Sunday, January 31, 2010

More Sunrise @ Broga Hill

I started to get addicted to hiking again. This weekend I went to Broga Hill for 2 days consecutively (Saturday and Sunday). Well .. on Saturday was a planned one and on Sunday was really sudden decision to bring my brother-in-law to go hike since I was overnight at my sis house in Kajang.

Up there at the 1st peak, there were TV3 crews interviewing few uncles. I overheard (not eavesdropping, ok!), one of the questions was "What motivate you to wake up early morning and go to hiking?"

My answer (in my heart) was, "Because I want to exercise and I feel relax when I'm bonding with the nature." :)

The truth is, hiking really give me some time-out from work, from problems, from issues in my head. At least spending time to look at the nature for 1-2 hours a week could provide new perspectives, new ideas, tranquil heart, fresh air, fresh mind, healthier life and to become more grateful to God.

Anyway, I got a better shots of the sunrise this time:
I feels so green when I look at this photo

My GPS read the altitude at 3rd peak was 371m

My ride ... :)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Different Perspective @ Broga Hill

Back in Penang, I actively went to hike Bukit Jambul almost every weekend. Once in a while, with a group of friends, I did jungle tracking and even 1 time I went to hike Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera). For those would like to know, Bukit Jambul takes about 15-20 mins to reach the top which is at ~200m altitude. Meanwhile Penang Hill takes about 3 hours to reach the top which is at ~750m altitude.

After about nearly 2 years I have stopped hiking, all of a sudden, my long lost ex-schoolmate, Firdaus Jenal (aka Nal) invited me thru the Facebook Event Invitation for a hiking program at Broga Hill. At first I'm not that interested since I've got company event on that day which COMPULSORY!

But then, after looking at the pictures taken at the Broga Hill in a couple of blogs, I decided that this is a 'must go' place. So I accepted the invitation and I woke up as early as 5am to get ready. At 6am sharp I reached the rendezvous point. After praying Subuh there, we started to hike up at ~7am. There were so many cars parked at the entrance there! We reached the 1st peak at ~7.40am .. here are the photo at the 1st peak:
Sunrise taken from the 1st peak.

So many people there! Behind them are the route to the 2nd peak.

After that we continued till the 2nd peak (my GPS read 344m altitude):
View from 2nd peak to the 1st peak.

View from 2nd peak to the 3rd peak.

I've to stop at the 2nd peak since I need to go to office for a company event. Most memorable was when crossing from 1st peak to the 2nd peak, there were strong wind blowing and at that moment I feels like not in Malaysia. I can't believe there is such a beautiful place in Malaysia, and it is just half-hour drive from the heart of the city, Kuala Lumpur.

Before I went down, just a group photo:
Group Photo.

I would like to emphasize that, in this world, there are still lots of room to explore. Even in our surrounding, even in ourselves. Have we found out our real potential? Have we ever spend time to think of ourselves? What can we improve today to be a better person tomorrow? Each day and everyday, we should think of new perspectives, different perspectives, to become a better person, at least to ourselves, if not to the friends, family, nation and ummah. InsyaAllah!

p/s: thanks to the organizer, Farah and co-organizer, Nal for the nice event!

~~ Map to Broga Hill (click to enlarge) ~~
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sami Yusof - Asma Allah

On this Friday Eve, let us remember Allah swt, pray for our health and safety .. physically and emotionally, and ask for His Forgiveness for our past sins. May the coming days will be better and brighter days.

Here is a nice video by Sami Yusuf - Asma Allah .. (translations in the video)



Allahuma shalli 'ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
Ya Muslimin shallu alayh
Allahuma shalli 'ala Muhammad wa shahbi Muhammad
Ya Mu'minn shallu alayh


Allahuma shalli 'ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
Ya Muslimin sallu alayh
Allahuma shalli 'ala Muhammad wa shahbi Muhammad
Ya Mu'mineen shallu alayh
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
La ilaha illa hu
Al Malikul Quddus
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya Rahmanul irham da'fana
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya Ghaffaru ighfir dhunubana
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya Sattaru ustur 'uyubana
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya Mu'izu a'izza ummatana
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya Mujibu ajib du'aana
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
Ya latifu ultuf bina

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Love .. Sinful or Blessing?

There is a concept in Islam, at which love between man and woman before marriage is considered forbidden and sinful. For the past years, I've been understanding this concept from a different perspective and now I've got to know another perspective. This concept is so modest, so pure, so protective, emotionally and physically.

When a man or woman fall in love, it is like falling onto a dreamland that we have created in our mind. A perimeter whereby the person we love always there for us to see, to think, to wonder, to appreciate, to care, to love .. It is like living in a different world. However, from Islamic perspective, it is forbidden for us to create an imaginary dreamland before the 'true dreamland' is established which is marriage. Thus, the excessive thought, the care, the love, in our mind is forbidden and sinful until the 'true dreamland' is established. The word 'excessive' is used here because naturally the care and the love should also presence but just adequate to sustain the relationship until marriage.

This might sound extreme to people like us who has been exposed to the modern world of love and dating. But looking at the positive side of this concept, we are protected emotionally by restricting ourselves for excessive emotional devotion which might disturb our concentration towards the real world, and protected physically by restricting seeing each other or dating. Pure love should lead to the ultimate goal that is marriage. Love without the ultimate goal is forbidden and will end up sorrowful.

If everything forbidden then what is not?? The love after marriage. The love that when we care about a person, when we think, we wonder, we appreciate, we love, will be blessed by Allah swt. Thus, this should be the ultimate goal of love.

For a man,
There is a woman,
For a woman,
There is a man,
Love ties them together,
with love human being grows,
with love human being sustains.

Love is abstract,
Happens in the heart,
Which nobody could see,
Which nobody could perceive,
which nobody could predict.

When love happens,
Person enters a new world,
Beautiful world that is never been imagined,
Creating a barrier with the real world,
Every seconds are beautiful ...

So beautiful until we forget,
That is God who Injected the Love,
Injected into our heart,
And it is His Power to take it back,
If we are not thankful,
If we are not appreciating,
If we are not realizing,
That the love must be channeled,
To the right path,
To the right destination,
To achieve the right goal,
To achieve the ultimate goal,
To cross from a forbidden to a permissible,
To cross from a sinful to a good deed,
Hoping a continuous Blessings from God,
Blessings to the ultimate happiness throughout the life,
In this world here and in the hereafter.

:: aerobrain :: pi ::

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ada Untukmu - Nubhan

While driving to work this morning, I switched to Hot FM and listen to Fara Fauzana and Faizal together with Misha Omar discussing Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) which will be held on the 10th of January. Then.. almost reaching office, they played this nice song by Nubhan. I don't know why, this song touched my heart, could it be just a morning feeling or part of it.. hmm .. anyway .. here are the lyrics and clip from YouTube:

Di sana pungguk menanti
Mengharap bulan membalas rindu di hati
Di sini aku berdiri
Menunggu penuh dengan kesabaran

Tanpa manis madah
Janji yang puitis
Tuk persembahan
Hanya ketulusan
Sekeping hati suci

Berikan kasih
Kalau itu yang kau mahu dari ku
Berikan cinta
Untuk membahagiakan hari mu
Sayang dirimu (menyayangimu)
Biarpun nafas ku sampai terhenti

Akan ku kota janji kita
Mendirikan Taj Mahal cinta
Seteguh kasih
Shah Jehan kepada Mumtaznya

Terasa indah pabila berdua
Semakin tiba saat bahagia
Merai cinta kita

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Last night I was driving on the MRR2 from Ampang towards Bukit Jalil. There were lots of cars parked at the road side (covering about 2-3 lanes) which slowing down the traffic. At that time was few seconds before midnight, few seconds before the new year 2010! That was the last moment of 2009!

At exactly midnight, there were fireworks from few places. I can see on my right, at the KLCC area, in front of me, might be coming from Bukit Jalil area. I just follow through the traffic and after the congested area I started to drive normally (at my normal speed when the road is clear.. :p).

Driving home last night made me think, what is so special about new year, it gonna be just another day. Waking up in the morning, for those who are working, going to work, for those who was celebrating till late at night gonna wake up late.

Reality is, its not about the date, or the year, its about what is in our mind. If we are expecting something in this new year, we gonna feel it different from the normal days. Otherwise, it just another day..

New Year 2010..
I started with full of respect,

Respect to myself,

Knowing that I've been doing great in the past year,

Thanking God that He still giving me chance in this world..


There are still rooms for improvements,

There are still rooms for perfections,

Because I should not take the chance that God gave me for granted..

As Human Being..

I can't runaway from mistakes due to my weaknesses,

I seek apologize for all my mistakes,

To my family,

To my friends,

To my colleagues,

To my special person,
Let us forgive and forget,

Through mistakes, we grow to be a better person..

This New Year..

I feel like want to be different,

Venture into something I never dare to venture,

Something that might be crossing the line that I've drawn,

Something that might be replacing the principle that I've built,

So that I know the real limit of myself,
So that others know the real limit of me..

Happy New Year 2010!
May this new year brings lots of success, joy, prosperity and laughs to all of us!

Small RC Heli with Gyro for myself :)

:: aerobrain :: pi ::