Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hazy Days and Daze...

I wish I could write something about May. Some month that was. But, like they say, some things are best left unsaid.  So that leaves me with something to remind me of, of June....

... my hazy Penang....

 ...from the hazy, misty vision of a sea lover. And it was only half-past three in the afternoon. 

How I wish for another beautiful view like this one below:

 Don't you all? 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fragile - Handle With Care

Before you assume.....learn the FACTS. 

Before you judge.....understand WHY

Before you hurt someone..... FEEL

Before you speak.... THINK 

psst...saje suka-suka ;-)

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Pic: from mr. Google

I seldom stay up late at night to purposely watch movies. But I did exactly last night. It was by chance I had to pass the living room for the kitchen, and there staring at the tv or should I say, the tv staring back, was hubby,  sprawling on the couch half-asleep and became slightly clueless when I stood directly in front and softly shouted, "Oh dear, it's Tim's Morgan's Shawshank Redemption!"  I forgot my quest to the kitchen for some milk, actually, but pushed hubby aside and sat through the movie like I was watching it for the first time. :-)

Well...if you had noticed, I stated in my profile here about The Shawshank Redemption (TSR) as my favourite movie. I even re-quoted - 'some birds are not meant to be caged', as one of my favourite quotes ever...
I have watched TSR a few times and I think after watching  a lot of movies, this one is rare; and it has practically grown in me like forever. Like the friendship it tells. It is the friendship actually that always strike a chord with our lives...something that I always treasure....that I would want to watch it again and again and again.  
Oh dear, what is this thing trickling down my face... more late nights, I hope...hehehehe...but then again, like Red ( Morgan Freeman) in TSR said, "Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane."   :-D

Most of all, this one narrative is my all-time companion when the sentimentality in me sets in (hiks!)....
"Sometimes it makes me sad, though...Andy being gone. I have to remind myself  that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is much more drab and empty that they're gone. I GUESS I JUST MISS MY FRIEND." - Red (and sometimes emily repeats this too!)

Oh, gotta go now...TSR is showing again at 2pm...hehe...I didn't get to catch the beginning last night!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Of Rain and Sane

I don't quite know how to rate this morning's weather. I left the house and....the sleeping hubby, who is mending his swollen leg, yes, yet a drizzling rain. The rain stopped almost instantly when I made for a quick bite with kak Jay, who happened to be there earlier on, at our usual spot. And as fast as I had breakfast, I was already on my way to the market - only to be showered with more rain.

The rain, the crowd and the gloominess makes me sick.  I skipped the market altogether....fearing I'd suffocate and then collapse....which is not likely to happen-lah.  But....

The rain makes me sad. The crowd makes me nobody. The gloominess makes me lonely.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Food, Food, Glorious Food! ;-)

Like a little girl fasting, I was excited to break my fast with this really, really refreshing all-time comfort food...

It all began with cooking  a light broth of anchovy-based stock....then reducing it to a clear soup.

Next comes the glorious minced beef toppings - all marinated with a good quality sesame oil, soy sauce, white pepper, chopped garlic and shallot. Fry in a little oil to saute a handful of chopped sweet radish pickle, before adding the minced meat. Simmer till meat is cooked through, like this....

By iftar, all my dizziness of fasting yesterday disappeared when I stuffed my face with a good bowl of koay teow t'ng!

the finishing act...hik hik hik

Have a wonderful weekend, y'all! I'm going to attend  a few weddings. See if I make it through the crowd...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Can I?

If there's one change I'd do to 'change' me, then it would probably be my wardrobe. Well, there's nothing to change me, ME! I shall be the same jovial person I am so used to be. I cannot change the very fact that my speaking speed comes second after light travels. I cannot help change but still stumble at my Malay word begins with  'cchhh...' that I self-proclaimed me, lady gagap. And, I can never change that cengengness me.

But now, I see the need to change from my never ending youthful style to something aptly tune to my age. Oh, I'm getting older peeps! How about this...I was rummaging through my idle trunk just to retrieve the 'abayas' that I have been hoarding over the years. Well, hard to resist ordering new ones every time my friend in Jeddah comes back home. And she does that about trice a year! Wow, imagine that...Lili in her abaya, day in day out! I even thought of wearing it while going about my chores mopping the floor. Psst...wearing abaya can be fancy too, with spaghetti straps tees and leggings worn underneath. Hmm...don't tell me I would be adding more clothes to my wardrobe...ekekeke

Pic: from google


I just want to look, I just want to look and act my age. LOL! Now, the question is, how do I trade my jeans and rugged shirts/blouses with something so piously looking? Oh, don't get me wrong, even if in my jeans, I am still that demure (pious-not-just-by-look) lady! *sila blueekkk! ok...I blueekkk first! ;p 

 Pic: cilok from google...

Alright, I know, I know...I sound vain. On second thought, I'm sticking to my usual dressing...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Entah? Takde Title...

Ya Allah, lamanya rasa tak berpuasa. Rasanya, bulan Muharam hari tu I last puasa....tiga hari saja pun. Ini tengah kalut nak membayar lagi tujuh lapan hari! First day puasa Isnin baru-baru ni, rasa nak runtuh langit, nak terbelah bumi...adeh, punyalah teruk migraine. MyC dah panik, takut berbuka dengan kurma jer nanti. Hehe, kalau dengan kurma pun, berbuka jugak, kan? 

Agak-agak dah petang, baru rasa lega, I pun keluarlah beli makanan. Senang saja...beli lauk panas-panas kat kedai Siam. Berbuka petang tu buat ibu dan anak, (hiks), dengan ikan siakap tiga rasa yang rasanya dah tak terasa. Telur bungkus tahap 'bolehlah' dan sayur campur yang banyak carrot dari hijau-hijauan. Tapi, bersyukur dengan rezeki yang Tuhan janjikan sebegitu. Lagi pun bila ingat-ingatkan masa menjamu selera di Ipoh baru-baru ni, rasa dah terlebih makannya. So, sudah-sudahlah bab makan ni...

Berbuka puasa semalam, I masak. Dah sihat kekdahnya, maka harus masak! Dan biasalah, bila dah puasa, semuanya teringin... Tapi, sejak tak berapa lalu makan nasi (okay, save for some nasi ambang I ate in Ipoh, makan macam orang kemaruk, uols!), I need to cook something appetizing. Anything with nenas would be much accepted by my tekak. (Uiks, I berdwi-bahasa, pulak...sowi!). Tapi memang I teringin nak makan gulai lemak tulang ikang masin talang dengan nenas. Memang habis sepinggan nasi semalam. Kalo tak, terkuis sana terkuis sini...hehe... Tapi takde gambarlah. Lupa dah semalam nak snap snap gambar. Masuk waktu Maghrib, terus terjah meja makan! Untuk MyC, mummy buatkan ikan bawal goreng panas-panas, curah bawang/cili kicap. Masak juga sayur, and daging masak merah for sahur. Ni, nak habaq mai sat, MyC duk pulun ikan gor dengan kuah sambal daging tu sampai bertambah. 

Pagi ni, tak tau nak fikir masak apa untuk berbuka... Itu belum puasa Ramadan lagi. Elok pun, tak usah nak fikir makan dan masak. Ada rezeki, adalah...(bbpj).

I nak keluor sekejap...nak cari ikang kat laut...untung-untung dapat bawal, boleh buat kari. Nak-nak digandingkan dengan ulam-ulaman, samval velacan and ikang gor macam semalam...mmm...

Puasa cepat-cepat bulan Rejab ni...pastu kita rest bulan Syaaban,...hehehee ;p

*bbpj = baca boleh, percaya jangan =))

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Reason, A Season or A Lifetime...

 [Pic: courtesy of cousin Puteri Maria who is now on holiday in South Africa.
The picture above is captured by her in Capetown.
Thanks so much Ma!]

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime
When you figure out which one it is,
You will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
To provide you with guidance and support
To aid you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are!
They are there for the REASON you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part, 
or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring
the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realise is that our need has been met,
Our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered.
And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON...
Because your turn has come to share, grow and learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy,
Believe it, it is real!
But...only for a SEASON.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson.
Love the person
And put what you have learned to use in all
other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said, that love is blind
But friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being part of my life...whether you are a reason, a season or a lifetime.

- Author Unknown.

Friday, June 3, 2011


I'm having trouble writing lately. Every time I try to sit at my desk and write, nothing comes out from my head. I end up staring blankly at the screen. There's so much to put down in papers, though, this case...oh, never mind. I don't really understand the terms they use here when it comes to blogging. As I was saying, I'm having trouble with the words I write. They just don't make sense these days. I think, I came back too soon. I should have stayed away from blogging a little longer.

But, this morning, as I browse through my homepage in facebook, I can't help being amused by my family's accounts. The mixed feelings everyone has stated, simply moved me; be it happy or melancholy. So, now you know why facebook is not really in my 'books'!

Looking at the happy faces of my loved ones too, is suffice to remedy my 'down' syndrome (hiks.. thanks to Mama KZ, for this term!).

So, this song suddenly crossed my mind... and I strongly suggest you all sit and listen for awhile... :-)

Bye for now...  ;-)