The East Coast Trip

The one week holiday towards the end of December 2010 was supposed to see us traveling to the East Coast covering Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, to Thai border the crossing to the west using the East-West Highway and with a stop over in Tasik Banding. After that, we were to drive up to Langkawi and drive down passing Penang before heading back to Kuala Lumpur for the final weekend of 2010. Alas, it was not meant to be as I was called back for a budget meeting on Wednesday which was supposedly our traveling day crossing to the west coast.

Anyways, here are some of the beautiful places we have been during this trip.

 

 

 

Pantai Kemasik (about 10 km from Kijai, Kuala Terengganu is one of the scenic beaches you can find in this state. The place was a filled with some local visitors on the day we arrived. You can see some beautiful rock formation on the beach too.

This is the ever so popular local dessert – ABC – which means “everything”. Consists of shaved ice, sugar syrup (comes in various colours but the popular ones are red and yellow), red beans, mung beans, sweet corn, fruit cocktails, jelly, palm seed. Mmmmm…great on a hot day!

We saw this strange but interesting looking local bus in Kuala Terengganu town. Most probably this is their way to attract visitors? I cant help but to stop the car and take a snap shot.

One of the beautiful beaches in Terengganu…George and I have make it a point to stop at the various beach locations just simply to enjoy the view and the sand. Due to the monsoon season, the waves were big, ferocious and wild. You can see sprays for miles away.

Some of the local food found at the night market in Kota Bharu. The first night we arrived in KB, George and I had dinner at the night market. I had some nasi kerabu and George had some local style roast chicken. Hardly cost us more than RM10.00….

This is one of our interesting finds in Kota Bharu – a wall which displays 99 names of Allah. Beautiful. 

 

Pasar Kubu Buluh was quite interesting although it was not as I had remember it when I was young. There were lesser traders in the wet section and I could not find enough selections of brassware to buy too.

This beach is called Pantai Cahaya Bulan. It was formerly known as Pantai Cinta Berahi (Beach of Passionate Love) but I guess the name was too erotic for the local state Government’s liking and they changed it. The waves were strong and big and the sound was so scary as it pounded the beach. We saw how it moved this huge log which was on the beach.

The many dried seafood products found in Kelantan. We found these salted fish and other dried seafood products on our way from Pantai Penarik. I couldnt resist but to buy those fantastic looking fresh salted fish.

The local oysters looked great too! These were sold for RM10 for 3 kilos…..dirt cheap!

The beautiful Masjid Kristal (Crystal Mosque) in Kuala Terengganu. Awesome looking architecture.

The famous floating mosque in Kuala Ibai.

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This Is The Family

A few weeks back we woke on early on that Sunday morning and braved the drive all the way to Cheras for our appointment with an office buddy of mine who happens to dabble in photography. The appointment had been re-scheduled a few times before due to work and family commitment.

We decided to have a few change of clothes including something traditional. The reason being that during the last Eidil Fitri’s open house, we were so busy attending to guests and snapping pictures of the special day that we entirely had forgotten to take ours!

It was an exciting session. We laughed a lot as it felt quite uncomfortable to have the bright lights on our faces and not quite sure how to pose. Aira, The Teenager’s best friend was also there to join the photoshoot.

Here are some of the wonderful photos:

Wordless Saturday (almost)

For my George – my friend, love, partner, soul mate, life, husband..

I never thought I could love again, and as intense as I have for my husband, but God has other plans. I fall in love again with this wonderful, intelligent man and have never looked back. I can never describe enough how much I am in love with him. We always joked that he is a much better writer than I am cause he really is.  So these are some of my ways of telling him that I love and care for him.

2010 Blog In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 56 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 394 posts. There were 89 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 25mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 19th with 292 views. The most popular post that day was Wordless Monday.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, blogged.com, facebook.com, search.aol.com, and smegroup.webs.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for butterfly, brendan fraser, stomach, cheese cake, and butterflies.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Wordless Monday July 2009
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2

Top 5 Hottest Men April 2009
5 comments

3

What Are The Things That Make My Diet Go Busted June 2008

4

Getting Married Is Not The Solution To Baby Dumping August 2010

5

What A Woman Should Have (A Poem For All Women) December 2007
4 comments

 

It also says that most of my popular posts were written BEFORE 2010….hmmmmmmmm…..I have a theory for that. When I first started off blogging a few years back, it was more of my way to heal my wounds and it has proven to be therapeutic. I realized that as I bounced back on my feet, blogging has become a secondary focus. The Teenager is now almost, almost ready to fly out of the coop and I found my Soul Mate, partner and my Love. There is no longer the real need to heal any wounds anymore as they have healed. Yes, the scars will always be there to remind me why they are there on the first place.

New Year Thoughts – Here Comes 2011

Here comes 1.1.11!!

Many people make their new year resolution for that one year alone. And towards the end of the year they found themselves hardly completing even half of that resolution. Could it be because the time is too short to accomplish the resolution? Or the list too long?

I have decided to review my year in year out resolution that sees me far from completing it for the past many years. I thought that by making the timeline longer and the list shorter may bring better results. Hence here they are:

Timeline of resolution: 2 years (instead of just focussing on one year…)

The resolutions are divided into four:

  1. Family – more quality time with the family. We all love travelling and I plan to make more short trips just as how we did in 2010. However 2011 and 2012 perhaps will see us travelling a bit further than usual. Indo-China, Indonesia and Canada are definitely in the agenda.
  2. Career – George has been supportive in my career decisions and that makes things a lot easier to accomplish. 2011/2012 will see more things to do and promises more exciting stuff to happen. Insyaallah with this comes more money too.
  3. Religion – I had wanted to perform Umrah for the longest time. There were several times before in my previous life where the opportunity presented itself but with no muhrim to go with, the trip never really materialized. When I got single again, I prayed to God telling him if and when He decided to open my heart again to love, please show me some signs. I met George and soon after we got things on a serious mode, he spoke of performing Umrah together. I knew then he was The One for me.
  4. Self – I still feel guilty each time I give myself some treats or even when George makes some coffee for me in the morning. Or when he drives me to the pedicurist for some me-time on that certain Sundays. Or when I buy something that I have been eyeing for a heck of a long time. Each shopping trip always yields back stuff for George, The Teenager, the kitties or home. Hardly have I actually got myself anything. However, 2011 will change all that. I want to treat myself a bit more and it is okay to do that.