Wednesday, 31 December 2008

For Fahri keeps waking up at night

These past 2 days, I have been sleeping with my family downstairs since Amni and I was down with fever. Both of us caught viral fever from Fawwaz and Fahri. I was the last to caught it, and it was really tiring. My body ached all over, I was cold, I had sore throats, and I caught a cold bug from Fahri.

And I have never ever timed how many times Fahri wakes up at night. Between 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., at least 5 times he woke up, and between 12 a.m. to 6 a.m, it was every hour. To sum it up, he woke up like 10 times per night, and it bugs me off.

He still co-sleep with me, due to the fact he is still breastfeeding. But my back hurts a lot, adding to the fact that I had a viral fever. Thanks to the doctor who gave me 2 days MC, I can catch up with my sleep, but I don't know whether I can continue with Fahri's night breast feeding.

Yes, my EBM has been depleting slowly. And Fahri is still a fully breastfeed baby. Next Saturday, he will be 21 months old (1 year 9 months). I did asked my hubby whether I should stop breastfeeding Fahri, but he said it was up to me. Thinking that I only have like 3 months to go, make it a much harder decision.

But whew.. who can tahan when your baby keeps waking 10 times at night? I don't even have the time for my own self pulak tu. Kadang-kadang, tengah malam nak pergi bilik air pun, dah ada budak whining kat atas katil. Even when I want to do my Isyak prayers, he will cry out loud. When I want to brush my teeth and cleanse my face, I have to run to the bathroom for a quick 2-3 minutes fix.

Should I supplement him with formula at this stage?

Now, thinking about formula, I cannot simply go to the supermarket aisle and choose any formula milk that I like. Remember the episode about Fahri's eczema? I badly thinks that I should go for soy formula supplement. So it is between Isomil or Snow (maybe I will stick to Snow since that was what I gave to my 2 older kids before). I did call Nieza to ask her about it, but she said not to worry much about it (oh, how I envy her for relactating her first daughter since she gave birth to her second one.)

Oh Lord, please help me. I am at loss...

Monday, 29 December 2008

New PC

Yipee... I am blogging from home!
Yes, I have been out of contact from the PC when I am at home. Can't remember the last time I did it.

New PC, wohoo! Wireless keyboard, wireless mouse. I know, I know, the hubby went overboard this time. His laptop got busted for such a long time, and mine just went dead. He went to Low Yat to fix his laptop, but maybe because it was much harder to fix it, he went on a shopping spree. I got to know about this thing when I went to do a good deed on him, washing his motorcycle.

My holiday was spent with my 3 kids down with fever... Of course, me being a super-duper mom is so feeling tired.

We did went to KL Bird Park last Saturday. Fahri ran when he saw peacock(s).

Friday, 26 December 2008

Define sweet, please..

I saw a pakcik in his early 50s at MAC cosmetic counter recently.
He looked around for a make up set and asked the salesgirl nearby about it.
From the way he asked questions, I assumed that he does not have any idea at all about make up.

I found it sweet that he wants to buy a surprise gift for his wife.
I bet not many Malaysian men have the gut to go to a cosmetic counter alone.

Monday, 22 December 2008

21.12 : 6 years

6 tahun usia pernikahan kami.
3 orang anak.

Sokmo kagum dengan kesabaran suami melayan kerenah isteri dia nie yang dok bekeng manjang (saudara saya kata; bekeng ni penyakit keturunan, hehehe). Saya pun dah jadi beralah pula. Kadang-kadang malu pula ngan suami yang jenis berat mulut sebab malas nak tegur isterinya ni.

Isteri dia ni pula feel macam-macam. Jenis kena on time. Duit pun berkira (ahaks, bising suruh menabung). Dok bekeng ngan anak-anak.

Suami pula jenis senyap, lagi naik tocang isteri.
Tapi dalam senyap-senyap dia, berisi tau. Berisi kat perut, hehehe... Tu tandanya banyak ong, bang oi :D

Dulu, ingatkan kita ni dah perfect. Tapi fitrah manusia kan, tak adanya orang yang akan 100% sempurna. Saya dok degil-degil pun, mujur dapat suami macam awak kan. Agaknya kalau orang lain, tahan ke dengan perangai saya ni kan.

Terima kasihlah bagi hadiah harijadi saya semalam.. Kira sempena sambut anniversary sekali kan :)

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Izan & Hamizah's wedding 121208

Malam berinai selepas selesai akad nikah di masjid. Tak sangka warna kuning terang masuk dengan biru tua. Sesuai sangatlah taste Yang & Izan.. suka warna terang!

Hantaran yang tersangatlah simple. Bila sampai rumah pengantin perempuan, terkejut tengok hantaran dalam sangkar burung.. huhuh :P

Rombongan pengantin lelaki berarak sebelum bersanding. Cuba tengok pengapit tu, tengah control macho :P (siap suruh kakak ipar dia nie bedakkan muka pakai compact powder.. hehehe)

Gambar ramai-ramai. Kami tak masuk sebab sibuk jadi jurukamera tak bertauliah. Fahri siap lambai bye-bye kat auntie baru dia. Tersengih-sengih Puan Hamizah dari atas pelamin :D

Orang lain sibuk makan, budak kecil ni siap kutip bakul isi gula-gula (gula-gula dah habis ngap). Siap bye-bye kat kitaorang sambil bakul tu tersangkut kat lengan, nak gi shopping kot!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Busy

The 2 older kids are at kampung right now.
Nurseri tutup hari Selasa, kami balik kampung.
Tup-tup tinggal budak 2 orang kat sana (dengan sepupu-sepupunya).
Bawa balik si adik jer kat sini.

Adik ada bisul atas dahi.
Bahananya, mata sepet sebelah.

Malam ni kami balik lagi.
Adik ipar nak kahwin.
Saya lantik diri jadi wedding planner tak bertauliah.
Mak mertua pass baton sebab tak larat nak layan taste adik ipar (lelaki OK).

OPS lupa...
Saya sudah tambah 1 tahun hari ini.

P/S: OK, saya memang tak ada mood nak update blog.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Botol ajaib

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Disember 2008 - Seorang kanak-kanak berumur 20 bulan telah memasukkan anggur ke dalam botol air yang berisi air penyejuk badan cap Kaki Tiga. Air tersebut, yang lebih dikenali dengan panggilan Air Badak disediakan untuk si abang (4 tahun) kanak-kanak tersebut, kerana beliau demam.

Terdengar jeritan ayah kanak-kanak itu semasa beliau memasukkan anggur-anggur ke dalam botol air. Ketika si ibu turun daripada tingkat atas, didapati kanak-kanak tersebut sedang menangis sambil tertonggeng kerana dimarahi ayahnya.

Botol tersebut telah dibuang oleh ibu kanak-kanak tersebut. Maka, tamatlah riwayat seedless grapes yang dibekalkan oleh makcik kanak-kanak 20 bulan itu.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Kindergarten $$$


I went to the kindergarten to register Fawwaz for next year session. I did call the teacher over there and asked about the registration fees. A whopping RM 665.. OK, so that's what I have been paying for Amni's registration last year, I suppose.

So I just brought RM 200 with me last Sunday. And I got to know, that I should also pay for Amni at RM 665! Wohh... ok, let me calculate this first:
RM 665 X 2 kids = RM 1,330

I assume in the first place that the RM 665 fees would be applicable to Fawwaz, and not Amni, since she is already enrolled last year. How wrong I was! My brain went fuzzy when the teacher told me about Amni's fees. And this week I will be going to TH to take out some money to settle the fees.

Guess my monthly fees for next year?
Here is the breakdown

Nursery (3 kids): RM 600
Kindergarten (2 kids): RM 260

Total = RM 860 per month!

And just now, I went to Mydin to buy some stationeries for the kids to bring to kindergarten next year. Fawwaz insisted his pencilbox and tumbler from Hot Wheel series, to match his Spiderman school bag.

I can see my $$$ fly away!

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is a carpal tunnel?

In the human wrist there is a sheath of tough connective tissue (the flexor retinaculum) which envelops and protects several structures. The carpal tunnel is the space between this sheath (above) and the bones (below) making up the wrist and hand (carpal bones).

Definition of carpal tunnel syndrome:

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), or median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand. The diagnosis of CTS is often misapplied to patients who have activity-related arm pain.
Most cases of CTS are idiopathic (without known cause), genetic factors determine most of the risk, and the role of arm use and other environmental factors is disputed.


After more than 10 years using the computer, my right wrist ached badly (I was exposed to computers at quite an early age, thanks to my dad). I have been using the mouse with my left hand for nearly 2 months. When I try to use my right hand, it will hurt considerably after 2-3 minutes. So I just stopped using my right hand for mouse clicking purpose.

When my BIL (who is a doctor-to-be) come to our house for his forensic training (oh yes, it is actually like CSI but more towards post partum death), I asked him about it. And he did confirmed. He did teach me how to exercise my wrist to lessen the pain.

Dh provided me with a gel mouse pad that he bought yesterday (cost: RM 15), and I have to use it to free my wrist from the ache from the shoulder and wrist after a considerable long time use of the mouse.

Monday, 24 November 2008

There's a free mirror!


Mynie tagged me about my workplace. So here goes, Aini has never seen it before. We worked in different buildings. Of course, my workplace looked like a manager's, since there are only a few executives at State level.

Notice the supplements near my CPU? Yes, I took some milk supplements for my milk supply, plus Omega 3 Fish Oil. I have a printer of my own, hidden by the chair. Placed 2 birthday cards; one from my husband, the other from Aini. My white board holds the cards by the kids, which I received in 2006, in Makkah, during the hajj season.

I have a free mirror! Well, it is to divide my workplace with the GM (yes, behind the mirror, is our GM's office. Fancy that, hah! My place is next to the GM :P) The mirror provided to be useful when I had bad tudung days. In front of me is an orange divider and behind me is a book rack (both are not in the pictures).

No, don't ask me the total renovation cost. My boss had a penchant for IKEA furnitures.

I wanna tag Erleyna, Ummi Ina & Ummimon.. just curious :)

Friday, 21 November 2008

What we did last Sunday

Date: 16 November 2008
Time: 12.30 p.m. onwards
Venue: Our house
Event: Amni & Fawwaz's birthday celebration
Menu: Lontong by my mom, chicken rice by moi/hubby
Guests: Our extended family + kak Tini's

Nearly 50 guests come to our house. Prepared a party pack. Served a delicious Choc Chip Cheese Cake (Thanks Farra!). Nasi ayam and lontong was a hit! Kak Tini, thanks for the delicious pudding (err.. I am ordering the instant mix pudding).

Anyhow, long time no update since my hubby had a VERY high fever till Wednesday (last resort, doc to inject him). Semalam, baru berselera dia makan nasi (He did confide in me, selalu dok doa nak kurus.. sekali Allah makbulkan tak lalu makan 3 hari 3 malam). Fahri also was on fever and had rashes.

Hari ni baru dapat bernafas dengan lega sikit...

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

"You Got To Move It, Move It!!"

Lynn e-mailed yesterday and said she got 2 tickets for the preview of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. I replied back and said to her, if she can get 2 more extra tickets, I might be interested!

Guess what? (nah, no need guessing..) She called me in the afternoon and told me she got another 3 extra tickets.. WOHOOO!

Well, well, what a wonderful family outing. My kids love the movie, with the parents included. It was WAY FUNNIER than the first Madagascar movie and we keep laughing till the end! I still cannot believe how time flies and by the time we finished watching it, I was shocked when I know it was nearing 11 p.m. already.

The penguins have more show time in this movie, and their presence makes the movie more enjoyable! Even when the movie started, where we will find the trademark of Dreamworks (of a boy sitting on a moon while fishing) was vandalised by the penguin - Yaa, the penguins punched the trademark boy and took his fishing pole saying it's time for sushi.

The most quirky dialogue that I found amusing was when their plane was going to crash (they should go back to NY actually) and Alex, the lion confessed to Marty, the zebra, "I broke your iPod!"

The plane landed in Africa, and they find their nature over there. But they have trouble fitting while getting in touch with their heritage, but hey.. who says it was easy when you have been living in a zoo before this?

I find the old lady (who managed to capture Alex in the Grand Central station) was way annoying (yes, she made an appearance in this film)! But this is redeemable, considering the flock of penguins was given ample time in the movie. Ah, of course, the annoying King Julien also joined their misadventure in Africa (he was in the plane's business seat OK :P)

Anyhow, Alex found his parents (he was so CUTE when he was a baby lion). Melman, the giraffe confessed his undying love to Gloria, the hyppo (how weird is that, but I am not complaining). And Marty find himself was no different than the other zebras.

It was WAY MUCH BETTER than the first.

You Got To Move It, Move It!!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Congratulations to Yayan!


Dear Yayan & Suffian, congratulations on your wedding. We wish you many happy returns as you embark on the new chapter in your life.

P/S: Yayan, nice make up! (nanti kalau adik aku jadi kahwin, aku book mak andam hang okehh :P)

Wahhh.. nice cake! Very simple, I likeeee

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Vitagen perisa Tembikai Susu

Tak tahu pun ada susu Vitagen perisa Tembikai Susu (Honeydew). Bila Saffa tulis dalam blog, baru tahu.. sebelum ni ingatkan tak wujud. Yelah, yang kita ni dok assume kalau beli Vitagen warna hijau, confirm rasa epal.

Yang kelakarnya, balik semalam, ada lagi Vitagen dalam fridge. Siap buka bagi anak-anak, abahnya selalu beli kat pasar malam sebab dapat 3 pek * 5 botol dengan harga RM 10. Rupa-rupanya dia TERbeli satu pek Vitagen perisa Tembikai Susu. Rasanya, of course macam tembikai susu :P. Mungkin selama ni kami dok beli, kita jer yang tak perasan. Padahal, memang dah lama dok minum Vitagen nie, tapi sebab assume perisa Epal, dan Vitagen memang rasa ala-ala manis gitu, ignore jerla..

Buktinya, mari tengok dekat sikit...


OOHHHH.. itulah dia Vitagen perisa Tembikai Susu. Warna hijau cair berbanding Vitagen perisa Epal :P

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Girls' outing (+ one boy)

When Dr. Yayan (ahemm.. she obtained her PhD after struggling for 4 years and 8 months in the UK) called me last 3 weeks ago, I scolded her for informing the news of her life in my blog (yes, I am so GOING to strangle her on the spot). She's getting hitched on 1 November. And when she told me she will be taking her leave one week before, I said, let's do a gathering with all those cool ex-J girls (ahem.. ahem..).

So a quick SMS to the lovely girls: Aini; my twin, Lynn; the content editor, Yatt; the pharmacist and Nurul; the SAP consultant (who still works with TNB, BTW!) and we set a date to meet, 27 October at The Coffee Bean, KLCC.

Gosh, 11 years definitely changed us all. And we did point out to Yayan, about how long she had taken her time to finish her PhD.

Ah yes, I did ask Lynn to bring the school magazine. Everyone were amazed that someone brought that school mag (Yatt said; she lost hers) but it proved to be handy when we walked down the memory lane, pointing to this and that pictures, and were astonished to know the fate of our schoolmates.

The girls warming up before hearing the juiciest gossip from Aini, Lynn & myself. Apparently, someone in our batch turns out to be a woman.

Yayan's reaction: OMG, he used to be my Physic tutor
Me: The girls who used to have a crush on him, must be devastated to know that he turned to be a woman
Lynn: They must be getting the shock of their life when 'she' came to the Raya gathering
Aini: He is one of the top students in school (our batch consisted of 330 students)
Nurul: What?
Yatt: ... (speechless)

Fahri slurping my hazelnut iced blended with whipped cream and caramel topping. He ignored us when we gossiped. (Yes, maybe Aini was stressing a point about one of the girls who ended up to be the second wife.)

Last picture with Yatt. She had to catch a flight back to Perlis. Of course, the others were busy reminiscing the old memories with Yayan personally handed us her wedding card (she saved cost on the stamps.. ahahah :P)

"How time flies"
"Look how 11 years had changed our schoolmate" (ah, not us..)

Finally, a 'group' picture to end the session. (Oh lookee.. the school magazine was on the table! Lynn, your mag is still intact like a new one! I am amazed!)

After our gathering ended, I made a must trip to Kinokuniya and waited for my family over there. My husband came and off we went to kak Nita's house.

Kak Nita: Your friend is just getting married? And you already have 3 kids?
Me: Yes, kak Nita *grinned*
Kak Nita: How old is Fahri BTW?
Me: 1 year 6 months
Kak Nita: Oh, how time flies. Last we went for the Hajj, you was 5 months preggie.

P/s: Ola girls, go and tag the pictures in the Facebook :P

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

I really need a transfer...

For the past 1 month, I actually told my superior that I badly need a transfer. I have been in this unit for more than 4 years. I really need a new dimension for my job, and really need to move out.

His exact word, to search for a replacement.

I stumbled upon a placing for me to transfer to, and with such a sheer luck, I can get a new intake to replace me.

Then, the boss over there personally called my superior.
It turns out that my superior do not want to release me. Bummer!

Oh well, at least I tried my luck. I feel tired about doing the same job over and over again.
Of course, my superior would happily stay in his place since he scored 'Above Expectation' rating every single year (yeah, he never got Level 3 for his MAPS ok?).

Anyway, maybe I will be stuck in this post for the rest of my working life.

P/s: To those lovely buddies that I met yesterday, I forgot to bring my cam. Sorry that you girls cannot upload it to your Facebook yet (I still haven't open an account yet over there..).

Friday, 17 October 2008

Theme song Laskar Pelangi


Diangkat dari karya Andrea Hirata, sebuah memoir kehidupan 10 kanak-kanak dari Sekolah Muhammadiyah di pulau Belitong. Sebuah buku yang sangat mengesankan jiwa, di mana pendidikan itu mempunyai jiwa, dan dengan guru yang sedia membantu 10 kanak-kanak miskin yang dahagakan pendidikan. Buku ini memberi semangat baru kepada pendidikan, disegarkan dengan guru-guru yang tidak hanya memberi ilmu tetapi memberi hati kepada mereka yang ingin belajar tentang kehidupan.

cipt: nidji
theme song dedicated to laskar pelangi

mimpi adalah kunci
untuk kita menaklukkan dunia
berlarilah tanpa lelah
sampai engkau meraihnya

laskar pelangi takkan terikat waktu
bebaskan mimpimu di angkasa
warnai bintang di jiwa

*
menarilah dan terus tertawa
walau dunia tak seindah surga
bersyukurlah pada yang kuasa
cinta kita di dunia selamanya

P/s: Dengarnya, ini filem terbaik Indonesia tahun 2008

Monday, 13 October 2008

Aidilfitri 2008


Clockwise (from top left):
1. Raya pic with Mok, my father, Amni & Fawwaz
2 & 3. The kids taking a morning bath outside my grandma's house at 8 a.m. (tsk.. tsk...)
4. My sisters & my parents
5. The kids with Mok
6. Us
7. Fahri trying to grab the camera
8. Us again!
9. Fahri having a bath
10. Us with the kids + Mok (Fahri was sleeping during the official Raya pic session)

Centre (from top to bottom):
1. Fahri riding a 'pony' at Mak Long Ummi's house
2. Another Raya pic with my grandma

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

I have decided to open the blog for today. Let see what tomorrow holds.

Don't worry if you girls cannot open the blog, maybe I will try to open it in one or two days a week rather than being public all week.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Gubahan hantaran

Of course I am still in Raya mood!

Since I promised Izan that I will be preparing his hantarans (the wedding will be on 12.12.2008), I was busy decorating the hantarans last Sunday.

He requested for red & white themes.. More here...










The white flowers on the perfume set

Friday, 26 September 2008

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri


Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all blog readers
p/s: The above diasies' stalk was bought at Petaling Street for a mere RM 10 (real diasies!)
From:
Firzanah Amni
Fawwaz Amin
Fahri Ahmad
& their parents

Monday, 22 September 2008

It's a small world after all..

Since I have promised kak Nora to attend the SCC gathering, and was thinking of relishing the moments, I was elated to find out that Syed, T-rex, Atie and Afizan joined me. Of course, when one of the juniors said that we are going to do ice breaking, Syed said.. there is no need for the ex-SCC to do it, "Dah habis cair dah ais".

It was nice to relish the old memories, when one of the juniors asked us on how we uphold the SCC (during its first & second batch). Of course, Syed talked a lot, giving advice to them. Pakcik Poad & kak Nora were also there.

Bits and pieces were mentioned, about our friendship with each other. About the guys helping kak Nora when it's time for her to give birth, or when we cooked bubur lambuk to be distributed to hostel residents.

Tapi yang bab budak JKP panik time (esp Ramzee, jadi tukang bagi semangat minta kak Nora jangan bersalin di office hostel) kak Nora nak bersalin tu, memang tak boleh lupa la. Tambah-tambah pula takde orang tua. Pakcik Poad tengah outstation.

I forgot to bring the camera :(

Anyway, I just found out one of the staff here is a cousin to my father. Hoho, it is really a small world after all.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Majalah Gila-Gila


Masih ingat dengan Majalah Gila-Gila ini? Nostalgik sungguh rasanya. Saya rasa sangat antik bila mengenang zaman saya membaca GG. Sebuah majalah humor bersatira. Lawaknya sinis, dan relevan dengan kehidupan harian.

Saya jadi nostalgik apabila ke CESB beberapa bulan yang lepas, dan berjumpa koleksi kartun 'Tiga Dara Pingitan', 'Selendang Siti Rugayah', 'Tan Tin Tun' dan banyak lagi. Tiba-tiba saya terpandang majalah GG di showroom itu, walaupun saya tidak membelinya, saya agak terkejut majalah ini masih di pasaran.

Dibandingkan dengan majalah humor lain, GG masih tetap di hati saya. Mungkin kerana saya rasa lawaknya tidak canggung, sesuai dengan usia dewasa, malahan lawaknya lebih relevan kepada saya daripada majalah-majalah humor lain. Kecil-kecil saya sudah belajar membaca GG, dan sudah faham jenakanya yang bersatira. Makcik-makcik saya, ramai juga yang membeli majalah ini.

Ada beberapa orang berkata, seperti suami saya contohnya, bahawa majalah ini tidak 'best'. Tapi bagi saya, kalau tak kenal, maka tak cinta. Mungkin kartunnya tidak selawa kartun di majalah humor lain, tetapi isinya lebih bermakna untuk kita fahami.

Semasa saya ke CESB, saya ada membeli koleksi kartun 'Budak U' yang pernah terpapar dalam GG. Seronok bila membaca kartun-kartun lama ini, seperti kisah Budak U membuatkan saya nostalgik mengenang zaman universiti dahulu - kupasan tentang assignment, atau terlewat ke kelas memang seperti pengalaman sendiri.

Saya ingin menghidupkan semula zaman saya membesar dengan GG, jadi kemungkinan besar saya akan melanggan majalah ini.

Adakah perasaan saya sahaja yang majalah ini susah dijumpai di kedai-kedai? Saya masih rasa ada pasaran untuk majalah kesayangan saya suatu tika dahulu ini. Kalau tidak, mana mungkin CESB masih terus menerbitkan majalah GG, kan?

Hmm.. apa jadi yer dengan watak Profesor Serba Tahu? Dan dengarnya Ujang sudah berkarya kembali di GG?

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Awards.. awards..

Sebelum dok soppy pasal kejadian minggu lepas itu (dan dah OK), marilah tengok award-award yang kudapat.

Kang lepas Maghrib nak melawat Aini kat Hospital Tawakal, admitted sebab demam denggi.

Pejam celik, pejam celik dah 15 hari ye kita berpuasa?

Dapat dari Mawaddah dengan Kak Siti.. thank you thank you

Dapat dari Erleyna dengan kak Siti also :)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Ulasan buku: Nyanyian Tanjung Sepi

Kali kedua membaca karya nukilan Noor Suraya (karya pertama yang saya baca, awal tahun ini; Surat Ungu Untuk Nuha), saya sudah jatuh hati dengan lenggok bahasanya yang tersusun indah. Novel ini saya kira wajib baca untuk kita mengenal erti cinta, yang berlandaskan agama dan bersempadankan adat. Dinobatkan novel terbaik CESB 2006 (dan berasal dari e-novel), kisah yang mudah, tetapi dilatarkan dengan kerjaya kedoktoran menjadikan novel ini agak berat.

Syarifah Nuur Khalida, watak utama novel Nyanyian Tanjung Sepi merupakan seorang pelajar perubatan tahun kedua di USM. Beliau telah menarik hati seorang doktor bernama Aqmar Aziz ketika Khalida menjaga sepupunya di hospital.

Bahagian pertama menfokuskan kepada Khalida yang belajar di USM, dan kehidupannya sebagai seorang pelajar, sebelum 'dipaksa rela' berkahwin dengan Doktor Aqmar Aziz (dan terpaksa melupakan seseorang yang pernah diminatinya secara sembunyi). Jarak usia 11 tahun antara Khalida dan Aqmar tidak menghalang pernikahan mereka, dek kerana perjanjian keluarga yang mengikat mereka semasa kecil. Khalida harus pasrah kerana menghormati kehendak arwah ayahandanya, sama seperti ketika dia pasrah meneruskan pengajian dalam bidang kedoktoran, atas wasiat ayahnya jua.

Doktor Aqmar Aziz, watak yang sangat penyabar, dan lebih mengutamakan Yang Khalik daripada segala-galanya. Maka seharusnya perkahwinan ini menggembirakan beliau, kerana Khalida merupakan pilihan hatinya, tambahan pula direstui sebagai pilihan keluarga.

Bahagian kedua pula menfokus selepas Khalida tamat belajar. Imbasan-imbasan kisah bagaimana beliau jatuh hati terhadap suaminya sendiri, atau kisah dia menangis di malam pertama (agak menggelikan hati) menyebabkan kita sebagai pembaca memahami mengapa Khalida mencintai Aqmar.

Lalu kebahagiaan ini diserikan dengan cahaya mata mereka, Nuur Hannah, yang mereka tunggu-tunggu selepas 3 tahun bernikah. Tetapi, akan terjadi sesuatu terhadap Nuur Hannah, yang menggoncang keyakinan Khalida. Aqmar masih lagi bersabar dengan dugaan dari Yang Esa itu.

Kisahnya pantas, dan tidak menfokus kepada perasaan kecewa yang Khalida atau Aqmar alami. Malahan, jodoh mereka tidak pun panjang dek kerana terjadi suatu konflik. Walau bagaimanapun, sehingga ke hujung kisah Khalida-Aqmar, kita masih dapat merasakan ketulusan hati Aqmar. Mereka bercerai secara baik, dengan Khalida masih mencintai bekas suaminya sedalam mungkin.

Lalu kisah ini mempunyai kesudahan yang indah bagi Khalida dan Aqmar sendiri. Khalida bernikah dengan Doktor Zainur Arief, cinta pertamanya yang disimpan di dalam hati, dan Aqmar berjaya mendidik Tunku Dara Aida menjadi muslimah sejati.

Penghujung kisah, mata saya masih basah menghayati keagungan cinta Aqmar terhadap Yang Esa (Khalida sendiri berkata: "Dia hanya mencintai Islam, dan kita bukanlah apa-apa bagi dirinya").

Al-Fatihah

One of my best friend's father passed away yesterday.
Al-Fatihah.

He passed away during the holy month of Ramadhan, alhamdulillah.

And to my friend, what a strong girl you are.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Ramadhan.. the month I love :)

Sambutan Merdeka saya sambut di office. Saya standby untuk data migration seluruh Malaysia. 12 tengahmalam, meletup-letup bunga api di belakang office kami. Suami dengan Fahri jadi peneman. Jam 1.30 pagi baru balik. Of course, my office was situated at KL main, and I have to take the LRT to come. Semua jalan tutup, OK? Esok pagi terlajak tidur 3 beranak. Amni dan Fawwaz hantar rumah nenek & atuknya malam sebelum perjalanan ke pejabat.

Ramadhan

Setakat ni, resolusi memasak untuk keluarga masih berjalan lancar. Entah bertahan ke tak azam memasak sepanjang bulan ini. Alhamdulillah, office bagi pelepasan awal. Nak tebus masak-memasak kat suami dan anak-anak (ya, dah lama dapur kat rumah tak berasap). Rasa macam tiap-tiap kali tiba Ramadhan, banyak masa untuk kita luangkan dengan keluarga. Saya suka Ramadhan. Kalau orang terlebih sibuk masa bulan biasa, bila bulan Ramadhan, ramai pula terlebih sibuk nak balik awal untuk berbuka.

Hajatnya, nak ajar Amni (which is going to be 5 years old in November) berpuasa. Tapi bila terbaca kisah anak sulung kak Tie yang berpuasa dan dok tengok kipas berputar sebiji macam telur goreng, terus cancel perancangan. Agaknya tahun depan baru bole merancang balik.

Sambil-sambil tunggu buka puasa tu, suruh anak-anak selak baca Muqaddam. Alhamdulillah, dah banyak improvement. Masa nielah nak improvekan bacaan diaorang. Memang budak-budak ni belajar Muqaddam kat nurseri dan surah pendek-pendek. Tapi biasalah, ibunya ni ala-ala malas sikit. Baru nak mengajar.

Fawwaz pula, adui peningnya.. belum ajar lagi membaca (walaupun dia dah kenal huruf ABC). Tapi dia seronok kalau tengok buku banyak gambar, terutamanya yang ada gambar kereta.

Fahri, alhamdulillah, tak banyak kerenah time buka puasa. Tahun lepas, kena tunggu suami habis makan, baru saya boleh makan. Ni dah besar, dah faham arahan, tidaklah anak-anak menganggu kami. Masa azan Maghrib dah suruh dok depan. Awal-awal sebelum kami buka puasa, dah suruh anak-anak makan (hasil masakan ibu dia yang biasa-biasa ni). Tapi, kalau time sahur.. mesti nak bangun sahur sekali. Jam 5 pagi dah celik dengan saya.

Breastfeeding

Masih lagi full breastmilk @ 1 tahun 5 bulan. Tahun lepas mencabar sebab Fahri masih bawah 6 bulan. Setiap kali mengepam, tekak rasa perit. Saya telan kurma banyak-banyak, minum susu dan minum air. Lepas seminggu berpuasa baru OK. Hasil perahan masa tu dalam 16-18 oz sehari (sebelum puasa 20-24 oz sehari). Bila buka puasa, capai air dulu. Tekak rasa kering bila sampai rumah, Fahri terus menyusu. Oh yang part bestnya, saya dapat puasa penuh sebulan!

Alhamdulillah, tahun nie perut tak lapar semenjak dari hari pertama puasa. Mungkin sebab dah kurang makan (dan berdiet). Cuma saya pastikan jam 10 malam, saya kena minum susu segelas dan kurma 5 biji. Masa sahur pun sama, saya minum HL, minum air banyak-banyak, minum susu segelas dan kurma 5 biji.

Memanglah, anak teruna saya dah besar panjang. Jadi kalau orang lain masih dapat mengepam susu sehingga 20 oz, saya dapat 9-10 oz pun dah bersyukur sampai menitik-nitik air mata. Makan benda untuk naikkan susu pun dah tak jalan semenjak Fahri setahun. Stok dalam freezer dah banyak surut, tapi Fahri pun minum EBM makin kurang di nurseri. Dalam 9-11 oz.

Untuk ibu susuan sekalian, biasalah bila time puasa.. susu agak surut, tapi pastikan banyak minum air kosong, makan kurma dan minum air seperti Horlicks & Milo. Kalau boleh, makan kurma tu banyak-banyak.. memang rasa bertenaga, dan hasil perahan pun agak memberangsangkan.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

How to handle EBM?

Question from Zue, so I just take this information from this website (thanks to An for the pointer). Of course Zue, if you want to know my experience, I will write another entry about it.

Credit to: Toronto Public Health
P/s: I love this article for its cute and very useful graphics :)

Storing breast milk/Thawing frozen breast milk

Storing breast milk
Freshly expressed breast milk can be stored at room temperature (less than 25°C or 77°F) for 6-8 hours.
Freshly expressed breast milk must be cooled if not used within 6-8 hours of expressing.

Containers for storing breast milk
Use glass or hard plastic containers with an air-tight lid (for example, small jars and bottles with lids).
Special breast milk freezer bags can also be used.
Do not use bottle liner bags. These are thinner plastic bags that may break when frozen.

Cleaning the containers
For healthy babies wash containers in hot soapy water and rinse well with hot water. Let the containers air dry on a dry clean surface away from where food is made.

Tips for storing breast milk
Cool freshly expressed milk within 1 hour of expressing.
Label containers with date and time.
Store in smaller amounts to prevent wasting milk.
Always cool freshly expressed milk before adding it to already cooled or frozen milk.
Leave a 1 inch space at the top of the container when freezing.

*If your baby is premature (born too early) or in the hospital, speak to your nurse about storing breast milk and cleaning containers. Sterilized containers may be provided by the hospital. Breast milk can be stored in the following ways:


Important:
Place containers at the back of the fridge and freezer where it is the coldest.
After the storage time has passed, throw out the breast milk.

Thawing frozen breast milk

Frozen breast milk that has been thawed can be kept in the fridge for 24 hours.
Do not refreeze breast milk once it is thawed.


Check the date on the stored breast milk. Use the container with the earliest date first.


Thaw frozen breast milk by leaving it in the fridge for 4 hours OR...


...place container under cool running water. Once it has begun to thaw, run warm water to finish thawing.


Never thaw at room temperature.


Warm breast milk by placing the container in a bowl of very warm water.


Do not thaw or heat breast milk on stove or in microwave. Do not refreeze breast milk once it is thawed.

Feeding tips:
Shake warmed breast milk and test the temperature on your wrist before using it.
Hold your baby when feeding expressed breast milk.
Make feedings an enjoyable time for you and your baby. Talk to your baby and give lots of smiles.
Burp your baby as needed.
Use warmed breast milk within 1 hour. Throw away leftover milk.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Spread the love award!

I got this from Kak Ina

This award is for those bloggers who are

nice people;
good blog friends and
those who inspire good feeling and inspiration also for those who are a positive influence on our blog world.

Thanks kak!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

On being grateful for what we have

I have been busy this month, and got stuck doing BP 2009 (yaa.. this is like my YEARLY routine job). Of course, since I am the Finance people inside our division, I got to know sensitive items like the salary of each staff for me to do salary calculations and come with a reasonable figure on average salary per person.

Aini told me last week, about her collague, who keep complaining about her salary. I was amused. Her colleague is an executive with a starting salary at RM 2000+!

Of course, I assumed her lack of acknowledging about her good salary is because, 1. She was not exposed to do a Business Plan in her entire life (I have been doing this for 5 consecutive years) and 2. Her division is 99% surrounded with executives.

When I look at the non executive's salary figures at my division, I wondered how they survived. The starting salary for MS (diploma graduate) is RM 13**, so I assumed the starting salary for SK (clerk) would be less than RM 1000 (Yup, I check inside the handbook. The starting salary is RM 800).

Even 1 clerk, that I know, who worked for more than 10 years, still live with his parents-in-law. He has 4 kids.

Another clerk got married last year. I wondered how he saved his money for the wedding.

The rising cost of living, further more in KL makes my life harder. However, year after year doing the BP, it also make me realise, that I should be grateful about having a salary, and still working.

I saluted the people who had a salary of RM 1500 and less, but still make a decent living. They may not be rich, but they are grateful for what they have.

Of course, the society today measures someone's success by monetary value. But I believe that rezeki is not only based on money, but should also be based on other things as well (children's health, our own health, enough food for the family etc.).

Alhamdulillah...

Friday, 22 August 2008

1st time

Before I bury myself with the piling (eh ada ke piling sekarang ni... semua computerised eh) workload.. lemme do this tagging game first

P/S: Echah, awak punya tag nanti dulu ek...

Tagged by kak Ina

1. 1st time naik kapal terbang :
1990. Naik flight dari Kl ke KB, sebab nak balik kampung. Flight via Alor Setar. Dekat 2 jam.

2. 1st time beranak :
14 November 2003, 11.39 a.m., Firzanah Amni, 2.9 kg

3. 1st time gi oversea :
1993. Pergi London. Ayah was selected as best staff in his company (kalau tak silap ler..)

4. 1st time duduk jauh drp family :
MRSM Pasir Tumboh, umur 13 tahun. Setuju dengan kak Ina, rugi masa dengan family.. Ingat nanti anak-anak dah besar, biar diaorang sekolah kat rumah jer.. Form 4, baru consider masuk asrama ke tak.

5. 1st time keje :
1 July 2002. Jadi management trainee kat TMTouch (wahaa, company pun dah merge jadi Celcom). Gaji bersih masa tu.. RM 900

6. 1st time rasa gemuk :
Lepas bersalin, UWAAA

7. 1st time bercinta :
Cinta monyet banyak le..

8. 1st time rasa diri cantik :
Bila tengok Aishwarya Rai, rasa sungguh diriku very tak cantik? Err.. aci tak jawab camtu?

9. 1st time masuk cinema :
1993. Jurrasic Park. Masa tu budak lain semua balik rumah... kitaorang jauh, rumah kat KL. Jadi menumpang kasih dengan cikgu-cikgi MRSM je..

10. 1st time admitted in hospital :
Hmm, hmm.. accident masa umur 5 tahun sebab main gelungsur dan kena jahit dengan doktor standby kat hospital tu kira masuk hospital ke? Kayu gelungsur tercucuk masuk dalam p*ngg*ng. Of course la doktor tu jahit tanpa bius la rasanya, sakitnya masya Allah! Memang rasa jarum tu keluar masuk kat kulit.. huhuh

Atau masa umur 5 tahun gak, warded sebab tak dapat buang air besar dan kecil beberapa hari..

I wanna tag:
OLC, Kak Ida
OLA, YM
OLA, CY

Aini tak payah kot, experience dia lebih kurang je ngan myself :P

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Izan's engagement



Alhamdulillah, come this 12.12.2008, there will be a new family member joining us.

As his SIL, and bidan terjun for hantarans (as usual, duh!), I prepared everything in a day with my husband's help. My MIL still keep the baskets and boxes from our wedding's kenduri (dated way back in early 2003). Of course, I have the chance to recycle everything back. Coincidently, my mom lent us the dulang hantaran. She even managed to asked her friend for the tepak sirih.

Of course, now I have to prepare something grander for the wedding. He had high expectations for my next gubahan hantaran project.

Now, I am considering whether I should be in the gubahan hantaran business seriously. There seemed to be lots of weddings lately..

Awards

I received this award from kak Tirana and kak Siti (sorry kak, I am quiet busy nowadays.. tak sempat nak jenguk blog akak)



And another from kak Ina :)



It has been done according to the following rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees

Since I received these 2 awards, I am giving both awards to:
1. Aini
2. Lynn
3. Mynie
4. Kak Huda @ Ainaana
5. Kak Najah

Friday, 15 August 2008

Cherating trip: 10-12 August

We stayed at Holiday Villa for 3 days. Enjoyed the trip! There are so many interesting places in Malaysia :)

Main event at Cherating would be swimming pool time! The kids played in the pool in the morning and afternoon. How energetic they were!

Another main event, would be makan-makan. Kedai Kopi Hai Peng is situated just a mere 15 km from Cherating (you need to enter Bandar Chukai, Kemaman before you found this shop). The coffees are to die for. The kids love the creamy iced latte which cost us around RM 4 per cup.

Aini & myself were testing our batik painting skill at a souvenir shop inside the hotel. The batik painting cost us RM 15. Amni & Auni also tested their skills. We enjoyed the activity very much, under the hot sun.

The kids posed before we left the hotel. I think this is the first picture of the 5 kids. Fahri was cool enough to be posing with his cousins :)

We visited a turtle sanctuary, situated next to ClubMed Cherating. This is our last event before we went back to KL. The sanctuary was closed on Monday, so we have to come on the next day to watch the turtles.

The turtles in the basket were 5 days old. They got excited watching the animal. The officer told us, the sanctuary is also opened at night for tourists who are interested to watch the turtles lay the eggs.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

A love story to tell (Part 3)

[Oh boy, I do hope this is the end of the story. I am very busy and just came back from Cherating.]

I wrote this in my diary (wow, I still can't imagine I wrote in a diary),

Thursday, 22 June 2000

Sayu dan sedih... abang ***. Nanti cerita.


This entry was written when I found out about him being an item with another girl.

Kak Shiqin jokingly asked me about 'kuaci'. About eating kuaci, calculating kuaci.. muehehe. I still wondered what is the relevancy of eating kuaci in this story. I told her I was in the midst of 'tawar hati' after I found out about him and his ex-girlfriend.

A few days later, we were chatting through AOL and I got disconnected. Actually, he was asking me, whether I am attached to anybody or not. He assumed that I got angry, but the truth is, the question was never received by me since I got disconnected.

Then...

I was actually a good friend with one my girl junior. She did asked me about his well being, since she know that I was always in touch with him. I never ever asked her on why she always seemed interested in knowing about his whereabouts, since I assumed it will be like a friend to another friend's question. She was a nice girl, has a ladylike manners and also in usrah. In short, she is a girl who will be a perfect wife. As for me, I was a loud and talkative lady, had too much gusto, always speak my mind out, and a far cry from the word 'feminisme'.

She gave him a beautiful sejadah on his birthday, while I can't remember what I gave him for his birthday. I was actually jealous with this girl who was trying to impress him.

On 3 o'clock in the morning, she told me personally that she had a crush on him. Hoho, this was interesting. I always imagined he never know that there was another girl vying for his attention. I always joked about her and him in the first place (so sue me, I am guilty in planting the seeds of infatuation on another girl's head).

That girl: Sebenarnya, **** memang minat dengan abang ****

The girl pushed my panic button at that moment.

Imagined me being in a tight situation (we are still not an item at this moment yet), and another girl actually confessed her crush on abang ***. I think she always assumed me not having anything with my husband, and of course, she poured her heart and soul towards me. I actually told the girl back, that I am in the midst of declaring myself an item with my husband. I assumed she got heart broken with the news, but oh well.. as they said, life must goes on.

I always think that I am somewhat evil concerning this love thing, and eliminate my so called 'opponent' with a knock out when I told her about me and my hubby. I had the evil pleasure telling her that we are already a couple a few days later.

I called him at 4 a.m. on that very same day (I was already panicking). I know he was shocked when I called in the wee hour in the morning. I explained to him about the situation, and of course we were an item around 4 a.m. on 9 June 2001. He told me he was sure about his feeling towards me, this time around.

Alhamdulillah...

Anyway, our news as an item spread like wildfire. It was much easier after that. I had a smooth sailing, pain free relationship with the usrah group in Melaka & Cyberjaya knowing about us.

And in my case, I was the one who talked a lot, while he was the one who is always calm and very silent. Of course, most of my friends were gawking at me when they found out who was my boyfriend, since they were puzzled on how a girl like me ended with him. As they said, opposite attracts.

Isn't it nice that this story had a happy ending?
And we have 3 children to prove it?

Monday, 4 August 2008

A love story to tell (Part 2)

I didn't know that I looked different. I am not my usual chirpy self (Yes, I am talkative by nature). My classmate, Sheeril, mentioned about me being such a mess. I actually feel dazed for a few days. He actually asked me why my saliva was dropping from my mouth (what an impression do I make with my classmates?). Of course I have to check whether I looked really THAT bad. I did replied back and said, "No, there's no saliva on my cheek whatsoever".

And then, he asked me back, "Kenapa nampak teruk sangat ni?"
I actually told him, "Aku baru kena reject la..."

He looked at me back, not very shocked and continued, "Aida, ramai lagi lelaki yang kau boleh pilih. Bukan dia seorang sahaja."
And then I said, "Tapi aku minat dia je..."
"Sebenarnya, ramai lagi yang minat kat kau. Kau boleh pilih mana-mana je."

Ok, I didn't actually take a second look at what he just said. I was silent.
I actually feel really bad when he queried about my saliva, and I was thinking that I must look in a mess when one of your close friends notice about it. I feel that I should not be thinking about it anymore.

I actually feel positive after being lectured by him. I was able to be my own self after a while. Of course, my feeling towards Mr *** was slowly diminishing. I was reminded by the fact that he was commited to another girl.

This continues till I am in the middle of my second year.

I actually got to know he broke up with his girlfriend from Aini (his ex-girlfriend requested to end their relationship). Aini was chatting with him through AOL when he mentioned about it. And then, I can't remember much, but he did asked Aini what is my feeling towards him.

Of course I said, "Dah tak rasa apa-apa dah. Dah anggap macam biasa je. Sebab dulu kan dia cakap dah ada girlfriend."

I was actually chatting with him as usual since I feel I did not owe him anything.

Once, we had a meeting for one of our oversea program at Cyberjaya. It should end at 9 p.m., but we finished it early and I headed back to Melaka. He was actually chatting with Aini when I arrived at the hostel, and he actually said he wanted to meet me at Cyberjaya. But Aini gave a breaking news that I already arrived in Melaka, and entered the hostel room. Hahaha :P

Our friendship continued as usual.
I received an AOL message from Arwah Kak Shiqin asking about my feelings towards him. Of course, Kak Shiqin was a good friend towards my husband, and my husband requested her to ask me about my feelings, again.

I told her again, that I do not feel anything towards him, just treated him as a friend. It started with 'kuaci' questions whatsoever, I can't remember what (have to check my diary about it..)

TO BE CONTINUED...

Thursday, 24 July 2008

A love story to tell (Part 1)

Ok, first and foremost, I have been toying with this idea of writing my own love story, due to the fact, that I have only scanty information about my mom & dad's love story (actually, if my dad update his blog, a special request, could you tell me about your love story?) and I want my kids to know about their parent's love story.

This is also a dedication to the man that I called my husband in the month of his birthday.

We have been online friends since 1998, I have never seen his face and only get to know him in person in year 2000. Yes, 2 years of friendship through ICQ /YM / AOL.

I find him annoying when he keep asking me whether I sell curry puff or not. Our conversation at ICQ / YM / AOL will always start like this:

"berapa banyak karipap dah jual hari ni?"

For those of you who got confused with how I was tagged with curry puff, I acted in a pantomime during student's orientation (1999/2000 MMU intake). I was selected to mime the heroine's voice during the performance, but somehow was upgraded to take part and be one of the 'main' leads in the play (of course, I am not considered main when there are 4 heroines in the story line!).

I was the second person to appear in the play, after the nerdy hero was on stage (this pantomime was a very funny one!). Quite a dramatic entrance, I think. The nerdy hero was daydreaming while I walked in front of him and he dropped his book. The background sound was - 'I Can't Get Enough of You Baby'.

The curry puff scene goes on like this, I was walking to be inside the classroom prop, with me assigned to be beside the hero. When I opened my tupperware and took some curry puff to eat, of course the hero's script will be like this: "Wah, awek sebelah ni minat karipap la. Sama macam aku. Adakah ini suratan atau kebetulan?"

So there goes the joke of being labelled 'awek karipap'. And of course, the play was such a hit that the nerdy hero was well sought by the new intake.. heheh :P

Of course since at MMU we have been chatting quite a lot, I found this amusing that even his roommates would start the conversation with me about curry puff. Hehe.. My husband was then studying in Cyberjaya while I stayed in Melaka. We were in the Orientation Committee in Melaka(cum faciliator during the 1999/2000 intake), but we never meet face to face.

He was actually very very very shy with women because he was from an all boy high school since Form 1. I even thought he was from KISAS from his chatting style. Actually, I did get the shock of my life when I found out from Aini that he is not from any Islamic school background. Duh.. And yes, his roommate (Abang Faizal) had to explain to me that he is one shy guy, and it was a big request when I said I have never know him face to face for 2 years.

My next door hostel neighbour, Huda actually know him and said that since I keep grumbling to him about not knowing who he is, maybe both of us can go and meet him, since his best friend had send something to be passed to my friend. That happened in year 2000.

We first met in the library. He was standing near the library check out counter. Since I just want to know which one is him, our conversation goes on like this (with my friend, of course).

Huda: This is abang ***
Me: Assalamualaikum (stared at him up and down). Ok bye!

Of course, he asked me why I only took like less than 5 minutes to analyse him. I still have no idea why I did that. Maybe I was expecting he would look some way different (I always find out that the picture our online friends painted about their own selves are really different from the real person).

So our online conversation would be on and off for a while, and he asked us (again, my neighbour joined in) to meet him and his friends (mind you, we actually meet due to being a friend.) And we have just finished an event at that time, Raya celebration I suppose, with SRC as the organiser (fuh, I remembered that I was hungry at that time, being one of the organisers). Of course we took the opportunity to meet him since one of our friends DID save lots of satay after the event. We keep eating like there's no tomorrow (did I told you I WAS HUNGRY?).

After knowing him in person, for 2 times, and lots of online chatting involved, I started to like him a lot. After assessing his personality, I plucked some courage, and asked him (of courselah, this is me you guys/girls are talking about kan? 'Perigi cari timba' type) whether he is single or not.

And could you imagine that I approached him (online of course, I never got the courage to say it face to face), and he said something like this:

"Ruginya, kalau Aida cakap 2 minggu lagi awal.."
"Sebab Aida lagi baik daripada girlfriend abang sekarang"

WHAT???

Now, both lines were actually devastating. He actually just considered himself an item with another girl 2 weeks before I approached him.

Of course, the 'perigi' could not find her 'timba' at this point.

And this story of a girl approaching a guy actually become quite an inspiration among my guy juniors (and also among the guys in my batch!). They always asked me why I approached the guy in the first place, so my answer would be

"Orang laki yang baik tak ramai kat dunia ni. Kak Aida rasa, kalau kak Aida tunggu, lagi susah nak jumpa lelaki baik."

And there goes the joke, that kak Aida has the guts, of course the other girls should follow my footstep (eh, ape dah punya lesson of the story).

.. TO BE CONTINUED... (whether in this post or next post)

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Andrea Hirata: Laskar Pelangi

I am NOW reading Andrea Hirata's Laskar Pelangi. Yes, Aini had the Indonesian version while mine was totally in Bahasa Malaysia published by PTS (with Andrea Hirata's signature to boot okeh.. tu yang mahal tu Aini, wohooo!)

Sebab apa lambat baca? Sebab tiap-tiap kalu aku mula membaca, aku akan menangis. Jadi, aku harus letak tepi novel ini dahulu.

Why am I crying? You have to read the book to notice that this novel is a semi autobiography of Indonesian children, who struggled for living, but cherish education. I wish I was like them, to know the value of education and strive harder during my school days.

Andrea Hirata: Asking all the right questions, from the start to The End
Emmy Fitri , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta
Sun, 05/04/2008 10:06 AM

Initially, Andrea Hirata was trying only to reconcile himself with his bitter past when he decided to write about the earliest fragments of his life.

One thing in his mind was to share his manuscripts with childhood friends who had been in the same boat.

Living with a lack of almost everything is traumatic, especially for children, he said recently.

"It's a real struggle to go back in time to growing up in a poor neighborhood (in Belitung), while next to our place was a giant state mining company that had all the luxuries in the world to offer its staff and their families," said Andrea who was born on Oct. 24.

He is very strict about not revealing the year in which he was born, not wanting readers of his semi-autobiographical novel to confuse fact with fiction.

Never mind though, the way in which he tells his story is so frank that, without knowing exactly when it took place, it's not hard to guess.

An economics graduate of the University of Indonesia, Andrea received a scholarship from the European Union, which allowed him to take his master's degree at the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne, and at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.

"(But) my childhood period lingers within me. My memories of that period of my life are the fondest. I learned then about sincerity, friendship and the many virtues that perhaps today's children cannot learn from their environments the way I did."

Andrea seemed to find his panacea when he decided to write. He could not stop. His debut novel Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warriors) was completed in less than six months.

The alive and fluid narrative of the novel, complemented with the vivid details of the old-time setting, as well as the right angle to put the story in a contemporary context, are the sterling outcome of Andrea's struggle to overcome his past bitterness.

"A friend in Bandung read the manuscript and urged me to send it to a publisher," said Andrea who now resides in Bandung and works at the state telecommunications company.

In his preface to The Portrait of a Lady, literary giant Henry James once said that perhaps a better way to approach the question of defining the greatness of great literature would be to ask questions about personal experience and the use made of it.

James said all art is expression, and the thing expressed is personal experience, either external or internal; the congruence between the experience and the expression is also an issue.

"There is, I think, no more nutritive or suggestive truth in this connection than that of the perfect dependence of the *moral' sense of a work of art on the amount of felt life concerned in producing it."

"The question comes back thus, obviously, to the kind and degree of the artist's prime sensibility.

Andrea's case may fit this description.

His riveting novel (or memoir to be precise) has breathed a new air into the Indonesian literary world, which, in recent years, has been dominated by religious hardcore or pop culture-related works as well as teen-lit.

The popularity of the book is evident as millions of copies of Laskar Pelangi have been sold at home. The book is also sought after in neighboring Malaysia. Yogyakarta-based publishing house Bentang said police had recently confiscated a truckload of pirated copies of Laskar Pelangi.

The book is the first in the Laskar Pelangi tetralogy. The three other volumes are Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), Edensor and Maryamah Karpov. Edensor was nominated for the country's prestigious Khatulistiwa Literary Award last year.

Only the hit novel Ayat-Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) by Habiburahman Er Razy outsells Andrea's books.

It is hard to believe that he only recently developed a reading habit.

In fact, in his own words, Andrea said,"I begin to read fiction only after writing Laskar Pelangi."

"I think what matters most in literary work is the context, not the text," he said.

Now that his best-selling novel is about to be adapted for the big screen, Andrea said he was very fortunate because the wide-screen adaptation was being handled by the country's best filmmakers: Riri Riza and Mira Lesmana.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Live for less

Last Monday, I watched Oprah. She was interviewing 2 families who is up to the challenge of 'Live for Less'.

The challenge is quiet simple, to live for less for a week.

Here are some rules about it, and my experience after watching it (konon nak implementlah):

1. No TV for a week

Yang ini susah sikit, sebab engraved in our life. Tapi my hubby & I memang jenis bukan lekat depan TV. Kami tak ikut sangat siri-siri kat TV tu, kalau ada, tengoklah, kalau takde, tak kisah. So weekdays memang tak tengok TV except for news (which I boycott, peninglah tgk berita kat Malaysia ni). Bagi can anak-anak tengok Pink Panthers atau Tom & Jerry.

Lepas tengok Oprah last Monday tu, terus enforce rules. Hahaha..
Anak boleh tengok kartun sampai 8 malam je, lepas tu tak boleh on dah TV. Kalau on pun, jam 8 malam tengok berita (jarang sangat dah ni).

Our weakness is, kalau ada cerita best, kami boleh tengok berulang dan berulang dan berulang. Like last month, when Channel 413 premiered the short lived Smith series (ish, memang best betul. Kenapalah US network cancel this series?), or The Shawshank Redemption, or Forrest Gump.

But at least, we tried kan?

2. No computer / phone for a week except 1 hour to finish homework

In our case, we got so engrossed with the Internet (since Streamyx was installed in our home). Last 2 months, I already enforce the rule that we should not use the Internet at home. The reason for this, to spend more quality times with the kids. Ada masa memang hubby/myself pasang, but it will be less than 1 hour when I started shouting to NOT use the Internet.

About phone, hmm.. necessities gak ni. Since both of us memang bukan jenis bergayut kat telefon. Kalau telefon pun hanya untuk inform this or that.

3. No shopping except for food for a week

Yang ini oklah, since our nafsu on shopping was not much. Kadang-kadang pening kalau pergi jalan kat luar, mesti balik rumah after 2 hours ronda-ronda kat shopping complex. Memang takde nafsu betul nak gi jenguk dan belek barang.

My hubby likes to shop with me, sebab dia tahu I am not easily strayed from my shopping path. Kalau kata nak pergi Tesco, beli lampin pakai buang.. memang itu jelah yang dibeli, with other household necessities.

4. Eat what was cooked for the family

The basic idea is, not to do a variety of dishes to cater for different family members and you will also not waste your food (compared to when you do variety of fishes). Yang ni senang sikit nak follow, sebab anak-anak tak memilih makanan. Tapi bab cooking for the family tu, fail sikit. Sebab tak sempat since I am also working kan?


By the end of the Oprah's show, the families admitted, they spend more time with their own family and took up hobbies such as reading or cycling.

In a way, the challenge improved their communication with each other, and they realised, this is the way people lived before technology such as TV/phone/Internet came by.

I should also be aiming to live for less! Huh...

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Blog award

Thanks to Aini for giving me this award :)


And this is my friendship award :). Aini, kita kawan dari dalam perut lagi, kan?

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a human syndrome caused by intestinal viruses of the Picornaviridae family. The most common strains causing HFMD are Coxsackie A virus and Enterovirus 71 (EV71).

HFMD usually affects infants and children, and is quite common. It is moderately contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. It typically occurs in small epidemics in nursery schools or kindergartens, usually during the summer and autumn months. The usual incubation period is 3-7 days.

Source: Wikipedia


Anak teruna kena HFMD. Semalam EL lah jawabnya. Memang kalau tengok rekod cuti, of courselah my EL is on monthly basis. Yelah, dah namanya anak sakit kan, even if I grumbled about the EL (sebab kes malu dengan boss), I have to take since we have no one to depend upon (no maid, no nearby unworking relative). Sakit-sakit pun, anak kita juga kan? Penat lelah nak besarkan ni, macam-macam.

Since the husband also insist he doesn't want to miss his Quran Arabic classes in the office yesterday, I took EL. So today, it's his turn and we are waiting for my MIL (she is one sweet lady) to come and look for Fahri. I think if MIL couldn't make it, I have to alternatively take day off with hubby.

The fever started on Friday. The gelembung berbiji-biji started on Saturday.

Fahri's hand was bitten by Fawwaz actually last 2 Sundays. It was so bad, that the cut would not stop bleeding (hilang separuh kuku Fahri). The case; Fawwaz wanted Fahri's chocolate and Fahri was holding the chocolate with his left fingers.

Jadi dah duduk kat nurseri, bercampur dengan budak-budak. Maybe he touched some toys, or maybe his milk bottle was contaminated. Terkena pula dengan saliva budak yang baru baik viral fever. That's when the virus entered Fahri's body.

I noticed his saliva was dripping non stop (meleleh air liur) on Thursday. I found out that he actually had ulcer inside his mouth (after the check up). Dah ada ulser, kes masuk tangan dalam mulut, tangan dengan kaki pun kenalah gelembung berbiji-biji itu.


I hoped that Mynie's 2 kids (kenduri aqiqah Afiefah makan sedap!) and Kak Ida's 4 sons tak kena HFMD. Yang maknya, ala buta sikit.. ingat tak ada apa since the doctor said not to worry, and we have to treat it normally. Bagi makan ubat demam, selsema, batuk and sapu-sapu krim sikit kat badan anak. Doktor pun kata, sekarang ni antibodi anak jelah yang melawan virus dalam badan tu.

Alhamdulillah, dah beberapa hari berlalu ni.. gelembung-gelembung semua dah surut. Kalau tengok hari Ahad malam Isnin tu, meleleh je air mata. Yang si anak dok tergaru sana sini. He even refused direct feeding sebab tak tahan dengan sakit mulut cum ulser tu.

Apa-apa hal pun, bersyukur anak kita dilahirkan dengan sempurna di dunia. Anggap sahajalah sakit anak-anak ni kafarah dosa kita, dan mengajar untuk kita lebih bersabar.

Alkisahnya, berjumpa dengan adik kawan Ahad lepas. Dia nak beli botol susu BPA free, anak warded kena jaundice. Lahir masa 36 minggu.. insya Allah anak dia akan selamat. Found out the baby refused direct breastfeeding, jadi kawan saya dok pump every 3-4 hours untuk bagi susu ibu dalam botol. Ini kes exclusively pumping lah kan.

Sebagai ibu, semestinya kita hendak yang terbaik untuk anak-anak kan. Anak-anak kurang sihat pun, masih anak kita. Kita yang dok mengandungkan dia dan menanti kelahiran dia. Untuk kawan-kawan saya, bersabarlah. Allah takkan uji dengan apa yang kita tak mampu hadapi.