My Airasia flight from Bangkok to Penang on Saturday was diverted to Hatyai at about 4pm, when it should have arrived in Penang at about 4.35pm. Although the passengers were worried and frustrated as many would have missed their appointments, everyone remained calm. There were several mothers with babies, who were restless, but did not make a scene.  (Image from TheSTAR).

There were many moments of ‘suspense’ when it felt as if the pilot was ‘mulling’ over where to land, and the plane felt as if it was suspended in mid-air. Above the thick white clouds, it was really very sunny, although we could see dark clouds below.

I was more afraid if fuel would run out, than the artistic image of the skies below.

At last, we landed and waited with a lot of uncertainties in Hatyai’s empty airport for a good two hours. The airport was previously closed due to Thailand’s, particularly, Bangkok’s political upheavel in recent days.

While it rained and rained in Penang, I wondered if Penang had already been submerged in floods, knowing the infrastructure in the Island does not welcome heavy rain, and often responded badly to it, with some life threatening situations as well.

Anil Netto’s posts: floods submerge part of Penang and why is Penang turning into the Venice of the East – related to that very, very wet Saturday made me realise that my ‘uncertain and grim’ situation in the airplane was not so bad after all, compared to what some residents in Penang went through.

One of them was my poor mama, who was waiting to pick me up at the airport and I could not even inform her of the diversion until the plane landed in Hatyai.

Mum had driven in the thunderstorm to wait to pick me up at the airport. She braved the rain and entered the building after she realised that I did not come out from the arrival hall.

She wanted to find out what was wrong but no one could tell her for sure. Of course the flight schedule screen says “diverted”, but people needed extra information.

“Tak tahu,” was all she got. The truth is, the plane couldn’t land due to ‘very poor visibility’. And if only waiting relatives and friends knew about it, people would be less worried.

[But I suppose, many were left wondering, as I saw their questioning faces, when I finally arrived and walked through the immigration].

When she had no answers, mom left the airport and headed straight for sunset mass in Greenlane, where she prayed and cried a little tear for me. So when I finally called her, she was indeed really, really relieved.

The plane finally touched down on the slippery runaway of Penang International Airport at about 8.30pm or thereabouts. Again mom left our home in the rain to pick me up as there was a long queue for taxis, with exorbitant fees ( I saw many waiting passengers fuming under their breath!).

Yes, I am back briefly for my mom’s 74th birthday (today, 8 September). HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DARLING MAMA!

At 74, this woman still drives steadily, does everything with lightness and speed, and is politically aware as ever. She’s also still very beautiful and stylish. She looks years younger than her age!

I just want her to know that I hope to love her for many, many more years and I wish her as much good health and happiness as she has given me all these years.

No floods, thunderstorms or state of emergencies, could keep me away from this day!

Love you, mama.


48 responses »

  1. suresh says:

    Happy Birthday to your mama, Susan. Indeed she looks young and healthy. Perhaps her secret to good health is her good heart like you; helping and wishing good things for others.

  2. brandycake says:

    Happy Birthday to a dear old lady who looks a good many years younger than she is. Mothers are very special people indeed!

  3. raktamrittika says:

    Awwww so touchy, well done susan!
    You are indeed every mother’s dream daughter. HAPPY 74th B’DAY Auntie!!
    Well Susan which will you choose..your mom or your “PARTI”?..hehe..j/k!!

  4. Huat Chai says:

    Hi, Susan, happy birthday to your mom and God bless her!

    Actually, can i say, take a taxi la!

  5. hadi says:

    Happy birthday to your mom, indeed she looks beautiful, got secret ah… anyway good health to her and many more good years.

  6. monsterball says:

    Mother’s birthday is always very special….to grown up child…who grew up ..seeing how her mother suffered and toll for her sake.
    Kickdefella loves his Supermom….as much as Susan loves her mom……rushing back from KL to Kota Baru……most weekends….until he got a job at KB.
    That plane flight…..must be a frightening experience for Susan……which in life……..we can translate it to be lucky…getting one more such experience…still alive.
    I had such flying experiences too…..twice!!
    keeping the best.

  7. monsterball says:

    That’s a lovely gracious strong minded… woman…..all written in her face.

  8. monsterball says:

    And that plane flight do bring out the real characters of many..that own personal self cannot know….until they are in a death threatening situation.

  9. monsterball says:

    And I will choose party keDAILan over Islam…as religions are not pure as they should be.
    And why let UMNO and BN rule us for 51 years years…now loosing their position….to keDAILan……now talk no politics….or Malaysia…let a religion rule us.
    That’s foolish dream..not fair and not realistic in life.

  10. monsterball says:

    “Non Government Organisation” or NGO..Representatives…must also live under a political government.
    It is their job to expose bad governance….like freedom fighters too.
    In that sense…we are one.

  11. bamboo river says:

    Happy Birthday to you Aunty! 🙂
    May you have many more years of healthy and happy moments .

    I agree with everyone here that your mom looks younger than her age. God Bless !

  12. Joshua says:

    woo hoo…the power of love that conquers all floods, thunderstorms or state of emergencies!

    oh yes, may God bless Auntie, mother of Susan, with a year of blessings more than many years put together!

  13. BobbyNZ says:

    Susan Sloone is better than Fannie May and Freddie Mac, now bailouts of the US govt. They sneered and jeered at the Malaysian govt when the local banks were bailed out during the Asian Crisis. Now they get a taste of their own medicine. AND the worst is yet to come!!!!

  14. lucia says:

    susan i had seen your mum often in church but didn’t know she is your mom! now that i know, next time when i see her, i’ll let her know i know you – the famous malaysia blogger!

    happy belated birthday to your mom!

  15. ella-mae says:

    susan, your mum still cuts a gorgeous figure at 74. wow! happy birthday, susan’s mum an thank you for sharing your exeptional daughter with us 🙂

  16. klooi says:

    Hi Susan,
    Really admire you have such a lovely & loving mother.Happy birthday aunie.

  17. For Pakatan's Govt. says:

    Proverbs 31:28-31 (New International Version)

    28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:

    29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”

    30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

    31 Give her the reward she has earned,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

    Congratulations, for you have raised your daughter well…
    May the LORD be with you and your family always.

  18. jh says:

    Happy Birthday, Auntie.
    It will be a busy month for me too. My 20yr wedding anniversary, my birthday, my wife birthday. Ah!

  19. fergie says:

    A very Happy Birthday to your dear Mum, Susan. Wishing her a happy and healthy year ahead. Didn’t realise you are also a Penangite. Plenty of rain the past coupla days .. nice and cool.

  20. veryupset says:

    Hi Susan !
    Happy Birthday to your Mom..! She doesn’t even look 74 yrs old………………..

    I thought that the BN goverment had already spent billions on this flooding thingy year after year…

    Why still happening..?????? Not so SMART after all yah………..!

  21. Bodohland says:

    Without doubt, you have inherited the qualities of your Mama. A nice account of your slightly “bumpy” (pun intended) ride back to Penang for this auspicious day. Happy birthday and many many many happy returns of the day!

  22. Khairy Kemulutin says:

    What can I say…?

    This is the second time I came across message of love between a daughter and mother.

    I was at a wedding last Saturday and this bride puts up a video of her early days till she got married with a song to accompany the pictures. At the end of the video, the bride had a monologue piece and she cried out… I love you mama, I love you mama in a short and increasing cresendo voice.

    It really touch me… you see… I lost my mom to cancer a few years back and I cannot tell her that I love her anymore.

    Cherish the moments while we can and don’t regret it later.

    Happy birthday Auntie and God bless you Susan.

  23. kittykat46 says:

    Happy Birthday to your mother , Susan.

    I was caught out in the flood on Saturday night, too.
    Unable to go home as all the alternative routes had a submerged stretch somewhere. The rain finally lessened somewhat and the water subsided enough for cars to pass…finally got home at 11 pm…kids sleeping in the back of the car.

  24. wapot says:

    Happy birthday to your mom, Susan. May god bless her.

  25. gregwar says:

    Happy birthday to your mom, Susan. After seeing the pic of your mom, I know who you are. Met you a number of times in CHS and have given you and your mom communion without realising it was one of my favourite bloggers. Take care.

  26. Harrison says:

    Wow Susan, your mama’s really looks far under her age. From the provided photo, I thought she;s around 60. You said she’s wheeling at 100 km per hour. I am about to ask another question. “blush blush” Never mind…Hehehe. Happy Birthday to your mum…. 😀

  27. sklee says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mum, Susan,
    Glad to know that you have a close relationship with your mum.She look dignified and lovely.God bless her and you too, Susan.

  28. Harrison says:

    Dear the author of “For Pakatan’s Govt”, everyday I read your gospel, I know that I have not lost a friend. 🙂

    Owwww c’mon, don’t always looks like a frowning weasel Ella Mae, smile please-at least for Susan’s mom if not for me 😀

  29. Orang Utan says:

    Hi Susan,
    Yr mom’s birthday coincide with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday. It is great indeed.The church will b celebrating her birthday today & that include yr mom

  30. Orang Utan says:

    What I mean here is the church thoughout the whole world . It shows how great it is!!!.

  31. ayu says:

    *awwww. tears nearly came out as i read because my mama is 75 and still going strong and i know what u mean. =) happy birthday mama Susan!*

  32. alex says:

    Dear Susan,

    A very happy birthday to your mom.

    Don’t you think by over-posting, Monsterball is not only wasting your valuable bandwith with his gibberish which I understand makes many people fed up with him as I can see from the other postings? Only you can decide to censor him.

    I always enjoy postings in your blog. Once again happy birthday to your mom.

  33. rainstorm says:

    Hi susan, Happy Birthday to your darlimg mummy.

  34. siew hwa says:

    happy birthday and long life to authie ;-)!!!!!
    younger and heathier always:-)..wish i can join you all in penang for celebration….

  35. monsterball says:

    yes….I forgot!
    Happy Birthday to you… sister….mother…to Susan.

  36. xyz says:

    Monsterball, go stew in your own juice, or as they say, go do a blowjob on your bosom buddy Pak Lah, smell his arse and fart or something. As Alex has pointed out above, you are wasting Susan’s valuable bandwith with your stupid, senseless comments which contributes nothing to this otherwise interesting blog, except to make people resent you more and more. This blog would be much better without the likes of stupid and irritable specimens like you!

  37. monsterball says:

    eyz…is an idiot

  38. monsterball says:

    I mean….xyz writer! smart ass….51 forced to leave.
    One passport expired…don’t want to go…told…must go..and immigration officer want to his house….do up new passport…..who instructions.. to do that?
    Returning home…..on 17th….just to prove Anwar lie.
    So expect 16th Sept..cannot happen. Delay for few days.
    And..maybe these few days..Emergency Rule…with mass arrests.
    I know this is Susan’s Mom’s birthday post……..but is this not important news?
    Representative of Anwar prepared for few days delay….and stay calm.
    May Susan’s mom forgive me…I meant no disrespect..but National news like this…must be told..before anyone start twisting again.
    Ahmad Ismail …calling Chinese ‘sqatters’………..first sign.
    xyz……cares only for himself
    and his pleasures…not a blockhead….jumping to wrong conclusion.

  39. monsterball says:

    I don’t do blow sicko writer!
    I am a 100% man..are you one?
    I guess not.
    Only pondans and cowards … talk like you.

  40. Pegasus says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mum,Susan.
    Cherish her and take good care of her,now that we are older,our love for our parents multiplies and understand the agony that they would have gone through in life to bring us up. Now its our turn to be parents and take care of them when they are old. Your love for your mum knows no bound, and its obvious from your message how much you care and love her. May God Bless Everyone!!!

  41. monsterballess says:

    monsterball go disappear tu pak kuai waiting for you , gnok gnok !

  42. chaptokam says:

    Happy Birthady Ma’am , you are a very lucky woman to have such a beautiful , obedient and faithful daughter . You are indeed Blessed by the almighty !!!

  43. LimDokSa says:

    Hi Susan,

    Just a short note to wish your mum “Happy Birthday!” I am sure she is proud of you! Keep smiling…!

  44. chaptokam says:

    Happy Birthady Ma’am should be ‘ Happy Birthday Ma’am ‘

  45. samsonB says:

    Aiyah, wished I could have joined you as well and have a birthday party! I came back from sunny KL to dark skies in Pg! Could not go out the whole day & night as all my kakis also stayed at home.

    ‘Happy Birthday, auntie!’ and to you Susan, ‘choke dee, mark-mark’


  46. ktemoc says:

    Ah Ee hock kee loh, oo ar neh oo hau ay char wah – hmmm, mm see Ah Ee sayang ee nia, wah pun sayang ee, wakakaka – happy birthday Auntie Loone

  47. Dear Ketmoc says:

    Aiyoh Ktemoc,

    Why so lousy Hokkien? Lu ai ka wa oh boh? Hahaha

  48. Anu says:

    Hi Jenny
    Belated Birthday Greetings from UK.
    It’s me Anu.
    Love anu

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