Apr 30, 2011

Learning to be grateful for life's little blessings instead of find fault and complaining about everything..

I strongly believe that in order to be happy, in order to attain the almost sometimes unreachable inner peace deep within yourself, you have to come to term with yourself, what God has give you and also well, never compare it with others. If we need to do some comparing, then, compare with people who have less, and so only will we be grateful for whatever we have in life.


If we were to do otherwise, like a close relative I know, who is always looking on in envy at what others have more then her, we will end up a bitter and miserable person.

Apr 26, 2011

The continuation of Kejora dan Bintang

Rian, in his role as Karsim, looked out for his daughter Kejora as his wife and stepdaughter along with Minah thought up ways to create more problems and injuries for both Kejora and Bintang.
Janet brought back some medication to make Kejora hallucinate and hopefully mad. Karsim saw and in the sly exchanged the medication for similar capsules filled with glucose and flour. And when Minah added the 'poison' to Kejora's food, he added the medicine to Janet's food.
As a result, Janet started hallucinating and getting haunted by thoughts of her bad doings. And in one of her fits, she tried to attack and stabbed Kejora but Erlangga rescued Kejora just in the nick of time, getting stabbed instead.
Karsim then fooled Hanifah and Minah by convincing them to admit Janet into the psychiatric ward.
Hanifah worried about her daughter and at the same time wondered why Kejora remain uninfected by all the medication give to her.
Around the same time, Fitra realise Kejora was still pining over Erlangga even if she put on a brave front and remained loyal to him. He decided to release her but she refused, so he pulled Lena in and told Kejora that he was in love with Lena. Unbeknownst to him, Lena was also in love with him, but knew she could not get his love.
Kejora finally went back to Erlangga who proceeded to be over protective of her. Much to the point of being hyper suspicious of Rian in his role of Karsim, having overheard a conversation between Hanifah and Minah. Fitra too voiced his suspicions having found bottles of alcohol in the trash at Hanifah's house and Rian's suspicious behavior.
Janet tried to escape but got caught.
On a second or third try, Janet finally escaped. She came across Bintang who was depressed having found out the truth about Tante Karthika and was walking blindly along the road. The vengeful and hateful Janet grab hold of a temporarily stalled motorbike and proceeded to hit and knock Bintang into a ravine, where she fell.
Kejora walking around the same area with Minah who was trying to drag her home to supposedly witness Erlangga quarrelling with Karsim/Rian heard her and looked for her sister. Minah saw Bintang first and tried to kick Bintang , who had already climbed to the top of the ravine, down again, wishing she would just die.
Somehow, Kejora found her and held on to her sister but Bintang fell down the ravine again.
Erlangga and Rian, in search for Kejora found them and rushed Bintang to the hospital where she was in critical condition for a while.
Rian and Erlangga comforted a shocked and miserable Kejora.
Bintang needed a surgery to recover and when Janet learnt about it, she tried to stop the doctor from getting to the operating theatre on time and tried to bribe him, but the doctor was adamant and left Janet there gnashing her teeth on frustration of being twarted.
Bintang eventually recovered and as they wondered they should go, Rian told his daughters that they will temporarily live in Hanifah's house.
Janet and Hanifah were annoyed as hell and Janet tried to push Bintang down the stairs. Bintang stumbled and Rian saw this and attacked his step daughter, as Bintang muttered going out to look for her sister. He finally revealed himself as the real Rian and not Karsim, as Hanifah and Minah still thought of him as and chased them out of the house.
Hanifah and Janet refused to go and attacked him, but luckily, Kejora, Bintang and Erlangga came to his rescue and Erlangga told Hanifah and Janet they should leave.
The three harpies left, angry, frustrated and swearing vengeance.
Hanifah and Janet got robbed but fortunately Minah had money for them to rent a house.
They then set to report Rian to the police, seeing that now, they had nothing much to lose, and the police came after Rian.
Rian wanted to turn himself in but Kejora and Bintang pleaded with him to run away with them. Fitra drove them away and with Erlangga, rented a house for them.
Rian then suffered from high blood and Kejora went to get some medication when she was arrested coming out. The police has been tipped off by Janet.
The police questioned kejora but she refused to answer, preferring to be incarcerated in her father's place.
However, Rian learnt of it and went to turn himself in. Kejora got freed but refused to leave the prison, choosing to stay close to her father despite pleas from Fitra and Erlangga. Bintang also opted to stay with her sister.
Erlangga and Fitra did their utmost best and explored all options as to how to free Rian. The insurance company finally agreed to drop all charges against Rian if he pays what they had paid out for his death plus a fine.
Fitra and Erlangga did their best to raise some cash but it wasn't enough.
Janet tried her damnest to frame Kejora again for a robbery she perpetuated but Nenek on seeing her smirking away slapped her and refused to fall for her tricks.
Nenek, studying Kejora decided to give half of her fortune to Kejora and the other half to Erlangga. Kejora refused to accept it at first but eventually relent when Erlangga advised her to. He told her to used some of the money with his and Nenek's blessings to pay off her father's debts and free her father.
Rian gets free. Janet and Hanifah coming to the prison to smirk and irritate were unpleasantly shocked when Rian came out of the prison in regular clothings, brandishing his free papers. They were even more frustrated and upset when they learnt that Nenek has bestowed half her wealth upon Kejora....
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Apr 23, 2011

Humanity lessons learnt from a 9 year old..

EDITOR'S note: THIS letter, written by Vietnamese immigrant Ha Minh Thanh who works in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, was posted on New America Media (NAM) on March 19.
It is a testimony to the strength of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicentre of Japan's crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

It was translated by NAM editor Andrew Lam, author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres." Shanghai Daily condensed it.


Brother,
How are you and your family? These last few days, everything was in chaos. When I close my eyes, I see dead bodies.When I open my eyes, I also see dead bodies.  Each one of us must work 20 hours a day, yet I wish there were 48 hours in the day, so that we could continue helping and rescuing folks.

We are without water and electricity, and food rations are near zero. We barely manage to move refugees before there are new orders to move them elsewhere.

I am currently in Fukushima, about 25 kilometres away from the nuclear power plant. I have so much to tell you that if I could write it all down, it would surely turn into a novel about human relationships and behaviours during times of crisis.

People here remain calm – their sense of dignity and proper behaviour are very good – so things aren't as bad as they could be. But given another week, I can't guarantee that things won't get to a point where we can no longer provide proper protection and order. They are humans after all, and when hunger and thirst override dignity, well, they will do whatever they have to do. The government is trying to provide supplies by air, bringing in food and medicine, but it's like dropping a little salt into the ocean.

Brother, there was a really moving incident. It involves a little Japanese boy who taught an adult like me a lesson on how to behave like a human being.

Last night, I was sent to a little grammar school to help a charity organisation distribute food to the refugees. It was a long line that snaked this way and that and I saw a little boy around 9 years old. He was wearing a tee-shirt and a pair of shorts.

It was getting very cold and the boy was at the very end of the line. I was worried that by the time his turn came there wouldn't be any food left. So I spoke to him.

He said he was at school when the earthquake happened. His father worked nearby and was driving to the school. The boy was on the third floor balcony when he saw the tsunami sweep his father's car away. I asked him about his mother. He said his house is right by the beach and that his mother and little sister probably didn't make it. He turned his head and wiped his tears when I asked about his relatives.

The boy was shivering so I took off my police jacket and put it on him. That's when my bag of food ration fell out. I picked it up and gave it to him."When it comes to your turn, they might run out of food. So here's my portion. I already ate. Why don't you eat it?"

The boy took my food and bowed. I thought he would eat it right away, but he didn't. He took the bag of food, went up to where the line ended and put it where all the food was waiting to be distributed. I was shocked. I asked him why he didn't eat it and instead added it to the food pile. He said, "Because I see a lot more people hungrier than I am. If I put it there, then they will distribute the food equally." When I heard that I turned away so that people wouldn't see me cry. 

A society that can produce a 9-year-old who understands the concept of sacrifice for the greater good must be a great society, a great people. Well, a few lines to send you and your family my warm wishes.
The hours of my shift have begun again.
Ha Minh Thanh

PS: When a country can produce a nine-year-old boy who can think like that and we, in this country, have a political party riven with adults who think nothing but corruption, theft, greed, sex, rape, racism and exploitation, you can see how deeply troubled we are.

"May you wake each day with God's blessings and sleep each night in His keeping. And as you grow older, may you always walk in His tender care."

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." 


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Life and death..

Last night my wife and I were sitting in the living room, talking about life...
In-between, we talked about the idea of living or dying.
I said to her:'Dear, never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the contraptions that are keeping me alive, I'd much rather die'.
Then my wife got up from the sofa with this real look of admiration towards me...and proceeded to disconnect the TV, the Cable, the Dish, the DVD, the Computer, the Cell Phone, the iPod, and the Xbox, and then went to the fridge and threw away all my beer!!
....I ALMOST DIED!!!

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Apr 21, 2011

Some of the places I will be going.... in Phuket...

Sino-Portuguese Architecture

China Inn - Sino Portuguese Architecture in Phuket Town

At the heart of Phuket's Old Town is Thalang Road, the commercial centre of Phuket's past. Here, you will find various fascinating shophouses selling such exotic wares as Chinese herbal medicine and handicrafts. One aspect to note about this architecture (so often called 'Sino-Portugese' but in reality 'Sino-colonial') is that the shophouses and residences in this area are many more times longer than they are wide, with residences featuring heavily accented latticework entries.

The cooking and bathing area is at the back of these buildings, open to cooling breezes and each residence has an air shaft that goes up through the centre, ensuring ventilation. Of course these shafts let in rain which is collected in a sort of in-house pond often containing exotic fish. Many old town roads and streets have covered arcades ('noh-kaa-kee') or archways that join shops together and provide cover for passers by.

Phuket Fantasea

It's wacky but fun and very professionally done. Trapeze artists, elephants on stage and pyrotechnics combine in a Las Vegas-style show. You'll see nothing else like it anywhere on the planet. Combining Thai traditional myths with humour, fantasy and a loose plotline that keeps getting more and more amusing, FantaSea's extravaganza is a highly entertaining and riveting show

James Bond Island

Ko Tapu (James Bond Island) is a limestone rock about 20 metres (66 ft) tall with the diameter increasing from about 4 metres (13 ft) near the water level to about 8 metres (26 ft) at the top. It lies about 40 metres (130 ft) to the west from the northern part of Khao Phing Kan.

A local legend explains the formation of Ko Tapu island as follows. Once upon a time, there lived a fisherman who used to bring home much fish every time he went to the sea. However, one day he could not catch any fish despite tedious attempts and only picked up a nail with his net. He kept throwing the nail back to the sea and catching it again. Furious, he took his sword and cut the nail in halves, using all his power. Upon impact, one half of the nail jumped up and speared into the sea forming Ko Tapu. It first found its way onto the international map through its starring role in the James Bond movie 'The Man With the Golden Gun'. And this is where most tours seem to take all of the tourists - all at the same time. The entire area surrounding this island with its signature rocky pinnacle is indeed spectacular, but most of the tours bus visitors up the main highway for an hour on the same well-worn itinerary.


Rocky Cliffs

Limestone is calcium carbonate, which is generally white. Over millions of years, the skeletons from a constant rain of marine organisms, plus the chemical precipitation of yet more calcium carbonate build thick layers of sediment. Eventually, the heat and pressure of their own weight turn these strata, hundreds of metres thick, to stone.

A variety of geological forces have then fractured the limestone beds and pushed up the 40 steep-sided islands that provide the exotic scenery for which this shallow bay is noted. Mineral oxides from various sources paint the vari-coloured streaks that characterise the cliffs of Phang Nga Bay.


Apr 20, 2011

How do you expect kids to listen to their parents as, Tarzan lives half naked,
Cinderella comes back home at midnight,
Pinocchio lies all the time,
Aladdin is the king of thieves,
Batman drives at 320KM/h,
Sleeping beauty is lazy and
Snow white lives with 7 guys. We shouldn't be surprised if kids misbehave at times! They get this from their own storybooks.
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Food for thought...

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Of envy and satisfaction....

Anne with her God-grandmother, Mummytok, a living angel in our lives...

Anne with her God mother, Amy, and her eldest brother, Daniel


Getting kissed by her adoring siblings....


People would probably frown at me when they hear that I envy my youngest daughter. But, well, I do envy her the luck of being born to me and my husband, and also having a very large family and additional family members who simply dote on her, something which was scarce in my growing up years as I was an only child in a broken family, and hardly had anyone to turn to.
Anne, my youngest girl is only 6 1/2, going on 7, but she is adorable, cute, knows how to wrap people around her finger (especially her doting dad) and can be a spoilt, drama queen at times.
She is born , maybe not with a gold or diamond spoon but at very least, a silver spoon.
At a glance, she has been to 2 Disney on Ice shows, and going to Universal Studios Singapore for the 2nd time this July. She has lots of nice clothes, toys and books, not just from me and her dad, but also from her grandmother, her aunt, her god mother, etc...etc.. and sometimes, my dear penpals.
Whatever she wants, she probably gets, if not from me, her mother, then she will get it from her father, her aunt, her grandmother, her godmother (who happens to be Anne's dad's ex-wife) ...etc...
I am , naturally pleased for her, but then sometimes, the twinge of being deprived, and not getting the affection and adoration my daughter take as her due, hits me. Then I wonder what went wrong in my life.
Was it something I did, or something I did not do in my previous life? Why was my growing up years so difficult, fraught with misery, stress, depression and suffering?
I do not and would never begrudge my precious girl her happiness and the ability of being pampered, spoilt and adored by all the people around her, and I do feel the satisfaction of contributing to her happiness and well being as well, but well,.... envy does rear it's head sometimes......

Apr 15, 2011

Our guests

Yesterday evening it was raining heavily and we found a family of cats in the drain. My husband and daughter then did their best to find the kittens who were hiding in the drain pipe and take them out. We only manage to get two kittens out and one remain stubbornly stuck inside the drain pipe to our fears.
Nevertheless, we placed the two kittens and it's mum inside a basket my husband emptied for the kittens. The third kitten remained stubbornly missing.
This morning, the other two kittens decided to join their sibling in playing hide and seek in the drain pipe, much to our frustration. Their mummy cat just looked on.
Just now, finally, when it started to rain, we found the three kittens safely ensconced with their mum in the basket....
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Apr 9, 2011

Anne goes shopping...

... And comes home with a new t shirt and a watch... And we watched "Hop".
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Apr 6, 2011

Kejora and Bintang... Taking up where we left off in the last post..

Fitra, happily going steady with Kejora, finally confesses to her that he is actually a very rich man. That the house Joel (Kejora's ex boyfriend when she was still rich) pretended was Joel's was actually Fitra's and the car and company was also Fitra's .
Furious at the thought of being lied to, Kejora backed away again. But Lena advised her on it, citing how caring and loving Fitra had been all these while towards Kejora.
Then Kejora accepted Fitra in her life again, remembering all that he had done for her, after making him promise never to lie to her again.
Hanifah and Janet changed the vagrant who has locked Janet up into "Rian". Kejora meets up with Rian and believes it is her long lost father.
Anantha pleads with Erlangga to accept Karthika back in his life, explaining that Karthika has been very miserable without her son.
Elsewhere, nenek learns of Erlangga's broken engagement and encourages him to go after Kejora.
Fitra, tries to get Erlangga and Kejora back together knowing where Kejora's heart lies and wanting nothing more then to make her happy, but Kejora refuses to, holding fast to her promise to give Fitra a chance.
Erlangga finally accepts and forgives his mother and pays her a visit and meets Bintang who tells him how much Karthika misses him. Bintang requests for Erlangga's address hoping to get in touch with Kejora. She has visited Kejora at the place Kejora sells nasi uduk but was fouled by Minah and again by Hanifah who threatened her.
Hanifah then decided to bring Kejora back to the house to keep an eye on her thinking to use Karsim the villian as a bait .
Fitra and Lena advice Kejora against her plan but she refused to listen, needing to be close to her father.
Elsewhere, Hanifah has learnt of Karthika's double identity and uses it to threaten Karthika back.
Kejora moves back to Hanifah's house, and Karsim , supposedly the fake Rian comforted her. Janet came across them and started to be suspicious as Karsim seems to know a lot of things he shouldn't know.. Hanifah however, brushed off Janet's suspicions proclaiming that it was impossible her husband was the same person as Karsim as Rian could not walk.
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Apr 4, 2011

Some people say  :Wife is a HARIMAU  ................
Girlfriend is HARI HARI MAU  

And some  say: Wife is like TV,

Girlfriend is like  Handphone (HP)  


At home watch TV,

Go out bring  HP.  


No money, sell TV.

Got money change  HP.  


Sometimes enjoy TV but most of the time  play with HP.  


TV free for life but HP, if you don't  pay, the services will be terminated. 

 
TV is big, bulky and most of the time old  but HP, is cute, slim, curvy and very portable at any  time.  


Operational cost for TV is often  acceptable but for HP is high and often demanding.  


Most Important, TV got remote but HP  doesn't have.  


Last but not  least........  TV do not have virus but HP have  VIRUS......  


Once get it, HABIS  LAH.  So better choose TV  yah!  
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Difference between "wife" and "girlfriend"

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Naked Marathon (joke)

 A woman was having a daytime affair while her husband was at work. One rainy day she was in bed with her boyfriend when, to her horror, she heard her husband's car pull into the driveway.

 'Oh my God - Hurry! Grab your clothes and jump out the window. My husband's home early!' 

 'I can't jump out the window. It's raining out there!'

 'If my husband catches us in here, he'll kill us both!' she replied. 'He's got a hot temper and a gun, so the rain is the least of your problems!'

 So the boyfriend scoots out of bed, grabs his clothes and jumps out the window! As he ran down the street in the pouring rain, he quickly discovered he had run right into the middle of the town's annual marathon, so he started running along beside the others, about 300 of them.

Being naked, with his clothes tucked under his arm, he tried to blend in as best he could. After a little while a small group of runners who had been watching him with some curiosity, jogged closer.

 Do you always run in the nude?' one asked. 

 'Oh yes!' he replied, gasping in air. 'It feels so wonderfully free!'

 Another runner moved alongside. 'Do you always run carrying your clothes with you under your arm?'

 'Oh, yes' our friend answered breathlessly. 'That way I can get dressed right at the end of the run and get in my car to go home!'

 Then a third runner cast his eyes a little lower and asked, 'Do you always wear a condom when you run?'

 'Nope... only when it's raining.'


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Apr 2, 2011

Kejora and Bintang .. Continuation...

Janet bribed bibik Darsi, a maid in Nenek Gautama's house to explain about how the pills got mixed up, extracting herself and also helping out by giving Kejora an alibi.
Nenek, feeling sorry for having misjudge Kejora quickly signed the release forms and freed Kejora. Kejora had already collapsed in her cell, and the prison warden quickly called Fitra to collect Kejora. Fitra took Kejora home. Hanifah took Bintang and Anantha to witness an unconcious Kejora being taken away by Fitra to 'prove' that Hanifah has kept her 'agreement' of freeing Kejora in return of Bintang surrendering her father to Hanifah and Janet.
Meanwhile, Erlangga is forced into an engagement with Janet. He seek out Kejora the day before his engagement celebrations and spent the day with her trying to relish the moment before it was taken away.
Nenek noted Erlangga's reluctance and tried to get him to cancel the engagement but Erlangga shrugged her off citing that he knew what he was doing. Nenek wanted to buy Erlangga time but Hanifah and Janet hurriedly rushed up the engagement when they overheard Nenek planning to delay the engagement.
Kejora arrived at the engagement thinking she could be brave and watch Erlangga go through the ceremony, but instead broke down and excused herself. Fitra watch her go and went in to the hall to get Erlangga , threatening to kill him in front to Janet to Janet and Nenek's horror.
Once he manage to drag Erlangga out , he release Erlangga and told Erlangga to go after Kejora. Erlangga found Kejora in tears and went to her.
Hanifah suspecting something amiss got bibik Minah to threaten Rian with a snake and video tape it.
Then the two evil witches (Hanifah and Janet). Came across Kejora in Erlangga's arms. Fitra valiantly tried to stop them but Hanifah hit him with a wood and he fell unconcious to the ground. Janet went to them and threatened to kill herself and pin the blame on them, which Kejora did not want to happen, but Erlangga couldn't care less. Erlangga told her to go ahead and kill herself if she wanted to. Just then Minah came up with the video of Rian which Hanifah showed to Kejora.
Taking pity on Kejora, Erlangga agreed to carry on with the engagement with the promise they will not hurt Kejora anymore. Janet readily agreed.
Erlangga submissively returned to the engagement party and placed the ring on Janet's finger.
Fitra regained conciousness and found Kejora in tears as she told him Erlangga has went back to continue his engagement to Janet.
Furious, and without waiting to hear more, he marched up to Erlangga and slapped him.
He then got thrown out of the ceremony and Kejora found him.
Kejora then explained that Erlangga continued with the engagement to save her.
Erlangga came upon them after managing to get Janet and Hanifah off his back after the engagement and urged Kejora to give Fitra a chance and also made Fitra promise him to take good care of Kejora. Fitra begged for a chance to make her happy and Kejora, realising that Erlangga was engaged, agreed to give Fitra a chance. Afterall, he had been there for her after all these while and he had helped her a lot.
Bintang asked Karthika if she hit her mother, but Karthika denied it. Karthika tries to find Erlangga to make her peace with him but erlangga refuses, quoting she already has another family whom she loves more then him. Karthika confesses that anantha is not her real son, just her step son whom she learnt to love. Erlangga refuses to yet accept Karthika in his life.
Rian had made his escape from Minah's clutches and was found by erlangga who took him home with him. Janet was with him when that happened and was furious she could not stop him.
Hanifah and Janet waited until Erlangga was out of the house when they went to erlangga's home to remove Rian. They then staged an accident and left Rian in the outskirts of town somewhere.
Kejora showed Fitra the video tape of her father whom he realise with shock was the man he hired and knew as Pak wawan. Now he realise why pak Wawan was so curious over Kejora and Bintang and was so suspiciously afraid of the police and so on.
Meanwhile, Karthika threaten to report hanifah to the police in the case that Bintang does not meet her father yet.
A frighten Hanifah started plotting.
Janet told Kejora that her father was in the woods somewhere and then sent a bad man to kill her. Kejora went searching for her father where Janet told her and was waylaid by the man pretending he found her father and he took her to a derelict hut and locked her inside and started to burn the hut down.
Lena, missing kejora, notified both erlangga and Fitra, who went in search for her. Erlangga however was being deliberately delayed by Janet who knew he wanted to go find Kejora. He broke off his engagement with her and left her in the clinic when she pretended to faint and be unconcious.
Fitra found Kejora and rescued her from the burning house.
Later, after erlangga found Fitra and Kejora safe together, he left and went back to the office where he was about to confront Janet when he heard her talking on the phone to the assailant about the failed attempt on Kejora's life. Realising she was the culprit, he pretended to be nice to her and ask her to give him back their engagement ring . He then told her he was taking her somewhere special for a surprise and took her to the forest area and drove away and left her there without her purse or handphone planning to teach her a lesson.
Janet wandered about, cursing and swearing vengeance on Kejora when she fell down and was bitten by a cobra. She fell unconcious and was found by a villian. He took her back to his hut and put her in stocks, planning to sell her off.
Hanifah worried , having not seen her daughter, approached Erlangga who after telling her off, eventually telling her the location he left Janet. Hanifah went to look for Janet and came across the hut where Janet was being held. She was about to release janet when the villian came back. After some arguments, Hanifah gave the villian all her jewellery to release Janet which he agreed. Then she realise that the villian was a dead ringer of her husband Rian. She started negotiating with him and then she brought him back to Jakarta to help with her nefarious plans.

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