Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The expeditor

Today I've a chance to listen to The Expeditor's motivational talk - talking about Dreaming the Impossible Dream.

I've heard/read so much about her from the media and also from my office mates who have attended her talk (invited by the Co mid 2007).

I've nothing but admiration of her perseverance and determination.
Mokcik nak dukung anak 12kg pun mengah giler - she drag a 69kg sled through the North and South poles.

More stories and photos of her pole-to-pole expedition at

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Beliau telah kembali kepada Tuhannya

Alfatihah ... for whatever he has done, rightfully and wrongfully ... the lives of 240million people have to go on ...
Forgiveness is in the heart of each and every life he has touched, gracefully or brutally.
When I visited Bandung a few years ago, the sentiments of my immediate family memberes were crystal clear. Things were better "dulu", goods were more affordable, life was more "tolerable" ...

For whatever it's worth, my prayers are for the rest of the nation to move forward.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cabai & UPSR - the buzz word for now

So this is Ayahanda's latest enthusiasm ... but his are still in the infancy stage.
Wish him luck !

Sabar je lah. As for me, this year the buzz word is UPSR for Azfar. Ayoooo sudah fenin kefala ku.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Painting is theraupatic ... well to a certain extent

After close to 10 years, finally we repaint the BJ house. Coupled with the need for the mother for some theraupatic activity which does not cost lots of RM - so after the Sunday Pasar Tani trip, we go get the paint and the necessary tool. Ayah is out with Aziz to Temerloh for the pokok cabai trip. With the left over "resources" that is in the house today, here's some photos of WIP and completed task.

Apparently for J0tun paint, you select the colour, then the shopkeeper will take the white paint, put it under a computerized machine which will drop the mixture of "ibu warna" , something like when you put colouring for yr "kuih-muih".
Then the paint will be "shake"

Aman choose Arcylic Blue for the boys' rooms.

Mak's inclination for purplish wall is voted out by Uqbah's insistence for Mango-Orange" Master bedroom. And Bibik Tri is getting RM75.00 extra this month for her painting contribution effort.

Siap dah ...

Matching with the "pine-wood" wardrobe.

Work to be continued during Tha1pusam holiday for the other areas in the house.

Ketupat Aidil Adha 1428H

Gambar-gambar ni terlambat di blog-kan. Bukan karna kami goblok :)Cuma terlupa.

Inilah hasil anyaman ketupat Bibik Tri dan yang "mandorin" merebus nya Eyang.

Sehingga menjilat jari !

Singkong goreng berempah

Singkong goreng berempah ... jintan manis, ketumbar, bawang putih, kunyit dan garam. Resepi Bibik Tri.
Makan panas-panas.
Siiip !

Sekejap saja dah tinggal separuh piring.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Use a nicer name please ...

My mother, being a true Indonesian in her heart, for years has always
been complaining about this. She dislike the word "Indon" so much. It
is demeaning to her, and apparently, to majority of Indonesian.

I figure for them to fight the independence so fiercefully and
declared themselves an Independent Nation and Bangsa Indonesia - such
a beautiful name to their ears .... tup tup tup ... di pendekkan jadi
Indon, it hurts.

So my friends, I don't want to create a racial thread here, but if we
already know a certain party does prefer to be called Indonesia rather
than Indon, panggil je lah guna nama yang mereka suka. Tak rugi pun.

Furthermore, I can't recall the exact hadith, but in Islam we are not
allowed to call people with the names that they don't like.

I remembered some of my HK friends, during my study in the UK, told me
personally that they didn't like to be referred as Hong Kie" because
they felt it's demeaning.

Sekian. Terimakasih !


Perkataan Indon tak diiktiraf

KUALA LUMPUR: Cendekiawan dan pakar bahasa Melayu tidak merestui penggunaan perkataan 'Indon' bagi merujuk kepada warga Indonesia di negara ini kerana tidak diiktiraf sebagai perkataan dan memberi pengertian negatif.

Sambil menyambut baik saranan Naib Ketua Pemuda Umno, Khairy Jamaludin kelmarin yang mahu rakyat menghentikan panggilan itu, mereka mahu kerajaan terutama Kementerian Penerangan mengeluarkan garis panduan kepada media massa supaya supaya masyarakat luar tidak terikut-ikut.

Ketua Pengarah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Datuk Dr Firdaus Abdullah, berkata DBP sejak dulu memang tidak mengiktiraf perkataan itu kerana ia tidak memberi sebarang pengertian dan seharusnya ditukar kepada orang Indonesia atau warga Indonesia.

"Lagipun, sejarah di negara luar dan negara kita sendiri menunjukkan panggilan itu sebagai menghina. Sejarah di negara luar juga membuktikan panggilan seumpama itu lebih kepada berunsurkan menghina seperti berlaku di Amerika Syarikat (AS) apabila orang berkulit putih memanggil orang kulit hitam dengan perkataan 'nigger'.

"Jadi, saya menyokong supaya dihapuskan penggunaan perkataan Indon kerana tidak mendapat pengiktirafan DBP sebagai perkataan dan menghina warga Indonesia yang sudah lama menjadi rakan negara kita," katanya di sini, semalam.

Beliau diminta mengulas kenyataan Khairy pada hari terakhir Dialog Malindo 2008 kelmarin yang mahu rakyat menghentikan penggunaan gelaran itu yang dianggap menghina dan menjatuhkan maruah mereka.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Bandarayaku ! Kuala Terengganu declared a City

Update istilah "balik kampung" mulai dari tahun 2008 :

balik kampung = balik dari bandaraya (shah alam) ke bandaraya (kualaterengganu) = balik dari bandaraya roundabout ke bandaraya warisanpesisir air !


Kuala Terengganu declared a City; Mat Razali Kassim is first mayor
Kuala Terengganu was today officially declared a city with Datuk MatRazali Kassim appointed its first Datuk Bandar (mayor)
Following the elevation, Kuala Terengganu is now the nation's 12thcity, and the municipal council is now known as Kuala Terengganu CityHall or Majlis Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu (MBKT).
The Regent of Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail Tuanku Mizan ZainalAbidin made the proclamation at the Istana Maziah here.
The ceremony began when Deputy Housing and Local Government MinisterDatuk Azizah Mohd Dun presented a letter proclaiming MBKT as theHeritage Waterfront City to Tengku Muhammad Ismail who, in turn,handed it over to Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
Idris then read out Mat Razali's appointment letter before the newmayor was presented with a ceremonial necklace and mace by the Regent.
When met later, Mat Razali described his appointment as aresponsibility that had to be fufilled.
He promised to discharge his duties with dedication to bring progressto Kuala Terengganu, the first city in the east coast of PeninsularMalaysia.
Meanwhile, Idris said with Kuala Terengganu's new status, city folkwould be able to enjoy a better quality of life.
On Mat Razali's appointment, Idris said the mayor was expected to meetthe needs of Kuala Terengganu residents.
"The mayor must be firm in his action and have a vision for the city.
Based on his experience as a state administrative officer, I'mconfident that he can do his job well," he added.
Kuala Berang-born Mat Razali, 53, formerly the Deputy State Secretary(Management), is an economics graduate from Universiti KebangsaanMalaysia.