Sembang@Kay's wishes everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
May 2011 be a year we unfold new horizons, realize new dreams, rediscover the strength and faith within us.
Let's rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up for new challenges.
~Sent from my iPad~
But this wasn't the first time her body being abused so violently. She'd been punched before, kicked from side to side and even strangled by the woman whom she has no place in her heart. Sweetie had thought that age would have slowed the woman down. But no...she was still as forceful as ever.
And that woman was her own mother.
The bruises from their violent brawl had started to show. Her arms were blue black from the stick her mother had used on her. Had it not been for Sue, there would have been blood shed.
"She's in pain too, I know. Should have punched her a few more times. That would have given her a real good lesson," Sweetie explained to Sue.
"She's your mother Sweetie. How could you pick a fight with someone who's weaker." Sue spoke in so much disbelieve.
But she knew Sweetie - hard headed and always charging, one who would retaliate on the word "go". All these years she had seen enough. She could have just strayed away from Sweetie, but something in her heart said that she must try and save this poor lost girl.
"Kenapa kau gaduh dengan dia?" asked Sue.
"Kalau dengan perempuan tu, pasal apa lagi?"
"Pasal duit ke?"
"Tak...aku tak puas hati pasal rumah. Pasal apartment yang sepatutnya aku yang dapat. Tiba-tiba I got to know from my aunt that she dropped my name from her will!" yelled Sweetie.
Sue knew that Sweetie could never be at ease with her old woman, her own flesh and blood, but one whom she despise with all her might. Sweetie claimed that their feud had started a long time ago. She just couldn't see eye to eye with her mother. And to her mother, Sweetie was just another disappointment and embarrassment to the family.
Unlike her, Sweetie was born to a wealthy family. Her father was a top ranked government officer. The place they have outside the city was beautiful and huge. Sue had been to Sweetie's place a few times. When she was younger, she always felt that what Sweetie had was heaven. But now, she knew that behind all that glitter, there was no pot of gold.
Sweetie once said that her father, though he had loads of money, never enjoyed sharing it with the family. Sweetie could talk for days about her stingy father. They laughed at times on the jokes Sweetie made about her father and her plans on stealing her father's money.
"Banyaknya duit bapak kau Sweetie!" claimed Sue during one of their "happy hours".
"Alah...mana tah dia dapat duit tu. Aku rasa duit tu tak halal. Selalu je aku peratikan ada orang datang jumpa dia. Pas tu cakap bisik-bisik. Pas tu ada envelope they all bagi kat father aku."
"Dia ingat aku ni bodoh, dia tak tau yang aku ni buat-buat bodoh je...." replied Sweetie.
"Mak kau tak tau ke?"
"Alah...dia tau. But she's not bothered about my father lah. They all tu dah lama go separate ways."
"Hah? Parents kau dah bercerai? Elok je aku tengok bapak dengan Mak kau tu."
"Entah lah Sue....aku pun tak tau. Cerai ke....tak ke, tu they all punya pasal lah. Malas aku nak masuk campur dah. "
"But they are your family, don't you care?
"NO!!" shouted Sweetie to Sue again.
It was then Sue knew that Sweetie's safe heaven was only a glass menagerie. There was no warmth in the house. There was no love. Everyone was too busy with themselves - going their own separate ways.
Sweetie was as cold as her house and that explained the episodes of her traumatic life.
Unlike Sweetie, Sue's life growing up in an orphanage was no match. She was with pittance but she was never without love. She had no blood relations but everyone in the home was family.
Sue never knew who her father was. She once asked her Ibu at the orphanage of the family's whereabouts. Ibu said that they didn't know who her parents were. Sue was found on the steps of the surau near the home on a Friday morning when folks were about to perform their Subuh solat.
"Sweetie has everything she could ever wanted in this world, but she's so alone. And I don't have anyone either in this world. Literally, I am all alone too...."
to be continued....
~Sent from my iPad~
That's the big question playing on our minds now ;)
Alahhh...bukan apa nya. It's our annual dinner coming up soon. Theme this time around is R.O.C.K with STARS. Who's gonna be rockin' - we shall wait and see. The STARS?? Ohh...we all are; some 800 plus employees of the company, such bright stars shinning..he he perasan nya lah kan!
We spent our last hour at work today, joking about how we are going to dress on the dinner night. Ada yang kata nak pakai old pair of jeans - yang dah faded, with a big tear on the knee. Ada yang wanting to come with leather jackets and boots. Wah...what an effort. Tak boleh jadi ni....I got to put some thoughts on what I shall have on me too. Maybe I'll get Farah to Google something suitable for Mommy's ensemble.
Specific requirements would be "cari yang depict rock suci" boleh? Wah....ni dah boleh buat ala-ala project runway ni! We shall see what the outcome is going to look like. Tunggguuuuu.........
~Sent from my iPad~
For some of us, on Fridays we enjoy that bit of little luxury at work – a longer lunch break. Longer break means the opportunity to go grab quick lunch, followed by some stress reliever activities at fave malls or outlets afterwards. And this quickie RT works like magic; trust me, coz' some two hours later one would see all smiling faces jay walking back to their work stations. Someone once told me that on Fridays you could even see kakak-kakak from Putrajaya thronging Nilai 3. Macam-macamlah yang boleh membantu jiwa kacau jadi reda agaknya ada di
I guess for ladies who work in the city, Friday lunch break RT is fun. In that 2 hour 45 mins there are many outlets to go check out – dari KLCC to GE Mall to the everyone's shoppers paradise – Jalan TAR.
Tapi itu cerita kakak-kakak and adik-adik yang work in the city lah
Kalau tunjuk muka dua puluh sen tu menjadi tak pe lah. Buat nya tak menjadi harus Friday bertukar menjadi Fry Day (as Pi Bani puts it my FB comments)
Sufferin' succotash!!! Ohhh….tidakkkkkk!!!
Hundreds of buyers queued up for hours for the launch of the Apple iPad at the Mid Valley Megamall yesterday.
They arrived as early as 8am before the official launch at 10am, so as to be among the first to buy the tablet in Malaysia.
Many employees were deployed to maintain order as long queues formed outside Apple's authorised reseller, Machines, at the mall here.
The iPad is designed to browse the web, read email, listen to music, browse photo albums, watch videos and read eBooks.
Eager beavers: There was a huge crowd at the launching of the Apple iPad at the Mid Valley Megamall in KL yesterday.
It features a large 24.6cm LED-backlit multi-touch screen and allows users to navigate through the Internet easily with specially programmed applications.
First in line was Kelvin Goh, 30, who took half a day off and rushed from his office after reading of the launch in The Star yesterday.
"I do not mind waiting as long as I get the iPad today. It is a Christmas present for a friend," said Kelvin who was initially supposed to go to Singapore to get the product.
Lecturer Mayudia Mohtar, 30, laughed hysterically after unwrapping the box containing her new iPad.
She said she had "run away" from work for fear that the stock of iPad would run out if she waited until after office hours.
Retired worker Lee Kian Toon, 55, however said the price of the iPad was a little too high.
"I have to admit it is a very good product but mass production should be able to bring the price down in the future," said Lee.
Communications officer Nataskia van Dam, 26, from the Netherlands. found the iPad very intuitive.
"Even my mum can use it. This is a Christmas present for my mum from my dad. She is going to love this one as she can read books on it," said Nataskia, who is visiting her family in Malaysia.
Mark Mcqueen, 46, said he could now use the iPad during flights.
"A 17-inch screen is just too big for me, especially in the airplane,"
"However, my wife is a bigger Apple fan and she is waiting at home to confiscate the iPad," said Mcqueen.
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