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Friday, November 25, 2016

The end of the Permanent Head Damage :-P

 Hoihh... Lama giler tak update blog ni. Konon busy le sangat.
Setelah dilly-dally, akhirnya aku ada reason yang super-kukuh untuk post an entry. GRADUATION!!!
Ni pun kira lambat la jugak post.

Anyway, yessss.... Setelah jenuh perah otak, akhirnya perjalanan PhD aku pun berakhir dengan jayanya. Alhamdulillah.

So, September aritu kitorang 'balik ke kampung halaman' di Adelaide. Kali ni with a different feeling. Lega.
Happy.
Excited.

I remember 4 tahun sebelum tu, masa aku lalu luar Bonython Hall tu, aku nampak majlis konvo tengah berlangsung, I told myself... I will be there one day.

So, this is it!!!


Pagi-pagi aku dah sampai ke uni, and this was gambar pertama aku pakai robe. Acecece..saja je poyo dgn background 'Why follow?' tu. Muehehehe


Seronoknya, kali ni convo ada geng! Tak sangka Yahya dapat join sama-sama konvo. Ada le geng nak bergambar dan bergosip sikit. Eh. Tiket seat kitorang pun dekat-dekat je.



Mula-mula gi check nama kat Edgeloe Room, then keluar la kejap...untuk ambil feeling the ambience kat luar Bonython Hall tu.



Sebelum masuk ke hall, Maisarah sempat tolong pinkan hood aku supaya tak londeh. Kena photobomb pulak dengan Yahya. Hehehe.


As usual, guests masuk dulu... these are my guests;
Jane (yang berbesar hati ambik day off from work, study, etc just to be with me on my special day!),
Maisarah (yang cepat-cepat set-up prepare utk experiments supaya dapat attend majlis aku), dan
Titin (yang always happy for me, setelah jenuh aku meraban kat dia masa study dulu).


Lepas tu, guest semua dah bersekedudukan duduk, kitorang pun berarak masuk ke dalam hall. Malas pulak aku nak upload video berarak masuk tu, sebab kang nampak pulak kembangnya hidung hati aku time tu.
Anyway, korang nampak aku menyelit jenguk dari row kedua tu? Hahahaha. Gigih sangat kan?

Yang bestnya, graduation ceremony kat overseas bukan le meleret-leret macam kat Malaysia yang berjela-jela ucapannya.


Cuma pakcik ni berucap sikit, dan dia terima award (mace bearer tak berucap sebab pakcik ni lagi power drp mace bearer)....


Sempat lagi aku ngajak Dr Steven ni selfie..padahal aku tak kenal pun dia. Hahahaha.
Memang "ini hari Ahmad Albab aku yang punya!!!" So, aku engkak-engkak atas stage pun, lantaklahhh...



Lepas tu, tibalah masa yang ditunggu-tunggu.... menunggu turn nama dipanggil pun, kerenyih baekkk punya kat camera :-P
Patut la Jane cakap "No doubt, Izzie...you have the brightest smile in the hall!"


And...the moment of glory...
Alhamdulillah....


Kuar dari hall, grab Dino dulu. Hahaha. Walaupun anak dia konvo sekali, aku tak kira... Dia kena spend time bergambar dengan aku jugak! Afterall, dia memang tau sangat pe'el aku yang 'good-with-camera' (as he said it). Wakakakaka


Cheeky me!



And the group. With Carrie, Dino, Yahya's family and mine.
Too bad Sharyn and John couldn't make it.  Wish they were there too.


Dino menyampaikan amanat :-P


Semoga tempias kejayaan aku kat diorang pulak.
Thank you, Jane...Maisarah & Titin. Muah..muahhh.
Thanks for the bouquet of native Aussie flowers, Jane! I love it!


Ika (the adik mee goreng) also came to congratulate me. With Lindt chocolates.
Awww...sweet...

Dan ada artis mai convo chek okayyyyhhhh!!!
Thank you, Ummu for dropping by :-*

The ladies....
Chris & MaiLin are graduating one or two days after mine.


Other yang berjasa untuk the big day...
Adam- yang susah payah submitkan tesis aku yang maha berat tu ke AGC. Thank you, Adam. Semoga pengajian Adam dipermudahkan sebab tolong akak. Hehehe


These two Sayang Mamas: Lil Adam and Lil Adib.
Mama minta maaf sebab busy masa hujung-hujung kita kat Adelaide dulu. I tried my best not to miss anything big involving you, anyway, kan?


And this man.
Who kept me sane.
And comforts me everytime I am down.
The reason I am what I am today.



That noon, lepas dah bersurai semua... kitorang gi makan kat Knoodle dengan Adam, Imran dan Jane.
Then aku ngan Jane pegi ke Terrace Towers untuk lunch celebration with the School.

I remember dolu-dolu masa aku ke Terrace Towers untuk meraikan Nasreen -Dino's other student. Time tu aku dok plan nak buat kuih-kuih Melayu untuk tetamu yang datang. Wahahahaha. Plan tak boleh blah.
Belakang kalu... aku lenggang mak limah je.
Ye la kan... Masa bila aku nak membuatnye? Kalau time aku kat Adelaide lagi, rajin la kot.



The 'Drs' with Paul --the IT guy who might have had lots of trouble entertaining our my stupid questions pertaining computer/ IT. LOL.


Mazna is finishing soon too!
Jane pun harap-harap tak lama lagi la.


Habis majlis, aku pun turun.
Selalunya aku selfie dalam lif ni sebab ada cermin besar ni.
Apparently, this time---it's different. Different feeling.
Dan entah bila lagi aku nak bergambar kat dalam lif ni lepas-lepas ni.


Balik rumah, rehat kejap...lepas tu kitorang pegi celebrate dengan Phu & Wen pulak.


Genki Sushi Bar! Yummm....


I received this lovely Swarovski pen! Oh my!!!!
Thank you, sister!!! :-*
You know, everytime I use this pen, I get 'whoaaaa!!!' from people around me. And everytime it happens, I tell them that it's from you.


Still in the mood for graduation, on different occassions, we had photoshoots with kengkawan geng air ketum James St. Dr Faisal & Dr Aqilah.

My oh my... rasa nostalgic sangat. Terbayang-bayang kalau dapat berkumpul lagi dengan geng-geng Adelaide kat James St. Now that it's over, mesti macam-macam cerita keluar.


And a jumping pose with the three men in my life (wishing Abah was there too!)


With my beloved MakNgah, the one who always motivates me.
I love you so much!

And the family - my proud PakNgah, MakNgah and Abg Fashni.
I am glad we are finally together in Adelaide.


Ahhh...
So that's it.
There might be few more entries related to this one, though... mengikut tahap kerajinan perasan busy  aku selepas ini. Hewhewhew.



Alhamdulillah... Now the robe, the bonnet and scroll are mine!


I graduated with a Dean's Commendation for the thesis from The University of Adelaide.
Was also awarded


  • High Commendation (runner-up) for Academic Excellence in Postgraduate Research at the 2015 Study Adelaide International Student Awards, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Merdeka Award 2015 from Australia-Malaysia Business Council (South Australia) Inc. for outstanding academic achievement, ability to act as an ambassador for South Australia and contribution to the furthering of the South Australia-Malaysia relationship
  • 1st place Student Poster Award for the best poster at the 31st International Congress on Occupational Health, Seoul, South Korea
  • School of Population Health Prize for the best poster at the 2014 Florey International Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide, South Australia

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cikgu sekolah ajar rude word?!?


As usual, balik kerja, aku akan pusing ambik Lil Adib from kindy. Bergurau-gurau. 
Lil Adib memang kalau ditanya, dia tak cerita. Soalan biasa aku- what did you eat at school? blablabla.
Sebab benda tu jugak yang aku cerita masa on the way berjalan balik dengan Tok dari tadika dulu.


selfie in the car-on the way to school



Then detour untuk jemput Lil Adam. He hopped into the car, and sat on the co-driver seat.
Biasanya dia akan tanya "How was your day, Mama?" 
Dan soalan tipikal aku...Do you have any homework? What do you wanna have for dinner?"

Tak macam Lil Adib, Adam ni-- sekali dia cerita, jenuh nak kena suruh senyap jap. Hahaha.

"Mama, today we learned about aurat."

"Ooo..that's good. Do you wanna share with me what is the aurat for boys"

"Hmm.. it's the belly button and the knees"

Aku dapat idea nak usik dia.. "What?!!! You mean, when u solat, u just have to cover those two, but not the parts in between?"

"Hahahaha. I mean from the belly button to the knees. I know you know it"

Lepas beberapa minit diam...tetiba dia kata
"It must be very hard to be a girl. I won't be able to cover my aurat if I were a girl"

Dan aku pun mula ceramah free. "You see. That's why it's easy for girls or women to go to hell, as easy as it is to go to heaven--when they give birth, pot-pet-pot-pet-potpet...."

...to which aku cuma dengar dia reply "Oooo...." 

"Just now, Abang E*** (the male teacher) didn't know how to say (._I_.)"

Aku rasa, maksud dia...he tried to avoid using the word 'breasts' lah kan.

Lil Adam sambung cerita... "So I suggested. ..Bon-bon!"

Hahahaha. Lawak pulak aku rasa.
That's our code word for boobies, masa anak-anak kecik dulu. Just bcoz aku tak nak anak-anak cakap kat public "Nak t*t*k!!!" or  "Mama, nak n*nen"--which is a common term for it. Hence the bon-bon. 

So, did everyone laugh?--aku tanya.

"A bit, but Abang E*** said, okay..let's use that word."

"You see... it's good to have code word, isn't it?"



Conversation interrupted kejap... sebab aku dengar lagu best kat Kool FM. Jadi aku pun join melalak penuh perasaan.
Lepas ni, sapa-sapa ternampak aku tengah semangat menyanyi dalam keta, sila buat-buat tak nampak ye.

Habis lagu....masa lalu roundabout....

"Mama.. today at school Abang E*** said the S word"

Terkejut aku. "Hah!!!! What?! What S word?"
Panic, tapi tetap kena focus on the traffic.

"You know, that rude word."

"You mean S.H.I.T?" ---aku terpaksa eja supaya Lil Adib tak pick up the word.

"No. It's the other one."

"So which S word?"

"S.E.X" --Lil Adam spelt it out, half whispering. Again, supaya Lil Adib yang dok kat belakang tak dengar.

Aku cuak. "Hoh?! Why would he say that?"
Kepala aku mula berfikir laju. Sel-sel otak mula berhubung, umpama Ahmad Maselan makan coklat minda. Takkan dia cerita pasal sex pulak.
Ahhh...  Takkan derjah 3 dah belajar Sex Ed?!


Lil Adam sambung.. "No, it's during the class. You know, when men and women.........."

Ahhhh...sudah. Takkan cikgu dia advanced sangat, tetiba nak ajar pasal aurat time beromen sex?! Aku mula fikir pasal well-you-know lah kan...

Dalam aku tak boleh focus sebab banyak kereta kat jalan, Lil Adam sambung lagi... "Abang E*** said, if people are of different sex, like men and women.... the aurat is....blablabla......"


...........
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"Ooooohhhh... ajnabi. Mahram."
*facepalm*

Fuhhh... berpeluh aku!

Betul lah sex, memang dia kena guna terms 'sex' pun. Bukan gender. 

Cepat sangat propa mama nye pun!
Kehkehkeh.

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Gambar ni aku ambik dua malam lepas, masa gi klinik. 
Time tu aku eavesdropped dah terdengar Lil Adam bacakan pamphlet tu kat adik dia...
Lil Adib mengikut je word-by-word.



Sampai part bulatan tu ada dengar dia sebut "This is S.E.X. You cannot say this word, adik. It's a rude word."


:-P
Hahaha. Lawak... lawak.....


Friday, February 19, 2016

The 'palings' sejak aku kembali ke pangkal jalan



It's been a month that I am back in Malaysia.
Ada kengkawan yang tak tau lagi. 
Ada yang baru je tau. 
Ada yang baru message nak verify.

Kalau lambat tau tu, toksah dok buat sentap la no? 
Sebab boleh dikatakan memang aku tak bagitau sesapa pun, even my family. 
Orang-orang kat Adelaide pun ada few je yang aku bagitau. 
MrHubby's family pun baru tau masa kitorang dah nak fly back home. 
Itu pun sebab masa sebelum boarding, tetiba MrHubby cakap... "Jom kita post satu gambar kat Facebook!"
Maka kelam kabut la kitorang curi-curi nak upload masa dalam flight, sebelum terputus network. Bahahahahaa
 
Yours truly with the ladies. Maisarah, Aida, Titin, So Young, Jane and Yati- selamat meneruskan perjuangan! *macam la So Young ngan Jane paham  BM* :-D

Anyway... Alhamdulillah, setelah sekian lama.. akhirnya aku pun kembali ke pangkal jalan.
FOR GOOD, InsyaAllah.
Dengan hati yang lega, Alhamdulillah.
At the moment, we are still adapting sikit-sikit. 
Benda yang paling @%$#^@#! yang aku notice dal sebulan ni adalah....


Paling lawak
First hour jejak Malaya, masa dalam kereta on the way from KLIA, Lil Adam asked MrHubby "Ayah, what is that building doing in the middle of the road?"

Nak tau building apa? 


Plaza tol.
Hahahahahahahaha.
Belum lagi dia tanya "Why do we have to pay?"--kang jenuh berpeluh nak menjawab.

Paling homaiii
Harga barang. Rasanya baru 3.5 tahun aku tinggalkan Malaysia.  
Tapi awat harga semua benda naik, sama naik dengan perut aku Ayah Pin naik ke langit.
Ada sekali tu, aku bebel-bebel harga barang mahal, tetiba Lil Adam mencelah "What do you expect, Mama? This is Malaysia! Of course everything is expensive."
Walaoweyyy... betapa anak aku yang baru 7 tahun pun dah boleh conclude.
-____________________-


Paling tak tahan
Panasss! Dulu-dulu belajar Geografi, Cikgu Zarina emphasised on how lucky we are dok kat garisan Khatulistiwa blablabla. Tapi, aku rasa, dah takde makna dah semua tu.  
Tsunami, gempa bumi semua tetap Malaysia kena.

Dan dalam konteks aku ni... BasKet okay! Phew! Aku yang susah berpeluh ni pun rasa tak selesa. 
Dah terbiasa dengan Adelaide yang hot and dry. Huhuhu


Paling annoying
Attitude of the road users (read: road bullies). 
Yang cilok kat roundabout, yang takde courtesy untuk bagi org susur masuk ke jalan besar atau tukar lane. Dan yang paling membuatkan laki aku berbulu bulu apakah? adalah bila orang tak berhenti kat traffic light merah. Bongok sangat kan?
AES sibuk pasang merata, tapi benda basic orang langgar, selamba kodok je.


Paling jenuh
Kena drive laju-laju exceeding speed limit. 
Almaklumlah dah lama aku drive sambil relax 60 km/h je.. tetiba kat Malaysia ni, rasa keta belakang asyik 'mencucuk' je. Walhal dah 90 km/h pun.
In other words, memang driving kat Malaysia, hati tak boleh tenang. Huhuhu


Semoga Allah bagi kekuatan untuk aku sabar banyak-banyak dengan keadaan kat Malaysia ni...
dan kerajinan untuk backdate segala entries tertunda in the past few months. Aminnnn...
Huhuhu.

Friday, November 27, 2015

My 3rd award this year!


I have never thought that  my PhD journey would be this rosy (the bumpiness is typical lah kan?!).
After the success in Seoul in June, and the Merdeka Award in August... on 23rd October, dapat pulak High Commendation for Academic Excellence-Postgraduate by Research at the Governor's Farewell Party for International Students.

The organiser (StudyAdelaide) bagi 4 passess je, tapi sebab aku best, aku ada extra 3 passess for my guests.. Hehe.
Sangatlah gumbiranya bila dapat ajak Dino, Jane and So Young sama-sama attend. Sayangnya Sharyn tak boleh datang.


Niatnya aritu nak pakai baju kurung la kan, sebab dah event untuk International Students dengan Governor... tapi sebab pagi tu tergedik-gedik sejuk time nak keluar rumah, maka aku pun pakai baju lain.
Sekali, bila dah petang, panas la pulak. Hampas!

Masuk ke laman Governor House (that was my 3rd time there), nampak ramai students tengah bergambar in groups.
Aku pelik sebab selamba je diorang ni pakai ala-ala summer clothing. Kot ye pun santai, ikut la dress code smart casual tu.


Budak-budak sekolah pun ada... sebab ada awards untuk kategori sekolah.

 

Tapi, aku terus masuk ke dalam khemah. Eh. Khemah pulak... bunyi macam camping je.


Anyway, sambil tunggu yang lain....kitorang mabuk-mabuk minum-minum, sambil bersembang, dan bergambar.



 Sambil menjamu tekak...sambil jamu mata. Eh.

So diverse!


Lil Adam and Lil Adib, high sugar bila dah minum Coke. Hewhewhew.
Apa-apa je la nak oii, asalkan korang tak buat perangai.


Bila start majlis, Governor masuk... dan nyanyi national anthem.


Ucapan dia tak meleret-leret, tapi menarik. Tentang life dia masa awal-awal sampai ke Australia.
He has good sense of humour too!


Lepas tu, terus la proceed dengan award ceremony. 
Start-start je terus kategori Academic Excellence-Postgraduate by Research. Tak sempat nak saspen, mula-mula sekali nama aku dah kena panggil naik stage. Hahahaha. 

Awards semua disampaikan oleh Governor lah...His Excellency the Honourable Mr Hieu Van Le.


Yay! Alhamdulillah....
And I'm glad that this time I have my loved ones around me.



Selain Academic Excellence awards (postgrad, undergrad, vocational, pathways and school), ada jugak Sports Award, Artistic Awards, Community/ Volunteer Awards.
sila tepuk tangan sampai pedih tapak tangan ye

The winner of the International Student of the Year was Jungeun Kim (Korean).
Dalam speech dia, dia cakap cita-cita dia nak jadi cikgu. 
Aku rasa kalau kat Malaysia, mesti mak bapak dia dah luku danpaksa jadi doktor ke...lawyer ke. Hahaha.



Group photo with the Governor!

Turun stage, time for photos with special guests.
 Dino--I can tell, he's proud of me! :")

Jane, my lucky charm.
SoYoung, my dear friend.

Semestinya ada jugak gambar dengan my backbone... Cinta, Little Cinta and Mini Cinta.

 
Bila ada event macam ni, harus la asobiyah lebih sikit kan?
Hahaha... so, kita bergambar dengan award winners dari Malaysia saja... featured here- adik-adik MASCA (Intisaar and Rehanna), yours truly, Oscar, Azwa and Tung Chin.


 Kat luar, rupanya sakan jugak diorang bergambar... The StudyAdelaide team.



Suka aku tengok family dari Iraq ni. Huda is a winner of Academic Excellence for Postgraduate by Coursework.
 

 ..model-model deodorant jenama baru.
Hewhewhew

 And of course dengan orang kuat StudyAdelaide jugak... Rachel and Karyn.
 ...and Lisa!


Thank you very much, StudyAdelaide.
You guys have made my stay in Adelaide more colourful!

Kalau ada apa-apa award lagi nak bagi, sila la bagi... sebab bila aku bagitau Sharyn, dia cakap aku kena dapatkan satu lagi award, sebab so far, dia takde masa aku terima tiga-tiga awards. Hahahaha.


Last but not least, pics with my dear who have supported me along the way. I couldn't have done it without you! (eh...macam ayat Dora the Explorer pulekkk!)


Walaupun takde dalam gambar ni (because they are away), I owe this to Abah/Mak, DrWan and Ross too. Dan semua-semua la yang sentiasa mendoakan kejayaan aku. Terima kasih ye.
Alhamdulillah.

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