June 30, 2008

vroom, vroom!

Today my dad drove me to “work”. I’ve never driven out of KL and Shah Alam. The farthest was Seremban and that was only twice. And only because I know the roads so well.

After showing me how to get to Putrajaya and back home, my dad went to work and I rested. Then, I dashed off to run some errands.

As I was driving, I was thinking of how far along I’ve come; with cars, that is. I’ve been driving since I was 18. Apart from the Uncle’s Kancil at JPJ, my first few experiences with cars are with a dear friend of mine who was the ONLY person who trusted me enough to drive from TTDI-Shah Alam and back.

In fact, he’s the only person who has dared sleep so far, while I drove to anywhere. And he doesn’t mind the sumbang singing too, which is a very big plus point.

And after all those mornings, evenings and nights, driving all around campus, town and home, after the endless mati engine at inappropriate places i.e. a U-turn at OU (OMG, takut fikirkan balik! and Shame shame because his sister witnessed it!), after being stuck at a dead end before a morning class on 22nd September 2003 and after all naik bukit tapi kereta turun, turun, turun....

Dean, I’m a better manual car driver than you!


p.s: you better come claim your presents before they rot!

June 29, 2008

thanks for the memories

In my mind, I was straining to remember when I changed my alarm tone. Only, it wasn’t my alarm blaring. Yet.

Only 1 number called that number. He couldn’t sleep; has been trying to since 3 in the morning.

Sometimes, we forget the things that define us. And today, I was reminded of how great things still are between us no matter how old we’ve grown together. Major parts of ourselves are still the childhood sweethearts that we are.

We talked for a good ½ hour or more; a privilege which is so obviously lacking because of our busy schedules. And momentarily, I was flown back to 3 years ago when I was taught how to say "yes" instead of “okay” to the question: “will you be my girlfriend?”

These moments don’t last all day. But you know what? I don’t mind that it’s that way.

In between sleepy “hmms” and chirpy “I cannot sleep” chatter coming from both ends of the line, I knew that it was for moments like these that we continue to love and have faith in a relationship many think is ridiculous for the ridiculous distance that separates us.

It’s not the 2nd of any month. It’s not 39 months. YET. But it’s 38 months + 28 days. It doesn’t matter. Not to me. Everyday is a reason to celebrate.

Thanks for the memories. Let’s keep making them, shall we?

June 28, 2008

TAG you're it

1) What is the most important thing in your life?

2) What is the last thing that you bought with your own money?

3) Where do you wish to get married?

4) How old do you think you will be permanently owned by your love?

5) Are you in love?

6) Where was the last restaurant you had dinner?

7) Name the latest book that you bought?
*HEALTH AND BEAUTY MAGAZINE, does this count?*

8) What is your full name?

9) Do you prefer your mother or father?

10) Name a person that you really wish to meet in real life for the first time.
*I WOULD LIKE TO MEET Prophet Muhammad, TOO*

11) Christina or Britney?

12) Do you do your own laundry?

13) The most exciting place you want to go?

14) Hugs or kisses?

15) Point out 5 things about the person who tagged you.

1)is in Penang
2)Loves his JOB
3)Hates Humpty Dumb*T
4)loves when i babble about nothing. all. the. time.
5)i'm number 3 on his list.

16)8 things I am passionate about :

2)Fashion (but also not enough moolah)
4)Travelling (but always cannot go)

17)8 things I say too often:

6)abdul buat apa tu?

18)8 books I've read recently:
1) Paullina Simons: Girl in Times Sq.
2)Paullina Simons: The Summer Garden
3) Cecelia Ahern: Thanks for the Memories

19)8 songs I could listen to over and over again:

2)Love You Till The End
6)I'm Yours
7)No Air
8)Same Mistake

20)8 things I learned last year:

1)Working hard pays off
2) Friendships come at unexpected places times and spaces
3)Winter is not always cold in the UK.
4) Perseverance is what everyone should have
5) Love can be blind.
6) Stress does not necessarily mean we are doomed.
7) Solicitor's Accounts can make someone lose 5 kgs especially during puasa
8) I can still do cartwheels like when i was 14

tagging people!!!
whoever has all the time in the world like me, and those frustrated and not having anywhere proper to channel it.

June 27, 2008

akibat menunggu (terlalu lama)

It has been too long a wait that we are starting to become sore about it. It’s no longer the talk of the town, it’s the sore point in everyone’s life.

My only therapies are washing and cooking though I’d really love to do some retail therapy.

I haven’t worn white shirts since forever so there’s no white shirt for me to scrub clean.

I desperately wanta shop but I’ve got to save some moolah for when I start work.

My room is a pigsty but I have 2 other rooms to mess up before I’ll start to care.

So, I cooked.

That’s the only way I can find sanity in anything.

Presenting to you the hideously shaped chocolate chip pancakes. Looks can be deceiving. Sedap OK!

And the boleh tahan model.

Ngee. Told you you shouldn’t stress me out.

June 25, 2008

Babak Tiga: Must we Go? Can we stay?

Back at the "hotel", after a few games of Pictionary, A came to pick me up.
The girls gave me a release form from being their travel partner today so that I could have the day off to be my boyfriend’s partner. Ehehehhe.
Since I already had my breakfast, I didn’t order when A ate his big breakfast at McD. Hah! Orang Penang makan fast food! Kita yang excited cari makanan. Hahahahahah.
Then, we talked and drove around Penang.
tau je orang nak snap his pic..

He treated me to lunch at Noodle Station at E-Gate.
Can you even handle one of me? Let’s see how you handle 3 of me!
saya wajib rasa apa abdul order okay!

i love it when he takes my pictures!

How can I not love you? A and his lazy eyes :)

Then, we went shopping at Tesco. I love shopping at hypermarkets and we don’t get to do these things very often together, so even that was a bonus for us.
After shopping, off to the airport we went! I hate departures, but thank God I wasn’t alone. At least my sadness could be buffered by the lovely company of my lovely friends.
crying shoulder, laughing partner :)
silly lovers, best of friends

Half day well spent. I wish we had more moments like this.
Thank you to Nnad’s aunties for being a sport and for being superb hosts! Thank you for the endless food supplies, for the informative introductions to the many interesting places in Penang, for everything!
And to the girls I love, thank you for giving an extremely memorable trip. We should do this more often, shouldn’t we?
As I sat in the Sky Bus waiting for it to depart, I saw the girls leaving for Subang in the car. We waved and waved like we would never see each other again. Sometimes, we find friendship in the strangest of time and place and space...
this was truly a trip to remember... a lovely treat for the many things we've been through together...

Babak Tiga: Bangun Awal

Date: 21st June 2008
Venue: Pasar

A nice, long bath and prayers and we were all ready to go! So determined we were not to repeat yesterday’s mistake, we all woke up early to make sure we got to taste the infamous mee campoq that Nnad had been talking about since day 1.

We arrived so early (for us at least because the Pasar was already swamped with families eating their breakfast) that the Auntie Mee Ekonomi shop was not opened yet.

So, Nnad’s aunties ordered roti canai for us to share while we waited for the auntie to finish frying the noodles. But no, we didn’t want the roti canai as bad as we wanted the noodles. We finished the roti canai though and I must say that there’s something about Penang which makes the food extra delicious, no matter how simple the dish. Must be the salt water, eh? Ahahhaha.
we demand the mee campoQ!
I was very tempted by the array of kuih they sold but knowing that I couldn’t down much food in the morning; I resisted all temptation while I waited (patiently) for my noodles to arrive.
The noodle was a mixture of vermicelli and also yellow noodles, fried and served with sambal. So simple, yet simply yummy. And we were of course 4 happy little girls after that.
4 happy and full girls!

June 24, 2008

mai pi Kelawai!

Date: 20th June 2008
Venue: Kelawai Seafood

Lunch, lunch, lunch! That was all that was playing in our heads. After going round Penang a bit more, we finally reached Kelawai Seafood, which is one of (if not the most) famous places well known for its delicious Fish Head Curry!
Nnad’s auntie ordered fried chicken, fish head curry, terubuk sambal, kerabu, and air asam... imagine the feast we had! We asked why air asam, to which Nnad's auntie said, "baru kawkaw curry dia!" And my, my, how right she was! It was just the perfect combination. Especially that this day was an especially scorching hot day.
Seriously, the terubuk sambal is something you must, must try. With the crunchy skin and tender flesh, your mouth would water just thinking about it if you’ve had it the first time round. And the kerabu was a mixture of leafy herbs with mint leaves. Absolutely scrumptious!
In the end, Jaja and I finished the plateful of terubuk because it was just too good to resist. And this coming from a non-terubuk fan (since it’s quite tricky, being laden with tiny and fine needle-like bones), so you've got to believe me. So the next time you go to Penang, order terubuk sambal at Kelawai, okay?

Venue: Feringghi
After the hearty and delicious lunch, we headed off to the beach. The beach-trips are always the best ones. Only this time, it was way too hot to do anything exciting. The white sandy beach was beautiful that day, but we couldn’t even open our eyes long enough to take good pictures.
So, I AM GOING BACK THERE, soon. To do some paragliding, and build sandcastles like I were 3, not 23.

Soon, we were heading back into town. It was too hot a day to be talking too much and we were too stuffed to be talking anyways. Soon, we were in front of Queensbay like excited teenagers. It’s huge (for Penang, at least) and this just proved that no matter how much you take a girl out of town, you can never take the shopping mall out of the girl. We went for a bit (read: quite alot) of shopping.
Abdul came! My heart smiled, smiled and smiled some more. :) He got me the cutest top after he told me to try it on. And some old habits are hard to break, so... I changed just before dinner came :) (read: cannot sabar oredi. the top is really cute!)
Venue: Teluk Kumbar
And later we all had dinner at Teluk Kumbar, which I think was quite a distance away from where we’ve been round the past 2 days. We had the infamous Ayu Mee Udang, which, by the way, is also a must, must try! It’s not so much like the mee udang we know of. It’s actually more like mee rebus or mee jawa, with lots and lots of udang in it!! No joke about that one, okay. Mine had 4 huge ones and Abdul got 4 big ones and one baby one.

he's happy, alright. coz i peeled the udang for him, that's why :P
After that, we were just too knackered to go anywhere. I thought of seeing Feringghi at night, but everyone was just too tired (actually I was too, but you know, hee, I was thinking I wanted to do whatever I could). So, we headed back home and played one game and then at 11.40 p.m...
Silence, silence, silence... not even a joke.
Today has been a supercalifragilisticaspialidocious day indeed!

Fort Cornwallis and Botanical Gardens

Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse

and one wajib sillypose. nheeheh

Date: 20th July 2008
Venue: Fort Cornwallis & Botanical Gardens

This was one of the earliest forts built by Francis Light when he first landed in Penang. So, we took pictures at the back door of the fort since the front entrance was quite a distance away. Batss and I braved our hearts to climb the many steps up the Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse. At first we were counting how many steps we were. Half way through we were starting to feel a little bit giddy from the height and stopped counting as there were too many things to concentrate on i.e will I fall off these tiny little steps if I don’t pay attention to where I am going and what I am stepping on?
We managed to get a few good shots from up above. The scenery from the lighthouse is breathtaking! We saw the bluish green waters clearer and it seemed as if we were just as tall as all the other buildings. It was a bonus that the lighthouse has a viewing range of 16 nautical miles away, so you can imagine the scenery from up there.
cantik kan?

It was getting quite warm after the climb and it was lunch hour. Tummies were grumbling and we all knew we were ready for a nice, cold drink somewhere. But first! Botanical gardens, here we come! The thing about our country is that is swamped with so many beautiful things; flowers, luscious trees, lovely waterfalls. The only problem is the scorching weather. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the botanical gardens and took pictures with the pretty flowers.
pretty girls :P and pretty flowers at the botanical gardens

hari dua, babak satu

in the car waiting in line to board the ferry

i love this shot

i love these girls

and i love signs!
Date: 20th June 2008
Venue: Penang Ferry
“Hanii, bangun.” That was Jaja waking me up for my Subuh prayers.
After prayers, I snuggled back under the extremely comfortable comforter. It’s no wonder that it’s given that name. So much for wanting to go to the beach early in the morning, all of us woke up close to 9 a.m.! What would be left of the beach by the time all 4 of us got ready?
After a quick shower, we went downstairs for some breakfast. I had the extremely delicious, mouth watering chocolate cake which Nnad’s auntie baked, kuih serabai, which is lempeng with kuah ubi (kata Abdul) and also some seri muka, which I shared with Batss.
It wasn’t much yet I was quite full still from the many meals I had the day before.
Then, time to unravel the beauties which Penang boasts of. Initially, the plan was to go to the beach in the morning and then finish all the sightseeing in town later in the evening. But then, we ended up crossing the bridge from the island to the mainland and took the ferry back to the island.
The last time I crossed that bridge was a very, very long time ago. So long ago that I cannot even remember. It was quite an experience for us. Batss and I were 2 of the more adventurous ones and so we went to the lower deck to be nearer to the sea. Saw some jellyfishes floating but didn’t manage to snap any photos of those deadly creatures.
Other than that, we just enjoyed the wind blowing in our faces, while we waited to reach the island.

June 23, 2008

my day is made.

This morning I woke up to an abundance of good news. Alhamdulillah. I didn’t need to call Chambers to know the good news because the good news is the talk of the town right now. I’ve been getting calls and smses day in day out about it and that has made is still making me very, very happy indeed. I will soon be a career woman, InsyaAllah.
I was in the midst of writing my Malaysian Adventure when Hood called. She was in the area with Nik. She dropped by just to say hi and to hug me and to tell me that she loved me. I love my friends very, very much and I find that simple gestures really define a good friendship and really make a good day even better.
And so, my day is really made today, Alhamdulillah.
The rest of my Penang adventure is on the way! Just wait okay!

please feed us, please!

Date: 19th June 2008
Participants: 4 very excited & hungry girls

Venue: Penang International Airport

Smooth landing, great company and great weather. So far, everything was according to plan. Took a cab back to Taman Brown where we were going to stay for the next 3 days. After the warm welcomes by Nnad’s aunties we went upstairs to the room which was especially made up for us to get some rest. (as if we needed the rest pon. We didn’t do anything! YET! Ngee)
Waited until after Zohor before we left the house to go searching for all the yummy foodem in Penang.

at the "hotel" :)

Date: still 19th June 208
Participants: Nnad’s auntie cum tour guide extraordinaire + 4 famished girls
Venue: all around Penang in a CLK (cute little kelisa okay)
We were brought around Penang and to a shop called Tajuddin Hussain. Ate a big plate nasi putih and ayam ros, which is their second best specialty. We were hoping that the nasi tomato was still available but it being far past lunch hour, we couldn’t complain that it was already gone.
It was seriously a very hearty meal. We ate with our fingers, which really just improved my appetite and to tell you the truth, if it were up to my nafsu, I would’ve finished the entire plate of rice and chicken and bayam. But since I knew were going to other places with other food, so I had to reserve some space for the other food we were going to eat.

our finished food at Tajuddin Hussain

Then, with extremely full tummies and eyes already drooping from the food and the hot weather, we headed to the P.Ramlee Place to have a look at the house the great legend once lived in. He indeed, did have very humble beginnings. I have always loved wooden houses. It looks exactly like my late grandmother’s house in Kedah, complete with an outdoor shower and toilet. I got excited and they took silly photos of me. But it was all in good fun.

i wanta go to toilet, cannot tahan oredi!! ngehehehe

all the girls i love :)
After visiting his home, we went to the P.Ramlee museum, situated right next to his home. We read of his life history and saw that he indeed was a very, very talented man. And the next time P.Ramlee The Musical stages, I’m going again, no doubt about it.
Then, we went to Gurney Plaza. This is why the trip to verify the food haven changed to a shopping trip. We went kind of crazy looking at a shopping mall. Not that there’s anything new, but we just got a little bit excited, that’s all. Aldo had a sale going on. I saw a really nice handbag-cum-briefcase and the price was really reasonable but didn’t buy it. (I know that Jaja is going to snicker at me while reading this because she told me that I would regret not buying it) I do kind of regret, but I saw it at OU, so I know there’s still hope :P.
Then, we went to Anjung Gurney at tea time for some more good food. Had the famous Muar Chee and the Muar Chee Auntie became famous for a while. It was really scrumptious. It is soft dough made from rice floor coated in a mixture of sugar and crushed peanuts. And we also had some rojak buah, which was equally yummy!

Muar Chee Auntie

Kecil: RM 1.50, Besar: RM 2.00. tamak atau tak? TAMAK! order besar punya! hehehe. pastu cannot finish loooo

Jaja <3
I wish that I was a bigGER eater so that I could eat more of that yummylicious food. But I was still so full from the lunch that I tasted a little bit of that and this and that was it. But it was a superb experience, no doubt.

Participants: 4 slightly "expanded at the sides" girls
Venue: Solok Permai, Taman Brown
We were back at the “hotel” as we called it after that long food-seeking outing. We were full and stuffed. So stuffed that I vowed not to eat dinner that night. Hah. So much for not wanting to eat, that night when we went to Kayu, I finished a plateful of rice and chicken and went back a very happy girl whose fingers smelt of strong, strong mamak curry and whose tummy was starting to bulge a little.

senang hati makan Kayu, balik rumah, mata LAYU. hihihiih

Queensbay and Penang Bridge at night

us playing bedtime games
Took turns to bathe that night and played Pictionary and card games. We were laughing like some hyenas I think that we had to be shushed for fear that the neighbours feared their residence was being attacked by some crazy girls. Hehehe.
12.40 a.m. and Nnad looked at the watch. Suddenly, after knowing the time, everyone just started yawning. So, we went to our beds and snuggled under the soft comforter. Made a few jokes about each other. And then....
and more silence.