Friday, March 31, 2017

Emphasizing the relationship

circa 2016 Circular Quay

I think family is exceptional. You have to emphasize family ties, that's for sure. It'll be weird to recommend your daughter to a friend without clearly mentioning that she is your daughter. Well, you ought to be proud of her anyway that's why you recommend her in the first place. Right? Wrong? I don’t know, don’t have a daughter yet but I hope if I am given the chance to have kids, I hope I am going to be proud of my kids. (Okay, we're off track now, let's go back haha) 

Let say you want to promote a cause/campaign which is done by you and your best friend. So, do you highlight that you and your best friend are doing it? Not just you and your friend. I would be honored if somebody were to claim that I am their best friend because yeah, it's cool. But what if someone else gets offended by that kind of claim? What if you have a lot of close friends and all of them wanted to be your best friend? And when you decided to publicly announce one of them as your best friend, what if the other friendships somehow did not work out? However, if you did not emphasize it, then they said they didn't have enough recognition, wait, do people do that nowadays? Haha. But anyway, what do you think? 

Huh? Still don't get what I am trying to say? Haha okay, next example; 

So, let say you have a boyfriend or maybe a girlfriend, and you want to recommend him/her to your colleague. Would you mention your relationship status with him/her? It is either; 

a) "Hey, my boyfriend is looking for a job too. I think he is suitable for this position." 

b) "Hey, my friend is looking for a job too. I think he is suitable for this position." 

It just that, it always crosses my mind that being a girlfriend/boyfriend does not make you a lot special than friends. Haha, now I think nobody wants to be my boyfriend hahaha lol. And yes, I am more inclined to choose option b) Well yeah because I have no boyfriend to go with option a) hahaha kidding! *No, not kidding, I DO not have a boyfriend* 

Anyway, this is just a random question. Maybe you have your own opinion on this though. Feel free to share them with me, if you feel like it. 


p/s: sorry the picture is not quite related but I am feeling that my blog is lacking of photos so yeah.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Voices under shelters

Hi there :)
So, here's a piece of thoughts written by a good friend of mine. She is an amazing girl with lots of inspiring stories. A precious jewel in Melbourne I can say.

Well, I don't know how this guest blogger thing actually works so haha forgive me for my incompetence.

Anyway, I present you; 

I couldn't sleep well last night. Perhaps due to pre-exam anxiety before this morning which I hope it went well inshaAllah.

I rarely sleep in my bedroom as I really prefer to have my own space outside. And my roommates usually study in the room, so it gets a bit noisy and yeah, haha basically the unpleasant feeling an introvert normally experiences. Sorry! But last night, one of my roommates wanted to study in the common room, so I chose to sleep in the room as she normally regurgitates what she studies out loud (sorry if I'm portraying this as if it gets on my nerves, haha. It's not like that though)

Anyway. as usual, I found it hard to fall asleep. So, last night, I happened to listen to a talk by Sheikh Yahya Rhodus about purification of the soul, which was very calming.

I think I fell asleep before the lecture ended, but I found myself awake at 1.03 a.m. And it was because of a conversation I overheard.

I noticed that lately, there are a few homeless people at Carlton. Well, it's not that many as compared to the city, but the fact that Carlton is a suburb which is generally inhabited by upper-middle class family especially near Lygon St, thus, I found it peculiar. One person is staying directly next to the entrance of the apartment I'm living at and the other is staying across the street, by which I can see directly from the window.

As it was fairly quiet at that time, I could hear the conversation clearly. And the guys spoke loudly to each other too.

" How are you, mate? You good?"

"Yeah I am. How're you?"

"Yeah yeah, you got everything? You cold? You got food?"

"Yeah, I got food, thanks mate, for asking. I hope you're alright. Sorry I got nothing to offer. "

"Don't worry mate, I got your back"

Ya Allah, I have no idea how to describe my feelings at that time. I've never seen them at their 'homes' as they aren't usually there during the day. But there I was, on my bed, reflecting on how blessed I am to be living in a house filled with warmth and needs which are more than enough most of the times.

Apa aku dah buat nak tolong orang?

Friday, March 3, 2017

begin again

circa 2014

in the name of Allah

five years ago,
I have made a very big decision
many people told me it was stupid
but many said it was brilliant as well

I hope, no, I pray, it was the best
praises to Allah
until today,
I have not changed my mind
I still managed to keep to my promise
even though is it getting harder
but good things are worth fighting

I have to admit
those five years
I sometimes thought of it
it sometimes came and said hi
it was always hard to say bye
instead of saying hi back
but I have managed
and I hope
I really pray

this is the best
it was the best
and it will still be the best decision

not yet am I ready to begin again
not yet

may Allah bless you
may Allah bless us all

wrote this 3 years ago and the feeling is still there.
this is still valid