Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Instagram: While We were in Terengganu

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Geng gurau, geng gocoh. 

While we were in Terengganu 2
Geng macam-macam.

While we were in Terengganu 3
Tuan rumah, di dapur kedua.
(Gambar oleh Khalish)

While we were in Terengganu 4
Nasi air nikmat, juga di dapur kedua.

While we were in Terengganu 5
Akhirnya, masa keluarga.

As Barney Stinson would say, "challenge accepted!"

Photo: My Instagram

For all her sons' weddings, my mother was the one who decorated the gift trays meant for her daughters-in-law. Except for Helmi's. To ease my mother's burden this time, I volunteered to take that responsibility despite my non-existence of skill. Yes, I have always loved art, but, crafts were not my forte. 

Surprise, surprise! All seven gift trays appeared as presentable as I visualised them to be. Imperfections were inevitable for a total amateur, of course. I closed an eye though, and I congratulated myself for the beauty that the other eye saw. Ahem. As Barney Stinson would say, "challenge completed!"

Helmi & Ain

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Another reason for the hiatus here: my younger brother's wedding. 

Alhamdulillah, all the events, namely Majlis Nikah, Majlis Kesyukuran, and Majlis Menyambut Menantu, went smoothly. There were pre-wedding panics, surely, but let they remain family jokes told during gatherings. Heh.

Both Majlis Nikah and Majlis Kesyukuran were held in Merchang, Terengganu, where the bride hails from, on February 15 and February 16 respectively. A week later, Majlis Menyambut Menantu took place in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. For now, here are the photos of Majlis Nikah and Majlis Kesyukuran. Khalish was a handful throughout our stay in Terengganu, thus the lack of photos with my camera.

To the new sister-in-law's family, thank you for your hospitality.

Helmi & Ain 2

Helmi & Ain 3

Helmi & Ain 4

Helmi & Ain 5

To Helmi & Ain, may your marriage be blessed with beautiful moments, always.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Instagram: While We were in Kelantan

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❤ ❤ ❤

Recovery I  Recovery II
The recovery.
(Photos: My Instagram)

These were the main reasons for the hiatus here.

January 14, 2013. Yet another Monday to Kamal, Khalish, and I, until we received a news from Kelantan. Ayoh was critically ill. After Isya', Kamal and I took turns to drive to the East Coast. All the while, my father, who tagged along, requested Khalish to pray for his paternal grandfather's recovery. My mother, who was under the weather then, prayed for the best from Rembau.

The next day, seeing Ayoh in the Coronary Care Unit evoked mixed emotions within me. When I held his hand, I sensed his spirit. There lay a man whom I will always remember as the one with firm faith, the one with wise words, the one with pure charisma. With each solo visit, I silently recited zikr. For his soul, as well as mine. I longed for his wisdom still.

Alhamdulillah, Ayoh has been blessed with a circle of family and friends who physically and spiritually stayed by his side throughout the chronic stage. With the will of God, the prayers for his well-being were granted on Friday although the doctor advised everybody to prepare for the worst on Thursday. Oh, how he smiled through the oxygen mask upon being greeted by the loved ones. A contrast to the stillness four days ago. 

Kamal, Khalish, and I left Kelantan that January 19 with a vow to return. Meanwhile, Kamal's sisters and their respective family members there kept us informed about Ayoh from time to time. Our indescribable gratitude for their thoughts. It was a relief to know that he was well cared for.

From January 24 to February 12, we have returned to Kelantan twice. Also with us were Lisa and Joey, Khalish's half siblings. The last time we met Ayoh, he was his energetic-self again. That man, he inspires.

Kamal and I want our parents to know that we love them, unconditionally.

Our parents, last Aidilfitri.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Life oh Life

Life is Beautiful

Hiatus in Chech: Eccentric, hectic in reality. 

Alhamdulillah, although Kamal, Khalish, and I lived our lives out of suitcases throughout January and February, we did remember to stop awhile and smell the roses. 

Life is beautiful, always.