Re-union 2010 – Grand Punya

That’s exactly the title of the gathering.

Date: 22nd – 23rd May 2010

Venue: Sg Klah Hot Springs, aka Felda Residence.

It was a gathering of my former students (of Sek Men Teknik, Persiaran Brash, Ipoh) who sat for their SPM in 1987. They are due to turn 40 years old this year, hence the title “Grand” reunion.

I certainly had a great time.

I arrived at the resort at about 3pm on 22nd May (Saturday). I went with DH, Nafis & Aina. It was a long awaited meet with my fellow students. When I was given the key to the room, I passed it to DH, and decided to stay on with the registration team, to greet others who came later.

It was really nice to see my former students. Some I remember their faces, some were quite difficult to recall their faces. However after a while, the faces became familiar again… 🙂

In the afternoon, we (yes me too!) changed into the uniform t-shirts for the group photo session. I like the t-shirt very much, especially its front:


The first official group photo:


(photo by Faizul)

A more relaxed version here:


The photos above do not reflect the number of attendees because many more arrived later. In total 75 former students came for the dinner that night! There was 2 other group photos. I’ll upload later once I got them from the cameramen.

After the photo session (above), they had several telematch games for both the attendees and their families. I spent most of the time catching up with those we were not participating in the game at any one time.

Here’s a pic of me with some of the “girls”:


(Photo by Rozita)

Later in the evening, a few others arrived.

We then had another round of group photo:


Here’s the group photo taken before the dinner:


Another version:


That night we had dinner together. I was given the honour (I certainly feel very honoured) to give a speech. I tried my best to keep my speech within the given 5 mins (thanks to training by Dale Carnegie I think I kept to the given time). There were some gift exchange, lucky draws and  karaoke.

I was taken by surprise when the MC invited me to accept a gift from them!


It’s a bonsai – to reflect resilience and longevity!

Oh, did I mention karaoke? Most of those who sang, sang songs of 1980s, i.e. their school days era. Towards the end of the session (it was past midnight!), some of them were brave enough to attempt to sing “Fantasia Bulan Madu”! All the pitches were off and went to the sea!! Hahaha!


When the resort people finally  closed the cafe, it was almost 1am. We then adjourned our gathering to the nearby park, occupying some of the tables in the park. We continued talking, and some of us had a sing-along session with two of them taking turns playing the guitar!

We actually called the night (should I say dawn?) off at 3am…

My heartmost thank you goes to the  almni of SMTI 1986-1987 for inviting me to join them. I had a swell time with them. I hope the feeling is mutual… 🙂

Finally, I’d extend my thanks to Rozita, Faizul and Kamal for letting me use their photos in this blog entry.

The Passing of a Great Man


At 5am this morning, I was awaken by a phone call from my brother in Kota Bharu. He called to inform me that Bapak Maskam passed away this morning at 2.30am. Bapak had some internal complication just the day before and when they hospital team operated on him yesterday they found that parts of his intestine had burst and there was already a lot of infection in him.

Who’s Bapak Maskam? To know more about him, please read here and  here. I did visit him the last time I went back to Kelantan. I also talked to him a few times in the last 2 months when he was treated for a dislocated shoulder (due to a fall).

No, I am not going back to Kota Bharu. The funeral will be done before 12 noon today. Oh, I just realised that Bapak died on a Friday – alhamdulillah.

Alfatihah to Bapak – the man who made me a Muslim! You’ll be greatly missed, Bapak!

Bapak was 79.

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!  Our path crossed again at the food court in  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 🙂 .

We had our lunch of nasi padang  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!).

At  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)  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).  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 🙂 .

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.  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,  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 😉 ).

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-“daging 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 🙂 :


The “lompat tikam” arrived a bit late:


Soon it was on the dining table (yes, the glutinous rice was red 🙂 ):


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 🙁 .

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..

Mother’s Day Gifts Came Late For me (Part II)

As if last night’s outing was not enough, today I came home to this:


These are the belated Mother’s Day’s gifts from the kids (though I know it was Nuni who bought all these! 🙂 ).

This Famous Amos tin can is cute, and the contents delicious too:


On opening the box, I found this:


It’s just what I need now, because the thermostat of the current iron that we are using is not functioning (after I dropped it on the floor once, but it was a hard drop!). This mother’s day gift will surely come handy, because I do most (if not all) of the ironing in the house!

Thank you, kids! Or should I say, thank you Nuni?

Mother’s Day Gifts Came Late For me (Part I)

First, last night DH took me to Ramli Sarip’s “Tafsiran Alam” concert at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

The last time I was there was when I went to watch Dato Khatijah Ibrahim’s concert last year with Aisyah (DH bought the tix for him and me but when the time came, he had to go to USA for some business meets).

Anyway, back to last night, it was a good show by our Papa Rock. I enjoyed the sing along parts too especially for the songs “Ku Di Halaman Rindu”, “Kamalia” and “Doa Buat Kekasih”. If for Dato Khatijah’s concert, Ramli was a guest, this time Ramli decided to have Misha Omar instead. I used to like Misha’s singing, but last night she didn’t really impress me. Her too tight for comfort dress made her look uncomfortable, and it looked like she tried too much to sing well that it looked stressful to me.

But Ramli Sarip really rocked! There were times that I was worried that he might have a heart attack, but he did very well. Man Kidal was one of the guitarists, and the repertoire of the musicians were entertaining too. Despite having the concert in such formal hall, they still maintained a rock ambience.

There was  a moment when DH pointed to the cameraman (while Misha was singing solo). DH wanted to tell me that the lens he (the cameraman) was using was very sensitive (and expensive too) that there was no need to use flash. I looked at the cameraman on duty, and saw half of his face (from nose upwards). I told DH that the cameraman looked like Bazuki, my high school junior.

True enough, at the end of the show, I met up with Bazuki, as well as another schoolmate, Hilmy. We had a great time admiring Bazuki’s hugh lenses.

Here’s a pic of DH with Bazuki and Hilmy’s eldest son, affectionately known to us as Along (his name is Hakym 🙂 ):


And here’s a pic with Hilmy:


And here’s a pic of old schoolmates 🙂 :


And I just had to have this pic taken 🙂 :


It was a wonderful outing, despite being a week night…

MMCSB Family Day 2010

I’ve been very behind with my blogging. A few hectic weeks with occasional slow connection to the website didn’t  help. There are many things that I want to blog about but they just passed by, and by now they are no longer that great to write (or maybe I’ve fogotten about them to..).


Anyway, over a month ago, the company where I work had an outing for all the staff and their family members. We had it at Suria Cherating Beach Resort. The resort was a bit run down, but otherwise, it was very private and cosy.

Nuni blogged about it much earlier here.I thought it was well written. Nuni even put a link to her gallery of pix of the day here.

I am going to use some of Nuni’s pix in my blog here.

We had so many games for our telematch. We had to even cancel a couple of the games (much to the disappointment of many of the kids!) because we were running out of time.

Water-filled balloons:


It was about 3pm, but we lucky to have the shade:


Limbo Rock:


The ever favourite tug-o-war (ladies version):


I was one of the organising committee members and was given a hat to wear that day. Nuni happily called me Makcik Sayur (The Vegetable lady), obviously referring to the lady vegetable growers who normally wear similar hats!

Makcik Cina jual sayur :p

But later that day Nafis enjoyed wearing it too:


Later in the night we had a BBQ dinner with some shows planned. I was in charged of the “Costume Show” by the kids who were below 9 years old – now.. that was fun!


And here’s me busy calculating (manually!!) the marks given by the judges:


We also had some lucky draws (EVERYBODY stood to win something, only the values of the gifts varied). Mine was among the last 10 and I won an Electrolux Fruit Juicer (which is still in tact in its box – no attempt to open it, since we prefer to eat the fruits than to juice them).

Kudos to us, the committee members 🙂 :


The above pic was taken at almost midnight!!!

For more pix on the games, etc.. please visit Nuni’s Gallery.

I am too tired and sleepy…