Having celebrated Hari Raya Haji without my parents in town was a little bit different this year. Mixed feelings actually. Not having grilled beef and gulai - now that's another story altogether. Alhamdulillah, they are safe and happily performing their hajj in Mekah and I must say, it's left me contemplating about life.
Life is indeed a gift. But I leave you with a very profound quote:
"Life is not always or only a gift. Life is also a test. A crucial element of this test is how life itself might be improved so as to lessen suffering, improve capacity, enhance abilities, and extend the duration of every desirable aspect of life itself. This is the lesson of life. This is how the test is well-met. The true gift of life is to make it better than it was when first received."
Mike LaTorra aerves on the Board of Directors of the IEET, and writes and teaches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, He is author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao. He serves as President of the Daibutsuji Zen Temple. Full story here: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/2446/
Something I found very relevant and current. Learnt somethings from Season 4 Heroes as well. From Hiro's character where he positively said that life is also short & precise. Hence, to make the most out of it.
Back to the quote by Mike LaTorra above, it comes a time when our hearts have to have a purpose in life and from this purpose, then, will our physical bodies move forward. Same goes with his saying that we have to "make it better than when it was first received". And having read his whole article, I come to realize that life can be taken negatively as well, when we are "given" sicknesses and illnesses that cannot be cured. That's when we ask ourselves, whether life is truly a gift or not. But, when all's well and nothing's wrong with life, we fail to thank the people we love, the friends and family around us, thank God and everything/everyone around us. And with this thanks and jealously eliminated, we can live - life :D
Therefore, life being a test - many tests by God, is also something quite profound whom my wife often times reminds me that, "God won't ready/give you tests that you can't pass", so hang in there and love life.
Haha - this time it was in Klang and Mikael's grandparents *insisted* on celebrating it! Thanks dad & mum!
We had a blast with food from all corners of Klang & Australia. Mum baked a cheese-durian cake for Mikael, along with nasi lemak+kuih+pau+a birthday pie (cake)!
Aunty Alice + Uncle Tony did cheese sandwiches which I dont' remember tasting. Aunty Jasmine from Aussie-land made kisch & yam cakes. Another aunty make gula melaka balls. And there was so many kuih I couldn't remember :D
Mikael totally enjoyed himself playing with all his relatives and cousins until he fell asleep as soon as he sat in the car to head back to KL. He loved all his presents, especially the "bus" toy and monkey-zoo thingee :) Thank you all for the lovely pressies and angpows!
It was totally a blast and daddy contributed by hand painting him a birthday banner! Happy Birthday my son! Love lots!
We stumbled upon this place when we were Googling for baby food & how to cook 'em. Dish Deli @ Solaris @ Mont Kiara serves blast frozen baby food (from 6 months - 12 months and up to 18months :P).
So, we decided to take Mikael for his first restaurant meal and what a joyous occasion it was! He had the Sweet Veggie Medley (sweet potatoes + pumpkins + carrots) for his birthday along with toys on a nice little carpet to play on the floor.
I gotta the admit that the place is quite tastefully done - with diaper changing area and baby friendly stools to stand on to wash hands (sink) and 3-4 baby chairs.
Toys were also aplenty and the food (though small in helpings) were quite tasty! Plus the door to the gents was a little too springy and hard to open - especially difficult if you have a baby on hand being carried to wash his hands :)
Daddy had the lamb lancashire and mummy had the hummus with veggie dips and the Cottage Pie. Absolutely yummy! I will let the photos speak for itself :)
With Raya 2009, came a birthday! Mikael's! He turned 1 on 26th Sept and had the privilege to celebrate it the 21st (2nd day of Raya) with 3 other September babies (namely, Kak Wati, Efi and Ipar). It was truly a family affair with Ayah Long's branded homemade cake and Secret Recipe's so-so banana cake (the only variety they had! as they had multiple orders for Raya day).
We have party packs (chocolates, cloud9, kandos, sweets & balloons). All our nieces were sugar high but truly enjoyed themselves. It was unfortunately that ma had to see the doctors for a jab the night before :( But, all's well when we had kepcei (KFC) sponsored by Ayah Long! Thanks!!
Lil' Mikael are much much easier to care for these dayss. I'm just having so much fun watching him grow :) Play, learn and imitate :)
These days he can play on his own and isn't that clingy anymore. Until he needs to sleep on my shoulder la. But then again, he tells us when he's sleepy by crawling up beside me and lying on whatever he can lie on. Like my thigh or elbom or even the floor beside us. Haha. Anyways, gotta start planning for his birthday soon. Better yet, gotta teach him how to "blow" candles and "accept" angpows :)) LOL!