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

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Woopeee!

After 1 1/2 years, I finally have RM51.45 in my nunffang account - enough to cash out!! Weeeheeeee!!! Hahaaa...I know some of you are making that amount in one month. I read that some people are aven making 4 figures per month from nuffnang! Is that evenly remotely possible?? Well, here's to hoping the next RM50 won't take that long..xoxo

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Oh Chase

I'm loving the current season of House!! Lots of nice Chase scenes :) Here's House, Chase & Foreman performing 'Midnight Train To Georgia'. Love it!


Friday, May 07, 2010

Tony Buzan's Tips

The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped PotentialThese are some tips from Tony Buzan on learning and preparing for exams. Got them on his Twitter page and being a big fan of his mindmapping and learning concepts, I am sharing them here with you.


For all in exam season #1 study tip: make a mega Mind Map which covers an overview of all subjects. Then Mind Map each individual subject.
Exam season study tip #2: if the textbooks are yours mark them up! Highlight key words, colour code different themes, photocopy bits.
#3: Exams: do something relaxing and non-study related the night before your exam. Light exercise before study to keep brain + body oxygenated.
Tony's Tips #4: Don't manage time, manage yourself IN time.
Tony's Tips #5: Keep yourself fit! A fit heart is a steady heart - a steady heart gives you a steady brain.
Tony's Tips #6: For all those studying, enjoy yourself! Your brain is naturally an A student. Let it be!
Tony's Tips #7: Knowledge is not power. The intelligent use of knowledge is power.
Tony's Tips #8: Build your ability to make associations, try to connect 2 things that seem unconnected in any way. There is always a way!
Tony's Tips #9: Realise everything connects in some way to everything else - you have an infinity of infinities for associative thinking.
Follow him on Twitter: Tony_Buzan


PS.. This is what I love about Twitter and Facebook, that we get to follow these people and get their insights and live updates.  I love seeing Jamie Oliver's wacky photos and posts, I love reading that Sophie Kinsella just had her baby, I love knowing that Jesse Spencer is climbing onto the roof of his house to cut off some tree branches. Heeee... feels like you know them... I wonder how they feel though..

Monday, May 03, 2010

Of Roses, Trampolines and Molecules

Hi y'all.  How has your weekend been?  Mine has been up and down.  A series of little events has left me feeling rather insignificant and made me question where I am in the scheme of things.  I'm generally a happy person.  It doesn't take much to keep me happy and satisfied.  Most of the time, I pep talk myself to lift my spirits, I tell myself that everything is good and will be good.  And I'm not one to rant and complain and spread unhappy vibes but I'm feeling rather alone and I guess, you are the only one I can talk to about this now.

On a scale of valuable & cherished to do-not-matter, I am feeling a bit on the low end at the moment.  Unappreciated most of the time.   Taken for granted.  Like I could just be any odd someone you know but don't really care about much.  I can be too soft for my own good.  And this has happened before, the things that evoke this feeling.  Am I just to let things be and hope for the best?  Try to change things? Stand up for myself?  Who else is gonna do it, right?  I hate confrontation.  Which means, I have been absorbing a lot of pent up feelings that I know isn't good for me.  I worry that I might explode one day.

Is it enough to just say cest la vie?  That's life? That this is just a bump in the road and that these kind of things happen.  That if life was all rosy and bouncy, we wouldn't be living and learning at all?  But I do like flowers.  I don't mind bouncing. And I don't think it's too much to be expecting roses and trampolines.  Don't you think?

So anyway, thank you for listening.  I could always count on you.  Don't worry bout me lah, I'll be okay.  I would accept offerings of virtual hugs :) and transmit me some of your +ve energy whilst you're at it.

So whilst I've been mellowing on this, these two quotes came to mind:

She breaks my heart again and again, but I love her - from the movie Reality Bites


 I feel like if someone were to touch me, I'd dissolve into molecules - from the movie Before Sunset


Interestingly and coincidentally, both lines were from the same actor Ethan Hawke