Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Melbourne 2017~

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Dear blog,

We just came back from Melbourne 2 days ago. My second time there after 16 years. Boy, not much has changed. Pretty much the same. Same concept, same route, same outlets.. Here are some of the pictures taken. Not in order though.










Monday, August 14, 2017

Places I Eat in Melaka..~

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Hello dearest blog (Going to be a long entry)


For two weekends, i received guests who came over to visit me and to enjoy meals in Melaka. On August 4th, Nena & Ira came over to Melaka for a short weekend getaway. I wished i was here the entire weekend to serve them but i had other commitments as my cousin was getting married on the 6th so i had to be in kl on the 5th and 6th. 

Nena & Ira came over to my place for lunch. During eid, i was at Nena's and she told she never tasted any of my cookings. I told her, if she wants it, she has to come over to Melaka. Challenge accepted and she was actually here and requested for my famous Chicken Asam Pedas. Little did i know that Chicken Asam Pedas is her favourite and i was glad both of them loved my Asam Pedas. Alhamdulillah.

We chatted for about 4 hours before i left for KL and they went back to their hotel for rest. But before that, i gave them lists of places to crash for meals. Mana yang sempat jela yang diaorang boleh singgah. Viewed their Instagram account once i reached kl and boom... They actually go to the places i suggested and they loved them all. In fact, they said they would want to come here again as there were still plenty of food that they have missed during this trip.

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Right after cousin's wedding, i was down with fever, flu, cough, sore throat. And apparently, i had tonsillitis. That was my very first experience of tonsillitis. Wow, sakitnya kemain. Patutlah ramai kata sakit yang amat. Anyhow, the newly wed and his parents told me that the would want to visit me in Melaka if i am back. Dengarya khabar tu, i decided to to drive myself back to Melaka on Thursday just because i really wanted them to crash.

Kuih Keria Antarabangsa

They reached my place around 6pm. I served them Kuih Keria Antarabangsa because i just thought most people who come to Melaka semuanya nak rasa kuih tu. Kedai tu hanya famous after Hanis Zalikha posted it. Surprisingly ramai pula nak try kuih tu. As for us orang Melaka, it was nothing. Of course memang lembut and all. Tapi, kuih keria is just another kuih keria. Anyhow, they rested for awhile before i took them out for dinner at one of my favourite places; Casa Lagenda. And they loved what ever they have ordered. After dinner, we drove around to see Melaka at night and took a cruise ride. Cousin's wife enjoyed it. Hehe..

Casa Lagenda

Melaka River Cruise

The night rained very heavily. So we started the next day quite late. Intended to have breakfast at Hjh Rubiah's but surprisingly most of the food are finished even it was only 9am. Normally, datang pukul 11am pun, ada lagi. Maybe sebab hujan kot, ramai pergi breakfast kedai dekat dengan rumah saje. 

Kayu Arang Roti Canai

Rashid Corner

Since tak ada rezeki, i thought of taking them to Kayu Arang, tapi satu jalan was jammed and nak ikut jalan lain but missed the exit. So, i took them to Rashid Corner instead. Told them they have good lontong and kari kambing. So those were the one they ordered and good thing was, the food met with their taste bud. 

Menara Taming Sari

After breakfast, ayahsu said he waned to see the Menara Taming Sari and guess what, we actually bought the tickets and that was the first time for me, cousin and his wife experience. Apparently, ayahsu & ucu already be on it before with ayah & mamy :). He wanted to take me there because i have never been there.. Thank you ayahsu & ucu.

Big Bowl Ice

Ayahsu told me that he wanted to have cendol pulut durian. I promised to buy him one. Tapi, nak parking kat San Shu Gong was hard. Hence, instead of taking them to San Shu Gong, we went to Big Bowl Ice. Ayahsu & ucu ordered Royal duria snow ice with durian and ice cream, aie & aida ordered Durian show ice with mango and ice cream, while me; Chocolate chow ice with oreo powder. They loved what they have ordered. Good!! :')

Row Six Restaurant

Pak Putra Restaurant

We skipped lunch and had an early dinner at 6pm. I took them to Rowsix. Apparently they have never tried Vietnamese Coffee before and Aie decided to try one. Long story shorten, they loved everything that was served on the table. As for supper, Arel & i took Aie & Aida for Naan & Tandoori at Pak Putra. Another most eat menu if you are ever in Melaka and to play like a local. Thumbs up.

Last meal, breakfast. It was raining so Arel & 1 went to Hjh Rubiah and bought breakfast back. 30 sticks of satay, 3 roti telur, 2 roti canai (with Tetel Asam Pedas), 5 nasi lemak kangkung, 2 lempeng kepala, 3 kuih ketayap, RM1 keropok lekor and last, teh tarik for ayahsu. Licin!! Hehe.. Happy guests = happy hosts. 

Thank you for coming over. We love to have more guests. Jangan serik. Semoga datang lagi. Just for info, those places i took them are actually the places i usually go. I never play tourist here in Melaka which means i don't go to places/restaurants that tourists and outsiders usually go. I never eat any Asam Pedas dekat kedai Asam Pedas. U really need to identify the right place to dine. Tempat yang viral, biasanya tak sedap.

So yeah.. That was all about me and my guests. Bukan senang nak dapat tetamu. KL to Melaka sentiasa jauh but Melaka to KL is always near. If you know what i mean, Hence, i really appreciate anyone who come over to Melaka to visit me and to even stay at my place. They all are welcomed.

ps: Pictures are taken from google. Thanx.

Til my next post

Without Wax,
DA

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hey its already August..~

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Hello dearest blog,
Have i neglected you? Of course i did. Was i too busy doing whatever i am not sure what? Yes. Been running here and there trying to please almost everyone on kenduris and of course trying to write as many as possible for phd report. Not to mention, i was down with fever back2back. Demam then baik then demam balik. Boy, i hate aging.

This whole aging thing makes me weaker and it slows down my metabolism even i dont eat much like others. I seriously not sure how to lose all these kgs. The fact that i have time constraint, lagilah buat aku tak ada masa nak terkinja-kinja here and there. This whole phd thingy really take most of my time. Ermm... Now that i am done with all kenduris, i need to focus back on writing and learning this whole PLS thingy.

Hope non of my SVs are pissed with me. Hope my dear friend would still want to help me. Seriously, it is not that i am lazy or what. It is just me being too occupied with family matters and not fit; physically. But trust me, i am trying so hard here to be better.. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Just please do not give up on me. I promise, i will strive my very best. Just hang in there..

The only thing i hope and pray now is, people would understand my work and accept whatever i have written. Because i am not a good writer. I know what to write but not good in putting everything into words. Never expect any academically from me because trust me, u will not get any.

Just pray that i shall finish everything. I really i would. Never want to disappoint anyone.

Bismillah.. Here goes to a very serious journey of mine.

Without wax,

DA

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello July..~

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Hey there dear blog.

Today is the ninth day of Raya and it is about time for me to get real serious and ugly in doing my work. I probably put a full stop on all these food fiesta and festivals. Too much calorie not only its fattening but it is also makes me feel so lazy to get my ass up. I am typing this as a warm up session before i actually start typing for my real work. Although i am unsure when though. Good thing, i have read halfway and still searching for more input on getting its done.

Currently, I think i should start on reporting my pre-test result and start updating my LR and a bit on Problem Statement. Found some latest literature and also new paper cutting in regards to mobile purchasing and such. It prolly do good. In between getting both problem and LR ready, i definitely going start reporting why i opted for PLS while hoping i could get respondents nearly 250. Then i could start key-in the data and start to analyse and interpret.

Boy, things look so smooth on papers (plan) but to actually conduct it? not that easy. I need to really explain the relationships of each variable in detail and hoping not to miss anything.

3rd day of july. I am in my second month of break. I should not waste any more time. Time is so precious considering i will be attending weddings on three weekends, melbourne on one weekend and phuket for a week. So i conclude, i don't have much time to waste. I should prolly stop typing and start on my work now.

Also, i should start planning my daily routine. Like house chores, park/gym and actually go to the office to do my work comfortably because work from home is just too comfortable for me and that is just dangerous for me.

All i hope for july is to treat me nice. Nice means, i am in good shape, healthy, tak malas, have divided my time appropriately. With that, i end my post now.

Without wax,
DA

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life Is Not That Simple..~

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Hey there blog.

Today mark the 18th day of Ramadhan. How fast time flies. That means today is my 18th day of not working yet many still undone. I have so many things to do but unfortunately things gor very messy and hey i am a bit slow when it comes to stats and numbers. I have no problem with maths, accounts or economy. But just stats. Calculating figures is my forte but interpreting something is just not my thing. But good thing is, i have friends who are willing to help or at least listen to my ramblings :')

What else? A close friend of mine is getting married real soon. So everyone is busy dieting and trying to lose weight and ramadhan is helping them. Unfortunately for me. Wonder why ramadhan never really helps me. Instead of losing weight, i would either gain some or remain the same. Sucks considering i don't eat much like others which that is not something new. Haha.. Metabolism i think.. I have huge problem on it i guess.. Some can easily lose 5kgs within the first 7 days of fasting.. Me?? Nala... :'(

Aside friend, cousin is also getting married. 23rd of july to be exact. And 6th will be on his side, in tmn melawati. I still have not give a thought of what to give him. Either i am giving him some cash or something simple yet practical.. 

At the end of August, me and family is flying off to Melbourne. Merdeka and AidilAdha will be celebrated there. Something rare i think but that is the only time as less cuti they need to apply. On top, BIL is moving to Bangkok right after that.. Sister and kids are following him early of next year. He talked to his boss to change from Japan to Bangkok as it is nearer.. With that, i have place to crash if i ever intend to visit Bangkok. 

Not to mention, Arel and I are be going to Phuket this coming November. I have a day of conference and we take extra 2 days for sightseeing. A trip just for the two of us. Been awhile. We need "we" time. Lama tak travel berdua. I miss that. Hoping things will be smooth for both of us... InsyaAllah..

There.. My updates.. Til my next post..

XOXO

Monday, May 15, 2017

Catching up..~

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Hello dearest blog.

I miss you. I had been busy and to be exact, I still am. Lot had happened lately, both good and sad things. Fortunately, only great things happened to me although ayah was sick end of march but alhamdulillah, he recovered in no time. Alas, abah is not doing so good now. But nothing i can do to help except only being understanding to my husband. He needs all the motivation and good words from me. 

Even though i had been very busy, i try to spare my times to read my books or journals or anything. Hence, my current reading is Bondage of Love by Catherine Cookson. Just finished 4 chapters although i have started reading it for over a month now. Nampak sangat buku ni is not my cup of tea. Boring and a bit slow, i think.. ~



Here is the synopsis; Only after returning from his well-attended funeral did Fiona Bailey realise just how much she would miss Davey Love. Despite her initial doubts and prejudices about this rough-hewn Irishman, towards the end of his life she had discovered qualities about him she had previously overlooked; and that she could talk to him and appreciate his considerable wit. Above all, though, it was his inherent kindness that she had failed to discern when she and her husband had first met Davey and his wayward son Sammy.

The Baileys, Bill and Fiona, lived in the Tyneside town of Fellburn where Bill was a successful building contractor. Years before he had met and married Fiona, a young widow with her own lovable family, to which they had shortly added by adoption the orphaned Mamie. Then, when one of Fiona's children, Willie, acquired a new friend, Sammy, it was he and his father Davey who, by one means or another, were able to make a special contribution to the lives and fortunes of the Bailey family.

Now with Davey gone, there would be new challenges to face. It had been agreed that Sammy would live with them but would this formidable lad with his colourful language fit in as a fully-fledged member of the Bailey family? As for Fiona, it was she who bore the brunt of the arguments and disagreements that were an inevitable part of life in the Bailey household. Whatever life had in store, however, she knew she could always rely on Bill, that rock of a man with a rough tongue but a heart of gold.

The synopsis looks and sounds fine but i do not know why i am not enjoying it. Even i do not like it much, i would still finish reading the book. No matter what. Never leave anything unfinished.

Next,

I would be starting my study leave real soon. On June1 2017. Just cannot wait for it. As a bonus, i can start my ramadhan with my family in KL. I am just happy that i can finally spend more time with family and parents. Even i am on leave, I won't be spending the whole month of ramadhan in KL. Perlu juga stay here in melaka as my home, my house is here. 

There, little updates.. On top of everything.. I am worried about my study and i really hope that i can things done within a year..

Til my next update..

DA

Friday, March 3, 2017

Waiting..~

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Waiting is something that not anyone would love to do. You have done everything you could and now you just have to wait for other people to decide. Decide things that related to your future. I am waiting for two results. One that i submitted to HQ last December and after nearly three months, still no news. All these bureaucracy is kind of a huge barrier which i really hope the management can lessen it a bit. We all need some news, it does not matter whether a good or a bad one. Just news, at least we could know where do we stand and start to plane for our next step. Alas, of course it ain't happening. 
Second result, is thing that i just submitted two weeks ago. Somewhere in March will only they bring the matter in the meeting and discuss it here before they bring the matter to HQ. Once it reaches HQ, the real wait starts. Only god knows how much longer i have to wait. But hey, that is how they do things here in Malaysia. Discuss again and again over the same thing. At times, they have made the decision even before the meetings take place. But at least, that was just one of the rumours.

As for now... Lets just continue to wait and pray to Almighty for rezeki yang barakah.

Til my next post..

DA

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Read: The Honey Queen..~

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I finished the book i blogged about yesterday and immediately started reading the new one; The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly. This is the first time i am reading book written by Ms. Kelly and base on reviews, quite positively complimented by others. Hence, I hope i am gonna like this book as much as other did.


The synopsis:


To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…

It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.

Francesca’s boundless energy help her to take everything in her stride, including a husband who has lost his job and the unwelcome arrival of the menopause, which has kicked in – full throttle.

Peggy, on the other hand, has always been a restless spirit. But now, focused and approaching thirty, she has opened her own knitting shop on the town’s high street. It’s a dream come true, but she still feels adrift.

When Australian-raised Lillie finally makes it back home to Ireland, she is drawn right into the heart of Redstone’s busy, close-knit community. But what she thought would be an ending is actually just a beginning – all is not quite as it seems in the picturesque town.

Soon, Lillie’s hard-earned wisdom will be called into play as she helps new friends navigate unchartered territory…


Til my next post :)

DA

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Alor Setar & Penang Food Hunting Trip..~

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2nd post for today..

Been so long since i last blogged about my trip to anywhere, Since i need me time for a bit, i am gonna blog about what i did last week with parents and husband. The husband is clearing his leaves before he starts at his new place tomorrow. Me on the other hand, as usual. Can only take leaves when students are gone for semester break. Hence, we decided to have a trip to Alor Setar and Penang for some food hunting. 

We left KL on Wednesday morning around 8.30am. I was behind the wheel until we reached RTC for toilet stop and breakfast. Then hubs continue the whole journey. Here are some of the food that we managed to enjoy while we were in Alor Setar. We were there for only 20hours. So not much that we could try. Hope, we could repeat Alor Setar again very soon.

 1, Mee Kuah at the stadium. Been told to try roti jala there too, but had no time as we were rushing to our next location.

 2. This Caramel Cheesecake was actually so freaking nice but had to stop eating or else tummy would not have enough space for my noodle. Had this cake and noodle (below) at Le Medina Cafe.

 3. Mee Tulang Rusuk. Had this at the very same cafe where i had the cake. This noodle was the very first Mee Rebus i tried in my entire life. I meant, i tried mee rebus before but not the one i ordered myself. My review is, the noodle tasted good but ayah said it was about too sweet for a main course. But i liked the noodle though.

 4. Nasi Lemak Royale Hijau Kuning was what we had for dinner in Alor Setar. The yellow rice was fine but a bit sticky. The curry and spices was fine to me but husband said, it did not match with his taste. He curry and gravy tasted like he just ate sauces instead of curry. 

 5. Parents and husband had this for breakfast; Roti Dholl at Restoran Mikamal. It is actually a roti canai banjir with bull's eye. Roti canai tasted normally but the curry was delicious. The dhal and sambal ok too.

 6. I had this instead; Tosei Masala. Another famous dish here in Mikamal. Was not so bad and recommended to others. A normal tosei with dhal and potato inside it. Have it a try.

Right after breakfast, we went back to our hotel for packing and headed to our next location. And that would be the Island of Pearl :) Before we reached the island itself, we had our lunch first at Sungai Dua and we chose Aur Gading Restaurant to have our meals.

 7. Parents had this Mee Udang. It was good and kind of worth it. 

 8. I had this marvelous Char Kuew Teow. Although the look is not presentable but the taste was good and that is the most important thing.

 9. Wish i could rotate this picture but i cannot. This was what husband had for his lunch. He never fancy mee kuning but on that day, he decided to have it. And the fried noodle did not fail him.

 10. As for tea, ayah had this kerang rebus at Padang Kota food court. Not my favourite palce for meals but it was raining and so we were out of options.

 11. Mamy had this Laksa Penang, also in Padang Kota. She said the laksa was yummy and i had to agree with her. I am not a laksa penang eater because i hate the taste, but this one was good. Can't specifically point out which stall, i forgot to ask the name but definitely know which one if i ever set my foot there again.

 12. As for me and husband, we had this pasembur at Padang Kota. Not good obviously. We love the other one right in the city centre. But as i mentioned earlier, it was raining so we just had to embrace this one. Finished it off with mamy's help of course.

13. For dinner, husband and ayah had this yummy soup. Ayah; sup daging & urat and husband had sup ayam. Had this one at Sup Hameed.

That was all. I still have many other food to try. I surely hope I could set my foot again in Penang. But of course, not anytime soon. If you could see, there is no nasi kandar. Simply because i was in Penang last October and many other times before that. So my tummy just have no more space for nasi kandar and i just had enough of it. We have tried all famous nasi kandar except for the one in Kampung Melayu. Out of all, both husband and i prefer Nasi Kandar Deen at Jelutong although people may say Deen Maju is better, or Line Clear, or Beratur and others. If you are looking for nasi biryani, Hameediyah is the best. Anyhow, people from Klang Valley do not have to travel that far to enjoy nasi kandar and nasi biryani. We have Hameediyah and Kapitan here as well. Just google it, ok?

Til my next post.

DA

Other People's Money..~

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The synopsis


In a world still uneasy after the financial turmoil of 2008, Justin Cartwright puts a human face on the dishonesties and misdeeds of the bankers who imperiled us. Tubal and Co. is a small, privately owned bank in England. As the company's longtime leader, Sir Harry Tubal, slips into senility, his son Julian takes over the reins-and not all is well. The company's hedge fund now owns innumerable toxic assets, and Julian fears what will happen when their real value is discovered.

Artair Macleod, an actor manager whose ex-wife, Fleur, was all but stolen by Sir Harry, discovers that his company's monthly grant has not been paid by Tubal. Getting no answers from Julian, he goes to the local press, and an eager young reporter begins asking questions. Bit by bit, the reporter discovers that the grant money is in fact a payoff from Fleur, written off by the bank as a charitable donation, and a scandal breaks. Julian's temperament and judgment prove a bad fit for the economic forces of the era, and the family business plunges into chaos as he tries to hide the losses and massage the balance sheet.


A story both cautionary and uncomfortably familiar, Other People's Money is not a polemic but a tale of morality and hubris, with the Tubal family ultimately left searching only for closure. Bold, humane, urbane, full of rich characters, and effortlessly convincing, this is a novel that reminds us who we are and how we got ourselves here.

The above is my current reading. To be honest, I have been reading this book for at least 2 months. With only 258 pages, I would say all of sudden I am a slow reader. The content is actually nice but just the way it is written is not the way I like. I still have 50 more pages to finish but oh my god, it/s like impossible for me to finish it within hours. But, if you ask me... Does this book worth your time? I would say, NO. The story is plain and it does not "bring" you anywhere. So, please do not start reading it especially if you have my kind of OCD. Finish what I have started. Selagi tak habis, I ain't going to read another new book. So, be wise. Unless you are the kind that will enjoy everything and anything.



Next, I have been spending days for two weeks of watching the series of Once Upon A Time. Stopped at season 2 many years ago and started to continue with season 3 and just finished my season 5 earlier. Now, enjoying my Season 6 Episode 2 (while typing this of course).

At the same time, I should start typing my questions on google doc and get people to answer them quickly. I need all the patience I could. May Allah ease my journey.

Til my next update.

DA

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Things to Ponder..?~

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Do you know how sometimes all you want to do is just being nice which means you are treating others nicely. You have no other intention. Except for trying to build good networking with others. Ecause in your career, networking is really huge and is really needed to push you forward. But sometimes, your kindness is maybe be mistaken to something else. Without you know it, you have gone too far and kind of afraid to undo what is done because again, you are trying to be nice. Do not have the heart to spoil other people's mood. All you can do now is just to keep remind the other partyof who she/he is and stand still with your principles. I wonder why do i always get myself into this situation..One after another.. Well at least, present scenario is not as bad as what i faced years ago. I guess the people around me today are very much matured and so i think they would not dare to act what they are not supposed to. Respect is the key word, i think.. I would say that they respect who am i and my status. Never the less, this whole thing me being nice should stop.

That's one thing. Remember Ajie? Yes we are still in touched. Although we speak once in a blue moon but at least we do not lose each other. Friends remain as long as we know who we are. We do not see any problem of us being friends although we had history together. Ended tragically. We talked about it from time to time. And laughed about it. Percaya jodoh bukan milik kita. But i am so happy with my decision. I had to choose a man out of four and i def made the right choice. A very understanding and supportive spouse. What else could i ask for?

About dearest bestie. He faces one problem after another. Not entirely his problem but being the eldest in the family, of course he has to face them all. I feel pity for him but there is nothing i could do to help or to comfort selain, "sabar babe". I pray that his business will succeed. He invested a handsome amount of cash, spent all his time and energy in making sure things happen the way he wishes it could. Semoga tak ada apa2 lagi masalah yang timpa dia. A good guy should have a great life.

Last but not least.. My phd journey. I am halfway done. I should now start collecting my data. I am using google doc/form to facilitate me. Cost effective and perhaps reauire lesser time to obtain the data. However, the key-in part would be a huge problem. Another problem that i will encounter is, i learnt how to analyse using AMOS but last month my SV told me to change to PLS and i have zero knowledge about PLS. I seriously need to attend whatever classes that available and dying need helps from my co Dr Nora (my sweet kak nora) and doc to be Man. This two fellas are going to be chased by me day in and day out 🤣🤣 Semoga mereka tabah ajar budak yg slow conputer ni.

Til my next post. Good night fellas ❤️

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