Thursday, December 25, 2008
Yes, it is much much quieter... but still there are some people who still enjoy walking by the empty city (maybe they are opportunist like me ;) ). All those shops, big or small are all closed. But as I'm nearing the end of Regent St toward Picadilly Circus, I saw few shops open, Starbucks is serving their hot coffee! With plenty of cold-thirsty people lining up. And at the back is Donut & Bagel - also open for business. They sure know when is the best time to rip-off profits!
To my not-so-surprise-anymore, i even passed by many tourist lining up to go into Ripley's Believe-it-or-not center. Wow.. how come it's open? And then Angus Steak House - full with people dining in. Well i guess it's not as dead as i tot it would be.
I don't celebrate Xmas.. but living ere, i feel that I need to blend in the spirit and see how they actually celebrate it from my own point of view, not from the-typical tv-fairy tales. Am sure bummed that it's not a whity Xmas tho... it could have been soo picture-perfect! ;)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
There are also German Market set around the park, which sell foods, drinks and many souvenirs mainly for the Christmas season. It's kinda tradition -that is according to Seb.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
She's climbing table, chairs, sofas, be it asal ade angle yang panjatable, she'll there. Even the chokia IKEA side table pun become her rest place..yup.. as shown on picture, that's her.. trying her best to turn herself up in between the small spaces of that side table that I'm talking about... (actually, not sure if it qualify as a side table or a TV bench or something- it came with the so-called ''furnished'' house).
Today, Aizal as a concern daddy tried a new trick to make all the dining chairs un-panjatable by putting it elsewhere or in a difficult angle that climbing is impossible. And guess what she did? She hang onto the table (yes..lika lil monkey!) and scream her lungs out that she can't climb to the top of the table like usual.
Shud i be be worried??!!
Am I allowed to paranoid now?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sure, here we have to pay for our own National Insurance monthly by the unwilling cut they made from our salary. So, is it too much to ask if our baby is sick, and we, as a concern parents need to seek for medical treatment or advice even? If it is too much.. then, what are we paying for?
Myra isn't feeling well for the past 3 days. If in Malaysia, we would just walk to a clinic and see a doctor, but here.. they seem to find many many different excuses for not wanting us to come and see the doctor..and don't get me started on the medicine.. lagiiii kemut badak!
Last month, we went to our GP for myra jab, and one of the nurse claim that baby clinic is open on Monday but at the opposite center- no appointment needed. So, fine.. we came back the next week, and the same S*&*%d nurse was there.. he said to come to the previous clinic which we've been to last week in the afternoon, he said the baby clinic is open everyday after 2.30pm- no appointment needed. OK, fine.. we just follow the flow. Sabar sabar..
But this time, again, when Aizal took Myra to see the GP, the same S*$@^& d nurse said the baby clinic is not until Monday! FGyroajhcauyfcuahca%^^@!#!!
Then a friend advice me to take Myra to the nearest hospital, as they have an emergency dept for kids. She said the dept are to entertain any cases, not just a traumatic emergency. Boy, how I regret going there..
The snob nurse not only told us that we aren't s'pose to be there (cos apparently, a sick baby should wait to see the GP whenever the GP is available.. so if we have to wait for a week, we just have to wait for a week). She add, you only bring a kid here if she either can't breathe, bleeding or have a serious fracture; in other word.. if bleh tahan tak mati.. jgn datang hospital!
After an hour or two of waiting with frustration, we then ushered to see the pediatrician , but yup.. as i suspected, the doctor here seem to memorize the same line ''this is viral infection that has been going around to everyone, there's nothing i can provide you to heal, it'll go by itself''
Sabar je aku.. dah berjam-jam jalan gi hospital dalam sejuk.. waited and being told-off, this is what we get in return of our monthly cut for National Insurance. typical..
Monday, December 8, 2008
this morning I woke up feeling just as normal.. there's no sound of pots and pans in the kitchen nor screams of children let alone any raye song in the air..
will my Hari Raye will always be as empty? for how long more? hurmm..
To lift out a bit of our hari raye mood.. I baked chocolate cake, cook some lontong and serve it with the serunding (that we managed to smuggle from Malaysia.. but I swear, not worth the risk! there's a sniffing dog waiting for you in Heathrow! so do bare THAT in mind before you decide to bring any food into UK! We were lucky enuff that the dog got distracted with a chinese woman who then got caught with her dried fish! fyuhh).. anyway, back to my raye story..
I even dress Myra's up in her too-big-a-abaya that I bought from Doha just before moving here.. mmm.. maybe next year it'll fit nicely ;)
And before touching all those simple raye dish, i snug into my black hari raye kurung-which is a lovely gift from Ibu.. thanks again bu.. love the design!
There, I have tried my best, but yet.. still.. it isn't enuff.. it's not raye enuff, plus, I am now in my office.. yes... working.. like i always did.
To those who could actually feel the spirit of hari raye, Selamat Aidiladha.. hope you enjoy your day.. best wishes from us in our gloomy raye day in london..
Friday, November 28, 2008
1 big beg of Souvenirs - GBP XXX
Cost for going to buy the souvenirs - GBP XXX
Cost to see the-face-of-people-in-shock-to-see-we-are-back-in-kl
Alhamdulillah.. our secret mission to come home last Tuesday went well. Mak Abah is now in Mecca for their journey to hajj. Yup, if (and only if anyone is reading this blog) we are in KL now. But only for a very brief period. We are heading back to London on Monday the 1st. Not enuff cuti ma.. so balik kejap je.. jengok both our parents (specially for Mak Abah sacred trip) and to show Myra's new skill- walking lika star.. hihiks.. am so glad that our plan works out well, I didn't tell a single soul about this trip (Except for certain someone yg turut bersubahat..wink wink). What more interesting is that, the first day when we arrived, Myra's Mak Long yang tgh sebok ber-meeting, drop everything off and rush back just to see her glimpse! wahhh.. gile hebat Myra ni.. sampai camtu skali orang sayang die.. hehe
Our prayer goes to Mak and Abah, semoga mendapat haji mabrur and have a safe journey home.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Dengan tak mandi, tak gosok gigi.. we went outside to feel what it's like to touch the real ice rain, kalau ade bahan2 dah lame dah aku bukak stall ABC! muehehe
Saturday, November 22, 2008
(strictly written while goyanging-kaki at work).. so here goes.. versi melayuku..
1) bekas kekasih saya adalah seperti seekor monster jadian
2) saya sedang mendengar berita dalam bahase arab (sepatah haram pun tak paham)
3) mungkin saya perlu blaja bahase arab so paham sket laa news dieorg..
4) saya suka belajar masak makanan yg simple-but-pinggerlikingud
5) sahabat baik saya ialah suami saye juge (skema nyee ayat ni)
6) saya tak paham laa tujuan tag ni? utk malukan diri sendiri ke?
7) saya kehilangan sabar la dalam menjawab soalan2 tag ni.. boleh skip ke?
8) ramai yg berkata-kata, tapi saye buat dekkk aje
9) makna nama saya emas yang lembut (saye reke sendiri ni)
10) cinta tu mendalam maksudnye, make saye malas nak explain
11) di suatu tempat bername BALI, saye pes time terjumpe binatang namenye barong.. sungguh scary!
12) saya akan cuba tahan sabar dan jawab tag ini walaupun saye dah malas nak menaip
13) makna SELAMANYA ialah bile tag ni habis selamenye
14) henpon saya... dah mati
15) saya paling meluat bila henpon saye mati
16) bila saya bangun dr tidur saye tgk myra, pastu slow2 gi toilet.. takut die terjage skali
17) party adalah salah satu care utk makan free
18) haiwan yg paling cute ialah baby hippo.. montel, nak2 yg tgh tengah berendam lam air.. hiks!
19) peringkat umo yg paling menyeronokkan - lepas abes blaja.. yahoo! i hate school!
20) hari ini saya rasa sgt tensions sebab arini kene keje.. asek2 keje.. bosan laaa
21) mlm ini saya akan cuba tidokan myra awal sket dari semalam, so saye pun bleh tido awal and pispuli
22) saya btl2 inginkan rumah sendiri di london, bleh laa nak hias2 ikut selere hati
23) bila tgk muka kt cermin, saye nampak bidadari.. wakakakakakaka
24) shopping kompleks adalah tempat setan menggoda aku membeli >:)
25) makanan segera biasanya mah peberet, tapi takut makan selalu sebb nanti cepat lupe cam skrang
26) ayat2 terakhir kata pd org, yes.. everything is alrite (dalam hati.. aku je yg tau)
27) nk pnjgkn tag ni? malas la.. tag ni dah ckop panjang! lapa plak aku buat bende alah ni.. ape nak makan aaa?
And I came to discover there are two newly-open GUESS store there (maybe more? I dunno.. blom abis tawaf pun).. Since some people in KL kept asking me to do some price-comparison between Guess ere and in Malaysia, so I gotta see.. to be honest, I think it is way more expensive here.. but then again I could be wrong.. for example, how much does this new arrival Avani Top Zip Hobo cost you in KL? It's £90 ere and if I compare it to their US-based website, it is only $USD56.50.. jauhnye beze!! Ke.. I saw a different one? but i swear to god, both looks the same to me.. hehe
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Kent- located just out-of-london, south east corner of England. We rented a car for a day to make a short travel to Ashford (one of it's town) to another Designer Outlet village.. in hope to get some bits and bops (as what the brits likes to put it). But our mission this time around isn't great.. the outlet village is not worth a travel.. yes, they do have some discount here and there.. but not much.. and if you calculate back; the travel expenses for renting a car+fuel+ energy and time wasted on bad bad traffic in london.. we would have to think thrice before going back there... and maybe it was the wrong timing anyway.. should have wait till x'mas sale..
It took us nearly 2 hours just to go through the bad traffic jam in london- crossing over to the east side then proceeding toward Kent, which actually just 20-40 mins away (Anyway, sape suh duk at north-west of London pastu gatal2 nak ke south east lak kan? makan diri laa.. hehehe lagii mo komplen!)
All in all, the best part of that travel is for Myra- she got herself some new clothes, winter jacket, a brand-new lit-up shoes that she's been showing off while walking by herself all over the store! adehh.. penatttt mommy nak kejar tau?!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Oct 11th, 2008, I woke up with a flu and coughing my lungs out. demm... I hardly ever got sick.. and if I do, it would not be more than 1 or 2 days of mild flu or cough..but now dah jangkit ngan virus d.. lame lak tu nak baik! I think this is becos lately (since lepas beranak, to be exact) I did't get my usual vitamins supplies I.E; fresh fruits. I am what I called hantu-buah. I could eat 1 or 2 boxes of mandarin oranges on my own..(hurm.. teringat kat mesia. every year, during CNY... this is like my must have..makan berkotak2!!) and it doesn't stop there.. I befriended any kind of fruits...irregardless of time. So, maybe that's why I'm fragile now.. i dunno.I think I completely recovered from the flu only after 2 weeks.. huhu.. record time for me..
Anyway, berbalik kepade cerite asal..
First stop is Madame Tussaud (yes... yet again! kate dah ade annual card) hoping for a lesser crowds in hope to hug 2 or 3 hot-waxed-stars (yup2.. even manage to let Myra pose kat celah kangkang Madonna.. hahaha.. hurm.. kne korek balik gambar tu..). Luckily, it is just nice, not so crowded and not so lengang gak. Next, London Eye.. uh uk.. too long a que.. so ended up cruising along the park to see the good stuff that I was so keen to talk about; I had never notice them before, not until that day.. there were mimes, clowns, and many coloured live-statue in gold-pink-silver-white-blue, to name a few. These are much better than riding the eye for the xx-th time! A must see! But bare in mind.. these people are doing it for the money, so if you're taking picture with them.. hulur2 la a pound or two.. ;)
And like any other normal tourist, we then head to the Big Ben.. and walk to Trafalgar Square (which looks wayyy closer in the map!!!). By the time we reached TS, it's already dark.. and as any other small-digital camera, it won't look as nice.. so mite as well skip it and leave. So, with the flu that getting more and more serious I dragged my legs to follow aizal to our frens' open house to complete our day..... yadi yadi yada.. the end (this time I mean it seriously).
P/S: Sorry azerdills n kimi, since that day, dah tak larat gile.. sebab tu tak masak dah for u all.. anyway, hopefully you guys still enjoy the trip with us! ;)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The scene made me smile.. snapped the pics off my hp then off walking towards my office, where another segerombolan Santa Clause coming towards me on their foot-scooters. Hahaha.. they sure did cheer my days up!
And today, again.. I came across the segerombolan polis dan kude-kudenye…so I tot to myself, this is soooo going to my blog!
Hurm, awal btol dieorg dah start preparing for Xmas. John Lewis and BHS seems to fight on who-lit-the-most-lights and who got the-most-creative-new-window-christmasty-displays already. And by night, (Oh, it’s night around 4-ish now, btw) the street are lit by the blue fairy lights; the one that I wish I had for my wedding.. hurmm.. how so nice..
Baru Nov, kalau dah masuk December.. I think it’ll be much much much more! Can’t wait!
Monday, November 3, 2008
I dunno what is with Stonehenge.. even for my second visit, I could still be mesmerized by it's beauty- there it was, stone-up in the middle of the field. It's like there's some special energy or some beautiful spell being cast-out. You would feel that it is amazing.. but why? why do we feel that way despite not knowing the history beyond it? If you do happen to visit stonehenge in the future, do listen to its historic audio tour (given free with the entry tickets). I couldn't listen to mine.. myra dah kebas. Just to prove that I'm not wrong about the energy.. i can see that Myra is suddenly being hyper active and super happy. We let her free on the grass.. so ape lagi.. die blasah la guling2 cam lam bollywood movie.
What I can gather from comparing Oxford and Cambridge.. i think Cambridge is much nicer looking, more organized and more tourist friendly. But Oxford does have more souvenirs shops... ;)
In Oxford, finally we set down in a proper restaurant and ordered ourselves some Pakistan Briyani.. a lil bit surprised by the not-so-typical-portion, I'd expected more.. (maybe dah terbiase ngan Doha nye arab-like portion.. gabak2.. hehe). The lunner (lunch + dinner) was great.. memag btol kate Shah n Kimi.. paki nye briyani mmg terbaek!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
And the best part is myra's souvenirs. Throughout the journey, she threw up on all of the newly washed quilt AND on me. Memang jadi mommy ni memerlukan kesabaran tahap dewa AND kelalian pade bau-bau yang kurang menyenangkan. hiks..
So waking up, one by one of us went for a hot shower in what they call the almost perfect bathroom, everything is just nice, clean.. except they don't have the hot water controller, which is a real turn point for me. Trus malas nak gi mandi.. mandi lam motorhomes je.. hehehe.
And Oh.. I almost forgot to update, i think at day 5 or 6 (or was it 7?!!) dill was attacked by the unpleasant cold fever. Dahla pregnant, demam lak tu.. and in another country, with no medical record and all.. so manela nak gi jumpe doktor, so at the end she just blasah telan panadol only. Memang tabik spring la dilla.. kuat tul.. despite her petite figure ;). Dalam demam2 tu.. die boleh lagi pusing2 like no body business..
Swansea's campsite boleh tahan gak lawa.. like most of the top-notch-up-the-hill-facing-seaview kind of resort. There are sooo many other campsite around it.. and seperti pepatah omputeh; 'the grass is always greener on the other side of the hill'...we all think.. demm.. should've booked that campsite instead... hehehe
After breakfast, ermm... did we had any breakfast? I can't recall anymore.. hehehe.. we then shoot down to visit Bath, the World Heritage City, so what they call it.
My original plan was to drop by Cardiff then to Bath.. but due to our (again) bangun-lambatness, we just had to skip Cardiff (cos they said I won't find any fridge magnet there anyway, so no point.. hehe). Since this is my second time visiting Bath (my first visit was when I had my business trip to London way back in 2005) I'd suppose i have some experience of the where-about.. kononla.. alih-alih, i didn't remember any pun! haha.. seb baek gak ade gps.. tolong tunjuk jalan and attraction. But their major point of going to Bath is to see the Roman Bath -dilect translation; roman nye toilet . So.. sampai2 Bath, first thing was to find a parking space big enough to fit our home. We ended up parking on coaches bay. ;)
Inside the Roman Bath, we can see some of the remaining building which they have turned to museum. There are few rooms which I'm too bore to remember...with their own unique-jambaness smell... hiks. I think, the major attraction is their big green swimming-pool in the middle of the building where two old guy dressed up lika Roman paderi chanting some unrecognized mantra. .
But all I can see is 1 old guy wearing skirt, holding a batton.. ready to cheese for the camera..and another old guy guy geberishing his way.. hehehehe. Kind of scary, to be honest.
Titled: 30,000 rakyat Malaysia di UK diminta akur balik segera.
''Cuma sekarang kita masih menunggu keputusan daripada kerajaan Britain sama ada mereka akan melaksanakan penggunaan visa baru ke atas rakyat Malaysia pada tahun hadapan memandangkan kita diberi tempoh selama enam bulan untuk kita membuat pembetulan,'' katanya kepada Mingguan Malaysia di sini hari ini.
If they do decide to carry on with the visa thingy.. then it'll be much harder for any family or friends to come over to visit us! :(
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It is in deed a sceneric view. One that many won't regret waking up to by the sound of sonic train passing by every few hours. Even the cloudy weather can't really hide its natural beauty.
After breakfast, we made our move to Conwy Castle and the Great Britain Smallest House.. a challenging road with a 'muat-muat' terowong. But luckily enough there is an allocated parking bay for motorhomes! The Great Britain Smallest house is painted red, red red.. we can't get in as there was no one but the sign '1 pound per entree' there.. so we ended up posing2 depan rumah je la..
The side view on another case is the beautiful romantic bay, full of luxurious boats (so i figured), which kinda remind me of the scene from Mr.Bean the movie.... only with much much smaller portion..hehe. The surrounding town is small and cozy, just nice for a walk.. but unfortunately the weather doesn't really agree with us, it then starts to pour rains.
While others sebok visiting the inside of Conwy castle, me and aizal went back to our motorhome to settle myra's business.. bushyuk tak ingat!!!
By late afternoon, we then make our move to Swansea.. going through the most challenging road we had ever encounter- up through hills, narrow snake-like roads of Wales. Almost all of the passengers were 'car drunk d'. But all of the dizziness and nauseous vomits and even with my imbalanced mind and with one eye open.. i could tell..that they are worth the journey; we were accompanied by series of beautiful misty natures throughout, which aizal said like being in the Lord of the Ring's movie- marvelous, superb and breath-taking.. which no natural vocabs in the world could just describe. (I'm sorry..not to exaggerate..but you ought to try it yourself to believe it!)
After the long 6-7 hours drives (again.. ditipu si GPS.. kate 4 jam je.. ciss), we arrived safe and sound to our Swansea campsite - it's dark and almost coming to their closing time, luckily enough that we made it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
how i wish!
At first I wasn't that keen on getting anything there.. cos we are almost broke from moving to the new apartment and have used all our cash money for the trip. But after making few round, we realized, it is just sooo hard to resist! Almost all of the shop slashed up their price like crazy!. For example, Aizal got himself a pair of timberland for 9.99 pound slashed from 52!! how cool is that?! Definately a place to go again and again ;) The signboard even says: Chesire Oak Designer Outlet - GUILT FREE SHOPPING. So.. what can i do?There are few designer outlet in UK and I've done my research; there are two that closest to London, one in Kent and one in Swindon, but both are smaller than Chesire Oak.. this is in deed the biggest, thus I think it has got more shops.. (tak abes jalan pun! letih.. )
I even manage to grab a lil treat for myself (that I rather not share here.. hehe..but all i can tell is i am BERRY happy ;)). Disebabkan kami ini hanye insan yang lemah.. terpakse jugakla swipe our only credit card Malaysia.. We've got rid of other credit cards and don't plan on getting any in london.. takut pisang berbuah 8 kali! hahahaha
So.. after few hours of satisfying bargain hunt.. all of us gather again and head up to our next campsite in Colwyn Bay.
Oh yeah, on the way to Cheshire Oak, we found a caravan campsite! it is just few minutes away from liverpool.. ciss.. kalau tau dah duduk situ dah, takyah susah2 carik kat liverpool.. urghhh!!..
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We arrived at Linwater campsite in Lothian before 9pm. More than enough time to relax, cook and had a proper meal together. So, for that we've decided to have a special dinner; sardine, telur dadar and hot rice. Simple but yet delicious (dalam lapar and sejuk, even batu will taste like kfc i figured hehe). So, the next following morning, with time running ahead of us, we took our time to actually enjoy the campsite facilities. Hot steamy shower with its own control, proper room to leave your bag dry, and a handy hair dryer. So, dengan seleranya, me and dill make use of the time to shampoo our hair. After a great breakfast treat by Aizal (we were served burger aizal special), we then make a move to Edinburgh into a pouring rain.. huwaaaargh!!!
It's true what people said about Edinburgh, it is really beautiful and it has it all. It is a place to go is you really in a short schedule to cover Scotland. Castle in the middle of the town, shopping spree at every corner and green green park just about everywhere. We enjoy our time there even in rain! We were all soaking wet, but yet satisfied.. even bagged our self some cool scottish sweaters. I dunno why i didn't feel as cold..maybe the fact that I wore 5 pieces of clothes plus 2 jackets helps! hahaha.. i feel like a marshmallow man- baloon up. But as I scroll back through all my scottish pics.. i kinda look ok.. so no complaint there! hehe
Because we love the campsite so much, we then decided to stay another night at Linwater and make an early move to Machester the next morning. We'll see how 'early' is early on my next post ;)
Friday, October 3, 2008
So, after almost 1 hour lesson with the company driver, we then loaded up and ready to push off to our first destination - Cambridge University town. (That is not until 14-ish).
We arrived at Cambridge around 16-ish; quite late but still picture-managable ;) . So, ape lagi... try out the infamous gondola ride around the campus area.. nice but a bit too chilly (I wasn't prepared for sucha cold weather, i tot Cambridge just gonna be slightly more like London.. but I was so wrong. Rase mencucuk2.. sejuk tak ingat! with no glove whatsoever.. lagi seksa.. huk huk
And ape yang lebih menakutkan ialah.. I learnt that Myra is staring at the gondola guy way too long - as if she is falling in love or something.. mate tak berkelip! bahaye bahaye (this is like the 2nd time I saw her looking at guy like that, the first time was in a tube, siap tongkat dagu tuuu!)
After all the drama.. we then push off to West Yorkshire to overnight at Upwood Holiday Park. Drove through the narrowest road, climbing hills after hills.. then arrived safely at 12midnite.. when everything is already closed. We've been trying to call up the campsite owner since afternoon.. but no answer.. and since he said it is a flexible camp site, no check in time limits or whatsoever.. we just turn up. Only after 3-4 times trial, only we manage to get hold of someone through the emergency phone number listed in front of the campsite. Itu pun after hesitating and malas2, baruuu die nak bangun bukak gate, nasib baik dah bayar dah park tu. kalau tak, sure stranded laa kiteorang tak bercamp. sob sob.
So, what I gather from our first day experience, few facts you need to know about Motorhoming;
1. Know where to park - There are few limited area to park in Uni area specially. So, try to find Side Road parking area or If you are lucky, Coach Parking area (blasah je.. sebab motorhome besar, so boleh di kategorikan as coach gak la hehe). Jangan mimpi la nak park betul2 depan tempat yang you wanna visit. hehehe
2. Do not arrive super late to your campsite, even if the owner said they are flexible.. I think to be safe, 9pm should be the cut off time. And it is better to pre-book yor campsite, so at least if you are coming late.. they can arrange for something. (Lagipun naye tengah-tengah malam, sejuk2 nak carik jalan lagipun)
3. Do not always believe the GPS - Banyak gile jalan yang GPS tunjuk tu salah.. cos it doesn't count for bus & taxi road only. So, super careful.. preferrably, get a co-pilot to read the GPS instruction with a map on another hand (so boleh compare)
4. Don't fill up the water tank full before driving. It'll get heavier, so more fuel consumption.
5. Take more conforter/sleeping bag.. it can be super chill at night! (but the motorhome does come with a heater.. but still not enough for me!)
Ok then, so far that's all that I could think of .. to be continue..
Thursday, October 2, 2008
London--> Cambridge--> West York --> Leeds--> Newcastle-Upon-tyne -->Edinburgh --> Manchester --> Liverpool --> Colwyn Bay --> Swansea --> Cardiff --> Bath --> Stonehenge --> Salisbury --> Oxford --> Windsor --> London, London, London..
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Ok, Saye nak continue send sms.
Sape2 nak hantar duit raye kat saye di london, bleh la mintak address kat mommy saye.. mekaseh
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We've got way too many junks, and too little space to store em. It's like pushing an elephant through a mouse hole!! Although the new home is much more bigger compare to our old place.. but the storage area is much smaller.. tambah pulak with the 2 bikes.. lagi penuh rumah! adeh..
Anyway, before I forget.. thanks again to Karl and his brother that help us move.. kesian korang.. sorry la.. didn't know that we've got that many stuff while living in that small 1 bed apartment! Penuh satu van!! hehe
Anyway, I'm loving my new life in my new home.. cycled around to find LOTS and LOTS of kedai2 seafood, halal butchers, and just about anything that I need to get by. I wil update the house pictures someday ;)
And to add to my chaotic week, from yesterday I've had all my after-work-hours planned out.
yesterday, 27th - went to do a lil bit of shopping for Myra's bedday prep. Then, came home to bake tart nenas (turns out to be too big a size!!! hahaha klakar gile.. tapi sedap!)
today, 28th - I plan to bake another biskut raye (just to bring the malaysia-homy-raye-ish sort of feeling, bukan nak makan sangat pun! haha)
tomorrow, 29th - By hook or by crook, need to finish off with the unpacking business and do lil bit of Myra's party packs (but this time .. i'm afraid, due to the time constraint and with lots of stuff to work on, can't really take the risk to use my seni hand (seni sangat laaa hehe) to do the favours meself.. so mostly beli je :(
Tulat (30th oct) - To start with the raye2 preparation - Byk ni nak buat!!! (I'm inviting few family over to do the HariRaye-Myra's Birthday-HouseWarming celebrations all in one wrap on the 1st of Oct). Ambitious tul.. harap2 berjaye (but if no post about it, you can just take that my plan did't work out quite well hehe)
Skali raye jatuh on 30th of october.. haha.. kalau jadi, tak raye la beta.. coz I'm due to work that day. Anyway, that evening also the long-waited guests are due to arrive from Doha.. so hopefully anak bulan tu tahan-tahan la nak kluar sampai 1 hb! hehehe
So, sekian.. doakan plan saye berjaye! Bak kate Aizal: Nandayooo!
And.. oh yeah.. I cycled to work today.. took me 20 minutes ;) (BEST!)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So, hari ni jom kite main masak-masak.. As requested from my sister, I'm gonna share the resepi for ayam percik (courtesy of Ros Delights & co a.k.a Ibu mertuaku -which I have to stress ere is the total opposite of the P.Ramlee version of evil mother-in-law hehe).
::AYAM PERCIK ROS DELIGHTS::
1 ekor ayam - belah dua
5 biji bawang merah
3 cm halia
3 - 4 sudu lada giling
1 cm belacan
1 sudu asam jawa
1 biji kelapa (buatkan santan pekat)
Ayam dipotong dua, kelar atasnya, sapukan garam kunyit. ( Kukus ayam sampai lembut)
Untuk membuat kuahnya:-
Tumbuk bawang merah,halia dan belacan,kemudian campurkan lada giling,masukkan kunyit serbuk 1 sudu
Masukkan bahan tumbuk tadi kedalm santan dan kacau bersama dgn asam jawa, masukkan gula 1 sudu, dan garam.
Masakkan sekejap diatas dapor kacau jgn berhenti sampai pekat.(Kalau nampak tak pekat sangat campurkan sikit tepong jagong)
Bila dah pekat angkat dan ketepikan.
Bila ayam yg dikukus tadi masak curahkan kuah tadi diatasnya. Bakar sekejap dan ulangi curahkan kuahkan kuah tadi sampai dia sebati dengan ayam tu.
Sekian dan selamat mencuba. Kalau tak faham hubungi ibu.
(Memang bulat-bulat copy paste dari email Ibu.. hehehe so, sape2 tak paham BM, translate sendiri laaa )
P/S: Thanks again Ibu!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Closer to work = < time to commute = > free time
< time to commute = > confident to cycle = > exercise = > happy me (leh kurus.. yay!)
> free time = > family bonding = > lurveee
Oleh sebab itu (no symbol for the three dots.. shoot!)
> free time + > happy me + > lurvee = > happy baby = > happy mommy = > happy family ;)
See, it is all about doing the right math. Work out well for most.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My lil nottie-pie!
Monday, September 15, 2008
I'm sure some of my friends (and my sister specially) who happen to know me from before would feel that I've changed.. A LOT! And yes.. indeed I did. Being abroad, far away from home has taught me a lot. More in London than Doha.. in Doha.. we were kinda spoilt, so we don't really feel the need to exhaust ourselves over for something that we could easily buy. In London.. it's all about getting things done by yourself. Jimat sket.. hehe
So, what happen was, Saturday we went to Ibah's house for berbuke.. (having had them over to our home before - quite good example of the melayu-culture that I was talking about.. hiks). Had delicious briyani, kueh2 traditional.. but not so much of intimate chat (although all of them were quite friendly and nice to talk to) as I was running around to chase the lil rugrat up and down the stairs!!! cobaan tul Myra ni..
And.. it's our turn on Sunday, but this time - we invited another two family over for berbuka - as their first time visit to our humble home... hiks
::Nasik Lemak sambal udang, sambal ikan bilis, telur rebus, some timun, kueh gulung (which lesson learnt- to make the filling using desiccated coconut, you need to add water to get the right texture!).. and as a side dish, AYAM PERCIK (from my-mother-in-laws-famous-recipe..thanks Ibu!)::
How on earth did I manage to pull this off, god knows! But that's me now.. living my life away from Mak.. Pasar Ramadhan and everything that make me life so simple before.
Then, on Monday, we invited another two more guests -my old colleague Karl and his aunt for some thai night in - there were tomyam, padprik, telur bungkus and fried veggie plus Aizal's famous cheese Samosa.. (but no pics taken- terforgot). Hehe.. boleh tahan jugakla rase..
So, there you go.. the new me- a mother and a cook (apparently.. hehe). By the way.. if any of my guest happen to read this, thanks again for coming! It's our pleasure to have you around.. and sorry kalau ade termasin tertawar and any other ter... ;)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ramada Jarvis - Hyde Park.. niiiiice!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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POS MALAYSIA SUDAH MAJU
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thank you Kak Preeti and Nazrul for the warmth & homely Iftar! Yum yum! Kenyang..
Sunday, September 7, 2008
So, this has make up my frustration for missing that infamous Notting Hill festival last month..
Pic: Mind the statue on top of my office block entrance. That boy is showing off his fly!!! hehehehe