Saturday, December 14, 2013

Change your Attitude, Change the World.

Assalamualaikum and hello readers,

Today will be an interesting post. At least it is more interesting from my previous post. I think. :p I've been talking about this to my close friends a lot. Now I think I need to spread it so that others will have the same realisation if they still don't. Okay, here goes.

I've been in United Kingdom (UK) last year for studying, to be exact, Nottingham, UK. I've been listening to so many stories about people in UK before. How ethic they are, how polite they are, how great the facilities is, how reliable the public transport is.  So, last year, 2012 to 2013, I've experience most of it. It's true, people over there are friendly, the drivers will say 'hi' when we board the bus, people say thank you to the bus drivers before getting off the bus, and the cashier will greet you with a smile. I felt very welcome over there. To be honest, there is one point that I feel like I'm actually home, except for the amount of British people. :p

Going there really broadens my mind. I've a thought. Why Malaysians cannot be like the British, in terms of the reliability of public transport, the cleanliness of the toilets. Oh, and they are also polite on the road. You can hardly find people overtake using the emergency lane, people don't tail gate that much, during my stay there, I never encounter people tailgating. I can list more, but that is not the point of my post today. It's not that I'm not grateful being a Malaysian, is just that, I want Malaysia to be better that any other country. 

I had had a thought about this, I've been analysing, and I think, the root problem is attitude. Why our toilets are dirty? Why we have so many road bullies? Why our public transports are is not reliable? One of the reasons is attitude. We have developed selfishness in ourselves. We don't take responsible and like to pass it to others.

For example, you just use the toilet, and refuse to flush, or even clean up the mess you made just because you think the cleaner should do it. 

Another example, you are driving and stuck in a traffic jam. The bus lane or the emergency lane is empty, so you go into the lane and overtake others just because you're in a hurry. Other people will be furious and follow you. 

Another one, at the traffic light, you've queued long enough, the green light is too short, so you decided to go even the light has turn yellow or even red. 

I think you can think of more things that should not happen right?

Here, I would like to urge all to stop the wrong doings. Try to think about our actions. We usually heard people complaining, but no action was taken by the complainers.

I believe that if you want to gain something, if you want people to act the right way, we must not being affected by others and start to change ourselves. If you want people to abide by the traffic laws, you should start abide it first. If you want people to stop being rude to others, make sure you are polite always, if you want people to leave the toilet as clean and dry as possible, you should make sure you leave it as you want to enter it. 

Change start from you. Don't wait for others to start. Change your mentality and urge others to change as well. Show a good example to other. InsyaAllah Malaysia will be better in the long run. Why wait when you can start now. Maybe it's hard at first, but when we educate others, it will eventually be easier as people will spread it themselves. 

So people, if you have been trying to spread this, please continue this kind act. I support you guys 100%, just make sure to be patient. Remember, while doing this, InsyaAllah Allah will give us reward. Do it with sincerity. 

For those who just having a realization, or probably still thinking about this, please act now. There's nothing to lose, it's for the better of the future. We should let go of our previous attitude and help Malaysia to improve.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Group Design Project brief Story.

Hello there readers. As usual, I'll use the same excuse again and again. I was busy. haha. But seriously guys, it's true, I am. Final year is like being a real engineer. A few projects need to be handle in one time, lots of dateline to meet, meeting here and there and etcetera. hehe.

Oh, this will just be a boring introduction, so If you guys want to read about my Group design Project, do scroll down and start at the blue phrase. 

Sooooo, cut short, next week will be my last week for this semester. yay? not? I don't know whether I should be happy or not. Yes, I'll have a three week 'holiday'. (actually study week la. hehe.)

But then again, I have loads of work, projects and studying to be done. 4 years in University of Nottingham (Foundation til 3rd year) is not as tough and as busy as my final year. Well, the degree clearly stated it's Masters in Engineering (MEng), almost the same level with Postgrad Masters, what do I expect right? haha.

Actually, I have lots of things to talk about. The Idea to write a post is always running back and forth in my mind, but when I have free time, it all gone. Hiding at places in my mind where I myself cannot find. Haha.

So now, I make my own free time to sit down and find those ideas back.

(hello brain, can I come in? I'm looking for my ideas.)

annnnddd another but comes in. I don't know where to start. haha. Too many things to talk about, but which one to choose? hmm, I'm lack of writing blogs skills la. anyone can help me?? hehe.

I'll just choose any topic that comes to my mind right now. So, I'm goin to talk about my Group Design Project (GDP). haha. okay, this will be a boring post (as if my previous post all was interesting). But if you guys are interested to know, continue reading okay?? Okay, thank you.

Okay, so finish with the introduction above, we go straight to GDP. hehe

My GDP topic is 5-Star Majestic Hotel, KL. So briefly, Hotel Majestic was built in 1930s, and me and my group are called to do construction and refurbishments on the Hotel. You can google Majestic Hotel KL, it is an existing building, just reopened in 2012. but we did not design that la. what we design and calculate is not ready yet. but need to submit it next week. (I'M GOING CRAZYY!!!)

So, we started quite bad. throughout the project, we had first, an initial presentation, then comes individual viva, final presentation, and lastly, submitting reports. In our initial presentation, there are about I think more than 6 lecturers and 2 more groups. We started the presentation well, but when it come to the design part, it was very bad. We even being asked to finish our presentation quickly. I assume because it's boring and not good. Right after finish presenting, one lecturer raise his hand and said, "so, I'm going to start comment first. This group is not good." Then he grinned and said "because none of the members in my group took Finite Element (his module)" and continue grinning. So the joking part was over. The faces of each lecturer are all serious and it's like there is lots of question marks on their faces. some look angry and unsatisfied. They ask questions, bashing us that our presentation is not good, no links between other members and so on.

But after finish commenting, there is still positive comments from them.  "The concept and idea is good, the only thing is how you present it. keep up the good work, consider what we've comments."

So, now the stressful period starts. I'm the group leader and I felt a heavy burden on my back. Thinking how to catch up with time as we need to redesign. Oh, I forgot to tell you, this group project is a complex project, means lecturer cannot help.

In the same time, we final year civil engineering student have another final year project (fyp). 2 projects in one year. botak kepala macam ni. hehe.

I encounter difficulties with my group members. At one time, everyone is doing their work not according to what we have discuss and agreed. Making the project is not link together.

During individual viva, our supervisor and moderator comment that my team management is not good as they did not see the link between the works done. Everyone did their work according to themselves. I was to blame.

After individual viva, I was more stern and I improved my management skills. Making sure everything works according to plan. At least most of it according to plan. hehe.

I would like to tell you guys what exactly each member did until I was furious. But.... nahh. no need to kan? hehe.

Finally, before final presentation, we had stayed for hours in meeting rooms and did our works. About two to three days we did that to make sure I know what everyone did, and making sure everyone knows about the progress.

During our presentation, surprisingly, we did very well. Our supervisor and moderator both impressed on the improvement we have made . Yeay!! hehe. what a relief. Now, need to focus on fyp then GDP report.

The End.

Sorry for the boring post guys. next time i'll try to make it more interesting. hehe.

Bye, Assalamualaikum. :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

A First Experience with a Muslim who Declines to Pray

Assalamualaikum. It has been awhile, again, hehe. I think every time I want to post something in my blog, I should put 'it has been awhile. :p hehe. How are you readers? Hope this post find you guys in great health and condition.

Yesterday, I attended a CV Workshop special for Nottingham Malaysian Society (NMS) members. I remembered that someone I know did not pray asar yet. He kept telling me that he had missed most of the time since… Well, let me tell you his side of the story, at least what he had told me.

The situation is sort of like this. Let’s call the person I’m talking about as X. X had missed some of the ‘solat fardhu’ in a day and someone knew about this (not sure how that person knew) and had advise him about the sins of not performing prayer, which is a good thing actually. Unfortunately, that guy did it in a harsh way. So X had a grudge with that guy decided not to perform ‘solat’ and let the guy be responsible for all the sins X made for not perform ‘solat’.

Reminiscing the time when a friend of mine told stories about how we should advice people, I start to admonish X as best as I could.  Alhamdulillah, he listens to me and accepts it with a small laugh. So, next two days, I saw him again and he kept telling me that he had missed 9 prayers in a row. So I continue advising him with a hope that he will repent and not repeating the same thing again. And again, a chuckle from him ended our conversation.

Prior to CV Workshop, I was at home waiting for Asar. Later, when it is time for Asar prayer, I prayed while X watches television. After finish my prayer, I ask him to pray but he literally ignored me and continue laughing to the jokes on the television screen. Don’t think bad about X, I’m sure he did not intentionally ignore me. So told him to pray again, and he said “huh? Okay” and continue watching TV. So I got myself ready and went together with X to the CV Workshop.

As the workshop going, I had a glance at the clock and saw that Maghrib prayer will be starting soon. So I asked him whether he want to pray Asar or not. He answers, “I don’t know”. So I said a couple of times, “go pray Asar, the mosque is already near.” He kept hesitating and then replied, “Don’t force me.” I was really shocked because this is the first time he replied such word when I told him to pray or pray together. Usually he is the one who kept asking me to pray together. I was speechless at that time and stop talking to him.

There is a mix of feeling between anger and sadness at that time. Well actually the feeling stays until today. I’m angry and sad because a Muslim, born and raised as a Muslim, is reluctant to pray and also how lightly they treat Islam teachings.

I’ll pray that X will repent and may Allah give ’hidayah’ to him and us all.

p/s: Sorry for my imperfect English. Still working to be better. :)