Friday, 30 October 2009

The Agony of Defeat and the Thrill of Victory

I was invigilating an examination yesterday, 29th of October 2009 and took some images of the students while they were solutioning for the answers to the questions. The hall was so quiet but I could sense the noises in their minds.

Preparing for war: Outside of the examination hall before it begins,  some students are deeply immersed in their last minute revision.

To some, examination is not just another academic activity but a jihad.

The candidates are positioned in a manner that they are unable to see others' scripts.

Then the going gets tough...

and tougher...

and the blank hundred yard stare.

But then the tough gets going...

and going...

 and gone.

May Allah grant success to all of you.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Why do you like to fish?

I was once asked by someone with that question and I must say that I have 1001 answers to it. But the best part of fishing is when you catch a real big one.

The thrill of fighting the fish and finding your way out  to land the monster while you are all alone will put you in a situation of quick rational thinking.

No one is around to help you net the fish and your rod is too small to carry it over to the land. When this happens, don't rush to land it. Be cool and enjoy the rare moment. Be stubborn and don't give in to the fish. Hold the rod vertically and don't let go. The fish will continue to fight to free itself but after awhile it will get weaker and the fight is over. Then, that is when you start pulling it ashore.

I have caught quite a number of big siakap from a pond in front of my house in Bagan Lalang. Frankly speaking, I wasn't really into serious fishing until I bought the house in 2004. I have fished before but the size of the fish was minute and no fighting was needed to land them. In Bagan Lalang however, that wasn't the case. For the first few tries, all the fish escaped out of my ignorance in tying proper knots. So I searched the internet to learn about knots, and later about baits, rods, reels, and even fishing boats and kayaks.

UnfortunatelyI became obsessed and started buying all the gears and gadgets from tackle shops as well as from some fishing stores in the internet.  I have spent thousands of ringgit to fulfill my lust in fishing. At one point, shopping was a lot more enjoyable than the fishing itself. I bought expensive rods and branded spinning, bait casting and fly fishing reels namely Shimano, Daiwa, Sage and what not. I even bought a small Pelican boat with a 3HP engine, a Pelican kayak etc etc. What a waste!

I have learned a  lot about fishing and if you ask me now about it, I'm sure you'll get the right answers. But let me give you a piece of advice in fishing. Size doesn't matter, price doesn't matter, quality doesn't matter. I caught all the big fish not with the most famous rods or reels. But what matters most is the process of fishing. So don't waste your money. Save them for your Umrah or your Haj, InsyaAllah. At the meantime, enjoy these pictures of me with the catch from mediocre rods and reels.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Lunch with Prof John Leipzig

Last week, a visiting professor from the Alma College in the US, Dr John Leipzig came to our department to asses programs in Corporate Communication and Leadership. Our head of department Dr Siti Zobidah requested me to take him to lunch at the IOI Hotel and Resort.

Prof Leipzig is a very friendly and affable person. You'll like him the moment he talks to you.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Dahulu dan Sekarang

Pengetua Baru dan Mantan Pengetua bersama staf Kolej 14

Pengetua baru dan Staf Kolej 14

Selamat Tinggal Pak Ngah, Mantan Pengetua Kolej 14

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Menyambut Hari Raya Tema Arab

Anak-anak Pak Ngah selepas solat sunat Aidil fitri.

Tema Arab ini adalah pengaruh Ajib Al-Haj, anak Pak Ngah.

Rumah pertama yang kami kunjungi ialah rumah jiran kami iaitu En Hanif yang meraikan Aildil Fitri dengan tema Pakistan, he he he.

Rumah En Hanif memang besar dan perabotnya sangat outstanding!

Menikmati kuih raya di rumah En Hanif is like having meal at a 7 star hotel.

Anak En Hanif ada 5 orang dan ini adalah 3 daripada mereka.