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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

BALIK KAMPUNG

It's that time of the year again. It's balik kampung time! I can see heavy traffic started streaming along the road today and it will grow heavier and in longer queue. This mass exodus will end after a few days and along the way I'll be stuck in the traffic for hours...


Believe it or not, with such an influx of road users, the risk of accidents will increase tremendously. Hopefully everyone will be patient enough to endure the congestion. Don't lose your head. Happy Aidilfitri to you.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Next time, please fasten your seat belt...



... and there's no exception to ghosts!!!

INDAHNYA LILI



Seorang anak sambil menangis kembali ke rumah. Dia menangis semakin kuat ketika bertemu ibunya. Dia berasa segala usahanya tidak dihiraukan baik oleh guru mahupun teman-teman sekelasnya. Dia telah berusaha, namun seakan-akan usahanya tidak layak dihargai lalu dia menjadi benci akan teman-temannya. Dia menjengkeli gurunya.

Setelah mendengar keluhan anaknya, si ibu bertanya, “Pernahkah engkau memperhatikan kembang lili milik tetangga di lorong jalan ke rumah kita?” Anak itu menggelengkan kepala. “Bunga itu berkembang setiap pagi dan di akhir hari akan layu. Namun sebelum layu, ia telah memberikan yang terbaik, ia telah memancarkan keindahannya.” Anak itu berhenti menangis dan mendengar penuh perhatian.

“Setiap hari ia memberikan keindahan yang sama. Setiap hari ia memberikan keharuman yang sama walau kekadang tidak dihiraukan orang. Keindahannya tidak pernah berkurang walau engkau tidak pernah memerhatikannya. Ia tidak pernah bersedih bila tidak diperhatikan orang, kerana ia tahu bahawa dalam hidupnya ia punya satu misi yakni memberikan keindahan.” Anak itu memahami maksud ibunya.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

REMINDER


A few days ago, I found this email in my mailbox. It came from a friend. Well, it serves as a good reminder to me. These sunnahs are optional but meritorious if performed. Thank you Haji Norisin.


"Hendaknya kita selalu menjaga tujuh sunnah Nabi setiap hari. Ketujuh sunnah Nabi SAW itu adalah:

  1. Pertama, tahajjud, kerana kemuliaan seorang mukmin terletak pada tahajjudnya.

  2. Kedua, membaca Al-Qur'an sebelum terbit matahari. Alangkah baiknya sebelum mata melihat dunia, sebaiknya mata membaca Al-Qur'an terlebih dahulu dengan penuh pemahaman.

  3. Ketiga, jangan tinggalkan masjid terutama di waktu subuh. Sebelum melangkah kemana pun langkahkan kaki ke masjid, kerana masjid merupakan pusat keberkahan, bukan kerana panggilan muadzin tetapi panggilan Allah yang mencari orang beriman untuk memakmurkan masjid Allah.

  4. Keempat, jaga solat dhuha, kerana kunci rezeki terletak pada solat dhuha.

  5. Kelima, jaga sedekah setiap hari.Allah menyukai orang yang suka bersedekah, dan malaikat Allah selalu mendoakan kepada orang yang bersedekah setiap hari.

  6. Keenam, jaga wudhu terus menerus kerana Allah menyayangi hamba yang berwudhu. Kata khalifah Ali bin Abu Thalib, "Orang yang selalu berwudhu senantiasa ia akan merasa selalu solat walau ia sedang tidak solat, dan dijaga oleh malaikat dengan dua doa, ampuni dosa dan sayangi dia ya Allah".

  7. Ketujuh, amalkan istighfar setiap saat. Dengan istighfar masalah yang terjadi kerana dosa kita akan dijauhkan oleh Allah.

    Zikir adalah bukti syukur kita kepada Allah. Bila kita kurang bersyukur, maka kita kurang berzikir pula, oleh kerana itu setiap waktu harus selalu ada penghayatan dalam melaksanakan ibadah ritual dan ibadah ajaran Islam lainnya.

    Zikir juga merupakan makanan rohani yang paling bergizi, dan dengan zikir berbagai kejahatan dapat ditangkal sehingga jauhlah umat manusia dari sifat-sifat yang berpangkal pada materialisme dan hedonisme.


    Wallahu ’alam..."

Saturday, 6 October 2007

RUANG RINDU ...



The feeling is here again, in fact I'm treating it as a returning guest who keeps on coming and sometimes prolongs his stay. Each day the feeling becomes more unbearable, longing for something that won't be there. Longing for someone in my past, for something that we once had. Alas, things didn't work out between us, well as someone put it, 'blame it to fate'. It also seemed fated that I found another love but still the old memories linger. Sometimes deep-down my heart it feels excruciatingly painful, but most of the time, I am left with a horrible feeling of emptiness. Above all, to revive the yesteryear love story is absolutely out of question. Let the memories buried away in a neatly folded chapter of my life.


Ruang Rindu

Di daun yang ikut mengalir lembut
Terbawa sungai ke ujung mata
Dan aku mulai takut terbawa cinta
Menghirup rindu yang sesakkan dada

Jalanku hampa dan ku sentuh dia
Terasa hangat oh di dalam hati
Ku pegang erat dan ku halangi waktu
Tak urung jua ku lihatnya pergi

Tak pernah ku ragu dan selalu ku ingat
Kerlingan matamu dan sentuhan hangat
Ku saat itu takut mencari makna
Tumbuhkan rasa yg sesakkan dada

Chorus 2x:
Kau datang dan pergi oh begitu saja
Semua ku terima apa adanya
Mata terpejam dan hati menggumam
Di ruang rindu kita bertemu

Bertemu

-LETTO

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747 steep turn landing at Hong Kong



This has a dramatic-looking turn over Kowloon City. It is awesome.

Friday, 21 September 2007

THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY


When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, under water, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.



The Russians used a pencil.




Moral of the story:

"Don't be so complicated. Most of the times, something simple would do".

ARE YOU IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE?


When you are together with that special someone, you pretend to ignore that person.

But when that special someone is not around, you might look around to find her. At that moment, you are in love.
Although there is someone else who makes you laugh, your eyes and attention might only go to that special someone. Then, you are in love.

Although that special someone was supposed to have call you long back, to let you know of her safe arrival, your phone is quiet. You are desperately waiting for the call! At that moment, you are in love.

If you are much more excited for one short email more than other many long emails, you are in love.

When you find yourself as one who cannot erase all the messages in your answering machine because of one message from that special someone, you are in love.

When you get a couple of free movie tickets, you would not hesitate to think of that special someone. Then, you are in love.

You keep telling yourself, “that special someone is just a friend”, but you realize that you cannot avoid that person’s special attraction. At that moment, you are in love.

While you are reading this blog, if someone appears in your mind. Then, you are in love with that person.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
It is about choices that we have to make in life and of course it is not an easy decision for we have to live with the consequences of our choice. It's choice - not chance - that determines our destiny!