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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Not now..

Please
Don't
Do
This
To
Me..
:(

Not now, especially not now. Not when I just made up my mind to be a better one.. its barely the new year and yet I'm already eating my words on a promise I recently made.

Don't complicate things! Don't tangle me up in YOUR web.. don't make me hate and loathe you.. especially when I just got what I wanted. Don't turn me into a monster. Don't spread your negativity to others, I have my own negativity to battle with so don't add yourself up in my list.

Just because you think you'll always be seen as the victim, don't turn everything into a drama. I've got my own soap opera I have to go through everyday so DON'T force me to be part of yours. I don't have the patience for all that. There's only room for ONE drama queen in everyone's life, don't be my second!

I can't ask you to leave me alone. Its not my place to do that.. but please don't do this to me. You're free to do what you want to do so don't complicate it. Don't involve other people, don't turn a simple thing into a big problem.. just don't!

I don't wanna hate you.. heck! I'm trying to shorten my "I hate" list even as I'm typing so don't let me start the new year with a new addition the the list I've been trying to eliminate. Don't make me question your actions.. don't make me suspicious of you. It'll be bad for me.. and will be worse for you in the long run..

..just don't turn me into a bad person!

I'm doing a good job of that pretty much on my own so DON'T be another catalyst for it..

Monday, December 29, 2008

This and that..

Bz la kunun Ayu ni haha.. sempat lagi meng'update' blog :p

I'm actually trying to finish off a paper I did regarding my MSc, ingat in a few days I want Leong to check it. Startnye dah lame dah tp tak abis² lagik huhu.. sungguh lembap ini orang :D

Anyway, just wanted to share a few tidbits, ups and downs and whatever you could put in those categories :) (As if la orang interested kaaaan haha..)

*******

A student of mine got hold of my number. Didn't actually care much about it except the part where he refused to tell me who he was. Ek elehh..

It wasn't as if he was sending me messages I'm not comfortable with, in fact, I really like him. Punye la banyak soalan dia nak tanye, the kind of student of every teacher dreams of hehe.. its just that, I felt weird teaching someone 'invisible'.

He kept avoiding my question on who he was and when he refused to answer, lagi la my curiosity rocketed up to the sky la kan. Punye la susah nak bgtau name dia. He kept replying, "Sy malu la cikgu.." Haha, malu ke bende, takde idung ek?

I kept telling him I won't teach him unless I knew who he was but in the end of course la I 'succumbed' and just taught him how to answer the questions.. huh, degil sungguh student ku ini!

Then one day, when he smsed me asking a question, I told him, "Awk takmo jwb soklan sy, sy pun takmo jwb soklan awak.. so jwb dulu, baru sy ajo.. klau tak, tunggu kelas esok je!"

I got this as the reply (spelling included): "Sy asal Sg Buluh.. Ada 4 sibling, sy ada ayah n mak.. Ayah n mak sy bek tau.. sy cuti g 2sen.. ambik math.. ckgu sy Nurikhwani Idayu.. dia bek tau..dia nk tlg sy b4 SPM.. smlm tlg.. Alhamdulilah buka gak ati dia.. tp arini.. aduh sedih la.. ckgu sy ni ske Nescafe.. k sy da jwb dah.. ckgu jwb soklan sy pulok :D"

..which left me laughing! Ciss, ngelak nak jawab jugok tu. Siap ade ayat simpati yg tak tahan tu haha.. and yes, I DID help him that night haha.. and yes jugak, I now know who he is :)

*******

Went back home kan aritu and went out with Mama, Umi, Izati, Annisa and Irfan.

You see, most people know how annoying I am when I drive. Suke sangat nyanyi, macam la sore sedap hehe.. So once upon a time ago, while taking Annisa for a drive, as usual la, I sang. Know what she did?

She closed my mouth with her small hands saying, "Kak Yong jangan la nyanyi.." while frowning! Ciss, ampeh je budak kecik tu.. Izati punye gelak guling² cakap, "Budak kecik pun tau sore kak Yong tak sedap.." Haha..

Then, mase kuar with my family, Izati had switched on some songs on her phone and though I wasn't driving, dok nyanyi gak la with her. This time, Annisa ignored me. Bosan kot dia, kak Yong dia ni asyik tak paham bahase..

But then I felt some eye 'boring' into me and when I looked around for the 'source', I found Irfan frowning at me.. Aik?!?!

When I stopped singing, he smiled.. and when I started singing again, he just started frowning again.. Izati ape lagi, mule la gelak tak benti.. nyampah tul la ngan budak² ni :p

*******
Last night pulak, I was reading one of the books I had just bought.. "Goodnight Beautiful". Still halfway through but I like it though its kinda 'sedey' for me.

Before I fell asleep, I came across this chapter where the Mal was telling Nova (the surrogate mother of his and Steph's child) Goodnight beautiful.. So when I put the book back on my shelf, mule la berangan, "Sape la nak cakap camtu (beautiful) kat saye kan?"

Then suddenly the incident a few days ago came into my head, and though I was still reeling from 'the ringing words in my head' that have upset me the past few days, I found myself laughing out loud..

Adeh! Baizurah, tolong saya hahaha.. and Ina, Bart Mak Su jugak haha! Seriously, I shouldn't be teaching that class again next year haha..

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Long Weekend..

Hi yaaa :)

Hmm.. actually, I'm a bit down here. There are some words that are sorta like ringing in my head, and try as I might, I can't shake them off *sigh*

Well, the new year is just around the corner, so its time to change and be a better person.. Go! Go! Ayu heheh..

Spent half a day with my lil sister and brother. Izati la ajak, nak tengok adik and Annisa was up and ready from early morning upenye. Izati went with Mama while I went there straight from my 'appointment'. Umi had taken the day off and Abah was no where in sight hehe.. so it was just the 6 of us.

Took the lil ones to the playground and it seemed that the two 'older ones' pun jadik budak kecik bile layan diorg nih hehe.. This is Irfan btw, comot giler minum air tumpah², makan fries cicah with the dirty soil at the playground.. euwwww..


Got a picture of Annisa but its in Izati's phone, lupe nak transfer. Then we went to Jusco Bandar Perda. I bought my 'teaching aids' for next years class but I'm not putting them here, just in case my students find my blog again, and know whats in store for them next year hehe..

Anyway, I also bought two books for myself. Goodnight Beautiful and Marshmallows for Breakfast. Both by Dorothy Koomson whom I've grown to like after reading her The Cupid Effect. I dunno bout you guys, but I'll definitely look out for her books from now on hehe.. and yeah, most fo you know, I'm NOT even into chick lits. But then again, sekarang sudah agak suke tengok these kinda books :)

Hmm, I said two books kan tadi? Well, actually the next day, I bought another three :p Truth be told, I almost bought a fourth book, kununnye the autobiography of Cinderella's stepsister (Hey, its interesting.. and I'm sure it'll be funny!) tapi sib baik kesedaran diri telah menjelma. And I also almost bought Stephen King's Rose Madder. I first read the book in form 5, tak silap buku Isyam and have been trying to find the book eversince. And just my luck, I found it when I told my sis to stop me from buying books other than the intended three *sigh lagik*

Well, the intended three are actually a three-in-one set by Cecilia Ahern. Some might not like her books (I vaguely remember someone writing in their blog that PS I Love You had put them to sleep.. sape nye blog eh?) but I kinda like Thanks for The Memories so I decided to buy the set.. which I paid only RM40 something for the whole three books. Ye lar, ONE would cost what? RM35.90.. so untung ape dapat beli 3 at a fraction of the actual price :p


Ermm.. excuse the wrapped gift below haha.. lupe plak it was in the picture :p Anyway, I'm set to go for a few weeks ni.. I mean in the reading department la.. which does not include literature reading for my PhD (Adeh, nape la tak dedicated with PhD like I am with htese books?)

And btw, am expecting three more books from Wanie Books Galore hehe..

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pening²..! Tp sengih tu sengih la jugak :p

Manyak nye keje..

Malas plak tu..

Next year plak I have class everyday (bully tul!)..

Ok, ok.. haha, I'm not actually complaining pasal my class.. but if they could just relieve me from teaching form 1 and form 2 this year, kan bes..

Nanti malam dah tak free.. camne nak berpoya² :p Hehe.. berpoye aje Ayu ni hehe.. But seriously, nanti tak leh nak buat 'secret mission' dah ni.. *wink²* Not that sekarang ni selalu buat pun, memasing bz kaaaann..

Nak kate tension, idak la tension sgt pun.. tension sbb malas je.. nanti takde progress for my PhD, camne nak jadik contoh ni? (Actually, ade sedikit terharu when some of my students tell me they wanna be me.. adeh! I'm NOT a good example, camne nih?)

Other than that.. something made me smile a few days ago :) Lame dah tak senyum sensorg cam tu haha.. left me in a good mood w/pun terpakse stay up jap malam tu marking my students punye work. My student smsed me around 1am and almost told him about it haha.. ohhh, bahaye! Mampus nanti kene perli ngan bebudak nanti.. (And nope Baizurah, this isn't related to my 'syndrome' haha.. more like MNF-related hahah.. :p)

And yup, the 'incident' smlm tu pun made me smile la jugak haha.. But for totally different reasons la kan! Thank God I have supportive friends who pull me back on the ground bile I dah melalut cam semalam haha.. Love all of you --> Bai, Bart n Mak Su! Layan je ekkkk heheh..

Okay, sebenarnye I dunno what I'm writing down here, bahaye ni bile dok sengih sensorg. USM ni bukan besar sgt pun nak sorok ape² haha.. So pen-off for now! Nak tunggu Asar, solat then go to class.. the class from Hell.. well, almost la, most of them are angelic, but the devils are more prominant

*sigh*

*perempuan emo haha..*

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hmm..

I'm supposed to be super busy right now.. but something's on my mind so tak leh konsentret and mule la blog hopping, then masuk Habbo (Ana nye pasal le ni :p Tapi dpt Sumo Penguin, Ana hehe.. chumel!)

Lets talk about yesterday. Smlm was the birthday of a friend. I promised him a Sg Ara mali cake so Sunday evening found me caught in the jam on the Penang bridge. Mak aiiii, from 8.00pm to 9.45pm still on the bridge, and the bakery closed at 10.00pm. Sib baik sempat, managed to arrive at 9.55pm.. so here's the cake! Ain't she a beauty hehe.. rase pun sodap!

Then pas berjaye pick up the cake, went to kak Wahid's. Yun nak anto potpourri for kak Wahid's wedding in January and we received her very nice invitation. Alaaaa, tak amik gambo la pulak.. lupe.. tp cantik, wpun Yun kate, "Nape cam kalender?" Hehe..

Arrived back home kul wape tah pastu layan Yun tengok Stomp The Yard until we fell asleep.

So yesterday tu bz with class but before that sent the cake to my friend and gave him the present yang sangat tak sabo nak bagi hahah.. w/pun diriku dikatekan kejam, tp ok whaaaaaaaatttt! Hahah.. proving a point has never been this much fun!

Malam plak gi school right after class to finish up a few tasks and otw home, my phone rang with a very familiar ringtone. Tp tak sempat angkat since my baterry yilek! and I got another pleasant suprise of the day (aside from the choc from my student, Nazreel) when the birthday boy sent his home-made cheesecake.

Dia buat sendiri oooooo.. Heheh, ade ke dia yang buat, patutnye orang la buat utk dia kaaan hehe.. Ni sumer Mas nye pasal la ni. eversince she posted her cheesecake recipe, sumer staf Awam pakat nak buat heheh.. thanx Mas! Akak dpt cheesecake trus mlm smlm sbb Mas nye recipe :p So here it it, wpun dah makan more than half before terpk nak amik gambo hehe.. sedap wooooo!

Monday, December 22, 2008

:(

Actually, ni dari tuition trus dtg school. Kunun nak siapkan keje Dr Taksiah jap but there's something on my mind, bothering me.. and frankly, I'm ashamed of myself :(

This morning I had a nice suprise when one of the boys in my class yang paling tak suke dengar cakap, paling tak mau buat keje, tetibe gave me some chocolate he bought from Langkawi. Terkejut gak, tak sangke dia ingat kat cikgu dia time cuti² and for today at least, wpun dia tak buat keje, he actually paid attention when I grilled Hazril on 2 questions.. boleh tahan la. Diorg ni bukannye tak pandai, tapi main banyak sangat.

Then this afternoon had the 'hellish' class I never look forward too. After the 'mulut capoi' incident with one of the boys, I was determined to be a bit more strict with them today. So dari awal kelas, Teacher Ayu memang garang. Klau Zarul ade, kompen lagi dia suke panggil cikgu dia 'skuad leader'.. My voice was louder than usual, and I didn't smile as much. Tak mo bg muke sgt, kang di cakapnye bende bukan² lagik dengan selambe je.. ade ke patut saya yang malu, diorg tak malu pun cakap bende camtu..

Bile diorg dah perasan I wasn't in a good mood, baik la jugak diorg ni sikit. Sikiiiiiiiiiiit je la tapi sikit pun jadik le. Then suddenly, a girl in my class fainted. Sebenarnye with the girls I don't have any problem tapi sebab tak mo the boys kate pilih kasih, dengan the girls pun I was strict so bile the girl fainted, tetibe rase giler punye panik..

..and I ran away!

Jumpe kerani, and we called her parents. And believe it or not, AYU TAK BERANI NAK MASUK KELAS!

There I was, berdiri je kat luar tu, without an ounce of courage to enter the class. Luckily all the girls helped the fainted girl but ME, THE TEACHER, stood behind the door and didn't even manage to force myself to enter the room.

Ya Allah, cikgu ape Ayu ni?!?!?!

Tatau kenape.. and I felt guilty sebab hari ni garang sangat AND sebab I couldn't bring myself to face her..

I'm so, so sorry.. :(

Friday, December 19, 2008

Kene bully :p

Last night, went to kak Chah's to give her Din's wedding gift. I don't think I'm going haha.. tadek gang la, malas gi sorang, dah la tatau jalan.

Anyway, besa la perempuan, bile jumpe je nak sembang. Mau plak dah lame tak sembang with kak Chah and since we had 'mutual' students @ Jawi, ade je la topiknye (ditambah plak ngan I dok ngutuk my students kat Pt Buntar.. forgive me, tp melampau la diorg.. ade ke cikgu yang malu, diorg tak malu pun ckp bende a 16-year-old shouldn't be talking about!) Then kak Hafsah came back (she lives just across kak Chah) and joined in the sembang². Seriously felt like the makciks who like to gossip petang² kat gate umah hehe..

Anyway, kak Hafsah told me I got yet another parcel and reminded me to go pick it up at the office tomorrow..

..which bought me to the office this morning.

Asking about my parcel, kak Sue suddenly beckoned me to go towards her while kak Zue was blinking her eyes repeatedly (hahah.. as someone who doesn't wear make up, of course la Ayu tak pasan dia nak tunjuk her new eye make up courtesy of kak Sue) And before I knew what was happening, kak Ros sat me down on a chair and wheeled me towards kak Sue.

Knowing what was happening, Ayu dengan pantasnye meutup muke dengan tangan sambil menjerit, "Tidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakk.."

Hahah, okay, the drama above didn't actually happen la, but I DID cover my face with my hands while 'they' ganged up on me haha.. Jahat nye kate they ganged up hehe.. but cam tu la, kak Ros, kak Hafsah, kak Sue and Wan. At last, I relented.. tu pun sebab kak Sue kate, "Kak Sue nak buat mata hang jaa.."

Tapi kak Sue tipu.. uwaaaaaaaaaa..

And my 'virgin' face di'cemari' full makeup within 10 minutes. At first she did the eyes ("Kak Sue, awat lama sangat?", "Ayu, hang dok diam sudah!" <--kak Sue garang hehe..).. pastu seronok plak dia nak buh bedak ("Ape buh bedak plak ni kak Sue?"), then eyeliner ("Ayu, hang jangan bukak mata sampai aku suruh hang bukak.. kang comot!"), blusher (time ni kak Sue dah naik sheikh.. erkkk.. hahah..) and Wan tukang buh lipstick. Ya Allah, rase berat muke.. and rase cam budak² main makeup mak hahah..

When they asked me to look at myself in the mirror, I refused! Haha, rase cam sangat malu and really wanted to wash my face. Wan tanye, "Camne nak makeup time kawen ni nanti?!?!"

Ayu dalam hati, "Tak yah makeup langsung!!"

And I had actually planned to join the tazkirah downstairs before going to the bursary to pay my fees.. tp sebab tadek sabun basuh muke, terus berkurung kat bilik postgrad.. adeh! Uwaaaaaaaaaa, saya mane reti laaaa..

Anyway, just came back from the ladies. Tau saya basuh muke ngan ape? Ngan hand washing liquid dlm toilet tu hahah.. tak sempat la nak balik umah basuh muke. And jugak, TAK MO kuar school camni hahah..

Moral of the story: Lain kali nak masuk opis, kene bace Bismillah banyak² hehe..

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Sy bukan budak pandai.."

Yesterday, something wonderful happened. Ok la, not actually happened to me la, but a realization of something gave me this wonderful feeling..

As said in my previous entry, I'm teaching form 4 going on to form 5 students. In one of those classes, I have 2 'old' students of mine who took my class in form 3. One is Miss Aiman bt. En Shah hehe.. and the other is this boy who shares my name.

Now, this boy when in form 3 was the type who'd frustrate me now and then. I know, I know.. as a teacher, I shouldn't be like that but I can't help it. Matters became worse when I myself admitted defeat in the end for him.. I really wanted to help him but it was as if he didn't want my help. And whenever I told him, he could do it, it just needed a little effort, he always told me, "Saya bukan budak pandai.."

I'm not proud of myself, but yes, towards his PMR, I realized that in not wanting to feel so frustrated, I sometimes avoided him. But he didn't care, in fact he happily enjoyed it with an 'in-your-face' attitude that made me sadder. I felt as if he hated me. Its not that I singled him out, other students were worse than him in maths, but I felt as if he didn't even wanna try. When the results came out, I didn't even think of him, rather thought of the other students whom I decided WANTED to at least try to succeed.

Fast forward to last month..

A new student came into my already crowded class (takde la crowded sangat, I just don't like large classes hehe..). When he wrote his name in the attendance, as usual, I wanted to comment on the fact that we had the same name but something stopped me as the name looked VERY familiar.. but the owner of the name didn't.

The feeling bugged me until the next day when it finally clicked.. OMG! I know him!!

Gone was the chubby boy and in his place was a bespectacled tall guy, half his previous size (btw, ape la rahsia dia ek.. nak tau gak heheh..). Part of me went, "O-oh! Not him again.." but another part of me who knew it was very bad of me to think like that scolded the first part of me. He still looked like he lacked confidence and I was still unsure if he hates me or not..

In class, he's a different guy now. He's more quiet and he actually LISTENS to me. And on one fine day, he raised his hand TO ASK ME A QUESTION.

I.WAS.SHOCKED.

But I was also suddenly so ashamed of myself..

Then last Sunday, I had handed out some extra questions for students who wanted them and though he also wanted the extra questions, I was still a bit wary with what he'd do with the questions.. I know, this is something a teacher SHOULD NEVER FEEL! I feel so bongok giler now!

And yesterday, which is MONDAY, just one day after I gave out the extra questions, he came in and almost shyly handed in his answer script.. when NO ONE ELSE in the class gave me theirs (I had told them to pass those questions to me whenever they wanted to). I'm sure my mouth dropped right on the floor then.. but I continued with the lesson.

Back home, without taking of my hijab, I 'attacked' his answer sheet and I came out SMILING & LAUGHING HAPPILY when I realized he had answered EVERY SINGLE QUESTION (some of them just submit the answers to a few questions.. which I don't mind since it was the extra exercise). There were still a couple of mistakes BUT HE TRIED.. and his total marks were somewhere around 95%.

I sat back in wonder.. and once again felt ashamed.

I had given up on him the previous year and yet he still came to me for this class. I had let him down when, for all I know, his 'in-your-face' attitude was a plea for help, a cry for his teacher to understand him.

I'm a BAD, BAD teacher.. whatever made me think I could try to be a good one, huh?

I sat there looking at his answers for a long time.. then I wrote a note for him on his answer sheet. Seeking redemption and forgiveness.. and hoping he understood that yesterday, he taught me a very valuable lesson.. DON'T GIVE UP ON THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON YOU!

I want him to know that I NOW believe in him.. as I should have when he was in form 3. I want him to know that I'm sorry for giving up on him and for letting him down when he must have needed me the most.. and most of all, I want him to know that yesterday, I was the student, him the teacher..

To Asyraf Ikhwan, saya mintak maaf! :( Sebab awak, saya janji akan cube untuk tak putus asa dengan student² saya.. Thanx sangat² sebab jadi cikgu saya semalam!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Those lil' ones :)

I received a nice suprise in my class just now. Apparently my addiction for the tinned Nescafe is so obvious, my student decided to 'belanje' his teacher with a tin of the Original one. I had actually bought my favourite Latte on but thanx for the gesture Zarul. Just don't follow in my footsteps in this haha.. I REALLY hope those kids won't be addicted to it too.. and yes, this goes for you too Aiman.. nanti En Shah marah sy jadik bad influence to his only daughter, camne? :p

This school break, I'm having two classes. I was supposed to have my usual form 5 class in Parit Buntar but the teacher for Jawi had to go to Ipoh AND those student, in a fit to bully me (maybe because I always tell them, "Cikgu korang tak sayang kat korang, sebab tu dia asyik ilang je..", to which they always reply, "Maknenye cikgu sayang kitorang la ye?" Aiseyyyy..) had asked for me.. cehh! Tau what one student told me when I first came back to the class..

"Kan padan muke cikgu.. dah kene tengok muke kitorg hari²!!"

Sabo je lahhh.. hahah..

Anyway, eventhough I've taught for almost 6 years, this is only the third year I'm teaching for the school break and I usually love these school break classes as the majority of the students who come really wanna learn.

I remember my first class two years ago. I only had about 20 students I think.. ke tak sampai 20 ek? Ntah, dah lupe.. but I loved that class. I'm sure I've written a lot about them in my blog during that time.. you know, the one with Aiman (Bukan Aiman Kautsar tau :p) who told me, "Klau tak kawen umor 26, nampak sangat dah takde harapan!".. and I WAS 26 then hahah..

That class had this pair of unidentical twin.. and they really were NOT identical. Nak kate adik beradik pun I'll think twice.. Hana and Hani, ingat lagi hehe.. ape la citer diorg ni sekarang? The only one of them yg I saw recently was Nabil when he worked at Shell Pt Buntar during the SPM break.

I love this class as I felt as if they were all my younger siblings. Asyik gelak je ngan gelagat diorang, not that we didn't do any learning. We managed to finish 5-6 chapters during that 6-week course. I guess, I really DO prefer small classes..

Then last year was my second class. I had a lot of my 'old students' in this class so it was kinda fun.. though they knew too much about me haha.. more than I would've liked la kot. We didn't manage to finish as much chapters as I did during the previous school-break class but the class was relaxing for me.. though a bit larger than usual. I had around 25 students kot. Not much for most teachers, but a tad too much for me.

Still, we had our moments.. and those students still keep in touch with me till now :) I still feel weird when someone calls me 'cikgu' or 'teacher' whenever I'm shopping at the local supermarket or pasar malam but its grown a bit on me. And hey, now I remember, this was among the first classes to call me 'cikgu/teacher'.. my previous classes mostly call me 'kak Ayu'.. much to the annoyance of Cikgu Arun, my 'boss' haha..

This year, I'm getting a bit overwhelmed. My actual class in Parit Buntar has 40 students.. and since I prefer smaller classes, I don't really look forward to this class haha.. adeh! Teruk la Ayu ni..

Most of them are okay.. ade la biase tu budak² yang suke main². But then, ade gak this group of boys who think they're sooo cool, nyampah pun ade! One of them had written this four-letter word in his book, but I doubt he knows the meaning of it. Thats why la I nyampah skit hehe.. even when I call for attendance, he'd raise his hand while giving the finger.. granted la he doesn't actually give the 'right' finger, but I know what he means la, especially when the group of them laughs, thinking its funny. Mostly, I just ignore those rude gestures.. tapi ade mase, sakit ati gak la kot..

Then, earlier in this class was this boy who always sang to me haha.. at first, I thought it was funny. But then it got weirder bile dia mule tanye soklan pelik² and buat bende pelik².. Hahah, ingat saya tak takut ke? Budak form 5 pun.. For a while, phobia jugak la bile budak ni asyik nak tanye soklan je haha.. luckily, he only came for the first two weeks je. Hahah, nampak sangat Ayu ni penakut kan hehe..

The 'accidental' class plak I have around 30 students. Frankly, I like them more. As usual, ade budak yang rajin, ade yang suke memain.. but this type of memain tak de la menakutkan cam the other class. They are mostly acting as 17-year-olds should act la.. and their idea of joking masih bleh diterima la wpun Ayu terpakse menahan diri dari berleter ngn diorg nih.. at least with this class, I feel like I'm teaching my own brothers and sisters.

In fact, for tomorrow, I promised to bring Harry Potter #6 for Hawa and #7 for Mahfuzah :D

So I have another two weeks with these 70 students (70?!?!)

Question is, did I manage to teach them anything at all this school break? I'd hate to know I didn't.. Guess, eventhough I've taught for that long, rase tak konpiden still ade laaa.. I wanna be like Cikgu Nooriah, who made me see the wonder of numbers and made me realize, it wasn't too late for me.. but am I even remotely like her?

*sigh* Wish I knew..

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Power of Google, eh?

I didn't actually plan to do an entry for today. Nak relax skit, had a class this morning then will be having another one in the afternoon. And since its a Sunday, ingat nak bermalas-malasan je di rumah hehe..

But then, just HAD to go online kan.. and noticed a new comment in my blog FROM MY STUDENT. His answer when I asked him how he found me: Di hujung jari je..

Haha.. ye la tu, Zarul!

So sekarang sudah terase bahaye Google.. anyone can find me so I'd better behave in my blog.

Actually, I don't mind. Closest example; found an old friend when he Googled his own name and also being found out by my student haha.. tp ade masenye tak suke jugak. Like I said earlier, for the not-actually-friends, I hate it when they do that. And klau buat pun, keep it to yourself laaaa.. I know la, my blog is like an online diary sometimes so kadang tu even my dirty laundry is out in the open, but thats me.. so live with it!

Utk Zarul: Huh, konpem pasni takde entry pasal kelas korang haha.. baru nak buh satu entry 'bahaye', tak jadik trus hahah..

And utk Zarul gak.. lyrics for I'd Lie :) Sok amik lagu ni tau.. then try to figure out nape akak ckp 'tingat kisah dolu²' through this song tau heheh..

I'd Lie by Taylor Swift

I don’t think that passenger seat
Has ever looked this good to me
He tells me about his night
And I count the colors in his eyes

He’ll never fall in love he swears
As he runs his fingers through his hair
I’m laughing cause I hope he's wrong

And I don't think it ever crossed his mind
He tells a joke I fake a smile
That I know all his favorite songs

And.. I could tell you his favorite colors green
He loves to argue, born on the seventeenth
His sister's beautiful, he has his father’s eyes
And if you ask me if I love him,
I’d lie

He looks around the room
Innocently overlooks the truth
Shouldn’t a light go on
Doesn’t he know I’ve had him memorized for so long

He sees everything in black and white
Never let nobody see him cry
I don’t let nobody see me wishing he was mine

I could tell you his favorite colors green
He loves to argue, born on the seventeenth
His sister's beautiful, he has his father’s eyes
And if you ask me if I love him,
I’d lie

He stands there then walks away
My God if I could only sayI’m holding every breath for you...

He’d never tell you but he can play guitar
I think he can see through everything
But my heart

First thought when I wake up is
My God he’s beautiful
So I put on my make up
And pray for a miracle

Yes I could tell you his favorite colors green
He loves to argue oh and it kills me
His sisters beautiful he has his father’s eyes
And if you asked me if I love himIf you ask me if I love him
I’d lie

Friday, December 12, 2008

Quick entry.. and the realization its a small world after all hehe..

There were so many things I wanted to update about, starting from Isyam's wedding last Saturday to me, searching for extra questions for my students.. a whole lot more in between! Tp sedang agak busy, I haven't even been bloghopping for the last week, and thats NOT NORMAL for me as most of you know hahah..

But in a nutshell, its been a good week, even if I don't have time to 'panaskan' my seat here in the room haha.. and yes, thanx also to the 'Ayu Syndrom' (actually name of the syndrom will not be enclosed here, malu hahah.. Only Sentot and Bart know about it! Haha.. and ye Baizurah, laugh your head off if you want :p)

And oooohh, I almost had a heart attack earlier this week haha.. okay, I'm exagerrating here but you get the picture. A few entries ago, I was fuming on someone who purposely googled my name.. creepily! I don't mind it when my friends do it, but I hate it when not-actually-friends do it (and that reminds me: Dey! I told you to berambus.. so berambus laaa!).

Anyway, someone added me to his YM, and the 'welcoming note' sent shivers to my spine as only one person had ever called me that name (and I actually had kutuk him in my blog about it a few hundred entries ago hahah..).. trying my best to pretend I'm confused, I finally laughed out loud when I realized who the person was hahah.. and to think he found me by googling HIS OWN NAME!

So remind me next time: NEVER name names in my blog EVER AGAIN! Hahah..

To Hairil, I actually seldom la name names in my blog.. cam, ne la leh terlepas pandang ek yg tu hahah..

And another quick one (Ceh, quick one kunun, cam panjang jek entry nih!), going to Abah's on raya morning, Izati was searching through Abah's laptop for some songs (Yes, apparently my ancient father knows how to download songs from the net.. something his daughters pun tak baper nak tau!) and usually I ignore her. But this time, I practically shrieked in delight when I found some old songs I really love :) Ape lagik, curik le MP3 nye dari Abah hehe..

Tried to find it on imeem.com but only got this version of the song, currently on my playlist.. tak bes as the original tapi bleh la for you guys to listen to..

It Doesn't Matter Anymore by Linda Ronstadt

There you go and baby here am I
Well you left me here so I could sit and cry
Golly gee what have you done to me
Well I guess it doesn't matter anymore

Do you remember baby last September
How you held me tight each and every night
Oh baby how you drove me crazy
But I guess it doesn't matter anymore

There's no use in me a-crying
I've done everything now
I'm sick of trying
I've thrown away my nights
Wasted all my days over you

Now you go your way baby and I'll go mine
Now and forever till the end of time
I'll find somebody new and baby
We'll say we're through
And you won't matter anymore

There's no use in me a-crying
I've done everything now I'm sick of trying
I've thrown away my nights
Wasted all my days over you

Now you go your way baby and I'll go mine
Now and forever till the end of time
And I'll find somebody new and baby
We'll say we're through
And you won't matter anymore
No you won't matter anymore
You won't matter anymore

P/S Lets just say, around 5 years ago, I listened to this song again berulang² haha.. but thats a different story la kan :)

Friday, December 05, 2008

What made me smile again yesterday


Yeay.. lupe nak citer (not exactly lupe la.. more like tak sempat.. uhh, bz beno teman 2 minggu nih!)

Yesterday got another parcel.. and my books have arrived.. yeay! Sangat suke.. I now have a weeks worth of reading materials :):):) Tu tak campur lagi 2 Stephen King books I bought at Chowrasta the other day.. yeay!! Bleh berenang dlm buku heheh..

And once again, sile layari http://www.thebooksgalore.com/ for other books. Ni iklan tak berbayar ni tau, and the girl pun tak suruh but I just wanna put it here sbb I really like dealing with her :)

A simple 'Thank You' would be enough..

This entry is not for the want of an entry pun.. just felt like writing. I came early to school today, but even if its 10.47am now, I'm still feeling lazy.. which is NOT unusual for me hehe.. Abg Fadzil had arrived before me (He had to send his daughter to school today since kak Nor had a volleyball coach course in Bagan Serai). Then when Ramadhan arrived, we went to have drinks at the cafe.

At the cafe, I saw this person. A few weeks ago, a friend had asked me to help this person. I agreed coz
1. I'm selfish.. I'm hoping that one day if I need help, someone will help me too so I'd better help someone in need (Ughhh, giler tak sincere langsung! Hahah..)
2. My friend had called at 5.30am and since I knew I couldn't sleep after being awoken at that time, I thought, "What the heck.. this would be better than tossing and turning anyway!"
3. I was curious on the 'incident that had happened' to this person that needed help..

Truth is, before this, I kinda admired this person. I might have developed a tiny crush on him too hahah.. (Read: MBC) Not that I know him that much in person, but I know quite a little bit of a little much about him. Academically, he's a role model. Skipped his MSc and went straight to PhD.. and locally, that is very RARE! You need to graduate with a CGPA of more than 3.50 to be able to that here, not like those who do it Mphile (Betoi ka ejaaaa...!) overseas.

Then a few personal traits of him that I heard of kinda sealed the deal of the tiny crush :D But I'm not enclosing them here, JUST in case some people find out who he is :p

Anyway, when I went for helping him, I didn't expect him to talk to me anyway. But please la, a simple thank you pun tak leh ke? Ni, dah le didn't acknowledge me (a simple nod is enough!), then in the end, no thank you ek?! Ughhh, ilang respect!! (P/S The crush thingey dah lame ilang tau.. so its not because of the no-thank-you situation..)

Abg Fadzil, when I told him of the incident, said the problem with me is that while I don't expect actual things in return whenever I do something, I always hope for people to say 'Thank You' or 'Sorry' depending on the situation (The 'sorry' thing he was referring to my exhousemate and another thing I'm supposed to forget so I'd rather not write here..), thus, why I was annoyed at this person not saying 'Thank you' even though it never crossed my mind to ask him to cough out the money for toll and petrol (the 'help' included these thingeys!).

Choong said some people think they are above other people, so maybe that was why there was no thank you.. which I wholly agree! Abg Fadzil then, after realizing WHOM I was talking about (and claiming, "Dr tu baik laa, Ayu!") said something like, maybe because this person thought he was a catch (Well, I know people HAVE been talking about him haha..) that he thinks he shouldn't interact with any girl who is single, just in case she is 'swept by her feet' with his voice.. yuck! Like I said, the crush was short lived so no worries there.. and still, he owes me a thank you!

After that, I've seen him a few times at the cafe and each time, I pretend to not see him, as opposed to buat biase je, this time, I REALLY avoid any glances towards him. Make sure I don't look his way as opposed to the usual people watching we all do in crowded places haha..

Anyway, fast forward to now. At the cafeteria, I saw him coming my way.. NOT my way laaa, what I mean is the same direction as I was going to so as usual, pretended I had no business to look his way. Hey, klau nak rase handsome, gi la perasan sensorang, Ayu malas nak layan! But as I am an unlucky person, I realized I had sat facing him (different table la tapi..) and was too late to change my seat as I didn't want it to be so obvious.. ye la, I pun tak mo gak org tunjuk sgt tak suke kan huhu..

Then on the way back, abg Fadzil commented, "Mane Ayu punye Dr ni? Tadi ade.."

I scowled to him, knowing who he was talking about and pretended I didn't understand and told him Dr Farhan was in KL. Then he told me, he had actually seen the said person coming up to me (must be during the time I saw him coming my way kot!) as if wanting to say something but since I had ignored him, he stopped. Nape, terkejut yang in this world, there is a single girl who'd avoid him ke? They also told me, they noticed him trying to catch my attention but I was avoiding looking at his direction so much that they pitied him.. huh!!

Kate abg Fadzil, that means there still a bit of good inside of him since he must've realized he didn't say thank you. He even said, "Hang ni yang berlagak sekarang tau dak!"

Ceh.. saya plak kene?!? Mane aci.. dia cari gaduh dulu.. (sambil buat muke budak iklan UMobile nak beli teh tarik s'tennnngggaa gelas!)

Still, note to self: Make sure you say thank you or sorry right after it should be said!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cikgu Ayu senyum lagi..

This morning I taught Cikgu Thiru's form 3 class as he had a whole week course somewhere. His Monday to Wednesday class was taken by another teacher so I was only asked to take his Thursday class.

Actually, I don't think I taught much, just showed them how to find the median when the set of data is in a table.. yup, simple for most of us, kan, but maybe diorg ni konpius skit je. Baru blaja kaaannn..

Towards the end of the class..

Student: "Cikgu, cikgu ajar sekolah mane?"

I usually hate answering this question as it makes me feel like I'm a fake teacher.. as opposed to their real teachers!

Me: "Kenape nak tau?"

Student: "Kami nak pindah sekolah cikgu lah.. bes!"

Hahahah.. dan Ayu tersenyum sorang² lagi heheh..

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

You know you've been taking to much tinned Nescafe when..

There's a new grocery store in Taman Pekaka. Hmm, ok, its not really THAT new, around 4-5 month I think, but you get the picture. Anyway, I usually go to Muaz or AM/PM or 7-11 when I wanna buy anything as this new store is at the new shop lots.. jauh skit dari kedai² lain kan. So I've only been there, say, 3-4 times only.

So imagine my suprise when I went there this morning and the apek (Okay la, a bit young and smartly dressed to be called apek la..) smiled and said to me, "Sorry dik, takde stock.."

Knowing there was no one else in the store, I realized he was talking to me. I was a bit confused until I noticed that I was about to grab the Original flavoured tinned Nescafe.

"Latte takde la adik.. saya sudah pesan tapi blum ada stok.. Soli ahhh!!"

Hmm.. maybe I should cut down on the Nescafe, huh!!
(Or maybe I should go find another shop where I could buy it anonymously?!!?)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A tak-sedar-diri-byk-keje day!

Its 1.34am now and I'm in school STILL finishing the report. Sheesh! I really suck at translating English to BM and vice versa. The fact that right now, I haven't slept for exactly 43 hours doesn't actually help that much does it. I've already consumed 5 tins of Nescafe Latte and about to take my next dose of it if someone doesn't stop me at once!

Anyway, I admit, it might me a tad bit my own fault. I had promised Ad and Yee to go to the IPS Exhibition in Penang and take the 1st shift there. We had planned to go to Gurney after that (and this was waaaay before I knew about the report) and somehow, I still didn't wanna miss it..

So there I was.. I had stayed in school until 6.30am and only went home after Subuh prayers. Then I got ready before going out to pick up Ad and Yee and go to Penang for the exhibition. I was already a bit sleepy now but Aje came to cheer me up with his usual jokes.

Oh yeah, something unusual DID happen which left me, Ad and Yee confused.. and laughing our heads off. This 'incident' delayed our initial plan of going to Gurney right after our shift ended (1.00pm) and we only started our journey there around 2.30pm.

During that incident, we went to Chowrasta. Otw there, Ad noticed something.. apparently, public phones are still in fashion. Seems the MPPP decided to spruce up public phones and the telephone booths. I had tried to capture it on my phone but there we too many cars here. But I think you can see the kindergarten-colorful phones in the booth decorated with some sort of design here.. on second thought, am I the only one who found this fascinating?


Anyway, when we arrived at Chowrasta, I felt this great big sense of deja vu and suddenly saw myself, Misa and Amoi going around the shops here in search of old issues of Dragon Ball comics. Here, we bought them at RM2 per book.. quite a bargain, huh? Especially for us then school goers. Ami was the one who told me about these second hand book stores when she bought boxes of the Sweet Dreams series (also sold at RM2 per book). After that, whenever we went out, we were sure to come here in search for books. My friend As once even hunted for the medical handbook (?) here and suprises of suprises, they had a good copy (just like brand new.. honest!!) for her. I couldn't resist sending Misa a picture of one of our favourite stores there..


..then there was the magazine stand where we almost always bought our Dragon Ball, Dragon Quest, Yuyu Hakusho, Slam Dunk bla bla.. I sent a picture to both Amoi and Misa and both instantly recognized the magazine stand..


..but when Misa comented on how much she missed Maxim's sandwiches, I really laughed out loud. Just merely 5 minutes before her sms, I had just told Ad and Yee that Maxim's was our favourite bakery back then hehe.. Misa, awak mesti ingat kan, sebelum balik je, meluru kite gi Maxim's beli sandwich ngan bruchetta! Tapi tadi tak sempat la nak singgah.. :(

Anyway, fast forward to Gurney. We arrived around 3.30pm and quickly grabbed some lunch. Then I went to buy my facila cleanser and ended up buying the Total Turnaround as well. Lame giler dah tak pakai bende ni. Check out what else I received for my purchase hehe..

Then, as usual I got the vouchers and I bought this..


..for my bracelets and bangles! Yeay! I already had one before, bought at Lovely Lace..


..but it couldn't hold all my bracelets, thus this second purchase. The price on the tag was RM56.90 but I only paid RM1.20 heheh..

Before heading back here, we went donut hunting and THIS, dear readers, WAS my dinner (Half-eaten Aline there!). Now all are safely in my tummy, except for three quarters of the pinky one there :D


P/S
I actually have THREE classes tomorrow. 9.30-11.00am, 11.15 to 12.45pm and 5.15 to 6.45pm. Hmm, wondering if I'd be able to stay awake during teaching?!?! Or should I take a couple more doses of Nescafe, Dr Ina?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

&*%#&!@

You know one thing I know I'd hate: People telling me they hate me..

You know another thing that I hate on a similar level: Telling people I hate them!

So it bugs me when I've tried to as politely as possible to say, "Actually, I despise you" with sugar coated words (sprinkled with a bit of pepper and horn salt* perhaps?!!?) AND to have that person say ,"Sorry, it won't happen again" causing me in to be in this false sense of relief for a few hours before they bug me to make me tell them I HATE THEM (or in this case, I HATE YOU!) again.

For God's sake, you don't expect my answer to different everytime you ask me the EXACT SAME QUESTION do you?!?! AND STOP forcing me to hate you even more!!!

My friend, Dzul recently had an entry in his blog. The title made me laugh at that time but I now realize, he is better at putting things into words as he had sum-up all my words here in two simple words:

Berambus boley?!!?

And dude, piss off will ya!

P/S Horn salt is a Norweigan type of salt. I think its similar to the smelling salt people use to revive people from faints

Monday, November 24, 2008

Still can't believe how I was tricked into being an MC

A few weeks ago, we had this meeting to choose the committees for our Stress Management Workshop. I don't mind giving a hand in these committee but..

You see, for the past 3 years, I've always been in the food committee (coz I'm chubby perhaps?!) or the souvenier committee. I've grown quite sick of being in these two committee because eventhough they sound like 'easy jobs', they are actually the ones with the most small-details-you-can't-afford-to-miss.

In fact, two years ago we had this Thesis Writing Workshop and I had voiced my need to NOT be in the food committee. Remy had asked me why, to him its an easy job. Ye laaa, Remy had always been the leader, never one in the smaller committees so I guess he doesn't know the hassle of being in these small committees. Not that he's not a good leader, he's a GREAT one, in fact. This was proved by his willingness to be in the smaller committess instead, thus choosing the food committee along with Erwan.

The workshop was only for a day and I laughed out loud when I saw Remy and Erwan 'passed out' on the post grad sofa after lunch. Amik korang, tau pun bende tu penat hahah.. w/pun name nye AJK makanan, cam senang, tapi bende kecik² tu banyak kene jage. But I still pitied them for their first attempt in the konon² girly committee when the food for lunch was not enough and they had to go out and buy some. They thought they didn't have to supervise the food during the breaks when I told them, THAT was one of the small things they had to do. As a result, the foreigners took more lauk than they could eat, wasting it in the end la kannnn.. sape nak makan lebih diorg! Sakit ati tul!

Anyway, we had a good laugh about it haha.. and never again did anyone try to force me to be in the food committee. Instead, everyone took turns.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when abg Fadzil had asked who'd volunteer to be in the food committee, I just looked away. Even when he asked about the souveniers jugak Ayu buat tatau.. alasan: Ayu nak keje mencabar skit hahah! Kunun la kaaaannn.. in the end, Irnis and Dayah was in the food committee while Ad and Yee was in charge of the souveniers.

I asked to be in the registration committee but abg Fadzil said: "Hang tak cukup lawa!" Cehhhhh..

Near the end of the meeting, we remembered we still didn't have an MC.

*to be continued*

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Intruder alert! Intruder alert!

I had a horrid suprise this morning.. one I hope to NEVER encounter again.

Last night, as obvious from my entry, I stayed at school after eating the yummy burger. Had a few small things to do regarding our Stress Management Workshop next week AND had a round of games to play hahah..

It was only at 12.21am did I realize the time so I rushed back home, not wanting to miss the midnite movie TV3 seems to be playing every week now. This month is the Rocky special so yesterday (or more like this morning) was Rocky IV. I'm not actually a fan of Stallone but I've never seen these movies and since I don't have anything better to do on weekends, I usually plonk myself in front of the tv for any movie they play for the night.

It was around 2.30am that the movie ended to I went to take my pre-sleep wudhu and got ready for bed. After reciting the usual surahs and ayats I do before sleep, I managed to get into dreamland without the hassle of tossing and turning. But I DID mumble to myself when I realized my 'beloved' neighbour had left their porch lights on, thus making my bedroom very 'bright' indeed. This annoyed me a bit as I love it pitch dark when sleeping. Still, being very sleepy, I just went to bed.

Suddenly I was awaken by a knocking sound. At that time, I was sure it was the sound of knocking on the window pane but now I'm not sure what. I grabbed the clock at my bedside and noticed it was 3.35am. Thinking I had heard one of the local tomcats, I drifted off to sleep in no time. A few minutes later I was awoken again by the same sound. Feeling a bit annoyed (especially when I remembered how the dogs outside my house had made quite a ruckus earlier), I went up to the window just outside my bedroom and started to open it..

..and I screamed!

There, just outside my bedroom window was a face looking right at me, with hands on my window pane. It actually helped that my neighbours had switched on the light but in my haste to slam the window panes shut, I only managed to see a bespectacled chubby and fair face (which when I try my darnest to remember now, I keep seeing a caucasian version of Ultraman.. WITH the mask on!)

When I peeked into the living room (which is next to my bedroom), I noticed the same face looking through the missing window pane and I freaked out.

My heart was pounding as I grabbed my phone and rushed to the middle room of the house and I stood there clutching my phone, my mind blank not knowing what to do next. I couldn't even think of WHO I could call at this time and I ended up sending smses to Ad, Puga and Sharil, hoping one of them would reply so I could call back (The bangang me was afraid of waking them up! Mangkuk punye Ayu!! Of course la pagi ni kene 'marah' with them sebab bleh fikir takmo kaco diorg tido in an emergency camtu..)

And of course la jugak, takde sape bgn if you sms je kan.. unless la tone for the sms tu nyaring and panjang giler, OR if it sounds like your alarm clock. It was only after a few minutes, after I calmed down a bit (Calm down pun, jantung cam nak terkeluar jugak.. I felt as if the intruder could hear my heart beat!) that I thought of dialing 999.

I couldn't even speak, I was almost in tears and my voice was so shaky, I couldn't recognize it but the operator was very patient and helped connect me to the nearest police station. By then, the intruder must've cabut la already kan.

The police officer called me as they headed towards my house and I guess he sensed the panic in me so he stayed on the line until they were in front of my house. After checking around, finding no one (Suprise!!), I went out to them to give the report. They were very kind and it helped to clear my mind a bit. I was a bit afraid if they thought it was a crank call since the intruder had fled but the pak cik police assured me he understood that maybe the intruder had ran away.

I didn't know if I was relieved (That it proves I wasn't doing a crank call) or more horrified (That there actually WAS an intruder) when we found the fingerprints of the person on my dusty window pane. When they asked me to describe the person, it took my whole will to not say "fair looking Ultraman with a mask as his actual face".

After triple checking, the officers asked me to go inside and lock all doors. I didn't sleep in my room after that but just stayed in the middle room of my house, willing the morning to come as quickly as possible. I even locked the middle room.. just in case!

Around 6.30am, I was brave enough to go outta the room. Besides, I had to perform my Subuh prayers. After I had finished, I noticed that it was already dawn so I bravely ventured outside. I didn't notice if the intruder took anything but there was a suspiscious puddle of I-dunno-what near the front tyres of my car. And from the looks of it, it was poured or something.. you know the small splatters of liquid you get when you pour something? THAT was what was around the puddle.

Now that its broad daylight, I feel a bit brave.

Three things bug me though..
1. Why was the intruder knocking on my window, as if intentionally wanting to wake me up?
2. Why was the light of my neighbours porch turned off when the police had arrived? You'd think they heard me scream or something but their house was very quiet when the police tried to peer inside their compound.
3. Why didn't I hear the sound of a car or motorcycle (if the inturder fled in it) while waiitng for the police to arrive?

I am sooo not looking forward to nightfall!

P/S
I am VERY, VERY, VERY grateful to Yee. After her incident with the P******** (why is it that we have problems with the foreigners here?), she had bought me and Ad some pepper sprays. Being the berlagak me, I had kept mine at school, sure that I won't need it but right now, I'm taking it everywhere I go!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Something is VERY wrong!

Eating list for today

At home..
1. Small bowl of dadih (9.45am)
2. Medium-sized plate of greasy potato wedges (10.00am)
3. One mug of 3-in-1 Milo (10.00-ish)
4. 3 pieces of leftover Oreo cookies from yesterday (10.00-ish jugak)

Bandar Perda..
5. Plate of nasik minyak at Nomi's kenduri (2.15pm)

At school..
6. Coconut-filled bun (4.15pm)

Back home..
7. One slice of Secret Recipe's Classic Cheesecake (6.35pm)
8. Small-but-full bowl of salmon tomyam (7.05pm)
9. Small bowl of dadih (7.10pm)
10. Medium-sized plate of greasy potato wedges (8.25pm)

Giler banyak! And I thought that would be my meal(s) for the day until..

..rase nak makan burger laaaaa!

At school..
11. Burger daging special from burger stall in Pekaka.. yummy (Just a mere 5 minutes ago!)

Its a burger with the works ('The works' here means: Lotsa veggies *to cover up the guilt*, one whole egg and a slice of cheese!) and I WASN'T EVEN THAT HUNGRY BUT I FINISHED IT IN 3 MINUTES JE! Sheeshhh..

But just look at that melted cheese oozing outta the bun.. *salivates*

There goes my diet! And to think that I was wondering why my t-shirts seem to cling to my butt nowadays..

Friday, November 21, 2008

Workstation tag?!?

This is a first hahah..

As tag yang buh gambo, this is my second la. Tp tak penah pun kene tag on my workstation. But there's a first to everything kan so here's my cube. Sorry that I can't display a neater cube hahah.. like I said a few entries ago, dalam dapat buang sampah satu plastik beg hitam besar tu, sy nye cube cam tadek beze pun.. Uhh, masih kecewe!

Anyway, this is the view of my cube dari pintu depan bilik postgrad. See the comics on my partition. Those are from http://www.phdcomics.com/. I had pasted them during the final stages of my MSc as I kept being distracted by people peeping into my cube (Ye la, mine is the first visibly occupied cube so indirectly, I'm the kaunter pertanyaan for the room) Tp upenye lagi teruk! After pasting them, laaaaaagi ramai benti at my cube sebab nak bace the comics.. cehhh!

Ni plak view from abg Fadzil's cube. The entrance to my cube la kan.. iyerr, masih ade cartoons in front of it. Mane la orang tak benti bace Ayu oiiii.. very lousy idea la you had then haha.. Oh ye, bola dalam cube itu bukan untuk disepak ye. Given by Izati when she was still horrified by the idea I had watched football for a while. Atas skit tu is the sign I had put after the 'Nescafe incident'.. uhh, kecik la pulak rasenye!

Haaa.. lets get up close and personal with the sign here. Pic courtesy of Sharil. Tah bile tah dia amik gambo ni untuk dibuat bahan gelak. Huh.. tak patut!

This is my actually workstation. PC ni dah lame, eversince my MSc.. tapi dah orang bagi, amik je la kan.. Jangan complain banyak la Ayu heheh.. When I first started my PhD, Dr Farhan had asked if I wanted a new pc. Tp PC ni ade sentimental value la kot, siang malam ngadap mase writing for my thesis so sayang la jugak nak berpisah.

The bear on top to hadiah dari Yun for my 2* tak ingat birthday. The kangaroo and koala bear pulak adiah from Bebe when he went to Australia a few years back. Tetibe je dpt parcel and tengok ade 2 menatang cute ini. Sgt suke hehe.. Kat belakang those two, ade this musical frame from kak Wahid for my birthday jugak a few years back (jugek tak ingat birthday ke berape!)

Erkkk, adeh! tak pasan plak Oreos I makan tadi tak simpan before taking the pictures.

Di sebelah PC ku ini terdapat dinding ini yang mempunyai pelbagai bende yang tidak dapat dikategorikan. There's Yun, Ana, As and Afizal's addresses, a few quotes I like, IC numbers of Izati, Ikram and Adi (nape I simpan ek Adi?), acc num Izati (kes mintak duit lah ni hehe..), titles of books I want to buy, Dunkin Donut Garfiled card, the lyrics for the song My Wish by Rascal Flatts, picture of me and my siblings minus Iwan sbb dia tak balik raya time tu and another picture of us eating laksa at Farah's house, id and password for Neopets of Dgon and Ramlah, in case they ask me to collect their freebies, two colourful notes from Dgon to me (thanx Dgon! :)), ticket to Muzium Diorama Mahsuri (cut me some slack la.. 1st time I went to Langkawi nih heheh..) and a Melaka book mark.. errkk, ade lagi ke ek?

Eh, cable tenet tu nmpk la pulak hehehehehe..


This one below plak the wall near the 'entrance' of my cube yang nasib baik tak dirosakkan semase incident 'Nescafe' itu. Mostly it has souveniers my friends have given me, keychains, bookmarks and stuff. But what I treasure most is the photo collage here. It has pictures of my Carebears, me and our winning team for the JKR Treasure Hunt, me and my juniors during a motivational course at MRSM Transkerian, my degree convo with kak Wahid, the hands of me and my juniors during one jom-amik-gambo-tangan-reramai pose, a picture of us at the bus station where everyone had lowered their body a bit after I told them I hate being the shortest in the picture (Hahaha.. I love this!), a picture of me and arwah Tok Hassan, picture of me, Adi, Is, Uncle Maarof and Dayang eating durian at Menora and so many more. There's even passport pictures of me I had put chronologically which many times have been the butt of jokes here haha..

Oh ye, kenape Ayu byk kotak? The printer box is for when I have to return this printer to Dr Farhan (we had bought it with the grant.. agak² dia mau bg trus tak kat me nanti?!?!) and the smaller box beside it contains only half of the raw data for my MSc. Nak anto gi recycle centre sebenarnye tu.

This one plak is my file/book rack yang sungguh kurang buku. The read hard bound book is my MSc thesis, the other book are manuals I used in my study. HCM 94, HCM2000, MHCM, Arahan Teknik bla.. bla.. Eh, my undergraduate thesis pun ade la (But the one I 'curik' form Dr Farhan.. nak copy tak copy² lagik!). The files contain journals and papers yang sudah lame tidak berusik.

Erkk, baru pasan limau balik Yana kasik tadi ade atas tu tepi mug merah Lie kasik..

Oh ye jugek. Not all cubes ade settee cam mine. Ni sebenarnye from Dr Mail's room. Salleh kemaskan bilik abang dia pastu tatau nak buh kat mane so dia and abg Fadzil came with this 'bright' idea to put it in my cube since its the supposedly the counselling cube.. ceh! Last², jadi tmpt Ayu letak bag je hehe..

Heheh.. make habis la tag ku ini. And as tags go, I'd like to tag:

1. Adi, Ana and Mael (Depe ni kene buh name sekali.. tapi tag lain² naaa, tak aci sekali!)
2. Sentot (..and her new workplace!)
3. Ayeen.. nak tengok Inteliers nye workstation camne
4. Jida.. yours too!
5. Pojie jugak
6. Dr Dzul the dentist with the desk I've never seen
7. Dr Ina.. errkk, dia ni dok cuti lame, tatau ade workstation ke tak
8. Kak Zarina.. jauh tuuu
9. Lie.. pun jauh jugak
10. Sape lagi yang bace.. but please tell me, nak bace and tengok nanti hehe..

Thursday, November 20, 2008

*sigh*

Teruk la Ayu ni. like a roller coaster je rase arini. Just this afternoon rase sangat happy with my students (both my class and the class I took over this week), then tetibe ade rase sedey..

Just cam back from meeting my friends.. thus the picture above AGAIN! Hahah..

The meeting was just between me, my two best 'cousins' Toroque and Yokies, and another friend Mat Nizam, all who are in the photo above.

Kenape ye Ayu rase lain?

I dunno. Sebenarnye ngan Mat Nizam tak le heran sgt coz I'm not that close to him. But with my two 'cousins', tetibe tadi bleh jadi tatau nak cakap ape. Once upon a time dulu, we talked sampai takde topic nak bercakap. Ngan Toroque lagi la, especially the time I was so sad about IM, he'd listen to me talk on and on about IM sampai 4-5 pagi. Yokies (and kak Maria, his wife) pun same, kept calling me mase tu to make sure I'm okay, kept trying to make me laugh..

Tapi tadi, I didn't know what to talk about with them. They talked about anak² la, family la, beli rumah la, kereta la.. and I didn't know how to butt in. Senyum je la.. Its not that I don't like it, in fact I laughed at Toroque when he scolded Yokies for 'bawak anak keluar malam²'. Sebenarnye, it makes me feel all fuzzy and warm inside to see how good fathers they have become, though to me its still a bit comical when I remember how they were during our undergraduate years.. its just that I suddenly feel 'so outta league'.

Suddenly the content feeling I had earlier had disappeared when I had this feeling of.. I dunno.. being 'inadequate' (aci ke gune perkataan tu?). Even Mat Nizam who's to get married in December pun dah beli rumah.. and though I laughed when Yokies said, "Ayu dah tertekan dengaq Mat Nizam pun dah nak kawen..", deep inside, I suddenly wondered, where am I heading to?

Friends my age dah ade anak 3 (Read: Budak 2 org tu la..).. dah beli rumah sendiri, in fact Jida is among the first and from what I heard (Sowi Jida, saya takat remember what you told me je, pegi rumah awak pun belum kan padehal dah janji bertahun heheh..) her house is not even the 'bujang' type of house. Complete ngan renovations and fully furnished. Own their own cars (while I'm still paying off my car to Abah). Gaji pun dah tak main takat 4-5 ribu.. and from what I can see: doing things they enjoy (as opposed to Ayu yang tak enjoy studying lagi!)

What went wrong ah?

I know, I guess I sound ungrateful + tak bersyukur.. Astaghfirullahaladzim, I really do.. insaf Ayu.. insaf..

Another Kodak moment :)

Uhh.. 2 entry berturut² pasal student hahah.. but actually, these are the things that make me smile these few days. And sesape yang tanye, why my YM status asyik, "Rase bes la plak..", its because of these kids.

During the year, I have my own class. I teach 2 classes for form 1, 1 class for form 2 and another class for form 3. But sometimes, I'd be asked to substitute other teachers who couldn't make it to their classes.

Anyway, after my previous class, while making my way to the clerks to hand in my attendance, I notice a 'commotion'. Turned out, some students who had just finished their science (rase nye laaa..) SPM paper had come to the tuition centre to meet Cikgu Thiru who had been teaching them science for the whole year. They were happily telling him that they could answer all questions and all that and I smiled while looking at Cikgu Thiru who is sure happy to have students coming to thank him (I know the feeling *smiles*). It was a whole group of boys so I just smiled at Cikgu Thiru then went on my way. Then..

"Cikgu.. cikgu.."

..dan Ayu masih berjalan.

"Cikgu Ayu!!"

Huh?!?! I turned to the group of boys and it was then that I realized they looked kinda familiar. Then they came to me and thanked me for teaching them and all that.. but all the while I was confused. I mean, I might forget the names of my students but I usually don't forget their faces. But I just couldn't remember where I had met these boys.

It was then that one of them said to me: "Cikgu tak ingat kat kitorang eh? Cikgu penah ganti kelas kitorang satu hari dulu.. cikgu ingat tak?"

Only THEN did I remember them.. but I was suprised they remembered me as I only taught them ONCE! And I'm sure I was a bit cranky at the time hahah.. Then one of them reminded me about something I had told them..

You see, they were in form 5, but they took a form 4 class. Some of the girls in the class were being a bit cruel about that fact and I saw how their faces had changed at the girl's remark. Looking at their crestfallen faces, I had told the class, I admire that group of boys because they had the courage to take this class even though they were being laughed at. I admired that group of boys because they wanted to excel and they were clearly striving for it. I admired those boys because I myself am not that brave to admit 'I don't know'.

God! That 'speech' lasted only for a minute.. but THEY REMEMBERED! And to think that sometimes I think that whatever I say, masuk tinge kanan, kluar tinge kiri..

And yes, once again I left my class smiling.. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ni yang seronok jadi cikgu ni.. :)

Some people call it, sweet.. Some people call it adorable.. Others prefer the Mastercard touch by simply calling it: Priceless

..and it sure fed the ego of the teacher in me! :)

The class wasn't my class. I was just asked to substitute the teacher for the week, and it wasn't actually my favourite class as it was a tad too noisy for my taste (Yup, I've taught them before). Halfway through the class, I told them their teacher was coming back to teach them, and while some told me they only then knew I wasn't their teacher, another voice suddenly said out..

"Cikgu.. tak payah la ganti je kelas ni. Cikgu jadi la cikgu kitorang terus sampai habis.. Kalau cikgu jadi cikgu kitorang, mesti kitorang siapkan semua keje cikgu suruh buat.. boleh kan cikgu?"

THIS coming from a boy who usually just tiru the answers from his friend.. or rather, the whole group of them copy the answer from the same friend.

And to prove his point, he answered all my questions by himself.. making sure I KNEW he did it himself :)

Yup.. I agree!

PRICELESS :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A busy Sunday

It's 7.07pm and I'm still in school hehe..

Sebenarnye cam takde keje kan, padehal bleh je duk umah kemas umah.. tul tak?

Woke up to the usual Sunday cartoons on tv, and as usual, on Sunday mornings, I'm back to being an 8-year-old ngadap cartoon tak abih. Ended my tv marathon (which reminds me, the Penang bridge marathon tu arini ke?) at 12.30pm THEN baru pegi mandi hahah.. so what if I'm a kambing on Sundays, its not like I live with anyone else :p

Around 1pm I finished getting ready and headed off to Jusco. Iyer, ganti balik pegi Jusco time tutup aritu haha.. Bought some chicken, meat, marinated lamb and salmon. Also bought lots of veges (Hmm.. dah la liat makan sayur kan! Habis ke tak la sayur tu nanti) and dried mushrooms (thank God I live alone, klau tak boring sumer org asyik nak makan mushroom tu je).

Dishwashing liquid was also on the list and instead of my usual Sunlight (Iyerr, tau ade org boikot, tapi nak buat camne, thats the only dishwashing liquid that my manja hands tahan.. tried Axion the other day and mak aiii, mengelupas tangan²!) I tried the Jusco brand. Reason: Murah RM2 (Tu pun nak berkire ke Ayu?) and it should be gentle on the hands too. alos bought some snacks and was very tempted to go borong some chocolate but the guilt in me keeps reminding myself on my plan to lose some accumulated weight I gained a few months back *sigh*

Arrived back home around 2.45pm (Iyer, saya pegi sane untuk shopping barang rumah sahaje :p) and trus tukar baju to go to school. Reason being, arini bercadang nak kemas cube.

Actually, had planned to reorganize my cube eversince the incident with the I***ians yang telah mencemarkan cube ku ini with Nescafe but never got to it. Today however, feeling sick of seeing the sign "This is not a coffee shop" in front of my cube, I thought of saving my cards yang telah tercemar itu and to clean up my cube.


These are the cards yang half tercemar and especially after abg Fadzil and Ramadhan made the joke of that guy spitting his Nescafe on the cards (yang harus membuatku geli!), I've had mixed feelings of keeping the cards or throwing them away.. but the sentimental part of me insisted on keeping them (instead of displaying them until my next birthday.. which Ive been doing every year hahah.. esok nak birthday, baru bukak last year's cards to give way to this year's cards hehe..)

Then had a big smile on my face when reading back all the cards before keeping them back in their envelopes and stashing them somewhere safe (I hope!).. little things like this really make you feel loved *sengih like kerang busuk!*

After 'saving' my cards, started on clearing the drawers of this desk and wiping all surfaces I could reach (I'm short, remember!). Then rearranged my whaddyacallit book+file rack and realized there were a lot of odds and ends I don't use hanging around in there. After a few hours, I noticed the black rubbish bag I bought from home was satisfyingly full and that made me smile..

..but wait a minute!

Ni yang tak suke ni. After hours of slaving and feeling as if I've accomplished something, I suddenly realized: TAK BERUBAH PUN RUPE CUBE SAYA NI!!!

With all the rubbish I managed to put in the rubbish bag, I can't say that my cube looked a bit more 'organized' than before.. except for my cardless wall lah.. uhhh, sabo je laaaa..

So this is me, looking at the big, black rubbish bag and wondering why oh why does a whole bag of rubbish not help in changing the look of my cube!

P/S
Took some 'before' pictures tapi tak mo letak coz the 'after' pictures takde beze.. sedey tul!

Friday, November 14, 2008

(Wanna Get To Know You) That Good! ~ Sape ye Ayu?!? Heheh..

Actually this morning has been a bit hectic, tau la kan when dealing with 'org² atasan' yang tak reti duk bilik.. and especially when they're not in the same campus as you! Sheesh, sgt nyusahkan!

Anyway, while waiting for the 10-minute-interval-for-trying-to-call-them, I opened this website for downloading songs (Hahaha.. cam takde keje kan?!), intending to find some other songs but then stumbled upon Shania Twain's Up! album.. ok, ade jugak citer lain di sebalik album ni kenape I was excited when I found it but for now I just wanna paste the lyrics of one of my favourite songs in this album (Ade another song but that would be a story for another day la kan.. huhuh, kasik la can nak dwell on the past kejap before I share it hehe..)

I'll be there when you're sleepin'
and every hour you're awake
I wanna hear your secrets
Wanna share your worries
Wanna go the deepest
I don't wanna hurry

I wanna take a lifetime to memorize your face
Wanna hold you closer
Kiss you longer
Wanna hear your heartbeat
Stronger and stronger

Wanna know you all over
Till I know you by heart
Gotta know you with all that I got

[Chorus:]
I wanna know you that good!
I wanna know you
Gonna reach way down deep in your mind
I wanna get to know you--
Wanna get to know you
Wanna get to know you that good..

..gonna know you right through
You know I want to
So badly it hurts all the time
I wanna get to know you--
Wanna get to know
Wanna get to know you that good
Yeah, I wanna know you that good

Every feel of your fingers
Every curl in your hair
Don't wanna miss a minute
Wanna be right in it
Do everything you're doin'
Go everywhere you're goin'

Wanna know you all over
Till I know you by heart
Gotta know you with all that I got

[Repeat Chorus]

I wanna know you that good

Wanna know your emotions
Wanna taste every tear
Wanna hear you breathin'
Feel what your feelin'
I wanna get to know
Know you that good!

Like no one knows you
Gonna reach way down deep in your mind
I wanna get to know you
Wanna get to know
I wanna get to know you
Wanna get to know
Wanna get to know you

To know you
I wanna know you by heart
I wanna know you that good

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Semalam..

Semalam gi Jusco..

Masuk highway pastu gi umah kak Shima dulu..

Nak gi makan ngan dia..

Pastu nak beli barang skit untuk umah..

Tapi Jusco tutup!!

Of all days, semalam la plak dia nak kire stock..

Ughhh.. sabo je la..

The plus side is, akhirnye dpt makan Alien donut kak Shima banjer hehe.. Sowi gambo tak lawo.. tp rasenye sgt sedap and mekasih to Mael sbb promote :D


Also nak share something yg bukan jadik smlm..

Aritu Ayu buat ketupat goreng hehe..

Asyik dengar orang len buat je, so nak try la..

Tapi buruk le, takde le lawo cam org len masak :D

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kete sape ni?

Yesterday after doing some data collection near Bagan Serai, I came to school to get a few things and to have my lunch (bought some food otw back). Around 4.00pm I finally decided to go home and rest and this is what greeted me when I came to my car..

Ooohhh, dibagi percume je kete org, cissss! Nampak sgt la kereteku tidak berharge sob.. sobb.. Hahah, takpe.. and the battle goes on!!

Siap!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Nak balik pun sempat di tag cik Azhana :p

Was ready to go back home, idung dan tekak makin meragam, sok nak kuar data collection plak but then I noticed Ana's message in my chat box.. Uikkk, sempat je dia nak tag ye huhu..

Rules:

1. Put this logo in your blog.. Sisterhood tu, maknenye tak leh tag laki ek Ana? :p Nnnt deme malu nak buh logo ni kangggg heheh..



2. Add a link to the person who is shared it with you --> Adieanna

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
Hmm.. at least 7 ek..
ii. Misa
iii. Ayeen
v. Jida
vi. Lie
vii. Pojie
viii. Dr Ina
x. Liza
xii. Nape tadek idea dah ye :p Sumer laaa..

4. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog
Dah cik Ana :p

Kate cik Ana: Tag belom habes lagi okeh!
.
Be Honest
Law and order
.
1) Take a recent picture of yourself or take a picture of yourself right NOW!.
2) DON’T change your clothes, DON’T fix your hair…just take a picture.
3) Post that picture with NO editing.
4) Post these instruction with your picture.
5) Tag 10 people to do this

Tak pasai² kene amik gambo.. dan oleh kerane ini hari Jumaat, Ayu pakai baju kurung hahah.. Ala² Ayu yang ayu hari ni hahah.. tp muke abis nmpk all the blemishes, cisss! Jujur nye pasal kan hehe..

P/S Gambo ini diambil secare express sbb malu klau Iran² tu nmpk Ayu amik gambo sendiri dalam cube hehe..

Uhhh.. betul la abg Sher, my cousin, used to say: Lidah Ayu ni gemuk laaaaa hahah.. ;p