I just got back from BTN last weekend at Akademi Kenegaraan, Jalan Bellamy. This BTN is one of the fulfillment that a government servant who wish to further their study/do sub specialty overseas must attend. I was there for almost five days.
Well perhaps people are wondering how does Akademi Kenegaraan looks like. I don’t know about others but I did actually Googled about the academy before going there. It was really frustrating that I didn’t find any information about this. The only thing that came across was the comparison between the conventional BTN and the BTN which had underwent transformation, written by an author of a blog. I’ve Googled because I want to know the facilities provided and the types of accommodation, whether it is like hostels or hotels. Hehehe.
Well everyone, I am happy to announce that the place that we’ve stayed was an apartment.
A house accommodates three persons. Each of us were given our very own room with a complete set of bedroom — an aircond, a wardrobe with hangers, an apparel rack, a sejadah and a bed sheet together with a blanket. Ahhh aren’t they thoughtful? Tihihihi. You just have to bring a towel and your essential toiletries.
Here’s what I can summarise what I had during my time. I will not going to write about the activities, but I’m just giving a brief idea about the facilities of Akademi Kenegaraan. Perhaps this can help you packing up things for BTN. :)
1. Okay the first thing to bring is … nothing. Haha. Ok kidding! You have to bring your clothing for five days. This includes sports attire and sports shoes. Everyone is obliged to wear formal attire throughout the course.
2. If you are a vain person like me, you should not worry about bringing a mirror. Our house was provided with huge mirrors and we didn’t fight with each other cause there were enough mirrors for everyone.
3. Are you a person who will not get out from a house wearing a wrinkled shirt? Well, worry not as this academy has provided an iron together with an iron board. Aren’t them very thoughtful?
4. Two toilets and two bathrooms are provided in the house. You can have extra bathroom so that you and your housemates don’t have to share— by building your own academy tihihihihi.
5. I would give five stars if I were to rate the cleanliness of the academy. Absolutely superb. Norajikin bagi lima bintangggg *mimicking Nora Danish*
6. Congregational prayers were held every day, and a tazkirah came after that. On Tuesday night, we read Yassin and on Friday night, we played bowling at South City Plaza. I think it would be great if we get to read Yassin on Friday night and play bowling on Tuesday night.
6. Enjoy the activities arranged for you and you’ll be leaving with happy feet insha Allah :) I admit that I fall asleep during several talks and sometimes I refused to take part in group discussions. But above all, it is the good memories that I remember the most. Open up your mind, make new friends and seize the moments— you’ll be enjoying people who might go to the same country or go to same university with you.
I guess that’s all for now. Good luck to the future pegawai ke luar negara. Hope everything will be fine and smooth sailing insha Allah
p/s Pegawai ke luar negara… HEBAT! :)
Cyril Connolly (via idayumumtaz)
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Isn’t it a cute handsock? The handsock was really comfy and it was not tight at all. I have seven colours that match with my baju kurungs and basically, I wear them to work.
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Hello anybody thereeee? Its been ages that I didn’t update my tumblr. Phewww! 2013 was really a hectic year for me, especially towards the end of it. I think (I am sure) that I was not productive at all throughout 2013 — writing posts here. Hahahaha aihh.
Okay la, let’s just start a new post the highlights of 2013— some of memorable moments that I could remember. Tehehehe.
1. A trip to Singapore with my beloved colleague, Kak Ju!
2. Alhamdulillah, performed umrah with my family. Ahhh please invite us again o Allah.
3. Trip to Bukit Tinggi, Japanese Village and Bagan Lalang with my girlfriends
4. Being Me Conference with the sisters—- ahhh I treasure this moment!
5. Watched Yuna’s awesome performance live at Istana Budaya with Nabira. Ahaa I didn’t blog about this tihehehehe
6. Went to Phuket for a conference and also jalan jalan. I didn’t blog about this too haha! This is my first time presenting a paper outside Malaysia and my second time presenting paper in an international level. So yeay, alhamdulillah I made it while I am still young haha!
A friend that I met at the conference
7. Presented another paper in an international conference and I would say that this was my best presentation so far. Alhamdulillah I didn’t feel that nervous like I did during my first and second presentations. However, I realise that I talked too fast, as if somebody was chasing after me! Haha. But above all, I am so thankful that I … *lost words* that I was there, and was one of the presenters. Tihehehe
8. Organised Poetry Recital Competition for my students. They all did a good job despite the fact that they were actually forced to join the competition. Haha!
9. Went to a Strawberry Farm at Genting Highlands, though only for a while. I had a course at Genting Highlands and before we went back home, we stopped at the farm. It was okay la…. at least we get to breathe fresh air instead of just sit, listen and write in a boring hall.
10. Attended Twins of Faith 2013 with, who else, Nabilaaaaa *pelat* Alhamdulillah it was good to be there. There were a huge crowdddddd and the talks were all amazing. My favourite speaker is and will always be Sh. Tawfique Chowdury. Last year I did blog about his talk during TOF2012, but as I mentioned in the early phase of this post, my end of 2013 was really hectic, I don’t get to sit to down properly and update my Tumblr. I wish I get the chance to write about his talk in some other time, insha Allah, maybe in my next post? Insha Allah, biiznillah. :)
2013 was basically about … hmmm. Its hard too say,throughout the year I’ve been learning… Alhamdulillah for the opportunities and blessings that have come my way. I’m a year older now, I don’t know what to ask for my future days, but one thing I am so sure of, I am definitely grateful for all I have.
Thank you Allah :’)
Sawadeekaaa 🙏 alhamdulillah touch down safely (at Phuket International Airport (HKT) ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต)
This really made my day.
Too cute, masha Allah. Cant stop smiling now :))
hello miss jikin :D hehehe
My junior, kinda of. Hehe. My friends said that she does resemble myself. Sodeska? However one dissimilarity that differentiate us, our eyes— hers are big, mine are sepet.
How could you say no when she has all the guts to smash guys in front of their faces saying, “tak guna tak guna tak gunaaa?”.
That killer song— is a gift for all tak-guna-guys. Hehe. 👸
This post is about a conference that I’ve attended three months ago at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Haha. Well, I was really occupied with reality life, thus leaving me little time to write a post about this right after attending the event.
To those who never heard about this event, Being Me is a conference organised by women for women. In more friendly words, this conference is known as “sisters-only conference”
"This is the first Mercy Misson women’s conference in Malaysia to address the daily lives and challenges facing the Muslim Woman today. Through our Annual Conference we aspire to provide growth as a community and individually, to celebrate successes, showcase achievements and to enlighten, encourage and empower every Muslimah"
In case you are interested to join this event next year (insha Allah), you may visit their website and dig in more information about it here
My date of the day; Kak Zimah and Kak Shafa
The event started with the recital of Al-Quran by Sharifah Khasif.
A little info about Sharifah Khasif:
She had won the second place in the Akademi Al-Quran and has won the first place in the Quran Recital Competition held by TNB for 10th time consecutively.
Masha Allah, what a great talent Allah has gifted upon her :’)
After listening to majestic recitations by a local Qari’ah, our ears were feasted with another Quran recitation by a young Qari from Houstan.
Have you heard the talented Fatih Sefaragic? This time around, the event brought him here and the venue was packed with people. His slot was totally full house and we’ve ended up sitting on the floor.
That’s okay though.
Fatih recited Surah Ar-Rahman, and after that was a Q&A session. People did ask question the easiest way to memorise Al- Quran and his answer was simple— practice. People also asked on which aspects should be prioritise, either to focus on understanding the meaning of Al-Quran (tafseer) or should we just read (though we didn’t know the meaning), and he answered — do with the ones that you are comfortable with.
Thank you to the person who had asked the second question. It was actually the same question lingered in my mind. Hehehe.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this event was dedicated to sisters only. When Fatih was giving his speech, he did not have eye contact with the audience at all. He was looking up, looking down and tengok tepi, he did not look at the audience at all, WHICH I THINK WAS AMAZING. Hehehe. He was really lowering his gaze, subhanAllah.
On the other note, I love Surah Ar- Rahman a lot. If you read the tafseer of this surah, you’ll feel so little and humble. Everything in this world —the heavens and the earth, is nothing but all belong to the Almighty Allah SWT.
The most anticipated talk by the inspiring lady, Prof. Dr. Muhaya
After Fatih, it was Prof. Muhaya’s slot. Her slot was not geared as a forum but more like a workshop where everyone was free to ask any questions; about anything. Amazingly, Kak Zimah stood up as the FIRST person to ask (clap! clap!).
I still remember her question, “Salam Prof. How to motivate students in their learning?" Hehe. You see, Kak Zimah is so dedicated, she even think about her students all the time that she came here, at this event just to ask that question. Hehehe.
Later, there were a few questions raised by the audience. Amongst were; how to forgive people, tips for muallaf to adapt themselves in Islam, how to spread positive vibes to people (this one was from Kak Shafa) and etc etc.
As I listened to Prof Muhaya’s explanations, little that I know my tears fall down on my cheek. Haha! Well, I will not definitely reveal which question touched my heart most. Definitely not! Hehe.
The PICC’s cafetaria was super-duper packed during lunch time. Long queues, no place to seat; haih. I just hope next time the management will overcome this problem. This was not their first time conducting such events like this here, I just don’t understand why laaaa it happened again.
Sabar je la makkkkkkkkk
Remember Sheikh Daood Butt that I’ve mentioned in my post of TOF? Above in the picture is his wife, Sister Tasneem Ghauri. She, who is an Qur’an teacher and a counselor (Masha Allah) delivered a talk titled; Muslimah: An identity given by Allah.
Now meet sister Zohra Sorwari from US, an author of 12 books, author of three Homeschooling Curriculums, an international speaker, entrepreneur, publisher and teacher to her kids.
Her talk that I’ve attended was about …. home-schooling If I am not mistaken.
At first she did delivered on how to educate kids. Later, she touched on relationship with the parents. I still remember the remarkable moment when she told the audience, that after she had given her first birth, she wanted to see her parents so badly. She said that giving birth was not easy as it is heard so she wanted to kiss the feet of her mother and apologise to her parents.
She added, the first person who you have to see after giving birth is your mom, who carried us with hardship and gave birth to us with hardship, not your daughter or son.
Her words touched many hearts thus teared many eyes. Kak Zimah, Kak Shafa and me can’t help but wept silently. The image of my parents keep playing in my heads as I remember my wrongdoings/ disobedience towards them. It was a lottt and they did not punish me at all, yet they keep loving me and the siblings; unconditionally.
How can one repay one’s mother’s kindness and virtue? No one will be able to, I believe.
Brother Yusha Evans delivering a talk titled, Its a girl!
I honestly didn’t remember what the talk is all about, I didn’t jot down notes! My fault, yes. I just remember a part where Brother Yusha asked us to close our eyes and he had posed one question;
"Do you know the first thing created by Allah in this world?"
Some people answered Prophet Adam a.s. I was a bit curious cause the question asked about… first thing, and Prophet Adam a.s. is obviously not a thing…Later people gave all sorts of answers and none of them were correct.
So what would be your answer?
The answer is —- pen. Yes, pen.
Have you heard a hadith narrated by Tirmidhi, stated ”The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried” ? [at-Tirmidhi - Stated as Hadith Hasan Sahih] Do you the meaning behind it?
The hadith says that everything— everything that happen to us, who our parents are, where we did our primary and secondary education, which university we had enrolled in, whom our friends are — everything that happen to us is written by Allah. Everything that is written is finished and concluded.
It is established on the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) that Allah decreed the fate of the creation before He created the heavens and the earth by fifty thousand years. If Allah has written something for a person, then it will not surpass him. If Allah has not written something for him, then it will not reach him.
Have you ever wondered that with Allah’s mercy, our names was written by Him to be a Muslim? Masha Allah. Masha Allah. To compare with His non-Muslim servants, we are very lucky to be born in Islam.
"What have we done to say thank you to Allah as He has gifted us as a Muslim?", Brother Yusha asked.
I don’t have answer for this — My lips were sealed, I really don’t have answer for this. There is so much things that I didn’t do to please Allah… to show my humble gratitude towards Him ….
My five daily prayers are not enough to show my gratitude for the gift. My good deeds are so little to thank Allah for this gift.
*Nangis dalam hati*
The beautiful emcee
The night ended with a great talk by Brother Yusha. He delivered a really amazing talk, honestly speaking. Hearing his last word, I felt so woeful as I’ll be missing his wise words that will help reminding me of Allah, and Islam.
Being Me Conference has left me with a wonderful experience about Islam. Though some of talks revolved the same thing being preached by other people/ something I’ve known/heard, but then I realised that we need this kind of events or also known as usrah to remind us about something that we’ve already know.
Ahh, manusia…kan cepat lupa. Betul tak?
We, the Muslims, we keep reminding each other, cause at the end of the day—- all of us want to be in the blessings of Allah, insha Allah :)