Friday, July 27, 2007
OK then, nevermind.It doesn't matter anyway.
But personally, it does. I love browsing through websites or blogs which have beautiful and colourful designs with plenty of pictures in it. I mean, who doesn't?
That rings a bell in my head. The same concept should be applied in various other situations, e.g during presentation, verbal communication or even writing as a matter of fact. This is all about influencing, convincing and attracting others to listen or read your thoughts. To convey your messages by any means, verbally or literally, you must have various methods and attractive ones too. This includes visual aids, body language, gestures, voice intonations, different ways of writing.. (okay, now I sounds like a PCS or Technical Writing lecturer pulak..)
To make things simple, I just want to say :
If you write a blog, make it simple, interesting and understandable. Convey your message clearly and add some personal touch in it. Most readers love personal touch. Copy paste thingy seldom give remarkable impacts, seriously.
If you make presentation or public speaking, include appropriate emphasization in important keypoints, continuous eye contacts with your audience and good body language as well.
If you communicate with others, say it from the heart, because it would receive by another heart too. Be sincere, regardless your method of approaching. Sincerity always works.
I'm not really sure why I'm writing this, but most probably due to my observations to the other new bloggers or my juniors who are still in early stage, to learn to convey their thoughts and messages to other people. Nonetheless, I'm not that good, and I'm still learning too although I can be considered as `warga tua' in the campus. Hehe. Just want to give a few humble opinions and suggestions, that won't harm anyway.
Learn from cradle to the grave, right?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Baru-baru ini saya ada terbaca tentang ulasan mengenai kod pakaian (dresscode) yang semakin diabaikan oleh generasi masa kini. Tak silap, ulasan itu datang dari Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang yang memang sering menjuarai isu-isu kemasyarakatan seperti ini.
Teringat tentang `portfolio' atau tugasan saya seminggu lalu apabila menjadi fasilitator pelajar baru. Perkara yang saya sering utarakan adalah dresscode atau pun `attire' setiap pelajar, baik pelajar baru ataupun fasilitator sendiri. Satu garis panduan disediakan untuk pelajar ikuti sepanjang minggu orientasi yang bertujuan untuk mendisiplinkan mereka dan membiasakan mereka dengan pemakaian sopan, kemas dan cantik. Salah ke berpakaian sopan, kemas dan cantik?? Perkara yang sama digariskan dalam peraturan universiti, yang saya yakin ada juga di dalam buku peraturan universiti lain. Tapi hakikatnya ramai yang tak tahu, atau lebih tepat tak nak ambil tahu, ataupun degil jugak nak pakai baju selekeh, seksi atau tak sopan di sekitar kampus, dan juga di luar umumnya.
Berbalik kepada ulasan akhbar yang saya baca tu, kod pakaian yang dihuraikan oleh penulis adalah tentang masyarakat sekarang umumnya generasi muda. Zaman sekarang ini seperti telah kembali semula seperti sebelum zaman peradaban atau civilization yang melanda dunia. Tak kira agama atau bangsa, trendnya tetap sama. Contoh pemakaian sekarang yang semakin menular adalah fesyen tak cukup kain, ketat, mendedah tubuh dan sebagainya. Fesyen sebegini memang terjadi masa zaman jahiliyah di mana-mana sahaja, baik orang Arab ke, orang asli ke, orang Eropah ke(sekadar beberapa contoh). Kemudian selepas itu apabila zaman peradaban muncul, kemajuan sosial juga turut berlaku seiring. Bukan hanya sekadar tamadun Islam sahaja. Tengok saja cerita-cerita Inggeris zaman dahulu, pakaian mereka sangat sopan, kemas dan elegan, baik lelaki mahupun wanita. Mana ada fesyen singkat, jarang, berlubang, koyak semua macam sekarang. Hal ini kerana selaras dengan kemajuan peradaban, mereka juga yakin pemakaian yang sopan dan kemas ini akan menyebabkan mereka dihormati dan dipandang tinggi oleh masyarakat.
Sebenarnya dalam Al-Quran sendiri telah meletakkan garis panduan pemakaian yang cukup jelas. Tidak menyusahkan dan tidak pula keterlaluan, memang just nice. Jadi untuk yang masih tercari-cari imej diri dan garis panduan pemakaian, jawapannya memang dah lama ada.Tapi sayangnya sekarang ramai yang taknak ikut, terus buat fesyen sendiri. Itu yang jadinya bertudung tapi tak ikut syariat, menutup aurat tapi ketat (alamak bunyi macam pantun pulak).
Jadinya minggu lalu selepas saya emphasized beberapa kali tentang attire yang betul kepada pelajar baru, saya sangat gembira dan terharu sebab ramai kemudiannya tanya saya macam mana attire yang betul, siap ada yang minta maaf lagi sebab tak ikut guideline attire. Tak tahulah mereka memang ada kesedaran, ataupun takut kena tegur lagi (sebab saya kakak fasi yang garang?? Hehe mana ada). Saya ni bersangka baik sajalah kan.
Saya pun cakap pada adik-adik ni, pakai tudung biar kemas, jangan selempang, pakai brooch. Baju tu pakai la saiz baju sendiri, jangan pakai yang adik punya saiz. Pakai stokin, long sleeves, bla bla bla. Lengan baju tu jangan tarik-tarik, elok-elok lengan panjang dah baju tu. Buruk sangat tengok org pakai tudung selempang (tudung roti canai?? First time dengar term ni), tarik-tarik sleeves semua. Ingat lawa ke pakai macam tu? Haha sorry, ni bukan personal opinion je sebab saya ni perempuan. Saya yakin ramai lelaki pun berpandangan sama juga.
Yang paling saya nak tekankan sebenarnya guideline attire ni bukannya saya saja-saja suruh, ataupun sebab peraturan universiti macam tu. Tapi ni peraturan Allah, Dia yang suruh. Takkan kita nak degil pulak. Kalau Dia nak, dan-dan sekarang je Dia boleh cabut nyawa kita, jadi tak sempat nak bertaubat. Jadi pengalaman jadi `dresscode faci' (alamak, buat term sendiri)minggu lepas tu sebenarnya saya ambil iktibar untuk mengajar diri sendiri dan adik-adik tentang perkara yang sangat asas dalam kehidupan harian kita, iaitu pakaian dan pemakaian.
Semoga usaha yang sedikit ni bermanfaat dan diberkati, Insya Allah.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
A friend of mine requested for me to write something about my experience especially the Vatican City.
Well, I would say not many of people, especially Muslims, whom visited Rome had the chance to visit this Christian's holy country or to be exact, to enter the Basilica de San Pietro (St Peter's Cathedral) in the Vatican City.
Why not many people had visit this country?
Well, there are a few possible resons regarding this. Obviously this place will be very crowded especially when the Christians are having their ritual or religious ceremony like the Christmas, Good Friday or the Easter. If then, the tourists or the non-Christians certainly did not have the opportunity to visit this gigantic church. Besides, when there are special occasions for the Pope, e.g important presidents or diplomats are around town to visit him, yup, there are a mass policemen and securities all over the place, and they restrict the amount of people entering and exiting the country. But the most rigid reason that I've ever encountered so far is the perception and attitude of some of the Muslims about churches, let alone the biggest and holiest place for the Christians.
There is no doubt a Muslim CAN enter a church. In some opinion from the scholars, they even permit a Muslim to perform solah inside, but of course provided with concrete reasons. One thing for sure (correct me if I'm wrong), Muslims are not allowed to attend special rituals and religious ceremony of the non-Muslims cause those may affect our aqidah. You can click here to read the `hukum' of Muslims to enter churches. That's why, when I got this opportunity, I'd immediately told myself - GO FOR IT. This is a chance of a lifetime, and I really believe we can learn a lot from our observation, regardless our race, religion and other differences.
I had to admit I felt quite uneasy the first time I step my foot in a church. That was in Salzburg, Austria, few days before I reach Vatican City. Also I must admit we need a strong will and courage and faith so you will learn and get useful information about other religion, without changing the slightest confidence and beliefs of your own. Nonetheless, it doesn't worth to feel too frightened or too pessimist about the whole situation. Always be in control and feel at ease.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
(This entry was made based on requests which I could not resist. However it will be a very brief one, besides it would be my own personal note for the future)
In the beginning of the semester break, I was having a family vacation to a place fully arranged by Abah. I went there 2 days after my last paper for the final exam, so just imagine I was quite rushed to settle things on time. But then, takde ape2 nak di rush kan pun. My elder brother had arranged his working leave well and my other bro already in a mids of semester break. Thus, I just joined the crowd, infact that the holiday was planned especially for me to fit in (due to my unusual `school' holiday compared to other IPTs)
(halamak I've started blabbering the unnecessaries, I did promise this would be a short one right?? Huhu sorry)
Okay, we joined a 10 days tour covering Austria and Italy. To be precise, the places we went were Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck (three places in Austria) and Verona-Venice-Florence-Pisa-Rome ( in Italy). That explains why it need 10 days to complete, since the distance on the road altogether was more than 1000km. Yep , we also had lots of exercise and calories burning all the way.Here are bits of my experience along the way. (takleh la nak letak semua kan, ada 600+ gambar semuanya..huhu)
Vienna is the capital of Austria, a German-speaking country and it looks typically European. Err, means the old Victorian building, smartly-dressed people rushing everywhere (all of them seems very busy). Also the country is very economically and politically stable, its standard of living is higher than the Italians.Maksudnye, barang kat sini memang mahal ok.
Here's an amateur model in front of Belvedere ( a famous garden in Vienna). He went `adik, tangkap gambar Ame depan bus stop nih! Hehe'`OK OK..' Whatever, bro.(dalam hati) haik , depan bus stop pun nak amik gambar?
This small town is our favourite! A popular skiing place during winter, once hosted a winter Olympic games! We were awed by the Alps and the snowcaps on top of the mountains, something you won't see back in our hometown. This is also the hometown of Swarovski Crystals (girls, takkan tak tau? guys if tak tau Swarovski Crystals, then you're forgiven). Yup the famous man-made crystals. The crystals here are much more beautiful since it used pure, fresh mountain water as part of the main elements in making the crystals.
Among the Crystals displayed and for sale
My bro again, in front of the city hall. To his right was the Arena ( not in pic)
Pisa is very beautiful..it is actually a small village came to life just because its famous leaning tower.The leaning tower's sister you can find right here in Teluk Intan..hehe
My Mom and the sporting aunties..oops, they referred themselves as Charlie's Angels~ ain't they cute?? Hoho
Banyak kan polis? Ni semua Bush punya pasal..takut sgt orang nak serang dia
Salam and good day to all,
Sorry for the lack of entries these days. Its ironic though, since I'm actually in a midst of my semester break, and I was constantly being at home for more than one week until now. For me, blogging needs mood and clear mind. I'm simply pelik, since I did lots of blogging when I'm being pressured with lots of work, and vice versa. Previously during my internship period, I always blogged right after I received instructions and work briefing from my superior. Also last semester, I did blog when I was due to have a test the day after. Haha, that's just me being natural.
Since I'm not doing serious thinking these days (I mean without assignments, meetings, upcoming tests whatsoever) thus I'm quite reluctant to write. It took me quite some time to compose any entry since I know it will reflect myself and maybe make impacts to the readers, so a peace state of mind and a clear objective is very important each time. Sounds complicated, huh? Nah, its not. I'm just dwindling within myself, that's why. And I'm actually in a middle of composing quite a lengthy entry about my previous long journey, so be patient okay? Hehe.(ayat bajet)
Since then, I wish you guys the brightest days ahead=)
"It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words." (Bukhari)