Friday, July 29, 2016

Singgah sekejap

Chaotic mind.

Been wanting to write here for the longest time but won't be fair to my to-do list!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The American dream (part I)

This post was supposed to be published back in June. Procrastination at its best ;)


I don't know why I put the title as the American dream because to be honest, I have never previously dream to visit the US. All I have been (secretly) dreaming is to go back to the UK someday.

But life works in the most mysterious way. 

Eventhough I have been ignoring my boss' call for me to visit the US to learn about their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) programme in the past few years, an opportunity came about early May this year when my boss, who were supposed to accompany some students on their international student programme to University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, cracked her foot while on a work trip to Egypt and asked me to replace her instead. I was reluctant at first, as I was drowning in heavy workload and that the trip was only 3 weeks away. Even more stressful was the fact that the students, whom I thought were all set for the trip, were still in the dark on their trip schedules, accommodation, flights etc. What pursuit next were frantic email exchanges with USC personnel, countless FB Messenger and Whatsapps exchanges with the main trip committee members to finalise the flight, accommodation, attachment schedules and tour packages. But we did it and we did it well (kudos to Ammal and Amir!) and I managed to get the visa pretty fast too.

I am glad I came aboard. It was fun to travel with a bunch of energetic & vibrant 20-somethings (made me feel young again!). I learned alot from Prof Wincor (our host in USC) and from the visits to the hospitals and retail pharmacies affiliated to USC.  When I was in the USC Keck Medical Centre, I secretly wished I was working at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital again. Isk.

Anyway, here are some of the highlights:

Day 1: We arrived at our rented apartment on North Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park with many luggage bags in tow. We were pleasantly surprised, it was nicer than in the website.

Love the kitchen. There was even a coffee maker for me :)

Day-2: We left the apartment very early and went to Universal Studio. It was abit cold that day (I was freezing to the bones) but it was a blast. I didn't take that many photos here though. Belum warm up.

Of course I had to take a snap here.
When we arrived, Mario Lopez (I still remember him from Save by the bell in the early-mid 90s) was shooting a morning show. I managed to insert my face at the back so for a few seconds at least, my face was live-telecast to the whole of the US. Heh.

With the Simpsons!
He's so cute
Moulin Rouge
Some of the rides

The house of  minions

This is the actual Westeria Lane of  Desperate Housewives

Day-3: We took the train to Anaheim for the Disneyland Theme Park. This trip brought back some happy memories of course.

Love the new train station here. It's huge!

The Anaheim Ducks home ground (The Honda Center) was just across the street but we didn't have enough time to pay a visit.

Disney celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The space mountain ride - as awesome as I could remember!

The last time I saw Aladdin on parade was in 1997. Such a long time ago.

Selamba je kan lunch on the street of Disney :)

To be continued. 


Although there are countless hipster cafes mushrooming around the city these days, Coffee Bean has always remain as my choice of place to lepak for brunch or coffee. Mostly because I have my favourite corner here in CB D'Pulze, very cozy and away from the crowd, where I can do people-watching without people noticing. Secondly because CB carries my favourites, a selection of salmon sandwiches and in December every year, the christmas log.

Sitting here alone now (big boss took the kids to play pool upstairs) gave me abit of time for personal reflection and something sudden crossed my mind. I hope and pray that I will have my memory fully intact till the day I die because be it good or bad, most of my best life experiences are those still strongly encrypted in my brain. No cameras can ever capture them as beautifully or as detailed as my brain could. All I have to do is juust select and play and they will all be replayed clearly in my mind. Wonderful.


Love this song.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A final goodbye

I have been wanting to sell it for the longest time, especially that I hardly use it anymore in the past year. But it was my first car and the car has been relatively kind to me for the past 12 years. Well, except for one incident on LPT at 2am en route Bidong Island some years ago. Oh, and another incident on LPT too coming back from Redang Island some years before that. Hmmmm.

The car has brought me to many corners of the Peninsular and we had many adventures and good memories together especially scuba diving trips with various groups of friends circa 2008-2010. But most importantly, on top of fun and laughters, the car has also seen my down and battered moments and amount of tears that no single human beings have ever seen. Not even family members and the closest of friends. 

But 12 years is already a long time to hold on to a single car and I have to let it go at some point. So, about 2 weeks ago, I put up an advert on Mudah and in no time, calls started to come in with offers. Last weekend, when I was busy nursing a flu, Mr. hubby took the car and sent it off to a new owner. I didn't even say my goodbyes.

So here it is. Goodbye dear Kembara, thank you for the good 12 years.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I have been abandoning this blog for more than a year already. Every now and then, ideas popped up but I never got around to sit down to type and publish them. Life has been hectic but a good one, Alhamdulillah.

Aidilfitri this year was celebrated in Ampang. We have been doing this for the past few years and Alhamdulillah, we have made raya rituals of our own. My husband for example, is now the master of lemang. He would make 20-30 of them on every raya eve. I would cook my signature dishes of ayam tomato and masak lodeh but this year, since my sister is away in Hongkong, I cooked beef rendang and sambal goreng jawa too. So, between me and hubs, we are covered and can cook raya dishes for generations to come. The only thing I need to learn now is how to weave ketupat. I have learned how to do it when I was younger (from my late granddad) but totally forgotten the techniques already.

Ayam tomato - my other half''s favourite dish
Beef rendang - usually cook by my sister but
I took over this year 
My first ever sambal goreng Jawa - hubs loved it!
Hubs' homemade lemang
Kuah lodeh - cooked by mom this year
Tak cukup korum this year - Yan had to celebrate raya in Hongkong for a conference

Pun tak cukup korum - angah and wifey out and about
Eid Mubarak, 0-0 ya? :)

We spent 2nd and 3rd raya visiting all aunties and uncles and on the 4th raya, we went to Kuala Pilah to visit Azizi's kampung (Azizi is the husband to Fendy's youngest sister). It was fun!

Kacau dodol
How can you not fall in love with this scenic view of paddy field?
It's a dry season, the river behind the house is pretty low
A nice dip at Hutan Lipur Ulu Bendul which is just a 5 mins drive from the house

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Both of us have been feeling lethargic for the past few weeks now. So today, having nowhere important to go to and nobody to entertain for a change, we decided to catch up with sleep and to finish reading the newspapers (and doozed off while doing that).

After the afternoon nap, I suddenly had the urge to exercise but not wanting to leave the house, I turned to youtube and scouted for zumba videos. I have never tried zumba before but being inspired by Kak Dayang's progress in losing weight through fun dancing, I decided to give a try.

Furthermore, I got involved in the joget zapin performance in the recent pre-grad dinner for our graduating students. Although I was almost 'keras kejung' dancing on the stage, I had fun and thought maybe dancing can be an alternative to stay fit and lose the weight that I have regained again now.

Can't remember who took this photo, most probably one of the students.

Anyway, I found this 2 zumba for beginners videos which I think are easy enough to follow (although I struggled to follow the pace of the second video) and after a couple of repeats of both, I was drenched in sweat, so it was a good start I guess. Just hope I can be consistent in doing this!

Will it be stormy or a calm sea tomorrow, I wonder.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Tiba-tiba teringat lagu ni, heh. How are you, I wonder?


I kinda ruffled a few feathers yesterday out of frustrations. Maybe I have been too nice that some people didn't get the chance to get to know the real me. Well, they sure do now!

Saturday, May 03, 2014


I bought this simple tent probably circa 2000-2001 when we quite frequently hosted  BBQ and makan2 sessions back in Sheffield. I don't remember using it though, since sunshine in summer was precious back then and we would normally basked it in instead of running for the shades. Still in pristine condition, I decided to pack it up and ship it back to Malaysia when I left the UK for good and it remained in the box, untouched, for 12 years. Yup, 12 years. It finally got unpacked about 2 weeks ago when we (referring to a different pair of souls now) were hosting a small BBQ session and it was about to rain. When Big Boss asked about the never been seen tent, I just asked him to look in the store room, fully convinced that the tent wouldn't be usable. 10 minutes later, to my surprise,  the tent, still in its mint condition, was fully erected on the front lawn with friends happily eating under it.

So yeah, the tent lasts longer than the old relationship and it is now serving  its original purpose, in a much better home. Hah.

"Some people believe that without history, our lives amount to nothing. At some point we all have to choose: do we fall back on what we know, or do we step forward to something new? It's hard not to be haunted by our past. Our history is what shapes us... what guides us. Our history resurfaces time after time after time. So we have to remember sometimes the most important history is the history we’re making today"

- M. Grey