• Blackout


    That feeling and sensation when you are looming in pitch darkness. You are not quite sure what to do,where to move and how to even begin thinking what to do next.

    You may choose to accept the darkness and ‘continue’ to do whatever that needs to be done,besides you still have your other capable senses functioning. You may also have choose to wait and see if any hero will come to the rescue. It always happens in the books and movies ! Or,you can start looking for a solution– either by getting out of the room, stay in the room and search for a source of light as you know how that darkness have a slow but certain crippling effect on your especially once it starts crawling up your neck into your soul. Then you realise the greatness of having a light or sunshine– which lit up your entire life. You continue to search for that light. At the far end of that room, is another person.. you are not quite sure who. He or she doesn’t seem to react to your mumbles as you score the walls and floor for a solution.

     

    What’s this fuss all about?

    That person has lost hope ( apparently,according to this story line). To him ( or could it be a ‘her’?) what happens ,happens. Nothing can be done. You continue your struggle alone now knowing how hopeless it is to rely on somebody else who is ignorant, weak and silent. He ( or she) acknowledges the darkness but chose to ignore it. Close one eye,or both,the view is pretty much the same. ‘What’s all this fuss about? ‘ this person whispers..

    So lets ask ourselves for once which character are we..? If that character is not listed here,chances are you might not be in that dark room at the first place. You are outside. Aware of whats going on inside you can choose to be i) ease the burden of those inside ii) add to their sorrow or iii) choose to acknowledged but ignore their miseries by pretending to be concerned when in fact you haven’t lifted a single finger to help. You choose,to close one eye and continue to complain on slow internet and how your refrigerator is running out of space. Your phone battery is about to die off but you manage to play a game of Bejeweled Blitz or two and in the interim expressing your ‘dismay’ to those trapped in the dark room. You continue to play another round of Bejeweled Blitz.

    Its been a blackout period to those who ‘feel’ for the Palestinians. May Allah grant them strength,courage and sabr. I’m in the mix (emotionally).. there are channels to help and reach out to them. Deep inside i know i haven’t done anything much. At guilt. I hardly comment on the heartbreaking photos of young shaheedsc. I reserve my comments and turn those into questions. Many questions are unanswered,and many problems haven’t been resolved because those essential questions have not been answered.

     

    Wake up call, again

    Its been a blackout period for me because I am loomed in that darkness.. and not sure where to begin. The soul searching begins in this last 10 days of Ramadhan and its apparent to me this is what I want to share with the rest of you reading. Does not make sense for me to write ‘how to save $ for eid/raya celebration’ or how to train for a triathlon. Doesn’t sync with the psychological turmoil which I am going through. And now with the gunning down of Malaysian Airlines #MH17.

     

    Back to Gaza

    To me,true understanding of whats happening in Gaza (and else where) is as important. We can continue to sympathize and extend our help to the victims of this oppressed state but we’ll never get to the bottom of it until we fully understand why  it happened.

    I’m a staunch believer in history and how it tends to repeat itself. What those people saw during the Holocaust, the apartheid, Iraqi war, etc.. its the same story and over. Country leaders toppled,human lives wiped out. So are we just going to sit and become another spectator,or start taking steps to end all this evil..? Never be shy to read and dig up more of the story from both sides and see where you stand and how you can step into help.

    Also note that Allah does not test any ummah or insan unless its bearable to them. I believe the Palestinians shall make it through,and the rest of us to give support and help to our brothers,sisters and children in Palestine. You dont have to be a Muslim to give and show support for Gaza/ Palestine. The rallies around the world are proof how the world comes in solidarity,for a common goal.

    What sets you apart from those who choose to be ‘silent’ and those who wants join in to help.. ? I will let you answer that on your own time.

    The internet connection at my home is garbage and i’m left writing this on my phone. Fridge is running out of space– time to reshuffle the goods inside. Daughter was sick and mummy was ‘suffering’ from cold and flu– monthly report due nex week and sustainability report to be completed by tomorrow. All this worldly miseries are NOTHING. I’m fasting, breaking fast to good and more than enough food to last the week. One lady was bombed while waiting for iftar — leaving blood in her plate of food.

    Some of us are already planning for vacation, a trip to the beautiful beautiful beaches in Turkey or Greece ( and still deciding between the two). 4 kids were killed playing on the beach in Gaza. I have a beautiful daughter,somebody’s son was bombed leaving a huge whole in his skull for the whole world to view,and share on Facebook yet some of us are still taking things for granted.. We dont pay attention to our kids and yell at them all the time to justify our parenting style and anger. .until they’re gone of course.

    Young shaheeds 

    I know my munchaquila is God sent soul. I was chosen to be her mother and. I am responsible in her care taking and upbringing. She IS the investment for me,like how all the young shaheeds are in Palestine– for their parents and family. I am sure they are all in Jannah now praying for their parents forgiveness and that they may be united soonest possible. The earth is just a transition where we leave our deeds and wisdom. What do you want to leave when you eventually go..?

    Blackout is a test and whoever in that room better buck up and stay united to get out of the darkness. Those outside the room,be prepared to get these people out soon ! They deserve light and sunshine like you.

    Note: my friend Mafeitzeral Mamat  is among the medical team who left KLIA last night to assist in Palestine. May Allah bless the entourage,the trip and work in Palestine,and for their trip bad to Malaysia InsyaAllah.

     

    Al Fatihah

    Al Fatihah also to the crash victims of #mh17 . Another test for us Malaysians. Lets stay united. Undivided. And stop spreading ‘aib’ orang on your social media. Its as good as backbiting. Allahualam. ( Allah Knows best)

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    -missjewelz-

  • Ramadhan Kareem 1435 A.H.


    Ramadhan Kareem to all my Muslim brothers and sisters. (Ramadhan Kareem literal translation = ‘Ramadhan is Generous’

     

     

    Let’s together leave a lasting impression during this Holy Month of Ramadhan which we have been given the chance to enjoy.. Appreciate each moment as if its your last Ramadhan. Close your ties, forgive your enemies, give charity pay your zakat, and say Syukur Alhamdulillah for all which you have been blessed with – insyaAllah.

     

     

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    On the authority of Abee Hurayrah, رضي الله عنه who said, “The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “A person is upon the Deen of his friend. So let each one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend.” [Reported by Ahmad (2/303), Aboo Daawood (no.4812) and at-Tirmidhee (no.2484).]

     

     

    Announcement : Al-Fatihah buat saudara Jafryin Jaafar, seorang penggemar tegar sukan berbasikal, yang kembali kepada Rahmatullah pada hari ini 30 Jun 2014. Beliau terlibat dalam kemalangan sewaktu menunggang basikal bersama rakan-rakannya pada Jumaat lepas. Solat jenazah akan diadakan di Surau Bangi Perdana pada waktu Asar hari ini. Salam takziah kepada keluarga arwah. Diharap bersabar menempuh ujian Allah ini. Semoga roh arwah sentiasa diberkati rahmat ilahi. Amin..

  • Dates / Tamar / Kurma Price Guide 2014 (Malaysia) and other dates info


    This is a fun project which I stumbled on when looking for where to purchase my dates stock for the upcoming Ramadhan. Date is a type of fruit from date palm. Synonymous with the desert and Arabic Peninsular, the fruit (and tree) has a historical and cultural connection with the Middle East and Indus Valley region. In recent times, the fruit is widely cultivated worldwide including countries like Australia, United States (Nevada, California), Mexico, China, India and Pakistan.

     

    A date palm loaded with dates !! Photo from http://commons.wikimedia.org/

    A date palm loaded with dates !! Photo from http://commons.wikimedia.org/

     

     

    A medjool date palm in United States. Florida, Nevada and California are known to cultivate date palms. Groundworks for example specializes in Canary Island date palm, Medjool date palm and Zahidi date palm.

    A medjool date palm in United States. Florida, Nevada and California are known to cultivate date palms. Groundworks for example specializes in Canary Island date palm, Medjool date palm and Zahidi date palm. Photo from datepalm.com. Date palm offshoots were first actively imported to the united states in 1913, a good 100 years ago.

     

     

    View at a Mexican date palm plantation. Photo from http://davereilly.blogspot.com/

    View at a Mexican date palm plantation. Photo from http://davereilly.blogspot.com/

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the requirements to grow this wonderful plant :-

    • long and hot summers, no (or at most low) rainfall
    • very low relative humidity level during the ripening period
    • exceptional high temperatures (± 56°C) are well endured by a date palm for several days under irrigation.
    • during winters, temperatures below 0°C are also endured.

     

    It is not the easiest plant to grow because heavy rain which we think is beneficial for most plants, is not the case for date palm. Rain is likely to cause damage to the harvest (date fruit) during flowering and harvest season. Of course there are other factors to be considered i.e wind, moisture, soil. In case you still insist to plant it in your backyard, check out this link.

    Note : Day to harvest = 4 – 7 years

     

    I have compiled a price guide for both retail (small quantity) and bulk purchase from 2 biggest hypermarkets in the country (Malaysia) ; Tesco and Giant. Additionally 2 wholesalers who sell their products both at their stores, and online. If you are interested to stock up for Ramadhan, or simply to donate this wonderful and nutritious fruit to the mosques, orphanages etc, the wholesale buy would be a better option.

     

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab A

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab B

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)- Tab C-F

    Dates Tamar Kurma Price Guide -Malaysia (2014)(wholelist)

     

     

    How to use the guide :

    1. Decide which type of purchase are you going to make. Small quantity or bulk ? If small quantity, view tab A. For bulk purchaser, tab B is for you. Use tab C-F if you want to compare dates prices within a store.

    2. For small quantity purchaser (tab A), RM/g is listed from lowest to highest against the weight (g) (also arranged from low to high).

    3. For bulk purchaser(tab B), RM/g is listed from lowest to highest against the weight(g)(highest to lowest).

    4. For those interested to check out prices within a store of choice (ie. Tesco, Giant), prices are arranged from lowest RM/gram to the highest in tab C-F. There are 4 stores in this guide ; Tesco, Giant, Mahnaz Food and Berkat Madinah.

    5. Online shop links and store location link are also available in this guide.

     

    Summary points :

    Your feedback on this post and comparison guide is highly appreciated. This is my first ‘fun’ project involving price comparison and guides so, please be gentle.

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    Disclaimer : The various types of dates differ in their size, quality and nutritional values. This post and guide does not include those information. Irregardless, dates are essentially good for both diet and health. Check out these 2 links for some additional info on dates and its nutrients : Dates nutrition facts Medjool dates nutrition facts

    Thanks and have a great weekend ahead !

    missjewelz

     

    Sources :-

    1. http://www.datepalm.com/

    2. http://www.pubhort.org/

    3. http://www.kcet.org/

    4. http://www.gardeningblog.net/

    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/

    6. http://www.fao.org/

     

  • A beautiful Monday reminder : When thanking somebody


    Lets welcome our next Monday (and week) with an open heart. Alhamdulilah syukur dipanjangkan umur. Syukur bukan saja pada Alhamdulilah nya but also dari perilakunya InsyaAllah. Just like when we thank somebody not just for the sake of thanking that person but like an oath saying ” i’ll be the best person u’ve ever known and i’ll live up to make ur life the best ever just d way u did mine. ”

    -missjewelz-

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    1 of munchkin's 1st swingin' session at d park !!

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    I have to admit i havent cycled for ages. Haf2remove d cobweb pretty soon !

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    The beautiful seaside in Terengganu

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    I long for an east cost beach visit soon. You know how soothing it is to be sitting by d seaside in d early morning hearing the ocean waves wash ashore. Very therapeutic and leaves u smiling. And amazed with the Almighty's beautiful creation of the nature

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    Yours sincerely; missjewelz

    P.S. blogging frm the wide tiny
    screen of my dear HTC. night night Malaysia, night night world !!

  • Adik Ammar found !


    2052 hours , 6 June 2014

     

    Alhamdulillah Allah has answered the prayers of those who wished for Ammar’s safe return. I received a text message from Khuzaini (Ammar’s dad) stating “Alhamdulillah Ammar dah dijumpai di putrajaya. Thanks to all”

     

    Syukur alhamdulillah. At least both Khuzaini and his wife can have a peaceful night sleep once again. For the rest of us, lets always learn from the uneventful incidents which take place around us everyday. It can randomly happen to anybody, anytime anywhere. And in this case, it ended in a good and thankful note – now that Ammar is safely back to his parents arms.

     

    Some excerpts from Khuzaini’s Facebook and news links related to the story below :-

     

    Ammar Muzakkir Khuzaini

    Related news articles :-

    Nik Nazmi’s missing nephew found (The Star Online)

    Boy with special needs goes missing in Gombak (The Star Online)

    Additional reads :-

    Faktor kehilangan

    ‘Turut merasa sedih’ diiringi dengan linangan air mata yang tidak putus dan hati yang sebak yang tak terkata tidak akan membantu mengurangkan kes-kes sebegini untuk berlaku. ‘Fenomena’ kanak-kanak hilang di Malaysia bukan sesuatu yang baru. Lupakah kita ketika digemparkan dengan kes adik Nurin Jazlin, Sharlini…. Pada ketika saya menaip perenggan ini, ramai lagi kanak-kanak yang masih hilang di luara sana termasuk adik Low Min You yang dilaporkan hilang pada 9 Mei yang lalu.. Mari sama-sama berdoa semoga kanak-kanak ini ditemukan dengan keluarganya dengan segera dan selamat.

    Dalam kehidupan yang tidak menentu ini di mana kita ‘mudah’ mengambil mudah banyak perkara terutamanya tentang keselamatan anak-anak kita, iu bapa terutamanya adalah yang paling bertanggungjawab tentang keselamatan anak-anak mereka. Tiada kompromi tentang perkara ini. Dan yang lebih utama, masyarakat pada umumnya haruslah lebih prihatin kepada keadaan keliling kita. Bagi saya, tak kenal maka tak cinta.. sayangi anak-anak yang lain seperti anak-anak kita sendiri. Anak-anaklah tempat kita mencurahkan dengan sepenuhnya kasih sayang kita dan BUKAN kebencian dan kemarahan kita. InsyaAllah. Semoga Allah melindungi kita, anak-anak dan zuriat kita daripada sebarang malapetaka dan kecelekaan. Amin.

  • Special child Ammar Muzakkir Khuzaini – Missing since 5 June 2014


    Dear friends, fellow bloggers and readers.

     

    Every child born to this earth is an ever glowing pearl to their parents. Losing this precious pearl is like looming pitch black darkness over our heads, heart and every day we spend breathing and walking for this missing pearl. Yesterday, Ammar, a special son to Khuzaini and his wife Nik Nazli went missing. According to Khuzaini’s Facebook, Ammar took a train at the Gombak Putra LRT yesterday 5 June 2014 at 4pm. He was in a round collar black t-shirt (with white and green diagonal stripes), navy blue trousers and black boots. Ammar was also wearing a black rimmed pair of glasses with green handles.

     

    Please find below some of the postings from Khuzaini’s FB (blogger have obtained prior approval from both parents before writing and publishing this).

     

    Ammar Muzakkir went missing on 5 June 2014. Please help share and spread this message until Ammar is found.

     

    Ammar Muzakkir went missing on 5 June 2014. Please help share and spread this message until Ammar is found. This is the 2nd photo of Ammar share on his father's FB page after his son went missing.

    Ammar Muzakkir went missing on 5 June 2014. Please help share and spread this message until Ammar is found. This is the 2nd photo of Ammar share on his father’s FB page after his son went missing.

     

     

     

    If you happen to be reading this and have any updates/leads that may be of value to Khuzaini and his wife, please reach them a.s.a.p (Khuzaini: 0132334332 , Nik Nazli : 0132598951)

    Semoga Allah tabahkan hati keluarga Ammar dan lindungi adik Ammar dari sebarang malapetaka.Ameen..

     

     

    missjewelz

    6 June 2014

    Kuala Lumpur

  • Message from Kathleen (Kimbeley Yap’s sister)


    Since the unfortunate event yesterday, I have been in touch with a few friends from the triathlon/running community in getting the latest update and news on Kim. All expressed the same worry on our dear Kim. Today, I was fortunate enough to be in touch with Kim’s sister, Kathleen for her permission to share her (Kathleen) FB status message to all Kim’s friends on my blog missjewelz.com. Please find Kathleen’s message below. She made me promise to share word by word as to ensure there is only 1 version coming from the family. I trust that all of you will behave the same manner too upon reading the message below. Kim is a friend to many, and its our responsibility to respect the family’s sensitivity at this critical time.

     

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    Thank you Kathleen for allowing me to share the information and concern above with the rest of the triathlon, cycling and running community here in Malaysia. Kim has got a legion of admirers, fans and supporters not only for her consistently strong and excellent feat in all the various events which she has competed, but more importantly for her humble (and admirable) character of a true sportswoman. An idol to many, we all would like to wish Kimbeley a speedy recovery and for her family to stay strong for Kim.

    Our prayers, hugs and hope for dear Kim.

    -missjewelz, KL, 29 May 2014-

    p.s. credits to Tey Eng Tiong, Stupe, Michelle L.for the updates on your FBs :)

  • Kimbeley Yap hit while cycling this morning


    May 28, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur : I received an unfortunate news from an old friend 20 minutes ago that Kimbeley Yap was hit while cycling this morning on Penchala link. According to the source she was hit from the back by a Toyota Harrier (registration number : WPN 688). Quickly asked my friends if anybody can validate this news, and its apparent she was indeed hit this morning. 2 photos at the accident scene shared by a friend confirmed this news. The second source mentioned that Kimmy is currently being warded in PPUM.

    I will update this post once I get any other news on the incident.

    To the rest of my running/triathlon fellow bloggers/friends, let us pray for Kimbeley’s speedy recovery. She is a true sportsperson and I have never met anybody who consistently comes back to her game with nothing but gold and excellence. She has made the country proud more than twice in her appearance and achievement in SEA Games 2005 and 2007 — where she emerged champion for the Women’s category.

    Speedy recovery Kim !!!!

    Photo source : myelitetriathlon.com

    Online articles on Kimbeley Yap :-

    Kimbeley Yap – A truly special personal trainer !

    SEA Games champion Kimbeley Yap lives up to her billing

    Triathlon at the 2007 SEA Games

    Kimbeley Yap got GOLD in Triathlon SEA Games !

    Latest updates :-

    1. National cyclist Kimberly Yap injured in accident (The Star online, 28 May 2014)

  • Running the brain : Let those creative juice flow


    Running the brain : Let those creative juice flow

    I look at the brain like a car engine. The moment the ignition is sparked, the vehicle is ready to propel forward. The moment an idea is sparked, millions of neurons are put on stand by to receive the next order.

    Being indecisive will just turn the switches off. The idea dies off and we carry on with our lives. Nothing occured.

    What we need to know is that having some mental fitness and endurance can make a big difference in our daily lives. That is how memories and histories were made. The thought process pushes through the next phase : action. Whatever it is, big or small, a significant change will be made.

    So which are you?

    Another more important aspect of this discussion of how mental endurance leads to creativity (and vice versae). Creativity is indeed a trait of a mentally ‘fit’ person. Ideas last as long as the brain keeps going. The ‘ideas’ are the fuel of the brain. Hence, the need to keep going.

    You know that feeling when you’re ‘brain-dead’..? Perhaps your neurons are not getting enough ‘spark’ or..perhaps its just too tired.. *Kit Kat* anybody… ?

    The picture you see in this photo was taken a couple years ago. My college buddies and I were looking for a place to eat.. when we saw an open space.. we decided to take some shots for the purpose. Being an ‘aspiring’ Photoshop-er , I directed the shots and edited them to its end result.

    So let your mind run and put those ideas into action. Whatever they may be – planning for a marathon, or climb your first peak, be the top of your class, top employee at work, favourite ‘boss’ or even when solving a domestic matter back home. I am sure they are away around things if you think that ladder is too difficult to climb. Let the critics be your stepping stones so that you don’t forget to look down when you’re up there.

    Let your brain run and those creative juice flow !

    -missjewelz, KL, 20 May 2014-

     

    Related :

     

    10 Tips for Unleashing Your Creativity at Work (entrepreneur.com)

    How to raise a creative child (theguardian.com)

    Creative brain test (shelleycarson.com)

    Steps to become a more creative leader (mensxp.com)

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