Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sandakan Trip

It's been a while since we are on a road trip, so here's my post, a trip to Sandakan, also known as Elopura or Little Hong Kong.

We arrived at Tamparuli to have our breakfast with our relatives. Unfortunately, only 1 shop opened due to Raya holiday. Luckily another shop opened for business but the service and food were really bad.

At 8am, we officially began our long anticipated journey. (or so I first thought)

We arrived Sandakan at around 1pm+. My mum and I were already pening pening lalat. Checked in to Hsiang Hotel. RM150 per night for 2 rooms. It was really worth it. The price offered was cheaper than the online booking. 

My mum packed us some lunch in the morning, so we had our lunch in the hotel. Then we rested for a while as we were all exhausted from the 6 hour journey plus some part of the road was bagai ular kena palu.  

After our body were fully recharged, we went to visit my 姨婆. It was our first time meeting her and her daughter. She resembles my late popo alot.


Moving on, we headed to the famous Sandakan Temple. 


A row of Buddhas stood neatly on each side of the pavement.


As we entered the threshold, we were greeted by these gigantic buddha statues. 
What a sight to behold!


The sea view from top was just beyond description. 
We were all completely mesmerized. 
You just have to see it for yourself.

Then, we went back to the hotel to freshen up ourselves. Around 7pm went out to hunt for food.
Again due to raya holiday, the restaurant we went to had no enough workers. We waited for almost an hour for their food. Our tummies were rumbling already and the portion given was far less than we expected. We paid over RM100 for shitty service and food. 
Reminder to oneself, never go back to that restaurant anymore.

10pm Zzzzzzz.

The next morning, my cousin brought us to Sim Sim Water Village area to have the famous Sandakan 弹弓面.
Unluckily the shop was closed. 
So we headed to another restaurant, if not mistaken, it's call Kau Kee Restaurant, 
also situated at Sim Sim area. 
We had seafood breakfast. Their food was so tasty, I like their 皮蛋饺. Sorry no pictures.


Another breathtaking sea view with morning sunshine.

After the wonderful satisfying meal, my cousin brought us makan angin around town area as he is familiar with Sandakan. You will notice that each roundabout has different statues, like lobster, turtle, crocodile etc.

Then, we headed to the renown St. Michael Church. It is the oldest stone church in Sandakan which took more than 30 years to complete. This heritage site was my Form 3 Sejarah project.


After a quick photo shoot, we went to another historical site, Agnes Keith's House.
Agnes Keith was an American author. 



You can dine at the English Tea House, just next to the museum.

Around 9am+, we left for Sepilok. 
It was soooooooo crowded, there were many foreigners and also a group of church people.
We met Stephen's mother. She's one of the big crowd on a church outing.
According to her, there were 200 people joining.


 We were not allowed to bring our bags, foods inside, as they scared our belongings will be taken away by the naughty monkeys along the trail. It was quite tiring but fun though.


We were just in time for the feeding session. 3 orangutans showed up. 

Around 12pm, we bade farewell to Sandakan and ready for another butt flat and backache journey back. 

All in all it was fun and exciting to see another city. 
I will surely go back to taste the foods there. 
But next time, my mum and I will take the plane instead. 
=)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

生老病死

生老病死,人生不就是如此。
外婆去世不到一个月,我们又得到噩耗 Tenom的叔婆昨晚安详离去了。
单单今年就有三个年长的亲戚过身了。

父母说,叔婆对他们很好。以前每一次回去 Tenom的时候, 叔婆和叔公都会给他们水果,而且还坚持不收钱。

叔婆去世的时候,我们刚好在医院,我父母有看到她咽下最后一口气。反而她的女儿老远从Kedah赶回来却来不及送她走。我看见她哭得很惨,很凄凉,心里也不好受, 我想换作是我应该也会像她一样吧。

我发现到叔婆和外婆都有一个共同点,病魔的折腾使他们身体在短短两个礼拜爆瘦,仅剩下皮包骨,看了都心酸。
另外,当一个人刚刚去世的时候,他们虽然已经停止呼吸,但心还是有在跳动。

树欲静而风不止, 子欲养而亲不在。

这句话,说中了每个与父母相隔两岸的孩子们的心坎。
很多孩子因为工作繁忙或经济上的能力不足,一年才能回来一次看看父母,有些甚至没有回来。
虽然现在通讯的发达能够让我们方便联络亲人,但总不比一家人吃个团圆饭来的好。
怎样都还是缺少了那种团聚的温馨感。

试想想,你和兄弟姐妹们都安顿在远方,剩下两老在家,成日盼着儿女们回来看看,有特别日子才能看见你们,那是多么悲哀的场景啊。

所以阿,要趁父母都在身边的时候,好好孝敬父母,不要等到他们年华老去,卧病床上,患上老人痴呆,不认得你,说不出话时,甚至不在了才来懊悔莫及。

Sunday, June 5, 2016

再见, 婆婆。

2016年5月27日下午2时,我们最挚爱的婆婆在Papar医院寿终,享年86岁。

我21岁生日派对时和婆婆生前的最后一张合照,这时候的她已经消瘦很多。

妈妈说婆婆去世的时候很安详,只是挣扎了一下就走了。
当天整个下午乌云满天,上天好像知道我们的失去了亲人。
一路上望着窗外绵绵细雨,车里增加了一种凄然的氛围,
脑海浮现了和婆婆在一起的珍贵回忆。

婆婆血糖不稳定,每一次稍微太低就要送往医院,这样的情况已经持续一两年了。
都是住在Papar的二舅,表姐和妈妈轮流照顾。
妈妈因为要照顾婆婆拿了很多假期,跑上跑下,好像把医院当成了第二个家。
有时候二舅半夜一个电话就把妈妈急坏了,
妈妈也不想多就赶紧连夜驾车从Putatan往Papar医院看婆婆。

我什么也帮不上忙,妈妈只是吩咐我在家煮饭。
身为女儿的看见妈妈为了婆婆那么疲惫,我心里也不好受。
现在婆婆回到主的身边,我们大家心头上的负担也终于都放了下来。
婆婆再也不用受苦了。


5月30日在亚庇中华殡仪馆举行公祭仪式。

这是我第二次参加葬礼。第一次是在十二年前公公去世的时候,完全没有印象。

原来佛教的仪式是那么多步骤。一下子又拜,一下子又跪。
虽然我们一家人不是佛教,但为了尊敬老人家还是照着做。
(第二天我的膝盖痛得要命)



警察带路到Lokawi.

安葬仪式

再见了,婆婆。

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mother's Day Popup Cards

Recently, I'm into card making, I'm making pop-up cards!
I learnt the tutorials from youtube, they may look easy, 
but it actually needs a lot of practice and effort and materials.

For example, these pop-up flowers, no matter how many times I tried, I still couldn't make it blooms perfectly as shown in the video. So I had to improvise and made it 10 petals instead of 7.


I'm making Mother's Day theme cause Mother's day is coming real soon. 
So for those who are interested in buying it you may contact me. 
Only RM5 each. Trust me, you can't find a pop-up card like that in KK with such price.
I guarantee you these lovely cards will make your mother's heart POP!

Here are some of the cards I made. There are 3 different type of pop-ups inside.




4 different front designs.









All of these are handmade, decorated with various embellishments.
None of them are identical, each has different colour, pop-ups and wordings.

 Grab it before it's sold out. Only 20 available.

Sometimes when you don't know what to get for your mother, the best and cheapest way is to give her a simple card with your handwritten gratitude right from the bottom of your heart.

Hope you guys like it.
I will upload more on pinterest later and more coming soon.