Monthly Archives: September 2013

autumn cheer

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We are Friends for LifeGreetings everyone! Allow me to take a short break from posting my endless summer holiday photos, let us focus on what is happening at present for a change. We are in early autumn here in England, my favourite season of the year. Autumn is also the beginning of the school year; so I am back to home educating my girls, in particular my oldest one. I am preparing her for the secondary grammar school 2014 entrance exam which is just round the corner (they do the exams a whole year earlier). Hopefully, InshaAllah, she will do well just like her big brother did.

Exams are always so stressful so I was delighted when a dear old friend from my homeland visited me recently. She is on a work trip in London and Paris for a week at the moment but took a couple of days off to visit me first. We go back a long way, we meet up every time I returned home and whenever she’s in England, which has been quite often. Out of all my old friends, she’s the one who has visited me the most here. She’s a highly successful career woman who’s done really well for herself, but she is ever so humble, caring and thoughtful. When she went through a rough patch in her life, she didn’t moan or groan in despair, she carried on as best as possible. All in all, she’s a wonderful person, I admire her so much and I’m happy to call her my friend. We’ve known each other since we were teenagers, we’ve seen each other at our best and at our worst. Now we’re both heading towards our mid-40s, I pray our friendship will last forever more.

I have a handful of treasured friends who mean a lot to me, I love them for their genuine hearts. I cannot express how much it means to me when they take the trouble to visit me and keep me close at heart. To my dear old friend, thank you for coming, you are my autumn cheer, bringing the warm sunshine from Malaysia with you! Her elder sister, who is also my precious friend, told me her sister’s fond of ABBA. I have included the song below just for her! To all my beloved old friends; thank you for the music, for the joy in my life, for giving it to me…❤

the best mirror is an old friend

paignton-kingswear

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When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

Our next visit during our caravan holiday in late summer was to Dartmouth via Kingswear. We took the steam train from Paignton to Kingswear which you can see in several images taken from the beach in my previous posts. Although it was only a short ride, it was very exciting and the view of the South Devon coastline was breathtaking. It also gave us this feeling of stepping back into time, Kingswear Station itself was pretty ancient if you ask me! We strolled around Kingswear for a bit before catching the ferry to Dartmouth, do follow my next post which will feature our visit to Dartmouth itself.  As mentioned before, I have over 450 photos from our holiday so I have no choice but to break them into several posts! Right now I feel rather bogged down and saddened by the atrocities and calamities around the world, so I hope you’ll forgive me for this brief post. Nonetheless, I shall continue to share the beauty, serenity and simplicity of life around me, till next time!

paignton pier

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Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.

Each season has its joy to treasure, to lift one’s spirits and brings us pleasure.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

Greetings everyone! I’ve been rather busy this week, coat hunting in particular, what a nightmare! It’s not easy choosing winter coats for my children, the girls in particular. They grew out of last year’s winter warmers over the summer months, therefore I have to replace them. That’s why I don’t tend to buy expensive items for my children, they only last a season! Summer’s well and truly gone as I blog this post, autumn has  arrived with temperatures around mid-teens at present. I do find it rather chilly for mid-September to be honest, I have my socks and jumper on most of the time. Looks like we might have a long cold winter ahead! This is when I tend to miss my all year round sunny homeland. This week also marks my 17th year of living in England, how time flies! Seems like it was only yesterday when I landed at Heathrow, did my MA degree, got married and had 4 children!

Anyway, I have the cherished memories of my summer holidays to keep me smiling this autumn, here’s my next installation! The pictures were taken at Paignton Pier, about 20 minute drive from the holiday park we stayed at. We had a lovely memorable time even though the beach wasn’t as nice as the other ones on the English Riviera. The walk on the pier, the adventure playground, the carousel and donkey rides all added to the charm of this little seaside town. Will post of our steam train ride and ferry crossing from Paignton to Dartmouth next time, do stay tuned! 🙂

goodrington sands

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Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.

It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.

 The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

Let’s get a move on with the rest of my holiday pics, shall we? I feel this dire need to blog about it, especially now as I’m back in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. The one aspect I really loved about my holiday was the simplicity of it all. I’ve never been a material girl living in a material world, have always been happy with a simple flower bouquet filled with love! Now in my 4th decade I shun it all the more, I seriously do not find peace and comfort in excessive materialism. That does not mean I do not appreciate a good stuff when it comes along, I’ve always cherished everything I’ve got, the value however doesn’t matter. As long as they’re genuinely from the heart, not as a means to gain praise or as public display which I greatly detest. This holiday brought my family and I closer to nature which we love. This is our kind of holiday, away from any major shopping in the consumer world we live in today. We’re already blessed with a lot, how much more do we actually need? Only to abandon them all behind when it’s time for us to leave this world?

There’s been a couple of rather sudden deaths here recently, of two women I knew. Very sad for those involved but served as a reality check for me. I want to live as simply as possible for the rest of my life and focus on what matters, InshaAllah. Right, enough chattering for now, check out our photos below! They were taken at Goodrington Sands, about 15 minute walk from our holiday park. We strolled through the woods behind our caravan site, which was wonderful in itself. We got a bit lost in the dense of it on the way back but that only added to our excitement and collection of memories when we look back in time. Will post our outing to the pier next, so stay tuned! And to fellow Malaysians who read this blog, feel free to pop me a line or two now and then, I don’t bite! I can still write in Malay too, so all are welcome. I’m still very Malaysian at heart so it’s always nice to hear from you. To the rest who have commented regularly, thank you very much, I truly appreciate it. Take care! 🙂

caravan holiday

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Hello! I’m back to my usual routine now, with the new school year and madrasa commencing this week. Which was a bit of a drag at first especially after the lovely laid back holiday we had. All we had to worry about then was what to eat next and when to head down to the beach! Away from all the stress! As promised, I will share my one week summer holiday with you, starting from the very first day. We stayed in a caravan at a holiday park near the beach, our first time ever. Usually we would choose a hotel, a B&B or a cottage to bunk in. We really loved our caravan stay, we had our own space and it was well equipped with all the basics we needed. We had access to the holiday park complex too, which housed a lovely family swimming pool, entertainment and play areas, restaurants and cafes. There’s another swimming pool outdoors along with an adventure playground and sports field. When we first arrived, one of my children was a bit poorly and the weather wasn’t too great so we spent our time mainly around the complex. I’ve chosen a few photos below from the first couple of days of our stay at the holiday park. Next I shall post about our first beach outing during the holiday. Keep on reading! 😉