Monday, 15 May 2017

ASEAN- are we sustainable?

OBOR and the Rise of China The global order shifted when China outdone Japan as the world’s largest economy in 2010. China is expected to overtake the US, although India at the same time is in the same race towards becoming the fastest growing large economy. In a recent conference on One Belt One Road by the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Datuk M. Supperamaniam, Distinguished Fellow of Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia, highlighted that one of the objectives of OBOR is for China to offset its overcapacity of steel production. In addition, Xinjiang is also created as a manufacturing base for OBOR due to its strategic location-proximity to cotton and textile producing countries. But more importantly, Xinjiang as a base allows reduction of arising ethnic disparities within the Western Chinese province itself. The creation of OBOR is also a strategy to support China’s domestic economy by boosting trade and creating new business opportunities for Chinese corporations. Local Chinese firms will be able to fulfil the demand of the new connectivity through many overseas engineering projects-roads railway, ports and pipelines. The improved transport links is beneficial to many Chinese exporters. Indirect but in an obvious way, China’s effort in aiding its neighbours’ development will create new international market. Further article will ensue.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Today a new recipe unfolds..quick, easy and super delicious masya-Allah.
The original recipe cooked by many top chefs are often inclusive of white wine, hence apparently I did not use any nor replace it with a different ingredient. Insya-Allah the taste and quality are well-flavoured by the rest of the ingredients.

Serves 2. Prep time=10mins, Cooking Time=20 mins.
1. 1/2 kg beef or chicken (I used beef for today)
2. 6-8 button mushrooms (halved)
3. 1 onion
4. 2 tbsp of butter
5. 2 tbsp of Philadelphia soft cheese
6. 1 1/2 tsp of Dijoun mustard

1. Dice the onion and saute with butter in a hot pan for 2-3minutes.
2. Take out the sauteed onion, and using the same pan, stir fry the beef. This will take about 5 minutes.
3. Add again the sauteed onion and stir them for another 2 minutes.
4. Add the halved mushrooms and stir for a minute.
5. Add Philadelphia soft cheese, and stir.
6. Add Dijoun mustard, and stir again, for 2 minutes.
7. Ready to serve.

Under 20 minutes, the Beef Stroganoff is ready. It can be eaten with pasta or if you are out of pasta, veg such as chopped capsicum or chopped carrots would work too.

Picture will be included later.
Bon appetit, with bismillah, wherever you are...

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Taint

If Allah has awarded us with such bounties (picture above), why then the laze and slowness in dzikrullah?

A zit on your face is disturbing, aye? A scratch,little bruise, anything, just anything that taints that beautiful skin, will drive you mad. Sun-burnt? That's worst case scenario if you are born Malay. And certainly,if you happened to be a Malay girl. Or if you are born from any culture or surrounded by people of protestants of dark-skin.

You then begin stuffing those superfoods into the body. Everything for the well-being of the body-the container,the temporal shell of your soul.It's not bad an effort, don't get me wrong. Our body is also His amanah. Nutritions are inevitable. Nutritions are pivotal.

But what then, about a spot or taint of sin in the heart? It is by far,a more serious ailment than an acne.Or rosacea.Or even eczema.Coz it's your heart that has been infected, and tainted, and it is now incurable by the beauty foods, superfoods. The heart is the apparatus of the machinery of the body.It needs the scrub of repentance, along with the cleanser of prayers and toner of patience, and moisturised with dzikrullah.I'm talking in beauty terms now.These are definitely, insya-Allah, the actions that detox the soul.And your heart is now replenished, rejuvenated with light of peace and serenity that no money can buy.

Care for the body-the shell of the soul,it is amanah from Allah that you stay physically (and mentally) healthy, but care more of the status of your soul. The latter lasts forever. Health is wealth, but spiritual health is priceless. Thus, do care for the body, but invest more on the well-being of the heart, which is the everlasting component of yourself. The status of the heart will take you either to the path of Jannah or Jahannam (naudzubillah..)

Yet how many of us have attempted to strike the balance between superfoods for body and dzikrullah for the heart?

Let's try to work on both along the same line.

Don't give up with your current life test, because a famous saying once said: "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying even when there seemed to be no hope at all."

And Allah is our Hope.

Have a fabulous weekend with family and loved ones.