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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Birthday

29th February - It's leap day today and I'm having the day off to myself! Yup! Nak melompat ke sana sini hari ni.....hehehe! Well,,,,,not really by myself but am going out with my students Khalil & Mujaheed. They're on study break,,,,,so I ajak diaorang jadi my escort today. They needed a break from campus & I needed a break from work,,,,,,,sebelum minggu kedua March , dah mula mengajar balik sampai 4th week of March. Today going to meet few people to discuss business....

Insya'allah dari duit I mengajar ni,,,,,dapat kumpul duit lagi , hajat hati nak beli kereta second-hand for my parents to move around , untuk nak gerak-gerak short distance je sebab yang long-long distance boleh ikut I je. My dad tak mintak pun tapi kalau ada rezeki I yang nak belikan for him. Proton lama my dad tu dah nazak sangat.....tahap nak putus nyawa dah :-(

Hari ni ada date dengan my favourite doctor , Dr Ashar. But first am having a belated birthday lunch at his clinic with his staff. I dragged along my boys to Dr A's clinic.

Kak Ram (staff Dr A) told me that she'll cook lunch for me tapi dia tak cakap laa nak masak apa. Bila sampai clinic , she showed me this! Gulai Ikan Patin yo'all! Kesukaan ku itu! Happy sangat sebab Kak Ram masak-kan dish ni untuk I. Very thoughtful of Kak Ram. I belasah 2 ketul patin dengan nasi putih. Sedappppppp!

Tadi while waiting for their lunch break , sempat Hi! Hi! Bye! Bye! dengan Dr A......dia kena attend meeting kat hospital. Anyways , my appointment memang belah petang pun dengan dia. Kak Ram letak I patient number 1 after lunch break..........

More birthday treats.........Kak Ram & Linda ordered pizzas for us all. 3 large pizzas with 3 boxes of BBQ-ed chicken wings.

One of it was my favourite,,,,,,beef pepperoni & cheese pizza.

Dr A came in after lunch time , sepatutnya my turn to see him but Kak Ram called in 4 pregnant women who came for their monthly check-ups to go in and see Dr A first sebab semua tu just regular ultrasound check-ups je. Kak Ram asked if I was in a hurry........Of course laaa tak....hehehe! Bukan apa , kali ni I kena jumpa Dr A and my session with Dr A kena ambil masa sikit so I was asked if I could wait a little longer coz Dr A dapat call kena attend OT buat C-section. OK , fully understood.

While waiting for Dr A , me & my boys spent our time at the clinic watching 2 episodes of Desperate Housewives!

This was why I had to wait and agreed to wait. Dr A pun tak nak perform procedure toreh-menoreh lengan I dalam keadaan kelam-kabut kena ke OT and what nots. Because of my busy schedule , I was 10 days overdue to remove my 3 years old Implanon on my left arm. The removal procedure requires a small incision to be made which causes minor bleeding. Then I wanted to insert a new Implanon for another 3 years. Kena cucuk Implanon kat tempat lain *still on my left arm* sebab kalau masukkan yang baru kat tempat lama takut infection. Will see Dr A in 3 months time for further check-up on the newly inserted Implanon. 3 tahun on Implanon , no period at all. Tengoklah yang baru ni macam mana pulak. The procedure was being witnessed by my boys Mujaheed & Khalil......a new experience for them.....in Dr A's room they asked me , what's it for.....told them....."jangan tanya saya , tanyalah doctor sendiri"....hehehe!

I was out and about today with my students , went for tea at Wangsa Walk. Tapau some food home for the family. Overall , it was a great leap day on a leap year for me. Tonite,,,,,,I spent the nite leapin' with ma kids.....Bye leap year , see you in 2016.

A note for me : I saw what you did.......*smile*

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Birthday Week

Happenings masa my birthday week. Memang tak boleh nak keep up updating this blog of mine lately. Can't find the idea to write with my tired mind. Banyak kerja kebelakangan ni. Rezeki Dia bagi , Alhamdulillah. Anyway....will try to briefly write what I can still remember before my birthday month February mengundur diri....huhuhu!

13th February - I had cravings for something sweet sejak kebelakangan ni. Teringin nak makan brownie tapi tak de oven kat rumah. How laaa?.....Nevermind , beli jugak instant brownie mixture ni. Am gonna make use of the microwave yang ada kat rumah.....tengok apa jadi nanti....Hehehe.....

Ahhhh! Jadi pun. Follow the mixing instructions.......cuma bila guna microwave ni kena ber-experimental dengan its baking time. 5-7 minutes on high depending on the microwave lah. Kalau lama sangat , keras......Better set timer to 3 minutes first then check on the cake,,,,,kalau tak masak , tambah masa lagi. That's what I did. Owh Yes.....my twist to the mixture was to add 3 table spoons of condensed milk.....hehehe! Kasi manis lagi sikit.

14th February - It's Valentine's Day. Mana-mana pergi pun nampak orang jual bunga. Ni dekat florist kat Bukit Antarabangsa ni. Berderet bouquet-bouquet bunga for sale. Masa sekolah and early 20's dulu I did join in the fun of celebrating V Day , that was before I knew what the whole celebration was all about. Banyak version pasal history of V Day ni. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia , there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. While one was a priest in Rome , another was a bishop in Terni. Nothing is known about the third St. Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly , all three of them were said to have been martyred (one who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles) on 14th February. One version stated that the Roman Emperor in the 3rd century tried to convert Valentine to the Roman Gods but was un-succesful in his efforts. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and was faithful to Christianity.

Now the day became a day to show love and affection to your loved ones , a Lover's Day,,,,,,a lovey dovey day for lovers. It's more of a tradition not a religious event. More commercialized now. If the date 14th February were not associated with the Christian Saint.....sure it will be alright for us Muslims to celebrate the day just like Mother's Day , Father's Day , Teacher's Day , Children's Day and whatever day lagi lah....

Not expecting any flowers from anyone on Valentine's....but I just love to see these vibrant pink bougainvilleas that's blooming in front of my house :-)

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14th , 15th & 16th February - Since last week lagi I berumah-tangga kat HQ AADK di Sungai Merab ni. Ajar koir untuk perhimpunan bulanan. Bulan ni Ketua Pengarah AADK request lagu Gemuruh by Faizal Tahir.....memang gemuruh sepanjang minggu!

The day,,,,,Perhimpunan bulanan AADK untuk bulan February. Teacher Glam conducted the choir. I took charge at the audio room & control panel. Alhamdulillah , everything went well. Ketua Pengarah puji kumpulan koir & cikgu-cikgu-nye....YES! Next kena train choir AADK ni for their performance kat Sembrong , Kluang depan Menteri KDN , Dato Seri Hishamuddin. Seram sejuk sebab I will be conducting the choir this time. Next job will be Perhimpunan Bulan March then the APC of AADK on March 22 kat KDN. Rezeki , rezeki , rezeki.....Alhamdulillah.

17th February - Spent the day buying stuff for my BBQ party tomorrow nite. Was at Tesco Ampang , then Carrefour Wangsa Maju , then Giant Bukit Antarabangsa. Bila balik , kena kelola barang belian lagi.....arrrrggghhhh......penat,,,,,,,tapi terpaksa buat jugak,,,,no maid maaa. Penuh fridge , padat!

18th February - Am 40 today. Bangun pagi terus channel my energy & my mind to a happy happy mode. Meditate kejap. Practiced positive thinking....only happy thoughts today :-)

I invited my vocal students , working colleagues and my family members over to celebrate my small birthday party with me at home.

I asked my students to come early to help me out with the chores. Mintak diaorang bersihkan tempat BBQ coz dah lama tak guna.

The kids came during lunch time.....so I prepared a simple lunch for everyone. I made Chicken Curry , Scrambled Eggs & Stir Fried Taugeh.

Lepas makan , tolong marinate lamb & tolong potong-potong apa yang perlu....

Taking prayer breaks.....so blessed to be with these group of friends :-)

Time to start barbecuing.......my Papa and my baby brother Ramos took charge to start the barbie! We've got 2 large bowls of marinated lamb and a large bowl of sausages! Having lamb bbq tonite. Only lamb and chicken sausages......

Yna and her Pak Su Ramos barbecuing the first batch of lamb......

Owh! Yeah!.......Lamb's almost ready! Then it rained and my dad had to re-position the barbie......

Night comes , MP took over the barbie from my dad......but my dear brother was faithful with his barbecuing duty till the end.

Besides lamb , we made Mashed Potatoes using unskinned boiled potatoes + butter (loads of it) + milk + salt + black pepper + chopped scallions.

Using Farfalle or Bow-tie pasta , I made this simple pasta salad by tossing the pastas with splashes of EVOO + sweet cherry tomatoes + chopped coriander + salt + black pepper.

Servings after servings of microwaved instant BBQ chicken + dinner rolls + steamed broccoli florets & some watermelon & black grape salad.

Grilled sausages.....yummy with dinner rolls & hot dog relish that I bought.

Steamed prawns with a Thai inspired dipping sauce. I made the sauce using Sweet Thai Chili Sauce + Fish Sauce + Honey + Chopped Garlic & Chopped Coriander.

So blessed that my beloved family was able to celebrate my 40th birthday with me. Amin.

Family & Friends , thank you Ya Tuhan for making them part of my life. Amin.

Looking on and cherishing every moment on my 40th birthday. I was in high spirits all day even though I have unresolved issues in certain areas in my life. Mind over matters.....today and days to come,,,,,,I choose to rejoice!

I was flabbergasted when I saw this birthday cake! It has my name written on the records. So cute.....It was a gift from Khalil & Octe , all the way from their favourite bakery in Klang!

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Me & my birthday cake.

Can you see the time on the left pic. 9:15pm right.....did not plan it as the cake was a surprise from my students and the camera belongs to another student , Wan. They brought in the cake from outside of the house at 9:15pm. Ironically , I was born at 9:15pm on a Friday , 40 years ago. Deja vu.

Getting crazy with the cake.....me eating a piece of my record!

My brother & wife....

Everyone enjoying the birthday cake....

And Yes!.......borak-borak session........macam-macam cerita keluar including cerita-cerita hantu towards midnight....hehehe! We had a great time and we've even made plans to make a trip to Taiping to see my old abandon home (betul-betul tepi jerat Cina mati) , which now is very suitable for a horror movie set! Huhuhu!

Surrounded by young guys & gals daily lifted up my spirits. Making me feel young at heart always. Botox? *tetiba pulak*,,,,,Nope.....still not in my list *wink*

Thank you to my party guests.....my family members , Teacher Saleh , Teacher Glam , Khalil , Octe , Mujaheed , Wan & Rusman. I love all of you.