Kembara Peniaga Jalanan

Ikram Al-Banjari tidak berasal daripada keluarga peniaga tetapi minatnya untuk berniaga membuak-buak sejak kecil. Ketika berusia sepuluh tahun, beliau menjual buah jambu bila saja ada acara di padang sekolah di hadapan rumahnya.

Pada usia 13 tahun, dia belajar berjualan di gerai Pak Man yang dibuka semasa Forum Perdana Ehwal Islam bersiaran langsung. Pak Man mengajarnya cara menarik minat pembeli mendapatkan lebih daripada satu produk.

Dia berkuli di kedai makan Abang Lan. Di sana, dia bukan saja belajar melayan pelanggan, tetapi juga belajar cara menyediakan air dan memasak juadah untuk pelanggan. Ada cara tertentu untuk memastikan air yang dibancuh sedap untuk diminum pelanggan. Kalau nak tahu rahsia membancuh secawan kopi yang sedap, dapatkan buku ini di sini. Sebahagian pengalaman di sini, bertahun kemudian digunakan untuk membuka rantaian warung Tu Dia! Char Kway Teow.

Semasa di universiti pun dia berniaga sambil belajar — khidmat basuh kereta dan kereta sewa untuk pelajar-pelajar antarabangsa.

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Leaving Time

Jenna Metcalfe’s parents were scientists, who ran an elephant sanctuary. When she was three, tragedy strike. An employee of the sanctuary was killed after she was trampled by one of the elephants. Alice, Jenna’s mother, was found injured and unconscious at another part of the sanctuary.

Alice was rushed to the hospital. When she regained consciousness, she was informed that Jenna was missing. Alice checked out of the hospital and disappeared. Thomas, Jenna’s father, was committed to a mental institution shortly after.

Jenna was brought up by her grandmother, who refused to talk about her mother. For ten years, she wondered why her mother left.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna sought the help of Serenity (a psychic) and Virgil Stanhope (the cop who investigated the accident at the sanctuary). As the unlikely trio set on a quest to find the truth about what happened to Alice, Jenna’s memory of her childhood started to reveal a series of unexpected events. Would uncovering the truth be so painful that it would be better to bury the past?

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Memoirs of Tan Sri Ani Arope

I bought this book online at Kinokuniya. When it arrived, I was rather disappointed that the book was so thin (139 pages). I thought a man like the late Tan Sri Ani Arope (TSAA), with his infinite wisdom, would have much to share.

TSAA was one of Malaysia’s prominent corporate figures, who was also well known for his wit and sense of humour.

The story started with his childhood. He was the fifth of seven children and grew up with a mother who was a single parent. Word War II broke when he was nine years old and with it came the hardship of war.

He fell in love for the first time when he was seventeen. It did not last long and they met again 60 years later through their children.

He attended a university in New Zealand, and upon returning home, started his career as an agronomist. Shortly after, he met a beautiful young woman who later became his wife. TSAA narrated about his challenges as the CEO of TNB and what led to his decision to resign.

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Berapa Ramai Lagi Nyawa Harus Terkorban?

Agaknya telah berapa banyak kes kebakaran di sekolah-seolah agama/tahfiz? Berikut adalah senarai kebakaran yang saya jumpa. Ada sekolah yang kes kebakaran berlaku lebih daripada sekali. Yang bertanda merah adalah kes yang melibatkan kehilangan nyawa.

  1. Madrasah Taufiqiah Al-Khairiah, Guar Chempedak, 1989. Kebakaran asrama perempuan madrasah mengakibatkan 27 orang pelajar maut. Punca kebakaran adalah api dari lilin yang dipasang untuk menerangi bilik asrama.

    Sumber: Astro Awani

  2. Sekolah Menengah Agama Darul Makmur, Pekan, 2007. Kebakaran itu mengakibatkan empat buat kelas, sebuah bilik komputer, bilik guru dan bilik pengetua termasuk wang tunai RM8,500 hangus.

    Sumber: Bernama

  3. Sekolah Pondok Bandar Hilir, Sik, 2007. Kebakaran memusnahkan 40 pondok. Tiada sebarang kecederaan dilaporkan kerana kejadian berlaku pada musim cuti persekolahan.

    Sumber: Bernama

  4. Sekolah Nurul Hidayah Al-Quran Maahad Tahfiz, Pasir Putih, 2007. Sebuah blok asrama hangus. Tiada kemalangan jiwa kerana pelajar-pelajar sedang menghadiri kelas.

    Sumber: Bernama

  5. Sekolah Madrasah Darul Hikmah, Kota Kinabalu, 2009. Kebakaran berlaku di sebuah bangunan dua tingkat menyebabkan kerugian kira-kira RM200,000. Tiada kemalangan jiwa dilaporkan.

    Sumber: Bernama

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Sepiring, The MINES

I haven’t written a food review in a while because I haven’t found a place I really like until I stumbled upon Sepiring at The MINES recently.

The first page of the menu says: Proud of our colourful heritage, our menu carries an exciting variety of recipes from all corners of Malaysia. It is this harmonious blend of flavours that make us all ‘uniquely Malaysian’.

And then, on the next page is a menu of pasta selection. Hmmmmm… am I the only one wondering from which corner of Malaysia pastas are from?

I decided to go for something truly Malaysian, so I ordered Nyonya Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik and Durian Cendol.

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