we declare Your Perfection above and beyond all: we have no knowledge whatsoever except what You have taught us. No doubt it is You, and You alone that is all Knowledgeable and all Wise. (al-Baqarah, 32)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Back to Blogging

Since the advent of facebook, this blog where I used to share my innermost thoughts has descended into the realm of obsoletism. 

Lately however, I have grown more and more weary of the social media site. While I still post things semi-regularly there (mostly pictures via instagram), I have almost completely stopped to actively read anything on it and refrained from sharing any of my opinions or thought on any issues there. 

And yet, I still have a stronge urge to write down these things - if only for posterity's sake - but not somewhere as open as facebook has now become yet still relatively public. So, the perfect avenue is here, where it all began. 

I already have a couple of things in mind to write about and will InshaAllah, after putting traditional bloggin on a very long hiatus, start to post more things regularly here.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Generation / Gap

At 32, I've never felt myself particularly old, but a recent conversation with a couple of 13 year olds clearly showed me that the 20 years difference is a huge gap. 
The three of us were talking about the same thing; video games, which, if one were to look back in this rather ancient blog, is something that has been a significant part of my life. Yet despite the fact, I was, for the most part, on a completely different page than the other two.

It's not just about enjoying different types of games, which we did, but even the way we talk about video games is different. 'Character shipping'; the idea of pairing a character to another character for instance, is all the rage with young gamers these days. I mean, we had fanfiction back in the days but this is something else. It's like glasses: they're glasses in the 80s, 90s and so on but it's not the same style is it. So to is the way how conversations surrounding video games has changed for the younger generation.

Now if I were to talk with someone else about video games, or read about it on websites (one of my favourites being Kotaku) it is something I can easily relate to because the author(s) are roughly around my age. But these are not the sources younger kids go to, I now realised. Their primary source of information is Youtube, from younger, like minded internet celebrities these days called Youtubers.

Ok, so what is the point that I am really trying to drive home here really?

Truth is, I am SCARED. I wonder just how much of a gap there would be between my own children and I in 10 years down the line. Will I even be able to relate with them anymore? Will they think me as an ancient creature who has no idea what they're talking about? 

Probably yes.

And I don't want that to happen. I'll certainly need to try and do something about it. But I wonder if it's all but impossible. Is generation gap a rift that once opened can never hope to be closed again?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hello Darkness My Old Friend...



I'm glad I never deleted this blog. 

I wanted to show some of the stuff I did while studying overseas, and remembered about this blog. Then when I reread some of the earliest stuff I had written, it I felt like I'd used a time machine to visit my younger self. So, for the umpteenth time, I have decided to start blogging the old fashioned way again so that one day, my future self will have a gateway to visit my present self. 

Here's hoping this brief post serves as my reentry into blogdom, and will be one of many more to come. InshaAllah 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ReBoot?

Feeling nostalgic and read some the earliest posts in my now in a coma old blog, which confirmed 2 things :

1. In some ways, I am a VERY different person now than I was some 7,8 years ago. In others, I guess I'm still the same ol me. 

2. I was a far more competent writer back then. 

In conclusion (In conclusion? Seriously, is this the best I could think of? See folks, this is what years of teaching in a secondary school does to you [but i digress]), I'm really glad to have the blog as a tool to reflect on how I have progressed, changed and matured as a person. 


And maybe I should go back to writing. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Road to Divine Speech Seminar

Wow, it sure has been a long time since I've updated anything on this blog here that I feel like I've lost my blogging touch completely. Anyways, here goes nothing. 

Those who know me know how much I have been influenced by ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (refer to this post as to why) so when it was announced that he would be holding his signature Divine Speech seminar here in Malaysia, I was set to go.


I have a few students (seriously love them to death) who are a part of my tadabbur halaqah ; the contents of which are mostly from ustadh Nouman's lectures as well - so if I was to attend the Divine Speech seminar, why not try taking some of them along, I thought.

Of course, the execution of said plan was easier said - or thought - than done. For this very purpose, I had gone to lengths that, for the 5 years of my service, I had never ever gone to. I had to discuss repeatedly with the administration,  made paperworks, find a good yet somehow still affordable accomodation (thanks to my beloved wife for this!), arranged for transport and the list goes on, but when all is said and done, I feel that it was well worth it.

Originally, 10 students wanted to and were supposed to be going with me one just told me today that she had other obligations. Shikata ga nai wa ne... (note to self: need to polish up my rusty Nihongo!)

Now all that's left is to wait for the event itself. 20th of June can't come any sooner. Hopefully everything will turn out as planned. Allahumma yassir wa laa tu'assir :)

Will try to write more on the event itself then. InshaAllah.


 
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