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We have moved….

February 10, 2009
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I gave up… I can’t fix the layout. So we are moving to a new address.

You can find us at our new home ‘muzeju.blogspot.com.’


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Quick updates.

January 27, 2009
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I don’t have internet access at home so updating this from office. So it has to be a quick one.

Spent last weekend moving into our home. This time for good. No more crashing at Linda’s place.

Kak tita, Adam and the whole family came down from Coventry to inaugurate the house. We assembled the dining table and sofa bed. Unfortunately, my living room sofa did not fit through the stairway and I have to find some mover that able to fit it through the window. Somemore dosh to pay. Whatever lah… I am trying to do the economics of changing it to smaller packaged sofa instead.

Got myself a new phone… an Iphone. Finally! I always wanted it. My other hot nokia phone will be given to Muzzy.  My Nokia is a good phone and I love it. Since Iphone is free with a contract and I need the contract phone line anyway…  so why not.

Trying to get a broadband connection to my place. Hopefully it will not take too long. More updates soon.


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Avenue Q musical

January 21, 2009
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Linda, Ras and I went to watch Avenue Q the musical on Monday night. The show was a hit at Broadway and made its way to West End in June 2006 and straight away became a hit too. It has won the best musical in 2004.  It is a comedy musical combining human and puppets. Yes, puppets on stage. I actually thought of bringing my five year old niece to see it because of the puppets. Little that I know that the show is inspired by reality of life and quite crude and vulgar. They even have a scene where puppets are ‘doing it’ on stage. That screwed up my memory of the cute Sesame Street characters. Puppets ‘doing it’ are so so wrong…! Nevertheless, the whole arrangement is so brilliant and enjoyed the show very much. What a great end to my Monday. I would recommend it to everybody, except if you are a below certain age. Malaysian kids – only for 18 and above. If you are British- for 15 and above. For my niece? Not until she is 25 and married.

Below is replay of the opening scene of the show.


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That weekend at Stoke

January 19, 2009
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My bed and dining table were delivered last Saturday! Yeay! The dining table came first but unfortunately it could not fit the stairway so they could not bring them to my reception area on the 2nd floor. It was flat packed but the length was quite long. I got a 6 seater which can be converted to 8 seater and for some reason they have packed with the length of 8 seater. So, they were unable to manoeuvre it through my tight stairway and just chucked them in my 3rd bedroom downstairs. Fine… whatever! Ill bring it bit by bit upstairs when we want to assemble it later this week.

 I was worried that my bed will not be able to fit through too. How am I supposed to carry them upstairs at the third floor all on my own? The previous tenant had a big bed up there so I was a bit hopeful. The delivery guys came and they managed to do it. Alhamdullillah! They even assemble it for me with a small fee. When they were assembling it, they found out that one leg is missing. Luckily it was resolved by taking one of the legs off the other divan from their delivery van. I am so glad I asked them to assemble if not, I would need to call them again, complain, arrange the delivery of the other leg and all that crap. So one thing less to worry about. 

 

After lunch, I caught a train to Coventry to my sister’s for the weekend. It took me only an hour from Euston to get there. I was considering taking the bus which supposedly, takes only 2 hours, but since I do not have the luxury of time and do not want to risk the traffic jams, I decided to take the train albeit it is more expensive. I arrived in Coventry in no time and even managed to go to Ikea before it was closed at 8pm.

 

The next day was the fun part where we made a trip to Stoke-on-Trent – the home of fine Chinas by Waterford Company which carries the brands like Wedgewood and Royal Doulton. Beautiful pieces to choose from with only fraction of the original prices. Apparently, the company is in trouble so they are having massive sale to get rid of the old stock. I got plates for everyday use, plates for guests, plates for servings, side plates, dessert plates and several mangkuk hayun hidang for my ayam masak kicap and sambal ikan keli!

 

We also bought 10 pieces of dining plates from Royal Doulton for our lovely mother. My sister and I went a tad bit crazy over the sale. Unfortunately, I had to leave all my prized acquisition at my sister’s place, since I would not be able to bring them through the train ride and all over London underground tube network. She will bring them to me next weekend when they are coming down to London. Hahaha… can’t wait to arrange them nicely in my kitchen cabinet!

 

Actually, just about a month ago, I don’t really care about the fine chinas. I never can comprehend why people would spend thousands of ringgit on dinnerware. I suppose when you are at the factory outlet and the prices are affordable (plus you know how ridiculously expensive they are back home), you tend to get over excited and can’t help but succumbed to the dark side. 

 

BUT, it only happens because those items were on sale! Errr…so I would like to think…. for the sake of Noah’s education fund.

 Pinggan pinggan

Look at how they shine… 

 

Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton for mak

 

the princesses

My niece went on and on about these china princesses and kept on asking… ‘ Is this expensive??’.  She wanted to get them but I said what’s the point since all you can do is look at them, not play with them. She said she just wanted to look at them… So I suggested, to take picture instead.

fun day out

18012009089Fun day out

my fav boys...

My favourite boys… wish you guys are here…


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I got a new toy..

January 16, 2009
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Heehe… I got a new computer from office. A very light and small HP laptop. I like….!!hp1
Shiny brand new!

Can you see how compact it is. Cmpare it with my hand and the pen. Awww!

Can you see how compact it is. Compare it with my hand and the pen. Awww!


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Tired (sigh..)

January 16, 2009
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I woke up this morning feeling tired and sickly. Luckily it is Friday and I can’t wait for the weekend. My current housemate (Linda) is already up and about eventhough today is her off day. She works only 3 days in a week and her weekend starts from Friday – Monday. I am so jealous!! But her work hours are from 9am to 9pm so she clocks in the minimum required hours I suppose. I guess this is part of the perks of a professional Pharmacist.

Anyway, I am at the office now but feeling a bit under the weather. Took a few vitamins Cs just so the cold weather does not get to me. I read in the paper that there is one hospital here had to put the corpse in the toilet to make room for the still living sick people. Many of them are down with flu due to superbug (dont ask me what is it… I am guessing superman like germs…duh!)  and the number risen significantly when we had the severe cold weather last week. I do not want to be one of them , thank you very much. Dah lah tak register myself to any surgery yet. Yup…another one in the to-do list.

Anyway, not much to talk about my life at the moment. I spent the whole day in a meeting yesterday with one of our partners-  a major oil & gas company also. I couldn’t contribute as much as I wished to because was so busy absorbing all the information. Perhaps, that is why I felt so tired this morning. I really need to bring myself up to speed. As usual, my boss was very impressive. Dang.. pressure lah pulak!  

Missing Muzzy and Noah so much! Muzzy had to go to Singapore next week and that delays the visa application since the passport need to be handed in also. I was so sad when I heard the news. And my dear husband said that he needs to justify his January paycheque (eventhough he is leaving the company). Ok lah… what to do? Just waitlah… 

Will be going to Stoke-on-Trent this weekend with my sis. We shall see whether we can find any bargain. Looking forward to that…


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Furniture shopping.

January 13, 2009
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I have moved in on Saturday night but the place is so empty with no furniture. So, my dear friend linda took pity on me and offered to stay at her place until I get at least a bed there. I straight away agreed. I didn’t really feel like staying in that house alone anyway. So I am now at her warm lovely flat eating her food away. hehehe..

The whole weekend (and Monday since I took leave) was spent on furniture shopping. It is not as cheap as I thought but I did get a few bargains from the winter sale. My bed and dining table will arrive next sat and that is the fastest delivery that they can do. The retail sector is unbelievably inefficient in deliveries. Ikea takes at least two weeks to deliver. Most of other shops take up to 24 days. I miss malaysia where you can even arrange the delivery on that day itself if you buy the item in the morning. In UK, it has become an acceptable norm for deliveries to be up to 24 days. I was damn lucky that my dining table and bed can be delivered in one week. No no… It was not due to luck really, it is more because I chose the item which can be delivered in a week. If I was to choose a different mattress or  table, the deliveries could be longer than that.

My puny brain can’ t really comprehend how can this so called modern country, with damn efficient public transportation can be so slow when it comes to this. No wonder many of the highstreet names are going bust. Even the big names like Woolworth, MFI and Wedgewood or Royal Doulton (yup…  this is the great time to stock up on those fine china ladies… next stop should be Stoke-on Trent!)

Linda has been so nice driving me around these last few days. She even let me borrow her credit card for my online purchases. Such a kind and amazing friend. We actually has lost touch for awhile.. hmm.. actually more like 7 years… when I went back to kl and she stayed in uk. And it is only 5 months ago that we started to chat up again. Thanks to facebook which reunited us and we fast became good friend again. She has been helping me a lot  since I came to London, and I can never thank her enough. Only Allah can repay her kindness.

I am so lucky that I have so many great friends in my life who always have my back no matter what. To each one of you, thank you so much. Missing you guys back home. Muahs muahs!!


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Moving into our new home.

January 10, 2009
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Actually, the landlady is not as bad as I thought. She was very friendly. I think she was just being careful. I suppose… I dont blame her because I would be cautious too if I am renting my place to somebody.

The house is so so empty. Even the Zebra couch was no longer there. I am moving in today. My dear friend Linda will be helping me out. Managed to zap all my rent on one credit card. Need to do my claims quick if not the interest will suck me dry…!! Dah lah takleh take out money from ASB from here.  Alahai…

Spent my Friday night eating out with my friend Linda and with my new found fun queer friend Ras (he is soo gay! I knew him through Linda) and with Linda’s ex, who dying to get her back, Richard. We went to Linda’s favourite sushi place Kulu Kulu. The food was very yummy. It is fast to be my favourite place too.

After the moving later, we are off for furniture shopping. That will be under my other credit cards! This is the first time I am maximising the credit limit they are giving me. But still, I am under control. At least I would like to think so!! Haha…

Its 7am here and I have packed up everything! Except the foodstuff. I have actually accumulated quite a lot of things in these two weeks. Luckily I have the UT vacuum pack.  Chuck everything in there and suck the air out. It is fun to see mountains of things became flat in front of your eyes. It is so so useful. Get it guys, especially when you are travellling. You can squeeze a lot of things in the suitcase. Also you can use it for storage. Especially for the clothes that you can’t fit anymore but you know and confident that, one day you will lose all the extra meat and will fit into it again.

The only problem for travelling is, your suit case will be so heavy! Me and Linda will have a tough time carrying it later. Where are men and muscles when we need them! Muzzy.. darling… I so need you now!! 

Kesian Muzzy, have to make a lot of executive decisions back home. What to ship, what to leave behind. Its ok darling… I promise I will not complain if you leave any of our stuff behind though it is important. My mouth will be zip shut! I trust your judgement. Really… I do! You will hear no complains from me… Nope! Love you…. hehehe..

Ok.. now I have to pack the food. Rahil left her butter cookies that she claimed she loves it so much. There are also chocolates, cereal, telur, crispy aromatic chicken (yeah sayang.. I have not eaten it), Muller rice, uncooked pasta, pasta sauce, kicap abc, chilli oil and bla bla bla… That will take sometime to sort out.


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I am crap with wordpress…

January 8, 2009
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I am so touched that so many of you actually visited the blog and dropped a few lines. Thank you so much. Tak sangka glamour jugak I ni… hahahah…should I have nuffnang now? No?  I think I am not as glamour as that ah-oklah blog tu… hehehe.. how the hell do I link the ah-ok lah statement to the blog. I am so clueless on wordpress blog thingy and it is not even funny. Now I wish I have my wise friend acat here to help me out. He always there when I need advice on computer and stuff. I do not even know how to personalise the look of this blog. Lots to learn.. lots to learn..

Anyway, I had my first meeting with one of our potential customer today. My boss was actually nervous of this meeting because we are proposing a price which is much higher than they suggested. But her nervousness turned out to be unjustified at all. She was amazing and truly admirable. She conducted the meeting very well and truly in control. I can see why she was able to bag the double promotion recently. Hmmm…When I grow up.. I want to be just like her. Work wise at least. I have 3 more years to ‘grow up’. Yup she is only 33… Dang. I am still at awe…

The estate agent called in the afternoon and said there was a slight problem with the tenancy. The landlady wanted a reference letter from HR because I am new to the country and do not have any references from banks nor previous landlord. The HR wrote the letter but unfortunately it spells out my salary and the housing allowance. The landlady suddenly wanted the 6 months break clause on her part only while I have to go for a year contract. I know where she is getting at… she wanted to increase the rent after 6 months and I am stuck with a year contract. Banyak cantik…. ?My arselah!! 

Actually, I do get a good deal with the rent, she wanted 550 a week but settled with about 500 when I negotiated with her. Apparently, it could have been a lot higher that 550 but the market quite bad here… So, when she knew my gross income, she must have thought… Shit! I could have asked higher. But too bad lah, the amount is gross and I do have to pay tax on that. And the tax here is 45%!! shit loads..! I said no!! Banyak cantik muka hang! Nearly cancel the whole thing off, then she relented and said ok lah… So I still get the house. It is just that… the relationship with landlady has started on a sour note. I will be seeing her tomorrow and see how is she like in person. All these while, it is always through the agent.

I had dinner with my old and dear friend Latiff and his sisters. We went to Westfield, the new shopping complex at Sheperds Bush. It is sooo huge. It was a nice dinner at a mexican place. I always enjoy the company of Lat and the sisters. They are from a malaysian royal family but were brought up really well. So down to earth and always nice to people. The food was not that great. Apparently we went to a wrong mexican place, there is another mexican place which is supposed to be the nice one. But nevertheless, I had a great time with them. At least I am not stuck in the flat feeling lonesome. Anything beats that.

Now I am back.. need to get some sleep. I am off half day tomorrow to grab the keys to the house. Will be moving in on Saturday to an empty house. The only form of furniture I have is the zebra printed sofa. Its damn ugly but whatever I can get my hands on right now. Lotsa of shopping to do… that can be fun! Haha… That will keep me busy for awhile!


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Now, I can get my paycheque!

January 6, 2009
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I have a bank account now… Apparently, I need one by tomorrow or I will not able to get my pay this month. And God knows, I need it…

Our HR has a good relationship with the bank so I can open an account with somebody else’s house address. However, it is so happened to be the same bank that I used during my Uni days. I was a bit naughty during those days. Not that good with personal financial planning, though my course was accounting and finance… hehe.

I did think that it might be best if I open an account with a different bank but I was desperate. Plus, I do not want to explain to my HR that I was a bit naughty during Uni days. I have a reputation to build and I do not want them to think I am a potential CBT case pulak. So I went ahead trying my luck.

So, it was a nervous wait when they were checking my credit history. But to my surprise, I passed. They even offered me an overdraft facility which I politely declined. Don’t want to history to repeat it self… What happen there? I don’t really know but Alhamdullillah I have a good credit rating…

One thing good about Malaysia that you can get your atm cards on the spot but here.. I have to wait for 5 working days here. So proud to be a Malaysian! Malaysia so efficient wan… Malaysia Boleh!!

Random thoughts: Somebody should do something about Gaza bombing. Jahat lah itu Israel! Come on Obama.. please do not disappoint us and show your worth!!!


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