Sunday, 6 April 2008

Fried Rice Paradise

Took up my sayang's challenge to cook for dinner last night. She offered to guide me through the cooking but I declined the offer.
It's been ages ago since the last meal I'd cooked for myself, but I dun think I've lost the skill:)

So, here it special Fried Rice..hahahaha

How's the verdict? hmmm...let's just say that she didn't leave any rice grain behind! But I really dunno if that means if it's really delicious or just that she doesn't want to waste any as rice is expensive now...really a food for thought!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

In Memoriam Ibrahim Bin Mahmood

Ibrahim Bin Mahmood 15th June 1968 - 2nd March 1988

Dear brother, I can still remember that day when you gave me your transitlink card to use. You said," Bro, you can use my card, I no longer using it."

I happily took it without knowing that you really meant it and went straight off to work. That night, when I called home to tell mum that I won't be back for dinner, I was shocked to hear dad cried at the end of the line..

Sure, we had fights like all brothers do and we're like total opposites...You're with your Mat Rock image..and I'm the quiet, nerdy one. But deep down inside me, you're the best friend I had..

Al-fatihah.. Semoga Allah S.W.T mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya dan mengampuni dosa-dosanya.Amin

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

I'm back

Gosh! how time's been ages since my last posting. Really need to improve my time management to update this blog more regularly...there have been too many significant moments just passed by without me putting it down in here...i.e getting my driving license on my birthday:-) and passing of a dear friend to cancer:-(

All this events really taught me that life is precious and should try to make the fullest of each day like its your last.

I'm very bad at keeping in touch with old friends.. I mean, really bad at it. Really wonder if my life is too busy that i can't even spare some time to catch up with them...

Hence, I was very surprised just now to receive an sms from an ex-client, she had left the company last year and returned back to her hometown and just wanted to say, I couldn't imagine myself doing that..We never even met each other before, only communicated thru phone and emails. She ever told me that I've got a trusting and friendly voice, is it meh? I dun think I'm all that..well, guessed all the telesales training really helped!

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Hari Raya Puasa is NOT a New Year Celebration

Contrary to popular belief among non-muslims, Hari Raya Puasa is not a new year celebration in the Islamic Calendar. In fact, Hari Raya Puasa or Aidilfitri falls on 1st Syawal, the 10th month in the Islamic calendar.

The Islamic calendar is based on visibility of the crescent Moon. However, this is a very difficult scientific problem. We know perfectly well where the Moon and the Sun are at any given time, but how light must the Moon be and how dark must the sky be before we can see the crescent? And what if the weather is bad?

In the sixties, the actual date for Hari Raya is only announced the day before during the sunset..The MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) officials would gather at the Sultan Shoal lighhouse which situated at the southermost part of Singapore to sight the crescent moon.That got the villagers to scramble around for last minute preparations..

In 1974, MUIS then decided that the new month starts if at sunset on the eve of the 29th day the Moon is above the horizon. (The Muslim calendar in Singapore is based on latitude 1 20' 34'' N and longitude 103 51' 08'' E.) In the 80s, they decided to follow a variation of the 1978 Istanbul criteria and require that the altitude of the Moon should be more than 5 degrees at sunset.
In the 90s they switched to 2 degrees. This was part of an attempt to coordinate the major holidays with Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, which occasionally may lead to different results. As MUIS is the sole and final authority on the Muslim calendar and affairs in Singapore. It is very convenient that they use predictions and let the public know their criteria.
So the next time you want to wish a muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya greetings, do not say "Happy New Year" to them. Just a simple "Selamat Hari Raya" will do:)

Monday, 8 October 2007

Countdown to Hari Raya

4 more days of fasting before Hari Raya! As usual, we're super freaking busy with all the preparations for the big day. My sayang, as usual.. bakes her pineapple tarts and other cookies herself:) nothing beats homemade stuff...yummy:)

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Democracy in Myanmar

Have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. Last month Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in -- but they've been brutally attacked by the military regime.

I just signed a petition calling on Burma's powerful ally China and the UN security council to step in and pressure Burma's rulers to stop the killing. The petition has exploded to over 500,000 signatures in a few days and is being advertised in newspapers around the world, delivered to the UN Security Council, and broadcast to the Burmese people by radio.

We're trying to get to 1 million signatures this week, please sign below and tell everyone!

Thank you so much for your help!

Free Burma!

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Dumbo telesales guy

Received a very stupid call this afternoon from a dumbo telesales guy promoting a Beauty Health how it goes:

Dumbo Caller: Hello, Is this Mr Hu?

Me: Sorry, you'got a wrong number.

Dumbo Caller: Oh, may I know who is this?

Me: You're looking for Mr Hu, I'm not Mr got a wrong number

Dumbo Caller: Is this 9859 XXXX, I'm calling from a Beuty Health salon, we're offering you a free facial need to buy anything.

Me: Yes, this is 9859 XXXX, but I'm not Mr Hu and I'm not interested.

Dumbo Caller: But you can give it to your wife, if any..or your family and friend.

Me: I'm not interested..(getting a bit agitated now..)

Dumbo Caller: You mean you're not interested to give to anyone? May I know who am I speaking with?

Me: ( this guy really testing my patience...) Look here, you're calling for Mr Hu..I've told you I'm not Mr Hu and I'm not interested in your products..and why do you need to know my name? I don't even care to know yours!

Dumbo Caller: Why are you getting agitated? .....(duh????)

Me: ..Enough said..( ends the call....looking back, I really wonder why I didn't just end the call much earlier..)

Some people..dunno what's in their head...