25.6.16

WHY WASTE WHEN WE HAVE A SOLUTION?

25.6.16
This post is written at 11.53pm on Friday.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Photo by Mr Google

I should be sleeping right now as I wanna wake up early tomorrow. In fact, I'm already on the bed, getting ready to sleep, but my intention is thwarted by the sudden appearance of my blogging mood, so I better not to turn it away or by the time I try to find it back, it has already gone sebab merajuk haha. 

Today is another out-of-routine day for me as I met my best friend, Ummi after a longgggggg time not seeing each other. It's longer than the word 'long' I just typed, wayyy longer than that, no kidding haha. We even didn't have the chance to celebrate each other's birthday, and I wonder when was the last time I gave Ummi a present hmmm. Anyway, time spent is what matters most, innit? Hehe. 

Ummi fetched me and we straightly went to Aeon Bandaraya, spending a good few hours, chitchatting about life, study, family interspersed with silly jokes and whatnots. I bought a notebook (I just can't get enough of books and notebooks) and some stationery, while Ummi bought 3 large-gigantic-massive containers to put her teddy bears haha. Planning to buy baju raya (because baju kurung yang dah siap menjerut pinggang macam rasa kena jerut anaconda), but they were a bit expensive (at least for me), so I only bought 2 shawls, which costed me RM10 each.

Later we went to the bazaarrrr!

One thing I like about being in bazaar is because I will be surrounded by a variety of food and drinks (obviously, Dylla), from nasi beriyani to lamb chop to cendol ahh, even thinking of them makes me feel hungry! Hehehe. As my sister and brother are still in university and school respectively, usually my father will just buy food for breaking fast from the nearby bazaar for the three of us (ayah, ibu and I) and as the whole family prefers other carbs than rice, it is much easier to think of what to cook or prepare.

The desire towards food is hard to resist and everything looks tempting when it comes to buying food in bazaar. I tried to call my father, but couldn't reach him, so I dared not to buy much to avoid wasting. Tengok jelah Ummi beli nasi beriyani and rojak singapore dari jauh sobsob. Not that I'm being ungrateful, I prefer to buy less food, but enough to make me feel 'just' full rather than buying from every single stall, and ended up being too full, above the limit of one's stomach capacity.

Bak kata my ibu,
"Biar sikit, janji tak bazir. Lagipun kita kan patut berhenti makan sebelum kenyang."



إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا 
AlQuran [17:27]

 SAHIH INTERNATIONAL 
Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

MALAY 
Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang boros itu adalah saudara-saudara Syaitan, sedang Syaitan itu pula adalah makhluk yang sangat kufur kepada Tuhannya. 


Soooo, before we buy anything, ask ourselves; 
Do we really need this? Can I finish it? 
This is a reminder to myself as well :)

P/s: 10 days left before Ramadhan leaves. Let's make the best of it! InshaaAllah.


23.6.16

MAKAN DALAM TALAM

23.6.16
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I had my end of semester examination last Monday and it marked the end of Year 2, alhamdulillah! This semester is not a progression point for us, so no matter what marks we get, we will still proceed to the next semester. And yes, preclinical in IMU is 2.5 years. Hm maybe because the basic clinical stuff including physical examinations and procedures has already integrated into the curriculum. Anyway, I would try my best to update my blog every day! Can't promise though as my daily schedule might change as I have a never ending to-do-list for this (only) one month break haha. 

For 3 systems (reproductive, musculoskeletal and nervous systems) that were being tested in the exam, we had to sit for ONE paper only. Can't imagine how an exam consists of everything, 9 systems altogether, which we're gonna sit in the next semester will be tested in ONE paper. Finger crossed. That evening, I crashed into Sanaa's place, spending time and lepaking there, thinking of what we should do and ended up doing nothing haha. 

A couple of hours before Maghrib, Sanaa asked me whether I wanna join them for iftar at surau Vista C, which I instantly nodded and replied yes. Alhamdulillah, free food hehe rezeki time puasa. By the time we arrived at the surau, it was almost Maghrib and the guys had already started to prepare and serve food for iftar. They were the one who cooked everything. I was awed by their effort. Lelaki masak, perempuan datang makan je haha. As I entered the surau, there were 2 emptied round trays (dulang) on the green-bluish mat. Din passed us a few polystyrene packs containing rice with another few containers filled with vegetable soup, fried chicken, sambal belacan, budu, sambal kicap, cekodok etc. I wondered how to eat as we got no plates until Qashira and the others began pouring the rice onto the dulang. Then I told myself, "We're gonna eat in a dulang together. This is it."

To anyone who wonders how eating in a tray looks like.. 

Thank you Mr Google

I know eating in talam is a sunnah, but I had never experienced it myself before. The talam that I had was a bit smaller than the other one so only the three of us, Sanaa, Qashira and I ate using that talam. It was a whole new lovely experience for me, eating 3-4 people on a same plate, their rice was mine and mine was theirs, accidentally ate someone else's chicken because we just simply eat what's in front of us so you better watch out your chicken. We ate so fast, everything finished before one blinks his eyes and guess what, we even asked for extra rice from the other group haha. Now after I'd experienced it by myself, I finally know how it feels like and why The Prophet PBUH liked to eat in a tray with his companions, because with this simple act, bond can be created and relationship can be strengthened. 


7.6.16

RAMADAN IS HERE! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

7.6.16
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.


Exactly 2 weeks left before my final examination. I'm so sorry for leaving this blog hiatus for quite some time. Anyway, today is the second day of the month of Ramadan and Alhamdulillah we are still here to taste the ni'mah of Ramadan. It's not too late to start listing down your Ramadan resolutions, as what people always say 'Better late than never', and I'm sure most of you who are reading this post will start speaking inside, reminding your heart what your resolutions are. It can be anything. From waking up for sahoor, helping the needy to standing a part of the night for tahajjud.

But those are not the only thing about Ibadah(s). 

Ibadah is a word with one meaning (worship), which has a few branches and broad classifications as it is not only confined to the pillars of Islam, but also comprises a lot of other good deeds and behaviours. Ibadah or worship is not restricted to fasting, prayer, going to the mosque and taking a part in a charity event, as we can even turn the daily activities such as eating, sleeping, doing homework into an act of worship by having a good intention. Whenever we do something, think the act of doing it, whether it is beneficial or not and correct our intention. Don't do something JUST because you want to be known, or to be seen as a good person, but do it because of Allah. I'm not saying that you shouldn't do something in public as to be honest, I myself usually aspired from these people, especially those who prove humanity is still exist in this world. But, never have a mindset that people should know everything I do (telling them I do this and I do that), so that they will acknowledge I'm a good person. Certain things are meant to be kept between you and Allah.

Have a list of resolutions, if not on a piece of paper or in the note app in our handphone, at least in our mind. Here's a list I've made for myself. It's more like a daily checklist rather than a do-once-is-enough list.. 
  1. Pray on time. Stop whatever I'm doing, take wudhu' and pray. 
  2. Read the entire Quran. Read 4 pages after every prayer, InshaaAllah I can finish reading it in a month. If you thought of reading the entire Quran twice, then read 4 pages before prayer and 4 pages after prayer. As simple as that! 
  3. Pray tawareeh.
  4. Perform Tahajjud. 
  5. Offer other voluntary/sunnah prayers. Ie; before or/and after daily compulsory prayers, Ad-duha, At-taubah, etc. 
  6. Dhikr. You can dhikr even when you're studying, jogging, etc. Here's an example of dhikr for our tongue to utter. 
  7. Make du'as. Don't forget to make du'as for others as well as according to hadith, The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Everytime he makes a supplication for good for his brother, the angel appointed for this particular task says: `Ameen! May it be for you, too’.” [Muslim]. 
  8. Read Al-Kahf on Fridays. 
  9. Read Al-Mathurat every morning and evening.
  10. Give or involve in a charity. 
  11. Turn off the radio and tv and use the internet wisely. But, it's not wrong to watch/hear Islamic talks though :)
  12. Read at least one verse of hadith every day. I downloaded Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and transferred them to iBooks application in my phone. 
  13. Help parents doing chores. Sidai baju, sapu rumah, betulkan itu ini etc.
  14. Prepare iftar for the family.
  15. Quit and leave bad habits.
etc.


Just as a reminder, this is only a list I can think of right now. There are a lot of other good deeds that we can do. In this holy month full of barakah, make it as a motivation for us to start, continue or keep doing something good and beneficial, to other people and of course, to ourselves as well. This is a month where many people strive and struggle to become better, and it might be a life-changing moment for us too, who knows. But of course, it comes with efforts. 

If you have that one resolution that you always wanted to do, do it now! Don't wait for tomorrow as we don't know when is our last day here in this world. So make the best of it.


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

Quran [2:21]

SAHIH INTERNATIONAL 
O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous -

MALAY 
Wahai sekalian manusia! Beribadatlah kepada Tuhan kamu yang telah menciptakan kamu dan orang-orang yang terdahulu daripada kamu, supaya kamu (menjadi orang-orang yang) bertaqwa.


Lets make our Ramadan resolutions last for a lifetime. 
Lets struggle for the sake of and to please Allah.
Lets be a better self, a better person, and a better Muslim, InshaaAllah. 

Ramadan Mubarak everyone! :) 

28.5.16

THAT GIRL IS SO UGLY!

28.5.16
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

"Lelaki tu handsome tapi isteri dia tak lawa."

"Mak cantik tapi anak tak handsome langsung." 

What is lawa (beauty) to you? 
How do you define it? 

'Lawa' or beauty is a subjective thing. Everyone knows that. But we live in a society where beauty is defined as someone who has fair & flawless skin, thin model-like body, big eyes, rich etcetera etcetera, and beautiful girls always have this one kind of 'pass' that everything they say is correct. If you against them means you are against a bunch of her supporters as well.

A girl was being kutuk ceca hina on her instagram because some of you think by having asymmetrical eyes and big front teeth is ugly. If she were perfectly fit in your category of a beautiful girl, upload lah selfie setiap saat pun takpe, but because she is what she is, you torture her mind by criticising her physical appearance and let unwanted harsh words flooded in her instagram comment section. This kind of attitude.. astaghfirullahalazim. Who are we to judge Allah's creation?

While scrolling on Instagram just now, I saw someone did a challenge that started a few months ago. It was still vivid in my mind as hundreds of videos were uploaded with the hashtag 'Don't Judge Challenge' as the caption with the motive of (kononnya) creating an awareness to educate people not to look down on people with acne and weird eyebrows as they can turn into someone who is good looking with flawless skin and perfect complexion. But the problem is.. those who joined this challenge took a marker pen or eyeliner (I don't know what they used), drew acnes and eyebrows, made their faces horrible and in few seconds, video changed, and they turned into a handsome guy / beautiful girl. It seems like you were trying to tell people that wearing make up, without acnes and no attached eyebrows are beautiful. Does that mean those with acnes are ugly? It's not the exact perfect way to tell people not to judge others though. Beautiful girls got this chance to tell people that they are really beautiful-- while the girls with acnes and weird eyebrows (in their pov) thought they should wear make up just to ensure no one judges them.

You are who you are.
Not what people think you should be.

Like what I have told you, beauty is a subjective thing. It is not necessary to wear 10 inches of foundation, 10 cm of fake eyelashes, with 10 different shades of pink on your cheeks just to be beautiful. I'm not against or telling people that you shouldn't wear makeup, but I just wanna express a humble opinion; telling you that being beautiful is more than that.

Being beautiful is how you treat others.
Being beautiful is how you take care of your words.
Being beautiful is how you respond when someone asks for your help.
Being beautiful is how you act when something is not right.
Being beautiful is how you keep your mind positive.
Being beautiful is how you dress up.

Again, beauty is a subjective thing.

22.5.16

RAGAM AYAH, MACAM MACAM

22.5.16
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

Hey guyssss! I have so many posts in the draft, but lack of time to edit and publish them. I just arrived KL from Melaka this evening, so I thought why don't I spend some time updating my blog. Anyway, final examination is just a month away! Weehooo.

2 weeks ago, while my family and I were on our way sending Ica to Melaka Sentral, where the intrastate and interstate buses are, we talked endlessly about current issues, from the news we watched on the television to things that happened in our surrounding, and notwithstanding of the different opinions that we had, we voiced them out calmly and accepted each other's view.

I told them that I came across some good tips on how to control anger while scrolling the Facebook timeline and one of them is whenever you feel angry, put some water in your mouth and hold it until you have cooled down. My mother asked me why, so I told her that when someone holds the water in her/his mouth, s/he couldn't reply with words that can cause the other person to feel more irritated and angry. Then suddenly my father said, "Alang-alang masukkan air, baik letak Listerine (antiseptic mouthwash), boleh buang kuman sekali." ("Better you put Listerine in your mouth. You can wash out the bacteria.") Hahahaha we laughed upon hearing my father's joke. Tak habis habis promote Listerine dari haritu ever since he had the terrible toothache haha.

Then after awhile, ayah asked me,
"Kak, awak kan belajar Medic. Nak tanya, kenapa kalau duduk ayah tak boleh pakai socks eh?
"Because you learn Medicine, I wanna ask you something. Why I can't wear socks while sitting?" 

I thought of some pathological problems and asked my father a few questions to kinda 'rule out' the causes as it might be happening due to some nerve or muscle problems, but my ayah said no to every question, indirectly telling all signs and symptoms were negative.

Then my ayah asked,
"Nak tahu tak kenapa?"
"Do you wanna know why?"

Eh eh ayah ni tadi tanya orang, rupanya dia dah tahu kenapa. So, I asked him why.

Then he told us. . .
"Sebab perut ayah buncit. Bila tunduk perut halang"
"Because I have distended stomach. My stomach blocks me when I bend forward."


*facepalm*


Hahahahahah!