Monday, October 27, 2008

Ann's Deevali Debut

Ann (in glasses) with her futsal gang, at a friend's wedding

The photojournalist in Krabi last year on assignment

WHAT can I say about Deepavali? Only that each time it comes around, I think of my elder daughter Najiah (whom we call N or Ann), simply because she was born on the morning of Deepavali many years ago.

That she chose to arrive amidst the 'muruku' and 'vadeh' and 'idli' amused us all no end, providing fodder for good-natured ribbing over the years. But she sportingly took it all in her stride, although there were times in her childhood when she lamented: "Apasal la mak beranak kat Ann on Deepavali? Kalau Christmas kan best, dapat present!"

Ann is a go-getter who loves adventure; the most appropriate Malay word to describe her would be 'lasak'. She scuba-dives and keeps the goal in futsal. It's a game she picked up while studying in the US, where she kept goal for her university team as well. Last year she won a couple of awards in a local futsal tournament, namely 'The Best Player' and 'The Find of The Tournament'.

Never one to do things by half, I would like to think that Ann has inherited some of my 'ketegaq' traits. For one, she is fiercely independent, doesn't suffer fools gladly, and very loyal to friends and family alike. Unlike her mother, however, Ann is taking the tried and tested path of laying a solid foundation for her career first before settling down, and I am glad.

To Ann, who recently left news-reporting to become a travel writer for an in-flight magazine, and currently somewhere in southern Thailand on assignment, happy 'Deevali' birthday sweetheart! But no 'puri' for you this Deepavali, Ann. We shall wait until you are home and celebrate your birthday according to the Gregorian calendar, which is the 1st of November.

And to all my Hindu friends, Happy Deepavali.


bergen said...

Must be a strong swimmer she is. She's got the shoulders to prove that.

GUiKP said...

She is fiercely independent, and intelligently silent too, if I may add. I shsll keep mum on "Hell in Shell" for now. It's hardly Sex and the City, though. Happy Diwali all.

Pak Tuo said...


hmmmm......pic specks by itself.

smile I am not in the candid camera.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Bergen - memang pun. She can do a few laps at the pool with ease.

Guikp - aah, so you must be a friend...:)

Pak Tuo - i pun taknak jadi mangsa candid camera.. hehehe

Anonymous said...

Komen Pak Malim, kucing ray yg alim.

Boleh tak Ann ambil gambar saya, kata Pak Malim sambil memakai baju kebaya. Saya suka posing, kata Pak Malim sambil berpusing-pusing.

GUiKP said...

a friend of who? ask me more, he he. what does :) mean? what about other common symbols?

Kak Teh said...

Happy birthday to Ann - am sure she got most of it from her mum. Kalau tak tumpah ke nasi ke mana lagi, kan?

Hi&Lo said...


Happy Birthday and many happy returns to you and Ann.

Pak Idrus said...

Kama, How wonderful. Now you can enjoy watching them taking on the world on their own.

Have a nice day.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

wahai pak malim kucing ray yg alim
saya rasa ray memang cantik
pakai sedondon kebaya batik
jalan kedek2 pulak macam itik

guikp - they say, when all else fails; smile...:)

kak teh & hi&lo - tq and I feel so old, with grey hair aplenty, and kids all working.. :)

pak idrus - it's a bittersweet feeling. on one hand you feel you have done a good job giving them wings, on the other you almost wish they dont fly away and leave you..:(

ummi365 said...

Happy Birthday Ann, travel when you are young betul tak kak kama..

mamasita said...

Very beautiful young girl with her dimples and beautiful oi..check anak you selalu kalau ye pun dia very independent!hehe

Kama At-Tarawis said...

ummi - tq. betul, make full use of theopportunities yg ada while still young and single. dah kawin kenalah akur pd suami..

mamasita - one eye already trained on anak perempuan only mamasita, tak pernah lekang, risau! hehehe

rizal hashim said...

To Ann,

Selamat hari jadi.

Amacam koh samui?

mekyam said...

dear puteri,

you've probably been told this often, but from the pictures, your eldest daughter is the spitting image of you when you're young. down to the dimple!