Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Spring delights round me :

local grown bananas

strawberries ready to be topped with whipped cream...


green crunchy sour it when it is fresh out from the fridge...

the early season of sweet cherry

(i guess i will miss eating cherries from halit's cherry orchard this year)..

fresh peas in the pod..
love it when it is simply steamed and later mixed up in turreens of hot butter, salt n pepper...

there is nothing more creamy than fresh peas from the pod..
after eating the fresh is then u realise that peas in the can r tasteless!!

Today i made a history in my own personal life... i bought a gold bracelet for the first time in my life.... not for me of course... it is for my lil sister... her wedding gift from my beloved, hatice n baddin... n i of course....

Welll..... ok...ok... maybe i m exaggerating here... yeah... i bought the bracelet... using my beloved's money.... but it was more like... me selecting that cute bracelet... handling the money.... n bringing it home...

it all started more than a month n a half ago when my dear beloved sis in law told me that we could go together to buy the gold since she too wanted to buy one for my lil sis...

After bugging n bugging this poor lady with messages...finally she could clear her time for me... and there we went to kadiköy... to a jewellery shop where baba had known the owner for years....n was a good customer of his... with meşe the iron lady next to me... we entered the shop...

2 bracelets caught my eyes...n i chose the sweetest of the two...

Meşe... she was also with a mission... she was to buy something n something from the shop on behalf of herself.... afife teyze...lutfiye teyze... n merih n family...ll as wedding gifts for my lil sis it took quite some time for her to choose the stuffs to buy whereas it took me less than 5 minutes for me to choose mine...

Bargained she did this one lady... True...she cannot bargain as excellently as afife teyze..but she did us proud... she managed to decrease the bracelet i chose for 50YTL cheaper than the asking price...!!

And the shop owner...with respect to baba (my late dad in law)...even though the price of gold is to increase today... he calculated yesterday's price for us...with discounts...Allah Razı olsun..

Want to see the gifts?? Well... u have to wait for June when i can personally present her (my lil sis) with the gifts... so till 17th of june aka kepala batas....tungguuuuuuuuu!!!
My lil sis yana is one hell of a lucky girl masyaAllah... nice gifts r coming from turkey for her wedding!!See? this is one of the advantages of having a sis married to a türk! :0)

Giving gold is a very important culture in the Turkish tradition actually... in almost special occasions... gold is given... the simplest form of all is the gold coin(in different weight n vlue)... they r given to newly born babies... newly married couples... sunnet ceremonies etc... As for a wedding... particularly those in the immediate family... gold ring or bracelet or necklace are given...

In the Zaim family for example... for each child's engagement late anne (mom in law) n baba (dad in law)...each bride will be given pearl as a gift...for the wedding... they will buy a set of jewellery... (necklace,bracelet n rings) for the bride... and i am talking about heavy gold jewellery... in which the style is more like the greek type of style... not the cutest of all but in value... very high in value... i didnt have any engagement.. and even when my beloved told his parents that there was no need to give pearl to me (as to not waste money).... in order to be fair... they bought me too...
This keeps me thinking... i have 2 kids....for now that is...hehehe..

ok..ok...seriously speaking... i have 2 kids... that will mean at least... 2 pearl necklaces... 2 gold jewellery sets... not to mention the wedding costs etc..etc...they also dont have the *dowry* (bridal gifts) system like we have in malaysia... imagine if my eldest get married in 16 years time...phew!! things should be xtremely expensive by then!!

I like what baba did actually.. when he was young....he used to earn money n put aside a certain mount of money for each of his 5 children... this much for the education.... this much for the wedding... etc...etc...etc... he was very particular in all his planning...So when it was time for each child to get married...he was prepared in all sense.

I think that is the way we should do things too... to look forward into the future...but how far can we apply it? With just enough to live on....for now at least... the only money i can put aside for is for my kids' education... bit by bit into their own personal account... to put aside for their weddings.... hmmm...
Still... i am thankful for what we have...i have a very understanding husband who understands my need to *finish* off his money esp in the preparation to go to my homeland..a husband who just nods when i told him that his bank card is mine till we go to Malaysia...that i plan to empty his account....still he says nothing... do not bewitch him... but i bet inside he is saying...

*Gee...this woman is far too expensive to keep!*


I love you too tem!!

I am just expensive every 5 years!!
To all the ladies out there...
married or single...
with children or without...

Thank You for hopping by. Hope to see you again soon... :0)


Blogger MULAN said...

happy mother's day 2 u too...

rumah i banyak bilik kosong..!!! please... i tunggu u tau..

May 10, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Zakiah said...

Got ur sms while reading ur blog. should have answered here.
What's ur kid's plan for mother's day? Got my present from Alia much earlier thru' the post. And as usual mint chocolates (my fav) from Kak Long/angah.

Alia is coming back on the 10th and lepas tu nak jalan2 ke Australia after that onthe 20th. So her room is available. Please feel free to stay over here.

Kalau simah nak pakai my MPV while u r here, guna lah. Dah lama idle depan rumah tu. I use a smaller car to work.

May 10, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous simah said...

thanks.. :0)
mulan... i'll keep ur invitation in mind... buknnya apa... i have made a promise to kak elle.. so kena tunaikan janji tu dulu...maybe kalau ada terlebih sikit pulus... on the way to penang..kot kot la i tersesat kt rumah u... i pun teringin nk jump u... kalau nk diikutkan... hampir setiap negeri nak kena stop... tengok la yea kalau ada rezeki kita jumpa... pi tempat kak elle tu pun after my sis punya wedding baru i boleh meloncat negeri... whatever it is... no tepon u i dah savekan :0)

keep in touch :0)

kak kiah
wahhhh biknya kak long/angah! fav choc mak dia lagi... lucky you! :0) ni tengah main internet sambil mengunyah choc ka ni?

we all tak ada plan special pun... just another day.. :0) maybe the kids will suprise me with flowers or hand made drawings or cards?

akak...alia ni dia tau tak duduk diam diam?? hehehe merayp gila budak ni... !!

biasa la budak muda ..nak tengok dunia...ada opportunity...memang tak lepaskan la tu... :0) suruh l dia mai istanbul next uni holiday...ccomodation n food dah free :0)

thanks for the offer for the MPV... eeee bawak kereta? oh tidakkkk... kang tak pasal pasal saya ranapkan kereta akak ...we all naik commuteer n lrt aja la kot masa kat kl...lagipun crown princess tu boleh kir kat city center kan...pndai pandai la we all *sesatkan* diri masa jalan :0)

will try to call u... kalau tak sempat jumpa masa kat kl... hope to see u masa yana kawin... :0)


May 10, 2008 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger IBU said...

oiiii......syioknya all those fruits. meleleh air liur, salivating yewwww!!!

cepat la balik, cepat! kita BBQ ek that weekend? We'll pick you up, no worries.

Pls help list down fellow bloggers to be invited and i'll war-war kan.

Eh, berapa haribulan ni eh? Tolong confirm sikit.


May 10, 2008 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger sYaNa said...

Happy Mother's Day, Simah :o):o)

cantil2 & sedapnyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa buah2 masa spring!

May 10, 2008 at 8:12 PM  
Anonymous simah said...


thnks...u too! happy mummy's day...hero u but anything special tak utk mummy dia??

akak.. saturday 14th boleh? nanti i email u on d list... to add to ur own list...

ANYONE yg nk join BBQ... pleaseeee mari kita serbu rumah baru *ibu*!! heheheheh


Thanks...u too :0)

meh..jom makan..! :0)

May 10, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous ms istanbul said...


Happy mothers day to u too! I am sure your sis will love the gift.

It's finally hot here! Hot mocha becomes iced mocha. We go to the park every weekend, chill out.

May 11, 2008 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger wonda said...

Happy Mother's Day, Simah dear!

May 11, 2008 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger silversarina said...


Nak buah ceri tu...sedapnya !!

May 11, 2008 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger IBU said...

Simah dear,

14th June - SET!!! BBQ, BBQ, BBQ!!! So, YES, pls do announce to ur blogger friends. Nanti I ask Saba to sketch the map. Senang jer, from north south hi way (NKVE) just after Rawang toll exit.

p/s The guest room is actually 2 adjoining rooms (kita korek buat pintu...hehehe), big one for mommy & daddy (nice view front & back) and smaller room for the kids. So no sweatttt....

May 11, 2008 at 3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simah dear,
Happy mother's day...Simah,just out of curiosity, bila akak tgk slide mak Simah and kad Yana, akak rasa cam kenai ja..Yana pernah sekolah kat Kepala Batas dak? SMK Kadir...kalu betoi, sah la akak pernah ajaq dia dulu..kalau salah org, minta maafle ye Simah..

Kak Haslina...

May 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger simah said...

ms istanbul
hope u r enjoying ur day my dear

must be nice eh to be at the prk every weekend.. just u n ur lil one... spending quality time together...

u take care eh? hope to be able to see u one day... so be itchy this summer!! *wink* :0)


thanks...u too :0) apa yg kenji prepare for u yea? his fav mom...


mai sini makan kat sini kak! ni baru early season.. not full season yet... cherry...sweet n plum.. menang forevermy fav fruit :0)


May 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger faizabelle79 said...

Simah..selamat hari ibu to u..
I agreed about yr late baba on how he put aside money for his children-education,wedding etc..
My PIL also did that too..mmg byk membantu..

May 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger simah said...

settttttttt!! itz a date! we make it at 7pm.. sebab kalau lambat sangat my kids cepat mengantuk...

tadi i tanya halil...bukanya dia tak nak sleep kat ur place...tapi dia ckp..we have a room already kt hotel... buat pa menyusahkan orang... hehehe

ok... nanti akak dah tulis mp..emailkan kat saya yea??

kak haslinda
saya rasa memang itu student akak dulu :0) memang dia budak kadir... rasanya masa kat sekolah dulu orang panggil di *shida* kot? she was quite n active girl masa sekolah dulu... l saya..jom kita sembang in details..

ni email saya..

May 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger simah said...

kak haslinda
happy mother's day to u too!!!

May 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous simah said...

memang plnning penting... cuma tu la.. cn we apply it?

hope u r having a great time with ur precious ones :0)

May 11, 2008 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Alinlai said...

aku kalau dpt pi istanbul lagi... aku nak borong cherries tu banyak2... aku suka sangat2... hari tu pernahlah beli kat Giant tapi dah tak fresh la... dan masam2 sikit...

abang bulat kata hang nak beli apa pun dia OK je... no hal :)

May 12, 2008 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger D said...

hey, that's what men are for kan???

you know, I think you've made your readers more excited about the wedding than you! Haiya... (psst, stared and kissed 'em tickets yet today?). LOL

May 12, 2008 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger simah said...

hang kena mai masa mcm ni baru ada cherries..kalau hang mai musim panas mana hang nak carik wei minah....

ok..nanti la aku pikir apa nak beli kat laki hang :0)

hahahahah of course dear d! hahahaha ticket mesti kena tenung.. sampai nak luncai dah!! hahaha

it will be a small wedding ja pun.. bt something i am xtremely excited about... ni la adik pompuan i yg bongsu..yg dua ekor lagi lelaki :0)

May 16, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
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