March 30, 2011

gatai ya bang.


Every couple of years, I get itchy.

Like really itchy.

And then, before I give in to my "itch", everyone else in the house gets itchy as well. The difference between them and me is that they don't think much about giving in. They just do.

Look at Adik. She didn't think twice. And left the shop with no regrets.

tengok yang ini memang no regrets. tak rasa nak nangis ke tengok Adik macam dah besar? ;')
okay, macam temenggung jugah. nasib baik babah sayang dia walaupun rambut pelik ;p

Yours truly, on the other hand, likes to think it through again and again and again and all she gets at the end of the day is a massive headache. And no solution.

Thankfully, after a week of stress and sleepless nights, I was forced to give in to my "itch" because it was getting really itchy, literally.

Every once in a while, I would feel and see "snowflakes" falling. Like, hello? We don't have snow in Malaysia, right? Turns out that those "snowflakes" came from my head! ARGH.

After the exams on Thursday, I went back home, had some lunch, surfed the net and made a decision.


I wanted to chop the devil.

Problem is, there is no Snips anywhere near where I live. Or is there? I wasn't too sure about visiting a saloon I don't frequent. And then, *ting ting*, I remembered this place I went to a day before my engagement. It's in Mines, which is close enough.

So, I packed my nerves in a locked closet at home and packed my courage in my handbag. I had not chopped the devil in close to 2 years. It was quite alot to take.

And then, the next thing I know, I was sitting there in the chair, flipping through the pages of the magazine for some kind of inspiration. Boleh? I went to the shop without a "clear cut plan" so, at that point, I didn't know what I would look like coming out of that shop.

This was my inspiration. But the stylist told me that the only way I would be able to achieve that look was if I permed my hair. Big no-no for me virgin hair okay!


So, I told her to cut to the desired length and style and she asked me,

"Rambut begitu panjang, mengapa nak potong begitu pendek?"
(Your hair is so long, why do you want to cut it so short?)

Gulp.

So, I didn't cut it so short in the end. Despite her talking me out of cutting it to the desired length, I love how the stylist was very honest with me, especially when I told her that I wanted my my fringe shortened and she said,

"Sedikit saja aa? You pun cakap sama saya you tak suka blow rambut ma? Nanti rambut you tak cantik"
(Just a lil' bit okay? You told me you don't like to blowdry your hair right? Your hair won't look nice.)


T_T"

Guilty as charged.

So, this is how I ended up looking, coming out of the shop.

fine, tak la lain sangat pun. hmmmph.

I loved it though!

No regrets!

And this was a few days after. Rasa seperti masih cantik. Ecececeh. Perasan.


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March 29, 2011

yang halal.

Hmmph.

I brought home some work because I left the office earlier than normal.

But now I can't open any of the files and have tried multiple ways to open it to no avail. I'm really disappointed (or more like scared like crazy) because I really wanted to finish that piece of work off before April comes. What's up with April yo?

Hehehe. *Secret* Hehehe.

Anyways, a few weekends back, when I went back to TTDI, we decided to have a mini celebration for Adik's birthday.

She turned 17 on March 14. Oh, how time flies, don't you think?! I would do everything NOT to go back to 17 - my least favourite age so far.

Nonetheless, Adik seems to be enjoying being 17 (despite the many weird things happening so far) and taking it all in a stride so we decided to eat out and just chill together as a family.

Now, finding a place to chill was a (huge) challenge.

I used to feel so... safe eating in Malaysia. As opposed to countries like Singapore and even Australia (UK not in the list because halal food is abundant), Malaysia boasts a variety of food - both from halal and non-halal sources.

The problem now is that since we're in Malaysia, we seem to think that so long as they don't sell pork, the food is surely certified halal.

Now, that's according to us. According to my parents, anything NOT certified halal by JAKIM is NOT HALAL. Uhuh.

So, we (my husband not excluded) spent almost an hour checking on the eateries we usually go to so that we would be able to convince my parents that the food at the place we will be eating at tidak diragui status halalnya.

And that also means that we weren't allowed to choose restaurants which serves alcohol. Slash Chillis and TGIF out of the list now.

It was a lil' bit disappointing. On our own, we would have chosen Delicious without a second thought. But after much research, I found this in another fellow blogger's entry.

Friends, from my curiosity , i sent an email to Delicious Restaurant to verify their HALAL status. Unfortunately, the source of meat &; chicken are not all from HALAL source. Its only Pork Free. Astagfirullahalazim...erm..dah byk kali dah pergi..Thank You Allah for triggering the doubt feeling. Please read the reply at the next status--


Thanks for your email. At Delicious, we are 100% pork free; our chicken/duck is sourced locally and is therefore halal. Our beef and lamb, however, is sourced from
Australia, NZ and the US and not all of them have halal certification. That's why we at pork free status. At Delicious, only one dish has a...little alcohol in it - Miso Cod Salad. It's in the mirin we add. That's all.


Hmmmm. How did I respond to this? I was HEARTBROKEN.

Delicious is (or is it now was?*cry*) our favourite and the one and only Official Brunch Place. And by OURS, I mean the Kesayangans. We've been convening there for as long as I can remember. We went there from the time we finished Law School, celebrated birthdays, we went there to break happy news, had impromtu get togethers and to camwhore like we owned the place.

I don't know now how I should respond to my new found knowledge that some of the food there isn't halal. I don't know whether I should continue going or whether I should be selective about what I order the next time I go. I just don't know.

Anyways, for Adik's birthday, we decided on Manhattan Fish Market at Ikano. I dreaded going there and was almost dragging my feet. But surprisingly, the quality of food there has improved IMMENSELY! I was pleasantly surprised.

Photos from our mini family outing -


Anyways, if you would like to check the halal status of a restaurant, supplier or foodstuff that you are planning/have been buying, you can visit the Halal Website. I really hope that our favourite eateries get their halal certification soon so that we would be able to eat at those places with a clear conscience.


p.s. I don't know why I didn't take any photos of the food we ordered. Too hungry perhaps, hehehe.

//UPDATED:

I was so curious that I emailed them myself.

Message: Hello there!

I have been going to Delicious for a while now and of late, people have been
questioning the Halal status of the food served at Delicious.

This worries me alot as I am a frequent visitor and I am wondering whether
the food you are serving is halal or not.

Care to clarify on this matter?

Many thanks in advance,

This reply is somewhat different, but can I be happy now and go in the shop with a clear conscience?

Dear Hanisa,

Thank you for your email.

I am pleased to inform you that all the meats served in all of our Delicious
outlets are from halal certified suppliers by JAKIM.

As we sell alcoholic beverages in our outlets, we are not JAKIM halal
certified but you can be assured that our food served is all halal
certified.

I hope this answers all your concerns about our halal status.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you should have further
queries.

Best regards,

Samantha Sam
Manager - Marketing and PR

I hope so :)

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Stop it,

please.

For my sanity's sake, please stop being a freaking psycho.

Thing is, I know that you don't even know that you're acting like one and I am THIS close to just telling you to get a grip and just stop it. Please. Just stop it.

The best part is that you don't even realise that it's you I'm talking about, right?

I don't want to be nasty and I honestly don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. But when I feel like I am being pushed to the wall with absolutely no breathing space, I just feel like retaliating. Actually, more than anything, the more you pursue me, the more I will back away.

One day, I hope you wake up realising that there is no point in any of this any more. No point at all.

Please just stop. You're making me call you a psycho.

Because to be honest, you're acting like one. Stop it.

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crash boom bang.

Only 6 posts for the month of March?

Now, according to my standards, that's just bad, bad bad. I have been neglecting this blog in a way I never intended to; visiting it everyday, drafting something all the time, but never getting around to writing anything although alot has been happening.

Time to put a stop to this long hiatus. Hello, readers! You have been missed. (Do I still have any to begin with?)

I attended a Kursus Induksi last week. It's a mandatory course which we need to attend in order to get confirmed in our current posts. My senior colleagues who attended previous sessions kept telling me to have fun. They had loads of fun, it seems.

Well, I didn't really feel the same way, much as I tried.

The timetable was jam-packed to the brim and the worst part of it all is that we had to sit for our exams at the end of 7 days. And we didn't have a study week let alone a study DAY!

Our senior colleagues enjoyed themselves so much because their course was done in 14 days, not 7. Of course they enjoyed themselves. Their schedules weren't so full and they had the luxury of at least one study day.

Well, anyways, I answered whatever I could for the exam and I'm just hoping for the best.

Of course, the Kursus Induksi had some plus points too. Apart from not having to spend a dime on my meals and getting a break from the mundane office life, I got to catch up with my friends whom I haven't met in ages!

Nah, let these photos do the talking.


March is an EXHAUSTING MONTH, damn! I AM SO GLAD APRIL IS COMING YEAY! ;)

Photos courtesy of various sources.



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March 23, 2011

a plea for luck.

About a week ago, I began doing assignments. I have not been doing assignments for a long time now. I have never been much of a last minute person before and you would never see me staying up.

But about a week ago, I burnt the midnight oil like no one's business. For the fist time in my life, I didn't care much about how things turned out as long as I get the things bothering me out of the way. Once and for all.

For the first time in many years, I will be sitting for an exam tomorrow.

And like I said, I have never really been much of a last minute person before.

But forced into such situation, with so little time and so much to do, I think I just have to stay positive and hold on, as long as my eyelids can serve me. If they fail me (like this evening, Myra if you read this, you know now why I didn't call), I'll sleep like no one's business. If I didn't panic just now, I probably would have slept up until now.

This is nerve-wrecking and I don't think I have depended this much on (solely) luck for anything in my life before.

I can't wait to get my precious sleep back.

And for the first time in many years, I don't think I mind going back to the office.

I need all the luck in the world. Gulp.


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March 11, 2011

my reason for sit ups.

If there is one thing which I absolutely love doing after being married, it would be cooking (much to my mom’s chagrin because I hardly did back in TTDI).

I don’t know if its just me or I’m anal like that, but I get very territorial in the kitchen and once someone looks over me too much or tells me how to do things twice, tops, I get agitated and give that person the “if you know it so well, then why don’t you do it yourself” look and lose my mood to prepare whatever it is that I was preparing.

Mean, I know. But a necessary evil all the same.

Well, anyway, the transition from being unmarried to married has lead to many kitchen mishaps. For one, I almost lost a finger, remember?

Plus, I am so used to cooking for a household of 5 and my brother is always hungry (or he seems to be), I have had trouble budgeting the amount of food to cook. And trust me; no one trusts anyone else apart from me where budgeting is concerned because I am The Master. I claim so myself because it’s tested and proven.

And then, when I get my budgeting right and convince myself that “3 pieces of chicken is enough to feed the both of you, dimwit, not 5 or 7!” (I mean, how long can I stand looking at my husband’s gorged eyeballs, while he gives me the “ARE YOU CRAZY?” look every time dinner is served?), I have trouble with salt.

I get my portions right, but I get my flavours wrong. I cook the right amount of chicken or fish but I make gravy enough to feed a platoon of soldiers (hyperbolically speaking, of course). But day in, day out, it’s always salt that I’m having trouble with.

But Alhamdulillah.

Many days have passed since and I have been trying my best to cook when I can. I’m traditional in the sense that I feel some kind of fulfillment at the end of the day if I am able to stuff my husband with good home-cooked food, much to his horror at times because I still do get a ‘lil overzealous with the portions. Haih.

And that means that I now eat more as well (I get hungry looking at him eat) and that has caused me perut lipat-lipat (imagine a multi-tiered cake without any cake stand in your head), which in turn has forced me to do sit ups before going to bed. Night before last, I did 25. Last night, I did 15.

Please don’t ask me why there has been a reduction in number. I’m weird like that. Hahahaha.

Well, anyway, despite getting all worked up and insecure about my expanding midriff, I do still indulge in all the worldly goodness of all things sweet. After all, a ‘lil bit won’t hurt, right, right? Wrong, I know.

Anyways, the point of this entry (when I began writing it just now) was merely to share a pancake recipe which I whipped from ThePinkStiletto’s Blog. It’s mighty easy to make and can be prepared even on weekday mornings before work (provided you wake up early enough, of course).

Well, here goes the recipe (which I improvised because I didn’t have some of the things in my house) –

Dry Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients
1 egg
1 tsbp oil (I feel that one is enough already)
1 cup milk (preferably HL because it already has a vanilla taste)
if not, just add a tiny bit of vanilla essence

Instructions
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. In a different bowl, mix all the wet ingredients.
3. Then, pour the mixed wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients gradually until all clumps of flour have dissolved.
4. Take out a non-stick pan (preferably) and pour pancake mixture.
5. Watch the pancake.
6. The sure sign that you can already turn it is when you see tiny holes forming in the mixture (I know I should be more helpful by giving a pictorial tutorial, but didn’t get to snap a photo, sorry).
7. Once most of the surface is covered with holes, flip it to the other side.
8. And then, you’re ready to eat (please take it off the pan first okay. unless of course you're real hungry)

And here’s a photo to make you drool (hopefully) on this lovely, rainy Friday afternoon.

just drizzle maple syrup or honey and you're good to go!

Happy trying!

Perhaps you can make it for tea, today!

p.s.: The mugs at the back were wedding gifts. I think that person is my reader :) Many thanks to you for the gift! We love it and used it right away! :)


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March 10, 2011

Limbo

Of late, I have been reading a lot. And my reads have been from quite a number of ranges; chic lit, literary and magazines, to name a few.

I discovered this thing about myself; I suffer from intolerable inferiority complex each time I read the Reader’s Digest. Really. Every time I pick that small reading material up and delve deep into the short stories, tips and jokes in it, I feel inadequate in a way I cannot quite comprehend myself.

After all, it’s just a Digest, for crying out loud!

In my opinion, to come up with a reading material which is short, sweet and precise takes a lot more skill and effort than writing a chic lit book.

And for that, I always end up in a limbo – a writing limbo, that is. Hence this blog suffers my silent treatment as I attempt to get over my idiocy of not being able to come up with something interesting enough to even keep myself reading until the end of the entry.

Hence, until I get over my inferiority that my English is equivalent to that of a primary school goer, I will continue writing nothing of substantial value or significance.

And here I thought at the beginning of this post that I would pledge to stop writing nonsense for a while. But really, did you really think I would give up rambling?

Nah. Not in a million years. Who on earth was I kidding?






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March 09, 2011

tiupan.

“I was a commoner, I was not trained in the field of administration, economics or finance. But you can learn if you want to learn. The best reward is not monetary gains but the results of your effort,” he said.


So, yes.

I am aware that the number of people who love him is equivalent to the number of people who feel otherwise.

But this wise old man has just said something so simple; that it goes right to the core of things.

Okay, Tun.

I will forget how much I don't like what I hate sometimes and try to learn what I was never taught to know.

Please live long enough to teach my children the values you are passing on to us.

God Bless.


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March 04, 2011

lipgloss.

He called me over lunch to ask me what I'm doing. I was having lunch alone. Didn't feel like going out because of terrible tummy upset.

Then, he told me that I should have told him so that we could have lunch together.

Then, he told me he "merajuk" and "nak pakai lipgloss".

OMG.

That just transports me back to yesterday. Yes, yesterday, the mother of all funny things.

Yesterday morning, we woke up earlier than normal. And since I had already boiled some eggs the night before, I knew that I wouldn't have to rush so much to make his breakfast.

But,

somehow, we were still late. In fact, I arrived at the office at 8.00 a.m. SHARP okay? How scary is that? I have to be at the office before 8.00 a.m. okay?

At home before heading for work, I told him that it was weird that we were still late, although we woke up early.

Know what he said?




He said it's because I main-main in the kitchen! 

I got sooooo pissed off sampai merajuk takmau cakap the whole way to the office. Main-main? That's your breakfast I'm making, husband!

But the funny thing is, I love to talk and that means that if I can't talk (or don't want to by choice), I have to do something else.

Guess what I did???






I PUT LIPGLOSS ON!

Okay, so other people won't see how funny this is. But he does. Because he knows that I'm not the make-up type of person (not even lipgloss) and so yesterday, when he was trying to pujuk me in the car, and I finally looked his way pouting, imagine how surprised he was to see his wife's lips with lipgloss on! Sumpah kelakar muka dia punya terjekut. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Now, he is going to use this against me for the rest of our lives.

I don't know what applying lipgloss on has got to do with merajuk. But it sure was funny alright. His face was an even funnier sight. AHAHAHAHHAHA.

Seriously, I am very grateful for all the amusing things in life we have found together ;)

Lipgloss indeed ;)

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constant laughter.

Alhamdulillah.


"... despite everything, we both conceded to the fact that yesterday must have been the funniest day in our married life, so far..."


You make me feel like dancing :)


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