Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Happy Eid everyone. Haven't been blogging for so long. Been busy, dateline before eid, Date line after Eid. Boring ..ah.. like the fragglerocks used to say. Anyway went back to Kluang on Saturday after cooking the ever so liat, chewy chicken rendang( even after hours of cooking it..kinda remind me of ayam hutan dad used to buy. Next time I'll stick to the usual chicken rather than ayam pencen, ( chicken sorely bred for eggs). Planned with Shila to go back on that day as the kids will enjoy being there. I have also arranged activities for the kids like helping out with kuih gunting and baking cookies, purely for fun. My kids love baking cookies ( mama it's like playing playdo, took turns cutting, decorating them) especially the various shaped chocolate cookies (shaped like ducks, star, flowers) with decorations on top. Biskut taklah berapa sedap, not that tasty but they loved decorating it with M& M's, chocolate and the multicoloured rice. Adik especially loved them. We baked lots as camarina and camillia love eating them. After cooking them, they'd take like 5 a day.We baked chocolate chip and white chocolate cookies, and the cornflake chocolate meringue.

Went back to Kluang, went around scouting for present for Aludya, Bro in law paiz's newborn baby. Congratulations Pais!! Tapi tak jumpa. Have to search in KL.

Shila came back on Sunday night. We spent the raya eve painting the living room and the front. Was sceptical whether we would finish it on time. But we did. With paints on hair and all over.
Woke up in the morning, Sil Attie and I frantically clean up the house. Managed to make it before Raya prayers.

After prayers we had the asking for forgiveness , giving packets of money away and photography session. Then we visited the neighbour and the recently widowed kak Yah, whose husband passed away a few months ago. Hubby's cousins, Mak dah's sons and daughters in law were there. We planned to leave Kluang after the visit, but Dh had to take a nap and Mak dah and family returned the visit. We left after Maghrib. My brother and family called a few times asking when we'd reach KL.

Reached KL about 11. Salam all around with mum, dad, siblings and in laws. Talked for a bit and zzz. In the morning we had the house to ourselves as Mum and Dad and Brother Iji and family went to hometown Linggi. In the afternoon went to Tesco to buy plastic boxes to organise the old baby clothes. On the way back, went to Mak B's house for raya. The kids played with the newly built gazebo/ wakaf.

Thursday suppose to start work but got headache which started the day before. It persisted till Friday. Went to Justlife for Lavender tea.

Saturday stayed at home. Sunday went to Mak cik A's do. Was late as had the suddenly urge to make profiteroles. Dad and sister called a few times asking what time we'd be there. Reached Mak cik A's house around 2. Lapar giler. Then went to Mak Mas' house. Izan, husin, Lana,helmi mak Z and Uncle Yahya were there. Mak B, Uncle M, Izreen and the cute baby Nadia came later. Ate Nasi lemak with big prawns. Yum. After the do went to the Curve- Borders to get books.

Finished my Arthur and George- good book on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji. Finished Bloodroot by Susan Witig albert, who wrote wonderful detective story plus infomation on herbs. Shopping Spree at Borders- bought 5 books. 2 by Susan W . Albert based on Victorian England and 2 other victorian mysteries by authors I've never read before and a book by Lee Jackson which is a bit expensive but the last book was enjoyable so I grabbed it. I had to put Mrs jeffries and the russian author down tho. Bought books for the children, Kakak had three, 2 nancy drews and a gerenimo stilton book, adik- a book on Princess Sophia and Qisty a paper doll and an alphabet craft book. Borders is becoming my favourite bookstore. I love Borders for it's crime books, they've got huge variety and Kinokuniya for crafts, hobbies and Health.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Takziah Majan & Congratulations Izreen

Mazran's mother passed away on Saturday. Al Fatihah..


We have a new niece, Nadiya Azureen. Izreen's Inky. Congratulations Izreen. Isyaalah we will visit you on this week.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Ramadan

Selamat menyambut Ramadan everyone, altho it's 11th Ramadan dah. Ramadan niI really don't feel like going to Pasar Ramadan. The price of dishes, lauk2 have certainly gone up. One portion of chicken is like RM2.50 now. Small pulak tu. And you never know the taste until breaking fast and it may have gone bad. 1st day puasa dapat diarrhea. But I like going there for kuihs. I feel buka puasa is not complete without these sweet / savoury cakes. Especially the murtabak. I love the Murtabak, tho, you remember I hate roti canai. Essentially it is like the roti canai, white floor in oil fried with oil with the additional meat, onions and egg. And only in Ramadan do I indulge in these savoury thingy. I figured I am eating once a day, why shouldn't I indulge.

I remember Ramadan in UK. I had to have kuih for buka puasa even then. In Malaysia, I used to buy whatever cakes at Pasar Ramadan, where there are plenty of choices. When I was there of course I missed the malay cakes, so we have to learn to make them. But finding the ingredients might be difficult or expensive. The kuih I usually make ~ the ketayap. White flour made into green pancakes with dessicated coconut in brown sugarfilling , which after a while I changed to green apples in brown sugar filling. Fusionlah tu.. a bit like the apple pie filling.

Kakak has been good. She missed a day. Last Sunday because adik ate in front of her. Other days she's ok, I mean she goes to morning school and later sekolah agama. But on Sunday, probably because no activity to take her mind of food.

Adik started her practice of fasting on MOnday, half a day. Yesterday she was nearly there. At 6.45 pm just short of 20 minutes till the break, she couldn't stand it. She ate oats. But ok considering she's six. Kakak started practising when she was seven.