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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Becoming an Aiman by the day

Brad Pitt once said that "a woman is a reflection of her husband".

I'm starting to believe that it's so true. If previously I used to get annoyed that Aiman whatsapps me using a lot of emoticons (and confusing me about how he exactly feels about something because I always ask "what does that emoticon supposed to mean?"), I now find myself using those silly yellow-round-I-cannot-read-what-emoticons-mean-smiley faces. Somehow when you use it often, you'll have this little secret chemistry going on with the emoticons. Haha! 

Seriously? You're angry? Nahhhh....That's cute. 
How am I supposed to take him seriously?!

And then...I never used to drink coffee much. However slowly now, I love little shots of caffeine that is carefully engineered into a cup of loads-of-chocolate topped with a pretty heart shaped latte art all done by my very own barista (when he's around) - my husband. So spoilt that I can no longer go out to drink coffee prepared by anyone else. Unless I REALLY need that dose of caffeine.  

They're small changes that I never realised until it became a habit. On weekends, I can spend so much time in the kitchen with Aiman watching youtube videos on how to make perfect latte arts and drinking up all the mocha that he makes! He'll make so many cups of mocha just so that he can practice his latte art and I will just sit down like a good wife and enjoy every single cup of it. 

Afterwards, we'll just spend time climbing up chairs and moving curtains to get natural lightings in to capture the best picture, and just start laughing at each other for being so kiasu. From making a perfect latte art to taking a perfect picture. 
So perfect :)))

Saturday, 17 January 2015

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner

I once wrote about being brave in taking on new opportunities - even if you're not sure whether you'll make it through to the end. Cause sometimes, certain opportunities come only once. 

So a couple of months back, I was called up by the Production house and was told to come for casting for NIVEA advertisement. Didn't think much about it nor did I ever thought that I will be selected. Never in a million years. All I remembered was there was no pressure during the casting and so I was more confident than ever during the whole session. Plus I had nothing to lose :)

Came shooting day, I remembered we were all working so hard through the day which started at 6.30 am and only ended at about 2.30 am. My goodness, hats off to all those product ambassadors and actors and actresses! IT IS CRAZY HARD WORK! At one point, all I could hear was 
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"Action!"
"Noooo!"
"CUT!"
"AGAIN!" 

....and that went on for about 70 plus takes? Nearly gave up, but thank god for an amazing working team that was with me till the end :))))

Never ever think that someone else's job is easier than yours. It's never true. Not even half true in fact. But well, I survived and I can tell you this, I HAD AN AMAZING TIME! It was all so priceless and fun and a lot of hard work from the very beginning, but they were all so worth it. Plus, I really could do with the smoother softer skin prior to my wedding, so thanks for prepping me up before my wedding NIVEA!

Well, here it is now! I do sound somewhat like a chipmunk. And every time I hear myself.....*cringe*

Monday, 12 January 2015

Magical - #aliaaiman2015

Prior to my solemnization, I remember feeling anxious at random times. It wasn't all the time but when it hits me, I remember asking myself if I am ready for marriage. I was so certain that when Papa gave me away, I would cry buckets. 

Guess what happened? It was like a solemnzation I've never seen before - everything on schedule, things were on time as per by-the-minute itinerary and everyone was just so calm and composed that when Aiman finished doing his 'lafaz', the jurunikah went straight to the Dua and before we knew it everything was done and we were already husband and wife. It almost felt like we were executing the Annual YCM Summit. I believe Aiman and I were beaming from one ear to another instead of feeling sad. 

To be honest, it takes a while to feel like a married person. The first few days of being married felt like we were still dating (unless someone starts referring to you as a Puan Alia)! In fact on one of the days, I was at my parents house whilst he was at his.  

Being married has a very magical feeling to it. You get to really know a person better because you start living with them. Believe me, I never knew Aiman was very entertaining, he would sing and dance for me! He was probably too shy to show that side of him to me when we were dating, just in case you know.

You start appreciating the little things they do for you like making me a cup of Mocha just the way I like it - single shot with more chocolatey taste. No guys, he doesn't do 3-in-1, he bought one of those complicated coffee machines and becomes my personal handsome barista every morning! 

You wake up seeing the same person you saw when you went to bed the night before - it feels complete in some magical way. In our case that's the usual for us only on weekends since we both work in different states on weekdays :)  Constantly feeling thankful and blessed are part of the marriage package too! If I knew it was going to feel this magically-great, I definitely would've told Aiman to propose earlier :D

Saturday, 10 January 2015

2015 - A New Beginning # aliaaiman2015

2014 for me, has been a very good year, Alhamdulillah.

Mostly for the new opportunities and experiences I've had :) YCM was just so amazing, and exploring what is outside there away from work can be rather refreshing too! I've come to realise that sometimes, things can be much better outside your comfort zone, especially when you give something new a try. Did my first shoot for advertisement this year as well as a lot more photoshoots and TV appearances. Have to say, they were really fun experiences!

Additionally, after coming back from London, YCM has allowed me to widen my network so much in Corporate Malaysia - which I am and will forever be very grateful for.  I've come to realise that the dynamics in Malaysia when it comes to professionalism can be very very different compared to abroad. But hey, all is a stepping stone I guess.

For now, what's most important is for us to continue to pray that He will protect us, InsyaAllah. 2014 has been great and filled with loads of ups and downs, all of which have shaped me to become a better person. I'm very very thankful. To move on to 2015 now.

I'm surely starting my year on happy feet alright - with a Prince Charming, my best friend and ex-fiance.

A husband :)
# aliaaiman2015

Saturday, 29 November 2014

YCMS Next Week!

I've never in my life felt this extremely busy that I've lost all patience for people who tells me "Sorry I cannot do this, because you know...it's bedtime" at 9pm. That's really just asking for it. 

But that aside, having deals landing on my table is all great whilst I also try to catch up and learn new things at a bullet-train-in-Japan kinda speed. That, on top of YCM summit next weekend and a wedding to to attend in a few weeks! Gosh! 

Good stress. Good stress. *chants to myself*

I'm forever doing something that when I have that 5 minutes rest, I feel restless not doing anything. A little lost too, weirdly. Let me try to explain this - a resting period is exactly when I take myself away from doing A and do B and C instead. Rest = doing something else and not what you were doing just a while ago, technically still doing something. 

I know I rely a lot on adrenaline these days and at some point wish for time to stop for a while to let me sleep. But I know I'm going to miss (in fact crave) for this busy time in the future! :))))

Anyhoooo, Just in case you guys don't know about this, it's next week, so head on to our website and register if you want to reserve a seat!  


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"

-_________________________-


"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 :)



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.