Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I arrived safely in Perth with my two friends (Datin Yurniaty and Norehan) and my daughter, Siti Ayeshah on Friday morning, 23rd July. The weather was 4 degrees celcius. Brrrrrrr... but we were all prepared for the cold. I was thankful when all the salt fish, shrimp paste (for Zahrinah) and ikan bilis stock and fried popiah fish crackers (for Linda) got through at Customs. My two friends were amazed that they allowed these to be brought in. Strange... but true!!
Since we arrived at dawn, we then had our fajr prayers at the Airport. We did our solat at the 'baby's changing room', since it offered a little privacy. We then had coffee, hot chocolate for me, since I am not a 'coffee person'. Then we pushed our luggage trolley out of the airport to search for a taxi. We had to take a van, since there were four of us plus 10 bags... Hehee.
We arrived at Lawson street around 7am. Datin Aini and Puan Aida and their daughters were already waiting for us at the house. This was my first meeting with both of them. Fancy meeting in Perth, instead of Kuala Lumpur.... Well, we were all busy persons.... heheeee..
They had prepared breakfast for us, so we ate, politely... (we were all being polite, and reserved...). After breakfast, we went to the agent for our daughters to sign the tenant agreement. We all took the bus. Here, in Perth, the public transport is very efficient and ON TIME!! Not like in....
We were at the agency for almost two hours! From there we went to the University for our daughters' registration and whatever necessary... I have been to this Uni two years ago, so I was still familiar with the surroundings and the way to the International Students building and to find my way around.
I wanted to meet a Prof Alan Randall, the students affairs dean, but he was on leave. His assistant gave me an appointment on Monday morning.
We all returned to the house and had our bath and prayers (zuhur and asar combined). By this time we were all so hungry.... But we had to wait till after eshaq prayers, because, we were going to have a small 'new house kenduri'. Linda (Datin Nurbaee's daughter) who is living in Perth, cooked for us. She brought along her husband and his three friends to solat magrib and eshaq. Then doa selamat by one of them who imam the event. We than had dinner of ayam masak kurma, ayam masak merak, mixed vegetables and white rice. Linda was quite a good cook, or perhaps it was because we were all starving.... Heheeeehee
After dinner, we all had fun chit chatting and laughed a lot... because Linda's husband and his friends were so funny... That includes all the Datins and Aida and Norehan.... When we could laughed together, I felt we could all get along for the next one week!! We called it a night when they left at 11.30pm. But then....