Monday, October 13, 2014

30 and 3 - Mega Celebration!

Date: 9 October 2014

My boy turns 3 today while Hasben is 30 years 1 day old! We were very excited to have a little party for Kimi since he now understands the joy of a birthday party (am guessing from his kids' apps and cartoon shows).

Made a party invitation card for him and asked him to check the mailbox for it.

He ran from the mailbox to the house, his face full of expectation. His reaction when I yelled "SURPRISE!" was priceless ;0)

We had a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake (What? No homemade mommy's cake? This is special indeed!)

The presents were wrapped up nicely... Instead of using pamphlet papers.

Kimi was super excited to unwrap his gifts, and played with them on the spot.

Hasben, not as excited - turning 30 didn't make him smile as wide as on his 25th birthday ;p

Wearing his Mossimo shirt and Lacoste specs.

Served yesterday's Nandos chicken for lunch (Haha!)

Used my Special-Occasion-Teapot from Maxwell and Williams.

There were only the four of us with Mak on FaceTime, but Kimi's excitement had made the atmosphere super fantastic! Sob sob... My baby is growing up so fast...

He truly enjoyed himself and loving everything about the party, even the candles... which he ate. Yes, he was that happy!

Background: Kimi exhausted after too much partaying~

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eclipse - My First Experience

Date: 8 October 2014

Okay, I am nearly 30 years old (not yet, mind you) but this is the first time that I actually tried to witness the eclipse. And Toowoomba was basically the best place to witness the Blood Moon. So I readied myself with my Canon G15, and counted the seconds to see the unfolding of this rare event. Tried learning from Hasben all the technical aspects of a powerful camera (DSLR). Guess what, being sucky with numbers, I just couldn't grasp the concept well... Too much thinking was involved! So this was basically my attempt to capture some decent pictures of the moon by 'point-and-shoot'.

But first, we had to go to Coles to buy some groceries... All the while praying, "Please God, don't let me miss the moon turning red..."

Ordered Nando's for dinner because Mommy was just too distracted to function well today.

Yes... am very excited to see the whole process. Missed the part where the moon went completely dark (wait, was that suppose to happen?). We had a couple of shots at the field near USQ, and continued at home. Alhamdulillah, the sky was perfect, just a bit cloudy at the end of it all.

Psstt... Someone is 30 today... I'll talk about this later (^u^)y

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Heart Cushion Cover

Date: 10 October 2014

Am not a fan of plain white for home deco. Decided to busied myself with an impromptu project. Was initially hoping to purchase some IKEA fabric to make cushion covers, but thought to myself, "Please... stop spending money... Have some self-control, woman!" Well, actually, if IKEA had online stores, I'd probably be waiting for the postman by now... (Note: IKEA is a 2-hour drive from Toowoomba. This may explain the situation better).

Ransacked my bag of leftover fabrics and found this pink cloth. Drew on a few heart shapes with a black pen. 

Traced the heart shapes with coloured threads using the sewing machine. 

And tadaa... 

Belang-belang chenta!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kak Rose's Homestay, Gold Coast

Our 2014 Eid-Adha celebration is different this year. Instead of having our 'jamuan raya' at Kak Zai's house like we always do, we decided to celebrate it at Brisbane and Gold Coast, with all 6 Toowoomba families.

After Eid prayer, we convoyed to Brisbane, picnic raya at Parklands Southbank. I made pulut kuning with beef rendang. The kids played in the pool and later, we took the free ferry ride along Brisbane River.

Had some chocolaty dessert at Max Benner's:

We reached Kak Rosmini and Abang Daniel's Homestay in Gold Coast at 5 PM. Their hospitality is superb! Meals are included in the package and it feels exactly like spending time in a relative's home. If you are planning to visit Gold Coast and needs a place to stay, do contact Kak Rose by checking out her website:
Kak Rose's Homestay
Our bedroom for the night:

Raya dinner served hot and fresh:

The daddies enjoying their hearty meals - rice with lamb curry, sausages, ikan masin, potato wedges etc...

All six families in the living room, with a total of 14 kids... 90% of them are toddlers!

A little garden in front of the homestay, isn't it gorgeous?

Before, going back to Toowoomba, we went for the compulsory shopping trip at Harbour Town, which is about 5-10 minutes from the homestay and headed to Brisbane to IKEA. Hasben daydreaming:

Had our dinner at a Malaysian restaurant in Calamvale (not impressed with the customer service for the umpteenth time, will probably not go there anymore).

Anyways, Eid Mubarak to everyone! (^u^)~
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