For my tenure here working overseas in Ho Chi Minh City up to this day, nearly half of the time I lived as a single in this foreign land. Of those years, for a total combined of about 6 months, I was a single parent raising 2 of my eldest kids (6 year old Khaulah & 3 year old Atiq) on my own. They lived with me to keep schooling at their international school and to keep me company abroad, while my wife had to continue working in Malaysia. These were tough times in our lives but we consequentially had to decide to live this way to keep up with circumstances.
Undeniably, these were challenging times for me personally, and to my kids (especially my little boy) as they were still very young to understand, yet had to burden the pain of separation from their mother. There were hard times when the kids caught a fever; even times when we all caught a fever. There were those many nights when my son needed to breathe with the nebulizer due to his asthma. Half of my annual leave for 2014 was actually spent to take care of my son whenever he got sick; he was even hospitalized once for some 3 days, 3 nights. There were also those tough moments when the kids talked to their mom on the phone and their voices gradually turned sad & sobbing while trying hard to talk about their day.
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InsyaAllah, anak ke-4 ini saya akan namakan sempena nama tokoh-tokoh Islam yg telah meninggalkan legasi mereka tersendiri dalam peradaban manusia.
Anak saya ini saya namakan Abbas, pertamanya sempena sahabat Rasulullah SAW, Al-Abbas b Abdul Mutalib, yang juga merupakan bapa saudara baginda. Abbas merupakan sahabat yg terkenal sebagai seorang yang banyak membela Nabi SAW ketika di Makkah, dan kemudian banyak mengirimkan informasi mengenai musyrikin Makkah kepada Nabi di Madinah. Beliau seorang yang sangat rapat, disayangi, dihormati dan dipercayai oleh Rasulullah SAW sendiri.
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June 2014 – My mother & youngest brother came to visit me & my kids here in Vietnam. Having said that, we all took the opportunity to travel to the central coast of Vietnam, to the city of Nha Trang. It took about an hour flight from HCMC. Flying by night, the most eye-catching view from above the Nha Trang skyline is the lights from the cable car structures connecting the mainland to Hon Tre island. The cable car is the longest over water cable car in the world spanning 3 km long.
Spending some 3 days here, we went around the coastal city to indulge in its history, nature and recreational development.
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Tamadun Champa sebelum kedatangan Islam kaya dengan seni yang bertemakan mistik dan percampuran agama dan kepercayaan tempatan.
Kuil Po Nagar di Nha Trang, Vietnam ini antara struktur Champa kuno yang masih berdiri dan terpelihara hingga ke hari ini, sebagai bukti bangsa ini merupakan bangsa yang halus jiwa artistiknya dan mampu membangunkan struktur2 yang mampu tahan ujian zaman.
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May 2014 – Had a trip to Dalat with friends. I’ve been here once last year, so I tried to make the visit a bit different and hoped to achieve what I didn’t the last time. We only had 1 day to really tour Dalat, so we had a tight schedule & made our best effort to make this trip memorable.
We started the day at Datanla Falls. Enjoyed the Alpine coaster (controllable roller coaster) as I always did. We took a bunch of photos by the waterfall. We then, instead of taking the cable car through the ravine, went on foot to enjoy the natural scenery & the sunlight sipping through the forest trees and narrow pass.
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Our flight to Dalat started with a shaky take off. But the pilot somehow managed to maneuver the plane into stability after some time. Not to mention the air turbulences along the way. I could feel the pilot struggling from the beginning to ensure a safe arrival to our destination. Alhamdulillah we made it and I acclaim the pilot.
Not all people have a good start in things. But what’s important is your effort to steer yourself through the challenges to reach your destination.
So dont worry. If you make it, you’ ll have 1000 of great stories of your unique journey. After all, writers are those who write something new, not rewriting a textbook.
May 2014 – Visiting the business capital of Asia, the only business we had there was to trade for new experiences; and Hong Kong is a perfect place that offers more than stock exchange & financial services.
We stayed for 2 nights at Discovery Bay, before moving to Kowloon for another 2 nights to stay in the city center. Knowing we would be moving around (without a driver), & optimizing from our travel experiences, we traveled as light as possible.
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