Thursday, October 13, 2016

.: Bayyinah in JB :.

The email.

Received this in my inbox:

Assalamu Alaykum,  
Often times we forget the infinite wisdom in the trials we face. The Prophet (saw) faced many trials, but one of the most painful moments of his life was when his beloved wife Aisha (RA) was Accused.

Join Ustadh Nouman as he shows us how we can cope with the struggles that we face. Come see how the story of Aisha (RA) is still very relevant today.  
Sunday October 23rd, from 2:00 PM to 6:00PM  
Berjaya Waterfront Hotel  
88, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Stulang Laut,  
80300 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia.  
Register and get your tickets now!  
Bayyinah Institute

And I thought my day couldn't get any better. :)
1.42pm, Malaysian Time

Saturday, October 1, 2016

.: Islamic Centre Canteen :.


Landed safely in Hong Kong and took the public transport to reach my crib at Causeway Bay. The great thing about Hong Kong is that it is fairly easy to get around. English signage are ample and I didn't even have to ask for directions. 

The only issue I had then was I came during the Umbrella Movement. Some roads were blocked and some buses had to avoid the routes. Even though I had to navigate my way occasionally by foot, the journey made it possible for me to be in closer proximity to the protesters. Something which I can never experience in Malaysia and Singapore. 

Eventually reached my crib and texted my friend. She decided we meet up at Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, located at Wanchai District. Rather convenient for her to pick the place as it is about 10 minutes away from where I was. 

I thought we were going to attend a class. I really did. 

Little did I realise my friend wanted us to have dinner there. 

Dinner? In an Islamic centre? 

Soon enough I was greeted by the sweet succulent smell of insatiable food. Halal food. And I was smitten by it. Totally smitten that I couldn't even care to edit this only photo of the food which my friend ordered. Before I knew it, I had gobbled down everything.  

Muslims traveling to Hong Kong should definitely come by here especially if you are looking for halal Chinese food. 

Islamic Centre Canteen, 

5/F., Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 
40 Oi Kwan Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong, China

Did I mention you can get halal dimsum there?
12.06noon, Malaysian Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

.: The FTs :.


Being around foreigners makes you realise some of the issues they face while they are in their host countries. One of which is the difficulty one may face in applying for a new job. Due to policies and restrictions mostly from the government sectors, certain foreigners despite having relevant experiences and expertise are finding it difficult to land a suitable job. 

Some, had to take on a new industry or settle for something far lesser.

Do they complain? Yes. But they still choose to stay on, hoping that one day things could change. Because for some, they regard their host country as their home country. And they set aspirations to settle in the country for good. 

Now then, should the full blame be placed on the government? 

Probably no. They are probably doing this to protect the locals.

Thinking out loud, are they really protecting the locals in the long run?

The world out there is based on survival of the fittest. If we do not have the expertise, the experience, why are we not opening opportunities to those who could render their support, their assistance, to teach the locals? How can we expect the locals to compete globally if they are unable to do so on local grounds?

It is not much on competition or foreigners grabbing our job opportunities if one can look at is as knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange.

Humble yourself, learn from others and work your way up. 

Totally random.
1.12pm, Malaysian Time

Monday, September 26, 2016

.: Daun sireh :.


Rather odd for me to suddenly post on women's liners. But I suppose today is just one of those days when I have a little too much time on my hands. Just like the time I had a little too much time that I went on the Kotex website to request for some free samples.

About two weeks down the road, I received a pack of their Kotex Fresh Liners Longer and Wider Daun Sireh. Now that is a mouthful. There were 7 liners, a discount coupon and an information leaflet, and all of it came in a little cute box. I chose not to post the pictures as I had ripped the box to pieces and used up all the liners. 

I never liked sireh. I had tried eating it once or twice and I remember hating it. Can't say the same for the liners. Surprisingly it is quite comfortable and the smell isn't overpowering. 

Now this post would get weirder if I continue to describe my experience. So let's just skip that.

I'm not sure whether they are still giving away free samples. If anyone would like to request it, head over to the Kotex website and click on "Get a Sample". 

Or you can just click here: Get a Sample

I should really find more things to do.
12.28noon, Malaysian Time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

.: Workplace flexibility :.

Working from home.

Recently read an article on LinkedIn: "How Work-From-Home Can Work For The Best". 

Para 2: In an interesting survey on workplace flexibility1 conducted by Randstad, 53% of respondents said they preferred telecommuting or working from home. Of this number, the gender split was almost equal - meaning that an equal number of men and women preferred telecommuting to working from an office.
Para 6, Line 3: For these women, flexibility and telecommuting play a big role in helping them to balance their personal and professional lives. This sort of flexibility empowers women to be the best that they can be, by giving them an enabling environment to contribute and be productive on their own terms.

1 year and 8 months have passed since I started working from home. Although the nature of my work is on a freelance basis, it comes with a fixed income and certain perks. Needless to say, I have no intention of turning back the clock just yet to re-enter the 9 to 5 job market. 

At my age I suppose we tend to value things differently. Top priority now is on establishing a healthy balance, between family, personal and working life. No longer do I have the adrenaline rush to make the next million or climb the corporate ladder. Emphasis is on nurturing relationships, discovering beautiful memories and working on self-development, the few yet crucial things that I lacked of when I was a part of the rat race.

Being productive on our own terms. That is the kind of life I am living now. If you ever wonder whether you should make the leap of faith into the flexible working lifestyle, just ask yourself what are your priorities. Your priorities will determine your commitments, your next course of action. Will it be difficult? Like any path, the difficulty level depends on your ability to manage and adapt to the situation. Only you can make it work. 

Of course it helps a lot if you have a supportive environment. 

One fine example is my current working arrangement does not limit me. I am not bounded by a contract that says I cannot be commissioned by others. As long as I deliver accordingly, I am given the mobility to spread my wings far and wide, enabling me to further develop and acquire new skills, experiences and working relationships. 

While it may be a tad bit early for a new year's resolution, come 2017 I hope I can continue to make some kind of contribution to the society and the industries. Without having to trade-off my priorities.

Fingers crossed.
10.36am, Malaysian Time