November 30, 2012

Perfect Piece of Forever

Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2 was the best one among all series.
Picking up from part 1, Bella awakened as a vampire. I loved her hair, her make up, oh she's so beautiful. I loved this version of Bella, rather than the clumsy, lip-biting, sulky, stuttering one. Now she's not only beautiful, she's also a strong vampire that's more than capable of taking care of herself.

The fight between Cullens and Volturi was an uphill battle. And when Carlisle got his head cut off, I was like, what the hell! I was going to kill the director. Same thing when it happened to Jasper. I wanted to scream "Carlisle! Jasper!" in the cinema. :p And I almost cried when Seth died. But then there's a surprising twist, I felt such a fool when it just turned out to be Alice's vision. It made me like, phew!

So the whole point of them gathering all the witnesses was to make the Volturi  pause so that they could explain and avoid war and death. But the way they did it as a vision was brilliant and the fight scene was actually pretty awesome, even though I almost screamed there. Alice was amazing. If I were a vampire, I wanna be like her. ^^

The flashback scene of Bella and Edward with the background song by Christina Perri featuring Steve Kazee touched my heart and it was so lovely. I was actually thinking to use the song as my wedding theme. Heeeeee.. :p

Well, it's an epic ending of Twilight. ^_^

November 24, 2012

We Own the Night

The closer it gets to end of year, the busier I become. It seems like everything demands to happen all at once, then I get exhausted for juggling from one thing to another. But I like it, I love doing things and get busy, even I stress out sometimes. But it's better than nothing, better than monotonous days. Besides, I'm not an indoor type, I can't stand spending the whole week without going out. 

Anyway, I went to prom last Friday night. It's an annual dinner of my faculty, as known as Aims Night, held at Nexus Karambunai Ballroom. The theme of the night was Hollywood Walk of Fame. So I came up with Nichii ruffled black dress, red scarf, glittered clutch and wedges. I'm not sure if it suited the theme but I just wanted to go neat and simple. 

heeee..... ^_^

No one goes to prom alone. Of course, I came with Ifo. ^^
We sat at the same table with my friends; Nelly and her boyfriend (Edone - which is also Ifo's cousin), Fiza, Lizzie, Constance, Izzaz (who turned out to be the Prom King), Voon and Ramesh. Let's just say that our table was so 1 Malaysia and really fun. I had splendid moments sitting and enjoying the meals with them. We talked, laughed and took a lot of pictures. Wicked!

with friends 

the whole batch ^^

The meals were great too. We had crab meat with sweet corn soup, Thai style deep fried fish, roasted chicken, fried prawns with orange salad sauce (my favorite), braised bean curd with broccoli, stir fried tong chow rice, and ice longan tofu delight.

I guess it's the last prom I attended for my degree study in UMS. It's so wonderful to meet everyone who looked so gorgeous, glam and elegant. We owned the night. ^^

hey hey ;)

November 21, 2012

To Gaza with Love

A Poem for Gaza

I never knew death until I saw the bombing of a refugee camp
Craters filled with disfigured ankles and splattered torsos
But no sign of a face, the only impression a fading scream
I never understood pain
Until a 7-year-old girl clutched my hand
Stared up at me with soft brown eyes, waiting for answers
But I didn’t have any
I had muted breath and dry pens in my back pocket
That couldn’t fill pages of understanding or resolution

In her other hand she held the key to her grandmother’s house
But I couldn’t unlock the cell that caged her older brothers
They said, we slingshot dreams so the other side will feel our father’s presence
A craftsman
Built homes in areas where no one was building
And when he fell, he was silent
A .50 caliber bullet tore through his neck shredding his vocal cords
Too close to the wall
His hammer must have been a weapon
He must have been a weapon
Encroaching on settlement hills and demographics

So his daughter studies mathematics
7 explosions times 8 bodies
Equals 4 Congressional resolutions
7 Apache helicopters times 8 Palestinian villages
Equals silence and a second Nakba
Our birthrate minus their birthrate
Equals 1 sea and 400 villages re-erected
1 state plus 2 peoples…and she can’t stop crying
Never knew revolution or the proper equation
Tears at the paper with her fingertips
Searching for answers
But only has teachers
Looks up to the sky and see stars of David demolishing squalor with hellfire missiles

She thinks back words and memories of his last hug before he turned and fell
Now she pumps dirty water from wells, while settlements divide and conquer
And her father’s killer sits beachfront with European vernacular
She thinks back words, while they think backwards
Of obscene notions and indigenous confusion

This our land, she said
She’s 7 years old
This our land, she said
And she doesn’t need a history book or a schoolroom teacher
She has these walls, this sky, her refugee camp
She doesn’t know the proper equation
But she sees my dry pens
No longer waiting for my answers
Just holding her grandmother’s key
Searching for ink

Oh Allah, free the Muslims of Gaza, loose their chains, heal their sickness, uncover their torture, and replace their fear with safety. Oh Allah, save them..

November 20, 2012

Tinggi lagi Sayang sama Kamu

My family and I were having a holiday trip recently at Mesilau Kundasang. We rented a 2 storey house at Kundasang Islamic Training Centre, a place for Islamic programs like seminars, fardhu ain classes, school excursions, etc. We picked the place instead of hotel or chalet because it's cheaper (RM70 per room for 1 night - we got discounts as the principle of the centre is actually my brother's friend) and big enough for my entire family. It's fully furnished and so exquisite and completed with a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, 3 master bedrooms, a single bedroom, and even a barbecue set. 

The only problem was that the water heaters didn't function well. Who would want to take a cold shower when living at cold foggy highland where the temperature's between 10-15 degree Celcius? No one. So the option we had was either boil the water manually or walk to hostels next door to have shower with heater. I did both. :p

welcoming gate
the house
living and dining room
the kitchen
one of the bedrooms

Well the shower problem wasn't a big deal at all because we really had a great time there.
We spent the 1st day of trip going to Desa Cattle Farm and I got to witness the processing of milk from cow milking to packaging of Desa's milk. It's fun to see the cows waiting and queuing up for their turn of milking, it's like they know what to do. The processing seems easy but I know it's not, especially in terms of controlling and assuring quality. Been there, done that. We also bought lots of cartons of chocolate milk at lower price. Have I told you how much I love Desa's chocolate milk?


me and mum buying fresh milk

That 1st night, we had barbecued chickens and seafood at the house for dinner. Thankfully the kitchen was perfect and we brought along foods to be cooked which were enough for 3 days. Otherwise we'd starve because there's no restaurant around and the town's too far.

my brother's barbecuing the chickens

We went to Poring Hot Springs the next day as demanded by the kids. I didn't do much of the soaking, I was busy guarding my niece in the hot tub instead. Besides, it's so crowded and I wasn't really interested in sharing a tub with strangers. I mean, my skin's being sensitive lately, so..

family photo ^^

The best part among all the fun things we had during this trip was the morning view at the Islamic centre. I went out at dawn, walked to mosque and wait there to witness the sunrise. And when the sun was up, there it go, the majestic Mount Kinabalu was standing tall in front me. I could clearly see the peak and hear the sound of waterfalls. It was so amazing. While enjoying the view, I was wondering if I'll ever get to conquer the mountain. Someday perhaps. ^^

tinggi-tinggi Gunung Kinabalu, tinggi lagi sayang sama kamu ^^

November 14, 2012

The Awesome Bloggers Gathering 2012 - We Made It!

The Awesome Bloggers Gathering 2012 (#TABG2012) is a splendid event held at Party Play, Lintas KK on 10th November 2012. We had Cute Blogger Gathering last year which was a blast. For this year, we had another one with the new name (it's not that we aren't cute anymore, we're just getting awesome :p jk), organized by none other than the famous Arms and Aki.

TABG2012 was a total success as more new faces were coming and it's really nice to meet all of them in person. We had so much fun that night. So I met Arms, Aki, Tom, Chegu Carol, Flo, Nowriz, Beaty, Shery, Wan Lei, and Elwyna once again. Yes, I've met them before and it's so good to have the 2nd meetup. And I finally got to meet Vanessa, Dyana, Anne, Wency, Nathalie, Wendy, Diana and Edith for the first time. They're such wonderful people to hang out with, as wonderful as their writings in blogs.

....and gentlemen

The best thing's we didn't feel awkward at all. Maybe we did, but just a little bit. It's like we've known each other since forever and honestly I felt like meeting my long-lost friends. ^_^

Most of us followed the dress code which was single color from head to toe. I came up with light blue; blue scarf, blue dress, blue pants and oops, brown bag and shoes. Aki's attire was my favorite as he seriously showed up wearing yellow! :p Congratulations to Arms and Chegu Carol for winning the best attires. Just like prom king and queen. Heee.. Anyway, everyone looked gorgeous that night.
We also had gift-exchange session, a tradition of this gathering. I got Hello Kitty's honey strawberry facial masks from Wendy the Vibrant Kitty. Thank you so much, Wendy. I've been thinking to start pampering myself, so I need these masks. ^^

I'm genuinely still happy about the meetups. We made it! I am really looking forward to attend the next gathering and meet them again. It's next year. Time flies, anyway. :) I wish we could see each other anytime, anywhere, without waiting for another year to come. You know, like, bump into one of them somewhere in town so we can have a nice cup of tea? It'd be nice. Heeee.. ^^

And those who were absent that night, I wish you could make it next time. :p 

courtesy of Diana Teo
(From left behind: Dyana, Flo, Beaty, Edith, Anne, Nowriz, Wan Lei, Shery, Elwyna, me, Wendy, Diana, Ifo and Arms. From left front: Nowriz's husband, Tom, Aki, Nathalie, Chegu Carol and Vanessa)

Until we meet again!

November 5, 2012

What I'd Do if I weren't Afraid

  • Write into publications.
  • Sign up for theater audition.
  • Buy a ticket to Paris after graduation.
  • Tell my parents what exactly I want to be in future.
  • Tell Ifo that I've got a crush on Nick Fadden.
  • Call my best friend to tell how much I miss the way we used to be.
  • Cry when I need to cry.
  • Learn fashion design and be like Jane Quimby.
  • Throw a slumber party at my place.
  • Travel alone.

So those are sort of things that I'd do if I weren't afraid. How about you? Come on, let's tell the world. Kindly paste the image above and list down the things you would do if you weren't afraid. Just for fun. Anyone of you, especially those from The Awesomes list. ^^

The more scared we're of a work or calling,the more sure we can be that we have to do it.- The War of Art

November 4, 2012

There will Come a Time

courtesy of Gossip Girl

When I heard about someone's going through a breakup, I wish I can give them a hug like the one above. Strangers, classmates, celebrities, best friends. anyone. 

I want to hug and tell them it'll be okay, that their hearts will smile again.

But I know it's hard to believe that. I know what it's like to feel absolutely left out in the cold and sometimes you just have to cry.

I also know: that the sun does come back. That you'll get butterflies over new boys. And that on the 1st date, you won't think of your ex. not one bit. That one day you'll wake up genuinely happy about what's ahead. That you'll find love and your heart does heal.

There are extraordinary things waiting for you. You have no clue what God has in store for you. Things must fall apart, twist and turn sometimes to lead you to the exact place you're meant to be. with the exact person you're meant to be with. Trust me.

And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
- Mumford and Sons

November 3, 2012

The Best Way to Shake Off Stress

We've heard about many typical ways to manage stress. How many of us do really put them into practice? Well, exercising is actually the perfect way to release stress. And I've found some simple and cute steps of stress-releasing exercise. Let's do this. 

Step 1
Of course, breathe...inhale, exhale..

Step 2
Relax your neck and shoulders by doing this:

Step 3
Swing your arms and strike a pose!

Step 4
Move your body to the right, then to the left.

Step 5
Move again to the left and right again. Yeah that's right.

Step 6
Swing your arms lightly like you're going to fly without troubles.

Step 7
Shake your body a little bit, you know, to shake off the problems.

Step 8
Be aggressive! Throw your body away like nobody's watching. You can jump if you want.

Step 9
Turn your head around..

Step 10
Grab somebody and loosen up together. It'd be nice if you turn up music.

Step 11
Dance like Hawaiian hula girls.

Step 12
Last but not least, raise your hand up to sky and say "I am awesome!".

LOL. You can try these steps at home, office or anywhere. I hope you'll be free from any kind of stress. Heeeee......
Good luck, be happy and have a great weekend! ^^

November 2, 2012

All the Happiness

I somehow find that little kids are such remarkable resources for wonderment and ideas (such as now, as in writing :p). I love listening them talking so expressively and excitedly about things like their drawings, toys, favorite cartoons, etc.
It's not that I'm ready to have kids, duhhh. I've got 7 nephews and 4 nieces, 5 of them are still little, and the girls have been so close to me. I'm an observant, even at home. I see how they play and talk among them, which leads me to understand how their minds work.

I know this is just one of the finest thing. But I wish we're able to foster that child-like wonder in life, rather than becoming jaded, less satisfied by the most simple of things. I'm not saying that we have to act like kids. That's not what I meant. It's a perspective that we can look when uninspired, disinterested and hardened by trials of life.

It's easy to become cautious and weary of life. Being an adult comes with a lot of stress. Since we can't turn back the clock, I think it's important to keep the child-like trust and happy-go-luckiness alive within ourselves.

I hope you get yourself in awe this weekend and find excitement in something we usually find so normal. And I hope you could laugh like a child, a laughter that comes from your heart, healing your pains and worries with every gasp and squeal of happiness.
I wish you all the happiness. ^^


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