the best title for this blog entry.

Kak Ton (2-yr my senior at Sek Men Sains Kelantan) and I had been planning to get her father and my FIL to meet. We finally managed to do so this morning.

I fetched Kak Ton from the LRT station, and she lead us the way to her brother’s house where their parents are at the moment.

These old folks ( we are much younger them them πŸ™‚ )Β  live in Kota Bharu but occasionally they come to visit their children in the Klang Valley. My FIL & MIL were going back to Kota Bharu today, so it was really timely to get the meeting done this morning. Their friendship started during their schooldays!

When we arrived at the destination, Kak Ton’s father was in the midst of slicing some pineapple, so it looked kind of strange when he greeted us at the door with a knife! πŸ™‚

It wasn’t long before both the old (yeah, very old! hahaha) friends got so engrossed in their chat:

That’s my MIL in the middle.

Before long, they were sitting on the same sofa!

Initially we wanted to have lunch on the floor, but realising that these guys may not be comfortable sitting on the floor (esp my FIL), we ended up having the meal at the dining table. We had to call them (these 2 guys) for lunch a few times – they just seemed refused to stop talking.

It was a sumptuous meal:

They continued to talk, and here with Kak Ton’s mum looking on:

I was the first to “attack” the food, and the first to finish. So I managed to take this shot with Kak Ton and MIL in it:

These guys were the last to come to the dining table, and they were the last to leave too! πŸ™‚ :

The two friends continued to talk, while we ladies talked at another corner. This was the first instance where we ladies ran out of topics to talk while the guys kept on talking! MIL and I had to remind FIL a few times that we had to leave.

K Ton’s father leading my father to the car:

To me it was indeed a pleasurable outing.

I am sure Cikgu Noh (FIL) and Cikgu Rashid had a good time too, don’t you think so?

Thank you Kak Ton for making this meet possible. Her mum told me to visit them in Kota Bharu when we go back πŸ™‚ .

SEMESTA Raya Do in Klang Valley

Date: Today, 3rd Oct 2010

Venue: Dataran Putrajaya

Time: 12 noon – 3pm

I missed the FARISAINS (formerly SEMESTA)Β  traditional Raya do in Kelantan (3rd Raya), but I told my fellow alumni if I’m free I would attend the one in Klang Valley.

So, today, after sending Aina to her friend’s house (for Raya do too), I drove to the above venue.

I never thought there were so many other events around Putrajaya – weddings, Raya gatherings, etc..). I had to call a few alumni friends before I finally arrived at the place (it was just opposite the Palace of Justice) at 12.30pm.

It started quite slow, but eventually I fould myself chatting with other fellow alumni – some my seniors, but they are mostly were my juniors. I was the 4th batch of the school anyway!

Some of my friends are normally reluctant to come, because they said it is an open event, and if they come they won’t know most other attendees. Aren’t they aware that all of us are in the same boat? We eventually know many of us becausee we became regulars of such gathering! I used to be in the committee, and I know how hard it was to convince people to join such gathering. That is partly the reason why I keep attending Farisains’ functions whenever I can.

Normally I do not get disappointed either. Today for the first time I met Saufi (who’s 4 yrs my senior) and his friend, Prof Fauzi. Saufi works in Kuala Terengganu and Prof Fauzi is attached to UPM.


Prof Fauzi:

It was nice to be joined by these 3 wonderful ladies:

Bazuki , who is 3-years my junior, joined us too:

Bazuki who is well-traveled, in the midst of telling us his Afghanistan experience:

And here’s a special shot of Bazuki and I for the album πŸ™‚ :

We were so engrossed in our chat that ( I think) the juniors were too scared to join us until much later.

It was past 3pm, and before leaving them, I managed to join them in their group photos. Here’s with Pade Gulong’s gang (SPM 2004):

Our “photographer” (we asked him to snap the photos for us) who was the MC of the day:

I was told that he is a tv dramatist who normally acts as the bad guy :-). Here he is, with Pade’s gang:

Another group photo (which doesn’t reflect the total number of attendees, because by then many had left) :

I wanted to snap my red Mazda2 parked in front of the Palace of Justice, but I also got a pic of Alimin πŸ™‚ :

I took this one last shot before I finally left the place:

There are many others who left much earlier, such as Sseme, but I got a shot of Sseme’s laksam:

Photos taken using Nokia N79 & Nokia E52 phones πŸ™‚

A Lengthy Brunch

Early today, I joined some of my friends in visiting another friend who is going for Hj next week.

We had nasi kerabu with fish & fried chicken, popia, cup cakes, and many other desserts for our get together. We also had a great time catching up with each other.

We were waiting for another friend to arrive, only to know that she had a fall some time ago, and could not drive herself. So we decided to visit her instead.

I only remembered to take some pix when it was time to pack the some food to our poor friend, and pack the leftovers to be taken home.

Here are some of them.

The batter-coated fried fish:

Some of the leftover condiments for nasi kerabu with a lonely popia (after we packed what we wanted to take home) :

Oh, I forgot to mention that, due to popular demand from a previous get-together at my place some time ago, the hostess ordered some “lompat tikam” (A kelantan dessert)Β  but this time without the green rice custard πŸ™ .

Here’s the glutinous portion of the lompat tikam:

which we should take with the brown coconut sugar and the white sticky stuff (made of coconut milk and some rice floor as thickener):

All Packed and ready to adjourn our “meeting” to the second house:

We had another great time at Ch****’s place. Ch**** was definitely happy to have the nasi kerabu delivered to her:

Even those who wanted to leave early (one lady wanted to service her car today but decided to postpone it) decided to stay back until the end – too much good time to miss here:

We sure enjoyed ourselves tremendously:

Many times we wanted to leave but were held up with some “stories” to share.

The discussion became very hot when I talked about the “Disappearing Quran Pieces Incident” back in school in 1977! Ch**** even asked us to start a new “story” when we wanted to leave, but it was past lunch time. If we were to stay longer, we would have to force the hostess to get us lunch, and Aina who had to follow me would really die of boredom, LOL!

I know, it it was very hard to say goodbye:

It’s OK ladies. We’ve already promised to meet up again after S**** comes back from her Haj! πŸ™‚

A 3D2N Retail Therapy in Jakarta

I came across the phrase RT (retail Therapy) from some of my “Mak Cik Blogger” (blogging aunties) friends, esp Kay.

Two office mates and I booked our Jakarta tickets some time ago, and last Saturday (15th May 2010) was the departure day.

We were really aiming to shop till we drop and nobody brought a camera! Why would we need a camera, we were not playing tourists, hahaha!! We however had our phones (though mine doesn’t have roaming facility) that have built-in cameras. Hence all the pix here were taken using my phone camera.

Day 1

Armed with a few millions rupiah (yeah, we were millionaires that day!), we arrived at LCCT at 6am (having checked in online the day before). It was a fast move to the departure lounge because we were not carrying any check-in luggae (hence skipped the baggage drop).

Our plane left at 7am, and arrived at Soekarno Hatta Airport 2 hours later, at 8am local time. By 9am we were already at Tanah Abang!!

Oh, by the way, I met Tini of Snazzy and Such on the plane. She was accompanying her friend for some shopping too!Β  Our path crossed again at the food court inΒ  Tanah Abang!

First stop was at the textile shops for bargain on cotton fabrics. I managed to take these pix:


It looked so much similar to the shop that I blogged (about wanting to visit).

The shop not so cheap, but we found others that offer better prices. One of them was this one:


My friend looking at some of the cotton:


while I looked at those outside the shop:


After this second shop, I totally forgot to take any other pic, and just engrossed myself in the RT πŸ™‚ .

We had our lunch of nasi padangΒ  at the food court in the (Tanah Abang) shopping complex. It was simple but delicious. I also had one of the best cendols I’ve tasted so far too.

After lunch, when our initially almost empty hand-carried bags were full, and we had just too many plastic bags to carry, we took a cab to our abode for our stay there, the Traveller’s Hotel.

We took a rest until it was time to have dinner. We asked the reception for some suggestions of places to go. The guy suggested “Mall of Indonesia”. We didn’t hear it right, and when we tried to tell the cab driver, he (the driver) asked us back “Grand Indonesia?”. Clueless, we said yes. Little did we know we were heading to downtown Jakarta, and it was Saturday night! We ended up spending quite some time in the traffic jam before we eventually reached the place.

Grand Indonesia is too grand for our purses, so we only had dinner, bought some foodstuff and headed back to our hotel. The dinner was pricey but nice and tasty. I took some pix but somehow I could not find them in my phone, I wonder why…

Day 2

Well rested the night before, we excitedly had our breakfast early, because the destination for that morning was Pasar Pagi (Morning Market) at Mangga 2. As the name suggests, we thought the place would open early, but when we asked the concierge to get us a cab to the place, he smiled at us and told us that the place started business at 10am!

Argh…. Disappointed, we went back to our room and watched tv instead (we caught an episode of Upin & Ipin!).

AtΒ  9am we however agreed to take a gamble and headed for the market. We agreed that if we arrived early, we’d just wait at the entrance to the shopping complex. We had a pleasant surprise – there were quite a number of shops open and bustling with transactions!! One of the first things we did was to get ourselves a check-in bag each! We needed these bags to put in the goods that we’d bought and were going to buy :-). I also managed to buy a Simpati prepaid call card and called Yudi (an Indonesian friend who was my coursemate during my training in Tokyo in 2004)Β  and Norita (a Malaysian friend who lives in Jakarta).

To cut the story short, we ended our visit with an early lunch at the food court. The food that we chose that day were not as nice as the nasi padang that we had the day before.

After lunch, we took a cab back to our hotel, to drop the bags and the stuff that we bought at Mangga 2 (Pasar Pagi).Β  We then went back to Tanah Abang. Yes, Tanah Abang. We were there until the shops were about to close (they close at about 4pm-5pm).

We then had no choice but to go back to our hotel to rest :-).

Since we missed going to “Mall of Indonesia” (or locally known as MOI) the night before, we were determined to go there that night. I told Norita about it, and we agreed to meet up there. So that night, we went to MOI and met up Norita and hubby, Endi.

Here’s a pic of Norita and Endi choosing the dishes (we gave up trying to understand the menu):16052010588

My 2 “partners-in-crime” whiling away:


Norita treated us to a Sunda meal. It was delicious and I remember to snap a few more pix πŸ™‚ .

The way they served the sambal belacan was really attractive:


Similarly with another sambal:


More dishes:


And I love the sayur asam:


The main ingredients were buah malinjau and its shoots.

I know the seeds are used to make a type of crackers (keropok) that i love, as shown in this pic. That night it was the first time I saw the seeds in the soup:


Ah, enough about the food. In short, the dinner was wonderful!!

Before we parted, we thanked Norita and hubby for the wonderful dinner. Luckily we remembered to have a photo of me with them taken:


Hope to see Norita soon in KL, when she comes down to KL for some official tasks.

Day 3

We were leaving for home that afternoon. I had no more rupiah in my purse (I even owed S a few hundreds rupiahs!). Initially we were planning to just rest in our hotel room before we leave for the airport.Β  The temptation was high, and we found ourselves at Mangga 2 (ITC) again that morning, looking for more bargains! I resisted buying anything until I came across some chiffon head scarves that I couldn’t resist. So, I borrowed more rupiah from S and bought them.

We came back to our hotel in time for a brief rest, before we checked out and headed to the airport. Our flight was on time.

While in the plane I saw Air Asia’s new advert on the tray:


I thought the kitten looked so cute, don’t you?


We landed at KLIA at 5.50pm, and by 7pm I was home, cooking dinner for my family!

Now, that was a short and sweet RT outing!

A Very Noisy Get Together! :-)

Last Saturday 8th May 2010,Β  I managed to have a very noisy but enjoyable gathering for some ladies who used to go to the same secondary school as me. It took us a few weeks of contacting as many friends as possible to make the event successful. Means of communications – sms, email, phone calls and Facebook announcements!

It was a pot-luck event (I love potlucks, because I didn’t have to prepare so much, despite being the hostess πŸ˜‰ ).

I didn’t take any photo, but Kak Fatihah’s daughter took some very nice shots.

Nury and I prepared nasi kerabu (a typical Kelantanse dish) with pseudo-β€œdaging bakar” and fried chicken. We had so much food on the table – spaghetti, quiche, sweet desserts, fruits, soft drinks, and the grand dessert was lompat tikam, also a traditional Kelantanese sweet dish.

When I told some of the friends that Sally was to bring the lompat tikam a few of us reminded me and Sally that the colour of the glutinous rice had to be RED!

Let’s see some of the pix:

Here’s the pulut (glutinous rice) with coconut & salted fish:


We played these blu-ray discs (that arrived just the day before) as side entertainment:


They had to work for their meal, but that didn’t stop them from chatting:


Looking at some old photos:


Finally it was real chow time (no time to lay out the dishes nicely):


This particular lady sure ate a lot:


She could afford to do so because she works out everyday!! And on that day she made up to me by doing the dishes πŸ™‚ :


The “lompat tikam” arrived a bit late:


Soon it was on the dining table (yes, the glutinous rice was red πŸ™‚ ):


When it was time for some to go home (while others were yet to arrive), there was more than enough for everyone to tapau:


But not before we had a group photo:


And a not so formal one:


When it was time for some to leave, another lady had just arrived (with more food!!):


A few more arrived later, but the camera girl had gone home by then πŸ™ .

Anyway, it was a great day for me. Thank you ladies for coming. To those who could not make it, don’t worry, because some of us were already talking about the next gathering!

All pix courtesy of Kak Fatihah & daughter..