Terlalu Istimewa

Listened to Adibah Noor, who rendered the song “Terlalu Istimewa” in such lovely tone during TV3’s Anugerah Juara Lagu Ke-21, which was telecast live last night. Pappy was flipping channel and I got to catch the last bit where Adibah was presented with best song of the year award.

If you don’t know her, and if you’ve watched Sepet. She’s Kak Yam, Orked’s funny maid.


“Grace, what time are you going to work tomorrow?”

“Same time.”

“You wake me up, okay?”


When I woke up, I saw Pappy lying on the sofa, sleeping, with the television turned on. I guess he really didn’t want to miss sending me off to work this morning because he’ll be flying back to Sandakan today.

As I was about to walk out of the door, Pappy hugged me and said, “Take care.”

As I was about to drive away, I looked up to the kitchen windows, hoping to get a glimpse of Pappy. I don’t expect him to be by the window because he usually doesn’t stand there like how Mummy would if she’s here. But surprisingly though, he was there. I waved goodbye and he waved in return.

I love my dad so much, he makes me cry.

The Farewell Dinner

Two nights ago. I so didn’t want to attend the dinner of Pappy’s friend. BUT I have no choice. My request to not show my face was declined by Daddy Dearest.

I was pretty quiet all throughout dinner because I didn’t have the right mood to be jolly, talkative and all.

“I want to talk to your daughter.”

Pappy’s friend came and sat next to me.

“Are you still working with the shipping company?”

“No, I’ve quit the job.”

“Then where are you working now?”

“In Cyberjaya.”

“Do they pay you higher?”

“Yes, slightly higher.”

“Why did you quit the job? I was talking to a friend and I told him about the company you are working for. And it’s actually a better company to work for than the one I brought you for interview. Why did you quit the job?”

“I didn’t like the job.”

“Is this company you are currently working for bigger than the previous one?”

“Nope.” Actually my previous company was such a giant.

“Then it’s not an international company. If you work for a local company, you won’t get international exposure.”

I just sat and listened to the rest because I get very annoyed listening to all these now.

In the first place, when I worked for that company, this uncle was criticising my decision, saying that I should have worked for the company in which he tried to placed me in. He criticised me in front of all his friends, all the uncles and it wasn’t nice. Some elderly people like to do that sometimes and I don’t know what the heck for. I mean, it’s MY job. MY interest. MY life. And the most important of all, I’m HAPPY now.

Why doesn’t he ask me that question? If I’m happy?

The reason why I didn’t want to go for the dinner was because I can just “smell” the question coming a few days before the dinner. He asks me this question every single time I meet him.


The Wedding Dinner

“I wonder if your daughter welcomes you here. Everywhere you go also she has to drive you. And it’s Saturday Night Fever for her tonight.”

“Grace, ask your father to go back lah!”

– Pappy’s friend


“Grace, when is your wedding?”

“Uncle, I’ve got a long way to go.”

“When you get married, I’ll be flying to Sandakan to attend your wedding. In life, we’ve got to make promises and I’ll attend your wedding. Please make sure I’m in the invitation list.”

– The bride’s father.


“Yes yes. When you get married, I want to attend also. I want to see how it’s like.”

– The auntie sitting next to me.


Rose Garden

Was driving in the heavy downpour to KL City and the radio was playing this catchy tune…

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine,
There’s gotta be a little rain sometimes.
When you take, you gotta give, so live and let live,
Or let go.
I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

The Car

My car is due for service and this is what they did or used for the service. This time around, it costs so much more but I think the car is happy.

  • Engine Oil Shell Plus Semi Synthetic
  • Oil Filter
  • Oil Treatment
  • Fuel Injector Cleaner
  • Engine Flush- Hicom
  • Coolant – Anti Freeze (Hicom)
  • Spark Plug
  • Air Cleaner Filter
  • Brake Service Front & Rear Wheel (Air Bleeding Included) I didn’t know the air can bleed. What is air bleeding anyway?
  • Brake Oil Dot 4 Synthetic
  • Anti-Sulphur Ring for Battery
  • Drain Plug Washer
  • Air Cond Air Filter
  • Power Steering Fluid – Flush & Refill