Full Circle        
I’m happy to report that Gabe and I are both parasite-free after our mid-service medical exams. After a few weeks vacationing in the decadent land of available cheese and hot showers (Europe) with our amazing friends and family who met us halfway around the world to bring me Junior Mints (among other things), we are [...]
          USAHA JAHE        
Usaha Jahe
Cuaca yang dingin menusuk tulang menjadi alasan utama seseorang untuk mencari penghangat (penghangat yang sebenarnya : red). Selain kopi hal yang paling di cari dalam kondisi dingin adalah JAHE. Produk pertanian ini telah banyak beredar baik dalam bentuk olahan pabrik atau pun racikan dari resep-resep tradisional, seperti bandrek, sekoteng, ronde, JAHE susu ataupun wedang JAHE. Menjamurnya warung-warung tenda pinggir jalan terutama yang menjual minuman penghangat, mendorong permintaan yang besar atas JAHE. Selain sebagai minuman JAHE juga di kenal luas sebagai bahan utama obat-obatan, seperti obat masuk angin dan aneka jenis obat gosok. Bukankah sebuah peluang yang cukup besar bagi para petani untuk mendapat porsi dalam memenuhi kebutuhan akan produk pertanian yaitu JAHE. JAHE merupakan tanaman obat berupa tumbuhan rumpun berbatang semu. JAHE berasal dari Asia Pasifik yang tersebar dari India sampai Cina. Oleh karena itu kedua bangsa ini disebut-sebut sebagai bangsa yang pertama kali memanfaatkan JAHE terutama sebagai bahan minuman, bumbu masak dan obat-obatan tradisional. JAHE termasuk dalam suku temu-temuan (Zingiberaceae), se-famili dengan temu-temuan lainnya seperti temu lawak (Cucuma xanthorrizha), temu hitam (Curcuma aeruginosa), kunyit (Curcuma domestica), kencur (Kaempferia galanga), leng kuas (Languas galanga) dan lain-lain. Nama daerah JAHE antara lain halia (Aceh), beeuing (Gayo), bahing (Batak Karo), sipodeh (Minangkabau), jahi (Lampung), JAHE (Sunda), jae (Jawa dan Bali), jhai (Madura), melito (Gorontalo), geraka (Ternate), dsb. URAIAN TANAMAN TANAMAN JAHE Divisi : Spermatophyta Sub-divisi : Angiospermae Kelas : Monocotyledoneae Ordo : Zingiberales Famili : Zingiberaceae Genus : Zingiber Species : Zingiber officinale CIRI-CIRI MORFOLOGIS JAHE Terna berbatang semu, tinggi 30 cm sampai 1 m, rimpang bila dipotong berwarna kuning atau jingga. Daun sempit, panjang 15 – 23 mm, lebar 8 – 15 mm ; tangkai daun berbulu, panjang 2 – 4 mm ; bentuk lidah daun memanjang, panjang 7,5 – 10 mm, dan tidak berbulu; seludang agak berbulu. Perbungaan berupa malai tersembul dipermukaan tanah, berbentuk tongkat atau bundar telur yang sempit, 2,75 – 3 kali lebarnya, sangat tajam ; panjang malai 3,5 – 5 cm, lebar 1,5 – 1,75 cm ; gagang bunga hampir tidak berbulu, panjang 25 cm, rahis berbulu jarang ; sisik pada gagang terdapat 5 – 7 buah, berbentuk lanset, letaknya berdekatan atau rapat, hampir tidak berbulu, panjang sisik 3 – 5 cm; daun pelindung berbentuk bundar telur terbalik, bundar pada ujungnya, tidak berbulu, berwarna hijau cerah, panjang 2,5 cm, lebar 1 – 1,75 cm ; mahkota bunga berbentuk tabung 2 – 2,5 cm, helainya agak sempit, berbentuk tajam, berwarna kuning kehijauan, panjang 1,5 – 2,5 mm, lebar 3 – 3,5 mm, bibir berwarna ungu, gela p, berbintik- bintik berwarna putih kekuningan, panjang 12 – 15 mm ; kepala sari berwarna ungu, panjang 9 mm ; tangkai putik 2mm. JENIS TANAMAN JAHE dibedakan menjadi 3 jenis berdasarkan ukuran, bentuk dan warna rimpangnya. Umumnya dikenal 3 varietas JAHE, yaitu : 1. JAHE putih/kuning besar atau disebut juga JAHE gajah atau JAHE badak Rimpangnya lebih besar dan gemuk, ruas rimpangnya lebih menggembung dari kedua varietas lainnya. Jenis JAHE ini bias dikonsumsi baik saat berumur muda maupun berumur tua, baik sebagai JAHE segar maupun JAHE olahan. 2. JAHE putih/kuning kecil atau disebut juga JAHE sunti atau JAHE emprit Ruasnya kecil, agak rata sampai agak sedikit menggembung. JAHE ini selalu dipanen setelah berumur tua. Kandungan minyak atsirinya lebih besar dari pada JAHE gajah, sehingga rasanya lebih pedas, disamping seratnya tinggi. JAHE ini cocok untuk ramuan obat-obatan, atau untuk diekstrak oleoresin dan minyak atsirinya. 3. JAHE merah Rimpangnya berwarna merah dan lebih kecil dari pada JAHE putih kecil. sama seperti JAHE kecil, JAHE merah selalu dipanen setelah tua, dan juga memiliki kandungan minyak atsiri yang sama dengan JAHE kecil, sehingga cocok untuk ramuan obat-obatan. Rimpang JAHE dapat digunakan sebagai bumbu masak, pemberi aroma dan rasa pada makanan seperti roti, kue, biskuit, kembang gula dan berbagai MANFAAT TANAMAN 1) JAHE tumbuh baik di daerah tropis dan subtropis dengan ketinggian 0- 2.000 m dpl. JAHE juga dapat digunakan pada industri obat, minyak wangi, industri jamu tradisional, diolah menjadi asinan JAHE, dibuat acar, lalap, bandrek, sekoteng dan sirup. Dewasa ini para petani cabe menggunakan JAHE sebagai pestisida alami. Dalam perdagangan JAHE dijual dalam bentuk segar, kering, JAHE bubuk dan awetan JAHE. Disamping itu terdapat hasil olahan JAHE seperti: minyak astiri dan koresin yang diperoleh dengan cara penyulingan yang berguna sebagai bahan pencampur dalam minuman beralkohol, es krim, campuran sosis dan lain-lain. Adapun manfaat secara pharmakologi antara lain adalah sebagai karminatif (peluruh kentut), anti muntah, pereda kejang, anti pengerasan pembuluh darah, peluruh keringat, anti inflamasi, anti mikroba dan parasit, anti piretik, anti rematik, serta merangsang pengeluaran getah lambung dan getah empedu.
          BAYAR HUTANG (sym)        
Engga usah ngutang, atau bayar. Ini cara aman engga dikejar hutang! Cang Haji Muhidin ketawa. “Juned, Juned… hutang saya aja belonan pada lunas, Kamu malah nanya saya pegimana caranya supaya hutang lunas!”Yang diketawain tersenyum kecut. Juned datang ke Cang Haji minta wiridan, amalan/bacaan zikir yang bisa ngebebasin hutang. Tidak lupa ia juga minta Cang Haji bantuin ngewiridin. Juned ini lagi dikejar-kejar hutang. Yang ngejar mending kalo baik-baik, ini banyak yang cerewet. Dan kalo Juned engga ada uang, mereka ini suka nyap-nyap di depan pintu rumahnya! Juned jadi malu ama tetangga.“Bayar Ned, bayar. Itu kuncinya kalo engga mau dikejar hutang…”“Saya engga duit Cang Haji…”“Lah, dulu kenapa ngutang…?” Juned diam. Hatinya ngegerutu kecil. Maksud hati pengen minta tolong, eh Cang Haji malah nyudutin dia. “Iyalah…” Cang Haji mulai menghibur. “Ada wiridnya, ada do’anya. Emang juga siapa tahu bisa dikabulin Allah. Mintakan engga ada salahnya. Iya kan Ned?” Juned mulai tersenyum. “Tapi ingat Ned, jangan cuma dibaca ini wirid dan doa, tapi Kamu harus tetap giat kerja, giat usaha. Hadepin baik-baik tuh orang-orang. Dulu waktu ngutangnya Kamu ngadep baik-baik, masa sekarang ngumpet-ngumpet? Kalo Kamu cuma baca, tapi engga ada usaha, sama saja. Apalagi kalo Kamu dah bikin mereka tambah kecewa gara-gara menghindar dan menghindar, sehingga terkesan lari dari masalah.” Cang Haji lantas ngasih wirid dan doa sama Juned. “Tapi Ned, baiknya, Kamu tuh berdoa pake bahasa Kamu aja sendiri. Kamu ungkapin kegundahan hati Kamu, kesusahan hati Kamu. Dia Maha Mendengar. Dia akan mendengar semua keluh kesah kita. Yang penting, Kamu perbaikin hubungan Kamu dengan Dia, dan hubungan Kamu dengan manusia yang lain.” “Setelah itu, Kamu kudu yakin sama kemampuan Kamu sendiri. Pikiran kita ada dua, ada yang positif dan ada yang negatif. Yang positif tuh selalu mengajarkan keberanian menghadapi masalah, kepercayaan akan kemampuan menangani masalah, dan selalu berorientasi pada hal-hal yang baik saja. Nah, kalo Kamu kedepanin bagian dari pikiran yang positif-positif saja, Kamu jadi berani dan percaya diri. Dan hidup Kamu jadi tidak terlalu burem serta tidak tegang. Nah, kalau pikiran negatif, ia akan selalu mengajarkan ketakutan dan kekhawatiran dibenak Kamu. Walhasil Kamu jadi takut dan khawatir sendiri. Padahal mah engga ada apa-apa. Pikiran yang negatif juga akan mendidik kita untuk tidakpercaya diri bahwa kita mampu menyelesaikan masalah-masalah kita. Akhirnya, kita jadi benar-benar tidak mampu. Makanya, jangan biarkan pikiran negatif mendominasi. Buang saja. Bermasalah boleh, tapi kehilangan kepercayaan diri engga boleh. Masalah mah biasa, siapa sih yang engga punya masalah? Tinggal bagaimana cara menghadapi masalah. Itu saja.” Adem sekarang pikiran Juned. Dia jadi lebih berani sekarang setelah dimotivasi Haji Muhidin. *** Ngomong-ngomong apa yang dibilang Cang Haji benar juga. Kalau engga mau dikejar hutang, jangan berhutang. Tapi bila sudah terlanjur punya hutang, dan kebetulan tidak ada kemampuan membayar, bolehlah perhatikan hal berikut ini: Negosiasi ulang. Baik untuk pengunduran jadwal pembayaran atau hal-hal lain yang bisa jadi jalan keluar bayar hutang. Tetap usaha, jangan diam. Cari usaha yang aman, yang bukan lewat cara gali lobang tutup lobang. Minta tolong sama Allah. Kalau Dia sudah berkenan, tidak ada hutang yang tidak bisa di bayar. Paling cuma masalah waktu. Pasrah kepada kejadian masa depan kepada Kuasa Allah. Yah, siapa tahu hutang kita lunas. Kan, engga mau kan bila hutang terbawa hingga liang kubur? Bukan amal yang dibawa, malah hutang! Bermasalah boleh, tapi kehilangan kepercayaan diri tidak boleh terjadi. *** Biasa ya Allah, bila sudah sulit baru menghadap Engkau. Tapi bukankah Engkau adalah Tuhan yang tidak pernah menutup pintu pertolongan bagi siapa yang meminta? Ya Allah jangan biarkan hamba bermain-main dengan Kemurahan-Mu dan Kebijaksanaan-Mu. Jangan biarkan hamba berulang-ulang melakukan kesalahan yang sama, ataupun kesalahan baru.
          KECELAKAAN BIS DI NGEMBAL, NONGKOJAJAR        
Tiga dari tujuh jenazah warga Candi Lontar Surabaya yang menjadi korban kecelakaan bus terguling langsung dimakamkan pada Senin dini hari setelah sebelumnya dishalatkan. Ketiga jenazah yang merupakan ayah, ibu dan anak itu tiba dari Pasuruan ke rumah duka sekitar pukul 23.00 WIB dan langsung disholatkan di Masjid Al-Muhajirin. Mereka adalah Imam Zuhdi (63), istrinya Suwarni (53) dan anaknya Dhany (28). Wali Kota Surabaya Tri Rismaharini yang hadir di rumah duka mengatakan, keluarga korban meminta malam itu juga dimakamkan. Mereka dimakamkan di Tempat Pemakaman Umum Babat Jerawat, Kecamatan Pakal. "Karena itu saya meminta petugas Dinas Kebersihan dan Pertamanan untuk segera membuat tiga liang lahat dan dimakamkan," tutur Tri Rismaharini. Sekitar pukul 00.00 WIB, ratusan warga dan kerabat korban turut memakamkan ketujuh jenazah. Sementara empat korban lainnya direncanakan dimakamkan Senin pagi. Mereka adalah Pitoyo (47), Utami (37), Syafa Putri Maharani (4), dan Sutarni (55). Seperti diberitakan, bus pariwisata nomor polisi B-7076-PV terguling di Desa Ngembal, Kecamatan Tutur (Nongkojajar), Kabupaten Pasuruan, Minggu (6/5) siang. Selain tujuh korban meninggal, puluhan penumpang lainnya mengalami luka dan sebagian selamat. Puluhan korban luka sampai saat ini masih dirawat di rumah sakit di Pasuruan. Namun oleh Pemerintah Kota Surabaya semua korban luka diminta dirawat di RSU dr Soetomo dan RSUD Soewandhie. Dari data yang dimiliki pengurus PKK RT III, RW VII, ada 63 penumpang di dalam bus dan 44 penumpang di antaranya selamat serta sebagian mengalami luka ringan.
          RENUNGKANLAH SAUDARAKU SEMUA        
Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood, Menulis Hingga Nafas Berakhir
Ia mendapat ijazah dibidang Teologi Kristen. Namun pengetahuan Kristen-nya yang begitu mendalam menjadikan dia mencintai Islam. Ingin terus menulis hingga akhir hayat Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood dilahirkan pada tahun 1942 di kota London, Inggris. Ruqayyah merupakan salah satu penulis buku-buku Islam paling produktif. telah menghasilkan lebih dari 30 buku berkenaan dengan Islam. Buku-bukunya termasuk best seller dan menjadi referensi serta rujukan di berbagai negara. Awalnya dia dibesarkan dalam lingkungan Kristen Protestan. Nama asalnya ialah Rosalyn Rushbrook . Dia memperoleh ijazah dalam bidang Teologi Kristen dari Universitas Hull tahun 1963. Pengetahuan Kristennya begitu mendalam hingga dia menulis beberapa buah buku, tentang Kristen. Tapi rupanya, karena pengetahuannya yang begitu mendalam tentang Kristen pula yang menyadarkannya. Ia dapati ajaran Kristen telah banyak menyimpang, terutama yang berkaitan dengan konsep Trinitas. Akhirnya tahun 1986, diusia 44 tahun, dia memeluk Islam. Tahun 2001 dia dianugerahkan Muhammad Iqbal Awards karena sumbangannya yang tinggi dalam pengembangan metodologi pengajaran Islam. Bahkan Maret 2004 Ruqayyah terpilih sebagai salah satu dari 100 wanita berprestasi di dunia. Berikut rangkuman kehidupannya dikutip dari berbagai sumber. Orang beriman tak takut dengan penderitaan hidup; tak takut dengan kematian; juga tak takut dengan kehidupan setelah dunia ini; karena Allah bersama mereka. Mereka tak sendirian, Allah selalu menemani dan membimbingnya. Allah itu nyata, Dia menyayangi kamu. Dia mengetahui semua kesukaran yang kamu hadapi dalam perjuangan. Bahkan, jika kamu berbuat salah, Dia masih tetap mencintaimu.モ ~Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood~ Bait-bait kalimat di atas menggambarkan betapa teguhnya hati seorang Ruqayyah. Bait penuh makna itu diadopsinya dari ayat-ayat suci Al-Quran. Dia memang menumpukan setiap tulisannya dengan memasukkan petuah-petuah dari Al-Quran dan hadis Nabi Muhammad SAW. Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood yang diilahirkan tahun 1942 di London, Inggris, pada ada usia 8 tahun telah jadi seorang anak yang memiliki komitmen yang tinggi dengan Kristen sebagai hasil dari panggilan hatinya. Setelah menamatkan program sarjana ilmu teologi (1963) dan master bidang pendidikan (1964) dari Universitas Hull, dia selama hampir 32 tahun mengelola program studi ilmu-ilmu keagamaan di berbagai sekolah dan perguruan tinggi di Inggris. Dia menikah dengan penyair Georg Morris Kendrick pada tahun 1964. Dari perkawinannya dengan Georg mereka memiliki dua orang anak, Daniel George lahir 1968 dan Frances Elisabeth Eva lahir 1969. Tahun 1986 pasangan itu bercerai. Tahun itu pula masuk Islam dan tahun 1990 menikah lagi dengan pria keturunan Pakistan, Waris Ali Maqsood namanya. モSaat ini Islam dicap sebagai agama bermasalah. Sangat tidak adil. Karena itu saya berupaya menulis untuk memperbanyak literatur-literatur Islam. Harapa saya agar, melalui tulisan-tulisan itu, dapat membantu memperbaiki atmosfir yang kurang berpihak ke Islam,ヤ cetusnya. モSaya sangat tertarik menggeluti sejarah Islam, terutama tentang kehidupan wanita-wanita di sekitar Nabi Muhammad. Saya acapkali meng-counter kampanye anti Islam yang mendiskreditkan wanita Muslim,ヤ kata dia. Best seller Mau tahu seberapa produktifnya dia? Catat saja, sewaktu masih bernama Rosalyn Rushbrook dia menghasilkan 9 buah buku yang umumnya berisi isu agama. Dan satu volume buku kumpulan puisi. Lalu selepas hijrah ke Islam, dia menghasilkan sekitar 30 buah buku. Saat ini dia memiliki 9 buah buku yang masih dalam proses penerbitan. Dia juga menulis berbagai artikel di majalah maupun koran yang berkaitan dengan Islam dan Muslim. Salah satu sumbangannya yang paling penting bagi komunitas Islam adalah The Muslim Marriage Guide (Petunjuk Pernikahan bagi Muslim). Buku itu menjadi rujukan dan direkomendasikan, tidak saja untuk pasangan yang akan menikah namun juga bagi mereka yang telah lama mengarungi bahtera rumah tangga. Bagi kalangan non Muslim, terutama yang sedang mendalami Islam, tentu saja buku Ruqayyah menjadi referensi yang sangat berharga. Dalam buku yang bernilai tinggi itu dia menggambarkan kehidupan Nabi Muhammad SAW dan para sahabatnya dilengkapi dengan petunjuk, tatacara dan hukum perkawinan. Tak hanya dia juga menguraikan bagaimana pertalian suami istri dalam hal warisan dan sejenisnya. Jadi sangat terpadu dan lengkap. Ruqayyah pernah diundang oleh Hodder Headlines untuk menulis buku Islam for the World Faiths (Islam bagi Penganut Agama se-Dunia). Saat ini buku itu telah dicetak sebanyak tiga kali dan termasuk salah satu buku best seller. Tak hanya buku-buku kategori モberatヤ, dia juga menulis buku-buku tentang bimbingan konseling bagi remaja Islam. Juga ada beberapa buku saku, antara lain; a Guide for Visitors to Mosques, a Marriage Guidance booklet, Muslim Womenメs Helpline. Bukunya di Indonesia banyak diterbitkan oleh Mizan. Misalnya Menciptakan Surga Rumah Tangga. Lalu buku bimbingan untuk remaja berjudul Menyentuh Hati Remaja. Buku itu mengulas seputar solusi untuk mengatasi problema-problema remaja. モMengapa hidup kita di dunia ini kadang-kadang berlalu dalam keadaan sulit. Ada cerita terkenal tentang seorang petani Afrika yang menanam rami. Ia harus menanamnya dalam keadaan yang sulit, dengan kondisi tanah yang mematahkan punggung dan dengan sedikit hujan untuk menyiraminya. Ketika ia pindah ke tempat yang iklimnya lebih bersahabat, ia membawa beberapa tanaman rami tersebut, dengan pikiran bahwa tanamana ini akan mudah tumbuh di tempat yang baru. Ya, tanaman itu memang tumbuh, besar, hijau dan subur; tetapi ketika ia mencabut batang itu untuk mengeluarkan seratnya, ternyata batangnya tidak berisi serat kecuali ampas. Tanaman itu memerlukan kondisi sulit untuk mengembangkan kekuatan batangnya,ヤ tulis Ruqayyah dalam buku bimbingan remajanya, dengan perumpamaan yang gampang dimengerti remaja dan juga memberi motivasi hidup. Silabus Islam モSaya juga diminta menulis buku teks yang dipakai secara luas di Inggris selama hampir 20 tahun. Buku-buku teks itu dipakai oleh kalangan pribadi, muallaf, dan pelajar-pelajar sekolah umum dan madrasah. Tidak saja di Inggris tapi juga di beberapa negara lainnya,ヤ begitu katanya. Ya, memang Ruqayyah juga sibuk menulis buku-buku teks yang banyak dijadikan rujukan. Ia membantu mengembangkan silabus bagi pelajar sekolah agama, bekerjasama dengan dinas pendidikan setempat. Silabusnya tergolong unik, dibuat khusus agar pelajar mandiri. Jadi, tanpa guru atau fasilitas tetap bisa jalan. Silabusnya dirancang untuk pelajar sekolah dasar hingga perguruan tinggi. Menariknya lagi, bisa dipakai untuk pendidikan formal, non formal, misal di rumah, bahkan juga di penjara. Pokoknya untuk dimana saja. Menjadi tutor jarak jauh (distance learning) untuk Asosiasi Peneliti Muslim (AMR) adalah aktifitas lainnya. Aktifitas mengajarnya juga padat. Banyak negara telah disambanginya, diantaranya AS, Kanada, Denmark, Swedia, Finlandia, Irlandia dan Singapura. Ruqayyah juga mengajar di beberapa universitas yang ada di Inggris seperti Oxford, Cambridge Edinburg, Glasgow dan Manchester. Juga mengajar di School of Oriental and Arabic Studies di London. Atas aktifitas dan jasanya itu ia menerima Muhammad Iqbal Award tahun 2001 atas kreatifitasnya dalam mengembangkan pembelajaran Islam. Dialah muslim pertama Inggris yang pernah menerima anugerah bergengsi tersebut. Tak hanya itu, Maret 2004 Ruqayyah terpilih sebagai salah satu dari 100 wanita berprestasi di dunia. Dalam ajang pemilihan Daily Mailメs Real Women of Achievement, dia termasuk satu dari tujuh orang wanita berprestasi dalam kategori keagamaan. Menulis dan Terus Menulis Majalah Islam, Emel pernah menanyakan adakah ia merasa lelah dengan seabrek aktifitasnya itu serta bagaimana membagi waktu menulis dan mengurus rumah tangga, misalnya di kesibukannya dengan para cucunya. モSaya sangat ketat dengan waktu. Bertahun-tahun saya menjalani itu dan sudah jadi irama hidup saya, hingga semua jadi mudah. Saya biasanya menulis malam hari. Kala semua telah tidur, hingga tak ada yang mengganggu saya. Jam 4 pagi saya bangun untuk shalat subuh. Selepas itu saya tidur sejenak hingga jam 8 pagi. Beraktifitas lagi dan siangnya saya ambil waktu untuk istirahat,ヤ ujarnya. モKerja saya sehari-hari ya menulis. Kini ada lebih dari 40 buku telah diterbitkan. Belum lama saya telah menyelesaikan satu manuskrip yang sangat tebal tentang Kehidupan Rasulullah SAW. Buku berjudul モThe Life of Prophet Muhammadヤ itu diterbitkan oleh Islamic Research Institute of Islamabad tahun 2006 silam,ヤ katanya. Tentang pembajakan buku-buku, Ruqayyah mengaku sedih dengan tingginya kasus pembajakan buku terutama di negara-negara Islam. モKenyataan saat ini banyak buku-buku Islam yang dibajak dan pembajaknya adalah orang Islam sendiri. Sedih bukan? モ ujarnya risau. Tentang Yesus Dia memiliki pengetahuan Kristen begitu mendalam. Dengan pengetahuannya itu Ruqayyah bergerak atas inisiatif sendiri mencari kebenaran berdasar kajian-kajian ilmiahnya. Namun akhirnya dia meninggalkan agamanya itu setelah bergulat bertahun-tahun dalam pencarian atas pertanyaan-pertanyaannya tentang konsep teologi Trinitas. Dia tak menemukan apa-apa. Jadi Ruqayyah memeluk Islam murni berdasar latar belakang pengetahuannya dan kajian mendalam tentang ajaran ketuhanan, baik dalam Islam dan Kristen. Seperti kebanyakan muallaf lainnya, dia menyebut dirinya telah モkembaliヤ menjadi Muslim. Kini dia memperjuangkan Islam lewat tulisan dan buku-bukunya. Dalam sebuah wawancara dengan sebuah media, dia ditanya perihal konsep Islam tentang Nabi Isa yang dalam ajaran Kristen disebut Yesus. モDi negara Barat ada ajaran ilmu etika berinti pada cinta dan kasih Tuhan dan tolong menolong sesama manusia. Itu semua diajarkan juga oleh semua nabi termasuk di dalamnya, tentu saja, Nabi Muhammad SAW. Kami orang Islam juga meyakini Nabi Isa sebagai salah satu nabi yang diutus Allah,ヤ kata Ruqayyah. モSebelum Nabi Isa datang, nabi-nabi terdahulu membawa ajaran Yahudi. Kami juga beriman dengan nabi-nabi terdahulu yang diutus kepada umat-umat sebelum Islam datang, Yahudi adalah salah satu agama samawi juga. Nabi Isa datang membawa ajaran Kristen itu kami yakni juga. Kemudian Nabi Muhammad diutus Allah membawa ajaran Islam dan tugas Isa AS telah selesai, Jadi tidak seperti dipahami ajaran Kristen dengan konsep Trinitasnya yang menyatakan Yesus itu anak Tuhan. Dia memang dilahirkan dari seorang ibu, Maryam. Tanpa ayah. Jadi jangan lantas disebut sebagai anak Tuhan. Itu kuasa Allah. Jika Allah katakan モjadiヤ, maka jadilah,ヤ imbuhnya lagi. Apakah Nabi Muhammad diutus karena misi Nabi Isa dianggap telah gagal? Demikian cocoran pertanyaan menohok media tersebut. モKami tidak beriman dengan itu, bahwa misi Nabi Isa gagal. Kami beriman, dia (Isa AS) adalah salah satu utusan Allah yang terbaik bagi umatnya. Contoh dan tunjuk ajarnya ditiru oleh jutaan pengikutnya kala itu. Jika kemudian, umatnya rusak, itu bukannya karena ajaran atau misi Isa AS itu rusak lantas dikatakan gagal. Lalu untuk menyelamatkan umatnya, menghapus dosa umatnya, Isa digambarkan (dalam Kristen) mengorbankan dirinya dengan disalib. Tidak begitu. Inilah yang saya katakana ajaran Kristen telah menyimpang dari aslinya,ヤ terangnya. Cyber counsellor Salain menulis, kesibukan lainnya adalah sebagai seorang konselor. Melalui internet, ia aktif menjawab dan membantu konseling. モKegiatan lain saya adalah mengasuh bimbingan konseling online melalui e-mail hingga dijuluki sebagai cyber councellor. Tiap hari sedikitnya ada 50 e-mail yang saya terima. Kebanyakan berasal dari orang-orang minta nasehat, karena masalah budaya, perkawinan, dan bahkan masalah ketuhanan. Kebanyakan dari mereka adalah orang-orang yang dalam masa pencarian, mereka ingin tahu apa itu Islam. Bahkan ada juga dari orang yang bermaksud menyerang Islam. Kami saling bertukar pendapat. Banyak juga e-mail berisi pengaduan-pengaduan yang sifatnya sangat pribadi. Saya ini persis seperti モibu atau tanteヤ bagi mereka dalam menyelesaikan persoalan-persoalan pribadi,ヤ ungkap Ruqayyah senang. Begitupun dia mengaku sedikit sedih dengan kenyataan masih banyak kalangan Islam yang bertingkah laku kurang baik. Tidak Islami. Hingga merusak wajah Islam sendiri. モSebagai contoh di Barat, banyak anak-anak muda Arab dan Asia yang bergaul bebas dengan gadis-gadis kulit putih tanpa memperhatikan kaedah Islam. Sedihnya lagi, ada yang sampai mengandung tanpa ikatan agama. Seringnya si wanita kemudian masuk Islam. Memang baik, tapi saya kira ini bukan jalan menuju Islam yang benar,ヤ keluhnya. Begitulah, Ruqayyah kini mengisi hari tuanya di sudut kota London dengan menulis, mengasuh para cucunya, disamping juga berbagi ilmu keislamannya dengan non muslim melalui dialog antar umat beragama. Dia menyisihkan waktunya berkunjung ke sekolah-sekolah dan gereja untuk menjelaskan Islam dan memberikan pengetahuan dasar-dasar Islam. Dia berjuang keras menyadarkan berbagai pihak dengan berbagai latar kehidupan yang berbeda agar dapat saling menghargai. [Zulkarnain Jalil/www.hidayatullah.com]
          BUDI DAYA JAMUR DI DAERAH PANAS        



Menekuni bisnis budidaya jamur tiram memang sangat menguntungkan. Tingginya permintaan pasar dan mudahnya proses budidaya jamur tiram menjadi salah satu alasan mengapa jenis jamur ini lebih sering dibudidayakan masyarakat dibandingkan jenis jamur lainnya. Meskipun begitu, sampai hari ini ada sebuah kendala yang sering dihadapi para pemula dalam menjalankan bisnis budidaya jamur tiram. Yaitu faktor pemilihan lokasi budidaya yang sesuai dengan habitat hidup jamur tersebut.

Biasanya pertumbuhan jamur tiram akan optimal sepanjang tahun bila lokasi budidayanya sesuai dengan habitat aslinya, yakni di kawasan pegunungan atau di daerah dataran dengan ketinggian antara 400-800 meter di atas permukaan air laut (mdpl), serta memiliki suhu udara sekitar 20-28°C dengan tingkat kelembapan sekitar 70% sampai 80%. Lalu bisakah jamur tiram dibudidayakan di daerah panas?

Bagi Anda yang berada di daerah dataran rendah khususnya di lingkungan yang cukup panas, kini tidak perlu takut lagi untuk mencoba budidaya jamur tiram. Sebab ada banyak cara yang bisa Anda lakukan untuk menyiasati kondisi lingkungan di sekitar Anda. Untuk mengetahui informasi selengkapnya, mari kita bahas bersama beberapa tips bisnis yang bisa Anda gunakan untuk membudidayakan jamur tiram di daerah panas.


Pertama, langkah mudah yang bisa Anda coba yaitu membuat bangunan kumbung jamur dengan sistem sirkulasi buka tutup. Yang dimaksud buka tutup disini adalah menutup sirkulasi kumbung jamur di siang hari agar kelembapan di dalamnya tetap terjaga, dan membukanya pada malam hari sehingga suhu ruangan di dalam kumbung jamur bisa lebih dingin.

Kedua, gunakan bahan atap yang tidak menyerap panas. Hal ini penting agar intensitas sinar matahari yang masuk ke dalam kumbung jamur tidak berlebihan. Beberapa bahan yang bisa Anda gunakan sebagai atap kumbung jamur antara lain anyaman bambu, atau genteng.

Ketiga, faktor kelembapan merupakan syarat utama yang harus terpenuhi dalam budidaya jamur tiram, sebab kelembapan udara sangat berpengaruh pada pertumbuhan jamur. Untuk mengatasi hal tersebut, Anda bisa meletakkan beberapa tong/wadah air di dalam kumbung jamur untuk meningkatkan kelembapan ruangan.

Keempat, karena lokasi budidaya jamur berada di daerah panas, maka usahakan untuk membuat bangunan kumbung di tempat yang teduh atau dekat dengan pepohonan. Selain itu hindari pula pembuatan pintu kumbung yang berada di arah matahari terbit atau terbenam, hal ini dilakukan untuk mencegah sinar matahari langsung masuk ke ruangan kumbung.

Kelima, lindungi sekitar lokasi kumbung dari sinar matahari langsung yang terlalu menyengat. Anda bisa melakukannya dengan cara menanam banyak pohon rindang (perdu) disekeliling kumbung jamur.

Keenam, untuk memperlancar sirkulasi udara di dalam kumbung jamur tiram, usahakan tinggi bangunan kumbung dibuat lebih tinggi atau tidak kurang dari 4 meter.

Ketujuh, perhatikan rak penyimpanan baglog jamur yang dibuat. Bila di daerah dingin rak yang dibuat pada kumbung jamur bisa mencapai 5 tingkat, pastikan rak yang dibuat di daerah panas tidak lebih dari 3 tingkat.

Kedelapan, karena lokasi kumbung jamur berada di daerah panas, maka sebisa mungkin lakukan penyiraman lebih sering dibandingkan di daerah pegunungan. Penyiraman baglog jamur bisa Anda lakukan minimal 3 kali dalam sehari.


Nah, dengan demikian Anda tidak perlu khawatir jika ingin mmbudidayakan jamur tiram tetapi daerah Anda merupakan daerah yang panas. Silahkan mencoba peluang bisnis jamur dimanapun Anda tinggal. Mulai dari yang kecil, mulai dari yang mudah, mulai dari sekarang! Salam sukses.
          WAKTU-WAKTU TERKABULNYA DO'A        
Waktu-Waktu Terkabulnya Do'a
Sungguh berbeda Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala dengan makhluk-Nya. Dia Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang. Lihatlah manusia, ketika ada orang meminta sesuatu darinya ia merasa kesal dan berat hati. Sedangkan Allah Ta’ala mencintai hamba yang meminta kepada-Nya. Sebagaimana perkataan seorang penyair:
الله يغضب إن تركت سؤاله وبني آدمحين يسأل يغضب
“Allah murka pada orang yang enggan meminta kepada-Nya, sedangkan manusia ketika diminta ia marah”
Ya, Allah mencintai hamba yang berdoa kepada-Nya, bahkan karena cinta-Nya Allah memberi ‘bonus’ berupa ampunan dosa kepada hamba-Nya yang berdoa. Allah Ta’ala berfirman dalam sebuah hadits qudsi:
يا ابن آدم إنك ما دعوتني ورجوتني غفرت لكعلى ما كان منك ولا أبالي
“Wahai manusia, selagi engkau berdoa dan berharap kepada-Ku, aku mengampuni dosamu dan tidak aku pedulikan lagi dosamu” (HR. At Tirmidzi, ia berkata: ‘Hadits hasan shahih’)
Sungguh Allah memahami keadaan manusia yang lemah dan senantiasa membutuhkan akan Rahmat-Nya. Manusia tidak pernah lepas dari keinginan, yang baik maupun yang buruk. Bahkan jika seseorang menuliskan segala keinginannya dikertas, entah berapa lembar akan terpakai. Maka kita tidak perlu heran jika Allah Ta’ala melaknat orang yang enggan berdoa kepada-Nya. Orang yang demikian oleh Allah ‘Azza Wa Jalla disebut sebagai hamba yang sombong dan diancam dengan neraka Jahannam. Allah Ta’ala berfirman:
ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ إِنَّالَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ
“Berdoalah kepadaKu, Aku akan kabulkan doa kalian. Sungguh orang-orang yang menyombongkan diri karena enggan beribadah kepada-Ku, akan dimasukkan ke dalam neraka Jahannam dalam keadaan hina dina” (QS. Ghafir: 60)
Ayat ini juga menunjukkan bahwa Allah Maha Pemurah terhadap hamba-Nya,karena hamba-Nya diperintahkan berdoa secara langsung kepada Allah tanpa melalui perantara dan dijamin akan dikabulkan.
BerdoaDi Waktu Yang Tepat
Diantara usaha yang bisa kita upayakan agar doa kita dikabulkan oleh Allah Ta’ala adalah dengan memanfaatkan waktu-waktu tertentu yang dijanjikan oleh Allah bahwa doa ketika waktu-waktu tersebut dikabulkan. Diantara waktu-waktu tersebut adalah:

1. Sepertiga Malam.

Rasulullah saw. bersabda: “Keadaan yang paling dekat antara Tuhan dan hambanya adalah di waktu tengah malam akhir. Jika kamu mampu menjadi bagian yang berdzikir kepada Allah, maka kerjakanlah pada waktu itu.” Dari Jabir berkata, Rasulullah saw. bersabda: “Sesungguhnya bagian dari malam ada waktu yang apabila seorang hamba muslim meminta kebaikan kepada Allah dan sesuai dengan waktu itu, pasti Allah mengabulkannya.” Imam Ahmad menambah:“Itu terjadi di setiap malam.”

Allah Ta’ala mencintai hamba-Nya yang berdoa disepertiga malam yang terakhir.
Allah Ta’ala berfirman tentang ciri-ciri orang yang bertaqwa, salah satunya:
وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْيَسْتَغْفِرُون

“Ketika waktu sahur(akhir-akhir malam), mereka berdoa memohon ampunan”

(QS. Adz Dzariyat: 18)

Sepertiga malam yang paling akhir adalah waktu yang penuh berkah, sebab pada saat itu Rabb kita Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala turun ke langit dunia dan mengabulkan setiap doa hamba-Nya yang berdoa ketika itu. Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam:

ينزل ربنا تبارك وتعالى كل ليلة إلى السماء الدنيا ، حين يبقى ثلث الليلالآخر، يقول : من يدعوني فأستجيب له ، من يسألني فأعطيه ، من يستغفرني فأغفر له

“Rabb kita turun kelangit dunia pada sepertiga malam yang akhir pada setiap malamnya. Kemudian berfirman: ‘Orang yang berdoa kepada-Ku akan Ku kabulkan, orang yang meminta sesuatu kepada-Ku akan Kuberikan, orang yang meminta ampunan dari-Ku akan Kuampuni‘”

(HR. Bukhari no.1145,Muslim no. 758)

Namun perlu dicatat,sifat ‘turun’ dalam hadits ini jangan sampai membuat kita membayangkan Allah Ta’ala turun sebagaimana manusia turun dari suatu tempat ke tempat lain. Karena tentu berbeda. Yang penting kita mengimani bahwaAllah Ta’ala turun ke langit dunia, karena yang berkata demikian adalah Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam diberijulukan Ash shadiqul Mashduq (orang jujur yang diotentikasi kebenarannya oleh Allah), tanpa perlu mempertanyakan dan membayangkan bagaimana caranya. Dari hadits ini jelas bahwa sepertiga malam yang akhir adalah waktu yang dianjurkan untuk memperbanyak berdoa.

2. Saat Sujud.

Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda:
أقرب ما يكون العبد منربه وهو ساجد . فأكثروا الدعا

“Seorang hamba berada paling dekat dengan Rabb-nya ialah ketika ia sedang bersujud. Maka perbanyaklah berdoa ketika itu” (HR. Muslim, no.482)

3. Ketika Adzan Berkumandang.

Selain dianjurkan untuk menjawab adzan dengan lafazh yang sama, saat adzan dikumandangkan pun termasuk waktu yang mustajab untuk berdoa.
Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihiWasallam bersabda:
ثنتان لا تردان أو قلما تردان الدعاء عند النداء وعند البأس حين يلحم بعضهمبعضا
“Doa tidak tertolak pada dua waktu, atau minimal kecil kemungkinan tertolaknya. Yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan saat perang berkecamuk, ketika kedua kubu saling menyerang”

(HR. Abu Daud, 2540,Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Nata-ijul Afkar, 1/369, berkata:“Hasan Shahih”)

4. Antara Adzan dan Iqamat.

Waktu jeda antara adzan dan iqamah adalah juga merupakan waktu yang dianjurkan untuk berdoa, berdasarkan sabda Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam:
الدعاء لا يرد بين الأذان والإقامة
“Doa di antara adzan dan iqamah tidak tertolak” (HR. Tirmidzi, 212, ia berkata: “Hasan Shahih”)
Dengan demikian jelaslah bahwa amalan yang dianjurkan antara adzan dan iqamah adalah berdoa, bukan shalawatan, atau membaca murattal dengan suara keras, misalnya dengan menggunakan mikrofon. Selain tidak pernah dicontohkan oleh Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihiWasallam, amalan-amalan tersebut dapat mengganggu orang yang berdzikir atau sedang shalat sunnah. Padahal Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda,
لا إن كلكم مناج ربه فلا يؤذين بعضكم بعضا ولا يرفع بعضكم على بعض في القراءةأو قال في الصلاة
“Ketahuilah, kalian semua sedang bermunajat kepada Allah, maka janganlah saling mengganggu satu sama lain. Janganlah kalian mengeraskan suara dalam membaca Al Qur’an,’ atau beliau berkata, ‘Dalam shalat’,” (HR. Abu Daud no.1332, Ahmad, 430, dishahihkan oleh Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani di Nata-ijul Afkar, 2/16).
Selain itu, orangyang shalawatan atau membaca Al Qur’an dengan suara keras diwaktu jeda ini, telah meninggalkan amalan yang di anjurkan olehRasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam, yaitu berdoa. Padahal ini adalah kesempatan yang bagus untuk memohon kepada Allah segala sesuatu yang ia inginkan. Sungguh merugi jika ia melewatkannya.
5. Ketika Bertemu Musuh.
Salah satu keutamaan pergi ke medan perang dalam rangka berjihad di jalan Allah adalah doa dari orang yang berperang di jalan Allah ketika perang sedang berkecamuk, diijabah olehAllah Ta’ala. Dalilnya adalah hadits berikut:

ثنتان لا تردان أو قلما تردان الدعاء عند النداء وعند البأس حين يلحم بعضهمبعضا

“Doa tidak tertolak pada dua waktu, atau minimal kecil kemungkinan tertolaknya. Yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan saat perang berkecamuk, ketika kedua kubu saling menyerang” (HR. Abu Daud, 2540, Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Nata-ijul Afkar,1/369, berkata: “Hasan Shahih”)

6. Ketika Hujan Turun.

Hujan adalah nikmat Allah Ta’ala. Oleh karena itu tidak boleh mencelanya. Sebagian orang merasa jengkel dengan turunnya hujan, padahal yang menurunkan hujan tidak lain adalah Allah Ta’ala. Oleh karena itu, daripada tenggelam dalam rasa jengkel lebih baik memanfaatkan waktu hujan untuk berdoa memohon apa yang diinginkan kepada AllahTa’ala:
ثنتان ما تردان : الدعاء عند النداء ، و تحت المطر
“Doa tidak tertolakpada 2 waktu, yaitu ketika adzan berkumandang dan ketika hujan turun”

(HR Al Hakim, 2534,dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih Al Jami’, 3078)

7. Potongan Waktu Akhirdi Hari Jum’at.

Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihiWasallam bersabda,
أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ذكر يوم الجمعة ، فقال : فيه ساعة ، لايوافقها عبد مسلم ، وهو قائم يصلي ، يسأل الله تعالى شيئا ، إلا أعطاه إياه .وأشار بيده يقللها
“Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam menyebutkan tentang hari Jumat kemudian beliau bersabda: ‘Di dalamnya terdapat waktu. Jika seorang muslim berdoa ketika itu, pasti diberikan apa yang ia minta’. Lalu beliau mengisyaratkan dengan tangannya tentang sebentarnya waktu tersebut” (HR. Bukhari 935, Muslim 852dari sahabat Abu HurairahRadhiallahu’anhu)
Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani dalam Fathul Baari ketika menjelaskan hadits ini beliau menyebutkan 42 pendapat ulama tentang waktu yang dimaksud. Namun secara umum terdapat 4 pendapat yang kuat.
Pendapat pertama, yaitu waktu sejak imam naik mimbar sampai selesai shalat Jum’at, berdasarkan hadits:
هي ما بين أن يجلس الإمام إلى أن تقضى الصلاة
“Waktu tersebut adalah ketika imam naik mimbar sampai shalat Jum’at selesai” (HR. Muslim,853 dari sahabat Abu Musa Al Asy’ari Radhiallahu’anhu).
Pendapat ini dipilih oleh Imam Muslim, An Nawawi, Al Qurthubi, Ibnul Arabi dan Al Baihaqi.

Pendapat kedua, yaitu setelah ashar sampai terbenamnya matahari. Berdasarkan hadits:
يوم الجمعة ثنتا عشرة يريد ساعة لا يوجد مسلم يسأل الله عز وجل شيئا إلا أتاهالله عز وجل فالتمسوها آخر ساعة بعد العصر
“Dalam 12 jam hariJum’at ada satu waktu, jika seorang muslim meminta sesuatu kepada Allah Azza WaJalla pasti akan dikabulkan. Carilah waktu itu di waktu setelah ashar” (HR.Abu Daud, no.1048 dari sahabat Jabir bin AbdillahRadhiallahu’anhu. Dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih Abi Daud). Pendapat ini dipilih oleh At Tirmidzi, dan Ibnu Qayyim Al Jauziyyah. Pendapat ini yang lebih masyhur dikalangan para ulama.
Pendapat ketiga, yaitu setelah ashar, namun diakhir-akhir hari Jum’at. Pendapat ini didasari oleh riwayat dari Abi Salamah. Ishaq bin Rahawaih, At Thurthusi, Ibnul Zamlakani menguatkan pendapat ini.
Pendapat keempat, yang juga dikuatkan oleh Ibnu Hajar sendiri, yaitu menggabungkan semua pendapat yang ada. Ibnu‘Abdil Barr berkata: “Dianjurkan untuk bersungguh-sungguh dalam berdoa pada dua waktu yang disebutkan”. Dengan demikian seseorang akan lebih memperbanyak doanya di hari Jum’at tidak pada beberapa waktu tertentu saja. Pendapat ini dipilih oleh Imam Ahmad bin Hambal, Ibnu ‘Abdil Barr.
8. Doa Seseorang UntukSaudaranya Tanpa Sepengetahuan Saudaranya.
Dalam riwayat Imam Muslim dari Abu Darda’ berkata: “Rasulullah saw. bersabda: “Tiada seorang muslim yang berdoa bagi saudaranya tanpa sepengetahuan saudaranya itu, kecuali Malaikat berkata, bagimu seperti apa yang kamu doakan untuk saudaramu.” Dalam kesempatan yang lain Rasulullah saw. bersabda: “Doa seorang al-akh bagi saudaranya tanpa sepengetahuan dirinya tidak tertolak.”
9. Hendaknya KetikaTidur Dalam Kondisi Dzikir, Kemudian Ketika Bangun Malam Berdoa.
Dari Muadz bin Jabaldari Nabi saw. bersabda: “Tiada seorang muslim yang tidur dalam keadaan dzikir dan bersuci, kemudian ketika ia bangun di tengah malam, ia meminta kepada Allah suatu kebaikan dunia dan akhirat, kecuali Allah pasti mengabulkannya.”
10. Ketika berbuka puasa
Waktu berbuka puasa pun merupakan waktu yang penuh keberkahan, karena diwaktu ini manusia merasakan salah satu kebahagiaan ibadah puasa, yaitu diperbolehkannya makan dan minum setelah seharian menahannya, sebagaimana hadits:

للصائم فرحتان : فرحة عند فطره و فرحة عندلقاء ربه

“Orang yang berpuasa memiliki 2 kebahagiaan: kebahagiaan ketika berbuka puasa dan kebahagiaan ketika bertemu dengan Rabb-Nya kelak” (HR. Muslim,no.1151)

Keberkahan lain diwaktu berbuka puasa adalah dikabulkannya doa orang yang telah berpuasa,sebagaimana sabda Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam:

ثلاث لا ترد دعوتهم الصائم حتى يفطروالإمام العادل و المظلوم

‘”Ada tiga doa yang tidak tertolak. Doanya orang yang berpuasa ketika berbuka, doanya pemimpin yang adil dan doanya orang yang terzhalimi” (HR. Tirmidzi no.2528,Ibnu Majah no.1752, Ibnu Hibban no.2405, dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih At Tirmidzi)

Oleh karena itu,jangan lewatkan kesempatan baik ini untuk memohon apa saja yang termasuk kebaikan dunia dan kebaikan akhirat. Namun perlu diketahui, terdapat doa yang dianjurkan untuk diucapkan ketika berbuka puasa, yaitu doa berbuka puasa. Sebagaimana hadits

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذاأفطر قال ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله

“Biasanya Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam ketika berbuka puasa membaca doa:

ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله

/Dzahabaz zhamaa-u wabtalatil ‘uruqu wa tsabatal ajru insyaa Allah/

(‘Rasa haus telah hilang, kerongkongan telah basah, semoga pahala didapatkan. Insya Allah’)” (HR. Abu Daud no.2357, Ad Daruquthni 2/401,dihasankan oleh Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani di Hidayatur Ruwah, 2/232)

Adapun doa yang tersebar di masyarakat dengan lafazh berikut:

اللهم لك صمت و بك امنت و على رزقك افطرتبرحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

adalah hadits palsu, atau dengan kata lain, ini bukanlah hadits. Tidak terdapat di kitab hadits manapun. Sehingga kita tidak boleh meyakini doa inisebagai hadits Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam.

Oleh karena itu, doa dengan lafazh ini dihukumi sama seperti ucapan orang biasa. Sama kedudukannya seperti kita berdoa dengan kata-kata sendiri. Sehingga doa ini tidak boleh dipopulerkan apalagi dipatenkan sebagai doa berbuka puasa.

Memang ada hadits tentang doa berbuka puasa dengan lafazh yang mirip dengan doa tersebut, semisal:

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذاأفطر قال : اللهم لك صمت وعلى رزقك أفطرت فتقبل مني إنك أنت السميع العليم

“Biasanya RasulullahShallallahu’alaihi Wasallam ketika berbuka membaca doa: Allahumma laka shumtu wa ‘alaa rizqika afthartu fataqabbal minni,innaka antas samii’ul ‘aliim”

Dalam Al Futuhat Ar Rabbaniyyah (4/341), dinukil perkataan Ibnu Hajar Al Asqalani: “Hadits ini gharib, dan sanadnya lemah sekali”. Hadits ini juga di-dhaif-kan oleh Al Albani di Dhaif Al Jami’ (4350). Atau doa-doa yang lafazh-nya semisal hadits ini semuanya berkisar antara hadits dhaif atau munkar.

11. Ketika malam lailatul qadar

Malam lailatul qadar adalah malam diturunkannya Al Qur’an.Malam ini lebih utama dari 1000 bulan. Sebagaimana firman Allah Ta’ala:

لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِشَهْرٍ

“Malam Lailatul Qadr lebih baik dari 1000 bulan” (QS. Al Qadr: 3)

Pada malam ini dianjurkan memperbanyak ibadah termasuk memperbanyak doa. Sebagaimana yang diceritakan oleh Ummul Mu’minin Aisyah Radhiallahu’anha:

قلت يا رسول الله أرأيت إن علمت أي ليلةليلة القدر ما أقول فيها قال قولي اللهم إنك عفو كريم تحب العفو فاعف عني

“Aku bertanya kepada Rasulullah: Wahai Rasulullah, menurutmu apa yang sebaiknya aku ucapkan jika aku menemukan malam Lailatul Qadar? Beliau bersabda: Berdoalah:

اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني

Allahumma innaka‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni ['Ya Allah, sesungguhnyaengkau Maha Pengampun dan menyukai sifat pemaaf, maka ampunilah aku'']”(HR. Tirmidzi,3513, Ibnu Majah, 3119, At Tirmidzi berkata: “Hasan Shahih”)

Pada hadits ini Ummul Mu’minin ‘Aisyah Radhiallahu’anha meminta diajarkan ucapan yang sebaiknya diamalkan ketika malam Lailatul Qadar. Namun ternyata Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam mengajarkan lafadz doa. Ini menunjukkan bahwa pada malam Lailatul Qadar dianjurkan memperbanyak doa, terutama dengan lafadz yang diajarkan tersebut.

12. Ketika sebelum salam pada shalat wajib

Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda:

قيل يا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أيالدعاء أسمع قال جوف الليل الآخر ودبر الصلوات المكتوبات

“Ada yang bertanya: Wahai Rasulullah, kapan doa kita didengar oleh Allah?Beliau bersabda: “Diakhir malam dan diakhir shalat wajib” (HR. Tirmidzi, 3499)

Ibnu Qayyim Al Jauziyyah dalam Zaadul Ma’ad (1/305) menjelaskan bahwa yang dimaksud ‘akhir shalat wajib’ adalah sebelum salam. Dan tidak terdapat riwayat bahwa Nabi Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam dan para sahabat merutinkan berdoa meminta sesuatu setelah salam pada shalat wajib. Ahli fiqih masa kini, Syaikh Ibnu Utsaimin Rahimahullah berkata: “Apakah berdoa setelah shalat itu disyariatkan atau tidak? Jawabannya: tidakdisyariatkan. Karena Allah Ta’ala berfirman:

فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُمُ الصَّلاةَ فَاذْكُرُوااللَّهَ

“Jika engkau selesai shalat, berdzikirlah” (QS. An Nisa: 103). Allah berfirman‘berdzikirlah’, bukan ‘berdoalah’. Maka setelah shalat bukanlah waktu untuk berdoa, melainkan sebelum salam” (Fatawa Ibnu Utsaimin, 15/216).

Namun sungguh disayangkan kebanyakan kaum muslimin merutinkan berdoa meminta sesuatu setelah salam pada shalat wajib yang sebenarnya tidak disyariatkan, kemudian justru meninggalkan waktu-waktu mustajab yang disyariatkan yaitu diantara adzan dan iqamah, ketika adzan, ketika sujud dan sebelum salam.

13. Hari Rabu antara Dzuhur dan Ashar

Sunnah ini belum diketahui oleh kebanyakan kaum muslimin, yaitu dikabulkannya doa diantara shalat Zhuhur dan Ashar dihari Rabu. Ini diceritakan oleh Jabir bin Abdillah Radhiallahu’anhu:

أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم دعا في مسجدالفتح ثلاثا يوم الاثنين، ويوم الثلاثاء، ويوم الأربعاء، فاستُجيب له يوم الأربعاءبين الصلاتين فعُرِفَ البِشْرُ في وجهه قال جابر: فلم ينزل بي أمر مهمٌّ غليظ إِلاّ توخَّيْتُ تلك الساعة فأدعو فيهافأعرف الإجابة

“Nabi shalallahu ‘alaihi wasalam berdoa di Masjid Al Fath 3 kali,yaitu hari Senin, Selasa dan Rabu. Pada hari Rabu lah doanya dikabulkan, yaitu diantara dua shalat. Ini diketahui dari kegembiraan di wajah beliau. Berkata Jabir : ‘Tidaklah suatu perkara penting yang berat pada saya kecuali saya memilih waktu ini untuk berdoa,dan saya mendapati dikabulkannya doa saya‘”

Dalam riwayat lain:

فاستجيب له يوم الأربعاء بين الصلاتينالظهر والعصر

“Pada hari Rabu lah doanya dikabulkan, yaitu di antara shalat Zhuhur dan Ashar” (HR. Ahmad, no. 14603, Al Haitsami dalam Majma Az Zawaid, 4/15, berkata: “Semua perawinya tsiqah”, juga dishahihkan Al Albani di Shahih At Targhib, 1185)

14. Ketika Hari Arafah

Hari Arafah adalah hari ketika para jama’ah haji melakukan wukuf di Arafah,yaitu tanggal 9 Dzulhijjah. Pada hari tersebut dianjurkan memperbanyak doa,baik bagi jama’ah haji maupun bagi seluruh kaum muslimin yang tidak sedang menunaikan ibadah haji. Sebab Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda:

خير الدعاء دعاء يوم عرفة

“Doa yang terbaik adalah doa ketika hari Arafah” (HR. At Tirmidzi,3585. Di shahihkan Al Albani dalam Shahih AtTirmidzi)

15. Ketika Meminum Air Zam-zam

Rasulullah Shallallahu’alaihi Wasallam bersabda:

ماء زمزم لما شرب له

“Khasiat Air Zam-zam itu sesuai niat peminumnya” (HR. Ibnu Majah,2/1018. Dishahihkan Al Albani dalam Shahih IbniMajah, 2502)

Demikian uraian mengenai waktu-waktu yang paling dianjurkan untuk berdoa.Mudah-mudahan Allah Ta’ala mengabulkan doa-doa kita dan menerima amal ibadah kita.
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Bebas, Maksiat dan Kejahatan Makin Bablas
[Al Islam 589] Bukannya mencegah kemaksiatan, pemerintah malah memberikan jalan bagi suburnya kemaksiatan dan kerusakan di tengah masyarakat. Lihatlah, pemerintah justru mencabut perda yang melarang miras (minuman keras).

Setidaknya ada sembilan perda miras yang diminta untuk dicabut oleh kemendagri. Diantaranya, Perda Kota Tangerang No. 7/2005 tentang Pelarangan, Pengedaran, dan Penjualan Minuman Beralkohol; Perda Kota Bandung No. 11/2010 tentang Pelarangan, Pengawasan, dan Pengendalian Minuman Beralkohol; dan Perda Kabupaten Indramayu No. 15/2006 tentang Larangan Minuman Beralkohol.

Keputusan itu memicu protes dan penolakan dari banyak pihak. Keputusan pencabutan itu dianggap kontraproduktif terhadap upaya mengatasi kerusakan moralitas dan maraknya kejahatan di tengah masyarakat. Protes keras juga datang dari sejumlah Pemda yang telah mengeluarkan perda miras.

Melawan Hukum Lebih Tinggi?

Kemendagri beralasan pencabutan perda-perda miras itu karena menyalahi aturan yang lebih tinggi, yaitu Keppres No. 3 Tahun 1997 tentang Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Minuman Beralkohol. Sejak perda dinyatakan batal maka dalam waktu paling lama 15 hari harus dicabut dan tak diberlakukan. Seperti diberitakan pikiran-rakyat.com (31/11/11), melalui surat nomor: 188.34/4561/SJ tertanggal 16 November 2011, Mendagri meminta perda miras kabupaten Indramayu segera dicabut dalam waktu 15 hari sejak 16 November.

Alasan bertentangan dengan Keppres No. 3 Tahun 1997 itu terkesan dipaksakan. Keppres itu dikeluarkan pada era orde baru yang sarat masalah. Mestinya Keppres bermasalah itu yang harus dicabut. Sebab Keppres itulah yang justru menjadi biang kerok maraknya peredaran miras di tengah masyarakat. Apalagi adanya Keppres ini berarti menghalalkan perkara yang jelas-jelas diharamkan Allah SWT. Lebih tinggi mana hukum Allah SWT dibanding keputusan presiden? Mana yang lebih baik, hukum Allah SWT atau hukum jahiliyah yang bersumber dari hawa nafsu manusia yang rakus?

Motif Bisnis Haram

Aroma kuatnya pengaruh bisnis miras pun menyeruak. Sudah lama para pengusaha miras mengeluhkan kesulitan memasarkan produk mereka karena adanya perda pelarangan miras dan menambah jumlah produksi miras akibat pembatasan produksi. Padahal Indonesia dianggap pangsa pasar miras potensial. Menurut catatan Gabungan Industri Minuman Malt Indonesia (GIMMI) orang Indonesia mengkonsumsi 100 juta liter bir pertahun. Jumlah konsumen minuman keras domestik terus meningkat 3-4 % pertahun, belum lagi dengan bertambahnya kunjungan wisatawan asing. Maka pengusaha miras ingin agar pembatasan miras dilonggarkan dan kuota produksinya ditambah.

Keputusan kontroversial Kemendagri ini menjadi jalan bagi mulusnya bisnis miras itu. Selama ini yang pertama-tama menentang perda larangan miras adalah pengusaha miras. Perda miras kabupaten Indramayu misalnya, sempat digugat oleh kalangan pengusaha minuman beralkohol dan miras. Namun gugatan tersebut ditolak oleh MA.


Sumber Kejahatan

Pencabutan perda miras ini menambah keberpihakan pemerintah pada bisnis haram ini. Dua tahun silam pemerintah sudah menetapkan miras terbebas dari Pajak Pertambahan Nilai dan Pajak Penjualan atas Barang Mewah (PPN dan PPnBM). Hal ini menunjukkan lagi-lagi pemerintah lebih memikirkan kepentingan segelintir pengusaha bejad yang hanya memikirkan uang, dibanding keselamatan dan moralitas masyarakat. Padahal semuanya sudah tahu dan terbukti, miras pangkal berbagai macam kejahatan. Baru-baru ini, seorang ibu diperkosa di sebuah angkot di Depok, dan pelakunya diberitakan dalam keadaan mabuk. Kejahatan seperti ini sering terjadi. Polres Minahasa Utara mencatat, dari 969 kasus kejahatan dan KDRT sepanjang 2011 di wilayahnya dipicu oleh minuman keras (TRIBUNMANADO.CO.ID, 5/1/2012).

Polda Sulawesi Utara juga melaporkan sekitar 70 % tindak kriminalitas umum di Sulawesi Utara terjadi akibat mabuk setelah mengonsumsi miras. Kabid Humas Polda Sulut Ajun Komisaris Besar Benny Bela di Manado mengatakan, masih tingginya tindak kriminalitas di daerah itu disebabkan oleh minuman keras. Diperkirakan 65-70 % tindak kriminalitas umum di daerah itu akibat mabuk minuman keras. Selain itu sekitar 15 persen kecelakaan lalu lintas juga akibat pengaruh minuman keras. (lihat, kompas.com, 21/1/2011).

Miras juga menjadi pemicu beberapa tawuran massal seperti yang pernah terjadi di beberapa daerah dan hingga menyebabkan sejumlah korban tewas. Begitu juga tak sedikit orang yang tewas setelah menenggak miras.

Maka sungguh aneh bila pemerintah justru mencabut perda miras yang sebenarnya masih terlalu longgar itu. Padahal fakta yang ada sejak perda miras diberlakukan terjadi penurunan angka kriminalitas, bahkan sampai 80 % seperti di Bulukumba. Di Indramayu dan Tangerang penerapan perda miras berhasil mengurangi angka kriminalitas secara nyata.

Apalagi, perda-perda itu sebelumnya sudah dikonsultasikan ke tingkat provinsi dan bahkan ke Kemendagri dan dinilai tidak masalah. Perda anti miras itu didukung dan diterima oleh masyarakat. Perda itu juga dihasilkan melalui proses demokratis dan disetujui oleh DPRD setempat. Sekali lagi, pencabutan perda miras ini makin menunjukkan keanehan demokrasi. Kalau benar-benar memperhatikan suara rakyat seharusnya perda miras yang dihasilkan secara demokratis itu diterima. Kenapa malah ditolak dan dianggap tidak demokratis?

Aroma anti syariah Islam pun muncul dibalik ini . Mengingat selama ini, perda-perda seperti ini kerap digugat kelompok sekuler liberal karena dianggap kental dengan syariah Islam. Mereka menuding syariah Islam mengancam negara. Tudingan yang tidak masuk akal. Bagaimana mungkin syariah Islam yang bersumber dari Allah SWT yang Maha Pengasih lagi Maha Penyayang disebut membahayakan masyarakat? Bagaimana mungkin aturan Allah SWT yang melarang miras yang menjadi salah satu sumber kejahatan dianggap membahayakan masyarakat ?

Syariah Islam Membabat Miras, Menyelamatkan Umat

Islam dengan tegas mengharamkan khamr. Allah SWT berfirman:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالْأَنصَابُ وَالْأَزْلَامُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
Hai orang-orang yang beriman, sesungguhnya (meminum) khamar, berjudi, berkorban untuk berhala, mengundi nasib dengan panah, adalah termasuk perbuatan syaitan. Maka jauhilah perbuatan-perbuatan itu agar kamu mendapat keberuntungan. (QS. al-Maidah [5]: 90)

Syaikh Ali ash-Shabuniy di dalam Tafsir ayat al-ahkam (I/562) menyatakan bahwa ayat berikutnya menyebutkan berbagai keburukan untuk mengisyaratkan bahaya yang besar dan kejahatan materi dari kriminalitas perjudian dan meminum khamr. Allah berfirman (yang artinya): Sesungguhnya syaitan itu bermaksud hendak menimbulkan permusuhan dan kebencian di antara kamu lantaran (meminum) khamar dan berjudi itu, dan menghalangi kamu dari mengingat Allah dan shalat; maka berhentilah kamu (TQS al-Maidah [5]:91)

Rasul saw. juga sudah memperingatkan:

« اِجْتَنِبُوْا الْخَمْرَ فَإِنَّهَا مِفْتَاحُ كُلِّ شَرٍّ »
Jauhilah khamr, karena sesungguhnya ia adalah kunci semua keburukan (HR. al-Hakim dan al-Baihaqi)

Islam memandang, meminum khamr merupakan kemaksiyatan besar dan pelakunya harus dijatuhi sanksi had. Had meminum khamr adalah dijilid empat puluh kali dan bisa ditambah. Ali bin Abi Thalib mengatakan:

« جَلَدَ النَّبِىُّ أَرْبَعِينَ وَجَلَدَ أَبُو بَكْرٍ أَرْبَعِينَ وَعُمَرُ ثَمَانِينَ وَكُلٌّ سُنَّةٌ »
Nabi saw menjilid (orang yang meminum khamr) 40 kali, Abu Bakar menjilidnya 40 kali dan Umar menjilidnya 80 kali, dan semua adalah sunnah (HR Muslim)


Islam juga mengharamkan semua hal yang terkait dengan khamr (miras), termasuk produksi, penjualan, kedai dan hasil darinya, dsb. Rasul saw bersabda:

« لَعَنَ اللَّهُ الْخَمْرَ وَلَعَنَ شَارِبَهَا وَسَاقِيَهَا وَعَاصِرَهَا وَمُعْتَصِرَهَا وَبَائِعَهَا وَمُبْتَاعَهَا وَحَامِلَهَا وَالْمَحْمُولَةَ إِلَيْهِ وَآكِلَ ثَمَنِهَ »
Allah melaknat khamr dan melaknat orang yang meminumnya, yang menuangkannya, yang memerasnya, yang minta diperaskan, yang membelinya, yang menjualnya, yang membawakannya, yang minta dibawakan, yang makan harganya (HR. Ahmad).

Karena itu sistem Islam akan melarang produksi khamr (miras), penjualannya, tempat-tempat yang menjualnya, peredarannya dsb. Orang yang melanggarnya berarti melakukan tindakan kriminal dan dia harus dikenai sanksi ta’zir.

Dengan semua itu, syariah Islam menghilangkan pasar miras, membabat produksi miras, penjualan, peredarannya dan tempat penjualannya di tengah masyarakat. Dengan itu Islam menutup salah satu pintu semua keburukan. Islam menyelamatkan masyarakat dari semua bahaya yang mungkin timbul karena khamr.

Wahai Kaum Muslim

Pencabutan perda miras ini menunjukkan kebobrokan pemerintah. Pemerintah justru telah memberikan jalan bagi maraknya kejahatan dan kemaksiatan di tengah masyarakat. Sekaligus semakin membuktikan bahwa masyarakat yang bebas dari bahaya khamr (miras) tidak akan terwujud dengan sistem kapitalisme demokrasi. Sistem Kapitalis-Demokrasi hanya memikirkan pemilik modal, hanya memikirkan perut dan materi segelintir pengusaha rakus. Sistem ini tidak akan memberikan kebaikan sedikitpun kepada manusia.

Bahaya khamr dan semua keburukan akibat khamr hanya akan bisa dihilangkan dari masyarakat dengan penerapan syariah Islam secara utuh. Karena itu impian kita akan masyarakat yang tenteram, bersih, bermartabat dan bermoral tinggi, hendaknya mendorong kita melipatgandakan perjuangan untuk menerapkan syariah Islam dalam bingkai Sistem Politik yang telah ditetapkan oleh Islam yaitu Khilafah ‘ala minhaj an-nubuwwah. Wallâh a’lam bi ash-shawâb. []

Komentar Al Islam:
BURT DPR: Proyek Toilet DPR Rp 2 M Bisa Dibatalkan (detik.com, 9/1/2012).

Komentar:

1. Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun, sampai urusan buang kotoran pun anggota parlemen masih juga mau bermewah-mewah, padahal di Indonesia masih ada tunawisma sebanyak 25.662 orang dan pengemis 175.478 orang.

2. Rencana itu menunjukkan sifat asli rakus kemewahan. Bila diributkan baru merasa malu, tapi bila tidak maka maju terus pantang mundur. Itulah produk sistem politik demokrasikapitalisme.

3. Politisi dan penguasa yang sederhana dan peduli kepentingan rakyat hanya bisa diwujudkan oleh sistem politik mengutamakan pemeliharaan urusan rakyat, itulah Sistem Islam


Hasil survei Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI) yang menempatkan kinerja lembaga penegakan hukum kurun waktu 2011 jeblok hingga 44 persen (inilah.com, 9/1/2012).

Komentar:

1. Hukum buatan manusia memang tidak pernah berpihak pada keadilan, melainkan kepada yang membayar.

2. Hanya hukum Islam yang menjamin keadilan sempurna bagi setiap manusia tanpa pandang bulu dan agama.
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Tuuheuttava ja kiiltoa antava Tämä luonnollinen hiusnaamio antaa erityista hoitoa kaikille hiustyypeille. Luomu villi katajauute edistää hiustenkasvua ja säilyttää ne notkeina, kiiltävinä ja helposti harjattavina. Katajanuute säätelee talin muodostumista, siten säilyttäen hiusten puhtauden ja luonnollisen tuuheuden pidempään. Koiruohonuute ehkäisee hilseen muodostumista ja palauttaa hiuspohjan luonnollisen tasapainon. Minttu-uute vähentää ärsytystä ja lisää hiustenkasvua. Hiuksista tulee kiiltävämmät ja tuuheammat.
          Natura Siberica Wild Juniper hoitoaine kaikille hiustyypeille 400ml        
Tuuheuttava ja kiiltoa antava Tämä luonnollinen shampoo antaa erityista hoitoa kaikille hiustyypeille. Luomu villi katajauute edistää hiustenkasvua ja säilyttää ne notkeina, kiiltävinä ja helposti harjattavina. Katajanuute säätelee talin muodostumista, siten säilyttäen hiusten puhtauden ja luonnollisen tuuheuden pidempään. Koiruohonuute ehkäisee hilseen muodostumista ja palauttaa hiuspohjan luonnollisen tasapainon. Minttu-uute vähentää ärsytystä ja lisää hiustenkasvua. Hiuksista tulee kiiltävämmät ja tuuheammat.
          Natura Siberica Wild Siberian Juniper shampoo kaikille hiustyypeille 400ml        
Tuuheuttava ja kiiltoa antava Tämä luonnollinen shampoo antaa erityista hoitoa kaikille hiustyypeille. Luomu villi katajauute edistää hiustenkasvua ja säilyttää ne notkeina, kiiltävinä ja helposti harjattavina. Katajanuute säätelee talin muodostumista, siten säilyttäen hiusten puhtauden ja luonnollisen tuuheuden pidempään. Koiruohonuute ehkäisee hilseen muodostumista ja palauttaa hiuspohjan luonnollisen tasapainon. Minttu-uute vähentää ärsytystä ja lisää hiustenkasvua. Hiuksista tulee kiiltävämmät ja tuuheammat.
          Natura Siberica Oblepikha Professional hoitoaine normaaleille ja rasvoittuville hiuksille 400ml        
-syväpuhdistaa hiuspohjan -vahvistaa karvatuppeja -edistää hiusten kasvua -tekee hiuksista joustavat ja pehmeät -helpottaa harjaamista Kosteuttaa, ravitsee hiuksia ja hiuspohjaa, vahvistaa karvatuppeja, ja stimuloi hiusten kasvua. Tulehdusvastainen vaikutus. Ehkäisee hilsettä ja parantaa verenkiertoa. Vitamiinit ja aminohapot ravitsevat ja korjaavat hiusrakennetta. Altain tyrniöljy ja Marokon argaaniöljy tuottavat keratiinia, tekevät hiuksista vahvat ja kiiltävät. Arktinen vadelma ja orapihlaja kosteuttavat hiuksia. Villi piparminttu ja pensashanhikki puhdistavat, virkistävät sekä stimuloivat hiuspohjan verenkiertoa. Käytön jälkeen hiukset ovat raikkaan puhtaat 
          Natura Siberica Oblepikha Professional shampoo normaaleille ja rasvoittuville hiuksille 400ml        
Syväpuhdistava -syväpuhdistaa hiuspohjaa -vahvistaa karvatuppeja -vähentää hiuksien katkeilua -edistää hiusten kasvua -ravistee ja kosteuttaa -poistaa hilsettä Syväpuhdistaa ja raikastaa hiuksia ja hiuspohjaa, ravitsee ja vahvistaa karvatuppeja, sekä stimuloi hiusten kasvua. Uudistava ja tulehtusvastainen vaikutus. Poistaa hilsettä ja parantaa verenkiertoa. Vitamiinit ja aminohapot ravitsevat ja korjaavat hiusrakennetta. Altain tyrniöljy ja Marokon argaaniöljy tuottavat keratiinia, tekevät hiuksista vahvat ja kiiltävät. Arktinen vadelma ja orapihlaja kosteuttavat hiuksia. Villi piparminttu ja pensashanhikki puhdistavat, virkistävät sekä stimuloivat hiuspohjan verenkiertoa. Käytön jälkeen hiukset ovat raikkaan puhtaat.
          Natura Siberica Oblepikha Professional hiuspohjankuorinta 200ml        
-syväpuhdistaa hiuspohjaa -vahvistaa hiustuppeja -edistää hiustenkasvua -estää hilseen muodostumista Oblepikha Siberica hiuspohjankuorinta antaa loistavan hoidon hiuspohjallesi. Intensiivinen kolmivaikutteinen kuorinta syväpuhdistaa hiuspohjaa ja estää hiustenlähtöä lisäämällä karvatuppien verenkiertoa. Se tasapainottaa talineritystä ja estää hilseilyä. Vitaamiinit ja aminohapot ravisevat hiuspohjaa, kun taas Altain tyrni- ja revonhäntäöljy edistävät keratiinin tuotantoa, antavat hiuksille vahvuutta ja kiiltoa. Kehäkukka, Siperian piparminttu ja käenkaali elvyttävät päänahkaa ja ravitsevat hiusjuuria.
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Hel låda - Gott och svalkande iste bryggt på äkta teblad. Drycken innehåller endast naturliga ingredienser och har en frisk smak av mint. Priset per liter är 13,17kr exklusive pant. 

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          Side-talk: So Pho review at NEX        
I decide that I should occasionally do food review on this blog too after my first food-related post on Swensens' mooncake here. Hope you readers like it :). Yesterday, my sister and I decided to have an impromptu dinner after a long day at school. It has been quite some time since we pamper ourselves with good food since year 4 in university has been quite hectic. So we decide to NEX at Serangoon since it is on the way and it has quite a few halal eateries there.

I arrives at NEX first since NTU is further away than NUS. I had to wait for 30 minutes or so. We settled for So Pho, since my sister is craving for something soupy. There wasn't a queue but we had to wait quite sometime to get a seat. However that place was pretty packed.

We had Pho Bo (Vietnamese Slice Beef Noodle Soup) and Lychee Mint Freeze for drinks. I think Pho Bo is their specialty. I didn't take long for food to come, but it took quite long to the waiters to take our orders. I guess they are short of staff.

I would say that the Beef noodle is pretty good. The noodles are nice and chewy, I really like the texture. The soup is nice too, with a just enough hint of spiciness. The portion is pretty generous. The bowl is big, I thought it would just be because of the soup. But there is generous portion of noodles and beef.


Lychee Mint Freeze was a nice surprise. I taste quite unique I would say. But since it is ice-blended, it doesn't really quench out thirst.

We pack home seafood fried rice and the prawn and lemongrass chicken summer rolls for our parents. My mum really liked the summer rolls. Sorry no photos for that.

Pho Bo - $8.80

Lychee Mint Freeze - $4.50
Do give So Pho a try if you haven't!


          By: sucipto        
askum....blog antum bagus nie.kl boleh ana mau minta sarannya agar blog ana lebih baik.
          Pimpinlah si dia        
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Assalamualaikum kawan2 :) Dh lame sgt nia tk update blog ni.. So skrng tgh boring asyk mengadap buku je berhari2..nk release tensyen kejap. Emm, tajuk hari ni is Pimpinlah si dia.. Actually nia nk ckp psl fenomena yg melanda suami isteri dlm berumahtangga skrng. Isteri2 seringkali merungut ttg suami mereka. Jom kite kupas sikit ...kite explore apekah rungutan2 isteri2 nie.. aisy ...

" Ala, suami ni...mase mula2 kawin je die pegang tgn kite time jalan2, lepas tu bile dh dpt anak... die sygkn anak tu lebih dr sygkn bini sendiri. "

" Masa awal2 kawin panggil sayang, bile dh lame2 hilang la perkataan tue... tk romantik langsung."

" Masa dpt anak first, suami masih romantik. Bila dh dpt anak kedua, ketiga....romantiknya entah ke mana.. Smuenye jadi tawar. "

" Kahwin? Ala... masa muda2 mmg la smue org excited nk kawin. Tapi bile dh kawin, tk de seronok2 pun lah. Byk masalah ade lah.. Ingt snang ke nk jaga hati suami? Hari2 berendam air mata je lah.. "


Isy...... Mengapa smpai sebegitu rupa feedback yg nia terime dari para ibu yg sudah lame mendirikan rumah tangga? Mengapa sbegitu dahsyat gmbrn yg diberikan? Terkesima jgk mula2... Betul ke kahwin ni tk seronok yg digembar gemburkan? Kenape?? Kenape boleh jdi mcm ni.... :(

Wahai kaum adam...dn kaum hawa... Sememangnye, utk kite yg masih bujang ...kite masih boleh berbuat sesuatu utk bahagiakan rumahtangga kite kelak.

Buat kaum adam :

1. Panggillah isterimu dgn panggilan manja, krn kamu tahu bahawa kata2mu itu adalah senjata yg boleh mencairkan hati isterimu.. Maka mengapa harus disimpan ayat2 yg indah itu... Kamu tidak rugi hanya dgn menggembirakan hatinya yg juga akn kelak membahagiakanmu..

2. Pimpinlah tgn si dia ke mana pn kamu pergi.. Kaum hawa mmg begini.. Mereka dahagakan kasih syg...dn inginkan perlindungn... Saat kamu memegang tgn isterimu..isterimu akn berasa begitu selamat dn rasa bangga kerana dpt memiliki pahlawan segagahmu..Maka peganglah erat tgnnya... Tgnmu tidak akn lemas olehnya.. percayalah.

3. Nasihatilah isterimu sekiranya dia buntu.. Dia akan sentiasa mendengar nasihatmu... Namun jgnlah kamu menggunakan kekerasan dlm nadamu...kerana isterimu itu sgtlah lembut hatinya.. Dia mudah tersentuh dn mudah terguris.. maka lembutkanlah suaramu agar dia terus menghormatimu wahai suami..

4. Sayangilah isterimu tanpa membeza2kan dia dn anak2mu.. Meskipun kamu terlalu kasih terhadap anakmu..jgn terlalu menzahirkan di hadapan isterimu sehingga dia rasa terabai. Bersikap adil lah dlm menyayangi keluargamu.. Luangkanlah masa utk isterimu...biarpun sebentar.. itu sudah memadai.

5. Berikanlah isterimu barang keperluannya....barang yg disukainya..wlaupun tidak dipinta, dn walaupun ditolak olehnya.. Krn sbenarnya itulah caranya utk menunjukkan betapa kamu syg dn menghargai dirinya.. Pasti mereka akn terus tertawan oleh kehalusan budimu.


Buat kaum hawa...

1. Jgnlah kamu meninggikan suara dgn suamimu.. Sekalipun ada perselisihan di situ, jgnlah kamu bermasam muka yg berlebih2 kerana itu pastinya akn menyakiti hati suamimu kelak.. Tegurlah suamimu dgn sebaiknya.. Sekiranya dia enggan mendengar, maka biarkan dia..

2. Sambutlah suamimu di muka pintu dgn bermanis muka... Bukannya sambil memuncungkan bibir kerana merajuk dn sebagainya.. Suamimu itu penat bekerja, maka hidangkanlah dirimu sebagai perhiasan yang paling indah untuknya agar dia bisa tersenyum saat pulang ke rumah.

3. Jgnlah kamu meleteri suamimu. Lelaki sgt tidak gemar mendengar leteran perempuan. Cubalah kamu mengawal dirimu daripada berbuat sesuatu yang tidak digemari suami. Cubalah berkongsi perasaan dgnnya dn jgn pernah biarkan suami berasa bosan dgn sikap kamu.

4. Jadilah isteri yang tidak terlalu meminta-minta melebihi kemampuan suami.. Kdg2 suami tidak smpai hati nk menolak permintaan isteri.. Cubalah memahami hati suami.

5. Jgn terlalu mengada-ngada dgn suami kamu.... Itu tk mahu, ini tk mahu... Sehingga menyusahkan hati suami. Lama-kelamaan suami akn menyampah dn mulalah dia bersikap kasar lalu menengking kamu.


Okay fine, dh siap . haha jgn gelakkan nia sbb post psl bende2 kawin nie..ini cumalah reminder utk kite smue yg belum lagi masuk alam ni.. Bile dh masuk nnti, applylah bende2 ni smue ye.

ADVICE FOR TODAY : Jadilah suami yang sentiasa melindungi isteri, dn jadilah isteri yang menyejukkan hati suami.

          Exam oh Exam!        


Salam friends! huh ==" hari ni hari yg paling menjadi debaran utk kami budak2 A Level. Dh seminggu dh sbenarnye takowt. Today, 11th August 2011 akn jdi satu tarikh yg paling historical lah buat we all.. emm + today sbenarnye birthday mama nia! hurray.. Alhamdulillah... pagi td kiteorg smue masuk kelas awal2 lg.. Masuk2 je, teacher terus bace result masing2. I was like still taken aback lah kan.. Budak tesl requirementnya lain sikit berbanding budak accounting dn engineering.. Diorg mesti smue subject dpt A. Kiteorg tk... Kiteorg yg wajib dpt A hanya subject Maths.. Utk subject Literature dn Socio kami dibolehkn dpt at least B so that tk payah repeat! huhu.. Sbb subject kteorg triple susah utk score.. tu la psl.

My result Alhamdulillah, cukup2 makan la.. Tapi yg agak terkilan sbb kene repeat 1 subject; Sociology.. wlaupun org kate beruntung sbb nia tk payah repeat literature, tapi REPEAT tu masih satu perkataan berbisa.. Yer lah, bukn snang nk repeat. perlukan hard work and determination. Tk pe lah, jgn putus asa Tania~ Ramai yg dpt unexpected result.. as i am jgk la.. nia buknnye pndai sgt pn.. Nasib baik Maths dpt A. hoho, klau tk dpt jgk, tk tau lah nk kate ape.. Dh berguru ngn ramai sgt dh haa maths nie.. Terime kasih korang kawan2 (laki dn prmpuan) yg dh berhempas pulas ajar nia maths. insyaAllah byk pahala korg dpt... :)

Tahniah pd awk, awk dn awk... :) Dpt 14 pn oke what :p Dn tahniah pd smue kwn2 nia yg dpt 15.. Korang mmg hebat lah.. :) Bangga dpt jdi kwn korang ... hehe.. Ape2 pun always humble okay? And pd kwn2 yg kurang brjaya..it doesnt matter.. tk pe lah, teruskn usaha lg k? Mungkin rezeki tk de kali ni, lain kali insyaAllah berganda2 rezeki tu.. Klau nk mintak tlg pape, mintak je.. Nia hepi klau dpt tlg korang.. Well, okaylah..tu je lah kot stakat nie.. Nia pn dh inform family bout my result and they seem happy and glad for me. K lah, syg korang smue... terutama skali.. syg Allah! dn syg nyet2! :)



Advice : Amalkan ayat seribu dinar (boleh google klau tk tahu) .. InsyaAllah, murah rezeki kita selamanya.. :)


          Sabar Itu Satu Senjata        
Alangkah bertuahnya kita sekiranya dpt menjadi wanita solehah yang dihiasi kesabaran dn keimanan yg tinggi <3


Wanita seringkali dikaitkan dengan perkataan 'sabar'. Mengapa ya? Sbenarnya sabar ni adalah salah satu sifat yg Allah S.W.T anugerahkan kpd kaum hawa. Kelebihan bersifat sabar ni lebih cenderung pd org perempuan. So hari ini sbenarnye nk berkongsi psl sifat sabar.. Kite lihat pd hari ni, rmai antara kita yg kurang sbr bila berlaku musibah, dugaan mcm2.. kite mudah sgt nk menyalahkan org ataupun trlalu cpt nk putus asa.

Tahu tk klau kita sabar sbenarnya byk kebaikan yg kita akn dpt? Kesabaran ni adalah satu aset buat kita. Klau org yg dikurniakan sifat sabar ni sbenarnye sgtlah beruntung, Alhamdulillah.. Bukan semua org ade sifat sabar ni.. Sabar merupakan satu kelebihan dn senjata buat kita, ape lg klau sifat sabar ni ada pd kaum hawa. Disebabkan kelembutan jiwa dn hatilah maka Allah kurniakan sifat sabar pd org prmpuan.. Sbb org perempuan ni senang terguris.. Kdg2 terguris dgn insan-insan sekelilingnya tanpa sebab yang konkrit. So sbb itulah kite kene pandai handle diri kita supaya sentiasa bersabar.

Bagaimana nak bersabar?? Kita kena amalkan sikap memaafkan insan lain. Walau apa pn yg org buat pd kita, kita kene cuba tersenyum walaupun apa yg kita lalui tu sgt pahit. Mmg susah nk buat semua ni, tapi bagi diri nia sndiri...contohnya, nia mengutamakan utk buat org tersenyum berbanding buat nia sendiri yg senyum. Sometimes, klau org tu buat silap ngn kita, kita kene cuba maafkan dulu org tu, dn lama2 benda tu akn heal lah slow2.. Yg penting, jaga hubungn baik dgn smua org.. Tapi nia fhm, kdg2 bila kita minta maaf,tk siapa pn nk dgr kita waktu tu.. MasyaAllah, mmg agak sebak lah dada time tu.. Tapi insyaAllah, berkat doa dn semuanya..akhirnya nnti org lain pun akn maafkan kita klau kita amalkan memaafkan org.

Cara kedua utk bersabar ialah sentiasa memandang positif dn maju ke hadapan. Jgn kerana benda kecik, kita mula komplikatedkan fikiran kita. Tk boleh mcm tu.. Mcm mane nk bersabar klau asyik merengek sbb benda yg tk masuk akal.. Nia sndiri pun ade naik turun dlm hidup ni.. Dlm satu hari tu, mesti akn ade sedih..mesti akn ade heppy. Tp Allah Maha Adil, Dia tk jadikan hidup kita ni sedih je slalu... akn ada saatnya kita happy.. Percayalah.. Kita tk pernah keseorangan. :)

ADVICE : Sabar itu senjata kita semua.. Maka bersabarlah dgn apa2 pun cubaan yg kita terima. :)

          Za'atar         
Summer Za'atar on the border with Lebanon
There is a little confusion around the name "Za'atar" and what exactly does it refer to: A condiment? A spice mix? An herb? And if so - which herb exactly - Hyssop? Thyme? Oregano? Marjoram?

The truth is that za'atar is an Arabic word used interchangeably for a number of wild herbs that grow wild in the Mediterranean region, and all contain thymol and carvacrol. Hence their similar sharp and warm aroma, bitter taste and spicy, almost hot "bite". They also share similar medicinal properties, most of them used in folk medicine for most digestive ailments and respiratory complaints. The mixture known to us as "Za'atar" is in fact a misnomer. Za'atar is originally the name of the plant now classified as Origanum syriacum, but in Arabic it is loosely applied to several other related wild and not so wild herbs.

Zaatar

The name for the condiment is in fact "doukka" (pronounced often as "Do-ak" with a very throaty "K" that almost sounds like an "A" so in reality the word sounds more like "Do-ah"). In Arabic this means "to grind". Each region in the Arab world has its own "Doukka", which is either sprinkled on food, or more commonly covered in olive oil to which the traditional regional bread is dipped. For example - Egypt has a complex nut-based doukka with toasted hazelnuts or walnuts, to which toasted or untoasted spices such as cumin, coriander seeds, green peppercorns and sweet fennel have been added.

In the Levant "doukka" happens to be made primarily of a mixture of thymol-containing herbs, with "The" Za'atar (Origanum syriacum) being the star of the show. Lesser amounts of other herbs, will be added - the most important of which are "Za'atar Farsi" (winter savory), Israeli Thyme (Corydothymus capitatus), Zuta זוטה לבנה ( Micromeria fruiticosa barbata), a delicate wild white mint known in English as White-Leaved Savory (which does not even belong to the savory genus, but to micromeria because of its tiny leaves). Common oregano (Origanum vulgare) makes a good addition, albeit cannot substitute for the real Za'atar or Syrian oregano if you actually know the real deal. Likewise, marjoram and thyme can also make a good addition but not be at the centre. Even though their profiles are similar - there are some nuances that will be lost if using only the garden variety oreganos and thymes and none of the wild stuff.

Many other things can be added to the mix, the most important being sumac berries (Rhus coriaria) for their wonderful salty-sour flavour, and toasted sesame seeds for their pop-in-the-mouth nuttiness. But you'll also find spices sometimes, including more obscure ones such as butum (بطم) - toasted terebinth fruits (Pistachia palestina), which are really like tiny pistachios with the outer red peel intact. I've got a few of those drying right now, because I've never seen them in any market before and I'm very curious how they taste as a spice.

The following are several authentic Za'atar recipes I've collected - and of course you are welcome to browse google's universe of shared recipes, but be cautious of a few things if you want to make an authentic za'atar:
1) Use actual Origanum syriacum even if a generic "oregano" is called for
2) Do not by any stretch of the imagination use "fresh" leaves. They must be dried first. And only then will you grind them up with the rest of the ingredients. This is a dried herb and spice mix. Not a fresh herb concoction.
3) Usage of salt, although found in many recipes, seems very superfluous to me, unless you are not using sumac berries. These have a unique taste - equally salty and tangy. The whole point of using them is so you do not need to use salt. Likewise, using citric acid is a way to fake the sumac effect. Which I'm not quit sure why would anyone do that aside from laziness. Sumac berries are difficult to grind manually (or even in a coffee grinder) - but you can find ground sumac easily in many spice shops and markets.

When shopping for pre-made spice mixes, or any ground spices for that matter, the main culprit is adulteration and using old raw material that are "dressed up" as authentic. It's hard to teach someone who've never tasted or smelled za'atar what to look for, but some things are a telling sign. For example: if you don't see the dark maroon red and still taste salt or tanginess, it is probably from salt and citrus acid, and not from the (missing) red sumac berries. Secondly, another visual sign - za'atar leaves are rather grey in colour when dried, so any other colour you see (olive green) is either food colouring or a combination of other types of "za'atar" herbs (i.e.: thyme, za'atar farsi, etc.). Best sign is by taste - if it taste like dust (and looks like dust) it's either too old or just a fake.

I suggest you start with the most basic three ingredients, and then play with the proportions and adding other herbs and/or spices. You can even start with equal amount of za'atar leaves, sumac and sesame and adjust to taste.

Safta Ada's Za'atar Recipe 
This is my mom's handmade recipe that she would make from wild harvested za'atar (before it was illegal to pick any) and would even send it to Vancouver so I can enjoy a taste of home.
1 cup dried za'atar leaves, coarsely crushed between your palms, or pounded with mortar and pestle to a finer powder
4 Tbs ground sumac berries (I suggest you purchase them pre-ground, otherwise their seeds can break your teeth!)
2 Tbs toasted brown sesame seeds, whole

May Bsisu wrote an excellent book, The Arab Table, which I highly recommend, and it includes a unique Palestinian style of za'atar that includes caraway:
10oz oregano (I assume she means za'atar)
5oz thyme
3 Tbs sumac, ground
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2-1/2 Tbs coarse salt
1/2 tsp allspice, ground
1/4 tsp caraway seeds, ground 

Easy Lebanese Recipes provides a "Traditional Rich Recipe" for za'atar that I'm compelled to try, with dried za'atar, roasted sesame, sumac, marjoram, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, fennel, aniseed and salt.

Mamma's Lebanese Kitchen recipe contains thyme, marjoram, sumac, sesame, cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon and salt.

How to consume za'atar?
Use your za'atar mixed with olive oil as a dip for bread, on top of labneh (strained yoghurt cheese) or as a substitute for butter under any other soft or hard cheese, avocado, etc.
It's also a nice addition to salads, and for baking fish or poultry. I also like to add it to chickpeas that I fry whole in olive oil, after they've been cooked and drained.

Fresh za'atar leaves come in late winter and can be enjoyed all through spring, and can be fried in olive oil much like tender sage leaves and become this wonderful crispy topping for fresh bread, pasta, roasted vegetables, etc. Also, they can be used as they are in salads (May Bsisu has a recipe for fresh oregano salad in that book as well), with lots of onion and tomatoe. The Druze use it to season the dough or the fillings for various savoury pastries, such as sambusak (a flatbread that is folded in half to conceal a thin layer of highly seasoned stuffing, and baked in the tabun) and fatayer (little dough pockets filled with cheese), and the dried whole leaves can be used much like oregano in meat and pasta sauces, in soups, stews, breads, etc.

Now, let's explore the Za'atar "group" of plants:

Hyssop (Wild Oregano)

Ezov (the Hebrew word for the Biblical Hyssop - not the European Hyssopus officials which is also a medicinal plant, and produces a rather toxic essential oil), which is now classified as an oregano, Origanum syriacum (formerly Majorana syriaca). Like many of the other aromatic plants from the Lamiaceae family, za'atar has a winter and spring foliage and a summer foliage, which is smaller in order to preserve water and survive the long arid season. I suspect the essential oils also aid with the survival of these plants in such harsh conditions - because whenever they are grown in regions where the water is more abundant (British Columbia, for example) - their flavour is largely lacking. What you see above is the luscious winter "look", which features soft and larger leaves, and their colour is much greener, and therefore more similar to the common oregano (Origanum vulgare).

Satureja

Za'atar Farsi (meaning Persian Za'atar), or as it is called in Hebrew צתרה ורודה - Tzatra Vruda (Pink Tzatra) which really is winter or mountain savory (Satureja montana). Its long needle-like leaves have a sharp, spicy taste. When we were growing up my mom would spice the egg for French Toast with them and make them literally savoury.

Thymbra spicata צתרנית משובלת
Mediterranean Thyme (Thymbra spicata), in Hebrew צתרנית משובלת Tzatranit Meshubelet is also called in Arabic "Za'atar farsi", and has a very similar leaf shape (only a bit longer, narrower and softer) and almost identical odour and aroma profile. It has flowers that look a bit more like chaffs of wheat (not unlike those of Lavandula dentata, and is even more rare to find than Satureja montana.

Coridothymus capitatus
Israeli Thyme (Corydothymus capitatis / Thymus capitatus / Thymbra capitata) or in Hebrew Koranit Mekurkefet קורנית מקורקפת is also known by many other names - Israeli oreganum (oil), Cretan thyme, Corido thyme, Headed savory, Thyme of the Ancient, Conehead thyme and most commonly - Spanish Oregano (even though it is not classified as "origanum"). This oil is what is often sold as "oregano oil", by the way. This is now a rare plant that in our area grows only along the rocky seashores of the North Coast leading to Lebanon. The leaves are tiny and sharp, like a miniature version of the Pink Tzatra, but they grow more dense and close together to form clusters around the tip of the branches. The branches are woody-looking almost like bonsai trees that crawl all over the rocks - and the flowers tiny and purplish-pink. The aroma is clean and maybe a little more simple than that of za'atar, but also the taste is much more sharp and phenolic.




          Druze Tea        

Herbal arrangement for tea brewing
For those unfamiliar with the Druze culture, it is unique to the Levant (Lebanon, Syria and Israel). This minority group originated about a thousand years ago in the Ismaillia sect of early Islam, and was largely prosecuted after splitting off from it. Therefore, mate

they usually dwell on mountains and have long tradition of bravery since they've always needed to fend for themselves in a rather hostile environment. In Israel, the Druze communities are all located in the north - from Mount Carmel in the largest Druze town Daliat el Carmel and all the way up north to the Western Galilee, the Golan Heights especially around Mount Hermon.

Near my village alone there are four Druze villages - Jath, Yanuh, Yirka and Julis. We've held strong friendly relationships with our Druze neighbours. Growing up, two elders from the village Yanuh will travel on foot or by donkey and come help us build our village - they taught our parents how to built terraces from the many rocks around here so that we can grow crops along the hillsides, how to cultivate wild olives and do the grafting so the trees grow strong and bear good fruit, and we went every summer to the miller and grind our wheat (when we still grew our own), and every autumn to line up with all the other olive growers and press our olives into fine olive oil and buy handmade olive soap that was made on the spot from the pommace left from the pressing process. As the nearby village Yirka developed into a small town bustling with businesses - we go there also to do most of our shopping and other business (that's where I usually go to the ship my online orders, by the way), and continue to build business and work relations with our neighbours. My house (both the old and the new part) was built almost entirely by a Birka-Born team of construction experts who became my closest new friends since moving here, and their wives come to practice Pilates with me.

Growing up here, I remember my mom being especially enthusiastic about learning from the Druze women about the bounty of edible and medicinal wild plants around here. From them she also learned to drink olive oil in the morning on empty stomach, and how to make a special scorpion antidote (from the scorpion that stung you, fried in olive oil). I never tried either, and probably never will. But I do love to learn from them about the nearly magical properties of the plants that grow everywhere around here. It's as if there is an entire pharmacy out in the open, here in the wild. 

Besides, there is much to be learned from the Druze traditional way of living, which is very family centred and values hospitality and taking the time to sit and enjoy a cup of anything - tea, coffee, and more and more coffee. The latter is served everywhere you go - from the hardware store to the mobile phone shop. And of course you can't enter a home without being invited for at least a cup of coffee, and if it's dinnertime - to break bread with the whole family.

Ka'kat Isfar
As is widespread in all of Israel - among both the Arab and Jewish population - the Druze adore za'atar, sage and the many wild harvested and then dried herbs from around here. They are  popular as digestifs or medicinal brews for various ailments or as preventative measures: wild sage, white mint, savory, wild oregano, and more are either infused on their own or added, dried or fresh, to black tea.  The love for za'atar is so profound that it is even added to some sweet pastries, such as this traditional ka'akat isfar ("yellow cake") - a mildly sweet yeasted flatbread that is coloured with turmeric and additionally spiced with sesame and nigella seeds, hints of za'atar (this umbrella name could be wild oregano, savoury or thyme - more on that in another post), and hints of mysterious spices that I'm yet to identify (I detected nutmeg and perhaps even some cardamom or allspice but I can't be sure of the latter two). It has become a favourite of mine, but is never found in a pastry shop. Some families would sell their traditional homemade ka'kat isfar when they make it, and the recipes vary. The first one I tried was only spiced with turmeric. This particular version that I'm very fond of was made by a random person I met on one of my traveling tea parties, and I doubt I will be able to taste ever again. The only recipe I found that seems close is written in Arabic and I'm far from being proficient enough to follow a recipe in that language.

Many of my Vancouver perfume studio guests have been indirectly introduced to Druze culture through the special tea I would brew each winter (we fondly called it "witch brew") of dried hulnejan (a particular type of dried galangal root) and ginger roots, which is simmered forever in a large pot, simultaneously cleansing the air, warming the chest and keeping colds at bay. It is often served with pecan nuts sprinkled on top, and a lot of sugar, which is how most Druze like their teas. I personally prefer it unsweetened, and like to add cinnamon bark which has its own natural sweetness. Sometimes I would add honey but not often.

But Hulnejan is not the only interesting thing about the Druze tea culture. As it turns out, in the 19th Century, many Druze - especially from Syria - left for Argentina, and they brought back with them mate, and a special fondness for this unique South American concoction. They drink it socially, sharing the same bombilla (the silver straw), traditionally sucked from the tea which is brewed in a dried decorative gourd.

Mate, Druze-style

In this photo, I am holding a dainty cup of mate that was offered to me on the streets of Majdal Shams, a remote Druze village come ski tourist town on Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh), formerly part of Syria. 

On Saturday morning, we were having a hard time finding a place to eat breakfast. The breakfast place recommended to us the night before was still closed at 8:30am - it turns out it was them who had the wedding the night before with the parade that blocked the streets) - and so we were directed by a local lady to a corner shop that sells coffee, cigarettes, local cherries and freshly whipped before your eyes malyukh (Druze flat bread that is baked on top of a saj - an iron dome much like an upside down wok) on top of open fire. The bread is baked only on one side, than folded and smeared with generous amounts of labneh (soft cheese made from strained yoghurt), za'atar mixture, and homemade hot sauce that I swear was spiked with cinnamon.  We were also offered black tea "on the house" which turned to be fragrant with "Ootra" - Arabic for the popular Pelargonium graveness. The lady was impressed with my Arabic (very basic, but still better than nothing) and even more so that I recognized what she put in the tea and know the Arabic name for it.

I chatted her up as I was munching on the malyukh and sipping the tea, and learned that while Majdal Shams is not as big as Yirka - it is a lot more "modern" to her words. There is a high percentage of post-secondary education, most of which was acquired in Syria, where up until the civil war was offered for free to all Syrian citizens. As a background - you should know that up until 1967, the Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon, including the four Druze villages  there - Majdal Shams, Mas'ade, Ein Kiniya and Buq'ata - were under Syrian rule, and their culture is quite different than what you'll find in the Galilee. One thinks of the border between Israel and Syria (sworn enemies since the establishment of the state of Israeli in 1948) as hermetically sealed, but in fact there was a dynamic flow of the Druze population between the countries - especially for weddings and for family reunions, but also for studying abroad. This lady's brother lived in Syria for many years - he went there to study medicine, got married and lived there until the war started, and then requested to return, and came back to Israel via Jordan with his wife and their children.

We finished our delicious breakfast, thanked the lady and crossed the street to where our car was parked, right in front of a bakery (the only other place that was already open by 9am). In front of it, two ladies sat on a bench and a couple of upside-down plastic grocery boxes, boiling water on a portable gas stove and sipping non other than mate from a dainty little jug. I was so astonished I could not hold my gasp of delight. In return, they offered me to sit down and join them, rinsing the bombilla with boiled water from the kettle and pouring fresh water over and over the mate to bring out the flavour time and again. I was so thrilled that even though we're only two hours drive from home, and are already experiencing new culture that is so different yet invites us to share a cup of tea together.
I had a couple of jugs of mate with them and thanked the big spirit that's in this world that encouraged me to finally set up on my tea journey. 

          My New Love        
Wild Israeli Thyme (Coridothymus capitatus) on the rocky north coast 
They met by the sandstone cliff overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the Lebanese border. He was there waiting for her for a while, and already found entire colonies of Coridothymus capitatus (Israeli Thyme). He held the little sprigs gently to her nose, allowing her to inhale its clean, warm, spicy, wild scent of mountains; exotic yet at the same time with the strong homecoming reassurance of za'atar in all its mundane glory.

Under the sandstone cliff there was a half-cave, protected from the wind and from prying eyes. And there he lay a straw mat and simmered water in a portable kettle with an improvised wooden handle on his little gas burner. From his knapsack he extracted what seems like a whole apothecary - little containers of dried herbs from his garden, raw brown sugar, yerbamate.

In they went, after he carefully examined each herb, as if communing shortly to see if it's the right leaf or twig, recalling the exact branch from which he picked them and which sunny spot in the garden they soaked up their healing powers: marjoram...wild white mint...thymbra...lemongrass... sensing which is right for this evening of almost-full-moon, and finishing off with the delicate spearmint, so it does not scorch.
Coridothymus capitatus

This entire brew was then poured into a fine little gourd finjan which was packed with dry mate. They sipped it from a delicate silver straw - savouring the mingled herbs and the astringent, tobacco-like mate.

The almost-full-moon lit the top of the salty waves with white streaks of light, competing with the red dots that lit along the sea-border. Maybe that is the time when love potions are supposed to be taken. When the moon is only almost full, so there can be a rerun the next night and the next?

Slowly their hearts opened and got closer. Or maybe it was just the poison of thymol seeping in through their veins and making them more brave than common sense would suggest. Or perhaps it was a metaphoric counter balance to the two dark silhouettes of the IDF navy boat patrolling the north frontier, approaching each other, ignoring each other, merging with one another. Blacking out.

Whether the thymol is their poison or medicine, they're yet to find out. For now let them enjoy the salty air mingled with juicy watermelon and coridothymus' floral, warm and cleansing purifying aura that erases from the heart all such worries.


          Resepi Kangkung Belacan Powerrr         
Salam semuanyaaa...


Minggu lepas, terasa sangat nak makan kangkung belacan, order kat kedai tapi tak power macam abah Wanie masak. So, call lah abah nak minta resepi... first time buat ni, tapi, sedapppp!!


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Bahan-bahannya :
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- Kangkung secekak (basuh bersih dan dipotong)
- 4 ulas bawang putih **
- 2 ulas bawang kecil **
- 1 batang cili merah **
- 1 1/2 kecil udang kering
- Belacan (sebesar ibu jari dipicit dalam air)
- Asam keping
- 1/2 sudu kecil serbuk ikan bilis (optional)
- Sedikit minyak untuk menumis
- Garam


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Cara-caranya :
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1.  Tumbuk kasar bahan-bahan yang bertanda **

2.  Tumis bahan-bahan yang sudah ditumbuk hingga wangi bersama dengan udang kering.

3.  Masukkan kangkung, belacan yang sudah dipicit dalam air dan asam keping.

4.  Masukkan serbuk ikan bilis dan perasakan sedikit garam jika perlu.
NOTE : garam boleh dimasukkan jika kurang masin kerana serbuk ikan bilis, udang kering dan belacan sudah masin.

5.  Sedia dihidangkan!
          Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Final        
Salam korang... 


Rajin ni nak update blog, sebab tengah bersiaran langsung dari office terchenta! Esok nak raya, harini keja lagi. Ghajen tak ambo? Hahahahah~ ok, nak cerita final part dah pasal ko gigi bongsu. Seksa nawww! Uhuuu~


2 hari selepas surgery which is Khamis, Wanie rasa berdenyut kat tempat gigi bongsu yang dicabut yang dekat dengan saraf tu. Wanie cuba bertahan. Esoknya, makin kuat rasa denyut tu. Sampai sakit kepala sebelah dan rasa denyutan tu sampai dalam telinga. Wanie call pihak hospital dan minta disambungkan ke bahagian Dental. Mula-mula, diorang kata memang akan sakit sebab baru lagi lepas surgery. Tapi diorang kata, kalau nak minta diorang check kan pun boleh, datang je ke hospital. 


NOTE : Layanan macam ni yang wanie maksudkan, sebab sebelum ni ada orang yang bash kan, sebab wanie marah sikit layanan yang wanie dapat dari dari petugas kesihatan kat klinik kerajaan di Precint 9. That was a long time story and perhaps it was my unfortunate day! Tengok petugas kesihatan di Hospital Putrajaya especially bahagian Dental, ya Rabbi! TERBAIK WEHHHH!!!~ dengan lemah lembutnya, sopan santun, dari nurse hingga ke doctor yang melayan sepanjang wanie mendapatkan rawatan di sana, WORLD CLASS!! Cuma, biasalah... kalau appointment dengan hospital, standard la masa menunggu tu kadang tu sampai sebulan lebih, BUT I DONT CARE BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD SERVICE~ gigi dah lah tengah sakit, mood swing tu paham paham lah macam mana, dapat service terbaik macam ni, memang kurang sikit rasa sakit tu! Sejuk je hati! Kita bukan minta dilayan macam VVVVVVIP, tapi lemah lembut bila berbahasa macam ni yang kita nak...

OK, yang terasa dengan post wanie yang lepas-lepas tu, wanie minta maaf ok. Nak raya neh.. hahahahaha.. lagipun benda tu dah lama. Mesti dah ada penambahbaikan service diorang, cuma, wanie masih trauma nak dapatkan rawatan pergigian di situ. Dahlah kita ni takut jumpa dentist... terkena macam tu, memang trauma sikit lah... hahaha..



Ok, back to the story. Lepas ucap terima kasih bercakap dengan petugas kesihatan, Wanie macam ok takpe... mungkin normal kot lepas surgery sakit macam tu. So, wanie makan painkiller and tido je seharian.... esoknya tu, Sabtu... dah tak terkata dah sakitnya!! Tapi hospital tak bukak weekend kan... memang dah tak boleh fikir apa dah. Awal-awal pagi tu dalam 9.30 pagi camtu, terus ajak husband ke Klinik Pergigian Dr. K kat Precint Diplomatik. Time tu, nak bukak mulut pun seksa... lepas doktor check, haaa kau! Nasik seketul dia jumpa... patut lah sakit. Lepas tu, doktor kata macam dry socket sikit je... doktor cucuk ubat kebas, lepas tu cuci dalam gigi tu untuk elakkan jangkitan. Tak lawak weh... time doktor nak cuci dengan nak ambik sisa-sisa makanan, serious sakit sampai nak meleleh air mata.. dah tak malu dah terjerit-jerit time tu... Hambik kauuu... ikut nafsu sangat, slumber badak je ko makan nasik, orang lain lepas surgery makan soft food je je.. hahahaha, rasakannn lahh hazabbb nye.. Lepas tu, doktor masukkan ubat dalam lubang gigi tu, dan jahit sikit. Haaaa~~ part jahit ni pun sama, rasa macam kena jahit hidup hidup sebab ubat bius doktor dah cucuk banyak kali, still boleh rasa sakit tu. Sabar je weh... time tu, terus tobat tak kan makan nasik ketul ketul... nasi pun blend sama cair macam nak bagi baby makan, punya laaa insappp. Hahahahaha~ lepas dah cuci semua ni, baru rasa indah dunia. Sakit masih sakit, tapi tak seteruk awal tu la...


Isnin lepas, wanie call hospital untuk reschedule tarikh untuk bukak jahitan sebab gaps nak bukak jahitan tu dekat sangat. So, doktor schedule ke hari Khamis. Pagi Khamis tu, wanie pun ke hospital untuk bukak jahitan. Tak sakit sangat... cuma pedih sikittt je dan sedikit ngilu. Doktor yang bukak jahitan tu adalah the same doctor yang surgery kan wanie. Dia cerita, memang agak susah waktu dorang nak surgery tu sebab size gigi wanie besar-besar dan diorang terpaksa potong kawasan tu besar sikit untuk keluarkan gigi wanie. Terima kasih banyak lah doktor.... dah hilang azab sakit gigi saya tanggung on off selama ni, besar ganjaran pahala doktor dapat! Lega rasanya lepas doktor check balik, doktor kata semua ok. Yang wanie still sakit, gigi bongsu yang bermasalah tu lah, yang nasik terlekat lah, yang dekat dengan saraf la... masalah betul gigi tu. Hahahah~ doktor kata yang tu pun nampak macam tengah recover. Doktor flush sikit dalam gigi tu untuk bersihkan, dan lepas jahitan dah bukak ni, doktor nasihatkan kena selalu gargle untuk keluarkan sisa-sisa makanan kalau termasuk dalam lubang gigi, dan bila gargle dengan Listerine tu, doktor pesan kuat sikit. Mungkin sebab gigi wanie tu bawah sangat kot... 


Dan sampai sekarang, rasa sakit tu berdenyut jugak, cuma sikit-sikit je.. takpe, itu normal doktor kata sebab dia tengah healing. Gigi-gigi lain yang dicabut, takde masalah dan dah tak rasa apa-apa. Still control food yang dimakan, lembut lembut je.. cuma kadang-kadang lepas gian gak, makan pasta dan laksa. Chew slowly, lepas makan terus gargle. Dah tak payah depend dengan painkiller dah. Sakit tu ringan je, boleh ignore macam tu je.. 


Sakit kan penghapus dosa. Alhamdulillah, banyak dosa terhapus. Cuma, lepas ni nak ganti puasa, boleh tahan jugak lah... campur dengan hari tak boleh puasa cuti perempuan. Heheheh~ 


Lepas dah fully recover, hujung tahun ni plan nya nak pasang braces di Klinik Pergigian Dr. K tu.... Gigi tak berapa teratur, so doktor check takut karies rosakkan gigi. Doktor suggest untuk pasang Damon Braces - the latest braces yang less painful katanya. Takpe... tunggu gigi baik dulu, lepas tu baru jumpa balik doktor untuk have a little talk pasal ni. Paling best, husband nak sponsor... kihkihkihkih~~


Oklah... terima kasih readers yang mengikuti kisah gigi bongsu ni dari Part 1, Part 2 dan yang ini, Final. 


Selamat Hari Raya korang!!! Minta maaf ye kalau tersalah silap terkasar tutur bicara.



          Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Part 2        
Salam korang... Panjang ye post ni, Wanie cuba recall dan cerita setiap yang terjadi.


Sekarang jam 1.42am. Dalam previous post, Wanie ada citer nak undergo surgery after raya kan? Tak jadi... tapi di awalkan sebab Wanie dah tak tahan sakit menanggung derita angkara gigi bongsu tu. Jadinya, Selasa minggu lepas bersamaan 13hb June, Wanie selamat menjalani surgery bius penuh untuk buang 4 batang gigi bongsu.


Few days sebelum hari pembedahan tu, hospital akan call tanya kesihatan kita macam mana. Yes, tak boleh sakit macam demam ke apa ke, surgery akan postpone kalau sakit. Alhamdulillah, Wanie sihat. So, start 12 tengah malam, Wanie dah berpuasa. Next morning tu, Wanie orang ketiga dan last yang register di Wad Harian dan seusai "check in", terus tukar pakai baju hospital warna hijau tu. 2 orang sebelum Wanie pun nak surgery gigi bongsu juga. Pakar bius datang one by one kat kitorang nak cucuk macam nak drip air tu, tapi macam biasalah, urat Wanie ni dah lah halus, tak jumpa pula. So, doktor skip dulu. Lega lah juga, sementara tunggu turn dipanggil, Wanie tido sekejap. Sorry ye, tak dapat ingat exact time sebab gelabah yakmatt! Hahahaha~~


Dalam pukul 12 kot, turn Wanie sampai. Diorang minta Wanie tukar pakai baju warna putih dan penutup kepala tu dan berjalan ke dewan bedah. Kat situ, Wanie diminta berbaring dan pakar bius berjaya cucuk kali ni, tapi bukan belakang tangan macam biasa kita tengok, tapi ini dekat pelipat siku tu. Berdebar sangat... tak lama menunggu dan Wanie terus ditolak masuk ke dalam bilik bedah yang sejukkkkkkkk sampai menggigil (gigil takut pun rasanya ada jugak.. hahahaha). Tapi doktor situ friendly, dorang tahu kita sejuk, so dorang cover badan kita dengan ape tah, untuk kurangkan kesejukan katanya. Time tu mata dah terkebil-kebil tengok lampu operation tu. Takut oiii!! Ada seorang pakar bius tu, terhantuk kat lampu operation tu. Kelakar, tapi nak gelak pun macam takde mood dah. Kemudian, pakar bius cucuk ubat sikit dan pakaikan topeng sedut gas macam orang asma tuu.. doktor sempat tanya, "awak ok ke?" Time tu vision dah start blur blur, tapi nak "lawan kekuatan gas" tu.. hahahaha boleh lagi menjawap, "ok.. cuma pening sikit" dan lepas tu.... wassalammmm lah dikauuu!! Terus tak sedar apa......


Tahu tahu je... tersedar nama dipanggil dan dorang bagitau operation selesai. Masih lagi mamai mamai, dan walaupun masih bersisa ubat bius, terasa sikittttt kesakitan pada tempat gigi bongsu yang dicabut sebelah kanan. Takpe.. sakit sikit. Masih boleh bertahan. Dan dorang terus bawa ke wad harian. Dapat lunch dari hospital - bubur sedap, aiskrim dan air milo. Wanie rest sekejap sejam dua, lepas tu pergi bilik air bertemankan adik yang datang dari Kedah nak jaga hakak-nan-diva ni. Hahahaha~ ok lah, takde terhuyung hayang time berjalan. Lepas tu, bagitau nurse kat wad harian nak discharge. Mulut tak boleh cakap, penuh gauze dengan darah.. setiap setengah jam kena tukar gauze baru. Then, terus ke Unit Hasil untuk pembayaran. Selepas tolak subsidi semua, kena bayar RM 203 sahaja. Jumlah asal, hampir RM 7 ribu lebih!!





Balik rumah, terus makan painkiller dan tidur je. Makan pun soft soft dan sejuk. Geli jugak sebab darah nak kena telan, nurse tu kata. Jangan kumur or spit! Dan jangan makan or minum guna straw! Dannn.. jangan lupa beli ice pack kat farmasi, kena selalu tepekkan ice pack kat kedua belah pipi the same day lepas operation untuk avoid bengkak bommm ye. Jangan dah bengkak baru nak tepek ice pack tu, memang tak menjadi. Wanie jugak ada beli ubat surut bengkak di farmasi untuk membantu tak bagi bengkak sangat.


Nanti Wanie cerita lagi. Ye... ada sambungan. Kena infection dan dry socket sikit kat bahagian yang dicabut sebelah kiri (gigi bongsu ini yang paling dekat dengan saraf). Dan lenguh jari menaip kat fon.. dan masih lagi berdenyut tempat surgery walaupun harini ada hari yang ke 6.


Wish me speedy recovery!

          Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Part 1        
Salam semuaaa...

Selama ni wanie duk baca je cerita orang cabut gigi bongsu ni macam mana. Haaa~~ kali ni merasa sendiri.. tak lawak wehh... serius tak best perasaan tu.. aahahahaha. Sebab apa ada Part 1? Haa.. jom baca..

Gigi bongsu kanan wanie impacted (horizontal) macam gambar kat bawah.

Credit picture to : http://www.exodontia.info/Wisdom_Tooth_Impaction_Classification.html

Nampak dia tengah tido? Tapi gigi geraham depan gigi bongsu tu dah kena cabut last year. So, tak lah sakit sangat gigi bongsu ni. Cuma sekali sekala bila dia bergerak rasanya (tudiaaa speculation), terasa weh sakit berdenyut tu walau sekejap. Jadinya, 7 April lepas, kebetulan off day, wanie ke Puspanitapuri di Putrajaya untuk scaling gigi dan nak ambik referral letter untuk buang gigi bongsu. Kat Puspanitapuri tak boleh buat sebab situ untuk kes kecil-kecil je macam tampalan or scaling macam tu... 

 Dah dapat referral letter, terus call Hospital Putrajaya untuk booking tarikh appointment. Yup.. call je. TAPI, kena ada referral letter dari klinik kerajaan atau swasta dulu tau. Sebab time call, dorang akan tanya referral letter dari klinik mana. OK, so dah dapat tarikh appointment pada 14 April. Time ni, tak buat apa-apa lagi tau. Doktor cuma x-ray dan check saja. Disebabkan sebatang gigi sahaja, maka doktor cuma akan melakukan local bius, maksudnya surgery akan dilakukan waktu kita sedar. Sounds scary, tapi, beranikan diri je....

Alright, dapat appointment untuk surgery which is semalam, 11 Mei. 3 hari sebelum surgery, wanie scaling gigi siap-siap di Klinik Dr. K kat Precint Diplomatik. Yang ni effort sendiri la, and doktor gigi pun sarankan untuk kita scaling gigi dulu before surgery. Pagi surgery tu, wanie dah makan kenyang-kenyang bihun goreng, walaupun nak telan pun nak mampu sebab takut.. haaa~ ceritanya, 5 ke 6 hari lepas, gigi bongsu yang sebelah kiri  wanie dah start sakit yang Tuhan je tahu! Ok takpe... sabar... tahan dengan painkiller. Sampailah ke hari yang dinantikan, terus bagitau doktor nak tukar cabut gigi kiri instead of kanan. Doktor ok je... memandangkan gigi terlalu dekat dengan nerve, doktor dahh bagitau kesan-kesan yang akan dialami JIKA nerve tercedera atau terputus sewaktu surgery. OK kan ajelah.. kita percaya pada doktor. Lagipun, doktor yang nak surgery kan wanie ni doktor pakar. Bagus sangat-sangat, diorang melayan je wanie punya songeh. Sebab takut, badan dah seram sejuk and menggigil. Wanie siap mintak blanket untuk selimutkan badan ke kaki. Hahahaha~ and nasib baik, few days sebelum surgery, wanie dok makan painkiller, so, bila tiba hari surgery, gigi dah tak sakit dan mudah untuk doktor buat kerja.

OK, dorang mulakan dengan cucuk ubat bius. Lepas dah kebas ape semua, dorang start pasang macam screw kot.. hahahaha~ wanie tak nampak sebab mata semua ditutup. Reason tutup mata, lampu surgery tu sangat bright. Tak kisah, wanie lagi suka sebab even mata dah tutup, wanie still pejam mata di sambil badan sedikit menggigil. Wanie pasang earphone, dengar spotify untuk kurangkan mindset yang fikir macam-macam. OK, pastu dengar bunyi mesin ngenggg ngenggg ngenggg... wanie rasa, time ni dorang tengah potong tulang rahang sikit. Trust me, tak rasa apa pun. Even doktor cut bahagian gusi pun wanie tak rasa apa... cuma, bila part doktor start nak pulas gigi tu kot, untuk nak longgarkan, wanie rasa sakit sangat. Doktor tambah ubat bius dalam 2 ke 3 kali macam tu, tapi still sakit.... uhuuu~~

Sudahnya, doktor tak boleh nak teruskan. Doktor syak sebab nerve tu, itu yang buat wanie sakit. So, doktor jahit balik gusi. Kemudian, set appointment baru untuk full bius. Maksudnya, surgery akan dilakukan waktu wanie tido dan akan masuk ke bilik bedah. Oleh sebab full bius, doktor sarankan untuk buang keempat-empat gigi bongsu sekaligus. Wanie setuju je, biar sakit sekali dah la.. lepas ambil ubat, naik ke tingkat 1 Wad Harian atau Daycare untuk jumpa pakar bius - ni untuk saringan je.

So, sekarang, dapat lah MC 2 hari (Khamis Jumaat) and cuti Sabtu Ahad. Wanie dah minta kat boss untuk extra cuti Isnin Selasa just in case anything happened. 

Lepas habis ubat bius tu, dah start berdenyut. Takpe, wanie makan painkiller. Dapat 2 jenis painkiller, satu yang kuat and satu lagi yang biasa. Wanie terus makan yang kuat sebab nanti takut sakit. Lagipun, husband kena kerja.. dia dah halfday teman wanie kat hospital. Taknaklah nak kacau dia kan.. bengkak, yes ada sikit. Malam semalam kitorang laki bini siap layan movie lagi sebelum tido.. kat rumahh eh.. tak koseerrr nak gi panggung wayang. hahaha.. 

Pagi ni bangun tidur, terasa pipi berat semacam. Bila tengok cermin, mak aihh.. dah serupa hamster simpan biji durian dalam mulut. Terus mandi-mandi, berus gigi pun slow-slow, pastu kumur dengan Listerine. Siap mandi semua, terus ngadap breakfast (whipped potato KFC as carbs dengan nugget). And terus makan ubat antibiotik dan painkiller sebab dah start sakit berdenyut, sakit lagi dari semalam. Itu yang orang kata, second day yang ko nak meraung sakan.. takpe, boleh tahan lagi. Mujur husband ada beli Bactidol, lepas makan, kumur dengan Bactidol pulak. Tapi, tak perlu rinse dengan air. Yang ni untuk mengelakkan dari bacteria atau fungus dalam mulut. Sesape ada ulser pun boleh guna. 

 Mahal sikit dari Listerine, dalam RM 18 macam tu. Boleh beli di Guardian. 

Tu je untuk Part 1 kali ni... next appointment lepas raya Julai nanti. Nanti wanie cerita macam mana alkisah dah siap operation nanti. Berdenyut sakit ni... nak tido jap. Bye korang..



          Briefing - Cik Wanie nak jadi Puan!         
Salam semuanyaaaa...


Tak sempat betul nak spend time yang betul-betul untuk blogging. Sibuk kerja... balik rumah dah letih. Memang kelaut lah kan... lagipun start awal February haritu, semua tenant dah keluar. Al-maklumlah nak tawen tawen... hahahahah! Gedik ngko wanie! So, masa yang ada kat rumah tu, wanie guna untuk buat arrangement sikit. Bilik yang kecik tu, wanie jadikan bilik stor dan tempat baju untuk bakal shuben nanti.. container barang-barang yang wanie letak kat ruang tamu dulu semua wanie angkat masuk bilik stor. Nampaklah rumah tu luas sikit...


Lepas tu, process nak cuci sawang... vacuum... mop... wanie tak buat semua dalam 1 hari. Wanie buat selang seminggu.. hahaha.. time weekend / off day je baru nak buat. Biasalah, wanie sewakan bilik kat orang, tak semua yang jenis perati bilik tu ada sawang nak kena buang, habuk berkepuk-kepuk bawah katil nak kena sapu mop... dorang dah keluar, wanie lah nak kena settle kan. Bilik kedua tu, wanie jadi kan guest room / bilik iron baju / bilik solat.


Next... nak wall mounting kan TV kat ruang tamu. Sekarang ni wanie letak TV atas meja Jepun je. Lepas bincang dengan teddy, better wall mounting sebab nak beli meja PC... sekarang ni, PC duk dalam bilik wanie. Kalau keluarkan PC tu, luas lah sikit bilik kan.. boleh la connect ke HDMI dari PC ke TV nak layan citer Korea kan.. hahahaha.. kite TV biase biase je.. tak mampu nak pakai Smart TV lagi.. hahahahah


Persiapakan menjelang majlis?


Alhamdulillah, wanie kat sini tak kalut sangat. Yang lain-lain semua family yang uruskan. Yelah, nak balik kampung sebulan sekali pun susah. So, mama abah settlekan untuk katering, khemah, siap mengecat rumah lagi tau. Along pulak, handle bab nak berinai, kek kahwin dan hand bouquet. Adik pulak tolong masukkan kad dalam sampul untuk mama abah nak edar, tolong lekat TQ tag kat doorgift, kemas rumah. Anak buah lagi 2 ketul tu? Tolong juga... tolong memeriahkan keadaan lepas tu tolong buat bising. Hahahah~ Wanie pulak, dah settle bab busana kahwin, pelamin, meja makan semua dengan bridal.


Tapi kan korang... janji Allah tu betul. Dia akan tolong hamba-Nya yang nak nak berkahwin ni... like seriously and in unexpected ways! First thing yang wanie dengan teddy and of course pasangan-pasangan yang nak berkahwin lain most concern is about money kan. Bukan sikit tau duit nak habis - tapi apa jadi sekalipun, wanie dengan teddy tekad tak kan pinjam loan. Sebab, wanie sekarang ni pun dah ada loan beli rumah. So, kitorang tak nak lah sembelih diri sendiri lepas kahwin nak tanggung hutang kahwin pulak kan? Murah rezeki lately... tak mewah, tapi serba cukup dan lepas untuk bayaran itu ini. Tak semena-mena, customer website teddy yang dah setahun berhutang tak bayar payment 3k, tetiba je contact balik dan jelaskan full payment. Itu teddy, macam wanie pulak, risau tak tau nak bagi doorgift apa dan tak tau nak budget berapa. Haritu, wanie dah beli surah matsurat 400 keping. Ingat nak tambah lagi, cuma masa pulak tak ada nak mencari kat kedai. Tuppp tupppp... mak sedara wanie kat Puncak Alam call suruh datang ambik doorgift dia nak sponsor kat wanie sampai 4 kotak besar! Kenduri pulak, mama abah yang sponsorkan. Along pulak, sponsor facial kat spa.


Aduhai.... beban yang sepatutnya boleh migrain kepala wanie nak fikir, dah lepas. Sekarang ni, tinggal kek dan berinai aje. Wanie dah minta along settlekan, nanti wanie submit payment je. Hahahah~ senang kan ada PA ni.... kehkehkeh.. kesian jugak diorang. Mama nak cari DJ untuk majlis... along pulak nak tau kek macam mana wanie nak... tergaru la jugak kepala dorang, wanie cakap wanie taknak lagu pelik-pelik time majlis nanti... wanie nak instrumental, slow, contohnya mcm lagu My Valentine tu ke... gitu-gitu je... macam kek, wanie request kat along nak style classic elegant wedding cake. 2 tier je, wanie bagi contoh macam kek bawah ni tapi request color champagne.


Ko jangan tanya la berapa harga, kek nampak simple and nice camni... harga dia tak nice woiii.. hahahaha! Tapi sebab kek ni untuk hari wedding, so proceed je lah. Untuk akad nikah, wanie suruh along replace dengan pulut kuning instead of cake. Bunga tangan pun wanie request bunga lily sebab theme akad nikah nanti putih hijau. Untuk hari kenduri next day tu, bridal wanie cakap dia bagi sekali hand bouquet, tapi tengok lah macam mana.. hujung minggu depan nak balik fitting baju, nak food testing sekali. Kalau tak berapa berkenan hand bouquet dari bridal, maybe wanie tempah asing,


Apa pun... 19 days to go. Berdebar tu sikit lah... yang dok rasa sekarang ni, penat! Hahahaha~ tak sabar nak kawen bukan apa, dah tak nak fikir bab-bab ni. No wonder la orang yang banyak duit hire wedding planner - kau punya migrain 4 5 lapis tu, kau dah lepas kat wedding planner tu. Kalau wanie banyak duit pun, memang wanie hire wedding planner. Balik kawen je.. tak yah nak fikir apa. Dan percaturan wanie time tunang haritu, no barang-barang hantaran time kawen nanti memang tak silap. Barang hantaran time tunang haritu je - kalau nak bagi lagi time kawen, nak tanya satu je.... bila nak curi masa 1 whole day nak keluar pegi shopping? Teddy pun baru balik dari German haritu... memang tak sempat apa. Masing-masing sekarang ni, nak cukup rest, cukup tido, cukup makan... takut jatuh sakit tiba-tiba.


15hb March ni wanie dah start cuti - balik tu memang ready la nak all out semua energy stamina lemak-lemak tepu bagai.. hahahahha
          Checklist / Tips Sebelum Tunang : E-Day Part 1        

** LAST UPDATE : 21/9/2016
(click here to updated post)

Hi korang


Debar-debar pulak kite nak hapdet entry kali ni. Wahhhhh gittew! Update kali ni lebih kepada checklist, senang sikit kalau nak check balik to-do, budget ke, senarai-senarai butik yang nak diterjah ke.. so, entry kali ni akan sentiasa diupdate time-to-time. Ala.. boleh recycle je post ni kalau hari nak kawen nanti.. wakakakak!


Sejujurnya, budget is my utmost priority. Memang nak minimize sehabis boleh sebab saving wanie nanti nak spend banyak untuk persediaan rumah baru nanti. Huwaa... rumah lagi, nak kawen lagi... seb baik keta tak meragam sampai nak kena tukar pakai Subaru XV STI pun cantik jugak.. eh~~?? Tunang-tunang ni pun, sebab permintaan dari pihak keluarga. Nak kawen pun sebab dah kena bising, dorang cakap nak tunggu sampai kertu keeewww.. hahahah~ kalau nak ikut tak ready, memang sampai sudah tak pernah nye ready kan. Hahaha.. ok dah merepek meraban.


Checklist
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1.  Cincin tunang (budget 1k ke bawah je sudah), time nikah nanti dah taknak cincin. So sebentuk ni dah cukup. Nikah nanti mungkin gelang je kut.
//cincin ada diamond mana ada 1k.. dah survey.. hahahah.. lepas discuss dengan Teddy, budget cincin dalam below RM 1800 . uwaaa... gelang tak beli lagi.... 
8/8 - hahahah budget mender? ke lauutttt lepas pergi tengok kat Habib Ampang. rambang mata dari pergi usha-usha Wah Chan.. dah tengok-tengok, so weekend ni insyallah pergi pulak dan beli terus.. hehehe

2.  Hantaran (idea) - Budget below RM 400
** Kemeja
** Chocolate and cookies
** Kek / caramel pudding
** Buah-buahan
** Perfume
** Belt
** Cupcakes
** Potpouri
** Pulut kuning
** Sejadah
** Telekung

3.  Makeup (to survey)
** Shu Eumura (approx RM 80 - blog)
** MAC (RM 190-265 ) - check this link
** MUA
** makeup dari bridal boutique
** beli makeup sendiri

4.  Baju (budget below RM 400)
** http://buttonmybuttons.com/
** http://www.minaz.com.my/
** https://www.instagram.com/unreveur/?hl=en (mahal ni.. hahahaha, tapi nak cuci mata boleh lah)
** Ampang Park 
** SACC Mall & Plaza Alam Central
8/8 : ok, baju dah confirm dan alhamdulillah, RM 260 je

5.  Pelamin and photographer (to be determine later, macam not necessary je)
//photographer mama dah talk dengan kawan dia, murah ya amat! kawan mama cakap sebab dah kenal bagi RM 50-100 je dah, siap dengan gambar edit nanti.. alahai.. tak tergamak nak bagi murah sangat, RM 150 ok kut... sebab request softcopy je nanti..

6.  Food (budget RM 400-500)
** nasi
** lauk pauk
** agar-agar
** air
//untuk tunang, mama cakap dia dah jumpa kawan dia, budget dalam RM7/head. So, mungkin ambik untuk 50-70 tetamu. so still dalam budget below RM 500

7.  Goodies bag (time tunang kena bagi ke eh? tapi list down idea juga lah)
** potpouri
** kuih/kek span atau kek buah + air mineral/kotak
** candies
** yassin + tasbih
** nuts/honey/cookies in cute jar
** pudding (buat sendiri pun ok jugak)

Goodies link for idea :
*** http://www.saranghaeyo.com/ ( boleh walk in ke P6, Block C, GM Klang Wholesale City, Jalan Kasuarina 1, Klang )
** http://reemdoorgift.com/
** http://sweetdoorgifts.com/
** http://www.house-of-favors.com/
** http://www.renowngift.com.my/product/



          Percutian Ke Cameron Highland 2016         
Salam..


Hari ni dah masuk hari yang keenam kita umat Islam berpuasa. Ada yang dah ponteng tak? Hiksss... terasa rajin nak update blog sebab tadi bosan-bosan, sesaje scroll balik semua gambar dalam OneDrive, teringat holiday ke Cameron Highland few days sebelum puasa. 


Cameron Highland merupakan destinasi percutian kegemaran wanie dengan cik abam. Last kitorang bercuti ke sana time habis intern di Heitech dulu. Time tu, tak leh nak boros-boros sangat sebab takde income lagi. Alhamdulillah, setelah hampir 2 tahun setengah, wanie berkesempatan lagi ke sana dan kali ni seronok sikit kan nak beli itu ini dah ada income sendiri... hahahahah~


Macam biasa, cik abam akan booking 2 bilik di Copthorne Hotel (formerly known as Equatorial Hotel). Kali ni kami datang berempat, bawa 2 orang adik cik abam ikut sekali bercuti. The more the merrier kan... hehehe. 


Dah jom layan sikit percutian kami... hehehe



Selfie sket dalam bilik ... hehehe..


Nak tangkap gambar Copthorne tu, tapi geng-geng bikers ni parking ramai-ramai depan tu. Sedih.. tapi tangkap jugaklah
Kalau tak silap, waktu cik abam book hotel ni untuk 1 malam dalam RM 248 (booking 2 minggu awal melalui website)



Disebabkan plan je nak ke Cameron Highland tapi dalam kepala cuma tahu ladang teh je, nasib baik jumpa board ni kat dalam hotel time check in. So, senang sikit nak tahu destinasi-destinasi menarik dalam Cameron Highland untuk dilawat.



Time kitorang pergi ni cuti Wesak Day. Jem nya ya ampunnnnn! 
P/S : Jangan minum air banyak sangat jem jem macam ni, nak shuu shuu nanti takde toilet.. dah la sejuk... hahaha



Lepas check in hotel, terus ke Boh Sungei (Sungai??) Palas. Having a sip of hot tea really refreshing and feels like our trip totally worth the penny! Masing-masing stress dengan keja kan, dan dah lama sangat tak bercuti.

Tapi sebab kitorang sampai pun dah agak lewat petang, tak sempat nak masuk tengok macam mana diorang proses tea. Sebelum balik, sempat lah beli teh songket all flavor sebagai souvenir. 


Dan malamnya, kitorang tak plan ke pasar malam tu lagi sebab nak parking tu nangisssss wehhh~ Ramai teramat sangat. Kitorang plan nak ke Abang Nasi Kukus Sambal Strawberry yang famous tu. Tapi............................


Nasi kukus ni hanya dibuka 7.30 pagi hingga 6 petang saje. Malamnya stimboat. Alaaaa~~ sedih hati, patutnya mana boleh limited macam tu sebab sambal strawberry tu signature dish kan... 

So, kitorang decide dinner di satu kedai area situ jugak. Tak ingat apa namanya... wanie susah nak complain kalau makan tu tak sedap, tapi masalahnya, totally DISASTER! wanie order lain, yang lain yang datang... mahal pulak tu. Time tu memang cik abam nak mengamuk (susah nak tengok dia ni mengamuk tau!) tapi sebab dah masing-masing lapar sangat, kitorang makan je...

Kitorang ni jenis tak cerewet, bukan sekali dua kalau makan tempat lain-lain yang order lain sampai nye lain, kitorang makan jugak sebab consider orang tu tersilap dan asalkan perut kenyang dan anggap je surprise~! Hahahaha~ benda-benda kecik chillex je dah kan...


Sebab tak nak sedih-sedih, beli je lah yang dalam botol macam ni. Harga kalau tak silap dalam RM 16 - 17 macam tu. Ada 2 jenis - yang biasa macam dalam gambar ni dan juga extra spicy. Wanie beli dua-dua je. 

Dah rasa dah... ok not bad lah. Ada ikan masin dalam sambal ni, jadinya ada rasa sweet, salty and spicy. Bila makan dengan nasik dan sambal ni, boleh rasa flavor strawberry tu dan biji-biji strawberry tu. Unik!


OK... settle seharian. On the way balik hotel tu, singgah kejap jugak lah pasar malam. Beli cendawan goreng dan strawberry untuk nak makan-makan kat hotel.



Ini dah hari kedua. Dah checkout hotel awal sebab plan nak visit tempat-tempat lain dan terus nak balik. So, kitorang ke Healthy Strawberry Farm untuk borong strawberry. Serious gaisss... kalau korang nak borong strawberry banyak-banyak, meh ke sini tau sebab murah sangat. Wanie ada jugak pergi visit Ravi Strawberry tu dengan Kasimanis Strawberry, this is the best and cheapest! Jangan lupa beli aiskrim strawberry homemade diorang, dan JANGAN BELI 1 sebab memang tak cukup! Hahahah sedap sangattttt!!




Gambar-gambar kat atas ni diambil sewaktu wanie ke House of Lavender. Comel angat angat angat tau! Sebagai souvenir wanie beli sabun mandi dan lotion. Sabun tak guna lagi sebab kat rumah wanie je ada 3 jenis sabun yang wanie guna ikut citarasa hahahaha~ Lotion dia soft je bau, and quick absorbency. Kat sini wanie diberi taste cordial lavender tu, rasanya sooooo light and sweet. Tak berapa nak masuk taste so wanie tak beli... hehehe.. 



OK last! On the way turun, kitorang minum-minum teh kat Cameron Valley. Pekena teh tarik dengan chocolate scone. Lepak-lepak jap, ambik angin dan cuba pujuk diri sendiri yang tak nak balik time tu! Hahahaha~


Dan finally, gini lah muka kitorang semua yang tak nak terima hakikat kitorang tengah on the way balik! Orang belakang yang sengih-sengih tu tak yah sengih sangat sebab the next day dia ada exam! Hahaha~ wanie minta extra cuti sebab konfim letih dah sampai rumah, so sempat untuk bertenang dan cuba move on! Hahahah~


Insyaallah... the next holiday tak plan lagi ke mana. Tapi, masing-masing simpan duit untuk hari besar kami berdua. Doakan segala perancangan kami berjalan lancar ya... 



          Review Praventac and AG Factor        
Salam...


Setiap kali bukak blog mesti rasa bersalah dengan diri sendiri sebab tak konsisten. Hahahah~ nak kata sibuk ya amat tu, sikitlah... boleh terima tak alasan tu selain mim alif lam sin?


Ala... nak ngadu sikit.. lately muka wanie teruk sangat sangat sangat. Muka berminyak yang homaigadddd... oil blotting yang warna biru clean and clear tu memang wajib dalam handbag tau. Sekali lap muka, wajib pakai 2 keping minimum... bila muka berminyak teruk sangat jangan ditanya lah mengundang ape kat muka kan... bukan setakat jerawat, open pores besar nau nau, blackhead, whitehead, jerawat batu pun ada tau... (nangissssssssss) Walaupun dah try guna organic products untuk muka ni, still tak membantu. Kalau product kecantikan kita guna yang dah elok, tapi still tak work, itu confirmlah masalah dalaman kan?


Hari tu tengah scroll scroll kat Facebook, jumpa 1 page ni. Jodoh kot.. hahahah, tetiba terasa tertarik nak bukak website dia. Korang pernah dengar tak Praventac? Ha... click lah link tu kalau korang pun tak tau macam wanie.. Hikhik... Kalau korang nak tau, wanie memang jenis yang susahhhhhh sangat nak makan atau ambik supplements ni. Penyakit biasa, M-A-L-A-S ... Hahaha! Tapi, sebab muka dah makin teruk, wanie rasa takpe lah. Give it a shot! Errr... mahal jugak bagi wanie supplement ni. Wanie ambik yang combo, Praventac + AG Factor = RM 424 (RM 24 tu GST ye... pffttt) Wanie walk in je ke office diorang dekat The Gardens sebelah Midvalley tu.


Ok,.. time beli tu, the lady told me NOT TO USE ANY CREAM-BASED MOISTURIZER. Bagi wanie, not a big deal sebab wanie gunakan Adania Luxurious Organic Oil . So, setiap malam sebelum tidur wanie akan ambil 2 biji Praventac dan 2 biji AG Factor. Menurut dari website Praventac tu sendiri, Praventac ni berfungsi :


While AG Factor claimed that it:

1. Assists in fighting the bad bacteria 
2. Reducing the secretion of oil 
3. Reducing the redness from inflammation 
4. Helping to repair the damaged cells caused by blemishes

Taken from : http://www.praventac.com/home/learn.php#hormonal-acne
AG Factor ni bagi wanie lebih kepada "booster" kepada Praventac, untuk double the action rasanya... hehehehe..


So harini dah genap 18 hari wanie consume Praventac + AG Factor. Apa yang wanie boleh conclude kan adalah :

Hari 1-3 : Tiada perubahan
Hari 4-7 : Oily face slightly reduce. Jerawat batu yang dah berbulan tak naik mata, dah start masak dan keluar air bisa
Hari 8 sampai sekarang : Berperang jugak ni. Jerawat-jerawat pasir + jerawat nasik mula naik. The lady told me not to be afraid sebab this is normal sebab nak keluarkan yang mana terpendam / malu-malu nak keluar sebelum ni. Yang best, jerawat batu i olz dah tinggal seketul je ni kat pipi... geng-geng dia semua dah cabut lari.. hahahah


All in all, wanie plan nak teruskan dengan Praventac + AG Factor ni for another 2 month. Seronok gaisss... kalau awal dulu, wajib kena wipe muka dengan oil blotter tu, sekarang ni kalau tak cuci muka 2 hari pun takde hal lah. The face still moisturize tapi tak oily!


Berapa rate nak bagi ni?


Wanie nak bagi rate macam ni untuk sepanjang 18 hari wanie guna ye :

1.  Menghilangkan minyak muka : 5/5
2.  Menghilangkan jerawat nasi : 3/5 (jerawat kering)
3.  Menghilangkan jerawat batu : 4/5 (suka sangattttttt)
4.  Menghilangkan parut : 0/5 (yes.. takde perubahan ape lagi. Takpe... biar dia keluar settle dulu segala alien kat muka ni, then kita tengok macam mana pulak ye...)

BONUS! Ye ade bonus koranggggg yang wanie sendiri pun tak expect!

HAIRFALL REDUCE!!! 

Awesome kan! Wanie rasa make sense - sebab ape? Dulu wanie selalu pegi saloon, siap buat scalp scanning. Boleh nampak setiap rongga rambut tu clog dengan minyak, the hairdresser tu bagitau wanie sebab clog dengan minyak, rambut macam tak boleh nak bernafas which lead to the akar jadi tak kuat dan rambut pun gugur. Nak harap shampoo je pun, tak boleh.. memang kena treat dari dalam.


p/s : Bertabahlah la sikit tiap-tiap bulan kan.. 400 hengget kauuuuuuuu.. hopefully adalah perubahan sebelum sampai e-day kite raya haji ni, Insyaallah... hikhikhik

p/s 2 : Jangan minta upload gambar. Malu titewww.. insyaallah, wanie akan upload lepas habis healing crisis ni so korang boleh spot the difference senang sikit
          Kisah Si Portable Aircond        
Hi korang...


Sejak dua menjak ni, cuaca panas sangat kan. Panas membahang, mandi time subuh pun rasa air tu suam je. Kipas pula dah bukak habis full blast, punnnnnn tak rasa apa.


Sebab dah tak tahan, wanie ke Harvey Norman nak cari portable aircond. Yelah, sekarang ni kan wanie still menyewa lagi ( rumah baru cepatlahhhhh siapppp 😣 ) so tak best lah nak tebuk rumah orang suka hati nak pasang aircond tu kan. Terjumpa satu brang ni, Honeywell kalau tak silap. Mak aiiii... RM 1700 kauuu. Terfikir sejenak nak ambik ke tak... macam biasalah, mesti call mem beso kat kampung minta persetujuan dulu. Tapi, rasa berbunga harapan bila mem beso cakap "tak payah laaaa bazir duit. balik ambik portable aircond abah kat rumah ni.. tak guna pun...."


Kebetulan minggu tu cik abe kita outstation kat Kedah, sempat lah dia ke rumah ambik portable aircond tu. Hasilnya....





Huwaaa... best angatttt! Sejuk sampai kena tarik comforter. Ini brand MEC, 1.5HP. Abah siap pasang extension hose sebab nanti hose tu nak sumbat celah celah grill tingkap untuk keluarkan udara panas.


Abaikan semak samun sebab malas nak mengemas. Keletihan baru balik dari hangout dengan kawan.


Bab nak keluarkan air dari portable aircond ni, tunggu dia bunyi alarm untuk keluarkan jelah. Kalau tak, biar je. Nak keluarkan air pun senang, cabut je tiub kecik belakang aircond tu, pastu biarkan je air habis mengalir keluar.


Bil elektrik? Entahlah... biasanya bil rumah wanie kurang RM 50. Nanti hujung bulan kita tengok berapa bil dia ya.. wanie just guna malam malam je bila nak tido... siang siang jarang wanie guna sebab duk melepak kat ruang tamu je.


Selamat malam. Dah 2 pagi ni.. hahahahaha..
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          BEASISWA BELAJAR KE AMERIKA DARI AMINEF TAHUN 2017/2018        

BEASISWA BELAJAR KE AMERIKA DARI AMINEF 2017/2018

(BEASISWA UNTUK TAMATAN SMA)




American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF)


BEASISWA AMINEF BELAJAR 1 TAHUN DI AMERIKA


Bagi Anda lulusan SMA, D1, D2, D3 & S1 yang minat belajar selama setahun ke Amerika, kini ada Program CCIP dari Pemerintah Amerika.  Deadline pendaftaran hingga 25 November 2016.

Berikut rilis AMINEF seperti yang diterima Tribun, Jumat (28/10/2016).

Bersama ini kami memberitahukan bahwa AMINEF kembali membuka pendaftaran Beasiswa Program Community College Initiative (CCI). Program pertukaran pendidikan bertaraf internasional ini memberi kesempatan untuk belajar di community college di Amerika Serikat untuk mengembangkan keahlian profesional.  

Kami meminta bantuan Anda untuk memberikan informasi ini kepada kolega, teman, keluarga serta mendorong mereka untuk mengirimkan aplikasi program ini sebelum batas waktu pendaftaran. Bagi para alumni tidak diperkenankan lagi untuk mendaftar.

Untuk tahun akademik 2017-2018, Bidang-bidang yang ditawarkan dalam program CCI yaitu Pertanian, Teknik Terapan, Manajemen Bisnis and Administrasi, *Profesi di bidang Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini (PAUD)*, Teknologi Informasi, Media, Manajemen Pariwisata, dan Keselamatan Masyarakat.

Jika tertarik untuk mendaftar, peserta harus memenuhi persyaratan sebagai berikut :
  • Telah menyelesaikan pendidikan SMA atau setara;
  • Mempunyai pengalaman bekerja sesuai dengan bidang dalam program yang ditawarkan;
  • Memiliki kemampuan berbahasa lnggris dengan melampirkan nilai minimal 450 pada tes ITP TOEFL atau IELTS 5.5;
  • Menyerahkan formulir pendaftaran dan lampiran dokumen pendukung yang dipersyaratkan; 

BEASISWA DIPRIORITASKAN UNTUK LULUSAN SMA


Prioritas diberikan kepada lulusan SMA.
Peserta dengan pendidikan D1, D2, atau D3 boleh mendaftar. Peserta dengan gelar S1 boleh mendaftar tapi bukan prioritas dengan syarat bidang yang akan mereka ambil di program berbeda dengan bidang studi S1, dan harus berhubungan dengan bidang pekerjaan mereka sekarang.
Peserta yang berstatus mahasiswa atau dengan gelar S2 dan S3 tidak diperkenankan mendaftar. 


Program beasiswa ini dibiayai penuh dengan menyediakan dana untuk perjalanan pulang pergi ke Amerika; biaya hidup selama mengikuti kegiatan pra-akademik, akademik dan praktek kerja sesuai bidang; biaya kuliah; asuransi kesehatan; dan kegiatan budaya. Program ini berlangsung selama 1 tahun.

Program beasiswa ini dikelola di Indonesia oleh American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) yaitu komisi dwi-bangsa yang mengelola Program Fulbright dan program-program pertukaran pendidikan lainnya yang dibiayai oleh Pemerintah Amerika Serikat bekerja sama dengan Pemerintah Republik Indonesia.     

Sehubungan dengan penawaran tersebut di atas, kami lampirkan formulir pendaftaran dari program ini sebagai informasi. Informasi program juga bisa di akses dalam tautan berikut ini:
Community College Initiative Program : http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php?

Please note that we do not accept email applications.

Apabila ada hal-hal yang perlu dijelaskan, silahkan arahkan kandidat untuk menghubungi AMINEF staff di : infofulbright_ind@aminef.or.id  
atau melalui telepon di 021-5793-9085/86 ext. 3023-04307

Atas perhatian dan kerjasamanya, kami ucapkan banyak terima kasih dan selamat berbagi.



Salam
Adeline Widyastuti
Senior Program Officer



Sumber :  makasar.tribunnews.com


CITRA PROPERTY LAND


          RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI PARA IBU SIBUK UNTUK SEPEKAN        

RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI IBU SIBUK UNTUK SEPEKAN

Ilustrasi Sarapan Pagi. Sumber : ini


MANFAAT MELAKUKAN SARAPAN PAGI BERSAMA KELUARGA


Tahukah anda apa manfaat sarapan ?  
Sarapan merupakan pemenuhan sumber energi kita di pagi hari. Sarapan di pagi hari  dapat meningkatkan konsentrasi otak dan juga menjaga mood kita.

Sarapan juga sangat baik untuk anak-anak yang sedang dalam masa pertumbuhan.  Dengan memberinya sarapan. kita membantu awal persiapan otak anak kita dalam menerima pelajaran di sekolah, sehingga bisa lebih fokus dalam menerima pelajara.

7 RESEP SARAPAN YANG HANYA BUTUH WAKTU 10 MENIT  juga bisa menjadi saat kebersamaan yang berharga, saling komunikasi antar anggotanya.



7 RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI PARA IBU SIBUK


Citra Property Land / CiproLan menulis 7 resep sarapan praktis bagi para Ibu sibuk yang dapat dibuat sendiri buat orang-orang tercinta di rumah, sebelum memulai hari yang sibuk.  Kenapa untuk sepekan ? Supaya bervariasi, tidak membuat bosan.

Resep sarapan praktis untuk seminggu ini hanya membutuhkan waktu sekitar 10 menit untuk pembuatannya, namun tetap mempertimbangkan faktor enak & bergizi.

Yuk, langsung saja kita cek resep 7 RESEP SARAPAN YANG HANYA BUTUH WAKTU 10 MENIT di bawah ini.


1. Salad Kentang
 
    Ilustrasi Salad Kentang. Sumber ini

Kentang bisa menjadi alternatif pengganti karbohidrat di pagi hari selain nasi.

Bahan               :
Kentang, Telur, Mentimun, Mintak Zaitun, Mayones, Merica Bubuk, Garam Halus.

Cara membuat :
Kukus kentang dan rebus telur.  Setelah keduanya matang, kupas dan potong-potong, tambahkan dengan minyak zaitun (bisa diganti dengan minyak goreng baru), garam halus, merica bubuk, dan mayones.  Salad kentang siap dinikmati



2. Roti Tawar Mentega
 
    Ilustrasi Roti Tawar Mentega. Sumber : ini

Roti juga bisa menjadi alternatif pengganti karbohidrat di pagi hari selain kentang.

Bahan               :
Roti tawar, Mentega,

Cara membuat :
Olesi salah satu sisi lembaran roti dengan mentega dan mesis, kemudian tekuk membentuk persegi panjang atau segitiga sesuai selera.  Roti Tawar Mentega siap dinikmati.



3. Roti Panggang Selai

    Ilustrasi Roti Panggang. Sumber : ini

Resep sarapan roti merupakan resep masakan non-nasi, alternatif asupan karbohidrat.

Bahan               :
Roti tawar, Selai.

Cara membuat :
Olesi salah satu sisi lembaran roti dengan selai tutup dengan lembar roti lainnya, lalu panggang roti dan tunggu hingga matang.   Roti Panggang siap dinikmati.


4. Jus Pisang

    Ilustrasi Jus Pisang. Sumber : ini


Buah pisang kaya akan nutrisi sumber energi yang sangat cocok untuk menjadi pilihan menu sarapan bergizi anda dan keluarga. Jus pisang juga cocok untuk sarapan bagi yang melakukan diet.

Bahan               :
Pisang matang (dari jenis pisang untuk buah), air matang / air mineral, gula, es batu.

Cara membuat :
Untuk membuat  anda cukup memotong buah pisang lalu diblender bersamaan dengan gula, es batu, dan air matang sampai lembut.  Jus pisang bisa juga divariasi dengan menambahkan susu atau yogurt sesuai selera.  Jus pisang siap untuk dinikmati.



5. Sandwich Telur

    Ilustrasi Sandwich Telur. Sumber : ini

Sandwich Telur ini juga merupakan alternatif sarapan berkarbohdrat non- nasi.

Bahan               :
Roti (bisa dipilih roti dari gandum buat yang diet), Telur, Keju, Tomat, garam, Merica Bubuk.

Cara membuat :
Telur kita dadar, dibumbui sedikit garam dan merica bubuk.  Setelah matang letakkan telur di atas selembar roti, tambahkan irisan buah tomat, dan terakhir letakkan selembar roti sebagai menutup nya.  Sebagai variasi bisa dimakan dengan saos tomat dan saos sambal.  Sandwich Telur siap untuk dinikmati.


6.  Mufin Telur

    Ilustrasi Mufin Telur. Sumber : ini

Mufin Telur ini juga merupakan resep non- nasi.  Muffin inggris menjadi pilihan, karena teksturnya mirip sekali dengan roti, dan  pas untuk asupan karbohidrat di pagi hari. 

Bahan               :
Muffin inggris, telur, selada.

Cara membuat :
Memasak  Mufin Telur sangat mudah.  Caranya kita membuat telur cepok, kemudian setelah matang diletakkan di atas muffin,  tambahkan seada segar.  Sajikan dengan saus tomat atau saus sambal sebagai pendampingnya.  Mufin Telur siap untuk dinikmati.


7.  Nasi Goreng Sayuran

    Sumber : ini

Resep Nasi Goreng Sayur ini buat yang dari tadi nungguin "mana ya resep sarapan nasi nya ?"

Bahan               :
Nasi, Telur, Udang, Buncis, Jagung Manis, Wortel, Garam Halus, Bawang Putih, Kecap Manis.

Cara membuat :
Potong buncis ukuran sedang dan wortel kecil-kecil, sisir jagung manis,  lalu rebus hingga matang.  Keprak bawang putih, tumis dengan minyak goreng secukupnya hingga harum, kemudian masukkan telur hingga matang.  Tambahkan udang, garam, dan aduk-aduk hingga nasi menjadi lebih kering. Tambahkan kecap manis, aduk-aduk hingga rata, lalu angkat.  Nasi Goreng Sayuran siap untuk dinikmati.
 


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          Re: pelatihan sanitasi RS        



Pada 2 Desember 2009 12:51, sudarto sudarto <sudarto.sanitasi@gmail.com> menulis:
sory teman-teman saya kirim email belum dilampirkan foto, untuk itu bersama ini saya lampirkan foto saya, siapa tahu ada yang ingin minta gambar saya untuk dipajang di dapur masing-masing

          White Vetiver 50ml        
Abel. Fantastic and 100% natural perfume! White Vetiver is cool and fresh with scent of creamy lime, mint and caramelised wood drydown. Suitable for both women and men. top notes: lime, spearmint, bergamot heart notes: ginger, palmarosa base notes: vetiver, vanilla, ambergris
          White Vetiver 15ml        
Abel. Fantastic and 100% natural perfume! White Vetiver is cool and fresh with scent of creamy lime, mint and caramelised wood drydown. Suitable for both women and men. top notes: lime, spearmint, bergamot heart notes: ginger, palmarosa base notes: vetiver, vanilla, ambergris
          Aloe Mint Volume Shampoo 30ml | Travel Size        
Less is More. Travel size shampoo for fine to normal and oily hair. Vitalising formula, which gives volume and has a refreshing and clarifying effect on scalp. Sulfate-free. Less is More is natural and organic sertificated line from Vienna, Austria.
          Aloe Mint Volume Conditioner 30ml | Travel Size        
Less is More. Travel size conditioner which gives volume to fine and normal hair, strengthens, improves combability and clarifies the scalp. Less is More is natural and organic sertificated line from Vienna, Austria.
          Warpaint -natural teeth whitener        
Warpaint. 100% natural teeth whitener. Coconut shell charcoal removes stains. Calcium bentonite clay contains important minerals for your teeth healthy. Organic sweet orange peel, organic peppermint and organic lemon myrtle reduces inflammation and freshens. Use daily. Suitable for vegans. 
          (x) Headline font on mint.com - Hypatia Sans {Mark S}        

Having a hard time identifying the headline tag on mint.com. If you are looking on the site instead of the attached file, I am looking to ID the line "the best free way to manage & grow your money". I know I have seen it recently elsewhere but just can't put my finger on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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          mint skinnies        

mint skinnies

mint skinnies by remynazemi on Polyvore.com

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          Di Jalan Dakwah Aku Menikah        

Di Jalan Dakwah Aku Menikah

Oleh : Cahyadi Takariawan.


Atribut yang diberikan Islam kepada kita, salah satunya adalah dai ilallah. Kita dituntut untuk merealisasikan dakwah dalam seluruh waktu kehidupan kita. Setiap langkah kita sesungguhnya adalah dakwah kepada Allah, sebab dengan itulah Islam terkabarkan kepada masyarakat. Bukankah dakwah bermakna mengajak manusia merealisasikan ajaran-ajaran Allah dalam kehidupan keseharian? Sudah selayaknya kita sebagai pelaku yang menunaikan pertama kali, sebelum mengajak kepada yang lainnya.

Pernikahan akan bersifat dakwah apabila dilaksanakan sesuai dengan tuntunan Islam di satu sisi, dan menimbang berbagai kemaslahatan dakwah dalam setiap langkahnya, pada sisi yang lain. Dalam memilih jodoh, dipilihkan pasangan hidup yang bernilai optimal bagi dakwah. Dalam menentukan siapa calon jodoh tersebut, dipertimbangkan pula kemaslahatan secara lebih luas.

Selain kriteria umum sebagaimana tuntunan fikih Islam, pertimbangan lainnya adalah : apakah pemilihan jodoh ini memiliki implikasi kemaslahatan yang optimal bagi dakwah, ataukah sekedar mendapatkan kemaslahatan bagi dirinya? mari saya beri contoh berikut. diantara sekian banyak wanita muslimah yang telah memasuki usia siap menikah, mereka berbeda-beda jumlah bilangan usianya yang oleh karena itu berbeda pula tingkat kemendesakan untuk menikah. Beberapa orang bahkan sudah mencapai usia 35 tahun, sebagian yang lain antara 30 hingga 35 tahun, sebagian berusia 25 hingga 30, dan yang lainnya di bawah usia 25 tahun. Mereka semua ini siap menikah, siap menjalankan fungsinya dan peran sebagai isteri dan ibu di rumah tangga.
Anda adalah laki-laki muslim yang telah berniat melaksanakan pernikahan. Usia anda 25 tahun. Anda dihadapkan pada realitas bahwa wanita muslimah yang sesuai kriteria fikih Islam untuk anda nikahi ada sekian banyak jumlahnya. Maka siapakah yang lebih anda pilih, dan dengan pertimbangan apa anda memilih dia sebagai calon isteri anda?

Ternyata anda memilih si A, karena ia memiliki kriteria kebaikan agama, cantik, menarik, Pandai, dan usia masih muda, 20 tahun atau bahkan kurang dari itu. Apakah pilihan anda itu salah? Demi Allah, pilihan anda ini tidak salah! anda telah memilih calon isteri dengan benar karena berdasarkan kriteria kebaikan agama, dan memenuhi sunnah kenabian. Bukankah Rasulullah bertanya kepada Jabir ra :

“Mengapa tidak menikah dengan seorang gadis yang bisa engkau cumbu dan bisa mencumbuimu” (Riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim)

Dan inilah jawaban dakwah seorang Jabir ra,
“Wahai Rasulullah, saya memiliki saudara-saudara perempuan yang berjiwa keras, saya tidak mau membawa yang keras juga kepada mereka. janda ini saya harapkan mampu menyelesaikan permasalahan tersebut.” kata Jabir “benar katamu” jawab Nabi saw.

Jabir tidak hanya berfikir untuk kesenangan dirinya sendiri. Ia bisa memilih seorang gadis perawan yang cantik dan muda belia. Namun ia memiliki kepekaan dakwah yang amat tinggi. kemaslahatan menikahi janda tersebut lebih tinggi dalam pandangan Jabir, dibandingkan dengan menikahi gadis perawan.


Nah, apabila semua laki-laki muslim berpikiran dan menentukan calon isterinya harus memiliki kecantikan ideal, berkulit putih, usia 5 tahun lebih muda dari dirinya, maka siapakah yang akan datang melamar para wanita muslimah yang usianya diatas 25 tahun, atau usia diatas 30 tahun atau bahkan diatas usia 35 tahun ?

Siapakah yang akan datang melamar para wanita muslimah yang dari segi fisik tidak cukup alasan untuk dikatakan sebagai cantik menurut ukuran umum? mereka, wanita tadi adalah para muslimah yang melaksanakan ketaatan, mereka adalah wanita shalihah, menjaga kehormatan diri, bahkan mereka aktif terlibat dalam kegiatan dakwah dan sosial. Menurut anda, siapakah yang harus menikahi mereka?

Ah, mengapa pertanyaannya “harus” ? Dan mengapa pertanyaan ini hanya dibebankan kepada seseorang ? kita bisa saja mengabaikan dan melupakan realitas ini. Jodoh ditangan Allah, kita tidak memiliki hak menentukan segala sesuatu, biarlah Allah memberikan keputusan agungNya. Bukan, bukan dalam konteks itu saya berbicara. Kita memang bisa melupakan mereka, dan tidak peduli dengan orang lain, tapi bukankah Islam tidak menghendaki kita berperilaku demikian?

Kendatipun nabi saw menganjurkan Jabir agar beristeri gadis, kita juga mengetahui bahwa hampir seluruh isteri Rasulullah adalah janda.
Kendatipun nabi saw. menyatakan agar Jabir beristeri gadis, pada kenytaannya Jabir telah menikahi janda.

Demikian pula permintaan mahar Ummu Sulaim terhadap laki-laki yang datang melamarnya, Abu Thalhah. Mahar keislaman Abu Thalhah menyebabkan Ummu Sulaim menerima pinangannya. Inilah pilihan dakwah. Inilah pernikahan barakah, membawa maslahat bagi dakwah.

Sebagaimana pula pikiran yang terbersit di benak Sa’ad bin Rabi saat ia menerima saudaranya seiman, Abdurahman bin Auf. “Saya memiliki dua isteri sedangkan engkau tidak memiliki isteri. Pilihlah seorang diantara mereka yang engkau suka, sebutkan mana yang engkau pilih, akan saya ceraikan dia untuk engkau nikahi. Kalau iddahnya sudah selesai maka nikahilah dia” (riwayat Bukhari)

Ia tidak memiliki maksud apapun kecuali memikirkan kondisi saudaranya seiman yang belum memiliki istri. Keinginan berbuat baiknya itulah yang sampai memunculkan ide aneh tersebut. Akan tetapi sebagaimana kita ketahui, Abdurrahman bin Auf menolak tawaran itu, dan ia sebagai orang baru di Madinah hanya ingin ditunjukkan jalan ke pasar.

Ini hanya satu contoh saja, bahwa dalam konteks pernikahan, hendaknya dikaitkan dengan proyek besar dakwah Islam. Jika kecantikan gadis harapan anda bernilai 100 poin, tidakkah anda bersedia menurunkan 20 atau 30 poin untuk bisa mendapatkan kebaikan dari segi yang lain? ketika pilihan itu membawa maslahat bagi dakwah, mengapa tidak ditempuh? Jika gadis harapan anda berusia 20 tahun, tidakkan anda bersedia sedikit memberikan toleransi dengan masalahat kepada wanita yang lebih mendesak untuk segera menikah disebabkan desakan usia? Jika anda adalah wanita muda usia, dan ditanya ? dalam konteks pernikahan ? oleh seorang lelaki yang sesuai kriteria harapan anda, mampukah anda mengatakan kepada dia, “saya memang telah siap menikah, akan tetapi si B sahabat saya, lebih mendesak untuk segera menikah”.

Atau kita telah sepakat untuk tidak mau melihat realitas itu, karena bukanlah tanggung jawab kita ? Ini urusan masing-masing. Keberuntungan dan keidakberuntungan adalah soal takdir yang tidak berada di tangan kita. Masya Allah, seribu dalil bisa kita gunakan untuk mengabsahkan pikiran individualistik kita. Akan tetapi hendaknya kita ingat pesan kenabian berikut:

“Perumpamaan orang-orang mukmin dalam cinta, kasih sayang dan kelembutan hati mereka adalah seperti satu tubuh. Apabila satu anggota tubuh menderita sakit, terasakanlah sakit tersebut di seluruh tubuh hingga tidak bisa tidur dan panas” (Riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim)

Bisa jadi kebahagiaan pernikahan kita telah menyakitkan dan mengiris-ngiris hati beberapa orang lain. Setiap saat mereka mendapatkan undangan pernikahan, harus membaca, dan menghadiri dengan perasaan yang sedih, karena jodoh tak kunjung datang, sementara usia terus bertambah, dan kepercayaan diri semakin berkurang.
Disinilah perlunya kita berfikir tentang kemaslahatan dakwah dalam proses pernikahan muslim.


Sumber : Buku “Di Jalan Dakwah Aku Menikah“.
Oleh : Cahyadi Takariawan.

          Kena cari ke?        
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ



Soalan wanita : Cinta kena cari ke? Atau biar lelaki cari kita, takut pula kalau kita cari macam terhegeh2 nak dia.

Pakar diari hati : Setiap apa pun perlu utk diusahakan, masakan dapat sagu jika tak dipecahkan ruyungnya. Namun, usaha yg bagaimana sesuai dgn fitrah wanita itu? Usahakanlah dgn doa dan menjadikan diri solehah dulu sebelum meminta yg soleh, lagi satuuu...




"Jarak ini bukan untuk menghukummu, tetapi ia untuk menjaga aku dan diri kamu" 

Hadiah terbaik untuk seseorang adalah doa ♥

Jangan risau andai kita tidak dapat berhubung secara nyata/ bersua muka kerana melalui Allah swt saja kita dapat sampaikan doa yang terbaek kpd seseorang itu, kerana Dia adalah Penyampai yang terbaek dan yakinlah pada Allah swt dan janjiNya. Allah swt sentiasa akan menjaga, melindungi, kasih dan sayang terhadap hambaNya.

Sentiasalah berdoa akan kesejahteraannya. Semoga ikhtilat kita terpelihara ^^

"Apabila dirimu meminati seseorang, bermohonlah kepada Allah SWT agar hatinya akan kamu miliki. Jika kamu sangat menginginkannya dengan sebenar-benar keinginan, maka bermohonlah dengan sebenar-benar pengharapan.

Jangan sesekali kamu merayu pada si dia, kerana bicaranya mungkin akan membuatkan kamu terluka. Apabila hati dipersenda, pasti sebuah kekecewaan akan menerpa .

Namun, jika dirimu memohon terus kepada Allah, Penciptanya, dua kemungkinan sedia menanti kamu, iaitu mungkin dirimu mendapatkan hatinya atau mungkin kamu akan mendapat seseorang yang lebih baik darinya… " (Aidil Sahipaludin)


وَ السَّلاَمُ

The Beauty of Islam.
Lets Mengislahkan Diri =)
#Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laillahaillallah, Allahukbar, Astaghfirullahal`azim ♥


          Ballast P Peppermint Victory        
Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea

Imperial Porter with Coffee, Vanilla and Peppermint

A winning combo of coffee, vanilla & mint. This Peppermint Victory at Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Cal..

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          Bianca Rus, în costum de baie la plajă. Bruneta a slăbit spectaculos şi se mândreşte cu noua siluetă         
Bianca Rus&nbsp;a reuşit să lase pe toată lumea cu gura căscată, asta deoarece pare să fie trasă prin inel, iar kilogramele &icirc;n plus o amintire de demult. &nbsp;
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          Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate 22        
Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate Porter

Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate Porter

Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream ='s deliciousness. It's well rounded and not too heavy. This is a novelty beer and not an 'let's crack another one open' brew, but the great craftsmanship makes the Chocolate Mint Po..

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          4 Ways to Use Fresh Mint in the Kitchen        

Mint is a summer staple in many herb gardens that is known for being very easy to grow. So what do you do with an abundant supply of fresh mint? The Different Types of Mint Before we get into all the tasty ways to use fresh mint, let’s look at two of the most common more...

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          One Particular Harbour Marina and Homes Coming to Bradenton        
Jimmy Buffett is branching out even further with his Margaritaville brand by adding a One Particular Harbour marina and community in Bradenton, Florida. Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings today announced the continuation of their partnership with the development of a new marina and 132 luxury residences at Harbour Isle in Bradenton, Florida. Minto’s 220-acre private […]
          Fat flush water day 1 of 10 done and love it.        
My husbands cousin found a great recipe online a way to drink more water, usually I hate the taste of water but decided to give it a try
1/2 peeled and sliced cucumber
1 slice tangerine or orange
1 slice grapefruit
2 or 3 peppermint leaves
Water and ice
Keep in fridge
Drank all 56oz of h20- and an addition 2 8oz water ie 9 cups of h20 to log today :)
Loved the taste of it
9days left ;)
Bring it on!
          Delicias de um final de semana na praia        

Olá! Meu nome é Simone e sempre me deliciei lendo contos eróticos. Esse é o primeiro conto que escrevo, uma experiência tão excitante que só de lembrar fico toda molhadinha. Mas antes de tudo deixa eu me apresentar não é? Tenho 37 anos, 1 metro e 75 de altura, seios médios e (ainda) durinhos, bundinha proporcional e empinadinha, cabelos lisos, semi longos e castanhos médio, um pouco queimados do sol e olhos cor negros e modéstia parte, lindos. Bem, tudo aconteceu nas férias de janeiro de 2006. Na época eu estava tendo um relacionamento sério com o meu grande amor até hoje, “S”, um gato, alto, moreno, queimado de sol e super inteligente com ótima formação escolar. A gente tava junto a mais de um ano, mas morando cada qual na sua própria casa e resolvemos tirar um fim de semana para acampar numa praia da periferia. Queríamos um fim de semana só nosso e com muuuito sexo! Tanto eu, como ele queríamos uma transa difrente, num clima diferente dos tradicionais em meu apê e motéis, sempre com muito amor e carinho e acima de tudo prazerosas. Eu estava super excitada e anciosa por este fim de semana, imaginando mil e uma loucuras diferentes que iríamos fazer naquela barraca e resolvi me preparar bem: depilei toda minha bucetinha, deixando ela bem lisinha e separei os meus biquínis mais inspiradores... Na sexta feira bem cedinho eu e meu amor seguimos então de carro rumo a praia, ao nosso recanto do fim de semana. Como já estava cheia de tesão e queria provocar meu gato, caprichei na roupa pra viagem: blusinha branca colada, saia jeans curtinha e um biquíni preto de bolinhas brancas de lacinho.. Foi tiro e queda. Quando me viu ele ficou todo animadinho: “Que delicia Sí. To doido pra chegar logo nessa praia e fazer um amor bem gostoso com você, o fim de semana inteiro”. E como não sou nada boba falei com cara de sapeca: “Porque esperar chegar lá?” e como ainda estávamos em meu apê, coloquei a mão dele na minha bucetinha já ensopada de tanto tesão. Ele ficou louco e sem perder tempo, começou a fuder minha bucetinha com dois dedos bem gostoso durante alguns minutos e parou. “Ôh Sí, não faz isso comigo não, minha delícia, assim eu ficou louco e não vou conseguir dirigir”. “Ta bom gato, por enquanto eu me viro sozinha, com um brinquedinho que depositarei nela até chegarmos lá... mas só se você me prometer que quando chegar na praia vai me fuder TODA, mesmo antes de armarmos a barraca”. “Prometo, minha delícia, vou te fazer gozar como uma putinha”. Nisso descemos, entramos no carro, abaixei um pouco o banco, apoiei a perna direita na lateral da porta e retirei minha calcinha e fiquei me tocando. Me masturbei a viagem toda, “S” foi a loucura, e sempre que dava me ajudava e enfiava os dedinhos com gosto e depois chupava sentindo o meu gosto. Gozei muito com aquela brincadeira na estrada. Chegamos na praia pegando fogo de desejo. Procuramos um lugar mais afastado e tranqüilo e antes de armarmos a barraca buscamos a sombra de uma árvore e estiquei uma canga enorme no chão. “S” tava tão louco que arrancou minha blusa ali mesmo na praia e começou a chupar meus peitinhos. Ele lambia e mordia gostoso, parecia uma criança faminta. Puxei ele e pedi pra se deitar, fiquei de quatro com a bundinha bem perto do rosto dele e fui tirando a saía devagarzinho enquanto rebolava. Ele me puxou com força pelo cabelo e falou sussurrando no meu ouvido. “Rebola essa buceta na minha cara, minha putinha, quero te chupar bem gostoso, te fazer gozar com minha língua, minha gostosa, vem cá, vem minha delícia”. Aquilo me deixou doida. Comecei a rebolar devagarzinho minha buceta no rosto dele e na primeira lambida que ele deu no meu grelhinho me arrepiei toda e gemi baixinho. ”S” me chupava deliciosamente, ora brincando com meu grelhinho, ora enfiando aquela língua quente e grossa no meu cuzinho apertadinho e na minha bucetinha que já pingava de tanto tesão. Eu gemia baixinho e me contorcia toda, enquanto ele dava uns tapinhas na minha bunda quando eu rebolava. Ai como gozei naquela boca, me arrepiava toda de tesão. Aquela chupada tava uma delícia mas também queria fuder o pau dele com minha boquinha. Sai devagarzinho de cima dele deixando-o com cara de cachorro pidão e todo melado do meu gozo “Ei ei.. vai pra onde minha putinha, volta aqui”. Ai peguei um dedo dele e comecei a lamber com cara de safada. “Calma gostoso. Deixa eu brincar um pouquinho também”. Ele logo sacou o que eu queria e foi abrindo a bermuda que tava quase estourando. O pau dele era e certamente continua sendo lindo. Tem 18 ou 19 cms, rzoavelmente grosso e com uma cabecinha rosada e perfeita, que dava água na boca so de olhar. Comecei a lamber aquela cabecinha com gosto, passava a língua devagar e batia a rola na minha boca. Ele gemia gostoso, puxava meu cabelo, e implorava pra eu não parar de chupar. Chupei aquela rola grossa toda que pulsava de tesão na minha boca. Fiquei um tempão chupando o pau dele com muito gosto, mas minha buceta pedia uma rola, precisava sentir o caralho dele bombando dentro de mim. Foi ai que me acocorei em cima dele e comecei a brincar com a cabecinha do pau dele na entrada da minha buceta encharcada. Ele se tremia de tesão e tentava socar o pau na minha buceta mas eu não deixava.. ficava so enfiando a cabecinha e tirando. Gemia gostoso e ele implorava pra eu fuder logo de uma vez. “Quer minha bucetinha quer, meu gato gostoso?”, “Quero essa bucetinha toda meu amor, me fode logo vai.. isso já é tortura, to estourando de tesão aqui”. Sentei de uma vez naquele pau gostoso.. fiquei um tempo rebolando devagarzinho com aquele pau todo dentro de mim e me levantei. “S” enlouqueceu na hora. Tentou me puxar de volta, mas ignorei. Arrumei meu biquíni e fui em direção a barraca. Ele veio atrás, meio artodoado ainda: “o que você ta fazendo minha gata? Volte aqui!”. “Quero tomar um banho de mar antes de armarmos a barraca. Ainda é cedo, vem comigo”. Ele ainda de pau na mão, levantou-se, deu um sorriso, levantou a sunga, segurou minha mão e a gente entrou no mar. A maré tava baixa e o mar tava calmo sem muitas ondas. Ele então me abraçou bem forte, apertando o meu corpo contra o dele e beijou meu pescoço e minha orelha me arrepiando toda. Daí comecei a sentir a mão dele tocando a minha perna e subindo até a minha bucetinha. Ele me tocou um pouco por cima do biquíni e depois foi desamarrou o lacinho. Fiquei louca com aquilo. Ele começou a me tocar e a brincar gostoso com meu grelinho, fazendo-me gemer baixinho no seu ouvido. Eu tava completamente entregue, sentindo um tesão que me queimava por dentro. Não tava agüentando mais, precisava sentir aquele pau me fudendo e falei baixinho no ouvido dele: “fode minha bucetinha, meu amor.. me fode todinha vai.. tou derrentendo de tanto tesão”. Ele carinhosamente me beijou deliciosamente, afastou sua sunga pro lado deixando o cacete livre, então eu abracei ele com as pernas e ele começou a meter devagarzinho.. Como aquilo era gostoso. Eu rebolava devagarzinho enquanto ele metia na minha bucetinha molhada e enfiava o dedo bem gostoso no meu cuzinho. Gozei como nunca. Me arrepiava toda a cada bombada que ele dava na minha bucetinha. “S” gemia gostoso no meu ouvido, puxava meu cabelo, lambia meu pescoço.. e gozou muito na minha bucetinha. Ficamos ali no mar, abraçados.. se tocando e sentindo o nosso tesão se misturando com a água do mar. E esse foi só o começo do nosso fim de semana, que foi recheado de aventuras e muito, mas muito sexo e prazer dentro da nossa barraca, minha boca, meinha buça e meu cuzinho que o diga.
Sí – A. dos Reis - RJ
          Sobremesa deliciosa no rabo de uma amiga        


Acho que esse relato ficou extenso demais, mas a transa foi boa! Depois de uma noite de farra junto a um casal de amigos, ao chegarmos em nossa casa, eu e minha esposa fomos para a sala. Minha esposa, Leila, sentou-se ao meu lado no sofá e acreditando que minha prima que passava uns dias conosco, estivesse dormindo, começou a acariciar meu pau sorrindo maliciosamente para mim. Ainda me masturbando, lambeu meu rosto. Depois, perto do meu ouvido, disse:
- Amor estou cheia de tesão ainda. O macarrão de ainda pouco no motel estava delicioso, mas estou ansiosa esperando pela sobremesa, você vai me dar?. Antes que ela pudesse falar mais alguma coisa, puxei-a e dei-lhe um forte beijo e comecei a acariciá-la nos seios, coxas e buceta. O clima esquentava cada vez mais e nem percebemos a presença de outra pessoa na sala, que nos observava. De repente ouvimos um pigarrear. Era Sabrina, com uma lata de chantilly (aquelas spray para confeitar bolo), um pires e uma colher, além, é óbvio, do seu belíssimo corpo, envolto com uma camisolinha transperante que deixava seus lindos seios e uma minúscula calcinha a mostra. Eu já ia tirando a mão da xota da minha esposa, quando ela perguntou porque eu iria parar se nós estávamos tão excitados e antes que eu pudesse responder qualquer coisa, ela disse que adoraria participar e já se aproximou de nós. Então sentou-se no colo de minha esposa e a beijou na boca. Depois sorriu para mim e me beijou na boca também. Eu e minha esposa estávamos sentados lado-a-lado e ficamos boquiabertos com a atitude da menina mulher no auge dos seus dezessete aninhos, que estava passando as férias conosco. Sabrina estava sentada no colo da Leila e com as pernas sobre o meu colo. Ela com grande desenvoltura, dobrou uma perna e espalhou chantilly sobre seus dedinhos, depois passou o pé em meu rosto. Entendendo o que ela queria, eu segurei seu pezinho delicado e comecei a chupar seus dedinhos, que estavam bezuntados pelo creme. Eu chupava cada um de seus dedinhos, passava a língua entre eles, lambia a sola delicada de seus pés, colocava mais chantilly e voltava a lamber. Enquanto eu brincava com seu pezinho, Sabrina chupava os seios da Leila, dizendo que estava com fome e precisava mamar. Minha mulher se divertia com isso e esfregava o peito no rostinho de nossa putinha. Sua mão masturbava a xaninha ninfeta de Sabrina por cima da calcinha que já dava sinais que iria gozar...o que não demorou para acontecer, encharcando a minúscula calcinha. Ficamos nessa brincadeira por um tempinho, até que Sabrina se levantou, livrou-se das roupas, ficando nuazinha em pelo com aquele corpinho maravilhoso a mostra, dizendo para mim e minha esposa fazermos o mesmo. Vendo-nos despidos também, ela me perguntou:
- Gostou do meu pezinho com chantilly? Então vamos fazer direitinho! Deite-se no chão!
A vadiazinha ainda se achava no direito de mandar....mas sem pestanejar, obedeci. Minha esposa apenas observava. Ela encheu o pires de chantilly e disse para a Leila se sentar ao seu lado no sofá. As duas pisaram no pires deixando os pés completamente labuzados e começaram a esfregá-los no meu rosto e no meu peito. Ora espalhavam o creme em meu corpo com os pés, ora pisavam no meu rosto me fazendo comer a cobertura, e assim fomos brincando.
Meu pau pulsava de tão duro e tesão e quando eu levei minha mão para ele, na tentativa de começar uma deliciosa punheta, Sabrina percebeu e me impediu. Então falou para a Leila deitar-se sobre mim, lambendo meu rosto e descendo pelo meu pescoço, peito, barriga, até chegar no meu pau, onde começou a chupá-lo já estava duro e vermelho de tesão! Sabrina continua brincando com o chantilly em seus pés, passando no meu rosto. Nisso, Leila enche sua boca de creme volta a chupar meu pau, ele fica todo lambuzado com a \"sobremesa\" e ela passa a cuspir sobre a cabeça dele, fazendo com que aquela mistura de saliva e chantilly escorra pelo meu pau, pelo meu saco e se espalhe pelo piso da sala.
Sabrina diz que quer incrementar a brincadeira, então ela, de pé, apoia as mãos no sofá, deixando assim seu rabinho exposto para nós. Ela enfia o bico da lata no seu cuzinho e aperta, depois olha para mim e, com cara de tarada, diz: \"não quer experimentar o docinho? Vem chupar meu cu!\"
Na hora me levanto e começo a chupar aquele anelzinho rosado e sem pelos, passo a língua em volta, e como todo o chantilly. Ela põe mais, eu abro sua bundinha e enfio minha lígua naquele rabinho gostoso!
Enquanto isso, minha esposa se masturbava e chupava meu pau. Depois de alguns minutos, não aguentei mais e disse que já iria gozar!
A Sabrina se levantou e mandou que eu gozasse no pires, que estava cheio de chantilly. Eu nunca a vi tão faminta assim por porra! E assim eu fiz.
Ela embora novinha, sabia o que estava fazendo, o que pretendia, então lambeu um pouco, como se fosse uma cadelinha e o restante ofereceu para a Leila, que com cara de safada, enfiou o rosto no pires espalhando toda a \"cobertura\" e ficando com a cara toda lambuzada. Eu já estava cansado, quando a Sabrina enfiou toda a ponta do tubo no rabinho e apertou o gatilho e se encheu de creme. Depois, quando já estava visivelmente cheinha, pôs-se de cócoras sobre meu rosto e começou a soltar seu estoque anal.
Ela olhou para baixo, sorrindo maliciosamente para mim e falou: \"vai gatão, come meu cocozinho doce! é a sua sobremesa!\"
Comi tudinho e depois limpei seu cu com a língua. Ah! Que tesão...Depois disso, coloquei minha esposa de quatro e passei fode-la na frente de Sabrina, que se masturbava enquanto nos observava. Passado algum tempo, posicionei-me noutra posição e as duas passaram a revesar a chupada no meu cacete que estava prestes a explodir num gozo só. As duas chuparam alternadamente até que não resisti e gozei na boca de ambas. Como estávamos cansados, naquela noite foi só e resolvemos ir dormir. Nem preciso contar que dormimos todos no mesmo quarto e quando despertamos na manha seguinte (um domingo), aconteceu de tudo, foi um tal de mete aqui, mete ali, goza aqui, goza ali, enfim, passamos o dia todo transando de todas as formas possíveis e gozando inúmera vezes, mas isto conto outra hora.
Sandro – Rio de Janeiro - RJ
          Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints        
Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints
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          Download Lagu Young Lex ft AfroGie – Teman Palsu        

Ternyata, Lo itu palsu, Lo Dasar Penipu Emang dasar Lo ga punya malu Lo itu benalu Lo tukang nyaru Gak kepake mending lo pergi jauh uhhh huuhhhh huhuhuhuuu Dasar temen palsu uhhh huuhhhh huhuhuhuuu Akh! Urat malunya putus gak punya otak kelakuannya minus minta disambit asbak padahal lo bukan pembalap tapi nikung teman mulu minta […]

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          Î Î±Î½ÎµÏ€Î¹ÏƒÏ„ήμια -ΤΕΙ        

Κατάλογος με τις διευθύνσεις των Α.Ε.Ι. και Τ.Ε.Ι.

Α.Ε.Ι. - Τ.Ε.Ι.


























































































  • ΑΣΠΑΙΤΕ (Ανώτατη Σχολή Παιδαγ. και Τεχνολ. Εκπ/σης)
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  •           guenter schlienz / alineko / lunar devotion        



    «"Night Music Bundle" is our new batch of gorgeous ambient & drone music received from great artists around the world! New full-length album by modular synth guru Guenter Schlientz, whose music we are proud to release; huge one-track work by Alineko, whose stellar drones we already had in catalogue; and, finally, long-awaited Lunar Devotion compilation album, featuring many different styles of ambient on one disc, all dedicated to the beauty of the Night! 

    Bundle is available in collectors edition - hand-painted wooden box with many inserts, including mandala prints, postcards, moss & custom made star finder» ~ pantheophania

    guenter schlienz ~ sterne über der stadt (πάνθεον, 2017)

    «Dedicated to the barely visible stars above your home town.» ~ guenter schlienz

    In the gleam light of night streets we always see the same. City envelopes us, creating space inside itself, which is almost flat compared to the actual world around. Sometimes it seems that we live inside a dome of glass, like ones from sci-fi books about distant future in post-apocalyptic world. We don't look at the sky, unless it's raining, we are losing the feeling of vastness, of the universal endlessness, which surrounds our little tiny home planet. Cosmos doesn't fit in coordinate system produced by the rows of street lights. But still there are some dreamers, inspired by the blinking stars above the never sleeping towns, bringing the melodies of this elusive beauty, which hides between the city blocks, trembles over the rivers and dissipates in roars of the streets... This exquisite album by our favorite modular synth wizard Guenter Schlienz is a dreamlike journey over the routine of life, perfect companion for late night walks and leisurely stargazing.



    «A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.» ~ wikipedia

    Second full-length work by Alineko is an aural excursion to the ancient art of lucid dreaming, personal reflection of the interest in Yoga Nidra and modern dreaming techniques. Being minimalist drone piece only at first glance, «A Guide To Lucid Dreaming» reveals a truly mesmerizing deepness and variety during the listening, unfolding hidden, but always present possibilities of our mind. One may hear choir or orchestra, humming of the wind or murmuring water, distant voices, whale songs, etc. – but nothing of it is present here, only play of perception. This music can be anything: meditation session, simple relaxing background or a truly deep listening experience, depending on the one's mood and surrounding. 


    various artists ~ lunar devotion (πάνθεον, 2017)

    Nytt Land, Tmavy Kruh, SiJ, Чайник Болотных Богов, Med Gen, lost-radio, Ugasanie, Sunmoonstar, Gamardah Fungus, Nubiferous, Ongo Oruulaa

    «Lunar Devotion» is a long-awaited successor of our «Solar Devotion» release made back in 2014. For this compilation we asked artists for their vision of the Moon and everything connected with it – seasons & cycles, religions & cults, dreams, fantasies, insomnia, cosmic landscapes... All of this can be found on this release, intertwined, slowly changing moods from light ambiences to deepest dark drones and back to purest silver light of our Mistress of the Night.


              matthew barlow / ashan        

    matthew barlow ~ hatha (inner islands, 2016)

    «Just being, without striving. A place of stillness». inner islands

    Focusing on sound healing practices, Matt Barlow took a vacation with his renowned Twin Springs Tapes label and started recording more and more music, which takes new turn in unfolding American New Age music. His latest tape for Inner Islands gives you not only the opportunity to relax and get nice background music for 30 minutes but also the possibility of deepest meditation on the nature of music. Combining simple drones with electronic melodies and contemplative flute playing, this tape reflects the idea, which I run through my haed so many times, while listening to some good ambient records - you don't need to be focused, to perceive everything in this flow of aural sensations, but at the same time, staying out any activity in mind and environment you actually start feeling everything so clearly! I think this state cannot be achieved by means of intentional focusing, so this state feels much more natural and I'm always so childishly happy when it happens. Of course, not only music can bring it, nature can too - bird songs, streaming water, whisper of the leaves... And you can actually hear and feel same energies in these two compositions. There is nothing supernatural about it, but still I have no other word than magic.

    listen ~ buy tape
     

    ashan ~ death is new life (heavy mess, 2016)

     Â«Sean Conrad (Channelers, Orra, Inner Islands) returns as Ashan with a collection of new songs exploring where the physical meets the spiritual and how the two influence and dialogue each other». heavy mess

    For the new label run by Braeyden Jae (former boss of Inner Islands label), Sean Conrad (current Inner Islands mastermind) put an exclusive recording which brings to light new facet of his Ashan alias. Usually taking place somewhere far from city hum and electricity circuits, Ashan (almost) always was about instrumental psych-new-age jams, self-invented mantra singing and celebration of simple joys of life – this time Sean takes electric guitar, some distortion and drums, blending the rock music benefits with Ashan's usual sound. You already curious how it sounds? Okay, just hit play on Bandcamp and read further. And I'll continue playing this on repeat, each time wondering how same energy can take so many forms. This is obviously same Ashan I used to and behind all those walls of sounds, electronic drones, krautrock beats and psychedelic solos I hear same magic, that once entered this complicate world with "To Return To" album. Folk music can take many forms and I suppose that there is nothing hard for experienced artist as Mr. Conrad to transform his music into powerful rock outfit without losing primary inspiration. Actually this is fun synchronism between to friends – putting softest side of Braeyden Jae's music at Inner Islands and heavier side of Ashan on Heavy Mess. Consider this as "anti-unplugged" album and simply enjoy it!

    listen ~ buy tape


              Mulheres Que Fizeram Diferente        
    Sei que é super clichê aproveitar o mês da Mulher para falar de Mulheres que fizeram diferente. Observe que eu escrevi "fizeram diferente" e não "a diferença". Porquê?
     
    Meu intuito é falar sobre mulheres que fizeram coisas diferentes da maioria, isso não quer dizer que fizeram certo ou errado. Não é uma lista das mulheres mais generosas (claro que no meio da lista tem mulheres extremamente boas) mas as que tiveram CORAGEM de fazer algo diferente ou até reprovável pela sociedade na época. As  escolhidas foram:
     
    joana d arc marilyn monroe leila diniz
    1. Joana D´Archeroína francesa que aos 13 anos começou a ter visões e receber mensagens ocultas. Orientada por essa paranormalidade Joana cortou o cabelo bem curto, vestiu-se de homem e entrou para o exército francês. Comandou tropas e conquistou o respeito do Rei Carlos VII. Invejada pelas vitórias, sofreu com conspirações e traições, chegou a ser vendida para os ingleses e acusada de praticar feitiçaria. Foi queimada viva em 1431. Precisa falar mais? Santa, bruxa ou louca? Não importa! Ela foi sem sombra de dúvida uma mulher corajosa e determinada.
     
    2. Marilyn Monroe - indiscutivelmente foi uma das mulheres mais sexy dos últimos tempos. Apesar da sua triste história de vida, órfã e abusada inúmeras vezes pelos lares que passou. Marilyn reverteu essas tragédias em força para conseguir se destacar no mundo do entretenimento. Sua performance nos palcos seduziu homens e mulheres, mas o sucesso foi fruto da sua personalidade vulnerável, sua contraditória inocência aliada com a sensualidade natural. 

    3. Leila Diniz - atriz brasileira de personalidade ousada e inimiga do conservadorismo. Ela foi responsável por quebrar tabus e ser um ícone da liberdade feminina. O que para nós hoje é simples e rotineiro, no final da década de 60 não era. Leila foi corajosa a afirmar em entrevistas coisas da sua vida sexual e ser espontânea ao ir à praia grávida de biquíni.

    catarina de siena madre tereza calcuta lady diana
    4. Catarina de Siena - mesmo analfabeta, ditou inúmeras obras e cartas solicitando aos papas, líderes e reis da época uma unificação da Igreja e a pacificação dos Estados Papais. Consagrada como Santa Catarina na Igreja Católica, ela cuidou dos enfermos e abandonados quando a peste se alastrou por toda a Europa. Independente de religião, devemos reconhecer pessoas boas e de inigualável coragem.      
     
    5. Madre Teresa de Calcutá - ainda nessa linha de mulheres guerreiras e generosas. A Missionária dedicou sua vida aos pobres, solicitou autorização à igreja para dedicação exclusiva aos famintos e necessitado da Índia. Ganhou Nobel da Paz em 1979. E foi outro grande exemplo de coragem e caridade em vida. 

    6. Diana, Princesa de Gales - eu não poderia deixar de citar Lady Di. Afinal ela casou-se com um príncipe, foi exemplo de educação e elegância, um ícone da moda e filantropa. Foi extremamente corajosa ao quebrar os protocolos e pedir o divórcio. Admirada por seu trabalho de caridade, virou celebridade mundial. Faleceu em 1997 com seu namorado Dodi Al Fayed em polêmico acidente de carro.


    indira gandhi cora coralina chiquinha gonzaga
     
    7. Indira Gandhi - primeira mulher a ocupar o cargo de chefe do governo indiano. Foi primeira-ministra da Índia por duas vezes (1966 a 1977) e (1980 a 1984). Para isso teve que dividir o partido e assumir a liderança de um dos lados. Aboliu os privilégios dos príncipes indianos e governou uma ditadura. Vamos falar sério, essa mulher não veio para brincar, teve pulso firme e levou bem à sério seus ideais.  
     
    8. Chiquinha Gonzaga - "ô abre alas, que eu quero passar"... pianista, regente e compositora das marchinhas carnavalescas mais famosas do Brasil. Mulher de gênio forte e decidida, dedicou-se a música mesmo contra a vontade de todos. Casou-se três vezes, seu romance mais invejável e duradouro foi com um rapaz 36 anos mais novo que ela. Para viver com ele, Chiquinha chegou a adotá-lo. Juntos ficaram até a morte dela aos 87 anos de idade.  
     
    9. Cora Coralina - nasceu em Goiás, doceira por profissão, produziu uma obra poética rica em elementos do dia a dia. Sua poesia atingiu um nível de qualidade literária altíssimo, não visto facilmente por outros artistas do nosso país. Uma mulher simples que viveu parte da sua vida longe dos grandes centros, tinha dom e sabedoria para escrever sobre o cotidiano.

     “Mesmo quando tudo parece desabar, cabe a mim decidir entre rir ou chorar, ir ou ficar, desistir ou lutar; porque descobri, no caminho incerto da vida, que o mais importante é o decidir.”  Cora Coralina
     
    mulheres especiais
     
    10. Você, minha mãe, sua avó, aquela vizinha... mulheres anônimas que lutam todos os dias para manter a família unida, que ajuda o próximo sem nada em troca, que ama seus filhos e a dos outros também. Mulheres guerreiras, profissionais, do lar, amantes, mães, tias, avós, esposas, amigas... politizadas ou analfabetas. Mulheres ricas ou pobres que acertam e erram, mulheres de verdade, assim como eu e você também merecemos um lugar nesta lista! Tenha coragem de fazer, mesmo que erre. Tenha coragem de viver, mesmo que morra. Seja autêntica e acredite em seus sonhos, só não vale passar por cima de ninguém e nem prejudicar o próximo porque isso não é coragem, é ambição desacerbada!     

              Kisah Sukses PT. Al Ma'soem        
    Sang Pendiri PT. Ma’soem yaitu H. Ma'soem mulai merintis usahanya sejak awal 1950-an dengan berdagang keliling lukisan dan kerajinan tangan khas Cipacing disekitar wilayah edarnya meliputi Tasikmalaya hingga Kota Bandung. Setelah sukses dengan usaha jualan lukisan dan kerajinan beliau mulai usaha lain yakni beternak bebek dan membuka usaha toko kelontongan. Toko kelontongan inilah cikal bakal dari usaha jual beli bahan bakar minyak (BBM) PT Ma’soem bermula yaitu dengan hanya bermodal dua tangki H. Ma’soem mulai berdagang minyak tanah. Perkembangan toko kelontongan ini sangat baik, karena permintaan minyak tanah ke tokonya berkembang sangat pesat semula pembeli hanya penjajal namun hanya dengan waktu yang singkat H. Ma’soem kemudian menjadi agen yang dipercaya membeli langsung ke BPM (Baatafache Petroleum Mijhn) atau kini dikenal sebagai Pertamina dan berkembang hingga pada 1958.
    Setelah usahanya mulai berkembang, H. Ma’soem mendirikan SPBU pertamanya di daerah Dangdeur Rancaekek Bandung.

    Pada tahun 1963 SPBUnya dipercaya mengangkut solar dan minyak diesel untuk keperluan projek PLTA Jatiluhur dan pabrik-pabrik lain di Jawa Barat. Ia lantas mengembangkan usahanya hingga merambah ke bidang-bidang lain. Pada 1964 H. Ma’soem merambah bisnis tekstil yang memproduksi kain sarung, namun kurang berkembang baik. Selain itu, ia juga membuka usaha jual beli kendaraan ke Singapura dan Hong Kong. Usaha tersebut gagal dan ditutup namun meski gagal, H. Ma’soem pantang menyerah. Seteleh gagal H. Ma’soem membangun pabrik es di daerah Jawa barat, dari Limbangan, Rancaekek, Jatiwangi, hingga Cikajang dan Padalarang. Ia juga mendirikan toko sepatu di Cirebon dan Alun-alun Kota Bandung. Semua ini gagal dan ditutup, kecuali pabrik es yang ada di Dangdeur Rancaekek.

    Kunci kesuksesan dari H. Ma’some adalah istrinya yang setia mendampingi beliau saat sukacita maupun dukacita ketika berusaha dagang ini. Demikian halnya saat masih hidup, Hj. Siti (istri H. Ma’some). Dikemukakannya,"Ibu mah sekadar ketitipan karunia dari Allah SWT., antara lain anak-anak. Ibu membesarkan anak-anak dan bantu-bantu sedikit apa yang bisa Ibu lakukan ketika Bapak dagang." Sungguh, pernyataan sederhana dari pasangan suami istri inilah, rupa-rupanya yang patut dicermati tatkala menelaah kesuksesan bisnis Grup Ma’soem. Di dalam Grup Ma’soem, almarhum Hj. Siti Aisyah Ma’soem (79) sempat diamanahkan sebagai Komisaris Utama PT Ma’soem, Ketua Pembina Yayasan Pendidikan Al Ma’soem, anggota Dewan Syariah BPRS PNM Al Ma’some. Ibu Hj. Siti Aisyah tidak pernah meminta istana yang mewah, emas berlian yang melimpah kepada suaminya, beliau hanya meminta tempat tinggal yang sederhana, tepatnya di Dangdeur-Rancaekek Bandung, akan tetapi, bisa kita lihat sekarang, yayasan Pendidikan Al Ma’soem yang berdiri megah yang banyak menghasilkan siswa siswi dan mahasiswa yang berprestasi serta berahlaqul karimah. Usahanya, ternyata menyerap banyak tenaga kerja baik di lingkungan Rancaekek maupun wilayah lain di Jawa Barat.

    Sumber : http://aans-success.blogspot.com/2007/11/kisah-sukses-pt-al-masoem.html
              'Tok Mun' 94 tahun mahu tanding parlimen K.Terengganu        
    Tok Mon mahu tanding lagi di Kuala Terengganu
    Masih ingatkah lagi anda dengan Tok Mun atau nama sebenar Maimun Yusof yang pernah bertanding sebagai calon bebas do Parlimen Kuala Terengganu pada Pilihan Raya umum 2008.

    Diusia 94 tahun, Tok Mun yang kelihatan masih sihat menjadi colan terawal mengambil borang penamaan calon untuk bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu sebagaimana sebelum ini dimana Tok Mun yang juga calon bebas menggunakan simbol kungci berjaya mendapat 685 undi tetapi tewas kepada Allahyarham Datuk Razali Ismail (BN) 32,562 undi manakala calon (Pas) Mohamad Sabu 31.954 undi.


    Warga emas itu yang menaiki prebet sapu untuk datang ke pejabat SPR di Wisma Persekutuan pada jam 19 pagi itu berkata kepada pemberita, dia berhasrat untuk bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Terengganu seperti sebelum ini kerana amanah orang,

      “Semalam Tok tengok TV (sudah) bubar Parlimen. Sebab itu Tok mari (pejabat SPR) nak ambil borang. Adik (wartawan) jangan tanya soal menang atau kalah sebab Tok tak kisah menang atau kalah, Tok tetap akan bertanding sebab ini amanah orang,” katanya.

    Namun apabila ditanya sama ada sudah bersedia dari segi kewangan, Tok Mun mengaku beliau tidak mempunyai wang tetapi beliau akan meminta bantuan daripada orang ramai.

    “Jangan soal pasal duit. Tok kalau tak ada duit, Tok mintak dengan orang, sikit-sikit. Jadi cukuplah. Anak-anak buahlah yang tolong. (Nak menang), Tok kena kempen lebih. Tok pandailah nak kempen macam mana,” katanya.
              Tipu ibu kandung kerana ingin berasmara dengan kekasih        
    Pelajar 16 tahun tipu ibu dicekup khalwat
    Gara-gara ingin mahu bertemu kekasih untuk berasmara, seorang pelajar tingkatan empat sanggup menipu ibunya bagi meminta menghantarnya ke sebuah restoran makanan segera dibandar Ledang dengan alasan ingin berjumpa dan bermalam di rumah kawan baiknya.

    Sebaliknya berlaku, apabila beliau dicekup berkhalwat bersama teman lelakinya di sebuah hotel bajet dalam keadaan tanpa seurat benang dipercayai baru selesai mengadakan hubungan seks. Difahamkan pasangan kekasih ini sering menjadikan hotel bajet terbabit sebagi lokasi untuk mengadakan hubungan seks setiap kali berjumpa.


    Dalam operasi yang dijalankan oleh Kadi Daerah Ledang, Sulaiman berkata, serbuan itu dilakukan adalah berdasarkan aduan awam dan semasa serbuan dijalankan penguat kuasa menunggu kira-kira lima minit sebelum remaja perempuan yang hanya membaluti dirinya dengan tuala membuka pintu dan membenarkan pemeriksaan dijalankan.

    Hasil dari pemeriksaan, penguat kuasa menemui seorang remaja lelaki tanpa pakaian sedang tidur di atas katil dan remaja lelaki terbabit gagal menunjukkan sebarang dokumen mempunyai hubungan mahram atau suami isteri.   

    “Mereka dibawa ke Balai Polis Tangkak  untuk dibuat laporan tangkapan sebelum dibawa ke Pejabat Agama untuk siasatan lanjut dan dijamin dengan jaminan keluarga masing-masing.
    “Mereka ditahan dan didakwa di bawah Seksyen 27 (1) a b, Enakmen Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah Johor, 1997 yang boleh dikenakan denda tidak melebihi RM3,000 atau dua tahun penjara atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan,” kata Sulaiman.

              Y.D.P Al-Ehsan serah diri kepada polis         
    Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman
    Yang Dipertua Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Datuk Seri Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman hari ini tampil menyerah diri di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Ampang bagi membantu siasatan berhubung percerobohan di Sabah.

    Beliau yang hadir bersama lebih 10 orang kenalannya dan memakai baju melayu merah dan berserban tiba di Balai Polis pada 11.05 pagi tadi. Bercakap kepada pemberita sebelum menyerah diri kepada pihak Polis, beliau mengakui memberi bantuan kewangan kepada Sultan Sulu Jojo, Selatan Filipina iaitu Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram yang ditemui pada 15 dan 16 sept tahun lalu.


    Beliau bagaimanapun menafikan bahawa Jamalul Kiram yang dipercayai menjadi dalang percerobohan di Sabah adalah Sultan Sulu.
    " Saya tidak kenalpun Jamalul Kiram ".

    Muhammad Ridzwan menyerah diri hari ini berikutan kenyataan Pesuruhjaya polis Sabah Datuk Hamza Taib semalam yang memintanya menyerah diri dengan segera dimana-mana balai polis berhampiran.

    Hamza berkata Muhammad Ridzwan, Yang tidak terlibat dengan pengganas bersenjata di selatan Filipina boleh membantu pihak polis.

    Sinar harian
              Penceroboh Lahad Datu rela mati dari menyerah diri        


    Filipina mahu pengikut Sultan Sulu elak pertumpahan darah
    Selepas hampir sebulan isu pencerobohan yang dilakukan oleh Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram dan pengikutnya yang berkubu di Lahad datu sejak 9 februari lalu. Tanda-tanda mereka akan meninggalkan Sabah atau menyerah diri masih lagi belum dicapai sebaliknya mereka memaklumkan pendirian untuk kekal di Lahad Datu serta rela mati di sana.


    Menurut Portal Inquarer, Agbimuddin telah memaklumkan pendirian itu dalam satu mesej yang dihantar kepada abangnya Sultan Jamalul Kiram III pada jam 5 pagi semalam dan antara isi kandungan mesej tersebut adalah. "Selepas mengebumikan saudara kami sembilan orang dan seorang saudara perempuan kami, setiap 224 daripada kami telah memutuskan untuk mati di Lahad Datu dalam usaha mencapai impian dan aspirasi kami," kata beliau dalam mesejnya.


    Semalam Presiden Filipina, Banigno Aquino III, mengesa pengikut Sultan Sulu yang masih berkubu dilahad Datu agar menyerah diri tanpa sebarang syarat bagi mengelakkan lebih banyak kehilangan nyawa.

    Rayuan ini dilakukan menerusi satu kenyataan selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan kabinet dan pegawai-pengawai keselamatan Filipina di Malacanang dan kali kedua selepas insiden tembak menembang di lahad Datu dua hari lepas.

    Dalam insiden tersebut dua anggota komando Polis Malaysia dan 12 anggota kumpulan penceroboh terbunuh selepas insiden tersebut berlaku di Kampung Tanduo kira-kira jam 10 pagi serta turut mencederakan tiga lagi pasukan keselamatan Malaysia.

    Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar berkata, pada masa ini polis sudah tidak mempunyai pilihan lain selain menamatkan itu secepat mungkin berikutan tindakan kumpulan penceroboh semalam. Kumpulan tersebut telah terkepung di Kampung Tanduo oleh pasukan keselamatan.

    Beliau juga memberi amaran kepada mereka agar segera menyerah kerana banyak masa telah diberi kepada mereka dan perbuatan mereka telah tidak memberi pilihan kepada beliau sebaliknya.

    "Saya tidak ada pilihan sekarang selain untuk mengambil tindakan yang ada untuk menangkap mereka. Sekali lagi saya minta mereka letak senjata dan serah diri. Jika tidak saya tidak ada pilihan tetapi akan  mengambil tindakan drastik dan tindakan sewajarnya bagi menamatkan keadaan," tegasnya.
    Beliau turut menegaskan bahawa penceroboh yang menyerah diri kelak tetap akan diambil tindakan berdasarkan undang-undang Malaysia kerana kumpulan berkenaan sudah melakukan kesalahan yang amat serius di negara ini.

    Ismail berkata, kehidupan seharian di Lahad Datu berjalan seperti biasa dan tidak ada perintah berkurung diisytiharkan, manakala kawasan operasi polis ialah di kawasan Kampung Tanduo.

    Katanya, polis turut mempertingkat langkah keselamatan melalui sekatan-sekatan jalan raya dan keadaan itu akan diteruskan.
     
              Sejarah awal kerajaan Melayu Melaka        
    Mengikut sejarah Kesultanan Melayu Melaka wujud pada 1400-1403 yang diasaskan oleh seorang anak raja dari Pelembang iaitu Parameswarayang atau Dharmaraja iaitu Raja Singapura terakhir yang berasal dari keturunan Srivijaya.

    Pada tahun 1401, Kerajaan Singapura telah diserang oleh Kerajaan Majapahit dengan bantuan Bendahara yang belot iaitu Sang Rajuna Tapa,Akhirnya kerajaan Singapura telah mengalami kekelahan dan Parameswara bertindak melarikan diri bersama pengikutnya menuju ke pantai Barat Semenanjung Melayu bagi membuka negeri yang baru.

    Menurut sejarah melayu yang dikarang oleh Tun Sri Lanang pada tahun 1565, Sebaik Parameswara tiba di Muar, beliau cuba untuk mendirikan pusat pemerintahannya di Muar tetapi gagal ekoran diganggu oleh biawak yang banyak.


    Kemudiannya Parameswara berpindah dan mendirikan kubu pertahanannya di Batu Burok tetapi sekali lagi gagal apabila kubu pertahanan yang dibina tiba-tiba runtuh. Seterusnya Parameswara berpindah ke Sening Ujong dan beliau bertindak melantik seorang menteri untuk mewakili beliau disana dan kemudiannya beliau berpindah ke Sungai Bertam iaitu satu kawasan persisiran pantai.

    Di Sungai Bertam,orang-orang Seletar iaitu penduduk tempatan telah menyambut baik kedatangan Parameswara dan telah meminta Parameswara menjadi raja dan pada masa yang sama Parameswara merasakan kedudukan tempat itu teramat stategik untuk dijadikan sebuah kerajaan kerana ia berhampiran dengan laut yang menjadi laluan kapal dagang.

    Antara faktor lain yang mendorong Parameswara adalah kerana bentuk muka buminya yang berbukit bukau yang boleh menjadi petunjuk kepada pelayar dan atas faktor itu ia akan memudahkan lagi bagi mengawal selat Melaka. selain dari itu kemudahan seperti bekalan air bersih juga serta kawasan tersebut mempunyai banyak pokok-pokok bakau dan api-api yang boleh dijadikan benteng semulajadi dari tiupan angin monsun di kawasan muara sungai.

    Mengikut sejarah Melayu Melaka nama Melaka telah diambil dari sepohon pokok melaka dimana kisahnya bermula ketika Parameswara sedang berehat dibawah pokok melaka telah terjadi satu kejadian yang dianggap luar biasa apabila seekor pelanduk kecil dapat mengalahkan seekor anjing. Oleh kerana kejadian yang amat luar biasa itu Parameswara telah memilih untuk dijadikan sebuah kerajaan dengan nama Melaka.

    Pada tahun 1409, Parameswara memeluk Islam dan pada masa itu Islam telah berkembang di Negeri Melaka dan Parameswara telah mengelarkan diri baginda sebagai Raja Iskandar Syah dan Baginda telah berkahwin dengan Puteri Pasai.

    Dalam tahun yang sama juga  satu rombongan dari kerajaan China datang melawat ke Melaka yang diketui oleh Laksamana Cheng Ho yang dalam rangka lawatannya untuk menerokai dunia. Kemudiannya pada tahun 1411 Kerajaan Melaka telah membuat pelayaran ke China yang diketui oleh Baginda sendiri serta 540 pengiring untuk bertemu dengan Maharaja Ming Yung Lo. Dalam lawatan itu Maharaja Yong Lo telah mengiktiraf Baginda sebagai Raja Melaka yang sah.

    Dizaman pemerintahan Baginda Kerajaan Melaka telah berkembang dengan pesat dan telah menjadi sebuah pelabuhan yang terpenting di Kepulauan Melayu pada abad ke-15 dan ke 16. Melaka pada masa itu telah menjadi satu tempat perdagangan rempah terbesar dan berfungsi sebagai pintu masuk kepada perdagang untuk memasarkan rempah mereka.
    Ia jelas melalui petikan dari Duarte Barbosa iaitu;

    " Sesiapa yang menguasai Melaka, dapat menguasai perdagangan dunia "

    Antara faktor-foktor yang meyumbang kepada kejayaan Melaka menjadi negeri yang maju adalah kerana pelabuhannya yang terlindung dari ancaman angin monsun Barat Daya dan Monsun Timur Laut yang menjadikan ramai perdagang dari Arab, India China dan lain-lain berlindung di Melaka sehingga keadaan menjadi selamat untuk belayar semula.

    Semasa pemerintahan Baginda, Orang-orang dari China ramai menetap di Melaka terutama di kawasan Bukit Cina yang di anggap kawasan yang menbawa tuah " feng shui kepada mereka di masa itu. 

              Terlanjur di awal usia 17 tahun        
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    Kisah kali ini adalah sebuah kisah yang mempunyai pengajaran yang cukup berguna semoga ianya boleh djadikan iktibar dan sempadan, walau bagaimanapun kisah ini sedikit sebanyak telah di ubah serta diolah untuk tatapan pembaca. kisah ini adalah sebuah kisah benar yang berlaku pada seorang gadis diawal usia 17 tahun.
    Umur aku sekarang ni dah 26 Tahun dan sudah bekerja disebuah syarikat swasta yang terkenal diseluruh Malaysia. Macam remaja-remaja lain, aku juga mempunyai pengalaman yang tak dapat dilupakan semasa aku remaja dahulu.
    Kisah ini terjadi semasa aku di tingkatan 5, masa ini aku baru mula berani bercinta dengan teman lelaki ku, umur teman lelaki aku pada masa itu adalah 21 tahun dan ketika itu dia merupakan pelajar di salah sebuah IPT berhampiran tempat tinggalku.
    Teman lelaki aku merupakan seorang yang pandai memujuk dan semua kata-katanya cukup indah apatah lagi pada ketika itu umur aku hanya 17 tahun, cukup mudah untuk aku mempercayai semua kata-katanya.
    Pada awal percintaan, seperti pasangan lain aku dan teman lelakiku memilih untuk bertemu hanya sekitar kawasan perumahan, tetapi selepas hubungan kami semakin kukuh, teman lelaki ku mula berani pegang tangan dan sejak dari itu aku mula berani mengikuti teman lekali ku keluar ke bandar untuk mengelakkan daripada aku dikenali oleh saudara maraku.
    Oleh kerana aku betul sayangkan teman lelaki ku, kadang-kadang pertemuan kami biasanya dimulakan dengan pelukkan di bahagian pinggang tetapi apabila teman lelaki ku hendak mencium pipiku aku menahan kerana aku malu padanya dan juga ketika itu kami berada ditempat terbuka.
    Pertemua kami berikutnya, selepas dipujuk serta dirayu oleh teman lelaki ku, aku mula berani membenarkan dia mencium pipi ku kerana pada masa itu tempat yang kami lepak agak terlindung dari pandangan orang dan kerana perasaan sayang aku yang semakin membuak-buak malah ditambah perasaan ingin mencuba aku hanya diamkan sahaja teman lelaki ku mencium aku di bahagian mulut dan aktiviti macam ini berterusan jika kami ada peluang dan selamat untuk kami lakukan sedemikian kadang-kadang aku rasakan macam ketagih untuk lakukannya.
    Satu hari, kira-kira selepas aku tamat peperiksaan SPM, teman lelaki ku mengajak aku untuk lepak di rumah bujangnya dan kebetulan pada masa itu semua rakan serumah dengannya pulang kekampung dan kebetulan pada masa itu aku agak kebosanan tanpa berfikir panjang aku hanya bersetuju dengan cadangannya.
    Didalam rumahnya, pada mulanya kami hanya berborak kosong tetapi kerana lama tidak bertemu kerana sebelum ini aku memberi perhatian pada peperiksaan SPM, aku mula
    hilang kawalan apabila teman lelaki aku mula memeluk dan mencium ku. semakin lama kami berpelukan semakin rakus ciuman darinya. Pada masa itu aku mula hanyut perlahan lahan tanpa membantah sehingga aku hanya membiarkan setiap apa yang dilakukan padaku.
    Pelukan serta ciuman demi ciuman yang dilakukan membuatkan aku khayal satu demi satu pakaian aku dibuka, seketika aku sedar aku dapati aku tidak lagi mengenakan sehelai benang pun untuk menutupi tubuhku, aku bagaikan dirasuk mengikut apa seperti yang diminta tanpa membantah dan pada ketika itu aku seolah-olah didorong untuk melakukam perkara yang sama terhadap teman lelakiku.
    Kini keadaan kami berdua tanpa dilindungi oleh seurat benang, kata-kata serta pujian yang dilontarkan kepada ku membuatkan dunia ini milik kami berdua, kini hanya tinggal kami berdua, aku merelakan apa saja yang dilakukan oleh teman lelakiku, dengan mata yang sedikit terbuka aku dapati teman lelakiku seolah olah turut dirasuk dan akhirnya mahkota ku kini telah aku berikan pada teman lelakiku. Aku bagaikan berada di awangan berdayung menuju ketepian dan saat itu aku nikmatinya bagaikan cukup indah sedikitpun tiada sedikit sesal yang hadir, bagikun teman lelakiku adalah insan yang paling layak untuk aku hadiahkan mahkota ini.
    Selepas puas kami bersama seharian dan mengulanginya beberapa kali pada hari tersebut, kini tibalah masanya untuk aku perlu pulang, sesampainya dikawasan perumahan ku, sekali lagi kami berpelukkan dan apa yang dapat aku perhatikan teman lelakiku mengharapkan ada lagi pertemuan selepas ini.
    Beberapa hari sebelum aku berangkat ke sebuah IPTA, aku sekali lagi bagaikan didorang untuk mengulanginya, bak kata pepatah seperti mengantuk disorongkan bantal, peluang yang hadir tidak disia-siakan oleh teman lelakiku, kami mengulanginya disebuah hotel murah dan selepas itu hubungan kami mula renggang kerana kami mula berjauhan hanya berhubung melalui telefon akhirnya pada tahun kedua semasa aku di IPTA hubungan kami terputus dan sejak dari itu tiada lagi khabar berita darinya.
    Aku belum serik bercinta, akhirnya aku dipertemukan dengan seorang lelaki yang mana sekuliah denganku, baik orangnya serta beriman, beliau berasal dari sebuah keluarga yang biasa saja tidak kaya dan tidak miskin. Hubungan kami hanya setakat berpegangan tangan sahaja itupun paling jarang dilakukan selain dari itu tidak pernah sama sekali.
    Ketagihan seks, seperti yang dilakukan bersama teman lelakiku dulu semakin hari semakin aku lupakan, bersama dengan teman lelakiku yang baru ini benar-benar memberikan nafas baru dalam hidupku, berbicara soal seks dengan beliau kurang malah dirasakan tidak pernah sesekali beliau menganjak bersembang tentang seks. Cuma pada awal perkenalan aku ada menceritakan tentang aku pernah terlanjur dengan bekas teman lelaki ku yang dulu. Pada mulanya dia amat terkejut tetapi dia dapat menerimanya katanya " Setiap manusia akan melakukan dosa, tetapi jika bertaubat dan nekad tidak akan melakukannya lagi insyaallah diampunkan oleh Allah swt.
    Sejak berkawan dengannya aku rasakan aku lebih banyak mendekati diri dengan Islam dan sedikit demi sedikit aku mula berubah, kini ketagihan aku mengenai seks tidak lagi hadir.
    " Jangan kamu mendekati Zina termasuklah peluk cium yang bukan muhrim " Ingatlah Allah swt akan mengampunkan dosa-dosa manusia asalkan beliau benar-benar insaf. 
    Koleksi pedoman.

              Berhati-hati dengan penipuan BL1M        
    Belia yang ingin memohon Bantuan Lesen 1Malaysia diminta berhati-hati serta berwaspada dengan individu yang mengaku sebagai ejen Bantuan Lesen 1Malaysia (BR1M).

    Bagi pendaftaran permohonan BL1M orang ramai boleh mendaftar melalui My E.G Services Bhd selaku vendor bagi menguruskan program ini dengan bayaran hanya RM199 serta boleh dilakukan di Ibu Pejabat Umno Malaysia, Menara Dato' Onn Kuala Lumpur dengan pembayaran secara atas talian melalui kad kredit dan juga e-banking meps. 


    Orang ramai juga boleh menghantar permohonan serta 'Money Order' atau cek melalui pos ke alamat BL1M-Bantuan Lesen 1Malaysia, Pemuda Barisan Nasional, Tingkat 28, Menara Dato' Onn, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50480  Kuala Lumpur.

    Pada 31 Jan lepas, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak melancarkan program BL1M bagi memudahkan golongan belia mendapat lesen motosikal B2 pada harga lebih murah, iaitu RM199 berbanding harga asal RM350
              BR1M mungkin meningkat kepada RM1000        
    LEDANG - Timbalan Perdana Menteri hari ini membayangkan kadar Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) yang kini berjumlah RM500 mungkin meningkat kepada RM1,000 pada masa depan jika Barisan Nasional (BN) terus diberi mandat mentadbir negara.

    Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata pemberian BR1M akan diteruskan sekiranya kerajaan BN memenangi pilihan raya dan mempunyai kemampuan kewangan untuk terus membantu rakyat.

    "Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak) ada sebutkan dua hari lepas di Johor. Ada orang tanya ada ke tidak BR1M 3 dan BR1M 4.




    "Beliau (perdana menteri) kata ada, dengan syarat BN terus berkuasa, barulah ada BR1M. Manalah tahu kalau rezeki bertambah, RM500 naik kepada RM1,000," katanya berucap pada majlis penyerahan BR1M kepada 2,042 penerima peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri Bukit Serampang, di Felda Sri Jaya, di sini hari ini.

    Sehubungan itu, beliau meminta rakyat khususnya golongan berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana supaya tidak menolak tuah dan terus memberi sokongan padu kepada kerajaan bagi menjamin masa depan terutama dalam menangani kos sara hidup yang semakin meningkat.

    Muhyiddin yang juga menteri pelajaran berkata pelbagai usaha yang dilakukan kerajaan BN sudah elok namun ia belum mencapai matlamat untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara maju setanding negara luar.

    Beliau berkata kerajaan kini berusaha untuk memperbaiki perkhidmatan dan menunaikan pelbagai janji yang dibuat berbanding pembangkang yang sering menabur fitnah dan mengelirukan rakyat dengan pelbagai cerita kononnya kerajaan tidak melakukan sebarang usaha memajukan negara.

    "Pembangkang kata BN zalim, seksa rakyat. Kata kita tidak tolong rakyat. Jadi, rakyat jangan mudah termakan janji. Yang sudah elok, kita baiki lagi.

    "Saya tidak kata BN elok 100 peratus. Dalam keluarga kita di rumah pun ada masalah. Sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit. Hari ini BN sudah tunai banyak janji, cuma belum sampai matlamat menjadikan Malaysia negara maju," katanya.


    Sumber Sinar

              The Necklace Issue        


     We all have a simple shirt in our closet that could save us just as good as a little black dress!



    I hated shirts, really I did. Because I wore them only when I had exams, and they made me feel uncomfortable. Now I own  a few shirts, all different styles so that I have a Plan B when needed. 
    I went to a concert, in a fancy bar that had an elegant edge to the design, so the question was,: What to wear?I picked my favorite leather pants from River Island, a silk top from Zara, comfy high boots and my new statement necklace from Borealy that would give the whole look a bit of sparkle!
    I find it perfectly comfortable, classy with an elegant touch.
    What do you think?



    Mult timp am urat camasile pentru simplul fapt ca imi aminteau de examene, singura ocazie in care purtam camasa. Ma facea sa ma simt incomoda, parca o luasem imprumut de la cineva. 
    Acum detin cateva camasi , stiluri diferite care asteapta in dulap momentul perfect de a ma salva in caz de nevoie. 
    Weekendul trecut am fost invitata la un concert intr-un local destul de elegant, ca design, si intrebarea s-a ivit: Cu ce ma imbrac?
     Am ales pantalonii mei preferati de la River Island, camasa de matase de la Zara, botine inalte si noul meu colier de la Borealy  care  mi-a dat un plus de eleganta intregii tinute.
    Mie mi se pare tinutaperfecta pentru un astfel de eveniment, in plus, si foarte comfortabila.
    Voi ce ziceti?




     Coat: Here
     Top: Zara
    Necklace: Borealy
    Pants: River Island
    Bag: Here
    Watch: Calvin Klein
    Sunnies: Ray-Ban
    Boots: Here










    Photos by Veres Krisztian

              Zara - #dear Romania shop online        

     Zara Romania a lansat si magazinul online- o noua varianta de shopping- experienta mea



    Din 2 Aprilie ne putem face cumparaturile de Zara si online, ceea ce ne aduce o serie de avantaje in plus.
    Odata cu lansarea primisem si eu un voucher pentru cumparaturi. Zis si facut! A ajuns comanda repede la magazinul ales de mine(livrarea in magazin e gratuita) . Toate mi-au venit perfect inafara de ghetele alese. Cu toate ca eu imi cumpar incaltaminte online de mult timp, si mereu imi iau aceeasi marime,38, fara sa am vreo problema, de data asta nu s-a potrivit. Probabil din cauza calapodului. Pentru ca imi facea si piciorul sa para mare, si aratau ciudat mai ales ca eu sunt mica de inaltime, le-am schimbat. Adica m-am dus la magazin, am facut retur, si apoi mi-am comandat altceva, o pereche de tenisi.
    Produsele alese de mine compun o tinuta basic, B&W , elemene care se pot reasorta cu haine pe care deja le am in garderoba.
    In curand si o serie de tinute.
    Voi ati cumparat online de la Zara?



    Zara just launched it's online shop here in Romania,and on this occasion I got a shopping voucher.
    Placed the order then waited just a few days until the parcel arrived at the nearest Zara shop. All the items fit me perfect , besides the boots. I have been shopping shoes online for a while now and I always got size 38 without any problems. Maybe they were too big because of the design, they even made my feet look huge, and as I am short, I exchaged them. Went to the store, returned the shoes and got another order. Sneakers this time.  The products I chose are BW , basic items, so endless posibilities to mix and match.
    Soon some looks on the blog.
    What have you bought?

     


















              Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017 Kuala Lumpur         
    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017 |Bila Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur 2017 ? Sukan SEA ke-29 akan berlangsung bermula 19 hingga 30 Ogos 2017, dimana Kuala Lumpur telah terpilih sebagai tuan rumah edisi kali ini. Jika sebelum ini Kuala Lumpur pernah menjadi tuan rumah pada tahun 2001, lagi sekali Malaysia memikul tanggungjawab sukan terbesar di rantau Asia Tenggara. Sebanyak 405 acara dari 38 sukan dipertandingkan di Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur 2017 antaranya seperti olahraga, bolasepak, angkat berat, akuatik, badminton dan banyak lagi.

    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017

    Untuk edisi kali ini, tuan rumah Malaysia memilih Harimau Malaya sebagai maskot Sukan SEA 2017 yang dikenali RIMAU. Manakala logo Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur 2017 pula dicipta berasaskan Wau Bulan yang merupakan lambang kebanggaan Malaysia. Bagi peminat sukan tanah air, jangan ketinggalan menonton siaran langsung Sukan SEA 2017 di saluran Astro, RTM, Media Prima TV3 dan HyppTV.

    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017
    Maskot RIMAU Sukan SEA 2017

    Jadual Acara Sukan SEA KL 2017


    Berikut dikongsikan adalah jadual pertandingan acara-acara sukan terkini yang dipertandingkan di Sukan SEA KL 2017 seperti ;

    ● Akuatik
    - Diving (26-30)
    - Swimming (21-26)
    - Synchronized Swimming (17-20)
    - Open Water (18)
    - Water Polo (15-20)
    ● Memanah (16-22)
    ● Olahraga (19-26)
    ● Tenpin Boling (20-25)
    ● Gimnastik
    - Artistic (20-23)
    - Rhythmic (26-28)
    ● Badminton (22-29)
    ● Tinju (20-24)
    ● Kriket (17-29)
    ● Ekuestrian
    ● Lawan Pedang (21-23)
    ● Golf (22-26)
    ● Hoki
    - Padang (21-29)
    - Dewan (21-26)
    ● Luncur Ais
    - Berbunga (26-27)
    - Berganti (29-30)
    ● Judo (26-27)
    ● Boling Padang (22-27)
    ● Petanque (21-28)
    ● Pelayaran (21-29)
    ● Menembak (21-26)
    ● Skuasy (21-19)
    ● Ping Pong (20-26)
    ● Billiard & Snooker (22-27)
    ● Tenis (21-26)
    ● Futsal (18-27)
    ● Bolasepak (14-29)
    ● Sepak Takraw (16-29)
    ● Berbasikal
    - BMX (26)
    - Lebuhraya (21-24)
    - Track (27-29)
    ●Triathlon (21)
    ● Bola Keranjang (20-26)
    ● Bola Tampar (14-20)
    ● Ragbi 7 Sebelah (19-20)
    ● Ski Ais & Waterboard (25-29)
    ● Angkat Berat (28-30)
    ● Pencak Silat (24-29)
    ● Muay (26-29)
    ● Taekwondo (26-29)
    ● Karate (22-24)
    ● Wushu (20-22)

    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017

    * Kesemua acara sukan SEA Games KL 2017 berlangsung pada bulan Ogos.

    Negara Bertanding Sukan SEA 2017


    1. Malaysia (Tuan rumah)
    2. Indonesia
    3. Thailand
    4. Vietnam
    5. Kemboja
    6. Myanmar
    7. Timor Leste
    8. Filipina
    9. Laos
    10. Singapura
    11. Brunei

    Lokasi/ Venue Sukan SEA 2017


    Berikut adalah lokasi atau venue acara Sukan SEA 2017 berlangsung di Kuala Lumpur ;

    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017

    Tiket Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur 2017


    Untuk makluman anda, tiket Sukan SEA 2017 dijual pada harga sekitar RM10 ke RM20. Dikhabarkan acara renang, taekwondo, pencak silat dan bola jaring telah habis dijual. Jika anda ingin dapatkan tiket Sukan SEA KL 2017, boleh buat pembelian secara online di laman web www.kualalumpur2017.com.my.

    Bagi anda yang ingin membeli tiket ketika acara sukan berlangsung boleh dapatkan di kiosk tiket di venue pertandingan secara tunai, kad kredit dan kad debit.

    Jadual Pertandingan Acara Sukan SEA 2017
    Pingat Sukan SEA 2017

    Mampukah Malaysia menjuarai keseluruhan pingat emas dalam edisi Sukan SEA kali ini? Jom ayuh beri sokongan padu kepada atlet negara kita yang akan memperjuangkan dalam pentas sukan masing-masing mulai 19 Ogos ini. Bagi peminat bolasepak, boleh rujuk jadual perlawanan bolasepak Sukan SEA 2017 DISINI. Selamat maju jaya!
              AKU YANG TERLUPAKAN        

    Aku adalah seorang gadis yang lahir 25 tahun yang lalu.sejak kecil aku sudah dibedakan dari saudara-saudaraku yang lain.mulai dari makan dan minum,pakaian hingga harus membantu orang tua bekerja.Setiap hari selesai sekolah,aku harus menggembalakan sapi yang banyaknya puluhan ekor.Jika aku menolak bekerja,maka ayahku akan memarahi dan memukuliku.makan lebih banyak sedikit juga langsung dimarahi,hampir tiap hari tubuhku merasakan sakit.Tapi mereka tidak pernah memperdulikan aku.Hingga aku sering berpikir,kapan aku bisa keluar dan pergi dari rumah ini.
    Ibu selalu memanjakan saudara-saudaraku,jika saudaraku ada yang minta dibelikan pakain atau apapun itu,ibu selalu menurutinya.Tapi lain halnya kalau aku yang minta,mereka seakan acuh terhadapku.Pernah suatu hari aku minta dibelikan tas sekolah,karena tas punyaku sudah rusak,tapi mereka tetap saja acuh,hingga akhirnya aku jatuh sakit,mereka baru mau membelikanku tas untuk sekolah.
    Bila ada waktu senggang,aku membantu tetanggaku mencuci pakaian mereka,hasil dari mencuci aku belikan telur dan aku kasihkan ke saudara-saudaraku.Karena entah mengapa,setiap kali aku mau makan sendiri,aku selalu terpikir akan saudara-saudaraku,apakah mereka sudah makan atau belum.Biarpun mereka sering jahat padaku,tapi aku sayang saudara-saudaraku.Meskipun mereka lebih sering jahat terhadapku,tapi aku tak pernah dendam kepada mereka.
    Hingga tak terasa umurku sudah 15 tahun,tapi masih saja melakukan pekerjaan ini.Kadang aku selalu berpikir,kapan aku bisa pergi dari rumah ini.Dan akhirnya semua itu terkabul,tetanggaku ada yang menawarkan untuk bekerja di luar negeri dan aku pun mau.Singkat cerita aku bekerja diluar negeri selama 2th,tapi hasilnya tetap saja aku kirim untuk saudara-saudaraku,karena bagaimanapun juga hatiku tidak tega membiarkan mereka.Kontrak kerjaku sudah habis,dan aku pun pulang.berharap bisa berkumpul bersama lagi dengan keluargaku.Tapi yang terjadi diluar dugaanku,mereka yang dari dulu selalu aku pikirkan dan aku sayangi ternyata mengacuhkan kehadiranku.Tidak satupun dari mereka mau menyapa ataupun melihatku.Sakit rasanya hati ini,dan semua itu berkepanjangan yang akhirnya membuat diriku stress dan depresi bahkan boleh dikatakan aku sempat gila.Untung saja ada tetanggaku yang kasihan dan membawaku untuk berobat.Selang berapa lama aku pun sembuh dan sehat kembali.
    Tekadku pun kini bulat kembali untuk pergi dari rumah dan bekerja diluar negeri lagi.Lama tidak ada kabar dari keluargaku,akupun mencoba menghubungi mereka.Aku telepon kakakku,ternyata dia sudah menikah dan punya anak.Mendengar ceritanya yang sedih,akupun tak tega.Tiap bulan aku selalu mengirim mereka uang,agar hidup mereka tidak susah.Begitu juga dengan saudara-saudaraku yang lain,aku juga kirim mereka uang.Kejadian ini terus berlangsung hingga bertahun-tahun.Yang aku herankan,mereka tidak pernah menanyakan kabarku,apakah aku sakit,masih hidupkah aku.Mereka hanya menghubungiku jika mereka butuh uang saja.Begitu juga dengan kedua orang tuaku,mereka tidak pernah memperdulikan aku.
    Kini aku dalam sebuah dilema,apa yang harus aku lakukan.Mengapa semua seperti ini,yang mereka pikirkan hanya uang dan uang terus.Aku juga manusia yang butuh kasih sayang dan perhatian.Salahkah diriku bila nantinya aku menjauhi mereka.Durhaka kah aku kepada orang tuaku???


              ÙˆØ£Ø®ÙŠØ±Ø§ إطلاق لينكس منت ١٨ بواجهة كدي        
    وأخيرا إطلاق لينكس منت ١٨ بواجهة كدي

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    بعد تأخر دام شهرين، صدرت لينكس منت ١٨ بواجهة كدي هذه الإصدارة ذات دعم طويل والتى ستظل مدعومة حتى ٢٠٢١م، أهم مميزات هذه الإصدارة أنها جاءت بإصدارة مستقرة من واجهة كدي بلازما ٥.٦ والتي تعتبر الأولى في مسيرة واجهة كدي ٥. 

    وهذه الإصدارة جاءت بكل مميزات لينكس منت 18 الأساسية وهي شحن عفريت Thermald لمراقبة حساسات الحرارة  وحماية الجهاز من الاحتراق، و دعم نظام ملفات exFAT بشكل مسبق ، وإرجاع دعم نظام ملفات Btrfs. هذه الإصدارة مبنية على حزم Ubuntu 16.04 بشكل أساسي.
    متطلبات النظام: ٢ جيجابايت ذاكرة و ١٠ جيجابايت قرص صلب.
    لتنزيل هذه الإصدارة من هنا.

    Fahad الجمعة, 2016/09/09 - 11:35م
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              ØµØ¯ÙˆØ± لينكس منت ١٨        
    صدور لينكس منت ١٨

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    وأخيرا أطلق مطوروا توزيعة لينكس منت الشهيرة الإصدارة لينكس منت ١٨ ، هذه الإصدارة ذات دعم طويل والتى ستظل مدعومة حتى ٢٠٢١م، أهم ما في هذه الإصدارة هي توحيد التطبيقات بين واجهات منت المعتمدة على مكتبة GTK+ ,وهي واجهة MATE  و Cinnamon.


    أطلق على هذه التطبيقات X-Apps وهدفها الرئيسي هو استبدال تطبيقات جنوم التي لا تعمل إلا على منصة جنوم ٣  بتطبيقات تعمل على جميع أسطح مكتب GTK ويستفيد منها الجميع.
    أهم مميزات هذه X-Apps :
    ١- تعتمد على مكتبات حديثة ومتطورة GTK3 و gsettings
    2- تستخدم واجهات مستخدم تقليدية ( القوائم و شريط الأدوات ) خلاف تطبيقات جنوم ٣ الجديدة.
    ٣- تعمل في كل مكان فهي ليست مرتبطة بسطح مكتب معين أو توزيعة معينة.
    تضم هذه التطبيقات حتى الآن : Xed محرر نصوص ، و Xviewer  عارض صور ، و Xreader  قارئ مستندات PDF ، و Xplayer  مشغل ملتميديا، Pix  مدير ومنظم صور.
    الجدير بالذكر أه هذه التطبيقات لم تطور من الصفر ، بل اعتمدت على تطبيقات جنوم وبنت عليها ، بالإضافة إلى توفر تطبيقات جنوم الأساسية في المستودعات لم يرغب بها.

    صور من تطبيقات X-apps

    من الإضافات الجديدة في منت ١٨ هي سمة Mint-Y وهي خليفة سمة Mint-X والتي أطلقت عام ٢٠١٠م فبعد ست سنوات وتغير الكثير في عالم الواجهات قرر فريق التطوير أن يطور السمة ويطلق سمة Mint-Y التي بنيت على السمة الشهيرة Arc وأيقونات Moka، هذه السمة تعطيك منظر عصري ونظيف واحترافي على حد قول مطوري لينكس منت.


    لمعرفة مميزات سطح مكتب Cinnamon الجديد تابع هذا الفيديو الشارح لمعظم المميزات الجديدة.

    لتنزيل لينكس منت ١٨ من هنا.

    Fahad الخميس, 2016/06/30 - 11:48م
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              Winter Beach/ Pastels on the Pier        
     Image from Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind 

    The idea of the beach in winter is one that has always captivated me. I think most people would agree that beaches are strictly summer territory, no question about it. And I, eternal child of all that is summery, have placed the idealistic scene of warm, gleaming rock pools and lolly-sticks on sandcastles high on my personal pedestal of Special, Sparkly places. Beaches are places for feeling sunburned and sandy and windswept, with salt in your hair and the sun in your eyes. For most people, that eternal, golden setting of the sea side in summer will live on forever in their minds, as it does in mine, as the stuff of sweet summer childhoods spent playing in the surf, and adolescent flings on grassy campsites by the sea.

    I'd always thought of the beach in winter, therefore, as a sort of forlorn, forsaken landscape; almost post-apocalyptic in it's state of eerie desertion. The sand looses it blinding, sunlit glare, and dims to a dull, pale, yellow, while the sparkling sea becomes iron grey and choppy, not to mention freezing. But in a way, the beach in winter is also sort of beautiful. There is something almost calm and reassuring about it's ghostly emptiness and the softer, less harsh hues of a murky, glass green ocean, and a pearly, clouded sky. I think it was actually the film Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind that gave me this new appreciation of windswept, winter beaches, not lit up, arcade-like, with the brazenness of a bright, summer's day, but bathed in the gentle tones of soft grey sheet rain gathering on the horizon, or smooth, blue pebbles hidden in the shadows of clear, shallow pools. The film opens with Jim Carey's dejected and jaded-looking character suddenly deciding not to board his usual train to work, and instead running flat out to jump on a train heading to the seaside town of Montauk.

    The scenes of him walking the shores of a deserted beach complete with rickety wooden windbreakers and long dry grass dancing in the wind made me start to think of the beach during winter not as a sad, forgotten place, but as a place of recovery and escapism. There isn't really anyone around, and feeling like you are alone with something as vast and powerful as the ocean has got to be the ultimate place to think things over and take deep lungfuls of fresh, salt-flecked air if you're feeling a little down in the dumps. The film then continues to revisit the beach via the character's memories of his now-ended relationship, one time at night as the couple break into a deserted beach house, one time when it is covered in thick blankets of snow, and one time during a surreal scene that involves the couple waking up in bed on the open, windy shore. If you haven't seen this truly stunning, unusual and generally amazing film, then you really, really should, but I wanted to mention it here because the idea of wintry beaches, blustery air that requires snuggly layers, and the muted, soft colours of a dully lit beach cocooned by a soft, shell coloured sky is exactly what is inspiring me sartorially right now.
               Image from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    The reason that I am suddenly feeling all these beachy, windswept, freezing-cold-winter-merging-into-sightly-less-freezing-cold-spring vibes, is partly down to my new magazine collage wall. Let me explain: my boyfriend and I have currently just moved into our new place together, and much to my surprise and delight, he was all for my 'lets decorate the walls in millions of pages from all my old Glamour magazines' idea. Well, he was all for decorating one wall in them, which was good enough. Therefore, whenever I sit in our shiny new dining room to eat my lunch/attempt to do some writing, I am now surrounded with all of my most beloved fashion and beauty moments from the dog-eared copies of Gamour I've been collecting for absolute donkey's years.

    Several of these images are from my absolute favourite ever Glamour fashion feature, entitled 'Have a Pretty Day', which is from a few seasons back now, I think. Anyway, the pictures were shot at Brighton Pier, which is one of my favourite places in the world. It was a spring shoot, but, unusually for a fashion magazine, the stylist had actually taken note of the fact that spring in England isn't all sunshine and blossom and clear, blue skies, and had dressed the model in a series of sugary, sweet outfits in soft creams and muted pastel tones, compete with coats, jackets and opaque tights, albeit in pretty spring hues. Not only does this whole 'Winter Beach/ Pastels on the Pier' look perfectly embody the current trend for pretty ice-cream pastels, but it also packs personal connotations to my love of beaches and fascination with the muted, soothing beauty of the sea side in crisp, early spring and deepest, darkest wintertime. Not only this, but the images in this shoot are also rather sixties inspired, making me fall in love with micro minis, swing coats, shift dresses and big, Bambi eyes.

    To achieve this sweet, pier-worthy look, think pale muted colours, and work with a palette of cream, white, mint green, powder pink, toffee and palest lavender.Team a snowy-hued shift dress with white opaque or semi-sheer tights, and wear with light tan lace-up brogues and a powder-blue swing coat. Blend in with the fairground carousel with pastel separates or sugary vintage dresses in floaty fabrics, and pick your way over the pebbles in elegant Mary Janes with a metallic sheen for a spot of mermaid-esque shimmer. Team the look with gently tousled waves, nude or chalky lips and long-lashed Bambi eyes for a nod towards sixties chic. 

    Lucky for me, my birthday is coming up next month, and I'm hoping that my boyfriend will whisk me away to the quiet, secluded shores of Brighton on a blustery spring day, to share huge clouds of pink candy floss and throw pebbles into a foamy, wind-whipped sea. Therefore, my head is currently full of the dancing images of lilac vintage day dresses, little candy-coloured knitted tops and sweet white mini skirts worn with sixties swing coats and pale, dainty plimsolls. Here are some of the images from the oh-so-pretty Glamour shoot now adorning my dining room wall, along with some of the sweet, sixties-inspired items that I am just longing to fling on for a skip through the whirring lights of amusement arcades. Be inspired to dip a toe into the not-so-chilly sea of cute, transitional winter-to-spring sea side chic, and remember to, above all, have a pretty day...    









      Images from Glamour magazine (on my magazine wall!)




    Keep the sea breeze at bay with these snuggly vintage coats from Rokit.com


    Look like a stick of Brighton rock in these pretty pieces from Rokit.com





    Stock up on shoes, socks and iced gem tops from Topshop.com
              Lavender Love- get pretty in parma violet shades of lilac, lavender and palest dusky mauve        

    Anyone who has even the mildest interest in fashion is probably well aware by now of the fact that pastel colours and pale, ice cream hues are just about THE biggest trend for SS12. As you cannot have failed to notice, glacial shades of spearmint green, palest pink and powder blue were all over the catwalks from Meadham Kirchhoff's living raggedy-ann dolls with their towering pastel-tinted beehives and frou-frou skirts, to Louis Vuitton's frothy fashion fairy tale show complete with fair ground carousel, dolly mixture mules and La Moss in a twinkling tiara. Therefore, at the risk of regurgitating the words of every fashion magazine I've read in the last two months and indulging in all things saccharine and sweetie-inspired (as much as I would love to- I'm all about the candy colours) I have decided not to bore you with repetition (no matter how pretty it sounds!) and instead focus on the one pastel shade that is tempting my sartorial sweet tooth right now more than all its pretty competitors.

    The shade I'm talking about, is in fact, lavender. It is a colour and fragrance that I once associated with 'old lady-ness' (if I can coin such a term) due to it's old English associations and the fact that a gift set of lavender-scented soap was just about the only Christmas/birthday present that my granny couldn't seem to find one million and one objections to. As a child, I thought of lavender (the colour and fragrance) as the sort of thing one might find in Marks and Spencer's giftware department, or adorning the bathroom of a fussy, elderly lady with a weakness for lace and frills. However, what with the recent explosion of all things pale, pretty and pastel hued, I am feeling a real lavender love that reveals just how much I've been seduced by the lovely lilacy shade and its connotations of delicacy, softness and old-school femininity. What with my love of vintage, I find that in recent years I've developed a new appreciation for lavender's traditional English connotations, and that the pale, pretty colour is surprisingly and quite stunningly flattering when teamed with the dream combination of pale skin and red hair.


    In fact, just about any faded pastel hue looks perfectly pretty against pale skin, but I'm loving the off-beat quirkiness of lilac, being a colour that you would have thought would clash terribly with red. Well, okay, it does clash, but that's what I think makes red hair and lilac apparel such a unique, surprising and therefore flattering dream team. Back in the summer, you might recall a post I wrote all about my rediscovery of the colour purple, and how I was loving its magical, mystical, sultry-night-sky-in-the-summer vibes. Well, this season, it's all about faded, powdery shades that evoke hazy summer memories and strolls in the park under the shade of a pretty parasol, so I'm ditching deep purple for a paler shade of plum. Think parma violtets and the lilac-coloured iced gems when it comes to this look, opting for cool shades of palest purple and duskiest mauve. Here are some images to get you inspired, and which capture the romantic mood of my current lavender love..

    Pastels, pastels everywhere...
    The SS12 catwalks were a beautiful watercolour wash of palest lemon, glacial blue, spearmint green and dusky rose.

    Parma violet pin-up: The stunning Dita Von Teese whips up a sartorial sweet treat with her sugared-violet dress, pretty vanilla skin and cherry-red nails and lips.

    Deborah Ann Woll (who plays Jessica Hamby in True Blood) once again proves that scarlett locks, snow white skin and lilac are a match made in fashion heaven.



    Christina Hendricks is yet another porcelain-skinned redhead working the lavender look



    Me, modeling a floral lilac vintage dress for Bohemian Rose Vintage last Spring
    I adore this delicate lilac slip dress from Topshop.com. Team it with cream or nude heels for a summery tea party and you'll look as sweet as a (Louis Vuitton) sundae.

    Louis Vuitton's SS12 ad campaign featuring aforementioned sundaes. Yum ;-)

    Have a Louis Vuitton-style fashion fantasy and fly away on a fairground horse with this designer-esque collar from Rokit Vintage. The pretty lavender ribbon gives the prim cream lace a touch of parma violet sweetness.   
    Lots of love,

    The Porcelain Princess

    xxx
              All That Glitters...        
    It is my personal belief, that deep down inside every woman, there lies a secretly burning passion for all things that sparkle. After all, isn't that  why diamonds are a girl's best friend? I believe that deep down within even the most tomboyish of girls, there is a secret lust for things that twinkle, things that shimmer, things that sparkle, shine, glitter and gleam. No? Okay, just me then...

    But seriously, ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with glitter. I recall this one time, when one of my oldest friends (that means you, Leah Rossi!) and I sat in my bathroom, when we were about ten or eleven years old, collecting together all the glitter in my house that we could find. We collected up hair glitter, sparkly body spray, glittery mascara, glitter nail polish, glittery talc, shimmer face powder, you name it (remember all that 90's/early 00's stuff?)

    We sampled each of the products, spraying them and puffing them and squeezing them and what have you over the bath, so that it wouldn't go all over the floor, and analysing the different types of glitter. We decided to categorize the different types, to see which was the best. There was glitter with huge shiny bits in it, glitter in tiny particles that gave more of a subtle, shimmery effect...I can still smell the glitter spray now, heady and gluey and with that note of excitement and anticipation on it- it was the spray I put on whenever I was going to a school disco or a year six birthday party or to one of my parents' big new year's eve bashes. I think we thought we were glitter scientists or something. Leah, if you are reading this, you probably don't even recall this weird random memory, but you know what I'm like for having a freakishly good memory when it comes to this stuff! It reminds me of a time even further back, when Leah and I decided to paint all the china ornaments in my room with my gold glittery nail varnish, and the times we used to make 'gems' out of lumps of wet toilet paper left to dry and coloured in with felt-tipped pens and painted with the same glittery nail polish (now I know you remember that!)

    Well, weather or not anyone else shares this particular magpie tendency of mine (and Leah's!) to want to squeal with delight at the sight of glitter, that's what's got me all girlishly excited about my latest look. I'm calling it 'all that glitters' (another Sex and the City Reference, for any of those equally geekily obsessed fans among you). It all started with the outfit that I put together on one of my previous posts, the one with the pink sequined top and the leopard print heels (which I have now bought, and can't WAIT to wear out!) I loved the way the sequins on the top looked like those pink edible cake sparkles you can buy, and the way they winked and flashed and twinkled like stars in the light with my every tiny movement...

    I also adored the soft pale pink of it, and the combination of the sparkles and the girlish pastel hue. So, when I came across this GORGEOUS little vintage gem on my travels in Greenwich a few days later, I simply couldn't get it out of my head.

                                              (here is is, pictured with the pink Topshop top)

    I was browsing the rails in The Vintage Emporium, to see if there was anything that caught my eye, when I glimpsed it, twinkling softly in the dusty light. It was a pale, mint green, sixties style top, which also happened to be sparkly (insert inward screams of delight). I held it up to myself in the mirror and noticed that it went perfectly with my skin tone and hair colour (don't you just LOVE making those discoveries?) but then quickly told myself that I didn't need yet ANOTHER little sparkly top. I moved on to the next shop, The Beehive, which is a total treasure trove of affordable vintage pieces (not to mention owned by the most lovely, friendly, beautiful lady whom I spent a good long while chatting to about all things fashion) and ended up buying an eighties-tastic jumper, featuring a similar colour of green (which I have been living in all week- thanks Beehive!)

    That weekend, I simply couldn't make myself forget the darling little mint green top. It danced tantalizingly in front of my eyes inside my head, calling to me in a sound like crystals twinkling and clinking together (I know I'm getting totally carried away now, but I really did love the top). So, today I went back to The Vintage Emporium and bought it. Did I mention that it was only £15?? Total bargain, I know!

    It goes perfectly with the other stuff I bought to go with the pink Topshop top, so that's two outfits I have yet to wear out! In addition to this, I also decided I needed a cream fur coat to complete the outfit, and found this beauty on ebay, which I won (yay!) and which was delivered today:
     

    Don't you just love it!? It's real rabbit fur and sooo luxuriously soft and snuggly. I would just like to point out, that although I would never condone the purchase of new fur, this coat is vintage and therefore second hand. Hence, wearing it is actually a form of recycling, and if no one wore it, it would only be rotting away in some landfill somewhere, polluting the planet. ANYWAY.

    The pretty ice cream shades of the tops and the coat got me thinking about Tavi's fantastic Valley of the Dolls posts that I've recently read. If you want to check it out, go to:
    http://www.thestylerookie.com/
    For anyone who doesn't already know this-Tavi is amazing. Her blog was one of the main things that inspired me to start this. But getting back to my main point, her post was inspired by the 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls, which was turned into a film in 1967. I have yet to actually see the film (it's on my list of fashionable things to watch, along with The Taxi Driver, which apparently is the film to channel for the current on-trend seventies vibe) but I've seen pictures from it, and am loving the pretty, innocent but plastic doll-like look that's going on. The look is all about pastels, candy colours, pretty-girl makeup and a kind of creepy doll-like perfection. Think of the candy-coloured houses in Edward Scissorhands (Tavi also references this in her post- I give her full credit for it- although I've always loved that image anyway!)

    To complete the all-that-glitters-meets-Valley-of-the-Dolls-look that I'm loving right now, I also bought two gorgeous Barry M lipsticks, one in an amazingly bright, shocking, almost fluorescent pink, and one in a beautiful pale chalky coral. I love the totally matte texture of the lipsticks combined with the intense, opaque quality of the colours. I have searched high and low for a reeeaally bright pink lipstick with a totally matte finish, and this is the first one I've found. Thanks Barry M!

    I am planning on wearing this look with fun, unexpected twists like leopard print (cue my new heels!), garishly bright lipstick and flashy, gold vintage jewelery to give it a trashy/fun/glam edge. And of course, extra long, doll-like lashes. Pictures of me wearing the outfits will follow (I want you to see them with the full benefit of my two hours of pampering, hair and makeup that I will do when I actually wear them out!)

    Here are some pictures that I feel capture the girly/glam vibe of the all that glitters look with it's Valley of the Dolls feel...enjoy!
     My magpie collection of sparkly tops! From left: vintage from ebay, vintage from ebay, vintage from Rokit, vintage from a shop in Whitechapel, vintage from The Vintage Emporium Greenwich, and Topshop.

     My pretty ice cream shaded tops go perfectly with my gold vintage bag from Rokit which I have actually worn to death!
    (clockwise from top) bracelet: Topshop, cuff: Topshop, earrings: from a charity shop in Hunstanton, earrings: also from charity shop in Hunstanton, ring: Topshop, necklace: vintage from Greenwich Market (only 99p!)

    My Barry M lipsticks, Topshop glitter, Benefit eyeshadow and Mac eyeshadow. Tutti-fruitti shades like this were seen all over the SS11 catwalks!

                                      I <3 Dolly Mixtures! xxx

      Glitter is a girl's best friend...
                                                     The Valley of the Dolls Look
    Hope you enjoyed the post, and please feel free to leave any comments! Have a sparkly day...

    The Porcelain Princes
    XOXO
              SELAMAT HARI GURU 2017        


    Selamat Hari Guru Buat Kesemua Guru kami dan Guru kepada anak - anak kami. Yang masih hidup dan berkhidmat, Moga diberi sebillion kekuatan, kesabaran dan kewarasan serta kebijaksanaan sebagai pendidik buat anak - anak zaman kini dan mendatang. Buat yang tiada, moga limpahi rahmat ke atas roh kalian dan diampun dosa - dosa kalian semasa hidup.
    Yang pertamanya nak terima kasih buat guru pertama yang melahirkan dan membesarkan kita.
    tentulah mak abah kami sendiri
    En. Yahya bin Dikin dan Pn. Hamidah bt Supaat
    Yang mengajar jatuh bangun sebagai manusia, yang mengajar kendiri diri seawal usia.
    terima kasih mak dan abah.
    Buat guru - guruku: Selamat Hari Guru
    Cikgu Uteh (tadika abim 1987- 1988)
    Almarhum Cikgu Ain (Tahfiz ABIM 1990 - 1991)
    Cikgu Kursiah, - SKSB
    Cikgu Zaharah - SKSB
    Cikgu Nong Zaharah SMK Meru (cikgu asal ghanu yang tak pernah makan sukun).
    Cikgu Norhayati - SMK Meru
    Pn Nagamal - SMK Meru (cikgu lukisan kejuruteraan. maaf cikgu, saya failed subject cikgu masa spm tapi end up belajar CNC machine *CATIA & AutoCAD masa amik Diploma Metal Fabrication)
    Cikgu Khalidah Adibah - SMK Meru yang selalu nasihat suh lembut sikit. Ok dah cikgu. dah jadi mak ni lemah lembut dah sikit. Cikgu Rosmawati - Cikgu Add Math (terima kasih cikgu sebab bagi foundation study math buat saya. Kbat sekarang semua macam add math)
    Ustazah Siti Asturas : terima kasih cikgu sebab menjaga kebajikan anak - anak murid. Pada Allah sahaja yang dinilai. Penilaian manusia belum tentu lagi. ada kisah sedih sepanjang karier beliau, tapi aku yakin doa adalah senjata orang - orang mukmin tika itu.
    Guru Kelas aku masa form 4 : Pn Istiqamah rasanya kot?! sapa ingat mintak betulkan. pun sangat baik. sampai berkali - kali terserempak kat mana2 di kampung kami, masih dia yang menyapa mesra anak murid. bukan sebaliknya. beside, dia tak judgemental. anak murid pndai ke tak, kaya ke tak, dia layan sama. xde beza - beza, takde anak emas, anak perak, tembaga segala bagai.
    Cikgu Roslan - annoying tapi dia contoh cikgu yang buat kita rasa berani nak menyuarakan sesuatu. risk taker gak cikgu ni bab motivate student dia termasuk la aku.
    Almarhum Sir Rosman (you make me feel speaking in broken english is so awesome for 'anak pencari besi buruk ni')
    Madam Zilia - moga pedoman hidup dan ilmu yang dicurah memberi manfaat pada semua.
    Almarhum Madam Hayati - moga Allah cucuri roh Mu selalu Madam.
    Almarhum Sr. Ali - akan selalu dikenang sepanjang hayat. takkan ada yang patah tumbuh berganti buatmu, Sir. ( Aircraft Welding : Airframe & Powerplant; MARA NORTHROP RICE, Jasin, Melaka)
    buat semua Sir dan lecturer masa kat Northrop /UniKL Miat dan Unikl MFI:
    Haji Shadid, Haji Megat, Haji Hashim , Almarhum Haji Sofri, Haji Rashid, HajiHaris Podilah Abd Ghani, En.Mohd Nor, En. Zam (barang yang lepas jangan dikenang, apa diharap padi seberang.), En.Bad, En. Mahfuz, En. Nizam , En. Khairuddin, En. Aziz.
    Madam Tuan Salwani - tq Madam. tak tahu nak cakap apa, tapi kalau tak dipecahkan ruyung...takdelah kalut sangat ajo anak2 kami math zaman sekarang.
    Madam Anne - hmm.. transfer credit dapat B. tapi semangat nak belajo english sebab Madam memang precise gile.
    En. Azizul (kot) - Masuk kelas french memang terasa european la sangat. end up dpt ape yek french? b- ke c- ke d? lupa.
    - Je m'appelle Ida Rahayu. J'ai 35 ans.J'aime lire, bloguer et cuisiner.Je viens de malaisie.Je travaille comme assistant ingénieur
    boleh kot nak kata kami pndai 4 bahasa?
    - melayu tentulah - english tentulah level c dan d, french? tentulah dah e sekarang.tu pun byk dibantu dengan google translate. dia macam bahasa arab sebenarnya.. dan jawa. yg ni dah karat lansung. paham boleh. nak balas dah tak cantik. so susah la sikit, kalau terjumpa PDI kat mana2, boleh pasang telinga.
    Terima kasih Semuanya.
    Buat Kesemua Guru Anak - Anak kami:
    Pn. Zaidatul Rakkaya : terima kasih atas ilmu math (nombor kaya, nombor or miskin, pola nombor, tambah berganda , tolak berganda. nampak kecil, tapi besar maknanya buat anak seperti Aqil Al Islam). Moga maju jaya terus di sekolah terkini.
    Pn. Emi Marlina : terima kasih teacher atas perkongsian ilmu setiap waktu dulu. moga terus cemerlang di sekolah terkini.
    Ustazah Syafiqah : terima kasih sebab mengajar Aqil Al Islam dari tahun 1 sampai sekarang. Mengaji dan Bahasa Arab. terima kasih sebab selalu beri dorongan buat anak yang pemalu dan cemerkap tu.
    Ustazah Akak aka KB : terima kasih sebab ajo aqil mengaji dan tajwid. moga dengan alam pekerjaan sekarang peroleh manfaat dan memberi manfaat kepada yang lain.takkan ada yang sama seperti kamu buat aqil.
    Nana aka Student Master Comm English: Terima kasih dik atas petua dan teknik belajar english kepada Aqil. banyak yang akak belajar dari kamu. mudahan di pagoh nanti, kamu berhasil lulus cemerlang. xkan ade yang sama macam kamu.
    Ustazah Sharifah : walau sekejap, tapi tiap kali belajar bm, nama ustazah jua yang disebut aqil.
    Ustazah fatimah azzahra : terima kasih atas perkongsian.
    Buat semua guru - guru Aqil Al - Islam di SraiSC :
    Ustazah Hamidah, CIkgu Herly, Cikgu Basmah, Cikgu Junaidah / Junida / Junaihah , Ustaz Azlan, Ustaz Wan, Ustaz Iszham, Cikgu Nor Haizam, Ustaz Hafiz, Cikgu Murni, Ustazah Rahimah, and few others maaf kalau lupa sebut nama.
    Terima Kasih banyak - banyak dan Selamat Hari Guru.
    Buat Semua Guru - Guru Qurratu'aini Al Zahraa' (Ara) di Sri Al - Huda :
    Teacher Asra , Ustazah Pauziah, Ustazah Rabiatul , Ustazah Wan Sufiah, Ustaz Naim, Ustazah Niza, and few others yang lupa dan belum berapa kenal serta tak lupa Ustazah Nurul Aini (guru iqra) :
    Selamat Hari Guru dan Terima kasih sebab mendidik Ara sepanjang 5 bulan pertama ni.
    Akhir sekali buat semua teacher kat Educare yang pernah didik, jaga dan cebok berak kencing Aqil dan Ara :
    Kak Ima Zakima
    Kak Zai Abdullah
    Teacher Aiza Taz Mohd Zain
    Teacher Ilah
    Teacher Aimi
    Teacher Aini
    Teacher Adam
    Ustaz Ikram dan Ustaz Najmi
    Teacher Syikin
    Teacher Anis Hosni
    Teacher Angah
    Teacher Nurul Izzati Abu Bakar
    dan kesemua teacher di childcare yang pernah jaga Ara dari bayi sampai 3 tahun.
    TERIMA KASIH YANG TAK TERHINGGA DAN SELAMAT HARI GURU.
    tak lupa juga buat kawan - kawan sekolah yang dah terjun dalam bidang perguruan : Selamat Hari Guru buat kalian juga.
    p/s: maaflah kali ni ucapan precise sangat.bukan apa, takut lupa.

              Supper at Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar        
    Salam Alaik
    Salam jumaat yang barokah buat semua.
    Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar ni depan umah je kami kat sungai tua ni.
    Last week, balik kije malam..
    Since lapo sangat and tak berapa sangat dinner sebelumnya.. singgahlah kedai ni tuk menjamu selera kononnya..





    Ikan Siakap Masak 3 Rasa
    yang ini menu ala carte untuk ikan.
    pilih kat luar, timbang and bagithu nak masak ape..
    bakar boleh, sweet sour boleh, 3 rasa boleh..
    semua pun boleh..
    harga mengikut berat, sebab harga tulis situ :
    100g = RM5
    so malam tu berat ikan dalam 400g+ : RM22 berapa ntah




    Daging Masak Merah.
    yang ni menu dalam salah satu set yang kitaorg order.
    set tu rega RM23.
    makan tuk dua orang.
    nasi putih dua
    sayur kailan masin (kami mintak tukar kerabu mangga)
    telur dadar
    tomyam seafood
    daging masak merah
    tu set yang kami ambil.
    ade fews lagi yg lebih kurang macam set yang kitaorg makan.
    rega pun set2 tersebut antara RM18 - RM23
    tu set yang makan tuk sorang ke dua orang
    kalau set lain, lagilah lain harganya.



    Ni la tomyam seafood tu.
    meletop rasa..
    sedap.
    Alhamdulillah..
    total termasuk air : RM52++
    rasanya ade termasuk nasik tambah 1.
    ingat - ingat lupa.


    so..
    sapa - sapa tingin nak singgah Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar ni
    boleh lah tengok alamat di bawah:

    Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar
    Lot. 4706C, Jalan Sungai Tua, 
    Jalan  Mahkota, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

    013-4444211 / 019-7919977

    Facebook: Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar
    Instagram : Restoran Chief Ikan Bakar
    email: restoranchiefikanbakar@gmail.com
    #ChiefIkanBakar

    kalau macam tak sure kat mana, sila cari jalan nak ke HULU YAM
    insyaa Allah jumpa la restoran ni.
    tepi jalan je



              What ails Indian farmers         
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    A study finds faulty agricultural policies and practices and not just indebtedness to blame for rising suicides among farmers.
    Loans are not the only reason for farmers' distress. (Source: India Water Portal)

    Over the last few months, we saw protests by distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states over farming crisis and farmer suicides. In what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction, many state governments announced farm loan waivers without thinking if it would actually help the farmers. 

    Are loan waivers enough to improve the situation of farmers? Experts think otherwise. They believe that certain core issues of farming have been left unaddressed and need urgent consideration.

    What do farmers have to say about the increasing crisis in agriculture and rising suicides? This article titled Lives in debt: Narratives of agrarian distress and farmer suicides published in the Economic and Political Weekly discusses the findings of a study on farmers’ experiences from two districts with high suicide rates in the country--Yavatmal in Maharashtra and Sangrur in Punjab.

    The article argues that farmer suicides need to be understood in the context of the broader crisis in agriculture. It is not only indebtedness but a number of core issues related to faulty agricultural policies and practices that contribute to the distress among farmers.

    Glaring signs of the crisis in agriculture

    • The contribution of the agricultural sector to India’s GDP has been declining steadily. Nearly half of the workforce in the country, however, is involved in farming.

    • There has been a steady increase in the percentage of farmers having small landholdings. Small landholdings do not support mechanisation and irrigation. Moreover, the absence of land records in many cases prevent these farmers from accessing formal credit, government benefits or crop insurance.

    • A large number of small farm holders are accessing credit mainly from informal sources.

    • Indebtedness among farmers is on the rise with 52 percent of agricultural households in the country being plagued by it.

    What causes distress among farmers in Yavatmal and Sangrur?

    Although Yavatmal and Sangrur are very different in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds, crop patterns, agricultural practices, the underlying reasons for distress are found to be similar.

    • Flawed cropping patterns aggravating water scarcity

    In Sangrur and Yavatmal, where paddy and cotton are grown, the crop choice is not harmonious with the agroclimatic features of the region. BT cotton is very sensitive to the timing and intensity of rainfall. Growing it in Yavatmal that has unpredictable rainfall and no alternative source of irrigation is unsuitable for the region.

    As much as 2,000–4,000 litres of water are required to produce one kilo of rice. The high water demand makes rice unsuitable for a place like Sangrur which is highly water stressed with falling water tables due to severe depletion of groundwater resources.

    • Rising input costs

    Farmers in both regions complain of rising input prices (seed, water, electricity, fertiliser, pesticide and land rent) and the absence of a proportionate increase in minimum support prices (MSP). In Yavatmal, BT cotton producers are barely able to meet the costs of production, while traders and middlemen make profits at the cost of farmers who are not able to store the harvest and wait for the right price. Farmers in the study question the instability of prices and demand an enhancement of the loan amount from formal credit sources so that they can cover input costs and make farming viable.

    In Sangrur, in addition to the high input prices needed for farming, dependence on paddy cultivation increases the demand for water, forcing farmers to spend huge amounts on digging borewells in an area that suffers from severe depletion of groundwater resources.

    • The unending cycle of borrowing, non-repayment and the shame of debt

    Rising input costs force farmers to borrow. Since the bank loans are insufficient to meet these high input costs, farmers are compelled to access informal sources of credit. At times, farmers prioritise repayment of loans taken from informal sources over bank loans due to high rates of interest and to retain their rapport with the moneylender to remain credit-worthy. Also borrowing from different sources to repay bank loans to stay within the banking system further pushes farmers into the spiral of debt. This, coupled with crop failure, worsens their situation.

    At times, farmers are forced to borrow from their close relatives when other avenues of borrowing such as moneylenders have been tried and exhausted. The shame associated with one’s inability to repay is immense in village society and it is worse if money is borrowed from relatives, which forces many farmers to commit suicide.

    • Rising aspirations and absence of alternative sources of income

    Recently, rising aspirations have also led to farmers taking huge loans for non-farming activities such as marriages, ceremonies, cars, gadgets, contributing to their financial burden as many do not have any other source of income.

    What is the way out?

    The article suggests some fundamental changes to alter the situation.

    • Moving towards cropping patterns that are suitable for the agro-climatic zones and encouraging indigenous patterns of farming that are less cost intensive.
    • Modifying the institutional credit disbursal system by introducing the option of repayment in instalments.
    • Introducing a proportionate loan–land ratio which would enable the farmer to retain his rights for the rest of his landholdings, which can then be used as a source of liquidity.
    • Introducing specific farming credit policies for dryland and rainfed areas.
    • The introduction of cashless loan components to avoid diversion of crop loans towards non-farm expenditures.
    • Restructuring of loans against localised crop failures where specific and targeted compensation packages take extreme weather events or natural calamities into account.
    • Introducing land reforms, correcting the terms of trade that work against farmers and providing them with alternative sources of livelihoods.

    A copy of the paper can be downloaded from below:

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              Ryots wronged, take protest to Delhi        
    Teaser: 
    As the TN farmers’ protest in Delhi enters its fourth week, all eyes are on the Centre which is not budging.
    Tamil Nadu farmers protest for drought relief in Delhi.

    A woman stands with a begging bowl and a placard strung around her neck. An old man shuffles along barefoot in the street at Jantar Mantar, the official site of a farmers’ protest in the heart of New Delhi. He finds his way through a group of farmers gathered at the protest site on a hot summer afternoon. Dressed in green loincloths, they are lying motionless on the road and the footpath exhausted after their meetings with the deputy speaker of Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai, MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in the past few days.

    These are farmers from Tamil Nadu on a protest which is in its fourth week. The drought situation on the Cauvery belt in Tamil Nadu has gone from bad to worse this year with the state witnessing the worst spell in 140 years from a poor northeast monsoon, as per the India Meteorological Department. The state government officially declared a drought in January 2017.

    “The Centre has not announced a drought relief package yet despite our long-standing protest. The High Court of Tamil Nadu has issued directions to the state government to write off all agricultural loans. But we will not budge from here till the Centre hears us out,” says Sivaprakash, a farmer from Dindigul in Tamil Nadu.

    Sivaprakash is a part of the group of over 100 farmers representing the ‘Desiya Thenidhiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam’ (National South Indian River Interlinking Sangam). They have been protesting at Jantar Mantar since March 14, 2017. “Hundreds of farmers have committed suicide given the drought conditions in the state which was preceded by the devastating cyclone Vardah. Even the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from the state government on this,” says Sivaprakash. Earlier in January, the NHRC had taken suo motu cognisance of the media reports on the suicide of 106 farmers in one month in Tamil Nadu.

    Waiting for an ethical response

    With the government unmoved by their protest, members of the Sangam resorted to skull protest to intensify their agitation. “Through our skull protest, where we are displaying the skulls of farmers who have committed suicide in the wake of the drought in the state, we are seeking a drought relief package from the Centre. The skulls we are using in the protest symbolise our fate if the state does not help us out. Debt relief is being provided to the wealthy people. What about us, the farmers who have toiled so hard?” asks P. Ayyakannu, president of the Sangam, who hails from the Tiruchirappalli district in Tamil Nadu.  

    The state government had in February 2017 sanctioned a drought relief package of Rs 2,247 crore for 32 lakh farmers of the state. “The state government gave Rs 3,000 each as compensation for crop losses to those who depend on seasonal rain and Rs 5,465 per acre to those who depend on irrigation. How is that enough to make up for the losses we have faced?” Ayyakannu asks. “This is highly inadequate and we demand a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre,” says Saravana Kumar Vasudeva, who belongs to a farmer family in Theni, Tamil Nadu. “We also want a waiver of loans, better support price for our produce, lower input prices and above all, solutions to water scarcity in the region," says Saravana.

    Natarajan who has come all the way from Karur in Tamil Nadu says, “I lost my crops to this drought and have an outstanding debt of around Rs 5 lakh from a nationalised bank. How will I repay this? I have no money left. Why can’t the government extend the waiver for loans from nationalised banks like they have done for cooperative banks?”

    “We wanted to make a representation to the prime minister about the agrarian situation in Tamil Nadu but even after 28 days, our representatives have not been granted an appointment. This only shows the government's claim that it is sensitive to farmers is hollow,” says Ayakannu. “Farmers would be forced to intensify their agitation unless the issue is settled,” he adds.

    Catching the people’s imagination

    Agitators at the protest site.The farmers from the Cauvery belt have been joined by farmers from the other states in the protest. “Our livelihoods have been destroyed. To drive home this point, we are using macabre elements in the protest like skulls, rats and snakes. We are carrying begging bowls, shaving half of our heads and staging mock funerals. We even stripped in front of the prime minister’s office yesterday. But other than the media, no one seems to be noticing us despite the gravity of the situation,” says Manohar Patil from Maharashtra who has joined in the protest.

    Some of their demands include setting up of the Cauvery Management Board and interlinking of the national rivers to deal with the lack of water in Cauvery. “Why can’t the Centre force the Karnataka government to release water from Cauvery when the Supreme Court has directed Karnataka to do so as many as seven times? The Center talks so much about Ganga but nothing on Cauvery,” says Saravana.

    “We are languishing here for days but the Centre has no interest in hearing us out. How do you think our families will survive with no income?” asks Natarajan. “Unable to repay our loans, we are left with no option but to rot in Delhi,” he says.

    “Our crisis deepened this year because Karnataka, in spite of the Supreme Court order, refused to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu,” says Kuppuswamy, a farmer from Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. Many agitating farmers are senior citizens and are also demanding a pension scheme where farmers over 60 years of age get Rs 5,000 each.

    Whose fault is it anyway?

    The Centre considers drought relief as the responsibility of the state. The state, on the other hand, has approached the Centre and sought an assistance of Rs 39,565 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund for drought relief. Following this, a central team has visited Tamil Nadu to assess the condition and has submitted its report. Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh plans to take it up at a high-level committee meeting soon. However, it may be difficult for the Centre to waive off loans for the Tamil Nadu farmers alone as there are other states too which are in a similar situation. Tamil Nadu farmers may get some financial assistance but will that solve the current crisis of farmer debts and suicides?

    Droughts are not just episodic in nature but are a structural problem. Drought or no drought, farmers will continue to fall in debt traps given their dependence on high-cost farming methods using fertilisers, pesticides, machinery and seeds. At the same time, crops are no longer fetching them remunerative prices from which they can profit. The answer to this crisis may be in adopting low-cost sustainable farming methods. Meanwhile farmers should be provided income security to wean them off the debt trap. Let’s wait and watch if the state responds well to the current crisis.

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              Ramalan Bintang 2013 Terbaru dari Mbah        
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    ***Ramalan Bintang Capricorn Hari Ini 2013***
     
    Umum: Pendiam, Rajin dan Ambisius, Materialis, Gengsi Tinggi, Suka Memerintah, Suka memperalat Orang Lain.

    Pikirkan kesehatan Kamu minggu ini. Kalau tidak, Kamu tidak akan fokus mengerjakan pekerjaan rumah yang setumpuk itu. Belum lagi urusan sekolah anak-anak, mereka tak mau belajar jika bukan Kamu yang menemani.

    Pekerjaan: Harus sehat.

    Keuangan: Banyak pengeluaran.

    Asmara: Mengalah.

    Pasangan Serasi: Cancer, Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Gemini, Leo, Sagitarius, Aquarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Sabtu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Aquarius Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Tenang, Obyektif (Tidak Memihak), Jenius, Penuh Ide, dan Cepat Mengerti.

    Semua perhatian tertuju pada Kamu, apalagi kalau bukan keberhasilan menangani masalah di lingkungan rumah. Kamu memang ahlinya menjaga keharmonisan para tetangga. Ketulusan memang dibutuhkan saat membantu.

    Pekerjaan: Dipuji.

    Keuangan: Ujian berat.

    Asmara: Tarik ulur.

    Pasangan Serasi: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagitarius.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Minggu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Pisces Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Memiliki Sisi Manusiawi Yang Besar, Penuh Cinta, Praktis, Suka Mengkhayal.

    Kamu meminta perhatian lingkungan dengan cara yang kurang bagus. Tentu saja mereka jadi salah terima. Padahal, maksud Kamu sesungguhnya baik, hanya belum tentu baik bagi orang lain. Ayo, cari cara lain. Oh iya, jangan lupa minggu Kamu wajib datang ke sekolah Si Upik.

    Pekerjaan: Pusing tujuh keliling.

    Keuangan: Ada stok.

    Asmara: Merasa benar.

    Pasangan Serasi: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Selasa.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Aries Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Agresif, Energik, Impulsif, Berjiwa Pemimpin, Tidak Sabaran, Egois, dan Cepat Emosi.

    Menjalin hubungan dengan mertua harus terus dijaga, jangan sekadar telepon. Sebaiknya  Kamu datangi kerumahnya, bawa bingkisan sederhana. Berikan mereka kesan baik tanpa harus memberi barang berharga mahal.

    Pekerjaan: Terus dijaga.

    Keuangan: Stabil.

    Asmara: Menyenangkan.

    Pasangan Serasi: Gemini, Leo, Aquarius, Sagitarius.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Sabtu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Taurus Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Keras Kepala, Materialistis, Pasif, Ramah & Sabar, Praktis dan Setia, Memiliki Jiwa Toleransi.

    Meski Kamu sedang sebal dengan seseorang, jangan pernah menunjukkannya di depan orang tersebut. Jaga sikap dan perilaku, apalagi selama ini Kamu dipKamung sebagai orang terpelajar. Bisa-bisa Kamu terseret ke masalah lebih jauh.

    Pekerjaan: Berpikir jernih.

    Keuangan: Mantap.

    Asmara: Fokus tampilan.

    Pasangan Serasi: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagitarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Rabu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Gemini Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Lincah, Pandai berbicara, Tidak Stabil, Mudah Berubah-Ubah, Mudah Gugup, dan Sangat Peka.

    Minggu ini masalah yang mendera adalah komitmen. Pasangan selalu tidak tepat waktu dan senang berlama-lama di luar rumah, sementara Kamu ingin yang cepat agar semua masalah selesai. Tak mudah memang mengubah karakter orang.

    Pekerjaan: Benahi diri.

    Keuangan: Gali kesempatan.

    Asmara: Ingatkan Si Dia.

    Pasangan Serasi: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Kamis.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Cancer Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Suasana Hati Tidak Menentu, Sentimentil, Setia, Penuh Perhatian, Sulit Memaafkan, Memiliki Daya Ingat Yang Sangat Kuat.

    Memahami kekurangan pasangan mungkin menjadi hal terberat yang harus dilakukan. Sementara Kamu merasa lebih baik dan benar dibanding dia. Jangan selalu mengedepankan ego masing-masing karena bisa berakibat fatal.

    Pekerjaan: Di puncak.

    Keuangan: Sukses.

    Asmara: Saling memahami.

    Pasangan Serasi: Capricorn.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Gemini, Leo, Sagitarius, Aquarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Sabtu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Leo Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Suka Memimpin, Dermawan Dan Murah Hati, Penuh Gaya, Aristokratik, Congkak, Memiliki Rasa Percaya Diri Tinggi.

    Tetangga Kamu lebih makmur dan kaya dibanding Kamu? Hal-hal negatif pun menghantui pikiran Kamu, hingga pekerjaan rumah tangga terbengkalai. Seharusnya, terimalah kondisi Kamu apa adanya, tidak perlu membandingkan. Lebih baik bekerja lebih keras.

    Pekerjaan: Pasrah.

    Keuangan: Selalu rugi.

    Asmara: Jenuh.

    Pasangan Serasi: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagitarius.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Rabu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Virgo Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Praktis, Analistis, Kritis, Berkepala Dingin Dan Logis, Rajin, dan Sederhana.

    Mengontrol diri sangat diperlukan saat berhadapan dengan anak-anak. Apalagi di saat mereka menguji kesabaran Kamu. Saat mereka marah, balaslah dengan pelukan. Lalu, berikan mereka ruang dan lihat situasinya, pasti sikap mereka berubah.

    Pekerjaan: Jangan lepas kendali.

    Keuangan: Janji palsu.

    Asmara: Mengurung diri.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Kamis.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Libra Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Penuh Keraguan, Bimbang, Adil, Kamu Bermuka Dua, Memiliki Naluri Yang Kuat, Sangat Mempesona.

    Melakukan perubahan demi kenyamanan perlu sesekali Kamu lakukan. Mulai dari hal-hal kecil atau sederhana, misalnya cara berpakaian. Tak ada salahnya, lho, di rumah pun Kamu berdKamun. Pasti memberikan suasana yang lebih segar.

    Pekerjaan: Jangan ditunda.

    Keuangan: Terlalu yakin.

    Asmara: Peduli penampilan.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Minggu.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Scorpio Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Panjang Akal, Pendiam, Pendendam, Gigih, dan Sangat Tekun.

    Menangani masalah keluarga sebaiknya bersikap objektif. Pasalnya ini melibatkan banyak orang, jangan-jangan nanti ada yang tersinggung ucapan Kamu. Yakinkan diri, Kamu pasti bisa menyelesaikan masalah yang sedang menimpa keluarga.

    Pekerjaan: Masalah keluarga.

    Keuangan: Berhenti di jalan.

    Asmara: Bersyukur.

    Pasangan Serasi: Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagitarius.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Jumat.

    ***Ramalan Bintang Sagitarius Hari Ini 2013***

    Umum: Berjiwa Petualang, Kamu Suka Kebebasan, Mandiri, Kamu Berdiplomasi, Berpengalaman Luas.

    Jawaban masalah yang sedang Kamu hadapi ada di depan mata. Tapi, Kamu belum menemukan penyelesaiannya. Jika memang pasangan yang selama ini ini menguji kesabaran Kamu, pahami ia lebih baik dan jauhi hal yang membuat emosi meledak.

    Pekerjaan: Berusaha keras.

    Keuangan: Kurang setoran.

    Asmara: Tenangkan diri.

    Pasangan Serasi: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius.

    Pasangan Tidak Serasi: Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn.

    Hari Keberuntungan: Kamis.

    Sumber : http://edsur.blogspot.com/2012/09/ramalan-bintang-hari-ini-terbaru.html 

    Semoga bermanfaat untuk anda semua, dan nantikan terus Edisi Ramalan Bintang terbaru lainnya untuk anda semua di tahun 2013 ini.
              Ramalan Cinta Aries - Ramalan Zodiak Aries Hari ini        
    Ramalan Cinta Aries akan kami berikan untuk anda semua yang memang memiliki Bintang Aries dan penasaran dengan ramalan cinta anda dengan pasangan anda, maka dari itu Ramalan Indonesia akan langsung berikan ramalan zodiak untuk anda semua.

    Betapa orang sangat penasaran kalau sudah mendengar ramalan Cinta, dimana setiap orang memiliki zodiak masing masing dan untuk edisi kali ini kami memberikan Ramalan Cinta Aries untuk yang lalu kami sudah memberikan Ramalan Cinta Scorpio yang juga sangat banyak yang menyukainya.

    Ramalan Cinta Aries :

    Tahun ini banyak tekanan menghadang perjalanan cinta kamu. Kamu butuh perasaan istimewa seperti perasaan cinta sesuai yang kamu inginkan.

    Kejenuhan yang melanda hatimu Tahun tahun yang lalu akan berakhir dengan gerakan mars yang memberi kamu spirit hingga akhir tahun ini. Selamat..!

    Segala hal tentang cinta yang udah kamu susun akan sukses dipertengahan tahun 2010 ini. Tapi kekuatan untuk menempatkan dewi cinta malah menjadi sebuah kegagalan.

    Nah, nah, apa yang terjadi sama kamu? Seperti ada sebuah ketakutan menghantui perasaanmu atas kehadiran seseorang yang istimewa di masa lalu.

    Jaga emosimu sampai kamu benar-benar yakin dengan apa yang kamu lakukan. Cinta akan berjalan sebagaimana mestinya

    Aries ( 23 MAret – 21 April ) : Kamu tuh orang yang baik banget Sob, sampek-sampek banyak temenmu yang ingin sekali minta bantuan kamu untuk menyelesaikan masalahnya, yah mereka kan tau kalau kamu tu orangnya emang enak di mintai bantuan, baik sih tapi jangan kebablasan yah sob sebab kamu juga harus memikirkan diri kamu sendiri sob, oke


    Nah sudah dulu info kami seputar Ramalan Cinta Aries untuk anda yang memiliki zodiak Aries, dan jangan lupa untuk memberikan komentar pada kolom yang sudah kami sediakan, dan nantikan edisi terbaru dari kami Oke :)

              Daring Cooks Challenge June 2013 Meatballs         
    This month's challenge was MEATBALLS my favourite recipe of all time I have so so so many great recipes here a couple of personal fav's enjoy the colour and flavours.

    This month's hosts were  Shelley and Ruth and here their introduction to the challenge

    Hi there! We are Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood. We are twin sisters who share a love of food, but who have very different cooking styles. Ruth keeps a vegetarian home while Shelley is a carnivore through and through.  Despite our differences, we both love all aspects of food – eating it, preparing it, and sharing it with the people we love.

    For this month's challenge, we wanted to do something a little bit different.

    So many of the challenges this year have helped us learn skills or techniques that are pretty specialized - and that have proven to be very challenging. And while the big challenges absolutely bring big rewards (not to mention yummy results), this month we thought we would go a bit more creative.

    There are many foods that appear across a variety of cultures, with only slight differences or variations.  This month we wanted to test out one food across many cultures to see how many variations we can bring to the blogosphere.  So this month we challenge the community to bring us meatballs from around the world.

    A meatball, at the most basic level, is some kind of ground meat that has been rolled into a ball and cooked.  But that is where the basics end.  Usually other ingredients are involved – generally breadcrumbs and eggs, to give the ball body and bind it together, and a variety of spices for flavor.  The type or types of meat used, the method of preparing the balls and especially the way the meat is served can vary so greatly that it is sometimes amazing to think that they are all the “same” kind of basic food.

    It is these differences that we are looking to celebrate this month – to create more meatball dishes than anyone ever would have thought possible, and to show the world just how versatile the “simple” meatball can be.

    Recipe Source:  Basic meatball recipes or based on recipes from cooks.com and Mark Bittman, with additional inspiration recipes provided from various online sources.

    Blog-checking lines:  The June Daring Cooks’ challenge sure kept us rolling – meatballs, that is! Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs from around the world and to create our own meatball meal celebrating a culture or cuisine of our own choice.

    Here follows my meatball recipes please enjoy them as much as I and my friends and family did!!!


    Kangaroo and beetroot meatballs in red wine sauce


    I LOVE meatballs and I KNOW how to make them after doing them many 1000s of times and I never get tired of them. This is one of my personal best meatball recipes made with kangaroo steak minced, the ready-made mince is easily available in major supermarkets in Australia (Coles/Woolworths $8.75/kg). I combine it with the other classic Australian taste that is beetroot. It always surprises foreigners how much beetroot is eaten in Australia, in fact it is a standard addition in hamburgers in most takeaways. So how couldn't I combine kangaroo and beetroot into a humble meatball. I use very strongly flavour rye crisp bread combined with robust sun-dried tomato pesto to favour the meatball mixture this combination seems to produce a mellow flavour simmered meatball. This is always a winner at parties and BBQs especially if I have let the meatballs soak in the red wine sauce overnight. The biggest tips for light, moist and fluffy meatballs - use the best ingredients you can afford, freshly minced meat is best, sauté your aromatics, all ingredients must be cold when mixing, freshly made bread crumbs, a gentle touch, make a test meatball check seasoning and simmer the meatballs.
    Kangaroo is a very 'soft' meat; especially lean, tender, and soft-textured well suited for children's palate and also it cooks at a very low temperature and very fast which makes it excellent for simmered meatballs.
    My standard roo and beetroot recipe (roo is Australian slang for kangaroo) is below, this makes the lightest most tender meatballs. I like making a batch and letting it cool in the red wine sauce overnight and then reheating until just hot super tasty.
    It is a very easy recipe.
    Kangaroo and beetroot meatballs simmered in red wine sauce
    Makes a lot, 4 dozen meatballs
    1 kg kangaroo mince, (best if used cold)
    2 large beetroot, finely grated
    1 carrot, finely grated
    2 onions, finely chopped and pan-fried until caramelised
    1/2 cup of cottage cheese (fetta cheese works well, reduce salt if using)
    3-4 tablespoons olive oil, extra virgin
    3 rye crisp-bread soaked in 3 tablespoons of cream or milk
    1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from wholemeal pita bread
    1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto (basil pesto is fine also)
    1 large egg
    2 small hot chillies, finely chopped
    2-3 teaspoons salt (if in Australia use vegemite (1/2-1 tablespoon) instead of salt)
    3 teaspoons pepper
    1 large tin of cherry tomatoes
    1 cup of red wine, good quality (or if using for children cranberry jelly or beef stock)
    Instructions
    1. In a sauce pan combine the cherry tomatoes (smash them with wooden spoon) and red wine bring to a simmer and let simmer while making the meatballs.
    2. In a bowl combine all the other ingredients except meat until well mixed.
    3. Place meat in large bowl add the mixture gently combine until almost mixed. Make a very small meatball, add to simmering sauce, cook, taste, adjust seasoning of the meatball mixture. Finish combining the mixture.
    3. Using 1-1/2 tablespoons of mixture form meatballs, drop immediately into the simmering red wine sauce. Cook for 10-15 mins.
    4. Enjoy!
    Kangaroo Mince - easily available in supermarkets in Australia (cheap & super healthy) I usually mince my own meat but the market was out of kangaroo meat so I used pre-packed mince.



    Ingredients for meatballs (L to R caramelised onion, carrot, beetroot, parsley, in front cream soaked rye crispbread)
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    The mixture that is added to the kangaroo mince (beetroot, carrot, caramelised onion, parsley, cottage cheese, cream soaked crisp bread, bread crumbs, whole egg, sun-dried tomato pesto) which is great on toast by itself.
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    The mixture all ready to made into meatballs
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    I did a fried test batch just to see how these worked out (not my usual procedure)
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    The interior of the fried meatball, nice, soft and fluffy
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    My normal simmered meatballs
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    The interior of the meatball
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    I have to say the fried ones were interesting not has tender as the simmered one but well worth eating. I have road-tested this recipe over many years to get the most tender simmered meatballs (especially made for children and fussy adults) so that is why the fried meatballs were well above average but not as good as the simmered ones.
    Lamb, mint and beetroot meatballs
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    Isn't the colour gorgeous on these bright pink lamb meatballs. This is one of the reasons I love this recipe and it goes so well with cucumber/mint/yoghurt dip. I like making tiny 2 teaspoon-sized meatballs for the kids just one bite for their tiny mouths. The caramelised beetroot and onion really adds to and intensifies the natural sweetness of lamb. This meatball recipe has been developed by me over a couple of years. As the butcher was explaining to me a long time ago the fat in lamb is "funny" it doesn't take too well being mixed with pork or veal or beef. That is why I like adding gelatine to the lamb mixture which adds a lovely tender moist mouth feel to the cooked meat balls. Also I like how the meatballs when fried have a "black" crust the characteristic brown-black colour of the crust results from the browned beetroot it doesn't taste burnt or bitter. If you bake the meatballs you can control the colour of the balls to suit your visual liking.

    A couple of years ago I was researching on the internet about meatball making and discovered a trick professionals use - adding gelatine to the soaking liquid which adds an unctuous mouth feel to the meatball (which is why a lot of meatball recipes add veal which is gelatine-rich). So I tried it in my standard lamb, mint and beetroot meatball recipe. I have to say the gelatine really adds a lot of moistness and a soft tender mouth feel to the interior of the meatballs. I do this gelatine trick to all my recipes now. Several people who had my lamb meatballs before the change commented after I added the gelatine about the tenderness and moistness of them now. (If anything I thought almost too tender and moist the first time I tasted them but that is my opinion.)
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    Lamb, mint and beetroot meatballs based on this recipe
    500 gm (1 lb) lamb mince, freshly ground, best if used cold
    250 gm (1 very large) beetroot, grated and fried until caramelised
    2 onions, grated and fried until caramelised (do the onion and beetroot together)
    1/2 cup of cottage cheese, drained
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 teaspoons pepper
    1/2 teaspoon of gelatine bloomed in 1/2 cup of warm wine for 5 mins
    3 slices of white bread, torn into small pieces, then soaked in the cooled wine/gelatine liquid for 5 mins then squeezed dry and chopped
    1 bunch mint, finely chopped
    1 large egg if frying the meatballs, 2 large eggs if simmering
    (optional toasted sesame seeds for garnishing the cooked meatballs)

    Method
    1. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl except for the meat. Mix until well combined.
    2. Add meat and gently mix until almost combined. Make a very small test meatball and cook, taste, adjust seasoning then continue combining mixture until just mixed. Make medium meatballs using 1-1/2 tablespoons of mixture or large meatballs using 3-4 tablespoons of mixture. Let rest in fridge for at least one hour and up to one day. Fry or simmer gently. I find it best to fry them first and then simmer (the frying adds a nice crust to the meatballs).
    3. Best served with yoghurt/mint/cucumber dip.
    4. Garnish with the optional toasted sesame seeds.

    The baked meatballs garnished in black and white toasted sesame seeds
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    Spicy Tom Yum Asian Meatballs


    This is the recipe I have when I'm trying to impress at dinner parties. They are made with beef/veal (and the gelatine trick) and the same ingredients as TOM YUM soup. The colour for them is so golden and when fried the meatballs form a beautiful tasty crust. These are so beautiful piled high on a party platter. I know I know this soup is meant for prawns (shrimp) but it seems to work excellently for these meatballs, maybe the saffron, coconut cream and fried tomato paste does the trick.



    Tom Yum Soup Ingredients
    4 lime leaves,finely chopped
    2 lemongrass stalks, chopped into tiny pieces
    4 slices galangal, finely chopped
    2 thumbs of ginger, finely chopped
    4-8 bird's eyes chillies, finely sliced
    1 tbsp palm sugar
    Juice of 1-2 limes
    2 tbsp fish sauce (a good Thailand brand)
    3 large pinches of saffron infused in the lime juice and fish sauce
    2 green onions, thinly sliced
    1 small tomato de-fleshed seeded and chopped finely
    20 gm dried mushroom reconstituted in warm coconut cream with 1 tsp of gelatine
    1 tbsp of tomato paste fried until brown
    1/2 cup reconstituted glass rice noodles (or bread crumbs) soaked in the mushroom/coconut cream/gelatine liquid
    Meatballs
    1/2 kg of beef/pork belly (freshly ground)
    the above ingredients plus 1 large egg combined. Form 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized meatballs then fry gently.
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    Lentil and Spinach balls with blueberry sage glaze


    This is an intriguing recipe! It tastes so GOOD yet it is the weirdest combination of ingredients but it's always a winner at parties and surprise pot-lucks and it's easy to cook also (only a couple of mins in a mircowave and if you want an optional light browning in a fry pan.) It always STUNS guests when I tell them what these tasty entrées are made of - lentils, spinach, a couple of eggs and some seasoned bread crumbs served with a sticky blueberry sage glaze. This combination is so delicious and so stimulating to the palate, the different tastes oscillate on your tongue which is exactly what you want an entrée to do to stimulate the appetite for what-is-to-come. The lentil and spinach balls are delicious alone but teamed with the sticky blueberry sage glaze they really seem to switch the taste receptors to the "pleasure" setting. A good recipe to have and their freeze well also.
    I always get so many different answers when I ask what they tasted like, but universally they do say they liked them.
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    The cooked balls (after microwaving for 2 mins in my very old microwave oven)
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    Lentil and Spinach balls with blueberry sage glaze
    Lentil and Spinach Balls (adapted from this recipe)
    2 cups of cooked green lentils (these lentils hold their shape when cooked)
    250 gm packet of frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped (you can use watercress or collard greens make sure that the greens are squeezed dry and chopped finely)
    2 large eggs
    1/2 - 3/4 cup heavily seasoned dry breadcrumbs (Italian-seasoned is fine)
    2 teaspoons of freshly cracked pepper
    Method
    1. If you want a very fine texture and even colour in the interior of your vegetarian balls, you can machine-process the spinach and eggs (not the lentils) together to form a bright green purée. (see here for a picture of a puréed lentil/spinach ball)
    2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, form 3 tablespoon-sized balls. Refrigerate for at least one hour up to one day.
    3. Microwave on high for 2 mins (check at 1 min). Serve with a simple tomato sauce or the blueberry sage glaze.
    4. If you want you can lightly fry the microwaved balls to form a crisp thin eggshell crust the balls will brown slightly if fried.
    Blueberry sage glaze (based on this recipe)
    500 gm frozen blueberries (can use a mixture of red/purple berries) (cranberries or pomegranate molasses work well also but will need more sugar) (you can use 1/2 cup red wine but reduce the blueberries by half)
    1 tablespoons white vinegar (to taste)
    2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 teaspoon hot chilli powder (optional)
    1 thumb of ginger, grated (optional)
    1 spring (green) onion, finely chopped (optional)
    1-2 garlic clove(s), crushed (optional)
    4 sage leaves
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or butter)
    Method
    1. Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan reduce gently, taste and adjust vinegar or sugar until slightly sweet with a light sour after-taste. Use the optional ingredients if you are serving a meat (or strong tasting) main course.
    2. Remove sage leaves before serving.
    Blue-Veined Watercress Ricotta Balls








    Blue-Veined Watercress Ricotta Balls
    These ricotta based balls are simple to make and only contain a few ingredients; ricotta & blue-veined cheese, eggs, watercress (or spinach), and seasoned breadcrumbs (or flour). I included some puréed beetroot in the mixture (I had some left over) that is why this batch is pinkish in colour usually they are white. They fry up nicely but I like them simmered in soups and stews. If you use flour in the recipe you get "gnudi" a dumping, these are much lighter.
    Blue-Veined Watercress Ricotta Balls1 cup (250 gm) fresh ricotta cheese, broken up into small pieces (I use low fat)
    1 large bunch watercress (or spinach), blanched (1 min), squeezed dried & chopped finely
    1 bunch mint (or basil if using spinach), finely chopped
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (or flour if you want gundi), seasoned (may need more)
    1/3-1/4 cup blue-veined cheese, finely crumbed (1/2 cup finely grated parmesan if using spinach)
    (optional 1/4 cup root veggie purée (beetroot, carrot or pumpkin) best if you are using spinach)

    Method
    Combine in large bowl all the ingredients mix until almost combined, make small test ball, cook, taste adjust seasoning, finish combining, form small (2 teaspoons), medium (1-1/2 tablespoons) or large (1/4 cup) sized balls, place into simmering soup or stews until cooked (small 3 mins, med 6 mins, large 10 mins)

    Hearty Winter Soup with Ricotta balls and Spinach Balls



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    Ballsy Hearty Winter Soup with Ricotta balls and Spinach Balls
    I made up a warm filling pearl barley, red and green lentil, split pea, tomato and beetroot winter soup I served it with my spinach/lentil balls and blue-veined watercress ricotta balls, (each 4 tablespoons-sized). (The spinach and lentil balls recipe has already been posted and the blue-veined water ricotta ball recipe is above). Perfect on a cold winter's day especially with buttered sourdoug rye bread.
    Ballsy Hearty Winter Soup
    1 onion, chopped, fried
    1 carrot, grated, fried
    optional 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 piece celery, chopped, fried (fry (3 tablespoons olive oil) celery, carrot & onion (& optional garlic) together until onion goes translucent then add tomato paste)
    3 tablespoons tomato paste, fried (until brown), then add
    2 cups - 4 cups of good vegetable stock
    1-3 teaspoon salt & 2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
    1 cup pearl barley, soaked and washed
    1/2 cup green lentil, soaked and washed
    1/4 cup split pea, soaked and washed
    2 tablespoon red lentil, soaked and washed
    1 cup of finely chopped (or grated) beetroot
    Method
    Add in a large saucepan the fried ingredients, stock, barley and legumes. Simmer for 1-1/4 hrs adding extra stock as needed. Add the beetroot simmer of extra 1/2 hr. Add plenty of spinach/lentils balls and blue-veined watercress balls in the last 15 mins. Serve the balls covered in the thickened soup or stew.

    Super Duper Surf and Turf Meatballs
    These are so so so GOOD I scoffed the entire first whole batch down myself there is something about adding umami (the savoury taste sensation) to food especially to meatballs that really intensifies and accents the taste of all the ingredients. These tasted like something from a super fancy restaurant I even impressed myself, since it was an impromptu recipe just using leftovers and a couple of pantry staples, usually you aren't this lucky with "spur-of-the-moment" recipes. Deeply and profoundly satisfying and so exquisitely tasty. I will be making these again and again.


    I opened the fridge and this is what I had leftover from the night before:-
    1. a half packet (250 gm or 1/4 lb) of good quality hamburger mince (ground beef),
    2. a tin of smoked oysters in oil,
    3. a 1/4 packet of powdered mushroom, nori sheets and sesame (the blue plastic packet),
    4. vegemite,
    5. wasabi powder,
    6. some fresh bread crumbs (not shown), and
    7. 1 large egg (not shown)
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    I noticed immediately that many of the ingredients were rich in umami. After sweet and salty, sour and bitter, there is umami—the fifth taste. Discovered at the beginning of the last century by the Japanese, the word umami translates roughly to mean "deliciousness" or "deliciously savour" — an understatement if ever there was one. Rich, deep and intensely savoury, umami exists in a number of foods and I had a gold mine of them.
    So I decided to make a surf and turf meatball (technically an umami-rich wasabi beef meatball stuffed with smoked oysters). The powdered mushrooms, nori, vegemite, smoked oysters and beef are all rich sources of umami (the savoury taste in foods). Also roasting, caramelizing, browning and grilling all boost the umami taste sensation in foods. Which is why this is a FABULOUS little entrée super rich in umami literally drenching in "deliciousness". I would serve with blue-vein cheese (rich in umami) or shaved parmesan cheese (one of the richest sources of umami), black olives (rich in umami) with some fried tomato paste (rich in umami) or fresh ripe tomatoes (rich in umami), tabasco sauce or hot chilli sauce, fish sauce (rich in umami), balsamic vinegar (rich in umami) and freshly minced garlic and a some finely chopped herbs parsley or mint, with a little of the reserved oyster oil. YUM YUM YUM. These tasted so good I'm calling them super duper surf and turf meatballs.
    This is the best one so far on my meatball making challenge!. On reflection and making two other batches for my friends who LOVED these, I'm entering these in the college's (that I'm attending) cooking competition next week so tasty and satisfying hummmmmm.
    How to make the meatballs
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    The finished meatballs waiting to be cooked (all the same size)
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    Super Duper Surf and Turf Meatballs
    250 gm (1/4 lb) minced beef, best if used cold
    100 gm (3-1/2 oz) tin of smoked oysters, drained, reserve oil
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs, heavily seasoned
    2 teaspoons of vegemite, mixed into the beaten egg (or 1 tablespoon fish sauce)
    1 teaspoon pepper
    1/4-1/2 teaspoon of wasabi powder, to taste
    1/4 cup of dried mushroom, shredded (or 2 tablespoons of mushroom powder)
    1 sheet of nori, finely shredded
    1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
    Method
    1. Combine in a large bowl all the ingredients except the oysters until almost combined. Make a very small test ball, cook, taste, adjust seasoning. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into a semicircular spoon, poke finger into mixture to form a hole stuff with 3 smoked oysters cover the stuffing with the displaced beef mixture to form a complete meatball, repeat until all the mixture and oysters are used up, makes about 16-18 meatballs (See pictures above).
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    Chicken balls

    I made two sorts of chicken balls; a sun-dried tomato, olive and ricotta chickenball and a sesame seed coated Thai coconut lime chickenball
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    Sun-dried tomato, olive and ricotta chicken-ball
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    Sesame seed coated Thai coconut lime chickenball
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    Sun-dried tomato, black olive and ricotta chicken-ball
    300 gm chicken, mince
    300 gm ricotta, finely crumbed
    1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, finely chopped
    28 black olives, stoned, (use 2 black olives per 1-1/2 tablespoon meatball)
    1 large egg
    2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1/4-1/2 cup of fresh bread crumbs, heavily seasoned

    Sesame seed coated Thai coconut lime chicken ball
    500 gm chicken, mince
    3 tablespoons coconut cream
    1 tablespoon fish sauce
    1 packet of Hot and Spicy Thai noodle soup (any spicy Asian style is fine)
    2 lime leaves, finely shredded
    1/4 cup of fresh bread crumbs, heavily seasoned
    1/4 cup of peanuts, pieces
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 red chilli, finely chopped
    4 tablespoons sesame seeds, for coating

              April 2013 Daring Cooks' Challenge Ballotine        
    Ballotine
    This has been one of the best challenges for the Daring Cooks'. Lisa from  the blog Parsley, Sage and Sweet did an amazing job in writing up the challenge and finding a wonderful video by Jacques Pepin about making ballotine. That is boning a bird and stuffing it and then rolling it and roasting it. I enjoyed it so much I did three versions. Thank you Lisa so much for all the effort!

    See here for a PDF of this challenge 

    Blog-checking lines:  For the April Daring Cooks Challenge, Lisa from Parsley, Sage and Sweet has challenged us to debone a whole chicken, using this video by Jacques Pepin as our guide; then stuff it, tie it and roast it, to create a Chicken Ballotine.

    Turkey Ballotine
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    I was going to make quail stuffed with lemon, lime and orange served with a chilli date sauce. But when I got to the shops I found that there was no quails but turkey was on special at only $1/kg (about 50cents/pound), and that the wild cranberries were only 50 cents a punnet. Believing in using what is at its peak I went with the flow and did turkey with parsley, mint, cranberry and sourdough crumb stuffing. The deboning process took about 8 mins, the stuffing and tieing took about 10 mins so about 18 mins in total 

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    The deboned turkey notice the bones to the side
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    The deboned turkey skin side-up
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    The cranberry, parsley, mint and sourdough stuffing (yum yum). The stuffing is a combination of cranberry, parsley, mint, sourdough crumbs, rosemary olive oil, fried red onion, pepper and sea salt.
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    The trussed and stuffed turkey
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    I like to rest the trussed and stuffed turkey for a couple of hours in the fridge it helps set the shape and stops the ballotine from unrolling during roasting. I usually rub "chicken" salt into the skin which helps to brown it that is why the skin is yellow.
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    The roasted turkey ballotine
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    After resting in the fridge overnight the ballotine firmed up beautifully. It sliced very cleanly and thinly which is what I wanted. This is such a lovely tasting and looking dish perfect for a picnic lunch.
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    Orange molasses quail with macadamia swede purée 


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    I got some fresh quails from a friend of mine who raises them. I de-boned (my first time de-boning the tiny birds) them (about 5 mins after the third bird) then I made a stuffing of orange molasses, fresh toasted rye breadcrumbs, chilli oyster sauce, brown sugar, orange peel and whole hard-boiled quail eggs. Orange molasses is tart-ish which works surprisingly well in the stuffing and as a glaze on the quail. Roast the quails for 25mins at 200C. Then I made up some swede purée combined with a ½ cup of macadamia nut butter – this combination is superbly rich, creamy and thick it has an amazing taste. Several people have asked me this question "Was the quail easier to debone than the chicken?" Yes since they are so tiny they are easier to handle and the flesh peels off really easy I thought. Also they look so cute since they are so small and dainty. Usually quail are full of little bones which can make them a bit messy to eat.


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    De-boned quail  (I left the really tiny wings on the carcass )

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    Orange molasses quail with macadamina swede purée  

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    (Yes that is a quail egg in the deboned quail so cute)


    The crisp skinned quail was the perfect counterpoint to the purée and it is nice to have quail without the bones the de-boning is well worth the five minutes it takes.



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    I loved this challenge so much I had to do another ballotine (my third for this challenge), I used turkey again since it was still on sale at 75cents/kg (34 cents/lb). The stuffing was bitter greens, sweet prunes, fried red onion rings and old-day bread crumbs, which was so tasty anyway. I used a hint of honey on the skin with plenty of salt and pepper, the skin really browned up so well. 
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    I getting so quick at boning now it took about 3 mins this time.
              March 2012 Daring Cooks' - Braving the braise        
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    This month's Daring Cooks' challenge was to braise we had complete freedom to do any sort of braise we wanted. What a fun challenge and so much freedom and from the superb responses from the other forum members this challenge went down really well, so many braise using all sorts of ingredients such as chicken, duck, pork, beef short ribs, fennel, root vegetables, tofu even moose!

    Recipe Source: Michael Ruhlman – Ruhlman’s Twenty

    Blog-checking lines: The March, 2012 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Carol, a/k/a Poisonive – and she challenged us all to learn the art of Braising! Carol focused on Michael Ruhlman’s technique and shared with us some of his expertise from his book “Ruhlman’s Twenty”.

    See the PDF of the challenge recipes with hints and tips here.

    Balsamic vinegar and honey beef short ribs
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    I have been wanting to do a short rib recipe for a little while now so this challenge was perfect. Braising is such a great technique because:-
    1. the searing gives you great colour and add lots of flavour to the final dish
    2. as the connective tissues break down, they dissolve and form gelatin, which thickens the cooking liquid and gives it body and shine, meanwhile
    3. the braising causes the muscle fibers to absorb moisture from the cooking liquid and steam. Which gives you a juicy piece of meat. Braising also melds flavours from the stock, vegetables and any herbs and seasonings.

    So it is important to pay attention to searing the meat correctly (including the bones), and the flavouring ingredients in the braising liquid. Take careful note of all the wonderful tips and hints that our lovely hostess Carol has included in the challenge write up they really do work. I like a longer slower braising time at the lowest temperature 140°F/60°C to cook meat safely I think it really adds a lot more flavour into the meat.    

    This recipe uses an initial eight hour marinade of fried tomato paste for acidity, onions and garlic which is cleaned off then the ribs are seared, and then they are braised for 14 hours at 140°F/60°C (in a cool oven) in a mixture of ironbark honey and aged balsamic vinegar, a little red wine, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, bay leaf, a mirepoix, lots of pepper and the marinade. I used two bush tomatoes (an Australia native herb that is a strongly flavoured of tomato and eggplant even one is enough to perfume a whole room!) in the braising broth also, I was very lucky and got 3 kgs (6.6 lbs) of short ribs for only $10 (they were on special in the Asian butcher shop usually $15/kg) which consisted of two enormous slabs of meat studded with ribs. After the ribs were cooked and cooled the fat is taken off and the sauce is reduced to a thick shiny sticky consistency it has a super concentrated flavour. I was very impressed with the colour and flavour of the ribs a small amount of sauce goes a long long way in this recipe. Enough for many many meals I got almost 12 cups of braised meat and liquid.  I will make a meal using the ribs in the next of couple of days since I want maximum flavour infused into the meat. Incidentally I got a new camera so that's the reason for all the close-up shots of the ribs I was experimenting it is an Aldi Traveller brand $56 point and shoot.

    The butcher told me that oxtail will be on special soon maybe I will try that next, since all braises freeze well.

    The two humongous slabs of beef ribs they are about 1.5 kgs (3-1/3 lbs) each!
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    Seared beef ribs
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    The braised ribs cooled overnight in the refrigerator
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    The braised ribs before they were covered in the reduced sauce, even these are delicious
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    Caramel miso duck nibbles
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    I just had to do the caramel miso sauce it sounds so tasty, I got some duck pieces from my favourite gourmet butcher, I seared them to crisp up the duck skin and then oven braised them in the caramel miso sauce. Then I rested the braised meat in the fridge overnight then I removed a voluminous amount of duck fat (almost 1-1/2 cups) and strained the braising liquid and reduced it until it was thick and shiny. I used my new chopper to cut the cold braised duck pieces into bite sized nibbles (I find it is much easier to cut cooked poultry when it is cold). I coated the nibbles with the reduced caramel miso sauce and broiled (grilled) them until well coloured. I don't make duck that often since most of my friends dislike it (bad experiences at restaurants, greasy and tasteless) even my friend Cherie liked these nibbles, not greasy at all. The caramel miso sauce is to-die-for and can be used for meat and veggies a great recipe.
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    Slow braised sweet chilli squid
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    This is one of my favourite summer seafood dishes it is embarrassingly easy to make and it's a real crowd pleaser. When squid is slow braised it becomes extra soft (melt in your mouth) and sweet and in combination with sweet chilli sauce and a tomato/onion based pasta sauce produces an unctuous amalgam that emphasises the taste of the squid. The squid sauce is sweet and mild and perfect as a sauce for a seafood pasta dish. I seared the squid pieces and braised them for six hours on the lowest simmer.

    Slow braised sweet chilli squid
    (1-1/4 kg)(2-3/4 lb) 3 large squid (or you can use baby octopus about a dozen or so)
    3 cups pasta sauce (the kind that uses mainly tomato and onions, I use a good store bought kind, you can make you own if you wish, the sauce must be thick)
    3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
    optional 2 cloves of garlic crushed
    fresh lemon or lime juice, to taste if the sauce becomes too sweet

    Directions
    1. Clean the squid (remove the beak, the central clear cartilage, the fins, ink sack, the innards and scrap off most of the 'coloured' outer skin and scrap the tentacles to make sure that all of the sucker cartilage is removed). Cut the flesh into 2 cm (1 inch) pieces, cut the tentacles into 5 cm (2 inch) lengths. The pieces reduce in size by about 75% when braised so remember to cut the pieces much larger than the final cooked size. You can sear the pieces if you wish this adds a lot more flavour and colour to the pieces but increases the braising time by twice. Place the pieces into a medium stew pot.
    2. Add the pasta sauce, the sweet chilli sauce and the optional garlic.
    3. Slow braise uncovered in a very slow (90C/195F) oven or on the stove top just below a bare simmer for about 3 hours (check at 1 hour to see how much squid liquid is given off if there is a lot leave the pot uncovered, if the sauce is already thick cover the pot and add some water as needed during the braise) until the squid is soft to the tooth and the sauce has thicken and turned a brownish red colour, I have found you can simmer the sauce all day all that happens is the squid flesh becomes softer and softer and the sauce becomes more and more mellow. Makes 4 cups of squid pasta sauce suitable for about 8 servings.
    4. The squid pasta sauce is much better the next day, store in the fridge up to 5 days.
    5. Add fresh lime or lemon juice at the end of the cooking process to counter excessive sweetness if desired. Gremolata would be an excellent addition to the pasta dish.
    Notes:- try to get small-sized squid or baby octopus since their cooking time is about 2-3 hours, while one large (1-1/3 kg/3 lb) octopus can take 6+ hours!
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    A couple of questions about the squid from the challenge host
    1) You said searing increases the braising time...why? Do you have to the sear? Does the squid turn brown?
    2) How do you serve it - pasta, polenta, by itself?
    My answers
    Thank you so much for the kind kinds. Yes squid/octopus is perfect for long slow braising unlike some other seafood.
    Answer 1) There are two ways to cook squid one) fast and furious in a fry pan or a BBQ or two) a long slow bare simmer. So if you sear the squid first basically it is cooked therefore if you braise it after searing you need a lot more time to make the squid tender again. No you do not need to sear I usually just throw in the freshly cleaned and cut squid pieces into the sweet chilli tomato/onion sauce and braised it just like that with no problems. For special occasions I like to sear the squid first since it adds an additional flavour dimension to the final sauce but there is no real need to sear first if you do not want to. The sweet chilli tomato/onion sauce colours the squid flesh a light brown/red hue, if you sear first then the squid gets a very light brown colouring in addition to the brown/red hue that the sauce imparts to it.
    Answer 2) I just cook up some dry packet pasta and heat up some of the sauce and just add that to the pasta. I like to use black squid ink pasta to show off the colour of the squid and sauce. I think polenta (or sweet potato gnocchi) would be wonderful with the squid sauce though I never have had it that way. The squid sauce is great on pizza as well especially if you add some extra seafood like oysters or clams etc to the topping.

    Double squid pasta with gremolata
    Slowed braised sweet chilli squid served on squid ink pasta with gremolata
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    I had surprise lunch guests over so I thought that I would serve up the braised sweet chilli squid I made a few days ago I love this sauce since it takes no time to made up a restaurant quality dish (in appearance and flavour) literally 5 minutes. The use of squid ink pasta really adds a lovely base seafood flavour to the dish which enhances the braised squid sauce taste while the germolata adds a lovely "fresh" zing to the dish I never used germolata before now it is a must for me. For this recipe I cooked some squid ink pasta (5 mins), made the gremolata (4 mins) while heating the sweet chilli squid (3 mins in the microwave) then finally I added some sliced marinated sweet chillies as a garnish. The final dish looks stunning the contrast of colours and textures makes its very visually appealing. This was a smashing dish I thought there is something about the texture contrast of the squid and the pasta that is delightful. And I have half of the sauce left! I liked this dish so much I'm having it for dinner tonight with some guests. Serve with crunchy bread and a green salad. I think you can see why this is my all-time favourite summer seafood pasta recipe, it's simple fast and always gives a spectacular looking result.
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    The gremolata recipe
    Anchovy dill gremolata
    A gremolata is a quickly made condiment used to finish savoury dishes with bright fresh citrus-herb flavours.
    Ingredients:
    2 anchovy fillets, chopped fine
    1 lemon peel, zested fine
    1 garlic clove, minced fine
    1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped fine
    1 tablespoon dill fronds, chopped fine
    1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin oil
    1 teaspoon anchovy oil
    Optional 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped

    Directions:
    In a mortar and pestle mash and pound all the ingredients until a paste is formed. Dab or sprinkle sparingly over the pasta.

    If you like you can make orange fennel gremolata replace the lemon zest with orange zest and replace the dill with fennel fronds. Instead of the shallot use fennel.

    Sticky Sweet Braised Tofu Steaks with Asian Germolata
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    I wanted to braise at least one non-meat ingredient for this challenge I just had to make a braised tofu recipe (I love tofu and am always looking for ways to enjoy it). I have been wanting to make sticky sweet tofu (tau hu kho) for a while now so this was the perfect challenge for this dish. And since I'm in love with germolata at the moment I made an Asian germolata to serve with the braised tofu it consisted of coriander, lime zest, garlic, Thai basil, mint, lemongrass, crispy fried chilli pawn (shrimp), salt and dark roasted sesame seed oil. I seared the sliced bite-sized firm tofu pieces until lightly brown then I braised them in a mixture of kacap manis, honey, rice wine vinegar, ginger powder, onion powder, chilli paste and vegetable stock. During the simmering the braising liquid reduces to a thick shiny sauce which coat the pieces with sticky sweet deliciousness. I really like this cooking method for tofu it adds so much flavour and colour to the bean curb. These taste great at room temperature great for dinner parties. I just love how the bean curd absorbs the braising liquid and the sweet sticky coating is to die for, and I think the Asian germolata is a great addition to the original basic braised tofu.

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    When seared transfer to a shallow saucepan and braise until the pieces expand about 15% (about 30 minutes to an hour), I fried the tofu in two batches you can see the difference before (the light coloured pieces) and after (the dark pieces) braising
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    Sticky Sweet Braised Tofu Steaks
    makes 12 mini-steaks
    500 gm (1 lb) extra firm tofu block
    3 tablespoons vegetable stock (or water)
    2 tablespoons soy sauce, salt-reduced
    3 tablespoons kacap manis
    2 tablespoons rice wine vingear
    juice from one lemon or two limes (use the zest for the Asian gremolata)
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    2 teaspoons ginger powder
    2 teaspoons onion powder
    1 teaspoon chilli paste
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    dash of salt
    2 tablespoons olive oil (for frying)

    Directions
    1. Combine all the braising ingredients in a small bowl mix well check for taste it should be slightly sweet with a salty sour after-taste adjust seasoning as needed, set aside.
    2. Drain tofu, slice into 1-1/2 inch (4 cm) square pieces about 1/2 inch (1-1/4 cm) thick, pat dry with paper towels. Squares work best for searing and braising.
    3. Add oil to a frying pan heat on medium heat until the oil shimmers.
    4. Fry the tofu until browned (about 3-5 minutes each side). Do not overcrowd the frying pan, it is best to fry the tofu in small batches. Remove browned pieces set aside. Clean the fry pan if needed.
    5. Add the braising liquid into the frying pan gently heat until barely simmering, add the browned tofu pieces in one layer braise (turning once or twice) until the pieces expand about 15% (about 30 minutes to one hour) and the braising liquid is thick and coats the tofu (add more water as needed). Check for sweetness add lemon juice as needed. Serve warm or at room temperature, braised tofu reheats wonderfully. It tastes even better the next day. Stores for 5 days in the fridge.

    Asian Gremolata
    Provides a generous topping for 12 sticky sweet tofu steaks
    A herb-citrus gremolata made with traditional Asian ingredients

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoon crispy fried pawn (shrimp) flakes or crispy fried shallots, chopped fine
    2 lime peels (or 1 lemon peel), zested fine
    2 garlic cloves, minced fine
    1/4 cup coriander (cilantro), chopped fine
    1 tablespoon lemon grass, chopped fine
    1 tablespoon Thai basil, chopped fine
    1 tablespoon mint, chopped fine
    2 to 3 teaspoons sesame oil
    1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon chilli paste (mild or hot as to taste)
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Directions:
    In a mortar and pestle mash and pound all the ingredients while adding teaspoons of sesame oil until a paste is formed. Dab or sprinkle generously over the braised tofu pieces.
              February 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge: Flipping Fried Patties!!!        
    Hi it is Lisa and Audax and we are hosting this month's Daring Cooks' challenge we have chosen a basic kitchen recipe and a basic cooking technique which can be adapted to suit any ingredient that you have to hand and are beloved by children and adults alike … of course we are talking about patties.
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    Technically patties are flatten discs of ingredients held together by (added) binders (usually eggs, flour or breadcrumbs) usually coated in breadcrumbs (or  flour) then fried (and sometime baked). Burgers, rissoles, croquettes, fritters, and rösti are types of patties as well.

    Irish chef Patrick "Patty" Seedhouse is said to have come up with the original concept and term as we know it today with his first production of burgers utilizing steamed meat pattys - the pattys were "packed and patted down" (and called pattys for short) in order to shape a flattened disc that would enflame with juices once steamed.

    The binding of the ingredients in patties follows a couple of simple recipes (there is some overlap in the categories below)
    Patties – patties are ingredients bound together and shaped as a disc.
    Rissoles and croquettes – use egg with breadcrumbs as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 egg with ½ cup of breadcrumbs (sometimes flour, cooked grains, nuts and bran can be used instead of the breadcrumbs). Some meat patties use no added binders in them they rely on the protein strands within the meat to bind the patty together.  Vegetarian and vegan patties may use mashed vegetables, mashed beans, grains, nuts and seeds to bind the patty. Generally croquettes are crumbed (breaded) patties which are  shallow- or deep-fried. Rissoles are not usually crumbed (but can be) and are pan- or shallow-fried. Most rissoles and croquettes can be baked.  (Examples are all-meat patties, hamburgers, meat rissoles, meatloaves, meatballs, tuna fish and rice patties, salmon and potato rissoles, most vegetable patties.)
    Wet Fritters – use flour, eggs and milk as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 2 cups flour, 1 egg with 1 cup of milk and are usually deep-fried and sometimes pan-fried  (examples deep fried apple fritters, potato fritters, some vegetable fritters, hushpuppies)
    Dry Fritters – use eggs and (some) flour as the binder, typical usage for 500 grams  (1 lb) of filling ingredients is 1 to 2 eggs and (usually) some 2 to 8 tablespoons of flour (but sometimes no flour) and are pan- or shallow- fried. (examples most vegetable patties like zucchini fritters, Thai fish cakes, crab cakes, NZ whitebait fritters)
    Röstis – use eggs (sometimes with a little flour) as the binder for the grated potato, carrot and other root vegetables, typical usage for 500 grams (1 lb) of filling ingredients is one egg yolk (potato rösti).

    Sautéing, stir frying, pan frying, shallow frying, and deep frying use different amounts fat to cook the food. Sautéing uses the least amount of oil (a few teaspoons) while deep frying uses (many many cups) the most oil. The oil helps lubricate (sometimes adds flavour) the food being fried so it will not stick to the pan and helps transfer heat to the food being cooked.

    In particular, as a form of cooking patties, pan- and shallow-frying relies on oil of the correct temperature to seal the surface (so retaining moisture) and to heat the interior ingredients (so binding them together) so cooking the patty. The exposed topside of the patty while cooking allows, unlike deep frying, some moisture loss and contact with the pan bottom with the patty creates greater browning on the contact surface that is the crust of the patty is browned and the interior is cooked by pan- and shallow-frying. Because the food is only being cooked on one side while being pan- or shallow-fried, the food must be flipped at least once to totally cook the patty.

    So this month's challenge is to pan- or shallow-fry a patty, so giving us the title for this challenge “flipping fried patties”.

    This challenge will help you understand how to form, what binders to use, and how to fry a patty so that it is cooked to picture perfect perfection.

    Recipe Source:  Audax adapted a number of popular recipes to come up with the challenge patty recipes and Lisa has chosen to share two recipes – California Turkey Burger adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, and French Onion Salisbury Steak adapted from Cuisine at Home magazine.

    Blog-checking lines:  The Daring Cooks’ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness!  We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!

    Posting Date:  February 14th, 2012

    Download the printable .pdf file HERE



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    • Binders
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    • Eggs – are found in most patty recipes it acts as a binder, use cold eggs and lightly beat them before using  If you cannot use eggs try this tip  "1/4 cup of silken tofu, blended, or a commercial egg re-placer powder mixed with warm water."
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    • Flour – normal plain (all-purpose) flour is used in most fritter recipes it can be replaced with rice, corn or potato flours (in smaller quantities) in some recipes. If you want some rise in your patties then use self-raising flour or add some baking powder to the flour. 
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    • Breadcrumb Preparation – breadcrumbs are a common ingredient in patties, burgers and fritters they act as a binding agent, ensuring the patty keeps it shape during the cooking process.
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      • Fresh breadcrumbs – these crumbs are made at home with stale bread simply remove the crusts from one- or two-day old bread, break bread into pieces, place pieces in a blender or food processor then blend or process until fine. Store any excess in a plastic bag in the freezer. 1 cup of fresh crumbs = 3 slices of bread.
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      • Packaged breadcrumbs – often called dry breadcrumbs, these are used to make a crisp coating on the burgers, patties and fritters they are easily found in the supermarket, You can make them at home. Place slices of one- or two-day bread on baking trays, bake in the oven on the lowest setting until slices are crisp and pale brown. Cool bread, break pieces in a blender or food processor then blend or process until fine. 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs = 4 slices of bread.
       
    • Alternate binders – bran (oat, wheat, rice, barley etc) can be used instead of breadcrumbs in most recipes. Tofu (silken) can replace the egg. Also using mashed potato (or sweet potato, carrots, most root vegetables) and/or mashed beans can help bind most patties. Of course chickpea flour and most other flours can be used to help bind patties. Seeds, nuts and grains can help bind a patty especially when the patty has cooled after cooking. These binders are used in vegan recipes.
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    • Moisteners – Mayonnaise and other sauces, pesto and mustard are used in some meat patty recipes mainly for moisture and flavour but they can act as binders as well. For vegetable patties you can use chopped frozen spinach, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, shredded apple and cooked grains to add extra moisture. Also sour cream and other milk products are used to increase the tenderness of patties.

       
    • Patty Perfection
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    • When making meat patties the higher the fat content of the meat, the more the patties shrink during cooking this is especially true for ground (minced) red meat. Make patties larger than the bun they are to be served on to allow for shrinkage.
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    • For hamburgers keep the fat content to about 20 - 30% (don't use lean meat) this ensures juicy patties when cooked. Also use coarse freshly ground meat (if possible) to make patties, if the mixture is ground too fine the large patties will break apart since the protein strands are too short and are covered in fat and can only bind to nearby ingredients so when the large patty is cooked it will fall apart or be too dense. Compare this behaviour with small amounts of finely ground lean meat (almost a paste) where the protein can adhere to itself (since the protein chains are short, not covered in fat and all the ingredients are nearby) hence forming a small stable patty (lamb kofta, Asian chicken balls, prawn balls).
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    • Patty mixtures should be kept cold as possible when preparing them and kept cold until you  cook them the cold helps bind the ingredients together.
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    • Don't over-mix the ingredients the resultant mixture will be heavy and dense.
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    • For meat patties chop, mince, grate the vegetable ingredients fairly finely, if too coarse the patties will break apart.
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    • Patties made mostly of meat (good quality hamburgers and rissoles) should be seasoned just before the cooking process, if salted too early liquid can be drawn out of the patty.
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    • Make all the patties the same size so they will cook at the same rate. To get even-sized patties, use measuring cups or spoons to measure out your mixture.
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    • For patties use your hands to combine the ingredients with the binders, mix gently until the mixture comes cleanly from the sides of the mixing bowl. Test that the final mixture forms a good patty (take a small amount in your palm and form into a ball it should hold together) before making the whole batch. Add extra liquid or dry binder as needed. Cook the test patty to check for seasoning, add extra if needed then cook the rest of the batch. 
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    • Usually patties should be rested (about an hour) before cooking they “firm” up during this time, a good technique to use if your patty is soft. Always wrap patties they can dry out if left in the fridge uncovered.
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    • Dampen your hands when shaping patties so the mixture won't stick to your fingers.
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    • If making vegetable patties it is best to squeeze the grated/chopped/minced vegetables to remove any excess liquid this is most important for these types of patties.
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    • When making fritters shred your vegetables because it makes long strands that gives a strong lattice for the patties. A food processor  or a box grater is great to use here.
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    • For veggie patties make sure your ingredients are free of extra water. Drain and dry your beans or other ingredients thoroughly before mashing. You can even pat them gently dry with a kitchen cloth or paper towel.
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    • Vegetable patties lack the fat of meat patties so oil the grill when BBQing them so the patty will not stick.
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    • Oil all-meat burgers rather than oiling the barbecue or grill pan – this ensures the burgers don’t stick to the grill allowing them to sear well. If they sear well in the first few minutes of cooking they’ll be golden brown and juicy. To make it easy brush the burgers with a brush dipped in oil or easier still use a spray can of oil.
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    • If you only have very lean ground beef try this tip from the Chicago Tribune newspaper  “To each 1 lb (½ kg) of ground beef add 2 tablespoons of cold water (with added salt and pepper) and 2 crushed ice cubs, form patties.” it really does work.
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    • A panade, or mixture of bread crumbs and milk, will add moisture and tenderness to meat patties when the burgers are cooked well-done.
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    • For vegetable patties it is best to focus on one main ingredient then add some interesting flavour notes to that major taste (examples carrot and caraway patties, beetroot, feta and chickpea fritters etc) this gives a much bolder flavour profile than a patty of mashed “mixed” vegetables which can be bland.
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    • Most vegetable  and meat/vegetable patties just need a light coating of seasoned breadcrumbs. Lightly pat breadcrumbs onto the surface of the patty there is enough moisture and binders on the surface of the patty to bind the breadcrumbs to the patty while it is cooking. You can use wheatgerm, bran flakes, crushed breakfast cereals, nuts and seeds to coat the patty.
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    • Use fine packet breadcrumbs as the coating if you want a fine smooth crust on your patties use coarser fresh breadcrumbs as the coating if you want a rougher crisper crust on your patty.
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    • Flip patties once and only once, over-flipping the patty results in uneven cooking of the interior and allows the juices to escape.
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    • Don't press the patties when they are cooking you'll squeeze out all of the succulent juices.
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    • Rest patties a while before consuming.

       
    • Shaping the patty
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    • Shaping – Shape the patty by pressing a ball of mixture with your clean hands it will form a disc shape which will crack and break up around the edges. What you want to do is press down in the middle and in from the sides, turning the patty  around in your hand until it is even and uniform. It should be a solid disc that is firm. Handle the mixture gently, use a light touch and don’t make them too compacted. Rather than a dense burger, which is difficult to cook well, aim for a loosely formed patty that holds together but is not too compressed.
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    • Depressing the centre – When patties cook, they shrink (especially red meat burgers). As they shrink the edges tend to break apart causing deep cracks to form in the patty. To combat this you want the burger patty to be thinner in the middle than it is around the edges. Slightly depress the center of the patty to push a little extra mixture towards the edges. This will give you an even patty once it is cooked.  

       
    • Shallow- and pan-frying 
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    • Preheat the pan or BBQ.
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    • Generally when shallow-frying patties use enough oil that it comes halfway up the sides of the food. Best for most meat and vegetable patties and where the ingredients in the patty are uncooked.
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    • Generally when pan-frying use enough oil to cover the surface of the pan best for most vegetable patties where all the ingredients are precooked (or cook very quickly) and all-meat rissoles and hamburgers.
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    • Most oils are suitable for shallow- and pan-frying but butter is not it tends to burn. Butter can be used in combination with oil. Low-fat spreads cannot be used to shallow fry as they contain a high proportion of water. Rice bran oil is a great choice since it is almost tasteless and has a very high smoke point of 490°F/254°C. The smoke point is when the oil starts to break down into bitter fatty acids and produces a bluish smoke, Canola (smoke point 400°F/204°C) is also a great choice. Butter has a smoke point of 250–300°F/121–149°C. Olive oil Extra light 468°F/242°C. Olive oil Extra virgin 375°F/191°C. Ghee (Clarified Butter) 485°F/252°C.   
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    • Do not overload the frying pan which allows steam to be trapped near the cooking food which might lead to the patties being steamed instead of fried. If you place too many patties at once into the preheated pan this reduces the heat and the patties will then release juices and begin to stew. Leave some space between each when you place them in the pan.
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    • For most patties preheat the oil or fat until the oil seems to shimmer or a faint haze rises from it, but take care not to let it get so hot it smokes. If the oil is too cool before adding the patties, it will be absorbed by the food making the patty soggy. If the oil is too hot then the crumb coating will burn before the interior ingredients are cooked and/or warmed through. For vegetable and meat/vegetable patties start off cooking in a medium hot skillet and then reduce the heat to medium.  For all-meat patties start off cooking in a very hot skillet and then reduce the heat to hot, as celebrity chef Bobby Flay says that “the perfect [meat] burger should be a contrast in textures, which means a tender, juicy interior and a crusty, slightly charred exterior. This is achieved by cooking the meat [patty] directly over very hot heat, rather than the indirect method preferred for slow barbecues”. All patties should sizzle when they are placed onto the preheated pan.
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    • Cast iron pans are best to fry patties.
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    • When the raw patty hits the hot cooking surface it will stick. And will stay so until the patty crust forms so causing a non-stick surface on the patty at this point you can lift the patty easily without sticking. So wait until the patties (with a gentle shaking of the pan or a light finger-twist of the patty) release themselves naturally from the frying pan surface (maybe a minute or two for meat patties maybe 3-6 minutes for a vegetable patty).  If you try to flip it too early the burger will fall apart. The secret is to wait for the the patty to naturally release itself from the pan surface then flip it over once.
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    • Veggie burgers will firm up significantly as they cool.
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    • Most vegetable patties can be baked in the oven.
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    • Check the temperature of the oil by placing a few breadcrumbs into the pan they should take 30 seconds to brown.
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    • If you need to soak up excess oil place the patties on a rack to drain, do not place onto paper towels since steam will be trapped which can make the patty soggy, if you need to just press off the excess oil with paper towels then place onto a rack.



    Mandatory Items: Make a batch of pan- or shallow-fried (or baked) patties.

    Variations allowed:  Any variation on a patty is allowed. You can use the recipes provided or make your own recipe.

    Preparation time:
    Patties: Preparation time less than 60 minutes. Cooking time less than 20 minutes.

    Equipment required:
    Large mixing bowl
    Large stirring spoon
    Measuring cup
    Frying pan

    Basic Canned Fish and Rice Patties


    Servings: makes about ten ½ cup  patties
    Recipe can be doubled
    adapted from http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17181/tuna+rissoles

    This is one my favourite patty recipes I make it once a week during the holidays. It is most important that you really mix and mash the patty ingredients well since the slightly mashed rice helps bind the patty together. 

    Ingredients:
    1 can (415 gm/15 oz) pink salmon or tuna or sardines, (not packed in oil) drained well
    1 can (340 gm/13 oz) corn kernels, drained well
    1 bunch spinach, cooked, chopped & squeezed dry or 60 gm/2 oz thawed frozen spinach squeezed dry
    2 cups (300 gm/7 oz) cooked white rice (made from 2/3 cups of uncooked rice)
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    about 3 tablespoons (20 gm/2/3 oz) fine packet breadcrumbs for binding
    3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying
    2 spring (green) onions, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) tomato paste or 1 tablespoon (15 ml) hot chilli sauce
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) oyster sauce
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) sweet chilli sauce
    Salt and pepper to taste
    ½ cup (60 gm/2 oz) seasoned fine packet bread crumbs to cover patties

    Directions:
    1) Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
    2) Mix and mash using your hands or a strong spoon the ingredients with much force (while slowly adding tablespoons of breadcrumbs to the patty mixture) until the mixture starts to cling to itself about 4 minutes the longer you mix and mash the more compacted the final patty.  Day-old cold rice works best (only needs a tablespoon of breadcrumbs or less) but if the rice is hot or warm you will need more breadcrumbs to bind the mixture. Test the mixture by forming a small ball it should hold together. Cook the test ball adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) of the mixture to taste.   
    3) Form patties using a ½ cup measuring cup.
    4) Cover in seasoned breadcrumbs.
    5) Use immediately or can be refrigerated covered for a few hours.
    6) Preheat fry pan (cast iron is best) to medium hot add 1½ tablespoons of oil and heat until the oil shimmers place the patties well spaced out onto the fry pan lower heat to medium.
    7) Pan fry for about 3 minutes each side for a thin lightly browned crust about 10 minutes for a darker thicker crisper crust. Wait until the patties can be released from the pan with a shake of the pan or a light turning of the patty using your fingers before flipping over to cook the other side of the patty add the remaining 1½ tablespoons of oil when you flip the patties. Flip only once. You can fry the sides of the patty if you want brown sides on your patty.

    Pictorial Guide
    Some of the ingredients
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    Starting to mix the patty mixture           
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    About ready to be tested
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    The test ball to check if the mixture will hold together
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    Form patties using a ½ cup measuring cup
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    Crumb (bread) the patties                   
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    Cover and refrigerate


    Preheat frying pan add oil wait until the oil shimmers add patties well spaced out onto the pan
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    Wait until the patties can be released by a light shaking of the pan or by finger-turning the patty and then flip the patties over add some extra oil (these were fried for 10 minutes)
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    Enjoy picture perfect patties
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    This patty was pan-fried on my cast iron fry pan notice the shiny very crisp crust as compared to the patty above
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    Zucchini, prosciutto & cheese fritters


    Servings: makes about 8-10 two inch (five cm) fritters
    Recipe can be doubled
    adapted from http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/

    This makes a great light lunch or a lovely side dish for dinner. 

    Ingredients:
    500 gm (½ lb) zucchini (two medium)
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (7 gm) salt
    ½ cup (120 ml) (60 g/2 oz) grated cheese, a strong bitty cheese is best
    5 slices (30 gm/1 oz) prosciutto, cut into small pieces
    ½ cup (120 ml) (70 gm/2½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour plus ½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted together
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    2 spring onions, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) chilli paste
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) black pepper, freshly cracked
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil, for frying

    Directions:
       
    • Grate the zucchini with a box grater or food processor. Place into large bowl, add salt, wait 10 minutes.
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    • While waiting for the zucchini, pan fry the prosciutto pieces until cooked. Remove from pan and place prosciutto onto rack this will crisp up the prosciutto when it cools. Paper towels tend to make prosciutto soggy if left on them.
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    • When zucchini is ready wrap in a cloth and squeeze dry with as much force as you can you will get a lot of liquid over ½ cup, discard liquid it will be too salty to use.
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    • Return dried zucchini to bowl add prosciutto, cheese, pepper, sifted flour and baking powder, chilli paste, pepper, a little salt and the lightly beaten eggs.
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    • Mix until combined if the batter is too thick you can add water or milk or another egg, if too wet add some more flour. It should be thick and should not flow when placed onto the frying pan.
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    • Preheat a frying pan (cast iron is best) until medium hot, add 1/3 of the oil wait until it shimmers.
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    • Place dollops of batter (about 2 tablespoons each) onto the fry pan widely spaced out, with the back of a spoon smooth out each dollop to about 2 inches (5 cm) wide, do not make the fritters too thick. You should get three or four fritters in the average-sized fry pan. Lower heat to medium
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    • Fry for 3-4 minutes the first side, flip, then fry the other side about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.  Repeat for the remaining batter. Adding extra oil as needed.
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    • Place cooked fritters into a moderate oven on a baking dish for 10 minutes if you want extra crispy fritters.


    Pictures of process – fresh zucchini, grated zucchini, liquid released from salted and squeezed dry zucchini, ingredients for the fritters, fritter batter and frying the fritters.
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    Cooked fritters
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    California Turkey Burger


    Servings: makes about 10 burgers
    Recipe can be doubled
    adapted from Cooking Light Magazine September 2005:
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/california-burgers-10000001097016/

    Sauce:
    ½ cup (120 ml) ketchup
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) fat-free mayonnaise

    Patties:
    ½ cup (120 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) finely chopped shallots
    ¼ cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) dry breadcrumbs
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
    ¼ teaspoon (¾ gm) freshly ground black pepper
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey
    1¼ lbs (600 gm) ground turkey breast
    Cooking spray

    Remaining ingredients:
    10 (2-ounce/60 gm) hamburger buns
    10 red leaf lettuce leaves
    20 bread-and-butter pickles
    10 (1/4-inch thick/5 mm thick) slices red onion, separated into rings
    2 peeled avocados, each cut into 10 slices
    3 cups (750 ml) (60 gm/2 oz) alfalfa sprouts

    Directions:
    1. Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.
    2. To prepare sauce, combine first 3 ingredients; set aside.
    3. To prepare patties, combine shallots and the next 7 ingredients (through turkey breast), mixing well. Divide mixture into 10 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick (1¼ cm thick) patty. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.
    4. Spread 1 tablespoon sauce on top half of each bun. Layer bottom half of each bun with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 2 pickles, 1 onion slice, 2 avocado slices, and about 1/3 cup of sprouts. Cover with top halves of buns.                                                                                                         

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    Yield:  10 servings (serving size: 1 burger) - Nutritional Information – CALORIES 384(29% from fat); FAT 12.4g (sat 2.6g,mono 5.1g,poly 2.8g); PROTEIN 31.4g; CHOLESTEROL 68mg; CALCIUM 94mg; SODIUM 828mg; FIBER 3.9g; IRON 4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37.5g
    Lisa’s Notes:
    Nutritional information provided above is correct for the recipe as written.  When I make these burgers, the only ingredients I change are using regular mayo, and dill pickles.  My red lettuce of choice is radicchio.  I’ve both grilled and pan fried these burgers and both are delicious.  If you decide to pan fry, you’ll need a little extra fat in the pan – so use about 2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, or canola oil before laying your patties on the pan.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until done.  Do not overcook as the patties will dry out and not be as juicy and tasty! :)

    French Onion Salisbury Steak


    Courtesy of Cuisine at Home April 2005 edition
    Makes 4 Steaks; Total Time: 45 Minutes

    Ingredients:
    1 1/4 lb (600 gm) ground chuck 
    1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) fresh parsley, minced
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) scallion (spring onions), minced
    1 teaspoon (5ml) (3 gm) kosher salt or ½ teaspoon (2½ ml) (3 gm) table salt
    1/2 teaspoon (2½ ml) (1½ gm) black pepper
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) (½ oz/18 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
    2 cups (240 ml) (140 gm/5 oz) onions, sliced
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (4 gm) sugar
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) (½ oz/15 gm) tomato paste
    2 cups (240 ml) beef broth
    1/4 cup (60 ml) dry red wine
    3/4 teaspoon (2 gm) kosher salt or a little less than ½ teaspoon (2 gm) table salt
    1/2 teaspoon  (2½ ml) (1½ gm) dried thyme leaves
    4 teaspoons (20 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) fresh parsley, minced
    4 teaspoons (20 ml)  (2/3 oz/20 gm) Parmesan cheese, shredded

    Cheese Toasts
    4 slices French bread or baguette, cut diagonally (1/2" thick) (15 mm thick)
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 ml/1 oz) unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 teaspoon (2½ ml) (2 gm) garlic, minced
    Pinch of paprika
    1/4 cup (60 ml) (30 gm/1 oz) Swiss cheese, grated (I used 4 Italian cheese blend, shredded)
    1 tablespoon (15 ml) (⅓ oz/10 gm) Parmesan cheese, grated

    Directions:
    1. Combine chuck, parsley, scallion, salt and pepper. Divide evenly into 4 portions and shape each into 3/4"-1" (20-25 mm) thick oval patties. Place 2 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish; dredge each patty in flour. Reserve 1 teaspoon flour.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and sauté 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Remove from pan.
    3. Add onions and sugar to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato paste; sauté 1 minute, or until paste begins to brown. Sprinkle onions with reserved flour; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth and wine, then add the salt and thyme.
    4. Return meat to pan and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
    5. Serve steaks on Cheese Toasts with onion soup ladled over. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan.

    For the Cheese Toasts
    6. Preheat oven to moderately hot 200°/400ºF/gas mark 6.
    7. Place bread on baking sheet.
    8. Combine butter, garlic and paprika and spread on one side of each slice of bread. Combine cheeses and sprinkle evenly over butter. Bake until bread is crisp and cheese is bubbly, 10-15 minutes.

    French Onion Salisbury Steak
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    Potato Rösti


    Servings: makes two large rösti
    adapted from a family recipe

    The classic rösti; cheap, easy and so tasty.

    Ingredients:
    1 kg (2½ lb) potatoes
    1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
    2 teaspoons (10 ml) (6 gm) black pepper, freshly milled
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    2 tablespoons (30 ml) (½ oz/15 gm) cornflour (cornstarch) or use all-propose flour
    3 tablespoons (45 ml) oil, for frying

    Directions:
       
    1. Grate lengthwise the peeled potatoes with a box grater or a food processor.
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    3. Wrap the grated potato in a cloth and squeeze dry, you will get a lot of liquid over ½ cup, discard liquid since it is full of potato starch.
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    5. Return dried potato to bowl add the egg, cornflour, pepper, and salt.
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    7. Mix until combined.
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    9. Preheat a frying pan (cast iron is best) until medium hot, add 2 teaspoons of oil wait until oil shimmers.
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    11. Place half of mixture into the pan, flatten with a spoon until you get a smooth flat surface. Lower heat to medium.
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    13. Fry for 8-10 minutes (check at 6 minutes) the first side, flip by sliding the rösti onto a plate then use another plate invert the rösti then slide it back into the pan, then fry the other side about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Repeat to make another rösti


    Pictures of process – Peel 1 kg spuds, grate lengthwise, squeeze dry, add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons starch, salt and pepper. Pan fry.
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    Pictures of the grated potato before (left) and after (right) squeezing dry. Notice in the left hand pictures the gratings are covered in moisture and starch, while in the right hand pictures the grated potato is dry and doesn't stick together.
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    Pictures of the finished small rösti
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    Pictures of the large rösti
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    Chicken, potato and corn patties
    I had some leftover chicken legs and boiled potatoes from dinner last night so I made up some patties. The patties are made from 1 kilogram of finely grated cold boiled potatoes, 4 chicken legs meat removed and finely chopped, and one can of corn kernels. The binder was one egg and 1/4 cup of self-raising wholewheat flour.

    The crumbed (breaded) patties waiting to be pan fried
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    Patties pan frying
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    The finished patties
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    Meatballs
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    I made meatballs using high quality ground veal and pork (30% fat) I didn't use any binders in the mixture just a little seasoning chilli, garlic and dried mushroom powder.

    The meatballs waiting to be fried
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    Frying the meatballs
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    The finished meatballs
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    Of course I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner so so delicious
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    Thai Fish Cakes
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    I adore Thai fish cakes but I have never really made them I was surprised how simple it is if you have a very strong food processor. Basically you make a paste from 1/2 kg (1 lb) of white fillet fish (I used catfish (basa) fillets) with 1 egg and 6 tablespoons of flavourings (a combination of 1 Tbsp fish sauce, 1 tsp chilli, 2 Tbsp red curry paste, 1 Tbsp coconut cream, 1 Tbsp chilli crab flakes, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp shrimp paste, a few spices), 6 kaffir lime leaves and 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch) with a teaspoon of baking powder, you form small patties (each 2 tablespoons) from the paste and pan fry until cooked. These are just as good as the cafe ones I buy and only cost about 30 cents each instead of $1.90 at the cafe. A good basic recipe for Thai fish cakes is here http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaiseafoodrecipes/r/classicfishcakes.htm I added some extra baking powder and cornflour to the basic recipe since it makes the cakes rise and the interiors are light and fluffy. Super tasty and so cute.

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    Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:
    Most rissoles, croquettes and dry fritters keep well for three or four days if covered and kept in the fridge. Uncooked and cooked rissoles and croquettes can be frozen for at least one month.

    Additional Information: 
    An index of Aussie patty recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=patties&publication=
    An index of Aussie rissole recipes http://www.taste.com.au/search-recipes/?q=rissoles&publication=
    An index of American patty recipes http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=patty%20-peppermint%20-dressing&SearchIn=All&SortBy=Relevance&Direction=Descending
    An index of American burger recipes http://busycooks.about.com/cs/easyentrees/a/burgers.htm 
    A great vegetable and chickpea recipe http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/06/vegetable-and-chickpea-patties-recipe.html
    A baked vegetable patty recipe http://patternscolorsdesign.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/baked-vegetable-patties/
    Vegetable patty recipes http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/veggie-burger-recipe.html
    Best ever beet(root) and bean patty http://www.thekitchn.com/restaurant-reproduction-bestev-96967
    Ultimate veggie burgers http://ask.metafilter.com/69336/How-to-make-awesome-veggie-burgers
    One of best zucchini fritter recipes http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/ 
    Old School Meat rissoles http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2008/07/rissoles-recipe.html
    How to form a patty video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHutN-u6jZc
    Top 12 vegetable patty recipes http://vegetarian.about.com/od/veggieburgerrecipes/tp/bestburgers.htm
    Ultimate Meat Patties Video http://www.chow.com/videos/show/youre-doing-it-all-wrong/55028/how-to-make-a-burger-with-hubert-keller
    Beautiful vegetable fritters so pretty http://helengraves.co.uk/tag/beetroot-feta-and-chickpea-fritters-recipe/   
    Information about veggie patties http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/08/veggie-burger-test-kitchen-and-lemon.html  

    Disclaimer:
    The Daring Kitchen and its members in no way suggest we are medical professionals and therefore are NOT responsible for any error in reporting of “alternate baking/cooking”.  If you have issues with digesting gluten, then it is YOUR responsibility to research the ingredient before using it.  If you have allergies, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are lactose intolerant, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. If you are vegetarian or vegan, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure any ingredient in a recipe will not adversely affect you. The responsibility is YOURS regardless of what health issue you’re dealing with. Please consult your physician with any questions before using an ingredient you are not familiar with.  Thank you! :)
              Dec 2011 Daring Bakers' Challenge - Sourdough        
    Sorry for posting late but I'm on holidays away from my normal computer setup and this is the first chance I've had to get onto my blog.

    This month's Daring Bakers' challenge was sourdough, yes sourdough and yes we were asked to make a fresh starter for the challenge.

    French Country Sourdough Picnic Loaf
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    I have a decade old starter called Boris (100% hydration i.e. equal weights of water and plain bread flour) so I decided to use that to make the French Country Loaf recipe. I started the process at Day 4 in the instructions. Since I had Boris already made up I saved four days. I have started a new sourdough starter to use in a few days time. In Sydney Australia it is the start of summer so I made a stuffed picnic loaf with the baked bread one of my favourite summer picnic foods.

    I used "OO" finely steel-milled bread flour and "OO" finely cold-steel-milled whole wheat flour with some stabilised wheat germ (since I couldn't find my stone ground flour).

    Boris my (100% hydration) starter, before I fed it to make the Leaven Starter, notice how Boris is burping gas
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    Boris feeding on the extra flour and water, notice the condensation on the top of the plastic lid which indicates that the yeastie beasties and bacteria are very active making lots of gas and tasty flavour for the sourdough
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    Boris full of tiny active bubbles after feeding
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    Comparison of Boris (left) when he is made into the leaven for the sourdough (right) in the French country loaf. Notice how wet and soft the leaven is for this recipe!
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    The loaf proofing for the final raise in a greased pan (I didn't want flour on the outside of the picnic loaf) before it is tipped out and slashed. The unbaked loaf is very soft and needs a mould.
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    The baked loaf (the unbaked loaf is very wet and soft and forms a great shape when baked) the final loaf shape is formed by squeezing (the soft out-turned unbaked loaf) with your hands, then you quickly slash it and place immediately into a very hot oven and turn the temperature to hot for 10 mins and then to the recipe temperature for the rest of the time.
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    Making the picnic loaf
    Hollow out the loaf, notice how moist the interior is and the 'greyish' colour which is a indication of the sourdough starter. The crumb (the texture of the interior) of the loaf is like dense sponge really good I thought, notice the dense spongy crumb in the hollowed out top of the loaf (bottom piece in the photo below).  
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    Line the hollow with several layers of thin ham, and then fill with a combination of ricotta cheese, chopped charred-grilled red capsicums (fire-roasted red bell peppers), spinach, basil, finely chopped spicy smoked French sausage, grated sharp cheese and lots for black pepper. The filling ingredients can be varied to suit your own tastes a great version is the famous Muffuletta sandwich (the filling is an olive paste with various cheeses and sliced meats).
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    Wrap tightly with plastic film and place into the fridge with a light weight on top of the loaf for a few hours (up to two days)
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    The finished picnic loaf
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    Close-up of a slice of the picnic loaf yum yum
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    The verdict - this recipe produces a sourdough unlike anything I have done before the crumb of the loaf is very moist almost sponge-like which I really really liked and it is a perfect foil for the pressed filling ingredients since they almost have the same texture which is what you want in a picnic loaf. Also the picnic loaf slices cleanly and thinly. I bet for an extra special treat slices of this picnic loaf would fry up beautifully. I will be using this recipe from now on to make picnic loaves.

    What to do with the leftover starter
    You can make a lot of recipes with the leftover starter examples pancakes, cakes, scones etc.  In this case I made crumpets with the leftover starter (To make the batter - to one cup of starter, sprinkle over the surface 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (or 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder), stir well, the mixture will double in volume. Dry fry 1/4 cup scoops of the batter in well greased 3" (7-1/2 cm) metal rings on a medium-low heated griddle (or fry pan) for 4-6 minutes on the bottom and optionally 30 seconds on the top if you like colour on both top and bottom of your crumpets.) These crumpets were so good I love how the holes form and the moist texture of the crumb so much better than the store bought version. You can freeze the leftover starter/leaven and the cooked crumpets. 
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    Comments and notes
    1. This recipe is unusual in that you knead the leaven into the dough.
    2. The leaven is very wet and soft more like soft putty so when you form the disk of dough and place the leaven onto it and knead it, the final dough-making is incredibly messy and the final dough is very very soft and spreads out very slowly (takes about 20 mins) if left on the counter. I had to add about 3 tablespoons of extra flour to make it a little stiffer.
    3. The final interior of the loaf is very moist, as compared to my normal sourdough. I really liked the final interior and the loaf. The crumb (the texture) of the interior was like soft dense sponge even slightly doughy which I really liked. The weight of the loaf feels very heavy for its size. 
    4. What to make with the leftover starter make crumpets see links below for the recipe.
    What to do with the discarded starter (use to make crumpets)
    And what to do with a neglected starter
    5. A plain flour starter seems to work very well for this recipe.

    French Country Sour Dough Open-faced sandwiches with home-made pesto, tomatoes and cured Italian ham
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    I made the French country loaf its starter was very easy to make and look after until it was active it only took three days for the starter to become super active since I feed it twice a day and the starter was in a moist warm environment for the entire 'brewing' time. I made up the loaf has per the recipe I used very coarse stone ground whole meal bread flour and "OO" finely milled bread flour. The dough rose in about 2 hours (really quick for a sour dough) and to twice it original volume and when baked stayed exactly the same size. Since I used such coarse flour the final texture of the crumb was very grainy. My dough was so wet and soft it really needed a mould but that was no problem.

    I wanted perfectly shaped sandwiches which means the crust has to be very smooth with crisp edges, so I went for a 'brick-shape' loaf that could be cut thinly and cleanly while having the strength so the bread slice wouldn't break or bend when the sandwich is being eaten.

    The final texture of the loaf was like a Rye European sour dough bread, not dense at all in fact, the loaf could be cut very thinly and cleanly - perfect for open-faced sandwiches.

    I had the most beautiful tomatoes and basil so I had to use them as the topping for my sandwiches.
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    This summer in Sydney Australia has been the coldest in the last fifty-one years, so I took special precautions in keeping the starter warm that is by enclosing the plastic container in several tea-towels on the counter on the spot that is above the hot water system. The temperature was gorgeously warmish at all times, so after three days the starter was full of energy and going for it. If you feed the starter once in the morning and in the evening it shortens the time for the starter to become active.

    The starter covered in many tea towels over a warm spot on the counter, it is toasty in there:)
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    I wanted to make thin open-faced sandwiches so I coated my pan with oil-spray and then with wheat germ flakes which produces a thin smooth crust on the loaf
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    Notice the nice straight edges and smooth faces on the loaf, it looks like a brick! Perfect for open-faced sandwiches.
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    Close up of the crust of the loaf
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    Some more photos of the loaf and the thin slices that can be cut from it
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    I really like how thin you could slice the loaf
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    To make the open-faced sandwiches
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    Finished sandwiches with home made pesto, tomatoes and cured Italian ham and a piece of tangy goat's cheese
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    The verdict - a very tasty open-face sandwich bread wonderful with the tomatoes and pesto. And so filling only a couple of quarter slices where enough. Just like the old fashioned country breads I had in my childhood.

    Some notes
    1. You can speed up the 'brewing' time of the starter by twice feeding it a day and making sure that the starter is in a moist warm place.
    2. My starter was super active it rose the dough in about two hours which is very quick.
    3. The final dough was too soft to be shaped into a free-form loaf it really needs a mould.
    4. The final crumb is very much like the classic black bread style of Northern Europe.

    Cornmeal sourdough loaf
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    I used the French Country starter to make a cornmeal soudough loaf that was more traditionally shaped. I replaced the whole meal flour with corn meal (polenta) I added some pure gluten flour to replace the missing gluten from the corn meal and raised the dough in a bowl lined with linen that was covered in flour and cornmeal.

    This is the largest loaf of bread I have made it was 12 inches (30 cms) in diameter and weighed almost 2-1/2 kgs (5-1/2 lbs)! It took about an hour and a quarter to bake.

    The dough is very wet and soft
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    The dough raising in the lined bowl
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    How to raise the dough during cold weather, place a plastic bag over the bowl and place that over a saucepan 3/4 filled with warm water also you can wrap the saucepan in tea towels this will keep your dough warm for many hours even overnight.
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    The final baked loaf
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    The underside of the baked loaf a wonderful yellow colour
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    I will use the loaf tomorrow after it has cooled down and the flavours have settled.

    I love the look of this loaf so rustic with lots of character in the crust and the yellow colour is stunning. 

    Cornmeal Sourdough Loaf part II
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    I use my cornmeal sourdough loaf today I was extremely pleased with the look, taste and texture of the slices. I had some beautiful beet(root) and mint on hand so I made a spicy beetroot mint dip to serve with the cornmeal bread.

    Lovely beet(root) and mint
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    The yellow cornmeal bread sliced into wedges so colourful and tasty
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    The beet(root) and mint dip served on the cornmeal sourdough slices
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    Another photo of the delicious bread
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    Gorgeous White Sourdough
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    One thing about sourdoughs is that they can look so beautiful as compared to the store bought loaves. I made another loaf using the French Country starter but using all white flour for the loaf. I had to add about 1/4 cup of extra flour to the dough so that the shaped loaf would hold its shape and be slashed. I double egg-washed the loaf which really gave the baked loaf a lovely shiny gloss finish. I will use it tomorrow after the loaf has had time to settle and mellow. I cannot wait.

    I used a five cup "flower-pot" shaped container which gives a nice visual proportion to the loaf 
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    Some gorgeous photos of the final loaf
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    White Sourdough Loaf
    I made tandoori roast chicken to serve with the white sourdough loaf I had made yesterday. The crumb of the sourdough was very smooth and its hue was a light sand colour which was unexpected since I used a very white flour for the dough. The thinly sliced chicken was lovely on the sourdough sandwich. The crumb of the loaf was very similar to white wonder bread a wonderful bread for sandwiches.

    The white sourdough loaf being sliced
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    The tandoori roast chicken I adore the vibrant colour of the chicken
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    The final tandoori chicken sandwich
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    White sourdough loaf
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    I repeated making a white flour sourdough but this time I added some more flour in the final stage so that the loaf would spread out so much and would hold it shape when slashed. I needed about 1 cup of extra flour to achieve the correct consistency. I was very pleased with the final result. The loaf expanded about three times it was incredible to watch it grow and bake in the oven.

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    More things to make with the leftover starter part II
    Wholesome banana and date sourdough bread
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    I had a cup of very sour active starter left so I thought I would make my favourite banana/date bread with it, I make this recipe about once a fortnight during the summer. The recipe is easy -

    Wholesome banana and date sourdough bread
    1 cup starter (the starter doesn't need to be active)
    2 cups wholemeal flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    3 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
    3 tablespoons dried milk powder (or buttermilk powder)
    3 tablespoons wheat-germ
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    3 large ripe bananas, mashed
    1 cup of dates finely chopped, soaked in orange juice until soft
    (Optional 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts)

    Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, milk powder and salt, form a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour into the well the sourdough starter, oil, wheat-germ, egg, brown sugar, banana and dates (and the nuts if using). Whisk the ingredients together until a normal "cake" batter consistency is formed you can add more water if you need to loosen the batter. Bake in a moderate oven 160C/320F/gas mark 3 for 1-1/2 hours until a skewer comes out clean, check at 1 hour and then every 10 mins until done. Best if left for one day before slicing, but can be sliced when completely cooled. The bread will last for 2 weeks (at least! I have always eaten it before this) in the fridge covered in foil and plastic wrap and it gets better and better with time, fabulous toasted and served with butter. The slices are super moist and not too sweet. The sourdough and bananas really makes for a moist bread. 

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    I decided to make a treat for this delicious bread that is meatloaf which I really really like a lot in Australia it isn't that common basically nobody I know makes meatloaf but every time I make it the meatloaf gets rave reviews.

    For a super special treat I baked the meatloaf on two slices of the white bread these slices therefore get toasted and are dripping with gorgeous flavour I'm sure that they aren't not that healthy but once in while it is such a flavoursome treat.

    The meatloaf notice the two slices of white sourdough bread that acts as a soak of all the juices
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    The delicious slices of bread that have been baked and basted throughout the cooking of the meatloaf
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    The cut meatloaf. My meatloaf contains grilled red capsicums (the red pieces), shredded seaweed (the black pieces) and lots of herbs and a mixture of pork and veal with some BBQ duck and the glaze is a mixture of tomato pesto, black sugar and balsamic vinegar.  
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              HIDUP TAK SELALUNYA INDAH...        

    Hai...mcm ni la nasib, kan? Ada kala kita di atas, adakala plak di bawah.... Time senang, semua org tumpang senang. Bila time kita susah, org nk pandang pn tak sudi... Tapi, ape2 pun Kirana ttap bahagia dgn hidup Kirana skrang nih.... Janji kita tak ssah kn org lain, udah le!

    So, di penghujung 2011 nih...Kirana nk mintak ampun dn maaf jika ada kekasaran bahasa dn tingkah laku kt korang. Kirana tak bniat pn nk sakit kn ati sesape...takat bgurau senda skit je!

    Holiday nih, Kirana nk pegi holiday ke luar negara... Selamat bcuti la utk Kirana!!! Nanti2 kita jmpe lagi.....tata!

              TAMAN KIRANA LAGENDA KENA HIJACKED!!!        





















    Dlm diam dan dlm tenang, rupe2 nyer Kirana baru sedar yg identiti Kirana kene hijacked beberapa bulan yg lalu. Itu pn ada member yg tegur,"Apa la you ni jahat mulot sesangat. Lazer tak btempat tol!"

    "Ehhh... apa Kirana dh buat? Kirana tak jahat mulot pun. Lazer jauh sekali! Ape makna semua nih?"

    "Elehhhh... takde makne nyer! Buat2 hilang ingatan la tuh!"kata member Kirana yg betol2 mbengangkan Kirana.

    Rupe2 nyer, beberapa bulan yg lepas ntah anak sape la tuh yg telah mgunakan identiti Kirana dan masuk ke blog2 yg Kirana slalu lawat. 'Virus' nih lempar kata2 yg myakitkan hati org. Amboi!!! Berani tol la dia nih. Nak buruk2 kan org dgn sengaja.

    Hoi, 'virus'. Kalo ko berani ko tampil ke depan nih. Haku lempang ko sekali, bior bisu dan lumpuh seumur hidup. Takde org len ke ko nk ganggu. Watpe ganggu haku yg mesra alam nih!

    Kepada mereka2 yg telah mjadi mangsa... Kirana mintak byk2 maaf kat korang. Kirana tak buat benda2 buruk camtu. Kirana nih mesra alam dan makhluk paling peramah di dunia. Tak kan Kirana nak aniaya anak org sukati cam gitu.

    Kpd yg bkenaan..... AWAS KO!
              AKAK PUNYA MANE???        














    Ini cerita ofis mate Kirana petang tadi.

    Ahad yg lepas suami dia ajak pegi kampung nak jenguk ayah dia yg tak sihat. Kebetulan adek2 suami (kedua-duanya perempuan) pun ada jgak kat situ.

    Sambil minum2 tu, Si Ani (bukan nama sebenar) membelek-belek gelang emas kat tangan ibunya. Gelang tu ada 4, dua di setiap tangan... besor2 plak tuh! Pastu dia pun kata,"Gelang yg 2 nih nanti akak yg punya. Satu akak bagi kat Mira (anak pompuan dia)."

    "Mane aci! Akak nak ambik yg besor2. Bagi sama adil la! Satu besor dan satu lagi kecik. Adek takde anak pompuan tapi boleh gak bagi kat menantu pompuan nanti!" Bertengkar2 kecil le kedua2 adek-beradek nih!

    Kawan Kirana sememangnya tak bkenan sgt dgn perangai kedua2 ipar nya yg mengada-ngada nih! So, dia pun mencelah dgn berani dan lazernya,"Bila mak korang dh mati baru korang nak berbagi harta benda dia dgn adil dan saksama. Tapi apasal bila mak korang sakit, takde pon korang berbagi2 keluarkan duit utk anta mak korang pegi klinik yg terbaik. Atau pon bila mak korang mengadakan majlis kenduri, takde pon korang berbagi2 tugas utk kurangkan beban kerja mak korang. "Akak keluarkan RM50.00, adek plak RM50.00. Kita anta mak pegi klinik pakar. Or akak kupas bawang dan masak ayam, adek plak kemaskan rumah dan cuci pinggan." "Hah! Korang bagi2 la camtu. Ini tidak, asal org tua ade problem, mesti call abang bagi tau mak gini, bapak gini. Bila ada kenduri plak, mak korang call Kak Nis mintak tolong buat kerja2 dapur."

    "Kalo camtu boleh lah gelang tu bagi kat Kak Nis jgak sbb Kak Nis pun ada hak jgak. Kak Nis yg byk bsusah payah tolong kurang beban mak korang." Pastu, kedua2 adek ipar tu pon tak tcakap lagi. Mak diorang pun masuk bilik. Si Anisa plak senyum sbb dh dpt mengenekan si adek ipar yg byk sgt nak bkira dgn mak bapak sendiri.
              oh ibu....entry1        
    Asslamualaikum
    hari ni dah masuk bulan december dan juga bulan yang sama kiter akan menyambut awal muharam, dan juga di bulan ini lah arwah ibu aku meninggalkan kami semua pada tarikh 19/12/2009 bersamaan 2 muharam... malam ni niza nk crita sedih sikit ttg pengorbanan ibu... entah tetiba saja teringat sangat pada arwah mak... mak niza seorang yang ramah, baik hati, suka bercerita ttg zaman2 muda, tentang kisah2 hidup pahit dan manis dia. Mak sangat penyabar dan sentiasa berfikiran positif.... walaupon dia sedar di sekeliling nya ader jugak yang ader perasan tak puas hati dengan mak tapi... mak tak pernah kisah akan bantu jugak orang yang sentiasa mengata dia dari belakang semasa arwah masih hidup. Ya Allah, semoga Engkau sentiasa mencucuri rahmat keatas roh Ayah dam Ibu ku dan meletakkan mereka dikalangan orang2 beriman....
    Mak seorang yang rajin tak pernah berkira sekiranya orang meminta tolong. Mak jugak banyak memberi pengorbanan semasa niza dan adik2 masih bersekolah ayah jatuh sakit terkena strok semasa niza tingkatan 3 tambahan plak masa tu nak amik peperiksaan PMR. Mak berkorban dlm menjaga adik beradik dan meninggalkan kami dlm jagaan Abang.. masa tu Mak tinggal dan tinggal di hospital Penang di seberang pulau selama beberapa bulan disebabkan arwah Ayah kene masuk Kimo kerana doktor suspek Ayah ada ketumbuhan. Tapi bila ikhtiar berubat cara kampung Arwah ayah beransur sihat ketumbuhan di dalam otak ayah semakin susup.... alhamdulilah.. kemudian Arwah ayah pun dibawa balik rumah...
    Setelah keluarga kami jatuh Mak ngn Ayah buntu sangat mcm mn nak anak2 yang masih kecil, pada masa yang sama kami masa kecil sentiasa dihujani dengan duit... bukannya senang macam orang kaya.. kiranya sebelum ayah sakit apa yang kami dan mak idamkan alhamdulillah semuanya dapat.. tapi setelah arwah ayah sakit smua jadi kekurangan... tapi alhamdulillah rezeki Allah sentiasa ada.... Mak berniaga.. menggoreng mee dan keowteow yang dibungkus dan diletakan di kedai... akulah yang sentiasa menemani Mak pagi2 sebelum subuh menghantarkan jualan di kedai di tepi jalan. Mmg perit nak bangun pagi masa kecil plak tu bolehlah dikategorikan usia remaja... kene bangun awal dlm jam 5.30pagi utk proses pembungkusan.. mmg perit tu.. bungkus sambil tutup mata...
    yelah kan saya tahu ibu dan bapa kalian mesti jugak byk memberi pengorbanan kepada anak2 nyer jugak... kiter plak sebagai mak dan bapak akan berkorban pada anak...
              malam ni tak ble load photo        
    eeee boringnyer ngn bb maxis ni lambat tul... rasenyer sbb pakaj ni kot.. lambat benot.. huk..huk..tak ble nak post n3 hari2 smlam.... mintak2 sok boleh kot.... insyallah....
              Supping di uptown bandar perda.....        
    assalamualaikum... buat pembuka kata bagi yang mana suka baca penulisan niza.... mmg amatlah di hargai sangat2... blog ni bukan apa hanya luahan hati yang mana bila ader idea atau peristiwa yang boleh kongsi kiter berkongsi bersama kannnnn... boleh jugak share2 pendapat.. yang mana ada salah mintak lah d perbetulkan....
    actually niza baru jer balik hus ngn anak2 gi kuar makan... sbb dlm 3 hari lepas niza der lah ajak hubby nk makan char keow teow kat bandar perda.... dah lama dah tak kuar makan luar sebenarnya.. lagipun hus niza ni tak suka kuar2 ni dia lebih suka dok kat umah jerk.....aper2 pon niza happy ngn family skang.. alhamdulillah
    ok smbung citer lagi... gi makan char keow teow boleh lah tahan, tapi CKT dulu nyer sedap lagi. lepas layan2 makan kat situ aper lagi nmpak ader mcm night market. actually niza pon tak pernah lagi smpai kat situ.. nmpak jualan tudung2 beli kat Nana ngn Niza sekali... rembat 3 lai... boleh lah hege kalau nk d bandingkan dengan butik mmg mahal giler... ok jugak tu nak pakai gi keje n Nana plak boleh pkai gi ngaji.... dia pon dah pandai komplen... tudung gi ngaji kaler yang sama jer.. mungkin dah boring lah tu.. tu sbb Niza beli lah kat dia 3lai... boleh niza pon melaram sama tudung tu... layanzzzz sehelai rm10.. boleh lah nk gi keje
    yani ni utk nana gi ngaji boleh lah nooo rm10 jer...

    ni pon sama RM10

    ini juga RM10...

              buku seni lukis dan decoupage        




    hhuurraaayyyy a big.. big.. thanks to EN.ZAHIR huuuuhuuh dengan megah nyer niza tulis besau2 nama En.Zahir baru tadi sampai kat rumah kakak ipar kat kampung. iyelah rumah niza ni mana ader orang smua gi keje .. kalau letak umah sendiri tak terlarat abg posmen nak panggil tuan rumah hehhehehehhe.... anyway im so enjoying when am read this book.. mmg berbaloi.. macam2 ada.. insyaAllah ader lagi rezeki niza akan pesan lagi kat En.Zahir kita ni kan.... kak Jun dok panggil SIFU kat beliau... herm... niza pon nnt mesti terpanggil sifu jugak.
    En.Zahir ni bagus betul... mmg tabik spring lah kat beliau.. sepanjang beli buku2 novel ker majalah ke.. beliau ler the first person yang col disebabkan pembelian... herm.. betul tak ayat2 blog aku ni.. heerrmm... whatever lah mintak2 kawan2 smua paham lah erk.. apa yang nak d sampaikan
    ok, continue more story on pembelian ni.... bila dia col tu ingat kan no bank dari kl ker col rupanya Enzahir yang col actualy niza dah tahu dah yang buku enzahir tu dah out of stock then dia ckp akan anto next week(this week la) semalam tarikh 12.10.10 heheheh dengar2 sore enzahir dengan tanya nyer nama niza" ini Syaniza ker... huh kecut den ingat kan pegawai bank yang col padahal smua loan2 tak pernah lagi miss bayor.. tapi dok tunggu jugak staf maxis nak tanya pasal markah nak diberi pada dorang... dok tunggu nak "bambu" la kata orang penang... hheheheh dengar2 dia introduce kata EnZahir... huh sib bek.. hehhehe aper lagi smbil2 sembang pasal buku tu terus tanya pasal klas FA..... unfortunately la dia tak buat class FA di penang atas sbb2 tertentu ... herm... sayang erk... beliau cuma buat d area IPOH dan KL sahaja... tak per lah janji buku2 EnZahir ader boleh la nak refer kan.. :) syukur alhamdulillah.....
    ala pics tak ble load la..... herm.. continue esok la nampak gaya nyer ni.
               Шоколадницы.        

        Добрый вечер. Сделала пробные шоколадницы. Схему взяла у Yulia L Ð¸Ð· Страны Мастеров, за что огромное спасибо. Размеры коробочек 8,5 х 17,5. Использовала скрап бумагу,  Ð¿Ð¾Ð»Ð¾ÑÐºÐ¸ для квиллинга шириной 3 мм, дыроколы, цветочки и всякие прелести для скрапбукинга. 


          



              


              DIY Wedding : Making your own Wedding Cake Toppers: Crocheting & Sewing        

    Having lived away from Australia, we really wanted to incorporate our love for our country into the wedding. So we added a number of Australian elements. Lammingtons are a cake which originated in Australia.... though it may have come from New Zealand.... no one truly knows, so for the moment I am just going to state that they are apart of my childhood and they are certainly a homely cake. I wanted to make these lamingtons for the wedding, but we were short of time so we had the lamingtons made from a local bakery, Bread Craft. They tasted wonderful and they were a great price.


    For the cake toppers I used my Creepy Cute Crochet book as inspiration and used the basic head and body pattern.  


    http://www.quirkbooks.com/book/creepy-cute-crochet

    Crocheting
    I crocheted the four balls and attached the hair for each. It was fun styling the hair. It made me feel like a hair dresser:)



    Crocheting and Sewing
    I made the glasses out of polyclay and sewed them on the grooms head, along with the eyes and smiling mouths. I used the fabric from my dress and Michael's suit to create the miniature outfits.


    The Cake Stand
    I wanted to be creative with the stand and most importantly it had to be cost efficient. Mum and dad had recently done some work in the garden and they had some left over wood in the garden. So I collected these pieces and arranged them on this table and finished it off with some doilies.







    The Tumbled Lamingtons
    I actually did not know how we were going to present the lamintons on the stand. My mothers artist friend, Jane, got to work on the wedding night and it just turned out perfectly! Mum added more Australian quirks to it by adding the eucalyptus to the presentation. I LOVE this cake! It was so bloody aussie!


    There we have it! Our Australian Wedding Cake with cute handmade cake toppers!


              Handmade Wedding: Sewing the Bridesmaid Dress        


    Today I will be sharing the process of making my sisters bridesmaid dress!

    The bridesmaid dress was a little challenging as most of my ideas didn't end up working.  I wanted my sisters bridesmaid dress to be art nouveau inspired with a casual twist and mine to be more art deco inspired..... the nouveau never really eventuated. But one thing which saved me was a last minute fabric buy. When buying the wedding silks and chiffon's, I saw this orange flower print and couldn't resist a reckless purchase. Little did I know that this decision would save the big day!  The theme of the dress also needed to be casual garden wedding friendly.

    Fabric manipulation
    For the bodice, I used a basic block pattern and shaped the back piece. I started using this fabric manipulation technique that I saw Christopher Palu from Project Runway do on a number of garments. Not having a great deal of experience working with silks and chiffons I decided to use tissue paper as a stabilizer. Firstly I ruled lines 1cm apart on the paper. And layered the fabric and paper; silk, chiffon and then paper on top. Following the lines, I sewed across each pattern piece. 
    I then ripped the tissue paper off (which was not a fun job) and cut between each sewed line. 



    Things aren't quite going to plan:(
    I was planning on continuing this technique for the skirt but had to forfeit the idea when the chiffon on chiffon skirt version ended up totally warped. No one wants a wonky skirt! Time was running short so I had to make a decision fast. When I get to this point of 'sewing despair' I sit in front of my fabric stash, waiting for the solution to bare its wonderful head. This wonderful fabric was like a beacon of light, shining amongst the other fabrics.
    So the solution was to cover the peppermint fabric with the chiffon floral. It did feel sad abandoning the initial concept and cover up my hard work:( But something had to be done

    Circle skirt and Hand Sewing
    I cut the 1/4 Circle skirt (using the calculations in my circle skirt tutorial) and started to drape the chiffon on the dress. Hand sewing all the way. 



    Sewing and the sun
    During the summer months I find it hard to be inside, so I often take my sewing outside!



    Hair 
    Kass got her hair done in a braid. I initially wanted her to wear it out, but living in one of the windiest cities in the world could potentially be a problem for long hair. I really like how it all turned out.



    All in all I am happy with the dress and feel that it fit the garden theme of the wedding very well:)
    Thanks sis for being such a great bridesmaid!


    Still to come...... the grooms suit, my wedding dress, crocheted cake toppers. Plus much more. 

              DIY Wedding - How to Design and Create you own Wedding        


    It is no secret that I love to make and create! So it was only natural to apply this passion to our wedding. Creating our own DIY wedding was a great experience and certainly challenging. There are a heap of advantages to having a DIY wedding 

     1. Budget - For those of us who do not want to spend our life's saving on a wedding, a DIY wedding can be super cost efficient. We saved a heap of money!
    2. Unique - It gives you the opportunity to have a unique wedding with a heap of personality.
    3.  Pride and Experience - It was a great experience and I am proud to have pulled it off!


    So, in the coming month I will be sharing my experiences and tips! 
    Today I am starting with collecting inspiration and deciding on themes





    The following list/reminders helped with the decision making process throughout the DIY wedding planning and reduced headaches


    - How much are you going to DIY -
    I would have loved to DIY everything, but that was unrealistic for me. (e.g. I wanted to make our cake but it just was not possible, so I had it made in a local bakery, but I made the stand (stay tuned to see our cake!))

    - Season - 
    Consider the time of the year when planning. Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn. e.g. you don't want a long sleeved wedding dress in the summer.
    (We had our ceremony under this tree in the Australian summer)

    - Colour scheme - 
    Choose a colour (red, pink, green, yellow etc) or a colour theme (e.g. pastels, bright colours, metallic) 
    (We had pastels with peppermint green and apricot as the main colours)


    - Formality - 
    Formal, semi formal, informal/casual 
    (Our wedding was casual, which suited the backyard theme)


     - Venue type -
    Garden, Backyard, Beach, Hall, Barn, Restaurant, Country, city, tent
    (We had a garden, backyard wedding)


    - Add your own personality/quirks - 
    Put some effort into injecting your personality into the wedding
    e.g. Music, hobbys,interests  
    (We took our cameras with us for the photos, I sewed our clothes, had cotton spool name tags, crocheted our cake toppers,created our playlist etc.)


    - Inspired by an era - 
    Period, Deco, Nouveau, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, modern
    (The Art Deco period inspired my dress, jewellery & make up)

    - Verbs - 
    Choose some relevant descriptive terms:
    eclectic, quirky, fancy, elegant, rustic, classic, romantic, party, rock, punk, natural, ecological, ethical, vintage, indie, local, organic 
    (I chose these verbs Eclectic/romantic/ethical/local/vintage/party)

    - The dreaded budget - 
    Every decision needs to be made with the budget in mind! 
    (Ours was low!)

    - Be practical -
    Think practically, try not to get carried away. The reality is that you can not achieve every fantastic thought/inspiration. You have learn to edit and have a relaxed attitude! What ever happens, happens.

    -Be organised -
    Create a timeline (find some basic one's on the internet), create excel spreadsheets to help you organise, assign roles/jobs for the big day

    - Avoid internet saturation and be confident - 
    If you are struggling to make decisions, step away from pinterest and wedding blogs. Be confident and trust you decisions



    - Think about your journey -
    Think about your journey together as a couple and the current stage in your life. How can you incorporate this into you wedding. 
    (We had a photo wall which reflected our journey and the people in our lives. The music was also a reflection of our journey together)

    - Mood board and keep on track -
    Use all of this information to create a mood board and keep checking back at your theme ideas. It is easy to get carried away. Make a decision and stick with it. Or have a solid reason to change!




    Posts still to come...
    - How to set up your garden/backyard wedding
    - Making your wedding dress
    - Making the grooms suit
    -  Crocheting the cake toppers
    - Making the bridesmaid dress
    - Creating your invites
    - Choosing your flowers
    - Choosing your jewellery
    -Choosing a phtographer

              Macam Macam Tari Berpasangan dan Tari Kelompok Nusantara        
    febrian.web.id - Tari berpasangan dan tari Kelompok nusantara - Pengertian Tari Berpasangan merupakan komposisi tari yang diperagakan oleh dua orang penari secara berpasangan. Tari kelompok adalah tari yang dibawakan oleh tiga orang atau lebih saling mengisi. Selain keunikan



    Keunikan Tari Berpasangan dan Tari Kelompok Nusantara

    Setiap karya tari diciptakan memiliki perbedaan dengan tari yang lainya. Perbedaan tersebut dapat dilihat dari segi tema,unsur tari,maupun unsur unsur pendukungnya.Perbedaan perbedaan tersebut yang membuat keunikan tarian tiap daerah di Nusantara. Berikut akan kami uraikan berbagai keunikan tari berpasangan dan kelompok nusantara. 


    1. Tari saman
       Tari saman merupakan salah satu tarian dari Aceh yang sangat terkenal. Tarian ini berasal dari Dataran tinggi Gayo. Nama saman berasal dari salah satu utama besar Aceh,yaitu Syech Saman. Syair yang digunakan untuk mengiringi tari saman menggunakan bahasa Arab dan bahasa Aceh. Tari saman ditampilkan dengan tepuk tangan para penari yang dikombinasi dengan memukul dada dan pangkal paha sebagai sinkronisasi dan menghempaskan dada ke berbagai arah,serta nyanyian atau suara penyanyi.
    Tari Saman merupakan Salah satu tarian Asal Aceh
    Tarian ini dipadukan dengan seorang pemimpin tarian yang disebut Syech. Para penari saman dituntut memiliki konstrentrasi yang tinggi dan latihan yang serius agar dapat menampilkan tarian dengan sempurna. 
    Tari saman dibawakan secara kelompok,kurang lebih 10 orang dengan 8penari dan 2 orang sebagai pemberi aba aba sambil bernyanyi. Tari saman biasanya ditampilkan untuk merayakan peristiwa peristiwa penting dalam adat masyarakat aceh, serta untuk merayakan kelahiran Nabi Muhammad SAW.

    2. Tari Payung
    Tari Payung
    Tari payung merupakan tarian pergaulan yang dibawakan secara berpasangan.Tarian ini dibawakan oleh sepasang muda-mudi yang menggunakan properti payung. Tarian ini melambangkan perlindungan lelaki terhadap wanita. properti payung lebih banyak digunakan oleh penari laki laki,sedangkan wanita (penari wanita) mengekspresikan gerakannya dengan selendang yang dikenakan di belakang bahu. Busana tari Payung hampir sama dengan tarian Melayu lainya. Busana penari pria satu stel baju kecak musang,kain saping,dan tandak (songkok). Busana penari wanita meliputi satu stel kebaya labuh dan selendang.

    3. Tari Serampang Dua belas
      Tari serampang dua belas yang diciptakan oleh sauti ini menggambarkan atau mengisahkan cinta suci yang terjalin dari pandangan pertama hingga ke pelaminan. Serampang dua belas merupakan tari pergaulan. Tari ini diiringi oleh lagu Serampang dua belas,biola atau akordeon,gendang, dan sebuah gong (tawak tawak) . 

    Tari Serampang Dua Belas
    Busana penari pria ,meliputi satu stel kecak musang ,kain samping , dan sok(peci). Adapun,busana untuk penari perempuan,antara lain baju kebaya labuh dengan kain sarung songket dan selendang yang dikenakan di pinggang.


    4. Tari Janger
      tari janger merupakan tarian yang memadukan unsur tari dan musik. Tari jengger sering di sebut sebagai tarian muda mudi secara berpasangan. Tarian Jenger dibawakan oleh sekitar 10 sampai 12 penari wanita dan lakilaki. Tarian ini terdiri dari atas 2 kelompok,yaitu kelompok janger (penari wanita) dan kelompok kecak (penari pria). 

    Tari Janger Dari bali ada juga dari banyuwangi
    Gerakanya sangat sederhana. Para penari menari sambil menyanyi bersaut sauttan dalam suasana riang gembira. Gerakan tari jenger  dibawakan dalam posisi bersimpuh dan posisi duduk. Tari jenger diiringi oleh 2 gamelan,batel. Namun , kadang kadang dilengkapi dengan gender wayang. Dalam pertunjukan,para penari biasanya membentuk formasi segi empat. Masing Masing dua baris berhadap hadapan.

    5. Tari Bedaya
      Tari bedaya atau bedhoyo merupakan sala satu tarian wanita yang hidup di lingkungan keraton. pada zaman kerajaan mataram,tari bedaya berfungsi sebagai pembawa benda benda kerajaan. Oleh karena itu,tarian ini mempunyai sifat religius. Komposisi tarinya dibawakan oleh 9 penari putri dengan irama halus dan lemah gemulai.

    Tari Bedaya dari Jawa Tengah

     Tarian ini menggambarkan perjalanan hidup masnuia dari lahir sampai meninggal dunia yang digambarkan secara simbolis. Keseimbangan penari Bedaya gaya yogyakarta mempunyai nama,yaitu endel pojok ,batak ,jangga ,dada ,buntil ,apit ngajeng ,apit wingking ,endel weton ngajeng, dan endel weton wingking. Peran utamanya adalah batak.

    Tari Bedaya ada beberapa jenis , antara lain Bedaya semang (ciptaan Sultan hamengkubuwono 1 tahun 1792) , Bedaya Ketawang (ciptaan Sultan agung 1613-1645) , Bedaya Bedah Madiun (ciptaan sultan hamengkubuwono 2) dan bedaya Sangaskara (ciptaan sultan hamengkubowono IX). Di antara beberapa jenis tari Bedaya tersebut,tari Bedaya Semang dianggap yang lebih tua dan lengkap. bedaya semang diiringi dengan gendhing semang, sedangkan bedaya ketawang diiringi gamelan ketawang.

    6. Sendratari Ramayana
      Sendratari Ramayana adalah salah satu tari kelompok yang sangat populer di jawa. Sendratari ini dipentaskan pertama kali pada tahun 1961. Koreografernya adalah Dr. Soeharso,kusumakesowo, Ny.Djoko Suhardjo,dan S.ngaliman. Penata iringannya adalah Ki Cokrowasito dan Ki Marto Pangrawit. 

    Sendratari Ramayana di dalam gedung
    Kostumnya di tata oleh kusnadi. Sendratari ini digarap secara kolosal yang mengisahkan tentang cerita cinta antara Sr Rama dan Dewi Sinta yang dikemas dalam bentuk drama tari tanpa dialog. Samapi saat ini,beberapa wisata di Yogyakarta masih secara rutin menyelngaarakan pentas sendratari Ramayana ini, misalnya di taman wisata candi Prambanan dan Candi Borobudur. Sendratari Ramayana dapat dipergelarkan di gedung tertutp dan dipanggung terbuka. Sendratari ramayana sekarang dikemas untuk pertunjukan wisatawan.

    7. Tari Hudoq
      Hudoq Merupakan tari ritual suku Dayak Bahau dan Modang di kalimantan Timur. Tari ini biasanya dibawakan oleh 11 penari , yang setiap penari memakai topeng yang berbeda.Tarian ini erat hubungan nya dengan keagamaan. Tari hudoq dimaksudkan untuk memperoleh kekuatan dalam mengatasi gangguan hama erusak tanaman dan mengharapkan diberikan kesuburan dengan hasil panen yang banyak.

    Gambar Tari Hudoq


    Tarian Hudoq didominasi oleh gerakan tangan dan  kaki. Tari hudoq dipimpin oleh pawang.pawang akan memberikan sesaji kepada Dewi Padi dan Po'Mantau (sang pencipta alam semesta). Setelah  itu, ia memanggil roh roh yang berdiam di alam untuk masuk ke dalam tubuh penari. Penari akan menari nari mengikuti irama musik selama kemasukan Ruh ruh yang masuk kedalam tubuh penari ini yang diminta untuk memelihara tanaman,mengusir hamba,dan menjaga desa. Setelah penari selesai membawakan tariannya , pawang meminta roh roh tersebut untuk kembali ketempat semula. 

    8. Tari Gending Sriwijaya 
      Tari Gending Sriwijaya diilhami oleh masa kejayaan kerjaan Sriwijaya. Tari Gending Sriwijaya dewasa ini dianggap sebagai tarian keraton palembang. Tarian ini digelar untuk menyambut para tamu istimewa yang berkunjung ke daerah tersebut. gending sriwijaya merupakan tarian yang dibawakan oleh penari perempuan berjumlah genap. kostum yang dipakai sangat mewah yang ditunjukan dengan kain songket berbenang emas dan perhiasan.

    Tari Gending Sriwijaya  Di Acara pernikahan


    Gerakanya sangat anggun dan lamban. Gerakanya banyak menggerakan jari-jemari yang dilapisi sarung emas. Penari paling depan membawa tepak sebagai Sekapur sirih untuk dipersembahkan kepada tamu,diiringi 2 penari yang membawakan pridon yang terbuat dari kuning. Persembahan sekapur sirih ini menurut aslinya hanya dilakukan oleh putri raja,sultan,atau bangsawan. Pembawa pridon biasanya adalah sahabat akrab inang sang pengasuh putri. Demikian pula penari penari lainya.

    Terimakasih Sekian artikel dari saya tentang Tari Berpasangan dan Tari Kelompok Nusantara Semoga bermanfaat.

              The Grumpiest Man Alive        
    Morgen ist es wieder so weit. Eigentlich kommt er nur, um das Treppenhaus zu reinigen. Aber er okkupiert es regelrecht mit seinen Feudeln. Etage für Etage ist für ihn feindliches Gebiet. Montags traue ich mich nicht, beim Bäcker Brötchen zu holen. Denn das hieße für mich, gleich zwei Mal sein feudelvermintes Gebiet zu durchqueren. Begrüße ich den Putzmann ...
              Terima Kasih Kerana Sudi Datang Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Mahamahu Dan Sambutan Hari Jadi        
    Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Dah nak akhir Syawal dah ni tapi masih ramai lagi yang buat open housekan. Sapa nak jemput Maha In Sha Allah boleh datang kalau ada jemputan lah hehehe.


    Cuma nak update kat sini tentang Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri dan Sambutan Hari Jadi yang Maha buat baru-baru ni. Jutaan terima kasih pada kawan-kawan yang sudi datang dari jauh-jauh. Pastu ada kawan yang bertahun-tahun tak jumpa tiba-tiba tahun ni dapat jumpa akhirnya.



    Betullah matlamat buat open house ni bukan sahaja nak makan-makan tapi nak mengeratkan silatulrahim yang jauh didekatkan yang dekat dirapatkan. Seronok walaupun Maha buat tak besar sangat kecil-kecil jer. Almaklumlah tahun ni tak ada sponser ehhh hehehe.




    Tapi terkilan sikit sebab tahun ni tak seramai 2 tahun lalu. Rasa tahun-tahun sebelum ni habis semua makanan sampai kena tambah berkali-kali. Tahun ni habis juga cuma cukup-cukup jer. Tak tahu lah tak sedap ker apa. Maha minta maaf kalau masakan tak sedap sebab orang bujang masak hehehe.

     


    Update sikit menu buat sapa yang tak dapat datang hari tu Maha ada masak Kuah Kacang dan Nasi Impit, Soto, Bihun Sup, Rendang Ayam dan Jelly Oren. Cuma yang beli Buah Oren, Lemang dan juga Kuih Raya jer hehehe. Kek hari jadi daripada abang kembar Maha sama sambut hari jadi juga terima kasih.



    Tapi Maha nak ucapkan terima kasih pada yang sudi datang meriahkan majlis juga sangat terima kasih kepada yang telah bagi hadiah dah tua-tua pun dapat hadiah harijadi lagi hehehe. In Sha Allah moga pemberi hadiah tu terus mendapat keberkatan dan kebahagian dari Allah Maha tak mampu nak membalasnya.


    Maaf pada sapa yang tak ada dalam gambar Maha tak sempat nak ambil gambar korang semua. Ni pun gambar yang kawan-kawan share kat Facebook dan Instagram jer hehehe. Terima kasih semua tunggu 2 tahun lagi In Sha Allah Maha akan buat kalau ada rezeki.








              5 Sebab Membuatkan Orang Akan Pilih VIP Hotel Untuk Menginap Di Segamat Johor        
    Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Sapa orang Segamat yer best lah kat sana korang boleh menginap di VIP Hotel iaitu hotel bertaraf 3 bintang. Hotel ini terletak di Jalan Buluh Kasap iaitu laluan utama jadi ia sangat mudah untuk dicari.


    Maha cite pasal hotel ini kerena Maha sendiri pernah menginap kat sana walaupun tak lama tapi sangat puasa hati. Masa fisrt sampai kat tepi jalan tu nampak tersergam indah hotel setinggi 6 tingkat. Dulu ia sebuah hotel lama dan telah dimajukan untuk kemudahan orang yang datang ke bandar ini. Kat sini Maha boleh uraikan 5 sebab utama orang kalau datang ker Segamat akan tinggal kat hotel ini.

    Keselesaan Bilik Tidur Yang Buat Malam Korang Mimpi Indah


    Sampai sebegitu sekali Maha boleh huraikan tentang keselesaan dalam bilik yang mereka sediakan kat hotel ni. Hari Maha datang tu dapat bilik tidur Standard Twin tapi kat sini mereka ada banyak jenis bilik dari bilik yang Maha tidur tu kemudian ke bilik Standard Queen untuk pasangan suami isteri, lepas tu ada bilik Superior King. Bagi yang datang dengan anak-anak ada juga Family Suite.





    Pada yang datang urusan kerja atau koporat event ada Executive Suite untuk lebih selesa. Last kalau ada bajet lebih sikit boleh ambil VIP Suite. Semua bilik kat sini ada free wifi dan juga saluran Astro. Booking sini jangan risau sebab mereka ada pakej dengan sarapan pagi sekali. Harga pun berpatutan range dari RM150 hingga ker RM218 semalam tertaluk kepada sebarang perubahan.




    Ok tak bagi korang bilik yang Maha duduk ni. Ini tingkat 3 dan korang boleh pilih untuk mengadap pemandangan bandar atau juga untuk mengadap pool. Bilik air tak adalah tab mandi tapi ada shower dengan air panas sekali juga toiletries yang lengkap kalau lupa bawa boleh guna tak perlu sibuk beli.

    Pilihan Makanan Timur Dan Barat Di The Chef


    Kalau menginap kat hotel ni korang tak perlu risau untuk cari makan. Kalau tak nak keluar jalan-jalan pun kat hotel ini ada restoran yang menyajikan makanan setiap waktu sarapan pagi, makan tenghari, minum petang dan juga makan malam. Paling penting restoran ini mendapat sijil Halal sepenuhnya daripada JAKIM so jangan risau makan tanpa was-was ok.


    Tak silap Maha sarapan pagi bermula dari pukul 7.00 pagi hingga 10.00 pagi. Kalau korang malas nak turun mereka sediakan room service menghantar makanan ke bilik. Tapi Maha suka turun makan kat restoran ini kerana restoran ni betul-betul terletak di tepi swiming pool boleh makan sambil hirup udara segar dan pancaran matahari yang menyihatkan kulit ok.


    Nasi Goreng Kampung Jabi

    Kalau makan tenghari kat sini mereka ada sediakan buffet cuma untuk makan malam jer mereka sediakan ala-cart dengan pelbagai pilihan. Korang boleh pilih makanan tradisional dan juga makanan barat. Tapi Maha rekmen korang cuba Nasi Goreng Kampung Jabi ni adalah signature kat restoran hotel ni cuba tau.






    Menu lain yang ada kat sini Mee Rebus, Laksa Johor, Char Koay Teow untuk pilihan barat ada juga Medallion Beef, Chicken Chop, Crown Of Lamb Rack dan banyak lagi pilihan ikut selera korang. Western Maha sarankan cuba Chicken Chop sedap. Last kena ambil dessert lah hari tu Maha cuba Banana Split nak bagi segar sikit makan aiskrimkan.

    Kemudahan Hotel Seakan Betaraf 5 Bintang


    Walaupun hotel ni 3 bintang sahaja tapi kemudahan yang ada kat sini memang cukup. Ini adalah satu-satunya tempat yang ada swimming pool kat bandar Segamat ini. Mereka selalu adakan kelas renang untuk orang-orang luar yang nak belajar berenang kat pool ini. Kawasan pool pun sangat luar cantik. Cuma mungkin boleh diasingkan kolam renang kanak-kanak dan dewasa jangan campur kerana ia sangat berbahaya.



    Jangan tak percaya kat sini ada kemudahan gym. Gym ini pula terletak berdepan dengan pool jadi lepas main gym boleh terus berenang. Sambil memeluhkan badan tu boleh tengok gelagat orang berenang kat pool. Kaum hawa pula sini ada V-Spa bagi merehatkan diri dan memberi kesegaran. 



    Kat sebelah pool tu juga ada dewan besar yang boleh memuatkan lebih kurang 200 orang dalam satu-satu masa. Jadi dewan ini sesuai untuk mereka mengadakan majlis keraian, koporate dinner juga untuk majlis perkahwinan. Tengok sendiri deko dewan ini sangat mewah ok.

    Kedudukan Strategik Untuk Berjalan Cari Makan


    Hotel ini Maha pilih bukan setakat semua yang Maha cite kat atas tadi tapi yang paling best ia adalah strategik. Kenapa sebab duduk hotel ni korang boleh pergi ke mana-mana sahaja kawasan yang berhampiran hotel ini. Kalau nak beli belah kat sini ada KIP Mart, ada Gaint Segamat, ada gedung Jakel dan macam-macam lagi.




    Tapi Maha paling suka adalah kat sini ada beberapa tempat makan special yang sempat Maha Pergi masa menginap kat Segamat. Walaupun tak banyak tapi menarik antaranya adalah Restoran Selera Nasi Beringin. Konsep makan kat restoran ini adalah dalam talam yang kecil comel molek. Ada pelbagai jenis lauk pauk yang boleh dimakan dengan Nasi Beringin ini seperti Kari Kambing, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah dan Kari Ayam.



    Maha rekmen kalau dah sampai kat Segamat datang cuba makan kat sini sangat unik hidangan mereka. Boleh lah makan tenghari sampai kenyang. Kemudian lepas makan tenghari perkena pula cendol dan yang paling popular kat sini adalah Cendol Segar Amat. Kata orang kat sini asal usul nama Segamat adalah daripada perkataan Segar Amat. Cendol sini layan siot makan dalam cuaca panas dapat segarkan tekak. 




    Last sekali kena cuba Nasi Ayam Pak Mus kata orang popular juga kat sini tapi Maha tak sempat nak cuba hari tu sebab dah kenyang sangat. Kat bandar ini tak adalah kosep hiburan seperti KL kerana pukul 10.00 malam bandar ni dah mati. Cuma ada masa akan ada pasar malam kat area tepi sungai.

    Layanan Sangat Memuaskan


    Paling penting adalah bila kita datang menginap kat hotel layanan semua pekerja mereka daripada receptionist, house keeping, kitchen sehingga lah ke pekerja am semua menyambut mesra tetamu yang datang. Senyuman tak lekang dekat bibir mereka jadi kita pun akan selesa betul tak. Bukan minta untuk disanjung cukup dengan senyuman dan kata-kata baik.


    Maha kalau pilih hotel first mesti tengok kemudahan yang ada macam senarai kat atas tadilah. Lepas tu baru tengok harga sebab kalau murah sangat pun tak ada kemudahan tak guna. Tapi bagi Maha VIP Hotel ini cukup lengkap untuk penginapan bagi tujuan balik kampung atau urusan kerja. Selamat bercuti semua dan selamat menginap.

    Tempahan dan pertanyaan hubungi :-
    VIP Hotel
    Batu 1, Jalan Buloh Kasap,
    85000 Segamat, Johor

    Tel : +607-9312101
    Email : reservation@viphotel.com.my







              Crema la pahar cu 3 ingrediente        

    Crema la pahar cu 3 ingrediente, o reteta de desert rapid pentru zilele calde de vara Crema la pahar cu 3 ingrediente este reteta ideala pentru zilele excesiv de calduroase. Nu avem nevoie de aragaz, doar de un mixer, un bol, cateva pahare si 5 minute timp liber. Nu trebuie sa stea neaparat la frigider dupa preparare, desi este mai buna dupa 1-2 ore la rece, se poate manca imediat, asa ca, daca doriti ceva rapid si bun sau daca aveti musafiri anuntati in ultimul moment, o sa-i surprindeti in cel mai placut mod cu aceasta reteta de crema la pahar. Sambata trecuta am invitat cativa prieteni la un gratar si desi aveam planuri mari pentru desert, nu am reusit sa ajung in timp acasa ca sa prepar ce imi propusesem. Mi-am amintit de aceasta minunata crema la pahar cu 3 ingrediente, in 5 minute am facut-o, am pus-o in pahare si am tinut-o in frigider 30 de minute. Nu va... Citeste tot

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              El desahogo de Benegas contra la prensa: Hablaron de supuestos y no los desmintieron        
    El delantero de Universidad de Chile Leandro Benegas aprovechó este jueves, en conferencia de prensa, para desahogarse con los periodistas por los rumores de su partida antes del inicio del Transición. "Molesta cuando se empieza a hablar de supuestos y no salen a desmentirlos", manifestó.
              Finished it off on Friday        
    Yesterday I completed my Birds and Berries quilt, threw it in the wash and by the time it dried it was already too late for beauty shots.
    Technically, I finished it off on Friday.

    I love how this came out. I'm always amazed at how iffy I am before, colors don't match and etc. But then, when it all comes together, it's always so beautiful! Patchwork. That's the idea.

    All fabric are from Lauren & Jessi Jungs line for Moda- Birds and Berries

    What I love about this quilt is that it's not overly girly. The back is a light mint with tiny white dots, and the binding is a darker turquoise.It's easily a "modern little girls quilt". For the girl who doesn't like pink. The flowers aren't overdone either. 
    I like how the back stitching gives it some more interest than just a plain back. I'm really happy with the color choices.

     A different kind of Zig Zag

    I think I'm over Zig Zags, and want a more challenging pattern, but I have one more quilt whose fabric I bought especially for a zig zag pattern. Last night I cut out the squares and am super excited about it. More on that later though.

    I hope it's okay to brag that my binding came out perfect!

    I'm getting better with my binding. I finished it off in almost one sitting, during 2 Top Chef episodes. (I'm rooting for Kristen). I love this binding so much, I did have to grow on me though. I thought for sure it was too dark, but it goes great.

    Y already has a few requests for the living room quilt I'm going to make. Timber & Leaf from Sarah Watts for Blend Fabrics is the fabric. The pattern, still unknown. He is in love with the foxes pattern.
    I bought a half yard just to see, and it is even more gorgeous that the pictures online. It will make an amazing quilt!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!


              Finish it off Friday?        
    I wish weekends had more days. I'm so tired during the weekday evening I leave everything for the weekend.
    Then I stay up way too late to finish everything, wake up Sunday morning exhausted, and the cycle just continues. I need a good nights sleep.
    I started my adventures in quilting way too long ago. The reason why only now I'm finishing my second one, is because, well, weekends are too short.
    This quilt is made from the lovely Birds and Berries, by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda. I knew I had to have this collection the second I saw it.
    It is as lovely as it looks, but a bit troublesome. I bought the charm pack because I'm still terrified of anything but. It seemed there wasn't enough purple squares, or yellow. I couldn't make a simple zig-zag quilt because I didn't have enough, or had way to many of one color.

    Birds and berries zig zag quilt
    Charm pack was purchased from Designs By Donelle 

    I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to matching colors, and I was really bummed about it. Especially because the purples were so pretty.
    I ended up arranging it in an altered zig zag fashion. sort of zig zag, but not quite.

    Birds and berries zig zag quilt

    I bought the backing from the same collection, a very light mint with tiny white dots. The binding is also from the same collection, it looks like peacocks. The birds are all over this fabric. Sort of like "Where's Waldo". I think I read in their blog that there are more than 40 different birds in this line. That's a lot of birds.

    Birds and berries zig zag quilt
    Backing and binding was purchased from Lily Rose Quilts
    Last Friday I bought the filling for this, and my plan is to try and quilt it tomorrow. I'm going with simple straight-ish lines along the zig zags. I like the clean look of it. If all goes well, tomorrow evening I start binding. Throughout the week I should be able to sneak in some hand sewing to get it done by next- Finish it up Friday.

    I think there should also be a "Start it Saturday" (Or Sunday). Last week I also bought the fabric for my very own weekender bag. Just looking at the directions scare me, but I've read plenty of good tips, and have a bookmark called "weekender bag help", so I know I'm not alone. I cannot wait to make the cording, and well, actually finish it. I know it will be super useful, and hopefully not that hard as it seems.
    But, more on that when I actually begin!


               A hipotalamikus neuronális energiaszint szabályozásának vizsgálata: Az NTPDázok, mint lehetséges energia-regulátorok szerepe a pozitív gonadotropin feedback során. = Regulation of neuronal energy levels in the hypothalamus: NTPDases as possible energy regulators of the positive gonadotrophin feedback.         
    Zsarnovszky, Attila and Frenyó, Vilmos László and Győrffy, Andrea and Kiss, Dávid Sándor and Scalise, Johnson, Trudy and Tóth, István (2012) A hipotalamikus neuronális energiaszint szabályozásának vizsgálata: Az NTPDázok, mint lehetséges energia-regulátorok szerepe a pozitív gonadotropin feedback során. = Regulation of neuronal energy levels in the hypothalamus: NTPDases as possible energy regulators of the positive gonadotrophin feedback. Project Report. OTKA.
              Kepada Yang Bergelar Anak        
    Mana Mak?' 
    Jam 6.30 petang.
     

    Mak berdiri di depan pintu. Wajah Mak kelihatan resah. Mak tunggu adik bungsu balik dari sekolah agama.
     

    Ayah baru balik dari sawah.
     

    Ayah tanya Mak, “Along mana?’
     

    Mak jawab, “Ada di dapur tolong siapkan makan.”
     

    Ayah tanya Mak lagi,” Angah mana?”
     

    Mak jawab, “Angah mandi, baru balik main bola.”
     

    Ayah tanya Mak, “Ateh mana?”
     

    Mak jawab, “Ateh, Kak Cik tengok tv dengan Alang di dalam?”
     

    Ayah tanya lagi, “Adik dah balik?”
     

    Mak jawab, “Belum. Patutnya dah balik. Basikal adik rosak kot. Kejap lagi kalau tak balik juga jom kita pergi cari Adik.”
     

    Mak jawab soalan ayah penuh yakin. Tiap-tiap hari ayah tanya soalan yang sama. Mak jawab penuh perhatian. Mak ambil berat di mana anak-anak Mak dan bagaimana keadaan anak-anak Mak setiap masa dan setiap ketika.
     

    Dua puluh tahun kemudian
     
    Jam 6.30 petang
     

    Ayah balik ke rumah. Baju ayah basah. Hujan turun sejak tengahari.
     

    Ayah tanya Along, “Mana Mak?”
     

    Along sedang membelek-belek baju barunya. Along jawab, “Tak tahu.”
     

    Ayah tanya Angah, “Mana Mak?”
     

    Angah menonton tv. Angah jawab, “Mana Angah tahu.”
     

    Ayah tanya Ateh, “Mana Mak?”
     

    Ayah menunggu lama jawapan dari Ateh yang asyik membaca majalah.
     

    Ayah tanya Ateh lagi, "Mana Mak?"

    Ateh menjawab, “Entah.”
     

    Ateh terus membaca majalah tanpa menoleh kepada Ayah.
     

    Ayah tanya Alang, “Mana Mak?”
     

    Alang tidak jawab. Alang hanya mengoncang bahu tanda tidak tahu.
     

    Ayah tidak mahu tanya Kak Cik dan Adik yang sedang melayan facebook. Ayah tahu yang Ayah tidak akan dapat jawapan yang ayah mahu.
     

    Tidak ada siapa tahu di mana Mak. Tidak ada siapa merasa ingin tahu di mana Mak. Mata dan hati anak-anak Mak tidak pada Mak. Hanya mata dan hati Ayah yang mencari-cari di mana Mak.
     

    Tidak ada anak-anak Mak yang tahu setiap kali ayah bertanya, "Mana Mak?"
     

    Tiba-tiba adik bungsu bersuara, “Mak ni dah senja-senja pun merayap lagi. Tak reti nak balik!!”
     

    Tersentap hati Ayah mendengar kata-kata Adik.
     

    Dulu anak-anak Mak akan berlari mendakap Mak apabila balik dari sekolah. Mereka akan tanya "Mana Mak?" apabila Mak tidak menunggu mereka di depan pintu.
     

    Mereka akan tanya, "Mana Mak." Apabila dapat nombor 1 atau kaki melecet main bola di padang sekolah. Mak resah apabila anak-anak Mak lambat balik. Mak mahu tahu di mana semua anak-anaknya berada setiap waktu dan setiap ketika.
     

    Sekarang anak-anak sudah besar. Sudah lama anak-anak Mak tidak bertanya 'Mana Mak?"
     

    Semakin anak-anak Mak besar, soalan "Mana Mak?" semakin hilang dari bibir anak-anak Mak .
     

    Ayah berdiri di depan pintu menunggu Mak. Ayah resah menunggu Mak kerana sudah senja sebegini Mak masih belum balik. Ayah risau kerana sejak akhir-akhir ini Mak selalu mengadu sakit lutut.

    Dari jauh kelihatan sosok Mak berjalan memakai payung yang sudah uzur. Besi-besi payung tercacak keluar dari kainnya. Hujan masih belum berhenti. Mak menjinjit dua bungkusan plastik. Sudah kebiasaan bagi Mak, Mak akan bawa sesuatu untuk anak-anak Mak apabila pulang dari berjalan.
     

    Sampai di halaman rumah Mak berhenti di depan deretan kereta anak-anak Mak. Mak buangkan daun-daun yang mengotori kereta anak-anak Mak. Mak usap bahagian depan kereta Ateh perlahan-lahan. Mak rasakan seperti mengusap kepala Ateh waktu Ateh kecil. Mak senyum. Kedua bibir Mak diketap repat. Senyum tertahan, hanya Ayah yang faham. Sekarang Mak tidak dapat lagi merasa mengusap kepala anak-anak seperti masa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu. Mereka sudah besar. Mak takut anak Mak akan menepis tangan Mak kalau Mak lakukannya.

    Lima buah kereta milik anak-anak Mak berdiri megah. Kereta Ateh paling gah. Mak tidak tahu pun apa kehebatan kereta Ateh itu. Mak cuma suka warnanya. Kereta warna merah bata, warna kesukaan Mak. Mak belum merasa naik kereta anak Mak yang ini.
     

    Baju mak basah kena hujan. Ayah tutupkan payung mak. Mak bagi salam. Salam Mak tidak berjawab. Terketar-ketar lutut Mak melangkah anak tangga. Ayah pimpin Mak masuk ke rumah. Lutut Mak sakit lagi.
     

    Mak letakkan bungkusan di atas meja. Sebungkus rebung dan sebungkus kueh koci pemberian Mak Uda untuk anak-anak Mak. Mak Uda tahu anak-anak Mak suka makan kueh koci dan Mak malu untuk meminta untuk bawa balik. Namun raut wajah Mak sudah cukup membuat Mak Uda faham.
     

    Semasa menerima bungkusan kueh koci dari Mak Uda tadi, Mak sempat berkata kepada Mak Uda, "Wah berebutlah budak-budak tu nanti nampak kueh koci kamu ni."

    Sekurang-kurangnya itulah bayangan Mak. Mak bayangkan anak-anak Mak sedang gembira menikmati kueh koci sebagimana masa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu. Mereka berebut dan Mak jadi hakim pembuat keputusan muktamat. Sering kali Mak akan beri bahagian Mak supaya anak-anak Mak puas makan. Bayangan itu sering singgah di kepala Mak.

    Ayah suruh Mak tukar baju yang basah itu. Mak akur.

    Selepas Mak tukar baju, Ayah iring Mak ke dapur. Mak ajak anak-anak Mak makan kueh koci. Tidak seorang pun yang menoleh kepada Mak. Mata dan hati anak-anak Mak sudah bukan pada Mak lagi.

    Mak hanya tunduk, akur dengan keadaan.
     

    Ayah tahu Mak sudah tidak boleh mengharapkan anak-anak melompat-lompat gembira dan berlari mendakapnya seperti dulu.
     

    Ayah temankan Mak makan. Mak menyuap nasi perlahan-lahan, masih mengharapkan anak-anak Mak akan makan bersama. Setiap hari Mak berharap begitu. Hanya Ayah yang duduk bersama Mak di meja makan setiap malam.
     

    Ayah tahu Mak penat sebab berjalan jauh. Siang tadi Mak pergi ke rumah Mak Uda di kampung seberang untuk mencari rebung. Mak hendak masak rebung masak lemak cili api dengan ikan masin kesukaan anak-anak Mak.
     

    Ayah tanya Mak kenapa Mak tidak telepon suruh anak-anak jemput. Mak jawab, "Saya dah suruh Uda telepon budak-budak ni tadi. Tapi Uda kata semua tak berangkat."
     

    Mak minta Mak Uda telepon anak-anak yang Mak tidak boleh berjalan balik sebab hujan. Lutut Mak akan sakit kalau sejuk. Ada sedikit harapan di hati Mak agar salah seorang anak Mak akan menjemput Mak dengan kereta. Mak teringin kalau Ateh yang datang menjemput Mak dengan kereta barunya. Tidak ada siapa yang datang jemput Mak.

    Mak tahu anak-anak mak tidak sedar telepon berbunyi. Mak ingat kata-kata ayah, “Kita tak usah susahkan anak-anak. Selagi kita mampu kita buat saja sendiri apa-apa pun. Mereka ada kehidupan masing-masing. Tak payah sedih-sedih. Maafkan sajalah anak-anak kita. Tak apalah kalau tak merasa menaiki kereta mereka sekarang. Nanti kalau kita mati kita masih ada peluang merasa anak-anak mengangkat kita kat bahu mereka.”
     

    Mak faham buah hati Mak semua sudah besar. Along dan Angah sudah beristeri. Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik masing-masing sudah punya buah hati sendiri yang sudah mengambil tempat Mak di hati anak-anak Mak.
     

    Pada suapan terakhir, setitik air mata Mak jatuh ke pinggan.
     

    Kueh koci masih belum diusik oleh anak-anak Mak.
     

    Beberapa tahun kemudian
     

    Mak Uda tanya Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik, “Mana mak?”.
     

    Hanya Adik yang jawab, “Mak dah tak ada.”
     

    Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik tidak sempat melihat Mak waktu Mak sakit.
     

    Kini Mak sudah berada di sisi Tuhannya bukan di sisi anak-anak Mak lagi.
     

    Dalam isakan tangis, Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik menerpa kubur Mak. Hanya batu nisan yang berdiri terpacak. Batu nisan Mak tidak boleh bersuara. Batu nisan tidak ada tangan macam tangan Mak yang selalu memeluk erat anak-anaknya apabila anak-anak datang menerpa Mak semasa anak-anak Mak kecil dulu.
     

    Mak pergi semasa Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik berada jauh di bandar. Kata Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik mereka tidak dengar handphone berbunyi semasa ayah telepon untuk beritahu mak sakit tenat.
     

    Mak faham, mata dan telinga anak-anak Mak adalah untuk orang lain bukan untuk Mak.
     

    Hati anak-anak Mak bukan milik Mak lagi. Hanya hati Mak yang tidak pernah diberikan kepada sesiapa, hanya untuk anak-anak Mak..
     

    Mak tidak sempat merasa diangkat di atas bahu anak-anak Mak. Hanya bahu ayah yang sempat mengangkat jenazah Mak dalam hujan renyai.
     

    Ayah sedih sebab tiada lagi suara Mak yang akan menjawab soalan Ayah,
     

    "Mana Along?" , "Mana Angah?", "Mana Ateh?", "Mana Alang?", "Mana Kak Cik?" atau "Mana Adik?". Hanya Mak saja yang rajin menjawab soalan ayah itu dan jawapan Mak memang tidak pernah silap. Mak sentiasa yakin dengan jawapannya sebab mak ambil tahu di mana anak-anaknya berada pada setiap waktu dan setiap ketika. Anak-anak Mak sentiasa di hati Mak tetapi hati anak-anak Mak ada orang lain yang mengisinya.
     

    Ayah sedih. Di tepi kubur Mak, Ayah bermonolog sendiri, "Mulai hari ini tidak perlu bertanya lagi kepada Along, Angah, Ateh, Alang, Kak Cik dan Adik , "Mana mak?" "

    Kereta merah Ateh bergerak perlahan membawa Ayah pulang. Along, Angah, Alang dan Adik mengikut dari belakang. Hati ayah hancur teringat hajat Mak untuk naik kereta merah Ateh tidak kesampaian. Ayah terbayang kata-kata Mak malam itu, "Cantiknya kereta Ateh, kan Bang? Besok-besok Ateh bawalah kita jalan-jalan kat Kuala Lumpur tu. Saya akan buat kueh koci buat bekal."

    "Ayah, ayah....bangun." Suara Ateh memanggil ayah. Ayah pengsan sewaktu turun dari kereta Ateh..
     

    Terketar-ketar ayah bersuara, "Mana Mak?"
     

    Ayah tidak mampu berhenti menanya soalan itu. Sudah 10 tahun Mak pergi namun soalan "Mana Mak?" masih sering keluar dari mulut Ayah sehingga ke akhir usia.
     

    Sebuah cerita pendek buat tatapan anak-anak. Kata orang hidup seorang ibu waktu muda dilambung resah, apabila tua dilambung rasa. Kata Rasulullah saw. ibu 3 kali lebih utama dari ayah. Bayangkanlah berapa kali ibu lebih utama dari isteri, pekerjaan dan anak-anak sebenarnya. Solat sunat pun Allah suruh berhenti apabila ibu memanggil. Berapa kerapkah kita membiarkan deringan telepon panggilan dari ibu tanpa berjawab?



              Update Kembali        
    Hohoiii....sElaMat Hari Raya....huhu..kan sekarang masih bulan syawal..jadi xsalah kalau nak wish lagi kn2..?
    ke ada lagi yang masih pergi beraya..? =p Dah lama xberupdate belog ni, banyak halangan dari kerja la,masalah dengan internet lagi, serta kemalasan yang melanda...hehehe..

    Ok, sky nak update semula pasal contest yang di buat dulu, sapa nak join, boleh klik SINI ....maaf untuk yang telah sertai di belog ini atau di belog Cik Still Alive sebab xupdate pasal contest ni...Patut nya ujung bulan puasa ari 2 da tamat,tapi disebabkan sedikit masalah yang xdapat dielakkan dengan kebizian cik still alive dengan gerai bazar ramadannya =p serta kemalasan di pihak sky yang membuat contest ni macam sepi je....dan tarikh tutup akan diberitahu semula nanti....jadi contest ni still  valid until now walaupun cik still da update sebelum ni tarikh tutup pada 10.09.2011.. =)

    Tapi jangan risau,kitaorng tetap akan tunaikan janji untuk sapa yang berjaya bagi idea menarik untuk contest kitaorang tu ye.....pape nanti akan di update nanti.....Minta Maaf kepada semua ye....selamat hari raya.. =)



              Awak...saya mintak maaf...        
    Salam awak...cinta hati saya....
    saya tahu saya tidak sesempurna lelaki lain,
    tapi saya rasa saya sempurna bila awak di sisi saya,
    saya bahagia sangat dengan awak selama kita kenal,
    saya xpernah bosan dengan awak walau kita duk mesej 24jam atau cakap telefon,
    saya dapat mesej dari awak, da buat hati ni gembira,


    awak...
    saya mintak maaf,
    semalam bukan niat hati saya untuk tipu awak atau ape2,
    saya mengaku saya salah,tapi memang saya rasa penat dan mengantuk semalam,
    tapi ada sebab yang saya da bagitahu kat awak,saya xdapat tido, 
    tapi saya tido lewat sikit je,
    saya tido pun tak buat benda bukan2 belakang awak...

    awak..
    awak tau kan kita sayang awak sangat2...
    saya xpernah rasa awak mnyusahkan hidup saya..
    tapi kalau saya ada terbuat awak susah,saya mintak maaf sangat2 awak...
    saya sayanggg awak!!

    awak,
    saya tahu saya pernah buat salah besar dulu masa permulaan kita kenal,
    tapi itu dulu,
    saya xnak kehilangan awak lagi,
    saya nak awak,saya sayang awak..
    saya terima awak seadanya awak xkira awak keadaan camne pun..


    awakk...
    maafkan la saya...
    saya tahu awak banyak menangis disebabkan saya,
    tapi saya tak mampu nak buat benda lain selaian mohon awak MAAFKAN SAYA...
    saya berusaha lagi buat yang terbaik untuk awak...

    kalau2 awak ada terbaca post ni....saya nak awak tahu,
    SAYA SAYANG AWAK SANGAT2!!
    maafkan saya wak.... =(

              Sedangkan Lidah Sendiri Tergigit        
    Sedangkan lidah lagi tergigit…itulah kata arwah P.Ramlee..

    Sepasang suami isteri yang sudah menikah selama 7 tahun dan memiliki 3 orang anak, terlibat dalam sebuah pertengkaran hebat. Begitu hebatnya pertengkaran mereka, sampai akhirnya mereka memutuskan untuk bercerai,mengakhiri kehidupan rumah tangga mereka secepat mungkin.

    Mereka menemui seorang peguam, untuk melangsungkan perundingan
    pembahagian harta sepencarian di antara mereka, perundingan berlangsung lancar dan akhirnya sebagian besar masalah dapat diselesaikan, baik tanah, rumah,dan semua aset harta mereka dapat dibahagi dan mencapai kepuasan kedua belah pihak.

    Hanya satu hal tidak ditemukan jalan keluarnya, yaitu mengenai pembahagian anak [jangan lupa anak mereka tiga orang].
    Baik si suami maupun si isteri, sama sama ingin mengasuh 2 anak, tidak
    ada yang mau mengalah, dan anak tidak mungkin dibelah dua seperti pada Zaman Nabi Sulaiman a.s. dulu.
                                                          
     
    pic dr google

    Akhirnya mereka menemui seorang tokoh agama, meminta nasihat bagaimana jalan keluar yang harus ditempuh.Sang Imam akhirnya memberikan jalan keluar yang bijak, yaitu mereka diminta menunda perceraiannya selama satu tahun, mereka harus menambah satu orang anak selama satu tahun, bila Tuhan mengizinkan perceraian mereka


    Tuhan akan memberikan tambahan satu anak, total menjadi 4 anak,
    sehingga mudah untuk dibahagi di antara mereka berdua.
    Kerana si suami dan si isteri sangat serius untuk bercerai, mereka
    mengambil keputusan berusaha keras untuk menambah anak, dan akhirnya mereka berhasil.

    Setahun kemudian, ketika Sang Imam berjalan jalan, beliau bertemu dengan pasangan suami isteri ini, sedang bergandingan tangan dengan mesra,sehingga Sang Imam bertanya, :

    “Apakah Kalian tidak berhasil menambah anak sehingga kalian batal
    bercerai?”.

    Sang Suami lalu menjawab : “Tuhan maha pengasih, Dia memberikan kami tambahan anak, tapi sekaligus juga memberikan isyarat agar kami saling memaafkan dan saling mengasihi, kami memutuskan untuk tidak bercerai”.

    “Bagaimana Tuhan memberikan isyaratNya?”, tanya Sang Imam.

    “Tuhan memberikan kami tambahan anak, bukan satu anak, tapi dua
    anak,anak kembar !!”.

    Beberapa hikmah:

    1. Menunda tindakan negatif sering bermanfaat, apalagi ketika
    seseorang sedang dikuasai emosi. Ada baiknya jika kita sedang marah kita menunda sesuatu yang ingin kita lakukan.. Betapa banyak penghuni penjara yang menyesal: mengapa ketika marah memukuli isteri/anak/dsb sampai tewas….

    2. Mampu mengendalikan marah [emosi] adalah kunci kebaikan,
    sehingga nabi saw menekankan laa taghdhab [jangan marah] kepada sahabatnya.

    3. Kisah diatas menunjukkan kasih sayang Allah, tetapi ada yang
    lebih baik daripada kisah di atas yaitu pasangan suami isteri yang selalu berhasil mereda pertengkaran mereka. Mungkin keluar rumah meninggalkan isteri/suami yang marah untuk sebentar kemudian kembali membawa buah tangan/peralatan baru kesukaannya akan membuatnya tersenyum, meminta maaf dan berfikir betapa baiknya suaminya/isterinya.

    4. Pertengkaran itu lumrah rumah tangga. Dengan pertengkaranlah
    membuat keharmonian semakin terasa nikmat. Orang bijaksana akan menikmati pertengkaran dan masa-masa setelahnya dengan tetap mengendalikan suasana agar tidak sampai keluar dari sunnah Nabi saw. Karena pertengkaran itu seperti api: sedikitnya bermanfaat tetapi besar dan luasnya membinasakan.

    .sampaikanlah ilmu walaupun hanya satu ayat……
    .muhasabahlah diri sendiri sebelum muhasabah diri orang lain……….
     google again..


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    Ariel este in vacanta in Londra, si astazi va iesi sa viziteze orasul. Fii alaturi de mica sirena, si ajut-o sa se aranjeze cu stil, inainte de a pleca. Alege-i hainute trendy, incaltamintea asortata si accesorii luxoase care ii vin perfect! Distractie placuta!
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              Müller Look Box im April        
    Meine Freundin und ich hatte dieses Mal Glück und konnten 2 der tollen Look-Boxen von Müller ergattern! Ich habe mich wirklich riesig gefreut, ausgelost worden zu sein und war schon richtig gespannt, was sich in unseren Boxen wohl befindet. Und ich wurde wirklich nicht enttäuscht! Bei den vielen verschiedenen Boxen, die es so zu kaufen gibt, blickt man irgendwie schon kaum mehr durch. Und vor allem die Glossybox erschien mir am Ende immer mehr überflüssig - viele der Produkte sind für mich einfach unbrauchbar gewesen und liegen teilweise noch immer ungenutzt im Schrank herum. Bei einem Preis von bereits 15 Euro kann ich dann doch gern darauf verzichten und gebe mein Geld lieber gezielt für sinnvollere Produkte aus, die ich auch wirklich brauche. Bei nur 5 Euro wie für die Müller Look-Box kann man allerdings absolut nichts falsch machen und daher bin ich auch froh, dass ich dieses Mal in den Genuss der Box kommen durfte! Ihr Motto:
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    Der Silikon - Applikator ist wirklich sehr weich und macht das Auftragen des Schimmer Lip Tube super angenehm. Doch von Gleichmäßigkeit kann ich irgendwie nicht sprechen. Im Gegenteil - ich fand es ziemlich schwierig, den Gloss  gleichmäßig auf die Lippen zu bringen. Ich bin eh nicht wirklich ein Fan von klebrigen Lippen und tue mich auch mit der Dosierung aus einer solchen Tube recht schwer. Dafür schimmert er allerdings absolut toll! An Schimmer-Partikeln wurde wirklich nicht gespart und das ist meiner Meinung nach auch gut so. Ob die Farbe "15 - Shiny Claret" nun wirklich die richtige für mich ist, wage ich allerdings zu bezweifeln.


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    Diese Farbe knallt absolut. Und ich liebe sie! Dieser Lippenstift hat genau das, was ich auf meinen Lippen haben möchte - eine wunderschöne Farbe, dazu noch ein wenig Pflege und das alles ohne zu verkleben oder zu verlaufen. Perfekt! Auch das Design finde ich super schön. Leider gibt es die neuen Lippenstifte offiziell erst ab Juni im Handel, also müsst ihr euch leider noch etwas gedulden. Mit dieser Knallfarbe kann der Sommer aber auf jeden Fall kommen!

    Fazit: Also ich muss wirklich sagen - die Müller Look-Box lohnt sich wirklich total, auch wenn nicht immer jedes Produkt hundertproßentig zu einem passt! Vielleicht hat man am Ende sogar noch ein Produkt in seiner Box, mit dem man vielleicht der Mama oder Freundin eine kleine Freude machen könnte. Der Lippenstift von Astor ist allerdings mein Highlight der Box! :) Ich werde auch nächstes al wieder meine Chance nutzen und hoffentlich eine der Boxen ergattern. Mit der DM - Lieblinge - Box habe ich ja leider immer weniger Glück. 

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              Tank 1990 HD – un joc din trecut direct pe smartphone        
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              About Jackie Robinson        

    Who was Jackie Robinson?

     

    Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first black Major League Baseball. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues, (aside from the 1880s, before the MLB was organized) he is most known for bringing social justice to baseball, which had seperate leagues for blacks (the Negro leagues) and whites for six decades. His character and skills are what helped him challenge the traditional basis of segregation, which was prevalent in all areas of American Life, and was a catalyst to the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson was not just any other baseball player, he strived for success and achieved it, as he helped the Dodgers get to six World Series' and win it all in 1955. He was Rookie of the Year in 1947, MVP in 1949 and a six time All-Star from 1949-1954. He was then inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1962 followed by all of MLB retiring the Jackie Robinson Jersey: number 42, in 1997, an honor reserved solely to Robinson. 

    Pre Baseball Life

    Jackie was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of farmers during a Spanish flu and smallpox epidemic. He was the youngest of five children, after his brothers Edgar, Frank, Matthew, and Willa Mae. He was named "Roosevelt" as a middle name, in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who died earier that month. The Robinson's moved to 121 Pepper Street in Pasadena, California after their father left them in 1920. Their mother worked various jobs to support them as they grew up in relative poverty even though Pasadena was considered an affluent place. They attended Washington Junior High School followed by Muir Tech High School. The Robinsons were superb athletes. Matthew was a silver medalist in the 1936 Olympics and he and Frank inspired Jackie to seriously pursue a career in sports. Jackie played on the Muir Tech football team as quarterback, basketball team as a guard, track team as a jumper, tennis team and baseball team as both a catcher and shortstop. In 1936, he won a Tennis Tournament and played in the Pomona baseball tournament all star team with fellow future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon. 

    After High School, Jackie went on to Pasadena Junior College where he continued his involvement in sports. He also was elected to the Lancers, a local organization responsible for helping patrol school activities. In 1938, Jackie joined the All-Southland Junior College baseball team and was selected as that years MVP. He also received honors for his outstanding community service, even though he sometimes acted against those around him who seemed racist. While playing football for PJC, Jackie broke his ankle. A few days before Jackie's 19th birthday he was arrested for vocally disputing the arrest of a black friend of his. He quickly earned a reputation for being one who won't shy away from beligerrance in the face of racism.

    After graduating from PJC, Jackie's brother, Frank, was killed in a motorcycle accident which helped Jackie make a decision to move to L.A. where he could console Frank's family. Jackie decided to attend UCLA where he met is future wife, Rachel Isum, and won varsity letters in all the major sports. He won the 1940 NCAA Mens Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the Long Jump,jumping a whopping 24 Feet 10.5 Inches. Ironically, in that year, robinson batted .097 for the UCLA baseball squad. In 1941, he took a job with the NYA as an assistant athletic director, as it would have been impossible for him to get a job as a proffesional athlete due to the color barrier. Later that year he traveled to Hawaii where he had an opportunity to play for the racially mixed semi-pro Honolulu Bears' football team. After that season he would move back to L.A. to play for a local football team, not realizing that the US involvement in World War 2 would sidetrack him for a little while and end his short football career.

    Robinson was drafted to the Army in 1942 and was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. Throughout his 3 plus years in the Army, he was always treated as a subordinate by the White controlled military. He still managed to become a second lieutenant in 1943, and joined the Black Panthers Tank Battallion, the first Black tank unit to see combat in WWII. However, jackie was never in combat. After getting engaged to his College sweetheart, Rachel, he was sidelined after injuring the same ankle he hurt back in high school. He would finish his army service as a coach for army athletes until 1944 when he was discharged. While in the Army, Robinson made close ties with boxer, Joe Louis, as they helped each other struggle in the white dominated Army.

    In early 1945, after working some part time coaching jobs, Jackie received an offer from the Kansas City Monarchs to Play professional Baseball in the Negro Leagues. He signed a contract worth $400 a month as he played for the Monarchs for 1 Season. He played 47 games at shortstop batting .387. The Negro leagues were'nt for Jackie as he didn't like their unorganized style. Luckily he received a secret offer from the GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, to come to NY and play for their Minor League team. They offered him $600 a month on the condition that he would be able to take abuse from other players for being the only black, but contain himself from fighting back. Jackie accepted, and immediately left the Monarchs for NYC where he would marry Rachel Isum, who was in NY studying to be a Nurse. Jackie would start with the Dodgers' AAA club in Daytona Beach, FL that next season.

    Baseball Career

    In 1946, Robinson arrived at Daytona Beach, Florida, for spring training with the Montreal Royals of the Class AAA International League (the designation of "AAA" for the highest level of minor league baseball was first used in the 1946 season). Robinson's presence was controversial in racially charged Florida. As he was not allowed to stay with his teammates at the team hotel, he lodged instead at the home of a local black politician. Since the Dodgers organization did not own a spring training facility (the Dodger-controlled spring training compound in Vero Beach known as "Dodgertown" did not open until spring 1948), scheduling was subject to the whim of area localities, several of which turned down any event involving Robinson or Johnny Wright, another black player whom Rickey had signed to the Dodgers' organization in January. In Sanford, Florida, the police chief threatened to cancel games if Robinson and Wright did not cease training activities there; as a result, Robinson was sent back to Daytona Beach. In Jacksonville, the stadium was padlocked shut without warning on game day, by order of the city's Parks and Public Property director. In DeLand, a scheduled day game was called off, ostensibly because of faulty electrical lighting.

    After much lobbying of local officials by Rickey himself, the Royals were allowed to host a game involving Robinson in Daytona Beach. Robinson made his Royals debut at Daytona Beach's City Island Ballpark on March 17, 1946, in an exhibition game against the team's parent club, the Dodgers. Robinson thus simultaneously became the first black player to openly play for a minor league team and against a major league team since the de facto baseball color line had been implemented in the 1880s. Later in spring training, after some less-than-stellar performances, Robinson was shifted from shortstop to second base, allowing him to make shorter throws to first base. Robinson's performance soon rebounded. On April 18, 1946, Roosevelt Stadium hosted the Jersey City Giants' season opener against the Montreal Royals, marking the professional debut of the Royals' Jackie Robinson. In his five trips to the plate, Robinson had four hits, including a three-run home run. He also scored four runs, drove in three, and stole two bases in the Royals' 14–1 victory. Robinson proceeded to lead the International League that season with a .349 batting average and .985 fielding percentage, and he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Although he often faced hostility while on road trips (the Royals were forced to cancel a Southern exhibition tour, for example), the Montreal fan base enthusiastically supported Robinson. Whether fans supported or opposed it, Robinson's presence on the field was a boon to attendance; more than one million people went to games involving Robinson in 1946, an amazing figure by International League standards. In the fall of 1946, following the baseball season, Robinson returned home to California and briefly played professional basketball for the short-lived Los Angeles Red Devils.

    The following year, six days before the start of the 1947 season, the Dodgers called Robinson up to the major leagues. With Eddie Stanky entrenched at second base for the Dodgers, Robinson played his initial major league season as a first baseman. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623 spectators, including more than 14,000 black patrons. Although he failed to get a base hit, the Dodgers won 5–3. Robinson became the first player since 1880 to openly break the major league baseball color line. Black fans began flocking to see the Dodgers when they came to town, abandoning their Negro league teams.

    Robinson's promotion met a generally positive, although mixed, reception among newspapers and white major league players. However, racial tension existed in the Dodger clubhouse. Some Dodger players insinuated they would sit out rather than play alongside Robinson. The brewing mutiny ended when Dodgers management took a stand for Robinson. Manager Leo Durocher informed the team, "I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin' zebra. I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded."

    Robinson was also derided by opposing teams. Some, notably the St. Louis Cardinals, threatened to strike if Robinson played. After the threat, National League President Ford Frick and Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler let it be known that any striking players would be suspended. Robinson nonetheless became the target of rough physical play by opponents (particularly the Cardinals). At one time, he received a seven-inch gash in his leg. On April 22, 1947, during a game between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies players called Robinson a "nigger" from their dugout and yelled that he should "go back to the cotton fields". Rickey later recalled that Phillies manager Ben Chapman "did more than anybody to unite the Dodgers. When he poured out that string of unconscionable abuse, he solidified and united thirty men."

    Robinson received significant encouragement from several major league players. Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese once came to Robinson's defense with the famous line, "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one of them." In 1948, Reese put his arm around Robinson in response to fans who shouted racial slurs at Robinson before a game in Cincinnati. A statue by sculptor William Behrends, unveiled at KeySpan Park on November 1, 2005, commemorates this event by representing Reese with his arm around Robinson. Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg, who had to deal with racial epithets during his career, also encouraged Robinson. After colliding with Robinson at first base on one occasion, Greenberg whispered a few words into Robinson's ear, which Robinson later characterized as "words of encouragement." Greenberg had advised him that the best way to combat the slurs from the opposing players was to beat them on the field.

    Robinson finished the season having played in 151 games for the Dodgers, with a batting average of .297, an on-base percentage of .383, and a .427 slugging percentage. He had 175 hits (scoring 125 runs) including 31 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, driving in 48 runs for the year. Robinson led the league in sacrifice hits, with 28, and in stolen bases, with 29. His cumulative performance earned him the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award (separate National and American League Rookie of the Year honors were not awarded until 1949).

    Following Stanky's trade to the Boston Braves in March 1948, Robinson took over second base, where he logged a .980 fielding percentage that year (second in the National League at the position, fractionally behind Stanky). Robinson had a batting average of .296 and 22 stolen bases for the season. In a 12–7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 29, 1948, he hit for the cycle—a home run, a triple, a double, and a single in the same game. The Dodgers briefly moved into first place in the National League in late August 1948, but they ultimately finished third as the Braves went on to win the league title and lose to the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

    Racial pressure on Robinson eased in 1948 as a number of other black players entered the major leagues. Larry Doby (who broke the color barrier in the American League on July 5, 1947) and Satchel Paige played for the Cleveland Indians, and the Dodgers had three other black players besides Robinson. In February 1948, he signed a $12,500 contract (equal to $120,914 today) with the Dodgers; while a significant amount, this was less than Robinson made in the off-season from a vaudeville tour, where he answered pre-set baseball questions, and a speaking tour of the South. Between the tours, he underwent surgery on his right ankle. Because of his off-season activities, Robinson reported to training camp 30 pounds (14 kg) overweight. He lost the weight during training camp, but dieting left him weak at the plate.

    In the spring of 1949, Robinson turned to Hall of Famer George Sisler, working as an advisor to the Dodgers, for batting help. At Sisler's suggestion, Robinson spent hours at a batting tee, learning to hit the ball to right field. Sisler taught Robinson to anticipate a fastball, on the theory that it is easier to subsequently adjust to a slower curveball. Robinson also noted that "Sisler showed me how to stop lunging, how to check my swing until the last fraction of a second". The tutelage helped Robinson raise his batting average from .296 in 1948 to .342 in 1949. In addition to his improved batting average, Robinson stole 37 bases that season, was second place in the league for both doubles and triples, and registered 124 runs batted in with 122 runs scored. For the performance Robinson earned the Most Valuable Player award for the National League. Baseball fans also voted Robinson as the starting second baseman for the 1949 All-Star Game—the first All-Star Game to include black players.

    That year, a song about Robinson by Buddy Johnson, "Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?", reached number 13 on the charts; Count Basie recorded a famous version. Ultimately, the Dodgers won the National League pennant, but lost in five games to the New York Yankees in the 1949 World Series.

    Summer 1949 brought an unwanted distraction for Robinson. In July, he was called to testify before the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) concerning statements made that April by black athlete and actor Paul Robeson. Robinson was reluctant to testify, but he eventually agreed to do so, fearing it might negatively affect his career if he declined.

    In 1950, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman with 133. His salary that year was the highest any Dodger had been paid to that point: $35,000 ($338,091 in 2012 dollars). He finished the year with 99 runs scored, a .328 batting average, and 12 stolen bases. The year saw the release of a film biography of Robinson's life, The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Robinson played himself, and actress Ruby Dee played Rachael "Rae" (Isum) Robinson. The project had been previously delayed when the film's producers refused to accede to demands of two Hollywood studios that the movie include scenes of Robinson being tutored in baseball by a white man. The New York Times wrote that Robinson, "doing that rare thing of playing himself in the picture's leading role, displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star."

    Robinson's Hollywood exploits, however, did not sit well with Dodgers co-owner Walter O'Malley, who referred to Robinson as "Rickey's prima donna". In late 1950, Rickey's contract as the Dodgers' team President expired. Weary of constant disagreements with O'Malley, and with no hope of being re-appointed as President of the Dodgers, Rickey cashed out his one-quarter financial interest in the team, leaving O'Malley in full control of the franchise. Rickey shortly thereafter became general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robinson was disappointed at the turn of events and wrote a sympathetic letter to Rickey, whom he considered a father figure, stating, "Regardless of what happens to me in the future, it all can be placed on what you have done and, believe me, I appreciate it."

    Before the 1951 season, O'Malley reportedly offered Robinson the job of manager of the Montreal Royals, effective at the end of Robinson's playing career. O'Malley was quoted in the Montreal Standard as saying, "Jackie told me that he would be both delighted and honored to tackle this managerial post"—although reports differed as to whether a position was ever formally offered.

    During the 1951 season, Robinson led the National League in double plays made by a second baseman for the second year in a row, with 137. He also kept the Dodgers in contention for the 1951 pennant. During the last game of the season, in the 13th inning, he had a hit to tie the game, and then won the game with a home run in the 14th. This forced a playoff against the New York Giants, which the Dodgers lost.

    Despite Robinson's regular-season heroics, the Dodgers lost the pennant on Bobby Thomson's famous home run, known as the Shot Heard 'Round the World, on October 3, 1951. Overcoming his dejection, Robinson dutifully observed Thomson's feet to ensure he touched all the bases. Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully later noted that the incident showed "how much of a competitor Robinson was." He finished the season with 106 runs scored, a batting average of .335, and 25 stolen bases.

    Robinson had what was an average year for him in 1952. He finished the year with 104 runs, a .308 batting average, and 24 stolen bases. He did, however, record a career-high on-base percentage of .436. The Dodgers improved on their performance from the year before, winning the National League pennant before losing the 1952 World Series to the New York Yankees in seven games. That year, on the television show Youth Wants to Know, Robinson challenged the Yankees' general manager, George Weiss, on the racial record of his team, which had yet to sign a black player. Sportswriter Dick Young, whom Robinson had described as a "bigot", said, "If there was one flaw in Jackie, it was the common one. He believed that everything unpleasant that happened to him happened because of his blackness." The 1952 season was the last year Robinson was an everyday starter at second base. Afterward, Robinson played variously at first, second, and third bases, shortstop, and in the outfield, with Jim Gilliam, another black player, taking over everyday second base duties. Robinson's interests began to shift toward the prospect of managing a major league team. He had hoped to gain experience by managing in the Puerto Rican Winter League, but according to the New York Post, Commissioner Happy Chandler denied the request.

    In 1953, Robinson had 109 runs, a .329 batting average, and 17 steals, leading the Dodgers to another National League pennant (and another World Series loss to the Yankees, this time in six games). Robinson's continued success spawned a string of death threats. He was not dissuaded, however, from addressing racial issues publicly. That year, he served as editor for Our Sports magazine, a periodical focusing on Negro sports issues; contributions to the magazine included an article on golf course segregation by Robinson's old friend Joe Louis. Robinson also openly criticized segregated hotels and restaurants that served the Dodger organization; a number of these establishments integrated as a result, including the five-star Chase Park Hotel in St. Louis.

    In 1954, Robinson had 62 runs, a .311 batting average, and 7 steals. His best day at the plate was on June 17, when he hit two home runs and two doubles. The following autumn, Robinson won his only championship when the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Although the team enjoyed ultimate success, 1955 was the worst year of Robinson's individual career. He hit .256 and stole only 12 bases. The Dodgers tried Robinson in the outfield and as a third baseman, both because of his diminishing abilities and because Gilliam was established at second base. Robinson, then 37 years old, missed 49 games and did not play in Game 7 of the World Series. Robinson missed the game because manager Walter Alston decided to play Gilliam at second and Don Hoak at third base. That season, the Dodgers' Don Newcombe became the first black major league pitcher to win twenty games in a year.

    In 1956, Robinson had 61 runs, a .275 batting average, and 12 steals. By then, he had begun to exhibit the effects of diabetes, and to lose interest in the prospect of playing or managing professional baseball. After the season, Robinson was traded by the Dodgers to the arch-rival New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and $35,000 cash (equal to $299,192 today). The trade, however, was never completed; unbeknownst to the Dodgers, Robinson had already agreed with the president of Chock full o'Nuts to quit baseball and become an executive with the company. Since Robinson had sold exclusive rights to any retirement story to Look magazine two years previously,[165&91; his retirement decision was revealed through the magazine, instead of through the Dodgers organization.

    Legacy

    Robinson's major league debut brought an end to approximately sixty years of segregation in professional baseball, known as the baseball color line. After World War II, several other forces were also leading the country toward increased equality for blacks, including their accelerated migration of to the North, where their political clout grew, and President Harry Truman's desegregation of the military in 1948. Robinson's breaking of the baseball color line and his professional success symbolized these broader changes and demonstrated that the fight for equality was more than simply a political matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that he was "a legend and a symbol in his own time", and that he "challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration." According to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robinson's "efforts were a monumental step in the civil-rights revolution in America ... [His&91; accomplishments allowed black and white Americans to be more respectful and open to one another and more appreciative of everyone's abilities."

    Beginning his major league career at the relatively advanced age of twenty-eight, he played only ten seasons, all of them for the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his career, the Dodgers played in six World Series, and Robinson himself played in six All-Star Games. In 1999, he was posthumously named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

    Robinson's career is generally considered to mark the beginning of the post–"long ball" era in baseball, in which a reliance on raw power-hitting gave way to balanced offensive strategies that used footspeed to create runs through aggressive baserunning. Robinson exhibited the combination of hitting ability and speed which exemplified the new era. He scored more than 100 runs in six of his ten seasons (averaging more than 110 runs from 1947 to 1953), had a .311 career batting average, a .409 career on-base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage, and substantially more walks than strikeouts (740 to 291). Robinson was one of only two players during the span of 1947–56 to accumulate at least 125 steals while registering a slugging percentage over .425 (Minnie Miñoso was the other). He accumulated 197 stolen bases in total, including 19 steals of home. None of the latter were double steals (in which a player stealing home is assisted by a player stealing another base at the same time). Robinson has been referred to by author David Falkner as "the father of modern base-stealing."

    "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." —Robinson, on his legacy

     

    Historical statistical analysis indicates Robinson was an outstanding fielder throughout his ten years in the major leagues and at virtually every position he played. After playing his rookie season at first base, Robinson spent most of his career as a second baseman. He led the league in fielding among second basemen in 1950 and 1951. Toward the end of his career, he played about 2,000 innings at third base and about 1,175 innings in the outfield, excelling at both.

    Assessing himself, Robinson said, "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me ... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." Regarding Robinson's qualities on the field, Leo Durocher said, "Ya want a guy that comes to play. This guy didn't just come to play. He come to beat ya. He come to stuff the goddamn bat right up your ass."

    Post-baseball life

    Robinson as ABC sports announcer in 1965

    Robinson retired from baseball on January 5, 1957. Later that year, after he complained of numerous physical ailments, his doctors diagnosed Robinson with diabetes, a disease that also affected his brothers. Although Robinson adopted an insulin injection regimen, the state of medicine at the time could not prevent continued deterioration of Robinson's physical condition from the disease.

    In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum.

    In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first black person to do so. In 1966, Robinson was hired as general manager for the short-lived Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League. In 1972, he served as a part-time commentator on Montreal Expos telecasts.

    On June 4, 1972, the Dodgers retired his uniform number, 42, alongside those of Roy Campanella (39) and Sandy Koufax (32). From 1957 to 1964, Robinson was the vice president for personnel at Chock full o'Nuts; he was the first black person to serve as vice president of a major American corporation. Robinson always considered his business career as advancing the cause of black people in commerce and industry. Robinson also chaired the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957, and served on the organization's board until 1967. In 1964, he helped found, with Harlem businessman Dunbar McLaurin, Freedom National Bank—a black-owned and operated commercial bank based in Harlem. He also served as the bank's first Chairman of the Board. In 1970, Robinson established the Jackie Robinson Construction Company to build housing for low-income families.

    Robinson was active in politics throughout his post-baseball life. He identified himself as a political independent although he held conservative opinions on several issues, including the Vietnam War (he once wrote Martin Luther King, Jr. to defend the Johnson Administration's military policy). After supporting Richard Nixon in his 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, Robinson later praised Kennedy effusively for his stance on civil rights. Robinson was angered by conservative Republican opposition to