"Having lots of siblings is like having built-in best friends" said Kim Kardashian..and I'm totally agree with her. I come from a big family of 8 siblings and I'm the 3rd. We used to do all the silly and naughty things during our childhood day (except for my eldest sister Kak Nur who was always ma & abah's sweetheart).
Now that some of us married, we rarely spent time together except during raya or if there's BIG family event like wedding. Unlike hubby's siblings who get to spent most of their weekends together in KL. And so when my siblings decided to come all the way from KL (Kak Nur, Epik, Eji & Awin), Kuantan (Pein & Asyo) and Kelantan (Abe De) to visit my little hut in Johor during the CNY holiday......I feel so excited.
Although this means that we weren't able to attend hubby's newly born niece aqiqah ceremony; but hubby seems to be OK with it....well I guess he did so, just to make sure that his wife stays happy. A happy wife makes a happy family, you don't know meh?
+- annoying super happy faces of moi and Awin-+
I get to welcome all 7 of them plus 4 nieces + 1 nephew + 2 SIL = 14 people into my 2 storey 4 bedroom rented house. It might be a bit packed for others but for us, we used to be in this 'crammed' situation when we were small...thus everyone seems to enjoy being together and the perks of taking turns to use the bathroom doesn't seem to be an issue during the 3 days holidays.
As our main intention is just to get together, so I didnt really plan any busy and packed schedule for them while in Johor. We just went to several places nearby to my house; while most of our free time at home were spent on cooking for 17 people..LOL.
+- buffet breakfast menu of roti canai, spageti goreng, jagung rebus and egg tart-+
These are the places that we've visited during the CNY holiday :-
(1) Wet World Batu Pahat
+- the entrance fee is RM15/person. water is not so clean, but pretty much the kids have lots of fun..and that's what matters the most -+
+- this place is actually just 5 minutes away from my home. jimat masa + minyak + duit tol...LOL -+
(2) Johor Premium Outlet
Of course, I HAD to bring them here. Plus, there were lots of SALE & OFFERS during the CNY holiday; that you can even get up to 70% discount on most of the shop. It was full house on that day that we had to 'fight' to get a table to sit for having lunch.
+- upon arriving, 'bribe-d' all the kids with ice cream first so they'll behave when mommy get to do some serious shopping later -+
+- them baby-sittings the kids while mommy was M.I.A in the shops -+
+- happy faces after spending money :p -+
(3) Dataran Batu Pahat
Fiesta Belon Gergasi dan Karnival Kebudayaan was held at Dataran Batu Pahat from 30th Jan to 8th Feb. The boys wanted to went out for karaoke and pool later at night, so only Kak Nur & her kids, SN's family and Epik went to Dataran Batu Pahat for the Fiesta.
This visit is merely to fulfill my promises to Abg SN that he can play at the Soopa Doopa inflatable games when his cousins come. They (Abg SN, Tini & Fizah) were enjoying their moment of jumping on freely without having worried of being scold by mommy (like when he jumped from on top of sofa to mommy's cushion).
Besides that, they get to catch and hold rabbits as many times and as long as they want for the price of only RM2 per person. As for babies (Husna & SN Jr); they were also enjoying their time of 'catching' bubbles at the Dataran. It's good that we went there at night because the weather was nice and breezy.
+- Right pic : Soopa Doopa inflatable at the back -+
+- Left pic : Abg SN, Tini & Fizah at the rabbit's booth -+
+- 'catching' bubbles -+
Then the 3 days 2 nights holidays finally come to an end. It's time for us to live our life away from each other again and start thinking on a future plan for another family getaway.
Abg SN suddenly become one grumpy and cranky boy instead of a cheerful and well-behaved boy for the past 3 days. I truly understand that it was just a way for him to show how sad he is for not being able to play with his cousins anymore....and I'm sure he is feeling frustrated for the fact that he'll has to play with his one and only playmate at the mean time a.k.a SN Jr (who never seems to understand the right way of playing with the toys hahahaha). *tunggu ye Abg SN, nanti mommy beranak ramai2 lagi..so you'll have lots of siblings like me hehehe*
+- Abg SN's gloomy face when everybody leaves our house -+
+- Rosly-Sa'adah's clan : one for the album -+
"Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long". - Susan Scarf Merrell
Psssttt : it took me 2 weeks to finish this entry, gile ahhhh...sempat tulis 1 ayat je setiap hari bahahha -+