Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Spending Quality Time

The 2-week school holiday’s finally over. The first week was spent in the hospital and at home since my Haifa and my Hanis were still under quarantine. We had visitors - my parents, my sister and BIL who came to send my nephew off to UIA. The second week was indeed quality time spent with the children and Dear Hubby. We had a great and relaxing 3D2N at Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel. They were in the swimming pool until they changed colors!

Me? I didn’t set even one toe into the pool! And I didn’t even read a single line from the books I brought with me. I’d usually read at least one book every time we stayed at the hotel. But this time, I was just being plain lazy. I took hundreds of photos of my children in the pool and around the hotel when we had our evening walks. Most of the time I stayed on the balconies of our four units, facing the pool and watched my loved ones creating havoc with their antics :)

The kids in the pool with the maids
Watching them enjoying themselves made my heart went soft. And my whole being was blanketed with unagitated state and calmness that was very hard to explain. The breeze that played over my face carried the sound of their contagious laughters, and I sat there feeling such joy from all of that. That was a reflection of a contented life. Alhamdulillah.


My Haifa and my Hasya feeding the fish

The spots on Hasya, Haifa and Hanis’s hands, feet and mouths from Coxsackie were all gone. We brought the girls to see Night at the Museum 2 and Zac Efron’s 17 Again. Watching 17 Again really made me feel so old, and I thought – would I go back to 1983 - when I was 17 - if I were given the chance to do that? Would I make any changes in the past?

Maybe I’d appreciate my family, friends and teachers more, strategize any paths to be taken, look positively at all angles in life and... be more open by letting go of any bottled-up feelings that I had with certain people I knew then. And of course I'd study HARDER! Who knows I’d be multi-millionaire ka....hahaha!


My Hasya and my Hanis


Anyway, later in the week, we did some gardening together. Dear Hubby and I went to Sungai Buloh to get some new plants. Penuhla jugak satu kereta.

The girls helped, of course, especially my Haifa who planted weeds (read: not marijuana!), instead of getting rid of them, LOL!

23 comments:

cekmekzue said...

Salam Ja,
nice holiday....love to do just that, lounging around, doing nothing, just let the world slip by you, enjoying the moment, embrace everything around you.been meaning to do some reading myself but didn't get around to it. nowadays, books that I read written by Martha Stewart, Debbie brown and no longer Sidney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer, Stephen King :-)

would love to see your garden ja, those beautiful flowers....

edelweiss said...

Kak Ja DDI,

wow...a great escapade indeed! A gud quality time with the loved ones .

yus said...

Ibu,...Nak ikut ibu....
that place memang sentimental to me. that's where I first met and kissed Tok Det's hand. Dah lama dah...
tapi pun, I cuma duk kat dewan besaq tu je, mana ada chance nak berguling bergolek kat hotel lawn or pool..huhuhu... :)
Good for your kids Ja. At least berbaloi depa duk hospital, sbb dapat compensate balik the number of days dgn duk hotel pulak... hahahha...

mamasita said...

DDI..what a lovely time you and your family must have had. I can only congratulate you for your very happy holiday.Moments like this are so treasured and remembered.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Humid and hot weather masuk pool best kan? Kenapalah Kak Ja tak join sekali? Berendam ajelah. ;)

MAMAMIA said...

I have never set foot at this Palace of the Golden Horses.

Panjangnya rambut your girls....

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Hi Zue,
Memang rehat betui I. Sebab tu rasa 'liat' saja nak masuk office balik ;P

You pun boleh tahan berjalan, no? Mai KL awat tak call I?

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Edelweiss,
Quality time... sampai tak ingat gheja langsung..hehehe...

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Yus,
Ja tak tau Yus penah shook hands dgn Tok Det? Awat tak habaq mai time tu? Boleh Ja menyelit sekali!

My friend sorang tu (Aziah, hang la tu) siap office dia buat birthday party lagi kat Tok Det. Tak tau la tahun ni depa buat ka dak.

Cemuru betui!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mamasita,
Lepas ni dah susah sikit nak cuti2 ni. My daughter nak amik UPSR in Sept09. Tapi tak taulah jugak, setakat cuti2 Malaysia ni ok la kot...

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Farina,
I tukang amik gambar saja. Actually segan la nak berswimming suit gitu... too many spare tires LOL!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mamamia,
Rambut depa memang panjang. My Haifa would always say - "Tak mau potong rambut Ibu, takut nanti jadi macam boy". Tu yg panjang tu.

Lepas balik hotel tu, we went to the salon - gunting rambut sikit & steam rambut. So now their hair are 8inch shorter :)

cekmekzue said...

Salam Ja,
sori tak call u, in fact pi Kl and Melaka tu tak call any one of our friends there, memang tak sempat, rushing here n there,IKEA dekat rumah my broother pun I tak call...lagipun depa keje,....insyaAllah next time,kita jumpa kay.....teringin gak nak jumpa u, Yus i dah jumpa....

Chahya said...

Bestnyer holiday...
Ibunya tak teringin nak terjun sekali ke kt dlm pool tu...? :)

yus said...

chek mek zue..aik? you dah tak teringin nak jumpak I lagi dah ke ? :)

yus said...

Ja,
I pernah jumpa dan cakap dgn tok det 3 times in my life so far, tapi kat PGH great ballroom tu was the first.It was during UUM Alumni's grand dinner in 2003 and luckily I was 1 of the committee members. So, dptla kelitin keliling tok det, who was among the VVIP invited, besides sultan kedah.Dapat bergambar sekali, tolong sua itu ini kat tok det. amboih..rasa mcm Hari Ini Dlm Sejarah sungguh masa tu.The finale was while he was leaving, I managed to hold his hand(salam) while mumbling and crying and kissing all at once.Dalam kepala tu, berjela2 duk hafal nak kata apa, tapi in actual, mampu menahan sebak and awe and the pride..I think he understands, coz he smiled at me, and said "Thank you"..that was the best moment in my life, believe me.

cekmekzue said...

yus,err...tumpang lalu ja ( again..),
nak jumpa Ja lah, u dah jumpa but don't mind jumpa again... mai rumah, ada keropok since you don't like budu...don't tell me u don't eat keropok also....
Speaking of Tok Det, Zue rasa Zue pernah bergambar degn dia masa first year kat UK dulu. kat m'sia tak pernah jumpa, tapi jumpa kat obersi...where did I put that photo....

yus said...

zue,(excuse me ja no?)
hari tu masa I sms tanya where on earth were you tu, I was on the way to AS lah, and was thinking of dropping by your bakery house.takpa, nanti I hello hello lagi kalau I lalu kat jln stadium. Ni entah ke zue and kak anim pernah kenal kat UK dulu pa...kan sama2 buat acct? ha, ni baru terkejut beruk namanya...lepas tu zue kena hantar berkotak2 le cuppies ke tmn pknk jawabnya ... :)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Zue,
Takpa, I understand. Memang kalau pi mana2 tu mcm nak buat semua, tapi memang tak dapat buat punya.

I kalau balik A/S, nak pi rumah my sis yg 'lat' 4-5 buah from my mother's pun tak pi-pi sampai sudah. Nasib baik dia tak kecik hati!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Hi Chahya,
Macam nak terjun, tapi tak 'ter'terjunlah pulak! Hahahaha!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Yus dear,
Bestnya kan? He's such a gem!

I hope I could meet him. Kalau tak jumpa kat function, jumpa kat Pekan Rabu ka, Langkawi ka... eh, logik dak?

yus said...

logik...you pi cari dia kat the loaf langkawi. che det jadi cashier kat situ.

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Yus, kalau betui ada, lagu mana??