Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Day Trip ToThe Land of Cik Siti Wan Kembang

I am blessed with a maid who is excellent at massaging. I have tried plenty but so far she is the best. Perhaps she won't suit those who frequent the beauty spa. As she put it ,"Urut sedap badan tapi uratnya semua kencang!" :-)

Sri is brilliant when it comes to segala macam urat. And yes... You have to bear the pain . I don't complain though... for she takes care of us girls almost perfectly. Sometimes the girls call her the doctor of the house ;-) The remedy she gets for us when we purge, during my menstrual pain & angin especially works almost instantly. We are indeed grateful having her around.

The only person in the household who lacks her attention is HB. Sri does not massage men & even if she does, HB does not agree to the idea & if so HB suddenly changes his mind, I won't let that happen! :-)

HB too has tried a lot of masseurs. Men OK..! ;-) One person who suits him perfectly is Abe Soh. Even how many other masseurs I have arranged for him, he still prefers Abe Soh.

I have nothing against him really. Just that he does not reside here in Klang Valley. He is in Kelantan, Kota Bharu to be exact...

HB has made plans for another of his excursion end of the month. This is another of his many hiking trips. One of his must preparations is a good massage. Hence an arrangement was made to meet up with Abe Soh.

The day chosen was yesterday. What a perfect day... :-) You see my parents come over to my place every Wednesday after their regular visit to a clubhouse in Cyberjaya. With abah & ma around, the girls were in good hands.

As usual I sent Balqis to her kindie but Yasmin & Wardah got the day off from mengaji. Right after I dropped of Balqis at her kindie, HB drove us off to KLIA.

You see we didn't really have the tickets to Kota Bharu that morning. But HB had earlier called the ticketing department the day before. There should be tickets available for us.

We got our tickets at quarter to 9am for a 1010am flight. Ample time still to have a quick breakfast. Went to the Food Garden at level 3 & helped ourselves for these.

Any idea, which was HB's & which was mine? ;-)

The flight was delayed for 20minutes. I'm sure for those who travel locally often with MH, experience the most delays this month :-( PM me if you wish to know why...

Well anyway it was a smooth flight. I after soooo long managed to catch up with my reading & HB was occupied with this...

Reached KB at half past 11. Not really a sunny day. I should expect the rain in the afternoon. The Kelantan River welcomed us.

The airport

Abe Soh was our taxi driver. He had an emergency earlier & was about half an hour late. My stomach was growling & the restaurant right in front of me was somehow calling out my name.

Anak dara sunti waiting for the taxi ;-)

What I saw opposite the taxi stand... My was I hungry!

Abe Soh finally came but his hospitality automatically made me forget his unpunctuality. HB requested Abe Soh to send us to one of his favourite places in KB...

Yati Percik

Seriously... I went crazy the moment I entered the restaurant. I saw food & more food & more food! Here are the desserts served which I really couldn't share with you the names.

Except for this one... puteri mandi. Am I not right? ;-)

Now the dishes to company the rice...

A type of clam

A couple of the gulais


Ikan percik

Sayap percik (I was confused at first for I am more familiar with kepak)

Only the wings were ready. I didn't complain because I simply love chicken wings...

The ayam percik... however was not yet ready.

Now here are the condiments to the nasi kerabu

The nasi kerabu I had...

To accompany my nasi kerabu...

Sirap Selasih

Within minutes I turned my plate to this...


The dessert HB chose, ondeh-ondeh.

Abe Soh & HB

We were supposed to have a lunch date with a friend & her hubby but due to a short notice, she came a little bit later alone. HB had already left with Abe Soh for the massage.

Dr. Aleng & yours truly

We shifted to the air-conditioned area & I got myself ...

...a bowl of lai chee kang.

As we were busy catching up with things, I got an SMS from HB. He suggested me to perform my zohor prayer at Aleng's. He knew too well the place he was at would not be comfortable to his wife ;-) So the next plan was to meet up in town instead.

Aleng, infront of her house...

We were looking for an angle to upload a pic in FB. But my hand was not long enough for a better background :-)
Us in my attempt shooting a self photo.

We left for my retail therapy an hour after. KB has changed a lot since I last came to town in 1992.

The ruler remains the same ;-)

Daulat Tuanku

A shopping mall.

That was not the place I was heading though. It was the one opposite the mall...

Pasar Siti Khadijah

A trishaw is quite common in KB.

These fruit sellers welcomed us. If I were to put up the night, I would definitely go for the longans.

I had planned earlier to meet another dear friend - Ruzeleen. Found her crossing towards me in the middle of the market wearing the first lady smile. And how she could speak in the dialect at ease!

So I had 2 friends residing in Kelantan with me. A favour I needed was for them to put a show as locals & do the bargain for me ;-)

Ground floor - nothing got me interested here :-)

First floor, I got myself some brooches. Very cheap... Bumped into my senior in campus. She was in KB for a course & going home the day after.

Second floor was how I imagined it would be. Kain & more kain & more kaiiiinnnn...!

The 3 of us. I bought telekung from this shop :-)

Aleng had to excuse herself at 4pm to fetch her kids. 3 turned to 2 but the therapy didn't stop there. In fact it got contagious. Leen was infected... kekeke!

HB found us deep in bargaining. Offered him a stool, he took out his phone & within seconds he became invisible. Hehehe...

It was still raining when we left the market. It was still early & decided to have something for tea. Since HB forgot to purchase the frozen ayam percik on his way to the market, our tea was back at Yati's.

KB is the capital of Kelantan. Hence, she couldn't runaway from the bad traffic...

Leen & I had laksam for tea. It was the best I had. Felt like ordering another but ordered burung puyuh goreng (sorry no picture) instead. HB? He went for another round of nasi kerabu...


Nasi Kerabu

We didn't omit dessert in the meal ;-)Not sure what we had. It tasted good. Sorry for the blurry photo. HB's camera ran out of battery & opted for the camera phone. I didn't bring my bulky camera though.

It was very frustrating when told that there were no frozen ayam percik. The ones they had stored were all void due to a cut at the wrapper. However, we bought the freshly grilled ayam percik.

The ayam percik

Leen sent us off to the airport & this was taken minutes before we parted...

Not only that we were early but our flight was delayed again. Good that I had Picoult to entertain me. Managed to complete the book. Beautiful... I even cried in the middle of all the passengers at the waiting hall (^_^) Will update on the book soon.

We reached KL safely a few minutes before 10pm. Claimed our luggage & headed to the car.

For a day trip... I think HB, you're over doing it with packing. Heheheh....!

The supper my girls had but their parents joined in at ease ;-)

To Aleng & Leen,thank you so much. I had a wonderful time.This day trip is reallyfun. Do expect me again in Kota Bharu in the near future ;-)


lizamurni said...


Ruzeleen mmg reside kat KB ker? How many kids does she have now?

I lagi lama dah tak pegi KB...the last time I went was in 1984....hhehehe...

The ayam percik looks fab...nak kena pergi jugak nih...

leen said...


OMG Ja!...U met Aleng too...? Whoaaa jelesnye. BTW, you all ni pi berurut ke pi makan ni hehehe..Yes, the Yati Ayam Percik simply the best...going to KB without it...xde maknanye :-))

Sakinah said...


Cantiknya tudung awning u. Bila nak start selling?

Bestnya visit tanah tumpah darah cik siti wan kembang. I always enjoy visiting kelantan - the people, the food, the environment.

ibu,mommy,mom... said...

Bestnya dapat day trip dengan hubby aje:)

a&a'smom said...

I was in KB during my younger days & used to go to kindy by trishaw.

BTW, which Picoult bk did u read? Do watch Oprah Show this Sun 8pm ch 702 as Cameron Diaz is been interviewed for her role in the movie My Sister's Keeper. I'm currently reading my 5th Picoult-I just luv her writting!

myn said...

yeahh...for a day trip...jemir certainly did overkill on the packing...huhuhu :P

Uncle Lee said...

Jabisha, I always love your great sense of humour, ha ha...'Sri does not massage men & even if she does, HB does not agree to the idea & if so HB suddenly changes his mind, I won't let that happen! :-)

Wow, love the fantastic pics and food.
And Captain with that backpack, macham nak naik Mount Everest, ha ha.
Have fun Jabishah.....
psssst, badan saya sakit, can phone your Sri? Arhaaa ha ha. Lee.

wanshana said...

Hmmmmm, nasib baik I tak dok kat KB...Kalau tak, makin gemuk lah I... :)

You all ni, macam gi USJ from Kinrara ajer :) Hehehe!

jabishah said...

Hi Dikny,

Yup she's in Kelantan but KB but Pasir Putih. I made her come down to KB. Hehehe... She's with 3 kids now.

The ayam percik is superlicious. Cant do this often. Gemuk for sure ;-)

jabishah said...

Hi Leen,

Yup. Met up w aleng. Was my day... She was free. As she put it "Takde body hari ni..." Eerie!

jabishah said...

Hi Sakinah,

KB & her food. Love both...

Tx dear. I've started selling a few. Now in the process of making a collection before I put them up in the blog. Might hv a separate one. Will update.

jabishah said...

Yes Renee,

My hubby terkejut tgk wife dia mkn. Not really a pretty sight. Hahaha... Puas sgt mkn without anyone shouting for Mama this, Mama that. Peaceful digestion ;-)

jabishah said...

Hi Sheela,

Bet ur bz w preparing for Diwali. Yes I watched that episode oprah. Oh how I hv missed her. Been a long time since my last date w oprah. I was reading My Sister's Keeper. Beautiful writing. You cant really predict what Picoult is up to.

Happy Diwali!

jabishah said...


Nak practise for nepal kan.. Kena lah kasi shopping byk sikit ;-)

jabishah said...

hello Uncle,

Hehehe... Over my dead body ;-)

His next excursion will be in Nepal yes but not climbing everest!

The food was really heaven. Wish I brought along my dslr for better shots.

Waaa... u want a good massage? Ask auntie lah to give u one ;-)

jabishah said...

Hi Kak Shana,

Exactly! Food was out of the world. We missed Murtabak Raja. According to a friend, there is this place which serves Sultan's fav local cuisine. Next do! ;-)

a&a'smom said...

Ja, I got my 5th Picoult Book-Change of Heart