Saturday, 31 December 2011

Goodbye 2011

This will be my last post for 2011. A year filled with a lot of happiness and one very big sadness.

Thank you once again for all your kind words, thoughts and encouragements. I really do appreciate all of them. Even though I haven’t had the opportunity to meet most of you, it means a lot to me to have such a wonderful group of blog readers.

I have arrived safely back in Perth leaving Malaysia with mixed feelings.

I was happy to get on the plane this morning knowing that The Other half and The Little Misses would be waiting for me with open arms full of love. But I was also feeling very sad nak tinggalkan Emak kat kampung.

Bila I keluar rumah pagi tadi nak pergi ke airport, masa salam and peluk Emak, I was wishing that Abah was still there standing next to her for me to peluk and salam as well. Sedih tak terkata Sad smile. Last time we came back to Perth from Msia in October, he was there to hug and salam us with his usual sad face sebab nak berpisah dengan the girls and I. Little did I know that that would be the last time The Little Misses hugged Atuk.

Masa kat Malaysia, I felt like he was still nearby sebab kubur dia tak jauh dari rumah. And bila2 boleh nak pergi lawat kubur dia. And I could see and feel his ‘presence’ everywhere around the house in his kopiah on the sidetable, his shirts and pants that were still hanging on the ironing rack, his shoes and thongs in the shoe cabinet, his very much loved-pagoda singlets buried in the washing pile….

When I was on the plane pagi tadi, I felt like I was leaving him behind even though I know it does not matter where he’s buried, it’s the memories and the prayers that will keep him close to me and alive in my heart.

The rest of us whom he left behind have to keep on living……

And when I arrived back at home, this is the sight that greeted me….

My kebun has turned into a jungle in 10 days!

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Everytime I look at the grape vines, I will get a lump in my throat. The grapes were bought by Abah when he came here last year. He wanted us to plant the grapes so we will always have something to remember him by.

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The tomato plants are on their last legs. They still produce loads of fruits but they have started to brown off.

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Some of the cherry tomatoes.

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The basils are growing splendidly as well.

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The chillies Smile.

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And I found this ‘fruit’ on the pavers underneath the shaded area. This plant grew out of the homemade compost we put on the garden bed. We thought it was a cucumber plant at first but this cucumber doesnt look like the cucumber we normally have. It looks a bit like an apple cucumber but with a darker skin. I guess we just have to wait until it ripens to cut it open to find out what it is eh Smile.

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We suddenly have an abundance of eggplants!

The garden was waiting for me and so was the kitchen but I still don’t have the ‘energy’ to cook up a storm….

Maybe I will feel differently tomorrow once I have fully rested and once The Other Half and The Little Misses start pining for my cooking Winking smile.

Have a wonderful 2012 and hoping 2012 will bring a lot of happiness and joy for all of us.

40 comments:

JaJa'Z said...

alhamdulillah..akak dah selamat dipangkuan keluarga tersayang..sedih memang sedih..apa2 pun life must go on...lepas ni ke kebun semula and masak2 lagi ok.....happy new uear to u kak mynn..and family..

Rima said...

Good to know that ur back safely.. have a blast year ahead.. take care!

penDragon said...

bikin mata I berair lagi bila baca part pokok grapes yg abah akak beli....:(

Happy New Year!!

Wahidah said...

impress with ur own garden

lemongrass said...

jaja,
tu lah kan, I rasa sampai bila2 pun still akan ada rasa sedih ni tp kita yg hidup, mesti tabah and redho dgn takdir Allah.
InsyaAllah, klu dah mula berkebun dan masak memasak, maybe terubat sikit lah rindu kat dia kan :-)

Rima,
thank you. Same to you too!

Pendragon,
I pun tadi sebak sungguh dada ni bila tengok pokok grapes tu :-((.

lemongrass said...

Wahidah,
thanks :-)

msmitchie said...

Welcome home!And a happy new year to you and family.

Lili said...

Salam LG,

*Hugs from me*
I'm so sorry for your loss. I haven't had the time to offer you my condolences and now, here I am... a wee too late but all the same, I'm truly saddened by your beloved father's demise. Al-Fatihah to arwah, may he be placed amongst the solehin. Ameen.

Happy New Year 2012 to you and your lovely family.

Love,
Kak Emily

Mat Gebu said...

Alhamdulillah LG selamat sampai dan takziah yea..LG...huhu..saya faham perasaan anda..Al-fatihah moga roh arwah dicucuri rahmat...

Mira Marlena said...

Kak Min,
Alhamdulillah kak Min dah selamat sampai.Kehilangan arwah abah kak Min masih baru,mestilah masih teringat-ingat dan terasa kehilangan dia.Lebih2 lagi mak kak Min yang masa hidupnya di samping arwah abah kak Min.Allah bersama orang-orang yang sabar dan I harap kak Min tabah menghadapi semua ujian ni.You love him but Allah love him more.
Take your time kak, no worries.Take your time as long as you need.
Perhaps this would be the time The Other Half menunjukkan bakat terpendam memasak?
(But cakap kat dia...KAMI TAKMO MAKAN MEATLOAF! hehehe)

Rozita said...

Kenangan indah bersama abah tentu akan sentiasa terbayang di mata LG. Bersabar ye, I paham perasaan u sebab I juga dah kehilangan abah.

Nanak said...

kak LG,
takziah utk kak LG sekeluarga..kuatkan hati utk menghadapi ms2 mendatang...happy new year..:)

sHieRa cAkAp said...

Aduh kak Mynn.. Sebak saya baca entry akk.. memang susah nak melepaskan sesuatu yg kita sayangkn? Takpe lah kak. perlahan-lahan. Apa2 pun saya doakan abah akk di tempatkan dikalangan golongan yg beriman..

Fazlinil Irma said...

moga kak min terus tabah. sy pun sekali sekala terasa rindu dgn arwah abg wpun dah 2 thn dia pergi.

blu4sky said...

salam mynn,
i understand how feel..moga you dan keluarga terus tabah.. Happy New Year mynn..may Allah bless you and your family

yana lyana said...

semoga segala yang indah menanti kita di tahun baru.

happy new year :)

marinahunny said...

Doa kpd arwah adalah penyambung kpd arwah di sana kak..al fatihah..

kasihredha said...

selamat tahun baru LG
semoga tabah
dan kembali ceria :)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty LG,
((((HUGS))))) Guess what? Mama's new year resolution is to be a better farmer....adalah harapan nak makan sawi tanam sendiri lagi ni... You take care, OK? purrr....meow!

gula merah said...

Welcome back kak LG..miss ur food pic..walaupon x dpt nk mkn..tgk pon jadi la...HAppy new year...

zany said...

Meen, dimana pun kita berada InsyaAllah tanggungjawab terhadap kedua org tua masih boleh kita lakukan iaitu doa anak-anak yg soleh. Syukur Meen dapat jumpa untuk kali terakhir tu.

Haslina said...

when my hubby passed away suddenly, it took me about 12 days for me to eat properly again; i lost 8kgs! And i felt his presence everywhere in the house.. as if he's still there with us. Until now i left his towel unwashed (and it has been nearly 3 years)

ati_emylia said...

K.min,

Ur ntry tonite berjaya menitiskan air mata.....terasa kesedihannya......

Emy

saniah said...

Ya Allah..i rasa kesedihan u..rasa sunyi sangat2 kan..macam pusing tengok belakang n mengharapkan wajah itu tapi dia tak ada..kat mana mana pun tak ada..

i lost my dad on 29th sept lalu..masih dlm syawal pulak tu..walau dah memang dijangka sebb my dad at 4th stage of cancer tp bila 'mas'a tu datang konon yg prepared pun jadi lemah jugak...

even dah tua2 mcm ni dh ada husbnd n anak2 pun kita still want our dad n mum..tapi itulah kehidupan...life goes on..sabar banyak2 ya

3E said...

Dear Kak Mynn,
Selamat Tahun Baru 2012...Semoga yang yang indah2 buat kak Mynn dan family ya!

JaSSNaNi said...

Assalamualaikum..
dah sampai ke rumah ye.. alhamdullillah.. :) selamat semuanya..

SELAMAT MENYAMBUT 2012 utk kak min sekeluarga.. :)

de engineur said...

Cantik gambar sayuran kamu!

Happy New Year, ya

Mia's Mom said...

Salam LG
It has been a long time before I have time to sit down and read blogs. I have just learned about your Abah, and felt so saddened by it. Takziah LG to you & family - May you be given all the strength to go through this moment and May your Abah be in the loving embrace of Allah. Al-Fatihah

fatt said...

Kak Mynn,
kuatkan semangat. kesian jgk pd mak sbb terpaksa berjauhan lagi dlm tempoh begini. sy hrp semuanya dpt dilalui dgn tenang. juga selamat tahun baru utk akak sekeluarga :)

Huda said...

Happy New Year LG..Harap terus tabah yea..

blogresipi.com said...

Happy new year kak LG and family. Be strong ye.

KakAsma said...

Min,
bila akak baca yang atas punya paragraph i feel sad too,cos i feel the same way,bila lepas solat selalu lupa nak doakan my arwah abah,hanya ingat kat my mom aje...tapi bila teringat balik,akak akan bacakan fatihah tuk dia,sebab i feel abah still kat kg nun dijohor..kelakokan....tapi akak tau min pun kuat cam akak coz yang last2 tu kita ingat yang hidup akan diteruskan dan dilalui dengan tabah...
semuga tahun ni akak lebih membawa keceriaan dan dalam lindungan ALLAH...

MULAN said...

happy new year dear lg...

happy, healthy & dirahmati always..!!

be strong, stay tough dear...!!!!

MaryaYusof said...

Salam, happy new year ;) I love gardening too.. so impressed to see your garden... Kindly visit my blog & maybe we can be friend... I follow here ~

ADEEYA said...

Al Fatihah for yr dad. :,) and happy new year ! may god bless you.

Alin Zabidin said...

Myn,

U dah balik sini and i pulak nak balik KL dah.

I really hope your mom will be alright. Coz through my experience after my dad passed away, my mom macam orang yang dah hilang segala-galanya. Kalau boleh hari-hari dia nak pergi ziarah kubur arwah. Maklumlah, berpuluh tahun hidup bersama, tiba-tiba orang tersayang pergi dalam sekelip mata.

Anyway, may the new year bring health, wealth and happiness to your family.

Ayu Safieza @ Humaira' said...

Assalamualaykumwbh Sis Dear...

Smg Allah swt mudahkan dan uruskan kak sekeluarga dgn sebaiknya dr tahun ke tahun...

Love, Ayu...:)

Zaitun said...

Alhamdulillah lg dah selamat sampai ke Perth.

Kak Zai tak sanggup nak baca n3 ni terlalu sedih tapi nasib baiklah dihujungnya cerita pasal pokok2.

JieJ said...

Happy New Year Kak LG..

Semoga kak LG tabah mengharungi segalanya..

Syukur kak LG dah sampai ke Perth bersama keluarga..

vivien_capri said...

happy new year Kak LG!

as for the mysterious buah (apple cucumber), i dont know what it's called but if the isi is lutsinar (not white), you can make a very nice soup out of it...the taste macam timun sikit but lagi lembut... (if it's the same buah la..;p)

ok Kak LG, wishing you and ur family a Happy New year and stay cute!