It was not unlike a long ardous labour which resulted in the birth of Kak Teh in blogosphere at 0531 on 25th December 2004. I had had a severe case of jetlag that led to unsolicited forays into the blog world. I met many interesting characters, some funny, some mysterious and some, well what they called SoPo. I’d nudge my husband and ask him, SoPo tu?
And then of course there ’s no turning back!!
This attempt to return to blogdom is inducing braxton hicks, made sufferable only with an overdose of murukus. The pressure is great, mainly because I am one half of the duo who initiated this bright idea to revive blogging. The other half is in Stockholm and she had pressed the publish button while I am still struggling.
Anyway, a bit about Kak Teh’s Choc-a-bloc. Some of you might have forgotten. The name was easy to choose; I had always been Kak Teh to my siblings and cousins. Choosing the name of the blog was even easier; I was and am still a chocoholic whose life is nothing less than err, choc a bloc.
From my first entry, I had one comment from blogger Berisman - The Reader (Pak Adib Noh). I replied and that gained me TWO comments!! WOW!
Well, blogging gave me the freedom to write wihtout the editor standing behind my back. I went from writing about my Mak to my family, my travels, pantuns and syaers and banterings with people like Abang Malaya, Ray Pak Malim and made lots and lots of friends who not only opened their hearts to me but also their doors and offered me a bed should I sort of appear at their doorsteps.
I have enjoyed the camaraderie that the blogworld offered. My trips back are never the same again; a reunion with bloggers is a must. Non bloggers think we are mad to meet up with people we never knew in real life.
Many things have happened since the last time I blogged. My sleeping partner is a grandfather! Well, that is because I am also a grandmother - we are grandparents to little Iskandar who has changed our life somewhat. We have this silly grin every time we think and talk about little Iskandar.
We have lost all our cats - the last one Snowbell left us three days after Iskandar was born.
My children are all working now and I cant blog about them anymore without getting a curt reminder in the family whatsapp.
I have been bitten by the travel bug and fancied myself as a travel writer; chasing sunset, albeit limping along the way with a tripod on my back.
I love filming and editing just about anything that moves - if they sing, it is even better!
So, I guess that’s enough paragraphs that would qualify this piece as a blog and not an FB entry, right Ood?