Pagar? Pegar?

Kosmo! reported the allegations by a runner-up of a Malay language public speaking competition of mistakes in two proverbs.

Awang Abdul Rashid Awang Damit from Brunei said the words pagar makan padi in the proverb harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi was meaningless and that the proverb was actually referring to a bird known as pegar. He added that batuk in melepaskan batuk di tangga did not refer to a cough; instead, it meant batok a coconut shell used to scoop water for washing feet.

The mistakes could have happened when translating the proverbs from traditional Jawi, he stated. However, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka disagreed with him and said the spelling of the words could not be changed at whim.

This is copied directly from I actually agree¬†with him. Dulu-dulu, saya pernah bertanya kepada cikgu saya, ‘sawah padi ada pagar ka?’. Kadang-kadang, ejaan jawi dengan sebutan rumi tidak selari. Macam lah jugak bahasa inggeris. Kenapa ‘4’ di eja F-O-U-R, walhal ’40’ di eja -F-O-R-T-Y, tapi di sebut dengan cara yang sama (4 – for , 40 – fortee). I got this from Ellen’s latest book by the way. My point is, ‘ikan’ di eja di dalam jawi adalah ‘alif-kaf-nun’. Kalau ikut sebutan, bunyi nya ‘a-ka-n’. Am I on the right track here? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the world of language is so universal, it’s more complicated than life itself.

So, kepada DBP, kalau memang betul lah selama ini kita salah faham mengenai maksud ‘harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi’ dan ‘bagai melepaskan batuk di tangga’, apa salahnya kita betulkan. Ini untuk memastikan generasi akan datang lebih fasih dan mengetahui bahasa melayu dengan lebih mendalam. I always believe, if it makes sense it is easier for us to understand. Dalam kes ini, saya selalu membayangkan orang batuk di tangga. Mak saya selalu batuk di tangga. Tapi dia batuk bersungguh-sungguh juga. Tidaklah pulak dia batuk di tangga sikit-sikit… I hope this doesn’t confuse everyone. I hope DBP clears this up soon because my children will soon be learning this. If it’s wrong, I don’t want them to grow up learning and believing that it’s correct.


Seriously… I’m Kidding

Dear Ms Ellen (or Ms E, if you and I were to be friends later),

I’m gonna put an excerpt from your latest book (refer to the above image for title) in my blog. I hope you or your publisher don’t mind. This is actually for your own good; FREE PROMOTION. I have a lot of readers (maybe 4 or 5 person). I’m sure that by doing this, your book sales in Malaysia will suddenly be up and above. I have been an ardent reader of yours and huge huge fan of your being as well. So please don’t mind me. Just do what you do best and write more books. People need a laugh or two in this world…


Naziah (if you decide to mention me in your show, it’s pronounced like Nadia but with a ‘z’ instead of a ‘d’)

A chapter from Ms Ellen Degeneres’s new book:

How To Be A Supermodel

 One: The Look

Always look like you’re angry at the universe for making you too pretty.

Two: The Walk

Trot. Aggressively, like you’re a horse that’s trying to avoid puddles.

Three: The Squint

Squint like someone is bouncing sunlight off their watch and directly into your eyes.

Four: The Pout

Get those lips out there. Purse your lips like you’re trying to sip out of a straw that someone keeps moving away from you.

Five: The Pose

Be mysterious. Always pose with one hand in your pocketas if to say, “I’m so mysterious, this hand in my pocket could be a hook hand. You don’t know.”

Six: The Breeze

Carry a giant oscillating fan with you at all times. No exceptions.

If this doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t kno what will!


A first for The first

What an achievement! Some might say I’m making a big deal on this. Of course I’m making a huge deal on this. It was a long and hard road for me trying to get her, and now, it’s the first day of forever. Today, my firstborn went to pre-school.

It went amazingly well for a first day. But then again, she’s an amazing child. She couldn’t eat anything as she was so worried that we might be late. We were a little bit late due to a car brokedown. I managed to send her to her seat before all the parents were ushered out. She was excited to see a lot of friends there. I was overwhelmed by her excitement. Sigh… She didn’t cry, and I managed to held in my tears as well.

To all those parents out there, bravo and good luck! It was really an awesome experience.


Aaaaaah! Stressss!!!

Dear (insert your name here),

How are you my dear friend? I hope you are well and happy. Me? I’m happy but not happy at the same time. Why so complicated you ask? (Insert your name here), if life isn’t complicated, it’s not life as you kno it. Life is not simple. We ain’t Forrest Gump. Maybe we should be more like Mr Gump. Pretend that life is a box of chocolate. But if life is like a box of chocolate, then I kno what I’m gonna get. Bittersweet, since I only eat bittersweet chocolate.

Anyhoo, I’m writing to you dear (insert your name again), to let you kno that I’m a bit stressed out today. Nothing particular. I just generally stressed. Is there such thing? Whatever. Who cares.

Well then my friend. I’m all done venting. Thanks for lending me your ears. Or eyes… Let’s just say thanks for you time. Can’t wait to hear from you soon! Take care.

xox: Naziah Nawawie

Sooo Ol’skool

I was arranging my DVD collection when I realized that I’m so ol’skool, even my DVDs are ancient! But who cares… I love Dean Cain and am not afraid to say it! Waka waka eh eh!!!



Big things happening in 2012…

One of it is my Baby K is finally going to pre-school. Yes. We finally decide that she’s big enough to go. I kno some friends will roll their eyes because their kids went to pre-school at 3 years old. It’s ok… Everyone gets emotional when their kid first started school. This is because their life flashes through your eyes and you see them getting married! Huwaaaaaa!!!

I hope I do better this year. Write a book or something. I was so lazy last year, I’m pretty sure my IQ turun a bit. I hope not. Nauzubillah.

To all of you out there, let’s all be stronger and better this year!!!

xox: Naziah Nawawie