Monday, July 31, 2017

Weather the storm

Bismillah.

Assalamualaikum,
Hi guys,

Monday is not guilty, we should stop blaming it. It's just an innocent day after a lazy Sunday. Yes, Sunday is notorious for its laziness. We should be more in control of our mind, psyche up ourselves to face a new week, every week. We can weather the Monday storm, of course, we can!

Should not start the week grumpily.
You'd better stay cool, or they might name a storm after you!


LOL
: D

[Belated Monday ramblings as I try to catch up on this space. Life is a catching up game anyway. Don't you think so?]

Good bye July.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

[Positive] Writing on the wall | Take it or leave it

Bismillah.

Hi guys, you know what the idiom means - writing on the wall. It suggests a future doom. But when I was in Ipoh I was mesmerized by the chic writings on the walls at a home-grown new hotel chain. Ipoh is a relatively small city located between KL and Penang, Malaysia. Creative writings on the wall could give out positive vibes after all.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend as I did.
More photos from my short getaway.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.


Pretty writings on the wall


That's a quote by Barbara Kingsolver, by the way.
Those words are not mine.

These are mine:
My memories, feelings, and thoughts are all I could offer.
Take it or leave it.

LOL.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Horsing around | Inclusive

Bismillah.

Wish y'all a productive and happy weekend.


Let's be appreciative of our leisure time before we get busy.

By the way, yesterday I came across a pleasant news about the establishment of a 'World Sufi Center' to be based in Malaysia. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia announced this wonderful news at a Conference of Ulama held in Kuala Lumpur today. It's indeed a significant milestone for a nation to make Sufism/tariqa "official". A local philanthropist has committed to contribute US$ 1 Million for the proposed Center. The idea for 'World Sufi Center' was agreed upon by ulama, mufti and scholars from 38 countries who gathered at the said Conference. 

I am pretty sure this newly established body could unite the various tariqa group in the country and around the world. And that the authority would monitor and supervise them so as to deter any deviant ones from misleading the public.

Having mingled with several groupings before, I noticed some were too inwardly looking and each had the tendency thinking theirs was the better one. And there are also "spiritual leaders" who ride on the religion for their own personal gain.

May Allah protect us from the illusion of 'being the chosen exclusive club' whereas the Prophet pbuh has taught us about Islam that is all inclusive. May Allah keep us on the Straight Path, stay on course like a good racing horse until the finish line.

Allahu a'lam.

Gotta have a stronger will.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Good morning from Malaysia

Bismillah.

Hi guys 😁
Am still chillin' at my camp site.
Was the first to get ready for the day.
There are plenty of perks for a morning person, this I noticed a long time ago. I hope my nieces and nephews would follow my good habits and leave the not so good ones.

May Allah grant us good health and tawfik to do much good and be useful to people.
Wish y'all a fabulous day.



 For the love of the Prophet PBUH
The cutest guy I met today lol
Another favorite of mine


Giraffe everywhere LOL.

Cheers 😁






Thursday, July 27, 2017

Glamping | Forest bathing

Bismillah.

Hi guys,

Hello and good nite from my so called glamorous camping site hence the term glamping.

You all know the benefits of forest bathing.
So excuse me as I seek solace in a natural setting. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Hello
Bbq nite

Good nite and sweet dreams 👌😁

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I don't know how much to say | Say nothing

Bismillah.



I don't know how much to say.
Just chill lah : D





p/s
No need to comment/debate about my posting.
You go get a life.
LOL





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Where your thoughts have brought you

Bismillah.

Hi guys,

Let's be mindful of our thoughts cos:
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
- James Allen

Today, I am where my thoughts have brought me : )
Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

And whatever circumstances you are in, face it bravely, don't sit on it, don't sweep it under the carpet. Look at it in the eyes and deal with it.
Let's.

Having said that, today (or rather lately) I realized Allah has shown me that trusting Him and letting Him deal with certain people, is more than worth it! He is obviously Most Fair and Most Wise in His judgment and in exacting retribution.
; )

You may be a given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.
Choose to sit on a lovely sofa, or on the floor but not a cactus. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Vibes that stay | Foot path

Bismillah.

Yeah...yeah I know it's summer, but I couldn't help reminisce my alma mater - the Stirling Uni when I chanced upon a tweet.

I feel the picture. Those vibes stay with me until today.
The lake at the uni is especially stunning during winter.
I remember the countless walk, by the loch (lake).

Some vibes are meant to have a lasting impact on us, they stay.





Pathfoot is the name of the building where my courses were held.
It's like teasing you: you sure won't forget the footpath here!
The path you choose to travel, thus bag memorable vibes that would remain etched forever.




This posting is a dedication to one of my nieces who had been on Dean's list for two semesters and listed as top-scorer for the other four semesters. She has got another two semesters to go. May she stay focused and more importantly, enjoy the path to more success. Bi iznillah.

Dear S, please consider furthering your studies in the UK, so your cool aunt could join in the fun : )
In Sha Allah.

p/s
Some people are saying if you study on 24/7 (the 24th of July/today) even if it's for 20 minutes you will have studied 24/7. Yeah...yeah...
: D


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Habit of refining | Refine your habits

Bismillah.

Hi guys,

Just a quick greeting this lovely Sunday.
A couple of one-liner reminder for us.
Keep busy improving and refining yourself.
Keep the good habits.
Create new good ones.
Kill stale/negatives habits cos they are destructive to your development, obviously.
But the fact is that sometimes it's hard to do the obvious.
So you gotta kick hard.
Chase out those who discount or disempower you.
Keep a strong positive inner circle.
Take time to do what makes you and them happy.
Above all, remember the one and only man who will defend us when all get broken asunder.
- the Prophet
Salallah alaihi wasalam.




Prep your heart and mind for another fulfilling week - Week 30 of 52 in 2017.
In Sha Allah.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

In a gay Saturday mood

Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
Gotta thank Allah for our circumstances are not as bad as those who live in crisis-full countries/communities. May Allah lighten their burdens and replace their struggles with peace and prosperity. Ameen.

Gotta thank Allah that we get to enjoy the weekend in a gay (as in merry/happily excited) mood. Just that I am missing my home in Penang a wee bit when my sister sent this lovely photo below. My mom bought those roses. It's gorgeous in my eyes! Thanks to Uber, she could go to the garden nurseries (or anywhere) by herself anytime. May Allah bless all the well mannered Uber drivers in Penang who have been ferrying my mother around the island. Even though I could monitor her movement from the apps yet many of the drivers would often text/call me saying "Your mother has reached home." Yes, uber-friendly they are Uber drivers! 



This weekend, take the time to please your loved ones. 
Create wonderful moments : )


-E-

p/s
I discovered one more way to make your mother happy. Cook your own meals and show her that you are a talented home-chef just like her and thus minimize driving through the fast food chains. LOL.
Here's something to make you drool - my chicken kurma. Am drooling too...but I am fasting, oh great Lord.
: D




Dear Mom,
You knew it.

LOL
Your cheeky daughter
who's enjoying having this "Language of Faith" journal for almost 10 years
as it showcases her journey and growth.
She is taking it easy now
while waiting for the blog to hit 1 million views soon
so she could just wrap it up, journey elsewhere and enjoy life some more.
Bi iznillah.
: D

Friday, July 21, 2017

Goodness of the faith

Bismillah.

We have to be mindful of what we are sensitive about.

Do we care about a band (group of people) that's engulfed with negative stuffs? Yes? No? Do we care about people being denied entry to places of worship, regardless of their religion? Especially if it affects our friends surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque. Guys, we have to be mindful of our "sensitive buttons".

Today, a week ago, the Holy Mosque Al-Aqsa was closed for a couple of days. Friday prayers inside the mosque was banned. Today, we see this heart-moving photo of our brothers in faith performing Friday prayers outside the mosque, as a sign of protest.


Friday prayers on Salahudeen Street, Jerusalem.
Righteous men standing firm on their faith.
They rise in peace before getting attacked.
[Pic/News credit: Nasser Atta @nasseratta5]

Gathered for the right reason but got dispersed wrongfully.
These young men only care about their faith, dignity, and survival.
I doubt they care about rock bands or rock concerts
or some suicidal people.
They have been fighting for their life. And they shall keep fighting for it, you can be sure.
[Pic credit: Dylan Collins @collinsdyl]

Certainly, we ought to clap for people who stand on the goodness of faith, people who voice up their rights, people who defend their religion and dignity. 

I hope our young visitors to this space, will be rightly guided, stand up for meaningful things and cheer on the right stuff.

I think you can read between the lines. You know what I mean.

May Allah grant protection and guidance to all of us.
Ameen.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Do

Bismillah.

How are you doing folks?

Am good, Alhamdulillah, keeping my productivity level up and progressing well.
Hope you are too : )

Gotta praise Allah for giving us good health and the capacity to use our brain. Yeah, keep those neurons active and connected. One of the good ways to exercise our brain cells is by reading the Quran. It's a good habit we (me especially) have to work at continually or we run the risk of going senile prematurely LOL.

To be honest, I am feeling kinda sad cos my Quran lesson would be over soon cos I have reached chapter 24 already. With the guide of my ever so skillful teacher, I do 18 pages per lesson. Alhamdulillah. But all good things must come to an end. It's going to be up to me to continue the recital practices on my own. That's how it is. We have to be more concerned with what we do ourselves, think of ourselves, our progress, than what others think about us. It's a solo game, period.

When I encountered the heart of the Quran (Surah Yaasin) during the lesson, I had mixed feelings. It's like discovering a person's heart, something most people hide and only reveal to a special person. You will have to go through some challenges before it's finally shown.

I just hope this sharing about my personal journey of faith would encourage you our young readers to not neglect a simple yet extremely powerful habit of reading the Holy Book on a regular basis. We all have to push ourselves. Life is not just about having fun aimlessly, there's time for study, time for work, time for housekeeping and there's time to chill.  

Here's a reminder for me and you. It's from Steve Keating's Twitter.
"Good intentions have never accomplished a thing. Only doing gets something done."

Let's go.
Let's do it.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The 200th day of 2017 | Surrender

Bismillah.

Ma sha Allah. It is the 200th day of the year. Two hundred days have passed, did you realize?

We often hear people i.e a new management of an organization or political leaders giving a report on the first 100 days of them being in office or position. Rarely do we hear about reports on the "first 200 days" I think it's simply because it's a bit too long as a measurement stick.

It's a norm for Muslims in Malaysia to mark the 40th and 100th day of a person's demise, by hosting a gathering of some sort. I think (though insensitive it might sound) people don't usually count anymore after the 100th day, until maybe after one year has passed.

I am nervous thinking how the 200 pages of my "TwentySeventeen" book look like. There must be plenty of "red-inked scores" in there somewhere. May Allah forgive me. May Allah grant pardon to you too.

Perhaps we should do 200 salawat today and surrender our affairs for the rest of the 165 days of the year to Allah, bi-iznillah. 

Wa ufawwidu amri ilaAllah
Innallaha basirun bil ibad

I surrender my affair to Allah
Allah is well aware of His servants.
- Quran 40:44

Something new for me to memorize.
Let's.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Poetry in times of difficulty composed by Habib Umar bin Hafiz

Bismillah.

Big thanks to Muwasala.org for sharing this precious azkar composed by the honorable Habib Umar bin Hafiz when he was in Madinah in the blessed month of Rabiul Awal last year.

"You are my reliance
You are my support
You are my savior from all hardship

I turn my whole being to You
Rush to my aid, O Most Great
Make easy the means for all good
and remove all difficulties

And open for us all doors
with Your support, O Most Generous
And foil the plot of every schemer
and rebellious tyrant
And every envious and stubborn enemy
by the right and secret of
To Sin Mim"



I was humbled there were several blessed souls who requested du'a from me, this weak and ignorant woman who's helpless herself. I am no better than you/them. I doubt there's anything worthy about me to warrant a maqbul from Allah. But I learned there's an angel who sits on our neck and should it find humility in us, it will raise our station. I was and I still am deeply humbled when those beautiful souls reached out to me, for they are pious and good people. May Allah accept my humility and thereby grant maqbul to all our petition, plea, cry and hope.

Aamin Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Rahim.
Ya Allah Ya Latif, please be gentle on us all.
  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy 17.7.17 | Hi guys : )

Bismillah.

A little bird told me we've got a young group of an audience here on Lisan al-Din lately. Glad to know they (you guys) could relate to my ramblings. Thanks, you know who you are. Thanks for the positive feedback. I shall try to lengthen my postings from "Small" to "Medium", it might be "Medium rare" though. LOL. If you want something "Well done" go to other blogs ; ) 

Anyway, guys, you should know that our soul is ageless. We are who we are as we have always been. Just the "temple" (I mean the body) gets a lil worn out over time LOL. And the most important thing is we must be flexible and grow with the times. When I first started this space, I addressed my postings to a fictional "son". Then, I went on to address them "folks". It doesn't matter, you are who you are, a soul like a bird who comes perching on this temporary branch, to take a breather before you take a flight to your own big world. And me too. I am here for an impromptu scribble for just a couple of minutes.

Today is a special unique date: 17.7.17. Work-wise it's an important date cos I was involved in submitting a biz tender today. Alhamdulillah, we made it. So just like most people, I went chillin' and Eid-ing (I mean eating) in the city after all the work is done. The video below is evidence of my care-free mood. It's similar to the feelings you'd have after a big exam you know.

I hope we will all remain youthful in spirit (and looks). 
"Never let a bad yesterday ruin your chance for a good today." - Steve Keating

Yes, today 17.7.17 is good, Alhamdulillah.

Stay "Sweet Seventeen" always...
: D








Best,
-E-


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Putting down one's "intellectual disability" for good | Ziyad's 17.29

Bismillah.

He did it in style. Ziyad Zolkefli a Malaysian '2016 Rio Paralympic' gold medalist, broke the world record again. This time in London, yesterday. This time he hurled a greater distance - 17.29 meter. We are all having a good time this weekend, but clearly, Ziyad is having a blast!

He has been competing in the so called "learning/intellectual disability" category known as F20. Ziyad has put down his disability for good, on the world stage. Yes, the world watched how able and capable people with disabilities (PWD) are. 

Of course, many Malaysians, I suspect have shed tears of joy at the news/watching Ziyad's victory video. I was proud of him of course when I first heard the news through our Prime Minister's Twitter. But when I read Ziyad's own Tweet a few hours before the shot put finals - I cried. I have never had a "high" motivated inspiring moment as I did when I saw Ziyad's tweet.

"A few hours to go before the show.
Focus - done.
Mental - done.
Winning mentality - done.
Bismillah..."





If you were to put me - someone with "intellectual ability" on the world stage, I would chicken out. I wouldn't be able to calm my nerves. I wouldn't be able to focus. Shame on me.

Those of you who have the tendency to look down on PWDs, please stop putting them down, yeah not even in your good IQ mind.

Ziyad Zolkefli broke the World Record, his own record set in Rio Paralympics 2016
and won gold for the second time at the World Para Athletics Championship London, yesterday.
The first time was in 2013 in Lyon, France.
 [PWDs are globe trotting proving their abilities. Proving they have got great faith in themselves.]
Pic credit: The Star Online 

1300 athletes from 100 countries are competing for 202 medals
at the World Para Athletics Championship in London
14 May -  23 July 2017
[The Gold medal looks stunning! Ziyad has earned it.]

May this story inspire you as it has inspired me. We all have some kind of disabilities. Let's put it down for good. 

Malaysia boleh!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Improve | Prove

Bismillah.

Have a happy and fruitful weekend folks. Let's be productive. Let's go for kaizen - continuous improvement. Yes even in arguments. Better to prove oneself with a smarter argument than shout like mad. After all, it is rain that grows flowers and not thunder. So, improve!

This weekend, I wanna improve the cleanliness and tidiness of my crib (yeah..spring cleaning time). Cleanliness is part of faith (iman). The language of faith need not be bombastic.

Simple, easy to understand words/messages/lessons are sufficient. Oftentimes we overlook the small things that carry a bigger score. Prove, not to people, but to yourself, that you are as smart as you have always been. Go for the easy score. LOL 




Still, I wanna give a "shout"-out to my SGGS schoolmates for the friendship. Thanks to Su for the party today. Perhaps we should have a gathering with everyone wearing red shorts like the good old days in school! LOL. [Red is the school color]. Georgians are a bunch of smart, sensible, sophisticated girls. Proven!

Cheers!

p/s
To my nieces & nephews: Let's go get more cool stuff, caps and hoodies for our camping trip.


Friday, July 14, 2017

HidayahMu | Pleading for His guidance

Bismillah.

This beautiful and heartfelt song was released about a month ago, by one gorgeous and popular Malaysian singer Shila Amzah - who wrote the lyrics and melodies herself. One big talent she is, ma sha Allah!

Although it's in the Malay language, I think our foreign visitors/readers could feel the soul of the song. May you benefit from the rough translations I did. (see below). 
  


I ask that You forgive me
Pardon all my sins
all my wrongdoings

I know I don't qualify
for your Heavens
I am truly unable
to cast aside my past

Still, I shall keep pleading
for Your protection O Lord

I beg that You give me strength
accept my repentance so I could stay on Your path
I plead that You protect me from
all the slanders and tricks of men

O Lord
Indeed this repentance of mine
truly comes from the heart
I yearn for Your guidance
my prayers, my life and my death is only for Your sake

Accept my repentance
towards Your path

I long for Your guidance
my Lord...

***


p/s
I remembered my student days in US and UK, how I got excited whenever there's a new good Malay song. It's a sweet bond with one's own people. Always proud to be a Malay and a Malaysian.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Seek the worldly benefit & Secure the eternal benefit

Bismillah.

"People of intelligence seek their benefit in this life and secure their eternal benefit."
- Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

That's indeed a wise saying to remind us that it need not be one or the other, this world or the hereafter. It should be both, simultaneously. So, let's seek the worldly benefits and secure our eternal benefits at the same time.

I got a little disturbed when knowledgeable people (who have constant access to the shuyukh) judge people who "go on holiday just to escape". I think we should be broad-minded and be wary of our negative assumptions for we know not what the intentions of the holiday-makers are. It is quite likely that they go on a holiday with their families as a sign of gratitude for Allah's blessings on them. They spend in a good way to make their parents/families happy. They must have good intentions. What do you know about their intentions? What do you think they are "escaping" from? They are just spending quality moments with their loved ones - and that is ibadah too. As musafir they could be making salawat constantly and making du'a. We should mind our own business and be grateful for our own circumstances. 

Let's not be too quick to judge people who may appear to be worldly as those who are lacking behind in the akhirah-scoring. They might be benefiting from both - this life and the eternal, having a good time in the process, whereas you are stuck with your not-necessarily-right opinion.

Peace & Chill!


Super excited to resume my Quran lesson after
a longgg break.
"God does not love us because we are good.
God will make us good because He loves us."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Keep the mind poised

Bismillah.

It's Wednesday, it's mid-week.
Let's remind ourselves to be balanced and well-centered.

"We will receive both praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind."
- Sutta Nipata
[A Buddhist scripture! Someone is going to brand me blasphemous? LOL]

Poised = marked by balance or equilibrium/marked by easy composure of manner or bearing.
Ref: Merriam Webster

It's good to keep our mind poised always. Though, it's a constant juggle and struggle.
But having tawakkul in the Almighty is one way.




Here's an amazing sharing from the Islamic Online Uni on tawakkul.
file:///C:/Users/08506/Downloads/tawakul-booklet.pdf

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Unmasking Tuesday | Take time to be quiet

Bismillah.

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, not knowing what is next and not concerned with what was or what may be next, a new mind is operating that is not connected with the conditioned past and yet perceives and understands the whole mechanism of conditioning. It is the unmasking of the self, that is nothing but masks - images, memories of past experiences, fears, hopes, and the ceaseless demand to be something or become somebody." - Toni Packer

Toni Packer according to Wiki is an American "meditative inquiry" teacher (1927-2013).
Ahah! Another dead person whom I can relate too. LOL.

Yes, it's good to find time to just sit and free up our minds from past conditioning, and at the same time protect it from being sucked into the vacuum of the future. To be still in the present neutral mind zone, so you are neither here nor there, but centered at the core of your being, your pristine default consciousness.

[I think I just said something which my late zen/sufi sparring partner would appreciate. May Allah bless his soul.]

On a lighter note, yes good to sit quietly and meditate cos some of your burning questions, not even Google can answer. LOL.

p/s
Did you notice my absence? You missed me, didn't you? LOL.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday | On strike

Bismillah.

Ahah! It is quiet, no traffic, no nonsense.
I went on strike and re-discovered my purpose.

My apologies to our genuine readers who came and got unpleasantly surprised to see me "close shop" for about 2 days. Heh...heh...but no one died. I am still alive. Alhamdulillah.

The moment I began to check out on my fave peeps, I saw this quote, how apt!



Albert Camus is a French philosopher (1913-1960). Wiki says his views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism.

There's beauty in absurdism, I can see.

-E-


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Easy Sunday | Can't shut me up

Bismillah.

Hi folks,

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.
Just a quick note to myself as a sign of gratitude for having another wonderful day.
Sunday ramblings it is.
A lil shout out to the wonderful people in my life. You know who you are. You are all of these:
"An intelligent person opens your mind.
A beautiful person opens your eyes.
A loving person opens your heart."

And you know me very well. So you know they can't shut me up!

Try as you might!
May Allah Al Wadud keep us surrounded with loving people always and forever.
Ameen.

p/s
Another 10K to 1 Million hits for Lisan al-Din.
Let's go for it!
Wama tawfiqi illah billah


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Salawat for healing as taught by Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaqoubi

Bismillah.

YaHuu...here's another new salawat for me to memorize (and you, if you are keen).

Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad
solatan tashfina
wa sallim alaihi
salaman yudawina
wa 'ala alihi wa sohbihi wa sallim

O Allah, send prayers upon our Master Muhammad
a prayer which heals us
and send peace upon him
peace that is a medicine for us
and upon his family and companions



Ref/Credit: @sikiandar



Have a pleasant weekend, folks.
Remember this:
"No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow."
- Alice Walker

#speaktruth #speakup



Friday, July 7, 2017

Don't need a Plan B

Bismillah.

I absolutely love this poster. This is all we need to know and believe.



Plan A
[A for Allah]
is all we need.

We don't need a Plan B.

Jumaah Mubarak folks!

I look forward to the weekend as it is my first Syawal weekend in KL. It's going to be wonderful to rest and recuperate some more and have a bit of fun.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.


p/s
If your B (bel/belle) starts acting nonsense, just dump him/her LOL. And go back to Plan A.
A for Allah.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thirst-day | Thank God for Happy Days

Bismillah.

Can't help but reminisce the happy times I had with my loved ones at Starbucks By The Sea at the uber popular Ferringgi Beach in Penang. I am beyond proud to be a Penangite cos we have got lots of cool places on the island. Plus, the exchange rate is good ; )

Quenched!
Pic credit: H.E
Thank God for Happy Days!




And knowing that, on some days...

Put on your fave cap and be silly : D

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mid-week weaklings | Brighter tomorrows

Bismillah.

To err is human, we are all weaklings without a doubt.

Research says Wednesday is the day when people are the most productive. But definitely not the Wednesday, post-Eid holidays. 

The city folks have begun to host Eid open house, small scale, medium scale, big scale. The Eid celebration momentum is picking up again for those who have returned to KL.

It's also time to resume my Quran lessons YaHuuuu!
May Allah bless my Quran teacher for he has successfully induced excitement for the Furqan.

Steve Gutzler says so.
I crafted the postcard. I am loving it.
   


Yes, always stay optimistic.
And stay young at heart.
That's why I love wearing hoodies, caps and sunnies. 
LOL.

Life is good. We say Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Recuperating from Eid-ing

Bismillah.

Tuesday - was like my first day at work. I mean first day to report duty upon getting employed. I moved to a new floor and a new cold work desk was waiting for uninterested/not so motivated me - this is a typical post-Eid syndrome.

A bit of consolation though. This view:



And this space near my workstation will be redecorated and transformed into a mini entertainment lounge area where we could play video games, read magazines, watch TV, in between those dry paperwork and heated meetings. Cool eh?

Ah...this posting is looking like a trial for my new upcoming blog which will be more personal about my lifestyle, places of interest, and food! Yes, I am just waiting for this blog to hit 1 million views before I move on to a new space. We are going to hit 1 million pretty fast. I can make it faster, by re-visiting my own postings LOL and we also have the "help" of a bunch of spy-readers who loooove to scrutinize my Eid photos and non-Eid photos this year and the previous years. LOL. They might be checking what sofa I used to have and what new items I have added in my crib etc. They just keep coming back, somehow. LOL. Thank you, guys! 

I have a piece of advice for people who can't seem to move on. I made this postcard as a reminder for them and me. 

Yes, I want a new blog so I will stop doing the old one. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Back in KL | Back to reality

Bismillah.

Monday was a wake-up call day for me, that I had to drive back to KL and face "reality" - that is my job in KL. Alhamdulillah to have a job. It's a blessing I sure cherish cos I had been jobless for about three years before. 

Oh yes, this blog is looking more like a personal lifestyle blog instead of a "da'wah-inclined" one. but I am one who is real. There's a time for everything and it is Allah who orchestrates the states we get to experience in every moment, each day. Life is a fluid dynamic process.

The road trip back to KL was fun with my niece and nephew - as always. We have pretty cool rest areas in Malaysia you know. But no we don't have state-of-the-art WC facilities like those in Japan.

OK here's a small virtual Eid souvenir from me to you - a card that explains the huge artwork I have at my Penang home. May we benefit from these wonderful Names of Allah.



p/s
Sorry MSA, I forgot to bring the cards to KL with me.
Can't give you one, sorry ya! Thanks, I know how much you admire my creativity.
LOL.

p/s
Don't be afraid of reality!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Still Eid-ing

Bismillah.

I can't seem to stop all these rambling postings about my Eid/Raya holiday in Penang. LOL.

But as they say, this too shall pass, so let it be before it passes. Before we resume work. Before Monday comes. LOL.

I wish you a pleasant weekend too. Yasmin Mogahed says, don't get attached to moments, good or bad, they all pass.



No, am not attached, just cherishing all the wonderful moments as gifts from the Most Generous Creator.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

It's Sunday, and I'm reluctant to leave Penang. LOL.



Almost 10pm Sunday.
Working tomorrow but I am still Eid-ing in Penang. God help me 🤔
This is expected when you hang-out with college girls.
Some people think I am sharing too many photos of myself. Do I care about their opinion? Naaaahh 😂
Allah Kareem.
Allah Wadud.

p/s
Eid-ing = eating 😃 actually
And more happy photos of oneself and your fave people at your fave places.
So here's another 2 photos to remind me of my happy Eid memories at my Gelugor home in Penang.





Alhamdulillahi hamdan yuwafi ni amahu wa yukafi u mazidah.


May Allah grant us a long healthy life and plenty of rizq so we could embrace Ramadan and Syawal yet again next year. 
Ameen.