Friday, October 30, 2009

Inspired

I did mentioned in one of my previous post that I am thinking of wearing skinny fitted jeans with a knee length boots (which, according to "someone"; looks like badut :P)....

and walla!

(photo is courtecy of dear friend, Mr. Eddie Chan)

there Amber Chia marching proudly on the runway during The Gardens Fashion Week 09 for Fall collection...wearing something similar! ;)


Oh..a kind reader did emailed me this photo, which she found from the net, hoping that I can get some ideas...thanks Nurra, that was so sweet of you. I am honored that you are following my blog :)

Last Sunday, I managed to do a little bit of window shopping at OU while spending quality time with my loved ones. Lucky me that winter/fall season is coming soon so most of the stores are already selling different style of boots, including the knee-length boots.


-Charles & Keith-
RM215

Aldo any of those two:
RM740 each! :p


Oh well, I still have plenty of time for few series of window shopping...i need more options. I'm searching for something within or below RM100 as I'm sure I will not wear the boots often (unless hub, maybe you wanna take us to Europe next year... :P).

By the way, here is a useful link on how to wear boots:

http://www.emmagem.com/2008/06/20/how-to-wear-boots/

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Story Worth Sharing

I copied this story which was forwarded to a dear friend K.Sally (thanks! :) ). Tears were in my eyes the minute I finished reading this beautiful piece of email.


To those who have read it, no harm in recapitulate it. After all, it is a good story.


To those who haven't read it, happy reading and pondering :)


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A story worth sharing

4 years ago, an accident took my beloved away and very often I wonder, how does my wife, who is now in the heavenly realm, feel right now? She must be feeling extremely sad for leaving a husband who is incapable to taking care of the house and the kid. 'cos that is the exact feeling that I have, as I feel that I have failed to provide for the physical and emotional needs of my child, and failed to be the dad and mum for my child.

There was one particular day, when I had an emergency at work. Hence, I had to leave home whilst my child was still sleeping. So thinking that there were still rice leftovers, I hastily cooked an egg and left after informing my sleepy child.

With the double roles, I am often exhausted at work as well as when I am home. So after a long day, I came home, totally drained of all energy. So with just a brief hug and kiss for my child, I went straight into the room, skipping dinner. However, when I jumped into my bed with intention of just having a well-deserved sleep, all I heard and felt was broken porcelain and warm liquid! I flipped open my blanket, and there lies the source of the 'problem'... a broken bowl with instant noodles and a mess on the bed sheet and blanket!

Boy, was I mad! I was so furious that I took a clothes hanger, charged straight at my child who was happily playing with his toy, and give him a good spanking! He merely cried but not asking for mercy, except a short explanation:

"Dad, I was hungry and there wasn't anymore leftover rice. But you were not back yet hence I wanted to cook some instant noodles. But I remembered you reminding me not to touch or use the gas stove without any adults around, hence I turned on the shower and used the hot water from the bathroom to cook the noodles. One is for you and the other is for me.


However, I was afraid that the noodles will turn cold, so I hid it under the blanket to keep it warm till you return. But I forgot to remind you 'cos I was playing with my toys...I am sorry Dad..."

At that moment, tears were starting to run down my cheeks...but I didn't want my son to see his dad crying so I dashed into the bathroom and cried with the shower head on to mask my cries. After that episode, I went towards my son to give him a tight hug and applied medication on him, while coaxing him to sleep. Then, it was time to clear up the mess on the bed. When everything was done and well past midnight, I passed my son's room, and saw that he was still crying, not from the pain on his little buttock, but from looking at the photograph of his beloved mummy.

A year has passed since the episode, I have tried, in this period, to focus on giving him both the love of his dad and mum, and to attend to
most of his needs. And soon, he is turning seven, and will be graduating
from kindergarten. Fortunately, the incident did not leave a lasting
impression on his childhood memories and he is still happily growing up.

However, not so long ago, I hit my boy again, with much regret. This time, his kindergarten teacher called, informing me of my son's absence from school. I took off early from work and went home, expecting him to explain. But he wasn't to be found, so I went around our house, calling out his name and eventually found him outside a stationery shop, happily playing computer games. I was fuming, brought him home and whack the hell out of him. He did not retaliate, except to say, 'I am sorry, Dad'. But after much probing, I realized that it was a 'Talent Show' organized by his school and the invite is for every student's mummy. And that was the
reason for his absence as he has no mummy.....

Few days after the caning, my son came home to tell me, the kindergarten has recently taught him how to read and write. Since then, he has kept to himself and stayed in his room to practice his writing, which I am sure, would make my wife proud, if she was still around. 'cos he makes me proud too!

Time passes by very quickly, and soon another year has passed. It's winter, and its Christmas time. Everywhere the Christmas spirit is in every passer-by...Christmas carols and frantic shoppers....but alas, my son got into another trouble. When I was about to knock off from the day's work, the post office called. Due to the peak season, the post master was also on an edgy mood. He called to tell me that my son has attempted to post several letters with no addressee. Although I did make a promise never to hit my son again, I couldn't help but to hit him as I feel that this child of mine is really beyond control. Once again, as before, he apologized, ' I'm sorry, Dad' and no additional reason to explain. I pushed him towards a corner, went to the post office to collect the letters with no addressee and came home, and angrily questioned my son on his prank, during this time of the year.

His answer, amidst his sobbing, was : The letters were for Mummy.

My eyes grew teary, but I tried to control my emotions and continued to ask him: " But why did u post so many letters, at one time?" My son's reply was: " I have been writing to mummy for a long time, but each time I reach out for the post box, it was too high for me, hence I was not able to post the letters. But recently, when I went back to the postbox, I could reach it and I sent it all at once..."

After hearing this, I was lost. Lost at not knowing what to do, what to say.....

I told my son, " Son, mummy is in the heavenly kingdom, so in future, if you have anything to tell her, just burn the letter and it will reach mummy. My son, on hearing this, was much pacified and calm, and soon after, he was sleeping soundly. On promising that I will burn the letters on his behalf, I brought the letters outside, but couldn't help opening the letter before they turn to ash.

And one of the letters broke my heart....

Dear Mummy,

I miss you so much! Today, there was a 'Talent Show' in school, and the school invited all mothers for the show. But you are not around, so I did not want to participate as well. I did not tell Dad about it as I was afraid that Dad would start to cry and miss you all over again. Dad went around looking for me, but in order to hide my sadness, I sat in front of the computer and started playing games at one of the shops. Dad was furious, and he couldnt help it but scolded and hit me, but I did not tell him the real reason.

Mummy, everyday I see Dad missing you and whenever he think of you, he is so sad and often hide and cry in his room. I think we both miss you very very much. Too much for our own good I think. But Mummy, I am starting to forget your face. Can you please appear in my dreams so that I can see your face and remember you? I heard that if you fall asleep with the photograph of the person whom you miss, you will see the person in your dreams. But mummy, why havent you appear?


After reading the letter, I cant stop sobbing. 'cos I can never replace the irreplaceable gap left behind by my wife....

For the females with children:

Don't do so much overtime. If you cannot finish the work, it must be some kind of problems within the company, and it is not your sole problem. Feedback to your boss. Endless overtime may not necessary be the answer to the problem. Take care of your health so that you can treasure and take care of your little precious.

For the married men:


Drink less, smoke less, cos nothing can replace your good health, not even business nor clients.

Try thinking this way, are you able to work till your clients are totally dependent on you? Or your boss is totally dependent on you? In this society, no one is indispensable.

Take care of your health, so that you can take care of your little precious and your loved ones.

For those singles out there:

Beauty lies in loving yourself first.

With confidence and loving yourself, you will see the beauty in other things around you. You will be able to work better and happier. Don't let your health be affected by your work or your boss, so nothing matters more than your well being.


p.s: bear with the crazy fonts...i just cut n paste. I'm busy and too lazy to edit :P


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Any Idea?

Year end is coming soon, which means annual dinner is coming for most of the companies. In E, instead of annual dinner, we call it Year End Party.

Last year was my first time, as it was the first year I joined E. The theme is Ericsson T-Party...and the dress code was any Ericsson's T-shirt from any era (mind you, E has been around for almost 20 years in Malaysia) and you just have to wear it creatively. To some, it was a silly theme, booooring and unglamorous...to me, it was such a relief! Reason being, an 8 months infant was inside my bloated tummy, what else was more comfy for me to wear rather than a huuuuuuge t-shirt! Hihihi.. I was lucky enough that a week before the party the secretary handed me an extra E t-shirt from an event, male size L. Owwh, it fit my tummy perfectly! ;) What-to-wear-for-a-party was not an issue for me, at all....phewww :)


But this year, it's a different story tho...

Firstly, the venue itself, has created controversial and confusion, especially to the Muslim employees. The chosen place is Euphoria-by Ministry of Sound, Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel. To those who doesn't know, Euphoria is one of the high class club in Malaysia, officially opened in 2008 and Ministry of Sound here is a branch of UK famous Ministry of Sound.

Muslim? Hijab? clubbing?

It doesn't sounds right, isn't it? However, according to the committees, they booked the whole floor for the party, and the environment will be changed according to the theme...it will be a private party, no usual clubbing activity from 7pm to 11pm.


Secondly, the theme is: "Off-The-Wall". Oh my, what is it exactly? According to the committees, it means; having different experiences, being unconventional, energetic and colourful. Definitely something which is not formal. I am thinking of....

maybe this...
+

which will look something like this..



to match with maybe a colourful baby doll dress or a kimono inspired top..



But still maintaining the decent look (bolehkah? :P). Anyway, I still have another 27 days to go. Ideas, opinion, suggestion...whatever you call it, I need it. :)

Gorgeous ladies,

Any idea?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Celebrating His 9 Months

Our baby has just turned 9 months old last Friday. Meaning, 3 more months left before he turns to 1 year old. Time flew fast, thus every moment is so precious that me and Fadzil decided to make out the best out of it. We tried to spend as maximum time as we can with little angel, even it means that we have to sacrifice our beauty sleep at night when he wakes up to play with us.

Faaz is now weighing approximately 9.4kg, but I'm not sure about his height, we haven't measured it for quite sometime. Nevertheless, many says he is growing well...neither too small nor too big for his size. Just nice :) Although I admit it is now not easy for me to carry him longer than before, I love his chubbiness, he's like a teddy bear that I can cuddle comfortably during my sleep time..bulat je. Best! :)

To date, he has four teeth; two on the front up and two on the front, bottom. More to come soon, based on the drooling saliva and the nonstop brushing the gum (gatal gusi! :P). Character wise, he is now a parrot to us. He will try to imitate anything that we do or say...which means, he is now more alert, catching up and learning fast. It's so entertaining yet funny to see him in action. Mulut, jangan cakaplah...teramatlah bising! :) We try to teach him as much as we can.So far, alhamdulillah..he can understand instructions in English, Malay and Urdu quite well. He can now pointed to things/animals when we asked. He will shake his head whenever it is a "No-No" to him. He claps when he is happy. Especially when he saw me bringing his meal..he will clap, clap, clap! :) Yesterday, I was on M.C. While watching the "Hi 5" show on the TV, he suddenly imitate their dance. At that time, I was holding him while he stand (oh yeah..he loves to stand although he can't crawl properly). It was damn cute!! Was thinking to video call my hubby to show him but the phone was way too far to reach.


Besides ball, Faaz loves car so much. Thus, last weekend Daddy decided to bring us out for dinner. A treat at Delicious for Mommy, and car rides for Faaz at MV. Thanks Sayang, so sweet of you.. *smooch* ;)

Spaghetti Carbonara for me

Delicious Burger for him

At first, Faaz was furious when the waiter took the menu from him. The waiter tu pun satulah. Leave la one menu for him to play. Not that my baby can tear the hardcover menu...sian Faaz.

For the very first time, Faaz buat muka protest! :P

Fadzil suggested that I show him how to spin a coin, to bring back his mood. Owh, Faaz was so into it. Serious je muka dia, trying his best to spin a 20 cents coin. Hihi. See those cute little fingers...owh, mommy guwam!!

This photo below is the best...a candid of Faaz while he was sneezing..*aaachumm!!* hihihi :)

After the meals, as promised Daddy bring Faaz for some car rides. It was the first time for Faaz actually. When Daddy put the coins inside the machine, Mommy dh prepare siap-siap in case Faaz terkejut n nangis when the car moves. Surprisingly, this little hero doesn't cry at all. Suka lagi ada. Smiling away and enjoying his ride while putar-putar the steering...As anticipated,he cried when Daddy carried him out of the car when it was over. Terpaksalah we let him play for 3 times before call it a day...Faaz, Faaz :)

To Tok Mak Faaz, (my mom do check my blog once a while) here's the living proof that your grandson is a resemblance of your menantu! :)



p/s: did you noticed that he was shoe-less? Punyalah excited goyang kaki sampai tertanggal kasut..muahaha!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Choral Speaking

Besides cheerleading, I have been introduced to this activity 15 years ago (uh oh..i feel old :P), when I continued my secondary learning in SM Convent Seremban (now it is known as Sek Men Puteri, Seremban).

During that period, I have been given the privileged to stand either at the most front, or at the last row (on top of the platform, of course), due to my "petite-ness" :P Chorus speaking activity also took me to visit other schools in NS such as our traditional all girl school "rival", the famous TKC and SDAR for inter state competitions.

What is a choral speaking? someone may ask...Well, choral speaking is basically projecting your voice by a chorus of speakers. A little bit like choir, but instead of singing, we recite
a combination of a story+poetry+song, with face mimic/action. I love this activity as it emphasize on disciplines, teach us to always be alert, as well as improving your English pronunciation, especially the jargon :)

Recently, I stumbled upon this cool clip which reminded me of this activity (and buat pengguna 'The Power of Dreams' like me teruja..:) ). I must say their choral speaking is superb!

Enjoy!



p.s: Happy 9 months old, Faaz Naqi! :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two More Days Before He Turns 9 Months...

Hmm..youtube website has already been opened.
Perfect! this must be Daddy
punya kerja :P

Align CenterOk..come here Mr. Mouse, I need your assistance to click on the search tab..

Alright, the next step is...hmmm....how do I spell "Barney"???

Uiks!..how come the toolbar came out??
I've must have accidentally press something.

..."n"..."e"..."y"...hope this is correct.
Penat Faaz type ni..
This table is is too high..Daddy should make it lower, instead.

Haaa!...its coming! its coming!

Oh pocot!!!
Mommmmmy!!!
why you do like that, Faaz almost fell out of the chair tau...


Sorry Mommy, I accidentally yelled at you.
Faaz terkejut...kusss semangat :
P
Faaz need not to be hold. I can balance myself well now, Mommy.
Don't worry.
Sorry I sneakingly watch Barney's clip..
Can I continue, Mommy?
Puhhleeeese?


That's my baby, caught in action last night in our bedroom, approximately two more days before Muhammad Faaz Naqi turns 9 months. His progress is speeding up, so does his age..huhu. He will turn 1 year old in 3 months time (Many says, he already looks like a 1 year old pun now). One year old means, a "toddler", no more a "baby' *sob*. Faaz, although Mommy feels you are growing so fast nowadays, I am so grateful and thankful to The Most Gracious, Allah SWT for the opportunity to see you grows from day 1 in my womb until today. Everyday is even more wonderful since you came into Mommy's and Daddy's life. We love you baby! :)

"Ya Allah, panjangkanlah umur ini agar aku dapat melihat anakku membesar sehingga dewasa, dan semoga dia membesar dengan sempurna, menjadi anak yang soleh dan khalifahmu yang berjaya, dunia & akhirat..
Aaminn."

Monday, October 5, 2009

A little bit of Japanese Cuisine

We had our department's lunch last week at JW Marriott, Putrajaya. Midori Japanese Restaurant was the chosen place this time (In E, we have our departmental luncheon every quarter of the year). The restaurant was a bit secluded...cozy. Japanese bamboo and small waterfall were the main deco. They have rooms for you to dine in privately or a big space for gathering...just like us. I heart the way they arrange the dining table. Neat, clean and very cute. Japanese are very detail kan? :)
Justify FullHonestly, I am not a fan of Japanese food except for Teppanyaki, (my favorite!). Reason being, I don't enjoy eating raw food as I can't tolerate the unpleasant odor coming from raw fishes/seafood (hanyir :P). Secondly I can't eat seafood as it will trigger skin rashes (allergic). However, food served in Midori Japanese Restaurant is an exception. A must try. Seriously..sedap! :) These are the cuisine that we have that day:

1. Sashimi
Thinly sliced, raw scallops/fresh fish.

As I said earlier, I can't stand the malodour of the seafood. But, according to my friend, fresh salmons doesn't smell. She was right. The salmon was tasty indeed, especially when you deep it inside the soy sauce with a little bit of wasabi...nyumm! However, I have to pass on the Maguro (Tuna), it still smelly to me :P


2. Chawanmushi
The egg custard dish

Cute kan the name? :) Literally, chawanmushi means tea cup steam as the egg was steamed in a cute cup. The egg custard usually consists of an egg mixture flavored with soy sauce, dashi, and mirin, with numerous ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms, kamaboko and boiled shrimp. I was lucky that mine did not have boiled shrimp in it..phewww. the taste is mild, just nice, I like it :)


3. Sushi
Vinegar rice, topped with other ingredients and wrapped with nori (seaweed)

Our sushi were filled with some cucumber, salmon and fish egg. The taste is acceptable for me as it was not smelly. Again, I dipped it with soy sauce + wasabi for the flavour :)


4. Tempura
Deep fried battered seafood/meat/vege

Our's was prawn tempura, which means a no-no for me. Nevertheless, I still ate one as it was so tempting...huhu, I can't help it (Kerja Pui Sun & Sheryl yer yang dok goda2 saya :P). As a result, a series of rashes developed on my both arms right after the lunch. Konon-konon they said the green tea helped to neutralize the toxic...duh!! padan muka sendiri! *dush!!* :P


5. Fish Kabayaki
Fish meat, dipped in sweet soy sauce-base sauce before broiled on a grill.

The tenderness of the fish meat blends perfectly with the sweet sauce. This one is nice too.


6. Oyster Motoyaki
baked oyster topped with a mayonnaise-based sauce served in an oyster shell

I love oyster! especially the fresh ones, with a little bit of lemon juice...nyumm! It's kinda weird actually, although I am allergic to seafood, my body tolerate very well with oyster (which I have not yet to find out WHY...but who cares??! boleh makan, makan je lah...ahaha :)) ). I heart this meal. The mayo blends well with the juicy oyster..enak! :)


7. Chicken Teriyaki
chicken broiled and grilled in tare (sweet soy sauce) marinade

It taste like usual teriyaki..sweet, and salty. Somehow the taste is almost the same as Kabayaki.



8. Chicken Teppanyaki
the style of cooking which derived from the word "teppan" (iron plate) and "yaki" (pan-fried)

At last..here came my favourite dish, served with sliced garlic chip...nyumm! Enjoyed this the most. hihi.. :)


9.Takikomi GohanJapanese rice dish seasoned with dashi and soy sauce along with mushrooms, vegetables, meat, or fish.

It taste like a Fried Rice to me...a not too dry ones. The taste of dried shrimp is very obvious. It was garnished with sliced garlic chip and spring onion. Accompanied with this, which is also my favourite. Usually, it is served with teppanyaki..


10. Miso Soup
A traditional Japanese soup consist of dashi stock and mixed into softened miso paste, japanese tofu and nori (seaweed).

11. Matcha no aisu kurīmu
A famous Japanese Ice-cream flavour (green tea). Matcha comes from a specific type of green tea used in Japanese tea ceremony.

Last but not least...the appetizer! For those who are not really familiar with this flavour (like myself), need not to worry. This ice-cream was topped with the red bean paste, which neutralized the strong green tea flavour. Perfect! :)


The satisfied patrons :P
Me and my Japanese "translator", Nini (she's good in Japanese tau!)

It is nice when you have the opportunity to indulge yourself with foreign food once a while. You can also learn a little bit about their culture through food, too. Sometimes you'll enjoyed it, sometimes you won't. It's all depends on our individual taste bud and how well the food is prepared. In Malay we say, Tepuk Dada, Tanya Selera :)