Wednesday, December 30, 2009

tracing down the ancestors

i wasn't aware of my root before. all i knew was my dad is a javanese and my paternal grandparents have been in Malaysia for God knows how long. not getting the chance to meet my late great grandparents top up to the grey area of my ancestry. i have no idea which part of Indonesia my ancestors came from. even i am not aware of the fact that i am the 4th generation of the late Tumiaton & Hj Md Nor family.

unlike hubby's family who even have their own big family tree and has the effort to reconcile the family in Malaysia and Indonesia. heck, they even have a yearly family gathering. which i find is a very interesting event as you get to meet more people from your own family.

but recently, thanks to my uncle, our family in Malaysia managed to track down our other family members in Indonesia. and he came out with our own version of family tree. and, last weekend mark a history in my calendar as i get to meet my auntie for the first time ever in my life. she's from Dumai visiting her daughter in Batu Pahat.

turned out, my paternal grandmother's dad was the eldest brother to my late paternal grandfather's mom. you get the picture, no? i know, it's that complicated. they married relatives and so it was the style those days. my ancestors were from Pacitan Regency located in the East Java province. my late great grandfather was a rich man those day. so he travelled a lot to and forth Malaysia-Indonesia. two of my late grandfather's sibling were born in Indonesia and the rest were born in Malaysia, including my late grandfather. hence, some of my relatives are currently living in the Riau province. my late grandfather had seven siblings (if i'm not mistaken).

if time premitted, i'll put up my family tree up here. meanwhile, enjoy this picture of our small family gathering.

that's my aunt from Dumai (in green baju kurung)

my uncle (in white) filling up the family tree of their family

the younger generations

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

so much to say, yet so damn lazy to compose nicely

hence i will do it chedet style ;)
  • felt so refreshed after the jogging session yesterday. need to put this on my new resolutions.
  • found out my ancestors were from Riau, Sumatera
  • 2009 is coming to its end. i can't remember my resolutions haha. or is there any?
  • not much traveling done but the big one would be Perth
  • haven't been good to my faith. hence this has been on top of my list of new resolutions
  • managed to fulfill my responsibility by paying the zakat pendapatan to LZS
  • closed down unnecessary credit card. hence less hutang and more savings. yeay!
  • shed a few kgs and had to korek my old clothes in the store hehe

  • 2010 will be full with sewing activities. curtains, tablecloth, begs, pyjama etc. oh i'm so excited!
  • 2nd wedding anniversary is just 2 weeks away. can't believe how time flies by so fast
  • new resolutions include more sujud to The Creator The Almighty & paying zakat pendapatan monthly
  • also start savings for Umrah & Hajj inshaallah
  • hopefully to add on new family member (or members perhaps?)
  • jogging session is to be actively carried out in 2010 (hahaha will see)
  • oh the 10yr gathering planning not to forget
  • and more to come in 2010
  • nanti la later sambung lagi. rite now need to force myself to complete my works.

p/s: dah bayar zakat pendapatan, zakat emas, zakat perniagaan etc?? jangan pula sibuk menjaja ke sana ke sini gaji berbelas berpuluh ribu sebulan tapi tanggungjawab sebagai seorang muslim lupa nak ditunaikan. masih ada 2 hari lagi. additional kaunter zakat pon dibuka sepanjang dec ini. go go go!! you'll get freebies too. that's what i heard. i didn't get mine tho as paid thru online.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

i'm staying in the world's No. 5 friendliest country

yup you read me right. Malaysia has been voted as the No. 5 friendliest country in the world.
you can read it here and here and here for more.
now tell me. are you proud to be a Malaysian??


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

untitled title

my h/p that i've been using for almost 2 yrs now (since i got married) the one given by hubby dearest as mas kahwin suddenly turned it back on me. all the receive/cancel/delete buttons are not functioning at all. so i can't receive or reject any call. i can't delete any info. and the spare h/p at home is in a bad condition. so i've to be very careful with it. argh where can i fork out $$$!!! *sigh* my bonus has gone to paying for zakat pendapatan and put into savings account. sayang la plak nak gunakan savings for new h/p.

things are not going so smoothly for me lately. turned out my biggest wish hasn't come in realize yet. have been waiting for it for more than a year now. apparently my prayers aren't enough. apparently my effort has been put to waste.

as if that is not enough for me, my personal doctor announced that she is retiring at the end of the year *sigh* why wouldn't she told me earlier. she suggested that i go to damansara for my follow-up. that means more late arrival to office or even more annual leave needed *sigh* not a good thing for me as the stupid boss will use this reason to cut on my bonus *another sigh*
 
*loud sigh before i end this entry*

lucky i always have my bestfriend by my side all the time. man, thank u for lending me your shoulder. thank u for your hugs n kisses. love u a lot mrakmal!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

my very first sewing project: make-up bag

my hands were very itchy tonite so i decided to give the sewing machine a try hehe. yup baru nak start godek2 the machine. decided to make a simple project: make-up bag.
so here is the outcome...

i'm not 100% satisfied with the outcome. the zipper part was the hardest for me. need more practice on this. and my hands were still shaking and keras macam kayu. well...a good start for a person who never knew how to use a sewing machine before, right?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

my wishes came true

remember this post about my wish list? apparently hubby loves me so much he decided to present me with earlier 2nd anniversary gifts :)

so i was contemplating on which model of sewing machine to buy. i even post a promotion from this company in my previous post.we went to the max extend of going to bdr damai perdana to search for LSN. we even got lost along our journey as we both were not very familiar with Cheras/Balakong area. the indian salesman was very helpful in attending to all my questions. he even kindly showed or taught me how to use the machine. i settled for Brother XL-2630. i was told this machine is suitable for beginners. just like me.
  • sewing machine wish #1 came true

so one wish came true. and then remember how i so wanted to have my own collection of sewing books?well gues what. i managed to stock myself up with 5 books after going thru hassle of visiting one bookshop after another.
  • DIY sewing project books wish #2 came true

from the sifu


my fav!!
  • sewing corner wish #3 came true and hubby also made me a small sewing corner in the middle room for me to practice my hand & foot work :) he bought me this cute study table eventho i insisted on using the kitchen table that we already had in the store room. see, i told you he loves me so much :p
and all i'm left with is the crash course. was thinking of learning it from my aunt, Ibu Aton or enroll myself with FTIMdc. hmm...that i shall start to plan from now.

oh i'm a happy bee and i shall start making myself busy just like a queen bee. there's so much thing i want to do starting with the curtains.

~la la la la la la~

opps...dearest hubby, thank you very much for your support (and the money hehe). i love you!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

kali ke-2 friday cuti

esok adalah friday ke-2 cuti utk bulan Dec. yeay!! ni yang seronoknya keje kat selangor ni. dapat cuti aje keje nya. ape ek nak buat long weekend ni? nak jln pon, hubby mcm dah ban aku dr berjln *sedih* last week spent masa kat bookshop hehehe. this week pon mcm rs nak tabur duit kat bookshop lg la. almaklumla kan. 2009 dah nak abes. kalo tak beli buku byk2, rugi woo tak buat tax exemption ;) ni yg skang tgh pulun beli buku byk2 buat semak umah.

eh inciktaktaopape jd follower saya la hahaha. weh..bile mau buat cheese tart ini? oh 1 lg, aku butuhkan pertolongan ko utk prepare chicken chop keskeskes

Friday, December 11, 2009

Calling all Sohabat9600 girls...



To all Sohabat9600 girls;

come and check out our official pit stop to keep us updated with the latest news regarding our 10th anniversary gathering.

we need your vote for the amount that you are willing to pay for this gathering (amount inclusive everything for Sohabat9600 ye)

also, please give me your current contact no. and email address/home address for the purpose of updating our database. Shoot the info to either ainunnisa[at]yahoo.com or my facebook (search Nisa Ahmad-Yasir if you are not on my friend list yet)

please please please spread the news to others as we need all of us to attend it if possible. the more the merrier righttt?? use your email. use your facebook. use your blog. use whatever that you can ye!! :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

promosi kembali lagi!!!

yeah!!! electrical promotion dekat The Company is back. same old same old items. ape ek nak beli this time? rsnye mcm dah lengkap kat umah tuh. smart electric kettle pon ok gak kan. hubby mencadangkan lcd tv utk bedroom kami. bukan utk menonton tv. tapi utk main game sementara nak tunggu rasa mengantuk. trus aku kate, jgn mengada!! haha sbb die je yg bole guna tv tu. mottainai ne...

special gift dengar2 cite dapat monday depan. pastu khamis nye plak dapat gaji. oh macam double je income bulan ini. alhamdulillah. tapi jenuh korek2 kat sume orang bape management willing to give us. no one has the answer yet. or they were made to keep their mouth shut. hmm...takpe la. janji orang dah bagi SG pon dah ok kan. kami predict selepas distribute slip SG, trus HR akan terima banyak resign letter. haha...

ok, nisa nak sambung buat line balance *boring!!*

Friday, December 4, 2009

Its budget time again!!

and here i am still stuck with the office work *well, literally now i'm taking my 5mins rest* not in the office tho. decided to bring the work home. oh yeah! suddenly nisa is so rajin to do her work. how unlucky of me to have do the company budget twice a year when other people have the luxury of doing theirs once a year. semiconductor business is so full of drama you know. today they say white. the next day it suddenly change to black. aiya!! and here i am merapu when i should be doing my work

syoh syoh nisa. gambarimashio!!!

followers

dulu, saya tak letak follower button kat blog ni sebab saya rasa takde orang kot nak follow blog saya haha. sebab memang niat saya blog utk personal diary la lebih kurang. bukan untuk beritahu semua orang tentang aktiviti saya setiap saat.


pastu baru-baru ni saya perasan bila bukak dashboard, dah ade 1 follower. tapi bile klik, tak muncul plak sape orang tuh. so saya assume die follow blog saya secara private kot *ke suami saya sendiri sebenarnya yang jadi secret follower saya? haha*


pastu hari ni saya tengok, dah ade 2 followers. mak suka nyah!! bila klik tgk, eh ihsan rupanye. hi ihsan!! *waving hands at ihsan* btw loves your pictures. i meant gamba2 yang u snap la haha



haha tak sangka ade orang nak follow what i write ;) sebab i sendiri ngaku dan perasan i'm sucks at writing u see. when i talk, i talk straight to the point. other people might need 10 mins to finally bring you to the right point. but i just simply go to you and say a single sentence which contains everything haha. paham tak? *garu kepala*


thank u very much! and with that, i decided to add the follower button to my sidebar. mane la tau kan kot2 bertambah lagi *well...walaupon daku tau itu adalah sesuatu yang mustahil* tapi lagi syok kalo blog manik i bertambah followers. dan bertambah orders haha walaupon berat hati ini untuk menjahit dek kekangan masa hohoho

Thursday, December 3, 2009

bold statement

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SAYA LETIH SANGAT
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p/s: darling i'm in desperate need of your comfort hug. can i borrow your shoulder to cry on?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

E Numbers


this keropok udang rota as picture above used to be my favorite. of course i have to curi-curi makan as abah strictly ban his kids from eating jajan. so today i received a forwarded email saying the ingredient of E110 inside the keropok is non-halal because it contains pig fat. i've never take any forwarded email so serious because i know the sender is just merely sending the email without checking on the rightness of it. but with this kind of email get me curious because it has got something to do with halal issue. ok but i'm a bit confuse sebab on the keropok itself has halal sign and yet this person claims that it contains pig fat. hmm...time for some studying. so i go online to check on the status of E110 (Sunset Yellow FCF).
well guess what i found here?? E110 is indeed halal because it comes from the source of synthetic or chemical. damn you people yang suka forward2 email. do your study dulu la!!
anyway, this website is very useful. go check it out y'all.

Monday, November 30, 2009

wishlist

my current wishlist for Christmas (boleh tak?) are:
  • sewing machine. any brand would do for me. but of course quality itu penting. and i need a sewing machine for beginners. i plan to use it for my baju kurung, hubby's baju melayu, pillow/sofa case, langsir, quilt et cetera.
company nih tengah buat promotion mesin jahit
  • DIY sewing project books. if ikut hubby, he would say just browse the internet and print out the tutorials. but i love collecting books. and i love the feeling when i get to touch the books hehe.


  • sewing corner. or even better a designated sewing room for myself. hehe. just like these pictures.
  • laptop. ok this has got nothing to do with the sewing. i need it in between my sewing time and relaxing time. hehe. wouldn't it be great if i could take a short break from sewing and go surfing the internet. hmm??
  • sewing crash courses. if dapat enrol dalam kursus from Epal pon ok kan. tapi ade ke masanye ek?

  • more time to bead/sew. hehe. i'm currently strucked with the 'L' syndrome. the LAZY syndrome. huhu.

Monday, November 23, 2009

a very sad view of bad parenting

we were having our usual dinner of mee jawa and sate at our usual eat-out place at Sijangkang when i saw a family of four sitting behind our table. the mom was holding a newborn baby. like 1month or 2months old baby the max. their first child, i suspect is about 2yrs old sat next to the daddy. oh a very cute family, i thot to myself. after a while, i smell cigarette being lit up behind me. so i turned around and saw the daddy was happily puffing his cigarette in front of his 2 little children.

and now from a cute family, i saw disaster. danger. how can a man puff a cigarette in front of the little baby? oh i so pity the baby. he might grow up as a smoker due to his dad's care-less mind. or even worst, he might develop some kind of disease associated with cigarette smoke.

people, please have some sense in you!!

my dad is a smoker. but i'm thankful he never lit his cigarette in front of us eversince i was a kid.
my hubby is a non-smoker. this i'm so thankful for that's the no.1 criteria that i search in a husband.

to all the smokers out there...here's a message for you...

Friday, November 20, 2009

have you heard/read about dabbawalla?

i was first introduced to the word dabbawalla by a trainer in a training that i went yesterday. he roughly explained the business of dabbawalla and how great they perform everyday without any mistake. anyone of you have heard/read about dabbawalla? if i'm not mistaken, a documentary about them was done by BBC some years ago.

in Hindi, dabba means lunch box and walla means person. hence, dabbawalla means lunch box person. a dabbawalla is a person in Mumbai who works in a very unique organization or service industry whose primary business is delivering freshly cook lunch in a lunch box at customers (mainly office goers) at their doorsteps on time.this service was originated way back in the 1880. in 1956, a charitable trust was registered under the name of Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Trust.

transportation use by the dabbawallas to deliver the dabbas include train, bicycle, and even walking. the service is uninterrupted even on the days of extreme weather, such as Mumbai's characteristic monsoons



according to a recent survey, there is only one mistake in every 6,000,000 deliveries. which if you know, equivalent to a Six Sigma rating!! and to add to the wow-some, no advance technology is used in the service except for coding system. wow!! even Microsoft is amazed with their system.

ok i'm still amazed by the fact how they manage their organization without fail and could do better than a Six Sigma rating!!

go search for dabbawalla and you'll learn more about them. or go find the BBC documentary on them.



A dabbawalla in action



the coding system 


the process flow

last 2 pictures credit to Infinite Information

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

from Cherating with l.o.v.e

we arrived jengka for rahmah-chan's wedding around 2:30PM. orang dah siap2 nak lipat khemah dah haha. geng sohabat pon dah nak gerak balek ke kl. dah kol 12 baru nak gerak dr kl. gaya mcm nak gi wedding kat damansara je hehe. yang sedihnya, i left my camera in the car. so no pic with rahmah-chan *sob sob* tp dlm camera cameraman die ade inshaallah...

anyway, cherating trip was ok. we stayed at Holiday Villa. the chalet was ok. no bath tub for me to rendam-rendam. but has 2 big swimming pools to justify it hehe. breakfast was ok. the normal typical breakfast at standard malaysia hotel. the beach was not ok. tak menarik untuk mandi-manda. we were charged rm40 for dinner at one of the local restaurant along the Jln Kemaman. not delicious high price. that Jln Kemaman was very scary. big lorries travel very fast. kereta-kereta potong-memotong tanpa rasa takut.

oh hubby got the chance to revisit his alma mater; MRSM Kuantan.

ok i'll leave you with a couple of pictures.


Friday, November 13, 2009

what i learnt today at work

  1. no point (useless) of arguing with shallow-minded person eventho you are WELL-EQUIPPED with all the facts & figures. you might just stay away from the discussion and directly bring the facts & figures to a better person who has better mind & thinking. seriously it is just a waste of time.
  2. The Boss will delegate his (tedious & stupid) work to you if they think they can't perform up to the (stupid) requirement. that way, in case anything happen, all the 5 fingers will be pointing directly to you. yup, i had this moment more than once just for this week alone. baik je la trus nominate aku jadi The Boss.
so, what did you learnt at work today?

siapa dia bertha hertogh?


Bertha Hertogh (dikenali juga sebagai Natrah @ Nadra Maarof) pernah mencetuskan fenomena yang besar di Tanah Melayu sekitar tahun 1950. Jujurnya, aku tidak pernah tahu akan kewujudan Natrah sehingga lah berita kematian beliau pada Julai 2009 terpampang di akhbar tempatan. Terus aku google Natrah dan berjaya mendapatkan beberapa maklumat mengenai beliau. Kisah hidup beliau yang tragik amat menyentuh hati aku untuk terus belajar tentang Natrah.
lebih lanjut tentang Natrah di sini:

Bermula 30 Nov sehingga 9 Dis, pementasan teater Natrah akan berlangsung di Istana Budaya di bawah kelolaan sutradara Erma Fatima. Amat teruja untuk menonton dek kerana Maya Karin dan Remy Ishak dipilih sebagai tunjang utama pementasan. Jom kita pergi beramai-ramai.
 
OMG tak sabar actually nak tengok my adam hassan my tengku haidar!!! hahaha...
p/s: jgn lupe tengok Nur Kasih mlm ni :) 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

(An)Other Weekend Getaway


will be attending rahmah-chan's wedding this weekend at Jengka, Pahang. and we will spend the night at Cherating. orang kate sambil menyelam minum air la kan. wedding pon dapat attend. bercuti pon dapat. hehe.


hubby and i are not familiar with the east coast. and since the last time i was in Cherating was more than 15yrs ago, i have no idea of what to expect. ok a few questions:
1. how long is the journey from KL - Jengka?
2. how far is Cherating from Jengka?
3. what to do in Cherating?
4. which road to take? the karak highway, then??



and since this is the first time we will drive our cute-sy myvi for a long journey, i was a bit sceptical. if honda city, i'm very sure it will definitely be a smooth run. but with myvi, boleh ke die daki highway karak tu? haha...ok nisa, pls have faith in your cute-sy myvi. pretty pls!

Friday, November 6, 2009

i have KPIs to monitor...

i had my 'sweet' time with The Boss yesterday discussing about my previous half-yearly KPI achievements and current half-yearly KPI plan. this KPI achievements will be the benchmark that determines staff's half-yearly bonus & yearly increment. i am assigned to do another six sigma project *sigh*. the savings need to be realized by Jan '10. which is like 2 more months to go.

*knocking my head hard to the door* 

see, i'm the only staff in my section. all the investment work will be handled by me alone. so having this project included under my KPI is already a burden. Dec is coming soon. which means i'll be busy preparing investment budget for The Company for the next 3-4 years. and i only have a set of hand. not two. not three. on top of that, i was asked to lead another project. this time the IE project *sigh* i do not know if i can handle the ever-increasing workload.

Dear God, please give me the strength to face The annoying Boss

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Perth Trip Oct 2009: Day 5

Day 5: 19 Oct 09

Drove 2hrs up towards Lancelin Sand Dunes for some sand-boarding experience. we were the only people at the sand-boarding area. got the whole place to ourselves. yeehaa!! sand-boarding was fun. going down the massive 45 degree angle dunes was uber-fun! going up is no uber-fun. penat gile nak mendaki bukit pasir halus tuh. a warning to all of you who plan to do this activity. when going down the slope, try not to scream your heart out (read: open your mouth too wide). else, all the sands will be flying right into your mouth. free-free je makan pasir.

then, we went for fish n chip lunch at local restaurant. Lancelin is kind of dead town during the weekdays. but i bet on weekends, the town will be full of crowd.

after enjoying our day at the sandy area, we went back to our apartment and get ready for dinner. dinner at Conca’s cafe. yummylicious chilli mussels with seafood pasta, margarita cheese pizza and garlic bread. a must-try menu at this restaurant is the chilli mussels. sangat syok sampai aku carik resipi utk buat chilli mussels di rumah haha.

then we went up to King’s Park for some night photography action pack. it was freezing cold and i almost had a brilliant idea to just ditch the session hehe. but boy i was glad i joined the rest of the group. night view from King’s Park is awesome!!

went back to our apartment and headed straight to bed. letih seharian main pasir!

Day 6: 20 Oct 09

Our Air Asia X flight back to KUL is at 6:30AM in the morning. sayonara Perth! i will surely gonna miss you!






this is our ride for the entire Perth trip. loves it and am thinking of getting one haha









spaghetti with mussels in tomato sauce
chilli mussels & cheese pizza




ok this is it from me on the Perth trip report. frankly speaking, i am hoping to come back to Perth one day. some day.