Thursday, December 27, 2007

Isabella Gets a Haircut

Last week, baby Isabella had her "cukur jambul" (fringe-cutting) ceremony, which is a traditional Malay celebration for a newborn baby. The "cukur jambul" ceremony is marked with a thanksgiving dinner or "Aqiqah". A goat is also slaughtered and the meat divided and distributed to the poor, to friends and to the family. The highlight of the ceremony is when the baby is passed from one person to another to be sprinkled with holy water and "bunga rampai" (an assortment of finely sliced fragrant flowers and leaves) and a lock of hair will be cut by each person.

A day before her "cukur jambul" ceremony

All dolled up for the actual ceremony

The occasion went well and Isabella looked like a little princess in her dress! I'm glad that she had her little ceremony before leaving for UK, which will be in 10 days! I know I'm going to miss my bundle of joy very much when she leaves. There is absolutely no way I'd be able to endure 3 whole years without seeing her cuteness growing up, which is why I've been busy checking out hotels and vacation packages to London. The last time I visited London was many moons ago, when my younger sister was studying there. It would be great to visit London again. It would also make a nice second honeymoon for me and B!

Cheaper Than Hotels is currently offering awesome deals for Hotels in London, Hotels in Manchester and Hotels in Birmingham. The Radisson SAS Portman Hotel for instance has a 4-5 star accommodation offered at special discount rates from GBP194. Located in the heart of London's fashionable West End, it is only 19 kilometres from the City Airport. This lovely hotel will serve our sight-seeing purpose well as it is within close proximity to some of the city's major landmarks including the glitzy Knightsbridge, Bond Street or Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Madame Tussauds.

Besides my usual shopping, I'm also planning to visit several cool attractions in London such as the BFI London IMAX Cinema, which features the biggest cinema screen in UK at more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide. I dare say it would be the ultimate film watching experience for me!

BFI London IMAX Cinema

Another must-not-miss visit for me would be the
British Airways London Eye, which is the world's largest observation wheel that offers you a breathtaking view of over 55 of London's most famous landmarks!

British Airways London Eye

The thought of visiting baby Isabella in UK and sight-seeing in London does make it easier to say goodbye to my darling niece. All I have to do now is save up enough money for our trip! Until my next post, enjoy the pictures and don't forget to start planning your 2008 vacation too!


kimfei December 27, 2007 3:31 PM

lol...i not sure am i the first..anyway..would like to wish the little isabella happy always when staying far at UK.And marzie,I wanna ask,everytime u include those hotel link,are you writing review for those??You may reply me through email if you don't want reply over here..hehe

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious December 27, 2007 4:33 PM

hi marzie! oh, isabella is so pretty already! send my hugs & kisses to her, will ya! :)

Raghav December 27, 2007 4:52 PM

Happy to know abt the ceremony.....

I'm also going to miss the wonderful snaps u post every now & then of isabella.
she looks like a little princess in those snaps...
happy to know abt u'r plans to visit london....
it will indeed be a wonderful experience....

enjoy u'r stay.....
take care.
Happy holidays.....

Mariuca December 27, 2007 5:06 PM

Hi Kim Fei!! Yes, u are my first commenter, thanks dear!! :):):)

I'm sure Isabella will be happy staying in UK, it's me that will be upset he he he!! Oh and yes, those links represent my review for the given site. I haven't seen any reviews on ur blog yet though. ;)

Mariuca December 27, 2007 5:08 PM

Jean!! So nice to see u here today YAY!

Thank u Aunty Jean! Isabella is getting cuter and prettier too, I agree lol!! I will definitely hug and kiss her for u on my next visit. :):):)

Mariuca December 27, 2007 5:09 PM

Thanks Raghav!! It'll be harder for me to post new pics and stories on Isabella with her being in UK soon. But I'll do my best to update my readers on her progress, so gonna miss my cuie pie! I really hope my vacation plans materialize, so I can visit her soon! :):):)

LadyJava December 27, 2007 6:02 PM

GP.. holy water tu air apa? heheh..ohh Isabella looked so cute all dolled up like that!...really like a princess.... having girls are so much more fun eh.. can play dress up!..Dah lama i tak attend one of these ceremony.. must attend the next time my relatives have one of these in SG..

NafaSg December 27, 2007 6:15 PM

Aww...what a beautiful princess she is! We are going to miss her too... =(

We have some candies and cookies for her too. Want her to enjoy all the yummy goodies we have for her before she heads for UK and enjoy the yummy goodies there! Hehehe.

UK is a really beautiful place to go. We also wanna save up and find a time to go there someday! The only person in our NAFA team who has been so lucky to set foot there is none other than our air stewardess NAFA. Hmmph!!! LOL! =)

Mariuca December 27, 2007 6:41 PM

LJ, air zam zam la he he he... she does look cute right? Geram betul lah!!! Yeah, having a girl means you can dress her up, so much fun!! Kita bila lagi? Lolz....

Mariuca December 27, 2007 6:47 PM

Yay, thank u to all the aunties and uncles at NAFA Sg. Isabella loves her chocs remember? Hugs from Isabella for Nafa!!

Oh u must visit UK one day NAFA! I spent 2 weeks in London and even then, I wanted to extend my stay! And the shopping.... I bought like 25 perfumes on my London trip! Ha ha ha ... that was so much fun! And I was like 23 only, so that added to the excitement of being in a foreign country with so many things to see and places to go! :):):)

emilayusof December 27, 2007 10:31 PM

Oh beautiful Isabella!

Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) December 28, 2007 12:19 AM

Wow Marzie, Isabella looks like a cute little doll. Sorry to hear she's leaving in 10 days. I'm sure you'll miss her silly ya? I know I would. But London's not too far away right? With a little more paid postings, you'll be able to visit her often :)

Bobby Revell December 28, 2007 7:43 AM

Hehe...Isabella is such a cutie!!!! Thanks for sharing...I like learning about the customs of my Malaysian friends:):):)

Mariuca December 28, 2007 8:12 AM

Thank u Aunty Emila! Say hello to Yassin for Isabella! :):):)

Mariuca December 28, 2007 8:14 AM

NIck! He he he... yeah, like a life-size baby doll, so adorable!! And yeah la, of coz I'm gonna miss her like mad, that's why taking more opps to collect money for my flight lolz.... :):):)

Mariuca December 28, 2007 8:15 AM

Thank u Bobby! :) Glad to share some of our customs here with my foreign readers. Hope u enjoyed the pics! :):):)

J@n!ce December 28, 2007 10:55 AM

Lovely Isabella... she really look like a little princess sitting comfortably on that velvet comfy looking bed....awwww... who wouldn't miss such a sweetie pie... 3 yrs is a long time!!!
Hugs hugs to her :)

Mariuca December 28, 2007 11:08 AM

Yay, thank u Aunty Janice! :)

She does look comfy and cute resting against the pillow huh? And she was a really good girl on that day, didn't cry or make a fuss. She really is a good baby la! Quite easy to handle. :):):)

NafaSg December 28, 2007 2:48 PM

Oh woooowwww!!! 25 perfumes???? Bet u got yourself an Issey Miyake there too huh?! Hehehe. But we heard a great deal about how awesome it is to shop in London. We're definitely saving up for this right now! =)

Mariuca December 28, 2007 3:09 PM

Nafa! Yeah, 25 lovely perfumes, that was when I first discovered I like Escada perfume lolz... I arrived on Boxing Day, so there were major sales everywhere. Got a huge portion of the perfumes from Harrods woo hooo!!! Oh now u're making me feel like going on a major perfume shopping spree!

kimfei December 28, 2007 3:55 PM

haha...soon...i just got my blog approved by smorty..and not yet by PPP..must learn from u how to write those review..hehe

Mariuca December 29, 2007 12:05 AM

Kim Fei, PPP hasn't approved u yet? Try a Smorty post, they're my fave actually! Ala, no need to learn one la, he he sure u can do it too. Looking forward to ur first paid post! ;)

MakeTraffic December 29, 2007 12:08 AM

Hi Marzie, thanks for the visit. Enjoy your weekend too!

Isabella is very cute! London is a nice place. Enjoy your trip!

Mariuca December 29, 2007 12:14 AM

Hey MT! Thanks for coming by, always a pleasure to see u here.

I think Isabella is adorable too lol... and I'll definitely enjoy my trip...if I get to go that is! ;)

LadyJava December 29, 2007 2:50 AM

heheheh GP... working on it lahh... heheh.. are you?? hehehhe..lolzz..

Mariuca December 29, 2007 10:43 AM

LJ!! Next year he he he... that's my usual answer whenever someone asks me the big question lolz.... see u later dearie, am off to the hair salon now! :):):)

Adrian December 30, 2007 2:16 AM

GP!! Baby Isabella looks like a little angel lah! :):) I can see why you're gonna miss her so much! :):):)

When you say she gets passed around and everyone can cut a lock of her hair...would that mean that she ends up with very little or no hair at all?? You didn't post an "after pic" so I was just wondering! :):):)

LadyJava December 30, 2007 2:40 AM

Hehehe GP!... yeahh must use your reasoning next time someone ask me!...lolzz

Anonymous,  December 30, 2007 9:59 AM

You have a very cute baby. She is very lovely.

Mariuca December 30, 2007 1:10 PM

GK!! Yeah la, heart pain la thinking abt it! :(

Anyway, she didn't look much different after the "hair cut"... only the significant ppl like immediate family and close relatives cut off her hair, and it was just a bit, not much!

Mariuca December 30, 2007 1:11 PM

LJ! It works like a charm...every time, try it la he he he...

Mariuca December 30, 2007 1:11 PM

Hola Houston! Thanks for the compliment (she's my niece actually) and welcome to Mariuca's blog! :):):)

LadyJava September 30, 2008 11:25 PM

Love the flowers on her head GP!! Aiyyoo this one gonna grow up to be heartbreaker I tell you!!

LadyJava September 30, 2008 11:25 PM

Did you all cut syarat jer or botak terus eh??

Elara October 12, 2008 3:37 PM

Dari kecik dah comel, dah besar mesti cun melecun!

She looks so cute! I love her cute smile. Hehe..

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:33 PM

My Aunt told me that the girls are now getting prettier and prettier.. and I totally agree!

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:33 PM

My Aunt told me that the girls are now getting prettier and prettier.. and I totally agree!

Elara October 16, 2008 8:20 PM

Marzie! Did you get to ride in The Eye On Msia? I have! Syok giler!!

emilayusof October 22, 2008 12:46 AM

lol, i was planning to ask the same question, lj!

emilayusof October 22, 2008 12:46 AM

lj, i wouldn't dare! i ni penakut giler!

emilayusof October 22, 2008 12:47 AM

pernah naik ship yang ayun2 kiri kanan tu, turun2 je terus muntah!

emilayusof October 22, 2008 12:47 AM

me is the very the motion sickeness!

emilayusof October 22, 2008 12:48 AM

ingat2 ni pun dah nak termuntah!

Elara October 22, 2008 12:51 AM

Lol @ Kak Emila. :)

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