Wednesday, 22 June 2016

#Rayamoodon

Salam everyone. How's your Ramadhan so far? Today should be the 18th day since we started fasting. Alhamdulillah.

Today is also a public holiday, specifically for Nuzul Qur'an.

As expected, traffic jams everywhere in KL. With the public holiday and Raya/Eid fast approaching, everyone was most likely shopping for Raya and picking up their clothes from their respective tailors (including yours truly).

We started off our morning at the Kraftangan fair in Chulan. It's a yearly thing for us. I must say that it's poorly organised though. A disappointing start to the morning. I refuse to hear such excuses as "Malaysian work culture" or "Ikut Malaysian time looor". Really? NO! Such wastage of both time and money. It was advertised that the fair was to start on 22 June at 10am hence it should begin rightly so. Everything should have been set up last night. To boot today is a public holiday and is the best time to capitalise on people having the time to go through the booths. Yes, the fair will only be officiated by our Minister tomorrow. Regardless, things could have been prepared in advance. Things can proceed and all booths open for business with the opening ceremony being held tomorrow. If the idea was to only begin after the ceremony, then it should be advertised that the fair will only be held on the same day as the ceremony itself or the day after. I felt like we wasted time coming over on the first day, hoping we could avoid the massive crowd. Yet, many of the booths were still not set up or still preparing for the day. The confused faces of some tourists who were there also does not bode a good start to the fair. Ayoyooo... sayang sungguh! Hubs suggests that we come again this weekend. I don't think I can though with revision classes and all.

We then moved on to KLCC to finish off our Raya preparation. This year we gradually bought the necessary and with exams looming over, not much is needed with Raya time most likely being spent in our library in my case. We managed to catch a performance in KLCC as part of their Raya celebrations. Nice deco at the concourse. A colourful rendition of life in the kampung.

By noon, we were already heading to Jalan TAR. Fuuh, so many people. Even then the sales lady at one of the boutiques mentioned the crowd was even more massive two weeks ago. Wow! We were in Jalan TAR to pick up our baju raya. At the same time, we went to look for something for my mum and sisters. With her impending move to KL, thought a nice baju raya would cheer her return to KL. She is definitely a bit sad leaving Kuantan after many 'more or less' peaceful years there with things such as 15 minute jams and bird watching almost everyday. However with everyone here in KL, the move is definitely for the better.

The Raya mood is definitely in the air. Our initial plan to spend only an hour or two in Jalan TAR extended to more than that. Despite the crowd, I do feel my Raya spirits lifted seeing people's excited faces shopping in Jalan TAR. The next trip there will most likely to go for their night markets. Hubs especially loves this specific stall which sells mini keropok lekors.

I hope your Raya mood is ON as mine.

Wishing you all well with the preparations.



Monday, 6 June 2016

Greeting Ramadhan

Alhamdulillah, tadi dah settle kat dapur after our sahur.

With the exams looming so near, I thought my reaction towards greeting this year's Ramadhan would be lukewarm than usual. However, it's totally the opposite.

The sense of excitement and euphoria in greeting the holy month this year is definitely different. I don't recall being so "semangat" to cook for sahur last night after spending most of my Sunday in revision class and walking about in Pavi jalan-jalan with Hubs. Somehow I managed to muster some energy to do so after an hour of chilling in front of the TV once we got home.

This will be our third year greeting the Ramadhan and Insya Allah, Eid, as husband and wife. Hoping for more Ramadhans and Eids together in many more years to come, Insya Allah with our own family soon.

Wishing everyone a blessed Ramadhan Al-Mubarak. May our Ramadhan be filled with peace, blessings, forgiveness and enlightenment. Please forgive my family and I for any wrongdoings we might have committed to you, knowingly or unknowingly.

Happy Ramadhan everyone!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Checking In

Wow, it's been awhile since I last blogged.

With revision classes as well as additional classes back to back, life is pretty much solely focused towards my own preparation for my upcoming exams. Other plans and menial distractions are either put on the back-burner or set-aside.

Nowadays, I much prefer to be a hermit and drown myself in books and revision materials. With the limited time I have, I'm either studying or just relaxing.

Just last week, Hubs even had to forced me to go out for his bro's birthday celebration despite me telling him waaaay ahead (we're talking months ahead with a blanket and general NO to all here) that I am not willing to attend any social activities. He'd OK'd it earlier on but on the day itself, pfftttt. I'm so dead serious with my initial plans that I've even postponed my own as well as Hubs' birthday celebrations to after my exams. He agreed of course, earlier on. My exams comes first for now. However, from the look of things, he's going back from his earlier promises to not drag me to those I consider menial social activities, little by little. Haiz.

Just a few days ago, I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and had a major freak out. "OH MY GOD! I only have a month left!!!" After screaming that out, I started recalculating the time frame I have left. Despite more than one month left, time is very much limited and running out. Ready or not, exams are coming.

Throughout my preparation, I've also been teased about my hair. Haiz, with our country's humidity and all and the state of my natural hair, rebonding is the only way to go. Unlike the weather in the UK where it was kinder to my hair, here, it would frizz like mad. So, since I refuse to spare any time at the hair salon, I've been "bunjuting" it for now. Even my friends had jokingly dubbed me "Hantu Bunjut". Kughaaag ajaaaak punyer budak! Hahaha!

Nice to know I still have crazy friends who I can talk about anything and everything. Despite not being able to meet up as often with our respective busy schedules and our own thing, it's good that we can always pick up where we left off as though no lapse in between.

About my hair, I have scheduled a date at the salon and WILL do my hair very soon so that I don't look so bad for Raya. In fact, I just called a new place my friends recommended this morning to reconfirm my appointment ( The Cu's and Do's branch nearby is moving and I'm not willing to travel all the way to Publika or Mont Kiara for any appointment). Can't stand my bunjut/samurai style anymore. So much so that I've totally refused to be photographed, even if Hubs promises not to publish it in any social medium. I better give myself a serious make-over after my exams.

My moral had also taken massive beatings. If it was represented in a graph, you'd see a sharp dip continued with a flat line onwards. So, in short breaks in between, I'd browse and boost myself with snippets of motivational quotes and videos to help me. Plus, Hubs had pretty much threatened to "ketuk kepala" I if I don't pass in one shot. That's one strong motivation there. Heheh...

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Fireflies in Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor

With my revision classes nowadays, we can't afford to take too much time off away from the city for any holidays. Well, at least until my exams are done. So, for the recent Labour Day weekend, we took a short drive to see the fireflies in Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor. With the highway, it was only a 40-minute to an hour's drive from KL.

The last time I was there was when I was 13 or 14 for one of my school visits. Believe it or not, Hubs has never seen fireflies in their natural habitat. 


To start off, I suggest those intending to pay the cute fireflies a visit, try and get there early because you would want to avoid the tourists arriving in drones in tour buses. The ticket booth is only open at 7.45pm. So what I would recommend is for you to get one of your friends or family members to queue for the ticket and arrange for the others within your group to start queuing on the jetty. Why? Well, regardless of you getting your tickets first, tourists won't care and would go straight to the jetty. Furthermore, though having arrived late, many won't hesitate to jump the queue.

One boat would fit four persons and it costs RM53 per boat. So let's say it's only the two of you, you'd still have to pay RM53. Don't worry though, no one else would take advantage of that extra space in your boat. No free-riders. One ticket is for one boat.

Here's the ticket. 


This is us excited to see the fireflies. After one VERY RUDE group of tourists jumping the queue ahead of us and one them even dared to give me a look after bumping into me. You're lucky I was more keen to see the fireflies than making a scene dude. Hmpph... P.S. Manners and queuing are not foreign okay?


Due to the very low light, I could not take as many pictures and videos with my phone no matter how tech savvy it is. Only when the Pak Cik on the boat took us very close to the trees was I successful in taking some videos albeit not as great and awesome as seeing them up close and personal.


To make the experience even more special is that I got to come back to a place I had visited as a teenager with my husband to watch one of our country's natural wonders. In addition, this trip further solidified my plans to include more eco themed trips after my exams. 

Oh, being a typical tourist, I can't exactly leave without getting one of their magnets can I? Hahaha...

Here's to more eco-trips this year. Yay!