Sunday, August 24, 2008

Get-together at The Z**e & Emerald Rawang...

My apologies. This posting is one week late due to my hectic schedule at work the last seven days. But, as the saying goes - better late than never, huh?

The gang had a get together in KL last Saturday (16th August 2008) - the occassion : to meet up with our friend Kmar who was back home in KL from Barcelona with her hubby, Jose, and their gorgeous kids - Daniel and Aisha. They were back for 5 weeks and only flew back to Spain last Monday.

I last met Kmar and her family when I menempek ikut Ayah who had a conference in Barcelona in 2006. The rest of the gang, apart from Sal and Awin, had not met Kmar since we left school in 1985 - that was 23 years ago!

Kmar and co. normally come back home every 2 years, and her parents would visit them in Spain in between. As her hometown is in Ipoh, and as everybody was always pretty tied up with things and stuff, we rarely got the chance to meet up with Kmar in KL before this. This time around we decided to make a point to have a get-together just a few days before she flew back home to Barcelona.

The venue was The Z**e in KL, where they were putting up for a few nights before their flight home. As it was the first day of the school holidays, there were still many of our friends who could not make it. Most of them had balik kampung that day. But, we went ahead with it, as realistically, it would never be possible to get everybody gathered together at any given time anyway.

It was a pot-luck thing and some of the dishes we managed to whip up (or got somebody else to whip up for us...Hehehe!) were Kuey Teow Goreng (moi :)), Ketam Masak Lemak Kuning (who else if not Ibu, who also bought with her some VERY juicy tembikai - but alas, NOT from TES*O! Hehehe!), Yam Cake (Awin), Satay Sa**ri (Sal), Cheese Cake (courtesy of Onair with the help of Sec**t Re**pe ;)), and those yummy Roti Boy buns (Abid).

Myself and co. were the first to arrive, followed by Ibu, Awin, Onair, Sal and Abid and their families. Suffice to say, when the gang got together, tak ingat dunia semua...

To Kmar,

It was really good to have met up with you and the family. And thanks for the ole-ole from Barcelona :). I hope next time Daniel will not be too shy with his Mom's VERY loud friends...Hahaha! And I'm so impressed with Aisha's Bahasa Melayu (or rather - Bahasa Perak! Hehehe!). It was quite interesting when we saw her automatically changed her language from Bahasa Perak to Spanish/Catalan when she spoke to Jose. And when she had to be the interpreter for Daniel and your parents - SOOOOOOO CUUUUTTTEEEE!!!

We should do this again next time when you're back in Malaysia, and hopefully we'll get more people to join in the fun, insya Allah.

Anyway, we said our goodbyes to Kmar and made our way home around 8:30p.m.

About an hour later, Ibu sent an SMS which I only read way after midnite-

"Guys, how abt teh tarik session at rawang 2mrw petang? Latest challenge in secret chamber for men n boys. Ladies...err...cabut rambut gatal?"

(Ibu's secret chamber is really an 'underground room' beneath her first floor garden, entrance to which is from her groundfloor garden)

The next morning, I texted her -

"Sorry, only read SMS late smlm. Jadi ker ptg ni? If all ok, we're ok, too. But, haizal nds anor secret chamber 2 work in. Can? What time nak serang rumah u?"

And she came back with -

"Ok 5pm. Teh/nscfe tarik, krpk lekor, sotng ball, roti smbl telur. badminton, carrom, fsball, scrble. Mic? Then watch chng wei vs lindan. Haizal can use mini libry or guest rm, free wifi"

But alas, only Onair and myself could make it as Abid was already heading her way to Penang that morning, while Jo was still in JB, and Reha was still in KB. Kengkawan lain pun semua out of town.

It was another pot-luck thingy, and I fried some meehoon for tea, while Onair bought a yummy Sec**t Re**pe cheese cake. (Errrr...Onair you ada share ke kat SR??!! Hahaha!)

The new challenge in Ibu's "secret chamber" turned out to be a pool table - much to the kids' delight! I lost count of how many rounds of pool, and how many games of badminton they played that evening. Suffice to say, all the kids were drenched with sweat by the time we made our way home that night.

Everybody was glued to the TV when Choong Wei played against Lin Dan in the Men's Single Finals that evening...Well, not for long though. Halfway through the game, a few of us were already having palpitations and found the game too much of a stress to watch, and we decided to just peep in every now and then. So much so, that we forgot to take pics of all the muka-muka tension that night. Everybody knows what happened to Choong Wei, so, let's not go into that, huh? :(

Anyway, later that night, Onair had a baking session in Ibu's kitchen, and surprise, surprise - MY Hanna helped her out! Hmmmm, IF only she is as helpful in MY kitchen! Hehehe!) As it turned out, Ibu had never used her new oven since she moved into the new place, and the racks were all still TIED together. (Errrr...why am I NOT surprised?! HAHAHAHA!!!) And the user's manual was just too much to absorb in 10 minutes. Last-last pakai the mini oven in the wet kitchen :)

Unfortunately, we could not wait until the cake was baked as we had to go and visit my biras who was involved in a cycling accident earlier on at DSH. Su**ian had his nose broken in three places and had to spend a night at the hospital. Syukur alhamdulillah, it was not serious (in fact, by Thursday morning he was already on his way on the plane to Hong Kong with L**n - my SIL, and their kids!) And check this out - one of the reasons they're there (besides bringing the kids to Hong Kong Disneyland) was, get this - to get ANOTHER bicycle! Sigh...

Anyway, that's that for now, ya...

In the mean time, here are some pics.

Enjoy!

18 comments:

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Shana,
Bestnya dapat buat gathering camtu!! Usually mesti tak sempat makan punya... sebab banyak berborak kan?

MrsNordin said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures and story of the gathering. Kmar still looked the same, huh? When we were in Krabi, Dada brought along gambar2 masa kat sekolah dulu. We had a good laugh looking at them! Semua muka toye! But now, semua cantik2 belaka... :)

Waterlily said...

Shana

Wow! Ibu ada secret chamber bawah tanah! Cayaalah...

This time I boleh cam which one ibu..how could I've missed last time? Issh..and you all still look the same dear...

Helena said...

suka bab gathering2 ni.... hehe

helena tgk chong wei for the first 2 minutes jer.... cant take it la esp after byk points hilang just like that..... sigh.... and duh.... i dont need the additional stress in my life rite now....hehe

Kak Teh said...

gathering of the gang..tak sah kalau tak makan, kan? And that is why after every trip back hope, I come back with excess luggage, especially around the waist.

wanshana said...

DDI @ Ja,

Tak sempat makan?

Errrr...how come we all semua sempat makan (dengan banyaknya!) and at the same time managed to berborak (dengan sakan dan meriahnya?!!)

Adakah ini bermakna saya dan kawan-kawan saya tidak normal? Hahahaha!

wanshana said...

mrsnordin,

You're most welcome. Would have been more meriah if you were there, too. But, it's okay - insya Allah there'll be another time.

Yes, Kmar still looks the same :)

I know what you mean about gambar masa sekolah dulu. My kids and hubby had a field day gelakkan my STF pics the other day. Cissss...

wanshana said...

Waterlily,

Ha-ah, macam war time bunker. Hehehe!

We all still look the same? Errrr, tu semua camera trick, my dear. In real life, (and I'm talking about myself here) - ya ampun!!!

wanshana said...

Helena,

Yes, I pun memang suka organize small sized gathering macam ni - one way of releasing stress bila dapat jumpa gang sekali-sekala, kan?

I pun cannot sit still tengok Men's Badminton Singles Finals that night. In fact I had a slight migraine after that!

wanshana said...

Kak Teh,

True...true!

Masa gathering, mesti tak ingat dunia dan waistline, kan? That is, until the curve of our waist tu become a STRAIGHT line, or even worse - becomes a protruding line...Eherks! Hehehe...

Take care, Kak Teh :)

Eta My said...

Shana, thx so much for your effort..Tima kacih bercerita dan mengepos gegambar..terasa sangat "miss" you all..the food and the jokes..etc...

Masih boleh cam gambar kengkawan...sweet and glow!!!tak kira la...size dah berlipat ganda atau sebaliknya...

p/s:..entah bila nak dpt rasa lauk pauk yang disaji oleh kepakaran kengkawanku inih!.asyik2 tak dpt join..isk..isk...anyway..jgn serik Shana ye....keep us informed of any other gathering..and to Ibu...(kalu mu baca komentar ni..)...jarak kita sepelaung pong masih tak dpt singgah...hari tu memang flat tak habis 'qada' posa...sambil housekeeping gak...and since Che Abangku juga sibuk di opis...semuahnya...shut down...

tata!...

IBU said...

It's hard to believe Kmar still x banyak berubah after 23 years. Even her Peghok slang?! And the best part was her lil' girl could also speak BM-ish, oso Peghok slang!!! Hahahaha....

Wah-wah Shana!!! You pun sempat "pooling" ker?

TQ daun keladi for the mee. As usual, licin... senang2 boleh 'singgah' rawang lagi. Dapur & meja makan ku sentiasa terbuka. Hahaha....(pssssttt.... tadi dah beli instant cup cake ready-mix. Tapi belum untie itu oven rack lagi lah. That would take another month kot?)

p/s tak cerita pasal katak? euwwww...

Eita dear,

X per, x per. Nanti kita buat berbuka puasa pulak. Tapi masa tu Secret Chamber will be transformed into surau pulak la. Err... your abang can be the imam tak?

wanshana said...

Eta,

It was a pleasure to organize the get-together. Insya Allah we'll organize more gatherings in the future. Not to worry. We all pun nak jugak merasa your lauk-pauk specialty, ok?

Haaaa...Ibu dah war-warkan nak buat bukak posa kat Rawang tuh, insya Allah ada rezki can jumpa then, kan?

Btw, dah habis ganti posa? Hope all is well with you and the "lil' one".

Take care.

wanshana said...

Ibu,

Kmar macam has been preserved in a Time Capsule, kan? Hehehehe... And yes, her daughter is a perfect Perak-Catalan mix. So comeiiii!

I tak sempat nak "pooling" that day coz' my kids conquered the table laaa...Tak bagi chan langsung kat their Mommy.

One of these days, I'll whip up my Mee Rebus pulak lah ya? Tapi, if the gathering is at your place, have to cook there meehhh! Banyak benor ingredients nak prepare, nak mengangkut nanti. If buat kat my house (errrrr, bila lah gamaknyer, ya?!)- no problem.

Nanti bila you dah untie your oven racks and dah baked itu cupcakes, make sure you bring in the media, okay? BIG news tuh! HAHAHAHAHA!!

Oh ya, gua lupa itu katak punya cerita la... Next instalment maybe?

Madam Tai Tai said...

Hi Shana,

Kalau tak de makanan masa gathering, memang tak sah, kan? Hidup Malaysia!

Ibu's house macam American house lah with basement for entertainment. Totally cool!

wanshana said...

Hi Madam Tai Tai,

Yes - Hidup Malaysia!!! :)

We all ni memang tak boleh dipisahkan from food, wherever we may be, kan?

Totally. Rumah ibu memang totally cool :)

Kmar said...

Shana,

Many thanks for the pictures. They are nice and Hanna is very good at taking pictures.. he.he.he... Boleh bagi credit!!

BJ, I tak berubah laa... SAIZ aje yang asyik ´mengembang´... ha.ha.ha.. compare to the rest of the group la. Depa aje yang maintain ... banyak ´rahsia´ kurus.

Eta, you kena cuba kuayteow Shana and ketam Eija.. sedap menjilat jari.

Eija, my girl still cakap Melayu baku ( or dialect Bote Perak).. eventhough dah 2 minggu balik ke sini.. he.he.he... Nanti I nak ´kenen´kan dengan one of your Power Rangers laa, boleh tak?? Your secret chamber looks so COOL!!! ... errgh.. boleh ´lawan´ dengan STUDIO Onair.. ha.ha.ha...

Insyallah lagi 2 tahun, we will be back. Boleh gather lagi...

wanshana said...

Kmar,

My pleasure!

Will tell Hanna what you said about her photography skill. She's always experimenting with pictures, and have been hinting for us to get her a Nikon something camera.

Hope you guys are over your jet-lag, etc.

Take care.