Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ted's talk

Please have time to watch this. So refreshing... :)

p/s: thanks uje!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Knock! Knock!

"Knock! Knock!"... "Who's there?"... and it goes on... But this time I'm not referring to the invinsible door, but the actual knock on our 7-feet-tall door.

How many of us have experienced the persistent knocking on our door? Or even worse! The million-per-second push on the doorbell which shook the haven of our peaceful crib. And it didn't just end there. It follows by an unfamiliar yet loud voice that say "Assalamualaikum, emak ada?" or "Kami datang nak buat survey ni". Yup, I know.. I know.. who would not have? And judging from my serious observation, I could easily categorised these 'invaders' into two. One - the "howdy" type i.e. the type of person who would kindly step back when we say we are not interested. And Two which is also the type I am not keen of - the type that I called as aiyo-tak-paham2x-lagi-ker.

Here in Brisbane, there are different stories that entails with knocking on the door. For a start, there is the two cracking knocks on the door before 8am in the morning. It's the parcel guy which I really-really looking forward to. Then there was the unexpected knock on the door late in the evening. Hoho.. yup! But as of today, this only had happened once.

It was a couple of months ago, at about 10pm on a Friday night. Myself and Ummi was watching tv when there was a knock on the door. I called for Yaby, asking if he was expecting any visitor that late at night. We waited a while just to double check if it was really our door. And then it followed - the next few knocks on the door. Yaby opened the door slowly. Behind the door stood two total strangers - a lady and a man (or so I thought. Since there were the only two voices I heard while I was hiding behind my bedroom door). After some brief introduction, they asked if Yaby had a deck of playing cards which they could borrow. They were lucky that we have one which we got as a souvenir from Latape when he made his third (or was it fourth? :P) visit to the Movie World. They promised to return it the next morning but unfortunately, that was the last time I saw my Tweety playing cards. :(

And last but not least, the random knocks on the door by a single, a couple or a group of evangelic. So far, we had four encounters of such but only during our stay at Little Maryvale. My most unforgettable experience which I had with evangelic however, was three years back when I was in the UK. I was waiting for a bus when this old lady in her late 60s came and approached me. She asked me if I was a Muslim. When I answered yes to her, she pulled a single sheets of pamphlets (from a bundle) out of her groceries bag and handed it to me. She then started to talk on Jesus and salvation and later questioned the truth about Islam. Throughout the entire conversation I was, to be honest, frustrated since I couldn't remember getting the correct term to explain to her about Islam. I felt so embarrassed with myself. As much as I am proud to become a Muslim, I failed to honour it by not being able to do the similar thing as this ordinary old lady. I really hope though, that I had done enough to convince her that Islam is a beautiful religion. Our conversation ended just before my bus to the city arrived 30 minutes late than it was scheduled.

A few weeks back, Yaby asked me an interesting question. It was not a riddle but a simple and plain question asked in a Friday sermon. The question was, "If you could asked Allah for one thing, what would it be?". The Imam said that the answer lies in surah Al-Fatihah. We should be asking for "Guide us to the Straight Path. The Path of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor those who went astray" (1:6-7). I guess that is why we are encourage to say this in our dua "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate(from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower" (3:8).

"Knock! Knock!"... Hmm... I wonder who's on the other side now... :)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I've been tagged

Name Tag: Amelia Wong Binti Azman
Tagged by: Nadia Jalaludin (aka miss NJ aka miss N)

The Rules :
1. Each blogger must post these rules first.
2. Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged, and to read your blog.

Fact one:
"Adoi..." is the first thing which I've blurted out when reading the tagged message by miss N. Sebab tau memang susah nak pikirkan answer to this. But luckily it has the 'facts' option which I know I have loads to bore anyone who reads it. Hohoho...

Fact two:
My ideas for blog entry have always come when I'm partially awake. Tak paham? Hmm... for example, I woke up in the middle of the night to get some drink. And when I lay back on the mattress trying to sleep again, I sometimes felt the gush of ideas running in my head. Before I have baby Insyirah, I would normally go straight to my laptop and start typing. But nowadays, I just have to wait... :)

Habit three:
I like to ngomel-ngomel dekat Yaby. BUT only when he is in good mood. Which usually happen when MU wins a game or Chelsea loses a game... If not, Yaby malas nak layan... hehehe

Fact four:
I love cats a lotttttttttttt...

Habit five:
I just realised that I have this new habit of sneaking into the room when Yaby plays with Insyirah. Mestilaa... it's not always you could see Yaby acting like a baby himself. Hohoho...

Fact six:
I have always wanted to do Business/Economic studies. I've thought of taking double major. Unfortunately, UK systems doesn't have that. I really hope that someday I would realise it. If not, it would be nice to conclude it with a business of my own. :D

Fact seven:
I want to learn to speak Japaneseand French!!!

Habit eight:
Well, I'm not so sure if it's a habit. But Yaby made me realised that I've said 'ambil' instead of 'ambik' in normal conversation. Hmm... which to him is like takde-keje-ke-nak-guna-bahasa-baku.

Yup! That's it. And now, tagging time!! I'm not sure if you have been tagged by others before. But heck! I malas nak check! Huhu...

1. Lyn
2. Azam
3. Lyana
4. Wafaa
5. Ain
6. Lydia
7. Najib
8. Ghoyye

Friday, May 2, 2008

Give is always better than take...

Less than a couple of weeks from now, Australia's calendar mark the Mother's day. And because of that, since last week, we've been getting heaps of fliers for Mother's day sale - 20 to 60% off for shoes, cosmetics, women's wear, jewelery.. and the list goes on covering most of the items 'mothers' aka 'women' wants. In other words, almost EVERYTHING laaa.

In my family, we seldom celebrate birthdays let alone Mother's day or Father's day or Children's Day or Labour day or Anzac day or Australia day... except for Teachers day but this also ends when I finished my secondary school. To me this Mother's day or Father's day thing has always been a successful and intelligent propaganda invented by some secret-organization-of-retailers to scrape every last cents we've earned only to profit them i.e. the secret-organization-of-retailers.

Having said that, for some OBVIOUS reason, I kinda feel excited to 'celebrate' this Mother's day. Ho ho ho.. I'm thinking of getting myself some presents too as this will be my first Momma's day! Huhu... <- See! As hard as I knew the truth behind this propaganda, I still fall into their intelligent trap~~

I remember begged to differ with the quote "money isn't everything". My only arguement is such that I second the idea that "everything needs money even if you wanna do good things". A while back ago, I ran into an article that reported a study conducted in the US that shows how as little as $5 dollar could buy happiness. The only twist is that, you have to spend it on someone else. :)

Since late January, I've been getting.. err.. I mean, Insyirah has been getting lots and lots of presents. As happy or as excited or as thrilled or as everything laa that Insyirah must have felt when getting those gifts, the same thing was felt by me too :P. Huhu... Syok ooo dapat pressies! The only way to tell whether the study is true is to confirm it with those angels who shared their kindness to little Insyirah. Hmm.. having said that, I remember coming across with a hadith that quoted something like "give (presents), and you shall love one another and there'll be less enmity among you". I wonder if the researchers who conducted the study got their hypothesis from this hadith. ::thinking::

Anyway, if you are reading this, it's obvious that I'm not implying that you must send me a card.. or wishes.. or presents. OK laa, so the last sentence might make you think that I am expecting something. But betul ni, tak laa, it's only up to you... (Does this too sound like I'm hoping? I know I shouldn't have ended it with 'it's only up to you'. Darn! :P)