Saturday, August 23, 2008

Happy 26th Birthday, Sis


Dear Udish,

For all those time that we've grown up together, I could never thank you more for being my wonderful sister, friend and critic. Perhaps the most wonderful of them all! You taught me so much about life and it seems just like yesterday when I tagged along with you to the groceries store and threw a tantrum for you not buying me this candy or that tid-bits (which you later bought, in most cases).

On this day, I wish you all the happiness in the world and may you, your husband and your child (or children, hehe) will always be blessed and protected by The Almighty through thick and thin. May the coming years bring you nothing short of utmost joy and peace.

Here's to the fabulous two-six!

Lots of love,
Uteq

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chrome Ferrari - OTT and WTH?



I came across an article about some guy (filthily rich) whom had his chrome Ferrari custom made especially for him. And I got the pics accompanying it as well.

Alright.

I have to admit, that seriously look FIERCE. It's nice.

At the same time, it's wayyy too over-the-top and makes you wonder 'What the hell?'

Surely the Ferrari makes everyone knows that this dude is SUPER rich (like having a Ferrari wouldn't do the justice?). But is it necessary for a chrome Ferrari?

You be the judge :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Awie & Ziana Zain - Senja Nan Merah


I don't really blog about Malay songs/artistes because there are so few of them who are really up to the standard of being dare said as 'G-O-O-D'.

One of my favorite singers of all time has to be Ziana Zain. Of why I adore her, I'll tell in different post. But this one is about the beautiful song she did with Awie and was written by M Nasir, a renowned songwriter and art-enthusiast in Malaysia.

It is a very beautifully-done song about the need to wake up and see the real things happening around the world and not to be fooled by the pictureque lives surrounding us, where people are suffering and the world is collapsing while we are carried away by everyday's vanity.

Masihkah kita termangu di bawah pepohon itu
Ketika hujan melunturi danau yang terusang
Tidak pernah dibilang hari
Hanyalah debar yang terasa... terasa

Setiap hari dibuai mimpi yang terindah
Dengan menghitung senja merah dihujung sinar
Mencipta keheningan rahsia
Pada sehimpun kenangan
Menyimpul satu makna diruang yang lurus ini

Haruskah kita mencari pada gunung dan lurah
Liku-liku curam insani
Haruskah kita mencari puncak mengilau cahaya
Dalam hidup seribu warna
Dibawah teriring ungkapan pada sebuah wajah
Yang lara kesepian

Haruskah kita mencari dalam senja begini
Kembali kita bertemu
Haruskah kita mencari dalam simpati wangi
Membilang kenangan yang abadi
Seperti menuggu mentari senja
Menghilang perlahan-lahan disebalik
Awan yang merah

Dibalik awan yang merah
Dibalik awan yang merah

This was an old song, written, recorded and performed way back in 1997 or 1998. I just happened to listen to it again while browsing my songs collection. The download link will be uploaded.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Geram!

I know I don't actually live here, I'm just staying here (for a while, I pray) partly because I wanted to and because you invited me.

So, I'm expecting some kind of respect from all of you, as I am respecting the whole household because you're living there first and because all of you are much, much older than me.

But, to discard me like your cat while you guys are off to some birthday party (which I later learned, held in some warung - a.k.a like your daily dinner) without any direct acknowledgment is, say, cruel.

Totally inhumane at all.

It's not that I so wanted to go to the warung-dinner-cum-birthday-party. I just expected those dick heads to tell me properly that it was just between them (because they are close friends eversince the school days) and I would totally understand that. Trust me, I don't have any affection to sit at a table with a bunch of unknowns. I rather be with myself listening to Duffy all night long.

Instead of being grown-ups, they go around all merrily dressed and giggling and head off without even saying anything.

The best part is, I invited one of them (due to courtesy) to my bestfriend's birthday party the evening before and that was another story. I asked her for some spare capacity for my lovely friend here because I don't feel right dumping him at home while I'm out having a great time with my circle.

And the very next day, he and the rest of the gang didn't even bother to bring me along or even ASK me whether I would like to join them or not. Trust me, I would've say NO a million times even if you insisted. Talk about returning the favor right?

At the end of the day, I came to a conclusion that I shall do whatever that I want regardless of the people that kept piggyback-ing me. No more, after this alright. If I wanna have fun with my friends, then I'll go out and have fun with them. If you don't care, then I shan't as well. Period.

Touche.

Monday, August 4, 2008

"When Life Gives You Lemon, Make Lemonade"

As I was browsing through my Facebook, I came across the section about favourite quotes and being an avid reader and viewer of Oprah Winfrey, I had put there one of her sayings which goes:
"Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you"

True - that saying had said a mouthful of meanings there. You can't just sit around and pray, hoping everything would turn out the way you would want things to be. You have to get up and work your ass off to make your plan comes alive. Or else, God himself wouldn't be bothered to help you.

Then, I remembered another saying which I'm very sure everyone should be familiar with:
"When life gives you lemon, make lemonade"
As I grow older and perhaps wiser, I realized how brilliant that saying is.


I learned, you can never have any excuse for the things that you didn't do or did. You have absolutely no capacity to say "I'm not fit for this", "I'm not good enough", "I can't do that", "I'll fail definitely" or any other silly remarks that would eventually bring you down.

No matter how tough the time gets, there's always a way or perhaps ways to fix it and turn it all around. You have to take charge of it as the action starts from you.

Use any opportunity that you have around you to make it work and it will work out just fine.

...which brings me to another great quote:
"The dawn starts just after the darkest night"
Go figure :)


Carrie Bradshaw Made Me Do So




Alright, there's absolutely nothing queer about a man loving shoes - lots of them. There are men who collect cars, watches, baseball cards and as for me, well, I appreciate good shoes and sure I do love them.

I have to admit how Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City The Movie 'inspired' (sorta) me to feel good about thing that we like and thus, buy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it if you can afford it and not bugging others for their dosh to buy it.

So, I like shoes and I think there's absolutely no harm in owning more than 2 pairs of footwear. In fact, I can go to classes with each pair of shoes everyday for 4 consecutive weeks without wearing the same twice. Haha.

Oh, did I mention that I only like shoes with labels? (Why am I being so diva-ish here? Astagfirullahalazeeemmmm)

The other day I was having a tough day, juggling 2 assignments and 1 tutorial with all due on the very next day and needless to say, I cracked up.

There was absolutely no other better way to brighten up that gloomy day than treating myself to these new pair of shoes!

And...it wasn't on discount. Just saying!