10
Jan
17

Kota Kinbalu, again.

My first time to Sabah was when I started working. Set foot mostly in Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu (KK), for work purposes and by that, it is based on scheduled work tentative. No room to explore other places during that period. Once finished with work, off I go back to KL.

If it wasn’t for work, prolly, I might think 3 times to go to Sabah for vacation.

The first time I arrived there, I enjoyed being in KK. The foods are ridiculously yummy and affordable, people are friendly and the surroundings are serene.

So, after my several out-stationed to KK, I told myself that I must go back there and visit other towns besides KK and around KK. And sure did.

Soon after, most of my trips to Sabah would consist of diving in Mabul as that’s the place where I got my OWD license and wouldn’t mind going there many times. The ocean and underwater scenery there is very beautiful.

Then, my first leisure trip to KK was on a rafting adventure with my colleagues in Oct 15. Remember we got conned on our initial plan to Mount Kinabalu? Yup, with all paid expenses for that trip, it would be a waste to let it pass-by, so we replace it with rafting in Padas, not far from KK. It was awesome! The road to Padas was one cool adventure, I must say.

Then, the 2nd time to KK for leisure was our 2nd round of planning to hike up Mt. Kinabalu in May 16. During this period, it was only concentrated on hiking..hehe..once we got down from the peak, off we head back to KL. Didn’t have time to sightseeing other places..hehe..

End of 2016 during the school holidays, yet again, I went to KK. This time around with my family. We went to few places within KK such as Poring, Ranau, Kundasang, Kiulu and some other nearby small towns. Along the way, we did a detour to Lahad Datu to visit some relatives there.

Sabah have many nice beautiful places to offer. The never ending spread of forest is just wow and with a slight view of the ocean nearby adds it up. You’ll never get bored in any city/town in Sabah.

Proved me wrong on what I assumed Sabah would be.

Next post will be about Sarawak, perhaps?..hehe.

 

28
Dec
16

new

Yet again, we are placed in a new building but this time around it is not temporary.

10
Dec
16

30

30 years ago on this date, I was popped out into this world to a wonderful parents!

The moment my maternal grandfather hold me, he said that I have to be named Mawaddah. And the name sticks with no arguments from my parents. So happy and blessed that my beloved grampa named me.

Every year, my parents would throw birthday parties for me since my birthday falls on Christmas break and I am not able to celebrate it at school..hehe..

I miss celebrating my birthday during the winter season..but no matter what, as long my loves one are here, it is fine with me.

 

07
Nov
16

Mount Kinabalu Trip 2016

After 2 years of planning that turned out we got conned, finally, we got the opportunity to climb up Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in APAC, so it is told.

The trip was a short and sweet one. We went for only 4 days 3 nights (6th – 9th May, 2016).

It was such an enjoyable memory. The view from up there is spectacular, no words can describe. Sungguh indah ciptaan Allah.

 

 

03
Apr
16

Early birthday celebration for the lil sis

Due to my unavailability on her birthday, we planned to do an early celebration for our newlywed little sister. We did it on March 26th, 5 days before her birth date.

Happy birthday, Adik!! Love ya loads! xoxo

03
Apr
16

Just in a click.

It all started last May 2015 when I was in Bintulu, sitting at the office overlooking the sunset and waiting for the day to end when I received an email from AirAsia of my updated fly points. Out of context, I unconsciously opened its website to search for any flights. During that time, many of friends were and have been to Krabi, Thailand, so, with that I just select the flight to Krabi in a click. For next year travelling plan.

Soon after, till the end of 2015, this trip was forgotten until I received a reminder from AirAsia about this trip. I was kinda dazed as I had no idea where to stay and this time not planning to do any dives. All I know was that I want to ride around Krabi and do some beach water sports.

About 2 days before the flight on 30 March 2016 in the AM, I managed to get a hotel in Ao Nang and nearby the beach. My friends had helped list down on what to do, what to eat, and where to get cheap things. It was a very helpful list..hehe..

This trip is 6D5N and upon my arrival while waiting to check-in, I walked around Ao Nang. There are many shops along the beach coastline and boy, does it got everything. From foods, clothes, tailoring, dive centers, backpack hostels and many more. While I was walking, I came across a dive center and see what kinda diving packages they offer. Ooopppss, not planning to dive but kinda got myself a dive trip at Phi Phi Island..hehe

Later, I noticed there are many site-seeing tourist shops and I was succumbed to it. After getting some info, the packaged offer is quite okay. I booked some packages for my stay here.

on foods, it is cheap and yummy. I gotta have my dose of Thai Iced Tea of at least 3 a day. and the tomyum and green curry is very nice. not to mentioned their pancakes and shakes for dessert..hehe..

I enjoyed Krabi. A place I don’t mind coming again..

Some pix during my stay in Krabi:

13
Mar
16

Owe them so much..

Every child is a gift to their parents. Any parents will do their best to provide, protect, love and many more for their kids.

I am ever so grateful to have such loving parents to raise me and my siblings up. Our parents have such patience to deal with our daily shits growing up, but I think my mom is the most patient one..hehe..

Since the passing of my mom, my dad had to be both mom and dad to us. Though still in our late teens, my big sister and I knew it was not easy for him but we tried to be strong and support him for our younger siblings. Yes, we do miss our mom especially to share our greatest moments such as our graduations, weddings, 1st job offers and others. We also miss her hugs and words of encouragement when we face some downfalls.

Despite all the overwhelmed changes, my dad will do his very best to give his kids everything. My dad try to remain the normal routines like before such as cook for us, make sure everyone’s home for dinner, drive us around the city, take us for a quick getaways, and many more. Just like the good old times but without our mom.

I am thankful for having a great dad who shows nothing but love, respect, compassion to my mom.

I am blessed to be their child. Missing my mom so much but I know Allah loves her more.

grad

Graduated! MBA class of 2014

ibu

With my mom at Niagara Falls, NY border

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Skiing with my dad