My Mom’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday. She is 60.

Mother wanted to celebrate her birthday at Sama Sama Hotel. Again. She really loved the HiTea buffet there. It will be my second time going to the hotel but I think my parents have been there quite a couple of times. The rate so far is still the same.

Adult  RM65/ Children RM45

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We went a bit extra this time by getting her helium balloons, a bouquet of roses and presents. She even got a birthday sash. As usual, my younger sister L plans out the events. Food was great, what more can I say.

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As for presents, my sister and I got her crystal bracelets from this store near my place. The place is called Crystal Corner. When I first walked into the store, I wasn’t really sure of what to buy. Or how to buy. The lady there was nice to help me out.

She inquired about my budget and suggest I start on the low side. Which was less than RM500. Low pun berlubang jugak poket. She then mentioned that people buy crystals for various reasons. It can be a piece of accessory, a house decor, for work, for health or for love relationships. I told her I plan to buy for my mom. I suppose the best indication, InsyaAllah, is for her general health. If not, purely an accessory. 

I ended up purchasing 2 types of bracelet. One made out of Tourmaline stones and the other, Green Rutilated stones. The total price after a 20% discount, amounted for just over RM300. Coincidentally ,the store was having a 20 year anniversary sale, so I was eligible for a PWP RM20 promotion bracelet. I chose a brown one for myself. I wished I chose something better though. HA ha.

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I plan to make a second trip there next month to get something for my birthday. I kinda fancied the Tourmaline bracelet. It looks so pretty. Of course, gold accessories is best but I have yet to find something nice to my liking. Upon purchasing the crystals, the lady did some sort of cleansing ritual in this big bowl which let out this loud ringing sound. Having read up on several websites later, I find that there are several ways of ‘cleansing’ and ‘resetting’ the crystals of its purpose. As a muslim, I will not delve further into that for fear of syirik but I guess it would be interesting for some. Perhaps, it would be enough to just follow instructions to keep the crystals clean, ‘neutral’ (if it is appropriate to say so) and exert its beneficial properties without having to overclaim or be too mystical about it.

Anyway,

The Hi-Tea Birthday Party was great. We have another get together in September to celebrate both my sister and Dad’s birthday. That will be in Melaka. This time I will plan the event and of course I would tell you about it too.

A Weekend Affair of a Meeting , Pyjamas Party and the Merisik Entourage (Malay Surveying Custom)

For most of the time, it’s an alhamdulilah when my stars are aligned by Allah as I get to complete a lot of things in a little amount of time. Just like the recent weekend where I get to spend time with my friends, family and mengumpat other people.

The Meeting

I may have mentioned before that my high school friends (batch 2000) are planning a Back To School (BTS) event next year. It’s not just any reunion for this was an opportunity for us to get back together having left the school for 20 years on top of making a contribution to the school. There were a few new faces at the meeting which was great. I like that we are reshuffling groups as I feel I did not contribute that much in my previous team. Most importantly, it is awesome when the heads of the committee echo my thoughts of wanting us all to have FUN but not to the extent of syok sendiri. ha ha.

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I also like that our batch is now registered as a society and we can move forward as sisters – looking out for each other and our kids. The meeting was very fruitful and I guess we could all see our directions better.

PYJAMAS PARTY

Then there was my nephews 3rd birthday party. His mom, my younger sister prepares the best food in the world. Despite the recycled decorations of Ben 10, we had a great time – as always.

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The cake was pre-ordered from Berry’s. It was a delicious choc and vanilla cake covered with fresh cream.

MERISIK ENTOURAGE

It’s a mini entourage on behalf of my youngest brother in law to seek a particular ladies hand in marriage. In traditional Malay custom, we don’t get down on one knee. Instead, if you really like a girl and wants to marry her, you inform your parents so they could meet the parents/guardian of this particular lady, get some information about the girl and her family and most importantly find out if she is seeing someone in particular. Of course, in modern context, we already know that they are seeing each other. 

Perhaps, this is a way of getting the parents involved. So that, these youngsters do not cross the line and respect the relationship they have with each other and form a good impression to the respective families.

The merisik (spying) part from our side was done by the eldest uncle. If this was England, you’d hear proper English being spoken complete with their beautiful idioms and proverbs between the 2 parties. In our setting, we had a serious yet calm opening statement mentioning the purpose of the visit and what both families hope to achieve, interlaced with mini pantuns here and there. Kinda reminded me of my own merisik ceremony sometime ago. If done rightly, it is a beautiful Malay custom.

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The future bride’s side did not set any amount for the hantaran. But of course, knowing my in laws, they would give the best for this lady. Just like how it was for me. My mother in law put a ring on the girls finger to officiate this ‘spying’ ceremony. InsyaAllah, they will have a quick engagement and nikah on the same day later of the year. I just hope my weekend is not disrupted with anything.