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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.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

the most depressing day

okay as I have one paper to write and haven't written any academic piece in sooooo long, I thought I should write here first, to kinda keep the hand and brain coordinated. Actually I did write a reflection on an article on NY Times yesterday, and it was written back in 1999, reflecting on globalization back in 19th and 20th century. For someone who has not been writing in a while, I found it hard to get started, even though it was only less than 350 words. That was one small one. The one I really need to ace is due this Tuesday, and it needs to be 2500-word long. 

And I thought of writing about how depressing I felt last Thursday. I had class on 9.30 and missed the bus which supposed to let me arrive on time so I took another one 15 minutes later, and I arrived obviously 15 minutes later at campus. And it was raining, heavy. To make it worse, I forgot my umbrella and was drenched and that made me decide to skip that 9.30. and go to the library instead, where I found that I have two exams and one paper due coming Tuesday!!! 
So how did I react? Shit of course I panicked. Then I started hitting that database to start researching and fortunately I have a few topics in mind. It was a gloomy day, and still raining. I was hoping it to snow soon because I am tired of getting wet on the day I need to walk the most with no umbrella. I also went to see my professor about the paper and she hoped I survive this weekend. Appreciate that and will do my best, I replied. After I got home I found that shit why is this econ database different from dear scientific one I am adapting yet could not figure out why the link won't show full text of the excerpt I wanted. Head back to the library seeking for assistant. Whatever, bla bla, heading home once again and it started to snow yay but hey you know what when the weather is bad the chance of experiencing traffic congestion also high? Yeah two buses skipped on us because they were full, and I had to wait for the third bus just to get home in about an hour. Shitty traffic. Shitty snow and gloomy weather. And that was the most depressing day I have ever had this semester.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

first day of class. my last Fall semester!

and I still have not definitely decided on how I want my schedule to be.
It's now 1:55 pm. I've been home since 10 am.
I am waitlisted on position 4 for Neurochemical Basis of Behavior, a Neuro elective, and for that reason, I signed up for another class, you know, just in case. It's Neurobiology of Aging, which I attended at 9 am earlier of the day. And turns out, I kind of like it too! You see I am only required to take 2 electives for my major. I am reserving another spot for Functional Organization of the Nervous System which I plan to take on next semester, because it is also an interesting course- you get to learn about diseases of the nervous system intensively! I'll have to wait and see if I could get in the Behavior class this evening. If I could, it's going to be a very tough decision between the two for this semester.
Also, I want to retake Human Phys but only with Dr Sved because I mean come on he is the man. But it clashes with one Econ elective; Money and Banking. I am going for Econ minor, and also required to take two Econ electives. So, because of the conflict of time, I am currently enrolled for two Econ electives; Game Theory Principles is another. Now, my Microeconomics professor (which I am certainly taking this semester), is teaching Money and Banking, the one that clashes with Human Physiology, too. I read the reviews and they said she's pretty good, which is good... right? But Money and Banking is offered every term though, but is not going to be taught by this same professor.
The reviews for the professor of Game Theory Principles are somewhat mixed. Now, would it worth the risk of letting go of the class taught by a decently-reviewed which clashes with Human Physiology I am dying to retake and actually retaking it while proceeding with Game Theory Principles taught by a widely-ranged-reviewed professor, mostly bad, on his way of teaching?
I frankly currently do not have a definite answer.
I am just going to have to give this first week a try and will decide by this weekend.
It is not easy when you're not doing well in your field but actually extremely loving it.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

diy time

I watch random videos, and those include DIY abayas, kaftan, skirts videos.
As a constantly broke individual who happens to be a student and now starting to love to shop for clothes especially those from fast fashion companies and most of the time overly priced modest fashion websites, I thought I could probably make this diy thing my new hobby.
I hope it would work out and I could actually wear them abayas if I feel like to, and I hope for a cheaper price. Would first have to get a mini sewing machine, scissors, and measuring tape. And a visit to fabric store.
I hope this dream of me having a new hobby would be real.

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.