Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bad Morning

This morning was NOT my morning. First it rained in the morning before I left for school. That would make the first leg (downhill) of my trip to school dangerous as the sidewalks would be slick. The sidewalk on the second leg (uphill) has better grip. Then near the end of the first leg, my tire slipped and I fell, sliding a short distance. Genius sidewalk-makers who used concrete instead of tiles. Thankfully my bike only took cosmetic damage.

Then on my second leg, it poured. Yahoo. So when I got to school, I was drenched. By recess I still wasn't completely dry. The gloomy weather didn't help. The rest of the day was OK. I enjoyed Mod Math. I really like a lot of the topics. Much to my girl's displeasure -- I know you weren't too happy with it. She also complained my bike was tall, needs a stand, etc. But I'm not changing anything about it. And its not 'just a bike'.

That's all for now. I might update again later but don't count on it.

Au revoir

Friday, September 25, 2009

Raya Wrap Up

It has been a while since I blogged. Where should I start? Ah yes, my raya. Hmm. How should I start? Haha. So many questions. I'd say the beginning is a mighty fine place to start, what say you?

First day of raya. We woke up bright and early and went to the mosque in BJ. There was an announcement to raise funds for the new mosque to be built near the lake by Lagenda. The artist's impressions were quite nice. Unfortunately, I would have left for college by the time it is to be completed. Fortunately, I won't have to cycle there every Friday. Hehehe.

After prayers, we went home, ate a little, packed my parents' rendang and some ketupat then we hit the road for Banting. Atuk seems more livelier now. Everyone was there -- a rare occasion in Banting since at least one family won't be there at the same time -- and though it was quiet, it wasn't awkward. Jokes were being cracked, laughter was heard and people were munching. Hehe.

It was nice and relaxing. After praying Asar, we headed to the graveyard to pay respects to my arwah Mak Long, Pak Long and Nenek. Afterwards, we left for home. My family and I haven't packed our bags for Taiping yet. Hehehe.

Next morning, we didn't leave as early as we hoped so we swung by Tapah R&R (north side) for lunch. We had Dunkin' Donuts but unfortunately the doughnuts weren't fresh despite the rapid turnover rate. I guessed it was due to the racks being place smack under the A/C vent. When we arrived in Taiping, everyone was just about to leave to Beruas. We hurriedly put our bags in and rearranged cars. My Opah and Tukwan took our Accord because my Opah can't climb steps anymore and everyone is either driving a pickup or an MPV of some sort.

We were visiting my relatives from my Opah's side -- an apparent first in the family history. Not even my Mak Jang -- my mom's younger sister -- knew them. It was quite a ride away and we took a good 20 minutes just finding the house.

We de-boarded the cars and greeted everyone. It was cool to see the other side of the family. There were only two people or so in the house and the lady there was my grand... aunt? Yeah, my grandaunt. She is my Opah's older sister. Was it older or elder? Oh well, something like that. Then we -- me and my cousins Bancik & Haziq -- rode in the back of our Pak Jang's Ford Ranger pickup. It wasn't too far to the next house so the adults let us. Hehe. It was fun!

The next house was my Opah's younger sister. We took quite a lot of pictures there but all with my Kak Yong's camera. Hehe. So the camera kept swapping between me, Kak Yong & her siblings; Haziq & Bancik. Though much less to the later two. After Maghrib, we climbed back into the vehicles -- with a slight reshuffling among the cousins -- and left. Haziq and I ended up the pickup again. But this time in the cab -- the adults wouldn't let us ride in the bed as it was quite a distance. Haziq & I chatted a lot about Canada, rugby, his school, mine, etc. Oh and he went through my phone and found a photo of my girl. Hehe. He knew right away that that was Liyana. Hehe.

We arrived in Matang around dinner time -- 8:30 or so -- and had a free meal as it was my relatives' warung. Hehehe. The food was good! Nasi dagang. Yum!

The next two days in Taiping were not eventful and we came back to KL on Wednesday. I took Thursday to cool off and unpack, laze around, etc. Today I did something really fun with my dad! But that will be in my next post for tomorrow. Hehe. Its late and I'm settling down -- sorta.

That's all for now.

Au revoir

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Salam Eid il Fitr

Many visit the graves of those who have past,
But this is no sad day,
As we have been told to celebrate.

On this day,
The day when we have completed the Fast,
We celebrate,
Our triumph over our many lusts.

It is the first day of Syawal,
It is Hari Raya Aidilfitri,
It is a happy day,
For children and teenagers and adults a like.

And during the coming week,
The children and teenagers will go to their friends' houses,
To visit; and more importantly,
Collect the duit raya.

And everyone will enjoy the food,
Be it in the city,
Or in the countryside,
I myself look forward to eating lemang.

The assortment of foods available after a long month of fasting,
We have made it through the month of Ramadan.

An on this day,
Everyone asks for forgiveness,
For past wrongdoings,
And to let go of old grudges.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm 16!!

I'm officially 16! Woohoo! Hehehe. I know I should've posted this earlier but I didn't have the chance. Sorrysorrysorrysorry!

Anyway, it feels so good to finally be 16. Don't know why. Guess its just one of those milestone birthdays you can't help celebrating and enjoy. My parents got my birthday present yesterday but they had been planning it for a while now.

They contemplated between a new bicycle, a DSLR camera and a Hifi system. They decided to give me a new bike. I was so thrilled! I've been using my old bike since I was in standard 4. Its been 6 years. Hehehe.

Yesterday after school, my mom picked me up from school. My dad was already at home with Akid. We went to Pantai Hospital because Akid has his checkup appointment. While in the waiting lounge, Mama said she wanted to go to the Pasar Ramadan in Bangsar. While on the way, I dozed off in the car -- as always during bad traffic. I felt the car slow to a stop and Akid saying "Aqil's asleep" and I woke up.

We got out of the car and apparently it was quite a distance from the Pasar Ramadan. I wasn't complaining. I don't mind walking. Then we passed by Rodalink -- a bicylce store. Everytime we passed by Bangsar, I always looked at the store but we never went in it. Even my parents expressed interest in visiting it but we never got the chance. I must admit, it was a good looking store.

I was still a bit groggy but when my parents walked into the store, I felt myself perking up a bit. I was expecting them to ask me to pick a bike. To my surprise, my dad asked for a specific salesman -- Riduan, nice guy -- and he showed me a mountain bike. I was sold. Hook, line and sinker. It was a gorgeous bike. He asked me to take a spin on it and actually requested I climbed down the stairs in front of the store. It was AMAZING. Mama and Abah asked me to pick a helmet as it was part of the pre-arranged deal -- it seems they had gone to the store before to check it out -- and I bought an extra lock. My current lock is too short.

The model is a Polygon Collosus AX1.o -- yes, two L's. It isn't some expensive brand because Rodalink carries their own in-house frames -- Polygon -- but the quality is the same. They give each frame a 5 year warranty and 2 years free service. To top it off, their frames are super tough but made in Indonesia so they're very cost efficient, bringing the price of their bikes down significantly. But the frame is the only thing made in-house. Everything else is top of the range products. I'm very -- scratch that, extremely happy -- with my bike. Here's a picture;

My bike

Today, at school, everyone was wishing me 'Happy Birthday'. It was kind of fun. Hehe. My girl gave me a present. A leather bracelet. I've been looking at something like that for quite some time now. I just never found it. Hehehe. She got us matching bracelets. They vary in design but color-wise, they're identical. I love her so much. She's so thoughtful and caring. And she can very creative with gifts. Not to mention being able to guess very well what I like. Maybe she can read me as easily as I her. Either she doesn't realize it, or just doesn't want me to know... Hmm...

Anyways, thank you for the gift, Liyana! Love you so much.

The leather wristband

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

An Interesting Day In A Long Time

There are two very important events coming up. One is Hari Raya Eid il Fitr. I know everyone is getting hyped up for it. Is it just me or do I feel more hype among my friends this year? Oh well.

The second important upcoming event is my birthday!! Its in two days' time so boys and girls, I expect you to break the bank getting me all kinds of expensive presents! Muahahaha. Just kidding. A sincere 'Happy Birthday' is sufficient. And please smile. In case some of you were planning on saying it half-heartedly. There's only one teeny problem. I don't know what to ask for my birthday! Is this normal? I don't know but I seem pretty content with my life. I mean, sure there are a few things I would like but I'm afraid of breaking the bank. Hmm...

Anyway, this morning took an interesting turn while I was getting ready. I was still in my towel and about to put on my contacts when all the lights in my room went out. I went to my parents room to check on them. My dad almost jumped out of bed thinking he had overslept and we were running late. He calmed down a bit when I said there was a blackout. I grabbed the flashlight and put my contacts on before getting dressed. The whole time I was walking around in a towel and one my contacts on my finger. Hehehe.

Our automatic gate has a little glitch; we can't change it from automatic to manual so my brother had to hitch a ride with our next door neighbour and I cycled. It was tiring. I probably wouldn't be so tired if I wasn't fasting but these are all tests from the Almighty. Despite leaving the house later than I'd like to make it to school on time but miraculously enough, I made it before 7:30. Muahaha! Not bad considering I left at 7:20 and I live in Tropika II.

The day got more and more interesting as it progressed. During Mod Math, Pn. Zaini asked us to draw the net drawings of polygons, cut them out and assemble them. It was fun. During Bahasa, we had a parliamentary debate. The topic was 'Wajarkah P.P.S.M.I. Diteruskan?' My team agreed with the title. Though we lost, it was tons of fun! Fitriyanna -- who was on the opposing team -- actually fought with the Speaker! Just like in the real Malaysian parliament. Hahaha. Everyone was having a good time laughing, clapping and arguing. I really liked it. We should do it again.

I cycled back and Mama was home. So after getting ready, she dropped me off at tuition. None of us brought our laptops. I thought the teacher was kidding when he told us too. But apparently, the last chapter was most easily taught using a 3D software of some sort. We all watched a funny video of Hang Tuah failing his SPM examinations. It was really hilarious!

I came home and took a nap. I was really beat. Now here I am, wrapping up my latest post. It feels good to be able to write another long post. Oh, after this I'm going to KLIA to see my cousin off. She's going to Mother Russia to pursue a medical course. Good luck to her!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Syawal is just around the corner

Hello everyone. I'm so sorry I've neglecting this blog and its readers.

Anyway, Ramadan is almost over. It feels so short this year. Raya is coming up. But if things keep going the way they are, I won't be returning to Taiping this year for Raya. Then again, two of my cousins there are sitting for their PMR & SPM examinations, respectively.

Good luck to them!

Next week there is no rugby practice and no Add Math tuition. Speaking of Add Math, I still need to ask my teacher for my results. Hope I didn't do too bad.

My birthday is coming up. I haven't asked for anything -- nor am I expecting anything. All I hope for is that my Add Math results turn out OK. I've really been working hard at it.

Ms. Shereen -- our Add Math tuition teacher -- gave us all -- her class(es) -- duit raya! Haha. Thankyouthankyouthankyou! Hehe. Dah dapat 1st duit raya. Muahaha!

That's all for now.

Au revoir.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Two Pairs of Nice Shoes

Vespa Casual (Special)

Vespa Gran Lusso Leather

Two pairs of nice Adidas Originals shoes. Both are from their Vespa collection. Both are very nice and I am sure they cost A LOT. Maybe a pair of shoes for my birthday? No. I don't know. I don't know what to ask for my birthday. Maybe I shouldn't?

*Sigh*. Previously, I used to have lists and lists of what I wanted and from there I would cancel them one at a time until I knew what I was gonna ask for based on how much I wanted it, whether it was practical and whether it was reasonably priced.

I'm sorry for the dull and melancholic post here guys -- and girls. Its just that I'm afraid it isn't normal not to ask for something for your birthday. Or is that something only 10 year olds do? Hmm. THAT is something to contemplate.

By the way, congratulations to QM & Lina for coming out. Congrats girls!

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm Back!!

My HP Mini is back up! Woohoo! We had a surge that blew my adapter. We've been going around looking for it but none of the stores we went to carried it so we got it from the HP Center in KL. Good thing it was still under warranty.

Alhamdulillah they had in stock at the time so I got a new one on the spot. The service center itself was quite nice. Afterwards, we went to drop something off at Taman Tun Dr Ismail -- I think. I remembered the clinic across the street where I once got my BCG shot.

It feels good to have my own laptop back. No more borrowing Akid's. But it was fun to use. Remind me to transfer whatever pictures I saved to my newly revived Mini.

School is starting tomorrow but I don't feel like going. *Sigh*. Oh well, what can I do? The most exhaustive/boring part of the school routine is waking up early. I think that's what bugs me the most.

Anyways, can't wait for my birthday!! 10 days to go...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Aftermath of the Power Surge

The power surge was fixed on Monday. I know, it was a long time ago. I'm so sorry for the late update. My laptop ran out of battery and the power surge -- unfortunately -- killed the AC adapter. But the fuse for the cable itself is intact. It is SO frustrating. But I've set up a temporary account on Akid's Sony VAIO. Muahaha! So we're sharing. Getting used to Vista's set up. Not bad. Nice graphics.

Besides that, the surge knocked out 3 of our Astro decoders, my filter pump and the cooking hood. Oh not to mention Akid's night light. Ah well.

I didn't go to school today. Wasn't feeling well. It was so good to see Liyana at tuition afterwards. I missed her dearly.

After tuition today, Abah, Akid & I went to the Pasar Ramadan at D'Pangkin for the heck of it. We bought two Murtabak(s), a box of Kuih Pelita -- Akid's favorite -- from Sofea's stall and some thing else for Mama and Abah. Also from Sofea's stall. Hehe.

It is 18:24 and in an hour or so, we will buka for the 11th day of Ramadan.

There is something Abah said but that is a story for another time, I promise. Perhaps my next post... Yes, I think I will.