Saturday, May 23, 2009


My Dear Aily,

Happy birthday.

I have been raking my brain, trying to come up with the best and nice things to say on this special day. Alas, nothing comes to mind. But it is a special day today. And since you are special to me, today is a special day to me, too. So have a very happy birthday. Smile more. Laugh more. Make a wish. Make a very special wish. And NOW, please include me in your wish...HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Love, hugs & kisses Y

Your husband.

Our Dear Eiddin,

Goodness!!! Are you really 2? Yeah, you should be 2. No doubt. The mischiefs, the tantrums, the appetite, the energy, all the vital signs point out that you are 2. Happy birthday. Have fun.

Don't be so GARANG. Have more patient with Abang, he just loves teasing you. Maybe that's the only way that he knows how to show his love to you. Please share your things with him. People say sharing is caring. Please don't be too shy when we are with our neighbours or our friends. Shy OK, too shy not OK. Don't eat too much, please or else Mama & Abah will have to get you running everyday. Go easy on the sambal - your tender stomach might not be able to take much. Be careful on the stairs, and until you are 4, please assume the cat position we taught you to climb them. Please don't goncang the grill vigorously when we come home from work everyday, lest the neighbours might think that we lock you up whole day long while we are away at work. Thank you for not throwing things when you are angry anymore. You have grown up probably. Do not watch the TV too close. You come from the family with a history of bad eyesight so your chances of ruining your sight are probably higher. Please stop waking up at nights for milk anymore. It's been a while since we last had our uninterrupted sleep. Regarding karate, we know you have been practising your karate very hard but you are still too young. Anyway, we will review our decision on your next birthday. Meanwhile, keep on practising. Your punches, kicks and concentration are really good for kids your age. Go easy on the t-shirt with the train picture on it - the one you called Thomas, remember? The train is not really Thomas and you cannot wear the same t-shirt over and over again. It's good now that you follow me performing the prayers. But just to let you know, you can use prayer mats other than the blue one.

Some other things. Not all black cars are Mimi's cars. Books are for you to read, not to be stepped on. And no, you cannot follow us to work.

We guess that is all. For now at least. Have a good life, boy. We know you are stuck with us, hahaha. There are thing you can choose but parents is certainly not one of them.

Love, hugs & kisses Y


Monday, May 18, 2009


My social calendar for weekends for the next 1 month is already cramped.

This coming weekend, 23 May will be the double celebration of Aily's & Eiddin's birthdays. We are still undecided on how we are going to spend the day or the weekends. Aily would like to have a garden celebration i.e. picnic at some park nearby while at the same time letting the boys loose. My in laws are thinking of steamboat dinner at Amy Search's Cheng Ho. We'll see how it goes.

The weekend after, 30-31 May, will be the day my younger brother is getting married. The wedding on the bride's side will be held in Seremban and the whole of Sungai Petani is coming over. We have booked apartments, the Spanish Villas for the rombongan to stay over. The akad nikah will be on Saturday night and the reception will be the next day.

The following weekend, 5-6 June, will be the reception on our part in Sungai Petani. Hopefully all the preparation are OK. Ayah & Mak will do their best. That much I know.

And that brings me to the next weekend i.e. 13 June. So far, I have committed myself to a golf tournament between MC & RMC to be held at Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club. There is another alternative but I dare not tell yet.

There it goes. My weekends' movements for the next 1 month.

Waahhh, so busy one - ini belum lagi jadi wakil rakyat ni. Hopefully can tahan la...

Saturday, May 02, 2009


At Aily's insistence (and despite my mild reluctance :-)) , we decided to give our living room a new coat of paint yesteray. After much discussion and idea bouncing, we settled on Jotun brand of cappucino shade.

The work started at about 11 am and we managed to complete it by 5 pm.

The above is the living room after our handiwork. I didn't take the before picture.

Friday, May 01, 2009

MY ROOTS - Part 1

I was born in a small fishing village, Kampung Kuala Sungai Muda,Kedah, about 30 km from Sungai Petani. Kampung Kuala Sungai Muda comprises a number of smaller villages namely Kampung Tepi Sungai, Kepala Jalan and Padang Salim.My kampung gained its place in history in the year 2004 when it faced the brunt of the tsunami which took several lives known and related to me.

The name Kampung Tepi Sungai was a running joke among my friends. What happened was, the registration clerk who was responsible for my birth registration took the liberty to omit the word kampung when recording my place of birth. As it is, officially I was born at Tepi Sungai. This became a fodder for joke at my expense along the line my mum did not make it in time to the hospital to give me a proper delivery.

I spent a considerable time there during my early years as we were living only 20 minutes away from Kg. Tepi Sungai, in Kota Kuala Muda.