Saturday, February 17, 2018

That which starts in your head


"What makes you happy does not need approval from anyone else."

Me and my partner in the "Fat Nose & Co"
Yet another start-up 
 Just because beauty starts in your head,
 not in your mirror. Lol.

Just another set of clippings of fun time in my hometown Penang.

Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.
For that grey matter between our ears and every lil thing He puts in our hands.

Have a fab weekend folks.
Enjoy the moment but don't get attached to it for good or bad, it shall pass.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sunny blissful Friday | Gong Xi Fa Cai



Of course, we praise the Lord Almighty for the simple pleasures of life, like catching that glorious sunshine I did yesterday over the tiny strait between Penang island and Butterworth (mainland Peninsular Malaysia).

We have to pause and take the time to think about how blessed we are. Alhamdulillah, He woke us up today, so be thankful to Him, by doing good and doing more. Bruce Lee says: to love life is to not waste time because time is what life is made up of.

I am going to make myself useful to my mother today, as always. What about you?

Wish y'all a blissful Friday.
And Gong Xi Fa Cai to our friends who are celebrating the Spring Festival, the Chinese Lunar New Year. May our lives be more prosperous this year.

Singing: I got that sunshine in my pocket, 
got that good song in my feet 😉

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Merry time | Maritime Waterfront Penang


Assalamualaikum folks,

Be merry and be grateful no matter where you are.
Greetings from my hometown Penang 😁

I was delighted to see Khoo Salma's book at the hotel.
She narrates histories of Penang in a pleasant and warm manner,
you wished studying history in high school was just as fun.

Good morning, let's seize the day.

The view from my blogging spot.
Penang Bridge in the background 

looking a wee bit faint at 7 a.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Istiqlal Mosque - Jakarta | Mukena | Bandung's Cipaganti Mosque


Assalamualaikum folks,

Happy Monday. My thoughts are with those of you at the office. LOL. I am on holiday for 11 days YaHuu Allah Kareem.

Here's a lil sharing from me for those who are not familiar with this region. The biggest mosque in South East Asia is located in Jakarta Indonesia. Jakarta is situated on the west side of Java island which has the highest concentration of Muslim population.

What is unique about this mosque other than its size is the simple functional architecture in terms of natural ventilation. It's made of steel, therefore, maintenance is minimal and less of a burden. I am not an architectural expert but I noticed some clever features of the mosque. Just that I hope they (and all other prominent mosques elsewhere) would have an escalator and make it wheelchair-friendly. There's an elevator at Istiqlal but it's only made available on Fridays, this I was told.

Another uniquely striking feature is that women get to pray alongside men in the main prayer hall. There's a low-height partition in between, so for those who are not used to this open concept, might feel a little uncomfortable.

As a tourist, I was excited that I was able to capture the mosque's minaret and the famed Monas - Jakarta's iconic National Monument, in one frame.

Masjid Istiqlal - Jakarta
Minaret on the left. Monas on far right.

On the same note, as a tourist, I was impressed by the cleanliness and quality of mukena (woman's prayer gown) at Istiqlal mosque, the musolla at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport and also Cipaganti mosque. The mukena at the latter were so pretty!

Prayer garments (mukena) at Jakarta airport.
Two thumbs up!

Once again, I wish you a happy Monday.

From Penang with sweet trifle love 😁

And here are some clips I took at Bandung's oldest mosque Masjid Cipaganti, built by a Dutch who was a Muslim revert, Mr. CP Wolf Schoemaker in 1933, three years after embracing Islam. The plot of land was a gift from a local lady by the name of Nyi Oerki, wife of a wealthy Italian chocolate manufacturer in Bandung at that time. 

Main entrance to Masjid Cipaganti,
the oldest mosque in Bandung, built in 1933

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beat the rooster | Easy Sunday morning


Good Sunday morning folks!
Did you manage to beat the rooster this morning?
I did.

Every morning is a new beginning.
I am off to the beach to catch the sunrise.

Batu Feringghi, Penang, Malaysia

Clips of my holiday in my hometown Penang.
Simply delighted by the design and decor of  the newly opened
Double Tree Resort by Hilton in Batu Ferringhi, Penang 

Most scenes were shot at the Double Tree Resort.
The last bits were at Hard Rock Hotel - the food there is marvelous.
Wish y'all a fabulous day too!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

He (Love) is all around


Our task is to know the Lord and to see Him all around us.

And be grateful always for this life and everything that comes from Him.

May we all have a fabulous weekend.

From Penang with love,

I love beautiful objects such as this unique lighting
and the beautifully designed chairs
at the newly opened
Double Tree Resort by Hilton in Batu Feringghi Penang.
No need to be apologetic about liking beautiful objects.
"Allah is Beautiful and He loves beauty."
May our hearts remain latif so we are able to see His beauties all around us.  

And one's love for beautifully designed caps
: D

Lisan al-Din the blog is in its 10th year now. I am taking it easy and simply sharing a bit more of Allah's wonderful bounties. And documenting my selfies. I don't really care if you mind. LOL

"He who knows himself knows God."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Glasgow is the way to go | Strathclyde Business School


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah
8.2.2018 is a day to remember for this faqir.
I am very delighted by the generous gesture from the Lord. I am humbled and grateful to have been accepted as an MBA student at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

It's surreal that I am once again a post-graduate student at another reputable Scottish University. I had obtained a Master's degree with distinction from Stirling University before Alhamdulillah and during my time in Scotland circa 2005/2006, my mother and I used to walk by the Strathclyde Uni, but never had I imagined being a student at Strathclyde. Indeed, Allah has His own plans.

I am also humbled and delighted to have received a scholarship from the Uni of Strathclyde known as "Female Leader of The Future - Malaysia". The title of the scholarship award is truly inspiring. I shall give full commitment and focus to my studies, bi-iznillah. I believe the objective of education is more than just a scroll in a person's name. Education is an attribute that will manifest in the way one leaves a speck of inspiration in others to push themselves forward, to be the best version of herself/himself, one who is useful to others and always willing to contribute whatever little knowledge and experiences one has, for those who need it.

For those of you who are a full-time professional living in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Singapore, Oman, Greece and Switzerland, you should take full advantage of the part-time program offered at Strathclyde International Centres in your respective countries.

The MBA program at Strathclyde holds all three international accreditations i.e. AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. That essentially means the MBA at Strathclyde is well recognized in UK, USA, and Europe.
Strathclyde Business School was named Business School of the Year - 2016 by Times Higher Education (THE). It was 'UK University of the Year' in 2012/2013 and 'UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year' in 2013/2014.

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I praise the Lord subhanahuwataala for the beautiful land He has created, named Scotland.
The land in which I had once invested time and money to better myself.
And now the land has returned my faith in her by offering a generous fund. But it's more than just pounds, it's about the confidence they have for women who are committed to becoming leaders of the future.
Thank you, Scotland!
God bless Glasgow!