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Archive for June, 2010

The frequency of my posts has reduced from more than ten a month, to about 2 – 3.

 

Bukan tak nak update; in fact a lot has happened, but I just cannot find the time to write them down.

 

Alasan. As always.

 

Anyway, someone recently told me that he believes that I am currently at a crossroad. After the nerve-wrecking interview last Wednesday (of which he was one of the interviewers), he feels that I am indecisive of where I want to be in five or ten years time. The interview was actually part of the management’s effort to look for potential leaders in the organization.

 

1 hour and 15 minutes… and know he knows me or what I want in life?

 

Photo: The Teeming Brain

 

I am not going to say that he is wrong, because once in a while I do have that feeling. But at this current moment, my immediate aim is to actually complete my studies. I have got four more years before I turn 40. And I hope that I can complete before I reach 40. What happens next, whether I decide to join the academic department, or stay in the management, is something I don’t want to think about now. I will decide when the time comes. Ideally, I would like to be part of the management, but I would also like to teach one or two subjects so that I can share my knowledge with the future leaders of the country. Is that so wrong? At least I am not pretending to be someone I am not. Only time will tell because only Allah knows…

 

I leave it all in His hands.

 

Meanwhile, I just found out from Aini yesterday that Mynie’s mother had recently returned to the AlMighty after suffering a stroke. May Allah bless her soul… forgive her… and grant her the highest level of paradise… Al Fatihah.

 

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I celebrated my 36th birthday last Friday, 18 June.


It was just perfect, since the huge project’s last day was one day before even though I left Kuala Lumpur earlier than the rest. Alhamdulillah, I am glad that everything went smoothly. Of course, there were hiccups here and there but overall, we received more praises than anything else. The management was very pleased with the great teamwork shown, so that really boosted up every one’s morale. Personally, I learnt a major lesson from this event – no matter how well you plan or how early you start work, it all boils down to crisis management because whether you like it or not, something unanticipated is bound to happen on that day itself, and you just have to be mentally prepared for it.


Anyway, I told my kids in advanced that I do not want any gifts from them, but they decided to give me thirty six kisses on my cheeks!


Abang took me out for lunch since we were both working on that Friday.


My brother took us all for dinner, including my parents, on Saturday night at a new eating place in Ipoh called Restoran Pondok Padang (it is at OneCasuarina, next to Impiana Casuarina Ipoh). The food was good, but the company was even better. The whole bunch was there and my kids, nieces and nephews’ voices were the loudest!!


Later we went for some cakes at Secret Recipe, where I met my primary school teacher who remembers me more than I remember her.


And finally on Monday, my dear boss bought a nice carrot cake to celebrate (and she even ordered some fried mee, and goreng pisang accompanied by sambal kicap!).


And this year, I think I received so many birthday wishes on my Facebook that I spent one whole day thanking each and everyone for their doa. I even received a special birthday wish on Capri’s blog!!


Thank you friends and family for your thoughts, and most importantly for the doa.


I feel extremely touched. And of course… another year older!

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I haven’t updated this blog for nearly two weeks.

Not only that… I haven’t even had time to visit other blogs. And I haven’t read the Malaysian Insider for the past two weeks – which is one of my favourite sources of independent news.

 

Two weeks of hardwork and the D-day will be in two days time. We will be leaving for KL tonight, and I should be back on Tuesday night although the actual Congress will only end Thursday.

 

One year of planning but there are still some last minute items unsettled (which have finally settled yesterday), so hopefully, things will go smoothly, as planned.

 

I actually have so much to say. There are so many things and issues on my mind.

 

I wanted to say how extremely angry I was when I read about how the Mavi Marmara incident. To make it worse, one of the twelve victims is a personal friend of mine. Such atrocity! Such violence! Such cruelty! And yet the West claims that Muslims are terrorists!!! It was just a humanitarian aid, not a military troop! Laknat Allah ke atas bangsa Yahudi!!!! The struggle to save Gaza will continue indefinitely.

 

I wanted to congratulate Astro Oasis for introducing the Imam Muda reality show and how much I enjoy watching the young chaps trying to do their best for the specific tasks assigned to them. But I also wanted to tell Astro that they should be more sensitive towards their viewers because Akademi Al Quran (of which I am a huge fan) is also aired on the same day and at the same time! Marah betul rasanya! Do they seriously expect us to choose either one? Dah lah tak banyak on TV, and yet they want to fight for the same viewers. I think it would be advisable if either one could be shown on Thursday night. Right now, the remote is in my hand throughout the one hour so that we could switch channel every 5 – 10 minutes.

 

PAS is currently having their 56th Muktamar at PUTIK Kelantan. I haven’t had time to read the updates, but I will make a point to do so next week. I hope that the delegates will make thoughtful resolutions with regards to the current issues (especially on APCO and Palestine) and I wish them all, Selamat Bermuktamar.

Pray that I stay calm and composed.

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