December 13, 2005

On Temporary Hiatus

I'm off to Reorientation programme in Sungkai Perak end of this week till Dec 26th..
Then I'll be in KL till early January '06 before moving into the new house in Sungai Petani...
Till then, I may not be online nor will I have anything to post in here...

Besides.. kekeringan idea la lately... nothing interesting happened
Unless you call taking care of the house with my younger brother and sister is interesting..
Of course, there were times when we were cooking or lipat baju and were were laughing non-stop...

Maybe I'll miss this sort of things in the future.
Till then... ja!

December 6, 2005

From East to North

It seems like world is moving fast. This time around, coming back home meaning a time to pack my stuff and haul everything to Gurun, Kedah. 6 years ago, the prospect to moving wasn't so bad at all (although it took me almost 6 months to adapt); maybe because I wanted to move...

This time around, it feels different: heavy, sad, reluctant.
Maybe because this small town is the place where I learnt about the world, a different new phase of life, bonding with friends who till now I believe hold 'We sink and swim together'.

Maybe because within the first three years in Kerteh, I've had so many memorable memories, and built up the characteristics and principles I have now.

Then I wondered, if it's so hard to leave this place: a place where I was here for only 6 years yet it's so precious;
it must have been harder during Hijrah period, where the people of Makkah moved to Madinah, leaving EVERYTHING behind...

Mom couldn't help it when she couldn't go to Hasni's walimah because my brother still had a paper after the wedding ceremony.
So from East, Ima, Farah and I went to KL and from then on we took a bus to Alor Setar with Shu. A few hours at Shu's place, then we head on to Kangar, with Yuhana tagging along.

Reciting the tentative in the invitation card: Perarakan menyusuri Sungai Perlis?
Anticipated... what would that look like?
When we got there, 'Oh... meriahnye!'

And that also marked the first time meeting face to face with someone whom I've only heard through the others and internet, Nawar. Syukran sister...
That night, I took the bus back to KL. Next day, after spending hours at PC Fair in KL Convention Centre, my dad and I drove back to Kerteh.

On Monday, my brother called me, "Along, kawan kau yang kahwin tu keluar surat khabar.." O.o

Mingguan Malaysia: Ahad, 4 Disember 2005

A/N: Couldn't help myself to upload this onto the net. Zura, as promised, here's the paper cutting. As for the rest of the wedding pictures, later when I got them off the people who have them...

November 16, 2005

Perhaps It's Time

Perhaps it's time to view it from different angles from what have been shoved to us all this while.
Perhaps it's time to step out from our comfort zone, get up from comfy couch in front of the tv and do a little research on our own.
Perhaps it's time to 'look underneath the underneath'.

Read: Suicide Bomber, Israel & International Law

Please note that the article is in Malay.

"Budak-budak dah tak belajar belajar sejarah peperangan zaman Rasulullah? Bukankah ianya suatu yang merugikan? Takkan wujudlah lagi semangat seperti Khaulah binti Azur! Harapnya generasi kini takkan jadi jiwa yang lemah; jiwa yang menganggap Hollywood dan Bollywood itu lebih hebat dan lebih 'informative'!"

November 14, 2005


I'm addicted...

To lil 'Widget's

Go to Konfabulator to learn more about 'em.

P/s- I'm using IE most of the time... how come when I open my FireFox, there's already a link to above website??

It's a mystery I'll never know

Oops.. gotta go back to study pharmy... I think I have to buy LOTS of nougat going back home this time around...

November 9, 2005

In the middle of Exam

Woke up this morning and saw a msg in my mobile: 'A'kum. Cis keluar juga foto raya kau. Aku hantar punya la lama, tak keluar juga'. An eyebrow raised. That was new...

So, with a quick search (while printing the past year questions), I found this:

(In Salam Perantauan Utusan)

Click on the picture, or go to : Utusan: Salam Perantauan

And while you are at that, maybe you can visit this as well: Walimah Kami (no, NOT me la!)

For the first time, we have our own open house for raya, courtesy of Alia, Shila, Wina n Yuhana, who initiated it. Since we had Eid on Friday, it was done on Thursday night (because the Commerce students had exam on Saturday).
On Saturday evening, Dini invited to hers. Then we head to Ihsan's place.

All pictures will be put up after exam. In the meanwhile, just enjoy the snippets of it on the banner above.

By the way, to the one who sent the Shearing Shed's picture for Salam Perantauan, Thanks a LOT! Didn't know you sent that picture. Oh, and just to let you know, some of the names are spelt wrongly For instance, my dad's name has double F.

Oh, and I'm going back on 19 Nov. instead of 20th, insyaAllah; with Yuyu and Yan *YaY*

October 31, 2005

Spring Sonata- As Promised & Eid Mubarak!

Below is the promised entry for our journey down south. I just have to post it now because exam's coming and I'd have no time for it soon.

Now that that's out of the way, I can happily concentrate on my studies

Files for ALL the pictures of the trip will be put up, umm.... after the exam, insyaAllah.... Probably after I'm back in Malaysia...

Anyway, Salam Aidilfitri a.k.a Eid Mubarak to all Muslim who visit TWM.
It's sad that Ramadhan is gone... I feel like I haven't done much this time around...
Nevertheles, I hope whatever good changes that we've made during this Ramadhan, we'll keep it in the future: Istiqamah.

Till later... to everyone who'll be sitting for their exam: ALL THE BEST!

Reminder to my family: My papers-
  • Nov 7: Foundations of Clinical Practice
  • Nov 9: Infectious Diseases
  • Nov 14: Systemic Pathalogy
  • Nov 16: Medical Pharmacology

Going back on Nov 20th (or 21st... can't remember- still waiting for my ticket to arrive)


Report Safar Spring Sonata: With pictures!

Sat, Sept 24:
Planned departure time: 8 a.m.
Real departure time: 10 a.m.
We lost 2 hours due to some... erm... delay. Nevertheless, after we got the oh-so-famous Tarago, I took the driver's seat because Hasni wasn't feeling well.
Been wanting to drive an MPV, at last my wish came true

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First destination: Harvey
Attraction? Beautiful scenery -realy!- and the Cheese Factory.
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Then Hasni took over to Bunbury. Lunch and prayed there.
Don't let the sunny weather fool you; it was COLD! Cold because of the wind.
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Drove passed by the lighthouse, the swamp reserve and dropped by the lookout tower (pictures below)
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3rd destination: Busselton.
Shu drove this time- I let Zura be the co-pilot while I slept. The truth was I had lack of sleep the night before- finishing up the assignment which was due while we had our trip.

Attraction: Busselton Jetty- which is 2 km long and you can walk towards the end. However, the trick to get free entrance is come after 5 p.m. But you won't get the chance to go down the observatory platform (down onto the sea floor) because it's closed by then. Shu said it didn't really mattered anyway, because if you come during strong sea-current, it's either closed or you won't see anything at all.

5.30 p.m.- depart for our accommodation in Nannup.
Shu was the driver again. Halfway through, I had mild panic attack in my mind because it was getting darker and Nannup is in middle of no-where! If you think UTP is in 'padang jarak padang terkukur', Nannup is even more remote than that.

Talk about rural and remote area!

And all these images from stupid scary movies came into my mind that nigt...
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Sun, Sept 25: a.k.a 'Hari Laut Sedunia'

1st destination: Yallingup- Shearing Shed,
where we had a remarkable experience of seeing the process of sheep being sheared and got the invaluable experience of feeding the cute lil sheep... Bought Sakina & got Walid from Fhad.

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Dropped by Canal Rocks before going to Dansborough to eat and pray.
Note to self # 1(as journey planner and one of the organizers: admission into lighthouse will NEVER be free- so do NOT waste time and petrol to go there unless you're willing to pay!)

Off to Margaret River where we stopped by for a while.
Me, Hasni and Intan (I think) stayed in the Tarago- too tired to walk around. Soon we were back on the road down to Augusta. Halfway through, I passed the baton to Zura- tiredness seeped into my muscle and mind.

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Note to self #2: Please ensure what time Cape Leeuwin actually closed (5 p.m.) before planning the journey. Or else we missed the chance to stepped onto the area where 2 seas- Indian and Southern Oceans meet- like on this day...

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Let us in!!! We wanna go into the lighthouse!!

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Southern Sea is behind us

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This is Indean Ocean part

That night, everyone was flat.

Mon, Sept 26: a.k.a 'Hari Hutan Sedunia'

8.30 a.m: Checked out from Black Cockatoo. In case I haven't mention, it is actually an Eco-Stay for backpackers.
Shu drove to Manjimup.
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One of mysterious backyard of BlackCockatoo EcoStay

Note to self #3: Please don't be confused with the different Tree Climbing areas!
Appearently Diamond Tree, Dave Evans Tree & Gloucaster Tree are all different tree climbing areas (with different heights as well). Confusion could lead to unnecessary de-tour. It was my fault as journey planner though.
We should have stuck to Pamberton instead of re-direct the journey via Manjimup. No mistake next time, insyaAllah.

1st Attraction: Diamond Tree (in Manjimup)
Height: 52 metres. Climb at your own risk. See warning sign before climbing.
Oh, and max of 4 people per climb.
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That's the 'ladder'!

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Alas! The top!!

Then off we went to:
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2nd attraction: Tree Top Walk at Valley of The Giant Trees. (In Walpole)
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3rd attraction: Conspicuous Cliff (also in Walpole)-
Breath-taking view where we dropped by to pray.
Note to self #4: Remember that the path is gravel road- next time, bypass Conspicuous Cliff, go straight to Peaceful Bay.
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Then off to Albany, where we would be staying at Hj. Norman and Auntie Zaleha's place for the night. However, we missed the turn, which then took us straight into Albany town. I was so anxious driving in the dark using small 'highway' road back into the area of their home. We even had to make phone calls to Perth because no one picked up the phone in our host's house.

Turned out, the phone number given was actually Albany Musallah's number! Of course no one stayed there! But alhamdulillah, after staying for about 20 minutes in the house yard area, our host realized we were there.
If you want a definition of complete solitude without outside world's interference- spend the night here.


Auntie Zaleha was really nice- learned a few new stuff from her. Now that I remember it, feels like wanting to go and visit her again. Unfortunately, Albany is 6 hours away from Perth.
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This fireplace was the one that warmed us that night- gotta love it! Oh, and the house is 100 years in 5 years time!!

Tues, Sept 27: a.k.a. 'Hari Hujan Sedunia'
'Sedunia' means the world where the 8 of us experienced during this safar.
This is one of those moments where you truly learn you can only planned, it is He who decides everything for you.

At first I was frustrated because it was raining and windy the whole day. We only managed to spend a short time in Windfarm and The Gap. Had to leave Natural Bridge, Blowholes and sightseeing Albany for other time because there was a storm coming.

Later I learnt to be thankful for what we already have. Maybe that was the best for us. It's also a chance for the rest to go back down to Albany (and probably Augusta and Pemberton) again in the future.

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So we head to Katanning earlier than planned.
I took over Shu's place as the driver halfway through.

Stopped by at Katanning Mosque (which was being launched by Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman, our first PM) to pray. Katanning is also know as 'Perkampungan Melayu'- being most of the population are Muslims from Christmas and Cocos Islands.
This is where the halal mutton came from, people!

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We stayed at Hj. Kip's place that night. Aida, his daughter played hostess that night and the day after.

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Weds, Sept 28:
Again, due to not-so-sunny weather, we head back to Perth quite early. Stopped at the side of the road for pictures of Canola Farm.

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Reached Perth at noon- to Hasni's place first to eat, pray, download all pictures and clean the Tarago.

Then I sent the rest back and parked the Tarago in Mounts Bay- need to send in the MPV by 9 a.m. the next day.

I'd love to organize and do this again soon! It was one thing to join a trip like this, but it's also another thing to organize, plan and drive! Gotta love it!
Alhamdulillah we learned a lot of things...
Bumi Allah itu luas, Jauh perjalanan, Luas pemandangan!