Sunday, March 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ayah :)

Today's Ayah's birthday!!! Yeay!!!

Happy Birthday, my dearest :)

I wasn't sure whether to just have a quiet outing with the kids to celebrate this special day, or to belanja makan the whole clan like we always do on someone's birthday, or celebrate with friends, either at home, or at Re* Bo*. I was toying with different plans for the last one week, and still could not decide on Friday night.

On Saturday morning - woke up and suddenly decided to have a makan-makan at our place for that night. And another dilemma - whether to have ONE makan-makan session for family and friends this weekend, OR have TWO different sessions for them. After campur tolak kali bahagi the pros and cons, I decided to do the latter - dinner on Saturday night with friends, and lunch with family on Sunday :)

(Our house is just not big enough for us to have family and friends together over at one given time. Lagi pun nanti depan Mak Mertua tak leh nak huha-huha ngan member sangat! ;))

I didn't tell Ayah about it, and right after Ayah went to work, I started SMSing/calling our friends about the dinner plans, before going to Pasar Taman Tun to get all the wet stuff to cook. Came back and briefed Dar on the dinner menu, and after giving instructions to her on what to prepare, we began our campaign to bring the kitchen down. Hehehe...Memang macam tongkang pecah...

At 1:15p.m, I left the house to send Hasya and Hilman to their Chess class, and after that made my way to Tesco to get the dry stuff pulak. Nasib baik Ayah volunteered to fetch the kids from Chess and send them to Swimming class after that. I finished my Tesco rounds at about 2:45p.m, went home and started cooking. Nasib baik Dar had finished preparing all the ingredients while I was out, so, sampai rumah ajer, senseng lengan and started to bersilat in the kitchen.

It was easy to keep it as a secret(ish) as Ayah was out from morning, and only came back with the kids just before 7:00p.m. But, of course, by the time he came home, the extra table was already set, and the buffet "station" was halfway prepared, and he sort of knew that there would be guests coming (and I bet he knew it was to celebrate his birthday :))

Anyway, the menu for the night was :

Nasi Lemak with -

- Sambal Tumis Udang
- Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis
- Szechuan Chicken
- Fried Ikan Bilis + Kacang Goreng
- Kangkung Tumis
- Telur Rebus
- Timun)

Spaghetti Olio

Kuey Teow Goreng

Ayamas Fried Chicken Drummets

Ayamas Fried Hot and Spicy Drummets

Sirap Bandung Soda

Chocolate Moist Birthday Cake (Se*re* Re*ip*)

Teh Tarik/Coffee

(Ada sorang kawan we all tu, sanggup tak makan lunch coz' he was saving his tummy for the dinner! Hehehe!)

The first to arrive were Ab*d and her kids, followed by On*ir & Co., J* and her clan, Re*a & her heroes, and Yu* & family. Ib* could not join us as she had gone balik kampung in JB. Aw*n, too, was back in Melaka.

As usual - sangat hingaq bingaq tak ingat dunia we all semua. Makan, borak, gelak, borak, makan, mengekek/mengilai, borak and makan non-stop.

As the clock struck midnite, we took the birthday cake out, and sang the birthday song for the Birthday Boy (who was at the time dah terlena kat sofa...Hehehe!)

Everybody stayed on until just before 2:00a.m. and left with tapau-ed food beraneka jenis :) and by the time Dar and I siap kemas everything, it was already 3:00a.m before we went up to sleep.

I set the alarm clock for 6:15a.m, 6:25a.m AND 6:35a.m. as I wanted to go to Pasar Taman Tun early to avoid the Sunday crowd there. And I didn't hear it went off at all! All the three times - tidur real punya!

I only woke up at 7:35a.m (Suboh terlepas!!!) and left the house for Pasar Taman Tun at 8:05a.m. Spent about 45 minutes there, and reached the house just after 9:00a.m.

Again, briefed Dar on the menu, and she prepared almost all of the ingredients, with me helping with the not-so-yucky/tedious stuff only. Started cooking at 10:00a.m, and Ayah left the house at 10:30a.m to send Hasya and Hilman to their Dance class.

By the time they came back home at about 1:15p.m, all the dishes were ready.

This time, the lunch menu was -

Nasi Ayam

Kuey Teow Goreng (again!) - special request from my nephews and niece :)

Kuey Teow Soup

Sirap Bandung Soda

Tiramisu Birthday Cake (Ca*e Se*se) which was just soooooo yummy!

Teh Tarik/Coffee

My Sis Lala and her clan arrived at 1:30p.m, followed by my MIL and my SIL (Ya*re*n), my SIL Lynn & Co., my BIL Along & family, and finally my Mommy and my Sis Yong. My Abah was not feeling well, and decided to stay at home. My Mommy didn't want to leave him alone at home, but he insisted that she come. Tu yang by 4:30p.m, my Mommy dah nak balik rumah dah...My Brother Ed*ie was involved in a camping thingy at his school and could not make it. My Brother Jame was in Taiping, while my Brother Imi could not be contacted - last minute planning lah kata kan...

Again - everybody tapau-ed food back with them :)

(I ALWAYS cook a lot when I invite people over for makan-makan. My motto is - "Lebih tak per...Jangan terkurang" :). And every time I buat makan-makan, I would buy all the plastic containers sesiap for them to tapau the food :))

After everybody had left, it was back to mengemas again for me and Dar. And by the time we were done, it was already Maghrib.

As for the Birthday Boy, he was called to the hospital at 5:30p.m and only came back at 9:30pm just now!

(See?! Sunday AND his birthday pun kena gi kerja...)

Anyway Ayah...Hope you enjoyed your special day with our family and friends.

I know that you've got pretty nice birthay presents this year - the best must have been when Liverpool bantai Man U 4-1 last night, huh? And of course, when Dato' Lee Choong Wei beat Lin Dan at the Men's Single Finals at the Swiss Open this evening, huh?

And as I'm typing this, Ayah is watching a Rugby match between England and France on ASTRO downstairs. If England wins tonight, memang sah - the best birthday ever for him. :)

Happy Birthday again, Ayah :) Semoga dipanjangkan umur, dimurahkan rezqi, dan segala usaha diberkati Allah SWT.

Love you loads, dear... MMuuuaaaahhhh!

* Sorry - no pics yet. The camera battery was empty, and we couldn't find the charger the whole of yesterday! Hanna managed to snap some pics using her camera, but she has yet to download them to this laptop. We found the charger late last night, but alas, today Hanna was not in the mood to take pics, and I was busy in the kitchen most of the time :(


Anonymous said...

Tq so much,dear...for a great birthday weekend. You made the process of growing old an enjoyable experience for me! Hehe...

Luv u loads, dear...


udinb said...

Selamat harijadi, semoga panjang umur, dimurahkan reqki dan kekal hidup bahagia bersama keluarga tersayang. Amin

Mrs.A said...

Happy Birthday Ayah Haizal!!!

Phuyyo.. banyak you masak Kak Shana. Kalau I , outsource jela.. Takdak maid pun nak tolong..

MrsNordin said...

You cooked all that, Shana?!! Agung nya cinta you pada Haizal... hee.. hee... I could never cook all that in 2-days straight!

Happy Birthday, Mr Dr. Just read your article in the Malay Mail today. I should really look after my heart now!


mr engineer said...

I had 4 plates of kuey teow, 3 (or was it 4?) plates of nasi lemak, a slice of birthday cake and countless cups of teh tarik and kopi 'o'. It was worth the sacrifice of skipping lunch!!

wanshana said...

Dearest Ayah,

You're most welcome. It was my greatest pleasure :)

But, do speak for yourself about "growing old", okay? I'm definitely NOT growing old (in my heart, that is :) Hehehe!)

Luv u loads, too ;)

wanshana said...

Thank you, udin.

Amin :)

wanshana said...


I pun - kalau Dar tak de, memang tak sanggup jugak...

But, syukur alhamdulillah, she's very efficient. So, this month she'll get extra gaji :)

wanshana said...


Thanks! I'll convey your birthday wish to him nanti.

Hahaha! Wow, how nice if just by cooking Nasi Lemak, Nasi Ayam and KT Goreng can be taken as proof of our Cinta Agung, kan?! Anyway, it was not too bad because my cooking task was made easier and simpler by Dar who prepared most of the ingredients single-handedly. I just campak-campak and mix everything in the pots/wok ajer :)

You've read his article in MM today, ya? I tak sempat lagi nak baca. But, I did proof-read the original version before he sent it to the Editor, though :)

FYI, he writes weekly for MM (more of Q&A) and two-weekly for Metro Ahad :)

wanshana said...

Shidy @ Mr Engineer!!

Glad you enjoyed the food. Errr, I stopped counting after your third helping to the Kuey Teow actually. HAHAHA! No lah, just joking, geng. Nobody was counting :)

It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to cook and jamu family and friends at home, especially when I know that you all enjoy the food :)

So, 14th April? Or advanced celebration on 12th? Hopefully by then, Hilman will have the chance to race with your tortoise in the pool... ;)

the principal said...

kak shana,

oooo so touching. bestnya...

ni yg buat nak belajar masak nih...

NEway, happy belated birthday to dear hubby...

wanshana said...

Eh Shidy - silap! 16th, right? ;)

14th is mine, 15th is Haizal's and 16th is yours. That's how I remember the dates, tapi tadi tershashul pulak :)

wanshana said...

Hi Emy @ Madam Principal,

Thank you - I'll convey your birthday wish to Ayah tonight.

Hehehe...Tak payah nak masak beriya-iya sangat pun tak per. Husbands ni kekadang wife masak the simplest dishes pun they all suka sesangat :)

Yang penting, we take the extra efforts to cook their favourite dish which I'm sure by now you tutup mata pun dah boleh masak for Sharul :)

Cheers, and take care.

P/S : Dah pegi Sepilok?

mr engineer said...

Yes..16th is mine. And if I am not mistaken 13th April is Azrin's.

Kmar said...


Happy Birthday Haizal!!!

Wow.. you memang boleh ´masak´!! .. sedap pulak tu... errgh.. tapi badan maintain kurus. Ada rahsia ke? Kalau I jadi ´tukang masak´.. dah lama saiz ´guni beras´.. he.he..

Btw, in rugby, the England won against France.. 34-10.. he.he.. mesti happy habis!! How is the ´clinic´?.. still in process or dah mula?

Madam Tai Tai Again said...

Hi Shana,

Terlepas post ni! Happy Belated Birthday Haizal!!

Shana, tabik spring to you for cooking the whole lot of food. My God...if I had done that over the weekend, pasti I will not cook at all for the whole week lepas tu! Asyik berurut aje la kerja I that week tu.. Terror you, Shana!

Anonymous said...

Alah..cairnya baca apa hubby Kak Shana cakap: 'You made the process of growing old an enjoyable experience for me' *sigh*. Happy birthdayy to Mr Doctor. Moga dipanjangkan umur dan dimurahkan rezeki. Memang salute la Kak Shana bleh masak banyak2 on both Saturday and Sunday plak tu. Gila superbb!

IBU said...

Ahhh!! We missed it .... I can imagine the hingar bingar and the food melantak session. Mr engineer sampai 3-4 plates kuey teow?!! covering for my hubby jugak ker? LOL!!!

Aiseymen... i'm "salivating" just reading spaghetti oleo tu ler Shana. Errr... tak elok tau biarkan kawan2 "macam I" la ni salivating over food cam tu. err... agak2 next time (bila tu?) can come around to Emerald with that dish ker? best nyer....


p/s Tumbuh uban ker...or rambut makin kurang? Or both?

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

the highlight of the weekend was of course, LCW's victory. Manu's defeat to Kops, well...screw both teams.

Happy Belated Birthday Doc!

Your fellow Piscean,

jabishah said...

Happy Belated Birthday...

Wow, kak Shahna u can really bersilat in the kitchen. Im sure it was 2 great parties.

wanshana said...


Thanks - now I'll definitely remember Azrin's bday for sure :)

But, you have not answered my question laaaa - jadi tak panaskan rumah the weekend after ur bday? (All the MTs nak kena gi beli swimming suits baru...Yang lama semua dah tak muat...HAHAHA!)

wanshana said...


Thanks - Haizal has read your bday wish for him this morning (tapi tak sempat nak counter comment :)) Kurus? Thank you, dear...but satu statement yang amat memusykilkan! Hehehe!

Hmmmm...I think most people memang 'boleh' masak, Kmar :) And I don't think I would say I ni "terror" masak - more of I LOVE to cook. Sedap tak sedap tu, belakang kira. Hehehe... Anyway, "sedap" is very subjective, kan? ;)

Yup - Haizal was over the moon when England won the rugby match against France. It wrapped up the most prefect weekend for him :)

He is officially a former PPUM doctor since 16th March - a good way to officially start at a new place - a day after his bday. His clinic at TMC is picking up - syukur alhamdulillah :)

wanshana said...


Thanks :)

Haizal has read your bday wish. I'll get him to counter-comment later.

Errr...what makes you think I tak sakit-sakit badan after the two parties, Gina? Hehehe! Sampai hari ni, still tak recover lagi, tau...Still mengantuk and lenguh-lenguh satu badan. Salah bunga silat masa kat dapur hari tu, kot? ;)

wanshana said...


You know why it's an enjoyable experience for him? It's because HE's growing old - I'm not! ;) Hahahaa!

Thanks, Amy. Amin.

We all dah lama tak buat makan-makan kat our place - the last time was masa Puasa last year. So, sekali-sekala nak menjamu, I didn't mind doing it over the two days. Bukan selalu pun :) It was great having family and friends over last weekend. Berbaloi masak banyak-banyak tu :)

wanshana said...



We missed you, too!

Errr...Shidy did not only makan bagi pihak Saba, but also bagi pihak you and anak-anak you!!! HAHAHAHA!!! (Jangan mare, Shidy...nanati kena jual kati ;))

Bisa diatur untuk kawan-kawan yang "macam you" ni :) Just set the date, akan ku datang dengan Spaghetti Olio ku... Hehehe!

Re the hair profile - it's definitely the latter! (That's why he's so much lighter now kot?!)

wanshana said...



Yup, LCW was just superb that night. He made it look so easy :)

Hehehe...Janganlah bergundah gelana. I take it that The Gunners dah turun beberapa anak tangga last weekend? ;) Errrr...there's always the next season (and all the seasons after that for them to redeem their position...Hehehe!

wanshana said...


Thanks :)

Sekali-sekala jadi Tok Guru silat, okay laaa...Hehehe!

Yup, it was great - the kids enjoyed both parties alright. The BIG kids, too! ;)

Anonymous said...

dear sis,
many2 pieces guys i know are very romantic and loving ;) i could feel, yours is included.. hehe. lucky you! may Allah swt bless you+hubby+family.

and it so happen.. 15th march is my late hubby's birthday too..

wanshana said...

Dear His,

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I make do'a for Allah SWT to give you kesabaran dan kekuatan in going through life dengan anak-anak dan keluarga.

Semoga roh arwah ditempatkan bersama golongan yang berimaan. Al-Fatihah.

Arwah must have been quite a romantic and caring guy - hence your take on Pisces guys :)

Yes, Ayah is quite a romantic guy himself - too romantic sometimes, Hehehe! But,'s nice :)

Take care, sis.


wanshana said...

Oh His,

How could I forget to thank you for the do'a :)

Thank you...