Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tanda-Tanda Hati Kotor

Sama-sama kita mahasabah dan menjauhkan diri daripada perkara-perkara ini di bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubaraq ini...

** Gelisah walaupun tiada masalah.
** Selalu berbangga dengan diri sendiri
** Angkuh dengan memandang hina terhadap semua orang.
** Sombong dan bongkak.
** Selalu mengintai keaiban orang dan menyebarkannya.
** Suka mengumpat dan membuka aib orang lain.
** Gembira melihat orang lain susah atau rendah daripada dirinya.
** Lidah yang tajam atau laser.
** Suka menyakiti hati orang dengan sindiran.
** Berlagak alim semata-mata untuk dipuji orang.
** Menyampaikan ilmu dengan riak.
** Menganggap diri lebih hebat daripada orang lain.
** Berpakaian elok untuk dipuji.
** Derhaka kepada kedua ibubapa.
** Talam dua muka (manis di depan tapi jahat di belakang).
** Suka menjatuhkan dan memijak orang dengan kuasa yang ada.
** Solat yang tidak boleh khusyuk.
**  Kagum terhadap diri.
** Selalu mencari salah orang.
** Cinta kepada duniawi.
** Materialistik.
** Mudah bersangka buruk terhadap orang.
** Membesar-besarkan perkara yang kecil.
** Suka mendengar gosip.
** Suka menabur fitnah.
** Menggunakan agama demi kepentingan peribadi.
** Dengki kerana kepentingan duniawi.


*** Kongsi daripada emel... Terima kasih AFM.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Nestle @ Brickfields

Blogger Al-Manar was reminiscing about how Brickfields (now known as Little India) played an important role in the early days for him as well as for his family and I on the other hand upon reading Al-Manar's post  recalled the times when I was employed by Nestle Products (Head Office) at Jalan Brickfields in the late Seventies. 

I was thrust into a working world dominated by expatriates with a majority of non-Malay employees after freshly graduating from ITM (now UiTM).  If I remember correctly (it was 35 years ago anyway...), I was called up for  interviews while still in my final semester in two places on the same date and time ie Nestle and Petronas  (masa tu Petronas tidak gah lagi macam sekarang!).  To cut a long story short I chose to go for the Nestle interview because of the familiarity of the word NESTLE and MILO!  While still studying in college I used to travel along Jalan Brickfields and saw this big red letters NESTLE on a long rectangle building and thinking how nice if I can work there one day.  Alhamdulillah, after being shortlisted after the first interview and called up for a second interview I got the job as a Stenographer (are there stenographers nowadays????), well it was a step up to become a secretary back in those days.  I remember the secretary to the big boss (the General Manager) then drove a sports car to work...woweeee!  With big sunglasses and a scarf tied around her head (glamer habis!), she was a reminiscence of Grace Kelly in a movie..hahaha.  I was just a kampung girl from the east coast with no working experience except for a six weeks practical training and that was in my hometown in a government office.. and boy was I nervous and timid on my first day.  The personnel manager (an elderly Tuan Haji) was kind enough to explain to me that the management recruited more  Malay staff so as not to make us feel like 'Rusa Masuk Kampung' ( I must have looked so 'kampung like' throughout the interviews...hahaha) but then now I can look back on those times as all sweet memories.  

Now who would this be in the pictures below?  

He joined Nestle after a year I was there if I am not mistaken...thanks to my failing memories!  He was very attached to me and my circle of friends in the office and would tagged along with us for lunch, played pranks (a lot) on us and very popular with the staff at HO.  The first pic was when we threw him a surprise birthday party, tu nampak tersengih satu macam aje.. Second pic he personally gave me this pic of him when I left Nestle forever....sedih! 

With his versatile personality I am not at all surprise to see what he has achieved today....a Celebrity Chef with the famous restaurant and lately a title was bestowed upon him joining thousands and thousands with that title.  Baguslah dah jadi orang famous kan.... am happy for you :) 

Old faded photographs of yours truly with very close friends in Nestle...
My very best friends...Kai Sim and Suzanne Nani on either side of me....I miss u girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What wide grins we had...I think Mail was cracking jokes when this pic was taken. 

What I missed about Nestle?   I missed buying discounted Nestle products which cost a bit more outside..my siblings in KL really took advantage of this.  I missed the delicious Nasi Lemak with the overpouring of the 'gulai daging' sold by a Malay couple  on the corner of the Brickfields Parcel Post Office just opposite Nestle HO.  I missed not helping the blind cross the road (MAB is in Brickfields), you got the opportunity of helping them if you are working in this vicinity.  I don't missed the burden of work there (which is a lot!) but I missed my very nice boss CKH and I missed the atmosphere when the department (Distribution Dept.) where I was working turned into a fish market in the afternoons (around 3 or 4 pm) with three or more officers shouting  on the phones speaking with the forwarding agents at Port Kelang because that was the time when the imported bulk material for beverages/milk arrived on the cargo ships and oh... I missed the forever thick cup of hot Milo prepared by Angela, the tea lady on my table every morning :).  

 Nestle @ Brickfields is no longer there....only fond memories remain.



Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ada Cara Senang Bikin Tiramisu

Ingatkan susah sangat nak buat Tiramisu, rupa-rupanya ada cara senang hendak membuatnya.  Dengan murah hati dan senang hatinya seorang adik (pangkat anak dah) 'practical student'  yang sedang menjalani latihan amali mendemonstrasi cara-caranya kepada mokcik-mokcik dan para kakak-kakak di pejabat kemarin....

Bahan-bahan pun tak banyak...

Bahan-bahan yang diperlukan untuk 1/2 kg Tiramisu (dalam bekas plastik 4 persegi)

- 1 paket Biskut Marie perasa kopi
- 1/2 kg Philadelphia cream cheese
- 1/2 kotak Whip Cream
- 1 cawan gula halus
- 1/2 tin susu evaporate

Simple steps to making Tiramisu...

Pukul Philadelphia Cream Cheese dan gula hingga sebati...


Pukul Whip Krim sehingga ringan dan 'frothy' kemudian campur ke dalam adunan cream cheese tadi..

Kalau boleh panaskan sikit susu evaporate supaya biskut mudah meresap susu.  Patah-patahkan biskut Marie dan celup ke dalam susu dan bolehlah mula buat lapisan biskut dan adunan cream cheese/whip krim

Ulang melapis hingga penuh bekas seperti di bawah...antara lapisan boleh ditabur kacang, coklat dan di atas sekali ditabur serbuk koko, nescafe ataupun Milo...anything you fancy.  Sejukkan dahulu dalam peti ais sebelum dihidang..




Proses melapis...

The end product....YUMMY cool Tiramisu!









Friday, 6 July 2012

Kejahatan Malam!



Ucapkanlah (wahai Muhammad), "Aku berlindung dengan (Allah) Tuhan yang menguasai waktu Subuh. Daripada kejahatan makhluk-makhluk yang Dia ciptakan. Juga daripada kejahatan malam apabila ia gelap-gelita. Serta daripada kejahatan tukang sihir wanita yang menghembus-hembus pada simpulan-simpulan (dan ikatan-ikatan). Dan daripada kejahatan orang yang hasad dengki apabila dia melaksanakan kedengkiannya." [Surah al-Falaq: 1-5]

Bagaimana hendak bercerita detik-detik kecemasan yang telah dilalui pada malam Khamis minggu lepas?  Sebabnya belum pernah terjadi perkara yang agak aneh dan pelik ini dalam keluarga saya...yelah boleh dianggap paranormal jugak kalau dah badan melayang daripada katil dan menghentam dinding yang berada lebihkurang 2 kaki daripada katil.   Tapi itulah yang terjadi kepada suami semasa kebanyakan manusia sedang lena tidur dibuai mimpi tapi agaknya ramai jugak yang berjaga pada malam itu nonton semifinal Euro Cup antara Portugal dan Spain.  


Hubby tidak nonton perlawanan tersebut kerana pada paginya terpaksa drive kereta ke Jering Hill Bukit Jering, 37 km dari bandar Jeli.  Dia bekerja di sana semenjak 2 bulan lepas untuk menyelia pembinaan jalan yang akan dibina untuk ke satu kilang kelapa sawit  (kawasan hutan jugaklah tu).  So hari-hari travel to and fro dari KB ke BJ ni memakan masa 5 jam pergi dan balik.  


In English pulak...
I don't know how to put into words what actually happened last Thursday night or rather in the early morning around 3 a.m.  It's being over a week and I still felt like it was just a bad nightmare.  It's the sight of blood blood blood that is still crowding my mind and truth be told I have not seen such a lot of blood being shed at any one time right in front of my eyes. 


 I was awoken by a loud thud and a groan from the other side of the bed....the first thought was hubby must be having one of his nightmares again and rolled off the bed onto the floor.  What greeted me was a grisly sight.... he was clutching the right side of his head and blood was gushing out between his fingers!  A small pool of deep red blood was already forming on the tile floor.  Apparently he was thrown or lifted off the bed, thumped against the wall, his head sliding down and hit the skirting at the bottom of the wall and the sharp tile  on the edge on the skirting sliced open his scalp thus producing the gory blood scene! His pagoda t-shirt soon was drenched in blood and the funny thing is that the pillow by his side was still in the same position and not disturbed at all...its like he was lifted over the pillow and smashed against the wall....spooky like now! He later told me that his body felt like floating on air and light before the fall.  


Except for our two 19 yr old and 17 yr old kids there were no other adults at home so its up to me to rush him to the Emergency Unit  at HRPZ2...mujurlah hospital dekat cuma 2 1/2 km saja dari rumah tapi  langgar tiga lampu merah malam tu.  The 17 yr old was awake watching the battle between Spain and Portugal whilst the 19 yr old was dead to the world so no need to disturb her.  He was immediately wheeled in the moment we reached the Emergency entrance and in the haste to follow him inside and at the same moment from the corner of my eyes I saw a man writhing and groaning on the dark lighted sidewalk and didn't gave it a thought thinking maybe he was kind of a 'disturbed' man trying to find a place to sleep for the night. 


The sound of an alarm bell went off a few minutes later when we were inside the treatment room meaning there's an emergency  (some kind of commotion outside).  While waiting for hubby to be stitched up (luckily he was not warded), a couple of doctors or interns (tak tahu yang mana satu sebab dia orang tak pakai name tag, pakai pun casual like except for their white coats) walked in and one of them asked me what happened to hubby.  Saya tanya doktor apa yang kelam kabut di luar tu..rupa-rupanya orang yang saya nampak terguling atas sidewalk tu meninggal dunia.  Ceritanya dia hantar seorang ahli keluarga yang sakit  tenat ke Unit Kecemasan dan sedang bertarung nyawa di Bilik Tenat tapi dia pulak yang meninggal...sambil ketawa doktor tu kata....mudahnya nak mati!  Ya Allah...masa saya nampak orang tu di sidewalk dia sedang nazak... dua kali trauma malam tu!  Actually there was a TV room near the entrance and there were some people also watching the Euro Cup and nobody noticed this man struggling for his breath just outside the door on the sidewalk.


Entahlah mungkin ini salah satu Kejahatan Malam yang berlaku pada hubby...walaupun sebelum tidur tiga Qul, ayat kursi sudah dibacanya..Wallahualam....



A week later...after the stitches were taken out yesterday (nine stitches altogether)










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