Special Occasion

Farewell, Grandma Dearest

 

It has been exactly one week since my grandma’s passing. Home is getting quiet without her presence I have to admit. Especially without the TV sound that used to accompany my late grandma in the living room. The first thing when any of us got home, we will check on her but right now? All we could do is just staring into the blank space (towards the direction that she used to sit).. with no presence of my grandma there anymore.

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Aunty Molly (my late grandma) is no stranger to the neighbourhood that I am living in. She is always described and known as the grandma with cool hair style & frequent change of hair colour (she can’t stand having grey hair), who loves to dress up and pretty much quite protective towards her grandchildren (mostly yours truly). She also makes constant appearances at my school during my younger days, thus that is how my friends recognizes her as my grandma.

I dare say, she is not your typical grandma and I am pretty lucky she isn’t. She approves my inappropriate (just slightly low cut) outfits whereas my mum would mumbles about it, She would let me dye and do my hair since 15 years old during school holidays, She would give us money to buy McDonalds whenever my sister and I complains that we are bored with home-cooked food, She would want to have the same outfit as I am wearing if she likes it, And she would also take neoprint (sticker photos) with us.

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Besides being a grandma now, she is also a mother to 3 kids and great grandmother to 2 little ones. My grandpa passed away when my dad was just 15 years old, thus there is where my grandma took on his role to work and earn to feed the family. I seriously couldn’t imagine how and what I would do if I was in her shoes – losing my husband so soon. Yet, grandma pulled through and did all she could to make sure the family is well fed.

Aside from acknowledging what my grandma has done for the family throughout the years, I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone’s kind words, as well as those who made an effort to come to my grandma’s wake to pay your last respects.

To my relatives,

Thank you all for being there to support and assist my family and I throughout the wake and funeral. Especially my grandaunt Mary (grandma’s younger sister) who has been there mentally and physically, who even stayed back to help out after the funeral was all over and done with. Not forgetting, my cousins and relatives from my mum’s side of the family, I appreciate all of your presence and effort to come down all the way to KLANG to pay your last respect to my late grandma. I am indeed pleased that the union between my dad and mum’s side of the family is well-kept this way.

To my extended family members,

Eventhough we probably only meet a few years once during festivals or weddings, I appreciate all of your presence during the wake and to make an effort to come during the funeral day as well.

To my primary/high school mates/childhood buddies and friends,

I sincerely would like to thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedule and coming over to the wake after work to pay your last respect to my grandma, especially a few of my mates that I have not met in years after I left school (you know who you are). It means a lot to have all of your support at such low point of my life.

To my neighbours/neighbourhood,

I’m sorry that we didn’t manage to notify all of you but thank you for making an effort to come when you find out. That includes the aunties from the saloon that my grandma frequently goes to, the uncle from the Bah Kut Teh shop that my grandma always tapao from, the Nyonya kueh aunty, the doctors (Dr Jaspal & Dr Quay) that my grandma goes to, etc.

Also on behalf of my dad, I would like to extend my appreciation to his buddies, childhood friends, ex-staffs and acquaintances for attending my late grandma’s wake.

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I understand how people comforted us and said that my grandma went in peace; that passing away in her slumber is the least painful kind of death that people desire – “to go in their sleep”. Like how she is in a better place now reunited with my grandpa, etc. True that. I believe she is! Yet nobody tells me on how to cope with losing someone that is close to me and lived together with for 24 years. This is the kind of hard reality that I will need to go through in life, and that is to accept and acknowledge that my ONLY grandma has passed on.

How long will it take to completely be fine? 1 month? 2 months? 3 months? 1 year? I don’t know. But I am sure sporadically I will think about the things my grandma and I have done together. How she would spoil me constantly by trying to provide me with anything and everything that I request for.

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During my trip back to Melbourne 2 months ago, I clearly remember the conversation that I had with my cousin KK over dinner, about how and will we ever miss someone that once means so much to us? Do we tend to forget everything and move on at some stage in life?

He enlightened me and told me that,

” It’s not about how long the joy and happiness last, but what matters is how you remember them and keep the best moment you once shared together in your memory. “

True enough. Very well said, indeed. The amount of memories that I have with my late grandma will forever be stored in my mind and heart. You will definitely be missed dearly by us all, mama.

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The Change : And.. I finally did IT!

 

I was surprised myself that I finally did it.
Though occasionally I will have the thought of chopping my hair off but I am always skeptical.
To the fact that I have a round face shape, I wouldn’t even dare to imagine how I will look like.
So, it was always the long hair. THE LONGER THE BETTER! (in my honest opinion)
People who knows me well will notice how vain I am when it comes to my hair.
I will get upset with just 1-2 inches chopped off of my hair and would never go to a saloon unless necessary.

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Besides, I heard that men are much attracted to chicks with long hair and shorter one appears less attractive. I am not too sure how true that can be but I do see hair flipping/playing with your hair as a gesture of flirting, and if one were to have short hair, how can you ever do that right? So yeah. I decided to stick to the norm – to keep my hair long and do whatever I can to make it look nice.

Until..

That weekend after I got back from Melbourne.
I woke up on a Sunday morning, sat on my bed and stare around my room for a while.
My mind was blank and I wasn’t thinking nor I was considering about anything at that point.
Then, a decision just came into my head and tell me that I should chop my hair off.
It was a now or never kind of decision and so after breakfast, I bid goodbye to my long hair.

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I will usually go Ohmygod! Ohmygoodness! whenever I see that amount of hair on the ground,
But I don’t know why this time, I just smiled myself.
A sign of relief more than feeling stressed that my hair will never grow longer and etc.
More than half of the length of my hair was gone in less than 20 minutes time.
And this not a everyday thing that I go through.
Possibly the last time I had short hair was when I am 12 years old and that’s about than 10 years ago!

I have to admit it took me a couple of days to get used to not being able to sniff my hair, twiddle my hair, etc. But plus point of having short hair is I get to wake up 15 minutes later than usual every morning. What matters most is I feel a slight boost of self-confidence with this new hair! ❤

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The month of June has been unpleasant to me.
I don’t feel like jotting down what happened in my blog yet, most probably I will in the future. Shall see.
But hey, I am pulling through well so far. I thank my family and friends for being there during tough times! It takes time. I would be lying if I tell you I am completely fine right now.
As I do understand the fact that if I don’t help myself, nobody could (sounded wrong but yeah lol).

I am looking forward to August.
Not only it’s my birthday month and I am turning a year older again,
Its also the month where a new chapter is about to begin.
Feeling excited and anxious at the same time.

xx

The Gardens Residence and Alexis Bistro

Had a pretty intense month right after Chinese New Year.
But during these times, I learned that I’m very blessed to be a part of a kin with strong family bonds,
both from my mom and dad’s side. Indeed, I am feeling grateful.

Anyhow, flashback to October last year – Sharon’s Bachelorette Party at Garden’s Residence.
The irony, though. Sharon is close to 6 months pregnant now,
and I’m just about to talk about her bachelorette night.
But I insist on writing up a post about this for two reasons :

i) To highlight the awesomeness of The Gardens Residence
ii) To pen down a memorable occasion of celebrating my closest cousin’s last day of singlehood

We started this off as a surprise. So, lil’ sista has to distract Sharon (to meet up with us later) while me and Melody checked in to the apartment first and started decorating everywhere with balloons and etc. But before we do so, I was impressed with how simple and comfy the apartment is the moment I stepped in. It’s affordable for the amount of money we pay a night! Plus point, the kitchen is fully-equipped with all cooking utensils available as well as utensils.

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IMG_4327The living room

IMG_4328The kitchen area

IMG_4422IMG_4424Cooking utensils and all kind of cutlery

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IMG_4341The master bedroom

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IMG_4004The master bedroom’s bathroom

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IMG_4337The another bedroom

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IMG_4439The view outside of the apartment


SURPRISE SHARON!
And we took like a gazillion shots before we leave the apartment to do some shopping and massage.
Hehe. Typically us, girls.

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IMG_4378Siblings LOVE! 

We had our dinner at Alexis.
Food was good especially the dessert – Mixed Berry Meringue and Tiramisu. It’s a total foodgasm!

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IMG_4489Grilled Marinated Calamari

IMG_4484Salad Bowl

IMG_4490Baked Button Mushroom Tapas

IMG_4496Gamberetto Pizza

IMG_4501Angelhair Aglio Olio

IMG_4503Slow Roasted Duck Magret

IMG_4509Mixed Berry Meringue

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An awesome day celebrated. Now, I can’t wait to organize the baby shower for my cousin dearest.
Oh, how time flies. What’s next after baby shower? Baby’s full month.. baby’s 1st birthday.. etc.
Yes. I am very excited to be an aunt again.

xx