Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Secret Missions Revealed

Missions/Plans 2012-2013

We used to say that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. WEll, if it is the case, why not you sit for a while and give a thought of what you plan for the future. Of course, we plan the action but Allah gives us the result. Here are my own lists:

Career Development

Publishing journal/academic research,publishing books for children, upgrading teaching skills & classroom activities and writing novels (Buy my book!)

Personal Development

Grooming myself at gym and aerobic classes, eating healthy food ONLY (you are what you eat, nwy), performing more Doa' and additional prayer, reciting the Holy Quran, revising my 3rd language - Arabic (I really miss my Ustaz back in university!), practicing my long-lost cooking skills, shopping new fashionable clothes, reading Parenting books, reading on how to Be a Good Wife and attending my very own wedding.
At the end of 2013- I should have visited this entry again and announce to the world -


Friday, January 27, 2012

Hello Vietnam!

Ho Chin Minh, Vietnam

I am planning to visit Ho Chin Minh city this coming April-May semester break. My longtime Vietnamese friend promised me a special tour :)
*blowing a kiss.
To all bloggers, don't miss me while i'm away.LOL.
A new adventure is coming! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Do you think you can Fool me?

Last Thursday, my sister came back from Matriks Changlun, Kedah for a sleepover at my house since we plan to go back to KK together for the Chinese New Year break. But i just noticed she started jalan terhenjut-henjut due to the hips pain she got while waiting for the bus at her KMK college. As our plans to visit Spa & Beauty Centre, has been postphoned a million of times, we then decided to go massage on Friday afternoon after lunch. While surveying for a nice place to complete our mission, an advertisement on massage caught my attention:

Massage: RM19 Only!!

My sister and i then, walked slowly to the beauty centre and studied the advertisement. It was cheap, RM19 for 1hour and it was full body massage. Where else can we get that kind of promotion? It was like rezeki datang bergolek. Plus, my sister had always complained that everytime she wanted to go for one, i used to say it was too expensive or sometimes, when we agreed upon one place, the female workers are gone to kampung or only male staff was available. LOL.
We then nodded in agreement that this place must be the right one.

I pushed the glass door and was approached by a middle-aged chinese woman. She asked us to sit and went off to the other side of the counter, and brought us two cups of pandan tea.I also saw a man came out from one of the rooms inside, wearing his shoes and was now paying the cashier some cash. The cashier also just come out from the same room. She is a beautiful chinese young lady who wears heavy makeup (but still look pretty), with colored short hair. I wonder if she is the one who massage the man.

While waiting, i could smell the aromatherapy aroma of lavender, pandan and ginseng leaves. There are some chinese red angpau envelopes and red fake fire crackers decorated on some orange trees. They were all hanging like tanglung. Suddenly, the place gives me a creepy uneasy feeling. The middle-aged woman asked me,

"You orang nak buat apa? Kitorang ada satu package promotion... RM158 per person. Dapat 1 free massage bila datang utk second time. Ini murah punya promotion. Lu boleh dapat fullbody massage+ facial + tungku for 2hours. Selalu harga massage shj RM79 per hour. Now, u boleh dapat 3... utk rm158. U dtg hari ni, dapat percuma 1 massage."

For a moment, there was a long silence. I was thinking of the purpose of the RM19 advertisement. I asked her, "RM158 pun mahal juga. Adik saya tak ada duit. Lagipun, yg advertisment kat luar RM19 massage tu apa?"

The woman looked at us directly in the eyes, "RM158 sudah murah la adik. RM19 massage tu u boleh datang sebanyak 10kali. Every massage harga RM19 utk satu kali. Tapi u cuba la package RM158 ni. Untung punya maaa...mana mau dpt tmpat lain"

Well, if like that, it means RM19 is just a trick to attract customers.
"Kalau saya ambik RM158, saya share dgn adik saya boleh tak? Saya tak mau dtg byk kali. Sy datang sekali, adik saya replace utk free massage yg sy dpt, boleh?"

The woman raised her eyebrow, "Mana boleh. U bayar rm 158, dia bayar rm158.. nanti dua2 dapat free massage for second time. "

I suddenly felt what she told was irrelevant. We came for the RM19 were inforced to take the package RM158 which we didnt want.

"Oh, kalau mcm tu saya tak mau la kak. Kitorang takda duit." I told her firmly.

The woman pointed out, "Mana boleh tak da duit. RM158 ni murah. U boleh dapat 3 in 1 package. Ok, if u tak mau, ok..BOLEH, BOLEH. i bagi u kongsi. BOLEH, BOLEH." Suddenly, she changed her mind and seemed so excited about it. She was now flipping over her receipt list.

I suddenly felt pissed out. How dare she hav the guts to decide on our behalf to proceed with the massage treatment. Trying to not be rude, i looked at my sister. "Dah, jom balik."
My sister was stunned for a moment. She wanted to get up from her chair, but the middle-aged woman suddenly raised up her voice looking at me, "Apa pasai u ajak dia balik??Lu dgr dulu apa i mau cakap..Dgr, dengar. Sini, explain pada diorang." She suddenly reassured the young cashier who has just said goodbye to the man to re-explain the package. I was about to tell the woman, that if i leave the place, is she going to send my sister back Home?

"Adik, u akan rugi if tak mau try package ni, " the young cashier began. I was losing interest and I told her, "Kitorang xda duit. Dia lagi takda duit." I said and eyeing my sister who seemed 2be so quiet during the conversation. I just knw that if we agree for the package, RM158 +RM158 = RM316 would solely come from my pocket. My sister is still a matriculation student, even her allowance seems not enough to buy books, food etc and she still need belas ihsan from me and our parents. I have the money actually, but i don't wanna lose it for services that i dont guarantee is good or not. Actually, i knw an even better spa place than this one, if we really2 need to go for the expensive service.

"Aiyo...u boleh kongsi la if u nak. If u xbawa duit gaji skarang, kita boleh terima credit card or kad ATM. Kita boleh check duit u cukup atau tak cukup la adikk.. Jgn mcm ni. Kita bukan paksa punya. tapi kita buat ini promotion mmg untung. Ramai lagi orang mau dtg jap lagi." She eyed my sister's face. " Tgk muka u...banyak jerawat. U punya muka kena facial la adik."

I was losing my patience but still keeping my voice very decent. And how dare this girl wanted to check the money available in my bank account.
"U kata tak mau paksa." I said angrily. "Kitorang dah kata xmau, xmau la. Mmg xda duit! If mmg xdapat byr, u nk tolong bayar?Dia lagi takda duit."

I was nw standing. I looked at my sister. She is now standing herself in horror. We didnt even touch the pandan tea the woman had served. "U boleh bagi phone number pada kita.if ada promotion kita bgtau". The young cashier suddenly opened a notepad, i reluctantly wrote the number on the notepad she gave just to end the conversation. She suddenly continued talking, "U boleh beli voucher dlu bila mau. Customer2 lain beli itu voucher utk promotion. Voucher murah M10 dan RM20 sahaja.. Boleh ya, adik."

I snapped angrily, "Takda2. Saya tak mau.Voucher harga RM10 ke, RM20 ke.. saya tak peduli. saya xmau!"

Both woman seems disappointed. The young cashier shook her head slowly, " Aiyo.... RM10 aje xmau..."

Well, to hell the women. I just noticed these ppl are trying to make us come back sooner or later. I dont think the way they treat the customers are quite right. I dont mind them being tricky about the price, but the way they raised up their voice when i refused to undergo the massage treatment really pissed me off. If they hadnt let us go, i would hav taught them some lesson they never regret. Just because they are offering a service and served us tea, it doesnt mean we shld succumb ourselves to their traps. And they forgot that I'm a linguistic person - i can detect the persuasive language ppl use to persuade customers; and they just fallen onto a wrong person.

While driving, we surveyed another massage centre runned by an OKU (blind) group which was only RM35 per person. We finally went there and quite satisfied with the service. And I swear to God, that i would never ever land my feet at the same RM19 massage place again!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No extravagant shopping plz!

Well, just come back from shopping at Body Shop. Guess i'd spent a lot time visiting this face & body boutique just to 'invest' some money on unnecessary things (well, what is money for if you dont waste it? LOL). And i think everytime i visited the place, i made friends with the salesgirls who used to call me 'adik'; i guess they never really know my age and i was just enjoying their company to be their regular customer. The unresolved matter I'm facing right nw is

the dark circle

under the eyes. The salegirls at Bodyshop recommended me a few concealers to hide the eyebags but it seems not really working.

Flawless Skin Protecting Concealer (RM75)

The only practical solution is to:

QUIT your job!

...and be a good housewife ;)
which i think would probably impossible right now. Oh btw, i just wanna share the photos during the Asian TEFL conference in Seoul Korea last July 2011; I was pleased that Jun Sang Park uploaded one my photos on his blog:

You may visit his blog:
http://blog.naver.com/victoryjsp/99627868 . But sorry, it is in Korean language. The only thing i remember about him is , among the millions audience in the conference room, he tegur me and asked, "Dear lady, how is the method of English teaching at your country? May you share with us?"Haha. Yeah,of coz i'm glad to share it with the audience. But he was just tooooo..goodlooking that some of our Malaysian women thought he is one of the Korean actors.

Jun Sang Park & me

Alright, i guess i gtg now. It is now 11pm and i would have to do some more readings for journal submission. It's a never ending writing, i need help. Oh, i need tips to reduce the eyebag, plz! Reading too much or gluing my eyes on the laptop screen won't help!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Exploring Men's Thoughts

First of all, Happy New Year to all readers.
I was browsing through my FB wall and read this annoying Facebook posts:

Semakin seksi wanita semakin banyak pula DOSA lelaki..
Semakin degil wanita semakin banyak pula DOSA lelaki..
Semakin liar wanita semakin banyak pula DOSA lelaki..




Oh, i guess the male species shld stop posting about this crap, really. How many of them really2 follow the teaching of Islam and chasing for the opportunity to be in Jannah (Heaven). And what is worse, the men r looking for a perfect wife but they themselves hang out with bad girls, bawa perempuan ke hulu ke hilir, bermesra dgn ramai perempuan di Night Club, naik motor berempit sesama lelaki perempuan : are these the ways Muslim men should behave? How are the women going to listen to the so-called "men's advice" if they also hanyut ditarik utk menjadi ahli neraka. LOL. Now ada hati nak cari wanita solehah bila diri sendiri pun tak soleh.

If women are sexy, degil or wild, it is not an excuse for men to be sinners. A true Muslim man would restrain themselves from Zina and prevent themselves from anything that may cause Fitnah. Women are not to be blamed, but guided. MEN- you claim that you are the leaders in the family and Ummah, but have you played your role effectively in developing a good Muslim community?