“IN THE STATE OF SHUKR” – Webinar


Assalamualaikum and Ramadan Kareem to my brothers and sisters in Islam.

This is a blessed month where we can’t let lose opportunities to better ourselves, and this is one of the platform by Al Maghrib to assist us in understanding ourselves, and the chaos which are still within us — showing and engaging in gratitude and humility as we continue with the struggle between arrogance and ego. Much have been heard and understood between the relationship of arrogance/ego and gratitude/humility, and this is a universal thing not limited to just Islam, as a way of life.

 

There will be many respected and renowned speakers who will be speaking at the webinar, per mentioned in the poster below.

 

Note to South East Asian folks (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia etc), we’re +8 UTC (time zone), while in New York where the live webinar will take place, they’re -4 UTC, which makes it a 12 hours difference. So 3pm New York on 11 June 2017 Sunday, we will be at 3am on 12 June 2017 , Monday morning. Suggest you stay up for a bit after tahajood, or wake up earlier for sahur to catch this webinar at the convenience of your own home.

If you are a non-Muslim just curious to know what do Muslim talk about when we talk about gratitude and thankfulness, feel free to join the webinar at no cost ūüôā

Registration/spot reservation page here

This event is partnered with Islamic Relief.

 

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Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends and beloved ones so that they too can join and also spread the word, InsyAllah.

missjewelz

9 June 2017

Kuala Lumpur

Be yourself – just better


I detect that most if not some of us are hard-wired in sensing energy levels of environments, particularly from people who we meet, whether its a stranger, an affiliate, some one who knew from the past or those who we meet and converse with on daily basis.

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Energy in broad terms can be used to indicate i) type of energy typically positive or negative and ii)level of energy .

On at least 2 different occasions, 2 different people indicated how my energy level shifted from high to low; when I talk about sports and health related issues compared to when I talk about my career. Sounds familiar? Psychology can help us understand ourselves better with just this example. Knowing and understanding the sciences of behaviour gives us better advantage at different levels of what we are pursuing professionally and other wise.

For most of us, we use intuition to assess a situation where we are in, to effect our judgement, action and speech. Speakers and academicians apply it all the time without , perhaps, knowing its sciences. Theoretically speaking, ¬†that gut feeling or hunch, serves as a radar to our behaviour.¬†Lufityanto, G., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J. ¬†(2016) in their publication Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence.¬†Psychological Science¬†mentioned : “the ability to quantitatively measure intuition could be a boon to many different fields, especially when it comes to workplace hiring: ‚ÄúThis could be applied in the workplace, taking the place of existing questionnaires which really only test people‚Äôs opinions about their own feelings of intuition. We do have intuition and we can measure it scientifically.‚ÄĚ”

 

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Simon Baker plays the independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation, in American drama series ‘The Mentalist’. Photo credit : theage.com.au

 

If you have or are watching The Mentalist, you can immediately correlate the method used by Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) when helping solve a murder case. He typically uses (as defined in the opening credits) mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. As a regular watcher, I see his mental sharpness comes with repeated accurate gut feelings which were proven correct.

 

Back to the initial example I was sharing, I couldn’t fake the obvious when on 2 different occasions, similar feedback was given regarding my energy level. Whether or not this person knows me well, my energy level was a give away, and acted as a trigger to this person’s hunch. By reason, this person might or might not know the different areas of my interest. By hunch, this person I was talking to was on point. ‘I can’t fake it’ was my blunt and honest reaction.

The lesson is this. Do not be afraid to show your true selves, in fact BE yourself no matter what you do. You are who you are because of the values and principles that you believe and hold on to, and not as merely an external reaction ‘just’ to show others that you are great/noble/perfect etc. BE YOURSELF. Success comes easier in the things that are closer to you in value and principle.

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Someone falls to pieces
Sleeping all alone
Someone kills the pain
Spinning in the silence
To finally drift away
Someone gets excited
In a chapel yard
Catches a bouquet
Another lays a dozen
White roses on a grave

To be yourself is all that you can do
To be yourself is all that you can do

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The above the opening lyrics to Audioslave’s ‘Be Yourself’.

Ain’t it easier just to be innately yourself, then pretending to be somebody else? The following conflict that this may cause (in case we pretend to be some one who we are not), can be severe. Some to the point of not having life goals just because we never learnt how to say ‘No’. The ‘Yes’es were obligatory to make others happy. Than what? We do not have a sense of purpose and direction, and will find it hard to make decisions.

As we progress through the phases in life, naturally we assume bigger and important responsibilities. No one is there to coach or ‘mummy’ and tell us what to do, what not to do, what’s good and vice versae. It is fine if we do ‘discover’ ourselves much later in life. But more importantly, we understand the essence of being ourselves, and not just reacting to our environment, trying to ‘fit’ in into something which doesn’t give us life pleasure. In simple words, don’t fake it. Be yourself, just better.

 

You may relate to my words based on your own experience. You know we have all done mistakes in the past. We learn from them. We move on. We get on with our lives. We do not pacify the role of legacies which our mothers or children will NOT be proud of, but we know we are only humans who are prone to mistakes especially during life phases where we are either too adventurous and see life as a lab for us to test different experiments, AND/OR when we were mostly unguided and easily influenced.

If you are a parent, realise that if you want to better your family’s well-being,situation and relationship, each family members play a role. In your case, it begins with you. Have a higher purpose, recalibrate your goals and purpose if needed, have more compassion and warmth — and hopefully with that all will fall unto place just like the rain droplets rolling down an opened umbrella.

 

If you are an employer, a manager, its important to know and be yourself, and align that with the vision of your organisation. Most likely they are all for the greater good. Be humane in your actions and words. Employees are not machines. They have their values and principles which you need to respect.

The writer is a mother of two, wife,triathlete and an adventurer of life. Life is a series of explorations to achieve a higher goal unlimited to the worldly life span but beyond.

SuperKids Triathlon Camp 2016- My take


There always be a first for everything, and just last weekend we had the inaugural SuperKids Triathlon Camp in UM. Objective of the event is to expose the young participants and their parents to the fun sports of triathlon and the basic skills needed to complete one. Drill for each discipline including transition were headed by our triathlon coaches.

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of all the coaches, crew members and committee. Parents and kids put our recipes and effort to test in the quest of getting everybody from point A to Z safely, and go home with some memory etched from the camp. We had the awesome cert which we thought all the kids liked and the finisher medal which symbolised the SuperKids logo. We had Ribena and Sesegar Susu sponsoring the beverages which was more than enough to keep our young campers dehydrated ! Chilled Ribena at waterstation, how’s that? So kudos Ribena and Sesegar Susu.

Will write more in kilausuriasport . com website and blog but for now, I have to stay I am in awe for all that have came along. I hope this event will touch the hearts of many (kids, parents, crew, coaches) as part of their journey with this sports I really love, and happy to be a part of. To those who knows me, I like to finish what I started. Mental strength and endurance goes a long way, especially making a plan work. The fun part is working that plan. Involved lots of thinking and coordinating. At times a sense of fulfillment that life is used to make an impact , small or big.

 

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To know more of the SuperKids Triathlon event please head on to http://www.kilausuriasports.com or search Kilau Suria Sports on FB. Our photos are up, so feel free to view them. There will be an announcement on Kilau Suria website hopefully next week on our upcoming event, so do watch out. Guys, readers, silent readers, I appreciate your continuous support with keeping up with my lagging blog. I owe a few parties some entries which I couldn’t accommodate right away. Should you have any topics which you would like me to feature ,or questions to ask, please buzz me via the contact form in our contact link above.

Again, thank you for the support and prayers.

Al Fatihah to the victims of all the recent plane crashes around the world. May Allah prolong our life so that we will be able to fill it with good deeds, charity and help uplift some burden from the oppressed. May Allah make it easy for us to go through calamity and hardships and May Allah grant all of us Jannah insyaAllah.

My dear friend Ngae passed away oh the 15th May 2010, and this year would mark the 6th anniversary leaving us. Aaron mentioned, he’d be 62 if he was still running along side us. Not forgotten are the souls of Allahyarham TSB, ¬†Daud Mohamamad (Dino’s brother), Jafryin Jaafar, Muhamed Zubir bin Zainal Abidin, Terence Leong. Let God ease your journey through. You will all be remembered, for eternity.

Salam nifsu syaaban, happy weekend and have a good time wherever you are.

Yours in writing,

missjewelz

Ipoh. May 22, 2016.

Exercise for a healthy heart ! Set your goals clearer.


The Malaysian scenario: How many times have you came across family members, friends or colleagues who workout to shred off pounds? To make that skinny jeans fit again? Wedding prep? or because of your GP constantly bugging you that your health report is showing no improvement from the last one.. (think..).

 

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Many of us can relate exercising or dieting for that matter as a way¬†to lose weight . Case in question: ‘Do we exercise to get a strong healthy heart?’. I want a healthy heart therefore I exercise ! We are engaged to what we are doing based on recommendations and results. And sadly sometimes, on fad. Anarchy workout, Spartan workout, this diet and that diet. But what is really the long term goal for all these? Which is more important, the 6 pack or the healthy heart? Where do we put our priorities? On the visible flat tummy or the invisible unseen heart who does (really) all the hard work. Take out your Androids or iPhones and multiply your age by 35million. That will be the total human heart beats you have had since the day your mama gave birth to you. All that hard work at no cost. Wow, I am amazed and grateful. Love your heart .Pay more attention to it.

 

If you were to set goals, think having a healthy heart as your end goal. No matter what happens that will, be your end goal. Break it further to shorter goals which you can do. It has to be specific, measurable, habitual and sustainable ! Sounds complicated? Check out some suggestions below :-

  • If you need to lose weight, set a goal (ie. how many kilos). Get your GP’s okay and recommendations if its a significant amount of weight which you need to lose. Break it down to mini goals (ie. how many kilos to lose per month/week). If unsure, give it a go for a month or week of exercising regularly and eating healthier. See what’s realistic for you

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  • Need to fit back in that jeans or skirt? This one is hard to cheat and is a good indicator how far you are from your ideal weight back then. Its a good motivator for you to keep going that’s what ¬†am saying

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  • Does your work, family and schedule inhibiting you from your hearty heart goal? Plan, plan, plan. Can’t stress on this more. Plan and ORGANISE your time. Be sure to block out time on your planner. Write it down, stick to it. Your workout does not have to be LOOONGGG. It just needs to be effective.

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  • Plan your meals. Yeapp. The worst thing you want to do is to reach for your phone to dial for a pizza or McDonald’s. I find this so true in my case…! You’ll certainly lower the habit of overeating, and eating healthier choices !

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  • Tech crazy/opportunist : anything beneath the Nimbus clouds which you can download on your phone to record, track and log, get them! Yes, your meals, your exercise and they even have apps which allows you to create or join groups with other people using the app. Make it fun. Its OK to post your workout on your social media, especially if it serves as a motivation FOR YOU ! And of course, doing the same to others along the way. ¬†Some apps which I personally use and is happy with :- Noom, MapMyRun

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  • Get yourself checked annually and you will be surprised with the result. Be patient. You may have lost weight and can fit back into that jeans. See your cardiovascular report and hear what your doctor has to say or recommend. Well I hope the doctors gives you a pat on the back for the effort, and come back next time with consistent if not improving results. Your doctor will also advise you specific exercises which you can do if you do have heart/heart related problems. Try to shy away on the fads, first.

 

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I am¬†currently trying to shred another 5kg. I have lost 2 kilos in the last 1 month plus. Loosely said, trying to be fitter and eat healthier. No special program¬†at the moment, but will keep on working out regularly and eating healthier (in a general sense) and have most things recorded in Noom and MapMyRun. So far the weighing scale and waistline has shown improvement. The last I checked my heart is OK. Can’t wait till my next health screening !

Share your story here if you would like to motivate others on your current journey or success stories !

p.s. had the pleasure of checking out some the annual reports coming from the Health Ministry (published on their official website). What I can gather from the report and news on the ‘health status’ of Malaysians is, YES our life span is increasing due to our diet and socioeconomic level. ¬†And so is lifestyle related diseases ! Take your health matters into your own hands and be serious about it. If you can engage others to join you in inculcating a holistic healthy lifestyle, be that game changer today!

 

For your reading pleasure : How much exercise does your heart need? Most of us aren’t getting enough

Gracias, missjewelz.

 

IMUSLIM – What’s coming up in August ?


Ilm’ is investment for both dunya wal akhirah, and it is human nature to explore and¬†seek for knowledge from the magnitude of sources available. I am supporting a noble cause by IMuslim to become a change agent in igniting mind through their programs. For more information, kindly click on the poster below.

Poster source : iMuslim newsletter

Poster source : iMuslim newsletter

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 :-

KilauSuriaTriathlonTalkSeries- Promo poster

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 ūüôā 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

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