Oct 18, 2015

When tears are falling



Semalam si kecil bertanya, "kenapa abi tak balik rumah ummi? Raziqin takde kawan."

Tersentak jiwaku dan sebak dadaku

Sukar nak jawab persoalan ini.

Jodoh tak panjang.

Walau apa pun, raziqin, abang az-zuhri dan abang zahiruddin tetap anak abi sampai bila-bila. abi will always love u guys hingga akhir hayat abi. Anak-anak tetap tersemat dalam doa abi setiap hari. Abi senantiasa mendoakan kalian, agar berjaya di dunia dan akhirat. menjadi insan yang berguna kepada agama dan negara.

It hurts me to be apart from you guys.

Maafkan abi. abi bukanlah ayah yang sempurna.


Jan 9, 2015

2015 - The New Journey

I have not been updating the blog for quite a while. Reason, so many things happened at once plus I rarely blog.

2014 has gone. What I can say for 2014 in summary:

  • Best 
  • Good
  • Sad & Bad


Best in the sense, I regain my health & fitness. I have never been healthier than before. I manage to complete 10-15 km running. Lose weight 25 kg.



Good, may be, I have achieved some of my financial objective that is to prepare for the next phase, Retirement. I started to venture into property investment. So many things to learn in property world. Learning phase and make a few mistakes.

Sad & Bad: My dad has been admitted to ICU because of minor heart attacked in feb 2014. On top of that, my relationship has turned ugly. I know some of it, caused by myself. I admit it was my fault for not taking a good care of the sacred relationship. This is not an overnight problem. It is on-going problems since 2008 and even before that. To rub more salt in the wound, I had an accident where I hit a truck. It was a near fatal accident. The roof top was wrecked and going through repair service for one month. I was lucky that nobody was injured.



For the next years to come, 2014 will be a life a changing event. I will not be the same person anymore. I have to be a better person. Better than before. Getting better and better day by day. Thank you ALlah for trying me. Thank you ALlah for pulling me back to the straight path. Atas kelalaian dan kecuaian menjalankan tanggungjawab dan amanah, memang wajar aku dihukum,

Aku terima ujian ini dengan redha dan pasrah pada harga yang harus aku bayar. Sudah ditakdirkan sebegitu walau sekuat mana pun kita berusaha. Apa  yang sudah tersurat hanya dapat diubah dengan doa. Sekiranya doa kita tidak dimakbulkan, Maka ALlah memberi jawapan dalam surah al-baqarah, hanya Allah sahaja mengetahui apa yang terbaik untuk hambaNya.

What I want to do next, sekiranya diizinkan Allah:
1. Menunaikan umrah dan haji
2. Mengembara dan berkelana, bak kata pepatah jauh perjalanan luas pemandangan. Ke mana sahaja, kaki ini mahu melangkah.



Dari Anas bin Malik Radhiyallahu 'Anhu berkata: Rasulullah Shallallahu 'Alaihi Wasallam bersabda kepada Fathimah Radhiyallahu 'Anha:

مَا يَمْنَعُكِ أَنْ تَسْمَعِي مَا أُوْصِيْكِ بِهِ، أَنْ تَقُوْلِي إِذَا أَصْبَحْتِ وَإِذَا أَمْسَيْتِ: يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ، يِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْثُ، أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ وَلاَ تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ

"Apa yang menghalangimu untuk mendengar apa yang aku wasiatkan kepadamu? Hendaknya saat berada di pagi dan petang hari engkau mengucapkan, "Wahai Dzat Yang Maha hidup lagi Maha Berdiri dengan sendiriNya, dengan rahmatMu aku mohon pertolongan. Perbaikilah urusanku seluruhnya dan jangan Engkau serahkan aku kepada diriku walau hanya sekelip mata."

(HR. Al-Nasai dalam al-Sunan al-Kubra, Al-Bazzar, dan Al-Hakim dan ia menyatakan sahih sesuai syarat muslim. Disahihkan Al-Albani dalam al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, no. 227)

Semoga Allah permudahkan dan perbaiki urusanku untuk hari-hari mendatang.

Oct 14, 2014

Warren Buffett rolls out the Berkshire Hathaway brand



Warren Buffett plans to license the Berkshire Hathaway name to estate agencies in Europe and Asia, in the next phase of a campaign to turn his widely respected investment company into a consumer brand.

After decades buying into some of the most valuable brands in the world, Berkshire has this year dramatically expanded the use of its own name, rebadging its family of utility companies, US estate agents and a newly acquired car dealership group.

Marketing consultants and company insiders believe the group is sitting on a valuable asset in the Berkshire Hathaway brand, which they say taps into 84-year-old Mr Buffett’s reputation for financial acumen and longevity.

“Like Virgin reflects Sir Richard Branson’s rebelliousness and Apple reflects the genius of Steve Jobs, Berkshire Hathaway has brand equity around trust, stability and integrity,” said Oscar Yuan, partner at consultancy Millward Brown Vermeer.

The number of US estate agencies using the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will swell to almost 1,400 by next spring, said Earl Lee, chief executive of HSF Affiliates, a franchising joint venture between Berkshire and Brookfield Asset Management.

The company will then shift to looking for partnerships with big players in parts of the US where it is not yet strong, including the Midwest, and internationally, including the UK, continental Europe and Asia.

“The values of trust, customer service and longevity are important characteristics for people who are making the largest single financial investment they will ever make,” Mr Lee said.

“We are proud to carry the Berkshire Hathaway brand and we understand the obligation.”

Revenues in the Berkshire division that includes the real estate business jumped 26 per cent to $1.2bn in the first six months of this year, according to a company filing. HomeServices of America, the property broker owned by Berkshire, and HSF Affiliates have been rebranding their existing network since 2012.

The Van Tuyl car dealership chain that Berkshire acquired for an undisclosed sum earlier this month – the fifth largest in the US with over $8bn in annual sales – plans to continue making acquisitions after being rebranded Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, it said at the time of the deal.

Meanwhile, the holding company for Mr Buffett’s utilities, including MidAmerican Energy and PacifiCorp, was this year renamed Berkshire Hathaway Energy to reflect, it said at the time, “the benefits we gain from Berkshire Hathaway’s ownership”.

Berkshire has a substantial interest in 10 of the top 100 most valuable brands in Millward Brown’s latest annual BrandZ survey, reflecting Mr Buffett’s penchant for enduring names such as Coca-ColaAmerican Express and Walmart. As he wrote in his 2011 letter to shareholders: “‘Buy commodities, sell brands’ has long been a formula for business success.”

Berkshire Hathaway was the name of the now defunct textiles company Mr Buffett acquired in the 1960s.