December 02, 2013

I am a Wonder Woman!

Pic from Google:)

I really love this quote! Most of all, nowadays I wonder why the time goes by so fast:) Baru je buat breakfast, relax kejap... tiba-tiba dah sampai masa masak lunch & anak dah nak balik...

Sekarang nih tengah tolong hubby buat his research. Lagik la rasa masa laju ajer berjalan. Masalahnya, bila baca academic articles berkali-kali pun macam tak boleh masuk:) Tapi kesian la pulak hubby sebab dah janji nak tolong dia.

I have a lot of ideas of what to write in the blog. Cerita pi holiday and updates on the kids plus a million other things. Sighh...

I have another blog before this, but I left it just like that after a few months. Lepas tuh delete ajer sebab rasa dah tak relevant. Konon-kononnya, blog nih tak akan jadi begitu. Will see how it goes.

In the meantime, I should try to manage my time more efficiently. Kalau tak, satu kerja pon tak jadik:)



November 10, 2013

Kids do the darndest thing:)

Balik dari holiday ingat nak update pasal our short getaway. Malangnya, test week dah mula. So we had to concentrate on the revision while doing mountains of laundry. Faris didn't have much problem with his studies. On the other hand, doing revision with Alya has been quite a challenge.

Paling mencabar sekali bila belajar french dengan dia. Kita sebut dia kata salah. Memang pun sebab mak dia tak pandai langsung cakap french. Kalau abang dia ajar dia naik angin. Dia cepat bosan pun yer jugak...hehehe!

Test grade satu aje pun. Bukan nak pressure dia sebenarnya. Cuma nak dia paham basic skills utk subjek yg dia dah belajar. Tapi tengoklah nih... kita test dia, dia test kita balik. Siap pakai correction pen macam cikgu2 kata dia.Yang color pink tuh dia lah yang tulis nak test mak dia plak:)


October 19, 2013

The long holiday

Cuti raya baru-baru nih anak2 & bapaknya cuti seminggu. But we were home most of the time.
Hubby is busy with his class assignment & office work. Apa lagi nak buat? Duduk aje la kat rumah diam2:)

Budak-budak boleh tahan gak la tensen as most of their good friends were away on vacation.  So, buat la aktiviti sendiri. Hari-hari buat concert & nyanyi guna microfon stand buat dari sword. Punya la bosan diorang nih sampai si Faris sanggup join I menjahit. Anak dara nih pulak, this week asik nak main makeup aje. Dah la mak dia ada barang makeup serba satu aje. Hahaha! Itu pun beli sebab balik raya kat mesia ari tu.


Bila tak pegi mana-mana semua orang lapar aje manjang. Dari pagi sampai malam, dapur on 24/7. Since I can't drive, suka ke tidak, kena la masak jugak.

We had a makan-makan session with our friends the night before raya. Sadly, the raya day itself was an uneventful one since all the other msians in the compound had to work.

On Thursday, we promised the kids that we will take them for a movie. Jauh di seberang lautan kat kampung Cik Yong. There's no theater in Saudi:) Normally the journey is around 2hours, tapi sebab saudi cuti panjang, ramai la plak orang. Bila dah lama dalam kereta, mula la budak2 bising:) But they were happy once we got the tickets.




The ticket costs 30 riyal per pax, a lil pricey. So hubby aje la pegi dgn anak2, while I go window shopping. Tak shopping sebab next week nak ikut hubby pi conference. We rarely tag along with him as more often than not, the timing was just not right. Yang nih pun sama sebenarnya. Dah beli ticket & all, sekali sekolah tukar test date. Nasib la labu, terpaksa la resit for it another day.

The kids are still on Eid holiday this week while hubby is not. For the next few days, maraton kemas barang sambil paksa anak2 belajar for their test. Wish me luck:) Semoga mak nya tak tukar jadik tiger mom for the rest of the week.

October 02, 2013

Roti oh Roti...

Sekarang nih orang kat rumah nih dah tak mau makan nasi malam2. The reason is they ate lunch quite late. Apa taknya, balik sekolah lambat. Kadang-kadang pukul 3 or 4 baru nak makan nasi. By 9 pm dah nak tido. So, I kinda understand why they only want light dinner.

Kalau dulu boleh juga goreng bihun ka mee ka...  But now, they don't really eat it that much. Bapaknya pun sama.Tapi kalau maggi mee suka. Jangan harap la nak bagi makan selalu kan? Sungguh tak sesuai:)

Paling diorang suka sekali sekarang ialah roti. Puas la maknya cuba resepi segala jenis roti. Bukan semua buat... hehehe!

I don't have the bread maker or a mixer. Jadi, cuba resepi yang simple2 aje yang guna yeast & all purpose flour. Kat sini bukan senang nak cari bread flour or bread improver. Surprisingly it doesn't take a long time to do these things. Alhamdulillah, the kids really love freshly made bread. 


  Regular white bread, hotdog bun & sweet dinner bun tuh saya beli aje:)

I tried to make pita bread from this You Tube video. Senang aje. Tapi hubby kata rasa dia macam roti naan. Kita makan dengan kari. Baru la sedap:)



Alya loves the honey oat bun from Subway. I used this recipe. It really taste like the bread from Subway I tell you:)


Pernah juga cuba buat roti canai, tapi tak menjadi. Sib baik budak-budak nih suka jugak frozen roti paratha. Errr, kalau tak kita beli aje freshly made dari kedai. Lagi senang:) hahaha!



September 13, 2013

Umrah with the Atoks

This is another overdue post:) Last April, my parents came over for a visit. Sebab plan awalnya kami tak balik raya, jadi diorang datang nak spend time dengan cucu2nya lah nih.

Alhamdulillah, we managed to go with them to Madinah & Makkah. The last time they came was 10 years ago. Sekarang dah tak larat sangat:) Faris lah guide atok nya. My dad sekarang dah pelupa sikit. Jadi dia kena bawak Faris everytime pegi masjid so that tak lupa jalan nak balik hotel.


Maktok, Atok & cucu-cucunya


Aktiviti wajib utk kanak2. Bagi makan burung:)

Susah juga nak cari buat arrangement last minute utk kami sekeluarga sebab masa tuh visa umrah dah keluar. Bila ramai orang, hotel & barang semua pun naik harga.

Fortunately, everything turns out well at the last minute. As we normally stay nearby the ladies gate, there are plenty of reasonably priced hotel but food choices at this area is rather limited. Hotel yg kitorang duduk tuh cuma offer breakfast. Then, we found out that the hotel's restaurant offers Indonesian food for tour group. I asked if we can pay to eat there instead, but they let us eat for free throughout the three days. Baik hati sungguh orang hotel tuh:)


Atok & bodyguard dia. Hehehe!

We arrived in Makkah on a weekday. Orang tak berapa ramai. Tapi kawasan masjid tengah renovate. Space is rather limited. Tempat tawaf cuma ada di bahagian bawah. Saie pun ada dua level sahaja. Just to share some info, some hotel do provide free wheelchair. All you have to do is ask:) Lagi convenient la sebab boleh bawa terus ke hotel especially bila budak-budak tertido.

Biasanya buat umrah sekali sahaja untuk satu trip & cuba spend more time at the masjid & buat tawaf sunat. IMHO, this is the best way for them as they do not have the time as well as the energy to go back & forth to miqat area since we are there for only a few days.

Ongoing renovation project
Masa last day, orang dah kurang ramai tapi agak panas skit.
Alya dah cabut tudung sebab tak tahan:(

For this trip, we had the opportunity to stay at Retaj Suite. It is one of the most convenient place to stay. Kitorg pun dapat tahu secara kebetulan sebab dia tak advertise sangat atau listed on booking.com.  Just nak share info kalau ada yang berminat. Tak der niat nak eksen ya:)

The hotel is situated in Abraj Al-Bait/Clock Tower right across the main entrance of the masjid.  We took the duplex suite. Harganya lagi murah dari ambil dua bilik & breakfast is included.  Kebanyakan orang yg tinggal kat situ pun jemaah dari Indonesia.Diorang ambil pakej biasa kata makcik2 tuh. So, mungkin kalau guna ejen boleh dapat lagi murah.

Dalam satu unit tuh, tiga katil kat level atas & kitorg minta satu katil kat bawah. With two bathrooms, kitchenette & dining area, memang berbaloi in my opinion.
 
The tower & model free saya:)
View from the tower entrance closest to the hotel
The room & the main entrance

Interior

Alhamdulillah memang murah rezeki my parents. Macam2 orang bagi walaupun orang tuh kekadang cakap omputih pun tak pandai. Memang syukur sangat masa tuh. Most of what we planned went well. Of course la ada masalah sikit-sikit. But it was nothing that they can't bear:)