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Monday, 3 November 2014

New Experience

Sorry guys! I know I've been really bad at updating my Blog but believe me, I've had so so sooooo many things going on on my end that I come home and fall asleep right away these days. For a start, CIMB Classic just ended on a high, so very proud of my Team CIMB! :)))

Not sure if it's a mid life crisis symptom, but these days I feel the need to do a lot more adventurous things. Like the more thrill the better! I can no longer sit still and I find it a waste of time if I napped during the day (although sometimes, my body just need that 2 minute power nap).

Like last Friday I had a morning meeting in the city before having to rush back to the office for a lunch appointment at Hilton and then went back to the office before rushing out to the client's place to pick up a document to be signed at the golf course. Right after that I found myself rushing back to the office from the golf course, changed, and headed off to the Malaysian Investment Banking Association's (MIBA) annual dinner to receive an award for winning Futsal this year with my Team CIMB.
By the time I got home, I totally passed out and found myself back at the golf course for the CIMB Classic first thing in the morning. An hour later I was on my way for an 8.30am YCM meeting in the city (btw, our YCM Summit is this coming 6th December so save the date!), chaired the meeting, had breakfast and headed straight for futsal training at 11am. 12.30 I had to excuse myself, rushed back to shower, changed and went for a wedding appointment at 2pm.

Osh kosh b'gosh. I did not realize how rushed my life was until...
(In case you're wondering, my boss is THAT AWESOME! He has Instagram ok!) 

So anyway, my life has been a little bit more interesting and a lot more packed and crazier! In the past few weeks, new opportunities and experience had come knocking on my door continuously and for that I'm so so so grateful, Alhamdulillah.


  • Had my first experience being called to the Prime Minister's Office early last week to discuss about Young professional Women.


  • Invited to compete at the Bukit Damansara League Futsal Tournament 
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will be shooting for an advertisement this month! :)

(My boss isn't too sure now whether I'm planning to be a Banker forever or a model)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Gulabakery

Sometime back, Aiman showed me some fancy cakes on an Instagram account under the name @gulabakery. So I started following it and every time Gulabakery posts up a photo, it's always so mouth-watering. 

As you all know, Aiman's love for coffee is quite cray. So being the good fiancé that I am, I'm always up to accompanying him cafe hopping but I'll end up either having tea or most of the time I'll end up ordering cakes and desserts. So when Gulabakery started conducting baking classes for public, Aiman decided that we should give it a go.

...and that was exactly what we did! I have to say, Nani (our host and our teacher) was just so so so amazing! The energy she has to constantly bake everyday and conducting classes every weekend and on top of that attend her Uni classes every other day is just impressive!

When we first arrived at Nani's house we thought "homaigoddddd. Her house smells so heavenly!! Like a chocolate heaven", coz some brownies were fresh from the oven and were there for us to just gobble em for breakfast. You have nooooo idea how yummy it is, it feels like dropping on a soft couch right after a long day's work. Yeah, that great! So moist. So chocolatey. So so so yummy!

Throughout the 6 hours, we baked 4 cakes, 7 batches of brownies, learned to make chocolate ganache, swiss meringue buttercream and butterscotch topping. I thoroughly had a great time learning from Nani. Man! If I don't wanna do banking in the future....perhaps baking could be a good alternative. 
Our final product - the Devil's chocolate cake. 

Well, I've half a massive-cake and a whole batch of brownies left. Gonna fatten my family and colleagues up!

Here in this video I was caught....well making sure the taste is just right for the cake. 
Nani is fourth from the left

Loved that Aiman and I went for something adventurous like this together. Looks like our birthday cakes in the future are quite sorted, right sayang?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

aliaaiman - Hammy's Emcee the P Ramlee

A couple of weeks back, Tony woke me up on one of the mornings to insist that I quickly get a ticket for P Ramlee the Musical (coz he's acting as P Ramlee of course!) and I never thought that tickets were gonna get sold out so quickly.

Gosh, it got sold out like hot croissants in Paris! This is one Superstar who carried P Ramlee's character like a pro, you were so amazing Tony! Thinking back, I was so so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with  him when we performed for Dreamgirls the Musical back in 2011. There is something very unique about him that this humble superstar, and that is he never fails to give away this genuine happy vibe every single time I see him. And seeing me every single time was like every hour every single day for 4 months during those show time days, bless him.

I rarely see him, but when we do meet it's like we've just seen each other yesterday. He used to think I was forever-happy for some weird reason and could never understand why I had big smiles all the time during rehearsals that he nicknamed me....Hammy.

Today, every time I see him, he'd shout " Hammy!!" with the biggest smile, often hugging you so tight whilst lifting you up in the air and with the happiest energy and I so love him for that - It magically makes me feel special in some ways. You did many of us proud with your passion and skills in performing arts Tony and I hope our people would open up their hearts of heart to appreciate this in Malaysia. I've gone through the performing arts days and I can tell you, our people are not as cultured (in performing arts) as you think they are. P Ramlee was a fraction of how much Malaysians never took performing artists seriously until they are gone.

Well for now, I have to say if you've not watched P Ramlee the Musical, they've extended their show for another day due to the crazy demand so make sure to check out for it! Believe me, it's so worth it. I love musicals and theatres in general, but watching your friends perform up there makes it even more special to watch.

Well done dude, Hammy's so proud of you! This is also the guy I've asked to become the emcee at my wedding reception. 
Additionally, the cast for the restate of P Ramlee were just beyond amazing and I have never felt more proud than I did today to see so many of my friends up on stage! Ruzanna, Iedil and Ben :) And oh, have you guys heard of Nadia Aqilah? She played Saloma and MasyaAllah! She was such a star!! She played the character so so amazingly well :)))
This up and rising Superstar, a big favourite in my family for we go a long way back to those Uni days when he used to be the one making sure I was never homesick and would on some days come over to my place with Pizzas after classes. You're truly a gem Iedil, love you like big big time! :)
So much love with my theatre-loving girls :)

Monday, 6 October 2014

Me Time

Over the long weekend, I had some good 'me time', doing everything I wanted to at my own time my own way however I want it to be. It actually feels really good :)

Doing new adventurous things like how I used to with different people, and meeting new faces, meet, making new friends! There was something about it that made me really really happy and weirdly gave me some thought about whether I'm a changed person, because everything felt familiar whilst I did it. Only that I no longer do them often I guess.

So here's to planning for more adventurous things to do for myself and whoever is up to joining me!
:)

Bubble Football
ATV
Flying Fox
Travel out of the country maybe? 

Bring it on :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

aliaaiman - Four Drops of Lemon


Aiman and I recently came across this article that talked about healthy eating and how the business is just mushrooming here in KL right now. Of course it was also a good reminder for us to eat healthy prior to the wedding. I'm not saying diet (I'm not speaking for Aiman btw haha!), but more like watch what we eat. I'm surrounded by some who wants to lose weight and would resort to dieting but I can never ever see myself joining the diet bandwagon. I'll get so moody I might just cease to function afterwards -_______________- 

My theory - The more I eat, the higher my metabolism rate and then I can continue to eat even more and keep on building that metabolism rate. 

I love my food and I love trying new places to eat. If you see my instagram pictures, they're always filled with food! At the rate I'm eating, a lot would think that I'd just snowball, but I guess that metabolism theory works huh? :P Although I do think I have quite a round face!

So over the weekend, Aiman and I decided to prepare our own healthy lunch. It was quite an activity I'd say. Scoop that avocado, blend those chilli paste, slice up em salmons, marinate those fat Portobello mushrooms, squeeze 4 drops of lemon... I've never seen Aiman in the kitchen, what more going all "where's the bread knife?", "Do you have a wooden mixer?" "Do you have something with more surface for me to mash?", "I used FOUR drops of Lemon". Not too sure what's up with the four drops specifically. 
But safe to say, I'm marrying a long-hours-working-wife proof husband. Or do you actually call it a I-can-feast-on-PS 4-whilst-I-wait-for-workaholic-wife-to-come-home husband?

Monday, 29 September 2014

aliaaiman - Undecided


I think the only reason why I get lazy to do wedding errands is because I'm undecided on what I want, if that makes sense. Everyone wants a perfect wedding, but then you start asking "what combination would give a perfect wedding?"

Is it colour A + flower A + pelamin type A + wedding dress design A or all type B?

The more I give myself time to think, the more magazines I flip, the more ideas I have, the more things I want, the more times I change my mind and....of course the more stressed up I feel and subsequently my parents feel. If only weddings aren't expensive and time consuming, I think I'd do receptions all the time. With the same guy. But different themes every single time. Haha! No mama, just this once ok? (I foresee her gritting her teeth if she reads this giving me a lecture about do you know how much time this takes and do you think money grow on trees kinda lecture). Haih, so much love for your parents right, they work so hard to give you the best in everything. This is what you call marah sebab sayang you know.

Anyway, over the weekend I sat down to (once again) finalize exactly what I want. From the pelamin, to the stage to the drapes, the flowers at the high table, hand bouquet, colours for the family and the  stage etc, all to be passed on over to my wedding planner to see if he can replicate or reconstruct my ideas to become even nicer. I even made a powerpoint presentation for him to run through line by line items. Last I checked, seller does powerpoint presentation for the clients. Not the other way around, haha!

All these in between running in and out of a meeting to plan the Young Corporate Malaysians Summit 2014 this December! (Hint hint)

Also, I've finally found the time to see the designer to confuse them seek their advice about my wedding dress designs. Sketched a few, tried a few and came out of the shop happy with what I wanted my dress to be like!

....before I changed my mind when I got home because I had a different idea of what I wanted 90 minutes later.

I SO KNOW I'm going to want the total opposite in the future, but for now "I can't wait for wedding to be over, really". Haha!

Friday, 26 September 2014

No more

 
I came back from CIMB SEA Games recently with a silver medal and...an injured ankle. Only this time, it was a terrible injury. That was worth it. That I don't mind going through the pain for. bla bla bla. Ok I shall stop now. 


My point is, that was my first ever SEA Games and I was incredibly excited that I was pushing myself like crazy at every training I had (and it wasn't many because I couldn't get time off from work). 2 days before we flew off for SEA Games we had a friendly tournament with some professionals and that was the beginning of a nightmare for me. Had a little accident during the second game and the ankle gave the loudest C-R-A-C-K I've ever ever ever heard in my entire life and almost immediately I felt faint. All the time thinking "SH*T it's broken! It's broken! It's broken! I'm so gonna get scolded!! It's broken!!". Was taken out immediately and attended to by my teammate who was trying to correct the twisted ankle. 

A game, a bandage and full consciousness later I went on to play the final 2 games and pushed through all the way scoring goals after goals I almost forgot about the ankle. Of course the next day, I wasn't able to walk properly anymore and was limping with ice pack attached to it the whole time (yeah yeah ok padan muka siapa suruh main). Worst times are in the morning when I get out of bed and it stings! So a night before flying off, I had to go for Physio at a sports physiotherapist and OH-MY-GOODNESS-SO-PAINFUL-I-CAN-FAINT.

However, there is something about that pain that feels very satisfying, I can't describe it in words, you've just got to believe me or feel it for yourself. Of course that would require you to sprain that ankle first for a good cause. LOL! SEA Games is held every two years, and 2 years ago I wasn't allowed to play as I was based in the London office. Last I checked London was not part of South East Asia :P Thankfully on competition day, I had enough adrenaline to push me through and amazing contingent-mates who strapped my ankle so tightly that I managed to run and played for team Malaysia. Frustrated I was for not being able to run as much or as fast as I wanted to and winning only the silver, but I felt proud watching everyone battle it out on the field and winning it as a bigger team, Team CIMB. 

I don't deny that Futsal is a dangerous sports, very injury-prone and perhaps some feel that it's a little rough for girls, I partially agree, but hey I can tell you once you start playing, you will never want to stop competing for your team! The feeling is just so so so motivating! :) But for now, I'll be out of games for at least a month whilst my lil ankle goes through recovery period unfortunately. A tad sad but if I plan to continue playing in the future, I've gotta do what an injured football player gotta do - REST AND RECOVER.

Ho well, it's a good reason to start looking into that wedding chores to be done ey?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

aliaaiman - SIMS

So I was busy stalking looking through Instagram when I realized Aiman switched on his laptop to play SIMS. I never knew how to play SIMS so I was a bit kepochi poking my head in front of the screen to see what he was doing to those humans on screen. 

Click. Aiman made the boy talk. 
Click. Aiman chose the way he had to speak.
Click. Aiman made him go to the kitchen to take out some chicken front he oven to eat as he was hungry.

"Eh? How is it that the chicken was already there?"
"He cooked last night"
"You mean YOU made him cook last night?"

Click. Aiman made the sister who just woke up go to the toilet to pee. 

"OMG! The brother can see her peeeee!!! (Mind you she was only in her undergarments)"
"Noooo la. Ada wall la (There's a wall). When I play I just take down the wall, but actually ada wall so the brother cannot see"

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"So you just control their lives hari hari je la?"
"Yeah, but there's KPI this thing. Like his sister ni nak jadi professional thief in the future. So now I have to make her pickpocket 5 people, that's the KPI"

Click. "Arghhh nooo, that girl knows she wanted to pickpocket her, now awkward dah"

-_________________________-

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?!)
-_____________________________________- 

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" 

-______________________________________- 

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.