Monday, March 2, 2015

Gumbiranya menjadi rumaja (lagi)

Masa jaman kanak-kanak (skema nya guna perkataan kanak-kanak!) dulu, kita rasa happy bila dapat hadiah, bila parents buat party untuk celebrate birthday dengan kengkawan.


Aku sendiri masa kecik dulu aku tak pernah celebrate birthday sendiri. Aku tak sure la sangat camna perasaannya, tapi bila dah jadi mak budak ni, anak aku dah reti express kegembiraan dia dan ucap terima kasih siap dengan ayat  "Thank you Mama for the birthday party, it was the best party in my life ever, even better than last year's!"... (acecece...'in my life' walhal baru hidup 7 tahun)....
So aku assume memang excited la kot.

Cuma dalam kes aku ni, I guess excitement tu delayed sikit by 10-20 years.
Kasi chance la aku nak gedix lebih sikit setelah menjangkau usia *cough cough* rumaja *cough cough* ni.
Eh, 25 kira remaja lagi ke?
Hantam sajalah.

Anyway, kali ni I have a long list of things that made me happy despite being one year older younger.


#1
Celebrated by my loved ones, Izzah and Anep.

Walaupun hari birthday tu aku tekun buat keje, sampai SV tegur kata aku rajin (takbolehblah!), petang tu, aku meronggeng la jugak.

Apa lagi? Aktiviti mengasah tekak la.
Karaoke.
 
Sebenarnya, I wan't expecting a birthday cake... tapi ta-daaaa!!!
Ada jugak rupanya.


Tengok ni... orang dengki, trying to light up as many candles as possible on my cake.
Tak kisahlah... janji lilin tu ada 24.
So redha je la dikatakan muda setahun.
Hewhewhew.

Thanks Anep, for the cake surprise!
Haaa... ni nampak muka konon-surprised tak?

Disebabkan lilin yang banyak tu... maka ini la rupanya lepas dah tiup lilin.
Hahaha. lawak giler!





#2
It was also the 99th month anniversary for MrHubby and I (26th Nov 2006 to 26th Feb 2015).
 
Sejak started craving on Japanese cuisine 3 bulan lepas, MrHubby asyik 'berpantun gurindam' "Kan best kalau ada pan untuk buat takoyaki tu. Senang, tak payah pegi restoran dah.." so... dapat hadiah takoyaki pan la!

Shifa, if you read this, tolong bagitau laki kau.. laki aku dah jadi macam Dr Esa --- excited dengan peralatan memasak. Kehkehkeh.

Nampak gaya, no more excuse to go to Japanese restaurants.
Sushi mama buat, takoyaki Cinta buat.




Dua hari sebelum birthday, aku ber-sushian dengan Izzah... lepas tu pegi Movenpick-the world's finest ice cream (niat asal nak gi Waffle's, tapi dah tutup pulekkk).

Thanks, Izzah...for the treat!
Lap yu ketat-ketat.


#3
Vintage picnic with Jane

at the Goodman Crescent Lawn.

And surprise!!!
Jane baked some scones for me! :) 
How sweet!


and she treated me with some Mango Gelati too!

Memandangkan it was vintage-themed, setting dan ambience semua vintage. Best sangat!

There were some vintage games (kalau nak main lah).
 
 
 
 

Yours truly with the dancers!


#4
Birthday date with Phu and Wen

I eventually celebrated with someone who shares the same birth date!
Wen, the lenglui ;)


Kat mana?
Saizen Suhi Bar.





Eh...bukan kata dah ada takoyaki pan, tak payah pegi japanese restaurants dah ke?
Bahahahaha.
Dream on!


#5
Trio birthday celebration with dear SV and colleague

Ni baru je pagi tadi.

Macam last year, aku celebrate dengan SV aku dan Richard, sebab our birthdays beza 5 hari je.
 


#6
Birthday greetings
Punya la banyak greetings by FB wall (mostly), FB message, whatsapp.
Some texted. Some even called. 

Last aku check, ada dalam 250 ucapan. So, terima kasih banyak-banyak ye....for the thoughts, and doa.

Yang special edition pun ada...
Macam drp Dato' *cough cough* Prof Madya Dr Hj Rektor Nismilan,



dan daripada Tan Sri VC yang sangat fatherly.


#7
Birthday presents

Cards from my Cinta, Little Cinta and Mini Cinta

Presents...from Shifa and Izzah-yang sangat thoughtful, despite being away.
and also from Wen/Phu. 
Thank you so much!


Presents from ICOH!
Perfect sampai on my birthday, cuma aku lambat check email.



 Conference fee -waived
Airfares -partly reimbursable
Free 5-night accommodation


That's a lot of saving! Hoyehhhh...
So, boleh kerek la dengan KPM yang tak sudi bagi bajet untuk yours truly pegi conference. Huahuahua.


And.... last but not least, present from Cinta. 
Ta-daaaa!!!

 

Alhamdulillah.
Happiness defined in so many ways.

Syukur dianugerahkan kesihatan... dan segala nikmat yang melimpah-ruah. 
Ehhh.. Kalau macam ni la punya seronok, tiap-tiap bulan celebrate birthday pun takpe.  Eh..kang cepat pulak jadi tua.
 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

99 months of...

Today is my birthday.
Yang ke-25  *muka paling konfiden*

Baru 25 ke dah 25?

When you count the days and say "Eh... BARU ___ bulan/tahun!" ---sound macam hazabun sangat.

Tapi, kalau kata "Eh...DAH ____ bulan/tahun rupanya!"-- nampak sangat punya enjoy katak sampai tak sedar masa berlalu.



Dan hari ni jugak it's been 99 months.
99 months we've been together as husband and wife.
Next month dah nak masuk 3 digits.

Alhamdulillah...
Just because some people need a few reminders that they are appreciated.... this is just a list of thank-you notes I made for my Cinta.


Thank you for all of the dorky pictures I make you take with me, and then for not complaining when I post them all over social media for every one of your friends to most likely see.




Thank you for listening to me and my occasional rants.
Being a chatterbox, this is very important to me. Pot-pet-pot-pet....ada je benda nak sembang.
When I gave the silent treatment, it did not kill you (maybe), but me instead.
Huwaaaa. So lame!


Thank you for your patience on my moody days.
Not only on PMS days, actually. Every day.
E.V.E.R.Y. S.I.N.G.L.E. D.A.Y.


Thank you for apologizing when I'm too stubborn to do so.
And I always get away with the favourite line "Dia buat tak pa la.."
Kihkihkih.


Thank you for supporting me and my dreams, and never trying to hold me back from what I want in life.
That's what mutual understanding is!



Thank you for the times you have went out of your way to do something romantic or sentimental because you knew it would mean the world to me.
Like when we missed the flight on our second honeymoon tu.
You just knew how to avoid my mood from being ruined. Ngehehe.


Thank you for taking situations that I come to you all frazzled and worked up about, and laying them out for me in this wonderful, logical, guy way that makes everything clearer.
Never once have I seen you panicked.
Cis! Tak aci betul...




Thank you for wanting to experience new things together and for expanding my horizons.
Errr...and expanding my waistline too! Ooops!


Thank you for earning my trust and never misusing it.
And that is one clear mind for me.


Thank you for bear hugs, forehead kisses, and piggy back rides.
Eh.... why arrr call piggy back?
Nanti kena samak ke? Hahaha.



Thank you for knowing when to set me straight, and for telling me when you think I'm wrong.
You don't mind vocalizing your opinions to me, and not being afraid to disagree. Walaupun agak susah ada bini yang kepala-batu-besar-ada-duduk, you still manage to do it subtly. Or we just agree to disagree.


Thank you for making me feel safe.
Kalau laki keding sangat, rasa tak secure pulak. Hehehe

Thank you for making me laugh when I need it most.
The 'godek-godek bear' and...that face...




Thank you for loving my body the way it is, for never making me feel inadequate, but rather perfect for who I am.
Alhamdulillah I never had to worry about putting on weight. Not sure if one day I reach >50 kg, I'd still feel the same. But considering he doesn't mind me having a muffin top, rasanya okay kot.


Thank you for the little things that you do, like getting the car when it's cold or rainy.
You might not be the most gentleman who open the car door for me, but not locking it when I haven't got in is good enough :-P
And for being willing to surrender the chicken drumsticks/wings I like (in your plate) to me, just bcoz I dont like chicken breasts. Penting ni woh! One of my exes was not gentleman enough to do this. LOL.


Aaaaannnnd, I still enjoy teasing you with the "Fate Bodi" phrase (read: Nasib badannnn!) we first used when I washed our BigRedCar while I was heavily pregnant of Lil Adam.
Saja buat  modal nak mengusik.


Thank you for being on my side when it feels like no one else is.
Sapa lagi la kan?


Thank you for the moments you make it clear that you are proud of me. Whether it's a big grin after I've done something impressive or the way you present me to others like royalty, it means so much to me.
And you always emphasized to the kids, to be proud of their Mama.


Thank you for every time you have to sit patiently and wait for me to get ready.
I can get ready with my make-ups on, as quick as in 10 mins (rasanya), but when I take my own sweet time, pilih-pilih baju, belek muka, mekap lama-lama... you never complained.
Except saying "Eh, dah pukul berapa ni, hari ni kan Ahad, kedai tutup awal." --- which is true.
*Nanti kita beli Strandmon wingchair untuk duduk tunggu Mama bersiap ekkk?



Thank you also for the times those attempts ended up being more comical than anything for the both of us. The fact that you try is romantic enough, and if I ended the night laughing with you, it was a perfect one regardless.
Err...like that 'Happy Anniversary' card on my birthday last year. Hihihi.





Thank you for taking time to learn about and experience the things that I enjoy.
Karaoke, is one of them. Hahaha. I know not many husbands would do the same for their wives.


Thank you for being responsible and hardworking day in and day out.
I used to have this fear tak boleh tolerate--kalau dapat laki malas/suka bangun tidur lewat/asyik main games.
And I was wrong! Phew!


Thank you for the wonderful time we spend with our families.
Walaupun terpaksa menjadi ketot sekali-sekala, like this...




Thank you for knowing what's upsetting me before I even have to say anything.
You're so good at this. You'd rather keep it and wait for the right time to discuss it. Unlike myself, meraban je...dan-dan tu jugak nak mengadu. Hehehe


Thank you for every time you had to venture into the foreign world of a jewelery store or women's clothing store to try to hunt down a gift for me.
I remember that surprise you made (konon siap berkemeja macam pegi kerja, walhal memang hari tu gigih pegi merata cari hadiah).




Thank you for sitting through countless chick flicks and girl dramas.
Layankan je la tengok Desperate Housewives tu, dan cerita-cerita lain... walaupun sambil terpaksa dengar ulasan commentator ala Hasbullah Awang.
Hehehe. (now I know mana Lil Adam dapat 'bakat' tu. Hewhewhew)


Thank you for being my number one confidant. You are my ultimate secret keeper.
Walaupun not all secrets, tapi rasanya you're the one who knows most of them.



Thank you for that look in your eyes that reminds me that I am yours. It reminds me of my connection with you, and that through it all, you really and truly see me.



Thank you for trusting me.
This is never an issue. Though sometimes I feel I don't deserve it.


Thank you for the little ways that you help me every day. Even the most minor of tasks or chores done just for the sake of helping me do not go unnoticed.
Little? What little?
I remember before we started this PhD journey, I had this worry that I had to pass the housechores to you, but again, I was wrong.
Chaittt... buat penat je risau lebih-lebih.




Thank you treating me respectfully at all times.
Without fail.



Thank you for all of the lazy days we spend just being best friends. Snacks, and cuddling with you are ingredients to some of my favorite days.
Tapi nak tunggu takde budak menyelit kat tengah-tengah, kena tunggu dia tidur la.
-____________-


Thank you for being vulnerable and open to me. I know as a man that can be very difficult to do, but it has developed a closeness that I value each moment I spend with you.
Takde kontrol-kontrol macho. And we don't mind feeling vulnerable when we're together...


Thank you for being the one that sometimes gets the backlash of the harm that others cause. I know when I have a rough day; you often have to deal with my crankiness. For that, you are a saint.




Thank you for being the kind of man who does all of these things without a second thought. Thank you for being a man who doesn't require any kind of praise or gratitude for being a caring and trustworthy best friend to me.
Maybe I should compliment more la kan?
Our royal extended family. Eheks!


Thank you for knowing that even if I don't always say it, I'm incredibly grateful for my handsome prince. Because with that big smile and heart of gold, you take down all of life's witches and dragons.
Muehehehe.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Adib's 4th birthday bash


Birthday masa summer ni... kalau nak celebrate, kena consider several things.
  1. Kena rajin belek BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) punya weather forecast, close to the date. Kalau heatwaves, memang berakal.
  2. Kena fikir makanan yang senang masak, senang nak transport, dan susah nak rosak dalam cuaca panas
  3. Kena consider venue yang sesuai untuk anak-anak dan mak-bapak chill out.


Untuk birthday Lil Adib aritu, kitorang decide buat kat pool.
Senang cerita. Kids entertain themselves, and grown-ups boleh sembang-sembang.




It was just a small party, senang nak catch up. Better that way, I suppose. Takde yang rasa *cough cough* 'terabai', especially kalau jenis yang tak reti mingle dengan orang baru kenal.

We had Rudi/Maryse and the kids, who still had jetlag, baru balik dari Germany.


Phu/Wen... See Yee


Yatie/Khairul's adorable Harith and Adam.

Mak bapak isi tangki... anak-anak terjun kolam!
Win!


Most of the kids sampai je, terus terpa masuk ke air.
Excited nak menunggang shark.

Lil Adib pun 2X5.
Lepas tu baru teringat nak naik ke darat untuk makan.







Lil Adib bersilat nak pop the bubbles from the bubble machine.
Bubbles! Bubbles!

Timon is cold! :")



Haa..Yu Jie sorang je dok enjoy makan, while other kids dah basah lencun.
Bagusss... makan banyak-banyak!

The mak-mak. Titin, Shifa, Wen (eh..belum jadi mak lagi maaa)...and yours truly.

Cake time!!!
Lil Adib tak payah menangis la kali ni, sebab confirm kek dia, dia yang kena blow the candles.



Enjoying the cake!




Pinata time!
 
 

Sebab kali ni takde specific theme, so, aku buat pinata bentuk ice cream je. 
Senang!
Buat sakan-sakan sangat pun, last-last ketuk sampai berkecai jugak. Hahaha.

Then, time for goodie bags (and a windmill) for the kids.
 
My beautiful Sina :")
She knew it, I'd notice her beautiful hair bun. Siap sebelum datang party, masa Maryse buatkan hairbun tu dia dah sebut siap-siap.
 

Us with Phu and Wen, before they left the party.
Orang suruh bawak balik windmill, malu-malu pulak.

...and Uncle Anep.
Siap bersantai dengan shark lagi (dalam cubaan nak inflate the shark, supaya senang nak bawa balik).


Back home... Lil Adib was overwhelmed by the presents.
As usual, share sama-sama dengan Lil Adam.




Thank you, uncles and aunties for the presents!
Next week birthday Mama, bagi hadiah kat Mama pulak ye.
Eh.



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