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Sunday, February 28, 2021

List of people's kindnesses towards me (pinned post, at least until February 28, 2021)

I become more appreciative so I decided to make a list of people's kindnesses towards me, as far as I could remember. As time flies, I will try to come back to this post and update the list. Why I decided to make this list? So that whenever I were to be in hard times or maybe when I have that 'not everyone is kind do not believe anyone' particular moment life principle comes across my mind, I could read this list back and be like, "No kid. You are wrong. This world is still full of positive kind amazing people. It just that you forgot you have once encountered them. Might they be the people around you every single second or just somebody you thought to be nobody you found on the street."

1. I still remember how our seniors treated us super nicely when we first arrived here. Imagine a more-than-a-day flight from Kuala Lumpur to San Jose. No joke man. Super tiring. Super hungry. And they fed us with Ayam masak (ok i forgot. Will try to come back to this) and ikan bilis and nasi putih!!! They even offered to tumpangkan our luggages and stuffs at their place so that it would be easier for us to move into our new house straight after we finished classes, although we refused at first (budak-budak baru nak up memang bajet bagus mcm ni la). On our first day at Ohlone, they even bought us Pringles Sour and Cream from the cafe and bottles of mineral water each for ten of us their juniors. And Arifah who guided me to my first class at Ohlone down the hill. And Arifah even offered to help us bought the comforters, pillows, whatnot for our first night at apartment we just moved into. Kak Piki and Ain who took the bus with us to Walmart together to get all other stuffs: periuk kuali, pinggan mangkuk, sudu garfu, tuala, baldi, selimut, etc. Shoutout to super Ohlone seniors: Eisqil, Alyn, Faizul, Kak Piki, Arifah, Kak Zaza, Azlina, Aina, Iman, dan Ain.

2. Kak Niza and Abang Wan invited us over to their home for buka puasa together. Kak Niza cooked us Mi Hailam, Ayam Masak Merah untuk Nasi Tomato, kari daging, acar. Love.

3. Aunty Ninie cooked us Ayam Masak Merah and (i forgot, again) recently for our buka. Thank you.

4. When the leasing center I am currently residing wanted fumigate our house, they politely asked us to move out to hotel they have arranged for us. Ok. We got to Marriot, with an open bar at the lobby. Screw the leasing management, but A BIG THANK YOU to Mirza Haikarl and Syahmi Izzat for bearing with us at the Marriot's lobby for the whole afternoon. They guys helped to drive Asiah, Elisha, and Fatin to the hotel right after class at 3, then decided to wait for that management people who promised to either call back the lobby or directly come and settle the issue down till 6 pm. And the leasing center was closed we couldn't reach them people of leasing center f. Called our seniors, again, to help us out. And again these two guys who stayed with us for hourssssss willed to drive us, again, to the new place. A big thank you!!! Not to forget to Rahmat Zaki too.

5. Today is July 3 2016. So on Thursday we wanted to have Nasi Arab at East Bay Islamic Center iinm, but we arrived at 9.30 pm when all the food was finished. When we arrived, I went to this one beautiful lady and "Is there any food left?" and she went "No dear. All finished." But then she walked to a group of makciks having their meal at a table. A few moments later, another both innerly and out beautiful lady came with a butter container. "Here I have some pasta for you three. You can have some. Here!" so eagerly they served us three. They even added some kind of rolls, chickens, and roti in our plates. "If you need more, come and get this extra pasta."  Love.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Little meaningful thing

I've been breaking fast at the Islamic Center since the second week of Ramadan, which was last week because we are pretty efficient ladies at avoiding to cook. No cooking-> no need to buy grocery-> less spending-> more money this month. Berkat dan rezeki bulan puasa.

On our way to the Islamic Center yesterday, we got off at this stop in front of a supermarket. Then this one black guy approached us and took out his just-bought bananas from the supermarket (I'm assuming they are organic) and gave them one for each of us. Aw. Terharu betul. Then he boarded the bus. 

And the fact that earlier of the day while I was doing my laundry, I gave $1 to a guy who said he needed it, and later get greater in return later on the same day, damn. Just $1! I don't usually give change had anyone asked for some, but I just happened to have extra changes and I figured it's Ramadan so why not plus it's just a dollar, that figuration, if the word even exists and I used it right, really rewarded me back with a great return. 

Besar ok pisang dia bagi ni. Kenyang makan buat buka puasa.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ramadan 1438 H

It is summer. I am taking Biochemistry class for this first 6-week session. God I love my professor she is super great at presenting the materials!

So after I spent my 10 days in Cairo and Alexandria, I visited Istanbul for 3 days with Cek Nab. This decision of spending my 2 weeks was one of the best decisions I have ever made! After the scam I got into on the first day at the Great Pyramid, I thought I'd want to just spend time in the hostel I stayed in for the next 9 days in Egypt. Glad I wasn't completely stupid to do that. Thanks to Izzati and Fatin, or shall I address them as Drs. Izzati and Fatin, and Drs. Farihah and housemates for the great accommodation and hospitality while I was there, I got to spend the rest of my 9 days less being scammed/lied/left confused with the language I had little fluency in even in formal Arabic, let alone in Egyptian dialect. I survived with their help, and learnt few basic words too; the best part of the trip. I hope I won't forget the experience I gained because I am telling you I am so lazy to write them down right now.
Good luck on that dear brain.
I was so determined to write a long and dense entry earlier but now mehh.

The sole purpose I logged on to blogger was to tell the world how lonely I feel right now as everyone goes back to Malaysia and here I am alone spending time learning and appreciating the great and minute details of amino acids and protein folding mis-folding. God is great. Even the little tiny structures are planned, invented, and created to the minute perfectly detailed ones that people have been spending like forever on studying them. Subhanallah.

And Istanbul. Go visit Istanbul. Very historical. Love.

Ramadan Kareem.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Day 1 in Cairo

Ini entry penuh dengan caci maki ok.

Babi. I basically visited the Pyramids and gave donation sedekah whatever you call it to those poor locals at the same time. I should have acted and dressed like a poor. I won't have anything expensive with me anymore, not even a purse.
Eeeee haram jadah betul. 
That's it. Imma reflect on my actions and see how I could be lebih keras, kejam, kental, dan bukannya pemurah bendul tak tentu masa sepanjang aku di sini.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


sometimes I'm just simply impressed by how my neuronal synapses make connections to develop this thought for writing. I guess at the end all praises go to Allah the Almighty.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Cooked and Served the residents of Pitt's Family House

I just finished my midterms for all of my courses taken this semester. Now I am left with 5 finals and 1 research paper. Synaptic Transmission and Functional Neuroanatomy are serving me real good but still hoping to hit that solid A grade tho. I hope finals can serve the purpose. Plus Dr. Meriney is offering extra 1% if 85-90% of the class take that OMET survey. I mean, it's a 1% kot!! Could get you from B+ to an A-!!

These past two weeks have been quite hellish.
It makes me realize how as a Muslim, or human being in general, greatly our iman boleh bertambah berkurang. My real struggle is Fajr prayer. Especially when recently I go to bed past 3 am and usually wake up when it's almost noon. Bad, I know. Still improving myself and working on it. Not easy, especially during this time when finals are coming.

Anyway, today I volunteered to cook and serve the residents of Family House.
I made hash brown. I've never made/seen those unshaped ones. I thought it's gonna easy like simple putting them onto the pan and flip flip done. But they got us the diced ones. Made three batches in an hour! Total failure! Lol. Masak sambal nasi lemak senang lagi.
Well, as long as the residents are happy. And I'm going to OSU for their MASA tonight. Then, I signed up for go-karting tomorrow! I tidied up my room last night, now it's wayyyyyy better than when it was two weeks previously. Pretty productive weekend I would say. But still have one-month of laundry to be done. Will find time for that, maybe Monday.

Photo by Hailey. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Even after you took my one hour away

Today, one day after Daylight Saving ends, the clock goes one hour back again.
And we lost that precious hour! And imagine adjusting your circadian rhythm after a week of break, having to attend a 9-am class?!

Screw Daylight Savings!
Today is a great start to the season I hope!
I didn't skip my 9-am, I got my questions about academic planning and requirements answered, I walked back home all the way from campus and that's 2.4 miles, I took out trashes from both houses, I cooked, I printed all the handouts up on courseweb, I read my required readings (although not done yet but hey talk about progress), I registered for 2 volunteering activities; one tomorrow and another one in early April, andd after 2 semesters applying for jobs I finally received ONE reply today as Student Worker in this one lung disease lab! Can't wait!
Ah for capstone experience, I've asked this one faculty member and she's more than happy to have me in her lab, but the training won't be until September, and it's an olfactory lab! All good smelling stuff in the lab! But I still have to keep looking. I am interested particularly in the labs studying the diseases/treatments, that's why.
And, still waiting for my Ochem 2 score..........