Thursday, November 29, 2012

WIEF Headache

21 of our students are selected to be the Liaison Officers and volunteers for the prestigious WIEF event which will start next week. We (the lecturers) were assigned to prep the students up before the interview, held a few weeks ago and out of 35 candidates 21 were chosen. It is an achievement for the students given the world class status of the event. We've been missing classes and presentations because of it and now the headache is how to replace that classes and when to reschedule the presentations since final exam is just three weeks away. On top of that, we still have to 'jengok-jengok' the students whilst the event is running. Where got time!! For me, I have enormous faith on the students, I try not to think negatively of them (that they might back out halfway, have nervous breakdown etc) but others, it seems do not agree with this think positive thing. I feel like giving them my biggest, strongest slap that I can muster. Alas, I'm just a newbie. They know better. Yes, of course. Here's my middle finger for your perusal.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I Did It!

After much deliberation (more like procrastination) I've finally sent the application for further studies today. I hope I'll get accepted. I need to move on professionally. I can't be stuck at the same level as I started about four years ago. I've learnt my lessons. If you let it, complacency will set in and when it does, you'll be scared out of your mind to venture into something new. So, yes, today I finally did it. May Allah bless this effort. Amin.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's Time!

I've been putting this off for a long time. It was supposed to be earlier last year, then I put it off to early this year, then end of the year. Now that I am here, I'm running out of excuses to hold it off any longer. I'm going to send my application tomorrow. The due date is next Friday. I hope I'll be accepted to further my master at UTM. It's high time. I need to move on and I have to move on. May Allah bless this journey. Amin.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So long for now...

I've been craving for a glass of teh tarik since last Sunday. After dinner I planned to have supper at the mamak stall across the road. Luckily, I got lazy. Yesterday, after work we stopped at the said mamak stall, because my other half wanted to have one. I didn't order mine because I remembered someone said that it's better to eat your calories than to drink it. So I resisted. So I felt good. So, so long teh tarik, for now.

Monday, November 19, 2012

They Do It Everywhere

People are making changes in their lives every minute of every day. Big or small, change is inevitable. To some change is a dirty word, one that is capable to conjure so many unwanted and oftentimes baseless fears. I'll be the first one to admit that I am afraid of changes too. My life is by no means great, it has its moments of ups and downs, mostly downs but to change, to move forward is something that is not easy to do for me. But I know I have to start somewhere and changing I feel about my body and taking control of what I eat is a good place to start, I think. Reading the success stories on how ordinary people like you and me transform their bodies and their lives makes me more determined to transform mine. And succeeding this, I hope I will have the courage to go for bigger feats. Once again I would like to share a wonderful transformation story from Myfitnesspal. From 405 pounds girl to a 173 pounds confident girl. This is bethygirlie. May Allah grant me the strength and will power to lose this weight. Amin.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Feeling Helpless

The Israeli militants are at it again. They are attacking the defenseless Palestinians on the Gaza Strip as an act of 'self defence'. Self defence my ass. I feel so helpless. Those pictures of children killed by the Jews. I can only make du'a for them. May Allah protect the Palestinians, give them extraordinary valor to face this great test. May Allah instill unspeakable fears in the hearts of the militants who are attacking them, incapacitating them and eventually stopping them from launching more attacks. Amin.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy 5th Anniversary

We're celebrating our 5th anniversary today. Five years! May happiness be ours until Jannah. In shaa allah.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Night and Day

I miss the camaraderie of old. I miss most of the people in this photo. May Allah bless them.
I am yet to feel at home here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Reading is such a joy. When I was growing up in the squatters of Pantai Dalam, I would frequent my grandparents' (from both sides) houses to read the never ending supply of URTV and the likes, thanks to my aunts. When I was in school, the library was my favourite place, apart from the canteen. As cliche as it may sound, reading took me to places I never imagined existed. I think that's the reason I became an educator because if I wasn't one I might abandon this love for the written words. Now I'm revisiting the authors who have long fascinated me, Agatha Christie and Patricia Cornwell. At the same time I'm trying to re-finish Napolean Hill's Unlimited Success. Reading 3 books at one time is normal for an 'ulat buku' like me. I have just finished The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Groovy Moony

I ate 5 pieces of pisang goreng today although I know it's going to burst the calories that I'm allowed to take, but I'm not going to reprove myself because of that. So what did I do? I burnt a little bit of that dancing to Drama King, What A Feeling, Summer of 69 and Dangdut is the Music of My Country.It took me only 15 minutes to do it and I felt good. Of course I need at least one and a half hour to burn all the calories, still better than nothing. According to SparkPeople, a 150lb woman who dances 10-15 minutes can burn an average of 100 calories, more if she is heavier. So there. I burnt more than 100 calories doing the crazy dance. May Allah give me the strength and determination to win this battle, Amin.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

All Fired Up

I'm using Myfitnesspal to count my caloric intake and so far I've been logging in almost religiously. To seek some motivations and inspirations I frequent the Success Stories column almost every day. I'm doing this alone so these success stories are important to keep me going. They tell me that it is possible. Here's an example. This is kayleighhand26 and her story. I started this journey on 4th Jan 2012 as a new years resolution and if I am being totally honest I was not sure I would stick to it... Fast forward 10 months and I have logged in for 310 days in a row and lost 63lb I still have another 7.5lb to go maybe a little more but I wanted to post a story with the hope it will inspire The mains things I have learned are: *This is not a diet it is a lifestyle change, sometimes you will have an off day but thats ok and make sure you allow yourself treats so you dont feel deprived and end up having a massive binge!* *It is not a quick fix and it will take time and dedication but the results are definately worth it!* *You do not need to eat really realy low levels of calories to lose weight, I realised pretty quickly that I could not sustain a 1200 limit and I increased this slowly over time and my body adjusted and my metabolism increased, I now eat anywhere between 1800-2000 calories I am still losing* *Listen to the advice and feedback that others have to give and make sure you give it back - the support network I have on here has been amazing* When I first started my goal seemed so far away but now it is so close and I am proud of what I have achieved DO NOT GIVE UP, YOU CAN DO IT!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Weigh in

As promised, today is weigh in day. Alhamdulillah I have lost around 5kg. I have started to wear my baju kurung again. I have a long way to go still and I intend to go all the way until I reach my goal weight around 68kg. May Allah give me the strength, determination and will power to lose the weight. Amin. Next weigh in will be on Dec 9.

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