Friday, March 04, 2016

The Irritation Continues...

It's midday and I don't really have anything completed as yet. Urgh... Slept late doing the freaking ExSummary, so I woke up late. Actually, I was rudely awakened from my half-asleep state by the sound of a retching cat. As soon as my nose was awake, it detected the awful smell of cat shit, right in the middle of my carpet, where i normally pray. Wonderful. Lucky the retching only yielded a messy spit. Why does all my cats not know how to meow when they need to leave the room??? Leo was spokes-cat and when he disappeared, no one developed the ability to vocalise, it seems.

Wasted time cleaning up the mess with toilet paper and cleaning rag. Had to iron a tudung because i didn't have anything else presentable to wear. Showered and spent MORE time drying my wet hair so I wouldn't smell like a wet carpet later on.

Went down to the parking lot and the fucking power crazy JMB guys had put a notice on my car about parking in white boxes. Hell, if you did that when I purposely parked the car in yellow lots during the day, I wouldn't have minded as much. But I parked it there when I got home at midnight yesterday. My usual spot was full. With no street lighting, I couldn't even tell if the lines were yellow or white! And who bloody cares, really? I go to work by ten latest. Seriously takde kerja eh?

Went to the bank to sort out the online login problem. Decided to just stamp the cheque and leave it at the counter while I sorted out the other thing. Went to get some cash and my other ATM card was retained. Lucky they had it when it was my turn so settled both at the same time. Now online banking is back on track, so all I need to do is wait for the incentive payment to clear, then I can settle up the personal loan. Insya Allah, everything can be done by next week latest.

Somehow eating brunch and tapauing backup food took an inordinately long time. And once in, Serena started asking about some obscure stupid book i never came across before. Seriously, where does she find all this fucking information? And I still need to finish work before this afternoon's team meeting with FP. Ugh. I need a rich husband PDQ. Thank you.

Being Irritated

It's 2 a.m. now and I'm pretty well irritated. Someone wanted me to come up with something just before I was to leave for climbing. What did she expect me to do? Tell my friend I had to cancel and spend all night writing?

As it is, I came home a little earlier than usual, ate overpriced food at the mamak to save time and rushed the little2 things I normally need to do at home. The cats got in the way, my knees hurt and I fucking lost my bank cards. This is not normally a problem, except that I forgot the new online password i made the other day and now I'm locked out. The freaking bank book is also together with the bank card. Well done. Now your money is "safe" coz you can't get it out until you sort out this bloody mess. And I was planning to clear my personal loan tomorrow. At least I have a few more days to get THAT sorted out!

Ugh. This is SO annoying. I have been trying to work more efficiently, but one after another stupid request keep cropping up, which necessitated time consuming scans through the thousands of photos we had of our activities. So now I'm backlogged again, unless I work through the weekends and way into the night.

It didn't help that I was unwell and so bloody exhausted the first few days of the week. It was due to rhinitis and it has something to do with my cats, but I can't simply ditch them out of the house. It may be a "practical" solution to some, but it's a bloody cop out for me.

Dammit, I can't even vent out now for fear that it will come back to me, but in a nutshell, I'm really not happy with my housemate. I still need a fucking shower before I can go to bed. Have been waiting to cool down and dry the sweat, but it's so hot and humid I'm getting nowhere with that. I'm turning on the AC and hope that helps. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Opening up

You know colouring is a trend right now, kan? Bought myself a cheap book recently and played with various mediums. It's quite true, I did discover things as I went along. I knew I always liked things to match, but now I realise that I can be fussy with the results too. I mean, look at this piece. I did it because the others I worked on were quite warm with flowers etc. This one is cool due to the arctic theme. I actually redid quite a lot of this piece. I used to just let things go, like if the colours  didn't quite jive. But with this one, I actually erased the jarring bits and recoloured. And in the end I think it's totally worth the effort because I really like the way the colours blend together. I learnt to experiment on small sections so that I could change if the result was not up to expectations. In a way, it relates back to real life, right?
This is another piece that I found problematic. The colours were too coarse at first. So I blended them up with water (I used FC Watercolour Pencils). Really like the finish now. The bottom of the nest may be a little dark, but I've decided to let it be for now. Just like life, right? Sometimes you need to fix things immediately and sometimes you can afford to wait and see. 
I believe I've found a hidden interest in art, something I have not given any thought to all these years. I bought a gingerbread house in Ikea the other day, and I was thinking of decorating it with icing - another art form I never dared to explore before. Will I succeed? Time will tell :) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Day 13, The Journey Home

The final day.... least exciting, I suppose. But it's always nice to come back home after being away for some time - no matter how exciting the trip had been.

My flight was at 11.45 a.m., but as usual, one needs to leave early for the airport etc. I was lucky that the airport wasn't too far away, so I had the luxury of a decent breakfast before checking out of the hostel. Had done some homework the night before and found that I could take the bus all the way to the airport - with just one change in Haarlem. I budgeted an hour plus for that, so left around 8.30 a.m. Excellent choice because I only had to pull my luggage about 10 meters from the hostel to the bus stop opposite. If I had to drag it all the way to the train again I would have cried!

I was really glad buses in Netherlands had a schedule and they actually came on time. Compare that to our chaotic system.... no schedule and always being stuck in traffic. If there was a schedule, it would be impossible to keep anyway. The first leg to Haarlem was quite short and the second bus was just about to leave when I arrived, so there was not much waiting at all. The only glitch, if you could even call it that, was that the information online was outdated, so tickets cost a bit more than I prepared. I had enough change though, so no issue there.

Got to the airport more or less on time, but got a little confused on where to go. Asked information and off I went. Again, the only problem was that the check in counter was very, very, very far from where I started. Having decided to not take a trolley, it was quite a distance to pull 25 kg of luggage around. My wrist got a little twisted from that...

Check in was easy. Discovered my limit was 30 kg, not 25 as stated on the ticket. Darn, it could have saved me a lot of repacking if I knew that! A bit of drama at the security checkpoint, because they detected the presence of liquids in my laptop bag - which turned out to be moisture in the pack of bread and cheese I had stuck in there. Ha.

Boarded soon enough, no drama at takeoff and found there were enough open seats on my row to actually lie down and sleep! So the flight went by nicely. Took Jim's advice and slept at approximately 12 Malaysian time. The dinner and breakfast timing was a bit weird, but it worked.

Arrived in KL at 6 a.m. the next morning, got a cab home, unpacked a little, then went for Mandarin class. Was a bit blur, but it was OK. Evening I went to the office for something (I forget what), and snoozed a little in the car because I was REALLY sleepy then. Otherwise it was fine, and it was much easier to recover from the jetlag compared to the 2006 trip. Bless you, Jim.

A month later, I still have not updated my blog and am still going through my thousands of photos. Oh well, it's not urgent. Am trying to catch up with work actually. Happy Maal Hijrah! May this year bring me a lot of good rezeki and a decent husband :D Ameen....  

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Happy Holidays Day 4

Fast forward to day 4... We were in Lake District by this time. I'll get back to the other days in due time :)

We had breakfast at the picnic table just outside the hotel  before driving to Lake District. Just tuna, bread and coffee, nothing fancy. It didn't take very long to reach the Lakes area, we stopped by Windermere, then Dove Cottage and then Buttermere via the country roads.

Windermere is a pretty little lakeside village. We walked around and took photos until the parking meter ran out. We continued on to Dove Cottage.

Now Dove Cottage was the home of poet William Wordsworth. It wasn't his last home, but it was where many of his works were written. Basically a place of much inspiration to him. We took tons of photos of the plants outside, then followed a guided tour into the cottage. The cottage was actually quite small but at some points in time, they had up to 14 people living there! The kids stayed in a small, unheated room above the buttery which is the coldest part of the house. Poor kids! After the tour we took more photos in the upper garden, then went to the cafe next door for some sustenance.

In Dove Cafe I had my first ever Welsh rarebit. Note that it's rarebit, not rabbit. It's basically cheese melted on bread. The dish was  filling as it came with some couscous and salad. thought it was way too much cheese for one meal though. Had it with tea and that was enough to keep us full until evening.

We then drove around the countryside, stopping by now and then to take photos. I got a whole bunch of nice photos. I'm SO happy. I swear we saw a llama at one of the fields... I slept quite a lot because the way Graham drives makes me dizzy/ sleepy. But I woke up just in time to catch a picturesque stony stream along the road, with grazing fields and sheep on them.

Later we stopped at Honister Pass which had a slate mine and took photos of the view. we also walked along a path there until the drizzle turned into heavy rain. Then we sook refuge in the visitor centre and I bought a few souvenirs.

Further along, we stopped by Buttermere which was next to another lake. Passed by a lovely old chapel and followed ads for homemade ice-cream at a farm. Unfortunately the shop had already closed for the day... We went to the lake and stream and hung out there taking photos until it got too dark. Then we drove back to the hotel. Got there just about nine, a decent time to solat and make a simple dinner before going to bed.

End of Day 4.