Saturday, October 11, 2014

--> 3 Stops: Strangers, Friends & Strangers Again

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Perth, June, 2014.

They say, strangers are always the best listeners. I believe so too and I’d like to be someone’s strangers. You can literally tell everything to a stranger and it will for sure become one of the best coversations you’ll sit for. The best part is, you can add some spices here and there to fire up your stories but make sure that it won’t go out of the track. Oh come on, everyone does that at some point. Peace.

Strangers come and go but some stay as friends. For example, everyone was a stranger to everyone else when they first step on a new ground such as in the universities. I know nothing about my university friends a few years back but I know them now in and out…sort of. Some have become close friends of mine and one of them is my best friend. We shed laughters along the way and this journey is about to end soon.

The word FRIEND has the ‘END’ syllable in it. Perhaps, that is why they say again, friend come and go. Still about the strangers that I introduced above. Some of them stay as friends, some of them develop the bond and some of them break the bond and become strangers again. That is sad but that is also life. People leave and die.

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iGossip

Friday, October 10, 2014

--> An Open Letter To Those Who Read

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There is always ‘I’m scared’  in ‘Let’s go!’. This is exactly what I'm feeling right now. I’m so geared to finish this course, ready to spread my wings and soar above the sky but of course, deep down inside, there is a voice that says “You’ll be alone when you start your new journey.” It’s very hard to describe this feeling in words but I guess most of us (or all the seniors) feel the same. 5 years and a half…struggling to reach the finishing line of a track that I hated back in foundation years. However, I was reminded in a roundabout way today that I was alone too the very first day I stepped my feet on this ground. Therefore, together let’s us embrace the trepidation, shine like the sun by looking at what we have become and together we make a difference that we have been complaining about. Are you with me?

To my juniors, degree year is the platform for you to try things that you have been wanting to try all this while. Take every small and big opportunity to show the world and to share with all of us what you have and what you are. Don’t be afraid to try because if you fail to seize the opening and occasion that might only pass by once, you’ll end up being someone who; 1) regrets over things for not trying and 2) complains about others who try and succeed because you think that your ideas are better, but by then, everything is too little too late. This may sound strident but ask any of your seniors because we have seen a lot. Just be bold and humble.

Besides, your are immensely lucky to be given the golden opportunity to be in this institute (IPG Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa) and pursuing that courses that you're doing now. Why? Monthly allowances, great surrounding, supportive and resourceful lecturers...anything you can name. Look around you and think, why He chose you instead of others to be here? This might sound cliche, but yeah, things happen for a reason. Right now, with your eyes wide open, look for that reason. Just like the intrinsic worth of education, exploration is the key. 

On top of everything, never miss your prayers and always please the Creator more that the creations. For every failure and successful attempt, thank Him for He is the one who guides you through.

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iGossip

Saturday, September 13, 2014

--> 57 Tahun Merdeka, Saya Sayang Malaysia!

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Penulisan hari ini adalah 100% dalam Bahasa Melayu. Semua gambar-gambar di bawah diambil semasa sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke 57 di Dataran Merdeka. Dari awal pagi lagi, aku dan kawan aku, Amir bertolak dari kampus ke lokasi. Aku memang berdarah patriotik dan kasih sayang aku terhadap negara tidak berbelah bahagi. Penulisan kali ini hanya akan ditumpukan gambar-gambar tertentu sahaja. Jom lihat!
Ini aku, sambil memegang bendera Jalur Gemilang yang diberikan percuma oleh pekerja yang bertugas pada hari tersebut. Aku bangga dapat kibarkan Jalur Gemilang sambil menyanyikan lagu-lagu bertemakan kemerdekaan yang dimainkan sepanjang acara berlangsung.
Setibanya sampai di Dataran Merdeka, aku ternampak budak comel ini, berbaju kemas yang diperbuat daripada bendera Malaysia. Terima kasih ibu dan ayahnya yang sangat berjiwa patriotik.
Budak comel kedua ini berbaju kurung lengkap dengan tudung yang diperbuat daripada bendera Malaysia juga. Memang menarik perhatian betul. Lihat sahaja senyuman yang terukir dibibirnya. 
Kata orang, mereka yang lebih tua sememangnya memiliki semangat jati diri dan patriotisme yang tinggi dalam diri mereka. Kenapa ya? Mungkin kerana mereka merasa pahit maung usaha untuk mendapatkan kemerdekaan. Selain itu, mereka juga melihat sendiri peristiwa 13 Mei yang telah merangut banyak nyawa. 
Gambar ini diambil pada tengah hari, jadi muka adik ini pun sudah layu...panas agaknya. Namun begitu, semangatnya untuk terus berada di Dataran Merdeka sehingga ke pengakhiran acara perlu dipuji!
Terima kasih abang, kakak dan adik yang sudi bergambar. "Adik, cepat senyum, abang tu nak ambil gambar." Kata ayahnya sewaktu aku meminta keizinan untuk mengambil gambar mereka sekeluarga.
Keluarga berjiwa patriotik yang tidak perlu disangkal lagi. Memang keluarga bahagia dan meriah ini perlu dipuji selayaknya. Banyak lensa-lensa tertumpu kepada mereka, termasuk lensa aku. Tahniah, tahniah, tahniah!

Pesan aku kepada sahabat dan sesiapa yang membaca, cintalah negara anda. Memang aku memasang niat untuk berhijrah ke negara lain, namun begitu, ianya bukan bermaksud aku tidak sayang kepada negara. Aku punya alasan tersendiri. Ayuh, sama-sama kita sematkan dalam diri kita perasaan cinta akan negara.

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iGossip

Thursday, September 11, 2014