Monday, 21 December 2009

About to Watch Knowing

We are about to watch this movie, Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage...


Knowing

Hope none of us going to doze off during watching.

--- verdict ---

OK, we finished watching it yesterday. I would say that the movie is quite nice. It is quite well made, however the CG in some of the action scenes were quite noticeable, not cool.

Up to my surprise, my wife do love to watch this movie. I wonder why... The movie is just quite like the movie "Next" which also stars Nicolas Cage, which I found slightly better. Maybe my wife likes the ghostly like characters which brings some spookiness in the movie. (there is no such character in "Next")

Anyway, the storyline is nice, however I still couldn't accept Nicholas Cage acting as a Professor. He is just not a Professor like person, unless... he loses his muscles and gain more weight. Well, we all know that Professors doesn't care how they look.

All and all... It's truly worth every penny I spent buying it.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Cerita singkat

Saya sedang makan tengahari di bilik di school saya. Saya makan nasi goreng kampung. sebaik ada ikan bilis makcik bagi. Pastu, ada serbuk belacan, maka boleh lar buat nasi goreng rasa ke-malaysian-an. Sungguh menyelerakan. Encik suami ada, lunch bersama saya harini sebab hari ni dia lepak kat library school saya. Supervisor dia dah bercuti. Supervisor saya belum maka saya pun tak boleh cuti awal lar. Officemate saya ni tiada di bilik. Dia pergi lunch luar, makan bersama kawan2 di Beumaris. Biasa2 dia lunch di bilik ini saja. Kekadang nampak dia makan banana jer dalam bilik. Tahan ek perut dia.

School ni nampaknya orang dah berkurangan. Sunyi sepi. Ramai dah balik kampung. Lagipun students dah start cuti semester sehingga Januari. Manakala staff akan mula bercuti secara rasminya pada 24hb dec dan pejabat akan dibuka semula pada 4 Januari.

Harini sejukkk sangat. 1-2 degrees celcius jer. Beku kepala dan hujung jari jemari. Lagi2 kat school duduk tepi tingkap (situ je tempat ley dapat wireless internet). Tak tahan sangat jadi balik rumah awal, bungkus diri dalam duvet. Pasang electric blanket, dan urgghh, sungguh warm dan selesa. Pastu minum coffee panas. Oh, nikmat sekali.


Pak Peter, handyman landlady janji nak datang untuk baiki washing machine kami. Bukan rosak tapi ada sedikit rupa yang perlu dibaiki. Janji dari itu hari tapi tak datang2. Pagi tadi janji nak datang pukul 9, tunggu punya tunggu, kul 10 called kata van rosak. Janji plak nak datang pukul 3 petang ni, tunggu berjanggut dah ni tapi senyap sepi jer. Aiii..Pak Peter, kenapakah begitu. penantian tu suatu penyeksaan tauu.

Esok kami nak bersiap sedia untuk sesuatu. Perkaranya dijangkakan hari Ahad, insyaAllah. Excited ni. Tapi nanti kami bagitau. Harap semuanya berjalan lancar. Harap semuanya sedap.

Blogging off now.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Malaysia Beats Vietnam in SEA Games Football Final 2009

Malaysia won! After 20 years!

Skuad bola sepak bawah 23 negara mencipta sejarah Sukan SEA apabila menang emas pertama selepas kali terakhir dilakukan 20 tahun lalu.

Jaringan gol sendiri pemain Vietnam memberikan peluang untuk Malaysia memperoleh emas dalam acara akhir bola sepak lelaki Sukan SEA XXV.

Kali terakhir skuad negara menang emas ialah di Temasya Kuala Lumpur 1989.

Utusan Online

I tried to watch the match, but wasn't able to find a streaming channel. So I waited for my friends to update me via Facebook. Well done Malaysian U23 Football Squad... Finally you prove them wrong. Keep up the excellent work!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

TV Channels in UK

There is around 100 channels that one can watch via UK's Freeview. However, I seem to be stuck on watching the same kind of channels. Among my favorites are Top Gear, Scrubs, 8 Simple Rules, Dollhouse (sometimes), Being Erica, How I Met Your Mother, and of course The CSI Trios.

Well, it seems like a normal people would watch (I think). However, the episodes they're showing were not the latest at all. Maybe I'm the one to blame not able to find the current shows, or it's just that they don't have money to air the latest episodes.

Anyway, it's freeview, and I'm quite happy with it. Sometimes it is quite funny to see Grissom a little bit younger than I would usually watch in Malaysia. Well, it is true what my friends is saying about technologies and updates in Malaysia is much earlier than UK.



MINI New 4x4 Concept (copyright Yahoo!)

However, I was asked to stop watching anything related to cars nowadays. That includes, Top Gear, and Fifth Gear. However there is nothing said about Pimp My Ride. I guess, with no warnings, it means that it would be OK to watch em.

Since there is no more X Factor and I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here on tv.. Is there any interesting reality TV to watch right now?

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Mafia Wars Bangkok

Mafia Wars Bangkok is the latest version of Mafia Wars series by Zynga. However, instead of fighting between gangsters that are based in Bangkok, the wars is between The Triads (from China) and The Yakuza (from Japan).

For me, the fight between Yakuza and Triads have been going on for many years. Seeing Bangkok to be the target for these two groups is quite sad. Sometimes I hope that the fight is either between Bangkok and Yakuza or Bangkok and Triads. This is because, the Yakuza and the Triads can have their own series of Mafia Wars.

Here are some things that one need to obtain prior to enter the war in Bangkok. (From left, Triad Coin, Yakuza Sake, Thai Note, and Thai Passport).



As much as I am looking forward for the new installments of Mafia Wars, I do think that I wanna finish my Moskva jobs first. Well, we just wait and see. (btw: I've finished New York!)

Monday, 14 December 2009

Cold Weather

Just read a weather article online, it seems that UK is going to have a cold weather for the whole two weeks, starting from today. Cold weather makes me a little bit lazy. It makes me feel like to lie on the bed the whole day.


Snowdonia (copyright gettyimages)

Some of the areas in London is gonna have a snowfall in two days time. I bet some of my friends up there can't wait to experience snow. However, there is still no signs of snowfall here in Cymru, except (Snowdonia of course).

This brings back the memory I have during winter season. I used to play computer games in this kinda weather. However, my friend told me to buy a game console, so that I can play those games without even exposing and freezing my hand. Well, he won the debate, and finally I bought an Xbox 360 several month later.

Anyway, it's not like I'm gonna buy any console in this near future, and the tube keep playing back old series and it starts to become more boring by day. I guess, it's back to me to spend all those free time to study.. (H*ll yeah?).

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Off to Car Boots Sales Again

This morning we purposely woke up quite late so that we could reach on the car boots sales at a good time (where all the shops are open and the there are still things to buy). After a marvelous breakfast and a warm hot shower, we hit the road.

Yes, we were off to car boots sales again! I must admit, it's quite addictive to go to one. Today we have several things in mind. They were Irish Coffee Cups, DVDs, and Die Cast Metal Airplane Model. Well, we never know that the things is gonna be there or not.

We went to our usual route, and was devastated to know that the road was closed. We have to take a detour, and the journey became 2miles further than usual. Anyway, we safely arrived and rushed into the main arena.

We went round and round the car boots and finally found not 1, but 4 Irish Coffee Cups! Yiehaa... They were just GBP1.60, jackpot. However, the Die Cast Metal Airplane wasn't anywhere to be seen, and the DVDs they were selling were so expensive. I can get that DVD with that price in a charity shop.

So, we settle with the Irish Coffee Cups and left the other two targets for next week (or tomorrow?). Wish us luck!

Mee goreng mamak


Selain daripada berkongsi cerita dan minda, saya juga ingin berkongsi resepi.Untuk hari ni, pertama kalinya, resepi-selamba-suka hati mee goreng mamak saya. Nak cuba, silakan dan dijamin kesedapannya. Hehe.

Bahan-bahannya (untuk 1 paket mee kuning kecil):

  • Bawang merah,putih dikisar halus
  • 1/2 sudu besar kari dibancuh air
  • 1/2 sudu besar cili boh
  • Kicap mee yang hitam pekat tu, ikut sedap/warna
  • Kicap kipas udang juga letak, untuk rasa manis2
  • Air sikit
  • Daging/ayam sikit
  • Udang sikit
  • Mee kuning paket kecil
  • Taugey
  • Sawi
  • Cucur udang dipotong kecil
  • Kentang yang dipotong kecil dan digoreng minyak terlebih dahulu
  • Telur sebiji

Caca marba caranya:

  1. tumis bahan kisar bawang2nya sehingga wangi, masukkan cili boh-tumis hingga pecah minyak.
  2. masukkan pula bancuhan kari-tumis sehingga pecah minyak juga.
  3. kemudian, letak daging/ayam-sehingga masak, letak air sikit.
  4. apabila dah masak, letak lar kicap mee, kicap, gula dan garam secukup rasa.
  5. dah agak2 sedap ikut citarasa memasing, masukkan cucur udang, kentang.
  6. agak2 sebati semua, masukkan pula sayur2 dan mee kuning.
  7. kacau2 biar sebati semua, jadi warna coklat kehitaman, masukkan pula telur.
  8. goreng sehingga agak2 kering.

ta daaaa..selamat mencuba!!

Friday, 11 December 2009

I'm a PC, and Windows 7 wasn't My Idea

Finished upgrading our computers with the latest line up of Windows. Yeah, some of you might think that we are really late to do such a thing. People have been using it way earlier than us.

windows 7

I'm very grateful that Microsoft has decided to put an end to their 8 choices of Operating System, and just simplified them to be just 3. It's just plain lame to do such thing.

Personally I do think that people shouldn't be bothered to upgrade to Windows 7 if they have to pay for it. It's just the same old Windows... the experience doesn't seem to be any different from Windows Vista, XP or even the great Windows 2000.

All the thing they said about "Windows 7 saves up time" is just marketing mumbo jumbo. Anyway, it's up to you to decide which is best for you.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

coffee latte

I want a home-made mug of hot coffee latte like this..looks exactly like this!!

But we just can make a not real one like this, in a plain white-black-cannot-see-through mug..


So, we only need an Irish coffee mug like this..nak gak sejibik cam kedai.


Carboot sales, here we come, to search for an Irish coffee mug.

Gigantic LCD TV!

A friend of us just bought an LG 42inch HD Ready 1080p TV! It is so big, it can eat my LCD TV as appetizer. With that size of TV, the only thing I could think of is to play HD gaming on that TV. It seems like the couple has fed up with their old TV, and that old TV is nowhere to be seen.



Mine
Their's
(image copyright of caraudio4less)

I couldn't imagine watching Blu-ray movies on that TV. It's must be awesome. However, since Blu-ray player is still pricey and they will have a problem watching Blu-ray movies back in Malaysia, I don't suggest them to buy one.

Better yet is for them to buy a DVD with HDMI and 1080p upscaling capabilities. Its way more cheaper, and if it doesn't work in Malaysia, it will worth every penny.

And then I read this one article in Yahoo! News,

Booming sales of flat-screen televisions could cause a rise in accidents at home this Christmas, safety campaigners have warned. Read more

Well, I think that goes to LED, not LCD TV's. LED TVs is so thin and light, I do think that vacuum cleaner's exhaust could blow those things down. The only plausible way to put the TV is by putting several old dictionaries as weight on its base.

Kawan saya kahwin

Hadiah Intan sebelum diposkan ke Malaysia

Lusa kawan saya kahwin. Tapi saya tidak dapat hadir. Maka saya hanya mampu untuk poskan hadiah kepadanya melalui udara. Harap dia suka. Hadiah saya simple sahaja. Cuma sepasang sarung bantal comel teramat cute yang saya pun suka. Yer, memang sarung bantal sahaja, tidak bersekali dengan cadar. Memang dijual begitu. Saya beli sebab ia adalah sarung bantal comel teramat cute saya pun suka. :)

Lebih kurang begini hadiah kahwin untuk kawan saya. Comel kan?

Kami kenal sejak dari kecil. Tapi kami kawan baik sejak dari sekolah menengah. Kami sekelas 2 tahun sahaja, duduk bersebelahan. Walaupun hanya rakan sekelas selama 2 tahun sahaja tetapi kami berkawan sehingga kini. Sejak wujudnya "muka buku", kami saling berhubung melalui jaringan itu. Dan sebelum wujudnya muka buku, kami hanya berjumpa sewaktu hari raya. Yer, kami hanya bertemu pada cuti hari raya. Tak rapat tapi mesra. Oh ya, ayah saya dan ayah dia berkawan sejak dari kecil juga. :D

Sekadar gambar hiasan, tiada kaitan dengan watak sebenar

Saya teringin tengok kawan saya kahwin. Tapi saya tidak dapat hadir. Maka saya hanya mampu berdoa dari jauh semoga hari pernikahan dan persandingannya berjalan dengan baik, lancar, meriah, dan dia dan keluarga dan sahabat handai beroleh kegembiraan. Saya juga ingin mengucapkan selamat berbahagia kepada kawan saya dan pasangannya. Semoga hidup mereka berdua dirahmatiNya dan jodoh mereka berkekalan sehingga ke akhirat nanti.

Congrates Intan..I'm happy for you. Welcome to da club!!



Okay



Everything will be okay in the end.
If it's not okay, it's not the end!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Disney World in U.K.?

Swindon and Disney World Florida have become officially linked. Thanks to their 20-years-young Rebecca Warren for making a slideshow of her hometown showing similarities of Swindon and Disney World. You can read the whole article here.



Disney World (copyright of Lulu)

Even with all the widespread of the news, Disney didn't say anything about building a Disneyland in UK. This means that people in UK have to go hundreds of mile to Disneyland Paris, or even 'better', fly thousands of mile to Disneyland in USA.

From now one, we got to save more money for the trip to the rest of Europe. Top of the list (in no particular order), Paris, Italy, Netherlands, and German.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

A report from her

I do not have any idea what to blog. Today is a sunny day with clear sky, Alhamdulillah. We had a few slices of sweet and delicious pancakes for our breakfast. Nasi goreng beriyani and ayam goreng kunyit await to be our lunch meal. Maybe we gonna have the leftover of sambal pedas ikan for our dinner. And for supper, as usual, he loves to serve me slice of bread (toast) with few layers of BuTtEr aND NuTelLa. (dia makan, dia kena buat satu untuk saya..hehe). Yummy!!


Tomorrow morning, I will have my first ever official meeting with my supervisor (dup dap dup dap). Right now, I'm preparing the proposal (do some fixing up here and there). Still working hard on the methodology part, finding the best exprimental designs to achieve the objectives. Hopefully to hear his feedbacks and guides by tomorrow, as in what is the best and achievable research for me. I have been doing my data gathering since the first day here BUT as people say, the more you read, the more you know, the more you know the more complicated you think, the more you think AND the more FENING lar you dapat.



I will have my own desktop by this week, horey, at last! After this, no need for me to carry my 1.8 kg laptop to school. I can sit 90 degrees-comfortably at my desk surfing the internet and working - no need to climb the 40 flight of stairs to the 2nd floor library just to WIFI-ing.

Can't wait for the coming long holiday. Can't wait to do my shopping therapy. Can't wait for my birthday celebration-just-the-two-of-us.

Back to work, guys and gals!!

A Trip to Outerspace


Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo


Just read about Sir Richard Branson's new 'Spaceliner'. It is said that the spaceliner can go from UK to Australia in 3 hours. The most amazing thing about it is that it can take off and land using a normal runway! (Nope, NASA couldn't do that!)

Here is the newspaper clip. (originated from Yahoo! News)

Plans to send thousands of space tourists into orbit have taken a giant leap forward, with Sir Richard Branson unveiling the world's first commercial passenger shuttle. Skip related content

The British billionaire teamed up with renowned aviation designer Burt Rutan to build the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, which could be venturing beyond Earth's atmosphere as early 2011.

Sir Richard and his family - including his 92-year-old father - will be on the first flight, the entrepreneur said.

Others booked for a trip to the stars include physicist Stephen Hawking and environmental scientist James Lovelock.

The vessel is based on Rutan's prototype SpaceShipOne. In 2004, the stubby white rocket won the 10 million dollar (£6 million) Ansari X prize after becoming the first privately manned craft to reach space.

Its successor is twice as large and has more windows to enable greater views of Earth as seen from its furthest reaches.

To date the only people who have enjoyed such a view have been the few hundred government-sponsored astronauts and a handful of super-rich star-gazers willing to part with a small fortune for a seat on board a Russian rocket destined for space.

SpaceShipTwo has enough space for six passengers and two pilots.

It is believed that some 300 clients have already paid the 200,000 dollar (£121,500) ticket or put down a deposit for a seat.

Speaking from the Mojave Desert in California, where the vessel has been developed, Sir Richard said: "I have been dreaming about it ever since the Moon landing - that one day I would get the chance to go into space. Nasa, I suppose, didn't think that you or me would like to go into space.

Richard Branson... We DO love to take a ride in that spacecraft someday.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Meeting with Supervisor

Nervous

I just came back from my supervisors room. We had a one-on-one meeting. He high lightened out several topics that might attract my attention, thus create motivation in my research.

Now I have to choose between two different in research term, but quite similar in the whole idea. Anyway, it's not that hard to decide... I'll do both! (Just Kidding). This kind of ultimatum reminds me of the following quote:

You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. - Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)

Anyway, there is a good news. My supervisor will not be in Cymru during the holidays. Means, my wife and I can relax ourselves during this coming holiday.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Second Car Boot Experience

Car boot sales

We've went to a car boot sales yesterday morning. It's just 1 mile apart from our house. The car boot sales that we went look way different from the picture above. The place we went was way more organized, and in a closed warehouse like area.

There's an entry fee to the place, and as always, I decided to spend more money than the entrance fee. That was our second time going to a car boot sales. There were more stuffs and stores in this car boot sales.

We bought several things:
  1. DVD player (without remote control)
  2. Wall decorations
  3. Flower vases

Well, I'm not that in to "home decorations" thingy. I should left it to the experts. I'll just comment on DVD player I bought. It's an ALBA, runs smoothly and small in size. The best thing was, it was priced for only £2! It was so cheap, I don't even thinking when buying it.

Anyway. I can't wait to watch another movie tonight. Tata...

Friday, 4 December 2009

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! 2009

This is what we always watch on the tube every night. The reality show gathers 12 celebrities that are known in UK, and put them all in a jungle in Australia.

It has been airing for 20 days and currently there are only three celebrities in the jungle. Tonight would be the final 3 fighting their way to be crowned as the "King of the Jungle".

The final 3 for 2009 show is "Gino D'Acampo", "Kim Woodburn", and "Jimmy White". Even though Gino would be the favorite to win this competition, I personally support for Jimmy White. What about you Fara?

Go Jimmy! Can't wait to watch the finale tonight. (It's the finale isn't it?)

george hamilton
George Hamilton, the best contestant in 2009.

katie price jordan
Katie Price a.k.a Jordan, did the most bushtucker trial.

Pictures courtesy of itv.

Slow Friday

Just checked the clock, and was amazed that it's not even 11 o'clock. I thought it was already noon. Maybe it's because both of us went out from our house a bit earlier than usual.

Weather is quite good today, with a clear sky. However, according to the weather forecast, it's going to be raining in the afternoon and evening. Even so, the temperature will be slightly higher than the temperature right now.

We will be having rice with steamed chicken for lunch today. Don't know what's for dinner tonight, but am quite sure that tomorrows breakfast is gonna be the great "nasi lemak". Yumm yumm. (Thanks to the stock of anchovies that my aunt gave us).

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Raya Haji at Ayle*sbury

Finally I have a blog for public. All these while I'm only writing for a few invited people. Kupik cerita kut. hehe.
How's your haj eid everybody? We had a simple celebration, no, just a visit to our family member, my darling's dearie auntie. Brought her a not-so-look-like nasi minyak coz it is in pink colour instead of rainbow colours(nasi minyak pelangi). hihi. Anyway, it tastes sedap-licious.
Nasi minyak pink

Her house is 5-hour journey from B*ngor, a tiring one with heavy traffic and it was already night. After 2 hours of driving, we need a break so we stopped at highway services, had Costa coffee - Caramel latte for me and Moccacino for him. Sedap-licious. ("ceroh mata lepas tu"). Later, our sat-nav or tom tom (its common name but we use Garmin brand) brought us exactly in front of her house, around half past seven.

Our sat-nav

Alhamdulillah, seeing her in a very tip top great condition made us very relieved. We could not imagine how she had been coping the tough days for the past 3 months.Anyway, we had SOOO much fun spending 2 days with her-makan2, karaoke and listened to her old days stories. Can't wait to see her more after this, insyaAllah, whenever we have time. 5 hours driving is just like the thing we used to do back in Msia, to and fro KL-KT. Balik kampung..ooo balik kampung.

Had a morning walk to town together

During our way back, we took some wonderful pictures of His creation. Masya Allah.


That's all for now. I have to continue with my literature review. Tonnes of research-things need to get familiarize with (STILL). Huhu. Till then.

Fara

Canon EOS 1000D vs Nikon D3000



nikon d3000
Canon EOS 1000D @ £499 (Argos)Nikon D3000 @ £419 (Argos)

... no comment

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Side-by-Side

nintendo wiiplaystation 3 ps3xbox 360

... no comment.

Middle of the Week

It's already in the middle of the week. Still have much to achieve for the week. Keeping myself busy filling up report forms to send back to Malaysia.

As always, I'm all alone in this big office. Liam and Richard seems to do a lot of their work at home. I wonder how they are able to work at home with tonnes of distractions?

This afternoon... we will be having "ayam masak kicap"! Looks very delicious, and I know it's gonna be delicious. Can't wait till the clock strikes 12 and off we go to dig in.

That's all for now...

Azrul

Pictures for you

Here are the pictures of our home cweet home as I promised.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Tribute to the Blog Title

Some might ask the meaning of the blog title... This is because, people outside Malaysia does not know what "Terengganu" is and people outside UK does not know what "Cymru" is. They can guess that both of the unknown is names of places. Long story short, the former is a name of a state in Malaysia, the latter means "Wales" in Welsh.

Cymru is pronounced something like you would pronounce "Cumry". Well, I'm not an expert in Welsh. Welsh vocabulary I know are very very limited. Here are some, some of them I don't even know how to pronounce it.

  1. Prifysgol - University
  2. Ysgol - School
  3. Araf - Slow
  4. Ysbyty - Hospital
  5. Heddlu - Police
  6. Maes Parcio - Car Park
  7. Croeso i - Welcome to

I think that rounds up regarding the blog title. Will tell more regarding Welsh and Wales later. Tata.

Azrul
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