Saturday, 31 July 2010

What Type Of Student Were You?

I'm feeling a little bit nostalgic. My college friends had an informal gathering last week and there were plenty of photos and catching up on news of old college friends in the facebook.  But looking at photos, I was like - OMG! Are we that old already??!! I'm in denial that I've already reached 35. I don't feel 35 at all! LOL

There was a comment in the facebook by one of my ex-lecturer on how I'm doing and whether I'm still quiet and shy. Yes, well... I was mostly quiet and reticent in front of teachers and lecturers!

Anyway, all these catching up got me thinking. How was I during my school years? I had a really memorable experience during secondary school. College life was a matter of waking up and going to class and not having much life. Imagine attending class from 8.00am to 5.00pm 5 days a week!
Classes were boring but outside the classroom, school was sure one hell of experience for me!

I studied in MRSM Kuantan in Form 1 & 2 and I really had many "adventures" there.

Along with a bunch of Form 1 girls, we managed to incur the wrath of seniors by:

1. Joining a choir group. We were branded unIslamic for singing in front of audiences, and getting hauled from one senior’s room to the other getting an earful was a norm for us in the choir group. (It was OK to join pantomimes, dramas, perform traditional dance or act out “bersanding” ceremony but not singing. Figure that one out).

2. Joining the Kelab Perahu Layar (sailing club), which was a club somewhat exclusive to boys prior to five of us girls joining it. The senior boys complained about us to the senior girls. Here we go again... More lectures from the seniors. There were plenty of pressure for us to quit the club but we were young and headstrong and we couldn’t care less what people said. LOL
Being on the Tae Kwon Do team was a great way for me to escape classes and prep sessions too! I would follow the team to tournaments even on the eve of an exam day!

Because of my dismal attendance to classes, the principal had to call my parents to come to school and counsel me! I think I managed to avoid being in the science lab for two months! o.O
Me at 15 with my homeroom members.

I transferred school to MRSM Kerteh in Terengganu when I was in Form 3. This was the year I sat for my SRP (We were the last batch to sit for an SRP exam. Form 3 students now sit for PMR).

Did I buckle down and study? Nope. I joined anything and everything that year. Sports, spelling bee, deklamasi puisi (is it called poetry recital?), nasyid, jungle trekking club, walking club, consumer club, co-op committee... all sorts of nonsense except concentrating on getting good result for my SRP. I stopped my Tae Kwon Do training that year because the instructors at this school were from ITF camp instead of WTF. I was an idealist and loyalist, I guess... LOL

How was my SRP result? I only managed to get 5As and 3Bs. At least I can still return to study in MRSM instead of going back to a "normal" school. Huhuhu
Me at 17, on a Girl Guide camping night. All happy faces because we won best performance or something that night.

I spent my Form 4 & 5 in Melaka, because I requested to study in MRSM Kem Terendak after Form 3. Why? It seemed like a good idea to study in an army camp at that time, that's why.

I got actively involved in Elocution & Essay contests. I don't mean to brag but I can write a speech on the day of the contest and still win something! Being a purveyor of obscure and useless information had its uses. That and the ability to spout out words in rapid speed. *wink*

There was one course that I emerged being a top scorer but I was completely ashamed of. I was a top scorer for "Munakahat" studies! That's a subject on Islamic marriage, peeps!

In my two years in Melaka, I probably spent a total of two weeks at home. My school holidays were spent joining one holiday camp after the other. Being at home for semester breaks that weren't aligned to my siblings' school holidays meant I would spend my time at home alone and not getting along with my Mom. My childhood friends were all at school too when I was on my semester breaks! So it makes better sense for me to be at school rather than stay home!

My most memorable time was as a facilitator at an English Holiday Camp. I chose the camp over being one of our school representatives for a Girl Guide international jamboree! I hate marching…

How was school for you? For me, other than the studying part - school was a blast. I get to do and experienced a lot of things at school, which I would never get to do if I stayed on in my hometown. I can’t learn how to sail a catamaran in my hometown, for one!

OK. Now that I’ve subjected you to a long-winded post, I might as well do something fun here. The first commenter who can correctly identify me in two of the photos above, get one of these two straps. Hint : except for one photo, I'm always in the middle.
Wanna have a go? Please do. Good luck!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Taman Warisan Pertanian And Local Fruit Feast

We were out bright and early on Saturday morning and head off to Taman Warisan Pertanian for their "Jom Makan Buah" (Let's Eat Fruit) promotion that was slated to be held on 23-25 July 2010. But imagine our chagrin when we arrived there and only saw 1 fruit stall amidst some other agro-based stall.
Walking around, we saw this notice put up. The event was postponed and it wasn't even updated in their website! I guess it isn't a big issue for Putrajaya residents for the event change but for us, it'd be better if we know about this beforehand - either from their website or in the media. But as it is, events at Putrajaya are seldom mentioned in the newspaper I read.
All wasn't lost though because we then decided to check out the dusun (orchard) area at Taman Warisan Pertanian. Entrance used to be free for this park but now there's an entrance fee of RM2 per adult. Six of us makes the ticket RM12.00. Still - pretty reasonable.
My brother-in-law looking at a jackfruit. We went around for a while because my sis-in-law can't walk that much (she's pregnant) but still we had fun in the park.

Exiting the park, we made a beeline towards the fruit stall and got these.
Our bounty. Dokong, mata kucing and mangosteen.

The durian stall wasn't open yet and we were informed that the vendor will come after lunch so we decided to go to Alamanda for lunch and make a return visit afterwards.

A nice dessert after a good lunch: D24 durians! 

Yummy, custardy durian.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Ribs, Ribs, Ribs... Again

Tony Roma's revisit for me. This time, with the family.

Zaini gave us a treat, because Raimie had been asking to go to Tony Roma's; last night for dinner. Somebody got a hefty increment so was pretty spending happy. :D
Play time before food arrives
Raimie happy with his two ribs
Mom and Dad shared this for dinner. Protein overload! LOL

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Makan Time At Tony Roma's

It's been months since I last joined my "makan kaki" for a lunch outing. I missed the previous outing because I was down with a bad case of flu for a week.

This time around, we decided to head to Tony Roma's for lunch.  The gang has now grown from having just 10 members to 16 by this time, but two cannot make it.

The place was quite full on Friday but service was excellent and prompt. We were served with our drinks in no time and our food came without us waiting long.  Max, thanks for the great service!

Food we had there: 

Soup of the day that came with the set lunch. Everyone was served with a bowl, even those who didn't order the set lunch (i.e. me). Those who went for the a-la carte instead of set lunch were served with free drinks too. Yeay!
Bistro burger set at RM23.90
Big stack burger at RM24.90
Fish & Chips set at RM19.90
Tenderloin platter set at RM16.90
Grilled lamb chop at RM37.90
BBQ Ribs lunch rack at 39.90. Just two ribs - are you sure two ribs are enough? XD
For me, I chose a half portion of Asian salad with grilled chicken. I have a small tummy! Actually, after zeroing at the BBQ ribs below, I completely lost interest with my salad. LOL
Last but not least, a 10 rack ribs to be shared among us.

Great company, good food, excellent service. What else could we want? 

Raimie was pretty unhappy knowing that I went to Tony Roma's without him because he's been asking to eat there for ages. Well... we'll only take him there on Monday - Wednesday because that's the three days he'll get free food! LOL 

Thursday, 15 July 2010

A Baby, A Wedding And A Funeral

Some happy news for people around me and one sad news too....
A friend (the gal in the middle) is now in the hospital, due for delivery of her first baby anytime. She was induced this morning, and at last check, she was 2cm dilated. All the best to her!

Maybe there'll be baby photos here soon. :)
Another friend got married last Sunday. I didn't attend the lunch reception that was held after the church wedding because it was held at a non-halal restaurant. So, no photos of her wedding from me.

Ai Thing & Sing Khai - congratulations on your wedding! 

They sure make a lovely couple. don't they?

My sis, who works in the Ministry of Finance got an Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang award. Congrats sis!

She's also expecting her first baby soon! Another cousin for Raimie. ^-^

Though for one friend, it is a sad week. Her father-in-law passed away on Monday after battling illness for some time. My condolences to you and family, Anitha. I didn't attend the funeral - wasn't too sure how it was for a Hindu funeral rite.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Banci Malaysia 2010

The 5th Banci Malaysia or Population and Housing Census 2010 is in full steam right now. Have any of the enumerators came visiting you yet? 

We had it done on Saturday, the first time for us to do it in this house. 

The 5th Population and Housing Census of Malaysia 2010 is estimated to see the population numbers increase by 1.3% compared to the 2000 census.The census was first conducted in 1963 and takes place every 10 years. This year, it would involve 28.3 million Malaysians and 7.5 million houses. The number of survey officers involved is 29,000.

The 5th Census is also the first time an online census system being implemented. We had thought of using the online system, but the enumerators beat us to it. They were way more efficient (and we procrastinate way too much). LOL 

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Steamboat For Dinner

Nothing beats a steamboat on a cold, rainy evening to bring out the sweat. XD

We had a simple steamboat dinner at home yesterday. Simple but it was great fun. Eating steamboat with family and friends is always great fun, don't you agree? 

I'm cooking bulgogi and kimchii jigae for lunch today. What's your lunch?

What's for dinner tonight? Maybe another steamboat for us?


Thursday, 8 July 2010

Saturday Outing...

Raimie had to go to school last Saturday for his Kem Bestari Solat (Prayer camp for Muslim students) so we were out of our home early on Saturday. No late morning for us, which meant I didn't spend the whole night watching Korean show. ^-^

He asked to wear his blue Baju Melayu although the baju melayu is already a tad small for him. We bought this baju for Hari Raya 3 years ago, if I'm not mistaken. :D

While he was at school from 8.00am - 12.00pm, Mom and Dad went to Lake Garden for a "date". *^-^*
  
Lake Garden was abuzz with activity last week. Not so much by the visitors but by DBKL's contractors. Plenty of work being done. I guess there was a new budget allocation for upgrading/maintaining the park because nothing was left untouched. Old tiles for pavements being changed to new ones, trees chopped off, sweepers everywhere, trucks parked on pavements, new trees and flowers planted.... So much activity, it wasn't fun strolling at the park last week. I wonder when all these work will finish?

After stopping by Tun Abdul Razak Memorial (who was Malaysia's second Prime Minister and was hailed as "Father of Development), we visited this FELDA prototype house located at the back of the Memorial. This house was built for FELDA settlers at a cost of RM4,200.00.

FELDA or the Federal Land Development Authority  is an agency handling the resettlement of rural poor into newly developed areas. FELDA's role is to develop new land for plantation areas in a productive way by adopting effective agricultural management practices among the settlers as well as to encourage the development of a progressive and disciplined community.

This type of house is now virtually gone from FELDA settlements and settlers are now living relatively well, with much grander house to live in too!

We had plenty of time to kill, and with no other visitors stopping by, we had a blast reading the visitors book there. KLites, have you ever been to this FELDA house or even to Tun Abdul Razak Memorial?

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

What Happen To My Comments?

Hmmm... Something weird happening to this blog. 

I've replied to a few comments on my previous posts and the comments kept on disappearing.

Weird.

Anyone else facing this problem? How does one solve it?

Friday, 2 July 2010

Friday's Outing - Report Card Day & A Movie Treat

Zaini and I took a day off today to go to school and collect Raimie's report card. Although we didn't need to because Raimie's school is quite near to both our offices and it took just a few minutes meeting up with his class' teacher, but what the heck. I've been wanting to take a day off anyway...

Although his teacher had no problem with him in class and has high expectation of him to do well each exam, she did mentioned that Raimie does love to chat in class and sometimes lack concentration to follow teachers' instruction. I'm afraid Raimie really does inherit a lot of his Mommy's bad traits! He'd be disciplined and meticulous if he is like his Dad! Though lucky Raimie, like Mommy has a good brain. ^-^!

It was rather nice to know Raimie still maintained his no. 2 spot for Standard 2 classes. We were rather worried his placing would drop because he didn't get a good result for his Malay Language papers. That and the fact he missed quite a number of days from school because he had chicken pox earlier this year. He got As for almost all subjects, even 100% for Arabic except Malay Language papers. He only got a B (76% & 88%) for them! I was like, "Are you a Malay or not?" LOL
  
Students were allowed to return with the parents after meeting up with their respective class teachers so Raimie was only at school for half an hour.

Since I promised that we would take him to watch Toy Story 3 if he can get No. 2, we went to Gardens Mall's GSC Signature after that. 

Have you watched the movie? If you haven't, you must definitely go and watch it!

It was totally awesome. The storyline about Andy being all grown up and heading to college; and what happens to the toys is a perfect ending for the toys' adventures. It's a story about growing up and letting go. About not giving up no matter what. About finding new hope. All I can say to sum up is, the story of Andy’s toys is as heartfelt and wonderful as ever. Woody, you are more than a piece of plastic to me.

Perfectly worth the RM81.00 tickets I paid for. :p

I cried buckets! I'm such a crybaby. *^-^*

More outing on Saturday. No late mornings for us tomorrow. We need to send Raimie to school for his Kem Bestari Solat (Prayer camp?). Raimie had always bugged us to take him to the museum, so maybe after the camp, we'll head to the National Museum.

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