Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lake Gardens













Wednesday Ida and I went shopping. Tujuannya nak beli Thomas Sabo's Charms. I bought a barcelet and a charm..hehehe, satu satulah dulu kan. Ida bought a charm to go with her tiffany bracelet. Then we went to TGIF and Times, Ida bought the book shopholic and sister..Aptly titled book. I bought hot mag. Adalah ad for free Diamonds perfume at KLCC. We went to tods' tapi tak ada size kasut... bag pun tak ada yg berkenan. Then we rushed to KLCC to get the perfume.. Ida got handbags..They were 50% off. I was tempted tapi hey I 've just bought a camera, nasib baik tak ada size..kasut..

Saturday

Dah lama tak pi lake gardens. So we packed two bicycles and head there. Sekarang ni musim hujan. Tina with us.. So we went to pick kakak and adik( who are spending two weeks at my mum's). Then we went to Shila's. Adik and Tina slept over while kakak came home with us. The next morning, kakak went to ceramah ugama with my mum, mama and baba went to Aunty shila's to drop off baju. They were to go to Shila's kampung. We then went to PC fair. I bought a laptop cum camera bag and Sd card..beli jugak ..bag. DH bought Sd card, voltage regulator and wireless card.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Photos from my garden



DSLR and exercise

I did it. I succumbed to temptation and bought a DSLR. I have been taking photos with my camera phone for ages and well.. you know..they are average looking and shila commented my brochure looked blah. I have always love photography.. Yelah nak lukis sendiri landscape or flowers to capture no talent.

I had a SLR once when I was in studying in UK, Pentax z something, and the photos were wonderful, I have shots of eiffel tower you can never take with a portable camera. Then camera rosak.

I have lots to learn tho.

Also, I am trying to get into exercise mode. And oops bought myself a HRM. I had one before but it went missing at my mum's. I was contemplating between an F11 and F55. F55 more expensivelah of course and it has this relax mode and weight training diary extra. In the end I got the former as the I thot the latter would somehow detect how many reps or sets the weights.. haha they haven't make one like that yet- tu mmg terlebih canggih . Rupanya u put it in the thingy diary like. That I've already a programme on my PDA phone.

Here are my first shots using DSLR from my garden.

Yeah.. once when I am able to upload it..Celcom broadband's slow and streamyx entah apa pasal can't even connect.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DH's birthday and Cameron Highlands Trip






On Saturday 22nd DH celebrated his 40th birthday. We had a small gathering- makan steak, lamb and grilled chicken. Ada gambo, but just now my phone hang so I had to reset it.. entah kemana the gambo gone, along some of photos from Cameron. Sigh..

Speaking of Cameron, . At first we thot Tina's concert was on that Saturday, oklah after concert pi, then we found out the concert was on Sunday,16th .. alamak..we thot of postponing the trip and tukar venue but Lana dpt the bungalow. As this is not genting - where u can actually do a day trip back.

Asked DH, he said ...- up to me. Tina's teacher pun put Tina in two dances, - dissappointed kalau Tina tak dance. In the end I asked Tina.. hehehe bagi budak kecik buat decision - apalah mama dia ni.

At first she said concert, but when I told her Aunty Shila, Uncle Epi and cousins will be there, Aunty Lana, Haikal, uncle Helmi, Aunty Mimi, Yusuf and uncle Ablen, Aunty Atty -she immediately said Cameron.Oklah Tina, maybe next year.

That out of the way we thot nak pi awal .Tengok kakak and adik had to attend the anugerah kecemerlangan- outstanding in English. Pi jugak after the prize giving ceremony.
We reached CH dah petang , and it was drizzling. Terus pi bungalow. The bungalow was so lovely. It has three rooms, two with double beds and one with two single beds with lots and lots of bay window -i love bay windows- click @
  • Lana's blog to see the rooms.


  • We cooked fish head curry, I brought some rendang and sambal, and shila fried chicken.

    The next morning breakfast nasi goreng, sausages and off to Mardi .

    Below English garden

    The gardens - lovely, the English and Garden of Herbs especially. I love the various 'omputeh' herbs, yang jarang nampak pokoknya kat Malaysia like Tarragon, Dill, Fennel, Feverfew, Catnip, Thyme, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena- ada juga other herbs like basil/daun selasih,chives, serai wangi, oregano, stevia,parsley,mint. I'll be putting the properties of these herbs soon in my pureflower blog. Fennel and Dill

    And finally I found the flowers that I thot Lavender-it's called blue salvia
    Below Camillia with camelia

    what do we think of the Mardi place.. oklah.. could be better. I expected to buy some of these herbs, tak ada pun. I bought a pot of roses- apa lagi, my favourite flower, grape and camelia.
    Ada juga pokok apples and pears di dalam pagar- Buah pears di dalam pagar..ambil galah.. apakebende nak tengok dekat pun tak boleh and the apples banyak yg dah jatuh tak ada org kutip, ish, ish.. Also there were sad selection of vegetables on sale and dried strawberry. the orchid house were locked- on a Sunday? when u expected visitors?

    Next we went to Barrat tea shop- makan scones, jam brownies mcm omputeh..except that banyak lalat. Someone commented the scones dah stale. the kids and able bodies semua turun , Shila and I stayed kat atas.


    Afterwards Shila and I went for lulur and urut- marinade for the barbecue..hehehe our body smelled like rempah..oh so sakit..urutnya.. nak tido jgn pi traditional massage.


    Malam makan besar. Barbecue. Ada rusa , chicken, ketam rebus, Steam fish, Pais Bawal , mee hoon ... After that rounds of mercun. Best betul!!



    Some of the photos are taken from Atty's facebook.. Hehehe.. ada copyright ke?

    The next day we had breakfast early, Toasted cheese sandwiches with leftover barbecue- yummy!! curry puffs and also chicken nuggets. makan aje.. Nampaknye kita pun mcm org pi PLR jugak...

    After breakfast we went to Raju's strawberry farm. We had yummy strawberries and cream, chocolate covered strawberry ice cream, kakak had strawberry Lassi, Lana had strawbery milk shake.. , then we went down kononnya nak pi Rose valley but went to pasar -I bought roses- 5 bouquets- ada dlm 5 roses each bouquet for RM10, yg I took photo of but lost. Bought Honey comb and lots of veggies, also, Apple guava-- ok gak.. looked like big apple and taste like guava.

    Next to Butterfly Farm. even tho we went to the farm the last time we went to Cameron-under vacation- the kids enjoy themselves looking for camouflage insects- grasshoppers looking like leaves/sticks, frogs looking like leaves.etc..

    Haikal especially love the rabbits, ducks, turkey, goose and hens. Cqistina of course fascinated by the butterflies yang jinak2. Although some wings broken cian!


    After that balik Sepang!!

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    Eylan's birthday

    My nephew Eylan Brother Amy's son turned one on October 31. Jadi last Sunday we had a small celebration at my mum's.



    Pagi, went to Mak Buntat's kenduri doa selamat and kesyukuran, agak lambat sikit sebab berpeluh2 siapkan cupcakes. Sampai doa selamat pun over. Sorry Mak B.






    Hehe minah bunga cupcakes pun gambo bunga


    For Eylan's birthay both ida and I made of course our current craze- cupcakes, Ida decorate macam traffic lights, white I drew cars and sail boat on the cake.

    I made sheppard's pie- I actually wanted to make it during the open house tapi tak sempat , I managed to make mousakka padahal the potatoes were mashed- in the end buat garlic cheese mashed potato.


    My mum made spagetti, Amy ordered dominoes and chocolate indulgence from Secret Recipe.


    Photos from the birthday party









    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Cupcakes

    My sister and I thot of going for cake decorating class. Yelah proper class with certificate barulah cun buat cakekan? Selama ni tangkap muat aje semua either baca off the net or baca buku.


    Tapi entah bila. We thot of going in November. Then there's this apakebende trip to UK yg sekejap jadi sekejap cancel. Then she tried making some sama hari raya do hari tu.. Alamak.. she tried and jadi so she thot tak payahlah pi class.


    Mmmm



    So I pun trylah. these are the photos yang elok sikit. Ada yang ok lagi but I thot the sprinkles on the cakes spoilt buat the rest of the cakes tak cantik.









    Below are cupcakes decorated by kakak.



    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    Raya 2008


    Selamat Hari Raya to all of you.



    This Raya a bit kecoh. The kitchen renovation was almost ready, but DH didn't like the floor tiles so kena bukak balik. The contractor managed to finish it On Sunday before Eid. Even the grill - pasang by Sunday. Kitchen cabinetlah tak pasang lagi. Nak buat kueh tak sompat as still had to clean the house etc. Kakak dapat buat one biscuit and tart yang dah habis dimakan rumah my mum. The cabinet contractor assured us can get ready by Raya but then dia baru nak start kerja on Monday 29th and it'll take around 2 and half day. We said.. forget it. Start on the 6th instead. That out of the way, kemaslah mana patut. But still certain things cannot be moved. Nak datang boleh tapi jangan terkezut.


    Anyways, We thot of going back to Ampang on Monday Night ke at least but....


    Baju tak siap lagi!!! We gave the tailor like 2 months before posa. She said it'll be ready by the 29th. Rupanya sub tailor dah meninggal, so tak siap lagi.

    Come Tuesday, I called her again yelah nak baliklah sebelum malam Raya takkan macam melawat aje. She still have to sew buttons, she'll call me when ready. Eh tinggal butang takkan lama bebenor. So we thot we'd like pressure her. Pi lah...


    She was still sewing adik's baju. Kakak and mine dah siap. We waited a bit, then DH got restless. tanya bilo nak siap ni... In the end Tina's baju tak siap. Yang lain siap, but adik's baju was done in haste. Terkeluar2 benang. Kesian anak I.


    Before buka went to Ampang Point to search for Tina's baju. I bought one exactly like hers sebab kesian kat dia.. Ehem excuse mama nak baju baru!


    First day Raya Wednesday


    Morning, terkecoh2 , ingatkan nak buat lodeh tak sempat, after sembahyang Raya went to Linggi. Went to abah's grave, baca yassin and then went to Cik Tum's house- Kak Zarina masak nasi tomato. Jumpalah Pak Lang Aziz who resides in Kluang.


    Then off to Aunty Tok/uncle Salleh's house- sempat jual sapphire set lagi.Then to Imam Tapa and Kak yah's/ Abang Shukri's house. Bebudak excited tengok Kambing. On the way back went singgah rest area, DH dah mengantuk..penangan rendang , ketupat etc..


    Sampai rumah tired. My sister and DH insisted that I cook the lodeh and paru. Dah habis pulak cili boh, in the end used fresh chili for the paru. The maid blend instead of pound and the colour turned peach. I told my bro/sis in law and sis.. Rasa ok upanya pelik. Bro in law agreed. Sampai tak cukup.


    2nd Raya


    Went back to Kluang. On the way singgah siram bunga kat Sepang.. Yes.. I remember last year, pokok mati balik Raya. Reached Kluang around 3. Lots of food on the table. Salam MIL and DIL. Mak Mas cooked rendang paru - Shila's mum's recipe and Nasi goreng kampung specially for Tina. Delicious.


    3rd Raya

    SIL Nor came back in the morning. BIL Paiz came later in the afternoon. Went to Batu Pahat - Mak Long's house. Ter missed cousins. Malam bebudak main mercun.


    4th Raya

    Tolong MIL in the dapur - Mee Bandung Muar and Laksa Johor. Ada merhaban malam. DH dissappeared for a while. Around 6 drove back to Sepang.
    5th Raya- Sunday
    Made Rendang Nogori as requested by Imi and Mak Mas. Alamak .. supposed to meet siblings and mum at Colliseum around one. Rendang dah siap, Dh blom mandi.. In the end reached around 1.45. Dah sejuk tenderloin. After lunch. Went straight to Mak m's.
    Epi and shila came over around 6.Mak Mas masak nasi minyak and Nasi Lemak. Yummy!!!


    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Camarina, Camillia , Reading







    Camarina, eversince discovering poems has been writing them . Dulu she started off with stories, some of the stories she wrote include,


    1. Jangan Buka Pintu,


    2.Key Island- macam treasure Island jugaklah and she got her ideas from her dreams,


    3.Hantu Laut,


    4.Anak Derhaka and Anak Soleh,


    5.Eleven Dancing Burgers.




    Sometimes she'll tell me stories, bila kakak dah fed up dengar. I heard whatshername- JK Rowlings sister had to endure J's stories masa kecik. Kalau dah besor tulis buku mcm JK Rowlings Ok jugak.. Mama tumpang suka.



    Well her favourite books are Mr Midnight and Geronimo Stilton- tu yang cerita tulis pun lebih kurang same genre. I read all the books I bought for them. Apa nak buat mama pun bookworm - and I must say I don't quite like Mr Midnight after reading a few titles. Mulanya OK after a while dah predictable.




    Camarina ada admirer at school. Wahyu. Things Wahyu did were:


    1. Kiss her hand


    2. Wrote her a love letter.


    3.Blew a kiss


    4.Held her hands


    Mama tanya nombor berapa Wahyu dapat dalam kelas. She said 20 something. mama kata..suruh dia belajar. Speaking of Wahyu- Dulu masa kindergarten one of her admirers pun nama start with W jugak. Sometimes macam tu ..my sister also ada kena mengena dengan persons nama H and kahwin dgn H. My alphabet pulak F.

    when adik discovered poems she got excited. Sekarang sibuk cari words yang rhyme. Now she's writing lyrics. She has written one in her blog . - under my follower. I 'll ask her to update her blog often. Hahaha if it is even possibe. Mama pun jarang update.

    Kakak's current favourite book are the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Hari tu I bought three books, the next day dah habis!! Alamak..We've read 1-9. Nak beli lagi tunggulah.. Last month aje dah beli 6 books.

    I tried to encourage kakak to read Enid Blyton's. I love her books- the Faraway Tree was my favorite, next Malory Towers, St Claire, Secret Seven and Famous Five. Tapi both of them are only interested in Faraway tree.

    Mama is rereading her Agatha Christie. I read her books when I was thirteen when all my friends were reading Mills and Boons, which I found predictable (I supplied MB to my friends as my mum read them). Baru2 ni main game by Agatha Christie- Peril at end House , Death on the Nile- ending mcm buku and last few days.. And then there were None- One of her best books- 10 people on island- one by one died. The game's ending is different from the book and you can choose three different endings- killer sama tinggal lagi siapa yang tak mati aje lain. I love this game. The best of the three.
    Semenjak main click games ni mmg dah addicted. Bebudak pun. Tina has played the Unicorn Castle three times. Dah hafal dah. The easiest she can play- sebab most of it cari silhoutte ofthe items or jigsaw or match three patterns or gears. Yang ada list of things to someone has to read out for hear. I've tried James Patterson's Scarlet women Murder club- best jugak. Art of Murder pun ok. I prefer mystery games as you can see, got hooked eversince main Tomb Raider masa Camillia was one. Kesian anak kena ignore.

    MAHA


    Best jugak.. Banyak kambing, cows and macam mcm ada. When am I gonna start the project, they asked. DH said to do something yg boleh pack and go since he said he is going to do his long awaited PHD. Maybe in 4 years time, after his PHD.
    Bebudak enjoyed it. Pi kandang Arnab, cats. Ada elephant ride, Camel ride, Pony and Horse Rides..Macam dekat A farmosa jugak.




    High School Musical


    Expensive than the usual Disney On Ice thing. And less enjoyable. One of the main reason is probably dok jauh, mahal bebenor tiketnya. But even the props were not as good. Kakak and Adik went with Sis Ida and kids. Tina tak pi. I told her I'll bring her to the Princess Disney On Ice show.