Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gaza attacks

Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem
(In the name of Allah, the most Kind and the most Merciful.)


"Oh Allah, we ask you for help and seek your forgiveness, and we believe in You and have trust in You, and we praise you in the best way and we thank You and we are not ungrateful to you, and we forsake and turn away from the one who disobeys you. "

"O Allah, we worship You only and pray to You and prostrate ourselves before You, and we run towards You and serve You, and we hope to receive your mercy, and we fear your punishment. Surely, the disbelievers will receive your punishement."

"Peace and mercy of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)"

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(http://english.aljazeera.net/)

Gazan killed in Israeli air raid

A Palestinian man has been killed in an Israeli missile attack in the first death since the end of a six-month-old ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Ali Hijazi, 22, and two other men who were wounded were members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, witnesses said on Saturday.

The air raid targeted a group of fighters firing rockets towards Israel, an Israeli military official said.

The attack in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip came a day after the end of the ceasefire.

Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza, said: "The [Israeli] military told us that six projectiles have been launched from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel.

"This is coming as very sad news for the people here who once again find themselves in the position they were in before the ceasefire, in terms of this almost daily aggression by Israel and very uncertain times in terms of what will happen next.

"From the Israeli side they have said that ... as long as there is peace from the Palestinian side they will respond with peace. But if there is aggression by Palestinian factions, they will fight back with force."

In Gaza, a ceasefire agreed in June officially ended at daybreak on Friday, after Hamas said it would not renew it.

Hamas blamed Israelis for the failure of the ceasefire, saying that they had not lived up to their obligations under the deal by continuing a blockade of the Gaza Strip.




Gaza toll climbs amid fresh raids


A mosque was among the buildings destroyed in the latest series of air raids [Reuters]

Palestinian medics say that more than 280 people have been killed and more than 600 injured in continuing Israeli bombardment of the impoverished Gaza Strip.

A police station and a factory were among the targets reportedly hit on Sunday, after a mosque and the headquarters of al-Aqsa television had been struck overnight.

The Reuters news agency reported that at least one missile hit the offices of Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, but he was not in the building at the time.

The latest attacks came as Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, warned that the air raids could be followed by a major ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.

"We are ready for anything. If it's necessary to deploy ground forces to defend our citizens, we will do so," Barak's spokesman quoted him as saying on Sunday.

Israeli television has reported that hundreds of infantry and armoured forces were massing on the border of the territory and on Sunday it began to call up reservists to bolster its fighting strength





Tens of thousands gathered in Yemen to
protest against the Israeli attack [AFP]

Protesters across the Middle East have held a second day of demonstrations against Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip.In Yemen, tens of thousands of people gathered to show their support for the Gazans, while in the occupied West Bank protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Sunday.

During the Yemeni protest, held in the capital Sanaa, the crowds filled a sports stadium and the surrounding area chanting anti-Israeli slogans and criticising Arab leaders for failing to act."How long will the silence last? Arabs wake up!" read one banner held by demonstrators.

The demonstration was backed by the ruling party, opposition groups and other organisations.




Saturday, December 27, 2008

George Carlin's Views on Aging



Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?

If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.



You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!





And then the greatest day of your life . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!




But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.


What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.




But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would! So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!


After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there.


Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."



Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"




May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


HOW TO STAY YOUNG




1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them "


2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.




3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.


4. Enjoy the simple things.




5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.




6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.


7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets,keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.




8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.




9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.


10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.




AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.




Do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tsunami : 26.12.2004

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (source : wikipedia)

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is known by the scientific community as the Great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, and the following tsunami is known as the Asian Tsunami or the Boxing Day Tsunami.


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(Animation of the tsunami caused by the earthquake showing how the tsunami radiated from the entire length of the 1,600 km (994 mi) rupture.)

The earthquake was caused by subduction and triggered a series of devastating tsunami along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing more than 225,000 people in eleven countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand were hardest hit.



With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is the second largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. This earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 cm (0.5 inches)and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska.

The earthquake was initially reported as moment magnitude 9.0. In February 2005 scientists revised the estimate of the magnitude to 9.3. Although the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has accepted these new numbers, the United States Geological Survey has so far not changed its estimate of 9.1. The most recent studies in 2006 have obtained a magnitude of Mw 9.1 to 9.3. Dr. Hiroo Kanamori of the California Institute of Technology believes that Mw = 9.2 is a good representative value for the size of this great earthquake.


The hypocenter of the main earthquake was at 3°18′58″N 95°51′14″E / 3.316, 95.854, approximately 160 km (100 mi), in the Indian Ocean just north of Simeulue Island, off the western coast of northern Sumatra, at a depth of 30 km (19 mi) below mean sea level (initially reported as 10 km). The earthquake itself (apart from the tsunami) was felt as far away as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and the Maldives.


-Banda Acheh (before)

-Banda Acheh (after)


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Something good to ponder...




A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.



Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.



When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.


It is, but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other's cups.




Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."



So, don't let the cups drive you... enjoy the coffee instead.


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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Lessons on Life.

The following pictures are of the same place but taken under different seasons...










Lessons on Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in

summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral:

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.



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[ Note : Thank you Ze for this :-) ]

Friday, December 19, 2008

One Day...



I have the tendency of saving things for "special occasions", always with 'just-in-case' excuse....


"I'll wear that new dress at least once", "use that new bedsheets", "take out that dinner sets" etc, etc, etc...


but, I still have "new" things somewhere in the house.


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A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper-wrapped package:

'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'


He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box

'She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it.'

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral parlour – his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion.'

I still think those words changed my life.Now I read more and clean less

I sit in the garden without worrying about anything

I spend more time with my family, and less at work

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day.

I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'someday...' and 'one day..' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.


I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning; this nobody can tell.


I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.


I'd like to think she would go out for a Chinese, her favourite food.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come


Each day, each hour, each minute, is special. Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

'One day' is far away... or might never come...



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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Myths and Legends

I like mysteries... u never know, there might be something somewhere deep down...he he he... ;-)






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Tasik Chini, Pahang.

Local legend tells a tale of a wandering group of Jakun tribesmen who cleared the land to grow food crops. During their labour, an old woman appeared who proclaimed that she was the rightful owner of the land and that her permission should have been sought before any trees were felled. The Jakun humbly apologised, whereupon the woman allowed the men to continue their work. Before departing, however, she planted her walking stick in the ground as a mark of her ownership, telling the men never to remove it.

The men continued with their work, but some time later they heard one of their dogs barking and snarling at a decaying log. One of the Jakun threw his stick at the log, but immediately a torrent of blood issued from the log causing the man to run back to his friends in fear. His friends thought he was possessed by demons and tried to keep away from him. However, the barking continued so the entire tribe returned to investigate the log. A spreading pool of blood had formed around the log.


In fear they hurled their own sticks at the sight, whereupon a dark cloud gathered in the sky. The thunder roared, the lightning flashed and a
torrent of rain fell from the sky. The men grabbed their belongings and ran for cover, but in the chaos one of them pulled the old woman's stick from the ground - the very stick which they had been warned not to touch. Immediately a fountain of water poured from the hole made by the stick. The water flowed for many years, thereby creating the lake of Tasik Chini. The tribe realised then that the log was actually the dragon called Naga Seri Gumum.

Of course, no magical lake would be complete without stories of a resident monster or a long-lost, sunken city. So, Tasik Chini has both ! Much like the famous Loch Ness, a serpent-like monster is reputed to make the lake its home. More seriously, there are theories that an ancient Khmer city once existed in the vicinity which has prompted archaeological studies of the lake and its surrounds.


Loch Ness


Loch Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Nis) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands (57' 18' N 4'27 W/57.3 - 4.45) extending for approximately 37 km (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 metres (52 ft) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as "Nessie".






The Loch Ness Monster is an alleged creature purportedly inhabiting Loch Ness in Scotland. Popular interest and belief in the animal has fluctuated since it was brought to the world's attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is largely anecdotal, with minimal and much disputed photographic material and sonar readings.


(The "Surgeon's photo" (1934), later revealed as a hoax)





The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as a mix of hoaxes and wishful thinking. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the diminutive Nessie (Scottish Gaelic: Niseag) since the 1950s.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Murder, she wrote.



Murder, She Wrote is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996. It was followed by four TV films, aired from 1997 to 2003.


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The show revolved around the day to day life of a retired English teacher who after being widowed in her early fifties becomes a very successful mystery writer. Despite fame and fortune, Jessica remains a resident of Cabot Cove, a cozy coastal town in Maine, and maintains her links with all of her old friends, never letting her success go to her head. Exterior shots of Cabot Cove were filmed in Mendocino, California.

Her one eccentricity is an insatiable curiosity, especially whenever murder rears its ugly head - which it does with great regularity. The mystery term "Cabot Cove Syndrome" was eventually coined to describe the constant appearance of dead bodies in remote locations.


In most episodes, Jessica somehow becomes entangled in a murder investigation. The police are almost always willing to arrest the most likely suspect, but Jessica invariably feels that the so-called guilty party was innocent. Carefully and methodically piecing the clues together and asking astute questions, she always manages to trap the real murderer - who, given the series' "special guest star" policy, was often played by a famous film or TV personality.


(From Wikipedia)

Friendship

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reminder...


We were driving back to K.Trg for raya Aidil Adha when we caught the noon news about the landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa. Fearing for some, I contacted some friends..alhamdulillah none stayed near the area.


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2008/12/06
Massive landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa
BERNAMA



KUALA LUMPUR, Sat:

Four people were killed and more than eight others are feared buried in a landslide early today in Bukit Antarabangsa, Hulu Klang, near here. The landslide, which is believed to have buried 14 bungalows in Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama, occurred at about 4am.

Three of the four killed are women, according to Red Crescent personnel at the scene. About 15 injured people have been sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.



The landslide has cut off the access road to the residential area, trapping hundreds of people at Bukit Antarabangsa.

Eight of the bungalows affected are in Taman Bukit Utama and the other six in Taman Bukit Mewah, said a spokesman of the Fire and Rescue Unit at the scene.



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The day before :

The Star Online

Friday December 5, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 300 people were forced to evacuate two buildings when a landslide caused part of the retaining wall of a car park to collapse in Jalan Semantan here.

Heavy rain from 3pm yesterday had caused soil erosion at an adjacent hill, resulting in the landslide which rendered buildings on either side of the collapsed wall - CIMB Commerce Square and Amanah Raya - unsafe.

Six cars were buried in the landslide while five other vehicles were damaged.



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And on the 30th November 2008 :



Sisters buried alive in Ulu Yam landslide


HULU SELANGOR Nov 30 (Bernama) : Two sisters were buried alive after a landslide crashed on their bungalow at Lot 110, Jalan Belinda 1, Ulu Yam Perdana early Sunday.

Noratirah Roslan, 16, and Nurul Intan Sarina Roslan, 9, were sleeping in their room when the hillside at the back of their house collapsed, sending tonnes of rubble and soil crashing down on the single-storey house at about 5.30am.

The rescuers, comprising police, Smart, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Department personnel retrieved Noratirah's body at 12.55pm.

Nurul Intan Sarina's body had not been taken out from the rubble yet.

The victims' parents Roslan Mohd Jalil, 49, and Azizan Madon, 42, and their three siblings Norlisa Azira, 8, Anis Afina, 6, and Norman Afiq, 3, who were sleeping in the living room were unhurt in the incident as they managed to get out of the house through the roof.


(Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke-atas ruh mereka berdua)

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Semoga segala musibah akan menjadi peringatan bahawa segala yang ada di dunia, termasuklah nyawa dan badan, hanyalah pinjaman dari yang Maha Esa....bila-bila masa boleh diambil semula...


"Ya Allah....jadikanlah kami di antara hamba-hamba-Mu yang tidak lupa dan lalai daripada mengingati-Mu....amiin"

All Things are Possible!


Another one from Ze...I love receiving this kind of emails :-)
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From: zaihan
December 15, 2008 10:25:36 PM
Subject: Fwd: FW: All Things are Possible!


When someone tells you that you can't do something ...





Look around...





Consider all options...




Then GO for it!




Use all the things God gave you




Be creative!



In the end, you will succeed and prove them wrong!



Always remember
Nothing is impossible, if your heart is willing

Have a blessed day!






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