At last...here I am in the world of blogs.
Still on my Eidul Fitri leave...i'll be working back on October 13th...the longest leave I ever take so far.
For the past 7 days, I spent my leave visiting various places in Perak, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu...a practice that I started since last year's Eidul Fitri.
I'm grateful that Allah Taala granted me the strength and courage to finish the 7-day trip of 1,700 kilometres from October 3rd to October 9th, driving my Kenari alone...an experience that I'll never forget.
I'm much indebted to the kindness of my hosts throughout the trip...my ex-student, Shamir Adnan in Bukit Mertajam on October 3rd and 4th; from October 5th and 6th in Sungai Petani with my colleagues Zulhelmey (Law lecturer at UiTM Kedah) and Syaharsani (Advocate & Solicitor in Butterworth), both were my roommates in UIAM and Syaharsani's wife, Jamiza (J-QAF teacher in Penang), who was also my coursemate in UIAM.
I spent the final days of my trip with my keluarga angkat at Villa Rahmat, Pasir Mas from October 6th to 8th.
The final night was spent in Kuala Terengganu, a plan which was not originally on the itinerary...but thanks to Muhammad A Zamani, my coursemate in UIAM and my roommate in UIAM's Matriculation Centre in Petaling Jaya wayback in 1999 for the splendid dinner on October 8th...a mini reunion actually, the last time we met was during our convocation day on August 2004.
One thing for sure...you're not losing anything by being kind and friendly to other people, be it older or younger than you. A friend in need is a friend indeed. I'm grateful that Allah Taala has blessed my life with these good and kind people as my friends and companions.
People might say that I had wasted few hundred dollars 'unnecessarily' for this trip. I don't mind. For me, life is not all about money. I always believe that apabila kita tidak berkira sangat tentang harta dan wang ringgit untuk kepentingan peribadi, Allah Taala juga tidak akan berkira melimpahkan rezeki-Nya pada kita. Think about it...