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Friday, 21 August 2009

August birthday celebrations & Salam Ramadan!

Every year in August, we celebrate birthdays of Pak Su (10th), Tok Abah (15th) and Mommy (17th). This year, Tok Abah's birthday fell on a Saturday. Hence, the big celebration dinner was held on that particular Saturday night.

Everytime there's a celebration dinner, we will decide on where to go. Sometimes it can be somewhere new and sometimes places that we've been to and like. This time we decided to have dinner at the PJ Hilton hotel. It was my first time there though everyone else have been there for quite a number of times before. There were supposed to be 10 of us; myself, Mommy, Dadda, Tok Abah, Tok Mama, Pak Su, Aunty Huda, Mak Lel, Aunty Ina and Aunty Min but Mak Lel and Aunty Min couldn't make it at the very last minute. We had a buffet dinner and there were quite a variety of food!


Enjoying my meals with Mommy & Dadda..

Everyone obviously enjoyed the food and had a really good time. We talked and laughed and made jokes and towards the end, presented Tok Abah with his birthday gift which Mommy and Tok Mama had bought earlier during the day. We all shared (at least the adults did...) and bought Tok Abah a new phone. Mommy said Tok Abah had a really old phone which was a classic and had existed since the middle ages (I don't know when that was!). So, now, Tok Abah has a brand new advanced handphone which he can carry everywhere and not hide behind a door whenever he answers the phone.






Tok Abah getting his birthday present from me!

I was actually just recovering from viral fever so my appetite wasn't as good as always, although I did eat bits of pieces of whatever Mommy took for me. Besides that and a baby who couldn't stop crying at a table behind us which made me very uneasy, we had a blast! Pak Su got new garments from top to bottom from everyone.


One for the album!

On Sunday, we spent sometime with Mama and Papa, together with Tok Abah and Tok Mama at a hi-tea event where I had more good food! Before we headed home that night, Aunty Huda and Mak Lel gave Mommy her birthday present. They gave Mommy a new bag which she really loved and on midnight, at home, Dadda gave Mommy a present too! It was also a new phone but a different one from Tok Abah's, of course. Mommy was delighted to see the new phone that she's been eyeing on for quite sometime. We wished Mommy Happy Birthday and gave her hugs before we went off to bed.

On Monday, Mommy's birthday, she had to go to office very early in the morning. I didn't get to see her when she left but she and Dadda came back earlier than usual and we went to Subang Jaya for a swim with Tok Abah, Tok Mama and Pak Su. After that, Tok Abah treated us to a nice dinner at the restaurant we went on Mother's Day and Aunty Huda joined us.
Check out the full pictures of the awesome birthday bash we had below!

August B'Day Bash


So, to sum it all up, last weekend was a wonderful weekend filled with celebrations, presents and food!

I guess the adults are preparing for the fasting period that will start this Saturday... hehe...

Selamat Berpuasa Ramadhan Al-Mubarrak!!




Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The Passing of Nek Tok

'Truly we belong to Allah, and truly to Allah shall we return'

On the morning of July 28th, 2009, at approximately 5.51am, Nek Tok, Allahyarham Haji Kassim bin Sifat, Tok Mama's father passed away in his sleep after being in the hospital for a little more than a month. We were asleep when Tok Mama called Dadda to inform us of the news.

Mommy and Dadda immediately got ready, woke me up and bathed me and headed back to Tok Mama's hometown where Nek Tok's body was to be laid to rest that afternoon itself. Many people who knew Nek Tok from all over came to pay their last respects. Nek Tok was buried after the Zohor prayers, at around 2pm. Everything, alhamdulillah, went smoothly.

We held 'tahlil' for 3 days in a row where we recited quran verses and duas. Neighbours and family members attended the 'tahlil' and many expressed their condolences especially to Nek Wan, Tok Mama's mother.

We were forbidden to mourn for more than three days for a dead person, except for a husband, for whom a wife should mourn for four months and ten days (while in the mourning period) we were not allowed to put kohl in our eyes, nor perfume ourselves, nor wear dyed clothes, except a garment of 'Asb (special clothes made in Yemen). But it was permissible for us that when one of us became clean from her menses and took a bath, she could use a piece of a certain kind of incense. And it was forbidden for us to follow funeral processions.

Hadith - Bukhari 7:254, Narrated Um 'Atiyya

Nek Tok's The Last Supper with Nek Wan, Tok Mama & Mama Rina's family..

I'm thankful that Nek Tok had the chance to see me. I probably won't have memories of Nek Tok with me when I'm older but at least Mommy, Dadda, Tok Mama and the rest of the family do.

Possibily my final picture with Nek Tok during Mak Lang Nur's wedding


Plus, there are photos to remind me of him.

May his soul rest in peace. Al-Fatihah.



Saturday, 1 August 2009

Mam-mam...

Eating, an act done by all kinds of beings in order to give nourishments to the body to keep on living. An act which to me is known as 'Mam-mam'. Some people eat to live while some live to eat. Either way, it's a well established fact that food is something that no one can live without.


Getting ready for my favourite activity!!

In my case, 'Mam-mam' is an activity I look forward to every single day. If I were to answer questions about myself, 'mam-mam' will be the answer to 'what's my favourite pastime' question. I hear mothers telling Mommy how their children have trouble eating and I wonder why. Since Mommy introduced me to solids, I can't remember anything in particular that I didn't like. I opened my mouth to any kinds of food Mommy fed and I will go to anyone while their eating and see if I can get a taste of their food.


My 1st taste of solid food, 3 months old!


Enjoying the solid taste of porridge specially made by Mommy - 6 months old


Yeaaayyyy, pancakes & mash potatoes, another one of my favourites!!

But don't get me wrong. Although I eat everything, of course, there are favourites. Food that I love most and the ones I like less. Carbo-wise, I eat anything from bread, rice to pasta and noodles but between all those, I'd prefer pasta and noodles. I also favour sweets less and that's why Mommy seldom gave me cookies, cakes and muffins. My favourite fruits so far, are strawberries and watermelons. Although Mommy prefer cherries to strawberries, I have yet to try cherries. Maybe someday I'll try them and see which ones I like most. Apart from that, there are no vegetables that I dislike and I eat fish, beef and chicken.

My 1st taste of strawberry... Tangy!


Hmmmm, Big Fish & Chips!! Loving it...!

So, there will be no problem in eating when taking me out as I can just about eat anything and anywhere and taking me to food buffets would be just lovely. I'll try and make it worth every penny spent.

And no doubt about it, there are countless numbers of photos of me doing just my thing - 'Mam-mam'.
Check it out below



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