Monday, November 17, 2008


Funny how one moment you tell everyone that you'll miss them over the holidays and can't wait for 2009 and the next, you find out that you probably won't be seeing any of these people ever again.

As you might have heard or read (in Sunday's Star), Sri Inai is officially closing down. For good. As in teachers out of their jobs and students in need of a new school. Sold to Arabs I hear. I honestly didn't expect this big of a change. Well, I knew that the school was having a hard time, financially. But I just expected a change of management, like in Beaconhouse Sri Inai. Not, change-CHANGE.

Taken from 'The Sunday Star articles'

School closure upsets many

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 170 students from Sekolah Sri Inai here are in a lurch after the school gave notice of closure beginning Jan 1.

At least 12 teachers of the school located in Jalan Ulu Klang, Ampang, are also expected to be jobless.

It is learnt that school co-founder and executive chairman Datuk Alias Shamsuddin sent letters to parents two days ago informing them of the closure, citing poor student enrolment these past few years which had put the school in financial distress.

In the letter made available to The Star, Alias expressed regret, adding that the school administration would assist parents to enrol their children in other schools.

Many parents said the last-minute announcement was unfair. Several of them met with Alias at the school yesterday.

“Two of my sons will be sitting for the PMR and UPSR next year. The change in schools will affect them and may disrupt their studies,” vented Mohd Taufik Nordin, a 47-year-old businessman, in a phone interview.

An annoyed S.S. Maran, 38, said he was only given the letter after collecting his son’s report card.

“Even though the letter said the staff would help find replacement schools for the children, there is no assurance.

“Moreover, the transfer will take time and is subject to the Education Ministry’s approval,” he said.

A teacher, who declined to be named, expressed shock when she learnt of the school’s closure on Friday, saying she did not know where to find a job.

However, she was more concerned for the students because they might find it difficult adjusting in a new school.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the school had given the parents a rude shock, adding that it was duty bound to help enrol the students in new schools.

He said he would channel the parents’ complaints to the Private Education Division to investigate the matter.

Sekolah Sri Inai Kuala Lumpur, established in 1977, consisted of Sri Inai Senior, Sri Inai Junior and Tadika Inai.

Its Penang and Klang branches were sold off in 1983 while the schools in Petaling Jaya were taken over by new management in 2006.

p/s: buzee looking for another school for my sons...SAD MODE

Monday, August 18, 2008

Cara Mendidik Anak Vol. 2

Memahami Anak-Anakmu.

Ada dua perkara yang perlu kita amati:

Pertama, amati sifat-sifat khasnya masing-masing. Tidak ada dua manusia
yang sama serupa seluruhnya. Tiap manusia unik. Fahami keunikan
masing-masing, dan hormati keunikan pemberian Allah SWT.

Kedua, fahami di tahap apa saat ini si anak berada. Allah SWT
mengkodratkan segala sesuatu sesuai tahapan atau prosesnya.
Anak-anak yang merupakan amanah pada kita ini, juga dibesarkan dengan

Tahap sebelum kelahirannya merupakan alam arwah. Di tahap ini kita mulai
mendidiknya dengan kita sendiri menjalankan ibadah, amal ketaatan pada
Allah dan j! uga dengan selalu menjaga hati dan badan kita secara prima.
Itulah kebaikan-kebaikan dan pendidikan pertama kita pada buah hati kita.

Pendidikan anak dalam Islam, menurut Sayyidina Ali bin Abi Thalib ra,
dapat dibahagi menjadi 3 tahap mengikut umur;

1. Tahap BERMAIN ("la-ibuhum"/ajaklah mereka bermain), dari lahir
kira-kira 7 tahun.

2. Tahap PENANAMAN DISIPLIN ("addibuhum"/ajarilah mereka adab) dari
kira-kira 7 tahun sampai 14 tahun.

3. Tahap SAHABAT/ LAWAN ("roofiquhum"/jadikanlah mereka sebagai
14 tahun ke atas.

Ketiga tahap pendidikan ini mempunyai karakteristik pendekatan yang berbeza
sesuai dengan perkembangan kepribadian anak yang sehat. Begitulah kita coba
memperlakukan mereka sesuai dengan sifat-sifatnya dan tahapan hidupnya.

Ketiga adalah memilih metod pendidikan. Setidaknya, dalam buku dua pemikir
Islam, yaitu Muhammad Quthb (Manhaj Tarbiyah Islamiyah) dan Abdullah Nasih
'Ulwan (Tarbiyatul Aulad fil Islam), ada lima Metod Pendidikan dalam Islam.

Yang pertama adalah melalui Tauladan atau Qudwah
yang kedua adalah dengan Pembiasaan atau Aadah,
yang ketiga adalah melalui Pemberian Nasihat atau Mau'izhoh,
yang keempat dengan melaksanakan Mekanisme Kontrol atau Mulahazhoh,
sedangkan yang terakhir dan merupakan pengaman hasil pendidikan adalah
Metod Pendidikan melalui Sistem sangsi atau Uqubah.

Sahabatku, jangan tinggalkan satu-pun dari ke lima metod tersebut, meskipun
yang terpenting adalah Tauladan (sebagai metod yang paling efektif).

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Day when we went for a VACATION @ Sabah

It was fun, amazing and enjoyable as the four of us (Me, Hubby, Meyol & Afiq) went to Sabah for a vacation for 5 days trip.

We departed via Air Asia @ LCCT, KLIA on Friday, 1st August 2008 till Tuesday, 5th August 2008.

Lots of places that we've visited such as Tanjung Aru, 1 Borneo, Likas, Sembulan, Kundasang, Kota Belut, Kota Kinabalu, etc.

The Day when I & Family watched The Dark Night


The film begins with the Joker robbing a mob-owned bank with several other accomplices, whom he tricks into killing each other before killing the last one himself. That night, a trio of Batman impersonators attempt to interrupt a meeting of various mobsters and the Scarecrow. The real Batman appears and apprehends all of the criminals and impostors, but suffers injuries which lead him to re-design the batsuit. Batman and Lieutenant James Gordon contemplate including new district attorney Harvey Dent in their plan to eradicate the mob, as he could be the public hero Batman cannot be. Bruce discovers Dent is dating Rachel Dawes.

Mob bosses meet to discuss Batman, Gordon, and Dent, while a Chinese mobster accountant, Lau, informs the gang leaders he has hidden their money to preempt a plan Gordon has hatched to seize the mobsters' funds. The Joker arrives unexpectedly, offering to kill Batman for half of their money, but the offer is denied. After Batman successfully abducts Lau in Hong Kong and delivers him to the Gotham City police, and with their funds in jeopardy, the mobsters agree to hire the Joker. The Joker tells all of Gotham that if Batman does not turn himself in to the police, people will die each day. Public officials, including Commissioner Loeb and the judge presiding over the mob trials, are among the murdered. Wayne decides to comply, but, before he can, Dent announces that he is actually Batman so they can draw the Joker out of hiding. The Joker attempts to ambush the police convoy carrying Dent, but Batman and Gordon intervene and arrest the Joker.

At the police station, Batman interrogates the Joker, who reveals that Dawes and Dent have been placed by the police in warehouses rigged with explosives, on opposite sides of the city; they are far enough apart that Batman cannot save them both. Batman speeds off to save Dawes, while Gordon and the police head after Dent. However, the Joker lied, sending Batman after Dent and Gordon after Dawes. With the help of a bomb planted at the police station, the Joker escapes with Lau in tow. Batman arrives at Dent's location in time to save him, but Dent sustains burns to the left side of his face. Gordon does not arrive in time to save Dawes; she is killed in the explosion. In the hospital, Dent is driven to madness over the loss of Dawes. The Joker frees Dent from the hospital and convinces him to exact revenge on the corrupt cops and mobsters that placed him and Dawes in the warehouses, as well as Batman and Gordon.

Harvey "Two-Face" Dent goes on a personal vendetta, confronting the corrupt cops and mobsters one by one, deciding their fates with the flip of a coin. The Joker burns Lau along with his half of the mob's money. He announces to the public that anyone left in Gotham at nightfall will be subject to his rule. With the bridges and tunnels out of the city closed due to the Joker's bomb threat, the authorities begin evacuating people by ferry. The Joker places explosives on two of the ferries—one ferry with convicts, the other with civilians—telling all the passengers the only way to save themselves is to trigger the explosives on the other ferry; otherwise, he will destroy both remotely at midnight.

Batman locates the Joker and prevents him from destroying the ferries after both ferries decide not to destroy each other. The Joker acknowledges Batman as truly incorruptible, but that Dent is not, and his madness has been unleashed upon the city. The SWAT team captures the Joker, and Batman leaves in search of Dent. At the remains of the building where Dawes died, Batman finds Dent holding Gordon and Gordon's family at gunpoint. Dent proceeds to judge the innocence of Batman, himself, and Gordon's son through coin tosses. Dent shoots Batman in the abdomen, but before Dent can determine the boy's fate, Batman tackles him over the side of the building. As Dent lies motionless on the ground, Batman and Gordon realize the loss of morale the city would suffer if Dent's acts of murder were to become known. Batman convinces Gordon to preserve Dent's image by blaming Batman for the murders. As Gordon destroys the Bat-Signal, a manhunt for Batman ensues.

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Produced by Christopher Nolan
Charles Roven
Emma Thomas

Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan
Jonathan Nolan

Story: David S. Goyer
Christopher Nolan

Characters: Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Jerry Robinson

Starring Christian Bale
Michael Caine
Heath Ledger
Gary Oldman
Aaron Eckhart
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Morgan Freeman

Music by Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard

Cinematography Wally Pfister

Editing by Lee Smith

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Running time 152 min.

Country United States

Language English

Budget $180 million[1]

Monday, July 21, 2008

My new assignment as an Office Administrator


Office administrators are vital to the inner workings of any business. They manage and supervise all of the actions and activities that are involved in running an operational company. Office administrators are essentially jacks-of-all-trades, as they are often responsible for everything from data entry, correspondence and client communication to organizational support and party planning. Office administrators are often the exterior face of an office, greeting clients, employees and visitors and helping to direct them as needed.

As all organizations need timely and effective office and administrative support to operate efficiently, office administrators are employed in virtually every sector of the economy, working in positions as varied as teller supervisor, customer services manager or shipping-and-receiving supervisor.


Office administrators plan, develop, implement and supervise the general administrative and office services of a department, division, regional or branch office. They are also called office managers and coordinators.

As an office administrator, you oversee and coordinate office procedures. You establish work priorities, delegate work to support staff and ensure that deadlines are met, and that procedures are followed. You also review, evaluate and implement new or improved procedures. As well, you may research and prepare reports, manuals and correspondence.

An important part of your job is to estimate how much space, equipment and supplies the office will need. You prepare the operating budgets and make sure that the office stays within its limits.

You also evaluate the work performance of the staff that reports to you. You assess the need for training and recommend or provide training programs. You participate in employee selection panels or select staff as required. You may also administer other services such as parking, maintenance and security.

Office administrators are normally paid an annual salary.

Necessary Skills

Because office administrators usually work with other office staff, they should be cooperative and able to work as part of a team. Employers prefer individuals who are able to perform a variety of tasks and satisfy the needs of the many departments within a company. Additionally, office administrations should have good communication skills, be detail-oriented, and be ready and willing to adapt to new situations. As more and more companies become technologically dependent, it is also crucial that office administrators are competent with office computer systems and possibly even the industry's software.

Career Options for Office Administrators

Experienced and well-trained office administrators have a variety of career options available to them in almost ever field of business, as well as in many legal and medical jobs. The career landscape can be quite competitive, and while the increased competition can make finding work more difficult, it does mean that salaries climb in response. Office administration positions range from general office managers to more specific roles such as:

* Accounting Assistant
* Bookkeeper
* Business Executive Assistant
* Customer Service Representative
* Health Claims Administrator
* Legal Secretary
* Loan Officer
* Medical Office Manager
* Law Office Manager
* Payroll Accountant
* Word Processor

While obviously the work itself will vary depending on your company’s industry, it is likely that regardless of field, your job responsibilities will include staffing, maintaining records, word processing, transcription and database management.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Subsidi dibayar tunai kepada pemilik kenderaan

PUTRAJAYA 4 Jun – Kerajaan akan membayar subsidi minyak secara tunai kepada pemilik kenderaan di bawah skim baru subsidi bahan api yang diumumkan hari ini.

Walaupun pemilik kenderaan kini terpaksa membayar harga petrol dan diesel yang lebih tinggi sehingga 40 peratus berbanding harga sebelum ini, tetapi mereka akan mendapat rebat tunai daripada kerajaan sebaik sahaja memperbaharui cukai jalan kenderaan masing-masing.

Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad memberitahu Utusan Malaysia di sini, sungguhpun harga petrol naik sebanyak 78 sen seliter kepada RM2.70 namun hakikatnya kerajaan akan memulangkan semula sebahagian daripada kenaikan itu kepada pengguna dalam bentuk rebat tunai berjumlah RM625 setahun.

“Pemilik kenderaan sebenarnya masih menikmati subsidi petrol yang kita pulangkan semula dalam bentuk bayaran tunai,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ketika mengumumkan struktur baru subsidi bahan api hari ini berkata, bayaran tunai akan diberikan kepada pemilik kenderaan yang layak bagi mengimbangi kenaikan harga petrol sebanyak 78 sen dan RM1 bagi diesel.

Bayaran sebanyak RM625 setahun itu hanya terhad kepada pemilik kenderaan persendirian berkapasiti enjin sehingga 2000cc serta trak pick up dan jip berkapasiti enjin sehingga RM2,500cc.

Pemilik motosikal persendirian berkapasiti enjin sehingga 250cc pula akan menerima bayaran tunai sebanyak RM150 setahun.

Bayaran tunai itu akan dibuat oleh Kementerian Kewangan apabila pemilik kenderaan dan motosikal membayar atau memperbaharui cukai jalan.

Bayaran tersebut meliputi kenderaan dengan cukai jalan berkuat kuasa 1 April 2008 hingga 31 Mac 2009.

Bayaran tunai itu, menurut Perdana Menteri, akan diberikan dalam bentuk kiriman wang yang boleh ditunaikan di Pejabat Pos Malaysia di seluruh negara mulai 1 Julai 2008.

Bagi pemilik kenderaan dan motosikal yang tidak termasuk dalam kategori menerima bayaran tunai, mereka akan dibantu menerusi pengurangan cukai jalan sebanyak RM200 untuk kenderaan melebihi 2,000cc dan RM50 untuk motosikal berkapasiti enjin melebihi 250cc.

Selain itu, kerajaan juga membantu Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) dengan memberikan bantuan khas kepada pengusahanya bagi mengimbangi kenaikan harga gas. Harga gas untuk sektor industri telah dinaikkan daripada RM9.40 setiap mmBtu kepada RM24.54.

Articles taken from Utusan Malaysia

Petrol naik 78 sen, diesel RM1, elektrik jika lebih RM43

PUTRAJAYA 4 Jun – Harga petrol di negara ini dinaikkan sebanyak 78 sen seliter kepada RM2.70 seliter berkuat kuasa esok.

Ini merupakan kenaikan 40 peratus daripada harga RM1.92 seliter sekarang.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, harga diesel turut dinaikkan sebanyak RM1 kepada RM2.58 seliter daripada RM1.58.

Ketika mengumumkan pakej penstrukturan semula subsidi bahan api di sini hari ini, beliau berkata, prinsip penentuan harga petrol dan diesel di Malaysia sekarang akan berlandaskan kepada harga bahan api itu di pasaran dunia.

Langkah itu yang turut menyaksikan kenaikan harga gas untuk sektor elektrik dan industri, menurut Abdullah, adalah selaras dengan usaha kerajaan untuk membawa harga bahan api di Malaysia ke arah harga pasaran sebenar.

Tarif elektrik, kata beliau, turut dinaikkan “bertujuan meningkatkan kecekapan pasaran dan menggalakkan rakyat Malaysia untuk menjimatkan sumber tenaga” tetapi kadarnya berbeza mengikut kegunaan dan sektor.

Perdana Menteri percaya dengan penguatkuasaan harga baru petrol, diesel, gas dan tarif elektrik itu, sektor komersial dan industri akan lebih bermotivasi untuk meningkatkan kecekapan operasinya.

Berdasarkan harga minyak mentah pada kadar AS$125 setong, kerajaan menganggarkan sejumlah RM13.7 bilion penjimatan dapat diperoleh daripada penstrukturan subsidi petrol, diesel dan gas serta pendapatan daripada levi yang dikenakan terhadap Penjana Tenaga Bebas (IPP) dan Pengeluar Minyak Kelapa Sawit (POP).

Abdullah menjelaskan, subsidi bahan api distruktur semula bagi memastikan bantuan dapat diagihkan dengan lebih adil dan memberi lebih manfaat kepada mereka yang memerlukan, terutama golongan berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana.

Subsidi bahan api tetap diberikan kepada rakyat di bawah penstrukturan baru itu, kata Perdana Menteri.

“Kerajaan akan memberi diskaun atau pengurangan kepada pengguna sebanyak 30 sen bagi setiap liter minyak yang dijual.

“Kalau harga pasaran petrol, misalnya seperti hari ini, pada RM3 seliter, kita akan tentukan harga minyak dengan memberi diskaun atau pengurangan 30 sen.

“Maknanya yang perlu dibayar oleh pengguna ialah RM2.70 seliter walaupun harga sebenar ialah RM3,” kata Abdullah.

Diskaun itu, kata beliau, akan diberi secara tetap. Walaupun harga minyak diselaraskan sebulan sekali, kerajaan akan memastikan diskaun 30 sen itu terus diberi, ujarnya.

Utusan Malaysia difahamkan, mengikut cadangan asal harga petrol sepatutnya RM3 seliter, tetapi mesyuarat Kabinet hari ini meminta kerajaan memberi diskaun 30 sen untuk setiap liter petrol yang dijual di negara ini.

Semasa sidang akhbar, Perdana Menteri ditanya kemungkinan kenaikan harga petrol dan diesel yang diumumkan itu menyebabkan kerajaan pimpinannya kurang popular di kalangan rakyat.

Abdullah menjawab: “Ini bukan soal untuk popular, ini adalah langkah serius untuk keperluan rakyat. Kita tidak boleh puaskan hati semua pihak tetapi memastikan ‘situasi menang-menang’ untuk semua.''

Menjawab soalan daripada seorang wartawan Indonesia yang mengatakan di negaranya kenaikan harga minyak telah mencetuskan demonstrasi dan bantahan terhadap kerajaan, Perdana Menteri berkata:

“Insya-Allah, saya harap rakyat Malaysia tidak berdemonstrasi sebab apa yang kerajaan putuskan ini adalah yang sebaik-baiknya bagi menangani keadaan yang susah hari ini.

“Lagi pun harga baru petrol dan diesel yang diumumkan hari ini masih lagi yang terendah di rantau ini.''

Abdullah memberitahu, Kabinet yang membincangkan soal kenaikan harga minyak dalam mesyuarat selama empat jam hari ini meneliti satu per satu kesan yang akan timbul daripada keputusan itu.

Sidang akhbar Perdana Menteri hari ini turut disertai anggota-anggota Jawatankuasa Kabinet Menangani Inflasi termasuk Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak; Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin; Menteri Kewangan Kedua, Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop; Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad dan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Amirsyam A. Aziz.

Turut hadir ialah Presiden Petronas, Tan Sri Hassan Merican; Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohd. Noh dan Ketua Pengarah Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU), Datuk Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob.

Articles taken from Utusan Malaysia

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Pernahkah anda baru masuk ke dalam satu komuniti atau satu organisasi dan anda memandang rendah kepada seseorang kerana perwatakannya atau sifat fizikalnya?

Atau anda pergi ke pasar dan memandang salah seorang peniaga di situ dengan ada rasa merendahkan si dia? Ia berlaku kepada saya semasa sesi perkenalan untuk ahli-ahli baru dalam salah satu persatuan di universiti.

Saya melihat seorang rakan yang juga merupakan ahli baru seperti saya berpakaian agak kurang kemas(lebih kurang seperti budak yang gemar melepak-lepak). Dan dia juga tergagap-gagap semasa memperkenalkan diri di hadapan.

“Bolehkah dia buat kerja?” Tanya saya dalam hati dengan nada sedikit meremehkan.

Tetapi setahun selepas itu, selepas saya dilantik menjadi salah seorang mainboard dalam persatuan tersebut, si dia yang dipandang rendah oleh saya dahululah yang paling aktif di dalam persatuan tersebut. Malah merupakan antara orang yang perlu ada dalam setiap program yang dianjurkan.

Kalau tiada dia dalam satu-satu program, maka program agak kelam kabut jadinya. Dalam masa setahun, personalitinya berubah. Cara berpakaian tetap sama tetapi cara dia bercakap menampakkan keyakinan yang tinggi dalam dirinya.

Di situ, saya sedar yang first impression saya dahulu terhadapnya adalah salah. Kalau cara berpakaian atau tingkah lakunya sahaja yang tidak kena dengan diri kita, tidak sepatutnya kita memandang rendah kepadanya atau kita rasakan diri kita lebih baik daripadanya.

Siapa yang lebih besar?

Pernah seorang ustaz saya memberi satu contoh mudah tentang bagaimana cara kita melihat sesuatu atau seseorang.

Ada dua huruf. Satu ‘A kecil(small caps)’ dan satu lagi ‘B besar(big caps)’. Antara dua huruf ini, yang mana satu adalah besar?

Kemudian dengan mudah, ramai yang menjawab, “Tentulah huruf ‘B’.”

Kemudian dia keluarkan satu gambar lain pula. Sekarang huruf ‘A kecil’ tadi itu saiznya lebih besar daripada huruf ‘B besar’. Kemudian ustaz saya itu bertanya lagi, “Sekarang yang mana satu yang besar? ‘A kecil’ yang saiznya besar atau ‘B’ yang sememangnya ‘besar’?”

Seisi kelas senyap. Ada yang tersenyum-senyum. Ada yang menjeling-jeling rakan di sebelah. Ada yang mahu jawab, tapi takut-takut. Teragak-agak.

Contoh sederhana ini menggambarkan yang kita sering menilai sesuatu berdasarkan ciri fizikal yang kita nampak dan juga berdasarkan gelaran yang terdapat padanya.

Kadang terjadi first impression kita memandang si dia sebagai orang yang tidak boleh buat kerja sedangkan kita masih lihat lagi kemampuan sebenarnya. Dan kalau orang lain menggelarkan si dia itu ‘lembab’, maka kita juga akan menilainya sebagai seorang yang lembab.

Tetapi kita tidak tahu yang si ‘lembab’ itu mungkin lebih baik daripada kita atau lebih baik daripada seseorang yang kita anggap yang ‘terbaik’. Dan kita juga tidak tahu orang yang selalu kita pandang dengan pandangan yang meremehkan itu mungkin lebih baik daripada orang yang kita anggap sebagai unggul.

Jadi, berhati-hati dengan cara kita melihat orang di sekeliling kita. Kalau kita ‘lebih besar’ dari satu aspek, tidak bermakna kita juga ‘lebih besar’ pada aspek-aspek yang lain.

Rasa diri sendiri lebih baik

Dalam satu kuliah saya bersama Puan Ainon Mohd, beliau pernah memberi sesuatu fakta. Dalam diri setiap manusia itu, ada sifat over rate diri sendiri atau dengan kata lainnya menilai diri sendiri sebagai yang terbaik.

Ia boleh juga dikatakan sebagai ‘ego’ dalam diri iaitu merasakan apa yang kita ada atau kita buat, ia lebih baik daripada orang lain yang kita pandang rendah kepadanya.

Tidaklah menjadi satu kesalahan, tetapi seboleh mungkin kita perlu cuba mengawalnya. Siapa yang dapat mengawalnya, dialah yang paling pandai mengambil hati orang lain. Siapa yang pandai mengawalnya, maka dialah calon pemimpin yang hebat.

“Taatilah Allah dan rasul-Nya. Jangan bertengkar, supaya jangan kamu gentar dan kekuatanmu akan hilang. Bersabarlah. Sesungguhnya Allah bersama orang yang sabar.” (Al-Anfal: 46)

John C. Maxwell dalam salah satu bukunya menyatakan bahawa siapa diri kita adalah bagaimana kita memandang orang lain. Apa yang kita nampak akan memberi kesan kepada diri kita.

Lain orang dalam satu bilik akan melihat sesuatu benda yang sama dengan pandangan yang berbeza. Tetapi manusia yang terbaik adalah mereka yang bijak dalam menilai sesuatu dan selalu berpandangan positif serta berbaik sangka.

Siapa di sekeliling kita

Andai kata kita adalah huruf ‘B besar’ seperti dalam analogi yang diberikan tadi, kita tidak tahu ada berapa banyak ‘A kecil’ di sekeliling kita. Dan dalam bilangan ‘A’ yang banyak itu, kita tidak tahu yang mana lebih baik daripada kita.

Jadi, sentiasalah bersangka baik dengan orang di sekeliling kita. Biarpun mereka itu bukan yang sealiran dengan kita atau yang sebulu dengan kita.

Kerana kita juga tidak tahu ada berapa banyak huruf small caps lain di sekeliling kita.

Dipetik daripada artikel : azree_mh merupakan pemilik website, seorang pelajar di UIA,Gombak.

The Day when I & Family watched a DVD called "Just My Luck"


The movie is about always lucky Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) who is never used to a normal life. Luck always keeps striking her side and on the other hand there is Jake Hardin (Chris Pine) who is the manager of a band called McFly. He is exactly opposite to Ashley and always has bad luck.

Ashley is asked by her boss to organize a party and even gives her a credit card to get a dress of her choice. Jake wants to come to the party with the idea of meeting a very famous person who could publicize the McFly band.

A fortune teller at the place tells Ashley that there may be a change in her life because of fate and she may get bad luck but Ashley doesn't believe her. When Jake sees Ashley there he is stunned by her beauty and asks her for a dance and neither of them can see the other because they wear masks. When both of them kiss their lucks swap and Jake gets good luck and Ashley gets bad luck. She soon goes to jail because the guy that she set her boss up with turns out to be a prostitute. When she returns home she finds that her house had been affected by a flood. All she gets from her house is some junk which she drops in the elevator.

She goes to her friends' house, and they let her sleep there. At their place she breaks the mirror and then drops her contacts in cat litter and takes it and wears it again. She kisses all the dancers at the party for her luck to come back not knowing that Jake wasn't a dancer and wasn't on the list. She leaves searching for a job and has no money with her as her boss had fired her.

She goes into a restaurant and Jake who had experienced bad times offers to help her. He gives her his old job and tries to introduce her to his little cousin but Ashley thinks it to be a woman who is dating Jake and wants to get away from Jake.

On a rainy day, Ashley is helpless and Jake takes a reluctant Ashley to his huge house where she tries to wash her clothes but puts to much powder into the washing machine, (resulting to a room full of bubbles), and finally meets his cousin.

Later, Jake takes her to the place where McFly is practising and she finds out that Jake is the one who has her luck and kisses him and then Jake gets his bad luck back. As Ashley's luck finally returns, she runs into her old boss who offers her to work again. That night, she thinks about how her life was when she still had her luck and how Jake used it after giving it to him.

At the concert, things almost sabotage when one of the band members goes missing and then Ashley comes, kisses Jake and the drummer returns, and turns the concert into a big hit.

Ashley decides to avoid Jake as she doesn't want their lucks to swap again. She goes to the railway station where she finds Jake and he tries to convince her that she was all he wanted. They then kiss each other relentlessly causing their lucks to swap without stopping. Then, they both see Jake's little cousin, kiss her at the same time and she gets all the luck and wins a lottery. Later, they find a quarter deciding that they still have some luck left.


* Lindsay Lohan .... Ashley Albright
* Chris Pine .... Jake Hardin
* Samaire Armstrong .... Maggie
* Bree Turner .... Dana
* Faizon Love .... Damon Phillips
* Missi Pyle .... Peggy Braden
* Makenzie Vega.... Katy

Friday, May 23, 2008

Muhammad Amirul Haikal bin Hairul Azmi

Happy Birthday Abang!!!

He is now 7 years old and I am so proud being as his mother. Mama wish you all the best and may all your dreams come true.

Lurve from : Ayah, Mama & Adik

Mother's Day

History of Mother's Day

Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins.

One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (15 March) to 18 March.

The ancient Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In some countries Mother's Day began not as a celebration for individual mothers but rather for Christians.

Mothering Sunday in Britain and Ireland
Mothering Sunday, also called "Mothers' Day" in the United Kingdom and Ireland falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday). It is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. Most historians believe that young apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families. As a result of secularization, it is now principally used to celebrate and give thanks for mothers, although it is still recognised in the historical sense by some churches, with attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus as well as the traditional concept 'Mother Church'.

Mothering Sunday can fall at earliest on March 1st (in years when Easter Day falls on March 22nd) and at latest on April 4th (when Easter Day falls on April 25th).

Mother's Day in the United States
The United States celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. In the United States, Mother's Day was loosely inspired by the British day and was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. However, it was intended as a call to unite women against war. In 1870, she wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament. Howe failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother's Day for Peace.

Her idea was influenced by Ann Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who, starting in 1858, had attempted to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors.

When Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, named Anna Jarvis, started the crusade to found a memorial day for women. In 1907, she passed out 500 white carnations at her mother's church, St. Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia — one for each mother in the congregation. The first Mother's Day service was celebrated on 10 May 1908, in the same church, where the elder Ann Jarvis had taught Sunday School. Anna chose Sunday to be Mother's Day because she intended the day to be commemorated and treated as a Holy Day. Later commercial and other exploitations of the use of Mother's Day infuriated Anna and she made her criticisms explicitly known throughout her time.

Originally the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the original Mother's Day commemoration, where Anna handed out carnations, this building is now the International Mother's Day Shrine (a National Historic Landmark). From there, the custom caught on—spreading eventually to 46 states. The holiday was declared officially by some states beginning in 1912, beginning with West Virginia. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day, as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.

Nine years after the first official Mother's Day, commercialization of the U.S. holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become. Mother's Day continues to this day to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.

For example, according to IBISWorld, a publisher of business research, Americans will spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts — like spa treatments — and another $68 million on greeting cards.

Mother's Day will generate about 7.8% of the US jewelry industry's annual revenue in 2008. Americans are expected to spend close to $3.51 billion in 2008 on dining out for Mother's Day, with brunch and dinner being the most popular dining out options [4].

Mother's Day in various parts of the world
In most countries, Mother's Day is a new concept copied from western civilization. In many African countries, the idea of one Mother's Day has its origins in copying the British concept, although there are many festivals and events celebrating mothers within the many diverse cultures on the African continent that have been there centuries before the colonials arrived. In Japan, Mothers' Day is a heavily marketed concept.

Mother's Day is celebrated on different days throughout the world. Examining the trends in Google searches for the term "mothers' day" shows two major blips, the smaller one on the fourth Sunday in Lent (it is also called ladies day and women's day), and the larger one on the second Sunday in May.

p/s: Happy Mother's Day to my beloved mom and mom-in law (Pn. Siti Darisah Hj. Sulaiman and Pn. Hajah Abibah Hj. Sudi) - Luv u all

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Marriage Quotes

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest--never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has been taken. If men or women contemplate an escape, they do not collect all their powers for the task. In none of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange such a "getaway." We cannot love and be limited.

The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success.

If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based.

One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple does not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.

The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which "the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one's skin or color or race" are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs. [Dissent, Winter 1959]

What you are as a single person, you will be as a married person, only to a greater degree. Any negative character trait will be intensified in a marriage relationship, because you will feel free to let your guard down -- that person has committed him to you and you no longer have to worry about scaring him off.

Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, the other, to let her have it.

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong admit it;
Whenever you're right shut up.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The day when I'm finished reading a book called "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better....

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it—not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank—letters with large red sums she can't bear to read—and they're getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something ... just a little something....

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times—and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her "confessions" are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Day When I & Family watched 27 Dresses

27 Dresses

Dibintangi oleh:
Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Judy Greer dan Edward Burns.

Komedi Romantik

Ulasan :
Jika anda sukakan filem ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, mungkin anda juga akan menggemari filem ‘27 Dresses’ ini kerana ia merupakan hasil tulisan daripada penulis yang sama. Filem komedi romantik ini menampilkan Katherine Heigl sebagai teraju utama yang membawakan watak Jane, individu yang idealistik, romantik, tetapi tidak yakin dengan diri sendiri.

Filem ini mengisahkan tentang kehidupan Jane, seorang wanita yang terlalu taksub dengan majlis perkahwinan. Dia bukan sahaja gemar menghadirinya, tetapi dia juga bertindak sebagai perancang perkahwinan merangkap pengapit kepada pengantin perempuan.

Ketaksubannya itu membuatkan rutin hariannya sentiasa dipenuhi dengan majlis perkahwinan. Bayangkan, dalam masa satu malam, Jane harus berada di dua majlis perkahwinan yang diadakan di dua lokasi berbeza. Walaupun harus bergegas ke sana sini, Jane tetap enjoy melakukannya dan yang paling menarik Jane mempunyai sealmari pakaian pengapit yang pernah digayakannya – sebanyak 27 pasang!

Dalam kesibukan tugasnya, rupa-rupanya Jane menyimpan perasaan terhadap bossnya, George (Burns). Tetapi dia tidak berani meluahkan perasaannya itu kerana risau yang dia hanya bertepuk sebelah tangan. Namun, apabila adiknya, Tess (Akerman) mula menjalinkan hubungan cinta dengan George, Jane mula menyedari ada yang tidak kena dengan dirinya. Lebih memburukkan keadaan, apabila Tess dan George mengambil keputusan untuk berkahwin.

Walaupun Jane kecewa kerana Tess akan berkahwin dengan jejaka pujaannya, dia terpaksa bersetuju untuk merancang perkahwinan adiknya itu. Dalam berhadapan dengan kekecewaannya itu, Jane sering meluahkan perasaannya kepada Kevin, kenalannya yang merupakan seorang penulis kolum perkahwinan di salah sebuah akhbar.

Sebenarnya, Jane bukan sahaja patah hati kerana adiknya akan berkahwin dengan George, tetapi ada sebab lain yang membuatkan dia merasakan Tess tidak layak untuk berkahwin dengan George.

Hendak tahu bagaimana kesudahan filem ini? Saksikannya di pawagam berhampiran anda. Jangan risau, ‘27 Dresses’ memang menghiburkan dan yang paling penting ia mempunyai pengakhiran yang cukup romantik!

Info Menarik:
Heroin filem ini, Katherine Heigl mula menjadi perhatian setelah membintangi drama bersiri ‘Roswell’. Namanya semakin melonjak apabila dia turut berlakon di dalam drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ dengan memegang watak sebagai Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens. Pencapaiannya dalam lakonan terbukti apabila dia menerima Anugerah Emmy pada tahun 2007 dan turut tercalon untuk Anugerah Golden Globe.

Beauty is in the Maths

Is there a connection between health, beauty and mating? You bet, writes DR ALBERT LIM KOK HOOI.

THE mating game is as old as the human species. It has been so shaped by culture and tradition that its current form often eludes us. Mating, beauty and health are three sides of an equilateral triangle.

The world’s expenditure in pursuit of beauty runs to billions of ringgit every year.

In Malaysia, beauty salons, hair salons and nail salons have mushroomed. We buy cosmetics, skin care products and shampoo to the tune of hundreds of millions of ringgit.

We pursue yoga and qigong because they bring out our “inner beauty”.
Closely linked to beauty is health. We go for walks and jogs when the weather permits. If not, we hit the gym to pound the treadmill and pump iron.

We witness the convergence of good health and good looks at the upmarket fitness centres that dot the Klang Valley.

Is there a connection between health, beauty and mating?

You bet. In the last two decades, scientific research has shown the inextricable link between these three.

Beautiful women are beautiful universally. One mathematical ratio that determines beauty and health is the waist-hip ratio (WHR).

Professor Devendra Singh, a psychologist at the University of Texas, has studied WHR extensively.

He has noted in his research that women who are recognisably “beautiful” and “attractive” have a WHR of 0.7 or thereabouts.

Tests on men, from Africa to the Azores, was also consistent on this ratio.

Both Twiggy (as thin as a reed) and Marilyn Monroe (as meaty as they come) had a 0.7 waist-hip ratio.

A woman with this ratio has

l minimal abdominal fat signifying high estrogen level and good health and

l a pelvic brim large enough for a baby to pass through the birth canal.

Unconsciously, men are looking for healthy women with good reproductive potential.

Men and women prefer symmetry in their potential mates.

In a study by Professor Thornhill and Steven Gangestad of the University of Mexico, hundreds of college-age women and men had their ears, feet, ankles, hands and elbows measured.

Questionnaires revealed that men who were more symmetrical started having sex three to four years earlier and had more sex partners than their asymmetrical counterparts.

Symmetrical people smell better too. The professors found that women prefer the smell of symmetrical men. Have you ever fallen in love with a date whose smell turns you off?

Complexion counts for a lot. Almost all of beauty therapy is about skincare. We strive for a good complexion. If it comes naturally, all the better. If not, we cough out big bucks for facials.

We use sunscreen lotion (the higher the SPF, the better) and skincare products to show our better face to the world.

A good complexion is a good surrogate measure of good health. Good health underpins fertility. A fertile mate is what we look for (consciously or unconsciously) in our quest to pass on our genes.

Another strong indicator of physical beauty is “averageness” or “koinophilia”.

When shapes of human faces are averaged together (lips that are neither too thick nor knife-edge thin and eyes which are not goldfish-like or slits), they become closer to the ideal image.

They are perceived as attractive. The irony of it all is that the ideal beauty is the average look.

In an experiment, men and women in the United States were asked to put together eyes, nose, lips, chin and facial shape using the ID kits used by the police in composing pictures of suspects.

The ideal man resembles Richard Gere while the ideal woman resembles Winona Ryder.

Is beauty only skin-deep? It seems so. What is inner beauty? It is probably good health. Why all the bother with beauty and good health? To look for the ideal mate, of course.

The pursuit of beautiful women goes back to ancient times.

The oldest reference linking beauty and small waist size (another and perhaps more accurate indicator than the waist-hip ratio) is the epithet of Queen Nefertiri, the favourite wife of Ramses II. “The buttocks are full, but her waist is narrow.... the one for who[m] the sun shines...”

Dr Albert Lim Kok Hooi is a practising oncologist. His eclectic interests include evolutionary biology and philosophy of science. He sees himself as a public educator on science.

Articles taken from the New Straits Times

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Day When I & Family Watched DUYUNG

(Mermaid) is a Malaysian fantasy comedy film that was released on March 6, 2008[2]. The film is directed by A. Razak Mohaideen and produced by KRU Films (now known as KRU Studios) in association with Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd and Line Clear Motion Pictures. It stars Saiful Apek as a kind-hearted man who encounters a mermaid, portrayed by Maya Karin.


The story take places at the east coast of Sabah. Duyung tells the tale of a young man named Jimmy who has this habit of taking care of the environment. He also has a weird habit which is not well received by the other villagers. Jimmy befriends Orix an apeman species. Quietly he developes this feeling for Aspalela the daughter of Tok Mudim the leader of the villager.

One day Jimmy visited Tok Mudim's house to ask his daughter's hand in marriage but was denied approval from Tok Mudim. He furthermore challenged Jimmy to have a land of his own if he wishes to marry his daughter. With a struck of a genius idea using recycled items he created his own land but to his surprise, every morning as he wakes up his land seemed to expand bigger and bigger not only just that but the trees grow taller as well. He assumed that Aspalela had something to do with all of these changes to motivate him. After all he has worked for Tok Mudim still refused to give his daughters hand in marriage. Kordi the most successful guy at the village also wishes to marry Aspalela. Kordi also is very much displeased with Jimmy as he forbids him from fishing. Kordi who has had enough of Jimmy's attitude forced him out of the village and comicly told him to marry a mermaid instead. Kordi destroyed Jimmy's land and fled off.

After all that had happened, Jimmy began to build back his island. While rebuilding the island he had not noticed that a real mermaid had got caught in one of the knots on the island. He managed to give a helping hand to the mermaid and since then they became close friends. Jimmy also became rich after the many gold gifts the mermaid gave him. Kordi was not pleased seeing Jimmy with all of his riches and decided to investigate where his wealth was coming from. It led him to the capture of the mermaid.


* Maya Karin as Puteri the Duyung
* Saiful Apek as Jimmy
* Yassin Yahya as Orix
* Yasmin Hani as Aspalela
* Awie as Kordi
* Raja Noor Baizura as Ma kOnah
* Abu Bakar Omar as Pak Keoi
* Hafidzuddin Fazil as Wan Pagek
* Rosnah Mat Aris as Mak Tungkik
* Iqbal Mydin as Apai
* Azhari Mohd Zain as Joli

Monday, March 10, 2008

Election 2008: Barisan Nasional holds on to seven states

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a day of shocks for Barisan Nasional as some of its big guns tumbled in the general election.
Though it had managed to secure a simple majority in parliament, the loose opposition alliance of the DAP, Pas and PKR managed to take control of Penang, Kedah, Selangor, Perak and retained Kelantan comfortably.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Gerakan acting president and outgoing Penang chief minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Wanita Umno deputy head Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil were among the main casualties for BN.

Samy Vellu lost the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat on his 72nd birthday, which virtually ended a long and colourful career in politics spanning more than 30 years.

Koh, who moved from a state seat to contest the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat, lost to DAP newcomer P. Ramasamy, while Shahrizat was also beaten by a newcomer, Nurul Izzah Anwar of PKR, in Lembah Pantai.
The tide against BN also saw the ruling coalition losing its two-thirds majority in parliament and suffering casualties in Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, Umno treasurer Datuk Seri Mohd Azim Zabidi, and deputy ministers Datuk M. Kayveas (Prime Minister's Department) and Datuk Tan Chai Ho (Home Affairs).

However, the BN retained control of other states, although it saw some of its margins shaved from the previous election in 2004.

It reigned supreme in Johor, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Malacca, Terengganu, Perlis and won Negri Sembilan by a simple majority.

But the sensation was in the unexpected defeats that took a huge toll on Umno's main partners in the BN, namely the MCA, MIC and Gerakan.

MCA, which already did not have its deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek in its lineup, was further crippled with the defeat of Tan, central committee member Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, deputy Wanita chief Datuk Chew Mei Fun and vice-president Datuk Donald Lim.

As for Gerakan, of the 12 parliamentary seats it contested, it lost 10 and won only in Gerik and Simpang Renggam. It also lost 26 of the 31 state seats it vied for.

Apart from Samy Vellu, all of the other top leaders in the MIC were also ousted - deputy president Datuk G Palanivel in Hulu Selangor, vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan in Teluk Kemang, Youth chief S.A. Vigneswaran in Kota Raja and Wanita chief P. Komala Devi in Kapar.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi retained his seat in Kepala Batas as did his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Pekan.

They and other top BN leaders monitored the results from the BN's headquarters at the Putra World Trade Centre.

The results and the upsets in many places put paid to opposition claims that the election process lacked transparency and that the Election Commission was biased towards the ruling coalition.

The results in Penang were stunning as it was the first time in 39 years that the opposition has managed to take over the state.

Koh, who was chief minister for 18 years, had an audience with the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Rahman Abbas shortly before 9pm to concede defeat.

In 1969, Gerakan, which was then a newly formed opposition party, captured the state government, winning 16 of the 24 state seats, with Dr Lim Chong Eu as chief minister.

Up against the challenges of running an opposition state government and the political realities of the day, the party formed a coalition government two years later and shortly after, it joined the ruling federal coalition in an expanded Barisan Nasional.

(articles taken from The New Straits Times Online)

The dawn of new era in Selangor

THE people of Selangor woke up on Sunday morning to confront a new government for the first time in Malaysian history.

With a majority of seats won over by the former opposition parties, the Selangor can expect a new administration, both at state and local government levels.
Derek Fernandez

The most ostensible change the people will witness is the replacement of the Menteri Besar (MB) and the members of his office.

“The new MB will appoint new people. My take is that all the existing councillors in the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Subang Jaya Town Council (MPSJ) will be removed, and there are good chances that the new councillors appointed are those who live within the constituencies,” said Derek Fernandez, an expert in local government and town planning law.

He said under the Local Government Act 1976, the appointment of councillors is the prerogative of the MB.

Which meant that political affiliation would not hold weight in the appointment of a councillor, as was the practise in the old regime, added Fernandez.

“For instance, Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing assemblyman, DAP) has promised to appoint to the council community leaders and professionals in their own fields,” he said.

This would pave the way for local government elections; however, the same Act would have to be amended at the Federal and state levels for it to be possible.

“The new MB would have to consult with his legal experts to find out if a unilateral amendment can be made to move for elections at the local government level.”

Fernandez believes the appointment of new officers would result in a check on the revenue situation of the council.

“The change in the people in office, will follow with structural changes and implementation of policies which may translate to substantial enhancement in the quality of life for the people of Selangor.

“I hope there will be transparency which translates to prosperity for all levels of the community in PJ,” he said.

(articles taken from The Star Online)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Raising A Reader

Being as a mother is not an easy job with a grown children aged 7 and 6 years old as you have to struggle and show a good example to them especially on their development progress. One of it is READING practice, in my case I have to be more patience in terms of teaching my children on how to be a good reader at their young age.

Reading begins at home. As a parent you are the first and most important link on the road to reading. Enjoy stories with your child from a very early age. Even newborns can sense your enthusiasm when you read to them. Try to set aside a special time each and every day that you and your child can enjoy a number of books together without interruption. Your child will signal you when he or she begins to tire of this activity. Let this be your clue that story time has ended. It is probably best to let your child dictate the length of time spent reading and you will find that as the activity becomes standard, your child will sit and listen for longer periods of time.

Be sure and engage your child in conversations, for communicating orally is a prerequisite to understanding the written word. Encourage and ask questions like "Why?", "What would you have done?" or "Who was your favorite character?" from a book or television show.

Your child will have a lot of fun choosing books from the library or bookstore and will enjoy even the simplest of tales. Once your child begins to read independently, take turns reading to each other. This is also a great time to begin to read longer stories, perhaps a chapter or two a day. There are plenty of books out there that will keep them on the edge of their seats until the next reading session.

Be certain that your child has the opportunity to watch you enjoy reading. Don't save those newspapers, magazines or novels until after the little ones are in bed.

Your child will begin to read on their own timetable. They may be a "listener" longer than other children their age. Don't fret, they will begin to read when the time is right for them. Should you have a question about their reading ability, don't hesitate to ask your pediatrician or school personnel about early reading and literacy programs in your community. They may be able to suggest steps to take to further your child's reading abilities.

Don't be a prisoner of age related material. Use age suggestions as a guideline only. Even very young children can listen to and comprehend rather technical, scientific or historical books. Your child may be interested in dinosaurs or trains for example. Let them choose their books and read them over and over if necessary. If it is a subject dear to their heart, they will become a walking, talking encyclopedia on the subject!

Make a habit of giving children's books or magazine subscriptions as gifts. There are books and magazines for every interest and age group. If in doubt, a gift certificate from a book seller is a great gift for all ages.

Write your own stories! Even a child that cannot write yet can dictate a story to you. Keep a journal of these stories. They will make a wonderful keepsake and will bring back very special memories for you and your child. Encourage older children to keep a journal or diary. This not only allows them to perfect their writing skills but will help them relieve the stresses of everyday life. Ask relatives or out of town friends to correspond by mail with your child, not only do they get the thrill of receiving their own mail, they will enjoy reading their letters and best of all replying to them.

Playing word games is also a fun way to learn new words and develop a much larger vocabulary. Board games like scrabble and homemade games are excellent learning tools. Try playing rhyming games with your child when driving or walking. Think of a word and each of you take a turn thinking up words (real or imagined) that rhyme with it.

Get your child a dictionary. This will not only be educational but your child might even spend time reading it and discover lots of new words!

Always have a book with you! A short story is just the thing to pass the time when waiting in line, sitting at the doctor's office or picking up siblings from school.

Monday, February 18, 2008


What are the symptoms of endometrosis and what is it exactly?

Chronic pelvic pain
Pain during periods
Poinful sexual encounters
Ongoing fatigue
Extensive allergies
Difficulty becoming pregnant

Many women suffer from pain each month. Doctor's are now learning these are more than just complaints but a serious disorder, the invisible cause of so much suffering.

Endometriosis, is a chronic and puzzling condition in which cells from the lining of a woman's uterus, or endometrium, also grow elsewhere in the pelvic area, causing pain, cysts, even blockages. An estimated six million women and girls suffer from the condition, which is believed to be the leading cause of infertility and accounts for many unwanted hysterectomies. Endometrosis is a a chronic and puzzling condition in which in which cells from the lining of a woman's uterus, or endometrium, also grow elsewhere in the pelvic area, causing pain, cysts, even blockages. An estimated six million women and girls suffer from the condition, which is believed to be the leading cause of infertility and accounts for many unwanted hysterectomies.

The condition has been so overlooked as a research area that a recent article in Forbes magazine noted the theories about what causes the condition have hardly been updated in 80 years.

A recent survey by the Endometrosis Association discovered ( of 4.000 women participating) two thirds of these women began suffering symptoms before the age of 20. 96% of the women surveyed suffered strong pain and yet it took their Doctor's approximately five years to come up with the diagnosis.


Some of the symptoms (severe pain, bowel problems, headaches and joint aches) have suggested to that the disease may be an immune system disorder (yet another theory) and I was one of those women diagnosed prior to advances in research. Hysterectomy is frequently the physicians solution.

The most important thing every woman can do for herself is seek knowledge and information. Talk with other women who have it. Search our health-care professionals that listen and respect you and your point of view. Those who are genuinely concerned with your needs. The mental battle can be the most difficult. It is critical for your own well being to seek assistance.


There are many treatments available for the condition (which is confirmed by a laparoscopy), but the trick is finding the one that works for you. Surgery can remove some of the tissue, but it could grow back. Medications help quell the pain, and various hormone treatments might put the condition into remission for awhile.

The disease's cause is still unclear. One theory suggests that environmental toxins such as dioxin and PCBs cause the condition. Another is that during menstruation, some of the menstrual tissue backs up through the fallopian tubes, implants in the abdomen and grows.

Provides excellent information on endometrosis and it's links to other disorders. (i.e., chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

One thing is abundantly clear. Unless women join forces and demand further reasearch,
this condition will continue to bring pain and suffering to millons of women.
Contact your congressman or woman today.

Together we can make a difference.

Endometrioid cyst

An endometrioma, endometrioid cyst, endometrial cyst, or chocolate cyst is caused by endometriosis, and formed when a tiny patch of endometrial tissue (the mucous membrane that makes up the inner layer of the uterine wall) bleeds, sloughs off, becomes transplanted, and grows and enlarges inside the ovaries. As the blood builds up over months and years, it turns brown. When it ruptures, the material spills over into the pelvis and onto the surface of the uterus, bladder, bowel, and the corresponding spaces between. Treatment for endometriosis can be medical or surgical. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently used first in patients with pelvic pain, particularly if the diagnosis of endometriosis has not been definitively established. The goal of directed medical treatment is to achieve an anovulatory state. Typically, this is achieved initially using hormonal contraception. This can also be accomplished with progestational agents (i.e., medroxyprogesterone), danazol, gestrinone, or gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH), as well as other less well-known agents. These agents are generally used if oral contraceptives and NSAIDs are ineffective. GnRH can be combined with estrogen and progestogen (add-back therapy) without loss of efficacy but with fewer hypoestrogenic symptoms. Laparoscopic surgical approaches include ablation of implants, lysis of adhesions, removal of endometriomas, uterosacral nerve ablation, and presacral neurectomy. They frequently require surgical removal. Conservative surgery can be performed to preserve fertility in young patients. Laparoscopic surgery provides pain relief and improved fertility over diagnostic laparoscopy without surgery. Definitive surgery is a hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy.


About 95% of ovarian cysts are benign, meaning they are not cancerous.[citation needed]

Treatment for cysts depends on the size of the cyst and symptoms. For small, asymptomatic cysts, the wait and see approach with regular check-ups will most likely be recommended.

Pain caused by ovarian cysts may be treated with:

* pain relievers, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or narcotic pain medicine (by prescription) may help reduce pelvic pain. NSAIDs usually work best when taken at the first signs of the pain.

* a warm bath, or heating pad, or hot water bottle applied to the lower abdomen near the ovaries can relax tense muscles and relieve cramping, lessen discomfort, and stimulate circulation and healing in the ovaries. Bags of ice covered with towels can be used alternately as cold treatments to increase local circulation.

* chamomile herbal tea (Matricaria recutita) can reduce ovarian cyst pain and soothe tense muscles.

* urinating as soon as the urge presents itself.

* avoiding constipation, which does not cause ovarian cysts but may further increase pelvic discomfort.

* in diet, eliminating caffeine and alcohol, reducing sugars, increasing foods rich in vitamin A and carotenoids (e.g., carrots, tomatoes, and salad greens) and B vitamins (e.g., whole grains).

* combined methods of hormonal contraception such as the combined oral contraceptive pill -- the hormones in the pills may regulate the menstrual cycle, prevent the formation of follicles that can turn into cysts, and possibly shrink an existing cyst. (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1999c; Mayo Clinic, 2002e)

Also, limiting strenuous activity may reduce the risk of cyst rupture or torsion.

Cysts that persist beyond two or three menstrual cycles, or occur in post-menopausal women, may indicate more serious disease and should be investigated through ultrasonography and laparoscopy, especially in cases where family members have had ovarian cancer. Such cysts may require surgical biopsy. Additionally, a blood test may be taken before surgery to check for elevated CA-125, a tumor marker, which is often found in increased levels in ovarian cancer, although it can also be elevated by other conditions resulting in a large number of false positives.

For more serious cases where cysts are large and persisting, doctors may suggest surgery. Some surgeries can be performed to successfully remove the cyst(s) without hurting the ovaries, while others may require removal of one or both ovaries.

Monday, January 28, 2008

SUHARTO: A legacy divided

32 YEARS OF RULE WITH AN IRON FIST: Allies and critics of former president Suharto, who died yesterday aged 86, agree that his legacy still looms large in Indonesia's political, economic and cultural life. Suharto's autocratic rule, over more than three decades, was marked by rampant corruption, cronyiam and widespread human abuses. But ethnic blood-letting, a ruined economy and weak government in the years after Suharto's fall led some Indonesians to yearn for a return to his tough style of leadership. That view faded as Indonesia embraced democracy and recovered, and many could never forgive the graft and human rights abuses of the Suharto era. Suharto's stamp on Indonesia was, however, so strong that a decade after his ouster, the country is still struggling to deal with his legacy...

MOHAMMED Suharto, the son of poor peasants, rose to lead the world's most populous Muslim nation for 32 years and turned the backward Asian nation into a tiger economy.

A man of few words, Suharto was complex and charismatic, and both reviled and loved by the people. He is remembered as the father of development by some and a butcher by others.

"I like Suharto very much," said Sumirah, a domestic helper from Tegal, central Java. "When he was president, life was easy. There was always enough to eat, basic commodities were cheap.

"Now life is very, very hard."
Even as he brought development to Indonesia, Suharto also presided over some of the worst atrocities in modern Indonesian history.

He ruled the vast archipelago of 17,000 islands with an iron fist. Dissent was brutally crushed by the military.

Unlike his predecessor, Indonesia's founding father Sukarno, who united the country through patriotism and oratory, Suharto held Indonesia's disparate religious, ethnic and social groups together by sheer force.

"The meanest and cruellest dictator is the one who can smile while his hands are covered in blood," said journalist Rudy Madanir.

Suharto seized power from Sukarno during the 1960s against the backdrop of the Cold War. Fate presented Suharto with the opportunity to change the course of Indonesian history on Sept 30, 1965, when six generals and a lieutenant were kidnapped and killed by a group of leftist officers.

Suharto, then a two-star general and head of the strategic army reserve Kostrad, was tasked with putting down the coup attempt and prosecuting the perpetrators.

When news came that army commander Ahmad Yani was among those killed, Suharto took control of the army. It blamed the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) for plotting and carrying out the coup.

Thus began a violent bloodbath to purge the country of communists.

The army, on Suharto's orders, embarked on a campaign to incite the people to attack communist party members, the country's tiny ethnic Chinese community and Sukarno loyalists.

Hundreds of thousands of PKI members and ethnic Chinese were hunted down and slaughtered. Real and suspected PKI members were taken away from their homes by local vigilantes and army units and killed by knife or bayonet.

Estimates of the death toll number from 100,000 to more than a million. It was one of the worst massacres of the 20th century.

Suharto moved swiftly to consolidate his hold over the armed forces, purging it of Sukarno loyalists and communist sympathisers.

In March 1967, Suharto was formally named acting president, and a year later, president.

Suharto's rise to power took many by surprise. He was an unknown army general who had displayed little interest in politics.

The force of Suharto's willpower can be traced back to his poverty-stricken and difficult childhood. He was born into a family of poor peasants on June 8, 1921 in Kemusuk village near the royal city of Yogyakarta, Central Java, during the Dutch colonial era.

His parents' marriage broke up before he turned 2. He was brought up by each of his remarried parents and relatives in different villages at various times, and knew no stability in his young life.

The hardship of his childhood and youth shaped his character.

As the leader of Southeast Asia's largest country, he set out to rebuild Indonesia's shattered economy by appointing a group of Western-trained economists.

Suharto reined in the country's inflation, stabilised the rupiah and attracted foreign direct investment, which created jobs and raised the standard of living for millions of poor people.

Throughout his rule, Suharto rarely spoke in public but smiled very often and earned himself the nickname "the Smiling General".

He left it to his generals and ministers to make public announcements. The distance added to his enigma and princely persona, which inspired fear, admiration and loyalty among the people.

It was only in the company of peasants, the people who toiled the land with their hands, that Suharto felt at home.

The agricultural community, numbering in the millions, held a special place in Suharto's heart. He paid close attention to their needs, which in turn earned him their loyalty.

But among many Indonesians, Suharto was reviled for his human rights abuses and the corruption, cronyism and nepotism involving his children, family and friends.

Indonesia's invasion of Timor Leste and annexation in 1975 resulted in the death of some 200,000 people at the hands of the armed forces. Military operations in the restive province of Aceh also claimed thousands of lives.

In 1998, when the Asian economic crisis hit Indonesia, the rupiah lost almost 80 per cent of its value. Overnight, millions were thrown out of work and languished below the poverty line.

Amid widespread civil unrest, Suharto resigned on May 21, 1998. He subsequently lived a quiet life in the leafy suburb of Menteng in central Jakarta, and was rarely seen in public.

Critics and anti-corruption campaigners accused Suharto's family of amassing US$45 billion (RM148.5 billion) in kickbacks or deals during his time in office. His family have denied such charges.

Last year, state prosecutors filed a civil suit claiming US$440 million in state funds and a further US$1 billion in damages for alleged misuse of money held by one of Suharto's charity foundations.

Right till the end, Suharto remained an ambiguous, controversial figure.

(articles taken from the New Straits Times)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Plan for a beautiful new year eve party for celebrating the new beginning in the top places like KLCC, Sg. Wang, or even to overseas such as Edinburgh, London, New York. Find information about top cruise vacation for your new year holidays.

No matter how successful one has been in following the resolutions in previous year, one makes fresh resolutions for the coming year with full determination and will. The starting days of New Year are the most crucial in order to plan for the entire year. These are the days when most of the people sketch a graph for the whole year. To materialize the things thought of is somewhat difficult but still some people manage to do so. New Year resolutions provide a sort of direction to people to lead the coming year.

Some of the most popular New Year resolutions are – losing weight, earning a good amount of money, paying debts, starting a good exercise regime and resolving conflicts. Some people also think of giving money in charity in the coming year.

New Year resolution tips are easily available through many sources. Internet is one such source where you can find many New Year resolution tips. New Year is fast approaching – this is the time to make feasible New Year resolutions. Some people make such resolutions that are impractical and impossible. And afterwards, these people find it difficult to follow such resolutions. This is one reason that leads to sadness in many people.

New Year resolutions should be such that they are easy to follow. The simple rule is that – don’t expect too much from yourself. Try to find out what you can do easily and stick to them. Going out of the way to prove yourself to others is of no use. Get only achievable tips for New Year resolution. Things that will make you a better human being and help you lead a more comforting life should be made the New Year resolutions. The bottom line is that – change for the better in the coming year!

Happy New Year 2008 to all my friends....Wishing you and your family with an excellent health, peace, joy & prosperous New Year.

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