Friday, May 29, 2009

Reporting from KLIA


A start to a week's holiday...yea, yea..

took the ERL about 12.45pm




taking the afternoon flight, bought the ticket

when it was on offer few weeks back..hehe..



I'm now at the food court - level 2, just finished a bowl of "chicken soto" and still have the soya drink, this is the view upstairs..



the nite view from outside...



"The planning of KLIA began in 1990 when the government decided that the existing Subang International Airport (now Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport) could not handle future demand. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad was a prime driver behind the project, which was seen as an important component of the Multimedia Super Corridor.The location, over 51 km from Kuala Lumpur. "



okay, signing of...time to go to level 5 for boarding.

:-)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Relaxing in Mataking over the weekend...



An ideal getaway...






With sparkling white sand,
mesmerizing blue waters....










and top class resort...
(Photo : The Reef Dive Resort, Mataking Island, Sabah)








Divers exploring the Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground, Lobsters Lair and Hump Head Point.




(Ayu sure loves this..hehee)







...luxurious pampering experience at Spa



lounging at the pool with a book and a cool, refreshing drink



sea kayaking...



Mataking is in fact 2 islands connected by a sandbar.



colourful coral gardens are home

to an astonishing variety of marine creatures.




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but only in my dreams.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



...in reality, my friends are there now, surely having a great time!

oh well, next time I guess...

:-)

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Monday, May 18, 2009

The Bananas




Fowarded by my sister this morning :

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The fully ripe banana produces a substance called TNF which has the ability
to combat abnormal cells.

So don't be surprised very soon the shop will go out of stock for bananas.

As the banana ripens, it develops dark spots or patches on the skin. The
more dark patches it has, the higher will be its' immunity enhancement
quality .




Hence the Japanese love bananas for a good reason.

According to a Japanese scientific research, banana contains TNF which has
anti-cancer properties. The degree of anti-cancer effect corresponds to the
degree of ripeness of the fruit, ie the riper the banana, the better the
anti-cancer quality.



In an animal experiment carried out by a professor in Tokyo U comparing the
various health benefits of different fruits,using banana, grape, apple,
water melon, pineapple, pear and persimmon, it was found that banana gave
the best results.

It increased the number of white blood cells, enhanced the
immunity of the body and produced anti-cancer substance TNF.

The recommendation is to eat 1 to 2 banana a day to increase your body
immunity to diseases like cold, flu and others.

According to the Japanese professor, yellow skin bananas with dark spots on
it are 8 times more effective in enhancing the property of white blood
cells than the green skin version





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Simple Banana Split Recipe :

1. Peel and cut banana in half lengthwise and place in bowl.

2. Place 2 or 3 small scoops of ice-cream on top of it.

3. Top with strawberry or chocolate syrup

4. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of crushed roasted peanuts.


(Image: ocado.com)

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coincidently, my officemate bought banana cake for our department this morning.
:-)


Be Strong

A good reminder to me...


video



I cried when I watched the video sent by someone in my mail box, I hope I'll have the strength to "rise and shine" again if and when I fall..

Saturday, May 16, 2009

HAPPY TEACHER'S DAY!




A special note to all teachers out there... THANK YOU VERY MUCH!



*** Don the teacher's hat ***




*** Be in this special place ***




*** Keep on smiling ***




*** Be happy ***




Everyone of you are special...





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It's a special day for all teachers and I've always looked forward to wish my sister, other family members, relatives, friends and especially my former teachers...



A special mention of one former teacher when I was in primary school in Johor ~ quite a serious teacher - she once told me to stand on the chair for not wearing a class monitor tie during school assembly! ~ quite a traumatic experience for me...heheheee...

However, when my father was transferred to Kelantan, she asked my parents if they would let me stay with her so that my studies would not be disrupted...so thotful of her...guess she wasn't too bad then ;-)...

Alhamdulillah I'm able to still keep in touch with her, last spoken to her few months back and she was quite well....

(psssttt....I'm not scared of her anymore..hehehee...)

mmmmm...thou it was a very nice gesture, I'm thankful that my parents took me with them


:-)

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I once taught 13 to 15 years old children in secondary school for a few months just after I finished my studies. For someone in accounting and given the subjects of Bahasa Malaysia (Malay Language) and English, every night I had to first "study" the subjects! heheheee...



Another subject that was given - P.E..and I actually loved it, teaching the girls mostly netball and volleyball. But I had never changed into proper attire, I even once wore a quite tight-fitting red modern "baju kurung" with high heels, went into the volleyball court and played with the girls...imagine that..luckily I didnt have to handle the boys!..hahahaaa...

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I sometimes wish that I could teach again, but somehow I prefer to be with small kids..hehehee...






Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Honey



Over the centuries, the great power and strength possessed by honey has been underestimated by scientists. It's an element whose curing ability has surprised all levels of intellect. A few of the very many cures from honey have been outlined:

For burns: Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.



Bed Wetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.

Sleeplessness: A dessert spoon of honey in a mug of hot milk aids sleep and works wonders!

Hyperactivity: Honey is a mild sedative with minerals, vitamins, amino acids etc. Replace all white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities!



Nasal Congestion: Place a dessert spoon of honey in a basin of hot water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective.

Wounds or Grazes: Cover wound with honey and a bandage. Excellent healer.

For Fatigue: Dissolve a desert spoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose and so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system. (Honey is a unique natural stabilizer - ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.)

Facial Deep Cleanser: Mix honey with oatmeal approx. 50/50 till thick and apply as a face-pack. Leave on for half an hour then wash off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne etc.



Poor Digestion: Mix honey with apple cider vinegar approx. 50/50 and dilute to taste with water. This aids digestion. (Also reputed to be wonderful for the joints.

Hair Conditioner: Mix honey with equal quantity of Olive Oil and cover head with a warm towel for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Hair will never look or feel better!

Sore Throats: Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

For Stress: Honey in water is a stabilizer - calms highs and raises lows. Use approx. 25 percent honey to water.



Anemia: Honey is the best blood en-richer by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey the more minerals it contains.

Food Preservative: Cakes with honey replacing sugar stay fresher longer due to natural antibiotics. Reduce liquids by approx. one-fifth to allow for moisture in honey.

Heart Patients: These people are well advised to replace white sugar (sucrose) with honey, natural fructose and glucose.




Hay-fever: Chewing the tops of comb honey stimulates the immune system due to minute amounts of pollen. During the season chew for 20 minutes a teaspoon of bee capping (tops) five to six times per day. Highly effective and useful for asthma sufferers as well.

Baby's Bottle: Four teaspoons of honey to a baby's bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If baby's motions are too liquid then reduce by half a teaspoon; if too solid increase by half a teaspoon.

Teething: Honey rubbed on a baby's gums is a mild sedative and anaesthetic.



Osteoporosis: English research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis. Essential from age 50 onwards.

Long Life: One common fact worldwide is that the most long-lived people are regular users of honey. An interesting fact yet to be explained is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.

Migraine: Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at start of attack. If necessary repeat in 20 minutes. Always effective (insha'Allah) as migraine is stress related.




Conjunctivitis (pus in the eye): Honey dissolved in equal quantity of warm water. Apply, when cooled, as lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture

* 6 oz. liquid honey
* 2 oz. glycerine
* Juice of 2 lemons
* Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required




Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friends



Sent to me by a very good friend of mine, Chom,

thank you very much....its so very sweet of you



How true...she has always been there for me (n family),

ever since we met during our student days.






May our friendship last till the end of time

:-)



May Allah SWT bless you and family always...


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Candat Sotong



Going through the freezer back at kampung, I found few packages of "fresh" squids...yes, its "Candat Sotong" (Squid Catching/Jiggling) season again in Terengganu...mmm...the ones in the freezer must be from my brother-in-law's trip(s) or from his group's...

..unless he did a "short-cut" and bought it from the market due to "unfavourable" weather lately..ha ha ha..

and I "cut-it-short", fried with onion and served for lunch that day..hehehe...



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(excerpt from : http://bustamann.blogspot.com/2004/12/candat-sotong.html)

"Fishermen will leave as early as 3 pm to scramble for the choicest lubok, where the most squids congregate.

Soon after night falls, the fluorescent lights, powered either by a generator or an auto battery (wet cells) will be switched on to attract the squids (or calamari, if you haunt Italian restaurants). The fishermen use multiple hooks (the candat) with fish bait or they use a jig made of lead with 10 hooks embedded. This is called a "twist" by the locals. The candat and the twist are both attached to a separate fishing line, usually nylon.



During the candat season, squids are easily caught. Depending on the lubok, the fishermen can catch between 40 to 100 kg of squids per night. The squids hardly put up a fight although they are known to hose you with their black ink as soon as you get them on the boat...."

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Cabaran Candat Sotong (Sirkit Kuala Terengganu) :
(Candat Sotong challenge)

Date : 30th May 2009
Organiser State Government of Terengganu / MTPNT
Desk Officer PKKWNT
Telephone No : 609 623 1553
Fax No : 609 622 1957

(http://www.tourism.terengganu.gov.my/events09.htm)



Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekend with my mother



Last week when my sister told me that she wished to visit her son in Kuala Kangsar, I offered to go back home to K.T and stay with our mother. Immediately arranged to be away, by Thursday noon I was already at the airport.



Travelling alone and feeling tired after a busy morning, I kept on yawning while waiting for the boarding time..and by the time we went aboard, I fell asleep immediately, even before the cabin crews finished their final check for the take off!

..ha ha ha...typical of me, my family would say :-)



I had a good time with my mother, we managed to spend some quality hours together...which was quite rare as whenever I went back I would normally be busy tending to the kids or do any other chores.

So with only the two of us for a few days, we had more time to talk ~ share stories and jokes, watched tv and even had the chance to take her out few times - visited her cousin on Friday, went out for high-tea on Saturday and on Sunday morning wanted to have her eyes checked but the specialist was too busy. We ended up in town and bought sun glasses for her!



Saturday's high tea was at Primula but mum was very reluctant to go at first. Had to persuade her and said that it was my treat for mother's day..by the end of it, she loved it and yesterday, just before I left for K.L, she said would love to go again..he he he..."no problem mak!".



Breakfast on Sunday was "nasi goreng ayam" (fried rice with chicken) and we were watching morning TV when I saw an artist giving flowers to her mum, so I said to her that I didnt have any flowers to give, but InsyaAllah I'd always have her in my doa (wishes and prayers)~ for everything to be good to her, and for her to be happy, now and hereafter...

I think she appreciates it more....



mmm..I'm back in K.L now...but I still remember what she said the other day.. that its important for children to always keep in touch with their parents, talk to them while still can...would miss the chance once they are gone...

I hope she'll be with us for many more years, in good health and good spirit...in the blessings of Allah S.W.T always...ameen..


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