Saturday, March 28, 2015

GST and April Fool's Day

1 April is famous with April Fools Day(sometimes called All Fools' Day).

It is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools". Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a national holiday in any country.

When I was a child in primary school, I myself played practical jokes with my friends and laughed about it.

This year (2015), Malaysia will start implementing GST (Goods & Services Tax). No, this is NOT a practical joke! This is for real.

What many people say that generally price of goods will come down by the abolishment of SST and the establishment of GST. This is a JOKE! It is the BIGGEST joke ever!

Let us observe what will happen come 1 April 2015.

Happy April Fools Day everyone

One person's misery did not prevent the neighbour from executing a well planned event

Malaysia and Singapore are 2 neighbouring countries which was once one nation.

On 23 Mar 2015, the founder of Singapore, Mr Lee Kwan Yew passed away.

On the same day, Johor Sultan was crowned in a historic ceremony and Johor state was given a holiday.

On 29 Mar 2015, the cremation of Mr Lee will be held. On the same day, Malaysia will host the most awaited event, the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.

One nation's misery will not stop their neighbouring nation from postponing events that have been planned much earlier.

That goes with humans as well. Let say our next door neighbour passed away suddenly on a particular day. We have planned a wedding for our child on that very same day. We will not postpone the event by the passing of our neighbour. This is because the planning and preparation (not to mention the cost) is just too much to consider if we decided to postpone the event.

Ok, that is acceptable.

But what we need to realise is Allah is THE ULTIMATE planner. He Know what is in store and what will happen. Just ponder on both the dates and the events that happened simultaneously on both sides of the causeway.

Needless to say more, all of us will have to go someday.

I end this post by a tagline...

"When we come to this world, we cry and everybody around us are happy... Make sure that when we exit this world, we are happy and everybody around us are crying"

The worst thing that can happen to us is: when we die, the situation does not change from the time we came to this world

Ya Allah, make our ending  a good ending (khusnul khotimah)


Sunday, March 22, 2015

An athlete that I admired when I was young

I love football (or soccer) and I have played the game since I was 7 years old.

I also love sports in general having played (and have the gear too) field hockey, badminton, squash, tennis and table tennis.

I have many childhood idols that I look up to when I was small and young.

But there is no other sportsperson that I really respect above Ayrton Senna (3 times F1 Champion driver)

You can google about his outstanding achievements, but I can only conclude them in 2 words:-
1. remarkable talent
2. sheer determination to win
that leads to pushing his capabilities beyond limit.

This posting is a tribute to an exceptional person that I admire.

Even a leading watch maker (Tag Heuer) chose Ayrton Senna as their Ambassador and produce a tagline "Don't crack under pressure"

Hafazan - Surah Mutaffifin

This 2015, I dedicated to achieve to memorise Surah 83 (Mutaffifin).

It has 36 ayaats in all, the longest so far in Juzuk Amar. The longest before this surah that I memorised was Al-Fajr (30 ayaats which I struggle)

I am determine to achieve this with my sheer determination, for the sake of Allah

Looking back in time,
2012 - Memorise Al-Buruuj
2013 - Al-Insyiqaaq
2014 - Al -Infitaar
2015 - Al-Mutaffifin

Make doa for me please. With Allah's help.. insyaallah I will succeed. I have until 2359hr 31 Dec 2015 to achieve it (that is if I am still alive at that time..)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My advice to my daughters when feeling down

I has been a while since I wrote about my 4 daughters.

They are very important to me. I shall give them ALL the support to ensure they lead a good life. Below are my advice specific to them.

This world, sometimes you will face ups and downs. That is life. It is never up and it is never down.
We need to deal with these situations. That is why reminder by our close friends/relatives is VERY IMPORTANT.

When we are down, like we think that we are not good, not doing well in our exams and feeling that we are not important, come back to Allah.

It is okay to feel down, but it is NOT OK to feel down all the time.

Just let the feeling sink in, and get back to your senses.

I am good. I do well in my exams and I am important to Allah and the people who are close to me. Talk to close friends/relatives about you feeling down. And these people will motivate you back to be feeling positive.

Just be aware that our LIFE is full of ups and downs. The key is your ups MUST BE MUCH MORE than your downs.

The solution - seek advice from close people and seek forgiveness from Allah. Then have a POSITIVE mind.

Insyaallah it works. Well... it works for me. That is why I share this article.

Aliah my eldest daughter is very beautiful and active in sports/activities. She loves cats. Taking Psychology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Aisyah my second daughter is very beautiful and active in arts and photography. She loves fashion. Taking Architecture at University institute Technology Mara (UiTM)

Ain Zahra, my third is very pretty and studying form 3 at SMKP Sri Aman, Petaling Jaya (High Performance School)

Anis Sofia, my fouth is very pretty and studying in Std 6 at SIM Darul Ehsan, Subang Jaya (Good Integrated School)

My daughters are my trustees. I am responsible to them.

Last bit of advice which they already know "Jangan lupa Solat"

Allah will take care of All of us

Friday, March 13, 2015

Man Utd lost to Arsenal

Manchester United lost at home to bitter rivals Arsenal in the Quarter Finals of the English FA Cup..

Disappointed? Of couse... but not for long

As I analyse the game, MU did not deserve to win

There will be important matches ahead, Spurs (h), Liverpool (a), Aston Villa & Man City (h) and Chelsea (a).

These 5 matches will determine MU's season.

Just enjoy......

Some more good quotes...

When you get really angry.... just forgive

Before you speak, let your words pass through 3 gates:-
is it true?
is it necesssary?
is it kind?

Learn to:-
love without condition
talk without bad intentions
give without any reason
care for others without any expectation

The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care most about what other people think

Those who spend their time looking for faults of others usually make no time to correct their own

If you have:-
family that loves you
a few good friends
food on your table
roof above your head.... you have everything!