Monday, October 25, 2010

Graduation 2010.

Finally! I graduated on the 10th of October 2010. It was indeed a glorious day, as my beloved besties and families came to my graduation on a hot Sunday afternoon. This post is delayed, really. 

My family members who came that wonderful day.

My beloved zombie who became the tour guide of the day for my family members.

Boyfriend and my aunt.


When I was in the hall, I felt so overwhelmed with my mom's absence that I had to fight the tears from falling. It was not easy, but I managed when a father of a fellow student who died from an accident came up to the stage in honor of his daughter. It must have been harder for him. 

My grandparents from my dad's side and my grandma. Cute aren't they?

Flowers from everyone that came. :)

My two cute besties. 

With dearest Audrey.

With dearest Dayang.

I am grateful that I was greeted by my two besties outside of the hall. They rock! After the graduation, my family members and I went to my mum's grave to share my day with her. I'm sure she had the grandest seat ever to watch my graduation ceremony, because as I entered the car after the visit, a song about heaven was aired on Mix. Fm. Coincidence? Don't think so. :)

Shared my flowers with her. I miss my best friend.

The next day, I had dinner with my besties and Ruth's mum at Barsaga. Ruth's mum treated us a good dinner and laughter, as well as a birthday gift for me! She's such an awesome mum. Ruth, if you're reading this, your mom is an angel!


These two became instant besties the moment I introduced them to each other. :D

Off frame a lil bit. :P


With aunty! We all love her, kan Ruth??

Teehee. Candid or what??

Then, during the weekend, I treated my family & relatives to a mini vacation at Sematan. I booked a VIP bungalow at Holiday Chalet Sematan to fit 20 people in it. Yep, 20. The mini vacation was for my graduation, and birthday celebrations; my cousins whose birthdays fall on the same day and my birthday! I ordered a large birthday cake from my boyfriend's aunt as normal sized cakes would not be sufficient to feed 20 people.

As my friend, Nat said, I've taken graduation pictures to a whole new level. 

My boyfriend and I decided to take our robes along to Sematan. :) I'm a sucker when it comes to beaches. 

 With my cousins before they went out to the pool. :D These kids are swimming pool addicts.


 The boys enjoying themselves. The one sitting is my boyfriend.

The three peeps who celebrated their birthdays. 

Congratulations to all who have graduated and also to those who will graduate. :) Life's a rollercoaster.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Twenty Two.

10.10.10. This is the day I've been looking forward to ever since university life started back in 2007. The day I'll be the joke of the day by posing at a studio/room with the ever popular book rack picture as background. I used to chuckle every time I saw people smiling in front of a fake background. Well, it'll be me soon, and I'm going to laugh at myself. 

My boyfriend and I queued up real early just to get our robes, and alleluia, we finally got ours at 1.45pm. 5 hours of agonizing wait. I made fun of myself of how short I look like when I put the robe on. But, oh well, better than nothing. 2010 is really a significant year for me, as the 3 most important things in my life will happen in a row. 

10th: My convocation. 12th: My 22nd birthday. 13th: 5th year anniversary with my beloved. It has been THAT long, half a decade. It still amazes me.

But, what I'm really anticipating for is my graduation. 3 years of work and play had finally paid off. How I wish my mum was here. We were very excited about my graduation during our trip to KL last December, and she mentioned that she would buy matching outfits with my dad. She'd also do her hair in a salon, and buy some real nice shoes for this occasion. It happens once, she said. My mum was a very simple woman, to her, salons and boutiques are not necessary. She'd cut her hair at a rundown salon for less than RM10 and her shoes were all Bata. Comfortable. Her makeups consisted of a few lipsticks, a compact powder and an eyeshadow kit, all from Avon. Those were the only makeups she used everyday. 

She taught me one thing that I'll pass on to my children in the future; the value of earning something that you have worked for. She had lived a hard life and she spent 98% of her salaries on her 2 kids. The other 2%? She'd buy herself a real cheap panty. Growing up with her, she would always tell me that, if I want certain luxurious things in life, I'd have to work hard. By working hard, it all came down to studies. It was not much to ask. 

I was in Kuning class in Primary 1, 2 and 3, and being in Kuning class kind of meant you were not as bright as those in Biru or Merah class. But in reality, those who were born in the month of September until December would be assigned to Kuning class. So, I worked hard to get myself a spot in Merah class. I did, and she gave me a whole lot of stickers and 2 sticker books. I was a huge fan of stickers back then. I had them until Primary 6, where they got taken away when I brought them to school. 

Primary 6 came with a bigger deal. I'll get you a computer if you get straight A's, she promised. I did not study much before UPSR, but I got my straight A's. I was amazed. A few weeks later, a Compaq computer was placed neatly on one corner of my house, and I had a pink colored plastic chair with my name written with a blue marker on it. 

Some of my friends had cellphones when I was in Form 3. I told her about it, and she said, straight A's first. Predictable. So, I studied hard 2 weeks before PMR, making sure I could remember every single thing from every single revision books. I did it again this time; straight A's. She gave me a Motorola cellphone that had a cute antenna. I felt cool, because the trend at that time was small phones. 

Form 5 came, and I was nursing a broken heart a few months before SPM. Screw you, jerk. Right before SPM started, I met my boyfriend and she was concerned that I'd neglect my studies. She'd pick me up at Civic Centre's library and whenever she saw my boyfriend around, she'd remind me to focus on my SPM. When the results came out, I let her down as I did not achieve straight A's, but a smile was then plastered again on her face when I got accepted into matriculation in Labuan a few months later.

After I had finished my matriculation, I learnt that she had used up almost half of her savings for me. She did not complain, she only said, I just want to see you graduate in a square hat. When I got my first Dean's list in the first semester, she brought the whole family out for a seafood dinner. 

As I entered my final year as a university student, I told her that I was thinking of traveling to somewhere nice after my graduation. She was reluctant at first, but then she agreed. We talked about graduation and my plans after that quite often at the evenings after she came back from work. She turned 50 last year, and she had some money from her first EPF account, so we planned a getaway to KL. She had always wanted to see what KL was like since 1994. We went to KL in 1994 and it was still kind of laid back. 


That trip felt like an early graduation gift. Now when I lay down in bed thinking, God really has plans for everyone. He had planned that my mum would live to see me going through the crucial phases in life and to make sure that I could stand through the pain, unwavering. She had lived to teach me how to be strong, and to be independent. 

She had lived to see me turn 21 years old. The very age that everything is legal.

I can still remember her expressions as we talked about graduation. About my birthday. It hurts every time it crosses my mind that she would not be sitting between hundreds of proud parents in the hall. It hurts every time when I think that she would not get me a bouquet of flowers. It hurts every time when I think that she would not be around to look back at the pictures we would take that day and smile at me. 

It hurts the most, knowing that she would be absent from my graduation family photo. 

One simple thing many people tend to miss.

It hurts every single day, and I'm fighting it. I miss her. The pain I have in my heart is what that keeps me strong. It's me getting myself together, because there are millions out there who are feeling the same way. 

One year is coming to an end, and birthdays come and go. 

But for me, the greatest birthday gift is having a mom, who believes in you and encourages you for the better.

And a mom whose laughter you can never forget, it's like an echo at the back of your head.

There are some hurts that you never completely get over. And you think that time will diminish their presence and to a degree it does, but it still hurts because well, hurt hurts -The Story Of Us


Yes, it has been exactly a month since I last wrote an entry. Apologies. :D I seriously don't know why I have not had the urge to update my blog, probably because I am too busy being a lazy bum. I've just came back from my Sabah trip and now I am preparing for my convocation. I'll not post many pictures from my Sabah trip here, if you want to see the rest, well, Facebook baby. But I don't add random people. :) Pics are in random order.

At Poring Hot Spring's canopy walkway.

I believe this canopy walkway is featured in Truly Asia's commercial. Check it out!

At Gaya Street's Sunday market. It's a heaven for pearl & accessories lovers.

Our last night at KK, dinner at Gaya Seafood with Chloe & Gab, whom we adore so much. They had helped us tremendously during our stay there. So, HUGS!

At Atmosphere, a rotating restaurant at Menara Tun Mustapha.

Our first day at KK. Waterfront.

At Jesselton Point.

We took a ferry ride to Labuan, just to shop for chocolates & liquors. But, tada! KML. Memories.

At the Chimney.

Things we bought in Labuan. 

Dinner at Tanjung Aru's beach. 

With my gorgeous friend, Chloe!

An island day!

We did parasailing. It was AWESOME! It was RM80 per person. 

Lasted for 15 great minutes.

Frolicking in the sun!

Diving, of course! Paid RM250 for 2 dives.

During my second dive, I saw a shipwreck!

At Kudat. Look at the picturesque view behind us.

With Dino who was so kind to drive us there! 

At Sabah Museum's car display. Nice huh?

At Lok Kawi Wildlife Centre. Tigers here were absolutely gorgeous.

At Kundasang. It was not as cold as the last time I went here. :(

At Kundasang War Memorial. 

Sabah is an amazing place. I'll never get tired of this state. For a diver like me, the islands here are the perfect getaways and perfect spots to dive.

We're already planning for our next trip here, probably next year! :D


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