Monday, 15 November 2010

mee kari-ying all the way


I'll be having mee kari again today! Thanks to Kak Zarina (she was the one who baked my birthday cake back in 2008) who took the initiative to cater the food on a weekly basis. Which means that every Sunday I could gantung periuk and feast on the meals prepared by her! Only cost me 2 pounds for a single pack. I think there are some students who buy from her every now and then and this is definitely something new done within the Malaysian society in Durham. Kudos to Kak Zarina for such an effort, alongside her other duties as wife, mom and Phd engineering student in the Uni!

As of last night I have finished eating the mee and its condiments such as spring onion and telur rebus, but since the kari ayam is still in abundance I am now going to 'topup' these portions; boil some spaghetti and an egg and then garnish it with some green veg sprinkler(such as spring onion, or maybe corriander leaves too)!

Happy eating everyone!

Love from

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Lady in Blue

In reflection of yesterday
I was enlightened by a silent Hey
While running some errands of Saturday
I met a lady in blue
A nearby neighbor who shared something so valuable and true

Lady in blue did not ask my name
Neither did I ask her name
She then commenced her beautiful story
Saying old days are not easy
It is indeed an irony
how things might actually turn out to be
While some elderly die in health
Others survive the sickness with serenity of mind tho' near death
It is the latter that we should follow
Never should we view life as the world of hollow
Just take one day at a time and go with the flow

Lady in blue tells her story
Her mama is eighty-seven and surviving gracefully
In spite the sickness to the bone
Never was she so sad or alone
Just be kind to others
For others will be kind to you in your later years
For that is what she sees in her mother
Who forgets the bad, and forgives the errs
Ever from her life of early years

Our bus then came around
Together we hopped in and rode along
Later the lady in blue bid farewell and got off at the Lane
and says till we meet again
What a blessing to have spoken to her at The Chains

Friday, 12 November 2010

The Shimmering Sheffield

Salam and Hello,

I hope you are well.

I am going to tell you about the most fun weekend getaway I have ever had. And by that I mean serious fun.


I abbreviated my friend Syafiqah as S, and Kamilah as K. So, here we go:

To begin with, well, S and I had to take the train on the gloomy Friday evening to Sheffield! The connecting train in Doncaster before arriving Sheffield was a complete confusion as there were fleets of trains there, way too many. See, Doncaster is one of the hot spots for train interconnection to many destinations around the UK . So there we were, sorting out which platform and what time our mini train to Sheffield would be! Alhamdulillah the journey was smooth-sailing, and K waited for us at Sheffield train station. As we got off the train, we took few snapshots on the platform before meeting K with shimmering joy and excitement. It was the best reunion ever.

I was cheerful to see K again. I remembered all the good times we had in house #60 back in her undergraduate days in Durham. It was a pure joy hanging out with this sister of mine, and once we chat, we chat endlessly. Girly talks that guys could never understand, womanly giggles and 'pouring-out sessions' that men struggle finding the rationale of so doing. Well well.

S and I were mesmerised by the size of the metropolitan. By the time we arrived Velocity apartment, we stepped inside with an utter amazement! Fully-furnished, and warm! The apartment glows and this is no exaggeration!


Then S and I helped K with some food preparation; apparently we were not the only guests for the night there was a weekly Qur'anic Circle session to be held and K was the hostess for the week. We took care of the chicken tettrazinni in the oven and K had her nasi goreng and bubur kacang ready on table. We did meet five friendly Bruneian sisters that attended the session.The Quranic circle was spiritually fulfilling and most of all, it was a great joy berukhuwwah dengan ahli2 circle ni.

Saturday was the Meadowhall day, where we had fun in the shopping mall, and ate some halal Nando's and got a Subway takeout before we headed home. Sheffield impressed us with its Eye and lively night look. We rushed home for X Factor though. Aha.

And Sunday was fun as we strolled around Sheffield Uni campus and had a local burger lunch! I have started feeling feverish, perhaps I was bit tired and have had so much fun. No regrets though.
The photos are self-explanatory. I'll put them under a separate entry and you may view them later.

To K, thanks so much for being such an amazing hostess,but most of all, thank you for always being there for me, as a friend, and definitely,as a sister! Wished you were still here in Durham :'(

Love from
(One of the first two guests that has arrived in Velocity)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Unique You

Salam and Hello Reader,
Alhamdulillah I have recovered from fever, and many thanks for your care and concern. Really, really appreciate it. May Allah bless you for all the wonderful du'a that you have made for me, amiin..

At the moment I am currently looking forward to reading the book called Personality Plus from Lutfi, which is currently read by Syafiqah. I'll be the next to borrow this copy!! The book covers 4 different types of personality traits that have been extensively explained by Lutfi to us in many different occasions (ahah) and well-analysed by Syafiqah and myself. The book content sounds pretty much fun and informative, and I seriously can't wait to read it in the near time. It's fun to discover who you are and to appreciate the uniqueness and shortcomings not only in yourself but also in others.

My point is that, it is often easy to be self-proclaiming that you know who you truly are, but really there is no harm in discovering your hidden potentials and weaknesses through extra reading. We fully utilise our individual strengths, and certainly, improving the weaknesses in due course. Insya-Allah.

As vicegerents of Allah, each individual is born unique and not one is similar to the other. That is the beauty of Allah's creation. The world is an utter boredom if everyone has identical personality traits.

That reminds me of Hujurat 49:13
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (He who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

The ayat says that men is created in pairs, and the phrase 'into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other..'denote getting to know others of different backgrounds. The apparent fact is that human beings are of great variety and we should not hate or despise others on the basis of these differences.

I may draw an abrupt conclusion here, that: I am unique, and so are you :)

Curious in finding out the uniqueness in me, I took a random online character test just recently, and below is the result:

Relationships play a key role in Amalina's life, she tends to be a very trusting individual, she enjoys making new friends and developing new relationships. She often finds herself involved in many things at once and loves social functions. Amalina enjoys encouraging those around her. People see her as a person who frequently inspires others.

Recognizing the value of a good relationship, Amalina is very patient and caring when relating to others. She is even-paced; and Amalina usually remains calm and relaxed, even in situations that may ruffle some others. She likes the role of a peacemaker, when working through problems, Amalina tries to rely on successful strategies that have proven results.

Amalina prefers to work through problems by analyzing things that worked in the past. She is willing to follow another person's lead if they display adequate ability and if Amalina has confidence in their ability. She is someone who is able to lead, if necessary; but usually prefers to wait and see if another person volunteers first.

Not afraid to take a bold approach, Amalina is willing to challenge the status quo. She is original and creative, and acts with confidence when implementing new solutions. Amalina will tend to use a balance of intuition and facts when making decisions, and once she has made a decision, she will not be afraid to take action upon it.

(from the Personality Awareness Impact Report)

That's just me :). You may or may not wholly agree.

And as for you,
May Allah and your loved ones appreciate the uniqueness in you. Because, at least to me, you are indeed special. Very:)

ps: I will read Personality Plus and will tell more. Meanwhile, I should be blogging on Sheffield trip after this!

With love from