March 30, 2009

Short nights in Paris

We're both learning to live apart, but still together. It seems so simple for some people, but truth be told, it is something that you have to learn to get used to. It is more difficult for him because he is the one who is waiting, while I am the one who goes away. With love comes understanding. And patience. I pray both of us will come out unscatched.

Having said that, being away, is not easy. The hotel room seems so cramped and empty. Going out, smiling in the photos, it's just not the same when you're not enjoying the day with the one you want to be with. What more can I say?

It's Paris, I know. But dem! I miss him! Ha ha ha...

Anyway, it's 8pm here. But it looks like 5pm out there. Short nights, long days. So, a week after in Paris, I have not yet fall under its spell... It's just another city, and the tower is just a bunch of steel. :-p


Okay lah. I heard back in KL people are still talking about the English for Science and Maths thingy? We, Malays, should realise that we are not in the seat of power in the academia world (neither are we in so many others). As such, we need to find ways to be at par with other people around the world. We need to see that we are not living in out own little world, but are in the race for excellence with the whole world. And since we are not dictating the ways things should go round, we are forced to work many times harder.

It will be easier, we will see, for the kids today who are learning in English, as the years go by. In fact, just because they are learning in English, it does not strip them off their culture and heritage. They are still Malay at the heart of it. Ask any Malays who are abroad; still looking for a hint of nasi lemak, finding spices to cook asam pedas. What I'm trying to say is that, being Malay does not have anything to do with the language(s) that we study. Languages are the means for the future that we seek. So, be at peace. Give it time, and we shall reap the fruits of our labours not so long from now.

March 22, 2009

The view from my current hotel room. It's the hotel's courtyard. Sori la queen... not much of a view. hehehe...

I arrived in CDG at around 6:30am local time. The flight was delayed in KLIA for over an hour. We already boarded the plane, and they told us we're delayed. Initially, 10 minutes, then another 5 minutes, then finally, 15 minutes later, updated the delay to another 30 minutes. We finally left KUL at quarter to 1am (roughly).

The pilot made good time though, that we were only delayed for about 30 minutes than the original ETA. Kapten Kumar, if I'm not mistaken, his name.

Travelling for 12 hours on Economy class is soooooooo different. Space was limited. My neighbour was down with flu, but changing seats would've been a bad idea, as all the free seats were in the middle. I only managed to catch about 3 to 4 hours sleep.

I have to say though, Malaysia Arlines hospitality is something to remember. And like 3 years ago, I had to ask for warm milk. Ha ha ha...

I plan to walk around a bit today. It's 6 degrees currently outside.

I miss home; almost immediately when I entered the boarding hall. (oh... I had to take off my shoes when the sensor gate screamed. and the lady who commanded me to do so had this "look" on her, macam... "I have the power, do as I say" look... blurgh!). Unlike last time where I was overly excited to leave for Amsterdam, this time around, I left with a heavy heart. And this is Paris, we're talking about!! I miss my parents. And at 1582ft, I missed (still am missing) CapalPerak so much. :-p

10 minutes to touch down, I started to feel better, and happy and thankful that another wish is coming true. Alhamdulillah. Will update again soon. Take care all.

March 18, 2009

On HP again!

So, they say they replace the cooling fan. And they say they are confident that that the problem will not occur again.

When I asked them what assurance can they give to me since I'm not confident that the problem will not happen again, the Service Centre Supervisor just told me that the problem will not happen again. I requested for an extended warranty period as a proof that they are confident the problem is solved, the Supervisor just gave me a plain "NO".

No attempt at all to serve me, as the customer, better. No attempt to reassure me that I'm getting my moneys worth. The only thing that he said was that it is a good product (when I told him HP sold me a faulty unit) and that he has recommended the same model to a lot of his friends.

The only thing that I can conclude from this incident is that; since I'm just a nobody, a normal consumer, the company does not care whether I get a quality product or not. What disappoints me the most is that, not only they are not willing to replace the unit with a new one, they cannot even give me an extended 6 months warranty! I don't think that's too much to ask.

Well, I'm not confident if I log a complain to their website, anyone from the company will even read it! Come on, just another consumer venting her frustration right?

Malaysians has always been known to be courteous and helpful to foreign tourists/customers. I have a feeling if my name was Angeline Bordaine with blonde hair, blue eyes and milky white skin, I'd be getting what I requested for. Ha ha ha...


March 14, 2009

From My Mobile

New acquisition. And loving it. Wanted it in gold and white combo actually but they didn't have it in my size. Maybe next time. In a different look. Hehe...

March 10, 2009


1. I watched The Tudors last night. Henry said something that intrigued me. "...whether it is better for a king to be feared or loved..." I believe that a leader should be loved (and respected) by his followers and feared (and respected) by his enemies. Maybe this is something that our leaders today can ponder upon. After a year, I believe a lot of us are bored with the power hussle and tussle. These are times when the grass does look greener on the other side.

2. My travel plans are confirmed. I will be away for about 3 weeks. First part for the training and second part for the conference. I have already purchased the necessities. Luggage, a pair of boots; (Snowfly, because they were on 50% discounts! But Clarks' were soooo oh heaven! No discounts though...). Hmm.. that's about it. Ohh.. not to forget the spring coat.

3. Abah will undergo coronary angiogram 4 days before I leave. :-( Yes, the doctor did say it's just like a visit to the dentist, and minimal risks are involved; that is if everything goes smoothly. But I do worry. I pray and hope everything will go smoothly. It's not a nice feeling to have...

4. Wedding plans are on hiatus. Seems like we have too many other things to attend to than getting the preps on the way. The hall is booked, of course. The dates, insyaAllah, confirmed. Things like documents and blood tests, all needs to be done within the months before the wedding date, so of course that has to wait. As for other stuff; baju, etc, well... I sure have plenty of time left kan?

5. I have an exam coming up. And I'm still not 100% confident that I will do well. Never knew it will be this hard! Now I understand how it feels like to learn something so foreign to you. Something that you totally have no clue of! It makes you feel inadequate and it frightens you. It also makes you feel like the village idiot, everytime you make mistake. Haih... But I will follow through and I will be successful. I have to!

6. I still have documents to prepare before I leave for Paris. And yet, I find myself more keen to spend time reading, revising for the exam and facebooking! So not professional.

7. I still hate HP. My laptop is definitely not okay. I'm sending it to the service centre today. Dem you HP. You think I'm so rich I can just replace a two grands lappie in a blink? Capitalist! Pirates! Why do we let these people bully us, I never know. We are too dependant on them, aren't we?

March 6, 2009

Song for Today

I'm dedicating this song to all our politicians, regardless of their political aspirations. May they realise and make peace with the fact that they are just another human being. And they are no bigger than the rest of us. They are also answerable for their actions and responsibilities...

Viva La Vida

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

March 5, 2009

I will not buy HP again

I hate HP. I don't understand why they sell defective items. Yes, HP as in Hewlett-Packard. I bought their tablet laptop; HP Pavilion tx2000 some 6 months ago. All was great until November came, the laptop starts to act up. It starts to shutdown itself. Initially I thought maybe because it became too warm, but it's ridiculous when you've only switched it on for less than 5 minutes, and it just went bleep!

So, I sent to the service center some time in January, because December was a hectic month. I got it back some 3 weeks later, because of Chinese New Year holidays etc. Now, it's almost a month, and it's starting to misbehave again! The guy in the HP shop will definitely get an earful from me. Again.

The last time I sent it over, they told me it's because og the processor; AMD Athlon. Thus, they had to change the whole motherboard. So, my question at that time way, if you have to change the whole motherboard, why can't you change with a motherboard that is using a different processor than the type that you know is already defective? The guy said it's not possible, even when I offered to pay the difference.

I hope the laptop will be fixed before I start to travel. Dem. Maybe I should just write a complain letter to HP. But looking at Malaysian customer service, I doubt they will replace tha faulty laptop. I doubt it very much.

Bengong tau.