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moving on

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2016-Happy-New-Year-Wishes

It is with a heavy heart that I write this final post, I’m certain you’ve seen it coming somehow. For months I’ve lost my blogging ‘mojo’. I’ve seen many bloggers before me go through it so it’s not unusual after all. I’ve been blogging for 4 years in total, however you might not find all my posts there as I’ve had to delete quite a few due to limited space. I have too many pictures in my blog, so I’ve moved to a different platform to share them. I find Instagram very convenient, so for those of you loyal followers you can find me there instead as glevum_rose. I don’t know what the future holds; I might return occasionally to blog, you never know. But for now I have to bid you a long farewell. I simply cannot find the time nor inspiration anymore to sit down in front of my computer to blog. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and followers, my blog is nothing much without you reading them. I would like to wish everyone out there a Happy New Year 2016, may this year bring you more sunshine than storms. Nonetheless, do not despair if caught in a bad storm, learn to dance in the rain instead! Wishing you all peace, love and happiness always. Take good care yeah! ❤

Let’s say goodbye with James Blunt…he expresses it so well, always! 

cameron roses

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Hello again everyone! Apologies for not being able to blog once a week as promised. It’s been a hectic few weeks since we returned from our holiday in Malaysia. Anyway, I’m here now. This time around I would like to blog about Cameron roses. What’s so special about them? Well, I’ve already included a getaway to Cameron Highlands whilst I was preparing my Malaysia trip itinerary. I knew my family would love this place, my own parents took my sisters and I there when we were little. The British discovered Cameron Highlands when they ruled Malaysia, they retreated there whenever possible as it was cooler than the rest of the country.

We had a great time in Cameron Highlands; we visited the Boh tea factory and plantation, the bee and strawberry farms. Will try to blog about them all soon! But right now, let’s focus on those roses. I had wanted to buy Cameron roses, bouquets of them! I had that intention whilst I was outlining my Cameron trip here in England. Which was over half a year before we actually went for holiday. I wanted Cameron roses (about the only place roses grow in abundance in Malaysia) as gifts for my aunties, we were visiting them along the way. Cameron Highlands was the first place we visited during our road trip in Malaysia. The other reason I wanted Cameron roses was to put them on my beloved dad’s and uncle’s graves. I felt so strongly about it, I knew I had to find those roses. By hook or by crook!

I was over the moon when I spotted a few stalls by the road side on the way down from Cameron Highlands after our visit. There were a couple of florists, that was a good sign. But the first one didn’t sell roses. I ran across the road to the next one, I spotted a few fresh bouquets. The Chinese lady thought I wanted one bouquet, I told her I wanted a handful! She was overjoyed she sold me and armful and more! She was about to close for the day so she gave me extra roses at no extra charge. She was just overwhelmed that I had bought so many! Anyway, I ran back to the car to the amazement of my hubby and 4 children. They couldn’t even see me at first, just my arms full of colourful roses. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) my wishes came true. The Cameron roses were mine in the end, after months of longing. My aunties received them happily. I just wanted them to know I love them always, regardless of the distance separating us. And the Cameron roses laid on the graves, accompanying my prayers for my forever beloved father and uncle, may they rest in peace…❤

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my cameron bouquets, a couple more already been given away

my older two reciting prayers for their beloved grandpa

my older two reciting prayers for their beloved grandpa

cameron flowers for my beloved father

cameron roses for my beloved father

my beloved father, rest in peace

my beloved father, rest in peace

my beloved uncle, rest in peace

my beloved uncle, rest in peace

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