Monday, October 27, 2014

Cuzzy day out to the Butterfly Park

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Last week we went to the KL Bird Park and we also spend the weekend to the Butterfly Park. This time around I brought along my nieces, 'Aina and 'Amani to have fun together with Aulia'.. They seems so excited when I said we gonna visit the Butterfly park. 

The three of them looks cute together :)


The entry fees are quite cheap here compared to the KL Bird Park. Perhaps the Butterfly Park is not as big as the Bird Park though. It's only RM 6.00 per adult and RM 3.00 for child 3 years and above. 

Basically nothing much here at the garden except thousand different kind of butterfly species. But it fun though when the kiddos running around trying to catch the butterfly and one of my niece wanted to bring one back home. They also want to show their skills capturing the butterfly image using my camera :) 
The garden area is well landscaped with waterfall and few other water bodies. Many indigenous species of plants area available, including the nepenthes which prey on ants and the water lily. 

The exhibition hall is quite informative, the girls was impressed with the man-face bug and they go like ''Eyhhhh Mak Long look! macam muka orang!" Haha..yes the man-face bug boast the familiar patterns like faces or tribal masks on their shield. While potential predators waste precious time wondering whether it's food, enemy or prey, the masked creatures plot their protection tactics or escape. Genius ha! That's the miracle of the Almighty. He created everything with a purpose. 

We spent about an hour an a half at the farm, and mind you, sufficient drink is required to keep us hydrated. Butterflies will be attracted by human sweat, so we should not be surprised that we will become attraction to the insects once we get wet due to sweating. 

Besides the beautiful insects, there are a lot more to see! In the exhibition hall, you can found  the disgusting giant millipede, water scorpion, geckos, tarantula and many more. Before leaving the farm compound, we walked through a series of gift and souvenir shop where the only exit was located. Genius! But above all, the girls truly enjoy the visiting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

To the Bird Park we go!

Assalamualaikum wbt...

Wednesday was a public holiday (Deepavali) and I was thinking hard of where to bring Aulia' and we finally decided to go to KL Bird Park. We've never been here eventhough we've been living in KL for ages. It always the best part when we spend time the three of us...and the best part was our little kiddo is excited to see all those birds. 

I was so surprised to see how big the place is. Who knew there is such a huge bird park in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. By the time we came, it was a scorching 33 degree! Dam hot man..my little girl cannot tahan! Puteri lilin kan...

The bird park is divided into 5 zones. Each has its so called own partition but we didn't manage to explore further due to raining in the afternoon. My back was hurting from all those walks by the way..auucchh talk about aging gracefully hehe!and my girl has become the lazy bum she refused to walk because it was scorching (just exactly like her dad!) but she was so happy though when she saw birds flying everywhere and because its colorful too!

Most of the birds are left wondering around freely in the park and we can actually feed them. They even provide you with seeds. 

There are 30 minutes bird show at 12.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. and we manage to catch the first session. But it was a long walk to arrive at Zone 4 arena omg, I really underestimated the place. It is huge! 


We took an ice cream break after the show and the sky getting darker warned us its going to be raining soon.

..and we continue walking through the zones as it lead us to the exit gate..

we passed by the cassowary cage..

..and went to egg hatching gallery...

We walked for almost two hours inside the park. Yes, we had fun a lot! I would recommend to anyone who haven't visited the place to go and check it out. The entrance fee is RM 25.00 per adult and RM 12.00 for children below 12 years old. But you need to show your Mykad and Mykid at the ticket counter. I would advise you to bring your own snack and most importantly plenty of water as a small mineral water would cost you RM 4.00 each within the bird park area. That is kind of absurd to me. 

So we went back only when the rain has stopped and get our lunch outside the premise. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sakae Sushi with the new clans

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Since I came to UTM, I never introduce my new friends to my readers. As you know, I'm staying here  alone in the hostel and only go back to KL on fortnightly basis. So my study-mates here in the department are my new family now. When I first came, they were all very heartwarming welcoming me as the new addition in the department and hoping to develop more success in the future. 

For the past couple of months, I started my PhD research from scratch which need a lot of fundamental recall from my Master and Undergraduate studies.Ya know, I've been in the industry for six years and that's need a massive recall ...and both of my main supervisor, Dr.Sharifah and co-supervisor, Dr.Jason really helps. 

Recently, our department (Process System Engineering Center-PROSPECT) won the Gold and Jury Award in the 16th Industrial Art and Technology Exhibition (INATEX). Our Director, Dr. Sharifah was so happy with the results and she decided to treat us over lunch at Sakae Sushi. 

 This is my co-supervisor, Dr. Jason- he is a year older than me, very funny guy, soft spoken and the math programming genius. Everything is at his fingertips. That's how genius he is. I would be lost if he's not around, heeee, okay that sounds like a weirdo! But really, we discuss like almost everyday about my research. 
 This is my cubicle mate-Peng Yen, we called him PY. He's young, only 26 I guess and currently at his final semester to submit his PhD thesis. 
 This is me with my main supervisor, Dr. Sha and co-researcher, Saha. Saha is from Iran and also at her final semester to submit her PhD thesis. Dr. Sha is very talented young lecturer. At her age of 26 she already obtained her PhD and now she became the Director of PROSPECT department. She is responsible in supervising all her research students works and she aim to target all our research as a marketable product that will help the process industry in the future. Mine shall be one of it insya Allah :)

 All the girls from the PROSPECT department, Rohani, Mismi, Huda, Linda and Wani..Glad to have them as my friends here. They are funny and sometimes crazy, omg hehe! We motivate each other a lot, because we need that through our journey of completing the PhD. 
 As usual, imma foodie kinda person. Hehe!
 There are a lot of options here apart of sushi, you can order side dishes which I can't recall the names, you have to go yourself and find out haha.
 Our research group. 
That's all about my new clans.. many more to come perhaps. Won't let myself shared the permanent head damage kinda stuff here hehe!. It would be more to fun and exciting journeys, In sya Allah :) :) 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The random shiznit & my squat challenge

Assalamualaikum wbt..

The so-called 'super-busy mom' haven't updated her blog for the past 4 weeks. 

So I think sometimes a random post would be appropriate right? Like on a weekend night you sitting on your study desk trying to figure out how the heck you gonna derived a mathematical model out of a complicated superstructure as rain pours down outside in the middle of the night and you can't really get your thoughts straight...

I think now Thursday is my favourite day of the week. Yes, it sucks having to go to school but I love the anticipation of the weekend. Everyone just seems happier and excited when it comes to Thursday... and now Saturday is not my favourite day anymore. Sad. We need to tune into a different weekend here in the southern area.So everytime I went back to KL during 'my weekend', everyone is still working! Sad huh...and I need to rush back to school on Sunday morning when everyone are still laying on the bed and having sweet dream!

I have spend the rest of my school time reading journals, developed my research methodology and doing assignments, oh yes lemme tell you this- I attended two classes this semester- 1 core subject & 1 elective. There are so many groups and individuals assignment and presentations.  I have no time to goofed around at the mall like the old days...and would probably go nuts on the upcoming conference paper. So I figure out that I need something useful to do while getting a healthy life. I would probably do not have time to go out and exercise, so I decided to take this challenge indoor!

I TOOK THE 30 DAYS ABS & SQUAT CHALLENGE!

Yes, It is hard at first, physically and mentally. There are at times I felt my whole legs are cramped and I can't walk. But it only last for two days. Then I get back to my workout. It feels good! And of course when seeing the results as well.

Now instead of having a nerdy life going to school and doing research or attended the classes, I have a good balance life that lead to a dream body I once had. Bhaha!

Well, I guess this is me!

And currently I'm doing these...


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