Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

i work on Malaysian public holidays!

I was feeling a bit down today. 
At work, I was already feeling a bit light-headed and a bit of coughing.  It didn't help that I was ALSO having diarrhoea and having sharp pains (felt like gastric pain) in my stomach.

I kept thinking if I had eaten anything that might have been the cause to it all but couldn't think of any. Because of all that, I wasn't quite focused at work, and all the time I kept wishing that today was Friday so I don't have to drag myself to work the next day. To top it all up, I have 2 documents needed to be reviewed and the deadline is guess what, tomorrow! 

Darn, a while ago the sharp pain came back, down to my butt hole. What the heck is it? I probably need to check with the doctor tomorrow. 

Which reminds me, tomorrow is actually a Malaysian public holiday and no, I won't have the day off as I work for an overseas company. Thus, I follow a different public holiday schedule, which, in my case, is UK's public holidays. No Raya Haji for me. But I'm not exactly unhappy about it because I don't really celebrate Hari Raya Haji. My plan this weekend for Raya Haji is just to visit my cousins in Shah Alam and have a feast! 

Thing is, no matter how many times I explain to family and friends that I DO need to work on Malaysian public holidays, I still get them asking me if I am working or not on that particular day. I DO! I do work on Malaysian public holidays, for goodness sake! And I know in the future, I will STILL get the same questions! It is ridiculous and sometimes I feel like throwing pans at their faces for asking or stating the obvious. To add salt to the wound, they will then express their sorry and compassion (not sure out of sincerity or not) and go on and on about it being no big deal. *rolls eyes* Like, really?

I just don't get people sometimes.  

Why oh why do they keep doing that? Maybe I should just ignore them the next time, and THEN, I will get my moment of bliss. 

So yes, I DO work on Malaysian public holidays and if I feel like celebrating them together with the gazillion Malaysian citizens out there, I CAN take the day off if I want to. But if the plan involves squeezing with that same gazillion lot in a shopping mall, then, heck, I might just as well go to work, no traffic congestion to worry about and best of all, I get paid AND get another day off in lieu. 

In summary, folks, I DO WORK ON MALAYSIAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS UNLESS I DON'T WANT TO! (in which case, like I said before, I would then apply for the day(s) off)


Love you lots, please don't hate me.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

when life hands you lemon

Grab as much opportunity as you can.

Let's berpuasa Arafah together :)

My first time, semoga dipermudahkan segalanya, insyallah.

Niat Puasa Hari Arafah

"Sahaja aku berpuasa sunat Hari Arafah 9 Zulhijjah kerana Allah Taala."

Nawaitu ashoumul arafah lilyaumil ghoddi lillahi Ta'ala.

p/s : This year 9 Zulhijjah falls tomorrow, 25th October 2012. Hence, please disregard the date shown as 2011 above :D

Monday, October 22, 2012

new york and paris

Did I ever tell you that I love prints?

Prints of all kinds; abstracts, photographic, colours, cartoons/comics, ALL OF THEM!

To some, this may mean I'm childish (that's a comment I got from 1 of my 'close' friends, a first for me getting that) but for me, prints mean a lot of things. 

They can represent a culture, lifestyle, emotions, dreams etc. 

For me, they give me inspiration to become who I am and who I want to be.

Let's take a stroll.

Dining place mat of the New York City. 
Every workaholics  dream city.

Ethnic tribal cushion covers (left) and Paris-inspired cushion covers.
Inspiring patterns and dream destination.

I'm in the ongoing process of decorating my house, and I was glad that I found these cushion covers because this is what I really wanted. There was a small business in Malaysia which sells Malaysia-themed place mats and cushion covers (with photos of nasi lemak, KLCC Twin Towers etc) but they were a tad bit expensive for my liking. However, they do look good, though. They are sold online and at 1 of the boutiques in Publika, which I can't remember the name. I will update the name here if I manage to recall the name. 

So, that was what I did on Sunday, spring-cleaned my house (more to my bedroom and living room jer) and got the sofa cushions their much-needed make-over with these nice designs. I still have quite a lot more of decoration items which are waiting to be placed nicely somewhere in the house. Have yet to find the time to put them all nicely, will do soon I hope!

Mission halfway-accomplished!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

quick food fix

Almost every weekend I'd go grocery-shopping with Mister to stock up on food and household items and that past weekend, I bought some tomatoes.

Today I felt like having a meal with tomatoes in it, so I whipped up my very own healthy and easy-to-prepare recipe, only by using 3 ingredients.

                           1. Tomatoes (diced)
                           2. Minced meat (I used chicken as I'm trying to clear off whatever that's left in my fridge) 
                           3. Onions (bawang besar)

Firstly, tumis the onions with very little cooking oil until it has gone a bit brownish. Throw in the minced meat and keep on stirring them together. Pardon my English wherever applicable ya :P
Lastly, throw in the diced tomatoes and some pinches of salt and ajinomoto, carefully blending them together to get the most out of their taste. 

And then voila, your meal is good to eat!
I made sandwiches with those and I think it would also be nice for a salad as well. 

Yippee, love the outcome! Am gonna make more of those. 

That was what I had for dinner. My yummy tomato chicken sandwich and a chicken pie


Friday, October 12, 2012


All I needed was self-control. 

And I succeeded. 

The usual me would have stormed off the scene.
The usual me wouldn't have even smiled, nor looked in their direction. 
But I did, I smiled and bid farewell. 

Such composure, I didn't even know where that came from. 

But then, I drove home in tears, while talking on the phone with the Mister, relating what had previously happened to me. 
Again, the usual me would've accelerated and sped home. 
The usual me would've pictured in her head all kinds of nasty things to do to let the steam off herself.

I guess tonight I am not my usual self.
And that most probably because I have a lot of things on my mind right now, and they multiplied after I had a pep talk with my boss earlier. 

One thing she said was, "Talk to anyone. If you're not comfortable talking to me, or G (the supervisor), you can always talk to HR, or other people".

Hmm, wonder what made her think that I have issues. 
I don't think I am having any issues now. It's just that I rarely speak up about myself to others. Well, is that an issue?

So I don't really talk to anyone about myself. 
It will be a BIG NO-NO to be talking about myself in this team . One day you'll be all buddies with each other, the next day your buddy will be scratching your back with their glistening long fingernails. 


Thing is, I have trust issues and I prefer to keep things to myself. Which is why I am more of a listener. 
And this is the reason I keep only a certain bunch of girlfriends in my close circle of friends. I agree totally to what Daphne Iking tweeted the other day.

They really are the reason I am able to keep my sanity intact. 

Ok, I guess I have said enough on this entry. 
What better way to ease pain other than to indulge with chips and chocolates on your comfy bed?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

keep those who make you happy

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with one of my best girlfriend, Zida, whom I have not gone out with for quite a while. 

I've been eye-ing for a special day out with her in September, because it's her birthday month (end of the month, to be exact) and told her to set aside a date just for the 2 of us *wink* Hahaha.

So, when she asked me if I was free for a date last Saturday, I immediately said yes. She requested for a day out at 1 Utama, so there we went. 

We had lunch at Delicious, and then had our shopping spree (this was on her wishlist). 

Isetan was having their sale, and boy, it was absolutely crazy. 
I, ehem, got myself an Isetan membership card, just to get 50% onwards discount on the items on sale. Yeah, me, who was never a fan of membership whatsoever.
Well, there's always a first time right? ;)

I got myself two tops, both grey. One beautiful chiffon top and a semi-formal waist-length jacket, good for office wear and outing wear. 

The birthday girl got herself a gorgeous tote bag (this is on her to-buy-for-birthday list).

That's my bestie.
I forgot to take photos of the both of us together :(

After raiding Isetan, we went to the next go-to on her wishlist. 


Yeah baby!

We both got ourselves a mist bottle each. Mine was called 'Body' and I actually fell in love with the smell when I first visited VS a few weeks ago. Planning to get one of these for my mum. I think she'll love it. 

We ended the day with some Sushi King, her first time trying it, and she loved it!

We spent our day in 1 Utama since 3pm until about 10 pm and boy, it was indeed a great girls outing ;)
We got to spend quality time together, doing what we do best :) and we actually got what we wanted. 
Yeah, ticking to-buy things off that wishlist now.

The week before, I spent some hours with some friends I haven't seen for a long time. A year (or more) to be exact. Whenever I go back to my hometown in Kuching, they are the ones I will always hang out with to catch the latest gossip (yeah, guys gossip too okay?) or just to goof around and kill some time. 

I've known these guys for more than 10 years now o_O

Dan and me

Mike and me

I am still waiting for some photos with my other girlfriends. Apparently when we went out to 'launch' H&M the other day, I got excited meeting each other (note : have not met each other for more than 6 months) that I have forgotten to take photos of us together.

That will come under a new entry, I suppose. 

Keep those friends who surround you with positivity and happiness :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

i wonder

How can we have this super great chemistry and not have the right timing?

Monday, October 1, 2012

cambodia, not vietnam

I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia, recently for 3 days and it was an absolutely gorgeous place. More of my Siem Reap story in another entry, so here's a sneak peek :D

On the 2nd day, my brother sent me a Whatsapp very early in the morning, requesting me for an 'I love Vietnam' t-shirt.

I was in CAMBODIA (for goodness sake)! 

He better gets his geographical knowledge confusion (and his Vietnam spelling) straight.