Thursday, December 31, 2009

Barang baeeekk punyaaaa!

Hahah.. okay! Lame attempt to be 'cool' (cool kah?) hahah..

Anyway, utk memenuhi permintaan ibu mengandung kite, Pn Nomi yang merequestkan satu entry untuk hari ini, maka dengan segala besar hatinye sy membuat entry ini..

Actually, tatau nak tulis ape, okay! Nyusahkan la ibu nii hahah.. Jgn maraaahh na Nomi..

Just a few minutes ago, Mus called me into the 3rd postgrad room for a 'barang baek' (Iyer, it was Mus nye ayat tuu!). Ingatkan ape laaa, upenye..

Bubur asyuraa courtesy of kak Sue!

Thanks kak Sue.. muaaaahhh! Nomi, sile jgn jeles ye.. sedap nihhh!

Dan di depan itu ialah pencil Stabilo yg sampai in the mail (?) for me. Tatau nape dapat, but kununnye its for lefties so dengan semangatnye I tried ☺

*Nape rase same je ngan pencil bese?*


Boleh ke entry cenggini, Nomi?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Congrats Ina Bashah ☺

This is actually a very late entry. Been wanting to write about it earlier tp byk kekangan (cewahhhh!) haha..

In AlMashoor, during forms 1 to 3, I had only one deskmate: Sarina Md Bashah.

Both of us always came to school early but we ALWAYS took the last two seats at the back of the class, adjecent to the back door.. even if the class was still empty and we still had our pick of seats.

She was a sleepy head and depended on me to wake her up if the teachers came to the back of the class. While I was the tak-kene-tempat bookworm, always with a book under my desk while the teacher was in front and depended on her to poke me when the teachers came near us.. in short, we were a great takmau-belajaq team! Hehe..

Still, she had this uncanny ability to KNOW what was going on in class. This was proven when one day, both of us were in our own worlds in Mr Chong's class. He must've realized I was reading as he suddenly called out my name asking the year of something. I was panicky at being kantoi-ed but Sarina suddenly woke up and GAVE ME THE CORRECT YEAR!

..I wasn't safe though, as Sir Chong tested me by asking if I was sure of the answer. In my panic, I gave out a random year, hence: kantoi lagik, thus started my 'war' against Sir Chong hahah..

Anyway, I liked being her deskmate. Though I always told her she was abnormal. Why? Throughout those years, she kept talking about this boy she liked whom we named AA (short for Azrul Affendy). She NEVER looked at any other guy nor talked about someone else and to me that wasn't normal for us (then) teenagers.

But other than that, she was cool!

A few years ago, she texted me asking, "Ni Ayu yg selalu bace buku bwh meje kan?" and we've kept in touch since. But during this time, she was no longer with AA and had some problems which I won't write here but is worthy of the old Drama Swasta series. Not that is was what they wanted.. I was sad for her as I knew how much she cared (Ye laaa.. not normal la asyik sebut name AA jek!)

Then a few months ago, Bart gave me some good news but asked me to keep it as a secret. I was tergedik wanting to ask Sarina about it but couldn't as I had promised Bart. But as soon as Sarina texted me hinting on it, I pounced on the subject like a hungry lion.. then fastforward to a few months later, on the 12th of December, Sarina and AA finally became man and wife!

I actually had to make up a story as to miss a workshop we had then coz I couldn't miss this wedding for the life of me! I told kak Ira my 'story' and whaddya know, kak Ira was Ina's cousin.. and Ayu kantoi lagi! Sib baik kak Ira sporting.. while bising² Ayu tipu dia hahah..

Anyway, here's the bride and groom..

And lucky us (for going late hahah.. abis sy kene marah ngan Bart sbb lambat sgt!), we were actually being layan-ed by the bride.. yeayyy! Also were saved with the ayaq pengatin (blue kaler youuu! With lemony taste..). Here's Ina and Bart after we finished eating (sambil sy diperli² oleh Bart sbb lambat!)

..and the newly weds! Btw, after a lifetime calling him AA, we actually used THAT name for him when speaking to him hahah.. cian dia!

..and me 'amik berkat'!

Was really happy for her and it was shown on her face. Sempat lagi we talked about how things finally turned out when she walked us to Bart's car.

And for the newly weds, I dedicate on of my soundtrack kawen hahah..

I Live My Life For You ~ Firehouse

Y'know you're everything to me
And I could never see
The two of us apart
And you know I give myself to you
And no matter what you do
I promise you my heart

I've built my world around you
And I want you to know
I need you like I've never needed
Anyone before

I live my life for you
I want to be by your side
In everything that you do
And if there's only one thing you can believe is true
I live my life for you

I dedicate my life to you
You know that I would die for you
But our love would last forever
And I will always be with you
And there is nothing we can't do
As long as we're together

I just can't live without you
And I want you to know
I need you like I've never needed anyone before

I live my life for you
I want to be by your side
In everything that you do
And if there's only one thing you can believe is true
I live my life for you

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Something to smile about..

The past two weeks have been quite hard on me due to personal and health problems. The only thing I wanna do is feel sorry for myself while shutting out everyone else..

However, a few days ago I came up with a project for a friend. Was a bit half-hearted at it as first as I was still not in a sociable mood but since it IS kinda boring being antisocial, I guess I really did make at least a bit of an effort in it and decided to try something new. Tadaaaa..

I know, I still need practice. BUT, for me, I was a bit proud of my effort. Okay la, that is like pretending to be humble hahah.. I was actually beaming with the result coz I dodn't expect it to turn out okay. YES, I wanted to try something new, and YES I've been planning on it for some time BUT, NO, I didn't expect it to look like this. I expected funny-looking figurines and smudges everywhere.. and though it still had smudges, I'm kinda satisfied with the end product thee hee.. and I found myself smiling as I tied a huge ribbon around the box!

As my friend would say, dibuat dengan penuh kasih sayang hahah.. sebab tu bende yg expect tak jadi pun bleh jadi.. aci ke? (Actually this is our excuse everytime bende camni jadik hehe.. klau tak jadi as expected, mule la tuduh tak ikhlas kaaannn)

But I think my ideas sampai sini je la haha.. I don't really have THAT much ideas and can't figure out my next figurine-project camne lagik..

The leftover cuppies were given to my students yg sgt la byk comment!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Salam Maal Hijrah 1431

Semalam after Maghrib, sudah selamat lah masuk tahun baru hijrah. Hari ni pulak, hujan je. Bukan hujan yang lebat sgt tu and bukan jugak hujan yg renyai² sgt tu.. its the just-nice kinda hujan that reminds you of rahmat Allah. Moga hujan yang turun tu turut sucikan hati kite semua, buang semua sifat² buruk dan kesedihan dalam diri semua.

A very nice mood around here..

To all, I wish you Salam Maal Hijrah 1431

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hari ni sy raye!! ☺

Akhirnye, setelah berbulan mencube, sy sudah raye hari ni.. yeay! Hahah..

I know, a bit lembap this year.. but at least I finished before the new year right. Both new years pulak tu, with 1 Muharram tomorrow and 1st January in a few more days. So of course I'm happy! And what a better time than now since I've been having a terrible week.

Started with a spliting headache that refused to go away. Then on Saturday, it went away just enough for the 'bomb' to be dropped on me but at least I managed to forget it during Ina's kenduri (OoooOOoo, haven't update on that yet right.. great day for her and I'm happy for her). Then turned out I had tonsilitis (the actual reason for the headace and fever, me thinks!) and had to eat these sgt smelly meds.. yuck! Still taking them btw.. ughhh..

But today, for my raya, I was pleasantly suprised when my students were genuinely concerned on my throat haha.. They had known about my condition when I wasn't as talkative nor loud in class as usual. Most of the girls suggested tips they learnt on the internet like eating ice-cream and such. Munirah even suggested I just go with surgery to take them out.. erkkk!

Still, I was touched! Thanx guys!

So I'm dreaming of a choc chip pie I saw in Pt Buntar the other day to celebrate my raya.. aci kah? Looked yummy!

Another 'raya' update that is not-so-raya-like: Me and Farah were at the musolla for Zohor prayers when kak Sue and kak Ira came in. Kak Ira has been worried seeing my eyes swollen so much since the past days (and she's making me worried jugak since I remember its like a sign of kidney problem or something). She thinks I've been crying too much hahah..

Anyway, as usual, after solat I'd do a bit of a wirid and doa so while sy sedang berdoa dengan penuh khusyuk dan tawadhuk (nmpk sgt la tipu kan!), I heard her commenting to kak Sue (See! Khusyuk kunun!) about my swollen eyes and of her suspiscion that I've been crying a lot. Then kak Sue being kak Sue dengan sengajenye raised her voice and said, "Alaaa, tu kan dia tengah doa tu.. Ya Allah Ya Tuhanku, ringan kan la jodoh aku.." Bla.. blaa.. blaaa..

I was in the midst of my doa and I burst out laughing out loud. Hampeh kak Sue.. she was already shrieking by then, knowing yg dia dah berjaya tumbuh tanduk dan menggangu org yg sedang berdoa hahah.. and when I looked at her, she had the cheeks to flash the peace sign to me! Ceh! Hahaha..

No wonder I love our kakaks in the office haha..

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My source of happiness!

Yesterday was the third day of my 'ganti puasa' marathon. Okay², tahun ni sy lmbt skit ganti, byk activity lepas raya <--lousy excuse, I know! Couldn't boast la, "Syawal lagi dah abis gantiii..!" tahun ni haha..

Anyway, ever notice, klau puase time Ramadhan, sgt relax je but when doing the 'ganti'ing, terase jugak la yg diri sedang berpuase.

Well, yesterday was a bit tiring for me la kot. I had my usual classes and the truth is, deep down inside, I was regretting the class actually. By Zohor, my tummy was grumbling bagai ku tidak bersahur and my brain felt like it was melting outta my head.

I practically dragged my feet to my 5.15pm class and try as I might, my studetns noticed that Teacher Ayu tak ceria hari ni. I wasn't like scowling ke ape ke, I was still smiling in fact but something in my face must've betrayed me and I was counting the minutes for class to finish.

Had Siti ask me,"Cikgu penat ke?"

And Syafiq say,"Alaaa, nape cikgu tak ceria nih?"

And tatau-sape ask,"Cikgu ganti puase ke?" Diselangi dengan gelak ketawa yg agak annoying la kan.. huh! Grow up la you guys.. dah nak masuk 17 dah pun!

I just continued the class and gave them questions to answer. While walking around, I received a text from Mat and I must've smiled coz suddenly Adam Fadhli (I have 3 Adam's in this class.. and only 1 Hawa haha..) exclaimed..

"Ehh.. cikgu dah senyum!"

Erk.. now I felt guilty! And couldn't help giving out a small laugh at his face..

It didn't stop there. A few of them knew how much I'm shriek-prone so while I was letting my mind wander away, Syafiq and Adam Syahir crept up to me with this dust-ball kinda toy and scared the wits outta me when they threw it in my direction (I was actually imagining the four-legged thingey!)

..and when I'm embarassed for shrieking, I can't help being a bit red-face while grining to kaver malu!

Then a whole gang of them chorused,"Camtu la.. ceria sikit!"

Alahaiiii budak² ni..

Someone aksed me to stop teaching. How could I, when these kiddies are my only source of laughter?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Iyer.. awak org Kuale.. ☺

..or 'org Menora' to be exact, as Ayah Chik would point out haha..

..and NO! 'Awak' isn't 'you'. At my kampung, Abah uses 'awak' as 'I' so sile jgn konpius ye tuan² dan puan².

You know, in my adult(?) life, I've never really liked local fruits. Well, to tell you the truth, I don't really like fruits in general pun but I'd pick apples any day over rambutans and durians. Not that I'm a tak-sedar-asal-usul girl, okay hahah, though that was what Ayah Chik 'accused' me of.

My theory is simple. I grew up with fruits all around me. At home in Sg Ara, Abah planted starfruits, guavas, roselle and papayas in our compound, thus being the fruits yg sy sgt bosan skrg. And mind you, he didn't plant JUST ONE tree for each fruit. I grew up recognizing the differance between Exotica and don't-remember-the-actual name of papaya and also B10 and B12 (ye ke ini namenye?) for starfruits. Me and my siblings can recognize an awfully sweet starfruit by sight (and avoid them) bla bla bla..

Back at kampung, Abah had a few dusuns with his favourite one in Kubang Pekan (thats the name of his kampung) that had everything from durians to rambutans to manggis and most local fruit you can name. He also had a few pokok petai ye which I grew to like when I got older despite the infamous smell they have hahah..

Then in Menora (this is Mama's kampung, adjescent to Kubang Pekan but usually all the kampungs there are all called Menora or Rambai Tujuh by outsiders!) at Tok Hassan's house, we were also surrounded by fruits. Our favourite being the rambutan kuning, cocoa and pulasan. Mama and her sisters favoured the ciku which was always abg Sher's mercun victim! Ohh, we also have this durian which Mama and her sisters call Durian Jantung due to its shape.. (but which I hated coz it tasted a bit 'gassy'.. I prefer the lemak manis type)

I won't say that I love these fruits but I welcome the fruit season just as excitedly as everyone else. Pesta buah weiihhh, sape tak suke. And with cousins, aunts and uncles around, it was almost heaven. There'll be days of lempuk and dodol durian making that took hours of fun for all of us. Fruits galore!

But as I grew older, I seldom balik kampung. Reason being Tok Hassan and Pah Aisyah (both maternal grandparents) have deseaced. Tok Jit (paternal grandpa) is also no longer with us and Pah Kiah (paternal grandma) prefers staying in pondok where she takes religious classes with other octonogarians.

..and my liking for local fruits have lessen corresponding to my visits to kampung.

..or so I thought!

I really thought I don't like those fruits. I seem to have this on-going sore throat whenever it is fruit season here in Penang-Perak-Kedah where I stay and everyone knows that no matter how yummy those fruits are, they are also a big reason of sore throats. I always have the reason of teaching, the reason why I have to take care of my voice but as for now, with no local fruits in hand, my throat is fine.

Even in Ayer Tawar a few weeks ago, vilagers were kind enough to literally shower us with local fruits especially rambutans (and mangos that the staff got from trees around the chalet). They all looked at me in disbelief when I kept refusing the rambutans and all that but to me, it was normal. I don't eat fruits kaaann.. kunun!

But during raya, Mama asked if I wanted to go back to kampung. Bagai org mengantuk disarungkan bantal (Betul ke ni? 'Disarungkan' bantal makes me feel like a pillow myself!), I agreed. Bukan senang nak dengar Mama sendiri yg offer nak balik kampung as usually it'll take weeks for me to pujuk her balik kampung hehe..

The first person who greeted us at Tok Mat's house was Chik Ni, with a trunkful of langsat and rambutans. He offered some for me to take back to 'those Parit Buntarians' to show how yummy Kuale's fruits are, but I declined. Kene kutuk la jugak with Chik Ni.. "Kamu ni demam ke? Boleh pulak sampai tak mau buah nii?!?"

I just watched the others eating the fruits tanpe perasaan and at the end of the day, we made a last visit to Wan Chik and Ayah Chik. They had a freezerful of cold durian (one of our favourite kind of durians.. sbb tak yah kupas.. and sejuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkk!) and offered a big container to us. As usual I decline and Ayah Chik in his booming voice said, "Aiiiiii, takkan dah tanak ngaku org Kuale dah ni. Buah² Kuale ni kamu dah tak pandang ke, Ayu?"

Huh.. kene kutuk lagi!

But I jut smiled and told him, "Dah jarang makan la skrg Ayah Chik.. bukan buah² ni je, semua buah pun.."

Then my cousin a.k.a worst enemy turun with his new son. Ngan abg Sher ni lagi la kene kutuk. Ade patut he said, "Ayu tamau jadi org kampung daaahhh"


And for that, I took the first ulas of durian I've eaten for years, just to prove I'm still org Kuala Kangsar!

..and then I took another!

..and another!

..and another!

..and the next thing I knew, the huge container already empty hahaha.. aik?!?! Bkn sy tak makan buah ke?

Think quick, Ayu.. camne nak cover malu ngabiskan secontainer durian nih? Cepat² I scooped the biji² durian in front of me to throw in the kitchen dustbin so no one would notice how much I ate, but..

"Haaaaaaaaaaaa.. macam ni la org Menora! Makan durian sampai habis!"

Opppss.. kantoi!

Sengih je la at Ayah Chik while enduring abg Sher's laughter yg sangat menyakitkan hati, ok!

I guess I forgot something: Though I might not like fruits, I've developed a taste for Kuala Kangsar fruits. They might not be the best durians or rambutans in the country, but they're 'mine'. Sorta my birthright and no one (or no state in Malaysia) could take that away from me!

Sheeesssshh! I'm clannish, afterall!!! (And I soooo hated people who are racist and state'ish' hahah..)

After that, went to Wan Chik's kitchen just to find some TEMPOYAK MASAK! I don't eat sambal okay.. but I could never resist tempoyak masak.. or the usual kuah tempoyak too. OooOOoohh, to eat hot rice with kuah tempoyak (kosong tanpe ikan pun takpe) and fried eggs sunny side up again.. heaven! But tempoyak masak with hot rice and fried fish is the BEST!

..and yes! I pretended to not notice Ayah Chik and abg Sher who were laughing their heads off watching me eat! Ayah Chik sanggup patah balik (he was otw to the showers) just to laugh at me hahaha..

Ye laa, gelak la kat orang! =p

And yes Ayah Chik.. sy masih org Kuale. Masih org Menora pun

Here's an old picture I found of me, Is, Adi, Uncle Maarof, Ajan and Dayang enjoying durian @Menora a few rayas ago (when I was still not as chubby as now!)

Teringat kat Amer. When we were in Sarawak, I was suprised to see durians everywhere (Duhhh, Ayu!) and asked him, durian sini rase camne? He looked at me and said, "Macam ikan!" with a straight face hahah.. yup! I deserve that! Ape punye soalan la Ayuuuu..