Sunday, July 25, 2021


It's a very chilled Sunday. We're all in our rooms, either lying down or watching something on Netflix. Iman is actually sitting for her finals now and I've always found it bit odd that UiTM has exams/classes on Sundays! Surely that can't be right.

I'm watching the Artistic Gymnastics qualifications on Sooka now. I love watching this sport, it's so fantastic how the body can bend and balance hahaha am trying to watch Farah Ann but cameras haven't shown her yet! I'm watching on the Sooka app and I've been keeping track of events via the Olympics app. I also really love that TikTok has been so pivotal for updates because we have athletes who show the Olympic Village there too. It's soooo cooooooooool ugh there's just something about the really really talented and the really really skilled coming together for an event to represent their country. Like I just think you cannot get any cooler than that. That's why I love the World Cup so much. A team sport and even if you're an individual competing like many of our Malaysians there, they have the whole country behind them! I'm telling ya, nothing unites a country more than defending the local delicacies and for supporting a sportsperson. 

In Covid news, we are at 17k cases today...... even when a majority of the country is on lockdown for more than a month now. Sigh. The only thing keeping me going is to see the vaccination rates going strong in recent days. We did 500k a day on Wednesday I think and that's commendable, I have to say. In the family, all of us have been vaxxed once and 5/7 are fully vaccinated alhamdulillah. Iman just did hers yesterday and so it's just my dad and her that's left with a second dose appointment soon insyaAllah. I'm also very happy to know that all my friends are all at least half vaxxed. Like I said, am not friends with anti vaxxers haha.

Really just so excited and almost nervous (??) to go out again and meet friends and have outside food that isn't in a takeaway package. Y'know, just simple things! I miss the office and my colleagues! And our 5pm McD teatime. Such a different feeling compared to the last lockdown... at the time I was very much comfortable working from home and even resisted going back to office because I thought it was too soon. Now I'm just counting the days for us to go back working in a NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. Hate that home has become work. The government's about to announce some special privileges (if you can even call it that) to those who are fully vaccinated so I'm hoping that's soon enough and I'm also hoping people don't abuse it and cause another spike in cases. I just miss being around other people!! Texts and video calls won't cut it anymore, not natural for us to be connected virtually. I need them hugs!!!!!

We spent out THIRD raya (both Aidilfitri and Aidiladha) at home. We got to spend Raya Haji in Penang last year but unfortunately we can't spend it with them yet this year. Both my grandparents are vaxxed alhamdulillah and I miss them loads. First place we're going is to visit them and give them big hugs and kisses. Our Raya Haji was simple, Mama cooked some food that lasted us two days for all meals haha and we just took some photos outside. Zaim and Hanis didn't join us and it was for the best - we'd all prefer if everyone's double vaxxed before they can come over again. You just never know with this new variant. 

It's almost 10pm now (I started writing this a little after lunch!) and I'm going to continue watching One Tree Hill. Naomi Osaka's playing tomorrow at 10:00am so I'll sneak that in while working. Best part about WFH is that I get to just go downstairs to do work in my PJ's. Though I do miss getting ready and putting on proper pants. 

Take care, everybody! Talk soon. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

It's been a decade!

It's days like today that I just want to hug my younger self and pat her on her back and say well done, thank you for taking so many photos and recording it all.

Today is the 10th year anniversary of KYUEM. Anyone who knows me knows that I love the college so much, I'd do anything to go back. It was my home of two years but the friendships I took home have gone on for 10 years today and counting insyaAllah. I found some of my most perfect friends, some so close to me I consider them family. 

I knew this year would be our 10 years anniversary from when we first stepped into college so I took my time looking through many, many photos and videos in my hard drive from my days there. I had this chunky Olympus camera with me that I loved so, so much and I brought it everywhere! For every event and everything! I'm so happy I lugged it along because at the time, Blackberry was the in thing so as you can imagine, photos were non-existent and even if there were any, it'd be grainy and chaotic. But to be honest, some of my favourite photos were those taken by the Blackberry because they'd usually be the photos that were very candid and of moments that you can't help but whip out whatever you had with you.

My friends know I love them so I won't go on here also, just thought I'd write to commemorate the day. 10 years and counting, insyaAllah. Truly, truly blessed. I'm always truly blessed, very thankful for my friends, for the college, for the experience and most importantly for my parents who listened and gave me the experience to begin with. Wouldn't be the person I am without the people I met along the way. Wouldn't be the person I am without the schools that I went to, from primary all the way to university. I loved it all. Just thought it was so surreal that it's 10 years since I stepped into college. Crazy!!

Today's also a wonderful reminder to always remember to take more photos. It sucks that we've practically be indoors for the most of the past year and a half but insyaAllah once it settles, we'll be right back at it. 

Dear KYUEM, you were my first and perhaps only choice of college. I heard about you when I was 15 and ever since then, that's all I wanted. For whatever reason, I just had to go. Something about it just compelled me to work hard for it. So I did and man, the two years that followed were the best two years of my life. I met some of the best people, I had some of the best experiences, I loved life, I was SO happy and I never wanted it to end. If anyone asked me what I'd want to relive, it's KY no doubt. To think it has been 10 years since our first day in college is wild and I don't know where the time has gone but I sure spent it well with some of my favourite friends I've made ever. All thanks to you! I'm forever thankful and I hope to repay my gratitude in some shape, way or form soon. It was my true happy place and the friends I've made a home with the friends I've met from college. In the Friends reunion, Matthew Perry said whenever he'd meet the other 5 after the show ended, he said he'd drop everything he was doing at the time regardless of where he was and just called it a night because he had met someone so special in his life that all he wanted to do is talk and be with them. That's how I feel with my friends here. 

My safe place. My home.

Love you, friends. Thank you for the best 10 years we've had and here's to even better ones ahead.