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You Are What You Eat

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Birthday lunch at Farah Bill Cafe Boutique last May. Food-nothing to shout about, but ambience-I like!

I have to admit, I am a bit careful when it comes to food. At least I try to be careful. In a country where Halal signs can be doubtful and manipulated, most of the time I have to trust my instincts.

One reason is also because I have come across some non-muslim friends who think as long as no pork is involved, then automatically the food becomes Halal. I don’t blame them though. Obviously it’s the responsibility of us muslims to educate them on this.

With the assumption of most food joints in Malaysia should be Halal, I noticed people has become a little bit careless. With just the security of a ‘No pork’ sign, or it’s labeled ‘Seafood’, it’s considered Halal to most. Have it ever crossed your mind if the chicken/beef used is Halal? Or the oil used is of any animal substance? Usage of wine, maybe?

At times I thought to myself, we are more careful when we are out of the country, carefully selecting what or where to eat – just because we assume they are not Halal. It doesn’t hurt to be a little bit careful in your own country too, don’t you think?

p.s. I heard one of the popular kopitiam in the country has only 1 or 2 branches certified Halal. The rest, are xerox-ed copies. Think about it!

“He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.

Surah 2 – Al Baqarah : Verse 173

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July 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm 4 comments

Tagged!

… by Ainil!

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1. Bekas kekasih saya adalah:

suami saya sekarang. (*ehem* dia masih lagi kekasih saya)

2. Saya sedang mendengar:

suara-suara halus dari meeting room.

3. Mungkin saya patut:

balik.

4. Saya suka:

aiskrim.

5. Sahabat-sahabat baik saya:

adalah mereka yang saya sentiasa selesa bersama.

6. Saya tak faham:

kenapa zaman sekarang ini semua berlumba-lumba untuk menunjuk-nunjuk sampai menyeksa diri sendiri.

7. Saya kehilangan:

kata-kata bila bercakap dengan orang yang tak faham bahasa.

8. Ramai yang berkata:

saya sukar didekati. Tapi saya tak kisah. Kadang-kadang memang perlu menjauhkan diri dari orang-orang yang tak perlu didekati.

9. Makna nama saya:

Dari arwah bapa saya – lembah yang subur. Dari kenalan-kenalan berbangsa arab – sesuatu yang cantik. Dari internet – a drink of water. Sesungguhnya orang-orang arab sangat puitis, menjadikan makna nama saya sangat subjektif.

10. Cinta itu adalah:

bila sentiasa rasa takut kehilangan.

11. Di suatu tempat, seseorang sedang:

main game! Imtiyaz la tu. 😉

12. Saya akan cuba:

Untuk menguruskan badan juga, sama macam Ainil.

13. Ayat SELAMANYA membawa maksud

Forever.

14. Telefon bimbit saya:

Seingat saya, tak pernah melebihi harga RM800. Asalkan boleh telefon dan sms, saya gembira.

15. Bila saya terjaga dari tidur:

Saya nak sangat tidur lagi.

16. Saya paling meluat apabila:

orang bersikap bodoh sombong.

17. Pesta/Parti adalah:

sepatutnya semua orang perlu bergembira. Tak perlulah terlalu sempurna.

18. Haiwan yang paling comel yang saya pernah temui ialah:

pink dolphin di Singapura. Orang Utan tua di Zoo Negara juga comel pada saya.

19. Peringkat umur yang paling menyeronokkan bagi saya ialah:

Umur 6-12 tahun.

20. Hari ini:

Saya keliru sedikit tentang sesuatu yang melibatkan masa depan.

21. Malam ini saya akan:

Seperti biasa membaca buku sebelum tidur.

22. Esok pula saya akan:

Datang ofis lagi. Dan mungkin menyelesaikan kekeliruan saya.

23. Saya betul-betul inginkan:

pol dan roti kejap lagi di rumah.

24. Ketika saya lihat wajah saya di hadapan cermin pagi ini:

Krim mata apa lagi agaknya boleh dicuba?

25. Pusat membeli-belah atau arked permainan:

Pusat membeli belah. Arked permainan buat apa?

26. Makanan Barat atau Jepun:

Barat.

27. Bilik yang terang atau gelap:

Terang, boleh baca buku! <<< Tiru jawapan ye, Ainil.

28. Makanan segera adalah:

Semua yang tak payah buat apa-apa. Cuma hulurkan duit, dan makan.

29. Ayat terakhir yang anda katakan pada seseorang?

Byeeee.

30. Siapa yang anda mahu tag?

n.i., Amoi, Ms B, ideserveabreak, miss-cream, mamaeimaniman dan juga sesiapa yang rajin nak buat!

July 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm 6 comments

PDM?

PDA  – Public Display of Affection, is common. But PDM – Public Display of Money? 🙂

If some of you have read some of the so-called popular (with extreme poyo-ness) blogs in Malaysia, you would know what I mean.

First, displaying monthly cheques acquired, and now, a print screen of bank balance?

Oh.my.goodness!

Some people just need to grow up. Period.

p.s. On a positive note, those kinda blog act as a reminder to self to never ever be as poyo/riak as that. God forbid!

July 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm 10 comments

The Formula

In the midst of reading Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes, this formula captured my eyes (and heart).

Happiness = Reality/Expectations

2 obvious ways to achieve happiness :

1. Improve reality
2. Lower expectations

Just a thought – if we were to have zero expectations, would happiness become infinity?

July 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm 5 comments

City Boy?

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"Babah, why this swimming pool got lotssss of stones?"

We managed to sneak in a picnic at a river in Raub, Pahang – thanks to my sister, whose department organized a ‘makan buah’ session there. The water was extremely refreshing and the area is surprisingly clean and comfy despite its ‘public’ status. The scenery was of course, breathtaking, and the sound of the water alone was serene enough to auto switch anybody into relax mode.

Imtiyaz, who was not so fond of the modern swimming pool (needs some coaxing to get him in, even then he’ll become too careful for a child his age), immediately jumped in and together with his cousins, were the first to get in and the last to come out.

When it’s time to go home,

Awwwww! But we’re having fun!

The promise? We’ll find a nearer river to have fun soon! 😉

Enjoy the photos!

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One 'gambar syok sendiri' for the record! 😉

Over-excited!

Over-excited!

Imtiyaz checking out the slide

Imtiyaz checking out the slide

Favourite stunt of the day

Favourite stunt of the day

This happens ALL the time... guess who wins? ;)

This happens ALL the time... guess who wins? 😉

A ride not to be missed :D

A ride not to be missed 😀

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Check out the headgear! 😉

July 27, 2009 at 10:44 am 7 comments

Spring back into action!

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Finally, I managed to snap a photo of this sign. The ‘Spring Return’ is a catchy phrase to use, no doubt. 😉

July 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm 8 comments

Favouritism

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A walk to remember...

Despite being on sick leave yesterday, and my sore throat has moved sides, and my nose still very much blocked, I am feeling much better than last week.

I actually have a lot to look forward to this 2nd half of the year. Birthdays, events & trips all lined up already. I guess when in the company of people you love, (and love to spend time with), you just give your thumbs up and it’s carried out to perfection – in their own mysterious ways.

But in the company of people you’d rather not be with (and vice versa), flaws and issues, ranging from the smallest to the biggest will definitely appear, like it or not.

I’ve identified my best holiday companions, my favourite colleagues, my closest friends, my best listener, my best friend forever, my favourite online friend, my favourite shoulder to cry on, my favourite nephews/nieces, my favourite uncles/aunts, my favourite cousins, and most definitely, my all.

And I’ve identified people I’d rather not be with too, like it or not.

Have you?

July 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm 4 comments

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