Sometime ago, someone commented to me: “Blog you dah ada sawang..”
Yeah. Bukan sahaja sawang. Habuk. Debu. Dan segala macam benda. Maklumlah, dah kena tinggal 6 bulan lebih.
Anyway, after my last entry on “being at a crossroad”, I had taken some time to reevaluate my life, rethink about my ambitions and try, as much as possible, to reinforce my values and principles in life.
Indeed, it felt like a tumultuous 6 months… but Alhamdulillah, I am back on my feet again and ready to fact this new year with more energy and drive… insya Allah.
Let me try and summarize things and give a glance of some of the events that have happened the past six months in the next few paragraphs.
And of course, I will start with the good things first.
I traveled quite a bit over the past six months… both for work and leisure… which I haven’t done for a very, very long time.
We went to Penang twice for short breaks; once in July and again in December. I simply love Penang because of the beautiful beaches and the food, no doubt.
We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary on 31st of August 2010… but it was Ramadhan so we went to Damai Laut and had a wonderful iftar with the kids. Later, after the hectic schedule in October, we went to Bali for a 5-day break, and this time we left the kids with Opah and Atuk. It was a fantastic holiday. On the first day, we hired a tour guide to take us around but we decided to be adventurous, rented a motorbike on the 3rd and 4th day and practically had so much fun riding around the island!
I was in Turkey (specifically Ankara and Istanbul) on a business trip early November for a week. And of course, I did not miss the chance to perform my Zuhur prayer at the majestic Blue Mosque. Beautiful indeed… but of course, nothing compares to Masjidil Haram and Masjid Nabawi (am going to resubmit my appeal to go to haj this year… semoga Allah kirimkan kad jemputan Nya untuk kami tahun ini… amin)..
And on the last week of December, I took the whole family to Sungai Besar (there is a nice resort by the sea called DMuara Resort which was recommended by my office colleague) for a fishing trip. Not me of course, by dad and abang… which did not turn out to be so good in the end because dad was bitten by the ikan sembilang that he caught and we had to rush him to the nearest clinic in the middle of the night!
Another thing… before I forget… I also attended the Malaysian Law Conference late July in Kuala Lumpur where Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the speaker for the closing session. And of course, he never fails to deliver the message with conviction and passion. You could see how much he is adored by the whole lot of lawyers in the auditorium! And on the way back to Ipoh after the conference, we met Asyraf, who just won the Imam Muda title the night before… and although the kids got so excited to meet him, they were embarrassed because they had forgotten to put on their tudung!
The twins did quite well at school. During the final examination, kakak got first place in class and second overall; whilst adik got fourth in class and seventh overall. But during the Ihtifal, although adik appeared calm and ‘redha’ that she is not going to get a prize on stage, she broke down when kakak went up to get her prize – in the middle of the school hall!!!
Alhamdulillah, I can never be thankful enough to Allah for all his blessings.
Now, some of the not-so-nice things that happened.
My house was broken into twice within these six months – once in October, and again in November (while I was in Turkey). The culprits took away the microwave oven, DVD player, mp3 player, my husband’s watch (that I gave him for our anniversary) and a few other things. I don’t really keep any valuables in the house… so I don’t really know what they are looking for. We had changed the sliding door into windows but after the second incident, we replaced the window with a wall! And we finally decided to install the alarm system – at least as prevention. Usaha, and tawakal.
Mom had to undergo another operation in November. Remember how she went for the first operation in February to remove her womb? Well, apparently, the internal wound was not properly sealed by the doctor (I guess it was a technical mistake) resulting in a small opening at the end of the wound. Her intestines could penetrate through that small hole bit by bit, causing a bulge or swelling on the right side of her stomach. So she had to undergo another operation, this time a minor one, to patch up that wound and get things back to normal. This time, we decided to do it at the private hospital where my brother has a clinic and alhamdulillah, she has recovered fully and is doing very well now.
And I got promoted to a higher position in September… which I don’t really feel that I deserve + I am not mentally prepared for it as I am still learning to juggle between my work and my family (not forgetting my studies!). But then again, saying ‘no’ would mean that I am not ready to take up the challenge. I have been under probation and will complete the period this February. So, again, usaha and tawakal.
My studies is still going really slow, but although my supervisor is not too happy at the rate I am going, but he is glad that I am on the right track. I need all the motivation in the world!
Alhamdulillah, I am again thankful to Allah for all that has happened… for there is always a reason behind all that.
Did I sufficiently justify myself for not updating An Ipoh Mom’s blog?