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...