off to Borneo

I really liked Jac + Lah performance last weekend for AJL. They were really superb. Best giler, reminded me of the duet performance from Jac with Taufik of Singapore. You can watch it from You Tube. Simply terrific.

On the other note, we went and watched KL Futsal 5 yesterday. Brazilians were so first-class! They were very tactical, fast, and surprisingly good looking, too. More towards ‘Kaka’ features rather than Ronaldo or Ronaldinho. Totally worth me paying RM13 for the ticket. Oh nope, that was hubby’s money. Thanks hubby. 😉

I’m off to Sabah this CNY holidays. We will explore Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Sandakan and Semporna. Happy New Year all!

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beginning 2008

It’s amazing how it becomes harder to achieve your resolutions once you wrote it down officially.

Suddenly I find no time to read, let alone write. Don’t even need to mention about losing weight. *sigh*

Anyway, life still good this week. A lot of good news. 1) We received the key to our own home sweet home! Yeayyy!!! In fact, today we were so busy cleaning the house we forgot to change our EPL Fantasy Football players. Ugghh…

Anyway, I’m so happy to move to our own home soon. Be with my dear hubby yeayyy!

2) I’ve started my class at INCEIF and I love it! Professors very nice, and I get to meet new friends. Of course the fact that there will be exam is not that exciting, but at least I like the reading materials.

That’s my update this week. See you.

2008 resolutions

My NY resolutions have always been the same every year. Things like 1)I will not miss my prayer, 2) I will obey Allah S.W.T, 3) To be a good muslimah, 4) I will not gain weight.

But then think about it, actually these are more like the objectives why God created me in this world. Those are the things I must do as a muslim (EXCEPT no. 4 of coz).

So I thought this year I want specific resolutions. Ones that are measurable, achievable and consistent with my objectives in life. So, I’ve outlined my 2008 resolutions as follows:

1. To read one new book each month (exclude study-related books)

2. To play futsal twice in a month

3. To write in this blog every week

4. To drink water 2 bottles a day

5. To call/write to an old-friend every month

6. To donate to charity/poor every month

7. To recite Quran every day

8. To reduce 5 kg of my weight

There you go…8 resolutions for year 2008! Good luck girl;)

Not your ordinary princess

I was planning to write about sth else, but then I discovered an article on Raja Zarith Sofia’s speech @ UKM recently. It is very refreshing and inspiring I decided to post the excerpt here:-

“Having a good mastery of the English language does not make a Malaysian pro-British or less patriotic.

Rather, she said, fluency in English and a good and strong command of it as a language was necessary in the 21st century, whether in daily life, at social gatherings or at work.

It has nothing to do with being pro-English or pro-British, or with glorifying our British colonial past. It has nothing to do with us being any less nationalistic or patriotic.

Raja Zarith Sofia said she chose to speak on the topic as she felt it was an important and timely issue.

Last year, we celebrated our 50th year of Independence after having been a British colony since the 19th century.

In view of this, I suggest Malaysians, especially our young people who are at school and university, be given opportunities and encouragement to learn how to speak, read and write in English.

She said Malaysians must be able to think on the ability to converse in English as an advantage.

We don’t have to fear the English language. Studying English as a language won’t change us from being Malaysians to being pseudo-English or pseudo-Americans or pseudo-other native English speakers.

Raja Zarith Sofia said Malaysians already have their historical and cultural roots within them which would not be taken away unless they were given up willingly.

She said having a good command of English also meant Malaysians would be able to transmit and convey their knowledge about themselves as a society and as a country to people from other countries.

We can also share and exchange our views about national and world events with foreigners who use English as we do, that is, as a means of communication and as a global language.

Offerring herself as an example, she said she is a product of both the Malaysian and Englsih school systems.

I didn’t dye my hair blonde, I haven’t started using blue or green contact lenses. I wear my baju kurung with a great sense of pride.

She acknowledges Malaysian bloggers and their reach – far and wide — using English as their tool to communicate.

As most of us are aware, for good or bad, we too have many bloggers — ranging from ex-journalists who write about political and social issues, usually courting what is controversial, to the young housewife who tells us about her daily life, her children and,during Ramadhan, what she had cooked for the breaking of fast, as well as for “sahur”, complete with colourful photos.

It remains undeniable that blogging cannot be dismissed easily as just a new fad or a new trend of rumours and allegations.

Quoting Thomas L Friedman, she said a new blog is created every seven seconds.

Technorati says there are more than 24 million blogs already and the number is growing at about 70,000 a day, doubling every five months — from Iraqi bloggers who give their own take on news from the front, to bloggers who follow and critique golf-ourse architecture, to poker bloggers, investment bloggers, to just plain you and me bloggers.

Perhaps the reason to write in English is to get a wider readership. The borderless internet world that we are part of means that we can no longer afford to be the proverbial Malay katak bawah tempurung or the ignorant little frog hidden beneath the coconut shell.

We have to try and be bigger frogs who are no longer ignorant and who are merely satisfied with that little world beneath the boring coconut shell. We can still argue and discuss local issues but let’s be more daring and confident, and take our place in the global, blogal world.

Interesting huh…Read the full speech at the following link:

 http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news_lite.php?id=306675

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***I have to delete the old guestbook as it is full and now there’s a new GB. Thanks to those who jot down their comments throughout the years. Appreciate it much.

missing Sharlinie…

Another child went missing. Thankfully, this time the news hit the media earlier than Nurin’s case. However now 3 days has passed since she’s missing and still there’s no news of her wherabout.

It might be the same culprit behind Nurin’s case, it might be a totally different case. It’s unlikely though this is a kidnap-for-money case as the girl comes from average family background. Although I don’t have a daughter yet on my own, I can imagine how stressful + worried + sad + regret the parents are.

I honestly worried who will take care of our child one day. So far the options that I see aren’t that favourable, either the not-so-trustworthy maid or expensive nursery. Ugggh…

I really hope one day….

-Nurin Alert will take place in Malaysia.

-Women in Malaysia can work from home for 2 years after they deliver the babies and can still climb the corporate ladder. Fat chance?

-Corporates still hire those degree-holders who become housewives for 5 years to look after their kids. (I know in Wisconsin they have this)

Mukhtaran Bibi’s story

One of my resolutions this year is to read and write more. Since I left college, I’ve been doing that less and less. Well, I do read more and more of The Edge, StarBiz or Rating Report, but that are all for work which does not count (to achieve my resolution). I’ve heard Dr. M reads 2 book a day, and he’s already a smart man!

In achieving my resolution and hopping from article to article in the net, I came across this article about Mukhtaran Bibi, the Pakistani woman who was gang raped (it is said as a form of honour-revenge).

Unlike other women who will keep quite or commit suicide due to such humiliation, Mukhtaran Bibi filed charges against the rapist and used the settlement money to open refuge called Mukhtar Mai Women’s Welfare Organization.

The story began in year 2002 when Mukhtaran Bibi’s brother Shaqoor was suspected and accused by the Mastoi of committing illegal sex or zina (fornication or adultery) with a Mastoi girl, Salma. At the trial, the judge commented that the accusation was unsupported.

Shaqoor was later abducted by three Mastoi men. He was taken to the residence of Abdul Khaliq, Salma’s brother. (Shaqoor testified that he had been abducted by three Mastoi men, each of whom sodomized him in a sugarcane field.)

Shaqoor shouted for help, and his relatives heard his cries. Mukhtaran and her relatives rushed outside, where several Mastoi men told them that Shaqoor had committed zina with Salma. Mukhtaran’s mother then sent her brother to get the police.

Mukhtaran’s clan, the Tatla, gathered together in an akath (small crowd or gathering). Separately, a Mastoi akath of about 200 to 250 Mastoi gathered outdoors, less than a hundred meters from Abdul Khaliq’s house.

The police arrived before sunset, freed Shaqoor from the Mastoi, and took him to a police station and held him, pending a possible sex-crime charge against him.

Mukhtaran’s family proposed to settle the matter with the Mastoi by marrying Shakoor to Salma, and marrying Mukhtaran to one of the Mastoi men, and – if Shakoor was found to be at fault – to give some land to Salma’s family.

This proposal was conveyed to Faizan, the Mastoi elder. According to some of the prosecution witnesses, Faizan was initially agreeable, but two men of Salma’s family refused and demanded revenge of zina for zina. Some other Mastoi men allegedly joined them in this demand.

Mastoi’s rep then came to Mukhtaran’s family, and told them that the Mastoi would accept the proposed settlement if she would personally come and apologize to Salma’s family and the Mastoi akath.

She went to the akath with her father and maternal uncle. Addressing the akath, Faizan stated that the dispute was settled and Mukhtaran’s family should be “forgiven.”

Immediately afterward and less than a hundred meters from the akath, Abdul Khaliq, armed with a 30-caliber pistol, forcibly took Mukhtaran inside into a dark room with a dirt floor, where he raped Mukhtaran.

After about an hour inside, she was pushed outside wearing only a torn qameez (long shirt),. The rest of her clothes were thrown out with her. Her father covered her up and took her home. (The clothes were presented as evidence in court.)

That same night, the police were informed that the two clans had settled their dispute, and that Salma’s family was withdrawing its complaint against Shaqoor. His uncle retrieved him from the police station around 2 or 3 a.m.

Read the full stories here:-

 WWO