Sunday is my cycling day for the last few months,but not this morning.I will take my wife walking this morning where the trees are more than 100 years old and 100 feet tall.As I walk,I will record the GPS locations and snap a few photos of anything of interest to me.The route is called The Rover Trail,located at FRIM,Kepong.
Do you look forward to your weekend?Most people do-just to have a break from their week days work.How do you spend your weekend?Everyone of us has our own answers.Before I forget,let me wish you a good and interesting weekend.
In general,many of us have 2-day weekend.That will be about 104 days a year.That is a big portion of our lives to manage.
Since I took cycling more than 18 months ago,most of my weekends were quite interesting.There is always some where to go for a ride.I am lucky because I have a lot of friends who share the same interest.Yes, we need friends.
Another hobby I love to pursue is photography.So far,I have not allocated sufficient time for it.And it is difficult for me to get a group of photo enthusiasts for a weekend photowalk.Most likely I have got to do it on my own,most of the time.
Lately,after two of my three sons got bitten by cycling bugs,my wife has shown more interest to exercise as well.However, she prefers to walk and I think I should join her as my cross-training exercise.From my experience , to walk 10km is more difficult than to ride 20km!Beginning this year,my wife and me do go for our morning walk about once a week.I plan to make twice a week for our own sake as we grow older.I observe that quite a number of my peers and my seniors suffered a lot of chronic illnesses as we grow old due to unhealthy lifestyles.
From my observations,during weekends,our shopping complexes are full to the brims.Someone has described it so full that she has to step on other people's feet while shopping.People are coming to the city on weekends but it is the other way around in Jakarta( I was told).Most Jakarta city dwellers are moving out to the sunburbs for recreation during weekends.Libur di luar kota!
This morning I did not go cycling but I went for a walk with my wife at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir.Wednesday is my mid-week break for just the two of us.Weekend is family and social events days-the older one gets,the busier his/her weekend activities.
While taking a walk I also do some exercise at a few exercise stations.Now,everthing looks nice and tidy.I hope DBKL should maintain this Taman Tasik as good as new all the time.Compared to Taman Tasik Titiwangsa,this is less the one quarter the size but it is good enough for family walks around the lake.
Last night I fell to sleep at 9pm and woke up this morning at 3am.I was dead tired but happy when the whole day we as a family went to my sister-in-law house to assit her in the wedding ceremony of her daughter.Alhamdulilah,the weather was fine and almost everything went smoothly and according to the schedule.Wedding event is just like any other short term project and anything can go wrong.
By helping and assisting in the event,one can learn a lot about what it takes to hold a wedding.This will help me later when my time comes to hold wedding events for my children.It is every parent's wish the best for their children in their lives...
May I wish Selamat Pengantin Baru to Yazlin and Badrul:-) May Allah swt bless both of you all the way...
This is NOT my everyday sandwiches.It is only on special occasions or when I get paid for my work.It is one of my ways to DIY R&R.[Do it yourself ,recognise and reward].Personally,I prefer pasteries to sandwiches but this Irish thingy is an exception.
Two nights ago,I took my wife to O'Briens at GE Mall for a date- for old time sake!
This morning I lost my dear grandma.At about 2.30am,she complained about overall body pains and within 30 minutes she passed away peacefully.She was almost 100 years.May Allah be pleased with her, accept her as His obedient servant and grant her al-Jahnnah,insyaAllah.
To the muslim readers of my blog,may I humbly ask your favour to 'sedakah' al-Fatihah for my late grandma.Her name is Halijah bt Yusuf.Thank you and may Allah bless us all.Ameen.
Everyone of us has a few little things that really matters to us...
When only one of my three children is only living with us now, we as parents feel so happy and look forward to the occasions when all my kids are back at home having dinner with us.When they were small,having family dinner together is just a routine.But now,having everyone of kids having dinner at home is a BIG thing for my wife and me.Every time when I go home to my mother's house living in my kampung,she will be very busy preparing my favourite dishes.To her is a BIG thing.Now is our turn...What goes around comes around.
Some years back, the little things you did or gave to others(most probably forgotten by you) were the big things to others.Some may remember for the rest of their lives. I do remember of one night when I was leaving home for a business dinner,and my son asked me to help with his maths preparation.His exam was the next day.I canceled my business meeting and we sat down and did the maths together.It meant a lot to him, for the next day when I came home from work,he told me that he managed to answer a few questions as a result of our discussion the night before.
Going back 35 years ago,when I got an offer to study in UK,I need to have an international passport.I don't think anyone in my kampung ,young or old,has an international passport during that period of time.The Wakil Rakyat of that time,Allahyarham Ustaz Mohd Nor took me in his car and brought me to the Immigration Office,Kota Bharu and got my passport done.Nowadays, getting a passport is nothing, but to kampung folks at that time,they would not know how to go about doing that.It was a big thing to my parents and me.
When I was studying in Tanjung Malim in mid-60's, my kampung mate had a financial problem due to his gambling habit.He borrowed RM5 from me.At that time RM5 can buy a brand new Clubman shirt!When he did not pay,I was angry because RM5 was a big thing to me.Now,RM5 can't buy us a lunch.And 25 years later,when my kampung mate(who has turned over a new leaf) came looking for me.He paid back his debt of RM5 and asked for my forgiveness.It was a BIG thing to him.A few months later, he went for his haj!
Just ponder over the years gone by...many small things actually BIG things to you and others,especially to your loved ones.By the way, there were a few 'small things' we did to others-good or bad.These may be BIG things to them.
On one occasion after our alumni meeting, a friend told me that we talked about nothing but it meant everything to him!
Let me quote Robert Brault:
"Enjoy the little things,for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things."