The Family Guy
January 20, 2011

Well there goes my Maybe 365 project. Then again, 5 is still, ‘maybe 365’ isn’t it?

On a far more important note, I got married on January 8th to the most beautiful girl in the world, Azalia Suhaimi.

(Not too sure if she’d say the same of me... about being pretty, not a girl -- though that does occur at times.)

The akad went smoothly i.e. I only had to recite it once (Booyah!). And the receptions on both sides made us possibly the happiest people on the planet during the past week.

She had her dream wedding by the lake with lights, flowers, music, and us walking down the aisle to All You Need Is Love. (Read all about it here.) While I had my dream wedding as well, filled with laughter of bad jokes from my schoolmates and more bad jokes from my father’s schoolmates.

Endless gratitude to our parents, family members and friends for all their support. If I could plant you a mountain of flowers overlooking a double rainbow after a sunshiny Sunday morning rain, I would. In the meantime, I hope this blog post would do.

Above all, thank you God for this incredible gift. Alhamdulillah.

Some photos by our wonderful photographer Nik Aizu, and his team, Shazni and Amir.

Set 1: http://www.nikaizu.com/2011/01/wedding-azalia-asrif.html
Set 2: http://www.nikaizu.com/2011/01/reception-of-azalia-asrif.html




The Maybe 365 Project: 5.1.11
January 06, 2011

And right after my first working day of the year, is my last working day before my long leave. Our friend Junaidi was kind enough to bring some cake from his hometown of Kuching, Sarawak. Bless the man. Adios office!



The Maybe 365 Project: 4.1.11
January 05, 2011

First working day of the year. Welcome back traffic jams, floods, and endless streak of curse words on the road. Not everyday that you get to use your phone in the car right in front of the traffic police though.



The Maybe 365 Project: 3.1.11
January 04, 2011

Moved in the first batch of stuff into our place. What I was trying to recreate here is a graph of my fiancee's things compared to mine. That's right, only the ball is mine.

Sent my youngest sister Sarah for her first day in secondary school. She seems happy enough. Every year, when school starts, I'm reminded of my own ordeal back during my first day in school. Here's my recollection of it, written around this time last year: Don't Leave Me, Ms. Maureen.



The Maybe 365 Project: 2.1.11
January 03, 2011

I spent two years living with these guys. And those probably were, the funniest two years of my life; no matter how bad the jokes were.

Ayam Golek Pantai Dalam lunch with the MRSMPC schoolmates.

I don’t even know how we began calling ourselves The Godbros (okay, it was The Godfather but play along), while preserving our dislike for people who name their group of friends.

Then again, we’re not friends. We’re brothers.

A brilliant final weekend as a bachelor.



The Maybe 365 Project: 1.1.11
January 01, 2011

I haven’t been updating this blog that much toward the end of last year. Apart from the re-posts of my articles in The Star, I’ve practically posted nothing. In other words, I’m wasting precious domain hosting dollars and cents.

The number of readers hasn’t been that encouraging as well. Bar those who stumbled upon the site after googling “spleen sandwich” or “itchy groin” (beats me), the average number of visitors to the site for the year ending December 31st, 2010, was three per day.

That’s right. Even Kim Jong Il Looking at Things garnered more attention than my website.

So for the upcoming year, to boost the activity of this site, I plan to post up one photo everyday with probably a story to go with it. You heard me right. By the end of the year, I’ll have 365 new photos; if I’m dedicated enough. Which is probably why people on the Internet cleverly call this kind of project, -- wait for it -- that’s right, The 365 Project.

But as I said, 365 photos will only happen for me if I’m diligent enough. And I rarely am. As demonstrated by my half-complete USS Constitution ship in a bottle and Richard Simmons jigsaw puzzle.

That said, I’m going to call this project the Maybe 365 Project. At the rate I’m going, all pumped up and ready to go, I may well end up with 637 photos but knowing my momentum throughout the year, I’d be lucky to have 3 photos.

This man successfully did it for 18 years with his Polaroid camera right to the day of his passing. An amazing feat. But I'll only be doing it with my phone's camera. Can't afford to lug around a proper camera and I'm only as good at photography as Khloe Kardashian at being polite.

I guess it’s a good way for me to keep myself active with my writing as well. For the only way to write better is to write more. There’s always Twitter but 140 characters would only allow me to write so much, especially when my subject of interest includes Paleontology -- which in itself, is already 165 characters.

Plus 2011 will be a special year. I’m getting married in a week’s time, we’re moving into our own place, my band is wrapping up on our first record, I’ll be writing more articles for publication, and Manchester City is on its way to world domination. So there is a lot talk about.

I guess I’ll sign off with my first installment to the project, for 1.1.11.

Spent the first day of the year helping my fiancee move out of her apartment. A monumental feat considering she's got stuff enough to fit a mansion. So we were bound to be driven bonkers. At which point I thought it was funny to perform this little trick I used to do as a kid with the sarong.

Amidst frantically boxing her things in the dusty room, she didn't find it too amusing. I did. Still am.

Wearing it as I'm typing now.



Photography by Azalia Suhaimi

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