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wow March came and gone!

how are you guys? long time no see. i know its been a while i didnt update my blog. i blame it on the hot weather (haha) and like usual, the stress and all those activities at work.

but worry not, i am always with yarn and needle whenever i am free, wherever i am.

i took some yarns with me during my last trip to Sumatera too.. and yeap, i finished all my 31 squares for March. wanna see?

i started my pieces for April too, just two, today’s square is still on its way 🙂

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so i am up to date, Alhamdulillah.

now i guess i could talk a little bit about Medan. as the trip was my fourth or fifth trip so far, i know i will not be able to say a lot of nice things about it. for me, Medan is the city of traffic, motorbikes and dust.

but amidst all those, i still love the warmth of the people. during the first day we were there, we took a walk early in the morning to buy some “lontong”for breakfast and everyone from each house that we passed will call and ask us to come have tea. of course we politely declined, but thats what happened for the rest of the days we were there.

teh manis (sweetened black tea) is their favorite drink and i just love to see how simple their lives are in the village.  how they all will wake up for fajr and didnt go back to bed, even small kids! i was a little ashamed when an aunt told me how her son is very lazy, saying he will only wakes up at 9am. gosh, i held my tongue from revealing what time i will wake up during my “lazy day”. hahaha

anyway, here are some photos i managed to snap. it was very warm, i was on vacation, so i was not very much in the mood of playing camera lady 🙂

right on. its very warm outside. lets cool down and continue to crochet. no little side projects on April. its the month to go study for my last paper for LOMA.

wish me luck!!

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It was a better February this year. From my past experiences, my February was always a sad one. So Alhamdulillah for the better month.

So whats up with everyone?

Its very quiet here these days. I done my February stash and they are now safely stored in a box together with January stash.

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And what else i have been doing, apart from daily square for March?

Well… I saw these when browsing the internet last week.

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And so when i went to Spotlight (again) last saturday, i puchased some very while acrylic yarn (they are on sale, a 200gm ball for rm9.99). Its pretty simple to crochet really, i just followed the video tutorial on youtube and here is my  first bear

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Hehehe…i didnt get to buy the correct eyes for it. But i had let Yasmin to take it home with her. Will crochet some more soon.

So anyhow, i am typing this while in the car, my younger bro driving mom and i to airport. Leaving for a short trip to Sumatera. Will blog only when i have wifi, inshaa Allah or when im back home next weekend.

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Hence bye February….bye KL, for now.

Have a great weekend!

We checked in during the 1st day of Eid, I understand that the hotel was fully booked. The l checks in was fast and i like the Front Office Manager, Azian. She was polite and all smile.

When we stepped in the room, however, the bad smell from the carpet took all my good first impression away. We quickly opened the window so fresh air can come in.

Then i stepped in the washroom and there is no towel what so ever. I think the house keeping forgotten to replenished the washroom. I dont even have the bath mat and i really HATE wet floor.

So i rang the house keeping, told the guy i just checked in but no towel. He asked if i need some. What a joke. Of course the towel arrived after our SECOND call requesting for them.

The bedding, even tho its king size, is so not comfy. The bed was old, the comforter seems so thin (maybe from years of usage), the pillows are old and flimsy. We used three pillows stacked together and share it the rest of the night.

The food at breakfast was poor, maybe because we came down for breakfast at 945am and they didnt replenish it.

Overall, i think i paid a lot of money for very little pleasure.

My friends and I went to HCMC for 6 days in September.

A lot of our time there spent walking the streets of Saigon and shop (of course).

Truly, I can never say enough of this – the journey has been an eye opener for me. It showed me the true spirit of “moving on”, the Vietnamese’s’ will to survive.

We fell in love with the delicious pho, the coffee was just so good i drank it for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper.

and of course, the street life, the traffic, the businesses, made me say it out loud “judging from all these people out here that we saw, i think none of them stays at home”. Always something to do in Saigon. Everybody seems to have a purpose. Everybody seems to moved on and surviving well.

Bravo Saigon! We will meet again, in shaa Allah.

the full writing of the sundae funny man…

while waiting for his flight out during the visa run, we “cafe hopping” and we decided to go for some chocolaty thing. Here’s the funny conversations.

B: What do you want?

B: Hmmm… A sundae

B: but its friday!

B: u funnyyy…

Its 3am and eh my wish is a command and so here it is…

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vanilla sundae with chocolate flakes topping @ 3am

and so we dig the not-so-tasty after all sundae. after a while i saw this:

ImageB : I need to file a complain

B : oh why is that?

B : there’s a hole in my sundae!

B : well, Sunday is a hole-e-day after all!

Really B, suddenly you are funnier than i!

We tried to go to Bugis and Arab Street yesterday but it rained heavily and we only managed to have dinner at Zam Zam and maghrib at Sultan Mosque.

So today we ditched our Sentosa Island plan and went to the two places instead ( minus the fact that we all woke up late!)

Happy closure. Now we just hang around the hotel for a while, packing and pecking 🙂

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Us, minus fida the photographer

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Shawls from Kampung Glam 🙂

Ready for another trip up north.

Will blog about it, in shaa Allah, when I returned.

Till then, happy weekednd people. Stay safe!

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finally, the video is up and published 🙂

here it is

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and here are a few tips for your next trip to Langkawi

1. plan your trip earlier

2. book your accommodation up front. the best place to stay will be at Pantai Cenang. there are a lot of motels and good hotels at that area. It is also a popular shopping place, it is not too far from Pekan Kuah (the main town)

3. it is a very good idea to drive n your own there. it is more relaxing, stress free as the roads are mainly empty. you can get cheaper rate for car rental at Kuah Jetty. if you didnt know anyone in Langkawi, i suggest you just rent your car once you arrived.

4. you can only take 3pcs of kain batik (sarong) out. more than that, the custom will confesticate confiscate them.

5. you can only take out 1 carton of cigarrette

6. when trying to find your destination, make sure you know where it’s location, beach wise. It is easier to navigate your way when you know, for example, Oriental Village is at Pantai Kok. Almost all road sign will have the direction to the beaches.

7. there are A LOT of road blocks in the island. So make sure you have your driving license always with you! If the police flagged you to stop, stop, roll down the window, on the interior car light (if its night time), and smile.

8. bring a good camera please!

9. you have the right to bargain at anything you wanted to buy, seriously!

10. it is always good to pack in shopping bags, just in case

other tips, google on your own 🙂

have a good weekend peeps!

hi there! 🙂

as some of you already knew, I spent the long weekend break in Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia.

it was an all-in-one adventure. my first time travelling on a midnight train (the trip from Kuala Lumpur to Arau, Perlis took us almost 11 hours), for our comfort i booked the sleeping coach, pre-booked a car and a 3days 2 nights accomodation at Awana Porto Malai, Langkawi.

it was a great place to be, Langkawi. i was so happy driving the smooth, almost empty roads, watching the sunrise and sunset from my room, looking at all the greens of paddy field, mountains and of course, the blue of the sea. i told my travelling partner, Fila, that if i am a resident here in Langkawi, i might live till im 150, stress free!

we only used the map during the first day, the next days, we just venture and alhamdulillah, only stopped to ask for direction to Makam Mahsuri on the last day.

the activities when we were there, in point forms:

  • 4th April – 915pm – board the train @ KLCentral station
  • 5th April – arrived Arau (Perlis) station @ 820am. We quickly get a cab (the fare was RM24 per cab) and heads to Kuala Perlis Jetty
  • we bought our 930 am ferry tickets (fare was RM18 per person) and went to a restaurant for breakfast
  • 920am – board our ferry to Kuah, Langkawi
  • 1020am – arrived Kuah Jetty
  • we then walked to find the counter for car rental. apparently you can get a better, cheaper deal once you arrived at Kuah. But i am not complaining. i got myself a good deal – RM160 for a Naza Picanto (A) for the 3 days stay.
  • got the car and booked our island hopping trip  – RM35 per person (she was asking for RM40, original price RM45, i asked for RM35 and she said okay, win-win). the original plan was that we will go island hopping that day itself, but she told us that ‘sharing basis trip’ will only depart at 9am. fine!
  • we took the car, asked for direction to Awana. drove and amazed!
  • 1130am – arrived Awana Porto Malai. breath taking place, the hotel is at water edge and there is a broadwalk and a small jetty. the jetty for Star Cruise ships situated at the end of the hotel too. suave!
  • as our room will only be ready in about an hour or so, we decided that we should go to ride the cable car, instead of waiting. the drive to Oriental Village, Pantai Kok, where the cable car is located, is again, an amazing view. we saw the green of the mountains surrounding the island and the sea, the alcove and i was delighted when i saw the marina @ Perdana Quay.
  • we arrived at Oriental Village and has fun during the cable car ride. i didnt get to snap pictures here as my phone’s battery flat out. you can read about the cable car here. The ticket for the ride is just RM15 for MyCard holder and rM30 for foreigners. we also went for the skybridge (i know i will always have jungle trekking activity anywhere i go) and i posted a postcard – the post box located 708 metres above sea level (i expect a big thank you from the person receiving it :p)
  • we left oriental village after having our lunches and some ahem, shopping :). we drove to Telaga Tujuh and parked, approached by the parking attendance and i asked what is Telaga Tujuh all about. we cancelled our intention to explore the place when he told us that we need to hire a guide as there has been people got lost before, and the fact that we are not wearing good hiking shoes.
  • we went back to Awana, got our room and rest for a while. the evening was filled with shopping at duty free shops and we ventured to Kuah Town and on shopping spree again.
  • 6th April – after breakfast, we were picked up at Awana at around 9am for our Island Hopping. the jetty for the activities is really just a few minutes away from Awana. we waited for the boat, 6 more people joined our boat. it was a bumpy speed boat ride and i was enjoying the ride! we went to see the small islands like Pulau Singa Besar (we didnt stop here as the island has been taken over by a university), Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras Basah.
  • the first stop, Pulau Dayang Bunting is popular for the fresh water lake in the middle of the island. we walked/hiked to the lake, of course there are a lot of monkeys – the boatman told us to leave any plastic bags in the boat as the monkey will try to grab the bags. i commented to myself that the monkeys are either environmental friendly junkie or they want to sell off the bags to a recycle center somewhere. I happened to put my dry clothes in a plastic bag, inside my tote. I ignored the boatman advice and walked as quietly as i could, dont wanna attract the monkey’s attention. ahem, i failed and a monkey grabbed my tote twice. Panicked, but acted brave! :p
  • we hired a solar boat at the lake for RM30 and we rounded the lake for 30 minutes. we also tasted the mystical water of the lake. after 30 minutes, we hiked back to the boat. then to the eagle feeding cove near Pulau Beras Basah. Here is a short film i made, sorry for the quality of the film as i was just using my blackberry camera
  • after eagle feeding, we went to Pulau Beras Basah for an hour. we decided that we wont be doing any swimming that day after all. so we just sat by the beach, people watching and talks. we ended the island hopping at around 130 pm and was sent back to Awana.
  • we went out for lunch after a short rest and then head back to Oriental Village area. We know we wont be hiking to Telaga Tujuh, instead we want to go to a waterfall there. It was a small hike, the rocks at the waterfall was magnificent, but unfortunately there’s not much water due to lack of rain that week. Anyhow, we wont need a lot of water as Fila didnt know how to swim, so we went to a shallow part and had fun playing in the water.
  • after a few hours and crowds started to fill in the place, we decided that it is time to go. we drove to Kuah Town, went in to the Langkawi Parade (a shopping complex) and done more shopping and had dinner. when we finished, we drove back to Pantai Cenang and stopped by the roadside and walked along the rows of shops, hoping to buy some beach pants. of course we dont get what we wanted.
  • 7th April – we woke up late and had a lazy and long breakfast. we then walked the hotel compound and the broad walk. at 12noon, we were ready to check out.
  • we drove to Mahsuri Memorial Park to visit Mahsuri’s mausoleum. As the legend had it, Mahsuri is the ‘soul’ of Langkawi. She has been murdered due to a slander and before she died, she cursed that Langkawi will be a barren land for 7 generations. i still remember in late 90’s, the 7th generation of Mahsuri was identified in Thailand. You can read about the legend here
  • the last stop for the day was at Dataran Lang, near Kuah Jetty, after i bought our ferry ride for Kuala Perlis. Spent a few minutes here as the weather was warm. then we returned the car, head in the jetty terminal, window shopping (no more real shopping as our bags are already in the verge of bursting) and had lunch.
  • the custom counter in the terminal wasnt that strict anyway. we just have to scan in out luggages (the loose bags are not required to be scanned). the custom officer just waived us to go ahead without having to check our bags. well, we didnt seems to be people to buy alcohol or lots of kain batik, so need not waste time checking anyway.
  • the ferry has been very punctual. we boarded the ferry at 330pm and the journey back to Kuala Perlis started promply at 4pm.
  • we arrived Kuala Perlis Jetty and got a taxi for another RM24. we were at KTM Arau at around 540pm and waited for our 706pm train back to KL. of course the train delayed, we only started our journey at 810pm, to arrive KL at 645am the next day.

it was a good, enjoyable trip. i am looking forward for another visit (seriously!), soon. i guess the next time, ill get the kids to go with me and i can spend time teaching them about the mountains and the sea. yes, i know i am a landlubber.

now, i am waiting for some more photos from the cable car ride before starting a short film of all things i saw in Langkawi and may be ill jot down a few tips for a better Langkawi experiences.

till then, i am going to rest, enjoy my Monday off work and nurse this mild sun burnt.

life is indeed, an adventure. till then!

It’s weekend!

Like usual, i am trying to make the weekend to be as productive as possible.

On Friday evening, I spent 3hours art Masjed Jamek, helping and observing the -Treat the Homeless- with NGO that called themselves as 1Charity. I can’t get the details of this group on the internet, but they are a group of volunteers whom cook, serve, talk and deliver food for the homeless around Klang Valey. It was good, I just hoped we can do more for the homeless. In shaa Allah I will come to help again.

And Saturday morning, as promised, Aisyah came to pick me up to go to FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) in Kepong for the famous Canopy Walk.

(FRIM) is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research, both within the country and abroad. Founded by British colonial forest scientist in 1929, the former Forest Research Institute with Dr F.W. Foxworthy as its first chief research officer, became a statutory body governed by the Malaysia Forestry Research and Development Board under the Ministry of Primary Industries in 1985 and then in 2004, FRIM became a statutory body governed under Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The 486-ha site in Kepong located 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, is surrounded by the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve. Read more about FRIM here.

I was not anticipating a jungle trekking, really, hence i was way “overdressed” with my clothes and slacks. Lucky me, i worn the Teva hiking sandals!

I did not snap a lot of pictures from both outings, but I managed to get some pictures from FB (for the Treat the Homeless) and made a short slides show of both activities.

the journey

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