My boys seldom wants to wear a suit. Especially Joel. It was difficult to convince him to wear one. He has outgrown 2-3 suits without having won it once! Ethaniel on the other hand, is more willing. He enjoys looking coooool.
Attending our Bangkokian friend's wedding in Penang, again, we tried to convince the boys to wear their suit before they outgrow it again.
When they actually put it on, all I could see was ...
unbelievably good looking...
totally "leng chai"...
drop dead gorgeous...
Cannot take my eyes of these handsome boys!!!
Well, I could be a little bias, but just a little.
making sure his hair is nicely combed
Joel looking all grown up
Ethaniel trying to keep himself occupied during the wedding ceremony.
Today is a very special day for our friend who will be celebrating their wedding anniversary by having an official wedding ceremony. They became Christians a few years ago and were never married in a Church or said their marriage vows, the Christian way.
So, they have decided to do that and travel all the way from Bangkok, Thailand to his hometown in Penang to do that.
We were all in the same cell group in Bangkok, Thailand and have agreed to be part of this very special day even before we returned to Malaysia in Feb 2009. We were really looking forward to meeting the whole cell group. It has been many months since we last met.
The wedding ceremony started around 5.30pm and followed by a dinner reception after that. The simple wedding was a wonderful event. Gathered by people whom they are closest to i.e. Parents, Siblings, Uncles, Aunties, Nephews, Nieces and Friends.
The flower girls, page boy, coin boy, bridesmaid and of course, the bride
Bride, Bridegroom and their children
Photos are compliments of my Hubby who was the official photographer for the evening. To view more photos go here and here.
Back to the trip....
We enjoyed some good Penang food throughout that 3 days 2 nights trip. Short and sweet trip. We also made a short trip to the Penang Hill. The last time we were there, it was easily 5 years ago. Ethaniel was just a little boy. The weather was nice and cool, up at the Penang Hill but unfortunately, there was nothing to do. Unless if you spend a night at one of the hotels there. Which we had no intention.
My son, Joel came back from Church this Sunday afternoon (I stayed back because I was not feeling well) and raced upstairs with something in his hand. I had earlier told them not to pack lunch for me because I had just wanted to eat oats and cereals.
As he walked towards me, he lifted his hands and uncovered the plastic and said, "Hi Mum, I have a cheese tart for you".
I was delighted... till I saw it was half a tart.
I gave an exaggerated frown and said, "Half only ah?"
He quickly added, "I only bought one and I share my half with you".
I asked for him to come over for a cuddle for being so thoughtful and coming upstairs to say "Hi" to his good ole Mummy before he scrambled infront of the TV (we just subscribed to Astro yesterday). Which he quickly gave a smile and ran downstairs. Oh well. A few minutes of bliss is better than none.
His younger brother, the little boy came upstairs to say 'Hi' but was looooooong gone before I had the chance to finish calling his name.
As most people would agree, one of the hi-light of any trip are the food choices along the highway - roadstops. Whether is it during pee stops or meal time.
A trip is not complete without some kind of memorable food, right? My favorite is always Malay food. I used to love the nasi lemak. Unfortunately I realised that of recent, after a meal of nasi lemak for breakfast, I always look for a bed to doze off .... Not a good idea. So, I keep those occasion as rare as possible.
A plate of rice topped with lemak paku pakis, sambal belacan, asam pedas with okra, cucumbers and some raw green leafy veges. That was pretty nice, I must admit. But its more rice than I would have preferred. And the meal ended with a nice teh tarik.
Toilet along the high way was clean. For a change. The little things in life, can bring so much joy.
After that hearty meal, I was already fantasizing about the food I can savor in Penang. After all, I have not been there for more than 3 years now. I think 5 years.
If I get the chance, I will post some photos for you... especially for the benefit of my Bangkokian friends ;-)
I hear the usual noises made by pork seller every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I opened my eyes and saw that it was 7.45am. I remembered that I needed to get some mince pork.
Sleepily I dragged my heavy feet and butt to the bathroom to change my pajamas. I might scare the poor fella if he sees me in my sexy lingerie, I mean hole-ly sleepwear.
Still half or rather three quarters asleep, I unlocked the main wooden door and made my way to the gate. Trying to unlock the padlock that locks the gate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 30 days in a month, 375 days in a year.... (Of course minus that few minutes a day when we need to go in and out the house). I discovered that not only the padlock was not there, but neither was the metal that was attacked to the gate, holding the padlock. I felt something amiss but my sleepy brain could not process the magnitude. So, I walked towards the Pork Seller and purchased some minced pork.
Re-entring the house, I looked towards the direction where my Hubby usually parks his Toyota Rush. Looking and staring.... Then I went through it over my mind.... I woke up this morning and Hubby was still sleeping. Why is the car not there? I quickly went to look at the set of keys in the drawers. It was there but the car is not.
The car is stolen!!!!!
I raced upstairs... "The car is stolen!" "The car is stolen!"
The whole family was still fast asleep with saliva drooling from the sides of their mouth *slurp*.
My first question, "Does the car insurance cover theft?" Yes, it often boils down to dollars and cents. Sentimental value on a 2 months old car, still not very strong, yet. But an emotional tie to Mr $ can be very strong even after knowing him for 1 minute. Eventhough we are not good friends, I hear a lot about him. I know my children fantasizes a lot about him and the things they can get through him.
After recollecting our thoughts ....
What to do next?
Call the police....
All this transacted in Bahasa Malaysia...
Police: This is the police station
Me: I want to report the lost of my car. It was stolen from my house in .....
Police: I see. Can you come to the police station to make a report?
I said that I lost my car???!!!!! You want me to go to the police station? What if I did not have a car???? After all, my car has just been stolen!!! *frustrated*
We made the police report and all Ethaniel could think about throughout the one hour plus ordeal was, "Can we eat something? I am hungry". How different the children's priorities can be at a time like this?
It was a very memorable day.
The insurance will reimburse 100% but only after 3 months. Looks like inconvenience will roam the air for a some time.
We were on a schedule. We needed to leave the house by 9am. The weather looked cloudy, maybe it might rain. Looks like it.
After returning to Malaysia for almost 4 months, this is our first time making an outstation trip.
Since I have been back to Malaysia, things has been so busy that during weekends I just wanted to hang out at home, maybe take out a book or lie down. That is my ideal weekend. The thought of packing, sitting in the car for hours, washing all the laundry after returning, etc was a real deterrent.
I didn't pack till at about 12am the day before. Talking about last minute.
I remembered when I was a teenager, I used to pack months before the annual youth camp which was the hi-light of my life. This camp is usually held at the end of the year around December. I would save up by washing car belonging to my bro-in-law and his siblings. I was never paid any money for doing chores at home. Unlike my children.
When I was a child, we didn't go for any holiday or trips. School holidays was spent at home day after day, months after months. No trip to the beach, the park, the mountains, not to mention overseas trips. Not even Singapore. Yet, I never complained. When my schoolmates returned from holidays to the USA, I thought in my mind, "Wow, so fortunate".
Unlike my children, who are so blessed. Joel and Ethaniel both went overseas when they turned 2 yrs old. Joel have been to Australia - twice, USA, Singapore, almost the whole of Thailand, most part of Malaysia. Whilst I first boarded a plane when I was 21 years old to East Malaysia for a Mission Trip - 45 mins away, I think.
Anyway, back to the trip.
Our Bangkok Cell Member is having their wedding in Penang. We have promised them to be there months before we returned to Malaysia. The whole cell group will be there. Everyone has made the effort to fly/take the train and be in Penang to witness their wedding and celebrate this very special occasion with them. Talking about close knit family!!!
That is something I miss about Bangkok friends. Everyone is so close to each other and very often we treat each other like family members. Going out of the way to be nice, helpful and caring. Even nicer than some of our own family members who are sometimes so pedantic, resentful and selfish.
"He is so red and beautiful" staring at Baby Ryan through the glass window. The exact same hospital Ethaniel was born.
Mixed parentage of Chinese and Eurasian, Baby Ryan has a good chance of having model looks and color too. Unlike my children who looked typical Chinese, small eyes and flat noses upon birth. Not that I am complaining, they now look like the most stunning young man in the whole of Malaysia. A little exaggerated but only a little.
I was not sure how to describe the emotions of seeing a newborn baby. After all it was 7+ years ago which I last held one. My very own little Ethaniel. The feelings is just so special. A special gift from God...so tiny, so perfect, so innocent, so angelic... It just melted my heart.
Congratulations to Corrine and Kerwin for the birth of their newborn on Sunday 14 June at 11.44am.
Go to Corrine's blog to see his photo. I will post some photos when I get my hands on some.