Sunday, December 23, 2012

London Exploration (Part 3): Madame Tussauds

Assalamualaikum :D

This, this is what I've been waiting for all these years :D I finally got to go to Madame Tussauds! I can't even describe how ecstatic I was when I entered that place. The wax figures looked almost real! Most of them were spot on but my darling Robert Downey Jr was horribly made :( I wish they made a better one. 

We spent around 3 hours or so in that place. Other than seeing the wax figures, we engaged in a few supplementary activities over there. There was this Madame Tussauds "Scream", by which we were taken into a short trip through a haunted house. It was quite terrifying but I managed to not scream; just because I dared myself not to :p 

We also went to experience "Marvel Super Heroes 4D". I personally really liked this one cause I've never been to a 4D cinema before and I happen to really like The Avengers :D It was cool cause the projections were crisp clear and the effects were surreal. They had bursts of wind gushing by our ears when the superheroes attacked the villains, they had water sprinkling at us when there was indication of water on the screen, there were thumping vibrations at our seats when the gigantic superheroes walk. I swear I'd go and see all of that again if I could!

There was also this "Spirit of London" ride where we sat in "black cabs" which took us on a mini exploration through the history of London. This one was really amazing too. I've never seen anything quite like it. We saw how London was supposed to look like during the medieval times and we saw how London evolved. It was a state of the art experience. It's definitely a must see.

By the way, I wore a red shawl which Nell gave to me and a red skirt I bought in Malaysia because I thought it matched Madame Tussauds interior theme :p *Nak jugak mention hehe* So now, here are the pictures my friends and I took during our trip there. Enjoy! :D


I felt like crying when I saw this :'D

London Exploration (Part 2): M&M's World

Assalamualaikum,

I believe that this post doesn't really need much explanation to do. I've just included pictures along with captions of what I found at M&M's world :)



London Exploration (Part 1): Arrival and Chinatown

Assalamualaikum :)

Right now, I'm with my friends at London. This is our second trip to this place and this time, we plan to explore even more places; places that we've never been to and places that we have but didn't get the chance to explore.

I started off the journey with Tin only because Nell  was to meet us at the airport later that afternoon. Our journey took off pretty well. Our baggages passed the weight and size measurements and the flight we took arrived sooner than I expected. As soon as we arrived, we were able to pass through the airport security via the fast lane because we happened to arrive from Ireland. Yeay hehe. After reuniting with Nell, we took a half an hour long train ride on Gatwick Express which took us to Victoria and this ride too, was a breezy one.

We booked our first few days of our stay here at Easy Hotel Victoria. Considering the few nights that we spent in this hotel, I believe that it's safe for me to guarantee that this is one of the most convenient budget hotels I've ever been to. It's not exactly super cheap, but the price is rather surprising considering it's cleanliness, safety, customer service and distance from the London Underground station.


Breakfast that Tin & I prepared that morning. Why spend a lot when you can have some home-cooked meal? :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Willpower

As usual, in the evenings, I would settle down in front of my computer, with a plate of food for my dinner in front of me, ready to watch whatever movies, tv show episodes or movies that I find appealing. I'd usually indulge in an episode or two of Gossip Girl or The Vampire Diaries or incessantly watch youtube videos especially from The Ellen Show. However, yesterday my friend unintendedly reminded me of a website called TED (www.ted.com) which I first knew about from my Clinical Practice sessions.

Since I was "re-exposed" to TED, I became sort of addicted to the videos that were in there. You'd probably want to see the website to know what I'm blabbering about. So today, I continued my "journey" of watching more TED videos, and today, I ended up rediscovering David Blaine.

I'm pretty sure most of you have heard of David Blaine. I don't know about you guys, but before my rediscoverization of him, I only knew him as an illusionist, or a magician. Numerous times too, I came across comments from people saying that he utilizes the help of supernatural beings in order to accomplish his illusions, and unsurprisingly I was consumed with that idea. 

My perception towards him took a 180 degree turn after I watched this TED video of him giving a speech on his excruciating journey on an attempt of setting a new world record for the longest static apnea. Below's the video: 




It has never occurred in my mind that he went through all that pain, time & hard work to achieve his goal. I thought that it would be easy for him to do all those kinds of stuff cause after all, isn't he an illusionist? I went on to youtube and googled some more stuff about him to see what other things he did and how he succeeded in doing them. It gave me chills down my spine thinking of how a human being could go to great lengths, past what most people theoretically think (if I completely ignore the possibility of him using black magic of some sort).

Recall that he said that when he first tried to hold his breath, he could barely survive past one minute. Reflecting this situation to myself metaphorically, I'm still at that "I-could-barely-breath" point. I could go all my life thinking that my capabilities will forever be limited at one stage while I can in fact, surpass that point and even actually go way way beyond. 

I'd like to relate this to me for being very much dormant inside my personal zone these past few months. I haven't been blogging much lately because deep down inside me, I'm afraid that people would see more flaws in me the more I write. I've had many things to share but I'm always like "I'm not good enough to share these things. There are a bunch of people out there who are way better than me. Let them do these stuff." If I were to think like this for the rest, I wouldn't be contributing anything to anyone and even worse, I'd probably eventually lose all the bits and pieces of trust I have towards myself. I often think to myself; I don't want to die as someone who has never contributed, let alone try. Someone once said to me and my friends that someone who has never done anything worth something good is just a leftover of the dunya. Living for decades but ending up with nothing. It would be such a waste, wouldn't it? 

I know that I haven't been the most productive person since ever and this is exactly what I need. I've had a lot of useful inputs from my Ohana & Quranic Circle sessions. The stuff that we talk about in those sessions revolve around things like this too but I guess I never really saw it from a different kind of view. To me, we can learn all we can from books and closed discussions, but it's up to us to think of what we can do with what we learnt. The fact that I'm here in Ireland, living in a different culture and society, should actually be a  good enough situation to make me realise that there is a galore of things that is waiting for me to explore.

To wrap this up, I have a quote which I found from the movie "Ratatouille" where Gusteau said: "Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great." :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reminiscing Summer :)

Assalamualaikum :)

I recently realised that I didn't put up any posts on this blog during the whole month of September. The thing is, I never really had the perfect time (and mood) to do so, but today, I think I'm feeling quite enthusiastic to do some storytelling :p So this post is really nothing much. It's just that I feel like keeping a brief account of what has been happening in the past few months. I could guess that nobody would actually read this possibly lengthy post, especially now that there aren't many people active on Blogger these days (or is it just me?) :p 

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but I had a three-month holiday which began in mid June and ended in late September, in which I spent entirely in Malaysia. After spending nine months away from home, I was finally given the chance to meet up my closest family & friends & spend a great deal of time with my bestfriend, my mummy :)

The beginning of my holiday was purely my honeymoon period. I basically lazed around at home, sleeping whenever I want, eating whatever I liked. Two weeks of sheer freedom. It's really normal to be spending holidays like that, but for me, it would get so boring and meaningless eventually. So thanks to my mum, I actually had something good to do. My mum discovered this small business opportunity that involved Takaful Insurance. It's like a business where you can help other people renew their roadtax and you'd get some commission. To enable us to run the business, my mum & I were required to study the bases of Takaful Insurance and take an exam. The notes were full of all those law terms, and they were thick and complicated. (I wonder how you guys take law. I salute you people ._.). Alhamdulillah, we passed and had to do a few more things before we can run the business. Currently there are still some things that has to be done before we spread the details, but I hope I can do it soon. (Am I actually advertising?) :p

Of course, after leaving home for almost a year, who wouldn't want to see their beloved relatives? I started off by paying a visit to the family of my closest aunt. My cousin's wife gave birth to a cute little baby boy.  Alhamdulillah :) To me, it was perfect timing cause I'm always not there to witness a newborn in our family :p As for my other relatives, I got to meet them during our annual barbecue night. It was some time after raya. There was obviously lamb (cause our family loves lamb so much).The lamb was impossibly scrumptious and juicy. I want one now. Omggg haha. And when it comes to my friends, I was fortunate to be able to meet who I wanted to meet. It's cause most of them were due to fly abroad in September and I myself had to settle a lot of my personal things as well. I got to meet like almost 10 of my friends, in almost 5 totally separate events. As a stay home type of girl, that's a lot of people in just a few weeks haha.

My favourite part of my holiday was the part when my family and I threw a surprise birthday party for the little girl in our family, Amanda. Her birthday was supposed to be in November, but obviously, I won't be there in Malaysia on that day. We knew how badly she wanted an Ipod touch, up till the point that she was so determined to collect her own Raya money to buy herself one. Knowing this, we got even more excited for the surprise. My mum & I secretly bought her the Ipod touch and also bought her some other gifts as well. On the day of the surprise birthday party, I called up TGIF and booked a table for us. My mum sneaked out and bought a cake for her It was a good coincidence that my aunt and her daughter was there too, cause you know, the more, the merrier! :) So all throughout the evening, Amanda didn't suspect anything UNTIL the TGIF staff came to our table, singing Happy Birthday. It was certainly a great surprise for her :)

So that's basically it. There are a lot of details that I wish I could type out, but then it'll look as if I'm trying to make a novel about my holidays haha. I think this is good enough to remind me of the good times I had. I'm looking forward for the my next holiday next year. I miss home so much and I hope everything will be okay there :) ♥

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Little Help Please, Maybe?

Assalamualaikum,

It's clearly 4 in the morning right now but God knows how hyper I am right now. I'm probably among the few Malaysians who already had their shower for today. I'm squeaky clean :D Behind the happiness of being able to take a shower, I have to express why I feel that having my shower when everybody else is still asleep is crazy creepy. You obviously know how shampoo companies just loveeee to tempek pictures of creepily smiling beautiful women with super long silky black hair on their shampoo bottles? That always gives me chills. I have to turn the bottles around every time -.-" Wait, you really don't need to read this :| *laughs nervously*

Okay I'll be serious. Heheh.

Anyway, I just wanna talk about something that Idk, might also be lingering in your minds right now. 

Have you ever thought of who exactly you wanna be?

I definitely have, many many many gazillion philosoraptor times.

My inspiration, my motivation, changes so frequently. Sometimes I feel like being the weird carefree guyish Belly (I call myself Belly nowadays). Some other times, after watching Barbie movies, I feel like being a princess. Ahaks. And obviously, a lot of times, I feel like being like one of those decent muslimah girls who you know, cares a lot about this and that.

That final one, it keeps lingering in my mind a lot. I survey a lot of people everyday, and there is one public figure I can relate to based on her character. She's as crazy as.. crazy but she loves sharing stuff about Islam as well. I personally adore her quite a lot, but I'm pretty much wondering, is it okay to still retain this gila-gila character (because it's seriously in my blood) and yet still be a good muslimah? So maybe I need balance is it? I just cannot be super lemah lembut because it makes me feel too restricted. I don't know how to be that Islamic jiwang type, if you know what I mean. If you see my Twitter timeline, it's like I'm Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. One moment, I'd be bombarding the timeline with retweets about Islamic quotes, the other, I'd be talking about my jiggly arm fat.

So what do you think? :]

Friday, July 20, 2012

In My Family's Embrace :)

Assalamualaikum :)

Ramadhan this year is just less than half an hour away now in Malaysia. MashaAllah, I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to welcome this holy month. Strangely, I feel a little more excited about fasting this Ramadhan as compared to the years before. I don't know, maybe I'm starting to see how special Ramadhan is. The hype about it on social networking sites could also be a contributing factor :P

Anyway, I've been back home for more than a month already and I have obviously been quite low-keyed about my whereabouts. I don't really talk much to any of my friends. I even put up a "busy" status on BBM. At one point, I started to feel really uneasy especially when I see a lot of my friends hanging out with their other friends. It's not that I don't talk to any one of them at all, I just don't talk as much as I expected. There were many times when I would stare into my phone and plan on how I would express this feeling on Twitter. I didn't tweet because I felt that it's okay for me not to say it, but then it came up on my mind again and again. So here I go, I'm saying it here.

So, the truth is, I genuinely feel like spending almost all of my time with my family. I just miss them so much and it just doesn't stop there. The idea of spending time with my family isn't just about hanging out or talking for long hours. I actually feel like being there for them in times of need. I don't want them to see me with my phone and laptop 24/7. I have plenty of time to do all those later :) So basically, at home, I'm with my mum; my grandma and my youngest sister. My grandma needs a lot of attention and care because she's quite ill. My youngest sister has her school girl needs and my other sister, is away in boarding school. So all these while, it has always been my mum who takes care of everything in the house. She pays the bills, she sends my little sister to morning and afternoon school, she cooks, she bathes and feeds my grandma, she cleans; well, she does everything. So being able to be back home is such a blessing for me. It's a chance for me to help her, even though I can't do all those things as good as she can. 

I've been wanting to say these things but I hope that nobody misunderstands my intention. I don't mean to have anyone take pity. Seriously, don't. In fact, there's nothing to be taken pity of. My mum is a cool, amazing and versatile woman. She does things like a pro (She can drive like an F1 racer) ;) I'm just hoping that people, especially my friends, understand why I don't have the urge of meeting up or having super long chats for this time being.  

Phew, now that's off my chest :) InsyaAllah, in late August or early September, I'll open up to meeting up. I have been with my friends for 9 months straight. So all of that makes me want to be with my family so badly. I truly want my family to feel and get something out of my presence here :)

P/s: Once again, Happy Ramadhan! I apologize to everyone for my any of my wrongdoings and ignorance. May we start over with a clean slate? :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Drawing Requests Update! :)

Assalamualaikum :)

Alhamdulillah, I'm just done with four drawing requests that I received over a month ago. I really didn't have much time on my hands so I actually got started this week. So here they are, the drawings I made for four lovely girls :)


1# For Amanda.
Idea inspired by the illustration in childrens' books.


2# For Alia.
Slightly different from the drawing for Alia, I added some white highlight to the drawings.


3# For Azlin
This one is more fashionista-ish and is very similar to the drawings I made for Tin & Sis Shea.


4# For Ayuni
This drawing has more colours in it. I purposely put a lot of vibrant colours because Ayuni opt to have the girl's clothes in black.

Amanda and Alia has seen each of the drawings I made for them and they really like it! I'm just waiting for a reply from Azlin & Ayuni. I hope they'd like it too! :)

P/s: I do consider taking paid requests, but not in the nearest moment :)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Roaming around Rome

Assalamualaikum!

Finally, I'm updating my blog about my trip to Rome, Italy which I went to exactly a month ago. I wanted to publish this post yesterday but my sister just got back from her boarding school. Yeay! :P Anyway, I have picked 95 photos that I like and I don't have that much to say in this post, so I'll just write down the caption in each and every one of the photos below. Oh yeah, please ignore my fatty-fatty-bom-bom-ness! :D


Leaving on a jet plane :P

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My 20th Birthday! :)

Assalamualaikum & hello! :D

Today is the 14th of June 2012. Doesn’t seem much of a significant date, but I have chosen it to write about my 20th birthday, which I celebrated on the 26th of May (that was just a couple of weeks ago :D). Also, I’ll be going back home tomorrow! Now that makes the 14th of June 2012 pretty significant to me. (Have I ever mentioned that I looove the number “14” as well?) :P I’m pretty sure, to those who have turned 20, it must seem like a huge milestone in my life. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s rather odd to accept the fact that one is not a teenager anymore, especially if that person still acts like a cartoon character. (I’m really talking about me .___.) I owe a great big thank you to a friend of mine who wished me Happy Twen-teen! Hahah :P

Like a lot of people, I have always loved setting resolutions on pretty dates (Ya know what I mean, don’t cha?) :P As for my 20th birthday resolution, I only made ONE resolution. Just one. I just want to become a better person, that’s all. The word “better”, itself, is very broad and subjective. This time, this resolution of mine resolution isn’t one that is to be accomplished in a month or in a year. It has no due date. It’s much of an on-going process. To make my become-a-better-person-resolution seem much more achievable for me, I do keep stocking up some tiny little aims at the back of my mind from time to time. This resolution is special because I don’t look at the outcome only, unlike the resolutions that I made before, but I take into account the process of achieving it. Those little aims, accomplished or not, it’s okay. I’ll learn something either ways :)

On the afternoon of 25th of May 2012, I got a call from a Flower Company. The guy on the line said that I should be expecting a bouquet of flowers and that I should go to the gate to take it in the next 5 minutes. I was so excited! I did experience getting a few stalks of graduation flowers from my friends before, but I have never gotten a bouquet of flowers from anyone. So there I went, rushing downstairs towards the front gate. I waited patiently at one of the benches and kept an eye on a Flower Company van. Before I knew it, a big red van came into the apartment’s compound. The flower guy rang me and told me he was there. I walked briskly towards the van and told him that I was there. He didn’t seem to realise that I was, maybe because I was too short to be noticed :P I did startle him somehow. Funny man, he was. Without hesitation, he opened up one of the doors of his van and took out an enormous bouquet of fresh flowers. The sight of it made me laugh because I knew that I would have to carry all the way upstairs while having the bundle of flowers cover my face. As soon as I got upstairs into my room, I opened up the little card stuck on the bouquet. Guess who it’s from? A secret admirer, it said :P


Friday, June 08, 2012

Hello!

Assalamualaikum :)

As I begin typing this out, it's 3.23 a.m. now in Malaysia. Believe it or not, I'm just one week away from being in that time zone. My three-month holiday in Malaysia will begin on the 16th of June 2012, InsyaAllah. Throughout my blogging interlude (which is probably the third one this year?), there were quite a few occasions when I felt like writing something in here, and those occasions weren't just, occasions. I'll consider the ones worth writing :)

Right now, I'm just chilling at the sofa of my friends' house. They just got wifi installed. *my inner voice squeals* Goodbye to no internet days, *exhales* We have been (almost) internet-less for over a week now and this is such a relief. With the exams over and some friends away and about, it really feels like there's nothing to do, but I know that I actually do have some things to do. I have a few drawing requests yet to be completed, but something went wrong with my tablet. I might need to reinstall the tablet's programme. *sighs*

Though my routine lately does seem pretty boring, being home alone actually did me good. I have been longing for a chance to spend my time completely alone; walk to the city alone, eat alone; explore alone (& sing alone). Now that's what I call a vacation. Haha. 

So yea basically, as the title says, I'm here to just drop by a hello, I think :P


Duckies at a lake called The Lough. Though the lake's really near my house, 
I just cared to pay a visit just now. I believe I can see the duckies every afternoon :P

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Exclusively for Mummy & Baba :')

Assalamualaikum :)

Here's a short video I made for my two lovely queens :)


...& there's still a gazillion more of what I can possibly say. Words just aren't enough :') 
I love you both so much! ♥

*Song: In My Daughter's Eyes, by Martina McBride*

Friday, May 11, 2012

Our New Independently-rented Apartment! :)

Assalamualaikum,

I was so excited to put up this new post yesterday but I didn't really bother to move cause I was just so tired! I'm just done with three out of five of my important exams. Alhamdulillah. It feels like a burden has been lifted off my shoulder! 

So right after the exam yesterday, my friends and I headed off to the City to treat ourselves with a lunch at our all-time favourite Banna Thai :) As usual, I had duck & rice with some sweet thick gravy (yesterday I had fried rice to replace the rice) :P After having our lunch, Nabihah decided to got back home while Nell, Aina,  Tin2 & I continued strolling around. They brought themselves a few clothes while I just walked around enjoying the temporary freedom. Hee. Here are a couple of photos taken in Banna Thai while waiting for our orders to be served. I didn't really want to take pictures cause I looked horrible. I didn't sleep the night before and my face was dry and dull. :/


Nabihah & Aina :)

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I Wonder Why

Assalamualaikum,

Ever since I published my latest post entitled "Forever Young", I began to have this strong feeling of uneasiness. I don't know why exactly. Maybe it has been a long time since I posted self-captured photos of myself, so things felt awkward. I was so excited in the beginning, cause I felt hip and young. Haha. But yea, I removed the post already cause though I really liked the pictures I put up in it, I could feel that something was just not right. I wonder what this means. 

I will still be posting pictures of me, going places and all, but probably not a bunch of self-captured close-up photos. Feels, weird :P All of a sudden, I feel like something's being lifted off my shoulder. Losing one published post is better than having that sort feeling lingering around :P

Monday, April 30, 2012

Love After Marriage

Assalamualaikum :)

I actually started off my post with two whole paragraphs in Bahasa Melayu baku. I had to stop cause the sentences looked really funny :P I have a few more Anatomy notes left to revise, but I feel strongly drawn towards writing about this topic first. 

Lately, I have been spending more time on Twitter as compared to Facebook & Blogger. I kinda feel as though Facebook isn't the best place for me to share my thoughts anymore. As for Blogger, I really don't have that much time to go from blog to blog & I do feel that I'm somehow losing my momentum. I hope that by writing this post, I could somehow replenish that :) 

In Twitter, I obviously get to read real time tweets & updates from so many different people, even from the ones I never knew about. Over there, things are less bound to your circle of friends, unlike in Facebook. Speaking of which, I silently sat in my kitchen scrolling down the Twitter timeline when a tweet captured my attention. It was a retweet of a tweet from a girl called Dena Bahrin. I heard that she got married & she's still young; I think she's probably my age or well, just around that. 

What do I feel about it? Obviously, I'm super happy for her :) Think about it. She's married and she's young. She officially escaped the sin of haram coupling. How blessed & wonderful can that be? It's a rare occasion to see people nowadays getting married at that stage of life. To many and even to my family, getting married during early years in University is not a real option although we all know how positive marriage is :)

Coupling & marriage are synonymous to almost everybody. I cannot deny that I have experienced being somebody's girlfriend before. I had the experience of loving a guy with all my heart. We made plans, we dreamt of our future, we cared for each other. The only thing missing was the "halal-ity" of our relationship. That was our ultimate barrier. It was awful to get reminded at the back of our minds that every single step of our relationship was a sin. It's as though you're eating something that tastes good but smells bad (Sorry for the sudden awkward food-related metaphor! :P) 

At some point during long chats with my mum, my mum would ask me whether I have a guy who I like right now & vice versa. The topic came up so often that it became a routine for me to chuckle a "no" as my reply :P I always tell her that I wish to wait till the time is suitable for me to get married. I know that I would not be able to get married before graduating like how Dena did & I also believe that I am not prepared yet too. I never said it was easy to wait that long, but I know it will be worth while.

Deep down in my heart, other than my family's hopes, there are some personal reasons to why I don't mind waiting till the right time comes. A big part of me wishes to not get heartbroken anymore. Not that marriage doesn't have divorce, but after all that I've been through, I truly feel that being together before marriage is too much of an uncertainty to me. Back in the old days, it used to drive my mind crazy thinking of whether I will be able to make it to marriage with the guy I deemed to love. In the end, in my case, all of that was just worthless. So much for all those endless thoughts.

In a few more weeks, I will officially be 20 years old. According to my estimation, (hopefully), I'd be able to tie the knot in more or less 5 years time. That's a pretty darn long way to go. Well, what can I say, I'm still in my first year of med school :P "It's okay", I always tell myself that. Alhamdulillah, so far, I could feel that Allah has been helping me so much in keeping me strong. I really hope that this would continue. May what marks the end of the journey of my romantic-feelings hiatus is an authentic & blissful falling in love feeling the moment I get married to my husband someday :)

P/s: Being the mood pooper that I am, please pray for my finals okay :) I'll be having 5 major exams this month. Do pray for me if you're reading this :P

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Think Good of Allah :)

Assalamualaikum,

How are you guys doing? Well as for me, I feel like I'm in such a tough transition. Haha. I'll only be turning 20 years old this May and gosh, I feel like there are heaps of things that I have to manage right now. Facing big scary exams is one major thing already. Others include paying debts, allocating money for food, finding a new house & paying for the new house. Yes, you can probably see the pattern now, they all gotta do with money! *I never would have thought that I would actually talk about money in a very serious manner :P*

Well, despite how difficult things are, I believe that they're all still manageable. Allah will not burden us with something that we cannot afford to handle, right? We shouldn't be asking questions like "Why me? Why not him, why not her?". Why? Cause Allah definitely knows what's best for us :)

There are many times when I hit rock bottom in my life, and I swear, the best remedy is talking to Allah about it. He listens to us every single second and we don't need any money for topup to "call" Him. Some people feel that they don't deserve to talk to Allah at times of desperation cause they feel like all this while, they haven't been a good servant to Allah. Seriously, we shouldn't let ourselves think like that. It doesn't matter how much we have sinned, Allah is always there to forgive us if we really want His forgiveness and if He wills it. So no matter how tough things get, we must trust and put our hopes in Allah :)

By the way, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has been following my updates on this blog. I was lucky to get a snapshot of my follower gadget when the counter reached 500. I know the number is not big to many, but it is to me! I never expected that it would even reach this number. Haha. To new members, I wish you a very warm welcome!

P/s: My Facebook "Like" button went haywire the other day. I wasn't able to find the real cause to it. So I changed it to a new one which seems to work. This time it looks teeny weeny and it won't show your name when you click on it. Funny, but at least it's still a Like button :P

Friday, April 06, 2012

I Can Be a Hopeless Romantic too, but..

Assalamualaikum :)

I don't know why but I just feel so happy today. As I will need to put a lot of effort in my studies soon, I made sure I finished watching the latest episodes by two of my favourite drama series, The Vampire Diaries & Gossip Girl. I also finished up watching documentaries on Anastasia Romanov & The Zodiac Killer. I watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame too! This explains why I have been away from Twitter and the real world. Haha. What an excuse!

Btw, lately, I have been increasingly secretly adoring sweet couples. Haha! I know, I sound creepy. I think this has something to do with the last place I visited! It is known as the City of Love for a reason right?  Hahaha. I can be a hopeless romantic too you know! Although, some people might already know that I am quite garang to guys who try to approach me "relentlessly". I'm not being heartless, I'm just doing what I believe is right. I won't lie about the fact that at times, I do get upset being single, but I shall wait till the right moment & the right person comes :)

Right now, I'm not even as great as my mysterious dream man. I gotta work hard to be someone as good as I deserve to get. If we think we are not good enough, then one of the things we can do is work hard to improve on our flaws, correct? So yes, I realise that I am currently fat round blob of human being, who has lotsa other things to improve on & prioritize. But I can do things to make myself an even better person & increase my value! I am now rather keen of cooking & I hope I can be a good cook someday. I'm still trying out other things that can make me better in some way. I'm so so so grateful & happy that I have my family & friends around me, and most of all, Allah s.w.t. to guide me through!

Okay, this is what that has been lingering on my mind. I have been searching for the right moment to write about it. I feel very segan now, but I believe I said it using the best way that I can. I'm done with this "essay". Next I will need to concentrate on my 2500-word essay! Till then, bye!


A sweet little card that Tin2 made for Nell, Nabihah & I each. So cute right? 
There's customized text at the back. Me love you so much Tin2! May Allah bless our friendship :')


Wait2! These were a couple of roti canai I made myself. I don't know how to tebar a roti canai, so I just went
and penyek-penyekkan the roti canai. So excuse the quality! Hehe!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Paris (Part 4)

Assalamualaikum!

Alhamdulillah, I'm feeling so so so much better than yesterday & the days before. Syukur sangat2! Now I can walk around in my house without feeling faint or nauseated.

Also, you guys are so kind for liking & commenting my posts! Terharu sangat! You made me sooooo happy! May Allah bless you!

Okay, so this is the last part of my Paris Trip. To get some feel while reading, open up this link & enjoy the music!


That morning, we only planned to go and visit the Eiffel tower, so we weren't in such a hurry. Our flight was at 4.30 pm, so we had plenty of time.


Paris (Part 3)

Bonjour!

Before I begin, I did mention in my previous post that I was feverish. Bad news is, I still am :/ I have tried to get a good rest, drink water and take my medication, but I'm still not feeling any better. Please pray for my health. I need to get studying really soon.

Okay now, let's put that aside. Time to story-mory :) Before that, I would like to tag in this song cause we went to Notre Dame :) :


As usual, we started our day by having our breakfast at our hotel. Straight away after we were done, we went out in search of the nearest Metro station around. We had difficulty searching for it, but we were lucky cause there was this Muslim woman (who Tin2 claimed to look like my mum) who brought us halfway to the Metro station. She couldn't speak English, but she was really determined to help us. May Allah bless her :')

Soon after, we did find a Metro station, but unfortunately, there weren't any trains at that station that would bring us to were we planned to go. We had to change our plan. We thought of taking a cab, but there were no cabs to be found around that area. Our last resort was taking a bus, so we waited at the bus stop. As we were still unsure about what bus we should be taking, we also made the effort of asking the people around. Nell & I went into a salon & asked the workers there. Tin & Nabihah made their effort too. Anyway, the workers weren't able to speak in English so we had to really try to understand what they were trying to tell us. One of the workers wrote down Bus 132 on a piece of paper; and to our surprise, Bus 132 just passed by outside! Nell and I thanked the workers & sprinted out of the salon to find Tin & Nabihah. We called them & pointed to the bus. Nabihah, being her athletic self ran as fast as she could to stop the bus. Luckily, a pedestrian who saw us running helped us stop the bus. And yes, we managed to get on! :D


Relieved faces. Hurray!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Paris (Part 2)

Phew! Now here's Part 2 :D Hmm, btw, I'm feeling a little bit feverish right now but I still wanna continue! Haha. I just can't wait to put everything in here :3 Btw, here's a French song that I really really like. Do listen to it while reading this post:


So our day begin with us going on a train at the Metro station. Alhamdulillah, lucky enough for us, there was this Metro worker who knew how to speak English & he really helped us to buy our tickets and all. Merci beaucoup monsieur! :D


Looking fresh in the morning :D

Monday, April 02, 2012

Paris (Part 1)

Assalamualaikum! :) 

Ahh, finally, I'm ready to update my blog. Just as I promised, I'll be sharing about my most recent trip. This time, I went to Paris, France! :) For this trip, I'll be dividing it into for parts for my blog to make it more digestible.

And for this Part, I would like to tag in this song, cause it's just so French that way :P : 


I went to Paris along with three of my bestfriends, Nell, Tin2 & Nabihah. We originally planned to go along with Naz who's studying in Galway, but she will be having her exams soon. I hope we can go there together again someday :(

We were scheduled to leave for Paris at 12.30 pm, so each of us woke up really early. Nell & I did our laundry that morning so we had to really rush. At around 10.45 am, we went on a cab to go to the airport. We withdrawed our money, had our brunch & checked in. During the check in, Nell's hairspray got confiscated. Pity her :( And I, on the other hand seriously wanted to go wee wee. Haha. 


Had some pure yogurt with fruits & granola chunks on the flight. 
Look at the spoon too. How cool is that? :P

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just a Short Little Post, Maybe? :)

Assalamualaikum!

Haha I'm backkk :) Alhamdulillah, I'm done with my third semester exam & my OSCE, so that's why I'm here right now. I don't see the point of continuing my blogging hiatus after my exams lol. However, I will be having my finals in May, so I might not be here just as much in April (maybe, if I don't have much to share).

Today I'll be flying off to somewhere for a few days. Where is it this time? It's a secret! I'll share about my travels when I get back, InsyaAllah.

Anyway, March was quite a dull month for me  (it's not April yet and I'm using past tense. Poor March). Most of the time, I was just cooped up in my room & I had this weird sleeping problem. I often slept after my Subuh prayers & woke up around Zuhur. I kept bitching about it on Twitter hahaha. But now it seems to be okay again me thinks :3 Alhamdulillah.

And yea! I seem to be getting a lot of referrals & 50++ new members over this month after Sis Farah Waheeda mentioned me in her blog (http://dirikudrcinta.blogspot.com/). I'm just so happy! To my dearest new buddies, welcome to this little blog!

Hah, Idk if you noticed, but my blog roll isn't there at the side of my blog. That's cause I will be updating my blog roll soon. I really need to get it thoroughly checked and updated. I find that some posts which my blogger friends write contain obscene (and curiosity-enticing) titles. Tajuk nak panas aje. I understand that you're doing it to spread information or maybe for SEO purposes, but seriously, don't you think you're indirectly making people think of inappropriate things? I mean seriously, think about it. What's the point of getting soooo many views & followers if all you write about are things yang macam ni? Haha tetiba emo.

Let's see, what else would I want to say. Hmm. Ouh well, I do have a couple more things on my mind that I wish I could write right now, but I think I might make special posts for them from time to time :)

Okay, so yea, that's pretty much it. Haha. InsyaAllah, I'll be on my flight with my friends in a few hours. Pray our safety! :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

End of February Updates + March Pause :)

Assalamualaikum :)

February's nearing an end and it is by far one of the busiest months that I have ever had. I got engaged in quite a number of events and did a few stuff with and for my friends. I actually got kinda stressed out and I believe that Nell got really impacted. It's such a pity that she had to listen to me yapping. Hehe sorry Nell :P And to my other bestie Tin2, thank you so much for helping me out too :')

Okay now, enough with that. Haha. Let's move on :) Here I have compiled some pictures of some activities I joined in February :)

1) Nell's Birthday

The preparation for her birthday was quite fun and challenging. Tin and I went to the city and bought her gifts without her knowledge. The rest also kept quiet about her whole birthday surprise. When her birthday arrived, we all did things that made her think that we would not celebrate her birthday. I went to a programme called Tahajjud Cinta while the others did their own business. That was what we wanted her to think and we were glad she didn't suspect anything fishy going on. So that night on her birthday, our plan worked. We managed to sneak into her house and surprise her. We wished her happy birthday, gave her our cards and presents and took pictures and videos. Little did she know that we were up to another surprise for her :D

So on the next day, we did our best to set up a surprise birthday part for her. We bought balloons and banners and made a few dishes for the guests. I made a batik cake which also became her birthday cake. Tin2 worked on her spaghetti bolognese, while Aina made her apple crumble and bihun tom yam. Nabihah also joined in later that afternoon and made curry dip for chips (I loooooved it so much!). The surprise party began at 8.30 p.m. at Aina's house. To make Nell come over to Aina's, I texted my senior, Kak Yan and asked her to "inform" Nell that there would be a gathering. Obviously who would ever think that it was a trick right? Nell arrived as soon as I called her and the timing was all so perfect. Our surprise was a success! Everybody who came were so cooperative and made it such a wonderful night. I was really happy that we managed to throw Nell that party and make her day :)


*These pictures up here were taken by Tin2 :) Check out her blog at A Moment Abroad*

2) Islamic Awareness Week (IAW) Debate 

This event was organised by the Muslim Cultural Society of UCC in collaboration with the UCC Atheist Society & the UCC Philosophical Society. From what I could see, the debate mostly touched on the comparison between streams of religion and ideology. Out of all, secularism seemed to be a topic of interest among the members of the floor. It was so nerve-wrecking to see Muslims, Atheists & Secularists debating against one another. Nell and my other friend Syai was with me at that time and I could have sworn that all three of us wished we could stand up and speak our minds. Haha :D


3) International Cultural Festival (ICF)

This was a whole different event which aimed to expose cultures from all over the globe (almost) to people around. I initially thought that there would be more booths, but sadly there were just a few; namely from Malaysia (wheee), India & China. I was appointed to be in charge of the reception area but I don't think I did much work for that. Instead, I somehow got involved in the decoration of the booth (I drew the photobooth backdrop!) and the delicacy preparation (I got to help Saiyi "kelim" some currypuffs and mold some kuih cek mek moleks together with Aten, Mewn & Arishah) Hee. 

The event was held for two days. I was mainly at the booth during the first day till around 3 p.m. I got to promote Malaysia to some really enthusiastic visitors and also played congkak with a Pakistani! However, I didn't expect that the highlight of the event would be after 6 p.m., so yea, I missed the fun part :( My friends told me that many people came that evening and there was a really good Irish dance performance. Better luck next time! 


4) Meet the Owls!

As I mentioned, the ICF was held for two days. I did come for the second day of the event with Nabihah as she was in charge of the booth. After spending around an hour or so there, we headed back home. On our way back, Nabihah told me that there were owls at UCC! I guess that week was all about promoting clubs and societies, so the Environment Society (Envirosoc) did actually bring some owls to be displayed (is this the right term?). 

The best part was having a baby barn owl named Whisper perching on my hand! You can see Whisper right down here. Isn't it a cutie pie? :3


5) Blog Header for sis Farah Waheeda

Around a week ago, I got a request to make a blog header for a blogger who I may simply call Sis Farah. She was interested in the type of sketch that I made for Sis Shea's birthday, so she hoped I could help make one for her blog header. I thought that it wouldn't really hurt to make one, so I just gave it a go :P She wanted a muslimah sketch, so I searched for a random picture of a muslimah which I could make as my guide. I chose to colour the hijab of the muslimah in light pink to match her blog theme. I expected it would be easy, but it kinda took quite some time for me as my graphic tablet went a little bit cuckoo that day. So as you see, the first sketch below was the first one that I completed. I then went to Picnik to put the words that Sis Farah wanted to have on her header.

I also actually made an ECG line on the header (you can see it at her blog header now at: http://dirikudrcinta.blogspot.com/), but I didn't save the image and accidentally replaced the one with the ECG strip with a newer image. And the second one down there, is a sketch with a doctor's coat on. As Sis Farah's blog is called "Dr Cinta Punye Belog", I thought that it would be nice to change the chest piece into a heart-shaped one instead of the normal round type :)

I'm just curious, which one of the two do you like better? :3





Last but not least, I have to say that I will be taking a month away from Blogging and Formspringing. I have exams coming up and a whole bunch of work to do, so I believe that I need to focus on my own needs first. February 2012 was amazing and challenging and I'm glad that I have  snippets of the memories here in this post. I hope that I'll come up with more updates that I can share in this blog soon. 

Till then, Assalamualaikum (once again). Teehee! :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tutorial: Making a Drawing using GIMP for Beginners

Assalamualaikum :D

Phew! I'm finally done with this tutorial. This is my first time making a computer-related tutorial and I have to say, I am really not good at it. I have tried to include every basic thing that you should get from this tutorial and I'm truly sorry if it looks too cluttered :( 

Anyway, this tutorial is made with help from my Bamboo Wacom Pen Tablet. For those who might not have a graphic tablet, I still believe that this tutorial might work somehow. It would probably take a little more effort, time & patience though. I wish I can make a tutorial of making a drawing on GIMP that would be easier for mouse-users, but I'm afraid this is all I have now. There are other options for mouse-users if you're still interested in making drawings or doodles. You can make use of shapes on Microsoft Excel or Paint. Most people use these softwares and they make gorgeous drawings :)

Ouh yes, GIMP is a software almost like Adobe Photoshop, but it's free and easy to use :) I don't remember where I downloaded it, but you can just type in "Download GIMP" on Google. I'm sure you'll find the link :)

So here we go, a step-by-step (noob guide) on how to make a drawing using GIMP for beginners :) Don't hesitate to ask me if you need any help :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Twisted Feelings

Assalamualaikum,

Hmm, I haven't been expressing myself like I used to in my blog like I did before because I guess I have been using Twitter as a substitution somehow. However, today, the 140-words limit in Twitter might not be enough.

At nights before I sleep, and at random times, I realise that so many things actually cross my mind. They are thoughts that I somehow find hard to share even with people who are close to me. All I feel like doing is writing a gist of this whole thing in this post.

To cut to the chase, I sometimes wish I could turn back time and mend things or put my life on fast-forward and know how it would be like. Hmm, I know, I shouldn't feel this way if I have faith in Allah. I know I should work towards my goals and leave the rest to Allah. I know I shouldn't be living in my past nor daydream relentlessly about my future. I know these things, so I'm still wondering, why am I even thinking like this?

I don't know, maybe I'm this overly-concerned type of person; I expect a lot of good things for myself and I'm afraid some would expect a lot from me too. When things don't go the right way, I would freak out. If I sense that there is a chance I won't be getting what I look forward to, I would be super anxious.

Have you ever felt that way? :/

Well, I may need to spend more time with Him and I hope to get at least a speck of strength.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Blog Header for My Dearest Fathin Solhi! :)


Hee finally done! 
Fathin's a close friend of mine and we're studying at the same university :D
Fathin wanted a leopard printed luggage bag 
and I was lucky that Gimp has this particular pattern included! :P
Here, check out her blog at A Moment Abroad ♥ ;)

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Birthday Sketch for Miss Shea Rasol- My Amethyst :)


I feel so segan and anxious making this post. 
I am really not that good in making birthday wishes. Hehe. 
Anyway, do check out her lovely blog; My Amethyst ♥

P/s: I just checked, she included my sketch in her post today! I'm super happy she liked it! :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

London [UK]

Assalamualaikum (once again for today :P) Hehe :D

This is my last batch of photos from my UK trip :) I was just done with a post about Birmingham (click to view the  post) and I decided to upload them today cause I would want to make way for posts regarding new events :)


Arrival in London :)

*That night, my friends and I went to Oxford Circus (& Oxford Street as well I think) to join the Boxing day, but I didn't bring my camera along cause I was too scared that somebody might snatch my camera away from me. I regret the fact that I didn't bring it along cause the night atmosphere was gorgeous! My friend Naz got some pictures though and glad she did! At least the memory-capturing-task didn't completely go to waste :)

Ouh yes! I have one more thing to tell. It might be old news by now, but that night, my friends and I saw a real crime scene! We clearly didn't have any idea on what actually happened, but as we got back home later that night, we were told by our seniors that a man was stabbed to death earlier that afternoon. The one that we saw was another crime scene, also involving a man stabbed, but survived. I didn't tell my mum about this when I was at London cause I was afraid she might get super worried T____T

Sooooo, enough with the long interruption, let's see happy photos now :D


Meet Harrod's teddy bear! :D So cute right!


Harrods from the outside. There were so many people cause it was still Boxing Day season :)


In front of Buckingham Palace. Feeling so royal :3


Even nearer. I wonder if the Queen's in there :P


One of the monuments opposite the Palace :)


More :)


The gate :D


This park is near the Palace :)


Seeing the winter branches from below :)


Hello folks! ;)


I'm a tree hugger, nature lover! :P Really? *eyebrows*


The red London double-decker bus :) I didn't take a picture at the phone booth! So rugi!


The escalator at the subway. It was freaking long and high and scary!! 
I almost thought I could fall forwards!


Waiting for the underground tube :)


Just a random corner. Ehhh!! Zoom2! You can see the telephone booths! 
I actually have a picture of the phone booths! Yay! Hahaha. 
I just realised this while typing this caption
 T_____T


Wondering why there is a Malaysian flag here?


We're at the Malaysia Hall! Yeay! And there I met a friend back in TGB, Ishak Hakim. Hallo!


Night settling in :)


So cute right? :DD


This is Big Ben! Ouh. Not the one in front, the one behind :D


The eye of London :)


I looooooooove the scenery :)


Another snapshot of Big Ben :)


With Mr Penguin.


I wanted to enter this so called Death Trap but I was afraid I might scream till I lose my voice!


Now this looks much friendlier :D


Blablablabla..


The London's I-city? :P Hehe.


The twinkly Eye of London :)


Bokeh bokeh bokeh!! :P Hahaha.


Artificial snowflakes?


Hmm, a random building I must say?


Mooooore :)


What was I doing? >__>


Eh! It' s day? Hehe. Yeah, It's the next day. I was on search of abayas so my seniors brought us to Whitechapel, where there is a road filled with stalls selling Islam stuff :)
And up there, yup, that's a mosque! :D


London Muslim Centre :)

Now posts for the whole trip's complete, Alhamdulillah :) Being almost half-a-month away from where I am right now was really challenging. I learnt the value of friendship, time, patience and just millions more I can never find a full stop in describing. However, I can't deny that there is a part of me which feels quite anxious when it comes to the thought of going for another trip cause travelling isn't something you can do with the snap of fingers. Despite that, I am thankful that I was given the chance to go on this travel and ironically I believe I am thrilled to go for more! :D