Some Updates…

I have been slow in my blogging lately. The strange thing is that, I am no longer working anywhere!!!


Let’s have some recap of the most important events that I didn’t get to blog about:

Nafis’s departure to Philadelphia

Nafis left in the first week of January 2013. This is a picture of the family dinner just before that:


Nuni’s Nikah and Reception

We had the nikah on 16th March 2013 (a small do). Even though we wanted 13/3/13, the imam was not available for that date πŸ™


The reception was done at Muzium Negeri on 13/4/13.



My Allah bless this wedding…


Nukman’s “Pre-France” Graduation, and departure to Nice, France

It was 22 April 2013. Here’s a photo of me with him wearing the gown:


and here’s a photo with the Dean of MFI, UniKL, who happens to be a long time friend πŸ™‚


That night (yes, on the same day! Rational: Easy for families from outside Klang Valley, they only come once for the graduation and departure πŸ™‚ ), we sent Nukman off.


Here’s a pic of my children, minus Nafis (who’s in Philly):

The order is from righh to left, with the vacant space reserved for Nafis (no.4), represented by the green bag πŸ™‚






Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Previous post: Kyoto Imperial Palace

Date: 21 December 2012


After visiting the palace, we took the underground train to Gion, the Geisha area. We had a nice walk around the neighbourhood, though I don’t have any picture to show πŸ™


We then went back to Kyoto Station to have lunch, after which we took a train to this place:



There’s a famous shrine here, where you can see so many Tori gates!

The suburb is so peaceful;


Even the walk was very enjoyable:


As we entered the Fushimi Inari Shrine complex:


Ablution corner:


Very orange, indeed!


As we climbed the steps up the hill:



While DH captured this image down at the temple:


We were up the stairs, but still needed to climb further:


At the higher part of the hill we were greeted but tori gates arranged in a row:


So many of them:


The walk up was a long one:


These are gates donated by worshippers:


At certain points, the gates branch out!


Tired from previous walk, I decided to walk back:


and came across the prayer papers tied to the fence:


A counter selling prayer items and souvenirs:



Little torii gates for sale:


Aina found a friendly cat:


I have never seen so many torii gates in my life, huge ones at the entrance/exit:


Waiting for our train back to Kyoto:


I think we just managed to beat the peak time πŸ™‚


Happy to be able to rest our tired feet:


We got back to our hotel rooms, and I continued to watch the bullet trains from my hotel window πŸ™‚


The following morning we took the train to Osaka Airport to catch our flight home.



Kyoto Imperial Palace


Previous entry: Kyoto: A Night OutΒ 

Date: 21 December 2012Β 

I first visited Kyoto in the middle of summer in 2004. Now I return to this place in winter!

The first destination for the day was The Kyoto Imperial Palace.


Just outside the palace;


Entering the main palace block:



Shoes off, please;

The floors of the palace were purposely built to produce “nightingale” Β squeaking sound as you step, to warn of any intruder!


The white walls were later put up to protect the interior:


A serene (Japanese!) garden nearby:


The palace has 2 layers of moats, with inner walls as well as outer walls. Here’s the inner wall:


The “inner” moat:


Another palace block inside the complex:


We climbed up to one of the guarding towers, and had a nice view of part of the palace complex:


Tired of walking, we were greeted (in the quietness of the park at the edge of the palace ground!) by the friendly vending machines:


Who needs a cafe here, when the machine can provide both hot and cold drinks? The red labels mark the the hot drinks!


As we walked back, we found the signage towards the real “man-managed” cafe (lounge) and souvenir shop, near the entrance/exit.


My son, Nafis and I decided to jump together πŸ™‚ :


and acknowledged that this palace is a World Heritage Site πŸ™‚