Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Onezerofivers are Two

In memory of two years in the administrative and diplomatic service.
Towards more productive years in the service.

Happy Second Anniversary, fellow Onezerofivers.

The Document: Pelan Strategik Pengajian Tinggi Negara

Just one word to describe how grateful we are for the successful launching of Pelan Strategik Pengajian Tinggi Negara and Pelan Tindakan Pengajian Tinggi 2007-2010. Alhamdulillah. By we, I mean everybody who has spent sleepless days and sacrificed their weekends for what I have previously referred to as The Document. This is it.

There were challenges and glitches in the process of completing the document. The same went for the preparation of the launch. Nevertheless, we choose to celebrate the 99.9 percent achievement rather than focusing on the 1 percent challenges and glitches.

Of course, we would analyse the weaknesses and improve them for the next process, namely the implementation. Therefore, constructive responses are welcome. For the support we received on the day of launching, thank you.

I am not representing the team. What I write here are merely my personal opinions. Which also came deep from my heart.

Sunday, August 26, 2007


When in doubt, watch fireworks from Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

As You Like It

Eventually, a Saturday of Kamal, Badminton World Federation Championships, and Ratatouille. Never mind that I am on standby mode for a task at the moment. Never mind that Sunday is the new Monday, as I need to go to the office later for yet another task.

When there is finally a Saturday for me to relax, I do not bother about the nitty gritty of house cleaning. Instead, I made over myself, thanks to Marie Claire online. All while enjoying my company.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cumi and Cuki

As soon as I opened the kitchen door, four pairs of beautiful eyes greeted me. Why, the cat and its kittens stayed. I first saw them last evening. Must be the cosy outdoor kitchen. It seems like Kamal and I would buy cat food the next time we do grocery shopping.

Oh, I miss Cumi and Cuki, The Chembong Clan's first and last resident cats. Both had white fur and blue eyes. My then little brothers chose the name Cumi and Cuki so that they will be a part of the members of Chez  Chembong who were in the house: Chechah, Cimi, Cajib, and Cilan.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I, Them

Insomniac moment. I cherish it with Everybody Loves Raymond and a blog entry. My only hope is an ability to stay alert during a meeting at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Due to the hectic schedule at work, I would only be updating once a week. The next time Nadzrul visits this page, he would not be able to comment "your blog update rate is amazing".

My Independence Day falls on August 27. Before the date, I will be a slave to The Document. Last Friday, knowing that I needed to work the whole of Sunday, Kamal and I had a cosy date at The Curve. Time to satisfy my sweet tooth as well. How I craved for a Wondermilk Cuppacake at The Apartment.

I soothed the sweet tooth first and foremost, which left me too full to have a proper dinner. 1901 sandwiches for us then. Later, that light dinner left a space for snacks in the cinema. Disturbia was a pleasant romantic thriller. Perfect with our new snack combo of cold green tea and crispy seaweed.

Saturday morning was for family friends in Kuala Lumpur. The afternoon was spent in Jusco Seremban 2 in search of a cappuccino cheese cake and a birthday present for my father. I ended up buying an advanced birthday present for Kamal, too.

One of my nephews was back in Rembau with his parents, my eldest brother and his wife. I succeeded to persuade a younger brother to be back home right after his evening class. I failed with another elder brother. He had 2000 pieces of traditional desserts to prepare. Another younger brother was still in Paris. The youngest brother you cooked dinner. I love the sight of Kamal in kain pelikat.

Before Kamal and I made our way back to Bandar Baru Bangi, my father offered to swap cars. The Kelisa goes back to my mother, as she rarely drives nowadays, while I drive the MyVi and continue paying for it. I told Kamal, I would not ask for anything else after this. Yes, I am easy to please. Still, my dream car is the Peugeot 407.

This morning, the Minister hosted Kenduri Durian at the assembly ground. I was out of mint supply, which reminds me that I must replenish it soon. The question is when. I look forward to post August 27.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

I Love My Weekend

In the past three days, the blog was suppressed by work and fatigue. In between work and fatigue, I chilled out with beautiful people. I particularly love my weekend.

Kamal and I were in Kelantan to be with our family. Such gathering has always been precious to us that bidding farewell was dreaded. The jungle train turned the otherwise melancholic moment into a romance. Excerpts of my weekend:

Ayue is going to tie the knot with her beau within two weeks. Fique and I gave her a memento to think us by. We met over lunch at Manhattan Fish Market. I did not bring the gift then just because I thought it would be really nice to have another date during dinner, which of course is an excuse to my senile moments that Friday. So, I fetched Ayue and Fique. Off we went to Bangi Chicken House. More laughter. Ayue, we hope you and your fiance would be more in love with our little gift.

While waiting for a delayed submission from the ministry vendor in Shah Alam, Kamal and I ventured into art galleries in SACC Mall. We marvelled at those masterpieces by the local artistes. The owner of the last gallery we visited is an artiste himself. Enthralled by his passion for art, being art enthusiasts ourselves, Kamal and I bought a simple abstract painted by him, whom we know as Muhsain. Too bad two of the water series have been sold. Must be the affordable price. An original artwork from a local artiste as a start. It may inspire us to commence our painting project.

At half past noon, Kamal fetched me at the meeting venue, where matters of The Document were discussed. We joined Rose and KC for lunch with CK, F, and Y at Alexis. Good food, great company. CK even gave a memento to me, a vintage Sachs handbag from her collection. I love it. Amiable friends they are.

For a weekend treat, Kamal and I shared a tall glass of milk and spoonfuls of warm brownies as well as sugar free moist chocolate cake. I have been indulging for the whole week indeed. Which I appreciate. Life is meant to be interesting. Next week, I look forward to having a car-pool date with Kamal.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Notes of Discussion

Notes of Discussion.

Ministry of Higher Education,