Thursday, December 30, 2010

Growing Vegetables the Hydroponic way (Part V)

(kangkungs after almost a month)

(sawis after almost a month)

Above pictures showed how the vegetables have fared..... still not ready for frying... another week perhaps...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Xmas

Sofiyah with Santa Claus... Wishing all my friends who are celebrating Christmas... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...

Sunset @ Batu Ferringhi December 2008

In December 2008, I took these pictures at the same spot where I took pictures of sunset in December 2010. Notice the difference??

Sunset at Batu Ferringhi December 2010

In December 2010, the sunset view from Holiday Inn Penang was on the left side.... In 2008, the sunset view was straight ahead...

Sunset at Kota Kinabalu town

I took these photos while on Signal Hill at Kota Kinabalu town. Hubby and I were resting after the long ride from the Monsopiad cultural village.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2nd Day at Kota Kinabalu

(A framed picture of the early descendants of Monsopiad)

(The 'warrior' about to cross the river)

(with the dancers)

(the dancers performing)

(Hubby at the entrance of the hanging bridge)

(me with the 'warrior')

(Hubby in front of the Kadazandusun abode)

(Hubby resting at the House of Skulls balcony)

(the 42 human skulls hanging in the House of Skulls)

(me with another 'warrior', he use the flute to play auld lang syne..)

(with the dancers)

(view of the restaurant/coffee house)

(me with the traditional instruments)

(me on the hanging bridge)

(view from the restauran)

(Hubby resting...)

(at MUIS car park, the city mosque is in the background)

(hubby trying the big bike)

(we chose this one....)

Day 2 - December 17 (Friday)
We had breakfast at the dining hall, Jesselton hotel, at 8am. For breakfast I had 2 eggs sunny side up, 4 pcs toast with butter and jam and green tea (I brought this along from home). Hubby had 2 half boiled eggs (wink wink...hehehee), 2 toasts with butter and jam and English tea.

Nini and her friend, Sylvia, came at 8.30am and they too joined us for breakfast, but they only had coffee. Nini is a friend of Ayeshah, my daughter. They met while studying at Curtin Miri. So this was the first time I met Nini. Sylvia is also from Curtin Miri, and then Curtin Kuala Lumpur and she was Ayeshah's senior. Anyway we chatted for about an hour and then they left to do their errand. Nini adviced us to drive instead of riding the motorbike up to Kinabalu Park. She said the journey is uphill all the way and the road winds a lot...

My husband and I then rode our rented motorbike from the hotel to MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Sabah) where hubby wanted to pay his zakat. The last time I rode a bike with hubby was when he was still in University. Wow..... been a lonnnnnngggg time...

From MUIS, we wanted to go to the wildlife sanctuary near Papar. But then, on seeing it was going to take us more than an hour to reach the sanctuary, we abandoned the idea and head towards the Monsopiad Cultural Village in Penampang district.

Monsopiad Cultural Village is privately owned and managed by the 6th descendant of Monsopiad. (I got this info from the tour guide at the village). Monsopiad himself was a warrior who killed his enemies and chopped off their heads, and these heads (now skulls) are still hanging from the beams of the House of Skulls in the village.

After paying the entrance fee at the village, we headed to the restaurant where fresh orange juice were served to us. Also unlimited drinks of coffee or tea.. Since it was a Friday, my husband has to attend Friday prayers at the mosque. There was a mosque about 1km from the village. So I waited for my husband at the restaurant. While waiting, I kept myself busy by taking pictures around the village.

When my husband returned after Friday prayers, we headed to the main hall where a cultural performance will be held. There were cultural dances from the Kadazandusun ethnic. We were invited to perform a simple Kadazandusun dance on stage with the dancers, and I willingly participated with other guests too. Then, after they performed the bamboo dance, it was my husband's turn to go on stage and performed with the dancers.... Hahahaha... my husband was so sporting....

After the cultural performance, we were taken around the village. We visited the Kadazandusun house, tried the blowpipe..., watched how they make rice wine... the padi house...and finally a visit to the House of Skulls...

At the House of Skulls, we have to remove our shoes to enter. Inside, if you look up, you can see 42 skulls hanging on the beam. These are real human skulls. Then there are pictures of the Monsopiad generations. The items used during the rituals to cure Monsopiad's strange illness were on display too.

We left the village around 4.30pm and returned to Kota Kinabalu town. The weather was absolutely fine... no rain at all. Along the way to Kota Kinabalu town, we were on the lookout for a mosque so that I could do my prayers (Jamak and Qasar Asar/Zuhur prayers), but there were hardly any. So we had to stop at the city mosque beside MUIS. Husband waited for me while I had my prayers.

We then had our dinner at the night market. Grilled fish, prawns and squids with white rice. Hot sabah tea for hubby and green tea for me. Then we returned to the hotel. We also decided to rent a car for our trip to Kinabalu park tomorrow. The car, a Myvi was delivered to us the same night.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself, having spent the whole day with my husband... especially riding on the motorbike... Love u very strong dear...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Jesselton Hotel

(front of Jesselton Hotel)

(view from room 208)

(me with friends and the doorman)

(along the walkway at the wet market)

(with the hotel maid... isnt she cute?)

The flight to Kota Kinabalu from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) was delayed for an hour. My husband and I finally boarded the aircraft (MAS) at 8.30am, Thursday 16th December 2010. We reached Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) two hours and 45 mins later.

From the airport we took a taxi to Jesselton Hotel, which is at the corner of Gaya Street. We were welcomed by the doorman who dressed up as a British hunter. So cute!! We stayed in room 208 (2nd floor). Our room has the usual amenites like most rooms we stayed during our travel, but the rooms at Jesselton Hotel has this colonial feel.... So...English... We love it!!

We then had our prayers (we jamaq and qasar Zuhur and Asar prayers) and then we got ready to 'paint' Kota Kinabalu town. Since we knew we had to do a lot of walking, we wore our running shoes and left the hotel around 3pm that day.

We went to Wisma Sabah to enquire about renting a car, when hubby suddenly suggested that we rent a motorbike instead. I totally agreed. We rented a Suzuki VS150 (Plate No.SAB3116D) which cost RM37 a day. We wanted to rent for 2 days...

From Wisma Sabah, we walked along the waterfront to the Filipina market, where we could buy souvenirs, especially key chains, pearl and crystal bangles and so many handicrafts made for sale. You have to be good at bargaining here.... If the sellers refused to budge from the lowest amount you have bargained for.... do not bother to try the other stalls.... They too will not budge. We guessed all of them have agreed to a fixed amount when selling their product.

We then had dinner at one of the restaurants along the waterfront. Grilled fish and fried vegetables with white rice. After that, on our way back to the hotel, we bought grilled prawns (medium and large) and grilled squids. All so fresh at the night market along the waterfront.

We arrived at the hotel, safe and sound, and was greeted by the doorman. On our way to our room, we bumped into this hotel maid. Wow... she was dressed like a British maid!! So cute!!

BTW, free wifi is available at the hotel lobby. OR can piggyback using Oldtown white coffee wifi, but must eat/drink there first (to get the password... heheehee..)

Growing vegetables d Hydroponic way (Part IV)

Having just returned from Kota Kinabalu (KK), I checked out my hydroponic vegetables, after being away for 4 days.... Here are the photos...

(Sawis after 2 weeks)

(kangkungs after 2 weeks)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Inn Penang

(sofiyah lost her balance and fell on the soft sandy beach... shes x hurt at all)

(safe landing......)

(almost there.... steady, steady.....)

(about to land.... get ready to pull down the blue rope)

(wow..... now high up in the air..)

(high up in the air.... almost!)

(run and let go the red rope...)

(OK.... ready.... on ur mark... get set.... n....)

(all ready to "fly"... rope tied to the speed boat)

(listening to instructions while putting on gear)

(Now its my turn...)

(Sofiyah getting ready....)

We drove to Penang just after the dawn prayers, on Saturday 11 December 2010. My son Khairulzaman drove the MPV. All my children, except Badruzzaman, tagged along.

During the journey it was raining all the way.... We finally reached Holiday Inn Penang at around 1.30pm.

On Sunday evening, Sofiyah and I went on the 'parachute'. It costs RM50 each for a single lap. It was a thrilling ride for us both.
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