27 August 2009

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno. The name itself is strong enough to catch your attention. But forget the name, this 33 year-old woman has brought herself comfortably into the limelight with a BANG, I must say, when she was caught drinking beer by the religious authority. And not only her own, Malaysia too, and whether Malaysia's image is being jeopardized or improved internationally, is another different story to be told. 

She was sentenced to pay up to RM5000 fine and to receive six strokes of cane. I must say KUDOS to you, miss Kartika for accepting your punishment like a......man? You know what I mean. Not only she implied that she deserves the punishment fair and square, she requested to be caned in public. Imagine, it is bad enough that I was caught drinking liquor, which according to my belief is the mother of all evil, why would I humiliate myself more to request such a thing?

Well, maybe I am not as noble as her. Wait. I am NOT as noble as her.

The case is down-right interesting. It is amazing to see various groups, organizations, even ministers would give a damn about something as simple as this. First of all, she confessed to all the charges against her, and second of all, she REQUESTED the public caning, which although something that extremely rarely happens, is her right after all. It is odd to see that this one particular organization who usually supports total women's right to stand against Kartika's decision.

I have to agree that she did not make a wise decision regarding her sentence, but the point is didn't she's the one who requested the damn thing?

The act of caning is widely considered as brutal, uncivilized and unnecessary. What the world refuse to understand is that the sentence is not an Islamic law. It is a made-up Islamic-like law that was created based on human logic . If it is an Islamic law, it would have to be at least 40 strokes of the cane, with some matters to be considered. 

At least her story helps to educate people about Islam a little bit, so that's a plus right?

21 August 2009



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and a Happy 52th Merdeka celebration :)

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17 August 2009

Ramadhan O Ramadhan

Salam people,
It seems that it has been only a couple of weeks I have been fattening myself up in Malaysia. Little that I know, in about five days, we will be in Ramadhan again. The same thing goes round and round the bloggers' circles again. The same thing about preparing yourself for the upcoming hyped-up holy month of Ramadhan. I did the same thing too, coming from a teaspoon of religious background. Yet although the same thing has been brought up again, I personally have not taken the necessity to actually DO it.

So, insyaAllah, this Ramadhan. pray to God, I shall do the best and after it finishes, I will come out all brand-new. InsyaAllah, InsyaAllah.

Better start 'jogging' because I need to 'run' as fast as I could in Ramadhan.

What to do in Ramadhan?
  1. Recite all 30 chapters of the Holy Book Quran.
  2. Finish memorizing the first Chapter of the Holy Book.
  3. actually LOSE some weight, instead of gaining some more.
  4. attend all praying calls from Subuh until Isya. Except maybe Maghrib, hurm.
  5. Doing tahajjud at least 5 times a week.
  6. Having less sleep. Please, please Allah, let this one succeed.

p/s: what do YOU wanna do during this coming Ramadhan?

05 August 2009

Bad driver day and more

Yesterday was a day to remember as a Bad Driver day. Just as my licence got expired, my awesome driving skills [yeah] also apparently, gone. I would like to remember August 4 every year as the day I should pay more attention on the road, or getting yelled at. Haha.

For one thing, when I reversed the car from th house, I almost hit a school kid. Those midgets almost got killed by me, so listen here kids, no running around me when I am driving.

Then, I didn't stop at a zebra crossing when another school kid was crossing it, and what is worse was that the traffic light was at red. If I was a second later to come out of the junction [before arriving at the zebra crossing] I would savagely hit a girl. But don't blame me, blame the makcik behind me who kept honking at me, even when the road was busy as hell.

After that, I got yelled at by a Nazri Aziz look-a-like. If I remembered it correctly, he was yelling 'bodoh! tak nampak ke line kuning?' I was not paying attention, because I realized 5 seconds before that that I should have stop before the yellow line. Haha sorry lah pakcik, aku blur sikit harini.

So yeah, after breaking almost a dozen of rules, I almost kill two school children, got yelled at and gained a lesson of a lifetime. Which is :


By the way, Bukittinggi was awesome :)

Malim Kundang, people. Indonesia's version of Si Tanggang.

The mountains, the icy cold water and the paddy fields. And me, of course :)

Tasik Maninjau.

Me holding the roof from falling.

A f*ckingly enormous crack was formed when an earthquake hit Bukittinggi some hundred years ago.

Jam Gadang, local landmark.
Literally translated into Jam Besar.
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