Remember my grand daughter Balqis who was featured in my A Bundle of Joy and later in When Will I See You Again? Well she came back some six months ago as her her mum Azini was enrolled for a Kursus Perguruan Lepasan Ijazah. Her mum who has a degree in Machanical Engineering chose to be a teacher and hence she had to undergo a one year teacher training course at a college in Keningau Sabah. Balqis's father works in Labuan some 5 hours of driving and ferry ride from Keningau.
To solve matter it was agreed that Balqis be taken care of by us in Kelantan for six months untill Azini starts her practical training hopefully in Labuan which should be near to her home. As desired she got the permission to do the practical in Labuan. So now she is back home in Pasir Mas to take Balqis to her home in Labuan. The flight home will be tomorrow morning. I will be going along with them to look after Balqis while her mum attends another two weeks of class in Keningau. Doting grandma will have to stay home as she still has to teach at school.
The doting grandma has to stay back.
The period when she was under our care was such a joy that the six months seem to fly off in no time. Since my wife teaches in the morning till afternoon, Balqis was left completely under my care. Many neighbours were askance on how I manage to take care of such a baby all on my own. With Balqis being the seventh grandchildren, I more or less had six experiences with babies before her.
Balqis started to learn how to crawl and went to every nook and corner of the house to explore the new world.
When the cousins Lis and As came back for her mum's delivery of baby Aqil, they enjoyed the morning walk around the village.
Balqis started early in life on learning to play with the keyboards. Hopefuly she will have a head start in IT.
Riding the bicyle with me was her favourite activity too.
She finishes her six oz of milk in no time.
That bad habit of suckling the toe was stopped by constant reprimand from us.
Of course she enjoyed shopping at the newly opened Tesco store in KB.
She is in a happy mood.
Being pretty heavy I had to use the 'kain batik lepas' to carry her around. The baby carrier bought for her earlier was too small for her. This was the way I saw my father carried my brother around when he was small.
For more pictures of Balqis, see them here as seen from the eyes of Akmal via the lens of my Sony Alpha 350. This is one of them.
More of her pictures here.
She has been seperated from her parents for so long, it is now time for her to return to them. I will miss her again soon.