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Thursday, December 30, 2010

all about WORDS

i have just finished reading this book by Graham Colin-Jones called all about WORDS. it's actually a self-study handbook designed to help you solve some of your difficulties with the english language. as stated in the book, it was first published in 1983 and was reprinted in 1984 and 1987. i am not sure if you can find copies of this book in bookstores now.

some of the chapters in this book are particularly relevant to me as they deal with the difficulties i often have, like the use of prepositions, the different uses of 'will' and 'would'. this book actually gives me a deeper insight into the way english language is developing and into how it is used for particular purposes.

so one of the chapter i read was this: do you speak british or american english?

this chapter explains that the differences between british english and american english are not limited to vocabulary, but also include pronunciation, spelling and even grammar. looking back, i didn't speak english on a daily basis until i was 9. it was when my family left kuala lumpur to stay in glasgow, scotland and i went to school there. from the exposure i began to master british english and although i don't speak with a scottish accent anymore, it is still the english i speak today.

so do you speak british english or american english? try this exercise to find out:

  1. on saturday night do you like to go to (a) the movies (b) the cinema (c) the pictures (d) the flicks?
  2. do you call your mother (a) mum or mummy (b) mom or mommy?
  3. do you pronounce the 'i' in anti-nuclear as in (a) tie (b) tin?
  4. is the place in the car where you put your luggage (a) the boot (b) the trunk?
  5. is the middle point of something (a) the centre (b) the center?
  6. what's your (a) favourite (b) favorite television
  7. (a) program (b) programme?
  8. do you walk along (a) the pavement (b) the sidewalk?
  9. do you call waste material that you throw away (a) rubbish (b) garbage (c) trash?
  10. after a meal at the restaurant what do you ask for ? (a) the bill (b) the check?
  11. children like to eat (a) sweets (b) candy

now, let's check your answers.
  1. (a) american (b) british (c) british (d) british
  2. (a) british (b) american
  3. (a) american (b) british
  4. (a) british (b) american
  5. (a) british (b) american
  6. (a) british (b) american
  7. (a) american (b) british
  8. (a) british (b) american
  9. (a) british (b) american (c) american
  10. (a) british (b) american
  11. (a) british (b) american

can you believe how far you have been influenced american english?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 is the year

source : Google

i failed to update anything in the last few months.
i know. i suck at updating.

with 4 days left before we wrap up 2010 and say hello to 2011, i feel the need to write some last notes before 2010 ends.

we celebrated our first anniversary last dec the 4th. 1 year down, a lifetime to come. we're happy where we are.. :)

i was on 5days leave last week to gather with family, and to just laze around with jay. heaven on earth. i practically had to drag my feet to work yesterday. i'm working for 4 days this week before going for leave again on new year's eve.

i haven't plan much for 2010. i just sort of went with the flow. i was more focusing on brushing up skills, focusing on my marriage, perfecting this and that.

and now i am more inspired than ever to begin 2011. it all started after i met Liz Gilbert in eat pray love.

i know i was late at watching it. if only i have seen it earlier. or read the paperback version earlier for that matter. if i did perhaps back then when i was single i would leave home to soul-search.

now married, i still feel inspired by her. not to go soul-searching, but rather to embrace what i have around me because by now, i feel i have found what i have been longing for.

i have big plans for 2011. really. it's those things that i have kept pending for a long time now.
i feel 2011 is the time. and come jan 01, i will bear them all.

while i pray and dream big things to happen in 2011, i wish all of you the same, may 2011 be more beautiful and wonderful.

Happy 2011 everyone.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Anybody watched The Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging yet? It was on ASTRO last Sunday. i can't seem to remember which channel it was on though, because i was hooked on the movie the instant i saw it when flipping through the channels.

loved it. can't get enough of it. definitely the kind of which my husband will not watch with me. at the movies, that is.

i was like a die-hard fan though i only watched it once. i felt like a teenager all over again. getting excited over an upcoming bash, drooling over the lad Georgia's been dating who happens to be in The Stiff Dylans band (in the movie, but not in the real band), getting together with friends and doing crazy nasty stuff. i pictured if i had stayed longer in the UK, i might as well have gone through the whole thing, UK style.

fancy story line, yes. hip secondary school lass, yes. hot lad to play the boyfriend, yes. great soundtrack, yes. so you can't blame me for feeling like a teenager. and yes, The Stiff Dylans is hot! i just had to download their songs. had to, had to.

so there, my very very very loyal friend, the one who never failed to satisfy my random yet frequent curiosity of any sort, the one and only mr. google, had again gratified me with everything i could possibly need, from soundtracks, official websites, casts profile and gossips. which shocked me at first, but after a while, i thought owh well what the fish, some things are meant to happen. so this must be one of it.

so i got almost all of the songs from The Stiff Dylans and other for the soundtracks downloaded on to my (husband's) ipod. yummy. i got my husband confused with my songs selection this time. he never knew i would like bands. i do, actually. but only on the conditions that the songs are singable, and the band members are cute. or at least the lead or guitarist, like The Stiff Dylans and Tokio Hotel. in this movie, the guitarist is not played by the real guitarist in the band (i am not sure if the rest in the band are actors too) but played by Aaron Johnson. yes he is a sweetheart and adorable. he's gorgeous. in case his name doesn't ring a bell, check out Kick Ass. he plays the lead. so i was drooling over his cute baby-ish face that mr. google found for me until i saw in his imdb profile that he had announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sam Taylor-Wood. i thought so okay, he's taken. he just turned 20, and he's getting married. so let's see who's the fiancee...a click on the Sam Taylor-Wood link in his imdb profile, and the next thing i knew she's 43 and is now pregnant with their first child. before, i was always on the negative side of the views for this type of relationship. think edward furlong. he was one cute lad from the Terminator and he too was in a relationship with (much) older woman.

but now i am optimistic and i don't see anything wrong with it. it may not be something pleasant to see or that made any sense to some people but hey. so maybe he found true love in her, we can't blame him for feeling happy, right? (and yes my views relate to woman-man relationship only.) besides he said he has an old soul (cute face, old soul, definitely a keeper!) , and she has a young soul so they're perfect for each other.

so please do me a favor and check out the Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. to my lovely malaysian you may still catch it on ASTRO - which channel i am not sure but definitely between HBO, Star Movies and Cinemax. and please help to prove that i am not loco! or for this matter, it is okay to be loco.

and check out The Stiff Dylans too! I liked them on Facebook already. (insert teenage smile)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

tribute to a dear uncle - the final goodbye

and i thought he was getting better. i prayed he had gotten better.

but neither happened, for the Al-Mighty God had better plan for him, and brought him to a better place.

last wednesday, may the 5th, near 23oo hours, my dear uncle, Ahmad Adlan Saaidin, had left all of us to meet god al-mighty. he had slipped into coma after two weeks he was admitted to ijn for serious heart condition. the doctors had failed to revive him. he was 64 years old, and was survived by a wife, two children, daughter-and-son-in-law, and six grandchildren. he was my mother's eldest brother.

the news of his passing was sudden, it never occurred to me at all that he will leave us this soon. but again, who am i to deny what has been written by god in each of our book of life.

yes i have regrets. i regretted not being able to visit him much during his days in the ward, i regretted not being able to speak to him much during his days, and i regretted not being able to pay my last respect during his funeral. but my regrets are slowly vanishing, for i have come to terms that this is his time, and that to make me feel better all i have to do is recite Al-Fatihah and Yassin for him.

all i have now are the memories of him. from childhood memories until his last days. he was a man with a lot of jokes. he never showed his pain to us, in fact he joked about it. i remembered on the first day jay and i visited him at ijn, as we walked in his room and shook his hand, he said, "duduk kat sini, rasa macam raja".

and a lot more remarks.

"tau tak paklong dah tak mandi berapa lama? 2 bulan tau!".

"dah ada abang baru ya", he responded, followed by a wide grin on his face, as i introduce jay to him. he was not able to come to my wedding.

and the one thing he said that i will never ever forget, was these words.

"jaga mama kamu baik - baik".

the three days of tahlil was over by saturday, i managed to attend two tahlils. i am glad that we managed to come, and recite doa for him- he is going to a better place, the better place where my other late uncle Muhammad Khairi Saaidin and my niece Ainnur Batrisya Mohd Umair had gone to earlier last year. and what way can i communicate with them other than to recite
Yasin and Al-Fatihah, as my gift to them. again, may my prayers and doas make their way to them.

Al - Fatihah to my dearest Pak Long. You are always in our heart.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

painted the night black for earth hour 2010

how did everyone's Earth Hour go last night?

the sky was definitely bright (and red) last night for sure. i loved it. owh i just stayed home during earth hour. decided to stay home instead when others may hit the town to watch the lights go off at the twin towers and the kl tower. we had dinner in semi darkness and chilled outside. i was not really keen to stay outside for long when it gets dark. the mosquitoes seem to be thirsty for the blood running in my veins. mine only. other members of the family do not experience the mosquitoes attacks as much as i do.

but last night, for the first time ever, i did not get bitten. at all. the mosquitoes must have understood my cause for staying out.

my little brother in law johann was right about how tranquilizing it is chilling outside at night. we joined him on the swings at the playground across our home, but instead of swinging, we lifted our heads up and gazed into the sky. "close your eyes and hope for a dream to come true", he said. true indeed he is a big dreamer. and eventually an achiever of his dreams.

despite the urges to vote earth, i noticed most people around us lived on in ignorance. one neighbor hit his spotlight on from afar when he noticed our house was dark. thank you for looking out on us, our only hope was that you realize our cause for staying in the dark and join us. maybe the next earth hour should be mandatory for everyone. how hard is it to flick that light switches off? it was only for an hour to do mother earth a favor.

owh, notice my blog's new layout? earth hour last night inspired me to change it. the voice within has been in the dark for long. it needs some bright lights. fresh new face. new look. new input. i got the ticker right this time. i even have jay's photo up on the header. just to introduce him to the world. to my world of blogging. after all, i am not alone in this thing. he is with me now. and so is my glam & glamour blogshop. she is here to stay. check her out, okay?

it took me so long to make these changes. i am glad i got it all done in just one night. so how do you like it? i love it so much!

happy sunday my lovely people!

Monday, March 22, 2010

it has been raining and i liked it.

kuala lumpur is getting hotter and hotter each day. despite the pouring rain almost everyday last week. i always loved sunny days. lightnings and thunderstorms scare the hell out of me. but after getting too much sun from last week, i am not sure if i like sunny days now. and it is not that i am not thankful that the sun is still shining, it is just that i cannot stand the heat. it gives me migraine. i hate it when my migraine comes to visit. i do not like just how many ponstan pills i have been popping to make the pain go away.

we were in shah alam since thursday last week, jay and i. i have not been home for quite some time. i blame it on the work requirements. the extra work requirements. anyways, it was nice to be home. my sister happened to be in town with her whole family and since i have not seen my little ones for ages, it was nice to be able to catch up with the two. owh my. how they grew up so fast. soon, there will be a third one. and then a fourth. both my sister and my sister in law are pregnant. i think mom will be very much occupied handling both my sisters and their babies, so i think my time will be next year then. i am not expecting anytime soon, nor i refuse to carry at all. it is all if God is willing. i will have my own. soon.

shah alam was different. it rained the whole time we were there. yes, lightnings and thunderstorms came along too. i actually hid under the duvet the whole time, it was very comforting. it reminded me of the winter days when we were in the uk. it was really cold, all you want to do was snuggle in bed. so this wasn't the typical rain you get in kl city - where rain drops stopped only after a few minutes, and then out came the sun. it bothered me that i have to 'save' my laundry that i had left outside to dry just as i see the dark clouds, and only to find that after a few minutes it stopped raining. the sky was clear and it was hot as if it didn't rain at all.

if i could go over my days of relaxing and lounging that i had four days in a row last week, i would. jay only had these two things in mind when we make the trip back home - one is eat, two is sleep. i could not agree more. but after four days we had to come back to kl city, for duty had called us in. and it rained since we got back and was not hot as usual. i did some jewelry designing happily - my body was not heating up. i did not whine. a little promo, i had designed some jewelries which are for sale, as well as shopping bags, which is made to order. i am getting my very talented husband, jay to photograph my creations for me and will upload them on Glam&Glamour when it is ready. be sure to drop by.

talking about Glam&Glamour, this offspring of mine is finally listed in Emmagem. it's got visitors of its own now. i hope to fully concentrate on Glam&Glamour one day. i liked how it is so far. my ideas of new designs are constantly on my mind. i hope to make it big with Glam&Glamour. but i will need all the support i can have. if God willing.

looking back, i am liking the new changes i have encountered. i am liking my takes on things. i am liking how i overcame my fear. i did regret a few moments, but i am glad it happened. there is actually a lot to look forward to. i just hope i can catch it all in time before it is gone.

there are some things in life that i can't define. other than that, i am lucky to be where i am right now.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

march 27th, 2010 at 8.30pm. where ever you are in the world

it is that time again where i get excited over something, something i just can't sit still thinking about it, something that i, upon its discovery, had marked my calendar and had set my alarm clock of my phone to go off at 2030hours, March 27th, 2010.

Earth Hour 2010, ladies and gentlemen. Get it marked now, March 27th, 2010 at 8.30pm. Where ever you are in the world, please show your support to this once a year initiative.

i am in full support of Earth Hour and this has been my third year participating. i am not fond of how hot it is getting these days. i feel as though i am melting when i am out in the open. or maybe i did a little, my skin was burning. i remembered staying in bed that day, suffering from a killer migraine i got from the heat. anyone with migraine will know how bad it is when you're down with this kind of headache.

i guess it is time that i get serious and pledge to campaign for Earth Hour this year. check out my Earth Hour link http://malaysia.youthsays.com/norulushna/earthhour2010 . check out the link to find out what you can do during Earth Hour. they've listed a lot of things you can do, i bet you wouldn't even realize the hour is over if you follow the activities! as for me, i am not sure whether to stay in or go out to town. i stayed home last year during Earth Hour. i remembered sitting by the window and watching the stars. it was lovely.

this year i am thinking to hit the town and watch the Twin Towers go dark. must be awesome to see the lights go off in stages. i know i am starting to sound like a kid. but what the heck, it is OK to sound like a kid, for a good cause.

so, who's up for Earth Hour with me now? yeah you. all of you. do mother nature a favor and vote Earth!

Earth Hour - Logo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

a step closer to seriousness

yup. you read that right. a step closer to seriousness.

my desire to own my own blogshop is constantly on my mind, and it has come to a point where i couldn't sit still anymore. after so much consideration, prep talk with my dearest husband jay, and that push from my aunt faridah, here it is, Glam&Glamour is born.

i dont have much uploaded yet, but i have a few items, just to get things started. i promise you more things will be uploaded, probably after CNY. i guarantee the best items you can find, so please do stop by and browse through.

You can visit my blogshop here. it is still new, but it is worth the try.

Let's get glamorous with me!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

now how do i get you off?

i can't seem to get the above ticker off my blog. i planned to change it to countdown our anniversary instead, but to no luck. to all of you new readers, i am already married and no i am not at any attempt to get hitched for the second time. :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What is new with you?

It has been a month and 24 days since we got hitched. In the last few weeks, I learned new recipes to cook. I had cook outs with Jay. I found out a way to make extra income. I picked up floral arranging as a hobby. I went to buy flowers with Jay every Saturday morning. I went to jog with Jay at the park every Saturday morning. I took a trip to my old uni with Jay to watch a football match. I learned more about Greece than I ever wanted to know. I learned about interesting places to travel to from the Atlas. I started exercising my drawing skills. I transferred quotes onto a piece of art and have them posted onto the wall. I started sewing again. I became obsessed with Rubik’s Cube. I played Sudoku more than ever. I finally went to the optometrist to get my glasses done.

It's almost coming to the end of January now. In three days February will shift in and my, what do you have waiting for me?

Hoping for more and more love coming my way in February.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Jashar Hamzah :)

Hey. Just killing some time while waiting for my husband to come meet me for lunch. Would like to present everyone with our wedding pictures. I don't have so much in this PC though, only these three. They're my very best though. So behold. Presenting to you the fabulous Mr & Mrs. Jashar Hamzah.

Will definitely post more when I get the whole pack from my photographer. Have patience, my dear!