heart at home

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Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Greetings everyone! How are you all? Apologies for the very long silence. As you must know, I’ve been away visiting my homeland Malaysia for the last 5 weeks. I got there a couple of days before Eidul Fitri celebration and returned to England mid last week. It’s been a memorable trip indeed. I am happy to have had the opportunity to be with my nearest and dearest during those precious 5 weeks. I have so much to share I don’t even know where to begin. But I thought I would pop a few lines first so that you know I’m back to blogging from home! I miss my beloved mother and sisters, my relatives and close friends very much. But I’m also glad to be back in England. My life is here now, I’ve been in England for almost 20 years. Unlike before where I used to get emotional on the flight home to England, I realised that I was calm this time around. In fact I was rather looking forward to returning home. Malaysia was my home, I shall never forget it and all the people and memories that come with it. But England is now my home, and I shall continue to create new memories for my family and I. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where you are. It’s the people that matters. As long as you have loved ones, you will be content wherever you are. To all those in Malaysia, thank you for the beautiful memories! And to those I haven’t had the chance to meet up with this time around, pray we see each other another time, Inshallah. ❤

My 3 daughters and I with my beloved mom, my 2 sisters, my aunties and cousins

My 3 daughters and I with my beloved mom, my 2 sisters, my aunties and cousins

My 4 children, by the pool at my mom's condominium

My 4 children, by the pool at my mom’s condominium, they swam almost everyday

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me with my mom, auntie and cousin’s wife

my 2 daughters and I with some of my old friends from boarding school

my 2 daughters and I with some of my old friends from boarding school

my 2 daughters and I with friends from my alma mater

my 2 daughters and I with good old friends from my alma mater

my family and I with my sis in Krabi

my family and I with my sis in Krabi

with my closest friends

with my closest friends who have all visited me in England

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I miss twittering away with my good old friends!

final week

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My final week in my homeland, Malaysia, I can’t believe it! Wasn’t it only yesterday when I arrived with my family of 6 all the way from England? Alhamdulilah my intention to celebrate Eidul Fitri (after a month’s fasting in Ramadan) with my beloved mom and sisters have become a reality. I cannot even recall the last time I celebrated Eid in my homeland, it’s been that long! It was probably when my late dad was stil alive. I’ve also had the chance to visit several interesting places in Malaysia, as well as Krabi in Thailand. It’s been a very eventful and memorable trip for sure! But most of all I’ve enjoyed catching up with my beloved relatives and several close friends. Everyone’s been very warm I cannot help but feel a little overwhelmed by it all. I feel truly blessed, Alhamdulilah. I’m so happy that they still cherish their relationship with me, despite me being so far away from them all. My hubby had to return to England first due to work (sob! sob!), so my family and close relatives have organised farewell meals for us. I’m truly moved by their gesture, may God bless them all for their warmth and kindness. I’ve got so much to share but all in good time yeah, InshaAllah! For now these few images shall suffice. Till next time, take care all!

Another farewell dinner with my beloved family,  my hubby had gone home a week earlier due to work

farewell dinner with beloved family, my hubby had gone home earlier due to work

My beloved relatives at another farewell meal for us

my beloved relatives at another farewell meal for us

So nice to see my mom truly happy!

so nice to see my mom truly happy this Eid!

My 4 children have truly enjoyed themselves in my homeland!

my 4 children have truly enjoyed themselves in my homeland!

My hometown

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I have just visited my hometown Penang, Malaysia. I was born and bred there over 4 decades ago. This time I took my family of 6 with me, my beloved mom and my youngest sister came along too. I’m blogging through my mobile at the moment, I’m still in my homeland Malaysia hence no access to my personal computer back in England. Not to mention I’m still busy visiting places and dear ones, will be a hectic 5 weeks for sure! But it’s been good, Alhamdulillah. The heat does get to us a bit, but hey, this is Malaysia, 30c all year round even when it rains cats and dogs! Anyway, I leave you with several images from our Penang trip, didn’t want you readers to think I’ve disappeared somewhere. I can’t blog like I usually do but hopefully my little snippets whilst I’m out here will keep you visiting this website! Take care for now!

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My youngest sis with my 4 children at Penang Hill

My youngest at Feringhi beach

My youngest at Feringhi beach

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My middle daughter at the famous Armenian St wall art in Penang

With my sis and mom at Spice Garden

With my sis and mom at Spice Garden

With my family at Gurney Drive food stalls

With my family at Gurney Drive food stalls

At Fort Cornwallis with my good old friend who now resides in Penang

At Fort Cornwallis with my good old friend who now resides in Penang

Hubby at the famous Line Clear nasi kandar eatery in Penang

Hubby at the famous Line Clear nasi kandar eatery in Penang

Eid blessings

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Greetings everyone! I hope those who have just celebrated Eidul Fitri (the celebration after a month’s fast in Ramadan) have had the most fantastic time. I feel very blessed this year to have had the opportunity to be with my beloved mom and sisters on this auspicious day. It’s been a truly extra special Eid indeed. I’ve also had the chance to meet up with many of my relatives, it’s been really good. I am still in the process of catching up with more relatives and several good old friends. Alhamdulillah for my Eid blessings this year, I shall treasure them forever. It’s something I’ve wished for a very long time indeed and has finally came true. I’m finally home for Eid!

My family and I with my beloved mom and sisters

My family and I with my beloved mom and sisters