All About Alliya
A Story to Share about A Girl, Her Family & Her Friends
By: filah ismail

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Saturday, 30-Aug-2008 07:33 Email | Share | Bookmark
Living Skill Learnt - III

just arrived
the kuantan's clan
putting up the tent
helping out
being patriotic
the BBQ team
almost ready
trying the tent
amira n alliya
the breezer
the juggler
the chef
Uncle Manaf n grandson
crabs' on-lookers
the bbq
the Balok Sand
enjoying the food
the nite talks
the crab master
the captives
the tiny rounded sand
the sunrise
the damages
the breakfast
Camping @ Balok Water Recreational Center
20-21 August 2008

To celebrate Alliya's 10th birthday this year, her dad had promised to take her camping and barbecuing. At first, we wanted to include her cousins from Penang and KL.. but it seems that everyone has their own plans. Farah was busy preparing for her UPSR Examination, Yani was planning her own trip back to her grandparents in Taiping, Fakri was busy with his Rugby practices and as for Nashitah.. nobody was available to bring her to KL .

When we decided to camp, the only place that came to our mind is Balok Water Recreational Center in Kuantan, Pahang. With Auntie Na's great efforts, she managed to gather few relatives in Kuantan to join us. They were Embah (alliya's grandma), Amira, Atina, Nabilah, Yan, Nor and Nazrin. Uncle Manaf, his wife and grandson were there too but only for awhile.

By noon time we arrived at the camping site and started putting up our tents and began to bbq. After helping ourselves to the bbq, (the chefs on that day were alliya's dad, uncle Yusri and Auntie Na) the children strolled the beach trying to gather small crabs. The activity was lead by Nazrin. Nobody dare to start swimming since Amira was not allowed to do so.

Came afternoon, Amira's parents arrived and took her home Before the sunset, we set up the 'tanglong'@chinese lantern around our campsite. The lanterns were only for decoration since Uncle Yusri brought his study lamp and a small radio. We were lucky because the area was not crowded that night since it was not a weekend. If it was, we will have to fight to secure a site with electricity outlets. Zaid (Atina's brother) and his friend joined us that night. We had our fried meehoon and burgers for dinner. The children spent their time playing monopoly and the adults were just chatting and bonding. Uncle Din and his son, Azeem visited the campsite for a short while since they have their own activities at a hotel nearby.

When it's time to sleep, the three girls were put in a tent, the boys were in another tent. The third tent was left for Alliya's ayah and Uncle Yusri (guardians for the nite). As for Auntie Na, Embah, Auntie Jiah, Yan, Nor and me, Alliya's mom, we were heading to a chalet nearby. After all the 'buh hah' (another story for another time).. finally we were settled in two rooms.

Suddenly around 1.30am.. without warning, there it was.. a heavy downpour. All of us at the chalet sympathized with those at the campsite but there's nothing much we could do since it was late already. We just have to wait til sunrise to see the damages and casualties (if any)


the crabs' masterpieces

the sunrise

the damages

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