Archive for November, 2008

Nov 30 2008

Posted by under Diary,Family

Ghazali & Hernilia’s Wedding Reception at Palm Garden Resort

Last night I attended a wedding function at Palm Garden Resort, Putrajaya (next to Putrajaya Marriott). The groom’s mum is my mum-in-law(MIL)’s cousin.

To most of the relatives, the function was a means to meet each other and update on their where-abouts. Some of them had not seen each other for quite a while.

MIL herself booked 3 tables for her extended families (children and their spouses, grandchildren too!), of which only DH and I were there from our own family. The kids had a good time, but my kids were happy to be left at home with their Internet, WII and PS3. Furthermore, I just didn’t feel good taking all the kids along, when the hosts had to pay for the tables (and I bet they are not cheap!).

MIL and FIL were among the VIPs, seated together with the bride, groom, and the immediate family of the bride.

Some of the pix:

MIL &B FIL at the VIP table:

MIL at the “menepung tawar”:

FIL’s turn:

And, finally I managed to get a shot with the newly-weds:

One shot with the one of the groom’s aunties, Cik Ma, who’s a Batik Entrepreneur:

See me holding the door-gift for the guys (DH), a framed batik, produced by Cik Ma’s company.

If you really care to look at more pix, please visit our online album here.

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Nov 28 2008

Posted by under Diary,Hobbies,Sewing

A Couple of Cushion Covers..

Last weekend as I was browsing the X-stitches magazines and books that I own, I came across a pair of a few years old cross-stitch work of mine (I can’t recall the exact date/year I made them). They were nicely tucked in one of the magazines, and looked something like this (re-enactment):

So, last Monday night, I patched one piece with some cotton fabrics that I have in my collection, and quilted using the batting DH brought home last Sunday, and made it a cushion cover:

The inner layer is a sampler piece that I bought from the quilt shop that I stopped over at, during my NZ trip.

And tonight, I did the same thing to the other piece, and hence have 2 cushion covers:

I know most of you would say that the earlier one is much nicer than the later (at least I think so :) ). The later uses cotton that I bought in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) earlier this year.

Another shot of the cushion covers (with old cushions, of course):

The back is the same, but here’s a shot that shows only one of them:

I wonder if this weekend I’ll have any time for any other crafting ;) .

By the way, I’ve added more pix to my earlier post on my trip to Singapore.

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Nov 28 2008

Posted by under Diary

Secret Recipe’s Latest Offer!

Any more sucker for this?

Since the offer spans from 1st Dec to 8th Dec (and not only ONE day like before), I might be one of them ;) , especially when Nuni’s birthday is coming soon!

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Nov 28 2008

Posted by under Diary,Family,Hobbies,Trips

A Short and Sweet Singapore Stay

Last Wednesday I followed DH to Singapore via Air Asia. DH had a couple of meetings to attend to on Thursday (yesterday).

We took an early “dinner” at the new LCCT Food Court while waiting for our 7.50pm flight:

My purpose of going there was to visit my favourite and closest cousin, Kak Timah. The last time I visited her was early this year when her second daughter remarried.

We took the MRT to Boon Lay station (in Jurong), and walked our way to her daughter’s house (she has 2 daughters, both living in Singapore).

That night DH had an early night (compared to me) while I stayed on chatting with my cousin and her daughter, Idah. Idah’s hubby was at work on night shift.

Yesterday, Idah, Kak Timah, Sharifah (Idah’s daughter) and I went to Plaza Singapura where I feasted my eyes on the wide offering of craft items on sale at The Spotlight. Most of the stuff were not worth buying (I think they are much cheaper back in Kuala Lumpur). I however ended up buying 4 balls of yarn (cotton+acrylic):

On close-up:

I was disappointed to see most of the yarns offered were acrylic. Even the famous Australian brands, Cleckheaton and Paton yarns there were mostly acrylis (& made in China!).

I wanted to snap more pix using my handphone, but was not sure if that was allowed. Spotlight was indeed buzzing with people buying all sorts of things. I only took the following shots:

And:

was obviously decorated for X-mas:

We later went to Arab Street to have a late lunch of murtabak and briyani rice at the 100-year old Zam Zam Restaurant:

While waiting for the traffic light to go green for us to cross the street, I took this pic of the infamous Masjid Sultan:

We came back to Idah’s home in time to pray, pack and get ready to go to Changi Airport, where DH was already there waiting for us (he left in the morning for his appointments, and went to the airport straight away. I actually was happy enough to take the MRT to the airport but Idah insisted on driving me there. There were moments when we were caught in the home-rush jam, and listening to the traffic reports saying that certain roads heading towards Changi was not moving! Idah was very cool and confident that we would reach there in time. We did :) .

Parting pic:

I made an unplanned purchase at Terminal 1, Changi Airport. To know why, read Nuni’s blog here ;) . Since Nuni has already blogged about it, I’m just too lazy to re-tell the story :D .

We arrived home at 12.30 am.

I have some pix taken using my handphone, but will only upload to this blog later..

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Nov 26 2008

Posted by under Diary,Family

Enjoying a 3D Show!

DH brought home a blue-ray disc of Hanna Montana concert for Aina. The disc has both the normall version and the 2D version, and enclosed were 4 pairs of the 3D special eyewear (can’t call glasses, can I?). Here they were on Monday night, enjoying the show:

Bok had to make do with a disintegrated one that he found somewhere in one of the drawers. I put it on for a while before Nukman (closest to the camera) took over.

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Nov 25 2008

Posted by under Diary,Friends,SMSTMFP

Another Get Together With Lady Friends

(sorry for this late post. Our site was down for over 24 hours starting in the early hours of Monday 24th Nov)

Last Sunday, I went to Putrajaya to visit a good friend, known to us as just Mek Za (She’s a Datin now!), who had a baby girl just over 2 months ago.

Just the day before (Saturday), Silah (oh, another Datin :) ) called me and asked me to go out with her, either that day or the next day (Sunday). On that day, I’ve already committed to go to my officemate’s house in Kanchong Darat, Banting for a kenduri. She’s going for her (2nd) haj this week. So, I suggested to Silah to join me to go to Mek Za’s house.

We arrived early (I gave some time allowance in case I got lost there, and also because Silah had to be back before 2pm). The signage was good, so wwe found ourselves at Mek Za’s place exactly at 11am!

Much later, Cik Ani B (B stands for something that only we know what ;) ) came with her DH and 2 sons. Soon, Sally arrived with Mek Sye and Mek Ta. After Za volunteered to send Ani home much later, Ani’s DH left with the 2 sons.

I forgot to take any pic when these ladies arrived – mind you, some of them had not seen each other for a good 29 years!

Here’s Che Ani B with her DH:

Helping ourselves to the local kuih. The serimuka was extra-ordinarily yummy!

I hate to use flash, but these ladies couldn’t stay still, so most of the pix were blur :( .

These are a couple of the “better” ones:

At the dining table:

We had nasi kerabu, yummy… but actually we were too busy chatting that we didn’t eat that much:

I almost forgot the “reason” (or rather, excuse) for us being there – baby Wiwin (I forgot her full name). I took this one with her grandma:

I also took the same pose without the flash, but it’s so blur :( . BTW, my gift for Wiwin is the pink baby throw that I blogged earler.

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Nov 23 2008

Posted by under Hobbies

The Pinkie Baby Throw

This morning I finished this:

It’s the second granny square project, after finishing the pouch a few weeks ago. I’ve decided to give this to Za, for her latest baby girl.

Close-up:

I like the granny squares, and pink is just appropriate for Za’s baby girl, Wiwin:

Much closer:

I thought I want to stop making the granny squares, but a member of my Needles & Craft e-group, posted the link to “The World Best Granny Squares” . Some of the pix there are:

and

Very tempting… very tempting indeed!

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Nov 21 2008

Posted by under Family,Hobbies

See What DH Bought me!

He sent this pic:

He bought 1 piece for Queen-size bed, and 2 for single bed. Yes!!!! :D

Later today, he sent me the pix of the shop he went to, Mission Rose Quiltery. Looking at the pix, how I wish I was there!

DH in front of the shop, holding the box of batting he bought me :) :

DH said he was attended to by very friendly ladies:

Come to think of it, most ladies who (wo)manned craft shops are of a chirpy and friendly lot :) .

DH said the shop is huge. I believe him:

Another angle:

With very beautiful quilt exhibits:

And more here:

And here:

More (this is killing me!):

and more:

A quilt of one of my favourite flowers, the poppy:

And they HAVE WOOLS TOO????:

Never mind the wools that I bought in Queenstown, NZ and Coolangatta, Queenland are yet to be crocheted/knitted into something useful :) . That’s what we call stashing :D .

How I wish I was there at the shop… The neighbourhood looks nice too (no, I do not fancy the snow nor the cold weather, though):

I look forward to producing something useful soon after DH gets home. I just hope I won’t be too bogged up with work (though I know I have to be away from 1st Dec until 4th Dec on work assignment).

BTW, now that I know the website of the shop, I’ll visit it soon ;) . I visited their site, but unfortunately, they do not have an online store. I wonder if they advertise at ebay?

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Nov 20 2008

Posted by under General Issues

Monty Python on You Tube?

Thank you, Bok for alerting me of this (click on the pic to get to the site):

DH introduced me to this hilarious (and very smart too!) group in 1981. Since then, I’ve been hooked on them. I’m still following the works of  John Cleese and Michael Palin.

As for today, let’s enjoy with my all-time favourite song by them (click on the pic, please. I still don’t know how to add a video here :( ):

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Nov 20 2008

Posted by under Diary,Family

Dr Nuraini, I Presume?

Pic by DH

Nuni,

Dr Nuraini, I presume?

Anyway, Dr Nuni, I am proud of you, never mind this came about 3 months late, hehe….

May your days ahead be fiiled with excitement (and adventures too, of course!).

Love always,

Mama.

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