Okay, as for me, I got limited knowledge of my own neighbors!
Yeah! I know! That's terrible but then you really can't blame me!
Coz every few years, me and my family would move. Not that we are nomads! LOL!
It's just that dad is currently working with the government and we are being provided with a government housing for a certain amount of years. Once the lease expired, we move to another new government house.
But I think, my home currently would be our last home before dad retires soon.
We have been living here for the last 5 years and I don't actually know my own neighbors.
Of course I know their names, how many kids they have and sometimes we say "hai" and wave when we see each other but other than that I have no idea!
Recently, I got a new neighbor!
And he used to be a DJ in a local number 1 radio station in Brunei and just recently retired from DJ-ing coz his contract ended.
So when a colleague of mine knows, he kept on pestering me to get his autograph!
I was like, "WHAT?"
No way I'm gonna cross that gates and walk to his home to get his autograph!
Instead I would just stop his car on the road (we are sharing the same private road and he needs to pass by my house to get to his house) and get his autograph!
But so far, I haven't catch him passing by! LOL!
A year or so ago, I got another famous neighbors - ok, make that 2 famous neighbors. They were sharing a same house. 1 is a local singer/producer/musician and another is a fellow singer!
Wow! I never realized that I'm surrounded with 'famous' people
or maybe my area is just a 'hot spot' area!
Haha! 'Hot spot'? More like 'flood spot' area to me! LOL!
My parents are 'running out' of under 18 children in the house!
Last November 29, my youngest baby brother Muiz officially turned 18 years old! ~~Awww~~ Times really fly! I still remember the early dawn when he was born. My mum didn't made it to the hospital hence she gave birth at home with the help of my dad (yes! you read it correctly!), my maid (during those days) and me! Yup! I was 11 years old at that time and I was there to hold my baby brother! ^_^
Now, 18 years later, the not-so-baby-brother-anymore is ready and super eager to drive. Oh! Being a male, he knows how to drive but in order to have the liscence, he needs to excel on the road rules, get thru' the 10 hours driving lessons and pass the driving exam.
So, last Monday, he had his first driving lesson and as always, the first lessons would be the parking lessons.
The instructor is a mid 50ies lady. She used to be my younger brother's (Faiz) instructor too, a year ago.
So, she was sitting on the passenger seat while Muiz was on the driver seat, of course with a seatbelt plucked in. The instructor taught him how to do the different types of parking and he did well, considering he had a lot of practices at home.
While doing the side parking, the instructor went out of the car, stand by the side, chatted with a colleague while observing my brother. When Muiz managed to excel parking the car in 1 attempt and no further instruction from the instructor (who at that time was buzy in 'hot gossip' with other instructors) just wait in the car, in the parking slot.
After 5 minutes, the instructor waved her hand to my brother and said, "Come out" in which Muiz, wisely switched off the ignition, released the seatbelt, open the door and stepped out!!!
At which then the instructor said, "Not you la! Take the car out of the parking" LOL!!!!
My parents and 2 youngest brothers went for a vacation to Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan, Malaysia last 5 January and came back last 10 Jan.
For a 'spoilt' daughter and sister like I am who is so close to both my parents and brothers, I missed them terribly especially when I was home alone.
Wished I could go with them but my work commitment made it quiet impossible and to buy an air ticket for a last minute flight is too expensive for a short stay hence I just stayed at home, taking care of the house, feeding the cats, birds and the turtles.
But the best thing being left behind from a family vacation was that I was spoilt from faraway! LOL! Every shopping trips they went to, my dad would call me up and asked what do I want? Honestly, I didn't ask for anything but somehow I ended with lots of stuffs all courtesy from my parents =)
Then last Wednesday, me, my parents and brother Faiz went to Miri. It was an unplanned trip and Dad didn't really wanted to go but by much persuasion by me, at last Dad gave in and we went to Miri around noon! Let's just say that it was a 'payback' trip for me from my parents ;)
And don't ask me on what did I spent in Miri! It was unimaginable, I think.. LOL!
But I managed to replenish my craving for Starbucks' Java Chip!!!
Bruneians are so sad!
We have to go all the way to Miri to have a Starbucks!
Why don't we have Starbucks in Brunei, anyway??
But overall, trillions thanks to both my Mummy and Daddy for 'granting' the wishes of this spoil daughter of yours!!
then somehow, you have to marry another and forget about your first love.
Then you fell in love with your husband but a small misunderstanding led to jealousy and mistrust that your husband divorced you with talak tiga.
At the same time, you realized that you had a miscarriage, robbing you of what's left of your love and husband.
You became insane but with the help of your ex-boyfriend, your first love, a year later, you are back to your usual self.
Now, you got a second chance to love again and live your life with your first love, would you take it eventhough you are still in love with your ex-husband? despite of all the pains and hurt he had caused you? and knowing that your ex-husband regrets of what he had done and still in love with you?
It's not that I didn't enjoy this novel; I did but somehow there are soooo many missing links, or stories if you ask me.
But then of course, I'm not an expert.
Akan Ku Tunggu got so many charaters with less stories and it left me 'hanging'. 5 couples - Ibrahim and Jannah, Randzam and Maryam, Ayu and Syamil, Nadia and Norman and lastly Taufiq and Huda - and less stories. Trust me, for a reader like I am, it left me unsatisfied.
The main characters wold be Ayu and Syamil. Ayu whos was in love with her uncle, Taufiq has to sacrifice her feelings when her stepmother disagree to her union with Taufiq, her stepmother's brother. So, the stepmother accepted the proposal of Syamil, the guy next door.
For Syamil, it was love at first sight when he sees Ayu for the first time. Well, eventhough they are neighbors, it was the first time Syamil really sees Ayu. To gain Ayu's trust in him, he decided to turn his life around from a playboy to a good husband material in which he has to hurt Lily's feeling, his so-called friend.
While Taufiq was frustrated when his sister - his foster sister - against his feelings for Ayu. Her reason (Ayu's stepmum) is that they (the family) doesn't know where Taufiq really come from. He is just an adopted son to their parents.
Ibrahim; whose previous named was Abraham came back to Malaysia to look for his wife, Jannah and son. In Malaysia, he met his real state agent, Ayu, who very much resembles his sister, Melanie.
Norman is Syamil's bestfriend who after a twist of fate to help Syamil was caught 'khalawat' with Nadia, Ayu's stepsister and also Lily's friend.
Now, are you confused? I know I am!
How all of them are connected? Well, you gotta read the book but I shall warn you, you might be left unanswered (like I am!)
Told you, these type of story couldn't fit in 531 pages. It should be more.
Why? Coz at the end of the book, somehow, eveything finished abruptly or hang!
I don't know about the rest of the readers out there but that's just me.
Don't get me wrong. The storyline is great but the ending doesn't.
A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a cousin, an avid reader who is petite, loud, teaser, cute, sweet, moody, kind, sarcastic, humorous, humble, adventurous, ! Yea! I got it all but bear in mind, not all of these qualities you will see at the same time! =P