Lethargy + Iqra'

Since longggg ago... i've always felt i have some problem in my body... cos i am always sleepy.. i can't keep my eyes open on long journeys and my bedtime from school till now is 10:30pm, LATEST LATEST 11pm..

I thought of taking vitamins or drink that something Bitagrape or something to boost ur energy... but never got around to it...

Then Early this year, when my boss sponsored Gym membership for 2 years for our dept, he said one of the advantages of exercises regularly is u dont feel lethargic... quite contradicting in my point of view cos u feel TIRED after exercise what? But he said something like it will help u sleep better and feel more refreshed the next day or something...

Hmmm im not quite sure... *shrug*

Anyway point of this entry is that Zubair thinks that im taking too much Iqra' classes and wants me to cut down. apakan tidak (what's not to be so), everytime i come back from class i will be like a FLAT battery... and didnt get to talk much to him.. and on weekends, we dont get to go out as much cos of my classes and letharginess haha...

But i told him.. Now i have 3 classes..

A. Sat mornings at my place. They are my cousin and they've just started in Jan. i'd feel bad to stop teaching them plus they come over to my place...

B. Sat Late morning. I have been teaching them for 2yrs now. The mother in her late 40s who was Arabic illiterate before can now read easily at Book 4. I'd wanna see her read the whole Qur'an... So i dont intend to stop teaching them anytime soon..

C. Wed and Fri nights. There's nothing much that keeps me going for this one except that its good money.

Oh God do i sound money-minded and insincere? But this is probably bcos im still new to them and they cant seem to attach to me yet and the youngest one has very short attention span like he's NOT interested to learn. I CAN'T stand teaching unmotivated and playful young students. Give me an illiterate adult anytime.. they read slower but the main thing is they WANT to learn.

While here im trying to cut down on my lessons, my ex students (3 groups of them) have been calling me to teach them again and i have NEW offers to teach also... i have no other choice but to outsource them out.

Since i have 4 or 5 potential students who are looking for teachers, the resourceful part of me thought of charging a small fee for brokering services. (i hafta make calls to both potential students AND teachers.. and match them up) Say... $20 for the first two months... that would amount to almost $200 if all transactions come thru. the down sides are:
1. Again i'd seem insincere
2. diff to track when the teachers get salary
3. How to get the money from the teachers?

Kak Long thought that i shouldn't impose on them since Iqra' salary is not much anyways. on average $120 every 4th lesson. She told me to just reap the rewards in the HereAfter..

So conclusion is i'm not dropping any classes anytime soon.. nor wld i take in any more of course.. i wont charge any broking fees either. I still need to think of ways to boost energy to be able to be a good wife to my husband. Any ideas?

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Blog Approval + English matters

I always let Zubair read my entry for approval. In general, he always agrees with it lah..

And this is what he's got to say after seeing the "How We Met" Entry:

2.58 PM Zubair: i wanna hug u
me: bcos of the entry?
2:59 PM Zubair: our love story
nice entry
the FILM is runing in my eyes
like movie
our past
u emailed me
3:00 PM i relpied
me: ohhhhhhhh honeyyyyyyyyyyyy
i love youuuuuuu
Zubair: my feelings and thinkings about u.
when i ever i drive walk eat
me: my turn to cry reading ur comments
3:01 PM Zubair: my passion and love for u
3:02 PM me: how about the part the Problem/hurdle came?
Zubair: a wish i wanna fly to u .wanna talk with u wanna see u wanna touch u wanna hear ur voice
yes its ok
3:03 PM *alhumdulillah*we r together now
3:04 PM after 4 hours u ll be fornt of me my eyes in my arms


After i cut n pasted his first msg on Love Happens to the How We Met entry, i realise his English has improved a LOT! but there's still room to grow of course... even for me!! (I suck at preposition the To, On, In, Of, etc) And he has to kick some habitual phrases like:

1. Once time... Should be => One time or there was a time...
2. ASk to ... eg : Let me ask to mummy... Should be => Let me ask Mummy...
3. His definition of Ever is FOREVER... eg: I love u ever.. Should be => Ever means more like at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it? Courtesy of the online dictionary

Probably after he completes his music course (3 more grades to go!!!), we shld enrol him to British Council courses... I myself would love to further improve my English... Suddenly i feel confused about the tenses.... it's been awhile since i left sch and got C5 for General Paper (i was one of 4 or 5 pple out of 20 pple in my class who passed GP). and i remarked to my friend the other day that her vocab has improved a lot... i think my vocab is still stuck in secondary sch!! HAHA she used words like Abrasive and gritty... but she said "well.. its just common words from my work industry." Can u guess what industry she's in?

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Sony Ericsson W960i - I WANT!!!!!!!!!!

1. 3.2 Megapixel Camera + VideoCall
2. JogDial
3. Touchscreen
4. 8GB internal memory!

and all the usual stuffs lah. The specs are available here.

Don't know when its coming... but i hope by the time my contract allows me to buy a new phone, prolly in a year's time, the price will be affordable.

I love you, Sony Ericsson!

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How We Met...

I actually promised in Multiply like 4 months ago that i would write on how we met...

haha so here goes... My side of the story first...

In Oct, I was broken hearted but was determined to find a good/better guy. This time he's GOT to be TALL, Indian / Arab and somewhat religious. Coincidentally, my friend from Stansfield invited me on Love Happens

Ever since then, i've been searching for Muslim guys with the requirement as above, on top of that, doesnt drink nor smoke lah of course and from all countries: US, Australia, saudi, India, Pakistan... etc.. I clicked Yes, i'm interested on some 60 pple!!

There is no way u can communicate further w a guy u r interested in unless u pay or discreetly insert ur email in the profile which is NOT allowed lah actually. I saw one email add and started to write to him but his replies were just FORWARDED emails!!! I corresponded with another guy.. But somehow.. it lacked something..

And then i discovered a 3-day free trial in which we can private msg members and not the free but good-for-nothing pre-set Icebreaker. I started to write Eid Mubarak greetings to about 4 pple and asked them how did they spend Hari Raya in their country and stuff.. Just the next day i received a reply from xubipianist giving his email add.

hi thx ....hows spend ur eid??...i have no credit on love happines...well its my e u

hi again . wots ur real name??i seen ur pics ur very nice by looking....and tell me about ur self.....i have send u my e mail add note it then we ll talk there ok. and take serious care about ur self and send me ur e mail add also....again im sending u my 2 email add

Doesnt he just sound enthusiastic?? Now.. i just need to know if he's sincere or not. I replied him straight away... After a week of sending INTERESTING emails to and fro, he called me on the phone! and he said I love you and proposed to me! Er... i said, "I wont answer that question until u come to Singapore and propose face-to-face. But i Am open for marriage."

The week after that we scheduled late night chat sessions 3am Spore time and 12am Pakistan time. Boy was it fun! But i wanna see his face!! i have a webcam and he kept asking me to turn it on but i refused bcos it wldnt be fair if only HE can see me. So Guess what?? i bought for him a webcam and sent all the way to Lahore! it took another week before it reached him and we started video calls from then..

Now his side of the story....

He just ended a 2 yr relationship bcos he thought that it cldnt get far and some communication problem lah. in short, he said that if he married her, life would be hell.

He checks his email regularly at his friend's house or at school and sometime at his own house. and one day he saw an email "Juice is interested to meet you" and another day he saw i sent him a private msg and quickly replied...

He kept telling me he's not from a rich family but alhamdulillah they are managing just fine. He was working as a music teacher at a good private sch and also performed in bands, etc. He is the eldest of 3 sons, his father died when he was 4, younger bro 2 and youngest one still unborn. His mother worked very hard to provide for them 3 all those years. From this i reckon that he is a responsible person.

3 weeks on, and i was feeling restless or lost ... can't focus, happy, fidgeting, delirious, confused, Cloud 9.... It's like i have a lover but i've never met him. I missed him but cldn't touch him... i just soothed myself listening to his songs... looking at his face on webcam...

I confided in 3 friends. the first one i told is the very catalyst of this relationship. She is super happy and excited for me and i welcomed that very much of course. however, two other friends expressed concern and told me to be cautious bcos there are a lot of fakes and frauds out there. They recalled their other friends who encountered problems w same national.

One day, my parents called me to their room and slow talked lah. of course they noticed my weird behaviour and wanted to know the exact story... I was sooo shy though i told them while covering my face with a pillow! hahaha but surprisingly my parents are cool about it. Ok my father is always cool... but my mum! But i think to them any guy is better than the previous profile kind. i even suspect that my mum is relieved that her prayers were answered with this new guy.

It didnt go all smooth for us though...

At first, when he told his mother, she was absolutely opposed to it! She said that its a tradition to marry WITHIN the family. I guess she was more scared to lose her FIRST son if and when he moves. Eventually, after a week or two, he convinced his mother saying im a good girl from a good family. heheeh *grin* And then his mother talked to my parents via webcam. his mother can't speak English so she spoke Urdu to the mic and then Zubair wld translate into english by typing... At first, she wanted to confirm that both my parents consented to our marriage which they did... and then she wanted to entrust the care of his son to them... and lastly she said she will treat me like her own daughter having none herself.

1 month before the wedding and we just started to make preparations. For me, there wasn't much to do. I wanted it to be a very small affair just between close family and friends. Guest list totaled 200pple but i think just abt 150 came.

1. Made eCard for my friends and mum called her bros n sis, uncles n aunties
2. Caterer is my mum's friend and sponsored by mum
3. Henna
4. Backdrop for dais
5. Make up artist and a pair of costume

The funny part was renting the costume.... when she asked the size for the male i hesitated.... my mum just told her the guy's not in Singapore so he cant come to try it. haha but described that he's tall and skinny so she gave S i think but that she will alter if necessary on the day itself.


His ex girlfriend attempted suicide... TWICE if not 3 times taking in poison. the first time around, it was not so serious...

she found out my email add and sent me countless emails asking me to end the relationship and that Zubair loved HEr and NOT me... she was menacing at first... subsequently, she mellowed down. she said she doesnt hate me but that they were just meant to be. if i really loved him i shld let him go to the person he really loved. Hello.... he DUMPED you bcos of YOU, or have u lost ur memory? I didnt reply to her. Not a single one.

Anyways, she tried to eat poison a second time and this time it got serious. she was hospitalised for a few days. During that week, we havent got to chat much and then i saw in his email he sent a LOVE CARD to this hag saying i love u, cant wait to marry you and some things in urdu.. I got real frantic i panicked. what is the meaning of this? did he ever loved me? has he been lying to me all along? none of my pakistani friends were online to get translation... i went to Yahoo Answers and everything..

and suddenly Zubair told me......... he cant continue with me!! he said he is sorry that i have already made wedding plans in Singapore and he's ashamed to talk to my parents but he said, "someone ended their life for you, how wld u feel?" and furthermore, we were just 3 mths old then.

I cried so hard and wont open the door that made my mum sms him to ask is everything ok. and what did he reply? "yes everything's ok. just some money problem" or something to that effect. i really needed to cry and think it out.. i called my nearest friend to come and meet me urgently. and we talked about it and she asked me, "He didnt really say he didnt WANT you right?

I asked to talk to him that night. I asked if it had all been a lie from the start? he said no he had really loved me. I reminded him of the reasons he dumped her in the first place. and that everybody has to go through some disappointments in life, she has to learn to deal with it. why would he wanna give up happiness for me and especially HIMSELF for misery his whole life? Then he said he wanted to do VIDEO call. and to my surprise, he was unshaven, and eyes were red and when he saw me he cried. and everything came back to normal. Thank God! He just ignored her from then on.

The other most important setback was MONEY. Just a week or two before his scheduled flight to Singapore, a financial institution of some sort was busted for fraud. He ran away with pple's money and there goes all their family's savings of about 300k or 3lakhs in total?? about S$7.5k. Fortunately, most things are confirmed, so he just need to come to Singapore.

And now here we are... Alhamdulillah, together and happy. We just need to persevere these few months and when the passes are settled and he can earn in Singapore Dollars and we'd have a lot of space to breathe... and his family in Pakistan will benefit a lot from the currency conversion hopefully, insya'Allah..

Pray for us, friends...

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My Arabic Xubi

My parents have just come back from Umrah last Thurs and she bought for the girls abaya and the guys this tobe and hat.

Haha Pakistani turned Arab.

His favourite arabic word is "Zubairul Maktum" Which doesnt have a meaning as far as i know. his definition of arabic translation is adding "un" or "ul" at the end of each word. Eg: from Mango Juice becomes Mango ul Juice un.

Just one word: MEREPEQ. oklah but funny. theek hai? (Urdu for ok?)

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260607 - A Date w Hubby to Suntec

We have a history of always ending a date with sour/bad mood.

I remember there was one day we went out on a weekday afternoon. It was around 4pm and i tot it was just nice to go to Little India and then get a lift home from Ayah at 6pm. Zubair hasnt eaten much, mummy asked me to get Murtabak for dinner. So i told him don't eat too much if not, we won't be able to eat dinner. i suggested on a rojak but he kept looking at the rice range then i suddenly got overwhelmed by indecision and threw a small tantrum and whiny noises. Zubair said, "Ok let's go home." I lagi could say, "But you're hungry." he insisted, "No, let's go home." He didnt talk to me in the train ride home. He stood at the other corner of the door. Finally, closer to home he explained that he was, and i quote, "DANGEROUSLY hungry". whenever he get into this stage, he can get angry easily, even back in Pakistan. i guess i cld relate to that. in the end, we ate at Banquet Causeway Point and bought the murtabak there.

Though he can get angry easily on certain issues, he can easily and quickly forgive and make up. As for me, when i merajuk/sulk, normally i wld feel fine after a nap/sleep.

haha ok back to title.

We have an appointment to meet my ex colleague at Suntec. After much deliberation and confusion, we decided to meet at Esplanade. But i was afraid he doesnt know which one's my bus stop cos he's never seen that side of Esplanade, i think. but i was pleasantly surprised when i called him to say i'm there he popped up from the underpass. its either his sense of direction is SUPERBly SUPER or it was just a lucky guess. but i think its the former cos he has proven so in other situations also.

It was only 5:30pm and the appointment's at 6pm so we decided to take some pictures near the padang.

Shortly after this photo, Zubair was attacked by a colony of BIG RED ANTS!!! (Oh god im getting the goosebumps just writing abt it) They were running up from his legs on his back... erghhhh and all i cld do was tell him, "There's one here, another one there." i was scared to brush them away w my bare hands cos they look so menacing and FAST! and he also panicked and kept urging me to get the ants off and i kept shrieking, flailing my arms until i saw his handkerchief, grabbed it and whacked two ants off his pants.

After the invasion subsided, he became angry at me. he said he was being bitten by ants and all i cld do was scream?? he was disappointed thought that if another similar or more dangerous situation happen, i'd just left him to die! No of course that's not true! i wldnt let him die like that. Firstly, in this situation, i tot it wasnt serious enough and tt he cld do it himself. Secondly, ANTS are my no 2 enemy after CICAK and no 3 being SNAKEs. Anybody who knows me should know of my 3 enemies!

I kept saying im sorry.. i wldnt let that happen again or whatever.. but he still kept mum... in my heart i thought, God we shld settle this before we meet Mel. it wldnt be nice if we're still arguing when we see her. then i gave us time-off by going to the toilet for 8min. when i came out then gradually he became ok.. He's a very forgiving person lah kan.

NEXT STOP: Mel's Office

Mel works at Jardine Smith International selling pieces of land in the UK. Her office has got a fantastic view of the Marina Bay! But the Eye was being blocked by Centennial! Humph!

We are impressed by what she and her company does. Buying land is an investment for a person who has long-term mindset and has no appetite for risky business. Investing in land is soooooooo low risk that they've never seen depreciation before... the value just keeps getting higher! You just need to sit and wait.

Mostly, the land that they sell are Green Belts (Area Reserved for trees nature) Construction of any kind if prohibited. But chances are, with increasing population and NOT increasing LAND mass and the upcoming Olympics in 2012, these Green Belts will be given planning commission and THEN the prices will double 200% if not more! Best of all there's no tax imposed by UK govt on land for foreigners.

Now.. if only i have cash stashed away...

Next Stop, Wok Express.

Wok Express in Suntec City is hidden away in the something Food Court at Basement 1. We nearly gave up to eat some place else. When we reached there, it was empty. TOO empty i tot they were closed. and the employees were sitting together on one table chatting. but as i reached the entrance, we were greeted. oh so they were open after all! The friendly waiter gives us a good corner but even suggested NOT to sit at the VERY corner bcos its hot under the spotlight.

I was feeling happy and quickly ordered Cockles Kuay Teow for him and Thai Fried Bee Hoon for me. It came downhill from here. When the food came, it was quite dry and tasteless or rather not salty enough for our spoilt tastebuds. I didnt comment it to him tho, didnt wanna spoil his eating mood. But then, even the Lychee and Longan were not sweet enough. The only compensation is the Wanton which was soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and the sauce... just nice, not too sweet not too thick or thin... just right. BUT BUT BUT BUT... they dishes here start from $5!!! in Tg Pagar, u can even get a $3.50 Chicken rice. Wah piang eh!

Time check: 8:30pm
Next Stop: Funan IT Mall

While walking from Suntec to CityLink. I saw this beautiful library! .... NOT it's actually a food court. have u seen it?? it's at the Convention Centre of Suntec City. It's sooooooo unique i feel soooooooo at home here!! very cosy! I felt like Hermione studiously scouring the books. hehehe

We have a $40 voucher of Capitaland somebody gave for our wedding. Since we need a new headphone and mic for him to call his mother via Skype, we decided to go to Funan. It was 8:45pm when we reached there. the area looked eerily UNhappening and quiet. We took the exterior escalator straight up to 3rd floor only to find out it was closed...

we went all the way down again, into the shopping mall And it looked dismal as most shops are closed except for the eateries. Zubair pointed to Times bookshop and Singtel but i said no dont think they have it. 2nd floor... the only ones half closed are either notebook shops or camera shops. Zubair was about to get sad bcos he really misses his mother and wanna clal her... so we looked up at 3rd floor and saw some light there... but nothing... ok one more... fourth floor and we discovered Inforcom's still open and rushed to buy a Creative headset.

I knew that if i didnt buy it that night, i wld take another week to get around to go to Funan again... (im soo lazy to go out and busy mostly) Alhamdulillah we persevered, didnt give up and now we've got it! He called his mum right after we reached home. =)

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Pass the Passes past the Pass

It's a very stressful confusing ordeal with the officials to get a valid pass or a better one for Zubair to stay and work in Singapore.

I have written before that his Long Term Visit Pass application has been declined but that they offered a non-renewable 6mths less one day extension of his Social Visit pass to find work, then he'd get the work permit bla bla bla.. and his first Permanent Residence application has also been unsuccessful.

Now the problem is... employers DO NOT want / care to apply work permit for him. Either because they are running on full capacity / limit of 40% or bcos they are themselves on contract *shrug*. They kept telling him to get a Dependant Pass and since his wife is a Singaporean, it'd be much easier. and then, apply for Letter of Consent to be able to start work. On the contrary, my research thru MOM websites and tons of others show that Dependant Pass is awarded to an employment pass holder's spouse or unmarried children below 21 and NOT for Singaporean. I consulted my father, my boss and a few others to see how they view Dependant Pass and they agreed with my findings.

To add more confusion, one of my friends said Pakistanis (and some other nationals) are not allowed to work in most sectors like service or retail and are limited to high-risk industrial sector. Then another insist that the lowest type of work permit is strictly for Malaysian ONLY. and that for other nationals they can only get S pass with minimum of $1,800 monthly salary. Hmmm but i tot my Pakistani uncle used to wait tables under Work Permit. :S

So finally, last mon night, we went to a Meet-the-People session at Blk 789 Woodlands. During the first round, we were asked what is it regarding, but i was not sure to say PR, Work permit or Dependant Pass. But i just say PR. Second round, even the officials are a bit confused, should they write an appeal letter to ICA regarding Permanent Residence or dependant pass. PR is a permanent pass and wld make it even easier to find job. However, the former has slimmer chance of success than the latter. One of them even hinted that the PR application was not successful the first time around bcos Zubair's not employed yet. But essentially, one of them told us that what the employers' mean when they say dependant pass is actually Long Term Visit Pass of which Zubair was not eligible.

and so the letter was drafted to ICA asking for approval for Zubair's dependant pass. and then i asked the officer, "Oh so the letter is to ICA? Bcos the last time we asked abt dependant pass at ICA, we were directed to MOM, then MOM told us to go to ICA." She went to confirm with her colleague and he said ICA since its equivalent to Long Term Visit Pass. I just hope that ICA won't dismiss the letter just bcos its titled Dependant Pass.

Ya Allah... please ease our task here. Only YOU know the difficulties we are facing and how anxious we are regarding this matter and only YOU can solve our problem. YOu are our Maula, The All-Knower, The Saviour, The Powerful.

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Julissa: DARLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sent at 1:45 PM on Friday

Zubair: hahaahh
u know before 1 hour i found one big CHICHAK
on my piano.and it was also flying

Julissa: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Zubair: i was waiting for him on floor

Julissa: FLYING?????????????????

Zubair: when he stay at floor
i put tissue on it
but he just make his body died means BEDEK hahaah
then he started too fly again
then he stay again.i kill him with ur WEDDING SENDALS

Julissa: oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zubair: i dont know it was chichak or any other
but it was big black
and very strong

Julissa: u didnt look after killing it?

Zubair: i felt scary also hahahahah

Julissa: heheheheh
then u threw my wedding sandal?

Zubair: yup

Julissa: this is sooooooooo bloggable!
u did???

Zubair: hahahhaahahh
how can i threw ur wedding sendlas
u want?

Julissa: then? what did u do with it????
i mean did u pick up the left over corpse??

Zubair: its still clean and i put back on same place hahha

Julissa: Tho i dont want u to throw it away.. i dont think i can ever wear it again... EVER
what u mean its STILL Clean?? u just whacked a cicak out of his life, there MUST be some bloodshed!

Zubair: ya but we ll save it u know
come on darling
dont think deep
sendels got some other stuffs also.MORE THAN SICAK BLOOD

but u DID throw the cicak awak right???

Zubair: yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Julissa: heheheh jsut checking

Zubair: wot?

Julissa: then have u seen the other one???

Zubair: investigator u

Julissa: ALL MUST DIE!

Zubair: hahahah
let them come out side

if not im gonna scream again whenever they pop out

Zubair: hahaahh ok ok darling
i ll kill them
ho hahahahahhahhahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh evil smle

Julissa: hahah can imagine!

Zubair: i love u

Julissa: i love you toooooooooooooo

Zubair: ok lah home work lah

Julissa: ok lah

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Bagaikan Itik Cakap Dgn Ayam

Translation: Like duck talking to chicken.

1. We were just married. and mummy called home, Zubair answered. Mummy asked him to come down and help to bring up the groceries. He said ok mummy ok.. Mummy was waiting for him downstairs. When he didnt come, mummy brought the trolley up herself and maybe w Ayah lah. Later, Mummy came into the house and Zubair came to her and asked, "Mummy, just now what did you say?"

Dang! *mental headslap*

2. We were at the airport McDonalds after sending mummy and ayah for Umrah.

Zubair was sitting on the outside so i asked for his help to take some more sweet chilli. He returned with Tomato Ketchup. ok understandable, maybe foreigners refer to chilli sauce as ketchup. so i told him just tell the crew "2 pkts of SWEET CHILLI". This time, he came back with GARLIC chilli. i sighed... i dont know what went wrong in my detailed instructions.

To give him benefit of the doubt, probably:
a. he forgot what's the name of the chilli
b. He didn't think there's any difference
c. The crew misunderstood or misheard him

3. This is just a few days ago. we went to cold storage. There were long queues at every counter. i stood in line in one i tot was shortest and least thing. but i tot the line next to me look sshort also so i told to Zubair ok queue there for me please. but he kept coming back to me to talk to me and i kept pushing him gently back in line. this went on twice then he said, "wait wait." He went to wait for me at the other side of the counter near the exit!!!!

After i've paid, i came to him and asked, "Did u hear when i say help me to queue on the other line?" and his reply, "Oh that is a queue?"

Sometimes he is sooo funny lah. he has a habit of automatically saying "yah" even before one finishes a question and therefore before he can comprehend and analyse what was being said.

This post is just to remind me of the irritating but funny moments we've had. im very sure we'll be laughing about this in years to come!

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160607 Saturday was Fun Day

I delayed this blog by almost a week bcos im not sure whether i should:

1. upload the photos and risk having Blogspot blocked or
2. upload on Multiply at home (which would take even longer!!)

Decided to just upload the best pictures and not all of them.

Last Sat, after ngaji and receiving salary of $160, Zubair and i went to Orchard. Though i really hate Orchard and always feel disoriented every time i go there, we traveled there nonetheless to appease the husband.

Had a hard time decided where to eat. Even had to call Kak Long to suggest. She said Far East for medium to cheap stuffs. Then on impulse, we agreed on Breeks but budget of $30. So we walked to Breeks from Orchard MRT and settled down and looked at the menu. Hmmm if each of our dishes are $15, then we cannot order drinks nor appetisers and still would overshot the budget due to GST and service charge. Then Zubair said the most heartbreakingly sweet thing, "Darling, u order yours. and i will eat at McDonalds. Here is so expensive yar." In the end, we both got up to leave.

We heeded Kak Long's suggestion and we walked all the way back to Far East plaza from Takashimaya. we were SUPER duper DANGEROUSLY hungry then and no wonder it was already 3pm! to make matters worst there was a queue at Sakura Thai.

Kaching! $14.50

Then we went raided through all the shoe shops there through all levels from 5th to basement and i announced that i will NOT go out of Far East without a pair of shoe! cos my current one is SOOO pathetic (You know the black one i posted previously) though comfy. I kept on apologising to Zubair that he had to follow me around. but he shushed me saying, "I will be angry if u say sorry again! i love to follow you shopping. We're together." He is sooo sweet he even pointed a few pairs for me to try. and then being a fast shopper, he often got left behind in the store when i've already moved on to the next! and still he didnt mind. It was already 4.30pm by the time we purchased a pair.

Kaching! $19.90

Next stop, Tangs. Shortly after i got married, my dear Mac Studio Fix (the two way cake) dropped and cracked! The last two months, i've been trying to wear the broken pieces of the powder or wore no powder at all! and then the pieces kept coming out from the loose case and littered in my bag and finished very quickly. so i HAD to buy a new one. unfortunately, Studio Fix is NOT refillable. the Refillable one is $10 more with SPF (Sunscreen) + need to buy the casing 1 time. but i sticked to Studio Fix lah.

Kaching! $44

By this time, i was sooo tired and my mood was already down. i was wearing the new pair of shoe but it's making my feet hurt bcos its not as soft as the old one and slippery and the right one is a bit lose so i had to control it hard. Though i know Zubair wanted to look around Orchard some more, i kept asking him where we were going. He didn't answer but led us through the tunnel from Tangs to Lido then i asked him again and he actually said, "Home to Woodlands" if i weren't moody i would've laughed so hard cos MRT's the other way!! and we had to walk all the way back. By the time we reach home, i felt bad and topped up his prepaid mobile, EZ Link and Skype

Kaching! $41

I've been telling my sisters we should go out saturday night for supper say around 10pm since my parents went for umrah and we could take the car! It was 8:30pm and they were both out at Bugis and called me to come for early dinner. I told them i will only reach there in 2 hours. 40min to get ready, the rest journey on the train. Then they said maybe meet in tampines (bus faster) still i'd need 1hr... Then they said take the cab lah! I say no lah where got money! In the end, Kak Ly conceded and said, "Taxi i pay dinner u pay yourself" but i added, "or whichever is lower" Later, in confusion of where is Bedok Corner, we decided to go to ECP and we hailed the cab

Kaching! $20

Thank god Kak Lily reimbursed me and then we ate dinner of Satay, Chicken BBQ Wings, Cockles. Surprisingly, Zubair LOVES cockles!!! i didn't think he would knowing its seafood and it might smell (like sea smell), but he did! When i asked him what he wants, He decided on Nasi Ayam Penyet. Then i ordered my Kway Teow Kuah from Indian stall. Lychee drink for me and tea for him. when the food arrived, he tasted my Kway teow kuah and Lychee drink then he scolded me saying, "How come u never recommend me the good ones but order it for urself?" heheheh he LOVEs both the mee kuah and lychee...

Then Kak Long commented, "It's already so hot yet u still drink hot tea." Zubair say yeah i love tea.. but this is my first time drinking it with dinner.. normally its AFTER dinner... Ok im sooo selenger (duffer).. my poor Xubi...

Soon afterwards, it started to rain.. we kept on eating cos our booth got umbrella..

But it got heavier and heavier until Abg Fai said, "Ok Finish up lah" we were almost drenched by the time we finish. and Zubair's tea was cold by the time he drank it versus the cold weather. We waited awhile for the rain to ease a bit and then we walked in the rain to the car which was parked at the other end of the car park. We reached home 11pm like that i think.

Kaching! $8

Saturday was Fun day and busy day with Jalan jalan... but also a bleeding day.. spent almost $140 in one day!! Siao

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I wldnt wanna be filthy rich....

But just enough to afford:

1. 4 children
2. 2 Cars
3. Big house with 6 rooms complete with walk-in cabinets and 4 attached bathrooms!
4. Yearly gym membership
5. Daily or 5 times a week Day Maid
6. Restaurant dining maybe 3times a week?
7. Movies once a week
8. Overseas holiday once a year + Balik Kampung to Lahore twice a year

oh well... i'll update more if i can think of anything else...

Before then... i guess i need to split the household chores between me and Zubair when we have our own house... this is how i fantasise the divide to be:

MY tasks:
1. Cook
2. Laundry (wash, hang, fold)
3. Iron OWN clothes
4. Vacuum / sweep with that 360 stick broom
5. Clean master bedroom toilet
6. Wash dishes

HIS job:
1. Iron OWN clothes
2. Mops
3. Clean kitchen toilet
4. Kills CICAK
5. Take out rubbish
6. Clean fans
7. Dry and put away dishes
8. Wipe dining table

And that's all i can think of right now...

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Zubair has Music Theory class every Mon. He always walks to his class which is somewhere near Woodlands Polyclinic / Marsiling MRT.

Last Monday, i dont know why, but out of the blue, he wanted to take the bus. probably tired of walking. and then i dont know why, but he thought ALL buses would pass by marsiling MRT stn... He took 163 and ended up in SENGKANG!! Furthermore 163 is an express bus, once it enters the expressway, you can't get down till you're in Sengkang!

He was 30min late that day.

He is sooooo funny...

He seems to be irritated with questions. He said he and his 2 brothers can't seem to tolerate interrogation. Naturally, i ask a lot of questions with regards to this incident particularly or anything in general. and im becoming more and more like the ex bosses... analysing why u do this and that. Anyways i asked him:

1. What made u want to take the bus that day?
2. What made u think all buses go to Marsiling?

I rationalised saying i just wanna know his train of thoughts that led to being "lost" and NOT to blame or reprimand him or anything. Like.. wldnt it be interesting to know HIS thoughts?

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Gamer? Reviewer? What will i be in 5 yrs?

I have always liked playing computer games... but over the past one or two years, i have really been obsessed with them!

Mostly i like Hidden Objects, Strategy and Cake Mania style games (i dont know what category it goes into). I often feel frustrated if there's no full free trial around. Not the free for 60min kind but the full version but free... I usually go to websites Shockwave and Realarcade to get my dose... but they are often quite lagged behind. Anyway just sign up for free trial then cancel after 10 days for the former and after 30days for the latter and u actually get to play FULL version, FREE! The latter is better because u can KEEP the game and play for as long as you want and u can redownload it in another pc!

Anyways... as i was saying, i feel frustrated that i cant get the good games fast enough. then today i stumbled upon this site Game Tunnel and they are inviting people to write game reviews!!! U dont get paid but u get FREE games! Downside? u have a 2 week deadlines to write the review.

So now... i have a new aim... in 5 years' time, i would want to

1. be a full time housewife,
2. give Iqra lessons part-time
3. write game reviews free lance!!!
4. be a regular gym patron!
5. ad-hoc Driver

OK work hard for now...

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My shoes, my memories, Shalwar Kameez and my enemies!

Humming Winter's sonata song.....

1. My shoes

When i showed Zubair i took this picture he said, "Oh and you are going to blog about this, right? And pple will think i make u poor and buy cheaper stuffs". To which i responded, "Hey.. but i wrote that this is what WE want right..."

Darling, i'm happy we're together... most couples go through tough times and this is ours... My parents were very poor when they got married too... and now they're quite comfortable. Don't worry, ok?

Anyways, i wanted to write about my shoe collection. This is my favourite shoe. I bought from Bangkok at 299 Baht. about S$9 i think. I go most places with this shoe... even to Kak Aiman's wedding. (Well.. i dont think pple look down at ur shoes, they only look at ur clothes) because it's black, comfortable and matches w everything.

My other shoes are:
1. a pair of orange slipper since Jul 06 ($20)
2. a blue "sport shoes" for gym since May 07 ($19.90)
3. a brown leather slack sandal since Dec 06 (599 Baht)
4. a golden brown high heels that's SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE since June 06 ($50)
5. a beige velcro shoes with a slight heel since Apr 07 ($5.90)

So for everyday office wear, i'm only left with this black shoe and that beige velcro and the latter doesnt match w everything i regretted a bit for buying it. Now i STILL need another pair of shoe... i think i'll go buy that $10 platform shoe i saw at AMK next pay day...

Anyways.. i think i have some walking problem or feet problem. Cos i had 2 expensive (in the region of $50) black shoes for office and it wears out in under 6 months. most of them, like my last Elle shoes, have broken soles and rainwater will slip in.. so might as well just buy the cheap one right? Is it the way i walk then that makes it break? haha

2. My memories
Hanani commented just now during lunch that i have a good memory that i can blog easily. But i wonder then, How come i'm so forgetful? Like for eg, my mum asked me to buy something before i come home, i will always forget. I deduced that i probably can recall if i wanted to..

...but how do u solve this forget-to-buy-things problem? I bought a Tony Buzan book on memory but his technique is more for exam studying kind of thing.... how to remember??? OH yes Andrew Matthews' book on Smile or something said about

1. thinking positive (ie say i will remember instead of i will NOT forget)
2. and picturing urself doing it...

Now i should just remind myself to practise that in order not to forget to remember!

3. Shalwar Kameez
Yesterday, I debated with myself about whether i should or shouldn't wear my yellow shalwar kameez with the dupatta (scarf) to work today.

1. It might look unprofessional and dressy, but my boss is not around
2. It might be hot, but i'll be in the COLD office most of the time anyways
3. It's already ironed, otherwise i wld need to iron another scarf...
4. This is a good time to wear cos i dont hafta hassle with it to take wudhu'

So i decided to wear it...

When i reached office.. nobody commented except for Sharon who said, "Wah today Golden colour. Good lah u wear bright colour i also like bright colours". Zubair also call me "My yellow darling".

But as i was looking for a table to sit at Amoy St while waiting for Hanani, i felt terrified! I felt everybody's eyes were on me! Bcos of the strange attire as well as the bright colour. When i passed by the Indian Prata Stall, im quite sure i heard he said something like "ARewah" and could feel his eyes scanned me up and down (though i didnt look at him ofcourse)

Plus i always feel uncomfortable when i pass by any Indians.. like they would prolly be thinking, "Why is she wearing OUR traditional clothes? it doesnt suit her at all! Looks sooo funny"

I declare that this will be the last time i put on shalwar kameez with the accompanying dupatta alone. I will only wear it when im with the husband.. so my reason for wearing it is justified and that nobody would dare stare at me cos really my husband will punch them!

As he ALMOST did in the mrt a week or two ago. We were waiting for the train to come and i refused his hug cos it was TOO DAMN HOT. then the train came, there was no seat and we stood for some time. i fanned ourselves with my book but Zubair was behaving strangely. He didn't wanna come near me and didnt talk much. I kept asking why but he didnt say anything

... until we found seats. he said to me, "I want to PUNCH that guy! HOw dare he look at you!" Me.. the blur one asked, "HUH, which one?" and he actually pointed and said loudly, "THAT ONE" i turned my head but cldnt figure out which one but just told Zubair to calm down and i dont want any scene. I actually took hold of his hand so he can't go anywhere.

Well, there could be many reasons why he was looking at me... maybe he was looking in my GENERAL direction not AT ME... maybe he was looking at me fanning.. u know how quick movement attracts the eye. Maybe he thinks im somebody he knows.. or whatever lah... but still Zubair insists that its very rude to look at a lady, what more his wife. In Pakistan, he told me he had ever beaten up a guy for looking at his aunty in the bus. he alighted the bus and asked the guy to come down too and he beat him.

That's their culture for you... and Hanani said, "Look at it positively, he's been brought up NOT to look at girls." Yeah well.. i know my husband is a good guy. *looking at Zubair* Just DONT abuse my trust. humph :P

4. My enemies

To date, Zubair has killed TWO CICAKS!! Hip hip horayyyyyyyyy!

First was a baby one behind our door where we put our bathrobes. You know how he killed it? he used a door stopper!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second was a BIGGIE.. it was loitering on the ceiling of our walkway along our rooms... and was stationed right in front of my room door!! i shrieked when i saw it.. First Zubair just shooed it away to Ayah's room using his BELT!! haha then the next time i open the door, it was back there again!!!

He took a plastic and wrapped his hands.. i asked what is this for? he said he was gonna catch the lizard and flush it down the toilet. i said EYEWwww!!! Take the newspaper and whack him lah. he did take a newspaper... but just ONE SMALL TINY half of page piece and directed it to the toilet. He pushed it to a corner and he quickly "CEKUP" (Grabbed) it and flush it down!

Oh my god.. what drama! He actually said he dont like to kill lizard.. he said its just a small insect. but i told him lizard is Rasulullah's enemy! He betrayed Rasulullah when he was hiding in Hira' cave. Ironically he can happily stamp on cockroaches. and funny thing is, Zubair kept refering the cicak as HER!!! takleh angkat!

my husband is sooooooooo funny!!!!!!!! HAHAHAH

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Just some stuffs i wanna remember...

1. He cried the other night bcos he missed his parents so much. he hasnt called his mum in a week or two! cos i wasnt able to top up my Skype account.

He was looking at the old pictures of his father and mother with him and Rizwan and i couldn't help crying also though i tried to hide it.. i tried to make a brave front for him.

In the end, i pleaded to him to call his mum thru my hp. Usually he would say no cos its expensive ($1/min) since they bill me later, its ok.

His mother asked me why is he crying and i had a fearful moment, is she angry at me? but Zubair assured me that she's actually asking why were WE crying.

and thankfully, his friend in Pakistan found out a cheap International call provider 100Rps = 1hr talktime to Singapore. 100Rps = S$2.50. and since then his mother has been calling him quite often. and he's received a call from Mamoo Afzal also =)

2. Speaking of which i really feel awkward talking to his relatives and friends.

They always wanna talk to me but i dont know what to say to them apart from how are you and stuffs.

The other night with mamoo Afzal, he congratulated me cos my parents went for umrah... and i kept mum apart from listening noises. then Zubair said asked about his family or something... THEN i asked how are they and all... I'm very socially awkward lah.

Then a few days ago, we were at Kak Aiman's wedding and he had to go to the bathroom and passed to me his hp. He said it was his neighbour and his mother's student. and i said hello... and surprise! it's a lady!! and i asked apka naam kya hai? what's ur name? and she said something and i asked back Miznah? she said yeah and she asked my name and i said mere naam Julissa hai... kya? (What?) Julissa. oh very nice and thank god, suddenly the call got cut off probably credit's finished.

Turned out it was Salman's GF. But im very puzzled as to why she wants to call ZUBAIR, her boyfriend's BROTHEr who is OVERSEAS.... ???!!?!?!!

3. Kak Ly told us about this multiplier who's selling materials from Pakistan and can even get it tailored for u at $25 + $20.

So i asked Zubair how much she charges to sew a dress. Anwer: 100rps!!! That guy sure making a lot of money!! and we could do the same too probably and we dont even hafta buy the material first cos Rizwan works at textile company and we can just take pictures of the material or something. In a way, we ARE promoting his company, no? ideas ideas ideas....

4. He loves to call me Sweetheart and i love to be called sweetheart.

But due to his recent Mango Ice Blended craze (thanks to Kak Long and Kak Ly), i always confused Sweetheart with SweetTalk! and so he has shortened it and calling me Sweety instead.

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Just like me... he also talk in his sleep... only much MORE OFTEN.

There was one time he spoke to me in URDU.. and i asked HUH?? then he repeated himself! i ignored and he drifted back to sleep

Another time he said, "Oh Hello Mamoo, kaise ho?" I thought he was on the phone but he wasn't holding any phone!

Just 2days ago, i was up clearing the room, and suddenly he sat up, one arm resting on the head, eyes wide, smiling brilliantly. i looked at him expectantly, then he said, "OH i thought we were still in Murree (a pakistan mountain)" and almost instantly went back to sleep

Then the next day he woke me up asking, "Have u had lunch?". I said Not yet. he said Why not? I answered "BEcause it's 6am in the morning!!!"

HAHAHHAHAHAHAA He is sooooooooooooooo funny lah. I will try to remember more and post

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020607 - The Craziest Date ever...

It was 7:45pm and we were bored.

Zubair: Let's go out..
Jussa : Where? Causeway Point?
Zubair: Sighhh
Jussa : OH I know! Let's go to Ang Mo Kio Hub! It's newly openned!
Zubair: YES!
Jussa : (After a while...) But im lazy!! if we watch a movie there then how do we go back the public transport would have finished by then and we can't afford taxi...
Zubair: *sad face*
Jussa : Sorry Darling i always do this to you. Raise your hope and crush it again. But really u hafta tell me in advance if you wanna go out so we can plan.

Zubair: Let's go to Causeway Point
Jussa : But by the time we got ready the shops will be closed already..
Zubair: But im bored
Jussa : Hmmm hmm... But WHERE can we go??? Zzzzz
Jussa : (After awhile...) I Know! Let's rent a car at 11pm and we'll go for a spin for an hour... but sleep first.

And so at 11:15pm we set out to Whizz Car location to get that Mazda 323 Auto with nowhere to go in mind... In the car... Zubair said.. ok let's go to Little India... I told him we can go there but cannot get down adn look around bcos it'll take 30 min to go and 30min to come back and we have only 1hr but he said ok. But actually i was quite ok with it since the route is very familiar to me so we won't risk getting ourselves lost. oh yeah we even brought along the map ayah just passed to us earlier that evening.

Like i said it would be, we drove there and head back... it was 12:15 when we entered the expressway and thought we couldn't make it on time so extended it for another half hour... and then we made a small detour by exiting Yishun.

By this time, we felt like having a small snack.. so i drove thru to the 24hr McDonals at Sembawang / Yishun. but they were out of fries!! I said nevermind. Then i tot we can go to Admiralty 24hr McD but i tot troublesome to park or whatever... So decided to return the car first then go to the one at Civic Centre. when we reached there, the McD looked weird.. like nobody around.. and the staff were lounging around... then a guy said...

Guy: "Kak, dah tutup" Sister, it's closed already
Me: Huh? Tutup? Kenapa Tutup? (Closed? Why is it closed?)
Guy & Friends: DUmbfounded
Me: It's 24hr right?
Guy: Oh tak... yg kat Admiralty nye 24hr (Oh no... the one at Admiralty is)

You can't imagine our heartbroken-ness... i was almost crying... Zubair even suggested we walked to Admiralty but i shoved off the crazy idea... then Zubair said... "Oh damn them! I already made taste of fries on my tongue and now they say they're closed. How dare they! I'll beat them!" hahah he said it in an almost serious tone that it made me laugh real hard in my heart. So funny lah he...

Ok pple go out at night for supper all the time... but i still think ours what the craziest date ever... firstly bcos we actually RENTed a car (like i told Kak Ly.. Mummy wldn't allow me to take the family car furthermore at such an ungodly hour) and at out fate of NOT getting to eat McDonald's TWICE. *Smiles* it was a fun memory.

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3 months on...

It seems like eternity but we've only been married for 3 months as of 3rd June 07.

Let's see... the foreign food/fruits he's tried so far are:

1. Chestnut (Buah berangan)
He took one and straight away put it in his mouth shell and all! and already bit half way when we ask him to take it out and peel the shell out first! haha

2. Durian
It was at the picnic w Simei family and all. i gave him a piece and he bit through the seed and all! and immediately spat it out saying it's smelly!! it was such a funny scene i tell you!

3. Squid
Now that he can eat prawn only need me to peel the skin first.. i tot he's ready to try squid... so i kept quiet about the squid's presence in our kway teow goreng from Banquet. and you should see how he winced when he felt the squid in between in teeth! and its not even the legs!

Then with regards to his visa...

There was some confusion at first but the final story is this:
1. His extended social visit expired on 2nd June 07
2. Went to ICA to get further extension on 28th May 07
3. Extended to 16th July 07.
4. Received letter saying he's not eligible for Long Term Visit Pass but was granted a further 6 months of non-renewable social visit pass in which he can seek employment and apply for work permit.
5. Applied PR and waiting 3 months till somewhere July to get a reply.

How changed has my married life been?

Past: Min $5/day for lunch, quite often $10
Now: target $10/week for lunch. average $1 or $2/day but have achieved average of $5/week for the past 6 weeks that i've been tracking...

Past: $50/pair of shoe
Now: $20 for a shoe is obscene... $10 and below is now my type

Past: Most nights i sleep early and soundly
Now: Can't sleep soundly

Past: Early riser
Now: Late riser

No matter. This is what i want. this is what WE want. we will get through this together with perseverance. Patience will pay. Insya'Allah Ameen.

On the overall, he's been bugging me to learn cooking. I told him i KNOW how to cook... just give me the opportunity. Besides, i dont want to cook in the current kitchen when the Madam is around hehehe..

He's picked up a lot of Malay so far. His favourite word is "berdiri". he will say, out of the blue, "Syifaa' berdiri", when she's actually sitting down. and will assoc anythign with berdiri and end each sentence with berdiri.. heheh Thanks to the overhead announcement he frequently gets to hear while riding the MRT.

Oh yes his fav malay/local food are Mee Rebus, nasi briyani, Murtabak.

He calls Ainul matabaik which sometimes sounds and is confused for Murtabak!! HAHHA

He really IS allergic to BEEF. his neck and the folds of his arms are red with rashes. heheh at first i tot it was just an exaggeration and since he CAN actually swallow and chew beef, i let him continue eating it. But we have since stopped him from eating beef for the past week or two... and with the help of Jorubi, and with Allah's grace the rashes have cooled down a lot. heheh but the other day no choice other than beef and it was slightly aggravated. i prescribed him Jorubi again.

I borrowed Winter's Sonata from Hanani. He watched with me on and off and he even teared a bit when Jun Sang died!!

And i can't tell you how very caring and loving he is... he cared for me when i'm sick.. he always listen to my rant, soothe my irritation and agitation and simply make me feel happy all the time. Sometimes i feel guilty for always making him listen to me, bugging and nagging at him, when he's always been so good to me...

Anyways, I resolve to write more about him. Cos i love him and wanna remember the sweet things we do together..

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