Archive | July, 2008

Multi celebration

31 Jul
Perhaps it was not late enough to be supper but late enough anyway. Around 9plus, met R and C who fetched me from Tanah Merah MRT. I enjoyed a relaxing meal with friends who shared the stress and hardwork we endured this semester, maybe our last together. We had satay!!! This is from latest to earliest. Had a lot to celebrate for; got what I have been waiting for, Alhamdulillah. My RP is ready…woo! Almost all projects over!

Cheese and chicken murtabak! Very filling and delicious though not as crispy as the one I had that day at Geylang.

R’s drink, it is like a blend of the various taste; simply above standard.
C and my drink quite the norm; syrup limau and Mango Selasih. 

worries, worries, worries

31 Jul

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ~ Benjamin Franklin
What worries you masters you.

~ Haddon W. Robinson
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.
~ Mary Hemingway
If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?
~ Shatideva

I worry endlessly for something and I know I have to do something about it otherwise I can land up with problems. I reminded myself that Allah planned everything out for us already but our decisions will lead us to where we supposed to go eventually. So maybe I will learn from my mistakes and this temporary problem will remind me to be more insistent next time.

Problem with me is I worry about things which is not as big as I let myself to believe. Was just chatting with a friend about it and I realised it can be solved. If I want to get my freedom, I got to be independant and stop complaining. But as always talking to your friends about it will definately bring you somewhere. They will wake you up; it is not the end of the world yet to be worried about something that seem so insignificant when compared to your menial worries.

I will be worried and think I have so many problems but actually it is just unfinished business which has no rush.
I get worried when my schedule is not fixed yet.
I get worried when I haven’t received my approval yet.
I get worried that I won’t be able to take it.
I get worried when I lost my lipgloss.
I get worried when I haven’t get things done yet though I still have ample time. I got so worried when I received a rejection letter on the Friday night because I couldn’t do anything till MONDAY to solve the problem.
I just want to settle everything immediately.

I think I get it…

28 Jul
Somehow the feeling is great and I had an enlightenment. Not in the prophetic sense but a human way of recieving something indirectly. I never believed this place would be where it happened. Expect the unexpected some might say but to me, it is God’s way of answering our prayers. It can happen anywhere as long as your fate is there.

Working style

27 Jul
Working with people can be a headache or a breeze depending on who you are working with. It is about giving and taking. Contrasting working styles can prove to be a big problem if they are not compromising. It is not about whose work is better but putting together one another strong points and producing a piece of art.

Never have I been degraded by someone. Perhaps an exageration but it felt that way. It is normal to disagree, we are humans with different opinions but ignoring someone talking to you is pure rudeness.

I have worked with people of various working styles and a number produced great work because we were working together instead of against one another however others proved to be purely no chemistry.

One example, T and I have different working styles but we do not reject each others ides outfront but try to reason why XXX is wrong so in the end we move forward. We dont tell each other your piece of work is junk!

a race through the nature parks of spore

26 Jul

~RACE 6~

A race which is similar to amazing race but it is conducted in Spore; organised by NUS ODAC. It is conducted over 3 days, beginning 25 July and ending 27 July.

We started at 7pm at Velocity where I met with my bro’s friends, K and A. I have been acquited with them prior to this but still it was weird at first. At least I had my bro, I also felt to uselessly dumb not being able to contribute much to the travelling decisions.

Our first clue was Thomson road via Whitley road. Im no good with road so pardon me if I get it wrong. We ran there from Velocity. There were 27 teams altogether and we were 4th. Woo hoo! Cheers to us!

2nd clue was skating at Bishan Park; somewhere so close by but I hadn’t the slightest idea they had such facilities in there. We took a bus there this time. K is good with buses so it was helpful. There, we had to answer some questions related to skating and each wrong answers will accumulate a 5 mins penalty. Sharks! We got one wrong which was; it is not against the law to skate on the roads.

3rd clue was getting harder; the location I mean, Settlers’ Cafe at Holland V. Super far. We couldnt afford to waste so much money as we only had $20 for 3 days. We went to the nearby petrol station to hitch a ride there. After several failed attempt, we got a nice taxi driver who was going towards Raffles so offered to drop us off Outram MRT. FOR FREE! My first time hitching a ride. My bro did most of the asking or begging to be exact, we just looked out for kind hearted people. From there, we headed to Bouna Vista by train and walked for a while and there were so many teams already there and we were so far behind already; i think 16th team.

There we had to play some balancing game where my bro played against some other teams. Here, many teams pakat( worked together to take turns losing.) The group we were up against didnt wanna cooperate so we spent like 10mins on this.

4th clue was Haw Par Villa. We walked back to the main road and waited for some time near some trafiic lights where we hitched another ride from a nice man who was going in the same direction as well. Hitching rides are so useful and talking to these people can be beneficial too. We reached Haw Par Villa somehow. Nothing to do at the station except recieve a Soduku puzzle which we could solve on the way to the next stop.

5th clue was Bukit Batok Park. Gosh we tried hitching a ride but failed. We were at position 12th somehow. We took a direct bus to somewhere and another bus there. We walked quite a long distance and hiked some hill. Upon reaching we were given another clue and didnt have to do anything there. It was already 10.30 pm by then.

6th clue was Sembawang park. Our last destination and place of habitation for the night. We walked to the road and so luckily got another nice taxi driver on his way home and he lives at Yisuhn. He dropped us right there, we hiked up a little and reached in 5 minutes. I was dead beat by then.

We pitched our own tent on some grassy hill and got on to take our baths in the dirty toilets where I could hear the guys talking so loudly as the toilets were literally side by side.

Even though it was squeezy and on a hill, I got a nice sleep from 1plus till 7am. We had to freshed up and took down our tents had some pathetic 1 slice of bread for breakfast. Supper last night was also 1 slice of bread.

Start of Day 2

We were the 5th batch to leave according to the sequence we arrived back the day before. Today we got to be more careful as there will be elimination rounds.

1st stop was NTU Garden Lake. After spending a lot of time from trying to hitch a ride there, we admitted defeat and took the train there. Had to take a bus there somemore. To walk in was a little far so we hitched a ride in. We were lagging behind alot. Here we had to fish for 15 mins and if we fail, we would have a time penalty of 15 mins. Only 1 team caught a fish, the rest suffered the penalty.

2nd stop was Singapore Botanical Gardens. We hitched a ride along the road to Lakeside MRT, took the trsin down and hitched a ride in the back of a lorry of a nice couple who dropped us at the mouth of SBG; we hitched on another lorry towards the other end where we supposed to be. There we wasted more time by doing the activity which was navigating and we lost precious time, teams which arrived after us got to leave first.

3rd stop, was a puzzle which was coded with SMS language. It spelled Dairy Farm Adventure Camp. We took a cab there; the cabbyy forgot to on the meter until we reminded him to. This was an elimination stop and we were 20th to reach. 1 of us had to abseil down and peel a card off the wall while another helped balance and support his fall.

4th stop after surviving the first elimination, we headed to the highest nature point of in Singapore. Made our way out and hitched a ride with family of 3 to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I couldnt believe I actually climbed to the summit; we had to! I remember when I climbed it the first time in Secondary School, I made a mental note never to do this again. With our empty stomach, we made it up and has to unscramble some cube thing. We didnt manage it got overtaken by another team who did it in a minute. We were last again.

5th stop was Teban Gardens spelled backwards and the block spelled backwards. We hitched a ride from this kind soul who was also going around there. We reached and had to paint some kindergarten wall. Community service?

6th stop were numbers again and it was NUS Archery range. Since we were dead beat and we knew the next round was the elimination round, we planned to be eliminated so we didnt rush thus took a bus. Once there, we took a cab into the sepcific place. There, we were ELIMINATED! (which explains why I am blogging away)

We had lunch and took a cab to Toa Payoh and my bro sent his friends home.

a flower balloon!

25 Jul

A’s is the green and orange, both my favourite colours. Mine is the other one. I wonder why the person specified pink and purple was for me and the other was A’s.

It is so cute and nice. A balloon made into a beautiful flower was given by a random person for some random reason. The person gave me 2; one for me and one for A. I was going somewhere where a balloon would not be appropriate so I left it there. A would not go to work till Monday as well so hers is there too. Here it is:

a peck on my cheek

24 Jul
It is interesting to understand how certain people think. I always believe anyone I just met if I think they have nothing to lie about. Especially of they are so young and innocent wide-eyed type.

Until of course, something they say does not ring true and they start to contradict themselves on 2 different occasions.

Kids expecially those who are from troubled families can be straight-forward or they could be a bundle of lies. So the first impression made to them by you should be one of a trusting adult to break through their sheild. After that, they might use some tactics which they know will work as it has before.

This kid, so helpful, and I was firece with them for a while because as normal kids do, they misbehaved. This kid is very ‘manja’. Asked to sit beside me, and fed her a little of my home-cooked dinner and she self -service the rest. She also purposely disturbed me while I was doing my work.

What took me by surprise was her action when she was about to leave, she salam me and kissed my cheek. It felt weird…for the first time. I suddenly got reminded of my beloved cousins; all 5 of them. I hope whatever is happening is for good and the ties will be strong again.

traveller’s prayers

21 Jul
The reality of it all has sunk in but the mind refuse to rest yet tormenting me with thoughts. I have no regrets Alhamdulillah. I am inded thankful to Allah for giving me this opportunity to go there. I think the feeling in unavaoidable, leaving home for so long for the first time in my short life.

Thus while preparing myself, I decided to get some prayers to calm my nerves;

Lets start with the goodbye to someone you leave behind when you leave your home:

While bidding goodbye to someone:

Ustaudi-ullaha deenaka wa amanataka wa khawatima amalika

Unto Allah commend thy faith, Thy trust and the consequence of Thy work.
~~~

At the time of Undertaking a Journey:

Allahhumma bika usulu wa bika ahulu wa bika asiru

O Allah it is by thy help that I assail and it is by thy help that I move and it is by thy help that I walk.
~~~~

At the time of Boarding a train, plane or vehicle:

Bismillah: In the name of Allah.

After taking ones seat in the the vehicle of travel:

Alhamdul lil lahi subhanal lazi sakhara lana haza wa ma kunna lahu muqrayneena wa inna ila rabbina la munqaliboon

Praise be to Allah Glory unto to Him who has subjected this (vehicle) for us, though we were unable to subdue it. Behold we are assuredly to return unto our Lord.
~~~~

After setting out on a journey:

Allahhumma haw-win alaina haza safara watwi anna boudahu.Allahhumma antas sabibu fis safari was khalifatu fil ahli.Allahhumma inni aaoodobika mew was a issafari wa ka-abbatil manzari wa su il munqalabi fil mali wal ahli wal waladi

O Allah! Make easy for us this journey of ours and roll up for us the distance thereof.O Allah thou art our companion in this journey and guardian in our household.O Allah I seek refuge in thee from the toil of this journey, from beholding a miserable sight and on ill return in my wealth, household and my children.

In every action and reaction in life, we have the guidance from Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him. He (PBUH) has taught us by action how to invoke our Lord before, during and after an action and thus have His (SWT) mercy and protection with us at all times.May Allah protect us all.

Dinner with Family

20 Jul

Har Yassin, near Geylang road, was where I had dinner with part of my family. It was a satisfying meal. The murtabak there is not so oily and the curry is tasty. I suddenly reflected how I will miss all these food…I cant imagine not eating my mom’s food for so long…
~A family that pray together will always be together~