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January 29, 2009

Danish Aebleskiver (Pancake Ball)

Last week before we went to California I found a blog that has a recipe for making Danish Pancake Balls
Danish Pancake Ball (Aebleskiver)
Makes 12 or 13 pancake balls

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup milk
I have always been interesting to try international food recipes, so I ordered this Danish Aebleskiver Pan from for less than $9 with free shipping.
This morning, I made about 19 balls and filled them with grape jam. I packed some for husband to bring to work and daughter had some for breakfast. These yummy pancake balls are really easy to make and taste great!


January 28, 2009

Scenic Driving in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California


Entering and leaving Mountain Time in Texas

New Mexico

Driving towards downtown Tucson, New Mexico

Information for visitors about downtown Tucson.


Picnic Area in Arizona

Rest Area in Arizona

Desert Plants in Arizona

Arizona Desert and Mountain


Information for travelers at a San Diego rest area

Driving along Southern California Coastline
Plenty of tall palm trees can be seen along the coastline.

Sunset along the coastline.

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Texas, New Mexico, Arizon and California Road Trip

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Texas - New Mexico - Arizona

Road trip from East to West

Last Friday, Jan. 23, at 3am we started our road trip across four states from the East to the West to attend a wedding in Santa Ana, California. It was husband's long-time friend, Imam Ghazali's daughter's wedding.

All praise be to Allah SWT, husband drove most of the time (about 50+ hours) while I only drove 30 minutes in El Paso, Texas when he needed the time to rest.

We stayed at a hotel in Chandler, Arizona on Friday night and continued our journey the next morning.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
Arizona - California

We arrived in Anaheim, California and had our lunch at the Hatam Restaurant that serves Middle Eastern cuisine. Husband and I used to eat at this place when we were living in Anaheim in 2002.

Chicken kaboob with rice and roasted veggies

After lunch, we arrived at Santa Ana just in time to witness the wedding ceremony. Husband was very happy to see his relatives and friends whom he has not seen for 6 years plus. His relatives and friends were happy to see us. Husband did not tell anyone there that we were planning to visit, so everyone were surprised to see us.

Unfortunately I couldn't find the camera so I was unable to take pictures of the ceremony and the newly weds. After the ceremony, we had Cambodian style meat curry, vegetable soup and rice. These dishes were prepared by the Cambodian Muslim community members who live in Santa Ana.

After that husband prayed at the mosque with the Cambodian Muslim men while I visited Br. Yop Ris's wife at his house. She took care of me when I first arrived in Santa Ana and I was really happy to see her.

At about 6:30pm, husband came to bring us to visit Imam Ghazali. We stayed there for about 2 hours before heading to a hotel near the Children's Discovery Museum in North Santa Ana.

Children's Discovery Museum in Santa Ana, California

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009
California - Arizona

The next day at about 9am, we visited husband's cousins who live in the city of El Monte, about half hour drive from Santa Ana. Husband used to visit her and her husband regularly when he stayed in California from 1985 to 2002.

We then visited husband's friend in the city of Bellflower. He has been husband's long time business partner as well since 1994. We stayed and chatted for about 1 hour.

Before we return to Santa Ana to say goodbyes to husband's friends, we had lunch at Hatam Restaurant.

Husband spent about 1 hour chatting with the bride's father, Imam Ghazali, who conducted our wedding in August 2002. Although we were invited to attend his daughter's wedding dinner in the evening, husband decided not to attend so that we have time to head back to Texas.

Interstate Highway 5 - scenic drive along Southern California Coastline

We drove along the Southern California Coastline highway to do some sightseeing in the city of San Diego.

We then bought dinner at Whole Foods Market in downtown San Diego and headed towards Arizona. We arrived in Yuma, Arizona at about 9pm and stayed at the Days Inn.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Arizona - New Mexico - Texas

Next morning it was interesting to see the tedious operation of putting up the sign of the hotel.

We then headed towards New Mexico and stopped in Tucson to get cold medicine for my cold.

New Mexico Information Center in Downtown Tucson

Yikes! Toy Store in Tucson, New Mexico that sells lots of unique and imported toys.

We stayed at a hotel in El Paso, Texas when we reached there at about 9pm.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009
El Paso - Fort Worth, Texas

We left at about 9am so that daughter had more time to sleep. By this time, the temperature has dropped to the 3os degree F.

Traveling on Interstate Highway 20

As we approached Fort Worth, Texas, it was raining and temperature had fallen to about 21 degree F.

Icicles on the branches of trees at a rest area near Abilene, Texas.

Between Abilene and Fort Worth, we saw four 18-wheels trucks that went into the trench on the side of the road. Most likely the drivers lost control of the truck due to the slippery road condition as ice drops were falling on the roads and cars by this time. Husband drove at about 10-20 miles per hour and other vehicles were doing the same.

Just south of Fort Worth on Interstate Highway 20, we saw 7-8 collisions that involved at least 2-3 cars in each accident. On the eastbound side of I-30, a 18-wheel truck, a pickup and a car were involved in an accident and traffic was piled up for at least a mile.

As a result of the cold icy rain and multiple accidents, a 30-minute drive to our home from South Fort Worth became a 2 hour slow drive. We didn't see any serious car wrecks and hopefully no one was seriously injuried in the accidents.

Summary of the road trip

Distance Travelled- approx. 3000 miles
Fuel - $200 ($1.69-$2.11 per gallon)
Hotel Stay - $300 ($57-$84 per night)
Food - $150

Coldest Temperature - 21 degree F (6 degree Celsius) in Fort Worth, Texas

Warmest Temperature - 69 degree F in Santa Anta, California

Cheapest Gas Price - Texas
Most Expensive Gas Price - California

Favorite Snacks - Pita Bread with Smoked Salmon and Juice

Best Moments - Seeing husband's relatives and friends after 6 years.

Best Entertainment
1. Singing children's songs with daughter
2. Watching her invent games to play on her own
3. Long conversations with husband
4. Listening to 周杰伦 Jay Chou's songs

Scariest Moment - Seeing countless accidents on icy roads and bridges in South Forth Worth, Texas.

Most Delicious Meal - Middle Eastern Cuisine at Hatam Restaurant in Anahem, California.

Enjoyable Scenic Drives
1. Cotton Fields in West Texas
2. Mountains in Texas and New Mexico
3. Arizona Desert
4. Southern California Beaches

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January 22, 2009

Free E-books for Palm

Two years ago I bought a Palm Tungsten E2 to better organize my work schedule when I was working as a full-time librarian. I have also been using it as my electronic phonebook.

Actually the PDA has software that allows electronic documents to be downloaded, accessed and even edited. I have not really explore the full capabilities of the PDA and now that I have more free time, I thought of

Since we are getting ready to be on the road for the next five days, instead of bringing 4-5 books to read during the trip, I searched for free e-books on the internet to download on my PDA.

All praise be to Allah SWT I typed in the keywords 'free ebook palm' in Google and TADA, here are a few web sites where I found some of my favorite books e.g. 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', and non-fiction books on self-improvement. I even found an English translated version of the Holy Koran on one of these web sites.

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center
- Free e-books for palm devices. Contains e-books for illustrated classics, literature in translation, young readers and more.
- Easiest way to search for a specific type of e-book format is by selecting 'Category' and 'Format'.

Project Gutenberg
- Easiers way to search for a specific type of e-book format is by selecting 'Language', 'Category' and 'Filetype'.
- Free e-books ranging from classics, history, mystery, science, thriller and more.

Freeware Palm
- Free e-books, software and games.

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PARENT - Job Description

Received this via email from a Dallas, Texas homeschooling mailing list.

Forward this on to all the parents you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis, letting them know they are appreciated for the fabulous job they do...or forward with love to anyone thinking of applying for the job.

PARENT - Job Description

POSITION : Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma; Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION :Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

DURATION: The rest of your life.

RESPONSIBILITIES :Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toiletsand stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of ahalf million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability forthe quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION : None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION : You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 becauseof the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered;this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.**


**If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!

GRANDPARENTS GET TO START OVER!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !

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January 21, 2009

Homemade Kaya - Wait for Me!

I have been thinking about making my own kaya, a type of jam made with coconut milk, eggs, pandan leaves and sugar.

When I was in secondary school, my mother would make me stand in front of the stove for hours to stir the pot so that it would not be burned at the bottom. The heavenly taste of homemade kaya made all the sweat and tired hand + feet worth it.

Since I came to USA, every now and then I would buy imported kaya from Malaysia and Singapore and splatter generous amount on toasted bread with butter. The taste of those kaya are quite alright, but they also contain preservatives to prolong shelf life.

All praise be to Allah SWT, I found a blog on the internet that explains how to make my own kaya with the bread machine

Oohhhh, can't wait to get my hands on the delicious kaya soon...

1 cup Coconut milk
1 cup Eggs(about 3-4 medium to large size eggs)
1 cup sugar(already reduced from 2 cups)
10-15 pieces of pandan leaves, washed and wiped dry.

(This recipe makes roughly about 1 and 1/2 cups of kaya)

1. Wash, dry and tie up bundles of about 5 pandan leaves in each bundle(like in the pic above)
2. Measure out eggs, then beat lightly till yolk and white mixed.
3. Pour all(as in sugar, coconut milk and eggs) into breadmaker tin(like in picture above) and throw in bundles of pandan leaves.
4. Set on ‘Jam’ function.
5. Check on kaya after some time and make sure sides are mixed too.
6. When the breadmaker completes the function, take it out and cool for a while, remove all the pandan leaves, then put into a blender and blend lightly till it is smooth.


*edited* The kaya will look like lumpy curdy chunks in a watery substance once the breadmaker has completed its cycle. This is NORMAL. You are supposed to blend it to acheive the smooth texture, ie, what we buy off the shelves. You may find that there might be quite a bit of water(this is just sugar water), so drain out some of this water and blend the remainder. You may add in more sugar water if you find your kaya too thick while blending. I hope this will iron out any misunderstandings about the product!

1. You may blend it till it is completely smooth too. I like my kaya with a bit of bits in it, so that you can taste the kaya bits rather than a smooth paste.
2. If you prefer a little sweeter, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup more sugar.
3. If you cook this over the stove, you may not need to blend it since you are constantly stirring the kaya.
4. You may put in more pandan leaves if you want it to be greener… Alternatively, you may pound or blend a portion of the pandan leaves and strain it for the pandan juice and put it into the mixture before cooking.
5. If you’re cooking over the stove, the pot you’re using should NOT be warm/hot when you place the ingredients in to mix. If the pot is hot, the eggs would cook immediately, resulting in scrambled eggs!


Homebaked Pizza is the Best!

Last week I baked a pizza for the family. All praise be to Allah SWT, after this successful attempt (according to husband's high approval rating), we will not be spending $15 on pizzas from Papa John's anymore.

The cost of baking our own pizza is less than $10. The mozzarella cheese was made with microbial rennet and costed $4. The combined cost of flour, water, salt and yeast to make the pizza dough is less than $2. For toppings I used 1/4 cup of pasta sauce, a (sliced) tomato, four (sliced) button mushrooms and a (coarsely chopped) red bell pepper and they costed about $2.

I baked the bread on a 16 inch round pan with holes. This seemed to make the pizza crust crisper and baked more evenly. The yummy gooey melted cheese embedded the delicious flavors of the toppings.. mmmmm......

I have to thank my mother for the motivation to bake my own pizza at home. When I was in seconday school, my mother would bake all types of cakes and bread. Her constant attempts to bake good pizzas really left a deep impression on me. My three other siblings and I always fought for the last scrap of pizza and I was really proud that my mother baked such wonderful goodies for us.

Now I am waiting for my daughter to get older so she'll be the baker for the family...


Wedding in California

Last week husband's long-time friend called to invite us to attend his daughter's wedding in Santa Ana, California on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.

It's been six plus years since we left California and have not been back to visit his friends. So husband and I are looking forward to seeing his friends after so long. We are planning to drive to California on Friday morning and it'll take about 22 hours to get there. we'll probably stay one night in Arizona on the way.

Since he can only take three days leave due to his busy work schedule, we hope to get back home by Tuesday night, Allah SWT willing.

Apart from attending the wedding, I'm also planning to meet up with a teacher who moved to Irvine, California in November 2008. I called her last week to tell her about our pending visit and we are both looking forward to seeing each other.

Few days ago I found some useful information on how to travel cheaply across USA Allah SWT willing we hope to spend within our budget on this trip.

Today I've been busy cleaning and getting ready for the trip. I'll need to remind husband that we'll need to stop every 3 hours to let daughter stretch her legs and vent off some of her never-ending energy. Going on a road trip with a two-year-old toddler is going to be interesting....

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Madeleines - Petite French Cakes

After reading my dear sister's successful attempt at baking madeleine, petite cakes originated from French, I have been thinking of baking some for husband and daughter.

I also found two demos of making madeleine in French on YouTube. Although I don't understand French, it is quite easy to figure out the steps since the ingredients are almost the same.

1. Recette de cuisine: madeleines tradition au citron

2. Recette des madeleines

I found another madeleine recipe on the internet and used these measurements for my first attempt.

Madeleines (Petite French Cakes)

4 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1+1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
zest of 1 large lemon
1 pinch of salt

Verdict: All praise be to Allah SWT the madeleines taste really good! The fresh lemony flavor and butter made up for the lack of vanilla essence. Daughter keeps asking for 'cake, cake' and I have to stop at the 4th one or else we might gobbling down all 30 madeleines. Now I have to find a way to hide the rest or they will end up in husband's tummy when he sees them ;-)


January 16, 2009

Best No Knead Bread Recipe

b Yummy homebaked bread made with flour, water, yeast and salt.

Home baked bread taste so much better and cheaper than buying from the store. It is amazing that a simple combination of flour, water, yeast and salt can create the most wonderful and satisfying bread.

Yesterday afternoon I used the bread machine to make the bread dough and baked it this morning in the oven [tada!]. Just thinking of slabbing butter and kaya on slices of this bread is enough to send me to lala-land...

I have been looking high and low for a no knead bread recipe and all praise be to Allah SWT, I found one!

The only problem I have with homebaked bread is that husband will gobble down all at once when he saw them, and then felt guilty that he is gaining weight from eating all the delicious bread [doh!]. Although I stopped baking bread 3 years ago he still has not lost the bread-weight yet.

Anyway, I found this quick and easy way of baking a no knead bread on YouTube and will try it out soon, Allah SWT willing.

Step-by-step instructions on making this no knead bread is also available on this blog

Yield: one 1 lb loaf

3 cups bread flour
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
3/4 tablespoon kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
1 1/2 cups warm water

Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel…something that can go into a 450F oven.)


The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating

Since husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol level in December 2008, I have been looking out for useful information that might give me ideas on how to better balance his diet.

According to an article published by the New Yok Times, here are the 11 best foods people should be eating but aren't

1. Beets - Contains folate and a possible cancer-fighting ingredient.
2. Cabbage - Contains caner-fighting enzymes.
3. Swiss Chard - Protects against aging eyes.
4. Cinnamon - May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
5. Pomegranate juice - Lowers blood pressure nad contains antioxidants.
6. Dried plums - Contains antioxidants.
7. Pumpkin seeds -Contains magnesium.
8. Sardines - High in omega-3's, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium.
9. Turmeric - Contains anti-inflammaroty and anti-cancer properties.
10. Frozen blueberries - Helps improve memory.
11. Canned pumpkin - High in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A.

January 14, 2009

10 Signs of Good Character

10 signs of good character

Giving the salaam and being cheerful: the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said,"You will not enter into Jannah until you believe, and you will not believe (i.e. have complete faith) until you love each other. Should I not guide you to a deed that if you do it you will love each other? Spread the salaams (peace) amongst yourselves." Narrated by Muslim.

"Smiling in the face of your brother is charity." Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree in al-Adab al-Mufrad (the book we currently study from) and it is saheeh.

Giving salams (peace) to only those who you know is a sign of the hour as ibn Masood narrated that said, "Indeed from sign of the hour is that the salaams is only given to people familiar to each other." Narrated by Imaam Ahmad and at-Tabaraanee and shaykh al-Albaanee declared the hadeeth saheeh.

Avoiding argumentation even if you are right: the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "I am the guarantor of a house in the lower level of Jannah (paradise) for the one who avoids argumentation even if he is right. I am the guarantor of a house in the mid level of Jannah for the one who avoids lying even while it is in jest. I am the guarantor of a house in the highest level of Jannah for the one who has good character." Narrated by Abu Dawood and shaykh al-Albaanee declared the hadeeth saheeh.

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: The whole world is a provision, and the best object of benefit of the world is the pious woman.

Giving heartfelt handshakes: Whenever the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) shook someone else's hand, he would continue doing so until the other person first removed his hand.

Saying a good word: Saying a good word is a very noble deed and it is not an act of hypocrisy. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "A good word is charity." Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

Refraining from speaking except for which there is a benefit. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever believes in Allaah and the last day should say that which is good or be quiet." Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree.

Not having secret discussions in a public gathering because this creates animosity in hearts of those who are excluded from such conversations. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "If there is three of you, then two persons should have a private discussion to the exclusion of the third person unless they include everyone for that saddens the others." Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

Avoiding that which does not concern one, because the one who does such will fall into that which he/she does not like. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "It is from the good character of a Muslim that he avoids that which does not concern him." Narrated b y at-Tirmidhee and shaykh al-Albaanee declared the hadeeth saheeh.

Hadith - Bukhari's Book of Manners #329
... Ibn 'Abbas said, "If you wish to mention the faults of your friend, mention your own faults first." Wanting good for others and avoiding jealously because jealously is one of the biggest reasons that leads to the destruction of the ties of brotherhood. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "Do not envy one another..... A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim." Narrated by Muslim.

Not looking down on others: Allaah says, "O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. " (Surah al-Hujaraat) Al-Tabaree stated in his tafseer that women were specifically mention as a separate group even though they fall within the general meaning of those who believe because belittling and looking down on others is more common amongst them than it is amongst men. Ai'shah said, "I said Yaa rasulu-Allaah Safiyyah is a woman...and she gestured with her hands hinting that she meant she is short, so he said, 'you said a word if it was placed in the ocean it would have corrupted all of it.'" Narrated by at-Tirmidhee and shaykh al-Albaanee declared the hadeeth saheeh.

Shaykh Abdur-rahman as-Sadee said in his tafseer regarding this ayah, "This shows that every action or statement that indicates that one is belittling his Muslim brother, then it is haraam (prohibited), impermissible. And this is also indicative of the fact that the one who is belittling the other considers himself to be better than others, whereas it is quite possible that the one who is being looked down on is better as is the reality in most cases. For looking down on others does not occur except from someone whose heart is filled with evil characteristics, and this is why the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "It is enough evil within a person that he looks down on his Muslim brother.

"Giving gifts and being generous: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said, "Give gifts to each other and you will love each other." Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree.

The Noble Qur'an - Al-Hujurat 49:10 - The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islâmic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allâh, that you may receive mercy.

Kind words and forgiving of faults are better than Sadaqah (charity) followed by injury. And Allah is rich and he is most forbearing. (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:263)


January 13, 2009

Favorite Japanese Animated Movie - My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro)

My all time favorite Japanese animated movie is 'My Neighbor Totoro' (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro) It's a really well-made movie and mesmerizing story that tells about the innocence of children, and respect for nature.

Yesterday I tried to watch the 'Totoro' VCD that my dear sister gave me when she came to visit in May 2008. Half way through disc 1 on the laptop, the movie stopped with an error message that the file is corrupted.

All praise be to Allah SWT I found the following clips on YouTube. Now if only I can get my dear sister to get the original Japanese movie in DVD from Singapore for me... [hint ;>]

Here is a clip from the movie that shows how Totoro helps the two young girls to make their seeds sprout

Totoro sountrack with English lyrics

Let's go for a walk! Let's go for a walk! I feel so great!
I love to walk!
Let's get going now!

On slopes, streets, tunnels, marvelous grass...
On Japanese bridges, gravel roads...
On cloudy days, downsloping streets...

Let's go for a walk! Let's go for a walk! I feel so great!
I love to walk!
Let's get going now!

Even the foxes... even the badgers... come on out!
Let's race to the forest
I have so many friends! I'm so happy!

Totoro - movie soundtrack original singer's performance:

January 12, 2009

Singapura, oh Singapura, Sunny island set in the sea...

My dear sister brought three Singapore souvenirs, a Merlion figurine and two shot glasses with Singapore landmarks, for daughter when she visited us in May 2008.

The Merlion figurine has an on-off switch to play the song 'Singapura' sung by a male singer with quite a good voice. Recently daughter wants to keep playing the song and dance to the melody.

Whenever I hear this song, it really brings back memories of my secondary school choir. I remember Miss Lee, the Music Teacher who taught us in Secondary 1 and 2. Although she was always very strict and stern with us, she played the piano really well and I enjoyed her lessons very much.

Singapura - A Children's Song

Singapura, oh, Singapura, Sunny island sets in the sea.
Singapura, oh, Singapura, Pretty flowers bloom for you and me.

Come along join the song in merry singing,
Blend our voices, Join in the chorus.

Singapura, oh Singapura, Pretty flowers bloom for you and me.

The 5th Grade Teacher

I got the following touching story, a fiction, from a blog .

The 5th Grade Teacher

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... He is a joy to be around...'

His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.'

His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken.'

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class...'

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's' laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.

By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets.'

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer, the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.'

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, 'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'

(For those of you who don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)


Warm someone's heart today. Pass this along. I love this story so very much, I cry every time I read it.

Just try to make a difference in someone's life today? Tomorrow? Just 'do it'.Random acts of kindness, I think they call it!

Ruo Mi Fan 糯米饭

I've been wanting to cook Ruo Mi Fan, or 'Loh Mai Fan' in Cantonese, for daughter so that she begins to get used to eating Chinese dishes with different types of seasoning. When I was in Singapore, I used to order this dish and Chinese steamed buns from the coffee shop's Dim-Sum stall.

I found this recipe on a blog and eliminated adding meat to make the dish suitable for vegetarians.

All praise be to Allah SWT daughter seems to enjoy having this for lunch. I have to stop myself after eating two bowls of this yummy dish. Mmmmm... simple joy of good and tasty food...

Glutinous Rice (soaked overnight)
Dried Shrimps (soaked and chopped finely)
Dried Shitake Mushrooms (soaked and chopped coarsely)
Garlic (sliced thinly)
Dark and Light Soy Sauce
Cooking / Sesame Oil

1. Fry garlic, shrimp and mushroom until fragrant in cooking oil.
2. Add soy sauce, sugar and rice. Mix well.
3. Transfer into shallow glass plate.
4. Add enough mushroom liquid until rice is just covered and steam over boiling water in wok for 30 minutes.
5. Garnish with spring onions, toasted peanuts and crisp fried shallots.
Note: Bite-size boneless chicken meat can be cooked together with shrimps and mushrooms before rice is being added.


What are we going to do with dad?

My father-in-law is now resting at home and being taken care by my sister- and brother-in-law. 65% of his brain is damaged by two strokes. Although he can move around his house with ease, his reasoning skills are almost no longer in existence.

I came across this article "what are we going to do with dad?" by Dr. Jerald Winakur on the internet yesterday and it echoes my concerns for my FIL.

PREFACE: America is getting older, and older Americans are living longer. What has not changed is the dysfunction and illness that usually accompany aging. Geriatrician Jerald Winakur looks at the "vast inland sea of elders" that is building and wonders where the doctors will come from to care for them. Writing as the son of an eighty-six-year-old man with dementia, Winakur also details the nitty-gritty of caring for an increasingly debilitated parent. In both of his roles—loving son and highly skilled professional—he is hard pressed to alter a course that punishes his dad and tears at his family. Even as medical science extends life, the future seen through his eyes is fraught with clinical and moral quandaries.

January 11, 2009

Planning for daughter's education

I have been thinking about going back to work, but right now I am just so comfortable with my lifestyle as a stay-at-home-mom and substitute teacher.

I kind of miss my days at the Texas Tech University as a librarian, where I really enjoyed my work and opportunities for professional development. Right now there is an opening for a Science and Engineering Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am really tempted to apply for the job but hesitate when I think about the long hours I will be putting in for this job.

I realized that when I work full-time outside home, I tend to throw my whole body and mind into the job as I am such a workaholic. Right now I am throwing my whole body, mind and soul into educating and bringing up my daughter, and I am really enjoying it. But the risk of a single-income family is always hanging on my mind. Also the rising cost of higher level education for daughter is also something that keeps my awake at night.

Husband always reminds me to have faith in Allah SWT and that everything that we need will be provided as long as we work hard. I am praying hard that daughter will score As, under my supervision Allah SWT willing, for all subjects to get full college scholarships for her education.

Homemade Bread is the Best!

After reading an article on about why it is more eco-friendly to bake our own bread than buying from the store, I became motivated to bake bread at home.

So I took out our bread machine Breadman TR555LC that we bought 4 years ago. I used to make bread dough with the machine and hand shaped them into bread sticks /pretzel before baking them in the oven. When husband started to gobble down all the baked goodies at one sitting, I stopped baking bread to cut down on his carb intake.

I went online to find good bread machine recipes and stumbled upon this web site about making the best pizza . I consider myself having a passion for baking and cooking tasty and nutritious food, but this guy is really something. He really took a lot of time to investigate which cheese, tomato and flour to make the best pizza. Of course he got to enjoy all his creation resting in his stomach after putting in so much effort into it.

Well, I am going to try to bake bread at home from now onwards, Allah SWT willing. Instead of baking all of the dough at one time, I intend to divide it into portions and bake one or two batches at a time. Homemade bread - here we come!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. - William Morris

Yesterday morning while husband took daughter for a walk at a park, I went to the nearby Barnes and Noble bookstore (Yes! Alone at last!) and end up staying there for about 2 hours. I found a book 'Apartment Theraphy' about designing, living, sleeping, cooking, working and storage spaces by regular people in small apartments.

This quotation by William Morris was featured in the book: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. I was so enlightened when I read this. For four months I have been struggling to organize my hobby supplies in the kitchen but could not find any inspiration to do so. All praise be to Allah SWT and thanks to this book, I realized that I need to do three things:

1. Designate appropriate and sufficient storage space for specific things
2. Discard or donate away unused things
3. Reuse a piece of furniture creatively

After I came home, I moved the baker's rack from the living room to the kitchen. It was used to hold daughter's puzzles and toys and newspapers that I intend to recycle. Now I used it to organize my scrapbooking, cardmaking and stationery supplies.

I moved daughter's stuff into a built-in shelve in the dining area. What did I do with the DVDs and CDs that previously occupy that spot? I moved them to the TV stand's storage shelves which were not using utilized.

After spending 1.5 hours to get this task done, I felt so much more confident and happy about myself.

Apartment Theraphy


January 07, 2009

Suffering in Gaza Strip, Palestine

Since the news broadcast about the heavy bombing and senseless killing of Palestine civilians in the Gaza Strip by the Israelis arm force, it's been difficult for husband and I to watch the news.

According to a PBS documentary about the U.S president Harry Truman, the current Israeli state was created, with aid from the United States, in parts of Palestine shortly after World War II.

What gives the Jews the right to take away land from the Palestinians? Simply because they claim that the Bible and Torah said that the land belonged to them before they were banished by God to wander in the desert. So now it is their God given right to take back 'their' land after the holocaust that happened in Germany? Why not take land away from the Germans and set up their state there?

Before I came to the U.S.A., I had no idea about the history between the Israelis and Palestinians. I wondered why they kept on killing people and cause misery to thousands of innocent people, but I never bothered to find out the truth.

All praise be to Allah SWT now that I am more educated on this issue, it infuriates and saddens me to see innocent Palestinians being killed. If my home were to be bulldozed to the ground by strangers who demand that I leave my land, I would feel helpless and angry like what Palestinians experience every day. It is every person's God given right to defend his or her property and life, and to fight against tyrants and bullies who oppress them.

Besides praying for the people in Palestine, Muslims all over the world are holding rallies in major cities against this war crime and donating money to help provide food and medicine to Palestinians.

Latest news report about the crisis is available on the PBS web site

Parallel Realities: A Jewish/Arab history of Israel/Palestine by Eric Black.
Excerpts from Chapter 1.
Summary: In the Israelis' and Palestinians' long struggle for security and identity, each side holds sharply different views on the major historical events affecting the land that both peoples claim. This chapter covers the historic arguments, from thousands of years ago through the 20th century. The author's statements in this chapter are based on the writings of scholars and the words of Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Montessori Education Program

For the past week I have been reading up on the Montessori education method for young children on several web sites. After seeing an example of a learning wall, I set up this chart that includes topics such as 'Weekly Theme', 'Vocabulary Word', 'Alphabet Letter', 'Numbers' and 'Shape/Color'. I added the topic 'Arabic Alphabet' for husband to teach daughter.

In addition, I also set up daily routine schedule to teach daughter 'Practical Life Skills', Sensorial Activities', 'Math Activities', 'Cultural Activities' and 'Language Activities'. The key is to make these learning sessions fun and stop before the child is tired of it.

Here are the links to these web sites that I found useful.

Early Childhood Resources for the Home

The Educational Video Publishing company sells lots of DVDs that focus on different aspects of Montessori education.
(Note: Transcripts of the DVDs can be found on this web site.)

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January 04, 2009

Community Service

I've been giving free tutoring to a 3rd grade student in Math since November 2008. All praise be to Allah SWT he is quite good at this subject but he needs more coaching in word problems. Another problem is that he tends to work fast on his test questions but does not check his answers. So I have been reminding him to double check his work.

His parents were from Somalia and they work very closely with him at home. Being the oldest child of 4 kids in his family, he gets more pressure to get good grades but does not get adequate attention from his parents since they have to take care of two younger children age 1 and 4 years old. His sister, one year younger than him, does very well in school.

All praise be to Allah SWT, in December 2008, his math test score improved by 10 points, and his mother was very happy. I feel an enormous sense of satisfaction to see him succeed in school. By donating my time and skills to help a community member, I feel rewarded in an unique way. Allah SWT willing I hope to get my daughter to perform community service when she gets older.

Muslims' Prayer to Avoid Diseases and Disasters

My father-in-law was discharged from the hospital on Friday and is now resting at home.

Many thanks to Sr. Norsofina for emailing this prayer (du'a) to me.

Translated from this blog, originally in Bahasa Malaysia:

DISEASES Wind Ahmar is a part of the body died of disease, which usually come with the sudden and too difficult to diubati.

Walau bagaimanapun, dengan rahmat dan belas kasihan Allah swt kepada hamba-hambaNya maka melalui Nabi Muhammad saw, umat Islam dikurniakan doa yang sangat mustajab dan besar faedahnya bagi menjauhi penyakit tersebut disamping lain-lain penyakit berbahaya dan bala bencana.

However, with the grace and mercy of Allah and His servants through the Prophet Muhammad saw, Muslims dikurniakan prayer is very effective and good for big avoid disease in addition to other dangerous diseases and troops disaster.

Amalkanlah membaca doa ini selalu, paling kurang sekali seumur hidup.

Amalkanlah always read this prayer, most less than once a lifetime.

Dengan mematuhi kaedah dan adab-adab berdoa disamping berikhtiar, Insya Allah, mudah-mudahan doa kita dikabulkan dan kita terhindar dari penyakit yang berbahaya ini.

Kaedah comply with courtesy and-pray beside tend courtesy, Allah, that our prayers and granted us avoid this dangerous disease.

That is:

Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang; dan dengan-Nya kami memohon pertolongan; dan dengan Allah; dan dari Allah; dan kepada Allah; dan segala pujian tertentu bagi Allah; dan tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah; dan Allah Maha Besar, yang Maha Mulia dan Maha Agung; yang aku takut dan bimbang terhadap-Nya.

With the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful; and we ask His help and with God, and God and to God, and all praise God for certain, and there is no God but Allah, and Allah is Great, the Most and Maha Mulia Agung; that I am hesitant and afraid of him.

Allah Maha Besar dengan segala kebesaran-Nya; segala pujian tertentu bagi Allah, sebanyak-banyak pujian.

Allah is with all of his greatness; any particular praise for God, as much praise.

Dan Maha Suci Allah pagi-pagi dan petang-petang.

And the Glory of God in the morning and evening-evening.

Dengan nama Allah yang menyembuhkan, dengan nama Allah yang mencukupkan; dan dengan nama Allah yang menyihatkan; dengan nama Allah yang dengan nama-Nya tiada memberi mudharat sesuatu apa jua di bumi dan di atas langit, dan Dia Maha Mendengar lagi Maha Mengetahui.

With the name of God to heal, with the name of God, who recruit, and with the name of God that menyihatkan; with the name of God with his name not give mudharat something so what on earth and the heavens above, and He is Hearing, Knowing.

Dan Kami turunkan sesetengah dari Al-Quran yang menjadi penawar dan rahmat untuk orang-orang yang beriman.

We sent down Some of Al-Quran is a bidder and a mercy for those who believe.

Ya Allah, aku yang menjampi dan Engkau yang menyembuhkan.

O Allah, I and Thou that menjampi a cure.

Aku berlindung dengan-Mu daripada kejahatan yang telah Engkau takdirkan.

I seek refuge with You from the evil that you have takdirkan.

Allah Maha Besar, Allah Maha Besar, Allah Maha Besar.

Allah is Great, Allah is Great, Allah is Great.

Aku berlindung dengan Allah, Tuhanku dan Penciptaku, Pembentukku dan Pencipta Rupabentukku dan Pemberi Rezeki sekalian manusia.

I seek refuge with Allah, the Lord and Penciptaku, Pembentukku and Creator Rupabentukku and sustenance of mankind.

Aku berlindung dengan Allah daripada sekalian kebinasaan, dan segala maksiat, bala bencana, penyakit dan segala kesakitan, kemalasan, kemunduran dan kebinasaan.

I seek refuge with Allah from all destruction, and all maksiat, troops of disaster, disease and all the pain, laziness, decadence and destruction.

Ya Allah, lindungilah penanggung (pengguna) suratku ini dengan nama-Mu yang Maha Mulia dan Maha Agung; dan sifat-sifat-Mu yang sempurna, wahai Yang Mempunyai Kebesaran dan Kekayaan.

O Allah, lindungilah underwriter (users) this letter with the name of thy Most Mulia and the Court; and nature thy perfect, oh well the Property and The.

Wahai Tuhan yang memiliki kerajaan dan alam malakut; wahai Tuhan yang memiliki keagungan dan kegagahan.

O God who has the kingdom and natural malakut; O Lord who has majesty and bravery.

Maha Suci Engkau, alangkah besarnya Engkau wahai pencipta segala langit dan bumi.

Glory to Thee, O Thou how the size of the creator of heaven and earth.

Wahai Tuhan tempat berlindung mereka yang menyesal (akan dosa-dosa mereka); wahai Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih terhadap orang-orang miskin; wahai Tuhan pemilik kebesaran dan kekuasaan, wahai Tuhan yang mempunyai belas kasihan dan memberi kebajikan dan Ihsan; wahai Tuhan yang banyak kasih sayang, wahai Tuhan yang banyak memberi; wahai Tuhan yang Maha Gagah dan tiada sesiapapun yang mampu mengalahkan-Nya; wahai Yang Melindungi dan Dia tidak memerlukan perlindungan, aku berlindung dengan-Mu dari azab ke atas badan dan kesempitan; dan aku berlindung dengan-Mu dari penyakit Angin Ahmar dan penyakit yang besar yang menimpa ke atas diri dan roh, darah dan daging, tulang dan kulit, urat dan urat saraf.

O Lord shelter they regretted that (will be their sins); O God the Most Pengasih against poor people, O God the greatness and power, O Lord have mercy and give good and Ihsan; O God of love of many I, O God who gives a lot; O God Almighty that there is no mighty one and anyone who is able to defeat him; Protecting the O and He does not need protection, I seek refuge with You from the punishment to the body and narrow, and I seek refuge with You Wind Ahmar's disease and diseases that befall most of themselves, and to the spirit, blood and flesh, bones and skin, muscle and nerve.

Maha Suci Engkau; yang apabila Engkau menghendaki sesuatu maka Engkau hanya mengatakan “Jadilah!

Glory to Thee; that if you want something then you just say "Be! Maka jadilah ia”. So be it. " Allah Maha Besar, Allah Maha Besar, Allah Maha Besar. Allah is Great, Allah is Great, Allah is Great.

Wahai Tuhan yang menjadikan; wahai Tuhan yang membuat kebajikan, wahai Tuhan yang memberi pertolongan, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Gagah, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Adil, wahai Tuhan yang Berdiri dengan Keadilan, wahai Tuhan yang mendengar tangisan orang-orang yang meminta pertolongan.

O God who made; O Lord who make good, O Lord, giving aid, O God the Most Gagah, O God the Most Just, O Lord of the Standing Justice, O Lord hear the cry of those who ask for help.

Wahai Tuhan yang memulakan (dari tiada kepada ada), wahai Tuhan yang mengembalikan, wahai Tuhan yang menolak, wahai Tuhan yang Mencukupkan.

O God who set off (from nothing to have), O Lord of return, O God who refused, O God who recruit.

Wahai Tuhan yang menyembuhkan, wahai Tuhan yang meng’afiatkan, wahai Tuhan yang memberi pertolongan terhadap orang yang memohon pertolongan.

O Lord who heals, the meng'afiatkan O Lord, O God who gives refuge to people seeking help.

Wahai Tuhan yang menerima kesyukuran, wahai Tuhan yang banyak memberi balasan atas kesyukuran.

O Lord who receive gratitude to god, oh god a lot of gratitude to god to give up the reply.

Wahai Tuhan yang Maha Kasih Sayang, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Belas Kasihan, wahai Tuhan yang memberi pertolongan, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Berkuasa, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Gagah, wahai yang Maha Berkuasa, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Agung, wahai Tuhan yang mendahulukan, wahai Tuhan yang mengkemudiankan. O God the Most Valentines,

O God the Most Kasihan Belas, O God who gives help, O God the Almighty power, O God the Most Gagah, O Most power, O God the Most Great, oh God that predate, O God the mengkemudiankan.

Wahai Tuhan yang hidup, wahai Tuhan yang berdiri dengan sendiri-Nya, yang membalas mereka yang jujur dengan balasan ke atas tiap-tiap diri dengan apa yang mereka usahakan.

O Lord of life, O Lord who stood with his own, which give them a fair reward to the top of each themselves with what they have earned.

Wahai Tuhan yang memerintahku, wahai Tuhanku yang memiliki aku, wahai Tuhan yang memberi perlindungan.

O God memerintahku, O Lord, that I have, O Lord, giving protection.

Wahai yang Maha Mengetahui sesuatu yang kami sembunyikan dan kami dedahkan; wahai Hakim yang menjatuhkan hukuman, wahai Tuhan yang memerintah sekalian orang-orang yang beriman; wahai Tuhan pembantu orang-orang yang dhaif dan miskin; wahai Tuhan yang Mencukupi keperluan orang-orang yang bertawakkal.

O who knows the things that we hide and we dedahkan; O Judges who sentence, O God who ruled all of those who believe, O Lord parlormaid people and poor dhaif; O Lord of adequate needs of those who bertawakkal .

Wahai Tuhan yang mendatangkan malam ke atas siang dan siang ke atas malam; wahai Tuhan yang Gagah (mengalahkan) setiap syaitan yang sangat durhaka, wahai Tuhan yang mengalahkan setiap orang yang sombong lagi degil; wahai Tuhan sebaik-baik Pemerintah; wahai Tuhan yang sebaik-baik memberi pertolongan, wahai Tuhan yang memberi rezeki kanak-kanak yang kecil, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih terhadap orang tuan (yang sangat tua), wahai Tuhan yang memerintah orang-orang yang beriman; wahai Tuhan bagi orang-orang yang dahulu dan orang-orang yang kemudian; wahai Tuhan yang pengasih kepada orang-orang yang bertaubat, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih dari kalangan yang mengasihi.

O Lord of the night to bring up the day to day and over night, O God the mighty (defeat) every devil that is seditious, O Lord who beat everyone proud again intractable; O God as both the Government; O Lord of the give good help, O God who gives food a child is small, O God the Most Pengasih against the master (the very old), O God the rule of those who believe, O Lord for those who are first-person and who then, O Lord of loving to those who repent, O God the Most from the Pengasih who love.

Wahai Tuhan sebaik-baik pengampun dari yang mengampuni; wahai Tuhan sebaik-baik pewaris; wahai Tuhan sebaik-baik Pemberi Keputusan; wahai Tuhan yang memerintah pada Hari Pembalasan.

O God, the most of a good excuse; O Lord as well testatrix; O God as both the decision; O God who ruled on the day of reckoning.

Ya Allah, hanya Engkaulah yang aku sembah dan hanya kepada Engkaulah aku memohon pertolongan.

O God, only that which I worship You, and only I beseech Thee to aid.

Dan kepada-Mu aku bertawakkal. And to you I bertawakkal. Dan kepada-Mu aku gemar dengan apa yang ada di sisi-Mu.

And to you I love with all that is in thy hand. Kepada-Mu aku berharap dan hanya Engkau yang aku takuti. To thy I hope that you and I only fear Him.

Ya Allah, peliharalah aku dari segala kepayahan hidup dan penyakit-penyakit dan segala kesakitaan dan kesusahan dan darah hitam.

O Allah, guard me from all the difficulty of life and illness and all the ills and kesakitaan and black blood.

Ya Allah, peliharalah aku dari penyakit yang merbahaya dan dari penyakit Angin Ahmar dan penyakit darah kuning, dan segala kebinasaan dan segala maksiat dan pengsan, dan kerungsingan dan kesedihan dan dukacita dan dari di penjara.

O Allah, guard me from the disease and from disease merbahaya Wind Ahmar and yellow blood disease, and all the destruction and all maksiat and pengsan, and kerungsingan and grief and sorrow, and from the prison.

Ya Allah, peliharalah aku dari kejahatan binatang buas, dan binatang yang melata, serta permusuhan (benci membenci) orang awam, dan dari kekalahan dan kejahatan syaitan; dan raja, kemarau, kemahalan barang keperluan, dan gempabumi, dan bala bencana, dan keruntuhan bangunan, dan serangan musuh.

O Allah, guard me from evil beast of prey, and animals that slither, and hostility (hate hate) people, and defeat of evil and the devil, and the king, drought, kemahalan consumer goods, and gempabumi, troops and disaster, and building collapse , and attack the enemy.

Ya Allah, peliharalah aku dari kejahatan orang-orang yang jahat dan tipudaya orang-orang yang melampau, dan dari sesuatu yang silih berganti atasnya oleh malam dan siang melainkan yang datang itu adalah dengan baik, wahai Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih lagi Maha Penyayang.

O Allah, guard me from evil people and evil tipudaya those who pass, and that's something silih switch over by night and day, but that comes with it is good, O God the Most Merciful Pengasih.

Aku berlindung dengan Engkau dari kejahatan setiap kejadian yang Engkaulah pemegang ubun-ubunnya; sesungguhnya Tuhanku di atas jalan yang tegak dan lurus.

I seek refuge with You from the evil of each incident You ubun-holder ubunnya that my Lord in a way that is straight up and straight.

Engkau ialah Tuhanku dan di atas Engkau jua aku bertawakkal, dan Engkaulah yang Mencukupkan aku, dan sebaik-baik yang Mewakili, sebaik-baik Pemerintah dan sebaik-baik yang Memberi Pertolongan.

You are the Lord and in the top of you so I bertawakkal, and that You make me, and as good a representative, as well as the Government and the well-Giving Help.

Dan tiada daya upaya bagiku melainkan dengan Allah yang Maha Tinggi lagi Maha Agung.

And no resources for the effort but with Allah the Most High, Most Great.

Dan cukuplah kami oleh Allah, dan sebaik-baik yang mewakili sebagai Pemerintah dan Engkau sebaik-baik pemberi pertolongan.

Enough is our God, and as well as representing the Government and you as well our help.

Allah yang mencukupkan, Allah yang menyembuhkan, Allah yang memberi a’fiat.

God who recruit, the God who heals, the God who gave a'fiat.

Dan ucap selawat oleh Allah ke atas penghulu kami Nabi Muhammad dan ke atas keluarga dan sahabat-sahabatnya; selamat sejahtera; dan segala pujian bagi Allah Tuhan Pemerintah Seluruh Alam. Amin…

Invocation and said by God to the Prophet Muhammad penghulu us and to the family and companions; survived prosperous, and all praise to Allah the Lord Government All Natural. Amen ...

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