Monday 21 February 2011

Yuwrajh - The Return of the Bad Penny

'Twas a wet and wintry morning on Sunday 20 February.  At about 1100 hours the doorbell rang.

AsH had been full of trepidation for the last four days - awaiting the arrival of Yuwrajh and Hassan from London.

She had hoped that their SatNav would misdirect them into a tributary of the River Trent in the Midlands,   which would then land them in the North Sea.  What a lucky escape it would be for her and the spouse.

But they followed their noses - which led them straight to our front door.  The aroma of  nasi tomato, acar timun, spicy roast chicken with serai and cheesecake and mee rebus was too overpowering.

And here they are having their spot of lunch  .................................

.............................................but not before Yuwrajh had unloaded all the goodies and yum yums for Miss Hamid's birthday.  Thank you, terima kasih, kam sia, dhanyavadh!!

All the above will complement the spouse's tea-sy birthday present. It will be Tetley tea in bed in the morning,  Typhoo tea for elevenses, Yorkshire tea and 2 ginger biscuits at teatime.  (I had hoped for a diamond necklace ..... for the past 26 years.)  But he's got Scottish blood and woe is me.

Thank goodness Yuwrajh has the blood of the Maratha warrior - as well as successfully undergoing Singapore's National Service.  I know that next year he will scour the jungles, and Harrods and Holloway and Boon Lay Shopping Centre too, to get his ole Teech her heart's desire.

Finally,  thank you Hassan for driving the car that brought the bad penny to our house - AND for repairing the toilet cistern.   You did it in one minute - the spouse spent the last month staring at it every day and wringing his hands!   You are welcome any time to visit Leicester, with or without Yuwrajh.  But give us time to prepare our list of DIY jobs for you to do.

Above all, thank you Yuwrajh for remembering.  You are a joy to be with - lively and warm - just like the old days.  Here are a couple of Yesterday's Photographs to 'warm the cockles of your heart' and perhaps make you cry.

Take care and have a safe journey to New York.


Wan Sharif said...

Time with students/ friends.. is time well-spent. The title of the song - is an excellent choice... for the occasion

anak si-hamid said...

Dear Wan Sharif,

You're a lovely man with such caring thoughts.

Bless you

Raden Rohaya Lopez said...

MH, Selamat Hari Ulangtahun!
Nasi tomato, ayam panggang, acar timun dan mee rebus! Macam2 benar juadah untuk hari istimewa, nyaman! Harap disammbut dengan suami tersayang dan kawan2 rampat disana termasuk Yuwrajh dan Hassan!
Saya doakan agar kamu panjang umur, murah rezeki dan insyallah akan berjumpa lagi diakhir bulan Julai untuk perjumpaan hari lahir 'The Rainbow Gang' yang ke50,

imsunnysideup said...

nice to see again ...even though in photos only !...and a belated happy birthday !!!


ph said...

Wish i was there too !!

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Roy.

You're a 'jantung manis'.

anak si-hamid said...

Yuwrajh always asks about you and Shah.

He doesn't grow old, does he?

And thank you from the recent 67 model.

anak si-hamid said...

ph, thank you.

I know you want to be around for the cheese cake, right??

Indeed I wish you could.

Awang Goneng said...

Hiya Sis!

Sorry I missed it. Happy Birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday. (One for now and two more for good measure). I thought you'd post the video of Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday, but never mind.

Hey, what's this Yorkshire Tea all about? Is it made for clog dancing folk? Good for hard water, I hear. But it's not hard to find water here, in the south east. It rains all day.

anak si-hamid said...

Dear AG,

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'm sorry MM did not turn up - she only sings for Presidents and big wigs. Now, if only Sean Connery had a version of 'Happy Birthday' .......sigh!!

Yorkshire tea? .... I only bought it because it was on offer. That's how we choose our fix - hard times you know and hard water.. But I believe the hard water we consume turns us into tough old birds/nuts!!

Ask your good wife about gracing our portals one day, before we take off again. I'll get in touch with her later.

Take care and thank you.

Wan Sharif said...

Must be getting old.. I even forgot to wish happy birthday to you.. a belated one... from a student of USM to a USM lecturer (although of different times..tak apa lah )

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you kindly Wan Sharif.

I don't bother much with birthdays - it's the youngsters who just want a good reason to visit and 'mengending'.