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3 days to go …


Only 3 days to go till Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.  I’m busy packing for a week.  I will be off to sisters-in-law house.  I’ll be making cakes for friends and family the next 2 days.  By Thursday, we’ll be busy cooking and preparing all the quihs and qakes and wha- nots at first sister-in-law’s house.

I made this layered cake last night.  It’s called kek lapis India; it’s layered with mini Cadbury chocolates.  I finished making this cake at 4:00 am this morning, just in time for sahur.

Kek Lapis India (layered with mini Cadbury chocolates

Kek Lapis India (layered with mini Cadbury chocolates)

Next, I will be making a few kek sarang semut (the popular honeycomb cake), chocolate moist cake topped with ganache and an orange cake.  I might make another 1 or 2 for our family.  Just might.

Well, it’ll be a busy three days from now onwards.  I’d like to wish Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin.  Have fun and be safe …

First day of school


It’s now February and this post is way overdue.

I’m couldn’t believe that Zayed is now in Primary One.  Sigh … boy, is he growing fast.

Zayan is going the preschool in the same school.  He hasn’t got his custom uniform yet.  It arrived mid of January.


The cousins: Zayed, Zareeq, and Zayan; all going to the same school


Taking a time-out after running here and there, up and down …

My brother’s wedding photos


After a long wait, here are some of the wedding photos.  The nikah ceremony took place on November 4, 2012 at the Kuching Islamic Information Centre.


The beautiful couple

The beautiful couple


A photo session with family members from KL, Kuching, Mukah, Balingian and Perth

A photo session with family members from KL, Kuching, Mukah, Balingian and Perth


I will upload some more later … I discovered that when I insert photo links from facebook, the pictures wouldn’t show.  I’ve opted to upload the photos one by one.   I’d need more time to upload the rest.

Zayed’s glasses are ready ….

Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed got his glasses last night.  He chose a black and orange frame.  It took about a week to have the glasses done.

Zayed trying on his brand new glasses

I’m very happy now that Zayed’s vision has improved.  All the while I’ve been quite worried particularly when he starts to constantly blink his eyes while watching TV and when he complains of dizziness every now and then.  I just found a website for little children with glasses.  I wished I had found it earlier.  Click here.

Last week, we all went to see the ophthalmologist or eye specialist at the Sarawak General Hospital (a.k.a. SGH).  We had a reference letter to see Dr. Adrian.  Well, as usual, there were tons and tons of people at the eye clinic.  People coming and leaving.  We had to wait outside because there was no place to sit inside.  We had to queue for the reading the eye chart, then the eye test to see if Zayed’s eyes are suffering from any disease and finally to find out the power for his glasses.

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally d...

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally developed by Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen in 1862, to estimate visual acuity. When printed out at this size, the E on line one will be 88.7 mm (3.5 inches) tall and when viewed at a distance of 20 ft (= 609.6 centimeters, or 6.09600 meters), you can estimate your eyesight based on the smallest line you can read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Snellen chart (on the right) that tests the reader’s vision over a distance.

Dr. Azma has written a simple explanation in Malay on how the chart will help to evaluate the vision acuity.  The one that Zayed had to read were not alphabets, rather numbers.  I do not know if there is any difference whether they’re alphabets or numbers.

The 20/20 line represents normal vision.  For the British, they use 6/6 instead.

This means if a person sees 20/30, he/she actually sees the smallest letter at 20 feet could be seen by a normal eye at 30 feet.

Now, Zayed is adjusting to the glasses.  He said it’s painful when he just puts them on and after he has put them on for some time, it will hurt when he takes them off.  I guess his eyes are adjusting to the glasses.  I hope things will be better for Zayed after this.

R.I.P – Hyper Kawi


Our beloved cat, Hyper has gone to cat heaven early yesterday morning.  He was 20 years old.  In cat years, that’s 96 years old.

I adopted Hyper and another kitty, Tyger, from a senior student when I was in Kansas City.  Tyger was a year younger than Hyper.  They were the best team!

Hyper was always elegant … and sometimes arrogant, but we love him all the same 🙂

I believe he had a good life and I know he got lonely 3 years earlier when his sidekick left.

I am going to miss you, Hyper … 😦  I will cherish the times we had together (and you too, Tyger).

P/S:  I’m glad you are in cat heaven now.  I couldn’t bear seeing you so weak.  I’m amazed that you have a long life with us … Thank you …  I know you are in a better place with Tyger and friends.

Large crowds at SDMC to see Virgin Mary?


My hubby called on my mobile yesterday …

Hubby:  Honey, I failed to mention that … someone saw Virgin Mary at SJMC.

Me:  Huh?  What did you say?

Hubby:  Virgin Mary … at SJMC

Me:  Virgin Mary?  She’s at SJMC??  What do you mean?

Yeap … I didn’t believe what I heard.  So I googled and to my surprise, there she is.

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My brother’s getting married today!


Hooray! Alas after 8 years, we’re having another wedding in the family.

It will be held after Friday prayers at the Islamic Centre in Kuching (yup, I’m back home) and it’s the most simplest wedding I’ve ever encountered (it’s a good thing being simple, less spending, no debts, etc … hehehe …).

We’re all getting ready now … I’ll update later with photos 😉




My brother and I after his nikah function