Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Raya Get-Together

This event was organized by the Teacher's Social Club in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which aims to inculcate the spirit of togetherness and promote unity among its members. Here, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my committee members who had contributed their time and effort, directly or indirectly, to ensure that this annual get-together was a success. Bravo!

"Satu Malaysia Beraya Bersama"

By the way, the menu included chicken briyani, laksa, satay, cookies, cakes, fruits and a variety of desserts! In other words, macam-macam ada! Yummmehhh~ What's more fun is that we got to eat together with our best buddies!

Okay, I'll let the pictures do the talking! Here goes:

Finally ada jugak gambarku.. Asyik ambik gambar orang lain je! :p

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri,
Maaf Zahir dan Batin

p/s: Banyak ke pegi open house tahun ni?


I'd just completed the transfer application form online.

My deepest and most selfish desire involves packing up all my things and leaving this place for good.

Is it too much to ask?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gone :(

First and foremost, I'd like to give my deepest and sincerest condolences to my fellow colleague, Aidah and her family on the demise of her husband in an accident yesterday. 

Any loss, great or small, is always saddening. Losing someone you love so deeply forever can even be more traumatic and devastating. It is as if you're losing an important part of yourself.  The more unexpected the death, the harder it is to deal with, especially when you did not have the chance to say goodbye or prepare for it.

Learning to let go is pretty tough. It also makes your smooth road rough. But nothing is more comforting than knowing their spirit is at a better place, is it not? Death is inevitable, so it is important to remember how that person has made our life better and richer - for we have never lost that person, as they continue to live on in our thoughts and memories.

"Losing someone you love is like a crumpled piece of paper.
You can try to fix it but it will never be the same."

Stay strong!

p/s: Have you ever feared of losing someone you love? Don't worry, it's perfectly normal to feel that way. (refer here)

p/p/s: Encik Hubby silalah bawa kereta dengan lebih berhati-hati ya :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Morning Rush

It's back to school/work this week, y'all! Are you all geared up and ready? I think I am...... NOT!! :p

Going back to work means getting back to a normal, tedious routine - work, sleep, eat, more work, eat more and more sleep, and less fun. No more late nights or morning sleep ins. With family, work and social commitments, it's no surprise that we feel that life is spiralling out of control. You have to wake up as early as 5 in the morning to get ready for work, and when you finally arrive at work, you feel frazzled, and not to mention, your attitude at work and work performance are also affected by the morning chaos at home. Sound familiar? Here are a few ideas to help make your mornings a little less stressful.

The key to manage those crucial morning hours is PRIOR PREPARATION. There, I've said it. As much as we hate to admit it, most of us do better with a routine. For instance, go to bed earlier each night so that you'll feel more refreshed to start the day. It also helps to set your alarms 5 to 10 minutes ahead. This works wonderfully for me. It may be psychological but it certainly keeps me on schedule. 

Next, prepare all the items you bring to work like your work bag, handbag/wallet, mobile phone, laptop, water tumbler etc. etc. before you sleep in one place. You can also use sticky notes on the mirror as a reminder like I do, too.  By doing so, you'll avoid the hassle of trying to track everything down as you're trying to get out the door. 

In addition, it is also wise to plan your outfits in advance. Usually I'll spend some time on Sunday to plan/iron my clothes for the whole week. Besides preventing frantic dressing/ironing in the morning, it also saves electricity. Kalau malas nak iron banyak-banyak baju at one go, iron/put out the clothes you'll be wearing the next morning on the night before at the very least.

Next, if you're a breakfast person like I do (or a parent preparing breakfast for the family), get the ingredients/food ready the night before and put the kettle on before you hit the shower. My mom always does this before she leaves for work and I find it very practical for a morning without rushing. For instance, if she wants to make nasi goreng for breakfast, she gets all the bawang, ayam or ikan bilis and sayur ready in the fridge the night before, so pagi tu terus goreng je.. kan senang plus jimat masa! If you're single or you're on the run, opt for a light breakfast instead. Keep some bread, jam, cereal, cheese, fruits or biscuits handy. 

All in all, failing to plan is planning to fail. You'll be surprised how fast things get done and how much more peaceful it is in the morning once you've established your routine. Not only is your life simpler, but you've also started the day with purpose and focus!

p/s: If you're married, it certainly helps having your spouse to share morning tasks so that you don't bear all the responsibility! ;)

Sheer Stupidity

Have you ever encountered a situation where you thought your flight was in the afternoon when in fact, it was in the morning and you only realised it after you had packed your bag on that very day and was ready to go for the afternoon one.. and next you found out you couldn't use the ticket in which no show was impermissible and you had to purchase a new one which cost you a good RM 900 one way?

I HAD!! T_T (Shit, mannn...)

p/s: Moral of the story - check your itinerary/e-ticket whatsoever a day before at the very least!

Friday, September 10, 2010

On Raya Eve

What did we do on Raya Eve?

First, we balik kampung.. 

Next, we bought some food at the Ramadhan bazaar for berbuka for the whole family.. and we turun padang memasak beramai-ramai for berbuka..

Sambal udang in the making.. that's our tukang kacau :)

Dah penat memasak, we broke fast together and feasted on the abundance of food.. We had murtabak, popia, nasi himpit with chicken curry, sambal udang and kuah kacang. (no pic sebab lapar giler! ha-ha)

And the best part was,
lighting up the oil lamps and  fairy lights, and playing firecrackers! Wee~

After that, sambung masak lagi..
This time we cooked ketupat and dodol! Yummehhh!

Filling in the ketupat with rice

Kacau, jangan tak kacau!

Sambil-sambil masak tu, a group of males, old and young, came over for takbir raya from house to house.. And  yes, they still do it here! O, raya spirit is sooo in the air!

Allahuakbar Allahuakbar Allahuakbar.. Laillahaillallahuwallahuakbar!

At about 12 something, we went out to a raya bazaar in Taman Seri Cempaka near Tesco in Melaka.. OMG,  the lively bazaar was packed with people of all races doing last-minute purchases, eating and strolling. At one point, it was too crowded till we couldn't stand it anymore and decided to go home instead. Tapi sempat jugalah shopped for clothes and brooches bagai.. hehe

It was already 2 a.m. when we reached home.. Time to sleep! Zzzz..

p/s: Sorry for the low quality pictures taken with my humble camera phone!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the Mood for Raya

Yes, it's that time of the year again. Raya is just tomorrow.. are you excited?? I am!! Raya songs are played, the lights are twinkling and everyone is joyful.. it's just hard not to be one! This year we'll be going back to Melaka first and next, to my kampung in Perak.. Oh, I just can't wait to see the whole family.. it'll be a blast! 

When it comes to raya, it's never too early to get ready for it! Preparing for raya is both fun and nerve-wrecking but I love it anyway as it puts me in a great mood! While I'm not like some super-organized people who get everything ready weeks before raya itself, I do have a simple checklist to work on, to ensure that I don't miss out on anything:
  1. Kuih raya - Check. I managed to bake a few batches of oat cookies and honey joys. Yang lain semua kuih tunjuk je (almond london, pineapple tart and makmur are a must-buy!)
  2. Deco - Err.. not really. Maybe none. Paling-paling pun tukar langsir.
  3. Baju raya - Check. Haruslah kan? This year we go pink, blue and turquoise.. Gorgeous colours, huh? We also got some for our family members. Oh, the joy of sharing!
  4. Hijab - Check. Bought a few awning/Syrian hijabs and shawls during our raya shopping at Jalan Masjid India.  They are more practical to be worn during the festive season especially when it's hot and you have to entertain guests and visit families and friends.
  5. Shoes - Check. This year I'm saying no to high heels and got myself a pair of Sachs wedge heels instead. They're a great choice when you want to be comfortable yet stylish at the same time.
  6. Handbag - My new brown Coach bag is not meant for raya but could be one! :)
  7. Kad raya - Din send any this year.. Is it just me or is it that people don't send out raya cards anymore? Usually I will just send text messages and e-cards. I mean, it's the thought that counts, right?
  8. Not forgetting... duit raya/angpow! - Check. Boohoo.. and I thought I could get away with this! (lol)
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.. Happy Raya from both of us!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy Born-day!

To the world, you may be one person. But to me, you are the world..

You're not growing older.. you're growing better! I love you!