Alya Qistina

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Donald Duck

Is it true that braces can change your face shape?

I heard this a lot.

Of course, nothing has changed to my face structure within this one month, but since the dentist put something over your teeth, they make a thickened layer, and my upper lip is kind of pouting naturally.

Which I never noticed.

I sent my selfies to Ameerul, he asked me, "Are you okay like that? Are you comfortable like that?"

Me, "Like what?"

He said again, "Does it feels like something bothering you up there?"

Me, "No, never thought about that".

So I looked at that picture closely, yeah, Donald Duck junior detected!


The good things about putting on these metals are that, I start to take a reallyyyy good care of my oral hygiene. I'm brushing my teeth so frequent now - after meals, before praying, coming back from school, before sleep and sometimes that I just feel like brushing my teeth - that I need to change my toothbrush quite often than before since they tend to wear off easily due to the frequent use hahaha (I just bought new toothbrushes just now by the way - which the grocery keeper would probably think what the heck does this girl would do with so much toothbrushes).

And reading articles as much as I can about these oral thingy. I spent good 10 minutes watching people making a demo on how to brush the teeth properly. Studying teeth and braces structures. Reading people's experiences about braces. Checking your teeth in the mirror few times in the middle of study. Staring at your bracketed teeth and wonder how they will rearrange themselves for perfect positions. Hahaha.

I'm so so so weird like that.

I've never been so useful toward myself like this! *proud*

Hahaha!

Or this will only last for few months? Lol.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

orthodontic treatment

If you remember I used to complain about my teeth disarrangement  that I was thinking of wearing braces to correct the alignment.

I come to a decision to put on that steel. Firstly, because of the overlapping teeth, I find it so hard to brush my teeth properly that I'm afraid I'm not wholly cleaning all part of my teeth. My toothbrush seems so hard to reach that part.

Second, because of this overlapping teeth, people think my teeth create huge gap with each other and they thought I'm toothless. I admit that my teeth/bone are kind of fragile (I used to make a bone test in one of the health campaigns, just out of my interest, but the result was shocking - the lady said my 23 year-old bones were much less like 40+ year-old bones, I was offended! Hahaha), like in one incident, my tooth cracked due to a trauma of me biting a chicken bone. -___-

So let's be friend with a dentist, and let him corrects all these imperfections.

Third, I want to look good on my wedding pictures. This may sounds ridiculous. But this contributes 70% of the decision making on this hahaha. I probably won't have much time to bother the photographer to take my pictures properly every time of the day since I'm always a fussy customer, so let's make a win-win situation here.

It's been a month since I wear braces now. And it's been around 2 months now that I've been going back and forth to the dental clinic - to prepare my teeth for the orthodontic treatment. I need to correct few damages first. I did root canal treatment, fillings, and all. You just name it! Hahaha.

Well surprisingly, I don't feel pain at all. The dentist decides to put on braces in stages. He put brackets at the selected teeth and let me be like that for a week. Then a week after, he started to put wires and elastic bands.

Because he doesn't want me to feel the pain if he puts everything in one go. What a strategy hahaha.

So seriously, no pain at all. Just a little pressure on my teeth, once in a while and disappear after that.

I just eat what I want, except chewing gum. I remember eating a carrot recklessly and the wire suddenly off of its bracket, my dentist asked me, "Whyyyy?" because he clearly told me before of what to eat and what not to.

"Because it's food, I can't help being hungry and restrain myself over food" - I said to myself.
Hahaha. But actually I always act like a scared chicken in front of any doctors.

But I grow some ulcers! And the ulcers tend to harshly touch the metal bracket, it feels so @#$*&!

*breathe in breathe out*

I'm having a dental appointment once a week instead of a regular once a month routine because the doctor decides so, I told you guys, S-T-R-AT-E-G-Y. I'm okay with that, since he's one professional and friendly dentist.

But I'm taking 3-month break now for my summer break in Malaysia, and will come again to continue this treatment.

See you in 3 months!

p/s: I used to be so scared seeing this haunting chair. I didn't know where I got the strength to sit on that. We are bff now. *blow nails*

Monday, June 22, 2015

counting days

I've told you guys that I already finished with my final exams this semester. And I supposed to go back to Malaysia earlier, but I choose to spend my Ramadan here hahaha can't believe you still read and trust that, perhaps, okay truthfully, due to some circumstances regarding the airlines terms and condition, I have to wait for more than a week.

Everyone knows I'm impatient.

Plus it's Ramadan now. I was worried at first. But well, it isn't that bad so far.

Because I'm staying inside most of the time. I mean, all the times! Except if I really have to go out; like going to shop some souvenirs for my family in Malaysia. And buying things people in Malaysia ask me to buy. Anddd, here comes my favourite part, I'm actually doing this small business of headscarf.

The idea came when I was wearing this one shawl during one of my winter break trips, people loved it so much they keep asking if I could find them ones.

So why not! I could earn some money through this right?

I'm so counting days to go back to Malaysia.

So I'm just killing some times now while waiting for the flight. So what I do - I'm dealing with the people in Malaysia regarding their orders everyday, I'm watching K-dramas, preparing what to eat for break fast and sahoor, plus it's Ramadan - I choose to spend more time with Al Quran and doing terawikh by myself.

And cooking again in Ramen Celebrity (new app that got me so addicted. I always freak out if Chef Gordon comes to my ramen shop cause his temper is ridiculously annoying. Can't he just wait to eat my ramen? As if he's fasting! - you'll get this if you play this game)..

My housemates are going back to Malaysia one by one.

And Shushy keeps whatsapp-ing me days and nights to keep me company - she really gets on my nerve with her voice messages. Just annoying like Chef Gordon this girl hahaha.

Happy holiday dear self.

May this holiday brings you a lot of happiness and rest your body and mind really well. Cause forth year will be started real soon and drives you insane again.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ramadan Kareem

Just finished with final exams for semester 6. I don't know if it's just me, but I really feel like this is the longest semester ever. Feels like years long! Anyhow, everything just come to its end, am so happy, literally. Although I didn't really do well this time, a little malas this semester compared to the previous ones.

And Ramadan started just a day after my last final exam paper. My first Ramadan went well alhamdulillah. Because we went shopping in Cairo and had char kuey teow for break fast just beside the small field near to Masjid Hussein. Cairo is really hot, really. Bless you sweat glands for working so hard. Hahaha.

Guess what, I developed a few canker sore (mouth ulcers) just a few day before exam and last until now. Oh my god, how will I describe this pain - especially when you wake up from sleep, it's all dry and painful. Also when you eat, when you talk, when you brush your teeth, when you swallow your own saliva, when you do everything. It hurts! Also, I'm on an orthodontics treatment now (I'm wearing braces now), you see, the bracket makes some friction with the ulcer! I swear if I'm not being patient enough, I would probably climb up to the rooftop and scream at the top of my lung to tell the world to stop pissing me off and be nice while I'm in pain. Hahahah #drama

Am counting days now to go back to my country. So now I'm just killing some times at home, sorting out what to pack, what souvenir to give to my family in Malaysia, what to cook for break fast, you know.. things your moms usually do. Hahaha.

Of course I'm excited to go back, specially when it's Ramadan now. The image of bazaar ramadan near to my house has always popped out in my head. The smell of mutabak. The sour taste of somtam. My mom's chili prawns, the coldness of laicikang, the durians after break fast. Basically it's all about food okayyy!

Well, the upside of fasting here, I'm happy to witness how people are really looking forward to Ramadan. They are welcoming Ramadan so much it feels so different here. People are giving away foods and goods. They start to decorate their buildings and street and hanging lanterns everywhere. You can see colourful lights afar off. It's just amazing.

Much less like in Malaysia, everybody is spending more time with Al Quran.

Plus it's summer in here and the day is much longer than the night. I tell you, it's really hot here, I'm sometimes proud of myself that I actually unconsciously able to bear 2 hours of sweating whilst traveling in a public transport here. I can even fast asleep like that. You see, you'll get used to it. You have no choice hahah.

Everything that comes from Allah is all nice, by the way.

Enjoy your Ramadan brothers and sisters.

(picture from.. obviously google.com)

Friday, June 5, 2015

living diary

Best friend is when.. She remembers something you did 10 years ago when you yourself don't even have any idea about it. 

Shushy is being extra clingy these days. Not even a day has passed without her WhatsApp texts. 

"Qis"

"Whatchu doing?"

"Finish exam?"

"Accompany me to sleep please"

We don't really meet each other too often. Distance factor, maybe. So it means we don't really have a chance to create more and more memories together. No more silly things together. No more new ideas together.

So what we do is, we keep reminiscing those good old times and starting to laugh over them over and over again.

And keep updating about each other and others (i.e: gossips) haha. She's your best partner when it comes to gossips. She's like a gossips bank and I'm the best investor in her bank. Hahaha.

We've been together for more like 11 years and of course, there's so many memories together.

She's recalling them one by one.

Things I did 5 years ago. Things I said 7 years ago. All that in her mind.

Good. She's like a living diary of mine.

And so do I. I remember things she did 6 years ago clearly. 

Of course, we do fight, in fact, a lot! Hahaha. I swear, I was really mad at her whenever we got into fight. We started to throw hateful words to each other. We said bad things to each other just to make everyone felt bad. 

But we made up just after the fight just because we had new gossips to share, couldn't wait any longer haha. 

That's how we roll. 

So, if you're happen to read this, be my living diary forever and stay by my side even if my hair would turns grayish. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

crazy month

I'm so tempted to open this site and blog about what's going on in my life (well, nothing's actually going on here hahaha), but I've been so so so busy that I didn't have much time to even switch on my laptop.

My final exam has started! Passed 2 papers and still struggling for the rest 5 papers. 7 papers is totally normal okay.

So this means my sleepless nights have begun. My blood level should be contented with caffeine. Books and notes are everywhere to be found; bed, study desk, coffee table and even on laundry rack.

And this struggle has some sweet ending, perhaps, because I'm going back to my country just a few day after the last paper ends. Isn't that exciting to start Ramadhan at home?

Hahaha so happy to escape summer here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

wedding

Been getting a lot of wedding invitations thru Facebook - because no one wants to waste a time to post me a card via international delivery that probably takes 1 month to arrive and obviously I can't attend.

I felt a glimpse of excitement to receive such invitations and I usually went like, "Wow, she's getting married" or "Young, successful and going to get married - how interesting" or "Already?"

Or nowadays that I've been getting so so much invitations that apparently I won't be able to attend, I'll go like, "Awhh whose wedding this time?" or "Whose Raikan Cinta is this?" whilst tapping my phone to open her Facebook invitation page from the notification box.

Confession: I'd always wanted to get married early - at 25. Simply because it's a sunnah. 25 is such a perfect age to get married because usually that's when you're just starting with a stable career, you can afford to buy your own assets, you're technically mature enough to manage a household and taking care of babies.

Also you can befriend with your own children when they get older because the age gap isn't that huge. I wanna be my children's bestfriend - even though they don't want to.

I wanna see how they progress. I wanna be there on their graduation days. I wanna be there inside their labour rooms. #clingyfuturemomalert

Am I right? Okay, maybe my talks are cheap. Hahaha.

So being 25 years old now, any signs of getting married is really nowhere to be seen. Not even a slightest hahaha.

No pressure of course.

Because I need to complete my studies first. Marriage is not a race okay.

I know my life is progressing a little slower than the others. But truth be told, that doesn't give me a pressure. As long as you enjoy doing your own things and stick to your goals. I actually have so many dreams to achieve - though everything seems to move so slow for me.

"It's okay if you'd get it done later than others. This is not a race. All that matters is you and you ambition." - Dad, 3 years ago.

Well, we can just plan, no matter how great our plans are, it's only Allah who has the power of deciding everything.

So now, I'm just focusing on the wedding... of my big brother. Hahaha but it's really really nice to see their preparations. From wedding invitation card, door gifts and all.

Okay now. I'm going to go back to books.

Study week now. Nerd alert mode on.