Sunday, December 30, 2012

Land of Cik Siti Wan Kembang

Famous Kelantanese delicacy, Nasi Kerabu
2012 has almost come to a close and I find myself racing to post more stories which I have been procrastinating lately. Reason being, I was too busy or too caught up with numerous hobbies.

Yes, I went to Kelantan, the land of Cik Siti Wan Kembang. I wrote about the history before in my posting. Just click on the link. 

This time, I went with my good friend Pava as he was conducting one of his team building event at the state. We had our event at the Villa Danialla Beach Resort, a very tastefully decorated resort located in Tok Bali, Bachock, Kelantan. Surprisingly the resort was so beautiful, it took my breath away. May be I shall write about it in another posting.  

In this posting I just want to write about my craving for Nasi Kerabu and my trip to Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah. 

Ground Floor - The Wet Market
The Big Market of Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah
So we went to Kelantan via flight. It took us only about an hour from KL to Kelantan via flight in comparison with the unconventional method via driving a car, it took about 5-8 hours. So we saved a lot of time and energy. By the time we reached the airport, we rented a car to mobilise ourselves. The drive from airport to the resort took us about 45 minutes. 

The last day before we went back to KL, I urged the team to visit Koto Bharu, the capital of Kelantan State. I wanted to visit Pasar Besar Siti Kadijah to buy batik caftan dress for my sister. I promised them the dress. The journey from Tok Bali to Kota Bharu took us about 45 minutes. We do not know the way being non-native but thanks to the GPS, we found our destination.

Yours truly from the 2nd floor.
I managed to buy the batik caftan as promised for everyone with a reasonable price. This is also contributed by the fact that we went to the market early at the time the shops were just opening. I was excited since we left the resort because I knew I could bargain a good price for just about anything. It is believed among the traders there that first customer whom visited the store is important to 'pecah telur'. It means to break the egg. They believed that if they could sell it to the first customer who enters, they will get a continuous sale throughout the day. 

3rd floor  is for the dry stuffs.
Do not leave the market without buying some kepopok
Happy with my batik caftans, we went into the market to buy some other stuffs. I bought some keropok too. Keropok ikan tamban is my choice because it was made from ikan tamban, my favourite fish when it's fried. Nyum nyum.

Just before we go off to the airport, we went looking for Nasi Kerabu as what have been decided at the beginning of our trip to Kelantan. We promised ourselves, never to leave Kelantan without having one. And we got one! 

In Kelantan itself, the taste was out of this world. I ate every single grain of rice. Not even one left on my plate. That good it was! 

Satiated with all that we have desired, we reached Kuala Lumpur safely with a happy heart. Nice trip to be remembered :)

Bestest Friends Reunion 2012

Bestest friends reunion 2012 - Mona, Liza, Bibi and Bibi's daughter
I must record this historical meeting with my bestest of friends, Mona and Bibi. This unplanned meeting happened early this December. I was taken by surprised that Bibi called me out of a sudden for a meeting. It has been soooo long that the three of us didn't meet up due to our different directions in life. We forgot to even say hi to each other until this fateful meeting at Tony Roma's @ Pavillion, KL.

I have written about our last meeting in 2005. My Goodness! That long we had been separated. Unlike with Mona, I met her all the time. Our meeting was quite constant since graduation. We even met quite a lot during lunch time because both of us are in KL. But Bibi was totally in a different land. She is always in Miri, Sarawak and she was always busy with her family. Now she has 3 boys and 1 daughter.We got to see her latest addition, a 5 months old baby boy. Huwaa!!! I just can't believe it myself.

She was in KL for a family annual holiday. Although she has come to KL numerous times, she had never called us in fear that she might interrupt our lives. We keep ourselves updated via facebook and once in a blue moon by phone.

Once met, it was like the olden times. It was like we were never been separated. It felt just like home. Unfortunately time flies. We find it hard to say goodbye. I had lots of stuff to update her and she to update me. We promised to meet more often in the near future.

I love these two ladies, Mona and Bibi with my life. We have been best friends since our university's days. We were inseparable. We have known each other like nobody has even known us in this life. Old friends indeed is like wine. It gets better when it's aged :)

Nobody likes to be alone

Little bird in a rain taken from
December is also a monsoon season in the East Coast of Malaysia. A few states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang usually will have the annual flooding. Some had to be evacuated to temporary shelter as their homes are submerged in the flood water. As for West Coast Malaysia, December is also a raining seasons. Everyday is a rainy day. It's quite cooling and soothing. I like it but not everyone have the same opinion. For traders and pedlars who sell their wares in the outdoor, they have less appreciation of the rain. Well, surely Mother Nature can't please everyone.

I fell sick twice in December of this year. The first one was because of really bad flu and the latter was of too much stress. I had too much in my mind lately.

At time of sickness, we would realise many things in life which we seldom think about. As for me, I realised, I am actually very much alone. If I were to die during my worst sickness, nobody would have known. Meaning, I shouldn't be alone.

2012, was not really a good year but a better year than 2011. Hopefully 2013 will be as bright and colourful as the rainbow. I love colourful life, not a boring one. But well even when it's the worst year, it was never a boring year.

Sleepy kitten from
I would say till this December, I am about two months officially living as a single person. I can never get used to being alone too long. I hate being alone. It sucks.

When your mental was weak, you care less about other stuffs in your life. Everyday was like another meaningless day, going to work to get things done and to pay your bills. That's it. I do not like to do anything else. Some days are better than the others, so you went out with friends. But most of the days are like missing that person you used to have yet could never have. Tears...

It's not about having problems being with another guy. It's about getting over the last guy. It took me seriously two years to get over the first one of whom I think not worth all the sufferings. I hope this one will be a lightning speed and in time I might give my thanks to God for not wasting my time.

On a positive note, I am truly blessed with lots of love. The love of family and friends are aplenty. More than an average person could claim they have. These good friendship have been tested throughout time. I have great family bond that they keep me warm with blankets of love. What more a person could ask for in this world. . When I cry, I have a shoulder to cry on, when I am lonely and need someone to talk to, I have people to lend their ears. That is good enough for now.

2013 will be a year everyone should look forward to. The world is still revolving. Surprise! We are still alive. Make the best of it! 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Patchwork Quilt

Piecing it up together using a machine,
unlike in the olden days.
I had many praises for my late Mom. One of it was she was a great artisan. She has many unimaginable skills that many would have not the capability to learn in their lifetime. But my Mom was one of those special person on earth. Al-Fatihah. May she find peace in the life of the hereafter. 

I was properly brought up by my Mom. Not so much by my father. He was pretty much an outstation person most of his life. We hardly saw him at home but we do love him nevertheless. Unlike my late mother, she was our world. Living away from our home town had brought us family closer. She made sure the girls in our family has all the womanly skills needed to face our womanhood including a few skills that will ensure our survival in case of being jobless :) 

This is how it looks like in the close up.

One of my Mom's best talents were sewing. She handed it down in our blood. Although myself do not have the same blood type, I have all her features in terms of looks. Girls in my family including one of my brothers, all of us were forever grateful to God, that we can sew something or just anything and make a living out of it. She was my greatest inspiration in this entire world. How I miss her everyday. Thank you Mak (Malay endearment for a mother). 

The finish product.
The motif is called monkey wrench,
What I am about to share here in this posting is about patchwork and quilting. It is one of my many hobbies and now has becoming a real part time job. As always, this talent was handed down to me by my late Mom, my greatest Guru. She used to piece together little remnant cloths from her sewing project to make blankets and doormats. She was very diligent in sewing it by hand. I was impressed since I was very little. Everyone in our family has their own patchwork quilted blanket made by our Mom. She made it as gifts for relatives and friends too. I started making my own cotton blanket when I was 14 years old. A bit later though because I had too many interest in life. One of them at that time was making my doll's dresses, LOL! 

How it looks like in the baby crib.
So as you can see in the photos, these are my latest work. A baby gift to my younger sister who gave birth to a handsome baby boy, little Syaheem born in November 2012. I am so in love with little Syaheem already. She wanted it to be a baby set, which includes the baby quilt for mattress, 2 pillows and 2 bolsters. And another request was it has to be in green. So I made it exactly like requested. It took me about 3 days to assemble the whole thing together to completion. The hardest part was making the pillows because it was so tiny. The patchworks were made in smaller size in comparison with the baby quilt for the mattress. It was a relieve that my sister liked it :) 

Baby quilt is a great gift to your baby. It would be most memorable if you can make it yourself. It is not really difficult to make if you know how to operate a sewing machine, then you can do it definitely. Just find time to watch the tutorial on Youtube. It will help you a lot. 

Well, that's all for now. I never thought of sharing this part of me here in the blog. But on a second thought, why not :) 


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