Count Your Blessings Day #4

Assalamualaikum everyone!

It’s the first Friday of Ramadhan this year and I hope all of you are doing great.

I have been blessed with many wonderful people in my life. And right now, I am blessed with the best teammates ever.

Due to the length of this story, I will make this story into a few parts. Let me start with Part 1 today.

I joined Venture back in 2009, right after I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology. I am from Electrical Engineering background, but dived into the IT Sector instead. I started out as Digital Marketer and also Programmer.

The year I joined Venture, was a challenging year for Venture. When I came in, a lot of people were actually leaving at that time. The first 2 years were quite hazy for me due to the fast turnover of people. I don’t even remember what I did for that first 2 years.

In 2011, Venture started to have some stability. The backbone of the company at that time depended on these 6 people – En Aziz (my dad), Mr Jabbar, Zul, Fauzul, Haslan and I. Aisya would join and help us out during summers. During this time, I learned a lot of new things – programming, managing projects, accounting, finance, human resources, sales, marketing and a whole vast of different areas.

My dad often told me that in order to be a good leader, you have to start from the bottom. And that is what I did. I am blessed to have wonderful people as my teammates, who supported me and helped me in my career. There are a lot of things that we learned and experimented together.

Even though it was very hard at that time, I am grateful to Allah for this experience as I am able to increase a lot of knowledge and skills within short period of time, which may not be the case if I enter Ventures during “cosy” years.

From these 7 people, I am very grateful that 5 of us are still here growing Venture together. Mr Jabbar and Fauzul have moved to their next adventures in life, but they will surely always be missed.

And yes, now in 2021, Ventures backbone has grown to have many more people, whom I love and cherish. We have a great team now – which I will share in another story.

I hope you have wonderful teammates too =)

#authenticventure #teammates #growth #love #countyourblessings

Count Your Blessings Day #3 – Fencing

Assalamualaikum all!

Today, I would like to share one of the big blessings in my life that play a huge part in making me into who I am today.

It’s fencing. And my beloved coach, Linda Vollkommer-Lynch. Oh, I miss her so much.

I was born with a heart condition which I have had surgery when I was 4 to solve it. Due to this, I had the mindset that I should not strain myself too much, thus I did not really join sports back in the schooldays.

However, I believe Allah wanted to show me something. I am absolutely grateful for this.

During my freshman year in Stevens, my best friend Latifah signed up both of us to join Fencing PE Class.

During the first session, we realized that we actually accidentally signed up to join the Fencing Varsity Team. Both of us, who did not even know what fencing is, and totally not sports people.

It was totally hilarious. But we decided, why not?

The first practice lasted for 3 hours. It was the first ever longest run and cardio in my life. Both of us vomited that day. And we couldn’t even walk the next day. Hahaha.

However, I pushed through. I had a wonderful Coach, and also an awesome team. I received a lot of support and learned a lot about fencing and weight lifting. My stamina and strength improved by leaps and bounds!

I started out as the backup fencer during my freshman year, moved up along the years and finally as Captain of the Foil team when I was in my Senior year. Alhamdulillah we won many tournaments, and finally in 2009, I competed in the NCAA regionals.

Fencing taught me that if I put my mindset to do something, I can actually do it! Even if it is something that I have never done before or don’t have any confidence in. This shapes my life – through fencing, I believe that I can do anything I want in my life. I just need the right mindset and must be willing to do what it takes.

Thank you Allah for this priceless experience – I will never trade this for anything in the world.

And thank you to my Coach, Linda, who is a huge part of my life when I was in Stevens. And thank you to all my teammates for the wonderful memories =)

#fencing #stevensinstituteoftechnology #countyourblessings #wonderfulmemories

Ramadhan #CountYourBlessings Post #2

Assalamualaikum everyone, good morning!

So, how was your first day of Ramadhan yesterday? Hope everyone is alright.

Anyway, throughout Ramadhan, I would like to take this time to appreciate the things in my life. I am very lucky to have been blessed by so many wonderful things and people throughout the journey of my life. Thank you Allah for everything you grant us.

Today my post will be about the Fat Loss, Increase Muscle program with @coachcem that I have started back on 1st April 2021. Yesterday was the weighing day.

Alhamdulillah, I have managed to lose 2.1kg of fat (wow) and increase 100gm of muscles within 2 weeks.

For your info, I have embarked on my weight loss journey since last year. I started by increasing my activities and lead a more active lifestyle by going for a jog at least 3-4 times weekly. At that time, I still ate normally and still have my sugary drinks, chocolates, etc. I only managed to lose 3kg over a few months.

I started Keto (very low carb diet) back in January and I managed to lose more weight once I started Keto. (Alhamdulillah, I managed to lose 12kg in 3 months).

However, after just 3 months of Keto, I went for a medical check-up and to my surprise my cholesterol shot up very high. I wanted to lose weight to become healthier. So high cholesterol level is definitely unacceptable.

Alhamdulillah, just 1-2 weeks after that, I saw Coach Cem’s status regarding the free Fat Loss, Increase Muscles program. This is something that I need, at the right time, since I already have the right motivation and mindset.

So, for the past 2 weeks I tried my best to follow the program. I am able to restart eating rice, spaghetti, etc, based on the meal plan provided. In this, they emphasize on eating what your body need and also clean food.

I ate quite well these past 2 weeks and feel quite full all the time – and alhamdulillah I still lose weight and on track with my targets. This makes me very happy.

Thank you @coachcem and team for sharing your knowledge with us and help us in this journey.

And thank you everyone for your moral support !

Ramadhan #CountYourBlessings Post #1

I have shared this on my Facebook yesterday. Going to share this here!

Good morning everyone!

It’s the first day of Ramadhan and I hope everyone is doing well. If not, don’t fret, Ramadhan has just started and you’re not too late yet

During this Ramadhan month, I would like to make a special effort to appreciate the good things in my life, by counting my blessings everyday.I am very lucky to have been blessed by so many wonderful things throughout the journey of my life. Thank you Allah.Today my post is specially dedicated to my dearest father, Ir Aziz Ismail.

My father, or as I call him, Ayah, has been a great role model for me since I was young. And now, by working with him since 2009, there are a great deal of things that I have learned from him.I believe that his greatest quality is his patience, and how he never gets angry non-strategically (aha!), especially when I were having my temper moments.

From him, I learned to control my emotions and anger (although sometimes I still fail! ). I learned from him that as a leader, everything that I do must have a reason, and must not be influenced by emotions.

As a lady, sometimes my emotions get the better of me.

And aside from that, Ayah is a very hardworking man and never knows what the term “tired” means. If he needs to complete 5 proposals that day – he will. As of today I am still not able to finish 5 proposals in 1 day yet. Haha.

I appreciate having a great and wonderful father and role model for my life, whom I wish I will grow with more mature and intellectual thinking like him and have his insights too.

Thank you for everything that you have done for us and will do, and we always pray for your long life, health, wellness and happiness. May Allah make all your dreams come true.

Happy belated birthday Ayah and I am so sorry that you cannot retire yet!

Leadership Development

Everything I learned about leadership, I learned them hands-on.

In Venture, starting 11 years ago, until now, many things that I have learned, I learned hands-on throughout my time in Venture.

Of course, not everything is perfect. Benefits of hindsight, some decisions seem stupid too. As time goes on, I learned to grow, deal with mistakes, and always looking on the bright side on how I can use those blunders to improve. Reading a lot of books help me too.

Hands on learning is tough – You have to go through the heartaches and experience all sorts of difficulties (which, if I know how to deal with it earlier, probably would have made my life easier).

However, by learning through experience, it is much more ingrained in me instead of just learning theoretically. Insya Allah, I will remember the lessons better.

Now, we are working on developing leaders in Authentic Venture Sdn Bhd. I know how hard it is sometimes to make some tough decisions. And that is probably what other people are facing too.

We hope with more structured learning & leadership development, our team are able to do this – achieve results faster, and hopefully will help all of us in our leadership challenges. I too, am still learning, and will never stop.

Kehilangan seorang kenalan

Assalamualaikum Semua,

Hari ini saya dikejutkan dengan berita salah seorang kenalan saya telah meninggal dunia. Saya kenal dia melalui seorang kawan sebelum ini, dan dia banyak telah membantu saya selama ini.

Dia telah dimasukkan ke Hospital Kajang pada hari Rabu yang lepas dan Doktor telah mengesahkan terdapat nanah dalam otaknya. Saya pun tidak berapa tahu bagaimana kondisinya, hanya dengan khabar dari anak saudaranya.

Saya sangka dapat dipulihkan, namun, mungkin sudah tiba ajalnya. Tak sempat saya jumpa dengannya buat kali terakhir. Saya berdoa agar rohnya dicucuri rahmat dan moga dia ditempatkan di kalangan orang-orang yang beriman.

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Mari kita sama-sama sedeqahkan Al-Fatihah dan Surah Al-Ikhlas buat dia. Semoga dia ditempatkan di kalangan orang-orang yang beriman.

Berita ini adalah sebuah berita yang memang tidak disangka-sangka. Bila-bila masa akan sampai ajal kita. Adakah kita sudah bersedia untuk menemui dengan Allah, Maha Pencipta?

Gunakan masa yang kita ada utk beramal soleh. Baiki hubungan kita dengan ibu bapa, ahli keluarga, sahabat handai. Berikan bantuan kepada mereka yang memerlukan. Sedeqah amal jariah. Walaupun kita mungkin tiada apa-apa, kita bantu dengan apa yang kita ada.

Amalan Kekal Selepas Kematian
Dari Abi Huhairah RA, sesungguhnya Rasulullah SAW bersabda: Apabila seseorang anak Adam itu meninggal dunia,maka terputuslah amalannya kecuali tiga perkara: sedekah jariah, ilmu yang dimanfaatkan dengannya dan anak soleh yang mendoakan untuknya”.
Muslim, Sahih Muslim bi sharh al-Imam Muhyiddin al-Nawawi, Kitab wasiyyah, jld. 11, hlm.87.

Sedeqah itu amalan mulia. Menarik orang lain bersedeqah itu juga adalah amalan mulia.

Saya salah seorang silent reader Ebit Lew di Facebooknya. Follow juga program amal dan sedeqah yang dijalankannya.

Namun saya bersedih bila ada beberapa pihak pertikaikan bantuan yang diberikan kepada sebuah keluarga di Kedah apabila ada pihak yang tidak berpuas hati seolah-olah tiada pihak lain membantu keluarga tersebut. Ebit Lew dan keluarga tersebut sendiri telah mengakui banyak juga pihak lain membantu. Namun, apa yang saya nampak ialah Ebit Lew membantu bukan sahaja dari segi fizikal seperti bantuan kewangan dan makanan, tetapi secara rohani iaitu memberikan motivasi dan menjentik hati keluarga tersebut untuk berubah dari cara yang sebelum ini.

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Keluarga tersebut perlukan bantuan, bukan sahaja dari wang ringgit, tetapi sebanarnya secara emosi dan rohani. Mereka perlukan bantuan untuk mengubah mindset mereka dan mereka perlukan bantuan utk memberikan motivasi dann juga dari segi kerohanian. Apa yang saya nampak ialah Ebit Lew telah berjaya di bahagian ini yang berkemungkinan group bantuan lain belum berjaya.

Saya akui, sebenarnya nak berikan motivasi dan bantu dari segi kerohanian ni sebenarnya lagi susah dari wang riggit. Tahniah Ebit Lew kerana berjaya membantu mereka. Mungkin Allah ingin hantarkan hidayah dan bantuan kepada kerohanian mereka melalui Ebit Lew. Siapakah kita untuk mempertikaikan?

Sebenarnya banyak keluarga yang terperangkap dalam keadaan daif/homeless, sebenarnya sangat-sangat memerlukan motivasi dan bantuan kerohanian. Ini bagi membantu mereka untuk boleh bangun semula, di samping menerima bantuan kewangan dan lain-lain. Hal ini kerana pentingnya motivasi diri dan kerohanian bagi membolehkan mereka terus berusaha untuk improve dan seterusnya keluar dari keadaan mereka sekarang.

Selain dari itu juga, ada pihak yang mempertikaikan sedeqah secara terang-terangan. Ni saya ada jumpa dari perkongsian Whatsapp berkenaan dengan hal ini:


Allah berfirman: “Jika kamu menampakkan sedekah(mu), maka itu
adalah baik sekali. Dan jika kamu menyembunyikannya dan kamu
berikan kepada orang-orang fakir, maka menyembunyikan itu lebih
baik bagimu. Dan Allah akan menghapuskan dari kamu sebagian
kesalahan-kesalahanmu; dan Allah mengetahui apa
yang kamu kerjakan.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 271)

Dari ayat di atas menyebutkan bahwa keduanya
diperbolehkan, namun sedekah yang dilakukan
sembunyi-sembunyi adalah lebih baik.

Namun ada kalanya orang bersedekah dengan maksud agar
orang lain ada yang mengikuti apa yang dilakukannya itu. Jadi
dia bersedekah untuk memotivasi orang lain agar mau bersedekah pula.
Tentu saja hal ini diperbolehkan. Sebab mengajak orang untuk berbuat
baik tidak hanya mendatangkan pahala bagi orang yang bersedekah,
tetapi juga bagi orang yang memotivasinya.

Rasulullah bersabda: “Barangsiapa memulai suatu sunnah yang
baik dalam Islam, maka ia mendapatkan pahalanya dan
pahala orang-orang yang mengikutinya.” (HR. Muslim)

Moga Ebit Lew diberikan kekuatan dan kesabaran untuk mengharungi dugaan yang Allah berikan ini. Dan moga kita semua sentiasa istiqamah untuk berterusan bersedeqah, bukan sahaja dari segi kewangan/fizikal, malah juga secara rohani.

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Tempoh PKP dilanjutkan lagi

Pejam celik pejam celik, dah dekat sebulan dah Perintah Kawalan Gerakan (PKP) dijalankan di Malaysia. Kerajaan baru je umumkan hari jumaat minggu lepas yang PKP akan disambung lagi 2 minggu.

Perasaan? Saya pun tak tahulah nak cakap apa. Banyak yang terkesan dengan PKP dan masalah Covid-19 ni. Homestay saya pun kosong terus sepanjang PKP (dan besar kemungkinan akan terus berkurangan booking selagi masalah Covid-19 ni belum betul2 selesai). Bersyukur sangat kerajaan Malaysia bagi moratorium bayaran loan rumah, kalau tak, pengsan jugakla nak membayarnya 😭

Dari perkongsian Majlis Keselamatan Nasional, nampak gaya kes positif Covid-19 ni masih lebih kurang 100+.

Ni update terbaru hari ini:

Selepas PKP ni, banyak lagi nak kena replan semula. Bagaimana nak naikkan semula ekonomi negara. Bagaimana nak pastikan Covid-19 dapat dilenyapkan terus dari mukabumi ni.

Saya pun tak tahu berapa lama lagi masa yang diperlukan untuk selesaikan masalah ini. Harap-harap ekonomi Malaysia dapat melonjak balik naik semula dengan segera selepas ini.

Marilah kita berdoa agar Allah menghapuskan Covid-19 ni dari mukabumi dengan kadar segera, dan semoga ekonomi Malaysia dan dunia dapat naik semula insya Allah. Amin…

SME Graduates Program @ UKM

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since I last shared my stories here. Attending the SME Graduates Program @ UKM has inspired me to start writing (or in this case, typing) again. Hope to be more consistent after this!

Anyway, you must be wondering, what is this SME Graduates program?

Previously this program is known as SME@University. Now rebranded and taken over by HRDF. HRDF works with universities, (I joined the UKM session since it is soooo near to my house), and the universities organize the program with speakers based on modules developed previously. The program was inspired by Tokyo SME Training Institute.

This program is about 9-10 weeks long (and mind you, this time, they make it almost every weekend). It is a bit tiring since you have to work Monday-Friday, and then attend trainings on Saturday and Sunday. But the good thing is, all of the participants are very excited and always full of energy. Most of them did not even take a break in the middle of the week! Salute guys!

Besides learning and getting more knowledge, skills and motivation in growing your business, you can nurture your relationship with other business owners and top management from the other companies. The program really provides us with a lot of opportunities that we may not find elsewhere.

We have just completed the third weekend. And always more and more excited for the upcoming classes. Will share more in the next posts!

MyTown Shopping Center – A Great Shopping Mall for Kids

Have you been to MyTown Shopping Center? It is located right next to Ikea Cheras (It’s actually connected to Ikea).

There are hundreds of shopping centers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor and I have been to some of them (not all yet 😅) but what I can share is, MyTown is one of the most kids friendly mall we’ve been to.

Why did I say kids friendly?

Because at almost every floor, there will be a mini playground for kids. So they won’t get bored!

Here is an example of a playground available in the mall. They have a few similar playgrounds available, so you can take a break and rest at every floor while your kids play.

This one is located right in front of Toys R Us. They have another one with bigger structure and higher slide on the ground floor, right in front of Ikea entrance, but unfortunately I totally forgot to take a picture. The first time we went to MyTown, my kids spent almost an hour playing with the slides.

They also have a Molly Fantasy and an indoor park (I don’t remember the name, but it is not Kidzoona. I think Wau wau park maybe?) at a really reasonable price. RM10 for 30 minutes and RM20 for 2 hours of entertainment. Your kids are gonna love it.

They put some nicely designed “treehouse” with balls pool. There is also an area that they design to imitate outdoor playground.

They also provide some costumes for kids who like to play pretend (look at the picture above). Although at the time I take this picture, not much can be seen as few kids already wear those costumes merrily!

This is my daugther, Ameena, posing as a pirate of the day!

Have not yet been to MyTown? Try it out. You will not be dissappointed. =)