Monday, December 26, 2011

On Tour Guide Duties

Winter = the best time to travel to Dubai = time for families to come visit = time for me to put my 'efficient tour guide' and 'great hostess' cap on (and gelabah fikir how to add variety to my cooking in order to provide guests with breakfast, lunch, minum petang and dinner for 7-9 days ngaaaa~)

December 2011: Father-in-law + 2 cousins were here.

January 2012: Mom + dad + 2 aunties will be coming to town.

February 2012: Taking a break from my tour guide duties. Time for us to be the tourists pulak hehe. Where to? Tungguuuu...

March 2012: Kakne + 2 brothers + sis-in-law + little niece will be here huyeahhh! Tak sabar nak tunggu si budak kecik yg celoteh tu datang Dubai huhu!

Sunday, December 25, 2011


"When all else fails, try the ostrich technique and bury your head in the sand."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Prince William in Msia?

Okay, stalker mode ONNNN!! (Provided they come when I'm back home for raya lah hehe)

So E!, is this So True or So False? So True, please!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Zen Space

Winter is slowly creeping in which makes it great to be outside now. So after 1 year of neglect, our balcony finally got a make-over (after sapu, penuh 1 plastik of pasir halus je!) and also its own furniture recently.

Now all I need is one of those small, battery-operated portable fountains. Then barulah I can truly call my balcony 'The Zen Space' =p

Thursday, December 1, 2011


"As sung by Sir Elton John, 'Sorry seems to be the hardest word.'
So I'm just gonna go ahead and NOT say it."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tom Ford

Not sure whether it's because Jennifer Aniston has it and carries it everywhere (and I am of course Team Jennifer all the way) or because the bag itself is simply gorgeous, but I am in loveeee...

Saya mahuuu! Unfortunately, it is out-of-this-world expensive huuu. Well, at least for someone like me laa. For the rich and famous like her, memang celah gigi je lah. She probably got the bags for free even. So once again, huuuu....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You Snooze, You Lose

So apparently in Dubai Metro, if you snooze, you literally lose - 300 dirhams, that is.
Wow, I mean, WOW. Ridiculous, in this case, is an understatement.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Book of Joe

"Everyone always wants to know how you can tell when it's true love and the answer is this: when the pain doesn't fade and the scars don't heal, and it's too damned late."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Along the Fjords of Musandam

Because I love the song...
(These Streets by Paolo Nutini)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poor Barnaby!

(To provide further proof that yes, I do watch too much TV eheh =p)

Kevin to Robin in HIMYM:
"If there's one thing I've learned as a therapist,
it's that just because something needs to be told,
doesn't always mean it needs to be heard."

Alaaaaa kesiaaan Barneyyyyy!!!! Huuu =(

Sunday, November 13, 2011

By Color

Inspired by Fatma.
To add more colors, I am now literally buying books with green covers only =p

(Hope you people didn't notice my Taboo board game on the shelf hahah!)

SNL Kardashian's Fairytale Divorce

OMG this is just too funny for words!
Kristen Wiig was BRILLIANT as Kris Jenner - sebijik giler okkk!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


"I find that even twenty six years later, it hurts too much.
It never really hurts any less; it just hurts less often."


Lookit! Lookit!

Musandam, Oman - Nov 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spot On!

Gorgeous spots spotted @ Al Ain Zoo, Abu Dhabi

Now am very inspired to go for an African Safari trip huhu!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two & A Half Men

"Do you want to make your problem go away?
Or do you want to go away with your problem?"

- Jane Lynch as Dr. Linda Freeman in Two & A Half Men Season 9 -

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Alhamdulillah, passed my driving test dgn cemerlang today.
So am officially a legal driver of this Silver Surfer now yeay!

No more curik2 drive behind the husband's back (peace, dear =p)
And no more thrice-a-week driving class yg sgt mengantukkan.
Now I am freeeee!!! Woohooo jump for joy!!!

** Cue soundtrack from X Factor's Brian Bradley aka The Astronomical Kid **
Astro will make you - JUMP JUMP! X factor makes you - JUMP JUMP!

Friday, October 28, 2011

3 Sekawan

Pose, Click!
Another one, Click!
Okay one last time, Click!
- @ Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman, Oct 2011 -

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Come Homeee!

Houston, we've got a problem.
Iskk...I miss youuuuu dearrrr!
Can't wait for you to come homeee!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Party in the USA

SRB: Passport, check. Flight ticket, check.
So I dah takde tertinggal anything kan?
Oh ye, ade. YOU. *Hugs & kisses*
SRS: *Hugs & kisses back* =(

Have a safe journey and bring me something good from the US of A, babe! *Cough*iPhone4S*Cough* Hmmm? What? No, I didn't say anything. Did you hear me say something? Nope, I didn't say anything. Thehehe =p

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Visit From The Goon Squad

Normally I like reading 'interconnecting-lives' kind of stories, but this I just don't get. Maybe I should just give up and accept the fact that I'm not smart and 'deep' enough to understand Pulitzer Prize-winning books huhu~

Oh Enrique... should've been one of the permanent judges,
coz you are just soo prettyyyyy ;p

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Domestic Violets

"I hate to say it," my wife says. "But I think your mother might have a point there. You know, about you imitating your father's writing."
"Really?" I ask.
"Maybe," she says.
When people are worried about delivering bad news, the word 'maybe' almost always means 'of course.'

Married couples really only have a few arguments. They just keep having them over and over again.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Bro Code

Hahah apparently there IS an actual book published on Barney Stinson's Bro Code called The Bro Code. It's stupid, ridiculous and hilarious as hell, just like the Barney character we've all come to love in HIMYM.

I know reading these kinds of books might potentially decrease my IQ level at some point, but hey, they say laughter is the best medicine, so it's safe to say that this book has just helped me improve my health, maybe not significantly but at least a little bit hehe.

ARTICLE 1: Bros before ho's
The bond between two men is stronger than the bond between a man and a woman because, on average, men are stronger than women. That's just science.

ARTICLE 5: Whether he cares about sports or not, a Bro cares about sports

ARTICLE 8: A Bro never sends a greeting card to another Bro
The following are a few emails for any Brocassion that succinctly get the message across without costing you the trouble and expense of having to find and then send an actual greeting card.

To: Bro
From: Bro
Subject: Bro!
Nice, Bro!

To: Bro
From: Bro
Subject: Dude!
Drinks on me, Bro.

To: N/A
From: N/A
Subject: N/A

ARTICLE 24: When wearing a baseball cap, a Bro may position the brim at either 12 or 6 o'clock. All other angles are reserved for rappers and the handicapped.

ARTICLE 69: Duh!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What's Going On With You?

So I have finally started my driving classes here in Dubai, after attending the Road Rules & Safety lectures and passing my Theory Test almost a month ago. When dear SRB took the Theory Test early this year, there were only 10 questions. But when it's my turn to take the test, the government has increased the number of questions to 35, cisss! Not only that, they even changed the type of questions. Previously they will only test you on road & traffic signs; you know, what does this sign mean, what does that sign mean - which, you gotta admit, tutup sebelah mata pun boleh pass hehe.

But now, they've included questions on managing risk and safety on the road where you'll be given a diagram - for example, there are Car A, B, C on a junction, with some pedestrians or cyclists trying to cross the road and what not. The question will be something like, "Car A wants to turn right and Car B wants to go straight and Person A wants to cross the road, which is the safest way for Car A to turn right?" Memang if ikut common sense you'd know the answer, but since it's a multiple choice question, you gotta pick one answer from the options given and sometimes none of them make any sense at all!

I came across this one question in the practice test where the correct answer was, and I'm not joking here: "Driver of Car B should make an eye contact with driver of Car C before turning left." What the?!! If the other driver is on that other side of the road, can you actually see his/her eyes pun before nak buat eye contact tu? What if he/she is wearing a sunglasses (which, considering the climate over here, is always the case)?! And what if the car is tinted (which, again, because of the hot weather, is always the case here)?! Adoiii, mengarut I tell ya.

Haaaanyway, back to my driving classes. Based on my years of driving experience, I am required to take 20 driving classes, each class is 30 mins. Each driving session with the instructor lasts about 1 hour, so you'll complete 2 classes per session. So far I have gone for 2 driving sessions, so 4 classes down, 16 more to go huwarrrghh! I know it's wrong to say this, but it is very tiring 'memandu secara berhemah' aaalll the tiiime. Every 5 seconds must check all 3 mirrors, must put on car signal 25 meters before making the turn, must sit straight, hands on 10-and-2-o'clock-position on the steering wheel argghh! If I fail the driving test nanti, I'm telling you, it is not because I don't know how to drive, it's because I don't know how to drive secara skema gile babs hahah!

On another note, dear husband has been persuading/nagging me to sign up for golf lessons together with him since I got back. Ngaaa...I know I used to be a die-hard fan of Tiger Woods, but to be honest, I have never been interested in actually playing golf. It is a very slow, passive kind of sport and sangatlah menghitamkan kulit okkk. SRB has started playing golf with some of his 'senior' colleagues and getting some informal lessons from them since a few months back, but now he's determined to get a proper training to perfect his swings. And he wants to drag me along for the ride so that "nanti bila dah belajar, bolehlah kita pegi main golf sama2", he said. But just between you and me, I think it's because he doesn't want to feel guilty for leaving me behind whenever he wants to go out and play golf for hours (dahlah selalu tinggalkan bini sorang2 bila gi Iraq kan hehe). So his solution is plain and simple - bring the wife along hahah! * Just kidding dear =p, I know your intention came from a good place and I'll think about it ok? *

Other than that, since I got back from Msia, I've been staying at home, cooking and catching up on the new episodes of all my favorite TV shows - Modern Family (congrats to Phil and Claire Dunphy for winning the Emmys - you guys are hilarious!), HIMYM, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Glee, Vampire Diaries, etc. Started watching some new shows as well - New Girl, Happy Endings, Up All Night, Mike & Molly, among others. Watched the new episodes of Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher as one of the 'men' now, and I gotta say, so far I'm not impressed (except when he's showing his washboard abs hahah!). Coz I think his character in this show is just like most of the characters he's ever played in movies, which is a lazy little man-child. So there's nothing new there. Or maybe because he's so good at portraying a 'man-child', that's why he was given the part. And got paid a million per episode for it. Damn.

Oh also, Kim Kardashian has apparently landed on UAE and is currently making appearances all over Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The local newspapers, at the Kardashian's request I'm sure, has even detailed out her whereabouts for the next few days in order to encourage people to come and stalk her hehe. By now, I am actually sick of the Kardashians and their self-promoting TV shows already (I'm even more disgusted that people in E!, particularly Ryan Seacrest, just won't stop producing reality shows for each Kardashian sibling), so when I heard about Kim coming to Dubai, I was like, 'What-everrrr!' *dengan gaya typical American teenager hahah!* But since tomorrow she'll be in Dubai Mall, which is within walking distance from our place, we have decided to pretend to be one of her adoring fans and try to catch a glimpse of her in real life, while hating ourselves every step of the way hehe. If nak kena drive gi mall yang jauh, nak kena carik parking lagi, memang jangan haraplaa I nak pegi tengok okk. Plus, SRB wants to test his new camera, so bolehlah pura2 jadi paparazzi sikit hehe. But if sampai nak kena bertolak2 ke ape tomorrow, heheh you just come find me at either Forever 21 or H&M once you're done lah ye, dear?

Till later peeps!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

How To Talk To A Widower

"Pity, I've learned, is like a fart.
You can tolerate your own, but you simply can't stand anyone else's."


Monday, October 3, 2011


Diterbangkan khas dari Malaysia - stock replenished!
Macam boleh bukak kedai runcit pun ade gak eheh.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Big smile.
Jaw hurts.

Thanks babe! :D

Bye Bye Sweet Home

Keliling dunia dua tiga kali,
Ku tahu hanya satu perkara pasti,
Selagi bumi di atas paksi,
Bila tiba masa aku kembali...

- Altimet, Malaysian Boy -

Monday, September 26, 2011


5 more days.
I miss you, babe!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Belated Raya Wish

Hope it's not too late to wish everyone
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri,
Mohon Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

After One Year

So this is it.
Inhale deeply.
Hold your breath.
And brace yourself, Rina!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mah Favorite!

Homemade Roti John

For buka, moreh, sahur or late night snacks - I can eat them aaall niiight looong bebeh =p
(Hence puasa this year memang tak lost weight langsung ahahaha!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thank You!

Dearest Generous Husband,


Lots of Love,
Your Grateful Wife =)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Silver Linings Playbook

"But I'll tell you the same thing I tell my students when they complain about the depressing nature of American literature: life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly, like our marriage did, Pat. And the literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for people to endure nobly."

It's gonna be made into a movie, starring the gorgeous Bradley Cooper *drool*! I love it when they make movies out of the books I read, especially when my favorite actors are being cast in them. Can't wait~

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kekanda Adinda

Was in the mood to listen to Butterfinger-ish Malay songs recently
and came across this Kekanda Adinda song by Monoloque.
Very cuteee!

Kanda segalanya
Dindalah nyawa....

Alalalala sweetnye Loque...I wish you'd cut your hair though =p

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Everything just depresses the hell out of me lately. The injured Malaysian kid who got robbed in London riot - couldn't get the image out of my head, I kinda regret watching that video now. The US debt crisis that could lead to global economic collapse - what if there'll be no money to buy food nanti iskkk. A friend who just lost her baby - may Allah continue to give her strength, Amiinnn.

And the PMS is definitely making me feel worse. Reading books about teenage angst and rebellion like Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (it's gonna be made into a movie yeay!) also doesn't help at all.

Tried to cheer myself up by watching my favorite TV shows - Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and my favorite movies - Closer, Love Actually for the past few days. I watch Closer everyday that I can almost memorize all the lines in every scene now. I don't know, I guess I feel a bit better after that. It's temporary but well, better than nothing huh? Cepatlah boleh sembahyang balik so I can get back my inner peace and get over this unpleasant feeling.

In the meantime, I leave you with my favorite lines from my favorite twisted love story ever, Closer, featuring the oh-so-awesome Clive Owen:

Dan the Obituarist: You think love is simple.
You think the heart is like a diagram.
Larry the Doctor: Have you ever seen a human heart?
It looks like a fist, wrapped in blood!
Go f**k yourself! You writer! You liar!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I Feel Like

"I feel like I should be panicking right now but a good kind of panic, you know?
And I feel like I wanna die right now but I also feel very very good."

- Jason Bateman as Nick Hendricks in Horrible Bosses,
after accidentally sniffing cocaine -

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Biking Around Buyukada

A trip to Buyukada, the largest of 9 islands comprising
the Princes' Islands in Marmara Sea, Istanbul.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"I think that if my friends or family are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have. Good and bad. Just like what my sister said when I had been in the hospital for a while. She said that she was really worried about going to college, and considering what I was going through, she felt really dumb about it. But I don't know why she would feel dumb. I'd be worried, too. And really, I don't think I have it any better or worse than she does. I don't know. It's just different. Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. And be who you are about them."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadhan Kali Ini

Organized a small makan2 at home last week sempena menyambut kehadiran Ramadhan chewahhh! With some help from Aida, who came for a visit that weekend, I made nasi ayam, mee bandung, pulut kuning and rendang for the main dish and bought some fruits for dessert. And our guests brought a chocolate cake and cocktail pudding to add to the dessert. All in all, memang malam yang mengenyangkan, Alhamdulillah.

It was my first time making pulut kuning, sangat jakun - usually I let my pulut retains its natural color je which is white hehe. Baru ku tau kuning tu comes from soaking it with air kunyit. As usual, selama ni memang tau makan je, tak pernah amek tau pun how the pulut turns yellow hihi!

(Asked dear SRB to take some pics of the food I made and this is what I got.
Food cover pun tak bukak. Adoi pakcik tu mmg dah hilang mojo amek gambar =p)

This year is gonna be my first Ramadhan as a full-time housewife. So waking up early to prepare sahur should not be a problem at all coz I can ganti tidur kejap di siang hari if I want to hehe. Since it's summer now, Subuh is as early as 4.20AM, so gotta start eating sahur around 3-ish AM pergh! Dahlah selalu tido pun usually close to 1AM, then about 2 hours later nak kena bangun balik huhu! Today, SRB got back a bit late from work and we didn't eat dinner until about 10PM. And in about 5 more hours, nak kena bangun and makan nasi again pehhh!

And oh, dear SRB is going to Iraq tomorrow (#@$%&!), so I'm gonna go through my first week of puasa here all alone. You hear that dear - ALL ALONE. Kasi dramatik sikit di situ =p. Of course I'm sad, but am not gonna dwell on it too much coz by now I'm already used to him not being around during certain important occasions, e.g. my birthday thehehe, and I have accepted that it's one of the sacrifices I have to make in this new life. Oh yeahhh, I'm a big girl now bebeh, very mature hahah!

So anyway, Selamat Berpuasa everyone dan semoga Ramadhan kali ini membawa lebih keberkatan, Insya Allah, Amiiiinnn...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Around Town

So apparently there was a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Marmara Sea last 2 days which caused some mild tremors in certain parts of Istanbul. I was reading on a sofa by the window in our hotel room when it happened - dear SRB went out for dinner with his colleagues. Felt the floor shook a bit for a few minutes but thought it was just the building's normal vibration, macam selalu rasa kat Suria KLCC tu, so I wasn't really worried about it. The next day, dear SRB told me about the earthquake and I thought, damnnn, wasn't it a bit dangerous to sit right by the window during an earthquake? Nasib baik gua tak tau that itu adalah gempa bumi masa tu, if not, adalah agak cuak di situ dude, urksss!

Dear SRB took my precious camera with him to his group dinner last night and came back without it. At first I thought he was joking and was waiting for him to say "Acah jeee!" like he always does. But when I realized he was serious, he actually left it somewhere, at the restaurant, in the taxi, he's not sure, I actually meraung satu bilik hotel hahah! A bit childish I know, but I love my camera and the thought of someone else (the one who bought it for me plak tu) hilangkan dia made me very sad. While pakcik tu panik, walking back and forth tak tentu arah, trying to find the restaurant's phone number etc, I sat quietly on the bed, contemplating whether to merajuk, marah or menangis - hahah drama kan? Turned out he left the camera at the restaurant and went there to get it back. Nasib baik jumpa balik, if not, D90 satu, no question asked okay, dear?

I went to Sultanahmet (where the main historical monuments, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, etc are located) via tram yesterday to see how the place looked like in the summer. It definitely had a different look - more greenery, more people, more skin ahah!

Look at the queue to enter Hagia Sophia in the summer - ngaaa memang give up beb! During winter aritu I think the longest was just 1/4 of that je kot.

Hagia Sophia was the only place that I wanted to visit again in this trip but unfortunately, I didn't have enough patience to queue that long, so instead I just walked around, snapped some pictures and did some people-watching (a lot of Chinese tourists this time around) while dehydrating myself on a bench, sambil bermandi peluh and membakar kulit huhu.

Adehhh, memang tak sempat nak putih again before balik Msia if camni =p

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Istanbul 2.0

Blue Mosque in Winter vs. Blue Mosque in Summer

I bet it's gonna be even more gorgeous when the leaves turn yellow/orange in Fall.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oldest Friends

"A good friend is cheaper than therapy."

We miss you, Fatma!

Friday, July 15, 2011

On Repeat

...until I'm ready to come out of my cave.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Not Guilty, Your Honor

For the past few months, I've been diligently following the trial of Casey Anthony, who has recently been acquitted in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The trial has been filled with tears, lies, twists and shocking revelations that it's been said to be America's summer obsession this year. It's wayyy scandalous than reality TV shows that even reality TV stars like the Kardashians were hooked to it hehe.

Many people were 'sick to their stomachs' by the 'Not Guilty' verdict - some blamed the prosecution team for failing to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt, while some blamed the jurors/system for letting people in the country get away with murder. If Casey were found guilty, she would have faced the toughest sentence in American Law: death by lethal injection - perghhhh tu memang lagi drama beb! Suddenly teringat plak the horrifying electric chair scene in The Green Mile movie huhu.

So, do I believe she's guilty? Well, as a Google-based trial watcher, my answer would be a big fat gigantic YESSSS! I definitely think, without a doubt, that she did it. Whether it was accidental or pre-meditated, we will never know, but the bottom line is, she killed her daughter. If she didn't do it, why wait for 31 days before reporting Caylee missing? If she has nothing to hide, what's up with all these elaborate lies about the non-existence nanny, the rich boyfriend in New York and the job at Universal Studio? Psycho-ness okayyy. I agree 200% with the prosecutor, no one else benefited from Caylee's death except Casey, the party-loving mother. And now that she's been found not guilty, she'll be free to live the partying, fun-filled life that she always wanted. Argghhh marah lah niii!

However, in America, everyone is supposedly innocent until proven guilty. And unfortunately, in this case, the evidence presented in court was just not enough to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that Casey killed her daughter. There were just too many questions left unanswered, especially the most important one - how did Caylee die? There were no witnesses, no cause of death (it couldn't be determined coz the body was too badly decomposed when found), no DNA or fingerprints of Casey found anywhere near Caylee's dead body, so couldn't 100% link her to the child's death booo! Maybe if the body was found earlier, they could get some traces of DNA, but oh well, I think it's lucky that it's been found at all.

So based on that, I think the jurors did the right thing with the 'Not Guilty' verdict - it doesn't necessarily means that they think she's innocent, it's just that there's not enough proof to convict her. Dahlah nak kasi death penalty, lagilah kena ada hard evidence to support the charges kan. I am truly disappointed with the verdict of course, but I realized that it's a fair decision, made based on everything presented in court rather than personal feelings or emotions. If ikut perasaan, pehhh kalau boleh the next day kasi teros inject sampai mati kot huhu!

Some experts say that the popular TV show CSI may have influenced how jurors think in recent years, "giving them a false impression that every case has the same clear-cut forensic evidence featured in that fictional series. Jurors have now gotten less likely to convict because they are under the false impression that every case is going to have some sort of forensic smoking gun."

Hahah funny but I think very true at some point. In CSI, selalu macam ada je dia jumpe setitik darah or serpihan tulang whatsoever among percikan minyak or serpihan batu or kaca and I have always wondered - is it that easy to detect in real life? Tipuuuuu~

P/S: I just read this from - Apparently, in a letter she wrote to an inmate while in jail awaiting trial, she said she dreamed of having another baby once she's out, she wanted to get pregnant again or adopt. What the BLOODY FFFF???!! Who in their right mind would let her near a child after this? She's crazy and delusional!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Curiosity Killed the Cat

** Spoiler alert for those of you who haven't seen Paranormal Activity and plan to watch it someday (I'd very much advise against it though) **

First and foremost, let me tell you that I am NOT a horror movie fan, not ever. But I heard about Paranormal Activity being the scariest, most haunting horror film ever made in recent years that some viewers even walked out in the middle of screening because it scared the hell out of them and they just couldn't continue watching. Definitely not the kind of movie for a penakut like me laa kan.

But this movie has been on repeat for a few months on our cable channels that I became increasingly curious - "Apa yang takot sangat pasal movie ni? Rupa hantu dia ke? Or tak nampak pun hantu dia?" As far as I know, hantu Indon ialah hantu yang paling menakutkan sekali di dunia, so I don't think an American ghost could be THAT scary.

So I made a "brilliant" decision one night to watch Paranormal Activity from the beginning till the end, but not before reading the detailed plot from Wiki so I could anticipate the 'sakit jantung' moments hehe. Yeah I know, memang kinda ruin the feel, but that's the only way I'd be able to make it through a scary movie, so sukati aa kan.

It turned out, BLARDYHELL citer ni memang takot nak mamposss!!! They say, curiosity killed the cat. Well, I say curiosity gave me nightmares huwaaarrgghhh!!! There was no gory, scary-looking ghost or anything like that in the movie, just some shadows lurking here and there je. But the things done by the possessed Katie tu yang extremely disturbing and haunting, especially when she stood by the bed, doing nothing except staring at his sleeping boyfriend in the middle of the night, for several hours - OMG horror! I slept with the lights and iPod on coz I kept imagining someone standing by the bed watching me sleep urrkksss!

And to make it worse, I watched the movie a night before dear SRB left for Iraq, leaving me all alone at home - memang sangat "bijak" kan? Yup, ternyata saya sangatlah "bijak". Luckily he's making just a short 3-day/2-night trip this time so he'll be home tonight, thank God.

But now I am really curious about Paranormal Activity 2 pulak. So how? Hihihihi =p

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anniversary Getaway: JBH + Wild Wadi

I was too lazy to plan for any overseas getaway for our wedding anniversary recently, so suggested going for a 'Cuti-cuti Dubai' instead. And since my idea of a perfect vacation always includes a beach and water-related activities, we decided to book a 2-night weekend stay at the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which offers private beach access and most importantly, FREE access to the neighboring Wild Wadi Water Park, oh yeahhh~

Upon checking in, the hotel receptionist asked whether we're there to celebrate any special occasion; weddings, birthdays, graduations (do we look like we just graduated from college or something?), etc, so we told her yes, we're celebrating our wedding anniversary and she kindly upgraded our room to the one with a balcony yeay! But to be honest, I believed she would've given the upgrade even if we're not celebrating anything coz it's not really a peak season, hence, they had a lot of room-with-balcony available, so they used it as an opportunity to make hotel guests feel great - by giving them upgrades/free stuff hehe. Well, whatever the reason, we appreciated the nice gesture since the view from our balcony was just fantastic!

The hotel's private beach was right in front of the 5-star Burj Al Arab Hotel - kalau swim dari tepi pantai memang boleh sampai lah Burj Al Arab tu. And it made me realized, semahal2 Burj Al Arab tu, dia takde private beach on the island itself, instead you have to cross the bridge to get to the beach, tak best ahh. Should reduce 1 star di situ hehe.

The Wild Wadi Water Park right beside the hotel was smaller than Atlantis' Aquaventure Water Park, but the rides were much more awesome than those in Aquaventure. Unlike in Aquaventure, Wild Wadi didn't have water escalators to take you up, instead, they used something like water-boosters to push you and your tube up the slides. Kinda fun coz they made the rides seemed longer tapi adehhh, sakit bontot weh!

Dear SRB got stuck halfway once, somehow the water-booster didn't manage to push him up the slide and they had to stop the water flow and start it up all over again while the rest of us waited and wondered, "OMG am I heavier than that guy who's stuck? Will I be able to make it through?" ahaha! Well, I think it was a technical glitch sikit kot, coz ramai je orang lain yg lagi bapak besar compared to SRB and they berjaya je naik hehe.

Besides a variety of slides, another awesome-factor of Wild Wadi was their surfing simulators called Flowriders, one for beginners, one for those with a bit of experience. SRB tried the one for beginners, after queuing for almost 2 hours and ended up with some bruises. I guess surfing on artificial waves was not much easier than surfing on real waves.

And oh, this time we did try the tallest free-fall slide in the water park. Setelah survey2 and kaji2 sikit, we decided that it's less scary than Aquaventure's Leap of Faith since dia banyak lengkung2 so it's not really a vertical drop, hence do-able sikit laa. Agak lemah lutut while climbing up the tower (ada org tu dah nak patah balik turun pun hihi) but in the end, it was not so bad. NOT gonna try it again though hahaks!

So peeps, if you come to Dubai and want to cool yourself down to beat the brutal Middle-East summer heat, I'd recommend going to Wild Wadi Water Park instead of Aquaventure. (Free advertising sedikit di situ hehe).