March 31, 2008

Comment ça va?

I've taken up French.

Yes, you read that correctly the first time. I haven't attended any classes yet. I just bought the "Teach Yourself" kit from Borders. So far, I've completed two units, and things are progressing well. I hope I'll stay to the program. He he he...

To whosoever that already speaks French fluently, or also in learning mode, let me know. I need someone to practice with. I'm getting Capal Perak to learn with me. To no avail, so far. Although, he kinda likes it when I showed some dialogues for lovers. Ha ha ha... Man.

Anyway, there is a reason for French. The future patron hinted something along the line. So, I'm answering the call, so to speak. Abah seems happy that I'm taking the initiative to learn a new language. He used to ask me to learn Chinese (a.k.a Mandarin) but I was never able to get pass "ni ho ma - ni ho".

This kit that I'm using has two CDs and the workbook. I'm also using the online resources; the dictionary at, the translation page at (not to be taken 100% correct), (although they haven't been updating the site since maybe 2006), and for the 6 days free package. If you have any other online resources, let me know. I'm also "reading"; as suggested by the kit.

My next purchase will be the French-English dictionary. Owh.. I'm listening to Axelle Red, a Belgian singer. Her voice is very nice. Her song, j t'attends, is one of the homework from Interesting. Now I'm listening to another song by her, Sensualite. I like this song. Closer to home. He he he...


Jamais je n'aurais pensé
"Tant besoin de lui"
Je me sens si envoutée
Que ma maman me dit: relentis
Désir ou amour
Tu le sauras un jour

J'aime j'aime
Tes yeux, j'aime ton odeur
Tous tes gestes en doucer
Lentement dirigés
Oh stop un instant
J'aimerais que ce moment
Fixe pour des tas d'années
Ta sensualité

Il paraît qu'aprés quelques temps
La passion s'affaiblit
Pas toujour apparemment
Et maman m'avait dit: relentis
Désir ou amour
Tu le sauras un jour

Je te demande simplement
Ne fais pas semblant
Je t'aimerai encore
Et encore

Desir ou amour

The song is about taking time in falling in love. Not to rush love.

Please pray that my attempt at French will be successful. I really want to learn other languages. Knowing just two, makes me feel left behind. After this, hopefully, Arabic. :-)

By the way, the letter to Pudica has been sent. Kinda sad. Boss sounded sad, looked sad. But life goes on.
"What dreams may come, eh?"

To Sandal Silver, je t'aime encore, toujours. (hopefully I got that right...)

March 21, 2008

My second meet today was to finalise few things. Personal details, expected figure. Syukur alhamdulillah, I am thankful that the Lord's blessing was on me. I am satisfied with the package.

One person who was already informed of the impending event said I look unenthusiastic with the prospect. She claimed I should be overjoyed and smiling from ear to ear. Well, akak sengih dalam hati la dek non. Gumbira hati akak ni haaa... hehehe... I just do not want to forget who really gave me this opportunity. ;-)

Anyway, I am supposed to write a "Letter of Motivation". I should say why I want to be part of the team and what value can I bring in. I was told to take the weekend to prepare it. I thought of sending it during lunch hour, now I'm thankful that I was asked to take my time. Not everyday people let you have your own way, eh?

If everything works as the planned schedule, I should be getting THE letter end of next working week and I'll be sending THE letter on the same day. Feeling a little queasy because I do like Pudica. The people that I work with are exceptional. But I guess, it is time to move on. I do not want leave my future to other people to decide. I should decide for my future, not anyone else.

So. He he he.

March 19, 2008


Bersempena sambutan MaulidurRasul esok, sedikit ingatan untuk diri sendiri...

Pesanan Terakhir Rasulullah S.A.W (Isi Khutbah terakhir rasulullah SAW)

Ketika Rasulullah SAW mengerjakan ibadah haji yang terakhir, maka pada 9 Zulhijjah tahun 10 hijarah di Lembah Uranah, Bukit Arafah, baginda menyampaikan khutbah terakhirnya di hadapan kaum Muslimin, di antara isi dari khutbah terakhir Rasulullah SAW itu ialah:

"Wahai manusia, dengarlah baik-baik apa yang hendak kukatakan, Aku tidak mengetahui apakah aku dapat bertemu lagi dengan kamu semua selepas tahun ini. Oleh itu, dengarlah dengan teliti kata-kataku ini dan sampaikanlah ia kepada orang-orang yang tidak dapat hadir disini pada hari ini.

"Wahai manusia, sepertimana kamu menganggap bulan ini dan kota ini sebagai suci, anggaplah jiwa dan harta setiap orang Muslim sebagai amanah suci. Kembalikan harta yang diamanahkan kepada kamu kepada pemiliknya yang berhak. Janganlah kamu sakiti sesiapapun agar orang lain tidak menyakiti kamu lagi. Ingatlah bahawa sesungguhya kamu akan menemui Tuhan kamu dan Dia pasti membuat perhitungan di atas segala amalan kamu. Allah telah mengharamkan riba, oleh itu, segala urusan yang melibatkan riba dibatalkan mulai sekarang.

"Berwaspadalah terhadap syaitan demi keselamatan agama kamu. Dia telah berputus asa untuk menyesatkan kamu dalam perkara-perkara besar, maka berjaga-jagalah supaya kamu tidak mengikutinya dalam perkara-perkara kecil.

"Wahai manusia sebagaimana kamu mempunyai hak atas isteri kamu, mereka juga mempunyai hak ke atas kamu. Sekiranya mereka menyempurnakan hak mereka ke atas kamu, maka mereka juga berhak diberikan makan dan pakaian, dalam suasana kasih sayang. Layanilah wanita-wanita kamu dengan baik dan berlemah-lembutlah terhadap mereka kerana sesungguhnya mereka adalah teman dan pembantu kamu yang setia. Dan hak kamu atas mereka ialah mereka sama sekali tidak boleh memasukkan orang yang kamu tidak sukai ke dalam rumah kamu dan dilarang melakukan zina.

"Wahai manusia, dengarlah bersungguh-sungguh kata-kataku ini, sembahlah Allah, dirikanlah solat lima waktu, berpuasalah di bulan Ramadhan, dan tunaikanlah zakat dari harta kekayaan kamu. Kerjakanlah ibadah haji sekiranya kamu mampu. Ketahuilah bahawa setiap Muslim adalah saudara kepada Muslim yang lain. Kamu semua adalah sama; tidak seorang pun yang lebih mulia dari yang lainnya kecuali dalam Taqwa dan beramal saleh.

"Ingatlah, bahawa kamu akan menghadap Allah pada suatu hari untuk dipertanggungjawabkan diatas segala apa yang telah kamu kerjakan. Oleh itu, awasilah agar jangan sekali-kali kamu terkeluar dari landasan kebenaran selepas ketiadaanku.

"Wahai manusia, tidak ada lagi Nabi atau Rasul yang akan datang selepasku dan tidak akan lahir agama baru. Oleh itu wahai manusia, nilailah dengan betul dan fahamilah kata-kataku yang telah aku sampaikan kepada kamu. Sesungguhnya aku tinggalkan kepada kamu dua perkara, yang sekiranya kamu berpegang teguh dan mengikuti kedua-duanya, nescaya kamu tidak akan tersesat selama-lamanya. Itulah Al-Qur'an dan Sunnahku.

"Hendaklah orang-orang yang mendengar ucapanku, menyampaikan pula kepada orang lain. Semoga yang terakhir lebih memahami kata-kataku dari mereka yang terus mendengar dariku. Saksikanlah Ya Allah, bahawasanya telah aku sampaikan risalah-Mu kepada hamba-hamba-Mu."

Jom, sama-sama muhasabah, ek. ;-)


This shall be my last post related to the Election.

To all the ex-ministers or people with power before and not anymore after the new Cabinet was revealed, who are acting like small kids being denied their favourite lollypop, I only have two words for them. GROW UP!!

Please be an adult and be professional. If you're really honest in representing the rakyat, honest in helping the community, honest in fulfilling your promises, it does not matter if you're not a minister in the Cabinet. If you were unable to make a big impact while you were ministers, why not try making a small impact now that you do not have such HUGE responsibility? (You know how being a minister with big task tend to take away a lot of your time...) These sore losers of ministers' actions are totally uncalled for. Totally useless. And totally not worth the time.

So by all means, resign from ALL your position. And to the supporters of these certain ministers, resign all of you. Maybe you can make other contribution in a different way, somewhere else. Seriously, the country, regardless what political party the rakyat voted for, DO NOT NEED UNPROFESSIONAL LEADERS LIKE THE LOT OF YOU.

We need people who can do their job, and do them well. We need leaders who put the rakyat's needs first, and see through that they are fulfilled. Or on the way to be fulfilled.

Seriously, we do not need middle-aged c*ck ministers with ten-year-old minds.

With regards to the new Cabinet line, well, we can't win all can we? Some of them, well... as usual, not supposed to be there, but maybe we just need the drama, eh? Hopefully they will do a better job for the rakyat.

Last note, don't go jumping into the bandwagon and shout like empty barrels.

ps: Breathe Jade... breathe....

March 17, 2008


Ever since I understand that my tomorrow is determined by what I do today, Abah has always told me that for my every action, there will be consequences; both good and bad. He equate that notion by telling a metaphor about picking up a stick. A stick has two ends, equate those two ends with one side for the good, one side for the bad, and the stick as an action, you'll get the meaning.

I've been receiving a lot of emails. A lot of talks, a lot of speculation. Coincidently, my brother sent me a link to a very refreshing article, returned by the famous Perlis Mufti. So, here, I advise you, whom I consider as friends to read it and digest it. He is not an empty barrel, making loud noises, what he wrote, should be read by Malaysians, mainly the Muslims. Please, do yourselves a favour, READ.

I apologise, I could not understand hatred or maybe dislike that a lot of my people are relaying. They are becoming too engrossed with certain leaders, until they might be worshiping these leaders blindly. Agreeing with everything they say, anywhere, every time. It is certainly sadder, when these followers are, by their own rights, intellectuals.

There is nothing wrong to want to change the country to the better. In fact, that's great! That means we care. But in the process, should we behave as the other side behaved? Should we in the end act the way we initially opposed of the other end acting? Why the hypocrisy? Will an uncorrupted government be just another lip service too?

What I do not want is to see us fighting each other. It's not too late to walk hand in hand, together rebuilding the nation as what we want. There is no reason do finger-point when in fact we have managed to let things grow to what it is all these years.

I agree to equal opportunities in education because after all our generation are all made in Malaysia. You get what I mean. I agree to other equal opportunities, because everyone deserves the right to get ahead. Having said that, respect towards each other should not be diminished.

Favoritism, it will always be there. When you're at a certain influential position, you would want to make sure people who are closer to you get ahead, live a better life. That is just natural. What is not fair, is when someone who is more qualified is denied his or her chance. We cannot help ourselves to make sure our family or friends get the best things first. Such is life. Be honest with yourself, and you will see what I', saying is true.

So, I won't be a politician. I don't do lip service. I do not want people to determine where I'm going, what I should do. End of the day, I hope whatever consequences my actions bring, there will be more good than bad. Emak always remind me, do everything with Allah SWT in mind, and insyaAllah, it will be blessed, there will be rahmat. Baru ada barakah.

Just my two cents. DON'T FIGHT.

March 16, 2008

What I Learnt Last Week...

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, every single person in my department, including yours truly attended an interesting course. The course topic, something that has been around for more than 20 years, is NLP. Neuro Linguistic Programming.

What this course taught us, was simply that. To (re)program our brain.

Frankly, this course just elaborate more on what Abah has been telling my brothers and I all these years. Ever since we were cheeky kids. Everything is in the MIND. We are no longer kids, but we're still cheeky by the way. He he he...

The best part of the program was that you're able to see changes to yourself immediately. Moi, being one of the optimistic and positive (cheeewaaahhh) people around, of course, sailed through the two days effortlessly.

Interesting enough, this topic, since it jives properly with me, made me realise that I can do more for the people around me. I even mentioned to the trainer, that if there is a chance to work with her, I will. And guess what, the reply was most promising since she's building a team.

Anyway, to cut the story short, NLP teaches you to discover what you truly want and need and help you to achieve it, in your own way. It also teaches you the skills that is valuable to have when communicating with other people, negotiating and dealing with difficult situation.

If some of you have read about NLP, you would've been made known that some people consider NLP is unethical, just because when applied correctly, you'd be able to influence people to your way of thinking. Suggestive words and actions, which many people feel manipulative.

End of the day, if you really think about it, we are being manipulated everyday. So the fact that through NLP you're able to recognise the patterns that are associated with suggestive language, will help you to get through your live the way you want. Without being manipulated by external agents, and end up getting that mechanical screw driver eventhough you've never done any D-I-Y job!

To me, the two days were very fruitful. I also learnt the best way to relax and wind down. 20 minutes a day is all it takes to recharge and be absolutely fresh! Not only the skills will help me in my work, it certainly will assist me in my relationship with myself and my loved ones!

And you know what, applying the little skills that I've learned, I was able to be more productive in the gym that day and score in what turns out to be the most unusual job interview I've ever had!

I will certainly find other opportunities to train myself in NLP. Who knows, one day, I might be visiting your offices to guide you on the easiest way to get your people to do the job that you want them to complete by lunch hour, which you gave at 10am, and they will still be at good terms with you!

By the way, I just found a good site that gives great tips with regards to NLP. Hop to SALAD. Have fun reading and practicing!

March 9, 2008

The Rakyat Has Spoken

It has ended. The 12th General Election is completed, except for few minor loose ends to tied up.

BN lost a great deal, although still retaining more Parliamentary seats. The Oppositions, congratulations, you have gotten what you wanted. BN does not have two-third majority in the Parliament anymore.

So, what does this means to the rest of us?

A lot of us will want to see the promises during the campaigning period to be fulfilled. You know, lower prices on fuel and gas, flour and sugar, basically a better purchasing power all around. Few will be waiting for the promised allowances and higher basic salary. But most of all, the people is waiting for Anwar Ibrahim to rise to power again. We shall see if blood is indeed thicker and Izzah steps down to give way to beloved daddy.

We are also anxious to see if an incorruptible government ministers and officials are indeed something that can be achieved.

We are waiting for the changes to begin. Having said that, everyone will expect changes to start very soon. Good or bad, time will tell.

Time will also tell if indeed the winners, all of them, DAP, PKR, BN and PAS, really have the rakyat in their hearts. If they will work out their differences and come towards understanding for a better Malaysia. If they prepare to lose when they have to and fight to win when they need to.

Time is changing. Apparently Malaysia is going to change. Or will she? Whatever it will be, the next five years will indeed be interesting to observe. If the next five years will be the best years, I surely cannot say.

Truthfully I am a little saddened. I want a change. I want Malaysia to raise more that where she is now. But I can't help but feel a little worried seeing the prove of dissatisfaction and unrest amongst us. I am a little old fashion, yes. But I welcome changes, and hopeful changes are for the better.

So, for the winners, CONGRATULATIONS. And do remember that you're chosen by the rakyat and the will of God. Be thankful. And be ready to give back to the community. Here's to all of you! To a better Malaysia!

For the ones who lost their seats, be happy that you have done your part during the last term. And enjoy the fruit of your labour. And here's to a better Malaysia!

To quote my father, "the rakyat has spoken".

ps: I am also waiting for NO MORE TOLL PLAZA and reduce TOLL FEE!!!!! This I really like!!