Monday, 8 December 2008


Again, what a pleasant surprise... Well, nani these are my answers! here goes...

What were you doing 5 years ago?
Arrived in Leicester and embarked on a long and lonely educational journey which I do not care to repeat..

What were the 5 things on your list to do today?
-prepare lunch/dinner/supper
-job hunting
-post "the" letter
-day dream for things to shop on boxing day!
-and of course, simpan sumer pens and pencils for teehah's sake!

What are the snacks that you enjoy?
-Jacket potato
-Doughnuts buatan kak zu..

What are 5 things that you do if you were a billionaire
-Hire many many maids....
-Beli sumer rumah Justin, Steven and Whitfield and rent them all to fellow Malaysians with cheaper rents
-Invest in Trust funds
-Shop till I drop! hahahahaaa I wish!

What 5 jobs you've had?
-Keje McDonald's Kajang - p.s. Faiz, makan sini ker bawak lari! Ring any bells?
-Minah kilang
-Cikgu sekolah in Seremban
-Lecturer IIUM
-and of course the latest- floor manager

Who are the 5 person you want to tag?
Ayu (gerenti Ayu tak buat nih....)
Kak Faiz

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Teehah and the pen

Today, something happened that really shook me to the core.

Teehah tripped while she was holding a black ball pen in her hand. I wasn't really paying attention to her as I was sweeping the bread crumbs off the floor. Just a minute ago, she was happily playing with her playskool castle and the next, she was lying on her face, screaming in agony! I turned towards her and to my horror, I saw the black devil pen penned under her tiny beautiful face, next to her right eye. Immediately, I knew something was wrong...I lifted her up and blood was trailing off from the wound underneath her eye. My panic button went off! All hell broke loose!

Then the paramedics came and we went to the hospital in the ambulance and Jill (one of the paramedics) was really sweet and she helped to calm me and teehah down. Kak zu was there as well. Midah and Marlina helped to look after the children (mine and kak zu's) while we were at the hospital.

We waited and waited and waited and waited for the doctors. We reached the hospital at half past two and we went home at half past six. Imagine that! It was indeed a very very loooong wait at the A&E. Auntie Zu left at 4.30 because she had to go to work. Then Rohaida and her mum came and they brought along some popias and nasik ayam ...Yummy!

Nevertheless, thank you Allah, Alhamdulillah everything was okay and according to the doctors, the cut under teehah's eye is superficial and it will heal on its own... well, we will have to wait and see, won't we.

Then babah came and took us home. The end!...

The moral of the story is.... buang semua pen hitam!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

the children's anecdote


Minggu sudah, farah cirit birit and because of this she was off school for two days. I had to go to kak amy to help her because she was moving. Hence, I had to take farah with me. When we were there, farah went to the loo and while we were busy unpacking and packing things, we heard her shouted, "ummi ummi, tomorrow I can go to school, kakak dah tak sakit perut dah, berak kakak dah kuat!"


Today, the kids ada ceramah dgn ustaz maszlee about the differences between raya org islam and raya non-muslim... Ihsan was excited about it and when he got back from school, he confidently told me that, "ummi, ummi hari ni ada curabah ummi, curabah ustaz maszlee kat rumah aunti ayu"


A few weeks back, iman was helping me in the kitchen. He was peeling the onions and garlic and was trying to make small talk while doing the chore, "ummi, you know ada cerita melayu pasal these onions tau ummi"
"Ye ker, how do you know"
"Yes, my friends (his Malaysian friends) told me"
"what is it called then"
"bawang besar and bawang putih!"

Tuesday, 18 November 2008


Today I received the much awaited letter from my Uni. Alhamdulillah, it brought good news. Ailong was happy too. Alhamdulillah...Thank you Allah.

Dear Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

we meet again

I am so glad that I have managed to hook up with many of my long lost buddies. It has been ages, 12 years to be precise. Many of these friends have secured well-paid jobs, some assume influential roles at Ministries, others have traveled around the world, a good friend has successfully set up his own company and many have been religiously teaching the younger generation to be aspiring leaders.

This reunion was unexpected, yet I knew somehow someday, one of us would do it, to become the string that binds us all. And my thanks goes to a lovely English language teacher in Keramat. Well done! And I continue to hope that many more of these friends, especially those who are lost and not yet found will be reunited.

Welcome back folks!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Interview session

Ijjou came to our house today because she wanted to interview the Malaysian children. I managed to assemble 13 youngsters (imagine having 13 boisterous children in the house) and the focus of discussion was on the group of teenagers who had been terrorizing them. These unruly yobs enjoyed tormenting and bullying the children wherever and whenever they had the slightest opportunity to strike.

Although the session ended when most of the children somehow managed to lock themselves up in the living room, the interviews went well...Alhamdulillah. Ijjou got what she came for. Ailong had to use his breaking and entering skills to wedge open the door.. Alas, all was safe...Fatihah was among those who got locked in, but I was not that concerned because I knew Ailong could unlock the jammed door. Budak2 nih, macam2 lah...sabar je lah.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

What have we been doing?

Nothing...nothing...nothing...the one week mid term break went as quickly as it came. We stayed home and we stayed home and we stayed home.That was what we did. Imagine how boring it was! And the feeling continues....

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Tag- you're it

I am surprised, well pleasantly surprised actually (ihsan's favourite word). I have been tagged by Nani. I have never done or received any tag before, so advanced apologies if I somehow fail to appropriately respond. Well, here goes:

The Who’s

Who Was The Last Person You Talked To? Ailong zul

Who Was Your Last Kiss? Ailong zul ahaks (turning bright red now, malu!!!)

Who Knows The Most About You? Ailong zul

Who Can Make You Laugh No Matter What? Not sure, but most probably Teehah kot

Who Can You Always Count On? Ailong zul

Who Has Your Heart? Chua @ ZY

Who Is or Was Your Favorite Teacher In School? None. I was the mischief maker.

Who Is Your Best Friend(s)? Lees, faiz, zu, ainul, cat, nadia, shin, kenny, fatma, zahra, irene and of course, chua...

Who Loves You? Ailong zul, my children (well sometime when they are not cross with me) and my family, I hope (*winks*)

The What’s

What Is Your Favorite Song At The Moment? Bubbly, Mercy, and Big girl don't cry

What Are You Looking Forward To? Getting a job!!!

What Is Your Favorite Color? It used to be blue, but now anything goes!

What Website Do You Visit Most? My blog and my Yahoo mail and of course,

What Is Your Favorite Smell? Teehah, right after her bath.

What Is Your Favorite Movie? I am a romantic fool, so romantic movies lah like Just like Heaven and Nottinghill (Ya, ya I know, I suck!)

What Makes You Mad? Mengemas rumah- it's a never ending job (modern day slavery nih)

What Curse Word Do You Use A lot? &%$#***, &&^%%%!

What Kind Of Phone Do You Have? Nokia N95 (but secrectly wishing for an Iphone)

What Was The Last Song You Listened To? Believe it or not, westlife - pathetic ain't it!

The When’s

When Was The Last Time You Went To The Mall? The mall? - my memory fails to serve me. I do not remember the last time I shopped there. Btw, it's a luxury that I can't afford anymore.

When Did You Talk To Your Crush Last? Before he went to zzzland

When Do or Did You Graduate? Which graduations? I got loads hahahahaa (alhamdulilah!)

When Is The Next Time You’ll Do Something Fun? Who knows what the future holds...

When Was The Last Time You Ate or Drank Something? Ate Chua's birthday cake 3 hours ago, he turned 36 yesterday...happy belated birthday dahlingg!

When Is Your Birthday? I refuse to remember my birthday. I am aged concern!

When Was The Last Time You Went To The Movies? Harry Potter- the last movie

When Is Your Parents Birthday? Honest to God, I don't know.

When Were You In The Car Last? A couple of hours ago, picking Ailong from the Airport

When Will You Be 21? Next week!!!

When Will You Be Taking Your Next Vacation? Not sure...maybe during the Christmas break ho ho ho ho!

The Where’s

Where Do You Live? At home

Where Is The Best Place To Be? Kedai mamak 24 jam

Where Was Your Last Vacation? Malaysia...balik kampung!

Where Were You Born? Melaka, negeri yg bagi Shah Rukh Khan pangkat Datuk tuh. Terrer kan Melaka?

Where Is Your Best Friend? Sleeping upstairs!

Where Was The Last Place Your Were Besides Your Own House? Newcastle Airport Long Stay kapak!

Where Do You Think You’ll Be In 10 Years? Sending the kids off to college!

Where Is Your Cell Phone? On my study table (I think!)

Where Are Your Parents? With their Creator

Where Was Your Display Picture Taken? Kat mana yek? Farah yg amik gambar teehah tuh!

Achtung! Tot, myza, hassan, inafauzi, yazmin,- you have been tagged.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Take a lesson

There is a lesson to be learned here.


We would like to congratulate

1. Pak ngah Hassan for tying the knot with mak ngah la (finally!). May your marriage be blessed with many happiness (insyaAllah). Tahniah pakngah! Don't forget to send the wedding pictures! Can't wait to see them.

2. Auntie nani and her family for the new bundle of joy. Bak kata Babah, berakhirnya satu penantian, bermula satu perjalananan.

And, we also pray that babah is alright over there...Take care. We miss you. And ermm ermmm please jangan lupa all the important jajans.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

A big thank you

Thank you Mak Teh and Busu for the raya card and the lovely kuihs. Iman was thrilled to bits. The package arrived today. It so happened that iman was off from school because he was poorly. So he was around to receive it. Perfect timing!

Thank you Mak Teh and Busu.

p.s the kuihs did not hancur, they miraculously survived the journey.

Eid mubarak

::Kad Ucapan Raya Percuma

We would like to wish a happy and blessed Eid mubarak to

Mai and Tok (Tanjung Minyak, Melaka), Mak long and Pak long (Pekan,Pahang), Pak ngah and Mak ngah (Setiawangsa, KL), Mak lang and Pak lang (Manjung, Perak), Mak teh and Pak teh (Bangi, Selangor), Pak tam and Mak tam (Selayang, KL), Mak andak and Pak andak (Seremban, NS), Mak su (Melbourne) and Pak su (Singapore), Pak ngah and wife to be (Melaka) Mak wan and Pak wan (Shah Alam) Pak sau and Mak sau (Sri Damansara, KL), Pakthe (Shah Alam), Pak sid (MRSM Muar) and to all our cousins (especially Kakngah Safinah)

Aunties, uncles, and dear friends in Bowburn, Newton Hall, Keenan House, Langley Moor, Gilesgate, Darlington, Teeside, Middleborough, Seaham, Leicester, London (Aunti Anin and hubby), New Zealand (Auntie Zuwati), Coventry (Auntie Dij),Kajang (Auntie Faiz), Gombak (Auntie Ainul), Temerluh (Auntie Lees)

UPM TESL class of 96 (you know who you are)

ELD and QLD staff, CELPAD, both at Gombak and the Matriculation Center, International Islamic University Malaysia

To all Muslims, wherever you are

May Allah accept our fast, forgive our sins, grant us mercy and wisdom. Blessings to you and your family.

Love from all of us here...

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Happy birthday

Teehah's first birthday makan2 at Riverside Park, Chester Lee Street.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Kuih raya

While the children were at school, kami buat kuih raya. Me, kzu, ayu and marlina. Penat banyak buat kuih raya ni. Selalunyer kat Malaysia, buat kuih tunjuk jer. Kat sini terpaksa le buat sendiri kalau nak makan. Masa bakar kuih tuh, terliur jugak sebab harum semerbak bau dia.

I was certain that the kids will love the kuih raya.

True enough, balik sekolah jer Farah terus bukak posa and gulped a few Almond London, makmur and some chocolates. The boys, though, were not the greatest fans. The kuihs were not tempting enough, especially for Iman. Ihsan, at least makan jugak a few makmurs and Almond London, but Iman had none. Instead, dia targeted the hazelnut chocolate. Hmmm penat masak kuih tapi tak laku plak...

Ailong makan gak kuih. Tadi lepas tadarus jer, belum buka lagi, dia terus capai sebijik makmur and makan. Lepas tuh baru teringat dia puasa. Apalagi, terus dashed to the kitchen sink and gurgled.

Fatihah plak, makan jer semua. Lepas tuh poo poo. Aduiiii!

Monday, 15 September 2008


....and the list goes on.

One of my favourite pics, taken at Newcastle University...a few days before Ramadhan..

Akhirnya 2

Akhirnya.... after three weeks into Ramadhan, Farah finally managed to fast for the whole day. Alhamdulilah...Well done! I was immensely proud of her. Though she almost bukak posa for a few times, I managed to cajole her to remain strong and wait until maghrib and plus, I promised to give her 3 pound if she posa. So, that was a good enough motivation for her to persevere.But after buka jer, terus tido zzzzz....kesian kakak!

Akhirnya 1


Selama ni ihsan asyik merengek jer nak ikut me and farah to the swimming pool. Good news, sekolah dia ada buat swimming lessons for year four students. He was excited beyond words! So, every Thursday, he will have his lessons at the Swimming bath in Durham city Center. Seronok lah tuh...smiling from ear to ear..hmmm

Saturday, 13 September 2008

lagi gambar camping

camping snapshots

Gambar2 masa gi camping kat Ashfield Caravan Park, Hartlepool. Khemah besar warna biru yang glamer tuh ours lah...

Sunday, 7 September 2008

One week into Ramadhan

Last night, during sahur, ihsan, in his half awake state, asked me, "have you updated your blog about Ramadhan? "No", I said. "I have been busy". "Well",he continued while drowsily chewing his food, "you should". That was the end of the our conversation. Well, I think ihsan is right. I need to replenish my blog with new entries for his grandparents, our relatives and friends to catch up with things.

One week into Ramadhan, iman and ihsan are fasting every single day, masyaAllah...Diligently, they fasted without much complains. They even seemed to have all the energy to bound about in the house though it was time for iftar. Farah, up to now, has yet to fast. Every day, right after zuhur, she would whine to break her fast. Unable to cope with her insistent whining, I relented.

So far, Ahamdulillah, Ramdahan has been good. But I must confess, after almost five years of experiencing it abroad, I really miss performing the terawih prayer among families and friends, having iftar at my sisters' or brothers' place and most of all, food shopping at bazaar Ramadhan. Home sick la ni....

Monday, 1 September 2008

First day of Ramadhan

Yesterday was the first day of Ramadhan. The first night of Terawih and makan sahur. Fajr was at 3.48 am, while Maghrib was at 7.59 pm. So, more or less, we had to fast for almost 17 hours! Iman and Ihsan managed to complete the first day without any hiccup. So far so good, alhamdulillah. Farah, on the other hand, only managed to persevere until mid day. She caved in to the temptation of a cheese string and plain water. Imagine that! Nonetheless, she promised to fast the following day. We just have to wait and see!

The boys followed ailong to the mosque for terawih, while Farah accompanied me and teehah to auntie midah's place for ours. Teehah also seemed to understand that Ramadhan is a special month because whenever we wanted to pray, she would be the first to que in the saf and repeatedly said in her ever so adorable baby talk "Awahh abat" (translated as Allahu Akhbar).

We would like to wish Mai, Tok, aunties, uncles, cousins and everyone else a blessed Ramadhan. Ramadhan mubarak!

p.s. iman and ihsan and farah and teehah would like to receive some musical raya cards and of course the usual duit rayalah...

Thursday, 28 August 2008


I took Teehah and Farah swimming tonite. Farah, as usual, was overly excited and couldn't wait to swim. This was Teehah's first try. At first, she was scared and clung to me for dear life. Gradually, she began to loosen her grip and instinctively began flipping her tiny little feet. She was kicking about as if she knew what to do. Some friends called it survival instinct. Whatever it was, she seemed to be enjoying herself, but she looked and felt cold. She was trembling and her pretty pink lips were turning blue. I became anxious. I asked the lifeguard whether the water temperature could be raised because I felt it was quite chilly. She couldn't do anything about the temperature. It was beyond her control. With that, I took teehah out of the pool and we changed into dry clothes. I wrapped her warm and gave her a long cuddle. Then, we waited for Farah on the bench.

Farah was splashing happily in the pool. Occasionally she approached me and confidently showed off her swimming skills or rather her thrashing ability. "Ummi look! look! I can swim!" she was beaming! Good girl..She was thoroughly having a lovely time.

Ailong called and we had to leave. This was the last session before Ramadhan.

Iman and Ihsan had to stay home because the swimming session on every Thursday night is exclusively for Muslim ladies. So, every Thursday, without fail Ihsan would whine, complain and sulk because he could not join me and Farah. Farah added salt to the wound when she deliberately and annoyingly sang "I am going swimming! I am going swimming!" to Ihsan's face. Kids!

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands

These are some of the old pictures kept in the laptop. It's about time that they are shared with families and friends.

A trip to Kinderjik


1. Farah made two Ramadhan cards, one for ailong and another for me. But she drew another card last night just for her ummi.

2. The 'air hitam' comment was intentionally done. Saja jer nak test kak amy hehee. Thanks for cendol and the dessert. Yummy!

3. Kamera masih lagi okay and the camping snapshots were brilliant. So, no hope of getting a new state of the art camera...alahai!

first try of designing the slide

Fatihah when she was a few days time flies

Sunday, 24 August 2008


Forum perdana

Last saturday, we attended a forum perdana on israk mikraj at keenan house. To me, the speakers were eloquent and their elucidation on the matter discussed were clear, concise and thought provoking. The talk reminded me of the things that I am already aware of and also the things that I do not know. It was good.

The food was excellent as well. Varieties of dishes were prepared and they were simply delicious.

There was also less interference from the children during the talk as they were well entertained by Ustazah Hamidah and her advocates. Though the children were assigned into groups, each child was asked to design a greeting card, as an act of welcoming the holy and blessed month of Ramadhan. Guess how many cards I received? Mind you, the cards (iman's, ihsan's and farah's) were all for me, none was for ailong...kesian! Farah made three, Ihsan created two and Iman's designed one big black card. Ahlan ya Ramadhan!

p.s. My buddy, Nadia and the rest of the clan came to visit. It was good to see them again.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Sunday, 17 August 2008


The much awaited camping trip had finally arrived. The kids were over the moon about it. They had been talking, visualizing, arguing and even dreaming about it. They were so thrilled that they were bugging me with endless and temper provoking questions the minute they woke up on that day. It did not really help improve my patience as I had to pack, clean, cook and made sure that they were all set when ailong arrived from work (he took a half-day off). So, you ladies out there, especially those who experienced a similar predicament, I am sure that you would understand how I felt when you were trying to manage everything and at the same time, being bugged with annoyingly innocent questions...e.g. how are we going to 'mandi' there? Is there a swimming pool there? Is there a toilet? etc..I realized that these were all legitimate questions, but when I needed to accomplish so many things in such a short time, my temper flared easily. It did not help help that three days before the trip I was down with a fever that left me bed confined.

The original plan of going to Lake District was thrown into the drain because of severe weather forecast and strong gales. I was a bit disappointed, but as for the children...nothing could dampen their spirit! Instead of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District, we had to contend ourselves with Hartlepool. But it was not that bad. In fact, I dare say it wasn't bad at all.

I could tell that the kids enjoyed themselves. Iman made some new friends and so did Ihsan. Farah tended to click with those younger than her (aged around 4 -5)and of course, she became the ring leader. She was their queen bee!

The first day was okay. We were busy (the men actually) setting up the tents while the spouses (kita orang lah tuh) were chatting away with each other. The kids were running about in the field.

I considered the second day relaxing. Why? Because the kids were no where to be seen. I had the whole day to myself and teehah. Ailong, too, was occupied with his mates. The children left the tent and went about their own merry business with their new friends and only during lunch time did I see them, all hungry, tired and dusty. Boy, they were having the time of their life. After lunch, things were still quiet with the children wondering about in the camp area. In the evening, I joined in the orienteering activity, it was fun...except for the part that we lost! Later, that evening we had a BBQ competition. As anticipated, we did not bag any surprise there huh! Nonetheless, we enjoyed eating either the burnt or half-cooked chicken, burger and the slightly odd looking sausages.

The last night was miserable. The strong wind made matter worst. I was worried sick that our tent might be blown away, but alhamdulillah we persevered. Then it began to pour. It rained and rained and rained right through the night and the following day. It was wet, wet and wet. The children were covered in mud, even Teehah. Imagine all the cleaning and scrubbing that I have to do sob... sob... sob...

Buat masa nih gambar-gambar camping tak dapat dimuatturunkan (betulke perkataan nih)sebab kamera masuk air. So, tak sure lagi gambar gambar tuh boleh tengok ke tidak. Tapi, insyaAllah akan diusahakan jugak. I promise! Maybe ada rezeki boleh beli kamera baru...ahaks!

Saturday, 9 August 2008

How time flies

When we first arrived here, Farah was only 14 months old. Iman was five and ihsan was three. Farah could barely walk without clinging to chairs, tables or shelves in our run-down rented house in Leicester. Last 17 July, she celebrated her 6th birthday. This year Iman is ten while Ihsan is eight. How time flies! They grow up so quickly. It's like one minute they are infants, the next they are already that difficult teenagers. And before you know it, they are off to a college or university. Fateehah is now 14 months old. Last year during this time, she was only a tiny baby. Now, she is walking about in the house while trying to communicate with her siblings using her baby language. Googogagaa...well she can say "ummi, abah, tatak (kakak referring to Farah) anah (angah- ihsan) and awong (along -iman), hello, tejuk (sejuk) and dirty".

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Sabar je lah

The kids are fighting again. As usual, they bicker over small things e.g. whose turn was it to play on the computer. Iman always dominates the computer while Ihsan usually lets him does so (unwillingly of course!). But once in a while Ihsan whines to use it, but his requests always fall on deaf ears. The disappointment and dissatisfaction of not being able to use the computer always lead to a fight between the boys. Normally, Ihsan will end up crying while Iman put on his tough look and sit quietly somewhere, mostly at his favourite corner, a small space between the tv rack and the sofa. This special place has also become the bone of contention between them because whoever gets to sit there, has a full view of the tv. Farah tends to stay away from the boys and chooses to watch girly cartoons instead (e.g. bratz or barbie etc). But when the boys are bored with the computer, or told to switch it off they grab the tv remote and change the channel. Farah will immediatley start wailing! Now, everybody is angry at everybody.

They keep their distance, Ihsan will tend to his borrowed hamster and Iman will sit at the corner. Farah will continue whining until she gets hold of the remote again. Nobody is talking to anybody except for Farah who is still crying.They are driving me mad! But sure enough, after five minutes of dead silence, iman and ihsan are best pals again. Fateehah cool ajer. Her siblings constant bickering does not seem to have affected her at all. The world is her playground...

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Nessie hunting

Last year we went nessie hunting. Armed with a digital camera and picnic-packed lunch, we headed towards Inverness looking for the Loch Ness monster. The view along the way was magnificent, but the road was too windy and narrow for my liking considering the state I was in, I was heavily pregnant with Fateehah (32 weeks to be precise).

Anyway these are some of the pictures of the hunters while taking a break from the hunt.

This is the head hunter!