Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aceh with Alyah

Earlier this year I had a chance to visit the beautiful Banda Aceh in Indonesia. The trip was pretty short; just 4 days but we had so much fun and there were so many beautiful places to visit! 

The best thing was, we had one of Malaysia's beloved songstress on the trip -- Alyah, who is super friendly and one of the most easy-going person I have ever met.  

In case you don't know, Banda Aceh is located in the island of Sumatra. It is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh. The city is also dubbed to as the "porch of Mecca" (Serambi Mekkah). This is because during the days when the hajj pilgrims travelled by sea, hajj pilgrims from all over Indonesia would make a stop over in the city before continuing their journey to Mecca. 

Let's check out some of the places we visited:

Upon arrival, we visited the Kuburan Massal, where 46,718 bodies were buried after the 2004 Tsunami.

The local tourism body arranged for us to have our photoshoot at Masjid Raya Baiturrahman, which is the Icon of Aceh. It was built in 1400 and I love the architecture (reminds me of Masjid Zahir in my hometown, Alor Setar!). 

We were lucky, had the chance to perform Friday prayers in the beautiful mosque. 

A very colorful traditional Aceh house

Alyah checking out the interior of traditional Aceh house 

Some of the many delicious local cuisine! 

Totally unexpected : Aceh is an awesome place to fulfill your shopping needs! Quality fabrics at a very affordable price!! 

This is another historical place to visit - the old palace. The unique white building is literally a traditional spa. It was built for the queen. And the queen was a Princess from the state of Pahang, Malaysia. 

We also visited Masjid Rahmatullah, the only structure within that area that survived Tsunami

On our third day, we went to Iboih beach at Sabang island. 

The view was simply breathtaking! 

It's an awesome diving spot! 

White sandy beaches, great place to chill out for the entire family

And more shopping! 

Crystal clear water! 

A must : group photo by the beach!

This was one of the ship that landed on someone's house during Tsunami. I was told 26 people survived by holding on to this ship.

Banda Aceh is beautiful in so many ways. It was a great trip, and I will definitely go back there with my family. 

PS : AirAsia is the only airline that flies direct to Banda Aceh! 


Walau jauh mahupun dekat
Dihati kau erat tersemat
Mahu jumpa selalu tak sempat
Diminda ku sentiasa ingat

Creating memories.

If we choose to sit sown and wait for something to happen, I am pretty sure we will end up with similar photos in our phones (and a whole lot of selfies!). This is because memories don't just happen by itself --they can be made

We have the ability to celebrate family and friends and create powerful memories so they grow with us. Doing things together sends a strong message of love -- it can be as simple as a dinner. With a little bit of effort, a weekend getaway can be pretty memorable too. 

Everyone is always busy. It can be difficult, but not impossible. Let's find time, and make memories. They live forever. 

p/s: im gonna try to make it a habit to blog about my wonderful memories. Hopefully one day i will be able to go through it and relive the moments. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Chennai Express

Chennai is a lovely city. I had so much fun although i was there for a very short trip. 

Check out my short video:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Album :: Eid 2014

The gift of Ramadhan and Syawal

Entering the third week of Syawal, I am still occupied with open houses and invitations. There was never a dull weekend for quite a while. 

I had friends over at my house one weekend, and another weekend allocated for my colleagues. Yesterday, my family flew all the way from Alor Setar to get together again.  

As I was driving back home from a nice open house session earlier today, I felt blessed to have had the opportunity to spend quality time with people I cared for the past few weeks. 

Ramadhan gave us the opportunity to be closer to Him. At the same time, it also gave us the opportunity to reconnect with the community we live in. After Iftar sessions we got to see people at mosques for Tarawikh. During Eid, we see relatives that we usually see once a year. 

Personally, I just feel like these two months are truly a gift from Allah. It is up to us if we want to make full use of it, before we all go back to be busy and never have the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. 


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