1. Work plays very important role in life. Interestingly, definition of work vary from person to person. Income contribution is commonly thought to make up what most people defined work. Not uncommon to find definition of work refer to someone who exert some efforts in order to accomplish result. I beg to disagree. Work can be accomplished even without monetary reward. Gotong-royong is a Malay word. It is based on the concept of togetherness when people do things together and help each other in the spirit of mutual contribution and goodwill.
2. Employment provides opportunity for developing social contact with some kind of life purpose at the very least and social identity. Employment provides structure for time and timetabling one’s life.
3. Unemployment, underemployment and overwork leads to stressful life. Managing stress at work require full cooperation from employer in modifying the work and provide better working environment. Flexible working hours and working at-home are new strategies to reappraise the whole important issue of providing better working environment for employees.
4. A senior psychiatrist when communicating on reintegrating serious mental illness into community believes the only way forward is through employment of economically active patients by reorganization of their work under close observation and support. Work integration can be done even prior discharge from hospital, under assertive community care and community supervision.
5. Finally, I think, access to satisfying work remains one of the most sought-after goals of human being. Serving human being must be truly honest in line with rules and regulation stipulated by individual culture and religion.
There’s a strange tree which lives near me,
And this strange tree could not agree,
That if this tree could ever see,
A stranger tree it sure would be.
There’s a strange tree which topples me,
For this strange tree was tall, you see,
And then this tree would use its knee,
To break in three, the clouds who flee.
There’s a strange tree which lives near me,
The northern tree, its branches free,
The southern tree, no limb to see,
For this strange tree, was strange, you see?
There is a strange tree,
living symbiotic on another tree,
Will they ever be living together forever and ever..as I can see,
If one lies on the other and then he flees.
There’s a strange tree which I can see,
And this strange tree (against my plea)
Was sent to sea, its roots now free,
And now this tree…
which is now free..
as life could be.
(Courtesy: Anonymous Writer, Thank You)
1. Engagement in traditional Malay culture is like making a deal. A family rep talks on a desire to ‘pluck a flower’ which literally means ‘take on a lady to be matched with a man’.
2. The male group will be headed by a father or an elderly man, in case the mother is a single parent. He briefs the host on the objective of the visit and thanks the host for the reception. In some cases, when delivering the purpose of the visit, the elderly reps uses pantun and gurindam. These are traditional Malay oral verses, recited according to fixed rhythm with similar ending sound.
3. The father of the groom in exchanging speech then would decide the dowry (hantaran) and mas kahwin. Real negotiation actually happen before the official ceremony. Once agreement on the dowry is sealed, no more negotiation allowed on the engagement day. Both parties are indeed, save from public humiliation.
4. Not uncommon, for ordinary folks, dowry depends very much on career, social and family status.
5. Both parties then decide on the wedding date. Interestingly, Malays when deciding on proposal rarely produce agreement letter. Unlike marriage, certificate is not needed. Engagement contract belongs to socio-religious plethora which requires total commitment to faith and deep-rooted cultural appreciation.
6. Exchange of gift traditionally involve flower arrangement made from betel leaves, cakes, candy and hand-bouquet. The ceremony ends with some prayers (do’a).
1. Some people say defeat can be habit forming.
2. I was shocked when told to share a hotel room few months back. Protested and managed to get a single room. Yet similar incident recurred. This time, I had to protest and find a new place.
3. When you are aging, you form habits which are personal and confidential. Sleep is reflective as when you are in total awareness. Therefore, it is hard, at certain stage in life to let people share your ‘dreaming world’ except with your familiar sleeping partner.
4. I got to make it clear and break the losing habit, once and for all. Those staffs of mine who book for me must resist habit of making excuses. Until I face up to them, I will keep on losing my own private sleeping sphere. I don’t mind, if I’m going into unpleasant bout of loosing respect in order to keep my sleeping right.
Come my way.
Let me sleep,
So I can start a new day
1. I had a rare moment of repose each time I visited students posted outside campus. The trip was far from being a passive observer but had to actively doing teaching and case discussion. Students when leave alone, far from being paternalistic, are quite independent and organize.
2. Amid pervasive domination of women in campus, active discussion and idea sharing work well for both sexes. Despite small in number, male existence is necessary to avoid all-female stereotype.
3. All girls are at risk of competitive parade and sensasional rumors. All boys are at risk of bad crowd and terrible force of peer pressure. Earnest Hemingway short stories of Men without Women tell stories about gangsters, bullfighters, soldiers and killers. Those are the world of men domination.
4. Feminists strive for women to be equal partners, I am not sure..since on many occasions, I always heard complaints of difficulty juggling career and family come from women. Do those complaints mean, men are still dominant partners?
5. When women achieve parity in lecture hall, men are pushed to the back seat…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.