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.