A Shaky Take-Off

20140511_183209Our 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.

Business In Hong Kong

_DSC0996May 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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Career Milestone

29/4/2014, KLCC – On this day, I have passed my TPCP in Petronas, assessed by Dr. Daulat Mamora from Texas, USA. I was told, at a shy age of 30, I was the youngest person, in reservoir engineering discipline, to ever pass this assessment in company history. Alhamdulillah.

I thank my parents, wife, family, friends, & superiors for all their support.

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Peranan Kaum Dalam Sejarah Islam

Islam agama pertengahan dalam semua aspek. Dalam soal kepelbagaian kaum dalam Islam, kepentingan kaum dirai dan dihormati sebagai satu realiti, bukan dihapuskan atas dasar kesamarataan.

Sbg contoh, Khalifah melantik Salman sebagai Gabenor Madain/Ctesiphon (Ibu negara Persia), bukan org lain spt Saad Abi Waqqas, sdgkan beliau Panglima yg memimpin dalam pembukaan Parsi. Tentunya kerana Salman itu sendiri satu2nya figur dari kalangan orang Parsi yang paling soleh dan alim dan realistik untuk diterima penduduk tempatan.

Di dalam perang Yamamah menentang Musailamah Al-Kazab, Khalid Al-Walid pernah cuba mencampur adukkan barisan2nya dengan kepelbagaian puak/kaum, namun tak menjadi dan membawa lebih banyak kematian dan menghampiri kekalahan. Keesokannya apabila Khalid menyusun tenteranya secara tradisi semula mengikut kaum, ternyata membuahkan hasil dan formula ini berterusan dalam hampir semua perang. Begitulah pada setiap kaum itu ada kekuatan.

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Bandung Trip For Rock Stars

DSC_0221Feb 2014 – This past holiday season, my family & I traveled to the famous city of Bandung, Indonesia. It was also my return to Bandung since 1995.

Bandung is the third largest city in Indonesia, and is a city located in the highlands in center of Java. Being in higher ground, the city has a cool European like temperature. The city is also famous for the geological wonders that surround the city and have become a renowned knowledge center for geology & petroleum industry. The city is also rich in Dutch colonial heritages and is among the most popular tourist city in Indonesia.

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Tanjung Emas Muar

DSC_0369 Dec 2013 – Back when I was little, my father would always bring me to Tanjung Emas at the river mouth of Sungai Muar. Muarians simply call the place Tanjung. Traditionally, the area is a recreational park, with restaurants, rest houses, playgrounds. The beautiful Muar mosque is also located here.

Today, as Tanjung Emas continues to be the getaway location of the people of Muar, it also has transformed itself with more decorations, landmarks, proper side walks, developed boat tour services, and the most notably Tanjung Emas Square.

Our family also used to eat at the food court at Tanjung Emas. We found the food court to still exist, but with upgraded facilities & a nicer building. The shops, the stalls, the name of the stalls, are almost the same; at least in my memory.

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Siasat Tuduhan Syiah Ke Atas Mat Sabu

Kalau benar PAS tiada kompromi dgn Syiah, maka eloklah PAS bekerjasama dlm siasatan Mat Sabu ini. Bukan backing membuta dengan cara mengalihkan isu. Bukan juga dgn menjelaskan dasar PAS bertunjangkan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah kerana itu kita sedia maklum. Yg menjadi persoalan adalah benarkah PAS telah berjaya ditembusi Syiah hingga ke pucuk pimpinan.

Sbnrnya suspicion rakyat Msia, malah ahli2 PAS sendiri terhadap Mat Sabu bukan muncul baru2 ni sahaja. Malah telah berdekad lama persepsi dan tuduhan ini berkeliaran, didorong oleh latar belakang, ucapan2 dan bbrp tindakan Mat Sabu sendiri. Tanyalah syuyukh2 PAS yg sekian lama hazar dgn Mat Sabu.

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Our 1st Terry Fox Run

DSC_004324 Nov 2013 – Our family took part in the annual Terry Fox run in Ho Chi Minh City. The yearly charity event is meant to collect funds for cancer research, spreading awareness of the cause, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. There were literally thousands of people who participated in the campaign. People came from all of sorts, from adults, the old, the young, corporate representatives, school children, & families. The event was non-competitive, so many people jogged or simply walked or even went half way. Some even stopped by at the many mini-marts along the way to buy a drink, ice-cream or some snacks.

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