Monthly Archives: July 2007

Happy 27th Birthday Harry Potter!


After 2 weeks of continuous non stop hectic running around here and there and work loads up to my nose, I’ve been given a few weeks of breathing before hell breaks lose again with us losing 2 manpower in the coming 2 months and the headcount wont be replaced…so the rumors goes.

Well, not bad considering I had my salary review last week. A raise and a big fat bonus as a token of appreciation. At least come after Hari Raya, I know I am not as “pape-kedane” (broke stiff as how some would say) coz that’s when the bonus comes in. Alhamdulillah rezeki kan. Bulan depan naik sikit pun da kira ok ye tak?

At least someone is appreciating my good work around the office.

I am trying to refrain myself from being the typical housewife when it comes to Hari Raya. Itu baru, ini baru…aiyo, these things are not made of water, though even water pun mahal says my dad yang kat Johor tu. Which reminds me on the issue of water, I saw a huge tong gas like filter in front of my house the other day. Seems that the latest orang kampong must have right now is one of those huge hideous things. I cant blame them when my dad did a backwash (cleaning the filter system), masya-allah air like the tanah merah campur air longkang like that.

And on the subject of food – a new addition to Batu Pahat, Batu Pahat Pacific Mall has a few scrumptious spots to hang out now like Sushi King and my mother’s favorite Kenny Rogers. My daughter was practically pulling me across to Sushi King the minute she saw it, no thanks to my brother yang diligently introduced her to the art of eating raw fish. But considering masa tu tak gaji lagi and my father does not like the idea of berhutang and eating at the same time (using the card ler) I told my daughter, “next time when we bring Opah along” coz my mother was not with us as she was attending yet another high school reunion high tea at  SDBL.

My mother recently alhamdulillah has a new found interest instead of complaining about the monyet eating the rambutans and the biawak casing the ayams – Joining her alumni and attending the weekly gathering they have. I know its been far fetched from what she used to do when they were living in the city but its nice that she’s doing something different now.

I’ve updated my 43things this month and owed myself a challenge. I know everybody’s who is a Harry Potter fan is hyped about the new book but my husband actually placed this challenged on me.

Back in 2001 I received a wonderful birthday present from a friend in New Zealand. In the post he had packed nearly 10 books that I had on my wish list and 4 of them being from the Harry Potter series. I have left the books in the care of my mother as a few years after that we were getting ready to move from Ipoh to Johor and I had forgotten all about it.

The movies then came out and silly me thinking I would just watch them and so the books did gather a bit of dust. I decided to buy book 5 – The Order of the Phoenix, read that completely and somehow lost it (am not sure in between my holiday to London – Amsterdam – Langkawi with a Dutch friend).

So, taking up my husband’s challenge I have decided to read books 1 to 4 plus 6 (I’ve read 5 but may decide to buy book 5 again) and do a comprehensive study on the characters and settings to understand the whole saga. My very own literature appreciation and lucky enough I have harrypotter.wikipedia.com to save me in those moments where I am lost in the whole maze of mysterious buildings and landscape of Hogwarts or Diagon Alley or even Pivet Drive or the characters in them.

Once I finish all 6 books, as a present to myself for completing the challenge only then will I buy for me book 7. Aiyaaaaaaaaa its killing but its something worth doing.

Well since we’re still on the subject of Harry, I am taking this opportunity to wish our dear boy a happy 27th birthday today and unlike the Dursleys in Book 2 I have not forgotten its your birthday ol’ chap.

Here’s wishing Harry a glorious day today and bet that he’s celebrating it with that special someone – wife maybe

 

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wishing Harry a wonderful 27th birthday!!

harry potter cake from : callylevy

 

he he he – ok I confess I am a spoiler – somewhere in 2017 Harry sends off his kids to Hogwarts with his dear wife, that’s 10 years from now and Harry went to Hogwarts as a first year when he was 10 if am not mistaken, therefore he must have been married somewhere before 27 to have two kids who are going to Hogwarts in 2017. I might be wrong but then again… 😉

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Saddest in the air…

 

Starting this entry with a sad note that my mother’s brother (my uncle) passed away Malam Jumaat lepas, after “Yasinan” (this is a jawa word for a reception where a group of men (the Qariah) will go to a certain house to read the Surah Yasin after Isyaq prayers).

From what I heard, he made a right turn on his motorbyke (thinking he had reached home) and hit into a moving trailer. The family is at comfort knowing that :

  • It was Malam Jumaat.
  • Syahid Dunia
  • And most probably he masih dalam air sembahyang.

Truth is, my late uncle tak pernah menyusahkan orang, so when he died, it was so simple, after the post-mortem, the hospital people had mandikan and kafankan his body and it was all prepared for burial. It was drizzling and hujan malam dan siang Jumaat…itu selalunya satu rahmat.

However, my mum is much affected by this – dia banyak termenung especially after sembahyang.

I decided this page to him – Thank you Wak Sor for helping Mama when she was struggling to go to school. Moga Allah swt letakkan Wak Sor di kalangan orang-orang yang beriman.

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Brave young men & women who kept our country safe – Al Fatihah

With 13 siblings my father has, half of them are national servicemen – men in the armed forces. Even two of my aunts were married to army officers, so we were so used to seeing camo prints around. I do not deny the fact that sometimes I thought they were underpaid. But how can you measure monetary values to the heart of these brave men who were trained through thick and thin to keep our country safe.

Alhamdulillah, most are retired now, working other jobs because national servicing is often short. My father and his family did not come from a wealth off legionace, national servicing was solid ground to find good work. That was usually the case.

Last Friday at 9.35am, 10 minutes after taking off from the Sungai Besi air base for the Gambang air base near Kuantan, a nuri helicopter went missing.

On board were
• pilot Kapt Nor Azlan Termuzi, 29
• co-pilot Kapt Nor Intan Asykeen Mohd Arof, 27
• air quartermaster Sjn Khusnizam Ariffin, 34
• avionics technician Sjn Azmie Md Yassin, 35
• airframe technician Senior Airman Saifulizam Alias, 28
• engine technician Senior Airman Muhammad Ridzuan Ahmad, 27

At 1.24pm yesterday, the search and rescue operations centre at Institute Aminuddin Baki here received confirmation that a ground search team from the 17th Royal Malay Regiment had sighted the helicopter on the slope of a ravine 5km northwest of Genting Sempah. The sad news, however, was that none of the six personnel on board, survived.

My heart goes out to the wives, children and family of the deceased. I know that these could be hard and difficult times, but believe in the fact that they are in a better place.

When the Prophet Muhammad’s own son died, he said: “The eyes shed tears and the heart is grieved, but we will not say anything except which pleases our Lord.” One should strive to be patient, and remember that Allah is the One who gives life and takes it away, at a time appointed by Him. It is not for us to question His wisdom.

AL FATIHAH

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When you work with the best ppl on earth

 

One thing I love about working with the people I am working with, no matter how big or small or petite or on diet we are, we all love food. And last week came yet another good session of potluck our style – good food, good conversation, good crowd.

The best thing is we all chip in a little something, giving the dishes personal signatures. Even if you didn’t know how to cook, there is always a colleague to help.

 

We have yet to have a male colleague to work with, I cant imagine what that would be like if that day ever comes.

This time round I made rendang with pulut kuning. The way I saw it, my rendang was very plain..normal…ok je lah! But I think from the photo below, some people couldn’t get enough of them. Licin rendang aku, siap tapaw balik tu wa cakap lu! HA ! HA !

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Magnificent Seven

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birthday

 yaya

 

Darling daughter is now 7 and this year she celebrated it on the 7th day of the 7th month of the 7th year in 2000. How magnificent is that.

7 for me has always been my magic number. So for that extra magic we took her to what she enjoyed most, water sports.

Aliya has always been a water baby. She never cried a single winch when she took her baths during her baby years. I can’t wait for her to be able to jet ski or even scuba dive one of these days (she’s got the looks of a great water sportswoman in the making ha! ha!)

Now that she’s seven, so much has changed and I have to grip on the fact that one day, somehow I’ll soon be celebrating her 17th birthday.

Happy Birthday my Golden Dragon. Mummy Loves you buckets!

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