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Thursday, 31 January 2013

MINORHAJJ/ PILGRIMAGE JOURNEY in Uzbekistan

Picture taken at Khiva

 Minor Hajj is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith though sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening, or of their connection (visual or verbal) with the divine, or to locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to live or be “housed,” or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers. Such sites may be commemorated with shrines or temples that devotees are encouraged to visit for their own spiritual benefit: to be healed or have questions answered or to achieve some other spiritual benefit. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim.

The Holy Land acts as a focal point for the pilgrimages of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation and connect personally to the Land. The pilgrimage is conducted during Zul-Hijjah, the last month of the Muslim’s lunar calendar.
The Ark at Bukhara
In the country, there are many historical monuments relating to the origin, pervasion and spread of Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and of course Islam, in the 8th century making Uzbekistan as a sacred country practicing minor pilgrimage.
Invasions in TASHKENT and natural calamities, including the devastating earthquake in 1966 has swept most of the medieval buildings of the ancient past. However, there are still many masterpieces of the Islamic culture such as the Madrassah of Kulkeldash constructed by the most power full vizier Kulkeldash which is one of the leading Muslim theological education establishments in the whole Central Asia. Another example is the Sheikhantaur Mausoleum, named after Sheikh Hovandi Takhur who is very much respected by the Muslims in the 15th century or better known as ”wise of the wisest”. The Barak-Khan Madrassah housed Uzbekistan’s Office of Spiritual Administration of Muslims since the 16th century till today. The Hazarati Imam Complex comprises of a few structures. One of the structures is the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum which was constructed in honour of Imam Mohammed Abu-bakra Ali ibn Ismail Al Kaffal Al Shashi who was born in the Shash region (Tashkent today) and was given the title “Great Imam”. The Barak- Khan Madrassah housed the most valuable “Ottoman Koran” the primary source of the holy manuscripts of Islam. The Zangi-ota Mausoleum is where Saint “Dark Father”, the most honourable shepherd gazer in the 15th century was buried. In 2007, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) have named Tashkent as the Capital of Islamic Culture.
Ismail Samani Mausoleum
SAMARKAND which was founded more than 2750 years ago is home to fascinating historical monuments. The focus of its beauty is the Registan better known as “Sandy Place”. It is the most magnificent landmark in Samarkand. It consists of three madrassahs. Besides that, the Bibi Khanum Mosqueand Gur Emir Mausoleum feature beautiful architecture such as their interior and exterior inscription decor. The Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble is the most important pilgrimage site for both locals and tourists. The same goes to the Imam al-Bukhari Mausoleum which can accommodate more than 1500 worshippers at one time and a visit to this shrine is considered by the Muslims to be equal to a minor Hajj.
Madrassah of Kukeldash
As SAMARKAND was the centre of commerce, BUKHARA on the other hand became the empires’ religious heart. “While elsewhere light radiates from heaven onto land, in holy Bukhara it radiates upward to illuminate heaven onto land”. Its cultural and architectural legacy was recognized by UNESCO and the city is inscribed in the World Heritage Listing. The center of history in Bukhara best seen on foot is the The Ark once a fortified residence of a Bukhara ruler known as “The Shadow of Allah”. The Ismail Samani Mausoleum, a 1000 year-old edifice is a real masterpiece by its founder, Ismail Samani, and it has been preserved since the Mongol invasion by Genghis Khan. The Modari-Khan Madrassah and the Abdullah-Khan Madrassahare important religious schools back in the 16th century. The Kalyan Minaret (Short Minaret) was once the tallest minaret in Central Asia and the Lyabi Hauz Archi tec tural Complexwhich houses a few madrassahs are where pilgrims find peace and quiet is what one needs so much to get closer to God.
Kalta Minor Minaret
Minor Hajj is important to Muslims as it is obligatory to perform it once in a lifetime, viewed as a particularly meritorious activity. Pilgrimage serves as a penance - the ultimate forgiveness for sins, devotion and intense spirituality. A Minor Hajj to sacred land in Uzbekistan begins from TASHKENT-SAMARKAND-BUKHARA and will take at least 4 to 5 days. During the pilgrimage tour here, you will surely reaffirm your beliefs!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Coffeea Coffee @Bangsar Telawi

The crawl for Coffee was indeed been slow this year, as I'm relatively busy for my new publication which will be publishing March'13. Please accept my since apologies. =( I promise I'll blog as often as I could.
Back to the upscale area of Bangsar Telawi also treasured the Cup of Excellent Coffee Coffee all the way from Korea. Definitely breeze you up with their brown interior which gives you the similarity of Coffee. You must be wondering what is Cup of Excellent? 

"The Cup of Excellence is  a strict competition that selects the very best coffee produced in that country got that particular year. You gotta bid for the coffee beans"

Looking from the inside out of the cafe, it has created a in-depth excitement when the smells of the coffee which had fully covered the whole cafe taken its breath in me. Fuwah!!!
Highly recommended for tea time with Madonna brew. 
The process in brewing a cup of aromatic coffee is rather different from the one you usually savor. Unlike any other which uses the coffee machine for an Americano, here they preserved the concoction of the brew just like what you learn in Science class back then. =) 
The Chimex is a simple pourover brewing device that uses heavy, unbleached filter paper to slow the brewing process and prolong the exposure of the ground coffee to water. The result is a brew that has the fuller flavor of an infused coffee, such as a french press, but the clean body of filtered coffee.
COE RWANDA Coffee by Coffee Coffee 
Madonna Beans by Coffee Coffee 
Latte with Coffee Art by the winning Barista
Green Tea Latte
Butterscotch Coolist
Chocolate Coolist
Ice Caramel Macchiato Coolist
Believe me, this little green is soon to be a Coffee Tree =)
The excellent brew with 2 different blend which will definitely favour your taste. 

In fact my personal opinion for the brew are rather mild, as I personally prefer the stronger brew. However, this is a good choice for beginners and those highly sought for a cup of aromatic coffee. It gave an excellent aromatic smells which differ from the others coffee instead, but for a strong caffeine drinker... You may wanna order 4 shots of Espresso instead. Purely on my personal opinion =)

Coffea Coffee
8, Jalan Telawi 2 Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur
9am to 11pm everyday

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Introducing HTC Butterfly, Samsung GALAXY S III mini and Sony Xperia™ Tipo.

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(Above Picture) Samsung GALAXY S III mini Intuitive and high performance from as low as RM588 (RRP: RM1, 199
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(Above Picture) Sony Xperia™ Tipo Smart meets simplicity from as low as RM88 
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RM1,898
RM1,798
RM1,698
Samsung GALAXY S III Mini
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RM888
RM688
 Sony Xperia™ Tipo
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RM288
RM208
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RM1,668
RM1,468
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Monday, 21 January 2013

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA *One Last Tour*


So.... I was at SUNWAY LAGOON for the famous three Swedish stooges!!!! Yes.... made up of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, this trio called SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA has been steady in the top tens of the DJ Mag list with their contribution to the international house scene.... and last week, they were here in KL!


...and all this was thanks to XPAX!!! 


THANK YOU XPAX for such an awesome party!!!!!!!!!!


A picture with my favourite Swedish boys. =)


You can still enjoy Swedish House Mafia now although they have left KL for their next stop elsewhere. Yes, have them on your phone NOW!!! To download the caller ringtone, just dial *888*# - or head on to The Cube for more details... this is the best way to show that you are a true fan!!!

Hung Wah Teow Chew Porridge

I couldn't stop thinking about Hung Wah each time I returned to hometown, as the Teochew porridge they served are more than authentic. Forgive me for being to exaggerate over this place but trust me, this place is definitely serving fabulous authentic home-cooked-alike authentic Teochew porridge. Before introducing their dishes, this place had been serving the neighborhood for more than 50 years operated in a family business manner. You will love the way the owner count your bill when you are paying. Take note on that, cos only he will count it in a unique way and he rather sound like singing than counting. =)
Dish 1: Pork Intestine, my no.1 choice over Teochew porridge selection which shall not be eliminated. 
Dish 2: Braised Pork with Eggs
Dish 3: Lady Finger 
Dish 4: Salted Eggs
Dish 5: Braised Duck
Dish 6: Squid served in Special Sauce (The rather popular dish in the house but I don't quite enjoy it)
Dish 7: Fried Eggs with Beans
Dish 8 Kangkung Belacan
Dish 9: Braised Piggie Ears
Dish 10: Saute Bitter Gourd with Tausi Sauce
Dish 11: Saute Aubergine with  Dried Shrimp 
Dish 12: Beancurd in Special Braised Sauce



Old school enough to capture your attention. Working in a traditional family manner where the Teochew people are well known for their hardworking attitude.

YUMMYLICIOUS TEOCHEW PORRIGE!! 

(Portion for as many as 4-6 people but it was rather unique to have fat friends with you who knows exactly how to handle varieties rather than portion) WE ARE WISE! 


Friday, 18 January 2013

DON’T LOSE IT ALL. TIME TO GET DATA. Phase 2

Long distance relationships take a lot of strength and courage because sometimes it can get harder and HARDER. It’s when you suddenly lose touch that you feel as though your world is going to crumble apart! In Amy & Nick’s case, Nick hasn't replied in so long and Amy has become so depressed. But wait – now we know what really happened, is Nick okay though?
For more details of the video please click the LINK below;

Nick was about to buy a ring when suddenly a tragedy happened! He was courageous enough to help the poor lady but did he get hurt? If only Amy knew what exactly went on but what could she have done if she knew Nick was hurt?

What is going to happen next? What if its you?? 

Without knowing all this, Amy seems to have given up on waiting for Nick’s reply. She seems to be very comfortable with Joe now. Do you think Joe is taking advantage of this situation? What do you think Joe would do if he found out Nick was in trouble?
Most importantly, in the case of Amy & Nick’s relationship, it shows that they unfortunately lost touch without data. That’s why it’s always important to fuel up on data or you might just risk losing it all. After all, everything is on the internet now and it costs almost nothing at all. Just as long as you have data, it makes managing relationships so much simpler so dial *128# to sign up for any pack to have it all. 

Don't let anything like this happen to you =( Get your data now! 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

GETTING STARTED with Uzbekistan the Guide


When to travel
The high season is Spring (mid-March to end of May). For white season would fall on mid-Dec to first week of February, the winter do not last long with unstable of snow fall plus temperatures below freezing.

Air Tickets/ Air Fare
Malaysia has the most non-stop flight from Malaysia to Uzbekistan (Tashkent) operates by;

MHVInternational Sdn Bhd
GSA of Uzbekistan Airways in Malaysia, Singapore & Indonesia
Level 7, Menara Park, Block D, Megan Avenue II,
No 12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2166 3439 / Fax: +603 2166 4639
Email:contactus@aeeroworld.com

Flights
Operational Days
Departing From
Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Arriving Tashkent (TAS)
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) To Tashkent (TAS)
HY 552
Tuesday
10:10
15:05
HY 554
Wednesday
22:35
03:30+1
HY 552
Friday
10:10
15:05
Tashkent (TAS) To Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
HY 551
Monday
22:15
08:40+1
HY 553
Wednesday
10:40
21:05
HY551
Thursday
22:15
08:40+1
** Uzbekistan Airways Flight Winter Schedule (Starting from Nov 12)
** The schedule is subject to change without notice.

Visa / Customs / Documents
You can buy tickets without Visa or a Visa Support (invitation approved by the Ministries of Foreign Affair or from a private individual, company or state organization) but may risk being denied entry. You may apply for a Visa from ‘The Republic of Uzbekistan’ at

Embassy of Uzbekistan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Address: No. 7, Jalan 6, Ampang Utama, 68000 Ampang, Malaysia.
Phone: +603-4253 3406 / +603-4253 2406
Fax: +603-4253 5406
Email: embassy@uzbekembassy.com.my / mail@uzbekembassy.com.my
Website URL: www.uzbekembassy.com.my
** Visa application will take approximately 3 -5 working days