Sunday, 12 May 2019

#RamadhanReflections : Power of Du'a

In this Holy month, I thought I'll share some of my personal key takeaways  from the 'Raising Hands with Full Faith' session conducted by Ayesha Syahira. 

Konvensyen Bidadari 2013 with Ayesha & Izzah

A little backstory. I first met Ayesha at Konvensyen Bidadari in 2013. I bought some of her scarves  from her brand (Al-Hijab sisters) since they sell bigger cutting shawls. God bless her. Fast forward, I’ve attended her Quran tag workshop a few years back and  now, this sharing session on dua’. 

One of the most interesting input I got was: talk to Allah (TTA). Just tell Him your feelings, your requests, everything. The more often you talk to Him, the closer you'll get. The closer you are, the less barrier there is. 

If Allah can bestow blessings upon others, He can grant the same to you.
You know when you look at other people and think to yourself, what a great life he/she had?

Me personally, I don't envy those super rich (those with super nice skin : yes, a little bit) but mostly I'm envious of intelligent people. When you think about it, intelligence are bestowed by Allah. It's a blessing, borrowed from Him. So, when you want the same thing that others have; why not asked straight from the source? It's really simple, I can't believe this simple reality escaped me all this while 😂. 

This helps you to think positively, right?

Hope this brief sharing is beneficial y'all!
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Monday, 6 May 2019

#RamadhanReflections : Surah Al-Ma'un [A Glance]

This is my little Ramadhan project; the sharing of selected surahs. 

Al-Ma'un [Common Kindness / Simple Assistance]

  1. Have you seen the one who denies the Final Judgement
  2. For that is the one who drives away orphans
  3. And does not encourage the feeding of the poor
  4. So woe those who pray
  5. But who are heedless of their prayer
  6. Those who make show of their deeds
  7. And withhold simple assistance

  • The 107th surah with 7 ayah. 
  • This surah describes the characteristics of a person who denies Judgement [mendustakan agama] , claims to be Muslims but are oblivious of the akhirah
  • There are people who pray but are horrible to their families and those who constantly do charity but do not pray. Hence, in this surah Allah emphasis the importance of both; habluminallah and habluminannas.
  • Explanation of ayah 6 (Those who make show of their deeds). Hypocrisy was a phenomenon during Prophet's time in Madinah since there was added incentive in being a Muslim. This refers to political advantages, appease the Muslim ruler  etc. Some people convert to Islam not because they wanted it, but rather the advantages outweighs the cons. 
  • Explanation of ayah 7 (And withhold simple assistance). Those who don't want to help others just because they don't feel like it. 
  • Al-Ma'un has been described in many ways. Some of which are; zakat / things of daily use; in this context lending a bucket or cooking pot / simple assistance.
  • Allah provides you with everything on earth (ie it's not even yours) yet, you withheld it from others.
  • Two things that will soften the heart ; prayer and charity.

To sum up the characteristics mentioned;
  • Depriving orphans of their rights and treat them poorly
  • Stopping others from helping those in need (the poor)
  • Heedless in praying (delay / speed through it etc)
  • People who do charitable acts just for name / popularity
  • Those who are self centered and don't want to help others even for the simplest things

As much as this is beneficial to me, I hope it adds value to those who are reading too ❤
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

#MakanReview : Lubok Bangku, Bangsar

Famous for its Minang food, I came here because I reckoned my mom would like it. 

The entrance
Credit : Leonj59 from Tripadvisor
It's situated near LRT Bangsar and honestly parking can be a bit tricky here.
Food sell out fast, too. So make sure you arrived early!

Credit : Leonj59 from Tripadvisor

So basically you choose the food at the counter (specifying the portion for each of the dishes; for 1 person, for 2 person, etc), pay and bring the tray of food to your table. 

For a party of 4, our total bill came up to RM80. 

Basically what we ordered was;
  • 5 pieces of ayam goreng kampung
  • 3 portions of daging salai masak lemak cili padi 
  • 2 portions of daging rendang
  • 1 portion of masak lemak petola 

I have no qualms about the price because I know how much these dishes would cost elsewhere. But for the price, the portions are quite small

PS : They have indoor, air conditioned seating as well. The restaurant is actually within the compound of a house/bungalow. 

Taste wise, for me personally... Nothing to shout about. I felt like the masak lemak tak cukup kick. 
So takdelah macam 'wow, sedap gila!'.

But when I went there, most of the food were sold out.
Maybe I'll go super early next time and do a another review ✌.
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Monday, 29 April 2019

#MakanReview : Kakigori, Pavilion

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert and apparently the texture is different from those shaved ice you're used to.

We went to the branch in Pavilion, it's a small shop and the menu is super limited, unlike at the other 2 branches; Paramount Garden and the Gardens Mall. 

Source : Discover KL

 We ordered 2 desserts.

Watermelon Kakigori and Warabimochi

Honestly, the watermelon kakigori is a bit boring, ya know what I mean. It has a very subtle taste, bordering on bland. Yeah it can be refreshing for the first few spoonfuls. The whipped cream on top though. Amazing! And I don't even like whipped cream. It's garnished with pistachios, grapes and edible flowers. The watermelon chunks at the bottom were not sweet enough, too bad.

The warabimoci was okay. The matcha favor were a bit too strong for my liking.

All in all, I don't see myself  coming here again.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

#MBAJourney : Faculty Post Graduate Award

At Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School (AAGBS), academic awards were given during Pre-Graduation Hi-Tea. Following the first semester results, I was awarded the Anugerah Pasca Siswazah (APF).

The event was attended by final semester students of AAGBS from all program codes including Master in Business Administration, Master in Islamic Banking & Finance, Doctor in Business Administration and PhD. Lectures and award recipients were also invited to the event.

So for my program, a total of 13 awards were given with 6 being from my batch, Sept 2018. But me and Kak Zai were the only reps from our class and honestly, we don't know anyone else (except some of the lecturers) at the event. Haha

Dr Carol & Kak Zai

Semoga semester ni dapat 4 flat lagi ❤
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