...Emil and the other 519 sons & daughters...
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
My team and I, we tried to give our best as anything less would not be good for the image of the department. Indeed, the whole affair was very tiring while the usual office grind had to go on too.
But it was all worth it when you get a thank you note like this.
My Dear Mr. XXXX,
Back in Pakistan and business as usual, still I cherish the sweet memories of the days spent there in your country, enjoying your warm hospitality and experiencing the pleasant and enriching study tour. Looking back I simply don’t know on what specific account I should especially express my gratitude. The whole trip, the whole program was spotlessly marvelous in the true sense of the word.
Meticulously planned and executed in an efficient way, the entire agenda of the trip afforded us an abundant opportunity to see and learn. The findings and observations I gathered there are appropriate to our country and truly worth emulating to improve ours.
Whatever observation I made there has left a relishing impression on my mind, especially the well planned town systems offering public service and squeaky clean streets and thoroughfares. The other most remarkable feature is the God given bounty of natural beauty, simply breath taking which makes me wonder how different would the paradise be, God knows better. What could I only say if William Words Worth, poet of the nature should ever arise in Malaysia, he would never run short of themes.
Thanks and regards to all who made this trip a wonderful experience.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
The result? His 'powers' increased another hundred and now they stand at 525 for both eyes. Pretty high, huh?
The glasses he's wearing at the moment will not be adequate, which means we will have to 'pay' the optician (pun intended) another visit.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
This is not my picture. Quite obvious, isn't it? First, I never light a cigarette in my entire life and second, I am very much alive. This is a picture I stumbled upon on the Net and later used as my FB profile picture. Been using it ever since I opened my FB account.
But Aily is not particularly pleased with my choice of picture. She says the picture drives her up the wall for no particular reason. She just hate it :) It must be the choice of boxers. Or the hair. It must be the hair. It has to be the hair.
And she has been bugging me to replace the SKELETON MAN with a nicer, comely picture.
To change or not to change? That's the question.
Ok, Ok...I change la...
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Anyway,will be here until Friday before picking up ayah & mak at Sg. Petani on the way back.
Eiddin,what do you want to do tomorrow?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
We have told Emil that he's not getting any toy for birthday gift from this year onwards and we will give books as presents instead. How did he take it? Well, let's just say that he did not jump through the roof when he heard that from us.
At the end of the day, he got half a dozen books from us, a digital wristwatch which is more expensive than mine from his aunt (my sis-in-law) and his grandmother and a yo-yo from me.
He blew his 6 candles at 10pm.
While on our way back, it was already Maghrib, we decided that we haven't got enough. So we offer ourselves to Ajak to visit his house. The offer was accepted despite Danny, Ajak's second son is recovering from fever. But we specifically told Ajak and Evelyn not to trouble themselves to prepare anything for us. Nevertheless, Ajak & Evelyn went quite a length and cooked bihun goreng for us.
A day full of social activities.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Anyway, all turned out ok in the end. So Insya Allah, Emil will join SK Bandar Seri Putra come January 2010.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
If you happen to meet this guy in the streets or anywhere for that matter, you might need to add few words to your existing vocabulary so that you can have a meaningful conversation with him. For ease of reference, I put down here some of the words together with their meanings:
1. manbob pen-pen ==> Spongebob Squarepants;
2. min min ==> vitamin;
3. chi-gep ==> kunci gate;
4. leh tak ==> boleh tak?;
5. amot ==> remote;
6. aalat ==> solat;
7. lagu hai-yap ==> lagu ‘You Raise Me Up’;
8. lagu sad ==> Auld Lang Syne;
9. ater pan ==> Peter Pan;
I will update the word bank regularly.
Trying very, very hard to collect the thoughts and turn them into words...
But, but - am still lazy...
Yes, it shall be tomorrow...
With pictures, hopefully...
No, no pictures, please...Pictures are shortcuts...
Put words, real words...
Yes, there shall be words...
But then, I shall save some words for I do not have many...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
I sent the following sms to all players this morning to remind them of the proper footwear for the tournament:
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
The lone striker striker strategy stays. Further discussion on the deployment of a second striker to support Abon is in progress and as of now, we are planning to put Mpro in that position. But Mpro might object to this as he feels that his best position is on the left wing - but then that is what he thinks lah, of course.
Toy has just informed that he's away on a official government assignment on that weekend. To fill the void left by Toy's departure, the Supreme Manager of Class of 94 Futsal Contingent, Ezam has assigned an equal, if not better, player to play with my team. The player is Ahmad Hidayat. I believe with the inclusion of Dayat in the team, we have already settled the throbbing headache in the goalkeeping tournament.
As of now, until a better strategy is concocted, we will be putting up a lone striker to poach goal for us. And he is none other than, Abon.
Viva, Team GK 94.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I already filled up the tank. Am not sure what's the balance on the T n G card, though.
Safe journey. Drive carefully. Have fun.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I have been raking my brain, trying to come up with the best and nice things to say on this special day. Alas, nothing comes to mind. But it is a special day today. And since you are special to me, today is a special day to me, too. So have a very happy birthday. Smile more. Laugh more. Make a wish. Make a very special wish. And NOW, please include me in your wish...HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Love, hugs & kisses YYour husband.
Our Dear Eiddin,
Goodness!!! Are you really 2? Yeah, you should be 2. No doubt. The mischiefs, the tantrums, the appetite, the energy, all the vital signs point out that you are 2. Happy birthday. Have fun.
Don't be so GARANG. Have more patient with Abang, he just loves teasing you. Maybe that's the only way that he knows how to show his love to you. Please share your things with him. People say sharing is caring. Please don't be too shy when we are with our neighbours or our friends. Shy OK, too shy not OK. Don't eat too much, please or else Mama & Abah will have to get you running everyday. Go easy on the sambal - your tender stomach might not be able to take much. Be careful on the stairs, and until you are 4, please assume the cat position we taught you to climb them. Please don't goncang the grill vigorously when we come home from work everyday, lest the neighbours might think that we lock you up whole day long while we are away at work. Thank you for not throwing things when you are angry anymore. You have grown up probably. Do not watch the TV too close. You come from the family with a history of bad eyesight so your chances of ruining your sight are probably higher. Please stop waking up at nights for milk anymore. It's been a while since we last had our uninterrupted sleep. Regarding karate, we know you have been practising your karate very hard but you are still too young. Anyway, we will review our decision on your next birthday. Meanwhile, keep on practising. Your punches, kicks and concentration are really good for kids your age. Go easy on the t-shirt with the train picture on it - the one you called Thomas, remember? The train is not really Thomas and you cannot wear the same t-shirt over and over again. It's good now that you follow me performing the prayers. But just to let you know, you can use prayer mats other than the blue one.
Some other things. Not all black cars are Mimi's cars. Books are for you to read, not to be stepped on. And no, you cannot follow us to work.
We guess that is all. For now at least. Have a good life, boy. We know you are stuck with us, hahaha. There are thing you can choose but parents is certainly not one of them.
Love, hugs & kisses Y
ABAH & MAMA
Monday, May 18, 2009
This coming weekend, 23 May will be the double celebration of Aily's & Eiddin's birthdays. We are still undecided on how we are going to spend the day or the weekends. Aily would like to have a garden celebration i.e. picnic at some park nearby while at the same time letting the boys loose. My in laws are thinking of steamboat dinner at Amy Search's Cheng Ho. We'll see how it goes.
The weekend after, 30-31 May, will be the day my younger brother is getting married. The wedding on the bride's side will be held in Seremban and the whole of Sungai Petani is coming over. We have booked apartments, the Spanish Villas for the rombongan to stay over. The akad nikah will be on Saturday night and the reception will be the next day.
The following weekend, 5-6 June, will be the reception on our part in Sungai Petani. Hopefully all the preparation are OK. Ayah & Mak will do their best. That much I know.
And that brings me to the next weekend i.e. 13 June. So far, I have committed myself to a golf tournament between MC & RMC to be held at Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club. There is another alternative but I dare not tell yet.
There it goes. My weekends' movements for the next 1 month.
Waahhh, so busy one - ini belum lagi jadi wakil rakyat ni. Hopefully can tahan la...
Saturday, May 02, 2009
The work started at about 11 am and we managed to complete it by 5 pm.
The above is the living room after our handiwork. I didn't take the before picture.
Friday, May 01, 2009
I was born in a small fishing village, Kampung Kuala Sungai Muda,Kedah, about 30 km from Sungai Petani. Kampung Kuala Sungai Muda comprises a number of smaller villages namely Kampung Tepi Sungai, Kepala Jalan and Padang Salim.My kampung gained its place in history in the year 2004 when it faced the brunt of the tsunami which took several lives known and related to me.
The name Kampung Tepi Sungai was a running joke among my friends. What happened was, the registration clerk who was responsible for my birth registration took the liberty to omit the word kampung when recording my place of birth. As it is, officially I was born at Tepi Sungai. This became a fodder for joke at my expense along the line my mum did not make it in time to the hospital to give me a proper delivery.
I spent a considerable time there during my early years as we were living only 20 minutes away from Kg. Tepi Sungai, in Kota Kuala Muda.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Was back on familiar grounds up north with some friends last weekend. Had some fun. Sold some shirts. Bitched about the same old subjects. Met some familiar faces. Stayed up late. Ate good food. Involved in 20 minutes of action in a handicapped rugby game and injured the neck in the process. Skipped the dinner and concert (did not register anyway!!!). Scalped the usual suspect ie Fadhil for our own OBW dinner at Chandan Puteri, reached home Sunday at just the right time. More pics @ Flickr
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Hold the praise, still early days — The Malaysian Insider
APRIL 25 — After reading today’s newspapers, Malaysians may come away thinking that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has:
a) Solved all the ills in society, brought race relations to a high point and found a way to help the economy burst out of the middle-income trap.
b) Put together a Cabinet packed with men and women of integrity and competence.
c) Gone beyond words and put in place a timetable to end draconian laws.
d) Suddenly morphed into the saviour of the country, complete with the halo.
e) All of the above and then some.
Yes, he is the new Prime Minister.
Yes, he must be given some time to chart his path. But what we don’t need is sycophantic coverage.
What Malaysians want and need is intelligent and measured reporting which holds the new man in Putrajaya and his administration accountable for everything they say and do.
This is the sum total of what Najib has done since becoming the PM on Friday — he has released 13 men from ISA, spoken about reviewing the ISA, lifted the ban on two Opposition newspapers, accepted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad back into Umno and gone on a walkabout to Chinatown, Brickfields and a Malay enclave in Kuala Lumpur.
A decent start to his term as PM but surely not good enough to earn overflowing praise of walking the talk to get close to the people on the ground, as suggested by the headline writers in a couple of newspapers.
The walkabout was a symbolic gesture by a PM who probably knows that race relations in Malaysia is at the abyss, and something drastic and meaningful needs to be done to make Malays, Chinese, Indians and others comfortable with each other again.
The warm glow of a symbolic gesture probably lasts as long as a glass of frothy teh tarik.
Malaysians have been down this road raising expectations of a new PM before.
It happened when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the PM in 1981 and when Tun Abdullah Badawi became the PM in October 2003.
Dr Mahathir released 21 ISA detainees, promised to rely less on the ISA, introduced the catchy slogan of “Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah” and directed civil servants to wear name tags.
Arguably, corruption in the public sector blossomed during his 22 years in office. In 1987, 106 politicians, social activists and community leaders were arrested in Operation Lalang, a security dragnet which the authorities said were necessary to avert race riots.
During the Mahathir era, economic growth was spectacular as was the complete disregard for the country’s institutions.
When Abdullah came into office, his team of advisers drew up a 100 day programme. This called for him to make important announcements at regular intervals.
Realising that there was an undercurrent of unhappiness over the fact that “big fish” never get caught for corruption in Malaysia, his administration announced that charges would be brought against Tan Sri Eric Chia, Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam and several others.
The impact of the announcement was immediate, with many believing that it was the start of a major clean up in Malaysia.
It wasn’t. The government lost all the big cases and the disquiet in Umno over dredging up old cases forced Abdullah to take his foot off the pedal.
Abdullah also made an unannounced visit to the Immigration Department and announced a report card system for all elected representatives.
Till today, no one knows whether any of the MPs filled up the report books or if they were graded by the PM or his staff.
The lesson from the Mahathir years and the Abdullah era is the danger of rushing to judgement and garlanding the leader even before we see real change.
Najib has made a couple of good gestures but the Malaysia he inherited remains broken, and the party he leads remains rooted to the idea that Malays must always be superior to others who call this country home.
Hold the praise until we all believe that form has given way to substance.
Hold the praise - yeah, we all should do that.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
(I am pretending that I have not ignored this blog.That is why I am not putting up tired postings such as "It's been a while...", "Sorry for the long absence...", etc).
Have a good day.