Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I've stopped buying them and I feel good about it. You can too.

Posters courtesy from http://pkskrukut.multiply.com/photos/album/4/BOIKOT_PRODUK_AMERIKA_amp_ISRAEL


Monday, December 29, 2008

The English Language

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough.
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through.
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.

Beware of heard, a dreadful word,
That looks like beard and sounds like bird;
And dead: it's said like bed and not like bead.
For goodness sake don;t call it deed.
Watch out for meat and great and threat;
They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.

A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother;
And here is not a match for there.
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose -
Just look them up - and goose and choose,
And cork and work and cord and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart.

Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I'd mastered it when I was five!

Friday, December 19, 2008

To A Stranger With Love

I've never met her and so I don't know her personally. I knew her for her husband's blog. Since November I followed the blog to know about her struggles to an illness unknown to doctors. It is known as Santau.

She was a loving mother and wife. She was always there to volunteer in all religious activities that was done. She was the jewel of her family. She was loved by all her friends.

To her husband and children, please be strong. This is the challenge that Allah had given to you to test your Iman. The test is only given to special people.

Al-Fatihah to Sister Siti Aisha.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Mahabbah Lillah Camp

Last two weeks after coming back from Kuantan the kids had the opportunity to join a camp organized by JIM Penang. It was an eye opener for them joining kids from different backgrounds of education mainly those from Islamic school. The did enjoyed themselves and I on the other hand tried my best to help around with the activities but had to keep it at the minimum since I had a fever, flu and cough...

Origami session

Traditional eating session. Lunch in a big tray.

After the camp, we headed to our next destination, Melaka. As usual, the kids were busy with the pool activities. Monstermom joined them and too bad I forgot to apply the sunscreen lotion. What a nice tan I had....
Immidiately after Melaka, we rushed back to Kedah, to celebrate Eidul Adha. Last night, we are back in Penang.
Now I have to confine myself in the house hoping that tan will subside in a few weeks...
Piles of dirty laundry to catch up and not forgetting the dust all over the house.
Have a nice week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Last Friday, my parents brought me and the kids to a kopitiam situated in a place which used to be my school, St Nicholas Convent, Alor Setar. As soon as we entered the school gate, I was transformed into my own world. I saw girls running around and giggling to each other when all of a sudden, Miss Mak, our headmistress appeared out of nowhere. When the school bell rang, we would then head to our classrooms and enjoy being an SNC girl....

I was awaken from my dream when my son started pulling my blouse. Grrrr...

That place was a hit! It was packed and you can order from nasi goreng to chicken chop. I was still skeptic of the place but after tasting my dad's meal, I didn't even talk but concentrated on tasting what had been ordered for others. My favourite was KCK. Apparently, when they started the place a gentleman ordered a dish which was not on their menu and he taught them how to prepare it. He was chief of the special branch (Ketua Cawangan Khas).

A combination of 5 classrooms

This is not KCK but my dad's special order. A combination of three dishes.

The school field

My form three classroom


It was a mixed feeling of surprised, excited, sad and happy. I wish all of my schoolmates could gather here again, having breakfast in honor of our beloved SNC.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cuts like a knife

Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for Iman and Nana at school, I noticed a group of kids playing happily. It brought back sweet memories of yesteryears. They were teasing, running and poking each other like any normal boys will do.

I looked harder and to my horror they were actually playing with a knife. Almost all of them, had a knife. I told them nicely that it was not a good idea to play around with that kind of thing. They replied that it was just a toy knife and demonstrated to me how it worked.

Looks just like a kitchen knife, isn't it? Only it was plastic.

Then, if you stab it to your friend, the blade will dissapear into the handle.

For them, it's all about magic and fun. For me, it is danger. They bought it from a toy shop nearby. How could this happen? By letting them play around with this, we are telling them that it is okay... It is not okay. I'm just so worried.

Earlier today, I went to KPDNHEP to file a complaint but to no avail. They told me that anybody could be selling those and it is not under their jurisdiction to act.... I was told to go to a police station or CAP. Well, I don't think the police will be interested in this...

Then, I searched for the shop and found out that it is sold for RM0.80 only.

How about that!


I received an email from CAP regarding this matter. Below are the reply.

Salam sejahtera dari kami di Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang.

Kami merujuk kepada aduan Puan berhubung dengan perkara di atas. Adalah sedia maklum bahawa perkara ini sememangnya telah pun dirujuk kepada pihak kementerian berkenaan dan polis diraja malaysia sejak tahun 1990 lagi. Ini bukan kali pertama kami pihak kami menerima aduan sedemikian dan untuk menanganinya memerlukan komitmen pelbagai agensi kerajaan yang pada masa sekarang dalam satu proses pengubalan undang-undang bagi menangani isu yang semakin melarat ini.

Pihak kami amat menghargai keprihatinan pihak Puan terhadap isu ini dan pihak kami akan terus perhatian dan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya terhadap aduan Puan. Sekian terima kasih.

Yang benar

Ganesan Sivalingam
Pegawai Penyelidikan
Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Friends Forever

I got a message from Wan. She wanted to meet me. Back in 1984 we were classmates of Standard 5 Kekwa. I called her today and that was the first time we spoke to each other in 14 years. It was awkward.

She came to my house and we met. We clicked instantly. I can still remember how she smiled seeing my collection of our school days photos. We talked like there's no tomorrow.

Friends forever. Thank you Wan Teh!

It was only after she drove off that I remembered to grab my camera. Obviously it was too late but then again I know that we'll meet again since she's teaching nearby....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Women in The Eyes of God

Everyone is invited. Speakers are :-

Prof. Madya Dr. Harlina Siraj - Jamaah Islah Malaysia

VEN . Lee Yew Kuan ( ven. - pangkat sami) MALAYSIAN BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION ( MBA)


Mr. K.Thirumoorthy - State Secretary Hind Sangam

Call or sms to Norhidaya at 016 236 2672 for reservation.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Since her arrival, life has been busier. As I walk down the stairs every morning, I can already hear her scream to be let into the house and hence, her breakie. Iman is given the responsibility of taking care of her especially in the event of poo-clearing, bathing as well as vacuuming the carpet. Atief no longer cries for me whenever he wakes up in the morning but will run down the stairs to greet CheeChuq with his usual Assalamualaikum. Nana on the other hand will try to help around especially in playing-with-Cheechuq matter. When hubby returns from work, he'll search for CheeChuq and sometimes forgetting that Atief has been hiding behind the door waiting to be found for almost 5 mins!

Welcome CheeChuq. It's only been 2 weeks but your presence surely made a big change in our daily life.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Police Sentry

The Star - Friday October 17, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: A police beat base located in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur has been shut down because the “presence of criminals could make it unsafe” for police officers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the beat base was located in a dirty area where police faced the possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases.

The presence of criminals also posed a threat to the safety of police officers.

More here.

Just as I was mumbling by myself to this unbelievable news, I heard my son singing a song which perfectly describes this situation. I would like to dedicate this song to Mr Hamid Albar.



Repeat 1000 times.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


The other day I was just browsing the sports channel to see whether they have anything interesting. Ch 811 - Baseball. Ch 812 - American Football. Ch 813 - Golf. Great! I've never been to America and I'm more keen towards European sports especially football. In order to appreciate the first two sports, you really have to stay in USA while you have to play golf to love it.

I'm not anti American-based sports but relatively speaking, Yes. I love their movies and TV series though...
For the time being, I don't really like golf until maybe one day if hubby decides to grant me the opportunity to start my first lesson.... Pleaseeee!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008


What is it with woman nowadays. Sorry if I may sound a bit bitchy but I pity women who let themselves be used as umbrella girls, grid girls, F1 babes etc. No doubt it is not easy to become one. There are rules and regulations you know.

1. Big boops.
2. Big bum.
3. Big smile.

There you have it.

Selamat Hari Raya.

One more thing, you (all the guys out there) don't need to scroll down. No photo. Search for it yourself!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Salam Aidilfitri

Dearest All.

I would like to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri/Eid Mubarak. Forgive me for any wrongdoings.
Hopefully any ill-feelings in the past will be considered as
Before embarking on your journey to your loved ones, make sure

Don't let you pet starve to death
If you are stuck in a jam, don't
Watch out for any

Feel free to

A break like this will freshen you up
Don't eat too much for you'll end up

Have a nice long holiday. Enjoy yourself and be safe always!

From Monstermom and family.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Reluctant Politican

The Reluctant Politican - Tun Dr Ismail and His Time

This is the long-awaited biography of Malaysia's powerful Home Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, who passed away of a heart attack on 2 August 1973. It is based on his private papers and on numerous interviews with his relatives and with people who knew him well, including Ghafar Baba, Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Robert Kuok, Lee Kuan Yew and Ghazalie Shafie.

New perspectives are provided about the struggle for independence, Malaysia's relationship with Singapore, the origins of Southeast Asian regionalism, the internal conflicts of the ruling party UMNO, MCA-UMNO ties, the fatal illness of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the May 13 riots, and the New Economic Policy. This book contains not only new facts about Malaysian and Singaporean history, but also insights into the processes of decolonization and nation building.

Finally, I've finished reading this book. To my surprise, I learned a lot about Malaysia's road to independence. Unfortunately, Tun Dr Ismail never made it to the top. Nevertheless, he is truly a hero who was lost in time. The history of him should be made public and all politician should take this man's principal as an example...

He was the one who brought Malaysia to the world but sadly this unsung hero was only recognized as TTDI to an average Malaysian.
If he was made PM, I wonder what will happen to Mahathir....

Another issue that was highlighted is how powerful individuals from different races be it Malay, Chinese and Indian contributed their time and energy in achieving Independence. This act is the main point to be remembered in celebrating our National Day. We are all Malaysian. We deserve to be here. Until our last breath...

Thursday, September 18, 2008


This is what my son wrote....

I'm not so sure about the town but hedgehog???? We don't even have a cat!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I received news from a dear friend that my ex-staff had died at 7am today. Her lung cancer had spread to the brain. She didn't go without a fight.

May Allah bless her soul. Al-Fatihah to Nurhazifah.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Mount of Mercy

This is me at Jabal Rahmah (Mount of Mercy). Muslims believe that Adam and Eve(Hawa) were reunited on the hill and forgiven by Allah after 200 years separation on account of their disobedience to the Lord in deference to the suggestion of Satan.

Our Ustaz jokingly told us that men will usually ask God to grant them to marry another, here.

Without hesitation, hubby and his friends climbed the hill and made their wishes there. I don't know what he wished for and I didn't ask.

I did my doa (wish) from where I was standing and one of it was :-

Ya ALLAH, please grant whatever my husband wished for. Only YOU know what is best for him and for me.


The Ultimate Gift

These are only a few from hundreds of photos that we were able to snap during our visit to Madinah and Mecca.

The sending off

At Nabawi Mosque

Our Mutawwif (guide) - Ustaz Abdul Shakur

Buying some dates - the best is Ajwah

My newly found friend - Cikgu Azie

The Holy Ka'abah

Going home

It was sad leaving behind a town fulled of history. It was heart-breaking saying goodbye to my qiblat.....

I will revisit the holy city again. Only time will tell.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I'm here

Dearest all

I'm back. Never knew that this journey will bring such pleasure.

Thank you again Abang for spending it with me.

I'm in the midst of selecting some photos to be uploaded.

Till then, Salam Ramadan and may peace be with you.....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Anniversary Gift - Part II

Tomorrow morning, I'll be going for our 10th anniversary holiday with hubby. We'll be back in two weeks time....

Thank you for visiting my blog and please pray for my safe holiday!

Bye and chiao!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Anniversary Gift - part 1

It started with this

then this

followed by this

but in the end, I got this for our 10th anniversary

Alamak!!! the photo is in hubby's lap top!
I'll update this entry when hubby is home...

Ok! Here it is....