Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kindness of a stranger

A few days back I read a friend facebook status who just recently came back from Adelaide which sounded like this:

At ur own place, with ur own people, ur hometown and all..and what u miss the most is the kindness of a stranger! Funny that i miss a stranger helping me with doors, trolly, groceries and all! Especially when u are a mom wif babies/toddlers- never had to ask for help, they came to u

 I smiled reading this and have to admit we don’t instill those kinds of culture here in Malaysia. It’s not that I blamed anyone, maybe it’s just that our culture has created us to be cautious of the surrounding that somehow molded us into being skeptic towards the environment we’re in and the people around us as well. But I have to share this unique experience that I have. 

Those were the earlier days that I just arrived in Penang and USM. I was not aware of the USM rules and curfew or whatsoever. Pretty clueless I tell you. There was this one night I took the bus from KL to Penang and I ended up arriving very early  than the designated time, way early I tell ya. Not knowing any friends, I took the taxi ride home. Back then I didn’t know there was another USM gate that opened 24 hours so I made the taxi driver stopped me at the main entrance of USM and the gate was closed. It was Sunday morning if I was not mistaken; I put my bags down and waited in front of the gate. Tried to summon the guards but there was no one to be seen. I grew afraid of coldness and darkness that embraced me. Then I saw a herd of motorists having some sort of a race and I grew even more terrified. But I just waited patiently there waiting for the gate to open.

A few moments as I grew even more terrified, I pray to Allah so that He’ll protect me from any harm. Then I saw an old man cycled towards me. He was riding and old bike. He saw me and asked ‘Anak, anak buat apa tunggu kat sini’. I was beyond relieved when I saw him, his kind face clad in a white baju melayu and kain pelikat ‘Saya baru sampai dari Kuala Lumpur pakcik, saya tak boleh masuk’. Then he said ‘MasyaAllah, patutla pakcik rasa nak keluar awal hari ni, bahaya anak duduk kat sini’..I was quiet. Then he got of his bike and sat next to me ‘Takpe la, pakcik teman anak kat sini, selalu pagar bukak 5.30.Pakcik slalu dtg bukak pintu masjid. Ni baru pukul 4.30’ He told me and smile kindly. I smiled back and told him ‘Nasib baik la pakcik ada.Saya takut’. He then added ‘Lain kali nak, jgn la amik bas malam ye.bahaya dan awak tu perempuan’ and guess what, I followed his advice till today. Never have I took any night buses since then. He waited patiently with me until the gate opened. He helped me carry my bags and I manage to get back safely to my hostel. I thanked him for his company and assistance. To think back of what happened, it was a pretty dangerous situation that I have gotten myself into, but if it weren’t for the kind stranger who waited patiently with me, things would have gotten even worse. I don’t know what would’ve happen to me. I have to thank Allah for hearing my prayers and sending me an angel in a form of an old man. 

You do find comfort and kindness in a stranger and I was really glad that Allah had given me the chance to experience that. Until today I would recognize his face and I do bump into pakcik occasionally, am not sure if he remembers me but I’ll be sure to say Assalamualaikum and smile at him. but I feel a little sad not be able to ask what his name was. May Allah bless your soul for protecting me that night.The kindness of a stranger can be find anywhere. Just look a little harder ok =)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The aim is to stay fit and not thin =)

You might heard of the tagline like a gazillion of times right. I got a text from a friend of mine two days back asking me how did I kept myself motivated to go for out for a workout or exercise. She finds it hard to motivate herself and I believe most of you guys out there have the same trouble too.

How do keep myself motivated? Well for me there’s a story that lies behind the whole of my weight loss success .I think I post it in my blog before but going down the memory lane is something that I wouldn’t want to do right now…Ok to cut the story short, I use to be fat, hate the way I look like and hated the fact that I sweat like mad all the time. Aside than that, I am a happy kid =) I really was. There was this guy who really I liked back then always called me montel and after 3 months that I shredded almost 10 kilos, for the first time ever, he called me by my name. A total boost to your self-esteem I might say =) But that's not the point, I mean yeah partly, I take that as a motivation, but later in life you just realize that you just want to stay healthy. I don’t want to be the unhealthy person that I once was. Well looking good is an added bonus right. If you want to change the way you look, look for an inspiration la, go look out for a poster pin up healthy looking celebs, and not the supper skinny model type. They look plain weird to me..isk..As for me I always googled for videos of Korean artist for motivation and I like dancing, I look out for the video to learn some dance routine as well..hahahaha..

Look! It’s ok not to be ok as Jessie J had sang it, but not to the point that you start into entering the wallowing into self pity stage. Your body is something that you can change and the first step is to always take charge. If there is one thing about workout that I find exhilarating, it is to feel the sweat dripped down your face. God it makes me feel good. Yerp, that’s my opium. I get high and happy. If I don’t’ run, I’ll walk, if I don’t walk I do jumping jacks in the room or put on loud music and dance away, I’d swim and even hike if I have the time and friends. Well they say exercise is only something that’ll speed up your weight loss, what is really important if for you to control your food intake. If you have a dormant kind of lifestyle, why not start by watching what you eat. You are what you eat. I might not be the right person to tell you what to do and how to eat right as I am no expert. I am loving who I am today, I am not fat and am not thin either, but I always know that my body is something that I can change. I am struggling here myself in maintaining the way I look as well. Everyone does. I have always tell myself if I don’t like the way our body look like, take charge and do something to change it.

Just start doing something about it. They say the hardest step is always the first step out of the door. Well tell to your inner bitch that’s stopping you to go to hell. How’s that for a change. They say the biggest fight that you’ll have is the fight that you have with your inner self. But whatever it is don’t push or exert yourself too much. There are limits ok. So yeah, take care and take care of your food intake as well. Remember, looking good is number two, to be healthy is number ONE!!~