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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