Ahmad Sampang ibnu Hajiri, MD

A Personal blog by a Tausug medical student (now a doctor!) from Sulu and the stories that inspired him.
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After reading Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", I learned about writing your own Mission and Vision in life; about your Goals and Roles, and how you wanted to spend the rest of your life (without regret of course). You will always feel great if you have a life with DIRECTIONS. Knowing where you want to go is one of the first steps of having a well-spent life.

This is my Personal Mission Statement or PMS for the year, the month or the Life I wanted to achieve. My PMS is my Personal Constitution: the LAWS and PRINCIPLES I will lead my self with. Learn more about me and what I want my self to be in the future (my ideal self). InshaAllah, I will strive hard to achieve these goals.

 And now, I want YOU to do the same! Write your own PMS: what do you really want to achieve in your life? How would you want other people to remember who you are when you die? (Just read the book guys.)

NOPE! This is not the Right one!


Ahmad Sampang Musahari

Insha’Allah, My Life Would Be a Life of Actions and Inspirations; of Simplicity and Service; 
Helping Other People Reach Their Own Successes alongside Mine

In able to do this, I will agree to internalize the following in my daily endeavors (not in order):

  1. I will keep myself humble at all times;
  2. I will be sincere and decisive in my actions and decisions, especially regarding my family;
  3. I will be a man of great dignity, living my life with principles whom people can always trust;
  4. I will keep on improving myself while humbly accepting my mistakes;
  5. I will always learn something new each day, make good habits in my life;
  6. I will keep on inspiring other people around me;
  7. I will always seek knowledge and ask guidance from Allah;
  8. I will always listen to others first, understand them before I seek to be understood;
  9. I will prioritize my works and actions; leaving behind things that never helps or concerns me and my goals;
  10. I will give my whole heart to my service to the people;
  11. I will not work for money, I will make money work for me;
  12. I will never be deceived by my worldly needs, especially money;
  13. I will support my country (Sulu Sultanate Darul islam), and I will always be a proud Tausug;
  14. I will work hard for my gift to the next generations: My Books, which I will be my inspirations for them;
  15. I will be supportive to my friends, family, and colleagues; I will give enough time for them without losing mine;
  16. I will create an atmosphere of positive and cooperative relationship in my workplace, and anywhere I can be; I want my colleagues to be comfortable with me and their concerns are heard;
  17. I will always forgive and forgive; I will not sleep without at least forgiving someone I know; I will never hold grudge on to anyone;
  18. I will explore wide and travel far to learn more about other people’s lives;
  19. I will work for the poor people;
  20. I will be a real Muttaqun, a Salihun; I will live a Muslim and I will die a Muslim.

With this, today at 10:15 P.M. May 28, 2011, I affixed my signature as an affirmation and commitment to my Personal Mission Statement.

Ahmad Musahari
Zamboanga City
THIS IS THE BOOK that will surely change your LIFE. hehe
Have read this email, and I would like to help desiminate this information to all the ASPIRING YOUNG ESSAYIST around the Blogosphere. Join the contes, and if you win, don't forget that I shared this to you and you owe me a Treat to Japan!

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
As today’s young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Many people experience inner change that motivates them to create a better world.
Please share your story of inspiration that has affected your life and changed you to make a change in the world.

1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2011) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)
2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title
(3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality
(8) age as of June 30, 2011 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants' names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at www.goipeace.or.jp and follow the required steps.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 30, 2011.

AWARD: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200) ... 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600) ... 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift 
... 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2011. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2011 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (www.goipeace.or.jp) and UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/youth).

PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO:   International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan
OR Send online
Catching up on things.

There are times I just wanted to do nothing but delve deep in my thoughts. Deep thoughts about anything, feeling tired (or rather, bored) of writing them down on my Journal; even how significant they may have been those moments... 

And in some instances, I just do not have enough time to write, or I feel too exhausted to even look for my always-hiding pen. But I always love to keep record of what's happening to me. Lest other people who will find my journal another 50 years from now would know nothing about me.

And here I am.

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From the Novel: "Puddang Jiyanji-an"
An excerpt from the Diary of Mukhtar Jundam
August 23, 1998

"How would it feel to DIE suddenly in a small market you do not even know where..." You were shot with a gun; and you're falling to the ground. A man who happened to know you (or thought knew you; and certainly you haven't met him before) had just fired a bullet, piercing through your heart... 

THUD! You fell to the ground... You are now bleeding to death... And as you feel your soul slowly draining and leaving your body.. It came into your mind--WHY? WHAT HAVE I DONE?

No, You didn't do anything wrong. But some of your FAMILY MEMBERS did. and now YOU are paying the price, NOT THEM. What would you feel about this?

UNFAIR. UNJUST. LOATHSOME. CRUEL. INSANE. STUPIDITY. INJUSTICE. Name it all. But believe me, everyday of my life I am getting more and more aware that sooner it will happen. TO ME.

Only Allah is my Protector and Guidance.
And I trust my whole life to him.

Cheer up guys! ahaha.
PM me at asmusahari@gmail.com

After almost a week of trying to "blend in" with this new society I am living with in Zamboanga, certain (and really sudden) changes had to take place; be it in my personal ways of living life to the places I go to. And now that I finally had the time to sit down and write or blog about this new adventure I have, sharing it with the world is the first thing I wanted to do!

Yup, you read it right!  I have finally found a good, and comfortable place to live in--or rent. I am now staying in ALLIAN COMPOUND, BULAHAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE ROAD, ZAMBOANGA CITY. Anyone looking for me, you are always welcome... (specially sa mga magpa-sign ng autographs, biro lang). And yes, I have a number of plans for my room-slash-and-so-on, kasama na dun ang gawin etong isang small GALLERY ng mga ARTS and WORKS ko... I just need to settle some problems and reapir/clean the room muna.

2) I MISSED MY SHARES. I missed my 2-cups, 1 viand share (of food) for 3-meals ni ate Nono. Ang mahal ng Pagkain dito. hindi ko pa kasi kabisado lahat ng kainan, esp. yung mga mura. therefore, I have to search and destroy! este, decide san ako permanently kakain. Wala pa akong mga Gamit sa bahay like rice cookers, so temporarily sa mga karenderya muna ako. And nah! ang mahal sa city, mabubuhay na lang ako sa McSaver Meals ni tsong Mcdo. (ayan, nag-advertise na ako. sana may bayad yun. hehe)

3) the FOREIGN LANGUAGE. Cosa? Quando? Dios mio!
After conquering the world of MERANAO Languange, here I am, lost in a new world of ENCHANTING CHAVACANOs. Españole como este señior? Ewan ko lang kung tama ba yan. I never wanted to get lost in this new place, therefore I have a new challenge to take: LEARN CHAVACANO! yeah! Moi bien!

4) GRABE KA-INIT DITO. Well, not all the times naman. But from the first five days of staying here, tagaktak na pawis ang naranasan ko everytime pag-uwi. Kahit gabi. So i had a new schedule na naman ng Pagligo: 3x a day na eto. When I was in Marawi kahit 3days walang ligo Oks lang! (I'm not kidding! ganyan kami sa Marawi, Malamig kasi eh, tsaka sayang yung Tubig... palusut mode)

5) IGIB-IGIB tuwing gabi. isa pa sa mga nadag-dag sa daily sched ko bukud sa maligo araw-araw (na hindi pa ata ako sanay), ay ang mag-igib ng tubig. Iisa lang kasi ang 'source of life' namin sa bahay, kaya you need to 'igib to survive! Alhamdulillah, malapit lang naman sa room ko. So para wala akong ka-agaw by next morning, nag-iigib na ako the night before I sleep (ang sweet noh?). Sabay tingin sa langit habang naghihintay sa balde ko na mapuno ng pagmamahal. :-)

6) NEW FASHION. Ang trend ng fashion sabi nila ay uma-ayon din sa panahon, uso at seasons. Well, the hell I care with that. So long as nabubuhay ako, kahit ano suutin ko, ok na (PROUD MSUan to!). Pero hindi talaga maiwasan kailangan mung magbago at umayon sa agos ng buhay...

Thanks to Sherfa (Yheng) who gave me a loving gift na nagamit ko talaga for the first few days I had in Zamboanga. Its a brown "piys'/ scarf. and I really love it. especially pag mainit ang araw, or ma-alikabok sa daan. araw-araw ko siya dala. (Labhan ko lang some time, hehe) Thanks dang!

That's me (Dark as usual), the brown scarf, inside my new room:-)
(Sorry wala akong maayos na Camera. its from my webcam)

7) And lastly, NEW FRIENDS to meet. marami-rami din akong kakilala dito sa Zamboanga, esp. from my highschool friends na andito ngaun. Pero dahil ako ay maninirahan dito sa isang taon, i need to find and meet new friends. this will be some new experiences. Excited:-D

1) I have changed the URL of this blog from www.anak-iluh.blogspot.com to www.anakiluh.blogspot.com. BIG CHANGE, huh? isang 'dash' lang naman tinanggal ko. marami2 rin kasi nalilito dahil dun. This might cause some problems sa mga dati kong readers, but I hope it would be ok pagdating ng panahon. Pls be guided...

2) I am also publishing the FRONT COVER of my PHOTO-BOOK, entitled "SULU 24/7: The undying dreams of the sea". InshaAllah, mapublish din eto. Just showing you the PREMIERS and/or TRAILER kung baga. hehe.

Eto na siya... TANAAAAN!
"SULU 24/7: The Undying Dreams of the Sea"
A Photo-Book by Ahmad Musahari
(Pwede na Mag-orfder as early as now :-)


sino toh?

some designs..

Fast Post lang to.

Fourth day in Zamboanga: I am just about to Explore a new world, a new life...

First day, After a half-day rest at my Auntie's 'unfinished house' (wala pa ngang pintuan at bintana eh), I went to the Literacy for Peace and Development (LIPAD) Regional Office (My future Office). To those who will be looking for me in the future, daan lang kayo sa Boulevard, sa harap ng Grandstand (Forgot the name). I found it Empty pa for the mean time, and I have a lot of things to do para magstart yung office to function well. As of what is the office for; what LIPAD Project is; anung trabaho ko dun, InshaAllah I will post in a later date. (Andami na rin kasi nagtatanong. I am also planning to create a website din for the program para dun na kayo magcheck ng details...). Basta, I have a new life to start.

More details later.

Found a good place to stay din. And now I need to Budget everything. try ko muna for one month (food and lodging) kung ilan magastos ko, then decide if kailangan ng UPGRADE or MakaSAVE ba ako.. I now have my own room, SOLONG-SOLO for my own SELF! Nyahahaha. ako bahala magdesign nun. I might POST all my PHOTOS sa WALL para may sariling MUSEUM/ PHOTO GALLERY ako. hehe

And I am now missing my homeland SULU (hindi pa ako nakauwi) and my second home: MARAWI, I missed the cold environment..

salam to all.

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