Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Known by the Names

I've got this in my mail box today...

20 Most Unfortunate First and Last Names ...

Imagine how hard life can be sometimes for these people, especially when they are professionals… But at the same time, if they didn’t change them till now, it means that they know how to deal with different difficult situations that their names can cause.

1. Dick Hyman

2. Dick Payne

3. Professor Fuck

4. Dr. Cockburn


5. Anurag Dikshit

6. Coach Sally Mangina

7. Representative Dick Ball

8. Dr. Harry Beaver

 9. Dr. Dick Chopp

 10. Yolanda Squatpump

11. Ima Hogg


12. Peter Enis


13. Dr. Harry Johnson

14. Anita Dick

 15. Professor Assmann


16. Dr. Pornsak


17. Dr. Dick Weiner

18. Dr. B.J. Hardick

19. Ben Dover

20. Sheriff Mike Hunt

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The One Who Owns

Do you own a car? A house? That money in the bank? It does not matter whether it is a BMW or a Kancil, a hut or a mansion, whether the sum barely enough to cover the bank's monthly charges or can buy the entire bank itself. You own them! Why ?!

(A Perodua Kancil - image from PRT MotorSport)

Simply because your name gets printed in the car ownership title; written in the house and land grant titles and; the account name bears your name (for discussion sake, don't say the banks actually own them because you have not paid up the loans! he..he..he..!).

Let us go slightly deeper. Beside these ownership documents, what else makes you own those things? Don't imagine too much now.

Isn't it because you are here? Don't you think? You exist. You have a name therefore you can be located and issued with the ownership documents. Documents under your name, signifying you as the legitimate owner.

In another word, ...because you are alive !!!. You are breathing!

hold your breath now....

Now let us step into the realm of wonders and ask,

  "What if I am dead? What if I am no longer breathing?"

Do you still own those things? Those ownership documents still have your name on them. But where are you in this world? Have you not departed leaving all your belongings behind? Or do you still carry them with you when you departed? A BMW made from paper perhaps? Let us not venture and get ourselves lost in that uncharted territory. Not just yet.

Can we ponder on this simple statement then.

In this world, we are the owner of all the things we own, as long as we are still breathing. The moment we stop breathing (dead! to be very blunt about it!),we cease to be the owner of all those things.

Now who owns this breath? We draw, we huff and puff every second of the day, non-stop. Who own it?

We? You? Me? Can we then command, "Hey breath! Go away! Leave me alone for a moment". The breath obeys and goes away. Soon, we quickly summon the breath, "Come here quick! I am breathless!".
The breath again obeys. Can we do that at our whims and fancies? I don't think I can.

When the time comes, it will not be a second too early or a second too late.

Ponder again on this:-

Can it be implied that the real owner of all things imaginable by our minds is in fact the Owner of this single breath we take? The moment 'He' calls for the 'return' of this breath, 'He', in fact, is taking back all of  'His' treasures, be them a car, a house, wealth or even our spouses, children etc. Those are in fact "entrusted" upon us and we are just merely a caretaker of the King's treasures. A servant to the King of Kings! (1)


Would you now send that long overdue Kancil for servicing? The longer you wait, the more likely the past due engine oil will mess the car's engine. Do you want to earn the wrath of The King of Kings for ruining His treasure? You have been entrusted to care-take, are you not that trust-worthy? You can't even take care of a Kancil, yet you hope for the King to entrust you with a BMW next. How come?!

When we start to get hold of the so-called concept "that we are not the owner of things", start to observe our "materialistic minds". See how does that affect our body, mind and soul from time to time.

Every breath we take, every single step we move, every single second we wonder are made possible by this "life-giving gift".  We are indeed gifted! Don't we want to take just a moment of silence to thank, to really be thankful to the Owner of this breath?

"We own nothing, not even this single breath we take.."

Seek The One Who Owns !

Seek That (Jalalludin Rumi)
There is a force within
Which gives you life –   seek That.
In your body
Lies a priceless gem – see That.
O wandering Sufi,
if you want to find the greatest treasure
Don't look outside, Look inside, and seek That.
(Jonathan Star & Shahram Shiva, A Garden Beyond Paradise, Bantam Books, 1992)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Watch and You Will See

This one is to honour Tuan Lawyer Kampung, who submitted maiden comment on this blog. This is also one of those things I'd like to preserve. It was too long ago and I can't remember from where it came and ended up in my mailbox.

Enjoy! Jangan mare Tuan LK !....he..he..he...
"Three lawyers and three Engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three lawyers each buy tickets and watch as the three Engineers buy only a single ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks a lawyer. 
"Watch and you'll see," answers an Engineer. 
They all board the train. The lawyers take their respective seats but all three Engineers cram into a toilet and close the door behind them.  Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets.  He knocks on the toilet door and says, "Ticket, please."  The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand.  The conductor takes it and moves on.

The lawyers saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea.  So (recognizing the Engineers' superior intellect) after the conference, the lawyers decide to copy the Engineers on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return  trip. To their astonishment, the Engineers don't buy a ticket at all.   
"How are you going  to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed lawyer. 
"Watch and you'll see," answers an Engineer.
When they board the train the three lawyers cram into a toilet.  The three Engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the Engineers leaves his toilet and walks over to the toilet where the lawyers are hiding.   

He knocks on the door and says,  "Ticket, please."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Festival of Lights


(image credit :

Happy Deepavali to all those who observe this Festival of Lights !!! 

May we all be blessed by the Guiding Lights !

Friday, October 09, 2009

Behind The Veil

Malai rinduku merintih... kecintaan
Duduk termenung hanya bingung... kerinduan
Walaupun jauh dari nyata
Kasih dan sayang telah lama kusatukan
Semua kasihku dalam gemala
Ke laut jawi 'kan kukirimkan sana

Duhai kasih hijabmu di sini
Masyur rupamu di mata kalbi ini
Berbaringan diusik rindu azali
Di manakah kekasih... yang jauh dariku
Memakan debu... rindumu
Segenap nafasku melihat... renunganmu
Wangi dan harum... kau kekasih
Antara lamunan
segala kalimahku ini
Siapa yang mengerti

Menghilang tahun kutahan dahaga
Setelah habis madah untuk sang puteri
Pautan kasih kukenal sendiri
Teringin ku melihat... sebalik hijabmu
Wajah yang kupuja

Kekasih... lama sudah aku merindu
Larut nan denai larat nan damai
Haram kelamin untuk kita bercerai
Rasa kasih dan sayang dalam keredaanmu

ref : Perjalanan Mencari Tuhan - Hijab Kekasih (noted 11/10/2010)
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