Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2012 movie: A personal review

Assalamualaikum w.b.t (Peace be upon you).

Standard Answer: NO one will survive.
Real answer: NO one will survive, except the G8 countries people.

I just finished watching the 2012 movie yesterday. There's so many I wanted to say and comment about this movie. Enough with the gibberish talk. This entry is a serious entry. I'm really serious. hmmmpphh.. I'm gonna write some comments and critics regarding the movie 2012, which in my opinion successfully in causing fear to a lot of people. Yeah, when I watched a movie, I watch with a critical mind to look for any imperfection or ridiculous things. Let me ask you people. What do you think, or what is your opinions after watching this movie? Are you gonna believe in such a man-made fairy tales? Not for me.

Is it going to end or not?

"The world is going to end". This phrase should reflects the total destruction of this whole world, the universe, where humanity and all living organisms are going to extinct. But at the end of this film, 'humanity' survives the what should be called an Armageddon. And there's a bias too. Why do people from developed country is the only people that survive? Are they so great in wisdom and 'too powerful' to be challenged by destiny of God? At the end of the movie,

"fewwhh, we survived the Armageddon man!" "Oh yeah, so the world still is not going to end?" "I don't know. Maybe after this, we can make a new movie."

People: "Hey, I thought you said the world is going to an end. We've prepared things and even repented. You're a liar! Damn you!"

Are you sure you could survive the Armageddon?

That's the question you should ask yourselves after watching this movie. If you are, then 'it' should not be called 'The Armageddon'. You should call it a natural disaster. A catastrophe. And if we look at the dialogues in the movie, they seemed pretty confident that they will prevail. There's so many words and dialogues using the Future Tense. "We will...."and "I believe we will....".

"Do you understand how much strength it gives me, knowing that you'll survive? " (President to her daughter).

"Everybody out there has died in vain if we start our future with an act of cruelty. What will you tell your children? What will they tell theirs?" (Adrian)

If you have one of these, you might survive the Armageddon?

As a normal human, we will run if the earth starts to crack, the larva starts to flow and the earth begin to look like the last place you'd want to live. In this movie, if you have a big vessel, a very big one, would you still survive? What makes you think an Antonov An-225 will help you survive? Or, how bout Bentley, which can only be started with voice recognition? Sure it's just a movie. Will you still be able to run and escape when the fuel runs out?

A homeless carrying signboard:"People. REPENT!! The world is going to an end. Repent when there's still time". In the same time, politicians and geologists watching news at the TV: "Naahh. We have the Bentley and the Antonov. Nothings to worry about. Chill out man!"

They always managed to escape

Heroes always survive. No matter in what situation it is. That's the rule to make a great movie. In a scene where Jackson, Gordon and their family flew out of California in a twin engine jet, the crack which can be seen chasing them would make anyone of us think, it's impossible to take off with such a short runway. While on the way out, they still manage to evade all those collapsing building, where there's not even a tiny piece of glass being sucked in to the jet engine, or falling concrete hitting their plane. As this is a movie, hey, they've made it! The earthquake which separates Kate and Gordon, literally I mean, still leaves no fatalities. Once again, because it's a movie. When Jackson trying ti save the map in the camper scene, there's no way he could survive from falling into the crack. Plus, with holding a map. In a scene where the Antonov landed in China, Sasha asked all of them to get into the Bentley and escape from the back of the airplane. Miraculously, they managed to evade all those cars that jumped out of the airplane, without being hit. That's great. There's always possibility.

Just save your own asses!

When you know the world is going to an end, will you still think of others? NO. Will you still remember your kids, your family or your friends in such an unimaginable chaos? I don't think so. In the real Armageddon, it is told that even a mother would forget her baby she is carrying. No one will even care of other people. Everyone will think how to survive and save their own asses. No matter how caring you are, how compassionate you are, you will never even remember those who you know. Now that's the real end of the world. In this movie, most of our so called politician and country's top official would only bother to save themselves. Only those who will profit them will be brought along. Politics are dirty? Yeah, full of it. They are willing to lie, even to kill just to save themselves.

"So we just killed anybody who tried to talk?" (Adrian)
"Anybody who tried to talk was not just an enemy of state, they're an enemy of humanity! " (Mr. Anheuser)

"We never got picked up Adrian. The airlift never came."(Satnam, Indian geologist)...

A happy ending of a movie with a dreadful storyline. A happy ending? I feel like laughing. I'd like to add a background commentator voice at the end of this movie.

(Old man voice): "And so....the humanity survived the Armageddon. YAYY!!. And for Those seven arks finally pulled through the Big Flood and successfully made an evasive maneuver from hitting the Everest. So uhhh....what's next? urrmmm... yeah we survived that armageddon thing. Owh yes, let's find some piece of land to settle, gettin' married and make more kids. That's gonna help humanity to survive. I think. The only places left is...wait..errmm, Africa. Yeah, Africa. Anyone?"

Enough with the crap. Getting serious now.

Armageddon in Islam

Armageddon, or in Arabic:Qiyamah, is one of the words that can be found in the Holy Al-Quran. Allah, the true Creator of this world, God of all mankind states many times in the Quran about the end of the world, to act as a reminder for the mankind.

101. Surah Al-Qari'ah (The Striking Hour)
1. Al-Qari'ah (the striking Hour i.e. the Day of Resurrection), 2. What is the striking (Hour)? 3. And what will make you know what the striking (Hour) is?4. It is a Day whereon mankind will be like moths scattered about, 5. And the mountains will be like carded wool, 6. Then as for him whose balance (of good deeds) will be heavy, 7. He will live a pleasant life (in Paradise). 8. But as for him whose balance (of good deeds) will be light, 9. He will have his home in Hawiyah (pit, i.e. Hell). 10. And what will make you know what it is? 11. (It is) a hot blazing Fire!

99. Surah Al-Zalzalah (The Earthquake)
1. When the earth is shaken with its (final) earthquake. 2. And when the earth throws out its burdens, 3. And man will say: "What is the matter with it?"4. That Day it will declare its information (about all what happened over it of good or evil). 5. Because your Lord has inspired it. 6. That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds. 7. So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. 8. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.

56. Surah Al-Waqi'ah (The Event) - (10/96 verses)
1. When the Event (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) befalls. 2. And there can be no denying of its befalling. 3. It will bring low (some); (and others) it will exalt; 4. When the earth will be shaken with a terrible shake. 5. And the mountains will be powdered to dust. 6. So that they will become floating dust particles. 7. And you (all) will be in three kinds (i.e. separate groups). 8. So those on the Right Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Records in their right hands), Who will be those on the Right Hand? (As a respect for them, because they will enter Paradise). 9. And those on the Left Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Record in their left hands), Who will be those on the Left Hand? (As a disgrace for them, because they will enter Hell). 10. And those foremost [(in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds) in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,] will be foremost (in Paradise).

It WILL End!

Yes, the real Armageddon is far worst than what is being depicted in the 2012 movie. It's unimaginable. It is said that, during that time, all mankind will become panic, some will be stunned on what will happen. Pregnant mothers will have miscarriage. Parents will forget their kids. Children will have white hairs. Even demons, will flee in fear. You can run, but you can't hide from this fate. It's Allah's promise. It will happen someday, and no one will know when that day will be.

And (remember) the Day on which the Trumpet will be blown and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth, will be terrified except him whom Allah will (exempt). And all shall come to Him humbled.
(Holy Quran 27:87)

Be it Nostradamus, NASA or whoever/whatever who try to figure out when the Doomsday will happen, it's impossible. You can't predict that. What, you think today's technology is advance enough to predict it? Well you're certainly wrong. The Judgment Day is a secret in secrets of Allah. We've been given enough time since His Messenger, Muhammad came to this world about 1400 years ago. Plus, we Muslim's were left with 2 things, which we won't being led astray if we stick to this 2 things: the Holy Al-Quran and the Hadith (words of Rasulullah). The Holy Quran is one of the miracles bestowed upon The Messenger Muhammad. Why? You see, there were so many attempts to forge the verses in the Quran. But, NONE was ever successful. Why, because Allah has sworn to protect the Quran from all the dirty hands whom successfully change the original verses in the past 3 Books: Torah, Psalms and Bible.

98. Surah Al-Baiyyinah (The Clear Evidence)
1. Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and among Al-Mushrikun,were not going to leave (their disbelief) until there came to them clear evidence. 2. A Messenger (Muhammad ()) from Allah, reciting (the Qur'an) purified pages [purified from Al-Batil (falsehood, etc.)]. 3. Containing correct and straight laws from Allah. 4. And the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) differed not until after there came to them clear evidence. (i.e. Prophet Muhammad () and whatever was revealed to him). 5. And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat: and that is the right religion. 6. Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad ()) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures. 7. Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allah, and in His Messenger Muhammad ()) including all obligations ordered by Islam] and do righteous good deeds, they are the best of creatures. 8. Their reward with their Lord is 'Adn (Eden) Paradise (Gardens of Eternity), underneath which rivers flow, they will abide therein forever, Allah Well-Pleased with them, and they with Him. That is for him who fears his Lord.

p/s: I'm not going to make a banners saying: People, REPENT!! The End of the world is near. It's clearly shown in the Quran. Try to read and understand it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My first gibberish talk

Assalamualaikum w.b.t (Peace be upon you)

Entry kali ini stailnya agak berbeza dari entri2 lain sebelum ini. Mungkin ramai yang biasa dengan stail 'private blog' . Stail yang menceritakan kisah peribadi masing2, apa yang berlaku hari ini or semalam, saya suka makan ape, ini kucing saya, ini awek saya, ini kereta baru saya, blablabla. Ye, kali ni aku nak tiru stail tersebut. Bezanya, aku tak lah terlalu gedik untuk menceritakan kisah hidup aku yang tak terlalu menyeronokkan ni.

Jamban and winter

Now I know why the Japanese use their toilet dry. Why, because in winter, the floor will get cold and you might find an ice stalactite on your sink. What? On the sink? Don't ask me how does it formed. Selipar getah aku pun boleh melekat kat lantai... As a typical Malaysian, I still use my toilet here in Japan wet. I just love it. Sebab aku tak perlu susah2 mandi dengan 'cermat' while in the bathroom. As for toilet, we Malays prefer to use water, not tissue. That's why some of us have little problems to use the toilet dry, and to keep the bowl dry. Sebab tu saya suka menggunakan tandas di univeristi. Ianya dilengkapi washlet. Ala, yang boleh pancut2 air untuk cebok tu. Seat jamban pun ada warmlet. It keeps your butt warm.

In such winter time, I've experienced my first 'frozen water pipe' problem. Shower pipe, sink pipe and most importantly, jamban pipe, all frozen. Every morning, my slipper in the toilet sticks to the toilet's floor. And every time I had to clear my 'tank', I had to sit on that 'frozen throne' for minutes. Thanks to my shower that keeps my butt warm. In winter, one of my best friend is futon (Japanese style comforter) and heater. Memang susah nak bangun subuh. Kalau Iman betul2 kuat, mungkin senang kot nak bangun subuh. Lepas bangun subuh, biasanya aku akan terus 'mewarisi kepapaan' sampai time nak pergi lecture. In case terlewat, aku biasanya mandi malam sebelumnya. Tak lah sesejuk waktu pagi. Mungkin sebab badan dah aktif, tak macam waktu pagi. Kalau kat Malaysia pun malas mandi pagi, agak2 rajin tak nak mandi pagi kat Jepun ni? Dah lah tengah winter, suhu sentiasa di bawah takat beku. Muroran, a city surrounded by lots of mountain, and you can imagine how's it feel in winter. Even now, the moment I write this entry, it's -1 degree Celsius outside, even the weather forecast says it's a clear weather today. Thank God, those pipes were now defrost and everything's back to normal. Ok, how do I defrost that damn pipes? One of my friends and seniors told me to simbah some warm water to the pipes. Thank God it worked! Setel satu problem. Sorry la tetiba je cerita pasal jamban rumah aku kat korang.

Jalan kat luar rumah memang tebal dengan salji. Adalah dalam 10 cm tebalnya dari permukaan jalan yang asal. Setiap pagi berjalan kaki untuk ke lecture memang memerlukan kesabaran yang tinggi dan kewarasan akal yang cukup. Dah lah jalan licin, sejuk memanjang. Suhu pagi memang selalu di bawah paras beku. Syukurlah, universiti terletak kira2 100 meter dari rumah. Itupun sampai je di kelas, kaki rasa letih betul. Letih tu meredah salji. Macam meredah tanah selut la. Bezanya sejuk dan berwarna putih...Walaupun tengahari, matahari terang memancar, salji tak cair-cair jugak. Harapan kini tinggal impian (gross gila!).

Teman rapat musim salju

Orang kata, teman yang baik selalu ada disisi kita. Dia akan ada samada ketika kita memerlukan mereka atau tidak. Bagi aku, memang wujud sebenarnya kawan yang kita akan ingat mereka setiap hari, nak2 lagi time winter macam ni. Siapa kawan rapat aku musim ni? Saya kenalkan, Mr. Danbou and Mr. Futon. En. Danbou paling memahami diri aku. Kehangatannya begitu melegakan, siang atau malam. Dia lah yang akan aku jumpa setiap kali balik dari lecture. Aku memang sayang En. Danbou ni. Cuma, dia ni cepat sangat haus. Dalam 3 hari sekali, aku terpaksa bagi minum lebih kurang 4 liter cecair hidrokarbon. Ye, 4 liter. Secara tepatnya, 0.392 liter/jam. Banyak kan? Tapi, aku tetap sayang En. Danbou. Kawan seterusnya, En. Futon. Sebut je nama dia, terbayang dalam kepala aku tentang sesuatu yang gemuk dan besar. Ye, En. Futon ni memang sedikit gempal tubuh badannya. En. Futon akan sedia menanti di tempat tidur aku, tatkala malam menjelang. Setiap malam sebelum tidur, dia akan menyelimuti tubuhku sehingga ke pagi. Tanpa jemu. Tanpa sebarang keluh kesah. Menjelang pagi, sukarnya untukku berpisah denganmu (lirik, Ramlah Ram). En. Futon ni tak pernah mandi sejak kali pertama kami bersua muka, bertentang mata. Namun begitu, aroma tubuh badannya yang asli itulah yang menjadi kegilaan aku setiap malam. slrrrpppp...

Itulah 2 kawan karib saya sepanjang musim sejuk ni. Jangan salah sangka. Ini bukan cerita dewasa. Bukan juga cerita saintifik, apatah lagi cerita luar tabii.

Inilah wajah 2 rakan karib saya.

En. Danbou
En. Futon

How bout that? Private enough? Gross enough? Or, is it so pinky, you got a goosebump after reading this? Haa? None of the answers above? Sudah laa korang~~Tak lawak pon kan? Sape kata lawak? Suka hati aku la nak tulis entri macam mana pun. Blog aku.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Short winter break in Honshu

Assalamualaikum w.b.t (Peace be upon you)

So, how's your winter break? For you Malaysians I know some of you might think winter break is heaven. It's time to play with snow man! Let's go skiing! or whatsoever you might came across in your head. Well, indeed it's quite interesting to see snow falling down from sky. You feel calm. Really calm. But, along with the tranquility, lies the real problems. What? Do you think the snow will remain soft, and comfy all the winter? If so, well you're wrong buddy. Of course some of the snow will melt when there's the sun. Then, the melted snow will become ice which makes the road slippery. Do you learn physics? Let me explain to you why we can walk. Friction is the concept we use to walk. To increase the friction, we increase the object's weight. The heavier an object is, the higher friction it has. Same to us human. The heavier you are, the harder it becomes for you to fall. So, why be on a diet this winter? lols.

The trip to Honshu began on a Xmas eve. We boarded a ferry from Tomakomai, Hokkaido to Tsuruga, Fukui. The journey took about 20hours 30 minutes. From the Tsurruga ferry terminal, we got on the shuttle bus, operated between the terminal and the Tsuruga Railway Station which cost us 310 yen per person. Later on we take a train to Osaka and spent a night at the yet-infamous Capsule Hotel. Curious is it? Capsule Hotel is a hotel system of extremely dense occupancy. Guest space is reduced in size to a modular plastic or fibreglass block roughly 2 m by 1 m by 1.25 m, providing room to sleep and little more, although facilities usually include a television and other electronic entertainment. These capsules are then grouped and stacked, two units high. Luggage is usually stored in a locker away from the capsule. Privacy is maintained by a curtain at the open end of the capsule but noise pollution can be high. Washing facilities are communal and there are often restaurants, or at least vending machines, and other entertainment facilities. This style of hotel accommodation was developed in Japan and has not gained popularity outside of the country, although Western variants with larger accommodations are being worked on (such as the StayOrange.com Hotel, Yotel and the Pod Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur, London and New York respectively).

The Japanese capsule hotels vary widely in size, some having only fifty or so capsules and others over 700. Many are used primarily by men. There are also capsule hotels with separate male and female sleeping quarters. Clothes and shoes are sometimes exchanged for a yukata and slippers on entry. A towel may also be provided. The benefit of these hotels is convenience and price, usually around ¥2000-4000 a night ($16–34, €21-29, £15–20). Such hotels are not necessarily regarded as only an option for those with lower incomes— a typical customer would be a business ''salaryman'', someone looking for a place to stay after drinking, or someone who missed the last train and doesn't want to waste money just for an overnight sleep. Some capsule hotels offer low daytime discounts for those needing an afternoon nap.The first capsule hotel was the Capsule Inn Osaka, designed by Kisho Kurokawa and located in the Umeda district of Osaka. It opened on February 1, 1979 and the initial room rate was ¥1,600.

Off to Nara, one of historical places in Central Japan, Honshu. Nara is famous with it's Nara Park, where you can feed tame deers lived there. We spent 3 days and 2 nights at a place called 曽爾高原 (Sooni koogen). It's a god-forsaken place I ever reached in Japan I think.lolz. Even so, the place is complete with internet connection. That's why I love Japan! everywhere you go, internet is available. After the camp finished, we went to Gifu for a General Meeting with other committees. Never heard of Gifu? Look here please. Honestly speaking, I found nothing interesting in Gifu. It would be better if there's subways in Gifu.

I managed to get to the famous Gifu Castle, on top of the Mount Kinka. It's located approximately 20~25km from Gifu station. To get to Gifu Park, you can board buses operated by Gifu Bus at either JR Gifu Station (Bus Platform 11 or 12) or Meitetsu Gifu Station (Bus Platform 4). The bus takes approximately 15 minutes to get to the bus stop for Gifu Park and the Museum of History (Gifu Kōen, Rekishi Hakubutsukan-mae). As for me, I got lost when I boarded a wrong bus and had to take a taxi to the Gifu Park. duhh~~

Once you enter the Gifu Park's compound, you'll be astounded by the amazing Japanese park, conserved from the Japan's Sengoku (Warring Nation) period. From there, you can see the castle on top of the hill. There's two way to get to the castle. If you're on diet or prefer to 'savor' the nature around the hill, you can take a trail which takes about an hour to reach the top. Savvy? As for alternate route, there's a cable car provided with a cost of 1,050 yen a person, every 15 minutes. Once you arrived there, you'll have to take a little walk to reach the castle. As for me, it was a bloody trekking as it was winter and the trail became slippery of ice! Interesting eh? Along the trail, you will find some historical sites such as walls and gates.

Gifu castle. Gifu Castle was first built by the Nikaidō clan between 1201 and 1204 during the Kamakura Period.Originally called Inabayama Castle, Gifu Castle has gone through many numbers of repairs over the course of several generations. Even though it was famous as a physically powerful castle, it was once taken over by a mere sixteen men. A mountain type castle, which stands proud on top of Mount Kinka. Unfortunately, it wasn't an original castle from 400 years ago. The original one was burnt down by fire during the World War 2 bombing. The site are still the same. It was being rebuilt in 1950 with concretes. It is a 3 floors castle which exhibits weaponry on the first floor, Shogun who used to live there on the second floor, and an observation deck at the top floor, where visitors can enjoy 360 degrees panoramic view of Gifu City. For Samurai's enthusiasts, there are rows of Samurai armor displayed on the second floor. Just outside the castle, there's a museum which displays original artifacts and weaponry.

If you're lucky enough, enjoy the sunset view from an observation deck not far from the castle. You'll feel it's worth to get to the castle.As a memoir, don't forget to stop by at the souvenirs shop when you get down from the hill.

Several days later, I went to Gifu mosque. Located at Furuichiba Higashimachida 8, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture (Southeast of Gifu University)〒501-1125 岐阜県岐阜市古市場東町田8番(岐阜大学南東). This is the second mosque I visited since I lived in Japan, after Sapporo Mosque. The white mosque was surrounded by a large paddy fields. The construction of the mosque started on October 25, 2007 and completed on June 30, 2008.Yeah, I'm very proud of Islamic symbol in a non-Muslim country like Japan. May the surrounding residents be given hidayah by Allah to know Islam better.

Next stop, Nagoya. Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshū, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Moji. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chūkyō Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.17 million live in the city of Nagoya. . In Nagoya, lots of Malaysian students reside there, thus adding to Muslim's population in Nagoya. The 3rd mosque, Nagoya Mosque Adress: 2-26-7 Honjindori, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan 453-0041. Nearby, there's a kebab restaurant, owned by a Turkish. It's been almost a year since I ate my last kebab. Only God knows how's it feels to eat the kebab again. Not far from the mosque, there's a Halal premise, thanks to brothers from India and Pakistan. Specialty, Biryani and Naan. voila!

One of Nagoya's iconic places is Nagoya Castle. Thanks for the lack of info, my friends and I ended up outside the compound. Why? It's January 1st. 'Hari raya' for Japanese, I can say. Fools. lolz. That night, we try to get to Subway, the fast food restaurant. Failed again. baaahhhh... we then get back to Gifu for another overnight at my friend's house. Disappointed.

Well, no luck this time. In Japan, each prefectures have their own specialty. As for Nagoya, it's specialty is 'unagi-pie'(eel pie). It's shapes looks like a sliced eel and tastes like butter cookies. You got to try it, really!
If you have chance, go explore the world! Malay maxim, Jauh perjalanan, luas pemandangan. Means, the further you travel, the wider your view will be (experiences).