Friday, September 26, 2008
Usually it's the mechanics who'd check on your car before the long holiday travels. Entah apa-apa lah diorang claimed your car to be unwell of -- tukar itu tukar ini. Tahu-tahu beratus duit terbang masuk poket dia jadi duit Raya dia pulak. 'Nnaaateyy kan.
But this entry would be about one plumber.
The tap of our master bathroom's wash hand basin (WHB) had been unwell the past two weeks or so. The cheap tap that Abang had replaced the original tap with just broke loose. Bila buka air, air memancut keluar from all sides of the tap.
Abang had it replaced before when we had a very weird malfunction for both of our bathroom WHB taps. Some trapped-air ke apa. Langsung tak boleh guna. Dua-dua taps pulak tu.
So Abang called up some guy who advertised himself around the condo area to come over for repairs. Masa mamat tu kuar nak pi beli tap baru after coming over to our house to have a look-see, he actually called Abang up from the hardware store and asked whether Abang nak tap murah ke, yang mahal. Abang kata, murah cukup lah. And the guy came back to our place, replaced the two taps, and voilah water started flowing out of the taps, and he charged us (well, charged Abang, to be exact, hehehe) RM80 for both repairs and we gladly paid him.
That was, what, earlier last year???
And since two weeks ago we had ANOTHER tap malfunction... as described in the 4th para. Only at the Master Bathroom pula tu. Abang tried calling all numbers of last year's guy, but all numbers not available dah. Typical, eh.
So, nak tak nak Abang had to call up this one guy whom Abang once had used his service before. That was some time around 2,3 years back. This guy also had his number advertised all around the condo area. 24-hour service, katanya.
Reason why Abang didn’t call him again last year was that the guy had once charged him exorbitantly before. Like, nak pasang satu flexible hose pun dia charge around RM100+ sebab katanya hose tu cost him around RM49. Abang pun concur aje la masa tu. Dibuatnya a few weeks after that Abang found the same hose in a hardware store, and it cost around RM9 aje! Terus Abang tak nak engage the guy’s service, dah.
But yesterday since it was Abang’s off-day, Abang tak de choice but to call the guy back since the last year’s guy dah tutup bisnes, kot.
And so, this certain Top Chan came by. Dia pun usha-usha apa masalahnya. And quoted to Abang.. “RM350,” katanya.
Funting hell!!! Just for ONE malfunction tap???
Abang kata ke dia, “Hah??? I nak ganti TAP aje maah, bukan the entire system! Last year my plumber charge I RM80 aje untuk pasang DUA tap, tau!”
And he said, “Ya lor, tap tu murah, itu sebab pecah macam tu!”
“I tau… tapi ini satu tap aje! Say la you beli tap mahal sikit, harga RM40 ke... takkan lah nak charge I sampai RM350?? Baik you balik aje, I tak nak guna you dah!”, Abang mula halau dia keluar.
“Okay lor okay… RM260 lah.”
“No, no. You balik aje.”
“Okay laaah, RM100+, dengan tap bagus punya!”
So, Abang relented him walaupun berat hati.
And that Top guy came back, with a brand new WHB tap, and started to do his work.
Finally, when he’s done, he called up to Abang for Abang to check up on his work. He charged Abang RM135.
Abang pun check la kan.
To Abang’s surprise, this is what that Top did…
…as opposed to the 2nd bathroom pipe [yang tapnya masih okay lagi]…
Like, wot the funting funk, kan???
Bila Abang tanya kenapa dia buat pipe pusing-pusing macam tu sedangkan yang nak diganti tap aje, dia pun buat alasan la… Ooo tak mo kacau itu sink la, bla bla bla.
Abang was fieyouuuurious! But knowing Abang, he would not put up a fight with an annoying fler laidat, and instead paid him up dengan penuh muka tak ikhlas.
Eiii aku dengar cerita Abang masa Abang call aku pun kan… punya la aku marah!!! Kalau akak la ada kat situ… ada la masuk Berita pukul 8pm, kes mamat plumber kena campak luar kondo dari tingkat 5, kot. Dah la aku ni arkitek dia nak BOHONG macam tu, kan.
So, you know, Mr. TOP CHAN, don’t you ever EVER play the bloody fool with Madam RKM. You can rip other people husband’s off, but not mine!
I don’t care if this guy’s somebody’s uncle kaa, father kaa, brother kaa, cousin kaa, kucing kaa… it’s better for me to ‘advertise’ his deeds balik then let him go around ripping off other people!!! Eh I really do hope one day he feels like testing his name whether it’s googleable, and found this hate entry.
Hi Top Chan The Ripper Plumber!!! *waves, gives middle finger satu das*
Satgi lah aku mintak mintak maaf Raya, boleh tak?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Dalam kereta sepanjang-panjang perjalanan dari Taman Segar ke Bangi, dia bising berleter apa aku pun tak tahu.
"Maaah-wohhhh..", "Maaah-wohhhh..", "Maaah-wohhhh..".
Jenuh aku nak melayannya.
Tapi aku happy, sebab itu tandanya dia dah lega.
Cuma appetite dia kurang sikit. Kuruuuus dia. Dr.Lum report ke aku semalam yang Adi will only eat dengan makanan tin yang harga RM6+ tu.
Amboihhh. Cekmain lagi dia, ya Adi!
Umi kata, tak yah beli makanan tin mahal tu. Biar dia. Satgi dia lapar, dia akan makan juga makanan tin dia yang kat rumah.
Aku tak leh concentrate tulis panjang-panjang arini. Kerja aku banyaknya Ya Allah. Panic, seyyy. Esok dah Rabu. Selalunya bila dah Rabu, kejaaaaaaaaaap aje dah Jumaat petang.
*sigh* Dah another Raya.
The only thing I look forward to pre-Raya would be my days with Umi Ayah, adik-adik and my cats in the kitchen, baking tart nenas (that's one kuih wajib I've to bake every year) and jahit manik-manik baju.
Other than that, it's the long drive with Abang to Pendang. Oooh I love long, long drive with Abang. 'Coz we'll be putting on some CDs and melalak macam tak ingat dunia. Macam yang ni (dan yang ni, kalau nak dengar ABANG menyanyi, hahaha) masa kami pi Perlis itu hari.
Obviously, ini aje lah masanya Abang belongs to me and me alone, and not the public...
Ciao chin ciao... nak ke ofis Abang, ada jamu iftar by ofis EsKay.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Last dia beyak on the 7th... that was 13 days of none poo-poo. Kesian dia. Usually, by one week dia leh poo-poo balik, tapi dah kasi susu and yoghurt segala, dia still tak leh poo-poo.
Also, due to that, hampir seminggu dia tak jamah makanan. Aku takut dia gastric aje. Na'udzubillaaaaah.
So, semalam pagi I drove back to Bangi first and with Udi we both took Adi to Vet Cheras. In the car, Adi mengerang-ngerang sakit, sampai muntah-muntah dalam carrier. Kesian dia.
Sampai vet, Dr.Lum attended our case. Dia pun dah biasa dengan kes Adi. She raba-raba perut Adi -- she said Adi's faeces dah jauh ke dalam, masuk small intestine, and tekan the buah pinggang.
Sigh.... kesiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan dia...
When we left him, he cowered away. Agaknya sebab sakit lepas doctor picit perut dia nak tahu dalam mana faeces dia. Udi punya la susah nak tinggalkan Adi. Udi ni pun memang penyayang ke Adi... so Adi agak manja to Udi.
In the car, Udi was being very sweet and thoughtful.
"Esok Udi dah keja, Udi nak ketepikan duit untuk Adi's medical, lah. Kesian dia. Kat M'sia tak da insurance for pets ke Kak Lin??? Kat U.K ada, tau."
Entah la 'Dik, aku cakap. Mesti premiumnya gila tinggi, aku beritahu dia lagi.
Di Bangi, Ayah kata, put him to sleep lah Kak Lin. Kesian Ayah tengok dia.
Aku kata, let Allah decide on Adi's life lah Ayah. I don't think I can live with that nanti.
Moga Adi cepat sembuh, dan tak melarat-larat. Semua sayangkan Adi, tau... even Umi pun makin sayang ke Adi...
Tadi Dr.Lum called. She said she's taken out most of Adi's faeces, tinggal yang di smaller intestine aje. Adi looks way better than yesterday. But Adi has not been eating, she told me. She asked me what Adi likes to eat.
I told her Adi suka makan 'Ocean Fish' dicampur air, jadi macam bubur-bubur gitu. Dia tak muak sangat, and he can finish it off kalau campur dengan air.
Dr.Lum said she wants to put Adi under observation till Tuesday, 'coz Adi's a bit dehydrated and Dr.Lum nak pastikan all faeces dapat keluar.
Aku doa Adi dapat balik feeling way better than before.
"Malam karang nak tidur Bangi ke?", Abang tanya.
Kenapa? Abang nak Alin tidur Bangi ke?
[saja la aku nak test test kan. Alah macam la korang tak biaserrrr]
"Tak laa, kata last week tak puas balik Bangi, duduk 3 hari tu..."
Ooo. Tak lah, kalau Labu Labi tak ikut Alin tak nak la tidur Bangi. Nanti rindu kat diorang.
[keji tak aku. haha]
[Book in the photo: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (camner nak pronounce last name dia ni eh???).]
Pak Dho and Cik Mah operate the Aman Palestin just across our home, but I personally dah laaaaaaaaaaaaama tak jumpa diorang.
Seronok dorang datang. 'Coz dorang kelakar! What's more, they love laughing at my jokes... heh heh heh.
Anyway, acu teka siapa yang gubah bunga-bunga ni.
Moi??? No lahhhh. I know lah I'm pretty narcissistic, but no, not me.
Umi??? Nah.Where got time lah she. Need to sew my baju raya some more.
My bros??? Close. But not close enough.
Yup, it was Ayah's doing. Eversince there was a surplus of vases that Ahy bought for his clients, Ayah gets into this Mat Bunga phase ~ dia potong bunga-bunga and daun-daun dari garden dia and hias vases Ahy.
Last weekend masa kami (Labu, Labi and I) balik Bangi while Abang had to go on in hiding tu, Labu and Labi were so enthralled with the plants, they kept climbing up the tables, took whiffs of the leaves, and went all nibble nibble nibble... habis rompong-rompong hujung-hujung daun-daun Ayah macam kena makan dengan ulat bulu!
Berbulu-bulu Ayah. Ayah kata Labu Labi budak-budak jahat. haha.
Eh peyut aku asyik masuk angin arr. Cuak gila.
Friday, September 19, 2008
eh best betul site ni! banyak katun-katun abang yang aku tak perasan pun abang pernah buat!
aku tak sempat tengok semua. aku surf pun sambil-sambil rest kepala yang nak pecah buat minit-minit and surat.
but bersempena dengan isu ISA masakini, my two faves are these:
i sms-ed abang that i think i like his drawings before his discovery of @dohbe phootooshoppe even more, lah ~ the lines, the shadings and the renderings ada lagi maaaaaaanyak "umph!" !
nanti aku nak pujuk abang so that he'll use minimal computer renderings, lah. nampak lagi ori & ada character, kan???
kalau aku boleh bahagi-bahagikan diri ini ~ 1 RKM aku hantar ke bangi untuk teman umi senantiasa, 3 RKM lagi dok kat ofis untuk perabiskan keja.
why 3 RKMs at the office and not with umi? i'll tell you why later.
aku tersedar pukul 5.42am pagi tadi... like, what, 8 minutes before Subuh??? itupun aku terpisat-pisat... "eh, subuh pukul 5.50 ke... 6.50 eh???".
2 seconds after that, baru it sank in me, terus aku terjerit, "SH****TTT! dah nak subuh!!! arrrrrrrrrrghhhh!!!"
bloody 'ell aku terlupa nak pasang alarm!
aku terus lari ke dapur, tonggok (bukan teguk tau, but TONGGOK, like, tuang banyak-banyak kat tekak) jus apple and air kosong. aku tak kisah sangat lapar [helloooo lemak aku kan banyak, macam unta]. tapi aku kisah being hydrated 'coz it's gonna be a looo-ong day today.
GLUP GLUP GLUP GLUP. tekak aku sakit because of the chilly water from the fridge, but hell i gotta beat that 2 minutes before subuh. nak telan kurma for energy pun dah tak sempat dah.
but so far aku ok, alhamdulillah. malam ni buka dengan sponsor iklan terbesar sokkabar abang di hotel di p.j. akan aku melantak sepuas-puasnya. muaaahahahaha
oh, by the way, the day after that donut udang rwanda, si ahy the big bro requested udi for more cucuq. udi pun buat laaaaa untuk his one and only abang, kan.
but this time, dia tak masukkan kunyit. tapi dia still masukkan yeast (kan aku sudah bilang, he swears on using yeast in almost everything yang ada tepung... termasuk tepung bedak talkum, kot). and dia masukkan daun bawang. and jadilah ini....
sedap, kauuuuu. pandai betul adik-adik lelaki aku masak. akak bangga dengan diorang ada, akak malu dengan diorang lagi banyak.
ini check list aku tahun ini:
- kerja hakiki of running four active on-going sites at work;
- baru dilantik jadi ajk kecik untuk dinner hari raya persatuan pegawai kanan organisasi this 11th october, dan dimasukkan bahagian registration and penyambut tetamu. pastu dilantik jadi emcee gila-gila untuk malam tu. pastu dilantik jadi entah jadi lead singer ke apa tah untuk nyanyi lagu rapeah buang (ya allah sabbbaaaaaaaaaaaaar je la) among others. i was supposed to be teamed-up with the infamous musly ramlee from the p.ramlee musical tu for the entire night. gila barbie aku excited siut! tapi last-last the entire ajk (and i) decided it's best kalau buka the pairing-up pada orang dalaman aje... sebab depa pun belum tahu lagi musly would say yes or not. so jadinya aku dapat team-up dengan sorang adik lelaki officer yang sesaiz badan dengan aku and soooo lah gereks (best). ajk kata bayar orang sendiri kan lagi baik. aku pastilah setuju dengan pendapat tu, kan? mujur depa 'up' token aku sebanyak 75% lebih dari biasa. apa lagi aku dan adik tu pun terima aje lahhhh. hell nak kena pi carik baju untuk sewa lagi ni. nak fikir nak dandan lagi. forget about losing 30kilos by then la karn.
- also baru officially dilantik jadi ahli ajk kepimpinan and pendidikan untuk persatuan pegawai kanan organisasi. aku kena arange luncheon talks by big shots and big players of almost every field of work (financial, education, developers, security, etc) every two bloody months starting end october/early november till august 2010.
- dan itu belum masuk plan untuk aku nak buat anak lagi tu.
see why i need three RKMs at the office?
tapi elok jugak aku busy. kalau abaaaaaaaang aje yang busy tapi aku tak se-busy... asyik kena layan perasaan aku sendiri aje nanti.
by now i think korang dah tau mulut akak ni boleh laser macam mana, kan?
ni nak cerita la kan. ada sorang chief developer depan site akak kat J, kan. let us name him as en.S, ok. dia ni kan... rajin datang melobi kat ofis akak, taw.
dia jumpa bos-bos akak nak melobi dua site akak kat pantai dalam, yang sedang ON BLOODY GOING sekarang. apa dia buat telah sangat-sangat menyusahkan diri akak dan bos-bos akak coz dia telah GATAL pi jumpa sampai ke menteri-menteri segala untuk dapat direct nego projek-projek tu, tau!!! SAKITNYA ATIIIIIIIIIIIII.
pastu, dia sibuk la pulak melobi-lobi kat orang atas nak ambil alih buat JV untuk site akak yang depan site dia kat J tu la kan. some cheek, kan.
jadi, everytime dia masuk ofis akak and lalu depan bilik akak nak ke bilik my 2nd big bos, akak akan tanpa fikir panjang tegur dia, "haa, en.S??? nak ambik projek kami yang mana lagi nih???", dengan nada sinis yang manis aku berkata.
oh, eff why eye (fyi), dia ni also kawan baik 2nd big boss aku kat ofis. depa dua orang penyokong kuat amenok, tu. pi kelantak ke depa la, kan.
lepas-lepas tu kan, kalau dia nak jumpa bos-bos akak, dia dah tak masuk terus ke dalam ofis dah. dia akan tunggu luar. kat waiting area ke. or, if he has to, he would then make a detour through the other side of the office instead of lalu depan bilik akak. haha
satu kali, 2 hari lepas akak sudah terima satu kad raya. Cek men cantik ke design dia. have to say, kad raya paling kagum aku terima tahun ni.
kat depan tulis, "kepada, Yang Berbahagia puan roti kacang merah".
[kat ofis gomen, perkataan 'Yang Berbahagia' only to be used for bosses yang ada pangkat datuk. untuk pencacai angkat najis macam aku memang tak layak ada pre-fix 'Yang Berbahagia'.]
fuh! 'Yang Berbahagia', kawuuuu. terasa macam datin la pulak, kan.
satu kali aku bukak kad, datangnya dari... ya la you guess it la, dari en.S.
hmph. puhleaaaase. tak kuaser akak, taw.
aku nak samung buat keja. pasti apa yang aku citer ni memeningkan korang. aku tak da masa nak karang betul-betul.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Yang pertama, sebab central air-conditioning bangunan aku hari ni mak aiii punya la sojuk -- aku dah pakai jacket, pakai lagi pashmina yang aku balut kat leher jadi muffler, pakai lagi simut kapalterbang yang aku memang ada simpan di ofis, kot perlu masa nak lelap mata ke, untuk balut seluruh tubuh.
I'm supposed to be doing bountiful of minutes -- tau aje la keja gomen ni, miiiiiiiiiiiinit aje. But my fingers and nails are getting a bit bluish and numb from the cold.
Tadi ada meeting contract documents, 11 of us in the room (with 5 counsultants, among them) vetting through every word and sentence in the Meeting Room for 3 hours. Mak aiii idung aku macam Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer; the liquid in my brain turned jelly. I'm sure of that.
Aku PASTI sangat-sangat lemak badan aku sekarang dah jadi Pl@nta Margarine since then.
Dah la arini hari Batik... kainnya licin sejuk macam mana, kan? Aku boleh rasa texture kulit aku jadi kulit ayam from on top of the material. Gila 'nnatey, sejuk dok-oh!
Yang kedua, sebab ini. Aku malas nak tanya Abang to confirm the stories. Kadang soalan aku kena reject. Malas ah.
[FYI, though I'm married to The Chief, but 90% of my infos do not come from him... sometimes from other people who received infos from him & his office! The irony.]
Tak sabar aku nak tengok the ending of today.
Tadi, after the contractual meeting, my newly-appointed consultants (from 2 companies, all of them Malays) pulled me aside and asked me to send warmest of luck and wishes to Abang. I'm not too sure how they knew who my husband is, and most of all, I never knew dorang semua penyokong PR! Haha! I guess everybody's just plain tired of the current administrator's punya perangai yang makin lama makin macam k0muni$.
By the way, Abang dah balik since Ahad malam... Alhamdulillah. Cuma kami still kena berhati-hati and be prepared all the time.
For 50 pieces, it's RM23/= this year... alah, naik 15% aje dari last year's RM20! Ye lar, petrol pun dah naik 32.8% since then, ya dak (mula naik 40.6%, pastu baru ni turun balik 7.8%, kan?) !
But for 200 pieces in one mother-of-a-tupperware (that certain mother of a clear plastic container that can fit 200 pieces), it's RM90/= !!!
Haa, apa lagi, terus lah order 400 pieces, kan? 400 pieces is 1 whole adunan of dough. For 400 pieces, that would be in two numbers of mother-of-a-tupperware... just like MizElisaTaufik got when she ordered from Ahy a few weeks ago! Now, ain't that green... more production in less containers??? *winks* [also, do read MizElisa's testimonial here!]
Hence, if you order 200 pieces in 4 separate containers, that would still be RM23 x 4 = RM92, mmmkayyyy!
[Sorry guys... Ahy kata as much as possible he'd like to save on the containers and go a wee bit greener this time!]
So, do contact my baby bro to order his dellllllectable, yummy, crispy FæmësAhÿ® through me at email@example.com 'coz at least aku leh tolong susun jadual baking dia! Ya, ya, aku C.O.O dia *grins*. Please also state your desired pick-up / delivery date along with your orders, thank you!
Last date of ordering would be Friday 26.09.2008!
Read The Story of FæmësAhÿ® for the history part of it and a clearer photo of the kukis! ;-D
And oh, this kukis is of course Kukis Bangsa Malaysia, hence also available for orders from the non-Muslims too, ok!
Thank you, kind peeps!!!
Nope, I'm not taking any sen from the promotion & sales... he's only my baby bro, mah!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tapi, ni, untuk orang-orang yang dah hilang kepercayaan that the so-called 916 yang digembar-gemburkan akan hilang begitu sahaja.... macam dia ni ha:
"IHH: Saudara Anwar, September 16 came and went, and nothing happened. I, for one, am very disappointed to say the least.
When BN said that your agenda was a mere dream, you said that they were wrong. When your coalition first announced the date might be delayed, you insisted that 916 will happen. Only up to a couple of days before 916, you conceded, citing national security and political stability.
And on September 15, you announced that the names will be revealed on the big day, but then you backtracked and said that you will only reveal them to the PM first.
Last week, here in Australia, there was a half-hour primetime special about your 916 agenda. The whole world is watching. Please, Anwar, don't play mind games anymore. Every single day the takeover is delayed, you lose more of your credibility and BN will gain the upperhand."
.... acu kau sabar la sikiiiiiit, boleh tak?
Sedangkan orang bercerai-berai pun takes time, tau. Ibarat nak pindah rumah... ingat senang ke? Petik jari kata "KAU! KELUAR DARI RUMAH NI!", kau ingat orang dalam rumah tu nak terus keluar??? Acu kau tanya camner 'diorang' keluarkan setinggan Berembang -- lama ke tak lama, kasar ke tak kasar, kurang ajar ke tak kurang ajar.
Ni kira gila gentleman lah ni, team Pak Anwar tunggu team Pak leLah respond ke dia. Puuuuun tak nak jumpa.
Kalau guna cara BeEnd???? Hah, acu kau pi interview those yang betul-betul gotten involved during the May 13 '69 -- Pak Syed Husin Ali and brother Pak Syed Hamid -- and you'll learn the REAL culprit behind the bloody day. Ni Pak Syed Hamid sendiri cerita ke aku masa dia mai rumah aku di Cheras dulu.
Dan untuk orang-orang yang percaya cakap Pak leLah yang kata Pak Anwar tipu??? Oi, lupa ke SIAPA yang dah bergantang-gantang menipu rakyat selama ni.
So, cuba sabaaaaaaar sikit. Bila Pak Anwar kata "We've more than 31 defectors", percayalah cakap dia. Jangan nak cabar-cabar, nanti kau malu sendiri. Percaya lah cakap aku.
LIMA PULUH TAHUN kau kena pijak, kau boleh sabar. Yang takat 2,3 hari ni pun kau takleh sabar ke???
Sabbbbbbar je lah aku.
Wa cakap lu, wa gila jakoorn, kau! Lama tak kasi snail-kadraya. Tak nyenyabor nak pos rasanye ni. Gatai tangan aku nak sign dan tulis dalam jawi 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin'.
I know, tak ori langsung. Tapi mau yang terima tu tak reti baca jawi, kan ke naya kalau aku berleter panjang lain lagi dalam jawi??
Now am back in Cheras and my 2nd morning bersahur sorang-sorang.
Not that this is the only 2nd morning sahur alone ('coz ever since with Abang I been sahur-ed alone in Cheras), but it just makes me miss home...
Tak sabar nak cuti Raya on the 27th and angkut Labu Labi back to Bangi again. That will be FIVE days of quality time with thy homesters, yeayyy!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
* f i r e w o r k s *
more photos of Eve of 916 gathering, here and here.
"Kini sudah tiba masanya untuk kita melakukan perubahan. Perubahan yang memastikan kamu semua dan saya setara, perubahan yang memastikan kita semua dikenal sebagai Bangsa Malaysia. Perubahan yang akan menyaksikan ‘kepada pelampau tiada dokongan, kepada diskriminasi tiada sokongan.’"
- Pak Anwar, Malam 916, Kelana Jaya
Monday, September 15, 2008
And listening to his cooking faux pas in the U.K really makes me want to pujuk dia to compile the stories in his FB at least. Gila kelakar!
My three most favourite faux pas of his would be the Nasi Bubur Goreng, Mi Su'oon Goreng (as opposed to Mi Hun Goreng!) and Cekodok Gemuk Berlubang.
Now, talking about the Cekodok Gemuk Berlubang (tu nanti biar dia sendiri la cerita mkay), I think Udi swears his life on the use of yeasts in almost all kuih cucur that he makes. Sabar je la. Ada ke orang buat cekodok pisang or cucur tepung guna yis??? Gila ke.
Well anyway, yesterday Udi told me that he's been wanting to have cucur udang for iftar, "...tapi Umi tak nak buat sebab dia kata leceh."
Leceh??? I said. Yang Umi dok buat kuih-kuih talam, kuih badak berendam, buah melaka, yang balut-balut and ikat-ikat dengan tali halus and stim and parut kelapa and masak gula melaka tu (i.e kuih Jennifer Lopez), bukan lagi leceh ke???
Udi went silent for a while.
"Betul gak ek...," and giggled.
Ok apa kata kita google cucur udang and do it this evening, yok??? I suggested to Udi.
Kalau korang nak tahu, kat rumah di Cheras aku tak pernah lagi experiment masak apa-apa eventhough kat U.K dulu seronok buat, 'coz Abang's not that experimentative enough to try.
So this time aku seronok sebab ada kaki nak experiment sama, kan.
Dah la Udi nak masukkan juga yis in the equation, "for utter crispiness yet bubblicios..." says the man. Lantak la kawuuu.
And so we found a couple of recipes.
Tiba waktu nak buat kuih, Udi pun put all things together as the recipe... and included as well a wee dash of yeast.
Ceh ceh ceh, dia pun gaul la kan.
"Bila dah masuk yis, kena gaul satu arah aje, so that enough air will be trapped," Udi beritahu Ayah yang berlakon sebagai food interviewer sebelah dia.
"Lepas tu, buat apa Encik?" Ayah tanya, sua tangan ala microphone.
"Lepas ni nak gigit tangan Ayah dulu, and then put away the mix for 15-20 minutes so that the yeast bertindakbalas," Udi replied.
"Oooo.." Ayah balas. Macam la Ayah faham, kan. Hahaha
20 minutes later, the moment arrived. Aku pulak rasa gelabah masa tu, kot tak menjadi kan. Mau buang aje kuih tu nanti.
Tapi Udi cool aje. Cool, cool pun, sambil tersengih-sengih la gak...
... 'coz he could sense something terribly wrong is going to happen to the cucur udang...
...and lo and behold... hahahahahaha! Gelembung and gelap gila! Tergolek-golek aku dengan Udi gelak! hahaha
... tapi bila potong, not too bad la... Ada rupa cucur, cuma kaler macam kena taint dengan blood kapa... hahahaha
Udi terus rasa lemah semangat. "Hmm tak da mood rasa nak makan cucur ni," Udi kata. Aku replied back, Heyyyy entah-entah sedap! Don't judge the cucur by its colour, ok??? hahahaha
Don't think Udi finds that amusing at that mo, though, hahahaha
Bila dah siap and potong-potong, Ayah cuba nak pujuk Udi by acting out yang dia tak sabar-sabar nak jamah cucur kami nanti...
And then Umi peered in... "Naper cucur ni kaler Afrika, 'Di???". Hahahaha
Maka dengan sebab itulah aku namakan cucur udang ni, Doughnut Udang Rwanda ... 'coz cucur ni menggelembung macam donut, pastu colour like Africa!
Tiba masa 'buka, the cucur was the 1st I tasted... omak aiiiiii sodap ehhhhh!!! Tak tipu ni!!! Rasa dia cukup-cukup! Ahy actually took segenggam and cicah dengan sos, Ayah pula bertambah-tambah lepas satu, satu!
And twenty minutes from the previous photo, the cucur tinggal banyak ni aje...
Okay la tu kan??? Heh heh.
And all we wanted was cucur udang like these...!!!
It was about a weekend outing to a carnival with Shadah and her best-mate Janice, who clearly is a non-Malaysian (I think!).
Hell I know and understand what they're babbling about in the last two clips... but, does it really matter???
Let's pray that these and other colour-blind kids will grow up to be forever colour-blind, aaaameeeen....
And Shahadah is coming back home for a 3-week Raya break this 20th September! Can't wait to see how this wee girl has grown!
*note to kak ilush: she sings like you lah, pose and all!!! hahahaha
It certainly is annoying to have your own personal blog, with entries of own personal encounter, thoughts, and feelings, being told not to write certain stuff [and it was a personal experience and already done in the most careful manner] when things are clearly already in the safe mode, and subsequently it was but to "save face" of a certain quarter.
So much about fighting for free media, ey. Coming from someone who fights for free media pulak tu, who, most of the time never bothered about whatever I ranted in this blog.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I get to spend more time with my family. Ni tolong agih-agihkan kukis for next week's delivery.
Yang bekas kecik -- 50 pcs, RM23. Yang bekas besar -- 200 pcs, RM90.
Will prolly be in Bangi til Monday lepas buka. Banyak lah aku leh tolong Ahy and Udi sket.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I wouldn't be too sure 100%. Silap-silap, it'd prolly be just a set-up, supaya semua keluar dari hiding places and mudah depa serkop terus.
10minutes later, macam tahu-tahu, Abang called and I told him what his friend told me. Also about Ms.Tan of Sin Chew Daily being released at 4pm tadi.
"Teresa and RPK macam mana?"
They still don't know where they both are. Malam ni ada candle-light vigil, I said.
"See...?? Yang opposition dorang tak lepaskan. Dorang hanya release the Sin Chew reporter 'coz mesti kena ugut from the Chinese sectors in the BN. The gomen has the racist Ahmad scot-free roaming the earth and only suspended for 3 years, yet they want to put an honest journalist in ISA??? What is that???"
Itu la, I said. Patutnya they detain Khir Toyo instead of Teresa. He was the one who started the slander. Some more, the so-called masjid yang kononnya Teresa submitted her petition on the azan issue tu kata, Teresa was never involved. Apa ni kan Bang??? And now the US also dah summoned our envoy in Washington for explanation and pressure the gomen, padan muka dorang! I said, talking fast and furious as if the line could be cut off any moment.
"Hmm. We'll just lay low for a while sehari dua ni. Will call back. You take care. Jaga diri. Jangan lupa update Mak. Love you."
And that was the last I spoke to him...
Tadi tengok berita EnTeeVeeTooJoe, and hearing Harmid Albarr said about the gomen not detaining Ahmad Ismail but detaining the journalist instead:
"He is a party member, and we have a vehicle to punish him, and we have punished him, plus the police report against him is also being investigated."
... like, is that how the law works in our country, izit?
Then, Teresa Kok is also a party member. Why do YOU punish her without trial, Kind Sir???
And PLEASE don't tell us that being an Amenok member means that you'll be immuned to being charged as A CITIZEN OF MALAYSIA???
Who the hell you think you are??? Malaikat ka apa???
Lepas ni, I tell you, sesiapa yang ada niat nak merompak, merogol, lynch money and whatever... sila masuk Amenok ok. Pastinya kau akan selamat.
Oh, he also said, "I don’t think we treat politicians differently...". Well slap me silly and call me Johnny.
Am I worried over Abang??? Yes, of course I am. I am surprisingly calm about him having to 'disappear', though... but at the same time fiyewwwwwrious over the stupidity of the leading gomen.
I guess, I'm calm 'coz I know I would only have to worry about his safety. Aku tak perlu worry about nak sorokkan muka kepala aku kerana aib ke... or nak kena forever hidup dengan tipu muslihat ke. As simple comparison, try to imagine how, say, si Sialful's fiancee or Najibabibun's wife Rosmah had to endure the aib and malu and sumpah laknat rakyat and ludahan jelata... which aku pasti 100juta kali dahsyat than how I'm taking things in now.
At least, in my situation now... aku tak segan nak minta didoakan agar Abang safe and sound.
My utmost, utmost gratitude to the comments and sms-es I received, for the prayers and strength to endure this. Inilah perjuangan kita for our lives and also the next generation's. Insya-Allaaaaaaaaah...
Semoga kita semua diberi kekuatan untuk terus berjuang.
At 8.30pm, the Sin Chew journalist detained under ISA.
At 11.18pm, Teresa Kok detained under ISA.
At midnite, Abang received a call that his name was in the list among tens others.
So we hastily packed our bags, Labu, Labi...leaving the clothes in the washer, food for sahur in m'wave and batteries charged in chargers.
We drove halfway, dropped Abang off for him to get the taxi to wherever safe, while I drove back home alone to my parents' place, not without 1st alerted Umi Ayah on the phone.
At 4am, Abang called from an unregistered number that he's safe, that I'm not to worry, and left me with gazillion of things to do.
Umi Ayah terus solat sunat when I got home. They were clearly worried over Abang.
Please pray for us all -- Abang and his comrades -- , people. All this unwarranted arrests and crackdown hanyalah pekerjaan orang-orang yang terdesak dan pengecut, yang lupa that hanya Allah s.w.t sahaja yang Maha Berkuasa.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ya ain't look like any typical Malay-look to me.
So, you know, sedar la diri tu sikit ~ if Amenok tu betul untuk orang Melayu aje, you certainly don't belong there, mate.
Tak malu... tak rupa Melayu, tapi mengaku Melayu. Ada hati nak panggil orang lain menumpang pulak tu!
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalik la kampung luuuu.
Minta maaf, tapi aku setuju dengan Nat...
"At the end of the day, the best defender of non-Malay rights is a Malay, and the best defender of Malay rights is a non-Malay."
Nat juga tulis "Hidup Melayu!" dengan YB Nik Nazmi.
Aku bangga pernah jumpa (& kenal sedari kejauhan) Nat & YB Nik Nazmi. Tak sejuk ke hati bila tengok 'coalition' bijak pandai sebegini, kan???
Aku juga terpanggil untuk publish comments by my Form 3 ex-roomie, Nana, and Abang Tommy.
Aku ni salah sorg d denied Melayu.
Came fr a lower income family dok umah setinggan dulu – mak aku join gak HarmNo tu tapi kabel tak kuat nau. Masa primary tak dpt bantuan teks sbb mak bapak aku tak kenal sapa.Kwn yg mak bapak mampu pun DAPAT bantuan buku teks sbb makbapak dia kenal SAPA-SAPA.Aku dpt 5A penilaian tapi dpt skolah menengah samseng sbb makbapak aku tak kenal sapa..Mujur la Cikgu beso aku sian kat aku usahakan gak aku dpt maktab kita..
Masa kat ITM aku tak dpt gak bantuan sbb makbapak aku tak kenal sapa.. classmate aku yg makbapak dia berharta –DAPAT ye bantuan sbb makbapak dia kenal SAPA-SAPA-SAPA.
Bosan sungguh aku dgn kepura-puraan NEP nih…
9/08/2008 09:05:00 PM
Blogger Thomas Mok said...
rkm, nana - bayangkan, you all yang supposed to be assisted tak dapat the assistance.
dulu, in my class, satu kelas 40 orang, 32 malays 8 chinese. 32 malays semua dapat biasiswa, ada anak tokay, ada anak cikgu. yang 8 tu, mimpi pun tak berani, that's a sad fact. yang 8 tu, anak penoreh getah pun ada, bangun 4 pagi tlg noreh, pastu baru dtg sekolah, anak buruh kontrak pun ada, bukan semua non-malays kaya, kan? but we are used to it, so, i guessed we are immune to it, cuma kekadang tu, terkilan lah jugak kan...so, i very the faham nana's feeling. kecewa kan?
9/09/2008 07:36:00 PM
Aku sedih baca cerita Nana. Itu baru satu cerita. Aku tahu ada beribu lagi cerita yang sama.
Bila baca cerita Abang Tommy? I am humbled. Dan aku malu. Aku malu sebab kaum aku telah 'memijak' kaum lain. Denying other people's opportunities by closing a lot of doors. Aku malu. Aku malu. Aku malu.
Aku bangga menjadi seorang Melayu, tapi aku nak sembah mohon ampun maaf kepada semua kaum-kaum lain di Malaysia ni -- maafkanlah kami. Maafkanlah kami, ya... *sniff*
Maaf juga kepada kaum pribumi. Kamu semua kaum asal di Malaysia, but not given equal rights whatsoever.
InsyaAllah, God Willing, for the 'next change', we'll strive together to be a better bangsa, ya...
Monday, September 08, 2008
While I helped Abang coin the word 'Racistaurus', he did a rather extensive study on other dinosaurial names and bones. Sampai tidur lewat malam.
For the uninitiated, the bones of Racistaurus is based on this... that, that thingmajig yang tak layak diletak-hinggap di blog ku innieyyy. Maka, hangpa klik sendiri tengok, naa. hehe
Kalau tak caya how racists the Racistaurus are, read here, the very reason why I've twice been avoiding the calls for the camp. Aku takut aku akan ludah aje penceramah-penceramah tu nanti. Kau tau-tau je la akak kau ni macam mana, karn.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Watch this ["Isn't She Lovely"]...
...and this ["No Woman No Cry"]...
...and gazillion others of him here...
... and weep & CRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!! huwakkkk!!!
Oh, dan juga, nak ambil kesempatan to dedicate Dear Zettygosh this ["Wake Me Up When September Ends"]...
... for the 2nd year kepulangan Ayahanda Kesayangan ke rahmatullah (here, here and here)... Al-Faaatihah.
Sedang di ofis Abang, buat translation work yang saaaaaaaaaaaangat panjang, adaiiii.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
1 - The girls helping out with the 500-odd goody bags with isi yang pelbagai - CDs, pen, notepad, book programme, press-kit, etc.
2 - Ketua (Ko)Mandur, Intan Comel.
3 - Delivery at the hotel, with four adik-adik yang aku lantik jadi sekretariat aku di hotel ~ from left - Bob, Rose, Maz & Isa. The bags filled the entire corridor. Mind you, we delivered using a Pregio-van, and was filled to the brim!
D-Day 1, 28.08.2008
1- Hall - check.
2- Registration and payment counters - check.
3- Back-drop - check.
4- FULL HOUSE! Alhamdulillah!
D-Day II, 29.08.2008
5- Forum and debates.
1- Hilang sikit rasa letih...
2- Group photo of speakers, panelists, moderator, Head of Organising Committee and reps from PAM.
3- On the way to Janda Baik.
4- Up the steep hill we had to climb...
5- ... to this. Enderong House. Simply breath-taking.
1- The architect-cum-builder, Mr. Ngan, addressing the delegates.
2- Stone walls everywhere. They came straight from the Janda Baik earth itself, which is just bountiful.
3- Custome-made lighting in between pine-wood joists. Note: The timber came straight from the fallen trees from the Janda Baik forests, too.
4- The Viewing Verandah, from one of the 9 bedrooms.
5- Swimming pool in a distance.
6- Details. Timber intentionally aged for the worn-out cabin look.
1- Typical bedroom - 2 single beds with spare mattresses.
2- Serenity in bedroom.
3- Viewing Verandah - to the right of me.
4- Viewing Verandah - to the left of me.
5- View from platform of 2nd level staircase. That's Mek Rose as the scale model.
6- Viewing out from the platform of 2nd level staircase.
1- Viewing wayyyyyyyy below outside from the 3rd level.
2- Ar.Hanaz, my ex-classmate, from the Viewing Verandah.
3- The open-air tub, taken while...
4- ...I was 'testing' this W.C. hehe. Note the floor with natural stone. This goes for the entire 9 bathrooms.
5- Tanarimba Visitor's Center - looking in from the main entrance.
6- Tanarimba Visitor's Center - looking down towards the main entrance, from the Meeting room above.
[By the way, I was told by the Director of the Tanarimba Development (who also has his own suite in the Enderong House) that The House is also for rent at RM3000/night. With 8 bedrooms ~ 2 singlebeds + 2 extra single mattresses in each bedroom ~ that's like 32+ people can comfortably fit into that house okay. Kau boleh bawak tilam lagi and sleeping bags sendiri, silap-silap 40-50 orang boleh masuk situ. Dapur ada, washing machine ada. Apa lagi, buat Family Day aje la kat situ, kan.]
The welcoming dinner at KL Tower was at the end of D-Day I. Though that was like my 12th time being the emcee in my organisation, but it was by far the most exhausting.
What did I learn from the night??? Well, two things in particular.
One, be brave to say "No" to emcee functions where you are also the Organising Committee. Ya, ya, eventhough I did say "No" but it wasn't strong enough sebab aku rasa tak sampai hati. Akibatnya, aku rasa macam nak pengggggsanz malam tu 'coz I was so so tired. Mujur Abang ada (he was invited to attend for his 'contribution', hehe), adalah sikit kekuatan, kan.
Two, when dinner consists of gazillion-courses of Chinese, be brave also to ask for more token than the normal mere pittance you receive. The reason? Long Chinese courses would mean that you'd have to pay extra attention to the entire flow for the night. Kau akan jadi The Instructor From Hell to all -- to the kitchen people, to the Cultural performers, to the musician & singers.
Also, during these kind of menu, kena sabar when your guests complained that they were tired and kept asking you about how many more courses to come.
Lagi sakit ati bila the management of the restaurant only had 1 waiter per two tables (except for the VIP who had a one dedicated waiter), and then the servings tak synchronized between tables. Akibatnya, VIP table dah nak habis served, tapi table-table lain ada yang tak berganjak-ganjak servingnya.
SAKITNYA ATI AKEWWWWWW!!!
AKAK ni yang kena berlari-lari jadi the Food Manager instead, minta dorang sensitive sikit on the synchronization. While my PR Officers dok sedap ati je makan... padahal ini keja dorang, bukan kerja akewwwwwww!
Gila barbie penat malam tu, kau. Tak berbaloi dengan token yang dapat.
Sampai je rumah at 11.30pm, aku letak kepala atas bantal and pengsan tak basuh muka segala till 4am.
The next morning I woke up phone aku dah kena bar. Great, innit. So, nak kena pi bayar bil dulu, baru dapat ke Seminar balik.
But prior to that, aku sempat text-biatch around about the PR Office to the leader of the Organising Committee, Puan N. And Puan N sudah beritahu pada this certain Puan H who was once the 'Gordon Ramsay of the PR Office' (but now transferred to head another department). So, apa lagi, Puan H pun tolong 'burn the PR Office to hell' la, so by the time I got to the hotel at 10.30am things have all pretty much ironed out, hehehehe
When you gotta bitch, you just gotta bitch, you know.
And whaddya know... during the dinner our Biggggg Boss was so impressed with us the in-house architects who did quite a great job in organising (of course not possible without the help and expertise of the PAM's Office) that he had bisik-bisik to the Head Committee that we are to organize a 'Green Building' seminar with other PBTs (Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan) by end of the year pulak. Kali ni buat sendiri-sendiri, tak perlu pertolongan PAM lagi katanya.
Lariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Aku nak migrate kejap lepas ni. Habis Green Building seminar, aku mai balik ok?
All in all, twas a GREAT experience, though a very very very tiring one. Habis 2,3 minggu tugas hakiki aku terbengkalai. But I had fun, especially when serving the participants. They all came back to us and said wot an organized seminar it was. So, that actually lift everyone in the Committee's spirit up, really.
Plus, it was really really nice to meet up with my consultants, old friends (Thanks Hanaz, Aida and Azliiiii!!!), ex-Bosses and acquaintances who came over for support.
Mujur tak dak old flame je, heh heh.
And those architects loved them bags! Alhamdulillaaaaah.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Kerajaan bertukar ke, tak bertukar ke... the true date of Malaysian Patriotism Day shall be the 16th of September 1963 for both Abang & I.
(In which he, for as long as I've known Abang, has never had any good regards on the '31st August 1957' itself, by the way.)
In the meantime, something I scribbled while waiting in Abang's office during the Permatang Pauh by-election night...
We'll just see, won't we?
I practically rested the entire Saturday, the day after the seminar. Abang was at work, and so was Qia who was at Abang's office the entire Saturday. Qia reached Brickfields from Shah Alam around 9 something in the morning.
And did I feel a whole lot better after the lengthy mindless resting? Not really. The back felt worse actually. I took painkillers, muscle relaxant and vitamins for the saraf the next day Sunday, barulah rasa ok.
Man I felt real old.
Qia's around for the long weekend. We watched 'The Color Purple' on DVD on Sunday. Man that film was really really gewwwwwwd, peeps. Malas aku nak cerita, though. And then right after the movie, we found out that there was Private Practise Marathon on tv -- well we'll be damned! So yesterday we got ourselves glued infront of the telly, practically from the moment Qia woke up and had breakfast down till dinner time. And it was food, baring-baring and golek-golek, food, baring-baring and golek-golek. Dah le ada our 8"-thick old mattress kat depan TV tu.
Gila barbie. Have not long done this I tell ya. Pigging-out to the utmost.
Oh by the way, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Wall.Eeeeeeeeeee!!!!
Satu aje aku tak suka -- his best-mate, the cockroach!! Bloody 'ell couldn't stop squirming in the pawagam. Of ALLLLLLL the creature in the whole entire universe that could be his bestmate, roite... it just had to be a squirmish cockroach. Eiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii geliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.
And they thot that could change people's perception of the, the, thing??? No way. Not for ME it won't. A roach would FOREVER be a roach in my book, no matter dia kawan baik Labu Labi sekalipun.
And oh, oh...
Ramadhan Mubarak everyone!!!
Sigh. Not another Eid Mubarak looming in the corner...