Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Saw Pet Shop Boys In Concert :)

Finally, they came down and a lifelong dream was achieved. No words needed. Just the pics, and even they don't do justice. A very musical experience.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2014

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri dari kami sekeluarga ;)
 lagu raya best ...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kisah Tentang Adikku Juliana

Pada sekitar pertengahan Julai 1981, Sukan SEA sedang berlangsung di Manila, Filipina. Dan sekitar minggu 17 Julai, aku menonton perlawanan bola keranjang wanita Indonesia bertemu Filipina. Terus suka dengan nama seorang pemain Indonesia ini ... pada malam itu, Papa turun ke kereta di parkir UH setelah melawat Mama di wad. Katanya, "ha,.. korang dapat baby sister .. nak nama apa?" .. spontan den jawab, " Nama Juliana la Pa.. macam sedap je " ... itulah kisahnya. Nama adik ku sempena nama pemain bola keranjang wanita Indonesia ;-) ... just nak put that into record! :D

Selamat Hari Jadi ke XX kepada my adik bongsu Juliana Ismail :) rakan tengok wayang CM masa late 90s dulu :D have a great celebration!!

gambar ihsan FB Juliana :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Syukur I am 41

Assalamualaikum, semua.

Syukur, I am 41 today :) Alhamdullillah, this past week has been eventful, an awakening that I thought would never be possible. My gratitude to Him for the all blessings that He has given me. Syukur :) and may He gives more in the future. My thanks to my parents, Ismail Md Noor and Puteh Ismail for being the best they can be as parents. To my family, wife Linda & kids Zara, Farah .. who bring me smiles and joy every single day. To my siblings, Ajie, Novie and Julia, thank you for being around, InsyaAllah, we will be back together.

41 man ... not bad eh :DDDD

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It is not my path anymore?

Sejak awal tahun ini, saya telah membuat tekad. Tekad bahawa UCSI adalah tempat terakhir kerja saya sebagai seorang akademia. Dalam suatu kerjaya, ada matlamat yang harus dicapai untuk 'mencukupkan' kerjaya itu. Dalam kerjaya akademia, dua perkara utama tersebut adalah membuat penyelidikan dan menghasilkan tulisan akademik dan menyambung pengajian phD.
Dan akhirnya, setelah tujuh tahun berkecimpung dalam bidang ini, I come to realization that for all intents and purposes ... it is not my path anymore ... and continuing this path will not make me happy in the long run ....

Drastik bukan .... kerja stabil tetapi tidak mahu teruskan kerja ini ... habis itu, mahu buat apa? Hujung tahun lepas, saya berfikir .. 20 tahun akan datang ... apa yang akan saya lakukan? Sayangnya,bayangan dunia akademik saya agak malap. Saya boleh teruskan dengan apa yang saya lakukan sekarang, tetapi rasanya tidak akan ke mana.

Tapi, saya bersyukur dapat merasa kerja sebagai seorang ahli akademik ... saya dapat masa untuk berfikir secara terang, sambil membuat sesuatu yang menyeronokkan.. dan bekerja dengan orang muda membuatkan saya jiwa muda :) hehehe ....

Saya tahu masa depan saya masih dalam bidang pendidikan, tetapi mungkin pendidikan ilmu lain ...

okaylah ... cerita malam-malam.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Change and Vigilance

In the movie, " Pursuit of Happyness " .. there is a scene where Chris Gardner talks about the 10 gallon hat of disappointment in his head .. I know how he feels I guess, because for the past years, I felt the same. The coulda, shoulda, wouldas .... the constant comparisons to friends your age who are far more successful .... and the list go on and on .... so what did I do about it? Ignoring it did not work as it still gnawed on my mind.
I just ACCEPTed it. That was the first thing I did. I admitted that I effed up my 20s and early 30s in terms of career, especially. And I am behind and must accept where I am. The next thing was moving on, acknowledging that the memories are there and plan your current and future. I forgiven a few fellas and l felt better. Letting go truly works and can be therapeutic.
One thing about change that I learnt in the past month is that you have to plan for your change. There must be details in this plan, so that you know what to do when the need or situation arises . p
One minor change in my diet for the past month is I have limited/remove intake of sugared water during working weekdays. I do my best to drink plain water / air masak, during these times. Or iced water / Coke Light. No Milo, teh o ais and the works. Result: I feel a bit lighter and I like it. Will continue doing it. I have not been 100% successful, but it is not a bad thing.
oh and I have been posting my old diary entries from my Jasin school days in this blog. Nothing has been edited, as it has been posted word by word. Reading it again brings a different perspective. I was a bit naive then, that's for sure.

A recent picture of Me and my Pool :)
and I like to finish with this video of Michael Jackson performing 'Man In The Mirror' live. Now that he's gone, more people miss him and realize what a legend he was.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Why I Have Been Wrong About Change ....

A common theme in my posts in the past years has been my desire for change. Of course, I want to change for the better. In 2014, I did some changes to how I work ... and discovered that something interesting and significant.
What I did was I just scheduled my work stuff/details ahead of time. Nothing major. And the results were significant. I was able to handle more workload especially the pressure. There was less 'paralysis' and more movement-more completed tasks, etc.
Eureka! ( just for illustration )
In the end, it was just that I had a 'system'. That is what it was .... a system of how to do things ... and actually, all of us have been doing that all this while .. what is a human body, but a system of interconnected organs, for example.
So lesson here ... Change is good, have a system that would implement the change ... and it should fit you as a person-Who you are ...

Aku dah grown up a bit kot :P ...