Sunday, January 31, 2010

Federal Territory Day

Pic above shows the trees along Jalan Raja Laut, in front of KL City Hall building, all decorated & lighted up for tonight's celebration


Tomorrow is 1st of February. It's Federal Territory Day.

Tonight there's a big do to celebrate this big occasion at Dataran Merdeka.

I'm at the Dataran under a marquee tent facing the main stage. On stage is the singer Aishah belting out a song at the top of her voice.

Its already 10.37pm. The VVIP (the prime minister) is yet to arrive.

And I'm thinking to myself... what time I will reach home tonight.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Taman Mahkota Cheras Ride

Tired faces half way up the hill to the water tank (actually just one tired face, because Anas was just fine)

The view from Bandar Mahkota Cheras water tank (half way up)


This was my second ride after the accident last May (or was it June?).

Again my companion was Anas. I'm not ready yet to venture out with my riding buddies who are bound to be much fitter as they've been training continuously.

Today's ride took us to Bandar Mahkota Cheras, the residential area famous for its traffic light/junction blockage incident last year which saw scuffles and demonstrations.

Tried to attack its highest point, the water storage tank atop a hill. The mind said "weee...let's go, let's go!". But my body said "arrgh...tak boleh tahan....".

So we ended up just half way up. The view from up there was breathtaking nevertheless. But I got breathless, and sweated, profusely!

Summary

Date: 24 January 2010 (Sunday)

No. of riders : just the two of us

Set off/finish time: ~ 6.50am – 8.15am

Total duration: 1 hour 25 min.

Route: Home, Tmn Mahkota Cheras, Pekan Cheras Batu 11 river confluence, Taman Megah.

Distance covered: 15.8 km

Trail condition: Road plus a little bit of rough trails

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cherating images

I was in Cherating for a workshop during the first weekend of 2010. Brought the family along. So while I was stuck in the conference room, they got to stroll the beautiful beach.

It is the monsoon season though. The wind was strong and the sea was rough with big waves. But when the weather was fine, Cherating is rather captivating. No wonder the first Club Med in Asia is located on this beach.

Photos courtesy of my son, Anas, the official photographer whilst Abah is hard at work!





Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gardening day


The long end-of-year school break is over and life is back to 'normal'.

'Normal' in the sense that my weekends can be spent attending to our small garden, riding my mountain bike, or going to the surau for solat subuh and kuliah subuh.

Such seemingly not-out-of-the-ordinary activities become somewhat of a luxury during school breaks as I tend to be engrossed in this and that....err...I don't know what!

This past few weeks it has been balik kampung trips, khenduri trips, family outings, a driving vacation, a seminar, a workshop...you name it, I'd done it.

Today was the first Saturday - after quite sometime - that I could potter around in the garden.

The first thing that needed to be attended to was the lawn, for the grass had threatened to grow to be like lalang! Yes, that's how long they'd been left un-attended.

I like to mow my own lawn. It gives me more satisfaction, and I can be quite hard to please as to how I want the grass to be cut.

To help me out, together with me today was Anas, Nadiah, and of course the Mem Besar.

Incidentally, the Mem Besar had cut down the big bougainvillea tree by the front gate as well as another tree much closer to the house. So the garden looks a bit barren now. Somehow she had got into this chopping-off mood that day. Luckily not of the Bobbit style chop-off (ouch!).

After this, I'll be off to Putrajaya to apply for Nadiah's IC.

She's a big girl now, my youngest. And this shall be a big year for her too. UPSR exam.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

East Coast trip


First stop: Lata Kinjang to pick up Sakinah. This tall waterfall is visible from the PLUS Highway just north of the Tapah Interchange as one heads north


Wakaf fronting the Sungai Perak in Kuala Kangsar. Breakfast stop


The Perak Man's IC. Lenggong Archaeological Museum (Kota Tampan)


At the highest point on Banjaran Titiwangsa on the East West Highway. The mountains in the background are in Thailand


Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu

Door knob of the house where we stayed overnight in KB

A makeshift fishing jetty in a kampong in KB


Kerawang motifs from the Masjid Kristal Kuala Terenganu


We managed to rush through a trip to the east coast over the Christmas break.

But driving through three states over three days is a tough job, I was to find out.

Luckily the weather was fine throughout. Despite warnings of the monsoon rain and of the floods recurring in Kelantan, alhamdulillah we didn't meet any downpour except during the last stretch of the journey along Karak Highway.

If I was honest, my greatest fear was driving the East West highway from Grik to Jeli - especially if it had rained. For this is one stretch of road which I hadn't driven before. Moreover, it is a crooked, mountainous ride all the way up and down the Banjaran Titiwangsa. It doesn't help, of course, that I am afraid of heights!