Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On Third Day Of Raya...

We went for breakfast at Jalan Transfer (Transfer Road). We aimed for noting other than the Roti Banjir Jalan Transfer. Better review on this outlet can be found here.

Didik lah anak anda dari kecil untuk minum teh tarik kurang manis.

Half boiled egg on toast. Arianna's new found favourite.

After breakfast we headed to Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera as we would refer it. If you all read the papers or watched the news that day, the train was not functioning for the 2nd time in 2 days time. The visitors were furious and demanded for refund. Imagine those people who are stuck on top of the hill. Luckily we knew about the faulty train while searching for the parking place for the car.

So we headed to te Botanic Garden instead. This used to be the dating spot for me and Wifey. We went there when Wifey was pregnant with Arianna. Now as the kids have grown up, we decided to share the joy of this place with them. :)

We took a dip in the river at the Botanic Garden and we had to head back to the hotel after that as we did not bring any spare set of clothes. After a short nap, we went to Jalan Padang Kota Lama for Pasembur. Our friend Azzad suggested a good place, but since we are there late... obviously the good ones are all finished.

We had some pasembur "cukup syarat" and spent the rest of the evening "lepaking" at Jalan Padang Kota Lama.

So how's that for our 3rd day of Raya?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hari Raya Official Family Photos

Gempak aa Uncle Kim boleh fit ngam2 in between the photo frames on the wall.

Arianna sedih sebab dia sorang tak pakai tudung. Wildan punya la simpati... hahaha

Arianna and her unique smile!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What is the function of the shaver plug in hotels' bathrooms???

Have you ever thought of it before?

Wifey and the kids are sleeping now. Tired from short unplanned dip in the river at the Botanical Garden,Penang I guess. We plan to go to Jalan Padang Kota Lama to get some 'pasemboq' but it is raining now. There's nothing good on national tv other than the raya shows. The City Bayview Hotel, Penang rooms are only subscribing Astro news and sports channel...blerghh.

So he I am blogging from my HTC TYTN II using the unlimited 3G data plan from Celcom, staff package by the way. The topic is quite simple, but have you ever thought how does the shaver look like? The only motorized shaver I know is the battery operated type. Unless they are referring to the shaver / clipper that the barber is using. Why would a traveling guy bring that gadget around? There must be a type of shaver that utilizes this plug and essential enough that people could not live without it for a few days. Where can I get it?

Don't tell me these are the old type of shaver because I do see these plugs installed in the new hotels as well.

Bila la depa nak bangkit ni? Tokua rendang Chow Rhasta market duk tunggu nuu...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hari Raya Eve

Wifey is going all out for this raya. She is baking carrot cake, biskut makmur and cooking kuah kacang! Arianna plak pakai inai!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 1430H

What kind of blogger I would be if I do not put up a post to wish Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin to the nearly non existence readers of this blog. It is a special day to update this, one of the reason is today is the last working day before we celebrate Raya. Most of my colleagues would not be working today, some of them are planning to take a half day off and some already planned their EL and MC for today. There are some like me will be working as usual but with the Raya mood in mind. I don't know what is it about Raya this time. Is it the celebration that I do not have to fast anymore? Or is it the Biggest Loser last meal food spread? Bleeding the pocket throwing out duit raya? Firecrackers? I think I'm too old for all that now. Raya for me would be spending time with the family with the heart full of peace. The morning of Raya would be the time where I don't feel the burden of being a husband and father. The mind is so clear, I would talk in a harmonious tone, take pictures and it's all about happy, happy, happy and thankful to be blessed with a family to be with.

I would savior the moment as once the last snap from the family photo session is over, I would say, "Hah.. jom siap ... nak gi visit rumah ni rumah ni rumah ni, susu dah pack lom?wifey dah siap lom? pampers wildan dah tukar?arianna gi kencing dulu..ariannaa!!! gi kencing.. nanti kencing dalam seluar..". Back to being Rumet.

Selamat Hari Raya to all..... as usual, drive safely.. ingatlah orang yang tersayang.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Next Jamie Oliver

I don't have anything much to say about these pictures. They were taken while me preparing my own version of Tony Roma's BBQ ribs. Too bad I did not snap the pictures of the ribs.

A little bit to add in this note, we have entered the final week of Ramadhan. Not much different with the previous ones. I planned to go for terawih as I am now working normal hours, but I did not. I plan to lose weight which I did but I am sure that I will gain them back as soon as the Pemegang Mohor Besar announced the day of Raya. I recite a bit more of Al-Quran this year but not as much as people who manages to khatam the Quran ...


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy 11th month birthday Wildan

Anak manja ayah ni dah sebelas bulan dah! Cakap sepatah pon belum lagi, kakak dia by this time dah "nak", "tanak","ibu","opah" dah. Tapi dah mula nak berjalan. Ada la 5-6 langkah kadang-kadang. Beza adik dengan kakak ni.. adik ni amat la peramah. Suka gelak, senang senyum, pandai pandang kamera dan dah pandai imitate cakap telefon. Kakak dia dulu nak suruh senyum punya la payah... gelak apatah lagi!

Tapi cik kakak sekarang ni dah pandai senyum dan buat2 muka dan berbagai lagi. Dah tiga tahun setengah dah umur. Dah pandai tengok kartun, tak dengar cakap ayah dan ibu. Kalau tengok tv tu.. jangan harap la nak dengar kalau orang panggil.

Kakak ni sayang kat adik dia. Tapi ada la jugak jeles dia tu. Ye la.. kakak dah pandai sangat, ayah dengan ibu kene concentrate kat adik lebih sikit. Kakak tu cucu kesayangan opah, tuk, nenek. Kalau balik kampung aik memang jeles la dengan kakak dia. Kakak pon lagi la naik mengade-ngade kan? Biasa la tu... nak besar.

Bulan depan adik satu tahun! Nak buat birthday party ke? Ayah dah sengkek ni ....

Monday, September 07, 2009

One day off for maids from Indonesia

It is made official that the Indonesian maids are now to be given one day off and the privilege to hold on to their passports. In the newspapers yesterday there is news that they are now demanding for RM800 of salary per month. That is more than 2,000,000 Rupiah.

I just don't know how to react to this. At the moment my maid's core job scope is to take care of the kids. Her definition of doing that is just being there by their sides to make sure that no accidents happen. Not to interact and not to educate the kids. The maid spends her time at the play area and in front of the TV watching cartoon. She does laundry, minor cleaning to the house and almost no cooking... as Wifey and I are the ones cooking at home. She has been with us for almost one year and she will be getting a RM50 increment soon. But RM 800, and that is clean take home pay as she does not pay for her food, self care utilities and etc.....Even I don't have that much of savings in the end of the month!

I have to start training the kids to work on the maid's off day! :)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Cheaper Interbank Transfer with CIMB

UPDATE: As of 20th January 2010... I noticed that CIMB is also charging RM2 for Interbank transfer. Sigh...

I am not good in personal financial management. Every 25th day of the month, I will be all screwed up. The bulk of my cash credited to my Maybank account (salary acc.) will be taken out and dumped to my CIMB account. Since ATM transactions only allow RM3000 of withdrawal per day, that is the amount that will be dumped into my CIMB account. On 1st day of the next month, all the auto-debit loans will be deducted from my Maybank account - home loans, car loans, ASB loan and loan sharks loan. As I've taken out most of the money and put them in CIMB, I had to transfer them back to my Maybank account. Sound silly huh? Why do I take it out in the first place? Trust me.. I don't have the answer for that myself.

There are some transactions involving non Maybank nor CIMB banks, such as my Ambank Islamic Home loan which I am serving 7.75% of interest, and my not less than 10 credit cards from various banks. Shell Citibank card - to pump petrol at Shell, Giant Citibank card - to shop for groceries at Giant, CIMB Malaysia Airlines - to purchase flight tickets, CIMB Air Asia, UOB One card for watching movies at GSC, Diners Club Sushi King, Diners Club Metrojaya, RHB Tesco, Jusco AEON Card, American Express and the list can go on. In a nutshell, name me the outlet, I have the perfect credit/charge card for it.

So these transactions will require interbank transfer. Few days ago I just realized that CIMB is charging lower for their interbank transfer. Maybank is charging RM2 for one transaction and CIMB is only charging 50 cents. That is 75% less!!!

Recently I read an article about CIMB is taking over Maybank in terms of Online Banking. Online retailers are seeing that people are starting to use CIMB Clicks more than Maybank2u nowadays. I do believe that the person behind 1Malaysia has something to do with it too. For 75% discount on interbank transfer charges... Hidup Satu Malaysia!

Lirik Lagu Malaysia Satu – Faizal Tahir

Ku teguh berdiri tiada lagi ragu atau gentar
Ku terus berani melangkah maju ke hadapan
Satu impian nyawaku pertaruhkan

Genggaman tanganmu,
semangatku terus membara janji ku pada mu,
harapanmu ingin ku laksanakan

Kau adalah ilham pada mereka yang ingin berjaya
Kau terus berjuang demi membawa perubahan
satu impian oh berjuta harapan

Genggaman tanganmu,
semangatku terus membara janji ku pada mu,
harapanmu ingin ku laksanakan

Satu Malaysia,
kita inspirasi pada dunia
Nama kan dijulang,
kita menjadi kebanggaan
Satu wawasan bersama bergandingan..

Genggaman tanganmu,
semangatku terus membara janji ku pada mu,
harapanmu ingin ku laksanakan

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Berbuka Puasa 2001

While trying to fix my dad's PC at home, I finally had to switch on my PC which was collecting dust for the past 2 years or so. As I was browsing the pictures in the hard drive, I found these.

Breaking fast at Uptown in year 2001. 8 years down the road, I rarely meet these people anymore. I haven't been to Uptown for years now. We had the similar feast last Sunday at Farul's place with a much smaller crowd. It's interested to see how people evolved. The environment is not the same anymore even though one of us are still the same loser as before. Hmm.. I'm getting old.

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