Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Manchester & Liverpool: Anak edition!


as some of you might've known, nadrah & i went on a vacation with my mazer, and brazers. mother and brothers gais.

at first, i was very reluctant about going. the whole intention of going on this vacation was my cousin's wedding. then, alang-alang dah pergi jauh, baik gi eurotrip skali kan? buy 2 clothes with 1 price gitu. =p

before i story mory about the vacay, here's a lil' background story mory about my cousingg. kecek ganung pulop. sorry boh.

ok, my cousin Tasha & Irfan are children of my aunt, Aunty nilo, who is my mom's elder sister. so aunty nilo went to UK long long time ago to further studies in Law and she got married to a pakistani man, Uncle Malik, and he's a local brit la. speaks in british accent and all.
so my cousins, tasha & irfan, are both half malay, but they were born and raised in UK, so they don't speak malay much (except for some curse words. which i admit, was our bad. when we were so much younger, teaching them malay words were boring. so we taught them some bad words. we were kids! that's what kids do! prank each other and stuff... don't do this k kids.), they have british accents, and they were more in tuned with the pakistani culture than malay.

to be honest, cultures are just traditions that has small amount of religion in it, so it's not something we should be proud of or anything.
but it is interesting to watch and learn =)

tasha is the eldest, and she got married to kasim, a pakistani guy, who also speaks with british accent.

ps: sorry i have to repeat the accent thing. i just don't want you to imagine a hindi accent or anything other. =p

of course the whole family from malaysia was invited. but my family and my cousin's (Faressa & Uncle Zul) represented the whole lot.

ok. i think that's enough of the background story. now let's story mory! weee!!

so it started at KLIA.

wow, bestnya family photo kami. -_-

Me: bye sayang! i'm gonna miss you!
Hubs: bye nadrah! i'm gonna miss you!

seriously -_-

before this, the furthest i've been with nadrah was to Chiang Mai, which wasn't that long. but this time, i was so worried, because it's about 20 hrs flight + transit, so i took all the 'in case's with me and tumpang bag orang lain. kesian bros. bag cenonet pun tetiba ada pampers la, ada buku la, bahahaha =p

so throughout the flight, alhamdulillah nadrah was very cool. she didn't care about the lift off or the turbulence. it was like a roller coaster ride for her! that's my girl!! =')
cuma, she didn't want to sleep.
and it really got me tired because, well. i WANTED the sleep. oh well. 
imagine when the lights were dimmed, and people were snoring away, nadrah was still playing with me and my mom, and of course, running up and down the isle. hewhewwww~

it was so awkward, funny and disgusting tho, in the plane.
the steward/desses didn't know who the father of nadrah is, so they just assumed one of my bros is the dad.
ada one time, a stewardess carried nadrah, and nadrah said "ayahji!! ayahji!!" while bending her body towards my brother Agy, whom she calls ayahji.
and the stewardess said, "what? you want your daddy?"
so i said, no, that's her uncle.
"oh, is this your daddy?" she asked nadrah while pointing at my eldest bro, ike.
i said, no, that's also her uncle.
and then she looked confused.

what's so confusing? my husband didn't come with me. that's all.

20 hours later...

NADRAH! alhamdulillah, kita dah sampai Manchester! weee!

really? Manchester? let me see!!

where is it ummi? tak nampak pun!

nadrah. pantang nampak camera.

alhamdulillah, dah sampai tu, we waited for aunty nilo & irfan to pick us up for a bit.
oh, forgot to mention.

it was a drizzle actually, but it might as well just be a snowstorm. it was COLD!
and i'm allergic to cold! 

fiuh! sampai rumah aunty nilo ada heater! so can take off our jackets, and RUN!
applies to nadrah only. 
the rest of us were still in our jackets. hehe!

ayahcho, give me the camera.

give it to me NOWWWWW!

told ya. nadrah pantang tengok camera.

lepaking at aunty nilo's place was so comfortable that i accidentally fell asleep. i think only nadrah got her full rest. she slept in the stroller, then on the ride to aunty nilo's place. so she was so hyper, i was glad that the house didn't have that many things for her to 'kemas' while i slept. and she was so scared of irfan! hahahaha! 

nadrah ni, truth to be told, is famous in manchester, among the families la i mean.
i always share videos and pictures at the family whatsapp group and i didn't know my mom shares them with the her siblings.
so there was this one particular video that got viral.

it was of her reading the arabic letters. i showed her the flash card, and she says what it is.
kejap je pun video tu. but my mom shared it with her siblings, and aunty nilo shared it with her kids, then her kids shared it with their friends and cousins, then the friends and cousins shared them with who knows who!

so camtu la. 

irfan was expecting that, after all the video watching, nadrah and him would be best friends at first sight. 

obviously not. kesian sangat. i told him, it's probably the beard. her dad doesn't have much. so does her uncles. 

after lepaking, eating and tapauing food from aunty's place, we head on to our hotel.
malam tu, nadrah and i collapsed.
jetlagged like crazy! hehehe!
mom went to tasha's malam berinai that night, and i don't even remember opening the door and talking to her when she got back. i was sleepwalking! hahahhaahahaha!!

the next day, alhamdulillah, we were ok. not that jetlagged.
and it was COLD!

ummi.. seriously. tak cukup bungkus i lagi ke? i'm obviously fine.

no nadrah. the cold is cold ok! ummi knows what's best! =p

we went to Old Trafford the next day. my bros are fans. since i went already last time i came to manchester, i just sat out on the tour and lepak with my doter.

we went SHOPPING~

yeah right. i takde la banyak duit pun. cuci mata je and takde mende nak buat. and it was cold. so lepak kat kedai je =)

do not be fooled by the brightness of this pic. it was so cold, i bundled nadrah like a sushi. muahahaha!

i didn't know there's a Di Maria.
i know there's a Maria Di Sini je...
bahahahahhahahahaha =8P

and nadrah, as usual, buat macam rumah sendiri ya!
yes yes! those balls are for you to kick! if they do anything inappropriate, you tendang sampai dia masuk ke dalam. ok?
good girl!

doa dulu sebelum memberi tendangan halilintar.

nak monkey ke nak bear?
she wanted them both.
i managed to distract her, and took her outside so that she wouldn't grab anything i have to pay for. muehehe =p

no ummi. it's not cold. i prove to you.
(she didn't wanna wear all the extra protections i got her..)

ha ye la nadrah. 
we were running around at the open space. then i saw my bros and mom walking towards us. habis tour daaahhh. 

my bros puas hati la dapat masuk stadium man utd. =)

so the next day pulak, we went to Liverpool.

we borrowed irfan's company driver and their van to go to Liverpool. For those of you who doesn't have a child and a veteran, capable of walking long distance and reading maps, then i suggest you to take the train. last time, my friends and i did that. it's cheaper, a lot of walking, but given the right weather and company, it wouldn't feel that tiring =) oh, and you'll walk through The Beatles memory lanes from the train station to the shopping mall. so, that'll be nice!

we went to The Beatles' museum first because my uncle and bros are fans. i am, but takde la hardcore. 

if you're into seeing these kinda stuff, then, silakaaaannn!! =D

sambil tu, kita lepak makan ye cayang?
haip. nak gi mana tu?!
*wearing Floral Cardi in Pastel Green (mint green yang tak mint sangat) and Tudung Mutia in Yellow. Both from La Kayena dearies!*

anak jepun.

since her dad didn't come with us, i told nadrah.
Nadrah, kalau you rindu abah, just wear specs, and look in the mirror.

ummi. no more jackets, please. or else.....

uishhhh!! engkau ni!! berat laaahhhh!!
baby-carrying-pic. failed.

when we had to go outside again..
nope. still cold. ok nadrah. JACKET ON!

kesian cayang ucuk ni.
nasib cute =p

this part, ya Allah. bila teringat. rasa nak nangis pun ada.
right over the chained railing tepi tu, is water and boats. and nadrah being a self-proclaimed professional swimmer, wanted to SWIM right there and then!
mom and i had to pull her back, get her on the stroller, and tried to make her stop crying and see reason. but babies.
what do they know about being rational? bahahahahaaaaaa.... -__-

alhamdulillah we managed Storm Girl.
by giving her milk.
milk kat sana sedap ok!

this is the behind side of the museum, by the way.
there're loads of shops and cafes. so you can chill anywhere. it's clean too!
i didn't shop much. just 2 stuffed toys nadrah picked up and gomol gomol until i had to buy it.. pandai dia kan...

we went to see some other Beatles places too. like this one.

oh johnny. you so boring.
i wanna shop.

ni Kak Elie.
she's one of the people The Beatles sang in All the Lonely People.
siapa tau lagu tu, anda hebat. the lyrics. the people. serious wow.

being there the second time wasn't as fun as before, but seriously, between 2010 and 2015, a LOT has changed!
and not to mention, there were at least 5 bachelorette parties going on in one area! how do we know? well, they were wearing skimpy clothes, had either a sash that said 'bridesmaid' and 'bride-to-be'. one group was carrying balloons in a shape of a male's private. 
how they survived in skimpy clothes and HIGH HEELS, WITHOUT SOCKS EVEN, in that cold, i have no idea. kudos. 

sooooo.. ummmm.. i guess that's it!
Part 1, that is.
muehehehheheheeee =p
i tell ya. my holiday stories are going to be like this from now on.
a battle between the adults and a baby. =p



Soraya Anuwar said...

Nadrah oh Nadrahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Nurulhuda Abdul Latip said...

Nadrah is so cute ok..

Mrs. Syahafizie said...

comel nye nadrah..

anis hamzah said...

suka tgk nadrah n her ummi.. comel sgt!

Ayumieka said...

Tak leh bayangkan kalau saya pegi travel n suami tak ikut... nightmare!!!! Hanya dia yang faham keperluan saya and anak2... owhh dear husband. i love u.. huhu.

mimie ghani said...

update lagi!! :D

lia ummiirfan said...

manchester kat mane

Siti Khadijah said...

abang kat mars encem ..hiks..

syira yaya said...

Nadrah is sooooo cute and adorable!! :)

Jocelyn Lum said...

Your post reminds lots on childhood too.
When my chinese+mat saleh cousin came to Malaysia and we taught him some meaningless chinese word.

Your baby is cute!

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frommetoyou said...

haha paling kelakar ayat "wow, bestnya family photo kami. -_-" hehee. sbb mmg memahami sshnya nak amik gmbr fmly yg cun2 dgn bdk besar ni hihi

Jαnnαhツ said...

Hahha. Pakai spek tengok cermin terus ilang rindu. kahkahkah.... muka sejibik ekpong

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Anasyg said...

am I d only one who read any of Nadrah's line with a thug voice. Especially, "ayahcho, give me the camera." o more like "ayahcho gimme d camera." hillarious

Nurlyza said...

As Salam,

your baby is so cute dan bertuah dpt gi Manchester.

akak nak tanyer long jacket awak sangat cantik, beli di mana. berkenan.