Monday, October 31, 2011

"The Strangers: Road To Jannah" Islamic Youth Camp

The Al-Khaadem Annual Youth Camp is back.

Themed The Strangers: Road To Jannah, the camp will be held from Dec 7th to 11th, 2011 at a well-known camping site along the historic Sungai Perak.  

Al-Khaadem, a brief introduction:

Pertubuhan Al-Khadeem is a charity-based Islamic NGO founded in 1984 by well-known Hadith scholar, Al-Ustaz Haji Hussein Yee. He was born and raised a Buddhist but embraced Islam at 18, upon which he pursued studies at the University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia, majoring in Hadith.

He returned home and joined Perkim, an organisation that looks after the well-being of new converts, upon his graduation in 1978. Six years later, with a group of like-minded friends, Ustaz Hussein embarked on the Pertubuhan Al-Khaadem project.

The aim was to foster a peaceful and harmonious existence between mankind regardless of race, colour or creed. Al-Khaadem means 'Serving Mankind' and it was established to reflect Islam's compassion and to do charity work among the underprivileged and the needy.

Headquartered in Kampung Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya, Al-Khadem is run by volunteers. [My posting on last year's camp is here].

Al-Khaadem Youth Camp 2011
The Strangers: Road To Jannah

[The following information is taken from Al-Khaadem's blog here)

Organized by the youth, for the youth under the spirit of Islam, Al-Khaadem’s Youth Camp is an annual event for the young generation from diverse backgrounds, cultures and races to come together under the banner of Islamic brotherhood.

It's an escape to the outdoors where they will engage in exciting physical activities, thought provoking modules and programs structured to instill Islamic values and develop responsible and capable characters.

The event aims to go beyond the average ‘Islamic summer camp’ detail by offering a platform for the youth to express and develop their individual characters under the mentorship of senior Al-Khaadem Youth members.

The bonds developed during the camp will be maintained after the event for the participants to continue their development at the same time getting themselves involved with charity and da’wah works organized by Al-Khaadem.

Al-Khaadem’s Youth Camp 2011 will be held at the exotic Sungai Perak camping site which boasts a 400KM long river. It is open to all age 12 years and above.

If your child is below the required minimum age but would like to join the Camp, please let us know for our ruling is not rigid and we do make exceptions on a case to case basis .  

Participants will be engaging in exciting water programs such as kayaking and water games, as well as challenging outdoor activities such as jungle trekking, night-walks and flamming ball!

Apart from the outdoor activities, throughout the camp participants will be required to complete Islamic development modules designed to instill important Islamic lessons and knowledge into their individual characters as well as to develop self-confidence and critical thinking skills.

Camp participants will also be divided into groups and allocated different roles within their group and the groups will then compete with each other to attain the Youth Camp 2011 grand prize.

This will cultivate leadership and role playing skills as well as to train participants the concept of team building and strengthening bonds of brotherhood outside the camp.

The activities and modules are organized and facilitated by experienced and trained members from the Al-Khaadem Youth, under the guidance and supervision of Sheikh Hussain Yee himself.

“The Strangers: Road to Jannah”

In an authentic hadith, Rasullullah sallahu ‘alaihi wsalam said:

“Islaam began as something strange and it will return to how it began as something strange. So glad tidings of Paradise to the strangers”

The people then asked, “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He sallahu ‘alaihi wsalam answered, “Those who are pious and righteous when the people (around them) have become evil.” [Sahih, Imam Ahmad and others]

Al-Khaadem’s Youth Camp this year is themed at educating the youth on the importance of adhering to the teachings of Islam when the society or surrounding environment dictates otherwise.

The importance of understanding the responsibility of carrying the standard of Islam and the challenges the Muslim Youth must face in today’s world has to be educated to the young generation of our Ummah.

All of the modules and case studies will focus on providing the solutions as well as to motivate the youth to be proud of the teachings of Islam and to carry the banner of Islam towards the future.

Speaker's profile:

Sheikh Hussain Yee:

He is the founder and the President of Al-Khaadem organization, born into a Buddhist family and later embraced Islam at the age 18 in 1968.

He received his formal Islamic education in Madinah and Syria, and also attended lectures by renowned Scholars such as Bin Baz and Nasiruddin Al-Albani (Mercy of Allah upon them).

He is a well known personality in the international circuit of Da’wah, giving regular lectures across the globe and appearances in Islamic Channel UK, IERA, Peace TV and many more.

A soft spoken and humble character, he brings with him the wealth of knowledge on Islam and experience in the field of Da’wah for the young generation to learn and be inspired.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kayden Turns 2

It was Kayden Stewart's second birthday and Chicky The Chook was there in his blood red, wobbly rose comb glory, to help celebrate. The venue: KFC Subang Parade.

Am I alone or do you feel it too? The irony, I mean; considering it was The Chook's deep-fried kin that we feasted on at the party.

Any which way, it's thumbs up to KFC's new tomyam flavour. I guess the revised KFC mantra (almost always chanted by Bangla staff) must be "Original, Spicy or Tomyam?"

Kayden is cucu number 2 of my sister Zaridah's 3 grandkids. He was born two years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, to her daughter Amilda and husband Gary.

Happy birthday Kayden! Come claim your present on Hari Raya day at Opah Kama's house okay? (kes tak sempat beli hadiah..)

Kayden in mom's arms while Chicky the Chook drools at the mouth-watering fare.

Birthday Cake I - can't remember who contributed this...

Pak Abu (in red tee) sportingly participating in the musical chair game but declined to pop the balloons with his ample derriere. Needless to say, he lost to the kiddies..

Birthday Cake II - I think this cute orange Leo (ice cream cake) is from Kayden's Uncle Zack..

Three of the five pilots in the family. From left: my nephew Athari, nephew-in-law Faizal and another nephew, Aizuddin. Not in the picture: Athari's dad Atan (who was too busy eating) and Aizuddin's dad Hisham (away on a flight).

Even more cakes! Looking at all these gives me sugar rush...

Karaoke Finds A Home...

Karaoke diehards of The Royal Lake Club of Kuala Lumpur finally got a dedicated lounge to call their own last night - thanks to years of ceaseless pleadings, cajolings, petitions as well as well-timed indignant outbursts [read berating the sitting Board at AGMs to make them feel guilty .... :-)]

The lounge is located at the old building, taking part of the space of erstwhile Bunga Raya Chinese restaurant which has been shifted to the main lobby for easier accessibility due to high traffic.

The one-time restaurant is now home to the club gymnasium, aerobics room and karaoke lounge (with two private rooms attached).

We gave the spanking new AV system a go last night. Everyone agreed it needed a bit of fine-tuning.  

Frankly, the old system at the theatrette has more 'ooomph'. Hope they'll do the needful pronto since the place is operational as of today.

Operation has been extended to six days a week (closed Mondays) as opposed to the previous three. There is a full-time DJ now, with a stand-in whenever required.

Another bit of cheerful news is that F&B service is now available within the lounge, eliminating the need to bring our own bottled drinks (food was strictly off-limits in the theatrette). 

A waiter is on hand during operation hours while drinks and finger foods can be ordered from the Poolside Terrace cafe and Tokyu Tengu Japanese restaurant next door.

Best of all, there's a new lift installed especially for karaoke patrons, in particular the senior citizens.

Heck, almost all of us diehards are SCs! I certainly find climbing up the many flights of stairs taxing on my wonky knees.

The lift is located on the ground floor facing the mini fountain underneath the staircase leading up to the swimming pool.

Finally having a place to call 'home' no doubt soothes the frayed nerves of long-suffering Lake Club karaoke fans.

They had suffered the indignity of being shunted from place to place within the club for umpteenth years, with all kinds of lame excuses ranging from no space to no budget to no priority..

The lounge's new system is fully computerised and song selection is up-to-date. However, members can still bring their own discs (but originals only, to avoid future legal entanglements re copyright issue).

Some 50 members, mostly karaoke regulars, turned up for the official opening last night by Club President, Dato Ir A. Sani Karim. Due to space constraint, the organisers were unable to invite more.

General Committee members too were there in full force. Thank you guys for the support..

Dato' President chipping at the ice block to reveal (and subsequently sign) the plaque. 

A mean crooner himself, Dato' Sani started the ball rolling with perennial favourite "My Way."

Yours truly staking a claim on the limited number of chairs.. 

There's a grinning Leona with the V sign..  

Charges (for the private rooms) are pretty reasonable. Lounge singing, as before, is FoC (i.e. no cover charge) but is strictly for members, while the private rooms are for both members and their guests...

All things considered, we are pleased our pressuring efforts have finally borne fruit... 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Creative minds at work..

who says mathematics' boring...?

A year older..

mixed fruit meringue 

chicken pie



The birthday came and went, three days ago. For the first time, the kids got together and brought food to celebrate at home, instead of the usual family dine-out.

I offered to prepare dessert - was thinking english trifle or bread pudding - but they told me to lay off the kitchen for a day. Like I needed reminding, heh.. 

Pies were the meal of the evening, super rich and meaty chicken pie and shepherd's pie. The former went in the blink of an eye; the latter made it to breakfast the following day.

Completing the menu were a bowl of mixed vegetable salad with balsamic dressing, various types of buns and rolls, slices of succulent Thai mangoes, and a jumbo-sized, super-sedap mixed fruit meringue. 

[PS: I 'returned' the favour by accidentally breaking the salad bowl; butterfinger me. Thankfully, it was neither Bohemian crystal nor someone's family heirloom. Phew!]

In all, it was a memorable evening - good food & good company. Nothing beats having the ones you love around you; thank you guys!

A couple of days earlier, Izan, who made Awwa's wedding favours recently (story here), turned up at my doorsteps with a surprise birthday gift of a heart-shaped chocolate. Much appreciated, Izan.. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What Bank Cashiers Do In Their Spare Time..

kalau rajin sila teka which note belongs to what country. saya malas nak berfikir..:-) 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Cuban Delight

Another gift for my ever-growing collection of decorative plates from around the world.

This one depicts Castillo del Morro - proper name Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro - (story here), a picturesque fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay in Havana, Cuba.

The fortress, built in 1589 when Cuba was under Spanish rule, has become a symbol of the city over the years and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

This plate is made of clay and the design is three-dimensional. I loved it the moment I laid my eyes on it; there's a certain edginess to the artisan's creativity in crafting this plate..

 Muchas gracias Fuzz, for obliging this old lady...

**Cuba sounds like an interesting holiday destination...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Answers They Gave....

(Kama says: it's a good thing they do have lots of big-sized dames in Mississippi..)

(Kama says: they are starting 'em young these days..)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Schoolboy Howlers

The following gems of wisdom were gleaned from test papers and essays from elementary, junior high, high school, and college students of USA.

As one teacher noted, "It is truly astonishing what weird stuff our young scholars can create under the pressures of time and grades!"

  • Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.
  • Blood flows down one leg and up the other.
  • Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.
  • Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.
  • Momentum is what you give a person when they are going away.
  • To prevent milk from turning sour, keep it in the cow.
  • The parts of speech are lungs and air.
  • The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.
  • A census taker is a man who goes from house to house increasing the population.
  • Most of the houses in France are made of plaster of Paris.
  • The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom.
  • The word trousers is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom.
  • Iron was discovered because someone smelt it.
  • Syntax is all the money collected at the church from sinners.
  • Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
  • The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire's in the East and the sun sets in the West.
  • Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the fall when the apples are falling off the trees.
  • Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the same offence.
  • After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
  • Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.
  • Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel.
  • Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. He was very large.
  • The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
  • The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
  • Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Luahan Hati Anak Luar Nikah ...

Dalam zaman dunia serba maju dan moden ini masih lagi wujud segelintir manusia yang berfikiran sempit, yang enggan membuka minda walau sekelumit.

Paling menyedihkan mereka orang Islam, walaupun tindak tanduk mereka tidak mencerminkan keislaman yang konon persadakan.

Umat sejati Nabi Muhammad (saw) seharusnya melapangkan dada, menerima qada' dan qadar, dan menggunakan akal kurniaan Allah swt dalam membuat sebarang pertimbangan.

Pilu sekali membaca luahan hati seorang jejaka nelayan dari Taiping, Perak, yang sudah tiga kali pinangannya di tolak oleh keluarga calon isteri apabila mendapat tahu statusnya sebagai anak luar nikah (Harian Metro, Sabtu 15 Oktober 2011).

Kebanyakan keluarga teman wanitanya menolak lamaran dengan alasan sinis tidak mahu keturunan atau cucu mereka nanti mewarisi darah daging anak zina.

Status Mohamad bin Abdullah, 35, sebagai anak luar nikah mula menekan hidupnya apabila dia seringkali terkandas setiap kali mahu mendirikan rumahtangga sejak 1999.

Kata Mohamad, keluarga calon gadis pilihan kerap bertanya mengapa beliau berbinkan nama berlainan dengan nama bapa (angkat) yang menjadi ketua rombongan semasa meminang.

Oleh kerana tidak mahu menjadi salah faham di kemudian hari, mereka mengambil pendekatan berterus terang. 

"Saya cuba berlaku jujur menceritakan latar belakang hidup kerana tidak mahu ia menjadi masalah selepas perkahwinan kelak.

"Saya bimbang jika ada orang kampung atau saudara mara terlepas cakap sehingga saya di tuduh penipu."

Malang sekali pendekatan terbuka yang di ambil oleh Mohamad telah menyebabkan pinangan di tolak bulat-bulat atas alasan tidak sanggup bermenantukan anak haram.

Malah kata Mohamad, ibu seorang calon pilihannya pernah menghina dan menyifatkan anak luar nikah sama tarafnya dengan haiwan serta tidak layak berkahwin dengan manusia suci.

"Mungkin jodoh saya hanya sesuai dengan gadis yang juga dilahirkan sebagai anak luar nikah," keluhnya lagi.

Hati saya bagai diguris apabila membaca laporan ini.  Amat memalukan apabila seseorang itu tidak dapat membezakan hakikat sebenar.

Yang melakukan zina ialah ibubapanya. Kenapa pula di hukum anak yang tidak berdosa? Bukan dia minta dilahir sebagai anak luar nikah.

Janganlah kita angkuh bila berhadapan dengan keadaan begini. Kita tidak tahu apa yang tersimpan untuk diri kita dan keluarga kita di masa depan... 

(Link berikut khas untuk commenter pertama dibawah. Kot-kotlah merasa pengetahuan agama sudah begitu tinggi dan lebih handal daripada kebanyakan ahli agama yang menyaran pendekatan yang lebih sensible, seperti Dr MAZA.

Saya nasihatkan awak supaya muhasabah diri; jangan terlalu menyombong dalam mengeluarkan kata-kata, takut kalau-kalau di satu hari nanti, dengan izin Allah, kelancangan mulutmu itu akan berbalik makan tuan. Semoga kamu mendapat hidayah).

Saturday, October 15, 2011


There have been a spate of break-ins (3 in just as many months), something unheard of in the past for this condo development.

And this is a low-density residential area with (purportedly) high security coverage. Is somebody sleeping on the job, or sleeping with the crooks? 

We need answers, and we need them fast. Otherwise, there'll be hell to pay for the condo management and the security company.

There are only 4 blocks in this development;  1 highrise and 3 lowrises (2 of which are walkups). All have full view of the pool and the tennis & badminton courts.

The highrise comprises 120 units with only 8 units on each floor (capped by a couple of penthouses) while each of the lowrises has 24 units.  

Undeniably, there's strong security presence; both the entrance and the lobby are fully manned, with regular 24-hour patrolling. 

Then there's CCTV all over, not to mention us paying a hefty monthly premium for maintenance, a sum that almost equals the monthly rental of a decent-sized flat.

Still, one unit on my floor (just 2 doors away from ours) was broken into during the raya period when the occupants were away 'balik kampung.'

The lock of pensioner Cikgu Mat's abode was picked clean; there were no signs of forced entry. Quite a fair bit were carted away. His wife is still traumatised by the 'invasion'. 

Strangely enough, no one noticed anything unusual, not even the guards, who were supposed to be vigilant.

Investigations have revealed nothing. Until today it's still a blank wall, said a management executive when I dropped by their office on the ground floor this morning.

If that's  not bad enough, a couple of days back two adjoining units in Lowrise C suffered the same fate. One was very badly hit; the perpetrators made away with precious jewels worth quite a lot.

According to the officer, the story got even stranger as events unfolded (all of which I am not at liberty to relate because it has become a police case). 

Suffice to say the entire security force has been replaced; we are now seeing stern new faces everywhere we turn.

Save for recognisable residents, all manners of visitors - family members, guests, delivery people, workmen et cetera - are now escorted to wherever they are going upon entering the gounds.

Harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi. Who can we trust now?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halal Kibbles

I was thrilled to bits upon finding this at Tesco today. Halal kibbles. Now, that's really neat!

Felines have been dominating my existence for as long as I can remember. My life, then and now, is not complete without the presence of these furry creatures. 

During my childhood, cats were fed either boiled fish flakes mixed with rice, or meal leftovers, or both. Processed cat food was unheard of.

Over the years, my cats have been feeding on whatever kibble brands I could lay my hands on - Iams, Eukanuba, Friskies, Purina, Royal Canin, Science Diet, Snappy Tom, Whiskas.

Iams, Eukanuba and Royal Canin, expensive but runaway favourites, topped the list. Science Diet gave God-awful smelling poo. Friskies and Purina were good for kittens. Snappy Tom was a welcome treat. Whiskas, way down the scale, was barely tolerated.  

Although in Islam there is no specific requirement for pet food to be halal, I knew I would feel more comfortable handling kibbles that have been so certified.

Fed Awang & Lillie their new chow today. Verdict? They seemed to like it... :-))

More feline tales here:
1) The Last Meow
2) Rumpus of The Rump
3) When A Cat Goes Missing
4) Missing Kids & Cats...
5) Awwa & The Pregnant Cat
6) Purrcy
7) Goodbye Purrcy
8) Lillie
9) When Jealousy Reigns
10) Not Again, Lillie!
11) Lil Blue Eyes
12) Awang Jules
13) Awang Oh Awang!
14) Please Adopt Me!
15) MummyCat & Co.

Izan's Chocolatey "Bunga Telur"

Bunga Telur (wedding 'party favour/door gift') has come a long way from a single boiled egg with red-dyed shell, glued to green crepe paper shaped like a leaf and stuck or wired onto a thin bamboo stick topped with flowers of coloured crepe paper, satin or lace.

These days anything goes for bunga telur - sweets and candies, chocolates and cookies, sliced cake, traditional treats like dodol, bahulu, serunding, sagon (dessicated coconut mixed with sugar), even mini jars of pickles, jam or preserves.

[I have also received scented candles, mini Qur'an, personalised plates, mugs, cups, potpourri ... ].

Then there's the packaging, from simple drawstring mini sachets to mini vases of clay or porcelain, to the more lavish boxes made of paper or wood.

[Someone went retro not so long ago by giving out fish-shaped bahulus tied in handkerchief.. simply lovely].

For Nawwar's wedding, we decided upon chocolate bars in personalised wrapping. All we had to do was find a chocolate maker, and we found a very comel young lady named Izan of Dhahabiy Chocolates Ole Mekah through the Net.

Nawwar's graphic designer office mate designed the wrapping; we had them printed and delivered to Izan who, I must admit, did a wonderful job with the wafer-clad rich bars.

If there is anything more to say about this bubbly young mother, it's the fact that she is very consumer-oriented; she's got that one down pat.

She's a good listener, and gracious in giving room to negotiate prices. I hope this hardworking entrepreneur will go far. Izan, this post is for you...