I woke up today at the sound of lorries promoting "we'll take your junk for a couple bucks only" with the loudest microphone I've ever heard. Not a very good start, I must say.

But that's the only downside of this apartment. I LOVE MY NEW HOME :) :)

It definitely worth the bargain, though the rent every month is slightly higher than my old apartment but considering it's just in front of the uni and very convenient, I don't have a problem. 

The whole process of moving to a new house, however, is bloody tiring. Especially when the house we've lived in for the past 2 years was full of junk left by the senpais when they were going back to Malaysia; it has become some sort of kakomon-old furniture-huge bigass boxes storage place instead of a house to live in. 
I think it's part of the reason why I wanted to move out. I just couldn't live like that.

So please, when you become the senpai, when you're going back to Malaysia, please be considerate if you want to leave things for the kohais. Kakomon and electrical goods that still can be used are fine; but don't leave junk to them. It's not nice. You won't believe how many things we(my ex-housemate and I) found around the house, things that don't even belong to us. And don't even get me started on the garbage.

I should've started the whole packing process way earlier...pfft. Lesson learned.

Special thanks to Nazu and Mad for the help. We will belanja you guys don't worry :D

On another note, things I just realized throughout the whole moving out process :
  • I own 34 pairs of shoes; 14 of which I rarely used, 5 worn only once, 1 never wore. It's a massive impulse purchase lesson, seriously. And the one pair I never wore is the bowling shoes. Figured.
  • I have 3 big boxes of old clothes that I want to give away but don't know how. HELP!!! It's taking so much space :(
  • Dealing with real estate agent is tiring.
  • I think having to pay to get rid of TV, racks, kitchen furniture etc is crazy. Yes, that's Japan. You have to pay good money if you want to get rid of things. 
  • Living alone is easier.
  • If you're good at the whole talking-bargaining-negotiating thing, you're born to live here. 
  • Start packing 2 months earlier. 
  • Having very kind-hearted, extremely helpful kohais is such a blessing.
I wanted to put the pictures of my new house, but haven't completely finished the unpacking yet. Will do, soon.

Good bye room, I'm gonna miss you so much :(
(Can't show the whole room, it's a mess right now)

It's official. I'm going to move to a new place this Sunday. 

I've always thought it's weeks away (actually it's made official a month ago, but I was busy handling all the forms and phone calls that I forgot I have only days away) and today it just struck me real hard that I'm going to have to leave this house.

This is my new house :) I'm living alone from next week onwards.

(taken from their website)

I feel liberated, for some reason. But I know this is a start to something good :)
The only bad thing is, I haven't packed yet. Well, the packing process has started but it's only 30%, I think.

It feels weird, having to leave the house I've lived in for almost three years. I mean, all my uni life had been associated with this house more than I could ever imagine; the birthday parties, the usrahs, the makan-makan, the AJK meeting..though I never really connect with this house (for some reason) but it does feel like home sometimes.

The only thing that makes me enthusiastic about this whole moving out thing is that I get to have a brand new room!!!

Means I get to decorate my room all over again!!

But of course, I have to settle all the packing things first before even think about decorating the new room..sighh. Though I really need to think about the color and theme first.

Ohh if only I can get everything furnished like in the pictures...Nafco really should start restocking their stuffs. Or better yet, IKEA should really open a new branch in Hiroshima, they won't be sorry.

The only bad thing about holidays is that; you've seen basically all movies on the planet you want to watch and still have plenty of bloody free time.

Don't tell me to rest and sleep, I've been in bed all day watching all kinds of drama..I need to get up.
Hence this post.

Anyone who've seen my wall, you'd notice this huge-ass poster hung on it.

picture taken using iPhone camera and Format126 app

To those who don't know this person (I HIGHLY doubt so), this is Audrey Hepburn. The icon of all time.
Seeing this poster, I realized I've downloaded Breakfast At Tiffany's not so long ago and completely abandoned it in the Download folder. I forgot I even had it; classic movies have never been in my favorites list, not even Pendekar Bujang Lapok, I don't know why.

So I decided to brace myself and just watch it. It can't be that hard.

2 hours later, I can't believe I haven't watched this movie practically since I learn how to talk.


Well, except for the bits with Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi which is so overrated-ly stereotyped. If you want to watch, fast-forward on the weird Japanese guy part (the building's owner), trust me.

Other than that, everything is perfect :) Audrey potrayed Holly Golightly mind-blowingly well, as fabulous as she already is. She looks elegant in her little black dress, sophisticated clothes, pretty pretty hair and makeup..no wonder everything she wore in this movie became a staple in today's women' wardrobe. And yet she's just as glamorous wearing a simple shirt with jeans in the 'Moon River' part. I mean if it was me, sitting by the fire escape wearing jeans with white shirt and playing guitar and sing; people would call me a crazy girl with no fashion sense. The Moon River song is great though; so soothing I've been listening to it all day.

I believe there's a Holly in every little girl. We all can relate to her, that's why this movie is so endearing. 

Blair Waldorf as Holly Golightly in Gossip Girl

I'm 50 years behind to review this movie, so..just watch it if you haven't.

I'm downloading her other movies - Sabrina and My Fair Lady. God knows if I could actually finish watching these two; though I believe I'm beginning to love classic movies after Breakfast At Tiffany's; just pray that I can someday, somehow finish all Allahyarham P. Ramlee's movies too.

Maybe they can make a millennium version of Breakfast At Tiffany's too; you know, Dinner At Chanel's or Lunch At Gucci's...or something. Let's leave the title for the experts.

After nearly two weeks being at the lab from 10 am to 4 pm (3 pm, mostly, for the lazy days), these are the things I do to kill time; apart from learning how to do experiments on cyclone, making graphs, calculating numbers etc :

1) Finishing up the novels - I'm done with 3 books already! *clap*clap*

2) Reading Dr. M's famous blog - I've always wanted to read his blog since my boyfriend who's a number one fan of Dr. M has been nagging me about it; about how much knowledge you can soak up from his excellent writing, how he's been the most influential person even on the net, etc; so I decided to take a look. I'm not into politics, so I only read the global-related issues and left out the Malaysian politics-related issues. I'm still on the first page. 

3) Playing Bejeweled on the phone - I'm obsessed with this particular game for centuries; the best companion

4) Reading news on Yahoo (yawnn)

5) Going back and forth from my lab to my friend's lab - hers is on the second floor while my lab is on the third floor; but distance never kept us from seeing each other; the senpais must think we're twins or something. 

6) Exploring my own lab's computer - the poor lad has been there since last year so it's not Windows 7 or anything like that, but not that bad either. My lab partners got themselves brand new ones with Windows 7 pfft..I knew these people are so sexist (since I'm the only one girl amongst the four of us)

Seriously, even with all these I still have lots of free time to kill since we're not starting our lab's work yet. Usually by 2 pm I'm already itching to go home, waiting for the cue from the senpais. 

And this is me by 3 pm.

Was browsing the net just now, when suddenly an idea popped into my head - why don't you try google your own name?

I'm sure celebrities do that all the time. You know, they're human like we are, too. Sure they want to know what people from all over the world write about them; the gossips.

So I did. I googled Zatil Aqmar.

Turns out I'm not the only one person with that name in this world. And I don't know, I'm not too happy about it.

I know I've always had that Middle Child Syndrome. When I was little, the guys would tease me by calling me 'katil' or 'Datin' (I honestly think this is worst). I hate that, but I've never hated my name, so I told them that they're just jealous because Zatil Aqmar in Arabic means 'beautiful as the moon'(yang cantik seperti bulan). HAHA. Apparently that shut them up for a while, but they became my best friends for 5 years till I went to high school. And thank God as I'm growing up everybody at home starts calling me Atin; because apparently the letter 'L' at the end of a name is just not so tongue-friendly. But I've always been so happy knowing no one else could ever have my name; as I've never met anyone with the same name as mine.

To be honest, I don't really like the nickname zatieaqmar on this blog's URL. Sure, my Japanese name is Zatie (because Japanese people would have to call me Za-ti-ru, and I think it's the ugliest name in the world, so I changed it to only Zatie) and all my Japanese friends and lecturers call and know me by that name, but I've never really embraced it.

I guess it's the matter of loving your roots. We'd always want our own name for anything.

I'm thinking of changing this blog's URL, but it'd be such a pain to redo things all over again. The template, the archives..sigh.

We'll see.

This evening I just finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife, for the first time.

I cried 3 times, I'm not kidding.

Now I know this is late; everyone has probably read the book and seen the movie but I just can't help it - this is the best romantic novel I've ever read.

I've always opted for lighter, chick-lit humorous books (who doesn't love entertainment?) but sometimes I like books that I can relate to.  

This book is one of the most insightful looks in relationships I've ever read. 

I fell in love with Henry; and I love how the author doesn't potray him as this perfect-gorgeous-nothing-can-beat-him kinda guy; well he's still gorgeous but sympathetic at the same time. 
I take my hats off to Clare; she comes off as this strong, very patient woman who fell in love with a guy who's not ordinary and willing to accept everything about her man. 

If you want to lose yourself in a helplessly romantic story, this would be it.

I don't know about the movie though; watched it but as usual the books would always be better than the movie version. I'd say it's watchable. A bit different from the book, and I'm not very happy with the ending.

Regardless, this book made me think - it's not fair that someone could meet a dead person after his death. It's like, cheating nature.

I'd know, because I've always dreamed of having that chance.

"Wait for the person who pursues you, the one who will make an ordinary moment seems magical, the kind of person who brings out the best in you and makes you want to be a better person. Wait for the person who will be your best friend, the only person who will drop everything to be with you at any time no matter what the circumstances, for the person who makes you smile like no one else and when they smile you know they need you. Wait for the person who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweat and a t-shirt, but appreciates it when you get dressed up for them. And most of all wait for the person who will put you at the center of their universe, because that’s where you belong."


May you have the best years ahead, I know you'll make it.

Being a few days older than me doesn't mean anything..hehehe.

I found that person in you.

picture : credits to Neng

My whole life, chicken dish has always been a big part of my being. I don't eat meat that much, I really, I mean reallyy hate mutton cannot stand the smell, I live off eating ayam goreng KFC practically since I was a kid. Blame my parents.

The other day, I was thinking about making a chicken dish that I've never had before. Something different from usual. So I googled the net.

I found nothing. Seriously, I think I need to go somewhere, like China or India somewhere more exotic, just to get some new ideas how and what to cook...it's not funny. I've been swallowing chicken curry and fried rice and ayam masak kicap and ayam masak kurma bla bla bla my whole life...you know, the usual. Blergh. I need a new meal!

One of the things I always demand my mum to send me every other month is mayonnaise. I cannot live without it. I can live without Maggi Chilli Sauce just fine, but not mayonnaise.

So I found the perfect recipe - MAYONNAISE GRILLED CHICKEN!! Godd even the name sounds so fancy! I'm so smart..HAHA.

But apparently some other genius had come up with the dish..I mean wayy before..so I don't need to make up my own recipe, just google it :) Thank God. The easiest, most convenient recipe I can find is as below :

Ingredients :
Parts of chicken breasts/drumstick/whichever part you like, splits into medium size, not too small
2 spoons of mayonnaise
1 or 2 spoons of sweet soy sauce
1 or 2 spoons of oyster sauce
1 piece of Knorr chicken cube
White onion, ginger
Black pepper

How to cook :
Tumbuk the white onion with ginger, grease with chicken and add all the other things.
(I'd add the sweet soy sauce more than the oyster sauce)
Leave it for a while.(30 minutes, tops)
Then grill/fry the chicken, whichever way you like. I don't have the grill thing
at my house so I'd usually just fry it, but it tastes the same, really. Saves time too.

This is a reallll easy meal to cook, add some salad (or anything at all) or if you're a veggie-lover add some veggie meal to eat with rice.

The simplest meal ever, and received compliments ;)

It'd be much better if I can put the step-by-step pictures here but I forgot to take photos -_- I'm sure some of you've tried this recipe before, so this is just for the amateurs like me. Hehe.

Bon appetit!

p/s : he said he loves it. :)

source : net

A friend of mine from New Zealand came here so I took some time to bring her around. It wasn't all successful though; Hiroshima doesn't have that many interesting places to go so we just spent one day here and went to Kyushu for another 2 days.

I didn't see her at all from the moment we left school, so I was wee excited when I knew she was coming here to meet her boyfriend who happens to be a guy I know from AAJ :) I can't believe we haven't seen each other for what, 5, 6 years?! And we were deskmates in Form 3!! Time really flies so fast.

She hasn't changed; she's still the fun easy-going girl who used to stay at class every evening in Form 3. Her sense of humor hasn't changed at all! I laughed so hard the whole trip I don't think I've ever laughed that much before..hanging out with her makes me realize how much I miss my high school girlfriends, the girls I haven't seen since the last 6 years. Nothing can replace your high school girlfriends, really.

I will upload the pics soon, but out of respect to the lovebirds I'll let them do the honor first ;)

Sneak peek : 
Kumamoto Castle

Come again Chikorn!!! I hope you had a great time :) We missed you already..and good luck with LDR, babe. It sucks I know.

On another note, today is my first day at the lab :) 

I chose the first one on my list; Particle Technology; and so far it's been great. The senpais are cool (and good-looking, not that it's an advantage or anything) and my senseis are real kind. I think I've come to terms with at least one of them when we met him personally for aisatsu (greetings) and told him my nihongo is my utmost weakness, above all.

At least now he knows for future reference.

AND I just knew today I have to show up at the lab every day at 10 am for the next two weeks. TWO WEEKS. No one told me they're cutting my spring break short!!! Pffft....

Well, no one says it's going to be easy.

I'm still nervous about my last sem's result, though. Pray for me, please.


my brain dump.