Wednesday, June 24, 2009


My colleague in the office told me about the news that H1N1 found a victim, and she's in JB.
I was worried when I came to this paragraph:
She said Health department staff would also be sent to the schools of the student''s siblings -- Sekolah Menengah Datuk Jaafar and Sekolah Menengah Infant Jesus Convent -- because the two attended school yesterday.
"We will check the two schools to prevent any spread of the virus," she added.
I hope Naza in particular, and the whole school in general is okay. I'm going there this Saturday for Marsya's open day. Well, her school is just beside the secondary school, sharing the same area.

anglicised Bahasa Melayu?

An article by NST's Azmi Ashar.
It is basically my view on English and Bahasa Melayu at their current trend in Malaysia.
Well, actually back when the first time I heard the word 'Bajet' was used instead of 'Belanjawan', which had been used for all these while.
His English vocabulary is respectable. Albeit, he could spare them so that I (and many other readers trying to get a grasp on English) would be able to read fluidly without having to refer to the dictionary software.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

what's your cup of tea?

Lately at the office I'm quite fond with tea compared to the usual instant coffee and chocolate drinks. My draughts(wo)man also make a jug of tea for a few of us to enjoy. This morning, the jug is upgraded to a bigger one so that many more could share.

Last night Naza and I were shopping for groceries, and we were looking for teabags. Usually we go for Lipton, but last night she wanted to have those 'top shelves' kind of tea. Tesco (being British) stocks quite a good array of tea selection, including their house brand. We narrowed down three brands - Dilmah, Ahmad Tea and Twinings. So many different kinds of tea. We took home Twinings, for we could have assortment of teas in a box.

It costs about RM8 for 25 individually wrapped, 5 types of tea. That comes to about 30 sen each. Imagine how Coffee Bean & Tea Leaves, Starbucks, et. al. make when they sell you a cuppa.
We tried one in the middle of the night - Earl Grey.
Superb! Love it. With a hint of citrus, it's refreshing but not in the lemon tea kind of way.
Here's a list of what's in the pack:
  • English Breakfast
  • Prince of Wales (apparently a blend of tea from China)
  • Earl Grey
  • Lady Grey
  • Darjeeling
The flavours range from 'light' to 'medium' strength.
There's also 'Afternoon Tea', but we'll get that and some other types later.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

begitulah acuannya

Seronok sekarang ni perhatikan perangai anak-anak.
Banyak yang sama macam mak dan ayah diorang.
Tapi bila tang perangai yang tak berapa bagus tu, jadi risau jugak :P
Masa tu kena lah muhasabah diri.

Agaknya itulah satu lagi rahmat Allah bagi kat ibubapa melalui anak-anak.

Semoga kita semua terus berusaha untuk menjadi manusia terbaik, insyaAllah.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Aussie T-Shirt

My friend Noraidalin went Down Under and bought me a t-shirt.
Okay, I asked for the t-shirt. For free.

And sure enough, she gave me a piece. Quite nice. Very comfortable. Unlike the usual thin, low quality type. I like the color too.

The thing that makes it special is what printed on the t-shirt.

I'm a bit of a collector, and so it's nice to have a collection of Australian slangs in one piece of cloth.

Here's the list:

  • wally
  • gone walkabout
  • chock a wobly
  • stone the crows
  • no worries
  • bloody oath
  • stunned mullet
  • crikey!
  • hows that!
  • sheilla
  • you beauty
  • bonza!!
  • down under
  • fair crack of the whip
  • turn it up
  • mug lair
  • too right
  • amberfluid
  • footy
  • flatout like a lizard drinkin
  • strewth!!
  • onya
  • yobbo
  • she'll be right
  • g'day mate!
  • fair dinkum
  • spot on
  • tinnie
  • flamin heck
I've heard a few, like the familiar "Down Under", "G'Day Mate!","spot on", "no worries" and "fair dinkum".
Totally no idea what the rest means.
Go and figure them out:
google 'aussie slang' or 'strine' and you'll get quite a handful of hits.

Thanks for the t-shirt, Lin!
Where'll you be going after this?

*updated 21 Feb 2014. thanks to Robbie and Michelle for informing me the correct link above :)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ferrari II

Adam: Mak, nanti bila saya dah besar macam awak, saya boleh hantar Ayah pergi MMHE. Lepas tu saya boleh hantar awak dengan Marsya pergi Convent. Lepas tu saya pergi dekat Sekolah Sri Tebrau.
Naza: Bestnya...
Adam: Jugak saya boleh letak saya punya beg dengan baju sekolah agama dalam kereta.
Naza: Adam naik kereta apa?
Adam: Ferrari lah...
Akmal: Ferrari Adam warna apa?
Adam: Merah...
Thoughtful, isn't he?
And right choice on the colour, my son. Other than red ain't quite a Ferrari.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Adam: "Kenapa awak tak beli Ferrari, Mak?"
Naza: :p
Adam: "Saya suka..." *dengan nada hampa*

I'm not quite sure whether he's referring to Shell's miniature Ferraris or the real deal.

Note: he refers Naza's maroon Avanza as Lightning McQueen
photo from here

Monday, June 01, 2009


A budding photographer.

Naza always find lots of photos taken by Adam whenever she 'lost' her camera for a few hours left lying around in the house. Sometimes with no more space for other photos. Most of the time, with exhausted batteries.

self-portrait, 2009

It is good to support his keen interest. Perhaps it's a good idea to buy him a Nikon D90 now.

While he learns to compose good photos, I could use the DSLR for other stuff.

Yeah, a good idea indeed.

Have I mentioned before that's he's a bit of a joker, too?

You would've guessed, anyway.