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Monday, October 31, 2011


Established since June 1999, theiis the most comprehensive exhibition center displaying artifacts, charts, photographs as well as actual rice-planting tools. A visit to the Museum provides a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and significance of padi and rice in the life of Malaysians.

According to Shamsuddin Shuib, LADA's Economic Affairs Officer, the purpose of having the festival every year was to make Laman Padi lively with local and international visitors.

"Laman Padi is a complex where we show all the paddy activities. As we know paddy field farming is seasonal activity where we can see farmers prepare the land, harvest and do activities after harvesting only once a year. But here at Laman Padi, we can see all the activities at once throughout the year," said 


Among the activities held were playing soccer and netball in the mud, catching catfish using traditional fishing equipment, riding old bicycle on paddy field's track and many more.

According to him, all the activities on paddy fields at least described how paddy fields being used by farmers and youngsters.

"A long time ago, catching catfish are common as everyday food and farmers used to catch them at paddy fields," he said.

The activities held not only attracted locals but international visitors from Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand and many more.

"It has been so much fun and it has been something really different, something I wasn't expecting to do in Langkawi but really good," said Jenni Zierk, a Monash University student who took part in playing soccer in the mud.

There were also different kind of rice-based food that visitors could try. Among the unique things to see was a display of 100 different types of ready-cooked rice.

"The food is beautiful, very fresh, lovely ingredients," said Coren Leckie, an Australian who came with his wife to experience the culture in Malaysia.

Laman Padi Langkawi was established since 1998. It showcases the history, heritage and development of the nation's rice growing industry.

"We are welcoming anybody, locals and international visitors, please come to Laman Padi and experience the life of farmers in Langkawi," said Shamsuddin.

As one of the crew of FCUPRODUCTION.

Taking some of paddy to bring home.

It was not easy to ride through this narrow path.

It seemed that all races taking part in this festival.

I loved this game the most.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This time I choose  Papua New Guinea as my destination to explore in internet. This country is very unique with its 250 tribes that has different costumes

Papua is the Indonesian half of New Guinea Island, one of the last places on earth that still has blanks on the map. About 250 languages are spoken in Papua. Most groups are made up of just a few hundred people; some have been contacted by the outside world only very recently.There are 4,000 or so members of the Kombai, most of whom live in isolated family homesteads in tree houses. As well as providing an escape from the heat and mosquitoes, the tree houses probably originated as their height is a defence against flooding during heavy rains as well as offering protection in times of conflict.

The tree people, Korowai and Kombai, live in the basin of the Brazza River in the vast lowland jungles. This is situated in the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range, which is in the southwest part of the New Guinea Island in the Indonesian province Papua (Irian Jaya). Mosquitoes and age-old rivalry forced these tribes to build houses in the tops of trees. Some of them are placed as high as 40 m.

High above the forest floor, deep in the swampy lowland jungles of Papua, tree houses greet the eyes of explorers trekking into what remains one of the last remote corners of the globe. The tree houses tower overhead at heights of over 80 feet above the ground, appearing to teeter but held firm by Sago palm tree fibres. These constructions are the homes of the Kombai and the neighbouring Korowai, tribal people numbering in the thousands who decorate their bodies with bones and may still count cannibalism among their customs. 

The tree houses stand in clearings cut out of the forest by the tribespeople, who fell trees using only the most rudimentary of stone axes. These dwellings offer an escape from the heat and biting insects below the jungle canopy, and are thought to have originated as a safeguard against flooding during heavy rains while also providing protection in periods of conflict. Enemy headhunting tribes like the Asmat from the south used to maraud through these regions and the trees may have been the only refuge for the Korowai and the Kombai.

The Korowai and the Kombai are distinct ethnic groups, each with their own language, but they do manage to interact and also share similar cultural practices. They are skilled hunter-gatherers whose men track prey including cassowary and wild boar. They still trade in objects like bone jewellery and knives, and may have only been introduced to metal and our idea of clothing in the 1970s, when the first missionaries arrived. Utensils such as bamboo shards are used to slice meat, shells to hold water, and heated stones in place of cooking vessels

Cannibalism is also common to the histories of both the Kombai and the Korowai. For the Kombai, it is apparently a form of tribal punishment, with only men identified as witches killed and eaten by the community in retribution for the souls devoured by the accused. Cannibalism is steeped in similarly supernatural belief for the Korowai and may also have been practiced as part of their criminal justice system. It seems these tree dwellers do not believe in natural death, but death caused by sorcery – also believed to be a cause of inter-clan warfare.

Pigs too figure largely in the rituals and belief systems of the Kombai and the Korowai. Domesticated, these animals are a kind of sacred currency in Kombai culture, used in dispute-settlements between families, and also sacrificed in complex ceremonies when their blood is let into the river as an offering to one of the gods. Pigs play a role in the religious life of the Korowai, too, which is filled with all kinds of spirits – above all the revered spirits of their ancestors to which the beasts are sacrificed in times of trouble.
A more festive custom enjoyed by both the Korowai and the Kombai is the eating of the Sago grub, the succulent larva of the Capricorn beetle, which is a delicacy the tribes harvest from rotting trees. Very occasionally the Kombai host parties to which guests from other tribes are invited and fed Sago grubs, while even more seldom still the Korowai will host a Sago grub festival to encourage fertility and prosperity. Such rituals seem to anchor the deeply spiritual lives of these people, who see spirits in the forest where outsiders would see none.
 Revealingly, for Kombai clans, strangers are themselves referred to as ghosts, and yet such ghosts are becoming an ever more concrete reality as filming crews and adventure tourists make their presence felt in their territory. The traditions of these once undisturbed tribes have been affected by contact with the outside world, with some Korowai even now paid to offer tours.


Monday, October 24, 2011


The 5 days event of Langkawi Geopark Carnival 2011 was celebrated with joy and happiness throughout the island. The event that started from 31st of May was filled with educational and fun activities.

The opening of the carnival was held at Tuba Island where there were about 2000 people from the Tuba Island and 200 people from the main island of Langkawi having a feast under the program called 'Feast of The People". People from both islands cooperated  in preparing the food and the place.

"Thanks to God, we have about 400 people that work together. Today feast organized by LADA was really successful with the support from the people of the main island of Langkawi and the people from Tuba Island," said Abdul Rani Awang, the Chairman of JKKP Tuba Barat, Tuba Island.

The second day of the carnival saw about 100 local people participated in a free Guided Tour where the participants were given a tour to two main Geoforest Park in Langkawi which were Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park.

"By having this kind of Guided Tour, we provided tourist guide along the journey where the local are introduced what Geopark is all about," said Ikhwan Mohd Said, the Assistant Manager of Information at Geopark Department.

"The Geopark Department really concern to share the knowledge to the local people and we hope that this kind of exposure will help the local people to get more information and at the same time they will start to promote among their friends or among their relative that come to Langkawi," said Othman Ayeb, one of the Langkawi nature guide with more than 20 years of experience. He is also a snake expert and he was featured as a snake handler in November 2001 edition of National Geographic magazine.

Othman believed that the exposure about Geopark to the local people are very important for the future of Langkawi Geopark.

"We hope that our future generations of age 10 to 12 already can talk about Geopark. They are not going to say, 'that is Machincang' but they're going to say 'that is Machincang Cambrian which has limestone formation during the Ordovician'," he added.

The Guided Tour helps the local to get to know and appreciate the beautiful nature of Langkawi. The theme for this year's carnival is 'Savoring The Nature, Nurturing The Culture'.

"I hope the people here will keep the nature of Langkawi and being polite to tourists. Here, we promote Langkawi as ecotourism, so the people here must keep the nature of Langkawi so that they don't simply cut the trees and spoil the water," said Dato' Azman Umar, the General Manager of LADA.

"Geopark is not only about rock but it is more about people. If our younger generation understand about our culture and our ancestor, I think they are the one that will start to protect all these things, forests, rock and nature, for their future generation," said Othman.

According to Ikhwan, all the activities planned in the carnival have its own message that the organizer wanted to convey to people.

"As an example, the Geohunt on the third day of the carnival, where we tried to promote certain locations in Langkawi so that people will get familiar with the places in Langkawi," he said.

According to Mohamad Zuhri Abd Rashid, the Assistant Manager of Conservative Unit at Geopark Department, the Geohunt applied the concept of treasure hunt where participants had to answer the questions that were based on the locations in Langkawi.

"We have the element of Geopark where participants have to answer the questions related to Geopark. As an example, we are highlighting the Machincang location where we have the oldest rock in Southeast Asia which is 550 years old," said Zuhri.

The activities on the fourth and the last day concentrated mostly at Dataran Lang where thousands of people came to see and take part in the activities. There were more than 15 activities took place during the carnival. Among the activities were futsal tournament, beach volleyball, fruit carving, cultural performances, sales, bike fest and competition, exhibition and many more.

The two days exhibition gave a chance for the people to get to know more about Geopark and the agencies involved.

"This carnival indirectly bring the community closer to understand the role played by Minerals and Geoscience Department (JMG) and its close relation with Langkawi Geopark," said Muhammad Mustadza Mazni, a Geology Officer at Minerals and Geoscience Department (JMG) for Kedah, Perlis and Penang.

"We work closely with LADA to recognize the locations that have potential to become geological heritage for Geopark development and we monitor and conserve the existed Geopark sites for the future generation," he added.

Every four years UNESCO will reevaluate the status of its Global Geopark. This year, the time has come for UNESCO to reevaluate the status of Langkawi Geopark. Langkawi was accorded the Global Geopark status by UNESCO on June 1st, 2007 for its significant geoheritage feature consisting of stunning landscapes, majestic limestone karsts, mysterious caves, sea-arches and stacks, glacial dropstones and fossils.

"With the activities and participation in this carnival, we can show to UNESCO that Langkawi Geopark programs are supported by the people in Langkawi," said Dato' Azman.

The UNESCO Global Geopark status puts Langkawi in good standing in respect of nature conservation and sustainable development, outstanding geoheritage, biodiversity as well as rich culture.

"I'm glad that Langkawi has the status of Geopark. Our island is known worldwide even though our island is small. I'm proud to be born in Langkawi," said Kalai Arasi, one of the visitors from Langkawi.





The announcement of Langkawi as a 52nd Geopark in the world on June 2007, has made Langkawi the first Geopark in South East Asia and Malaysia. The declaration by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, scientific and Cultural Organisation) marks another milestone to Langkawi being a premier tourist destination in this region under the geopark brand.

Langkawi (Duty Free Port) is one of the unique island geoparks with 99 island and the region’s oldest rocks which can be found within the island, dating back more than 550 million years.

UNESCO has given its approval to extend Langkawi's status as a geopark, until 2015 after a review by two Unesco officers in last July 2011.


Langkawi was born in the Cambrian era as a broad sedimentary mound at the bottom of a turbulent sea just north of the equator. Tectonic plate movements carried the mound, as part of the Gondwanaland super continent, south to the cold Antarctic regions where the sea froze above it and this moving glacier crushed the limestone, sandstone and siltstone into a base of hard granite and marble. There it was built on again over a period of some 400 million years through a series of deposits of various materials from sea life skeletons to glacial droppings. Then, during the Permian time some 290 million years ago, its underlying plate broke away from this continent and moved northward back across the equator and eventually, in a cataclysmic event accompanied by exploding volcanoes and hot lava flows, it crashed up against the East Malaysia/Indochina block in an earth shattering collision which pushed whole blocks of it all the way to the surface to from the Peninsular Malaysia.

From then,during the Jurassic age of the dinosaurs, this newly exposed land experienced severe alterations due to chemical reactions and erosion and a series of  uplifting eruptions. The land was carved and gouged and hills were formed and valleys drained. Later during the extreme climatic conditions coinciding with the last ice ages(1.8 million to 10 thousand years ago),sea levels were pushed up and down drastically as a result of glacial melting and global cooling. So now above the rain forest we find caves full of sea life : Shells, corals and ancient fossils some hundreds of feet above sea level. Also among the island of marble,shale and limestone, we find caches of semi precious stones and crystals and even odd, cold water Brainchild clam fossils. We see amazing towers of limestone soaring hundreds of feet above the sea at tanjong Rhu, inland lakes as on Dayang Bunting where the roofs of huge caves have collapsed and strange mud stone boulders, which look like layered cakes, lie baking in the sun. This is the land that has been proved to be the oldest in the penisular Malaysia the “Birthplace of the Nation” so to speak and the cradle of ancient life form which have evolved to some of the world’s most rare and unique species. But first came the jungle.

Mat  Cincang Cambrian Geoforest Park hosts the oldest geological formation in Malaysia known as the Mat Cincang Formation(550 million years old). Among the important geosites in the park are Teluk Datai, Pantai Tengkorak,Tanjung Buta/Pulau Jemuruk and Tanjung Sabung.

Gunung Mat Cincang is a mountain in the northeastern part of Langkawi island. Though only 710 meters in elevation, the mountain provides an impressive backdrop to Langkawi Island due to its sheer mass and size.
Langkawi Sky Hanging Bridge is a 125 metres curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge on top of Gunung Mat Cincang.
The steep cable car ride .Once on the top, you can finally enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding horizon; the island’s landscape, skyline and seas beyond.

Teluk Datai where the oldest grains of sand rest

Tanjung Batu where the graveyard of the oldest life forms in the country

Pantai Pasir Tengkorak where old continent has been sebmerged-exhibiting text book examples of sedimentary structures

This classic waterfall on the slopes of Gunung Mat Cincang drops 90 metres into a succession of seven natural pools. The pools get progressively more scenic the higher you go.

The Temurun waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Langkawi. It is a seasonal fall, best to be visited in September-October.


The Dayang Bunting Geoforest Park is mainly made of Permian marble overthrusted by the older Setul Formation limestone. These world finest marbles were resulted from ther baking of Chuping limestone by Triassic (220 - 200 m.y.) granite intrusion underneath.
Tasik Dayang Bunting or The Lake Of The Pregnant Maiden as it is better known, is the largest lake in Langkawi. Located on the beautiful and wild island of Pualu Dayang Bunting, Tasik Dayang Bunting is believed by the natives to be guarded by a white crocodile that bestows good luck on those entering its waters.

This lake is believed to have some magic 'mystical power' to improve fertility among those who dip into it and drink its water.

The fresh water lake Tasik Dayang Bunting is very unique because it is surrounding by the sea and only separated by a thin ridge of limestone.

Tasik Dayang Bunting is the largest fresh water lake in Langkawi Island.

The Kulim Karst Geoforest Park in the eastern part of the main Langkawi Island features magnificently formed landscape of nearly vertical to subrounded limestone hills with pinnacles of various shapes and sizes, can be viewed on limestone Setul Formation. The Kilim Nature Park is spread over an area of 100 sq. km including the river banks up to the river estuary. The park features a beautiful mix of well protected green

Limestone forests of Kilim Geopark, Langkawi

A scenic view along the Kilim River (Sungai Kilim) of Pulau Langkawi's UNESCO Geopark. The domed shaped hill is one of the geopark's highlights, said to resemble a silver back gorilla.

Several areas of mangrove forests can be found all over Langkawi. The forests comprise networks of waterways and caves that are habitats to a profusion of endemic wildlife.

Watch Brahminy Kite Eagle and White Belly Sea Eagle in action trying to outwit each other during the "Eagle Feeding". The name "LANGKAWI" is said to have derived from the Brahminy Kite bird which is the most dominat faunal species in the area.

The "Hole in the wall" limestone cave of GUA CERITA



Sunday, October 23, 2011



(Are You Eating Enough Of These Amazing Foods That Help Reduce High Blood Pressure?

Did you know that stroke and coronary heart disease still remain to be on the list of the top three main causes of death in the USA?  It's time to take your health seriously so you don't fall victim to these! 

What is High Blood Pressure and how does this come into play?
According to the National Institute for Health, blood pressure levels of 140/90 mmHg or more can be classified as hypertension.
The worst part about having high blood pressure is that the condition can sometimes be present without any symptoms and before we know it, the damage is already extensive. Serious problems that have been associated with high blood pressure include kidney failure, heart attack, heart failure and stroke.

What are the Risk Factors Associated with High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure can be influenced by a lot of factors – age, race, family history, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, diet, binge drinking, and stress levels. Chronic conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes and high cholesterol levels can also precipitate the development of hypertension.

What can You Do to Lower Blood Pressure?
You don't need potentially dangerous drugs to control and reduce your blood pressure. Controlling blood pressure levels could be as simple as doing lifestyle modifications and eating healthier.
If you are a smoker, quit. If you drink heavily, try to practice self-control. At work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. And if you have been obsessed with sweet, sugary foods as well as processed fast-food meals, then modify your eating habits as well. Learn to eat the right kinds of food before it's too late.
Below are 5 of my top picks for powerful foods that could help you lower your blood pressure levels:
artichokes help lower blood pressure1. Artichokes
The use of artichokes has been implicated in the lowering of cholesterol levels in the blood. Since hypercholesterolemia is one of the risk factors for high blood pressure, this information is actually good news.  Three clinical trials conducted separately by Dr. Barbara Wider supports this fact. In Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews’ October 2009 issue, where the result of the study was published, it was shown that patients who were diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and given Artichoke leaf extract exhibited a decrease in their blood cholesterol levels.
Artichokes taste amazing steamed (generally steam for about 1 hour) and then dip each piece into a mixture of olive oil, grass-fed butter, and garlic.  Delicious!
bananas cut high blood pressure2.  Bananas
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that incorporating bananas in your day-to-day meals can actually cut stroke-related deaths by as much as 40 percent. A 1997 study at Johns Hopkins University recommended eating at least five bananas daily to achieve the desired effect, and that is to lower elevated blood pressure levels. However, a study conducted by Indian researchers at the Kasturba medical college revealed that people who eat two bananas a day, for one whole week, can lower their blood pressure levels by 10 percent.
Bananas are rich in potassium, which is responsible for the proper functioning of the heart.  It works with sodium to maintain balance of the body’s fluids, which is an important factor in the regulation of blood pressure.

compounds in beets beat blood pressure3.  Beets
A research study conducted by scientists from Barts and The London School Medicine revealed that simply drinking one 500 ml glass of beetroot juice each day can produce astounding health benefits, especially to the heart.
Beetroot juice has been found to lower high blood pressure levels. Professors Amrita Ahluwalia and Ben Benjamin, from the William Harvey Research Institute and Peninsula Medical Center, respectively, led the research efforts, which revealed that the consumption of dietary nitrate that is found in beetroot has BP-lowering effects in as fast as 1 hour after ingestion, with the effect lasting for up to 24 hours. The result of the study was published in the March 2008 issue of Hypertension.
You can try beetroot juice, or also try baked beets sliced on salads or as a side dish to dinner.

cocoa helps lower blood pressure4.  Cocoa
A study conducted by researchers from Germany’s University Hospital of Cologne revealed that cocoa can significantly lower high blood pressure levels. Study results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The beneficial heart effects of cocoa are attributed to its flavonoid content, specifically procyanids.
Because cocoa is most commonly found in chocolate, people falsely assume that eating a lot of chocolate could be good for the health. Keep in mind that cocoa in chocolates have undergone a lot of processing, and it has been mixed with loads of sugar, so this is not totally healthy. The best way to take advantage of the health benefits offered by cocoa is to choose raw cacao – it is good for the heart, the brain and the liver.  Raw cacao nibs go great in smoothies!  Also use organic cocoa powder in smoothies or homemade hot cocoa sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.

garlic fights hypertension5.  Garlic
Researchers from South Australia’s University of Adelaide have conducted studies, which provide solid proof that the consumption of garlic can indeed help lower elevated blood pressure levels. Garlic supplements in powder form were given and results revealed that it produced a reduction in systolic blood pressure. Garlic has been known all over the world as a very important herb, especially with its heart-protecting capabilities. It helps lower blood cholesterol levels and prevents blood from forming clots (which could lead to heart attack and stroke).
Furthermore, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal has published the results of a laboratory test showing how garlic juice can lead to a decrease in blood pressure levels. Eating the equivalent of 2 cloves of garlic each day can significantly contribute to the health of the heart.


Thursday, October 20, 2011


"Ummu tengah kumpul info apa ni..?" Tanya Hafidz sambil mencapai kerusi dan duduk di sisiku.
"Ini ha..pasal nak hafal Al-Quran. Banyak sungguh kaedah-kaedahnya. Ummu tengah cari kaedah yang terbaik. Ambil sana sikit dan sini sikit, dapatlah kaedah yang terbaik." Terangku dengan harapan dapat menarik perhatian Hafidz.
"Ummu nak hafal Al-Quran ke...banyak tu..entah bila baru habis.Dahlah tak tahu bahasa Arab pula tu."Hafidz cuba meneka.
"Memang....agak susah kalau tak tahu bahasa Arab. Tapi tak mustahilkan. Sudah ramai orang dah boleh hafal. Kenapa tidak kita? Tak ada apa pun yang mustahil sekiranya kita bersungguh-sungguh minta pada Allah dan bersungguh-sungguh usaha. Pasti boleh. Menghafal Al-Quran tidak sama dengan menghafal buku pelajaran. Lagi kita hafal lagi hati kita tenang. Bila hati tenang, makin senanglah untuk menghafal seterusnya. Insyaallah....dengan bantuan Allah. Lagi pun umur Ummu dah separuh abad. Kalau tak mula sekarang, bila lagi."Aku senyum lebar kerana Hafidz dah tunjuk minat. Mudah-mudahan terbuka hatinya.

"Betulkah mayat orang yang hafal Al-Quran tak reput?" Soal Hafidz minta kepastian.
"Ya, betul. Mereka adalah antara 10 golongan yang mana mayat tak reput dan busuk. Ini ha...baca artikel ini" Aku tunjuk info yang sudah aku coppy-paste di screen computer.

10 golongan yang mana mayat tak reput dan busuk
  1. segala Nabi
  2. Orang Yang Berperang Kerana Allah (Jihad)
  3. Orang Alim (Ahli ulama' Yang Diredhai oleh Allah)
  4. Orang Yang Mati Shahid (mati ketika berperang menegakkan Islam)
  5. Orang yang Menanggung Al-Quran (Orang yang Menghafal ayat-ayat Al-Quran)
  6. Raja Yang Adil
  7. Tukang Azan (Bilal yang azan selama 12 tahun harus masuk Syurga)
  8. Orang yang mati Ketika Nifas (orang yang mati bersalin)-> Kelebihan para Ibu
  9. Orang yang dibunuh dengan zalim
  10. Orang yang beriman yang mati Hari Jumaat @ malamnya (jumaat)
"Nak dengar kisah benar? Nenek Hafidz sebelah abah, namanya Halimatun Saadiah. Dah pernah tengok gambarnya kan...Beliau adalah seorang guru Al-Quran. Kalau ada anak muridnya yang baca silap, dari jauh dia dah boleh tegur apa silapnya kerana dia dah hafal Quran. Tapi orang tak pernah iktiraf dia sebagai Al-Hafizah kerana zaman tu...zaman dulu. Setelah sepuluh tahun beliau meninggal dunia, kawasan perkuburan itu telah digali untuk memindahkan mayat-mayat ke kawasan lain yang lebih strategik. Masa tulah..Allah menunjukkan kekuasaannya kepada orang awam. Mayat nenek masih dalam keadaan baik, malah kain kapannya masih elok, tak terjejaspun. Masyaallah....begitu tinggi Allah letak golongan Al-Hafidz dan Al-Hafizah." Terlopong Hafidz mendengar cerita itu.

" Nama Hafidz pun ada ceritanya tersendiri. Sebaik sahaja Hafidz dilahirkan, abah yang memilih nama tersebut dengan harapan Hafidz akan menjadi seorang Al-Hafidz seperti nenek. Semasa Hafidz kecil, kami sentiasa menimang Hafidz dengan nama Al-Hafidz Yang Hebat. Sampai sekarang pun, Ummu selalu teriak Hafidz dengan nama Al-Hafidz (terutamanya bila nak kontrol marah kat Hafidz...hmhm). Mungkin Hafidz tak sedar akan keramat nama tersebut. Ha...sekarang dah tahu,  mestilah tanam nekad untuk menrealisasIkannya." Terangku dengan harapan tinggi .

" Ini ha...Ummu ada masukkan info dalam blog cara-cara untuk hafal. " Sambil aku menggosok-gosok belakang anak terunaku, dengan harapan apa yang baru diceritakan itu memberi impak yang besar kepadanya.

1. Mempunyai azam dan minat untuk menghafal 
2. Memilih waktu yang sesuai untuk menghafal. 
3. Memilih tempat yang sesuai untuk menghafal.
4. Berada dalam keadaan tenang. 
5. Kosongkan fikiran sebelum menghafal. 
6. Pilih sebuah jenis mashaf dan jangan ubah dengan jenis mashaf lain.
7. Beristighfar, membaca selawat dan doa sebelum mula menghafal.
8. Membaca ayat 164 surah Al-Baqarah sebelum mula menghafal.


A. Teknik “Chunking”

1. Memisah-misahkan sepotong ayat yang panjang kepada beberapa bahagian yang sesuai mengikut arahan guru.
2. Memisah-misahkan selembar mukasurat kepada beberapa bahagian (2 atau 3 bahagian) yang sesuai.
3. Memisah-misahkan surah kepada beberapa bahagian, contohnya mengikut pertukaran cerita.
4. Memisah-misahkan juz kepada beberapa bahagian mengikut surah, hizib, rubu’, cerita dan sebagainya.
5. Memisah-misahkan Al-Qur’an kepada kelompok surah, setiap 10 juz dan sebagainya.

B. Teknik Mengulang 
1. Membaca sepotong atau sebahagian ayat sekurang-kurangnya lima kali sebelum mula menghafalnya.
2. Membaca ayat yang telah dihafal berulang-ulang kali (10 atau lebih) sebelum berpindah ke ayat seterusnya.
3. Selepas menghafal setiap setengah mukasurat, harus diulang beberapa kali sebelum diteruskan bahagian yang kedua.
4. Selepas menghafal satu mukasurat diulang beberapa kali sebelum diteruskan ke muka surat seterusnya.
5. Sebelum menghafal bahagian Al-Qur’an seterusnya, harus diulang bahagian yang sebelumnya.

C. Teknik Tumpu dan Ingat
1. Menumpukan penglihatan kepada ayat, mukasurat dan lebaran.
2. Pejamkan mata dan cuba melihatnya dengan minda.
3. Sekiranya masih lagi kabur, buka mata dan tumpukan kembali kepada mashaf.
4. Ulanglah sehingga dapat melihat ayat atau mukasurat tersebut dengan mata tertutup.

D. Teknik Menghafal Dengan Seorang Teman
1. Pilih seorang teman yang sama minat.
2. Orang yang pertama membaca dengan disemak oleh orang yang kedua.
3. Orang yang kedua membaca dengan disemak oleh orang yang pertama.
4. Saling menebuk ayat antara satu sama lain.

E. Teknik Mendengar Kaset
1. Pilih seorang qari’ yang baik bagi seluruh Al-Qur’an atau beberapa qari’ bagi surah-surah tertentu.
2. Sebelum mula menghafal, dengar bacaan ayat-ayat yang ingin dihafal beberapa kali.
3. Amati cara, lagu dan tempat berhenti bacaan qari’ tersebut sehingga terpahat di fikiran.
4. Mula menghafal ayat-ayat tersebut dengan cara dan gaya qari’ tersebut.
5. Sentiasa mendengar kaset bacaan Al-Qur’an dan kurangkan atau tinggalkan pendengaran lagu kerana ia akan mengganggu penghafalan.

F. Teknik Merakamkan Suara
1. Rakamkan bacaan kita di dalam kaset dan dengar semula untuk memastikan bacaan dan hafalan yang betul.
2. Bagi kanak-kanak, rakamkan bacaan ibu-bapa atau guru kemudian diikuti oleh bacaan kanak-kanak tersebut. Minta kanak-kanak tersebut mendengar kembali rakaman tersebut beberapa kali hingga menghafalnya.

G. Teknik Menulis
1. Tulis kembali mukasurat yang telah dihafal.
2. Kemudian semak semula dengan mashaf.
3. Menulis setiap ayat pertama awal mukasurat, atau setiap rubu’, atau setiap juz, atau setiap surah dalam satu helai kertas.

H. Teknik “Pointers” dan “Keyword”
1. Buat beberapa kotak.
2. Setiap kotak merupakan satu mukasurat.
3. Catit dalam kotak tersebut beberapa perkataan yang menjadi keyword bagi mukasurat tersebut.
4. Merenung dan membayangkan kotak tersebut dalam ingatan.

I. Teknik Menghafal Sebelum Tidur
1. Membaca atau menghafal beberapa potong ayat sebelum tidur.
2. Semasa melelapkan mata, dengar kaset bacaan ayat-ayat tersebut dan bayangkan posisi-nya di minda kita.
3. Dengar kembali dari awal surah, juz atau hizib, atau mana-mana yang sesuai sehingga ayat yang telah dihafal. Cuba bayangkan ayat-ayat yang didengar dari kaset di minda kita.

J. Teknik “Mindmaping”
1. Bagi setiap Juz, buat 8 cabang, setiap cabang satu rubu’. Tulis ayat pertama rubu’ tersebut dicabangnya.
2. Bagi setiap surah, buat cabang bagi setiap pertukaran cerita atau rubu’.
3. Bagi setiap 10 juz, buat cabang bagi setiap juz, dan cabang yang lebih kecil bagi rubu’.

1. Jauhi maksiat mata, maksiat telinga dan maksiat hati.
2. Banyak berdoa, terutama waktu mustajab doa seperti ketika berbuka puasa, ketika belayar, selepas azan dan lain-lain lagi.
3. Kerjakan solat hajat kepada Allah.
4. Kerjakan solat Taqwiyatul hifz.
5. Menetapkan kadar bacaan setiap hari, contohnya, selembar, setengah juz, 1 juz dan sebagainya.
6. Membaca pada waktu pagi dan mengulangnya pada waktu malam.
7. Jangan membaca ketika sedang bosan, marah atau ngantuk.
8. Menulis setiap ayat yang mutashabih.

"Sebaik­baik kamu adalah yang mempelajari Al­Qur'an dan mengajarnya" 
(Hadith riwayatBukhari)
"Mereka yang membaca Al­Qur'an dan dia mahir didalamnya maka ia bersama para malaikat
pencatit yang mulia. Mereka yang membaca Al­Qur'an sedangkan ia tidak lancar bacaannya dan
payah baginya untuk membaca maka untuknya dua pahala." (Hadith riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim)
"Bacalah Al­Qur'an kerana sesungguhnya ia akan datang pada hari Kiamat memberi syafaat
kepada pembacanya." (Hadith riwayat Muslim) 

Tiada ada hasad kecuali pada dua perkara: 

1-Orang yang Allah berikan kepadanya Al­Qur'an
maka dia membacanya siang dan malam. 

2-orang yang Allah berikan kepadanya harta maka
ia menafkahkannya siang dan malam. 
(Hadith riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim)

"Berkata Allah s.w.t.: Sesiapa yang disibukkan dengan membaca Al­Qur'an dan mengingati Aku
daripada meminta sesuatu dari Aku, maka Aku akan memberikannya lebih baik dari apa yang
diminta oleh orang lain. Dan kelebihan perkataan Allah (Al­Qur'an) atas perkataan­perkataan lain
adalah seperti kelebihan Allah atas makhluknya." (Hadith riwayat Tarmidzi)

"Bacalah Al­Qur'an kerana Allah s.w.t tidak mengazabkan hati yang menyimpan Al­Qur'an. Dan
sesungguhnya Al­Qur'an ini adalah jemputan Allah. Siapa yang mendatanginya maka ia akan
merasa keamanan. Dan sesiapa yang cinta akan Al­Qur'an maka bergembiralah." (Hadith riwayat

3. Mulakan bacaan dengan Bismillah.
4. Banyak berdoa kepada Allah s.w.t.
5. Bersih dari hadas kecil dan besar.
6. Sebaiknya menghadap kiblat.
7. Memakai pakaian putih yang bersih dan menutup aurat.
8. Jangan banyak berkata dan ketawa ketika membaca dan menghafal.
9. Memberikan tumpuan sepenuhnya.
10. Jangan membaca ketika mengantuk atau menguap.
11. Berhenti membaca ketika ingin membuang angin.
12. Menghormati Al­Qur'an.
13. Menghormati guru.
14. Solat dua rakaat sebelum memulakan kelas.

Disunatkan bagi mereka yang ingin menguatkan hafalan mereka, terutama yang menghafal Al­Quran,
agar mengerjakan solat sunat Taqwiyatul Hifzi.
1. Mengerjakan solat ini empat rakaat dengan dua kali tahiyat akhir.
2. Mengerjakannya pada malam Jumaat, sebaik­baiknya selepas tidur.
3. Mengerjakannya 3, 5 atau 7 malam Jumaat berturut­turut.
4. Membaca pada rakaat pertama Surah Yaasin.
5. Membaca pada rakaat kedua Surah Ad­Dukhan
6. Membaca pada rakaat ketiga Surah As­Sajadah.
7. Membaca pada rakaat keempat Surah Muluk.
8. Setelah solat, bacalah doa ini:

{ دعاء سلفس صلاة الحفظ }
اللَّهُمَّ ارحَمْنِي بِتَركِ الْمَعَاصىْ أَبَدًا مَّاأَبْقَيْتَنِيْ وَارحَمْنِيْ أَنْ أَتَكَلَّفَ مَالايُعْنِيْنِىْ وَارْزُقْنِيْ حُسْنَ النَّظَرِفِيْمَايُرضِيْكَ عَنِّيْ اللَّهُمَّ بَدِيعَ السَّمَوَاتِ والأَرْضِ ذَالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَاِم وَالْعِزَّةِ الَّتِي لاَتُرَامُ أَسْأَلُكَ يَااللهُ يَارَحْمَن بِجَلاَلِكَ وَنُورِوَجْهِكَ أَن تُلزمَ قَلْبِي حِفْظَ كِتَابِكَ كَمَا عَلَّمْتَنِى وَارْزُقْنِي أَنْ أَتْلُوَهُ عَلَىالنَّحْوِ الَّذِي يُرْضيكَ عَنّي.
اللَّهُمَّ بَدِيعَ السَمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ ذَالْجَلاَلِ والإكْرَامِ وَالْعِزَّةِ الَّتِى لاَ تُرَامُ أَسْأَلُكَ يَا اللهُ يَارَحْمَن بِجَلاَلِكَ وَنُورِ وَجْهِكَ أَن تُنَوّرَبِكِتَابِكَ بَصَرِي وَأَن تَطْلُقَ بِهِ لِسَانِي وَأَن تَفَرّجَ بِهِ عَن قَلْبِي وَأَن تَشْرَحَ بِهِ صَدْرِي وَأَن تَسْتَعْمِلَ بِهِ بَدَنِي فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يُعِينَنِي عَلَىالْحَقِّ غَيْرَكَ وَلاَيُؤْتِينِيهِ إلاأَنتَ وَلاَحَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلا بِاللهِ الْعَلِيّ الْعَظِيمِ

Dipetik daripada website Pusat Tahfiz Al-Quran Singapura
Semoga Allah melimpahkan rahmat kepada penulisnya.



Thursday, October 13, 2011


History: Common names for the this fruit include Rangpur in India, Canton lemon in South China, Hime lemon in Japan, Cravo lemon in Brazil, and mandarin-lime in the United States. The name lime in connection with this fruit is often misleading because there are very little similarities between the Rangpur and true limes. However, Rangpurs are highly acid and can be used as a substitute for commercial limes. The Rangpur is almost certainly of Indian origin. It was introduced into Florida in the late nineteeth century by Reasoner Brothers of Oneco, who obtained seed from northwestern India. In the United States the Rangpur is used as an ornamental or potted plant, but outside the United States it is used principally as a rootstock.

                                                                      A tree of Rangpur lime

 Rangpur lime

Other names: Canton lemon, Kona lime, Kusai lime, mandarin lime, cravo lemon, marmalade
                        orange, surkh nimbu, Sylhet lime.

Origin: Northwest India

  There are altogether 10 fruits hanging proudly from my mandarin bonsai tree. I really take great care of the fruits. Must water the plant twice a day in order for the fruit to grow to its maximum size. I use organic fertilizer to enrich the soil for every two weeks interval. Since bonsai is meant for decoration, the fruit itself is also consider as the asset of the bonsai. No one dare to pluck the fruits till my dad said so.

All the praise to Allah . The fruit must be juicy and sweet. Just can't wait to taste it.

Khasiat Limau Mandarin:

1) Kandungan Vitamin C yg tinggi:
Keistimewaan limau ini yang paling besar ialah berkebolehan melindungi tubuh dari serangan kanser, merangsang pengaliran darah dan mempercepatkan kesembuhan luka dalaman dan luaran.

2) Nilai kalsium yg tinggi : 
Di samping itu Allah lengkapkan pula dengan kandungan kalsium yang tinggi untuk menguatkan gigi dan amat mujarab meningkatkan ketahan badan terutama tulang dari ancaman penyakit pereputan gigi dan osteoporosis.

3)Vitamin B :
Sangat bagus untuk santapan para ibu yang hamil kerana sumber vitamin B di dalamnya dapat mencegah kecacatan bayi dalam kandungan dan melawan penyakit jantung.

4) Serat yang tinggi : 
Pektin adalah merupakan serat yg larut dlm air dan telah dibuktikan mampu menahan rasa lapar. sangat sesuai untuk mereka yang ingin melangsingkan badan.

5) Menurunkan tahap kolesterol dalam darah :

6) Antioksida yang tinggi: 
Dapat melindungi kulit dari bahan radikal bebas justeru melambatkan proses penuaan.

7) Mampu mengubat asma, tuberkulosis, demam, penyakit bronkitis dengan merangsang saline dalam paru2 untuk melegakan dan mengeluarkan kahak berlebihan dan melindungi paru2 dari dijangkiti virus semula. Mujarab mengatasi masalah penghadaman terutama sembelit dan kronik dispepsia.

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