Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
- A Walk Across America oleh Peter Jenkins
- Spain oleh Jan Morris
- Jim Thompson: The Legendary American of Thailand oleh William Warren
- Berry's Book of Cunning Contraption oleh Roland Berry
Peter Jenkins pula banyak menulis tentang pengembaraan backpackingnya merentasi Amerika. Dia mengingatkan saya kepada Charles Kuralt yang banyak menulis tentang kehidupan seharian rakyat Amerika (sehingga kini saya masih mencari peluang untuk melihat Aurora borealis di Alaska seperti mana yang diceritakannya di dalam buku beliau).
Friday, December 14, 2007
Drbubbles sedang menegotiate nilai hantaran untuk kucing kakteh Snowbella sambil diarbitrate oleh Elviza.Nilai hantaran yang dipertikaikan ialah 2 buah buku GUIT iaitu RM79.80 (sebelum diskaun!)
Kakteh pula memberi hujahnya kenapa nilai hantaran untuk Snowbella mestilah tinggi daripada offer Drbubbles itu.
Akhirnya mengikut pengadilan oleh Elviza, keputusan berpihak kepada Drbubbles menyebabkan kakteh tak mau pandang langsung drbubbles yang senyum lebar itu!
People at GUIT booksigning session at Kinokinuya KLCC, Sunday, 9th Dec 2007.
For more commentaries from the attendees:
Pak Ancient Mariner
1000th thanks to Abe MatSalo for the photos!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I guess the time we bought, has come to its end. To go back into that world of pain and anguish, I don't think I have the courage to do it (again).
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop. We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver. The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began. But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.
I think life is like this game. Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds. We're afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman - whatever it is that we would really like to do but don't because of personal obstacles.
Don't avoid any chairs until you run smack into one. And if you do, at least you'll have a place to sit down.
Pierce Vincent Eckhart
Monday, December 03, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
(The study) indicates that people who reads for pleasure are many times more likely than those who don't to visit museums and attend musical performances,almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work, and almost twice as likely to attend sporting events.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Beliau fasih berbahasa Jepun kalau tidak silap saya.Saya beli sebuah bukunya.Menarik isinya.
Namun, setelah dia balik saya terdengar seorang cikgu berkata,"Bini dia dah lari."
Sampai sekarang saya masih ingat kata kata itu kerana saya sedih dan pelik melihat nasib seorang tua yang digelar gila tetapi ironinya boleh menulis pengalamannya sewaktu zaman penjajahan Jepun.
Masakan orang gila boleh tulis buku?
Selagi ada dalam jiwa ini rasa memiliki, selagi itulah kita mengeluh dengan
kehilangan dan kekurangan. Lupa pada apa yang diberikan-Nya. Walhal nanti kita
ditempelak dengan nikmat yang diberi, bukan nikmat yang pergi.
That's the very words of her father related to Ustaz Hasrizal few days ago.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thank you Puan S (wherever you are),for letting this very stranger to be with your family and "to spend meaningful moments" with your husband during his last few days in this world.
I hope this song, a favourite number of your husband and your daughters will be forever etched in your family's memories.
Al-Fatihah for Pak Engku.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Mendengar Pak Samad Said mendeklamasi sajak live depan mata.
Mabuk pulak dengan muzik alunan geng Dewangga Sakti.
Nasi Pilau yang enak.
Berjumpa Sulieman's sisters.
Dapat pulak pinjam CD lagu lagu dalam dalam EP Lambaian Pohon Kelapa dan Bunga Rampai Malaya.
Tidakkah malam ini indah sekali?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Malam ini baru saya tahu siapa sebenarnya yang menyanyi lagu Bujang dan Dara yang selalu saya dengar di Klasik Nasional selama ini. Sam Saimun rupanya. Beliau ialah penyanyi lewat 50an dari Indonesia yang juga terkenal dengan lagu Di Wajahmu Kulihat Bulan dan Di Sudut Bibirmu.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Saya akan ke Ipoh petang ini untuk menghadiri Majlis Perayaan Jubli Emas STAR Ipoh yang akan berlangsung esok.
Semalam saya hadiahkan sebuah kepada saudara Zulkifli dari kumpulan muzik Dewangga Sakti, kerana sudah berniat untuk berkongsi kegembiraan membaca buku ini dengan rakan ulat buku saya ini!
Kalau ditanya kenapa saya berbuat demikian ( saya cukup kedekut untuk beri buku koleksi peribadi pada orang lain), saya bukan mahu menunjuk-nunjuk, tetapi mahu berkongsi kegembiraan saya membaca buku ini!
Ambillah peluang untuk beli buku ini nanti pada harga RM26.00 di pasaran. Saya dengar khabar dari Prof. Muhd Kamil, buku ini sudah hampir kosong di stor PTS dan saudara Zulkifli dan saya sendiri sudah puas mencarinya di kedai buku namun tidak berjumpa.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Whatever served on the table during 1st Raya up to 7th Raya gone ‘licin’ at the end of the day. Rendang is quite good this year.
Finished most of the books brought back for Raya while devouring “Asian Food Channel” on Astro. It’s channel 703. Write it down please.
Managed to spoil some people’s Raya mood with Exclusive-Raya-SMS wishes from me and “Fasha Sandha”.
Most of the family members and in laws gathered at our place – except one ( can’t do much about both of them– it’s best to let them live in their own cocoon).
Managed to do “Fitrah Kasih” for my mom with her long lost friend. Interesting enough she happened to be the mother to a blogger friend. What a small world!
Strangely, funny things do happened. A neighbour of mine who kinda forgets his ‘roots’ after he got married and a decent job, suddenly turned up in front of my house after all these years. Very pelik but it’s raya, and being a good host, I left my “bergedel” to my sister and welcomed him in. After much customary how-many-kids and how’s-your-mom thingy, things got very clear when he suddenly asked me the questions.
“Eh, kau pakai kereta apa sekarang?”
(What??? You came to my house after all these years and this is what you wanted to know?)
Ah! No surprise now. He is still the same old him.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Anyway, because the person who tagged me is from Ampang Jaya constituency, I duly obliged (because I might need her vote if I ever want to replace YB Tuan Azman Wahid in the next PRU- hehehe).
NAME 5 FAVOURITE FOOD THAT YOU FEEL LIKE HAVING NOW
1. Pais Patin Tempoyak. The best one can only be found in Jerantut (My mom lah)
2.Sambal Hitam (Sambal Ikan Bilis + belimbing jeruk). My late great grandma used to make a heaven one. It's a traditional Pahang dishes originated from Raub (what they say lah)
3.Aglio Olio (buat sendiri punya!)
4. Lidah Goreng Chowkit.....
5. Accompanied by Singgang Ikan Chowkit. (Kedai Mokcik dekat belakang Pizza Hut Chowkit)
NAME 5 FOOD YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOR BREAKFAST IF YOU COULD
1. Poached eggs sandwich. ( I learnt how to make one ( good one!) from fellow clown, Tavis Beem at The Celebration Barn Theatre, Maine)
2.Donner kebab from some Turkish joint near Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. (Wahai tikar terbang, fly me to Bradford please!)
3. Pulut rendang daging Arwah Pak Mansor Drebar Bas Sekolah ( Kedai Imai, Bandar Lama Jerantut)
4. Egg on toast from Medan Selera MBI Ipoh, sebelah Masjid Negeri.
5. Lontong Pasar SS14, PJ. (queue starts at 6.30 am beb!)
6. I got 6 items, So what? Cakoi and Nam Saa ( Chinese tea). Part of my daily breakfast routine when I was in Vientiane, Laos few years ago.
NAME 5 FOOD YOU WOULD MOST LIKELY BUY FOR BERBUKA TODAY
1. Kerepek bayam Parit Raja
2.Kerepek bayam Parit Raja
3.Kerepek bayam Parit Raja
4.Kerepek bayam Parit Raja
5.Kerepek bayam Parit Raja
Tragic note: Stuck at Sg Besi toll during buka time and had kerepek bayam bought for Raya from Parit Raja,Batu Pahat for buka. Uwaaaaaaaaaaa!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
It's kind of my routine ( to avoid nosy relatives and visitors) to snuggle myself with books during Raya. Apart from interesting Peter Walsh's It's All too Much, I am bringing back Peter Han's Nobodies to Somebodies and Britannica's Iran.
Monday, October 08, 2007
"Don't worry, the government will sponsor the face change surgery if they come forward to testify" said this politician.
" And we will protect them under Witness Protection Program", he added.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
"Bawak balik mixer.nak buat choc moist cake". Got this SMS from my eldest sister in Seremban.
"Mixer mana?Nak buat kuih balik raya ni". Came another one from my younger sister in Bangi.
Tempting to reply them,
"Beli la mixer sendiri beb!".
Of course the reply from me is very PR one so that they won't remember at all to ask for 'duit raya' for their kids.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Salam...Alhamdulillah..syukur kehadrat ilahi, terima kasih yang tak
terhingga kepada sahabat-sahabat yang telah pun menyumbangkan bahan bacaan untuk dimuatkan dalam perputakaan Bait Al-Amin...
Alhamdulillah Ramadhan kali ni, memang anak-anak di Bait Al-Amin banyak menghabiskan masa dengan membaca, terutama buku-buku bacaan bercorak motivasi.Seronok tengok diaorang dah ada
minat untuk selalu membaca. Semoga usaha murni yang sahabat-sahabat berikan akan mendapat keredhaan Allah Taala.
Salam Dari Saya
Pengerusi Bait Al-Amin
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sebenarnya saya masih menerima derma dari rakan-rakan yang ingin turut sama membantu. Di tangan saya masih ada RM200 sumbangan mereka.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saya harap anak-anak di Bait Al Amin,Parit,Perak akan tersenyum lebar apabila tim Islamic Relief Malaysia bertandang ke rumah mereka pada 1 Ramadhan (13hb September) ini dengan membawa buku-buku yang sudah dibeli (ada juga yang didermakan) untuk perpustakaan mereka.
Terima kasih sekali lagi kepada dermawan-dermawan yang menghulurkan bantuan untuk memandaikan bangsa!
Monday, September 03, 2007
Perpustakaan Bait Al Amin. (Komen saya: Banyak buku SPM &PMR.Camno nak pupuk minat membaca?)
Alhamdulillah, kutipan derma (hasil SMS kepada kawan-kawan) setakat ini : RM1200.00. Buku sudah dibeli di Popular Book Store: RM240 untuk 25 judul buku kanak-kanak dan remaja terbitan PTS One.
Sudah menghubungi PTS untuk dapatkan diskaun hebat daripada mereka. Saya harap mereka juga "lembut hati" agar dapat juga didermakan "buku-buku return" (meskipun, kualiti rendah akibat salah potong atau kulit buku koyak - tapi ilmu didalamnya masih lagi berguna!)
Senarai buku yang sudah dibeli:
Sahabat Kole Kacang oleh Ahmad Zafran Abdul Mutalib & Mohd Faisal Nordin
Pengembaraan Kon-Tiki oleh Thor Heyerdahl
Buat Sampai Jadi oleh Dr. HM Tuah Iskandar
Kapten Hassan Wira Bangsa oleh Harun Johari
Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck oleh Hamka
Kembara Hafiz: Dunia Baru oleh Kusyi Hirdan
Kutakluki Angkasa 2: Space Camp oleh Nuriazam Ismail & S. Iskandar
Penyiasat Ekstrovert: Pedang Yamashita oleh Mohd Kholid Hamzah & Nuriazam Ismail
Penyiasat Ekstrovert: Misteri Vila Penn oleh Mohd Kholid Hamzah & Nuriazam Ismail
Ombak & Cintaku oleh Khadijah Hashim
Belum Masanya oleh Khadijah Hashim
Puteri Rimba: si Manis Amni oleh Hana Qistina
Lima Penyiasat: Ke Pulau Khazanah oleh Enid Blyton
Motivasi Alihan Pelajar olehTengku Asmadi, Ph.D
Persediaan Minda Untuk Menjadi Pelajar Cemerlang oleh Osman Affan
G.I.M olehIda Rizyani & Talhah
Teknik Menjadi Pelajar Cemerlang oleh Hasan Mohd Ali,Ph.D
Jadilah Diri Anda oleh Sukma N.A
Azam Farid oleh Ida Rizyani & Nuriazam Ismail
Debaran Buku Biru oleh Ashadi Zain & Fred Suriya
Hampir Kena Tangkap oleh Ashadi Zain & Fred Suriya
Adli di alam Fantasi: Misi Monyet Putih oleh Hanita Hassan
Bayi Botol Kicap oleh Ida Munira Abu Bakar
Bertarung dengan Kerengga oleh Ashadi Zain & Fred Suriya
Akrab dengan Tuhan oleh Mohd Zawawi Yusoh & Ahmad Hariyati Ruzaidi
Nasib oleh Zaharah Nawawi
Persediaan Peperiksaan oleh Noraini Ahmad
Secret Seven Fireworks oleh Enid Blyton
The Famous Five Big Book oleh Enid Blyton
Anak Din Biola oleh Maaruf Mahmud
Puncak Menara Gading oleh Ibnu Yusof
Pahlawan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia oleh Syed Othman Syed Omar
Kalau mahu turut serta boleh lah menghubungi saya di talian 019-6925192 atau bank-in sumbangan anda ke akaun Maybank saya : 162188016529 (Iskandar Syah Ismail)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
My only reason is I am responding to a call from Islamic Relief Malaysia for a project to set up a new library for Bait Al Amin, in Bota, Perak, a local home for poor and orphaned children. There are about 60 kids, mostly boys, there and I sincerely believe only through knowledge and books that they can change their fate and becoming a successful person one day.
I am getting the details and be right back soon.
p.s. Donations for Bait Al-Amin Library Project : RM0.00
Book donation : 1
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Awakening from the Long Sleep of Life is a true story about a real life clown who lost his five year old son in a tragic accident. He leaves us with a philosophy about life and loss and the message to celebrate and thank life rather than to mourn for death.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Kelmarin orang cakap dia yang buat.
Semalam, dia cakap kawan dia yang buat.
Hari ini kawan dia cakap dia yang buat.
Just like in the kindergarten.
Kelmarin mereka berkawan dan nak berkahwin.
Semalam depa kata lebih dari kawan dan dah nak kahwin.
Hari ini, depa cari kawan lain.
Just like in the kindergarten.
Nota Disklamer: Komentar ini tiada kena mengena dengan isu-isu semasa dan gambar gambar it hanya sekadar hiasan.
Yeah rite! Just like in the kindergarten!
Monday, July 02, 2007
" Ala, tak payah susah pergi Klinik Gigi pun, Amin hantuk aje muka Amin kat dinding!"
Again, we were left speechless!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Saya terpaksa tangguh rancangan saya untuk sambung belajar di UKM dalam bidang Psikologi Kesihatan atas sebab yang tidak dapat dielakkan. Tak mengapalah. Saya sudah ada rancangan yang lain sementara tunggu tahun depan untuk sambung niat saya itu kembali.
Rancangan terbaru: Saya sekarang sedang berusaha untuk melanjutkan pengajian 'clowning & hospital' di Bonts International Clown School di , Ibiza, Spain selama 2 minggu dari 14 Januari sehingga 25 Januari 2008.
Bila sebut Ibiza, terbayang di kepala ialah sebuah pulau yang gawat parti,disko dan arak. Jangan bimbang, Bonts School terletak jauh dari kawasan itu. Kalau nak ke sana, tiada bas lalu ke sana. Anda kena singsing lengan dan hulurkan ibu jari di tepi jalan untuk tumpang naik kereta ke studio.Alternatifnya, berjalan kaki berbelas-belas kilometer!
Selama 2 minggu itu kelak saya akan belajar dengan Eric de Bonts, Pepa Astillero dan Encarna de las Heras untuk mendalami "energy work" di dalam situasi hospital dan teknik "theatre clowning" dalam persekitaran yang sensitif seperti di hospital. Melihat gambar-gambar Bonts School teringat saya Celebration Barn Theatre di Maine dimana ia adalah bekas bangsal ladang lama dibangunkan semula oleh Tony Montanaro sebagai tempat latihan teater fizikal (physical theatre). Bonts School pula ialah bekas tiga gedung wain lama.
Sebagai tanda terima kasih kalau Qatar Airways sudi taja, saya bercadang singgah di Doha untuk berkongsi ilmu yang dikutip di Ibiza dengan mengadakan bengkel untuk sukarelawan program Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) yang dipimpin oleh puteri Sultan Qatar yang cantik ngetop, Her Excellency Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. (Saya harap dia tak kawin lagi! Amin! Hahahaha!)
Friday, June 22, 2007
And if you are fan of previous Rajnikanth's movie Chandramurkhi - you will find at one particular scene whereby that famous line in Chandramurkhi was used again in this film - LAKALAKALAKALAKA! Sure you will gelak sampai keluar air mata beb!!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Alliance Francaise adalah sebuah Pusat Budaya dan Bahasa Perancis di Kuala Lumpur dan terletak di Lorong Gurney,Off Jalan Semarak. Jika mahu ke sana,ikut Jalan Tun Razak dan belok ke kiri Jalan Semarak. Anda akan melihat Menara Celcom di sebelah kiri.Jalan terus dan di sebelah kiri adalah Lorong Gurney (sebelumnya showroom kereta).
Monday, June 18, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Saya takkan lupa pengalaman tidak tidur malam dan stres semasa berusaha mengumpul dana untuk Syazwan. Namun ada hikmahNya. Saya kini amat bersyukur kerana ditemukan dengan ramai 'strangers' yang bertukar menjadi rakan kerana anak kecil itu.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Recently when I was in Medan for a short 'wisata', I came across two wonderful songs by Indonesian composer Ibu Soed. One is the melodious " Tanah Airku" and a children song, "Tik Tik Bunyi Hujan".
Tanah airku, tidak kulupakan
‘kan terkenang selama hidupku
Biarpun saya pergi jauh
Tidak kan hilang dari kalbu
Tanah ku yang kucintai,….engkau kuhargai
Walaupun banyak negri kujalani,
Yang mashyur permai dikata orang
Tetapi kampung dan rumahku,
Disanalah ku rasa senang
Tanah, ku tak kulupakan….
When I first listened to "Tanah Airku", my heart beat faster and quickly my eyes became wet. You can listen to it in Garuda ads above.
Interesting enough, we are not short of old patriotic songs. We certainly have our own "Tanah Ayerku". It was composed by Alfonso Soliano and lyrics by Mahadzir Yassin.I got the lyrics from a book I bought at Chowrasta Market not so long ago.
Negaraku yang sangat ku cintai,
Menjelma di antara bangsa
Dan Berdaulat Malaysia merdeka
Bulan serta pun bintang
Menyinari di langit Malaysiaku
Hasratku hendak ku korbankan
Apa saja untuk kemajuan
Sungguh hati ku gembira
Melihat segalanya bangsa
berpakat dengan bekerja
Dibawah satu bendera
Mari kita berdoa
Supaya jaya makmur dan bahagia
Junjunglah tanah mu yang kaya
Hidup aman kekal dan abadi.
Will it makes my eyes wet? I don't know. How I wish I could listen to it. Perhaps in MAS ads one day?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Dahan jatuh menimpa batu
Dahan jatuh menimpa batu
Murai terkejut berkicau-kicauan
Langit mendung diliputi awan
Alamat bumi disirami hujan
Orang jauh tak lupa dari kenangan [ulang 2 x]
Fikiran kusut berisau-risauan
Sakit untung ditinggalkan abang
Ibarat kapal tidak berhaluan
Sayang di sayang...
If you make up your mind today
To look for pleasant things,
For smiles or sunshine, bits of fun,
Surprises fortune brings;
If you are slow to find teh worst
But quick to spot the best,
You won't be sorry for yourself
But count yourself well blessed.
It's up to you to make today
As sad as sad or bright and gay.
22, July 1975 (The Friendship Book 1975)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Saya baru sahaja menerima emel daripada Hilary Chaplain yang beria-ria menyokong hasrat saya untuk menyertai kursus intensif badut teater (theatrical clowning) selama 3 minggu dibawah tunjuk ajar guru terkenal, Giovanni Fusetti dari Teatro Kiklos, Italy dan akan berlangsung di Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis pada 21 April sehingga 13 Mei 2007. Saya sebenarnya selalu merujuk berkenaan program teater atau kursus berkaitan kepada Hilary kerana pengalamannya yang cukup luas di dalam bidang teater komedi di Amerika maka mudah sahaja bagi beliau untuk menilai kursus mana yang baik, guru mana yang handal.
Pihak Bedlam Theatre sudah memaklumkan bahawa ada lagi tempat kosong untuk saya daripada 14 tempat dalam kursus tersebut.
Hati saya sebenarnya berbelah bahagi. Mungkin pengalaman di New York Theatre Clown Festival, September 2006 lepas banyak mengajar saya agar berhati-hati memilih kursus kerana kalau salah pilih, rugi wang dan masa. Maklum sahaja pemergian saya kali ini atas perbelanjaan sendiri dan bajetnya cukup kecil. Namun begitu, saya sudah biasa "merempat" di negeri orang, tidur di atas sofa, merayau di celah kota dengan "weekly pass", tidur di asrama belia atau rakan yang baru dikenali, makan dan minum di tepi jalan(kadang-kadang sambil berjalan) , maka tiada masalah sebenarnya.
Monday, April 02, 2007
"Anakanda nak kena samun minyak kereta dan tomyam hari ini"
and came her reply,
" Bawalah tekoh lampu ajaib bersama anakanda nanti!"
Monday, March 12, 2007
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for stilling in my pain but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life battlefield but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.
Cigarette Paper Propeller - Amazing! - The best home videos are here
I first learned this trick from Avner Eisenberg at The Celebration Barn Theatre. Later I realised that it is quite economical to use this when interacting with the audience rather than twisting the baloon animals. I am not really keen with animal balloons because it will create queues rather than interactions. With this simple and cheap cigarette paper I can interact with 50 people with just RM1.20 ( I pack of ZigZag paper cost about RM1.20 at newsagents.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Imagine my horror when she SMS me this few days ago,
"Mak nak buat sepat"
aaaaa? I called her and asked what she really meant by the SMS,
and she just said,
" Ooo.mak nak buat cermin mata.. Dah rabun!"
And the other day, another SMS sent shock to my heart,
OK I get it. I will get VCD of Mukhsin once it will be on the market and send it to her pronto by Poslaju as promised.
Yesterday, she sent to my brother in UITM Seri Iskandar who was spending his weekend in KL this message,
" Pukul berapa flight balik?"
Even though we knew well enough there's no such airlines flying to Manjung for that matter.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
"Ya Allah! Ampunilah dia dan kasihanilah dia dan sejahterakanlah serta ampunilah dosa kesalahan dia. Dan muliakanlah kedatangannya dan luaskanlah tempat masuknya (kuburnya) dan bersihkanlah dia dengan air salju dan embun, bersihkanlah dia dari segala dosa dan sebagaimana kain putih yang bersih dari segala kotoran dan gantikanlah baginya rumah yang lebih baik dari rumahnya dan gantikanlah isteri yang lebih baik dari isterinya dan gantikanlah keluarga yang lebih dari keluarganya dan peliharalah (hindarkanlah) dia dari seksa kubur dan seksa
Friday, March 02, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Today she finally got hold of how to use SMS and the first thing she did was replying my eldest sister's SMS wishing her Happy Birthday with this text,
" Mana hadiahnya?"
Came my sister's reply,
"Hadiah?Saya bagi mak cucu baru!"
Hahahahaha....my sometimes "lurus bendul" Kak Long do knows how to make my mom chuckled!.
I was at a kitchenware shop at City Square during lunch today when the proprietor came to me and asked,
" Did you came the other day with Jean Danker?"
hahahahaha....If you heard about Jean Danker (google lah to find out) then you know why I laughed so hard!
p.s clue: not that Jean Danker (above pic), DJ from Mediacorp Singapore.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Weird factor no. 2 - I always clutch books whenever I go. I would feel so uncomfortable if I don't have books in my hand. Bak lagu Ahmad Jais, GELISAAAAHHHHHHHH!
weird factor no.3 - I always humming old malay songs from 30s to 40s in the car.
weird factor no.4 - If I go out to shopping malls, my first thing first is to go to bookstores........
weird factor no.5 - always wipe that round water mark from a glass or cup on the table.
weird factor no.6 - Suka pintal tisu!!!!!
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
"Blok F, Unit Urologi, Wad 4 Tingkat 1"
Habis satu Hospital Tuanku Jaafar Seremban, my family and I dok tawaf looking for our neighbour's son until my brother asked a very stupid question,
Jawapan SMS: Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I can't hide my excitement when Bonts International Clown School in Ibiza Spain announced that they are opening FREE placement in 2008 ( for 3 months) for people like me to study Clowns and Hospital work. I am applying!Yipppeee!
(weh manalah aku letak CD Spanish Language si X-Eyed Jules bagi dulu tu?)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I was on my way home today after work when all by sudden, you came to my mind. Only when I reached home and checked my calendar I realised, it is Tuesday, 6th February 2007. It has been exactly 3 years since you left us.
When you left us that blessful Friday morning, I was so far away and how I wish I could fly home from Bam,Iran just to be with you. Alhamdulillah, I managed to see you few days before I left for Bam. I knew you were in great pains and relying on morphine to relieve it. I hope my stupid jokes that day would cheered you up. (it was really really stupid jokes! I must confess that I didn’t know what to do in that room with you. I felt so helpless but I was just trying to be brave in front of you).
The relief mission had been trying to break the news to me earlier that day but they decided in the best interest of the mission, the news would be kept from me until I completed my task that day. Yes, I somewhat expected the “news” when they told me that Dr Jemilah Mahmood, (MERCY's founder,your gynae and close confidante) called our field mission in Baravat all the way from Malaysia and wanted to speak to me that morning. But I was rushing excitedly for ICRC Field Hospital in the city because it was the first day after few weeks into my relief mission that I could do what I am supposed to do – to conduct hospital clowning visit for the Bam earthquake victims.
Only that night, they broke the news. I took it simply without any feeling of sorrow. Perhaps I was detaching myself from emotions and just focusing on my mission. Two weeks after your passing, I managed to get the whole story when Dr Jemilah came to Iran with the next mission to replace us. She spoke to me while we were waiting for flight to Bam at Mehrabad Airport, Tehran. She told me how you, few days before, had accepted the fate and redha to meet your Creator. She told me how so many people came to perform “solat jenazah” for you. (They conducted the prayer twice for you). I felt so happy. Yet, sadness engulfed me when she told me that day, 6th February was your birthday and the night before you left us, your adopted kids, Shafiq, Yaya and Mira placed their handwritten birthday cards beside you. You never got a chance to read it. You went peacefully that Friday morning.Dr Jim told me about her last wishes. One of it she asked Dr Jim to look after me.
It took me almost two years to accept it. Since I returned from Bam, I just engrossed myself with work trying to keep the grief inside me. I was mourning quietly in my heart. Although you home and my office is just 5 minutes away, I never had the courage to walk again to your door and rang the bell. It was too painful. There were times when I drove to your place and steered the car away at the last moment. I was trying to deny it.
Only one day last year, I gathered the courage and knocked the door. Shafiq was the only one around. Abang Awi and the rest were away. It must be awkward for both of us that time but Shafiq as gentleman as he is ( Kak Inda, yes he is truly an angel!) invited me in. The living room is still just like when you were there. Photo frame of Pak Sako is still on the wall and your antic sewing machine you used to work with is still at that same corner. Yet, the moment I glanced at a photo frame sitting in one corner, I can’t contained it anymore. Your kids had put up all your photos on it. I just run my fingers on it and cried shamelessly.
We were complete strangers before and by fate we became so close like own blood. I think we started to know each other when we were working for Telekanser 2001. Oh yes! Now I remember. You were one of the cancer survivors I was arranging for media interviews for TK2001 and somehow you had invited me to come to your place one late afternoon for laksa. The rest was history. I quickly became part of your family. I don’t know how but you did tell me how I just make myself at ease at home that day. And I must tell you how proud I am when you introduce me to your friends that I was your new-found brother after Hardy (the long-lost brother). Till now I still cherish the sweet memories of having laksa at your place,your infectious laughter and till now, I still admire your indomitable spirits fighting against the Big C. Your determination and positive attitude helped not only for the patients you counselled but also inspire us to work harder to raise funds for cancer. Ah, it reminds me now to complete your purposely “unfinished” doa in front of Kaabah soon. (You know what I meant).
And you must be very happy that I am doing OK all these while. And I must tell you, I had achieved the unthinkable not so long ago. I went again to USA 2 years ago and studied with one of the greatest clowns in the world, Avner Eisenberg. It is one of the best moments in my life. Thank you for believing in me. When I was struggling, you are one of the few who never doubt my ability and keeps me going.
Happy Birthday Kak Inda and may Allah blessed your soul.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
"If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to
it, I should not mind a bit.
but if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to
allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly.
If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me,
I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted so that I might share in what I was entitled to share.
If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him,
I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation."
I just got to know today that a good friend passed away few months ago. I was so stunned when Che Mat the biker told me about sudden passing of Suhaimi Joleman due to heart attack. He was just in his 40s. 2 weeks before that his wife, Kak Nett lost her both legs after a tragic accident along PLUS highway.
I met him when I was in Laos. He was there with Kak Nett, Che Mat and his wife riding BMW bikes all the way from Malaysia. We quickly became friends. I still remember how proud I was to read about his solo travels on his bike to 47 countries around the world spreading the words of peace. He is a true adventurer to me and lucky him to have Nett as his companion during his wonderful life. I guess Chiengmai will miss them very much for there will be no more annual honeymoon visits from them now.
It is very hard to lose a friend like Suhaimi.It is very hard indeed.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The goal of Room to Read’s Girls’ Scholarship Program, known as "Room to Grow", is to provide opportunities for girls in less-developed countries to attend school, thus allowing them to gain the lifelong gift of education and to take control of their lives. We fund scholarships for students starting in primary school, based on our belief that the best way to help improve the world is by starting education at a young age. To each girl, we make a commitment through the completion of secondary school (a period averaging ten years). This acts as a strong incentive to achieve and to stay in school, and also provides security and support to girls who often grow up in a very uncertain environment.
Opportunity: A quest for education for all children
Education within many developing countries is not free. Families are often charged school fees to pay for the operation of schools and teachers’ salaries. Many families cannot afford these school fees, or they are unable to forego the income of a working child. Due to economics and cultural bias, young girls are often left behind when it comes to educational opportunities. If families are able to send only one child to school, the eldest son is usually chosen.
However, the benefits of educating girls are numerous and include:
—Improvement of family health and nutrition and decrease in infant mortality
—Increased likelihood of educating the next generation
—Decreased population growth in resource-scarce countries, since educated women tend to have fewer children
—Increased wages of girls for every year they remain in school
Results: What can I expect?
By providing scholarships to young girls, one can have an immediate and direct impact on their lives. An education will allow them to take control of their future and empower them to make choices about a career. The key ingredient to an improved status for women in these societies is a solid education starting at an early age. Furthermore, by educating a girl, one educates her future family and thus generations to come. Educating girls yields a higher rateof return than any other investment available in the developing world.
- Monthly school fees
- School uniforms
- Books, stationary, and backpacks
- Female Room to Read staff member to oversee the program and mentor the girls
- Additional tutoring as needed
- Transportation (such as a bicycle or bus fare) for girls living far from school
- Lunch money if the girls live too far from school to eat at home
- Medical check-ups and expenses
- Field trips and workshops
Monitoring & Evaluation
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