Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Based on RM8000 mark earlier, the two home will get RM4000 each worth of books (of course that will include the bookshelves!) I have bought most of the books for Rumah Nur Zaharah. Below are the summary of the expenses so far.
Rumah Nur Zaharah,Janda Baik Pahang
Expenses : RM3313.80
Balance : RM686.20
Note: The balance will be used to buy reference books for UPSR,PMR and SPM.
On the other hand,
Rumah Nurul Hidayah, Kuala Kangsar,Perak
Balance : RM1468.00
Note: We still have time as the trip to K.Kangsar will only be scheduled sometime in February or early March.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
You see I bought a 5 tier bookcase as a "sample" to see how many bookcase(s) we need in order to fit in all the books we bought for this project. For that RM3000 worth of books for Nur Zaharah, it all fits into that just one bookcase!
Oi, mahalnya buku nowadays!
Saya terharu apabila dikira-kira,sumbangan untuk mendirikan sudut perpustakaan mini di kedua-dua rumah anak yatim berkenaan sudah mencecah RM8560 (melalui sumbangan & pledges).
P.S : Saya juga kagum dengan usaha Thomas Stader yang membangunkan perpustakaan di China dengan kos semurah USD150 hingga USD300 melalui projeknya The Library Project . Saya bersetuju dengan pendapatnya bahawa hanya melalui pendidikan semata-mata, kitaran kemiskinan (poverty cycle) dapat diatasi.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
oo.Funny incident. Yesterday, I left my house keys with my mechanic and had to spent the evening at Ampang Point while waiting for my brothers from Bangi to come bringing the spare keys. So I went book-shopping at Popular Ampang Point.
Being quite regular here, I stumbled upon a lady who used to work in the college library during my college days, (that was 12 years ago).So, I went to greet her - "Excuse me...are you..". I hadn't finished my sentences when she asked, " Yes , I am looking for a management book for my daughter. Do you know where I can find it?".
Do I look like a bookstore manager to you?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Not only that, we provided scholarship of pocket money for poor schoolchildren - enough for them to continue to secondary school.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I am planning to send the books and set up the library corner in early February.I'll be away in Sabah on the last weekends of January and coming weeks is going to be busy for me so plans to do it early is already out of questions.
First visit would be to Rumah Nur Zaharah, Janda Baik. It would be nice if we could organise some kind day-trip to Janda Baik together since it is not too far from KL.You can bring your family along. Do let me know if you are interested.
After we finish setting up the library, you are free to roam around Kg Janda Baik.Puan Ainon Mohd. who lives across the orphanage mentioned in her blog that Tn. Syed Hussein Al-Attas is offering his place for 'mandi-manda sungai' as long two basic rules are observed.
- Bring along your own garbage bags
- And the flowers in the garden are meant for your eyes only!
RM6380 still stands.Having the number increase to RM7K definitely will make the kids at the orphanage happy!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Rumah Anak Yatim Nurul Hidayah, Kg Cheh, Kati, Kuala Kangsar.
Keep on chipping in!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Saya di Kedai Buku Koperasi DBP tengahari tadi setelah berpusing-pusing mencari jalan masuk namun tak jumpa.Jalan disekeliling DBP ditutup.Terpaksalah parkir di belakang Wisma Mirama.
Namun, dalam banyak-banyak SMS, ada seorang kawan yang hampir buat saya sakit jantung (2 kali!).Dalam masa 2-3 minit sahaja, dia berjaya 'pujuk' bosnya untuk menderma.Katanya, "fundraising is fun!".Macam-macam.
Namun saya amat hargai usahanya itu kerana sudi war-warkan kepada orang lain untuk turut sama membantu. Begitu juga yang lain. Bukan nilai derma yang menjadi keutamaan tetapi 'the thoughts that counts'.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Ketika membelek-belek buku di Times The Bookshop, saya tidak dapat menahan nafsu untuk membeli Remembered: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Harganya ialah RM197.90. Walaupun buku ini ialah paling mahal yang saya pernah bayar tapi saya cukup puas hati!
Lautan bunga poppies di kulit buku mengingatkan saya kepada puisi terkenal zaman perang besar (The Great War) seperti In Flanders Fields oleh John McCrae dan juga karya-karya puisi seorang lagi penyair zaman tersebut iaitu Wilfred Owens.
Buku ini berkisar tentang sejarah dan latar belakang tanah perkuburan dan tugu kenangan yang dikelolakan oleh Commonwealth War Graves Commission di seluruh dunia termasuk Malaysia. Setakat ini, saya sudah melawat Commonwealth War Graves (CWR) di Taiping, Perak dan sejak itu saya sentiasa menyimpan impian untuk melawat semua CWR di dunia terutamanya di Somme,Belgium dan Normandy,France.
Ada sesiapa nak ikut?
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I never celebrate birthday since I was 10 years old. This time around I am 'celebrating' it for a better reason by using the voucher I got to buy books for Nur Zaharah Orphanage in Janda Baik, Pahang.Plus, I am redeeming my credit card points to claim for more book vouchers.
Of course, I would be delighted if you want to chip in. You can pledge your contributions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your pledge(s).
Or you can just bank-in your contributions to my Maybank account (MBB: 162188016529 - ISKANDAR SYAH ISMAIL) .
To date, I already have RM500. My target is to raise around RM2000 (so that we can get about 250 books). This funds will be used to buy bookshelves,children's books, teen novels, motivational books and career guidances.
P.S Frankly, I am quite reluctant to accept donated books. From my experience so far, only 10% of the donated books are usable. The rest, will go into the bin.