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Friday, 26 August 2011

By the Billabong -Part One- In Flight Entertainment

"All I could think about was monday. And maybe I'll be back around. If this keeps me away much longer I dont know what I will do. You've got to understand it's a hard life that I'm going through."
Landing in London - 3 Doors Down

You may now kill me for not already telling you that I am in Australia.

Yeah. I'm here in Sydney, so don't blow up my phone.

I have nothing much to say as for now. The journey here was pretty damn turbulent. However, we landed with what I dare call a perfect 3-point landing. We were watching the inflight movies when we touched down and we didn't feel a thing!

Before we left I decided to hit the loo, and that's where I saw this.



Come on. NOTHING can deter the Malaysian attitude. We are people who live for the "Final Call" rush and we walk the line when it comes to things like these. This is why Malaysian timing is more unique than you think.

So Malaysia Airlines managed to impress me a little more this time. The last time I wen I could swear that I would never fly with them again. They can never beat AirAsia's service. Ever. The only upper hand they've got? Bigger planes and more perks.

As soon as the plane levelled off, the fasten seat belt sign was still on! The turbulence made the ride a bumpy one. Looks like it's going to be a wet Aidilfitri this year. Drive safe everyone!

The etertainment came on and it didn't impress me as much as the ones I have found on other airlines, so I just kicked back and browsed through the shows available for watching on board.



I watched HIMYM. The only had 3 episodes. Not the best ones, but they were still entertaining.

Moving on to brunch. I have no idea how Muslims observe Ramadhan in flight, but whatever it is I'm glad I'm off the fasting. One less thing to worry about.


We had a choice. Nasi Lemak was the alternative. Should have went for that. Damn. (There's a watery omlette under the foil)

So yeah. It's late now. I better hit the sack before die here. Hope to post again soon!

Love,
D.A.niel

P.S!
None of you guys will ever be awesome enough to see this happen on your flight!


:P

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Rock & Roll Ramadhan -Part Four- Finding Places

"You wanna be the one in control. You wanna be the one who's alive. It's not a matter of luck, it's just a matter of time."
Edge of the Earth - 30 Seconds to Mars

I don't think I can say I was intentionally late today. The dynamics of my usual departure from my house were maintained as usual. Can't really say its my fault now can you?

I would love to post some pictures, but snapping from behind the wheel is already considered Darwin Award worthy. Snapping from the side window would be a totally mindless thing to do especially for a person with poor multitasking skills like me.

What am I talking about? It's the parking. The beloved parking at Taylors. There's nothing worse than trying to fish out a parking spot in the hot afternoon sun on a daily basis.

We blame the management. I blame the management who keeps saying that they are trying to "improve the experience" by imposing a charge on the carpark. There is a problem of space and all they care about is money. As if they don't have enough from our fees.

Enough about that. The Rock & Roll Ramadhan campaign ends today and I want to end it on a good note, so instead of ranting my as off as I usually do, here are some pictures of assoles people who have a lot to learn.



What's wrong? People have a hard time as it is locating a place to dump their vehicles so that they can make it to class on time and what do we have here? Cars taking up multiple lots.

Sure there's no paint on the road to tell us how to park, but I believe that we all should already be instilled with basic parking skills. That "P" sticker means that driving is still fresh in the head. Why should there be a problem?

So maybe you're late. You found a parking lot so good! Now park properly so that all of us can benefit. This kinda parking is totally useless. You gain nothing from it. I have squeezed a Proton Wira into tight spots and I'm sure that your Japanese cars can do the same if not better.

Bear with each other and be considerate. Parking's a bitch. Not just in Taylors, but everywhere. That doesn't necessarily mean that we can bring the carpark drama into our campus. Seriously. If you wanna park like you drive a stretch Hummer then go park outside and take a hike in.

I don't drive a big fancy car, but instead of finding a lot within campus, I had to park at Sunway and walk all the way in. It's good exercise, but the weather is dry as a bone and I was late for class a couple of times already because of the parking problem. Early or late, at noon the parking question becomes one of luck rather than punctuality.

So what have I learned this Ramadhan? I never knew a lot about it in the first place, and I didn't know that shutting up about the fasting was part of the deal. I complained my head off. Maybe I wasn't used to it but I learned that the Puasa (fasting) needs to be sincere before it can hold true meaning.

Also, I need to find alternate ways to take out stress from the usual finger and expletive. Maybe I should take up boxing or something. I've gone swimming more often and I'm pretty sure I've lost weight.

And it's 15 minutes until I break fast for the last time this Ramadhan. I can't wait for next year. Maybe I'll do the full Ramadhan - and keep my promise for a change!

Salam!

Love,
D.A.niel

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Rock & Roll Ramadhan -Part Three- Tired Of Lying

"I really think you ought to know the truth because I lied and I cheated and I lied a little more, but after I did it I don't know what I did it for. I admit that I have been a little immature."
Don't Lie - The Black Eyed Peas

So I woke up to the sound of my phone blowing up. Calls, calls, calls. And they're not from my friends asking me how I am and how my week has been, neither are they pesky salesmen. Once or twice in the past they were profit-driven nutjobs who don't do their job properly in order to make profit out of you.

Now I remember tweeting weeks back that I don't, at any cost, want to take a up a job. I know it will be inevitable (unless I win the lottery), but now I am studying, and my parents have drilled it into my head that I should let nothing get in the way of my studies.

Yes, I have a fetish for currency (who doesn't), but I know how to live without it. I'm not boasting that I have sufficient money to survive at this point of time, but I am trying pretty hard to focus on what's important and that's my studies.

It's been a week of lying through my teeth and you know that I hate lying. Really, I do, but sometimes we do the things we hate to do, just like how we tend to hurt the ons we love. It's been really hard or me but I can relate to it in a really awesome way.



By the way, that's a movie. Why does it look so Asian? It's not a Chinese film if you thought it was.

It's Thai! Yes. A Thai comedy! Finally something different from the usual thriller and horror stories. And it is not a porno either! Note the Thai spinoff of the Playboy bunny. The movie is oriented on these three married Thai men who have a few more intimate relationships than the one they already have.

Playboys they are, and this is the wacky adventure they embark on to try to keep their lustful alter egos out of the way of their wives' line of sight. Sounds easy? Obviously not, otherwise there would be no movie.

This movie is 2 hours of pure comedy that will keep you laughing out loud non stop from beginning to end.

A pure blend of Asian attitude, western influence, trust issues and unstable marriage, this show is really not your ordinary movie. Many people would call it a stupid film and say that it is not worth the money, but after a rough week and a lot of stress, this movie will do you a world of good (unless the cause of your stress is your partner ACTUALLY cheating on you).

Sounds confusing? Well, just think of how a bunch of people are trying to keep this...



...away from this...



...by calling it this...



...but end up like this...


...and eventually like this...



Sounds interesting? It's now showing in Cathay Cineplex in Damansara Jaya. Just look for the show called "Lulla Man". If they don't know what you're talking about, just tell them it's the Thai Playboy film.

And now I'm suffering from my dry sticks due to the fasting. No water since midnight last night. I didn't wake up in time for Iftar.....again. Oh yeah. It's tough.

But because I will be headed to Aussie at the end of the month for family matters, I will be ending Rock & Roll Ramadhan on the 16th of August, but till then, I'm not planning to give up!

Love,
D.A.niel

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Rock & Roll Ramadhan -Part Two- Sweet Tooth

"I'll talk about my faith and never judge or hate. My actions will do the speaking. "
The Time of Ramadan - Fez Meghani

Day two of the fasting season and all has been going well for the exception for the little Mentos I spat out immediately after inserting it my mouth. Memory lapse.

My memory failed me at that moment, but during last year's "One Week of Ramadhan", I made the exact same mistake, only worse because I actually ate something as compared to swallowing sweetened saliva.

I don't count this as a failure though, just a little bump on the road.

However, I found out that I seem to have a sweet tooth (See? I learn things during Ramadhan). I'm not surprised. No offence to diabetics but who doesn't like sweet stuff? Candy and sugar make the world spin faster!

It's 5:30. Two hours to breaking fast. My stomach is already complaining to me as I would in a restaurant where I would have to wait for food for 10 hours. Plus, I'm dehydrated and tempted to drink shower water when I bathe (as I normally do lol).

As for university, class today was pretty fun. It was a great way to kickoff the new semester with some light and interesting activities. I sure hope everything stays this way, if not get better.

I'mma sign off now and find something to do for the next hour before breaking fast.

Love,
D.A.niel

Rock & Roll Ramadhan -Part One- Here Comes The Moon

"It doesnt mean at iftar, that you cant have fun, but strive in your heart, for your Lord the one and be blessed by Allah, when the month is done."
Ramadhan is Here - Native Deen

I'm keeping to my word for once (not that I do all the time). It's August, and simultaneously, Ramadhan. Tis time to fast and this year, though I'm born a Catholic and stand as a Universalist by choice, I'm gonna try my very best to observe Ramadhan.

So the sighting of the moon last night confirmed the beginning of the fasting month. This is the month that leads up to the ever-so-anticipated festival of forgiveness and repentance known as Aidilfitri. It's the light at the end of the tunnel for many.

Plus, classes at University resume tomorrow! It's going to be something different for once when people have to look for another way to socialize with new classmates than over the same old boring lunch. It'll probably make us more creative in a way.

I believe Ramadhan brings many blessings. The crap theory that fasting doesn't make one lose weight is nothing but an urban legend. I have lost weight over fasting before and I can do it again. But I'm not in this just because of the weight loss. There's so much to see and learn when you leave out a couple of meals a day. 

As for those who have observed Ramadhan for a while, have a great Ramadhan al-Mubarak this year and for those who are about to have their first taste (no pun intended) of the Ramadhan experience, good luck and have fun!

Love,
D.A.niel

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