Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saya budak baru belajar

Assalamualaikum,

Tengahari tadi I join Farizal dengan Mad minum dekat duck pond. Memandangkan Cik Laili belom balik lagi, mati kutu jugak dibuatnya bila bosan dekat office sebab geng ngeteh pergi bercuti. So, bila terjumpa diorang, I pun join la sekaki.

Bila dah lepak dengan diorang, comfirm la I akan kena kutuk akibat selalu ketinggalan dalam dunia teknologi. Tadah je la telinga dengar. Ayat paling kejam hari ni dari Farizal, "Yaperda.. Pakai henpon 2ribu, tapi tak reti gune. Hammmpeeehhh...". Kejam tak kejam? Kena sound baeeek punya. Siot btol! Grrr!

Apa nak buat, jiwa I ni old school la. Layak pakai tepon Nokia 2100 yang ada torchlight tu je. Kasi yang canggih sikit memang la terkial-kial. hahaha.. So, hari ni diorang ajar I suruh download satu application dekat iTunes. WhatsApp Messenger namanya.

WhatsApp is the top leftmost green icon

Application ni lebih kurang macam Yahoo Messenger dengan Skype jugak. What makes this one different?? Ha, it is a cross platform smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and certain Nokia phones.

The concept is similar to other instant messenger that utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and families. So, kepada para pengguna smartphones tak kira iPhone, Blackberry atau Android, mari kita ramai-ramai download application ni okay!

For those who already have this application in your smartphones, and if I'm in your contact list, you will certainly see my name in your favorites. You can contact me at anytime you like no matter from which part of the world you are currently at. Yang penting FREE!!hehe.

Some of my contacts with WhatsApp installed in their smartphone.
Status Nadiah comel gila. hehehe..:p


Okay, that's all for sharing. Kalau ada apa-apa benda best yang I masih jauh ketinggalan, do update me okay. Maklumla, dalam hal-hal macam ni I memang slow sikit. Eh, bukan sikit, tapi banyak!! ;p

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3 things to do at the gym

Hai everybody!

Pardon me for my long silence. Things has been very very hectic for the past few days. I need to settle quite a number of things before I see my supervisor next Monday. Phewww. Bless me Ya Allah.

Well, I received a friendly message from Azlina via FB last night. Hello Azlina if you read this! She mentioned that she is one silent reader of this blog. Thank you for that dear. Very much appreciated. Yang baik jadikan tauladan tau. Yang buruk please please please jadikan sempadan.

Okay, back to the main point, Azlina asked me if I could write something about the workouts that I normally do at the gymnasium. Hmm, susah jugak nak cerita. Ye la, I pengguna biasa je. Bukan yang dapat special assists daripada trainer. Tapi I cuba cerita je la ek.

First of all, I would like to highlight here that people might see me as an enthusiastic fitness classes or gym user, but please don't expect me to have one perfect figure like those fantastic people at the gym. I'm wayyy too far from perfect. With the height of 166cm, I really need to do something to keep my weight ranging from 52kg to 54kg. Cannot more, or less than that. Jadi, I perlu kerja keras!

The latest me. Agak-agak I tengah buat apa tu? hehe..:p

(Photo courtesy from Hovis's FB)


The other thing is, I only focus on cardio workouts using treadmill, elliptical trainer, and excercise bike. I didn't go for the ones that will tone and shape my body. Tamau! Tamau! Kang keluar muscles ketul-ketul mau terkejut monkey mak bapak I tengok nanti. Tu baru mak bapak, kalau suami, comfirm kena halau tido luar. Selamat la I belum kawen.hahaha..:p

Okay, chopp!!! It's Zumba time. Kejap lagi balik Zumba I sambung cerita lagi ehh..

Done!! Mari sambung.

The first thing that I usually do is to run on treadmill. I normally start with fast walk with the speed of 6km/hr. Then I gradually increase the speed up to 12km/hr until my heart rate raise until 160. After that, I will steadily decrease the speed and go back to slow jog. Time taken normally around 15-20minutes with a total distance of 3-4km depending on the speed level.



Treadmill [photo courtesy]


Then, I will move on to the elliptical trainer. I really love this one as both hands and legs will be fully occupied. Yang ni biasanya I terus buat laju sebab kononnya energy tengah maksimum, I akan maintain speed 8km/hr with a total distance around 5-6km within 20-30minutes. Heart rate pun I buat sampai 155-160. Penat!! Peluh jgn cakap la. Lencun baju dibuatnya.



Elliptical trainer [photo courtesy]


Finally, I akan spend setengah jam naik bicycle. 10 minit pertama, I kayuh lenggang-lenggang Mak Limah ambik mood dulu. 10 minit kedua, I akan pecut laju gila konon macam tengah racing dengan mat rempit. Masa ni heart rate comfirm naik 155-160. Termengah-mengah dibuatnya. Then, 10minit terakhir I dah relax macam tengah kayuh bot itik yang dekat Taman Tasik Taiping tu. hehehe. Easy huh?



Excercise bike [photo courtesy]


So, these are basically all the things that I will do at the gym. Kalau tanya pasal yang lain-lain, comfirm fail. Memang tak reti nak jawab. Harap membantu you ye Azlina. Owh, you pakai apa-apa je yang you rasa selesa and serap peluh. Nobody cares about what you wear.

The whole idea is not to jump on cardio equipment without knowing the rules. Feel free to ask for help. Till then, have fun working out!! =))

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Permata Buat Isteri

Hari ni I bawak hati yang tak berapa tenang ke Botanic Garden. Self soothing kata orang. Dah lama tak datang sini rasanya. Rindu pulak.

Berbekalkan secawan mocha, satu journal (supaya tak rasa bersalah sangat sebab curi tulang masa bekerja) dan Ipod on shuffle, hari ni terasa nak cari port baru lah. Yang jauh dari kawasan orang lalu lalang. Yang indah. Yang tenang.

Hijau alam. I tenang di sini.


Sambil telinga mendengar lagu, muka tekun mengadap journal, mata melilau tengok pokok-pokok dan burung-burung, otak pulak dah sesat entah kemana-mana. Multitasking. Hebat jugak kamu ye boleh buat semua serentak. Bab lain tak pandai pulak nak multitask.

Sambil-sambil berangan tu, baru I perasan kerusi kayu hijau yang I duduk tu sebenarnya didedikasikan untuk sepasang suami isteri (pangkat moyang I rasanya) oleh anak-anak mereka. Bila ibu bapa dah meninggal dunia, mereka dedikasikan sebuah bench untuk orang ramai duduk menghayati keindahan ciptaan Tuhan di taman.

Pasangan Tribolet. (Atok-84tahun, Nenek-78tahun). Comel.


Hmm, mungkin atok dengan nenek Tribolet suka dating dekat botanic garden ni semasa hayat mereka dahulu. Alololo, comel pulak kalau bayangkan. Dah tua jalan-jalan pegang tangan sambil tengok bunga dekat taman. Sungguh comel kan. Nak jugak lah!! hehe..:p

Sambil berangan kisah atok dengan nenek Tribolet tu, tiba-tiba pulak keluar lagu Permata Buat Isteri dari Kopratasa. Ya, dalam ipod I ni semua lagu I campur sekali. Ada lagu slow rock, rancak, nasyid, rock kapak, sentimental, Jepun, semua bercampur macam rojak. Ohh, tapi dangdut tak ada. Hindustan jauh sekali. Tak minat.

Okay, back to the song Permata Buat Isteri, hmm, bila dihayati lirik lagu tu, mendalam maknanya. Tapi, itu lagu untuk para isteri. Sekarang I masih sendiri, tak perlu berangan lah ye. Jadi, I dedikasikan lagu ni untuk atok dan nenek Tribolet. Entah kenapa, jauh di sudut hati, I dapat rasakan yang pasangan ini sangat bahagia sewaktu hayat mereka. Rest in peach to both of you..=))

Telah ku siapkan satu daerah paling sunyi
Dalam hati ini untuk kau isi sebagai isteri
Untuk kau penuhi dengan kemuliaan seorang wanita
Untuk kau beri erti dengan kelembutan
Untuk kau hargai dengan kasih sayang

Ku ingin kau jadi wanita mulia
Yang tahu harga budi dan hati
Seorang lelaki bernama suami

Kerana engkau isteri
Ku ingin kau mengerti bahawa hidup ini
Tak semudah yang kita janji
kan
Yang kita janjikan
Kerana kau isteriku

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mt Keira rainy day adventure

Assalamualaikum,

It is another gloomy day we have in Wollongong. It was raining since a few days back. Tapi dalam hujan-hujan tu pun sempat jugak I panjat Mount Keira semalam. Ya, bahaya, I know, I know. But Alhamdulillah I went back home safe and sound..=))


I really love hiking. Antara bukit dan gunung yang I dah pernah tawan (cewah!):


1) Gunung Jerai (Kedah) - 1217 m
2) Gunung Brinchang (Cameron Highland) - 2031 m
3) Gunung Berembun (Perak) - 2077 m
4) Gunung Ledang (Johor) - 1276 m
5) Gunung Belumut (Johor) - 1010 m
6) Bukit Bendera (Penang) - 830 m
7) Gunung Kinabalu (BERANGAN!!!hehehe)
8) Gunung Everest (Dah, boleh stop berangan sekarang!!)



Some of the mountains are not too difficult to go up there by car. Yes, by car! But when it comes to hiking, it is not that easy people. For the adventurous, a few hours of hiking is such a rewarding experience. Tergelincir, tarjatuh tu perkara biasa lah. Jumpa binatang pelik-pelik pun biasa jugak. Tapi jumpa pacat, aaaaaaa!!!! I paling menyampah. Geli tau tak, geli! Yuck, yuck!


The blood-sucking companion all the way up to the top. Urghhh!!



Eh, kejap!! Boleh ke orang macam Amirah panjat-panjat bukit ni? Nanti kata gayat la, takut la, bla bla bla. Yeah, I may looked a bit keperempuanan, sopan santun, ayu la konon to some eyes. Such a girly la senang cakap. hahaha. But the fact is, I'm actually not. Not really I mean.


Tak semestinya kena ada sifat lasak macam lelaki baru kita boleh buat aktiviti lasak kan? Apa salahnya, dalam kelembutan, sekali sekala baru kita selitkan sikit sifat lasak tu bila perlu. Barulah balance ye tak?


So, kalau nampak perempuan yang lemah lembut, sopan-santun tu, jangan cuba main-main, sekali dia bukak langkah, berterabur lari nanti.hehehe.. Kidding!:p

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My new addiction

I went to my second intensive Zumba fitness training today. How was it? Hmm, it was a total fun and sweaty class I tell you! I never knew that dancing will make you sweat like mad huh? The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rythms that tone and sculpt our body.

Basically, Zumba program includes the combination of Latin and International dance styles. Some of my favorites are salsa, merengue, mambo, cha-cha, reggae, samba, belly-dancing, hip hop and tango. Perghh, banyak betol favourite. Mana la tak tercabut pinggang.hahaha. But yes, the combination of those is completely awesome! I suka gila! Dah addicted dah ni.

Sebelum ni, I join Zumba bila ada apa-apa event dekat uni je. And I started to fall in love with it since then. Lepas tu, bila URAC offer intensif class, apa lagi, terus la I register nama. Hmm, right after my second class, I think Zumba is a "feel-happy" workout that is great for both the body and the mind..=))

Here is one example of what we had in the class. The routines are almost similar to this one. Fast beats and catchy tempos.

video

And here is my favorite routine of all. Sangat-sangatlah best!! I really really love Melinda lah!!

video

Comfirm lepas habis je, I kena minum air bergelen-gelen sebab nak ganti balik peluh yang dah keluar. Lepas tu, balik rumah, terus pengsan!!

Okay, sekarang berangan nak ade satu bilik besar dengan cermin keliling dekat rumah nanti. I'm so into dancing right now.. It's totally like my new addiction at the moment..=))

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shopping + Swimming = Fun

I started my day as early as 6.30am today. Awal gila lah untuk orang yang bukan jenis morning person macam I. Hari ni hari untuk shopping Corelle, yay!! Lepas solat, mandi, siap-siap semua, dalam pukul 7.45am I dah gerak pergi rumah Kak Emy. Lebih kurang pukul 9.40am kitorang dah sampai dekat O'riordan St, Sydney.


I tak beli banyak sangat pun. Cuma tambah loose items untuk lengkapkan my Enhancement Set untuk 20 orang makan. Kalau dekat Malaysia mau beribu-ribu habis. Tapi dekat sini baru a few hundreds dollar. Jimat! Nanti jemput lah datang rumah ye. Kalau I tak jamu dalam pinggan-pinggan Corelle ni, sila jentik telinga I okeh! :p


Then, I also bought 2 sets of 16 pieces Secret Garden. Satu untuk maksu, satu lagi teringat nak bagi dekat mak Am. Untuk my mum pulak I belikan set 18 pieces Country Cottage siap dengan casserole sekali. Altogether, I only paid AUD300 for everything.


Hasil tangkapan untuk hari ni


I never thought of buying all these before I came to Australia. Buying pinggan mangkuk is so like makcik-makcik! Tapi bila tengok sendiri harga set Corelle dekat Jaya Jusco sampai RM500-600, whereas dekat sini I boleh dapat dalam AUD50-80 for the same exact item, terus rasa nak buat collection sementara ada peluang.


Lepas tu, masa on the way balik, kitorang singgah La Kemba beli barang sikit, lunch dekat situ, then terus balik Wollongong. Lepak rumah Kak Emy kejap sambil main belit-belit shawl, lepas tu teringat nak pergi swimming. Walaupun harini sangat lah windy!


Mula-mula pergi mandi pool dekat beach, tapi pukul 6.45pm dah kena panggil naik sebab pool dah nak tutup. Disebabkan tengah bersemangat waja nak belajar swimming technique yang betul dari Farizal, kitorang sambung dekat Beaton Park pulak. Luckily the pool there is heated. Kalau tak, mati kejung I dalam air tu rasanya.


The instructor was really really strict. Tak kasi chance berehat walau seminit pun. Memang kejam lah! Tak cukup nafas nak kejar. But towards the end of the lesson, I managed to learn a couple of important basic skills like blowing bubble, star float, back float, push and glide and a whole loads more. Good job Amirah! You're now starting to overcome your underwater fear..=))

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Saying I LOVE YOU..

Now I think I have gotten so obsessed with numbers. Or equations to be exact. I was scribbling something on my draft paper just now, deriving my never-ending Carnahan-Starling formula before this idea came. And look at how it ended up. Nothing close to what I want. Nothing!

Okay, here is one equation. A very easy one.

From here, you can turn it into the miracle words that you would always want to say to someone you love. How?? Check this out.


Easy?? And yet very meaningful.. =))


So ladies and gentlemen, if you are the type of person who won't simply say those words loud, or you want your partner to put some efforts before they can actually know it, maybe you should try giving this out.=))

WARNING!!
Please make sure that she/he has the basic algebraic skills before you give it that person. Or you will probably get a punch on your nose. Don't blame me then!


Okay, I'd better get back to my work. Enough merepek-repek. Tata!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dear Huda..

Hari ni I nak cerita pasal adik kecik yang dah tak berapa nak kecik lagi dah, Ainul Huda. She's celebrating her 8th birthday today. And at this point of her life, she is just like a spoiled little brat in the family. Why? Because we made her like that. Blame us!

Tak pernah berjaya marah lama-lama. Lepas marah comfirm pujuk balik.

I remembered last week, when I logged into my Skype account, and she suddenly video-called me from home. Guess what did she said? "Hai kakak! Saja ja call kakak. Ceq tengok kakak online, kesian pulak kalau tak call". hahaha. Padahal dia nak mengelak daripada kena buat online tuition, Score A. Jadi, bagi alasan kesian dekat kakak, boleh la dia online tanpa perlu buat homework. Bertuah punya budak.

Masa I mula-mula datang sini dulu, teman dia buat homework dalam Skype dah jadi kebiasaan. She did her homeworks at one end, while I continued doing my stuffs at the other end, as if we were just next to each other. Padahal jarak beribu batu jauhnya. Kalau tak teman, dia takmau siapkan homework. Grrr!

Kadang-kadang, kalau tak ada siapa-siapa dekat rumah, dia takut nak pergi mandi, sudahnya I la yang kena teman. I mean, teman dari dalam Skype lah. She checked on me from the toilet in her room for almost every minute.

"Kakak ada lagi tak tu?".

"Kakak jangan pi mana-mana tau, ceq tengah sabun ja ni".

"Kakak tunggu sat saja lagi tau, ceq dah nak siap dah ni".

Lepas tu dia akan berlari-lari keluar dari toilet sambil rambut basah-basah tak lap, just to tell me that she's done with her shower. Dah satu hal nak kena membebel suruh lap kering-kering siap pakai baju semua baru I sambung online. Alahai Huda. Kakak rindu ceq lah.

Huda imitating my pose. Dia punya nakai memang first class!

One more thing, Huda ni sangat lah loyal orangnya. Masa balik Malaysia hari tu, I ajak dia teman pergi airport nak hantar Am balik lepas kenduri abang. I pesan dekat dia, "Huda kena teman kakak tau especially masa on the way balik. Kakak takut mengantuk masa dekat Penang bridge nanti. Dah midnight ni". Then dia betul-betul teman I sepanjang pergi dan balik sambil bercerita and menyanyi lagu Maher Zain kot.

Bila sampai exit Sungai Dua yang dah dekat dengan rumah, dia cakap, "Kakak, boleh tak ceq tidoq sekarang? Ceq mengantuk sangat-sangat dah ni tak boleh bukak mata. Kakak dah okay kan drive sorang-sorang. Dah dekat rumah dah ni". Masa tu rasa macam nak peluk ja dia. Kesian. Mengantuk rupanya budak kecik tu. Tapi sebab I pesan suruh teman, dia betol-betol teman walaupun mata dah tak boleh angkat. Sorry dear..

Hmm, writing about her really makes me miss her even more. I'd better stop now. Or else, I will start hunting for flight ticket all over again which is a big no no for me. Not until the end of the year at least. Hmmph..

So, to my babysister Huda, I still remember the times when you were little, we used to gather all around you, mesmerizing your beauty while you sleep, fascinating your laughs while you play and we even got charmed with your tears while you cry. For us, you are still like that fragile little baby that need to be hold forever. May you grow up as a beautiful girl with beautiful heart and soul. We love you so much.

HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY, SWEETHEART!


With lots of love,
Kakak

Friday, March 4, 2011

How complete is your life?

Dear diary,

I had a conversation with my long lost bestfriend last night. It has been ages since we last catch up with each other until I couldn't remember when exactly was that. Not until last night when we had a very longgg chat through yahoo messenger.

We shared about quite a number of things. I never knew that I missed so much about her. Itupun ada hati nak mengaku bestfriend kan. Haihh. I'm so sorry. I truly am. But honestly, you are one of the best. Tak pernah lupakan aku walau kat mana pun kau ada. Thank you for updating dear.

Lepas berkongsi semua perkembangan masing-masing, towards the end, she said something that made me awake almost for the whole night. I couldn't sleep after that. Really.

"Mira, aku kadang-kadang cemburu dengan kau. Kehidupan kau boleh dikatakan hampir sempurna. Keluarga yang penyayang, kelulusan yang tinggi, kerjaya yang terjamin, kisah cinta yang bahagia. Kau ada semua yang orang impikan".

Apa yang dia tulis buat I berfikir panjang. I terdiam agak lama. Kalau itulah gambaran kehidupan sempurna untuk seorang gadis yang akan meniti usia 26 tahun, sebenarnya kata-kata ni buat I takut. Ya, sangat takut. Mungkin ini juga satu bentuk ujian Allah swt untuk I. I ambik masa yang panjang sebelum dapat reply.

"Alhamdulillah, aku bersukur dengan nikmat hidup sekarang. Tapi kau kena ingat, kehidupan yang pada mata orang luar sangat sempurna tu kadang-kadang boleh menjadi ujian yang paling besar dalam hidup kita."

Itulah perasaan sebenar waktu tu. I tak boleh bayangkan bagaimana suatu hari nanti kalau semua yang nampak sempurna itu ditarik balik nikmatnya satu persatu oleh penciptanya. Sesungguhnya Dia Maha Berkuasa.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ada duit lebih? Mari menyimpan

I received my Commonwealth Bank Debit Card earlier this morning. Yeay! Apa yang kamu happy sangat dapat kad bank je pun? Mind you, ini bukan sebarang kad. With this, I can now enjoy the freedom and control of purchasing things even just with my everyday groceries. Errr, bukan semua debit card berfungsi sedemikian ke? Heee..:p

Okay, let me go on with the details. Masa O-Week hari tu, I dengan Laili merayau-rayau sambil kutip goodies bag dari semua booth yang ambik bahagian. So, bila sampai dekat booth Commonwealth Bank, diorang ada buat promotion untuk tertiary-student, hanya perlu bank in $500 dalam account, then they will reward you $100 for joining them.

O-week 2011 (From left: Izzatie, me, Laili)
(photo courtesy from Izzatie's FB)

Wahhh!! Ini sudah bagus. Sistem hadiah kepada customer. Tetapi khas hanya untuk pelajar universiti sahaja. Bila kitorang tanya kenapa buat offer macam ni? Dengan jujur ikhlasnya marketing officer tu jawab, "We are trying to get more and more NAB customers to join us". Jujur tak jujur tak? But I love it that way. Bersaing secara sihat. Buat lah lagi. Lepas ni bank lain pulak offer ye.hehehe..

Lepas balik tu fikir-fikir, apa salahnya bukak satu account baru dekat Commonwealth Bank. Selain dapat hadiah $100 tu, boleh jugak jadi satu tempat simpan duit lagi. Baru la I tak perasan macam ada duit extra dalam bank NAB. Jadi, esoknya, I pun pergi lah register. Lepas 2-3 hari, dapat comfirmation untuk setup internet banking. I pun dah selamat pindahkan duit berlebihan yang konon-konon taknak guna kat dalam savings account yang baru tu. After 24hours, that amount has been safely deposited into my new savings account. Yeay!=))

I was a bit nervous because everything was done electronically, but Alhamdulillah, I can smile very happily now especially when the debit card is already in my grip. Well, when it comes to customer service, I can't deny that the systems in Australia are very very much reliable. They never dissapoint me so far. Thank you~~

My brand new debit card from Commonwealth Bank

Okay, sekarang dah boleh sorok kad baru ni baik-baik. I will pretend that he's not there. Cewah!! Yakin je. InsyaAllah boleh. "You stay away from me okay, good boy! Just come out whenever I really really need you. Be good. See you again in the next milestone. Tata Debbie~".