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The Eiffel Tower.

La Tour Eiffel. Champ de Mars, Paris, France. May 2013.

The Eiffel Tower.

The iron lattice tower that once held the title of World’s Tallest Man-made Structure for 41 years. It was almost surreal that I was there in Paris, in front of -THE- Eiffel Tower. Too much grandeur to handle.

I reflect upon my life and could not help but be in so much gratitude to Him for all the wonderful opportunities in life and how easy He has unfolded my life to be. All praises due to the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth.

Someone mentioned how I am the most ‘murah rezeki’ person she has ever met – loosely translated to ‘the luckiest’.

I guess it is not about being ‘murah rezeki’ or ‘lucky’ – but because I have learnt throughout the years to simply be grateful for all the little blessings that Allah has bestowed upon me and really learn to appreciate each one of them. And then when you want something in life, have full faith that He will grant it for you.

Paulo Coelho mentioned in The Alchemist; “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” As a Muslim, if you have good intentions, I have always believed so.

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Qur’an 2:186

So my dear friend, take a step back in life, and start to view things from another perspective. You might just be able to hold the Eiffel Tower with your index finger and thumb 😉

Life is Awesome!

 

 

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The World is a Book…..

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Conqueror. Low’s Peak. Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. January. 2013.

And those who do not
TRAVEL
read only a page.

Life is Awesome!

Life’s Little Pleasure.

Dosai and Chappati.  Got to love Indian spread for breakfast. Norris Road. Singapore. 2011.

As we grow older, we come to realise that we start to let go some dream of ours.

It is not that we have given up on life.

But because we found a greater purpose to it.

Life is Awesome!

Ain’t No Mountain High.

Breakfast in the clouds. Mount Stong, Dabong, Kelantan, Malaysia. 2012.

Mountain climbing teaches one to truly appreciate the meaning of life. Its purpose is not to conquer the mountain itself, but it’s about conquering the self.

Also, one of the many invaluable lessons that I learnt from mountain climbing is on making the most of the landscape around you. Naturally for many, the main objective of mountain climbing is to reach the top, and I must say, that the experience when you reach the summit is oh, so, awesome! What was once only a dream, a distant vision, is now part of your life. However, as you climb, the view changes, and there is nothing wrong with stopping and then to enjoy the vista.

With each metre you climb, you can see a little further. So take time to discover things you have never noticed before!  Feel the breeze! Listen to the rustling leaves! Smell the morning dew! Recite Surah Ar-Rahman and ask yourselves, “Which is it, of the favours of  your Lord, do you deny?”

I am terribly itching to climb another mountain. Somehow, I wished this passion was ignited earlier or that I have more means to go round the world to mountain trek often. Nevertheless, Mount Tahan next, anyone?

Life is Awesome!

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They say a picture paint a thousand words. 😀

One day, I’d like to visit Iran. A very much misunderstood country yet filled with so much hidden beauty.

Life is Awesome!

Geometry & Silence

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The Importance of Innocence.

Morning Glories. Dabong, Kelantan, Malaysia. 2012.

About a month back, I picked up a piece of paper on the floor, and it turned out to be the payslip of a janitor. I got a shock when I came to learn that for the 14-hours of shift-work daily, they barely earned as much as I do when I was a 1st-Year student! Yet, not once have I heard any of them complaining. MasyaAllah.

Then, on the television, I would see tunnels and bridges being inaugurated. Usually, a lot of celebrities and local politicians stand in a line, in the centre of which is the minister or a local governor. Then a ribbon is cut, and when people in charge of the project return to their desks, they would find lots of letters expressing recognition and admiration.

The very people who sweated and worked on the project, who wielded pickaxes and spades, who laboured all through the summer heat or endured the winter cold in order to finish the job, are never seen. Those who did not work by the sweat of their brow always seem to come off best.

I want to be capable of seeing the unseen faces, of seeing those who do not seek fame or glory. Those who silently fulfill the role life has given them.

I want to be able to do this because the most important things, those that shape our existence, are precisely the ones that never showed their faces. Subhanallah!

InsyaAllah, I shall embark on a personal mini-project for the janitors at my workplace. There is just this soft spot in me when I look at these odd-job labourers. They would remind me of my own parents due to the age-group that most of them are from.

Now allow me to share a poem by the late Mitsuo Aida. It reminded me the importance of innocence.

Because it has lived its life intensely
the parched grass still attracts the gaze of passers-by.
The flowers merely flower,
and they do this as well as they can.
The white lily, blooming unseen in the valley,
Does not need to explain itself to anyone;
It lives merely for beauty.
Men, however, cannot accept that ‘merely’.

If tomatoes wanted to be melons,
they would look completely ridiculous.
I am always amazed
that so many people are concerned
with wanting to be what they are not;
what’s the point of making yourself look ridiculous?

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong,
there’s no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,
you shouldn’t be too concerned about what other people are thinking,
cry if you need to,
it’s good to cry out all your tears
(because only then will you be able to smile again).

Life is Awesome!

Salaam Ya’ll!

Wow!

What was that? A 9-months long sabbatical. If I was pregnant, a child would have been born. But of course I wasn’t. 😀

A lot happened in the past 9-months and as melodramatic as it sounds, it was a formidable one. Fine, that’s an exaggeration. Basically I was totally caught up with work and schoolwork – and more work. Shifting into 3 different departments in the past 9-months and the never ending assignments made me forgo my passion in writing. Both online AND offline.

But, Alhamdulillah, He still gave me the strength and opportunity to pursue my other passion – Nature.

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.” An-Nur:35.
Gua Gelap, Dabong, Kelantan, Malaysia. 2012.

I have  managed to make mountain climbing/nature expeditions a yearly affair for myself. Syukrulillah. I just love the mountains, don’t you?

I gave my Salam to the mountain
And I drank from the mountain stream
And I walked upon its surface
And it all felt like a dream
And this mountain it is a Muslim
And I feel like he’s my friend
And as I climbed on to his peak
I wished it would never end

CHORUS:
Allahu Allahu Allahu
La Ilaha Ella Allah
We should be like the mountain
It never complains
We should be like the mountain
It praises God and never complains
We should be like the mountain
Like the mountain

I gave my Salam to the mountain
And I strive through the wind and the snow
And something caught my eye up in the sky
And I wished it would never let go
Cause this mountain it is a Muslim
And I feel like he’s my friend
And as I climbed on to his peak
I wished it would never end

Subhanaka Ya Allah
Glory be to You oh Allah

On this mountain I feel complete
And while I’m here to this mountain I will speak

Subhanaka Ya Allah
Glory be to You oh Allah

And thank God for this wonderful day
And I know the mountain feels the same way

Subhanaka Ya Allah
Glory be to You oh Allah

CHORUS

We should be like the mountain
An awe-inspiring Muslim
As it is
We should be like the mountain
Like the mountain

La Ilaha Ella Allah
There’s no God but Allah
Allahu Allah

So much lesson to learn from the mountains. From nature. Reminding me whenever I forget that…..

Life is Awesome!

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