Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Good bye 2007 and welcome, 2008!


2007 was a memorable year. I could say, its a historical year for me too.

I volunteered for the Perdana Global Peace Forum III this year. I started to blog this year. I shot some questions during several PCs, when was stated in the mainstream media the next day, this year. Being a member of the ruling party, articles that I wrote were uploaded into Oppositions' 'official' websites and blogs, this year. I underwent a gastric by-pass bariatric surgery this year. I lost a record weight loss within a short span of time. An article in my blog was translated to French and uploaded in a French Navy website, this year. I was introduced to the eminent cardiothoracic surgeon Tan Sri Mr. Yahya Awang this year. Abah underwent cardiac arterial by-pass graft surgery, this year.

At the end of 2007, I decided to do a barbecue dinner for Abah (since he asked for lambchops whilst in hospital). I thought that if I had bought him some, it would have been cold and hardened, by time it got to him. That would not be too nice.

Whilst shopping for Aishah's stuff in Jaya Jusco (just before school opened) yesterday afternoon, I decided to go to the Jusco supermarket and get some stuff for the barbecue like steaks, lambchops, salmon and cod steaks, some prawns, garlic butter and a french loaf from the Delifrance across.

When I got home at 5.30pm, I started to defrost and marinate the meats. As soon as I am done, my aunty from Johor Bahru popped by, to visit my father. She and her family just came back from Gold Coast, Australia. She left the day my father went for the debridement surgery.

When I started the fire on the grill at 7.00pm, Abah had asked her to stick around for dinner. By 7.30pm, I started to cook. At just after eight, they started to eat.

Left: Enjoying dessert after a barbecue meal

I am glad they enjoyed it (although I thought I did not have enough to feast 10-11 adults) as I bought just enough meats for 5-6 diners (I made a mistake as two birds of chicken was 'accidently' left at the Jusco butcher when I had them cut and conveniently forgot about them, when I went looking for garlic butters and ice cream!).

Right: From left, Aishah, Nadene and Tanya

At almost nine, my cousin popped by with his girlfriend Nadene Osman and her friend, Tanya, on the way to Dataran Merdeka for the New Year Countdown. He was supposed to be here by 8.15pm, latest. But then again, there was this really horrible traffic on the roads in-and-out from Mutiara Damansara-Bandar Utama-Taman Tun Dr. Ismail area. Shopping malls 1 Utama and The Curve will fire up some very nice fireworks for the celebrations. There's also concerts held in these malls.

Left: My 'cheeky' cousin, Nazree Ismail (the owner of the 'famous silver BMW'!). Again, I reminded him of the 'year'!

At 9.30pm, I had to send my aunty, uncle and their daughter to their home in Mutiara Damansara as their friend Datin Hawa Mohd. Yassin is coming over. So it was a good 45 minute ride, via NKVE (exit at Kota Damansara and slowly crawl to Mutiara Damansara), of a journey which usually take 6 minutes, tops!

I only reached home at 11.15 pm and showered (I smell like chargrilled-smokey lambchops!).

So, to everyone who has been following this blog, may 2008 be a very good year for all of us.


Kerp (Ph.D) said...

me and girl had initially wanted to spend that evening at the Curve but my insticnt had told me it would be a bad idea. true enough!

so anyway, Merry New Year to you Big Bro. May this brand new year brings more cheer, wealth and health especially to you and your loved ones.

Zakhir's Zoo said...

Hey Danny the Wheeler,

Yes, bad idea!

May 2008 is a good year to you too............ :)

Mat Salo said...

Bro'.. a lot has happened last year. More so some "upheavals" in your life. But you seemed to weather it just fine bro' and here's wishing 2008 will bring you greater Joy, Health & Prosperity to your family, Insya'Allah.

Waaa.. glad am not at home. Infamous jam in and around my area back home eh?

All the best!

Zakhir's Zoo said...

Bro Ahmad F Osman,

You live in a really horrendous neighbourhood to be (on public holidays/festivities eve). Seriously man!

Happy New Year and Salam Maal Hijrah