Wednesday, July 30

As the sun fades.. Part 1

Today is Jake and Eve's big day. Marked gloriously on the Calender of their life, is the wedding of the year, as what Grandma Louisa said. Both parties had spent gazillions of their hard-earned money on this special occasion. They splurged on the wedding planner's simple yet divine matrimony ideas; such as the candles, fresh white roses and lilies, up do a garden venue, fabulous 3 course meal with 6 types of dessert to indulge in, great wine, gifts and many more. As far as what has been described by the wedding planner, Mrs James, everything has come out perfectly. It is the anticipated day for both husband and wife-to-be.

The ray of dawn had awaken Eve in her room facing the mountains in the horizon. Just below her room balcony, stretch a wide area of her planned wedding reception area. She could see the white round tables with beautiful chairs surrounding them, the makeshift dancefloor already in place, the temporary gazebo style, dome-like tent with no cover, for it will make a perfect night-sky scenery during the dinner reception. A few people were running around to complete the tasks given by the wedding planner. Overwhelmed by the whole picture, she came into tears.

Jake was awake by the sound of his mobile phone. One text message came in, and its from his love, Eve. He quickly rub his eyes wide and pressed on the 'Read' button.

"Darling dearest! Wakie wakie! I'm looking at the morning sun now, for the last time as Ms McCain. Tomorrow morning I'll be looking at the morning sun again as Mrs Sutherford. How odd! Heee.. Owh how I wish I could be there with you and enjoy it now.. Can't wait for the evening, Mr Jake Sutherford! :)".

And in an instant, Jake replied with his best words he could come up,

"I wish I could bring you to the future and make you my loveliest bride right now. Be patient, dearest. The time will come for both of us.. :) Have a good morning!".

With that, he got up, got dressed and went down for breakfast.

By noon, most of their families were chatting and admiring the old chateau. It stands 5 stories tall, with English vineyard spreads behind it. The clear, blue sky was brilliant as if it was blessing the ceremony. The green mountains were standing with pride overlooking the vineyard. The view was breathtaking. The owner, Mr Franklin, is a dear friend of Mr Sutherford, who is also the godfather of Jake. He spares this chateau especially for his godson's wedding as he do not have a child of his own. His wife died giving birth to his own son, but shortly after, the unnamed son passed away too due to some complications. he never married since that, somewhat 20 years ago, which to him was and still is the markpoint of his life.

Mrs James and Mrs McCain went in the dressing room next to the bride's room where Eve and her little sister, Lyla, were waiting. They brought in the most precious garment of the evening, the wedding gown. Covered in a white polyester bag, Lyla could imagine the exquisite dress custom made for the event. Knowing her sister, she expected it to be simple, yet lovely. She had yet to see the dress, because she just had just traveled back from New Zealand a few days back. She took a couple weeks off her class for the big day. The makeup artist and the hairdresser came in a few moments later. With their elaborate tools, they started to work on the bride-to-be.

-to be continued-

Wednesday, July 16

Finally...GRADUATION!!! ^^

My days in Tganu is finally over. On the 12th day of July, I traveled back to K.Terengganu from Shah Alam bus station with a double decker bus. My mom was thrilled to see the bus, however, too much of its excitement, the bus broke down directly in front of the Carlsberg factory in Batu Tiga. Yeap, it moved only that much... It seemed that the bus was out of petrol, so I waited for an agonizing hour for the driver to refill its tank. It was hot, and everyone was restless. I finally arrived in KT in the mere hours of 9pm. So the journey alone took almost 12 hours of my day. Luckily, Kak Kathy fetched me from the MPKT and took me to her new home. We made a short stop at the Giants to buy dinner plate meal from KFC and 2 tubs of ice cream. The dinner was fantastic! Paprika coated roast beef with onion spring-seasoned mashed potatoes. And the dessert was banana chocolate brownies with chocolate sauce, which I found it so much better than Secret Recipe's Choc Ban. Meow! Nyummie~

The next day, I went to my campus as early as 8am, as I followed Kak Kathy there. The robe collection started by 10am, so I wandered around the campus, in search for my lecturers and lab assistants. By 930am, I was at the Convo Fest, looking around for **, and ** wasn't there. Abg Jef and Poh Lynn text me to come to the hall asap for the robe collection. I waited for Alyn to come, and as things went smoothly, I managed to get a size M robe. Thank God! So then, I had lunch with Alyn's family and headed back to the campus for the rehearsal.

Alyn & Azri with all happiness~

Natra, Anis & Farah trying not to feel bored~

Lea, Akak & Mica smiling at Ena's jokes~

Farah & Ena, posing for Mica's cam~

After the rehearsal, Azri and Alyn took me to Kak Kathy's house to fetch my stuff and drive me to Permai Inn, where my mom and bro just checked in. That night, I felt tingles on my skin and I couldn't close my eyes, even though I tried to for a few hours. The picture of me falling down on my face, kissing the stage was so prominent, that I sighed quite out loud, and a lot. Even my mom asked me what's wrong when I unintentionally woke her up due to the sighing.

The day came by, and I woke up at 930 am, and started to iron my robe and apparel. Went in the shower and dressed up. Mom applied some make up on my face, despite me telling her I looked ridiculous. By 12pm, we drove to my campus in the rented car. Had a quick bite in one of the stalls at the Convo Fest, and walked to the hall (Dewan Sultan Mizan: DSM). All of us grouped up at the side of the hall, while the families went in. There, the final preparations were done; put on the robe, checking the mortar board, helping others, etc. And it turned out that my mortar board's tassle was actually ruined!!! So I somehow tried to make it look best and prayed that it wont do much damage to my picture. Huhuhuhu.. As we marched in the hall looking so 'elegant' in the robe, I found myself to be in such sensation where my stomach flipped and at the same time was trying my best not to fall down because of the heels. Hehehe...

My bro took this as shown on the live screen when we marched in. (I'm d one in blue tudung)~

As the last group to receive the scroll, we were finally called to que up near the stage. The moment was finally here. My heart was racing, as I walked cautiously to the stairs and I heard my name called. The moment was so soon, I can't even remember it very well. All I know I walked up, took my scroll, and walked down. As I sat back at my seat, I noticed my eyes were moist and there was this heaviness in my breathing. I took a deep breath, and exhale as poised as I could. Then I knew, that my family was there, mom and bro, but not my dad. And because of this, I could not help but feel sober. I tried to cover up my expression, I hope it turned out right. I knew that he was watching me from the gates of heaven..

Everything was over. I rushed out from the hall, straight to my family. They hugged and congratulated me. Took some photos for the last time with my dear, dear friends so that this second will last forever.

My dear family & I

Anis, Al, me & Farah

Us & Dr Siti Aishah in d middle

Us in a candid photo, with Azri being d only guy

Another candid pic: there were so many photographers around!

To my lovely coursemates, I hope even after this graduation thingie we will still be keeping in touch with each other. I wish all of you the best of life, and thousand luck in your career and further educations. May you be blessed in the hands of God and will ever lead a great life.

Tomar el cuidado, te faltará todo querido!
Take care, will miss you all dearly!

Sunday, July 6

Weekend baking~

Okie dokie.

This weekend, I decided to try something new.

Rumours has it that many Hollywood celebrities, such as that Gossip Girl star, Miss Blake, love to indulge themselves in great desserts to chill down their mood gauge. And one of the famous desserts would be the Red Velvet cake/cupcakes. So, due to that, I went hunting for the recipe on the web, nailing for an easy step-by-step baking tips.

Yesterday, I went scrying for the ingredients: Softening, buttermilk, and flour; since I have most of the other ingredients at home. Since there was no buttermilk available in Cold Storage SACC, i opted for milk and lemon.

At 1430 hr today, I started the baking process. Creamed the sugar, butter (Yeah, I used butter to replace the softening), and eggs. The process went on and it was the time to put the colour paste in. And this is what happened ---->

Then, the mixture was beaten with the dry ingredients and the buttermilk (Yeap, my loving neighbour, Mrs Khatijah, bought me a carton of buttermilk yesterday itself from Cold Storage Subang Parade. Many thanks to her!). And it turned out to be like this ---->

It was pretty devilish, bloody red in colour. So I hoped for the best, that they wont turn out bad in the end. Continued my work by putting the batter in the muffin/cupcake paper. And they turned out like this ----->

Then came the baking time!!!~

And the moment of truth........................

This was fresh from the oven. They were so vibrant red in colour!!!!

After a few minutes of waiting for them to cool down, my bro and I started to race for the cupcakes!! I took mine; bold red, warm, and tempting. It was delicious! Brilliant intense red in the inside, smooth and velvety too! The name definitely suits the cake. RED VELVET.

No wonder it is such an indulgence~

Friday, July 4

MIDE '08

To the readers out there, MIDE stands for Malaysian International Dive Expo.

What an awesome day today. After being sick for a few days, I challenge myself to head out to PWTC in KL for the MIDE this year. This expo is held annually, and every dive centers in Malaysia particularly, and dive groups world wide generally gather here to talk, advertise, sell, promote etc their merchandise to the public, especially divers in Malaysia. Foreign groups joined were from UK, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, States, and many more. So enough of the story telling, lets get straight to the point. Heheheheheh........ ;p

I bought a few essential dive gears and they just made my day. After a grueling 3 round tours of the exhibition hall, I finally found myself with 4 new gears. A brand new rash guard, from AquaLung. Sleek black body, and long, red sleeves. A dry bag, from .... (I can't remember..sorry), 1.2L in capacity, red. A dive torch, solid black with detachable lanyard. That's all for now. I spent nearly all my pocket money (RM250!!!) and I hope I could save more money to get myself a wet suit next year!! WooooooooooooT!

Apart from all the gears, I collected some freebies too! Many dive stickers, magazines, promotion, and other interesting stuffs as well. One booth even gave us free Dive Logs! Huhu.. I'm lucky~ At least I dont have to photocopy my last page of dive log for to key in my future dives.

My university also took part in the expo.They opened a booth, with my advance course instructor, Mr Azman Senu as one of the speaker. So, he took us for lunch during his break time. Thanks! Famous celebrities were there as well. I found Awie, and Fauziah Latiff. I was hoping to meet Hans Isaac, but he was no where to be seen. Ah, no luck there. Never mind. Next time will come.

So, all in all, I had a great day today, despite the blocked ears I had due to the flu... It was wonderful. I took a few pictures too, but let me warn you, THE PICTURES WERE TAKEN WHILE I WAS WALKING, DUE TO THE MOVING CROWD. SO I'M VERY SORRY THAT THE PICTURES ARE VERY BLUR..... So for all the Malaysian divers out there, go out and enjoy yourself at the expo, from today til Sunday!! Go go go!!! Bring the water alive!!!

The exhibition hall in PWTC

A power boat

Two gigantic engines!

Some dive gears from ScubaTech

Other goodies too~

Look! Its our Uni's booth!

WWF gang was there too!

Mr Lab Guy, Mr Azman, Adam and Kong

Adam, Mrs Fauziah Latiff, Ej and Me

~Again, sorry for d blurry pictures~

Thursday, July 3