Overnight at the Office

30 June 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

One Friday morning we woke up discovered we had a water outage. We did not know how long the roof tanks would sustain us because driving through the town of Mata Ayer (ironic name in this case) nearby we noticed that the repair work being done, digging into the street there appeared to be major.

I thought that this would be a good time to have a sleep over at the office which was not affected by the repairs. After Irfan's Bahasa Malaysia tuition, we headed for the office with our overnight bag. Also I actually also brought over some work from home back to the office.

I signed in with the guard and all.

More harebrained plans

The R&R restaurants in front of the office were open, so we took away some food from there to my office.

The AC unit was recently installed thank God

Soon we made ourselves at home at the office.

 

A Northern Route Back to Kelantan

13 June 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Yesterday, we travelled out of the country as a family for the first time. Granted it was only over the border into Thailand, but it was something that all this while was out of our ability to do for fiscal reasons.

It was almost time for Aidilfitri and we drove from Padang Besar to Rantau Panjang via Thailand to reach Tok Bah and Tok Ma's home in Pasir Mas!

Drivening

Ain did a lot of legwork done beforehand, getting the Thailand vehicle insurance and such, days before we departed. We mulled over acquiring some Thai currency although we did not plan on stopping anywhere to buy anything. However, we stopped at a currency exchange and converted some ringgits into bahts. It was lucky that we decided on it as we had to pay some sort of vehicle tax at the border.

Resting place of the HMS Repulse

We used the phone's Map app to navigate. We found ourselves gazing at the South China Sea on the other side of the peninsular only over two hours from Padang Besar! Using our normal southerly route it would take us more than six hours to reach the east coast from Perlis.

Fruity

There were fruit stalls by the beach. Ain and Irfan used the Thai bahts to purchase watermelons and pineapples. A fellow buyer came to their aid with regards to Thai-Malay translations.

 

A New Place to Eat

07 June 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

We are always looking out for an affordable restaurant with delicious food. Luckily, there are still many places that surprise us in a good way in Perlis. South of Kangar towards the highway, while looking for a nasi mandi restaurant, we came across this good Thai restaurant for iftar.

Right by the padi fields

Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image.

We parked by the fields which had been prepped for sowing. It would not be long before a more lively field of green would grow and cover up the brown mud.

Ain

We discovered that the nasi goreng Thai here was delicious. It has a side of soup and sambal.

Irfan

The nasi mandi restaurant was right across the road. We might return to it later.

Signage

Here is Irfan posing with the multicoloured lights that marked the restaurant's location and illuminated the its signage.

 

A Ramadhan Weekend in Sitiawan

03 June 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

The previous week, just after one of my classes I was informed by Atok Irfan that Opah was hospitalised for a because of dengue fever. We headed back to Sitiawan to check up on her in the weekend.

Nasi Ayam Penyet or something

After breaking fast in the car along the highway while passing by the Gurun rest stop, we decided to have our dinner in Sungai Petani.

Aeon Flux

Fortunately, Opah was on the mend although the doctor forbade her to continue her fast until she was checked out. Later, we went on a drive around town and watched Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Aeon mall - a second viewing for me since Kuala Lumpur.

 

A Solo Return to KL

28 May 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Friends
 

I got a call from Shide with whom I had several work adventures with years ago who needed me to return to Kuala Lumpur for some minor business. He graciously footed the travel bill for me, so after we decided on a flight ticket.

So yay! I get to ride on one of these new-fangled flying machines again.

Clouds and stuff

The ride was rough enough through storm clouds that some passengers exclaimed loudly.

My host is here

At the airport, Nia came to pick me up. (Aided by Cik Ma and Cik Su of course.)

Buka puasa at Saba

Being the month of Ramadhan, we all went to buka puasa at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Cyberjaya.

 

Breakfast at Gua Cenderawasih

13 May 2018 | Hisham | | Family Pics
 

Sundays can be a great time for picnics. There is no lack of picnic spots here in Perlis if you knew where to look, and we have looked at many over the last three years or so.

We decided to visit Cenderawasih Cave Park. It was close to Kangar so it was not out of the beaten path. Cenderawasih translates to "bird-of-paradise". Sadly there were none present at the park this morning.

Here are some photos.

Us

We took photos after consuming the nasi lemak that we brought.

Us, Part 2

The foothills were rocky.

 

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.

Yum

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.

it them

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