Saturday, June 30, 2012

Of #UnitenGua

For the past three months (or maybe more), I have been very busy with preparation for UnitenGua; an art fest brought to you by the (engineering and IT) students of UNITEN.  Honestly, when I first came to the meeting, I didn't know anyone except for Nadira F. and Aqif Ismail. I only knew these two people and the rest, I am pretty sure I never saw them around campus. Not to mention how intimidated I was with everyone sebab semua muka-muka senior kerek nak mampus pula kan. Hehe

We became closer after having numerous late night meetings and not to mention the amount of calls we had to make between each other (Well, most calls were made by Mok) but all of us formed an unexpected bond, maybe it's because they've been friends way before the event but for me, I only knew them after the meetings and my intimidation towards them slowly faded away. 

I remember dreading the late night meetings because I was just too tired but then again, all of us were. One thing that I truly love about the committees, they were/are there for each other and not to mention how supportive most of them are. When one is down, the others would pillar one up and make sure things are okay after that. They are by far, the best people I've worked with. 

I've worked with many people before this but nothing compares to this because the committees made me enjoy the journey of UnitenGua; the Ikea trip, late night meetings, TuneTalk, Train concert, Apex's surprise. To the names that I mentioned below, you guys rock. All that hard work and determination really paid off.

So thank you Mok, Aqif, Peah, Baim, Nadira F, Apex, Mila, Abul, Azrai, Nadja, Faiz, Palee, Zul, Soleh, Daos, Sandra, Anis, Prish, Echo, Susu and Ghobhi and congratulations to each and every one of you because the event won't be a success without your contributions. I'm so proud of all of you. UnitenGua brings to you ConvoFest, anyone? ;) Sayang korang.

Last but not least, thank you everyone who came and showed your support. Couldn't have done it without you guys. :)

Lepas ni siapa lah handle UnitenGua 2.0 kan? :')

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ancient Love

I remember having this conversation about two weeks ago with my grandma. We're not very close but this conversation struck me the most because I never really talk to her about anything regarding my life.

"La sekarang bercinta dengan siapa?", Tok asked with an almost serious face.

"Eh Tok ni, mana ada siapa siapa.", I replied, half giggling and from what I can see, she didn't buy my lie.

"Cakap betul-betul, Tok tengok La ni main phone je selalu. Tok tak marah pun kalau La ada siapa-siapa. Tok lagi suka. La kan cucu perempuan Tok paling tua"

"Kenapa Tok tanya eh? Jarang Tok tanya La pasal benda ni. Selalunya mama je", I scooted closer to her.

"Bukannya apa, La. Tok tak nak kalau La pilih salah orang nanti.", she smiled half-heartedly.

"Ala Tok, tak ada pilih salah orang. La pun bukannya cakap banyak dengan orang lain pun"

"Tak ada la, cuma Tok takut cucu Tok ni buat keputusan salah. Tak boleh bayangkan kalau La punya hati kat orang lain tapi kena kahwin dengan orang lain. Kena hidup dengan tu sepanjang hidup tau La kalau silap buat pilihan. Tok nak yang terbaik untuk La"

"Apa maksud Tok salah pilih orang?"

My grandmother let out a heavy sigh and put her hands on my lap.

"Dulu, waktu Tok kahwin dengan Tok Wan.. Tok ada bercinta dengan lelaki lain. Tok sayang sangat dekat dia tapi disebabkan keluarga Tok suruh kahwin dengan Tok Wan, Tok ikutkan. Lama Tok nak lupakan dia. La jangan salah anggap, Tok sayang Tok Wan tapi lain caranya dengan sayang lelaki yang Tok patutnya kahwin. Jadi, Tok nak La buat pilihan yang terbaik. Jangan pilih sebab orang lain suruh. Pilih atas hati La sendiri sebab nanti yang gembiranya ialah La, bukan orang lain. Tok sayang dekat cucu Tok, Tok tak nak La menyesal dengan siapa La pilih"

My grandma held my hands and her tears trickled down her pale skin. I wanted to continue the conversation but my grandfather came back. She quickly wiped her tears away and smiled at me. One of the warmest smile I've ever seen in my life and this conversation will probably be the one I remember most having with her.