A Date with Patrick J. Adams

I don’t post much here but if you are a friend on Facebook, or following me on Twitter, you would probably know I’m a huge Suits fan. New York, law, witty jokes, dashing actors and actresses, and particularly my kind of lead actor – what there not to love?

Yesterday, I got invited to a private party at the Royal Room Pan Pacific for a chance get up close and (umm, too) personal with Patrick J. Adams, aka Mike Ross. He’s exactly my type of guy – tall, skinny, sharp features and awkward. Yes, awkward. I love awkward guys. Heh.

Enjoy the pictures! Just don’t kill me yet.

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First red carpet event for me! Haha of course I’m just a fan girl hogging the red carpet. Not in a position to be there without a free pass lol.

ImageLook at how gorgeous Patrick J Adams is!

ImageStill melting…

ImageAs much as I want Patrick to myself, I must admit Troian and Patrick look really good together.

ImageShe was wearing heels but I bet we’re the same height.

ImageHEHEHEHEHEHHE look at my gushing face!

ImageAsked them to smile for the camera and they gave me this! Hehe

And so with that, my birthday wish came true. Also, I’m thinking that if teaching doesn’t work out, I wouldn’t mind doing Public Relations. So many new friends made yesterday!

Hong Kong 2012: Part One

This post is long overdue. I sincerely apologize to those who were waiting for it. It’s been almost a month and a half into the new school year which means I’m swamped with lesson planning and what not. I certainly miss my trip up to Hong Kong, mainly because I miss dressing up to cold weather. I’ve yet to finish uploading the photos of Facebook, so please pardon the lack of photos.

Day One – 24 Dec 2012: Arrival in Hong Kong

Check in at hostel:

Yes Inn Hostel

FLAT B, 5/F, FRONT BLOCK, CONTINENTAL MANSION, 294 KING’S RD, FORTRESS HILL, HONG KONG

SGD 60 per night or so
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We went straight to our hostel at Fortress Hill from the airport to dump our stuff. Small but cosy hostel. Wifi was very strong because I could still download movies on my iPad mini. Heh. The first day was pretty much just getting ourselves acquainted to the city, and hunt for halal food. Alhamdulillah we managed to find the street where all the halal food were at. Boy were we famished!

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Nearly wanted to buy camera equipment there but I was scared I’d get conned or something.

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This was a ginormous bookshop opposite the Turkish restaurant we had lunch at. Too bad we didn’t go in. It would have been dangerous though.

Day Two – 25 Dec 2012: DISNEYLAAAAANNDDDD and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Transport: MTR which is super fast and efficient

A funny story happened while we were on the way to Disneyland, though. We needed to transfer to another train at an interchange, like when we change at City Hall here? So suddenly everyone was running for the Disneyland train. I looked at Aisyah, puzzled, wondering why everyone was running. She grabbed my hand and ran towards the train as well. We came in, we knew why everyone was running. Let the pictures do the talking.

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How cute was this!!!! I really didn’t have the heart to eat Mickey but I was too hungry!

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Where dreams can come true for little while – Disneyland. I really wish I was a princess.

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Aisyah and me! We got the Disneyland staff to help us take this photo.

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And surprise! There was halal food!

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I thought this buildings looked a bit like the old Geylang. It’s kinda scary though, how small and cramped the apartments are.

Day Three – 26 Dec 2012: Ngong Ping and Citygate Outlets

Transport: MTR and Cable car

We headed to Ngong Ping island via MTR, then took the cable car. Aisyah insisted on taking the crystal cabin, which of course terrified me. I have a terrible fear of heights (and people respond saying “BUT YOU’RE TALL!!” – being tall doesn’t mean I can’t be afraid of heights -.-). I was pretty much stuck on my seat, and didn’t move around but Aisyah and the family who shared the cabin with us were happily walking around the small cabin snapping photos. Oh well. At least I conquered my fear of heights. Haha.

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My model for the trip. I’ve got loads of photos of Aisyah which I have yet to upload.

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The view from the cable car. Awesome view, I must say!

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The hills are aliiiivveeeeee with the sound of musiiiicccc~~~

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Ebeneezer’s Kebab! Awesome good halal food! This was in Ngong Ping by the way. I’m telling ya, Hong Kong has A LOT of halal food joints.

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Tadaa! Sedap nak mampos okay.

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Cute doggie!

I really wish I could write more but I think this would suffice for now. Let me clear my work stuff first before I continue on with part two.

Say “I’m Fine, Alhamdulillah.”

I’ve recently signed up for classes titled ‘Lessons from the Big Screen’ with Safinah Institute with Ustaz Mizi Wahid. We’ve had 4 sessions now, although I’ve only attended two because of work commitments. Anyhows, at the end of each lesson, he assigns us some questions to ponder over the next week before we meet again. Last Friday’s session was a bit painful, so I decided I should write my thoughts out. After all, writing will always be my first love.

The class structure is such that we watch a movie that relates to the particular topic Ustaz has chosen, then we have a short discussion about it. Not really to critique the movie but more to absorb what we have learnt from it. So last week, we were watching Everybody’s Fine, featuring Robert De Niro. I knew I fell in love with the film at first scene. You know how artsy-fartsy I can get with my shots and all, and the film was shot exactly the way I would do it. Sigh. I really need to starting writing and making films again… but that shall be for another post.

Basically the story evolves around Frank (Robert De Niro) who is a recently widowed man having lost his wife a few months back just after Christmas. One day, after all his four kids cancelled on him for dinner, he decides to pay them a visit instead of waiting for them to come over to his place. The synopsis from iMDB is as follows:

A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.

Pretty much a shorter version of what I wrote. Damn. I won’t spoil the story for you but I would suggest you watch the film yourselves. It’s emotional, touching and so real. I was crying even we were discussing the film (yeah right Sham you cry during every movie you watch *rolls eyes*).

Ustaz asked us if we are ever really ‘fine’. Challenges and problems will always be a part of being a true believer. We can never run away from problems. In fact, being tested is all part of being Muslim.

“Do the people think that they will be left to say ‘We believe’ and they will not be tried?”

[29:2]

We often hide our problems, some of us using that as an escape. Don’t think about the problem, and it won’t be there. But what is ironic is that we usually hide them from those who are closest to us. We fear for unnecessary concerns or worry from those closest to us. It is necessary, though, to have a confidante, someone to hear you out.

The thing is, our problems and challenges are a sign of love from God. He wants us to remain in faith even through the most turbulent times. In facing and handling the challenge, we earn God’s pleasure (mardhatillah) which is the key to Jannah.

“The greatest reward comes from the greatest trial. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accept it gains the pleasure of Allah and whoever complains earns His wrath.”

– Narrated by Tirmizi and Ibnu Majah

We don’t realise it but God gives you the current problem to remove you from eternal sorrow. You know how fitspo blogs say ‘pain in temporary’ when they motivate you to exercise? It’s pretty much the same thing!

“When Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and when He wills bad for His slave, He withholds his sins until he comes with them on the Day of Resurrection.”

– Narrated by Tirmizi and Albanee

How we deal with our problems will reveal our true character, and indeed, God only wants the best for us. The more pressure and problems He puts us through, the better we become. Rihanna sang Bright Like a Diamond, right? So should we! True loss happens when a man faces a trial and he turns away from God.

“Whoever Allah wants good for him, He puts them to test. He puts them through difficulties. Like a diamond or some metal that has to be burnt and then that which is bad from it is removed so that you have that which is the pure diamond or the pure gold or whatever. Put them to tests, trials and difficulties.”

– Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim

So there you have it, some of the takeaways from last week’s lesson. I hope I am disciplined enough to make this a weekly entry so everyone can benefit.

InshaAllah Kheir 🙂