“This (second) kid on the next blog”: Adam Rayan
Who is “this (second) kid on the next blog” named Adam Rayan?
Well, Adam Rayan is my grandson. The “first” kid, Nur Iffah Muhammad Imran, daughter of my son, Muhammad Imran Shaik Kadir and his wife, Shuhaila Sidik, has been featured in this blog in November. She is two and a half years old.
This “second” kid is Adam Rayan Dula whose mother, Munirah Shaik Kadir, is my daughter. My son-in-law, Allen Dula, is an American whose parents and relatives live in North Carolina, USA.
Adam and his parents stay in Werrington, a suburb of Sydney, as my daughter is pursuing her third-year PhD education at the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield Campus).
The family visited us for six weeks last year and we miss him since then.
Like other grandparents we love our grandchildren – Iffah and Adam. They call my wife “Nani” (Grandmother) and me “Atok” (Grandfather).
Since we did not have any physical contact with Adam for a year now, we headed to Sydney to be with him and his parents, not for many moons but for just 12 days, from 21 November.
The meeting and contact with Adam was a joy. We even had the opportunity to celebrate his third-year birthday.
The following photos tell more about him:
The above photo-slide, previously posted in my Facebook as an announcement of this forth-coming story, is used again here to start off this story about Adam.
Adam’s smile and laughter
Adam: Before his first birthday…
…and he is growing up fast…
…and is always active…
…and loves the outdoor…
…and expresses his various moods.
Adam’s parents and Singapore grandparents
With Adam are his parents and grandparents: (From left) my son-in-law, Allen Dula, my wife, Khairon Mastan (“Nani” to Adam), Shaik Kadir (“Atok” to Adam) and our daughter, Munirah Shaik Kadir.
Adam’s Singapore relatives
With Adam are (from left) Rashima Sidik; my son, Imran Shaik Kadir, my daughter-in-law, Shuhaila Sidik; and at the bottom row are Shuhaila’s father, Mr Sidik, his son-in-law, Zuhal, husband of Rashima, Mr Sidik’s eldest daughter, and his youngest daughter, Nur’aini Sidik. (A photo of the three sisters’ mother carrying Adam is unavailable.)
With Adam are (from left) my sister, Fatimah; her husband, Abdul Gaffar, their daughter, Fazillah, and their son-in-law, John, who is American.
With Adam are (from left) my sister, Zainab; her daughter, Shamira, daughter-in-law, Suriani, and son, Hamid.
With Adam are (from left) my wife’s sister, Jaiton; nephew, Faisal, and brother, Habib.
Adam’s USA relatives
With Adam are (from left) Granddad Fred (two photos), Edie and Lib (Allen’s mother).
With Adam are (from left) Judd (Allen’s aunt), Alson (Allen’s sister) and her husband, John; and Page (Allen’s brother) and his wife, Alison.
Adam’s birthday party
At Werrington Lake Park: Adam’s Birthday Party in full swing.
Kids getting ready for the birthday song and cake-cutting
Well, taking group photos seems to a must…but, where is the birthday boy?
Yes, where’s Adam?
There he is, ahem, with a pretty girl, Aaliya. Mr Azrin, hiding in the bushes, managed to capture the scene with his phone camera. Looks like Adam and Aaliya are doing a Bollywood dance – squatting, turning and ready to chase each other around a tree!
Outing to the city
(From left) at the Werrington Station; inside the double-decker train to go to the Central Station; in a two-carriage light rail to go to Paddy’s Haymarket and photos of us with the Opera House (from the ferry) and the Harbour Bridge in the background (from Darling Harbour area).
More kisses and hugs from grandparents
More kisses and hugs from “Nani” and “Atok” for “tomorrow we return to Singapore”.
A sad parting
The moment of parting arrives. It’s sad to leave Adam as he has already become so attached to my wife and me.
The 12 days flew away fast, and soon we had to leave Adam. It was sad indeed. At the Sydney Airport, Adam cried when he sensed that we were leaving him, and his father had to distract him and leave us; only my daughter came with us right up to the gate of the departure hall.
Since we arrived in Singapore, as previously, we have been contacting Adam three or four times a week via Facetime to “be” with him, and, on seeing us, he would excitedly call us “Nani” and “Atok”.
14 December 2016