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    Tiong Trove, Sungkai, Perak – Day 2

    November 15th, 2021

    We do not remember days, we remember moments.

    We started the day early after a very good night slumber. Greeted by the mesmerizing morning light.

    Our morning started with senamrobik/poco-poco, led by Reena. All of us participated together, filled with fun and laughter. After that, we treated ourselves with some nasi lemak bungkus and some local kuih-muih which are as good as it gets.

    After the good hearty breakfast, we prepared ourselves for flatwater river rafting. But before that, Ella conducted a brief team building session. You can see all the beaming and cheerful faces after everyone managed to complete every task given. It was no short of fun as the air is filled with bursts of laughter and giggles.

    We headed upstream of Sungai Sungkai to the launch site of the river rafting. After a safety briefing, all of us headed down to the riverbank for a water confidence test. At this point, all are already eager and pumped up to start.

    The boat journey took about 2 hours as we reach back at Tiong Trove. Most of us were already exhausted but still in high spirits as we continue to bask ourselves in the river before we head back for lunch.

    The amazing team behind the lovely Tiong Trove Family Farm.

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    Tiong Trove, Sungkai, Perak – Day 1

    November 8th, 2021

    What we thought to be a NORMAL family retreat turns out to be horrendously wrong.

    Tiong Trove Family Farm, a small enclave in Kampung Perlok Lama, Sungkai, Perak that offers you so much that you’ll miss it even before you leave the place.

    Our short drive from KL was pretty smooth despite the big numbers of vehicles on the highways. We reached our farm stay at about 10.45, Friday morning, greeted by our excellent hosts. We had the specially prepared cold lemonade (lemon grown on-farm here) to quench our thirst after being on the road for two hours. After checking into our lovely guest house, we had a short fun briefing by Pak Dollah and Kak Muni on what Tiong Trove have to offer and the activities that have been lined up during our stay. The day haven’t even started yet but the kids and adults were practically ecstatic and can’t wait to get up and wander around Tiong Trove.

    Shortly after the briefing, the kids carried on with the activities that have been specially planned for them. Do not have a slightest worry if your kids wont be entertained. Ella who takes over the kids is excellent with them and in fact has tons of experience working with kids. She told us that she just came back from a course in Langkawi teaching water board to kids from Singapore. You’ll have to see her navigating her kayak in water. Wait for the second part of this post!

    Moving on, the rest of the adults were brought around the farm for a get-to-know your plant tour. And let me tell you, it’s not a boring and hambar tour like you would get when visiting a farm! It was very informative and I learned a bit more of plant varieties and even ulam-ulaman we never knew existed. Huge thanks to Pak Dollah who patiently entertain all of our not so intelligent questions.

    Pak Dollah is an aquaculture professor as he has been into aquaculture for most of his life. So you don’t try to kelentong-kelentong him when it comes to fishes ya. Fish species like tilapia, siakap and baung are grown-up here. The tilapias are brought to Seksyen 6, Shah Alam market for sale during weekends. Nothing better than a grilled tilapia, lightly charred on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside! We were so fortunate to get to taste the fresh tilapia grilled right out of the kolam for BBQ dinner.

    Lunchtime. Tasty lunch generously prepared by our hosts. We get hosts of ulam-ulaman, freshly picked from the farm to taste. They were amazing! On the first day, our lunch consists of ikan kembung taucu, ayam goreng and sayur goreng. And no lunch is perfect without the fiesty sambal belacan to dip your fresh ulam-ulaman. I had my first taste of Ulam Ketumbar Jawa and I’m sold! Kak Muni, Pak Dollah’s wife was so kind to give me some to try and grow it back home. Insyallah!

    After the pleasant lunch, the kids continued their activities with the art class conducted by the talented teacher Neesa and they really enjoyed it. They made a wooden frame and put everything they found like dried leaves and flower from the activities done in the morning. If you remember some time ago I post about my cactus plant, well Neesa and her husband is the master of growing cactus. This art pondok is full of cactus and you can actually buy them there. I had to tahan not to buy since I’ve bought a few of them already. I accidentally killed one of them at home-lah haaaa! I am still learning and need to master on how to take care of them cactus! [bukan green hand].

    Neesa is also an outstanding makeup artist. I wish we had more time to spend there. Maybe in the future, we can do a simple makeup tutotial session with the ladies (men are also invitied) and have fun kot Neesa? Just an idea.

    Check out teacher Neesa’s Instagram here.

    Tiong Trove is surrounded by various fruit trees. There are passion fruit trees scattered around, papaya, bananas, pineapple, nangka and chempedak. Lime and lemon trees are well grown here. Make sure to come here when the fruit season starts.

    Sumptuous BBQ dinner for the night. And what a way to end a beautiful day with roasted marshmallows as dessert. The kids and adults were all excited as we sit around the campfire sharing jokes and laughter till the midnight hour. Stay tuned for the day two highlights which is flatwater rafting along Sungai Sungkai. You won’t want to miss it!

    Life is so urgent it necessitates living slow – Ann Voskamp

    Take a moment here and breath slowly for a minute. Focus on your breathing and try to imagine you are in front of the campfire, listening mindfully to every sound. The sound of the wood burning. The warmth of fire touches your skin. The sound of the forest. Night birds having conversation. The smell of sweet marshmallows, that candied breath of sugar. It’s all sensory experience. Calm your tired mind and body and be with nature at Tiong Trove Family Farm.

    Okay folks, see ya on Day 2 soon!

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    Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Artifact Motherhood

    May 27th, 2021

    May 13 2021, Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid Mubarak) was celebrated for the second time in lockdown this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Although every preparation was done in moderation just like last year, this year was special since it’s your first time fasting through Ramadhan. Of course, we did not force you to fast because we are not sure whether that you are ready but to our surprise, you fasted for the 30 whole days without complaining at all. Fasting without food or water for nearly 14 hours is not easy especially for kids at your age but you didn’t grumble a bit.

    A few days before the celebration, you were thrilled and started singing the Hari Raya songs. Babah put up the colorful lights which he promised to do so and it was a beautiful sight. This year, I get to learn how to cook Nenek’s special spicy Minang beef rendang, which is your favorite.

    You woke up early that day, not too eager to wear the Traditional Baju Melayu but straight away was in the mood when I offered you a cookie. You said it was the best cookie you have ever tasted! And cheekily said you are happy because there’s no need to fast anymore!!

    Although we felt unhappy because of the Covid-19 situation here in Malaysia and to what’s happening around the world especially the suffering and the innocent killings of children in Palestine, we thank Allah for everything we have, everything we had and everything we will have. We pray that next year will be a much brighter Hari Raya and that we get to celebrate it with our beloved families and friends that we missed so much.

    This is part of ARTIFACT MOTHERHOOD – a project shared with other female artists who are documenting our journeys as mothers and creating memories for our children through our photographs and words.

    Go next to the wonderful artist Carla Monge to read her post in our blog circle.

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    I can’t keep calm…

    May 22nd, 2021

    …I am going to be a grandma!!!

    Yeap, you read it right!! My daughter is expecting her first baby!! Here’s a love note to Baby SM.

    *Dear Baby SM,

    I am already dreaming of your sweet smell and soft skin, and tiny toes and fingers!

    I had to wait until your mother is over 6 months pregnant (banyak betul pantang-larang!) to tell everyone that I am going to be a grandma but it was worth the wait. Soon, I’ll get to cuddle you and kiss you on your soft little head InsyAllah.*

    These were taken last year and not during MCO yer. She made the first announcement at a small gathering to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and we were so shocked and surprised to hear the announcement. Great grandfather and great-grandmother were also delighted to hear the wonderful news. You can see the emotions pouring out on everybody’s face. It’s been two years since they got married and truly it is a special gift to both of them. Alhamdulillah.

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    Moving – Artifact of Motherhood

    February 9th, 2021

    Dear First Born,

    I was running through my hard disk looking for images to use when I stumble upon these images of you moving into your first house.

    It was taken sometime before the lockdown started. Your place is only 5 minutes drive from my house and I find that super convenient! (means more time to spend with you and your sisters!). I think all mothers would know how precious time can be when their children are either married or are young adults. They are always busy with their own life! So these are some of the warm memories that I want to remember. This to me is the beauty of spending time together with you and your sister, doing the everyday things.

    Love,

    Mama.

    Artifact motherhood is a collaboration of artists/mothers from around the world. Sharing stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. Our hopes and dreams for our children. With little nuggets of wisdom here and there. These are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifact we are leaving behind for children and the generations to come.

    Go next to my wonderful artist friend Joy Haycock to read her post in our blog circle.

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    The reason

    December 29th, 2020

    Sometimes, I have to stop and remind myself of the reason I fell in love with photography in the first place. It’s not about the competition and recognition, it’s not about how many followers or likes I got, it’s also not about following the latest trends.

    It’s because moments like this make me feel the enormous and abundance of gratitude that I receive every minute. It makes me feel alive just seeing the connection and emotions pouring out. It’s pretty amazing that I get to freeze this beautiful moment of time between my mom and her 20th grandchild, ready for his bath in my mom’s kitchen sink. And the best part is I get to preserve it forever.

    The truth is I am most happy when I have my camera with me. And I will never forget that.

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