Friday, September 29, 2006

Virtually Real




Halo, sama.

Man I lerve my world...! heh2

And have a great weekend, y'all!

f~

Thursday, September 28, 2006

When Very Low Self-Esteem Strikes

Do you know how it feels like whenever those bouts of very low self-esteem strikes you?

Very, very frustrating. You feel very trapped, like you’ve nowhere to go but to hide under the covers and cry and sulk and sleep till everything’s back alright again. No amount of money or material gains could buy off you.

You feel like taking those panadols or uphamols just a wee bit over the top, hoping that the feeling could be washed away. They are PAINkillers - they’re suppose to kill off any pains, no???

You feel ugly inside out. You feel pretty suicidal. You badly need validation from other people, or else you feel like you’re nothing. You keep thinking, hell, what am I really good at here? You badly need to feel needed, beautiful, special. And the slightest off-tangent remark or action would send you crying for hours or even for days.

You keep asking God for answers, but He keeps saying “Wait, ‘coz I’ll give you The Best in My own time.Allahu a’lam.

And that, people, is partly how it feels like whenever those bouts of very low self-esteem strikes you.

f~

Goodbye, Endek Akam

sms:
Endek has just passed away.
~ Umi, 01:37, 27-SEP-06


My auntie Endek Akam a.k.a Khamsiah binti Abdullah, who is also kakak atas Ayah, passed away rather peacefully yesterday midnite after years of battling with breast cancer. It wasn't breast cancer that killed her, though. The cells somehow spread to her lungs, and she became asthmatic all the time for the past few months. She was in the hospital for quite a while before she asked to be sent home. The past one week she's been home, in and out of nazak phase. And finally on Wednesday 27 Sept 2006 (4 Ramadhan 1427H), dia berangkat pulang bertemu Allah, with suami, anak-anak dan cucu-cucu ada di sekeliling.

She even came on my bekwah last year, just to be with us on my big day walaupun masa tu dia demam-demam tak leh bergerak banyak...

Ayah ada 17 orang adik-beradik... 3 meninggal masa dorang baby. So, I was brought up knowing all the 14 adik-beradik.

Ni kematian pertama dalam adik beradik Ayah. Mak Ayah ('Nenek Labu', as we would fondly remember her as, coz kampung Ayah di Labu, Negeri Sembilan) passed on in 1978; Atuk Labu in 1990. And now, Endek Akam pula menyusul.

Endek Akam was buried at Seksyen 21 Shah Alam. Strange lah, MBSA guna tractor to kambus balik the tanah. We all felt like that lacked the final respect, lah. I mean, the men in the family were all so prepared to go down there to carefully lay down the earth and kepal-kepal that final tanah by the family members, and yet... Ntahlah. MBSA nak cepat kot, coz ada 3 lagi liang sebelah liang Endek. In fact, belum habis baca talqin, satu lagi jenazah sampai. Tak sempat kami nak siram-siram air mawar segala...

Nevertheless, everything went so very smoothly for Endek and the family, Alhamdulillah. Meninggal di bulan Ramadhan pula tu. Itu lah rezki Endek.

Deaths never fail to give profound effect on me. Dari dulu I been praying kalau Allah nak ambil my nyawa, hopefully let it be between Khamis and Jumaat in a Ramadhan. And I cannot stop from wondering whether I would be missed and remembered; whether I'd have guests and visitors to pray over me. It gets too surreal at times. Allahu akbar.

Tapi yang paling sedihnya, aku masih lagi tak insaf-insaf...

Takziah and deepest condolences to Pak Endek, Abg Zizi&family, Abg Fuzi&family, Taufik&family and Intan&family... all our love.

f~

60 Pounds Lost in 4 Months

Janet(Jackson) lost 60 pounds in four months!!! That's how much I been trying to lose the last FORTY months! Eiii benci benci benci.

"When Oprah asked the newly svelte Janet the secret of her weight loss success, Janet told her there was no magic pill—just diet and exercise..."

Aiyak, what else is new lah wehhh tell me tell me puhleaze...

f~

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Peeking Back Through The Days

...and this first day of Ramadhan 2006 is also our Nine-Month Anniversary Wedding. Eii, kejap je. Dan jauhnya lagi perjalanan...

Baru sahaja reminisce back the Big Day from my wedding webpages. We were lucky coz we had a really great young team of professional photographers called Pretty Peektures, yang kebetulan juga a big fan of Abang, to capture those moments. So, we have brilliant photos to remember the days by!

You know, tak menyesal aku belanja lebih sikit untuk gambar-gambar cantik walaupun ada orang-orang tua yang sok-sek sok-sek... ahh, pedulikan. Even pelamin & baju pengantin kami pun lagi murah nak dibanding dengan kami bayar bebudak tu...heh. Tapi, see? Even aku yang rupa buruk dan gemuk ni pun depa dapat capture dengan channtekkks skaleyyy. Kalau baju pelamin makanan bagai mahal segala, tapi gambar tak cun (or sometimes even tak jadi pulak tu!!!), tak ke sayang namanya...? Letih kembang kempis hidung bercantik, tapi tak de bukti nak di bawa sampai mati...betul tak Bang???

(Terdengar Abang angguk bersetuju ala-ala Pak Lah dari jauh, "Yaaaa betowlll, betowlll...".)

And since Abang&I are, surprisingly, listed as one of their "Previous Wonderful Clients", meh aku tolong depa buat free promotion for them, heh heh.
Udigosh
(courtesy of Pretty Peektures)

Hence, to Min the CEO(?) & Ida the Mrs., tak lupa juga... tahniah for your first newcoming baby!!! Jangan lupa beritahu kami nanti, ya? Nanti Kak L*n cuba lagi pujuk Abg Z*l lukis untuk korang or the baby... busy sangat lah dia tuuuu... :-(

So, people... cubalah cuba gunakan khidmat mereka, mkay... tak kira wedding ke, open-house ke, open-office ke, alumni gathering ke... cantik, beb. Cantik. And affordable as compared to the others, too! I pwomise you that!

f~

Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1426H

First Day Puasa

SELAMAT BERPUASA, EVERYONEEEEEE!!!!!

Love & Prayers from the both of us!~

Friday, September 22, 2006

Murphy's Law

"Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong"
~
Murphy's Law, here. And here too
(the second site is a rather funny one, teehee)
.

You know, kalau...
  • Satu handbag koyak, putus atau spring terkeluar-keluar, then 2,3 lain juga menyusul...
  • Satu baju reput, then 2,3 lain juga menyusul (tu belum masuk yang satu baju ketat, then 10 lain juga menyusul!!!).
  • Satu kasut koyak selepas dah di repair berulang-kali, then 2,3 lain juga menyusul... macam yang aku tengah alami sekarang niiiiiiiiiiiii.
Hmph. Minggu ni adalah my Murphy Week.

Hari Isnin baru ni, tapak my flat pump-shoes habis tercabut ranap masa aku still kat ofis. Dulu dah 2,3 kali repair dah. Mujur kasut murah kedahak. Terus malam tu juga aku buang, kat tong sampah kondo.

Hari Rabu pulak, the heels of my beige pointed shoes terple'ot patah masa aku tengah berjalan ke ofis! Dulu pun dah 2,3 kali repair dah.
Mujur kasut murah kedahak. Terus malam tu juga aku buang, kat tong sampah Shell station dekat rumah.

Hari ni, the broad heels of my brown sandal that I am wearing now, tercabut balik. Dulu pun dah 2,3 kali repair dah. Tapi sandal ni agak mahal sket. Maybe aku akan frame kasut ni dan gantung kat rumah kot.

Eiii, fed-up aku. Fed-up!

f~

How Smart Are You?

Hi,

I just took this test on Tickle and thought you'd like it, too. Take it and see how you score.

The Classic IQ Test
http://web.tickle.com/invite?test=3001&type=t

Me~

RESULTS:

Congratulations, F!
Your IQ score is 131

This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.

Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns. And that's just some of what we know about you from your IQ results.


... Kuang kuang kuang. Macam ya ya je. But it really does make you feel good, though! So, try it!!! *grins* Good Luck, muamuah!

f~

Monday, September 18, 2006

Abang's Operation: Part 4: Finale

... continued from Part 3

Okeh, people. Finally.

You know…

… don’t ask me how come Abang’s kidneys and pundi kencing ada di area above the pusat and not di pinggang or bawah near the crotch instead;

… don’t ask me how the batu-batu were outside the kidneys and the pundi kencing, or how the nanah was outside the pundi kencing and not inside;

… don’t ask me how the Doc “cantum” semula lapisan-lapisan perut Abang balik (yang I bet was saturated with lemak, mind you) with nary a stitch;

… don’t ask me how Abang tak rasa sakit langsung even though dia boleh rasa the scalpel that went through him or masa Doc alih-alih ‘barang-barang’ dia;

… don’t ask me how come there was no blood oozing out;

… and no, don’t ask me lah any miracles bogging your head that you need answers to… ‘coz we ain’t got the answers, people!!!!

Seeing is believing lah, people… subhaaanallah. Allahu Akbar. Itu hadiah Dia pada Dr. CM, and kita as hambaNya sekadar berikhtiar, you know. Kita berikhtiar atas nama Allah dan kerana Allah. Dan kita bersyukur ke atas kurniaan Allah terhadap hamba pilihanNya iaitu Dr.CM. Dan kita hanya bersyukur kepadaNya kerana menyelamatkan kita dan bukan kepada Doc.

Also, here lies my theory, too:

When Doc kasi Salaam ke kepala Abang and badan Abang,or even masa Doc kasi Salaam during Doc tujah the scalpel into Abang and yet none of us were expected to sambut the Salaams: my theory was that Doc was actually relaying the Salaam (and seeking permission) to our mind and body cells instead, so that ‘they’ give way for Doc’s manipulation onto them without causing any pain to the tuan badan and afterwards providing the whole entire system a very speedy recovery.

And also with this theory barulah it makes sense to me why the place was so equally packed with the non-Muslims as well, coz dorang tidaklah perlu berpaling against their beliefs. They only have to witness for themselves the miracle of Allah through this one Muslim doctor. Allahu a’lam.

Before I end this very lengthy, sort of, ‘documentation’ of Abang’s op, please allow me to share a couple of stories out of some from those Abang&I got to know from the PRI, in hopes that this could further give hope and confidence to those who either have lost hope or in search of a quick alternative, cheaper and painless fix.

There was this one Indian guy who came to PRI for his heart problem. He was supposed to have a bypass after already gone for two angioplasties at the IJN (for those yang tak tahu the angio procedure, please Google eh, tenchu. ). But he says, he tak sanggup already nak buat bypass. Age is catching up, and he tak sanggup nak go through the post-op healing process. Hence, upon recommendation, he went to see Dr.CM instead. So masa dia jumpa Doc, dia hanya beritahu Doc yang dia ada heart problem. Doc sentuh-sentuh dada dia, and told him precisely that the guy had undergone two angios previously. Doc told the guy not to worry as he could help remove any blockages so that the guy could escape bypass surgery.

After the procedure in PRI, the guy went back to the IJN for his routine checkup. Dengan kuasa Allah, the scan did not show any signs of blockages and that he was given the green light not to have any bypass surgery whatsoever! Masa Abang borak-borak dengan the Indian guy tu, the guy was on his monthly 3-mth post-op check-up at the PRI and the guy looked very healthy and happy, Alhamdulillah.

Another was a Malay guy who had an advanced tumour in one of his kidneys. He went to SJMC for medical, and was told that his kidney had to be removed coz the tumour tak boleh dikeluarkan from the kidney. This guy pun, upon recommendation and ikhtiar, went to seek second opinion from PRI. Bila Doc check, Doc kata dia boleh ikhtiar keluarkan tumour tu. And dengan kuasa Allah, Doc managed to! So, after the op at PRI, the guy went back for his routine check-up with SJMC. Dengan kuasa Allah, wah, doctors sana sudah pening kepala coz they couldn’t find anymore tumours in the guy’s kidney! And so his kidney is spared, ladies & gents. Up till now, Alhamdulillah.

Okay peeps, dah la tu. Letih siut karang panjang-panjang ni. 11 muka on Word over a span of a week, woh.

Tapi aku and Abang hope that this ‘documentation’ provides enough information, hopes and confidence to those who seek, ya. Cuma, ye lah, we both agak rasa ralat dan terkilan that we didn’t get to experience this sooner, or else we might be able to recommend this place to Zetty and family for her arwah Daddy. Nevertheless, ajal maut di tangan Tuhan,kan… dan kita hanya mampu berikhtiar dan berjuang so much…

I attach also a snapshot of some sakit-sakit yang the clinic says Doc doesn’t do. Darn the clinic doesn’t do buang lemak procedure (see item No.10 at below pic). Kalau tak aku dah pi buat the procedure dah sebelum posa ni supaya raya tahun ni boleh melaram pakai baju boutique, hello. hehehehe.

However, Abang & I believe that these are only the ‘ground rules’ of penyakit-penyakit yang dorang tak ubati… we advise that you should still try and go and make an appointment and check for yourselves whether or not Doc can or can’t do, ya?


Yang benar serta ajaib itu datang hanya dari Allah s.w.t… yang tak benar adalah dari kami hambaNya jua. Allahu a’lam.

With much love, for world peace and health.

f~

A week after: 13-09-2006 8:09pm

Abang's Operation: Part 3

... continued from Part 2

And then Mr.Yoo told me his side of story…

Months before, he first came to the PRI to cure his sister. His sister had liver cancer, at a stage where his sister had to frequent Singapore for doses of chemotherapy. They’ve spent S$40k for the chemos in S’pore, when one day on the way to the hospital, a cab driver in Singapore told them about the PRI and Dr.CM in Shah Alam. So he came over to Shah Alam with his sister, which, dengan Kuasa Allah, her sister could walk again even after the 1st treatment and for only RM4k in total! Yup, empat ribu RINGGIT as compared to empat puluh ribu SING DOLLARS, ladies & gents.

And now, with God’s Will, his sister is all well and clear of cancer!

And now, he was back for his own scheduled minor op on an old injury to his neck: he couldn’t turn right, and only slightly to the left. And Dr.CM told him that his neck could be fixed up for a mere RM2k.

Soon after Mr. Yoo told me his story, at about 1.40pm the door to the theater opened and Abang was wheeled out, smiling huge. Abang looked at me, beaming, and said “Haiiiii!!!!”. Eii korang tau aku rasa macam nak peluk dia sebab lega tengok dia sengih kartun dia, and at the same time rasa nak pukul-pukul je dia sebab there I was so worried sick and kepala + mata kiri dah berdenyut-denyut and yet he was beaming happily away like as if nothing big had happened!!! Aiyoh, sabar la.

Anyhow, after Abang was settled in by a burly rough-looking male Attendant called Kalai (really nice, caring and funny guy he is, though!) in the transit room, I went in to attend Abang, sat down on the chair beside the bed, held his hand and asked his permission to cry. I sudah tak tahan woh. I needed to let the load off my chest so badly, my head was killing me. So sebelum Abang buat keputusan yang aku boleh nangis ke tak, aku terus naaaaangiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssss kat forearm dia… padan muka dia, terus Abang panic heheheheeee.

Abang pun pujuk aku, beritahu that apart from his, urm, depan tu yang sakit coz there was still the tube/catheter to let the water in his kidneys to clear off, he was all well and dandy and very very relieved and happy that the op’s over and successful.

And then we swapped stories. Then only he told me that the only thing that was painful was the tube inserted up his, urm, depan tu, for his urine to pass the remainings of the stones into a pint-bag. He told me when he heard me being called into the room, he was pretty anxious coz he didn’t want me to go panicky over him or things that I would see which in turn would make HIM panic.

He also told me that he didn’t feel any pain at all when Doc started to cut him open. He only felt the discomfort of his barang-barang being messed about. “Terasa-rasa Doc tolak-tolak tah hapa-hapa dalam badan Abang sana sini, bunyi blub blub blub.” But no pain whatsoever! And even then as he was relating me his own experience, there was still no pain at his wound, which was already was covered with dressing.

And then I told him what I saw in the theater and all. Abang also told me how it felt when Doc closed up the wound (it was this procedure that Doc kept us all out from witnessing it, you see). Abang kata, dia dapat rasa macam Doc kapit kapit kat opening tu, and then ran a kind of pisau blade in four strokes across the main cut before putting on the dressing. Haaa, yang tang macam pisau blade tu baru Abang rasa pedih. And then, plaster plaster plaster, and he was out.

Ish, we were both so in awe of what just happened that, we think, kalau kita tak percaya dengan benda-benda ghaib dalam agama, pasti boleh jadi mereng with what had just happened. Allahu a’lam.

Kalai then came in and told Abang to sip and drink up 2 litres of plain water so that Abang would pass out urine and hopefully the remaining stones along with it. So, after almost 5 small bottles of mineral bottle, Abang’s kidneys started to work… air mengalir keluar je uncontrollably. Tapi bila dah tiba akhir-akhir tu, kesian ke Abang… dalam kesakitan. Bayangkan kalau anda semua wee-wee batu. Eiii aku sendiri tak moh bayangkan. Mau pengsan. Batu 2,3 biji kecil keluar, macam dalam gambar.

Seketul batu karang dari satu pundi ke satu pundi yang lain; 06-09-2006 3:17pm

Less than 3 hours afterwards, lebih kurang pukul 4pm, pint-bag Abang dah penuh, and the nurse pun took out the tube from Abang. And off we went home after paying the bills, getting the ubat, getting the advice on pantang-pantang makan minum and arranging for the next appointment, which was due the next day.

On the way back home, I had to stop 3 times for Abang to pee, dan setiap kali tu lah Abang dalam kesakitan coz saluran peepee dia luka-luka. Kesian dia!!! Jalan pun macam orang baru bersunat… sakit, kau. Tapi yang peliknya, kat tempat operate tu, tak sakit langsung!!!

(By the way, nak dibuatkan cerita, the night after Abang was operated in PRI, Nenek Klang passed on after two weeks of struggling with her kidneystones op gone awry in one of the private hospitals in Shah Alam juga… Innalillaaaah…)

And nah, ni gambar dressing luka Abang kat perut just before we went back to Shah Alam the day after the op.

07-09-2006 8:24am

The next day (Thursday), we went to see Dr.CM again, and Doc cuci luka Abang with some ubat and ganti the dressing, and asked Abang to come back to the clinic the next day (Friday) to take out the dressing.

And so I had to continue taking my Friday off to drive Abang back to PRI to take off the dressing. As you can see from the pic, tinggal luka satu garis je. Kalau kat hospital tu, dah ber zig-zag dengan stitches or berlubang-lubang maunya!

The Almost Non-Existent Cuts; 09-09-2006 8:19am

Abang’s pee-pee got worse on Friday, but got better by Saturday. Abang rested the whole day on Saturday. And by Sunday, he was well and comfortable enough to drive to the office. Deadline dia Isnin tengahari esoknya. Kesian dia. Cumanya, dalam masa 4,5 hari lepas op tu, dia cuba tak angkat benda-benda berat or bongkok-bongkok nak angkat benda yang agak weighty (seperti aku, bwahahaha) so that his internal organs heal well and quickly.

And nak dibuatkan cerita, masa tu lah TV besaq kami rosak buat hal tak keluaq gambaq tapi keluaq suara je. So, kena la akak drive balik Bangi amek spare tv 14” kat dalam bilik akak and then drive balik ke Cheras and angkat naik atas ke apartment and angkat turun the tv rosak dari lemari tv down to lantai and angkat pula tv 14" ke atas lemari then bongkok-bongkok pasang2 wiring kat belakang lemari tv segala. Nasib baik muscle akak masih ada belen lagi amid the flab. Agaknya, tu lah hikmah untuk Abang rupanya, tak kawin dengan orang kurus kedeking selim melim. Heheheheheeeeee..

Pantang larang (untuk yang op buah pinggang)? Kena makan benda lembut-lembut seperti bubur… Abang’s most despicable food (though I just loved it!). Kurus jap laki aku. Terus hensem dia terlebih sekali ganda. Hehehe.

Apart from that… tak leh makan sayur hijau (except bender and sawi), sayur menjalar or kekacang or berakar (like taugeh), santan, cendawan, cuka, kicap, telur, benda-benda jeruk or kering or masin or peram, durian, petai, caffein esp the tarik, roti putih or anythng ada yis (kalau nak makan kena toast dulu supaya yeastnya mati), etc. Apatah lagi roti canai, makanan ruji pagi Abang.

All the pantang larang are mainly to spare the patient from the painful and uncomfortable post-op flatulence. Aiyoh I tell you, ada satu ketika tu, a day after the op, Abang was so gassy that dia muntah balik makanan yang dia makan. Angin dia sampai naik ke kepala, kau. Dia jadi sejuk-sejuk. Kesian ke dia...

Alhamdulillah, 3,4 days lepas tu, dia okay lah. Tapi sampai sekarang ni dah seminggu lebih pun dia masih “huarrrrk… huarrrkkkk”, sendawa angin. Bila aku urut-urut belakang dia, aku lak yang “huarrrrk… huarrrkkkk”. Maklum, cubit peha kanan, peha kiri pasti terasa...

... to be continued.

Double-you Tee Eff???

Eh boleh tak tolong. Tolong lah people, terutama sekali yang keja kat TV8 or even peminats Gilmore Girls… tolongla jawab untuk hamba ini, please:

Takkan Gilmore Girls Season 5 kuar takat dua siri je kot??? Dah 3 minggu ku tunggu-tunggu depan tv tapi tak de ni. Apa benda niiiiiiiiiiiiihhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Benci benci benci.

f~

Friday, September 15, 2006

Double Chin

Okeh. On a lighter note (letih siut, trying to piece up the 'documentation' on Abang's op. Part 3 kena tunggu sat k? Tak sempat habis lagi), pagi tadi while tengah bersiap-siap depan meja mekap untuk pergi kerja, I whined and grumbled to Abang...

"Alaaaaarrrr.... camne niiii.... dah ada double-chin larrr. Dulu gemuk gemuk pun, double-chin tak la berapa nampak sangaaaaaaat...."

"Eh, okay apa tu...," Abang said. "At least better than having a triple-chin apaaa...".

And we giggle giggle giggle giggle.

As Pak Lah would've said, "Yaaaa betowlll, betowlll...". Man, it sure is nice to have someone to remind you that you're actually not worse off, heheheheee. Tenchu Abang!!!

f~

Abang's Operation: Part 2

... continued from Part 1

Around 12.50pm, the nurse called me back in again. This time round, the lights in there have been dimmed and only the operating lights were blaring onto Abang’s tummy. There was a white cloth being put across between Abang’s head and his torso, macam dalam cerita ER semua tu la, supaya Abang tak boleh nampak what’s being done onto him. And along Abang’s legs, there laid, like, hundreds of operating gadgets it seems… scalpels, pliers, thongs and what nots. Aiyohhhh. Aku gelabah giler, siut..!!!

The Doc and his two nurses dah each bertutup litup with all the operating gears, and one of the nurses handed me the gears for me to put them on… all cap and mask and gown. Another nurse pi ke viewing glass beside the door, and pulled up the blinds for everyone at the waiting area to witness the procedure!! Then I was told to sit on the stool behind the door at the corner of the room, and be calm and tenang.

Bloodyhell, people. I wouldn’t think I could be calm and tenang when I was actually about to witness my husband being cut open with him being conscious all the while!!! But for my husband’s sake, I said, “OK, Dr. InsyaAllah saya tenang,” rather calmly. And that’s when I started holding my hands till the knuckles turned white sambil mula baca Ayatul Kursi.

The first thing the Doc did was to go to the back of the room, behind a sheer curtain, and did some solat sunat 1 rakaat or smthn. I heard him niat “nawaitu…” and “bismillah…”, and some bacaan, and then he’s done.

Then, he went and stood above Abang’s head and asked Abang to be tenang and calm, and then he gave Salaam to what seems to be to Abang’s mind rather than to Abang per se.

And then sambil mulut kumat kamit baca ayat and du’a, Doc went to Abang’s tummy, facing the viewing glass with people watching us in the room. He put both hands on Abang’s tummy and gave Salaam to Abang’s tummy. Then he continued with his du’a and asked “…Al-Faaatihah!!!” for us all to baca Al-Fatihah to end his du’a.

And then, one of the nurses handed a scalpel to him, and while directing the scalpel to Abang’s tummy, Doc turned to me and said, “Adik jangan bimbang ya… suami adik akan sihat semula. Adik tenang ya…”, and cut through Abang’s tummy with the scalpel while kasi Salaam, bismillah and ayat-ayat lain!!! And then you know, he cut Abang macam lapah daging nak masak kurma, you!!! And mind you, Abang was all the while very conscious and tidak dibiuskan (but yet tak rasa sakit langsung) and no blood oozing out whatsoever, okay!

All the while, tangan aku dah sejuk-sejuk, kuku dah biru-biru… aku baca Kursi pun either separuh jalan or salah-salah! Deep down I was a nervous wreck, tak sanggup nak pandang. But on the surface I sounded so bloody hypocritely calm so that my husband wouldn’t be nervous as well, and hell I didn’t want to miss even a millimeter of cut that Doc did on Abang!

Doc used three scalpels to cut open Abang… like a junction-cut: satu atas pusat, dua lagi kiri dan kanan atas pusat.

And then the nurses handed him the thongs to open up his tummy… three thongs on each side, and one big one above the navel down to the crotch. Sekali sekala dia tambah lagi dengan tah hapa-hapa thong-like gadget, aku pun tak tahu nama2 dia… mencacak-cacak kat perut Abang tah macam-macam alatan benda nak keep the tummy pried open!

And then Doc kalih-kalih (kalau Kelantanese would say as ‘kelebek’) tah hapa-hapa anatomy Abang dalam perut Abang. Darn it people aku punya la takut tapi at the same time I didn’t want to miss out on anything, you know. So I kept my eyes open all those while mulut kumat-kamit cuba baca Kursi dengan betul but with great difficulty!

Abang pulak dari mula Doc buka dia, dia mengeluh-ngeluh macam sakit, and setiap kali tu Doc suruh Abang bertenang. Doc pula tak habis-habis trying to calm me down with words, like as if dia tahu betapa berkecamuknya aku dalam hati dan kepala! Aku minta izin to berdiri di kepala Abang to tenangkan Abang, tapi Doc kata jangan risau coz Abang is actually fine.

And then, Doc beckoned me to join standing beside him, dia nak tunjuk benda-benda dalam perut Abang. Aiyohhhhh. Nak tercabut jantung aku… tapi aku cuba gak stay kuat.

Nurse pun pimpin aku pi sebelah Doc. Ya, aku berdiri sebelah Doc and menghadap perut Abang yang raw (the opening was about 9" -or 230mm- in diameter), tu!

Doc pun tunjuk.

“Ni yang putih ni (he kepit and angkat dengan surgical penyepit)… pundi kencing dia, ya. Yang situ tu (tunjuk benda warna yellow ochre) buah pinggang dia. Rupa-rupanya pundi dia dah ada nanah ya (and he showed all the white liquid matter surrounding the surface of the so-called pundi kencing). Mujur dia belum rasa sakit lagi nak kencing, Dik. Ni (the Doc kutip 2,3 ketul of stone-like matters and put it on the white cloth)… batu karang ni. Nanti Doktor test, ya (and he took the pliers and kepit the batu and it crumbled to become smaller fragments). Ya, ni semua batu, bukan isi atau darah. Tapi kita akan keluarkan dan cuci semua ni dari batu karang and nanah-nanah ni, Adik jangan risau ya. Kita akan cuci dengan mesin, dan suami Adik akan selamat dan sihat, insyaAllah. Adik jangan risau, ya. Adik boleh pergi duduk dulu”.

…you know!!!!

And all those while, I was trying to sound veeeeeeeeery calm yet inquisitive and not even a trace of kegelian in my face. Cannot, maa. Cannot be like that. Must be strong. And must know everything!!!

And so I went back to my seat at the corner of the room. And along the way I saw, standing behind the room's viewing panel, like, oh my God, punya la ramai pemerhati kat luar nu!!!

And then Doc kutip lagi a few visible fragments of batu karang from Abang's inside. Then the nurse handed him a vacuum-like surgical tube which sucked and cleansed Abang’s inside into a clear vacuumed bottle. I saw bubbles of Abang’s blood into it when Doc nak ‘vacuum’ smaller fragments of pasir and batu in Abang.

Doc called me up again to be beside him. I went up to him and Doc laid more pasir and fragments on the white cloth. I tell you… punya la banyak! Kalau nak harap Abang kencingkan keluar benda-benda ni, memang tak da chan aku nak beranak la nanti, kau.

Doc then asked me to go back to my seat, and then Doc ‘vacuumed’ the white liquid ‘nanah’ out into the bottle pula, and the nanah became frothy and thick in it… some 1.5” thick.

Aku, memang tak lepas-lepas dari baca Ayatul Kursi. Aku suruh Abang bertenang, baca ayat banyak-banyak. Aku cuba tenangkan Abang that the procedure will end tak lama je lagi. But dalam kepala aku masa tu, I told myself that once I’m out of the room, I’m going to lari to the tangga belakang and call my mother and cry as I might. The pent-up anxiety and fear was building up too much for me, mate! Kepala aku rasa macam dah nak meletup dah masa tu, sakit giler.

And soon, Doc said it’s time to close up the wound. So, one of the nurses sent me out of the room, while the other nurse pulled back down the blinds and the crowd outside started to disperse. Once I was outside, belum sempat aku buka my cap and mask and gown, people already started to surround me and ask me soalan bertalu-talu: Procedure apa tu dik?? Sakit apa?? Macam mana dia tahu dia sakit?? Tak guna bius ke?? Dia tak sakit ke?? Etc.

Aku tak sempat nak rasa perasaan apa-apa pun lagi, I had to answer them there and then. I even had to ask one of them to help me buka the ikatan of the gown behind my back while I answered their queries, heh heh. Glamour kejap you.

At 1.20pm, as I waited for Abang to be wheeled out, a certain Mr.Yoo who was sitting behind me spoke to me. He was from a Buddhist Association down in Senai, Johor. Previously in the morning, I saw him in the queue infront of Abang. And yet as I was waiting for Abang to be out from the theater, Mr.Yoo was still not attended to. Punyalah ramai orang.

Anyway, he asked me the same thing: Your husband is it? Sakit apa? How he knows he’s sakit? Etc.

And then he asked me the inevitable, “So, you think it’s miracle? Magic?”

Hmm. Susah gak aku nak jawab. But I said, carefully, “Well, in our religion, we consider that as God’s gift to chosen people. And in the religion we should try if it’s not asking us to turn against our God, that is. We call it ‘Ikhtiar’”.

Then he said, “Well, in my religion, we believe other religion works as well, too”.

... to be continued.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Abang's Operation: Part 1

Okeh, here goes a veeeeeeeeeeery looooooooooong three-or-four-part series of an entry, depends on the kind of details I’d want to share. So, be warned mkay. Ini pun aku tulis sikit-sikit, curi-curi masa.

I’ve promised those caring (and inquisitive some of) people, who’ve been calling or txting me on the condition of Abang over the op Wednesday last week on how he’s doing, that I’d blog down my story so that I wouldn’t have to repeat the same script over and over and over… and also to allow them to review back anything that they may find unbelieveable or bizarre rather than asking me the same questions that I’d have to answer to over and over and over. Heh2. Me clever huh.

Lagipun, I need to document this. I do not want and do not intend to forget the details of this experience. And if I don’t write it down, I know I’ll forget the details very soon. We are all ageing, you know. *Tbtbtbththhh*

Okeh.

A week ago last Wednesday and Thursday, I took leave to accompany Abang for his kidney-stone operation in Shah Alam. Which hospital in Shah Alam? Well, first being first, Abang dah lama rasa uncomfortable around his pinggang area for quite a while. No, not because we had ‘it’ in ways yang memudaratkan pinggang dia kerana aku berat, ok… tapi sehinggakan aku nak peluk letak tangan aku atas perut dia waktu tidur pun tak boleh. THAT uncomfortable, lah. Sedih tau. Nak peluk laki pun susah.

So, earlier on this year, he had a full blood and urine check-up at the private clinic nearby. Bayar beratus-ratus. The result was that he has kandungan garam on the high side a wee bit. But otherwise, a clean bill of health.

But he was determined that there’s still something wrong ‘coz area buah pinggang dia was still uncomfy. So I sent him for a free check-up at HUKM, only to be told that he’d have to go for another appointment for the scanning test and what-not in another 3 months’ time (this coming 16th Sept). Giler betul la I tell you, so lama like that. Kalau ada appendix ke apa, boleh dah pecah dah tau dalam masa 3 bulan tu.

Anyhow, since his line of work ada lain macam sikit - major deadlines every 2 weeks (plus no one to substitute him as the editor), weekly cartoon deadlines plus an on-going compiling project - he cannot afford to have long breaks should he is found to have what he thinks he has… kidneystones.

So, we got to know this Pusat Rawatan Islam in Shah Alam where there is this one Muslim doctor who apparently has this gift from Allah to do wonders and miracles in a very short period of time, Allahu a’lam (like, no hospitalization required), and more affordable than the conventional cure. Yes, Abang opted for the alternative cure due to his line of work, and his choice not wanting to experience months of bouts of pain due to conventional procedures.

Actually, we’ve known this place from Abang’s Mak who went there a few times for quick knee operations a few months back, hence, we’ve been there a few times before and seen the wonders and spoken to many people on the wonders and ‘mildly’ experienced the wonders ourselves first-hand.

From the people we’ve spoken to, the ‘gifted’ doctor is actually a qualified surgeon in one of the public hospitals. But he never practices his ‘gift’ in the hospital for reasons that his ‘gift’ is not recognized medically. So, he practices his ‘gift’ thrice weekly in a converted shop-office lot in Shah Alam that he turns into a Pusat Rawatan Islam. Allahu a'lam.

My, my… I tell you. People would queue up infront of the Pusat Rawatan Islam(PRI) as early as 6.30am to be able to get nombor giliran once the PRI opens at 8am! And to top it all, yang datang bukan Islam sahaja… yang bukan Islam, like, 60% of them, you know!

So, anyway, a month ago, Abang went to check at the PRI. And with his gift, the Doc (Dr. CM) usik-usik je badan Abang and ‘diagnosed’ Abang as having batu karang dua biji besar dalam buah pinggang. He didn’t say it was anything serious. He just said that Abang was lucky that the batu karang haven’t dislodged in his urethra or pundi kencing. And he asked Abang to come back in a month’s time for an op procedure to get the stones out.

A RM4k procedure, plus ubat and the next 3-mth free follow-up check-up. Eh, cheap, what. A normal laser (or whatever) procedure in the hospital paling tidak harga RM11k minimum. Of course with me being in the public sector, should Abang opt for the normal procedure, it’ll be for free. But Abang tak nak bersakit lama-lama, you see. So, Abang pun set the date to be on the 6th September, which was last Wednesday.

You know… a week before the operation tu, AKU yang gabra. I kept asking Abang whether he felt the same, but he said no. In fact he was so looking forward for the op coz it means he’d finally be freed from his discomfort.

A day before the op, aku dah mula gabra gila walaupun aku tak tunjuk ke Abang. Nak nangis, nak jerit, semua ada. Tapi aku sabar, and doa banyak-banyak. Maklum, I kindalike know how the procedure would be like: Dr. CM would open up his patients, without anesthetics and yet no pain, and no stitching required whatsoever!!! Kau tak gabra ke orang nak operate laki kau macam gitu…!

Anyhow, Abang had to fast midnite Wednesday 6th September 2006, and as a support, I fasted too…well, sort of lah. Aku still makan roti bun pagi esoknya tu, hehe.

We woke up before 6am. I packed him a change of clothes termasuk kain pelikat and towel, prepared him bottles of plain water, and berdoa panjang during Subuh. By 6.30am we were already on our way to Shah Alam to beat the queue. There were quite many people queuing by the time we reached the place, but since Abang’s procedure has been assigned beforehand, he was slotted for the 2nd major op for the day which was due to be mid noon.

We didn’t catch the 1st major op coz we were out paying our bills. But when we came back by noon, aiyoh, penuh giler tempat tu, kau. It was a norm for the people there to make friends to each other and exchange stories, ESPECIALLY miracle stories done by Dr.CM. So, we had the chance to actually swap stories with a few number of people, which I would only elaborate later on, mkay?

So, tepat 12.30pm, Abang was called into the theater and he changed into kain pelikat in there (well, they have the op gown yang biasa tu… tapi, eii, kesian Abang nanti nampak bontot kat belakang hehehehehehe).

Around 12.40pm, the nurse called out, “Mr. Z*l’s family!!!”.

Aiyoh. ‘Geletar aku. Aku pun masuk, and aiseh, Abang tengah berbaring atas the operating table, the whole body covered by green operating sheet, mengeluh kesah, in pain over something. I asked Abang what he was in pain of, but he didn’t answer… lagi la aku tension.

Then the Doc came in from his office sebelah, and told me that apparently Abang’s case is worse than he thought… Abang not only has two sizeable batu karang, but also smaller ones and pasir-pasir, just waiting to be disposed through the urethra and pundi kencing. Doc said Abang needs to go under op quickly or else his urethra would luka-luka from the pasir and buah pinggang would fail and would eventually have to go through dialysis in the hospital. Doc mentioned that buah pinggang tak boleh di operate, so, with batu yang banyak dalam buah pinggang Abang, it’ll be almost difficult to remove them through normal conventional procedure.

Doc also tunjuk yang dia dah pasang a catheter and a pundi untuk Abang cuci buah pinggang through urine after the procedure. Sebab itu Abang was in discomfort and pain masa tu… coz the catheter was being inserted through his, urm, depan tu lah.

Doc told me not to worry, that Abang would be safe. I said InsyaAllah Allah will help us all through this. And Doc asked me to wait outside until being called again.

... to be continued.

Ketua Bilis

Abang cerita semalam, dalam suratkhabar BH ada masuk berita tentang banners/buntings yang terpampang di lebih kurang 10 tempat, yang khas ditujukan buat IGP baru kita.

Apparently, polis mencari-cari siapa pembuat banners tu. Nak berkenal-kenalan, kot. Ye lah, kalau dah betul apa yang tertera di banner tu, nak tangkap buat apa? Buat malu je.

Sesiapa pernah baca sedikit sebanyak transkrip mahkamah on the perbicaraan of Anwar Ibrahim would know that the below catchphrase, which was what being printed on the banners, could be exceptionally true:

Siakap senohong gelama ikan bilis --
Bercakap bohong lama-lama jadi Ketua Polis

heheheheheheeee. Smart-a** betul sesiapa tang buat tu heheheheheee. Have to admit the person HAS to be given the credits for such creativity.

Sayangnya pemerintah-pemerintah kita ni, tak apa lah kalau tak segan dengan kita rakyat yang bijak pandai, tapi tak takut pula dengan soalan-soalan Allah esok bila 'di sana' kelak.

Allahu a'lam.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Guitarist Heybat di YouTube

Read an article from The Star yesterday about this South Korean lad having a really big huge hits (like, close to 9million hits the past 8 mths!!!) on the YouTube, with him playing the rock version of the classical wedding song Canon by Johann Pachelbel.

So, click here for a major jaw-dropping awesome moment...! Well, to the guitar enthusiasts, at least...

Aiyoh, giler, I tell you. Rasa nak kawin semula supaya bley pasang lagu ni masa berarak instead of guna kompang..!


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Gilmore Girls

Abang kaki bola. EPL especially... not so much of the World Cup mania though. Kalau tengah ada berita di tv atau suratkhabar atau radio atau mana-mana media about Manchester United, you better not try strike any conversation with him or even play nude with him or be gross by sticking your finger in your nose and meddle with the 'harta-harta' in it... coz he won't bother.

So, on EPL nights, I would be 'widowed', condemned and confined to the bedroom with LabuLabi and reading material. Forget about watching DVDs or movies or CSIs or whatnot... coz he ain't budging from that two seater, baybeh.

BUT. Of course there's a but and an exceptional to everything, me correct or not? hehe.

Since the Gilmore Girls Season 5 is back on the telly for the past 2,3 weeks (Saturdays, TV8, 10.30pm)... with very heavy heart Abang relents, and off he goes to catch his f'ball stars somewhere kat kedai mamak kat luar nu while i hog the tv remote control all to myself for that night... mine, mine, MIIINNNEEEE!!!! bwahahahaaa.

Why, I hear, do I go ga-ga over The Girls??? Coz I wanna be like them. Coz when I have a daughter of my own one day, I wanna be like Lorelai Gilmore to Rory. How? Go lah watch... preferably right from the Season 1 to understand better. And aiyoh, how lah to be a gorgeous mother like that? I want I want I want.

Okay here are some sites on The Girls you may want to drop by and have a peek:

1. Articles on The Girls in StarOnline 1
2. Articles on The Girls in StarOnline 2
3. Did You Know...? about The Girls in StarOnline
4. Gilmore Girls Official Website (where I've downloaded their Gilmore-ism ... quotes -and the sources- that they used in the series)
5. Gilmore Girls Fan Club
6. Gilmore Girls TV Scripts (yes, I've downloaded all of 'em. yes. yes i have.)

Besssssst.
So... ummm... Gilmore Girls (M) Fan Club anyone???

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Absolute Love

I was reading the paper in the car on our way to Wangsa Maju after work yesterday, when I came across the news on funeral service of Steve Irwin.

I read aloud to Abang when the article mentioned about how Terri Irwin and the kids are coping over Steve's demise; and that how Terri, who has gone through a number of heartbreaking moments in her life, has been putting a brave front for the kids.

As I was reading that, I imagined Terri sleeping with the kids at night, terrified of the succumbed loneliness in her own bedroom she’s shared with Steve for 14 years. And how trapped and painful she must feel for not being able to get away from the house and the memories… well, that’s how some of us deal with pain, kan, to run away and start anew.

I sighed.

“You know Abang, ditakdirkan A*n hilang Abang, na’udzubillah… I don’t think I could ever lived in the same house again like Terri does… so many memories of you…”.

And softly, surely but without second thoughts, Abang replied, “…Abang pun…”.

We went silent. I reckon, there were lumps in our throats and tears welling in our eyes amid me still trying to pretend to read and Abang trying to concentrate on driving.

And in that instant moment, I felt absolute Love and Kasih to Abang, engulfing the entire interior of the car… and I’m sure he feels the same, too.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

The Angel of Death

Subhanallah. I just got in from a 3-day break last week, taking care of Dear Abang from major op. And...

There have been so many deaths last week.

Thursday 7 Sept 2006, 12.30am... besan to my gramps whom we were all quite close to, Nenek Klang, passed away after battles with her kidney-stone op gone awry.

Monday 4 Sept 2006, 11++am Oz time... The Wildlife Warrior Steve Irwin died, pierced through his heart by the sting-ray's barb.

Monday 4 Sept 2006, 4am... Zetty's dad passed over after battling with cancer. Do read her entries dated Sept 04 and Sept 08. I cried, silently. Sabar Zetty ya...

Al-Fatihah to all...

Aiyoh... my kepala makin sakit. Aku and Abang ralat sebab tak sempat nak tolong Zetty and her dad eventhough we hardly know them personally... ralat. Tapi sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui, Maha Berkuasa dan Maha Segala-galanya...

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Goodbye, Steve

Alas. We are all but invincible.

The world's condolences to the family of Mr. Irwin. The world has lost one greatest animal conservationist, THE wildlife icon.

Goodbye, Steve.

Love, from all God's creatures.

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has died in a freak marine accident while shooting a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.
- World News Australian, 4.9.2006. 18:48:37

and

'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin dead
-CNN.com, 4:57 p.m. EDT, September 4, 2006

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Wahai MAXIS

I've so much work at the office, but this is so bloody ridiculous. Tensi betui.

Dipendekkan cerita, semalam, aku kehilangan handphone di rumah Auntie aku yang masa tu ada kenduri bercukur kecil-kecilan. Kami suspect hp aku dicuri, sebab 'orang' tu tutup hp aku tu (coz semua orang cuba call no. aku tapi tak dapat). Aku ada la suspect seseorang... and my suspicion was backed by a few others including Abang, too.

Somehow, sebelum aku dan Abang bertolak balik dari rumah Auntie, aku sebut kuat-kuat, "Hmph, tak pe lah... Jom lah kita balik! Memang akan jadi rezki tak halal orang lah tu!", in hopes that sesapa yang panjang tangan tu boleh terasa yang aku haramkan apa-apa rezki yang mendatang pada dia dari hp aku tu.

Dalam kereta, aku pun call MAXIS dari hp Abang, minta depa block simkad aku. Automatically before you can even say "Wow!", kad aku kena block. Fuh, heybat MAXIS ni.

Tapi sampai-sampai di rumah aku, Auntie call Abang. Auntie kata hp aku dah dijumpai di celah-celah rak buku, sebab ada bunyi tit-tit macam bateri habis (tapi bateri hp penuh lagi, cuma bila ada unread messages, hp kasi signal yang aku ada mesej yang tak dibaca).

Celah rak buku??? Aku letak hp kat atas meja laptop, boleh ada kat celah rak buku??? That's highly unlikely and inconspicuous, since masa kat rumah Auntie, Udi adik aku dah merangkak-rangkak mencari hp aku keliling tempat tu.

Ah well.

Aku pun call lah balik MAXIS, pukul 3pm, minta tolong sambung balik line. Dan before you could even say "Wow!" juga, the operator said, "Ok, done!". She said to allow 2-hour lead time for the line to be able to use back. Two hours?? Nak potong, automatic. Nak sambung balik, 2 jam? Whattt tha.

That was yesterday, 3.10pm.

Today, at 3.10pm, setelah TUJUH KALI aku call within this 24 hours, line aku tak disambung-sambung lagi! Aku dah on-off-dan-ganti-kad-ke-phone-lain-etc dah. Last-last depa soh aku pi MAXIS Center to ganti kad baru! Ye lah, walaupun F.O.C, that's besides the point, kan?

The point is, macam Abang rightly pointed out pagi tadi... kalau nak minta block kad, sepantas kilat boleh buat. Tapi kalau nak minta tolong sambungkan balik, huru-hara hidup dibuatnya! Padahal, semuanya dari satu sistem yang sama, bukan ke?

ha? haa MAXIS??? jawaaaaaab???!!!

Eiii gewam aku.

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Wahai Tuan Presiden

Beberapa bulan lepas, adik aku Sherli ada tumpang guitar tong pemberian kawan dia di apartmen aku. Dia tumpangkan sebab suruh aku belajar main guitar. Sebab dia tahu memang itu yang aku impikan: main guitar sendiri dan nyanyi, tak perlu lagi ada guitarist kalau terasa gatal nak perform. Sendrik boleh bikin semua. Kebetulan, Abang pula sangat menggalakkan dan merestui aku belajar main guitar. "Supaya A*n boleh main lagu Iwan Fals," katanya.

Mana nak belajar main guitar yang betul-betul boleh belajar main guitar, haa? Banyak tempat aku tanya, RM70 sebulan, sejam seminggu. Boleh meh, belajar macam tu? Aku nak suruh/upah adik-adik guitarist aku ajar main, segan lak. Depa kan jantans. Nak blaja dengan adik sepupu aku yang terror main guitar, dia pula masih belajar di Tronoh.

Aku dah siap ada target list dah, nak main lagu nyanyian siapa. Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow... uiii, bestnya nak bayangkan tatkala aku keseorangan di waktu minggu-minggu yang Abang kerja, aku jamming sengsorang main guitar dengan Labu&Labi duduk ala sphinx kat depan aku. Besssssst...

Kalau korang tak kenal sapa penyanyi-penyanyi yang aku sebut kat atas tu, pi check kat YouTube sana. Berlambak gak videoclip depa.

Kot sapa-sapa yang ada kenal any ladies yang pandai main guitar, habaq2 mai la sket kat aku naa? Bayaran dan jam(hours) boleh dibincangkan.

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Aku surf site YouTube nak cari clip lagi for my weekly clip kat sidebar tu. Cari Indigo Girls, terjumpa yang depa team-up dengan Pink, lagu Dear Mr. President.

Best giler lagu ni, meremang bulu roma bila dengar liriks dia. Aku pasti penyanyi-penyanyi tempatan kita ramai yang dah tulis lagu-lagu macam ni, tapi aku pasti juga lagu-lagu tempatan yang macenggitu tak boleh diperdengarkan di sini.

Kalau aku jadi Bush Jr. ka, Bush Sr. ka, Clinton ka... aku akan terasa bila dengar lagu ni. But, you know, as if they all care.

Clip yang aku sertakan di sini adalah Pink live di NYC. Kalau nak tengok video clip serta liriks, pi kat site aku yang lagi satu di sini ok? Enjoy.



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Friday, September 01, 2006

Monster House!


Hari Ahad malam Isnin lepas, aku, Abang dan adik-adik pergi tengok Monster House di MINES.

The show started at 7.40pm, and the darn theater at MINES tak dak advert macam kat tempat lain. So, when dia kata 7.40pm mula, 7.40pm tu lah dia mula. Mana nak dinner lagi, nak solat maghrib lagi... adui la, berpeluh-peluh makcik berlari nak keep up pace dengan adik-adik makcik yang muda belia tu, to and from the surau.

We missed quite a bit on the earlier part of the show, but nevertheless, aiyoh people... after the show, ALL six of us cannot stop raving about the movie lah!!! Kelakar dan seronok giler!!! The characters have character (and very memorable ones are they, too!); the plotline ada edge; the lines are witty, not cliched or boring; the kids watching the movie not only laughed hard but scared in their pants too... best best best!!! Yang paling penting, Abang gelak punya lah besaq, satu theater boleh dengar dia gelak! Bila orang dah berenti gelak pun, dia sambung gelak balik! So, kalau seekor, eh, seorang kartunis boleh gelak besar tengok katun orang lain, you better believe the darn thing's good, mkay??

You guys can read further about the movie from my brother's entry in his blog on Monster vs Ant, ok?

So, semalam masa cuti Merdeka, instead of going to Kajang to visit my cousin and my new baby nephew, Abang & I pi catch Monster House for the second time, this time at Leisure Mall. And still kami gelak gelak gelak gelak!!! We love all the characters in it - the 3 kids DJ-Chowder-Jenny (our fav is Chowder!), the babysitter Zee, the boyfriend Bones, Mr.Nebbercracker and the (house)wife Constance, the gaming-craze Skull, the policemen... aiyak, even the lil blonde girl on a tricycle at the beginning and the end of the movie!!! Cute giler budak tu... her 'r' pun tak mature lagi ('Mistew Nebbewcwackew', 'twick or tweat!', 'thank you mistew!!')!

Alah, pi tengok sendiwi ah! Kalau dapat tengok sambil-sambil makan aiskwim stobewi, lagi best! hahaha

Click also:

1. here for Sony Pictures webpage of the movie, which is pretty kewl interactive;
2. here for Cast, Crew, Reviews, Plot Summary, Comments, Discussion, Taglines, Trailers, Posters, Photos, Showtimes, Link to Official Site, Fan Sites etc.
3. and here for studio still photos!

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Oghang Tua Hodoh

Baru-baru ni, Abang ada berkongsi cerita dengan aku. Tentang satu shooting interview yang ofis dia buat ke atas seorang Mantan-TPM-Yang-Tidak-Mahu-Namanya-Disiarkan awal minggu lepas. Sementara menunggu setting untuk shooting siap, Abang berborak-borak lah dengan Pak Mantan.

Abang:
So, you ada baca or dengar ka hal Sharifah Amani tu?

Pak Mantan:
Ooo, hat isu I Sound Stupid tu kaa? Ada, ada...

Abang:
So, apa pandangan you about the issue?

Pak Mantan:
Laa, budak tu budak mudaaa, budak comelll, budak cantikkk. Yang depa nak pi maghah budak comel cantik macam tu, buat apaaa? Awat depa tak pi maghah oghang tua hodoh yang duk sughoh bebudak blajaq cakap omputeh nu??? Apppppa la depa ni...

Nak tergelakkkk tu... hahahahahaha.

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