Tuesday, March 20, 2007

War on Week-end Games 2007

Sorry about the title of this entry, I couldn't think of something more creative. Nah, there was no war in Warwick recently although Maikel was spotted losing his cool after a striker from the opposition team dived to earn the decisive penalty as if he was been shot! Plus, how Lopes was furious with the referee (Mr Shake or was it Shakir but I believe he was white) who seemed bias towards the KMYS Alumni Football Team.

No, Maikel was not in the Alumni team. Betray! (Did anyone spotted how I mispelt Alumni as 'Almunia' in the previous entry?). Anyway, as requested, I'll do the best possible to blog about last Sunday's Warwick Games.

Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Alumni team for making my debut for the Malaysian Games something to talk about. Find it awkward initially as together with Fit, we were the few 'veterans' who played for the football team after Mozac (although 2 years younger) went AWOL that morning.

I had to stay over in Fit's place the night before so that I wouldn't miss the 6.00 a.m bus to Coventry. I called Azlan Helmy and his wife to make sure they were awake. Well, you know how married people's biological clock differs from us bachelors'. Oh wait, maybe it's just Lan. I remember how it was a challenge for him to wake up even if the handphone alarm sets out just 2 centimeters away from his gegendang telinga (ear drums) back then in KMYS.

Luckily, they were already waiting for the bus to the station when I called. Then we met up in the station. I handed Shu the printed bus ticket for 4 adults since she was walking ahead of us. I didn't want to gamble on leaving my bag in the luggage area because it contained valuables like my dirty underwear, for instance. Then, we saw more Malaysians boarding the bus, and Aida was one of them. Surely it must be the KMYS netball team. I was kinda tired so I chose to sleep while waiting for the 2 hour journey to end. Half asleep, I spotted a piece of paper under Shu's seat. I ignored it since I thought somebody must have thrown that rubbish away.

Grand! The second time I glanced at that piece of paper and my mind was telling me to pick it up although I dont see myself as makcik cleaner. I was a bit dazed at that time but slowly I managed to grab on that 'worthless' piece of paper and suddenly I had a gush of anxiety through my medula oblongata! It's our ticket! And without it, we surely couldn't go back to London! Grand!

Teasingly I asked Shu about the whereabout of our ticket. She thought she gave it to her husband but I couldn't hold my laughter anymore. I confessed that she must have misplaced it somewhere and luckily my gut feeling told me to pick it up from under her seat. Nasib baik... otherwise, we will end up lepakking in Bristol instead while the couple had to pay an overpriced ticket back home because Lan had his flight the next day. Fine for Fit who had reached academic independence but I still have two weeks to run.

Anxious Jeg

We had to take the taxi upon reaching the coventry's bus station. The Warwick organisers should have told us there were no bus from the station to the university until only at 10.00 a.m. Grand! How could they ignore this crucial information, misleading us who are economists and actuaries? Of course every penny counts. Fortunately, Lopes/Basyar suggested we take the taxi and would be exempted from paying 3 pounds compulsory fee. Talk about saved by the bell. This is a good start, a quite impressive decision from the KMYS Alumni team!

On the way to the Coventry University fields, we were talking about the supossed immigrant taxi driver's nationality. Fit suggested he was probably Indian. Lan had another idea. Not wanting the driver knew that we were talking about him, Lan spelt his nationality in Jawi (Arabic) instead:

Lan: Pa-wau-lam-nun-dal (gaya budak sekolah agama)
Fit: Pu.... wait2 I can do this!!
Jeg: Bu...?? (Burundi? Burkina Faso?? - cakap dalam hati takut salah)
Lan: Pa-wau-lam-alif-nun-dal..
Fit: Pu.... ooo okok.. paham dah
Jeg: (what the hell? Buat2 paham je lah...)
Shu: Patut ah diorg tak paham.. bahasa jawi manaleh eja "PO".. patutnya Pa-alif-wau bunyi "PO"
Lan: Hahaha! Lagi ah salah!! Itu apa.. Pau??? Haha!
Fit: Hahaha.

At this point, aku still blur... but minutes after that, barulah aku tau apa yang diorg dok eja... Poland rupanya... Grand! Mentang-mentang aku sekolah KYS (Kapir Yahudi School).

Minutes and 10.20 pounds later, we reached the playing fields. Not many had turn up at that time. I felt a bit anxious since it would be my first time playing padang besar since the stadium merdeka against PNB staff. That was like almost a year ago. Ah, what the hell. I just wanted to have fun. And fun I had.

Part 2

We met the rest of the team inside a canteen and I had a mouthful of banana before the game. There were Lopes, Basyar, Lomon, Awi, Aen, Ajak, Iedil, Shahbi, Chibli and Amir PC representing the KYUEM Alumni Team, notably as KYUEM Nasties. Hrmm dodgy name. Here's the team photograph:

We didn't get our touch in the first game but we gradually improved after each game en route to the semis. We surrendered one unlucky goal to Warwick when Ajak's clearance was defelected into our own net. But the lanky Michael Ballack lookalike bounced back with a thunderous header for our first goal of the tournament. I didn't play that well with a miscued long pass to the evergreen Azlan Helmy and tumbling all over the field. Well, I havent played that much of football since arriving here but Jeg, that's not an excuse. You think we all play frequent football nowadays?

The most memorable event was when had to settle for a penalty shootout when Ajak's top notched header cancelled out Kicker's penalty kick. It was a harsh decision by Mr Shake-a-lot that sonnuva gun referee after the opposition striker was adjudged to be pushed by one of our impressive defenders.

Shahbi, Amir PC and Fit were our first 3 penalty takers followed by Lan. Amir PC with a strike but he missed it! I dont quite remember the sequence of the shoot-out but Shahbi cooly slotted in the ball while our captain Fit who was caught on camera (see below) endangering the life of a tree with his body fluid rattled the post, almost too perfectly putting the ball at the top corner of the net. Then we all thought it was all over when suddenly the opposition team blasted the ball over almost reaching the orbit. Ajak later converted the penalty putting it in on the left side of the goal. He's got a nerve of steel.

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The Captain, provoking environmentalists

Then it's Lan's turn... Please Lan, please do not repeat missing the penalty like last time. (macam ah aku ada time Chot, Haniz, Lan etc missed penalty dulu2). It was a weak shot by him which is quite understandable for a married man but we sounded an enormous sigh of relief when luckily, the ball fumbled off the keeper's touch, hitting the post and got in! Woo hooo!! A glimmer of hope!

Then it's their turn, their final kick. Like a fairty tale movie, he blasted it over the bar in similar fashion as his teammate. So someone has got to take the decisive penalty. Lopes was so up for it with the support of the rest of the team. I couldn't take any kicks since I didn't start in the game. Now Lopes with the penalty kick... confidently he scored driving the ball home with power! We are in the semi-finals!!!

Against Scotland, comprising of Fairus Nasir and Hazem (both former KYSian), I started the game but showed only a shadow of my KMYS-Sapphire-performance-self years ago. Yeah I had the best of football at that time but not anymore. I keep wondering why I wanted to play padang besar nowadays. I voluntarily substituted in half time but only 1 minute into the second half, the Scots scored a wonderful individual goal. I couldn't see who was that guy with explosive pace probably it was Hazem Eslah. Finally, we were beaten 1-0 with that goal. We ended our campaign with our heads high and this is one tournament to talk about by KYUEM members for many years.

Meanwhile, 7 Kings was knocked out by Notthingham in the semis but they didn't want to play in the 3rd/4th placing. I remember watching 7 Kings played earlier and I must say, that number 13 guy took things a bit too seriously having a swipe at his own keeper. I told you this kinda things will happen. Maybe because they took it too seriously and didn't get to the final. Hyuk yuk!

Speaking of 7 Kings, 'whats-wrong-with-that-guy' guy pulled out his hand to shake mine in the spirit of the game but I refused. He ended up poking my belly instead! Grand. Berdendam juger Jerui ni. "Aku tak dendam... tapi aku ingat..." Hahaha!

Other things that happened in Warwick Games... of course the invaluable experience lepakking with Jonet, Dug, Shu, Sab and other KMYS friends. We had mee goreng and popiah for lunch while enjoying the netball game. I managed to understand the game and as usual, Sab's Nottingham Team bolot lagi. Oh didn't I tell you that we were checking on this one particular lady from the netball team?

Control yourself Jeg.

While waiting for our bus back home we killed time by borak-borak in the canteen. Fit was busy menggayut and one by one jokes and other discussions were blurted out. From Asarura's classic Physics class joke to how actuaries and QS working together. I happened to bring out the spelling of the word Poland case as we had earlier and argued it shouldn't be spelt as "Pa-Wau-Lam-Alif-Nun-Dal."

Jeg: Would that not sound as "Pulanad"? Bukan eja betul Pa-Wau-Lam-Nun-Dal ke? (as usual, Jeg nak betul gak)

Hahah! It's true what. It's Pulanad! And what the hell is Pulanad? Grand! Lan explained that it should be spelt that way because that would sound better for Poland.

Jeg: What, you mean.... Polan? (rhymes with 'si-polan'). Hahaha! Betul lah tu eja Pa-Wau-Lam-Nun-Dal baru bunyik Polend.

Note: I'm sorry if anyone didn't get the joke. Probably you are having trouble with Jawi as well.

We headed home and I had Nasik Lemak for dinner. It was so-so.

Anyway. I might not be blogging for a long time after this because I realise I have to take things more seriously. Ya I know, like the Seven Kings team. But this is about career. Which is obviously important. I will try my best to stay away from procrastinating.

Before I end, thanks for supporting my blog, till we meet again after 4th May?

Retired tired striker,

Ruud van Nisjerooy

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Hello Hippo Pizza?

Last night I was crowned as Poker King after an all-in move against poker arch-rival Samsiah... I mean Samsul. He and Fit were celebrating their last day of school in LSE although they still have dissertations to complete. It was a very hungry poker night after my suggestion of ordering Hippo Pizzas at 11.30 was shunned like the Mat Cemerlang project. Grand! At 1.20a.m Fit and Za'ba were trying vainly to call the famous Willesden Halal Pizza outlet.

I watched the movie '300' after downloading it in about 6 hours and I think it was pretty cool. It was an epic tale about 300 Spartan Army who went against mighty Persians but I thought they were gonna win the war. 300 reminds me of Kratos from the God of War PS2 game. Felt terrible downloading free torrents but who cares, they are making millions out of the movie although after watching the making of God of War moved me a wee bit not to support pirated products. Their effort was amazing!

Was shocked to hear a rumour about the killing of Altantunya Shaaribu. Although I had to rule out that story as senseless and politically motivated, I can understand why this sort of story came out since the supossed mastermind behind the killing is seen as a very powerful woman. But I had to pass. Complete, utterly fictional. But I am really sorry for her family. How can one so beautiful lady was brutally murdered with an explosive device planted on her dead body, each on the head, abdomen and the legs?

So much for 'no to capital punishment' eh? This is what happened when you are being lenient.

Will be going to play for the KMYS Almunia in Warwick Games tomorrow morning. Expecting some bloody combat among spirited Malaysians. Come on guys, it's just Warwick Games. Not some world cup do or die event or something. Lets get on with it!

I, surely will just wanna haf fun on and off the pitch. Although Sang Pipit Merah wudnt be around, I heard Sarah Tancredi is coming to town? ... probably only gorillas from maikakis would be cheering for us! Wait, will there be enough players for the team?

"Kalah takpa.. jangan sayur dah..."

Anyway, hope you guys have a great weekend.

King Kong

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Starting salary?

I and Priscilla were trying to look at the bright side of our lives overwhelmed with courseworks when we were chatting on yahoo messenger. Our discussion was about our starting pay when/if we go back to Malaysia this year.

I suggested the industry salary should be around 2300 + 300 + 8*150 = RM3800 minimum, provided we got all 8 exemptions from the CT courses with extra RM300 by completing the MSc. However, I reckon it could be higher if ING, Manulife, Prudential, MCIS Zurich were to employ us, which is not the case for PNB-bonded me. It could go up to 2500 + 500 + 8*200 = RM4600 plus 4 to 13-month bonuses per year, offered by those multinational companies. However, these figures are simply my assumptions based on the current market. I might be wrong altogether though!

RM4600 per month sounds great. With night lecturing in UiTM would earn me another extra RM1000 per month minimum. The current trust fund should yield another RM1900 which accumulates to the total figure of RM7500 per month. This however, may be exagerrated.

I reminded Priscilla that the first few years of our career is about career development. Thus, getting employed by a company which supports actuarial education should be the priority instead of the money. However, she briefed me that she needs a good starting pay to cover for the 'loss' after spending 'some' money studying here at Cass.

Well, not many people are lucky enough to get scholarships to study in the UK.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Kawanster blog archive: 2004-9-21 @ 10:58 "i've said it many times..."

never in my life that i've promoted racism but when one day, a
christian friend of mine asked me why was is it anti-Semitism propaganda in the
Qur-aan?i haf no idea.... i was stunned and couldn't answeruntil last week when
i've got an invaluable info from Ustaz NazirAnd I believe there are not many
muslims realize this...

during a Ramadhan usrah in KMYS i even asked the head of the group why does
Islam consider the Jews cant be trusted? He simply said the Quraan refers to
Sharon and the bad Jewish people, which i found an answer a bit unsatisfactory
although acceptable.

When Moses went for hijrah with his followers, the Pharoah and his soldiers were
killed.. the group of people who followed Moses were the Jews...the Jews, were
slaves during Pharoah's Egyptian empire... they were not allowed to have male
babies; be killed by grounding to death... then came Moses who protected

Then Moses left Egypt with the Jews.. to a place called 'Teh'...
Al-Muqaddosah... which now renamed as Israel-Palestine... and to be precise,
Baitul-Muqaddis...Then the group felt tired... and hungry..one called Moses, "If
you are really a prophet, make your God give us food... from the sky!"With his
Mu'jizah, Moses asked Allah for their food and shelter and then came down the
food right from the sky. They ate the food with much enthusiasm... they were so
very hungry.

However, when Moses called them to devote themselves to Islam... to Allah.. they were stubborn... they were blinded by the free flowing food... and Moses called
them again to go for da'watul Islamiah (preach for Allah) at a rocky mountain filled with people... again they said no..but Moses kept on going to the hills, as told by God... followed by a loyal group of followers. When they returned weeks later, they found the ignorants and infidels dead... All of them... they were killed by a
disaster/disease sent by God Himself... the land of Teh was toppled upside down into the ground and the deadbodies were seen beneath the earth...

According to Quraan, those people killed are called Yahuods or Jews... and whatever that is stated in the Quraan is actually referring to the ignorants during Moses
days, NOT referring to the nowadays Jews. Jews nowadays are actually came from the family of the Jews who followed Moses to the hills... who were loyal, religious
Muslims during Moses days... since the other group of Jews were all
perished. However when Jesus (Isaa ibnu Maryam) came to save the world, the Jews ignored him and only accepted Moses' teachings (Judaism).

Then came Muhammad... again the Jews ignored the prophet ... they were so into Moses (ta'suub) that they couldn't see themselves having another prophet after
him. During the war between Christians and Muslims (i dunno what they call it in English but Im referring to Perang Salib), the Jews were slaughtered like chickens...
that is a fact... who came to rescue them? The Muslims.. we were the stronger side
to help protect the Jews... But somehow everything contradicts nowadays.

So why can't we live happily with the Jews again? We are borthers. We believe in Moses the prophet. The war in Israel-Palestine must be stopped no matter what... I must admit I have no favour with Bush a.k.a the biggest terrorist.. and even Sharon one day has said he wanted peace to the dismay of his cabinet... The US might have their hidden propaganda

Not ALL Jews are bad people... pls bear in mind that.. somehow i sense that most Muslims hate ALL Jews that much but actually not ALL of them need to be fought against...Of course there are some who tried to wipe Islam off the world. But come on we are not racists... we are the people who received the easiest the most valuable knowledge that is the Quraan.

Do u know dat even a group of Israelis protested against the war and the Sharon's admin... some didnt know dat! They assume all Jews are bad people.Come on.. we must live in peace... for world peace we must stop all wars.. criminalise wars. we must cure the central of the problem... terrorists bred because of this core of problem.

A point to ponder : why are so many groups of people find US so annoying? The economic oppression? The beaky nosy government? hmm dat's all... but if u guys have any idea or whatsoever, or want to correct me if i'm wrong.. pls do.. dat way I can open up my horizon to new ideas and i appreciate that.


Adapted from Kawanster blog archive: 2004-9-21 @ 10:58 "i've said it many times..." - written by Jeg van Hooij

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Laser Tag

Went playing laser tag with my classmates somewhere in Archway. Was really fun. Finally I managed to burn some calories in order to be playing quite handsomely in the Warwick Games next week.

Yes, I'm going to the Warwick Games. It will be my first time participating in a Malaysian game. I doubt I will be playing at my best.

My score for the laser tag was not that bad. Ranked 4th in the winning team, pipped by Michael Ramyar (Arnie), Simos Charalambous (Cyproit Cop) and Adrian Kam (Skillful Compatriot).

We won 1716 points to 4. Go Red Team!

Anyway here are some pics taken by Yasmine Toussaint during the laser quest:

Before the game

One for the family

The winning team

Funny encounters:

1.Priscilla hitting me with her gun to prevent me destroying their base.

2.Me trying to speak Malay with an Indonesian classmate named Ratih. Honestly have never spoken to her before. Surprisingly she didn't understand what I said. "Pergi minum ke lepas ni?" I asked. "What??" she answered. (Me: Blushing, then rephrasing my question to a more understandable one "Are we going for a drink?")

3.Actuarial Science students kicking some butts. Aren't we supposed to be nerds?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Atleast I'm protecting my religion (18PA)

I was procrastinating again today. I am supposed to be studying for tomorrow's class test CT5 Contingencies. 'Sepatutly' (Supposedly -- thanks Lan Balok), I shoud've finished Chapter 6 by this time.

However I did put my time to some good use. I checked on the history of Ali bin Abi Talib. And some of the Shi'ah's views on him. I didn't know that there were no sons of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him -- PBUH) that reached adulthood until today. I learned how Muhammad (PBUH) wept at the death of his 11, some said 16-month-old son Ibrahim. (So it's OK to cry on your loved ones' death, but not histerically). I also read how we Muslims were seperated into two, the Shi'ahs and the Sunnis.

Each is accusing each other as apostates. As we can see, the bombings in Iraq has not stopped and the death toll of Muslims is rising day by day. Days ago, some Sunnis were killed for negotiating with Shi'ahs (presumable in a peace talk). Women, children and Christians in church were killed, although Muhammad clearly said it's wrong to commit such things. The Americans' interference doesn't help at all while making things worse.

When will there be peace?

To start with, the battle of Sunnis and Shi'ahs is basically political! Nothing but political! For about a thousand of years, we fight each other because of one political issue. Who should be the Caliph (Khalifah) after Muhammad's death? The Syura system saw Abu Bakar As-Siddiq pipped Ali bin Abi Talib to being his successor. Ali had no qualms about it. Although Shi'ah suggested that Muhammad has urged Ali to be his replacement as a leader (not a prophet) after his death. Ali had no qualms about Abu Bakr being the newly elected leader.

If Ali wasn't angry at all, why should we kill each other?

Only after Ali was elected as the Caliph, that lead to his killing, the muslim community was divided. The murder of Ali's son, Saidina Husayn (Muhammad's grandson) started the whole war between us and only fools will believe we fight because of Islam's sovereignity. This is nothing but POLITICS! And thousands were killed because of politics. I condemn this whole story as an act against the law of Islam. I curse the day we were torn apart until today.

We (the Shi'ahs and Sunnis) are not so different after all. I know there are misleading in some teachings of Shi'ah but we also have it in Sunni. Like 'ajaran Kahar' in Malaysia. Al-maunah. Al-Qaeda. Ayah Pin. These teachings are blasphemous. They used the Quran and treat it literally to kill people, to get recognition. To be famous! We share the same God, Allah. And we both beileve the last prophet was Muhammad. Shi'ah only sees Ali as a Caliph. That's all. Although I heard a myth accusing Shi'ah looking up at Ali as the real prophet, as Djibril made a mistake, this story is disputable, with no valid grounds. The Shi'ah people went to 'pligrimage' somewhere in Iraq to pay a visit to Saidina Ali and Saidina Husayn's tomb. It's 'ziarah', not pilgrimage! But hey, thanks to those Sunni killers at that time The Shi'ah people practise this since. Now you are bombing them for what you've done?

Islam is a religion of peace. What does 'Assalaamualaikum' means? It means, "Let peace be upon you!". No, I don't believe 'Assalamualaikum' only meant for Muslim brothers. Maybe those scholars preaching hatred suggested this long-long time ago. I believe the greet is for all.

Some misconceptions in Islam shoud be eradicate once and for all. A friend of mine thought the terrorists are religious people. "Don't tell me they are not religious people." he said, repeating it a second time. I was stunned when he said that. Quite angry to be honest. I just want to make it clear that Osama bin Laden killed innocent people. His so called 'fatwa' to kill all Americans is crap. He is not even an 'ulama' (the knowledgeable one) to come out with a single fatwa. He is a killer. And we see him as a killer using the teachings of Islam for his personal gain. Just like George Bush using the Bible to declare a 'crusade' against Muslims while he is actually interested with the oil in Iraq.

The killings of civilians are deemed to be 'a sacrifice', as stated by a father of a London suicide bomber two years ago. Who taught you this nonsense? A sacrifice? The victims never volunteered themselves to be killed. And then you used the Quran to justify your acts. Cartoons depicting my prophet Muhammad as a terrorist soon made its appearance in Denmark, then France, later throughout the world via internet. He was never a terrorist. He only directed his followers to go for war to protect the country and Islam. And no, we didn't invaded Mecca. The Quraisy people simply surrendered. We came only to perform pilgrimage. We were in white clothings, unarmed.

Nabi Muhammad proved that we can live together with all the differences. When he moved into Medina, Jews were not killed or discriminated. Hudaibiyah Treaty only rejected the Jews' practice of Riba', because it is discriminating the poor people at that time. Meanwhile, people were free to practice their religions and welcomed to join Islam. We didn't force anyone to convert to Islam. All was done voluntarily.

Salehudin also proved that we can live together in peace during his reign in Jerusalem. And before that, Christians and Muslims lived happily together.

Why can't we live in peace now? Answer: Greed. And selfishness. And the excitement of killing. They go to war not because of protecting their religions. They do it for themselves.

I am so saddened by the never ending bombings in Iraq. Imagine an old Muslim woman walking towards the market, with a basket in her hand. To get some food for her grand daughters. Who lost their parents only yesterday. She was struck by a sharpnel in a blast that claimed a record high 45 lives. What has she done wrong? Nothing! But still she was killed.

"Do not kill the children, the women, and those who are in praying buildings. Do not kill those who surrender. The captives, made them into teachers to educate our children" - adapted, words of Muhammad (PBUH).

But still the terrorists said its OK to kill the civilians. By saying this, you still believe they are religious?

I will pick some expressions from my friends to give examples of misconceptions in Islam. Some even boldly said that they are Kaffirs, jokingly. So we should hate or discriminate them. Some said I shouldn't support Arsenal because the BOD are all Jews. The muslims, Christians and Jews are said to be enemies, some idiots see that way.

This is entirely wrong. We Muslims consider many types of Kaffirs (Non-muslims). Kaffir Zimmi and Kafir Harbi for instance. Zimmi means 'protected people' and it was the once powerful Muslim government's responsiblity to protect them. From my understanding, only kaffir harbi is seen as enemies, because they oppose us militarily or trying to wipe Islam off the world. So, it is wrong to conclude that Muslims should not associate with all non-muslims. And the Jews. Why should we have problems with the Jews? The term Jews in Quraan is referring to the Jews (Yahouds) who went against Islam at that time. It is also referring to the Jews who went against Moses during his time. In fact, we Muslims also believe in Isa (Alaihissalaam) a.k.a. Yehoshua or Jesus as a prophet, who was a Jew. Nabi Musa (Moses) was also a Jew and Muslims also believe in Moses as a prophet. I remember when I was told to hate Jews when I was a kid. Is he telling me to hate the race of Nabi Isa and Nabi Musa? I was only 8 but still I could think better than him.

About me supporting Arsenal, atleast the Club is showing the world that a Jewish company (Arsenal FC) and a Muslim company (Fly Emirates) can work together as a team. Although the performance of the team is a bit sluggish this season, atleast we hold annual friendly matches between Israeli and Palestine school children. Arsenal has proven that they support peace on earth. Not war.

In another matter, Jack Straw caused a stir when he came out with a statement undergrading Muslimah in veils. The question of veils and scarves made compulsory for muslimah (Muslim women) will be discussed here, although quite briefly. A friend thought 'why are the women being punished to wear tudung instead of the men'? Firstly, we don't punish the women. I really think this is just the westerners' propaganda. The muslim women voluntarily wear the hijjab, or scarves to cover their heads. Because we are trying to protect the women from criminals notably rapists for example. But it's the women choice, they are not forced! Or punished.

About the veil, it's not stated in Quraan to cover the face. However, the Arab scholars made a research on the human body in relations with the face, hundred of years ago. This is called Ilmu Mantik. They found out that, there is a direct relation between the nose and the size of a part of a human body for instance. Note that this was conducted many-many years ago. So I see it as a tradition. The thing is, is it wrong to wear a veil? No. It may not be useful when communicating. But in my opinion, the veil is not wajib (compulsory). But if we have no problems with you westerners wearing wonderbras or spaghetti strips or running naked on the streets, why would you want to comment on the Muslim women wearing veils? What happened to your freedom of lifestyle or human rights? We have the right to wear whatever they want, like you suggested.

Being a Muslim and a Malaysian, I know I must protect my religion and my nation. I dare not say this and that which is against the teaching of Quraan and Hadiths. No, I'm not a qualified scholar to talk about Islamic values. Why should I be when I have the Quraan? And Muhammad once said anyone can give an opinion. If the advice is true, although from a criminal, we have to acknowledge it. When will I ever see professionals conducting Khutbah Jumaat, a doctor for instance, talking about the wonders of Quraan in relation to scientific discoveries, to make the khutbah more interesting? (thanks to a friend who gave this brilliant idea). I said why not?

What are you if you are a muslim but concede defeat to the westerners' new ideologies? Which is completely against the teaching of Islam? Where is your dignity? What are you if you ar an MP but took bribes to free some Ah-longs? What are you if you let the US Army control the Strait of Malacca after accepting fortunes and blondies? What are you if you don't protect the country's sovereignity?

Atleast I'm protecting my religion and will always protect the country's sovereignity.

Quote me of this blog if I do the opposite in the future. Quote me a thousand times if you like.

Because it's not gonna happen.


Friday, March 02, 2007

I dunno but....

... this is like the best Ad ever.

And was that not Emmanuel Eboue? (the one in red, Howard Webb would agree with me). The ad was screened when I was only 1 year old somewhere in Cote d'Ivoire (pronounced Kot divuarkh not Chotey Di Iviorey). I first stumbled upon this ad in KMYS and I still laugh at it everytime I watch it! And yeah, it was French they were speaking! Have a look:

Sing along with me!

Bzzzzzzzz !
Ne tuez plus les moustiques avec des claques sur vos joues (AYE),
des claques sur vos cuisses (OUILLE OUILLE OUILLE),
des claques sur vos bras (AYE).


Super timor est encore plus fort avec sa nouvelle formule “Super Timor”
Le temps de sentir l’odeur Super Timor, les insectes son déjà mort “Super Timor”.
Super Timor avec sa nouvelle formule, Vraiment vraiment plus fort.

Super timor, le Numero un


don’t kill mosquitoes with slaps on your cheeks, slaps on your thigh, slaps on your arms
Super Timor is here!
Super Timor is even stronger, with its new formula (Super Timor)
When they smell the odor of Super Timor, the insects are already dead (Super Timor)
Super Timor, with its new formula. Really, really stronger!
Super Timor, Super Timor!
Number one!


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Same old Arsenal, always losing

Arsenal didn't take the chances in the whole 180 minutes against Blackburn in the same competition but their opponents showed how it was done with Benny McCarthy scored with a breathtaking strike. It was the South African's 16th goal of the season that doomed Arsenal to their 3rd defeat on the trot.

Arsenal fairly conquered the game but with an American hero on the Rovers' side, they have now only the Champions League for a sole silverware, which is beyond reach as they were beaten 1-0 at Eindoven. Brad Friedel made a couple of world class saves to deny Baptista proving his worthy for the Gunners.

In a related matter, I am still puzzled by the FA's decision to withstand their decision on Adebayor's dismissal in Carling Cup final against Chelsea last Sunday. I believe it was Emmanuel Eboue's soft karate chop that left Wayne Bridge on the ground. Even Frank Lampard denied being punched by the giant Togolese striker, as reported by the linesman.

I think this is why the England referees suck big time! Remember Graham Poll in the world cup last year? Serve him right he was banned in international games. Referees in England are overprotected. They are not allowed to be investigated of their performances and thus will never change their style of umpiring. I am damn sure they never view the post game videos. They'll just end up pigging it on pizzas at the end of the day.

Things I learned from this story.

1.Chelsea people are not bad people afterall (Frank Lampard being frank)
2.Arsenal looks doomed to a trophyless season again.
3.Stop playing fancy football. We want to play good football yileding good results.
4.Just because Adebayor's black, it's not hard to differentiate between the leggy one and the baldy one.
5.Football officials tarnish the good game in England. You stink!
6.This is a test of loyalty. And yes, I'm still with Arsenal.

We love you Arsenal, We Love!

Robin and Titi, both currently injured