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I celebrated my 36th birthday last Friday, 18 June.

It was just perfect, since the huge project’s last day was one day before even though I left Kuala Lumpur earlier than the rest. Alhamdulillah, I am glad that everything went smoothly. Of course, there were hiccups here and there but overall, we received more praises than anything else. The management was very pleased with the great teamwork shown, so that really boosted up every one’s morale. Personally, I learnt a major lesson from this event – no matter how well you plan or how early you start work, it all boils down to crisis management because whether you like it or not, something unanticipated is bound to happen on that day itself, and you just have to be mentally prepared for it.

Anyway, I told my kids in advanced that I do not want any gifts from them, but they decided to give me thirty six kisses on my cheeks!

Abang took me out for lunch since we were both working on that Friday.

My brother took us all for dinner, including my parents, on Saturday night at a new eating place in Ipoh called Restoran Pondok Padang (it is at OneCasuarina, next to Impiana Casuarina Ipoh). The food was good, but the company was even better. The whole bunch was there and my kids, nieces and nephews’ voices were the loudest!!

Later we went for some cakes at Secret Recipe, where I met my primary school teacher who remembers me more than I remember her.

And finally on Monday, my dear boss bought a nice carrot cake to celebrate (and she even ordered some fried mee, and goreng pisang accompanied by sambal kicap!).

And this year, I think I received so many birthday wishes on my Facebook that I spent one whole day thanking each and everyone for their doa. I even received a special birthday wish on Capri’s blog!!

Thank you friends and family for your thoughts, and most importantly for the doa.

I feel extremely touched. And of course… another year older!


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Cozy Corner, Ampang

I had to attend a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning.


And since the kids had a day off on Monday and husband was on night shift, we decided to bring them along. At least, they would stop complaining – ‘lama tak mandi swimming pool!’


We took them out for dinner at Cozy Corner, Ampang Park on Sunday night. The last time my husband and I had dinner there was almost three years ago. And of course, it was the first time for the kids.




The food was perfect! They ate so much that they were so full and slept in the car!



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Mom in Hospital

My mother was hospitalized for 4 days after she underwent a surgery to remove her uterus last Friday.


And I have been on leave since then until this coming Sunday, partly to take care of her and partly to finish up my report before I meet up dear Supervisor on Monday since I’d be in KL for a meeting.


Let me share with you the events that took place before mom was advised to do what she had done last Friday. Mom got pregnant in 1991 but this third child of hers never got to see the world (if not I’d have a little brother or sister who would be 20 now!). Mom had a miscarriage after three months and ever since then, her menses stopped; which means that my mother had an early menopause at the age of 46. Anyway, sometime in late December last year, she suddenly started bleeding again.


And of course, my sister-in-law, who is a gynae at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh, suspected that something was not right. So my mother had to do some check-ups and they found that there was some kind of growth in the uterus; there were some abnormalities.


To cut a long story short, mom was advised to remove the whole uterus, just to be on the safe side. Early diagnosis by the gynae who performed the surgery seems to suggest that the lump is not cancerous, but could later develop into cancer. We are still waiting for the lab results, and hoping for the best.


Alhamdulillah, mom is recovering very well at home after being at the hospital for about 4 days. I slept at the hospital for three nights just to make sure she is alright. She is as fragile as any other woman who had just given birth through a C-section and her wound is much longer than that of mine!



I guess we are all responsible for our own health, so make sure the routine check-ups are done – especially BSE and pap smear for women. I am personally making a vow to stay healthy – by getting active and eating healthier food, which is of course, easier said than done!

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Happy Birthday, Abah

My dad celebrated his 66th birthday on Friday. 


Kesian dia, we could only celebrate it on Sunday since he had some other things to attend to on Friday and Saturday. So we bought some presents for him, took him out for dinner on Sunday night and got him a birthday cake… but of course, it was my kids who enjoyed everything most!


To my dearest abah… you have always been my greatest inspiration. Thank you for being a wonderful father!


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My kids just completed their final examinations on Thursday.


Alhamdulillah, I think we managed to be more prepared this time around. We reviewed the syllabus a few times, including their hafazan. The elder twin appeared calmer compared to the last exam. She even took time to rest and play after every revision session. I am not worried about their position in the class. I just want them to get something from their learning activities. Insya Allah.


Anyway, mom and dad was talking about Felda Sg Klah Hotsprings on Saturday. Since the kids have finished their exams, and dad’s birthday is coming up this Friday, we decided to give it a go. I have been there in December, during the Family Day, but we didn’t get to explore the whole area since most of the time, we were occupied with games and telematches.


It was quite disastrous, actually.


I woke up at 5 on Sunday to cook nasi lemak… only to find out that we could not bring in food into the area. (Apparently, the rules have been there but they decided to only enforce them recently).


The kids got all excited to mandi-manda in the cool pool (there are two types – hot and cold)… only to find out that the cool area was closed for renovation.


So, we took the kids into the hot pool for less than one hour (they didn’t like it very much), took a walk around the area, and finally went on a tram ride before leaving by noon.




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Naughty us!

We received three wedding invitations for Saturday, 6th June 2009. But we decided to skip all three and take the kids to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort instead! Actually, my parents bought an apartment there some two years ago and as a compliment, we get to enter the Waterpark for free – tapi tak pernah pakai pun! Saturday was our first time there using those complimentary passes.


I decided not to ‘mandi’ at all, but the kids and abah mereka had lots of fun. I finished reading a book, and had a good rest drinking teh tarik for the whole five hours!

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Ulu Chepor, which is about 10 km away from Ipoh town, is a popular place for picnics.


Even better, it is only about 5 minutes drive from my house so we decided to take the kids for a splash on Sunday. I cooked up some pasta in the early morning and we were there by noon.


It was a good outing for the kids, as they had a lot of fun playing with water. They even gave their dad ‘sand therapy’!



Although the water is still very clean, the area is not too well kept. I think Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh could have easily increased the entrance fee from RM1 to maybe RM5 so that they can use the money to pay people to collect all the ‘sampah sarap’! But then again, all these ‘sampah sarap’ lying around indicates that Malaysians are still ‘uncivilized’!


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