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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Adapt

Have you heard of that phrase "Treat others the way you want to be treated"

I realise that it actually happens. To me.

I've been observing myself (hahaha I sound like I'm not attached to my own body!), and I do realise that when someone speaks politely to me, I naturally will do the same and would probably become super duper friendly. When someone speaks to me grumpily, I tend to speak right back at them the way they spoke to me and when someone gets frustrated for no reason when speaking to me, I often choose not to speak back at all and probably would continue doing what I was doing or leave the place i.e. watch TV, read a book, continue working. 

Naturally, I believe someone does earn respect because of their character.

Friday, 12 September 2014

SUPERMOKH


Watched the restage of SUPERMOKH last night for CIMB's Corporate Night with our clients and the musical just reminded me of so so so many good memories. Supermokh, as fondly known by many was the legend of Malaysian football. He was one of Malaysia's most celebrated sporting icons who has inspired many! 

When abang and I were younger, we made a visit to Allahyarham's house to learn and get to know more about his life as a footballer. His wife who we used to call aunty Ina happened to be a family friend's best friend. I don't clearly remember every single detail of it, but one thing that I remember from the visit was going through loads and loads of photos of Supermokh in the field, at training sessions and podiums - often proudly carrying the Selangor and Malaysian flags. 

Throughout the show, there were a couple of scenes during the show that I felt I could relate to. 

First 
In one of the scenes, Supermokh mentioned that Selangor paid their athletes well -he used to get RM 28. When I heard this, I remembered how I used to feel the same - that the Selangor state takes very good care of their athletes and I happened to be one of the very privileged one to be serving the state in Rhythmic Gymnastics. We used to have the nicest track suits, the benefits of all those professional doctors' treatments when I had to get my toe stitched up and go through physio when I couldn't walk, supportive management, and monetary allowance as well as rewards when we brought home medals for the state. Hat's off to the Selangor state, I was very well taken care off under their management. 

Second 
Once when Zarina's best friend played by Dina Nadzir was falling head over heels for Reduan Abdullah, she made a statement "Saya sokong pasukan Johor, apa kata korang join je Team Johor?" (I'm a fan of the Johor Team, why don't you guys just join Team Johor) 

Reduan's immediate reply was "Hidup mati Mokhtar takkan tinggalkan Selangor" (Over Mokhtar's dead body, he will never play for any other state but Selangor) 

There is something about state loyalty that you cannot take away from most Selangor athletes and truly, when I was at a crossroad right after representing Malaysia (whether do I stay in competitive sports and (perhaps) become a coach one day or do I drop sports and get down to studying full time?) I was awarded the Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar scholarship and with that I had to relocate to Negeri Sembilan. At that time, I was given the choice to take up a sports scholarship to switch and become a Negeri Sembilan athlete. Right that moment, it was an easy decision to make and that is if I can no longer represent Selangor, I am not going to represent any other state. I quit sports after 9 years of serving the Selangor state. 

Having had the opportunity to represent Selangor and Malaysia when I was in my non-studying days, it brought so much great memories watching Supermokh last night. Added with my passion for performing arts and football, there was no better combination of the things I love than this :)



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Week of Blessings

We've just gone through a mini restructuring at our workplace and things are being placed in different orders than it used to previously. Overnight, my client portfolio switched and grew both at the same time. 

I feel very very blessed! My portfolio may have grown and work may have just multiplied, but I have an amazing Boss that I have so much respect for, amazing colleagues and at the same time, I'm gaining so so so much more than what I thought I would in the short span of time I've been back in the KL office. And it doesn't stop there, I actually have an even more interesting times coming my way! In fact in the next 5 years, InsyaAllah :)) There are greater ties and many more relationships I plan to build between us and our (potential) clients. 

I'm also so so very blessed to be given the opportunity to interact and learn from my CEOs themselves having served the CEO's office at the most interesting of times at CIMB and really, everyday I come home tired but most importantly, I go to sleep smiling and I wake up so eager to go back to work, Alhamdulillah! :)

That said, my love for football has gained me a spot in CIMB Malaysia's team to play for the Bank at the CIMB SEA Games next weekend. So so soooo excited! Win or lose, what excites me is the whole contingent traveling together to fight and as a team :)

And then there's my passion for performing arts and it's CIMB's Corporate Night tomorrow night for Supermokh The Musical!
Football + Musical + Take my clients out + Part of work = What more can I ask for *sigh*

:))))

Monday, 8 September 2014

aliaaiman - Sneak peek into the future

When it comes to timing, I love planning everything by the minute. Why? Because then I know how much time I have left before the next appointment and I can make sure I'm not late to the next one. Most importantly, I can plan nap time (something I've been needing lately). I get very very agitated if I'm still on the way 5 minutes before. Even if I know I can be there 2 minutes before - technically that's on time


So last Saturday I had a jam packed day having to attend an event first half of the day with the Boss, had a 1-pm lunch meeting with a colleague, then bridesmaid-dress meeting afterwards, followed by another event to attend later in the night at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. On days like this, I want nothing but a plan that's scheduled by the minute or otherwise I'd forget where I'm needed and at what time. 

Later that night when Aiman arrived to fetch me to go to MPO, he looked so rushed and a little annoyed. He feels that everytime he comes back to KL on weekends (yup, we still go through a not-so-long-distance-relationship), his schedule is jam packed and it just so happened that of all days, he just felt REALLY EXHAUSTED that day. And btw, from where I live, we had to be at KLCC in half an hour (of course we arrived there late. Even missed the first opening act, lol!). So then he decided that "Tomorrow we're going to have a chilled day, no plan plan like we have to be here at this time la, there at that time la....that time...that time...". 

I thought, "Ok, we'll do whatever you want. But you have to tell me what time the plan starts" 

"After Zuhur" (Read: Open timing with no exact time) 

So the next day, I went on with my plans, had a good long family breakfast before I continued to do YCM work and got really into it. At 1pm Aiman called "This is a quick one, the YCM CEO Series this week bla bla bla...can you email me the details. Ok thanks bye". STILL NO INDICATION on the TIME. At 1.30pm I called him to let him know that I've sent over the details for YCM, and whilst at it asked him "where are you?" 

"On the way to your house (and about 5 minutes ish away). Also, change in plans, we're not going to Bangsar, we're going to Subang to collect something from my sister" 

(5 minutes?! Seriously?!)
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I was comfortably in my PJs and had to go rush to shower, get ready and by the time he got to the guard house, I have yet to pray. He called to say "Sayang, the guards said you didn't call them to let me in. How?" 

"What how? You have my access card, masuk je la" 

"That's the something I'm supposed to take from my sister actually, she has it" 

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30 seconds later after I've called the security guards, he called  "I'm here outside, let's go!". 

"No, I still have to pray first" 

"WHAT?!" 

What "WHAT?!" ? 

No more random no-time kinda weekend ever again. I can get high blood pressure.

Of course afterwards, he knew how to make up for it. By fattening the both of us up with crazy ice cream marathon! Haagen Dazs, Baskin Robin and Inside Scoop. All in an hour.

I think he forgot we have our own wedding to attend in a few months. Or maybe he thinks it's a cute idea to be chubby couples.

Oh Aiman. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

aliaaiman - Make up artists

I'm probably not that adventurous when it comes to exploring new people for wedding. It's always I-see-their-good-work-at-a-friend's-I'm-going-to-book-you-for-my-wedding kinda engagement.

So the same went for my make up artists, I've always had my eyes on 2 particular make up artists. I think they do an amazing job all the time! So the time has come for me to choose which one I want, I went to approach both.

...and I've decided to take BOTH.

I wonder how long I can last using this whole I-cannot-decide-I-want-everyone-let's-hire-everyone tactic of mine! :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

A much needed break

Sometime earlier this year, we planned for a trip to Greece when Sya finishes her exam. However, the world was shaken by the recent MH 17 incident and so many had advised for us to stay put until at least things have settled down. 

So instead of Greece, we decided to go to Tanjong Jara instead. We stayed at the YTL hotel and  did activities just within the resort. It's a very very nice resort, I'd go back again and again! So relaxing and beautiful all at the same time, The water was clear, the beach was clean, the company was nothing short of perfect :)

A very much needed break.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Malaysia Airlines First

As I'm writing this, I'm finishing up work before the weekend comes. And to be exact, doing work related to Malaysia Airlines. So much has taken place in the past 6 months for this beloved national carrier of ours and it shatters my heart everytime I come across any sort of news/statement about the incidents that have taken place.  

In the past, there was no other airline that I looked for for the years that lived abroad - it has always been Malaysia Airlines first. And because of that, I can safely say that I am very proud of them. It's clear that MAS is not in the best state at the moment, but it saddens me that instead of finding solutions to help them people come out to attack it. People come out to say that it used to be better before when it was run by someone else. People come up with theories on why it is MAS. People stopped flying MAS because to them all these mishaps only happen to MAS. People come out to BLAME, and these are people who MAS have probably flown them all around the world before. 

Blaming do not solve anything. Measured thoughts and actions do.  I woke up a couple of days ago and thought "why is it that there are people who continue to take money from something that's bleeding financially? Why is it hard to find genuine people with big hearts these days?" I do not have an answer for that. In the business world, it's that harsh sometimes. It is clear that running like how it is today is not an option for the future and MAS was probably just at the wrong place at the wrong time. But MAS is ours to be proud of and stand with through good and bad times. 

Today was the day some of the remains from MH17 were flown back - 20 to be exact. My heart shattered multiple times and I cried buckets just thinking about the affected family members and friends of those onboard MH17 and MH370, all the innocent lives taken away out there in fact. The minute of silence was observed at 10:54am and the office was gloomy with many dressed in all-black. 

May Allah SWT continue to protect the family and friends of all onboard the MH17 and MH370 flights as well as those who worked night and day finding a closure for this. MasyaAllah only Allah can repay your kindness! To Nizam, I broke down seeing this photo of you today on TV along with Kimi's lil son and wife. Thank you for piloting MAS and flying us across the world. You're one with a really really big heart and Allahyarham Kimi is truly blessed to have a best friend like you. Very very proud of you Captain Nizam! 

I flew out with Malaysia Airlines last weekend, and I am taking the first flight out again tomorrow morning, with Malaysia Airlines. I'll choose you over any other airline MAS. Anytime. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

aliaaiman - Our Photographer + Videographer


Past 3 weeks, Aiman and I have been going around videographer-and-photographer shopping for our wedding. Oh god, how do you even decide on one? There are so so so many out there, and each and everyone one of them produces such good photos and videos at the end of it.

Since I don't quite fancy doing wedding errands, I was told that this will be your one opportunity to stress out about it and be a bridezilla. So fine, let's just get through this stress as quickly as possible. So what we did was to ask a few of our married friends about their videophotog and at the same time browsed through Instagram to explore for a few more others.

Had a round of sms-ing and whatsapping with them, asking for initial quotation and finally decided to meet 3 out of the few we had. We met all three in one weekend, and by the end of it I had a major dilemma.

I turned to Aiman and said "Oh my god, they're all so nice! It's nice to see Malays doing well in something they're so passionate about. I don't know how to say 'no' once we've decided. Your job to be the bad cop....but they're so nice!" whilst giving Aiman the puppy-eyes-please-don't-say-no-to-anyone.

So today, we've finally decided on which ones to choose as our photographer and videographer.

We're taking... ALL THREE for our three events. Bahahaha!

We did not have to say NO to anyone and life is swell yo! *do the chicken dance*

Friday, 15 August 2014

aliaaiman - It's ok

I have this habit of when I see a beautiful or good looking person I'll go "Sayang!!! She's so cantik!" or "So good looking la he" whilst at the same time tugging on Aiman to look at that person I'm talking about and forcing him to agree.

He used to find it weird that I go "don't you think she's pretty?". He thinks it's a trick question.

"erm...yeah? Maybe. But you're still prettier".

Trying to be safe there. But really, there's nothing wrong with pointing out if a person is pretty or good looking is there?

Once we went jogging and my focus got attracted to this very beautiful girl at the park. It's like her face was just perfect, so MasyaAllah cantik! Before I know it, Aiman tapped on my shoulder and said "Excuse me, it's rude to stare". I'm starting to think he gets jealous over pretty girls. Haha!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

aliaaiman - Dress

I'm that few months away where when people sees me, their first question would be

"Have you done your dress yet?!"

Nope.

"Do you know what you want your dress to look like?"

Nope.

"Have you even made any appointments?"

Nah. Got time, no?

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Useless

The other day whilst fiddling with things in Papa's car, I came across his name card.

WHOA!

This man has a lot of qualification!! His card alone is enough to make me feel quite useless. Haha!

And then it hit me, I finished my Bachelors in Science and Mama and Papa were so proud about it. And then came my masters and they were beaming from one ear to another. Sometimes I feel it's unfair that your parents have gone through all those way before you and you had no chance to proudly attend their graduation beaming from one ear to another. Sigh, this man of mine is one of the most humble person on earth and I'm just so proud to call him my dad.

I took a look again at his card and geez...I feel useless with just a Bachelors and Masters. Maybe I should do that PhD.

Well, in my defence he's a Doctor. He has to be qualified in order to be able to treat patients right? Working in a Bank allows me to not have to memorise names of drugs. Bahaha!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Raya in Malaysia!

...and when Aiman gets hold of the camera...
"Are you at work?" 
was the common question I had on first day of Raya this year. 
Last year, I celebrated Raya at the office, in London away from the family. Although I did not really feel the Raya mood much, it helped that I was working with a Malaysian Bank. Because having a HQ back in KL meant that offices in KL were closed, so it does feel like raya in some good twisted way :)

Alhamdulillah this year, I get to celebrate it with my complete favourites - my family + fiancé.

With all the recent happenings around the world, sometimes we forget what's most important and that is your loved ones. I'm just very grateful that I had the opportunity to be back home this year. It's also my final rays as a Miss InsyaAllah and next year we're all going to be a bigger family!

Having said, Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin everyone! Stay safe wherever you are and don't forget to keep all those innocent lives out there in our prayers. May they be at a better place Amin :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Trust

Some years ago, someone once told me, "No one understands you better than your colleagues..."

I refused to believe it but at times I think there is some truth to it. Perhaps because you spend most hours of the day with them and they probably know how you think and how you function, know you well enough for them to be able to respect you for who you are.

It's a thought that crossed my mind today because a colleague of mine trusted us so much to be giving us a whole load of important task because he had an emergency.

We function so much like a very close-knit family, and I'm grateful to know that someone is always there, readily to catch me when I fall.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

aliaaiman - Wedding Guest List

Recently I attempted to do up the guest list for my wedding reception since I thought if I could get this task up and running, it would be a motivation for me to start deciding on the other (many many many more just as important) things. Many of my married friends had warned me to start early on the guest list because it will be the one task that will give you the biggest headache.

Well I knew who I wanted to invite, so it was easy.

I started listing down my colleagues first and...The list DID NOT STOP!

Oh my goodness! Where did all these people come from?! Hahahaha! I ran through what I've listed down again and before I knew it I was in this "Awww I loveeee this colleague of mine", "Gosh, this person taught me so much when I was there", "This boss of mine is so freaking cool!" mood - all loved up at the thought of my awesome colleagues *sigh* :))

.... That was only one group of invitees ok, and the list just kept on growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growing and growww....aarrrggghhhhhh!

Seven departments. I might as well just invite the whole firm now.

Maybe it's best I save on wedding cards and get Human Resource department to do a mail blast! Sounds like a plan.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Find it in you to love

Don’t be too quick to judge. I’m guilty as charge; In my head, I admit I do that sometimes based on incomplete information. However, for one to have the confidence to say out loud something sensitive that wasn’t verified beforehand is just idiotic – in my opinion. Why spark a tension when there wasn’t any to begin with.

As I see it, the world is so full of hate and anger today (with regards to many things), sometimes it’s hard to keep going on. What you see happening between Israel-Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, within each individual location are conflicts that had affected and in fact taken away so so many innocent lives. If you think hard about it, it’s clearly inhumane to be getting angry at the expense of innocent lives, but did this thought ever stopped people from planning revenge? No. At least not until a mishap happens.

Quoting Nelson Mandela, “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

Today, a friend who pilots MAS’ aircraft came home from the airport looking so down like never before – not only his colleagues were onboard that MH17 but also his best man at his wedding was the first officer who did not survive the crash, Innalillah. All prayers and thoughts go out to all the innocent lives around the world, the lives that were taken away. InsyaAllah you are now in a better place compared to this harsh world.

It’s a good reminder to always practice respect and kindness in everything that you do. Only through kindness could we have had civilized discussions and not begin a war. On that note, let’s continue to pray for all those affected directly and indirectly, may Allah open up the hearts of hearts in us to look into the good of everyone and have the strength to go through this very challenging test of His.

To Allah we belong, and to Him shall we return.