August 28, 2010

Japan part 1

Assalamualaikum wbt :)

My first post on my recent trip to Japan.

See i went to Japan to attend APDSA Conference 2010. What the hell is APDSA? Silly me - Asia Pacific Dental Students Assoc :) When i was a student back in UM, i never got to attend this thing, i wasnt invited or aware of such conference and partly because i was never an excel student - to come up with a paper or research ;p the only research i did in my undergrad years was when i was in my fourth year, tu pun sbb wajib!! hahaha

Anyway, when my faculty searched for any lecturer who would accompany our 25 (?) students in Japan, i was so psyched and volunteered! I didnt care whether the trip will be sponsored or not, all i know is its Japan and i'm going hon *wink*. Meetings after meetings, meet ups after meet ups, finally it is decided that i will be sponsored!!! *somersault* Came home running (literally) and screaming the good news to dearest Tahir :8)

We departed via JAL from KLIA to Narita airport on 15th aug at 11pm and reached Japan the next day at 7am Japan time (if not mistaken).

From Narita Airport, we took their most used public transportation - train/subway. You can (almost) never spot me on our local train or sub, well its not beacuse i loathe the thing, it is because 1. i drive 2. its not accessible to me - not in my daily route, no 3. well number 3 is ... hmm... tak kebetulan kot LOL. Anyway, we were on the train for as long as i could remember!!! Tertido tergolek golek bagai i tell you!!! LOL

Inilah ragam Khalish yang jarang jarang sekali naik sub :p

dan inilah gaya manusia yang keletihan dek puasa and tak cukup tido dlm flight :p

Look at that silly photo! Look at me!!! Thank you to my student who managed to snap this muahaha. After the train, we reached the designated station in Hakone, we took a bus plak to our hotel *sigh* and you know what did the guide said to us "Alright people, relax, we are going to be in this bus for 1 year" and i was like "the hell??!!" LOL She meant 1 hour, fuuuhhh.... but honestly it was less than an hour, i think it was like 30minutes je kot.. anyhow, the shorter the ride the better kan *wink*

We reached the hotel, Hotel Okada. Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for its hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mount Fuji. Although i didnt take a glance of Mount Fuji LOL but some of my students said they could spot it. Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo. Checked in, and Alhamdulillah i didnt have to pay extra for a room to my own ..yippie.. ye la kan, takkan la nk split plak with hubby and son :) I honestly thought i would have to pay extra hehe..

Our spacious room - 2 super single beds, a tv area and a dining area with traditional Japanese dining table and seatings and tea set.

And my first buka puasa (6.30 pm ish) meal in Japan.. tadaaa...

After the meal, i had to attend the opening ceremony. Participants from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Australia, Fiji, Chech Rep., South Korea (did i miss any thing? *sigh*) gathered and got to know each other. To those who attended the conf last year or years before, they might see lotsa familiar faces, but as for me, except for my students, i know no one!! From Malaysia, students from UiTM, UM, USM, USIM and UKM attended :)

And thats it for my first day in Japan :)

(bole tak malas dah nak sambung?)


Second day, the conference and seminar began. A few of my students presented their paper and i thought they did good (even though they didnt win :( ). And i, with a husband and son started wandering around Hakone! hehe..

Yes people, it is summer and so the weather is somehow mcm Malaysia tanah airku :)

Showing off my most comfortable walking footwear - a pair of Crocs :) i love you both! xx

Comes Zuhur (12pm ish), we headed back to our hotel sebab they included a city tour in our agenda :) We hoped they would take us to somewhere we didnt reach.

A local cleaning after her dog

We got onto a ship and sailed thorugh Lake Ashi (Japanese: Ashinoko). It was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago.

Super duper clean!!

And our second iftar in Japan ... hmmm.. lebey kurang samala with the day before *sigh* (i miss nasi briyani!!)

And so that is it for now :) Till my next entry on our days in Tokyo! *big smile*

Oh ye, lupa nak add, imsak is at 2 am ish and subuh 3 am ish there!

Assalamualaikum wbt pretty people :)

I've been extremely handfull this week, havent got the chance to post an entry on my recent trip to Japan :(

I will try to do so during this long weekend ye *wink* Btw, i'm in my hometown *somersault* We took a leave on the 30th so we could have a long weekend back in Terengganu :) TQ Abang xx

Anyway, i wanna share with y'all a photo of me in Shinjuku, Tokyo.. hehe...

jeng jeng jeng...

Look what i found!!! *lompat bintang*

August 23, 2010

Alhamdulillah :) We are home!!

[and if i have one thing to say to Japanese "Learn some english will ya" ;p]

And to those who ordered Abaya from Mekah via my mom, your abaya is here!! InsyaAllah, after 31aug, i will hand it over to you *wink*

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dearest sister LILLY!! xoxo

August 10, 2010

ramadhan kareem

Assalamualikum wbt pretty people :)

I (and family) would like to wish every muslim reading Ramadhan Mubarak!! Its here!! Its here again!! Alhamdulillah :) Arent we lucky that we get to experience Ramadhan again? Sunbhanallah :D Thank you Allah!! Semoga Ramadhan kali ini akan lebih bererti dan bermanfaat buat all of us!! Ampun dan maaf dari saya (dan keluarga) jika ada yang terasa, kecil hati atau marah. Sesungguhnya yang baik datang dari Allah swt dan yang buruk adalah dari diri kami sendiri.

Well, i received an email today on goals to set for this Ramadhan, and I thought it would be great to share it with you *smile*

10 goals to set for this Ramadhan

1. Eat, drink and be moderate

Almost all of us do it - once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it's hard to move after wards. And we know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadhan, through which we're supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let's try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadhan.

2. Give a dollar a day in charity... (or five or ten)

The Prophet Muhammad swt, was always generous but even more so in Ramadhan. Let's open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it's the intention that counts.

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs

Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is to do it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadhan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you've started, you'll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

4. Go to Tarawih prayers

Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan's blessings. Don't miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.

5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished

Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran's recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Doas that follow it.

6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box

It's hard not to shoot our mouths off when we are upset. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn't the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadhan, when we want to build our spirituality, we've got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.

Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment.

At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you've backbitten the most against. Any taker?? hihi

7. Call/email your relatives

You'd think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we'd keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life's "busyness."

Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email :)

8. Go on a technology diet

Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

Avoid checking personal email is totally doable kan :) Work related emails still bole check hehe.. hmmm but what if its the same email account? Well then, pandai pandai la ye *wink*

Oh and if you dont get any new or very little post this month here, it is me doing it on purpose ;p

9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day...just five, not more, not less

Even if you feel you've got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you

Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadhan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it's also great for the soul. And in Ramadhan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah's forgiveness, shouldn't we lesser beings forgive too?

If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people :)

My dad once said "Forget the bad things others did to you and the good deeds you did to others, instead remember the bad things you did to others and the good deeds others did to you".

I love these goals!! We (Tahir and i) promised to go to as many Tarawih as possible :) InsyaAllah! Well nanti kat Tokyo, we both terpaksa tarawih kat bilik hotel je la :( tu pun harap2 buat *sigh*

Hoho... Oh yeaa.. we are going to Tokyo, Japan! I will attend a conference (well, not attend it perse.. ) there for 5days, so Tahir got ecstatic when i asked him to follow along, and furthermore, its Khalish birthday soon and we get to celebrate it there!! At Disneyland *somersault*

So, ada sape2 nak pesan souvenir from Disneyland Tokyo ka?? hihi :)

Selamat Berpuasa to all again!!! *hugs*

p.s. niatla cepat2 :)

August 2, 2010

eventful weekend

On friday, 30th July 8.30pm - 10.30pm, we attended a wedding. Tahir punye kawan kawin ^_^ The bride was a lovely girl, Hudaa and the groom was a lucky dude, Izwan. It was a beautiful wedding held at Tropicana Golf, Damansara. We didnt bring our camera, so no photos :( but if we brought our camera, i would've snap a photo of Khalish giving the pretty Lisa Surihani a rose *giggles* (mommy nak flower tak bley, nampak Lisa Surihani trus kasi LOL).

And on saturday 31 July 2010, i attended a course "Etiket dan Adab Meja Makan" from 9am - 4pm at Intekma S. Alam. Didnt even bring the camera, so again no photos. And people, etiquette is tough!!

Attended Malam Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik 2009/2010 "Sparks of Asia" 8.30pm - 11.30pm at SACC Convention Center. Had so much fun!!!

I didnt know what to wear, so i grabbed pape je from my closet and claimed i am cewek Java LOL. See the trick is you oughta wear something from any Asian country except your own!

with Dr Dian, Dr Masood and wife Dr Yaghma, Dr nora and Dr Dina.

us academicians :)

Then on Sunday 1 Aug, visited Farah and Faliq's new bundle of joy, Maya Suraya at Wangsamaju. We were there from 12pm - 4pm!! haha.. Abis makan mee, makan chocolate cake, fruit cake and pizza!! Thanks for having us :)

Isnt Maya a doll? *smooch*

At 8 - 10pm, we had dinner with my inlaws kat Bamboo :) Such a serene place! love love love the style & concept. The food werent bad at all, you should go and have a try!! But maybe if you could escape this place on a weekend la kot, because subhanallah, ramai nyeh orang!! The dinner was for my sister in law's graduation, my acceptance for postgraduate and my mother in law's birthday, so its a three celebrations in one!!

At the entrance, "Sayang, stand there, lemme take a picture.. Yah join skali la". haha whats new?

isnt this lovely?!! Next time, i chop nak duduk sini :p

Kerabu sotong!! sedaaaap!!!