It was lunch. Ika and I were walking back to the office as we passed the TSL jewellery boutique at the Gardens. My eyes caught on something fancy and I dragged her to the display window where we both admired this...
Me : Huish, ko rasa berlian dia keliling ke dia ada bentuk2 je keliling cincin tu bagi dia bersinar-sinar?
*mind you, its was a bit far from the display so we both admired it and tried to get closer to the ring*
*a loud thud*
Okay, terlanggar display kejap.
Ika laughed! Ciss. Semangat punya pasal kan....
Anyways, we only noticed minutes later that the guard was standing right beside us....
Me : Ika, ko rasa pak cik guard tu nampak tak aku terlanggar display tu?
Ika : Itu la ko, semangat sangat.
Me : Ala, display dia transparent sangat....tak nampak gelas tu....
Can you believe that I am finally participating in alumni activities???
*roll eyes. at times it is close to impossible to believe it myself too*
Nevertheless,I did participate as one of the speakers and despite feeling a tad nervous (okey, itu tipu. I was actually very very nervous sebab dah dekat sedekad tak buat any form of public speaking) I manage to go through both days (yes, its a two day event) as a speaker.
Hahahaha. That sounds funny. Zuraida bagi career talk.
But then bila fikir balik its a good thing that I helped out. Bila lagi nak give back something to the school yang had given me so much kan? A few hours of my time is nothing compared to what I have gained over my 3 years in MRSM Terendak.
So here we go....
The program is a 2 day program to introduce to our "generasi pelapis" a.k.a "adik-adik" about the life as a student and career prospect of key career options, namely Engineering, Architecture, IT, Accounting and Business, Education and Medicine. We manage to pool a group of alumni is each respective fields (including a bio-chem engineer and pilots) to share their experience and expose these young minds to future career prospects in these fields over a 2 hour discussion type setting.
Speakers @ facilitators are given two slots per day so that the adik-adik will get a chance to go to two different career talks.
This round the focus group are Form 4 students. Kenapa bukan Form 5? Because they have their schedules full.
Personally I think the Form 4 students are a good focus group, because in terms of timing, they are given the exposure in an early stage (as to as soon as they step into Form 4) and can better prepare for their career plan from now.
Sayangnya I ni malas nak camho...sebab that day I sorang je came from my batch and kononnya malu kan....so I end up saving my small lil camera in my handbag. *grin* Anyways Kak Julia from batch SPM 1997 was nice enough to share her photos, so credits goes to her oh-so-clear-and0-wonderful SLR(?) camera in which I (myself) should get one.
*Encik Riduan from SPM 1997, as head organiser, giving the opening speech*
*look at that....doesn't that bring back memories*
Oh tidak. Dulu dewan ni panas okay. Sekarang ni sejuk je sebab dah tertutup, kipas banyak and dah nak pasang aircond.
Can you imagine us all that small? OMG, what happened to me???
*with a super senior who's now a practicing doctor*
Please don't ask again what happened to me.
Ingat nak letak gambar sendiri feeling bagi talk kan (eheheheheheh!) tapi takde, so letak la gambar senior-senior lain bagi talk.....
And can you imagine the notes they scribbled?
Doesn't it make you wonder what else crossed their minds?
At the end of the 2 day talk we re-grouped and shared information on the alumni....
Hmmmm...should I by the t-shirt???
Sape nak T-shirt Ansara terendak angkat tangan???? Ikut umah sukan okay....
I had tonnes of fun!!! *tipu la kalau kata tak seronok....gelak sampai menangis okay* (So) when they sent out a status on FB saying that there will be a second round of career talk in June guess who happily voluntered again??
OMG, terpost awal la pulak the first entry kan...dah tak boleh start on 1st April. Nak autopublish la sangat la kan the 30 day challenge sekali terklik "Publish" sebelum sempat tukar posting date. Great . Case of the finger being faster than the brain.
Back to the main title, my favourite movie. Ni topik yang paling payah ya alam. I'm a confessed movie buff, I watch almost every movie showed in the cinema I bet owner GSC/Cathay Cineplex is filthy rich because of me and the people I dragged to the movies with me.
Because there's so many I have to categorise it to a few favourite categories.
(1) FAVOURITE CHEERLEADER MOVIE
There's Mean Girls and all but nobody could ever beat the original Bring it On!
Let's all raise our hands for Coach Torrence!!!!
I watched the movie last weekend and was glued. Sigh. Kalau dulu masa kat maktab pernah ada short stint as cheerleaders rumah sukan masa Form 2 dulu...siap buat koreografi and all with Nina. *ngehngehneh*. Semangat....
(2) FAVOURITE HIGH SCHOOL MOVIE
Not the tv series...the movie, where we have Heath Ledger singing across the football field to woo Julia Stiles....uber romantic! It makes puppy love fun for a second. *grin*.
I am a music lover....I listen to all kinds of music - pop, rock, jazz, ballads - you name it, I don't discriminate. From time to time I have new favourites, and to name all of them at one go would be difficult. My all time favourite would always be...
*How did you know - Gary Valenciano*
Call me sappy or whatever, this is an all time Filipino favourite ever since I could ever remember. A decade later it still never fail to touch my heart everytime I listen to the song....
...definitely, my all time favourite.
Oh I think I wanna go and find the tele-drama All My Life as well. Macam best je the clip.
Anyways, thanks to MRSM Terendak's alumni (ANSARA Terendak) I finally have a reason to step in my alma mater, MRSM Terendak, after 12 years of leaving the school compound. *grin*. Sounds like ages right??? (yelah sebab dalam 12 tahun budak baru lahir dah boleh nak masuk tingkatan 1 kan?). Actually I was there from Form 1 to Form 3, and from the guidance of the dedicated teachers and support of a group of talented friends, I am now who I am today - blessed with a good life. Alhamdulillah.
When they were scouting for speakers for a career program last weekend my initial thought was "why not?". I have the time. I have the resources. A couple of hours won't hurt. So I volunteered my name and there I was, slightly nervous because after over a decade of silence, I finally step up and showed my face.
But today we are not talking about the program. Perhaps thats a story for another day. Or time. Today I am going to share pictures of the school that I missed so much.
*and hopefully by doing so my beloved and long-time friends like Riza and Alia would realise that they too miss Terendak so much!!! hahahahah!!!!*
Work was a tad unkind to me last week. Balik kerja pun quite late. So I only managed to leave KL early saturday morning but then I got a tad over-excited as I got closer to my school....
Hahahaaah!!! Dah dekat!
I was so excited, I FB'ed as soon as I reached the gate....
I have to say suddenly a flood of memories gush into my head, I feel like crying.
Okay, don't take that FB status seriously ok. Masa I kat sana takdenye I nak "fly-fly" keluar pagar ni. Itu semua kerja budak boys.
Hahahahah! That sounds weird. The boys are no longer boys now. take faskah for instance.
So huge already.
The school was the same and yet so different, a lot of changes had happened since I left the place. They upgraded the classes and dorms, they improved the food, they put air-conditioning in the hall (oh yes, kalau perhimpunan takde la panas lagi. Ingat lagi zaman aku dulu kalau ada perhimpunan je berpanas la ko macam kena masak dalam oven) and repainted the buildings.
It looks way proper now compared to back in those days.
But then I always loved my school because its always green. And now that I have came back with a different set of eyes, I see them even more beautiful because they have more trees.
Oh Alia ingat tak library kita ni??? Remember those days when we always insist nak prep kat PSP je sebab tempat tu je yang sejuk??? Tido kat library pun best??
Next is the view of the dorms from the third floor classrooms....
*I told you now they have more trees...dulu pokok besar yang cover court netball tu takde tak?*
You can see my dorm block from that picture...it was the one at the most right hand side of the picture. Macam ala in between the classrooms and the dewan makan. Kalau nak pergi makan masya-allah, jauh nak mati kena berkejar, ada agaknya 10 minit nak naik tangga depan blok-blok tu baru sampai.
Oh dulu kitorang selalu buat meeting homeroom depan tasik ni....sebab banyak angin petang. Hahahahah! Back then they only have stools facing the mini lake, now the lake is not so apparent because they have created a tambak under the surau, so the mini lake has now become a mini sungai that flows to....
*look at that...Lembah Beringin??*
Hahahaha...flowed to Lembah Beringin.
Back then Lembah Beringin ni macam parit besar je. Senior selalu je campak junior diorang dalam ni for fun.
Anyways, the place can pass for a jail now because they have grills and gates everywhere....
...including all the windows.
Yup. All the windows have grilled bar. I can't help but screamed "OMG, macam penjara!" sebab bilik tingkat 3 pun ada grill?
Anyways, before I left Isaid hi to Mike on behalf of Faskah...
They're freaking everywhere. They're everywhere 20 years ago when my seniour left the school, they're there 12 years ago when I left the school, they're still there no!
True blood Terendakian?
I had so much fun with my seniors during the stay recapping our memories during our stay at the school, its a dose of fun that I have never felt for quite some time.
I was buzzing about the place when I reached home last night to my sister. We were lauging our *ss off when she asked...
"Kak Zue, rumah kecik tu ada lagi???"
I asked "Rumah kecik what???"
I fail to remember that she was actually referring to this....
My dad use to go bonkers when he saw my Bahasa Melayu PMR trial exam result. Back then his immediate response as soon as he saw the first line on my result slip was;
"Apa ni, orang melayu pun boleh dapat BM C ke?"
I simply dismiss it saying that trial exams are usually more difficult than the actual exam anyway, and thank God I aced the paper at the end.
But that was it. After I left high school I never bothered brushing on my Malay language skills, having opting for English medium to study my degree and profesional paper. Who would know that about 12 years after I left high school I have to sit on my desk, translating financial statements from English to Bahasa Melayu for publication purposes.
I have to say....hmmm....@$%^&%()*()I+%%#@!!!!!
Not that I suck big time at it. Its just freaking weird to transalate accounting jargons to the Malay languange when.....
...hedgeing becomes nilai lindung......
...fair value becomes nilai saksama.....
...asset past due becomes "aset lampau had"??? bukan aset tertunggak???....
In isolation, it sounds easy peasy and direct. Okayla, maybe thats why its easy to come up with a dictionary of accounting malay jargons. But then when you form words....
Menyesal dulu tak belajar Bahasa melayu betul betul. Macam mana nak sampai tahap mapan?
Hmm....that sounds out of context?
Okay, I have been translating for 2 days now and I am officially going bonkers.
Note to those who think accountants only deal with numbers : You thought wrong.
Liza was online with me and she suddenly buzzed...
"Why don't you do the 30 day challenge as well?"
30 day what?
Thanks to Coffee Addict, the 30 day challenge is a 30 day blog post challenge of the following...
Day 1 — Your favorite song Day 2 — Your favorite movie Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date. Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend. Day 5 – What makes you different from everyone else? Day 6 – A song to match your mood. Day 7 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet. Day 8 – Your dream wedding. Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased. Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat. Day 11 – A picture of your favorite memory Day 12 – Your current relationship, if single discuss how single life is. Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to. Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without. Day 16 – Short term goals for this month and why Day 17 – How you hope your future will be like. Day 18 – 5 things that irritate ME about opposite/same sex Day 19 – A picture of something you want to do before you die Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name. Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy. Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently. Day 23 – 15 facts about you. Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you. Day 25 – Who are you? Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you want to go. Day 27 – What kind of person attracts you? Day 28 – In this past month, what have you learned? Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing. Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days
Oh it has been a while since I play the tiggety tag thingies...hahahaha...this would be fun!
So all of you out there, hold your horses!! We start April 1st!
...and I am glad that I have people to share it with, despite all the ups and downs....
I had a long teh tarik session with Shasha the other night and we were discussing, among others, the latest news on my blog....what led to the previous post, in which I shared the "unmoderated comments" which is still sitting in my comments moderation page.
...shasha find it amusing. In fact she found it stupidly funny. While she shooked her head in utter disbelief over how rude the comments were she uttered;
"Tak pe la babe, budak mentah. Baru nak belajar blogging. Mana tau singgah tempat orang bagi salam"
In which it hits me.
Some people just don't know common courtesy.
Not to say that I am "bagus la sangat kan" but I think its rude to "purposely" (i said purposely, because it was done on purpose - eksperimen la konon) step on people's toes and then later, can't admit the fact that you did go out of line and instead of gentlemanly (ehem ehem) apologise, be more of an arse and leave (more) rude comments.
People like this should go to school and learn common courtesy. Tak payah pi jauh2, pi belajar ngan Mighty Jack Sparrow. *grin*. Do you know you can be suave and sarcastic at the same time and not hurt people's feelings?
*oops, terlebih promote. MJS, wipe off that grin off your face!*
Back to the whole point of the entry, 3 main rules to observe when leaving comments in other people blogs (totally not silly, makes perfect sense, but not exhaustive to);
1. Think before you type.
Of course, you jump to a total bimbo's blog (sebab of course, you kan educated, belajar medic and all, and that girl is a hopeless case of ranter that somehow can't decide what's the purpose in life and in dire need of help, in which case leads you to plead all her friends to help her out) and feel all superior, despite anything, before you drop a comment : THINK.
Think about the fact that he/she might not be what you think she is.
Think about the fact that you don't know that person.
Think about the words you use, because hey "terlajak perahu boleh undur balik, terlajak kata tak boleh tarik"?
The thing about words is that when said, it can be interpreted in many ways because on paper (or in print), words doesn't carry expressions, and most times, easily misunderstood.
2. Unless you know who you're commenting to, don't say too much.
.....especially when you don't have a clue.
Its not wrong to leave a word or two of encouragement but then its wise to be silent when you intend to write to them and just tell them its so phatetic they're just plain sad.
*and then later rant at your space saying "is it wrong to be nice?*
That's not nice. In fact is freaking rude and pretentious.
We'd appreciate more the silent readers who respect what we wrote and try to understand what we go through rather than bash and applaud.
*oh lupa, newbie*
3. Respect others. Even when they are different.
There are no rules that you must write in a certain way, talk a certain topic...act all gah and all, most of the bloggers I know blog about what they like, what they go through, their worries (fears included) and happiness...and at times what they share might not be your cup of tea.
If its not, then just politely leave the page.
What's the point of rubbing salt and those hate comments?
*oh lupe, experimen!...kata doctor kan?*
Now I know why I prefer engineer writers....at least despite coming up with nitrogen bomb theories, they actually have heart and loads more of respect.
No matter what you do in life, you are only respected the way you respect others. Don't expect people to look up to you when you look down on them.
For all you know you baru setahun jagung.
Anybody care to add more?
I bet this newbie blogger can use a pointer or two.
And lastly, don't be a sore brat. The blogging world is freaking small and word goes around.
Don't be fooled with that face. He's quite cheeky at times. Now that Izzy is gone (ho yeah, my cat Izzy took the leap of faith too...I don't want to talk about it!) he gets quite bored easily but then there's nothing I can do (coz I can't take another cat anymore!!! sob sob!!!!) till I get Bobo's flea problem sorted out.
Yeah. It's still in the sorting process. This weekend I am buying a clipper and I am clipping all Bobo's fur out so I can (for once and for all) kill those stupidf fleas that just won't go off.
Anyhow earlier today Bobo was meow-ing non-stop to be let out of the cage ( I bet that furball is dying of boredome by now) and usually once I let him out he would just run to his big blue basket and never got out of it. So I just let him be, mind my own business and went to work. Usually ani will check on him before she goes to work and all was breezy till 10am when suddenly ani ring me and went...
"Kak Zu, where is Bobo?"
Shit. Don't tell me he jumped (too!).
Seriously, I don't get the fascination with jumping off the balcony. What? Is it fun?? No. Can't you see how high up we are?? Hey, we're at 9th floor for pete's sake, be scared a little.
I called a few times while ani goes on search for Bobo when suddenly shec called back.
"I found him, he's at the neighbours."
There goes your loungeing privilleges.
Ani got the cat home. The cat is grounded (for now).
Its not exactly rocket science. But then so much things had happened and over the years, I somewhat became a chicken when it comes to commitment because seriously, to even think about having a relationship scares the hell out of me. Not that I don't want to be in love and schmoozy and all gooey and hopefull and happy but then I can't help but think about the pain of a break up as well....
...oh yes I have serious trust issues.
But takkan nak bersendirian selamanya kan
I suppose there will be a day when I would finally be swept off my feet and that that one person will make me forget that all the pain had ever existed.
Remember the young innocent feeling when you first fell for a guy?
The only thing you ever think of is just about having fun and laugh?
I wonder when things got so complicated.
Somewhere in the past decade I had evolved to being more of a sceptic. My priorities changed. I use to be quite non-chalant when it comes to love, now I am just to carefull of a lot of things...
...in which has its pros and cons.
I just wish for someone who can finally make me feel at ease, calm my heart and share those little things in life.
Just for one person that can make simple things feel extraordinary, without even trying.
Its Friday, and gosh I am glad (phewh!!!) and though its mid-month and all, I get to do a little bit of (window?) shopping during the long lunch break. At first I was thinking of getting a new dress for tomorrow's birthday party but then hey, being stuck in the office with tonnes of coffee has its downside, it's not really that "friendly" on the body so i end up putting back all the dresses I picked up on the rack, made a (re)new(ed) pact to go to the gym (everyday? possible? no?) and get my pre-audit body back!
*sob sob! Iyolah tu! Silolah layankan ajo!*
While in the changing room (and being over judgy over my body) I realised that I need a hair cut too because my hair layers are all off (grr!!!) and despite already making an appointment at The Razor Edge @ OU for hair treatment (that comes with a free cut, mind you) on Sunday, I buzzed Peek-A-Boo's number and asked for Mi.
Oh yes. No point getting a free cut if later I will go running back to Mi to get it fixed. I don't have much hair to play around with anyway because I have to admit, its not that long. So there you go, 2 hair appointments in one weekend.
Oh I digressed.
Back to earrings.
So since I didn't get any new dresses, I decided on accessories, and just fell in love with Bonita's new collection...
There you go...it goes straight on me.
I got a bigger version in black for tomorrow's party.
It shouldn't be over the top because I am planning to wear an embellished top, so the minimalistic black will be just nice.
Now I have to dig through my stuff and find appropriate bangles.
Oh it has been the longest weekend ever....remember the long list of "things to do" from last week? OMG, its not last week, its the week before. *No wonder la rasa lama*. Hehehehe. To be frankly speaking, since the last time I blogged I manage to only cross out half of it, oh yeah, shame on me, banyak lagi benda nak buat la kan.....but then what the heck, at least I got the ball rolling by....
1. Going back to gym. *grin*. Huge pat on the shoulder. Congrats kerana berjaya menarik diri semula to be back on the gerbil wheel and sweat it off like the rest of the world. I need all the stamina I can muster for the ehem ehem, something bigger to come. Mampukah?
2. Waxed. *grin grin*
3. Get my mom to help me clean the house *huge grin smacked on the face*. When all else fails I just have to call in the experts and my mom is an expert like none other, she wooped the house to shape in a jiffy. Phewh!!!!. I can't imagine me a supermom like that but who knows la kan??? Perhaps its in the genes and if I have amlost 3 decades of practice (like my mom do) then I could make it happen.
Heheheheh. Thanks ma. Me love you mucho. Ani too. Bobo too.
*one thing for sure, our (now) only cat loves my mom more than us. sob sob*
4. Catch up with humanity!!! Muahahahaah!!!
I went to the movies. Twice. Not alone. *ching ching*.
I had friday night dinner with Komala, Gan, Wen Chu and Kelly last week @ BSC's Vineria, and OMG, the lamb rack was smashing.
Not to forget they have the yummiest double layer ameretti in apple cake which is to die for.
The bill was to die for too. Eerk. But what the heck. We haven't been out for months.
*Okay, tipu la tu. 2 weeks before last Friday we were at Chinoz bidding farewell to Li Kai over pizza's and pasta's... pun a very yummy event*
Over the weekends, was at Matta Fair with Shahnaz, a wedding and Baby E's akikah at Melawati.
OMG...baby Emmett is freaking cute. Bila tido pun sonyum jo, cair hatiku.
Tina, can I borrow him sometime???
Sorry, no pics of the baby. I was freaking lazy to snap photos especially bila muka macam kapal pecah pi kenduri umah orang kan. But seriously, that kiddo melt hearts.
I still have a lot of beautification work to do. Grrrr...well, hmmm...at least I have a few stuff sorted out.
Oh it has been quite a while since I last blogged.*obviously la kan...cricket, cricket*. Finally I am feeling at ease at work. Major bulk of my work is almost completed yesterday and I finally manage to sit back and take a deep breathe...and now its time to focus back on me, me and me while I clean up my stuff at work and leave a clean desk for good.
First of all I am pimping my sister's picture...
Looks good aite? She lost a lot of weight and shape up with PB! God she's pimping all my clothes from when I started work almost 10 years ago and I was like "what???? I was that thin???? You must be joking me...this can't be right???"
It hurts. Now I really have a lot of work to do. :P
Secondly I want to say a big, huge SORRY to all the people who had called me this past couple of weeks but somehow was unattended too because I was super busy and stressed out with work. Yes, its bad for business, especially when the people who calls are your customers, but then I can't just leave my permanent (on-going) (job) obligations because hey, at the end of the day I am a profesional first, it has been me for over a decade already, so a huge sorry from me!!! I promise, from now onwards I will have all the time in the world for everything else, so please don't stop sharing the love!!!
Thirdly I want to thank God for my besties who had been (patiently) lending me a shoulder to cry on over the past couple of weeks. Last two months have been the toughest months I have ever faced, I almost broke down to pieces, only God knows how you guys really really made my day.
Lifted me up when I fall.
Cheered me when I almost given up.
Made me smile even when my face is a stone-cold rock craved with lines....it aches ok. But its good.
I am blessed to have you in my life. Still feel so grateful.
*By the way, Kom just got a shiny new ride!!!!!!!! Did i tell ya?? Anyhow, babe, this weekend? Me in your shiny new ride???*
Next is a list of things that needs to get done asap (or otherwise I will forever look like a miserable cavewomen!!) :
1. A facial - jeez the stress line are so evident plus the after effects of all the ciggies are showing accelerated sign of aging (includes pimples, dullness etc etc)
2. Mani pedi - Can you believe how all the typing and number crunching actually damages your nails? Huaarrgghhhh!!! Plus I heard of the new gelish polish that can last up to 21 days, ooohhh.....harus harus...
3. Waxing - at all places. Need to say more?
4. Hit the gym - seriously, 2 months bayar gym fees for nothing sebab everyday was at work from 8.30am to 12 midnight. Boohoo.....dah 4 tahun tak workaholic macam ni, I think the last time I burn the midnight oil was when I was at PwC, grrrr...apakah?Nasib baik ada PB, masih maintain figure walaupun terasa a bit lethargic, so I made plans to go back to yoga and gym starting this weekend. No exceptions.
5.Do you know where they have good hot yoga classes?? Just wondering.
6. Clean the house! OMG! Rumah macam karam pecah. First time balik semalam I was gob-smacked over how bad my room is and before I get my mani pedi done, I have to get the house cleaned till it shines. Ooops, and the laundry too.
7. Catch up with humanity!!!! Now that I get to get my after office hours and weekends back, its time to go for drinks, breakfast, parties!!! Muahahahahahh!!!! So hey y'all, buzz me buzz me!!
*Tina, we still up for breakfast on Sunday? I bet Bangsar miss us loads since we're not there to wreck havoc every Sunday morning since the last 4 weeks!*
8. Last but not the least - a good massage.
Thanks to MyDeals and Groupsmore I manage to get great bargains on facials, mani pedi, massages and hair treatments, so hell yeah,this weekend will be filled with pampering to get me shiny old me back to one piece.
*grin - seriously,. belum serik dengan pengalaman KukuBar. kenapa mesti nila setitik rosak susu sebelanga??*