Monday, December 31, 2007
Aku serius mau tukar kerja. Pada awalnya aku teragak-agak sebab kompeni tabur janji-janji manis. Masa depan yang cerah. Trip overseas. Gaji naik. Pigidah! Tipah tertipu lagi. Trip overseas tu sudah kensel. Aku dah agak pun. Dan sengal lagi. Macam-macam alasan dieorang kasi. Dan macam-macam sebab lagi menghasut fikiran aku untuk memecat kompeni sekarang pada tahun depan. Dan tahun depan tu besok! Tak sabarnya!
Ho-ho. Alang2 bercerita pasal sengal, teringat meeting di JB itu. Memang sengal tahap dewa. Dia panggil buat meeting dengan vendor. Tapi semua dia harapkan aku sediakan. Dalam meeting pulak dia asyik main sms. Kalau ikut hati, aku baling je handphone dia kat luar. Aku memang dah lama makan hati dengan dia. Dulu dia tak macam tu. Dulu banyak benda aku belajar dengan dia dan aku respect ngan dia. Tapi sekarang. MACAM SENGAL! *jerit sekuat hati*
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Recently, we decided that our store room required a massive spring-cleaning job. I am too ashamed to post the 'before' image of our store room because it was really cluttered and untidy. Boxes stacked haphazardly. Some boxes were in too poor conditions that the contents were half-spilled on the floor. Most boxes were overflowed with things. Raincoats on the floor because we have nowhere to put them. Some files and papers were also placed on the floor. There were many paper bags containing wedding door-gifts lying around. In short. It's. Total. Chaos.
The solution to this problem? A complete tour of the IKEA store where I found these two useful items that change
- This is by far, the solution that delighted me the most. No more raincoats on the floor! No more helmets lying around! No more jackets on the sofa / on the bed! The world is now warded off evils, corruptions and environmental problems!
This feeling of achieving tidiness is why I never fail to be excited at the sight of IKEA.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Di Chalet, Equatorial Hotel.
Sempena ulangtahun perkahwinan kami.
Kami duduk. Pelayan datang, bawak menu (dalam Bahasa Inggeris & French). 10 minit kami terkial-kial baca menu di bawah cahaya lilin. Gila! Telur ikan (caviar) harganya RM700! Ini telur ikan ke atau telur dinasour? Buat 10 saat, aku terasa mahu memesan caviar, tapi aku rasa Trump mungkin tidak akan rasa murah hati untuk bayar sebanyak itu. Haha.
Juice - Mango juice
Starters - smoked salmon, fresh oysters, sup cendawan
Main course - Steak (tak tahu nama)
Dessert - Mango pudding, cinnamon-orange sherbet, iced chocolate ball
Hot drink - Tea
- Raclaitte Valaisanne (traditional melted swiss cheese with baby potatoes and homemade pickles)
- sup 'Crème de Champignons de Forets' (Cream of Wild Forest Mushrooms served in a Giant Roll)
Dessert - Gâteau au chocolat (chocolate cake), cinnamon-orange sherbet, iced chocolate ball
Starters >> boleh tahan, aku suka sup cendawan yang diletak di dalam roti bulat itu. Tapi Raclaitte valaisanne itu buat aku muak lepas sesuap dua.
Hidangan utama >> Dagingnya sangat liat! Menyesal order tenderloin! Sepatutnya order rib-eye atau sirloin sahaja. Tapi kuah steak (gravy) itu, not bad. Aku cuma dapat makan separuh sebelum aku surrender.
Dessert >> Aku boleh kasi rating 3/5. Not bad jugak.
Suami Terchenta's Verdict:
Starters >> uwekk!
Main course >> mmm...
Dessert >> Too sweet.
Sambil menikmati kopi panas, 3 orang pakcik yang bermain alat muzik datang ke meja kami.
'Would you like some song?'
'Erm...' saling berpandangan, 'please play some romantic music for our first year anniversary.'
Pakcik-pakcik itu terus mendendangkan sebuah lagu dalam bahasa Swiss dan lagu 'Everyday I love you'!
Sebelum kami balik, pengurus restoran ambil gambar kami dan berikan sekuntum bunga ros untuk kami.
Wah, seriously, ini ialah the perfect dinner date! :) Mungkin tahun depan kami boleh datang lagi ke sini...
Atau INI KALI TERAKHIR KAMI KE SINI.
Bila tengok bil dinner kami, kami terus mengubah fikiran.
Satu makan malam yang sangat expensive... sama dengan bayaran ansuran kereta kami sebulan.
Nasib baik Trump yang belanja. Sekali lagi... 1,2,3!
Step 1 - Open 'New...' in Adobe Photoshop and set background content 'Black'.
Step 2 - Open selected image, copy-n-paste on black background layer. Name it as 'Layer1':
Step 3 - Choose Layer1. Click 'Layer' > 'Layer Style' > 'Stroke...'
Step 4 - In Structure area, set Size '8' (depending on how thick the frame you want it to be), Position 'Inside', choose Color 'C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=0' (also known as white).
Step 5 - Duplicate image, twice (by clicking on image, then press 'Alt'+click).
Step 6 - Tilt images at the back at different angles:
(Click image to view larger)
Step 7 - Arrange the images accordingly. Then, using Rectangular Marquee, draw a rectangle underneath top-most image, and paint it white using Paint tool:
Step 8 - Type a title inside the white rectangle. Tadah! Siap! :)
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wife: Which do you choose? Cooking (laksa Sarawak) or washing the toilet?
Husband (considering): Cooking.
Hubby headed to the kitchen, prepared to cook. Wifey went to the toilet, armed with detergent and stuffs. Hubby called out, 'Dear, what is supposed to be put into this pot?'
Wifey gritted her teeth and called back, 'Just read the instructions on the packet!'
2 minutes later, they switched roles. Wifey cooked, hubby scrubbed the toilet.
1 hour later:
Wife: Dear, help me make thin omelettes by whipping one egg at a time. Make 3 eggs, ok.
Hubby (nodding): Got you.
(Hubby whipped the 3 eggs together and fried them all in the pan)
Wife (big eyes and murderous look at hubby): Why did you fry all of the eggs together????
Hubby (looking wise and satisfied with himself): The pan is big enough to fry all 3 eggs.
Wife (looking not so satisfied): I. wanted. thin. omelettes. Grrr...
What an amicable start to the Aidiladha celebration.
So this was how our celebration looked like:
Thank you to Kak Retna, Shai, Fysal & Topek (who drove all the way from Perak and Tanjung Karang) for coming for Hari Raya visit to our house and helping us to finish off the laksa :) Thank you also to Shai who came with lemang Pak Ali and the delicious serunding.
In short, we are certainly very happy to welcome guests to our house. Hopefully, we get to host more eating sessions at our home for more friends. Check out Suami Terchenta's blog from time to time!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Oh my yummylicious, udang galah tastes heavenly when barbecued, or fried in my mother's secret udang galah recipe!
It was the only time I felt disappointed that I was not pregnant - otherwise, I would beg and cajol Suami Terchenta to buy the udang galah because 'baby wants it'. Hehe.
Next, we were off to Menara Condong, which is just 5 minutes away (In a small, quaint town like Teluk Intan, anywhere is just 5 minutes away) from the jetty.
CLK, enter-frame. Look at the borderline of this photo, the angle shows that this is truly a leaning tower
My review, the tower is a charming architecture of wonder. It's actually a clock tower, and when we arrived, the clock chimed merrily to tell us that it was already 1.45pm. Originally, the 122-years-old-tower was built as a water reserve tank by a Chinese architect (thus, the Chinese architecture look). It has 110 steps, and 3 storeys.
The Wishing Well. Some superstitious visitors throw one-cent coins in the well and make a wish. If I was them, I wish that all the coins in the well become mine. Muahaha!
Me, at the foot of Menara Condong
Next, we were off durian-hunting. We had Fysal to thank for his help as our local tour guide. He knows where to find durians in the remote kampung areas. After driving for half an hour, we stopped by the road side to buy durians:
The fleshy, creamy durian for RM8 per durian... Not bad.
3 huge durians later, we were feeling the heat and decided to stop by at another stall selling ABC (Iced Concoctions). The friendly and generous stall owners upon finding out that we are out-of-towners, welcomed us with another huge durian, on the house! Oh, our 'durian runtuh' day! :)
Makan, bang. Jangan tak makan...
Stomachs bloated from eating too many durians, we finally called it a day and sent Fysal to his house.
On the way back, we captured this replica of the Menara Condong, for fun:
They even made it 'condong' (leaning), bless them!
Monday, December 17, 2007
... was sweet and simple.
We spent the day watching our favourite movie - Lord of The Ring.
Then cooked our favourite meal.
Lit a candle, and had a candle light dinner.
After dinner, we snuggled up on the sofa.
To watch our favourite soap - Ugly Betty.
Which Suami Terchenta downloaded from the Internet.
Suami Terchenta surprised me with a gift.
Which made me cry because I did not expect any.
He said, thank you for being my wife.
Though I am not rich, nor famous.
Yet you still marry me.
To which I replied, thank you for being my husband.
Taking care of me and everything.
Though I am not pretty, nor rich.
Yet you still marry me.
Happy Sweet Anniversary. May our love and marriage lasts.
From Here to Thereafter.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Alangkah seronoknya kalau ada orang yang sponsor percutian kami ke sana :) *hint hint*
Tapi kami masih bersemangat untuk menyambut ulangtahun perkahwinan kami yang pertama *mata berkaca2 penuh kegembiraan*
Kepada pengantin-pengantin (atau bakal pengantin) baru yang masih mencari-cari tempat yang sesuai untuk ber honeymoon, dengan sukacitanya boleh rujuk lokasi dan anggaran bajet di sini.
1. Cuti2 ke Bali!
Ini ialah sambutan ulangtahun perkahwinan yang ultimate sebab Bali terkenal dengan pantai yang cantik, budaya unik, shopping pun best. Penginapan pun boleh tahan harganya.
Anggaran bajet: RM750/couple (tiket penerbangan AirAsia & penginapan 3H2M)
2. Pakej honeymoon di Awana Porto Malai, Langkawi
Pakej ni sangat sweet - 2H1M di Langkawi, satu candelight dinner, hadiah coklat / sejambak bunga, dan sunset cruise. Memang sesuai untuk honeymoon atau menyambut ulangtahun perkahwinan tak kira yang ke-berapa (Nota: Ayat ini ditujukan khas kepada Suami Terchenta)
Anggaran bajet: RM998/couple. Muahaha! (Gelak kecewa)
3. Penginapan di Avillion Village Resort, PD
CLK tak perlu berlari jauh2, cuma ke PD je. Chalet atas air ialah suatu pengalaman unik yang menarik. Especially pantai PD yang terkenal jernih airnya. Me like-y!
Seriously. Mungkin ada yang kata aku gila, anniversary atas puncak gunung yang sejuk bagai tu? Carneyz, you give a new meaning to ice queen. Miahaha! Tapi, untuk couple yang suka cabaran, this is the place to proclaim love - with the world at your feet. Haha. The height of love is as high as Kinabalu's summit :p
Anggaran bajet: RM800+ (2H1M, tak termasuk tiket penerbangan) Haha. Maybe next year sahaja...
Antara yang turut dipertimbangkan:
- Trip ke Perak (Fysal) sempena 'musim luruh'... :p
Verdict: Hmm... Disebabkan bajet yang agak menyedihkan, kami bercadang untuk buat candlelight dinner sahaja :)
January - Marry when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
February - When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
March - If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
April- Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.
May - Marry in the month of May, you will romance the day.
June - Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you'll go.
July - Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bread.
August - Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
September - Marry in September's shine so that your life is rich and fine.
October - If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
November - If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember!
December - When December's snows fall fast, marry and your love will last.
P/S: Not that it matters in Malaysia where couples choose school holiday months to tie the knots rather than the significance of the month ;)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I cry now for you. Did you manage to get up and crawl to safety? Or did more cars come to knock you down until you are no longer the black kitten I saw this morning? Why are humans so cold-hearted nowadays? Why didn't I stop and pick you up to safety, until I can figure out what to do to save you?
I feel irresponsible. I feel that I have failed you. I feel that I have failed myself. Because I have pledged to help those who cannot defend themselves like you. I wish now that if God has taken your life, let it be quick and pain-less. What now, should I answer to God. That I have failed you.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Lyra Belacqua is an orphan who lives happily in Jordan College, Oxford, playing with local boys and terrorising the professors. However, when Lyra overhears scholars discussing a plot against her uncle, Lord Asriel, centering around a mysterious substance called Dust, her curiosity is roused. Soon Lyra is in over her head as she uncovers a frightening plot and a whole new world of possibilities.
My rating: 4/5
Ok, I must read the novel that is adapted into this movie (note to self: find 'The Northern Light' novel by Phillip Pullman). Even though the movie tells sufficiently of the storyline, I still need to understand some finer details to get the big picture. But it doesn't need me to read the book to know why some people are crying foul about this movie being anti-Christians. The Magisterium officer looks like he's wearing a priest robe and the leader slightly resembled the Pope (no puns intended). Enough said.
My two cents' worth:
I do feel a strong objection to Mr Pullman's statement in the Time magazine, that religion should not get mixed up with every day life. Yes, some religion-based organisations are fanatical, but it's not the religion itself which is at fault. After all, religion is to guide people through every day's life, guiding us on human relations, human-environment relations, etc. It provides a sense of purpose to us human beings as well. Otherwise, people would be asking, 'Why should I do good deeds? What good does it come from it when bad people can benefit more?' In conclusion, religion is our moral compass. For me, religion is the path to heaven.
WARNING: DO NOT apply for credit cards just because the credit card salesman won't stop pestering you to fill up the form and cancel later. What kind of sales tactic is that? A trap to a consumer, most likely. Especially a consumer who was stuck manning a booth next to a credit card sales booth (read: ME). This posting is to illustrate why you should not rampantly apply for credit cards.
Last Friday, I took a day off to pay a visit to several banks and settle a few banking issues. Three banks to be exact. Sigh. It's really tiresome to be this rich :p
Firstly, there's this problem with one local bank of which I applied for personal loan to settle our house's MRTA and legal fees totalling nearly RM10,000. Since RM10,000 is too dear to part with, (there's a lot of things to do with that amount of money - we can buy two kitchen cabinets from IKEA for an instance, or we can go to Kota Kinabalu for our Mount Kinabalu ascension trip next year) we decided to get
I was confident that the I will get instant approval because I honestly think I do not have bad financial track record. WRONG! I received a shocking call from the bank to inform that my application has been rejected due to a non-payment of my HSBC credit card. Wait a minute. I cancelled my credit card application before I even got the cards, how can I be charged for it?
So I called HSBC's customer service call centre to check this allegation. They confirmed that the cards had been cancelled, but it was only this year because I had not paid the annual charges. How can I pay the annual charges, I cancelled the cards and therefore, never received any statement! The CSA at the call centre was not very helpful. She kept asking for my previous home address when I was in JB and then told me to personally go to the nearest branch to settle the payment.
Before I lost more money to pay for non-existing cards, and because Suami Terchenta would not stop bugging me to save extra money this month to go to our first new house (dammit, I feel like cancelling the house purchase with all this financial hey-pening) I stopped by my bank to deposit half of my salary (bye-bye
Back to why HSBC is the best when it comes to customer service...
HSBC Bukit Bintang branch is in Menara Genesis. To reach there, stop at Monorail Bukit Bintang station and walk a few metres and cross the road to a building with a big, hard-to-be-missed HSBC signboard. The bank occupied 5 levels (if not mistaken) and customer service is at Level 3. I like the way the bank makes everything personalized. Each CSA has their own desk which is kept sparsely from each other, so customers can have the privacy to air their banking problem.
I met with the Customer Service Manager himself, and he was ever so helpful. After giving a short recount of my problem, he immediately picked up the phone to contact the credit centre and checked the amount that is still accredited to my so-called closed account. In total, I was supposed to pay RM240+ before I can bid adieu to my problem. I bit my bottom lip and immediately switched mode to the rarely used 'damsel in distress' expression. It usually works. Including in this situation.
A few minutes later, he delivered the good news - my account has been cleared and all payment waived! No more blacklist from the bank! I can now go to as many aunties as I want to borrow money! Yippee!
I thanked the Customer Service Manager profusely and asked for a confirmation letter to show to Bank #1 that I have solved the credit card problem. Now, that's what I called 'First Class Service'. Kudos to HSBC Customer Service division! :)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
PA Trump datang. Seperti biasa, periksa supaya staff tidak curi tulang.
Tiba-tiba dia datang ke tempat aku.
Aku lekas-lekas sambung kerja.
Tapi dia tak berganjak. Dia letakkan hp atas meja.
Erk? Aku musykil sekejap.
Macamana PA Trump boleh tahu aku seorang usahawan topup?
Nampaknya berita tersebar dengan luas.
Pasti sangat gembira.
2 minit kemudian, topup telah diisi.
PA Trump sambung meronda2 bagi pihak Trump.
Aku sambung explore Photoshop.
Dalam pengembaraan alam maya hari ini, saya terjumpa sebuah website untuk download Photoshop Brush macam ini:
Kalau ada lagi website yang offer add-ons Photoshop percuma, saya sangat berharap2 agar korang akan berkongsi maklumat itu (Peringatan: Kedekut info tidak mendatangkan manfaat kepada sesiapa) ^_^
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
To cut the story short, in total we will have to fork out RM100 to get the gasket changed, another refill of lubricant oil and a complete service on the engine. Ok, CLK. We know you deserve it. Go ahead and splurge.