Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Life is Just like the Sea

Art by Tolkienmaster.

Life is just like the sea;
Moving without an end.
Nothing stays with us forever.....
What remains is just the memories of
some people who touched us as waves.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Most Important Things in Life Aren't Things.

The Most important Things in Life Aren't Things.

The past month has been filled with reconnecting and spending quality time with friends and family. I do not know if it is age catching up or just me being sentimental, but these moments have been so precious and the best times in my entire life. I am thankful, I am grateful for all the people that God has sent my way, friends old and new, acquaintances. Everyone has touched my life in some way or rather. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Heal the World with Love.

I believe that in any life's circumstance, when we shelve the negativity and fill ourselves with Love and in turn radiate positive aura, a door is opened in the universe and only Good enters our Lives. I have experienced it many times through the years but never realised it up till now...Love with a genuine heart SINCERELY without expecting anything in return and only then you will see things changing in your life. The moment we choose to LOVE and give the goodness of ourselves to others, we begin to experience the beauty of life and everything around us becomes calm and at peace...good things happen. An iota of Love from one soul adds on to the Universe because we are all connected. Just imagine if every soul does the same....the effect would be really great. Let's start today to heal our Lives with Love. The more you give, the more you get....and the world becomes a better place. Have a great weekend everyone!
       xoxoxoxo Nur Diyanah

The moment we choose to Love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to Love, we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways to liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. -- Bell Hooks. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Always Remember.

Always Remember : 

Be Kind, Be Fair, 
Be Honest, Be True, 
and all of these things 
will come back to You 
-- Jennifer Pugh.

Enjoy the Little things in Life

Being alive is something we all take for granted all the time. No one really thinks much about it. It’s easy for us to get caught up thinking of the future and past, the times we were happy and sad, disappointed, hurt etc. We forget to think and indulge in the present. We are blessed to still be here…to be alive…life in itself is the greatest gift and despite all our problems …life is beautiful. We just have to change our frame of mind to appreciate life and be grateful for it. 

The trick to being happy is to enjoy each day as it comes. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones. Sometimes we do not realize how big the little things in life really are. We just have to take time out to enjoy the little things in life like the wonderful smell of pancakes/roti canai/nasi lemak in the morning, smiling at others, having coffee/teh tarik with old friends, the smell and beauty of flowers around us…taking the time to actually browse a bookstore, giving a hug to loved ones and friends, holding your kids or partner’s hand, listening to music together…planting seeds and seeing sprouts come up, the concern people show you when you are hurt or injured, finding the perfect gift for someone, listening to little kids talk, praying together, helping an elderly person, reading hadith as a family, when a long lost friend still remembers you, seeing sunshine enter the room as you open the blinds….and the list goes on. 

It’s these little things in life that connect us to the bigger things….it’s these little things and moments that give us the quality in life. For those who have not already, start living in the present and enjoy the simple and little things in life....for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Easy Hazelnut Cookies.

Hazelnut cookies cutely packed in a gift tin.

Ingredients :
150 g Butter
60 g Icing sugar
Pinch of Salt
30 g Egg (1 egg yolk)
1 tea spoon Vanilla Essence 
1⁄2 tea spoon Orange zest
190 g Flour (6.7 oz) 
100 g ground hazelnut OR 72 g Hazelnut powder (2.5 oz.)
Coating milk chocolate or tempered milk couverture

Whip soft butter (room temperature) until it is light and fluffy. This takes a few minutes, so be patient.
Add the sifted icing sugar, and salt. Mix until everything combined.
Add vanilla essence.
Mix in the egg yolk and orange zests.
Add the sifted flour and hazelnut powder. Use a spatula to work the mixture into a firm dough.
Fill your pastry bag with the cookie batter and pipe out little shells with a star tube.
Bake for 10 minutes in your pre-heated (convection) oven at 175°C (347°F).
After baking, let the cookies cool down.
Finally coat with coating milk chocolate oR with tempered milk couverture.
The recipe will give 70-75 hazelnut cookies.

The World Needs Love

 - It's very depressing and sad to hear of the recent events in the news. What's sad is when anger blinds peoples minds to become very rash and irrational, threatening other innocent lives out of revenge. God have mercy on all of us.

"If you enter this world knowing you are loved 
and you leave this world knowingthe same, 
then everything that happens in between 
can be dealt with" °° Michael Jackson.

"An eye for an eye will make
the whole world blind" °° Mahatma Ghandi.

‎"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate,
adding deeper darkness to a night alr
eady devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate:only love can do that." 
°°  Martin Luther King Jr.

"The more you are motivated by love, the more
fearless and free your action will be." °° Dalai Lama.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Make Each Moment Beautiful

How to Mend a Broken Heart?

A friend asked, how do you mend a broken heart? Not an easy question to answer but there are many ways to ease the pain and eventually start over again. 

How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend
My broken heart and let me live again 
(Michael Buble - how to mend a broken heart lyrics)
Heartbreak is a type of emotional pain that really, really hurts. In fact you will feel rotten for a long time and even cry non stop. Let it all out…it’s ok…grieve your loss, but remember not to do it too long or you will just end up getting even more damaged not only emotionally, but also physically and mentally. You should understand that there is really not a single perfect relationship in the world. Even those couples you admire have their ups and downs; they just know how to deal with them. So, you should accept the fact that you were both responsible for the way things turned out in your relationship, even though it may appear as if it was your ex who was in the wrong. You should therefore agree to start your relationship afresh without focusing on the past mistakes. 

The happy fact is that most people not only get over heartbreak, but they go on to love again. No one is immune from a broken heart. At some time in our lives someone hurts us, or we hurt them, and we feel like curling into a corner in a heap of tears. We have all been there. The good news is the heart does heal. And we can find the courage to love again.

Sometimes the words of others soothe us more than our ownHere are some Quotes to Inspire and God Willing, Help You Through the Day:

"Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go." –Author Unknown

"Sadness flies away on the wings of time." -Jean de La Fontaine

"I thought when love for you died, I should die. It's dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on." -Rupert Brooke

"Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. " -Jean Giraudoux

"When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal." -Author Unknown

"A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works. -T.E. Kalem

"Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together." -Author Unknown

"Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The Main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away." -John Steinbeck

"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."-Samuel Butler

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” - Herman Hesse

Love Lost: “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay

Dreams: “Keep your dreams alive and understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” -Gale Devers

Hope: “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.” -Dale Carnegie

Hope: “Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.”  -Emily Dickinson
Lost Love: “Wanting him is hard to forget, loving him is hard to regret, losing him is hard to accept, but even with all the hurt I’ve felt, letting go is the most painful yet.” -Unknown
Love: “Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never… never forget it.” -Curtis Judalet
Lost Love: “Love never dies a natural death….Love dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. Love dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. Love dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishing.” -A. Nin
Forgiveness: Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. -Hannah More
Existence: “Everyday is a new opportunity to stand up and try again.” -Amelie Chance
State of Mind: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” -Buddha
Have Purpose: “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”  -Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
 Reference your favorite quote to ease your heartache. You’ll find some of them are hopeful and give you at least some strength to move on.

Further Reading : How Move On after a Break Up

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Life is what you make it.

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Many will be your friends - they will act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” 

Friday, November 25, 2011

How to Be A Good Listener

This is dedicated to someone special in my life who never fails to be a good listener….too good sometimes that I have to aggressively encourage (The word force would sound the person to talk and share!. It’s also a reminder to myself to learn and improve at being a better listener. I am sure for those who talk a lot, they have had their days where they wished they had just shut up and listened….and for the Silent ones…they have had days too where they wished they had just been more vocal about their thoughts and feelings. Though listening is important, there has to be a Balance too. Imagine someone who just listens and listens yet does not interact or talk enough or not at all even....that can be so frustrating and one would start wondering if the person actually bothered or wanted to know anything at all. Listening comes natural to some people. To most, Listening has to be learnt and improved on. To be a good listener, one has to be caring enough and have a genuine interest in what the other person has to say or share. I personally feel that being a good listener also means being trust worthy and loyal to keep private anything that is confided in and also to be able to give the other person something so precious…and that is our TIME. Good listening helps to bond and build good relationships and good friends!

Tips on How to be Good Listener :
  • EYES on the Speaker, EARS listening carefully - Listen with your eyes and ears; pay attention to what the person is saying.
  • MOUTH silent. - do not interrupt.
  • SIT Quietly - HANDS to yourself, FEET still.
  • THINK about what is being said, what does it mean to you?
  • ASK questions when you do not understand.
  • WAIT for your turn to speak.
  • Take NOTES if it is in a class/lecture/workshop/meeting.

Quotes :

"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words." ~ Rachel N.  

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. 
~Frank Tyger. 

"Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak." ~Epictetus

We have to be taught to listen. - by Angela Salevouris
Listening does not come natural like hearing does. It requires our focus, attention, and the want to understand what someone is trying to tell us. Effective listening is something we need to practice to become good at. Hearing and Listening are two completely different processes. Hearing simply involves the perception of sound. One of the biggest barriers to effective communication is hearing without listening. I am sure that many of us have sat through a class or a meeting where we heard everything that was being said but didn't actually listen. When it was all over we had no idea what was really said.  Listening involves making meaning of what another person is saying, it is important to remember that everyone will interpret a spoken message slightly different. Through our own experiences, alliances, and biases we all will all take a slightly different meaning from the exact same message. It is important to remember that what we take out of a message may not be what everyone else heard or even exactly what the speaker was trying to convey. °°° 

Be a better listener for your friends by BloggersBase
Be fully aware of the other person paying attention to their words and their body language without "zoning out." The active listener is listening attentively and trying to clarify and commit to short term memory the key points being expressed.  °°°
  •  Clarify – If you don't understand what has been said it is necessary to check by asking for clarification.
  • Minimal "encouragers" – These are the nods and "mmmm" noises that one makes when chatting with people to let them know one is listening.
  • Reflecting – From time to time reflect back the important facts or feelings.
  • Challenging – This skill can be used when there is a mismatch between what the person is saying and their bodylanguage, e.g. somebody says they are really happy, but they actually look miserable. Challenging is also used when people are saying things that are contradictory. It is a skill that is used with respect – it is not the same as criticism.
  • Good body language – Leaning slightly towards the other party can indicate that they are being listened to – just as looking away or glancing at one's watch would tell them that one isn't actually there for them. (this also means not playing with your phone while someone is talking)
  • Be open and non judgmental - this encourages people to feel free to say whatever they need to without fearing an adverse reaction.

Reading :

The Good Listener  by  James E. Sullivan

Monday, November 21, 2011


Faith does not have logic to it. It is believing in something with your whole heart and mind. Logic has to go out the window when it comes to Faith....only then your heart and mind will open fully to be able to attract the positive of universe. (my perception of it)

Faith is not Belief without proof, but trust without reservation. Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. (Debbie Dewitt). 

Faith is when you cannot see how, but you absolutely know the moment you have a dream it is given to you and all you have to do is relax and allow the universe to magnetize you to your dream and your dream to you. (Daily Secret).

Faith, is something that you and I exercise every day in our lives. And we've exercised it from the very moment we were born. I suppose it's true that your mother even encouraged you to feel that we could trust her when we lay in her arms. And we learned day by day that was true, she would not drop us, that she was reliable, and we could put our faith in her arms.

Similarly, when your faith in God is complete and true, You will attract only positive and good in your life. Take one step closer to God with a completely Sincere and Open heart, and God will come closer to you in many steps. (meaning God removes the seals in your heart and mind)

 `He who comes closer to Me one span, I come closer to him a cubit; and he who comes closer to Me a cubit, I come closer to him a fathom; and if he comes to Me walking, I come to him running". 
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Every day is a Blessing.

Good Morning Everyone.....

Every day is a Blessing; the only challenge is noticing the opportunities that lie therein. -- Matilda Wemegah. 

Have a Wonderful Day :-)

Friday, November 18, 2011

5 Easy Stretches You Can Do at Work.

Stretch the stress away without leaving your desk.
by Colleen Martin (Article shared by Luis Andrade.)

Stretching doesn’t just feel good. It actually does good.woman stretching at work
Maintaining flexibility is important, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Stretching boosts energy, releases tension and improves circulation.
Even better: stretching during the workday is a great way to relieve muscle tension and stress. This is good news because allowing stress to build up can weaken your immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off diseases like cancer.
So, take a few minutes out of your busy day to stretch the stress away. Try these quick and easy stretches without even leaving your desk.
Back extension and shoulder blade pinch
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and gently lean backward to the point of mild tension with your arms also reaching back and squeezed toward each other. Tighten shoulder blades, lower back muscles and hold. Repeat three times.
Bridge stretch
Interlace your fingers with your palms pointing toward the sky, straighten your elbows and reach as far up as possible with both hands and hold for 20 seconds.
Forearm and wrist stretches
Extend one arm without bending the elbow. Bend your wrist upward, and use your other hand to gently pull your fingers back toward you and hold for 15-20 seconds. Release and bend the same wrist downward, gently pulling it down and toward you with the other hand. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat both stretches with your other arm.
Leg extensions
Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times then release. Repeat three times.
Hamstring stretch
Stand with your feet crossed and gently bend forward at the hips and waist to the point of mild tension. Feel the stretch along the back of your rear leg. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat with your other leg.
So next time you feel your muscles tightening or your eyes drooping, do your body a favor and stretch to recharge.
Colleen Martin writes for Focused on Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center’s healthy living e-newsletter.

Home Made Chocolate Cream :)

 A nice creamy chocolate dessert to end the week with. Portion: 6; Preparation time:00:20; Cooking time: 00:20.

3 egg yolks
250 g (9 oz) sugar
100 g (4 oz) cocoa
250 mL (1 cup) milk
120 g (4 oz) cornstarch
45 mL (3 Tbsp) chopped hazelnuts

1. In a saucepan, heat milk, careful not to let it boil.
2. In a small bowl, dilute cornstarch in a little cold milk.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar. Add cocoa and milky cornstarch. Add hot milk and stir.
4. Put mixture into pan and cook over low heat, stirring until thickened.
5. Pour mixture into ramekins. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts over cream. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Recipe from Reader's Digest by Chic Cuisine

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Dark Chocolate is Healthy Chocolate


Due to my recent moods and events, I am now indulging in a comfort food, dark chocolate. Did you know that 300 chemicals that compose chocolate have numerous and varied effects on our bodies through the nervous system? Yes a good excuse to indulge in it….but truly, it does have good effects …especially dark chocolate..and I LOVE Dark Chocolate

I decided to research on chocolate and it’s effects on our system.

One study found that people who rated themselves highly stressed to begin with had lower levels of stress hormones after eating chocolate every day for two weeks. The study's subjects ate 1.4 ounces (40 g) of dark chocolate daily, or a little less than a regular-sized Hershey's bar, which contains 1.55 ounces (44 g)

1. Anti Depressant - Eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins released into the brain, giving credence to the claim that chocolate is a comfort food. The endorphins work to lessen pain, reducing the stress levels and enhancing the feelings of ecstasy. Another common neurotransmitter affected by chocolate is serotonin. Serotonin is known as an anti-depressant. One of the chemicals which causes the release of serotonin is tryptophan found in, among other things, chocolate. 

2. Love Drug - One of the more unique neurotransmitters released by chocolate is phenylethylamine. This so called "chocolate amphetamine" causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels leading to feelings of excitement and alertness. It works like amphetamines to increase mood and decrease depression, but it does not result in the same tolerance or addiction. Phenylethylamine is also called the "love drug" because it causes your pulse rate to quicken, resulting in a similar feeling to when someone is in love.

3. Feelings of Well Being - Another interesting compound found in chocolate is the lipid anandamide. Anandamide is unique due to its resemblance to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical found in marijuana. Both activate the same receptor which causes the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which leads to feelings of well being that people associate with a high. Anandamide, found naturally in the brain, breaks down very rapidly. Besides adding to the levels of anandamide, chocolate also contains two other chemicals which work to slow the breakdown of the anandamide, thus extending the feelings of well-being. Even though the anandamide in chocolate helps to create feelings of elation, the effect is not the same as the THC in marijuana. THC reacts with receptors more widely dispersed in the brain and is present in much larger amounts. It would take twenty-five pounds of chocolate to achieve a similar high to that of marijuana

4. Mental and Physical Relaxation - Theobromine is another chemical found in chocolate that can affect the nervous system. Besides having properties that can lead to mental and physical relaxation, it also acts as a stimulant similar to caffeine. It can increase alertness as well as cause headaches. There is much debate as to whether or not caffeine even exists in chocolate. Some scientists believe that it is the less potent theobromine which is solely responsible for the caffeine-like effects

5. Lower risk of Heart Desease, Lower Blood Pressure - Dark chocolate is a rich source of the flavonoids--epicatechin and gallic acid--both of which have cardio-protective effects, and is also high in cocoa content. Moderate intake of dark chocolate has also been shown, through previous studies, to lower the risk of heart disease, relieve pain, lower blood pressure, and protect from skin cancer.

6. Relieves Chronic Fatigue - A more recent research finds dark chocolate helps relieve some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue which does not go away after you rest. It limits one’s ability to perform even the routine activities.

7. Cancer Prevention - Dark chocolate contains certain antioxidants called polyphenols that could help fight chronic inflammation of tissues in the circulatory system. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate might also play a role in cancer prevention. 

It is fascinating that a food such as chocolate can have such an effect on the operations of our brain and thus our perceptions of the world. My mood is way better now too since my last post. Go ahead, grab a chocolate bar. New evidence is in that eating dark chocolate every day can reduce stress.


Sadness, Feeling so Alone.
Sorrow that brings forth tears.
Tears that cannot be held back.
An emotional breakdown within. 
Depression that cannot be controlled.
Heartache that numbs the whole being.
Soul feelings that cannot be expressed.

Sadness is inevitable in our lives. Most people remember God the most when they are feeling sad and when going through rough painful times….and that is why sadness brings us closer to God. It is most definitely an undesireable feeling but it is God’s way of teaching us humility. 

We should thank God for our blessings but sometimes sadness strikes during significant or sentimental moments. I have friends who are going through depression and friends who are battling for their lives with terminal illnesses. What do we say to people in these circumstances, and what do we want to hear from others when we ourselves are inflicted with the pain of life’s trials?  “I’m Sorry” sounds so passive and inadequate. ”It’s meant to be and God’s will” or similar, though true, is not what anyone wants to hear really; and “You are in my prayers” just simply goes without saying. Saying  “I am here for You” and really genuinely meaning it is what anyone would really feel good knowing and hearing. If you do not mean it and are not willing to really go all the way when needed, then saying nothing at all and giving your comforting presence whenever you can is all that is required.  

Monday, August 8, 2011


So today is the 8th day of Fast. Ramadan began on the 1st August this year. What is Ramadan anyway?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.

During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical desires during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.

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