Saturday, April 30, 2005


I was driving home from work when I received sms from Nit telling me that she is now in the capital city. We have not met for quite a long time although Nit is only working in Tangkak - about half-and-hour drive from Ayer Keroh. So, all the way, we kept sms-ing each other on when and where to meet. Since I am working tomorrow, we decided to meet on Sunday - time and location undecided yet.

Once at home, I called Zurd, asking her to join us for at least a drink and she said yes. Told her to at least give some suggestion on the location as we have decided the meeting day would be on the weekend. Zurd told me that she would put on her thinking cap.. hmm..

I knew Nit since primary school days. She is the typical small size girl with a "shrieking" voice if shes decided to use it. Nit is very bright, extrovert, talkative and active. Overall she was a person I was not. She was the school prefect and I was the librarian. However, both of us was in the school choir, she was the soprano and I was the barritone (ye ke?). Anyway, despite our differences, we hit it off quite okay.

Her father was the religious teacher in our school and everyday I would "tumpang" them to school. Like her, the father is also a talkative person and most of us like him because he has very good sense of humour. Out of the blue he would joke about something. Same goes with Nit's mom. Although she is a housewife, she's quite a cool lady. The household can be a tad loud yet have this very close and loving family atmosphere. Needless to say, I liked going to Nit's house to mingle with her family and her four other siblings (all girls).

We used to call Nit "mosquito" because of her size and shrilling voice (again if she decided to use it), but she always take it in her stride. That is what I like mostly about her. Her "selamberness".

We used to get into a lot of mischief together. We were thick as thieves. There was an incident where her chair (in class) was stolen by this big size boy. So armed with a penyapu and me with a dust pan, we furiously chased the "thief" around the class until he had no choice but to put the chair back at Nit's place. No one messes with us.Thinking back, it was hilarious.

Then, both of us embarked on our teenagers journey and while in secondary school, both of us joined the Scouts. Why Scouts, because its not "lembik" such as Tunas Puteri. Oh! Boy! we learnt a lot from our seniors and none of them are good and can be used later in life - in a good way I mean. But, it was good survival skills though hahahaha. We cheated at almost everything except in studies.

I remember once in Jamboree in Templer's Park, we got hold of the official stamps for nmbers of activities that we have to do to earn the bronze, silver or gold badges. Apa lagi! We stamped our green report cards with the stamps and fake signatures like a pair of lunatics. Aiyo! Are you high enuff to climb 20 feet high climb? Her retort would be Are you light enuff to climb? hehehe. Then there was the Flying Fox, Monkey Climb and more. We got free stamps for helping the Bomba rolling the hose though.

Then after SRP (ours was the last SRP examination held) she got a place at MRSM Dungun or Kuantan (am not sure). I continued studying at the school. We went our separate ways after that. She continued her studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia and I started working. It was several years later that we finally met and talked about the old days. And she still the old Nit that I know.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

A quirk of lips

Have you ever try to make people smile at you? I mean just smile at you without having to do any standup or slapstick comedy?

Sometimes I wonder why we Malaysian are too "shy" to smile at each other. One day, I was in a market, trying my best to figure what type of fish that was smacked on the metal counter in front of me. A makcik came beside me so I smiled at her but that makcik stared right through my smiling face. I was perplexed. Is it a crime to smile at people? I don't know. Why is it so easy for a mat salleh to smile and say hello at each other. Or how easily for a Melayu, Cina or India to smile at mat salleh and greet them good morning or day. So, why can't we do the same between us, Melayu, Cina and India and others?

I do wonder. Are we shy, embarassed or just too sombong?

Friday, April 08, 2005

Another boring day

Today was another boring day of my life. I got two assignments but too lazy to start even the first one.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

april fools day

Today is the April Fool's Day and The Malay Mail was the butt of the joke.

Read the front page today?

Hits.FM is known for their unconventional banters and programmes. So far, nothing involves other fellow Media or Press. However, for this year, they have decided to come up with more "serious" prankster, and this time, why not "jolt" the listeners so that other Media would pick it up and who knows, we might hit big this time!

Well, their strategy paid off. It started with pre-April Fool's joke which was aired yesterday. The two deejays attacked their programme manager stunning listeners for five minutes. In the end, they shouted "April Fool". The poor programme manager (good acting skill though) stammered yet maintain to be polite programme manager just akwardly reprimanded the deejays. Then as expected, calls started coming in with angry listeners complaining about the jokes that they felt was not funny. And who did these listeners calls to? Of course - THE PAPER THAT CARES.

And being the paper that cares (the journalists claimed they don't!), the bosses immediately jumped up and demanded to know what happened. So a follow-up call to Astro was made. Needless to say, the story of what happened yesterday, came out today.

And this morning, one call cleared the air.

It seems Hits.Fm had ganged up to "kenakan" their listeners and of course throwing The Malay Mail in as well! They had planned everything. They even had mock argument earlier. Covering the glass door with papers so that the "actors" were not distracted. Even the network manager joined in the fun (read the paper today please) sounded serious with his comments.

Like my friend said, these people deserve the Anugerah Angkasa for their acting. Well, can't wait until next year. Wonder what their jokes will be?