Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy 8th Birthday, Darling Hilman...

Thank you all for the Anniversary Wishes and Do'as. Ayah and I are touched by them all. Thank you again.

A day after our 14th Anniversary was Hilman's 8th birthday - on 10th September 2008.

We threw him quite a party last year knowing that his birthday would fall during Ramadhan this year. Ayah and I had already told him since last year that we would not have any parties this year, and we explained to him why.

And he was "okay-ish" about it.

"Okay-ish" in the sense that every now and then he still would ask me - "Mommy, can I have my friends over at night after berbuka for my birthday party?" - this he asked at least 5 times in the last month or so.

Anyway, Ayah and I felt guilty pulak if we didn't plan for anything at all, so we decided to just have a small do at my MIL's last night, and all the uncles, aunties, and cousins on Ayah's side were there.

In a way, it was a hush-hush thing as we didn't tell Hilman about it.

I was pretty busy yesterday, and thank God both my SILs (Ayah's sisters) came to the rescue. Ly** had gone to get all the ingredients that I needed to make Roast Chicken (or as Hilman would call it - "Big Chicken"), and I had SMSd Ad*k on how to marinate the chickens that afternoon.

I went back to Mak's house at 4:30p.m yesterday and found that Ad*k had already marinated 3 BIG chickens. Nasib baik I asked her again on how she had done it, coz' I then realized that instead of asking her to marinade the chicken with blended ginger, I had wrongly SMSd it as "blended garlic"! No wonder there was a strong pungent smell of garlic when I went into the kitchen. So, we had to wash all the chickens again and re-marinated them.

In the mean time, Ayah had also got a cake from Secret Recipe earlier on.

At 5:30p.m, Hanna, Hasya and I went to fetch Hilman from school, and from there we went straight to their Piano class. I had put A**k in charge of the chickens while I was gone. Hilman was the last one to finish his piano lesson at 7:45p.m, and he asked me where we were going for a proper buka puasa after that, as all of us only had some kurma, bread and water waktu berbuka earlier.

And I asked him,

Me : Where do you wanna go?

Hilman : I want to go to Nasi Kandar Sedap, Mommy. I want to have their Mihun Tom Yam.

Me : Hmmmmm, what if we can go to somewhere better and have something that you like better than the Tom Yam?

Hilman : Where, Mommy?

Me : Can we just berbuka at Wan's house?

Hilman : At Wan's house? YESSS!!! I want! Can you tell Aunty Ly** that we all berbuka there? Coz' she said she would give me my birthday present tonight!

(So, it was more because of getting his present than anything else actually! Hehehe!)

Anyway, when we reached Mak's house, you should see how BIG his grin was when he saw TWO BIG CHICKENS on the table and one more roasting in the oven! All thoughts of Mihun Tom Yam gone by then!

After berbuka with his Big Chicken, he went up to have his shower (as Aunty Ly** told him that he would only get his presents after taking his shower :)), and when he came down, it was "opening-his-presents" time, and later it was the "blowing- the-candles-on-the-birthday-cake" session.

It warms my heart to see how happy he was even though it was just a small birthday do for him :)

I asked him to say thank you to Aunty A**k and Aunty Ly** for the roast chickens and also to Wan, and his uncles and aunties for the presents, and he went around hugging each one of them.

We decided to sleep at Mak's last night as everybody was pretty tired by the time the "party" was over. And Hilman decided to sleep with Ayah and myself, and before he slept, he said -

"Thank you, Mommy... Thank you, Ayah..."

And both Ayah and I hugged him and said, "You're welcome, Hilman..."

Ayah looked at me and said, "Hmmmm, dah besar anak kita..."

(Hmmmmm...time to have another one??!!) Hehehe!


Mommy and Ayah do'akan semoga Hilman menjadi anak yang soleh, berbudi pekerti mulia dan berjaya dalam hidup dan semoga dilimpahkan rezqi yang halal, insya Allah. Amin.

Here are some pics!


Anonymous said...


Dear Hilman,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! can't believe you're 8, feels just like yesterday je when we met you and you were about 4 ... how time flies and you've grown to be such a lovely and handsome boy!!!

Sorry if get your card late, Abang Iman and Irfan was quite upset that they can't be there to celebrate it with you, insyaALLAH next time we all balik we meet up okay ... any chance you guys are coming over? *mummy - wink*

All the best to you and lots of hugs from us over here ...

Take care :)

Mr Engineer said...

Hilman is a very sweet, young, intelligent and caring boy. I am sure he will make you and Haizal proud parents.

The best gift for him is an adik....hehehe

Anonymous said...

Hi Shana,

Happy belated 14th aniversary to you and hubby. Happy 8th birthday to sweet Hilman. My son's 16th birthday was last week, 5th Sept.

Semoga you and family di bawah rahmatNya selalu. Amin.

p.s. Your aniversary next year will be on 09.09.09. Wow, what a date.


Royalshoppingarcade said...

Its so much fun doing a surprise birthday.The look of joy on the birthday boy's face is worth all the planning, right?My eldest would turn 7 next year and I'm sure he'll appreciate a surprise birthday party.The question is whether I'd have the energy to hold one.We'll see.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

Yo Hilman, happy 8th birthday, buddy! uncle kerp just had roast chicken too, but i doubt it was as tasty as your aunty's. uncle beli kat pasar ramadan. ada hangus2 sikit...hihi...

Amy said...

Happy birthday Hilman.. moga jadik anak yg soleh..AMIN

MrsNordin said...

Happy Birthday to Hilman! May you grow up to become a hansome gentleman!

Elviza said...

Oh my God, the food looks delicious! And am fasting! Hu hu hu...

Happy Birthday Hilman (my future son-in-law)

wanshana said...

Salam Motley,

Thank you on behalf of Hilman.

I'll let Hilman read your comment nanti, okay?

But, our internet in SD ada problem sket - tak boleh access for the last 4 days. I could only access it from the office or at my MIL's.

No worries about the card :)

Hmmm...soalan cepumas...wink*

Have a great weekend. Take care.

wanshana said...

Mr Engineer,

Amin. Insya Allah.

Yes, he is indeed a gem :)

Best gift for him AND his Ayah, I think. Hehehe!

Still in Shanghai ke?

Don't forget next Saturday - 20/09/08, okay?

wanshana said...

Hi Noni,

Thank you for the wishes and do'a. Amin. Insya Allah.

Our do'a that your family is also blessed by HIM. Amin. Insya Allah.

Happy Birthday to your son, too. Wah, dah anak bujang dah! His birthdate reminds me of the group "September 5" dulu :)

Yes, insya Allah umur panjang, it'll be 090909. Hmmmm...nak kena plan special celebration nih!

Have a great weekend :)

wanshana said...


Yes, it'll be fun to throw a surprise birthday party for your son! I'm sure he'll love it.

Yes, you'll feel penat, but the look on his face will make you forget how penat you are nanti. It'll be a bit tricky if you're having it at home, unless his Dad is able to take him out for a few hours while you go about preparing for the party.

Or you could also have it at Kids Zone, etc. Everything will be handled by them. So, you tak penat!

Enjoy your weekend!

wanshana said...


Thanks on Hilman's behalf.

I will let Hilman read your comment himself nanti, okay?

I can bet he will laugh at the "hangus2 sikit" part... Hehehe!

Have a great weekend, Kerp!

wanshana said...


Thank you for the wish and do'a.

Insya Allah...Amin.

I will let him read your comment later, okay?

Enjoy your weekend, and take care.

wanshana said...

Hi MrsNordin,

Thank you for the wish and do'a.

Insya Allah...Amin.

Sure Hilman sengih-sengih nanti when he reads the "hansome" part! Hehehe!

Have a blast of a weekend, dear :)

wanshana said...

Hi Elviza - Future besan ;)

Thank you for the wish!

He will surely ask me again when he reads your comment - "How old is Aunty Elviza's daughter, Mommy?"

And when I tell him that she is yet to be born, he'll say - "I cannot marry her...I'll be too old for her!" HAHAHAHA!

Yes, the food was good.

Very easy -

Marinate (about 2 hours) the chicken with blended ginger, salt, pepper, soya sauce and honey, and slit some parts and stuff a few pieces of garlic in the slits.

Pre-heat oven. Dot the chicken with butter, and squeeze some fresh tomatoes on the chicken, and whatever left of the tomatoes just dump into the roasting pan together with the chicken, before putting into the oven. Roast for 45 minutes on Gas Mark 7.


IBU said...


I can't believe he's just 8!

And I can't believe he's already 8! Which means, Mommy & Ayah... time to pre-heat the oven and roast at Gas Mark 7.


p/s Gosh... nasib baik la I terbaca your reply to Mr Engineer's comment. If not, sure 2mrw you'll be visited by a hungry family for berbuka puasa.

Kmar said...


Dah besar anak-teruna you.. he.he. A very charming boy!! The birthday party sound fantastic especially kat bahagian ´collection´ of birthday presents. Bulan puasa ke or bulan normalke... hadiah mesti ada, betul tak??

Kids... they wish that their birthday is everyday...ha.ha..


jabishah said...

Kak Syana,

Wish a happy belated birthday to Hilman for me. What a party you have there.. ;-)

ps- I am so loving your "ayam besar"! Yummy..

MA & Brood said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Dr Ayah. And Happy Birthday to Handsome Boy Hilman!

May Allah bless your family always!

wanshana said...


Tersilap! It's not soy sauce, but OYSTER sauce. Sorry!

Aiyaaaa...old already. Hari tu tersilap SMSd to my SIL 'blended garlic' instead of 'blended ginger'.

Selamat mencuba.

wanshana said...


Thank you on Hilman's behalf :) Will get him to read your comment nanti.

Yup! Time to heat up not just the oven...HAHAHA!

Hmmmm...if you all came last night, I jamu Mee jugak. Mee Maggi. NOT Mee Rebus. Hehehe!

Abid said the MTs got confused with the dates because we're not used to such an advanced invitation. Kita kan selalu last minuet giler punya planning. She's got a point there. :)

Take care.

wanshana said...


Thanks :)

Yes, dah besar anak teruna I tu...

Yesterday he asked me, "Mommy, when do boys become adults?"

Errrr...tolong jawab!!!

You're right about kids wanting their birthday everyday. Not so much because of the parties, but more so because of the presents they'd get.

Take care, dear.

wanshana said...


Thank you for the wish. I'll do better - I'll let Hilman read your comment nanti :)

It was not a real party, but, ikut syarat birthday do ajer - nak menggembirakan Hilman.

Yes, the Ayam Besar was really succulent and tasty. (Please, do help yourself with the Recipe above. Hehehe!)

Take care, dear.

wanshana said...

Dear MA,

Thank you for the wishes and do'a. Insya Allah dimakbulkan Allah SWT. Amin.

May Allah bless you and your brood, too, and dilimpahkan dengan rezqi and kasih sayang sepanjang masa, insya Allah.

Take care, MA.

wanshana said...


Hilman says thank you so much for the birthday card. Got it yesterday. He said the card was really cooooooool! ;)

Thanks again.

Hugs to you, Iman and Irfan, and salam to Hilmi, please.

Take care, dear :)

U.Lee said...

Hi Wanshana, happy belated birthday to Hilman.
Wow! The food in the pictures look soooo delicious.
I've always loved Malay food...ada the 'oooomph'! Ha ha.
Happy Ramdan, Wanshana, best regards, Lee.

aiz said...

told Din, i want the same birthday do next year.... no... not the chickens.... the presents i mean...loads of it!!! hahahahaha

happy belated birthday hilman... semoga panjang umur dan murah rezeki.. amin.

Eta My said...

Selamat Ulang Tahun yg ke 8 untuk Hilman....( Dear Shana...masih ku ingat lagi rupa you masa mengandungkan hilman....singgah rumah my father kat Gombak..) the writings anak teruna u ni..insya'Allah semuga jadi anak soleh..pintar dan membahagiakan semua yang mendekatinya..hehehe!!..

And betul le Shana...bila dah agak besar nih...lagi satu adik besh!!pasti semua in the house akan excited..and u shall be pampered ..

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Happy Belated Birthday Hilman! Sorrylah Aunty lambat wish.

Anyway, I really hope you had fun on your birthday. Bestkan dapat presents?

Aunty do'akan years to come, you'll become a great man. May all your parents' wishes come true!

wanshana said...

Dear Uncle Lee,

Thank you on behalf of Hilman :)

Yes, the food memang ada ooommmph! But, I won't call the "Big Chicken" as a Malay dish kot, Uncle Lee.

Reason being - no spices or santan used. It's more of a fusion of Western and Chinese recipes, I think. But, whatever it is, still ada ooomph!

Take care, Uncle Lee :)

wanshana said...


Thank you. Amin.

You don't want the chicken? I say, if you can have BOTH the chicken AND loads of presents, why not, dear? ;)

Can ask Din to roast the chicken for a special romantic birthday dinner for two mehhh... after that he can shower you with all the presents (make sure ada bling-bling as one of the gifts, okay?!) Hehehe!

Take care, dear.

wanshana said...

DDI @ Ja,

Thank you for the wish and do'a. Insya Allah. Amin.

Never too late to wish good things, kan?

Yes, I think Hilman enjoyed the opening the presents session the most :)

I will let Hilman read your comment nanti.

Selamat Berbuka, Ja. Masak apa hari ni, ya?

wanshana said...

Dear Eta,

Thank you...Thank you...

Insya Allah, masin mulut you. Amin :)

I also still teringat time-time mangandungkan anak-anak I dulu. Kalah ikan paus... Hehehe!

All my kids were born quite big, and bila ingatkan nak tambah lagi satu ni, terfikir, larat ke mind and body yang dah veteran nih...

How are you and the lil' one doing bulan Puasa ni? Hope everything's okay.

Take care, dear :)

MAMAMIA said...

Happy Belated Birthday Hilman!! Semoga membesar jadi anak yang soleh.

WShana, has he made the trip to Datuk M****? Kalau belum, tak lama lagi lah tu....

Nasib baik u realised the mistake ginger & garlic before it was too late. Kalau tak, macamana agaknya rasa Ayam besar tu???

The recipe looks simple. Maybe I can give it a try. Tapi kalau electric oven, macamana setting dia?

wanshana said...


Thank you for the wish and do'a. Insya Allah. Amin.

Thought of bringing him to see the Datuk cuti sekolah December nanti, but, have to plan bebetul as we're also thinking of going for 2 holiday trips during the hols. Most probably he'll have "it" done middle of December, insya Allah. :)

Yes, it's an easy recipe, indeed. Just in case you didn't notice my second comment to Elviza - it's not soy sauce, but OYSTER sauce. You can put a bit of soy sauce, I guess.

Selamat Mencuba :)

Ezza Aziz said...

Jenguk2 dapur akak and collect yr tag ,ok! Ayam panggang tu nampak sedap la,boleh share resepi tak!

wanshana said...

Salam Kak Ezza,

Dah jenguk dah dapur Kak Ezza. Thanks for the tag. Insya Allah will do it soon. Baru teringat - ada hutang tag dengan Waterlily & Jabishah, too!! (Sorry!!!)

Recipe Big Chicken tu senang aje, Kak Ezza (tapi sukatan I ni pakai agak-agak untuk 1 ekor ayam)

Perap Ayam selama 2 jam dengan -

3 sudu besar halia blend
1 sudu kecil bawang putih
1 sudu besar garam
1 sudu kecil serbuk lada hitam
2 sudu besar sos tiram
3 sudu besar madu

Buat 2-4 slits/lubang and selitkan bawang putih in each slit

Pre-heat oven (Gas Mark 7 or kalau electric, rasanya 250 degrees, kot?)

Sebelum masukkan dalam oven, perah sikit tomato segar on the ayam, and masukkan lebihan/sisa tomato segar ke dalam roasting pan together with ayam.

Sapu butter atas ayam.

Bakar selama 45 minit.

Selamat Mencuba, Kak Ezza :)

wanshana said...

Oh ya, yang 1 sudu kecil bawang putih tu - blend jugak, ya... :)