August 10, 2008

"That's it!" shouted Sudin at the top of his lungs, as the skin of his fingers slowly peels off while being smoldered by teh tarik, still at its boiling temperature.

Only seconds earlier, his sudden outburst of anger led him to thumping the glass onto the table; to the stall owner's dismay.

"Dey, mau marah kalu sana gusti punya tempat pigi la... apa pasal sini juga lu mau bikin kacau. Tarak sekolah punya orang..."

Realizing that he was already standing on his chair with every bit of attention from the other customers directed at him, Sudin slowly got down and wiped off the teh tarik (and bits of skin) from his hand.

"Ane, sorry ha... saya punya kawan ini hari, hati dalam ada sikit susah. Ini gelas nanti saya ganti sama you. Sudin my friend, care to tell me what the hell is going on..?"


"Oh boy, here we go again..."

"No matter what I do, no matter where I go, she's all I could think of man. Day and night, dusk 'til dawn. I see her everywhere. Even in this teh tarik."

"Calm down buddy, you're in a pretty bad shape already; a textbook case of infatuation. Happens to the best of us man."

"And the worst part is that, for all you know, I'm just a no one in her life dude. I'm just another bugger at the office. Just another bugger, at the office."

"Well, the only solution is for you to go out there, and get it all straightened out with her. And just accept whatever outcome. If it's a yes, then it's all good. If it's a no, move on. She's not the only girl out there. You can smash all the glasses in this stall and it would still do nothing if you don't go talk to her."

"Dey, jangan ajar sama dia kasi hancur sama saya punya gelas la..."

"Sial dia ni pasang telinga. Saya cakap saja la Ane..."

"Easier said than done man. I saw her from a few miles away the other day and even that gave me shivers. It was brilliant though. I could've just won a Nobel earlier that day and seeing her from that far would still be the highlight of my day man. It would. Ah, she's just perfect dude, and I know that I can give her all that she needs."

"You ain't helping yourself man. Grow some balls, go out there and just ask her out or something. What's the worst that could happen? She says no? It's 2008, so what if a girl says no?"

"I don't know dude. You know how we tend to put the girls we like way, way up there... and put ourselves way, way down here. Look at her, she's this smart and attractive girl and me, I'm just, well, a very average guy. I can't help it man. I know I'll stutter when I'm in front of her. I know I'll turn into this awfully boring guy; unlike when I'm with our girl friends. You know..."

"I do, believe me I do. But it's now or never Sudin. You sure you'll find another girl as great as, if not better than her in the future? We aren't in high school no more. If you're too slow, BAM! some other guy will snap her up. You can't be too fast as well though; don't wanna freak her out. Bah, you'll just have to play your cards right. I'm clueless as well, it's a grey area."

"I suppose, and you know whaaaaaHOLY SMOKE, there she is. The love of my life."

"What the f... oh... shoot, she's alone man. Sudin dude, I'm telling you man... this is it; make or break. Just keep your cool, go there, say hi, and buy her a drink or something."

"Right, right... alright, here goes nothing, wish me luck man..."

"May the force be with you son."

Sudin stood up, squinting his eyes as the sun shines as bright as his hope, in finally finding true love. Anticipating a tough moment, tears of sweat falls down his temple right onto the ground, silhouetted by his shadow; slowly growing as he approaches closer to Lina's table.

"Err... excuse me... no I mean, hello there..."

"Oh ye, teh o ais limau satu ye dik..."

"Eh, no I don't work here. I'm Sudin... from work, remember? Lina right?"

"Ha... oh, urm... aha... Sudin! From Finance right?"

"No, not really... I'm from Planning. We take the same lift sometimes, thought I'd say hi..."

"Yeah right, right... I remember. How are you Kudin? Who are you with"

"It's Sudin. I'm alright... just chilling after work with my buddy Ajis, right there. How about yourself? Doing alright? Alone I see?"

"Not quite."

"Ah, Jay... found your parking spot hun? By the way, meet Budin, a friend of mine, from work. Budin, meet Jay."

"Oh... hey there, I'm Jay."


"Quite a grip there eh, buddy."


"I think you can let go now."

And he loosened his grip. Slowly, Sudin walked back towards his table. His shadow vanished; every bit of it surged right into his body filling the emptiness of his soul with nothing more than gloom and darkness.

Within sight, his good friend and long time right hand man Ajis is seen tapping his fingers on the table while resting his head on the other hand; probably figuring out ways to alleviate the pain his friend is going through. Ajis rubbed his eyes for a few seconds before the crashing sound of breaking glass and loud commotion brought him back.

"Ayoyo dey macha! Macha! Sini mari! You punya kawan kasi pecah sama saya gelas belakang dapur sana!"

"Ah sudah Sudin..."


well Sudin/Serih, it looks as if it would be a heckuva lot faster to grow a pair of C-cup mammaries on your anatomy than to grow a pair of decent balls.. tu laa ngko lambat sgt.. kan ke Kudin/(those who shall NOT be named) dah kebas..


sudin, will u be my bf ?

nicely done la bro
btw, asal lately the entries have the same common theme aa?

gina can wait dude, lol

ass-rif/sudin writer extraordinaire

superior english.. echoing judd's

serih/sudin, don't mind me heckling the shit outta you son. surely it didn't stop you from teasing the jivvy outta me when i didn't quite pull that Nandos trick back then...

ayam kampung bawah Darby 22/08 on me?

MX: I think you're getting the names mixed up buddy. Nonetheless, apa kelas Darby Park... kurangĀ² Chili's dude.

Silent Reader: I doubt he's reading... my good friend Judd would love to though. :-)

Manloq: It's all coincidental bro... all coincidental. Hahaha... bring on Season 08/09! City 'til I die!

Judd: Izzudin the extraordinarilylargewaistlineaire.

i was imagining asrif as ajis..hmm..

asrif. you have a lot of fans. people love you.

sudin the legend

Syu: Unlikely... I hardly ever gave proper advice when it comes to things like this.

Pie: Not quite bro, not quite haha...

So quaint it almost made my day.

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lolikneri havaqatsu

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  • Asrif, b. 1983
  • Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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