Year End Exam Results

A few weeks ago, my eldest son obtained his semester 1 exam results from International Islamic College. CGPA 2.364. I am satisfied with the result, no complaint at all. Of course his mother is the happiest person in the world. He is doing Diploma in Business Administration. If he continues with this fine results till semester 8, he should not worry about getting the diploma and then going onto doing Bachelor in Business Administration at UIA.

Last Friday, Yazid obtained his PMR result. 8As. Again satisfied and no complaint. Of course again his mother is the happiest person in the world. Now he is waiting for a letter from MARA which by then he will know which MRSM he is going to. My wife is hoping that he gets MRSM Jasin as it is just 15 minutes drive from her kampong. As for me, jangan Sabah or Sarawak or Nothern region sudah.

18 Nov Exam Exam Exam !!!

My eldest son Rais just completed his first semester exam at International Islamic College. He is taking Business Administration. The first semester does not seem to be taxing yet, I guess the college is making all new student to get use to college life and method of studying. I expect the second semester to be tougher.

My only daughter Hani has just started her SPM exam, the exam that will determine her future. Not really actually. Of course, everyone wants to do well but it is not the end of the world if the result is not satisfying. Nowadays, opportunities for further studies is everywhere.

17 Nov Hari Penyampaian Hadiah

My youngest son Muis is the brightest of all the siblings. Perhaps, got it from the father ha ha ha. He is in Standard 5 and going to Standard 6 next year.

This year is the most excellent year for him, he got Number 1 in the year end exam and received loads of trophies for best students in several subjects. When other pupils received their trophy one at a time, Muis received them in a tray.

The proudest person on earth would definitely be my wife. She has waited for this moment for sooooooooooo long. Well, she had her moment too when she received a bouquet of flowers for my son's achievement. Another proud moment is when my son will be the Ketua Murid next year.
I haven't got the latest photo, so I posted 2007 prize giving pix.

13 Nov Back to Ultimate Gym

Two days ago, I decided to go back to Ultimate Gym for my workout session. Since Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, I have been working out at the gym provided by my employer. The gym was small with insufficient equipment and I survived for one month. I couldn't take it anymore, the weight plates were few and equipment are mostly for home use. I could not push myself to the limit, the umphhh was not there.

So, when I met Terry Gallyot to tell him "I'm back!!", he said "Dah retire ka?" before I said anything.

Anyway, I have been working out for two days at Ultimate Gym and I feel great, I can now really push myself.

27 Oct: Yazid's Birthday

Today is Yazid's 15th birthday but we could not celebrate as he is away at Muadzam Shah. When the kids were small, we used to buy cake and had a small celebration at home. Now, no more, bila semua dah besar masing2 tak nak kek lagi.

This weekend, me and my wife will be going to Muadzam Shah to attend Hari Graduasi. All Form 3 students including Yazid will be getting their scroll. Seronok jugak sesekali gi outing berdua dengan isteri, macam curi2 gi jalan2, anak2 semua tinggal kat rumah.

20 Oct: Festive Over & Out

Syawal month is over and together with it all the open houses. Before Hari Raya, I spent a lot buying new clothes for the children. It is like yearly affair for the family, I guess it is the same for all other families celebrating Hari Raya. So, in the month of Syawal we sort go to open houses to offset the huge expenditure ha ha ha.

This year's Syawal was quite memorable because I was able to celebrate with all my in-laws and with my siblings. But it was quite strenuous on me having to travel to Melaka and Kuantan and vice versa. Tak pe la, Raya punya pasal.

On 4th of Syawal, I went to my brother's new house in Batu Pahat. He moved there about a year ago but I only got the time to visit him recenty. It was a semi-detached house but wow! I was astounded when I saw the house. It was huge and very modern looking. I hope one day I will be able to have that kind of house.

Now that all the celebration is over, we have to go back to the real world where many challenges are ahead of us. As for me, the greatest challenge is ensuring my children have good life in the years to come, meaning ensuring that they get good education and teach them good values in life.

7 Oct: PMR

Yazid is sitting for his PMR now. Only God knows what he is going through.

I remember when he received his UPSR result in 2006, he immediately called his mother and said "Mak ... Mak ... Mak ... A ... A ... A ... Ajid dapat 5A". My wife cried in happiness.

6 Oct: Daughter's Birthday & PMR

Today is my daughter's Hani 17th birthday. Time flies. I still remember when she came out of her mother's womb, her infancy, her pre-school period, her primary school days and by year end she will complete her secondary school. I miss them when they were small, when they created havoc in the house. Those were the days.

Happy Birthday Hani ! You are the loudest of all your siblings. You know what I mean.

Tomorrow on 7th October, my 3rd child Yazid will sit for PMR far far away from me. That's because he is studying at MRSM Muadzam Shah in Pahang.

He is not brightest of all but he is very hardworking and motivated. I remember when he was in Standard 3 he was demoted to a lower class, he was very down and very quiet which was not him. He bounced back the following year and promoted to the top class in Standard 5. Amazingly he was the top ten 10 student in Standard 5. He never look back since then. I guess the demotion taught him a bitter lesson, work hard & you will be rewarded.

Coming back to the PMR, my wife is the most worried person on earth right now. She is always like that, very concern about the children. While the children are taking exams, I mean any exams, she would sit on the prayer mat and recite the Yassin. Also, she would wake up every night at 3am to perform solat Tahajjud, solat Witir and recite Yassin. I am proud to have her as my wife.

To my son Yazid, I wish him the best. I know you are well prepared and you can do it. My prayers for you.

15 Sep: Del Potro Dumped Federer

The unexpected happened. Roger Federer was chasing his 6th US Open title at Flushing Meadows and was well on his way with his typical hard serves, court coverage and astute shots. But Juan Martin Del Potro made short of his expetation by winning 6-3 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-2.

Federer started well not allowing Del Potro to settle down when he took the first set by exploiting Del Potro's weak coverage on the forehand court. Federer was again superior in the second set but by now Del Potro was beginning to produce his power shots. Federer was being unsettled and become a bit emotional in the third set. The rest was history.

Del Potro won his first grand slam title and I think there will be many more to come.

I was also delighted when Kim Clijsters won the womens event by beating Caroline Wozniacki. She is such a darling. It was a great win after her brief retirement to marry and start a family.

14 Sep: Del Potro Dumped Nadal

I was awake at 1:00 am this morning and couldn't sleep. So, I took the opportunity to watch the tennis US Open Mens semifinal. There it was, Juan Martin Del Potro (I like this name) vs Rafael Nadal. Of course, Nadal is the favourite and has been a finalist in many major tournaments. While Del Potro is the new kid on the block.

Del Potro is from Argentina and stands tall at 6 feet 6 inches, that's really tall. He easily dwarfed me by 1 foot, and that means I will be as high as his armpit. And guess what, this guy doesn't shave his armpit, it shows as he wears sleeveless T-shirt when playing.

Back to the game, Del Potro won 6-2 6-2 6-2. Nadal was overwhelmed by Del Potro's big serves and big forehand and the biggest weapon unleashed was the big backhand. Next, Del Potro will face the current champion, Roger Federer. It will be interesting.

13 Sep: Sleep Disorder

Ever since the beginning of Ramadhan, I have been having difficulty sleeping at night. When I go to bed, I will be spending my time trying to make myself sleepy. I haven't been successful. Till today I don't have any explaination for this. I did not sleep last night and was only able to close my eyes after subuh prayer. That was ok because today is non-working day.

What about tonight? What do I have to do today to sleep like normal people? I guess I'll just make myself busy busy busy today hoping that I will feel tired.

Please make my wish come true.

11 Sep: 1% Rule for Perfect Body

The biggest excuse that most people use as to why they struggle to get in shape is their perceived lack of time to workout and to plan healthy meals regularly.

The 1% rule means that it really only takes 1% of your given time every week to keep yourself in top shape...

Let's think about it in terms of your available time... if you dedicate only 33.6 minutes per day, 3 days per week to a good exercise routine, that's only 100.8 total minutes per week. Considering that you have 1440 minutes in each day multiplied by 7 days equals 10,080 minutes per week of total time.

So now look at those 100.8 minutes per week dedicated to exercise and divide that into the 10,080 minutes total that you have in a week, and that represents approx 1% of your total time in any given week.1% of your time... that's it!

When you think about it in those terms... isn't it really ridiculous when you hear someone say that they "don't have time to workout"... it's actually almost comical that someone would claim they can't dedicate 1% of their time every week to exercise.

Keep that in mind the next time you hear someone say that they don't have time to workout and keep themselves in shape... then go ahead and call them out on it (in a friendly way, of course).

However, even for people that don't have exercise related hobbies, three 33.6-minute high intensity, full body workouts per week can keep anyone in top shape if you're choosing the right exercises at the right intensity.

10 Sep: Live Actions on 19 Ramadhan 1430H

Watched England thrashed Croatia 5-1 this morning with goals from Frank Lampard (2), Steven Gerrard (2) and Wayne Rooney (1). Great performance by England, kudos to all the players.

However, I was disappointed when Melanie Oudin lost her quarterfinal match to Caroline Wozniacki at the tennis US Open. I was hoping Oudin would make it to the semis at least. Anyway, she is only 18 and has a long road ahead of her. She will have her day soon.