Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
There should be a third one tapi nanti la ye wahai bedmate² ku.. and oh! Just ignore the untidy background! Baru balik umah time ni, malas nak kemas umah :p And another thing, excuse the quality of the picture, eversince my digicam merajuk with me, I've had to be content with my phone jek :(
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Do you ever think when you're all alone
Friday, October 24, 2008
One look at the title and everyone smiles.. tul tak? Hehe..
Actually, the reason I'm a bit 'perak' about open houses is that the previous year, I always miss open houses. I'm the type of person who does her puase nam and puase ganti ASAP. Usually after Syawal, I don't have to think of them anymore (pose nam lagi la konpem kan tak yah nak pk pun klau dah bukan Syawal hehe..) But the downside to this is that in my haste to finish it, I forget about the invitations.. and its worse when the invitations come on the day itself la kan.
This year though, its different. Due to my period (something wrong with it), I had more puase-less days hahah.. AND since I've somehow become the unofficial tukang jemput (Can you believe, orang lain buat open house but Ayu jadik tukang jemput hahah.. people seem to think that I'm a moving internet ke ape ke, boleh tolong spread the invitation around.. and the irony of it is: Ayu tak buat open house langsung! Hmm, maybe they're actually hinting at me about this when they ask me to be the 'bearer of the open house news', whadya think?!)
Among the open houses I went was kak Ana's. Its actually the first official open house I went to. She made some laksa and lontong.. yummy! And though some might be bored of it, I was delighted to find nasi himpit and kuah kacang. I dunno why I've always liked this simple dish :) I went alone as the other HiTEGians went with their family (Ahhh.. the peril of being single!) The highlight of kak Ana's open house was when a cobra came into the house and kak Ana slammed the door shut just in time to catch its head in the doorway. Terkejut teman.. but it didn't effect my appetite la kan heheh.. After Farood (kak Ana's husband) caught the snake, I just continued eating as if takde pa pe jadik :p
Then 2 hours later went to Fisya+Apit's open house at their home in Jawi. We had actually planned to go there early, just so we won't get caught up in the afternoon crowd but Sharil had to wait for these contractors to finish their job so in the end we went there at 6pm. Ok la kan, since kak Ana's food pun dah digested by then so bleh la makan kat umah Fisya. Here, I also cari my nasi impit (like I said, some might say its boring, but not me!) and was delighted to find the kuah kacang just like arwah Pah Chu's, with some beef in it :) Didn't plan to eat their mee kuah ketam as I was still full (wpun cam sedap je tengok Sharil makan, kuah dia nye isi byk giler) but Fisya wouldn't hear of it and Ayu dipakse gak makan.. sib baik makan! Sedap woooooo..
Btw, these were both on the same day. I could only attend open houses on Sunday as I still had my class on Saturday.
On Tuesday plak, we had the school's open house. Lagi la meriah, with Dr Razip and Dr Nor Azam sponsoring the feast. Had lemang with rendang, nasi impit (2 bende wajib yg Ayu amik dulu.. and sgt sedap the rendang!), lontong (biase² je), pastries (sedap tp masin skit), kuih (4-5 jenis gak rasenye.. the traditional type), chicken satay, cendol and the list goes on (sbnrnye tak ingt ape lagi ade haha.. tp byk laaaa!)
Then that Friday had an open house at En Azman's house in Permatang Pauh. We went there after office hours, tapi dah kul 6 lebey la jugak bertolak dari sini. (Tunggu sorg tu lambat siap.. uhhh, sebut kang kecik ati, terpakse buat tak perasan dia lambat siap haha even when I know, he was just waiting for me to comment on him being late hehe..). Penuh gak la kete Salleh as I went there with him, Ad, Sharil and Ramadhan. Abg Fadzil and family had gone first while we waited for our late friend and there we ate some nasik ayam (sedap), pulut kuning with rendang (paling sedap), bihun sup (tatau la ape rase.. dah kenyang time ni) and some birthday cake (En Azman's daughter was 7 that day). Makanan lain dah tak pasan sbb dah kenyang sgt dah time ni. Dan sungguh tak malu la group from USM ni, kecoh rumah En Azman with us aje. Org tu usik org ni, org ni usik org tu.. gaduh² la like in the postgrad room, mane tak bising.. sib baik la En Azman senyum je ngan kitorg.. wpun dalam hati, Tuhan je yang tahu la kan.
That Sunday plak umah abg Fadzil but 1st I went to Hasz's house. Baru tengah pk² nak makan ape for lunch (Didn't eat yet sbb we planned to go late since Sharil n Lah ade keje and Ad had gone to repair her car) and she called.. rezeki! Her in laws are from Kuala Kangsar and on that day I found out we were related.. on both sides plak tu. Kecik tul dunia ni.. Had some fried macaroni and my usual nasi impit but other things on the menu were nasik goreng and lakse Kuale. Sempat belajar this pudding from her mum.. nnt klau experiment pudding ni jadik, I post it here, k.
Petang tu off to abg Fadzil's. The usual lemang and nasi impit ade (which sekali lagi jadik menu 1st Ayu) and there was also some mee kicap (I had first come upon this menu at Tronoh.. and still tak pandai nak makan). Kuih² tak yah nak kate la kan but the best was the rendang Tok and chicken curry :)
Malam tu gi lagi umah abg Fadzil, tolong kak Nor basuh pinggan but had to stay until 11pm sbb ramai sgt la pulak jemputannye. And since tak kenal sgt kawan² diorg ni, Ayu jadik anak dare sunti sembunyi kat dapur haha..
Lupe plak, Sentot also did her open house on this day tapi tak sempat nak gi hehe.. tu la Baizurah, awak tgk la saya makan brape byk umah aritu, gi umah awak, konpem tak leh nak makan.. tengok je.. tak ke rugi namenye tu klau setakat tgk je :p
Then Wednesday, the Geotechnical group in the school did their own feast. Tak jadi Ayu puase hari tu heheh.. Abg Fadzil's sister was catering for it and it was superb. Nasik tak kenal but the lauk was yummy. 4 types of kuih (cara berlauk, bengkang keladi, tepung pelita and apetah satu lagi tak ingt) and mee curry. Sejam kitorg duk situ hehe..
In the afternoon, suddenly Dr Bad invited us to his open house. Wahhh, rezeki. Tak kuar duit langsung la kitorg ari tu. And like at En Azman's, sini pun budak² USM buat kecoh haha.. sampai tersedak² especially when everyone buat the lawak 6.00-7.00 (Our secret la kan) His wife prepared nasik tomato yang Ayu telah tertelan tanpe mengunyah bile Yana buat lawak kat meje makan. Gelak tak benti.. and just as I was thinking it would stop, someone else would make a joke.. adeh! Sakit perut.. dah masuk kete pun, sempat dpt sms from Sharil yg tak pegi pun, tp dia pun buat lawak 6.00-7.00. Heheh.. ternyate lawak itu sungguh glamer dikalangan kitorg yang tau makne dia.. klau tau kat Dr Bad, konpem dia kecik ati.. *Gulp! Baru pas mntk maap plak tu*
So now its back to fasting..
Tapi Ahad ni open house abg Azahar plak. Dunno what he's preparing la tp. Mule tadi not sure to go or not sbb Ad not sure, tp abg Fadzil ajak gi skali with his family, kire jadik le pegi so not fasting lah this Sunday. Then Monday is Sharil's open house. Ingat nak pose jugak sbb nak lawan ngan abg Fadzil kan haha.. tp Sharil tak bg heheh.. Still, since his family's open house until night, kitorg (termasuk la Ad..) ingat puase jugak la. Klau Salleh, Ellie and Iz pun nak pose, lengkap la our rombongan org berpuase ke rumah Sharil haha..
So orang lain, ade lagi nak jemput kitorang to open houses?!?!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I really wanted to write about yesterday's MAKAN DAY hehe.. but right now I keep seeing my bed at home. If it was up to me, this morning I would've slept in. Unfortunately, this week is the final week for the Geomatics class and the students have been 'on my back' since Monday. The earliest I get to go home would be at 6pm.. and to top it off, its been raining cats and dogs here in Nibong Tebal so usually my 6 o'clock turns into 7 o'clock. Thank God they have to submit everything today..
*ape tah nak cakap tadi?*
Haaaa.. If it was up to me, I would've slept in but since En Taib (the technician for the drawing room) has taken a weeks leave, he had left the drawing room key to Sham.. who then took a leave on Wednsday. Guess who was left with the key on Tuesday? And to a very 'stubborn' door too.. Gile leceh nak bukak, Sham had to give me a 'tutorial' on opening doors on Tuesday.. Buat malu je kang dia ingat kitorang nak harap technician sampai ke bukak pintu pun tak reti!
Ishh.. lari topik lagik. If it was up to me, I would've slept in but since I was in possesion of the wretched key, I had to come early to open the room for the students. I just came up from that room, answering their questions on the plotting and bla.. bla.. bla sambil² melayan boring with Zabidi just now. Told Zabidi to go back to his room as he should be there when the students submit their report+fieldbooks+plotting but bile takde kawan nak sembang, mule la ngantuk balik..
Come to think of it, I think I WILL go back in a few minutes.. giler tak tahan ngantuk nih..
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Suddenly I remembered this song I liked when I was in standard 6, I think. "We could be in love" by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. It's a sweet song.. to me la at least but after entering secondary school, none of my friends knew of the song so in time, I forgot about it.
Then in form 3, Suhailiza a.k.a Ija was my dormate and one day, outta the blue she asked me about this song. I can't tell you how delighted I was when I knew someone else knew about the song too..
A few weeks ago, Ija spotted me in Friendster and she contacted me. Instantly, I remembered this song as I've always associated her with this song after that so Ija, saya cari balik lagu ni tau untuk awak heheh.. Cume takde MP3 je, klau ade, kan bes.. *hint²*
Be still my heart
Lately its mind is on it's own
It would go far and wide
Just to be near you
Even the stars
Shine a bit bright I've noticed
When you're close to me
Lea: Still it remains a mystery
Anyone who seen us
Knows what's going on between us
It doesn't take a genius
To read between the lines
Ohh.. And it's not just wishful thinking
Or only me who's dreaming
I know what these are symptoms of
We could be in love
I ask myself why
I sleep like a baby through the night
Maybe it helps to know
You'll be there tomorrow
Don't open my eyes
I'll wake from the spell I'm under
Makes me wonder how
Tell me how
I could live without you now
And what about the laughter
The happy ever after
Like voices of sweet angels
Calling out our names
And it's not just wishful thinking
Or only me who's dreaming
I know what these are symptoms of
We could be in love
All my lifeI have dreamed of this
But I could not see your face
Don't ask why two such distant stars
Can fall right into place
Oh, it doesn't take a genius
To know what these are symptoms of
We could be
Ohh.. we could be, we could be in love
Brad:Could be in
Both:We could be in love
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Iyerrr.. ini adelah parcel² bg adik²ku yang 'tersayang' (Nape ye 'tersayang' tu ade tande kat atas tu.. adekah mereke disayangi dengan ikhlas di waktu ini?!?) Parcel yang kecik untuk Mek Maggi a.k.a Nurikhsan Izati yang berisi perishables yang dia nak jugak².. huh.. sib baik kak Zue buat lagi maruku ni..Parcel yang beso untuk Adi a.k.a Idham Mursyidi yang berisi 'barang berharge'nye.. beserta adiah besday nye sbb dia kate adiah aritu adiah ari raye.. cehhh!
While searching for some PhD cartoon to put in our first newsletter, I found this picture. It was taken a few rayas ago at Toroque's house in Tasek Gelugor. So to those who have never seen my two best cousins, here they are :) With their wives jugak.. rasenye this was Toroque's first raya as a husband kot. Sekarang dah nak masuk anak ketiga dah huhu..
So from left to right: Toroque, Mat Nizam, Cikgu Fauzi, Yokies with son, Amat and wife, kak Maria, me and kak Azu (Toroque's wife)
It was one of best raya ever :) Even when I had gone to Penang (was staying at Kuale then) with my siblings, sent them to the Penang island before going back to the mainland to be with my buddies. Kenyang sampai ke malam beraye hari tu hehe..
Hehe.. to tell you the truth, the first time I learnt doing the ketupat was with Pak Yang during one raya a few years ago, but I didn't get the hang of it and gave up after a few attempts. Then a few years later, I sorta promised IM I'd go learn about ketupat making with his mother. which of course la according to present circumstances (and things that happened after that), memang Ayu tak pegi la belajar ngan mak cik..
This time, I told Fared, "Akak nak belajar betul².." So mari kite lihat usahe Ayu dalam membuat ketupat ribbon hehe..
Firstly telah di bully oleh Salleh.. "Kak Ayu kene belajar dari asas, belajar dari bawah.. so tugas pertame, gunting ribbon.."
Gunting ribbon pun gunting ribbon laaa..
Then the process of ketupat making.. naik juling mate Ayu. But after a few minutes.. tadaaaa..
Okay la, ni tipu skit sebab yang ni 50% Ayu buat sendiri, another 50% Fared kene ajo step by step. Tapi jadik la kaaannn hehe..
Dan mari kite lihat cubaan kedua Ayu..
..hancus!! (Nmpk tak kat background tu nak tunjuk jugak ketupatku yang jadik hehe..)
So kesimpulannye: Leave the ketupat making to the experts :D
Sian Salleh, dia tolong repair dekat 3 ketupat Ayu tp name tak masuk pun dalam blog sebagai pakar buat ketupat so untuk Salleh, mekasih ye tolong repair ketupat akak yg asyik tak jadik je tu heheh.. salute²!
Also got this from Ellie. Filled with yummy chocolates yang dah selamat masuk perut and tak sempat diambil gambar nye heheh..
Made this for Remy. Iyer iyer, saya tahu saya tidak kreatif, tapi ok whaaaaatttt :p
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Location: Dining room in Sg Ara
Kak Yong: Ndar, pegi la mandi, orang lain semua dah siap
Iskandar: Ndar nak makan dulu laaa..
Ikram: Nanti orang lain dah siap, dok tunggu dia je..
Kak Yong: Ye lah!
Iskandar: Kejap la, Ndar nak makan.
Kak Yong: Nape tak mandi awal²?
Iskandar buat muke kat kak Yong
Location: PFK5775 yang diparkir di luar 12 Gerbang Sg Ara 4
Adi dan Izati berebut tempat duduk depan dan Izati kalah sambil menarik muke tak puas hati
Kak Yong: ISKANDAR! Cepat sikit, semua orang dah tunggu..
Ikram: Dia tu memang lembap, dah suruh siap awal dah tadi
Iskandar: Kejap, samping Ndar ni..
Izati: Cepat la Iskandar.. dah pukul 9 dah ni!
Kelihatan Iskandar bergegas masuk ke kereta dengan baju yang tidak diiron
Location: PFK5775 yang otw ke Masjid Sg Ara
Dari jauh kelihatan para makmum sudah memulakan solat pagi raya dan PFK baru sahaja sampai tanpa satu petak parkir kosong yang kelihatan
Adi: Kak Yong, orang dah stat la!
Kak Yong: Alamak! Betul la, orang dah start.. camne ni?
Ikram: Lariiiii.. terus je kak Yong.. JGN BERENTI!
Adi: Tunduk², nanti orang tatau kite dah terlepas semayang
Ikram: Betul.. sorok muke!
Kak Yong: Oii, kak Yong ngan Izati pakai telekung, camne nak kaver
Izati: Takkan nak bukak telekung kot..
Kak Yong: Dah la kak Yong drive, gile nak bukak telekung.
Izati: Tak pakai tudung kat dalam pulak tu..
Iskandar: JGN BENTI KAK YONG! Terus je!!!
Ikram: Kat depan tu! Masuk kat depan tuuu
PFK terus menuju di depan sampil pure² tidak nampak masjid
Ikram: Pusing kat depan tu.. masuk situ!
Kak Yong: Tu jalan ape tu?
Adi: Alaaa, jalan belakang nak balik Sg Ara
Kak Yong: Betul ke?
Ikram & Adi: Betul laaaa!!
Kak Yong: Nanti nak cakap ape kat Mama?
Adi: Cakap je Imam tu bace laju..
Location: 12 Gerbang Sg Ara 4
Mama: Ehh.. dah balik?!?
Kak Yong: A'ah.. awal kan arini..
Ikram: Imam tu bace laju giler..
Adi, Izati & Iskandar mengangguk tande setuju
Kesimpulan: Adik beradik ni memang hampeh hahaha.. Oittt, pi mintak maaf kat Imam tu!!!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
But just because I didn't enjoy my raye, doesn't mean I had a boring break huh.. hehe..
Let's see, on Tuesday I was still in Nibong Tebal (not going to school btw, just cleaning up my house). Washing the curtains, the table spread (yeah, I only have one that is used for ALL occasions hehe.. dah kawen nnt kot baru nak rajin beli :p), my laundry, cleaning the porch, and the house (though I didn't get the chance to 'attack' those cobwebs yet!). Then cooking for iftar as I had promised Adi so managed to cook three things.. an accomplishment for me who stays alone and am content with only one dish per day (or three days haha..)
By 1pm I was ready so I went to meet up with a friend for an 'experiment' I wanted to him to do to prove something hahah.. tatau la experiment tu jadi ke tak. Then headed off to Abah's house to drop off some raya goodies (cookies, munchies and kek lapis). Irfan 'pretended' to not know me haha.. that what I get for seeing my little brother so seldomly. Umi was just going out with Annisa (who can now call me K'yong instead of Ayong.. still have to teach her KAK YONG!) to buy some beef for rendang (which unfortunately dah abis la kan.. kul 2 dah time tu, esok nak raye, konpem la daging dah abis)
Then rushed back home since I had promised Adi to take him out. Arrived home and was a bit frustrated at something. After praying and having the usual banter with Adi, we went to QBay. Adi wanted to buy something for Abah for raye (Abah was born on the eve of Aidilfitri) but the choices they offered here weren't as much as he had seen in KL. Then Adi looked around for some jeans. There were good offers out there and once again I stress what I had once said last year, shopping with a guy is more tiring.. sib baik la adik sendiri hahah.. The jeans we had liked were outta his size (sehari sebelum raye, jeans pun lawo, mesti la size yg popular dah abis kan) so he bought another one.
Then we went to Borders. I wanted to buy a book for Irfan's belated birthday and had to buy one for Annisa jugak la kan, nnt merajuk pulak budak kecik tu. Then Adi showed me a this graphic novel(?) he wanted to buy and since I didn't have any idea on what to buy for his birthday on that Sunday, I offered to pay it for him (Which he claimed was my raya gift to him so I still owe him a birthday present :p)
Went down to buy some takoyaki (Ana la ni ajo Izati, pastu Izati ajo saya.. skrg ni asyik nak beli je :p) and some Brahim spices I wanted to send to Ashraf. Looking at our watches, it was nearly 7pm so we rushed to the musolla for our Asar prayers (Teruk punye Ayu!) then headed to the parking. It was then that we saw this chips shop.. and its not secret that we are crazy for potatoes so we headed there first. There was this vast choice for the chip so we settled with the honey mustard topping. Initially we wanted to BBQ sauce topping but they were outta it. While waiting, we bought some drinks for iftar and noticed a maybe-not-so-new restaurant there.
I had received emails about themed-restaurants in Japan and didn't realize that those kinda restaurants are here now. So me and Adi had a good look around at the restaurant hehe..
Then, that night, we went out with Ikram since Ikram also wanted to buy some pants. Headed to Sunshine as it was the nearest and since we had got out quite late around 9pm (Promised Ikram after I prayed but me and Adi ended up chatting upstairs and only when we heard Ikram making the Tarzan sound downstairs did we rush to pray while me trying to supress my laughter as Ikram 'berleter' macam mak cik heheh..). Ikram and Adi both bought pants while I bought a t-shirt. Was suprised to see kak Su opis there and found out she lives in Sg Nibong Kecik.. wahh, kecik tul dunia ni heheh.. upenye kakak opisku tinggal 10 minit je dari rumahku selame ini. After that we headed to Tanjung Tokong to send Ami's layered cake to her mum's. She's celebrating with her in laws this year so it was up to me to send the cake to my bestfriend's family :) After that our tummies were grumbling. Me and Adi only had the tako and chips for iftar so we shouldn't be suprised, but Ikram also complained of being hungry so off we went back to Sunshine but this time we went to KFC to try out the oven roasted wings and burger since Iskandar said in Penang, only this KFC had the oven menu.. yummy! Sedap giler makan.. Next day raye agak la bosan kan.. *sigh* By noon, Izati was so bored she said to me, "Kak Yong, jom la pegi rumah kawan kak Yong yang mak dia masak sedap tu" which means, kak Wahid so ape lagi, after Zohor, we headed off there and as usual, the food was superb. Mak dia memang pandai masak.. rajin plak tu. And paling bes, we got duit raya from kak Wahid.. RM10 each hahah.. (Ayu sgt tak malu remind kak Wahid that I'm still a student heheh..) Balik tu, Adi ajak gi QBay cari tako heheh. So that was were we headed to after maghrib, raya attire and all. Bought three sets of tako and this potato thingey that was actually like crisps when we were hoping for chips.. kurang la sedapnye but we had a good time at QBay. Next day we had our raye which I was soooooo waiting for. First went to Abah's but didn't received any duit raye there hehe.. had a good time with Annisa who ept wanting her brother's book and ignoring the book I bought for her. While Irfan decided that he wanted to finish the whole jar of maruku which was quite spicy. Btw, this is Irfan pretending to drive and being confused on why his Alang (Adi) was taking his picture..
Then we went back to Kuala Kangsar to Wan Chik's. Met abg Sher there and seperti biase la th house jadik bising with all of us nak 'bergaduh' with each other. He had bought his girlfriend along and I'm afraid we must've frightened her hehe.. After going to Tok ah's house, we went to Taiping to Pah Nyah's house before going back to Penang.
On Friday, after Jumaat prayers, we (Me, Adi and Izati) went to QBay to catch the Eagle Eye. Good movie, and might make you think twice about technology and artificial intelligence. Then we bought Izati to the chips shop and got hold of the BBQ sauce topping, signature meat topping and wasabi mayo topping.. but our vote still goes with the honey mustard topping. Btw, background itu adelah tangan Ayu memegang chips serta perut boroi Adi sambil Izati ambil gambo mase tunggu lift hehe..
Went to SnJ to buy some cards as my stock was almost 'depleted' and Adi found these figurines of L, Light, Misa and Ryuk. He bough L as it was the cutest woth most parts.. and asked me, "Klau mintak kak misa belikan Misa for me bleh tak?" Cehhhh.. tgh adik saya ni Misa! Heheh..
Lupe plak nak cakap, before going out to QBay, we went to the kedai kain (I will always call this shop by this name.. I did all my school uniforms here) coz Adi wanted to 'alter' his jeans while me and Izati went to book the Raspberry Chocolate cake for Adi's early birthday suprise..
So when we arrived home, Izati cooked the koay teow while I prepared the roasted chicken (bought.. not roasted by me laaa..) and bandung ijau (Adi said green is his birthday colour) and tadaaaa.. Adi's early birthday suprise!
You can see the book I bought for him which he is holding as well as his L figurine and SnJ frame we got there. He wanted it to look like he had lots of presents hahah.. jadik la Adi oiiiii!
So I guess, that's all I can tell about my raya.. not much of a raya huh.. but I had fun with my family :)