Archive for January 2011
(Photo credits to Asma’)
While waiting for the bus to start:
Chira : I hope we get to sit.
Nabs : Yeah, but if we can’t, we shall cry and say, “I’m limp”.
I will put in more efforts to have quotes and snippets in my blog like previous times.
Especially once classes start.
Which will be next Monday! Results are coming out anytime soon. And surprisingly, I am very calm about it. Which makes me wonder if I have failed any or maybe all my papers.
Spent the entire weekend dedicated to Nabs and ice-skating (finally!) on Saturday and Nabs + Asma’ on Sunday.
Skating was goooooooood. I think that the crowd was awesome that day. The hockey skaters were very nice and non-intrusive, the public skaters were friendly and made sure that they stayed at the sides, and the pro skaters were rehearsing for the Chinese New Year performance, so it was really nice to watch and they only used a part of the middle section, hence, plenty of empty ice to skate!
I usually try avoid skating on weekends because of the crowd and the ice gets watery and rough rather quickly. But it’s either the prolonged deprivation or the awesome people and atmosphere that day, that I truly admit that that was one of the nicest skating sessions I’ve ever had.
Nabs was, as usual, a loser. Wobbling like a penguin but improved as the time passed. She fell only once (at the beginning) because I was extremely nice to accompany her the entire way, nagging, talking nonsense, and laughing inappropriately while making sure she doesn’t fall (and to get her to stop holding the sides).
We then headed to Mid Valley (another unforgettable adventure altogether ._.”) to meet Nabs’ senior, Chen. Who was extremely kind to carry my skating bag the whole time we were there. Thank you very much. And also for the ride home. I think I was a little panicky and cranky towards the end (my parents were frantic on why I wasn’t home and I was so tired), so I am hoping that I didn’t.. uhm.. traumatize a new friend I nicely made.
Sunday was the Awesome Threesome Day at the Curve/Ikano/IKEA with Asma’ who I was dying to meet after like what.. nearly three years of not meeting and the only means of communication is through Facebook or SMSes, which doesn’t really give you the feeling of ‘fulfilment’ (LOL) and Nabs. It was also our last day out. We went to watch Paranormal Activity 2 because I was so interested in that after watching the first one with Viggy last year. It was.. okay. I actually sat through it almost throughout the entire movie except the last few minutes (and the super loud sound system didn’t really help) because it was just so gory with all the animal-like sounds and killing. Ugh.
Nabs and Asma’ went crazy at the flea market which made me realize I have compulsive shopaholics for friends but oh well, don’t we all need people like these once in a while? Ate lunch at Kenny Rogers and walked around, talking, laughing, and snapping pictures like happy shutter-bugs. Many many thanks to Asma’ and her awesome camera, oh and also her superb photography skills.
I cannot believe it that your interships are coming to an end and that you both are leaving for UTP very soon! I wonder when will we meet again and snap pictures of our awesome ‘threesomeness’. I will truly very much miss you, dearest Penguin and Loser Bestie. Thank God for technology, thank goodness for Facebook and Gtalk and handphones. Hehe.
And to my best friend, Nabs, I will miss you the most-est. So make sure you have some sort of ’communication’ with me at least once a week.
ChiRa the Awesomeness ;)
So, as I said, Nabs and I have been spending a lot of time together (instead of chatting online till the wee hours of morning like a couple of losers), and we both talk too much for our own good.
The point? I’m getting to that.
The point is, when we talk, once in a while, a super quote will slip out and to us, it’s like a “Whoa, total epicness, dude. You actually thought of that? Man, you’re such a genius, so proud of you!” moment, filled with self-pride and the feeling of syok-sendiriness.
We feel so proud of ourselves to the point that we realized that these slip-ups cannot continue unnoticed anymore. So, we started writing the quotes down.
Oh yes, we did.
And since self-pride is still full to the brim, it has blocked out any shameful feelings, hence, the purpose of this post.
Which is to share with you, my awesome readers, our darling quotes – The Chira-Nabs Quotes. Starting the year with… some nonsense… can be relaxing sometime.
“We shall go and pakai baju and take pictures in the dressing rooms and be like real girls.” (Nabs, December 2010)
“Weih trees, this novel says thank you for sacrificing yourselves. You do good deeds.” (Nabs, December 2010)
“We were so bengap back then.” (Chira, January 2011)
“If I break it (i.e. anything breakable in a shop), please sell me.” (Nabs, January 2011)
”What are men compared to rocks and mountains, they are just the same!” (Nabs, January 2011)
”If we enter DKNY, I will sit in the middle and cry.” (Chira, January 2011)
“Godiva is pure awesomeness. If it was a real person, I’d marry it and have chocolate babies.” (Chira, January 2011)
That’s all we can remember so far, which is a good thing really, too many and your brains might just bleed from the crap we can spout.
First things first:
Happy New Year 2011, everyone!
I cannot believe how fast 2010 has passed us! Seriously, when 1/1/11 hit me, I didn’t feel much about it because I honestly felt as if I was still in 2010 and only now (which is like three whole days after the New Year has begun), I came to my senses that it’s already a brand new year and I am ready to embrace 2011 as it is! That’s why I’ve been spending the past hour wishing people a Happy 2011, which is like stale news. Gah.
Looking back (like what everyone is doing right now, LOL), I think 2010 has been a thoroughly great year for me. Mostly due to my studies (because I’ve been spending most of my time in academic-related things anyway) and I am very proud of myself for achieving the grades and marks that I got. I truly enjoy what I study although I complain and whine constantly about the amount of work to do or things to study or that we simply do not get enough rest.
The best part about 2010 is of course, the ending. This is one of the best holidays I’ve ever had because it is so quiet and relaxing. To me, it’s a lovely way to end the hectic semesters (and previous horribly-spent holidays) with one month filled with nothing but plenty of quality ‘me’ time. I have not been devouring one book a day like I previously did but the amount of things I have read.. it’s awesome! I am happy that I got my reading mojo back through fanfictions and the books I have in my room, untouched and unread. I think this month alone I have read probably hundreds (if not thousands) pages of fanfiction (my guilty pleasure!) and be in awe with the high standard of writing people possess these days.
I also got my baking mojo back! And it’s really pleasant that my mum trusts me in the kitchen to decide things on my own. I’d like to consider myself as a very capable baker even though my mother used to smother me with her excessive control over everything I do while baking as if I’m going to line the walls with dough. Because of that, I am very thankful for 2010 that she started to leave me alone and only enter when the cake/cookies/muffins/etc are ready, together with a spotless clean kitchen (I cannot stand mess, I need everything orderly in my kitchen!). Thank you to the discoveries to new recipes, new improvising skills, new baking talents in me that I never knew, and new freedom in the kitchen!
Another thing that I am very passionate in is of course, my cat. I am very very happy that at 6 years of age, she is in the best of health. I enjoy hearing compliments and positive feedbacks from the vet when I bring her in for her annual check-up/vaccination and they tell me that everything is well with her. I am thankful that my dad is willing and able to pay for all her medical bills to keep her healthy and provide her with the best food and everything Cooqee-related.
2010 also made me realize that I am a very lucky person to have the family that I have now. Although we bicker excessively and the mood is akin to a roller-coaster, my parents try their best to give me everything I need (and want), although they make me work very hard for it but it feels very worth it in the end. And thank you 2010 for such wonderful winter trends that I am able to splurge on whenever I accidentally spot what I’ve been wanting from the Internet. I’ve always thought that I am the perfect person to live in a cold country because I absolutely have an incurable obsession for winter clothings. And thank you to my parents who are able to tolerate my once-in-a-while impulsive what-were-you-thinking buyings and not even once showed that you felt like disowning me.
I am happy that I was able to spend plenty of time with my best friend, Nabs and being able to laugh, talk, eat, and watch movies with her. Quality best friend times that no amount of money can buy or no one else can ever replace. I was ecstatic that you were given a chance to do your internship here, and in a place where I am familiar with, to boot! Also easily accessible from my place! I will no doubt, truly miss your presence when you leave for UTP in a week’s time. Thank you for always being there for me, understanding all the problems I’m going through, and keeping me level-headed throughout all these times. It’s not going to be easy having a long-distance ‘relationship’ (LOL) with you, but I know we can make it! Here’s to your final year!
Oh, and I also rediscovered my undying love for classical music.
Although I didn’t go for any major holiday (which all of us have been craving but my dad’s schedule is just too hectic), I had a wonderful Christmas. It was filled with PRESENTS which were also rewards for my studies and the nonsense I had to put up with, and of course a whole day being lazy at home with good food and plenty of family time.
I also had more accumulated ice-time in 2010 because of my One-to-One Training assignment (thank you very much, Ms C, I enjoyed this assignment the most!) where I had to teach Peng how to skate. We would spend around 3 hours in Pyramid Ice per week for a month and a half. I really love skating, it’s the best feeling in the world to glide smoothly on freshly resurfaced ice. I just wish the rink was bigger and less crowded (but I can work with what I have).
2011 sees a whole lot of new resolutions and goals but I’m still vague with mine. I think it’s the Shahirah-does-nothingness syndrome is still strong in me but I really want to be a better person who is more calm and collected. Maybe quieter?
Am I aiming too high?
But I really think I can be quieter. I can really keep quiet, you know.
I also want to expand my baking repertoire and dedicate myself to ice-skating by trying to squeeze in some time to make ice shavings with my blades! I want to read more books than ever! Attends classes diligently, put my heart and soul in all my assignments, maintain good relationships with my classmates and my friends who have been so patient in tolerating me (although I know they feel like slapping me at some point in time), and maintain my grades.
(I am actually partially freaking out right now. There are failures for every subject and I really think that I am one of them. Everyone in my class is really smart. Smarter than an average student like me. Or like, below average. I’m very much a normal person, you know. Seriously, I wrote utter rubbish for the answers that I came up with and force my wild Shahirah-ish ideas on them.
WHAT IF I FAIL? I WILL BANG WALL AND CRUSH MY SKULL!)
Anyway, pushing that aside, I also hope that I will be a better daughter to my parents, a better sister to my brother, a better owner to my cat/laptop/printer/things I own, a better friend to my friends, a better student to my lecturers, a better member to my group, and a better person to society as a whole. I just want to be better and nicer (not that I am already such an angel :P) and it doesn’t matter if it’s just a small change.
I hope that I stop talking to myself so much, or to inanimate objects. I really enjoy talking to my printer (or any printer, for that matter). I hope that I will eat better and healthier (I think I’m doing an okay job :F) and have reduced cravings for sweet food such as cake or cookies. Ah cakes, my wonderful, wonderful cakes. I must also spend more time with my piano, play the piano instead of downloading classical songs and putting them on repeat while fantasizing that the pianist is me.
On a whole, I want to be a more positive person. Able to help myself and other people, in whatever way possible, tiny or big.
Ah, I am ranting now, so I better stop before it goes out of hand.
So here’s to a brand new year, y’all! Let’s all survive 2011 in a more awesome way than we did in 2010!
By the way, I cannot believe that I did not write a single post for December.
Please, someone, turn back time.