• Eid Mubarak dari missjewelz


    Eid Mubarak, Selamat Hari Raya Eid ul Fitr , Maaf Zahir dan Batin to all my Muslim friends, wherever you are. Its the 6th day of Syawal and I am sure everybody is still very much in the Eid celebration mood. 1st Syawal (Syawal : the month following Ramadhan/fasting month in the Islamic/Hijri lunar calendar.

    ‘Hari Raya’ <<- is the Malay term for ‘Eid’– something synonymous to us Malaysians. It marks the time for family reunion, receiving blessings and forgiveness from elders, and also seeking for forgiveness from others. Hari Raya is pretty much embedded in Malaysian culture. ‘Balik kampung’ , main mercun, duit raya, baju raya, kueh raya, lemang, ketupat and what have you not ! :) Bur of course, the true meaning of Muslims celebrating ‘Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ is more than just these items. Eid ul Fitr is a form of celebration for Muslims to celebrate the victory of having observed a full month of fasting and other worship activities in the month of Ramadhan. The spirit of Ramadhan is strongly encouraged to be brought forward and practised in following months; ie observing moderation, humility, empathy for the poor, steadfastness and patience.

    This shall be my last Hari Raya as a mom to 1 beautiful daughter as next year, InsyaAllah baby number two will be joining the team for raya ! :) A handful and an extra dose of happiness InsyaAllah. I am currently in my 3rd trimester and not long before calling it home run. I have been pretty exhausted and trying to catch some meaningful days of rest though most didn’t end up as rest days ! missJeweLz is always up to something ! Anyways, I do appreciate you duaas and prayers that all shall go well for me, baby and rest of my family.

    Raya this year was a bit tiring thanks to the scorching KL heat. I beared 2 houses, but ended up feeling very fatigue and sleepy.

    To the rest of you who have made it to your hometown, and back to work, alhamdulillah. For those still travelling, I wish you a safe journey. Lets take the best out of Ramadhan and let it stay with us heart and soul before we meet this holy month again insyaAllah next year. Forgive and forget, and trust that there is nothing better than lifting the sins of others and lightening their burdens. We wish the same for ourselves don’t we.

    I know Malaysia (especially of late) have been bombarded with politico-social  issues which sometimes gets into the mind. My key is to just focus on what’s really important to me where I have a control of, not to judge hastily and be nice (and humble) to everybody. Life is just too short to stock up on negative news, issues and people. Make it more meaningful by surrounding ourselves with positive thoughts, people and environment.

    Triathlete cum Runners in Salomon

    Triathlete cum Runners in Salomon : missjewelz was honoured by the invitation by Salomon Malaysia for the launch of their CityTrail running shoe recently ! That’s me and my triathlete friends from Iroman Langkawi 2009  + Rayzeef (ultra distance runner)

    Please forgive me for all my slacking and wrongdoings which I have intentionally/unintentionally committed or caused. I am just another human who seeks improvement in all ways possible.

    I haven’t been blogging ‘sports’ and ‘fitness’ for a while — and as a blogger, that’s what I do, I write my experiences and thoughts, and I don’t write non-experience just to make a timeline or attract hits. For those who have recently dropped in comments, Thank You and please keep them coming.

    Do check out www.kilausuriasports.com – I’ve recently organised and conducted a Triathlon Talk Series for Beginners. Response was positive for the inaugural kick off, and I hope this will be something continuous in the long run for those keen to know about triathlon.

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    Please feel free to contact missjewelz should you be interested to have the talk at your organisation !

    Triathlon Talk Series for Beginners Part 3 on 12 July 2015.

    Triathlon Talk Series for Beginners Part 3 on 12 July 2015.

    My immediate plan (apart from conducting talks) is to simply focus on a safe delivery and get baby number 2 up and running ! heehehe… I am super duper excited to meet this person – – like, really ! Okay, will the other ramblings for future posts.

    There are a few triathlon/duathlon races lined up for you in case you have not registered, and still open for 1-2 races this year. Will quickly list them down for you  ! If its too last minute to train for the 70.3/Ironman , go and watch/support your friends participating. It will be fun ! Promise !

    Singapore International Triathlon (25 July 2015)

    Port Dickson International Duathlon (2 August 2015)

    Ironman 70.3 Bintan (23 August 2015)

    113 Triathlon Bukit Merah (5-6 September 2015)

    Port Dickson International Triathlon (10-11 October 2015)

    Ironman Langkawi (14 November 2015)

    Powerman Philippines (14-15 November 2015)

  • Ramadan Kareem comes knocking again. Will we learn and wake up this time ?


    I’ve taken a look back at my previous years post and noticed that I do blog  a Ramadan Kareem post to welcome this most holy and much awaited month. You know, the regular crescent moon image with some beautiful calligraphy. The same thing I would do in other social media for that matter. To celebrate the arrival of Ramadan. Year in, and year out like how we celebrate our birthdays etc. But how is everything else different from year to year. It is just another year? Last year was 2014, this year…2015.. Are we really progressing, as we age and grow wiser, in the crucial areas in life which we really should, and as we move along  from Ramadan to another? Or are we just regressing ?

    A good friend of mine, sister Aliah shared a video today showing an Ustaz talking to a crowd, and I would like to share with you what the Ustaz said. Bear with me, as this is a reminder to myself, especially that I have been blessed to meet this Holy Month once again. .I, like many, take things in life for granted I forget that these are all rizq and tests from my Creator. It take some self-reflection and effort to realise that the clock really is ticking and I don’t know, Wallahi if I will be able to meet the next Ramadan again. And I would like to share the benefit which I gained after watching the video, with you by translating the speech to text so that it remains in this blog for good for the reading of my belover readers. InsyaAllah.

    To all my friends, Muslim and Non Muslims, whether I’ve met you in person or not, please forgive me for all my wrongs be it intentional or unintentional. I am human, I err– and I would like to continue by being a better person insyaAllah. I pray that we will all be better beings, body mind and soul–insyaAllah.

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    The speech 

    Wallahi (by Allah) brothers, this position that we are in now, is something that most of us are not here for the firs time . Most of us have been here, we’ve came before,we buried our loved ones but you and I know very well , you know very well, that soon as we jump in our cars, we are going to forget completely about this grave, like ‘This is not for me’. If I ask any of you now brother, Can you die tonight?  Can we come back tonight and bury you? Everyone will say ‘La Ilaha Illallah’ (none has the right to be worshipped in truth except Allah) , of course, death can come anytime. I have no guarantee.

    But the problem we are all facing , every single one of us is facing, the biggest disease in our hearts, is that the truth, that we don’t say with our tongue, is that you and me are, for some weird reason,  confirmed that this will never happen, this will never happen . I’m going home now to my wife,  to my children, I have plans for tomorrow, I’ve already planned for Ramadan, I’ve planned for Eid, I’ve planned for Hajj, I’ve planned for next year,   I will see my kids grow up,I will  take them to uni, I will marry them off, I’ll see my grandkids. This is the biggest Shaytan destroying our deen.

    And Wallahi my brothers, Wallahi  in front of our eyes, every single day Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (The Most Glorified, The Most High)  is showing us signs. Elders are passing away, teenagers are passing away –When are we going to wake up?  When are we going to realise, that Wallahi my brother, Wallahi there is no guarantee?

    Like the Shaikh said its the breath you take in, you inhale you never know will come out again. Wallahi my brothers, death is very very very close. And look my brothers, the shroud has no pockets . This is the end of everyone of us. No one takes his house with him, or his kids with him, or his wife with him, that’s it. That’s our property. That’s all you own in this world. A meter by 2 meters. That’s the end my brothers.

    What’s the purpose now?Explain to me now  you know how will our house benefit this person? How does a wife or a child, how do they  benefit ? Wallahi my brothers we will all face this. This day will come. We will  all face this and we will be put in your grave alone. Now everyone’s going to walk. You know. Even if we love him so much. The son is going to walk, the children are going to walk away. He’s alone now. What’s left with him ?

    The solat in the Masjeed he used to pray, the Tahajjud he used to wake up for, the Zikrullah, the Qur’an he used to read, the charity he gave for the sake of Allah. This is all your property.

    Please do not allow Shaytan, my brothers, to further trick you, to further fool you ‘That don’t worry, that’s fine’, ‘Don’t worry, you will become religious insyaAllah one day’, ‘Don’t worry, you know, there is still space for repentance’. Wallahi my brothers, wallahi we never know, you never know when your death is.

    Allah Subhanahu wa  Ta’ala,  from the day ,the age He came to blow the soul in your ruh, to blow the ruh in you, from that moment already that it has been decided exactly by the second when will you die.

    Maybe its next week. Maybe one of us here will not make Ramadan. Maybe you will make Ramadan. Maybe you will make Eid. Maybe you will make next year. We have so much work to do. There is so much improvement that we need.There is so much sickness,and  disease and haram in our life.

    If death, if a life example,  of a loved one dying in front of you, laying down with your own hands, you lay him down with your own hands in the grave –If  this doesn’t wake you up,   Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ( “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return”) , nothing will wake us up.

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    The AV-to-text script is based on ‘Reminder from the grave’ video from Talk Islam Facebook which missjewelz translated for the  benefit of all readers of this post (and herself).

    And oh yes, the Ramadan Kareem calligraphy :-

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    Ramadan Kareem everybody ! Selamat Menunaikan Ibadah Ramadan. Let’s make a difference this year and istiqamah on it !

  • So you want to Tri ? Come and join the Triathlon Talk Series starting this week !


    There is something in us homo sapiens called curiosity. Out of this, new ideas and thoughts spark to life. Interest develops out of curiosity. You know, that eager in us wanting to know.

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    *’Curiosity is also the name of NASA’s car-sized rover launched in 2011 for their Mar’s mission)’). Must be NASA’s best pick for the name !

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    A Famosa Triathlon 2007 with Azwar and Saiful.

    This sports of triathlon did come to me accidentally but it was my curiosity which pushed me to register for my first triathlon. A few years down the road I was more than a novice (in my own definition) cruising my way smoothly thanks to the knowledge which I have gained from looking up the right resources, and talking/training with more experienced triathlete friends. I did not have a dedicated coach, but I had a few coach friends who imparted with utmost humility their knowledge, skills and expertise. I was very blessed. Some of the major lessons though were learned through experiencing triathlon itself.

    As a person who have had only a few active years in this beautiful sports, I have gained a lot of insights which had in a way improved my perspective of life especially going through the tri-ing years in different ‘uniforms’ ; as a student, blogger, triathlete, than a wife and now, a mother.  In the long run, I believe I have gained more benefits, thanks to the experiences, opportunities given by those who supported me and the lessons which I have earned  (yupp , the most critical of it all!). Prioritizing and identifying what’s really important to you in life is 1 of the most significant lesson which I have learned here.

    Triathlon Talk Series

    Anyway, for those who wants to know more of the sports, I am organising a triathlon talk series beginning this Saturday , 13th June 2015. It will be a 3 part-series talk designed to introduce the triathlon and bring awareness to the community of this beautiful sports. It will be an informal setting where I will be sharing knowledge and experience of this sports. To be fair and give a more than a sneak peak to you on what will be discussed, kindly check out the posters below :-

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    Triathlon Talk Series Pt1Triathlon Talk Series Pt2

    Triathlon Talk Series Pt3

    Registration

    Online registration at http://www.kilausuriasports.com and I highly encourage registration for all 3 series to get the full benefit of this event. Admission is free :) Do share, reblog, Tweet of this event, I would truly, truly appreciate it.  Drop me a comment or PM me should you have any queries on this event. Thank you, and thank you !

    -missjewelz-

    Event info

    Registration link

    Kilau Suria Sports Facebook

    CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

    My deeepest sympathy to the loss of beloved souls in the earthquake which shook Ranau. missjewelz hope and pray that the families and friends of those lost in this tragedy will stay strong. RIP…..

    Burial of the late Robbi Sapinggi, a Kadazan-Dusun Malim Guning from Kg Kiau, Ranau, Sabah. He leaves behind a wife a a 6 month old son. Details for contribution and other info is available in 'Amazing Borneo' Facebook. Photo credit : Sharif Abdullah (Singapore Blade Runner) and Amazing Borneo

    Burial of the late Robbi Sapinggi, a Kadazan-Dusun Malim Guning from Kg Kiau, Ranau, Sabah. He leaves behind a wife and a 6 month old son. Details for contribution and other info is available in ‘Amazing Borneo’ Facebook. Photo credit : Sharif Abdullah (Singapore Blade Runner) and Amazing Borneo

  • Triathlon Talk Series 2015


    Dear TRIers,

    Kilau Suria Sports is organising its inaugural Triathlon Talk Series ! The 3 part talk  is designed to cater the needs of all beginner triathletes seeking for a right start to their new venture, triathlon !

    The talk will be presented by Nor Juliana Ali, a keen sportsperson, triathlete and Ironman Langkawi finisher. 40 free seats are up for grabs, and a special gift awaits those who signs up and attend all 3 series, which will be held on the following dates : 13, 28 June 2015 and 12 July 2015.

    Triathlon Talk Series Promo

    Triathlon Talk Series Registration

    Go to Event website

  • Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch


    Salomon is a brand sought after for those game in the sports of adventure, hiking and trail running. My first touch with the Salomon brand was quite recent.  I somehow knew Salomon (after all the buzz) is THE shoes in order to survive the 2 days ‘Sabah Adventure Challenge’ in 2011, and survived I did in Tambunan. The shoe made me feel I am in good hands (and a 4th placing for Women’s Category) after 70km ++ ordeal with nature ! I guess that was what Salomon was all about !

    Fast forward to 2015, I found myself present at the launch of the Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe launch. Could have sounded like those simulator rides you find at the theme parks ! Come, come let’s get you excited !

    The shoe

    Model: X-Scream 3D

    Type:City Trail

    The shoe is designed for adaptive fit, grip and responsive ride. Runner’s World reviewed it as a sturdy multitasker as it is designed for both city running on variety of surfaces (ie tarmac, gravel, pebble,grass etc) and easy trail.

    The big deal

    The 3D technology (Flex, Ride, Grip) : Provides durability and multi-surface grip, an aspect important when running on various surfaces around the city.The shoe provides enough cushioning for hard surfaces.

    Salomon’s Sensifit and Quicklace systems provides outstanding foothold and comfort.

    Contagrip outsole :  Ensure grip on hard or loose surfaces, and long wear on pavement

    This is only a short list of the technologies put in together in Salomon’s shoe design. What will matter most to runners is how the shoe will function and work for them.

    Another feature which attracted me is Salomon’s 3D Flex technology (Sensiflex fabric) which allows foot expansion and release pressure of the feet, especially for runners with wider feet.

    Its for you if you are :

    • Looking for a shoe which fits into both city running (read: diverse urban landscape) and light trail
    • Looking for that perfect neutral shoes for everyday running and routine
    • Looking for durability (the shoe doesn’t wear out so easily) and just enough cushioning for longer runs

    Not exactly for you if you are:

    • In need of extra support and more cushioning ie due to your weight
    • Thinking of shoes which you can take for extreme trails or hiking

    Spec/Price

    Weight: 10.7 oz.
    Profile (Heel): 33.7 mm
    Profile (Forefoot): 21.4 mm
    Drop from heel to forefoot: 12.3 mm
    Price: RM489

    The X Scream 3D is available in 5 colours.

    About Salomon

    The brand was born in the French alps in 1947. Salomon’s passion for mountain sport progression, product development, quality and craftsmanship drives Salomon to create progressive gears to enable freedom and help runners challenge themselves in the mountains.

    For more info on Salomon and Salomon products, please log on to their official website here

    Dealer locator (Malaysia) : Click here

    Around the launch

  • Of balls and oars


    Of balls and oars

    While we feel like all the balls are hurling speedily  towards us in the tennis court, we fail to see how unpreparedness and ignorance have left us arrogant more than humility in acknowledging that the slip could have been avoided by staying away from the court at the first place.

    While we’re perhaps good at convincing the referee of why the point should have been given to us, and why the rest of the court should be on our side, we fail to see how we ourselves have erred and continue to err.

    Time for reality check eh?

    Life is too short and precious to just and only be manoeuvring through repeated scenes of the above. For all we know that basic oar of honesty is lost in our lust in going up the stream of dreams. What is left is a floating boat which is at the mercy of the wind to blow its sail up north and the raging water forcing it towards the rough and uncertain sea of wrath down south.

    Life is a series of calculated risks and errors which we learn from in making that step forward.

    Faith or Iman is that compass which ensures we’re correctly guided at all time. Lets not loose that compass nor toss it aboard. Use it and pedal on.

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    Photo credit: boatsandrice.com

    -missjewelz-
    20th May 2015

  • Happy Teachers Day to all my lovely teachers !


    A Teacher for All Seasons

    A teacher is like Spring,
    Who nurtures new green sprouts,
    Encourages and leads them,
    Whenever they have doubts.

    A teacher is like Summer,
    Whose sunny temperament
    Makes studying a pleasure,
    Preventing discontent.

    A teacher is like Fall,
    With methods crisp and clear,
    Lessons of bright colors
    And a happy atmosphere.

    A teacher is like Winter,
    While it’s snowing hard outside,
    Keeping students comfortable,
    As a warm and helpful guide.

    Teacher, you do all these things,
    With a pleasant attitude;
    You’re a teacher for all seasons,
    And you have my gratitude!

    By Joanna Fuchs

    Slice of definition

    How I wish words could stream out of my finger tips just like how it looks so easy and natural for the author of the beautiful poem on teachers’ appreciation above.  Teachers are not limited to just teachers in school, though generally tied to school settings, teachers are anybody who have moved/changed/altered your sense of appreciation of the world be it through structure academic, mentoring and introducing you to the knowledge which you never had, or have had but needs some extra polishing. Well, my slice of definition !

    Back then, to most of us I believe, a school setting is fun just because we had cool friends and awesome teachers (and that we’re away from our parents). Teehee ! But little did we realise how much of an impact the chemistry between a whole class/individual student with a teacher — be it from the student-teacher relationship aspect or the actual appreciation of a teacher’s teaching, can have on our livelihoods– you know, the things which shape the way we are who we are right now.

    Great teachers

    I had the privilege becoming student to many great teachers –apparently by  looking at the list of schools which my mum has sent me ! Well, my first school after kindy was Convent Bukit Nanas (SRK CBN (2)). CBN 1 was like our rival though back then though in actual fact the only thing which separated us were our class locations,set of friends, and of course, teachers ! I was in CBN an all girls school, from 1989-1993. Next, was abruptly sent to a new school in 1994 where I stayed on for 3 years before moving to another school (form 3) in Pahang. I think I was already getting the rhythm by then. Luckily I had great friends, teachers and support through my 1 year plus stay there before…again, being transferred to yet another city (Seremban) to attend an all girls school, Tunku Kurshiah College. My last 2 years of secondary were spent here. My pool of friends, teachers and mentors could only increase as I moved on to pre-u, and later on, uni. I fumbled and stumbled as a med student, before finally assuring myself to start fresh in a degree in human sciences majoring in Psychology.

    Despite the many ‘changes’ which I’ve experienced as a formal student for  *takes deep breath* 20 years, one thing remains.  That attachment and connection which I share with my favourite teachers. I will list them below, not in order or ranking, but simply in acknowledgement of their existence in my life :-

    Arwah Ustazah Hasnah (Masjid Negara/Pusat Islam)

    Puan Mahanom (CBN)

    Puan Zaini (CBN)

    Pn Charles Mohan (CBN)

    Ms Ng Ah Lan (CBN)

    Pn Zubaidah (CBN)

    Arwah Pn Fatimah Mastan (CBN)

    Datin Hajah Gayah (Sri Utama)

    Encik Aiza Rizal (Sri Utama)

    Pn Nornilawati (Sekolah Menengah Abdul Rahman Talib)

    Pn Azizah Musa (Tunku Kurshiah College)

    Dr Ungku Chulan (International Islamic University Malaysia)

    Prof Naznin (International Islamic University Malaysia)

    Prof Nasar (International Islamic University Malaysia)

    Prof Syukran (International Islamic University Malaysia)

    Tuan Wari (International Islamic University Malaysia)

    The supporting hands

    My teachers are all beautiful souls who have touched my life, directly or indirectly. I needed educational and moral support, and they were there for me. They may not like being called parents outside the family, but some just turned out to be like one. In them we do find comfort, in them we find positive and objective assurance– so honest and so pure.

    Fast forward 10-15 years, some of us would (I hope) still be in touch with our teachers, actively or passively. Some names have been forgotten (its okay, no need to feel so guilty lah..it happens all the time!), while some stick to you like a permanent glue. With the rate of communication technology are laid in front of us, the means of establishing re-connection spikes. But how many of us really do take time to build and foster a relationship which have been left far behind.

    April 16, 2014

    I am talking about myself really.. A dear ustazah of mine was terminally ill, and I managed to visit her only…twice before she passed on. Nothing compared to her hundreds perhaps thousands of visits and hours at my family home, teaching my whole family how to read the Holy Qur’an.. I managed to bid her farewell one last time as her jenazah was lowered down into her final resting place on the 16th April 2014. I remembered getting the news from my mom.. I cried…and cried… but why? Did I do anything wrong to her..? Did I owe her money..? No..! Its that line called.. ‘I wish…’…

    There’s so much to grab on, hold on and endure in our short busy lives. Yet so little attention to the people and things which really and actually matters in the end. I’ve told myself multiple times before, my life is shaped by the people who surrounds me, by those who are dear to me– and yet, this is the way I treated those who really meant a lot to me?

    ‘Nombor 1……!’

    Another teacher who stood out in my early childhood was none other than Miss Ng Ah Lan. She was my Match teacher :) One of my personal favourite. As a young child, all energetic (and tak duduk diam), this particular colourful soul, could sit me down– and I’ll be there on my desk working out a math question. That memory of her walking into the class with a fast click-click pace thanks to her heels, straight to the teacher’s desk while announcing the first ‘congak’ question.. ‘Nombor 1…..’ ..and there we were, small kids squeezing our maths neurons out before ‘Nombor 2….’ was announced. Such passion and energy shown by an examplary teacher and mentor, and a quite cool enthusiasm shown by the class. Miss Ng just brings light and life wherever she goes. Being a small kid back then, I knew this was a teacher I would and will look up to.. We’re talking about memories of 2 decades cramped in a small paragraph here..

    You see how combing for memories just brightens up you life? Would you like to have more beautiful memories which you can reflect on say 15-20 years from now? Simpler said than done, you just need to make yourself more available and reachable by everybody through your kindness, pleasureful presence and that honest extension of a helping hand. You will appreciate it, believe me.

    So that 20++ years arrived yesterday (16 May 2015). I found myself in a small home (well, looks small at least from the front porch), where a beautiful lady lives. She is in her late 50s, and mentioned to me on the phone that a cleaner comes to her home occasionally to help her clean up her house. And there I was, in her house. More humbled than stunned. So here I was, finally— and there stood my childhood idol, mentor and teacher, Ms Ng Ah Lan, greeting and welcoming me m my daughter and a friend in.  Ms Ng is living alone, and her life was basically dedicated to teaching. Like most teachers, I believe Ms Ng (she’s known as Madam Angie now as marked on her t-shirt when she came to guide me from a nearby 7-Eleven), has given more than a lot to so many, and it came down to this reality of witnessing what life it truly about– ya know.. I have to be honest, it took me a while to figure out how to continue off that sentence (in Italic).

     I would like to believe Madam Angie (okay I still prefer to call you Ms Ng !! hehe), is happiest when she is teaching. Like learning and reading, teaching just keeps you alive. And I hope Miss Ng would continue to be happy even after her retirement which is about 3 years from now according to her).

    We sat down and chatted for quite a bit, catching up on all those lost decades between us. My daughter was more interested to explore the house– lots of books, all lined up neatly in a few book shelves, and a pair of rubber boots which my daughter simply can’t help but put on ! Ms Ng showed me around her house– she just moved in 3-4 years ago. I saw that some of her items are still unpacked (since they are not being used). She even offered me her coffee set as she had so many of them. I had to decline as I have many unused sets of my own, LOL ! She eventually succeeded offering my little one a set of children books :) Will come back for your signature lah Ms Ng ! hehhe..

    Offer didn’t end there, even offered to sit/teach/jaga my kid after her retirement. I mean, I’m humbled almost every second I was there in her home.. and there she was all jovial and really treating her guests well. She even offered me to join her for dinner, which again I had to decline as I’ve plans already with my family.

    She continued saying Thank  You to me ..when all I did was drop by to visit— compared to her years of teaching and the impact she has left for all her students. I can only swallow back my feelings. I am naturally an emotional person.. There were no tears when I hugged her goodbye. I guess, it was so much for me to absorb in such a short visit. She stood and waited for me to make a u-turn at the end of the alley. Scrolled the windows down as the car passed in front of her where she continued saying Thank You and putting her palms together.

    A small note for you dear teacher

    Ms Ng, I love you..This sounds pretty much like an open letter now– God knows what is happening behind the computer screen as the blogger writes this, and while (I hope) Ms Ng reads this. We’re constantly looking for figures which we can idolize and relate to. You are one of them. The bond was never lost, just needs to be reconnected, and I hope all of you reading this who have somebody in mind, teacher or mentor, make that first move before its too late. That ‘Message’ icon in your Facebook is screaming ‘Hit Me’ !!!

    To all my teachers and mentors, I would like to wish you a Happy  Teachers Day. All that you’ve given, shared and imparted so selflessly will always be appreciated and kept in mind. May God Bless all of you with a more happy and meaningful life herein and hereafter.

    ps: Please share or click Like this post if you felt it has touched or moved you in any way. It will mean a lot to me, and all the teachers out there, to whom this post is dedicated to.

    Jun 2011. Yes, its me Ms Ng !!!! Finally getting to reconnect after 21 odd years !

    Jun 2011. Yes, its me Ms Ng !!!! Finally getting to reconnect after 21 odd years !

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    Munchkin presenting a bouquet of flowers to my Miss Ng ! :)

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    Memories made possible. Thanks Najwa for snapping this photo of us. And thanks Miss Ng for having us. Sure was a delight to see you again after soooo long !

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  • A (belated) Happy Mother’s Day


    A belated greeting to all the beautiful and ever amazing mothers who are reading this post. You mean the world to your children, you are their idol, admiration and source of inspiration.

    The love and bond connecting you and your off springs can’t be described in words or physical attributes. The affection is spelled through endless commitment in providing the best that you can in molding a character which you wish one day will be able to contribute back to you and love you more than you can ever imagine .

    Remember the first day you held your new born in your arm?  That feeling ‘Ahh..finally, my very own…’, yes, and the soul you were helding is yours (thought very independent in spirit).

    To all mothers, do cherish God’s gracious gift. Its also a responsibility and great task at hand which you have to take care of. However you shape your child, impart endless love, hugs and kisses to them — the impact of your touch and soothing voice will affect them as a super positive enforcer as the grow and learn more about life.

    Regardless of any difficulties which you may be facing now, trust that you are the strong and tough idol which your children can look up to.

    To all mothers, Thank you for being you, and I wish you all the happiness and joy in your life herein and hereafter.

    Just me,

    missjewelz

    a-grown-up child (sorta)+a mummy to 2 (soon insyaAllah)

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  • Nepal Earthquake Appeal


    5th May 2015, missjewelz.com

    I heard over the radio on my way to work that the Search and Rescue for the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal will come to a halt after more than 7000 bodies of the victims have been recovered from the rubble . However, Nepal still needs the world community support in rebuilding back their lives and hope.

    Some info and stats on the crisis (Source : Wikipedia)

    Date of tragedy : 25th April 2015 (Saturday)

    Time : 11:56:26 (NST)

    Scale of magnitude : 7.8 Richter

    Depth : 15km

    Type : Thrust (More on ‘Thrust)

    Epicenter : Barpak, Ghorka district  28.147°N 84.708°E[1

    Casualties : 7472 dead (official number as at 5 May 2015), and 15,000 + injured (official number as at 5 May 2015)

    For this, lets continue to render  our support by any mean which we can. I am highlighting 3 channels which you can extend some assistance ; the Nepal Embassy (Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund Nepal) , Malaysia Red Crescent Society and Maybank Nepal Relief Fund. I’ve put in the details in the little poster below, and would truly appreciate it if you can share it with your friends, or on your blogs if you can.

    PRESS RELEASE FROM NEPAL EMBASSY, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

     tnwl

    Source : america.aljazeera.com.  Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Omar Havana / Getty Images

    Source : america.aljazeera.com.
    Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Omar Havana / Getty Images

    Source : Foxnews.com May 2, 2015: A Nepalese boy runs past houses destroyed by last week's earthquake in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. (AP)

    Source : Foxnews.com
    May 2, 2015: A Nepalese boy runs past houses destroyed by last week’s earthquake in Pauwathok village, Sindhupalchok district, Nepal. (AP)

    APTOPIX Nepal Earthquake Baby Rescue

    In this Sunday, April 26, 2015, photo taken by Amul Thapa and provided by KathmanduToday.com, four-month-old baby boy Sonit Awal is held up by Nepalese Army soldiers after being rescued from the rubble of his house in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

    My prayer goes to all in Nepal, and all the Nepalese around the world.

    tnwl

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