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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year, Luv!

It was -5 degrees and we were having so much fun chasing one another on the 4 inches thick of soft white surface and throwing snow ball to each other when we realised it was 10 minutes to midnight. We chased around the snow man, throw a few more snow balls and took another glance at the the brightly lit cottage that was all covered with icy flakes in that near freezing temperature before we made the dash.

We rushed to the grand entrance to watch the fireworks. It was already full to the brim by the time we got there and we had to squeeze ourselves through the crowd to find a spot to catch a glimpse or two of the firework display if we could, stretching our necks over the heads of hundreds more. Almost out of breath, we hold on tight to each others' hands not wanting to risk separation in that madness. The jubilant mood anticipating the clock strike was everywhere.

As the countdown began, he wrapped his arms around me and hold me even closer. Our cheeks touching each others'. We hugged each other tightly and snuggled into each others' body, enjoying every moment of doing just that. And slowly but surely we joined in the festive crowd for the last few counts of 3-2-1 and shouted

Happy New Year!

In a split second, the vibrant colorful display of fireworks emerged in the sky with a grand big bang. First red and yellow, then green and blue. Followed by a spectacular splash and mixture of the whole palette soon after, much to the oohhhss and ahhhhs of the jaw dropped audience.

Almost instantaneusly too, we turned to face each other.

He stared into my eyes with his gentle eyes and slowly planted a kiss on my nose. Then on both sides of my cheek.

I kissed him back on his nose. And then on his cheeks too.

"Happy New Year, sayang!" I whispered to him first.

He pulled me even closer. The tip of his nose touching mine.

Despite the chill of the cold weather, the warmth of his body overwhelmed me as we cuddled each other. We were oblivious to the loud cheerful crowd around us.

At that moment to savour, there was only the two of us embracing each other, loving one another.

With his soft but husky voice, he whispered back to my ear,
"Happy New Year, Ibu! Esok ada firework lagi tak?" asked Ameer innocently.

"Esok takde dah. But we can still play the 'pop-pop'. Nanti kita beli kat Mydin ok?" I answered assuringly while still nozzling Ameer's nose. A display of affection and love which I do freely with my little ones without any worry of what other people around me would say. Something which I obviously would not do for Ayah (well.... holding Ayah's hands maybe but I'm definitely not nozzling his nose while in the public eyes!!! )

From right below, another small pair of hands tugged my jacket.
"Happy New Year Ibu! I love you!" cheered Hafiz excitedly.

And then another face emerged from the crowd, "Ok jom, let's go back inside and play some more games!" urged Abang Idin, with Ayah nodding in agreement, appearing from behind.

The Snow World closed at 12.10am but the Indoor Theme Park would still be open till 1.00am. So off we went back inside '5 beranak' to maximise the remaining of what's left of our 'investment' at Genting Highland in the first hour of this new year.

Oh! What a moment! A joyful feeling that no mother would want to outgrow.


(from Ibu, Ayah & anak-anak dari Kota Keriangan)



ADIEJIN said...

selamat new year..semuga bahagia dan murah rezeki..

U.Lee said...

Hello Ibu, Happy new year to you and your lovely family.
My very best regards for 2008.
Being a mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in any field, since the payment is pure love.
Wow, thw way you describe about being kissed? WhoooWeeee!
A kiss can be a coma, a question mark or an exclaimation point. Thats basic spelling every woman should know, ha ha.
You keep well, Ibu. Best wishes for the year, Lee.
ps, I love your pics here, very nice, Ibu.

U.Lee said...

Hi Ibu, I mentioned -5'c? For us here its cool weather.
Right now its quite chilly, -17'c! Outside with the windchill, its -21'c. And winter just started.
Won't be long we get -28'c or higher. THAT is cold!
Betul terok I have to scrape the ice and snow from my car....the icicles hanging beneath my car like a lace curtain and walking under stores or homes got to jaga when temp goes up, we don't get speared by falling long icicles.
Maybe should return to Malaysia go sit at Pantai Cinta Berahi, ha ha. Lee.

Mummy Rizq said...

alaammaaakkk.. tetiba plak ada org mencelah kat tengah tengah yer! anyway.. happy new year!

warrior2 said...

Happy new year to you and have a wonderful life!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

wow, sounds like a scene from a romantic-comedy flick.

have a great and prosperous year ahead, to IBU, Mr Ayah and them boys.

blackpurple @ jowopinter said...

Selamat Tahun Baru.

Terima kasih ya singgah di blog saya. :)

Pi Bani said...

Waaah.... sambut new year di kota keriangan... patutlah riang je...

nonie said...

wah.. romantic + sweetnya hehe... sambut new year dlm snow lagik...

IBU said...


Same to you too. And if I may add, "..selalu.... ameeeeen!" :)

IBU said...


Not highest salaried. Where got meh? But highest rewarded! Definitely, couldn't agree more. And about the smooches, hehe... mine on the nose & cheeks only la U.Lee; unlike yours. On the opposite gender? That too. But err... my son la U.Lee. 4 yr old Ameer! hehehe...

I think if the set the 'freezer' any further below -5c, Genting's 'Snow World' won't get that many customers la U.Lee. hahaha... unless of course, if they set up a stall that serves HOT TEH TARIK in that snow world itself.

PCB eh? hmmm.... I could almost hear and feel the breeze ... hmmm...hmmm.....

IBU said...

Mummy Rizq,
Itu macamlah kalau ada 3 stooges. hehehe... happy new year & thanks for visiting.

Thank you and the same wish for you too. God bless! Cheers.

Spot on! And this is from one of the more sane scenes. I yet to pen down the family run away trip to UK ala-ala national lampoon vacation. Sesak nafas!

IBU said...

Thanks for visiting mine too. Maklumlah ibu dah merantau...jauh ni...Rawang! hehe. So, syiok la dapat baca cerita2 dari Johor from your blog yg pinter itu! :)

Kak Pi,
Apa nak buat? Orang lain bawak gi tempat snow betul2. Saya bawak gi tempat snow jugak la, tapi yg olok-olok jer. Dah sampai ke kota keriangan tu; kalau tak riang pun, paksakan diri untuk riang jugak!!Mahal jugak woooo... :)

Happy New Year to you too! Dalam snow buatan. Jadik lah... nak meriangkan hati anak2 (sebenarya dah sampai kat Genting tu, ibu ayah pun join jadi kanak-kanak riang!! hehe)

simah said...

mula tadi ingatkn si ia yg bbu n saberomntik..cis...diriku tertipu! hahahah

mengancam etul 3 minisaba ni.... yg sorant tu tenungan dia..alahaiii..

glad u r having a swell time there! may there b e many many more such fun like this in ur sweet happy family lives...take care akak!

Ayah said...

waaaaaaaaa.... gitu dia sambut tahun baru ye? seronot le bebudak suma tu ye? Salam ke Ayah tu...Tanya dia bila nak buat reunion Bilik 501 dan 503?

Ordinary Superhero said...

Salam tahun baru yang sedikit terlambat to your and the rest of the crew...he he

Akmal said...

ibu, sorry for the late arrival. hope this wish is not that late. Kalu boleh saya nak bungkus, masuk dalam kotak saya punya wish nih, pastu terus courier pegi rumah ibu. sayang seribu kali sayang, takde alamat! hahaha
anyway, I want to wish you Happy New Year (belated), may all the loves, bless and prospers smile upon you this year and the comings.
Have a nice day bu. Kirim salam kat Ayah ngan anak2 tau.

WANSHANA said...


You nearly got me there! My imagination was running wild, you know?! HAHAHA!

Here's wishing you and your heroes A Very Happy, Properous, Fulfilling and Meaningful 2008.

Take care :D

idham said...

epilog cinta....dari zaman silam bersama ayah...huhuhu begitulah ingatan aku melayang membacanya...

pandai naa ibu kasik suspence!!!


gesel2 hidung...hehehehe


Dr Ezura said...

hai, thanx for stopping by my have 3 heroes!!!WOW!!! happy new year to u and your family!

kc said...

ohh, ingatkan uols sambut new year kat london (sebutan cara melayu) ka rupa2nyer kat sini jer..ahaks!

lagi best kalo smooch2 ngan bapaknya sekali dong....dasatttt!

helena said...

ibu!!! ingatkan ceta romantik tadi.... hehe. Happy New Year to you, dear....

maria a samad (kak ton) said...


Anti-climax betul lah.

There I thought... how romantic, ibu reminiscing & feeling nostalgic of a time gone by, playing in the snow with ayah.

Mungkin ketika berbulan madu somewhere in Europe. :)

Anyways, if it's not too late, here's wishing you & your loved ones a Happy New Year!

mad redo1 said...

Eh, I did not wish year HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008 ke? sorry about that, but I do wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR 1429... may we be blessed by HIM all year long... and beyond!

D said...

Happy New Year 2008 and Maal Hijrah 1429... May your days be blessed!

orang yg terdampar kat bumi turki tu.. said...

berabuk balik blog dia hehehe sibuk ker akakkkkkkk? come back here la! rindu wei!

p.s..ticket balik mesia dah booking...11 or 12 june :0).. halil balik seminggu aja while we all duduk 2 bulan... nak buli my parents n siblings n anak anak kuching my mom (esp hatice )

hope things r well 4 u out there..

Kak Teh said...

a little late - but happy new year - at least you can escape the cold when you want to but where I am, it is like living in a fridge. So, so cold.

wanshana said...

Errr....Ibu. Ni dah 6 February 2008 daaaa... Dah tak New Year lagi. Hapdet, please... ;)