THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Another long weekend

Ahh… another long weekend gone. The last weekend ie 18th – 20th December, I was in KL to attend my school alumni dinner. This weekend I was back in KL again. My nephew’s engagement was on Saturday in Kajang, so by Friday I was already at my brother’s house in Damansara Jaya.

When I was in KL last weekend, Yati sent me a text message informing me that her husband AJ had been transferred from the CCU to the normal ward. She did mention how worried she was, looking at her husband’s condition. Since the hospital’s visiting hours had been shortened of late, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit him at the hospital.

This week, another text message came, not from Yati but from my fellow volunteer who had been assigned as AJ’s buddy. AJ died early morning on Christmas day at the hospital. I was already at my brother’s house by the time the news reached me, so no, I didn’t visit. I decided to send my condolences to Yati via SMS and I apologized to her for not being able to visit. I will probably check on her later. Knowing Yati, I think she’ll cope. She already had plans to sell drinks to earn some income for herself and her children. And since she’s staying with her mother, at least she doesn’t have to worry about where to stay.

Since I so happened to be in KL this weekend, Mamasita, who also happened to be in KL for her son’s engagement, arranged for some sort of get-together with a few bloggers on Sunday. It was supposed to be a brunch affair, but the place she chose, a Korean restaurant, only opens at 11.30 am.

I wasn’t really sure where the restaurant was located – while I knew how to get to OU, within OU itself wasn’t familiar territory to me. So yep, me being me, I was early – the first one there. After finding out the location of the restaurant, I decided to ronda-ronda for a while before going back to the restaurant to meet up with the rest. As I was walking over to ronda-ronda, I saw a familiar looking lady. It was Dalilah aka Raden Galoh. Yayy! Got friend to chat with while waiting for the rest to come.

While I was chatting with Dalilah, a text message came in. It was from the organiser, Mamasita, informing me that she was already on the way and telling me to “tunggu jap!” For a while there I was thinking of replying her SMS to tell her that since nobody was around, I went back… :-) But in the end I decided to be a good girl…

After a while there she was… the ever smiling Mamasita… only this time I managed to catch her off guard, so this pic comes without her “iklan ubat gigi” smile… hehehe…

A few minutes later, Dr Rohaya, or better known as Raw, got there. Raw is Mamasita’s sis-in-law and also my junior in school, in fact we were both in the same school debating team many many moons ago.

And then the lady bloggers (plus a few husbands/sons who decided to sit at another table nearby) started trickling in. It was my first time meeting Desert Rose and Edelweiss.

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Then came Kak Teh from London and Shahieda from Capetown. Waah… international bloggers meet lah this!

5ladies

Tireless Mom dropped by for a while with her kids (tireless kids?) but they didn’t join us for lunch as they were going off to attend a kenduri somewhere. Kak Puteri Kama came later after I was getting bloody fool… oops, I meant bloody full…

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Dengan penuh semangat Kak Puteri bercerita, apa jugalah dikelentongnya Dalilah tu!

Blogger Zendra came by when I was almost leaving. By 1.30 pm, I decided to make a move as I was planning to drive back to Ipoh after zohor. It wasn’t an easy task… the peluk-cium goodbyes took some time, and to add to that, masa tu lah masing-masing nak bergambar… including our Choc-a-blog kakak here from London…

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And finally, what good were the guys there for if not to take group photos of the ladies huh?

group

It was nice to have met you wonderful ladies. Glad to know that this orang Perak was not the only peghak one around who was trying to figure out how to eat the Korean food... hahaha!

16 comments:

mamasita said...

Hai Pi,I count myself as one of the lucky bloggers to have had the pleasure of meeting Mother Pi-resa!

Thank you so much for your delightful companionship.

p.s..you stole my colgate smile dalam bergambo dengan our sifu Kak Teh!! Pulangkan balik!! hehe

Kak Ezza@makcik Blogger said...

Pi

sedih lah tak dapat datang walau pun nak sangat nak datang..tapi nak buat macam mana..my abang cakap dia tak tau kat mana tempat nya..takut saya sesat..Kalau kay ada pasti lain cerita nya...hahaha..
tak pa Pi..nanti kalau saya pi rumah abang ipar saya kat tanjung rambutan tu, kita calling2 lah yaaa...

U look cantik laaa....

Naz said...

Sister Pi,
I rasa tak lama lagi I boleh jengok you kot...jeng jeng jeng!

Pi Bani said...

Mamasita,
It wasn't your colgate smile that I stole lah. My smile tak leh buat iklan ubat gigi... pasal dah bertampal sana-sini... hehehe...

Pi Bani said...

Ezza,
Yes, yes, whenever you're around this neck of the woods, please do calling calling. First we calling calling, then we meeting meeting, then we bising bising!

Pi Bani said...

Naz,
Mai, mai jangan tak mai jenguk Pi!

Kak Teh said...

Pi, again very brief meeting but meaningful. Tak pa, esok masih ada.

Pi Bani said...

Kak Teh,
It wasn't that brief lah but kita dok selang satu kerusi so kurang dapat sembang dengan you. Takpa, nak sembang banyak-banyak, kita boleh sembang lagi online ok? Nice meeting you!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
I have nothing to say. Sedih sangat ni. All my aunties ber-gumbira without me. Sure tak ingat this cat while you eat bulgogi and kimchi, eh? I would have taken you on a proper journey of Korean cuisine, you know...
purrr....meow!
Sedih....sedih.... WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Pi Bani said...

C-i-S,
You didn't remember us aunties when you had your birthday party did you? ;)

Raden Galoh said...

waaahhh so fast like bullet train lah you post this entry oredi... but i like it heeeehehehehe

me the other peghak one never eat any korean food and enter korean restaurant... not only that made the place so hiruk pikuk too.... hahahahaha

happy dapat jumpa sume my lovely friends and kakak2 kesayangan....

Pi Bani said...

RG,
Desert Rose lagi laju dari I lah... :)

Tak payahkan tempat yang kita tak pernah masuk, tempat yang kita biasa masuk pun boleh jadi hiruk-pikuk when we meet...

Desert Rose said...

Kak ,

I loike Mother PiResa ....

Tq 4 the beautiful pics, permission to cilok please hi hi

Pi Bani said...

DR,
Cilok lah mana-mana gambar yang you nak cilok. No problemo...

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Alamak, i feel a little out of place la...hehe...its ok, i'll drop by again later...

Pi Bani said...

Kerp,
Hahaha! This posting memang makcik bloggers lah yang ramai jadi commenters...