Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kedai lampu murah

Trust me, I've been wanting to blog about my new house since like forever.
But due to time constraint, I hold that thought for a while.

The whole month last month, Love and I were actually busy hunting for the lights for our house.

We'll get the key anytime now since we’ve finally closed the deal with our lawyers and pay the entire differential amount yesterday. So, big yay!! :D

After what seems like forever looking for the best kedai lampu, we found one in Puchong! Of course, the best time of the year to buy them is during end of year like this because... it’s CLEARANCE SALE!!

But before buying any lampu, we threw a visit to our home (which btw is walking distance with my mum’s) and counted the lampu’s point, also counted which point requires lampu atas and lampu tepi.

Since Love and I were totally opposite from each other, before any purchase, we made a deal, I was going to choose the lights for these particular areas, and he was going to choose for the rest. Else, we would end up with a big argument, hehe.

So this fav kedai of mine was suggested by Dad (my dad loves decorating the house), the name is “Top Ten”. If you come from Uniten to IOI mall, it is right before IOI mall on your left hand side you, can see it from the highway.

The purchase..

For dining area, I chose this, Love was not so happy about this ;p I freaking love this, plus it has 60% off.

For lampu tangga (side), he chose this, I chose the colour, black.

3 of these for all the toilets, each tak sampai 10 bucks :)

Bought 8 of these for the rest of the house; i.e kitchen, porch, rooms.

This is chosen by Love for our living room. In a different shop near Top Ten, no discount, but I don't mind at all. Name of the shop: "Ten-Gro Lighting". Cantik!

So, lampu dah settle for the whole house. Costs us around RM400 only. :)

Next purchase is curtain. Shopping masa CNY sale.

Awesome Friday!

An awesome Friday indeed!!

1) It's holiday.. because we won the AFF Suzuki Cup, whee!! We are proud of you, Harimau Malaysia!!

Holiday=date with Sayang!

2) BFF Qdin is coming home for summer. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Panic attack :(

FAITH.. such a strong word.

You can do something and still be successful at it even when you have no faith in whatever you're doing.

But, the satisfaction? The joy? The confidence?

Those are the things that you don't receive in return. And if you don't receive that, whatever you're doing is simply called 'work'.

Quoting from David Shakarian (GNC), "I never worked a day in my life. It's not work when you love what you're doing."

I remember some mornings I woke up when I was doing my Master research, where I just sat in front of my make up table, numb, shutting the whole world away and just cry. You just woke up, feeling so numb, so static and all you need to do is move forward, even just one step.

Such panic attack..

..that I'm having one now. The first for my PhD.

"When Allah guides me to it, He'll guide me through it".

Insya Allah.

Please grant me the strength, to move even a tiny bit. Cuz that tiny steps will lead to something so much larger.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cheap stuff that is rich

Sometimes it is amazing what you can find in a pile of clearance sale thingy.

Near my in law’s house, we have this convenience store called MaxValue, it’s like a small version of Jusco. They sometimes have clearance sale that nobody would bother to look for.

And about a couple months ago, they were letting go all books for RM5. You know how books and I were so inseparable, I decided to take a look, although in one glance all I could find was some lousy children books that I would never buy for my kids.

Then, I found this..

For RM5.

And honestly, I bought it because of the caption “International Bestseller” on top. And the price, of course. And yes, the urge of buying books everytime I saw them, I know.. :( But hey, at least I can claim from the income tax!

But surprisingly this book is far beyond impressive!

You know how in life, people couldn’t stand different type of people in their life. Some couldn’t stand those who shout at them every now and then, others couldn’t stand sarcastic people or someone who said yes for everything, but actually never did anything that they have promised before.

I couldn’t stand two types of people: the “No” and the “Whiner”.

The “No” just annoys the hell out of me. I am optimistic, and if that particular someone is constantly thinking everything is impossible, I got upset.

As for the “whiner”, not that we can’t whine. I whine to my friends every now and then. But a constant whiner is different. Those who keep on thinking that every smallest thing in the world possible is a bad luck for him/her really make me depressed. Please be thankful for what you have, other than keep on looking for what you don’t have. Ugh!

They annoyed me that bad.

Until I read this book. Now I know how to overcome those feelings towards them. Of course, it takes a lot of practice to actually overcome them, but practice is what I’m willing to do.

May Allah SWT guide me to be a better person each passing day. Ameen.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Minggu terasa pandai

Had my geeky moment last week.

Won the best paper award for 2010 IEEE International student conference, IEEE SCOReD. Alhamdulillah. Thanks to all my supervisors, and to the one in Oman, I hope I make you proud. :)

Love was there during my presentation and when I received the cert! Whee!! Terasa extra pandai!

Andddd.. terasa even more pandai when I was invited as the session chair for the conference. All the other chairs were Drs. and Assoc. Profs., only two people who are yet to recive their doctorate were given the honour to be the chair.. Me and my undergrad's lecturer, who is now still my mentor.

Read the email they sent me...

"You may be advised that this position has been nominated among the experts of each related field." --> Terasa pandai. :)

Alhamdulillah. May this encourage me to work even harder.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The most thoughtful gift

Just received the most thoughtful gift from Love..
A life insurance.
*wipes tears*
So sweeettt..
The best thing in me is you..
I feel so blessed. Alhamdulillah.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A road trip a.k.a kahwin lari to Dannok!

Last entry emo dah buat orang sedih.. Maaf ye, biasela perempuan kan ada time emo ;p

Ok, stop with the emotional story, I've had a blast these past few days.

About a month ago..

Love: Joms gi Thailand?Me: Joms! Bile?
Love: Next month, kita drive nak? (with a really exciting tone)Me: Serious?! (He nodded excitedly. Without thinking, with an upbeat tone and wide smile, I said..) JOMS!!
See, this is what happened when people approached you on something, full with enthusiasm. You got caught in that excitement, you tend to agree without thinking. Stop it Sayang, I know your trick already. (In my head, I heard his voice telling me, "You knew that trick looongggg time before Sayang, you still fell for it"). Pftt..

So, anyway we planned to go to Hatt Yai, but Garmin was not working there (actually we didn't know that we were supposed to update our Garmin before we went there, haha!) Half way to Hatt Yai, we got so annoyed with the Thai signboard that we barely understood, we took a detour and decided to stay at Dannok.

Some of the pictures..

In Sungai Petani, Radix Fried Chicken, I've been wanting to have this since the first time I ever heard of it. And this is sooooo much better than KFC!! Bigger, healthier (organic), cleaner, cheaper, yummier, OMG so good, I feel like I would go all the way here again just to have a bite of that chicken.

The border..

How did we know we were already in Thailand?

Where else can you find elephants by the road?

And this yummy deep fried seafoods, which Love had to stop me from having more due to my allergy.

And this small pineapple, which also Love scolded me from having one since he was scared it might hurt our baby IF i was pregnant.

Some of the things we bought for our new house..

Such short trip that we will forever treasure.

But please, don't let your bf or hubby go there with their guy friends. A lot a lot a lot of hooker ok! Yang super hot. Like super super hot (not like the ones in Singapore). And lingerie shops are everywhere. Even their massage place looks dodgy.

So, I suggest if your hubby or bf asked for your permission to go there, you better tag along. BUT, you have to bear the feeling of not so high self esteem when you're looking at those super hot prostitutes.

And if your husbands are good at comforting you, he might end up saying like what Love told me..

Me: Hot gile! Sayang suke la tu!Love: Eeeww!! HIV.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Opportunities - Entry emo

Not the best day of my life..

You know in life we have so many needs?

Ok, at least I have so many needs. The needs of finishing my PhD, of having fun with my husband in every corner of the world, of having a big home with my kids running around, of having a red mini cooper, and the list goes on.

Sometimes we pray and pray hard for some things to happen in our life. And once, someone asked me, "When that opportunity comes, how do we know that it is meant for us?"

I paused. And looked back.

I've always wanted to be a lecturer. Once, before I finished my Bachelor Degree, I overheard my classmates talking about this particular lecturer who were looking for a Research Assistant. I immediately went to see the lecturer, and she was there, she interviewed me immediately, and I started working with her even before I finished my Bachelor. And now, she is the one that brought me here, my supervisor, my guidance through my Master, and currently my boss and my supervisor for PhD. The one I really looked up to. The one that gave me my dream job. I'm sure everyone has encountered such situation.

Anyway, in one of our sentimental moment, I messaged her, "Thank you, Puan for taking me in the first time I saw you. It means the world to me."

And her reply for me, "You're worth to be brought in here to begin with. You asked for it, you get it and you deliver.. the best that you could."

How sweet is that woman, kan? That's why I love her a lot.

Well, anyway, my point is not that. Point is, a lot of us asked. But once that opportunity is in front of us, can we actually deliver? (Reminder to self, also.)

Stop with all the excuse. Like my dad always said, "If you keep on finding solutions you'll find it, if you keep on finding excuses, you'll find a lot of that too."

Sangat sangat marah when people use the kind of excuse, "Takpelah, nak buat mcm mana, takde rezeki.."

OMG!! Please! You're not the one who decides whether ada rezeki ke tak. It's Allah SWT that should decide. Takde rezeki means, you work hard for it day and night, but if you still didn't get it, it's ok, Allah SWT has a way better plan for you. Takde rezeki means something like my flight to Bandung, I wanted to go there badly, then due to volcanic ash takde, so I redha. If you don't work for it, mcm mana you boleh kata takde rezeki?

This is so disappointing.

People can't keep pushing and pushing you to the top. I sangat sangat sangat disappointed, I nearly cried.

And I cried because I love you. A lot.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Loving it!

Been super busy these past few days! Let me give you quick updates and reviews on what I have been up to lately..

1. Cherating

Took a day off and had a blast at Cherating with Love. :) My first visit to Cherating and definitely won't be the last. It was without a doubt the most beutiful beach (yang bukan island) I've ever visited in Malaysia. If island, it has got to be Pulau Beras Basah, Langkawi!!

Lucky that we went during monsoon, which also the time for surfing!

2. MAHA 2010

Had a visit to MAHA 2010 with my colleagues last Friday. I was not into these kind of things actually, but I figured it was great to throw a visit anyway. Lots of plants and foods and fruits and rabbits!! Comel gils, better than pets wonderland's rabbits. I WANT A PAIR OF RABBIT, PLEASE! I don't have any pics there by the way, too pack to camwhore! ;p

3. Barbeque and Partini

Had a barbeque at Nadrah's. Such awesome awesome night! Read all about it in her blog! Thanks, Nadrah, told ya you're a great party planner! Picture is from Nadrah's blog.

4. KL Motorshow 2010

Again, this is not my things. Was there with Love since he is a major car freak. He was busy with the cars, while I was busy looking at the show girls. Seriously, how freaking gorgeous are these girls, I couldn't take my eyes off them.

Me: "Fuiyo, Sayang, amoi tu cepat tengok, hot gile ok!"Love: "Ape ntah! Sibuk je amoi2 ni!"
Me: "What crap are you talking about? They are like super hot!"
Love: "See, I'm here because of the cars. And these people were so busy taking pictures of the girl with the car I couldn't even get inside the car. If they want to see girls, go to fashion show instead."
Me: "Geez, you're weird!"

I don't understand guys, seriously. The only car that caught my interest is this..

Which later that night I found out that it was the car that Tunku Abdul Rahman drove when he went to Dataran Merdeka to announce our independence. See, I was born geek.

5. Us on TV1

Did you watch us on TV1 last night? :) I feel like a superstar already! It was a show where they interviewed us for the 50th Anniversary of Malaysia-Korea Diplomatic Relations. Luckily, we've got to watch it. Unluckily, MIL and SIL were in Korea and we've forgotten to record it for their sake. Sigh.. Still, I'm on TV! Yay!