Thursday, December 29, 2011

Otomo Folding Bicycle

My left heel still hurts...especially when I wake up in the mornings... I actually need to sit up and slowly massage my heel and ankle before I could step onto the floor.  That also, I had to wobble to the bathroom.... So, after having my breakfast, I need to take Arcoxia (1 tablet).

It has been four months now since the injection my doctor gave me and yet the pain is still there....Doc said I should take Arcoxia to ease the pain.  But then, why do I have to take Arcoxia, when the injection was suppose to last for six months.... Is my heel never ever getting better??  

Thus, again following doctor's orders, I need to change my sports activities...I had to quit running..... Well, I did ran at the stadium, a few times last month, of course there was slight pain, but I did not care...running is my passion...But now, when the pain refuse to go away....I have to make a decision to really quit running and try some other sporting activity.

My doctor suggested swimming or cycling where I will not put much pressure on my heel.  I love swimming too, but having to change into my swimming gear and then into the public pool......I felt lazy lah...... So, the other option left is cycling.

So, I surf eBay Malaysia and found the above Otomo Folding Bicycle (used) for saleSince the seller is from Malaysia, The Right Bike Store  (his blog), I contacted him and enquired about the bicycle condition etc. and of course asking for further discount....hehehe....  To buy a brand new one is very expensive.......

So, why choose a folding bicycle?  Well, I could store it in my car and when I feel like cycling at the stadium or at the nearest park etc. I could unfold it (hope its easy as A B C when unfolding) and ....race against the wind.... 

Well, I am excited to try bi-cycling, but then, am wondering whether I need to purchase a helmet too....hmmm...wonder whether eBay will have a used one.....


Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Final Home...

I would like to share this, which I found on my FB wall.


QURAN - ALLAH says in Surat at-Takathur: v (1-2): “Mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things), until you visit the graves.”

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said:
“A time will come when my Ummah will love five (things) and forget five others: they will love this WORLD and forget the HEREAFTER ; they will love MONEY and forget the Reckoning; they will love CREATION and forget the CREATOR - ONE GOD - ALLAH ; they will love SINS and forget REPENTANCE ; they will love PALACES and forget the GRAVE .”


LIFE is a question nobody can answer.

DEATH is an answer nobody can question!

in this world there are RICH AND POOR, HAVE AND HAVE NOTS. But before wildly chasing Worldly Desires THINK






Thursday, December 22, 2011

@Besut and Kemaman Terengganu (081211)

(This is the stall selling delicious satar and otak-otak, Warung Awie)
(This is satar, the ingredients are fresh fish, coconut milk, onions and chillis wrapped in banana leaves and then grilled...delicious)
(Fresh fish, mixed with spices, wrapped in coconut leaves and then grilled...also delicious)
(Wahid taking a photo of Sofiyah..)
(Sofiyah taking a picture of Wahid)

(Brotherly, sisterly love....(I took this picture)

(Just like in Titanic the movie...)

(Mommy's girl......)

(the sandy beach at Penarik, Besut)

(beautiful scenery.....)

(hubby watching us on the beach....)

(the lone SUV...)

(ALLL MINE........(We belong to each other..)


( Wahid enjoying his mee celup )

Our last stop during our East Coast trip was in Kemaman, Terengganu.  We had satar and otak-otak at Warung Awie which is about 1km from the Kemaman mosque.

Before Kemaman, we were in Penarik Besut, enjoying the sea breeze at its beautiful beaches.....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rendang Tok (Perak)

This dish is one of my hubby's favourite.  I have never cooked it before, so when I found this recipe in the newspaper, I sure would like to try it out one day soon.....hehehe....

Hubby came to like this dish when he attended this Malay wedding in Perak.

 (Serves 15)

Ingredients (A)
1 1/2 kg beef (cubed)
7 shallots
5 garlic (sliced)
2.5cm ginger (sliced)
2tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp fennel seeds (ground)
1tsp black peppercorn (ground)
10pcs clove (ground)
1 tsp turmeric powder

Ingredients (B) (to grind)
2 tbsp kerisik (or from 1/2 coconut)
1/2 young coconut (flesh only, sliced)
4 cups coconut milk (or from 5 coconuts)
2 tbsp coriander seed powder
1 tbsp fennel seed powder
10 cardamon seeds
5cm cinnamon

Marinate meat with all the sliced and ground ingredients, kerisik, sliced young coconut flesh and coconut milk for two hours.

Cook the marinated meat in a pot and let it simmer atop slow fire for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.  Remember to stir.  

Add salt to taste.  Cook until the rendang is dry and the colour changes to dark brown.  Ready to serve.

Rendang Itik Kuala Pilah (N9)

 This is also another dish I would like to try cooking.

Serves 10-15

Ingredients (A)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 kg duck
3 cm galangal
2 pcs tamarind peel
4 cups coconut milk
4tbs kerisik
kaffir lime leaves and salt to taste

Ingredients(B) (to toast and grind)
10 pcs dried chillies
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns

Ingredients (C) (to grind)
5 shallots
3 garlic
3cm ginger
2 stalks lemon grass
3cm fresh turmeric
1 1/2 cm belacan Melaka (shrimp paste)

Heat the oil in the wok, saute all ingredients B until the aroma rises.

Add the duck meat, ingredients C, galangal tamarind peel and kerisik.  Cook until ingredients are integrated and begins to boil.

Simmer the duck until it becomes tender and the gravy thickens.

Add kaffir lime leaves and salt to taste.  Slow down the fire and cook until the gravy becomes thicker.

Ready to serve.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tok Aman Bali, Pasir Puteh

(I think this is a keris handle (monument near the swimming pool)

(the entrance to the lobby)

(a map of the resort hangs on the wall at the entrance)

(Sofiyah took this picture)

(our room, the childrens' room via a connecting door)

(the enormous swimming pool)

(view of the hotel rooms, ours on the ground floor on the right)

(the beach at Tok Bali)

(the resort from the beach)

(I don't know what tree this is, but its huge alright)

(hubby at the hotel jetty after cycling)

(Sofiyah and Wahid in the pool)

(Sofiyah relaxing in the jacuzzi)

It was almost 7pm when we left Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan.  Wahiduzzaman wanted to drive but hubby said he will drive instead.  We hope to reach Kuala Trengganu or anywhere before that by midnight.  Well, there were two hotels along the coast to Terengganu which have rooms available for us. 

When we reached Pasir Puteh, we lost our way when hubby took a wrong turn.  It was passing through Tok Bali that we noticed these bright lights around the corner away from the main road.  We decided to check it out.  And we were surprised and delighted to find that a new resort was welcoming us….Tok Aman Bali Resort.

We were among the twenty odd guests that night.  This resort started operating only in November 2011 after a soft launch.  Well, again we left our bags in our rooms, and went out to have dinner at the many ikan bakar restaurants around Tok Bali.  We chose the restaurant at the jetty nearby. 

Too bad this particular restaurant only serves ikan bakar…no side dishes whatsoever…..strange but true…. Anyway, we returned to the resort and lepak at the swimming pool area. 

The next morning, hubby and I had breakfast at the open area of the resort restaurant.  Wahid and Sofiyah then joined us.  Then hubby and I decided to walk along the beach infront of the resort.  There were huge waves pounding the beach, and it was also very windy…. I took pictures of the scenery and also this huge tree… Hubby went jogging along the road shoulder.

There were a few stalls along the road selling satar and otak-otak.  We bought a few packets and returned to the resort.  Wahid and Sofiyah rented bicycles and they went cycling along the road in front of the resort.  Hubby and I were reading the newspaper in our rooms when the children returned.  Since there was still half an hour left on renting the bicycles, hubby and I decided to cycle too.  So, we cycled out of the resort and returned about 20 mins later…..I was sweating like crazy, but hubby was so cool…..

We then lepak at the swimming pool, whilst the children were having fun swimming and playing on the pool slides.  Wish I could join them too….but I was already exhausted due to cycling, and I have no wish whatsoever to go swimming next!!  We all had our naps and when we woke up our stomachs were making funny noises….

After having our baths and prayers, we drove to Pasir Puteh town and ate roti canais and rojaks at Restoran Anisah.  There are no mamakteria anywhere in Kelantan it seems.  Anyway, we then went looking for Pele’s restaurant just outside Pasir Puteh.  Pele is my hubby’s first cousin.  He managed this restaurant E-Rup E-Sup at the junction of Pasir Puteh and Tanah Merah roads.

 (wating for our soups....)

 The soups that Pele served was indeed delicious.  His wife is the chef at his restaurant.  They have four children, two boys and two girls.  According to Pele, business has been good so far, Alhamdullilah.

We then returned to the resort after having our dinner at another ikan bakar restaurant at Tok Bali.  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kota Bharu, Kelantan

(with darling hubby at the border Pengkalan Kubor.  In the background is Thailand)

(Pasar Siti Khadijah in Kota Bharu town)

(a swiflet breeding 'condo' infront of Pasar Siti Khadijah)

(At Rantau Panjang. Thailand is just across the Golok River)

(Golok town in the distance)

(checkpoint at Rantau Panjang)

(Wahid trying to hitch a ride into Thailand...hehheehe..)

(Sofiyah refuse to follow Wahid....atta girl!)

(a mosque in Rantau Panjang, Chinese architecture)

(the Fisheries Complex at Pengkalan Kubor)

(posing at the Complex.  In the background is Thailand)

Wahid and Sofiyah were still asleep when hubby and I left the hotel and went to Pasar Siti Khadijah for breakfast.  It took us only five minutes to reach the market from the hotel.  The wet market (selling fresh fish and vegetables) were already doing their business.  

We then went to the food court on level 2 and I ate nasi kerabu and hubby, nasi dagang.  After that we went shopping for keropok ikan.  Then, on the way back to the hotel, we browse around the many Goldsmith shops which had already opened for business that morning.   Wowwww....the gold jewelleries here are finely craftedWe were amazed that there were no armed guards at these goldsmith shops....Most of the salespersons were females....(It also amazed us that the ladies that manned their stalls at Pasar Siti Khadijah wore heavy jewelleries.  They wore their gold bangles right up both their arms....).

When we returned to the hotel, it was already 10am.  Both our children were still in their rooms. So, I called them to come down for breakfast at the hotel's Coffee House. We checked out of the hotel after breakfast.  

We drove to the border town of Rantau Panjang, and had lunch there.  There was a duty-free shop selling crockery and kitchen wares.   I could not resist buying a set of Corning Ware cookware.  As for the children, they bought 'branded' tee shirts etc...

From Rantau Panjang, we drove to Pengkalan Kubor, since it was just a short drive away.  Pengkalan Kubor is another border town.  Thailand is just across the river. AND at Pengkalan Kubor there is also a Duty Free shopping complex.... We reached there at 4.40pm and had less than an hour to shop, because the complex close at 5.30pm.

Yet I managed to buy two sets of Arcopal tea sets (Romantique) and I was so happy I found the tea sets, because the Romantique design no longer available in Kuala Lumpur.  We left the complex sharp at 6pm and headed to the nearest mosque for our prayers.

We then drove south to Terengganu....


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