Monday, May 30, 2011

Home renovation tips

hahah..title macam i je yang pro. Tak dela. Just wanna share and put in the blog as reference. So happy coz the tenant finally checked out. hehe. So bolehla nak mintak kunci drpd owner untuk survey2 rumah tu lagi sekali. Last time pergi masa tenant ada lagi. Just a short trip n tak sempat pun nak survey2 secara detail.

Oh ye..we bought this house subsale. Rumah ni rumah lama. Why did we buy it?

Hmm.. potential area n the neighborhood are the major reasons.. Sekarang dah memang pasti yang jiran sebelah-menyebelah kami adalah orang melayu jugak.

Haihh...pening pening memikirkan house renovation nih..Yang penting kena pergi check dulu all the defects dan buat planning betul2 supaya tak delah wasting money untuk perkara2 yang tak perlu.

Here's one of the articles regarding house renovation i found very interesting. It's UK's website. Tapi, adalah some points yang boleh dijadikan rujukan.hehe.

The 20 most common renovation mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Taking on the Wrong Project: No matter how organised or experienced you are, renovating is a stressful and timeconsuming process, so unless a project is guaranteed to give you either your dream home, or make you money, you are taking on the wrong property.

Whether you are thinking of renovating your own home, or are looking to buy a place to renovate, assess the property’s potential and have a clear idea of your goals: are you looking to create a long-term home, to climb the housing ladder, or just to get as much space as you can afford?

Unless you plan to live in the property for the foreseeable future, you should make sure that you will be able to resell it should you need to, and at least break even.

2. Buying Without a Survey: Don’t wait to discover damp, rot, subsidence or other major structural defects until it is too late. Find out as much about a property as possible before you buy, or before you start any work. A building survey, undertaken by a Chartered Building Surveyor ( will provide information on the type of construction and materials used, and will give details of any defects found, their remedy and an indication of the likely cost.

It is also worth commissioning a measured survey of the building, providing you with a detailed set of floorplans and elevations upon which to base your proposed design alterations.

3. Hiring Cowboy Builders: Renovation can turn into a nightmare if your builders or subcontractors fail to do a good job. Always be suspicious of an estimate or quote that is considerably cheaper than all the others, or someone who is available for work immediately. Ask for references, and speak to their previous clients.

Make Sure Your Builder…

  • Is confident of undertaking the required work.
  • Understands the job and what is involved.
  • Has undertaken similar work before.
  • Will provide details of previous clients.
  • Seems to understand what you are trying to achieve.

Ask Their Previous Clients…

  • What was the builder like to work with?
  • Was the work of a satisfactory standard?
  • Was the project completed on time?
  • Was the project completed on budget?
  • Were they neat, tidy and reasonably quiet?
  • Would they use them again?

4. Underestimating Costs: Renovation work always costs more than you expect. This is because some problems are not revealed until you start work and uncover them, but mostly because items are forgotten from the budget, or because you change your mind and alter the design or specification. Professional renovators always leave a contingency of between 10-20% to cover these costs and fully expect to have to spend it.

Before you can start to predict costs, you need to have a good idea of your proposed plans, your specification for fixtures and fittings, and have decided who is doing what. To estimate costs, look at other people’s projects and expect to spend a similar amount, taking into account how much work they did themselves, when the project was completed, and the variation in labour costs.

Alternatively, get a builder’s estimate. This is a builder’s best guess of what your renovation project is going to cost, based on what they can see and the information you have provided them with. This is not a quote and the builder cannot be held to it, but an experienced builder should be able to give a fairly accurate guess.

Finally, prepare your own budget by listing all tasks, the materials required, and who is going to do the work. You can then go out and get quotes for materials and estimates for each trade. Make sure you allow for skips, scaffold hire, plant hire, and tools.

5. Ignoring Rules & Regulations: There is no point in ignoring the requirements of the law, as it will eventually catch up with you, so do not undertake any work without first checking the following:

  • Do you need planning permission? Ask the local authority.
  • Do you need Building Regulations approval? Ask the local authority.
  • Do you need to notify neighbours? Check the Party Wall Act.
  • Do you need to notify leaseholders or get permission from others? Check your deeds for restrictive covenants, leases or other overriding interests in the land.

If you fail to get planning permission, you can apply retrospectively, but if this fails you may have to undo alterations or extensions. Altering a listed building without consent is a criminal offence.

If you fail to get Building Regulations approval, you will have to prove compliance. This may mean undoing completed work. If you fail to observe the Party Wall Act, it can lead to an injunction and delay your project whilst you get an agreement in place. Breaching a restrictive covenant or the terms of a lease can lead to an injunction, and you may have to make a financial settlement or remove your alterations or extensions.

6. Using the Wrong Materials: The use of modern impermeable materials, such as very hard cement mortar mixes, plastics and impermeable coatings, can create all sorts of problems in period houses constructed using traditional materials, leading to damp that can result in damage to the structure. In the case of earth-based construction systems, such as cob, clom, clunch, clay daub and dabbins, the effects of insensitive repairs such as chemical damp-proof courses can be disastrous.

  • Avoid replacing soft lime mortars with hard cement mixes when re-pointing.
  • Avoid hard cement renders on traditional solid-walled buildings — use a breathable, flexible lime-rich mix.
  • Do not use waterproof paint or sealant on a traditional solid-walled building.
  • Avoid hard cement backing for gypsum plaster on the inside of the external walls in solid-walled buildings.
  • Ensure materials are visually sympathetic. Avoid stone cladding, pebbledash, roughcast or PVCu on a period building.

7. Scrimping on Design: A good design scheme can transform a property and its value, and is worth every penny. Poor design, or no design at all, can cause the following problems:

  • Ill-judged applications could prejudice the planning process, leading to refusal and planning blight.
  • Poor design can squander potential, waste space and fail to maximise value.
  • Over-complicated design can add unnecessary costs and delays.
  • Failing to listen to your brief and objectives can lead to an unsatisfactory result, wasted time and fees.
  • Lack of detail or errors can cause delays and complications on site and expose you to charges for variations to the contract.

8. Taking the Wrong Energy-Saving Measures: The energy saved by installing double glazing in place of single will take 15-20 years to pay itself back, by which time you may have moved on. There is no point, therefore, in replacing period windows that could be repaired just to save energy. Instead, focus your budget on those energy-saving measures with the shortest payback. These are as follows:

  • Draft exclusion
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Hot water tank and pipe insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Upgrading to a condensing boiler

It is worth investigating whether your local authority operates any grants to help with energy-efficiency measures by calling or visiting their website. Grants and VAT relief are also available on some energy-efficiency measures. Visit for details.

9. Removing Period Detail: Removing original period windows and exterior doors can destroy a period property’s character, and its value, unless they are sympathetically replaced. Authentic replicas are expensive, so always consider repair as a first option. Cheaper, off-theshelf joinery is rarely appropriate and is unlikely to fit the original openings and so will look wrong.

If the original external joinery has already been removed, research neighbouring properties or books to find appropriate styles. Avoid modern hybrid products, such as front doors with built-in fanlights.

Try and observe the techniques and materials used in the building’s original construction and try and repair, or replace, on a like-for-like basis. Internally, try and preserve original doors, floorboards, fireplaces and plaster mouldings if they are still intact. Most features are not purely decorative, but also have a practical purpose, either structural or cosmetic, and removal is only likely to necessitate an alternative solution. Conservation is cost efficient and ecological.

10. Making Piecemeal Additions: Do not renovate your property by making small, half-hearted additions, as and when money allows. It is common to find an old cottage that has had several small extensions added, on an almost room-by-room basis, with flat roofs, lean-tos, boxy conservatories, and other carbuncles bolted onto every elevation. Such additions eventually cripple a property, both in its ability to function as a home with a fluid layout, and in terms of value.

Difficult though it is, it is often best to take a step or two backwards before moving forwards, by demolishing such additions and taking the building back to its original form before extending and remodelling. Unfortunately, sometimes this previous legacy of improvements has added just enough value to make their removal unviable financially.

11. Wasting Existing Space: Before making plans to add an extension to your renovation project, consider how you can use the existing space. There are many measures that will help to make a property feel more spacious and which will add to its value, yet which cost a fraction of the price of extending. Think about converting the attic, garage, cellar or other attached outbuildings. The following ideas can be applied to any property but are particularly appropriate to those where space is an issue:

  • Reuse wasted circulation space.
  • Use carefully positioned mirrors.
  • Use a space-efficient staircase.
  • Create mezzanine levels.
  • Improve the flow, adding doorways.
  • Change the direction a door swings in, or use sliders or bi-folds.
  • Remove walls and remodel.
  • Use space-efficient furniture with dual purposes.
  • Add patio doors to create the illusion of the garden being part of the house.
  • Improve lighting design.
  • Use informal room dividers.
  • Use space-efficient storage.
  • Combine rooms — such as open plan kitchen/dining room layouts.
  • Use borrowed light.
  • Install space-efficient heating.

12. Creating New Damp Problems: Solving damp is one of the most important tasks for any renovator, but sometimes well-intended improvements can inadvertently create new damp problems. Here are some of the common causes:

  • Raising external ground levels above the dampproof course (DPC), or above floor level, leading to penetrating damp.
  • Painting the exterior of a solid-walled building (no clear cavity) with impermeable waterproof paints or sealants—leading to penetrating damp.
  • Adding double glazing and blocking fireplaces, flues and vents without compensating with adequate alternative ventilation — leading to condensation problems.
  • Sloping new paths towards rather than away from the building—leading to penetrating damp.
  • Making new additions, such as a conservatory or extension, without fitting flashings, cavity trays, or other suitable means to divert any damp away from the building.
  • Using hard cement fillets as a weatherproofing measure in valleys, abutments or at the base if chimneys — it will crack, and damp will be able to get in. Use lead flashings, valleys and skirt/apron.
  • Sealing the roof structure with new felt or spray-on urethane insulation without ensuring the timbers are adequately ventilated.
  • Using hard cement render mixes on the exteriors, as they will eventually crack and draw in penetrating damp through capillary action.
  • Pouring a new concrete floor in place of a suspended timber floor without adding adequate damp-proofing measures, both horizontally and vertically, and compensating for the loss of subfloor vents.

13. Taking on Too Much DIY: Undertaking work yourself can allow you to control costs and quality, but don’t be over-ambitious and plan to do more work than you really have time – or the skill – to undertake successfully. You could end up slowing the whole project down and living in a building site for years, which can in turn lead to family conflicts and potentially to accidents.

Bad DIY will also cost you dearly, slowing down the other trades, wasting materials, sometimes causing work to be done twice, and ultimately devaluing the property if it is not put right. You can get so tied up in DIY work that you lose focus on running the project and keeping up with decisions.

14. Working in the Wrong Order: A typical hierarchy of works for the renovation of a derelict property is as follows:

  • STOP FURTHER DECAY: Keep out the elements. Take out buildings insurance, including public liability.
  • STABILISE THE BUILDING: Make the site safe to work on. This might mean underpinning or piling work to stabilise existing foundations, the insertion of steel tension rods or ties to stop lateral spread, or the insertion of steel props, beams or scaffold to prevent further collapse before repairs.
  • STRIP BACK AND SALVAGE WHAT CAN BE REUSED: Private individuals can get rid of waste for free at local authority tips. Salvage anything of value and store for reuse or sell on via eBay or a salvage yard.
  • UNDERTAKE MAJOR BUILDING WORK: Build or replace any floors, walls, roofs or extensions. Carry out any re-pointing, injecting of DPCs, tanking, rendering, chemical treatments etc. If possible, only break through to the existing structure once the new work is complete.
  • MAKE THE SHELL WEATHERTIGHT: Once the roof structure is complete, the structure should be made weathertight. Exterior doors and windows should be installed and glazed, or covered with boards.
  • FIRST FIX: Build internal stud walls, fix floorboards, door linings, window reveals and cills and then undertake first fix plumbing and electrics.
  • RE-PLASTER/REPAIR PLASTER: Apply plasterboard/dry-lining to walls and ceilings, or repair any damaged plaster. Floor screeds for the ground floor will be laid at this point.
  • SECOND FIX: Lay timber, stone or tiled floors, hang doors, fix skirting and architrave, box in services. Install the bathroom, kitchen, boiler and fit radiators. Complete all painting, staining and tiling.

15. Making Unsafe Structural Alterations: Removing structural elements such as load-bearing walls, chimney breasts, lintels, columns, piers or buttresses, or cutting out roof timbers without compensating for the alteration can lead to disaster. The building may not collapse – although this is not unheard of – but it will lead to major movement in the building, followed by all manner of problems, from stuck windows and doors to warped floors and partial collapse of walls, roof or chimney stack.

An experienced builder will be able to identify which components are structural and how to compensate for their removal. The building inspector will want to know of any changes and how you propose to deal with them, and they may request calculations from a structural engineer.

16. Living on Site During the Major Work: Living on site can offer many advantages such as improved security, being on hand for weekend or out of hours deliveries, being available for early site meetings, being able to keep an eye on the work, or having the project close to hand for those working on a DIY basis. The downside is that the project is always there and you cannot escape it, which can become oppressive. It is best to move out at least whilst the major work is being undertaken, such as major demolition or construction, especially if you have children or pets.

If you cannot move out, try and isolate the construction work from your living space using plastic sheeting carefully taped up, by avoiding knocking through to connect new and existing parts until you are ready to plaster, and by making sure the builders have separate welfare facilities, i.e. a WC, rest room and access to water and a kettle.

17. Leaving Builders to Make Decisions: Renovating involves making countless decisions, from which improvements to make and the choice of fixtures and fittings, down to the route for new services such as plumbing, or how details should be finished off. Many of these decisions need to be made quickly if they are not to hold up work, and so you need to allow time for this, based on what will be the most practical and aesthetically pleasing solution. If you leave such decisions to builders, they will invariably do whatever is easiest and quickest for them, and this can look awful. The trouble is, once the work is done, you have to pay twice if you later want to make changes and the builders will hate you for it too. A good builder should warn you well in advance of the decisions that they need you to make. Listen to them, spend time on site visits, and keep up to speed.

18. Ignoring the Garden: Don’t forget to leave some money in your renovation budget for landscaping the garden and forming the drive and paths. If you are renovating a long-term home you can leave this until time and money allow, but if you are planning to sell on, an incomplete garden can have a serious impact on resale value, no matter how nicely the property is renovated.

19. Getting Carried Away With Fixtures and Finishes: As you reach the second fix stage of the project, it is easy to think you are on the home straight, under budget, and that you can start splashing out on designer bathrooms, taps, expensive handmade tiles, luxury showers, chrome sockets and switches, column radiators and all manner of great features. The trouble is you probably still have a third of your budget to go, and you can easily run out of money.

Keep track of your budget throughout the project and always have an idea of how much you have left. If you do underspend, or you have budgeted for high-quality finishes, then no problem, but do not end up running out of money needed to pay for work or bills still to come.

20. Paying Too Much Tax: If a contractor is not VAT registered, make sure they do not charge you VAT. If your project is subject to any VAT concessions, make sure that the appropriate rate is charged.

If your renovation project is a conversion or the renovation of a dwelling that has been empty for ten years or more, then it is largely zerorated for VAT. Your contractors should charge the reduced rate (currently 5%) on eligible labour and materials, and you can claim this back, together with any standard-rated VAT (currently 17.5%) you have paid to buy materials. See HMRC Notice 719 (

If you are undertaking major reconstruction of a building that has little architectural merit, consider whether or not it would be more costeffective to demolish it altogether and start from scratch, as this will save you 17.5% VAT on all eligible labour and materials (you are allowed to leave a basement in place, or a single facade if required to do so by the planners).

VAT relief is also available for some other types of renovation work, providing it is undertaken by a VAT-registered contractor. Make sure you are charged the right amount.

‘Work qualifying for VAT relief but with no DIY’ refund scheme:

  • Approved alterations to listed buildings.
  • Substantial reconstruction of a listed building.
  • Dwellings empty for at least three years.
  • Renovation of a dwelling that involves a change in the number of units.
  • The installation of energy-efficient materials.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Teaching sofea swims underwater

well, this is the progress so far..i started introduce her to the pool when she's about 10 months. Not frequent though. Tu pun dah kira lambat. Between 3 - 6 months is a very good time. Wanna know why? Google please...haha. Frankly because they still have natural reflex to swim and not to swallow water. It's the natural ability of every baby. But it's gonna slowly fade away from 6 months onwards.

Macam sofea...she loves water. Tapi sebab i bwk pergi swimming when she's a bit older, dia tak pandai nak swim underwater. Have to learn from the basic like other kids. So sekarang dalam proses nak familiarize dia dengan basic underwater swimming.

What i've learnt from Mr Google..mula2 kena buang rasa takut tu dulu. make it fun. Eg: 123- pour! Tell her we gonna pour the water onto the head, count 1,2,3 n pour. Mula2 memang dia tak suka. Tapi buat for several sessions at least 4 times per week. Time mandi kat rumah pun boleh. hehe. If the baby is not ready yet, never submerge their face/head in the water. This can be very scary n probably will affect them until adult.

Blow the bubbles. Haa yang ni penting untuk ajar dia supaya tak telan air bila swimming. Buatla fun2 sket tiup2 air kat tapak tangan ke, blow bubbles time swimming ke....macam sofea, awal2 i introduce blow bubbles...dia tak nak blow pun. haha. tapi when i count 123..n buat gaya tarik nafas panjang2 n buat gaya tiup angin dia suka plak nak ikut. Cuma lambat sketla dia nak buat tu kat air. Seriously it takes time n patience. Kalau dia tak nak, don't force it. Try lagi nanti2. Normally i buat time sofea mandi kat rumah je. hehe.

When you see progress, boleh start ajar rendam telinga dalam air. Part ni, selalu sofea indirectly belajar time dia swimming by herself in the kids pool. Kdg2 tu, saja2 je dia letak telinga kat air. So bila bwk swimming selalu, lama2 dia tak la rasa alien sangat kan bila air kena kat telinga. Ni pun basic underwater swimming juga.

Hmm okla..yang basic ni pun takes weeks of practices. Yang penting, the frequency of learning. Keep the session short like 30 minutes..but do it several times a week..minimum 4 times a week for a few months.

I pun tengah try ni... jomla try sama2..;)


School holiday!

Yeay! After several hectic weeks with loads of works to be done, it's holiday at last!

Hmm my main objective : ganti puasa! Hahah.. Tak habis ganti lagi ni.

2nd objective : sofea learns the basic of underwater swimming. Hehe. I figured that we can't force children to swim..but we can create a joyful moments of learning so that they'll feel comfortable n safe in the water. So far, she's very confident above the surface. But I dun think she's ready to go below the surface.

And thanx to least I get some ideas on how to teach my daughter to love water and finally swimming. But surely a long process n need a lot of patience, compassion, time n energy. Huhu. We'll see how it goes;-)

3rd objective : finish marking the students exam paper.

4th objective : Finish reading my book on japanese candlesticks so that I can start investing in stocks using virtual money. N after I convince mylocx i'm a good investor n know when to buy or when to sell, then I can jump into the real game. Tapi itu rasanya jauh lagi. Yg penting, learn the fundamental things first. Hahah.

Last but not least....harap2 dapat update blog selalu.hehe.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The power of nur kasih the movie

Ok...masih lagi dalam kehangatan filem nur kasih. To those who still not watching, dun be surprised if you see the cinema is full of malays, mainly women, kids n makcik makcik.haha.

Bukan apa la first time i tengok setiap masa penuh dgn orang esp aunty2 or even nenek2. Fenomena sungguh! is sunday. Planning nak tgk pirates of the carribean coz yesterday tak sempat nak marathon 2 movies. Hahah. Mylocx is soo banyak songeh when i asked him to watch nur kasih. Especially when there's a movie he soo wanna watch. Which is POTC of course. U know what he said regarding all these? Muka legend hati pun legend. Ahh sangat tak boleh blah. But still, he bought me the ticket.;-) thanx dear..

Orait peeps.. Go n watch it now..such a beautiful movie. Love it with all my heart. Take note the coversation between adam n the uztaz. Walaupun sekejap je babak tu, tp membuatkan kita tak habes2 berfikir.


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yeay da tengok nur kasih!


Tiga empat kali nangis dlm cinema. Eii...dahla muka cute, hati pun cute.wahahaha...

Well, that movie is superb ! What more can i say babe.. Ok serius cinema kat OU tu macam pasar malam. Ramai giler orang...yg mostly malay n mak cik mak cik. Apa lagi..sumer dok perabis tiket nur kasih la sampai we all dpt seat 3rd row je. Selling fast je semua. Pirates of the carribean pun sama. Selling fast sampai malam tuh.

Tak pe tak pe next trip baru tgk pirate. Yang penting puas hati sgt tengok nur kasih. Hehe.

Haa tu gamba i buat2 main hp la kunun sambil testing my new sunglasses. Dahlah test kat nando's.poyo betul.hahah... Thnx darling belanja ray ban sebijik! Alah...tgh sale kan..besides, tak tahan dah mata ni drive tgh hari buta ngan panas terik tu. Kang mata ni dah berkedut2 n rosak kena UV light sape yg susah. U dengan i jugak yang susah..kannn?haha.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kemaruk Mantera Anjasmoro

Hi peeps!

What are u guyz up to? Me? As usual, kalau malam jumaat tengah tunggu cite seram kat tv3 la.. Mantera anjasmoro.

Best ke tak? For me, memang layanz..tu pasal boleh keep on watching n watching. I'm a fan of horror movies yo..hehe

Why eh? Sekarang ni liat betul nak update blog. Lack of time n idea perhaps? Sofea pulak pantang tengok mommy main hp or laptop mulalah dia sebok2. Hahahh..

Nur Kasih the movie dah ada kat cinema kan? Alahhh....bilala nak tengok ni? Paling cepat pun this weekend la.huhu. Seriously i can't wait!

Oklah..dah nak mula citer dah ni..nak tau apa jadi kat Sabrina n Zahid.



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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Johnny's steamboat anyone?


Harini we all melantak di johnny's..layan steamboat dia sedap woo.. Kitorang pergi johnny's jusco cheras selatan or also known as jusco balakong.

Sofea enjoying the food as usual. Hehe. Especially tauhu telur tu. Me n mylocx haruslah makan tak hengat kan. Sabar jela. Haha.

Wahh sok kerja. Sangat tak bes. Kenapa la tak cuti cuti dan cuti sahaja. Amboi effa ingat bapak u yg bayar gaji? Heheh.

See ya.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

sofea at his uncle's wedding (gelang patah, johor)

Are u ready to get pregnant AGAIN?

Am i ready? Hmm to be honest, i dunno if i'm ready. Kalau ada rezeki then alhamdulillah. Kalau tak de pun xpe. It's just that ramai plak membe2 yg dah preggy 2nd child. So tetiba rasa nak pregnant tu dtg balik. Plus the fact that sofea has reached 19 months old.

If let say i'm pregnant this year, then she can have a sibling when she's almost 3 years old. Plus the age difference will be ermm...2 years apart. Theoritically, that sounds good. But we'll see how it goes.

I was very particular before when it comes to avoiding pregnancy. But i'm not taking any pills or injections. It's only natural n barrier method. N i wasn't taking any precautions during the first 5 months after giving birth to sofea. The reason: i was exclusively breastfeeding her n the chance of getting pregnant is so minimal when u're fully breastfeeding your child. I got my menstruation back when sofea's almost 6 months old.

Hmm..n now, i'm planning to have a 2nd child. Pernah dengar tak relationship between islamic calendar and pregnancy? I've heard that if u're planning to have a baby, try to conceive on 1st, 15th n 30th day of the month. Not sure of the kesahihannya, just wanna give a try:-P

But still, i can't stop thinking about the morning sickness n the cramp n the backpain etc etc. And my oh my, i also can't stop thinking of my future baby appearance and the pleasure of holding and smelling the precious gift from Allah again. Frankly said, i miss pregnancy. Maybe that's how it feels when u're a mother.

Congratz to all my friend yg dah preggy lagi. Take care.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Nur Kasih The Movie. Reviewed by someone who had watched the final cut of the movie!!

Forget previous proclamations made by other local films, THIS is the most anticipated movie of the year in this part of the world. I mean, the Nur Kasih TV series sparked a phenomenon a couple of years ago when it was aired on TV3, attracting over 19 million viewers and changing perceptions about local shows along the way.
The show’s stars, especially leading lady Tiz Zaqyah, shot into superstardom almost over night and Nur Kasih has remained on the lips and consciousness of the general public long after the last episode was screened. The catch-up videos on meanwhile, notched up more than 64 million views. Yes, 64 MILLION VIEWS. Kapow!
So now, about the movie.
The hardcore fans have even warned me about revealing too many plot details (“tak syok lah kalau dah tau”, they say), and so, this “review” will reveal just enough stuff without threatening to spoil your viewing pleasure.

And oh yeah, I’m not one of those hardcore fans that could remember every single scene and dialogue from the TV series (like I know every single thing about “Ali Setan”, for example). But I know enough lah. Haha.

So the movie is in fact a continuation of the series that basically featured the conflicts of a love-triangle of sorts between Nur Amina (Tiz Zakyah), and brothers Aidil (Fizz Fairuz) and Adam (Remy Ishak). We know that Adam married Nur due to his father’s dying wish although the pious Aidil clearly had feelings for her.

The loutish Adam went on to treat Nur like sh** but after he finally repented, their marriage came under threat when he went missing and presumed dead in a foreign land. But of course, he was still alive (though not exactly “kicking”) all along, and by the final episode, we saw him returning home to Nur (yay!), and everyone lived happily ever after.
Or did they?
Apart from a train crashing in a middle eastern country, the first five minutes of the film also reveals a very important plot point, i.e.: Aidil has lost his wife Aliya (Ayu Raudhah). (This is SIX YEARS after we last saw them in the series, btw). The reason for her demise is not immediately revealed but Aidil is now suffering in the depths of despair and it is my prediction that the crying will already start in the cinemas within these first few minutes. So, crank out the tissue boxes early, yeah?

Also, at this point, I bet the women in the theatres will be going: “I’ll marry him! I’ll marry him! Tak kiralah dia single father, janji macho dan beriman, ok?” Hehe.

Meanwhile, Adam and Nur are leading a rather good life, although still childless. Their spare time is spent at a shelter for troubled kids, including one (Sara Ali) who obviously has the hots for Adam. And when Nur receives confirmation from the doctor that she’s finally pregnant, the couple feels like they’re on top of the world.

Like I said, I won’t spoil it too much for you lot, so I’m skipping one important plot point and just tell you that Adam and Nur would later wind up in Jordan for some R&R. It is there that we see what really happened to that train and the consequences of it.

Back in KL, Aidil is still bergelumang dengan kesedihan, and you would really feel for him, especially when the kids (one of whom is played by the super adorable Mia Sara) make awkward statements about their late mom. But the fighter that he is, Aidil soldiers on and even helps to look after the shelter for troubled kids in the absence of Adam and Nur.

Again, I won’t be giving away big spoilers, but just to say that both Adam and Aidil will be put through life-threatening situations. Who will die? Who will survive? Ah, kena tengok lah, ok?

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The actors have such great chemistry between them that even the corniest of lines or scenes seem natural and never out of place. And this film DOES have some retweet-worthy lines that will also no doubt be on the FB status updates of its legion of fans.

Directed by Kabir Bhatia, there’s also no doubt that this is one absolutely gorgeous film. And while the top-notch cinematography was only previously enjoyed on the small screen, seeing it on the silver screen is a different experience altogether. The scenes in Jordan especially, look stunning and soothing all at once and the sweeping paddy fields back in Malaysia will also take your breath away.

I also like the original music, expertly done by Hafiz Hamidun. The dramatic scenes greatly benefit from the soaring score and it lends a certain “bigness” to the film. And who would have thought that a local epic love story like this would have some memorable action scenes as well?

A minor disappointment is in the CGI department (yes, there’s actual special effects!) that looks, well, not as impressive as the rest of the film. And yes, those who’ve never seen the TV series at all, might have some questions about the plot earlier on, but everything is tied up nicely at the end; so no big worries there.

It's a pretty darn good movie!

Sumber: enough! Wajib tengok ye.. Kalau mylocx tak nak, bermuncung la i jawabnye...=p=p
No. no. seriously i NAK sangat tengok.... esp Remy Ishak.hahah.

Jom tengok ramai2...prepare the tissues everyone!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Vacant possession

Ok..terasa lama sgt x update. Super duper malas. Huhu. Asal nak update je adalah hal2 lain yg nak setel.

On the previous weekend, (1 mei) we all went to gelang patah, johor. My cousin's wedding. Was a very long journey pergi balik coz it's jam to the max at seremban n melaka. Stayed one night at gelang patah homestay n one night at my MIL house in Kluang. Overall it's a wonderful weekend but terribly exhausted. Nanti i upload photo kalau rajin.

At the moment, our mind are focusing too much on home renovation. Vacant possession is somewhere around july. Hopefully we'll get the key a.s.a.p so that we can start planning for the reno. The major concern is the budget. Coz memang x nak buat personal loan semata mata utk reno. For us, proceed within the budget, n buat yg penting2 mcm plaster ceiling, repair the defects, painting, n perhaps the floor n the bathroom. Kalau tak cukup budget, then cancel mana2 yg patut.

As for now, we're doing some researches in order to get some idea on how to start renovating a house from a to z. I'm planning to share the whole procedures in the blog if i got time.

To those yg dah pernah renovate rumah or ada experience bout this matter, bolehla sharing info kay.

I mean, recommended contractors, cost, tips, etc etc.

Till then. Daa...

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