Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 wrap up

Today is the last day of 2016, so here I am wrapping things up, no plans for tonight plus fever, urgh!

Let's get to some of the major events in this year. 

Firstly, our beloved grandmother passed away at the age of 86. 
She will surely be missed, next year Chinese New Year will be different without her.

Next, we had a short 2 days 1 night trip to Sandakan with uncle's family. We had lots of fun taking pictures of Elopura's vistas. We visited our grandma's younger sister. Oh, don't visit there during Hari Raya holidays cause most of the muslim workers are not available and the food service will be really bad.

I was elated to have the opportunity to travel with my friend to Sarawak, which is my very first time. Thanks to Clarice and Ilyas's family, our budget trip was made possible, we saved a lot on accommodation and transport. Will definitely go back there with my family.

Then, I had another chance to board on plane, this time with another friend, Teh and an aunty to Nilai to attend a christian conference. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the conference and headed to KL to meet my brother. I even met my form 2 science teacher Pn. Kumar there, talking about coincidence!

Apart from that, our parents is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary! So happy for them. 

Lastly, I finally get to meet my 2 long lost cousins and their adorable children.

To sum things up, it was a year full of adventure. I know I still have a lot to improve, and I will try to make everything better. Thank God for this wonderful year and I pray that more good things will come next year. Happy new year everyone!

A season of warmth and blessing.

After freakin 10 years, I finally got to meet my long lost kampung cousins and their kids.

10 long years.........................................A lot of things transpired in a decade!
Mum said back in 2006 we met once, but I cannot recall a tiny bit of it as if I had amnesia.
Plus there was no photos taken to remind me.

The last time I remembered seeing them was during my cousin Velni's wedding in 2003.
So, let's make it 13 years.

Now my cousin Velni has 6 children! The eldest is 13 already. O.M.G.
While her sister Juana who is now residing in Penang has 3 daughters!
Velni and Juana used to come to our house and be our nanny, that's why I remembered them.
As for the rest, not a single clue


This is my cousin Juana's family, they came back to visit their kampung after 10 years.
They have 3 cute little daughters. Nurul, Alia and the youngest Damia.



They stayed 1 night at our humble house before departing to Penang.
Thank goodness our house is quite near to the airport. 

1 year old Damia.

My dad has 3 sisters and each sister has a dozens of kids who are now scattered all over Malaysia.
Sometimes I wonder how these kampung folks can raise so many kids, but come to think of it, kampung has so many cheap or free resources compared to living in a city. I guess that's how they survived. My dad wanted a third child, but mummy say no no due to financial constrain that time. Hey I could have another little brother or sister!

Recently we taught dad how to use a smartphone, with his limited knowledge of tech jargon, he is now able to use whatsapp.  Thank God with the availability of technology, it did helped a lot in finding some of the long lost relatives. Finding all of them would be an arduous task as some staying in rural area kampung has no internet connection, and by kampung I'm talking about gravel dirt road, lots of trees and bushes, and people walking around in sarong or barefoot. Besides they probably never heard of the word wifi before.

On the 26th we decided to visit dad's kampung Kota Marudu. This trip has made me realize that I have so many nephews and nieces. The reason we seldom go back to kampung is because it's quite far, about 2 hour journey from KK. Secondly, I don't speak my dad's language - dusun. My dad just never taught me. I guess that's how the phrase mother tongue got its name from, cause we usually follow the mother's side. And I have to say I felt ashamed for not knowing my own language. So daddies and mummies out there, be sure to teach your kids your own language.


I baked them some cupcakes. They were gone in a jiffy!

These kampung kids probably never received wrapped gifts or party packs before. So in this season of blessings, I decided to bless them with simple gifts. These are my soft toys which had been sitting in the glass cabinet for years waiting for a new owner to play with them. Plus, it's time to clear out all the ancient stuffs in the cabinet and replace them with new decorations =) So it's killing 2 birds with one stone. They are considerably still new, I gave them a new look by just wrapping them up nicely. Hey, who doesn't like presents?



Yongest to eldest front row from left: Si Punai, Jerry, Jacky, Si Piloy,
Back row from left: cousin Velni and her eldest daughter Si Kunai.
One missing, Si Yu Sang. Followed his dad to the kebun potong getah.

Enjoying the cupcakes.

And the other day, we went to a new store named Ninso at kelombong, all the items are sold at RM2.50. So we grab all the snacks, and I realized, hey, we could transformed it into a party pack for every kids, I'm 100% sure they'll be delighted when they receive it just like I received mine at Sunday school long time ago.

Watching these elated kampung kids accepting those simple gifts, it reminded me of my childhood, how I used to be like them. Each party pack may only cost a few dollars, but it meant the world to me. We don't have much back then, so scarce food like snack is an extravaganza. Now that we have more, we want to bless others just like how others blessed us in the past. This is the season of giving, you don't have to buy expensive gifts, as long as you're sincere, you know that you're doing good, and you are happy, that's all that matters. If you're blessed, be sure to appreciate it and don't forget to thank God and that person as well.

I hope to see them again soon, probably will go back more often. No more excuses.

And here's a short getaway to Tips Of Borneo.






Thursday, December 22, 2016

Moana

Spoiler alert!


Make way princesses, a new Disney female warrior is slaying the theater and her name is Moana!

Watching the movie made me wanna go to an island and dive into the beauty of the ocean right away. This movie is literally paradise. Oh Disney, please make more movies like this.


Moana, voiced by talented 16 year old Auli'i Cravalho with amazing voice.


Say hi to HeiHei, it's considered the dumbest Disney's pet ever created. 
It may look dumb but it's definitely funny!
I still think Pua the pig should tag along, Pua and HeiHei make good companies on the voyage.
I just had Heihei satay last night =)

 Maui's face reminded me of an Hawaiian Legend, a true singing legend, Israel Kamakawiwo'olec who sang the famous ukulele version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. 


Disney is famous for its magical soundtrack. Few of them are my favorites. 


The main theme song. How Far I'll Go.
I prefer Auli'i Cravalho's version.
 Elsa, it's time to let it go. Get the pun?

 

 Next is "Loimata e Maligi". 
Gotta learn to sing this Hawaiian song. It's just so soothing.


That crab just made me looked up the word decapod.
It meant any of various crustaceans of the order Decapoda, characteristically having ten legs, each joined to a segment of the thorax like crabs, hermit crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.

Oh I just found out there's a scene of the crab Tamatoa after the credits.

 

You might be shiny but nope, I still prefer the Sebastian coz you're evil!


Can someone please remind me of this scene. Was it deleted? Cause I cannot recall it.

Next in my list : Beauty and the Beast. 
Can't wait to be your guest!