Sunday, April 12, 2009 3 comments

Shoes @ 13 April 2009

My simple pump found at BATA in 2008 which supposed to be my walking shoes during office hours. But I'm used to wear high heels, thus at the end it became my 2nd 'slippers' at home and now it's my 'slippers' at my new office :)

My Bali slippers. Got it in Kuta, Bali for about RM6. Since then it travels with me almost every where.

Andak gave to me yesterday, 11/4/09 to wear in the house. She bought it for RM6. It brought old memories.

Viss, JJ Balakong, end 2008/Jan09, about RM25 (sweet, isn't it?). Thought I needed a proper covered shoes to wear with certain office clothes :)

New sport shoes for trekking at FRIM/exercise (RM40). Accompanied Maria to look for new sport shoes at Mines Shopping Mall on 29/3/09. Hmm I thought I needed a pair myself.. hehe.

Thought of having a casual snickers for me to wear with jeans. Viss, JJ Balakong, end of 2008, RM25.

My 1st Crocodile shoes, last pair, got it from Jaya Jusco, Balakong for RM49.90. Was looking for comfortable and not too high black shoes for my day-to-day use on working days (such a lame excuse, isn't it?). But indeed it is very comfortable.

Andak gave to me somewhere in 2008 after I started work again as she seldom wear it (I never wear it till today as never found suitable time/clothes for it).

My ballerina shoes found at Viss, Jaya Jusco Balakong in end 2008. Last pair, about RM17.

Marie Claire, BATA Ampang Point in June 2007 while window shopping with Nur & Maria after attending Ellysa's wedding at Kelab Darul Ehsan, Ampang Jaya.

Found it during my first trip to Jakarta/Bandung in July 2004. Stopped for lunch at a Sundanese Restaurant in Puncak on our way to Bandung (me, Zura, Nik, Nisa, Wati, Dollah, Agus and Wahyu). Went cuci mata at a souveneir shop next to it while waiting for the food and found this, about RM30. Zura & Wati each bought a pair, different design.

Me and Co'ot met Ija and Zila at Madam Kwan, KLCC for lunch in April 2008. A treat by Zila to Penganggur Terhormat (me & Co'ot). My shoes terputus after that, thus went to Isetan to get a simple shoes - Twins, RM29.

My Princess-D shoes from Bally factory outlet in Greenwich, GBP5.00, June/July 1997. Made the trip with Heng before came back to Malaysia (one that I still keep till today). Too bad as a student I had limited extras to spend, or else God knows how many I would have bought :)

Got this from Ravel in Kingston (1997) for GBP5.00. Still keep till today and sometimes wear it. Love the design and have sentimental value.

Viss, Jaya Jusco Balakong, between Oct 200 to Jan 2009. Thought I needed a nice presentable slips-on other than my 'good old' Bali slippers :)

Areen bought for me to match a tailor-made dress she prepared for me as her bridesmaid on her BIG day in May 2005.

Gift from Andak for my 35th birthday in Feb 2009.

Went around Midvalley with Doreen on 23/8/08, she's looking for shoes. Stopped at Primavera and somehow I decided that I also need shoes for my new job.. :) .. Paid total of RM87.20 for both.

My latest collection. Went to The Weld on 7/4/09 during lunch to heat up my body and this is what I got at Elle for RM29 during the rush hour. So adorable, so how can I say 'NO'... :)

My kasut raya 2008, RM19.50 after discount, from Marie Claire, BATA Mines Shopping Mall on 9/8/08. Bought it as it matched my baju raya !!

Met Doreen at Midvalley and this was what I got from Vincci by the end of our meeting, about RM25 after 50% discount.

Last pair at BATA, Alamanda (got it for about RM17). Went there with Maria on weekend.

My first Lewre shoes. Bought it (50% discount, RM65.70) while survey Isetan sale at Lot 10 during lunch time, 2008/09.

Grabbed it from Elle Midvalley while waiting for Maria (we met after work).

Got it from Metrojaya Midvalley in 1st quarter of 2009 while accompaned Maria buying track bottom.

My one and only shoes bought from Harrods, London in 1996/97 for not more than GBP20.00. A sentimental value for my memory with Harrods after I gaveaway my one and only MGM stretchable-jeans, which I also bought from there, to my sister after it 'stretched out' (that's what happened when you 'let' other people wear your stretchable clothes).

A Marie Claire shoes from BATA, Jaya Jusco Kelang (Aug 2008). Went to visit my friend there and we went window shopping. Bought it as a treat for my new job. I paid the most for it, RM132.30 after 30% discount. Unfortunately, the comfy it offers not worth the price.

Bought them at Parkson, Pavillion on 8Mar09 while accompanied Elly buying dinner clutch.

Found at Nose, Pavillion (2008/09) while accompanied Areen looking for shoes (she bought 2 pairs).

Shoes are one of my passions. Despite always in a tight budget, a pair of new shoes never fail to brighten my day. There was once in 2005 a colleague of mine asked me to count my handbags and shoes (never did that before), so I did. And to my surprise, I had 33 handbags and 33 shoes !! (of course each not meant for the other. Just a coincidence. And that excluded sport shoes & slippers). Gosh! If I had kept all, perhaps by now I have a room just for shoes - which always is my dream. After all, there's always reason to buy a new one.. And sometimes, no reason is needed at all :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 4 comments


'Abah' a name I no longer call except when reminisce the memory. Abah is no longer with us, physically, since 26 August 2006 at the age of 69 (just like Keluarga 69, one of P.Ramlee's movies - he's a fan even during the period he no longer could speak and see). There he is 'at home' surrounded by his ancestors who he grew up with and loved him dearly, and whom he never tired of telling us stories about them. There is where I go and visit Abah, but sadly, not as often as I would love to. To prove that, that's the last time I visited him - pagi Aidifitri pertama tahun 2008 selepas sembahyang raya. I'm not proud to admit this, but that's the truth.

Coming from a big simple family, we are not open for matters involving emotions/feeling or in other word we don't express our love to each other in words. We learnt to be independent and how to live in this world through our day to day activities. Also learn to determine what is good and what is not from younger days.

From him I learnt about people, to be specific about some typical Malay characters. His best friends were none Malays but Chinese and Singh (they also no longer here with us). Malays judged him by wealth (and whatever comes with it) and how often he was seen at the mosque (funny that some people assumed they are so 'beragama/alim and a good muslim' just because they perform prayers, go to mosque, perform umrah/haj etc till they have the right to judge other people's faith). He was not perfect, of course, but so does all of us. But he always there for his friends be it good times or bad, and so did they. He always brought stuff for us, his children, whenever he could. Seldom I heard him said, "Maaf, tak boleh tolong" whenever someone asked for help, but instead always "Boleh" - even though obviously impossible.

He didn't question me about my report cards (never was an issue for me to ask him to sign it even there're red marks). Another lesson that I learnt from him is believe in yourself and never bother about what people say about you. Life goes on and true friendship lasts forever, just like the phrase 'till death do us part'.

Despite we were not closed as how father-daughter relationship I always saw in TV, I do cry (most of the time) whenever I look at this photo or when I play a memory of him in my mind. As far as I can remember I never said "I love you" in whatever ways, in whatever language to him, but what I know for sure he was proud of me. Sad to realise that the one person who taught me important lessons of life was no longer here to hear me say "Terima kasih abah atas segalanya. Saya sayang abah". But I have no regret about that and I shall never will because deep down in my heart I know he knew that.
Thursday, April 2, 2009 0 comments

FRIM, Kepong - Saturday 8am 28-03-2009

Gosh! It's been more than a month haven't been to FRIM. Though it's quite a distance to go there, but the air surrounds it and the peaceful feeling it offers make the journey worth a million. Quite a struggle to complete climbing the hill, with additional burden of kampung fried rice and teh tarik - eagerness to picnic at the waterfall. So afraid to stop even for a breath or a drop of water, in case the body take control of the mind. Finally, the task completed and most important within an hour - at least that's a comfort.

The effort, the sweats, the additional burden, the sore muscles, the heavy breathing are all gone the moment I saw the spot we are heading for our picnic. Gone all the tiredness trekking up the hill, gone all the tiredness spending more than 8 hours a day working Monday to Friday the moment I lay my eyes on this serenity. A promise is made that this will not be the last (also an excuse for me to buy a pair of new shoes the very next day!!).