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I’m Done!

December 12, 2010

I’m done with this blog. I leave you with this video. I can watch this over and over and over again. It’s a good reminder for me. I hope it can be the same for you too. 🙂

I’m out!

you remind me of Him and that’s why I love you

October 1, 2010

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

This evening, I opened the cabinet in my living room and browsed through some of my old books. I got them all when I was back in the US. Out of those many books, I took out this particular one: “Al-Ghazali The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God. al-maqsad al-asna fi sharh asma Allah al-husna.” translated with notes by David Burrel and Nazih Daher.

I opened the very first page and in it, there’s a scribbled note written by the previous owner. The note goes something like this

“Ya Allah, indeed You are beautiful and You love beauty. Please grant me a beautiful heart so that I can show it to You when the time of our ‘Appointment’. ”

The note continues

“Fariza dearie…

Jazakumullaahu khairan katheera for everything. Indeed the ukhuwwah that Allah subhaanahu wa ta ‘aala blessed us with is so special. May Allah ta ‘alaa strengthen our ukhuwwah and make it for the sake of Him only. ameen.

love you! uhibbuki fillaah abadan abadaa…

-signature of the owner.

Jumada-II 18, 1425

Today, the note reminds of me the beautiful and serene feelings i once had when I was in New York, back when I was learning my religion.

Today, the note reminds me of an old, far-flung friend, who used to own this book.

Today, the note reminds me of all the priceless memories of us together.

Today, the note reminds me of all the lessons and knowledge she had taught me. Not necessarily through lectures but through her actions and behaviors.

And today my friend, I feel that love again towards you. Simply because you remind me of my Lord.

May Allah bless you and your family and reward you for all your good deeds towards me.

Eid Mubarak and a free goodie for you!

September 7, 2010

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

I am sad that Ramadan is almost over. Have always love Ramadan and will always love it. Hopefully, I will be able to live it again next year, bi idhnillah. At the same time, I am looking forward for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It’s a good time to get new updates from relatives and friends. Not to forget the super delicious lemang and rendang. Classic stuff! Several trips to friends’ houses have also been planned. Excited, excited!

Have you read an Eid book before? Here’s a good news for you. I am attaching a link here for you. Click on the beautiful image above(you know you want to) and get the ebook. It’s beneficial inshaa Allah.

Eid Mubarak & taqabballahu minna wa minkum (may Allah accept the deeds from us and from you). Selamat hari raya and maaf zahir batin. =)

CIMB Service, ATM Card Retainment and Ramadhan

August 5, 2010

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

i expressed my unhappiness over cimb’s service on twitter this afternoon and they got back to me in 2 hours. not bad right? but, i am still not happy.

nak dijadikan cerita, my atm card was retained this morning while making a transaction at the atm machine. Apparently you need to retrieve the atm card as soon as it is ejected from the card slot. I didn’t know that! Besides, they put a notice paper right in front of the atm machine and unfortunately, I got distracted. I guess there was 5 to 10 seconds delay after the card was ejected and obviously i failed to take it out on time. I met the bank officer to ask for further details. Somehow, I was not surprised when he told me that i would need to go to the office branch where i registered my account. So much for having an i-suspect-millions-of-ringgit-worth application system that is supposed to link all branches together!

anyway, i then drove to the main branch in town (took me 20mins and had to pay for parking ticket) and met the officer there. I was then informed by that mr officer that I have to wait until monday to reclaim my card! *mari bersabar*

He kindly proposed that i create a new card. ok, this is good right? actually, NO. i have to pay for it! RM12! and I will also need to reset my cimbclicks setting (pincode and all). *ok, mari bersabar lagi*

I finally said no. Why do i need to pay rm12 for a new card and go through all the hassles all over again? I did that few weeks ago when i created the account.

I asked them again when can i get my card and he suddenly changed the answer by saying “i can’t really say when but we will call you once it’s here.” grrr. *bersabar lagi saya dan berharap muka saya tidak menunjukkan yang saya sudah agak rimas dan marah*

Not fully satisfied, I continued asking him “so, how am i supposed to withdraw money in the next few days?” he asked me “do you have book for the account?”. I said “No.” He then gave me this well-you-should’ve-applied(read: pay)-for-the-book” look and said “nothing can be done at the moment. kene la tunggu sampai next week dik.” say what?? *tarik nafas dalam-dalam*

all ready to surrender and walk away, i then asked my final question. is it possible for them to mail it to my house so that i don’t have to drive all the way to the town just to claim it. there was a tiny little hope inside me that he would say ‘yes’. but of course NOT. “i’m sorry but we don’t do that. you have to come here and claim it yourself.” OMG. *i consoled myself by saying that it is for security purpose*. I said thanks, stood up and walked away.

alright guys. there you have it. to sum up:

1) My card was retained after I failed to retrieve it in few seconds!

2) I had to drive to the main branch to talk to the officer!

3) I will have to wait for 4 days to claim my card!

4) If I want to create a new atm card, i will need to pay for it and reset all pincodes!

5) I will have to drive back to the main branch again in the next 4 days to claim it.

I really hope they won’t delay to call me until ramadhan. I really don’t want to depreciate my pahala for getting mad at them again. hmm.

Lesson of the story:

1) Give 100% focus when making a transaction at cimb’s atm machine.

wow, never thought that I would need to work hard at cimb bank from now on. ok, MUST. give. 100%. focus. at. the. atm. machine. from. now. on. MUST. not. get. distracted. OK.

ps: wow, i can make a novel out of this note. on happier news, I am enjoying my macbook right now! hehe.

postscript 2: ramadhan in few days. are you ready?


UPDATE, Aug 18 – CIMB did not give me any call. I waited for almost two weeks and finally decided to take the hint and went to the CIMB office branch myself. The ATM card was turned out to be ready couple of days earlier. Their customer service? I will let you to be the judge. 😉

Kuih Mak Long

August 1, 2010

Kuih Mak Long

Coolness of the Eyes

July 7, 2010

Alkauthar: Coolness of the Eyes

Are you a hedgehog or a fox?

June 16, 2010

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Are you a hedgehog or a fox?

In his famous essay “The hedgehog and the Fox” Isaiah Berlin divided the world into hedgehogs and foxes, based upon an ancient Greek parable: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” The fox is a cunning creature, able to devise a myriad of complex strategies for sneak attacks upon the hedgehog. Day in and day out, the fox circles around the hedgehog’s den waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Fast, sleek, beautiful, fleet of foot, and crafty – the fox looks like the sure winner. The hedgehog, on the other hand, is a dowdier creature, looking like a genetic mix-up between a porcupine and a small armadillo. He waddles along,  going about his simple day, searching for lunch and taking care of his home.

The fox waits in cunning silence at the juncture in the trail. The hedgehog, minding his own business, wanders right into the path of the fox. “Aha, I’ve got you now!” thinks the fox. He leaps out, bounding across the ground, lightning fast. The little hedgehog, sensing danger, looks up and thins, “Here we go again. Will he ever learn.” Rolling up into a perfect little ball, the hedgehog becomes a sphere of sharp spikes, pointing outward in all directions. The fox, bounding toward his prey, sees the hedgehog defense and calls off the attack. Retreating back into the forest, the fox begins to calculate a new line of attack. Each day, some version of this battle between the hedgehog and the fox takes place, and despite the greater cunning of the fox, the hedgehog always win.

Berlin extrapolated from this little parable to divide people into two basic groups: foxes and hedgehogs. Foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity. They are “scattered or diffused, moving on many levels,” says Berlin, never integrating their thinking into one overall concept or unifying vision. Hedgehogs, on the other hand, simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea,  a basic principle or concept that unifies and guides everything. It doesn’t matter how complex the world, a hedgehog reduces all challenges and dilemmas into simple – indeed almost simplistic – hedgehog ideas. For a hedgehog, anything that does not somehow relate to the hedgehog idea holds no relevance.

Princeton professor Marvin Bressler pointed out the power of the hedgehog during one of our long conversations: “You want to know what separates those who make the biggest impact from all the others who are just as smart? They’re hedgehogs.” Freud and the unconscious, Darwin and natural selection, Marx and the class struggle, Einstein and relativity, Adam Smith and division of labor – they were all hedgehogs. They took a complex world and simplified it.”Those who leave the biggest footprints,” said Bressler, “have thousands calling after them, ‘Good idea, but you went too far!'”

To be clear, the hedgehogs are not stupid. Quite the contrary. They understand that the essence of profound insight is simplicity.

– Taken from Good to Great by Jim Collins