Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mak Cik Urut


After 2 months away from UTM, I was told that my viva’s date has been decided.  So, I was on road again.After a continuous driving from Kedah to Johor alone, I arrived at UTM at 6PM.
Alhamdulillah everything went smoothly.There wasn’t any accident or heavy traffic except one near Tol Skudai which was very minor.

I went and back to lab to prepare my viva’s note.3 days later, the effect of sitting at long hours started to kicks in. My muscles and body ache everywhere.Then I knew I need to berurut.
I tried to call Ummi Skudai but I lost her contact number at the same time my blackberry died.
I have K.Sha and Akmar left.
But both of them cost a lot. My budget is very tight this time.Plus, K.Sha’s way of urut is too painful.

So, I watshapp’ed Nadeya to ask her about the tukang urut she had told me before.However, the tukang urut’s house is too far from UTM. I don’t think I can make it in my current condition.Then K.Dayang gave me a number. Cik Som is the owner of the number.Luckily, Cik Som has finished her job and I told her to wait for me.We can go to her house together.Cik Som is a cleaner in my faculty.

Cik Som told me she only urut for emergency only.She doesn’t do it regularly because she has two OKU children.My heart melted when I saw them.

I kind of confuse why people say mengurut is comforting and relaxing.

It was never relaxing for me. It actually hurts a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“YA ALLAH”“mak!” “Ow!” “OHHH!” “SAKIT!!!” I screamed nothing but those words in 1 hour 30 minutes.

Cik Som didn’t cost much.
When I asked her about the pay she just said, its up to me.
I gave her the normal pay I used to give to other tukang urut and she refused it.
She said it was too much.Finally, she accepted it after I told her the balance will be for another round later.That was only an excuse so that she’ll accept my money, actually I want to give it as a sedekah.
She said, next time urut is free of charge. She still doesn't want to receive my money.

Alhamdulillah after 2 days, my body feels lighter and better.
Perhaps, I don’t need a second round.

P/s: Anyone near Taman U or UTM yang nak diurut can contact Cik Som Cleaner UTM at 0177701740. She's good and nice.

Thursday, April 10, 2014



After an endless powerpoint-ing session, I need to take a rest.
With a few slide shows still in need of an extreme editing, I think it’s better for me to do something else first, or else I’ll lose focus. (1st alasan for procrastination!)
and there was a story I can’t get it out of my head.
Some called this withdrawal symptom and I’m sure every novel reader will face this after-effects situation once you’d found a very good story.
Those nice paragraphs just kept coming back.
So, to let me get it out in here.

It’s about the love story of Rianne and Riitho in one of the 5 novels I bought at BBW Penang.

Rianne De Zoete was a pretty, rich, spoilt girl and the heiress of a powerful mining company in South Africa. She’s a white and as far as she concerned, black people only exist to be white’s servant, nothing more. Her father, Marius’s has disappeared after her French mother passed away. She was sent to a boarding school in London by her aunt to learn about discipline and manner. At there, she met happy-go-lucky Charmaine, deep Nathalie and bookish Gabrielle, all 4 of them were roommates.

At first, Rianne had awful difficulties to adapt. Not only she didn’t have servants to help her but she needs to share the bathroom with black people. The black-white relationship in London was in better condition compared in her hometown and she hated it. During an outing, she bumped into a black boy that Charmaine liked. Riitho Modise was a handsome black boy (as described by many people), rich and the son of a powerful political leader in South Africa. Riitho’s father, Modise was locked together with Nelson Mandela. They fought for their freedom from white people’s oppression and it makes thing clear for both of them.

Rianne and Riitho hated each other to their core.

8 years later, Rianne has became a glamorous and most sought after model. With her mixed French+South Africa blood, she featured in billboards, magazines and countless catwalks in fashion show industry. Being a rich girl, she chose a modelling career as she doesn’t need to do anything other than a little posing. While Riitho has built his career as a young architect in New York. One day, on her way to Paris, Rianne once again bumped into Riitho at the airport. They still hated each other but at the same time something strange has occurred inside Rianne when she looked into Riitho’s eyes. At that time, Rianne already has a model boyfriend, Oliver.

A year later, Riitho featured in Time magazine’s front cover because of his achievements. Rianne bought the magazine and reads about Riitho when she’s in a plane with Oliver. The last question asked to Riitho hits her so much,
“Do you want to go back to South Africa?”
“Yes, it’s my hometown”
She, who has the every right had never thought about going back to South Africa while Riitho, who was in exile and forced to separate from his family wanted to go back.
She copied Riitho’s office address and went to find him.

Both of them were shocked with the fact that Rianne has made the 1st move.
A move that will break many rules.That night, Rianne has to go to a restaurant and leave at its backdoor then, Riitho waited at the backdoor. Riitho took her to another hidden place just to have a dinner. Riitho has to slip away from his bodyguard and his followers while Rianne has to avoid publicity and her high class family’s watcher.They have to maintain their relationship away from public as they both were from opposite parties and colours.
They started secretly dating after soon after that and their risky relationship continued for 4 years. No one else knew except for Riitho’s most trusted bodyguard and bookish Gabby.
A sudden twist happened when Rianne was kidnapped by Riitho’s followers as a bargaining chip to Mandela and Modise’s freedom. Media started to notice their relationship when 2 of Riitho’s bodyguards were killed during the dramatic rescue. Riitho was called by his father’s political party while Rianne was hidden somewhere else.

A year later, Mandela and Modise were freed. South African and the whole world were celebrating the most historic event. Riithos and Rianne were separated again when Riitho chose to support his father to fight for black people’s freedom.Rianne was left out and critiqued.Her aunt and the rest of her families in South Africa hated her.Even the modelling agencies banned her.They viewed her as traitor. Both Rianne and Riitho were traitors.

3 years later, Rianned has backed on her feet and worked as a photographer but she never forgotten about Riitho. She had watched Riitho on TV during the merging of Mandela’s and Modise’s parties. Riitho has opened an architecture agency in New York after everything about Mandela-Modise has settled down and after his mother, Njeri tried to force him into marriage.  Political marriages with black girls, not with some arrogant white girl. Njeri kept reminding her son.

Gabby and her husband Nael, a Palestinian and also Riitho's roommate while in boarding school  planned to make them together again.
When Nael went to meet Riitho, he realized that Riitho wasn't at his best condition neither.
"It's hard" Riitho sighed
"What is hard?" he asked.
"Being without her"
After nearly 5 years of separation, they met for the first time in Gabby’s daughter ceremony.
They have mature in many ways. 

"De Zoete, do you know what will happen if you cross the door?" he asked

She nodded and they fell in love again.
but this time, their aims and will were stronger than before.
They fought hard for their relationship.
After 2 years of fighting to win their families’ blessings, they won.
Rianne and Riitho got married at the last page of the story, 20 years after their first accidental meeting. Gila.

Everything and nothing.
The End.
Happy ending is nice.
The novel entitled Sundowners 
Wrote by Lesley Lokko
Another thing that makes this novel special is how it shows the vast knowledge of the writer in Geography. Nathalie has a boyfriend, Shacha Nilam from Malaysia (a Malay + Germany, if I'm not mistaken). She came to Malaysia to start up her factory in Shah Alam, there were some communications in Malay between Sacha and his Nek and Sacha travelled from Shah Alam to Singapore to meet with Nat's mother. This is the first time I read about Malaysia in an English novel, which is so awesome.
Good job Lesley Lokko!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Road Trip ke Terengganu dan Kelantan


Pada 14-16hb Mac 2014, saya dan Athirah ke pantai timur untuk menghadiri majlis perkahwinan Ana. Kesempatan itu kami gunakan sehabis baik untuk berjalan-jalan cari makan di sana. Sebelum berangkat saya dah google tempat makan menarek di Kuala Terengganu. Tak sabarnya!

14 hb Mac, Jumaat
Kami bertolak pada pukul 8.30pagi setelah Athirah sampai dari Pendang. Kekonon nak gerak pukul 5pagi tapi Allah jua Penentu Utama. Disebabkan ini kali pertama kami berdua drive ke sana, perjalanan kami bergantung 90% pada Waze, 4% signboard, 4% google map dan 2% instinct. Jalan Baling-Gerik memang menarik. Bayangkan on the way tu kami terserempak dengan gajah. Masing2 punya tergamam sampai terlupa nak snap picture.

Jeli-Kuala Terengganu
Kami berhenti rehat dan have our lunch di R&R Jeli, Kelantan pada pukul 12 tengahari. Athirah ambil alih stering kereta sampailah ke Kuala Terengganu.
Ada 2 route nak ke Kuala Terenganu, melalui jalan pekan or melalui jalan pantai. Untuk pergi kami pilih jalan pantai dan jalan pekan ketika pulang.

 Laut China Selatan yang segak bergaya menyambut kami sebaik keluar selekoh Fitri (bukan nama orang tetapi nama tempat).
 Sambil2 drive sambil melalui pantai sangat lah best. Teringat pula time menyusuri Pantai Desaru, Johor dengan Anie dulu2. Bahagia sungguh perasaannya. Oh mungkin juga kerana kami berada di Kampung Bahagia.

 Menariknya Kuala Terengganu ni kita kena melintasi Pulau Duyong melalui dua jambatan yang menghubungkan Seberang Takir-Pulau Duyong-Kuala Terengganu. Cuaca pada 14hb Mac sangat cun dan perfect.

Peliharakan Terengganu"

Kami teruskan perjalanan ke Pulau Batu Burok kira2 8 minit dari KT. 
Saya booked Intan Beach Resort via Agoda RM100/room. Biliknya bagus walaupun tak seaview. Kami pun bukannya berlama-lama di sana, cuma sekadar untuk tidor.
Usai check-in dan solat, kami terus keluar cari laut.

Sangatlah indah ciptaan Allah. Laut yang meluas ni sangat nyaman dan menginsafkan. Time tu pencarian MH370 masih tertumpu di Laut China Selatan, jadi perasaan kami dekat sgt dengan mereka. Pantai ni tak boleh mandi so kami beli satay ikan dan lepak2 tepi pantai. Itu pun rasa seronok dah. Around pukul 5.30 kami gerak ke Pasar Payang. Tapi bila kami sampai kami tak jumpa Pasar tu sebab dia tak dibuka pada hari Jumaat. So, kami terus ke Taman Tamadun Islam.

 Mulanya nak masuk tengok monumen masjid tapi dengan harga RM20 entry fee kami decided naik TTI Rivercruise ja la. Lagipun time tu depa dah nak tutup. Nasib baik kami sempat catch-up last trip rivercruise. Time tu ada juga geng RTM Sabah dan student dari UMK.

 Selama 45 minit cruising, tourist guide menceritakan perihal pulau2, kampung nelayan dan tempat2 menarik yang dapat dilihat dari dalam boat.  Yang menariknya semua tempat kat situ guna nama orang pertama menjejakinya. Contoh, Pulau Hajah Siah.

 Boat stop beberapa saat untuk kita menghayati pemandangan Masjid Kristal.
 Walaupun namanya Masjid Kristal, ia bukanlah 100% made from crystal. Cuma ada beberapa spots yang diperbuat dari kristal tapi saya takkan mention di sini. Pergi sana tengok sendiri.

Kelakarnya on the way melalui jambatan atas Pulau Duyong kami nampak masjid ni. Magically, time kami berdua sama-sama pusing kepala tengok bumbung masjid kristal ni berkilau seakan-akan bunyi "Ting" muncul (imaginasi lebih skit). Pantulan cahaya matahari yang sungguh memukau.
Baliknya kami stop di Giant untuk beli hadiah wedding for Ana.
 Rice cooker, hair dryer, blender dan vacum cleaner kami beli dan terus di wrapped oleh customer service. Bestnya beli di Giant sebab ada wrapping service ni seperti di Jusco. Tesco takdak. Sayang sekali.
Kira2 pukul 8malam kami gerak keluar cari seafood as our dinner. Cadangnya nak makan kat NR Cafe yang ramai orang recommend tu tapi biasa la tempat popular, kami sampai ja depa gantung board

So, kami ke Mama Restaurant berdekatan dengan NR Cafe. Perut lapar dah tak larat nak memilih. Tapi alhamdulillah syukur Mama Restaurant ni sangat tidak mengecewakan.
Kami order nasi putih 2, tomyam seafood, udang pedas dan kailan ikan masin. Total cuma RM18. Gila2 murah. Udang besar pula tu. Kami pulang ke resort dengan hati yang sangat bahagia.

15hb Mac, Sabtu
Kuala Terengganu-Bukit Bunga, Jeli
Berlagak seperti seorang rakyat Terengganu, tak sah rasanya tak breakfast nasi dagang. Hasil google menunjukkan nasi dagang sedap terletak di Medan Selera Batu Burok. Yezza. Dekat sangat dengan resort kami. Kedai Kak Pah Nasi Dagang ni pernah masuk Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan di TV3.

 Sepinggan RM4. Ramai sungguh customer, silih berganti. Memang sedap. Ikan tongkolnya besar dan segar. Nasinya pun lembut. Memang sangat merbeles!.
Usai sarapan, kami ke Pasar Besar Payang. Kedai banyak lagi tak buka ketika kami sampai. Pun begitu saya sempat beli 3 pasang digital print batik yang berharga RM50/sepasang. Kami beli 5 dapat RM45/sepasang.

Kami balik check out dan terus ke rumah Ana.
 Selamat Pengantin Baru, Noor Zanariah Binti Zakaria
Kami beroommate bersama dari final year degree dan 1st year master. Tak pernah kedekut dan sangat baik Terima kasih sebab selalu jadi banker bagi pinjam duit. Semoga dimurahkan rezeki.
Ada banyak sangat nak ditanya dan disembang tapi lidah kelu. huhu.
Semoga Ana bahagia dengan suami terchenta!

Kami memita diri untuk pulang pada pukul 2 petang. On the way kami stop di Keropok Losong BTB yang terletak di Seberang Takir. Sebenarnya menurut research saya ramai yang taktau pasal tempat ni, kalau tanya orang tempatan pun taktau, mereka kata kalau nak keropok losong pergi Kampung Losong yang berdekatan TTI. Tapi bila kita cakap keropok losong ambil nombor giliran baru mereka tahu. Kata Anie, BTB lagi sedap dari Kg. Losong tu yang kami pulun cari. Saya beli RM20 keropok.

Perjalanan pulang terpaksa dihentikan kerana hujan lebat. Agak bahaya nak drive dilaluan Jeli-Gerik dalam keadaaan jalan licin. Jadi kami ambil keputusan untuk check in di Iman Budget Hotel yang terletak di Bukit Bunga, Jeli. 
Kami sampai di sana pukul 5petang. Masa yang masih ada kami melawat kawasan beli belah di Bukit Bunga.

 Kawasan ni macam kat Padang Besar, Perlis versi kecil. Barang pun sama. Saya sempat beli beras pulut Siam 2kg. Asal stop ja mesti beli something ~_~". Kawasan ni macam tempat persinggahan orang ramai, so banyak motel dan kedai makan. Kami makan di Kedai Ikan Bakar pula. Murah dan boleh tahan la rasanya. Tapi still tak boleh lawan tom yam di Mama. 

16 hb Mac, Ahad
Berlagak seperti seorang rakyat Kelantan, tak sah rasanya tak sarapan nasi kerabu. Saya ni penggemar nasi kerabu, kalau kat UTM boleh dinner nasi kerabu selama seminggu. Tapi rasanya tak sama dengan nasi kerabu asli Kelantan. 
 Kami breakfast di kedai makan Kak Yah Tomyam. Sedapnya nasi kerabu di sini!. Isi ikan yang diracik (iye kot) makcik tu bagi banyak. Ulam pun dia letak banyak. Puas hati.

Kami bertolak balik selepas perut penuh diisi.

Kami stop sebentar di Jeti Awam yang terletak berdekatan Royal Belum Rainforest dan Tasik Banding. Subhanallah cantik sangat panorama di sini. Dengan suasana hujan ala2 rintik gerimis suasananya sgt romantik. Lenkali nak melawat sini pula. Ada houseboat yang menarik.

Kami sampai Jeniang, Kedah kira2 pukul 12. Stop lagi lunch di Kedai Cendol Pulut Jeniang untuk menjamah bihun sup, Athirah makan koteaw sup dan kami add on cendol.

Encik Perut, kamu mesti paling happy tiga hari ni!

Alhamdulillah kami selamat pergi dan balik.
InsyaAllah worth to re-visit!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ayah yang dulu bukan yang sekarang


what a long title i put up there.
But its true though.
Ayah is no longer the same as he was before.
everything twists 180degree soon after he was bedridden since 5 month.
 it really took my family by surprise.
But ayah is a survivor. When doctors have gave up, he struggling and clinging to life
and alhamdulillah ayah is getting better in our care.
My family learns a lot from this.

Our leader has fallen ill.
His co-pilot, Mak has to be strong to lead the family.
His subordinates, his children have to stay strong too.
 we believe, Allah never abandons us.
Allah showers us with reminders by taking 2 precious people away and took away ayah's health
Indeed, a valuable gift to increase our iman.

3 years ago
Great health, still strong to carry Zahra

5 months ago
Unconscious state 50/50
Ayah cannot talk, eat thru feeding ryle tube
He didn't even recognise me

2 days ago
Alhamdulillah he's fully concious
He can call everyone around if he wants to pee or drink
Best thing is, he can recite Al-Fatihah now.
But still cannot follow my pace when i reciting Yaasin besides him.
 I need to go super slow so that he can follow. After 10th ayat he will stop and only listen.
I'm on a mission to make him fully able to recite 3 Khul.
I'm very happy with my life now.


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