Good bye

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Hilmi being gone. But I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.But still the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.” The Shawshank Redemption, 1994.

Good bye my friend. Hope I will see you again on the other side. Anywhere I live, the door will always be open for you to come and visit.

Hafzan Lazim.

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Peace Be Upon Him

Let’s multiply our deed, prayer and salawat to Our beloved Prophet, Muhammad Sallallahi Alaihi Wasallam (S.A.W.). We are nothing without his effort in the past, with the help of Allah. We are nothing without the road that he shows, which is straight, bright and safe. The best path available..

Salawat Nariyah or Tafrijiyah.. Subhanallah, how beauty the words are being carefully chosen. Better if we can make it as a routine.

O Allah! Bestow complete blessings and perfect peace on Sayyidina Muhammad and for his sake may all our difficulties be removed, all calamities and agonies prevented; all needs fulfilled; all our cherished desires obtained; and a felicitous end to earthly life attained (with Imaan); and (give us) rain-showering clouds through the generous countenance of the Prophet, and (bestow blessings and peace as well) on his family and companions in every moment and every breath, as many times as is in Your Knowledge (that is unlimited blessings).

test n interview

Yesterday,maybe I was not lucky enough to break the family tradition-which was  not passing the driving test in the first trial. Probably my nervousness destroyed my quest to pass it the first time made me drive recklessly and eventually the JPJ officer tell me that I didn’t pass the test.

In the evening, Abah, Ma and I departed to Kuala Lumpur because I’m in a bad mood they got an appoinment with the US embassy.hahaha….

Back to the agenda,Ma and abah did really well in the interview today.They even speak really good english and seemed really happy about it.We arrived at the embassy really early in the morning(about 7.30am) thank  to abg Mazwan’s help.

p/s :I don’t really know how to finish this post(this is officially my second post after all the encouragement. ha3..)Anyway, Happy Birthday to MAMA although she end up buying me some shirts instead of me buying her some present.

The Gelanggang

Last Chinese New Year holiday, I had a chance to visit my master’s weekly class at his home. There are many new faces that I could not recognise, perhaps they rarely go to the gelanggang or maybe I am the one who should be blamed because I have never shown my face there. Some of the faces I barely recognise. A few others I know because they are my teachers as they have learned silat long before me.

Ayah Su (Cikgu Nasir) in green Baju Melayu is watching his apprentices.

Despite all that, one thing that I am pretty sure about them, based on my short observation during the training session. They are all really good. At least better than me. I am happy for them because they are the chosen ones who are given the permission to explore their forgotten inheritance on their own will.

May God grant us with the strength of istiqamah at all the times. huhuhu

Bundle

I went to a few bundles (second hand store) for window shopping when I was in Kelantan a few days back. There seems to be an advancement to the bundle industry in Kelantan. If those days the items sold are focused on the clothing, but now there are also books available for sale in one of the bundle that I have visited. That is a positive movement towards flourishing reading habit among the citizens.

In the shop, which is if I am not mistaken located in Tanjung Mas, the seller tries to promote the books by putting a poster written “Bangsa Membaca Bangsa Berjaya” below the bookshelves. The interesting part was that the values of the books are judged based on their weight- RM12 per kilogram. huhuhu

I bought a comic book entitled ‘The 4th Garfield Treasury’ just to see how the payment process is done. The seller put the book on the digital weighing machine. And the book is worth RM4. huhuhu.. The book is also available at Amazon.com (here).

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On a page of the book

Don’t you agree with what Garfield says? huhu

One Piece

Filling up some forms and running through some ducuments surely can make you feel uneasy. This is due to the ridgit procedures that need to be followed.

While looking for a few documents which are located all over the places, this is what I found.

WANTED!!

How tremendous has everyone grown up and all are still in one piece.. Thank you Allah..

Twin II

Alhamdulillah. Kak Yah has delivered a twin baby 15th February 2010. That is a rare case in my family. My aunts (Kak Yah’s mother), are twin but they are already adults when we were born. These ones are just babies. In addition, they are identical twin. I couldn’t wait to see how they grow up. Wearing the same clothes, having the same hairstyle, be  in the same schools and etc. Surely they will make people confused all the times, same like what Weasley twins did in the Harry Potter’s. huhuhu

Kakak and adik. Which one is kakak and which one is adik? huhuhu

Pray for the daughters’ health. Insyaallah the twins will make their family’s heart at peace same like what they do now. By just watching the calm faces sleep, they are already able to comfort everyone around. huhuhu..

Checkmate

It was just actually a coincidence that I involved in the school chess team. One day, I was asked by a few students when is the selection for the school representative for the chess would be held? All of the students who are interested to join the tournament had already gathered. As I shared the working space with the teacher in charge, who is teaching in the afternoon session, the students came and asked me about the game. Therefore, after asking a few teachers,  I was asked to take control of the students first before the real teacher came. Since that day, I have become unofficial trainer for the students of course with the help of another teacher, who is more expert in the field.  The teacher who I share the workplace with becomes the manager of the team.

It is quite irony to see the situation where the trainer is less capable compared to the trainees. That was what happen in the school. I was not able to impart knowledge and skills to the students because I have nothing to share. What  I  need to do is to create the condition and space for students to learn, practise and master the skills required in order to be champions. Besides that, the students are already selected among the best player available in the school. They have already played chess at home and their family background has already has the big Chess chromosome in their cell. So, the polishing skills bit was not that difficult to cover.

At the end, we are able to get something out of our hard work. Congratulation to all. There is nothing taste better than our own effort.

From the experience helping the team, I have learned that not only in martial art one needs to provide bait to gain something great. It also applies in chess as well as in other field, I guess. Getting something typical might be easy, but when you meet someone greater than you or at least at your par, you need to put baits. Bigger bait for bigger catch. The bigger the risk, the greater win that you can get.

Apart from that, books should not be judged by their covers. Although they are just simple and unattractive, the content might make your nose bleeding. The same incidence happen to me when I misjudge my opponent’s strength when I fought one of my students, who are in my point of view the easiest person that I can defeat. He has checkmated me within five minutes. Starting that day, I have promised not to play with them ever again. However, because of my curiosity, I have fought them again.

Last but not least, we should not forget our ultimate aim in playing the game. Our only purpose is to checkmate the opposition. Therefore, do not easily distracted to get the bishop, castle or even the queen. If we are conscious that by eating other than the King is part of the plan to make our enemy get checkmated, go ahead. The same goes to what happen in the real life. Always remember that our ultimate goal in life. Everything that is done should always be on the track. Or we are in dead end- same like other living things; checkmate.

Number

Teaching is not my thing unlike others. But at least I can teach this kids how to count in kelantanese language. To teach language that I mastered is heaven. It is wierd because there is some part in the world far away from Kelantan where people recognise Kelantan’s language as a medium to communicate.

This boy name is Aman. He was born here. He understand well enough if you ask or tell him anything in kelantan’s language. But he cannot speak it. He didn’t understand at all when you speak Kamus Dewan Malay. The funny part is when he use kelatedeustch (German version of manglish). Sentences like “Ich moechte nasik” which mean I want to eat rise. “Air katuk spielen” which mean I want to play water in bath tab, make you feel like somebody is poking your heart.

I taught him to count during last weekend. I promise him 1 Euro if he remember 1 to 10. Yesterday his mother invited me to eat at her house. She did some nasi minyak. While I was eating this boy running to me and started to count. After that he asked me the gift that I promised. Don’t promise to kids or your big brother if you cannot full fill it. They will always remember your words. Her mother said he keep counting every second, day and night. At first he pronounced  limo which mean five as milo. Now he can count 1 to 10 perfectly. I ask him to continue untill 20. He said “I already knew”. I said “go on boy”. He started counting confidently ” so so, so duo, so tiga, so pat, so limo and so on. The cutest thing of the year?

By the way, do your hate it when you hear your own voice? I do. hahahahhah

Hafzan Lazim.

thousand miles away

I just realized that I havent used my webcam since freshman or sophomore year. but people, 92 days to graduation insyaAllah and after that, webcam will mean nothing!

aman with abeje in luebeck and i’m here kinda stuck haha in nashville, thousand miles physically apart. but heh technology never fail to amaze people right?

Twin

Earlier this week, we have received a happy news. One of the teachers in my school has safely given birth to twin babies. However, sad to hear that today both of her babies have passed away. The mother has endured a lot but the gift that God has given her is priceless. Insyallah both of her babies will claim her as one of the persons that they will  bring along to the desired place. Hopefully she is given the strength to pull off herself.

Al-Fatihah..

Death comes when the time comes. Are we ready for that?

Rush Hour

Time runs really fast. In a split second, we have already been in different spectrum. The question is that whether we have improved for the better or vise versa. Thinking about it makes me worry. I did this and that, went here and there. But am I thinking about the choices and decisions that I make in my supreme Master’s point of view? This will of course affect the relationship that I have with Him.

Being static at one place is better than moving backward. Moving forward is always the desired one. However,  that is not always true. Maybe being at the back make us see things at the front clearly. It depends on how we perceive it. All of the places that we stay are part of learning, as long as we make effort to learn something out of it. But one thing is sure. The clock is still ticking. And time is moving. Fast.

  1. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
  2. Verily Man is in loss,
  3. Except those who Believe (have Faith), and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.
    (Al-Asr 1-3)

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“Uncle, it is 4.00 o’clock now”, said Hail The 1st  to me while looking at a water meter.

A few minutes later, while we were in his Tok Bah’s car, the boy showed a compass that he found in the car. “Uncle it’s already 9.30”, and the sun was still straight about 90′ on the head outside of the car.

Even a 4 years old children knows that the time runs extremely fast. huhuhu

Two bangles

I have just got two bangles this week.

One is given by my student. I asked her why me? My birthday is waaaay in the future. (Even so, I rarely celebrate my birthday. That is my secret of being young; celebrate birthday once in blue moon. huuu.) She told me that the bangle is not only for me, but also to other teachers. Her mother asks her to give them to her teachers. Thus,  I gladly accepted the small gift. huhuhu.. Perhaps her mother is a bangle wholesaler. Huu

Later, I went for my PSV lesson. We made bangles by using plastic tube and pieces of batik, cooking oil, and a lighter.

  1. Firstly, cut the plastic tube into a few inches length depending on the student’s hand size.
  2. Then, cut the batik into about 2×2 inches pieces.
  3. Roll the batik pieces.
  4. Dip the rolled batik into hot cooking oil to make the batik pieces look shiny.
  5. Then insert the batik into the plastic tube. You may want to use ‘satay’ stick to push the batik into the tube.
  6. Do the same procedure until the whole plastic tube is almost full. Just leave about half inch of both ends empty.
  7. After that, attach both ends of the tube by inserting  one into another. Press one end to make it smaller. Then only the end tubes can be attached.
  8. Lastly, Burn the attached links a bit to make sure that both ends stick together.

I must be thankful to a friend of mine who has introduced the product to me. My students have already asked my favor to buy the tube for them. Perhaps they want to make it commercial. The tube can easily be found in a hardware shop. It is sold for just 50 cents per meter.. A class which have 30 students will need about 6 meters tube. Happy experimenting.. huuu.

A little Bai’ah

I had a small chat with one of my year three students about his misbehavior in the classroom. He used to tease his friends physically and verbally. Using the theories that I have learned during my schooling days, I told him to rasionalise his actions. At last, he admits his wrong doing.

I asked him to promise that he will be a better person in the future and not to be naughty again. He happily says “Ok Mr Faiz”. He than confidently pointed his little finger to me. My brain worked fast to d igest the sign that the boy gave. Oh, that I remembered that tricky move. It is a sign of making an oath or promise to yourself and your partner. I than point my little finger to him. We shake (entwine) our little finger to make the promise. The contract was at that moment on. The boy left me while I was still smiling (my heart was laughing loudly for quite some time).

the little bai’ah

I used to do the same thing when I was a child like him. It was such a long time since I last used that kind of sign. If lawyers use proper contract that needs to be signed, some uses handshake, some take picture and video, but we just shake our little finger or also called as pinky swear. Perhaps the trust that we have are stronger than any other means. Or maybe tomorrow I need to remind again the student about promise that we have made before.

What I am really sure is that the boy has made my day. I am smiling giggling alone when I remember the little bai’ah that I have with him. huhuhu

A bit of interesting info about the little finger.. (here and here).

Gestures

In the USA a pinky swear

Pinky swear
To pinky swear is when two people entwine their pinky fingers to signify that a promise has been made. It is often seen in anime, where it is called a ….

or pinky promise is made when a person wraps one of their pinky fingers around the other person’s pinky and makes a promise. Traditionally, it’s considered binding, and the idea was originally that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger. In a similar vein, among members of the Japanese

Japan
is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People’s Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south…

yakuza

Yakuza
, also known as and violence groups, are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan.-Etymology:The term Yakuza comes from a Japanese game, Oicho-Kabu . The worst hand in the game is a set of eight, nine and three…

(gangsters), the penalty for various offenses is removal of parts of the little finger (known as yubitsume

Yubitsume
is a Japanese ritual to atone for offenses to another, a way to be punished or to show sincere apology to another, by means of amputating portions of one’s own little finger…

).

In Japan

Japan
is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People’s Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south…

, holding up a little finger while speaking of two people signifies that they are in a relationship. This little finger substitution is considered vulgar and old-fashioned, however, in some anime

Anime
is animation originating in Japan. The world outside Japan regards anime as “Japanese animation”. Anime originated about 1917.Anime, like manga , has a large audience in Japan and high recognition throughout the world…

scenes is intentionally used to enhance its silliness

In India

India
India, officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal…

, holding up the little finger is a signal that the person has to urinate. Also, when used by young children and accompanied by the word “Katti” (pronounced kuh-tee), it signifies the breaking of a friendship. It’s used very casually. Reconciliation is achieved by holding up the index and middle finger in a ‘V’ gesture and saying “Batti” (pronounced Buh-tee).

Similarly, in Indonesia

Indonesia
The Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands. With an estimated population of around 237 million people, it is the world’s fourth most populous country, with the world’s largest population of Muslims.Indonesia is a republic, with an…

, when a man points his little finger downward it is a signal that he needs to urinate.

In Turkey

Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe…

and in Colombia

Colombia
Colombia , officially the Republic of Colombia , is a constitutional republic in northwestern South America. Colombia is bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the northwest by Panama; and to the west by the Pacific Ocean…

, it’s tradition to link little fingers when two people are making a bet.

In Judaism

Judaism
Judaism is a set of beliefs and practices originating in the Hebrew Bible , as later further explored and explained in the Talmud and other texts…

, it is customary to extend one’s arm and little finger to the Torah

Torah
The term “Torah” , refers either to the Five Books of Moses or to the entirety of Judaism’s founding legal and ethical religious texts…

as it is lifted following its reading in the Synagogue

Synagogue
A synagogue is a Jewish house of prayer….

, although there is no source for this practice in Judaic literature.

In Israel

Israel
Israel officially the State of Israel , is a developed state in Western Asia located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its…

, if one hands out his or her hand to another, with only the little finger lifted, it is a sign of reconciliation (called a “Sholem,” usually used by younger children).

In Russia

Russia
Russia , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia . It is a semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects…

, when two people are French-kissing

French Kiss
French Kiss is a 1995 American romantic comedy set primarily in France.- Plot :Kate is a fastidious young woman who thinks she knows exactly what her future will be. She plans to marry a Toronto doctor named Charlie and live happily ever after as soon as he comes back from a business trip to Paris…

, it is customary to often link little fingers together.

Chapman University

Chapman University
Chapman University is a private, nonprofit university located in the city of Orange in Orange County, California, USA.- History and background :…

students hold up one pinky as a sign of professionalism.

In traditional Sinhalese weddings the little fingers of the bride and the groom are bound by a thread, especially a golden thread, to symbolize the strong bond of a long lasting integrity and faith.

Rings

The Iron Ring

Iron Ring
The Iron Ring is a ring worn by many Canadian engineers. Obtaining the ring is an optional endeavour – the ring is not a prerequisite for practicing professional engineering in Canada….

is a symbolic ring worn by most Canadian

Canada
Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean…

engineers

Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art and profession of acquiring and applying technical, scientific and mathematical knowledge to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that safely realize a desired objective or inventions.The American Engineers’ Council…

. The Ring is a symbol of both pride and humility for the engineering profession, and is always worn on the little finger of the dominant hand.

In the United States

United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district…

the Engineer’s Ring

Engineer’s Ring
The Engineer’s Ring is a ring worn by members of the Order of the Engineer. The ring is a plain stainless steel band worn on the little finger of the working hand. It is similar in purpose to the Iron Ring given in The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in Canada.Engineers receive the ring…

is a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand by engineers that belong to the Order of the Engineerand have accepted the Obligation of an Engineer.

Signet rings are often worn on the little finger.

Fingernails

In the Balkans

Balkans
The Balkans is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe…

, a solitary long fingernail on the pinky finger of a man signifies that he is single.

The nail on this finger is also sometimes grown by recreational drug users to scoop powders for insufflation

Insufflation (medicine)
Insufflation is the practice of inhaling substances into a body cavity. Insufflation has limited medical use, but is a common route of administration with many respiratory drugs used to treat conditions in the lungs and paranasal sinus .The technique is common for many recreational drugs and is…

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