April Fun

I could say life has been great in this April month.

I managed to spend a lot of times with my beloved family. Watched a few good movies with hubby, went to the Disney on Ice with the little ones, and eat lunches and dinner with the older ones 🙂.

Next, I had finally solved my difficulty in the office. Since the last two months, my career goals were distorted out of the original path. I was struggling to mend it and finally solve it last week. Thanks to the selfless helping hands that feed me ideas and encouragement. Now that I’m back on the right track, I promise I’ll work double hard to achieve my goals!!

I have also managed to squeeze some times with my great friends. Had a great barbeque potluck with college mates, went to Cleo Most Eligible Bachelor Party with and old friend (nope, we are not too old for that!), and kicking some futsal with officemates.

Other things are going great as well. I am moving to the intermediate level of my yoga class. My salary increment kicking up this month. I’ve finally changed this template:). Prison break is out at 8tv! Isn’t life just great?

And I’m really really grateful to Allah S.W.T for this great life. Thanks to hubby who taught me how to do sujud syukur.

I received a forwarded email from a friend giving a friendly reminder on this. The excerpt as follows. Take a minute to ponder on this…

Apakah dia Istidraj?

Ianya adalah pemberian nikmat Allah kepada manusia yang mana pemberian itu tidak diredhaiNya. Inilah yang dinamakan Istidraj. Rasullulah s.a.w. bersabda “Apabila kamu melihat bahawa Allah Taala memberikan nikmat kepada hambanya yang selalu membuat maksiat (durhaka), ketahuilah bahawa orang itu telah diistidrajkan oleh Allah SWT.” (Diriwayatkan oleh At-Tabrani, Ahmad dan Al-Baihaqi)

Bagaimana cara untuk menentukan nikmat yang diredhai Allah? Seseorang itu dapat menyedari hakikat yang sebenarnya tentang nikmat yang diterimanya itu ialah apabila dia bersyukur nikmatnya. Dia akan mengunakan pemberian ke jalan kebaikan dan sentiasa redha dan ikhlas mengabdikan diri kepada Allah. Maka segala limpah kurnia yang diperolehi itu adalah nikmat pemberian yang diredhai Allah. Bila tujuan hidup kita untuk mencari keredhaan Allah, niscaya selamatlah kita di dunia dan akhirat.

So we should avoid this ‘Istidraj’ from happening to us, rite. Okie dokie, have a great week ahead!

Tentang Gubra

This is solely from my point of view. A lady with no formal background in films, art whatsoever.

First of all, my family and I are fan of Sepet. It was a great simple movie about love. So to watch Gubra is something we have been waiting for.

Okei, tentang Gubra…Ada 2 cerita di dalamnya. Satu tentang orked & family, dan satu lagi tentang bilal yg duduk berjiran dgn pelacur. Cerita mereka tidak bertembung sehingga ke akhir cerita. Tapi Yasmin berjaya menjadikannya begitu normal, sehingga kita tidak rasa seperti ada 2 cerita.

That is the first message that I actually get. Tentang norma kehidupan kita sehari hari. Sewaktu kita melalui kehidupan kita seharian, orang lain turut sama menjalani kehidupan mereka.

Sewaktu kita sedang bangun tidur, mungkin si X yg duduk berjiran dgn kita sedang bergaduh dgn suaminya. Sewaktu kita sedang dalam kesedihan kerana dimarahi boss, mungkin si Y lebih sedih lagi kerana suaminya terlantar di hospital. It is something like that…

Mesej lain yang paling jelas ialah nilai kasih sayang antara suami isteri. Ini jelas disampaikan melalui bilal dan isterinya. They are very sweet and loving to each other. Ini tidak ditunjukkan melalui dialog ter-over jiwang / dinner di restoran mahal ditemani cahaya lilin / mengukir nama di batu / bunuh membunuh demi cinta.

Ia ditunjukkan dengan begitu normal. Isteri menyediakan roti untuk sarapan suami. Suami sibuk mencari kunci yg hilang dan isteri sibuk berleter. It is so genuine that they are so much in love with each other. When I see how loving they are, it makes me wants to be like them.

Cara Yasmin menyelitkan unsur agama dengan bersahaja begitu menarik. Bilal dan isteri solat berjemaah bersama. Mesej jelas menunjukkan tonggak paling penting dalam kesejahteraaan keluarga ialah agama. It is more or less like what Datuk Fadhilah Kamsah has been saying on how to improve relationship, but this one is portrayed through film.

Mesej kedua daripada cerita bilal ini lebih berat, tentang kasih sayang ideal sesama manusia. Bagaimana seorang yang alim boleh menerima seadanya seorang pelacur. Boleh bersembang dengan hati yang ikhlas, tanpa sindiran dan tanpa busuk hati.

I know a lot of people will think this is hard to accept, and impossible to come true. But it is what we actually need. To open our heart to people around us, regardless of whom they are.

Melalui persahabatan yang ikhlas dan apabila Allah buka pintu hatinya, secara automatik si pelacur tergerak utk mendekati agama, belajar Al-Quran dengan isteri si bilal. Isn’t that classic to portray love with no borders:)

Aku dan ramai daripada kita mungkin tidak pernah berjiran dengan pelacur. Tapi kita pasti akan berhadapan dengan perkara seumpama ini dalam hidup.

Melihat Gubra, aku teringat waktu zaman sekolah dahulu ada seorang yg agak kuat latar belakang agamanya enggan bersolat jemaah dgn sahabatku kerana sahabatku itu selalu dating dengan boyfriendnya. Di mana kasih sayang yek ketika itu?

Beralih ke satu lagi cerita, tentang Orked.

Suaminya curang dan menduakannya. Suami kata “I still love you, you are the only one”, tetapi pada masa yg sama ada perempuan lain. Isn’t that reality that sometimes occured in life? ~ Bila kasih sayang dan kesetiaan tidak seiring.

I’ve met so many women who facing the same thing as what Orked is facing. And who knows what the actual statistic of the total number of women who has been treated this way(as we don’t have Oprah Winfrey to study depth into such matters).

Perjalanan hidup wanita begitu original digambarkan sewaktu Orked menangis kerana suaminya curang. Orked menangis di bahu suaminya sendiri. She hated him, dia jijik mendengar rayuan si suami apatah lagi memeluknya, tapi pada masa yang sama he is also the shoulder for her to cry on.

There are a few dialogues that might be too long for some people (contohnya waktu di atas buai). Other than that, the movie is so great. Something Malaysians really need to feed their heart and mind. Kudos to Yasmin and the great crew for such a powerful movie.

And do not leave the cinema until the closing credits is over coz there’s still something after that.

I really want to watch the movie again. Ada orang nak belanja tak? 😉

cinema cinema cinema

The last time I went to the cinema is for the Harry Potter sequel. I have not watch cinema in quite a long time for several reasons.

FIRST, coz now that we moved, KLCC is not 15 minutes away anymore=). SECOND, there are not many good movies lately. (when I say good, it means movies that I personally like). Although I do want to watch that geisha movie and narnia. I guess I missed it coz of the THIRD reason -> too busy lately!

Anyway, last night we went and watched Ice Age 2. It was entertaining! Well, my hubby and I have always like good cartoon movies. I am a big fan of Monster Inc, Lilo & Stich, Nemo, etc. I think such movies is great for kids, and for those adults that young at hearts=). There’s another cartoon movie coming out soon, hedgehog or sth like that..maybe I’ll go and watch that;)

Well, anyway, summer is coming so there are a few movies I’m rooting for. Gubra for one. Can’t wait for that! Especially when I heard Lembaga Penapis Filem does not cut any scene. Then there’s X-Men and M:Impossible sequel. Hope it won’t be disappointing. See you!

*So Randal is the 4th Apprentice. He is obviously a great choice as he is much more experience than Rebecca, and very charismatic compared to other contestants. But I do adore Rebecca coz she’s honest and very good-hearted (at least in tv). We hardly see a woman not bitching about her competitors in a reality tv-show. Really!