Tuesday, November 30, 2004

f f f f f f f f. i am so effin pissed.

Mood: 31 days till quitting and I cant effin wait Playing: Transformers

Today I am just so effin pissed. FYI, I am working at home for this whole week coz Anis's chicken pox is still contagious and she can't go to school and none of my family members are willing to help take care of her for me.
I woke up. brushed my teeth. went down to make breakfast and started up my computer to dial in to work. and got a call from the office from TheActress (the lady who's acting for my boss coz he's away for the week). She asked me to look at one of the reports that the users are complaining are giving them the wrong numbers. Okay no problem. I was logging on to work anyways
So I looked at the report. They were complaining that my consolidaton project were causing the wrong numbers, but I looked at the report and it wasnt using any of the fields that I had changed. So essentially, the wrong numbers had nothing to do with the changes I made in my project at all. Okay that settled, I started going thru my emails and resolving stuff that I can. I get IM-ed by users a few times, talked to one of my colleagues abt a problem she's facing, troubleshoot it , found out the root cause, wrote a script and was resolving it while checking out my emails. There were a few emails that I thought was best handled by the new SystemAdmin so I forwarded them to the guy, with instructions on how to handle them.
At around 2pm i got an sms from my boss (the one who's supposed to be away) that I'm supposed to cover the SystemAdmin's duties because he (the SystemAdmin) is 'busy with testing of the latest version of the application'.
Okay no big deal. I'm already doing it anyway.
But then this guy started forwarding me all his mails. Every single one. Even the simple ones.
i was like what the f??
So I picked one that I knew was easy, and would be beneficial for him to learn from since he is new and all, and asked him to do it instead. Even gave him specific instructions on how to do it.
And what do I get? TheActress, replied, cc:ed to my boss, asking me to 'work as a team' and help out.
what the f??
I've been working my ass off the whole day, feeding anis only Roti Canai for breakfast AND lunch, working on the issues and she's saying I'm not working as a team and I'm not helping out??
Rasa macam nak SEPAK aje semua semua !!!

I am in the right mind to quit on Dec 10th as planned.
Team my ass.

On a happier note though:
I got Anis to wear the pink-black striped top that her Che'Su gave her with her black tights today. She looked so cute. Like a little petit french girl. WIth her gibberish, she even sounds like she's speaking french.

Sunday, November 28, 2004


Originally written on Nov 16th 2004

Things that make me think of you.
(among other things..)

Dave Matthews Band (remember when i asked you why his voice makes me feel like falling in love? you said maybe coz his voice reminds us of possibilities)
Debbie Gibson's Lost In Your Eyes (I don't know how many times I've cried when I hear this song playing on the radio)
X-Files (I really wish you were around to share the joy of watching Mulder and Scully finally kiss. Bet you thought it would never end.)
Rizwal (I get mixed feelings everytime I see or talk to him. I don't know whether to comfort or ask to be comforted. But I think he's doing well. He's happy. He's a father now)
Calling Anis by her full name (which is a weird thing coz I only do that when I'm mad at her and as soon as I call her by her full name, I'd think of you and my anger would dissipate)
Survivor (I really miss messaging you in the middle of the night)
Richard Marx's Right Here Waiting (I used to laugh at you for liking this corny song so much.)
anything sung by Jamiroquai(actually I cant look at a floppy sock hat without thinking of you)
5th day of Syawal (I keep expecting to get a call from Rizwal)
Nov 16th (Happy Birthday. You would have been 33)

and i still miss you

Blog Comments

Posted by: riza
Date: 11/28/04 at 3:54PM (1M4w ago)
the yarn about rizwal in one of your postings touched me deep. especially at this placid moment. regret not for introducing him to your departed best friend. there are lots of things in this life which we regret the most are the risks that didnt dare to take. things happen because they are meant to happen. the show must go own. one thought once flashed in my mind. i can't imagine my life now or ahead IF we at one time fell in love and got married. i bet we would quarrel over things that others would even want to put their minds into. worst still if we only had one computer at home...( by the way, the other day, my wife asked me to marry my computer !!!)

Posted by: gartblue (Offline)
Date: 11/28/04 at 5:09PM (1M4w ago)

I'm sorry for your loss ... i lost a close friend too on 12th Ramadhan .. he would have been 32 today .. we've mourned heaps and learned heaps too ..

Posted by: Pok Ku
Date: 11/29/04 at 3:00AM (1M4w ago)
I have an old Jamiroqui cd somewhere. Want to take it to Saudi?

Posted by: mokciknab
Date: 11/29/04 at 3:38AM (1M4w ago)
here's something to cheer you up a bit : yesterday, as you know, we brought your boys, Ilham and Ihsan to a water-logged wedding (that's another story). Ilham and Ihsan plus my three kids means complete mayhem in the car, especially when they're wet children. To stop them from laughing their kidneys out at their own horribly inane jokes, their auntie, Didi played a spell-it-backwards game. So it goes like this :

Didi : Adam, spell clinic backwards.
Adam : err c-n, no c-i-n-i-l-c
Didi : ok. good! Aiysha spell door backwards.
Aiysha : R-O-O-D!
Didi : That's right! Now, Ilham, spell apple backwards.
Ilham : a-p-l-k-e-r-f-g-h-j- k-l
Didi : no, no that's not how you spell apple
Ilham : But that's how they spell apple in Saudi Arabia!

And then we stopped at the toll booth and Ilham saw the name of the collector, pasted at the side.
"Eh, Suhaila!", he beamed. The kids all waved at her and she waved back, smiling.

Posted by: meowxx (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 3:46AM (1M4w ago)


Fame is the scentless Sunflower, with a gaudy crown of gold;
But Friendship is the breathing Rose, with sweets in every fold.

Posted by: LoLlieS (Online)
Date: 11/29/04 at 5:26AM (1M4w ago)
I love Jamiroquai. Sniff. Sniff

Posted by: elisataufik (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 7:19AM (1M4w ago)

Thanx for all the kind words.

Incidently, Anis has been going around repeating "Anis Suhaila" again and again and again and again today. I don't know what has gotten into her, but today she insists that I call her by her full name.

Me: "Anis.."
Anis: "bukan..! Anis Suhaila!" (No..! Anis Suhaila !)
Me: "okay.. Anis Suhaila.."
Anis: "Saya!" (That's Me!) *beams in joy*

"we were but stones, ... your light made us stars"

Camera Phones banned in Saudi

Mood: 33 days till quitting Playing: "Mobius One Enganged", "Mobious One Fox Two",'Mobious One Crashed"

Thanx Riza, for bringing this up.

I don't know whether u've heard, but the Saudi government is banning all camera phones.
You either put your phone in storage at point of entry (they give you your sim card tho) where you can retrieve it upon your exit of the country, OR, if you refuse to surrender your phone, they would use a glass cutter to scratch your phone lense, rendering the camera on your phone useless.

I'm sure you can read more about it from scouring the web.
My thoughts about it: meh, I think they have good reasons for it, but I think they'd be better off punishing the perpetrators rather than punishing the tools. It's like the "Guns don't kill people, People kill people" argument.
But as long as there is that rule, I am going to abide to it. I'm not gonna get myself in trouble and risk my family's peace of mind just coz I don't agree with one stupid rule.

So I'm selling off my phone. Unfortunately for those of you who have been eyeing my Motorola e380, I've already got a buyer for it.. hee hee

Blog Comments

Posted by: nectar
Date: 11/29/04 at 2:02AM (1M4w ago)

Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise. Now you can get a separate digicam with better resolutions. :)

Posted by: meowxx (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 3:55AM (1M4w ago)

why? the women are all covered and how much damage can the phone do... ok forget about the women... what damage can a camera phone do? weird....

Fame is the scentless Sunflower, with a gaudy crown of gold;
But Friendship is the breathing Rose, with sweets in every fold.

Posted by: LoLlieS (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 9:32AM (1M4w ago)
True the woman are all covered but Elisa being female can gather around with the ladies and snap photos of the women when they are not covered and might also spread it around. I heard they love belly dancing among the girls too.

Posted by: nectar
Date: 11/30/04 at 4:25AM (1M4w ago)

I agree with Lollies. The women are known to dress sexily among themselves.

Posted by: meowxx (Offline)
Date: 11/30/04 at 4:30AM (1M4w ago)

ohhh elisa... please take some photos and mail them to me... muahahaha..... *drooling*


Thursday, November 25, 2004

poo poo eeeeyeeewww!!!!!

Mood: 36 days till quitting Playing: Discovery Channel

Read On At Your Own Risk

Today I did the most disgusting thing I have ever done in my entire life.
I wont go into details.. I'll let your imagination take charge.

I took leave from work coz we have to submit a medical report to the Saudi Embassy to get our visas. 'We' as in THE WHOLE FAMILY.
So today we brought the kids, even Anis, with her chicken pox, to the hospital for a health screening/checkup.
Taufik had a check list he got from the Saudi Arabian Embassy.
It had the usual stuff, among other things : Chest X-rays, Blood test, Urine Test and.. believe it or not, Stool test.
Yup you've got it. We've got to submit a sample of our stool.

Having carried 3 kids, I have pee-ed in a cup for at least 27 times. But I have never in my life, ever ever ever, poo-ed in a cup before. I looked at the size of the cup/sample container they gave us and I was like.. what the heck? I think I need a bigger cup, ma'am. Perhaps ones that are as big as those at the cafe in Friends. Perhaps a tupperware.
What in the world do they expect me to do? Scoop a bit out of the toilet bowl or something??
someone even suggested doing it in a ziploc bag! *faints*

They asked us to bring the the cup home and return it whenever we're ready.
Another eyeewww. You mean you expect us to be carrying these things around?? Should I keep them in a thermos as well?
Damn. I spent the whole day worrying and thinking about how I was going to do that. And not just for me, for the kids too. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) Anis didnt need a stool sample coz she's within the age exception. I think getting a stool sample from Anis would've been easy coz it would be contained in her diapers.
I kept asking the boys if they needed to go. And I told them that if they needed to do the 'big business', they were to inform their dad and not to go on their own (coz they might flush our visas away).
Heh heh..

So I got Taufik to do the dirty job. Literary.
I gave him the sample cups/bottles and an opaque black plastic bag to carry the bottles in, so that he doesn't have to look at it when he transports it to the hospital tomorrow.
I really don't know how Taufik did it.
All I know is that at one point, he came downstairs to search for something in his toolbox. I don't know whether he threw away what he used after he used it.

Me, well .. i strategized and estimated and exercised enough control to be able to avoid having to scoop anything.
I can now say that have I poo-ed in a cup, once in my life.
I surely hope this would be my last time!

Don't say I didnt warn you!

Blog Comments

Posted by: J5Freak (Offline)
Date: 11/25/04 at 5:21PM (1M3w ago)

Eww. I've had to collect my dog's...presents... in containers before to the vet. And its really weird, because the only container we had at home was a clear orange-sherbet container. I felt stupid carrying that into the vet...ugh...so gross...

You know that I'd give anything to watch you sleep, I can picture you just lyin' there...
Sleep with one eye open - so I can see those baby blues

Posted by: LoLlieS (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 12:38AM (1M3w ago)
What kind of data are they looking for? I wonder..

Posted by: dudae
Date: 11/26/04 at 1:33AM (1M3w ago)

hahahahahaha, send this to ripley's believe it or not, hahahahaha


Posted by: yellowcab (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 1:42AM (1M3w ago)
OMG!!!!! i had friends working now in arab saudi...but no one ever mentioned poop!!!!

hahahahha i would faint if i had to do it...yuckkkkkkkkkk


Posted by: yellowcab (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 1:42AM (1M3w ago)
and imagine..the ppl who have to test the stuff later....
uweekk...he better have a high pay!


Posted by: pizzofmine (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 2:51AM (1M3w ago)

ahhh this is not as frightening as your lassssst entry.

imagine out on a date, and when the date asked what do you do? and answering: "oh,i took a lot of shit during work"

euwwhhh euwwwhhh euwhhhh 3:)~>

Posted by: gartblue (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 3:21AM (1M3w ago)

gosh elisa .. you had in fits of laughter .. triple ewwww to you .. think in the olden days, they had schoolkids bring in their stool if they're suspected to have worms .. but not in adults .. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Posted by: elisataufik (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 3:25AM (1M3w ago)

Ihsan woke up this morning and asked
"Boleh tak Ihsan tengok berak Ihsan?"
(Can I look at my poo?)
Taufik & I said "NO!" in unison.

"we were but stones, ... your light made us stars"

Posted by: Pok Ku
Date: 11/26/04 at 3:37AM (1M3w ago)
Spoiled my brunch.

Posted by: SyntheticFaith (Offline)
Date: 11/26/04 at 4:25AM (1M3w ago)

Man I love Ihsan...funny funny stuff.

Posted by: nectar
Date: 11/26/04 at 2:41PM (1M3w ago)

that's just hilarious. but come to think of it, mothers have to deal with poo a lot. when your kids are sick, you might have to describe the colour and hardness of the stool to the doctor.

Posted by: zack_
Date: 11/26/04 at 5:21PM (1M3w ago)

Posted by: Cimorene130 (Offline)
Date: 11/27/04 at 2:15AM (1M3w ago)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!� !!! *is dying of fits of laughter* That is hilarious and revolting at the same time. o wow...ur husband with TOOLS! I'd make him wash every tool piece. lol. Let's hope you get those visas!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ~*~*~*~*~*~*~
"Someday your prince will come. Mine just got lost and is too stubborn to ask for directions."

Posted by: riza
Date: 11/27/04 at 1:35PM (1M3w ago)
they probably can tell your madzhab from those :))
i read that they have just recently banned camera-phone.
if you have one, better sell it to me cheap cheap

Posted by: beyondinfinity (Offline)
Date: 11/28/04 at 4:12PM (1M3w ago)
Oh my god..you had me in fits of laughter!! Wonder what your husband did with the tools?? I really pity the guy who has to do the testing..btw, your kids are so cute!!

♥ �ŁếẰ♦
♪...Masquerade, paper faces on parade... hide your face so the world will never find you.....♪

Posted by: meowxx (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 12:28PM (1M21d ago)

ROFL... OMG!!! I could not imagine if I have to do that... Oh boy oh boy!!!

Fame is the scentless Sunflower, with a gaudy crown of gold;
But Friendship is the breathing Rose, with sweets in every fold.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


On one of the Eid holidays we stopped by Taufik's friend's home in Gurun. 'Gulam' (I don't know what his real name is.. but that's what Taufik calls him, though I think that's his father's name) comes from a big family and according to his mom, she has like 20 over grandchildren or something.
The house was full of kids running around.
Anis and Ihsan fell asleep in the car and was still asleep when we carried them out into the house.
Ilham was the only one awake and he was gleefully eating the festive cookies.
Then came a cat.
The cat was really playful. He scratched one of the girls in jest and some of the boys were chasing the cat around, in and out of the house. It wasn't long before Ilham joined in the fun.
In the middle of a chase I heard Ilham ask an older boy,
"Saya Ilham, Kamu siapa?" (I am Ilham, who are you?)
The boy casually answered "Amin"
"Apadia??" (What??) Ilham asked, with a suprised tone.
"Oh!", Ilham raised a finger as if he just got an idea.
"Amin. Macam bahasa Arab. Allahummabariklanafimarozaktanawaqina-azabannar-AMIN...!"
(Amin. Like the Arabic language. [then he recites the dua before eating real quick]).
'Amin' is equivalent to saying 'Amen'

I thought it was hilarious.

Blog Comments

Posted by: SyntheticFaith (Offline)
Date: 11/23/04 at 2:59PM (1M3w ago)

I thought it was very cute. Yours is the only blog with subtitles that I love.

Posted by: dew107 (Offline)
Date: 11/23/04 at 3:13PM (1M3w ago)

she's so cute masha Allah =)

I can picture her cute face with the sudden idea in her mind.

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

Posted by: nectar
Date: 11/23/04 at 3:29PM (1M3w ago)

:) He is so spontaneous. Cute.

Posted by: lion3ss
Date: 11/24/04 at 12:10AM (1M3w ago)
Reminds me of a story someone told me.

Two brothers, Amin and Ahmad were praying side by side at the mosque. After the fatihah, the congregation (together with the elder brother) said Aa-min. Not wanting to be missed, the younger brother spoke out loud - Aah-maaad.

Posted by: pizzofmine (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 2:15AM (1M3w ago)

lol, that was hilarious lion3ss. wow you DO travel a lot during the Raya. me, only went to 3 of my friends house and that was it.

euwwhhh euwwwhhh euwhhhh 3:)~>

Posted by: LoLlieS (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 2:52AM (1M3w ago)
Finally, Ilham's pick-up line works

Posted by: pizzofmine (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 3:09AM (1M3w ago)

yes, that what i noticed too. this time the reaction's he get is positive. he is persistent.

euwwhhh euwwwhhh euwhhhh 3:)~>

Posted by: Pok Ku
Date: 11/25/04 at 4:00AM (1M3w ago)
Ilham is sharp. I am waiting for Ihsan to develop.

Posted by: The Angel Islington
Date: 11/25/04 at 1:51PM (1M3w ago)
Hahahahaha. Kids say the funniest things!

Posted by: meowxx (Offline)
Date: 11/29/04 at 1:11PM (1M21d ago)

he is naughty! LOL

Fame is the scentless Sunflower, with a gaudy crown of gold;
But Friendship is the breathing Rose, with sweets in every fold.

Brace for Impact

Mood: 38 days till quitting Playing: some guys talking

okay so we were supposed to start the database consolidation (data from one database is copied/merged into another database.. think like taking two bank accounts and combining the two together, but on a more complex level) at 10am but some of my users ask for a postponement an so we started at 2pm instead.
It took us the full 6hours that was originally planned to complete everything, so it meant I finished everything at 8pm.
It's now 10:30pm and I'm still at the office resolving issues that had cropped up due to the consolidation exercise...

say it.


So far so good. No major issues. Just minor minor ones, but they're still making their output so they're not screaming at me.

Blog Comments

Posted by: famygirl (Offline)
Date: 11/23/04 at 3:16PM (1M3w ago)

go get some rest. esok nak makan besar...

Posted by: nectar
Date: 11/23/04 at 3:24PM (1M3w ago)

kesiannya. tak pa. tak lama lagi dah nak "pencen".

Posted by: LoLlieS (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 1:14AM (1M3w ago)
So what time did you finally manage to go home

Posted by: pizzofmine (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 2:18AM (1M3w ago)


euwwhhh euwwwhhh euwhhhh 3:)~>

Posted by: elisataufik (Offline)
Date: 11/24/04 at 11:14AM (1M3w ago)

watched The Apprentice, then David Letterman (coz my brain was still in high gear) then fell asleep when he interviewed Colin farrel coz I couldnt understand a word that guy was saying..

and yes.. harini MAKAN BESARRRRRR

"we were but stones, ... your light made us stars"

Posted by: ammar zolkipli
Date: 11/26/04 at 9:12AM (1M3w ago)
ahahks... altho i dun do database work, but i got a similar story like that, except mine is to upgrade a 12 node parallel processing UNIX server from solaris 2.6 to solaris 2.8. The last one, was suppose to take 2 hours max, on a weekend. After 2 hours, I was still in the freezing data center for a day and a half. Standard la, Murphy's law.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Dinosaurs in Trengganu

I apologize to readers who have no idea what the Trengganu language is..

I think I’ve been reading too much Ikang Kering..
Coz I was watching Dinosaurs with the kids last night and I was thinking how it would be if a Trengganu person wrote the subtitles. I was even imagining, if they were to translate that animated movie for the Trengganu audience, this is what it would sound like: (best read when you’re watching Disney’s Dinosaur with the volume turned down)

Aladar’s egg falls into the forest. Lemurs scatter around in fear. Plio peers thru leaves

Zini: Yar what is it? Pok yar, gedia tuh?
Yar: I don’t know Aku dok tahu lah..

Plio goes to check out the egg

Yar: Plio get back here, you dont know what it is! Mek plio, maghi sini! Dok soh gi lah! Mu dok tahu gedia nnatang tuh!

plio sniffs, sees the egg cracking

Plio: dad, get over here Pok Yar, cer mu maghi sinni metta.

Zini starts to join Plio, Yar pulls him back

Yar: zini it’s not safe! Awang, mung dok soh gi ah. Mung dudok sinni. Bahaya tuh.
Zini: oh I always have to go when stuffs happening! Augghhhh...Aku sokmo dokleh tengok!

Yar joins Plio

Yar: what, what is it? Doh, gedia tu, mek ?
Plio: It was an egg.. look.. Sakni telor.. lenning..tengok lah..
Yar: Ugh!
Plio: What? Bakpe pok yar?
Yar: it’s a cold blooded monster from across the sea, vicious, flesh eating.! Nih nattang jahak dari beloh nuh nih.. nattang ni makang daging nih!
Plio: Looks like a baby to me. Napok macang anok kecik jah..
Yar: Babies grow up. You keep that thing, one day, we’ll turn our backs, it’ll be picking us out of its teeth. Things like that eat things like us as snacks. Anok pong.. kekgi jadi besor. Mung sipang nnattang tuh, kekgi acu nok tidor, sedor-sedor, kita dok celoh gigi dia. Nattang gittu makang kita macang makang khrepok jah!
Plio: So, what do we do? Pahtu nok wak guaner?
Yar: Get rid of it! Huh! Tohok buang lah! Huh!

yar walks away

Plio: What has gotten into you? Bakper dok tau, pok yar nih..
Yar: Plio, that thing is dangerous! Mek plio.. nattang tu bahaya aku kata..
Plio: *sigh* I’m sorry little one. .. okay get rid of it. *gives baby to Yar* *Ngeluh* Mitok ma-ah lah kecik we… hoh.. mung lah tohok. *wi ke pok yar*
Yar: Allright, I will Buleh.. aku buleh tohok..

Yar mutters and attempts to throw baby Aladar

Plio: You better hurry up dad, it looks hungry Derrah skek pok yar weh.. napok macang lapor doh tuh..

Baby gurgles, yawns and pees. Yar’s heart melts

Yar: Here. Noh. Mung ambik lah semula..
Plio: It’s okay, we’ll teach him to hate meat Dakper lah Pok Yar… kita ajor dia makang sayur deh..

Plio takes baby. Yar starts to walk away , and turns for a final word

Yar: Watch his head..! I mean watch it, he could bite. Jaga paller dia..! Eh, jaga-jaga sikik.. dia kekoh kekgi, aku dok tahu..

Other lemurs gather around Plio. Zini checks the baby’s mouth

Zini: This monster’s got no teeth..what’s he gonna do? Gum us to death? Nnattang ni tak dok gigi starang pong…dia nok wak mende? Nok gonye kita sapa mapuh?
Plio: Zini, come on, look at that sweet little face.. does that look like a monster to you? Cer mung tengok gak..muka comey lotte ginni.. dok kang lah jahak..

Now read it again, but imagine Plio berkemban (in a sarong tied up to her chest), and Pokyar wearing a rolled kain batik on his head, with a rokok daun (handmade cigarette) behind his ear…
ha ha ha…