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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Of Elm Tree and Noble-Mindedness

It's funny how I am associated with Elm Tree and Noble-Mindedness.

I saw my sister's YM status that read - Chestnut Tree. What about Chestnut Tree? I asked her and to answer my question, she forwarded me this email that read : Find your birthday and then find your tree. Obviously hers is Chestnut Tree. So I took a look at what's mine, and here it is :

ELM TREE
Elm Tree (Noble-mindedness) -- pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.


Noble-mindedness? Wowwww that's too heavy to bear! I love reading about it and I just couldn't stop reading it all over again... hahaha Noble-minded ... yeah right!!
Here's for those who would like to know their trees:

Find your birthday and then find your tree. This is really cool and somewhat accurate. Then send it to your friends, including the one that sent it to you, so they can find out what tree you fell from, but don't forget to change the subject line to your tree. Find your tree below and see what you are like..

Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb08 - Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
Mar 21 (only) - Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
Jun 24 (only) - Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
Sep 23 (only) - Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
Dec 22 (only) - Beech Tree
Dec 23 to Jan 01 - Apple Tree

TREES(in alphabetical order)

Apple Tree (Love) -- quiet and shy at times, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant attitude, flirtatious smile, adventurous, sensitive, loyal in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, many talents, loves children, needs affectionate partner.

Ash Tree (Ambition) -- extremely attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be very egotistic, reliable, restless lover, sometimes money rules over the heart, demands attention, needs love and much emotional support.

Beech Tree (Creative) -- has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.).

Birch Tree (Inspiration) -- vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere

Cedar Tree (Confidence) -- of rare strength, knows how to adapt, Likes unexpected presents, of good health, not in the least shy, tends To look down on others, self-confident, a great speaker, determined, Often impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waits for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

Chestnut Tree (Honesty) -- of unusual stature, impressive, well-developed sense of justice, fun to be around, a planner, born diplomat, can be irritated easily, sensitive of others feelings, hard worker, sometimes acts superior, feels not understood at times, fiercely family oriented, very loyal in love, physically fit.

Cypress Tree (Faithfulness) -- strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give but doesn't necessarily like it, strives to be content, optimistic, wants to be financially independent, wants love and affection, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered at times, can be unruly and careless, loves to gain knowledge, needs to be needed.

Elm Tree (Noble-mindedness) -- pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

Fig Tree (Sensibility) -- very strong minded, a bit self-willed, honest, loyal, independent, hates contradiction or arguments, hard worker when wants to be, loves life and friends, enjoys children and animals, sexually oriented, great sense of humor, has artistic talent and great intelligence.

Fir tree (Mysterious) -- extraordinary taste, handles stress well, loves anything beautiful, stubborn, tends to care for those close to them, hard to trust others, yet a social butterfly, likes idleness and laziness after long demanding hours at work, rather modest, talented, unselfish, many friends, very reliable.

Hazelnut Tree (Extraordinary) -- charming, sense of humor, very demanding but can also be very understanding, knows how to make a lasting impression, active fighter for social causes and politics, popular, quite moody, sexually oriented, honest, a perfectionist, has a precise sense of judgment and expects complete fairness.

Hornbeam Tree (Good Taste) -- of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions.

Lime Tree (Doubt) - intelligent, hard working, accepts what life dishes out, but not before trying to change bad circumstances into good ones, hates fighting and stress, enjoys getaway vacations, may appear tough, but is actually soft and relenting, always willing to make sacrifices for family and friends, has many talents but not always enough time to use them, great leadership qualities, is jealous at times but extremely loyal

Maple Tree (Independence of Mind) -- no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life.

Oak Tree (Brave) -- robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

Olive Tree (Wisdom) -- loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

Pine Tree (Peacemaker) -- loves agreeable company, craves peace and harmony, loves to help others, active imagination, likes to write poetry, not fashion conscious, great compassion, friendly to all, falls strongly in love but will leave if betrayed or lied to, emotionally soft.

Poplar Tree (Uncertainty) -- looks very decorative, talented, not very self-confident, extremely courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, great artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation.

Rowan Tree (Sensitivity) -- full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

Walnut Tree (Passion) --unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

Weeping Willow (Melancholy) - likes to be stress free, loves family life, full of hopes and dreams, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful, musically inclined, loves to travel to exotic places, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with when pressured, sometimes demanding, good intuition, suffers in love until they find that one loyal, steadfast partner; loves to make others laugh.

So... does your tree works for you just like Elm tree works for me? Hehe.. think noble-minded, noble-minded... heheheh

Am in progress of uploading the pictures from my Langkawi Island holiday. Will post them here when ready!!!

Happy CNY people!

Monday, January 12, 2009

I hate Monday because it is...

BACK TO WORK! BACK TO WORK!


That is what was read in the MMS Maxis sent to me this AM. I couldn't agree more.

I'm going to have the MMS resides in my Inbox forever, as to remind me what my Monday is all about... It's kind of scary to see a cartoon-like Boss screams "BACK TO WORK!" at you... and yes, saya seorang pekerja yang menurut perintah.




Saturday, January 10, 2009

My latest finds

My little sister Uyuun got home today for her 3 weeks break. It's been a tradition to chill in her room when she got home. It's the time to spill and tell stories of what had happened in the last few days to each other. Simpler word -Girls talk.

So I was full of expression telling her about this and that when I saw this Giant Black Ball on her desk.

"What the hell is that thing?",

"You don't know what that is? That's Magic 8-Ball lah,"

"Kau ada Magic 8-Ball? Interesting!".

So there I was, examining Uyuun's Magic 8-Ball and started to think of Yes or No questions to ask it. Just going to ask the Magic 8-Ball for the fun of it. I have no intention of believing its prediction what so ever. But I found the answers hilarious, seriously.

So here are my questions, following with Magic 8-Ball's answers in Yellow.

1.Am I going to be rich this year? - My sources say no.
2.Does Jashar really loves me? -
Without a doubt.
3.Am I going to lose weight soon? - Better not tell you now.
4.Are we going to have lots of kids? -
It is decidedly so.
5.Can I get clear skin? - Ask again later.
6.Am I pretty? -
Concentrate and ask again.
7.Are there any good movies on HBO today? - My reply is no.
8.Is Jashar's trip to Jakarta on? -
Very doubtful.
9.Is it going to rain in Langkawi? -
It is certain.
10.Am I going to eat a lot tonight? - Yes.


Seems like the Magic 8-Ball is being sarcastic with its answers to some of my questions. But it's fun to see the answer that appears on Magic 8-Ball. I still have a lot to ask it though... Maybe I can continue it later. :D



The Voice Within Says: What a Saturday Morning

The Voice Within says : Just when you think you're all set and good to go, you're strong and can never be defeated, you found out that you're not. At least, the strengths and spirit you have all these days failed on you.


It's human nature, and today, I just want to break down and cry.






Thursday, January 8, 2009

Come away with me

It's only January and I am already in desperate need of a getaway. Too much going on in the last 2008 that I didn't have time to plan a getaway with Babe. Well we did plan to go to one of the islands down South, but due to monsoon we just had to cancel the trip...
So 2009, it's time to unwind and we're hitting this place on Chinese New Year.


This is, Ladies and gentlemen, my true definition of a perfect getaway. Yes, spoken like a true beach lover. (Owh this by the way is an image of Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia that I Googled earlier.)

And yes, I am going to Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia to unwind (what hasn't been unwind from last year) or rather to escape from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. This will be my second time to Langkawi, and having been there back in 2007, I am not hoping for a lot of changes though.

All I want to do is sink my toes in the warm sand, enjoy the cold evening breeze, dip my feet in the water... ahh.. Heavenly isn't it? Watch the waves crashing... and the sunset! I am taking it all in...

Unlike my sisters ( we're going in a group of 5 - Babe, myself, my two sisters Mimie and Uyuun, and Mimie's Boyfriend, Shaz) who also has some shopping agenda to do, I just want to do the things that I didn't get to do on our last trip. Two things. One is The Cable Car ride - it was foggy the last time so it's kind of a waste if you pay for the ride and couldn't see anything up there. Another, is dipping in the sea. I didn't get to do this the last time because I dare not leave our belongings at the beach just like that - there were so many people passing by our spot.

Okay okay. I do want to shop. I mean you're in a duty free island, and you refuse to shop? Chocolates wouldn't do any harm. Neither does the new perfume you've been eyeing at the counters. And the one you want to get for Babe as well. But Arcopals do and so do Pyrexs and Corelles. In case you don't know, Arcopal is a dinnerware, Corelle is a dishware and Pyrex is glassware and all these 3 'wares can be found very cheap in Langkawi. And indeed it went No.1 in Mimie's list of things to buy for Mama. Hehe...

Luckily we chose to fly with MAS, so I hope think excess baggage isn't going to be an issue. ( We had to pay for excess baggage the last time we flew in with Air Asia - all because the Chinaware we bought for Mama weight in 5KG.)

I haven't really prepared my shopping list - personally because I don't really want to shop unless I really can't help to resist the buying desire in any sort. Chocolates are a definite, though. No chocoholic would ever say no to chocolates!

The Breakfast Bar! We need to make another visit to The Breakfast Bar!!! I am thinking its delicious Pancakes.. yum yum!

I am boarding flight MH1440 to Langkawi on January 23rd,2009 at 1145hrs. Will tell you about my trip when I get back then. Meanwhile... let's see what other things in Langkawi that I had missed on my last trip?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2009 - A new year, a new beginning....

.. a new hope, and a new me (or rather, a new US!)

When the clock struck 0000hrs on January 1st, 2009, while standing at the balcony looking out at what I first thought was Genting Highland but actually it wasn't, - I said a silent prayer, wishing for a better year ahead, with my family and most importantly my future husband. Ameen.

We started the first day of the year travelling down South to Port Dickson. Our initial NYE celebration plan was supposed to be in PD but needed to be cancelled so we headed there anyway. PD's like our second home now that my MIL had taken up a position running a Resort there, so driving down to PD isn't really a problem. It's just 45 mins away from KL. We love love love the beach! Well not exactly Teluk Kemang's but more to the private beaches at MayangSari Resort (my MIL runs the resort now) and at Selesa Beach Resort (name says it all, very Selesa).

What was supposed to be a trip for 4 person - Babe, I, Syahlan and Balqis, 5, actually including Johann, turned out to be a trip for 9. It turned out our other 2 friends, Gafa and Erin had also planned for a drive to PD on 01/01. 2 of Johann's friend, Hamzi and Tiha tagged along too.

What a night. One night after another. Starting from the long nap we took at Mama's place (poor Balqis for having to put up with the snoring competition!) to Babe & Syahlan's mandi pantai to the girls talk I had with Balqis, to the Ayam Panggang cravings, to the late night beach walk and card playing. All done in the first day of 2009.

When we got home later that weekend, we managed to say our resolutions to each other. What we resolve to do this year... InshaAllah. If we have faith then we can never go wrong...

As we go into the 7th day of 2009, I have got mixed feeling the past few days... I felt sick reading about the Gaza Invasion, I am missing on my friends back in Scotland and am trying to locate them now, my days as a Bachelorette are due, and I am thinking of our wedding in December... aahh my brain has already reached December!!

Go slow, Ushna, go slow...

Take one day at a time - Zerr said this to me several years ago. I am always reminded by these words, and I constantly said these to Babe as well. True enough.

While I check my Resolution list so I can start on something, here's to share with you the Top Ten Resolutions Not to Make This Year (you may want to amend your Resolution list!)

Below is ten resolution that shouldn’t show up on any Cosmo girl’s list of do’s and don’ts for 2009.

By Zoe Ruderman

1. Quit your job and wait for a dream career opportunity to present itself. Recession shmecession.
Reality check: Suck it up and hang on to your gig for now. Appease yourself by taking a class or picking up a hobby that will make your résumé stand out, like learning a foreign language or starting a blog.

2. Lose five pounds.
Reality check: Hot chicks like Jessica Biel, Beyoncé, and ScarJo are proof that toned and curvy is the new skinny.

3. Finally win back your ex-boyfriend.
Reality check: Move on. We give you permission to engage in some rebound relationship therapy.

4. Buy into all the latest trends.
Reality check: It’s okay to be a slave to fashion...just be a slave to cheap fashion, rather than dropping serious bank on each and every look. Kick yourself later for wearing it, but don’t kick yourself for blowing your paycheck on it.

5. Change your man.
Reality check: While some relationship tweaking is to be expected (hey, few guys are natural-born good kissers), if the words “fixer-upper” and “project” could describe your boyfriend, it’s time to get real.

6. Triple the number of friends you have on Facebook.
Reality check: Less time stalking your friends’ friends’ friends. More time catching up with buddies you actually care about.

7. Don’t eat any junk food.
Reality check: Cutting out all unhealthy food from your diet will most likely lead to binge eating, followed by intense guilt, by mid-January.

8. Watch less trashy TV.
Reality check: Zoning out and de-stressing for a bit every night with the help of good bad television is harmless.

9. Save more money.
Reality check: Let’s be honest. In this economy, we’re just happy to be able to pay our rent, gas, and credit card bill.

10. Keep your number down.
Reality check: Nothin’ wrong with notches on your bedpost, as long as you’re being safe.

(I got hit right in the face for items No.2, 7, 8, and 9! Dangggg...)

Happy Birthday to Ms Nadya Alias a.k.a Mrs ShahrulAzman who just turned 27 on January 4th, 2009. Happy 2009 everyone!