Thursday, February 14, 2013


It's 14 February.
When a friend was about to leave the office today, he greeted me, "Happy Valentine's". "To you too," I respond.
In the train, there are so many people holding a bouquet of flowers. A daddy, holding his small daughter's hand, with flowers on his other hand. It must be for the mommy, I think.
Reaching home, Farhan showed me a card that he made. He and his brother were at home today. Their teachers are on strike, if not they will make Valentine's cards for the parents too.
The teachers were on 'Stop work action', claiming for better pay, relatively lower than others' at other states. This was the third time they stopped work pending the negotiation, since last year. What would happen if our teachers did that, back home, I always think.
Back to Farhan's card - written 'LOVE' on it. He carefully cut a red paper for the letters. He sticked the letters LOVE on a blue paper with blue glitters on it.
'That's so beautiful', I said.
'To whom you  want to give that?'
'To my teacher', Farhan said.
'That is so kind of you.' He is amazing. And his teacher must be so amazing that her pupil likes her very much.
Thinking back home - the society looks hostile towards this celebration every time February comes. Facebook walls are filled with fierce reminder that it is not our culture, it is prohibited. It comes from the tradition of someone else's religion. Some pledge to eradicate it altogether.
But seeing their way on this day, for them, it means so much more. And it's simply love. Love to parents, teachers, friends and others.
But what makes us so hostile?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's 11th year!

It has been 11 years we get together.
Thank you for all the care and love.
Happy anniversary. All the way with you.
May Allah bless us all the way.
Ya Allah, ampunkanlah dosa-dosa kami, rahmatilah keluarga kami, panjangkanlah umur kami sekeluarga dalam kebajikan dan kesihatan yang sempurna, limpahkanlah rezeki yang melimpah-ruah kepada kami sekeluarga, jadikanlah anak-anak dan zuriat keturunan kami, anak-anak yang soleh dan solehah. Rahmatilah kedua ibu bapa kami dan ahli-ahli keluarga kami. Amin.

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

ou were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me.

Because you love me, Celine Dion