Sunday, July 31, 2011

On the 1st of July, 2011, I was interviewed on my career and other interests on tv9 for a program called Safiyya. They interviewed me at my office. I was quite nervous (to put it mildly) when the interviewer told me that the interview will be in Malay. Of course, I speak Malay, but I realize that I have a habit of mixing Malay and English without realizing it. But when I was asked to speak Malay, I felt very self conscious. I felt that my Malay was not baku (formal Malay) enough (I'm sure you get what I mean right? Right?) and not TV material enough. I was really nervous (understatement of the year) and I think in my efforts to try and speak proper Malay I may have overcompensated and couldn't speak like I normally would! erk.

With the interviewer, Syafin :)

I've been receiving a lot of requests to update my looks. Technically, it's been ages since I've done my last look post (Jagged Blues). So I found these pictures in my folder and just uploading these would be easier. Pictures taken on Mother's Day waaaaaay back in May. I'll write about my Mother's Day lunch with my family some time soon (don't know when ;p). That would probably show how outdated I am. Sorry girls. Thanks for persevering with me.

More than ever, I find myself wearing maxi dresses during my off days. It's simple and easy to wear, fussy-free, breathable and most importantly: COMFORTABLE. Certainly halves the hassle of getting ready, don't you agree?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Had the chance to see Dreamgirls at Istana Budaya by luck. Hasanah had bought the tickets en bloc, but I wasn't sure if I was able to get off work to make it in time to see it. Things fell into place and I was so happy I was able to make it. I badly needed it too! Haven't watched any musicals since Terima Kasih Cinta, I think? Sanah bought the tickets to see the show in which our dearest friend Ruzana would be performing the role of Deena Jones. (aka Beyonce in the movie). On other days, she plays the role of Michelle Morris and is the understudy to Cheryl Samad in the role of Deena Jones.

I'm going to keep this short and simple. I loved Dreamgirls! It was a blast! Dreamgirls is a Broadway production with a Malaysian cast, and everyone did a splendid job. They even brought in Kris Coleman as Jimmy 'Thunder' Early, who is the lead actor in the Broadway musical of Dreamgirls in New York. He was very entertaining and had impressive vocals. I guess his experience as an entertainer really showed on the stage. Tony Eussoff, Azura Zainal and Dafi were also very good in their roles. But I have to say that Dina stole the show in her role as Effie. Both Dina and Ruzana rocked the house with their vocals and acting. I had goosebumps all over so many times and had a really good time. The dance choreography and the set were also extremely delightful. Everyone is just so energetic I felt like getting up and dancing on the seats!! There were also some very emotional and tearful moments which the actors pulled off very well. Overall, it was touching, funny and very enjoyable.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Proud parents of Cassia Iman : Shasha Elisa & Carl Iskandar

Hello all. Hope you all had a splendid weekend!

I'm truly sorry for the lack of updates. For the past three weeks, I've been going back from office after midnight every single day (and there were a few times that I went back home from the office after 5a.m). Work has been really gruelling and extremely tough. But I'm enjoying my work and hopefully things will be less hectic starting next week when three new lawyers will be joining. Anyhow, I haven't had the time to do so many things. However, amidst the busy work schedule I've managed to steal some time to do some of the other non-work related things that I also love. I just haven't had the time to update my blog, which I hope I can do more from now on.

Yesterday, I attended Shasha Elisa's and Carl Iskandar's kenduri aqiqah for their little princess, Cassia Iman. It sort of hit me when I received the invitation because I swear it was only just recently that I attended the cute and sweet Baby Shower. Oh, how time flies. I've been saying that quite a lot nowadays.

The so called 'aunties' :)
Anyway, I loved the whole theme. There were balloons and flowers everywhere. It was beautifully decorated and everything was sweet and proper. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Cassia Iman. She was just soooooooooooo cute and adorable. Seriously, I felt like i wanted to pinch her and never let go. She was just annoyingly adorable and she loved all us makciks (aunties) being around her. She never cried at all and just seemed to love to toy with our feelings with her cuteness. Everyone wanted a piece of her, she was just that cute okay! And her eyes are naturally gray... (By the way, what is this I heard about a new fatwa on coloured contact lenses today? Anyone care to enlighten me on this?)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I've been stuck in bed for this past two days. This sucks because I've been unable to visit my grandmother who is ill. I've missed weddings, engagements, family outings, watching transformers and planned meet-ups with friends. I've been down with high fever, sore throat, head throbbing, flu, teary eyes... oh, you know the drill. One thing about me is that I rarely get sick. Some people can catch a flu or fever very often, but I'm thankful that I get it very rarely. But once I'm sick, I'm really sick.

Another thing about me is that I really H A T E to go to the clinic for the simple fact that I don't like to take any medicines. Yesterday, I was forced to take panadol soluble by my husband. I almost vomitted straight after. Yucks! So instead, I was asked to try redoxon, drank a few large bottles of 100 plus (3 1.5litre bottles so far), and drank jugs and jugs of warm water. I don't think it's working because the fever hasn't subsided.

My only medicine for these past few days?

.M U S I C.

I would just like to share some of the songs that's found its way to my ears, now that I have my ipod to keep me company in bed for the whole weekend. Most of them are oldies. But bear in mind that these 'oldies' are not the 50s or 60s oldies songs, but songs I used to listen to when I was younger, in school.

1. The Dull Flame of Desire ~ Bjork
'I love your eyes, my dear, their splendid,
sparkling fire
when suddenly you raise them so,
to cast a swift embracing glance

like lightning flashing in the sky, but there's a charm that is greater still:
when my love's eyes are lowered, when all is fired by passions kiss

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Being the gracious host that she is, Ibu Kartika insisted we stay over at her house on our last night in Yogyakarta. So we checked out of our hotel a day earlier and went on a day trip with Ibu Kartika. We visited Museum Affandi and also Kraton before heading back to her abode, which is on the foothill of the Merapi volcano.

Now, when she told me she lived there, it sort of freaked me out. Living on the foothill of a volcano which just erupted last year? Then the driver even added that sometimes the area is flooded from water spouting from the volcano. Having seen the other day some of the remains of buildings and areas affected by the volcanic eruption (whole areas and blocks of buildings burnt down by the lava), that definitely had me worried. But when we got there, the whole place was nothing like I imagined. It was just...lusciously green all around. Tranquil and peaceful. It was very serene.

Omahe Kartika. House of Kartika

Dangling Zebras.

Upon reaching her front yard, I was already smiling to myself. One could immediately tell that she had passion for arts and creativity, even if you didn't know that she is one of Indonesia's most respected artistes. Just look at the somewhat random dangling zebras. It was a very, very unique touch.



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