30 July 2014

Day One of Selamat Hari Raya.

Date: 28th July 2014.

Before I start babbling on what we did and how fun it was, let me first say to all my friends who are celebrating SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI! 

Okay, back to this. 

I think I've said this too many times but then so what right?

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS THAT FALLS ON WEEKDAYS ARE THE BEST! Especially when it's on a Monday. Such feeling is so indescribable.

Anyways, dad has planned this trip months ago for a camping trip at Gertak Sanggul but since most couldn't make it, we decided to change it to picnic instead. 10am to 6pm. 

It was a family gathering but my family invited a few close friends too to celebrate this awesome public-holiday-on-a-Monday together. 

I think there were close to 30 of us. We rented the hut and the whole corner lot of the beach were ours for the day. 

It was best of both worlds. We have the salty sea water meeting the clear cold freshwater from the hill. It was so ideal. Hot and cold. So nice okay.

The cousins shared money to get an inflatable boat that's big enough to carry three adults at one go. That was the boat that brought us all the way into the scary cove where snakes would love to live. Probably crocodiles too. Hah. And crabs. For sure big yummy juicy crabs. 

One of dad's favorite thing to do is catch crabs here. All you need are just chicken heads tied to the crab-trapper-thing and tie the trap with a long rafia string and a bottle. Then, drop them into the inside of the cove and let the bottle float so you will know where the traps are. 

Very easy. Then, you can go check after every 30 minutes or something, depending on how impatient you are. Heh. During that waiting time, we just sat around chillax a while and look at people taking turns on the boat to explore the cove. 

All the judges giving directions to people on the boat on how to paddle and grab those traps, while enjoying kuaci under the tree.

The first round that we checked, we caught the biggest catch of the day. It was super huge! 

Look at that! I know it doesn't look as big as how I'm trying to describe it but it's super huge. It's half of the bucket base. The size I mean.

Bigger than my feet this one.

Total catch: 8 crabs. All very fresh and yummy.

That's what we did at first. That and eating. Whole day we ate nonstop. Nasi lemak with sambal udang, homemade hot dogs, mom's tortillas, char bee hoon, chicken rice, bee ko, char koay teow, a gallon of lemon water, free flow of icy soft drinks and a lot of sand to feast our feet. 

Oh, the night before, Kelly stayed home and helped mom to prepare all the food. Good girl Kelly. Mom was making a statement while she was tearing those chicken breast, "You koyak two times, makan one time, in the end my chicken all in your stomach." It was funny because of how mom said it. Heh. Good laugh in the kitchen.

After makan, we soaked in the sea and swam out to the middle of the sea. MIDDLE. Hahaha. That's middle for me alright. Surprisingly no one seemed to be bothered with the fact that there might be plenty of jelly fish around us when we swam out. I was the only paranoid one. 

"I got no shades, so might as well close my eyes"

The little longkang that allows the hot and cold water to mix.

Soaking in the cold water. 

Shaun: Guys, I need to pee. Where's the toilet?
Me: *seated down with my back facing the sea* *points behind me* Nah, there.
Shaun: Har? Serious ah?
Us: Yeahhh.

While he was at it, Nikki shouted, "Shaun, what you doing there? Peeing ah?"

Immediately after that, all the kids who were playing at the shore area ran up, feeling disgusted. Hahaha. It was such a funny moment. I think 30 minutes later, everyone went in again. 

Oh ya, thanks Naomi for the photos taken with your Go Pro. It's so fun and easy to use that I'm actually considering to get one. Can go underwater sumore leh. Hmm..

The three sisters. We love the beach. Anything to do with the sea, we like! 

Middle of the sea. It's actually very far from the shore, but quite safe lah cos on the left side (can't see in this photo) is like covered with land. It's like covered jungle kind. I don't know how to say lah. Okay, you just see the photo below correct d. 

The three girls had their first onsen experience in a small cement cubicle. Ahh fun times :)

All the fun watery things we did :))

Oh, we also played captain ball with my dad and cousins in the water. IN THE WATER WITH SAND! Most tiring run ever, but the most fun because can dive into the water and not get hurt. And there is no 'out' line. Nobody cares about the 'out' line guys. Nobody. Hah.

So, I randomly mentioned that those who did not find any siput will have to belanja dinner. We spent a good 30 minutes in the evening by the beach korek siput. I don't know how to describe that feeling of finding one siput after digging don't know for how long. It's the same feeling as scoring a goal when you're playing against the state team or something. Something like that lah.

That explains my 'obsession' of korek siput. Obsession, how Koay puts it. 

Koay emo in the middle of the sea. Probably thinking if he should have change his job from the finance industry to the fishing industry, since he's at his favorite element right now. The salty sea water.

Looking at us still in our comfort zone looking for our little buddies.

We ended up with quite a lot of siput. The biggest one was found by Andrew. His proudest moment in life. 

You'll be surprised on how simple things like korek siput can make you happy. It's always the simple thing sin life that makes the most memories. We didn't even have to spend money on this. It was absolutely a beautiful day spent.

We left the place about 7:30pm and headed to Green House for dinner. Let's not forget the part where we were stuck in a standstill (at one point!) jam for about an hour plus at Gertak Sanggul area. Lousy traffic light. 

Also, got souvenir for myself. Andrew Chan so confidently said, "Here no rocks! Can start swimming. Can kick your leg! SWIM!"

And I did. Kicked my leg and swim while holding onto the boat. Straight hentam-ed and scratched my left feel top part onto the super sharp rocks underneath. A good part of the skin and flesh came out. Yes, I'm limping a bit to work this morning. Just a little bit. No biggie.

After that, we were like, "Swim faster! Sharks probably can smell my blood or Sharon's!" HAHAHA!

Ahhh we need to do more of this kind of bonding time. Super fun. 


29 July 2014

Feel What?

I don't know what to feel now.

Sad because it's working day in less than 12 hours?

Happy because it's only 3 working days and then weekends again?

Excited because I'm googling and reading up on 'What to do in Krabi?'

Confused because my left feet would hurt so bad if I put on my flats tomorrow?

Okay time for bed.

25 July 2014

Family Day Out.

Public holiday on a Monday! Come on it's the besttttt thing ever!

Too bad most corporate in Penang doesn't even declare it as a public holiday. COME ON!

Learn to treasure this island please. Heh.

I just realized that I typed wrongly on two separate dates. Oh well. This was on a Saturday, not on Georgetown World Heritage City Day!

Anyways, we all slept till the sun came up and then we decided to drive to the other side of the island. Queensbay Mall yo!

Lunch was at BBQ Plaza. Mom's all time favorite place. She prefers the one in Gurney plaza though. Nicer environment and friendlier service. 

The baby girl is only about 1 year and 3 months plus. She already know how to eat by herself. Messy for sure but oh so cute wei. Such a smarty girl. 

Give her a hp and she knows exactly where to look into. 
She's only one year old plus! What is this.

Then, if you hold a phone in front of her, immediately she will do this *points below*

This baby is vainest of all. No kidding.

Ahhhhh why you so chooobeeeee shanin!

Anyways, we did some window shopping after lunch and dad decided to take us on a spontaneous trip to Gertak Sanggul. Another sneak peak to the place. Haha. 

The beach will always be my happy place. 

 Sand. Sea. Sun. Sha Lynn. Sarah.

Oh my. I think I'm balding. Time to do something new to the hair.

Hello you there. See you in few days' time :)

We all zonked out on the way back home.

Great Saturday spent with the Khoos, a Phor and a Sha. 

24 July 2014

Belated Graduation Gift.

It's crazy you know.

It's been almost two years since I walked on that stage receiving that scroll. 

1st of August will be my two years exactly of being with this company. 

Super madness.

Anyways, my sister has always wanted to get me a cross necklace as my graduation gift but never did because couldn't find one that I like. That and when I did find one that I like, it's way too over the budget, like four figures way over kind. So yeah.

Finally, spotted on at Gurney plaza and it's on sale sumore. Such goodie good.

We went to get it and needless to say, I was the happiest this week that day. 

Made of solid silver and coated with white gold.

Lifetime warranty on all parts and services.

It's simple and unique because it's a bit senget.

The rest that I saw had a little too much bling and I do not really like too sparkly things.

So, this is the chosen one.

Never gonna take it out. Can wear 24 hours even during shower time. It will not turn yellow and even if it does, it will take a long time, and no need to worry because they provide a LIFETIME warranty on all parts and services.

Thank you, che!

You are the best fireball, hot mama :)

23 July 2014

Koay's 24th.

Weeks before his birthday, I had already planned to bring him to Miraku Restaurant at G Hotel where they serve authentic Japanese food (so they said). I wanted to blindfold him and just drive him there, but obviously, that didn't happen.

I kinda was too excited and tongue slipped mentioning the restaurant. So, in the end, I told him and he didn't look as excited as I thought he would be. 

The conclusion is that he didn't want to eat so fancily because it's JUST a birthday. Pfft. See this boy. One whole year, this is the only time can use as a reason to eat fancy food but he doesn't want to. 

So, since he didn't want, I asked him to tell me where he would like to makan and since we couldn't do it on his actual birthday, we did it a day earlier. 

It was already decided that his birthday dinner will be at Mizi. Yes, Mizi New World Park. His most favorite place to have western food. 

Then, Friday came and I asked him again if he's sure he wants to go to Mizi since we can always go to Mizi any other time. Without hesitating, he said, "Let's buka puasa by the beach!"

Now, it's really not a random thing because ever since when we got together as a couple, there is one thing that we do annually.

Buka puasa by the beach at our favorite spot. 

This year would be our third time already. This annual thing is more important than celebrating our anniversary. No kidding. We have the tendency to forget our anniversary date but not this buka puasa thing. Sure won't forget one. 

So, yeah, we went to Tanjung Tokong's Pasar Ramadhan and kept to our budget. This year, I told him I would pay for all since this is his birthday dinner. I love to see him being at Pasar Ramadhan because his face just lights up, especially when he sees trays of kuihs on the table. SERIOUS!

We drove to Tanjung Bungah and walked to our corner. There we set up Kelly's portable table and arrange the food nicely. Take a photo first. Heh. 

It was funny in the beginning because the tides were high that time which was odd btw and we kept worrying that the waves would get to us. We both had that feeling to move the table up the rocky place just in case. Good thing we did because after that the waves came in right to our feet. Haha.

We ate, talked, looked at the sea to see if dolphins jump out of the water (nope, didn't happen!), stared at the rocky areas where the waves kept crashing on to see if got mermaid comes out (obviously not!) and laughed to jokes that aren't even funny.

Then, we headed back home and joined the Sha family for a quick durian feast. Koay's favorite. After that, he wanted to try the nitrogen-made-ice-cream at Safe Room and so we went. So crowded on a Friday night. It was only after one of the Directors found out that we were food-bloggers that she arranged for a table for both of us. More on that at WhatTwoEatHere

We didn't stay long there because it was really noisy. Koay suggested going 'picnic' at Esplanade.

By that, he means to lie down in the middle of the field on a cloth. 


It was calm and cool.

It was probably too quiet and calm. I was quite paranoid in the beginning. Scared people come to attack us then we sure die. 

Oh my. I'm actually scared of being in the middle of the field in Penang at night. Scared of bad people. This is sad.

Anyways, there was another group of family doing the same thing on the other side of the field so I thought it was alright. Another man came to practice his juggling skills, which must be for the Bon Odori event.

He only wanted to stay there for a while, but at that time I thought that it would be perfect if I could get some people to come to surprise him here so I texted some people. I tell you it's so difficult to text at that time because he was just next to me. 

He was starting to get frustrated with me because he wanted to leave already and I kept telling him I want to do his birthday countdown here. Haha. I think he was close to getting mad at me already.

In the end, no one could make it. Too last minute for me also to plan like that. Spontaneous surprise a bit susah la ya. Heh.

Well, it was such a simple night spent with the world's simplest dude. 

Blessed twenty-four, Adrian. My prayer for you is that in every corner of your life, you will always allow Jesus to be the center of it all. That you will see who you are through His eyes and how He has plans for you that you will soon discover.

Thank you for being an angel.