Forgiveness.

“When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive, forgiveness does not change the past,but it does enlarge the future”

                                                                                                                                                                                            – Mary Karen Read

the ‘rich’ & the ‘poor’

Something my brother & his friend shared with me:

A bespectacle guy went to Afghanistan, the poor Afghani’s ask him, why does he wear spectacle, he said : “To see better”
The poor Afghani took his spectacle & wear on himself: “I don’t see better!”

***

The difference between a ‘rich’ & ‘poor’ people is that, most poor people in poor countries do not need to wear spectacle while the ‘rich’ needs to wear one & pay a lot of money on it. The poor may not be able to afford to have a lot of money but they are certainly ‘rich in health

Interesting is that, back before lamps was invented, the only available light was the day light, when its night time, the only light available was the oil lamp/and such. Therefore, it is likely that most of the people then sleeps early & rest their eyes for the next 10-12hour. Nowadays, with the invention of light bulbs, the usage of light tend to use more than we should be using, what more with internet esp facebook

*Moral: Sleep early people! Goodnight! 

My brother’s engagement, un video.

Finally manage to edit the video , its the first time that i get request for a P. Ramlee & Saloma duet song, this one are from Gelora 

Tried to put some Black & White for a retro look, though personally I am not a fan of B & W. hehe. Oh well, customer is always right.

Well, I don’t get paid anyway, this was made out of fun, at least it will keep my skill brushed – editing video is not really a skill that I am good at though. I have not yet learn how to use FCP (final cut pro) since i dont have a mac to pratice with (*hint*hint*) . Photography are not my main interest,  yet for this purpose I still need good photograph to blend with the video so on this day I was cum photographer at the same time . Yet I do wish I know more about it so that the picture will sync with the video, since there are certain shots that may not match what I want in a video.

Oh well, my days in broadcasting may have long gone due to my master, still it doesn’t mean that I can’t practise once in a while no? Which is why I prefer making video’s for my close friend’s wedding, its sort of my gift to them by capturing their best memories – it may not look professional but at least I hope it can be treasured for a long time. *Truth is I am really bad in giving gift lol!

Still, I find making wedding video’s like this gives me more satisfaction since that is the time when you see real emotion being showed on the Big Day, some may cry,some may shiver, some may laugh but most of all they are happy for the phase they are going to step into. I don’t just mean the bride & groom but also the family coming together.

As for myself, like what my friend once said,

“The question of when I am getting married is for me to decide, your job, is to wait for the invitation”

😉

To Farahiyah

My first question to her was, “Why do you wear your pin like that? Here, why not try like this instead?”

She was having allergies from the pin so she had to put a paper in between her scarf to protect her neck. Instead of that, I showed her to just cross over both side and pin on the scarf without getting on her skin

And that’s all it takes for a 6 years worth of friendship.

It took me 2 years to get used to her perks and 2 years more to accept her for who she is and another 2 years more to finally be able to actually bond with her. We are quite the opposite kind of person, she was all chirpy and spoilt , i was reserved and well not always that ‘manja’.  She loves shopping, I prefer saving. I am quiet and she would be the one who does most of the talking. She likes to hold people hands when she walks with them, I am ‘allergic’  (haphephobia) but somehow that fear turns less and less when she was there.

Of cause, we fight – A LOT, but that’s how you know a person (in this case, how you know a true friend) and despite that I would still miss fighting with her. Especially now we live two states apart. Even though she may look like a spoilt rich girl, she comes from an independent background. She works her way up till now, since she was in school,she helped her mom working as a dishwasher, and almost different kind of job as she grows up. Maybe thats why, in the end, she end up being a business women for her online business ButikPinkku .

Secretly, I envy her, wishing that I could also become if not like her, but as good as her. For I was privileged and blessed to come from a family that don’t require me to work while I grow up.  But things happen for a reason, I am sure that I can still work after I graduate, my journey and hers are not the same and yet our road collides.

Once in a while I’d go and visit her in KL whenever I happen to be going there, once a year, she comes to Penang and spends time here. But most of the time, we meet online –  “See you in facebook!” She says. LOL!

Nevertheless, I am glad that we met, though I will never share her Milo since she makes the Milo too sweet for me (for her actually). And today, marks her 25th birthday. I may not remember the day we met, but I will always remember that it is the year when I started my degree. There are too many memories that have been shared through out our friendship, but the one memory I remember most, is the day we became friends.

*I can’t remember when we became best friend but it happened to grow gradually through out our friendship. hehe.

Have a happy happy birthday Fara!!  May your future ahead will also become a happier events. See you – in facebook!  😉

I stand by The ‘Yellow’ Umbrella

Taking no stand is actually taking a stand in the middle,or perhaps sitting on the fence to see both side opinions – fighting among each other or watching their stupidity fighting for seats. The neutral does not want to be either one for they think beyond than opposing or confirming to the status quo. Being beyond politics because they want to be free from such thinking. After all, at the end of the day, its just which side you are looking (voting) from because if the opposition becomes the government – they are no longer an opposition but the government itself.

Its sad to see that we have come to a time whereby freedom of speech means freedom to say only what opposition/government wants to hear you say. No one actually respect different opinion these days. they will only think you are weird and trash you for being who you are.

Well, actually if I were to really ask myself what I stand for, I stand by my Sultan. Probably have been telling this many times, and given by the recent controversy many would not agree. But we should not ignore the fact that there are also good Sultans, which historically have done a great deal to the spread of Islam & civilization in the Nusantara Sultanate.

Tome Pires, a Portugese historian writer wrote in Suma Oriental (the earliest manuscript on Malacca during their Golden Age)  was recorded to compliment the credibility and humility of the Sultans during their reign. The Sultans was described as following:

Sultan Muzaffar Syah:

“…he always  maintained his friendship with the said King (Jawa & Siam),and a large quantity of foodstuffs comes from Jawa”

“…He was a great man of justice,he devoted much care to the improvement of Malacca…”

Sultan Mansur Syah:

“…Mamursa began to reign wisely over his Kingdom,taking counsel of the old men,for virtuos government in matters of justice and the preservation of the country..”

Sultan Alauddin Riayat Syah:

“They say this King was more devoted to the affairs of the mosque than to anything else…he also taught the King’s of Pahang,Kampar and Inderagiri and their family about Islam because he knew all about them”

And on all the Sultans of Malacca he said:

“.. it is no doubt that  Malacca  is very important and fortunate, it seems to to me that it is beyond comparision therefore whoever becomes the King of Malacca will have his hand on the Venice throat”

It is through the lineage of these Sultans that they are still exist and heritage can still be preserved – no I am not glorifying the Sultan but when Islam came, the Sultan became a muslim and so does the whole Rakyat, Scholars appointed as Advisor to run matters like the collection of Zakat and setting up of Muslims School called ‘madrassa’ and military support was recorded to have been provided by the Sultanates in Indonesia and the Caliphate.

As the result of the Sultan’s embracement to Islam, Malacca became the center of Islam in the Malay Archipelagos, a lot of madrassas, mosques and other facilities were built.  Gold and Silver dinar coins started to be minted and used as the official currency. Many scholar from the Caliphate  and nearby Sultanate was invited to teach Islam to the Sultan and the people of Malacca while a voyage was sent as far as Java, Borneo and Philippines in order to spread Islam either through conquering, invitation or protection through payment in form of Bunga Emas (Gold Flower) yearly tax  to the Malacca Sultanate.

Islamic law was evident  in the Malacca Sultanate such as Undang-Undang Melaka (Malacca Law),variously known asHukum Kanun Melaka or Risalat Hukum Kanun and Undang-Undang Laut Melaka ( The Maritime Laws of Malacca). The law was well designed on the function of each post in the government and showed similarity to the modern government.   In the law,  the Sultan leads the head of hierarchy , Bendahara which is similar to the position or Prime Minister,Laksamana, in charge of  the Sultan and state security, Temenggung as Chief of public police, Penghulu Bendahari acting as Treasurer and Shahbandar who is responsible of trade and ports.

The law designed by the Malacca Sultanate was later applied by the Sultanate descendants after it was conquered by Portuguese such as the Sultanate in Johor, Pahang, and Terengganu with exception on Perak and Negeri Sembilan that made some modification according to their custom. The Sultanate of Malaysia is by history related to each other since that it is a norm to marry a member of the family from other Sultanate to strengthen the power of a Sultanate.

The  Perak Sultanate  on the contrary was quite different, one of the two sons of  the last Malacca Sultan, was sent upon a request from the people of the Perak itself to govern their state since that they don’t have any Ruler. This proves that the Sultanate played a big role generation after generation even before the existence of Constitutional Monarchy.

Observing from this alone showed how blessed we are for through the Sultan’s role then that shaped the Rakyat now. . For the Sultanate  was none other than a continuation of the Caliphate, who was carefully brought up in certain ethics and sent to study the affairs of the government and sent for voyage to practice diplomacy and several other skills to prepare them to become a Sultan before being entrusted to lead the Kingdom.

Sultan Mansur Shah for example,  used marriage alliances between princesses of Malacca and the rulers of conquered states to strengthen Malacca’s control over those states. This was one of the ways of Islam’s expansion in the Malay archipelago. An example of these marriage alliances is the marriage between the king of Siak to Mansur Shah’s daughter, Princess Mahadewi. Besides that, princesses of those conquered states were also married to sons of Malaccan ministers. For example, Princess Wanang Seri of Pahang and Raden Galoh Candra Kirana were married to sons of ministers like Tun Putih Nur Pualam. According to Tom Pires, Mansur Shah also married concubines who were foreign princesses such as Hang Li Po and daughters of merchants from India and Pasai to strengthen trade relationships. These princesses were also converted to Islam. following the lead of the sultan, others married foreigners as well making foreign marriage customs a not uncommon sight in Malacca. – wikipedia

Thus we should not see only one part of the story but look at a bigger picture and take account of the historical background of it before coming up to such conclusion. After all stories about the Kings back then may only be one side of the story, and even if there are stories written about the cruelty of certain King, we must remember that it is still just a story with no profound proof to support the claims. And some story teller meant to tell the story for moral value, which could be his way in reminding the Sultan that they should use their power well and wisely.

Remembering a comment made by my father, the story of Hang Tuah & Hang Jebat is not about picking side whether or not Tuah or Jebat is better than the other. But the underlying meaning was that in every person, there will always be a ‘Tuah’ and a ‘Jebat’ within us who will continue fighting with each other. Therefore, we have a choice, to choose between being ‘Hang Tuah’ or to be ‘Hang Jebat’. The choice is in your hand.

 

“Tiada Rakyat, Tiadalah Raja. Raja dan Rakyat berpisah tiada” 

– Sultan Ibrahim ,Sultan of Johor.