Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Were you naughty or nice this year? Did your Santa grant you all the presents you wished for?

Here's one kid that is getting naughtier by the day!


Hard to believe she was once this little munchkin...just lying down quietly..googoo and gaagaa-ing..


Oh yes, she is definitely entering the naughty ages.  Tantrums and demands and yelling. Aduuhh... And she's adding all this new vocabulary that a mother doesn't necessarily want to hear from her five year old kid.  No foul words but words like stupid - she likes to say a lot! Errghh...and she's in this booing-jelir lidah phase as well. Double erghhh...

As my mom would say, 'Begitu la kalau budak...kamu pun begitu dulu..' Really?? I hate to think I was ever  like that.  Haahaa...But, it's all too easy for grandparents or relatives or others to say this kind of statement or give their so called advice on what to do and how to raise the kids and what not.  At the end of the day, it is you, the parents who still have to handle the brats *oopss*.  Patience is definitely a virtue one needs as a parent.  Nope, I rephrase - you need double, even triple doses of patience.

There are times when she gets up to her naughties and I am hot on the edge of madness *double meaning = marah dan juga macam mau gila*, that I feel like...'geramnyaa..' Macam mau pukul sikit budak nih to teach her a lesson.  But I never.  I can honestly say I never ever hit her all this while. Maybe just a pat. But never a smack or a rotan or even a pinch or a lastik.  I don't believe it is the way to discipline or teach.  There has to be another way.  I believe in talking and reasoning and teaching by playing/spending time together and showing by our own actions.  If the parents hit or pinch or lastik the child, won't they grow up doing the same thing to others or even to their children in the future.  I feel guilty that the thought even enters my mind.  Why is it even the first thing that I automatically think of? To hit.  My parents never hit me. But I guess it is a norm that we see and hear of too much in our society and it becomes like a gut reaction one automatically goes to.

Well, the talking and reasoning and teaching by playing/spending time together and showing by our own actions isn't working much now. She very much has a mind of her own.  Very defiant and quite hard-headed this little girl.  Wonder where she gets it from... I am hoping that this will tone down as she grows a bit more.  Will it?

I am very mindful though that whatever her behaviour, she somehow got it from us. And her immediate surroundings.  We are/were the ones that made her that way.  Because she saw us do it, or we did not show her the right way, that it somehow still falls back to us.  But of course, nobody is perfect and we can't be there all the time and we sometimes don't do the right things ourselves.  So, it happens.  Heavy responsibility it is being a parent.  So at that edge of madness, I guess this is the thought that stops me.  I pray it always will.



Friday, December 24, 2010

Bookworm

Look at these bunch of books sis-in-law brought back for me from the states!


Wooohooo... three shopaholic books! Though I am a big Sophie Kinsella fan, I've only read the first of the shopaholic series.  PS I Love and Julie & Julia... I love both movies! Which one shall I start with?

I do feel like re-reading this one though..


Yep, watched the movie and loved, loved, loved it!  The first chapter of the book is exactly what was on film.  Loved the 7 Potters scene.  And the part they broke into the ministry of magic.  There was one part in the book which I really loved that wasn't featured in the movie though...the part where Harry and Hermione went back to Godric's Hollow. Oh, but that Bathilda Bagshot scene was scary oh!

These two are always a good read/re-read for the soul.  I starting re-reading EPL after I saw the movie, I'm still stuck somewhere in Italy  - a good place to be stuck in :-)


Perhaps, this is the one that I should be reading though.... With the new year coming and with it, resolutions to make.. I still need to figure out



Merry Jolly Christmas friends.  Don't eat too much (note to self)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Random December Thoughts

My favourite month is here! But then, I think, oh man...this year has gone by in such a breeze.
Another wedding this weekend. I hope my stuffy nose clears up by then so I can actually enjoy the food.
Yasmin's year end tea party is this Fri. What do kiddies like to eat other than sausages (says Yasmin) that's easy to prepare?
Another trip to see the cows and rabbits next weekend.  Looking forward to getting away for a bit.
For some reason, everybody's going to London lately.  And I look on with envy as they post their status updates and pictures of a white England.  I wish I was there, only to hibernate in my plushy plush duvet.
Oooh, I need to get me something for the 15th!
Happy days :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wedding Report No 1

Osmand & Lolly


Had the pleasure of attending this wedding of our former schoolmate, Osmand Danny and his sweetie heart, Lolly.  It was an outdoor wedding held at the cafe of the first beach in Tanjung Aru.  And it rained!  There were only a few canopies put up and it was all full by the time we got there.  Thankfully, the rain died down and left with it a nice cooling breeze for us to enjoy the night.

The lovely thing about this wedding was that it turned out to be a reunion of sorts.  Really.  All those long lost friends I haven't seen in ages, some even flew in from KL and across the state.   Loved seeing guys like Johaniff and Choi, the two guys who sat behind me in form 5, whom I'd fight with but then miss terribly whenever they went off for their cricket tournaments.  (There were only 19 of us in our form 5 class and more than half were on the cricket team!).  There's Norshamsul whom I had a sort of fight with in form 4 and he didn't talk to me for ages! I wonder what it was about...haahaa.  Then, there are those usual guys we often see around in KK (and mostly on facebook)  I mean, forget organising reunions, someone just needs to get married to get everyone to come together again.  I think we still have a few candidates remaining to have a few more weddings in the near future.  It was a nice get together, glad we went.

aiih, am looking very the gebu here..shhh

More wedding reports coming up soon!  Ramai urang kahwin ujung tahun nih!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Year End Reflections

How are you supposed to know what you are meant to do in your life?  You'd think that by 33, I would have figured this out but I find that I am constantly still asking myself this question.  Now that the year is coming to an end (can you believe it? Where did it all go?), I find myself reflecting about the year gone by, what I have done and could or should have done (by now).  Should there be more? Definitely. But what exactly??  And what's the plan for the coming year?

It has been 3 years since I have been on my own.  It has been great and liberating and I have found that I learnt more about myself.  What are my strengths and not so strong points.  What are my likes and definite no-nos.  You'd think that by 33, I would have known these things, huh?  Well, sometimes we are just so caught up with what everyone expects of you, what is the norm, what should be...that you tend to just go along and conform to those expectations.  I realise this is true of me.  There is some good to it, of course.  But I think the main thing I am trying to really do, is to know myself and to be true to myself.  To know that at the end of it all, I can look back and know that I was true and sincere in whatever I did.

I do have something big coming up next year so I need to decide how my current work and situation are going to affect this.  I also have some ideas of what I may want to do and again, I am not sure of how it will come to play.  So again (universe), I ask you...how are you supposed to know?  I shall be looking out for signs.  Please show me the way.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Simple Wonders

Took these pictures some time ago, on our trip back to mom-in-law's kampung in Kiulu.


We walked across the hanging bridge and there was this group of kids playing in the river, just floating by underneath the bridge.  They were laughing and obviously having a good time.  It just made me wonder of what such a simple joy that was - for them.  Whilst some other kids were in front of their computers or tvs or games console, that was how those kids enjoyed themselves.  What pure and innocent joy!  Happy weekend folks.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

You Just Gotta Do It

You know Nike's slogan - Just Do It... well, whoever it was that came up with that brilliant, short and succinct slogan - kudos!! I've got to agree with it.  There are times where you just gotta do it - whatever your it may be - even if it means doing it alone.

I grew up pretty much with the mentality and belief that whatever you do, it should go with the flow.  The norm.  Don't stick out like a sore thumb.  Don't be too showy.  Don't be the black sheep.  Just follow what everyone else is doing and there, be happy with it.  And so, that was me.  I was such a great follower.  I followed everything (well, almost everything that I can remember) that my parents taught and told me, that the teachers said I should do.  I followed my friends - I wanted to be part of the gang after all - so whatever..I didn't mind going along.  So much so that I even went to movies I didn't like or know of and *sigh* I actually fell asleep during one of them.  If there were gatherings that required everyone to be there..yeah, I was there.  No question about it.  If there were something to be done or places to go, it would be passed through to the friends first and if the others didn't like it or feel like doing it then that was it.  The idea would be scrapped.

I don't know when this mindset started to shift.  I guess it was pretty much when I started working.  I met a few friends that showed me a different side.  I started looking into personal development.  I became more independent.  Furthermore, I was pretty much alone back then.  Sure, I lived with my parents.  But my sister was on the other side of the ocean as were many of my friends who hadn't returned from their studies back then.  So I would pretty much be doing things on my own most of the time.

And it was quite liberating actually.  I went shopping alone and didn't mind it.  It's nice to not have to wait around for others, to be able to take your own time and go to those places you want to go without worrying about what others may think or where they would want to go.  I went to the gym and aerobics classes on my own.  I found toastmasters and along with that, a new set of friends.

And then I went to Manchester for my masters.  That was lovely and liberating as well.  Unlike Southampton - where I did my degree - where the Malaysian community is small and very close knit - meaning everyone knew everybody and whatever you do, wherever you go, who you go with would be known by all - Manchester was great because there were soooo many Malaysians there you couldn't keep count and know everyone!  And therefore I was pretty much invisible and I enjoyed it. 

So before you think I was all sad and lonely, I wasn't.  There's a difference.  I had friends sure.  In fact, two of my flatmates were Malaysian girls.  I met two UTP tutors on my first day there and we clicked.  But there was definitely something liberating about not being tied down and surrounded.  I did things alone and I enjoyed it.  Going out for morning coffee alone, watching theatre performances and movies, shopping.  I even ran (OK, walked..) a 5km charity run on my own.  One thing we (myself, my friend Mo and my flatmates) usually did was go out to the cinema together but then we'd each watch different movies, the one we wanted to watch.  Then we'd wait for each other and walk back together.  That was fun.  I mean, you don't have to cancel what you want to do or just follow the others if they don't want to go along with you, right?  I did manage to talk my friend Mo to going to a Boyzone concert with me though! Heeeheee

My point is... don't wait around for people to say yes, to go along with you.  You just gotta do it, so be it if on your own.  Like today... I went to a flea market on my own.  I had a booth there.  Asked around for friends to join me but alas, none could make it.  The old me would have probably just cancelled the plan.  But the me now says....so what if on your own? No harm.  You can do it.  And I did.  So I admit, it would have probably been more fun to do it with friends.. but it was not bad.  I actually enjoyed just sitting and watching the people walk by.  It was kind of peaceful to be with my own thoughts.

So darling friends, listen to Linachu...some things you just gotta do OK, you're not going to really be on your own anyway.. I'm sure you'll gather new friends and new findings along the way.  And you'll be glad you did.

xoxo

Monday, October 11, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

About Take The Plunge

A note about the post Take The Plunge.

This was actually the speech that I presented at the Area K1 & K4 Toastmasters Speech contest last Friday.  I was the test speaker for the Evaluation Speech contest.  If you are unfamiliar with Toastmasters and what we do, the core of it is about members presenting their speeches which is then evaluated by an assigned evaluator.  The purpose of the evaluation is to highlight the speaker's strengths and weaknesses in terms of speech delivery, speech contents and organization as well as to suggest room of improvements.  A good evaluation also motivates and inspires the speaker so that they keep delivering speeches and improving themselves along the way.  As doing and delivering good evaluations is something that requires practice itself, hence the evaluation speech contest that we have annually among members and clubs.  I was the test speaker meaning that I delivered my speech and I was then evaluated by the contestants.

That evening, there were 5 contestants including two of my good friends, Siva and Jason.  So I got a chance to listen to 5 people giving comments about my speech.  Which was good and a bit intimidating at the same time.

Well, the purpose I am writing this is to tell you about the speech actually.  I was approached nearly a month before as to whether I could be the test speaker.  And being the can-not-say-no person that I am (I'm working on it ..), I agreed.  And being the procrastinator that I am, I left it until the very last minute to prepare and practise my speech.  I had a few ideas running in my mind on what to talk about.  I was given the guideline that the speech should be somewhere along the lines of 'persuading the audience to accept your idea', which really got me off the track.  I wanted to deliver a good speech, follow the guideline given but at the same time deliver something I was passionate about and believed in.  So I dilly dallied with a couple of ideas until the very last minute.

The speech delivery went well.  I was worried about forgetting my lines and blanking out (tu la pasal last minit punya praktis).  I even brought a teeny tiny piece of paper containing the outline of my speech - which I held on to with dear life but none of the evaluators noticed.  The cool part was that the stage I delivered the speech on was rather high and so when I was talking about jumping into the swimming pool, I stood right near the edge and looked down as though it was the real pool.  One evaluator, Jason, suggested I should have actually jumped.  I should have oh!

Many people congratulated and praised me on the speech after.  Including these ladies, who work at this centre where I deliver Coffee News every week.  Hah...my secret is out.  I'd rather them think I was just a delivery person.  Some people questioned me why I didn't mention what I do now or where I went, what were the benefits of leaving my job, etc.  But felt I didn't need to elaborate on those.  My take home message was not for them to leave their jobs per se but it was to take the plunge and do whatever thing that they have been putting off.  It could be something as simple as saying hello to that girl/guy you see everyday or signing up to learn something you've always wanted to, going on that dream vacation or so on.  Do that something before another year or your entire life passes you by.

I thought of saving this speech for the International Speech contest which will be held early next year.  The International Speech contest is for those inspirational and motivational type speeches.  But then again, I thought..who knows what's going to happen between now and then.  Maybe, in the spirit of being environmentally friendly, I can just recycle this speech? 

I had fun delivering the speech (albeit the nerves..tu la pasal last minit praktis...). I enjoyed writing it.  Siva said that it's one of those speeches you would likely remember for some time.  I hope so.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Go Pink!

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It's breast cancer awareness month this October. Remind the women in your lives that they can lower their risk of cancer by choosing a healthy lifestyle. This means:
* Don’t smoke
* Be active every day
* Keep to a healthy weight
* Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and cereals
* Eat food low in fat, sugar and salt
* Keep your alcohol intake low
* Be sun aware, wear sunscreen

Also:
* Do regular breast self examinations, be aware of your/their own body
* Go for mammograms for those who are 40 and above and yearly pap smear examinations too

And the simplest thing you can do this month, GO PINK!! Yes, that goes for you too guys! Pink shirts, pink ribbons, pink bags, pink neckties, pink shoes, pink out!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Take The Plunge

I was standing at the edge of the swimming pool, wondering if I should jump in.  It has been a while since I last swam.  I wondered if I still remembered how.  Is the water cold?  Is it clean?  How deep is the pool?  All these questions swam through my mind.  And then.. my overactive imagination leapt into hyperdrive and I started thinking of sharks and crocodiles and sea monsters.  And, I stepped back.

For many of you who have known me for some time now, you would probably know that in my previous life, I worked as a lecturer and that my educational background was that of a mechanical engineer.  You probably also know by now that I have since left that behind and that I am doing something totally different now.

When I first expressed my intention to leave, as you can imagine, I encountered some pretty strong and different reactions from the people around me.  In general, it was shock and disbelief.  One colleague said that I should see a counsellor or therapist.  My father suggested that I sign myself up for some motivational courses - to get the mojo back.  A friend said, 'But what else can you do??'.  Now, I was offended.  Probably the most useful advice or comment came from a senior colleague who said, 'Just pray for guidance and God will show you the way'.  So there I was - from top academician one day to a nutcase slacker the next.

But it's not like it was an impulsive Jerry Maguire, spur of the moment decision.  It had been brewing on for some time now.  You see, each year, a group of friends and myself would gather together and we would talk about our lives, our dreams, what we wanted to do, wondering What If?  And before we would know it, another year would pass by and there we would be again, talking about the same thing again the following year.  And I just didn't like the thought of being in that same spot again the next year.

I realized that all those people's reactions were actually based on fear.  Fear of the unknown.  And it's not that I wasn't scared.  I was terrified!  The only thing is.. I live in this world where I believe that there are opportunities and possibilities everywhere for every one, including me.  I had this insatiable belief that things would turn out alright, one way or another.  So there, (to keep things short).. I took the plunge.

I can't say it's been all a bed of roses since then.  Every rose bush has it's thorns, right?  And I have come across some sharks and crocodiles and sea monsters along the way.  But I can also say that it has been enlightening and humbling and amazing.  And I hope that this leads me to finding my destiny and life's true purpose some day.

And so, if I do wake up some day and realize that my life's destiny to become a lecturer, of engineering, then I will go back to that.  No shame, no qualms about starting over again because at least then, I would have known that I gave it a shot.  I wouldn't still just be wondering, What If?

So I'm back at the edge of that swimming pool.  And I realize that it's just that first step that is so scary and so hard to take.  I take a deep breath.... and I jump.  You know what... the water feels sooooo goooood!  What about you?  What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm Funny

Apparently so.....Look what I brought back the other day.


Have always thought I didn't have what it takes for this contest.  For one, I can't tell a joke to save my life.. I'd usually be the one laughing before I could even finish the joke!  Plus, there is always that fear of just being syiok sendiri thinking you are saying something funny and nobody actually laughs.

But this contest is not about telling a series of jokes or one liners.  Your speech has to actually be funny but still have some intrinsic value or meaning behind it.  Moments before the contest I was wondering what I got myself into and I was getting panicky worrying that I'd forget my lines midway.  Breathed a sigh of relief though when I got quite huge laughter at the opening of my speech.  And it was adrenaline(neee) fueling me after that.  And thankfully, I think I got all my lines in. 

Guess what my speech was about?? It was about getting older!!  The best type of humour is self deprecating humour - make fun of yourself!

Now here's the thing... I agreed to participate just to 'fill in' and support the club out.  Now they are somewhat expecting me to represent the club and area to the next level which will be held in Tawau early October.  No pressure they say..but yep, what did I get myself into... 

Monday, September 20, 2010

10 years

Look at these young girls :)

This picture was taken 10 years ago in Glasgow, Scotland.  The year 2000, the new millennium. We were pursuing our masters degree in the UK.  Sar and Siti were in Glasgow and I was in Manchester.  I had taken the train up to meet with them during one fine weekend.  Siti was 9 months pregnant at the time.  One week after my visit, she gave birth to Nurul.  Still remember, I was out and Sar left me a message on my room phone.  (Hebat oh, my room in halls of residence ada phone and people can even leave message)

Seems like such a long time ago.  They were good times indeed.  We actually started out sharing one office desk when we were still in the old campus in Jalan Tuaran.  It doesn't get any tighter than that.  We went through quite a lot together as colleagues, sat through many a long meetings together, gossiped about many a stories to gossip about, shared happy times and woes together.   

Both remain as my very dearest friends, though we have gone our separate ways.  We keep in touch and meet up when we can.  The only difference is...now Siti has Nurul, Danish and Danial.  Sar has Nuha. And I have Yasmin.  Our group has grown.  Had a long, long lunch with them around two months ago.  Twas good and should be done more often, I say!  I miss you both, my dear friends.

Incidentally, I know that many friends are celebrating their 10th year with UMS this year.  To you, I say Congratulations, friend!  Well done, you are a beacon of inspiration, to me and I'm sure to all those students you touch every year.  I wish you many more years to come  .

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dear Boys

A rather funny incident happened during our raya gathering recently.  Well, at least I thought it was funny.  You know what, I was the only one laughing actually!  Here's what happened.  Dear cousin was talking about how she had gotten her period a few days prior to raya.  And she was so happy about it.  The funny thing was, the entire room then went quiet.  And as I looked around at all the stunned, blank faces of the boys in the room, I couldn't help but laugh!

In the room at the time, were only two girls..myself and dear cousin.  And the rest were boys.  You see, there are more boys on this side of the family.  And they are of the rowdy, loud and very opinionated sort.  To see them all so stunned and with such blank expressions was really funny! To me lah.

They probably didn't get why I laughed.  Hubby said he thought I laughed to cover off embarrassment about the said topic.  Far from it....So here's a little note from me to the boys.

Dear Boys,
Please know that a girl's period is nothing to be icky and feel stunned about.  It is part and parcel of our lives and if you want to be a part of a girl's life (as I know you have girlfriends and sisters and wives), you need to understand this.  In fact, the girl's period is what keeps them sane - it releases and balances a bunch of hormones, without which you're gonna have one cranky and highly emo girl on your hands.  And for those of you who do intend to procreate (because one boy has declared that he has no intentions to...that's what he thinks now) then yes, the period is a very pivotal part of that process.  You may not want to hear about it, much less talk about it...but well, perhaps you won't be so stunned next time.
Sincerely,
A girl

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Salam Aidilfitri

from Linachu in the kitchen...heeheee...


I wish I can say that I was the one cooking.  I'm just helping my mom to serve her raya dishes - meat rendang, chicken curry, meat in satay sauce, acar buah and fried chicken for the kiddies.  Wish I was there to help her.  I only ended up helping with the eating part :)  First day raya, sudah overdosed on kuih makmur, cakes and kolopis.  Now as usual, I start craving for green veggies.

Hope you had a wonderful raya!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Salam

Yes, I have been quiet for some time now. There have been issues.. namely my laptop finally decided that I've put it through enough and mogok on me. At first, it would shut down on its own....suddenly - arrghh very infuriating especially when in the midst on doing work. I successfully revived it a couple of times. Then finally it wouldn't even switch on anymore. Switch on, 5 saat lepas tu mati. Aiyaiyaii ... luckily Josie Rosie had helped me to backup my files a few days prior. Even copied my treasured tv show downloads - thanks darling!! So I had to rely on using the public pc at home - have to berebut dengan Yasmin - and most of the time, she wins! Now, thankfully, hubby brought home and lent me a laptop from his office. Senang sikit. I need to send my laptop to Acer to be checked. Early diagnosis points to most probably the motherboard, which I've heard can cost quite the bomb to replace.

Coincidentally, during my laptop woes, hubby's powerbook charger also mogok on him and he had to get a new one all the way from KL. Also our pc too had also been having start up problems for some time. Yow!! We rely so much on these things for work and communication nowadays, it's quite a challenge to be without it for even a few days. I hope my laptop gets fixed soon and hoping to flash my nicest smile so they give me a discount!

So what did I do all those times without my laptop.... I had to resort to.... reading!! A book or magazine...imagine that! Heeeeee....  Anyways, Ramadhan is coming to an end in these few days.  I hope you've had a blessed one.  Salams from me.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Lost No More

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I've been catching up on the show Lost and its final season.  To be frank, I've been lost for some time with regard to the storyline.  I completely missed out on at least two seasons, then saw a few episodes from the fifth season on AXN which reignited my interest to watch it again.  The final season is an intersperse of the story of the remaining survivors on the island and also an alternate storyline of what their lives would have been like should their plane never have crashed on the island.  As usual, a masterful weaving of suspense, shockers and definitely confusing at times!

One of the most pivotal characters on the show has to definitely be John Locke.  As you may or may not know, before fate brought them to the island, John was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.  On the island, John finds that he could walk again which gives him a new found freedom and confidence.  In the alternate storyline, we see John's life back home - even in his wheelchair he has a fair amount of freedom and independence.  He is able to drive himself to and fro work and to wherever he needs to be with the use of a vehicle especially designed for him equipped with motorized doors and a ramp.

I do not personally know anyone who is in the same situation.  I can not imagine what it must be like for them to live day in and day out in a wheelchair.  But I have heard and read many stories of people who are in wheelchairs but still thrive in their daily lives.  I imagine it must be a challenge for their caregivers as well.  So any amount of assistance or innovations to help make their lives just a little bit better would make a world of a difference to them.

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There is no doubt that this kind of service provided by NMEDA would help the elderly or disabled get back onto the road of independence.  To help them be lost no more.

As for Lost and John Locke and the gang, I am excited and intrigued to see how it all ends.  I hope it's a good one.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Sepet

Watch til the end..



He doesn't know me well enough to like me, but he's in love with me...
Sweet.

Of Reiki, Yoga and Intentions

I had a chance to learn a little bit of Reiki last Saturday.  It wasn't my first time sampling it, I had previously brought my mom for a reiki session and had a sample of it myself. If you are not familiar with reiki, it is a type of healing energy treatment/practice used for relaxation, stress reduction and unblocking the energy path in the body.  It originated in Japan, was then brought to the US by a lady named Mrs Takata who then adapted the practice to be more suited for the Western culture.  How reiki works is through the transfer of healing energy (known as ki/chi/qi) through the palms.  The session on Saturday was taught by my dear friend Maria.  She is a reiki master, which means she is qualified to teach reiki. Maria taught us how to perform reiki on someone else and also for ourselves. Essentially, here are the steps:

1. Wash your hands to clean off negative energy (which we can pick up everywhere).  For Muslims, you can also do your ablution (wudhu')
2.  Ask the person whom you want to perform reiki on if they are ready and allow you to do so
3.  Set your intention : Say something along the lines of 'I intend the reiki energy to flow' or you can also say 'Reiki on!', just like you're putting on a switch.  I shall share more about this step later
4.  Place your palms on the part of the body you want - which are for different bodily functions.  If the person allows and is comfortable with it, your palms can touch the person's body part.  If not, you can just hover your palms over the body part and 'beam' the energy to them
5. Hold the position of your palms for the length of time you want - 3 minutes is good enough for each position.  Change to another position and hold the position again.  Repeat until you've finished for the entire body or as required
6.  Once done, disconnect yourself by doing a criss cross action of the palms (as though cutting through the energy field).  Express gratitude for the healing energy transferred.

Doing it for yourself is basically the same steps as above, only you are doing it on yourself.

What does it feel like? Or how do you know it's working?  Well, for me, what I've experienced is this warm sensation all over the body.  It's relaxing and it sort of puts you into this dreamy, relaxed state.  Maria said that the sessions she has conducted before brought comfort and relief to those people who were ill and in pain.  Even when I was waiting for my mom to finish her session that time I brought her, when she came out, I immediately felt this sense of warmth.  It makes sense, the energy is being dissipated in the form of heat.  And if you think about it, placing the palms at the certain positions for a certain period of time is of course going to generate heat on the palms.

What I liked about Maria's session was this.  She gave some emphasis on starting out by setting your intention and she said it can be as simple as saying, 'Bismillahirahmanirahim, Ya Allah..I intend the healing energy to flow' and expressing gratitude at the end by saying 'Thank you Ya Allah for the healing energy'.  Accordingly, you can set your intentions any way you wish or feel suitable, based on your own faith and beliefs.

I find this to be so important, especially in the wake of some people deeming practices such as reiki, yoga and even NLP (neuro linguistic programming) as haram for muslims. Reiki is a spiritual practice but it does not have any religious background or component associated with it. Yoga on the other hand has roots in Hindu-ism and also Buddhism.  It is also associated with meditative practices and chanting of mantras.  So therein lies the reasoning behind banning it for muslims. With NLP, NLP is a way of being aware of your thoughts, the language you use which then influences your actions, behaviours and habits.  I don't see how this can be deemed detrimental for muslims.  As someone who has experienced and practised all three, I do not agree that they should be banned.

I would again bring it back to the person's intentions.  I guess yoga is the most controversial of the three.  But there are many types of yoga. And the yoga practised by most of the non-Hindu world is called Hatha Yoga and emphasises more on the postures and breathing as a form of exercise and stretching for the body. It does not involve any chanting of sanskrit verses or worshipping of the sun or moon or trees as implied in this blog.  Sure, there is a set of postures called the Sun Salutation which is an excellent overall body stretch, but it is not saying that performing it automatically means you are worshipping the sun. I believe that most people who practise yoga do so with the intention that it is beneficial to their mind and body.  What I've found with yoga and reiki is that both are excellent for quieting the mind, to just be aware of yourself, your breathing.  This in itself is a form of meditation.  And just as Maria told us to say Bismillah before performing reiki, the meditation part of yoga can be used to say zikir, tasbih, istighfar or to recite doa.  And doesn't everything, including the energy that is as in reiki come from God Almighty anyway?

Well, the only person who knows their intention is the person him/herself.  And as long as it is a good intention, it does not harm yourself or anyone else, who is to say that it is wrong.  I for one, would continue to do my yoga, I would love to learn more about reiki, I am a believer and practitioner of NLP.  My intention is nothing less than doing it for better health, better awareness of myself and being a better me. End.

For some reiki basic, read this - How to Heal Yourself Through Reiki.

Additionally, read this too - Is Yoga A Threat to Islam from Ninie Ahmad's blog

Some pictures of our reiki learning session (from friend Karen's FB)

Transferring the energy.  Guess which are my chubby hands?

No, it's not a loud noise.  This is one of the positions for reiki, cupping the ears with your palms.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Insensitive

People can be.

One of my favourite songs nonetheless..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Write Like...

Found out about this website that analyzes your writing style and then gives you a result of which famous author you write like.  And here's the result I got:


I write like
J. D. Salinger
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Voilla!  Truth is, I did this a few times using samplings of different posts from this very blog with varying results.  Apparently, I also write like Cory Doctorow (got him a few times!), Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood and James Joyce.  I never heard of Cory Doctorow and Ray Bradbury before - though a search on Amazon proved that they are two authors probably worth looking into.  I know that Margaret Atwood and James Joyce wrote classics but I never read either of them.  So after trying the analyzer a few times and using my contemplative post Of Roses, Trampolines and Molecules, I came up with J.D. Salinger.  I liked The Catcher in the Rye, so I'm sticking to this one!

I guess I was wishing for results saying I wrote more like JK Rowling or Sophie Kinsella or Elizabeth Gilbert.  Well, you can't win em all, eh? I guess the most accurate would be - I write like I do.

Try it out -who do you write like?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crunchtime!

It's bayar puasa crunchtime! Amazing how like everything else, you always think that there WILL be time.  You start out with good intentions but end up doing things at the last minute anyway.  That's me, most of the time.  Pejam celik, pejam celik and wow, Ramadhan is upon us again in about two weeks time.  I just sent in my kain for baju raya (cum baju pergi orang kahwin) last week - the tailor said she wasn't accepting any more orders but made an exception for my lovely (and ever so persuasive) mom.  And whilst she took my measurements - which I am sure have gone up for the fact that I have been such a glutton in the past months/past year perhaps - we chatted about how time flies and how Ramadhan and Raya are so early this year.  And after puasa, there'll be the raya month and then it's the wedding months! Oh didn't I tell you... the brother-in-laws are all (well, there's only two of em) getting hitched. So October, November and December are all gonna be about weddings in the household.  More girls in the family - hurrah!

Just read this article on Syaaban, this lovely month preceding Ramadhan.  Yesterday/today is Nisfu Syaaban.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pretty In Pink

I've done it before and here it is again... I don't know what it is, I guess I just like the girly pinky theme for the blog. And I know...I know...I'm guilty for not writing for the past one month!  So many a times, I had logged on and there were plentiful of ideas to write about...but blah... I noticed that many blogger friends had also stopped blogging. Two words on what is enticing them more, I'm thinking it's start with an F.  Many have gone private with their blogs too - did not receive invitation to read, so tsk tsk, less bloghopping now, got to clean out my blogroll.  If you do reopen your blog or want me to share my thoughts, do re-invite me and let me know!  Blogger has quite a lot of updates as well...So this is more like a trial post..I have lots to tell you.  I have missed you so, my bosom pals!

PS... A chance viewing of Lipstick Jungle spawned back this huge infatuation I had with Andrew McCarthy in my teens.  Yow..he's still gorgeous...And now I feel like watching everything from Mannequin to Pretty in Pink to St Elmo's Fire! Love those 80s/early 90s movies.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Academically Speaking

This evening, I made a discovery. Of the academic sort.

I was on Facebook and out of sheer not-knowing-what-else-to-check, I keyed in the name of my former uni coursemate.  I have been searching and trying to connect with her for quite some time now.  But still, the search results returned nothing.  I then keyed in the name of one of our lecturer/supervisor.  I do this from time to time - just to find out if there are any new news worthy news.  (Hmm?) (On that note, I wonder if any of my former students do this..) Well, the search returned a few links which my ever so nimble fingers quickly worked on.

And click upon click, I find out that this lecturer whom I'll call Dr S, had written a paper based on his research of the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11.  It was to be published in a Journal of Engineering Mechanics.  Impressive, I think and true to his line of interest from the time I was at uni.  He was a rather cool fellow, young, interesting, err not bad looking (yes) and he had great ideas.  He was then interested in fractals and collapsible and smart structures.  Great, I think.  I'm happy for him that he is doing well.

But as I continue looking into the other links, I realize that he is/was actually in hot soup for that paper he wrote. The paper was dated 2007.  I downloaded it (I'm not entirely sure why.  But I guess, there was some interest and intention to hopefully read it some time).  In fact, I had actually discussed the topic of the collapse of the twin towers in my Strength of Material classes last time, when we studied buckling.

So anyway, I was so surprised by what I found.  Dr S' paper was being highly criticized and commented on.  There were forums  discussing the paper, there were blog posts by other scientist, engineers and academicians all denouncing the findings of his paper.  There was even some sort of petition requesting the university where he is currently employed (he's no longer at the uni where I studied) to look into and correct his work.  Some of the words being used were not particularly nice. There were accusations that he had written the paper out of political reasons and to seek fame.  The were alleging that the assumptions that he had made in his research deemed it to be not just inaccurate but incorrect altogether.  Ouch...that's serious.

I don't know how that concluded but I wonder what impact that has had on his career as an academician.  He was a great lecturer really.  Just goes to show that life in academia is not all bed of roses.  There is politics involved and I guess if you are going to write any research paper, you pretty damned well have to be ready to back it up.  There were some complaints of how the paper could have made it into acceptance for publication.  Weren't there referees reading and checking the paper beforehand. Well, from my experience last time, sometimes the papers aren't even really read properly by those people are supposed to read it.

So now, my Dr S, whose image in my head before was pretty much that of a brilliant saint, these findings have now altered the image somewhat.  If I hadn't gotten itchy fingers and went a browsing, I never would have known all of this.  And they say what you don't know doesn't hurt you.  Ignorance is bliss.  The lesser of the two evils.  Ah well.  He's still my Dr S.  This could either be a small bump in his career else he's probably going to do something uber brilliant after this and be the stuff of legend.  I wish him well.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Daddy Day

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How was your weekend?  Did you have a good one?  And how was your Father's Day?  At the stroke of midnight on Sunday (and even earlier actually), people had already started putting out their Father's Day wishes on Facebook.  I thought about it, but didn't.  I just gave the other half a little peck on the cheek and wished him so and reminded Yasmin to wish him the same as well. I called up my pa and wished him but his response was the usual Oh, yeah..Happy Day. Heee...that's pretty much his response when I wish him Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, etc. He's not much into these celebratory things.

Our day on Sunday was spent quietly.  We wanted to eat at our favourite place but found out it was closed for a private function.  So went for lunch at another spot and back home it was for a nice afternoon siesta. Hehe..

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Happy Father's Day to all you daddies out there.  Hope you had a wonderful day. Know that you are our unsung heroes and that you are surely much loved and looked up to.  We might forget to tell you or not show it to you at times, but you are.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bon Apetit!

Julie & JuliaTaking a break from my A to Z guide to talk more about two of my favourite things - FOOD! And the movie Julie & Julia.  Have you seen it?  

I have to say, Julia and Julie were right when they said that BUTTER is the most delectable and exquisite thing in the world! Heeee... Over the weekend, I managed to cook up a lunch of Butter Prawns.  Not something cooked by the two J's of course, but nevertheless with their favourite ingredient as the key.  I learnt how to cook the dish by watching a youtube video, believe it or not! Hahaaaa...and it turned out good.  I managed to make the golden crispy flossy bit and it tasted yummy!! Look see below:

The only thing, since I am not quite accustomed to cooking prawns - I'm usually just on the eating side..heehee - I didn't know how much of the prawn's head to cut and clean off before cooking.  I started out cutting up some bits, up to the eyes but then wasn't sure if it was enough then ended up taking off the whole head.  Took out the black veiny bit at the back.  Left the shell on though. I'm wondering how much of a difference taste-wise does it make, by leaving the head on or taking the shell off?  Anyone can share?  I am of the opinion that eating should be as easy and as pleasurable as possible and sometimes having the head and shell on can be a turn off - to those that malas mau buka, sometimes me.

Also had yummy roti kawin on the same day. More butter...nyum nyum!  Hehe..Yummy yummy but I'll need to be looking at a new exercise regime at this rate.  Since I can not foresee myself giving up the butter!  Heeeee

So Julie & Julia - the story is based on two true stories.  That of Julia Child, her journey to becoming a cook and an author.  And that of Julie Powell, who was inspired to challenge herself to cooking all of Julia's recipes in the span of one year and blogging about it.

I love this movie because:
1.  Both Julia and Julie were writers
2.  I love cooking and eating!
3.  Julie's blog got turned into a book and then this movie - a blogger/writer's dream come true!

Superb performances by Amy Adams and Meryl Streep as Julie and Julia respectively.  The movie is delightful.  If not, it will inspire you to either - cook or blog :)

If you check, Julie Powell still blogs today and her original blog aptly named The Julie/Julia Project is also still online.
Paul Child (Julia's husband): What is it you REALLY like to do? 
Julia Child: Eat!
Me too Julia!  Heeeee!

Incidently, we were at Times Bookstore last week when I saw Julia's book Mastering the Art of French Cooking there.  This is the book that was the gist of the movie. Hubby sweetly offered to buy it for me.. until he turned the cover and saw that it cost a whopping RM300+! Hahaaa.... I think that must have been the hardcover version - with two volumes.  There was another version at RM70+. Ahemmm... hi hubby! Butter prawn?? 

Monday, June 14, 2010

An A to Z Guide to Kota Kinabalu: Part 2

If you have read my previous post, An A to Z Guide to Kota Kinabalu: Part 1 - thanks!! - and here you go, here is Part 2.  The list continues...

F is for FOOD!  As with any other Malaysian city, KK is a haven for food - of all types, from the street hawkers under the pedestrian bridge in Segama, to the now famous kopitiams, to international cuisine, to fine dining at a revolving restaurant. Macam-macam ada.  It used to be that whenever we went to KL, it would be an absolute must to go searching for cakes at Secret Recipe, honey barbecue chicken at the Chicken Rice Shop, sushi and bentos at Jusco - now, it's all here in KK!  When it comes to local delicacies, there are a few must tries.  For sweets, there are kuihs like penjaram and kuih cincin.  For savoury dishes, there is ikan ampap (fish cooked with chilli, turmeric and asam keping), oxtail assam pedas and ayam masak lihing.  And then there are the condiments and side dishes like bambangan, tuhau, hinava and durian merah - all of which I have tried and love!!  There is one thing I haven't and probably would never try - the butod! It's those fat and wriggly sago grubs which can be eaten cooked or alive - GULP!


For food around KK, these are some my favourites:

Favourite Italian - Little Italy (not just for the food, but the hospitality and great service!)
Favourite Kopitiam & Best Roti Kawin - Fook Yuen at Kompleks Asia City and this place is halal certified!
Favourite Chicken Rice - Rohayu Cafe (near the mosque roundabout)
Favourite Indian Food - Choice Restaurant (near Taman Millenium near KKIA, they also have branches at Suria Food Court and 1Borneo) Yummy mutton biryani!
Favourite Japanese Food - Japanese Dream Food at Palm Square, Centre Point
Favourite for Kuih Muih and Snacks - Bits & Bites in Wisma Merdeka and Kak Nong in Bundusan
Favourite for Lauk Pauk yang sedap for Nasi Campur - Malindo Restaurant in Api-api Centre

As you can probably tell, I love my food! Heeeee

Gaya Street, one of the main streets in downtown KK, housing many of the old traditional Chinese shops, most of the major banks, a lot of eateries and also KK's infamous Sunday street market.  I love the Sunday street market - I haven't been in a while though. They have everything from food to fresh fruits and veggies, to fabrics and plastic ware, to plants and even pets.  Back in those days when my mom was flower crazy, she used to drag me out there even before the crack of dawn.  Yes, in that darkness, she and my aunts still seemed to be able to see the flowers and choose those that they wanted.  They were literally taking the phrase the early bird catches the worm, to heart. In this case, it was flowers.  I think they were just being a bit kiasu. And the daughter became the victim. Heh. After that though, we would retreat to one of the nearby restaurants for breakfast.  Gaya Street Fair on Sunday, a must see for visitors and a great morning out if you haven't been in a while.

Harvest Festival.  May is the favourite month for most Sabahans.  It is the month where we celebrate our cultures and share in the celebration of the Kadazandusun's Pesta Kaamatan (Harvest Festival).  It is the month with the most holidays for us!! Weeheeee!!  A fantastic array of cultural events are usually on show in May, culminating with the Harvest Festival holidays and crowning of the Unduk Ngadau at the end of the month. Pic: Hubs & Yasmin attempting to play a giant sompoton

Islands - Beautiful islands, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are a mere 20 minutes boat ride away from KK.  Perfect for a weekend getaway or a day break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik, Gaya.  Further away for the more adventurous, there is Dinawan, Pulau Tiga, Mantanani, Mabul and Sipadan.  Best kan? Great for water babies and for finding nemo :)

Jesselton - KK's second former name, after Api-api. It was renamed Jesselton,  after Sir Charles Jessel, the Vice Chairman of the British North Borneo Company.  One of the focal points in KK now is Jesselton Point.  It is the ferry/boat terminal to go to the nearby islands and also for ferry rides to Labuan.  Jesselton Point houses several eateries including a Nasi Padang restaurant (not bad but a little too salty for my taste) and an arabic fast food restaurant , Aladin, that my friend Maria says has delicious food.  Must try soon.  It also houses a futsal centre and has bcome the location for a monthly bazaar/flea market.  


Kinabalu - From WikipediaKinabalu derived from the name Aki Nabalu meaning the "revered place of the dead", in which, Aki means "ancestors" or "grandfather", and Nabalu being a name for the mountain in the Dusun language.  There is also a source claiming that the term originated from Ki Nabalu, where Ki meaning "have" or "exist", and Nabalu meaning "spirit of the dead".  Which is why there are stories about guardians of Mount Kinabalu and that climbers need to be respectful when ascending the mountain.


Yes, Mount Kinabalu - our pride and joy.  Something you might not have known or guessed about me - I have climbed that mountain 3 times!! Yeah, it surprises me as well!! Hahaa....well, that was in the days when I was still semi-fit.  It was always a love-hate climbathon - I'd love the views but when it got tiring I'd think why oh why was I doing it again but then when I got down, I'd think let's go again. Hahaaa...I think 3 times is enough though.  I find that many visitors still get it wrong and call the mountain as Mount KK :O   Kinabalu National Park/Kundasang is a great weekend getaway.  Personally, me loves Kinabalu Pine Resort.  It's cosy and you have a gorgeous view of the mountain right smack in front of you. Oh, the picture above was taken from Desa Cattle & Milk Farm in Kundasang. Mooooo!

L  is for Luyang, Likas and Lintas - 3 of the major areas in KK.  I live in Luyang, so does my family and my hubby's family.  My aunt also lives in Luyang.  My dad's former workplace was also in Luyang.  So I guess you can say that I am orang Luyang.  Luyang and Lintas are hubs for offices, residences and quite a few great hang outs like Upperstar (both in Damai and Lintas) and City Mall. Likas is more residential, there are quite a few schools there and there is also the Likas Sports Complex for...err..sporting activities.

Part 3 soon!!  Depends on how long and how often my kid hogs the laptop heehee... Much love xoxo

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

An A to Z Guide to Kota Kinabalu: Part 1

I suddenly felt inspired to create this list - an A to Z guide to my city Kota Kinabalu.  This is partly inspired by a similar list I saw in Emila Yusof's blog and also an article I read in a magazine.  It is something I have thought about writing for some time now.  Today, I got the nudge.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive guide about the city, nor will I say that it is the most precise and accurate in all it's information.  It is KK as I see it.  It can be a rough guide for those visitors and a nice tribute (I hope) for those KK city folks.  It is a guide encompassing the city itself and its surroundings, some history, some places of interest, some about culture and the inhabitants and our quirky ways.

My original intention was to write the entire list as one post.  Partly because I knew if I didn't, I probably wouldn't finish this thing!  I even started out by listing the entire alphabet first.  But as I began enjoying myself in writing this out, I realised there was a lot to say and if I did the full list in one go, this is going to be one heck of a long post.  So to be kind to your eyes my darling readers, I have decided to divide this up into a few parts.  I solemnly promise though (three fingers raised) that I shall finish this, what I have started. 

So here it is folks, here is my A to Z guide (Part 1), my little tribute to Kota Kinabalu, the beautiful place that I call home.  Enjoy! And comments, please! Cheers.

Let's start from the beginning, A is for....

Api - api :  The original name of the city,  apparently named as such by the mainly Bajau locals to denote the blazing of the first British administrative office in Pulau Gaya instigated by Mat Salleh in the late 1890s. Api means fire.  The name is still used quite commonly.  One of the main commercial/residential buildings in the city is called Api-api Centre, various clubs are named Api-api *something something* club.

Bah/Buli Bah Kalau Kau! are two terms that you will commonly hear said by the locals.  Bah is an exclamation of emphasis, it can also simply mean yes, it can also be used at the start of a sentence to mean something like 'so'.  Examples:

For emphasis - Ya bah! (Ya really!)
To mean yes - Let's go to eat.  Reply: Bah! (Yes)
At the start of a sentence - Bah, how are you? (So, how are you?)

Now that I think of it, Bah can actually be used in a lot of other contexts.  Only true Sabahans (or those who have lived here long enough) would know and get it right.  Many a times you can spot a non-native by their incorrect attempt of the use of their Bah! Heeee... For example, bah does not need to be used in every sentence.  Gotta commend the attempt though :) By the way, for your information, bah is also officially listed as an English exclamation word in dictionary.com

Buli Bah Kalau Kau translates as For you, sure!  It's a term coined by the team at borneoutara.com that has achieved somewhat of a cult status here.  They have t-shirts and all! What they actually do, I have no idea really! Check out their site.  But you will frequently find locals replying with this line or just the abbreviation BBKK in their daily conversations.  Cute eh. And very very Sabahan.  

Centre Point is one of the biggest and older shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu. I remember when they first opened sometime circa 1990, we were in form 2 and we had this outing with school friends to go eat at Pizza Hut (it was the first one in KK at the time) and the place was packed! Kebaruan* bah. Now, despite the rise of many other newer shopping malls, Centre Point (CP) remains busy and packed, anchored by the departmental store Pacific NgiuKee and main eateries like KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and other smaller cafes and restaurants.  There is also Palm Square on Level 4, with the more posher shops and branded outlets and a cinema as well.  Places of note: Japanese Dream Food, Kobe Cream Puff, Daiso.. oops, all Japanese pulak and all at Palm Square.

*Kebaruan translates as being wide-eyed, jaw dropped and awe struck because it's the first time you did something or tried something. Heeee

Damai = Peace.  I remember when the radio station MixFm were conducting one of their big money giveaway contests a few years back.  Their agents were all over the country and at one time they were in KK. I knew they were from previous clues they had dropped.  But to find their exact location that day the clue given was peace.  Arrghhh! Was too late in figuring it out.  I'm at Damai probably more than 3 times a week. (Ooops, I've told you how to find me).  Hubby works there.  A lot of nice eating places there.  But it's busy and notoriously notorious for parking especially during working hours.  Places to try out - Upperstar, Maple Cafe, FookYuen for their yummy roti kahwin (bread+cold butter+coconut cream jam).  Damai is located in the area of Luyang about 5-10 minutes drive from KK city centre (depending on traffic and the notorious parking, of course)

Easy Going. KK is.  There is a very relaxed and easy going pace associated with life here.  Sure, there's hustle and bustle, here and there. But nothing as hectic as, say KL.  There's no real hurry.  (So much so that you can find that some things that need hurrying still get done at this laid back pace).  Places are packed, but there's still space or there are other places to go.  Beaches, islands, the highlands..are a close drive away.  People are (mostly) nice and considerate.  You can almost imagine people walking around dressed in Hawaiian shirts, hair blowing in the wind, playing the ukelele singing What a Wonderful World. Ya man! (Jamaican style). I love this about KK.  I hope it doesn't change. 


Look out for Part 2 soon.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Emotions

Hi my friends.  Hope you are all doing well.  Thank you for dropping by and reading and sharing your comments.  I am somehow comforted just by knowing you are there.

It's been a rollercoaster of emotions the past few weeks.  I think I've experienced everything from immense joy to sadness to anger and frustration.  High and low and everything in between.  And amidst that other emotions crept in - tiredness, confusion, just-wanting-to-sleep-ness, all types of hormones suddenly going on overdrive.  And having to make decisions at the same time?! Awww...sometimes I wished I didn't have to make any decisions at all.  Wouldn't that be great?  Everyday... all the decisions have already been taken care of.  Like living in the matrix.  Especially those decisions pertaining to business.  I wished there was a great big book that said, 'In so and so situation, this is absolutely what you have to do..' or if someone made all the decisions for me.  Kan senang?  But then again..after a week or so, I think the renegade inside of me would start to rebel and say, 'Hey, I didn't want to wear black today...' or 'I want to eat nasi lemak la today not rojak again..' hehe... I guess there is a blessing in being able to make your own decisions.

Happy weekend folks.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sad

I started the day yesterday crying my eyes off watching the finale of Grey's Anatomy.  Silly me.  Little did I know, there was going to be real sad news to come.

My cousin gave birth yesterday.  But sadly, her daughter passed away about two hours later of heart complications.  We went to Masjid Bandaraya to watch them do mandi and solat jenazah.  I thought I would be OK but once I saw the little lifeless baby being bathed, I broke down.  She was like a still little doll.  We followed to the burial site at Kampung Likas.  Her grave was so small.  I cried a lot after giving birth to Yasmin, I know it's partly due to the increased hormones postpartum.  The littlest of things would set me off.  So I can't possibly imagine how my cousin is feeling now.  I just pray that God gives her the strength to get through this.

Dear baby, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet and get to know you. Just know that you are loved. Rest in peace, sweet angel.  Alfatihah.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nerd, Geek, Dork, Dweeb

This is from Paival's blog. I liked it so much and liked which category I fell into that I wanted to post it here :)

Which one is you?

Nerd - those who are more academically inclined

Geek - those who are super passionate about their hobbies

Dork - are those people who know and care about the difference above!

Hahaaa!! I'm proud to say... I am a DORK! Hahahaaaa....

So what about a dweeb?

Dweeb - somebody who is considered as boring, silly or socially inept.  Another definition says a dweeb is a dorky or nerdy person.  So I think we can consider a dweeb as being a cross between a dork and a nerd. Hehehe....

Hmm...maybe I am a Dweeb too!!  Heeeee..

Falling Slowly ...

It's down to the two - American Idol finale is on next Wed.  I like them both but I am leaning a lot more on to Lee.  Always been a sucker for raspy, husky voices.  Love this duet by the way.  Loved the song since hearing Kris Allen singing it last year.  And after AI is over... what more to watch kan Josie??



Most of the other shows are reaching their season finale too. House finale almost made me cry.  Gossip Girl - Chuck??  The Amazing Race - you cowboys are just too nice, shudda whooped those brothers at the airport!  See you soon Phil!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teacher Azlina

So guess what I've been up to this past 2 weeks? I've been masquerading as an English teacher! Haha... (am picturing Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can) Well, not really masquerading.. I was asked if I could be a part time substitute teacher for form 5 English classes at a local private school. Weighed my schedule, thought it would be fun, found myself saying OK.  I had previously enquired around about teaching jobs there and was actually offered a teaching position but I could not commit to doing it full time. They noted then that I had 'good' English and said that I could/should be an English teacher. Heeee! I always fancied myself as an English teacher - inspired by Anne (with an e) Shirley and Mr Keating (Oh Captain my Captain), Cikgu Gerard and Cikgu Azman, I always thought teaching English would be a blast!

So yeah..very the bidan terjun one, I went in and took over one of the English classes.  Masterfully pretending that I know all there is to know about grammar and verbs and nouns and formal letters and what not! Thankfully, their semester is about to end and exams starting this week - so it was just a brief two weeks stint.  Thankfully as well, most of the kids were quite good.  And the class was small, around 20 students only. Not much difference with the uni kids I was used to except these were a more rowdy and loud adolescent bunch - you know, the kind that laugh and snigger at the mere mention of words like sperm. *geleng kepala*  Today, I asked them to role play and conduct mock interviews - none of them could keep a straight face and were very very mean interviewers! Were we like that at school? Maybe so.

I had great fun though - I think I managed to create some connection with those kids. The other English teacher there (who teaches the other form 5 class) is soooo garang by the way!  Mesti garang ka jadi cikgu ni?  I had to take over her class for while one day and shared another class with her, I swear those kids must either be scared or be totally p*ssed off at her.  Today was my last day with the class and when I mentioned that I probably wouldn't see them again, one kid said, 'But what's going to happen to you?' Haahaaa...as though I was gonna be left in the gutter or deported back to some place where English teachers are tortured and put behind bars or something!

So now, teacher stint over..it's back to Coffee Newsing and mommying full time