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A Belated Anniversary Gift

Two months after our anniversary, I got a belated anniversary gift from Hubby - a Samsung S3 Mini. There goes my pledge of not wanting to be in the smartphone league! Since I am not a gadget person, I have not really "godek-godek" the phone. Just made sure all the basics are there for me to use, plus a few more apps, and the phone is ready for use.

Now that I have suddenly "freed" myself from that killing job, I have started to explore. And whenever I am stuck, there's always Aliyah to help. Yup, she a smartphone pro :). But I still am not comfortable dedicating my time on the phone. I can't afford the time. Anyway, must always be a smart person with a smartphone :)

Never Done This Before... But Had To...

It has been such a stressful week. The writing job that was literally killing me, continued to slowly kill me. I worked over the weekend, made amendments, rewrote sections, etc based on feedback that came from various people. And the crazy thing was - they commented on something, asked to changed, then a few days later looked that that section again and commented that I wrote it wrongly, and asked to changed. I was like... OMG... Itu belum lagi masuk bab data asyik bertukar. Last Friday I waited till 6pm for feedback - they scribbled on hardcopy - apparently the latest console I got was not the latest. Did the changes over the weekend, cross-checked against the new console, come Monday - the data I had was wrong. There's an updated console. I tried to be very, very accommodating and patient. But then, a little comment on "track changes" said - "updated data already given to you". I was like... when???

I took a step back, did solat istiharah twice. I reflected o…

Still At It...

I'm still at it. This report is killing me. Literally. After working on it over the weekend - deadline Monday morning - with little sleep, back and shoulders aching, and blood pressure at alarming rate (I think la), I finally managed to finish the 68-page report at 3am Monday. Sempat take a breakie pegi jemput Aliyah from her Mak Long's place on Sunday.

After I emailed the report, I decided - I'm not going to go to the client's place for that 11am meeting with the powers that be (really powerful). I've worked like crazy to finish the report, with data being given only on Friday morning (97% final - still not final!), being promised to be given slides that contain summary of the analysis which I eventually didn't get and had to do my own based on the excel file that contains rows and rows of numbers, and progressive write-up submitted that was not read and given feedback because everybody was busy with data collecting and churning and what-nots... The last thing…

Long Time No Busy & Stress Like This Lah...

It has been such a hectic and stressful week. And it has not ended yet. I'm taking a short breakie.

Spent the whole week commuting to KL to station myself at the client's place for that writing project. While the hours spent there served to be fruitful, by 3pm, my eyes would be watery due to spending too much time in front of the laptop, topped with the Genting-cold temperature of the office. By the time I stepped out of the premise, it would have been already 5.30. I had to brave the crowd to catch the train back. Alhamdulillah for the improved Komuter services I never had to wait long. And all the way I would be worry-sick for Aliyah. On Tuesday and Thursday, I know she's well taken care of as Linda was around. But on other days... On Wednesday Hubby had to engage Jaafar from Nazeem to come over to send Aliyah lunch as I couldn't get back early. We both feel so sorry for Aliyah.

Since I have to face this writing job still this weekend, we sent Aliyah over to her Mak …

Bukan Akak Kata, Einstein Yang Kata

I actually tak sure betul ke tak Einstein ada cakap macam ni dan tak kuasa nak check.
I suggest every family to enforce a monthly gadget-free day - no phones, tablets, etc - and spend the whole day doing what people used to do 10-20 years ago. Talk. Enjoy the sun. Go for walks. Play at the park. Read a book.

I am so sick of seeing people hogging over phones like there is no tomorrow. Your life doesn't depend on it. You won't die if you don't use it for a day. Seriously, your WhatsApp friends have nothing important to say other than wasting your time. If you get sick, the phone won't get up and take care of you.

Try putting your phone under the pillow for half a day - trust me, you won't miss anything.

Life These Past Days

My writing work finally started to see progress. My friend cum researcher Mize studied the last data given and eventually got the drift. While I tried to complete Part 1 of the report, she is doing Part 2. Part 3 - should be quite straight forward - also data. Part 4 - I need to interview the client to understand how they do the assessment. Ya Allah, mudahkanlah pekerjaan ini...

This project is really stressful, the bulk of it is due to it being an important report and not having enough and timely information. I go home exhausted. I can't get a good night's sleep. And I wake up tired. This is so not good. And to add to that, Aliyah is currently having her March test. So, have to monitor her studies. I'm trying very hard to spend time with her as much as I can knowing that I might take up another project come April that will have both of us, Hubby and me, working 9-5 just like any other full-time worker. (There goes my morning nap!)

These past days also gave me insights on …

Show Your Love When Your Loved Ones Still Around

Before I start - this is my posting number 1000!

The passing of my friend Linda Said (her FB name) just days ago is still being felt. FB certainly brings social interaction to the next level, even after one's death. While we, her friends, still feel her lost in our hearts, her legacy lives on. While we might think we know someone, a person's personality has many facets. That is something I just learned. We might know a person as a "friend", but the person is also a "mother", a "wife", a "colleague", an "aunty", etc. And the postings on her FB wall show the side of the person we don't know - an amazing step-mom, a respected boss, a colleague with a big heart, a loving wife...

Her FB is very much active. Someone has been changing her profile photo every other day. (I suspect her hubby.) Condolence messages are posted every day. And what touched my heart is that her husband has been posting on her wall every few hours - how he…