Saturday, September 24, 2005

Chismosa! Chismosa! Chismosa!

Farewell Foods At Chismosa
These are the spread of dishes that we had for my farewell dinner on last Thursday evening organised at... well, where else... Chismosa Restaurant. Thanks to HRH Tunku 'S', Zara Al-Juneid, Feisal Al-Kaff, sis Judy, abang Lan, Dr. Raja Amin, Karlina, Richard & Lela for organising the party. Really good mediterranean and Arab foods. We had lamb kebab, seafood skewer, baked mousakka, mango salsa, leek soup (sis Judy says its not leek but lick! so for her its lick soup...:) with garlic bread, cheese and spinach springroll etc. I received a grey coloured Timberland sweater (they said you need this for winter in New Zealand). You all are so good to me, great friends and again thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!
If anyone interested to know about Chismosa Restaurant, kindly call this number +607-2263548. It is located at 9A-B, Jalan Kolam Air, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. Its only 30 minutes from Singapore across the causeway.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Laughs On A Boring Night

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Last night I was so bored and suddenly remembered that a friend of mine slipped a DVD into my briefcase on my way to parking lot. The movie called "Connie and Carla". This film stars Nia Vardalos and Toni Collete, featuring David Duchovny and an over-the-top caricatured "closer cameo" from Debbie Reynolds.
Nia Vardalos held the audience captive throughout the entire film with her remarkably courageous ability to make something as unbelievable as "Connie and Carla", believable. There is not a camera made that does not feast on Nia, whether she's the homely character in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", or the attractive romantic interest in this film.
This film is positioned as a light hearted musical comedy and targetted at the Will and Grace demographic. We don't expect much more from this movie than we would from a sitcom, except to be entertained. Nia does a great job in this film. Her characterization of "Connie" is brilliant and believable. Her heart is pure and her love and confidence in herself is infectious. Toni Collett was a very effective comedic foil and the two played each scene as if they understood exactly what the audience wanted.

Debbie Reynolds, who showed up in the film at the end, inserted as a kind of "deus ex machina", kicks the action up a notch and holds our attention til the very end. Im so happy at the end with the way the story comes together (especially the kissing part between Nia and David). There it goes my boring night into the drain!!!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Traditional Sumatran Wedding

Malam NikahPelamin Dgn Vera

It has been more than a year since I attended this wedding in Jakarta. A three nights and three days grand scale wedding which is full of colours, sounds and lights, traditionally packed with music i.e. gamelan & kompang, ethnic costumes and silat, syair and pantun (poem and poetry), the air fills with aroma from distinctive herbs & fresh tropical flora, showcase of hundred years old 'reception' ceremony, the solemnity of 'akad nikah' or 'marriage vow' and thousands of smiling happy faces. The wedding ceremony between Teuku Ryan and Veera Yuniar was such a fantastic one. For more photos of the wedding, do click the above picture which will navigate you to my flickr fotopages.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Masjid Putrajaya - Mosque in Malaysia

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It has been a week since my last posting on HIV/AIDS. Our NGO are going to organize a workshop entitled "Counselling Related to HIV/AIDS" for two days starting tomorrow. HRH Tunku 'S' organized my 'farewell' party on last Sunday at our favourite Chinese restaurant. Everybody were so energetic to dance and do the karaoke and we spent almost 4 hours together.
Im just too bored at the office this whole week as I've delegated all my assignments and jobs to my office-mates. Just can't wait to join the new company in Northern Borneo next month, dont know what to expect there, but one thing for sure I will go for Cave Mulu's Expedition (click to see link to Mulu Cave webpage) as it is close to Miri. I like jungle trekking, and I've been doing this since my childhood as my hometown is close to Mount Pulai or Gunung Pulai (almost 700m above sea level) in Johor. Gunung Pulai is not that huge, around 8 hectare and it has few waterfalls and picnic spots. One can do the trekking up to its peak, and I've done this for so many times. Entering jungle or forest is like entering into a new world, peaceful and serenity........
The photo shown above is one of the dome of Masjid Putrajaya, viewing from inside. It is such a majestic building and beautiful architecture. One would notice that the Masjid is 'floating' on a lake if one view from South and North direction. All the buildings in Putrajaya are so attractive, unique and full of aestetical values. Will visit Putrajaya next week.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

AIDS: IS ANYONE POSITIVE?


HIV Logo
Originally uploaded by rushmooradt.

Sejak semalam aku menjadi begitu sedih dan runsing mengenangkan berita seorang rakan karib yang disahkan menghidap HIV/AIDS. Walaupun perkara ini dirahsiakan dari rakan-rakan, namun ada saja 'mulut tempayan' yang tak boleh ditutup. Ramai di antara kita ambil mudah perkara seks tanpa perlindungan atau 'safe sex' ini. Kerajaan dan NGO telah menjalankan pelbagai kempen kesedaran dan aktiviti bagi memberi maklumat kepada masyarakat. Peratusan yang menghidap HIV/AIDS di Malaysia semakin tinggi, ini bermaksud semakin ramai yang membawa virus ini dalam tubuh badan mereka dan kemungkinan untuk menyebarkannya kepada orang lain juga amat tinggi. Ada juga yang mengatakan angka sebenar penghidap HIV/AIDS ini berlipat kali ganda dari apa yang dihebahkan melalui media, dan Malaysia mempunyai penghidap HIV/AIDS tertinggi di Asia selepas Thailand. Sungguh mengerikan dan menginsafkan.

Kalangan penghidap pula bukan sahaja dari mereka yang menjadi penagih dadah, tetapi juga pengamal seks bebas - heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual etc. Ada juga segelintir pembawa virus ini dari kalangan mereka yang 'tidak bersalah' yakni mendapat virus dari pemindahan darah, dari suami/isteri/ibu HIV+ dan juga mangsa rogol/sumbang mahram. Kita masih tidak terbuka dalam membicarakan perihal HIV/AIDS. Ianya dianggap subjek 'taboo', isu yang cuba mereka elakkan dan jauhi. Mereka menganggap penyakit HIV/AIDS ini 'bala' atau 'balasan' dari Tuhan kepada mereka yang menderhaka atau pembuat dosa. Ianya tidak benar 100%! Ramai isteri solehah yang teraniaya akibat suami mereka yang mengamalkan seks bebas atau mengambil suntikan dadah. Isteri tidak tahu, anak-anak mereka pula sudah pasti tidak mengerti. Mereka menjadi mangsa HIV/AIDS kerana kesilapan orang lain.

NGO atau pertubuhan bukan kerajaan banyak memainkan peranan dalam membantu masyarakat memahami risiko, akibat dan kesan HIV/AIDS. Kerap kali mereka yang terlibat dengan NGO ini dipandang serong, sedangkan mereka ikhlas membantu penghidap yang memerlukan bantuan, sokongan, nasihat dan sebagainya. Saya sendiri terlibat dengan sebuah NGO berkaitan HIV/AIDS iaitu Johor AIDS Action & Research Society (JAARS) sejak 5 tahun dulu setelah menyedari dan menginsafi apa yang sedang dihadapi oleh masyarakat. Seruan saya kepada semua, amalkan gaya hidup yang sihat. Keseronokkan yang hanya beberapa minit boleh mengakibatkan penderitaan sepanjang hayat. Manusia masih belum menjumpai penawar kepada virus ini maka sentiasalah berwaspada.

Monday, September 05, 2005

My Nieces and Nephew


Birthday Shameen
Originally uploaded by
rushmooradt.

We had a very simple and quick birthday party for my eldest niece, Nor Shameen at my parents house on last Sunday afternoon. She is 8 years old now, tall and talkative. She just had a little sister a month ago, they named her Sarah Natashya. My sister Linda and her hubby wanted a baby boy actually, but they still very gratefull to God after waiting nearly 8 years for another child. I also has a nephew, one year old Muhammad Daniel, my brother's only child.

I went for a strolling in the city after the party, accompanied by Rhoni. We were not sure what to do to kill the time, so we decided to go for a movie at City Square. I recommended him to watch The Dukes of Hazzard after somebody told me that the movie rank no.1 in the UK's chart. Nothing much to comment on that movie because there's nothing special about it. Actually, I dozzed-off for a few minutes during the show, too much food I think.

Jom Tien Beach, Pattaya - Bangkok.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Malaysia National Day


MALAYSIA
Originally uploaded by
rushmurad.

Fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark, Putra Mosque, in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur early August 31, 2005. Malaysia on Wednesday celebrated National Day, marking the 48th anniversary of its independence from the British rule on August 31, 1957

Merdekamu Negara Tercintaku

Memercikkan sejuta pengharapan

buat anak bangsa

Ku sambut cabaranmu

menjadi bangsa yang cemerlang, gemilang dan terbilang

Bangkok Trip 2005


Near The BTS
Originally uploaded by
rushmooradt.
This is my first trip to Bangkok but not Thailand. I've been to Phuket a few years ago for my diving and snorkelling. I departed from Changi Airport, Singapore on the evening of August 27th. Before that I met my first blogger ever, a lady from Medan, Indonesia - Julia. A wonderful meeting indeed!
It was a very brief vacation and packed with night life activities and shoppings. Chatuchak is 'the' place to go for handycrafts and souvenirs - cheap, attractive and unique. Soi Nana near Sukhumvit is the 'eating place' for Muslim. We went to the Grand Palace by 'Tuktuk' (a three wheel transport), swear to God Im not going to ride that thing again! The weather is very hot, so I declined to take the boat ride along Chao Phraya river. We also went to Pattaya, the beach city. 5 days in Bangkok is not enough, there are so many places to explore and experience. Thanks to Kak Pah, Kak Qintan, Alymiey and Rhoni. It's such a wonderful vacation with you guys.