Friday, September 29, 2006

Say No to Chickens?

There's a buzz around town, in the media that if the consumers gang up together and boycott chicken for a while, the price will go down. Yes, basic exceeding demand will force sellers to drop the price.

But i can't not eat chicken. I already did that during the bird flu episode, but that was a life& death thing.

I need my chicken murtabak, chicken percik, and other chicken dishes for buka puasa. I want my chicken rendang with ketupat for pagi raya.

Can you guys go without chicken?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


I left office early yesterday, and had to to stopover at the Ramadan Bazaar at Stadium Shah Alam. I went for the atmosphere more than the food. There are not many muslims at my office so you dont feel the ramadhan excitement as much. At my previous workplace, i still remember in the afternoons Pdose & I will start a discussion about food for berbuka, which stall has the best murtabak, those were the days....

Anyway, it was fun. I took this snapshot just for Javard, apparently a Ramadan Bazaar fan whose fasting in Australia. J, they still look the same since you left....;-)

on a less pleasant note........

i got a phone call from Mum after 10p.m.. Angah & Along, my retired aunties got robbed at the mosque during tarawih prayers. You know the curtain dividers between men& ladies...they were in the front row, and placed their bags against the curtains. While they pray, some guys/ boys snacthed the bags from under the curtains.

Along only had RM1 and her glasses in her bag, but Angah had her car keys, house keys and purse in hers. The mosque is like 5 minutes drive away, but a good 15 -20 mins by foot, maybe more at "auntie speed". So they walked to a neighbour's house to call my mum for SOS...the only number they can recall probably. Mum called a mechanic to help with the car and called me to ask what to do. I then called my brother, who called my sister in law who called her brother to go and held (you see.....we have a very bad emergency response plan in the family;-) )

Anyways, they were finally rescued by 2 good neighbours, who broke the current lock and replaced pedlocks for them. And the mechanic came to get the spare keys from Angah and drove the car home - how technical was that - i was expecting some hot-wiring action. I was scared that the "snatcher" will drive away the car, and drop by the house as Angah's address is on her IC. But all ended ok.

Of all places to get the house of God in this holy month.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Ramadan Kareem!!

i'm was a good trip! Plenty of running aroung doing errands for mum & dad, but i was more than happy to be of service. It was nice to start the Ramadan with the family....only at home will people fuss over me not eating rice for sahur and stuff like that;-)

The train ride aint all that bad people;-) It took me about 1/2 an hr to get used to the choo-choo motion, but otherwise plenty of legroom, it wasnt freezing cold like the night bus, there's a toilet to go to and i managed to sleep. (something mr. manager commented made me bring my light fleece i was all snug & warm)

The cabin....

The train arrived later than schedule (By 2 hours!), but i wasnt in a rush, so i decided to enjoy the kampung view...

Selamat Berpuasa to my fellow muslim bloggers!

Thursday, September 21, 2006


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  1. Anne can run sixty-five kilometres an hour - that's really fast.
  2. Two thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in Anne!
  3. Cats use their Anne to test whether a space is large enough for them to fit through!
  4. Native Americans never actually ate Anne; killing such a timid prey was thought to indicate laziness.
  5. Anne can not regurgitate!
  6. Devoid of her cells and proteins, Anne has the same chemical makeup as sea water!
  7. Anne became extinct in England in 1486.
  8. Anne will give a higher yield if milked when listening to music!
  9. The pharoahs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten Anne!
  10. Peanuts and Anne are beans.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Choo-choo Train

I'm getting ready for another trip...not for work this time. Going home to see the folks..yes, me Mum & Dad. It will also be the beginning of Ramadhan this weekend, so i suppose it will cheer them up a bit to have an extra "body" around to make fuss over sahur and berbuka.

I was still in two minds whether to take the night bus from Puduraya/ Jalan Duta as i will leave the car at the office parking this time. I'll be flying back from hometown on Monday morning so it would be convenient to get the Skybus from LCCT to KL Sentral, and catch a cab to the office. Usually i'll catch a bus on Sunday nite but i want to buka puasa with my parents, which is worth the extra bucks for the flight i guess.

The idea of sleeping on a bus (again!) is so uninviting. So this time i'm getting a bunk on the train....the "Superior Night" sleeper as they call it. For RM40+ you get a bunk bed with a pillow and blanket. Sounds good ya. They have their version of "business"(sold out!!) and "first class" bunks but maybe next time i'll give that a try. It's been a while since i took the train, and i was pleasantly surprised when i visited the website (not expecting to find much info)...they have online ticketing. They even show you pictures of the various seats and sleepers coaches with the price range for you to choose. You can even choose your exact bunk..which I have - the upper bunk, no. 17, with neighbouring bunks unoccupied (for now). Cool eh! I didn't expect much from KTMB, and i was pleasantly surprised. ( Of course the journey takes 3-4 hours longer than an express bus, but i'm in no hurry.

I've got my ticket printed out, courtesy of the efficient ktmb-web & the office color printer;-), and i'm ready for a long weekend back home. Now, i only have to get my leave approved for Friday.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Back from Bangkok

I've been back since Sunday...with sore legs and feet. Ironic isnt it after spending a few days in the land of spas and massage parlours. The conference was "light & easy. I didnt expect halal food to be a problem. I've been to southern parts of Thailand, like Haadyai, Padang Besar where halal thai food is everywhere. In Bangkok, most halal restaurants are arabic...or maybe we were not well informed. We did have some good food at the conference for the welcome dinner and lunches. Good tomyam! Otherwise, its kebabs and briyanis.

The arabic food reminded me of Bahrain

I love Mango & sticky rice...........

A group of us girls, 5 of us went shopping together whenever we have spare time. All the nite bazaars, weekend market, bargain shops...we were there, which explains the aching legs. One of the nites in the town, back from a late supper in an area resembling Chow Kit, the girls decided to stop by for a midnight manicure and pedicure. I took a raincheck and decided to snap a photo for the blog.

The last few days i've spent in a meeting room, and finally today i can catch up on blogging.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Baby Steps

I came across this "quote" at a blog.....

“Do things you are good at and things that will make you happy instead of carrying out tasks and chores that you can tolerate just because you have to pay the bills...”

This current job, it started out as a major step forward. It was what i wanted....i had career targets, and this opportunity presented itself ahead of its time. When reality checks in, i figured i was in the right job, but surrounded by the wrong environment, support system and above all people. I was determined to put that aside, i'm on to something, focus on the goal...

But i cant fight the realities, i am tolerating....and i dont know if i can or want to tolerate this anymore. Off peak periods was fun initially, but perpetual "off-peaks"...its killing me. And i hate the just aint my game. Some environment/ people bring out the best in me...and this is not one of them.

Now i have 2 choices.....jump ship or jump into the sea.

Sometimes, it takes some desperation to push you to take some steps. Today and yesterday i took some baby steps, i dont know where it will lead me, but it feels good to do something.


That aside, i'm off the Bangkok tomorrow for work, and hopefully find time for pleasure;-). Be back next week!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Delayed Merdeka Entry

49 years ago.............the nation celebrated its independence. Whatever my complaints, i am proud to be a Malaysian. Saya Anak Malaysia!.

49 years ago.............My Dad & Mom got married....yup, on 31.8.1957.
Happy Anniversary Mum & Dad. Semoga panjang umur, murah rezeki dan sihat selalu.

(i'll try to remember to scan their wedding photo and post it next wk)