Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nazrin's Wedding

Groom: Mohd Nazrin Bin Rizal (my nephew)
Bride: Khadijah Binti Izzati

Akad Nikah - 25 June'09

Wedding reception at Bride's house - 27 June'09

Wedding reception on Groom's side (our side) - June'09

Photo was taken at the groom's house. No bersanding and "merenjis" but the newly weds sat down ceremoniously to witness the 'Silat"

Death of Michael Jackson - the Greatest Pop Icon Ever

From Yahoo News:

AFP - Sunday, June 28LOS ANGELES (AFP) - - The family of Michael Jackson ordered a second autopsy of the tragic pop icon as associates told of mounting anger over "unanswered questions" surrounding the superstar's death.

Jackson's family members were huddled at their compound in Los Angeles, where they have gathered since the most famous member of their clan died suddenly on Thursday at age 50 after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest.

Los Angeles police on Saturday conducted a second interview with doctor Conrad Murray, the only person with him when he collapsed. A spokeswoman for the cardiologist said he "clarified some inconsistencies" over the death.

But the spokeswoman, Miranda Sevcik, added: "Investigators say the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy."

Frustrated by the lack of hard information, the family requested a second autopsy on Jackson's body which was being kept at an undisclosed location, officials and local media reports said.

Late Saturday the Los Angeles Times reported the autopsy had been completed but there was no word on the findings.

"We don't like what's going on," family patriarch Joe Jackson told People magazine. The Jacksons later issued a statement to fans describing the death as "one of the darkest moments of our lives."

The Los Angeles Coroner's office said Friday a preliminary autopsy on Jackson was inconclusive and a final cause of death would not be known until exhaustive toxicology tests are completed in "six to eight weeks."

Joe Jackson separately told Fox News that Michael Jackson's three children -- whom the pop star fiercely protected -- were in "fantastic" spirits at the musical clan's compound.

Veteran US politician and activist Reverend Jesse Jackson -- who is not related to the family -- told ABC television's Good Morning America he had spent Friday counseling the family.

And he revealed that family members were angered by lingering questions surrounding Jackson's death and were focusing their attention on the role of Murray, whom the singer had tapped just last month.

"They (the family) are suspicious of this doctor and they have real reason to be because any other doctor would say 'Here's what happened in the last hour of his life and I was there. I gave him some medicine,'" Jesse Jackson said.

"He owes it to the family and to the public to say, 'These were the last hours of Michael's life and here's what happened.' That's a reasonable expectation."

Friends and associates of Jackson took to the airwaves to voice anger over the role of advisers and physicians that surrounded the star.

New age guru and Jackson confidante Deepak Chopra -- a qualified cardiologist -- told CNN bluntly: "I think drugs killed him."

Anger was also beginning to be seen amongst fans who have gathered around the globe in their thousands to pay tribute to Jackson in what have been largely joyous celebrations of his life.

On the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, fans queued again on Saturday for the right to file past Jackson's star set in the sidewalk.

Deborah Canton, 46, sobbed inconsolably as she slammed the "evil people" who she accused of driving Jackson to his death.

"The guy would never hurt a fly but all of these evil people would do everything to destroy him just to get his money," she said. "I don't think he wanted to live anymore."

In New York large crowds formed outside the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, where Jackson launched his career in 1969.

Meanwhile revelers at Britain's Glastonbury music festival sported T-shirts with slogans like "Michael Jackson RIP" and "I was at Glasto when Jacko died", while graffiti paying tribute to "The King of Pop" adorned tents.

Jackson's death has sent fans scrambling to stock up on his music, and British chart officials said a compilation album was likely to go to the top of the charts on Sunday.

While Jackson ruled the charts and dazzled audiences with dance moves like the "moonwalk" in the 1980s, his once-stellar career was overshadowed by his startling physical transformation and multiple allegations of child abuse.

He lived as a virtual recluse following his 2005 acquittal on charges of child molestation and plotting to kidnap his young accuser.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Lazy Saturday

Just trying to tweak my blog.I've been at it for a few hours and I can't seem to get things right!.....I give up.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bookmark Exchange

Well what do you know. My secret partner was none other than our Paul. Voila! Paul did 3 bookmarks - one of it was handrawn while the other two were stitched. One had a tatted pattern and the other had a blackwork design which happens to look very familiar Paul! Paul also gave me 2 balls of yarn. Thank you so much. Now I can crochet more bags.

So here are the goodies.

Stitching Bee

NNC Stitching Bee was held at Starbucks, Bangsar Village II on Saturday, 13 June'09. Those who turned up - be it early or late - Margaret, Alynn & her 3-year old DD, Usha & her DD, Nik, Valerie, Josephine, Paul, Anne, Shanny and her 2-year ols DS, Owen and of course yours truly.

Valerie brought us little chocolate cup cakes and Shanny gave us chocolates from Swiss Land. Nik gave a green crocheted bag ala the Victorian eram and Paul who happened to be my secret partner for the bookmark exchange passed his handiwork to me. I will post the pic after this.

Well I brought some yarn and crochet needle with the intention to crochet but I did not. I returned Paul's crochet needle to him - the metallic green which I used for my first pink '3-stranded yarn' crochet bag. Incidentally I have given this bag to my future DIL. Thanks Paul for the loan of your needle.

I left around 12.40pm as I had a wedding to attend in Dato Keramat. In fact Usah left a tad earlier than I did as she too ahd a wedding to attend and had to go back home first to Klang to change to her saree for the reception.

Anyway, I was gld to meet up with everyone again. It has been a while since the last stitching bee .....hmmm when was that? And Shanny who is back in Malaysia from Swiss Land for a short stint - well it has been something like 2 years since we met her.

No pics of the meet. My camera is not able to upload images to the PC. Oh sorry ! sorry! I have a photo of the bag Nik gave me. Here it is.

Monday, June 8, 2009

More Photos - Khairi's Engagement

Photos, not necessarily in this order:

Enjoying the lunch prepared by the girl's family
Arrival for the engagement
The tent in front of the house.
The guys posing.

Khairi's Engagement

6 June 2009

Eldest DS's engagement to Halizawati of Felda Jelai Satu, Nergeri Sembilan.

We stayed in Gemas on Friday 5 June'09 at Tropicana Hotel, Johore which is a half hour's drive to Felda Jelai.The whole jouirney took us 2 hours from Kelana Jaya to Gemas. The hotel is situated right smack in Gemas town, occupying 2 floors on a few shoplots which was converted to a little hotel. The rooms are cheap and clean. The reviews on the internet were true. Rooms come with breakfast which I must say was not bad at all compared to some 3 -5 star hotels. Along the way we saw a stall by selling durians at RM1 per kilogram. We decided to buy some tomorrow on our way back home but sadly we could not find it at all.I was really looking forward to eating durians - the best fruit in the world!

Back to the engagement. We came prepared with 5 trays of gifts for the fiancee. The trays were prepared by Khairi(DH) and myself on Friday night at the hotel. I must say that I am utterly pleased with the result.After the ceremonial putting of the ring on Haliza's finger by me and the lunch taht ensued, we gathered once again in the house for the exchange of gifts. The girl's side gave in return 7 trays. all equally well decorated.

After the Zohor prayers at the nearby mosque we all left for home happy but exhausted. The afternoon heat made us all so tired but thankfully my DH was up to driving.

Home Sweet Home.