Saturday, June 27, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

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I could hardly believe my ears when I heard it on the radio. It was 25th June 2009, a Friday - exactly a month after my birthday. I was in the car on the way to school when the radio played Billie Jean. Little did I know what was behind the song. When the song ended, the DJ said, "Those who have just joined us, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop has died this morning when he suffered cardiac arrest."

The news was so shocking that even my dad took a while to accept it. I, on the other hand, felt tears in my eyes but they won't flow out. Just a few months ago, I talked about MJ on my blog and how I wish I could meet him and go to his concert. Now that he's gone - the world has lost part of its soul with him. Eventually I cried at night when I was about to sleep as I pray to Allah that he bless MJ's soul. Though there were rumours and scandals about him when he was alive, I believe he was a good man in the heart and nobody is perfect.

Here's a little note for you MJ. I hope you can see it down from heaven.

Here's a toast to the man who brought the sun into our lives,
may it be his moonwalk or zombies that gave us souls.
You never knew the meaning of quit,
it never existed in your world;
though you were called weird at times, but you were the King of all mankind.
Exposing us to things we thought never know,
to pop and generosity, to love and the journey of life.
No matter what the opposing say to bring you down,
deep down you ought to know many still love you.
We thank God for giving us the most precious gift
the world has ever known;
and we pray to God that you will be store in heaven,
like how you made heaven for us.
We will truly miss you, Michael, with all our hearts and souls.
You will never be forgotten but become a true legend that lives in years to come.
Rest in peace, our King.
And thank you for giving us the music that we only know.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

It's Father's Day, people! Actually I forgot that today is Father's Day until when I heard in the radio as the DJ blasted: Happy Father's Day!!! I went into a stage of 'oh-my-freaking-hell' and wished(shouted) my dad who was apparently grinning.

There at times when I feel cold towards my dad but I think it's because I'm the eldest and apparently a girl who is about to fly off the nest pretty soon. But the truth is I'm happy enough. He's been a great dad and I would never trade the world for him. I know some people who doesn't have a dad, the worst feeling to feel when everyone around them celebrate Father's Day and they no longer have the chance to celebrate. I'm sorry to those people out there.

I decided to look up at Google on Father's Day and found many interesting quotes. Some were funny, others were meaningful but overall, they show how much Dad means to us in our lives.

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence Budington Kelland

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world. - John Mayor

Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!! - Philip Whitmore Snr

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~ Unknown

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway. ~Robert Brault

There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. ~ Unknown

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. ~Charles Wadsworth

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

At a time of reproductive freedom for women, fatherhood must be more than a matter of DNA. A man must choose to be a father in the same way that a woman chooses to be a mother. ~Mel Feit

No matter how much we dislike our dads, you'll be surprise at the amount of how much you actually love him. So on this very special day, to the girls - you are still his little girl; to the boys - you are never too old to show love, hug your dad, tell him you love him and that he's the best dad that anyone could ever had.

To my dad, I may not be the perfect daughter but I have a perfect heart that says I love you, no matter what. Happy Father's Day to all Dads around the world!

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Saturday, June 20, 2009


Today I visited my granduncle in Seremban. My family and I haven't seen him for almost a year now since we live quite far. But a few weeks ago, a news stunned my family. My granduncle was diagnosed with cancer. I'm not close to him but I think my father is since he kept saying that my granduncle looks so healthy and had no symptoms.

We decided to pay a visit to him during the weekend. We drove down for about one hour before reaching his house. My granduncle and his wife greeted us warmly as a few other members of the family came to visit him too. Like everyone said, he looks perfectly fine. Tall and lean. I never suspected that he had cancer. I felt pity for him after we all sat down and talk and laugh. He was friendly, positive and has a great sense of humour. Sometimes I wonder why does it have to befall on good people.

He told us that he started having difficulties of doing exercise that he usually does for 30 mins to 45 mins. Early this year, when he couldn't run on the treadmill for even 5 mins while all this while he did for 45 mins. He suspected something amiss. So he went walking around his garden. Just strolling around. He felt fine, so he went into the house back. But as he walked up the stairs, he felt so dizzy, he nearly collapsed. That's when he search for medical check up. Then, the doctors confirmed he has cancer at his kidney and rectum. The doctors were shocked since this is a rare occurrence and their first time experience. But they would have to remove the organs. My granduncle would be admitting to the ward tomorrow and the operation will be on Monday.

But actually, cancer is no longer foreign in my family. At my mother's side, my grandmother, my grandaunt had cancer. My grandmother had cervical and lung cancer while my grandaunt has breast cancer. What puzzled everyone at the beginning was that my grandmother and grandaunt never smoked. They are quite active and live healthy lifestyles. Soon, it convinced us that it might be genetic. Cancer doesn't mean that if you don't smoke and drink, you will not get it. Sometimes it can happen to anyone even you, who might appear as healthy as a horse.

When my grandma had cervical cancer, I was still very young so I can't really remember. But I do remember she showing the portion the doctor cut out in a small container. I thought I might puke and closed my eyes. I slept with her in the ward for 1 night after the operation. So everything went back to normal, or so we thought when a few years later, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was so devastating.

But my grandma remained calm all the way. She stayed strong and never shed a tear when she learnt about it. She carried on her daily life while going to appointments and she never asked to God: 'Why me?' Instead, she stayed positive and believed that life is life. She treated cancer as a flu. Just take some medicines and eventually it will fade away. When I watched her, I suddenly felt so proud of her because I thought, if I were her, would I be able to be that strong and not to give up to cancer?

The doctor told her that her lung had to be remove which mean she will live on with only one lung. Okay, she said. I'll do it. She smiled at us before going in for the operation. Her face was such full of confidence that it convinced us that we'll see her again. And we did. The doctor cut on the back of her chest to removed the lung. Until now, the scar is still visible but she's not shy to show us.

But she can't do any hard work now. She can't cook too long as she would be inhaling too much unhealthy gas. She can't run or jog since she is left with only one lung. At the beginning, she didn't cook but eventually, she got up and start cooking in the kitchen not caring anything until to this very day. She meets up with her cancer survivor friends every morning around 5 to do Tai Chi and every weekend to her friend's house to sing karaoke. Nobody would even guess that she is a cancer survivor.

To those cancer patients out there, don't give up. That's the main key. Don't let this one word - Cancer take over your life. Instead, take it up as a challenge and fight the battle. At the end, whether you lose or win, you are still a warrior. A warrior doesn't mean a winner. It means a person who does not know the meaning of giving up and that's one thing no one can ever take it from you. Do not think you have cancer inside of you but live your everyday life to the fullest and always be happy. You have people who loves you standing by your side.

God test His creatures with all sort of ways. To test how strong our belief and faith is. To test how strong we are. And all we have to do is - Never Give Up.

p/s. Please pray that my granduncle will undergo a successful operation and he will be healthy again(:

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Greetings of Different Cultures

It's been a while since I last blog. School is starting again in 2 days time. Time really flies fast. Anyway, I was reading today's newspaper The Star. There is a section that talked about how different cultures greet people and often, other culture might uncomfortable by the way they are greeted.

We all know that although Earth might be a small world but there varies of cultures that many of us do not know. There some popular cultures like India and Japan and there are also many remote places where cultures still stand strong despite being in this modern century. It is not which country you come from that based on how you greet people but your cultures. For example: In Malaysia there are 3 main races which are Malay, Chinese and Indian. The Malay would salam when they meet each other while the Chinese usually shake hands or bow down slightly as a respect for the elderly.

Muslims have a way of greeting people. But they have their boundaries too. If they are related, the Muslims would salam their guests as they say assalam mu'alaikum which means may peace be upon you. Salam means the way by greeting someone by taking their hands and bring your forehead down to touch their hands. Although that is the way how Muslims greet their guests but they are not allowed to salam any opposite sex who are not in their blood line. To many non - Muslims, they would ask, Why? The truth is I have no answer it to myself but in the al-Quran, God has stated in there.

But everyone feels in the need to greet someone you meet, right? That time when some relatives came over, my dad salam his male cousins but when it came to their wives, my dad just nod at them and smiled. In return, they smiled back and nodded. So that is how it is done. But for the young kids who has not reach maturity, they are still allowed to salam anyone including opposite sex in the sign of respecting the older people.

There some people who greet each other by kissing on the cheeks, air kissing or a hug. For the Europeans, Eurasians and Latinos, kissing on the cheek have been the way of greeting people whether they are young or old, man or woman. It is a sign of showing 'I'm very please to meet you'. I remembered once I was strolling in a mall in Malaysia and was eating at a local restaurant where all the customers were local. Then, appeared a couple Caucasians who came in and went up to the table where a couple of Malays were seated. The Malay couple stood up and smiled at them. The Caucasians couple said a friendly 'hello' and lean in and kiss them on both cheeks. I saw everyone in the restaurant staring at them with widened eyes. You see, it is not our culture to greet someone like that but I was okay with it. The Malay lady looked a little taken back but settled down and they started chatting happily. But in other ways, an unmarried person shouldn't have a direct contact greeting to a married person. It is nothing sensitive but that is how is done. When you come to think of it, it may sound silly.

When I was studying in a Chinese school, respecting others is a must. No matter how much you despise your teachers, you have to greet them like your own parents. I remembered everytime any teacher comes in, everyone would rise up. Then, the class monitor would say, 'Rise, everyone. Bow.' We bow down to our teacher and say 'Good morning,...' But we were not allow to sit until the teacher says we can. It may sound harsh but it made me the person I am today who would not tolerate anyone who is disrespectful. Even right now in a government school, we still greet our teachers except that we don't bow to them like the Chinese school does but I still wish I could bow. Why? Well, let's say I respect them very much for killing their time to teach us and spend their time marking our papers when we, students go for vacations - even though I don't like some of my teachers.

The Chinese have another way of greeting people. The older you are, the higher ranking 'name' you'll get. Right now, everytime I meet my Chinese family, I have to greet each and every one with different titles. For example: Grandpa, Grandma, Big Uncle, Small Uncle, Sixth Auntie, Master Shang...etc. It doesn't sound as bombastic as it is because I'm translating them. But if it's in Chinese, you'll get what I mean. When the Chinese meet other people, the most common way to greet is by shaking hands. Very formal. Followed by the names of the guests but if they don't know their names, they would say 'Hello, Mr./Miss.'

The way we greet here is simple by saying 'Assalam mua'laikum dan selamat sejahtera' which means May Peace Be Upon You to my Muslim friends and Good Day to my non - Muslim friends. Nobody knows who came with it or how it came about but I believe it's because we understand each other difference and instead of building a wall between us, we built a bridge that connected us.

Whether it's a hand shake, a hug, kiss on the cheek or a simple 'hi', I think everyone can accept the way they are greeted as long both parties can accept it. Every time I see my friends, I would hi or give them a hug. As for my male friends, I would smiled and say hi to them which even them - non Muslims are able to understand why. But instead of asking why, they just continue to be my friends which is more than I could ask.

But everytime before I go to a foreign country for a vacation, I'll google the country to find their culture and customs. I prefer not to do anything that might offend them in any ways. But to me, a warm hello and a happy smile are the perfect greeting to other cultures.

Monday, June 1, 2009

So Hot, You Gotta Watch

OMG. Arghh!! New Moon is coming out at the end of the year!! YEAY!!! Sorry if I seemed a little off but hey, I'm a huge fan of Twilight Saga and oh boy, does Edward Cullen looks sooo much better in New Moon. So does Jacob, I gotta admit.

I really pity Bella when Edward left her - but she thought he didn't want her. How silly. He was trying to protect her. In the end, I pity Jacob when Bella went back with Edward. God, how dramatic but seriously, if you haven't read the books yet...oh man - you better!

Harry Potter! How can anyone not know about the chosen one. I have to admit though, when the movie first came out, I didn't expect much from it. But it blew the roof off! It was simply ah-mazing. But the last movie - Order of The Phoenix was dull. I didn't like it that much. But I bet this time will be a blast!

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When the machines rise...out came bumblebee! He's my favourite transformer. Why? Cause he's yellow, adorable and loyal. Awww...I saw the trailer and it was a boom! I wanted to jump into the screen and be in the battle. It may seem crazy but sometimes I fantasize myself in the movie with a cool car that can transform:D

Dang. I really want to watch all these movies. 17 again too!! ARGH!!! But I'll be away on a beach for 5 days - get darker first then go watch movies. LOL

I'll be pushing off with my family tomorrow past midnight for a 6 - 7 hours drive to Pulau Perhentian. Wow. That's gonna hurt. But vacation need some patience(: When I reach there, I might upload the sandy beach to my blog.

But what kills is that no TV, no fridge - WiFi at the restaurant only. It seems that they want people there to spend time at the beach only. Go snorkeling, diving and stuff...but I guess I can live without TV for 5 days :|

Anyways, catch up later. Have a great week(: