2013 – Here It Is!

This is my very first posting for the year in 2013. Wow! How time flies. I didnt even know where 2012 went and here it is, the new year.

Has it been an eventful year? Not really. It was all a mixed bag really, filled with some uneventful events..and some were quite pleasant.

For one, George and I had a few of our weekend trips to several places. I truly enjoyed our drives to Cameron Highlands, Penang, to the East Coast and Pahang. In July, we were in Langkawi for our honeymoon (again). I’d like to think that all these trips were the ones that has kept us sane. KL is hectic that I can just barely tolerate the traffic. Shopping malls are pack with people irregardless of time of the day. Roads are choke full of vehicle. It doesnt help that some drivers are bordering to being insane drivers.

In the same period, George left his full time employment and started a company.

The Aidil Fitri this year was a quiet affair although we decided to splurge a little bit on the attire. Yeap, they looked fantastic though. I have also planted my late Abah’s grave marker and it is looking better.

There was a huge clan gathering of the Muhammad Jabar clan back in Pahang with a total turnout of 300 over clan members country wide.

A few of our four-legged kids passed on……

We celebrated The Girl’s 21st Birthday last October at one of our favourite places – Porto Romano, Mont Kiara. It was a small dinner with a few of her close friends and plenty of cupcakes from Cupcake Chics.

As we entered the new year, the company that we both founded – Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd, came up with its corporate mission – our mission is to increase the operational efficiency and domestic/international competitivenes of Malaysia’s SMEs. George finally verbalized our true calling over a few mugs of coffee and tea at Starbucks. Catchy huh? I told him that perhaps his real mission in life is to teach.

Finally, my parting word for the new year:

  • we dont have to prove our self to anyone else but to our self
  • there is God who works in the most mysterious ways to help us out in life
  • when there is one door closes, 10 other doors open up for you provided you look at them closely
  • to build a business/life you need positive people within your network. You dont need toxic people who will eventually drag you down
  • keep on fine tuning your strategy in work/career/life until it works



Mode – *Down*



Time: 1.10 am

Decided to make candied slice oranges. Beautiful sunshiny Navel orange slices dancing merrily in the sugar and corn syrup.



Time: 1.25am

Food hunt.



Time: 1.30 am

Oooopppps! Looks like the beef salami called my name.

Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan-Tioman-Malacca-Kuala Lumpur

The long awaited album. I had forgotten where I placed the thumb drive to upload the pictures from. Silly me.

This wonderful trip was taken over a long weekend stretching over only 3 days in May 2012 but felt it was longer. Wonderful drive right along the coastal road. We so love the East Coast that we kept on going back again and again.

This time around the journey started (as usual) from Kuala Lumpur with an overnight in Kuantan. The next day, we bantered which direction to go – up north to Terengganu or down south towards Johor. We finally thought that going down south was a fantastic idea as we have gone up towards Terengganu.

We drove past by all these wonderful green, thick forest towards Rompin making the occasional stops at the various small stalls by the roadside. Even saw a huge alpha male monkey by the roadside as we took the road towards Muadzam Shah. He was standing there like a gatekeeper. Did not stop long enough to snap pictures of him…..

Finally, we arrived in Rompin and wanted to catch the ferry to Tioman Island. As usual, this adventurous couple had no prior room booking and planning whatsoever. We just decided to call the list of accommodation we saw at the jetty, booked one for the night at this small resort called The Panuba Inn Resort and went straight to get the ferry tickets.

The ONLY thing we did not do was to ask how long the ferry ride was going to take….

We were still in the ferry after more than an hour later and in pitch black right in the middle of nowhere in South China Sea. We slept, we woke up, and still no sight of the land, or lights from the land. After a while, we saw some flickers of light beyond. But wait! It was not our stop. Ours, as we were told, was the last stop after many stops!


Our tummies were hungry, I needed a long shower and George did not like the pitch black outside.

Finally after what seemed like forever, we saw our jetty faintly lighted by tiny lights. As we stepped outside of the ferry, I could smell the salty air and tiny waves lapping the sides of the ferry.


The next morning, we woke up to this breathtakingly beautiful sight. This was taken at around 7.30 am right outside of our chalet which was built right above the water.

The drive after Tioman Island took us to the scenic inter- state routes passing by Kluang. Took us a while to drive around the town and realized that it was not as small as we thought it was…..we counted there were at least three big shopping malls!

Last stop was Malacca, one of our favourite cities. Again, no hotel booking. We decided to try our luck at the new Marvelux Hotel. Highly recommended. Great service with equally great, clean simple room and at a rate that we did not mind paying.

We explored Malacca’s Jonker Street the next day just as how we did in our previous trips. Even stopped by to eat a bowl of durian cendol with the aromatic brown sugar syrup. Lovely!

December Has Arrived, Where Did November Go?

It is a few days in December now. November came and went. I thought of my dad on the 28th November.

It has been a challenging few months recently – work wise and health. A lot of things has happened for the past few weeks.

Just hoping and praying that things will work out alright.