16 December 2008

itchy all over

My hands starts getting itchy n all for not baking for almost 3 weeks.. looking at the oven at mama's n mak's house..makes me wanna bake something...muffins, cake or scone...ive been dying to try this layer cheese cake..

tapi nanti kene beli bahan sumer..pastu nanti kalu ader lebey..wat menyemak je kat umah mama n mak..eiikkk...camner nih??

resipi dah berdozen2 salin nak bawak balik perth nih..buku resipi pun dah beli...eiiii geramnyer rase nk cuba...

arrghhh really in dilemma...!! this what happens when ure addicted to baking..LOL


what other best time to visit families other than during festive occasion..since it was eidul adha..we grab this chance to visit my dear grandma..alhmadulillah she still remembers me..although its not been the same..i mean she'e gettingg older but at least she's still here, n still smiling..am happy for that..

and of course cousins and relatives..good to hear their stories..and good to eat the food prepared..haha!!

i really do love this environment..visiting families n all, thats the olny thing that kept us glued to msia..(other than the food of course) ;p

Stories in msia

Its been almost 3 weeks in msia.. its true why some people are reluctant to go back their home country when they've stayed sooo long abroad.. it really does feel different..
the weather, although it doesnt differ that much than perth but when the air is cooler, we feel less exhausted..i never believed this when hubby always told me that he feels more exhausted during sunny days in perth..when i experienced it myself then i undestand..pttlah mat salleh ni suka berjalan..x rase penat pun bile cuaca tu sejuk..
the culture...hubby experienced this the most during driving on road..and i noticed he's more relaxed now.. he understands now why driving in msia could be hazardous TO LIFE... haha!!

im happy that my girls are very much acquainted to my nieces, aisya n nabeeha...alhamdulillah they palyed well together, except on certain occasions..nk pukul2 pun ader bile dh kepenatan (hahaaha biasala budak2 bila dh penat main)izzah will always remember her abang irfan n abg irsyad whenever we went to my mum's house..at least she has something to remember in msia..

as for me..im getting fatter everyday..eating good food in msia..ya Allah..sabar jela..the food craze is driving me crazy..yela sumer mende leh beli..n almost everything is halal...keje nk makan je... ;P

well, thank god we still have families n frens in msia..n the food is uncomparable..
or else we might have thought of staying abroad for good.. many have said its a good place to raise a family in perth..its very calm n peaceful..the only thing u've got to add is the islamic n asian value to the kids..
hmm that really made me thinking..is msia really a bad place to live??

29 November 2008

Good to be back..

Alhamdulillah we arrived safely on Saturday night..

Izzah was tremendoulsy OK during the flight..no shouting, no kicking, no crying,she ate her dinner..hmmm..she was exceptionally good..syirah was ok too...she even slept in a tiny bassinet..good thing that thing fits her just nice..

Syukur..syukur syukur pada Allah that the journey back home was smooth...Thank you Allah..

The next day...we were more than happy when mama organized a surprise party..funny thing was mama kept asking me to change my cloth and wear something nice..when i already knew that only my cousins from kelantan would be coming..so sempoi jela..malas nk tukar baju..but since mama kept bugging me to change..i did exactly as told..

and all my curiosity was answered when the door bell rang non stop,

when my family came, and a family friend came afterwards...i opened the door and smiled..'ooo buat soh urprise party ek'..evryone laughed..hahaha

ermm...to the organizer (aka mama): Thank u so much...indeed it was a lovely day to remember and meeting family n frends which we've been waiting to see for months..;)

28 November 2008

No Subject

Just few days before heading back to Msia...we had a rather panic or should i say funny thing happended in the house..

The story goes like this..
It was tuesday afternoon..and we had an excellent time entertaining hubby's classmate from Mauritius for lunch.. so many new things we learned about their culture and their country.
so after they went back..i did my zuhr prayer. and i just kept my telekung on coz i wanted to continue with asr prayer afterwards..(since hubby's frend went home quite late..)

We started to get panic when suddenly hubby woke up from his nap and tried to find izzah..he asked me where's izzah, i said she must be watching the Tv or something coz i cant even hear her voice..i reckon she was sleeping..

hubby started to get panic when izzah was no where to be found anywhere..i started to search for izzah...bedroom, kitchen, small areas behind the couch, laundry room...everywhere....the entrance door was locked..she couldnt have gone out..i wouldve heard it if she opened the door..

Things got more tense and we shouthed for izzah's name...and praying at the same time that izzah was ok...my mind went wild with imagination..thinking that she might have been kidnapped.. OMG!!! NO NO NOOOOO... and knowing myself,i was getting panic and couldnt thing straight
i opened the door and start running around the neighbouhood wearing nothing but telekung and a mini-dress inside..i was running like mad asking everyone for izzah...my mind had even planned out what to do when izzah was actually..you know..MISSING...cll the police..start a search party..call msian police...everything!!

and suddenly i heard hubby shouted my name..i was on the verge of knocking my new-Hong Kong boys-neigbours.. i went back inside our house..and hubby said
"masuk..masuk..tu haa izzah tido atas katil ya Allah...legaaanye rasa..
all this while when i was running here n there like mad..she was actually dozing off on the bed..covering her body with comforter...funny thing is..when i went inside the bedroom looking for her..and i didnt even see her on the bed...
ya Allah..kecik betul anak aku ni..sampai balut bdn ngan comforter pun x nampaakkk..!!!

That 'traumatic' experience kept me wondering what would be the feeling of arwah NURIN JAZLIN and SYARLINI...ya Allah i do hope syarlini is in good conditions and that she would be reunited with her parents soon..ameen...

after that day...we always keep a close watch of izzah and ensure she's always in our sight..

haiiihh..what an experience!! Thank u Allah for giving us this test as a reminder of how careless we can be as parents..

13 November 2008

Nasi Kerabu MN

Shue..this one's for you..


sebiji Kelapa parut
2 ekor Ikan kembung (dipanggang)
2-3 tsp Bawang Merah (blended)
Lada Hitam

1. Sangai kelapa, tapi jgn sampai coklat..cukup garing sikit.
2. Ikan kembung diambil isi
3. Blend kelapa yg dah disangai dgn isi ikan kembong.
4. Gaul dgn bwg merah, garam, gula n lada hitam
* Sambal is preferrably better if it is sweeter


2 biji kelapa (ambil santan) / 1 tin coconut milk brand AYAM
2 tangkai serai (ambil bhgn putih shj)
4 ulas bawang merah
2 ulas bawang putih
1/2 inci halia
3 tangkai cili kering (approximate)
Gula Melaka/Gula biasa/ Nisan kelantan
2 keping asam keping

1. Blend serai, bwg putih, bwg kecil, halia n cili kering
2. Masuk dlm periuk n masukkan santan n asam keping
3. Masak atas api sdhn sampai kuah pekat
4. Masuk gula n garam secukup rasa.
* Kuah should taste a combination of sweet, n sour.


Daun Kesum
Bunga Kantan
Kacang Panjang
Bawang Merah (1 ulas)
Halia Muda (1/2 inci)
Cili Merah (1/2 batang)

1. Potong halus daun kesum, bunga kantan, timun, kacang panjang,
serai, bwg merah, halia muda n cili merah.
2. Satukan semua bahan di atas kecuali timun n gaul rata.
3. ulam lain dihidang berasingan


Ikan Goreng (either goreng kunyit biasa/salut tepung)
Ayam Goreng
Daging Bakar


Nasi kosong biasa OR
nasi kunyit ( dimasak dgn kunyit n serai + daun pandan)

Tambahan: Keropok ikan n budu

Cara makan: Gaul nasi dgn sambal, kuah, semua ulam
budu and gaul rata n makan..

10 November 2008


We were shocked to see this show on tv.. the title was ' Msia..Dirty Politics.'
Dirty Politics..?? I dunno what to feel.. if im in msia i probably wouldnt feel a thing..but being abroad..makes us feel that we're some sort of an ambassador..
so malu la sket..espcially when the whole australia is watching it..what would ppl think of us when they see n know we're msian..

there's the altantuya story..the claim that Najib is involved in it..anwar's sodimy case..raja petra..sigh..!!
it was sad though to see such a story here in aussie..just like when we're in msia watching other countries corrupt story...embarassed thats the word i guess..
but am i not being patriotic enough by feeling that way..ermm i dunno..
when u see our politic scenario in a whole lot of dimension, u start to be more analytical about it..at least that happend to me..

at the end of the day..we can only pray the best for our country..aint that right??

05 November 2008

new thingy..

I'm not sure whether they have one in msia..but the cupcake stand in perth comes in so many designs and colour... i can see it almost in all store here..and im in LOOVEEEE in every one that i laid my eyes on... and so i was looking at COLES supermarket pamphelete one day..and there it is.on promotion only $10..
hahaha i told my self i had to grab it..and there it is..;D its a simple cupcake stand actually..tengoklah.. maybe before going back msia i'll buy a nicer one..

I fill the cupcake stand with a simple choc chip muffins..since izzah been nagging me to make cakes after she saw one on the box..its a simple recipe..but i like it though coz it tastes a little bit goey..and i can make it super fast to meet up my daughters DEMAND and nagging!! ;P

[Nigella's Choc Chip Muffins]

250 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp cocoa powder
175 g castor sugar
150 g choc chips
250 ml fresh milk
90 ml vegetable oil or 75g butter (i used oil)
1 egg (L size)
1 tsp vanilla essence


1. Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda & cocoa powder into a big bowl.
Add in sugar.
2. In a diff bowl, Combine milk, oil, vanilla essence and egg. Use a whisk.
3. Pour in all the liquid into the dry ingredients. Using a whisk mix until just
blended. Do not overmix.
4. Fold in the choc chips.
5. Spoon batter in the prepared muffin cups slightly more than 1/2 the cup.
6. Sprinkle extra choc chip on top.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg for 20 min or until skewer comes out clean.

28 October 2008


This one is a real kick-off recipe..

This was my first time making a roti puri. Do u know whats a roti puri..hahaha...i dont actually either.. but i guess its a split between roti canai n chapati..n its small in size..very cute.. my first attempt was to me a failure.. i put all 5 tbsp of margerine and it tastes too buttery and by eating 2-3 pieces i grew bored of the taste..after talking to chef JAJA (hehehe) the taste is better when u mix it with ghee..should try that the next time. But my family members were ok with the taste..izzah n hubby ate a lot..hubby even suggested to eat it with kaya..haha..hmm taste delicious!!

[Roti Puri JAJA<]
4 cups plain flour
5 tbsp margerine (u can mix with ghee)- 3 tbsp margerine + 2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Way :
1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Put in margerine. mix together.
3. Pour the milk (mix with a bit of water)
4. Pour warm water bit by bit and knead until it forms a dough
and doesnt stick to ur hand
5. Divide the dough into small portions (the size of 50 cents)
6. Roll the dough with a rolling pin (not too thick /thin) and fry with lots of oil.

[Rendang MAK]
(this is for 1kg of beef/lamb)

10 pcs dried chillies
1 1/2 pcs red onion (big)
5 pcs red onion (small)
5 pcs garlic
1/2 inch galangal (lengkuas)
1/2 inch ginger
6 stalks lemongrass (serai)
2 pcs turmeric leaves (daun kunyit)- finely cut
2 coconut milk / 1 tin of coconut cream/milk
3-4 tbsp kerisik
Cili Boh / chilli paste (opt)


1. Blend all ingredients excpet daun kunyit n santan.
2. Put meat, blended ingredients n coconut milk.
3. Put under low fire, as it helps the meat to become tender
4. From time to time, scrape the mixture so it'll combine evenly
5. Once the mixture becomes thick enough, add kerisik, salt n sugar.
6. The colour should be brown once its done.
Note : You can put in chilli paste/ cili boh to make it hotter (own preference)

[Dalca MAMA]
Long Bean
Dhal (soaked in water-5-6 hrs earlier)
SPices (cengkih, etc)
Red onion, garlic n ginger (blend together)

I did the dalca just like making the normal curry recipe, which im sure all of u are familiar with the process.
Just add the vegetables and dhal.I added pineapple. According to mama, it'll give a sweet n sour taste. Indeed it is.

25 October 2008

Cinta di udara??..

Now i do understand why some couple like to go for their 2nd honeymoon, or even go out for a date alone.. coz sometimes..when u're too busy doing all ur daily routines..u may forget precious things around u..

actually its kinda weird, why our malay custom gave a vey diff view to people getting all mushy, loving and romantic when they get older or even right after getting married... why do the term ' buang tabiat' is said whenever we try to get romantic n all whith our soul-mate when we get older...sampai kan kalu dh berumur nk mesra2 pun jadi malu..i do hope im not part of that community..ameen..

coz when staying here, everywhere i go i can see old couples holding hands like they are still in love.. how wonderful is that... just wish our malay perspective towards this matter will change in time...

apa pun..the holidays really gave me a new feeling..dulu masa baru kawen malu je nk amik gbr masa honeymoon..skrg ni alhamdulillah berani sket..and it feels better than ever.. so any 2nd honeymoon guys??

22 October 2008

Cooking class??

Me n hubby have been craving to eat msian dish for quite some time..so apa lagi whn my inlaws came, we made nasi kerabu n learn few precious tips from mama while making it..and i also learnt how to make cek mek (a traditional kelantanese dessert) and seri kaya from mama..yelah kan kadang2 tu otai cam mama, ader byk experience which cannot be bought anywhere and is always obtained thru experience..

seri kaya

kueh cek mek

nasi kerabu yang diidamkan..thanx mama n noni who taught me the method and hubby who helped cutting all the ulam..;)

will post the recipe soon as im trying to remember back all the method

Jalan2 lagi..?? PART 2

We continued the 'jalan2 lagi' series when nonie, my sis-in-law came 5 days after ariza went back... we went to the most talked about places..Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin, and the Busselton Jetty..which apparently the longest Jetty in the southern hemisphere...syukur la ader rezeki nk bawa nonie, mama n papa pegi jalan2 kat situ..it was a tremendous experience..very refreshing seeing all the farm animals n green trees along the way..

we stopped for lunch at a roadside resting area...had picnic there.. i made chicken pie (alhamdulillah jadik ;)) and papa wat rendang daging...woo terer papa..takdelah rendang daging instant jee,,hehe... hehe sori papa baru je papa nk kembang hidung bangga..kih kih.. and some oreo muffins for dessert

we arrived at Busselton Jetty and took some pictures there...we didnt manage to walk along the jetty..apparently it was sooooo long...(as it was called the Longest Jetty kan..) every one was tired and it was kinda dangerous for the kids..

and took a breeze at the Prevelly Beach..

and finally we arrived at the famous Margaret River..spent only a night there..sempatla nk beli choc fudge at the Fudge Factory there..

and on the way back we stopped at Cape Leeuwin, to visit the famous Lighthouse. From here we can see the meeting of the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean.. It was a lovely place.seriously..Subhanallah..although the weather was veeryyy windy and it drizzles a bit..we couldnt resist ourselves to enjoy the scenery n take lots of pictures..

lastly we stopped at Augusta to have our lunch before heading home

20 October 2008

New eid experience ...

A lot of people have asked me on my new eid experience...well, of course nothing beats celebrating it back home..

When we stay abroad...its up to us to create the raya atmosphere...hubby has d/loaded raya songs to be played few nights before raya while i was making the raya cookies...dengar lagu raya je dah best dah....malam raya ader pasang takbir..

rindu memang rindu...tapi yang paling rindu ngan pakcik yg umum raya tetiap tahun tu...hahahaha.. kat sini kalu nk tau raya kene call masjid/surau or tanya kat member
iklan petronas and takbir raya..and visiting to all the relatives houses..menayang baju raya...all the food fiesta in diff houses..

Many students here have made open houses and definitely this is the chance to know each other better..we only managed to go to 3 open houses..ader lagi, tapi terpaksa ditolak..yelah nk spend time ngan family yg dtg dr msia..

solat raya lak kat taman..best tul kan..ader je masjid yg wat khutbah in bahasa melayu..tapi saje la nk rase pengalaman baru dgr khutbah dlm arab..n bercampur with so many different ppl fromdiff countries, papa kata macam kat mekah pun ader masa solat raya tu.. hihi

ooohh, just wanted to share..i dunt know bout u guys but my family kalu bab salam raya samapi nangis2...cakap pelan2..sampai nangis..when i was small..i was always curious..what is actually happening..salam raya ke apa..sampai nangis2 nih...bila dh besar baru paham..ooo nk minta maaf..byk wat salah agaknye tu..hihi...mak ckp rang jawa yg selalu wat camtu..betul ke? x tau plak sbb x pernah lagi tgk orang jawa lain wat camtu..

bile dh kawen..disebbkan dah terbiasa..buat la kat my parents in-law..tapi agaknye mesti diorang pelik kan..apsal la emo sgt just to salam raya...hihi...sorilaa dah terbiasa...at least i didnt burst out crying..;p

jalan2 lagi..??

yes....another series of jalan2 di perth...;D.. this time we're not alone..

my bro on-law came 4 days before raya, jalan2 dgn die dulu

spending quality time with ariza..best2!!

papa n mama came later on..

n cucu2 bermanja2 ngan tokpa n tokma die..

when syirah got used to uncle rizz being around, uncle rizz is already on his way back..

bye-bye uncle rizz...

we spent time to almost all of the significant places around perth with ariza, wanted to go to other places but time was just wasnt on our side..next time eh bro..
nevertheless it was a good time spent, syirah finally got to know her uncle..n izzah grew accustomed to ariza being around..thanx for the visit ariza..;D


Soooo sorry for the long 'hibernation'. Before anything..i hope its till not too late to wish all my blog readers, family n frens... Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri..Minta maaf kirenye ader buat salah n silap..

Reason for the long hibernation simply becauuseee..... apa lagi raya sakan laaaa!!! sbnrnye..takde la sakan mana...saja2 buat sakan..sbb kalu x..mmg takkan rasa raya langsung...

i made some raya cookies..just to have the mood starting...didnt cook much the 1st day of raya.. coz everyone insisted me on making only simple dish..sbb nk pegi beraya umah org lain pastu.

izzah n syirah la best sbb dpt duit raya dr tokpa n tokma die..n pegi jalan2 dgn baju raya baru..hihi..

solat raya di taman, pretty cool...

simple celebration at home

open house pertama - uncle ishak n auntie fauziah

pas beraya gi taman bunga amik gambar..hahhaha..

izzah terima duit raya from pres of malaysian post grad students association of WA

open hse kedua-kak linda..kawan jumpa kat supermarket ;p (sempat lagi kan...)

open hse ketiga- kak nonie..my cyber-pals