Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hi again,

How's life? Should be fine i guess.Well Chinese New Year is just round the corner and i would like to wish all chinese citizen in Malaysia and everywhere a very happy chinese new year...Gong xi fa cai shie nen kuay ler....may this year be a happy and prosperous year for all.

According to the chinese calendar this year is the year of the ox.Now i am not a feng shui guru,in fact i hardly know anything about feng shui but i think this year is a good year to cattle breeders.Why do i say that?....because last year was the year of the rat and i really had a very bad rat experience.There were rats everywhere in the city.There never was a day that i did not see a rat.It is always running here and there even in cinemas.Mind you....even the film industry take advantage of this rat by producing a movie potraying a rat that can cook.I'm sure you remember rattatoulie.Did i spell it right ?

Yesterday in the papers,a cattle breeder from Tawau had a joyful day for his cow had a twin calves.Now that is a good sign.So all cattle breeders should be very happy this year.According to the chinese believe those who are born in the year of the ox are actually born leader but they have to work hard for it.Only through hard work that they will achieve success.It shouldn't be a problem to those who were born in the year of the ox for they are very hard working.

Now, i believe this should be applied by everyone not just those who were born in the year of the ox.To me there is no born leader.Everybody must work hard to achieve success.Some may have an easy road and some might experience a rough bumpy road like i do.But there is no turning back.No matter how rough and bumpy it is we should go on.

Remember in my earlier post i talked about how my two young sons were being abducted by my babysitter....?Well that morning as usual i rushed to work leaving my two little babies under the care of my babysitter.All through the time while doing my chores i had this feeling i just couldn't explain.So i called home,nobody answer the phone.I thought may be they went to the park.After an hour or so i called again and yet nobody answer the phone.Now its almost noon,where could they be...its too hot to play in the park at this hour....i talked to myself.

Then my husband came and i asked him to check on the children.He rushed home and found that there is no one at home.He called the guard and asked if he had seen our babysitter and the children anywhere....aahhh...they went to the park sir...said the guard.So my husband rushed to the park and see no one there.Who would want to sit in the park at 12 noon...?

Worried and anger criss-crossing my husband mind while he drove to Telipok.Luckily we know where our babysitter live.So my husband drove there hoping to find our children and he did.The children were there sleeping safe and sound.They must be very tired and my husband took them home.I myself was so worried,my knees felt like jelly.I kept blaming myself for not looking after the children myself.Had i not taken up this business, i would be home for the children.Nothing like this would happen to them.

For the safety of my children my mother in law offered to look after them while i am working.So i send them over to my inlaws home.She motivated me to go on with my business and never give up.This is part and parcel of life she said and that i had to accept it.Where ever you go and what ever you do,there will always be a problem.There will always be obstacles that lies one after the other.What you should do is to find ways to encounter such problems,overcome the obstacle.From there you will learn and become a better person.You will be a lot wiser and come what will be able to handle it like never before.My mother in law is a very strong Dusun Tambunan woman and wise too.I thank her a lot.She may be fierce but i love her just like my own mother.

The children were happy with their grandmother, i am able to work with an easy mind but my husband lost his car.Two happenings in a week....what a challenging week it was? My husband made a police report but the police said so himself we can't promise you anything.So we bought and old second hand land cruiser BJ60.

It had come to my knowledge that what happen was my babysitter had a boyfriend and they wanted to go back to the Philipines.They had no money so they took the children away hoping that they would be able to sell them off.But her mother stopped her and kept my children at her house.Angry with their failure,they took off with my husband car instead.

Well what is the value of a car when compared to the children....One lesson i learned....always find out the backgrounds of your servants,find out where they live and who their parents are.And to be successful never ever give up and always plan ahead.Even though the future is not ours to see,but at least we know where we stand and what step to take.

Que sera sera.........chow! Adios ! Salaaammmm....

Friday, January 9, 2009

Aeiza Cafe - the story behind

Hi again,howdy?

It's been a long time since my last post.I was quite busy.There is so much things to do.Having a "to do" list does help quite a bit.At least it helps me stay on the right track.Well,about Aeiza Cafe there is quite an interesting story behind.

It was way back in the year 1998 on the 23rd day in the month of november to be exact;that Aeiza was born.It started when a friend of mine had asked me to take over her food stall located in a foodcourt at the 3rd floor of a newly erected building named Wawasan Plaza.

I was rather sceptical at that time whether I should or should not take over her business.But my friend was very persuasive.She asked me to simply start running the stall without paying her a single cent not even a deposit.She even allow me to use all her kitchen utensils since I don't have any.She said to me " start the business first and pay me later" and it was really later when I paid her.

With a start up capital of Rm600 I took over my friend's business.Still in the dark,not knowing what to expect,I step into the stall and say to myself today is the first day of the rest of my life.23rd November 1998 it was my sister Sabariah's birthday and also the birth of my Aeiza or otherwise known as Sri Aeiza at that time.

At Sri Aeiza (a very pretty name chosen by my friend Puan Hajah Faridah,a very sweet humble lady from Negeri Sembilan - May Allah SWT bless her in all her future undertakings) I was a cook,a kitchen helper,a cleaner,a waitress and a cashier at the same time.Meaning I had to do everything myself which shouldn't be.And I just can't forget my sales figure on that very historical day........Rm123.00.....hahaha.Anyway one would give you that amount for free.

I was indeed very lucky I guess,my three handsome sons Junaidy,Firdaus and Mohammad Hisyam aged between 12,11 and 10 at that time, willingly help me run the stall the entire school holiday.They get up as early as 4am and came home at around 9pm daily.Realising the fact that I cannot simply rely on my children I employed 2 workers as helpers.But since I cannot afford to employ a cook,I had to do the cooking myself from A to Z.

With a little tip off from my dear friend,I had a rough idea on the likes and dislikes of the community in the area.So I cooked all the dishes whole-heartedly hoping that the customers will enjoy it.Frankly,I am not very good in cooking before I started the food business.At home I just simply dumped everything in the wok and stir more secret mate!!

But I guess its true when people say that it is all in the mind and with a proper mind control and discipline we can overcome whatever obstacles that lies ahead of us.I motivated myself.I kept telling myself that I can,I would and I should.And gratefully I did.

I had all the help and support that I need from my dearest husband,my beloved children,my in-laws,my brothers and sisters.I am indeed very grateful to be born in a very closely knitted happy family.But most of all I am very thankful to Allah SWT to have shown me the way and closely guide me in every step I make.And to my late parents may Allah SWT blessed them and laid them to rest with all the Syuhadah, for they have taught me a lot of wonderful things that I couldn't have learned from others.

In my childhood days my parents taught me how to run my life on my own.Whenever I came to see my father in his office asking for advice, my father would say to me where there is a will there is a way.And my mother would say do unto others what you want others to do unto you and biarlah kita susah asalkan kita tidak menyusahkan orang lain.(there is nothing wrong for us to be poor as long as we do not disturb others).

My mother taught me how to run a business from a very early aged,ever since I could remember.In fact every each one of us in the family were taught the same.We sell a variety of products from vegetables,eggs,jelly and cakes, to copra and maize even buffaloes and cows too.With all these experiences I had,I kept myself highly spirited and used them as a shield to protect myself from falling whenever a problem arise.

I had all my ups and downs.And one bad experience I just couldn't forget was when my two sons Farul aged two years old and Daniel aged eight months at that time were taken away by my babysitter.Why and did we managed to get them (Farul and Daniel) back......? I will tell you later when we meet again.

Chow!! Adios!! Wasalam.