Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And the Clock Ticks

It was Monday, 28 November 2011, a public holiday as it was a first day in the Muslim calendar. I looked at my wrist watch. It was 10pm. I was still at the airport. Working.

Working? At the airport? At 10pm? On public holiday? What are you talking about? These might be some of the questions popped up in your mind. However, it is very true. It's the truth. I was there to fetch the second keynote speaker, Prof Steve Horward, for our i-User 2011 conference. It was the second time I visited the airport on the same day. I was at the airport earlier (6.30am) that day to fetch our first speaker, Prof Alan Dix. And again on the evening. The morning flight was as scheduled. However, the second flight from Melbourne, Australia was one hour delay.

The passengers started to come out from the arrival hall. Suddenly, every male foreigner looks alike to me. Luckily, I have the envelope which has the speaker's name on it. I put up the envelope high to be seen. A big smile came on a face of one of the passenger. I am glad that he noticed the envelope. Alhamdulillah. I found him with no hassle. For Prof Alan, it is fairly easy to recognise him as I met him last year during his first visit to our faculty. I quickly pressed the buttons on my handphone calling the driver to be ready for us. However, as there were
pilgrimage coming back from Hajj in Mecca, the airport was jammed-packed. We had to wait for the driver closed to 20 minutes. I almost ran out of topic to talk about. We finally reach the hotel at 11pm. Checked him-in, and I quickly headed home.

I reached home at about 11.30pm, there was my beloved husband in the TV room, waiting for me patiently. This was the third night which I came back late. The first one because of the night class (it's routine), the second one because of the day trip to Tangkak Johor for the Academic Mission, and the third one being for the i-User2011.


I enjoyed doing some of those activities, while some others are those that I had to. However, I am not complaining because I have a husband who supported me undoubtedly.

Thank you hubby for always being there for me.

*Note: I am going to be late again tonight because attending dinner which is in conjunction with the conference. And, will be coming late again tomorrow because of my Masters class.





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bola emas

Bola! Bola! Bola! Everybody was talking about the final football match between Malaysia and Indonesia. It was a three hours long of match. They completed the first half with 3 minutes additional time with a tie, 1-1.

Second half is more intense. Both teams are playing their best. They completed the second half with additional 3 minute still tie at 1-1. During the additional 30 minutes, Malaysia missed few chances. And a salute to Khairul Fahmi Cik Mat for playing excellently protect our goal with other team mates. And the game still ended with a tie.

Fuhhhh!!!!! The tense grew stronger, not only on the player, but I guess more on the supporters. Almost all Malaysians are watching it. PENALTY is going to be the determinant. Who shoot well, who protects the goal better? Everybody was waiting. Cold sweat start flowing. First shot by the Indonesian, it hit the net. Goalllll!!!! went the roar. 1st shot by Malaysian is also a goal. Only few shouts of happiness can be heard in the Gelora Stadium.

The next shots were a goal and a missed by both teams. Baddrol, the captain was to take the last shoot when the score was again tie at 3-3. The tense was at the highest. If we could feel it, just imagine how Baddrol felt. He's carrying the hope of Malaysian, a very big burden to carry.

Pritttt. The weasel blown. Baddrol kicked, the ball, the ball hit the goalkeeper's leg and rolled into the goal.

GOAL!!!!! Yes!!!! We won the football match of the 2011 Sea Game.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

20.11.2011

This is another unique date.

"Kata, tak ada apa yang special pada tarikh ....", some may have this thought. I cannot blame those who feels that way because I am the one who really oppose celebrating special dates, but this is not celebrating it. Just feel like updating the blog, and when my daughter told me that today is 20.11.2011, I said to myself, that's it! I must update it today. Why? ... because ..... it's CLEANING day!!! And everybody has their bits of task to do.

Hakim is helping ayah with men's chores, Atikah doing the floors, Sabrina was excused because she had a fever. Even so, she did help with some kitchen chores. While Ibu, doing some bits of this and that. We were not at home for three consecutive weekends, it really calls for cleaning.

And later, I made Atikah try her hands in cooking with the special 'Asam Pedas Keladi' and 'Kari Ketam'.



Hakim with some of his 'toys'
















These are what we called 'men's work'. Bravo Hakim!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hectic day!!!

Fuhhh!!! What a hectic day!!!

8.30am meeting which ended at 12.30pm.
1.13pm when for lunch
2.30pm rush to another meeting which ended at 5.40pm

How does this sound? Boring isnt' it. Not interesting at all. What do I have to say .... it's the job. It's an amanah. Therefore, sorry students, I can't see you today. I am very busy ... there's actually a long queue of students wanted to see me, my phone keep on signalling smses coming in one after another -- all are my project and research students. It seems that I have to allow them see me only after 5pm or at 8am. Very little choice I have left. Sacrifices is a must now. Time sacrifices.

Anyway, Alhamdulillah. It wont be for long. After 28th November, Dr 'Hj' Nordin will be back to resume his duty and I will be able to take a deep breath again. However, I still hope to relinquish my other post too, that is from being the Chairperson for Faculty Academic Mission. How I wish! I Wish! I Wish!

Wassalam. ..... p.s Got to go and fetch my daughter from tuition.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lazy Vacation

Salam all,

Almost like a routine, we will annually return to our second 'hometown' at least once a year for a 'lazy' vacation. It's near to Shah Alam, it's a fun and exciting place and most importantly, it's time to really spend time with kids. Accept for this year, our year end vacation is in November because I have classes on December and cannot take leave. Now is the semester break, therefore, i would not want to miss this opportunity to spend time with my kids at our 'second
hometown'.


Why 'lazy' vacation'?
Some may call it free-n-easy but I called it lazy vacation. It is because its a vacation that we normally will lazy ourselves in the hotel room, go for swimming, out for meals, and relaxing. This is what I call a 'lazy' vacation'. The other type of vacation is the one when you go out for sight seeing at a new and different location or at place that you have never been before. This type of vacation requires proper planning, advanced booking and reservation. Unlike this one where I made the reservation just few hours before leaving the house. Confirmed that there's an accommodation, we quickly pack and start off.



As early as 8AM, Sabrina is already in the pool followed by Hakim. I joined in later, while ayah came in about one hour later. We really enjoyed
our time in the pool with so many games that we played, we had fun with the monkey ball game, and the treasure hunt game. For the treasure hunt game, we make everybody find the 10 sen syillings that is thrown into the pool. We really had a good time today. I feel like 15 again. :-) Thank you Allah. Alhamdulillah.








Poolside meal after long hours in the pool. Amboi, amboi, amboi .....










The only time Hakim is allowed to enjoy his meal on the bed. Inilah masanya ...... kalau kat rumah, jangan harap ye!









After dinner at Bagan Lalang, Sepang.


The kids are back into the pool after dinner

The green balcony - backyard

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Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11

Salam all,

Today is 11.11.11. Everybody thinks that today should be a memorable day because it will not happen again. Perhaps only in 3011, only if the earth is still intact but we definitely will not be there to witness another 11.11.11.

Heard on radio, many mothers selected today to deliver their babies. Many couples decided to tie their knot on this very day, some are even giving marriage gifts which cost RM11,111.11 and many more. To me its just a date. Nothing special about it. As mentioned in my new year posting, perhaps the only significant is that it is easier to remember your most memorable dates with this unique date.

But, to purposely deliver your baby on this day? I am a bit reserve about this. I don't quite agree

if we purposely choose the date, except if we have medical reason that requires a caesarean
section. It seems that nowadays many mothers would prefer to deliver babies through caesarean
instead of normal delivery. In my personal belief, if we purposely choose our delivery date, and
choose a c-section for the delivery method, we are missing a gift that Allah has prepared for
women. Yes, normal delivery is painful, but don't tell me that a c-section is not painful. I went through 3 c-sections before, but I waited till the last moment, till there's no other way to take the baby out, I endure the pain, the contraction pain just like any mothers do, and I am proud of it. With the pain we now feels how our mother felt back then after delivering us into the world. We appreciate them more. We understand that mothers are the most important person in one's life as she had to endure all the pain like no other pain during delivery . And it shows how mothers are very strong and courage to willingly go through the pain over and over again. I belief Allah has not created the pain to torture women, Allah loves women and has placed them among the highest in ranking. This is very true, from the hadith from Rasulallah SAW:

Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man said. "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your mother." The man further said, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Yourmother." The man asked for the fourth time, "Who is next?" The Prophet said, "Your father.
(Sahih Bukhari)

But, I am not an asatizah to give any comments on this according to Islamic view, it is just my personal belief and perspective. Dear readers, I am sorry if it is you I am talking about, I did not mean to hurt anybody's feeling. I am just saying out based on how I feel. Whatever it is, everybody has the right to choose.

May whatever that we do is within rahmah (love/like) and redha (blessings) from Allah SWT.

Wassalam.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Alive!!!

Statement: Yup! It's Alive ....
Question: What is IT that is alive????
Answer: My blog.

My blog is alive again. With only one posting in September, none in October, and this is the 5th for November. How I missed updating the blog. It's just like letting out whatever is boggling me. And it feels good to re-read the posting as it reminded us on all the previous happenings in our daily life.

Question: Why is the blog suddenly alive again?
Answer: It's semester break. And I am on leave.

I purposely took leave to stay at home. This is the only opportunity to take leave and just lazily spend time at home till next February 2012. This is all because the new academic calendar as directed by the Ministry of Higher Education and imposed to all public universities. With this new academic calendar, there are two sessions, one session is for the Diploma programmes (follows the old calendar June-October/ December-April), and another session for Bachelor and post-graduates programmes (September-January/ March-June) tentatively.

Question: Will there be any new post during semester?
Answer: Cannot guarantee.

How I wish I could do so. A friend (a blogger as well) asked me why there is a long silence from my blog. And I told her that it was my wish to update it regularly but the 24hours allocated to me is used for other tasks that are of higher priority. This is because the shocking letter that I received sometime in September (just after the semester began). That evening, just before leaving the office, I peeped through my pigeon hole and saw a letter. I picked the letter, it says, "Ucapan Penghargaan". A big smile was on my face. Finally I am free from all the admin work. But the letter seemed so thick, I flipped through and found another letter underneath it. This is the shocking letter, when it says "Lantikan ke Jawatan Koordinator Sains Komputer".

Arghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can I say its a torment for another 2 years ahead .......?????

Anyway, it's a responsibility that I must fulfill with Amanah. That's the reason for my absence. Therefore, my absence is not because I am retiring from posting to the blog, but my absence is due to my weaknesses in managing my time.

Till then ..... WASSALAM.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chef at Work

Salam all,

Look at the chef in action.
Still in his office uniform.
This is not a common scene. Even the kids were surprised to see ayah put his hands into cooking. This is not any cooking. This is the special 'Red Mutton Soup". Ibu only prepared the ingredients, but the correct measurement is just his taste buds. He tasted this soup before in one of his many 'jamuan' (feast), and now he is making it for the family. For the complete recipe, please visit my other blog.
















This is really a moment that must be captured as it seldom happen. But the cooking was marvelous. It's true if people said that men really have 'something' in cooking.

Adios! Chiao!
Wassalam.


Another Sad News

Salam all,

It was about 6.45am when my phone rang. It was my mother calling. My heart pumping will always accelerate when receiving a call from mother especially at odd hours. This must not be something good.

"Ajis dah tak dak. (Ajis had passed away)", that was my mother's short sentence.

Innalillahi wainna ilaihi rajiun.
"When?", I asked. "Pukul 5 pagi tadi (Just now at 5a.m)", my mother answered.

Ajis or Norlajis Bin Ali is my cousin aged 51. He did not have any medical problem before, until last week on Thursday, when he fell unconscious while on duty. He never regain conscious after that till his last breath. We went to the hospital on Eid-ul-Adha, but did not gain permission to visit him who was in the ICU because it's not the visiting hour. Last met was during Eid ul-Fitri. He is among few of my mother's nephew who will never fail to pay my mother a visit during Eid. I guess because he was a regular at our house during his span in Kompleks Belia Dusun Tua (a training centre for youth at Kuala Langat) back in 1980s.

He left behind a wife who is currently 7 months pregnant and 5 other children, the eldest is sitting for his SPM this 14th November. May Allah give the strength to his family, his wife and children. Hopefully we will be able to assist his family in any way we can.

May Ajis rest in peace and be placed among the solihin. Allahummaghfirlahu warhamhu wa'a fihi wa'fuan'hu. Amin.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Qurban

Qurban is the slaughtering of healthy animals such as cow, goat, camel or qibasy as a way of saying thank you to Allah for giving us the rizq (rezeki). It is also an act of obeying the instruction from Allah, just like Prophet Ibrahim a.s perform the qurban upon his son, Prophet Ismail a.s. However, Allah SWT replace Ismail with a large qibasy. The instruction to slaughter Ismail is just a test to Ibrahim. And, as an obedient servant of Allah, Ibrahim undoubtedly obey the instruction. Therefore, for those who are capable (with extra rizq) it is call for to do qurban every year just like what Rasulallah SAW did every year. If we are able to drive a RM100K car, what is it to spend the most RM800 a year to qurban??? If RM800 is too much for a goat, the minimum is about RM250 for a part of a cow. In practice, Rasulallah will peform qurban of a lamb or goat, one for himself, and the other one for him and his family. So friends, if we have this extra rizq, let's do it yearly (THIS IS A REMINDER FOR MYSELF).

At Surau Mawaddah, Seksyen 7 Shah Alam, we perform the qurban on 11th of Zulhijjah. This gives the opportunity to many jamaah to go back to our hometown to celebrate Eid ul-Adha with our family and come back for qurban the following day.




Look at this goat, all set to give in, to be slaughtered. The kids were the excited lot, as they do not have the opportunity to be very close to this animal often. This is one of 8 goat to be slaughtered that day.






This goat was still able to get up and walk to it's friend after being slaughtered and finally fell with it's last breath beside it's friend (another goat ready to be slaughtered).

Agaknya ini yang dikatakan pada kawan dia sebelum menghembuskan nafas terakhir,

'Aku telah menyerahkan diriku untuk penciptaKU, giliran engkau selepas ini. Redhalah dengan ketentuan ini"


This was the 12th (the last) cow to be slaughtered that day. And this happen right in front of our house, and slaughtered by my husband (the one in kopiah). According to my husband and kids, this cow took almost half and hour to be dead.








The following are some shots during the event. Thanks to our amateur photographer, Sabrina, who captured the moments.


The road beside the surau was closed for the cleaning process. And Alhamdulillah, many jamaah came to help expedite the process.







Where are the Muslimah? We are at the back preparing lunch which is served at 12 noon. I salute everybody, with 12 cows and 8 goats, we managed to complete everything including distribution of the meat before zuhr with good cooperation among jamaah. Alhamdulillah. Ukhuwwah fillah.


"Apa yang penting???
BEKERJASAMA"
(pinjam tagline Wonderpets)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Labbaik



Musim haji ..... telah tiba lagi --- this is part of a lyric from an old nasyid.

Back then, the nasyid does not mean anything to me, but now, the word 'LABBAIK' can easily made my fragile tears to come rolling down on my aging cheek. How I missed KAABAH. Missed the beautiful days, being there in Makkatul Mukarramah doing nothing else besides devoting ourself to ONE AND ONLY, ALLAH SWT.

Waking up as early as 3AM in the morning, get ready for the midnight solat, the most beautiful time to humbly 'talk' to Allah. We feel so close to HIM ... nothing compares. From the midnight solat, we stayed on till solat fajr, which then we head back to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we will have a short tazkirah at the roof top of the hotel. We were there during the cold season. Being at the roof top, it was windy which add to the chilly morning. But listening to the tazkirah crept all those uneasy feeling. After tazkirah, we normally had a nap before getting ready for solat zuhr as early as 11am, later than that will result on performing solat at the corridor or even worse, on the street.

After the zuhr prayer, we will get back to hotel for lunch and a free-n-easy session till Asr. Most of the time, I will take another nap during these hours. Before 'Asr, we will quickly secure a place for Asr prayer by being there as early as we could. Since we are fortunate to be rewarded a hotel that is near to Masjidil Haram, we will get back to hotel after Asr for another free-n-easy session. Some may take this opportunity to do some shopping. We tried to refrain ourselves from shopping except for some necessary things such as ihram, sajadah etc. These are the activities prior to the 'Arafat Day'.

We did Haj Ifrad, therefore, we were in ihram for more than 13 days. To female pilgrim, in ihram is not a problem at all, it only means covering yourself as you did in solat. Well, we are used to it, isn't it. Thus, doing ifrad is not a problem. Many were afraid to do Ifrad because they cannot bear to be in ihram for long period. Everything goes back to oneself, you decide which do you prefer. The most important thing is to be the 'mukhlisin'. Do everything only because of Allah not because of any other reason.

Why am I telling everything here??? Not to brag but just to share some experience. And also as a 'muhasabah' how very little time we spent in ibadah ilaLLAH daily, but, being there in Makkah & Madinah is a place where we can 100% devote ourself in ibadah ilaALLAH. And that's the routine that almost everybody went through. I am just sharing with all the readers the unspoken beauty of being so close with ALLAH with all the ibadah while being there in Makkah & Madinah. Praying all the readers will also have this opportunity to be there. InsyaAllah.