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.


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.


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


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

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.


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.


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?


A Feast Concludes the Year

29 December 2017 | Hisham | | Food, Teaching

The Welfare Club of the workplace organised a little feast for CIL's staff members. It was also a pot luck so Ain made her fusilli pasta goreng tom yam to add to the table. It was also a Friday morning, so we all recited surah al-Kahfi. There was even a birthday cake to celebrate those born in December.

All in all it was a fun morning at work.

Photos of the day follows:

Aimaan takes a pic
I read Surah al-Kahfi
Time to absorb nutrients

17th Anniversary Dinner

15 October 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

It is now our seventeenth year together, Ain and I. So many hardships along the way and against hostile odds here we are still together, still in love; and with Irfan still in tow although he is not as little as he used to be.

He's a trooper

We thought we would try out the BIG Tas'TEA restaurant by the roadside at Arau.

Mulling over menu

We have always wanted to stop by, but we had to have extra change in our pockets before we could splurge on the more expensive Western food and smoothies and such.

We made sure in advance that we had the cash to visit BIG tas'TEA on our anniversary.

This is mighty big tasty

Sure the cholesterol level might be through the roof, but the chicken in this meal tasted fantastic.


New Sandwich Place

03 August 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

I have been wanting to visit this new sandwich place in town. We finally got extra cash for the week so we went for some sandwiches. However to save money, we only bought two - takeaway - and no drinks.

Ngopi is the name of the place

The restaurant was cozy and had a nice ambience, found on one corner of Capitol Square.

Irfan and bread rolls

The smell of freshly baked bread wafted from the door. Also, there was freshly-pressed coffee. We might be back for a proper dining experience here later.

The chalkboard menu

We ordered the cheesy beef salami and the garlic chicken sandwiches.

These are pretty nice sammiches

When we got home we divided them into three parts each, so Irfan, Ain and I were able to sample equal measure of each sandwich. I believe there were more cheese in the garlic chicken than the cheesy beef salami, and I have no complaints about that.

Maybe I will try the Thai mayo chicken next.


Final Iftar Outdoors

22 June 2017 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

Ramadhan will end in a couple of days and soon we will head to Pasir Mas for Aidilfitri.  A new outdoor eatery popped up nearby, across the main road from our residential area.

Nothing extraordinary to report except that this would be our last breaking of fast before Eid.

Also, some great lighting in the photos below.

an Irfan

Irfan had the nasi goreng cendawan.

the onions!

Ain had the nasi daging merah.


I took photos.

looking at TV

Also, Irfan had a lightsaber light up behind him.


Mac and Cheese

07 June 2017 | Hisham | | Food

During our excursion back to Sitiawan the previous week, Opah gave us her oven for us to use as she has not used it for years. This was a godsent for us as Ain had always wanted an over and we could not afford one.

MacPherson and Cheese

So this was one of the first experiments Ain performed: baked mac and cheese.

MacInnes and Cheese

It was tasty and glorious and Irfan & I have been asking for more. Will we get more? Stay tuned to find out.


Another Rainy Dinner by the Sea

09 October 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

In the past I have posted an blog article of us having an early dinner along the road by the sea at dusk in Kuala Perlis before. Again, it was raining but this time there was a spectacular sunset on display for us to view.

Langkawi Island held its postion at the horizon

Click on the image above to view the full image. The sun was about to set, although at first thick clouds over Langkawi Island blocked our view of it. Meanwhile the rain fell sporadically in fine droplets that we easily ignored.

Ain faces north

Ain ordered the laksa, which was delicious but apparently not as delicious and rich as Mak Nyang's laksa, a story for another time.

Irfan faces south

Irfan and I ordered the lok chin, which is various seafood and sausages on a stick, roasted over an open fire and dipped in various sauces.


Finally, Furniture and then Ice Cream

23 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

After eighteen months of sitting on the floor watching television, we finally got enough cash this month to purchase a sofa set! Atok and Opah were visiting, so we thought it was great that they could have something soft to sit on in the living room.

There's even a coffee table!

There's also a bookshelf.

Star Wars RPG!

As you can see the Star Wars RPG books have made themselves comfortable on the new bookshelf.

Opah and Atok with ice cream

To celebrate, we headed for Changlun where there was an excellent coconut icecream stall.

Ya can't beat that!

It was made of vanilla ice cream scoops in a coconut husk with coconut flesh, nuts, crouton, pulut and some other stuff.


Nasi Kerabu: A Bus Ride Follow Up

13 May 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

During our bus trip over the mountains the other week, Ain made friends with a fellow traveller, a Kelantanese who lived in Perlis. She had a nasi kerabu restaurant in Kangar.

That only meant one thing: we had to check it out.

Where is Irfan's eyeline headed, anyway?

They only open in the mornings.

Better than any McDonald's

When we were in Kelantan we were disappointed were unable to visit our favourite nasi kerabu restaurant there. It was a stroke of luck that we discovered one here in Perlis that sells delicious nasi kerabu comparable to the restaurant in Kelantan!

We foresee many weekend breakfasts at this place.


Splitting the Party

06 April 2016 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

The evening after the Spell-It-Right competition, we travelled to Alor Setar where Ain and Cik Su who came visiting would be heading to Kuala Lumpur to reunite with Tok Bah and Tok Ma, and also to see little Rania.

Oh no not another airport

It was sad when Irfan and I were the only two occupants in the car heading home. Perhaps I thought we would continue the adventures of Jax Hunt when Ain was away.

Books are sold under the canopies

But in the meantime there were places to go. For example the Perlis Book Carnival was taking place at the Kangar Public Library. Irfan and I just had to go visit despite the abnormal midday heat. There were food stalls and even an inflatable pool for children. Irfan was much too big for it.

Also, a Milo ais!

We bought a couple of books. Irfan bought Darkmouth, a YA fantasy novel by Shane Hegarty which he digested quickly over the coming days. I bought a trio of Buku Fixi titles namely Kampung, Pakar and Hikayat Raja Babi. Before we left the book fair, I thought I heard the distant roll of thunder.


15th Anniversary Pizza

15 October 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food, Recent News

Fifteen years since we that day Ain and I got married. We've had a number of anniversaries over the fifteen years. Fifteen years of juking and barrel rolling and Tallon rolling and drop kick Koiogran turn just to stay out of reach of blaster bolts from the rear. Sometimes, we would get it and it would hurt because it would mean I failed to keep my family from hurt and harm. Most of the time, we would pull through by the skin of our teeth.


This was the first year we celebrate our anniversary without anyone attempting to acquire a target lock on us. It was amazing. I felt like it was the first time I managed to get the ship out of the asteroid field and away from the savage squad of pursuing fighters. We were able to spend some on pizza without worrying about the cost killing us like before.

We spent the evening at Shala Pizza.

I got a little Pizza Supreme pan, while Ain got a burger. I did not get enough pictures because the phone ran out of juice.

Irfan had the one slathered with the BBQ sauce.

Even with the last 15 years of running on spit and chicken wire, with oil dripping from the ceiling and everything one step from breaking down into scrap, we kept on fighting the good fight. And we don't plan on stopping to. I would never have come this far if it were not for Ain at my side.

Love you forever, Ain.


Visitors to Burger Republik

31 August 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

When the visitors formerly from the tenth floor visited, we thought we would take them to some place fancy, namely Burger Republik.


For the occasion, two tables were joined together to form the robot lion.

Oern Jus!

The day the sign was made, they told us that anyone who pointed out the spelling mistake of "oren" got a free orange juice.


So anyway... this is Ciksu's burger. It has all the onions, which makes it more awesome than awesome.


Many ordered the chicken chop, including Ain, which as usual had a great flavour to its gravy.


Cikma ordered the salmon.

Little burro!

I thought I would just enjoy the burritos. Because it should be a burrito day everyday.


A Return to Burger Republik

30 April 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

Because we sent some freelance proofreading work in the direction of the proprietor of Burger Republik, they invited us over for dinner on the house. I had the chicken kebab which was perfect and juicy. Especially the onions.

Because onions!

Ain had ordered a new item on their menu, the salmon. I thought the bean sprouts gave the fish a great taste and texture. Although I loved my kebab, I quickly wished I had ordered the salmon instead. But all is good, because we all share our food with each other anyway.

Irfan had a "Broadway Burger". But there was no photo of it, just this photo of Irfan devouring said burger.

Because we found the selection of Burger Republik's menu quite appetising, we shall return there!


Birthday Burgers

08 February 2015 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

Ain and I couldn't celebrate our recent birthdays during our birthdays for one reason or another. Then we both received some extra coin for doing some freelance work. So we all went for some cheeseburgers at Burger Republik, which I hope would not be appropriated into Burger Imperial at some point by Palpatine.

Now both of us are in our 40s

It's not too far from the house, just over a klick away en route from town. I have made an observation before that this town might have a higher density of burger joints in a single area than Kuala Lumpur.

Those ladies in the back also desired chicken chops but for naught

They also have chicken chop, which looked tantalising on the menu but they were not serving any today as the chef was called away for wedding food and beverages duty.

Happy burgerday to us!

Ain's was a double beef patty and you could still order a triple. Mine was a mutton patty. Ain or course, would not touch mine.

True enough, he finished it all up

Irfan's towering double burger had extra cheese as all of Irfan's burgers are wont to have.


Iftar at Some Place Fancy

23 July 2014 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Food

We rarely ate out for iftar this year. So we thought we'd go to the Kluang Station restaurant before Ramadhan was over. The Kluang Station restaurant was nearby and not in Kluang; though I've been to the Kluang Station restaurant in Kluang.

Ain headed there after work to get some groceries. Irfan and I rendezvoused with her there after Maghrib for dinner after breaking our fast first.

It took a while for the special iftar buffet to end before we could order ala carte.

I got some seafood broth and AIn had nasi lemak.

Irfan had a burger.

Irfan loved that burger.