The End of Everything
One fine day
She just wanted to play
To run and laugh away
While there's still sun ray

One fine day
She didn't know, no way
There will be no more day
For her to play

One fine day
On that fated Thursday
The father figure which he portray
Damn!! He brutally betray

One fine day
Just because she disobey
She became a prey
And she uttered her last say

One fine day
The day turned gray
Down there she lay
We can only pray

One fine day
We hope he will pay
Maybe not today
But someday.... someday...

 
Dedicated to Syafia Humairah for her tragic death.

Allah entrusted us with kids. How do we answer Him if we betray the trust?
Cinta Comel
Cinta Comel is the name of my sister-in-law's shop in AmCorp Mall. On Maulidur Rasul, she held an opening ceremony of the shop. She's the one wearing black blouse and her husband is the one in white shirt.


The highlight of the event is cutting the pulut kuning. There were lots of other food: fried noodles, fried vermicelli and many sorts of kuih. My mother-in-law, the one in the brown jubah, is a great cook and she prepared most of the food together with my sister-in-law. Diriku datang makan je...big grin


The shop is located on the lower ground of the shopping complex and features ladies' attire and dresses. These are some of the dresses on sale.

Jubah



 
T-shirts



Blouses



And more blouses


So, in case you happened to be in AmCorp Mall, do drop by her shop. Err... I can't promise you special price but you can try. Cuba la seru-seru my name, maybe you can get a discount..winking

Anyhow, I wish her success in her business just like Prophet Muhammad who was a very successful businessman thumbs up.
KiPPAS
It has nothing to do with 'kipas' (fan).

It has nothing to do with 'kipas sate' (skewered meat grilled on coal fire with constant fanning of the fire).

It has nothing to do with 'kipas orang' (sucking-up to people aka sycophant).

It actually stands for Kiosk Pembaharuan Pasport (Pasport Renewal Kiosk).

Hubby and I went to Immigration Pusat Bandar Damansara the other day to renew my passport. And we were advised to use the kiosk since it will save our time.


How to use the machine:

First, you need to fill in this envelope. Make sure all the necessary documents are ready.


Then you go to one of the machines. I think there are 4 or 5 of them. 

Just follow the instructions on the screen.


1. Put your passport into the slot.

2. Insert your MyKad into the slot.

The machine will detect and read your MyKad.

3. Place your thumb (right or left) on the sensor.

Once the machine has detected and verified your thumb print along the passport and MyKad particulars, removed your thumb, passport and MyKad.

4. Pay for the new passport. Only RM50 and RM100 notes are accepted. You may choose a period of 2 years or 5 years. RM100 for 2 years. RM300 for 5 years.

Let me do the calculation for you. RM100=2 years. If you renew every 2 years, you only pay RM300 for 6 years as opposed to single payment of RM300 for 5 years money eyes. But the setback is, if you renew the passport for 2 years, kena la pulak pergi immigration after 2 years and kena beratur lagi and kena tunggu lagi...waiting

5. Lastly, put in the envelope containing a photocopy of your MyKad, your passport sized photo and your old pasport.

A receipt will be printed out and you should be able to collect your new passport at the specified counter on Level 1 of the building after 2 hours. Kena ambik no giliran jugak la. So, the kiosk only save you half of the waiting time but you still need to wait to get the new passport.

While waiting, we had lunch at Secret Recipe.

I had the infamous Tom Yam Kung.


and a ridiculous childish drink of Oreo Milkshake...Childish pun childish la... janji sedap...drooling


Hubby had the Thai Style Fried Rice. He shook his head when he saw me taking out my camera. However, he readily obliged taking the photo of this dish... This is what I call: behind every succesfull successful blogging wife, there's a  husband with a camera...winking


We finished our lunch and we done strolling around the area aimlessly so we went up to Level 1 and was told that the passport is impossible to be issued within 2 hours since they were having printing problems... I was advised to come again another day...  Looks like the KiPPAS is not KiPPASing fast enough...d'oh

Finally we ended up watching a movie, The Wolfman. It was kind of boring. Same story line, same concept, kind of straightforward predictable ending. I actually fell asleep a few times sleepy. There are lots of versions of Werewolf movies and I don't know why they keep doing movies like that. Are they obsessed or what? It was a waste of time watching it but time wasted with your loved one is worth wasting...love struck

One day affair in MSU
I received a phone call from a friend, Haniza Harun (Za), some time ago. Both of us were in the same class during matriculation and we enrolled in the same course during the university days. We were very close then, however in recent years we rarely meet or speak to each other due to work commitments so the phone call was a pleasant surprise call me. However, the phone call was not just a friendly chat. Ada hajat rupanya. She is currently working in Management and Science University (MSU) and has just been appointed as Deputy Dean... Wow... Ain't that cool... Kawanku seorang Timbalan Dekan thumbs up. On behalf of the faculty, she would like to appoint me as an external assessor for one of the programs in the faculty. Yikes!!! surprise External assessor??? I don't even assess myself sometimes....Not to mention I broke some rules too... So boleh ke? Layak ke? Since the request was from an old friend, I thought, why not. Can test the water also... dengan harapan air yang diuji tak de buaya...big grin


So, a date was set for me to pay a visit to MSU. It was located in Shah Alam. An area that's quite alien to me alien. I can easily get myself lost in that area. Luckily a map was provided in the MSU's website. Quite a straight forward map. However, not satisfied, I obtained further directions from another ex-course mate, Asma Harun. And I think I was ready to 'redah je'...



So I made my way to MSU via Jalan Kuching through Federal Highway. Except for the traffic congestion along Jalan Kuching, the rest of the journey was uneventful. The map proved to be very reliable. I left home about 7.30 am and reached MSU 8.40 am. Pheww...whew! I know there are better and faster highways but I rather not venture into those highways. Lagi sesat barat kot nanti... And Haniza, upon knowing the roads that I took, she jokingly said...'Primitifnya kau...ikut jalan tu...' ha ha...laughing 



Anyhow, I settled down in the meeting room and started going through the curriculum content. Files and files of themat wits' end. Really, I can withstand teaching for a few hours but I hate matters related to documentation. May look simple but sometimes consume a lot of your time. Siapa la yang brilliant sangat fikirkan fail kursus, COPPA, COPPIA, APPA dan ntah segala macam lagi... BTW, don't be intimidated by the sight of the files. I was assigned to only half of those files.





Most of the time, I was alone in the meeting room and things tend to be boring and the cool draft from the air-cond made me yawn yawn. The documents are equivalent to bedtime stories, I tell you... And, I was supplied with loads of food drooling. Mujur iman kuat...winking






 
Then it was noon. For lunch, I met the Dean, who is a Datuk. He's a jovial guy and loves to joke. So, I felt comfortably at ease with him. We were joined by 2 other staff members other than Za. The Dean took us to a Thai restaurant and he ordered a lunch set which consist of white rice, tom yam (of course), chicken, squids, fish and dessert. My hands were itching to reach for my camera and snap a few photos of what we ate but was refrained by my control cool and control cun attitude...cool Kalau dengan Za je, for sure dah snap gambar.

After lunch, I interviewed a few of the academic staffs and as expected, they gave marvellous comments regarding their work and facilities there. Ye la... takkan nak ludah dlm periuk nasi sendiri kann...tongue I did not get the chance to interview the students which I look forward to actually. It will be very interesting to listen to what the students had to say regarding the curriculum. But they were not around. Apparently they extended (illegally) their CNY holidays...waiting

At the end of the day, after having tea (makan lagi...) and after receiving a token of appreciation, I headed home. I was advised by Za to take NKVE which will eventually lead me to DUKE. So I take her advice because I anticipated massive traffic congestion should I follow the same route which I used earlier in the morning. So after getting the directions from Za and feeling very confident, I went on my way.

After a few minutes of driving and entering a some kind of highway which I thought was NKVE, my confidence changed to panicnail biting. Because I saw buntings hanging from the lamp posts along the road which boast of Guthrie Highway and there's palm oil plantation alongside the road and I started to feel that I was driving away from civilization and the city center of Kuala Lumpur. I debated against stopping by the roadside and call Za because I know she got a meeting to attend and I hate to bother her. So I drove on, barely confident that the road will bring me to Duta Toll Plaza which I'm supposed to arrived at.

Then I reached a toll plaza. It was not the Duta but Elmina. What a foreign name. Wiki told me that it's the name of an oil palm estate. But I drove on trying to gather back my confidence and not to panic. Just when I wanted to gave up and find an exit to u-turn, I saw a signboard pointing to Kuala Lumpur. Wow... that was just like a light at the end of a long tunnel. So feeling confident all over again, I continued. But then when the signboards are all pointing to Kuala Selangor, Rawang, Sungai Buloh which actually deviate from Kuala Lumpur, the panic ebbed in again. Amidst the panic, once again I reached a toll plaza. It can't be Duta since I know the surroundings of Jalan Duta. This toll plaza is located in a middle of nowhere and no buildings on the side road. The name showed it is Lagong Toll Plaza. What!! Where the hell is this Lagong place? Tak pernah dengar pun. Takkan dah masuk negeri Perak kot... (I later found out from Wiki that it is a small town in Selangor).

Once again I thought I was doomed. I was like going up north when I was supposed to go south to Kuala Lumpur. The signboards are all pointing to the north-bound areas, Sungai Buloh, Rawang and Ipoh. Just when I decided, 'That's it!!' time out I'm going to exit the highway via Rawang and try to find my way back to Kuala Lumpur from there, the light at the end of the tunnel came again. Kuala Lumpur, the signboard says. And the rest was a breeze. More signboards with Kuala Lumpur were seen and I did reach Duta Toll Plaza and I did go into DUKE highway. And I reached home safely, Alhamdulillah, in 45 minutes. Phew...whew!. am I bad or am I bad in this direction thing... sheeshh... But at least lesser time than the morning journey... cheh... nak sedapkan hati konon...tongue
What's playing?
This is the song which is currently playing in my head. The Show by Lenka. 
Image from here

I first heard it on TV, the Ugly Betty trailer got this song on the background. And I kind of like it and searched for the title and the singer and now I had it playing on my blog... repetitively... No wonder I can't get it out of my head...d'oh

Here's the lyric: 

THE SHOW
I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don't know where to go, can't do it alone
I've tried, and I don't know why

Slow it down, make it stop
Or else my heart is going to pop
'Cause it's too much, yeah it's a lot
To be something I'm not
I'm a fool out of love
'Cause I just can't get enough

I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don't know where to go, can't do it alone
I've tried, and I don't know why

I'm just a little girl lost in the moment
I'm so scared but I don't show it
I can't figure it out, it's bringing me down
I know I've got to let it go
And just enjoy the show

The sun is hot in the sky
Just like a giant spotlight
The people follow the signs
And synchronise in time
It's a joke, nobody knows
They've got a ticket to the show

Yeah, I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don't know where to go, can't do it alone
I've tried, and I don't know why

I'm just a little girl lost in the moment
I'm so scared but I don't show it
I can't figure it out, it's bringing me down
I know I've got to let it go
And just enjoy the show
Just enjoy the show

I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don't know where to go, can't do it alone
I've tried, and I don't know why

I'm just a little girl lost in the moment
I'm so scared but I don't show it
I can't figure it out, it's bringing me down
I know I've got to let it go
And just enjoy the show
Just enjoy the show
Just enjoy the show

I want my money back, I want my money back, I want my money back
Just enjoy the show
I want my money back, I want my money back, I want my money back
Just enjoy the show

And I found an explanation to the meaning of the lyrics and made me like the song even more..love struck. Both lyric and the meaning are from here.

The meaning:

She's literally "flying" through the video, going from moment to moment, never really able to stay in a state of mind and situation for too long before moving on. I would say this alludes to the fact that she's so scared and worried about where she's headed, who's gonna be there, that rather than enjoying life and everything that comes with it, she let's the unknown "bring her down" and miss out on life. She's so worried about the direction of life, that rather than living for today, she looks to the future for comfort, but can't find it.


"I want my money back" and "the show" are both metaphors. The money represents time, while the show is representative of life. No matter what, in the end, we can't get back time, so her speeding through time and never enjoying events of everyday life is making life difficult. She caught in between getting through life with a keen direction, and with just loving where she's at in her life. When she realizes it in the end, she wants time back "I want my money back," she ends with "Just enjoy the show." Just enjoy your life and live for the day, simple I guess. She's basically mocking the ritualistic acts of people to just want to get somewhere so badly in life that we miss out on the journey, getting caught up in life, and are unable to enjoy it fully.

The video clip is cool too. Can view it on my Mixpod which I have embedded in this blog page. For a larger scale, this youtube page has it. Oo... by the way... did I mention I have never heard of Lenka before? Yes... I am so ketinggalan zaman. So now, Leenaleeca has 'met' Lenka...big grin
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