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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thoughts [Poem of the week]

If I walk the noisy streets,
Or enter a many thronged church,
Or sit among the wild young generation,
I give way to my thoughts.

I say to myself: the years are fleeting,
And however many there seem to be,
We must all go under the eternal vault,
And someone's hour is already at hand.

When I look at a solitary oak
I think: the patriarch of the woods.
It will outlive my forgotten age
As it outlived that of my grandfathers'.
If I caress a young child,
Immediately I think: farewell!
I will yield my place to you,
For I must fade while your flower blooms. 

Each day, every hour
I habitually follow in my thoughts,
Trying to guess from their number
The year which brings my death.

And where will fate send death to me?
In battle, in my travels, or on the seas?
Or will the neighbouring valley
Receive my chilled ashes?
 And although to the senseless body
It is indifferent wherever it rots,
Yet close to my beloved countryside
I still would prefer to rest.

And let it be, beside the grave's vault
That young life forever will be playing,
And impartial, indifferent nature
Eternally be shining in beauty

Aleksandr Pushkin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The clod and the pebble [Poem of the week]

"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite." 
William Blake - The clod and the pebble

Friday, February 6, 2015

A trip to Terengganu

I had the chance to visit the Kemaman mini zoo in Terengganu (I honestly thought I was still somewhere near Kuantan x3) until my friend asked me by the end of that day 

Friend :"what were you doing in Terengganu?" 
and I was like :"I was in Terengganu??!"

and everybody laughed and lived happily ever after :)

I have to say this is the cleanest most diversified zoo I have been to so far in Malaysia. it was simple and the animals were happy and most importantly the place was perfectly clean! it felt really good, like a natural garden unlike what I've seen in Zoo Negara which was 5 times more expensive and less exciting.

I saw some creatures I've never seen before like the bird of paradise (I don't remember the exact name) but it had the most beautiful feather I've ever seen <3 Couldn't get a closer shot to it though. Anyway, I also saw an elephant for the first time in my life and got very close to it but couldn't touch it :'( and they wouldn't let me feed it peanuts coz people love rules for no reason :/ it was not fun lol coz am known for feeding animals undercover especially when there's a sigh that says "do not feed" it makes me wanna do it even more!!! I can't help it:3

Show off! yet so beautiful <3

shake that feather!

This lovely pal said something to me before I go but I couldn't decipher it

Paradise bird eating papaya

His majesty the pitviper!!!

I have no idea what kind of reptile this one is :/

they also wouldn't let me ride on one of these... Naruto style x3
His other majesty the crocodile

Another majesty, the eagle! who was pissed at me for randomly waving a plastic bag at him

His other majesty the tiger! you get to walk on a bridge and have a look at him from top

the stinky animal which I don't remember the name... sorry pal

So close, yet so far

I also had the chance to visit the mini turtle sanctuary in Cherating called "pusat penerangan dan konservasi penyu" which was very small and the best largest awesome turtles I came specifically to see were mummified :'( but no one told me that of course -_-

The biggest turtle in there which happens to be very shy

The cutest thing you'll ever see :3

Her highness... quite spooky
Cherating beach
Another adventure to add to the list, which leaves only one thing to do in Kuantan... the most epic place left to discover: The Gambang Safari!!! Then I can peacefully say I have visited all the cool places in Kuantan :D 

Traveling and discovering new places/people/species has got to be the best thing anyone could do in their lives, it's worth trying at least once and be sure once you do it, you'll never settle for only once :p

I wonder where will fate take me next~

maa, jaa na~

Busy Bee

Greetings humans of the earth,

I have developed, or more precisely "put myself in", a hectic schedule for the past month or so for several reasons and I dare say it's quite effective but extremely exhausting however, I really needed that to wake from my long slumber.

My schedule starts by doing the usual chores upon waking up, I usually start with the 30 minutes reading (twice a day i.e., a minimum of 50-100 pages a day) of whichever books I've been reading. I prefer to start the day with personal help/psychological/science-based books, I find it very motivating and refreshing.

Next is to get ready for lab or whatever it is I have on that day, so I take a quick look at what I'll be doing and revisit my calendar to make sure I know where am heading for the day (because 90% of the time I forget where I am or what am doing :3). One thing I never skip is breakfast <3 I make sure to have a carbohydrate-rich meal since I'll be needing the slow mini bites of glucose throughout the day.

Next is heading to KAHS, the PG room, where I start writing/searching/preparing/digging and all the related things a researcher is supposed to do when they're not in lab :/ I usually stay until lunch but on the days on which I have French class in the morning, I leave before 10 and come back for lunch while sometimes I have lunch in KOP and head straight to lab after Zuhr prayer. I normally spend the entire afternoon in lab, sometimes even to 9-10 p.m depending on which procedure am doing and you know how time demanding cell culture can be but I really enjoy it. If you deprive yourself from the fascination and enjoyment in whatever profession you're doing, it'll leave a negative impact on your life and I've learned that the hard way :( On the days in which I have French class in the afternoon, I do lab from 1-3 p.m and head to the French class (which is usually outside UIA but not too far from it) and this is the exhausting part because I have to use my bicycle :( and for the normal people who can cycle normally, to me it's very exhausting even if I've been doing it for years now :( So I come back after 1-2 hours to KAHS and take a tea break before I either head back to the room or to lab to check on things given that I have no writing/searching to do before that.

When am taking a break, 99% of the time I am translating anime or manga, if not for my team MST it's for the team I recently joined (as my second serious part time job) Crunchyroll <3 and for the first time in my life, I feel thrilled about getting paid for something I love doing and I have been doing for the past 6 or 7 years as a mere hobby. It takes a lot of time but once you get used to it you can manage to spend 2-4 hours max on a single episode which is still a lot for me considering all i have to do in one day :/ but  Alhamdoulillah, it keeps me going and I'd rather be a busy bee than sit around doing nothing and regretting every single decision I have made in my life :D

You might be thinking, what do I do for fun or during the weekend? well, newsflash for you guys, PG students don't have weekends or holidays or time for fun but we do have to squeeze some form of amusement somewhere during the 24/7 schedule and am usually watching anime/reading manga lol or I might go out once a week for a change of air, it's highly needed especially for a hellish place like UIA :( but I guess it's loosing a bit of its burning flames with the new mahallah and everything... just sayin' :3

so after going through a week of having 2-3 part time jobs/hours of lab work/hours of studying in a single day, by the end of the week I feel like sleeping for 48 hours but you wake up early the next day and you do it all over again, it makes you feel alive and more productive and more importantly, you're making a living! I gotta say, it feels so good to buy lunch/dinner after earning those little 25 RM and knowing you made it with your own hands :3 there's a really good feel to it.

Before going to bed, I like to play some mind games (I know, am crazy x3) or read my second part of 30mn reading challenge but in those exhausting days i lay down the moment I open the door to my room... Sweet dreams await in the other world~

الحمد لله والشكر لله كما ينبغي

Ciao Ciao

Monday, January 19, 2015

The chimney sweeper [Poem]

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying 'weep! 'weep!' in notes of woe!
'Where are thy father and mother? say?'
'They are both gone up to the church to pray.

Because I was happy upon the heath,
And smil'd among the winter's snow,
They clothed me in the clothes of death,
And taught me to sing the notes of woe.

And because I am happy and dance and sing,
They think they have done me no injury,
And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King,
Who make up a heaven of our misery.'

The chimney sweeper by William Blake

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A poison tree [Poem of the week]

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears; 
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole; 
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree

A poison tree by William Blake

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Paris terrorist attacks

Here's a new beginning for the year 2015. When you think "what's happening next?" there's always more surfacing on the world news than you could possibly imagine. A terrorist attack in Paris killing the infamous cartoonist Charlie Hebdou and 12 others on the spot then running while killing police officers (the first one shot dead was a fellow Muslim) which raises the question that everybody asks "are these terrorists Muslims?" or more like "is this what Islam is all about?" So once again, Islam's image is being tarnished as we stand speechless by such cruelties awfully misinterpreted in the name of Islam.

Image source : ABC news
There has also been a video of the terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar" while leaving the crime scene and killing yet another officer. This makes it even harder to watch as the name of Allah being shouted in such an awful act of cruelty hidden behind the mask of Islam.

video source : BBC news
My opinion on all of this?
"I am against both the shooters and the cartoonist. Making fun of other religions is not a way of living and killing those who do it is not a way of the religion. Islam's image has, once again, been tarnished by those who understand nothing about it".

However, people around the world are not pleased with any form of explanation and are labeling Islam as a terrorist religion. Not that it didn't happen before but it's becoming a huge burden on all of us Muslims, as it is hard to convince them that this sort of act is not part of Islam and that terrorists are our enemies too. But the hate is still there and we have to deal with it.

What makes things even worse is the Islamic leaders who are celebrating as if it's some sort of victory and those who are praising the attack which is even more repelling! It's quite a twisted world we're living in today and it's becoming scarier each day. 

But from a whole other perspective, some analysts have pointed out some interesting points and incoherence as to how this whole attempt may have been carefully planned by a third party and everything has been displayed in a Hollywood-ian scene which points out even more confusing things that make this whole story nerve wrecking.

source : here
source : here
In the end, all we can do is keep our prayers up and patience running and may all the victims' souls rest in peace.

حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل

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