Friday, October 31, 2008

the Sister's wedding reception

Event: The wedding reception of ZN & MH
Venue: Nusantara Ballroom, Imperial Hotel, KL
Date: 16 August 2008
Time: 2000hrs-2300hrs
Theme: Winter Wonderland


The Bride getting dolled up for her Big Night

The Groom getting groomed up as well

the end product

before leaving the suite, The Bride & Groom took pictures with the inang-inang. And right before berarak masuk the grand ballroom, a photo session with the VVIPs took place.

the grand entrance

doa recital

merenjis & menepung tawar


makan beradab

speech by The Father and Ms. Bridesmaid


photo session

toss the bouquet!

phew~

at the same time, Ms. Bridesmaid also had fun taking pics with her friends.

they are my pengapits






THE END

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

me on a mini

how do you think you would look like on a car? on a mini cooper no less! since driving one is still beyond my dream, tepek muka pun jadilah huh?


*image courtesy of http://photofunia.com/

Friday, October 24, 2008

i'm not naive

So here’s the thing. Some time in August, while at the Shah Alam Court in Menara MRCB, I bumped into this Chinese couple. They asked me where to file the Notice of Appearance so I helped them. And then we got in the elevator and we had a small talk where I gave them my business card (might as well do some marketing, right?). A day before raya, I received a sms wishing me Selamat Hari Raya from an unknown number. And the message sort of sounded like this.

“…selamat hari raya…we met in Shah Alam Court. You helped us with enquiry blablabla…maybe after raya we can have coffee when you’re free.”

Honestly, I can’t remember exactly who did I help with enquiry? So I texted back and said something like this, “I’m sorry but I can’t remember…who blablabla” and then he/she replied, “…in the lift, you gave us your card, told us you’re already 8 months in practice…” and then it hit me. So, okay. So I replied the text with something like this, “oh I see…coffee? yeah…blablabla” Basically that was it because I thought it was just a friendly message and a friendly reply and I never thought that they would actually ask me to have coffee for real.

Until last week.

I received a text from him. Let’s call him D. I saved D’s number so I know it was him. It reads, “good afternoon! Any chance to meet up for tea/chit chat today at Pearl International Hotel Lobby (5th Mile Old Klang Road)?” I replied, “hi. I’m sorry I don’t think I can make it today. Besides, I don’t know exactly where Pearl International Hotel is and it’s not a good idea to go to Old Klang Road after office hours” to which D replied, “My friend’s company just informed me there are 5 vacancies for Trainee Management Executives for the LANDBANK based in Tokyo. Applicants below 25 years, basic education acceptable, pleasant personality. Only female single without experience. Training provided. salary USD2500/month with accommodation provided. Insurance 300,000. Potential for New York HQ posting. [Any interest?]” I texted back, “Wow sounds interesting but I’m gonna have to pass. I’m not done practicing yet.” D replied, “Nothing to lose by giving it a good try! If interested you need to tell DR TSAI, Phd at 8.30pm tonight.” I didn’t reply.

I cannot help but smell something fishy going on. I mean, come on. First I see it as a ‘friendly gesture’ to invite me to have coffee (even though it was weird for D to invite me for coffee because I thought what the heck for? I mean, I only showed and helped him where to file the Notice of Appearance. It’s not like I helped him win his case or something) but when I was offered the ‘job’, I can’t help but wonder. Who are you kidding right? I think this is the type of scam luring young women with something that is too good to be true and then later on send them on an overseas trip together with your ‘package’ or something.

So the question here is, was I too friendly? It is normal for me to give away my business cards, right? After all, it is called a business card. But then this is what happens when you ‘help’ people. When people smile, the right thing to do is smile back. When people ask for help (in Court no less), the right thing to do is help, right? But then again, D may not have bad intentions but the job offer sure sounds too good to be true. Note the words 'female single only' and why the need to stress that DR. TSAI has a PhD? I’m sure a na├»ve, gullible person would fall for the offer. I don’t know. What do you think?


Monday, October 20, 2008

the Sister's akad nikah ceremony

these are the photos from the photogs, that was finally recently received. like, it's about time, huh?
The Bride getting ready

all dolled up

sebelum pergi masjid, ambik gambar dulu

moments before she was 'tied' for life

the solemnization was done by The Father

alhamdulillah. lega~

ok now salam2 time

night reception at The House


bersanding and upacara menepung tawar

makan time

meet & greet session

inside their room

she is officially his, he is officially hers. bound for life.

Friday, October 17, 2008

slapped with a summons

everyday when i got home, the first thing i would do is to check the mail. who knows there might be some letter(s) from secret or non-secret admirer(s) (as if) presents from contests that i've entered, or perhaps a wedding invitation, or any mail for that matter. one day in the holy month of Ramadhan, i received a surat kompaun from MBSA. what a bummer. currently, MBSA is having a Kempen Membayar Kompaun 50%. right. as if people would 'run' to MBSA and pay upon hearing that. here's the thing. in my kompaun, the date of offence was 5 April 2007 at 2011hrs at Seksyen 14, Persiaran Institusi (Plaza Alam Sentral area). was i in Shah Alam at that particular time and date? i have no idea. obviously, i can't remember.
since i was in Shah Alam on Wednesday morning i thought i might as well go to MBSA and check about the alleged summon. [note the word alleged is used here because i have no proof as yet]. the parking lot was dark and scary. after parking my car, i couldn't find the stairs or lift to the relevant floor. i went up the stairs only to find myself at the banquet hall, which is really dark and there was no one around, even though it was 11am. so i went down again. tried locating another stairs but still nowhere to be found. then there was this pak guard (finally) so i asked him and he directed me to the stairs. he told me to go up the stairs, there will be a lift, go to Ground floor. i finally arrived at Ground floor and went to the Kaunter Bayaran. luckily there were not many people (told ya people won't go running to pay their kompaun). i said to the lady that i wanted to check my summon because it was last year and i have no copy of the summon. she told me to go to Bahagian Penguatkuasaan on the 12th Floor. so up i went. there was this two ladies at the kaunter so i said i want to see the status of my summon. she went and checked and after 5 minutes or so, she came and tell me, "saman akak xde dalam sistem la." i bet you can expect my reaction. i said, "xde dalam sistem? macamana boleh xde dalam sistem? kalau xde, macamana boleh dapat surat ni?" she replied, "mungkin belum masuk sistem lagi kot." "xkan la xmasuk sistem lagi. awak tengok bila tarikh kesalahan ni. dah setahun lebih, x masuk sistem lagi?" "itu saya xpasti la kak tapi nyatanya dalam sistem xde." "ok kalau xde dalam sistem, mesti ada fail ke apa kan. saya nak tengok carbon copy saman ni sebab saya xde copy saman ni. kalau xde bukti, macamana saya nak bayar, kan?" she replied, "xde la kak, sebab mungkin diaorang xhantar sini lagi." i took a deep breath and said, "xhantar sini lagi? mana perginya? kesalahannya kat area2 sini. HQ kat sini, so xkan la dah setahun lebih xsampai2 lagi kot. bawak pergi mana saman2 tu?" i think they cannot tahan me already so they told me to go to level 2, Bahagian Undang-Undang. yeah, send me all around people! off i went...at the door, it was written "SILA SENTUH KAD DI SINI. PAS BOLEH DIDAPATI DARIPADA PIHAK SEKURITI DI TINGKAT BAWAH" and of course those bimbos up there did not have the courtesy to tell me lah kan! so i had to go down and get the card from the guard and then went up again, regardless that i'm using the lift.
speaking of the lifts, it is the most stupid system i've ever come across (so far). imagine that they have eight lifts, 4 on each side. the stupid thing was, this 4 lifts yang sederet goes to certain floors, while the other deret goes to certain floors. and the gaps between the lifts are quite far and there was even a 'lane' in the middle. so when i pressed the button on this side of the lift, i won't be able to know if the lift is open on the other side because it is far and there's no sound. there were a few times i missed the lift because the other side's lift was open and i didn't notice it. no wonder the light went off and i had to press time and again. confused? i was too but the point is it is stupid.
anyway i went to Bahagian Undang-Undang but before that i called up a friend asking if there are any of our friends who are in Bahagian Undang-Undang MBSA so she gave me her friend's number. who knows i might be able to pull some strings and get further reduction (dah macam sale pulak). nobody was at the kaunter but there was a card written "SILA TEKAN LOCENG" which i did but the loceng was rosak and the button went tergolek2! i had to pick it up and screw it back on and then baru ada bunyi. a young chap came out so i told him yada yada yada. he went and check and said that there's nothing he can do about it. he doesn't know/doesn't have the carbon copy of the summon but he printed out a copy of the summon, just like what i received in the kompaun. what the heck for, right? he told me that i could deal with the officer but of course the officer was not in. i was not surprised, at all. i said to him, "kalau xde copy saman, macamana saya nak bayar? kot2 korang main tembak je. pastu dan2 buat 50% diskaun. lepas raya pulak tu. siapa nak bayar lepas2 raya ni?" fyi, the campaign started from 2 September to 31 October. then the other guy (my friend's friend) said, "sebenarnya kempen ni dah dua bulan dah. dari bulan puasa hari tu." clever answer. NOT! i retorted and said, "haaa lagi la! ada ke nak raya suruh orang bayar saman? pastu lepas raya? ni taktik je ni. sebabnya siapa je nak bayar saman sebelum raya dan selepas raya. pastu last2 orang x bayar, korang keluarkan notis, pastu orang terpaksa bayar full jugak, kan?" i almost, almost see them blush hahaha. they told me to write a letter or something but i said by the time my letter reaches the hands of the relevant person, the campaign will be over already. and to cover their malu (i think) they said, "kalau macam tu akak jumpa datuk bandar la." wahhhhh sempat perli i pulak!!! so i said, "aah ye. sedangkan pegawai pun xde inikan pulak datuk bandar." since i know the conversation is going nowhere, i left. without paying, of course.
so now i need your opinion/suggestion. should i or should i not pay the kompaun? the campaign is ending real soon. to pay or to ignore? if i pay, skema gila! and membazir! i'm sure there are a lot of other people who's kompaun is more than mine. but then if i don't pay, what if later on they tell me to pay? by the time surely i'm gonna have to pay full. does anyone here receive the kompaun too? anyone? btw, the total payable is RM55 (after discount). but still!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

beyond madness

i am so pissed off. i had to pay 17bucks, i repeat SEVENTEEN FREAKIN' BUCKS for a 6 hour 8 minutes of parking today. i almost fainted. i thought i saw 7.00 on the screen but nope, it was 17.00 alright. can parking operators charge so much? i know it's right smack in the middle of the city but what the bloody f***? itupun nasib baik i only parked since afternoon. imagine how much it would've cost me if i had parked since morning? bila nak kaya macam ni? bila nak pakai beetle/mini macam ni? Sis, macamana nak pergi London lagi macam ni? it is absolutely insane. however i have no choice as other parking lots are full to the brim. if i am not mistaken, last time, that particular parking lot used to charge by the hour but the maximum rate is RM12.00. i avoided parking there at all costs as it was too expensive, unless and until i have no choice. RM12.00 per day is expensive enough let alone RM17.00. today when i entered the parking lot, i didn't notice that the signboard wasn't there anymore. they only put the parking rate at the booth, upon exiting. how ridiculous is that? can't the DBKL or someone do something about this? aren't they supposed to put the parking rate at the entrance? boleh mati terkejut siapa yang tak tau! when the bangla guy told me "tujuh belas ringgit" i was like "HAHHHHH? TUJUH BELAS RINGGIT???? bukan maksimum 12 ringgit ke?" he replied, "itu dulu kak. sekarang ikut jam suda." i said, "lain kali letak la harga kat luar! mahal gila! cekik darah betul la!!" but he just couldn't care less, could he? i bet he's already lali to all the complains. i had no choice but to pay or else he would not lift the barrier up for me. and there's no way i can rempuh it anyway because i am not driving an X5/Storm/Harrier/Cayenne or the like. tsk tsk. and at the rate i'm paying for my parking, there's no way i'm gonna drive them in the near future. i am so gonna complain to the relevant authorities. there should be a guideline or some rules with regard to parking rates in KL. so on the way back today, whoever gets in my way gets pahala percuma because i cursed at them.


here's the proof

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on a totally different note, the BIL has left for UK on Sunday, 12 October at 1000hrs. the Sis must be jumping with joy as she has been waiting for him to come since fasting month. what is it with the authorities and approving visas anyway? it is clear that he has an offer letter from the university/student verification papers etc so why so hard to approve? poor Sis had to beraya without her hubby. but now i bet they are making sweet love glad and relieved that they are reunited. hehe.



BIL checking in his excess baggage


upon arrival


wajib singgah minum dulu


awww...

some advice from The Father

off he goes...

going...

going...

bye bye

...

Sis and BIL, here's a song dedication for you.