Friday, September 26, 2008

Invisible Neighbour (Part 3)

I've sent our kek lapis to the neighbour's house yesterday evening.

I was quite anxious, wondering how best should I deliver the cake next door. So over lunch, I went out with my officemates looking for a nice basket/box for the cake. Couldn't find any. Wanted to go to Semua House, but my God! The road was jammed packed with cars! I think orang ramai dah start cuti and pegi shopping raya. We turned back and headed to The Mall instead. Nothing nice there..

Then I thought of stopping by at KLCC after work to look for the basket. The after work traffic was equally bad; so I went home straight. In the car, I was thinking hard ~ how should I do this? How to make an impression?

The moment I reached home, Nadim asked me, "When are you going to deliver the cake?" Pressure....! Pressure.....! I was determined to deliver it yesterday. Didn't want to wait any longer. MrNordin was not coming home for berbuka. I told myself, "Hang it lah! Let's just do it!"

So, I took out the cake from the fridge and shoved it in the oven to warm it up (yes, Waterlily, I did just that!). In the mean time, I remembered Nadira still has a few unused boxes from her cupcake days. I searched for the boxes and found one that just fit the kek lapis. Hurray! Perhaps this is gonna be good after all!

Then, I went out to the shop with Nizzar to buy a kad raya. By this time, it was almost 7pm. Orang dah nak berbuka. As I stepped out of the shop , I saw a florist with some nice baskets of lilies. I decided to get one for the neighbour. The lady was closing, so she added a few more flowers with no extra charge. Another hurray!

Sampai rumah, I quickly checked on the cake, which by then was already out of the oven and was nicely warm. I placed it in the box and tied it with a big ribbon. I wrote a short note in the card, thanking the neighbour for their lovely gift, and asked the kids (who were pretty excited about delivering the items) to send the flowers and cake next door.

Nadira carried the basket of flowers, Nadim carried the box of cake, while the maid and Nizzar just tagged along. Then I sat down to have my meal.

Five minutes later, they all came back. Nadim said, "The guard asked, where are we from?" (these kids pegi sebelah pakai t-shirt & baju tidur je, buat apa nak salin, kan?) Kita orang kata, from next door." Hee... hee...! I don't think my kids handed the things personally to the neighbours, but all the same, I hope they like the gifts.

If you read Utusan Malaysia today, our Minister neighbour is on page 5 ~ the one of the right.

And this is what I wrote in the card:

Dear H** & M**,

Thanks for the lovely gift you gave us yesterday. It was very thoughtful of you..

Here's wishing you and family a happy Hari Raya. Semuga murah rezeki dan diberkati Allah selalu..

Kind regards,
Nordin & family

p/s. Btw, I don't think she reads my blog...


busymum100 said...

Well done! Quite an effort there, to have to look for flowers, etc.. I'm sure they'll appreciate them (cake and flower).

BTW, I baru reply your comment on the crochet blankets, sorry.. bila guna pc berebut2 dgn anak2 ni, selalu terkejar2...

emma said...

selamat hari raya kak :)

always nice reading your blog

MrsNordin said...


I've read your comment and posted one on the vulnerable posting. I hope you're feeling better now...

MrsNordin said...

Hi Emma,

Selamat Hari Raya to you too... whoever you are.... and thanks for visiting!

Dad of 4+1 said...

Mrs N, Mr N & family,

Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin...Jemput je rumah!

MrsNordin said...

Hi Dad of 5,

Selamat Hari Raya to you too! Ya, memang I nak pegi rumah you raya ni! Tak balik Muar or Kedah?

Anonymous said...


I am wondering if I have wished u and ur family a Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir dan Batin. ehhehe been hopping here and there tak ingat to whom I've sent out wishes.

Aida - no mood to work already but have to.

Madam Tai Tai said...

Well done, BJ! And nice touch with warming it up in the oven prior to sending. I'm sure they thought you baked it yourself. :)

Nanti kalau they like it, beware...they might place orders for next year's raya!

MrsNordin said...


I pun tak de mood nak kerja. Baru balik lunch, I think I'll go home soon. And it's raining outside...

BJ - nursing a bad flu (and tak puasa!)

MrsNordin said...


Tu yang I takut tu. Nanti dia ingat I pulak yang buat. Mampus!

Selamat berbuka. I'm going home soon...

muteaudio said...

Itu rupanya your neighbour. Agaknya boleh dapat soalan bocor if I hantar kuih lapis berlapis-lapis?

Anyway Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Maaf Zahir BAtin.

IBU said...


I just moved into my house few months back. So far the non malays neighbours have all said hi in some ways or another - like nodding or waving hand as they drove, jogged or briskwalked past our house, etc. Tapi yg Malays ni yg liat sikit, senyum pun tak. Memanglah the houses are detached from one another, so x leh lah nak gebang kat tepi pagar kan? And I pun balik kerja kol berapa? Org dah standby nak tidur. Gebang2 ni pun not my forte. And we were told 2 or 3 of them have 'prefixes' in front of their name - u know what I mean. Agaknya maner kelas nak berborak2 dgn neighbour baru yg anak 3 orang tu eh? And our house cuma ada kolam ikan, unlike theirs ada kolam renang. Hishh...tak baik buruk sangka kan?

At least senyum mesti mau ada. Berbaik dgn jiran tu kan dituntut dalam Islam? Aichewah!!!

So....Inspired by your previous note & this one too - I think I will break the ice in the zaman-dolu-dolu way. Hehehe.... Plan nak hantar ketupat & ketam (ha'ah, bukan rendang!) di pagi raya!! So far Ayah is cool about it.

Itu pun kalau they all x balik kampung laaaa....

Lalalalala.... wish me luck!

MrsNordin said...


Hantar ketupat & ketam? Wow... I'm sure they will love you instantly! Go on.. do it!

Itu lah, I tak faham macamana kita ni boleh duduk berjiran when we don't even know who lives next door. Susah kan... kalau kita mulakan, dia ingat kita menyebok. Kalau tak tegur, dia ingat kita sombong.

I think you should just do it to break the ice. Send it before raya lah.. malam raya ke... that'll be nice. Good luck!