Thursday, December 31, 2009

A NEW BEGINNING

While we are coming to the end of another year, Emil (& us too) is embarking on a new chapter of his life. A chapter that will take up at least quarter, if not more, of one's life. The formal education chapter.

Today, Emil begins his first day at the SK Bandar Seri Putra. The school is new, having just started its operation June this year. From our initial survey, the school looks well equipped, modern and was built with proper planning.

For us, especially the mother, the preparation began much earlier. The uniforms were the first thing we went for to avoid the last minute rush. Then, we concluded everything else last week - the bag, the shoes, etc.

Emil was, and still is quite nonchalant about the whole thing. The excitement is nowhere to be found despite much prodding from us. We are praying very hard that is just his way of dealing with his own anxiety in starting school and he will take things more seriously soon.
Here are some pics of the day.
...walking to the class...

...Emil and the other 519 sons & daughters...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

YOU KNOW IT WAS WORTH IT

I was busy the whole of last week minding delegates from a South Asian country and a recovering island country not far from ours.

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,

As-Salam-o-Alaikum,

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.

Regards


XXXXXXX

Sunday, December 06, 2009

EMIL'S EYE CHECK UP

It's been a year Emil wearing glasses. Yesterday, we took him for his annual check up with the eye specialist in Kajang.

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

PROFILE PICTURE

They say pictures speak a thousand words. Others say many things can be told about a person just by looking at his or her picture. They could be true, I reckon, as the sayings have been here for as long as I can remember. But they do not necessarily be the whole truth.

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

POSTINGS QUOTA

Whatever happened to the year's resolution to update the blog more regularly? Heck, I am not even near to the total number of last year's postings. Not even half. So much for a resolution.

But the year's not ending yet. I still have approximately 31 and a half days to log in postings. Still got time. Why worry?

And this shall count as one posting, hahaha...

I shall post something before the end of day.

Until then.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

ADE BRAIN?


Shouting match between the two brothers is the norm these days. They will shout at each other for the slightest of reasons, driving us crazy most of the time. In one of the episode, I think they were fighting about the choice of ASTRO channel, they veered off the issue and the fight went personal, hahaha...

Here's the excerpt on the personal attack:

Emil : Eiddin ada brain tak?

Eiddin : (nonchalantly)...takde.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

@INDERA KAYANGAN

Am now in Perlis accompanying Aily for a meeting.We are staying at Putra Palace which is supposedly the leading hotel here,emphasis on the word supposedly,hehehe. Much needs to be done though.But have to mention 1 plus point - the place is wi-fied.

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

THE DAY BEFORE EMIL'S BIRTHDAY

Emil will be 6 tomorrow. As tomorrow is a Monday, we decided to fast forward his birthday celebration.

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.

OPEN HOUSE DAY

Yesterday was filled with attending open houses. We went as far as Gombak and came back to Suri's house in Seri Petaling, which we scheduled as the last house. We had nasi putih, nasi beriani, nasi kerabu & nasi dagang at all the four houses that we attended.

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

REGISTERING EMIL

I have just finished the school registration for Emil for next year. But not before I was made to run from one place to another. I have to say that the runaround was partly my fault as the registration should be settled in the month of August ONLY. Being utterly lazy and ever the procrastinator, I took my time and went back to the school last week only to be told that the registration period already ended. The other part of the fault had to be attributed to the school officials as they could have offered a little bit more information than "...Cik datang balik Ogos nanti untuk sahkan pendaftaran...".

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

WORDS

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

Am trying very, very hard to update the blog...

Trying very, very hard to collect the thoughts and turn them into words...

But, but - am still lazy...

Maybe tomorrow...

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

AM STILL HERE

Am still here. Just other things took priority. And was (still is) lazy.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

CLASS OF 94 FUTSAL CONTINGENT PROMO


Promo untuk MCOBA FUTSAL 2009 untuk Class of 94. Pujian kepada hasil usaha knizam. Seperti kata Joe Screwdriver, aku pun tiada dalam ini gambar. Tapi Abon ada dalam ini gambar.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MCOBA FUTSAL TOURNEY UPDATE IV

4 days to go...

I am gearing up for the tournament. Well, sort of. Went out to buy a pair of shoes specially for it. It is the new generation Bata Badminton Master. Its tagline is now 'Respect The Retrospect'.

Ayah used to buy them for me for school. Back then, the price was just RM10, give and take few cents. Now, I had to fork out RM30 for a pair.

Monday, June 22, 2009

MCOBA FUTSAL TOURNEY III

5 days to go...

I sent the following sms to all players this morning to remind them of the proper footwear for the tournament:

"Guys, mcm mana kesihatan semua pagi ni?make sure sihat untuk
beraksi hujung minggu ni.pls be informed that futsal court kat sunway
guna surface yang licin tu yg warna biru tu, ala court badminton. so minta
bersedia dgn kasut yg sesuai.kasut turf memang tak sesuai. harap maklum."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

LEMAK MANIS OLEH ROSLAN MADU

One of many Malaysian folk songs that I enjoy listening to from time to time. It is a very nice song.

Friday, June 19, 2009

MCOBA FUTSAL TOURNEY UPDATE II

After some anxious moments, Toy has finally decided that it is best to avail himself for the tournament. So we are back to where we started. The earlier line up stays and now we have to really contemplate our apparent deficiency in the goalkeeping department.

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.

MCOBA FUTSAL TOURNEY UPDATE

There is a slight shake-up in the team line up.

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

WIFEY AWAY

Aily will be going down south to give a lecture. To Larkin to be exact. And she's taking the kids. Pity that I can't tag along this time around. It will be a perfect opportunity for a family holiday after being floored with flu recently. She's leaving this afternoon and will only be back Saturday.

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.

FUTSAL TOURNEY

I am in for another 'adventure'. You see, when you are 30 something year old living a laidback, sedentary life, in a self-proclaimed 'suburban' area, even a trip to the shopping mall on the weekend is an adventure.

Well, this time around, the adventure is a physical one. Together with few friends, we have decided to enter the MCOBA Futsal Tourney as Class of 94's third team. I bet this is the first time a batch will be sending three teams to compete as in this age and time, putting up even one team from the batch is an arduous task.

For the past couple of years, Class of 94 had been sending two teams categorized from the physical appearance of the players, hence Team Kurus (K) & Team Gemuk (G). Since we now have a third team, and both physical categories are represented in this team, we decided to call the team 'Team GK94'. Talk about subtlety. Anyway, team GK94 will be competing in the Veteran Category to have better shot at winning the Championship, hahaha...

So, without further adue, I would like to present TEAM GK94 which will make its debut this 28th June 2009 at Sunway Sports Planet.

1. Epit;
2. Mpro;
3. Toy;
4. Cop;
5. Abon;
6. Kandaq;
7. Badut; and
8. Aszua.

Let's go all the way, muahahahah. We have not decided when to train. But that should not be a problem. 5 years of living together should be ample enough to create on-field understanding.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS

My Dear Aily,

Happy birthday.

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 Y

Your 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

FULL, FULL, FULL

My social calendar for weekends for the next 1 month is already cramped.

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

NEW COAT OF PAINT FOR THE LIVING ROOM

At Aily's insistence (and despite my mild reluctance :-)) , we decided to give our living room a new coat of paint yesteray. After much discussion and idea bouncing, we settled on Jotun brand of cappucino shade.

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

MY ROOTS - Part 1


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

FAMILIAR GROUNDS

From left: KNO, Radin, Ruff, Fadhil, Me, Abon, Chibix, Tkid, Ezam
Not in pix: Syam, Awi, Pak Tuan

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

Thanks :
Aily, for the permission;
Ezam, for the ride;
Ayu, for the sandwiches;
Chib; for the accomodation.

Monday, April 13, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Happy Birthday YBM Tg Razaleigh Hamzah on your 72nd birthday. Semoga Allah panjangkan umur dan dipelihara kesihatan YBM Tengku.

And by the way, I share the same birth date with YBM Tg Razalaiegh. But unfortunately, that is where our similarity ends :-).

Thanks for all the wishes, hugs as well as kisses.

Aily & the kids made two beautiful cards using water colours and body parts (hands only!!!).

Saturday, April 11, 2009

TO THE HOSPITAL WE GO!!!

Am starting the weekend with a march to the clinic.

No, I am not sick. I'll just be the ambulance driver.

This time, it's Aily and the little monster, Eiddin.

Any other ideas on how to start a weekend?

LONG WEEK


It has been a long week. And its end is nowhere in sight yet!!!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

HOLD YOUR HORSES. MAN

Haaaa, a refreshing voice of reason. Lest we drown in heaps of untimely adoration and wildly rabid devotion. I took the following article from The Malaysian Insider.

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

SPAGHETTI FOR DINNER

We are having spaghetti for dinner tonight. In fact, we are having THE BEST SPAGHETTI IN THE WORLD for dinner tonight.

Thank you to THE BEST COOK IN MY WORLD!!!



ANAK-ANAK AKU KUAT MENGIGAU

Huwaaarggghhh...anak-anak aku kuat mengigau. Abang dengan adik sama je. Bersahut-sahutan. Si abang boleh duduk dan bercakap dalam tidur.

(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.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

We began the new year just like the way we ended the previous one - nursing the kids back to health. Emil is down with high fever & Eiddin is coughing quite badly. In addition, Aily caught a slight flu.

All plan to go about town is put on hold. Indefinitely