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  • Visitors Formerly From the Tenth Floor
    Over the Merdeka Day Weekend, we received some visitors, two of which lived back at the Tenth Floor with us back in the day Cikma, Ayah Cik the Younger and Ciksu travelled
  • Rafe's 35 Month Birthday
    One more month before Adik is 3! That photo was not taken on Adik's 35-month birthday but it was so cute I had to include it. The makers of Nutella can feel free to contac
  • Clearwater Beach - October 2014
    We spent a short weekend at Clearwater Beach in mid-October. It was quiet, relaxing and warm. Just the perfect beach vacation. We were here in March for almost a week but
  • Cave of Dramatic Lighting
    We visited Gua Kelam yesterday. Gua Kelam is officially translated as "Cave of Darkness" at the plaques we saw at the site. The cave is a tunnel that runs through a limest
  • Return to Orange Beach - The Other Stuff
    So now that we are done with the beach pictures and the pool pictures , here are some of the other fun pictures taken during our trip to Orange Beach. * Mouse over the pic
  • Return to Orange Beach - The Pool
    So the beach pictures are done . Now for some pictures of the fun we had at the hotel pool in Orange Beach, AL. * Mouse over the pictures for captions We got new water win
  • Return to Orange Beach - The Beach
    Contrary to popular belief, the beach in Orange Beach, AL is actually not orange. In fact, the sand was beautiful, white, fine sand. Wheee! We loved it so much when we wen
  • Chicago: The Children's Museum
    So on the second day in Chicago, it was freezing cold (high of 38 F / 4 C - in May!!!!) so we decided to do something indoors. We went to the Children's Museum which conve
  • Beach Escapade: Part II
    We continue our adventures in Orange Beach, AL with a beautiful sunny day! It more than made up for the rainy afternoon that we had: * Mouse over the pictures for captions
  • Friends in the Windy City
    In honor of Laura and Roberto's visit to Chicago, we decided to spend the weekend there. Laura and I have been working together for a few years now, but we have never met
  • Beach Escapade: Part I
    So we went to the beach in April! We went to Orange Beach, AL. Neither Vin nor I'd ever been (not just to Orange Beach but to Alabama in general) so this was a first. We h
  • Rafe's 12 Month (First!) Birthday
    And now, Yaya can no longer declare that Adik is zero years old! The boy is now one! Yayyyyy!! He's pretty pleased about it, too! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It
  • 53 Months
    53 Months! Again, backdated. She's really getting close to her 54th month, but let's not go there, yes? * Mouse over the pictures for captions It has been a busy month. Lo
  • Ferry Rides To Pulau Pinang
    So we went to Kulim to visit Irfan's aunt Cik Su who works there. Because Kulim was very close to Pulau Pinang, we thought we'd take a drive there. We ended up going there
  • Salam Aidilfitri from Sitiawan
    This year we spent Eid-ul-Fitr in Sitiawan. Here's a photo of everyone during Eid morning. Then later that night, we had guests over the internet in the form of the Renstr
  • Rafe's 7 Month Birthday
    And so the boy is 7 months old (and a bit, but thank god for backdated entries, right?) *Mouse over pictures for captions Unbelievably, another month has flown by and Adik
  • The Amazing Adventures of Yaya, Adik and Auntie Jo - Part 2
    So, here is the second part of Jo's visit. The second half of her trip was just as fun and action-packed. But first we come home and relax a little after the excitement of
  • The Amazing Adventures of Yaya, Adik and Auntie Jo - Part 1
    We had a nice treat when the kids' Auntie Jo visited all the way from Leeds! Yaya had lots of time to play with Jo, and Jo had lots of time to cuddle Adik. And still spend
  • 35 Months
    Can we just pretend that this is on time? Or at least not so late that the girl is almost 36 months old? No excuses really. Anyway, here is our 35 month old Yaya (almost 3
  • Adventure on Langkawi Island
    A couple of weeks earlier, Irfan, Atok, Opah, Ain & I went on a three-day vacation to Langkawi , where I had been on work assignment before twice since 2006 but never had
  • Last Day In Malaysia
    It was the last day of Alya, Vin and Sila's vacation in Malaysia. It was a sad day for everyone. It was sad. Thankfully, the cousins did not feel a smidgen of sadness. The
  • Lunch with Mak Lan
    It has been a while since we last saw Mak Lan - she is Vin's "foster mother" and our long-time neighbor and friend in Sitiawan. She and her late husband have been my paren
  • Six Degrees of Separation of Old Friends
    After years of not being together again, Zarin, Ida and I finally managed a meet up. Last time I saw Ida was at my wedding (that's over 5 years ago!). And look, Ida's abou
  • Fun at KL Hilton
    Since Irfan had no school due to the UPSR exams, we took the opportunity to go for a mini-vacation and spent ultimately two nights at the Hilton KL Sentral. This is freaki
  • Allie's 26th Month Birthday - Zoopocalypse Now!
    In case you haven't notice, it's Hisham writing this birthday entry for Alya instead of Sila, because Alya was at the Tenth Floor when she turned 2 years and 2 months, and
  • After Eight Years, Irfan Reaches Eight
    Irfan's eighth birthday occured when Alya, Vin and Sila were visiting at the Tenth Floor. I was happy they were around for the birthday bash, seeing that they don't usuall
  • Pool Time with the Cousins
    It wouldn't be a visit to our place without a dip in the building's swimming pool. Irfan practically learnt to swim by himself here. Sila and Vin had been training Yaya th
  • Pangkor with Jenn
    After a decade away, I finally made it back to Pangkor. And this time, I got to share the experience with Vin, Allie and Jenn, Vin's cousin who is teaching English in Jaka
  • Yati Comes a-Calling
    On the fifth day of Aidilfitri (September 14th), my old friend Yati stopped by for a quick Hari Raya visit: It had been a while since I last saw Yati, and it was really go
  • Guess Hoos Coming to Raya?
    On the second day of Aidilfitri (September 11th), the Meis and their family came for a visit. By family we mean Mei Lin, Mei Chin, their husbands, their daughters, their p
  • The one with the two-day party (and more cake)
    I know - it's been over a month and I still haven't finished Allie's 2-year birthday blogs. She's already 25 months old and I'm late posting that blog entry too! At any ra
  • That Is One Big John Fruit
    The last leg of the vacation was a couple of days back at Ain's kampung at Pasir Mas, Kelantan. When we arrived,Irfan's cousin Aiman and family were on their second-to-las
  • Here There Be Mountains, Ryan
    En route between Sitiawan, Perak and Pasir Mas, Kelantan we had to drive across the Titiwangsa mountain range. It was about one hundred kilometers between the towns of Ger
  • The Monkey-Swamps Of Lumut
    What are these monkeys up to? Where do they come from? Do they have insurance? It was late afternoon when Irfan, Ain and I went for a drive toward Lumut. We drove through
  • LOL! PraWNED!!!111
    Once upon a time, Atok and Opah told us of a little out of the way place named Bagan Nakhoda Omar , Harbour of Captain Omar in Anglic. Who was Nakhoda Omar and ship did he
  • Ye Olde Good Widow Village
    Breathing a little mountain air is said to do one good. So we decided to saddle up and head uphill... so we can inhale lots and lots of mountain air. 4,000 or 6,000 cm³ pe
  • On To The Far Side Of The Planet, Redux
    Irfan's grandparents left Malaysia at 2245 local time for Singapore, which is their first leg on the trip to Middletown to visit Sila. An attempt to catch the ERL from Ban
  • Perth - Part 4
    It's now our third day in Perth, and it is one day before EJ and Indra's wedding. We start off the day when EJ came to pick us up in a rental van. We then drive down to Co
  • Perth - Part 3
    After our nice outing, we hung out some more with EJ until he dropped us off at Mei's place - he was off to the airport to pick up some more people. Can you guess who they
  • Perth - Part 2
    After a good night's sleep, Vin and I were ready to tackle the first full day in Perth. While poor Mei and Colin had to go to work, EJ picked us up and took us to see the
  • Perth - Part 1
    Just a short entry on our arrival in Australia. We arrived in the late afternoon in Perth, and my best friend Mei picked us up from the airport. We stuffed the luggage and
  • Malaysia Trip - Part I
    I know I've been quiet. I don't know why but somehow I sort of slipped into a bit of a hibernation period. I haven't really done very much, haven't swept the floors either
  • Guess Who's Back In Town?
    What the title says....
  • Pacific Northwest: Part XII (Blue Skies on the Final Day)
    Finally, the last day of our trip dawned with blue skies. The irony, right? Our final day and then the sun comes out. Whatever, we weren't complaining. We checked out of t
  • Pacific Northwest: Part XI (Vancouver - Night)
    After walking around Vancouver, we were pretty tired, so we met up with Lilian for a spot of dinner. Come see what we had! We had us a veritable feast! Yummy! I was so inv
  • Pacific Northwest: Part X (Vancouver)
    My goodness, I can't believe I've been sitting on these pictures for so long. This was back in July, when we had a mini-get together with Vincent and Lilian. The journey s
  • Pacific Northwest: Part IX (Journey to Vancouver)
    I know, it's been a long time and I haven't finished posting our Pacific Northwest story. Here's the next installation. Just a quick recap to remind everyone where we were
  • Football Season has begun (American Football)
    Oh dear, oh dear. What shall I do? We are at the point in the year where the NFL season (first official game was last night, Saints @ Colts) overlaps with the MLB season.
  • Pacific Northwest: Part VIII (Addendum: Artsy Seattle)
    Now that my little spate of patriotism is over, and it's September (Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone! And YAAAAY to Monday being a holiday!), a little addendum to day we s
  • Pacific Northwest: Part VII (Walking Around Seattle)
    After the Space Needle , the first thing we did was get ourselves an early lunch at the Bite of Seattle. It's a big food fair where tons of local restaurants manned little
  • Pacific Northwest: Part VI (Seattle and the Space Needle)
    I meant to blog more over the weekend but I got distracted with other stuff (don't even ask me what because I can't seem to account for too much of the time, except I did
  • Pacific Northwest: Part V (Lavender Farm and Back to Seattle)
    So many things to blog about, so little time to actually do it! Picking up the travel from the Dungeness Spit , we drove east to Kingston to catch the ferry back to Seattl
  • Pacific Northwest: Part IV (Dungeness Spit)
    After our disappointing Hurricane Ridge outing, we had to recover so we opted for an early lunch. We were planning to have a big sushi-buffet feast for dinner, so if I rec
  • Pacific Northwest: Part III (Hurricane Ridge)
    The next day dawned rainy (as evil Mr Weatherman had forecasted). We drove back east towards Seattle, and decided to try Hurricane Ridge to see if the rain would hold off.
  • Pacific Northwest: Part II (Rialto Beach)
    After the wet Rainforest adventure, we relaxed and napped in our room before going out to dinner. Vincent recommended the Smokehouse, a little outside of downtown Forks. T
  • Pacific Northwest: Part I (Hoh Rainforest)
    Last month, we packed our bags and took a flight to Seattle, WA for an almost week-long Pacific Northwest extravaganza. We met up with our friend Vincent (a citizen of Glo
  • Family Reunion in Belle River - Addendum
    Check it out! Whooooosh! And please note that at the end of the day, there were reports that the slide was starting to fall apart. We (and I include me in this) did enjoy
  • Family Reunion in Belle River
    July has been a pretty eventful month for Vin and me, I have all kinds of things to blog about. But it has also been a pretty busy work month, so it hasn't been too conduc
  • Hawaii Day 10 - Last Day and Home to Lily
    I know, it's been two months since the trip and I'm finally getting around to putting up the final installment of the Hawaii pictures. But, in my defense, I am slow. Just
  • Hawaii Day 9 - Finishing our trip around the Big Island
    Another beautiful morning in Hawaii. We woke up to this gorgeous view: But it was our final morning on the sunny side of the Big Island. We were driving back to Hilo via t
  • Hawaii Day 8 - Hotel Hopping and Sunset
    We requested late checkout so we could enjoy ourselves on our final morning at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and we wanted to go snorkelin
  • Hawaii Day 7 - Lazy Day at the hotel
    Day 7 dawned beautiful and sunny. We decided to have ourselves a lazy day. I believe there was some post-breakfast napping, some reading on the lanai (balcony). We can see
  • Hawaii Day 6 - Journey to the Kona Side
    We actually didn't get to walk around Hilo too much, because neither Vin nor I was in the mood for a walk in the rain. It rained the morning we left Hilo: So we hit the ro
  • Hawaii Day 5 - Volcanic Adventure
    In the late morning of Day 5. we drove to Kilauea , which is an active volcano on the big island. Kilauea has been continuously erupting for some 24 years! Pretty amazing
  • Hawaii Day 4 - Sayonara Honolulu, Hello Hilo
    So after 3 nights in Honolulu, it's time to go. We ate our last fabulous Hilton Hawaiian Village buffet breakfast (free continental buffet, $5 to upgrade to the entire buf
  • Hawaii Day 3 - Hanauma Bay and an Old Friend
    The morning of our third day in Hawaii was bright and sunny. We enjoyed yet another marvelous buffet breakfast at the Rainbow Lanai, then we packed our stuff and headed ou
  • Hawaii Day 2 - Lazy Day in Waikiki
    After a refreshing night's sleep, we both woke up early local time (around 12:00 noon Eastern time) and went to have a big buffet breakfast (we LOVE the buffet at the Hilt
  • Hawaii Day 1 - Arrival
    So, on April 12th, we said good bye to Lily (who was staying home with daily visits from Carey, the pet-sitter - more on this at a later post), packed our bags, and lit ou
  • Tennis
    A little bit of retrospective blogging: back to Mak and Abah's visit here. Even though it was early November, we had a nice warm-ish day, so we decided to head out to Miam
  • Bread for Abah and Mak
    A quick review back to Mak and Abah's visit here last year. After all this while of looking at the breads I've been baking, I finally got a chance to have them taste my ho
  • Bahamian Break
    Christmas is a time for us to take a break. Get away from real life. Leave work behind and relax. Last year, we flew out to San Francisco and took a road trip up the coast
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 8
    After a long hiatus, here’s the final part of the Southwestern Road Trip. Finally! I know! Forgot already. But here's the last part of the story. Our final morning in Flag
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 7
    After our Grand Canyon outing, we returned to the Embassy Suites hotel in Flagstaff. I forgot to say that not only was Vin's and my room freezing (the heater was on the fr
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 6
    Apologies for the long delay, and finally the continuation of our Southwestern Road Trip. On Day 6, after a cold evening at the Embassy Suites in Flagstaff (Mak and Abah's
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 5
    We spent the night at the Hampton Inn in Kayenta, Arizona, a very small town that boasted 3 hotels and as many restaurants. Seriously - we thought Sitiawan was small when
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 4
    After a good night's sleep at the Hampton Inn in Durango and the complimentary breakfast, we headed west from Durango towards Cortez, CO on the US-160. Just 35 miles west
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 3
    After getting to Taos, New Mexico after dark, we were pretty exhausted from our excessive sight-seeing. We were really glad to find the Hampton Inn in Taos. We spent a qui
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 2 (Acoma Sky City)
    So, after we left El Morro, we went east on the NM 63 until we hit the Interstate I-40 again. And we went on for a short way, and decided we would visit Acoma Pueblo , and
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 2 (El Morro)
    After a relaxing evening at the Hampton Inn in Gallup (Mak and Abah ate their tar paued mexican food, and Vin and I went out briefly for a quick bite), we had a good night
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Southwestern Road Trip Day 1
    So on October 27th, the four of us flew from Dayton to Phoenix where we planned to embark on an ambitious tour of the Southwestern USA. We arrived in Phoenix and rented a
  • In a galaxy far, far away... Part I
    After Yope, Yong, Emma, Irfan, Wan Ngah and Aji sent Abah and Mak to KLIA, they embarked on a long, arduous journey where finally they landed in the Cincinnati/Northern Ke
  • On To The Far Side Of The Planet
    Tok and Opah Irfan boarded the flight that would take them to Singapore, then hopskip to Tokyo, Chicago and finally Cincinnati where Ayah Cik and Cik Dik would be waiting
  • Makan Angin Puerto Rico Bab 4
    OK So I realize it's been weeks since we went to Puerto Rico, but work is pretty crazy busy lately and I haven't been able to finish my final Bab of Makan Angin Puerto Ric
  • Makan Angin Puerto Rico Bab 3
    Continuing our adventures in Puerto Rico. After our late night of kayaking and swimming in the bioluminescent Las Croabas lagoon , we had our late night feast and collapse
  • Makan Angin Puerto Rico Bab 2
    Now that we've covered the hotel we stayed at in Puerto Rico, we can move on to the activities. We planned to do 3 different activities: * Night-time kayaking at a biolumi
  • Makan Angin Puerto Rico Bab 1
    Now that I travel so much less for work, I have the desire to travel for pleasure - or as we say in Malaysia " makan angin " (literally "eat air"). So a couple of weeks ag
  • European Adventure IX: Bournemouth
    This is the final part of our European Adventure. After saying goodbye to Joanne in Leeds, we drove back to London. It was Friday, May 26th, and we were to fly home on Sun
  • European Adventure VIII: Return to England (Grantham, York, Leeds)
    After almost a week of hot sunny days in Spain, we flew back to England from Malaga. We arrived at Gatwick and it was raining cats and dogs. What a welcome, eh? :) We made
  • European Adventure VII: Malaga - Departure
    After a long delay of finishing up the chronicles of our European Adventure, finally I'm back to do the last few entries. After our fun time in Jaen, it was time to head b
  • European Adventure VI: Hanging Out in Jaen
    We spent a total of 5 days in Jaen, and the days and nights were filled with old friends (new friends for me!), food, and lots of conversations. I was very quickly introdu
  • European Adventure V: The Castillo Overlooking Jaen
    After we checked out of our hotel in Malaga, we took a taxi to the bus station. We would have to take the bus first to Granada and then from there a bus to Jaen. It was pa
  • European Adventure IV: Malaga - Arrival
    After we checked out of our hotel in Amsterdam, we went to the train station and caught the train to Brussels. It was a 2.5-3 hour train ride and I'd love to say that I to
  • European Adventure III: Amsterdam
    The next leg of our European adventure started out by taking a train from Surrey to Gatwick Airport where we were catching a plane to Amsterdam. Now, before anybody gets o
  • European Adventure II: Stonehenge and Salisbury
    To continue our European adventure, Mei took a day off work and we went gallivanting around England while poor Colin had to work. We went to Stonehenge and Salisbury. Ston
  • European Adventure I: Surrey and London
    Recently, Vin and I went on a 16-day vacation to Europe. We went to a few countries, visited with many friends and for the first time ever, I travelled around the European
  • Phoenix: Part II
    To continue our adventures in Arizona, Becky took us to Sedona where we decided to climb up a rock. This rock, in fact: Well, it wasn't as straightforward as that. Before
  • Phoenix : Part I
    In March, Vin and I took a trip out west to Phoenix, AZ to hang out with his cousin Becky and her husband Phil. Coincidentally, Phoenix is where the Chicago Cubs have Spri
  • South of the Border
    And I don't mean down Mexico way, amigo. I'm now in Singapore attending the Asian Aerospace 2006 . It's tiring. I've been sweating by the bucketloads all day. My legs are
  • Northern California: Part V
    Here it is, the final installment of our northern california vacation, Part V: The Petrified Forest and more! To recap, we had just gone Seal Hunting and found the (almost
  • Northern California: Part IV
    The saga continues with Part IV: The Christmas Seals? Christmas day dawned rainy and foggy in Santa Rosa. When we went to bed the night before, the weatherman had predicte
  • Northern California: Part III
    I do feel a little guilty for piling on the pictures but we really did have a good time in northern california. Part I should be subtitled "Rainy San Fran", Part II is "Eu
  • Northern California: Part II
    Eureka!! We finally arrived there!! To Eureka, California that is. We drove the 5-6 hours north on highway 101 until we reached Eureka, and we checked into our hotel with
  • Northern California: Part I
    For Christmas, Vin and I went roving again...this year we flew to San Francisco, and stayed in Northern California for 8 days. Part I will cover the first few days we were
  • Maryland - Part II
    As promised, here's Part II of our trip to Maryland. Aside from fishing , during the day and a half we spent there, we ate our fill in Maryland's pride and joy, the Maryla
  • Maryland - Part I
    Hisham's reminiscing has prompted me to finally take action - all this summer I have been procrastinating making some family related entries. Vin's family had several fami

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