Tuesday, November 17, 2009

orkid's cafe: i'm not an extra virgin

Mas was one of my closest friend when I was in the upper form. The first time I got to know her was when I had to sit beside her in the class. I looked at her and I was thinking,"Why am I getting this girl as my desk partner?!"

It turned out to be she was asking the same question to herself. She didn't like me for so many reasons. I can't blame her. She was nerdy - with her big spectacles and geeky folds of her tudung. She also used this colourful pins at the side of the folds and she carried a BATA sack.

I, on the other hand - did not fold my tudung, wore ankle boots and had tin pencil case with robot pictures on it. It was black in colour.
You can imagine if the pencil case fell on the floor. Nobody would want to sleep in the class:P

We were different.

I listened to English songs, she listened Malay songs. I loved calculations subjects and she loved reading subjects. I slept in the History class, she gave her full focus. She did all her homework, I did mine too - but I was not as hardworking as she was. I read Galaxie and she was reading URTV!

But we were friends. We learned to cope with each other and compromised. I was crazy about Blur at that time. So, everyday she had to listen to my "Woooooohoooo...when I feel heavy metal!". She didn't mind at all. In return, I had to listen to "Rinduuuuuuu...rindu serindu-rindunyaaaaa...."

* Note:
My song: Song 2 from Blur
Her song: Rindu Serindunya from Spoon


One day, the English teacher called us.

"Sha, you must help Mas," my teacher told me. Mas was looking down the floor.
"Mas, you must ask from Sha. You're worrying me," she said to Mas.

"Her English needs to have some improvement. She is doing direct translation in most of her composition. Is it possible for you to borrow some of your books?" the teacher asked me. I nodded. I didn't say much to the teacher.

When we were alone, I asked, "Apasal kau tak cakap dengan aku? Tak perlulah sampai cikgu pulak kena cakap, Mas! Kitakan kawan!"

She said, "Aku sebenarnya tak faham apa yang kau cakap, Sha. Aku mintak maaf..."

"Kau tak faham?" I asked her.

"Ya. Bila aku dengar kau cakap, ada masanya aku kena guna kamus. Kadang kau cakap terlalu laju. Mesti tak banyak sikit, termasuk perkataan Inggeris. Aku tak faham," her face was red while she was saying that.

"Contoh?"
"Hari tu kau sebut...kau sebut..ap...app...shed!"
"Appreciate?" I prompted.
"Ya! Aku tak tahu itu binatang apa!" she nearly cried.
"Appreciate tu menghargai. Bila aku kata, aku appreciate kau, maknanya aku menghargai engkau. Okay?" I said softly.
"Tak ada siapa ajar aku..." her voice broke.
"Aku kan ada. Kenapa kau tak cakap awal-awal?"
"Aku malu..."
"Malu apa?! Hmm...lagi satu, aku nak tanya kau. Macam mana kau boleh dapat 8A?"
"Aku nasib baik je, Sha."
"Tak, sebab kau pandai."

"Tapi, aku tak macam kau. Kau boleh tidur lepas tu score. Kalau kau buat karangan, berjela-jela. Tapi kau relax aje. BM senang, BI senang. Aku tak boleh!"

"Salah tu. Aku tidur time Sejarah, dan aku tak score. Aku tak boleh hafal macam kau. Aku bukan contoh yang baik. Pasal subjek bahasa tu, aku memang minat, kau tahu kan. Bukan sebab aku pandai," At that time, I was regretting all my actions. I knew I had to change.

I was determined to make her good in English. She was hardworking. I knew she could do it!

So, starting from that day, I translated every English word which came out of my mounth. I told her, I was learning myself and we had to learn together. I passed at least five to ten Sweet Valley Highs and Enid Blyton's books to her every week.

One day, she said this to me:

"Aku nampak kau baca buku tebal-tebal tu. Kau baca buku apa, Sha?"
"Ooo..yang tu. Itu buku Judith McNaught," I said with a smile.
"Boleh aku tengok?"

"Tengoklah. Kau boleh belajar banyak dari buku tu. Tapi bahasa dia berbunga sikit dari buku-buku yang aku bagi kau. Kena refer kamus banyak sikit."

"Kalau aku tanya kau?" she asked.
"Boleh. Tapi aku bukan tahu semua tau. Kadang-kadang aku salah. Aku pun belajar lagi."


She brought the books to the hostel and started to read.

"Sha," she called me while reading.
"Ya."
"Kau pernah baca Romantika Malam Pertama?" she asked me.

I gasped. Was it Mas who asked me that question? My geeky Mas?

"Apa benda tu?" I asked dumbly. There was no expression on her face.
"Macam buku Judith McNaught kau. Tapi dalam versi Bahasa Melayu. Cuma, tak terperinci. Maklumlah, artikel Melayu sopan sikit," she said.
"Tak. Aku tak pernah baca."

"Kau patut baca. Aku rasa kau dah cukup terbuka dan matang. Macam-macam ceritanya. Ada yang kelakar, ada yang sedih."

"Contoh?" I asked her.

Then she told me about a case of this newlywed couple. The husband bought a deep red negiglee for their wedding night. Then, they started their nights with pantun. The pantuns were becoming double meaning each time and in the end what they were expected and wanted finally became a reality. While they were making love, the wife felt biting on her toes. She thought the husband mouth was there but apparently the husband's mouth was on her stomach. The husband had only one mouth. So they switched on the lights and found a mouse near their bed. The husband wanted to play hero, so he chased the mouse with a broom. Suddenly, he heard,

"Kot iya pun pakailah seluar dulu." It came from his father-in-law. He was at the hall.

"Hehehehe..." I laughed and blushed at the same time.

Mas smiled with her geeky spectacles.

"Kau suka tak cerita aku?" she asked.
"Lucah!" I pinched her.
"Tak. Tak lucah. Cerita-cerita tu banyak pengajaran. Aku cuma cerita yang kelakar. Ada yang sedih. Apa kata kau cuba baca. Dekat surat khabar **** (a tabloid)."

"Mana kau belajar ni, Mas? Aku ingat kau tak reti benda-benda macam ni," she looked casual. I was the one who looked like a geek.

"Budak kampung. Bukan pandai Bahasa Inggeris. Takkan nak baca Judith McNaught macam kau."
"Janganlah cakap macam tu, " I was feeling disturbed by that statement.
"Aku dah baca ni. Ada soalan untuk kau."
"Haaahh...nak tanya apa?"

"Manhood ni apa benda, Sha? Aku tengok dalam kamus dia cakap lain. Tapi aku tak boleh nak masukkan dalam ayat ni..." she looked determined.

"Errrrrrr...." I stumbled there. I blushed to the roots of my hair.
"Kau malu ye?" she smiled wickedly.
"Haah!!!!" I shouted with a red face.
"Kau masih perempuan Melayu terakhir. Hehehehehe..." she laughed naughtily.

"Masss!!!!" I pinched her. She laughed louder!

She is my best friend. Until today.

Mas got C6 for her English. If only we prepared earlier, her English would've been better. That was definite. When we met for the first time after a year in college, she made so much of improvement, I nearly cried. I can still remember her sentence, "The behaviour is unacceptable." She learned. So, I don't believe the excuse of not being able to learn English if you're from the village or your parents are not speaking in English. That's rubbish!

I learned about Extra Virgin Olive Oil when I was around eighteen years old. I didn't know why it was called extra virgin. I mean, virginity is familiar when discussing women, not olive oil. I had this crazy ideas of the relationship until I read and watched the extra virgin olive oil. production in the television. It was not related to baby production organs at all:P

Geeky women are not extra virgin. Don't be duped with one's personality and apperance.

That was the lesson I got from my best friend, Mas. She was the only one who managed to make me blushed:P

My question:
If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil comes from?
Hehehehe....

48 comments:

juelee said...

very memorable friendship kan sha? comel je akwan sha mas tu...
jue setuju, english ni kene rajen, rajen membaca then we will improve...

sha, boleh bagi alamat tak kat inbox facebook, nak bagi kad la..

ashie023 said...

wahaha...amik ko novel romantika malam pertama...kalu aku dengo tajuk pong dah bleh blushing2 padahal aku manyak jugak baca buku Judith Mc Naught dan seangkatan dengannya..hehe...ehembukuvampiremanyakjugakbabtuehem

Na Shari said...

Judith Mc Naught, Sandra Brown and John Grisham... Buku2 diorang ni la yang mendewasakan akak... :)

~0~ said...

kawan sampai mati...

atty's said...

tu ar kan nak belajar english tak perlu malu perlu kerajinan ..

~ mizzAmy ~ said...

sama kes lah dengan amy. amy dulu pun tak reti english ni. then, most of my frens semuanya duk pung pang pung pang dalam english. so, i've learned a lot from them. banyak words yg tak tau jadi tau..

Precious said...

Those days ... neatly folded in the memory lane.

~Kak AZZ~ said...

best kalau ada kawan yg boleh share everything.....setiakawan selama2nya...


tak pnh baca novel omputih ni....nak kena try baca jugak la lps ni....huhu...

*streamyx kat sinipun selalu sangat tingggtonggg.....sabo aje la...

Yunus Badawi said...

Saya bukan budak kampung tapi tak pandai omputih jugak. Tapi bila dah kena belajar di negara omputih boleh pulak score A dlm subjek English kat U sbb dah terpaksa cakap london kat sana hehehe

Dee said...

dee pun x pandai tp dee blaja dr kesilapan..dee x kisah kalo org betulkan english dee..sbb we learn from mistakes kan..

dulu masa sekolah lg klakar..grammar tu mmg berterabur sbb x phm..masuk ITM blaja pre-dip..1 semester..english subject semata2..so dh improvelah n dh phm grammar tu sket2....hehehe...
tgh blaja tambah2 vocabulary..

Princess Liyana said...

hehe btol btol mmg kena rajin :D

huhu kak!leh kasi address kt barbie1706@gmail.com...asap ek kalau leh..yana nk hntr kad :D

blogresipi said...

Romantika malam pertama? i yg dah kawen pun tak pernah bace buku tu.hahaha

imHepPie said...

sweetnye ade kwn baek yg slalu tolong2..

Sasha said...

really nice story... the differences also good sometimes... you n her can learn something from each other... this is the valuable kind of friendship! :)... so sweet...

I like it when Rachel Ray says EVOO... cute...

mier@merr said...

romantika malam pertama??? apakah? x penah baca pon..ihihi

N A N I E said...

Beauty of Friendship..U enjoy Sidney Shieldon ngan Robert Kiyosaki?

Thanx for sharing..suka sangat ngan Mas..Love her strenght and self-motivation :)

Nem0 o0h Nem0 said...

sy bukan bgs pun kalo nak ckp dlm english tapi sy bykkn membc.. tak tahu,tgk jek kamus..

kalo org lain boleh takkn kita xboleh kn? =]

♥miszluna™ said...

pjg nye..

komen dlu la br bc..

jap

LotsOfLove-Pearls said...

My Dear Sha,
Best baca cerita nie.
Baca sambil senyum2 LOL.
Kenangan dulu2 memang manis especially ngn kwn baik.

Kwn Sha tu lurus bendul dan lawak juga.

Dan Sha kawan yang baik dan memahami.
Kalau LOL kwn ngn Sha dulu mesti gempaQ jek result BI LOL.
Hehe..

Happy Day Sha :)

Cik Qemm said...

soalan ape ni sha? baby oil comes from where?hahaha.

olive jugak la kot.

Tie said...

Kenangan manis tu... kak tie terus rindukan kawan baik dulu...

Baby oil ? Err.. minyak khas untuk baby...hehe..

leadleedeea said...

hehe..good job sha~! I'm proud of u gal...

we keep learning tho..

Drama Mama said...

sweet. i cherish my school friends too. they are the best! :-)

iza~de~bintang said...

Iza spesis Mas jugak, tapi bezanya tak improve sampai skarang ni. Dari sekolah sampai masuk U dapat C jer memanjang. Cakap pon macam ayam patuk-patuk. Tongue tide, banyak makan belacan kot. Ironinya Iza tetap kena wat keja sampai obersea. Pelik ja nasib diri ku ini...huhu.

ashley said...

I am dumbfounded with these TWO GEEKS!!
ha ha ha ha ha ha

BOTH OF YOU.....tsk tsk tsk!

Kak Long said...

Kalau rajin belajar, kemudian rajin amalkan, pastinya tak sedikit sebanyak akan ada peningkatan kan!
Macam baca blog sha...hehehe

zaradgreat said...

wah!
sedey pulak baca.
huk3!

terharu pun ade.
kem salam mas.

heeeeeeeeeee

Kujie said...

sha

tang sha tanya mas

'contoh?"

sebiji...sebiji..sebiji nada dengan anak kak jie

tiap kali diterangkan satu2 perkataan, dia akan tanya

'contoh?'

huhu..moga2 dia bijak macam sha

nmz said...

yeah, school friendship would probably be the most remembered one.

senyum senyum baca ini. :)
love the encouraging each other n hopes for the better for everything

baby oil? baby sllu guna la kan? haha

sI tEDI said...

adakah aku juga perlu cari buku romantikan malam pertama itu untuk memahirkan bahasa inggeris aku?
adehh...

Kawan sampai bila-bila.. :)

sya said...

ish, ish.. budak sekolah nih... (cikgu geleng2 kepala)
hehehe.. memang lah.. pemikiran tu bukannya boleh di baca dari luar..
sama la dengan kes budak sekolah ni. nampak mcm budak blur je.. sekali buat kes.. haa! gempak gile..

Samaira said...

hehe teringat zaman study dulu pershabatan sgt indah kan :)

Fatt Chin Choy said...

perempuan pun senyap2 belajar benda tu kan

haha

kuch said...

that's true cher..nak pndai BI kna rjin baca novel n tgk movie..sbnrnya grammar2 yang org kate leceh tu semua kita boleh 'tak sengaja' belajar dari pembacaan and apa yg kita dgr kt movie..

lupekanje said...

good to read a lot of English book...but that is the one that I didnt do... err...then,...thts why I didnt show any improvmnt...
U hv great frd dear..

Pocket said...

heheh, luv the story,
mas clearly need a bit of u in her,
as well as u needed a bit of her in u,

the combination would be a match made in heaven.

i know a lady who wanted so bad to make her sons english oriented that she tried to speak with her husband english in front of the boys all day,

the thing is, she didnt pronouncing it that well and her vocabulary is limited. she needed a long and winding way just to say the word staepler...found it funny sometime but
it was a well worth effort.

and her boys turned out fine and got A1 for their english. A C5 for Bahasa though :D

so its about exposure, n i wonder how much 'mas' has been exposed to you? :D

if minya gamat comes from 'gamat' then how is minyak angin?

farah aminuddin said...

sweet je cite friendship korang.

oh btw can u demonstrate the geeky folds thingy. i wanna see!! haha

CRAZY BEAUTIFUL88 said...

best kalu dapat member cam gini

CRAZY BEAUTIFUL88 said...

best kalu dapat member cam gini

♠ y.a.n.i.e putrajaya ♠ said...

Romantika malam pertama...????


wiwittttttttttttt....hehhehehe

kuina said...

sy pun tak reti BI dok dpt C aje.. mula2 belajr dulu buat direct translate... tp bila keja dgn org asing yg sepatah melayu pun tak ckp kena belajar & belajar lagi...

CuTeMiUt78 said...

yup..betul tu.. ni kira kawan sejati la ya

google said...

ingat lagi masa sekolah dolu...

ramai kengkawan yang hebat... tapi bila mintak tolong.... seme macam tak mo tolong... so kene le buat sendiri....

tapi yang besnye... itu adalah motivasi ...

tapi kawan yang hebat masa sekolah tu... blm tentu dia hebat sekarang nih....

xiiinam said...

amigos para siempre....

izan said...

sha,

k zan malu2 meow gitu ah......

hehehe...... biasanya bila punya seseorang yang rapat...... kita serupa tapi tak sama.... itu yg boleh ngam. sebab saling perlu memerlukan....

B I klu sll masuk sini buleh improve baik.... best.

Zayani said...

wa..ni entry 18SX ke tak?? :)
well..dah kwn mmg la malu kalo ade klemahan ye dak?? ^_^

♥miszluna™ said...

haih..
dh baca..
ari tu nk komen..
streamyx prob..

err..
baby oil from babyyyyyyyyyy


huhu..

huda mmg admit..
english kakak mmg hebat smpai kdg2 kne tgk kamus

et said...

ahaha..comel sgt ni..sye hebat cket la BI dlm penulisan..dlm bab speaking, x fluent..huu~ my vocabs x byk n pronounciation slalu salah..ngee~ ^^