Thursday, September 25, 2008

duit raya seposen

Ten cents down for both petrol and diesel.

When our friendly neighbour Singapore had already decreased its price nine times since the last hike.


Call me ungrateful, but I'm just like the other critical Malaysians.
Always thinks that there's udang sebalik batu.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

jumu'atul wida

Note to self:

" Jika umat manusia itu mengetahui kelebihan yang terdapat di dalam bulan ramadhan nescaya umatku akan menginginkan supaya dijadikan sepanjang tahun itu Ramadhan" - sabda baginda Nabi Muhammad saw

Ramadhan will bid us farewell next week.
In our sadness bidding farewell to the beloved month, at the same time, dah terbayang melantak banyak banyak on the first day of Eid, kan?

Why do people always take Ramadhan as their sole one month of ibaadah, where they strife day and night, finishing the 30 chapters of Quran, waking up in the middle of the night to perform solitary prayers, filling up the masjids quorum, halting hurtful words to one another all in the name of the fasting month?

And then we go back to the old self. Are we only good muslims oh so periodically?
Is it because that someone is being chained up for good this one month?
But are we not given one advantage over all creations, that we're so gullible with their evil whispers when they're emancipated from the chains that bound them this one month?

I've read somewhere that it is better for us to regard Ramadhan as a bonus to those who had, secara istiqamah, strife for their ibadaah all year round, than to only strife so hard during the Holy Month. While for the rest of the year, they return to their old selves; ditching the hijab, performing solat at the end of the respective times, fasting sparingly, khatam quran jauh sekali.

That it is easier, to prepare ourselves to reap out the benefits of Ramadhan, by striving all year round, including Ramadhan, secara Istiqamah.

Semoga kita semua menjadi Insan Rabbani.
Bukan sekadar insan Ramadhani.

Ramadhan will leave us again.
But its not the end of our inner-jihad.

Until we meet dear Ramadhan again, InsyaAllah.
"Telah datang kepadamu bulan Ramadhan, di mana Allah melimpah ruahkan di dalamnya dengan keberkatan, menurunkan rahmat, mengampuni dosa-dosa kamu, memakbulkan doa-doa kamu, melihat di atas perlumbaan kamu untuk memperolehi kebaikan yang besar dan berbangga mengenaimu di hadapan malaikat-malaikat. Maka tunjukkanlah kepada Allah Taala kebaikan dari kamu. Sesungguhnya orang yang bernasib malang ialah dia yang dinafikan daripada rahmat Allah pada bulan ini."

Selamat menyambut hari kemenangan, eid mubarak!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

The other girl

Contrary to what she thinks, The Other Boleyn Girl is not (entirely) a fiction. Maybe the movie gave too much impression of high class drama of scandals, that it was unimaginable that such incidents could have taken place during that kind of time.

Boleyn sisters in fact was in the English history, and both bedded Henry VII.
But for Mary, not so much was noted from her as compared to the other Boleyn girl, Anne.

This Anne was the mother of Queen Elizabeth, though she was executed when Elizabeth was only three years old for high-treason, incest and adultery.

Which Elizabeth are we talking about? The one with the Golden Age, yes the one who had famously defeated the Spanish Armada, the last of the Tudors and the Queen who died a virgin.
Ye, the one which Cate Blanchett (my favourite leading lady) plays Elizabeth in the same-titled movie

What transpired according to the history text books, was that the banishment of Catherine had got nothing to do with Anne directly, though it is true that King Henry was besotted with Anne.

The King after six times of failed pregnancies believed his marriage with Catherine was cursed, because he had married his dead brother's (Arthur) wife Catherine. While Catherine swore that her marriage with Arthur was never consummated, the King had the chance to marry Anne on the grounds that Catherine had lied to him, as proven by the heir-less marriage.

Henry on the prospect of not having an heir to the throne, while the Tudor reign was relatively new, had made his marriage to Catherine annulled, by rejecting Pope's decision hence denying the Pope's authority, to marry Anne, where the trouble with the Catholic church started to brew.

Bla bla. Histories.
Though in the movie the spotlight is more towards the Boleyn whores, and to the faultless Mary, I still pity Catherine. Mary was betrayed by her own sister but, she was a married woman when she slept with the King. Haiya.

The movie pays homage to the relationship of the two sisters being shaken and tried for the love of a King, and it sends shivers down my spine thinking about how can the father sell the daughters for wealth and position, how can a husband let his bride sleep with other man, how can a sister asked her own brother to have an incestuous relationship to save her throne, how can a King lets himself being overpowered by the whims and fancy of one girl in spite of his family..what people do for power and quick wealth.. endless questions of morality disturbed my mind as I drive myself home...

At the end of the movie, the flashback of the young Boleyn family reminds me of this song:

I still remember the world
From the eyes of a child
Slowly those feelings
Were clouded by what I know now

Where has my heart gone
An uneven trade for the real world
Oh I... I want to go back to
Believing in everything and knowing nothing at all

I still remember the sun
Always warm on my back
Somehow it seems colder now

Where has my heart gone
Trapped in the eyes of a stranger
Oh I... I want to go back to
Believing in everything

[Latin hymn:]
Iesu, Rex admirabilis
Et triumphator nobilis,
Dulcedo ineffabilis,
Totus desiderabilis.


Monday, September 15, 2008

of questioning questions

It all started anywhere but her.

Dear peace lovers.
How do I put this straight in your face.

First it was said that it was the police's decision on last Friday's arrest.
But afterwards, Zaid was asked not to question gomen's decision to arrest.
Which is which?

If its under gomen powers, was it decided by the cabinet?
If its cabinet's decision, why is Zaid questioning the arrest, sounding appalled and surprised et al?
If its not a cabinet's decision, what could he do wrong in questioning something that is not decided by the cabinet?

You and i know the answer.

You can not escape but to think of Ahmad and his statement in Permatang Pauh.
3 years stripped, to some its just a slap on the wrists while three others in reaction of his statement was arrested under ISA but I still don't think he needs to be put in ISA as well.

ISA shouldn't be used against anyone, including the firestarter.
It'll deprive you of the right to defend yourselves.
And for me,its mockery of justice.


Friday, September 12, 2008


Not so long into hiding, eh?
Mind you, I myself snicker at my own non-committal promises to stay out of the blogging (inexistent, but self-comforting) limelight.

The hiatus mode was (in)voluntary put because I need to concentrate on my written submission due last two weeks but I can't forgive myself if I keep this long enough from you dear beloved readers and blog-hoppers: Girls, (at the risk of sounding lame): I am ditching this:

It brings zits to life.
To life, I mean, the rednecks would never say die.

The last zits I had was when I was fifteen; when the raging hormones of mine had its own hobby of collecting oil and generate its own petrol company and successfully made it into MNC.
Up to a point it became so thick and I used to look fat because the pimples made my cheeks so puffed!

After some time I found out the perfect cure are always the mild-ones. The Clinique bar soaps helps. Simple toner is gooood. And Neutrogena is another cheap brand I swear onto.
The more it has no fragrance, the better. It became sort of rule of thumb numero uno.

No discipline of step 1-2-3 facial routine was ever religiously followed by me. I was comfortable with my lazy dabbing of occasional moisturizers until the wedding planner a.k.a soul sister F.E texted me:

missy, nest year you dah nak kahwin, from now onwards try la face scrub and pay extra attention to your skin ye. I tak sanggup going through *yesterday's experience again

*not me not me! F.E had to do a makeover for a girl whom she said was okay but the skin, horrible because it was not taken good care of. And I trust the girl, at the comfortable distance of not microstudying her face, had a porcelain skin.

**So i terasa lah, nyah.

So I marched to the pharmacy to buy me a complete set of facial regiment siap mask and all (yes Alak and Uswah please go on, sneer) and I was wee bit influenced with Fasha Sanda's advert with Garnier. So I took the whole bundle home. Forgetting the rule numero uno, because it smells nice. Lemons. yummy.

Bad move.
Eversince then, the little oil company wants to open up another branch.
And its not easy to un-do it without scathed semi-permanent marks.
(look ma, geometrical tattoo!)

So there. Here's a piece of advise I can offer, and is this: stick to whatever you're used to.
For me, scented facial wash is a no-no.

And anything with dubbed over-voiced ads is a bad sign.
Except of course, SKII.

see..I only recommend you to the ones I trust to take care of you


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

on a hiatus

Fashionably smart I could say the blog is likely to be disconcerted by hiatuses of thought, but nowadays things get so busy that I haven't the luxury to even think (deeply) to even warrant me to quote anything smart nor sound cool.

Hence the long silence. And it will continue be so until sometime.

Reasons are always temporal excuse, as the Holy month of Ramadhan is here, I bet most of us are busy anyways and plus for now I've been kept occupied with piles (reminds you of s*** innit?) of work, and with someone back for holidays (well, my heart and soul had always been occupied missing/thinking of him..anyway but!) blogging is something I've to phase out at the mo'. Not that anyone is reading.. well except.. but then again he's back.. so whats the point of updating.. hahaha..

well well look who paid us a visit to our humble office!
-well if only Mr Boss is keen to take up a staff :P
then I won't complain so much of work, would I?

I take this opportunity to wish all my muslim brothers and sisters Ramadhan mubarak!


toi plus moi =)

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