Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Year End Mad Rush Holiday

N has a way of delivering last minute surprises come the final week of each year, or so I’ve noticed. This year, I went through weeks of negotiating and trying to squeeze in a short holiday in his busy schedule, which most of the time was turned down or was given a “to be advised” answer and on bad days, a straighforward "NO". I had given up. Then on the Wednesday before Christmas he rang me at my extension to say “Pack the bags, we are leaving on Saturday night!” to which I shrieked “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!” like a 5 year old screaming in delight on a slide in a playground. Nevermind where we were going and nevermind the short notice, I was happy that at last we were leaving Kuala Lumpur for time-out from the office. And was doubly pleased to find that mom, dad and my sister, D were coming too!

So, the 3 days before departure was a mad rush. I had to pack for the kids, I had to make hotel bookings and in between work and all the arrangements, we managed to mess up one booking which resulted in us having to travel one day earlier, Friday! Phew! Thank God for years of travelling light, I wasn't too worried about the last minute change. The bags were the least of my worries. As long as we had our tickets and passports, we were all set! Our spirits were never once dampened by the change and screw ups. After all, tis the season to be jolly. Isn’t it?
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Christmas Eve we found ourselves in the Land of the French Disney and in the company of Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Pluto, Cinderella, Snow White and the lot. The land of Fantasy and adventure, the land of all that's magical. The boys were excited, Disneyland was made just for them, they believed. And although it was so cold (it snowed!) that our teeth were chattering and every single muscle in our bodies were freezing, we had a blast! Mom, dad, kids, grandparents and aunt, we all got carried away!
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L-R: Notre Dame, Eiffel, N and I on "time-off" . Yayy!

A few days later, we were touring Paris. What can I say? How do I describe it? "Beuatiful" doesn't describe it. "Breathtaking" is an understatement. Strolling down it's wide, tree-lined avenues, you could almost hear violins in the background playing a tune so pleasing to the senses that you it makes you feel like you're floating by on invisible wings. I could've gotten carried away with this feeling, almost. If not for the cold-cold weather! And although this was my second trip there, the Eiffel Tower still amazed me away every time we passed by. Being there with N this time also made a big difference (the last time I was there, I was still going solo.....). To be with the one you love at what’s said as the most romantic city in the world, made the winter cold almost unfelt. *grin*grin* (Thanks mom and dad and Deana for babysitting the boys and giving us some time-off! :))


Oh, and the pastries! Oooh la la! Mom and I couldn't stop ourselves from stopping by at the window displays of each deli that we passed by to savour the sight and smells of french pastries. Of course, a large amount of pasrties were also consumed in the short period we were there. Highly justifiable to me, I say. What's a holiday without the makan, right?? Too bad I didn't take any photos of the food we ate. I so fail as a blogger!
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From KakTeh's files: That's us arriving in Waterloo. You could see her fingers clenched, ready to pinch the boys!

The best is always saved for last. Since we were just a few hours away, we couldn’t resist dropping” by at London, especially since our little "London Connection" is there. We were greeted at London Waterloo after a 3 hour Eurostar train journey by a very happy, excited and smiley KakTeh and her "sayang-mama", Taufiq. (Was it my imagination, or did the boys try and cover their cheeks when they saw you, Mak Teh?) Of course, she was on standby at the arrival hall when we got there, and OF COURSE she had her camera clicking away at us walking into the arrival hall, even before we got the chance to run to her and smother her with kisses and hugs and what nots!
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Us gals at Stratford
N spent most of the days there scouring the British museums with my dad and Pak Teh, while us women (that’s my mom, KakTeh, the girlie cousins and I) spent more time at places around the hotel and in the city shops, multi-tasking, ie. catching up and doing the "necessary" things that women do (oh, the sales were crazy!). In between we managed to hire cars to drive to Stratsford (Shakespeare wuz there!), Oxford and the Cotswolds to give N a taste of the English countryside and to show the boys Oxford. (ambitious parents?? naaah, we wanted to buy the t-shirts! haha!).
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Dad and Mom in Oxford - nak enrol cucu!

Oh and the makan, was out of this world! You name it, Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian, Indian food..and oh, I can't begin to tell you how much time I spent I spent in the food halls of Marks and Spencers, Tesco etc for chocolate eclairs, rich and thick chocolate and vanilla milk, fruit smoothies and such! Ood, you asked if I lost weight? Go figure! All this was topped off and ended with nice surprise grand finale when we bumped into the "Choo" man himself, Datuk Jimmy Choo, who so graciously paid for our last scrumptious lunch of mutton korma and kuey teow kerang at Mawar in London! So, it starts with lunch, perhaps another day it will be a pair of shoes, Datuk? Yes? No? :D

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L-R: Us having Egyptian food at Abouhamed's, Mom having a go at Lebanese, at "Feiruz", thanks to Rehana!
The London visit was priceless, and all because it was quality time spent with the aunt and uncle (or rather “Toks”, mind you) and cousins almost 24 hours a day while we were there. It’s been a long time since we spent such good quality time with KakTeh and family. When they are back, we have to "share" them with the rest of the clan and what seems like the rest of Malaysia! As for me, it was so amazing to see how my once lil baby cousins have grown into such fine, beautiful and handsome youngsters. Was it really 12 years ago that I was there watching them run around at home and telling them bedtime stories? I would never have been able to recognize them had I bumped into them in the streets of KL or London. Oh, how they’ve grown! And it was great to see how much love KakTeh and Sir AG gave my sons, Nasar and Nasri, and how the boys bonded with their Uncle Hafiz, Aunty Rehana and Nona and little-but-not-so-little-anymore Uncle Taufiq (Taufiq, you're a GEM with a capital G!) even though they hardly ever meet all of them. To the "Tehs" or actually, ehem.. the TokTehs, thank you so much for spending all that time with us. We missed all of you even as we landed on homeground at KLIA.
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The ones we miss so! Our happy and kenyang family!

We touched down in KL on the 2nd of January 2006 and all the way on the flight, we couldn’t help but reminisce the good times we had, especially the times with the family in London. When we will ever get to do that again, I don’t know. But what a way to end 2005 and start 2006! Wonderful. Just wonderful.

27 Comments:

Blogger pu1pu3 said...

The sale indeed is crazy. My boss must have thought I was crazy for I stepped into every shop on Oxford Street and after the end of the day still have energy for more! Hahah...great posting.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

anedra - small matter only - quote and unquote - also we are missing Kita and baby N!

1:03 AM  
Blogger MA said...

*jeles, jeles*

8:44 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

pip3: tell me about it! when it comes to us women, kalau shopping je, memang banyak energy kan?

kakteh: next year christmas, I'll send them over. Small matter only..You want?

makandeh: jom kita gi nak? ;D

6:01 PM  
Anonymous ariel said...

oy .. girl.. you r back :-) about time heheheh Happy New Year

7:00 PM  
Blogger swan said...

Hi Anedra,

Welcome home, Happy New year!

Glad to hear you have a funtastic time in Paris and London. Nic pics and enjoyed reading your entry.

The weather must be killing you and them kids too.

Anyway, glad you're back and grinning sampai telinga!

Swan

P.S Mak andeh, kiter jeles jeles pasal awak nyer gambar oh my god, my bf of the century..ish ish..handsome giler!

9:00 PM  
Blogger swan said...

Anedra,

pls do visit my blog if you have a spare time...lupa nak inform you..

http://spaces.msn.com/members/reflections888


Swan

9:11 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

ariel: Happy New Year to you too!

Swan: Hello there! Yes, I am back but I want another holiday already!! hehehe!

Happy New Year dahling!

Tried the url u gave but tak bolehlah, error! U sure it's the right one?

9:17 PM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

Kenapa gambar Mad Max Mak Andeh tu tetiba dah jadi hensem???

Welcome back Anedra.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous atn said...

wowwee, i would need another holiday just to recuperate from this :)

tumpang lalu:

MA, nice avatar *wink, wink*

10:06 PM  
Blogger torts said...

again 'greeeeeeen'!

10:43 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

ailin: ya lah..mad max dah jadi MIKE (that's his name in Desp Housewives kan?). Yum!yum!

kakten: itulah..nak cuti lagi!!1

torts: apa lagi? Gi lah jalan-jalan!

1:48 AM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

oh sorri ah, I tak pernah tengok Desperate Housewives. So, tak tau pun Mike ke, Matt ke, Mitt ke...

JADI desperate housewife, pernah lah.

2:10 AM  
Blogger MamiJarum said...

How wonderful it sound Anedra! From the pictures we can tell you had a Blast - A Fantastic time!!! Kita pun ikut excited bila baca your entry!!!!! :D

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha! And Happy New Year to you and Family!!!

3:54 AM  
Blogger MA said...

Anedra : pray hard I "strike" (bukan lottery ye heheh) this yr, insya allah boleh gi nanti :-)

tumpang lalu - to all : itu avatar boifren kiter tahu.... HAIPPPPP !! (sambil tepis tangan swan, ailin, tenah dan lain-lain competitor)

6:15 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Anedra,
Wow! wonderful time, eh? Now how could I spoil that by taking you away even if it was for just a couple of hours? And if that was possible in the first place???!!! I think I saw you at Selfridges with that lovely handbag! Hehehehe

So glad you guys had a wonderful time...and gay paree~....*sigh*

What a charmer your eldest boy is! And what an endearing pic with the second one. He IS special! No doubts. And the Bald One..oooolala :)

Oh glad to have you back with all that infectious charm and smiles and great humour! Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you and yours and may you be showered with more blessings (and surprise holidays) and the wonderful things that you truly deserve. Love, Maya

4:57 PM  
Anonymous apples said...

You make me want to go again! Glad and your family had a good time, there:)

Wishing you and family a joyous Eid Adha!

8:57 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

ailin: hehehe..am a desperate housewife too!


mamijarum: Hey there!! Selamat Hari Raya and Happy New Year to you too! Kalau lama sikit, I could've gone to visit you too. Next time lah kan..(entah bila lah ti agaknya)

mak andeh: I will pray hard for that for you!! :) and I'll put a side prayer that you "strike" SO BIG that you can bring some extra people with you ( I sanggup angkat all your bags you know!) hehehe! And, that is one helluva COOL boyfren!

Maya: You know, had we met..the holiday would have been a real big time blast!! But you had your family to tend to..football and what not yes? We meet soon! I owe you a birthday lunch!

Happy New Year to you too! All the love from me and my boys (yes, including the bald one!)

Apples: Go! Go!! Tunggu apa lagi?
selamat Hari Raya to you too!

2:43 AM  
Blogger JoKontan said...

HuWaaaah.. Wa jeleesss, Wa pun mau olidey..

5:39 PM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

Ailin to Mak Andeh: ouch! ouch! auw! (desperate teramat-amatnya!)

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am here to bug u to update, belakang i see that you have updated like a dutiful blogger. Good Girl. The cybercop department is proud of you. year end we give you medal.

Will visit again tonight to read leisurely with a bucket of popcorn and buckets of coke.

Till then.

ASP Woody

2:11 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

jokontan: wa pun mau pergi lagi!!! huaaaargggghhhh...

ailin: hehehe. padan muka. kan dah kena dengan Mak Andeh!

2:13 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

ASP Woody: Malam ni lagi mau update ahh??? Lagi mau masak, lagi mau main sama anak, lagi mau layan bapak, lagi mau baca newspaper? Mana ada masa mau update? Ayo!!

Tell you what, lemme give u some info. Go visit anakikan.blogspot.com. Ask itu anakikan to update that buzzbuzz thing. Sudah lama mau kulat already itu entry! After that only I update lah! Deal??

Deal!

2:42 AM  
Blogger dr in the house said...

Anedra- must have been a wonderful trip- your excitement is almost 'palpable' here, :)) and managed a romantic twosome outing summore! Alhmadulillah!

4:27 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

Doc: Hello there! It was a good holiday indeed! Alhamdulillah!

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wah lau wei.... i'm all green despite being happy for you 4 to be able to enjoy the long waited holiday!
*RMS the kaki jalan*

7:06 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

RMS: can;t wait for the next one already, whenever that is! aren' holidays just awesome?

9:20 PM  

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