Sunday, 27 September 2009

Then and now...

It has been quite a hectic week of Aidilfitri celebrations for us this year. The past seven days were filled with near non-stop traveling... and also eating. The cycle of movement can be summarised in a single line as follows : JB -> Singapore -> JB -> Mersing -> Kota Tinggi -> JB -> Tangkak -> Semenyih -> KL -> KLIA -> Shah Alam -> Tanjung Malim -> KL -> JB.

We just returned home late last night, so today shall be strictly spent for rest and recuperation. I'll post the story and photos of our Hari Raya a bit later (if it is not too stale by then). Today's entry is just a brief look at how my three aces have grown. The two pics shown below are of my three sons taken at Aidilfitri at the same location (in front of my parents' home) but after a span of 12 years.

Photo 1 : Three Aces, Aidilfitri 1997

The first pic is a blurry scan of a photograph taken in 1997. Along (left) was 8 years-old, Angah (right) was 6, and Adik (middle) was 2.

Photo 2 : Three Aces, Aidilfitri 2009

The second pic was taken last week. The boys are standing in the same order as they did before. Angah is now taller than his elder brother.

Along has flown back to Jordan on Friday and we sent Angah back to his UiTM hostel the same afternoon. How time flies...

22 comments:

Kak Teh said...

Oldstock, you can say that again - how time flies! Bet you had a wonderful time with the loved ones.

HLiza said...

Waaa..syoknye tengok comparison yg lama dan yg baru..yg mak bapanya camne pula? Nak gak tengok perbezaannya..he he..

Kama said...

The cute boys have turned into good-looking young men... and Oldstock, you hv travelled far Hariraya ni! I yg dok kat rumah ni pun penat bagai nak rak.. imagine you driving up and down visiting relatives..

mamasita said...

Wow..the photo of your 3 boys is so loving and touching! Pandailah you tangkap gambar diaorang! I LOVE it!!

What a memorable snapsot!

Along memang nampak so matured and quiet compared to his playful and cheeky-looking adik2!hehe

Snakebite said...

at least they are things that never change

somuffins said...

Oldsstock, selamat hari raya. Just by looking at your riraya itineraries enough to make me mencungap2. Ah yes, I think the middle in the pic looks exactly like you. Ada chance kita berbesan tak? heheh..

Oldstock said...

Kak Teh,

This aidilfitri is perhaps the most hectic one I've had in years. I met all the 12 other siblings on my wife's side within that week. Tiring no doubt, but fulfilling too.

Oldstock said...

Hliza,

Gambar mama dan abah diaorang banyak beza dulu dan sekarang. Lebih tua dan lebih gempal... heheheh.

Oldstock said...

Kak Kama,

The extensive traveling was secara kebetulan sebab the eldest had to fly back and the second boy wanted to return early to his hostel (to study for some tests this week). Just so happened that another brother-in-law buat open house at Tg Malim that same weekend, so we made the additional drive northwards.

Memang letih sungguh. Sampai hari ni masih rasa penat lagi.

Oldstock said...

mamasita,

Yes, Along is the most reserved of the three, sejak dari kecik lagi. The other two are the mischevious ones :-)

Oldstock said...

Tok, if my boys remain true to their selves, then I'm happy.

Oldstock said...

somuffins,

I doubt I can travel that extensively in future. My wife spent the whole of yesterday attending to a mountain of laundry.

So you reckon the youngest one looks like me huh? Nak berbesan tu boleh... tapi keputusan di tangan tuan punya badan tau :-)

Pak Zawi said...

Oldstock,
Those travel must be tiring but at least your family have seen half of the peninsula.
Just like me, your children will leave the roost and there will be just the two of you left at home. Just enjoy the company of whoever is still at home.

3yearshousewife said...

Impressive travelling there, that's what my mother used to call 'ukur jalan'. Yes, please do post the pictures of before and after Mr & Mrs. Oldstock. Must be very interesting too.

ladymarko said...

I can see they are good boys, no doubt :-) Sejuk mata mandang hehehe...

Glad you had a good raya with the family, Oldstock. Penat berbaloi!

Justiffa said...

Salam aidil fitri oldstock.

Kids grow up so fast kan.. seems only yesterday they were running around in hyper mode lol. i sometimes look at my 3 and wonder how they got to be so big already :)

Ki Moira said...

HELLO BOYSSSSSSSSS hehehe

Oldstock said...

Pak Zawi,

The youngest son in now in Form 2. So I guess we have another 3 years or so before he leaves us for further study. Lepas tu tinggal lah kami berdua suami isteri. That's the cycle of life.

Oldstock said...

3yrshwife,

Aduh... letih la mengukur jalan ni. Nak tengok gambar lama kami kena tunggu, sebab belum scan lagi.

Oldstock said...

Ladymarko,

Yes, the boys have been in their best behaviour at most times. I am proud of them.

Oldstock said...

Salam aidifitri Justiffa,

Welcome to this blog. You have 3 offsprings too, huh? All grown up with minds of their own, I'm sure.

For guys like us yang tak ramai anak, we just console ourselves that it is the quality and not the quantity, that counts.

Will drop by to your place soon :-)

Oldstock said...

Moira,

The boys say Hello too...