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For the love of books..don’t BURN them!

I have a daughter who is in Year 1 and she’s learning Mathematics and Science in English. Thing is, she goes to a village school where 99% of the population don’t speak English. My cousins are falling for the same fate as well because they go to the same school. My mother and my aunty have done their bit to help in every way they can. It may be odd, but they try to speak and use the English language as much as they can so that my daughter and her second cousins won’t fall out just because they can’t master the English language. And we are not being less Malay by not speaking Malay. It is weird to be surrounded by all those chickens and cows and plantation and not speaking Malay. English is considered such a ‘posh’ language that most villagers look at them as if they are forgetting our roots. But the fact is we are trying not to forget our roots. We are trying to make it better. Until a group of Malaysians are bright enough to come up with a way to rapidly translate all the valuable knowledge to Bahasa for our new generations to acquire, I would rather that my daughter knows English so that she can get it first hand. One of the reasons that hinders us from getting better at the language is because books in English are just too expensive and not a lot of second hand books are around. My mother has dedicated her life in buying all the books she can, new and second hand to compile them into a mini library at home. We are the only home in that village that has ASTRO (cable) and internet access. At first I did not agree for them to move back to the village my father was born but my mother said it was time to give back to society what society has given to her. Once being a poor girl in a village my mother struggled to excel in her studies. The key to her success, she loves to read and would read anything she could get her hands on. Even with the internet, just like me, my mother would go back to books. Books to her a far more better. 

I think people should read more that’s all. Ours is not a reading culture and to improve your language you need to read and speak more. And language is about conveying your thoughts so if you mind isn’t developed, you wont be able to write well anyway. But having said that, books are expensive.. Anonymous – commented on Education Malaysia 

But in other parts of the world, books are so cheap that nobody wants them anymore. People could buy them just for a mere USD$1 (that’s about RM3.50). Imagine that. A second hand book in stores here would still cost about RM15 at least.  

“During these ten years we have seen reading decline dramatically. The National endowment of for Arts study on literary literacy in America which painfully highlighted the rapid decline of reading in
America. In our own community, we’ve watched as bookstore after bookstore has folded. Yesterday, we performed an act of art – a wakeup call to all who value books and ideas. Over the last 10 years, Prospero’s Books has 20,000 books we’ve collected that people simply will not read. We receive hundreds more each week. “ Prospero’s Bookstore Will Leathem & Tom Wayne

And because people dont want to buy them and libraries dont want to take them, they are doing and act of art – by burning them. Just as quoted by Joseph Brodskey – There are worse crimes than burning books, one is not reading them..I know there are Malaysian out there that can afford this. If you are a book lover, would love to save those books or donate them, please do so by contacting

Prospero’s Bookstore Will Leathem & Tom
Wayne

Prospero’s Books —

1800 West 39th Street


Kansas City, Missouri 64111

PHONE: 816.531.WORD   EMAIL: info@prosperosbookstore.com. And for Malaysians who are in the States, do your part as well by saving and buying these books. If you don’t want to keep them, bring them back to your society who greatly needs them. I personally am doing this write up, because for the love of books, for the love of knowledge and for my wish that my society will become a better one. 

To view my poems & fiction – http://faythepoet.wordpress.com

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Jordan Sparks is winner of American Idol 6

 

The daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, Jordan Sparks is crown winner of American Idol year 6. The viewers gave her a majority of the record 74 million votes cast.

Sparks, is considered the youngest person ever to win this. She is 17. 

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Pirates of the Caribbean 3 – It was DAMN good!!

Thank Kenny Roger’s Rosters for making my wish come true. It was truely a great chance to be able to watch this at the friction of the cost (movie tickets will be sold at RM12.00 instead of the usual RM10.00 – thats what I heard. I paid a Kenny Roger’s meal with a muffin at around RM13.00 tops for a chance to win 2 premier tickets!)  –

I think I held my breath through out the whole movie. OMG. I was glued to the movie screen from one scene to another.

There were a few parts that were hilarious and some totally ridiculous. I mean when Chow Yuen Fatt said “Welcome to Singapore”. He sounded more like a Hongkie than a Singaporean. Besides, don’t Singaporean speak Mandarin and not Kantonese??? ney yao mo gao chor aa tai lo

But I truly recommend you watch it. Will there be a Pirates of the Caribbean 4? Odds are YES!


 

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SEX EDUCATION – 18SX

Funny that when most of us see the word 18sx, we quickly rush to click and see the contents of the blog.

Infact anything that has to with our famous rating from the censorship board will attract people without fail.

Does this show one main factor? That we need sex education to even educate the majority of people in the Malaysian Society? Or are we just curious.

But sex is such a taboo word in our society, especially since it’s a muslim one. Our forefathers have made sure that sex is evil & sex is dirty.

It is not. Islam recognizes the power of sexual need, but the subject is discussed in the Quran and the saying of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a serious manner, in regard to marital and family life. Parents should familiarize themselves with this body of knowledge.

And it shouldn’t be given when at the age of 18. Islamic sex ed should be taught at home starting at an early age. Before giving education about anatomy and physiology, the belief in the Creator should be well established. As Dostoevsky put it, “Without God, everything is possible,” meaning that the lack of belief or awareness of God gives an OK for wrongdoing.

A father should teach his son and a mother should teach her daughter. In the absence of a willing parent, the next best choice should be a Muslim male teacher (preferably a physician) for boys and a Muslim female teacher (preferably a physician) for a girl at the Islamic Sunday school.

The curriculum should be tailored according to age of the child and classes be held separately. Only pertinent answers to a question should be given. By this I mean that if a five year old asks how he or she got into mommie’s stomach, there is no need to describe the whole act of intercourse. Similarly it is not necessary to tell a fourteen year old how to put on condoms. This might be taught in premarital class just before his or her marriage. A curriculum for sex ed should Include:
 

CURRICULUM FOR ISLAMIC SEX EDUCATION


a. Sexual growth and development
* Time table for puberty
* Physical changes during puberty
* Need for family life

b. Physiology of reproductive system
* For girls- the organ, menstruation, premenstrual syndrome
* For boys- the organ, the sex drive

c. Conception, development of fetus and birth

d. Sexually transmitted disease (VD/AIDS) (emphasize the Islamic aspect)

e. Mental, emotional and social aspects of puberty

f Social, moral and religious ethics

g. How to avoid peer pressure


SO…don’t assume that sex is always 18sx. Sex in terms of education in the perspective of Islam, should be taught at an early age WHEN the belief in the Creator ALLAH SWT has been well established.

That’s a point to ponder.

source – SEX EDUCATION: AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE (Edited by Shahid Athar , M. D.)

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Party Drinker, Party Popper – An Advice for a friend for a friend

A good friend of mine ask me a question yesterday. How do I advise someone I care, that he is destroying himself by going to clubs and getting drunk every night.

I told him, this required an answer that was in a form of a blog…*wink*

Actually, it meant that I had to find a few resources before I could actually provide an answer.

Most muslims know that any form of deformation to Allah’s creation is haram and forbidden.

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

“According to the teachings of Islam, our body – including all of our physical faculties – is a trust from Allah and we are required to protect and preserve it according to the best of our ability. Consequently, we are not allowed to alter or tamper with our physical faculties unnecessarily; we are only permitted to interfere with them in order to correct a natural deformity or repair or remedy an ailment. Any other form of interference or tampering with our body is akin to altering Allah’s creation which has been condemned in the Qur’an.

We read in the Qur’an that Satan, the accursed one, has pledged to Allah that he will be tirelessly working to lead humans unto ways of perdition and self-destruction: “… ‘And I will surely lead them astray, and arouse desires in them, and command them and they will cut the cattle’s ears, and I will surely command them and they will change Allah’s creation.’ Whoever chooses the Devil for a friend instead of Allah is assuredly a loser, and his loss is manifest.” (An-Nisa’: 119)

While reflecting on the above verse, we must also read the following statements of Allah in the Qur’an: “There is no altering Allah’s creation.” (Ar-Rum: 30); “And do not cast yourselves into destruction by your own hands.” (Al-Baqarah: 195)

…cast yourselves into destruction by your own hands.

Isnt that exactly what you do by going to clubs and getting drunk every night.

Destruction by your own hands – Number 1

My friend mentioned that this person like to do this because it releases tensions. I personally don’t believe this.

In a study done by O’Donnell, K., Wardle, J., Dantzer, C., and Steptoe, A. – Alcohol Consumption and Symptoms of Depression in Young Adults From 20 Countries, showed that there is an association between alcohol consumption and depressive symptoms in young adults.

Therefor, if you are drinking to get rid of your problems or to feel good, you are actually making yourself more depressive that ever.

Which makes sense why you feel the need to go clubbing and drink again, night after night.

 Destruction by your own hands – Number 2

Binge Drinking Affects Brain, Memory.

“Young people who binge drink could be risking serious damage to their brains now and increasing memory loss later in adulthood, according to new research. Adolescents may be even more vulnerable to brain damage from excessive drinking than older drinkers”

I think proper expression to use here is that when you drink, you’re actually frying your brain.

Destruction by your own hands – Number 3

 

Alcohol poisoning
A result of drinking too much too quickly. Others who are naïve at the party may think that you are just sleeping it off, but it fact its only mere seconds before you die.

How many of us have seen our friends who have just had one too many, pass out, vomit while he pass out, either just laugh back at the guy and say “you’ve had too many my friend” or just leave him as he is?

Chances are, most of us are just too naïve to know what Alcohol Poisoning is. It may look like as if the person has just passed out.

Infact, if it was you who passed out, your friends are ignorant to this condition, chances are, they will let you die without them knowing it.


Destruction by your own hands – Number 4

Alcohol Liver Disease

What happends? You turn yellow, as if someone painted you with tumeric paste all over. (freaky??)  Your eyes sink into your head. Your belly might blow up.

And then you die…your body in that condition, that is if you don’t stop drinking.

Chances are when you reach this stage? You may be too addicted to stop and you refuse to stop.

Destruction by your own hands – Number 5

You wont be able to get it up, for men that is. Not just once, but at one point, you might just totally lose it.

Alcohol has also been implicated as a cause of impotence. In small doses, alcohol releases inhibitions, but in doses larger than one drink, it can depress the central nervous system and impair sexual function.

Infrequent erections deprive the penis of oxygen-rich blood. Without daily erections, collagen production increases and eventually may form a tough tissue that interferes with blood flow. The spontaneous erection men experience while sleeping or awake may be a natural protection against this process.

I’m sure there are a lot more of other sympthoms that are attributed by alcohol. But considering the fact that this person my friend cares about also loves to hang out at clubs or night spots to drink, he is not only “killing himself” by drinking but also being at the clubs themselves.

Little do we know, though even if we dont smoke, being in clubs such alike, we are exposing ourselves to second hand smoking. Studies shows that exposure to second hand smoking is causes death, disease and disability. There is an interesting write up on this at wikipedia.


How to Talk to a Friend
When His/Her Drinking is Causing Problems
Alcohol can effect you even if you’re not drinking.
These second hand drinking effects for the non-drinker
can include: having sleep interrupted, having clothing
soiled due to a date’s or roommate’s vomit, experiencing
a group sanction due to the irresponsible behavior
of a few group members, or receiving a verbal or physical
threat from an intoxicated friend.

“How will I know when to say something?”
You’ll know when you experience a “gut” feeling that something is
wrong; for example, the person’s drinking isn’t normal,
is out of control, or makes you feel worried or uncomfortable.
The thought of talking to friends about their drinking
frequently makes people feel apprehensive, anxious,
and fearful. It is however the most caring thing a person
can do for a friend. You don’t need to wait until your
friend has an out-of-control “problem” before speaking
up. By waiting you would become an “enabler” (one who
allows a problem to continue or even get worse).

“What do I say?”
A format that works well is “I care, I see, I feel, I want, I will.” Choose words that fit your style.

I care. Let the person know that you are concerned about him or her and because of
the significance of the relationship, you need to discuss something important.
Throughout your discussion, stress the fact that you are doing this out of genuine
concern, friendship, and/or love.

I see. Review factual events. “Last Tuesday night you got drunk and missed your
exam the next day. You also vomited three times but didn’t remember any of it the
next day.” Stick to observable, irrefutable facts. The more facts you have, the stronger
your presentation will be. If need be, write them down.

I feel. Tell the individual your honest reaction. “It really scares me to see you like
that,” or “I was furious when you made degrading remarks to my girl/boy friend.”
Let the person know how you felt, using “I” statements (“I was upset…”) which are
incontrovertible rather than “you” statements (“You have a problem…”) which can
be refuted and sound blaming.

I want. Tell the individual what you would like to see happen. “I’d like to see you get
some help from the Substance Abuse Educator,” or, “I want you to talk to with someone
at the Counseling Center.”


I will. This can be the most challenging part of the conversation. Specify what you
will or will not do. “I will walk with you to get help,” or, “I really enjoy our friendship,
but in good conscience, I cannot continue to drink with you,” or, “If you will work on
this issue, I will do everything I can to help, but if you don’t go for help, I can’t
continue in this relationship,” or “I can’t continue to enable your drinking, so I
won’t be covering up for you in front of the RA any longer.” As a friend, you have a
right to avoid situations that make you uncomfortable. Be careful to set bottom lines
only if you can stick with them.

“What if my friend becomes angry?” Be prepared for anger. Recognize that normal
drinkers don’t become angry when their drinking is discussed. However, problem
drinkers may use anger to keep others from addressing their drinking. Don’t take
the anger personally. A rule of thumb is that the angrier a person becomes, the more
serious the problem is. Thus, the extent of the anger is actually a barometer of the
problem.

“How do I know if I’ve succeeded?” For the purposes of your peer intervention, a
successful confrontation is one that has happened because you had the courage to
make it happen. Even if there is no immediate result, the cumulative effect of similar
messages over time may eventually lead the person to seek help or to change behavior.

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Wedding Videos & Photos of HM Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim

Photos from Bernama 

I must say the recent photos and videos of my senior HM Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim really shows that she is living her “Cinderella” moment.

She has blossom into a really elegant and poise princess. Really looks like one of those scenes from the Princess Diaries (only the Royal Crown Prince here is much much more better – educated, versatile and humble).

I remember what my dad used to say, that HM Royal Crown Prince of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah is a man of great virtue. He is a huge supporter in the education field.

I guess the next photos and videos we would be looking out for are of the beautiful royal babies from this lovely couple right?

The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad through its eMedia website has provided us a fair share of the Royal Wedding Video and Photos.Below are the listing. Enjoy viewing.
 

Videos

• Sultan Kedah dan Sultanah Kedah bersama Sultan Perak dan Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Bainun berangkat menghadiri Istiadat persandingan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara.
• Pesta Panjut di sepanjang tebing Sungai Perak sempena Majlis Perkahwinan Diraja.
• Istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara di Istana Iskandariah.
• Darjah kebesaran dan tetamu yang turut hadir ke Istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara di Istana Iskandariah.
• Tuanku Zara Salim, yang diijabkabulkan dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah semalam, diisytiharkan sebagai Raja Puan Besar Perak pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Tuanku Zara Salim pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara di Istana Iskandariah.
• Upacara akad nikah
The solemnisation ceremony
• Keberangkatan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin ke Balai Istiadat, Istana Iskandariah.
• Persembahan bingkisan-bingkisan hantaran untuk dikurniakan kepada Raja Muda Perak pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja di Balai Istiadat, Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Upacara menyarung cincin.
• Upacara mewakilkan wali untuk majlis akad nikah.
• Preparation for the big day. Persediaan Majlis Perkahwinan Diraja

Photos
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara pada istiadat Santapan DiRaja.
• Sultan Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah dan Sultanah Kedah Sultanah Haminah Hamidun, Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah dan Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun serta Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah berangkat menghadiri Santapan DiRaja.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara berangkat masuk ke Dewan Santapan bagi istiadat Santapan DiRaja selepas istiadat persandingan baginda berdua di Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara berangkat masuk ke Dewan Santapan bagi istiadat Santapan DiRaja selepas istiadat persandingan baginda dan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah di Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara bersanding dengan penuh adat istiadat dan gilang gemilang di atas Singgahsana di Balairong Seri, Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara mengaminkan doa yang dibaca Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria selepas berakhirnya upacara merenjis.
• Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara mencium tangan bonda baginda Sharifah Azaliah Syed Omar Shahabuddin selepas merenjis baginda dan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah pada istiadat Persandingan Diraja.
• Salim Davidson, ayahanda Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara, merenjis baginda dan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah pada istiadat Persandingan Diraja.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara masing-masing segak dan ayu bersanding di atas Pelamin Diraja di Balairong Seri, Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara masing-masing segak dan ayu bersanding di atas Pelamin Diraja di Balairong Seri, Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Timbalannya Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak dan isteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor serta ibu Mohd Najib Tun Rahah Mohd Noah turut menghadiri istiadat Persandingan Diraja.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara berangkat masuk menuju ke Singgahsana untuk istiadat Persandingan DiRaja di Balairong Seri, Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara menjadi tumpuan tetamu ketika berangkat masuk menuju ke Singgahsana untuk istiadat Persandingan DiRaja di Balairong Seri, Istana Iskandariah Bukit Chandan.
• Bandar Diraja ini bagaikan taman cahaya apabila pertunjukan bunga api diadakan selama setengah jam mulai 9.25 malam bagi meraikan kemuncak istiadat Perkahwinan DiRaja
• Tebing Sungai Perak bermandikan cahaya pelita pada Pesta Panjut dua hari bermula malam tadi sempena istiadat Perkahwinan Raja Muda Perak Raja Muda Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Persiapan berjalan lancar di Arena Square di sini sempena istiadat Perkahwinan Diraja antara Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Raja Perempuan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara.
• Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah berkenan menganugerahkan Darjah Kerabat Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah Perak Yang Dihormati (DKSA), yang membawa gelaran “Datuk Seri” yang juga darjah tertinggi untuk anggota keluarga DiRaja Perak, kepada Tuanku Zara Salim pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran di Istana Iskandariah.
• Gambar peribadi himpunan Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim (tengah) menunjukkan baginda diapit adinda-adinda ipar (dari kanan) Raja Datuk Seri Yong Sofia, Raja Datuk Seri Eleena, Raja Datuk Seri Azureen serta biras Datin Seri Noraini Jane pada hari pertunangan.
• Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah (kiri) dan Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun berangkat beredar dari Dewan Istiadat selepas istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara Salim di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Tuanku Zara Salim, yang diijabkabulkan dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah semalam, diisytiharkan sebagai Raja Puan Besar Perak pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah (duduk, kiri) dan Tuanku Zara Salim (duduk, kanan) pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah berkenan menganugerahkan Darjah Kerabat Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah Perak Yang Dihormati (DKSA), darjah tertinggi untuk anggota keluarga DiRaja Perak, kepada Tuanku Zara Salim pada istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Ibu bapa Tuanku Zara Salim, Salim Davidson (kiri) dan Sharifah Azaliah Syed Omar Shahabudin (dua, kiri) menghadiri istiadat Pelantikan dan Perisytiharan Gelaran Raja Puan Besar Perak ke atas Tuanku Zara di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Bunga rampai yang diletakkan dalam lima bekas kristal antara sembilan Pahar Bingkisan Diraja yang dikurniakan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Tas tangan berwarna emas antara Bingkisan Diraja Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah untuk dikurniakan kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Sirih junjung tiga tingkat dengan juraian bunga melur antara sembilan Pahar Bingkisan Diraja yang dikurniakan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan di sini akan menjadi tumpuan ramai sempena istiadat perkahwinan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Cik Zara Salim Davidson.
• Tiara bertatah berlian antara sembilan pahar Bingkisan Diraja kurniaan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin mengurniakan sembilan pahar Bingkisan Diraja bersadur emas dan beralas baldu kuning kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Wangi-wangian antara sembilan Pahar Bingkisan Diraja yang dikurniakan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin kepada Zara Salim Davidson.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah diberi penerangan oleh Pegawai Daerah Kuala Kangsar Datuk Mohd Ghazali Jalal (tengah) ketika meninjau persiapan Jamuan Rakyat di Arena Square.
• Salim Davidson menandatangani borang mewakilkan wali nikah kepada Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria (kanan) untuk menikahkan anaknya Zara dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, di Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah menyarungkan cincin emas bertatah berlian ke jari manis Zara Salim Davidson semasa upacara menyarung cincin pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja.
• Zara Salim Davidson mengaminkan doa selepas selamat diijabkabulkan dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah khusyuk mengaminkan doa yang dibaca Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria selepas selesai diijabkabulkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dinikahkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson oleh Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja di Balai Istiadat, Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Zara Salim Davidson ketika istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja beliau dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah di Balai Istiadat, Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan.
• Zara Salim Davidson, yang memakai busana pengantin rekaan Radzwan Razwill, kelihatan ceria di atas peterana ketika istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja.
• Antara himpunan gambar peribadi Cik Zara Salim Davidson, yang akan melangsungkan perkahwinan dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah segak berpakaian Baju Melayu putih lengkap bersampin songket putih kuning berbunga emas sebelum diijabkabulkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin mengurniakan sembilan pahar Bingkisan Diraja bersadur emas dan beralas baldu kuning kepada Zara Salim Davidson pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja.
• Zara Salim Davidson mempersembahkan 11 pahar bingkisan perak dengan kemasan emas beralaskan baldu kuning dihiasi dengan ros putih kepada Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah khusyuk mengaminkan doa yang dibaca Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria selepas selesai diijabkabulkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson
• Para jejawat membawa masuk sembilan pahar Bingkisan Diraja Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah untuk Zara Salim Davidson sebelum bermulanya istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja
• Zara Salim Davidson menyarung cincin perak ke jari manis Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah semasa upacara menyarung cincin pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja
• Sejadah dan seuntai tasbih antara Bingkisan Diraja Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah untuk dikurniakan kepada Zara Salim Davidson
• Raja Kecil Tengah Raja Datuk Seri Ashman Shah (tengah) dan adinda ipar baginda Tunku Kamil Tunku Rijaldin (kanan) melihat Bingkisan Diraja Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah untuk Zara Salim Davidson
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah bersiap sedia sebelum diijabkabulkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson
• Zara Salim Davidson memeluk ibunya Sharifah Azaliah Tan Sri Syed Omar Shahabudin (kanan) selepas diijabkabulkan dengan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah
• Tepak sirih dua tingkat berkerawang emas dihiasi dengan bunga hirisan pinang dan kapur antara Bingkisan Diraja Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah untuk dikurniakan kepada Zara Salim Davidson
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah mengurniakan mas kahwin berupa 240 gram emas tulen kepada Zara Salim Davidson
• Rantai, kerongsang dan anting-anting antara set perhiasan diri termasuk tiara bertatah berlian yang dikurniakan Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah kepada Zara Salim Davidson
• Kad undangan ke istiadat perkahwinan diraja antara Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dan Cik Zara Salim Davidson
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah dinikahkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson oleh Mufti Perak Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja di Balai Istiadat, Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan di sini, hari ini.
• Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah segak berpakaian Baju Melayu putih lengkap bersampin songket putih kuning berbunga emas sebelum diijabkabulkan dengan Zara Salim Davidson pada istiadat Akad Nikah DiRaja.
• Pekerja sedang menyiapkan sulaman tekat benang emas untuk dijadikan kusyen yang akan digunakan di majlis perkahwinan DiRaja.
• Dua orang pekerja sedang sibuk memasang lampu hiasan di jalan taiping-kuala kangsar dekat kuala kangsar.
• Pekerja sedang memasang memeriksa lampu perhiasan yang dipasang dimenara jam bagi memeriahkan suasana pekan kuala kangsar sempena majlis perkahwinan raja muda perak.
• Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr.Nazrin Shah menyampaikan ucapan tahniah.
• Petugas-petugas Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan di sini melakukan persiapan saat-saat akhir menjelang istiadat perkahwinan DiRaja Perak esok.

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Lose 20 pounds via Beyonce’s Diet

I love maple syrup with waffles and toast. I also love them with those ready-mixed boxes of flapjacks you can make your own at home – they come free with a packet of maple syrup.

Thus, behold ever famous Ms Beyonce Knowles with her Maple Syrup diet. She reportedly lost 6 pounds in 10 days on the maple syrup diet and drank the concoction up to 10 times a day.

But a diet concoction of maple syrup (Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup) mixed with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper? I’m guessing not only you will need a whole fire department squad to calm those gastric juices when you chug this nasty drink down, but I bet it might even send you to the nearest emergency ward, says Dietician Alison Chipperfield, who works with British group Weight Concern.

I had major concerns coz my junior at work just asked me about it

Without laboring the point – living on a maple syrup concoction for days on end will probably leave you: weak, with less muscle, a lot less glycogen (in the form of fluid loss), and probably very grumpy. Give this a wide berth – diet-blog

Similar notes and points have been made by weightlossresources  Consultant Dietitian Juliette Kellow BSc RD

However she herself has warned other of how dangerous this diet is. In an interview on the BBC Breakfast program, she said “I would never recommend it to anyone unless you are doing a movie and it’s necessary, and you have proper help.” – thecelebritycafe

But a look at notes made by naturopath and osteopath, Janine Leach ND, DO, PhD, Hon MFPHM, with proper supervision of a practitioner, “is very much in harmony with naturopathic principles”. (for more information, read the Detoxifying with the Lemon Diet by Janine Leach ND, DO, PhD, HonMFPHM
The verdict –

So I think we are all mature and brilliant enough to decide what is best for our own bodies.

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