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Sunday 17 August 2014

It's Been A While...

Okay, okay... I know... it has been a while... In fact, this is my 1st post for this year! The fact is that my schedule is increasingly busy nowadays, I don't even have time to watch TV except in the mornings over breakfast! Anyway, let me just do a recap on what's been happening in my life in the past few months.

Well, firstly, the bibik we had for the past 2 years has finally gone back to her hometown in Indonesia. She came to help mommy and dadda take care of my brother, Idzhar and I 2 years ago and have been very helpful with the whole family. She wanted to extend her stay with us but her husband wanted her to go back and help their daughter at their food stall.

So since January, when she left us, Idzhar has been attending school with me at CIC. I have to tell you that he's adjusting pretty well with school life and I'm very proud of him. I'll be attending primary school next year and I hope that Idzhar will be fine being in school by himself without having me looking out for him like now.

Bibik and Idzhar during his 2nd birthday party in October 2013

Idzhar and I on the way to school

Another exciting news is Pak Su Ami and Aunty Kynaz had a baby boy so I now have a cousin brother. That means that I have another brother to take care of too. His name is Syed Aaron Suffyan and he is such a chubby baby boy! He was born on the 30th of December so he'll be turning 1 in a few months' time. 

Mommy with baby Aaron at the hospital when he was born

Baby Aaron with his kakak Nadyne

That's me teaching Aaron how to do a selfie :)

Anyway, just wait for my next post that's coming real soon... I'm gonna tell you what happened during my birthday month. Do you remember what month it is? 

Will be back soon! Promise.  

Sunday 17 November 2013

3 Parties and a Holiday

There were so many things happened in the month of October that kept me well occupied but then you must have already known by now that I lead a very busy life, haven't you?

On the 5th of October I attended two parties. First was cousin Aimar's birthday party at the McDonald's near Kidzania. We played at the play area, had our own McDonald's Happy Meal with our own crowns and played games. I hung out with Nadhrah most of the time while Aimar had some of his friends over for the party too. Idzhar just enjoyed running around everyone since he didn't really understand how to play the games.

From Aimar's party we rushed over to Subang Jaya for Natasha's birthday party. Natasha is mommy's friend, Aunty Shaly's daughter. They live in the UK and are now back here for a few months because Aunty Shaly's pregnant and wanted to give birth here (she'd already gave birth to a cute little boy when I finally sat down and wrote this). Plus, her husband, Uncle Jaimie is away working in another country. So, Natasha got to celebrate her birthday here and we got to celebrate it with her. 

Natasha's party was a happening one too. It had a bouncy castle for us to jump in and a room where we could play with Play-Dohs while watching our favourite cartoons. Outside, there was a candy table where we could have all the candies we wanted (well, not all since mommy was there to monitor).

That was a long, tiring but fun-filled day for both Idzhar and I. 

On the 19th of October however, two Saturdays after that, we had our own party in Subang Permai to celebrate Idzhar's 2nd birthday. Since Idzhar didn't get to have his own party last year for his 1st birthday as Tok Abah and Tok Mama were away for hajj, mommy and dadda decided to throw a real one this time.

Mommy rented a bouncy castle from Aunty Shaly's contact for the party too but we chose a different and slightly bigger one since we had a little bit more space. 

Idzhar's party theme was Spiderman so he had a Spiderman cake and party packs with lots of goodies inside. It rained for a bit in the afternoon but stopped just in time as the party was about to start. It was obvious that Idzhar was really happy with his party since he couldn't stop grinning even late at night after everyone had left and was still smiling the next day. He refused to sleep at his usual bedtime that night although he didn't sleep at all during the day. 

So, after we got all the birthday parties out of the way, we finally went for a short getaway with Adida and Mak Lel to Desaru, Johor (south part of Malaysia).

That was another fun-filled holiday!

We stayed at a hotel named Lotus in Desaru which Adida had booked a few months ago. We had a 3-bedroom apartment all to ourselves. The hotel was a very exciting one. It had its own water park, clubhouse, garden, arcade, swimming pools, spa and beach. They also have interesting activities like tele-matches, water sports, line dancing, fireworks displays, karaoke and others.

We arrived late the first day so we just rested after the long drive. The next day, while Dadda decided to explore some golf venues around Johor, the rest of us started our day with the beach. The hotel was huge so they had buggies transporting us wherever we go. As usual, Idzhar and I were always well prepared and equipped with our sandcastle-making-sand-playing accessories. Mommy and Adida decided to dive right into the sea while Mak Lel played with us.

After it got too hot, we decided to move to the water park. We took the buggy to get to the water park. I gotta tell you that we loved the buggy rides!

Around noon we went back to the room to shower and rest a little. While waiting for Dadda to come back and have lunch with us we took the buggy again to the park. We just sat on the grass facing the beach and ate ice cream. Mommy bought bubbles for us to play with too.

We went back to the beach and pool that late afternoon, this time with Dadda too. That night, we went out to have dinner at a restaurant called Marybrown. When we went back to the hotel, we went straight to the park to join the activities there. Mommy, Adida and Mak Lel went for the line dancing so I tagged along too. It was quite the exercise I must say. We then hung around a little and then went back to the room to retire.

The next day, mommy woke us up quite early. We got ready and dadda drove all of us straight to the train station in Johor Bahru. There we took a train to Singapore. Idzhar and I were so excited to be going on our first train ride. Although it was a really short ride, we had real fun.

In Singapore, we took the bus and the MRT to numerous places. The first thing we did when we arrived was to look for a place to eat. After that, we took the MRT to Orchard road to meet up with Uncle Nuar. He was already there the day before for a show. We walked along Orchard road going in and out of malls and when we finally got tired, we stopped for a drink.

At the end of the day we took the train back to JB and after dinner with some of Dadda's friends in JB, we drove back to Desaru. The next day, we drove back to KL.

So, that was my month of October. Hope you all had a wonderful October too. Will keep you updated with more activities soon.

Sunday 30 June 2013

A Family Getaway

On the 13th of June Dadda and Mommy took Idzhar and I to Sandakan, Sabah. The night before our flight I helped Mommy pack our clothes for the holiday.

We left for the airport very early in the morning, when it was still dark. By the time we got on to the plane, the sun had just started to rise.

Once we reached the hotel, we rested for a while and then went down to the pool for a swim.

After dinner Mommy made us go to bed super early to prepare ourselves for the visits the next day.

Early next morning, Mommy woke us up, bathed and went straight down for breakfast. We made sure we had a good meal so we have enough energy for the trip. Both Idzhar and I were so excited when Uncle Mawi, the driver Dadda hired to take us around, arrived at the hotel to pick us up. We were going to see Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys!

Uncle Mawi drove us to Sepilok to see the Orangutans first.

In order to get to the Orangutans we had to walk into the jungle to its natural habitat. There were many people there to see the Orangutans too as we reached there around the feeding time.

Once we reached the feeding site we had to wait quietly for a while until the Orangutans started to come.

And then came the first Orangutan, followed by a few others a few moments later...

Idzhar and I really enjoyed watching the Orangutans.

Soon after we quickly walked back so we could catch the Proboscis monkeys feeding time. We'd have to drive quite a distance to get to the Proboscis monkey sanctuary.

We arrived at the Proboscis monkeys sanctuary just in time for their feeding time. Idzhar was so excited to see so many monkeys and we could go very near them too. We could also play with other monkeys there and Idzhar really had fun playing with them and he was not afraid at all. 

Unlike the Orangutans, the Proboscis monkeys were funny looking monkeys with huge nose. They reside in the mangrove forest and are allergic to sweet food thus they do not consume fruits like bananas and papayas. The sanctuary feeds them pancakes without sugar and when they are in the forest, they will eat the mangrove roots, which are apparently poisonous for us humans.

I think Idzhar was the most excited one and had the most fun with the monkeys there!

Finally, we left the Proboscis sanctuary and went straight to the English Tea House and Restaurant for lunch. By that time were famished.

The English Tea House and Restaurant had a beautiful and cosy landscape situated at a hill overlooking the sea.

While waiting for our food to arrive, we tried our hands at a game of Croquet just outside the restaurant.

But after a few minutes playing Idzhar got fed up and entertained himself by picking up the balls, ran up the hill, threw the balls and screamed.

We stopped fooling around once our food arrived at the table. 

After our meal, Mommy wanted to visit a historical site next to the restaurant, just a walking distant from where we were, the Agnes Keith House.

Agnes Keith was an American writer in the who resided in that colonial house when her husband was working in Malaya before, during and after the World War II. She was the one who coined the term 'Land Below The Wind' for Sabah.

Later that night, after going back to the hotel to freshen up, we went to have dinner at a seafood restaurant. You must never miss an opportunity to eat seafood whenever you are in Sabah.

On the third day we were in Sandakan, a day before we flew back to KL, we went to visit the Sandakan Memorial Park. 

The memorial park was a serene and beautiful park built in memory of all who died during the Death March between January and August 1945 (World War II). The Sandakan Death Marches were a series of forced marches from Sandakan to Ranau which resulted in the deaths of 2345 prisoners of war held captive by the Japanese empire at the Sandakan POW Camp. By the end of the war, only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped. I learned all these from the small museum situated somewhere inside the memorial park. 

When we came back from the Memorial Park, we just stayed in our hotel room, lazed around and went for a last swim. Idzhar and I of course fooled around a bit while Mommy and Dadda rested.

The fourth and last day we were in Sandakan, we had early breakfast, loaded our luggages into Uncle Mawi's car and drive straight to town to buy some fresh prawns and souvenirs on the way to the airport. The fresh prawns were huge and packed with ice to be checked in along with our bags later. We took photos with Uncle Mawi before we bid farewell to each other. We told Uncle Mawi to contact us whenever he comes to KL. 

I hope someday I'll get to go again and visit the other places like the Kinabatangan River Cruise and the Turtle Island.

Goodbye Sandakan! We really had a great time there. Hope to see you again soon! :)

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