Thursday, 28 April 2011

Cukuplah dengan apa yang ada.

Ada diskusi yang mencerahkan minda, lantas melorongkan hati mengingati Allah.

Pesan Aini, "Ustaz cakap, kalau kita mampu bayar zakat, maka kita sebenarnya kaya."

Kisahnya, rakan-rakan baru dapat pelarasan gaji Selasa lepas, maka potongan cukai berkala juga terlalu tinggi sehingga, kata seorang rakan hanya tinggal RM 17 lebihan kenaikan gaji selepas PCB. Kita selalu mengeluh tidak cukup duit, dengan potongan gaji yang bertimpa-timpa.

Drastiknya, selepas potongan itu dibuat, ramai pula yang mengisi borang untuk membuat pembayaran zakat melalui potongan gaji. Bagus juga. Walhal saya yang selalu bayar zakat secara selambak bila balik beraya pun mulalah mengisi borang yang sama. Untung-untung bahagian Sumber Manusia kami menyediakan borang Pusat Pungutan Zakat pelbagai negeri. Bolehlah memilih hendak berzakat di negeri mana.

Jadi selepas PCB dibuat, mulalah bercerita pasal kerja. Paling penting pasal gaji. Memori lalu, tahun 2002 kami mula bekerja, gaji yang ditawarkan RM 1200. Sekarang, eksekutif baru masuk gajinya RM 2600. Wah, untung badan orang kata. Itu pun mereka yang baru-baru ini masih mengeluh. Hai, kalau nak tahu, cuba bandingkan dengan mereka yang sudah bekerja kurang 5 tahun di sini. Mahunya pelarasan gaji itu menyebabkan eksekutif lama sama gaji dengan eksekutif baru.

Tapi, tapi, yang sedihnya sangat-sangat. Gaji bukan eksekutif masih di takuk lama, tidak berubah. Kenaikan pun tidak tinggi. Sekiranya bekerja secara kontrak, gaji permulaan RM 1200. Cukupkah untuk hidup di Kuala Lumpur? Bertahun-tahun membuat business plan, terkedu buat kiraan gaji bukan eksekutif. Ketika itulah, rasa bersyukur sangat-sangat dengan apa yang ada.

Rakan lain pula bercerita, cleaner di tempatnya, sakit-sakit pun datang kerja. Kerana gajinya dibayar ikut hari, ibarat kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang. Bila disuruh cuti kerana sakit, tidak mahu kerana nanti tiada gaji.

Masyarakat kita, sebenarnya materialistik dan individualistik. Terlalu obses dengan kekayaan. Asal ada duit, semua boleh. Sebab itu tidak pernah puas. Lainnya semasa di sana, mereka yang berkot naik tram bersama-sama saya ketika saya ke kelas. Dek kerana kereta yang murah, maka jenama kereta tidak menjadi ukuran. Malahan kereta boleh diparkir di luar rumah. Crime rate sangat-sangat rendah. Rumah pula tidak bergril dan kunci rumah saya hanyalah satu.

Tetapi dalam banyak-banyak negara, satu artikel mengenai negara Jepun sangat mengusik jiwa. Saya percaya, sekiranya kita tidak mengukur wang ringgit, dan budi pekerti yang tinggi untuk membantu mereka yang lain.

Food for thought: Why there is no looting in Japan?

Setiap kali berlaku bencana secara besar-besaran, kita akan dapati penduduk tempatan mengambil peluang terhadap kelonggaran penguatkuasaan undang dgn memecah masuk kedai-kedai dan pusat membeli belah yang terbiar dan mengambil atau membawa lari apa sahaja yang berupaya diambil pada ketika itu, sama da berharga atau tidak. Kejadian seperti ini tidak hanya terhad kepada negara-negara yang terkenal kerana kemiskinan tetapi juga dikalangan negara-negara maju seperti yang kita saksikan ketika berlakunya bencana Katrina di Amerika Syarikat.


Anehnya, ketika berlakunya bencana tsunami yang melanda banyak kawasan di pantai timur Jepun, fenomena memecah masuk kedai dan pusat membeli belah ini dan melarikan barang-barang ini tidak pula dikesan berlaku.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

In the wake of Japan's deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant explosions, we have witnessed the almost indescribable chaos that follows a disaster of this magnitude: loss of life, severe injuries, homelessness, lack of water, food and proper medical care, the physical destruction of towns and cities, and a growing fear of radioactive contamination from power plants that seem beyond anyone's ability to control.

But one heart-wrenching byproduct of disasters like this one has been missing in Japan, and that’s looting and lawlessness.

Looting is something we see after almost every tragedy; for example: last year's earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the floods in England in 2007, and of course Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. It happens when some people who've seen life as they know it get tossed out the window feel that all morality has been tossed out too. It's survival of the fittest and whatever you can get your hands on is yours, no matter who it belongs to.

But that's not happening in Japan.

Journalist and social commentator Ed West wrote in the UK Telegraph yesterday how struck he was by the Japanese culture throughout this ordeal. He observed how supermarkets cut their prices in the days following the quake and how vending machine owners were giving out free drinks as "people work together to survive." And West was most surprised by the fact that there was no looting.

Many have pointed to the popularity of Japan's distinctive Buddhist and Shinto religions as well as how the values of conformity and consensus are considered virtues in their culture. That's one explanation, but it probably has something to do with remaining true to your moral code even in the darkest hours.

Here’s my question to you: Why is there no looting in Japan?

Friday, 22 April 2011

Yey!

Rakan-rakan sekalian,

Terima kasih di atas penyertaan anda dalam Pertandingan Membuat Origami sebentar tadi.

Untuk pengetahuan anda, keputusan akan diumumkan esok dan penyampaian hadiah akan disempurnakan oleh Pengerusi 


Saya berjaya!

Menang no. 2 (71 origami) dan no. 3 (60 origami) tu...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Origami.

Sempena Minggu Bumiku, ada pula pertandingan membuat origami secara berkumpulan. Wah strategi baik punya, siap buat coordination meeting sebelum turun berjuang di medan perang. Pagi tadi dapat e-mel kena buat bentuk flapping bird. Sudahlah malam sebelumnya, kami dok practice buat yang senang-senang, bentuk hati, angsa, kotak. Sekali kena buat bentuk flapping bird, dari pagi dok practice buat.

Idea Hajjah Aini:
Sorang buat square base
Sorang buat bird base
Lagi bertiga buat flapping bird base



Selingan sebelum pergi meja origami. Ada tempat melukis sempena program Bumiku. Tengok-tengok ex-officemate Aini tengah melukis mug. Kalau register masuk Kelab Bumiku, siap dapat topi yang sangat cantik.

Sebelum bermula membuat flapping bird. Semangat ni, semangat...

Menyusun semula strategi. Siap pom-pom girls cakap serius betul muka kitaorang buat origami. Hey, nak menang la.

Kamera Aini berjaya menunjukkan kepantasan tanganku bekerja membentuk origami.

Ketua rekabentuk flapping bird. Kami buat bird base, lepas tu pass kat Syeera untuk flapkan...


Kena bentukkan flapping bird sebanyak mana yang boleh dalam masa 20 minit. Untuk satu flapping bird, diaorang akan dermakan RM 5 untuk mangsa gempa bumi di Jepun. Crame tangan kawan-kawan lepas sudah habis buat. Huhuhu, yang kita pula dok sibuk buat bird base, bila dah masa kecederaan tu, kena pass kat Emy yang duduk sebelahku untuk flapkan jadi burung. Dah tak teringat langsung next step untuk mencantikkan flapping bird :P

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Jung personality test

Introverted (I) 63.33% Extroverted (E) 36.67%
Sensing (S) 67.5% Intuitive (N) 32.5%
Thinking (T) 54.05% Feeling (F) 45.95%
Judging (J) 60.98% Perceiving (P) 39.02%

Your type is: ISTJ

ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population. 

ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Personality Test by SimilarMinds.com

responsible, planner, private, loner tendencies, perfectionist, organized, detail oriented, organized, would rather be friendless than jobless, realistic, observer, clean, focused, does not talk about feelings, finisher, punctual, private, does not appreciate strangeness, not adventurous, not spontaneous, follows the rules, dutiful, avoids mistakes, conventional, likes solitude, insensitive to the hardships of others, prepared, anti-tattoos, things rules are important, cautious, security seeking, prepares for worst case scenarios, logical, analytical, does not accept apologies easily, hard working

favored careers:

data analyst, scientist, researcher, engineer, financial planner, statistician, office worker, government employee, lab technician, nuclear engineer, office manager, biomedical engineer, account manager, ceo, investment banker, analyst, academic, systems analyst, pharmacy technician, network admin, genetics researcher, research assistant, strategist

disfavored careers:

entertainer, artist, filmmaker, musician, actor, fashion desinger, singer, music journalist, comedian, massage therapist, photographer, dj, model, author, bartender, painter, school counselor

Explanation on ISTJ
"It is in keeping with tradition throughout our history that I should express simply and directly the opinions which I hold concerning some of the matters of present importance." --Herbert Hoover, Inaugural Address, Monday, March 4, 1929.
ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. The secretary, clerk, or business(wo)man by whom others set their clocks is likely to be an ISTJ.

As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss.

ISTJs are most at home with "just the facts, Ma'am." They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Once a new procedure has proven itself (i.e., has been shown "to work,") the ISTJ can be depended upon to carry it through, even at the expense of their own health.
ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact. The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in officiation of sports events, judiciary functions, or an other situation which requires making tough calls and sticking to them.

His SJ orientation draws the ISTJ into the service of established institutions. Home, social clubs, government, schools, the military, churches -- these are the bastions of the SJ. "We've always done it this way" is often reason enough for many ISTJs. Threats to time-honored traditions or established organizations (e.g., a "run" on the bank) are the undoing of SJs, and are to be fought at all costs.

Famous ISTJs:

Thomas (Christ's disciple)
U.S. Presidents:
George Washington
Andrew Johnson
Benjamin Harrison
Herbert Hoover
George H. W. Bush
Paul Coverdale (U.S. Senator, R-GA)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (U.S. Olympic athlete)
Evander Holyfield, heavyweight boxing champion

OK la, I am in a league with George Washington.. hahaha!
And the things that I highlighted, it is SOOOOO TRUE!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Talking about PhDs

Most of our friends, I think around 80% are taking PhDs there, with only a few of us taking Masters or other qualifications.

These are some of the stories that we find quite remarkable. Achieveing PhD is never an easy task, it was a long journey, with 3-4 years in the making.

Story 1:

A 40-year old lady, furthered her Masters at USM. During her dissertation for her Masters thesis, she always read books from this one author, who is a well known expert in the field she was taking. She really admires the author and got to know that the author was a professor in UK, but she didn't know the professor is attached to which university.

What she did was when the UK Education Fair was held here, she asked at every booth whether the professor is attached to their university! And there were lots of booths during the fair. With her effort, she found out about the professor and submitted her PhD proposal through e-mail.

She was interviewed by the professor during a teleconference call, which USM had to set up specially for her. And she did ask whether she would be accepted as the professor's student and the reply was, "If I do not consider that, we would not be having this conversation."

Her story didn't stop there when she was accepted.

She was surprised when she found out her professor is actually a very senior professor and he was posted there to attract funds for the university, and she was the only student under him. When she registered at the university, even the admission team was shocked when they found out that the professor is taking a PhD student under him.

Story 2:

One of our friends, when her supervisor knows she was pregnant, didn't talk to her for nearly a year. But she still continues her PhD in the hope that she achieved her goal since she left everything in Malaysia for her study.

Her supervisor was quite harsh, in fact, the first time he sit with her, he outlined that he wants his students' thesis have a fluent English and up to the Oxford standard. She laughed because she thought he was joking and he remarked, "Do you think this is funny?". And he did mention that his students should not be pregnant during their study (which is why he didn't talk to her when she told him she was pregnant).

She had many trials and tribulations that she shared with me during her PhD journey, but I do admire her because she was so strong, along with managing her children (she had 1 set of twin).

Story 3:
This man, he is the father to this girl that I mentioned in a previous post (Doa untuk saudara semuslim). He is in his 50s, and just started his PhD when the accident happened.

His supervisor is a 30-year old professor. And can you imagine a man at his age having a young supervisor? I really admire his preservance, with the trials that he had to overcome.

And yes, the latest news from there, before we were going back for good last month, his daughter miraculously recovers and she can already walk (thus, there is no need for further operation to strengthen her back spine).

Masya' Allah, masya' Allah, I do wish the best for all our friends who are furthering their studies in any field, that they achieved what they have come for.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Ujian 1 Fawwaz


My father was surprised when he saw Fawwaz's result.
And I was also pleasantly surprised. He loves Mathematics, and he already can read, in such a short span of 4 months learning.

#31 out of 36? Not bad. The school is already competitive during my time. I can already foresee it when we registered our kids there.

Amni? Class teacher dia accident maa.. aduiii. Tu yang report book tak siap-siap.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Selamat hari lahir, wahai Fahriku


Tengahari tadi Fahri telefon ibuku, "Nek ummi, nak potong kek!." Alhamdulillah, sempat juga ibunya menyediakan kek coklat Milo untuk Fahri. Makan tengahari, untuk pujuk dia makan, spaghetti dengan carbonara mushroom.

Fahri, anakku, sudah berusia 4 tahun. Susah betul hendak pujuk makan. Sayur dan buah tidak pula ingin. Sabar, sabar.

Wahai Fahri, ibu menulis di sini untuk Fahri baca harapan kami. Kami mahu Fahri sentiasa seimbangkan dunia dan akhirat. Lebihkan ibadat kerana seksaan neraka itu keras, anakku. Anak-anak  ibu, semua unik dengan cara tersendiri.

Yang pastinya, Fahri ini ibarat klon ibu pula, dari segi perangainya.. Mungkin sebab setakat ini Fahri yang menyusu dengan ibu paling lama.

Fahri, ibu sayang dengan Fahri. Fahri anak yang baik. Menjadi harapan kami untuk melihat Fahri membesar dipenuhi dengan kasih sayang yang bertempat. Selalu ibu lihat, Fahri suka bermain benda yang kompleks, seperti mencantum jigsaw puzzle dan membina kapal menggunakan blok. Masya' Allah, for a child likes Fahri yang hari ini berumur 4 tahun, ibu sangat bangga denganmu sayang :).

Fahri, selamat hari lahir wahai anakku. Jadilah orang yang faham dan mengamalkan agamanya. Jadilah seorang imam yang penuh dengan ilmu dan amalan.

Seorang Fahri yang akan ibu bangga sampai akhir hayat!