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A 40 something dad of five and a half wonderful kids with amazingly different traits and temperament from whom he wants a break from at times, yet wish they never grow older.....and be with him always.....(howzat possible?)and now wishing that he can be a stay at home dad......

01 August, 2007

Hectic Weekend

Putrajaya mosque carpet
Last weekend was another hectic one or wifey and me. It began at about 5 am for wifey (the usual pasar tani) and slightly later for me (about 6.15am)...
Sent Khadijah to school for her canteen day and headed home for breakkie which wifey got from Mak Jah. Had nasi berlauk, nasi dagang and kuehs. Had to wait for Khadijah to finish school at one pm (and she had to skip her french class becsue of this replacement) before we headed to Cheras/Balakong for my cousin's (thrice removed) son's wedding reception. Good food - the caterers are RTM caterers (since my cousin-in-law works for RTM). Met all my mom's relatives whom she has not met for ages and the usual family stuff.
Had a craving for durians after that and we headed to Langat en route home. Man...it was a fiesta of fruits along the way. Since we had rendang as take-away from the wedding, we bought a couple of lemangs. Whilst choosing for good durians (or was it cempedaks?) wifey received a call from a friend who asked us along to watch Menopause..the musical staged at Putrajaya Holdings' auditorium (brought in by Gardner&wife)...I immediately jumped for joy because this is the show I missed 3 years ago when it came to KL! I'm a sucker for all theatre stuff etc but wifey was a bit knackered that she almost refused and suggested that Khadijah went instead. We were sopposed to leave home by 630 pm and at 5pm we were still choosing durians and cempedaks! Luckily the traffic was kind to us!
Of course after a lot of persuasion and convincing from me that this one wasn't going to bore her to death, she agreed to come along (the last time I brought her along was the KL Music Festival 2006 at Istana Budaya (jazz night) - she slept almost half of the show...Mr Gambus and the Australian capella quartet, The Idea of North, were superb, btw !).
Our friends picked us up at 6.40 pm and we headed quite breezily to Putrajaya! We went to the mosque first to perform maghrib prayers and I was impressed with the mosque....The cross-ventillation was astounding...they don't need air-conditioning! But the finishing at the ablution area, I thought, was of inferior quality! Had dinner first at the food court which has an amazing lake view!

The show was hilarious and wifey didn't complain at all....! She enjoyed it! This is THE show you must not miss (currently touring Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and various cities in the US) - from hot flushes (err...flashes), insomnia, memory loss, wrinkles, to se* life etc were presented in re-lyricized songs ("I heard it through the Grapevine", "Staying alive", "Night Fever" - and 25 other songs). It began with four ladies (a corporate lady, an actress, a housewife and a "hippie" lady bumping into each other at a lingerie department during sale who ended up as friends talking about the CHANGE during the manopausal phase! Aah..we had a good saturday night!
The weekend ended with another khenduri on Sunday and we dozed off by 9pm!

Fruits galore!!! and tempoyak (fermented durian)



Lemang for sale

Putrajaya mosque


The musical.....

Men that night were not spared - information booklet on andropause and recommended wholesome therapy rather than "Viagra"

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salam to u. I got to know abt yr blog thru superwomanwannabe. I like yr entries. make me feel there ARE hopes for men to be great dads like u. my hubby is also like u...full of passion for the kids and ehem, the kids' mother!!! ha ha..rasa macam pernah tahu abt u masa sekolah2. were u a school debater? rasa macam familiar je masa ppm. btw, we were also somewhere in ulu langat last weekend, for a wedding. memang tak cukup mata nak tengok durian & cempedak etc etc kan? hubby i pun borong...tapi kids' nose got to sufferlah. salam to yr wifey. seronok baca abt yr family.

Dad of Four said...

Anon - Welcome! Welcome! Aiyoo...those debating days...! I think you got the right person...Which alumni do you belong to?

ZEYN DI INVIDIA said...

Abg Haq,

glad that you and your family had had a wonderful (yet hectic) weekend.

i heard the play was good. i wish i had the time to go see it.

ZEYN DI INVIDIA said...

sorry...my head tengah biol, English tunggang-langgang. :)

zaitgha said...

its one of those weekend ya?...at times just cant help it...

IBU said...

Urgh!! I miss that show. I remember picking up the brochure at Starbucks, then forgot all about it. Next time Haq, shout in advance before going eh? Gentle reminders to us busy mommies... Hehehh... Could've dragged Shana & Haizal along. Cheh!!

TRM said...

Menopause was brill - I saw it last month with some friends and I really had a good time - the music was great and the ladies were a hoot. Wish I could sing....sigh!

Dad of Four said...

Zeyn - The two hours didn't seem like it!

Zai - Our weekeneds are m,ostly like that....

Ibu - Ok...ok....

Thusha - Yup...! Of course you can...I remember hearing you through the window at 14 Kenilworth Court! LOL

bola2api said...

i was also in langat on saturday - cycling la apa lagi..

but sempat gak beli manggis and rambutan.

U.Lee said...

Hello Dad of four, saw your callcard at my pondok. Thanks. Nice post you have here. Wow! I read twice, and your mentioned of Ulu Langat, lemang, nasi dagang, tempoyak woke up my rusty memories.
I love lemang and nasi dagang. Used to have them in Trengganu and Kota Bahru. I love the East Coast as spent a lot of time there in the 70's, had a few girlfriends there too. The Kelantan ladies sure have a special kind of beauty, the one I dated so fair bila minum CocaCola can see going down her throat, ha ha. Just kidding, but she was fair.
I will take a detour around tempoyak. Somehow never acquired the taste or smell. But hey! I love sambal belachan.
You mentioned in my Blog you stayed at U. Malaya? Is it that tall building in Bungsar road? Close to Federal highway.
Ulu Langat? Holy Smoke, We used to cycle there very often, go fishing at the streams and river there, me and my four friends before and after Merdeka. The durians there noted for its quality flesh. One day when I balek kampong I will go visit all this places, my playground in the 50's and 60's.
Keep well, UL.

Adam said...

Would definitely try to catch the show if it ever comes here. BTW, did the long overdue meme that you tagged me with long time back.
Cheers,

Dad of Four said...

B2A - Saw some cyclists....But no lady cyclist(s)spotted! The manggis we bought - brill!!

Uncle Lee - TQ for dropping by...I acquired the taste of tempoyak about 10 years back...Tried once and hooked on it since especially with a dash of sambal belacan! Stayed at Zaaba college for about two weeks, then..not the tower/tall building (isn't that the Language Institute? - my mom was there for a year in the 70s)! Would love to read about your story, though! We are staying quite near to the Zoo now!

Dad of Four said...

Adam - will check out in a sec!

on my mind certainly constantly

on my mind certainly constantly