Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last day in Perth



(Top pic: with Ayeshah inside the submarine at Maritime museum
Mid pic: with Ayeshah at Murray street
Bot pic: in the uni library... shhhh...)

I am now in the uni library with Ayeshah. I need to update my blog. Actually, sitting here in the library really really makes me sleepy.... yawwnnnnn.... Anyway, I have to go to the airport at 2pm today. Hadaya (Datin Aida's daughter) already booked a taxi for us. Ayeshah wanted to follow us to the airport to see me off. I would prefer if we said our goodbyes at the house. I would get emotional if she followed.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, even for only a week. I went to Freemantle (Freo), the City, Hilary, Morley, Ellenbrook, the Vines... The Public transport here is so efficient. The buses are on time, and in the city, there are the red cat, the blue cat and the yellow cat buses which we can ride for free.

I did a little shopping at Harbour town, Woolworths, Coles, Target, and around Murray street. I bought a lot of cadbury chocolates and Allen mints which I cannot get in my hometown. I even bought a Fossil sling bag for myself.... Hmmmmm.. My netbook could fit into the bag... Hoorayyy!!

Well, I hope this will not be my last trip to Perth. I hope to return for Ayeshah's graduation in February next year. To Ayeshah, I may be away from you, but you are always in my heart. I love you very much. Please take good care of yourself. Observe your daily prayers, drink a lot of water, study hard to get your degree... We can always meet on FB.

See ya, no worries, Im gooood.....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wrong way at Freo....

video

So funny... when Datin Aini was supposed to take a picture of me, but switched on the video mode instead... We were at Freo (Freemantle) after visiting E shed and the maritime museum. We were on the submarine too...

Perth, Australia...


I arrived safely in Perth with my two friends (Datin Yurniaty and Norehan) and my daughter, Siti Ayeshah on Friday morning, 23rd July. The weather was 4 degrees celcius. Brrrrrrr... but we were all prepared for the cold. I was thankful when all the salt fish, shrimp paste (for Zahrinah) and ikan bilis stock and fried popiah fish crackers (for Linda) got through at Customs. My two friends were amazed that they allowed these to be brought in. Strange... but true!!

Since we arrived at dawn, we then had our fajr prayers at the Airport. We did our solat at the 'baby's changing room', since it offered a little privacy. We then had coffee, hot chocolate for me, since I am not a 'coffee person'. Then we pushed our luggage trolley out of the airport to search for a taxi. We had to take a van, since there were four of us plus 10 bags... Hehee.

We arrived at Lawson street around 7am. Datin Aini and Puan Aida and their daughters were already waiting for us at the house. This was my first meeting with both of them. Fancy meeting in Perth, instead of Kuala Lumpur.... Well, we were all busy persons.... heheeee..

They had prepared breakfast for us, so we ate, politely... (we were all being polite, and reserved...). After breakfast, we went to the agent for our daughters to sign the tenant agreement. We all took the bus. Here, in Perth, the public transport is very efficient and ON TIME!! Not like in....

We were at the agency for almost two hours! From there we went to the University for our daughters' registration and whatever necessary... I have been to this Uni two years ago, so I was still familiar with the surroundings and the way to the International Students building and to find my way around.

I wanted to meet a Prof Alan Randall, the students affairs dean, but he was on leave. His assistant gave me an appointment on Monday morning.

We all returned to the house and had our bath and prayers (zuhur and asar combined). By this time we were all so hungry.... But we had to wait till after eshaq prayers, because, we were going to have a small 'new house kenduri'. Linda (Datin Nurbaee's daughter) who is living in Perth, cooked for us. She brought along her husband and his three friends to solat magrib and eshaq. Then doa selamat by one of them who imam the event. We than had dinner of ayam masak kurma, ayam masak merak, mixed vegetables and white rice. Linda was quite a good cook, or perhaps it was because we were all starving.... Heheeeehee

After dinner, we all had fun chit chatting and laughed a lot... because Linda's husband and his friends were so funny... That includes all the Datins and Aida and Norehan.... When we could laughed together, I felt we could all get along for the next one week!! We called it a night when they left at 11.30pm. But then....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Perth, here I come...

(Kak Long and me in Perth during winter 2008)

I will be leaving for Perth with my second daughter, Siti Ayeshah. Our flight is on Thursday night (July 22). We will be travelling on Air Asia. The journey to Perth is about five hours. Siti Ayeshah aka kak ngah, will be studying at a university in Perth. This will be her final semester.

I have already packed my bag today. I will also be bringing a sleeping bag (coz I will be squatting with kak ngah in her new house) and also my good old running shoes (Adidas glide). Norehan (my adik angkat) and Datin Yurniaty will be following me too. This will be their first trip to Perth. As for me, it will be my second, because my first trip was when I accompanied Kak Long (my eldest daughter) to the same university in 2008. She has since graduated and is now looking for a job.

Its winter in Perth now, minus the snow. I warned Kak ngah to be prepared for the 'extreme' cold... But then,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Warm up video

video

This video was shot at Sungei Congkak in Ulu Langat, Selangor. I took this video so that I could do my tai chi exercises whenever and wherever I may be. I will download another video of the tai chi exercise soon. The audio was not good. Actually the background music is from the song 'A hundred miles'. The lyrics goes like this... If u miss the train I ride, u will know that I have gone... But then,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cross Stitch - My 6th picture


The above is my sixth cross stitch picture. But it is still incomplete. Perhaps I could complete it in two months' time. My first cross stitch was a picture of the Holy Mosque in Mecca, which I did in 1999. Then a picture of a yacht sailing towards an island. My third picture was a galleon on the rough sea (that picture now hangs in my husband's office). Then came my fourth picture which was an old kampung house. For my fifth picture, I did the Holy Mosque again, but it has yet to be completed.... and now I am doing the above picture which will be my sixth.

Usually I will only do my cross stitch while watching television, and I only watch television after my dinner. Once I start doing my cross stitch, I would be so engrossed and sometimes felt my impatience to complete it fast. But then, my picture will only be complete within 6 months to a year... Well, I take my time to complete it..... No pressure whatsoever...

My interest in doing cross stitch surfaced when I visited my sister in law and saw her house full of cross stitch pictures which she did herself. There were framed flower pictures, cushion covers, table runners and table cloths. Wow.....

She was the one who taught me the basic of doing cross stitch. I bought a cross stitch picture of the holy mosque and showed it to her. First she taught me to fold the cross stitch cloth and marked the centre point. Then, using coloured marker pens, I would mark the tiny squares with a coloured marker pen of each coloured thread used. Having done that, I would start sewing the cross stitch onto the cloth. I could sit and do cross stitch until its time for me to go to bed....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mini Maha 2010


"My husband won the Best Farmer Award (Male) 2010 at State Level for this year's mini MAHA which was held in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan on Friday July 9 2010. He received the award from our Menteri Besar YAB Dato'Seri Utama Haji Mohamad bin Haji Hasan."

This morning (Friday), I drove alone to our farm in Pedas. I took the LEKAS highway to Seremban town. I preferred to drive along this highway because I enjoyed the scenery and also there are not much traffic. Well, actually I could have taken the shorter route which was via the PLUS highway to Seremban, but then, since I was involved in an accident in February last year, I felt phobia each time I tried driving this highway.

Anyway, when I reached Seremban, I drove to Senawang and had breakfast at Restaurant Ummi Aishah. This restaurant belongs to Zahid, Zahrina's elder brother. He managed this restaurant with his wife, Basra. They got an 'A' for their restaurant awarded by the MPS (Majlis Perbandaran Seremban aka Town Council).

Zahid's restaurant serves one of my favourite Singaporean dish, which is Mee Siam. This particular mee siam is not available elsewhere in Seremban. In fact, only Singaporean or exSingaporean (like myself, having lived in Singapore before) know what Mee Siam is. It is a vermicelli dish with gravy. It is so yummy yummy. Actually it is not difficult to cook either. My mum knows how to cook it, but I don't. I have the recipe, but am too lazy to cook it... because I am the only one who loves this dish. So, I might as well eat it at Zahid's restaurant when I suddenly crave for it.... Heheheee..

Oh ya... besides mee siam, there's also mee rebus, lontong, mee soto, nasi lemak, and also, another favourite of mine, Tahu Goreng. Tahu Goreng is actually fried tofu, cut into 4 pieces, with cucumber, tauge and carrot on a plate and sambal kacang is poured over it. Alamak.... describing it makes my mouth water lah....

Anyway, Zahid told me that his house was robbed last week. Imagine the robbery was done in broad daylight. His daughter was alone at home when the robber/s strike. She was sleeping in her room when she heard loud banging on the front door. She peeped through the window and saw the front gate was wide open. She then rushed into her parents' bedroom and locked the door and called her dad, Zahid. Zahid was at the restaurant entertaining his brother who arrived from Singapore. Both of them then rushed home and saw the front door smashed. The robber/s stole Zahid's brand new Plasma television. He did not care, as long as his daughter was not hurt. Now he has a new solid front door. His daughter now follow him to the restaurant early in the morning and continue her sleep behind the counter in his restaurant. Zahid only lost his plasma tv. Perhaps the robber/s wanted to watch the World Cup 2010 via the plasma tv. Waddaaaaa....

After having breakfast at Zahid's restaurant, I drove to the farm in Pedas. Our farm is Ladang Ternakan Haji Budin. My husband started this farm in 1988. Anyway, I had to do stock check on the number of cattle and sheep at the farm. I counted the number of heads with Ana, our clerk. Then, to the store to count the balance of cattle feed left.

By this time, I really really need to take a bath. I stank. Whenever I do stock check of the livestock, the animal odour stuck to the clothes I wore. I have the cattle odour and the sheep odour... Blend both odours and..... I really really stank!!!

After having my bath, I followed my husband to Seremban. He had his Friday prayers at the Islamic Centre mosque in Paroi. I waited for him at the Gedong Lalang surau and had my zohor prayers there. He then told me to wait for him at the mini MAHA venue in Paroi.

We met after prayers, and had lunch at one of the stalls. The weather was actually hot and I told my husband to put on his cap. We then proceeded to the main tent for the opening ceremony. The VIPs arrived half an hour late. When the MB (Menteri Besar) was delivering his speech, it rained cats and dogs....

By the time all the recipients received their awards, the rain stopped. Thank God. Husband and I then had Char kue Tiew and we left the venue and proceeded to Kak Ton's house. Kak Ton aka Zaitun, is my husband's elder sister. We visited her after hearing from Zahid that she had an accident at her house... But then..

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Germany Vs Spain

Here I am, infront of the television, about to watch the semi final match between Germany and Spain... I have a new tv set, a Philips HDMI with Blue Ray. The picture is not so good, because, I have to install the Astro Byond dish. Whatever that is.... and Astro has yet to come and install it for me. It has been more than a week now....

Germany is wearing white jersey with black shorts, while Spain is wearing red jersey with blue shorts. Oh ya, Germany has white stockings, while Spain has blue ones. Actually, I do not know the names of any of the German players.... although I am their supporter.... Never mind lah....

Ten minutes into the game, and still no goal from both teams. I am already getting sleepy.... Maybe I will not be watching the game till the end. Actually I disliked the sound of that "south african horn" thingy... It is so annoying!!! I prefer the sound of the crowd cheering like we hear at Wembley stadium...

Oh ya... the Spanish goalkeeper is wearing light blue jersey and shorts and black stockings. While the German goalkeeper is wearing yellow jersey, shorts and stockings!!! The referee is of course, wearing all blacks...

Twenty minutes already and still no score... I am getting really REALLY sleepy now... unable to focus on the game... Oh No!! a corner kick for the Spanish...

Off to bed..... Germany, may you win this semi final... Good Luck!!

Cough... COUgh...CoUGh...CoUgH...COUGH!!

Its been more than a week now.... and I am still coughing.... I have seen the Medical Officer twice, and my physician just yesterday!!! In fact, now I have to use the nebuliser at least twice a day. Me, having to use the nebuliser??? Come on.... surely my condition is not THAT serious...

Anyway, I have to swallow five different types of medicines. Four of which are in tablet form, one cough syrup. After drinking the cough syrup... I will always doze off....

My physician, Dr Ong, adviced me not to do any running until my cough ceased. Me, not running??? Exercise also cannot ah Doctor Ong?? He said, "Can exercise only, but cannot running, wait u 'pancit' (punctured). Just do light exercise". So.... light exercise is of course, Tai chi. Oh yes!! Tai chi's movement is indeed 'light' but.... after an hour of Tai chi exercises, I would be sweating all over.

I have this continuous mode of coughing. Like a rhythm. I really pitied my other half, especially at night. I realised I coughed a lot at night and I did disturb his sleep. My dear hubby, please forgive me.... Hubby would get up and massaged by back and told me to drink water. But then..

What annoyed me, was having to get up during the night to go to the toilet. Not once... but three times!!! Cough! Cough! Cough!!! and then go to toilet!! Waddaaaaaa.... Is it because of the medicine or I have poor bladder!!! Got to see Dr Ong again lah!!! But then....
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