May 24, 2011

Unwritten by Natasha Bedinfield



I am unwritten,
Can't read my mind
I'm undefined
I'm just beginning
The pen's in my hand
Ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your innovation

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten,


I break tradition
Sometimes my tries
Are outside the lines,
We've been conditioned
To not make mistakes
But I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
drench yourself in words unspoken
live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
the rest still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

The rest is still unwritten

May 23, 2011

Lose Weight Fast

Exercise 30 mins every day and you'll lose weight. Yea, I think everyone knows that. Lol. No, hang on. I've got something to share.

This diet really works for me. I lost 2kg in a week.

However there are some house rules girlies.

#1- Follow this diet strictly for 3 days in a row
#2- Follow your usual diet for the remaining four days of the week

The 3 Day Diet


First Day of "3 Day Diet"

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
1 banana
1 slice toast with 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter


Lunch

1/2 Cup of Tuna
1 slice toast ---> basically a tuna sandwich
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water



Dinner

2 beef franks or chicken
1/2 cup carrots
1 banana
1 cup broccoli or cabbage
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water


I just love coffee. That's why I love this diet so much!

Second Day of "3DayDiet"

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
1 egg (any style)
1/2 Grapefruit or juice
1 slice of toast


Lunch

1 hard boiled egg
1 slice toast
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water


Dinner

3 oz. any lean meat
1 cup green beans
1 cup carrots
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 medium apple
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water



Third Day of "3 Day Diet"

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
5 regular saltine crackers
1 oz. (slice) cheddar cheese
1 apple


Lunch

1 cup cottage cheese or tuna
5 saltine crackers
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water


Dinner

1 cup tuna
1 cup carrots
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup melon
1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water


Fresh tuna is better, but I bought this one. Works for me!

Expected Benefits derive from 3daysdiet plan:
1. Increased energy
2. Weight loss
3. Healthy skin
4. Enhanced sexual drive
5. Reduced allergies

These expected benefits are from reviews of this 3 Day diet not from personal experience mind you. What's important, I managed to lose 2kg in a week.

Substitutions

I use the following substitutions for the 3 day diet:

* Orange instead of Grapefruit
* Tuna instead of Cottage cheese (and vice versa)
* Frozen yogurt instead of Ice Cream
* Cauliflower instead of Broccoli (and vice versa)
* Green beans instead of Broccoli or Cauliflower
* Papaya instead of Carrots
* Toast instead of 5 crackers (vice versa)


Remember the rules. It's not healthy to eat like this EVERY day.

That's all. Good luck!



My after photo. No, I'm not going to upload my before photo thank you very much. I looked like a hot air balloon :/




May 22, 2011

Dining and Whining (Gossiping actually!)

Girlies, check this place out! This is the Little White Cafe. It's a really nice and cozy place to eat, talk and laugh. Okay that would be me after a looong tiring day. Okay, maybe not so looooong. just a long day.



It's located in Bandar Baru Bangi, but I swear, the moment I entered the doors the ambiance made me feel like I was back in the UK. This place will definitely be my getaway to get away from (well, work?) Yes. Definitely.

Anyway, lets take a peep inside.



No, it's not this dark. It's my oh-so-awesome camera.



Ahh that's better innit? I mean the lighting. Girlies, it didn't take long for our food to come. And guess what, you get to see the chefs in action! baking and making.



I had tomato mushroom toast (RM5)and my youngest sister, Khodijah, had potato salad (RM6). They both tasted scrumptious!



This berry juice is tastes really good. is tastes? oh my god. Just thinking about the juice makes my grammar go all wrong. I'm stuttering. I'm stuttering. And if you're on a diet, berry juice works wonders. This costs RM8.90. Worth every penny I tell ya. Sweet berries with a tad of sour taste to it. Yumm!

And look, her juice matches her watch!

Oh wait. My coffee was even better. Just look at my face. And this coming from a coffee lover. They made my latte just the way I like it!









Here's what Fatimah had. Spaghetti Carbonara. It makes you look Italian Timsy. I think this costs RM24.90. We got one free on the house ya'll. I think it's because we made too much noise gossiping. They wanted to, (you know, hush us.)



I'm sorry that straw is in your mouth like that sissy. No other picture of you with your food.

My other sister Aishah had vegetable lasagna. Personally, I didn't really like it but she thought it was good. This costs RM15 I think. I don't know the actual price, I don't have the menu with me.



Overall, love the place. Love the food. Definitely a place to chat loooong with friends and loved ones.

May 11, 2011

Dream of Entering a Mosque



I dreamt of entering a mosque last night with the one I love. We were both in blue.

#Interpretation 1
Entering the mosque with people who dig a hole for the dreamer: The latter will get married.

There was no hole digging but there were many people about to perform their prayers.

#Interpretation 2

A mosque in a dream also represents one who is to be obeyed, respected and revered such as a father, a teacher, a sheikh or a man of knowledge. It also asserts justice if one who enters a mosque in his dream is unjustly treated.

He is the man I look up to. And he was protecting me in someway. Not from anything dangerous, but he was protecting me and looking after me.

#Interpretation 3
Dream of entering the mosque. That is, you will get a dutiful child.

InsyaAllah. Ameen. That's lovely.

It was a huge mosque that I dreamt of. I saw the dome of the mosque. And the green grass. It was beautiful. Only God knows what it means. Alhamdulilah.


Interpretations from http://www.myislamicdream.com/entering_mosque.html
http://tafsirmimpi.org/masjid.html

"Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you"


I taught my students to be assertive today. To stand up and be honest and direct in expressing their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad is very assertive and I look up to him for that.

Here's an article I'd like to share.


In 2006,Lee Kuan Yew told a forum in Singapore that it was vital for Singapore, a predominantly ethnic Chinese state, to stand up to its bigger, mainly Muslim neighbours, Indonesia and Malaysia.

He made the following statement:

"Our neighbours both have problems with their Chinese. They are successful. They are hard-working and therefore they are systemically marginalised,"

Don't you think it is uncalled for? Whether the statement holds any truth is one matter, in the first place, what rights do you have to talk or criticise on other countries' matters? Heard of "jaga tepi kain orang?"

I liken this to Neighbour A telling others how her Neighbour B is mistreating one of her 3 kids, not giving that kid enough food to eat, pocket money to spend, freedom to play whereas the other 2 kids were allowed all the incentives. Each family has its own rules and how do you feel, if your neighbours were to do the same, go around making comments on how you should run your family ?

Mahathir hits back with the following reply:

"You are not that clever. In a small group, perhaps you seem clever," Mahathir said, referring to Lee.

"But when (Lee) goes to China, the Chinese there don't want to listen to him. The Chinese in China don't think much of him and it is a fact that he is marginalized by Chinese in the world," Mahathir was quoted as saying by the national news agency, Bernama.

"We should have an independent investigation on why the Malays are left behind in Singapore," Mahathir said. "They are pressured, marginalized and oppressed. That is the kind of government founded on the views of Lee Kuan Yew."

You may want to debate if the statement holds any truth or not but that is not the essence of the argument. My personal motto: "Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you".

You may say this is freedom of speech. Why can't people make comments freely you may say. Well fine, then be willing to accept criticsm from others as well.

There's a fine line between freedom of speech and being assertive.

Speak your mind but have substance.

Sources:
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/23/asia/AS_GEN_Malaysia_Singapore_Lee.php
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/060915/3/43gi5.html
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=18882
Article from http://one-wheel.blogspot.com/

Rihanna - Hate That I Love You ft. Ne-Yo

Love this video? Call Rihanna and let her know. lol
Another feel good song :)

This is the first time I watched this video. I like listening to this type of music but not these sort of vids.




Other songs I <3 by Ne-Yo:
Mad
So Sick
Because of You
Miss Independent

May 8, 2011

My Pretty Feel Good Song

Somehow this song by Mariah Carey makes me feel pretty, enlightened, happy and comfortable. It's my feel good song. It's entitled 'Underneath the Stars'. It's funny how music can really change your mood :) Love it!

May 7, 2011

A Song for Mama

Dedicated to all mamas out there. Happy Mother's Day!

How to Whiten Teeth the Natural Way!



There are many natural teeth whitening home remedies out there. Many of them can help you acheive a whiter smile. However, many of these natural remedies are also abrasive or acidic, and without proper usage, will damage your teeth and cause cavities.


Baking Soda

Baking soda is well known for its ability as a cleaning agent to get rid of stains in the home, but it can also work equally great on your teeth as well.

Stains on your teeth occur in the filmy layer that develops from the food and beverages that you intake. The best way to get rid of this layer and remove surface stains is to brush them away. Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that can work away the filmy layer and eliminate stains.

If you want to use baking soda to remove stains, use the following method:

- Get your toothbrush wet.
- Dip it into a small amount of baking soda.
- Use a circular motion to scrub the front surfaces of your teeth for at least two minutes.
- Rinse with clean water.

Some people also like to blend baking soda with a few drops of white vinegar and brush with the foaming mixture, followed by whitening toothpaste. Baking soda is safe to swallow, but it is important not to use it every day or as a long term solution to whitening teeth since it is quite abrasive and can damage the enamel.


Lemon Juice

Brushing the teeth with lemon juice mix with a quarter teaspoon of aloe vera gel or one teaspoon of salt is another frequently mentioned home remedy. The lemon's natural bleaching properties can help make the teeth brighter.

Unfortunately, lemon juice itself is also very acidic and will cause the teeth to lose calcium. If too much calcium is lost, the teeth can become very susceptible to decay. In addition, brushing the teeth with lemon juice can also soften the tooth enamel and this may lead to tooth sensitivity. Therefore, lemon juice as a natural teeth whitener is not recommended.


Strawberries

You might have heard that strawberries can give you whiter teeth too. This is perfectly true as strawberries contain an enzyme that acts as a natural teeth whitening agent although the effect is fairly mild.

Apply mashed strawberries to your teeth, or just rub with the whole fruit for the tastiest natural home remedy for whitening teeth.

Again, strawberries contain sugar and malic acid, which removes stains and whiten the teeth but also softens the enamel, so you will need to brush your teeth immediately after this treatment to remove any natural sugars and acids they may leave behind.


Wood Ash

Hard wood ash is a natural teeth whitening agent for teeth. It contains potassium hydroxide (lye) which has tiny crystals that help scrape off stains to give you whiter teeth. However you should be aware that hard wood ash is also one of the most abrasive natural teeth whitening remedies available and can damage the teeth with frequent use, so be sure to use it sparingly.



Mustard Oil

Rubbing a few drops of mustard oil and a pinch of salt on the teeth can help remove stains however be aware that this formula may produce a stinging sensation to the gums.



Hydrogen Peroxide


Another common home remedy for whiter teeth, albeit one that is not really natural, is hydrogen peroxide. The basic whitening agent for many clinical and over the counter tooth whitening products, hydrogen peroxide works very well to whiten your teeth, either on its own or mixed with some baking soda. However due to it's awful taste, most people who use hydrogen peroxide at home often dilute it with water before applying it directly onto their toothbrush.

While hydrogen peroxide is safe to gargle, one should be extra careful not to swallow any of it as it poses a health hazard to the body. For pregnant or lactating women, any accidental swallowing of the whitening gel could be potentially harmful to the unborn fetus.

When using hydrogen peroxide, you may also experience gum irritation. This is perfectly normal and natural however you should avoid using it if you have any sores inside your mouth.

For more tips, visit http://www.whiteteethsolution.com/natural-teeth-whitening.html

May 6, 2011

Make Up Tips by Tyra Banks

I find this 5 minute make up tips very useful. Don't forget! Your base foundation, eyeliner and mascara should be expensive so that they don't go all runny on your face after 3 hours of application. Bobbi Brown and MAC will do the trick.

You can save on lipstick, blusher, loose powder, and eye shadow. These can all be from pharmacy brands like Maybelline and Revlon. Most of us reapply our lipstick anyway. If you want your eye shadow to last longer, use make up primer before you apply your make up - especially if you are going to attend a dinner or a wedding!

Good luck looking good girls!

Back to Blogging!

I haven't been blogging for a year! But I have been writing. And I have been publishing on facebook for this past year.It took me a whole day to transfer all my entries (for God know's why I would want to do that?) Now that I've finally found time to blog again, I'm really happy!



My happy face! lol

False Alarm


I thought I was pregnant. Again. But it turns out I’m not. Of course. My period just came. Every time I tell my husband, “I think I’m pregnant.” He will say, “Not again!” Not because he doesn’t want us to have a baby but because he doesn’t want me to put my hopes up high only to cry when the home pregnancy test kit says, “Sorry, No, You’re NOT pregnant, better luck next time.” This time my period came too early. I had light spotting. I for ever and a day google up “early signs of pregnancy”. And spotting before your period comes is one of the many SIGNS. Not to mention how heavy and oversized my bust has been this past week. I felt like I was carrying bowling balls. These are all SIGNS of pregnancy. It’s a false alarm. I’m disappointed.

The things kids say

This week has been a hellava week. I don't even know where to begin. My brother collapsed at school and was warded in IJN for 4 days. I sat for my finals without much preparation. My mother-in-law is now warded in Putrajaya Hospital. A million and one other things to think about at work. I will even have to come to work on labour day. I don't want to fall into self-pity and I won't. I'm sure despite all this, something good is in store for me soon.


Today I spent time with my nieces Saffi and Iman. Babysitting them. It's amazing how kids can turn your world around with the way they say things that tickle you. It just enlightens your day.



Some of the things they said that made me laugh today.


Iman: Maksu, maksu dah kawin ke?

Me: Dah la Iman

Iman: Oooh. Maksu, paksu kawin dengan sape?

Me: Dengan maksu la

Saffi: Yela Iman, tak ingat ke paksu dgn maksu kawin kat depan rumah nenek ni je.



Saffi: Maksu kenapa tak ada baby?

Me: sbb Allah tak letak lagi baby dalam perut maksu

Saffi: Taklah. Maksu kurus sangat ni.



HAHAHA kurus? bestnye!



At the hospital I overheard a little girl talking to her ill mother.

Mother: Lia makan apa tadi?

Girl: Makan tak sedap ayah masak.


HAHAHA


<3 kids

Running in Your Dreams?

Running in your dreams may indicate a need to get away from something in your life. It is important to notice how and where to you are running to figure out the meaning.


Running in dreams, that's common. You find yourself, you've been running, you're going to look at how you're running? Are you running up a hill? This means you've got obstacles to sort of, try and climb. Are you running down the hill? This means you're sort of pursuing your goals, really going well.


Are you being chased? Well, if you're being chased, then look at what you're trying to run away from because being chased in a dream means that you're probably running away from some aspect of your life that you've got to sort out. Look at the scenery around you because if you're running through sunshine and the clouds are clear and you seem to be enjoying yourself, then that really does show a time of optimism and energy. If it's pelting with rain and you soaked to the skin, then it means that you're trying to sort of look at your emotional situation and things are not quite as clear as that.

Are you, perhaps, running away from a relationship situation or are you wanting to run away? Running in dreams is quite fascinating. Try and see where you're going, uphill, whether it's downhill. Whether you're going across the country and things seem to be easy or whether you find yourself running up and down through offices you work at.


If you're running up and down the steps, it may indicate that you're about to sort of want to switch jobs or switch types of jobs. See where you're running. If you're running through a city, it's definitely time to look at where next to go in your career.

If you're running to catch a bus or train or tube, well, maybe you haven't sorted things out. Running is an indication of where you're trying to run to, run from. Metaphorically, it means you're trying to get to or get away from. .


Adam Fonteras, Dream Analyst

Dreams:
How To Understand Running Dreams

I am 15 going on 16~

A mother passing by her son’s bedroom was

astonished to see the bed was nicely made,

and everything was picked up. Then, she saw

an envelope, propped up prominently on the

pillow.

It was addressed, ‘Mum’ With the worst premonition,

she opened the envelope and read

the letter, with trembling hands

‘Dear, Mum.

I’m writing you with great regret and sorrow.

I had to elope with my new girlfriend,

because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad

and you.

I’ve been finding real passion with Stacy,

and she is so nice, but I knew you would not

approve of her, because of all her piercings’,

tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and

because she is so much older than I am.

But it’s not only the passion, Mum. She’s

pregnant.

Stacy said that we will be very happy. She

owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack

of firewood for the whole winter.

We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that

m@rijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone. We’ll

be growing it for ourselves, and trading it

with the other people in the commune, for all

the coc@ine and ec$tasy we want..

In the meantime, we’ll pray that science

will find a cure for A.I.D.S, so Stacy can get

better. She sure deserves it!!

Don’t worry Mum, I’m 15, and I know how

to take care of myself. Someday, I’m sure

we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know

your many grandchildren.

Love, your son,

Nicholas.



PS. Mum, none of the above is true. I’m over

at Jason’s house.

I just wanted to remind you that there are

worse things in life than the school report

that’s on my desk

Love you! Call when it is safe for me to

come home.

Cinta Kasih Sayang


Sayang itu seluruh nyawa.

tidak disayangi, separuh nyawa pergi,

tidak menyayangi, separuh nyawa mati.


Cinta itu seluruh hidup.

tidak dicintai, separuh hidup gundah,

tidah menyintai, separuh hidup musnah.



Kasih itu selamanya.

tidak dikasihi, tidak mungkin terjadi,

hingga akhir nanti, Allah maha mengasihi.


(p/s: this is my first Malay poem)

Without You


Without you,

There'd be no sun in my sky,

There would be no love in my life,

There'd be no world left for me.

And I,

Baby I don't know what I would do,

I'd be lost if I lost you,

If you ever leave,

Baby you would take away everything real in my life.

Where True Love Goes by Yusuf Islam


the moment you walked inside my door

i knew that i need not look no more

i've seen many other souls before

but heaven must've programmed you


the moment you fell inside my dreams

i realised all i had not seen

i've seen many other souls before

but heaven must've programmed you

oh will you?



i'll go where true love goes

i'll go where true love goes



and if you walk alone and if you lose your way

don't forget the one who gave you this today

follow true love,

oh will you?



i'll go where true love goes

i'lli go where true love goes



and if a storm should come

and if you face a wave

that may be the chance for you to be saved

and if you make it through the

trouble and the pain

that may be the time for you to know his name



the moment you said "i will"

i knew that this love was real

and that my fate was sealed

heaven must've programmed you



the moment i looked into you eyes

i knew that they told no lies

there woud be no goodbyes

heaven must've programmed you



i'll go where true love goes

i'll go where true love goes

Gold Wrap

A mother punished her five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and she became more upset when the girl used the gold paper to decorate a box.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the golden gift box to her mother the next morning and said, “This is for you mommy.” The mother was embarrassed by her earlier overreaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty. She spoke to her 5 year old daughter in a harsh manner, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the gift box?”

She had tears in her eyes and said, “But there is something in that box mommy. I blew kisses into it until it was full.”

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around the little girl and apologized lovingly for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the girl 3 days later, and it is told that the mother kept that box of gold by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged and when she felt the whole world was against her, she would take out kisses from the box to comfort her and remember of her loving daughter. And everything would be all right again.

She was in hold of the most precious possession of all. The gift she received was the gift of unconditional love. Love from GOD, family, and true friends can never compare to gold.

Four Englishes and An Option

It’s one of those days when I feel like I really need to write. Not necessarily share but just to sort out my thoughts that are chaotically disturbing, and running wildly through my mind.


I’ve always had a love for languages, especially the English language. Somehow or rather I’ve always tolerated the many varieties of spoken English, whether it is Manglish, Chinglish, or English, as long as it is intelligible to my ear. Similarly, when I was a teenager, I’d never failed to respect people’s diverse personalities and I made friends easily and happily. I saw the best in everyone, and I tried to extract each person’s best trait to be a part of my personality. However, at one point I realized I didn’t have my own personality. I had trouble finding my true self and my true identity. Different identities were constructed when dealing with different personalities. Of course this is not a bad thing altogether if you were planning on becoming a psychologist or a counselor because you have that large amount of empathy and can put yourself in someone else’s shoes. But mirroring each person you meet is not only a bad idea, but also a barrier to finding your true self. Realizing this, I finally became ME. Over time, I decided on life rules, or pillars I wanted to lean on to, and I made my way to ME. The projection of ME no longer mirrored anyone else. I am ME. And I am unique.



Naturally, when you speak to someone, you will, in all respect, suddenly mirror that person’s speech. Mirroring is common in conversation. Observe yourself purchasing hardware at a hardware store from a Chinese lady. Most of you will suddenly sound EXACTLY like her, “Saya sudah banyak tempat cari , ini kedai saja yang ada la nya (nyonya).” The Chinese language is a tone language, and when this Chinese lady speaks Malay- a syllabic language, she will have that Chinese tone to it. And you will speak Malay with that Chinese tone as well. Have you ever asked yourself why you speak Malay with a Chinese accent when talking to a Chinese? Wouldn’t she have understood if you had spoken proper Malay? What is wrong with employing standard Malay you use to speak to your family and friends? And what benefits do you obtain when you speak exactly like her?


In finding my language identity, I encounter a lot of problems. And today I realized that I haven’t found my language identity. It is not that I am afraid to sound like ME, but I have too many repertoires of English of which I can choose from. I grew up in many English language communities. And therefore, when I speak to a British native speaker I will sound very cockney; when I speak to people with American accent, I will sound very American; when I speak to Malays, my English will sound very Malay; when I speak to expatriates or present a paper, I will use a more polished RP English. And for that reason, I have no trouble in distinguishing the marked differences in American and British accents and obtained ceiling scores for Phonetics and Phonology during my undergrad years. However, my aim today is to consider my options and choose my LANGUAGE IDENTITY.





Option 1- Yorkshine English
As a child, I was exposed to cockney English when I was growing up in Yorkshire. This varie^y of English actually omiks most‘t’ sounds, and changes some‘t’ sounds to ‘k’ sounds. (This variety of English omits most t sounds, and changes some t sounds to ‘k’ sounds). After returning to Malaysia, this was the only variety of English I knew, and my year 6 primary school mates would probably remember how I spoke with this alien accent in class. Mostly, this variety is unintelligible to my listeners. Therefore, I do not consider this an option.


Option 2- American English

Thanks to the mass media, our local television is jam-packed with American sitcoms, dramas and movies. I learnt American English mostly from watching movies and TV, and partly from my high school friends. In form 1 and form 2, I was friends with two girsl who just came back from the United States, and a girl from Sri Aman who sounds more American than an American native speaker. That’s how I picked up the American accent. I rolled all the ‘r’ sounds to make my woRds sound rodic, and changed all the ‘t’ sounds to ‘d’ sounds. (I rolled all the ‘r’ sounds to make my words sound rhotic and, and changed all the ‘t’ sounds to ‘d’ sounds). American accent is considered cool to some people. Sometimes I opt to use it.


Option 3 – Malaysian English
Currently, linguists are acknowledging the varieties of English that has emerged over the years around the world. Malaysian English is one variety of world Englishes. Linguists deemed it not fair to compare English as a second language to English as a native language. Thus, as long as our English is intelligible, we fall into a category of our own – Malaysian English. The most standard Malaysian English is the English of our radio DJs. Although most words are pronounced more British-like, the ‘r’ sounds are mostly rhotic. Malaysian English is 40% Malaysianized, 35% British and 25% American. Of course there are varieties across speakers. And we often include ‘la’ at the end of the sentence. “Come on la.” This is the most relaxed form of English, and is effortless. Good option.


Option 4 – British RP-like English

After undertaking TESL, I came to notice the distinctive features of RP English or posh English or royal English. In the UK, only 3% of the population speaks royal English. And this accent is no longer considered ‘natural’ even in the UK. The best thing about RP English is that it makes a person look more educated, if you know what I mean. Like my friend always says, “When you speak English with a British accent, you instantly add 10 points every time you open your mouth.” Even on ESPN, the natural British accents we hear are cockney accents. Prince Harry speaks with a cockney accent, and he’s royal. Should I sound more royal than him?


Since I’ve listed down all my options, tomorrow I will have one language identity. My motives are simple and good. I would like to be role-model for my students. The option I’m choosing is not with the intention to show off or to intimidate, but to be ME. And to sound like ME.

I'll never break your heart Heart

A broken heart is the single

greatest pain you will ever have to

endure.

In fact, the most hurt you can

ever imagine:

and the one who commits this

emotional crime is not someone you

hate; is not even someone you dislike.

No, because the only person

who is capable of breaking your heart

is the one who holds it precariously

in their hands, the one with whom you

have shared your dreams, your secrets,

your fears –

the one you love more than

anybody else in the world

And therein lies the irony.

Rest in peace


My head sunk into a deep, soft pillow,

My body buried under a silky fluffy duvet,

My heart stopped bleeding for one day,

My mind stopped ticking till Sunday.

The Weakest Body Part

This article is from http://ridzwandotcom.blogspot.com/
It really opened my eyes (and ears)!



I have learnt that the weakest part of your body often gets you into trouble. Unfortunately this weakest part will depend on your gender.

Be it trying to manipulate that significant other to do things your way or simply capture his or her attention, knowing this weak body part is absolutely crucial in relationships. Let me humbly share my opinion if you will.

If you are female trying to win soothe the heart of your man, you have it rather simple. And no, it is not located where you think it is. I don’t know why but whenever I talk about this weakest body part, most women automatically assume it to be at the “nether” regions. Men may be shallow creatures but not everything revolves around their small head.

For men, it is universal. Irregardless of their stature, education or intellect, men all over the world have one thing in common. The weakest parts of his body are his eyes.


Despite thousands of years of evolution, the sight remains the primary sense with which a man foresees his pleasures, simple and primordial as it may seem. A woman may have a heart of gold or carry the most complex intellect in her head. But a woman with curves in the wrong places will seldom earn that second glance regardless of how beautiful her character may be.


Of course this does not mean that looks are the only criteria with which to capture a man’s heart. Once his eyes are open, it is much easier to charm him with your other qualities. But how many rationale educated men do we know who seem to abandon all common sense the moment they come across 32C, a wineglass waist and the most flawless face he has ever seen?

Sadly women have continually denied this. Most will refuse to accept the reality that their significant other indeed does belong to a species of such primordial tendencies. “My man is very educated and loves me for who I am, not for my looks”, they squeal. The moment these women get married, they abandon the need to appeal to the eyes. The moment a wife loses her grip on his weakest body part, she loses her grip on his heart.

So women, do yourselves this favour the next time you get into an argument with the dear husband. Think about what he may like to see, no matter how discreet that may be and you will be amazed at the effect. Don’t waste your time with words on any man.

But what about the weakest body part for the females then?

As much as I hate to admit it, women are a much more sophisticated species than their male counterparts. As such, they are not that vulnerable through their eyes. If you piss off your wife and then think that the problem can be solved by just dressing sexy, you could be in a whole tub of trouble.

But that does not mean that our women folk do not have their own weakest body part. The weakest parts of her body are her ears.

A woman may be suave and educated. She may be discerning in her taste and put a lot of thought to the choices that she makes in life. But the moment a woman’s ears come into contact with soft whispers of the words that she needs to hear, most melt like a hot knife through butter.

A woman’s ears are very vulnerable indeed. This may be due to their inherently good-hearted nature and motherly instincts that naturally sows trust in people till proven otherwise. Unfortunately I have come across too many women whose lives have been destroyed for putting in too much faith in words that their ears succumbed to.

Unlike women, most men have learnt to recognise this weakest part very well. I guess this is the reason why men have evolved to be such good liars. 

Life at the end of 2010

Life is getting pretty interesting. So interesting that I don’t know whether I should be happy, sad, scared, or worried. Today I found something interesting in my inbox. Two people asked me the same question:

سلام عليكم هل انت المذيعة قناة دبي تي في؟

سلام عليكم هل أنت المذيعة مريم امين؟

Although I took Arabic for three consecutive semesters during my undergrad years I could only make out that “Hal Anti” means “How are you?”, which is, actually… wrong. It doesn’t mean that.

Google translated, it means:

Peace be upon you Are you a presenter at the Dubai TV channel?

Peace be upon you Are you a presenter Mariam Amin?


I WISH


Ah well. Anyway, I didn’t reply the messages. I’ve had quite a number of unknown/unidentified people writing me messages on facebook. I’m sure many of you have too, but I have to say this would be the most interesting message I’ve come across so far.

Okay truth is, the question that’s been on my head these few days is, am I being stalked? I really hope not. I don’t care if someone is trying to make a fool out of me. Or even trying to play tricks on me to make me look stupid. As long as no one is stalking, I’m okay. I just hope it’s not one person stalking, and this person is taking on many personalities. That would really really really scare me.


Today, also, I found a really big leaf and a small flower placed neatly under my wiper. I did look for a note but I couldn’t find any. Looked around didn’t see anybody. I hope I don’t get another one tomorrow.


Ya Allah lindungilah aku dari mereka yang berniat jahat, bersifat iri hati dan dengki dan lindungilah aku dari seksa, dan fitnah. Sesungguhnya Engkau maha melindungi. Amiin.

33+33+33+1 = 100 rewards

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "After every prayer, if anyone:

1-GLORIFIES Allah (by saying Subhaan-Allah) Thirty Three times, and

2- PRAISES Allah (by saying Al-hamdu-lillah) Thirty Three times, and

3- DECLARES HIS GREATNESS (by saying Allahu-Akbar) Thirty Three times,

4- and says (once), to complete a hundred,

"No one has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner; to Him belongs all sovereignty, and to Him is due all praise; and He has power over all things", [In Arabic: "Laa Ilaaha Illallaahu, Wah-dahu Laa Shareeka Lahoo, Lahul Mulku, Wa Lahul Hamdu, Wa Huwa 'Alaa Kulli Shay-in Qadeer."],


His sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea.

- Muslim

Adakah Kita Bertemu Orang Yang Salah?


Terkadang kita terfikir :

Adakah kita bertemu dengan orang yang salah?

Teman sekerja yang tak 'ngam'?

Kawan - kawan sekolah atau universiti yang tidak boleh nak buat geng study?

Housemate yang menyakitkan hati (sebab tak pandai membasuh pinggan, bercakap menggunakan kata-kata yang pedas, dan sebagainya) ?

Ataupun kekasih yang tiba-tiba dirasakan tak serasi?

(atau mungkin juga adik beradik, keluarga yang kita tidak boleh fahami perangai mereka?)

((ingat, entry ini bukan hanya untuk cinta-cinta sahaja, okey?))

Kerana hakikatnya, kita akan bertemu dengan ramainya manusia yang menjengkelkan hati kita, dan sangat sukar untuk kita bersama dengan mereka.

Pelbagai ragam dan karenah manusia yang dapat kita temui di dunia ini.

Kerana berlainannya manusia itu adalah untuk apa .....



يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقۡنَـٰكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ۬ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰكُمۡ شُعُوبً۬ا وَقَبَآٮِٕلَ لِتَعَارَفُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ۬

"Hai manusia, sesungguhnya Kami menciptakan kamu dari seorang laki-laki dan seorang perempuan dan menjadikan kamu berbangsa-bangsa dan bersuku-suku supaya kamu saling kenal mengenal. Sesungguhnya orang yang paling mulia di antara kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang paling bertakwa di antara kamu. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui lagi Maha Mengenal." - [Al Hujurat: 13]

Untuk lita'arafu..

Untuk berkenalan. Untuk mengetahui, memaknai manusia lain.

Untuk menyedari betapa beruntungnya kita, mahupun rendahnya kita berbanding manusia lain.

Untuk kita sering berlumba-lumba menggapai taqwa tanpa membeza-bezakan manusia lain.

Namun, tentu kita akan bertemu dengan manusia yang tidak serasi dengan kita serta berlainan segalanya.

Sehingga sekecil-kecil perbezaan kita menjadi besar dan dijadikan hujah untuk menjauhkan diri, apatah lagi terkadang sehingga memutuskan silaturrahim.

Walaupun diri kita dengan dia, satu aqidah, satu kefahaman dan satu cinta pada Allah..

Dan kita bertanya, mengapa diri kita dan dia, begitu jauh sekali?

Di situlah, kita kena sentiasa berusaha untuk mencari titik persamaan...

Kita takkan pernah bertemu dengan orang yang salah.

Takkan!

Kerana Allah telah menakdirkan setiap saat dan inci dalam kehidupan kita.

Setiap takdir itu merupakan satu ketetapan Allah buat kita, merupakan sesuatu yang terbaik buat kita.

Dan setiap manusia yang kita temui itu, tentu memberikan makna sesuatu pada kita.

Walaupun banyaknya kejengkelan hati kita pada dia.

Namun, tentu sebenarnya mereka yang 'salah' itu sendiri banyak mengajar kita: 'akan kekurangan diri kita sendiri.'

Bukankah seorang musuh itu terkadang lebih jujur daripada seorang sahabat sejati, yang dipetik dari kata-kata hikmah Arab.

Setiap jodoh dan pertemuan tentunya telah ditetapkan oleh Allah,

Untuk kita belajar sesuatu darinya.

Tak pernah kita bertemu dengan orang yang salah ... semua yang kita temui adalah stesen-stesen perhentian untuk mengutip hikmah, buat bekalan di dalam perjalanan.

Percayalah, kadang-kadang di awal pertemuan akan banyak berlaku perkelahian, salah faham dan ketidak seragaman.

Namun masa akan mengambil alih, memberi peluang makna kefahaman masuk ke dalam jiwa kita yang jernih.

Kerana kita pada hakikatnya, punya hati yang satu, matlamat yang satu, dan tentu cinta yang satu, hanya kepada Allah.

Ikatan hati manakah lagi yang paling kuat selain dari Allah?

Kerana itu, di setiap perselisihan, mahupun ke tidak serasian, kembalilah semula kepada apa yang akan dapat menyatukan kita.

Itulah dia Allah.

Kerana dihitung perbezaan-bezaan, memang akan semakin menjadikan hati kita jauh.

Namun, it does not matter, sebab Allah sahaja yang membinakan hati kita Insya-Allah.

And He Knows best.

Wallahua'lam.

Bersabar, dan teruslah berdoa.

Allah itu pasti menetapkan sesuatu yang terbaik buat kita, jika kita benar-benar yakin akan Dia



Source: iloveislam.com

Precious

This is the precious present, regardless of what yesterday was like, regardless of what tomorrow may bring. When your inner eyes open, you can find immense beauty hidden within the inconsequential details of daily life. When your inner ears open,you can hear the subtle, lovely music of the universe everywhere you go. When the heart of your heart opens, you can take deep pleasure in the company of the people around you -- family, friends,acquaintances, or strangers -- including those whose characters are less than perfect, just as your character is less than perfect. When you are open to the beauty, mystery, and grandeur of ordinary existence,you "get it" that it always has been beautiful, mysterious, and grand and always will be. This is the precious present.



Timothy Ray Miller.

Exclusive Use of the word 'Allah'

Many Malays have come to incorrectly believe that Allah is the ‘God of Muslims’ – A deity somehow different from the God of the other faiths. It should be emphasised that the term “Allah” has no implied meaning at all of an Arabian god, a Moon god or even a Muslim god. Muslims are not claiming any exclusiveness when they say "Allah". However Allah is simply the Arabic Name of the one Almighty God; the same name by which Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians, refer to God. The Allah comes from the term ‘al-ilaah’. Al is the definite article in Arabic, equivalent to ‘the’ in English, while ilaah means ‘a deity or god’. So Allah means The God. This is beautifully articulated in the first pillar of Islam which is to believe that God is One, in Arabic it would be, "La ilaha illallah" meaning "There is no god but God"

Pesanan buat Wanita


Do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not cause the earth to swallow you and suddenly it would sway? (67:16)


Patutkah kamu merasa aman (tidak takut) kepada Tuhan yang pusat pemerintahanNya di langit itu: menunggang-balikkan bumi menimbus kamu, lalu bergegarlah bumi itu dengan serta-merta (melenyapkan kamu... di bawahnya)? - surah Al-Mulk, ayat 16.


"Dan katakan kepada perempuan-perempuan yang beriman, supaya mereka menahan sebahagian penglihatan, memelihara kehormatannya dan tiada memperlihatkan perhiasannya (tubuhnya) selain dari yang nyata (mesti terbuka terdiri dari bahagian badannya yang sangat perlu dalam pekerjaan sehari-hari, seperti mukanya dan tapak

tangan). Dan hendaklah mereka sampaikan kudungnya ke leher (tutup kepalanya sampai ke leher dan dadanya), dan tiada memperlihatkan perhiasannya (tubuhnya). Dan janganlah mereka pukulkan kakinya, supaya diketahui orang perhiasannya yang tersembunyi (misalannya melangkah dengan cara yang menyebabkan betisnya terbuka atau perhiasan seperti gelang/rantai kakinya nampak). Dan taubatlah kamu semuanya kepada Allah s.w.t, Hai orang-orang yang beriman, supaya kamu beruntung. (surah An-Nur ayat 31)


Bila ayat menutup aurat turun sahaja semua wanita ketika itu tidak kira dari golongan Ansar mahupun Muhajirin dengan segera menutup aurat masing-masing. Yang ada di pasar, yang ada di rumah, yang sedang dalam perjalanan capai apa sahaja untuk menutup aurat masing-masing dengan SEGERA dan bukannya NANTI DULU. Yang tidak mendapat apa-apa mereka segera memalingkan muka menghadap dinding supaya tiada lelaki terpandang wajah mereka. Itulah kekuatan iman yang ada pada wanita-wanita ketika itu. Tetapi kini segala- galanya telah berubah makin jauh kita dari zaman Rasulullah s.a.w. makin kita jauh dari amalan agama


Maka wahai saudari-saudari seagamaku (YANG BERIMAN), sebelum terlewat rebutlah peluang yang ada jangan tunggu esok amalkan sekarang juga. Bimbang "Esok tiada bagi mu". Gembirakanlah Allah s.w.t. dan rasulNya dengan mengikut perintah mereka supaya dikala kamu dirundung malang Allah s.w.t. dan rasulNya dapat menggembirakan kamu.


BIAR KAMU TIDAK CANTIK DI MATA PENDUDUK BUMI

TETAPI NAMAMU MENJADI PERBUALAN PENDUDUK LANGIT


Dipetik Dari: http://groups.google.com.my/group/sinarislam/browse_thread/thread/e52cd8addc289cda#

Don't

People, do you understand me now,

If sometimes I feel a little mad

Don't you know no one alive can

always be an angel

When things go wrong I seem a little sad

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood



You know sometimes, I'm so carefree

With a joy that's hard to hide

Sometimes seems that all I have is worry

And then you're bound to see my other side

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood



If I seem edgy, I want you to know

That I never mean to take it out on you

Life has its problems and I get more

than my share

But that's one thing I never mean to do

I don't mean it



People, don't you know I'm only human

Don't you know I have faults like any one

But sometimes I find myself alone regretting

Some little thing; some foolish thing

that I have done,

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good



Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

Don't let me be misunderstood

I'm just someone whose intentions are good

Don't let me be misunderstood

100 minus 1


He woke up dumbfounded that they had missed the bus again. He panicked as she wasn’t there sleeping on his lap. He got up alarmingly and frantically searched the horizon for her. Without thinking he chased the bus in the blinding sun but it was too late. It had moved too far.

His heart shattered into a million broken pieces. She left him without saying goodbye. How could she? Really, how could she have the heart to do this to him? After all he’d done for her? Being dumped in the middle of nowhere was more painful than being struck by lightning. His heart sunk as he sat back down on the bench. He felt his body weaken like he was going to die.

The country bus station seemed deserted in the early morning and silence filled the air. He heard a soft tapping sound but he was too devastated to turn around to see what it was. “Coffee?” she offered, as she sat next to him. She had all the while witnessed his distress and was movingly touched with his conduct. His face lit up as if he was seeing her for the first time. His lips formed into a smile.

She knew she would never leave his side. She whispered, “If you live up to 100, I want to live up to 100 minus 1 day so that I don’t ever have to live a day without you.”

Am I a good person?

Leigh Anne: Am I a good person? It’s not a joke. Not rhetorical.

Sean: You are the best person that I know. Everything you do… You do it for others,

Leigh Anne: And why is that?

Sean: I have not a clue. But um… you obviously get some sort of sick satisfaction out of it.



- The Blind Side

She Tells Her Love


She tells her love while half asleep,

In the dark hours,

With half words whispered low;

As earth stirs in her winter sleep

And puts out grass and flowers

Despite the snow,

Despite the falling snow.

Is Stress Giving You Wrinkles?


Stress and Skin Wrinkles

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco enlisted 27 students, who all had healthy skin, in a clinical study that found that stress effects cause a decrease in the skin's ability to function properly, heal wounds and fight disease.


Over eight weeks of time, the researchers measured the stressed student's levels of anger, confusion, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and tension while also taking sample of student’s surface skin on the forearms. The scientists then monitored when they reduced stress levels how quickly the participants' skin recovered its ability to essentially "breathe" properly.


The researchers discovered that skin recovery was directly linked to reduced stress levels. Throughout the duration of high stress anxiety levels in exam week, there was a marked decrease in the ability of the aggravated skin to return to normal function. The scientists claim that they have found the first direct link between stress effects and a decrease in the capability of the skin to resume normal functioning after disruption. This stress health link may place a stressed individual at greater risk of common skin disease, such as psoriasis or dermatitis, besides premature wrinkling of the skin



Stress and Premature Aging

While studies have demonstrated evidence that stress symptoms can compromise the immune system and elevate blood pressure, new findings at the University of California, San Francisco have found that prolonged exposure to psychological stress can accelerate the aging process of people's cells and cause them to die at a faster rate than normal.


In the study, published in the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, scientists were able to exactly identify the protein-DNA complexes, known as telomeres, which act as genetic timekeepers and communicate to the cells how long they will live. More specifically, the researchers were able to determine that chronic stress effects and perceived emotional stress had a significant impact on three biological factors -- the length of telomeres, the activity of telomerase, and levels of oxidative stress -- in immune system cells known as peripheral blood mononucleocytes.


Telomeres cap the ends of chromosomes and promote genetic stability. Each time a cell divides, a portion of telomeric DNA dwindles away, and after many rounds of cell division, so much telomeric DNA has diminished that the aged cell stops dividing. Thus the telomeres play a crucial role in activity of a cell and its life span. Telomerase is an enzyme that replenishes a portion of telomeres with each round of cell division. Oxidative stress, which has been proven to precipitate cellular damage, has been identified as to possessing the ability to accelerate the shortening of telomeres in cell culture.


The most stunning result of the study was that the telomeres of women with the highest perceived psychological stress anxiety had undergone the equivalent of approximately 10 years of additional aging, compared with those who had the lowest degree of being stressed! The authors of the study commented that their study is the first time that stress symptoms have been linked to a cellular indicator of aging in healthy people.


http://five-minutestressrelief.com/


Say NO to stress! SMILE :D

Music and Language Learning

The power of music to affect memory is quite intriguing.



Mozart's music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activate the left and right brain.



The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right brain. Also, activities which engage both sides of the brain at the same time, such as playing an instrument or singing, causes the brain to be more capable of processing information.



According to The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, learning potential can be increased a minimum of five times by using this 60 beats per minute music. For example, the ancient Greeks sang their dramas because they understood how music could help them remember more easily.



A renowned Bulgarian psychologist, Dr. George Lozanov, designed a way to teach foreign languages in a fraction of the normal learning time. Using his system, students could learn up to one half of the vocabulary and phrases for the whole school term (which amounts to almost 1,000 words or phrases) in one day.



Along with this, the average retention rate of his students was 92%. Dr. Lozanov's system involved using certain classical music pieces from the baroque period which have around a 60 beats per minute pattern. He has proven that foreign languages can be learned with 85-100% efficiency in only thirty days by using these baroque pieces. His students had a recall accuracy rate of almost 100% even after not reviewing the material for four years.



http://www.cerebromente.org/



I Pray


I prayed to God for a flower,

He gave me a bouquet,



I asked God for a minute,

He gave me a day,



I prayed to God for true love,

He gave me that too,



I asked God for an angel,

and He gave me you.

In case I break a plate..

When I get old, I hope

you can understand

and have patience with me.



In case I break a plate,

or spill soup on the table

because I'm losing my eyesight,

I hope you don't yell at me.



Older people are sensitive,

always having self pity

when you yell.



When my hearing gets worse

and I can't hear what you're saying,

I hope you don't call me "DEAF".

Please repeat what you said

or write it down.



I'm sorry my child.

I hope you have the patience

to help me get up.

Like how i used to help you

when you were little,

learning how to walk.



Please bear with me,

When I keep repeating myself

like a broken record,

I hope you just keep listening to me.



Please don't make fun of me

or get sick of listening to me.



Do you remember you were little

and wanted a balloon?

You repeated yourself over

and over

until you got what you wanted.



I hope you can be patient with me

when I'm always cranky.



It's part of getting old.



You'll understand

when you're older.



And if you have spare time,

I hope we can talk,

even for a few minutes.



I'm always all by myself

all the time,

and have no one to talk to.

\



I know you're busy with work.



Even if you're not interested

in my stories,

please have time for me.



Do you remember

when you were little?

I used to listen to your stories

about your teddy bear.



When the time comes,

and I get ill and bedridden,

I hope you have the patience

to take care of me.



I hope you have the patience

to take care of me

during the last few moments

of my life.



I'm not going to last much longer,

anyway.

When the time of my death comes,

I hope that you hold my hand

and give me strength to face death.



And don't worry,

when I finally met our Creator,

I will whisper in his ear to bless you.



Because you loved your mum

and dad.

Green Fields Golden Sands by Yusuf Islam


Green Fields and

Golden Sands

Are all I need; are all I want

Let the wind blow hard,

I don't mind



A small house and an olive tree,

To keep and feed my family

Let the wind blow hard,

I don't mind



One day we'll all realize,

I'm not the only one

Just raise your eyes up

and you'll be gone, to those



Green Fields and

Golden Sands

That's all I need; that's all I want



That's all I really need

Let the wind blow hard,

I don't mind



One day we'll all realize,

I'm not the only one

Just raise your eyes up and you'll be gone,

to those



Green Fields and

Golden Sands

That's all I need; that's all I want

That's all I need; That's all I really want

Solat Terakhir - maksud solat

Anggaplah solat anda solat yang terakhir. Ajal maut tak siapa yang tahu. Setiap kali solat, benar-benar tawadduk dan khusyuk. Dalami maksud solat untuk mendapatkan solat yang sempurna.InsyaAllah.

MAKSUD SOLAT



Allah Maha Besar

Doa Iftitah Allah Maha Besar dan segala puji bagi Allah dengan banyaknya. Maha suci Allah sepanjang pagi dan petang. Aku hadapkan wajahku bagi Tuhan yang mencipta langit dan bumi, dengan suasana lurus dan berserah diri dan aku bukan dari golongan orang musyrik. Sesungguhnya solatku, Ibadatku, hidupku, matiku adalah untuk Allah Tuhan sekelian alam. Tidak ada sekutu bagiNya dan kepadaku diperintahkan untuk tidak menyekutukan bagiNya dan aku dari golongan orang Islam.

Al-Fatihah Dengan nama Allah yang maha Pemurah lagi maha Mengasihani. Segala puji bagi Allah, Tuhan semesta alam. Yang maha pemurah lagi maha mengasihani. Yang menguasai hari pembalasan. Hanya Engkaulah yang kami sembah dan hanya kepada Engkau kami mohon pertolongan. Tunjukilah kami jalan yang lurus. Iaitu jalan orang-orang yang Engkau kurniakan nikmat kepada mereka, bukan jalan mereka yang Engkau murkai dan bukan jalan mereka yang sesat.

Bacaan ketika rukuk
Maha Suci TuhanKu Yang Maha Mulia dan dengan segala puji-pujiannya.

Bacaan ketika bangun dari rukuk Allah mendengar pujian orang yang memujinya.

Bacaan ketika iktidal Wahai Tuhan kami, bagi Engkaulah segala pujian.

Bacaan ketika sujud
Maha suci TuhanKu yang Maha Tinggi dan dengan segala puji-pujiannya.

Bacaan ketika duduk di antara dua sujud Ya Allah, ampunilah daku, Rahmatilah daku, kayakan daku, angkatlah darjatku, rezekikan daku, berilah aku hidayah, sihatkanlah daku dan maafkanlah akan daku.

Bacaan ketika Tahiyat Awal Segala penghormatan yang berkat solat yang baik adalah untuk Allah. Sejahtera atas engkau wahai Nabi dan rahmat Allah serta keberkatannya. Sejahtera ke atas kami dan atas hamba-hamba Allah yang soleh. Aku naik saksi bahawa tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah dan aku naik saksi bahawasanya Muhammad itu adalah pesuruh Allah. Ya Tuhan kami, selawatkanlah ke atas Nabi Muhammad.

Bacaan ketika Tahiyat Akhir
Segala penghormatan yang berkat solat yang baik adalah untuk Allah. Sejahtera atas engkau wahai Nabi dan rahmat Allah serta keberkatannya. Sejahtera ke atas kami dan atas hamba-hamba Allah yang soleh. Aku naik saksi bahawa tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah dan aku naik saksi bahawasanya Muhammad itu adalah pesuruh Allah. Ya Tuhan kami, selawatkanlah ke atas Nabi Muhammad dan ke atas keluarganya. Sebagaimana Engkau selawatkan ke atas Ibrahim dan atas keluarga Ibrahim. Berkatilah ke atas Muhammad dan atas keluarganya sebagaimana Engkau berkati ke atas Ibrahim dan atas keluarga Ibrahim di dalam alam ini. Sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Terpuji lagi Maha Agung.

Doa Qunut Ya Allah, berilah aku petunjuk sebagaimana orang-orang yang telah Engkau tunjuki. Sejahterakanlah aku sebagaimana orang-orang yang telah Engkau sejahterakan. Pimpinlah aku sebagaimana orang-orang yang telah Engkau pimpin. Berkatilah hendaknya untukku apa-pa yang telah Engkau berikan padaku. Jauhkanlah aku daripada segala kejahatan yang telah Engkau tetapkan. Sesungguhnya hanya Engkau sahajalah yang menetapkan, dan tidak sesiapapun yang berkuasa menetapkan sesuatu selain daripada Engkau. Sesungguhnya tidak terhina orang yang memperolehi pimpinanMu. Dan tidak mulia orang-orang yang Engkau musuhi. Telah memberi berkat Engkau, ya Tuhan kami dan maha tinggi Engkau. Hanya untuk Engkau sahajalah segala macam puji terhadap apa-apa yang telah Engkau tetapkan. Dan aku minta ampun dan bertaubat kepada Engkau. Dan Allah rahmatilah Muhammad, Nabi yang ummi dan sejahtera keatas keluarganya dan sahabat-sahabatnya.

Love of Allah


Love is one of the greatest blessings that Allah gives to people. Throughout their life, everyone wants to be with those who they love, rely on, and are close to. Many of Allah’s blessings and their true meanings can only be found in an environment where true love and friendship exist. For example, a person who is enjoying a magnificent view naturally wants to share his feelings of awe and happiness with someone whom he loves. In the same way, the most magnificent feast or the most beautifully furnished house may not seem very attractive if you are alone. Allah has created people in such a way that they enjoy being loved and loving others, and are pleased with friendships and closeness. To be with those who live by the Qur’an’s morals, and to have fulfilling friendships and love with them is, for each believer, more enjoyable than many other blessings.

This is why Paradise, which Allah promises to those faithful servants whom He loves and with whom He is pleased, is an extraordinarily beautiful place where true love, friendship, and closeness are lived with great exuberance. In the Qur’an, Allah informs us of how believers will live in Paradise: It will be a life of constant joy, friendship, love, peaceful discussions, kind words, and overall peace. Its inhabitants will encounter none of the obstacles to love and friendship that they knew on Earth. For example, one verse in the Qur’an reveals that all malice and hatred will be removed from the hearts of those who enter Paradise

(Surat al-A‘raf, 43). In other words, whatever prohibits love and friendship (e.g., jealousy, enmity, rivalry, anger, getting cross, or being offended) will not be found in Paradise.

One of the most important characteristics of the Muslims living in Paradise will be their ability to love, just as they did on Earth, all of the prophets, those pious believers who strove in the path of Allah, and all of the Muslims who lived in the past.

All believers feel very close to other pious believers who strive to please only Allah, and so choose them to be their close friends and guardians. Under all circumstances and unconditionally, they derive great pleasure from being in the company of other Muslims. This great love emanates from their fear and awe of Allah, and, as a reward for their internal closeness to our Lord, they will be rewarded with Paradise, the most beautiful abode of love and truthfulness.

The true source of love in the believers’ hearts is their profound love of Allah. Believers love Allah greatly and, at every moment, strive to gain His love and good pleasure.

Allah has created everything from nothing. While a person was still in a state of “nothingness,” Allah granted him or her life as a blessing. Our Lord, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, and the possessor of infinite mercy, has provided everything for His servants: a vast variety of foods, fruits, and flowers; lovely creatures and landscapes in which we take pleasure; and all other things, from the Sun to water, from the air we breathe to the vitamins we need. He created all of this perfectly on our world, which travels thousands of kilometers per hour in outer space, and maintains it in absolute safety. Believers who think about the blessings bestowed upon them, who are aware that He can do all things and is the sole sovereign of the universe, the Creator of everything in the best possible form, will feel their love for Allah strengthen. Those who love and fear Allah, and hold Him in awe, will faithfully observe the boundaries that He has established for humanity, show great sensitivity when implementing His rules, and do their best to win His good pleasure, love, mercy, and Paradise.

Your friend is only Allah, His messenger, and those who believe: those who perform prayer, give alms, and bow [in prayer]. (Surat al-Ma’ida, 55)

As for those who make Allah their friend, and His messenger, and those who believe: It is the party of Allah who are victorious! (Surat al-Ma’ida, 56)

Every believer who loves and respects Allah and who strives to please Him, enriches the world with goodness. Whoever loves Allah also loves His creations, feels compassion and mercy for them, and wants to protect them by bringing more goodness and beauty into the world. Allah’s messengers, the most excellent and moral people in the world, always invited their people toward love and closeness to each other and to Allah.

Allah gives the following glad tidings to these people:

That is the good news that Allah gives to His servants who believe and do right actions. Say: “I do not ask you for any wage for this—except that you love your near of kin. If anyone does a good action, We will increase the good of it for him. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful.” (Surat ash-Shura, 23)

Some people, who are not aware of the Qur’an’s morality and who, as a result, cannot properly acknowledge and appreciate Allah, are deprived of love and friendship and live a life characterized by pain and punishment. Among these people, even the ones who lead the apparently most successful lives cannot find true happiness and peace. Those who lead a solitary life that has no room for love and friendship, and who do not live by the Qur’an, find no moment that is truly good or enjoyable. Such a state is a punishment for those who are characterized by spiritual and temporal cruelty toward others and a lack of belief. They will never truly love or be loved. The love experienced by these people (ascribing partners to Allah) is not true love and will only bring them pessimism, hopelessness, and pain.

As Allah informs us, loneliness and a lack of friendship are specific to Hell:

He did not believe in Allah the Magnificent, nor did he urge the feeding of the poor. Therefore, here today he has no friend. (Surat al-Haqqa, 33-35)

Love Actually (Jamie & Aurelia)


[neither understands the other's language]

Jamie:[in English] Er... Would you like the last, uh...biscuit?

Aurelia: [in Portuguese] Thank you very much, but no.

Jamie: [in English ]No?

Aurelia: [in Portuguese] If you saw my sister, you'd understand why.

Jamie:[in English] That's all right, more for me.

Aurelia: [in Portuguese] Just don't go eating it all yourself, you're getting chubbier every day.

Jamie: [in English] I'm very lucky, I've got one of those constitutions where I never put on weight.



Jamie: [in English] It's my favorite time of day, driving you.

Aurelia: [in Portuguese] It's the saddest part of my day, leaving you.



[Jamie has learned Portugese]

Jamie: Good evening. Mr. Barros?

Mr. Barros: Yes?

Jamie: I am here to ask your daughter for her hands in marriage.

Mr. Barros: You want to marry my daughter?

Jamie: Yes.

Mr. Barros: [yelling toward the back of the house] Come here, there is a man at the door. He wants to marry you.

[a fat and confused woman emerges]

Sophia Barros: But I've never seen him before.

Mr. Barros: Who cares?

Sophia Barros: You're going to sell me to a complete stranger?

Mr. Barros: Sell? Who said 'sell?' I'll pay him.

Jamie: Pardon me. I'm meaning your other daughter - Aurelia.



[in Portuguese]

Jamie: Beautiful Aurelia, I've come here with a view of asking you to marriage me. I know I seems an insane person - because I hardly knows you - but sometimes things are so transparency, they don't need evidential proof. And I will inhabit here, or you can inhabit with me in England.

Sophia Barros: [in Portuguese] Definitely go for England, girl. You'll meet Prince William - then you can marry him instead.



[Jamie has just proposed to Aurelia]

Sophia Barros: [in Portuguese] Oh God - Say 'yes' you skinny moron!

Aurelia: [in English] Thank you. That will be nice. Yes is being my answer. Easy question.

Jamie: You learned English?

Aurelia: Just in cases.


[Aurelia meets Juliet, Mark, and Peter in the airport]

Aurelia: Jamie's friends are so good looking! He never tells me this. I think, maybe now I have made the wrong choice? Picked wrong Englishman?

Jamie: She can't speak English properly, she-she doesn't know what she's saying

Mother's Day Gift Ideas



Jewellery Gifts for Mom
1. Birthstone jewelry: Moms will love wearing a piece of jewelry that includes the birthstones of her children. There are plenty of necklaces, bracelets, and rings to choose from that will fit nearly all budgets.
2. Habib Jewels: This beautiful bracelet from Habib Jewel will surely win her heart.
3. Lockets: Give Mom a locket and she will be able to keep her little one close to her heart. Sterling silver. And you can engrave a message on them as well.
4. Mom heart tag pendant: A lovely 18k gold necklace from Tiffany & Co. sums it up in one word: Mom.
5. Charm bracelets: Charm bracelets are a fun way to give your mother a piece of jewelry that is truly created to express her interests. These bracelets in particular are made of sterling silver and use Swarovski crystals and birthstones to showcase their elegant designs.



Bags, Totes, and Purses for Mom

6. Cosmetics bag: A Jon Hart makeup bag is too cute for words. This is great for every day storage as well as travel.
7. Louis Vuitton: Speaking of travel needs, why not get Mom this elegant and durable piece of luggage for her next trip?
8. Diaper bags: Lovely Stitches makes diaper bags that will make Mommy look like a fashionista. They come in an array of fabrics and designs that are bound to catch the eyes of the other moms at the park.
9. Monogrammed totes: Get your mother ready for the beach or to run errands with these classy monogrammed black totes from Neiman Marcus
10. Everyday handbags: If you're looking for a purse that Mom can use anywhere, anyday, then check out what Belle Bags has to offer. The variety of styles and designs will make it easy to find the perfect one for your mother.


Scents & Make Up Gifts for Mom
11. Personalized spa gift basket: This basket comes with a personalized ribbon for Mom and is filled with lotions, gels, and more. Choose between cranberry and pomegranate or black currant and vanilla. Available at Yves St Laurent Alamanda.
12. Organic spa robe: This luxurious robe from will make your mom feel as though she's staying at a classy spa. Be prepared to see her in it for years to come!
13. Designer Perfume: Every mom is unique in her own way, especially when it comes to fragrance choices.

14. Bath Set: Body Shop has a light, fresh scent. Mom will be happy to display them in the bathroom, but may hesitant to actually use such a lovely gift!
15. Lipstick: Buy her favourite lipstick!




Health and Comfort for Mom

16. Comforter Set: You can never go wrong with a comforter set. New matching sheets and pillow cases are every woman’s dream.
17. Digital Weighing Scale: A digital weighing scale will help mom shed all those kilos!
18. Massage at a Spa: Treat your mom to a massage at a spa! She’ll feel great
19. Aromatherapy: An aromatherapy set will have her de-stressed in no time. An air purifier will do the trick too.
20. Comfy Shoes: Shoes from Scholl are very comfortable for mom!



I'm getting mom no.17 ;) It's what she's always wanted.