Penting : Berkenaan Tiket Penerbangan & Taklimat

by Syafiq Azhari

Perhatian kepada Semua Pelajar McMaster University:

Kami telah membuat tempahan tiket pada 01/09/2009. Sehingga kini pihak Malaysia Airlines masih belum memberikan apa2 maklum balas kerana buat masa ini kami menghadapi kesukaran untuk mendapatkan flight bagi pelajar-pelajar ke Canada. Maklumat lanjut akan dimaklumkan semasa sesi taklimat di JPA nanti.

Dimaklumkan juga, semua pelajar lelaki diwajibkan memakai tali leher. Sila datang awal kerana pada jam 8.00 pagi akan ada pendaftaran. Kemungkinan besar pegawai atasan JPA akan hadir bersama semasa sesi taklimat tersebut. Di harap semua pelajar berpakaian formal & kemas. Sila maklumkan maklumat ini kepada kawan2 yang lain. Terima kasih di atas kerjasama yang diberikan. Sekian.

Norhasriza Mohd Najid

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Winter in Canada

by Syafiq Azhari

I found an interesting article on the internet which might be useful for us as part of preparations before going to Canada or other extremely cold-weather countries especially during the winter. Here it goes...

Winter weather conditions in many parts of Canada can be harsh at times. High windchills, heavy snowfall, blizzards, freezing rain and extremely cold temperatures all pose a hazard to those travelling or venturing outside.

Some parts of Canada don't get much snow and ice in winter but many Canadians battle tough weather conditions and slippery roads for almost six months each year. The 'white stuff' generally starts to arrive in late October and can often stay around until March or later. Although winter weather can be harsh, we are fortunate that the truly 'deep freeze' cold snaps tend not to last more than a few weeks at a time and in many parts of Canada the sun shines all winter long, which is a great lift for the spirit.

If you've never experienced harsh winter weather before and your definition of cold is when you open the freezer door, then you may be tempted to spend your first winter in Canada taking refuge indoors. Resist the urge to hide from winter. Develop your winter survival skills, with help from the tips listed, and you too will learn, in true Canadian spirit, to embrace and celebrate winter in all its glory.

Combat the Cold

Check the weather forecast (and road reports) before going outdoors or travelling. Pay particular attention to windchill, which can create dangerously cold conditions. Bring along extra clothing in case there is a sudden weather change.

Dress warmly in layers, preferably with a wind and waterproof outer layer.

Look for outerwear (hats, boots and gloves) containing Thinsulate Insulation. Thin layers of loose fitting clothing (fleece) will trap your body heat while aiding air circulation. Outer clothing should preferably be hooded, tightly woven, and repel water. Mittens are warmer than gloves.

Wear a hat, as most of your body heat is lost through your head. If it is extremely cold, cover your mouth to protect your lungs from the cold air.

Purchase good quality knee length winter boots. Some of the more expensive winter boots will withstand temperatures of -70, so your feet will be snug all winter if you make this purchase a top priority.

When choosing footwear for daily use, ask for 'winterized' boots and shoes. These will have a thermal insole and will keep your feet much warmer than regular shoes.

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Its Yours

by Syafiq Azhari

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation
determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do
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No Fear

by Syafiq Azhari

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.
Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be a
human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more
productive person...

Think about it..
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Forgive Me...

by Syafiq Azhari

We just don't understand others well,
We just don't understand their problems,
We just don't understand their needs,
We just don't understand their feelings,
We just don't understand their thoughts...

That is why sometimes...
We have to read others from different perspectives,
We have to be very positive,
We have to forgive others,
We have to give them support...

They might have had hard times,
And they just want others to understand,
They might just doing things unintentionally,
While they tried to give their best,

And now..
I learned that we must try to understand,
people are not the same,
that they just try to be cautious,
that they just don't want to get hurt,
that they just didn't mean to make us feel bad,
that sometimes they had sacrificed themselves for the sake of others' good..

And if you just get what I mean,
Deep inside my heart,
Only God knows,

And for everyone who read this blog...
To all my friends..
I want to apologize...
For everything I did,.
that might hurt you..
For every word I said,.
that left you sad..
For every problem I caused,.
that made you angry..

That's not my will..
For I am a human...
I can't run away from making mistakes..
But please..
If i did anything that might hurt anybody...
Please forgive me...

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11 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Canada

by Syafiq Azhari

 It has the highest tertiary education enrollment in the world, which includes locals as well as international students.

Toronto is the largest city of Canada, with a population of more than 5 million people.

 Almost half of the populations in Canada were born in other countries.

 Half of Canada is covered with forests, which should not be surprising, considering one-tenth of the world's forests are here.

 Canada was founded in 1867 as a union of the British Colonies. Canada gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1982.

 The longest national highway in the world is situated in Canada known as the Trans-Canada highway and it is 7,604 kilometres long.

 Canada is one of the world's wealthiest countries.

 Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

 Biggest province here is Quebec which covers an area over 1,365,128 square kilometres.

 Canada is the second largest country in the world next to Russia. The area size of Canada is a whopping 9,984,670 square kilometres.

 According to studies and research, Vancouver in British Columbia is tied with Zurich Switzerland for having the highest quality of life of any other city in the world.

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Erti Sebuah Kehidupan..

by Syafiq Azhari

Kesenangan mendatang tak akan selamanya..
Begitulah selepas susah ada kesenangan..
Seperti selepas malam datangnya siang..
Oleh itu waktu senang jangan lupa daratan..

Gunakan kesempatan untuk kebaikan..
Sebelum segalanya terlepas dari genggaman..
Kelak menyesal nanti tak berkesudahan..
Apa gunanya sesalan hanya menekan jiwa..

Jangan difikir derita akan berpanjangan..
Kelak akan membawa putus asa pada tuhan..
Ingatlah biasanya kabus tak berpanjangan..
Setelah kabus berlalu pasti cerah kembali..

Ujian adalah tarbiah dari Allah..
Apakah kita akan sama ataupun sebaliknya..
Kesenangan yg datang selepas kesusahan..
Semuanya adalah nikmat dari Tuhan..

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by Syafiq Azhari

I'm looking forward for Malaysia XI - Manchester United clash tomorrow as it might stand as a platform to rebuild the confidence in Malaysian football that once feared as one of the most leading football nations in Asia ahead of South Korea and Japan.

But what happened now! Things were very different back then, which saw the rise of a new generation of players that later become the household names like Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun, R. Arumugam (also known as Spiderman) and Santokh Singh.

Malaysian football was at glory when tens of thousands of people flooded the stadium each and every time the national team was playing. They had qualified for 1980 Olympics that now seems like a mountain to climb. I'm not talking down the potential of Malaysian football, but trying to be realistic.

The era has now changed, in order to build a competent football team, the players must be trained as early as 5 years old, and the basics of football should be applied technically or tactically as the saying goes," Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya". Yet, no one could be blamed. Parents always wanted the best for their children and they would go for education rather than sport. In a sense, this may proved to be a wise decision, when education could guarantee a bright future, why should they go for sport that seems nowhere near there especially in Malaysia. However, in Europe or even some other parts of Asia, the thing goes the other way. While education is the priority amongst the children, sport is still being a primary concern for the parents. In fact, education and sport complement each other. Some people may still baffle of why can't we do the same? The answer is simple; it has something to do with our educational system. This might be a dissenting opinion, but we have the right to have a voice on something, right?

Our system might have been too exam-oriented. Students who excel in academic will be considered as bright students and it went the other way for those who are not. I'm not denying the fact that some students who do well in sports still get the privilege but not as wide open as students who excel academically. The government should implement the policy that gives balance between academic and sports because people are not the same. Some of them may be really advanced in studies but not really well in sports, and vice versa. So by balancing the gap, it will be fair for everyone and may be a good move in reinstalling the glory in our sports that seem to go ‘south’. By doing this, parents’ perception could be changed by encouraging their children towards sports but at the same time still giving the priority on education. This is my point when JPA officer once asked me about Malaysian educational system during the interview, and I was assailed by the other interviewees once I voiced out my view. (hahaha)…but that’s my point. I have the right to talk, so do YOU.

By the way, I really hope that our young guns will at least try to match Red Devils and put an exuberant performance against them. This is football and everything could just happen!. We surprised Arsenal by beating them long time ago. So, why not we show to the world that our FOOTBALL is not dead. We can do it against Manchester United…

Malaysia XI 1- 1 Manchester United


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Who is The Real Contender??

by Syafiq Azhari

To begin with, FEAR is part of our real life. Based on my observation, the factors of fear mostly because of our past failures/experiences, low self-confidence and environment. In fact, many still do not realize that only a small portion of fear is actually the real obstacle/threat. Undeniably, for some people and for some reasons, fear could prevent them from doing something or accomplishing particular tasks. Because of this, the development of their inner potential would come to a halt.

We won’t really know the effect/result of doing something as long as our souls are being 'conquered’ by the enemy called FEAR. In fact, it works as a shadow, the ‘pain’ is NOT REAL but it’s our mindset that makes it look SO REAL.

The best way to overcome the fear is by doing it. If you are afraid of the dark, then walk through the dark, if you are afraid of the height, then climb to the highest point, if you are afraid of meeting people, then just go and talk to them, if you are afraid of anything, in fact, you just have to do it, otherwise, there is no way to get rid of the feeling. It sounds a bit crazy but it works. You’d better BELIEVE it!

We don’t have to limit ourselves when we can actually reach beyond the limitation. Sometimes, we are being intimidated by the surrounding, when, in nature; it is not a real THREAT. It's just ourselves, we shouldn’t have to be controlled or conquered by the environment, and instead, we should be the decider. It’s you that will determine who you really are because ‘You’ll be of What You Think’…..change your way of thinking to change yourself…so, think about it….

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Inspire Yourself..

by Syafiq Azhari

I want to share some of the inspirational quotes that may brighten up your day. Some of these were quoted from my friends and and also from other sources. Sometimes I wont read them more than once, thus I posted here so that they wont faded away from my mind. SPARK YOUR DAY OFF, UNLOCK YOUR INNER POTENTIAL!!

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

"It is not who we are which define us, but what we do which show our true selves."

"God never takes a day off to love, to care and to guide us every moment of our lives."

"Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. In fact, you can go as far as your mind lets you."

"An important key to success is self-confidence and an important key to self-confidence is preparation."

"We are not the creatures of circumstance; instead we are the creators of circumstance"

"Willing is not enough, we must do. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. But yet, apply is not enough, we must be consistent."

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

"Minds are like flowers. If you let it sit there without
soaking anything up, it will dry up."

"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time
for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish
the rest."

"Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and
then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when
you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you
go forward, you have to jump together."

Will always love u..

by Syafiq Azhari

After had an appointment with my dentist, I went straight to my grandfather's house. It was a while since I pay them a visit, so now, no matter what, I have to. They looked so happy whenever they saw me and it was my grandfather, or 'Ki" who greeted my at the front door. My grandmother, whom I used to call 'Ma' looked so pale but she tried to cover it up with her smile.

They might be in period of loneliness when there was no one around, and living in a big two-storey house was not much happier than hearing the voices of their grandsons. We do have a gathering during our Family Day once a year, and everyone will be there, but that is nowhere near enough. No one could be blamed, my parents, aunties and uncles all tied with career demands and commitments to their families.

My family used to spend time with them during weekends, but maybe because of other businesses, there's not much time. Others might had a say that the responsibility to make them happy belongs to their sons and daughters who are my parents, aunties and uncles. But in my opinion, it is also one of our responsibilities as their grandsons or granddaughters.

Whenever you have time, pay them a visit, talk to them, tell them your stories, hear them out, cheer them up and most importantly, pray for them. Sometimes, we will never appreciate something till they have gone. One thing we must bear in mind : learn to make others feel appreciated before they will appreciate us.

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Ku Damba Keampunan

by Syafiq Azhari

This song is dedicated to all of you. Feel it yourself. Nothing in this world is bigger and more valuable than the guidance of Allah. Our love is nothing as compare to the love of Allah. Appreciate all what you have as it will open the path of happiness in your life. May Allah forgive us....

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The Emergence of Kinokuniya Successor : Casakuniya

by Syafiq Azhari

Casakuniya Bookstore is now a leading textbook seller at Taylor's University College especially amongst the new International Canadian Pre-University (ICPU) students. The company, founded by a group of innovative and creative ICPU students lead by former President, Anas Faris, made Casa Subang as their main Operational Office.

They offer a wide range of used textbooks from almost every course in ICPU program. The books offered are in great conditions and most of them are used for only 6 months. Get your chance of buying these books at unbelievable knockdown prices at Casakuniya Bookstore while stocks last!!

For more details, visit Casakuniya Bookstore

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'1001's....think about it

by Syafiq Azhari

When people look at this picture, there would be 1001 interpretations based on their perspectives. There is no any right or wrong answer..because it is subjective..Everyone would has his/her own thought in mind. So, that is what we called 'variation' or 'colors'. We have our own choices of favorite color, so do others.

Moral :
When you are trying to analyze something or on the verge of making a decision, look at a bigger scope, or view things via multiple points of view. By doing this, you may get different options that could help in determining your next steps. You are not running away from the problem, instead you are searching for the best possible solution.

In this real world, we realized that sometimes people just don't understand our needs. Or, it may be us who don't really understand their needs. Wait, this is normal, it's just because we have different styles of viewing something or angles of perspective. For us, they may seem to have different interests, but, again, it's called variation of life. Sometimes, we have to accept others and be tolerate when dealing with them.

Everyone has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. But that's not the point. The point is, if we can find a formula to merge two or more great 'things' into one, it would create a massive product and will result in a great achievement. But that will happen if and only if both or more parties have sense of toleration and able to change themselves for the sake of a better life.


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