Tuesday 30 March 2010


A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called his family doctor to discuss the problem.

The doctor told him there is a simple, informal test; which he could perform and give them a better idea about her hearing loss.

“Here’s what you do,” said the doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone, see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening, when his wife was in the kitchen, cooking dinner, he was in the drawing room, standing about 40 feet away from her.

“Honey, what’s for dinner?”, he asked in a normal tone. No response! So he moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeated “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still there was no response.

Next, he moved into the dining room where he was placed about 20 feet from his wife and asked the same question. Still further, he didn’t get his awaited response. He now walked upto the kitchen door which was another 10 feet away and asked “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again no response!

So he walks up and whispers behind her “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

“Steve, for the fifth time I’ve said, “Chicken” .

“Do you have some hearing problem ?”

Sometimes, the problem may not be with the other person as we always think; it could be within us. Let’s look within ourselves before we find fault with others.

Saturday 27 March 2010

Thursday 25 March 2010

The turtles, conservation n health hazards

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally
slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally
the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the
second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!

For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket,
and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten
the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.

After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve
the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving
turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He
agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned.
The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five
years...six years... then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest
turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was
going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich.

At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting,

'See! I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'

[ Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we
don't do anything ourselves .]


We were in Pasar Payang in Kuala Terengganu last weekend and came across some stalls selling the turtle eggs and immediately thot of our friend Rahayu, a Programme Officer at Ma’ Daerah Turtle Conservation Programme (Peninsular Malaysia) (http://www.wwf.org.my/about_wwf/what_we_do/species_main/turtles/turtles_projects/community__based_turtle_conservation_in_ma__daerah/)

Took this photo and forwarded it to her :


The price? RM45.00 for 10 or RM4.50 each!

(Photos taken by Ayu at Pasar Payang days later)

She forwarded this link on the turtle eggs :

Chemical Contamination of Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas) Eggs in Peninsular Malaysia:
Implications for Conservation and Public Health
Jason P. van de Merwe, Mary Hodge, Henry Olszowy,
Joan M. Whittier, Kamarruddin Ibrahim, Shing Y. Lee
doi: 10.1289/ehp.0900813 (available at http://dx.doi.org/)
Online 29 May 2009

Taken a different website :

"It has been detected that turtle meat and eggs contain high levels of heavy metals and organic pollutants, and these are stored and transmitted from generation to generation since they can not be cleansed by our organism. The consumption of turtle products significantly contributes to an increase in the risk of contracting some types of cancer and heart disease. It has also been confirmed that these components also cause infertility and sexual dysfunction; thus resulting in results contrary to those typically sought after (and in fact not true): sexual power and the worst thing is that those agents will be stored in your system and you will transmit them to your children, just as the turtles currently do."


Monday 22 March 2010

Surprise, surprise!!

18th. March(about 8.45pm)...a reconstruction of a "drama" at the Sultan Mahmud Kuala Terengganu Airport's waiting hall...

Faraheen : "Mak, who are we waiting for?"

Nor : "My 2 'friends' from KL..."

n a short while later...

Faraheen : "Eh Mak, that looks like Che Na....n Che Pah!"

Nor : "hehehe...that's my 2 'friends'!"

Faraheen was so surprised to see us ~ she jumped, hugged and scolded us ~ luckily she didn't give me a taekwondo kick (she just won a silver medal during Terengganu Open 2010 a week before!.. :-) ...)

We giggled all the way to the car...haha...

Earlier at 6pm ~ KLIA, Sepang..

Me : "Nor, what are you doing tonite?"

Nor : "errr....mmm...may be I'll be going to the clinic with Kak F for her check up and also to collect mak's blood test result....why...?"

Me : "hehehe...can you pick us up at the airport?"

Nor : "Biar betul(you are kidding), right?"

Me : "hahaha....."


(then I let her listened to the public announcement at the airport)

Me : "Can you hear that?..we are now at the airport!..."

Nor : "Yes I did....hehe..so its true you are coming back tonite?"

Me : "Yes..."

Nor : "Ok, I'll fetch you both later"

Me : "Let this be a secret, we'll surprise mak n d kids.."

Nor : "hehehe...will do.."

The day before ~
17th. March ~ Mak's phone calls..

~ in the morning she told me that Nor had not recovered fully from her illness, that she still looked tired and down...so mak was thinking of asking me to come back.

I immediately checked the flight tickets, and found quite a bargain with MAS ~ the return tickets still cheaper than the normal price for one-way!

mmm...must be my "rezeki" to go back...I then asked Kak Pah if she wanted to follow...

...but i was still 50 - 50 then about taking emergency leave...

~ during lunch time, mak called again, and in the midst of our conversation she said that she hadn't seen us for a while...to which my response was..."mak...we just went back for a week a month ago, during the Chinese New Year break"...

"Oh...I thot that it has been quite a while since I last seen you...."

n then [I guess with no other excuse :-)] she said.."I need you to change my bed sheet"

mmm...a need for this 450km-away daughter....hehehehe.. n as if Nor hasn't been doing it for her all this while....

But that clinched it n when Kak Pah confirmed later in the afternoon that she'd love to go back as well, I booked the tickets for the next night... :-)

18th. March ~ about 10pm after the clinic stop over :

When we reached home that nite, mak was surprised and glad to see us,. She was just about to change her bed sheets with Nazeem :-) .

Her response on seeing us?...its meant to be that I'd be the one to do that for her!..hehehe...

We had a good break n a much needed rest as well...
Hope we left Mak in good spirit, Nor in better health, n d kids happy

(Hi-T at Primula on Saturday)

... before we left for KL...

Faraheen : "Che Na, d next time you come back, please don't do the surprise thing again..."


Me : "Ok I won't, not in the near future anyway b'cos then u can guess if your mum use again d excuse of waiting for friends..hehe"

Faraheen : "Ha 'ah...I'll know better!"

hahaha...smart girl...


Sunday 14 March 2010

Home made

My attempt at making bread today...still remember the deliciousness of the home made ones during our trip to a homestay at Pasir Belanda :-)

(part of our breakfast at Pasir Belanda)

Saf said she'd give me her simple recipe...but when i came across the pre-mixed whole wheat bread flour during our grocery shopping, i thot may be i should start with it first.. :-)


Hehehe...after all it was quite easy ~ mixed the given yeast with water, added to the flour (i added a bit of pumpkin seeds)...kneaded it into dough...and waited patiently for about 40 mins and ta-daa... got this result!

[..didn't have bread loaf pan :-) ]

[..kept on checking the status..haha...]

[in d meantime, made lamb stew]

[..the end result..]

[Our dinner..]

Nor said "come back to KT and open the bread bzness".. hehehe...

Chef Na???


Monday 8 March 2010

Baked Potato.

During my A-level days, I loved to buy baked potatoes (esp. with seafood fillings) from this one shop near the bus stop where I used to wait before going home, yummmmmyyyy...couldnt wait to reach home b4 "attacking" it...hehehe.....

I guess that's when it all started, my love for it.

Earlier today when I saw the recipe in the paper, I knew then what I wanted to have for dinner,

...baked potatoes stuffed with shrimps :-)

(still in the oven)


3 large baking potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup cooked small shrimp
1/2 cup grated cheese

~ Pierce the potatoes with a fork in few places.

~ Cook for 12 minutes (or until its cooked) on the highest setting in the microwave oven.

~ Leave the potatoes to stand for a few minutes.

~ Cut a slice from the top of each potato and scoop out the inside, do not break the potato shells.

~ Mash the potato centers with butter, add cooked shrimp, salt and pepper.

~ Add half of the grated cheese.

~ Place the mixture in the potato shells and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

~ Cook for 3 minutes on the highest setting.

(ready to eat...)

Friday 5 March 2010

Nasi Tumpang & Pulut Dakap (..n murtabak raja)

When we were in Pasir Belanda recently, I was "introduced" to at least 2 local specialties, which I never had when I was growing up in Kelantan :

1) Nasi Tumpang (or Nasi "Tupe" per local dialect)

* Nasi Tumpang

Rice packed in a cone-shaped banana leaf. A pack of Nasi Tumpang consists of an omelette, meat floss, chicken and/or shrimp curry and sweet gravy. It is traditionally meant for travellers.

2) Pulut Dakap

~ Glutinous rice (pulut) filled with banana (i cant recall if d one i ate had banana in it..hehehe...)...but it was cute..the pulut "hugging" (@ dakap) each other.. :-)))

I believe there are lots more local food that I've yet to discover...may be on the next trip!

Mean while, b4 i went to KB, my sister asked me to buy "Murtabak Raja" (King of murtabak!..hehe..) at the airport...

..but with Aimy around (thank u, thank u..) we did better - went to the owner's house and bought direct from there!..hehe...

(In d process...d ladies didnt want their photo to be taken...they were not ready for "visitors"..hehe..)

(just cooked)


(really yummy...)


Wednesday 3 March 2010

Just 4 u...

Its nice to receive something like this in d mail box...


Please scroll down...



Laughter ringing so loud & true,
That no one around you could ever be blue


With it comes happiness, love & cheer...
Spreading your laughter, throughout the year


Not a tear in your eye, but a smile on your face...
One so bright & can light up the darkest place

Someone send these wishes your way,
just hoping that it will brighten up your day!


Been a while since I joined "Virtual Run" (VR), and with long MCO - Movement Control Order (and no interest from family members..h...