Two sentence horror story (1)

As usual I woke up at 3.00 am to do my revision in the living room, I was so engaged with my reading and suddenly I heard someone opened the door and walked behind me to the kitchen, as she passed by she asked me, ‘ still awake?’ and I replied lazily, ‘ehem’ and  I closed my book.   Then, I got up from my chair and walked to my room which is six steps from my work place, as I opened the door, someone pulled the door from the inside, there stood my roommate, nervously I said, ‘good night’, after she walked a few steps, she asked me, ‘aren’t you going to ask me whether I went to the toilet just now?’ and I dare not look back.

(I am looking forward for feedback and encouragement.)

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My First Haiku

Hello everyone, its been a while since the last time I wrote in my blog.  Lately, I’m trying to write a poem.  I decided to try writing a Haiku.  So, this is my first Haiku that I thought is quite good.  I end up with this after several attempts.  Please feel free to give me positive criticism.

A mite made a pun

About a mite create a pun

While fly on a fly

Writing 101: Death to Adverbs

Today I only had a class in the morning.  After the class I decided to go to the gagak cafe for breakfast.  I went there with my friends.  The place is crowded with students from INTEC.  They just come back from their mid term break.  I chose to ate some fried macaroni with fried rice.  A guy before me bought six cheese rolls and its look delicious.I went back to my friend who is playing a game and asked her “dont you want to eat?”.  So, she went to bought her own meal.  I started to eat my meal but  to my disappointment it is tasteless.  My friend came back and sat next to me, I’m surprise to see her meal.  She bought nasi lemak with anchovies, cucumber, chicken, hard boiled egg and sunny upside down egg. She also had a purple drink, I don’t know, maybe a grape cordial.

p/s: I hope I do it right.  I’m not sure whether there is no adverb in my post or not.  Someone please let me know if I make any mistake.  I would love to learn more to improve my writing.  Hopefully one day I can write a good piece.

Writing 101: Unlock your mind.

OUR LIFE: SINK CHALLENGE

We are five independent girls who live together in a small and shabby flat.  Our landlord only care about the rent.  We only met her once when she gave us the house key.  After that we look after the house like our own.  We make sure that everything is fine; the house is always clean and in a good condition.  After one and a half years, suddenly, the sink was clog, although we clean all the waste from the sink daily and pour hot water weekly.  Instead of calling our landlord to solve the issue, we decided to settle it ourselves.  But we must use the cheapest method available.  First, we try to pour more hot water.  As a result, the water overflowed from under the sink.  Next, we used a wire as a drain snake but it cannot bend to the left.   Feeling frustrated, we tried to consult with my father.  He asked us to buy an acid for plumbing at a hardware store.  Of course we are afraid to use an acid because you know, it is an acid.

I am too lazy to read, so I just google for an image and tadaa…here is the solution:

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We used the second and the third method.  In the beginning its look like a bad decision because black foam started to overflowed and it emitted a sickening smell.  So, we just left it overnight and we only hope that it will be better the next day.  Luckily, as the sun rise with a new hope and our problem seems like it never exist.  Unfortunately, the smell stay with us for a few days.

writing 101:commit to a writing practice

so 15 minutes is not a very long time but when you have to commit the same amount of time every day for something it is quite challenging.  I must admit I’m not really good with my time management.  I’m an early riser but I usually waste my time on trying to rearrange my stuff or make a plan for the day.  I made a lot of schedule and I hardly follow it.  right now I am at the faculty library.  I am listening to a westlife song something about hunny you make me feel funny.  It is not my own song collection, just something someone downloaded in the fac computer.  alright 3 songs that i can relate to myself.  Lets see, the first song will be Layskar Pelangi from nidji.  it is a theme song for Lasykar pelangi movie.   the movie is from a book with the same title.  the has been translated to english version, titled “the rainbow troop” if i’m not mistaken.  i read the book in a malay version but i wont really have problem to read it in Indonesian language as it is almost the same as malay language.  after all we are from the same “rumpun”.every time i think of Lasykar pelangi my heart will feel very enthusiastic.  forgive me if i didn’t put the word well.  honestly, i am trying to write without stop for this precious 15 minutes.  I cant hardly think of the write word.  so, what else? yeah, I just finished my phonetics and phonology class.  today our beloved suthagar showed us an example of how glottis and vocal fold work.

hurrmm…I am speechless. ok.  the second song. lets see what will  come to my mind.  the song that i’m listening right now.  “what will i do without you?” “what am I do without you?” it will be great if someone sing this song to you.  its make you feel important.  but of course i’m sure it will annoys me if someone become to dependent on me. oppss…4 minutes more.

ok, the third song.  its look like I don’t type fast enough..keep on deleting the word that i wrote.  This is wrong, totally wrong.  i am not suppose to think, to edit or anything.  i need to let it go.  the third song is azfar song, it always make me feel depress when i listen to it but i just love it…. “the sky and the earth is my faithful companion” “matahari bersinar seolah tak berpihak padaku” langit dan bumi setia menemaniku”  so for your info, it is my language.  malay language.  a beautiful language that is rarely appreciate by its own people.times up..bye2

Writing 101: A room with a view

As I sit here in front of my laptop I find it hard to think of a place that I want to be at this moment.  If I’m given a choice, I crave nothing more than to dwell in my own dream, to be in a small and cosy room with a beautiful hand made water fountain.  Sitting in a worn out arm chair and listen to sound of my kids playing in our back yard.  My eldest son become a private who conquered an island with his little brother and sister as his faithful sidekick.  The dream seems so far away from where I am right now.  But sooner or later, I will make sure I make my own water fountain.  Even though I am a lousy artist.

P/s:  A cup of coffee made by my man would be great as we share our stories about the stressful workday.  Love in a cup of coffee.

What if I die?

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My little sister and I was watching a movie about a young boy who found his eldest sister’s dead body under a big tree.  The boy start to cry hysterically. So she start asking me questions, why is this and why is that.  Feeling bored I asked her back, “Are you sad if I die?”.  She said,  “I don’t know you are still alive.” I kept asking her what if I die.  With an annoyed expression she said, “I’m tired, lets just watch the movie”.  I smiled with 30 seconds of silent moment victory.

Durian Crepe

Malaysian are always crazy about durian.  We love every single aspect of it, especially the smell and the taste of durian.   I really love to stand near the durian stall and take a deep breath, hold it for a while just to enjoy the great sensation of durian smell.  But our friend at the west does not really fond of durian, most of them think that durian is the stinkiest fruit in the world.  Some thought that “durian is hell on the outside and heaven on the inside”.

Eating fresh durian is the best.  As I said earlier, we are crazy about it and that is the only reason (I think the major reason) our ancestor create a lot of recipes that include durian in it.  We got lempuk durian, sambal tempoyak, bubur durian, ais krim durian, pulut santan durian, apam durian, jem durian, kek batik durian, kek durian, seri muka durian, puding bakar roti durian and many more.  Most of them are the traditional recipe but with some innovation, lots of love and new technology; they comes out with white coffee with durian and a wine from durian.

 The trend of baking and cooking the western food just to look more cool than your neighbour brought us to spaghetti, pizza and chicken chop.  Of course with some element of our own culture like a lot of cili potong/ cili jeruk (chillies) for spaghetti.  It is to adjust the sour taste of the tomato sauce because Malaysian taste bud are used too spicy food.   When crepe become famous we also want to join the world.  But of course once again with our own identity and we come up with the legendary DURIANNNN CREPPEEE.

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Out of the blue, even the mak cik2 at the kampung (village) are talking about durian crepe. Nenek2, opah2 that never understand what kind of devil are there in the computer until their grandchildren are so obsess about it all the time, suddenly ask how they can use the youtube just to look for the recipe of durian crepe. 

As time past, things change, so does the phenomena of the yellow durian crepe.  Now people are crazy about another yellow creature

Happy_minionsTHE MINIONS

“Orang-orang it…

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“Orang-orang itu telah melupakan bahwa belajar tidaklah melulu untuk mengejar dan membuktikan sesuatu, namun belajar itu sendiri, adalah perayaan dan penghargaan pada diri sendiri. (hlm. 197)”
― Andrea Hirata, Padang Bulan

Learning is a process that we need to cherish .  No matter how hard it is, I must go on.  And I must learn to appreciate myself.

BISKUT BIJI ASAM (I’m not sure what we called this biscuit in English)

template_photoblogI was born in early 90’s, so I had a chance to grew up in the 90’s environment as a kid and the other half of my childhood and teenage year as a millennium’s children (anak- anak zaman milenium).  We were referred as a millennium’s children by our parents and the society when the beginning of the number (year) change from “19” to “20” during year 2000.  My friends and I were not exactly the 21st century children (which begin on 1 January 2001) but you know our “growing up process”, the crucial period of a person life is affected by the changes.  However, 90s is the best time ever.  We, the 90’s kids are rock…and we do share the same love and passion of our childhood.

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This is some of the comment on my facebook wall about the biscuit:

Azelly Lie:   Biskut ni,kami pnggil roti bji asam. Skrg msh ada dijual,tp rsanya mmg xcdap mcm dlu. Biskut ni selalu dibeli oleh tokwan sy,Syed Mansor,dh lma arwah pn. Semasa dia cter psal pngalaman dia brsama askar Jepun dlu2,dia bg biskut ni utk mkn. Smpai skrg,tngok jer bskut tu,msti ingt dia….  (we called this biscuit roti biji asam.  They still sell this biscuit but it does not taste the same as before.  My late grandfather, Syed Mansor used to buy this biscuit.  He told us that during the Japanese era in Malaya, the were given this biscuit as a food supply.  Its remind me of him.)

Iffahanie Dean HanieSaya suka makan ni masa kecik2 dulu lewat 70 an & 80 an…nostalgia betul biskut ni…sikit sorang berbagi dgn adik2  (I love to eat this when I was a child in the late 70s and 80s….it is a legend..I would shared it with my younger brothers and sisters)

Azmi Shahid: Aku panggil biscuit Udhell. Jgn tanya mengapa (I called it Udhell biscuit.  Dont ask me why)

Nabilla Huda Makan yang part manis je, yang biskut simpan balik dalam plastik. Ade ke wat perangai camni gak?  memori2.. Hehehehe (I will only eat the sugar on the top and keep the biscuit back in the plastic bag.  Does anyone do the same?  What a memory)

Yaya Aizen Makan biskut dlu. Pastu bhgian atas tu kumpul, mkn skaligus. Hahhahaa
Hanapi Jusoh Kg aku panggil sekut cotek (Eat the biscuit first.  Keep aside the sugar and eat them all at once.  My village called this sekut cotek)

Nakata Helmie kat ‘rumah merah kecil’ banyak biskut ni.. (There are a lot of this at the “small red house” – he referred to the Chinese prayer altar where we usually can see the biscuit is using for prayer purpose.)