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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's Fun and All That 5

Malam ni dah kali ke berapa entah, Danny pergi ke McD, atau nama popular di Australia, Maccas, dalam semester ni. Semenjak Dickson menjadi tuan punya kereta Honda naik semester baru-baru ni, dia makin menjadi-jadi ajak Danny dan Thomas lepak malam-malam di Maccas.

"This is the only place opens for 24 hours la guys. Where else can we go at this hour, in this god-forsaken place. Correct not?" hujah Dickson setiap kali Bahvan seorang lagi member mereka memperlekehkan pilihan Dickson untuk mengeteh di Maccas. Satu sifat terpuji Dickson, tiap-tiap kali nak keluar, dia wajib tanya "Who wants to join me go Maccas?" walaupun pada orang macam Bahvan yang setiap kali diajak, akan menolak dengan hinanya pelawaan Dickson. Pada Bahvan, daripada dibuang masa mengeteh di Maccas, ada baiknya Dickson beli bir VB dekat Monacellars punya drive thru di Morwell.



Sama sahaja Maccas di Australia dan di Malaysia...dari luar.


Apa ada di Maccas, sama sahaja seperti Mekdi (nama popular di Malaysia) cuma sesetengah menu ada bacon dan bacon di sini bukanlah bacon daging lembu, tetapi daging babi. Setiap kali pergi sana, Danny cuma order Apple Pie sahaja sebab harganya yang teramat murah, AUD1 sahaja. Sudah 3 tahun Danny di Australia jadi otaknya dah tak auto-convert setiap belian yang dibuatnya kepada Ringgit Malaysia.

Thomas pula, walaupun Muslim Indo, padanya, selagi tidak memakan babi, boleh sahaja. Menu wajib Thomas - quarter pounder. Pernah sekali dia beli 4 quarter pounder sekaligus menjadikan burger itu 1 Pounder. Thomas memang kreatif bab makan. Dickson? Dia minum kopi yang menggunakan biji kopi arabica yang dipanggang dan kadang-kadang fish o' fillet.

Berbalik kepada Danny. Satu benda yang dia wajib buat sebelum balik dari Maccas adalah untuk membeli Hot Fudge Sundae untuk dibawa balik ke Gippy Rez. Bukan untuk Greenie, mahupun Catherine, atau mana-mana housemate nye. Ye, Danny menggunakan modal ini untuk mengambil hati seorang gadis.
White Machine.

Awek itu tak lain dan tak bukan ialah Vee. Yang saban minggu dicuba try ejas pada setiap sesi badminton pada hari Selasa dan Khamis di Kurnai College. Danny pernah dengar "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" tapi Danny rasa, untuk Vee pun jalannya sama, "through her stomach"

Dan pada malam yang untuk kesekian kalinya, Danny melakukan yang sama sebelum pulang ke Rez. Sementara Dickson dan Thomas terus ke South 1, Danny pula melakukan lencongan ke kanan ke South 3. Di situ diamnya si gadis pencuri hati Danny.

Jujurnya Danny tak tahu apakah pengakhiran untuk semua ni; tapau Hot Fudge Sundae setiap malam dia ke Maccas untuk Vee. Apa yang dia dapat, dan mahu dapat dengan buat semua ni? Adakah dia nak menyampaikan isi hatinya kepada Vee? Jika ya, adakah dia dah bersedia dengan segala kemungkinan dek perbuatannya meluahkan perasaan? Atau dia hanya akan menjadi seorang kawan yang terlebih caring atau seperti yang Danny selalu merepekkan kepada AJK persatuan badmintonnya, "I'm the president and I care for each one of you. I love all of you!"

Ternyata, Danny memang tak pernah ada set any effing goal untuk setiap benda yang dia buat. Padanlah...


Seperti biasa, setibanya di depan bilik Vee yang bernombor 3 itu, Danny mengambil nafas yang panjang untuk menenangkan dirinya yang sememangnya mudah gelabah. Kemudian baru dia ketuk sama itu pintu. Dan bila ternampak oleh Danny akan "buck teeth" kepunyaan si Vee setiap kali dia tersenyum, hati Danny berbunga-bunga. Gigi arnab itu semacam punya charm tersendiri, tidaklah ia besar seperti gigi arnab betul tetapi tidaklah kecil normal sebab memang itu ciri pengenalan Vee. Seperti gigi taring Ryoko Hirosue dan Erika Sawajiri bila mereka senyum. Begitulah ibaratnya.

"Hello there, Ma'am. I believe I got your order - a hot fudge sundae, Large. And there is also an apple pie, on the house." Danny tersengih.

"Hahaha why, thank you, Mr Delivery. You are like my knight in a shining armor." Vee tersenyum lebar sebelum tunduk mengangkat skirt halimunan, seperti gadis bangsawan di Eropah masa dulu kala tunduk sebelum menari dengan pasangannya di majlis keramaian.

Aih, dia nak menari dengan aku ke? tanya Danny dalam hati sebelum dia mengetuk kepala untuk menyedarkan dirinya agar tidak perasan kerana Vee hanya bergurau sepertia dia juga.

"Hah! Shall we dance?"
"Hahahaha!"
"Sorry I was a bit late, Dickson wanted to go the long route." Danny bohong sunat. Dia tak lambat dan tak awal. Sentiasa on time. Apa motif suka sangat bohong...

"It's alright. I am not that hungry actually. It's just that, I love to have this before I go to bed. I know it's bad because I'll put on weight and being this short, that's something I should watch out!"

"Whatttt? Pffftt!! You're okay, you're alright. You play badminton every week. Twice! And sometimes we go for frisbee and act like a bunch of dogs trying to catch it!"

"Hahaha, yeah, I guess you're right. Thanks, Danny. And for this too. Here's the money for the sundae."

"Oh yeah, thanks. No need to pay for the apple pie. It's on me. It's just a dollar anyway." Danny buat-buat gentleman.

"What you're doing this weekend? Anything fun?" Vee bertanya.
"Well, nothing much. Because I just went to Melbourne last week. You got something going on?"
"Oh, not really. Then, are you up for tennis.. you know if I finish my assignment and quiz that is."
"Why not. That's a great idea. Thomas has been busy lately and I got no one to play tennis with."
"Yeay! Sure, let's!"
"Any new J-rock songs? Chatmonchy kinda music?" Danny pula bertanya kali ni.
"Well, there are few but nothing like Chatmonchy. I can pass you the songs later on MSN."
"Cool, appreciate that, Vee!" Padahal dalam banyak-banyak lagu, hanya Chatmonchy dan Glay yang Danny suka sebetul-betulnya.


"Okay, I guess, I better leave now. You know, let you enjoy the sundae. Else it's gonna melt and won't taste good"

"Oh...okay. Yea, haha, hmm, thanks again."


Danny melangkah keluar dan Vee menutup pintu...


"I want to know you more! Like, know you better...because I like you."

Danny tiba-tiba muncul sebelum sempat pintu tertutup rapat. Vee yang terkejut dan dari tadi diam, kini memandang lantai dengan sebuah senyum yang tersimpul. Tak nampak gigi arnab comelnya..

Danny pula di depan Vee dan..



"SETAN MANA RASUK AKU NIII!!!!!!!"

menyumpah dalam hati.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#BrokenFrench 1

Mon cherie, au revoir. Je vais vivre en quelque part loin. C'est bien temp de ma vie. 

Bonne nuit.


Mon canard, oh mon cherie! Tu me manques. Sais-tu que?

Kasih Itu Secebis Saja Dari Asalnya

Kekaguman aku terhadap kaum ibu punya beribu sebab. Yang hakikatnya berakar dari satu; kasihnya ibu.Ibu tak semestinya yang melahirkan. Ada yang punya rezeki itu melalui saluran yang lain. Dan di mata si anak, itulah ibu yang ia kenal. Ada juga ibu itu yang dari kalangan laki-laki. Dialah ayah, dialah ibu. Keras pon ia, lembut pun jua.

Antara karya pop moden yang menunjukkan teladan kasih ayah biarpun anak sudah dewasa.


LOL

I had a muscle pull yesterday during futsal. Blame it on my lazy ass to not warm up properly. Muscle pull is pretty agonising yeah, the pain.. Fuhhh. 

And the pain a mother bears when delivering is hundred times more? While a pull can be prevented by doing sufficient warm-ups, the only way not to deliver a birth is to not get pregnant. Now why am I comparing this muscle pull pain and pain from giving birth? Truly, it is unfair. Of different class, category you might say. That is the point. Because what else can be more painful than giving birth? Okay to start of, maybe your lower body crushed by a concrete block and your spine injured so bad you become paralysed. But then, won't you be numb and feel nothing?

Back to my post..
Our offspring is our way to carry on our legacy, also a way to manifest our love to our partners. For that love, to materialize into a tiny human, called baby. So along the course of this baby's life, he/she will be guided and raised by a pair if lucky, or just a human. And no matter how annoying, troublesome, difficult it is to do so, this tiny human will always have that special place in the hearts of the human(s) who stick alongside this baby.

Apabila dua insan yang bercinta mengikat tali pernikahan, maka rasa sayang yang terbit dari diri mereka disenyawakan menjadi seorang insan, yang akan memastikan kelangsungan rasa mereka itu.

As recorded in history, art literature and folklore, tales, of mothers and fathers, who went the distance for the sake of their children. Regardless of the status, age of the children, these parents till their last breaths continue to fulfill their duties protecting and keeping their children away from harm's way.

What is it with my obsession tonight to write about this matter, you ask?

Why, is it peculiar and odd, out of place, for me to appreciate and thank all the parents out there? Be them good parents, or the bad ones who did not contribute much to their children's well being?


Yang baik dijadikan teladan,
Yang buruk dijadikan sempadan.







Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do Not Ever Quit

They sure as hell don't see the ongoing war inside your head every meal time.

You have to be hungry for it since only you can see it.
This quote is on the wall at my gym. I mean the gym I frequent to. Fitness League! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It Was Difficult Carrying A Life for 9 Months. To Lose It After?

Once upon a time..

This one family that became whole again when the 5 of them got together under one roof, was having their dinner, together. As usual, the house was full of noise from the laughter, shouting, and the weird fart sound from the eldest son.

So happened, they were talking about near-death experience. Maybe because the father was telling them his latest project at work which was really risky but as an experienced person in his field, he had to take it and personally be there to oversee the whole project till its completion.

"Ada hari tu, Ayah pergi site, angin kuat gila. Ayah ingat kalau lama sikit ribut tu, terbang jugak semua heavy machines tu hempap Ayah! Jadi macam pancake pulak nanti! Hahahaha!!" the father laughed and seemed to take it positively. Such weird sense of humor.

The eldest did not say anything. His younger siblings however laughed at their father's obsession with pancakes that at that situation he could only think of himself being thumped flat, like a pancake. Oh, the mother never did find any of the stories she had been listening to ever since they knew each other as funny. Just like the eldest, she was mum too.

"Along dulu lagi lah. Kan ada cerita ni dulu Ma, Ayah. Along dua kali dah nak mati. Nasib baik umur panjang jugak. Hahahaha"

His other 2 siblings were astounded to just know that about their eldest brother. So, they begged him to tell the stories.

"Along, cerita lah. Ma dan Ayah tak pernah pon cakap pasal ni"
"Ha'ah, Along. Cepatlah!"

He was gonna tell anyway. It had always been one of many things he loved doing especially when he met a new girl. His friends did not like that he kept telling girls those stories because it seemed like he was playing sympathy card. Anyway, so, the eldest went on with the stories..

"Ada sekali tu, Along kecik lagi. Along pergi ikut Pak Lang pergi menjala udang. Tak ingat dah kat mana. Tapi Along paling ingat, Along tenggelam timbul, tenggelam timbul. Nasib baik Pak Lang nampak rambut Along. Dia ingatkan tu sabut kelapa, dia tarik rambut Along. Hahaha"

The father added "Ma dengan Ayah tak tahu pon pasal ni, sampailah berapa tahun entah lepas tu, baru Pak Lang kamu bukak cerita. Bila fikir balik, patutlah malam Along ikut Pak Lang kamu menjala, dia belikan mainan, aiskrim, KFC untuk Along!"

The mother was still mum.

The other siblings begged for the second story of the night.

"Okay, okay. Sabarrrr. Yang kedua ni, dekat mana Ayah, kuarters polis?"
"Ha, ye lah, dekat rumah kawan sekolah Ayah. Kita melawat keluarga dia masa tu."

"Ye, Along cuma ingat Along pergi main-main dengan anak-anak pakcik tu. Lepas tu Along penat la. Along kan dulu gemuk. Hahaha. Along ingat lagi Along nampak ada bola kat tingkap, tapi tingkap tu takde cermin nako tu, cuma jaring nyamuk yang warna hijau tu."

Something like this, minus the window panes, bars and it was green in colour.


"Ooooo....lepas tu lepas tu?" the youngest asked, eager to know what happened this time around.

"Macam Along cakap, Along kat gemuk dulu. Along pegang bola tu, bersandar kat jaring nyamuk - ZAASSSSSS- Along melayang. Woooooo~ best rasa angin. Hahaha"

"Ayah masa tu tengah melabur. Lepas tu dengar ada budak menangis. Ayah pon maki la, siapalah mak ayah budak ni, sampai menangis kuat macam tu. Rupanya Along! Menggelupur Ayah pergi tengok Along."

"Along tak pengsan masa tu, jatuh kepala dulu. Luka je. Nasib baik tingkat 2 je."

"Syukur tanah tu ada rumput, malam sebelum tu pula hujan. Tanah jadi lembut."

"Hahaha, betullah tu Ayah."

"Ma masa tu macam mana, Along, Ayah?" this time the second asked after listening quietly.

"Hahaha, Ma masa tu kan, Ma menjerit, anak akkuuuuu! " the eldest shared that to his younger brother and sister.

Was Along this chubby when that happened? Need to ask Along that.


"It's not funny, okay."

The mother finally broke her silence before leaving the table to the kitchen doing dishes.

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