Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[Thin Line] Sins

plural noun: sins

1. an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
"a sin in the eyes of God"

synonyms: immoral act, wrong, wrongdoing, act of evil/wickedness,transgression, crime, offence, misdeed, misdemeanour, error, lapse,fall from grace; More

antonyms: virtue, good

2. an act regarded as a serious or regrettable fault, offence, or omission.
"he committed the unforgivable sin of refusing to give interviews"

synonyms: scandal, crime, disgrace, outrage
"the way they spend money—it's a sin"

3rd person present: sins
1. commit a sin.
"I sinned and brought shame down on us"

synonyms: commit a sin, offend against God, commit an offence, transgress, do wrong, commit a crime, break the law, misbehave, go astray, stray from the straight and narrow, go wrong, fall from grace;
archaic trespass
"I sinned and brought down shame on us"

2. offend against (God, a person, or a principle).
"Lord, we have sinned against you"


Sins. We all done it. We are all a sinner, undoubted. We are human, not doing mistakes or sins apparently aren't in our nature but the Almighty will always forgive us if we ask for forgiveness. Ain't that great?

Anyway, I'm not going to write about sins, type of sins etc. I want to write what have been bothering my mind this past few weeks due to a friend said something which blew my mind.

This friend, A is a good person. A reacts like most of people I know, at least more honest about it. A has a good romantic relationship. In Islam it is a sin to be on romantic relationship without marriage. 

I'm not here to preach people who are in romantic relationship. Heck, I don't give an F. Just don't show shove your romantic relationship in my face i.e post status about your significant other in Facebook, Twitter etc. Keep it in your pants or bras! (just to clear up about my stand here)

Yes, A! A is just an example, I know many other who are like A but I don't have a concrete example or proof, at least the one that I remember. So... 

The conversation was like:
A: You know, I'm not that kind of person. Yes I have my special one but I didn't let that person touch me. We didn't even hold hands.

What A said was, wow. If in Islam romantic relationship is a sin, I see A is no better than other people who are dating. What 'wow' is, A has the heart to say that. It sort of said that people who hold hands are bad people. Oh wait. A did say that.

Other than this people do keep comparing sins - dosa besar, dosa kecil. 
Hey, a sin is a sin! Big or small. We are neither better nor more saint than another. We are a SINNER. If we realise this, we would treat each other better.
No discrimination, eyy?

Oh another example: 
She wears hijab but behave badly. Hijab is a Must, it's a sin to not wear Hijab. (This is always on Twitter)

Then to behave badly and being disrespectful to others is not a Must? I personally consider both as a sin, but should we compare? Do people who wear hijab but behave badly is better than the one who do not but have good behavior?

It's depends on how you see it. For me, no. Maybe because I like to believe each of us will be awarded Heaven when we're dead, regardless how many sins we made. The possibility is always there, right?

Or maybe I'm just a bigger sinner than all of the people I know. Oh, hell....

My conclusion is, just focus on yourselves. What is bad about you, how can you change yourselves to be a better person etc. Then you may learn more about yourselves.

[Thin Line] Proud

adjective: proud; comparative adjective: prouder; superlative adjective: proudest

1. feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one's own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.
"a proud grandma of three boys"

synonyms: pleased (with), glad (about/at), happy (about/at/with), delighted (about/at/with), joyful (at), overjoyed (at/over), thrilled (at/about/by/with), well pleased (with), satisfied (with), gratified (at),content (at), appreciative (of)
"Moira was a delight to her proud parents"

antonyms: ashamed

*(of an event, achievement, etc.) causing someone to feel proud.
"we have a proud history of innovation"

synonyms: pleasing, gratifying, satisfying, fulfilling, rewarding, cheering, heart-warming; More

antonyms: shameful

2. having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance.
"he was a proud, arrogant man"

*conscious of one's own dignity.
"I was too proud to go home"

synonyms: arrogant, conceited, vain, self-important, full of oneself, narcissistic,egotistical, puffed up, jumped-up, boastful, smug, complacent,disdainful, condescending, pretentious, scornful, supercilious,snobbish, imperious, pompous, overbearing, bumptious, lordly,presumptuous, overweening, haughty, high and mighty, high-handed; More

antonyms: modest, humble

*imposing; splendid.
"bulrushes emerge tall and proud from the middle of the pond"

synonyms: magnificent, splendid, resplendent, grand, noble, stately, imposing,dignified, distinguished, august, illustrious, striking, impressive,majestic, glorious, sumptuous, marvellous, awe-inspiring, awesome,monumental, palatial, statuesque, heroic;

antonyms: unimpressive

slightly projecting from a surface.
"balls standing proud of the fabric"

synonyms: projecting, sticking out/up, jutting, jutting out, protruding, prominent,raised, convex, elevated
"fill the holes slightly proud to allow for sanding smooth"

antonyms: concave, flush

denoting flesh that has grown round a healing wound with excessive granulation of the tissues.


So there it is, the definition of Proud. Why do I post the definition, aren't we all know what it mean? Well, my dear readers, sometimes we forget the real meaning of things. And I love searching and reading a definition of words.

What about the thin line in proud? As you can see the definition in no. 1 and 2. For no. 1 it is something positive while for no. 2 it is something negative. This is where the thin line lies. 

People can often mistake no. 1 as no. 2. Or as what I see in my society (in Malaysia), people are so afraid to be proud of themselves - individually. Proud of others/in communities/country/race are not the problem but to be proud of themselves, they are afraid to seem arrogant, conceited, vain, self-important, egotistical and boastful. Which in my opinion is a bad thing.

We should be proud of our achievements, of our abilities even if they are not a huge achievement compare to other but we deserve to be proud, we deserve to celebrate them. It will raise our confidence, our self-esteem and self worth which I find it lack in the society.

We have students who achieve A's but afraid to tell people about it. I find it disturbing. I think it's better for people to just share it. It gives more advantages. Like in this situation:

A: Hey, how much you got for this paper?
B: Oh, I got an A. You?
A: Congrats. I got C.
B: Hey, I can help you if you want.
A: Sure. After class?
B: No problem. 

See? For me this is not arrogant. Humble as it is. 

You want to see the "normal" conversation?

A: Hey, how much you got for this paper?
B: Naa, not that high. You?
A: I got C.
B: Oh, you can do better next time.

Why the conversation end this way? Because A didn't know how good B was to ask for help, and B was afraid to offer help because B did't want to seem boastful.

I never encounter this situation before but it always bother me when I was in high school. Knowing other people grade wasn't my obsession but it's a good motivator. I like to know how other people did, so I can ask them the question that I got wrong and I can improve myself.

But I didn't usually got the answer or simply got the answer "sikit ja, tak banyak pun etc". This irritated me. So I knew who I can ask and who I can't. The people who wasn't in the top of the class were more open about it. And yeah this people were more confident. 

Oh, please don't tell me you didn't tell me your grade because you were trying to be humble because I personally think it's selfish! YES, SELFISH!

Being humble doesn't mean you can't be proud and being proud doesn't mean you're arrogant. You must know this thin line, you must know the limit of humbleness and prideful. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

An Awesome Person and a Great friend


usually in our life, we are bound to read or heard about an amazing person, achieved so much greatness, do what beyond our limit. As we read/heard about it, we were impress and a little jealous.

But here, right now, I can also feel PROUD! A friend of mine from school achieved something only a few can get - Anugerah Pelajaran Diraja Majlis Raja-raja. It was not a shock. Since I knew her in school, I knew, umm I mean we knew she will achieve many success in her life.

She is a person who appreciate knowledge. She would not give up if she didn't understand something. She will keep studying, she will give her 100% effort. But with all of the busyness to gain knowledge of the world, she never forget to put her head on the ground and bow to Allah. 

She is humble in her ways. Never tired to put on a smile. She may sometimes seem quiet, you'll feel afraid to approach her but she will be the nicest person you will talk with. Gentle. A lovable person, you can never find a reason to hate her.

She's a good friend. She loves her friends. She will help them with what she can, she will listen to their rants/complains with patience. 

The last time I met her was during Raya. I visited her house. It was my first time there. Glad that I did because we got to eat cake! I wish I can talk more with her.

For me, even if I wish to the moon and stars, I could never be like her. Ich bin total Gegenteil von ihrem. 

I guess, I have time in my hand. I dedicate this post to her even though I know she will never read this. I hope I did justice on this post.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Die Kürbisaustellung im Blühenden Barock, Ludwigsburg

The world's largest Pumpkin Festival takes place in Ludwigsburg each year where 400000 pumpkins become art!

Every year they have a different theme. Thema 2014 was Royal Kürbis. (Kürbis is Pumpkin in Germans)

The Fest this year ran from August 8 untill November 3. The pumpkin fest is held in the gardens of Ludwigsburg Palace. You can go inside the Baroque Palace. So it's like two in one, palace visit and a pumpkin festival. Double the fun, ayy?

Some part of the garden behind the palace.

There were a lots of older people dressing up. It was super cool. I'll tell you why is that so later on this post.

Here they sold different kind of pumpkin from aroung the world. They are in different shapes and sizes. I didn't know that pumpkin can be so interesting.

So, here are the pictures where pumpkins turned to arts. It blew my mind how creative people can be.

Very huge pumpkin and it's real.

Here is a selfie with it because we can.

The Repunzel's Tower, you can see her hair there.

I can't believe it can hold my weight

Other attraction there is the food. All base on pumpkin. They have Jam, Wine, Juice that you can bring home. But there are also stalls there that served food for you. Soup, Spaghetti, Cake, Muffins, Pommes, Crepe, all of them base on pumpkin. It's simply delicious!

Here are more art to show, these are bigger. There is also a small lake in the garten.

You can see the palace behind it.
Different Angle
Noch eine Selfie

Billions of Pumpkins

I give you a little info on the price and place for this festival. For students, it's cheaper so use this to your advantage, dear students!

Mömpelgardstraße 28
71640 Ludwigsburg


To the gardens only:
Adults: €8.50
*Children (4-15): €4.20
Family 1 (1 adult and 2 children): €16.00
Family 2 (2 adults and 2 children): €23.00

To the gardens and the Schloss:
Adults: €17.00

*Children (4-15): €9.00

*Special (Student, Senior) follow children price.


Venezianische Messe Ludwigsburg (Venetian Fair)

The day we went for the pumpkin festival, there was also Venetian Fair being held. A festival lavish with colour and joy of life. Thus we decided to go there too. The price for student is 7 Euro. 

This festival was held at Ludwigsburg city center which take about 10 minutes walk from the main train station.

Here people wore spectacular masks and costumes (That's why there are people wore beautiful costume at the Palaca Garden, I assumed). People were enjoying the music/show programs with their drink on their hand. It offers a top class-class program of acrobatics, music, drama, fire magic, clowning, dance, and songs. You feel like you were back in time!

There were also booth that sold masks, costumes, leather bags, jewelry etc. There are more than 50 dealers, some of them traveled from Italy to promote their merchandise.

Most of the people who wore mask and costume are old people. Way to Go, Grandpa and Grandma!

Oh and you can take picture with them. Kein Problem.

Fire show.

I believe that this is their Rathaus.

So that is it. Just a bunch of pictures to tell you the story.