Ending the August..

**Note**
This was supposed to be posted last Sunday. But I was not sure what happened, it failed to post even after 3 trials.
Since I’ve already has the entry, and even though it was past August, I posted today.
**End-Note**
Sunday was a special day. It was my country’s 57th Independent Day. Lot of fireworks. Since I was at my hometown, so most fireworks I can only hear not see. The big ones I can only watched in television. If I were at my house, I can clearly see the fireworks everywhere. But still since the tragedy of #MH17, the national celebration was not as big as we always had. Just fireworks and marching in the national stadium. Previous years, we had open houses, concerts, traditional events and stuff.For me not a really big lost. At least we can use the budget to different thing. Unless the ministers put the extra money in their own pockets, then I’ll get angry.

Anyway, back to the end-of-month list.

Happening:
1. Still in Eid mood. Lots of open houses. That means lots of food. And that means, I gained back few grams that I lost during fasting month. 🙂
2. My father came to KL for the medical check-up. Follow up of the last month knee-infection operation. So again another family gathering.
3. On 15th, new niece. Named Keisya Zara, was born early few days than the original due date. Welcome to the family! That means I have 3 new nieces this year. So far. 😉

keisya
4. My eldest sister contacted with the dangerous dengue fever. Then later her son. But her son got it worst than her. They both spent about 2 weeks of daily check-up and blood test. Plus each was admitted 2-3 days in the hospital at different time. Quite bad.
5. Spring cleaning half of my closet. Yes, half-only. Because I need spaces if I want to clean all. So will continue in Spetember. I hope. 🙂
6. The highlight of the month. A housemate left the house. Sadly this has became a bad experince. It happened that the girl I thought stayed at my house was actually already moved out and found a replacement. However, this new girl after 2 weeks, decided she didn’t like the house and moved out without telling any of us and while we were away for a long Eid holiday. That means we (2 of remaining housemates) have to bear the rent and bills for August since no deposit passed to us. So we were desperate for new housemate/s. It was not easy because the previous girl (the second last) still has her stuff in the house, and created a mess. Secondly, we don’t have the luxury of washing machine, cabel TV and internet which limits the candidate especialy the working ladies. Ended, we got 2 univ students which still young and don’t mind the lack of stuff. Hope this ones can stay longer and wont create trouble.

Bought:
1. Bought a car. Well.. Actually I bought and got the car end of July. Sadly, until now, I haven’t really drove it yet since I was planning to take driving-refreshing class. It was hard to find driving school that provide this class. I knew a few did before but they don’t have it anymore.
2. Not for me but few stuff as souvenirs for my collegues at Sydney. Glad that they love it.

Read:
1. Fast Track – Julie Garwood – finally finished this and the review already posted here
2. Bombshell – Catherine Coulter – no review yet
3. Final Target – Iris Johansen – no review yet
4. Firestorm – Iris Johansen – no review yet

Hope to do but don’t:
1. Driving class – simply because I have no weekend to spare

Work-related:
1. Work-related – BUSY again! from the same government projects.
2. My new boss from Sydney came for a visit and get to know us. It was nice to finally meet her since before this we can only hear her voice via teleconference. She is a sweet and chatty lady. This is my first time I have a lady boss in my entire career. Refreshing I would say. Good? No comment yet.

My hopes and expectation for September:
1. Better budget thingy.
2. Do the thing in the list of ‘Hope to do but don’t’.
3. Reading more of the books that keep collecting dust on the shelves.
4. Post more of my so-called artwork. Maybe participating 29Faces challenge like I did in February.

I was blessed with good health in August. Though few of my family member not as lucky. Nothing big happened except that lots of Eid gathering, meaning food and food everywhere.

Review(Book) : 2014-6 Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Synopsis and reviews from Goodreads. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693854-fast-track

This is the latest book from Julie Garwood which just was just released in July 2014.
The main hero and heroine and most of other characters were introduced and appeared in ‘The Murder List’ and ‘Fire and Ice’. Both were good books though I like ‘The Murder List’ more.

The story (read the synosis in the GR link above).

Basically, Cordelia Kane just lost her father and found out the her mother still alive. Somehow her father’s lifetime suffering choice by devoting himself to the one-sided/unrequited love towards her mother has made her realized she didn’t want to be in the same misery. And Aidan Hamilton, just started to appreciate Cordelia more after she started turning away from him. That’s normal.

The Kane’s family conflict was when Cordelia decided to let her mother know of her existence somehow resulted the attempted murder. It turned out that Cordelia, as the first born of her mother, inherited a big share of the family business, which didn’t sit well with her grandfather
And greed started showing its fan. Grrr..

The predicament gave reason for Aidan to hog Cordie to live in his suite. (yes, suite) With him. With the help of sneaky Alex Buchanan. The way Aidan treated Cordie when she was injured just very sweet and made you daydreaming of you bf/husband.
Well, if your other half was that rich..

I kept waiting for the explosive climax of the story, but I was dissapointed. Same as the last 2 books, Sweet Talker and Hotshot, this book also didn’t give me that big WOW feeling. The Cordie’s family conflict ended in few sentences and the love affairs also ended in few sentences.
And again, everyone was so perfect.

I gave the book 4.5 out of 5. I would still recommend it for the romance elements.

**I have a friend who didn’t like this book saying that everyone was sooo perfect. True.

Happy Mother’s Day.

 

ImageHappy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world.

I envy those who still has the chance to celebrate with their mothers. Not that I celebrate it before, since my late mother didn’t like this kind of thing, but most of the time, I did something or bought something for her. The last gift I gave was a handmade sequin handbag because she loved these crafty thing. I bought it in Bali. She was so happy she got it. I am not sure whether she got the chance to use it because few weeks after that she passed away.

I know I wasn’t the best daughter. We did have our ups and downs. I know sometime I did hurt her. I had this very bad temper that sometimes it exploded without thinking of the consequences. My mother such a soft person. She rarely mad at me. Or my siblings. I guess that was the reason why after losing my temper, the guilt and regret as high as a mountain. But she never hold it against me.

One of the thing she worried most about me was me not married. She didn’t want me to be alone. She wanted me to have somebody that will take care of me like I did taking care of my siblings. She wanted me to have kids. Her idea was I’ll be more secured with a husband besides me. Though I wasn’t really agreed with her, but I think she carried that worries with her till the last day.

Today 12th May, is 4th anniversary she leaving this world to another, eternity one. I never forgot her. I miss her a lot. She is always in my prayer.

I hope I have the chance to meet you again one day.

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Love you,
Anna

Random posting..

I planned to include some works in yesterday’s post but the net was so lagging, i cannot upload any of this.

So here comes some of the works that I did last week. Still has some that not yet included though.

Kochi kochi..

Lazy cat staring at me..

A happy cat..

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Butterfly aiming for the flower

Posted early today because I will be having family time later this afternoon. We going to have a bbq dinner at my sister’s house. Going to be fun.

Have a good weekend.!!

11th April, A meaningful day..

A lots of things happened today.

Firstly, it’s Friday. That means tomorrow the start of the most awaited weekend. Yay! I’m too tired this week. With the workloads plus the hormone changes, really draining me.

Second, I had a merit review telecons with my boss in Sydney. The review was about my appraisal result and the salary adjustment.

That bring to the third happening. I was informed today of a very unsuspected news. I am promoted to a senior programmer. Meaning a higher title and dont forget a better salary adjustment. Yay, again.

Last but not least, what makes this all even sweeter, today is my birthday. I am so happy with the good news on my birthday. Even though, I was really dragging to today since yesterday because usually I will take a leave on my birthday, but because of the new project, I have too short time to finish this work planning, I decided to take a leave next week instead. Besides, one of the colleague dissappointed with his merit review and salary adjustment yesterday, so I didn’t want to have high hope.

I guess it’s my rezeki, right? Alhamdullillah.
May the good luck and rezeki keeps coming in. May I always remember to thank the Almighty God and being arrogant. Amen.

Ending the March

March already coming to end. OH NO!!!
This means first quarter of 2014 has ended and tomorrow is the start of new month and new quarter.

Bits and bits of what going on during this month.. Yosh!!

Happening:
1. Nephew wedding – Wedding is always a most welcome event in my family. Except for Eid, wedding is one of the event that gathered almost all family. Sadly the other event is funeral.
21/3 – Solemnization – no color theme. I wore black-red.
22/3 – Bride’s side wedding reception. The theme color for our family was green. So you can see different shades of green. Green, green everywhere.
23/3 – Groom’s side wedding reception (my side). The theme was golden-orange. I am not sure what the color’s official name. Luckily I managed to find a tailor for my dress. The reception was held at Dewan Merak Kayangan Felda. The food rumoured to be awesome (rumoured becaused I only had some).
Lots of relatives and my ex-colleagues coming to celebrate. Some which we haven’t met for ages.
Like I said this was family gathering. Most of us stayed at my sister’s house for those 3 days. So imagined the food, kids, laughters and don’t forget the gossip. 🙂

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2. Steam-bot dinner with my friends. Somehow this sort of our monthly dinners. 3 of us with different personalities, backgrounds and ages.

Bought:
1. Benefits Pore-fessional and their new BB Cream
2. A Skirt + a pair of shoes (brown-greyish)
3. Mini table for my computer. Initial plan was to buy the laptop mini-table but I found this mini-table which I think can be more useful than only as a laptop table plus with $5 less.
4. New perfume because I emptied the last one. Too many new perfume I like and under consideration. In the end I bought the old Fifth Avenue by Elizabeth Ardent. Haha.

Read:
1. Mercy – Julie Garwood (re-read)
2. Up Close and Dangerous – Linda Howard
3. A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks (Currently reading)

Hope to do but didn’t:
1. Taking few hours photo-taking in town. Reason – haze was very bad, health issues and nephew’s wedding-related preparation
2. Weekly-themed artwork.

Health issues:
1. Mild chest pain due to bad haze throughout the month
2. High fever plus bacteria infection that caused me to take 3 days medical leave. Tons of medications and a blood test.

Work-related:
1. BUSY!!

Tragedy:
#MH370 dissappearing and not yet found until today. Even though lots of countries comes to help, we only have rumours and unconfirmed info. This is a sad happening that affected the whole country regardless of race, religion and age. It is sad to say that it took a tragedy such as this to see ‘united’  in Malaysia.

Our Prime Minister already declared and concluded the plane was crashed with no survivals (though I don’t understand why because the plane still missing), I am still hoping for good news. #MH370.

faces-of-mh370-crew

faces-of-mh370-crew

All in all there was nothing I regretted tooo much this month. Maybe smaller things but not worth losing sleep for.

My hopes and expectation for April:
1. Finishing A Walk to Remember.
2. Do the thing in the list of ‘Hope to do but didn’t’.

29Faces Feb 2014 Face #19 – #20

I can’t believe I actually managed to reach this far. I have drawn/painted/sketched more than 20 faces. Though in this post I only post till face #20. Even though, not much creativity from each picture, I am proud to at least made these that I am at comfortable level to post in this blog. Yay for me. *pats own shoulder*

Face #19 – I called this sleeping under the night sky and stars. Water color.

Face #20 – Red-hair girl. Again water color.