Monday, October 21, 2013

Sofa Makeover, Again...

Bought this blue flowery fabric from Spotlight. Was thinking of sewing myself a shirt dress and realised that the material was similar to a cushion cover. Imagined myself being laughed at by some Aussie granny when she sees me matching her couch!

Plan B - Spent last Sunday making a fitted sheet for the sofa/bed as well as 2 bolster cases. Is pimping up the guest room for the arrival of JuliZac and Zera ^_^

While sewing the bolster case, experienced my first broken-sewing-machine-needle. So Kimi and I went to Spotlight this afternoon in search for a replacement. He slept soon as we arrived, giving me the much needed calm shopping time I was hopping for.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Restaurant: Nandos, Toowoomba Plaza

The One and Only...

There is not many halal restaurants in Toowoomba. I love eating out, it is one of my favourite past time. I used to hang out with family and friends at Kenny Rogers, Secret Recipe, Burger King etc. But here, i feel totally sangap!

Alhamdulillah, there is one Halal Nandos near Kmart. The Nandos in Australia is not exactly the same like the ones in Malaysia, not as good, I think. But I am not complaining, at least I have somewhere to hang out on the weekends or whenever I am too lazy to cook (which is most of the time!!!)

Hasben received an email for a free birthday lunch set so he decided to use it last weekend. We usually order peri-peri hot whole chicken with peri chips side order. There is no ice chocolate in the menu (which I always have in Nandos Malaysia). So instead, we requested the free plain water. This meal cost about AUD20!

Our favourite spot... Nom nom nom while watching people and cars.

*Seriously, we need more halal restaurant in Toowoomba!*

Jacaranda is Blooming!


Purple trees spotted everywhere in Toowoomba! October is the month when normal looking green trees transform into amazing purple trees.

A very big Jacaranda back in 2012

So if you are planning to visit Toowoomba, October-November is the best time. The weather is not too cold, colourful flowers are everywhere in the many gardens (thanks to the Festival of Flowers in September) and the streets are basically purple-ized!

Recycled pic from last year ;o)


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Eid Adha 1434H~

With beloved adopted family ;o)

Our celebration here is simple but nevertheless filled with festivities and ukhuwah! The night before Eid, was not sure what to cook so decided to make serunding. It took a while to dry so I ended up sleeping at 1.30AM.

Eid prayers start at 7AM, the Toowoomba Bowling Club Hall was rented for this purpose.

Kimi was dressed in white jubah Opah bought from Makkah and his new kopiah in the morning, but changed into t-shirt and shorts 2 hours later...

Every year, Eid Adha is celebrated at Kak Zai's house. While I was helping out with chopping carrots, onions, cucumbers etc... (the only thing I am good for), Hasben went to Brother Yahya's farm to help out with slaughtering of the lambs. It was Kimi's aqiqah, Alhamdulillah.

Hasben and the rest of the guys were so excited to ride on Brother Yahya's Australian horse... Hasben boasted about it while eating Nasi Briyani... Hmph!

I was basically eating the whole day, except from 2-4PM - I had a tutorial session (raya pon kerja...).

The kids were enjoying the most, I envy them...

Cool banner from Shasha and E.

Eid Mubarak everyone!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tasmania, Australia

Date: 6-10/09/2013

Day 1:
Had a last minute meeting with my SV in the morning and miscalculated the ETA to Gold Coast Airport. With traffic jams near the entrance to Toowoomba and in Gold Coast, it could not be any worse! Hasben was trying to drive as 'efficiently' as possible and with constant praying, we made it just in the nick of time to the boarding gate. We were the second last passengers to board the plane. To be honest, I was expecting to be going back to Toowoomba, but... Alhamdulillah... Seriously, we never learn!

Arrived at about 6PM in Hobart. What? The temperature was nearly the same as Toowoomba (which was predicted) but the wind was sooo unexpected! Left my jacket in the car at Gold Coast and the rest of my luggage contained 'spring-y' outfits. The locals were in their winter gears. Bad judgement, again...

Hobart Airport

Picked up our rental car and checked-in to the B&B: Edinburgh Gallery. Was still thankful and a bit awed that we actually made it!

Day 2:

Waiting for Kakak Mimi =D

Morning at Salamanca Market. Wanted to buy some Tasmanian-made stuff but was too expensive. Ended up with some souvenirs, suspected were made in China. Borrowed Hasben's jacket because the Sogo T-shirt was not suitable against the the Antarctic wind... Duh! Felt sorry for Hasben but not sorry enough to return the jacket.

Off to Huon Valley. Spectacular and calming views. Stopped by Vinnies to buy proper warm clothes. Had lunch by the river... Awesome!

Drove up Mount Wellington. Apparently warm clothes from Vinnies were not warm enough! Was having a hard time posing for the camera. Hand and face were at risk of cold burn. Kimi was crying, not suitable for small children. Forced myself to endure the pain for the sake of beautiful scenery... And it started to snow!!! Excited, yes... Tortured, yes...

Back to Hobart in the evening. Was trying to take advantage of coldness to ask Hasben to buy Kathmandu stuff. Crap, store was closed. It was 5PM. Went to Royal Botanic Garden, was also about to close. Managed to pose with orange tulips near the main entrance. Feels that tulips are rare and gorgeous.

Went back to B&B after shopping at Woolies in Hobart city. Cooked microwave dinner. Very challenging. Made countless rounds to the pantry as Hasben watched Shawshank Redemption (hmphhh...) because B&B had only one microwave in the pantry.

Day 3:
Packed up our bags and started our road trip to Launceston. Stopped for pictures on road sides because too many beautiful sceneries!

 Prosser River, Orford

Arrived at Coles Bay for lunch near Freycinet National Park. Could not proceed to Wineglass Bay due to time limitations. So sad... Ended up with postcards and fridge magnets...

Next up was Bicheno Blowhole. Maybe not a hole, but more like a drain. However, still impressive.

Sunset at Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires. Was discussing in the car with Hasben, E and Fizi: why 'Fires'? Conclusion: Maybe sunset makes the sea look like its on fire...

 Fire-y sea?

Straight to Launceston. Booked the medieval looking hotel: Penny Royal Hotel. Was expecting a castle door like in the reviews, but our room had normal looking doors. But room was modern and pretty. Could not get the stove to run (just my luck) but the microwave was in the room. Yeay!

Day 4:
It was raining since night and continued on till morning. Went to Cataract Gorge which was very close to the hotel. Superb superb view! Went on the Cataract Walk in the rain, had my shoes soaking wet! Wet shoes are the worst!

After checking out, bought food supplies and umbrella at Coles. Went to the city and had a 1-hr parking limit. 30 minutes to find a baby changing room to wash Kimi's poo, and a rushed 30 minutes more to buy jacket at Myer and some souvenirs. Could not find flip-flops. Shoes were still wet!

Stopped at small towns along the way to Mount Roland. Deloraine had pretty houses. And a Vinnies shop. No flip-flops though so ended up with a pair of hotel slippers for $1. Looked ridiculous but had blisters at back of feet due to wet shoes!

 Fotografer melampau... =X
Railton Road, Moltema

At Sheffield (not the city in UK), there were many murals - and it was nicknamed Mural Town, very appropriate. Was so sleepy and drowsy (and uncomfortable feet) to explore the murals, what a waste!

Reached our lovely cabins: AAA Granary Accommodation. It was super nice. Had everything we needed! Cooked dinner, did our laundry, dried our shoes (!!! ^_^ b ) and watched a travel show on Tasmania on DVD.

Day 5:
Beautiful morning! Opened the dining room curtain to reveal the best view ever! Mount Roland and Cradle Mountain, picturesque! Might be one of the prettiest breakfast (literally) I ever had.

Weather turned cloudier and cloudier as we headed to Cradle Mountain. It rained and the wind was also joining in. Nasty. And also there was some snowing going on. Nastier... Because we could not see the mountains. They were covered by the dark clouds and fogs. So we waited until the clouds departed for some really fast photo-shooting one can manage.

 Snow is falling!

Were hoping to stay longer because was sure the beauty we saw, was just the tip of the iceberg. But a 4 hours 40 minutes journey awaited us. We had to be in Hobart by 5PM to catch the plane back home. However, had to return back to AAA Granary to use the toilet (Kimi was poo-ing 'wildly'!). No time for a lunch stop so we ate in the car. Hasben had a stomach ache so I had to finish all the food alone.

This time we arrived calmly without any hassles. Managed a second trip to the Royal Botanical Garden (which was also used to wash someone's poo, I might have fed my family some rotten food, ops...). Reached Gold Coast at 10PM and Toowoomba at 1AM. Alhamdulilah, made it home safe. Wishing that I could go again. Tasmania is too beautiful that it hurts (because it is cold, get it?) :o)

(How do you like this kind of narration? Copied it from Marian Keyes' The Charming Man. Am thinking of writing more like this because Marian made it so much fun to read! Hihi...)
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