Monday, 31 October 2011

Pink & purple make a nice combination

It is always nice to combine colours which coordinates with each other. Pink and purple is always a nice combination and give perfect tones in pastel.

These hantarans were made for my sister in law, who will be tying the knot by end of November. 

The perfume in the decorated glass bowl.

This tea set is actually for lollipops prepared as hantaran. Thus tea (or candy?) for two is created. The lollipops will be set inside the teapot.

Spectacles for the groom as another hantaran gift which was placed inside a white oval plastic basket. The basket was bought from Daiso for a mere RM 5.

The shoes. I still feel stuck on how to decorate this. Hmm, my creative juice, where art thou?

A watch for the teddy bear :)

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Life imitating art

The million-dollar dream
by Soo Ewe Jin
WHAT would you do if you have a million bucks? A poor government clerk from Bihar, a remote and poverty-stricken region of northern India, has become the first person to win 50 million rupees (RM3mil) on the popular Indian version of the gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Sushil Kumar’s win is a classic case of life imitating art as the script is similar to that of the 2008 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

According to the Associated Press, Sushil said he would spend some of his prize money to prepare for India’s tough civil service examination, which could lead to a secure and prestigious lifetime job.

He would also buy a new home for his wife, pay off his parents’ debts, give his brothers cash to set up small businesses and build a library in Motihari so the children of his village would have access to books and knowledge.

Real life slumdog millionaire: Sushil (left) says thank you with clasped hands as he receives his US$1mil prize from Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the fifth season of the Indian version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? television quiz in Mumbai on Oct 25. Kumar, a computer operator who earns just US$130 a month, has become the first person to win the top prize. — AFP

Everyone loves a story like this. Although people can become instant millionaires by striking the lottery or pulling the lever on a one-armed bandit at a casino, using one’s talent at a tension-filled gameshow is more admirable.

And I applaud Sushil for his noble attitude in thinking of others to share in his newfound fortune. Bihar is one of the poorest states of India and its remoter areas, such as Motihari, have been largely untouched by India’s phenomenal recent economic growth.

Do you know that there are now at least 39,000 millionaires in Malaysia? According to a recent report by the Credit Suisse Group, 19,000 new millionaires were created over the past 18 months alone.

Meanwhile, the Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2011 by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini, also released recently, revealed that Malaysia’s rich prefer splurging on a fancy new set of wheels, luxurious yachts or private jets.

Up to 46% invested their ringgit in luxury collectibles like cars, boats and jets, the highest percentage of any country within the Asia-Pacific region.

Their counterparts down south seem less interesting and still prefer jewellery and luxury watches.
I know that the CEOs who read the business section of this newspaper may consider a million ringgit small change but to most of us, it is a very faraway goal, not something one can possibly achieve as a regular salaried worker.

But we can all dream and I was wondering to myself, what would I do if I suddenly had a million ringgit in hand? I suppose our wishes would coincide very much with our age, status, and ultimately our character.
To those who believe material pursuits equate to real happiness, a shopping spree would be fantastic.
Those who do not focus too much on material things may want to travel around the world and complete their Bucket List, which may also include going on a religious pilgrimage.

I believe that God never gives us more than we can handle, just as He never lets us go through trials and tribulations beyond our capacity to endure.

And that was when I stopped dreaming. Because I know, seriously, I will never be able to handle so much money at any one time. So I shall be content and count my blessings. I hope you will too.

Deputy executive editor Soo Ewe Jin notes that the world’s population officially hits seven billion today. No one really knows who is Citizen Seven Billion, of course, but by the time he grows up, millionaires and billionaires will probably be a dime a dozen.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

"Eh macam kenal jer muka orang tu"

"Eh macam kenal jer muka orang tu," kata Fawwaz sebaik sahaja melihat abahnya menghulurkan majalah Anis keluaran November 2011 kepadaku.

"Biasa tengok dalam kereta, yang abah pasang kat TV tu," sambungnya lagi.

Oh anakku, alhamdulillah.
Mujurlah kenal golongan ustaz. Ustaz Kazim Elias.

Andai kata disebutnya muka orang tu macam Faizal Tahir atau Justin Beiber. Mahu ibunya heart attack masa tu juga.


Monday, 24 October 2011

Daftar haji untuk si kenit

Kurang bernasib baik si kenit, Fateh Aqmar.

Masa daftar haji untuk anak-anak yang lain, dia belum wujud lagi.. hehe
Jadi giliran kakak dengan abang-abang, masing-masing dalam umur 20an boleh pergi menunaikan haji.

Lepas Aini beritahu boleh daftar haji secara dalam talian / online, terus saya buat hari ini. Harapnya tak tertangguh-tangguh dah la.

Sekali tengok, tahun 2042 baru anakku dapat pergi. Umur dia ketika itu = 33 tahun

Oklah tu, nanti nak tunggu dia besar baru daftar haji, mahu berjanggut agaknya baru dapat pergi.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Big Bad Wolf

3 siblings.
1 mission.
78 books.
RM 600.
That's what you get when bookaholics sisters join forces!

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cuteness overdose

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

I am busy doing this

For my cousin who is going to marry a muallaf ;)

From her to him. Purple & silver make a nice combination, ehh?

From him to her. White and red is always stunning to look at.

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

It is not an iPad!

Amidst lukewarm review of the new iPhone 4s, I was actually waiting with bated breath for this gadget.

And I am sure book lovers around the world know what this is it.

Oh Amazon, thanks for staying true to the spirit of Kindle, the first e-book reader that I know I can't get my hands on.

And the price!!!! Sorry iPad, you are so out of season.

Kindle Fire, this is a wonderful ode to bookworms.

I know this tablet will never enter Malaysia, but one can always hope, right? And if it is in Malaysia, we still have to subscribe to Amazon to get it enabled... urghhh

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Monday, 3 October 2011

I have registered for UNIFI!

And I can't wait for UNIFI. Found out that UNIFI was offered at our housing area as of last week when I saw temporary UNIFI booths alongside the road.

I was waiting for these programs and I would definitely subscribe to Cebeebies channel.

Hello Charlie, Hello Lola. I miss you guys *_*
You guys are my personal favourite (along with Amni's).
I can't wait to meet you guys again, eventhough I have watched you guys on DVD countless of times, it is not the same with you guys appearing on the television in front of me

Hello the animals from Africa.. Hello hello hello! Hello Tinga Tinga Tales.
Even though you appear on TV 2 every Saturday ( and I have missed to watch you guys so far in action), I would love to see you guys in the living room soon!

I can't wait for you guys to appear being so cheerful and so colourful!

Ohhh, and I miss these...

And because of these shows that we have dreamed of acquiring & renovating properties. As for 'Escape to the Country', we keep ooh-ing and aah-ing to all those country houses.

Yesterday, I saw one advertisement written as "Bank Lelong, RM 130 k, Saujana Gombak."
My husband remarked, "Maybe we should buy the house, renovate and sell it back. We can get a hefty sum of money doing this."

I think that's the effect when our favourite show consist of buying properties and refurbishing / renovating them before selling the house back.

Welcome UNIFI!