iPillar5 – Hajj

Today is 9 Zulhijjah, Arafah day, one of the highlights of the Muslims Hajj pilgrimage.

The Hajj is part of the 5 pillars of Islam.
Planting a wish in my heart, that me and my family…may Allah grant us with the opportunity, health, wealth and all.

Made a quick picture, sort of a self-reminder that life here is just temporary and mere materials. There will be more new bigger smaller faster slower gadgets and worldly pleasures but that is just to it.

On the other hand, love for Allah is everlasting. How could we not, with all the blessings Allah had given us all this while, and the afterlife promise?

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Reduced Print…but Increase Energy Consumption

We used to walk to the library, flipping through thousands of pages just to quell our thirst for knowledge on a topic. Now, in an effort to be paperless, we flipped through our tablets. As they have a small battery capacity, it needs some charging.

Is it the tablets only using the energy? Think again.
At the house/office, the wireless router is switched ON, the high speed fiber box is switched ON, the routers and switches at the LAN/WAN and telcos are switched ON and many more devices on the grid like cloud storage remained turn ON 247.

Those tiny smaller than signature email footnotes:”Think before printing, Save the trees, the Earth!” Is it really helpful? Or simply gimmicky? They then run lots of advertisements about the senselessness of printing. A whole PR mambo jumbo materials flooding bus stops, train stations etc. Not just being content with flyers, they are having digital signage systems. Huge ones mind you, supposedly on low consumption LEDs but being a networked system, it encompasses the CPU, storage system, control system and a whole lot of video processors, all being turned ON 247.

It is all hypocritical in nature, maybe we should take a few steps back. Why are we feeling like we have the god damn right to waste energy away? And later on start protesting about the government trying to build nuclear power facilities or a massive dam(n) project.

walking dead TV

the world is in debt they say,
? the girls are browsing for luxury bags on their smartphones.

the world is having a food shortage they say,
? the guys gorging themselves in eating competitions.
and they later run miles to burn food, while others walked miles for food.

the world is dangerously warming up they say
? in our glitzy car showrooms and hot congested roads,
we see
bigger
flashier
noisier
thirstier
CARS

the world is in ending they say
I think so too…
especially when tv don’t show comedies anymore,
just damn zombies.

Double Trouble LIVE in Singapore

We attended the Double Trouble LIVE in Singapore concert last Friday. Somehow, the reservist and hectic schedule the past month meant that we were late in purchasing the ticket. Blessing in disguise though, when on the day we bought the ticket, LIVE Empire the organizer announced a 20% discount on all tickets. We saved about $40 in total, more than enough to cover dinner and a midnight taxi ride home I guess.