Thursday, March 29, 2007

Your 5 Factor Personality Profile

Salam and hye everyone,

I found this test very intriguing=P Try it!

Even if it's not so true in your point of view, take it as a challenge and motivation to improve yourself and become a better person..=)

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have high neuroticism.
It's easy for you to feel shaken, worried, or depressed.
You often worry, and your worries prevent you from living life fully.
You tend to be emotionally reactive and moody. Your either flying very high or feeling very low.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is low.
You're a pretty conservative person, and you favor what's socially acceptable.
You think that change for novelty's sake is a very bad idea.
While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Lesson of the Day

Ye adik-adik, hari ini kita belajar bahasa pulak ye.
Loghat Kedah : kelip-pok
Loghat Klate : kelip-pah
Loghat KL : pejam-celik
Loghat orang putih : blinks of eyes
Siapa nak tambah boleh tambah ok...(hehe.Pos takde keje)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The FAKE World

These are the butterflies that were used on my bro's hantaran for his engagement day a few months ago.

Beautiful, aren't they?
But they were FAKE.
Yes, FAKE.

Yet they looked so real and almost every bit as similar to the real one.
So where's the tricky part in the above statement, anyway?

I see the picture above as a metaphor for our world, our recent life today.
Yup, this world seems to be so beautiful, nice, captivative, tempting and all, thus people tend to put world or their life as their golden goal in everything they do.

For example, people work everyday, and surely they aim to get money.Perhaps if they perfom well in their job, they will get promoted, and of course, more money will come pouring to them.
Even the benchmark of successful people these days are based on how much money or assets they have.So money is the point here, and it is for the (so-called) benefit of our life, no doubt of that. With the money we buy designer clothes, spacious house in elite housing area, luxurious cars, million worth of jewelleries and etcera. Later, when we leave this world for good, all the money will stay in this world and perhaps will be inherited by our next of kin.In other word, we will leave everything we own in this world, and die alone anyway. So what are the use of the wealth and assets we own in our life? And tell me, how does the money can assure us to be safe in the here after?

Come on, please realise that the world that we living now is nothing but a FAKE illusion.It won't last for long.The eternal, and the ever REAL condition for us is in the HEREAFTER, and just a matter of HEAVEN or HELL.

So guys (and myself), please, make our life worthy for the sake of the REAL world that we are going to face, sooner or later.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Slow Down Culture

It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.
Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.

Said in another words:1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo, a state in Brazil.2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.3. Stockholm, has 500,000 people.4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think?” Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”. French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.
(this article originated from a forwarded message of a friend, and it's very inspiring.worth sharing (and practicing) it !)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Orang asli pun ada kesedaran

(gambar diambil dari Berita Harian)

Berita tentang 10 pasangan orang asli yang berkahwin serentak amat menarik perhatian saya.Pertamanya kerana mereka ini muda-muda belaka, malah yang paling muda dilaporkan berumur 13 tahun! Kalau ikut perkiraan kontemporari, baru tingkatan satu pun sudah berkahwin! Tapi memang realiti masyarakat mereka, selepas darjah 6,amat sedikit sekali yang sambung belajar di peringkat sekolah menengah dan seterusnya institut pengajian tinggi.

Kredit harus diberikan kepada Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Terengganu (JHEAT) kerana mengambil inisiatif ini,iaitu memberikan alternatif untuk menghalalkan hubungan antara dua insan iaitu dengan pernikahan. Ini sekaligus dapat menerapkan nilai-nilai keagamaan kepada masyarakat orang asli yang mungkin kurang didedahkan dengan halal-haramnya hubungan sesama lelaki dan wanita, serta bab-bab ilmu alam rumah tangga secara Islamik kerana difahamkan mereka turut mengikuti kursus perkahwinan selama seminggu sebelum berkahwin.Juga tahniah kepada ibu bapa mereka yang `sporting' dan memahami keperluan anak-anak mereka untuk berkahwin, walaupun usia masing-masing masih muda.

Di sini kita boleh refleksi diri, kita ni macam mana? Sedangkan masyarakat orang asli pun mempunyai kesedaran untuk meminimumkan pergaulan sosial tanpa batasan dengan berkahwin.Kita yang kononnya sudah faham dan siap belajar bab-bab munakahat sewaktu sekolah menengah, masih tiada kesedaran.Buktinya, telah menjadi budaya anak-anak muda kita untuk bercouple atau `ttm' (teman tapi mesra) dengan rakan berlainan jantina, tapi bila tanya adakah mempunyai hasrat atau niat untuk berkahwin, majoritinya akan menolak serta merta.Tak bersedialah, belum sampai masalah, masih mudalah.. macam-macam alasan diberikan.Apa perlunya bercouple, bercinta bagai nak rak dan sebagainya tapi akhirnya tak kahwin pun ?

Mungkin satu keadaan masyarakat orang asli ni yang saya kira menjadi kelebihan bagi mereka dalam satu segi, ialah disebabkan mereka rata-rata kurang berpelajaran tinggi, mereka lebih matang berbanding usia mereka yang sebenar.Baru belasan tahun, dah memahami keperluan perkahwinan dan menyara keluarga sendiri.Jadi kahwin muda bagi mereka bukanlah satu masalah.Bukanlah saya obses nak menyeru semua orang supaya kahwin muda (sebab saya pun belum berkahwin juga!), tapi yang lebih penting bagi saya adalah meminimumkan gejala sosial yang berlaku disebabkan ramai anak muda tidak sedar atau buat-buat tak sedar dalam hal ini.Sampaikan ramai beranggapan couple tu halal, berteman tapi mesra dengan rakan lawan jantina tidak salah, keluar berdua-duaan tu betul dan bersentuhan/berpegangan tangan adalah perlakuan sporting dan mengikut trend!! (masya Allah..)

Jadi dari aspek ini, saya ingin mengajak kita semua berfikir, siapa lebih civilized (bertamadun) pemikirannya, kita ke masyarakat orang asli??

Hmm..(susah juga nak jawab tu..)

Islamic Food Facts

Milk:The Prophet(SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases the brain, augments intelligence,renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.

Honey:Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhoea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite,strengthening the stomach, eliminating phelgm, as a meat preservative,hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water and is also a sunnah.

Olive oil: excellenent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, treats inflammation of the stomach

Mushroom:The Prophet(SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes,
it also serves as a form of birthcontrol and arrests paralysis.

Grapes: The Prophet was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood, provides vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.

Dates: The Prophet(SAW) said that a house without dates has no food, also to be eaten at the time of childbirth.

Figs: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.

Barley: Good for fever in a soup form.

Melon: Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, The prophet SAW said "None of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail to produce off spring who are good in counternanace and good in character.

Pomegranate: The Prophet(SAW) said it cleanse you of Satan and evil aspirations for 40 days.

Water: the Prophet(SAW) said the best drink in this world and the next is
Water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the

So guys, think before you eat=)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Now, this is CUTE!

Does any of these cartoon icons resemble YOU??

Hehehe so cute indeed!

Ni pulak versi all the best untuk exam.Masih relevan kot memandangkan perang test 1 belum berakhir...=)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Test Week Edition


(OK, I'm exaggerating a bit.But it is TRUE.At least for me)

This week I have three tests in a row, and I am yet to start even one of them.I am so NOT motivated to start studying since there is a pile of never-ending assignments, reports and and research need to be done in my checklist.

And suddenly I found this interesting link which emphasized on the latest consequence management policy(well, sort of) (that will be)implemented by my scholarship host :

(if you can't see the pics clearly, download it here )

Well, does the policy rings a bell to you?

Yup, that's the one we were alerted of during the scholarship briefing a few weeks back. It states the general requirements that all scholars must obey, the procedure after graduation and the most important thing is the situations of which your scholarship is at stake for achieving CGPA of 2.5 and below.

Sounds frightening at first.

But when you think of it in depth, well, it does make sense.Personally for me, getting a minimum of CGPA of 2.5, or even 3.0 is always always possible provided you put some effort in your studies.In other words, no matter how busy(or lazy) you are, or how low is your coursework marks at the end of the semester, if you ever make some effort to study and aim to score minimum grades in your examination, you would never get below CGPA of 2.5 ( ok, without considering odd facts or some special cases).

And realistically, which scholarship host is willing to sponsor low achiever students, whereas its main objectives is to provide a potential human resource for the sake of its own company?

So by doing this, I think the students will take this matter more seriously and avoid the risk of being at stake. Without the scholarship offered, I am convinced that more than 50% of the university's population will suffer since we all know that IPTS fees are way too high compared to IPTA.

Don't question whether the charges are relevant or not, just make sure you're safe and sound here.Find time to study and reduce social and non- academical or non-beneficial activities.Never mess with your scholarship host or you will regret it for life.

Kesimpulan: Jadi, janganlah kita bermalas-malasan dan perlulah kita start study demi kesejahteraan masa hadapan.

(Oh ye, I forgot to highlight the best part.The best part is I will NEVER be impacted by any means, since it will only be effective in January 2008.
Jadi, all the best dan chayo-chayo ye adik-adik juniorku.Heehee..)

One more thing, you can read another interesting opinion about this here.Enjoy!