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Jun. 6th, 2015

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048 "...be the type of person you want to meet..."

Hi Mr.journal.
A sudden thing happen, make me want to write this.
Just a reflection to ourselves.
My spontaneous writing...
Please don't mind my grammar mistake.

We cannot change other people’s mind, thoughts and personality, as they are who they are.
But what we can do is to change ourselves and try to be a person that can influence others.
I mean to say,"be the type of person you want to meet."

If we want to meet good person, be good.
If we want to meet sarcastic people, be sarcastic.
If we want to meet honest people, be honest.
If we want to meet helpful people, be helpful.
see ourselves, before see others.

Before arguing and blaming others, we should reflect back to ourselves.
Because what people do to us is actually reflection of ourselves,
just that we don’t realize it.
When we are kind to people, people are kind to us and vice versa.
If something bad happen to us, We need to think back,
What damage we have done,
but don’t realize it?
Don’t simply judge and blaming others.
Sit and reflect, then ask Allah forgiveness.

Of course we can’t be perfect and we can’t expect other people to be perfect too.
As we understand this, we should accept and forgive other people mistake.
We do this not because of other people sake but for our own sake.
So that when we do mistake to others, other people will forgive us too.
That is to said what we do, will get back to us.
Therefore, be the type of person we want to meet.
Even people do bad to us, still be good and be nice,
Like our prophet Muhammad SAW.

After all, we all are servant of Allah.
What we do is not to satisfy ourselves or other people but to please Allah.
We can be mad, we can blame others, we can be judgmental, we can complaint
But actually if we realize it back,
we are actually blaming or complaining to the Creator, which is Allah.
Because of all that happen to us is a test from Allah.
Do we have the right to blame or judge Allah? Na’uzubillahu min zaalik.

Think and reflect.
May Allah forgive us all. Amiin.

#randomranting #selfreflection

Apr. 8th, 2015


047 The Muslim Marriage Guide Review

The Muslim Marriage Guide.
The book is written by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood.
Why suddenly marriage book?
Because I'm going to get married soon. very soon. hahaha.
Just kidding. =P
but InsyaAllah my time will come at the best time of my life.
Allah knows best. Amiin. InsyaAllah. Pray for me. ~_____^

Actually I bought this book as a wedding present to my best buddy, Aizuddin,
who just tie the knot recently on 14th March 2015 at Kuala Terengganu.
So before I give it to him, I read it first,
just to make sure the book is worth to give and be recommended to other.
and Alhamdulillah, it turns out the book is good, very good.
therefore I'm writing this review.

Basically the book discussed about the key to happy marriage, there is two.
First is to love Allah,
to seek what Allah ask us to do in every situation and relationship.
Second is to do a little sensible soul-search and analysis before embarking on marriage,
which mean, to know what a person want from marriage,
before committing themselves to a life partner.

It is not simply like a man need a cheap servant or concubine(a maid, or an available sex-partner whenever he feels in the mood),
and for woman to have someone to shower her with gifts, jewellery and flowers,
or to provide the means for her to cradle in her arms a beloved baby.
The needs amount is much more than that.
They are physical, emotional and also spiritual.

"Marriage is a bed of roses with plenty of thorns in it." -Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

The author pointing out all the essential problems in marriage,
like social, emotional and sexual problems that can afflict relationships,
and suggesting many practical ways based on Quran and Hadiths.
and also exemplary from our Prophet Muhammad SAW(PBUH).
Besides it is fairly addresses both husband and wives roles in marriage.
Therefore I recommend this book to all,
especially to whoever planning to get married, or just married.
Its a good read and highly recommended.

Go and grab one!
Happy Reading! ^____^

To Aizuddin and his beloved wife, Nuha,
Congratulations!! ^____^
I'm so happy for both of you.
May Allah bless both of you always.
May love continue to bloom till Jannah.


Mar. 5th, 2015

lulu n suzaku

046 "...too hard to quit, just keep going..."

Hi 2015!
Although it's already 5th March, but never too late to say hi.
My 1st entry for 2015.
nothing great. nothing flashy.
just the confused me write about confusing things.

First quarter of 2015 is about to end in a few weeks time.
My thesis still not reach the port yet.
lost in the world of thought.
My heart still waiting. hoping. keep the faith.
for something real to happen.

fail target.
Heart problem.
no excuses.
the blame is always on me.
for not doing it right.

O Allah the Almighty,
Please forgive me.
I can't stop my mind from thinking.
I can't stop my heart from missing.

O Allah the Almighty,
Please guide the confused me.
to keep going.
to stay focus.

O Allah the Almighty,
Please give me strength.
to complete the incomplete.
to stay strong.

Amiin. Amiin. Ya Rabbal 'Alamiin.

today i am thankful

Thank you Allah.
I am alive.
I am healthy.
Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah. ^_____^

Aug. 22nd, 2014


045 The power of starting something stupid review

The power of starting something stupid.
A catchy title isn't it?
The book is written by Richie Norton.
Here is how the book cover looks like:

START- Richie Norton

I stumble upon this book while visiting my friend's house.
I don't own this book, I just read it on the spot.
at first I just want to read the introduction and foreword.
but as I read, I keep wanting to read more and more till the last page.

What is interesting about this book?
It give you the vibes of what the writer truly feels when he wrote this book,
that you will feel different after read this book.
It gives you courage,
It gives you motivation,
Your uncertain decisions will be certain,
You will stop your procrastination,
and many others.
at least that is how I feel right after I read this book.

Gavin's Law: Live to start. Start to live.
Serve. Thank. Ask. Receive. Trust

What is START?
you need to read it to understand.
Richie Norton really choose his word carefully.
No jargon, just simple words but very powerful.

If you want me to tell you, I can.
but it will not be the same.
You must read it to feel it.

I really want to have this book for my collection.
Maybe I will get it later. InsyaAllah.

Aug. 18th, 2014


044 "...Future starts today not tomorrow..."

For month,
Or more,
I'm losing myself,
I don't know what to do,
I don't know what should I do,
My uncertain future, undecided decision,
Week after week passes,
I keep on searching,
I keep on thinking,
I keep on praying,
I keep the faith,
May Allah show me the way.

I am certain,
I know what to do,
I know what I must do,
Allah has shown me the light,
For today future,
Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah.

Dear Past,
Thank you for the lessons.

Dear Future,
I'm ready.

May Allah continue to guide me.
And bless me with a great future.

Jan. 6th, 2014


042 "...beginning of 2014..."

Hi Mr.Journal!

All my travelogue is pending, my bad. I'm so sorry.
and now I have another 2 travelogue to add on the list, my Europe and India tour.
I don't know when I can discipline myself to finish all the writing. T____T
Let's pray that I'll be determine enough to finish at least 1 of my travelogue.

Now is 6th January already,
Our flight from New Delhi transit at Dhaka for 14 hours.
So I'm celebrating my new year at Dhaka.
Meeting a beloved friend there, He took a very good care of us, I feel so loved.
and I arrived home at 2030 on 1st January.

I think that's all I will write for the start of 2014.
My health is not so good right now to write it long.
May Allah cure me soon. InsyaAllah. Amiin.

Apr. 3rd, 2013


041 "...wander for amusement but travel for fulfillment..."

Its been a while since my last update. probably a year? LOL.

I'm not going to update about my Canada trip anymore, because it was out-of-date story. So, no further ranting, here comes the new travelogue: Discovering Said Nursi Tour-Turkey.

In general Badiuzzaman Said Nursi is a great Muslim man, who believed that modern science and logic was the way of the future, he advocated teaching religious sciences in secular schools and modern sciences in religious schools. Badiuzzaman inspired a faith movement(the Risale-i Nur) that has played a vital role in the revival of Islam in Turkey and now numbers several million followers world wide. (source: wikipedia)

It was a great tour, not like any other commercialize tour package, it was different from other. We get to meet with many people, especially the students of Badiuzzaman who still alive. We went to the school for the Risale-i Nur movement, see the facilities and education system. It is an unforgettable journey, that makes me fall in love with Turkey. I wish that I can migrate there, God's will.

Departure and Arrival
21st March 2013
Destination: Kuala Lumpur - Doha - Istanbul
Flight: Qatar Airways

Yay! I got window seat. I love watching the view during departing, on air and landing time. From KLIA to Doha we ride Airbus 330-300, it was 7 hours long trip. Then we had a short transit in Doha for about 50 minutes only.

m_The plane
Airbus 330-300

m_Food on Plane
Food on Plane: Chicken Rendang with rice. YUMMY!!!

m_arriving - plane landing Doha
Landing time

m_Doha Qatar airport
Doha International Airport

m_Qatar airport-surrounding
Doha International Airport- plane track

m_Plane to Istanbul
Our plane to Istanbul

As we arrived at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul. We were welcome by our tourist guide, his name Yusuf. but we called him Yusuf abi. It is a turkish way of calling someone older than you and abi means brother. Yusuf abi is a turkish but was born in Sydney, Australia. So he can speak both English and Turkish fluently. He is our interpreter as well because turkish people don't understand English.

m_welcome to Istanbul
The arrival

tourist guide-yusuf abi
Yusuf abi is the one with beard and wearing the light blue shirt; on your right.
picture credit: Sis Azzah AR

The time we arrived 6.30pm Turkey time, it was dusk already. So Yusuf abi brought us to dinner at local restaurant. Along the journey to the restaurant, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Istanbul. Luckily there are some of the tulips were already blooming. ^____^V

tulips at nite
tulips at night
picture credit: Sis Azzah Ar
The fountain
picture credit: Sis Azzah Ar
mevlana pide
The restaurant, Mevlana Pide
picture credit: Sis Azzah AR

m_the appetizer
the food
m_the salad
the salad
m_the bread
the bread- so soft and taste so good
m_Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is a must have appetizer before the turkish eat any other food
m_cig kofte
Cig Kofte- meat patty

Ayran is a yogurt drink with a little bit of salt with fresh taste.
Picture credit: Sis Azzah AR

At first, I thought all this is our main food. but then, Yusuf abi said,"Don't eat too much, this is just the appetizer." and I'm like, "WHAT?THere is MORE?" I already eat everything and I'm full. Then, they serve the main food.

m_pide on plate
the main course: pide/ turkish style Pizza

Every person get this one plate of pide. It was a lot that I don't think I can finish it, but what happened was that the pide is soooooo delicious that I can't stop eating and it finished without me noticed. hahaha.then, it was time for the desserts. The desserts was nice too, that I finished everything.you can consider me a food lover.hehe ^____^

Sütlaç is a rice pudding, traditional dessert in Turkey

I forgot to mention that, there is a calligrapher who ate with us during the dinner. His name is Khottah Mumtaz(I'm not sure about the spelling name), and Captain Sinan is our bus driver for the whole journey.
m_pic with calligrapher
Left at the back is Captain Sinan and right is the Calligrapher

Then, straight away we head to the hotel and had a good night sleep after a 12 hours flight.

hotel inter
sweat dream ^___^
picture credit: Sis Azzah AR

m_group photos after eating
m_group photos at the airport
A group of 21 great people

Ok, I think that's all for my arrival day. It will take me some time to finish all the journey. but please bare with me. I will try to finish it, InsyaAllah.

till hand meet the keyboard again. ^____^

Dec. 15th, 2011

lulu n suzaku

038 "...from macro to microarchitecture, small but notable..."

I'm in the mood to write something regarding my thesis, just to give a rough idea what my research is all about.

First thing to know before we go further:

What is Micro-architecture (McAr)?
Micro-architecture is a small or mini buildings found along the roads and in urban areas such as corner shops, recreational parks, public squares, specific facilities including overhead bridges,lamp post,car parks, kiosks, pedestrian walkways and others(Azimin Tazilan, 2008). Below are the examples of micro-architecture:

facilities McAr: Bus stop

facilities McAr: Street Lamp post

Retail McAr: kiosk

Retail McAr: street portrait painter
image from random website

As you can see the image above. There are 2 types of McAr; retail and facilities. My research is focused on Retail McAr.

Why I'm doing this research?
There are few issues:
1) illegal trade- most of street vendor has no license. what is the consequences?
2) abolishment of street vendor- transferring the street vendor to a centralized hub is a failure. why its happened?
3) culture of the streets need to be conserve- identity of the town.

New Pekan Rabu at Kuah, Langkawi is a failure because there is no customer and nonstrategic location

Using Azimin S.M. Tazilan (2008), sustainable design elements for urban street micro-architecture in Malaysia, I conducted a study on conservation of street cultural through micro-architecture in Malaysia.

It has thus been established that street retail micro architecture is an important and integral part of Malaysia's city landscapes; its abolishment would lead to a decline on the city's part, as can be seen in the case of Putrajaya where there are no longer any street vendors selling banana fritters nor Nasi Lemak.

The activities of these street vendors represent the bustling life within the city; its disappearance would lead to a gloomy and despondent setting. Research done has managed to show that the street retail micro architecture need only be improved instead of eradicated. A more meticulous and universal set of planning guidelines, rules and regulations should also be drafted for these street vendors such that it may cater to the needs of the local culture without eroding it.

What its contribution towards nation and people?
The planning proposal may help the stakeholders including local authorities, town planners, architects, designers, users and local inhabitants in developing a great street towards the sustainability of the city.

That is the overall idea of my research. What do you think? If you have anything to say or opinion regarding this matters, just speak your mind, you are welcome to do so. I still have a lot to learn.

Thanks. ^____^

Nov. 17th, 2011

lulu n suzaku

037 "...the slipping out of light from darkness..."

tonight will be a sleepless night again.
I need to take five, after 3 and a half hours non-stop writing for my Colloquium paper.
so, here is an entry that I made during last Ramadhan.
I've been keeping this for so long. Now, I'm going to publish it.

It's about an article that I've read somewhere and I would like to share it.
Besides, its also a reminder to me as well. I hope this will encourage you in what ever you do.

Thus If you are wealthy, then ponder on the humbleness and generosity of that Great Prophet SAW who reigned sovereign over entire Arabia and won over the hearts of every Arab notable through love...

If you are among the weak, then take reference from the Prophet's SAW life in Mecca under the rule of the horribly oppressive idolaters...

If you are a triumphant, reflect on the Prophet SAW of courage and submission who routed the enemy at the battles of Badr and Hunayn...

But, Allah SWT forbid, should you become defeated, then remember the Prophet SWT walking patiently and courageously amid his wounded and martyred Companions at the field of Uhud, having completely yielded to Divine Will...

And if you are a teacher, just think of the delicate, sensitive, and affectionate Prophet SAW conveying the pearls of his heart to the Students of Suffa by the Masjidun-Nabawi...

If you are a student, picture the Prophet SAW sitting before Jibril AS at the moment of Revelation, cautious and motivated, filled with respect.

If you are a preacher, a counselor calling to the good, then give ear to the pleasant voice of the Prophet SAW flashing sparks of wisdom from his heart to his Companions at the Masjid...

If you are left without an aid in your want to protect and communicate the Truth and elevate it, then take a look at the life of the Prophet SAW who proclaimed the Truth to the ignorant and called them onto guidance at a time when he was deprived of all aid in Mecca...

If you have broken the resistence of the enemy, leaving them incapacitated and devastated evil to proclaim the Truth, of the Conquest, humbly and thankfully entering the sacred turf of Mecca, on camel back as if to fall prostrate, despite being a victorious commander...

If you own a farm and want to put things on track, then draw a lesson from the Prophet of competence who appointed the most able to revive and administer, in the best possible way the lands of Banu Nadir, Khaybar, Fadak after seizing possession of them...

If you are lonely, then reflect on the son of Abdullah and Aminah, their dearly loved orphan of innocence...

If you are a teenager, closely consider the life of the youth, the future Prophet SAW, shepherding the stock of Abu Talib at Mecca...

If you are a trader set out with caravan loads of goods, ponder the integrity if the grandest man of the convoys destined for Yamen and Damascus...

If you are a judge, recall his just and prudential move in intervening to replace the Black Stone at the verge of Meccan notable going at each others' throats...

Then turn your glance once more to history and take a look at the Prophet SAW in Medina at the Masjid'un-Nabawi delivering his verdict with the greatest conceivable justice between the poverty stricken destitute and well to do rich, as just as one can imagine.

If you are a spouse consider the deep emotions and compassion of the Blessed Husband of Khadijah and Aisha...

If you have children then learn the affectionate conduct of the father of Fatimah, the grandfather of Hasan and Husayn...

Whoever you may be and in whichever circumstances you may find yourself in, you will find Muhammad S.A.W as the most perfect master and most beautiful guide at all times and places.

(Source: The Exempler Beyond Compare Muhammad Mustafa by Osman Nori TOPBAS)

To conclude, whatever we do, follow our prophet Muhammad S.A.W/ sunnah. So you will always feel peace. InsyaAllah.

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