Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winter in my heart



I realized I've been neglecting this blog when all the spam comments keep coming in.

I have intention to finish my UK stories, only Allah knows when..  Maybe I should start from the 'homecoming' issue, and recall back all my Europe trips?

Someday I will write again..

Monday, October 22, 2012

Convocation

Alhamdulillah


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Summer all year around

Aariz belum habis explore our house ( not that we have big one), but surely here is something new for him. Unlike his mummy, he seems has left the red brick house behind.

But poor Aariz sekarang tumbuh ruam, pipi pun merah je...panass.

I remember the heat but I can't recall that our groceries are overpriced!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

my Andalusia travelogue featured in WANITA October issue



Friday, September 28, 2012

Last two days


This would be my last update from UK. Arrived from Paris via London yesterday. Today we spent some time wandering around Birmingham city centre and the university. We took pictures as always but I will upload more later.

A year just flew by,..with all good memories.

Tetapi, kamera dan video tak dapat capture semua kenangan. Simpan saja dalam hati dan ingatan.

;(


Saturday, September 22, 2012

oh Paris!


Maaflah sebab asik lambat je update blog ni..coz the thing is, Aariz tertumpahkan segelas milo atas laptop! Now memang laptop tak boleh ON kena pegi lowyat, and that would be in next week.

Next week. I couldn't believe it's been a year now! Time to say goodbye UK.

Yes I haven't finish my entry on Paris spring trip. It would be in multiple entries, long one I tell you.

But, tomorrow we're going back to the city of love!

Hmm..emotional entry got too many exclamation mark.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Groceries shopping at Wing Yip


Apart from importing 'makanan kering' from Malaysia, we source them from the asian grocery store. I know I should blog this long before, but it's ok for a record hehe.

So now just want to show you the largest oriental grocery chain, located near our house in Aston. We usually come here to stock up the freezer with everyday ingredients like lengkuas, serai, santan, kicap adabi, sos cili maggie .. pendek cerita, same things as whatever you have.



 currency conversion is not encouraged 





kat sini lah selalu we all beli kepala Salmon untuk buat kari kepala ikan. Murah sebab mat salleh tak makan kepala ikan. Rugi




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

eBay

Browsing eBay is such an addictive. Landing on the couch, waiting for the water to bowl, in traffic jam, you see whenever and wherever. Sigh I surely will miss eBay UK! And I'm not only buying, I'm selling...well just recently I need to do spring cleaning. Ahaa!



hmm..eBay recycle.



My New Look black leather jacket sold for 6pounds huhu


before homecoming


I wish I can force myself to update this blog daily now. Two weeks before homecoming and I'm torn between mixed feelings. The desire to meet my family - oh I miss them dearly. And just when it started feels like home sweet home, we must say good bye =(

I will blog ALL places that we went. I promised that to myself.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lydstep Tenby beach holiday

View from deck at our holiday home in Lydstep beach village, Tenby, South Wales. Day 1.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Order Portmeirion Botanic Garden masih dibuka!


Salam,

Ramai yang tanya kalau saya masih menerima tempahan Portmeirion Botanic Garden.

Ya saya masih buka tempahan sehingga 10hb September 2012. Jangan malu-malu email untuk tanya apa-apa soalan tentang tempahan ini =)

Kunjungi blogshop saya; http://portmeirionmurah.blogspot.com . Stok akan sampai Malaysia dalam bulan Oktober. Dan yang best, saya berikan 2 kali installment untuk pembelian full set 4 dan 6. 

Kepada semua peminat Portmeirion, dan peminat bunga, (oh perempuan mestilah suka bunga) jangan lepaskan peluang ini tau =) Portmeirion adalah diperbuat daripada fine China. Jadi boleh digunakan tanpa waswas. 


O.O

from England with love..



email saya; erniekhairina@gmail.com 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paris Spring trip Day 1 : Versailles


As you know, we went on Europe trip (Holland, Belgium, France) together with our friends last spring (April 2012). We drove all the way from England and crossed the English Channel to Europe. We stayed at two caravan parks holiday ; Duinrell in Holland & Paris park in Maison-Laffitte (out-skirted Paris) Here's my Paris story. 


It was truly a long road we had from Brussels to our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte, about 15-20 km of Paris. I wasn't sure if we were fooled by the GPS and the journey dragged almost 3-4 hours, but because of that I experienced French villages and towns ( through our van window) And finally we reached our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte at 11pm when the gate was already locked =( 

Never mind, a new day came eventually and on early morning after light breakfast (we cooked our meal, and that includes our packed lunch) we went to Château de Versailles.  


Versailles was a country village before it turned out to be the centre of political power (if you read about the French Revolution, but I don't) It was a resident for royal family, and now of coz one of main attractions in Paris (located in suburb Paris). According to other travellers' review, the queue for ticket entrance is always horrible long, and truly yes. We queued for almost 2 hours amidst the wind and chill of winter/spring in our bones! Sejuk sangat, and we didn't have a decent attire to match with the weather =( 



Yes, I bought the ticket online and that wasn't a license to skip the queue. Every visitor has to pass a security check up. 


finally inside the resident

 the grand hall

 up close the dome


 up close the ceiling

 at one of the apartments

the Queen bedchamber

 the Hall of Mirror




 park outside

you can make stories from a painting,
one large painting

 zoom 1

zoom 2

hehe, lama tau I termenung depan lukisan tu =)






from google,

The smell at Versailles was said to be "unique out of all the palaces in Europe" (duc Saint-Simon). There were no functioning toilets until 1768. By the time of the French Revolution in 1789 there were only 9, and those belonged to the King and his closest family members. The rest of the palace simply had to live with the constant smell of the privy-chambers clinging to their clothes, apartments and the general atmosphere. Although banned, chamber pots were constantly emptied out of the nearest window.

Ok! let's move on..

Friday, August 24, 2012

Aildilfitri 2012 : Pengalaman beraya di perantauan


So this time I was all alone in the kitchen, I prepared kuih raya, kuah kacang and rendang, nasi impit and lemang (ok lemang was hubby's project) But then, I should proudly say that I was all satisfied with my cooking, they turned just like what I wanted them to be =) And they became our first dishes on pagi raya at home. 

After breakfast, we were all ready at the Guild of Student, at the University of Birmingham with other Malaysian community. The  takbir and sembahyang raya was scheduled at 8 am. Seperti biasa, masing-masing bawa juadah raya. I cooked 'ayam kicap jawa' , I seriously  didn't know and it was my first time eating kuah lodeh (lontong) with ayam kicap! It's Jawa style, they say. Have you?

Baju raya? Aariz was the only one that has new baju raya. We bought him baju melayu before we came here and I just realized that I had to alter his pants on malam raya! I wore my old baju kurung and shawl, and hubby wanted to prove that he still can fit in his nikah baju melayu =) Nonetheless, it was a perfect 'pink theme' for us hee..



Guild of Student building is a worship hall, and anyone with any society can use the hall for multi purpose. Because last raya was fall on Sunday so we were scheduled to leave the hall before 12pm. So rasa macam sekejap sangat raya tu... 



 preparing table and foods. Clearly Aariz masih tidur

 inilah geng2 Aariz di Birm



 hubby made the banner


one happy boy





Begitulah raya di perantauan =) Tapi ada juga open houses dan takbir raya rumah ke rumah. Macam kita di Malaysia. 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Maaf Zahir & Batin

Salam from Birmingham, UK


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winter in my heart



I realized I've been neglecting this blog when all the spam comments keep coming in.

I have intention to finish my UK stories, only Allah knows when..  Maybe I should start from the 'homecoming' issue, and recall back all my Europe trips?

Someday I will write again..

Monday, October 22, 2012

Convocation

Alhamdulillah


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Summer all year around

Aariz belum habis explore our house ( not that we have big one), but surely here is something new for him. Unlike his mummy, he seems has left the red brick house behind.

But poor Aariz sekarang tumbuh ruam, pipi pun merah je...panass.

I remember the heat but I can't recall that our groceries are overpriced!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

my Andalusia travelogue featured in WANITA October issue



Friday, September 28, 2012

Last two days


This would be my last update from UK. Arrived from Paris via London yesterday. Today we spent some time wandering around Birmingham city centre and the university. We took pictures as always but I will upload more later.

A year just flew by,..with all good memories.

Tetapi, kamera dan video tak dapat capture semua kenangan. Simpan saja dalam hati dan ingatan.

;(


Saturday, September 22, 2012

oh Paris!


Maaflah sebab asik lambat je update blog ni..coz the thing is, Aariz tertumpahkan segelas milo atas laptop! Now memang laptop tak boleh ON kena pegi lowyat, and that would be in next week.

Next week. I couldn't believe it's been a year now! Time to say goodbye UK.

Yes I haven't finish my entry on Paris spring trip. It would be in multiple entries, long one I tell you.

But, tomorrow we're going back to the city of love!

Hmm..emotional entry got too many exclamation mark.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Groceries shopping at Wing Yip


Apart from importing 'makanan kering' from Malaysia, we source them from the asian grocery store. I know I should blog this long before, but it's ok for a record hehe.

So now just want to show you the largest oriental grocery chain, located near our house in Aston. We usually come here to stock up the freezer with everyday ingredients like lengkuas, serai, santan, kicap adabi, sos cili maggie .. pendek cerita, same things as whatever you have.



 currency conversion is not encouraged 





kat sini lah selalu we all beli kepala Salmon untuk buat kari kepala ikan. Murah sebab mat salleh tak makan kepala ikan. Rugi




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

eBay

Browsing eBay is such an addictive. Landing on the couch, waiting for the water to bowl, in traffic jam, you see whenever and wherever. Sigh I surely will miss eBay UK! And I'm not only buying, I'm selling...well just recently I need to do spring cleaning. Ahaa!



hmm..eBay recycle.



My New Look black leather jacket sold for 6pounds huhu


before homecoming


I wish I can force myself to update this blog daily now. Two weeks before homecoming and I'm torn between mixed feelings. The desire to meet my family - oh I miss them dearly. And just when it started feels like home sweet home, we must say good bye =(

I will blog ALL places that we went. I promised that to myself.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lydstep Tenby beach holiday

View from deck at our holiday home in Lydstep beach village, Tenby, South Wales. Day 1.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Order Portmeirion Botanic Garden masih dibuka!


Salam,

Ramai yang tanya kalau saya masih menerima tempahan Portmeirion Botanic Garden.

Ya saya masih buka tempahan sehingga 10hb September 2012. Jangan malu-malu email untuk tanya apa-apa soalan tentang tempahan ini =)

Kunjungi blogshop saya; http://portmeirionmurah.blogspot.com . Stok akan sampai Malaysia dalam bulan Oktober. Dan yang best, saya berikan 2 kali installment untuk pembelian full set 4 dan 6. 

Kepada semua peminat Portmeirion, dan peminat bunga, (oh perempuan mestilah suka bunga) jangan lepaskan peluang ini tau =) Portmeirion adalah diperbuat daripada fine China. Jadi boleh digunakan tanpa waswas. 


O.O

from England with love..



email saya; erniekhairina@gmail.com 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paris Spring trip Day 1 : Versailles


As you know, we went on Europe trip (Holland, Belgium, France) together with our friends last spring (April 2012). We drove all the way from England and crossed the English Channel to Europe. We stayed at two caravan parks holiday ; Duinrell in Holland & Paris park in Maison-Laffitte (out-skirted Paris) Here's my Paris story. 


It was truly a long road we had from Brussels to our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte, about 15-20 km of Paris. I wasn't sure if we were fooled by the GPS and the journey dragged almost 3-4 hours, but because of that I experienced French villages and towns ( through our van window) And finally we reached our caravan park in Maison-Laffitte at 11pm when the gate was already locked =( 

Never mind, a new day came eventually and on early morning after light breakfast (we cooked our meal, and that includes our packed lunch) we went to Château de Versailles.  


Versailles was a country village before it turned out to be the centre of political power (if you read about the French Revolution, but I don't) It was a resident for royal family, and now of coz one of main attractions in Paris (located in suburb Paris). According to other travellers' review, the queue for ticket entrance is always horrible long, and truly yes. We queued for almost 2 hours amidst the wind and chill of winter/spring in our bones! Sejuk sangat, and we didn't have a decent attire to match with the weather =( 



Yes, I bought the ticket online and that wasn't a license to skip the queue. Every visitor has to pass a security check up. 


finally inside the resident

 the grand hall

 up close the dome


 up close the ceiling

 at one of the apartments

the Queen bedchamber

 the Hall of Mirror




 park outside

you can make stories from a painting,
one large painting

 zoom 1

zoom 2

hehe, lama tau I termenung depan lukisan tu =)






from google,

The smell at Versailles was said to be "unique out of all the palaces in Europe" (duc Saint-Simon). There were no functioning toilets until 1768. By the time of the French Revolution in 1789 there were only 9, and those belonged to the King and his closest family members. The rest of the palace simply had to live with the constant smell of the privy-chambers clinging to their clothes, apartments and the general atmosphere. Although banned, chamber pots were constantly emptied out of the nearest window.

Ok! let's move on..

Friday, August 24, 2012

Aildilfitri 2012 : Pengalaman beraya di perantauan


So this time I was all alone in the kitchen, I prepared kuih raya, kuah kacang and rendang, nasi impit and lemang (ok lemang was hubby's project) But then, I should proudly say that I was all satisfied with my cooking, they turned just like what I wanted them to be =) And they became our first dishes on pagi raya at home. 

After breakfast, we were all ready at the Guild of Student, at the University of Birmingham with other Malaysian community. The  takbir and sembahyang raya was scheduled at 8 am. Seperti biasa, masing-masing bawa juadah raya. I cooked 'ayam kicap jawa' , I seriously  didn't know and it was my first time eating kuah lodeh (lontong) with ayam kicap! It's Jawa style, they say. Have you?

Baju raya? Aariz was the only one that has new baju raya. We bought him baju melayu before we came here and I just realized that I had to alter his pants on malam raya! I wore my old baju kurung and shawl, and hubby wanted to prove that he still can fit in his nikah baju melayu =) Nonetheless, it was a perfect 'pink theme' for us hee..



Guild of Student building is a worship hall, and anyone with any society can use the hall for multi purpose. Because last raya was fall on Sunday so we were scheduled to leave the hall before 12pm. So rasa macam sekejap sangat raya tu... 



 preparing table and foods. Clearly Aariz masih tidur

 inilah geng2 Aariz di Birm



 hubby made the banner


one happy boy





Begitulah raya di perantauan =) Tapi ada juga open houses dan takbir raya rumah ke rumah. Macam kita di Malaysia. 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Maaf Zahir & Batin

Salam from Birmingham, UK