Atok and Opah Loves Thai Food

22 April 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Atok and Opah came to visit from Thursday and over the weekend. We took them to the White Lily restaurant up north at Padang Besar. The restaurant made iced carrot milk that was Atok's favourite drink there.

Here follows a series of photos that documented our visit to Padang Besar.

Teratai Putih
Everyone
Nasi Goreng Pattaya
 

The Unofficial Kangar Gunpla Builders Club is in Session

19 April 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Recent News
 

Irfan it appears has become the ad hoc leader for a Gunpla Builders club at his school. Sometimes they would descend upon our house to assemble their plastic models.

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Sometimes Ain has lunch ready for them.

Food done. Let's build.

I think Irfan was building an Arios Gundam from Gundam 00.

Even behind the couch!

I wish the group the best in their hobby. Also, I hope they would make it an official thing, like registering it as a club at their school, so they would have support from their teachers.

 

A Weekend Without Irfan: Bukit Ayer

18 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Irfan went on a visit to Langkawi with his class over the weekend.

So Ain and I explored more of Perlis on Sunday. We found ourselves at the picnic grounds of Bukit Ayer and decided to stop for a bit to check out the site.

Here are the photos of the visit. Mouseover text are embedded upon these images so go forth and position your cursors appropriately.

Time to go exploring
A bridge
Looking upstream
 

Here's the Ohio Crew By The Way

04 March 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We have been talking to Ayah Cik Vin, Cik Dik, Yaya and Adik the Younger on Skype more these days. Irfan's cousins are smart and loquacious young dudes and I enjoy talking to them. Yaya is a formidable artist and craftsperson for her age and Adik has a talent for music and languages.

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My niece and nephew will grow into amazing human beings.

 

A Wakanda Weekend

25 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We got a bit of a windfall upon my sacrifice of Saturday mornings teaching the previous semester, so I decided we would take a break and head down to the mall in Alor Setar.

Chicken Rice and MOAR!

For the first time since moving here we had food at the Chicken Rice Shop. I think the last time we had some were at Berjaya Times Square.

Shik. Ayak.

We also caught our first movie of for the year, which is Black Panther. As with other Marvel Studios films, this one also eludes a particular genre being pinned on it. It was definitely more than just a superhero movie. The story is enjoyable. I wish there was a Wakanda sourcebook that features all the peoples and cultural elements they created for the fictional nation.

Wakanda Forever and Ever Amen

Shuri and M'Baku were scene stealers and I was glad to learn that they would be back in Avengers: Infinity War later in the year. Also, I hope they finish constructing the cineplex in Kangar so we could watch movies without crossing the state line.

 

A Sunday Morning Walk

18 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

This morning Irfan, Ain and I went for one of our rare morning walks. We took the path through the kampung and circled back to our house through the countryside. I will let the photos do all the describing.

Mangoes

Unripe mangoes.

Then pineapples

Unripe pineapples.

 

Sunset Dinner by the Sea

09 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

After I returned home from the academic workshop we decided to have dinner at the beach. So we took a trip west towards the sea.

That sun looks low

Before exiting the car, we had a video chat with Nia Nia on the phone. Then we enjoyed the sun which was dropping fast onto Langkawi Island, from our point of view.

Waiting for food

The last time I had some seafood here, by the way, I had a really bad gout attack. So, no seafood for me.

 

45 and Counting

01 February 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

I am now 45 years old.

For the first time ever my family threw me a small birthday celebration.

The Away Team

It began with Yaya and Adik's family calling from the other side of the planet. We had a good talk. Yaya and Adik had plenty to tell us after they sang me the birthday song.

Wrapped

When I got home from work Ain and Irfan sprung me with an unexpected birthday present.

 

Further Gastronomical Adventures with Atok and Opah

29 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

More photos from Irfan's grandparents' visit chronicled two further sojourn to sample food at eateries nearby. I should think it was a collective celebration not just of their anniversary but also of Sila's birthday which as you know falls on the same day. Additionally, my birthday would raise its head several days later.

First we would treat them. Then they treated us.

Bottom line, though, I am still astounded that we are able to afford these types of food these days. Granted they are cheaper than similar food in Kuala Lumpur, but we would not be able to afford these prices back then neither.

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Enjoy the photos. First we went to Kangar for these dishes.

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Celebrating an Anniversary

26 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Irfan's Atok and Opah came for a visit this week.

Selfie or something

And their anniversary will be up in three days!

Grandparents of Irfan, Yaya and Adik

On this fine Friday, and you can tell it's a Friday because Irfan and I are in Baju Melayu, we went to the food court at Kuala Perlis for an early celebration of their anniversary!

Button up, Irfan
 

Happy Birthday Ain

22 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Because the extra teaching work I took last semester earned me some extra Republic credits, I was - for the first time in our lives together as husband and wife - able to buy Ain a real birthday present!

Bought at Lazada

I ordered it online and it arrived much earlier than it had announced it would.

Happy birthday, my darling wife. I love you very much.

 

Another January Weekend

14 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

Last weekend, we went for a drive. This weekend, it was time for the farmer's market.

Orangeness

There were a bunch of fresh produce Ain wanted to pick up at the market. She knew of cheaper locations to purchase some of the things here, but it has been a while since we visited this market.

Greenness

Lots of green grown were sold here that we could consume to keep our biological avatars running without any errors.

These biological things make awesome salad

Ain pokes a papaya.

There's always a bigger fish

All this fish gives me an idea for an epic RPG campaign. (No it does not.)

 

One January Weekend

07 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food
 

We decided to take a drive on Sunday. Headed north, we then stopped at the restaurant overlooking the dam for lunch.

Waiting for food

But first, a photo to preserve the moment since we have no access to the quantum informational layer of the universe.

The menu

It is weird that we need to absorb and grok the information using spectral patterns of a certain frequence of electromagnetic radiation reflected off the menu and into our occular organs before we could figure out what to order.

Click to expand image

Can you imagine the sheer amount of quantum information that was formed and being formed, while interacting with each other in this photograph?

 

Fourth Form Kid

02 January 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

I am amazed at how far this boy has come, from when he had difficulty in learning at primary school to being able to be liked by teachers at his new school here. Now passing the end of year school holidays into the fourth form, he has been accepted as a library assistant at his school, as I was at his age.

I doa for the best of opportunities and in the good and honoourable execution of his endeavours in the years to come.

Day before school
First day of school
 

Year End KL Trip Part Three

25 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Previously: Moving Day

Day 5

The next day was the housewarming. Guests came, there were prayers and then food. And the kids of course played everywhere.

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Year End KL Trip Part Two

24 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Previously: Arrival at KL.

More cousins

After we reached Nia Nia's house with Aiman, it was time for the littlest cousin to join the fray. She was happy that her Abang Irfan and Abang Aiman came visiting. Grandparents Tok Bah and Tok Ma as well as the cousins' uncle Ayah G had been there for a day before we arrived. Together we were to help Nia's Team move from this house to their new house further down south.

Jumaat

It was a Friday so we all went for Friday prayers at a nearby masjid.

Chomp!

Before the television was boxed up, Nia continued to watch her favourite videos. Earlier, Irfan watched Bright on Netflix.

 

Year End KL Trip Part One

22 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

The last time I was back in Kuala Lumpur was November 2015, more than two years ago. I have not been back there since because, let's face it: it takes a lot of resources for us to travel there. One of the reasons we were able to go back the last time was because of a paper miniature art commission that required an extraordinarily high number of designs.

Without any sudden increase in art commissions we would not have the money to travel down south that far. Thankfully, I had extra teaching commission for an extra programme at work that would sustain us for the month.

DAY 1

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We have scheduled this trip this time because it was known that Nia Nia was going to move and we volunteered to help. We began our drive at daybreak. I had the wheel until breakfast just south of Changkat Jering after which Ain took the helm.

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Ain drove all the way through Perak and Selangor, reaching our first destination: Aiman and Zara's house! The scene that greeted us as we rolled into the Klang Valley was almost laughably stereotypical. Grey clouds that covered a yellowish sky.

Yes, we were back in Kuala Lumpur. We stayed at Aiman and Zara's place before heading for Nia's soon-to-be-abandoned house.

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That night we all went to a nearby Pizza's Hut to celebrate the combined birthday occasions of Aiman and Zara. There was cake. I kind of missed Pizza Hut's mushroom soup. There is a Pizza Hut in Kangar but I have never ever been there.

 

Arau Dinner with Atok and Opah

04 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Before Atok and Opah headed back to the hometown, we thought we would take them out to dinner in Arau at a roadside eatery knows as Big Tas'Tea. We had nasi ayam chicken chop and pizza and yogurt drinks and a bunch of other neat consumables.

Who knows maybe we will be able to take them there again in the future.

Grandparents and grandson
Atok and Opah's selection
The pizza
Irfan finishes up
 

A Quick Jump to Perda

03 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Cik Su F spent an extra night with us. Then we headed south towards Perda to attend a wedding on Ayah Cik Farid's side of the family. Atok and Opah remained home as they thought the trip might exhaust them.

In the cockpit

Ain drove with Cik Su sitting shotgun. Irfan and I goofed around in the back together. She drove all the way to the hotel in Perda where Nia and family spent the night... and the uncle in the red shirt in the photo above awaited.

Nine!

After Nia was all prepped to attend the wedding, Ayah Cik taught Nia about numbers using the hotel signages. 

It us

Irfan took a photo of us at the hotel lobby.

 

Nia Meets Atok and Opah Irfan

02 December 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

It was one of those occurrences where several plans overlap and Atok & Opah Irfan come to visit the same time Ayah Cik Farid, Cik Ma, Cik Su F and Nia Nia came to visit. Thus began several days of Nia entertaining Atok and Opah with her brand of activities, which included singing and dancing to the Baby Shark song, as well as asking them to draw for her in her book.

Bag lady

Nia insisted she carried her own luggage.

Whatchaupto?

Soon, she was looking for Abang Irfan and tried to figure out what her cousin was doing.

NIA SMASH!

Also, she remembered playing badminton several months ago and thought she would hit airborn shuttlecocks some more. Obviously, she was forbidden to indoors.