Sunday, February 27, 2011


I am downloading an article (under the same name) from my place of work to share with my fellow readers.

Drinking enough good quality water may improve your appearance? Because water reaches the skin last; if your body doesn't get enough water, your skin will feel the effects more than any other organ.
Water can help hydrate skin, leaving it:
♦ smoother
♦ softer
♦ more supple
(all pictures are from google)

DO NOT get dehydrated.
Dehydration occurs when your body has less water than it needs, and it is a very serious condition.
• When your body is just 1% below normal, you feel extremely thirsty..
• when you are 5% below, you will have a mild fever,
• if you are 10% low on water, you will turn blue and not able to walk!

Did you know that 45% to 75% of the human weight is actually from water and that your body's muscles are 75 percent water based? If not and this is the first time you have read this fact, then you probably should do some homework before getting to sleep tonight. As little as 1% loss of water can translate to an increase in core temperature during exercise, while if you
loose more than 7% of water, then you most probably will collapse. Thus, keeping yourself hydrated and adding at least 6 to 8 glasses of water to your daily liquid intake, can save your body from fatigue, pains and dehydration. Every individual has different water consumption requirements and it is difficult to apply a general rule. How much water you need depends on your physical weight, your level of physical activity that day and the environmental conditions. Just remember that adequate hydration is a mandatory aspect of human and animal life.

Most importantly, remember that water intake, although it comes also from other fluids and food consumption has to remain constant. Drink water every day and drink it whether you feel thirsty or not. A good tactic is to bring a water bottle with you everywhere and fill it as often as necessary. Do not judge how much water you need to drink only by examining when you are thirsty and remember to drink more than the recommended daily dose, if you are overweight, exercise or the environment you live and work is hot. Finally, avoid caffeine as much as possible, since it dehydrates your organism and do not drink water with meals; drink juice or milk instead.
Water and the Human Body
How we lose water
Urine 50%
Sweating 34%
Faeces 2%
How we consume water
Drinks 47%
Food 39%
Breathing 14%
Metabolism 14%

Wouldn’t you want to stay healthy, look young and keep your youth inside out?
Putting mosturiser only repairs skin from the outside. If you want great skin at cellular level, water is your best bet because it greatly helps in slowing down the signs of ageing.
Constant drinking is one of the most helpful and trouble-free ways to flush away toxins and thus, delay the process of ageing. Alkaline water, in particular, penetrates deeper than ordinary water. When you want to remain youthful looking, always remember that without the proper liquid diet, all the vitamins and moisturizers will be useless. Yes, our skin may absorb them, and we will have a momentary relief because our skin will feel softer and look smoother. However, this is only a temporary solution. When everything wears off, we will look just as haggard as we originally were. The most important thing to know is how we are from the inside. If we are vigilant about the number of glasses we take each day, we will definitely notice a vast and more permanent improvement on our skin.

• Drink water. Add lemon or lime. Drink non-calorie or low-calorie flavored water.
• Eat foods that have higher water content such as fruits and vegetables.
Examples are cucumbers, watermelon, other melons, lettuce, celery, grapes,oranges, colorful bell peppers, broccoli and tomatoes.
• Drink non-fat milk.
• Mix seltzer or sparkling water with small amounts of 100% juice.
• Mix ice and fruit in a blender to create a slushy, a cool and refreshing drink.• Decaffeinated tea.
• Soda and iced tea are okay every once in a while but, it is preferable to drink other liquids because soda and ice tea tend to have more calories, more sugar and caffeine in comparison to water.
• Drink water with a straw or use a water bottle.
• Keep water accessible to you at all times: in the car, at home, at your desk, on the job, order water at restaurants.

Coffee Anyone?
Consuming caffeine may be a concern because it is a diuretic and it is an ingredient in many fluids such as coffee, tea, and certain sodas. A diuretic is simply something that makes you urinate more frequently. Try to drink caffeinated beverages in moderation or consume more water with each caffeinated beverage.

1. Don't wait till you are thirsty. When your body tells your brain you are thirsty, you are already depleted of water. Also, as you get older your body is less able to sense dehydration.
2. Know what else to drink. Milk, juice and sports drinks all count for your water intake. Even fresh fruits and vegetables contribute to your hydration.
3. Know what doesn't count. Alcohol, caffeine, and sodium can deplete your body of water. So even though liquor, soda, and coffee contain water, they don't fully contribute to the water you need each day. A good rule of thumb is to not count any beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or sodium towards you water intake at all.
4. Drink more when you exercise. For every hour of physical activity you need 24 to 32 ounces of water, and it is better to drink it before the workout than wait till after.
5. Check your urine. An easy way to know how hydrated you are is to check the colour of your urine. The darker the color, the more water you need. If your urine is almost clear, you are fully hydrated.
6. As a last resort, you can do the maths. Your weight in pounds multiplied by .08 will give you the minimum number of cups of water you should drink a day.

Here is praying for your good health... always (Sokmo-sokmo)
Have a healthy and fruitful days ahead.

Important Notes from the Readers (precious input on the subject matter)

Rosfida Abu Sufi wrote (personal communication)

Why Is it Important to Drink Water Before You Go to Sleep?

The amount of water a person needs each day depends on body size, activity level, and local climate. Drinking too little water can cause severe consequences. The best way to drink enough water is to drink throughout the day.

When you don't drink enough water, you can become dehydrated. You can feel dizzy, nauseous, and faint. Your organs can be affected and in severe cases, organ failure may occur.

Water regulates the body's temperature. Water is lost through sweat, urination, breathing and daily activities. Infants and the elderly are especially prone to dehydration, and their water intake should be monitored.

It is important to drink water before and after, and then throughout the day. A tall glass at the start of each day is a good way to begin. Drinking the amount needed at once is not a good idea and can even be toxic.

Drinking water at night will keep the skin hydrated and supple. It will help prevent kidney stones, keep a person regular, and keep joints and muscles well-lubricated.

A tall glass of water at bedtime will reduce the risk of diseases and infections by helping flush away toxins. It is also beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease.

You will wake up well-rested and more energized when the body is hydrated at night. Water intake at bedtime can aid in weight loss, help build muscle, burn fat, and keep the body's temperature in check. It will also help prevent a hangover.

>Why Is it Important to Drink Water Before You Go to Sleep? |

Skin Care, Muscles, Kidney Stones

Drinking water at night will keep the skin hydrated and supple. It will help prevent kidney stones, keep a person regular, and keep joints and muscles well-lubricated.

Fight Disease

A tall glass of water at bedtime will reduce the risk of diseases and infections by helping flush away toxins. It is also beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease.

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Why Is it Important to Drink Water Before You Go to Sleep? |

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The only Quran some people will ever read

I would like to share with fellow readers an email that was sent by a good friend in INCEIF.

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston Mosque - from google

Several years ago, an Imam from out-of-state accepted a call to a Masjid in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.

As he considered what to do, numerous thoughts crossed his mind..
'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.'
'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter'.
'Who would worry about this little amount?'
'The bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it'.
'Accept it as a "gift from ALLAH" and keep quiet.'

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change".

The driver, with a smile, replied, "Aren't you the new Imam in town?"

"Yes" he replied.

"Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at the masjid".

When the Imam stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said “Oh ALLAH, I almost sold you for a quarter!”.


Our lives are the only Quran some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Muslims, and will put us to the test!

Always be on guard -- and remember --
You carry your IMAN on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Muslim'.

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your characters, for it become your destiny'
(many thanks to mamaboyz)

Have a nice day..

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A morning in Kuala Dungun

On the weekend before CNY, I went back to Kuala Dungun.. to proceed with visits to my mother and sister in Seberang Baroh, Kuala Trengganu. We reached Kg Sungai Udang late Friday night and have a disturbed sleep (albeit a welcomed disturbance – the arrival of the two Sisters IL and their families).

On my way to buy breakfast the morning after.. it was rather apparent to one that Dungun have lots of buildings with new or good fences.

“It look like Dungun town can be called Bando Pago Lawo (town with nice fences) “ one made a passing remark.

“It can also be called Bandar ‘jalan dok siak siak’ (a town of unfinished road)” came a rather sarcastic response.

“Maybe our.... ‘panda wat jalang dang bangunang je’ (only knows how to make road and government buildings)” came another equally caustic rejoinder.

Then came a sort of historical reminder that led to those remarks.. When BN was in control, the Adun was Former school teacher who was keen to develop the Sura area to the extent of neglecting Kuala Dungun. Pasar (wet market) Dungun, in the vicinity of Complex Lembaga Ikan, used to be opened till late afternoon. The Dungun wet market that was then moved to the present location some 200m away.. was only opened till about 1 p.m. (no longer sustainable as the atmosphere are not that conducive.. not too popular a location ?!)

Dungun Bridge taken ( permission is being sought) from

When PAS took over Dungun.. the focus was shifted back to Kuala Dungun.. with the building of the bridge that connect Kampong Seberang Pintasan (Teluk Bidara) to Kuala Dungun town being in progress.. When BN won Kuala Dungun seat, the town has seen more encouraging development.. The renovation of roads.. mostly to include monsoon drains can be seen throughout the years (at least some 8 years for Jalan Tambun/ Jalan Yahya Ahmad, if my memory did not fail me)..

That week the said road was still under some other form of renovation (widening and putting up drain system), a few unused buildings of past were now being made use of (refurbished?) – a museum and 'balai bomba dan penyelamat' are two examples. Few old two-storey wooden shop-houses facing the Komplek Lembaga Ikan have been renovated, while some have been pulled down to be replaced by new brick shop-house.. my better half has remarked that it seems like the owners (mostly Chinese) are very confident about the development of Bandar Kuala Dungun.. a good sign I supposed… but the wooden shop house do have some esthetic historical/ nostalgic value, non!?.

I did managed to patronize the new Sungai Udang mosque at dawn that morning. The ustaz (teacher) there gave a short 30 minutes tazkirah. There were many hadiths that has been said and poor yours truly remembered only one hadith..

Narrated Abu Dhar: That he heard the Prophet saying, "If somebody accuses another of Fusuq (by calling him 'Fasiq' i.e. a wicked person) or accuses him of kufr, such an accusation will revert to him (i.e. the accuser) if his companion (the accused) is innocent." (Book #73, Hadith #71)

The teacher did mention that we muslim should be careful not to accuse people of zina (fornification) because if the accuser cannot find four just witnesses who saw the action… “similar to that of a sword entering its sheath”… then the accusation will revert to us… How to find four "just witnesses" is a rather mind boggling exercise, at least to my mind..

Well I supposed it applies to any other accusations as well, there is a need for us to bring our witnesses to support our accusation on that day at least...

Now that scares me no ends.. for I have read many a “berbau politik” blog across both divide that use strong accusing words such as aljuburi (sodomiser?), pemabuk (drunkard), penzina ( people who commit fornication), pembohong (liars) etcetera.. By reading.. am I also a party to …

May Allah bless us all with his AlMagfirah and ArRahmah sokmo sokmo (always)