Thursday, July 28, 2016

.: Focused connection :.

Extending reach.

Of late, I have been keeping myself occupied by compiling social media accounts of:

1) Charitable and Volunteer Organisations or Groups (Malaysia)
2) Charitable and Volunteer Organisations or Groups (Singapore)
3) Chinese Muslim businesses (Malaysia)
4) Chinese Muslim businesses (Singapore)
5) Reverts businesses (Malaysia)

The main reason behind doing all this is mostly for my own reference. However it occurred to me that perhaps the directories can be of benefit to others as well. Aside from finding suitable organisations to channel charity, one could offer to be a volunteer, support the businesses of others or use these directories as a networking platform, just to name a few benefits. 

All these directories will be made available under "The Lists" tab. For now I have uploaded Charitable and Volunteer Organisations or Groups (Malaysia). All directories will insha'Allah be kept updated. As the directories can be quite extensive, I would appreciate if readers could notify me if there are any broken or updated links as well as other links that could be included. 

As mentioned before, this is purely done out of my own accord therefore there are no charges involved. Kindly help to spread "The Lists" page for the benefit of others.

I thank you in advance.
12.33noon, Malaysian Time

Thursday, July 21, 2016

.: Sexual predators :.

Catch me if you can. 

Taken from Syed Azmi's Facebook Page: 

Where to go for help or advice.
If you’re an adult who has experienced sexual abuse as a child, know that you are not alone. No matter what, the abuse was not your fault. It’s never too late to start healing from this experience. Regardless, if you are male or female, and, would like to know where to go for help, we have compiled a list of organisations that will be able to provide advice and/or counselling.
For nearest support JKM office click onto HUBUNGI KAMI/CONTACT US and Select: PEJABAT JKM NEGERI/JKM STATE OFFICES 
Locate nearest police station with D11 unit to seek advice on where to file a report. 
Report online crimes against children in Malaysia to CYBER999  
AWAM Centre 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 
Counselling & Legal Information (Telenita) 
Tel: 03 7877 0224 
Our Helpline and Service Centre are available Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 4.30 pm. We also provide counselling services on Saturdays, by appointment.  
WAO Helpline : 03 7956 3488 
WAO office hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tel: 03 7957 5636 | 7957 0636 Fax: 03 7956 3237 
P.O.Box 493, Jalan Sultan 46760 Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia 
Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) 
241 Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang 
Tel: 04-228 0342
WCC Office hours: Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm 
Protect And Save The Children Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (Reg. No. 7), 
No. 5, Jalan 7/14, Section 7, 46050, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 
Tel: 603) 7957 4344 / 7956 4355 
Fax: (603) 7957 4322 
Other things you can do to advocate.
  1. Support the call to criminalise cyber sexual grooming in Malaysia with a pledge at (scroll all the way down) 
  2. Report child pornography through the INHOPE Internet 
  3. Join the ‪#‎ReplyForAll‬ conversation on social media and share online safety tips.  
  4. Become a U-Reporter and participate in polls on the issue. Register at 

Do your part, spread the word, end the madness. 
8.15pm, Malaysian Time

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

.: Golden years :.

Growing pains.

Sometimes I wonder why there are no express lanes for:

  1. Senior citizens
  2. Young children
  3. Pregnant women
  4. Disabled

Yes, we do have designated seats for them in the bus and on the subway. We also have designated parking bays for the disabled. 

However, I would like to point out that it would be awfully nice to provide express lanes for them at these places:

  1. Government offices
  2. Immigration points
  3. Hospitals
  4. Airports
  5. Postal Offices
  6. Banks

Having express lanes for these people without a doubt would certainly give them a more pleasant experience. For starters, they do not have to spend hours waiting or queuing-up for their turns. 

Not too long ago I saw an elderly man almost passing out for having to stand and wait too long for his queue number. On other occasions, I have observed some having to pass their turn and head elsewhere as they had grown weary of waiting. While my observations may represent a meager percentage of the population, I do believe this is something worth implementing.

We may have progressed economically, in terms of our financial standings, towering infrastructures, and sophisticated machinery. It is high time we spare a thought on improving the living standards of those around us, the ones that truly require our assistance. 

Thinking out loud.
8.43pm, Malaysian Time

Thursday, July 14, 2016

.: Hunger games :.

Northwestern China.

Being married to a foreigner comes with a fair share of foodie perks. For example, one gets to learn the recipes, cooking techniques and savour succulent food commonly served in that particular country. In my case, the said country is China. 

While some may argue that food from China is similar to the Chinese food we have over here in Malaysia, there are varieties that cannot be found here at all. In fact, when one talks about dumplings, there are countless varieties available in China. The dumplings differ from its cooking method to type of fillings, textures, shapes and sizes. And I am only talking about dumplings. I have not started on the noodles, congee, sweets and other delicacies. It is kind of hilarious when I make certain Chinese food and my husband tells me he has never eaten it before. China is that vast!

Coming back closer to home, those staying in Kuala Lumpur would be familiar with some of the Chinese Muslim food served in Chinese Muslim restaurants run by China nationals. Some of these food include Lanzhou hand-pulled beef noodles or "Mee Tarik" as well as the Xinjiang skewed meat or "Satay".

Soon insha'Allah I will be back in our Southern home, good 'ole Johor Bahru. Anticipating the moment I can whip up some Northwestern China cuisine in the lab.

Pure joy!
3.22pm, Malaysian Time

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

.: 开斋节 :.


Taking this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Eid! Hope you had a great time with your loved ones! Do forgive me if I had erred on my part or if I had hurt you in any way.

On a personal note, this Eid has been a mixture of joy and sadness. Joy, because this is my first Eid as a wife. Sadness, due to the passing of my uncle. Even so, I hope and pray may Allah continue to bless us and keep us under His mercy and guidance at all times. May He accept my uncle's good deeds and place him among the righteous as well, ameen.

With the passing of a soul,
Marks not the ending of the journey,
Of a lifetime.

For those who truly lived,
Their legacy remains,
For all eternity. 

May one day we shall all be reunited,
In the eternal abode,
Living side by side.

Till then,
Until that very union,
Life goes on. 

Kuala Lumpur.
10.18am, Malaysian Time