Monday, November 26, 2012

Waterless in Kuala Terengganu

Dirty dishes are piling up in the sink, dirty laundry waiting to be washed..and the hubby is buying me lunch today (yeay!). It's nearly a day and a half now that KT is without water, the Water Department making repairs or whatever. We were actually clueless about it. I even did my laundry happily yesterday without suspecting that the waterless kitchen sink wasn't because of the usual lapse because of too many users. Our neighbour told us that we were warned about the water situation but it was supposed to start today, not yesterday. So, many people are in the same boat, apparently... Alhamdulillah there are only two of us (What about people with children and babies?) However, Alhamdulillah the day has been cloudy and the weather is rather cool so a quick shower once a day will suffice...


I was going to write about my activities last Friday and Saturday which have some pictures to share. I love having photographs with my entries because they tell a lot more than mere words, don't you think? Well, what happened was I got this when I tried to upload some pictures:

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Gosh..I didn't know that! So..until I got around this problem, we are picture-less... Well, just so that you'll know, I joined a peaceful Demo for Palestine in Kuala Terengganu on Friday and attended a wedding of my niece at Putra Jaya on Saturday. And...back in KT on Sunday.
Alhamdulillah we managed to collect about RM13,000 for Palestine during the Demo! And we got national media coverage as well...
The niece who got married is my brother's daughter, Afra whose blog is there in my Blog List (she has been neglecting it since turning into a Bridezilla prior to the wedding I In order to attend Afra's wedding we had to spend 2 consecutive nights on a bus..travelling the 6-hour journey Friday and Saturday nights to and fro KT-Klang...! But Alhamdulillah, the seats were comfortable enough and we got enough sleep; beats driving anytime, I'd say!
Anyway...once I manage to overcome the picture problem I will post some photos, In sha Allah...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Maal Hijrah and Free Palestine!

Happy New Year everyone! A day late..but never mind; as it was yesterday, 15th of November is the start of the New year of the Islamic calender of 1434. Yesterday was also my first day home in Kuala Terengganu after spending about 6 weeks in Adelaide with my eldest son and his family. I'm missing the grand children already...
On clicking on my Ipad as I got home and checking my Facebook statuses, I was soon deluged in stories and news of the attack on Palestine by the Israelis.. I remember the last Gaza war, it was in 2008 and hubby and I were in Tehran; glued to the satellite TV for news and devastated at the many casualties of the war especially on the Palestinian side.  Now after 4 years, the Israelis are at it again... God, when are they going to stop terrorizing the Palestinians and remove their occupation of the Muslim Land! The death toll at the moment is 19 including 5 children!...may Allah grant them matyrdom.. What can we do to help? I can think of 3 things at the very least that we can do... 1) Donate money to the various organizations which are helping the Palestinians in various ways (for example Aqsa Syarif which banner I've pasted there at the top right hand corner of this blog) 2) Do wage a war on McDonalds and Coca-Cola; to name a few organizations which are connected to the Zionist movement and supporting it. Boycott them! 3) Make constant prayers and dua for our brothers and sisters in Palestine...:
 "Oh Allah, destroy the disbelievers. Put in them fear for our enemies, Your enemies and enemies of Your Deen. Oh Allah, raise the honour of Islam and the Muslimeen. Strengthen the bond of love in the hearts of them and mend the kinhood between them. Also, give them Your help in fighting your enemies and the enemies of the Muslims."
A video clip of a dua or prayers for Palestine:

And a nasheed dedicated to the Palestinian Cause by Maher Zain:

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Whispering Wall..(100th entry)

Yesterday all of us packed into the car and made about an hour's trip to the Barossa Reservoir to check out The Whispering Wall... It was truly amazing - I was at one end of the dam and Bang Long at the other end. We could really hear each other as clear as if we were standing side by side, MasyAllah! I was actually startled at first when I heard a "hello" that I checked whether there was someone near! For those of you who can't read from the picture below; it says at the bottom: 'The dam has surprising acoustic properties. Sounds at one end of the dam can be heard clearly at the other end. Its curved slender shape and quiet location induces conditions that contribute to the transmission of sound. Straight line sound waves reflect obliquely off the wall as they travel 140 metres to the other end.' Cool....have never seen (or heard) anything like it! The surrounding area is quite picturesque, too..



By the way, this is my 100th entry...pathetic really, if you considered I started blogging about 3 years ago, lol! Anyway, Alhamdulillah I made it this far..  The entries may not be that interesting or inspiring...but by writing about events in my life it preserves the memories and maybe when I'm dead and gone, my grandchildren can still read about their Jedda and her adventures...! .

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Eid Carnival!

Last Sunday there was an Eid Carnival at the Islamic College South Australia School (which Kindy Umayr goes to). Bang Long was put in charge of the barbequing and so early Sunday morning off we went (minus Kak Long and Amru) to the school to set up the barbeque sets... It was a very fine day - as hot as Malaysia (temperatures reached 32 degrees, I think). It was a fun day for the kids especially Umayr and Ammar. I had to chase after Ammar all the time as he seemed to have boundless energy (especially when he got near the toy stall - he thought the toys were there FOC..). Here are pics from the day:

School grounds - we were early
School grounds..
The playground
Enterprising Malaysian ladies selling Malaysian food..
Aiskrim Malaysia (they call it ice-blocks over here) selling like hot cakes..
Bang Long and his friend hard at work
A number of BBQ sets to grill lamb chops and sausages..
Another Malaysian stall - the Swinging Bowl (read: Mangkuk Ayun - restaurant near Central Market)
Main attraction - the satay
Ammar loves the satay..
The Messy Eater strikes again!
They even had rides and bouncing thingies..(free of course -  kids only)
Umayr having fun.. (Ammar couldn't muster the courage yet)
He prefers the Bouncing Castle
There he goes..up the ladder
..and down he slides..
Playing with bubbles..(no no..the friend's name is Yaya)
Got his Dad to buy one..
Yeay..! Now I can make my own bubbles..
The older kids have bigger guns (sweet girls...)
Umayr is somewhere out there shooting water from his own gun that Dad had to buy..*sigh*
And this is a picture from the next the backyard..
Hmm..apparently Dad wanted to have fun shooting water as well..(we must have missed giving him one when he was a

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Spring is for Roses..

We've visited Adelaide Botanic Garden a couple of times when we came to Adelaide but had never coincided with actual springtime (either very early spring or late summer..) So when the hubby was still here last weekend we went there as I especially wanted to visit the rose garden. I simply love roses!

The Garden covers a large area
There's me among the roses..
The daughter..
The grandsons
Ammar smelling the roses like Jeddah..
Here are some close-ups using my PHD* camera:

They were really marvelous, masyAllah! The rose flower must be one of Allah's creations that brings endless pleasures to mankind subhanAllah.. Wish I could plant them myself but roses like these don't grow very well in hot country like Malaysia. And it takes a lot of effort to make them grow and flower.. I think I'll just enjoy them here..*sigh* Here's a poem about roses:

Roses   by George Eliot
You love the roses - so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

We also entered the conservatory where we immediately felt very familiar - we were in a rainforest! (not that we live in the jungle back the trees and plants reminded us of hot, humid Malaysian countryside..)

Rainforest theme
Feeling like home..
At certain hours they had the place misted up for rainfall effect - fantastic!
Looking for turtles
What makes people want to throw coins in ponds..I wonder? (I wish people would throw coins in our pond back home
All these walking makes one thirsty..

We didn't explore the whole garden as it was quite late in the afternoon and Umayr was getting restless and kept saying: "I want go home". So after an AUD5 ice-cream, we went home..
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