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


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

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


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

Birmingham [UK]

Assalamualaikum! :)

Tonight I have forced myself to upload more pictures from my UK trip last December :D It has been more than a month since I updated about my trip and it seems like the photos have been making cobwebs in my external hard disk! Time to brush them off! 

Birm has this unique vibe to it. I don't know but I kinda love it :) I can't remember the name of the particular area in Birm that we visited, but I have to tell you, I am not kidding about the existance of a huge row of Islamic shops and restaurants right there in Birm! Yes, it's true. I didn't believe that there would be so many Muslims in some parts of UK till I saw them with my own two eyes :D

The Muslim people there were mostly originally from Africa, and as far as I know, a big number of them are from Somalia. During praying time, we visited a mosque in that area. There were so many ladies in there all wearing black abayas. To my surprise, a few came up to us and greeted us. They warmly called us "sisters" and chatted with us as if they have known us for quite some time. I was personally initially quite conscious about the whole idea of making an introduction, but after talking to them, I swear, they are among the loveliest human beings I have ever met and I wished I could have made more conversations with them :)

As the area that we went to had most of the Islamic products and stuff, I got myself a couple of Islamic books and I bought so many packets of HALAL gummy bears as well! After not seeing so many Muslim people for a long time, that visit really made my day :') The fact that Birm has a Muslim town makes me want to go there again. InsyaAllah someday soon! :D

The tagline tells it all :D

One ice-cream shop in Birm. Look at the menu charts! They're lovely!

I loveeee seeing colourful things O____O

Nadi successfully took a picture of me in front of a "Free Gaza" Graffiti. Thanks dear! :D

I am tempted to put this picture up :D

Running with a double chin. Hohoho!

P/s: Next update, London! :)