Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bicara Tentang Tanah

Malam ni khusus borak2 pasal tanah.. Keluar abih geran lama koyak rabak tahun 1963.. Kagum gak tgk geran bersejarah cam tu...

Ingat nak buat sesuatu.. Takde le besar sgt pun but harap ia menjadi kenyataan someday soon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Decluttering the Living Room

Have to say that tonight is a very productive night. Am able to sweep, store, moped the living room in preparation to my two boys staying over my weekday home next week.

Have to say that I have soo many things that I should be able to get rid off but can't. Really would appreciate the existence of a recycling center, a book collection centre, some sort of salvation army as well as car boot sales in Malaysia. Well, I guess I had to utilise web to get rid some of my novels and books, mags I no longer requires.

Can say that we are the garbage generations. Soo many things that we able to buy but of low quality and thus not longlasting. We throw them out and buy a new one again. And the cycle continues. Gotta change quick!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Me n Family :)

Thought I'm gonna post a mushy entry today about me n ma family :)

I was a bit tomboyish and career oriented when I started in my current career. I met hubby during my tenure as contract staffs during my CUF days. He was a friend's friend and he wasn't my taste during that time. Quite a mushy mushy guy.

I don't know how it happened but it must be jodoh. I rejected him once when he asked to be steady since I was lightly involved with a married expat guy then (haha really stupid of me).. But he persevered. With some of his dirty tricks (haha.. I won't bother you with 'em).. We become a couple and finally tie the knot on 29.5.2004. Looking back it is kinda fast.. Around 2 years since I met him.. Around a year plus after we become a couple.. That's why people said if its your destiny, it would meant to be cz I do not actively seeking a spouse.. I was resigned to the fact I would become a single career lady.

Fast forward to 2011.. Time flies, we have been married 7 years.. Got two lovely boys - Kimi whom will be starting Std 1 next year and Haikal who is currently 2+. The unique fact is that in our 7 years of marriage, we never stay together as I work elsewhere. He is based in Kerteh while I worked in KL in the first 5 years and now 3 years plus in K.Trg.

Alhamdulillah I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who tolerated all my bad points hahaha :P .. And become a whole function to me.. Friend, hubby, lover, brother, criticiser, financial consultants etc etc.. As well as two lovely boys whom I haven't been able to be there 24-7 but whom always missed me and treasure the time when we are together.

Thank you God for the blessing.. I am unworthy but I pray for us to be continuously blessed here and the afterworld.. Aminn..

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decluttering Again...

Its amazing the thing I managed to chuck out.. Still a long way to go but I believe I had started seeing progress.. 3 years of accumulation..

Most of em are papers.. Newspaper, journals and assignments from my EMBA days (dun't need them anymore cz I got my harddisks now).. Also had some old shoes I don't feel like throwing away (but now am chucking them out like there's no tomorrow except one good pair).. Got some bags as well, dun't think I have the heart to throw em yet but I think that I need to invest in one good one.. Perhaps a leather bag so that I won't buy one again in a loooooooong while. Even the one I bought in Bintulu (around before puasa perhaps in June) had started fraying.. I am not a bag person so I am quite tough with my bags.. Hmmm... Definitely need to buy one at least from Cosmopal.. Even tho they don't have the branding yet, they are genuine leather..

Even you can see there one pack of slimming pils.. I don't even remembered their existance and they had expired around a year ago.. Yikes! I just remember I did bought another one before these Ayurslim pills I bought last weekend.. Double Yikes!!! Better be reminded next time Ojah.. NO MORE WASTAGE!!!!!

The Best Nasi Kerabu in Terengganu Town

I had a meeting this morning and the host graciously bought us this loveliest Nasi Kerabu in town for breakfast.

Complete with the blue colour rice, ulam-ulaman (Malay Salad), generous splash of budu (anchovies sauce).. Sambal (chillies) with daging bakar (grilled meat), ayam panggang (grilled chicken) and salted eggs.. All combined to make the most delicious nasi kerabu... Yummyyyy..

Where to find it? Well, from the Bulatan Batu Bersurat, choose the 12 o'clock exit, go straight until you reach the first traffic light.. A few meters after the traffic light you will observed lines of cars parked and the nasi kerabu stall would be on your right.. Hmmm yummyyyyyyyyy :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Decluttering Time Again

I'm a hoarder, have to admit this. Over the years I surprised myself of how much junk I accumulated. I supposed these are my treasures before but not anymore.

At least I think I managed to clear 30% of the clutter. This week I think I want to clear off the store room. I shudder at the amount of garbage I created.

Really Malaysia should have its own version of car boot sales or salvation army for used cheap items, cz a person's junk could be another's treasure.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Edible Garden

Weekends is here again, and I am back in my home, Kerteh. So this morning, I am monitoring again my edible garden to see their weekly progress.

I am fortunate to have ground compound for things to grow. Well, with a small family and most of them don't like veggies except me.. Buying vegies sometimes resulted in waste (but I use it as organic fertelizer to my decorative plants - just chuck 'em whole into the flowerpots)..

But I digress.. So just see there, I got a few things growing up quite nicely there. A few bird chillies (got it from mum in law).. See! We didn't use any cz there a few of them rotting of the plant).. I use some of it (just by splitting it open and let the seed to the ground).. Some halia (galangal if I am not mistaken).. Just bought a packet of em for a recipe and only using 5%.. So the other I just buried to this plot...

A few bendi (ladyfingers) is also germinating there.. I love bendis.. Bought seed from the Serbajadi brand, was sceptical at first when planting them (had only around 10 seeds in the packet) but the seeds had shown progress just a week after I buried them (very lightly to the earth surface)..

So, I bought another packet of seeds from Serbajadi.. Van Gogh Sunflower.. I love Sunflowers too! Hoping for the same progress too! Wish me luck :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Flooding!!!

Well, have to say that this year monsoon season is fierce.. No wonder when I heard in the news stating that the meteorological dept predicted that the rain this time round would be 60% more than usual.

See the pic there water in front of my house, it has just been 3 days but water had risen since the 1st day. I hope it won't get worse cz if it raised by a few inches more, I am afraid that my house would be flooded as well though it has been safe for the three years plus I have been here.

Tomorrow is my day back to Kerteh, hope everything would be ok for my 3 days weekend (awal muharram is on Sunday :))..

Will take back my old Sportage, certainly a more reliable ride during this wet season esp. if I need to drive trough this watery road.

Monday, November 21, 2011

YES! Malaysia Won the Football SEA Games Against Indonesia....

Yesssss!! Have to share this.. After 120 mins tie 1-1 goal.. Both team had to undergo the penalty shot.. It was full of suspense and both teams are tied up till the end but Malaysia had the final goal!

Salute to the Malaysian team.. After the hardwork, the stress, the mandrum (soi called witch crafts haha).. the jeering of playing in the enemy host country, the managed to emerged victorious!

Go go Harimau Malaya!!!!!

Monsoon 2011 is Here!

Around 3 o'clock this morning, I was waken from a deep slumber by the hard hitting rain.. Sudden but really heavy, well.. Rain mean more comfy sleep for me so I was in deep slumber again soon after that haha :)

Anyway, this morning when I open my door to go for work, I was very surprised to see the amount of water in front of my door.. Just a few hours of rain and this is the result?!? Usually it would take a couple of days of continuos rain previously before my frontyard become a wading pool like that. Anyway, when I read the news it seems that the meteorology department had issued a yellow alert warning for heavy rain in the east coast Malaysia including my state, Terengganu from today til end of the week with high probability of flooding. Yikes! Sound so dire indeed, but logical. Even for a half night of rain, some part of the roads had half of it covered with water esp. those with inadequate drainage (as most in Terengganu are)..

Anyway, I think it would be a good interesting coincidence for the Terengganu's Monsoon Cup to held this weekend, around 25 - 27 November 2011.. Usually the event has been blessed (or unblessed) with sunny days and occasional very light drizzle, but if the weather continue, the race would be heaps interesting with heavy rain, choppy waters with height of almost 3 meters (source the meteorological report just now).. Seems very interesting, ain't it?

Well, have to say, another interesting event is Sukan SEA tonight, the football match between Malaysia and Indonesia, it would be a fierce fight but definitely interesting. I will be in front of my telly cheering "Go! Go! Harimau Malaya!!!!!!!"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bliss at a Messy Home

Just a sweet and simple entry this afternoon. Have to say with two small boys and one big one, being tidy is a challenge. Even if I managed to put things in order, in the next couple of hours it would be messy again.

Though for me it is an eyesore, seems the boys don't mind. Think I have to accept this things, don't worry to much over these small things, treat picking up is a form of exercise (I need to burning of calories anyway).. And let everybody enjoy a happy though messy day :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DeCluttering

Decluttering ni Oprah la buat glamer nih.. Senang cakap clutter tu semak.. Decluttering tu cam buang semak2 la.. So that's what I am doing now.. Buang segala semak samun yang accumulated sejak aku dok sini..

I am getting better at it skrg.. Aku rasa cz dah matured kut and exposed to more things.. Cam gambar tu dari berkotak2 aku managed to squeeze into two main A4 size kotak.. Banyak benda aku buang termasukla losyen and syampoo yang lama2 tuu.. Huhuhuuuu...

Aku kena sort betui2 cz I dun want to bring clutter in my new home. Yang paling aku musykil is nak buang baju kat mana.. Banyak baju sangat la plak.. Hurmmm.. Aku rasa semua org patut pakai uniform jek.. Baru takyah beli baju dah..

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Failing the Kiyosaki Principal

Haha.. Told you I had just finished Kiyosaki's bestseller "Rich Dad Poor Dad".. Among its mantra is buy assets not liabilities.. And teach financial IQ to everybody including children which in this regard, if they want something, let them earn it..

Well, seems like I'm violating most of his principal.. In this case, indulging the kids desire of having a ride on car.. Heheh.. Its definitely not an asset.. So by Kiyosaki's definition I am definitely a middle class.. As I spend, but on liabilities..

Kiyosaki preaches that from your income, you must pay yourselves first by buying assets.. Then from the assets gain, then I could buy these liabilities.. So, I fail that too..

And as it seems I would be buying new sofas, beds and fridge sometime in December, I would be a major failure. More liabilities that would chip more on my income, preventing me from getting more assets and better passive income.

Hahaha.. Sorry for getting so much on the financial.. But worry not, still got something up my sleeves to placate Kiyosaki ;)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Polyland Accomodation Wakaf Che Yeh

Today I have a meeting up till lunchtime. Thought it was only for a day before I was notified there's another meeting tomorrow. I don't feel like driving so I am bringing in my clerk to be a driver. Since his allocation is small, so this time I am trying out budget accomodation.. And the best thing is that the hotel I choose, Polyland is righy smack dab in the middle of Wakaf Che Yeh - Kelantan night to wee morning night market hehehe :)

Thruthfully I am getting bored of Riverview KB, for official function it is ok but it is also a bit dull. You know, for two rooms here, we pay around RM156 only (aka RM78 per room).. Heaps cheaper than a room in Riverview (about RM172 single stay).. Well, Riverview have breakfast, and larger room but Polyland is not bad as well.. Cheap if you pay it on your own, Astro.. WIFI.. And round the night shopping..

Hmmm heaven.. So if you want to learn more.. Just go to http://polylandinn.com. In the meantime, have to go back to my light read "Rich Dad Poor Dad"... Yeah2.. I am slow in getting it but better late than never eh :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Terrapuri Merang

Today I have the good fortune to visit Terrapuri Merang, the owner is Mr. Alex of the reknowed Ping Anchorage Travel Agent of Terengganu. I first read about Terrapuri in MAS's Going Places magazine when I was on flight to London last month. So I am very keen to see with my own eyes the beauty of Terrapuri. What I like most of its feature is its water fountain shown here nearby its pool area. It is actually comprises of floor grinder used in yesteryears. Hahaha.. What a coincidence cz me and hubby was thinking of doing exactly the same thing..

A closer look at the lesung.. had a few of these lying around mom-in-law's house, we were thinking of charting off to make it our own mini water features :)

Terrapuri stems from its owner's passion towards preserving Terengganu old homes. Rather than let it rots down Mr Alex had been purchasing old houses since 18 years ago and then started to think of the niche boutique hotel concept which is how Terrapuri comes to being. It is a bit sad hearing that Malay's do not appreciate their heritage while outside countries such as Germany is keen to getting these heritage treasures and set it up in their museum.. so kudos to Mr. Alex for his initiative!

The bed.. big and comfy.. I think it is best for honeymooners.. there is no TV available in the room but there's one in the community area.. Terrapuri wants you to totally relax without outside distraction and just enjoy the slow pace and beauty of life..




Terrapuri is near to the island of Redang, Perhentian and Lang Tengah.. so if you just want a quick appreciation of simple life, perhaps just stay a day at Terrapuri before going off for the islands, the jetty for the ferry ride is just a few minutes away.

Terrapuri is offering a promotion rate up till March 2012.. so you'll enjoy RM200 off from its usual rate of RM599 till then. Apart from accomodation, Terrapuri are also able to offer Malay Traditional Massage (RM100).. spas.. firefly excursion.. cycling tour to nearby kampungs or villages.. islands hopping.. and lots more... Love to grab these??? Just go to it's official website www.terrapuri.com or www.pinganchorage.com for more info :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Burst Watertank on the way to Genting

Well, have to say that this is the first time it happen to us in our numerous time going up to Genting.

Perhaps it is due partly the first hour going up to Genting Sempah due to the clogging of the highway. As tomorrow is Hari Raya AidilAdha, most of the KL residents are off to balik kampung (back to the hometowns or villages). Most of the East coasters (Kelantan and Terengganu) really celebrate Hari Raya so I believe the bulk of the traffic are theirs.

So we are here stuck with a burst water tank (thank god its only the plastic tank).. And also, there some local guys waiting for chances to make money to repair them.. Hurmmmm.. Still.. Have to wait for the spare part to arrive first.. Hurmmm...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Kebun saya" - My Orchard

About two years ago me and hubby are fortunate in getting around 1 acres of land nearby our home. We were excited in getting it planted with fruit trees mainly rambutans, durians and papayas.

As most of our project, it is a hangat-hangat tahi ayam or hot while it's new dream.

Here it is currently, the ones with the wooden gate. Well, have to say that a quater of the land had successfully planted with banana trees though with the bushes, you can't see much hahahaha... It is also quite nearby the LPT (Lebuhraya Pantai Timur - East Coast Highway) as you can see from the bridge there.

Anyway, as hubby got another of his parcel of land with RISDA's approval for replanting of rubber tree, we might plant another half acres with rubber trees.

Another quarter - I am thinking of our weekend home.. Just a small chalet style house, been thinking of adding some small wading pool in front for the kiddies. The water we will get free cz it is nearby to a waterfall and most of the water here are sourced from there. So, you can be ensure that the small pool is fresh water.. Freely flowing and cool.. Hmmmm...

Around that chalet, I would planted varieties of fruit trees.. So that we could come round plucking fresh fruit as well for the kiddies to enjoy themselves climbing trees. During the weekends that we won't be in, perhaps just to let it as daily rent for those interested to also enjoy the slow pace of life.

Hubby is always thinking of retiring there, enjoying the simple things in live, for us to just enjoy the serenity.. Rubbertapping as a form of exercise and hobby hahaha :P

Hurmmm.. Anyway, in the meantime it would still remain as bushes. Hope we can realise this dream someday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tembaga de Crafts - Terengganu Authentic Copper Brassware Manufacturer

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Tembaga de Crafts, a brassware manufacturer in Terengganu.

Brassware crafting is fast becoming a dying Malaysia artcraft today. In Terengganu, the manufacturer that had use 100% traditional way to do brassware aka handmade brassware is Wanisma, nicely located near the Primula Beach Resort, Kuala Terengganu .. I must say it is still the best hotel in downtown Terengganu. Wanisma's brassware are beautiful, no doubt.

Anyway, Tembaga de Craft or TDC is the new way of crafting brassware. With an improve way of preparing the brass cast developed by SIRIM (a Malaysia government agency focusing of quality and standard), about 50% brassware process are able to be improved while the remaining 50% are still handmade.

I quite like their products that lean more towards modern and cute. For example this tepak sireh or beetlenut holder, it is cuter and more compact than the traditional tepak sireh making it a more suitable decoration for modern home. They also do lots of other handicrafts including souvenior items such as letter opener with traditional handle as well as cast of penyu or turtle, the national emblem of Terengganu.

The owner stated that their problem is competition with Thailand who are able to mass produce brass item. I actually able to buy a brass tepak sireh from Pasar Payang (Handicraft Marketay in downtown Terengganu and got it for around RM80.. But authentic Terengganu ones would cost around RM130 or more. But observing TDC's product, I have to say that theirs were more beautiful as well as more findly crafted.

Well, should you like some of the brass items and like to order some authentic Terengganu item, please contact the owner, Mr. Shahril, his email tembaga_decraft_tdc@yahoo.co.uk.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Johan Perusahaan Batu Permata - Precious Stone Dealer

Last week, just a day before Deepavali I was on the road again. This time to visit five more factory but I am only going to highlight two. Why? Well, I feel sorry for some of these entreprenuers as usually the older generation here, they know their business but not many are IT savvy. So, I would prefer to highlight them in my blog entry so they get the attention they deserved. I have visited these places, and believe me, I won't promote them if I do not believe they deserve it.

Anyway, Mr. Johon is my first highlight cz I believe he is among the few akek stone seller (penjual batu akek) that had graduated into his own akek jewellery store. Here, you can find him operating in one of the units of his local shoplot building in Kampun Bintang, about 10 km away from Setiu town (from Kuala Terengganu direction).

He is a knowledgable fellow, quite young looking considering his age. I thought the small child there with him is his son, but he surprised us stating that the boy is one of his grandchildren. Hehehehe.. supposed dealing with stone with supposedly "supernatural power" give him that young elixer hahaha..

His tool is pretty basic, just using some small machines and manual direction.. therefore you can say it is handmade haha.. Dunno why, during my dealings with overseas buyers, they value anything labelled "handmade" but not here in our own beloved Malaysia. Anyway, please enjoy some of the pics I snapped during my visit.

The man himself, Mr. Johan with the previous lady regent of Kelantan, Tg. Anis. He was always welcomed to display his precious stones and diamond during her reign.


Some of the old tools found at the caves where they usually search for the precious stones, these was found during excavation in the hills of Besut and Setiu. Sometimes, the Terengganu museum also asked to display his collections.

My loot of the day. It is cheappppp!! The purple one is said to have healing property.. amethyst as well as the delima aka red ruby. I had one of these when I was a child, hoping to give it to one of mine, one day.

Some of his collection of precious stone. Those he said with power is the black ones and the speckled ones. Not cute in my opinion but I believe my dad would love this.

Well, if you are interested to get your hand on these authentic chrystal, just call him. Details as follows:-

En. Johan bin Mustaffa
JOHAN PERUSAHAAN BATU PERMATA
Jalan Pusara, Kampung Bintang
22030, Setiu, Terengganu
HP: 012 - 988 9539 / 013 - 975 9381.

Apart from local permata, he also sell precious stones from nearby countries such as Vietnam and Mynmar. Also availables are keris, antique blades and tools and well as crystal bonsai.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lazy Housewife Tips #3 and 4

I am happy this Deepavali cz it fell on a Wednesday. Take leave for Thursday and then, the weekends are here. Four days to undo the damages done haha..

We moved in a few months ago and I have to say that 50% still not done in term of things to be put in their places.

So, tip no. 3 is focused on segments of your house, perhaps room by room basis. Previously, I did Kimi's. Thought to do Haikal's. It had been a sort of store for unfolded and unsorted clothes at the moment. I hope to do it today and get it spick and span before I can focused on the living room.

Tip no. 4 related to kiddies especially for smaller demanding ones like my Haikal. He always demanded for me to be near him. Prayertime also an uncomfy affair as he would stand in front of me, won't budge and sometimes even try to pull my tudung or shawl off. Cute but exesperating is when he wriggle on his little butt sitting on my lap whenever I was on tahayyat akhir position heheh..

So, simple solution is just put a box of toys in each room. Just a small selection will do cz you flit from room to room, he will have new toys to play in each room. And hope, during this lull period you will get the work done :D

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lazy Housewife Tips #2 I'm Not a Superwoman

I have always love this song since I was a child. The tittle is apt though the lyrics not so.. But the melody and vocal is still wonderful.

Anyway, I am a weekend mum. Nowadays my workload is too tight forcing me to travel most of the weeks. I only able to meet my boys during weekends.

And being greeted with mayhem at home - you know how guys are.. Unwashed dishes, toys abound, bathrooms ransacked.. Sometimes my temper flared..

However, I think the guys do not really notice. Only I do, I supposed.

So, I decided I will not pressure myself, I will do things 1 thing only at a time. No need to rush and no need to become perfect. Need to remind myself that I am not a superwoman.. Enjoying my time with my family is heaps better than enjoying the spick and span home that is little joy. :)




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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sudara Beach Resort Tok Bali

For work, I had to stay to Sudara Beach Resort in Tok Bali, about 45 minutes from Kota Bharu, the main town of Kelantan yesterday. It was a work visit, and I was a bit grumpy as I was only able to be there starting from 11pm. Haha... well, I have to put the blame on hubby's shoulder as he was the one who wanted to go to KL first for Homedec 2011 in KLCC, but we are not able to buy the hood we wanted, cz apparently the brand we wanted only take orders first but only able to deliver the good after a week.

And then a very long drive over winding country roads from Kuala Lumpur via Bentong / Kuala Lipis / Gua Musang before we are able to reach Kota Bharu. We started off at around 12 pm.. and only able to reack KB around 8.. wow! Thurthfully I never use this road before but have to say now, I have the deepest respect to my Kelantanese friends working in KL and driving back to their village especially during Hari Raya to Kelantan, no wonder during Eid, when I saw their status, sometimes up to 16 hours will be spend on the road due to the numbers of vehicle, bad roads (during my unbusy trip, even us cannot overtake other vehicles as it was too dangerous)..




Anyway.. have to say, Sudara is a bit neglected in my opinion. Perhaps the 10 years of its first opened, and the nearby sea make it rusted more quickly. The room rate is reasonable in my opinion, around RM170 for seaview to RM125 for garden view.

Having said that, I would say it still have potential. It has this wonderful sea nearby its chalets with wonderful view of nearby Susu Dara Island.. I was informed that this is how Sudara derived its name from. The beach is nice and clean with remnents of long seashell abound, I think that because it is a private beach, that's why there's soo many of this shells around. There are also a pool area which my sons truly enjoyed.. and which I am soooo very jealous of them as I had to work early that morning! Grrrrrrr...

Anyway, we were given glimpses of what Sudara aim to improved in the next few years. For instant, they are aiming to build a mini water theme park there which is expected to complete sometime next year 2012. If it is done, Kelantan would be able to welcome its first theme park! It would also build new hotel rooms to cater for the growing demand.. apparently Sudara enjoys 100% occupancy rate during weekends! No wonder.

We were also given explainantion on mud balls. During the first night I arrived, I had to admit that the stench of swampy area besides the resort had put me off. Afterwards, I was informed that it was before a beautiful river but due to drainage projects was cut off by an irrigation canal making the water stagnant and smelly. During the ceremony, mudballs was thrown in signifying Sudara's commitment to turn around the swampy river into healthy beautiful stream.

I think if all these plans are done, Sudara would be among the top three best hotels in Kelantan after Renaissance Kota Bharu and Grand Riverview Kota Bharu, and definitely the first for Beach Resort in Kelantan. So.. if you want to go the Kelantan to enjoy both the shopping and the beach, why not try Sudara Beach for your next visit.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Inside an Express Bus Again!

Today is a full day of travelling for me. In Kota Bharu (KB) earlier today for a meeting and a factory visit. Then back to my office base Kuala Terengganu, a longer time we took this afternoon, don't know why.. Too many cars and lorries as well as snail pace old cars along the way.

We reached KT around 620.. Most of the busses for that time is already full so I had to take up Nini Express, they said it's a special day as it would depart at 730 rather than the usual 830.. The ticket to KB to Kemaman would cost RM15 and about 2 - 2.5 hours. My hometown is Kerteh around 30 km less than the final destination.

I seldom ride a bus nowadays.. Well, when you have your own care.. You definitely will prefer your own ride where you can pace your own time and control your ride. The reason I'm on the bus right now is I will do a round trip starting tomorrow from Kerteh to KL for Homedec 2011 at KLCC.. Hubby wants to search for home appliances aka the hob for the stove and perhaps just go round window shopping knick knacks.

Anyway, so from KL we will drive down to KB again as I will have a Pecah Tanah or Breaking Ground ceremony at Sudara Beach Resort Tok Bali - googling their sites seems like theirs' is a very nice resort. Thought of enjoying the afternoon there first before doing the job hahahaha :)

Then back to KT.. When I will rest for a day before going for another full day of factory visits in Besut which is halfway between KT and KB hahaha..

As then it would be Depavalii.. Then the next morning after the factory visits (which I suspect will finished at around 9pm).. Back to Kerteh for a well deserved rest.. Yesssss!!!

After that I would face another busy week which I won't bother you with. Thank god I love my job but had to admit, I really missed my unbusy days sitting at my desk office. I hope December would be a more relaxing month. Aminnn...


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lazy Housewifes' Tips #1: Clothes Hanges System

Just saw a friend's FB status a few seconds ago.. Stating a dilemma when child's want disrupt her cloth folding chores.

I have to say I don't like folding cloths.. First because it's time consuming.. Something when you fold, it might end up not looking nice, clothes also got lost and mixed up during folding.. As well as sometimes when somebody took something from the fold, things would fall down.

So, I had over the years devise this simple system - hangers! It is quite simple really.. From the washing machine, just put clothes on hanger.. For kids or small size adults, buy hangers with waist so that you can hang both the shirts as well as pants/skirts on the waist. Then just dry the clothes out and after that just hang them. Easy peasy.

Have to say you need to buy lots of hangers but for me it a one time investment. You can also take stocks of your clothes quicky as well as to avod shopping for unnecessary addition of clothes when you see that your clothes filled all the rack space. For me, it is also good cz you could take note of cloths rotation and selection.



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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halal Handmade Quality Leather Products from Malaysia

Another company that I also had the fortune to visit is Terengganu's own Cosmopal or better known as Trg Leather Sdn. Bhd.

Made from locally reared Jamnapuri or Boer goats .. These goats are wholly used, nothing will be waste. The poop is recycled as organic fertilizer.. The meat is also sold. The excess milk from Mommy Goat got very high demand and now, the leather had been used as leather goods.

I quite like their leather jackets. Really it is very nice. It offers full range of handmade leather products such as bags (ladies.. Guys.. Briefcase.. Handbags..), belts, caps etc. Based on their sojourn to overseas trade fairs, their products enjoy quick demand from overseas people saying it is competitively price.

Another quirk that I observed, Malaysian people values uniformity.. Preferring machine made with their straight lines of stitching but apparently overseas buyers prefer items to be handmade and it is worth multiple time than machine made.

They also fulfilling their CSR obligation by providing employment of poor people, single mothers or people with disability challenges.

So.. If you like to learn more, please visit them at their local website: www.cosmopalfarm.com or UK sales website: www.trgleather.co.uk. For orders, perhaps can contact them at trgleather_hq@gmail.com or cosmofarm-operation@gmail.com. Their are also around Malaysia with MAHA as their best platform for local market.


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Riverview KB againnnn...

Well, as usual every month would be incomplete without going to KB for assignment.. This time we will be doing a seminar on 12 Steps to Exporting..

As usual my hotel of choice is Riverview KB, I would say that it is the 2nd best hotel in Kelantan. It is an older hotel and reign as the best before Renaissance comes to town. Well, the rates not so bad, for government servant single would be around RM176 and double RM196.

There are sections of the room being newly furbished while some had the older design. Though a bit "mature", it doesn't smell musty which is a plus point. Located besides the Kelantan river, it used to be the fashionable part of Kelantan town but with the building of new attractions such as KB Mall, Tesco and Wakaf Che Yeh, it had been quieter. As most part of KB old town, some of the empty spaces had been converted towards being swiftlets bird house which had silently given their owners silent money (hahaha meaning silent from being tax-free :))..

Nearby Riverview, there are two places for a nice eating experiance. The first one is the Wau Restaurant... A nicely decorated place (better than secret recipe decor) serving Thai Food, a bit of Kelantanese and Western. To the right side of the hotel is the super famous soup and grilled meat (daging bakar) whom even a Terengganu entreprenuer would come and sample their dishes every month! For a simpler meal, directly opposite the hotel is a KFC outlet! :)



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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Malaysia's Java Tea @ Misai Kucing

In my course of work, I have the privilege of meeting with nice entreprenuers.. Most of them are micro entreprenuers with limited resources.. Their products are good but they are having a little bit of difficulty in promoting their products..

They are also generous.. For example, during my last work duty at Karnival Halal Jeli.. I was pressured by one of the district health official (that's the problem of being chummy with people hahaha.. U got the perks as well as not so good thingy hehehehe).. I was a bit apprehensive you know.. Deep down I know I am obese now.. Too many good food I'll say..

Anyway.. My test results showed that yeah.. I am obese.. Yadda yadda.. Buttt.. I am surprised that I have sympton of onset diabetes.. Yikessss!!!

Anyway.. After that when going round the booth, I met up with En. Kamaruddin, the KBY Agrotech owner. Wailing my frustration to him (we are quite chummy you see).. He scolded me saying that I should try his product.. The Herbal Java tea or better known as Misai Kucing or Cat's Whisker..

So, I got this box or 30 sachet free.. Usually it would cost RM20.. Googling online even highlight by FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia) stated that it has been traditionally used to treat diabetes and gall stone.

Anyway.. Googling again.. Most would advise to just plant the Misai Kucing plant and use the leafs as ulam or salad.. Another suggestion is to boil the misai kucing plant (from about a hand height from ground area to top) until it releases yellowish colour such as tea.. Ensure that the water is boil fully.. It can be drank hot or cool.

Anyway.. For those who are press for time, perhaps would only prefer to buy the prepackaged Java tea such as myself. For more info, perhaps can email Pok Din at kbyagrotek@yahoo.com (Bahasa Malaysia only please).

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Time Flies..

Am currently watching Doreamon at the moment.. Watching the face of my youngest enjoying his favourite show..

Wondering what kind of person he's gonna be when he grows up..
At 25, I'll be around 59.. Just retired..
My mum's 61 now.. Then she'll be 86..

Will she be still here? Will I be alive?

That why they say that yesterday's the past.. Tomorrow's the future.. Now is the present.. A gift for us to savour..

How good or how bad a time is.. I wish it would last forever..



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Roti Canai - Malaysia's Best Breakfast

I usually take simple breakfast on workdays.. A 3 in one beverage sachet such as Milo and Nescafe.. And two piece of Jacob's biscuit.. That's all I need to power tru lunch.

Just on weekdays I am able to enjoy the truly Malaysian breakfast.. A roti canai or better know as paratha worldwide and a glass of teh tarik..

What's special about Roti Canai? Well, it is probably the best 1Malaysia meal meaning it is enjoyed by every race in Malaysia.. Malays.. Chinese.. Indians.. Indeginious.. It is best to consumed slowly while catching on gossips with friends or watching the latest Liverpool vs Man U football match or even the local Terengganu vs Kelantan match hahaha..

The round shape roti or bread is made up of flour.. Keep aside to raise for a while before shaped into a ball.. When an order came, the ball will be kneaded into a rounded shape, twirled a few time (the most advance will be twirled on air and caught again).. The proses will be done a few times.. Before the roti is fold to form a rectangular shape for a plain roti canai.. If you desire the roti canai telur (egg), pisang (banana), sardin (sardines).. The said additional item will be put in the centre of the roti before being fold..

After that, the roti will be fried on a flat iron skillet to fry with little bit of oil for a bout 5 mins.. Before it is ready to serve piping hot with a small plate of curry or dhall for me and you to enjoy.. Yummyyyyy!!!


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Boat Ride @ Kuala Terengganu

One of the thing I like about my job is the perks.. I deal with companies, and usually free samples are abundant. However, chances of riding something somebody did is rare indeed.

So, today I have the prevlidge of riding a boat built by MSET Shipbuilding of Terengganu. Wahhh.. I like!

We are able to ride a boat used by the Malaysian maritime test-using new Yamaha machine. Wow! At first the boat started slow, and then it speed up to 48 knots which was pretty fast. My colleague had to hang fast to her tudung or head covering, afraid that it would fly away. I myself only managed to snap a few pics, as instinctively I know that the gust of wind by the speed would tore my BB away from my grip. I had a funny moment thinking that the wind whipping our faces makes our faces all funny with the excess flesh whipping around with the wind.. Haha..

The boat is durable as well as very stable, I was anticipating that the ride would be rough especially after going upriver, we also had a round into the open sea. It was still a choppy ride but not much. As it is a speed boat, the ride finished fast, I think I might go for a slow boat ride someday.. Heard somebody told me that it is around RM10 only return trip from Kuala Terengganu town near Pasar Payang market to Taman Temadun Islam. Hmm..


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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Time for a Break :)

Hiya there! It is Sunday and while everybody's having a rest on weekend, we're on the East Coast is on our first day of the week.. Not that I am complaining you all, kinda like it cz Sunday is a relaxing work day for us.. Hahahaha :P

So, enjoying my cuppa of instant Nescafe there at my desk.. Mind you I'm not a Unisza staff, got that very nice mug earlier this year when I gave a small briefing to a group of students there...

Also shown there is one of the last shortbread cookies I've cilok or taken from my Tistle Hyde Park London.. Nice cookie for an afternoon cuppa..

Tea anyone :)
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Porcupine @ My Mum's House

Think this year I'm a bit fortunate, first I saw the elusive tapirs then during the weekend at mom's, I saw a landak or porcupine.

Must admit, this is the second time I saw live porcupine. Last time I saw them was at my friend's house when I was around 12. Her dad's kept a group of them at their backyard as lifestock.

The same thing happen when I posted the porcupine pics on my FB.. Lotsa my friends commented on the deliciousness of porcupines be it rendang style or plain fried.

Thruth be told, my family is the type that would eat animal that we reared. For example chickens. Think around 2-3 times my dad slaughter our chicken but us children do not partake a single bite. So, when the livestock become a lot, we usually sold it to the third party.

So, with the porcupine, we just let it be. Think it must be someones pet as it is tame. It pursued me the first day and as you can see from the picture, became still when I raise my foot. I got an instinct that it wanted me to pet him, but seeing his spiky body, I don't think I'll be that friendly with him.



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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why So Many Visitors Today??!??

Am quite surprised actually to see soo many people visiting my blog today.. Around 300.. Wow!

Well.. This blog is actually for me to jot down something I found interesting in a jiffy.. Or when I am bored.. Or get some extra time before a meeting started. And having a free BB with full internet access help greatly haha.. Just I can only post a pic in one entry though I snapped many is the only disadvantage.. Ahh well.. Perhaps when I get a Galaxy Tab, I'll post more pics folks (but not so in the near future) hahaha :P

Anyway.. Back to the Qs on hand.. Apparently when I check tru my Feedjit, I saw the traffic is from Facebook.. I really wonder why.. I don't think I had linked anything to my FB on this.. Hurmm.. Point to ponder!


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Monday, October 3, 2011

A Malaysia Night at Trafalgar Square London 2011

Sorry for updating late! Is composing this entry at my hotel lobby Tistle Hyde Park but my UK's BTOne 5 days wifi access had just expired.. So will only be able to update my blog as soon as I step on Malaysia when my Maxis line is restored.

Had just finished the Malaysia Kitchen Trafalgar 2011.. Wow! I must admit reading the news and the report is something.. But being there, absorbing the sight, sound, smell, touch, taste is definitely bring the whole world of difference.

I was there during the day a bit early. So had time to have a bit to eat at Pret a Manger (was wondering what's the place all about.. But had very nice salmon sandwich and lemonade there :)).. Then a whole bit of culture and beautiful potraits at the national museum.. Wow! We Malaysian never had painting that survive hundreds of years like the European.. Wow!

Then the event started at three where the 20+ stalls are able to sell food. Was observing the whole senario when Trafalgar started to be filled up with Londoners.. Some had start staking places at Trafalgar steps to wait for the traditional performance. When the smell of food.. Satays cooking and delicious rendang and nasi lemak came wafting by.. People started going off in search of the Malaysian food..

I was enjoying myself seeing the Londoners and also European tourists start digging in their Malaysian food. Satay seemed to be the favourite choice of food followed by Rendang and rice.. Roti Canai.. Some of the noodles.. Malaysia curries.. Apam Balik even.. Well, there is something for everyone... :)

When the show started around 430.. After the Malaysian High Commission, Deputy Mayor of London.. And the State Secretary of Terengganu Government (Yay!!! That's my home state by the way).. The atmostphere started to become festive! I was happy to see the performance of the Terengganu dancers.. Have to admit, I haven't even seen some of the dances or heard the song they sang that evening - it was definitely pure traditional Terengganu performance :)

I really enjoyed seeing Londoners enjoying themselves especially those that had enjoyed themselves as well as doing the jigging to the song melodies. The crowd grow steadily until it swell at around five after the Londoners finished their working hours. Lines to buy food become longer and space to navigate become more and more difficult. Really had a fun time seing these Londoners enjoying themselves as well.

The event stopped at around 10 - a requirement by the London Authority. Most of the stalls had sold off their products. From my visits and observations to the Malaysian restaurants, Londoners had become more aware of the Malaysian cuisines and patronage had increased steadily. Not bad for a two year event :)


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Shopping @ Oxford Street

Well, now I know why people enjoy shopping in London. Apart from the high street item, there are shops offering quality products at competitive pricing. Malaysians and Londoners for example, enjoy shopping at Primark Oxford Street.. Quality products at cheap price. I am now extra big bones so I enjoyed buying pants and lingerie here.. No awkawd staring.. Easy to find my size.. And cheap price.. Wow!

Am thinking of buying a nice jacket but as autumn is here.. Most of the clothing are geared towards being extra warm .. However, I did bought a five pound winter coat at a car boot sales (a steal there definitely).. A leather satchel at Mark and Spencer.. Hurmm.. Have to say, really enjoy the shopping spree :)



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

London Day 1

Today as my second day at London.. Still using my Malaysia time as I had awaken since 3+ am.. (That would be around 10 am in Msia) and can't sleep at all after that..

London weather was nice yesterday.. Sunny and the temp was around 19 c.. So not so bad going around with the light business suit.. At night, it was different - cold (for a Msian newly at London I supposed)..

I'm here for work purpose actually - for Malaysia Kitchen Trafalgar London 2011 which would be on tomorrow, 23 Sept 2011.. So as part of the tour, we also do rounds visiting Malaysia restaurants.. As it was an official thing, we would be very privelidge as we would meet the owner themselves!

So, after flying in at Heathrow (LHR - haha Heathrow Airport abbreviation.. When I first saw it in the flight monitor, I mistakenly thought it as Lahore, Pakistan hahahaha)...

We arrived around 5.30 am after 12.30 hours flight (what a long flight).. And at the gate meet with our TC.. A very hardworking and friendly guy - really suitable for his current post..

A quick stop at Tistle Hyde Park where we will stay for the next 6 days.. At noon we went to our London office for a brief..

Then lunchtime at TukDin's.. Wow! Very nice Malaysia food - Gulai Daging Salai, Telur Sambal, Ikan Bakar and asam for dip (they put in Bunga Kantan or Laksa Flower there - and the taste is awesome).. Have to say that they had adapted the recipe a bit to suit the blander Londoner taste, but very tasty! I enjoy their food and I was told that the Sultan of Brunei and some Malaysia royalty also enjoy their food.. No wonder! I totally agree with them.

Then for dinner, we went to Melati downtown. Well, I must say I kept my eyes open as they are some light red ligjt district there.. Haha wonder if I can go in one during my time here. We met their young lawyer owners whom are really friendly and full of insights on way to make Malaysia Kitchen better.. We enjoyed their Assam Pedas Ikan, Shrimp sambal with Petai, Daging dendeng, Tom Yam soup and finished with Bubur Pulut Hitam. Thruthfully, their food is nice but nearing 9 pm or around 4 Malaysian time, we were falling asleep on our delicious food :P

I observed that their restaurant enjoy quite a good patronage perhap because of their strategic location. It was gratifying to see the faces of Londoners enjoying their Malaysian food.. I was feeling pride when told that Malaysian food is currently the rage as celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsey and some others have endorsed Malaysian food.. Even the best soap drama here Coronation Street mention in some of their dialog that they are off to enjoy some Malaysian dinner and wanting to go holiday in Malaysia! Wow!

Well, if you happen to be in London now, be it Malaysian or London.. Come visit us at Malaysia Kitchen Trafalgar tomorrow.. There would be special presentation from my state, Terengganu - Nasi Dagang (glutinious rice with fish curry and veggie acar salad), keropok lekor (fish sausage) that is a must snack for Malaysia and Terengganu traditional dance performace and wayang kulit (shadow puppet to boot!)..

I'll be around as well eating my way tru Malaysian delight.. Satay, Teh Tarik, mee mamak, assam laksa, well, the list is endless.. I will never go hungry for Malaysia food during my time here :)

More info, please visit Malaysia Kitchen London website.. http://www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk.. They are also on Facebook! See you there!!


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

At KLIA.. Off to London at 2345 :)

Well, had arrived in KLIA since 515.. And been hanging around since then.. What to do la.. Have to wait for the HQ delegates to come as well as definitely loads of things to bring over to London.. They are expected to be here around 930 so till then I supposed I have to hang around till then...

Hurmm.. Well, I have deleted all extra pics and smses on my phones.. That took me around 1 hour.. Was searching for UK currency but they just ran out.. What to do lah... Have to wait around 8 for a new batch of currency to come in..

Anyway.. All things are tiptop.. I just haven't gotten thru making my office line to roam.. Hope they can do it even after I'm off overseas..

Also my friend from Italy asked me to come visit her.. I dunno.. Do I want to.. Well, I am keeping my option open at the moment.. But I think I am more keen to come back to KT than visiting Milan hahaha but you never know right :P






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Terengganu Airport..

Well, I am on my first leg of my journey to Trafalgar.. Where else? Terengganu Airport definitely. My flight is at 415 so I got at least 20 mins to kill time at the airport...

Brought myself a handluggage containing souveniors for the London staffs.. Mini Songket Teddy keychain.. Definitely a novelty item as I can't see them anywhere as yet..

Got also as my onboard item.. My big bag and a box of Kak Yah's keropok keping.. She is silent on the value.. Making me wonder if she's giving them free??

Hurmm.. So arriving in KL at 5.. And my next flight is around midnight.. 6 hours to kill.. Can't check in early as I need to help carry stuffs from HQ.. Ooohhh.. My two baggage is only 18.8 kg so got around 11kg to spare..

What else.. At KLIA I need to do a few thing..
1) Get a book or magazine to read
2) Get a charger for my BB.. Don't think I'll activate roaming..
3) Change my outgoing flight ticket to a later one..

Hurrmmm.. Well definitely feeling surreal.. Can't believe I'm going to UK as yet heheheheh :)

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cheap Winter Clothing from China :)

Well, tomorrow is my trip to UK and thank god, my two articles of winter clothing has arrived...

You know Malaysian and our hot weather - we are terrified of cold weather such as in UK though I heard that it is currently spring - so not so cold haha.. Well, think better be prepared right?! :)

So, I just do my shopping online for hard to find stuffs.. Here I got my long johns from lelong.my - complete with post @ RM41.. Then googling I found one blog shop perfect winter and this nice winter jacket at RM185.. Ok la.. Cz I know if I go to flagship store, it would usually be RM500 above.. Hehe..

Anyway, while I was window shopping at Pasaraya Ku ( a chain of cheap clothing from China prevalent in Malaysia ) .. I chance upon another winter jacket - this time water repellant.. What's the price??? RM41.90... Wow! Too bad I have paid the online one, still bought it as it is cheap! Besides, still can give it to hubby when we're off on holiday to a cold climate country (hopefully soon)!

Haha.. What I can say, that all of these are China made. Well, as consumers, bet we all wanted cheap prices, besides for just a week trip, spending RM 268 is better option than thousands. Besides, I can use the excess budget for SHOPPING there! Maybe some good leather goods with branding! Oh, an an electric car for the boys - just saw a few at Kota Bharu.. RM350 only! Wow!
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Going to Trafalgar?

Hehe I might be going to London next week.. I said might cz I haven't received anything concrete yet except for an approval memo..

Well.. I must say that I am really excited on this haha.. Well, not everyday I've been given chances to go overseas.. I supposed I'm not furtunate in that regards..

If I'm able to go.. I suppose I only have Japan as my must have destination left.. For other country, I am not so excited.. I supposed having the cheap Air Asia fare is a factor..

Anyway.. Currently I am also shopping for my winter thing.. A jacket and long john. That's it. I supposed for the others, I can buy them in London if needed. Maybe I just need to stock up on socks..

Hmmm.. Well, before that I'll be very busy doing my job.. Thinking of having a holiday after that!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sardines in Tomato Sauce - My Favourite Meal :)

I love sardines since I was a child. It is one dish I always cook when I'm here during weekdays at Bukit Payung. I prefer to eat it with bread as opposed to rice. I think they go together better.

Hmmm.. Cooking sardines is easy and quick. Need to prepare the ingredient first so that you can toss them together quickly. I am a bit of a lazy cook so for a big 425 gram can of sardines in tomato sauce.. I use 3 cloves of garlic (I love garlic).. 1 small onions for the initial aroma and 1 extra large big onions to add at the end (I love onions too).. Oh.. And around 2-3 asam keping to add sourness and some cili api (bird chilli) for the extra heat - haha I just pick them from my garden.

First just saute the garlic and small onion until it brown.. Put in the asam keping.. Stir them around a bit.. Put in the sardines.. Some extra water.. Wait a minute till it boiled.. Add on the chilli and lastly the big onion. I love my onions a bit crunchy so I just shut off the fire at this point.

Yumm yummm.. Have to say.. That the smell make me salivate.. And I am fasting today for the special fast of Syawal - hahaha just to extend my diet actually :P

Hmm.. Hubby don't like sardines, the same goes to Kimi, my eldest who only love egg, egg and more eggs.

But I think Haikal is following my footstep.. Had observed him dipping bread in my sardins with much concentration and delight :D



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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hungry Ghost month ‘wrong time to meet departed loved ones’

Oooo.. additional news that I found when googling :)

Hungry Ghost month ‘wrong time to meet departed loved ones’

By WINNIE YEOH
winnie@thestar.com.my

PARTICIPANTS of a netherworld tour were not able to meet their dead relatives there because it was then the Hungry Ghost month, when the spirits had wandered off to our world instead.

Tze Bei Guan Yin Centre leader Master Kek Eng Seng, who led a tour of 54 people to visit the netherworld in conjunction with the Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival) at Padang Brown in Penang, said only one participant managed to catch a glimpse of a departed loved one.

“She later told me she saw her mother in front of her but couldn’t speak to her. Her mother then went to her side,” he said.



Experienced spiritual guide: Master Kek who recently led 54 people to tour the netherworld “After the event, I asked Dou Mu Niang Niang (the mother of the nine deities) who explained to me that it was the wrong time for meeting with departed relatives as it was their ‘holiday’.”

Master Kek said sceptics who harboured suspicions about the tour to the netherworld were not able to enter it, as they were doubtful of the possibility and could not relax their mind.

“Sometimes it is also because of the person’s karma, which determines the ‘places’ he or she will go.

“About 20 people out of the group managed to enter the netherworld and see something,” he said when met at his centre in Church Street here on Thursday.

Touted to be the first outdoor netherworld tour held in the nation, the event on Aug 27 attracted over 200 registrants but only 55 were selected to participate. However, a middle-aged woman left before the tour took place.

Master Kek said the woman had the “third eye”, which could see spirits even without going to the netherworld:

“Before we started, she saw spirits wandering around and was afraid.”

After the tour, some claimed they saw lights, monks, spirits, and even a street of shopping malls and a waterfall.

A participant known only as Sun, 27, claimed she saw a monk gesturing to her to follow him. Master Kek explained that the monk was actually Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy.

“She must has a good heart for the monk to show her the way. If she had followed him, she would have been taken to a temple where she would see many monks chanting there,” he said.

As for 65-year-old Wong Mun Cheong’s sighting of a ghost, Master Kek said it was the Tai Su Yah (King of Hades).



Entering another realm: Master Kek hitting the gong and cymbal during the 'tour' to lead the way “He said the ‘ghost’ later ‘exploded’ into thousands of people. Those were Tai Su Yah’s guards. They all then converged and took the form of Buddha, which is actually Guan Yin as depicted on the head of Tai Su Yah,” he said.

He added that in the netherworld, one loses sense of time.

“One year down there equals to about 10 human years.

“An experienced guide is needed to lead the tour because if it is not conducted properly, the soul would not come back.

“That will cause the person to become loon, or some other spirits might take control of the person,” he explained.

He also said that the bright lights reported by photographer Chiang Kee Chuan, 30, were a sign from Guan Yin.

“Guan Yin gave him a notion to become a vegetarian but it is up to him,” he said.

Master Kek said that during the tour, Datuk Gong came to help guide the participants to the netherworld.

“Many participants heard the coughing of an old man though no one was coughing nearby. It was in fact Datuk Gong,” he said.

He said that a man who took off the blindfold halfway through the journey later told him that he felt like he was suffocating and being pulled downwards.

As for Janice Phuah, 36, who saw shopping malls, a sports car and a waterfall, Master Kek said the place was ‘Liu Jiao Jie’ or Six Corner Street.

Master Kek, who studied Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, fortune-telling and feng shui and has 28 years of experience in dealing with spiritual matters, said he had visited many places in the netherworld.

“I have seen a bloody lake where aborted babies float and have gone through a hanging bridge where people who have done bad deeds fall off into a snare of a tiger and a snake,” he said.

“Those who are doubtful of the netherworld or the tour will know one day when they leave the world,” he said.

Participants of the tour were led through a series of ceremonies, which included walking through hell’s gates and burning of hell bank notes.

The ‘tourists’ were then blindfolded with black and yellow cloth folded with amulets, said to be the ‘tickets’ to the netherworld. They also had ‘passports’, written with their names, strapped around their necks.

The actual tour lasted for about an hour. When it ended past midnight, the participants went through another cleansing ceremony by Master Kek before they went home.

Updates on the Penang Hell Tour:- 54 people go on ‘hell’ tour

Hmm.. I hope more of the participants share their experiance to the afterworld.


By FONG KEE SOON and WINNIE YEOH
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

GEORGE TOWN: In a scene akin to an occult movie, 54 people sat in darkness except for light from candles and burning prayer papers.

All dressed in white, they sat still and did not make any move.

Their eyes were covered with a piece of black or yellow cloth, with an amulet inserted, as they sat under a large tent.

All the while, a crowd of more than 100 people stood watching in silence, curious as incense smoke filled the air.



All set: Master Kek (standing) giving his final instructions before leading the participants on their journey to ‘hell’.

The silence was only broken by a Buddhist master's constant chanting of sutras as well as sounds from drums and cymbals.

The group of people sitting, which included journalists, were participants of the first-ever outdoor netherworld or hell “tour” in Malaysia held at Padang Brown in conjunction with the ongoing Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival) last night.

The “tour leader” was Tze Bei Guan Yin Centre leader Master Kek Eng Seng, who has 28 years of experience in dealing with spiritual matters and has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, fortune-telling and feng shui.

Previously, he only conducted such “trips” within the confines of a temple.

The “tour” is for believers of the spiritual world to interact with their loved ones and friends who have passed on.

“It is also aimed at learning and understanding one's purpose in life based on what has been encountered down there,” said the 52-year-old Master Kek.

The “tour” began at 8.30pm when the particpants were briefed on the dos and don'ts as well as the night's proceeding. The ceremony then started with them passing through “hell's gate” before proceeding to burn a huge pile of hell bank notes.

They then went on a brief procession along the road, which ended at another side of the field where the tent was set up.

Sales manager Janice Phuah, 36, from Kuala Lumpur said she “saw” a sports car and a neat street with shopping malls.

“I also saw a large waterfall with a beautiful scenery but the strange thing was that there was no one around,” she said after the tour.

The tour was jointly organised by the Penang Teong Guan Association and the state government.

A ceremony to send off Tai Su Yeah (King of Hades) will also be held from 7pm at the same place today.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kids & Clutters..

My second boy Haikal is a clutter magnet.. Everytime I put his toys away neatly, he would almost all the time declutter them straight away.. And me putting them besides our tv is making the clutter an eyesore..

So simple solution suggested by the practical mr. Hubby, put the toys and kids thingy behind us, nearby the dining area.. Yep, that solve the problem neatly, let the kids declutter things at their own space and I will not be bothered so much as it is not is our line of vision aka the television and such.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Merdeka Raya :)

Let me be honest here - the reason I love Raya so much is definitely the food. The must have that my mom always prepare is the lontong or some would call it Lodeh.. Nasi kapit (himpit or pressed rice).. Mixed together with Sayur Masak Lemak (veggie with coconut) - put extraa suhoon please and sambal bilis (anchovies sambal).. And I am in heaven.. It is my mom's signature dish on Hari Raya and in Terengganu, where Nasi Dagang is the usual Raya dish, it stand out on its own. We managed to teach some of my brothers' friends to eat them.. And now for Hari Raya, they would come in droves to savour it hahaha :)

Another one is the Rendang Daging - for the past few years I would be the one sponsering the purchase of meat.. But let me tell you, the way my mom cooks it - again, heaven on earth. It is nice to be eaten with lemang (glutanious rice cooked in bamboo with coconut milk).. But, sometimes when lemang would be out of stock (we purchase lemang - never tried to cook it).. Nasi kapit is suffice and even add to the lontong, it would be stupendeous.

Hmmm.. I love Hari Raya :)

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