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Which kind are you?...

As usual, if Yaby and I catch the peak hour train in the evening, we would definitely have at least a copy of the 'mX' tabloid distributed free on our hands. From the second block until before reaching the central rail station, there will be many teenagers in yellow shirt eagerly wanting us to grab a copy of the free newspaper.  The mX newspaper consists of a collection of short summaries of different articles and news (not forgetting the advertisements and brainteaser :D). It usually takes 9 minutes (at most) to reach Toowong rail station (i.e. my stop) from the Central rail station (i.e. my lab). mX has proven to become very handy for both Yaby and myself.  Ever since we started going to the lab, we missed the daily news more often. The mX news offers quick but sufficient info as well as provides a means to kill some time in a more respectable way (while waiting for the train to arrive and also while on the train :P). It's a beautiful scene too. As far as my eyes co

Promise...

Huhuhu ... I wanted to write this post right after I finished watching Charlotte's Web yesterday night but I was caught up with footy match between the Bulldog and the Panthers which later brought to me to my dreamland. Huhuhu ... ;) Yup, I'm always looking forward to Friday. Friday till Saturday evening is my time to replenish or recharge myself for the following hectic weekdays. :P I was in primary when I first saw my friends reading Charlotte's Web. And as usual, if Shirley brought a new book to the class, everyone would have to queue to take turn. For this particular book, I didn't manage to get hold of the book before the school break. Hence, by new semester everyone had started reading and talking about new books. Last night was my long-awaited reunion between me and Charlotte's Web. My heart was taken away by the simplicity and the kindness of Charlotte's character. I would not deny that the beautiful storyline managed to pull down my tears, profusely.

Leave...

"Mother, don't you think they are strange?" "What makes you said that, my son?" "We have been their neighbour for the past three generations. There used to be much laughter from that house. But lately, everything has gone. Why is it, mother? What happened to them?" "My son, we are not supposed to speak of others." The son was left in silence a few while before he began asking his mother again. "I just don't get it mother. Does it have something to do with the house? Back then, the house was small yet everyone was always smiling.” The son reminiscing, 20 years back, thinking about his neighbours’ unfortunate fate. Most of them had to leave because the new house needed more space. If it wasn’t because of Mia, he knew that he and his mother would have to leave the land too. “No, my son. It’s not because of the house.” “Was it because of the cars then? I knew Mia’s grandfather had never had one but they were very happy.” “It

Lesson from nature...

Let me think for a while. When was the first time I got a real bouquet of flowers?... Hmm... Hmm... Hmm... Yup! It was from Nicky (to both of us actually) i.e. last Tuesday ( percaya tak .. hehehe). And guess what? It changes my overall perception towards giving- real- flowers-as-presents concept. :P I used to think that the concept of presenting real flowers as a waste and not practical at all. It cost a fortune yet it could only last for three days or five at most, before that someone who received them dumped it into the dustbin. Hence, I just can't put the equation straight. Why would anyone have the idea of buying flowers in the first place? When I share my new two-cents with Yaby's youngest brother (cheeky imi :P), this statement came out from his ever scrupulous mind, "Haii, pandainyer org putih buat bisness. Dieorg bagi bunga, semua org nak ikut..." . (Oh yes, he is so much like Yaby :P..) When Nicky suddenly called out my name and handed me those flo

C ya!

This entry is especially for Nicky - the best est administration staff so far! ;) She makes Yaby and I felt very much 'at home' with her soft speaking manner, humour and kindness! We are going to miss you lots Nicky and thanks for the lovely flowers... :) "You don't have to pretend. Your action is the reflection of your heart..." Akira

Quick Post! - Reason

Title: Reason I was in the toilet cleaning up a few things, arranging the soap, toothbrush and etc while washing my hands. At the same time in my head, I remembered reading a paper last night that was more related to Yaby's research area. Hence, I was saying loudly in my mind, "don't forget to give Yaby the paper. Need to do it right after this". So, I turned off the tap, making my way out of the toilet, reaching the 'paper' in my hand (because my desk was next to the toilet door :() and was about to call for Yaby when... Yaby: Uuuuwahhhh!!! (with Yaby's head popping out from right under my desk) Me: AaaaAhhhHHhhhhhh!! (I think my voice might have reached Toowong shopping center.) Yaby: (Laughing to his stomach) After grasping some air... Me: Weii, jahat laa! Apesal suke sgt terkejut kan Po. Yaby: (still laughing) Me: Jahat ooo. Sakit anak tekak Po laa. (and Yaby continued laughing..) The end... There were times, I kinda felt geram je

Little act...

I am on cloud nine! :) I started my day by looking at the usual - papers. This week has been tough for both Yaby and myself. The result from we-can-never-predict-the-future makes me extra worried (and I still do). Yup, PhD thing (I wonder if there would be frown lines on my forehead sooner than I think! Alamak !! ). Another 'boulder' trying to force Yaby and I make another detour. We really hope not. Anyway, as my motivation lever continuously fluctuates up and down even more vigorously lately, I really, really.. really need a SMILE. A LAUGHTER would be heaven! Just to lift up some worries off my mind for a short while. And lucky for me, I got it!! :) (can't stop smiling now... :) huhu ...) I am sure many are aware of what I am about to say, but alas, it never hurt to be reminded isn't it? ;) "You never know that your little act can make someone's day!!". Seriously you never know. Maybe to you it's just another normal day to 'buzz' som

False alert...

Imagine this... The weather was gloomy. You were all by yourself at a bus stop. Looking at the sky you could tell that it would rain any minute. Frigid wind plunged into your skin. You brought yourself closer to the three-inches-wide pole hoping that it would shed the cold gust from directly hitting you. It was then you realised a man wearing all black standing across the road. Although it was from a distance, you could tell that in his left hand was some sort of chain. His other hand tightly in his pocket. His face was as grim as the weather. You felt a pang of a cold shudder as the man in black facing in your direction. However, you couldn't really tell what he's looking at because you couldn't see his eyes. He was wearing a sunglasses despite the gloomy weather. You thought it would be a good idea to give a little smile and so you did. Nevertheless, his expression did not change and you started to feel uncomfortable from the result of your friendly gesture. It starte

Quick Post! - Be humble

Finally! I had few minutes to write an update for my blog. :) ;) My first meeting with the new IIUM Rector, Prof Syed Arabi, last week had left me with a brand new aspiration. I am pretty sure that those who attended his lecture must have felt the same way too.  When he touched on IIUM future plans, I felt the strong urge to complete this PhD as soon as possible so that I would be among the other IIUM staff who would make the positive changes for the betterment of IIUM. Hmm... in fact, for the Malaysian tertiary education as a whole. Before he ended his lecture, he left us with one note to remember. That is to " be humble ". It is also worth sharing a few tips for future PhD candidates that I obtained from Prof Azmi's lecture. Make the best out of the first six months from the commencement of our PhD. He said that the first six months is the most crucial time as this is the time when supervisor(s) made their first impression/evaluation on you i.e. to see how con

Sydney...

Thanks to TIDE program, yaby and I had the opportunity to visit Sydney. My future next stop - Tokyo!! :P A few details on Sydney. Sydney is a beautiful and exciting place. If you have traveled to London, New York, Paris or Tokyo, you might want to add Sydney as your next visit. However, this time of the year, Sydney is terribly hot and dry. Hence, you might want to bring along some petroleum gel and sunblock. I am not sure about moisturiser. I did apply moisturiser morning, afternoon and night, but it didn't really help. If I must describe my current skin condition, it felt pretty much like sandpaper :P. Plus I felt as if there's another layer of plastic tightly glued on my lips. Putting aside the weather factor, it would be a waste if you were in Australia but didn't visit Sydney! So Nurul and Br Helmi, Yasir and I pray that you guys would have the chance to jalan-jalan at Sydney. Aminnn... ;) Another interesting fact is, 90% of natural white Opal comes