Monday, 23 January 2012

The story of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and an orange

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.
Happy holiday to everyone and for the Chinese, I wish a prosperous Chinese New Year. May the year of the dragon spell success and good luck for you.
Today I woke up in the morning and I was peeling an orange given by one of my colleagues at school while browsing the internet. I found a story which initially posted by someone else so I was thinking why don't share it with others?
Nowadays copy is right (copyright). That's what they always say when Samsung 'copy' Apple, Nokia 'copy' Samsung and you name the rest. After all, it's just a business. It's about creating something that marketable and profitable. OK I better save that story for next time because that's not what I'm going to write today.

Suatu hari Rasulullah s.a.w didatangi oleh seorang wanita kafir. Ketika itu baginda bersama beberapa orang sahabat. Wanita itu membawa beberapa biji buah limau sebagai hadiah untuk baginda. Cantik sungguh buahnya. Siapa yang melihat pasti terliur. Baginda menerimanya dengan senyuman gembira. Hadiah itu dimakan oleh Rasulullah s.a.w seulas demi seulas dengan tersenyum.

Biasanya Rasulullah s.a.w akan menjemput para sahabat makan bersama apa yang diterimanya, namun kali ini tidak. Tidak seulas pun limau itu diberikan kepada mereka. Rasulullah s.a.w terus makan. Setiap kali dengan senyuman, hinggalah habis semua limau itu. Kemudian wanita itu meminta diri untuk pulang, diiringi ucapan terima kasih dari baginda. Sahabat-sahabat agak hairan dengan sikap Rasulullah s.a.w itu.

Lalu mereka bertanya mengapakah Rasulullah tidak menjemput mereka makan limau yang nampak sedap itu. Dengan tersenyum Rasulullah s.a.w menjelaskan "Tahukah kamu, sebenarnya buah limau itu terlalu masam semasa saya merasainya kali pertama. Kiranya kalian turut makan bersama, saya bimbang ada di antara kalian yang akan mengenyetkan mata atau memarahi wanita tersebut. Saya bimbang hatinya akan tersinggung. Sebab tu saya habiskan semuanya."

Begitulah akhlak Rasulullah s.a.w. Baginda tidak akan memperkecil-kecilkan pemberian seseorang biarpun benda yang tidak baik, dan dari orang bukan Islam pula. Wanita kafir itu pulang dengan hati yang kecewa. Mengapa? Sebenarnya dia bertujuan ingin mempermain-mainkan Rasulullah s.a.w dan para sahabat baginda dengan hadiah limau masam itu. Malangnya tidak berjaya. Rancangannya di'tewas'kan oleh akhlak mulia Rasulullah s.a.w.

I hope we all can get something from the story. Sometimes we'll face the situation where people tend to tease us, testing our patient. "Alaaa hang la jumpa cikgu. Hang kan baik dgn cikgu" (nak ckp kata kaki bodek cikgu) or "Wahh nampak sihat sungguh" (walhal badan gemuk) or "Alaaa org nak kahwin ngan si polan tu sebab duit ja" (cakap kuat2 bagi si polan tu dengar..Panas telinga)

Don't press the angry button so quick. It's normal because people will express their jealousy in so may ways. Take it easy, smile and walk away if you can't take it. Show to them that you are not affected by what they did. It's good when their tease doesn't work on us. Hehe

Until then, Assalamualaikum.

(p:s/ The orange given by my colleague was really sweet and the examples mentioned above have nothing to do with any individual)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Menara Alor Setar


It's been more than 2 weeks since I last wrote in this blog. I'm in class at the moment but I'm too saturated to accept anymore lesson for today. It's nearly 7 o'clock. Sorry prof..:(. I wonder why some people never think of having class from 5-7 pm and then continue from 8-10pm may drive you a bit crazy? I'm very sorry to see some of my friends who bring their babies into class as no one is going to take care of them at night. It seems I'm slightly exaggerated but that's the truth.Well there are things that we could not simply change so the only thing that I can do in my case are to think positive and be strong. No point of complaining that I'm tired because it's going to fall on deaf ears at the end since I'm just an ordinary man living in a rat race. I wish I could become someone who can make this whole system better. Much better.... Always a wish.

Leonardo Dicaprio once said in his famous film 'Catch Me If You Can'.."There were two mice fallen into a bucket of milk. The first was drowned to death and another one successfully turned the milk into cream. Be the second one" What say you?

OK let just put this whole thing somewhere else for a while and get a real life. hehe.Well I went to Alor Setar last weekend with few friends to get some of the unfinished business done. I took the opportunity to drop by at Menara Alor Setar. I have been there once but that was ages. I would say it was a worth thing to do. I have paid RM12 for the entry pass + a hi tea buffet at D'Saji owned by Felda. Unbelievable. I was informed that the restaurant has been refurbished recently so it has a new look. Very cosy.

Below are some of the pictures taken form web (sorry I forgot to bring my own camera). It just to give you the idea of Menara Alor Setar generally.
 I think I better stop now. Maghrib dh nak masuk.
Until then, Assalamualaikum.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Ogimi Village

Assalamaualaikum w.b.t

It's 9.30pm and I'm stuck in front of TV watching Majalah 3. Something to share with all readers about a village in Okinawa, Japan called Ogimi Village. There's nothing really interesting about this village except most of the villagers can live up to 100 years in average! Or in another word we could call them centenarian. What really caught my attention is their secret of longevity. In general most of the Japanese are still active at the golden age. They travel as a couple to other countries, do cycling, active in martial art or yoga.

On an interview with one of the villagers, he said that good health and longevity is not derived from a specific gene pool but rather from a healthy lifestyle and living in a low stress environment! Most of them consume organic food that produced by themselves as compared with the new generation of city dwellers in Tokyo who prefer instant food.

Above is a 93 years old woman in Ogimi Village who still active and enjoy her life to the fullest!
Speaking of food, it's no wonder why we Malaysian in average has 50-60 years old life expectancy because most of us, whether we realize it or not we hardly get healthy meals. Most of the food served at local stall or cafe are oily. too much sugar in it. But I should say not all serve that kind of meals.

"mamak teh tarik kurang manis satu!" and the one arrived has no different with the normal teh tarik.

Plus the fact that youngsters nowadays seem cannot be separated with mamak. Lepak mana? Jom mamak I'm not saying that mamak is not good, it just that the habit of eating at late night is not encouraging the healthy lifestyle.

So this an advise to myself and all of you that we should be careful of what we eat because it's too late to regret it when we have been diagnosed with diabetics or high blood pressure! Even the main cause may not because of the food, but at least we reduce the probability of getting those.

That's it for now. Have a great weekend everyone. Assalamualaikum.

Friday, 6 January 2012

A girl with a bright future

Assalamualaikum w.b.t

How's it going everyone? I wish everybody is just as good as ever. Or perhaps better.

It's been a while since I last wrote here as I had a long to do list recently. Lets us put an end to this week as we all are going to have a short weekend which means no lesson plan (plan that you must do before you get into the class- for my case), no 8.00 am punch card and no meeting. 

Surely this is a good time for me to let my fingers run on this brand new Lenovo netbook. Hehe. It's smaller in size, lighter, portable and better performance compared to the old one. Of course.Well I bought this netbook when I was in Bangi last month as I had a problem with the old one. Few of you might notice that I've been carrying a big and heavy laptop bag last year with an external keyboard with it. It looks like that I'm a hacker. Actually I'm not.

Here is a picture of my S100 Lenovo
Mine is the black one. I got pretty good bargain after traded in my old laptop.
p/s: The new HP and Sony Vaio are looking better but too pricey..huhu

OK lets put that aside and concentrate on a bit serious issue which I believe should be discussed rationally. I'm talking about Amalina Che Bakri. She is the icon of students in Malaysia when she scored 17 A's in her SPM exam. Today, everything has turned upside down for her and as a person, I felt sorry for this thing to happen as she has such a huge potential to be a role model to others.

Let me make it clear here. I'm writing today neither to point my finger to anyone nor to make the issue more sensational. It's all been said by so many people through blog, tabloid and TV. I would say that's enough. Today I love to view this issue from another angle. How do we react on this issue? 

While freedom of speech is everyone's right, it does not mean that we could freely spit out our opinion without considering its reliability and consequences. What would you say when someone distributing your pictures that suppose to be kept private? Someone telling the untruth about you? Or someone love to exaggerate the story? Distributing in a way of copy into blog and spread it out.You certainly cannot tolerate on these isn't it? Eventhough deep in your heart you may find some of it to be true.

So can you get the message from them that they don't like you and you should change? No! Because the approaches used are social punishment and humiliation. So there must be ways to ease the tension of the issue. I believe it's time we stop make things more worse. We don't even know who is she in real?

First, get the fact correct. As far as I know, not everyone manage to do a double degree (conjoint degree) at the same time so being able to graduate with a medical degree plus pharmacology soon is truly extraordinary! This is what Amalina is doing at the moment. I'm happy to hear from you should you know better in this thing.

As for Amalina I hope she will realize that she's a knowledgeable person with all A's including in Pendidikan Islam. She knows what is right and what is not. No point leaving comment with rude words to her. So I believe people around her can play important role in giving advise to ensure everyone stays in a right path especially when you live in foreign countries. It's never too late to change.

As for us, we could use our freedom of speech  by writing in a blog using proper words. Don't cross the line.

I would like to stop now so I leave you all with this "Mereka pula berpesan-pesan dengan kebenaran serta berpesan-pesan dengan sabar. (Surah al-Asr:3)"

Monday, 2 January 2012

Ben Carson Gifted Hands

Assalamualaikum w.b.t
How's life treating you lately? I hope everyone is fine and always happy with whatever you are doing. Love your job is one of the keys to a happy life. Everyone knows this. Well there must be something that can drive you to work happily. Mine? I know everyday is a busy day but I'll try to find a time to do something that I can enjoy, I can get rid of work. At least for a while. I'm talking about swimming to be specific. I'm very fortunate as Taiping offers a few pools for swimming.
Below are few pictures of swimming pools that you may drop by if you visit Taiping:

The above is Coronation Pool situated at the foothill of Bukit Larut. A walking distance from my school. The unique thing about this pool is they don't use chlorine water. Instead they use air bukit flows from Bukit larut itself. The pros are it's fresh and cold that rejuvenate yourself. But the cons is it's not really hygienic for those who really particular about keeping themselves clean.

Second is Burmese Pool although it's actually a waterfall. Haha. This place is best for picnic with family. I don't really recommend this place for swimming unless you just want to soak yourself and enjoy the nature around. This place is about 5 minutes driving from my school (I live inside the school for your information).

And this is my favourite one. A pool situated at Janaview Condotel. It's clean! But it comes with price as you need to pay RM5 per entry if you not a member. Nonetheless, I still could not master all the techniques in swimming. So this is gonna be one of my new years' resolution! hehe
(p/s: I got a friend who is really good swimmer. I may ask him for help..:)

Hey actually I would love to share with you all a movie that was recommended by Dr Shukri as he was here today in Taiping giving motivation to students. The movie is called Gifted Hands

This is based on a true story of Benjamin Carson, an American neurosurgeon who struggled academically before started excel in high school and become what he is today. Very inspiring movie although I didn't watch it in full. You may google him on Wiki and download the movie if you could find the source.

Ok I think that's it for now. Thanks for reading..;)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

It's a new year. A new resolution.

Assalamualaikum w.b.t

Hello readers. I suppose it's not too late to wish you all a happy new year. May this 2012 be a better year for you and family. The number has changed from 2011 to 2012 and so our responsibilities.It means more things to be done, more things to be achieved. Well speaking of this, lets us give a minute to think on this hadis:

Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda yang bermaksud: Rebutlah lima perkara sebelum datang lima perkara lain, iaitu masa muda engkau sebelum datangnya hari tua, masa sihat engkau sebelum dilanda sakit, masa kaya engkau sebelum masa miskin, masa lapang engkau sebelum datangnya waktu sibuk, dan masa hidup engkau sebelum datangnya saat kematian"(Hadith Riwayat Muslim dan Tirmizi)

What I'm going to share is regardless who we are, what we do..we always find ourself in busy mode. Why? Do we have a poor time management? Students with their homework or assignment. A dad is busy with his kids and wife. A bachelor is busy thinking of the woman he is going to get married to. A doctor is busy with his patients and ward round. A teacher is busy with students and clerking work and the list goes on. Is it because the world nowadays is demanding us to be materialistic? Whatever the answer is, have we ever thought of how prepared we are  before we leave this world? So why don't we put on the list of resolution that we would love to do something worth in the hereafter. Start with the small things example don't forget to donate at least RM1 to the mosque upon the Friday prayer or perform the solat subuh earlier. You know what you wanna do.

Ok last but not least,what does the new year hold for us? General election is approaching us, the new bank note is to be introduced and new automatic transmission driving license is effective in May. I'll write it in details in another post. Soon.

Until then, Assalamualaikum.
(p/s: The new Samsung Ace is sooo attractive and so the price..huhu)