Thursday, December 31, 2009
Not that I don't make resolutions at all. I constantly make resolutions throughout the year -when something significant (to me, might not be to you!) happenned in my life. I remembered making one, recently, after Boxing Day. I was thinking,
"I have everything I need right now, I won't need to buy ANYTHING until next year".
... somehow, I got a feeling that 'until next year' really meant until 'the Summer Sale'... hehehe! Then, there was the time when I couldn't send my assignment on time. I pledged loudly to never do my work last minute ever again (to which the 'kakaks' at GSOE just laughed). Truth is, they and I know that is never going to happen. We need the adrenalin rush when we do our work at that most critical period. But deep down, I'm hoping that I can change this destructive habit as now I remembered that there's another assignment deadline coming up... :(.
There you have it folks! I don't have any resolutions specially made to commemorate 2010 :), I do it all the time. For you guys who have one, all the best in meeting those resolutions!
Monday, December 28, 2009
I was jolted from sleep at dawn by a panic hubby. The kitchen pipe had burst, water had flooded the kitchen and he couldn't locate the mains. So, in a daze, I made some calls and set out to mop the floor (which proved to be futile). Luckily our Malaysian friends who lived nearby, came after getting our SOS. They too, couldn't find the mains but managed to temporary stop the leak. Later a plumber came, located the mains in the most unthought-of place (inside the boiler) and fixed the pipe. Moral of the story: you should know where your mains for your electricity and water are if you are in the UK. It can be anywhere (someone's mains is even in the master bedroom). Kat Malaysia senang aje tempatnya...
Took time off from doing my assignments to watch my son perform in his school's nativity play in conjunction with Christmas. So cute :).
Handed-in my first assignment for the semester - statistics. I slogged it out for the assignment but was taken aback when I saw how thick the others' were compared to mine. Oh well, tawakkal aje lah. But what do you know... I did pretty well (somebody let me in on my results...hehehe).
Attended the first session of MCB's winter photography workshop. The instructors were Riezal and Omen. Some basics on photography but nonetheless, informative.
Added one more feather to my cap - DIY barber! Thought I could save money by cutting the menfolks' hair myself. Men's haircut here costs about 7 pounds (that would be about RM 35) and they don't really cut that much (macam trim aje). So with some encouragement from hubby and my friend, Faezah, I bought the Babyliss clipper kit which was on sale at Asda and set out to 'menggondolkan' all those bushy heads! Ngeh! Ngeh! Ngeh! It was not too difficult when you have the right tools (should have done this a long time ago!)
My forthnightly meeting with my supervisor. She told me not to kill myself over the assignments...hehehe...
"You don't mind getting a B or C, do you?"
she asked with great concern that I guiltily said I don't. Truth is I DO mind! Am going to confess about this mad obsession when we meet in two weeks time to discuss about my research questions. Ayoyo!
Attended second session of the photography workshop. The instructors were Akob and Nato, the humble 'photo-hobbyist'. Check-out his work at this link.
Teman budak2 play snow at the backyard. Wondered how they could last for so many hours in the plunging temperature. I kept running back to the house to warm my fingers and feet!
Handed in my second assignment - a 20 page critique of a research article. In order to critique one article, I ended reading even more books and article. Lastly, dah tak larat nak baca, hantar je lah ...
Chaperoned my two kids to watch 'New Moon'. The fact that I watched the movie a month after it openned, shows that I'm really not into all this Twilight-New Moon-Edward Cullen hype. I was really looking forward to the wolf-gnarling and Edward-bashing (no offence, Edward's fans :)) scenes that I saw in the trailer, though. Boy, was I let down. They were so brief! (just like in the trailer!). My verdict: the movie was a drag! I think Twilight was a wee bit better than this one (New Moon), although the former did drive me nuts with the oh-so-many scenes of the actors staring lovey-doveyly into each other's eyes :P. BTW Jacob looked so much better than Edward ... hehehe.
Spent Christmas at home - relaxing, watching TV, cooking, eating. Very merry indeed :).
I couldn't have possibly rivalled Rebecca Brandon nee Bloomwood, but was knocked out all the same on Boxing day. Well, after working so hard, I should reward myself, right? Hubby pointed out:
... and that's all I have to say about my December.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
(might have to buy those red sleighs from ASDA after all...:))
Monday, December 7, 2009
After about 2 months in Bristol, I finally set foot on her famous icon - the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
I have been wanting to go there ever since I saw it two days after I arrived at the city. As I recalled, we were on our way to the north of Bristol when I saw this majestic structure 'perched' on the cliff. I was totally awed.
There was an information centre at the North Somerset side of the bridge. Hubby (who majored in structure, but ended up in the 'net':P) was so into the exhibits. So, we spent quite sometime there watching the interactive show and reading the historical bits and pieces. I bought a few memorabilia to signify our visit there. Then, it was crossing back to the other side.
Once there, we went up to this 'castle' which turned out to be an observatory known as Bristol Camera Obscura. We didn't enter the place because by that time it was almost Asr, so we had to hurry home for our prayers (siang dah pendek...).
We will definitely visit the bridge again on another sunny day (which is hard to come by these days...huhuhu).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Kat sini, pokok2 semua dah togel and that reminds me of my garden back home. I'm sure it's in a mess right now. What remains is just memories of my tropical garden...huhuhu.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My take, it has happened to me before but I don't lose sleep over it. There are a hundred and one reasons why a friend might do that and only he/she (and God) knows why. Maybe it is something you did (wrong) or say (something stupid), but you'll never know for sure unless you ask him/her. Even if you did, there's no guarantee that the person will tell you why. That's the way life is. Some people like you, some people hate you, some people don't like or hate you but just "dont want to friend you" (budak2 kat Convent primary suka guna ni...hehehe). So it's your call - whether to crack your head pondering over the matter or just get on with your life.
I know many people in Facebook who are willing to accept just anybody as friends with open arms but I also happenned to know an increasing number who are very selective of who they are willing to share their friendship with. Takpe lah... masing2 punya preference.
On another issue, who would have thought that Facebook which enabled us to track our long-lost friends of yesteryears, mend old ties and establish new ones, has it's hazards. It's really an interesting topic to research on (I'm thinking like a researcher now - Sally must be proud of me...hehehe). Any takers??? Too bad that my research interest is on technology...
Luckily, a friend is doing a research on social networking (Yes, Beb, I meant you :D). Am looking forward to read the outcome of the research.
(which btw reminds me that I need to critique an article, not blog...huhuhu)
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
wholesome food on our plates ... (see that Kicap Kipas Udang & Lingham's sauce!)
long luxurious baths...
a warm, comfortable bed during cold windy nights.
Home is a "social context" (Understanding Educational Research! hehe!)
... a place of nurturing
a sanctuary of love ...
Home is where the heart is :)
(A feeble attempt at poetry...hehehe!)
Friday, October 16, 2009
At that time, with a lot of things that we had to do before we leave, I would smile wryly and say,
Being a true hot-blooded mammal from a tropical country, I have not really gotten used to the cold weather. I go to school dressed to a T (as in THICK) that some of my classmates would tease:
"My! You must have come from a warm country!"
"Enjoy the sun while you still can..." the locals added, cheerfully. By their standards, Bristol's weather has never been better.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I did not have any pictures of us at KLIA, but it was so "mengharukan" that family members and relatives took the trouble to send us off. Amid all that, the 5 of us did not shed a single tear but I was told that Yasmin, my niece, cried all the way back to Seremban (don't know if my father exaggerated to make us feel guilty for being so 'heartless'! Haha!). Truth is, we were emotionally & physically drained by a lot of things for months that we just don't know what to feel, think and do anymore. We were thinking, let's get this over with and try to get some rest once we arrive in the UK.
Well, we did get some rest and pampering on the plane. Flying Malaysia Airlines, business class, the stewardess practically fluttered around you till you couldn't breathe! After all, we were reminded time and again that they were "award-winning cabin crew". Hohoho!
The food... well, even though I'm not into their elaborated prawn cocktail, the rest was OK. Yup, that's right: ONLY OK. I mean, food should be savoured in the right ambience. Eating satay on a plane? I'd rather have smoke sting my eyes while I enjoy my satay at Samuri's belakang stadium Kajang tu... Huhuhu...
... to be continued (really have to read those journal articles ASAP)...
Monday, October 5, 2009
My favourite picture: Jon Syahmi, my cutie-pie :)
This would have been a nice picture of the Mister and Missus, if not for the 'noise' in the background (the telephone cable and that colorful 'flower' near my head!) Human hindsight.