What Tarot Card are You?

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

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What can I say? I am a dreamer! Sigh!

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Eid Ul Adha

Tis the time for peace & forgiveness, celebrated by Muslims all over the world, due to time difference, we will be celebrating a day later, 31st Dec. On this auspicious day, we would normally begin by going to the masjid to perform our Eid prayers. Then, those who can afford would sacrifice domestic animals normally goat or cow & the meat is to be shared with the rest of the muslim community, including neighbours & the unfortunate. On this day too, we would pay a visit to our loved ones who had passed on, reciting the surah Ya’asin. The day continues by visiting relatives & friends. So, Eid Mubarak to all Muslims.

On a sad note: Saddam Hussein has been executed on the 30th of Dec. I am not a supporter of the late-Iraqi president, I believe that he should be given a fairer trial. Although, he may be cruel in his actions towards his people, a dictator to some, a hero to others but this is not the way a man should die especially on this day, Eid.

Communication, what communication?

Taiwan earthquake disrupts TM’s Internet service

The internet services across & around the Asia Pacific region have been disrupted by the earth quake, measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, which hit south of Taiwan. Underwater cables were damaged hence communication were cut off. So I wasn’t able to check my Yahoo mail nor able to recieve calls from Japan as their underwater cables are affected too.

However, we are forunate that there is no repeat of the 04 incident, tsunami which hit Acheh. So far, there are only two deaths and 42 wounded. Many are still healing their wounds, unable to forget such a tragic incident, a catastrophe which nearly erased Acheh from the World Map & could lead to the extinction of that particular race.

It’s 2025 (Greenwich +7) we’ve finally reconnected to the rest of the world.  Alhamdulillah

Done …

and I have the time to myself to ponder about my life & catch up with some readings I have neglected for the past two months. However, I have to do some spring cleaning, in preparation for the Eid Al Adha celebration which is just around the corner, a day before the New Year.

Currently I am engrossed in Pamuk’s beautiful literary works. He has captured the beauty of Istanbul & has really captivated me eventhough I’ve only read a few chapters.

Below are a few excerpts from his memoir entitled : Istanbul: Memories of a City

From Chapter 1 – Another Orhan

Conrad, Nobokov, Naipaul – these are writers known for having managed to migrate between languages, cultures, countries, continents, even civilisations. Their imaginations were fed by exile, a nourishment drawn not through roots but through rootlessness; mine however, requires that I stay in the same city, on the same street, in the same house, gazing at the same view. Istanbul’s fate is my fate: I am attached to the city because it has made me who I am.

Flaubert, who visited Istanbul a hundred and two years before my birth was struck by the variety of life in its teeming streets; in one of his letters he predicted that in a century’s time it would be the capital of the world. The reverse came true: after the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the world almost forgot that Istanbul existed. The city into which I was born was poorer, shabbier, and more isolated than it had ever been its two-thousand-year history. For me it has always been a city of ruins and of end-of-empire melancholy. I’ve spent my life either battling with this melancholy, or (like all Istanbullus) making it my own.

Another interesting excerpt from his novel actually have helped me understand the life, culture & tradition of the Turks. Were they influenced by the west or vice versa …

… there was not a single surface on my grandmother’s sitting room that wasn’t covered with frames of all sizes. The most imposing were two enormous portraits that hung over the never-used fireplace: one was a retouched photograph of my grandmother, the other my grandfather, who died in 1934. From the way the pictures were positioned on the wall and the way my grandparents had been posed (turned to slightly towards each other in the manner still favoured by European kings and queens on stamps) anyone walking into this museum room to meet their haughty gaze would know at once that the story began with them.

… Leaving the library to return to the main room of the museum, stopping briefly by the crystal lamps that only add to the gloom, we find a crowd of untouched black-and-white photographs that tell us life is gaining momentum. Here we see all the children posing at their betrothals, their weddings, and the other great moments of their lives. Next to the first colour photographs that my uncle sent from America are snapshots of the extended family enjoying holiday meals in various city parks, in Taksim Square, and on the shores of the Bosphorous; next to the picture of me and my brother with our parents at a wedding is one of my grandfather posing with his new car in the garden of the old house, and another of my uncle posing with his new car outside the entrance of Pamuk Apartments.

I find there are some similarities between the Turks and the Arabs and I guess one must have influenced the other but am not sure which one. Both seem to have very close ties between their families. Extended families live in the same building, each branch have their own floor or unit.

Highlander, maybe you could help me here!

Ottoman Empire, 1299–1683 – Wiki

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

‘Tis the season to be jolly…La..La..La..La..La……La..La…..La…La..
X'mas Eve 2006

X'mas Eve 2006

A cultural melting pot – no matter the race or religion, one can walk side by side, shoulder to shoulder … would it be the same in the years to come? I hope so, let the solidarity prevail.

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m joining the rest of the crowd doing some last minute shopping. It’s definitely the best time of the year to shop for gifts for your loved ones or for yourself 🙂

Although, we do not celebrate X’mas but it is a joy to see & to share the spirit of sharing, caring & giving. We should adopt such good spirits into our daily life.

Best wishes to those celebrating X’mas, no matter if it’s a white Christmas or other wise, at least you have a roof on your head unlike those stranded in shelter homes for their houses have been badly damaged & land taken away because of the flash flood (60 000 have lost their homes due to torrential rain which hit the southern tip of the peninsular). Whatever the condition, one has to be grateful as you still have your loved ones by your side.

NY Resolutions – do you keep them?

Have I ever? I can’t recall, it seems that resolutions are meant to be broken. So, would I be thinking of one for next year?

Humm… I guess I would keep telling myself:

  1. exercise – I don’t want a flabby tummy, and I’m getting older so it gets more difficult for me to lose weight. Yikes! So keep fit, remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  2. be more economically responsible – stop buying unnecessary items, save more, recycyle, reuse. A reminder, the toll rate will increase starting from January of next year so things will be expensive. Red, you need the money for your year end trip to España y Marruecos.

I guess two would be enough, lets see if they can be achieved.

Duri-an

I had to accompany my aunt to her orchard earlier today, I was definitely bored as I didn’t bring any paperbacks to read. So, I took a few pictures using my cam phone, SE Z520i

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I had enough of the fruit, eating too much of it makes me heaty & I’m suffering from a on-off headache, flu & sore throat. Tomorrow morning I’m off on a day trip with Shah to Chiseled Rock. Adieu.