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April 30, 2009

My dream house

Rumahku tak perlu besar, tak semestinya mewah,
Rumah kayu tinggi dengan beranda luas sudah memadai,

Aku boleh parking keretaku di bawahnya,

Di depan rumah, aku mahu laman luas,
Ada jalan kecil yang merentasinya yang akan aku hiaskan dengan panjut di malam raya,
Pasti meriah...

Di hujung laman, ada sebatang pokok Angsana,
Rendang dan besar...
Ada buaian kecil bergantungan di bawahnya,
Akan aku sediakan pangkin kayu di sebelahnya,

Boleh aku gunakan sewaktu minum petang bertemankan buku-buku ku,

Di belakang rumah, ada sungai kecil,
Aku boleh berenang dan memancing di waktu senggangku,

... Dan di seberang sungai kecil itu, ada IKEA!
Yang boleh aku lawati hari-hari...

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Rumah hebatku...

April 27, 2009

My 1st blog review

No words can describe my feelings but all I can say is I'm floating! It's my very first blog review by F, written in conjunction to his 100th blog entry. Thanks ya F and congrats too. Teruskan menulis k. Hit that 200th entry!


I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Semangat ni...

I thought he was the Tuan Kicik

Aku merenung jauh ke dalam balai ketibaan, meneliti setiap penumpang yang sibuk dengan urusan menuntut bagasi masing-masing.

“Mungkin yang baju putih tu tuan,” tunjuk Pakcik Tahir.

“Tak mungkin la Pakcik. Muda sangat,” jawabku. Aku telah diberitahu bahawa manager baruku berbangsa India, berpindah dari ladang Sungai Paloh di Johor. Dia aku gambarkan berkulit gelap, berkumis tebal, berantai emas dan kolar baju diangkat funky. Gesture halus untuk menyatakan, “Aku ganas. Aku garang. Jangan main-main denganku. Aku adalah mimpi paling burukmu!”

Cemas…

Kertas yang tertulis DAMAI ESTATE ku angkat ke paras dada, “Cukup besar kah tulisan ini? Akan nampak kah dia? Apa yang aku perlu ucapkan nanti? Yang mana harus aku lakukan dulu? Berjabat tangan kah atau ucap selamat kah?”

Gugup…

Mataku terpandang pada seorang lelaki India yang beransur keluar dari balai ketibaan. Menyeringai, langsung menzahirkan baris giginya yang maha putih itu. “Damai Estate?” soalnya seraya berjabat tangan dengan Pakcik Tahir.

Eh eh!!! Apa ni? Kenapa bukan dengan aku dulu? Pakcik Tahir menoleh laju ke arahku, terkedu dan terkejut. Aku sentap. Kalut…

“Err sir welcome to Bintulu. I’m Hidney, your assistant and this is Pakcik Tahir, our driver.”

“Very sorry. I thought he was the Tuan Kicik. Very sorry ah…”

Asssudeeeh!!!

“Please can we somewhere else first? Maybe you can tell me all about yourself over some coffee.” Ujarnya. Aku dapat rasakan ada butir-butir cemas pada tona katanya. Gementar kah dia? Gorgeous sangat kah aku? Bukan kah aku yang sepatutnya gementar? Just great...

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Aku sudah berkira-kira untuk memohon cuti lagi. Jahat kan aku? Suka mengambil kesempatan pada golongan yang lemah o_0

April 26, 2009

Memories

Memory is a funny thing and it is rarely accurate. It freezes an event, a person or a place. Memory doesn’t reflect the changes that we have occurred since the last time we saw that person or visited a place. At a school reunion, how many people comment on how much their friends have stayed the same? Not many… because the way they remember their friends hasn’t change.

"Hey... the last time I remember you were all skinny and nerdy-like. Wow, look at you now. You should join AF man!"

Yeah... anyways...

While you were busy exploring the four corners of your life, your family, friends, colleagues, schoolmates, lover(s) and enemies were continuing on with their lives. Just as with your life, on going experience shaped and changed theirs. They aren’t the same people you remember. Things change how people are. People change…

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: The longer you’re ‘away’ from something, the more your life grows out of synch with it. And yeah, I don't do AF by the way.

April 25, 2009

This vs. that

Life’s a bitch they say. Life is like your worse superior who will keep on punishing you for a simple mistake. “Fuck you Hidney! I ask you to do in term of this and you give me in term of that? What the hell?” Yeah... Life's a bitch.

We always look back and yesterday were always a golden age. But why at times we keep on telling ourselves that those yesteryears were the time of trial? Which one is which?

We use to take things for granted and later regretting ourselves for doing it. A wise man used to say, "we often overestimate what will happen in the next two years and underestimate what will happen in ten!" Wise huh? I think so…

Sometime I wonder. What would life be without you? You know who you are…

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Why am I writing this anyway?

April 22, 2009

Rain oh rain...

It’s rainy season again, causing an epidemic outbreak of headache among us; the planters. "What seems to be the problem?" One may ask. Flooding, bad road conditions, delayed work programs, sick and rickety workers; although I would say most of them pretended to be sick and continued their quest in catching some Z’s. Potong gaji!

It was windy and gloomy when we had our routine muster this morning. My staffs were rushing their roll call. By the time they done, the rain started to pour down from a planet-sized storm hovering above us. Lightning strikes. Bzz bzzzzz!

Owh God, here we go again.


I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Water water everywhere. I’m gonna need a sampan…

April 20, 2009

Apple salad?

Bahan-bahannya ya puan-puan:

Apple
Kuning telur
Garam secukup rasa
Paste bawang putih
Lada sulah
Minyak masak
Serbuk kayu manis
Lemon


Mula-mula, potong epal mengikut citarasa. The chunkier the better. Asingkan…

Dalam mangkuk yang berasingan, pecahkan telur dan asingkan kuning dari putihnya. Whisk it vigorously like there’s no tomorrow until it thickens. You can use electric mixer if you want to. I don’t have one, so I have to do it manually bo ho ho! While whisking the yolks, tuangkan minyak sedikit demi sedikit. The oil will emulsified with the yolks to form a basic mayo. Pastikan aliran minyak sekata. Kalau tak mayo tu tak jadi. You’ll know when to stop.

Lepas tu, masukkan paste bawang putih, garam, lada sulah dan perahan lemon ke dalam mayo. Whisk again and taste it to your liking.

Setelah siap, tuangkan mayo ke atas hirisan epal tadi dan tambahkan serbuk kayu manis.
And there you have it, your very own apple salad with a homemade mayo. Tepuk tepuk tepuk...

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Dah boleh bukak kedai dah...

April 18, 2009

My Shangri-La

It was those days when I escaped to my Shangri-La. The place that has been called heaven. I went into a dark tunnel. I couldn't see a thing. But then I saw a bright spot. "Oh, it's the end of tunnel." I said to myself.

As soon I reached the end of tunnel, my eyes were blinded by the white lights. I couldn't open my eyes. Slowly I opened my eyes and I saw a deep blue sky. I suddenly felt the silky soft breeze that was pampering me. No one was there. No drama, no complication.

After sometimes, I felt a pain in my heart. At that split second, I knew I've got to go soon. Leaving my Shangri-La, back to the hideous reality. Again…

I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Where's your Shangri-La?

April 11, 2009

Bangkok, sabai and sanuk; Part 1

It was Friday evening in April 10th when I finally arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, that was after some flight delays and not to mention the bumpiest touchdown EVER!

Anyways... I felt a bit lost when I lined up at the immigration counter to get my passport stamped while trying my best to hide it and smile at the lady officer in her Hawaiian inspired garb. It's Songkran mood in Thailand, so I thought everyone will wear a 'playful' uniform to work. Coolness!

Walking through the oh so baronial airport, I couldn’t read the signs written in weird Thai squiggles, but thank God the toilet’s signs are the same with what we have back home. Boys with trousers, girls with skirts!

Greeted “Sawatdi khrap” by a merely half-a-century-old but friendly taxi driver with a hard-to-remember name who was going to take me to my hotel, I soon felt welcome in this exotic wonderland. I've been told about taxi scam in Bangkok and I've been scamed once in Jakarta. But he was not a scam artist. I was one happy customer. My Bangkok’s journey begun…


I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: With a great company, I'm sure I will enjoy my stay in Bangkok.

April 10, 2009

Sawatdee!!!

Today... I'm leaving for Bangkok y'all! I've been looking forward for this trip since only God know how long. And finally the day is here. Am I happy? Hell no... I'm delirious!!!

I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Groovy...

April 9, 2009

Cerita Bujang dan Seriah

Balingian, di suatu petang Sabtu, 1978. Tetamu jauh dan dekat sudah tiba, bersalaman dengan tuan rumah sambil menghulurkan sumbangan mereka. Tuan rumah tersenyum gembira, sekurang-kurangnya kurang sedikit beban belanja majlis perkahwinan anak terunanya itu.

Di dapur, kaum-kaum ibu sibuk menyiapkan sajian. Cerita menarik dikongsi bersama, yang terkadang mengundang gelak diantara mereka. Di suatu sudut, Seriah hanya mampu tersenyum melihat gelagat kaum-kaum ibu itu. Tidak sopan baginya untuk menyampuk perbualan orang yang jauh lebih berumur darinya. Pun begitu, pandangannya lekat pada Bujang, anak buah kepada tuan rumah. Bujang perasan yang dia sedang diperhatikan oleh Seriah, namun tidak pula dia berani untuk merenung kembali. Malu...

“Bujang! Angkat lagi kayu api. Kayu tak cukup ni.” Bujang menurut dan segera berlalu, mengerling seketika ke arah Seriah dan tersenyum.

“Bujang yer nama kau. Tastenyer abang. Me likey!!!” Seriah bermonolog dengan diri sendiri.

8 April 2009, genap 30 tahun perkahwinan Seriah Unus dengan bujangnya, Wahid Ahmad. Telah menetap di daerah damai Mukah, di rumah kecil dipinggir pantai. Dikurniakan dengan 8 cahaya mata dan seorang cucu, keduanya bahagia meniti hidup yang pastinya telah bewarna indah.

I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Happy anniversary to both of you mak ayah. Hidney sayang kamoo…

April 6, 2009

The farewell dinner

Malam tadi, aku telah menghadiri majlis makan malam bersempena dengan perpindahan manager dan teman sejawatanku; Tuan Suriya dan Cairil. Tuan Suriya will be transferred to one estate in Kedah while Cairil will be transferred to the nearby estate here in Bintulu. It’s been a wonderful two and a half years working with both of them and I wish them both a good luck in their future undertakings.

Right… can I go now?

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: I’m all nervous to meet my new manager lah. May God bless me...

Expectations

How many times have you expected something, maybe a vacation, a birthday party, a date, or possibly a new job? You were absolutely sure, 100% sure about how it was going to turn out, and then…BAM! It ended up completely different.

Maybe you should stop and asking yourself, “Why do I have to expect much?”

It’s often easier to change or lower your expectations and, in turn, reduce the disappointment that accompanies them.


But... It will be a different story if it turn the other way round. Things turn out to be more than what you've expected. And that is when you can say, "Life is awesome!"

I'MNOSUPERMANLAH: Feeling so good one moment and then dashed the next? Don't worry... Life's like that.

April 3, 2009

Smack up some color baby!

It was intended to be one easy, breezy and beautiful (hehehe) blog page. I designed it and I love it. But I was taken aback when someone told me the other day that I need to put on some color to my blog. “Paint a rainbow if you may,” she said.

Well maybe not rainbow, but I’m willing to give it a try. Behold!!!

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Now you see... now you don't!

April 2, 2009

He's a human too!

It was a cruel and inhumane act that stirred the industry’s attention. He might not be a Prime Minister or Hollywood actor who earn million, but he is a father to a child, husband to a wife and a breadwinner to his family.

What is wrong with these people?

The question is, how would you react to this if you are working in an environment where everyone is a potential enemy? Worried you said? I’d terrified!!!

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: Al-Fatihah…

April 1, 2009

A day in a mall

Shopping trolley and Geminies doesn’t mix well together. You see, they tend to buy everything. Nonetheless this Gemini has enjoyed his day at the mall and he stick to his shopping list well.

I’MNOSUPERMANLAH: And this Gemini is a good shopping companion too...
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