Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2nd semester is over :)

Now that the results are finally out via sms (it's a trial run..), I can now officially say, my second semester is OVER. I have one semester left and I hope that I will do well for that too.. My results are similar as last semester. To be precise, the exact same grades. LOL. I'm glad that the course that I was worried the most - Quantitative Business Research Methods (statistics) got the highest out of the two courses that I enjoyed learning throughout the semester. Which is very weird.. but nevermind! Woohoo! I mean.. Alhamduillah :)

My cousin is coming over for 10 days starting this Saturday now I can't wait to plan great things with her! It's going to be fantastic! And of course, can't wait to go back home, have the Thailand getaway with Farhana ;), show Malaysia to my two Chilean friends and of course, head back here for the final semester..

I was supposed to sleep awhile ago but the text 'shocked' me.. Not in a bad way actually.. I expected it to be sent at 6am but thrilled that they sent it early cause now I can doze off like a baby :)

Goodnight people!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trying to kill time

It's the time of the month again where your heart beats rapidly, you get anxious and sweaty palms and that time moves extremely slowly despite keeping your schedule as full as possible. Yes, it's the time that you're on a holiday after the exams (for students that is) and that as much as you want to enjoy it, you just can't due to the 'judgment day' which is creeping up on you very closely...

I couldn't sleep well for the past two nights. I kept waking up every hour.. 2am.. 3am.. then 4am.. while in Islam, normally people would get up and perform their prayers (sunat) but, I couldn't do so cause you know, it's the time of the month for us women. Sometimes I wish that I hadn't become a student.. cause of this constant feeling drives me insane. But at the same time, I love being a student. Learning new things that I probably won't gain when I work.. I remembered someone telling me that "you don't need to have a background in journalism education if you want to become a journalist. It's all about the passion in writing." Yes I admit that is true but at the same time, one of my great lecturers in UQ mentioned that the education/knowledge comes from practice. For instance, how does one discover the 5Ws and 1H (who, what, where, when, why and how) in news reporting? Practice of course! From that, whoever that discovered it turned it into knowledge where future journalism students can learn and put it in good use in their career. Well of course it's not just in the journalism field.

Anyhoo, yesterday I did a bunch of things that I would not normally do (in one day that is). Woke up, did two washings, ironed them, cooked, went to the gym then went swimming (10 laps), went back to my place then watched Babar, Arthur and Thomas & Friends (it was the only thing that was good on telly), surfed the internet, cooked again, borrowed How I Met Your Mother (the whole season 5) and it was still early! And today, I woke up, went to the Direct Factory Outlet and despite the huge sign of 'SALE's, I went out of the outlet an hour-ish later without any shopping bags! Then I went to the city, and ended up buying two bubble teas, sushi and butter chicken+rice (take away). By the time I arrived home, it was about 5pm. Tomorrow I haven't got a clue what I want to do.. the judgment day is Wednesday by the way.. so I have two more days to kill.. Maybe I'll go to the halal butcher and stock up some chicken and sausages cause my cousin is coming here for 10 days. I'm out of supplies.. She's coming over this Saturday. I want to be excited about it but right now I need to mellow the excitement down until my result comes out.. it determines what I would and can do next. Well actually it determines everything.. whether I can go back home.. whether I can go for a bestfriend getaway in Thailand (I repeat, getaway not runaway.. she's a girl and I'm engaged.. lol).. whether I can show my Chilean friends how beautiful Malaysia is.. whether I can discuss my future step with my fiance.. whether I can do my thesis next semester... EVERYTHING!

To end this rather boring entry, I would like to say...


Monday, November 15, 2010

The summer vacay officially begins!

Just as the clock struck 10am this morning, it marked my long summer vacation! Alhamdulillah the last paper which I assumed to be the toughest and wasn't looking forward to it the whole semester (Quantitative Business Research Methods), it turned out to be alright :) Well I wouldn't say that I managed to answer the whole questions cause some were tough but again it wasn't as tough as I had pictured during the first class of learning the course. I remembered how every Thursday morning after my class I would text my fiance saying "Surviveee!!" And I would yawn every now in the class and even check my watch every half past! Yes, I was struggling to comprehend what the lecturer was teaching.. And felt a huge pressure when a large percentage of the students enrolled in the course have a statistics (or equivalent) background. So imagine them bombarding questions to the lecturer while I silently nodded pretending that I understood but in reality, I was day dreaming. The lecture notes for the course were very thick and it was extremely painful when I had to print them out. I used up a lot of paper and ink to print those. Ok I admit they were helpful for the exam however, I feel guilty of killing the trees.

Anyway, after the exam, one of my classmates invited me to take a picture with her and the other classmates. I think this morning was the only time that all of us spoke to each other outside of the class. We chatted about the exams, course, the lecturer, thesis, summer vacation plans.. it was nice :) After that I went back home to perform my prayers and went out to cut my hair. I've been hopping from one salon to another and seeking for different hair stylists' help in cutting my hair into this specific hairstyle. None seemed to get it right up till today.. I was and still am ecstatic with my current hairdo! Ok ok I know that without picturing it, you wouldn't know what it looks like but before I give some brief descriptions, mind you, this is solely for self-satisfaction. Nothing more, nothing less. :) Ok about the hairdo.. I shaved my hair.. on the side like a lot and parted it sideways so you can see very much the shaved area on the right side of my hair. I've always wanted to have the same hairdo as Rihanna (but I wanted it long before she cut it that way) and finally I'm satisfied with the outcome! :D

Right after, I did a bit of grocery shopping.. bought a tray of sliced mushrooms, smoked salmon, teddy bear pastas (yeah they are shaped bear!) and cheesy cream. I'm making carbonara tonight but with bears! Teehee! Then I bought some sushi - tamago and raw salmon for lunch. Yum! That was practically it! On my way home, popped into the video store (Video Ezy) and rented Desperate Housewives. :D I'll be watching the whole season 6 (I missed a lot) tonight.. or ok.. maybe some tomorrow but, just wanted to announce that movie marathon is ON!

What other plans will I be doing during this holiday?

Tomorrow - Movie marathon? 

Wednesday - City or Direct Factory Outlet (DFO)
May be following Aaina to the City or DFO. She wants to accompany one of her classmates to buy a gift for his girlfriend.

Thursday - Climb Brisbane's Story Bridge 
Me and two of my friends will be climbing up the bridge (which is said to take us 2 1/2 hours) during twilight where we will be experiencing "the transition between day and night and be able to admire the city skyline as the sun sets and the city lights up."

Friday - Celebrate Eid at the Dreamworld Themepark. (Yes themepark!)
One of the Muslim clubs/organisation in Australia organised for all of the Muslims in Queensland to celebrate Eid at the themepark from 6pm to 10pm at a price of $15 where we will be able to enter the themepark at that low price (Dreamworld would cost you about $69 per entry), eat free halal food and of course, perform our prayers! Hoorahh!

Saturday - Dinner at Ahmet's restaurant (Lebanese I think)
Two of my bestfriends will be leaving for Malaysia for good - Aaina and Rurry. This semester are their final semester.. so in conjunction to that, all of us have decided to have a nice dinner at the restaurant with the people that we are close with here and at the same time, every Saturday nights are - Belly Dancing night! Haha! Well obviously I won't be shaking my belly.. My whole body is stiff! :-P

Sunday - Rurry's Birthday Celebration at the University of Queensland
Rurry decided to organise a birthday party for herself at one of the mini gardens in the Uni. Well actually it's called something amphitheater.. open amphitheater I think.. Her theme is "hat and tie". So everyone has to dress up with a hat and/or tie. I haven't bought a hat nor a tie yet so will hunt for it soon! :)

The following whole week will involve me tidying up my room, probably go skating, eat, sleep, watch tv, watch DVDs, drink bubble tea... hmm... that's practically it.

But 4th until 14th I'll be having a special guest at my home! :) My dear cousin Liyana! Can't wait! :D

Ok that's it for now.. it's already Maghrib. Going to pray, cook my carbonara and watch DVD. Oh I forgot.. the West Side Story Broadway was really nice!

They set up this stage outside QPAC. This isn't the stage that I watched the show.

Did I mentioned that I actually watched it alone? Hehehe! It was fun though!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I decided to delete the previous post cause it sounded ridiculous. I shouldn't be thinking about anything other than my final assignment and two exams which starts next week. At the moment, I'm studying Chapter 5 of my Cross Cultural Management text book which means that I have 7 more chapters to read. But of course, I have this big book of journals that compliments with the text book. 1 chapter, 1 journal. My mission for today is to study till Chapter 6. One day, 2 chapters.. Monday - Chapter 1 & 2, Tuesday - Chapter 3 & 4.. and so forth. It'll take me six days altogether so after, I'll still have time to go through it very briefly again. Just to refresh what I had studied in the previous days.

I genuinely like this course cause it teaches you the different cultures across the world, how to measure the differences e.g. through Hofstede's cultural dimensions (small vs. large power distance, masculinity vs. femininity, uncertainty avoidance and so forth) and Hall's communication theory (low context vs. high context communication) as well as it teaches you how to interact with them. The dos and don'ts..

My following exam would be Quantitative Business Research Methods.. it's probably the most mind boggling course I've ever encountered. It's a combination of advanced statistics and quantitative research. While I did previously studied statistics in my local uni back in Malaysia and did get a good result however, right after, I completely erased my memory on that particular course due to my lack of interest in it. Now....... I have to do it again except that it's more of an advanced level. Out of all of the classes (12 or 13 I think), I think I only managed to understand what the lecturer was talking about probably - 35%? Yeah.. I'm basically doomed..
But I promised myself that I'll study for the course starting this weekend just to get a head start.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

West Side Story (musical)

Ok I looooove musicals. My late mum exposed me to theaters (hence my short debut in Teater Kanak-Kanak: Lagenda) and such since I was little so I grew up being fond of these kind of things. So far I've watched:

2. Chicago
3. P. Ramlee the musical
4. Puteri Gunung Ledang
5. Mahsuri
6. Impak Maksima
7. Cuci the musical
8. The Merchants of Bollywood

Ok I think there's another one.. can't remember..

Anyway, on Thursday night I'll be watching West Side Story. I missed Mamma Mia! not too long ago. :-/ I know that my exam is coming up but taking a break for a couple of hours wouldn't be a harm right? Wicked is coming to Brisbane as well but in January. I'll be in Malaysia for the holidays during the time. Hurmpphh.. :(

What a day!

Ok today kicked off pretty bad.. I woke up today (without showering) and switched on my laptop to check my emails and daily deals from my favourite online store websites. It was 10-ish at the time and I figured that I would pop in the shower after I read a chapter of my text book and later head out to submit my assignment which I assumed it was due in the afternoon like other assignments. Then at 11.30am, I had this sudden urgency of checking my UQ email to re-check where I had to submit my assignment. I knew that it was at the BEL Collaborative Learning Centre but just wanted to make sure. When suddenly...... I saw my lecturer's previous email stating that it was due at 12 noon. HOLY S**T! A direct bus from my apartment to my uni is every one hour e.g. 11.40 then 12.40 and so forth.. the other method is to hop on the train in front of my apartment, stop at Toowong which is just a stop away and hop on the regular bus to uni from there. But I figured that would take me quite some time especially I wasn't sure what time was the next train and bus (no time to check the schedule!).
So I dashed into the showers (I did shampoo you know!), brushed my teeth and immediately got ready. I wore last night's clothes (the one I wore to the advanced preview but with a different cardigan). I called the cab. Without any cash on, I asked my apartment's office whether all taxis would accept my debit card and she said Yes. Phew! Thank goodness the taxi came about five minutes later. I hopped on and 10 minutes later, I was at uni. Exactly 12 noon sharp. But the time I ran (for a bit..) and walked to the BEL faculty, it was almost 12.10. Slipped in my assignment in the assignment box and prayed that there wouldn't be any time penalty.
What a day!
Of course with the whole stressfulness, I had to treat myself with a dose of bubble tea. Mr. bubble tea never fail to make me happy! The chewy pearls.. mmmmmm!
So now it's 5.20pm.. I did a bit of reading.. finished one chapter and now moving on to another chapter. Hoping that by Saturday I'm all done reading this whole textbook. Exam starts on the 11th Nov and the next paper is on the 15th Nov. I have one final assignment due on the 15th but I'm hoping that I can finish that one soon and oh of course, make sure that I check the due date and time properly!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Loved Ones review

I just got back from Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly. Watched The Loved Ones - directed by Sean Byrne. I saw the poster on the back of the public bus two weeks ago and looked pretty interesting. Then a few days ago I received an email from Event Cinemas asking whether I would like to watch the movie for free. Who wouldn't? So I filled up my details and got two pair of tickets - Mia, her boyfriend Zaf, me and my housemate Nana :)

The night kicked off with a bit of opening speech by the director and actress - Robin who played as Lola. Followed by a quick lucky draw. I didn't win those pile of DVDs. Drats! I'm a sucker for DVDs hence, my membership (free) at the local video store at the back of my apartment - Video Ezy.

Ok about the movie. The first 15-20 minutes was a tad slow.. I thought it would be a boring movie cause normally you would know if the movie is going to be great or not during the first few minutes. But I was wrong. I waited a bit longer and that was when the whole suspense and thrills came along. I won't describe the scenes to you cause it'll be a spoiler.. (not sure if Malaysia will be showing it due to some sexual scenes). The movie is more of a mixture of Prom Night and Saw. But not as gory as Saw but there are some disturbing scenes. Ok I'll just describe one scene - a guy's skull got drilled by a lunatic woman. And the guy is alive.

Normally I don't got "eeww" or "urghh" when I watch these kind of movies cause I love Saw. I watch all of them. I've yet to watch Saw 3D though. But I guess sometimes when you're surrounded with people who closes their eyes during those kind of scenes, you tend to follow them too. So yeah, there were some parts I had to hold my breath and naturally I went "urghhh and eeww". Hehe.

The leading actor and actress acted really well. Robin's role as Lola was very convincing. She played as a disturbed/lunatic woman really well. Xavier is a hotty by the way. He's one of the actors in Twilight Eclipse I think. Can't remember which one cause I keep eyeing on Jacob. :P

But anyway, I know this review isn't helpful at all cause I don't want to dish out anything but what I can say is that I'll give it a 6.5 out of 10. :)

LtoR: Director Sean Byrne, (not sure) and Robin

LtoR: Mia (standing), Nana my housemate, Zaf and me :)

The Loved Ones movie

Tonight with three of my friends, we'll be watching 'The Loved Ones' for free. Yeap.. I got four free tickets to watch this and heard that there will be a Q&A session with the director and one of the actresses. I hope that the audience can participate!
I'm not sure if this movie is any good but I did read a couple of reviews and they did say that it's quite intriguing. It even got 6.9/10 from imdb. Well it's more than half anyway.. so it must be ok! Well I'll let you know the outcome of it probably tonight or tomorrow.. :)

The pile of books

Call me crazy but the last time I borrowed books from the library was probably during primary school when I was a librarian.

The six books from the top are borrowed books from yours truly the Social Sciences & Humanities as well as Law library @ UQ. Yeah I ended up borrowing a bunch of books. Not to read.. but to refer for my two final assignments which one I've already completed. :)

Statistics, Cross cultural and Law

How I met you after them.

People say that there are "plenty of fish in the sea" and there's always a "perfect someone for each individual"
They are right.

Before I met my fiance, I've been with quite a number of guys. No I'm not proud of it. I'm just saying that sometimes, there are a few obstacles that you have to face in life to get what you want to achieve. 

Anyway, honestly, the people that I had been with were all nice in their own way. But majority of the relationship, I ended it. Why? At times, you have this feeling that you are no longer compatible with that person and that it's better for things to end immediately than snowballing the feelings. Am I right? Or am I right? ;)

Before the whole dating, I remembered that my first crush was with a white guy back in my old school in Hong Kong. He had the hair like Nick Carter (middle parted hair) minus the colour. He was more of a brunette than a blonde. Unfortunately, due to my nerdy looks (with Harry Potter glasses) and baggy clothes (hey, it was a hit in the 90s!), he didn't notice me in the 'other way'. We were just ordinary classmates and occasionally we would play dodgeball during recess with our other classmates. I think he's a model now. Cause I spotted his friendster page (when it was still a cool social networking tool) years back but never added him. Rats! 

After my mother passed away and we had to move back to Malaysia for good, I got to know a boy who lived near my home. Same age, curly hair, fair skin and clever too. We got to know each other for awhile. Went dating at the playground. Hey we were still young y'know!  Then we declared as a couple but.... it lasted just for a day. Yeah, a day. He broke up with me due to my family background. Long story. Did I tell you that I was 12 at the time? Haha.

Then when I entered high school, I was still into Backstreet Boys and the whole guys with middle parted hair. I eyed on one of my classmates who had the hair style. He was into the same music as me (2Pac, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs & Harmony), he also supports Man Utd and on top of it all, we both love skateboarding. It was.. let's just say a "match-made in heaven" at the time. We were both shy by the way so when we wanted to communicate in class, we would give each other letters through my bestfriend and 'middle man'. It was hilarious coming to think about it but cute! We would have these drawings with little hearts. Puppy love. :P I think I probably still have the letters in one of the boxes. Been moving houses. Not sure.. Anyhoo, the relationship only lasted a few months. I broke up with him cause he was a smoker. I'm pretty much an anti smoker (minus my dad of course!). I just don't find cigarettes attractive. Well apparently my bestfriend (the middle man guy) had a crush on me too. I remembered he once asked in Malay but I'll translate for you here "If I had middle parted hair, would you fancy me?" I never took it seriously so I just laughed about it. Afterall at the time, I was still with the guy whom I nicknamed him sk8erboy. And me, sk8erchick. Hence my old hotmail address - sk8erchick something something.. :P (Oh God I hope he doesn't read this). 

Ok moving on, I lost my bestfriend after he asked me to be his girlfriend when we were in Form 3. Never heard from him until recently. He added me on facebook but we hardly talk. He's really kind to me back in high school. We basically went everywhere together. We both had a BMX bike where we went to school together, skated together, went shopping - for skate stuff together. But I never fancied him in that kind of way. And of course even now. Oh don't worry.. my fiance knows about this. We (me and my fiance) even drove past his old house hoping that he still lives there. But nope.. He bought me Valentines gift despite not celebrating it. He bought me a beanie teddy bear and oh a necklace too. I still have it cause I'm the type who doesn't throw gifts away. Actually, I don't throw anything away.. just like my mother. So that one day I could look back at the old things and remember the good ol' days.

Right.. again, moving on. After Form 1, I didn't have any boyfriend up until Form 5. I wasn't interested in having any at the time. Not that I wanted to focus on my studies or anything, I guess I was pretty much occupied with my Police Cadet life. Yeah, I was in the Police Cadet club - a sergeant to be exact. :) Together with my bestfriend Azira, we managed the whole club. It was such an exciting feeling. :) In Form 5, I dated someone briefly but he dumped me right before the SPM exam claiming that he was going to study abroad after the exam. While I thought he was telling the truth, apparently not! I was surprised to see him in the same campus where I studied. I think he was studying Nursing. LOL. Not sure.. Anyway, while he wanted to be closed to me again, I was in a relationship with a guy who I had my sights on since the first day of class during diploma. I remembered me and one of my bestfriends targeted those who were good looking. Out of the few, I managed to hook up with one of them and boy, was I happy at the time! HaHa. The relationship like the previous, ended several months later. I ended it due to allegations by people on him. I won't give out details but whether it is true or not, I have no idea. But then we got back together the following semester and suddenly... he broke up with me. I guess what goes around comes around or in simpler words, Karma. Three days after the break up, I saw him holding hands with another girl. It got me so devastated that even my friends ignored me. Probably cause I cried too much. Coming to think about it, it was pretty hilarious yet humiliating! To end the whole misery, me and my bestfriend Azira went out to meet our old schoolmates. That was when I hooked up with one of my ex classmates back in school. It probably lasted three months which I called it off. Can't remember the exact reason! But he was nice by the way. Rebound guy? Nah.. It was just not meant to be.

Then I dated another of my coursemates in my uni. This time it was quite serious. He met my family (but never the other way around). We dated for several months.. actually 3 months. Most of my relationships lasted for 3 months. Again, I broke up with him. The reason? It's best not to dish out everything :) After that I promised myself not to fall in love again for a year at least. And yes, it was a success. Right after, I met my current fiance through two of my friends. Let's just say, they were my matchmakers. He studied in the same course as me but not in the same class but during degree, we both majored in different areas. He studied broadcasting and I did journalism. :) How he popped the question? I was visiting my grandma (late mom's side) in Kedah for several days and he brought me to Penang one day. We were watching The Omen in one of the cinemas and that was when he popped the question nervously (during the commercial) and not wanting to look eager and desperate, I hesitated for a bit and said YES! D'uh.. Afterall, I've been waiting for him to pop the question for quite some time. We dated for quite some time. But anyway, it was worthwhile. Afterall, we are now happily engaged! :)

When's the big day? We have a rough idea when we want it but I must say Insha Allah soon.. :) 

Moral of this post: Sometimes, you have to 'jump' from one relationship to another to find the perfect someone. Maybe you just got out of a relationship and you are hurt inside but remember there's always someone for you.. :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Boy the review

BOY one of the latest New Zealand movies set in the 80s, focuses on the life of an 11-year-old fan of Michael Jackson called Boy (James Rolleston). Ever since his mother had passed away after giving birth to his little brother named Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu), his father, Alamein (Taika Waititi) left them and made him the leader of the household at a young age to take care of his brother and cousins together with the help of his grandmother.
   Several years later, his father reappeared in front of his home and introduced himself as his father. Being excited having a father as a role model once again, he welcomed him with open arms and tried everything he could just to please him including helping his father find his 'treasure' and stealing marijuana plants without knowing that his father's presence is just short.
   Directed by Taika Waititi, Boy is a very unique movie located in the beautiful Waihau Bay that will captivate anyone who watches it as it showcases the ups and downs of life of an ordinary boy who in desperation seeks for the attention of his father. The movie also beautifully mashes up with humour that will make you laugh out loud and at the same time, silently cry during the sentimental scenes.
   Released in New Zealand in March this year, Boy is set to be released this month in Australia and is definitely a must see movie. The movie consists some foul words and scenes such as smoking marijuana which would not be suitable for children but other than that, the movie deserves a two thumbs up and inviting friends to watch the movie is highly recommended.

- Elena Tengku

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I can breathe again..

I haven't updated my blog for quite some time.. Not that I didn't want to.. it's just that I wasn't in the mood to express anything. And now, I do..

This morning I woke up at 5am ish to perform my Subuh prayers and recite the Yaasin. At 6am, it was time to log on the computer and check my result.. I was scared.. Well actually I've been scared for the past few weeks.. my holiday was no fun without knowing my results in prior. I got myself the new Xbox 360 on the 1st of July but it didn't make me happy too..
Now that I've checked my results, one word, Alhamdulillah...
My biggest fear was failing one of the courses. Some of you may or may not know the whole story behind it.. how the individual assignment was not marked fairly and not by the lecturer himself. It carried the highest percentage which diminished my aim of getting a high grade. I passed that course.. that's all what counts right now. The other three, Alhamdulillah all are well :-D The different thing about UQ is that they grade you on a scale of 1 to 7. 3 = fail, 4 = pass and of course 7 would be high distinction. Now that I understand how the whole system works, I have two more semesters to go.. I'm ready to face another round of studying!

Say hello to my new XBOX 360!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The past two days in a nutshell..

It has been a very relaxing day for me for the past two days.. Went out with my girlfriends on Thursday for a breakfast session at Aroma's Cafe (or something like that), accompanied Aaina to do some shopping for her family and friends (she's heading back to Malaysian on Tuesday for the holidays), lunch session at Satay Club and a nice movie session - Toy Story.
How's Toy Story? It was absolutely hilarious! And at the same time, I kinda cried.. it had some emotional element this time. Ok not kinda.. I did cry! Even Aaina who was sitting beside me.. And I think Mia and Rurry too!

Anyway, right after we had a nice pancake session at Pancake Manor. Well, to be honest, the place kinda gives me a creepy vibe.. The building was actually an old church. When I went in, I could see the high ceiling.. the church-like windows.. Pancake Manor is probably one of the recommended places if you go to the city (and for those who love pancakes) and it opens 24/7. Oh and it's one of the haunted places in Brisbane according to the Brisbane Ghost Tour website. Or probably it was cause I did wonder if it's 24/7, when can the ghostly figures emerge? Probably I should interview one of the old workers for a story ;-P Back to the creepy vibe, well, you know when sometimes you can feel something is not right? I had that feeling when I was in the place.. Nothing to do with it being an ex-church.. I guess it's due to the fact that the building was a very old building and probably had a lot of history along the way.. you know what I mean? I had to go back home alone right after cause the rest lives near the Uni and I kinda had the same feeling on the way back but thankfully I slept peacefully that night :-)

Anyway, the following day me and Aaina met two of our Canadian friends to give some inside tips and interesting places to visit in Malaysia. They are heading there on the 11th and on the 14th heading to Perhentian Island. It was a nice coffee session.. had a really nice cup of mocha at The Coffee Club in the city. The whole session lasted probably almost two hours (didn't look at the time) and after they left, me and Aaina walked around in the city and headed for Satay Club for a nice lunch session. Right after, walked around again.. Aaina bought some additional items for her family.. I bought some stuff too.. then during the evening, Rurry joined us for another round of coffee session.. right after, went around the malls again.. and went back home right after.

So let's just say I had two normal but fun days :)

Today I'll be making sure that I don't go out to avoid spending unnecessary things.. Tomorrow would be the same thing.. As for Monday, all of us (the usual fun bunch :) ) are heading to Seaworld.. some of the girls are staying over at my place cause it would be easier for us to hop on the train which is just situated in front of my apartment.

That's it! :-D

Breakfast session on Thursday (my cup is on the right side, below) Looks like a flower doesn't it? :)

My Egg Benedict with Salmon..

Yummy pancake at Pancake Manor but the place gave me the creeps..

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A relaxing day :)

Today I decided not to go for another round of 'solo traveling'. My size 4 (or 5) feet is kind of tired and needs a short break.. Yep I have a tiny feet. Well not really tiny.. at times (if I'm lucky) I can fit in size 6 shoes (my current Lacoste shoes). :-P

Anyhoo, today I just went out to Indooroopilly shopping mall which is about 15 minutes away (by foot) but decided to hop on the bus instead. Went for a bit of grocery shopping.. bought some prawns, my fave smoke salmon, mineral water, juice, 2 for $4 croissant, olive grove spread, cabbage, barramundi, vegetable oil and a dozen of eggs. Oh speaking of eggs.. not that I just noticed or anything, but just a delayed reaction - HOLY COW! There are a huge range of eggs.. cage eggs (caged chickens), cage-free eggs.. eggs where the chickens eat only vegetables, organic eggs, XL eggs, cholesterol free eggs (this I know and noticed ages ago) and I haven't talked about the colour of the trays yet - Pink (for a foundation for Breast Cancer), Black, Yellow (bought that one! And it's the one where the chickens only eat veges. Haha!) and the normal grey..

After that, headed to the food court to eat my fave lamb+beef kebab.. but before that, I spotted Cotton On having a huge sale! They had a huge sign "UNDER $10". So what did I do? I went in, grabbed four items (3 of them was $10 and the other $7.50) paid for it.. then zoomed to Grab a Kebab. Bought green apple bubble tea with pearls to compliment the yummy meal and right after, headed home..

At first I wanted to watch one of the DVDs that I had rented.. I rented four of them yesterday - Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (wish it was Lewis Hamilton), Fighting, Elvis and Anabelle and Sunshine Cleaning. Instead, I decided to iron every single tshirt in my closet.. yeap.. I did.. Haha.
Anyway, my housemate is leaving for Malaysia for the one month break with her close friend.. right now she's doing a bit of packing and I reckon she'll be leaving in a bit.

Well that's basically it.. going to cook something nice tonight.. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 6: A trip to Ipswich :)

It's 6.10pm and I arrived home about an hour ago.. I had an exciting day today. Another day of solo traveling this time, Ipswich! To be honest, I intended to go to Toowoomba but there was a slight glitch..

7.15am - I woke up.. all pumped up to go for another round of solo 'discovery' and photo hunting.

Approx. 8.40am - Hopped on the train to Ipswich

Approx. 9.30am - Arrived Ipswich and decided to browse around the area before hopping on the bus to Toowoomba as according to the translink transport website.

About 10am, I went on the 516 bus.. wasn't sure where to stop but I had a bus map which showed the traveling route. As it went around the suburb, I couldn't find a single garden. Yes, my initial plan was to take pictures of the beautiful gardens in Toowoomba (the city dubbed as "The Garden City"). As the bus went around and almost returned to the same place that I hopped on, I decided to get off and walked around.. There wasn't a single garden around but it had a lot of old buildings with unique architectures..

Several minutes later, I decided to hop on the cab instead but before I did so, I asked the cab driver whether he could take me to any interesting gardens in Toowoomba. He had this very puzzled look when I asked him that.. At first I thought that I asked him wrongly.. perhaps the structure of my sentence was unclear. So again I repeated it in a different way.
Here's what happened next:

Taxi driver: "Do you know how far Toowoomba is?" (in a polite tone)
Elena: "Is it far?"
Taxi driver: "Do you know that this is Ipswich?"
Elena: "Yes I do.."
Taxi driver: "Toowoomba is 280 miles away from here.. It will cost you about 260 dollars..."

The moment he said the word 260 dollars, seriously I thought he was joking. I waited for a moment for him to say "Just kidding" or laugh.. unfortunately he didn't. I was puzzled at that moment.. thinking how can Toowoomba be so far away.. then it struck me that the website didn't detect Toowoomba as in Toowoomba itself... instead, a street called "Old Toowoomba Road" in Ipswich. Damn! Didn't want my trip to go to waste, I kindly asked the driver to take me to any interesting places or gardens that I could take pictures in Ispwich and he drove me to a nearby garden/park which had a nice Nature Centre which had Dingos, Red Legged Pademelons, birds, Kangaroos, pigs and such.. and to make things more exciting that it was FREE! After the whole admiration of the animals, I headed to the Japanese garden.. trust me it didn't look all Japanese at all.. but it is nice by the way :-)

After taking some pictures, I walked back to the area that I had hopped on the taxi.. walked around the area.. and I spotted this really neat antique store. It had so many old items.. from cameras to sports memorabilia.. And also, a second hand store which had guitars, bicycles, golf sets, xbox, psps, ps 2 and ps 3, cameras, video cameras, cell phones and so much more! I went insane in the store.. I wish I had a lot of money so that I could bring back a guitar, a mountain board and a mini dirt bike. After walking for about an hour plus around the town, I noticed that the place is essential for bargain hunters.. Basically the shops that I had encountered are either second hand stores or discount stores. Would I recommend people to go there? Yes, most definitely.. but that's if you have a lot of time to kill. :-)

Anyway, here are some pictures from the short trip:

Ipswich Post Office built in 1900

Red Legged Pademelon

It was actually yawning..

More pictures available but not uploaded.. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 5

It's 5.02pm right now and my day has been going on well.. At first I wanted to go out and explore other undiscovered areas but cause I felt rather tired, I woke up at almost 1pm today.
I paid my rent at 2pm, grabbed my fave salmon teriyaki and until now, I'm watching the other DVD - Drop Dead Diva. Did I type Drop Dead Gorgeous in the previous entry? Can't remember.. I finished watching the L word - sixth season (final) by the way. It was ok.. I mean I'm quite devastated that one of the characters died in the end.. I don't want to spill the beans incase any of you decided to watch it. Oh if you do, don't skip your way through season 4. No doubt you can follow the whole storyline well.. who's with who and all that.. except that some characters may no longer be in that season and new characters are brought in.. and it tends to be confusing whenever the ones remaining talk about the old characters. For instance, who's Jesse?

Anyway, I'm thinking of going for another round of solo traveling tomorrow. Not sure where yet.. but I guess I should sleep early tonight and go with the flow :-)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day 4: Traveling wherever I please

7.15am - I was awaken by my alarm clock. At first I didn't feel like jumping off the bed and heading to the showers. But thinking about how the past few days I've been wanting to go out and discover new areas that nobody has mentioned to me and also take pictures of the place, I managed to pull myself out the bed and have a nice hot shower.

8.15am - I dropped off the three DVDs that I had borrowed through a small hole at Video Ezy where you can easily return the rented items during after hours. Video Ezy opens at 9.30am by the way.. no way I wanted to wait that long.

8.26am - The bus to Cultural Centre bus station located at the city arrives and I arrive safely at the city around 8.40ish..

9.06am - Exactly 9.06am, the bus to Redland Bay arrives (it runs every one hour on weekends) and I zoom off to my destination..

It was a rather long but exciting journey to be honest. According to the (Queensland public transport website), the journey would take me about 1 hour 40mins to my destination. Along the way, I spotted Stones Corner where I did google up for duty free stores in Brisbane and a few said that the area was one of the must-go places for bargain hunters however, most of the stores are no longer in operation. Now people go to DFO at the Brisbane Airport and Jindalee as well as Harbourtown. Anyway, at Stones Corner, I spotted a Triumph factory outlet store! For the ladies who wear Triumph undergarments (I used to but not anymore), I guess you should check out the store. I didn't stop to check it out but I did see some 50% off signs so I reckon the store may offer a neat deal :-) Yes, the area kind of look dead/empty from my seat view.. but you never know there might be an interesting shop hidden in the area!

So off I go passing a lot of stores, schools, churches and even forest.. while I had Victoria Point Lakeside in mind, I passed Cleveland which I noticed had a nice view of the marina, several interesting shops and also a market! I was hoping that the Victoria Point was side by side with Cleveland but apparently it was further up. As I arrived Victoria Point, I was quite devastated that it looked dead. Yes it is definitely a mall beside a lake however, it didn't have any view of the river. Apparently most of the shops are closed on Sundays so imagine only a few shops that were open! But of course I didn't have any regrets checking out the place.. at least I know how it looks like. :-)

After a couple of minutes strolling around the place, I decided to catch a cab to Cleveland. As I arrived, eureka! I hit the jackpot. It had a stunning view of the river.. well I was hoping that the 'trip' involved me seeing Moreton Island from Victoria Point but apparently it's further up. I guess some other time :-) I walked around the marina, checked out the local market, had a scrumptious Calamari & Chips for lunch, listened to a boy singing "Down" by Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne. Oh my goodness.... he was sooooooooo good! I gave him $4 and he was absolutely thrilled. I'm not sure what's the minimum of giving money to buskers but what the heck..

Pictures are worth a thousand words so I'll let the below pictures do the rest of the 'talking'.. :-D

1.35pm - I left Cleveland..

2.00pm something... - Arrived at Cultural Centre and headed to Queens Street for a dose of Chocolate Milk Tea with Pearls. Slrrrppp..... Then went to HMV just to kill the time. Went into MARCS, FCUK and a bookstore that I can't remember what it's called then headed back..

Before heading home I went to Video Ezy for another round of DVD marathon. Picked up the L word (final season) for the sake of finishing it and a new TV series entitled Drop Dead Diva.

At Victoria Point Lakeside

Welcome to Cleveland..

Petrol station :)

 Nice market.. :) But didn't get anything though..

Love these ornaments.. :)

 Entertainment of the day :)

 Looks like a Tiki..

Fish on Fire!

Calamari & Chips :)

Day 3 (delayed entry)

I just got back from a little outing but before I blog about it, here's what I did yesterday:

Yesterday was a rather relaxing day for me.. I promised myself to get up early and go to Victoria Point but instead, I woke up at almost 1pm. What did I do? I decided to have a nice lunch - Salmon Teriyaki from the Japanese restaurant opposite my apartment and watch the rest of the DVDs that I had borrowed. The DVD marathon lasted until about 11pm.. Watched the whole the L word (fifth season) and La Vie En Rose.

Apparently I've watched Desperate Housewives (fifth season) so yes, my $7.95 of rental went bye bye. But nevertheless, La Vie En Rose made the rest of my 'expenditure' worthy.. I've always wanted to watch it.. For years I've been searching for the movie but couldn't find it in Malaysia (or I didn't look at the right place). Thank goodness I spotted it at the video store :-) It makes me want to be fluent in French even more! I have the basics but yeah, just the basics.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 2 of my one month break

Welcome day 2.. I know I had a lot in mind to fill you in however, due to the fact that I woke up slightly late and that I was so curious to know what I got for my video assignment and report, I decided to cancel the plan which was - to hop on the train to wherever and take pictures! So I went to uni and with my heart thumping so fast curious what I was about to get for the assignment, I lifted up my paper which was in the box in front of my lecturer's office, went straight to the back page where he write our marks together with some comments, syukur Alhamdulillah, I got a "6-6+" over 7. :-D That's how they grade things here. It's on a scale of 1 to 7. Four is a pass.. 5 a distinction.. and 6 and 7 is excellent. I was so thrilled upon receiving the marks cause I knew that I worked so hard to produce the video and the report. I even went to see my lecturer twice before submitting the work.. just so that I was heading the right direction. It has definitely covered up my gloomy mood due to the exam that I knew I worked hard but I just couldn't do it.

Upon returning home, I decided to check out the video store behind my apartment. Since I have nothing better to do today, I grabbed the complete fifth season of Desperate Housewives, the complete fifth season of the L word (for the sake of continuing what I left out and it has nothing to do with Alice that people claim that I look like her but I will still deny that) and the movie that I've been wanting to watch for quite some time, La Vie En Rose featuring Marion Cotillard and Gerard Depardieu. Since I only have 3 days to rent for Desperate Housewives and it has seven discs, I'll definitely start watching that in a bit and watch the rest before the 7 days hire expire.

Depending on what time I wake up tomorrow, I may be taking those pictures. Just maybe... Off to become a desperate housewife!

Day 1 of my one month holiday

It's 12.45am right now and I promised myself that I would go to bed early. I had such a relaxing day with two of my friends - Mia and Aaina. Both me and Mia are done with our exams leaving Aaina (last exam on Wed) and the others - Nabila, Rurry and Zafri (last exam some time next week).

The day kicked off at 12pm where the three of us had a nice meal at Satay Club. I had Indo Fried Mee while Aaina had Peking Duck Rice or something and Mia had Chicken Rice. Yes, it was a satisfying meal.. Of course it's not the best if you compare with the dishes in Malaysia but for goodness sake, you can't compare! And don't ever convert the price AUD$10 for a dish into Malaysian ringgit otherwise you would feel turned off. Think of it as 10 ringgit.. (it's still pricey but whatever) :-D

We then went shopping for a few items.. well they did. I just went window shopping cause I didn't feel like splurging any money just yet. I have my eyes on the new Xbox 360 which comes out on the 1st of July. But, I can't promise that I would buy it nor I wouldn't! :-P After a couple of hours of browsing and purchasing (referring to them), we then decided to have a nice hot drink and some desserts. Mmm... love the fruit flan! After the session, Aaina decided to takeaway some food at Satay Club for dinner but all of us then diverted our plan and decided to walk around South Bank :-D We found a nice spot for us to lie on the grass and had a nice chat about random things. It got a tad chilly after awhile then we then shifted our way back to the city.. it's just about 5minutes walking distance by the way.

All of us not wanting to go back home early claiming that "the night is still young..". Well it was actually! We then decided to have a nice dinner at a Korean restaurant called Madtongsan II. Can't remember what the dish was called but it had this weird but funny name consisting the word "dub" and "bub". We had a bowl of rice and spicy squids. Mmm....!

Right after, we went to the Asian grocery store below the restaurant then 7-eleven - Aaina wanted to buy some stuff. Then went back home :-D

Despite the day sounding as though it was just like an ordinary outing.. nothing special but truthfully, I had a wonderful time. It was such a highlight of the week! Of course, in addition, I managed to relax my thoughts and forget about the exam yesterday... :-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Feeding my soul with good food, music and DVDs.

I'm back home.. well my exam ended at 1.30pm but decided to go buy some groceries to feed my soul. Truthfully I wanted to go to the city but I hopped on the wrong bus.. Well actually I was aware that the bus I was about to enter was not the right bus (it only goes to Toowong which is where I usually stop and hop on another bus straight home). But I don't know why.. my body just went straight in. Idiot. What did I do then? I diverted my plan and decided to go grocery shopping at Toowong mall and have a nice kebab alone..

Another insane thing happened was that after buying groceries and having the scrumptious kebab, I hopped on the bus back home.. While normally I would hop on any bus that stops at the bus stop near a pub cause one of my friends once told me that all of the buses that stops there passes through my apartment. So I blindly hopped on the "Fig Tree via Taringa" bus. Normally I would hop on the others such as "Kenmore", "Moggil" or "Chapel Hill". Suddenly... instead of passing through my apartment, it went to another direction further away from my apartment! So yes, I walked back home.. down and up a hill.. thank goodness it wasn't very far but still, what a day....!

How did my exam go? I wish I could curse.. but I know that it wouldn't change a thing. I am positive that I studied hard for this exam. I studied day and night for the past week or more. I must say, it's the best record that I've ever accomplished! I read the whole 548 pages of text book. Went through the online quiz.. even repeated some of the chapters (both quiz and textbook). Extracted some important information that I felt that I need to memorise.. Basically, I was glued to my table. What an accomplishment. So I thought.. I had to answer 50 multiple choice questions, 2 short answers out of 5 and another essay on our group performance. I must say that out of the three sections, the only one that I think I did well is the essay question. Which only weighs 20%. I'm pretty worried with Part B (short answer) as out of 5 questions, I only knew one! So yes, the other question that I had selected, I blindly answered it. And yes, I answered it wrongly. I just checked it.

Anyway, I don't want to say anything further in regards to the exam. At this moment, I'm just hoping that I do pass and as for the other three courses, I do hope that I excelled in it. I told my dad about this.. and he told me to not worry and now to pray to God that everything will be fine. It's a nice feeling to receive such message..

I'm going to go watch my DVD now.. it's the only thing I can do to calm my mind.

One month break here I come!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tomorrow's my exam

Tomorrow's my exam and all I have to say for today is:

"Ya Allah, kuatkan lah ingatanku, lapangkanlah dadaku dan tenangkan fikiranku ketika menjawab peperiksaan esok. Amin."

Monday, June 14, 2010


When was the last time that I had to understand and memorize vital informations for an exam? When was my last exam again? Degree... degree.. Ah, yes.. May last year! Now it's a whole month now, I'm kinda getting a bit rusty!
Like during diploma and degree, my method of studying for exams is by reading the whole text book. Yep you heard me right. I tend to read the whole textbook due to the fact that I don't believe in short notes. While some people tend to write mini notes and fold an A4 paper into small sections, I just can't do that. Ok actually I can but I just don't and won't..
As mentioned before, this Wed is my exam and I managed to read the whole 548 pages of textbook. Whether I managed to understand or memorize the content, is a different story. I'm reading certain chapters another round to make sure I do memorize vital information such as EPF MEN.
What's that?

How to deal with resistance to change:

1. Education and communication
2. Participation and involvement
3. Facilitation and support
4. Manipulation and cooptation
5. Explicit or implicit coercion
6. Negotiation and agreement.


My lunch :)

I just got back from the mall.. Just a quickie cause I have an exam on Wed - Managing Organisational Behaviour. It's a pretty interesting course to be honest. It's very new to me.. Previously I did my diploma in Mass Communication and as for degree, I majored in Journalism. I'm studying a lot of new courses for my MA (Organisational Communication). Despite it has "Communication" in its title, however, most of them are relatively new to me and it's more of a management thing. As mentioned, this semester I'm studying Managing Organisational Behaviour and three others which are Communication & Organisation, Issues & Crisis Management (love it!) and lastly Business Negotiation. What's in store for the upcoming semester? So far I've enrolled for the Cross Cultural Management, Communication Management, Quantitative Business Research Methods and Marketing Communication Management. Yes management, management, management. Teehee. But nevertheless I look forward what's in store for the new semester.

Was thinking of having kebab for lunch but figured, I wanted something for a change. Voila! A bunch of Tamagos (egg rolls) and Salmon! Yes both are my fave! And of course, two pens for Wed. :)

Lewis Hamilton wins the Montreal F1 race!

It's 10.30am right now and I was hoping that I woke up an hour in prior. I lost an hour due to me day dreaming. What I have in store for today is to hop on the bus to Indooroopilly shopping mall and go buy a pen for Wednesday. Of course it doesn't involve just that. I'll buy my scrumptious kebab (lamb+beef) and a cup of Bubble Tea. Bloop bloop bloop...

Got up and went straight to my laptop just to see the results for last night's F1 race in Montreal.Yep I had a huge feeling that Hamilton would win! And yes, I've always been routing for him since he entered F1! He's such a great driver.. young but highly professional. It doesn't matter what people say about his attitude (if he does truly have one) cause in the end, he always wins the race! Ok maybe I exaggerated with the always. If there aren't any crashes or any problems with his car during race or pit stop, I often see him up on the podium :) Last week he won the race in Turkey. I do hope he wins for the upcoming races cause I do want to see him clinch the title this year. :)

Anyway, I'm going to go head for the showers and go buy myself the pen and the dose of kebab. It's yummy you know.. it's unlike the ones you get in Pasar Malam in Malaysia. The vegetables are very fresh and crunchy and the meat... MashaAllah.. indescribable! Haha. Ok I exaggerated on that one too. But it's nice..

Before I sign off for just a couple of hours, here's a picture of Lewis Hamilton and his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger from Pussy Cat Dolls. Nah... I'm not jealous. I'm already engaged for goodness sake! If I want a racer from the start, I would've dated a kart-racer and hope that he goes into F1! Cause it would be highly impossible to skip my way through to F1 right? :)

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Do I look like.... a lesbian?

Hello again.. to whoever's reading this. Farhana? haha. Here's a weird entry from me.. well actually it's something that has been ongoing in my life which is.... people think that I look like Alice from "the L word". Yes, that lesbian tv series. At first one of my close friends mentioned about it but since I never watched it and didn't intend to, I just googled up the person and had forgotten about it. That was two years ago I think.. Oh and she also said that I walk, talk and make jokes like her.

End of last year one of the BTN participants told me the same thing. At first I thought she said "El Wood".. Or "Elle Woods" as in the character played by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Then the next day, I remembered that my friend mentioned about "the L word" and when I asked the person, and she said "yes..".

There were also a few people here said the same thing... so weird lah.. what did I do next? A couple of weeks ago I went to Video Ezy situated behind my apartment to accompany my housemate to rent some dvds when I spotted the TV Series. Curious what the series is about, I rented it.. and skipped my way through the fourth season. The final season is the sixth season by the way. So yep I watched it.. monitoring closely at Alice.. I guess what's similar is our forehead.. our wide forehead.. the rest I'm not too sure.. What do you think?

Oh just a little bit of review on the L word, well, it's an interesting tv series. I mean for those who are homophobic, don't watch! Of course there are scenes of you know what but other than that, the storyline is pretty intriguing.. the ups and down of their life. Not all of them are young by the way.. you'll have a lecturer, a hairstylist, a rich chick, a journalist, a chauffeur...etc.. semua perempuan lah!

This is Alice... do I look like her?

Alice is not her real name.. can't remember what's her real name.. but she also has a band (a real life band) called Uh Huh Her.

The state of my desk

Exam is coming up.. Wednesday to be precise and I have a whole lot of junk on my table. I have a tin of cream wafers, two box of cereals (Milo and Crispix), two bottles of mineral water, a stack of postcards that I've yet to send to whoever, my only music album - Glee (I've left the others in Malaysia), books, papers, stationaries all over the desk... you name it!

Oh and currently it's freeeeeeezing! Hence, the purple fleece blanket on the chair.
Well it's not as freezing as London. It's Brisbane!

April 25, 2010.. The day I turned 24

Is it too late to post a picture of my birthday celebration? I organised a small BBQ poolside party in conjunction to my 24th birthday. Invited very close friends.. we had steak, lamb, sausages, cake, some snacks, potato salad and kuehs. Oh and after the whole eating, I was thrown into the pool and my housemate even threw flour all over my head.. sweet!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

What else happened?

In May 2010, I was featured in a teen magazine in Malaysia called REMAJA.

For the past few months since my last update, I'm now in Brisbane, Australia doing my Masters Degree in The University of Queensland

It's been awhile since I last updated my blog. I have this tendency of posting one or two posts then attempt to try a new blog site. If you google up my name, I'm pretty sure you'll come across some of my old blogs. I've tried wordpress, something diary.. friendster's blog.. a lot to be honest. But only this particular site, I've been a bit more loyal. :)

Anyway, pictures are worth a thousand words so below are pictures of my university and some of my classmates: