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so many things i wish i could capture here about her.

Auni

the precious wet kisses she plants on our lips. her sweet-sourish scent, a mix of sweat and saliva. the blinding glow that emanates from her and bounces off you with every grin she flashes.

but words will never fully capture her true essence.

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it’s a rare thing when mummy gets to leave both children behind with their daddy for a night out. (sad and unbelievable, but strangely true.) so when i do, it better be for something good.

like good food, good laughs, good company. that kinda stuff.

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yeah, mummy’s deprived like that.

but no complaints, huns. you lil ones are good company too – just a lot messier. and i have yours every night. :)

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so we saw singapore got thrashed by liverpool. so kallang stadium turned into a mini anfield overnight. for once the away team had the most support. pity the lions, played as hard as they could but they were simply outclassed by the mighty reds. the atmosphere was electrifying to say the least. the songs and chants were sung loud and proud. those who don’t know the songs were given song sheets. the script was followed to perfection, the introduction of kuyt and riera tore the lions apart, with torres scoring a goal for himself. final score 5-0. yes, its great to be a liverpool fan!

fan natic!!

lets get ready to rumble!!

its great to a kop fan!

the fans were simply fantastic! more pictures at my flickr site!

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its always nice to send aniq to school. we will have our father and son conversation. he seems more obedient and attentive when there’s only one of us with him. but if both of us are around, he starts his cheeky and naughty mode.

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its a small victory when he gets to school without the cengengness associated with most schoolgoing child. :)

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today is liverpool day in singapore. my journey begins!

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HAS IT BEEN A WEEK ALREADY??

ugh, nothing more i hate than a blog entry backlog.

ok ok, let’s summarise, chop chop, before the juices run out.

so we went to kota kinabalu, which is like, in sabah, malaysia, right? no idea why we decided on this place, all i knew was, i needed a quick getaway, the budget was family-friendly enough, and it was NOT a roadtrip. (i miss airplanes, can?)

the highlights:

1) it was the kids’ virgin flight, and they did well enough, considering how it goes against the grain of nature to force two irrepressible, wriggly little beings to stay put in a cramped space for more than two hours. were they impressed with the view and the fact that they were being propelled through the air at an incredible speed in a metallic vessel? not really. then again, neither was i when i was their age and my parents hauled me on our annual vacations. wait till they have to pay for their own fares.

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2) we stayed at the shangri-la tanjung aru, and it was worth every damn hard-earned dollar converted to ringgit. the kids loved the bathtub – they made a beeline for it the moment they stepped into the room, and every morning when they woke up. in fact, every time we returned to the room, they’d climb into it first and demand to be soaked. they have never been cleaner in their lives. and because the rest of the KK clan came as couples, we were also given the same honeymoon-ish treatment of rose petal-covered sheets. sorry auni and aniq, for downgrading you to a baby cot and a sofa bed respectively. wait till you have to pay for your own hotel rooms.

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3) there’s a nearby tanjung aru food centre a walk away from the resort where we discovered the most exquisite, heavenly, orgasmic mango juice in a large pint mug that cost a mere RM6. one sip and your eyes POSITIVELY roll upwards, it’s that good. they must’ve used a whole lotta mangoes coz it was really thick and sweet. (but i guess it depends how lucky you are with the batch of mangoes they use coz on the last day when we bought it again, it wasn’t as sweet. that’s the thing with fresh fruit juice, the inconsistency.) plates and plates of hot keropok lekor just kept coming to our tables (coz someone kept ordering more and more). and of course, the much-talked-about bbq chicken parts, in particular the, erm, rear end. proper name: pope’s nose. crude name: jubor ayam, in short, “jubs”. it brought finger-lickin’ to a new level. of course, it was a favourite with the guys, and only the guys, while the girls demurred. i mean, ge-rosss.

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and by guys, i mean ALL of them, aniq included. does he know which part of the chicken it came from? does he care? of course not.

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4) i wouldn’t say the filipino market was exactly a highlight, but someone’s got to contribute to the sabah people’s economy. this was a place full of traditional handicrafts and knicknacks, and pretty much looked like the inside of geylang market, actually. oh look, i found a sarong wrap.

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the girls had two packed cartons of dried salted fish and… i don’t know, other dried stuff from the sea, to bring home to cook. (seeing as cooking is a foreign concept to me, i did not partake in this particular ‘group buy’.)

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5) the island-hopping was, as unanimously agreed, the MOST thrilling part of the whole trip! OMG. throughout the entire trip on the bumpy speedboat, you can hear, over the roaring motor and crazy splashing waves, screaming laughters (guess whose was the loudest??) to match a pack of wild hyenas on a daredevil roller-coaster. we just kept howling and howling non-stop, it was ridiculous, and worse, WE COULDN’T STOP THE HYSTERIA.

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see the deceptive sun at the jetty? well, soon after we reached manukan island, the skies on the horizon turned grey and heavy clouds started rolling swiftly towards us. the passing shower played peek-a-boo with us a few times, so the gang stole every opportunity to splash around at the beach (auni was more than happy to be passed around) and do some snorkeling. with the waters looking choppier and choppier, we decided to skip the other islands and headed back to the main shore. with such choppy conditions, the ride back was EVEN MORE THRILLING. the waves kept crashing down on us, soaking us all thoroughly to the bones. i had to keep my mouth closed coz everytime i opened it, super salty sea water kept splashing in. great, if one had ulcers! and at the end of the ride, we ALL APPLAUDED at the (very skillful) speedboat driver for bringing us back in individual pieces. even the kids came out unscathed.

i wanna go again. LOL.

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6) one thing we also agreed that we didn’t get enough of, was the swimming pool! since we were all soaked from the speedboat saga, we headed to the resort’s pool for a dip. was reminded of my swimming lessons as a child. note: seriously need to send aniq for swimming lessons. gah!

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7) one thing we noticed was, the day seemed to move by pretty slowly, especially in the evening. this may have to do with the fact that, as izad mentioned earlier, the sun rises earlier than we’re used to, so it sets earlier as well, and whenever we check our watches, we’re always surprised that the night seemed to crawl. which is good! coz holidays are about time moving at a slower pace and all.

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and here’s izad’s favourite part – the FOOD. heh. well, seafood, to be exact. that’s the specialty after all. rows and rows of seafood, fresh and barbequed or grilled to mouth-watering perfection.

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there were sea bass, tuna, crabs, squids, prawns, lobster (this was the prized crustacean, placed in the center and attacked last!), and other fishes of which species i wasn’t acquainted with, topped with more bbq chicken and corn, and free flow of rice. i think each couple ended up only paying something like SG$30 RM$30 in the end. group buy! very good!

and after all that rustic ambience, we headed to a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in town to chill. here’s to modern life.

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8 ) we managed to hire a van with a local driver to bring us up to the kinabalu national park, which was where the Poring hot springs and the Canopy Walkway were, a scenic 2hr+ ride up the mountain. while entry was cheap, bringing in mobile phones and videocams was not! it cost esah&fadz RM30 to bring in their videocam. why eh? why?? hmm. so anyway, it was quite a trek up the rainforest, and i was practically gasping for air midway, the anti-outdoorsy princess that i am. YES, i am after all, allergic to exercise in any forms. i stopped at the little hut just before hitting the canopy walkway with auni and lydia, none too keen on the idea of someone carrying the lil one (auni, not lydia hehe) up the precarious-looking bridge, but aniq on the other hand, apparently turned into spiderman as soon as he was let loose up there. why am i not surprised that he actually enjoyed the height and the adventure of it all. really, bertuah punya anak.

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we survived the canopy walk!

there were these really ol’ skool kinda bathing pools for us to soak our feet in the hot spring water. hot is an understatement. it was HOT. but bearable hot after a while. even the kids didn’t think the water was too hot. apparently you can boil an egg in there. i don’t care about the egg, just don’t boil any auni or aniq! horrorssss.

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the water is blardy hot!
Even Auni liked it
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the driver took us to this beautiful lodge called The Pines, with lots of, duh, pine trees surrounding it. the air was crisp and cool, you forget that you’re in malaysia, or anywhere in southeast asia for that matters.

so here’s where all the most romantic, scenic pictures happened, lol!

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and the perfect group shot happened at the most opportune moment. GUESS WHO FARTED OUT LOUD LAH.

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9) another thing we miss (other than the bathtub) is: the morning breakfast spread. sigh.

pastries galore
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and finally (seriously, i need to sleep. this entry took me all of 5 freaking hours!)…

10) the company. i think THAT was the ultimate highlight of the trip.

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(our neighbour! and my bosom sister. ;))

thank you all, my brudders and sistas, for the memorable moments we shared, for lending a helping hand or ten with our kids, for the laughter and experiences. :)

i feel the earth move

till our next trip. here’s to, err… hawaii 2010?? (HAH!)
*cue hawaii 5-O theme song*

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this shot just screams for a story caption.

Model pose learned from Aunty Esah

only i can’t come up with any right now.

kinabalu entry coming up shortly.

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while the rest were still in dreamland after 3 days of intense holidaying, i woke up early to try to catch the sunrise.
i said try because although i set my alarm to 6am, the sky was already quite bright.
but the jetty was serene. the sound of the waves, the smell of the sea and the coolness of the morning dew.
there seems to be a calming effect to all this. i just wished that the moment would last longer.

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the video that all have been waiting for!!
recorded via satellite in shangri-la, kota kinabalu, sabah, malaysia.
presenting billie "not my lover, fadz" jean!

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more pictures of the tour to entice those thinking of switching to bb!

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read the full review at www.engadgetmobile.com

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if you are thinking of finding us this friday, you can try looking at these places :)

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pictures courtesy of shangri-la’s tanjung aru resort & spa, kota kinabalu, malaysia

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inspired by threadless tees!

we got 2 tees of the above design but they are in green!

auni got this design but not worn yet, yummylicious!
 
for more threadcakes, check out www.threadcakes.com!

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Auni knows her cues, lol!
 
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld from M1.

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i bet the editing must be a killer! i watched the video in awe!
my mouth like, open wide for a few times during the clip! haha!

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promo video for the olympus e-p1. i love the effects!

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kids love their pizza!

the ‘sesat’ merlion high up on mount faber!

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from alexandra to harbourfront to vivocity and finally mount faber!

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