Thursday, January 04, 2007
Been so long since I blog. December is definitely a busy month. Weddings Attie and Lana, trip to Hong Kong.
First I like to post Camarina's Concert pics. ( hahaha dapat post satu aje... Lambat sangat)
On the 2nd December was SIL Attie's wedding. Due to mountaineous workload and the fact that I want to go to Hong kong, we came back the night before the wedding and missed the qatam quran and Aqiqah. Attie's wedding went well. She looked very pretty. True to Johor custom, the parents gave away the bride by reading out something like .. We have brought you up and will now give you away to your husband and hope that you will la di da... Very emotional stuff. I always get teary eyed listening to them. The husband also will read out some kind of vow , he will take up the responsibility of taking care of the bride needs. Great idea this.
Pic of Attie's wedding. Uploading the pics are sure slow..Yelah tempat jin bertendang tak ada streamyx.
4th Dec Hongkong Day 1
On Monday the fourth woke the children up at 5. Suprisingly we managed to wake Qisty up, she was really excited to go to Bismiland. We reached the airport at six. While waiting to board adik kept on kissing me and thanking me. We saw the China Airlines plane we were to fly in. It was like a quarter the size of MAS planes near it. DH was doubtful as to whether we will reach our destination. Hahaha. Flight went on smoothly. Qisty fell asleep. Adik looked excitedly outside. We were assured that we will get Muslim meal. Watch a boring b like movie on board. Kakak and DH slept all the way. Reached Hongkong three hours later. As we did not fill the white apakebende immigration card, we were held back. By the time we finished writing them or rather DH finished writting them, there was a group of newly arrived Japanese tourists. As we were first timers, or rather the kids and I were, DH's 3rd, although it seems to me like his maiden trip too..., lama jugaklah nak tunggu the immigration officer. Then we searched round the airport for the guide. ( Found out later that there was a letter with instructions where to wait siap with the map..hmmm.)
We took a bus to the hotel. Our hotel is situated at Tsing Yi Island near the airport and Landau Island(Disney) but very far from town. The rooms were very small muat two beds with view contena2 and ships, barely enough for the bags but very clean and modern. Yang penting the toilet was in the room. Sister Ida almost booked hotel room with shared toilet. As there were two rooms and the kids are all too small to be left in a room, Each room ada one adult. After resting a while we went to Kowloon. DH said we should eat before shopping. Called a few Halal restaurants. Semuanya jauh and don't know where. There was one where the person who picked up the phone didn't understand English. You'd think after being ruled by the British for 50 years, they would understand some form of English. Anyway, I suggested that we go to Tsim Sha Tsui, where there is a mosque, sure banyak muslim restaurant. I was right. We took a cab to the ladies market and would you believe it, walked all the way to the mosque. Adik was so sleepy that she accidently walked into a pillar. For those of you who might want to try this, you might want to take the train or bus instead. We reached the mosque, asked a few people there where we can find Halal food and was shown to this building where there are so many Pakistanis and Afiricans that you don't know you are in Hong kong. I had Naan and Tandoori chicken and DH had the mutton Briani. After that we went around searching window shopping comparing prices of MP4 players DVD players. DH went to a Cybercafe and print out halal restaurants in Hongkong. Most of the halal restaurants are around Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay which are all so very far from our Hotel.
I saw some interesting stuff like cashmere sweater, selling quite cheap but DH walked so fast that I lost him. Tried to call him tapi tak dapat, Altho my phone was already on roaming. Sigh.. In the end I smsed him. Panic jugak as my credit was nearing zero. And with DH who went missing frequently to smoke or to the toilet, keeping the line of communication was essential.
As we walked so lah very far, in the end we were all tired , yelah bangun pun awal. We took a taxi back. Looking back I think it was probably Dh's trick , so that I would be too tired to do shopping.
Hong Kong Day 2- Snoopy World
The next day we woke up so lah very early and waited and waited for someone to take us around. It was free and easy tour mana orang nak bawak jalan, so in the end we went to Mc Donald's for breakfast. I had the Happy meal , pancake and syrup, then we went to Snoopy's world. Nampak macam gempak dalam brochure but it is actually full of characters from Peanuts with school bus and playground. The rides tak jalan. But the kids enjoyed it. Then we went to Toys R us. I told the kids that they could pick one toy each .For kakak ,I chose v smile catridge. It cost around 60 plus. In Malaysia dlam 95. Adik got make up set yang I rasa sama harga dekat Malaysia. Bought a mermaid called Schella for Qisty and DH bought a remote control plane. After that we had seafood pizza and went to Ladies Market to shop. Kat sini they sell lots of things, and you have to bargain. Macam Petaling Street jugak.Bought Ida, mum, Shila beaded evening bags each, Mil, SILs, pashminas, a Ferrari jacket for afiq. DH bought a silver dress for Qisty. We were hungry then and tired, so took a taxi to Tsin Sha Tsui, again . Ate at Turkish Restaurant. Sedap. Kakak had spagetti, DH and I had kebab. Qisty loved her fish and chips without the chips. Berebut makan. The food is very nice but the service is a bit slow. Waitress to macam do everything in slow motion. May be didn't understand us ke apa? Went around the area, beli bag, as dah ada new things to pack.
Hong Kong Day 3- Disneyland
Map taken from the website. Woke up early for Disney, tapi bas datang around 9.45, hahaha. I thot as much sebab kat bawah memang ada bus schedule to Disney but DH insisted. We reached Disney around 10 plus. The guide kept asking us to walk faster. Sampai sana ~ long queue for photos with both Mickey and Minnie. Likewise with Daisy and Donald. In the end managed to catch Chip and Dale. Funny Naughty squirrel. One of them tied adik's gloves.
Then the kids posed with Princess Aurora, sleeping beauty and asked her to sign autograph.. Ingatkan nak ambik gambar with Cinderella but she had to go somewhere. So they took pics of the dwarves statues ( Snow White's Grotto) and the well. We then went to see Mickeys' 3D Spectacular show(Mickey Philarmagic). Best!!! Adik tried to grab the flying carpets, and the characters, so real they seemed. Next we went to the Cinderella carousel. Yang bestnya people of all ages naik rides kat sini, some as old as my dad. So apa lagi, kalau in Malaysia, I wouldn't be caught dead riding carousel, dok sebelah anak but here, apa lagi I had my own horse!! Naik dumbo flying elephant, makan kat apakenebnde dengan character statue kat dalam, nicely made, toilet pun very clean. Had Rice and vegetable curry and some pita bread.
Next went for Pooh's ride. In honey pot went ride round the storybook tale of blustery day. Then went to Disney Character show called the Golden Mickey at Story Book Theatre. It was in Chinese and ada translation kat screen. The Songs were in English tho. Ada woody and Jessie, Hunchback of Notre dame, Hunky Tarzan, Mermaid and Lilo and Stich and of course Minnie Donald, Belle and the Beast.
Next stop tomorrow land. Went to see Stitch show called Stich encounter - Stitch in The traffic control it's intereactive, oklah, i tak enjoy sangat. Sebelah ada space mountain but because it had height restriction tak naik. There was also a car ride called Autopia, interesting, futuristic car, tapi ada height restriction nanti qisty nak naik susah.
Then we went to Buzz lightyear ride, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster. Ni best. You have to shoot the aliens , save Universerve from Evil Emperor Zurg, and then at the end of the ride they will assess how many you've killed and rank you from amateur to commander. Next stop shop, where camillia assembled Mr potato and Adik assembled Mrs Potato. Then we saw the Disney on Parade. Best!! Alamak, dah nak petang so we went to Tarzan's tree house and then had to go to toilet to change Qisty. This was when DH disappeared and took the river cruise without us. We waited for the Lion King show, which was very good. The characters of Simba, Girlfriend , Mufasa are all by african american, there were also macam polinesian fire eating show. Very good. By the time the show's over dah gelap, rushed to the shops to buy souvenirs. Keluar sekejap tengok the Spectacular fireworks with castle on the background . Cantik. Then had to rush to the bus. Itu pun the last one to get in. Kena marah lagi. Duit terbang sebab Dh couldn't book the last nitenya hotel therefore had to extend stay in the present hotel. Nak cash pulak tu..
Reached hotel too tired to eat. Dh bought some rice vermicelli, opened a can of chicken curry.
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