Feb 28, 2011

Justin Bieber concert tix to be won!!!!

Type of contest: Creative contest

How to win :
Simply show MTV Asia you are the biggest fan of Justin Bieber via a photograph showing your love for Justin Bieber (e.g. you in a room full of Justin Bieber merchandise, you and your friends dressed-up like Justin Bieber etc) and you will stand to win a pair of tickets to his concert in Malaysia!

To take part, email your photograph with your name, age, address and telephone number to contest@mtvasia.com.

Click to participate: http://www.mtvasia.com/win/win-justin-bieber-tix/

MTV will pick the best entry and the winner will get to win a pair of tickets to catch Justin Bieber in Malaysia!

Justin Bieber Asia Tour Dates
Date: 21 April, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Stadium Merdeka

Deadline: 21 March 2011

*contest opens to residents of Malaysia only

Feb 27, 2011

A woman's (me) point of view on women..

Ok before I start this, this is NOT to insult my fellow female friends.. It's just my point of view on the fairer sex in general, and what I've experienced and so on. I suppose I am not going to earn much brownie points from my fellow ladies in particular, but hey... this is my blog and my thoughts..
Before we go any further, let's get some things straight. I am a Muslim(I used to be a Christian from childhood until 19), but am an open minded woman. I am a wife, a daughter and a mother. I am reasonably quite well read (read thousands of books, or at least an average of 3-4 books a week) and reasonably well- travelled( been here and there a bit, maybe not as much as I would love ) and what I'm 'scribbling'. Or typing here is just my take on general stuff and so on. No insults meant to anyone at all.
Ok.. According to a book I read back in the past 4-5 years ago, women were more or less categorized in 2. Angelic/ martyr or sluts. This was supposedly to be stemmed from their 'mothers' which is actually Eve, the first woman on earth or Lillith, the female demon who was actually Adam's first consort in the beginning, before Eve was created from Adam's ribs. (Ok,ok, to the Christians and Muslims, you're probably saying I'm blasphemous or something like that). I read that in a book entitled "Lillith" I remember, which my adopted sister bought from Kinokuniya and loan me.
Lillith was supposedly seductive and sly and she was power hungry. After Eve was created, she went and became the devil's consort and gave birth to thousands of demons.
Eve however was supposedly the exact opposite, thus the ideal mate for Adam back then.
Anyway, women in general have both Lillith and Eve's qualities, only some have more of Lillith's qualities, thus making them more nymphomaniac, power hungry and such.. And vice versa, making them shy, introverts..
Looking at some women around me, which are my own family members and friends makes me shake my head with disbelief at times.
They come in so many sizes, and so much 'drama' to make your head spin..
There are attention seekers, jealous biddies, low self esteemers, drama queens (from the very young to the very old), conclusion jumpers, etc..etc..
My mom could not understand me, because I allow my husband the freedom to mingle around with whomever he likes, be it men or women, and because I allow my husband to maintain a very close relationship with his ex wife and ex girl friends. She always ask me if I was not afraid my husband would return to his ex wife or so? I always just smile and shrug it off.
Well, I like to think I am matured and that since I love and trust my husband enough to marry him, surely I can trust him to do the right thing for all of us and that I trust him with what he does. Many women can't seem to trust their own husbands. Granted, many husbands are also unfaithfully untrustworthy..or is it untrustworthy unfaithfully.. Hehe..
Anyway here are some categories... There could be more but these are what comes to mind at present time...

The insecure and suspicious biddies: Many women seem to have issues with other women. Heck. I have been accused or at least viewed in suspicion by a couple of my client wives .. And all over a few innocuous smses I send their husbands.
One funny case was because I sent a client a eid mubarak or Hari Raya greeting which usually asks for forgiveness of any wrong doings, or said words. I did not send it to only him, but to countless other clients, both female and male when I got a phone call from this lady asking me what have I been doing with her husband that I have to be asking for forgiveness.
I assured her nothing was going on between her husband and me and that I was married and allowed her to speak to my husband and she asked him if I was telling the truth and if he was really my husband.. Hmmmppphh..

Then we have the peacocks: These women, myself included (according to my husband, though I beg to differ) are the ladies or women who love to tell others about their achievements, you'd probably here such sentences like, " Woo, my husband and I are going to Paris for two weeks, and we'll be staying at the Ritz Carlton" or " I'm thinking of buying the Porsche Carrera or should I get a BWM 5 series.." or "Dinner with Datuk/ Lord so and so at Hilton" or "I bought that dress the other day for 30K".. Ok.. I am not really to that level, but I guess I have to admit I am half a peacock.. LOL..

Then there are the sluts: these women can be married or single but will still prowl around flirting and scoring with any men who catches their sight and who gives them the attention they desire. They are not opposed to trying to ruin someone else's marriage or relationship. However,please note that NOT all 2nd wives are sluts, some just have the misfortune to be wined, dined and seduced before realizing their partner all this while was already married and someone's husband.

The martyrs: These women let themselves be stepped on most of the time. They will overlook insults, criticism and so on. They can even overlook their husband having an affair or let their partners or husband beat them up for no good reasons.

I am sure there are many more types but for now, they slip my mind. Once I can think of some more I will blog more.. So for now.. Signing off...

Yours truly....
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Kejora and Bintang..

(... Continuing...)
Kejora missed seeing her father or meeting him..
Just as Erlangga was irresistably drawn to Kejora's sincerity and kindness, he caught Janet burning pictures of Kejora and her and Janet pretended to tell him that Kejora was in reality a very sly and evil person. She was rich and pretended to be poor and that she threatened Janet and so on. (I know it sounds far fetched, but that's the way the story seems to go)
Anyway Erlangga's concience thinks that Kejora was kind and good to Nenek and so on, even if he refused to admit it to himself and still maintain his sarcastic self.
Meanwhile, Bintang was again kidnapped by Hanifah and Janet and locked in one of the bedrooms. Just then Pak Rian happened to found out where Hanifah and Janet was and paid them a visit. He heard Bintang banging on the door and crying for help but Janet quickly pulled her into a cupboard and turned on the radio, so a quick thinking Hanifah told her husband he was just imagining things and quickly chased him out of the house, threatening to call the police on him.
Rian went back to his working place, and when he saw some cops around, began to panic and mumbled some excuses to Fitra who was baffled at his strange and suspicious behavior.
Nenek Gautama sent Erlangga for another business deal but he stumbled upon Minah who was picking up a big portrait picture of her boss, and the portrait enthralled Erlangga. He ran after Minah as the woman in the portrait was actually his mother, who had ran away and left him all these years after hitting Kejora and Bintang's mother with their car.
In the process, he dropped the food sample he was suppose to pass to the client and went back to the office to find his grandmother angry and disappointed.
Nenek Gautama then called a meeting and in front of all the shareholders, directors and both Erlangga and Kejora, she announced that she would be leaving the whole company to Kejora, who was shocked to the core, as Kejora had thought Nenek was only supposedly pretending to do so to teach Erlangga to be more humble, patient and dedicated to his company.
On hearing that Kejora was now the unofficial boss of the company, Hanifah pretended to mend fences with her, asking her for forgiveness and also inviting her back to the house. Then she told Kejora to give back the company to Erlanggan so Janet can be happy which aroused kejora's suspicions. At the same time Minah came by the restaurant and saw Hanifah and approached them.
Hanifah pretended not to acknowledge Minah, making Minah confused and in her attempt to remind Hanifah who she was, Minah blurted out that she was the one who helped Hanifah to keep Bintang away from Kejora.
In a fit of anger, Kejora announced to her step mother that she was accepting the company from Nenek and if need be, she would rather snatch control of the company rather then to let the company fall into Hanifah and Janet's clutches, not realising Janet was recording what she was saying on her mobile phone.
Janet took that recording, edited it and took it to Erlangga to prove her point that Kejora was a sly greedy person and Erlangga was even more convinced. However he refused to give the tape recording to Nenek Gautama citing Nenek's weak heart and swore instead to work hard to get his rightful inheritance back, much to Janet's frustration.
Nenek agreed to give Erlangga another chance seeing his passionate appeal and sent Kejora and Erlangga off to work together on an abandoned restaurant out of town.
Bintang having gotten away from Hanifah and Janet, whilst looking for Kejora was hit by Anantha's driver and fell unconcious on the spot, so the driver, having recognized her, picked her up and drove her back to Anantha's house right into Minah's clutches.
Meantime, Kejora and Erlangga were driving out to some remote area to research some menu and details for the restaurant they we're put in charge of when an argument put Erlangga out of control of the car and they crashed into a ravine, but not before Erlangga manage to push Kejora out of the car and jumped out of the car himself. He came to to find Kejora knocked out, and carried her safely to the side of a road, trying to rouse her from her unconciousness and also get help.
Minah gleefully informed Hanifah and was told to get Bintang out of Jakarta. She managed to smuggle Bintang away to an isolated village but Bintang manage to get escape after feeling that something had befallen Kejora.. She hitch a ride with a small lorry heading to town, and was convinced Kejora was somewhere near by, because of her flashes, but when she saw Erlangga flagging down the lorry, she panicked as she remembered seeing Erlangga with Janet before and feared Erlangga was out to get her too. So the lorry sped by, much to Erlangga's frustration and Bintang's relief. But again, Bintang missed seeing her sister.
Just then Kejora regained her conciousness to Erlangga's relief and he hugged her.
Nenek, unsure of what to do after a short cryptic phone call from Erlangga, called Janet and made her go look for Fitra in the hope he could assist them in knowing where Kejora and Erlangga's location.
Janet wanted to refuse but was threatened with getting sacked, so unwillingly she went to search for Fitra only to come face to face with her stepfather, Rian. She insulted him and he raised his hand as if to strike her when Fitra passed by, baffled at his normally quiet employee's behavior again.
Caught in action, both Rian and Janet just denied any connection and janet added that Rian was just rude to her.... (To be continued... )
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Feb 26, 2011

Malaysian cartoons - Raggie Lee cartoons


Feb 24, 2011

Nasi Uduk complit at Esteler 77

I tried this dish once before when I was staying at the Johor Bahru Tune hotel and I liked it. So it was to my pleasure when I came across this Indonesian restaurant again here in KL, next to Central Market where the old McDonald used to be.
Despite promising myself that I would be seriously rationing my rice intake, I could not resist ordering the nasi uduk which is technically the Indonesian version of our Nasi Lemak. Ioved the sambal and it was not enough. I had to request for more . Only one tinny complain though, errrmmm.. The sambal was too mild and not spicy at all, as compared to some Ayam penyet spicy sambal, I have tasted, which can really bring tears to your eyes (both from the delicious taste and also for the extremely spicy taste)..
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Feb 22, 2011

recipes to try: mix vegetables (popia/pie tee filling)

Hmm.. at present moment I don't know what to call this dish of mine. However, it is made from turnips (sengkuang), carrots, onions, garlic, shitake mushrooms and prawns. You can add some dried cuttle fish strips if desired.
It can be eaten just like this, or made into 'popia' or spring roll filling or 'pie tee' or top hat filling with a bit of sambal belacan..

Feb 21, 2011

Nasihat KUBUR (for my Muslim friends)

(Got this via my BBM from my very good friend/ adopted brother in Java, Indonesia.. So sharing here with my muslim friends from Indonesia or Malaysia)

Nasihat KUBUR;
1). Aku adalah tempat paling gelap maka terangilah aku dengan tahajud,
2). Aku adalah tempat yang paling sempit maka luaskanlah aku dengan bersilaturahim,
3). Aku adalah tempat yang paling sepi maka ramaikanlah aku dengan perbanyak baca Al-Quran,
4). Aku adalah tempatnya binatang2 yang menjijikan maka racunilah ia dengan Amal Sedekah,
5). Aku adalah tempat Munkar & Nakir bertanya, maka Persiapkanlah jawabanmu dengan Perbanyak mengucapkan Kalimat "LAILAHAILLALLAH"
Kirim ini semampumu dan seikhlasmu kepada para orang Muslim, sampaikanlah walau hanya pada 1 org..
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Trainer chopsticks

Yesterday, my husband and me got our youngest daughter her first chopsticks.. Or actually trainer chopsticks. It was pretty cute, being green in colour with a tortoise on top of the chopsticks.
She was excited about it.
This morning, I bought a packet of mee hoon goreng or fried rice noodles and she had the opportunity to eat using her 'chopsticks'.
She ate the whole packet using her 'chopsticks' and enjoyed herself!!!
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Feb 19, 2011

Kejora dan Bintang assorted pictures

Kejora and Bintang..

.. (Taking up from where we left off)
Bintang rushed Kejora to the nearest hospital with the help of Anantha.
Kejora's injuries were bad and she 'died' . Bintang rushed Anantha home to play her signature tune for Kejora, which made her turn back and live again.
Janet went to Erlangga to ask him to return to Nenek gautama's home and bragged on how Kejora was going to die soon, rousing Erlangga's suspicions.
Janet and her mother Hanifah roped in Minah's help to keep Bintang away from Kejora and gave Minah poison to administer to Bintang, just so Bintang can be easily managed and kept away from Kejora.
Minah called Anantha and told him his parents were back and were demanding an explanation as to why Bintang's things were in the spare room.
When Anantha and Bintang was home. She handed Bintang the food with poison but in coaxing Bintang to eat, Anantha ate the food and fell unconcious.
Meanwhile, Nenek Gautama was really worried about Kejora and sent her men out to look for her. Rino, her personal driver and assistant found out Kejora was in hospital and they rush to see her. Nenek sat for a bit and left, forgetting her handbag.
Rino saw Erlangga and reminded Erlangga that Kejora is not that bad and that she is sincere and helpful.
Janet, waiting for an opportunity to strike, waited until Nenek left before going to Kejora's room and pulled the UV drip off and tried to smother her with a pillow.
Just then Erlangga arrived to chaos, and Janet ducked behind the door to hide. Erlangga quickly tried to fix back the UV drip only to have Nenek Gautama, his grandmother walk in on him. Immediately, she dragged him out and slapped him, accusing him of trying to murder Kejora. Janet managed to escape the chaos unnoticed. Erlangga was chased away again, disappointed in his granmother's lack of faith in him.
Minah had managed to lock Bintang in her room and dragged her off to Hanifah and Janet's house.
Erlangga curious and worried about Kejora's condition made another trip to the hospital to visit her. He read verses from the Quran for her and roused her from her coma. Just when he left, Fitra came to visit and saw him. Kejora saw Fitra and asked if it was him who read the Quran for her, but he said it probably was Erlangga.
Bintang manage to escape from the toilet where they dumped her and locked her and Hanifah gave chase only to stumble upon her husband Rian.
Rian asked Hanifah how his children were and Hanifah said they were in Melbourne together. Somehow Rian suspected something amiss.
Meanwhile, Kejora went back to work after recovering and made up her mind to find Erlangga to bring him back into the house and the company.
Erlangga then paid a visit to his grandmother who challenged him and gave him a job as Kejora's assistant to teach him a lesson.
Meanwhile while meeting a client in a restaurant. Kejora saw her father who had actually went there to see Hanifah and Janet only to leave after realizing how they betrayed him. Unfortunately, Hanifah and Janet stopped her from approaching him and admonished her. Erlangga came to the scene and heard Kejora calling Hanifah 'mama' and demanded the truth of their relationship, but Janet jus denied having any relationship with Kejora and Kejora went along with it. Then she rushed out and went in search of her father, missing him by minutes. Her behavior baffled Erlangga who couldn't resist pointing it out in a sarcastic way.... (To be continued..)

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Malaysian cartoons - Reggie Lee cartoons

taken from http://www.reggielee.com

Malaysian cartoons - Raggie Lee cartoons

taken from http://www.reggielee.com

Feb 16, 2011

Kejora dan Bintang

Because of my daughter, I ended up being trapped into doing the thing I swore I would not do.. Watch and follow a TV serial. In this case, 72 episodes of "Kejora dan Bintang", an Indonesian serial drama.
The story plot is fascinating even if it's painfully dragging and the actors and actresses are all good looking people or "eye-candy" from Alyssa Soebodano playing the part of poor unfortunate rich girl turn poor, Kejora and Baim Wong playing the part of haughty rich boy Erlangga.
The story is about Kejora who is a rich man's daughter. Kejora has a sister, Bintang who after witnessing her mother getting knocked down and dying on the spot by Erlangga's (who was a little boy back then) mother , going half mad and autistic. After the death of Kejora and Bintang's mother, their father moved on and married a selfish gold digger Hanifah, who also has an equally opportunistic and selfish daughter Janet.
Kejora had just completed her studies in Australia and was going home when her bag got mixed up with Erlangga's. Along the way, her father, Rian, a businessman, had fallen into dire straits and went to borrow some money but ended up being robbed and a tragedy happened that left a dead charred body everyone took for granted was Rian. After the supposed death of Rian, Hanifah showed her true colours and chased her step children out of their house,telling them that they were destitute, sold off the house and claiming a lot of insurance money and moving away to a different place. Fearful of her step daughters, she made the decision to split them up, kidnapping Bintang and throwing her away in a village away from Kejora who looked high and low for her missing sister.
Kejora's boyfriend Joel, upon learning that she was destitute, dumped her without a backward glance whereas his younger brother, Fitra, fell in love with her on first sight and kept being her friend through out her time of need, harboring feelings for her.
Janet, Kejora's step sister has started sinking her hooks into Erlangga, knowing he was the only grandson of Nenek Gautama, a very rich businesswoman.
One day, Nenek Gautama, for whatever reasons known to herself, dressed in simple clothings and took a tray of food to go and sell on the roadside. It just so happens that she chose the site where Kejora was also selling her rice with some other people and got chased away. She fell down and hurt her head and couldn't remember who or where she was. Kind hearted Kejora took care of her and brought her home to her rented room. In the meantime, Kejora still missed her sister and continued searching for her.
She bumps into Erlangga and sparks flies for all the wrong reason. Erlangga, used to getting his own way and of women tripping over themselves to be near him treated her with disgust, fueled by Janet's hatred.
Erlangga having lost his grandmother tried looking for her but only to bump again into Kejora inciting more vitriol and anger at both ends.
Nenek Gautama, staying with Kejora eventually regains her memory but decided to play dumb in the hope of 'testing' Kejora until Kejora gets chased out of the rented room they lived in, and losing Kejora the interview Kejora was suppose to have with Fitra's company, just to find out if Kejora is really that sincere, caring and had the mettle she(nenek Gautama) seen in her (Kejora). Nenek then leaves Kejora heartbroken, bewildered and alone as she returns to take the reigns up again in her company. At Kejora's worse moment, Nenek invites her into Nenek's life and gave Kejora a job and insisted she stays with Nenek in the big bungalow Nenek resided in with Erlangga. Naturally, Erlangga liked it not one bit and insisted Kejora was nothing more then an opportunist and a gold digger.
Along the same time, Bintang escaped her fate and was rescued by a handsome young man known as Anantha, who took it upon himself to be her hero. He saved her, took care of her and sent her for psychiatric treatment until she eventually got better.
The relationship between Nenek Gautama and Erlangga her grandson became fraught with tension as two proud and haughty characters refused to back down and give in nor let on they truly cared about each other. Nenek believed her granson to be a wastrel and uncaring of her, thus chasing him out of the house without a car or money.
Nenek Gautama manage to get Kejora into a spot on TV to advertise for her sister's return and Bintang saw it. Luckily Anantha was there to help bring her to her sister, but the maid Minah, who was also under both Anantha and also Hanifah's employ alerted Hanifah to it. Hanifah and Janet hit Kejora with their car. Bintang and Anantha rushed to her rescue but Kejora had fainted but after she had a glimpse of her beloved sister...

... To be continued....
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Your car is Japanese. Your Vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your Beers are German. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers -Arabic, your letters -Latin. And you complain that your neighbor is an immigrant? Like if you're against racism.

Feb 14, 2011

Raising dolphins

AMY Chua's latest book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother may have parents in the West up-in-arms about her supposedly-"Chinese"-style parenting, but the concept of the over-invested parent is unlikely to be too foreign here. The idea that parents must do everything to prepare their children for the world, and that children are indebted to their parents to their dying day, is not strange at all. What may be an area of contention, however, is the intensity of parenting that is invested in the child.

Feb 12, 2011

Kewujudan Allah, Takdir dan Api Neraka..

Got this from my Black Berry messenger from Richard, my adopted brother in Indonesia.. So I thought to share it with other fellow Malaysians and Indonesians..

Ada seorang pemuda yg lama sekolah di luar negeri, kembali ke tanah air. Sesampainya di rumah ia meminta kepada orang tuanya untuk mencari seorang guru agama,ustadz/siapa saja yang bisa menjawab 3 pertanyaannya. Akhirnya orang tua pemuda itu mendapatkan seorang ustadz.

Pemuda: Anda siapa dan apakah bisa menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan saya?
ustadz: Saya hamba Allah, jd insyaAllah saya akan menjawab
pertanyaan anda.
Pemuda: Anda yakin? Sedangkan Profesor dan ramai orang yang pintar, tdk mampu menjawab pertanyaan saya.
Ustadz: Saya akan mencoba sejauh kemampuan saya.
Pemuda: Saya ada 3 pertanyaan:
1.Kalau memang Allah itu ada,tunjukan wujud Allah pada saya ?
2.Apakah yg dinamakan takdir ?
3.Kalau syaitan diciptakan dari api knp dimasukan ke neraka yg dibuat dari api, tentu tdk menyakitkan baginya. Sebab mereka memiliki unsur yg sama.
Apakah Allah tdk pernah berfikir sejauh itu ?

Tiba2 ustadz tersebut menampar pipi pemuda tadi dengan keras.

Pemuda: Knp anda marah pada saya?
ustadz: Saya tdk marah..Tamparan itu adlh jawaban saya atas 3 pertanyaan
yg anda ajukan kepada saya.
Pemuda: Saya sungguh2 tdk mengerti.
ustadz: Bagaimana rasanya tamparan saya?
Pemuda: Tentu saja saya merasakan sakit.
ustadz: Jadi anda percaya bahwa sakit itu ada?‎​
Pemuda: Ya!
ustadz: Tunjukan pada saya wujud sakit itu!
Pemuda: Saya tdk bisa.
ustadz: Itulah jawaban pertanyaan pertama..kita semua merasakan kewujudan Allah tanpa mampu melihat wujudnya.
ustadz: Apakah tadi malam anda bermimpi akan ditampar oleh saya?
Pemuda: Tidak!
ustadz: Apakah pernah terfikir oleh anda akan menerima tamparan dari saya hari ini?
Pemuda: Tidak!
ustadz: Itulah yang dinamakan takdir. Terbuat dari apa tangan yg saya gunakan untuk menampar anda
Pemuda: Kulit.
ustadz: Terbuat dari apa pipi anda?
Pemuda: Kulit.
ustadz: Bagaimana rasanya tamparan saya?
Pemuda: Sakit!
ustadz: Walaupun syaitan dijadikan dari api jika Allah menghendaki maka neraka akan menjadi tempat yg menyakitkan untuk syaitan !
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Condemning a religion just because of some crazy fanatics- a Muslim lady's point of view

The iconic, controversial Time cover photo of an 18-year-old Afghan woman missing her nose has been named World PressPhoto of the Year, but it also sparked off a lot of hatred for Muslims.
I am a Muslim lady. I was born a Christian, but then I converted because I married a Muslim and also in the course of time, I learned more about the religion and believed strongly that Islam is a good religion and it also is an actual continuation of God's plan for His people. (meaning, God first gave the Torah to Moses (peace be upon him/pbuh), Christianity came with Jesus but the Bible was man written( The bible is two "testaments" containing the writings of apostils and prophets of christianity which were "inspired" by their God. The New testaments focuses on teachings of Christ considered written or thought out after 0 A.D. while the Old Testament taught things "inspired" before 0 A.D. So these writers when inspired by god, mostly before 200 A.D. wrote the bible and it was later collected together into one book making it the Bible.) and finally the Quran to Muhammad.
I am not a fanatic though and I hate what is happening in Afghanistan, Pakistan and so on where fanatics cause harm to women and so on just in the name of the religion. I am sure these people have a first class seat especially reserved for them in purgatory or hell.
The Muslims and the Christians and the Jews worship the ONE true GOD. It's only the prophets worshipped whom are different. Moses, naturally is an important figure for the Jews, Jesus, is the main prophet for the Christians and Muhammad, the prophet who came after Jesus is the prophet for Muslims.
God intended religion to be peaceful. If you take the time to really study all religions, except for Satanism and withcraft or such, all religions, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism and all teaches people to be tolerant, to be peaceful and so on.
Islam is a way of life and it is really a beautiful way of life. If something is actually forbidden like eating pork or such, there is a reason for it.
However, you find fanatics who goes overboard, who create all kinds of atrocities just in the name of religion and make the other religions skeptical, suspicious and fearful. GOD never condone these atrocities. It's HUMANS who do it.
Take a look at these horrible atrocities done...( taken from http://listverse.com )

Throughout history religion has been used as an excuse, or driving force, for some of the worst atrocities imaginable. From pre-history to modern history, religion is, for many people, just an excuse to kill other people. This list highlights eight of the worst atrocities (but not necessarily the top 8).

Buddhist Burma


Human sacrifices were still occurring in Buddhist Burma in the 1850s. When the capital was moved to Mandalay, 56 “spotless” men were buried beneath the new city walls to sanctify and protect the city. When two of the burial spots were later found empty, royal astrologers decreed that 500 men, women, boys, and girls must be killed and buried at once, or the capital must be abandoned. About 100 were actually buried before British governors stopped the ceremonies.

Thuggee Murders


Members of lndia’s Thuggee sect strangled people as sacrifices to appease the bloodthirsty goddess Kali, a practice beginning in the 1500s. The number of victims has been estimated to be as high as 2 million. Thugs were claiming about 20,000 lives a year in the 1800s until British rulers stamped them out. At a trial in 1840, one Thug was accused of killing 931 people. Today, some Hindu priests still sacrifice goats to Kali.

Mountain Meadows Massacre


The Mountain Meadows massacre was a mass killing of the Fancher-Baker wagon train at Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory on September 11, 1857, by a group of Mormons and Paiute Indians. The Arkansas emigrants were traveling to California shortly before Utah War started. Mormons throughout the Utah Territory had been mustered to fight the invading United States Army, which they believed was intended to destroy them as a people. Initially intending to orchestrate an Indian massacre, two men with leadership roles in local military, church and government organizations, Isaac C. Haight and John D. Lee, conspired for Lee to lead militiamen disguised as Native Americans along with a contingent of Paiute tribesmen in an attack.

The emigrants fought back and a siege ensued. Intending to leave no witnesses of Mormon complicity in the siege and avoid reprisals complicating the Utah War, militiamen induced the emigrants to surrender and give up their weapons. After escorting the emigrants out of their fortification, the militiamen and their tribesmen auxiliaries executed approximately 120 men, women and children.

The Inquisition


The Medieval Inquisition is a series of Inquisitions (Roman Catholic Church bodies charged with suppressing heresy) from around 1184, including the Episcopal Inquisition (1184-1230s) and later the Papal Inquisition (1230s). It was in response to large popular movements throughout Europe considered apostate or heretical to Christianity, in particular Catharism and Waldensians in southern France and northern Italy. These were the first inquisition movements of many that would follow.

Torture was used after 1252. On May 15, Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull entitled Ad exstirpanda, which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors. The Inquisitors were forbidden to use methods that resulted in bloodshed, mutilation or death. One of the more common forms of medieval inquisition torture was known as strappado. The hands were bound behind the back with a rope, and the accused was suspended this way, dislocating the joints painfully in both arms. Weights could be added to the legs dislocating those joints as well.

The organization is still active today under the name of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Prior to becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger was the head of the congregation.

The Witch Hunts


When Puritans settled in Massachusetts in the 1600s, they created a religious police state where doctrinal deviation could lead to flogging, pillorying, hanging, cutting off ears, or boring through the tongue with a hot iron. Preaching Quaker beliefs was a capital offense. Four stubborn Quakers defied this law and were hanged. In the 1690s fear of witches seized the colony. Twenty alleged witches were killed and 150 others imprisoned.

Roman Persecution of Christians

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Christians were first, and horribly, targeted for persecution as a group by the emperor Nero in 64 AD. A colossal fire broke out at Rome, and destroyed much of the city. Rumors abounded that Nero himself was responsible. To divert attention from the rumors, Nero ordered that Christians should be rounded up and killed. Some were torn apart by dogs, others burnt alive as human torches. Over the next hundred years or so, Christians were sporadically persecuted. Then in the mid-third century, emperors initiated even more intensive persecutions. This, “The Great Persecution”, is considered the largest. Beginning with a series of four edicts banning Christian practices and ordering the imprisonment of Christian clergy, the persecution intensified until all Christians in the empire were commanded to sacrifice to the gods or face immediate execution. This persecution was to be the last, as Constantine I soon came into power and in 313 legalized Christianity.

Aztec Human Sacrifice

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The Aztecs began their elaborate theocracy in the 1300s and brought human sacrifice to a golden era. About 20,000 people were killed yearly to appease gods — especially the sun god, who needed daily “nourishment” of blood. Hearts of sacrifice victims were cut out, and some bodies were eaten ceremoniously. Other victims were drowned, beheaded, burned or dropped from heights. In a rite to the rain god, shrieking children were killed at several sites so that their tears might induce rain. In a rite to the maize goddess, a virgin danced for 24 hours, then was killed and skinned; her skin was worn by a priest in further dancing. One account says that at King Ahuitzotl’s coronation, 80,000 prisoners were butchered to please the gods.

Islamic Jihads

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Islamic jihads (holy wars), mandated by the Koran, killed millions over 12 centuries. In early years, Muslim armies spread the faith rapidly: east to India and west to Morocco. Then splintering sects branded other Muslims as infidels and declared jihads against them. The Kharijis battled Sunni rulers. The Azariqis decreed death to all “sinners” and their families. In 1804 a Sudanese holy man, Usman dan Fodio, waged a bloody jihad that broke the religious sway of the Sultan of Gobir. In the 1850s another Sudanese mystic, ‘Umar al-Hajj, led a barbaric jihad to convert pagan African tribes

It is such a shame such things are done and in return, other races and religion take the opportunity to desecrate the religion.

Now I am not trying to preach or convert anyone here, but to learn more, before you start condemning the Islamic religion, read this - beauty of Islam

So my dear friends, please do not condemn the religion but the human beings who caused all these problems and who did all these atrocities.

recipe sharing.... Homemade Kaya

Kaya toast is a popular snack amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians where kaya is a local favourite spread eaten on toast, fresh bread or cream crackers. Kaya is made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and flavored with pandan.

Essentially, kaya and usually butter or margarine are spread on two pieces of preferably toasted bread although any untoasted bread can be used and ready to serve. Alternatively, the Kaya jam and butter or margarine can be spread on the same slice of bread. (taken off wikipidea)

Try it out....


    • 3 eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 150g castor sugar
    • 250ml thick coconut milk, from grated white of 2 coconuts
    • 3?4 screwpine leaves (pandan leaves), knotted


    Break eggs into a mixing bowl. Add in egg yolks and beat by hand until yolks and whites are well blended.

    Add sugar and keep on stirring continuously to dissolve the sugar. Slowly add thick coconut milk and continue to beat until sugar is fully dissolved and coconut milk is well blended.

    Strain mixture into a heatproof container. Place container into a double-boiler. Add screwpine leaves to the mixture and steam over gently boiling water, stirring with a wooden spoon for approximately 40?50 minutes non-stop or until mixture turns into a thick custard mixture. Discard the screwpine leaves. The mixture should now be golden brown. If not, fry one or two tablespoons sugar separately and stir in the caramel. Add this to the kaya to achieve the golden colour. Cool, then bottle the kaya in jam jars.

Feb 11, 2011

Book Review: "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gill

*A candid, moving and inspirational memoir about a high- flying businessman who is forced to re-evaluate his life and values when he suddenly loses everything and goes to work in Starbucks*

I could not put it down once I started it. It was sure refreshing and interesting, how a simple life can bring more contentment and happiness then the busy life of a high-flyer who has too much of everything..
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a pick me up book that motivates..
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Feb 9, 2011

Do not over pressure or over protect your child.

Today's news in the Star, shocked me. A 17 year old girl, simply walked out of her Chemistry class in school, went up to the third floor of her school where her class is and simply got up on the ledge and committed suicide. What could have caused a young and intelligent girl (obviously in science stream) to do just that? The newspaper and her friends said it was because of a failed relationship.
Was it just that or something more? I am not trying to accuse the girl's grieving parents here, but sometimes, some parents are either to over protective of their children, taking extra care to shelter their kids from the big, bad, nasty and harsh world outside. I know and have heard of some kids who are brought up in KL and probably elsewhere too, who are homeschooled (nothing wrong there), then they are kind of kept at home. These kids never rode a bicycle, never been to the movies, they are really like a "katak bawah tempurung" (a frog underneath the coconut shell- so a proverb in Bahasa Malaysia says), or they don't know what goes on in the outside world.
Normal tweens or teenagers can tell you they love Taylor swift or Jonas Brothers, they enjoy High school Musical(heck, even my 7 year old girl can scream at the idea of Justin Bieber) and all but these "sheltered" kids have no idea at all who Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber or what High School Musical or Twilight is. Kind of bring to mind ' a bird in a gilded cage' huh..
Then there are some parents who over pressure their children with then so called intention that their kids can excel to be the best of the best. To be a super achiever in school and beyond. These parents keep their children sooo busy it makes me, a working mum with a family to juggle, a career to manage and all seem like a lazy bum. These kids go for taekwondo lessons, swimming classes, Kumon, Sempoa, religious classes,this tuition and that tuition, ballet classes, etc, etc.. A friend of mine who used to give tuition to some of these kids even pitied them. These parents would not hesitate to put the child down if they are below par or even unfavorably compare them to other super achiever children.
Just the other day, my friend was complaining about a parent who insisted that her son was smart despite failing his previous exams because, well, she and her husband have doctorates, so her son should be brilliant, too, and deserving of a better class..
There is no harm in asking your child to do well, or protecting them, as it is our duty as parents to love and care for them, but just not over doing it and over pressuring them.
Let the child be a child, let him or her enjoy his or her childhood. Being an over achiever does not guarantee they will always be successful or rich and have a good career, and an over protective life only makes them ignorant of the world outside. Let him play, explore, learn to be independent and all. Make sure he or she grows up balanced, with a well rounded childhood, with fond memories of their childhood. Too many kids these days are robbed of that chance. Support their dreams, their aspirations, guide them along, let them live their full potential without too much pressure. My eldest daughter is not a superachiever, but she sure does do me proud in her studies. She has told me before that if pressured, she will not do well. So I leave her to do her own things, just checking up on her from time to time to make sure she is on course and doing the right and necessary things. I encourage her to work hard, pointing out the necessities of hard work and also doing the right thing or its consequences. I encourage her to mix around with friends, go out with them, but demand to know where she is and with whom she is with and meet her friends and I am not a perfect mother, but I am sure my girls can look back someday and tell me how they enjoy their childhood. I guess that's the importance in it..

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