Monday, 24 September 2007

Weekend during Ramadhan

Time moves so fast…unnoticed! Really!! I just realize it today after viewing my calendar. What to say, today is already 12th of Ramadhan and raya is just less than three weeks more to go. Ohh, I really hate to think about raya; not because I have to spend a lot for the kiddos' ang pau but the traffic flowing out from KL will be so terrible and nightmare. Experienced it last year and years before. Stranded in the middle of the North-South Expressway; somewhere in Tapah I think. Stop it! I really hate to recall those bad experiences I encountered. They really haunted me….

Yesterday as usual, I went for outing in One Utama for movie before heading to Standard Chartered Tower for my workout session. I didn't plan to buy anything but since I got 40 bucks vouchers from Nike, I just used them all to buy another tee; look nice and I just spent less than 50 bucks for such a nice Nike tee. Thanks to Sportsland. Well, I have another 50 bucks vouchers from Studio R. Let see what I can get with that amount. J

Felt a bit tired during my workout time; maybe due to dehydration but it couldn't stop me from enjoying my sweet workout time!! Well, just to mention here that I assume my workout rountines as usual during this holy Ramadhan and I feel more enthusiastic doing so. Fasting month is not meant to freeze all the routines and activities we normally do in other months. Ramadhan, conceptually can be defined as a school (madrasah) that educates (tarbiyyah) us to be better persons. Its true and I always belive that we should become stronger, more enthusiastic and highly spirit during this holy month but unfortunately, majority of Malays (always referred as Muslims in Malaysia although it's not 100% true) have different definition on this holy month. It's the month to spend more and waste money and other resources. It's the month that weaken us thus we have to sleep and rest more. I don't think this is the spirit and objective of fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan. Definitely, it's totally wrong!! Watch out, dude! I'm giving tazkirah here. J

Back to the main topic. After my two-hour workout session, went to the night market in TTDI. Too many things there especially varieties of foods and colourful delicacies and made me feel a bit stimulated. Anyway, I didn't back home empty handed but with a few small bags/containers of look-good foods (I couldn't taste them what!!). Whatever it is, I still missed my "kanji". Very very much……

Monday, 17 September 2007

Hey, I make a comeback again!!

Damn it!!! It has been so long from the last posting…what a lazy me!! Not even a single line posting; wake up…wake up. Not to say I was so busy in the last couple of months but I would regard this as "laziness syndrome" and I am affected. Maybe I was overdosed by certain elements; something related to hedonistic culture maybe. I have to admit that I missed blogging so much but something seemed like tied me up from doing so. Nah! Just another excuse to put the blame on others. Well, this is what we always do rite?? Or prefer to do. Okay, enough is enough and I admit my weakness for being inconsistent on blogging and abandoned my 'baby' this long. What a great lost to me as many events took place in the last few months and I lost the chance to record any. Those memorable and unforgetful events just passed without a single acknowledgement in this blog.

Maybe some of you wonder what encouraged me to make another comeback this time. I resist to stop blogging at least for the time being until I get the mood back but as wise people said, once you keep on waiting and hoping for the mood, you are waiting for nothing. Whatelse can I do if people around me especially my colleagues are so passionate with their blogs. Last time as I could remember (my memory is getting bad these days!), only me and my senior in this blogging world. But now, it seems like mushrooms after a rainy season where everyone starts to blog. Not to name any but I can see colours around me. U name it!! Pink, blue, yellow, green are everywhere. Pink especially; seems like pinky waves invade my office as I can see pink everywhere. Anyway, when we pray, we ask from The Almighty to bless us with "pink of health". So, don't you agree that pink is everywhere?

I got so many things to mention here but my excitement, enthusiastic and eagerness made me forgot everything. What a weak memory again! I still need time to get back the pace and momentum as last time. Yeah, I need to continue blogging if I want to keep my standard of English. Else, the same thing will happen to me as what had happened to my French last time; saying "au revoir" without my own notice. A great loss to myself and the government who spent a substantial amount of money for me to learn the language.

Finally from bottom of my heart, I would like to take this opportunity though it might be a bit late to wish all my Muslim brothers and sisters, Happy fasting month of Ramadhan. May this Ramadhan brings us Rahmah (mercy of God), Maghfirah (forgiveness of God) and Najah (salvation) respectively. Insya Allah.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

The Chronicles of Cacamarba: Part II

Cacamarba, a kingdom with full of vibrant, young and talented people are no longer the same as the previous Cacamarba. Since the new leadership changed and the helm was taken over by the Monstrous Queen, the kingdom is like in upside down; similar like Acheh after the great tsunami. The calm, harmony and peaceful Cacamarba is no longer exist and becomes part of the history. The democracy that all the while becomes the pride of this kingdom is totally dead with no tomb.

Under the dictatorship style of the new leadership, voices of people is never been considered and the decisions are made without taking the advices from all the ministers and barristers appointed in the cabinet of Cacamarba. Concensus decision as part of the strong culture in this kingdom is totally out of the box in the Monstrous Queen shallow mind and judgement. Not only that, most if not all of the good values inculcated and nurtured by the previous leadership are now been replaced by a new set of evil values introduced by this duplicate, inconsistent stupid queen. Nothing left except the anger, madness and demotivated people that still continue to live in this chaotic kingdom.

So pathetic as Cacamarba has all the resources - richness of ideas, numerous numbers of the smart, idealistic and enthusiastic young people who are willing to do anything to serve their beloved and highly respected Lady Queen for the betterment of the people in this universe. Other kingdoms in Merito have a very high regard to Cacamarba as their focal point to channel all the issues and problems they face because they have the trust that Lady Queen with the assistance of all the ministers and barristers will try at her very best to solve all the issues no matter what the hurdles and challenges are.

The understanding, caring, ability to listen and continuous efforts to improve her kingdom and others who directly deal with Cacamarba is again made Cacamarba and Lady Queen personally well respected by everyone including Lord of the Governance.

But now, all the nice things about Cacamarba are no longer exist and turned to be a nightmare like a bottle of unpleasant smelly fragrance formulated by The Monstrous Queen. People feel like puking whenever see her ugly scary face and not to say the time when she wants to hug others (ladies) like what Lady Queen always do before. People feel warm and comfortable when Lady Queen hugs them but the same feeling never exist even when The Monstrous Queen gets closer to them (don't say about hugging). The difference is like the sky and earth or a cute tame Persian cat in comparison with a fierce, mad and ugly Rottweiler dog.

People always said that Cacamarba under the leadership of Lady Queen is similar as Cordova, an active intellectual city before the Turk handed over to the enemy after they lost in a bloody war. And now, again, it is similar to the dead city of Cordova after the enemy ruled and governed. What a pathetic ending to the both cities, which at one time were glittering under the spotlight!

To be continued.....

Nice body; health comes first!

I think I become more health conscious now. Yeah, it's true and I think I'm taking a good move by controlling my diet. It works anyway!

After two months working hard in the gym plus having controlled proper meals, I can feel the difference now. Last time, my was line was measured at 32.5 inches approximately but now it's only measured at 31 inches. An achievement and a good result to me personally. As a reward for the hard works, a nice brand new Levi's jeans is now belongs to me! Look good is not for showing off purposes but it builds and boost the level of confidence in us. The most important is in whatever we do, we should at the first place satisfy ourselves and fulfil our needs and then only come other parties to be considered.

These few months made me feel so great. I managed to tone up my body (at least I got the basic shape), increase my stamina tremendously and most important I look better especially on my tummy size. Aha, it;s true cos last time I felt that I sort of carry a three months premature fetus but now it seems like I just got abortion with a slimmer tummy. It is yet to achieve my goal but I can say I'm on the right track.

The most effective way to loss weight is by controlling the amount of calories we consume in a day. How to know how much calories that our body needs?? The article said the simplest way is by multiplying our mass (weight) with 12 and the weight measurement should be in lbs. Let say for my case, my weight is 68 kg = 150 lbs x 12 = 1800 (the measurement is in joules I think). So, in order to control my diet, I need to ensure that the calories I consume is not exceed 1800 (joules). This can only be done by having a good plan; distribute the calories equally with number of times you want to eat.

My diet planning is quite simple. Breakfast is a must no matter what but never go for heavy and unnecessary/unhealthy breakfast like nasi lemak and other high LDL cholesterol foods. When it comes to lunch, I'll certainly go for rice but the portion is small. Green vegetables should be included in bigger portion plus a meat; better chicken or fish. Together with that, plain water is required. When it comes to dinner, I'm quite choosy and rice is never in my list. Normally, if I'm alone 'capati' with juice will be my meal. A slice of capati is enough as we do not require more energy at nite. Yeah, nite is only the time for us to rest and let the body replenish energy. Unless you are married, the you might need more energy at nite!! hahaha For my case, there is no need for that though it's a Friday nite. :p No offence arr!!

Through my reading also, I discovered that those who consume slimming pills or other supplementaries without doing exercises (burning fats naturally) or in other words better described as abnormal and extreme technique is highly exposed to many diseases and side effects. Doctors said that though these people have slimmer and nice bodies, but the fats are still inside cos they never burn the fats. That is why the doctors said that those who are slim and have nice bodies still suffer the heart diseases and other illness which normally related to the fat guys. The problem is, the fats are still there and never been burnt. The appearance is nice but the danger are still there. No matter what our goals are, we still should do regular exercises to burn fats naturally despite from taking other supplementaries.

From my point of view as a conservative guy, I am still strongly believed in natural process as there is no shortcuts for doing so. It is just some mediums to speed up and boost the normal processes. It is your choice to achieve your goals but there are things that need to be considered along the way of making the decision. Once the decision has been made, it is hard to turn it back!!

Think carefully, decide wisely and act smartly!

Blades of Glory

It has been a routine or maybe I should say it's a must for me to watch at least a movie during my weekends. So, yesterday after I had my favourite ''mee rebus'' (I think I'm addicted to it), I drove my car to One Utama; one of my favourite hanging places to spend my entire afernoon. Together with my friend, we decided to watch Blades of Glory at 12.20 pm show. A good choice actually!!

This movie is about two skating rivals; Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell), a sex maniac and Jimmy McElroy (Jon Heder), an orphan who's brought up in an orphanage centre but later was adopted by a successful talent searcher. In one major competition where both of them are competing, the judges give them equal points and they are tied to be the co-recipients for the gold medal. Unsatisfied with this, they had mouth war which turned to be an uncontrolled fight which resulted them to be punished by the sport's disciplinary board. The worst part is, both of them are banned for life in the sport and their gold medals were stripped away from them.

To make things worsen, Jimmy's 'adopted father' dumped him and left him alone to continue his life. Chazz on the other hand, works with a small production that producing threatre for kids. His life is considered as pathetic with no direction as he got drunk and was fired in one embarrassing occasion.

After three years, both of them accidentally met and had fight again. They were arrested and been put in a lock-up. Here came Jimmy's ex-coach who told them that they might have the chance to compete again in ther favourite sports despite the lifetime ban. They were actually banned from competiting in ther individual category but not the other categories in the game. So, the coach said they can still compete in skating; not individually but in pair category. This mean that they will be the first male pair to compete in the game.

I'd personally say that this movie is very funny and I really enjoyed watching it after Wild Hogs. As laughter is the best medicine, I'd suggest especially to my beloved colleagues to watch this movie as part of our stress theraphy and an option to get rid of the irritated cum insane 'monster'. Surprisingly, it worked effectively on me!!

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Watch out, I’m back!!

Today, May 17 is a brand new day to me. I don't know why but it's kinda strange feeling in me today; more energetic compared to the same day in calendar last month. It's really a different mood once I woke up and get off from my bed. Whatever it is, I feel so happy and thankful to The Almighty God for giving me the chance to breathe in this beautiful world.

Many things had happened to me in the last one month and those things made me to understand myself better. I'd say the last 30 days were the hardest time in my life for the last few years. Maybe I should make flashbacks to remind myself and record all the major events and incidents I encountered in the past 30 days. April 16 was the day I hardly forget so far. The day when I got my first major accident in my life. It was like a nightmare as me, myself still figure out how could I be at the accident spot that nite as that area wasn't my normal route back to my Kajang home. Maybe it was a destiny and a big lesson for me not to forget myself and where I come from. Thanks to all my friends and colleagues for your moral supports. May God blesses each and everyone of you.

Starting from the day after, I used to adjust myself to a new life; life without a car. To me, it was just like my old days when I rode my bike before I own a car. Luckily, I used to it as I moved around with bike before but it became a challenge as the bike was not moving at all for the past eight months after I purchased the car. Again, I believe that in our lifecycle, there are ups and downs, which we never know when will it happens. After all, it's a cycle and that is the rule and nature of a cycle.

The incident taught me of being more careful and love myself more than the things I own because I can at anytime (provided I got enough money) buy anything I wish to but not my own life. We never know when is our turn to complete our cycle and get back to our creator but the main point is to enjoy every moment in our life. Enjoy here can be interpreted in many ways but I'd prefer to say we fulfil each and every moment in our life by doing the right things.

It's not complete if I don't mention how I moved around without a car. Yeah, I rode a bike but when I was in KL I used to travel by Rapid KL bus and other public transports like Putra LRT, KTM commuter and KL Monorail. Kinda funny cos I always said that the publis transports especially the public bus is not reliable. Now I know that once you pay RM 2 for the inter-city bus, you can use it as many times you want for the same route. Honestly, the last time I used public bus in KL was the time when I studied in a boarding school in Jalan Yaacob Latiff (formerly known as Jalan Tenteram). That time, they called it as Intrakota, owned by DRB-HICOM under the late Tan Sri Yahya Ahmad.

Well, it has been a very long time I never update my blog and I think if I don't do it today then my blog will be another useless garbage in this virtual world. I got many articles that I wrote half way but I saved them in my folder. Unfortunately, I don't think I will publish them as most of them are obsolete and might be not relevant too in the current context especially all my movie reviews. I watched a lot of movies in the past 30 days and the latest was Next. Aha, one thing quite funny happened to me was the Spiderman mania. I had to queue in Mid Valley at 10.00 am in a very long queue just to survive two tickets for 5.30 pm show and just the third row from the screen. What the heck!

I got many things to do in my list now and the list grows longer and longer. Definitely, my blog is one of the main things in the list. Yeah, The Chronicles of Cacamarba Part II is on the way to be published. Watch out guys, I'm back!!!

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

The Chronicles of Cacamarba: Part I

It has been more than two weeks since I last blogging. No updates and no articles posted. It was a tough moment to me considering I was trapped in a lost world called Cacamarba,one of the states in Merito. Cacamarba is governed and ruled by an ugly scary monstrous creature with split personality and inconsistent behaviours named The Monstrous Queen. Damn scary and no word to describe its behaviours. One thing is, this ugly and the most hatred creature and at the same time never ever been accepted in its own community is always talking nonsense with neither substances nor values. Not only that, to make it worsen she always made promises by promises to its Lord of the Governance. Unfortunately and too pitiful, all are empty promises to please Lord of The Governance.

Forget about Lord of The Governance (LOTG) as he is not involve in any dirty games, conspiracies or or any other bad behaviours as his loyal servant, The Monstrous Queen. Again, I have to mention that LOTG has no link or connection by any means to all the nasty actions and behaviours of The Monstrous Queen. Although LOTG has been nice to everybody but The Monstrous Queen feels that she is more calibre and has all the qualities to qualify her to be at the helm to rule Merito. Whatever it is, The Monstrous Queen always claim that she got all the orders direct from LOTG and not only that, she also claims to have direct access to the Lord of The Lords, the one and only who rules the Union of Glory that governs all the nations including Merito.

Her loyal assistant is an ugly virgin poodle (belongs to chien group) with bouledogue attitudes. This poodle together with the Queen's beloved pet, a Pekinese can be considered as judas in our community. For every Segunda-feira in Judaism calendar, the queen will call for a sitzung and everyone must with no excuse to attend this meeting. As usual and no shame at all, the queen will be late for the sitzung; made everyone wait like stupid idiots in the stanza di riunione. Although everyone feels stupid but they (*read as we) still have to wait with fear like rats as the queen is famously well known as the most cruel and inconsiderate but at the same time full of sarcasm in her manners. Once she steps in, the mood of in the stanza will automatically change to be so quiet, dull and unhappy as if everyone is in sorrow after a big earthquake.

To be continued….