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Sunday, 12-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Australia Trip - Perth, Sydney & Brisbane

Perth - London Court
Perth - Xmas Deco at Barrack St.
Perth - Reflection of clock tower
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G'day...
Yea, i was in Australia for a week, business and holiday trip. For 2 days i had to attend seminars on volunteerism management organised by Volunteering WAhttp://www.volunteer.org.au/

In the evening, all i did was walking around Perth CBD and abit of shopping(window, thats it). On the final day, after the seminar, i hangout at Harbour Town Shopping Mall(factory outlet) where lots of so-called low prices stuff can be found.
At night, around 9, left for domestic airport to catch a flight to Brisbane. Two airlines that runs domestic route, qantas and virginblue(budget flight), and surprisingly, virginblue dont accept travellers cheques hahahaha.... so i had to take qantas that fly via sydney.

In Sydney, only had few hours to hang around in the town....didnâ??t bother to see much of sydney. All I can say, the town has changed since the last time I was here.
Brisbane on the other hand, has changed alot....and what used to be a carpark before, now is a court house building. There's lot of new buildings... new roads... more babes..ehem ehem.. 0)

From Brisbane my journey continue to Toowoomba, a small town where i studied before. Located an hour away from Brisbane, Toowoomba also called "Garden City", is the home of Southern Queensland University. As Queensland's largest inland city, Toowoomba offers all the benefits of urban living without any of the big-city â??hasslesâ??. Its a nice quiet university town. It offers the best of both worlds, a relaxed lifestyle and easy access to Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts....thats where the babes are.
This town brings a lot of memories when I was studying at USQ, not to mention the lifestyle that I had those days. Especially I was involving with the International Community Society & International Student Unionâ?¦. heaps of activities and â??gatheringâ??. At the same time I am the secretary of Islamic Association hahahahaâ?¦contradicting huh!

Student Village http://www.studentvillage.com.au/ is where I spend most of my time while studying at USQ http://www.usq.edu.au/. Student Village managed J.M Kelly Group has been the biggest accommodation provider for students in Toowoomba. Their onsite manager Kay and Berry Hess, two lovely folks that run the administrative office and, repairing and maintenance along with other staffs. They also my foster parents.

USQ has the largest Japanese garden in Australia and located just beside the engineering buildingâ??s carpark. Itâ??s a nice place for student to relax and enjoy the beauty of the scenery. http://www.usq.edu.au/bf/gardens/default.htm

While in Toowoomba, I stayed at Dr. Shahjahan Khan house with their sons. Dr. Shahjahan is the senior lecturer at USQ and used to be my unit leader. He also the President of Muslim Community in Toowoomba. But during my stay, he and his wife were away in Bahrain . Left behind are his â??outrageousâ?? sonsâ?¦hahahaha the Khans brothers! We had a great time thoughâ?¦..having backyard lunch bbqâ?¦attended Imranâ??s graduation at UQ, watching cricket(aussie kicked the pakis ass ) and driving around town. My holiday was superb with these guys around. They have always been "weird" before and also now, after 3 years.

On the final day before leaving, i drove around Toowoomba one last time at 7am....and say goodbye to all the folks. The day was gloomy and windy.....so obvious it made alot ppl sad and woefully.

Anyway, i left Toowoomba at 6pm as my flight is at 11pm, and i finally got the chance to see the last sunset in Toowoomba as i was on the to Brisbane on the bus. It surely gave that awful feeling.
Hopefully, i'll be back again in future....


ok readers.....i need to hit the sack now


Thursday, 9-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Going somewhere...

 
 
 
Early morning i head down KLIA, just to get a flight to go somewhere....
...where? 0)
... sorry cant tell until i get back home.
... but u can guess...


....to be cont.


Sunday, 7-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Rumah Solehah Project - Mercy Malaysia

A day trip to Putrajaya
Under the supervise of Mercy Malaysia volunteers
Uncertainty
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It has been ages since my last updates. I've been busy with lots of stuff and during the fasting month didnt even bother to shoot anything except the french airshow which will be up here soon.

Anyway, just before fasting month, i was working on a project with Mercy Malaysia on Rumah Solehah. (Rumah Solehah means 'home for women who are faithful to God'.)


Rumah Solehah was established in June 1998 to provide shelter and protection for women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS who were neglected and homeless. It was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, STD/AIDS Department. The Ministry had assigned an NGO, the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (which is affiliated to the Malaysian Aids Council), to oversee the home.

In the third year, the home started to take in children as well. Currently, the home is independently run by a woman named Puan Wan also known as Mak Wan. She manages the home on a full time basis. Each year, Rumah Solehah will make an application to the Ministry for their yearly allowance. So far, the highest amount received by the home was RM50,000.00 per year.

According to Mak Wan, the yearly allowance allocated to the home is insufficient for the expenses incurred by the residents. The home has to raise funds and to source for sponsorship particularly for vitamin supplements and diapers for the children, which can be very costly. A variety of supplements is crucial for the residents to stay healthy.

Over the years, 70 residents, including 23 children, have passed through their doors. Eleven have died, all women. Currently there are 12 children, aged between nine months and eight years, and six women at the double-storey link house. Nine children are positive and three, HIV-affected (one or both parents have HIV/AIDS). There is a HIV-affected woman (she and her two sons tested negative) who helps Mak Wan run errands and take the children for medical check-ups.

Some are alone and some have children in the home. What is certain is that they have all been rejected by their own families, regardless of how they were inflicted with the HIV virus in the first place. The liveliness of the children believes their background, whereby some of them were abandoned at birth and some whose parents have passed away because of AIDS. The residents of this home are all Muslim. A resident of the home has made significant contributions in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns throughout Malaysia by sharing with the public her struggles and achievements as a HIV positive patient.

'Initially, we focused on helping the women get over the trauma of discovering that they had been infected with such a devastating disease. However, after the first child came to us in 2000, we also concentrated on imbuing them with the semangat (fighting spirit) to live on for the innocent young children as well.' ....Mak Wan, a 54-year-old mother of two.

'After the first child came, I started to live at the home. There are no employed supervisors. We distribute duties among the women. They find it therapeutic to care for the children' ....Mak Wan.

'We are in need of manpower, funds and space. Recently, I had to turn away seven women and children because we couldn't cope with the number. Six of our current HIV-positive children are abandoned orphans aged between one and five years. The older ones are rather streetwise and a handful to manage.' ...Mak Wan.

The home depends on donations and income from a launderette managed by Mak Wan and the HIV-negative woman.

'The launderette was donated by well-wishers. We constantly seek ways to raise funds and awareness in our outreach programme. As legal guardian, I find the role extra challenging. Now I also have to think about the children's education and future, and when and how to tell them they have HIV/AIDS.' ...Mak Wan.


Sunday, 10-Oct-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Malaysian Moto Grand Prix 2004

At the starting grid...
there they go...
the chasing begins...
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Every year Malaysia will host Moto Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit.
It was a great weekend outing with PMers and this year i didnot get to cover the tracks instead the vip areas. Only some of the photos can be display here.


Tuesday, 5-Oct-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Alamanda Grand Opening

 
 
 
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Official launched by Prime Minister, with lots of fireworks(not many of us, got the fireworks shot ) and fashion shows.

After the event, most of us(PMers mostly) went for a drink at putrajaya mamak, and then joined by Bazuki for some gossip sessions...hahahaha


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