Saturday, February 18, 2006

My one and only Abang..

This picture was taken on our honeymoon in Langkawi, I'd say, nearly exactly 2 years ago. When I announced that I was getting married, a lot of my friends (and family too!) were shocked that they've never heard about Mr Right before.

I first knew Abang about 5 years ago, mid January 2001. I was in 4th year Med school at that time. To this day I can recall vividly just what our 'first words' were. Yes, dear friends, I met hubby through the Internet...! and I'm not ashamed to admit it! :)

I'd just returned to Belfast after the winter holidays. It was one of those rare times when Raya coincided with the semester break. Raya in Kota Bharu was bleak and wet. It was raining everyday we were back in kampung.

Anyhow, there I was chatting away and suddenly this message box popped open and all it said was 'Hi'.

Now, I'm not the one to simply reply to some random message sent by a complete stranger, but I glanced through his details and the word 'Kota Bharu' caught my eye. Wanting to make conversation, I asked him whether it was still raining in KB. He replied and asked how i knew it was raining, so I said I'd just come back from Malaysia where I spent four miserable raya days waiting for the rain to stop. So, as you can see, there were no trumpets-a-blaring or symphonies-a-playing the moment we 'met'.

Now, this initial rendezvous could have easily turned into one of those brief encounters that is so common in cyberspace but the moment he answered to my next message, it clicked in me that this could just turn out into something special.

Mohabbatein was a really popular movie at that time. EVERYONE I knew had watched the film. Man, Shah Rukh is really something! :) In this particular film, the sub plots involved three couples of very gorgeous and handsome young actors. The girls particularly had very distinct characters and disposition. Sanjana was the cute and manja type. Kiran is the mature, loyal type and I can't even remember the other girl's name. Anyhow, I had asked my bf at that time whom he liked best and he said Sanjana (being a typical guy lah!). So I typed "hey hey, have you watched Mohabbatein?" and when he said yes, I asked him who his favourite girl is? He replied "Kiran is my favourite because she is loyal." At that particular moment, something just clicked. I just knew he would be my friend.

Well, to make a long story short, we started to chat regularly, occasionally talking on the phone. Our first 'date' in real life happened in KLCC, about a year and a half after that fateful day in the computer lab. He actually took a flight from KB just to spend the day in KL with me and I almost chickened out from seeing him. The thought that he could turn out to hate me was almost unbearable. When Abang held my hand for the first time, it was as if my whole life had been spent just waiting for that particular moment....

Anyhow, I finished med school, returned to Malaysia and started housemanship in KB just to be near him. We got married in February 2004 and so far it has been so good. :) He's just the perfect buffer to my impatience and sometimes nasty temperament. We enjoy the same things and I keep getting surprised at how I would be thinking about a particular thing and the next moment, he'd be saying it!

I believe in soulmates. I married mine. I know all those chick flicks are for real because the happy ever after happened to me..

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A birthday once more....

I've always done something different each year on my birthday. While I was in UK studying, I decided to have a second set of piercings on my ears. I think that was number 24. Birthday number 27 saw me make a drastic change to myself. I started to observe the hijab. I think I had a haircut on birthday number 26.

Today is birthday 30. I felt a little sad leaving my 20s. It has been an interesting decade. I fulfilled one of my life long dreams - to visit India; I graduated from medical school, met my soulmate, gotten married. Got my first niece too. I love and spoil her to bits.

So, for birthday number 30, I have decided to start my own blog. Blogging seems to be in thing at the mo, kan? Everyone I know has a blog site. Perhaps I will start by telling y'all about myself and what minute things I have achieved in my 30 years on earth. Then maybe I'll bore you with stories of me and my patients in Klinik Kesihatan Permaisuri (that's in Setiu, Terengganu by the way).

Anyhow, what's a birthday without the pressies, yeah? Hubby got me these wonderful gifts. I love you Abang!

These flowers are really sweet. Not the flowers itself but the thought that Abang would actually go to a florist to get them. In the 5 years I've known Abang, I know he is not the type who would get flowers. It's just not the way he was raised and I totally get it.
But occasionally when i get pissed off with him, I'd hint in not-so-subtle ways how much flowers would really help in the making up process but somehow Abang would manage to get away with ignoring my hints.
To tell you the truth, I really was only 25% expecting to get flowers today so it really made my day to get these. and so near Valentine's Day plak tu! You all know how much these florists tarik harga of roses time time nie, kan?

....and what else can I say about this bag? :) Again, thank you Abang...You're the best.