Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bangkok Trip - October 2012


For today's entry, I would like to share with you, my experience in Bangkok, Thailand in October last year (2012). I went to Bangkok with UiTM's ISP 2 trip where it is part of our learning method; visit the place that where our project proposal will be based on.

The trip was exciting one since this is my first trip to the country. The most interesting thing is that I've been given opportunity by my lecturers to talk on behalf of the delegation pertaining to the Malaysia's development and construction industry. It is an honour for me since I've been given chance to speak before the host of the event, faculty members of Kasem Bundit University in Bangkok. Alhamdulillah, the talk went smoothly and I was able to finish my talk in 15 minutes time.
Me during the talk

This is PTD style of posing in front of Kasem Bundit University

We were lucky to have opportunity to visit many interesting places around Bangkok. However, the most important thing was we visited our main focus of the trip - which is Binapuri Berhad project somewhere around Bangkok. The visit took place at Binapuri’s site office in Phaholyothin Road, Bangkok. The project is Abstract Condominium with 1,020 units and value about 585 Mil Bath. The delegation was welcomed by Ir. Aruljothy Pahavan, General Manager of Binapuri (Thailand) Limited.

For the purpose of learning, I would like to share with the readers, my personal notes during the visit which in turn to be official report of the visit, been submitted to the FSPU's management.

: Among the lessons learnt that can be taken from this visit are:
i.     1. Venturing into other country is not an easy task compared to venturing in own country  since there is many dissimilarities between Malaysia and other country particularly Thailand. Thus, it is essential for any company to have deep understanding on the target country’s economic performance, political stability and social cultures in order to chart good business plan.
        2. The opportunity for investment especially in construction at Thailand is moderate. However, any company that wish to entry Thailand market needs to have comprehensive business plan that cover every aspect of business criteria, find the right partner as well as embracing the big picture. Hence, they can optimize return on investment and prolong their presence in Thailand.
         3. Any foreign company that has desire to explore and engage Thailand’s construction market need to understand and learn the local culture in terms of working culture, time management as well as relationship between the workers and its subordinates.
         At the end, I believe the visit to Binapuri's project was really beneficial it helps us in preparing our project proposal.

Half day was spent in Safari World Bangkok?
 Eager to try our own ride, me with couple of my friend tested Bangkok MRT in our way back to the hotel from Chatuchak Market. I found that Bangkok MRT is good and efficient. While current network of the MRT is still low, I was told that Thailand government is in the midst of expanding current network in order to serve the broad Bangkok city area catchment.

Thus, I also hope that our government can give a nod as soon as possible for our MRT line 2 (radial line) and line 3 (circle line) as soon as possible as our neighbouring country is aggressively expand their urban rail system network. Little bit my point of view with regards to this topic. I believe the most important thing is integration and coordination between urban transport modes. Since we have LRT (Ampang line and Kelana Jaya line), monorail, komuter, ERL and now MRT as well as the extension of both LRT lines, it is really crucial to ensure the excellent integration between all the transport modes as well as the feeder bus system. Only then, we will have efficient urban transport system.

Me and my friends enjoying our Bangkok MRT ride
I think I should stop here. Some works to do. Assalamualaikum.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Lazy Monday


Alhamdulillah. We still have been given opportunity from Allah to live in the world. As of me, it was quite exiting and enjoyable weekend as Zarifa seems ok and she also sleep well for the past 3 days. Alhamdulillah. During weekend, I also able to sit and teach Zahra on her Mathematics exercise. For Zahra, I think she must be accompanied by somebody in order to ensure that she will complete her exercise. This is really important since she will undergo class placement test at the end of year as it will determine her class in the school next year. Another one, Zulfa is always Zulfa. Happy kid and always beat her sister Zahra, smack down and also bite her. I don't know where she learn the action but it seems this little girl quite 'ganas'. Pity Zahra, always been 'buli' by Zulfa.

For today, I have some works to do and I think I must start back the work since I need to finish it before 5 pm. Otherwise, I'm not able to go back home early as usual.


Saturday, 15 June 2013

New Gintell Treadmill


Morning everybody. It seems that I should be more healthy and fit with my new Gintell treadmill. We brought it last week since there is promotion in injunction with Father' Day presentation for only RM 3998. My wife and I believe that this is a good deal and we brought it for 3 years payments. Less than 1week the machine arrived.

This morning I have tried use it runding for almost 3 km and Alhamdulillah the machine look fine and I am confidence with it. I tried to upload the puisi but seems problem to upload with my Tab. Later on I 'll try again.

Today is Saturday. I'm not sure what we are going to do today. Hope to have a good rest insyaAllah.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Back to INTAN


Alhamdulillah. I have been posted back to INTAN after completing my MSc. Currently I'm attached to Centre for Project Management where our core business is to provide training with regards to development planning and project management to the public servant.

For me myself, it has been almost 7 years I'm in INTAN and of course many people asking why still INTAN? As a PTD you should explore other opportunities and challenges. Yes its true but I believe that my stint in INTAN this time should be a short one. Frankly speaking, I was looking for place in central agency such as UKAS or ICU after my MSc. However, current situation involving my special baby - Zarifa forced me to request JPA to put me in INTAN. I am a family man. I believe that my family needs me very much at this difficult time. With the flexible working condition as well as familiar environment, I could spend more time with my family rather than surrender myself to the hectic working environment in central agency.

InsyaAllah, I will be up for the challenge soon. At this moment, let me finish my business with INTAN first.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The birth of Zarifa


Adalah terlalu pedih untuk bercerita. Anak ketiga saya, Nur Wafiatul Zarifa, yang lahir pada 7 Februari 2013  adalah seorang bayi yang sangat istimewa. Dia dilahirkan sebagai bayi yang menghadapi 'chromosome disorder' pada kromosom no. 18, yang dipanggil sebagai Trisomy-18 atau Edward Syndrome. Berita yang diterima sangat mengejutkan. Saya perturunkan kembali catatan saya yang dibuat melalui Facebook, hampir sebulan selepas kehadiran Zarifa.


Alhamdulillah.Allahuakbar! Allahuakbar! Allahuakbar! Tepat jam 8.47 pagi, 7 Februari 2013, isteriku selamat melahirkan cahaya mata ketiga kami, baby girl, diberi nama Nur Wafiatul Zarifa. Apabila lahir sahaja, Dr. telah rasakan sesuatu yang tidak kena pada bayi ini dan baby terus dibawa ke NICU, PMC untuk pemeriksaan lanjut pediatrician . Aku tidak mengambil berat sangat dengan anggapan semuanya akan OK. Namun pada sebelah petang hari yang sama, pediatrician selepas memeriksa semula bayi memaklumkan yang bayi ketiga kami ini mempunyai masalah kesihatan. Yang pertama, masalah jantung yang mana hanya sebelah sahaja yang mempunyai injap manakala yang sebelah lagi tertutup, namun apa yang lebih menakutkan adalah yang kedua, pediatrician suspect yang Zarifa ada menghadapi masalah Trisomy 18 atau lebih dikenali sebagai Edward Syndrome. Sahabat2 boleh google dengan lebih lanjut tentang perkara ini namun boleh dikatakan yang baby Edward Syndrome selalunya tidak bertahan lama. Aku tidak mampu berkata apa-apa, hanya menahan sebak dan pada masa yang sama bertanyakan diri sendiri, kenapa kami? Kenapa kami yang diuji sebegini? Bagaimana pula nak maklumkan kepada isteri yang masih dalam tidak bermaya kesan pembedahan di sebelah pagi. Namun, kugagahi dan ceritakan masalah yang berlaku kepada isteri. Ibu mana yang tidak sedih? Ibu mana yang tak sedih jika baby yang baru saja dilahirkan menghadapi masalah sebegini besar? Hampir seminggu kami bingung, confuse, terpinga-pinga. Namun, pada akhirnya, kami berjanji yang tidak kiralah apa yang berlaku, kami akan jaga, berikan yang terbaik terhadap anugerah Allah yang tidak ternilai ini. Selepas isteri disharge dari PMC, kami berulang alik dari rumah di Shah Alam ke PMC, setiap hari, aku datang seorang sebelah pagi bawa bekalan EBM dari mamanya, duduk dengan Zarifa sampai tengah hari, baca dan tiupkan ayat-ayat suci Al Quran dan pada sebelah petang/malam, bawa mama Zarifa ke PMC. Selepas 10 hari, pediatrician confirmed tentang Edward Syndrome hasil ujian lab yang dibuat. Tiada lagi kejutan, memang sudah dijangka kerana kami yakin pandangan pediatrician sebelum ini. Pada mulanya Zarifa dibantu sepenuhnya dengan bantuan tekanan oksigen untuk bernafas, selepas 16 dan melihatkan Zarifa makin selesa bernafas, kami decided untuk bekalkan hanya sedikit bantuan oksigen sahaja dan selepas hari ke 18, Zarifa bernafas sendiri tanpa bantuan oksigen lagi. Pada hari ke 25, Zarifa sesak nafas, mukanya nampak agak biru dan jelas nampak tidak bermaya. Walaupun cuba untuk tenang, kami tetap gelabah, dan takut kehilangan Zarifa. Alhamdulillah, Zarifa kembali stabil 4-5 jam selepas itu. Hari ini, setelah hampir 28 hari di NICU, PMC, kami decided untuk bawa Zarifa pulang ke rumah. Tiada apa lagi yang boleh dibuat di PMC. Sesusah manapun insyaAllah, ayah dan mama serta keluarga akan jaga Zarifa sepertima mana kami jaga dan besarkan anak-anak yang lain. Walaupun tiada apa boleh dibuat kepada masalah jantung Zarifa, kami akan berikan yang terbaik untuknya kerana itulah anugerah Allah yang sangat bernilai bagi kami. Kami berdoa kepada Allah diberikan kekuatan menghadapi ujian ini dan juga berdoa agar ujian ini akan makin mendekatkan kami dengan Allah. Kami bersyukur dengan rahmat ini dan sedar sebenarnya, masih ada lagi ramai di luar sana yang jauh lagi susah dan berat ujiannya. InsyaAllah, Zarifa akan kami jaga sebaik mungkin. Terima kasih keluarga dan rakan-rakan yang melawat, yang mendoakan kesejahteraan kami sekeluarga.

Zarifa selepas sejam dilahirkan - Terus diberikan tekanan oksigen
Zarifa just before going home for the 1st time after 28 days in NICU
Zarifa as of 11th June 2013 - Sangat comel!

Alhamdulillah - I've graduated!

Alhamdulillah. Praise to Allah. Finally I graduated with MSc in Integrated Construction Project Management.  

First and foremost, I would like to thank Allah SWT for giving me the strength to successfully accomplish Master of Science in Integrated Construction Project Management. It has been a great and pleasurable experience as a Master student in the prestigious institution – UiTM.

To start with, I had chosen this programme since it has perfect combination of various knowledge and skills related to Project Management through multi-approaches learning medium together with experienced and competent lecturers. As an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer, I believe that this programme will enhance my competency and capability particularly in Project Management field in order for me to serve the nation better.                               

As the classes were conducted in the evening, I have ample time during the day; have a quick reading on the notes prior to the class, completing assignments as well as coordinating group discussion among colleagues. I must say that wise time management between studying and family life is the key to my success.

On the other hand, I believe that every Post Graduate student must have critical thinking skills, ability to analyse and synthesize information systematically and also have right attitudes towards learning process. I would like to share that focus, discipline and maturity are the driving forces that led to my successful in my Master study.

It is also crucial to highlight the significance of human relations as there should be regular interactions between students and lecturer where it must be based on mutual respect and in conducive learning medium; and that environment was applicable throughout my learning journey in UiTM.

For me, I believe that my family is very influential in charting my success. I will not be successful without strong support from my wife, my children, Zahra, Zulfa and Zarifa whom have been my inspiration, my parents’ blessing and also never ending encouragements of family members. I am also grateful to JPA that granted me study leave and scholarship.

Finally, I wish to concur that all factors above will not bring me anywhere here without the provision and providence of Allah. Alhamdulillah.