Sunday, November 27, 2005

Just to let everyone know that I'm still alive ;)

Your Birthdate: April 13

You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.

While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.

Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.

You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.

Your strength: You always get the job done

Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault

Your power color: Gray

Your power symbol: Checkmark

Your power month: April

Can't say they're all true =p And Afie, I'll be waiting for my birthday present from you! Ngeh ngeh...

Monday, November 07, 2005


These are my raya pictures =)

Me and fellow first-year girls at the Raya feast on Friday

My roommate and me with our Anatomy lecturer, Irina Vladimirovna

with friends during Deepavali feast on Saturday

Me, my roommates Farah and Fatin

with my sister Sarah

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Mak, you misunderstood my point. I do miss you guys, and raya would undoubtedly be a million times better at home. What I'm trying to say is, it's a new experience for me to be celebrating it at a foreign land, without family by my side- and I'm surprisingly coping with it pretty well. We talked about home every day prior to raya though, wishing we could go back to join in the celebration. To strengthen my case, I dedicate this song to all my family members- miss you all a lot =)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Farewell Ramadhan


Ramadhan has come and gone again… though this passing month has elapsed with such remarkable swiftness that some of us are left somewhat wondering whether we have managed to make any significant progress at all this year, the air of its blessings could still be tremendously felt. I know I always feel easier to fast during Ramadhan than any other time in the year- my body feels tougher and more resilient, unlike at other times, where I would usually succumb to exhaustion right by noon. I strongly believe it’s the barakah of this special month that provides me the strength to endure anything that crosses my path, be it in physical or spiritual form. And for that I’m very thankful, to be graced with the privilege to observe yet another Ramadhan in peace.

I also feel fortunate to be part of a Muslim community that embrace Ramadhan in the manner it deserves, even though we are miles and miles away from a bona fide Muslim society. We prayed Tarawih as a jamaah every night (with tazkirah afterwards) and had an iftar gathering and qiamullail last weekend during which everyone participated with dedication. Tonight we recited takbir for one glorious hour and prayed Isya’ together.

It’s holiday in Russia this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we will hold an eid celebration for Malaysians on Friday. It’s a bittersweet emotion I’m going through right now… and surprisingly it is not because I won’t be celebrating raya with my family at home. I do miss my family, but it’s a different story altogether. I’m not feeling dejected because of raya… I don’t feel the urge to play raya songs like my friends (but maybe that’s because I never really liked raya songs =p); duit raya- I’m past that already, I guess (not that I will reject them if given!); even raya food failed to spark the festive mood in me. I simply feel thankful to be here, safe and sound, and a bit sorrowful because I feel I haven’t done my best this whole month. I’m missing Ramadhan already, and wish with all my heart that I will live to see the next Ramadhan, insyaallah.

Selamat hari raya to everyone who visits my page- have a meaningful eidil fitr =)

Dum spiro, spero.~ "As long as I breathe, I hope."