Thursday, April 24, 2014

Medi & Mora

M&M
@ Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik :)

I got her back and she always got mine. Congratulations!

After all those hard work you put in and the determination that you had in you, you deserved it! You did it on your own and I, of all people, am absolutely proud of your achievement :D Weee!
XX
M.

Cherish her


P/s me and you is history, you and her is the present. Cherish it, and I will pray for the best. 
Sincerely, Mora :)

Taste of Freedom

HEYYA READERS! Long time no see :D 

Where have I been? Oh quite busy, enjoying life :)

Sebenarnya lah kan, sejak dah bebas ni kan, I realized that I was able to have some ME time. I can go anywhere without having to inform or report to anyone else except to my parents. I can hang out with my friends without having to pick any priority, and sometimes I hang out alone at random cafe's. Grocery shopping, learning how to cook, help out with daily chores, catch up with friends, watch movies and actually LIVING MY LIFE.

I've been dead before, maybe not so noticeable on the outside, but even I can feel it on the inside. My life was boring, it was dull. I let one person control my life until by the end of the day, I didn't even recognize who I was anymore. I give in, tolerated and tried to be understanding because I thought that person will do the same. I felt unappreciated.

Looking back at it, I realized that it was the perfect example of the worst kind of relay that I wanted. For the first time I let my heart take control of my head. And look where it has brought me. I freed myself. I wanna be me. I realized that I wasn't ready for all this mushy stuff, I wasn't matured enough for such commitment.

Now I've been doing things that I love, drumming, teaching, cooking, reading and my current favorite activity; working out. I currently feel good about my health, my body is in shape for the first time in my life, and I managed to build my stamina. I no longer take evening naps and my family also saw improvement in my posture. They no longer complain about me slouching like a shrimp when I walk :P

So yeah, good progress so far. As for now, I'm planning my future.

Wise words from my mum:
"Sementara muda lagi ni, belajar habis-habisan. Capai apa nak dicapai. Nanti dah kahwin susah nak sambung belajar, byk komitmen lain."- Mama :)

InsyaAllah. Alhamdulillah. Subhanallah.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Last Day in Bandung

DAY 6- Final Day of Vacation

28/3/2014. It was a Friday. We were given a few hours of free time at the hotel after breakfast. So after breakfast, we packed our bags and checked out of The Promenade Hotel in Bandung. At 11 am, we got onto the bus and was brought to do some final shopping.

First destination was Kartika Sari. My kind of heaven on earth! Kartika Sari is a place to buy Bandung's signature chips, brownies, rotisserie, chocolates, candies, cheese cakes and other snacks. Rambang mata dkt sini, tapi tak boleh beli banyak sbb luggage dah wrapped and locked and full to the brim. Tu pun nasib ada bawak hand carry yg quite big, dpt jugak membeli. Kartika Sari ni boleh dikatakan wajib pergi la kalau vacation di Bandung.

Next stop was the Rumah Tas (House of Bags). Nobody really bought anything here sbb takda tempat nak letak lagi dah. Plus, takut luggage exceed weight-limit. If only we were brought here earlier, we would have borong macam2 T_T

After that, the bus drove us straight to the airport to check-in our luggage and go through all the fussy standard procedure. I felt quite sad having to part from the tour guide, the bus driver and the assistant driver which had helped us too much throughout our stay in Bandung. They felt like family to me, awesome hilarious brothers. Before arriving at the airport, the tour guide made his farewell speech.

Rendra apologized on behalf of the company if throughout this vacation ada yang kurang selesa, atau kurang puas hati. He also apologized kalau ada tersalah cakap atau terlebih gurau. Our travel agent, Datin Zana also apologized on behalf of our group if banyak songel or banyak complain :P #terasa.

We said our good bye and the bus dropped us at the airport at around 2 pm. We sat at the waiting room after going through all the security checks and immigration and waited for our flight. At 5 pm, we departed from Bandung through AirAsia Indonesia. The weather condition throughout our journey was not okay, thus we had to fasten our safety belts most of the time in the plane. It was scary, I tell you. I was praying in my heart all the time, especially during landing time because it took us more than half an hour just to land in LCCT Terminal.

Alhamdulillah, we landed safely at 8 pm, Malaysia time. Our vacation was over.

Good bye Indonesia.
Hello again, Malaysia.

Photos!

 @ Kartika Sari. #ootd day 6.

 Gurl, look at dem bags!

 #sotd. Shoes of the day by H&M.

 Ruang menunggu @ the airport.

Me & my grandad. Jalan kaki je atas runway to enter the plane. Maklumlah, airport tumpangan sementara.

So, that's it. I had so much fun, I had a great time! Lots of awesome moments, inside jokes and definitely unforgettable experiences. I will savor this sweet memory for the rest of my life :')

Thank you for reading everyone!
I shall end this post with a picture of me, smiling widely.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Day 5 Pics

 Pics of Day 5 in Bandung! :D

  Kedai kain ela @ Pasar Baru.

Meriah.

 Juniors @ Adjo Angklung Academy. #Comel

 Seniors. Drummer was HANDSOME awesome! #eh

Gempak gilaaa this boy! Siap ada part solo. Kelasss gitu.

Orchestra.

The waiter who served us that night was super good-looking. Haha ha ha.

 Me with my Bakso & Bubblegum Smoothies. #ootd day 5.
P/s Takda full body pic. Lupa snap haha

Yummayyy! Set Bakso Complete.

Bakso tu actually referring to the meatball. So we get to choose la nak letak apa in the soup. The one that I ate had keropok lekor, tauhu, mee and some kind of keropok rangup. Haha. I had 2 bowls that night :P Don't get me wrong, I finished mine and then my grandmother gave me hers. Weeee. Night.

Indo Vacay Part 3- Bandung

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DAY 5

Ah, the long-awaited day has finally arrived. Highlight of day 5 in Bandung was shopping spree at the famous Pasar Baru and outstanding Angklung Show!

After breakfast at The Promenade Hotel, we got onto our tour bus heading over to Pasar Baru.

The night before, we were told by our tour guide that Pasar Baru is a very crowded place and that we should beware of our belongings. Pencopet or pick-pocketing is a widespread crime in this tourist-attraction shopping haven. Our tour guide also warned us to be suspicious towards everyone because he said that some of the 'pencopet' is among women/ibu2.

Upon hearing such info, all of us were terrified. We were also briefed that Pasar Baru is an eight-floor shopping mall with each level separated by category. Lower Ground- Pasar Basah (Wet Market); G-Blouse & Jubah; 1-Telekung; 2-Kain Ela; 3-Tudung; 4-Batik Wear; 5-Bags; 6-Shoes & Food Court; 7th and 8th Floor- Parking Lot and Surau.

Something like that la, tak ingat sangat. But you get what I mean kan? You can get EVERYTHING you would possibly need here! You can negotiate the price, some of them are friendly and welcoming but some of the penjual could be quite harsh and cold especially when you nego unreasonable price or you decided not to buy after negotiating. Memang silap besar ah.

Anywayss, so at around 9am we arrived at Pasar Baru. We were given 3 hours to shop before returning to the bus at around 12 noon. As soon as we stepped in the mall, we were shocked! It was nothing like what we expected. It wasn't crowded at all! In fact, it was amazingly pleasant to shop here. Maybe it wasn't as crowded as we thought because we arrived early in the morning, some shops haven't even opened yet :p As we waited for our bus to pick us all up at 12 noon, it was beginning to get crowded with human beings. Kinda stuffy and suffocating.

And biasalah, bila membeli-belah di negara orang kan, macam2 ayat promosi kita dengar. Antara yg common dkt Pasar Baru:

"Bunda, boleh belanja lagi bunda." = Mai akak, mai tengok mai beli.
"Ini harga dah murah bunda, harga awal Bismillah." = Harga first customer of the day.

And yang paling taknak kalah;
"Pecah telur"

HAHAHAHAHA! WHAT?!

First dengar masa dkt kedai telekung tgh tawar menawar harga:

Mama: Beli banyak ni, takkan tak boleh kurang lagi.
Penjual: Harga awal Bismillah bunda, pecah telur.

*BAYAR*

Penjual: Makasih ya bunda, dijual :)
While patting the money towards her safe-box, she said,
"Semoga diperbanyakkan rejeki jualan hari ini, Aminn."

Hmmmm. Okay...

Then ada la this penjual air came approaching us...
Him: Bunda, beli airnya. Belum pecah telur hari ini bunda.
.
To which my nenek sedara responded,
"Umphh, tak nak, mekasih. Tak habis2 pecah telur. Tinggal nak rebus telur je lg ni."

HAHAHAHAHA! Ye la, takkan kitorang nak kena pecahkan telur semua kedai kan? Kering dompet :P Baru je beli air, siap tgh minum lg time tu boleh penjual air dtg offer lg -.-" Waduhh, gawatt ni.

Okay, tutup cerita Pasar Baru. Lps bas sampai, kami dibawa ke Restoran Padang utk lunch and solat di Masjid Al-Kautsar. After that, we were brought to Adjo Academy to watch a 2-hour Angklung Performance. To my surprise, it was fun! Adjo Academy is a place where students of all ages were taught how to play the angklung. We were first entertained by beginners, then the show build up to teen students and lastly by professional senior students of the Adjo Academy of Angklung.

This academy has modernize the traditional angklung into a more practical one called Angklung Toel which is simply played by poking the ends, similar to the piano! The Angklung Orchestra left us all in awe! The harmony of angklung played at the side of other musical instruments like the electric guitar, gendang, seruling and my personal fav, DRUMS :D They even performed Viva La Vida-Coldplay!

And we were also taught by one of the Lecturer of the Academy how to play the Angklung. We were given 1 angklung each and were taught simple notes to follow. It turned out as a beautiful harmony with everyone playing their part of the song. The lecturer then told us, his father (Mr Adjo) started the Angklung Academy because not only that he wanted to nurture the traditional instrument into the hearts of younger generation, but also to bring harmony and togetherness just like what we've experienced that day, playing our own part of the whole song together.

It was BRILLIANT! I love it because music is very dear to my heart as well :')

After the show, the bus drove us to another shopping hot spot, Toko 3. Here, they sell original Levis jeans, denim clothing, sports wear (Adidas, Nike etc), branded shirts and T-shirts. If you're searching for good quality jeans, then look no further! Although it is quite expensive (still affordable if you ask me) trust me, looking at the brands, it's worth it. Armani, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss; you name it gentlemen. Toko 3 is definitely a place to shop.

For our last dinner here, we requested to eat Bakso! We had our bakso at a restaurant called Baso Malang Karapitan. I love it, it was delish! :) And that was the end of Day 5.

Day 6 (last day) of my vacay, to be continued...