24 May 2017 – Saying goodbye is never easy

It’s bitter sweet. I was looking forward to this day but at the same time dreading it. My IG post sums it all – a cocktail of emotions. We had our club’s AGM and this was followed by my official farewell do – Majlis Sanjungan Budi, Lambaian Kasih Dr. Nor Edzan Che Nasir. One of my colleague read my biodata and another narrated her association with me (we attended the job interview together in 1990 and reported for duty three months apart in 1991) and this was when the tears trickled. When the time came for me to deliver my farewell speech, I was a wreck. I overcame with emotions especially when I remembered the first staff who left us so suddenly in 2008 and this was followed by two more and I knew them very well. At the same time, I was also reliving the passing of my brother just last Thursday. It took me some time to regain my composure and I finally had no choice but to literally read my speech punctuated by sobs and tears. However, towards the end of my speech, I was able to regain my composure but towards the end whilst apologising for whatever shortcomings during my term as the Chief Librarian, the tears came back on. But, I’m happy ‘cos I was able to say what I wanted to say and bid a proper farewell to most of my staff. And yes, I did receive gifts, flowers, cakes and lots of chocolates. The best part of the day was definitely when I was able to spend time and thank them personally for their support in the 9 years and 6 months I have been with them. Thank you my dear staff from the Library, Museum of Asian Art and the UM Art Gallery. I truly cherish all your support and encouragement. Without you, I could never do what I have done. I have nothing but fond memories of my time at the UM Library, Museum of Asian Art and the UM Art Gallery. All the best and may you all have a prosperous life ahead.


Farewell lunch at Sime Darby Convention Center courtesy of the professional staff


My office staff treated me to their own version of shell out


I could always depend on them at all times – thanks Haslan, Amir, Azrizal, Faizal and Rizar


They surround me daily – thank you Kamal, Emy, Liza, Ila, Rziyah, Ainy, Nad, Rajah, KAP and PM


Last birthday celebration with my office staff


I will be a permanent fixture in their lives from now


Clocking out for the last time from University of Malaya


Birthday celebration with the family


I never had so many cakes ever – thanks Edah & Zafe

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2015 … its a wrap

It’s 12.21 pm on the first day of 2016 which falls on a Friday in Malaysia. We get the day off and a pretty long weekend this time round. I’m “parked” in a room at Pullman Putrajaya with my immediate and extended families. The reason for this? My niece will have her akad nikah ceremony this afternoon and her wedding reception tomorrow.

The last hour of 2015 was spent with my 2 daughters, grand-daughter, brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and new-found friends putting henna on our hands. It is customary for the bride-to-be to put henna on her hands and feet. For the rest of us, it’s just good fun. The henna artist was BUNGA : PASSION OF BEAUTY and she can be reached at cikbungaleen@gmail.com or at her blog cikbungaleen.blogspot.com. I totally missed the fireworks but some of us did manage to catch a glimpse of it from the hotel room balcony.


Henna on Azwa’s hands – filigree design

Amy and Azwa with the bride Fatima Soliha Nawawi at her akad nikad at Masjid Putra, Putrajaya

Amy and Azwa with the bride Fatima Soliha Nawawi at her akad nikad at Masjid Putra, Putrajaya

With the bride and bridegroom after the solemnisation ceremony

With the bride and bridegroom after the solemnisation ceremony

2015 has been a busy year for me as I sit on a number of library advisory boards which requires me to travel abroad for meetings. I’m not complaining since I get to travel to new places or  revisit places I’ve been before. Apart from that I have also accepted invitations to give talks/presentations although I did say that I must learn to say no more often. BUT, at the end of the day I truly feel that I need to share /impart the knowledge/skills that I have acquired over the years.

In June 2015, I managed to bring out my grand-daughter on her first long haul trip and this was to Osaka, Japan. Both my daughters were in tow. I was worried but Azwa took it all and we had a memorable time together as a family. My son-in-law stayed behind since he has a thing about flying and being in an enclosed space for too long.

Azwa and me at Universal Studios in Osaka

Azwa and me at Universal Studios in Osaka

The girls at the entrance of Universal Studios in Osaka

The girls at the entrance of Universal Studios in Osaka

The girls at the Takoyaki Museum in Osaka

The girls at the Takoyaki Museum in Osaka

Work will never cease but throughout 2015 I have managed to do the best I can with the never-ending support from my colleagues and staff. They are my strength in all I do. No one person can run an organisation without the continuous support from their staff and 2015 has indeed been a good year for this.

Malaysia as a country went through a number of “down” moments but we as a nation managed to keep our heads above the water. There were a lot being said about the political going ons but at the end of the day I truly believe that one has  to assume responsibility and accountability for one’s actions. Whether one will actually do it, it’s anyone’s guess. I am proud to be a Malaysian and Malaysia will always be my home.

2016 is here to stay and in sya Allah, I will do the best I can in all that I do. On my plate would be tasks that I have started which have to be completed in preparation for my retirement in 2017. And yes, my last clock-out would be at 6.00 pm on 28 May 2017 … in sya Allah. Resolutions? None cos I have given up since I don’t keep any of them but I do intend to participate in a few runs to at least add a finisher medal to my non-existent collection. Wish me luck then.

To all my family near and far, my sincere apologies if I have offended any of you in any way. To my friends, colleagues, staff, students and all that have come in contact with me either directly or indirectly, I apologise if I have wronged you in one way or the other. Happy New Year 2016 and may we be blessed in our family and working life.

La familia

La familia


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Procrastination or time management issues or laziness

I’m in my room in Hilton Pattaya killing time since the meeting will only start at 12.00 midday. I toured the entire Central Festival Mall yesterday and walked down the famous Central Pattaya Beach this morning. The weather is too hot and humid to entice me to walk on. So, staying in my room is a more attractive option.

Now, what’s with the title of this post? Hmmmm … I read my last post which was written 5 months ago when I holidayed in Bandung. The post was at its barest. I was suppose to make it “meatier” and post photos etc etc etc but it was left as it is. So, do I procrastinate? Maybe ‘cos I tend to postpone things which are not high on my priority list. Time management issues? I don’t think so but lately I have too much stuff on my plate and the more important ones get my immediate attention. Laziness? Maybe in blogging since one needs to make sense of what one is blogging about as well as try to make it interesting enough to get people out there to read. My modus operandi was if and when I’m away from home, I would blog at night in my hotel room (that is why I literally drag my heavy laptop every where) but, most of the time I’m too exhausted to think what more blog intelligently.

However, I’ll make an attempt. So, I leave you with a photo of my 2 year old grand daughter whom I miss so much whenever I’m away.

Azwa in Kuching

Azwa in Kuching

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3 days 2 nights of food in Bandung

I’m going to start this blog right from the word “go” at KLIA2. My youngest took me to KLIA2 and we had breakfast at KFC followed by coffee at Starbucks. This time I’m flying solo to Bandung with my staff and their families. We were suppose to fly off on Malindo Air at about 12.05 midday but the flight has been re-timed to 2.00 pm. The trip starts on 1 March 2015 with us flying to Bandung and ends on 3 March 2015 with us flying back to Kuala Lumpur.

We boarded and arrived in Bandung 2 hours later. The airport is rather small since the airport belongs to the Indonesian air force. Once our luggage arrived we were met by our guides, Sofi and Bahari, and boarded the bus.  The guides gave a running review of Bandung before stopping at the house of the supplier of embroidered fabric. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of fabric but I only chose one to use for my nephew’s wedding in Kuantan. The rest of the group bought as much as they could and we went to the Promenade Hotel for Chinese dinner. We then left for Rumah Mode, a factory outlet. I have been here before and just walked around aimlessly before stopping to buy bread at the coffee-house. Once done, we headed to our hotel appropriately named Tebu Hotel.

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This is the old name for Malaysia. How did it come about? Well, this is taken directly from Wikipedia.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 Malaya may refer to:

Political entities

Malaya including Singapore

  • British Malaya (18th century–1946), a loose collection of British-controlled states
  • the States of Malaya (also known as Peninsular Malaysia) together with Singapore (1946–present).

Malaya excluding Singapore

  • The Malay states, locally-ruled states under British protection (divided into the Federated Malay States and the Unfederated Malay States)
  • The Malayan Union (1946–1948), a post-war British colony consisting of all states in British Malaya except Singapore
  • The Federation of Malaya (1948–1963), the successor to the Malayan Union (also excluding Singapore), which gained independence within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1957
  • Present-day Peninsular Malaysia (1963–present), also formally known as the States of Malaya or West Malaysia, includes the states and territories formerly composing the Federation of Malaya

Malaya is seldom used nowadays but as usual I was curious and decided to snap photos of places or entities that still bears the name Malaya.

The first one that comes to mine is definitely the University of Malaya or Universiti Malaya.

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya

I found another Malaya in Petaling Jaya.

An optometrist in Petaling Jaya

An optician in Petaling Jaya

The national football squad retains the name Malaya and is known as Harimau Malaya. However its English equivalent is Tigers of Malaya.

Our national football team

Our national football team

From now on, my eyes will be on the lookout for any thing and every thing Malaya and if come across one, please keep me posted.

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Wrapping Up 2014

The last day of 2014 is on its way and I guess it’s that time of the year when we stop for a moment to figure out what 2014 was all about. I ushered in 2014 with my 2 daughters, a son-in-law and an adorable granddaughter. I was kept busy at home with her but I was equally busy in my office. I did travel a lot more inspite of my saying that I’ll do less of it. There were numerous trips with my 2 girls either with both of them or one of them plus the baby – Bali, Kuching, Seoul, Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto-Hiroshima-Tokyo and Yogyakarta. I also traveled officially within Malaysia and out of Malaysia. It was tiring but the experience is memorable.

Amelia, my youngest, secured a job in January 2014 and she commutes daily.

Amelia in Kyoto

Amelia in Kyoto

Suraiya, my eldest, is staying home to take care of Azwa but she has dipped her fingers in a business venture or two. Azwan, my son-in-law, is now managing his own business. Within my large extended family, I lost a brother-in-law and gained a niece-in-law. Every one else has managed to get through 2014.

Suriya, Azwan and Azwa in Kuantan

Suraiya, Azwan and Azwa in Kuantan

Suraiya with Azwa in Yogyakarta

Suraiya with Azwa in Yogyakarta

As a country Malaysia has had her share of mishaps, the biggest was the lost of 2 MAS flights. Towards the end of the year, various states in the country are being inundated with flood waters. Amidst all news on the floods, the country received news of the disappearance of an AirAsia Indonesia flight. Malaysians need to be united and we did even though there are petty noises here and there.

What would 2015 be like? What resolutions will I make? At this point in time, none whatsoever except to send a prayer to Allah to thank Him for all the good and bad of 2014 and to pray that He will always be with us in 2015. To my family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, my sincere apologies if I have offended you in any way and I wish you all the best for 2015. Happy New Year.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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