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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Bismillah.

Today marks the Fifth Mindanao Bloggers' Summit 2011 (MBS 5) spearheaded by Iligan Bloggers' Society (IBS) in Iligan City. I have planned to attend since the first day I heard about it; I saved some money for my transpo; planned the things to do before going to Iligan. I was supposed to attend the great event today, but time and a lot of circumstances that occurred along the way, made it all a failed attempt.

Yes, I was sad. I was sad, because I really really wanted to attend and hear the their good speakers (the summit would focus on how to uphold Environmental Advocacy through blogging and a lot more discussions on how to Earn while blogging). I was sad, because it could have been another chance for me to meet a lot new faces, fellow bloggers around Mindanao. I was sad, because it could have been another avenue for me to improve myself in this world of Blogosphere. But again, things do not always go the way we want it to be. Maybe it's for my own good anyway. There's a lot of next times, anyway.

Allah has a lot more plans for me (and every one of us here). So, things like this should not let your spirits down! Yeay!!!! 

I would also like to thank my friend (in the world of blogging) Ayah, for all the kindness she shared. Magsukul indah Kai (ayah), misan aku yna nakatuy matun pa Iligan hehehe. Ayah is one hell of a blogger. She's a memeber (an an officer) of IBS and a 'Kabs' of mine (She's also a Tausug). You can always follow her stories in Hijabified and LilPink

Oh, well. Might as well plan the day ahead next time.

Salam Kasilasa
-Anak Iluh

PS. (is this a letter?)

> NMAT exams for this year would be on DEC 4! (after it was moved) visit the CEM-INC website to learn more why. NMAT takers... Good luck! (Hmm I am thinking about posting some tips here. But I am not so sure because the result of exam is still... Am not sure if its real, really.

> I am still promoting my Travel Blog: "Ang Paglalakbay ng Lakwatserong Isda" in All Things Mindanao Web. 




Ikaa-apat na parte ng di-ko-matukoy-kung-hanggang-ilang-parte-ito-pero-sige-nalang-at-ating-aalamin-sa-susunod -na-mga-kabanata ng seryeng "Limang Minuto". 

Unang tanong sa akin ay 'Bakit Tagalog at hindi Englis o Taususg ang ginagamit ko dito?'.. hmm... nahirapan ako dun ah... sinabi ko kasi dati na kung maari lamang ay ayokong gamitin ang wikang Tagalog. Kung bakit? akin-akin na lang yun. balik tayo sa unang tanong. Eto po ang aking simpleng kasagutan... Ehem ehem: Nahirapan po ako naghanap ng titulo na aayun dito. Kung Englis ay "Five Minutes" (napakasosyal naman, ayoko nang ganun. Kung Tausug naman eh "Lima Minit", at ang salitang "minit" ay hindi Tausug, thus defeating the purpose of the title to be purely Tausug. (Ayan, napa-englis ako bigla.)

Simulan na po natin ang kahibangang ito.

Limang minuto ay magsisimuala na in 3...2..1... Sulat!
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Tulala ang titulo na naisip ko sa kwan na to (post ba ang tawag? ewan).
Ewan ko rin, basta kapag atat na atat na akong sumulat, at kung gulong gulo na ang aking mga isipan (ah oo, isa lang pala ang isipan ko) para bagang ang pagsusulat na lang nagiging paraan ko upang ma-relieve ang stress at tuluyan nang mapakawalan ang mga imahinasyon at idea na nasa kokote ko. Para silang mga hayop na nakakulung sa isang (cage) na gustong gustong lumayas na.

Eto ako. Tulala minsan. Tulala palage. Di na alam ano ang gagawin. tuwing nasa opisina ako, alam ko marami akong dapat gawing mga trabaho, sisimulan ko ang isa... hindi ko pa natapos, ayun, andun na naman ako sa isa, Hanggang sa paglubog ng araw, hindi ko sila matatapos lahat. Ito ang isa sa mga pinaka-kahinaan ko. Oo. Hindi ko pa rin magawang talunin ng puwersahan ang (Bad habit) na ito. Procrastination. Kakaibang procrastination kung saan, imbes na hindi gagawa nang anumang bagay, ay gagawa at magtatrabaho ako ng higit pa sa dapat kong gawin. Mismo ang pagsusulat sa mga papel nang kung anuman ang papasok sa isipan ko, (at yung papel na yun ay dapat sana para sa monthly report ko) ay isang bahagi ng pagigigng tamad ko. 

Di ko na matukoy kung saan ako patutungo.

Minsan sa isisp ko, eto ako, dito ako pupunta. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam nang may patutunguhan ang buhay mo, meron kang aasahan, meron kang 

=======prrrrrrrrrrrrt! Tapos na po ang Limang Minuto...==========
(Pwede mag-extend?)

Bitin noh?

Sige lang sa susunod na kabanata na lang tayo. Kailangan maging disiplinado tayo at sundin ang Batas ng Seryeng Limang Minuto. (Hindi ko na po inedit yan. Pesensya na kung minsan ay Ingles na mga salita na nag na-tatype ko. Ang hirap kasi magisip ng Tagalog kung nagmamadali ka. Paalala: Ang "cage" ay kulungan.


Salam Kasilasa!

Okay. Let us cool off a bit.

If you happened to live in the same road as me, and might have talk with me for some year, you would know that one of my greatest dreams is to visit all the Muslim Provinces of ARMM. I love to travel. I always treasure the times I learn something new every time I go to other places: I learn about the people and their lives; I would be fascinated by the views (be it cool natural scenes or even the 'uncool' slums and ‘squatter’s areas’; There are things that I can only see and realize when I am outside travelling. I see how (still) fortunate I am compared to those who’re suffering in hunger.  I see how wonderful Allah is. And I would be reminded and be grateful to Him in one way or the other for all the blessings I had. And so I told myself: “I will travel throughout Mindanao, and I will visit all the major Muslim places and see how their people live differently (or similarly) from our people in Sulu.

It was just a dream at first. I know I want to reach that dream, but I do not have the single idea on “How?” I then simply added that dream to my list of “soon to be decided matters”. But Alhamdulillah, there are always incidents that would give me the opportunity to travel. This time, as I am now temporarily working as an office assistant in an NGO, I was given the chance to visit Basilan and Tawi-Tawi: Places that are too close to my homebase (Sulu), yet too far for me to go (with my own expenses). That dream is slowly being realized, one by one. 

My recent visit to Tawi-Tawi was a no exception. It was so sudden that I was left stunned for some seconds after knowing I would be included in the trip. And much to my amazement is that I would be staying there for 6 days, all for free. (Who else would make this possible than Him? Alhamdulillah!) And so by October 16, 2011 my bags are all packed. I am standing outside the door of my friend and ate, Shalom’s room (a co-worker). And I am leaving on a Jet plane! (It’s not a jet plane actually. I’m just going with the song “Jet Plane”) *Sing chorus here*

(Click read more. I am not done yet :-p )
Bismillah.

The recent incident that took place in Basilan last October 18, 2011 is not a new issue to all of us. It had happened again and again before, and it can always happen again next time. Unless something (and this something is actually a load of things) is changed. Something must be changed, and someone must do it (and that someone is not just one man).

Certainly, I was more disgusted by how the media portrayed the news to the common people. It was so much polarized, biased, misleading and a lot of twitched information was presented that made the people more confused than satisfied. And as how I expected it to be, the people are now divided. Those who were tricked and had fallen into the trap believed that proclaiming all-out-war is the solution. And those who knew what happened, were vigilant in voicing out what they know. Yet they were overpowered by the massive influence of media and they were outnumbered. Only a few would hear them. And a lot fewer would believe them.

Then a lot of side-dishes of bombing incidents, kidnappings and an assassination of a priest occurred within 10 days after the incident. And without even investigating or scrutinizing these separate incidents, they (the media) all tied it up to the Al-Barka Incident. Which I believe is unfair on the part of the Muslim groups and misleading the people. 

Salamdua. iban Tagnaan natuh ha ngan sin mahasutsi Allah.

Ha bahgu-bahgu ra yan jimatuh na isab in pag-atubang sin dua pihak (MILF iban AFP) nagbunuh ha Al-barka, Basilan sin Oct.18, 2011. Kaingatan natuh na unu na mayan in naghappen bang natuh bassahun in news, atawa ka bang kita niyu kumita na sin TV. In reports gimuwa, bahasa in mga Sundalu AFP awn liyalawag nila hambuuk tau (atawa group) daing ha mga AbuSayaf yaun ha Kampo sin mga MILF. Sakali nagbaak man sila, amuna in tiyagnaan sin Pagbunuh nila limughay 8 jaam. 19 sundalu in miyatay, iban mga 3 kadtu (Kitaa niyu mayan ha news) in nashaheed ha MILF. In depensa sin MILF, i-attack kunuh sila kanda sila isab imatu balik.

Awn existing CEASEFIRE agreement ha time ini. so in pagbunuh sin dua, mabilang langgal sarah nag against ha Ceasefire. Sah hisiyu in Nagtagnah kaniya (sin pagbunuh)? didtu na nagTudluh2i na in mga tau. Kansa in kita isab nahilu na sambil.


In landuh tuud makasusa mga taymanghud, landuh tuud BIAS iban UNFAIR in pagreport sin mga MAINSTREAM MEDIA ini, iban biyah landuh maluhay kanila umiyan sin subay na kunuh magproclaim ALL-OUT-WAR!

Yan na in

1) piyagua ha TV (esp ABS-CBN) in istory sin mga kiyamatayan, biyah sapuntun DRAMA ha SINE. Mayta kunuh piyatay in mga PAMILYA nila (maykan bang kaw sundalo, expected na dumatung yadtu, sooner or later.)
2) Nagpa-awn din sila mga POLLS, wherein magVote in mga viewers ha questions nila. Ok ra sana bang hikarayaw, ampa yan gamman na siya mag-instigate internal conflicts. mahi? ini in mga questions nila which I believe is too INSENSITIVE:
Biyah na sin: a) DO YOU WANT TO PROCLAIM ALL-OUT-WAR AGAINST MILF? Wherein the results of voting came out 97% saying "YES" and 3% "NO"; iban question (after nag-proclaim hi P-NOY to COntinue the PEACE TALKS and No to All-OUT-WAR): "DO YOU AGREE WITH PRESIDENT NOY-NOY's DECISION OF NOT PROCLAIMING ALL-OUT-WAR?". In result, 93% YES and 7% NO (bang aku yra nalupa.

Na kawni kunuh yan, hinang nila PagVOTE-VOTE biyah na mga MISS UNIVERSE in Pagbunuh ha Basilan. MashaAllah. INI MGA TAYMANGHUD IN MGA TAU KIYAKAHAGAD NATUH UMIBAN KATUH NIYU? Wayruun sila pakialam kayuh niyu misan magbunuh na ha hula, pasal dih da sila Malapy. Yadtu sila ha taas, (North ha Manila) himahali2)
Magmaaf, mammayan isab awn hikatiluh niyu Panghatih, Hikahuluk pikilan ha mga habal ini. Salamdua.


The hardest thing for the Muslim Youths of today (and let me include our adults, too) is how to balance our worldy affairs with our religious responsibilities in preparation for our next and more permanent life. When we try hard to be productive in this Dunya, we tend to forget our Akhira. When we concentrate our efforts in Akhira, we sometimes sacrifice our Rizq in this dunya. Balancing these two seems “impossible” for those who wanted to be best in both fields. Well, that was actually before. Worry no more my friends, because a new hope has come our way, Alhamdulillah!

Be a more Productive Muslim: getting the maximum benefits from both worlds (Dunya and Akhira) without sacrificing one for the other. Visit www.productivemuslim.com now!
It is a comprehensive website with Articles about how to use your time wisely; how to manage your office; how to control your temper; how to relate with other people; all with most easy-to-follow tips and stories: with the touch of Islam.

It is something you can visit each time you enter the web world. Hindi puro FB na lang...
One very interesting thing that I really liked doing is talking with friends, colleagues and those people who have higher intellectual minds than me in an informal way of chit-chats. We discuss important matters affecting our society and treat them just like sharing stories as old buddies would do (I always do the ‘listening’ part). But here’s the twist: There are certain questions thrown to you that would leave you wordless. You know what to say, but you don’t know how to utter them out. Your words and ideas become prisoners in your own cellar of minds. And the only way to relieve that stress is to write them down. Same thing I am doing right now.

“What is freedom?” and so the question goes, “Where does it really begin?” With all my effort to try and answer the question briefly yet completely, I was dumbfounded. Suddenly, I found myself in a trance where the world stopped spinning. Really, what do I know about FREEDOM? How do I know for sure, that what I am saying what Freedom is, is the right freedom I am referring to? Like sparks of stars throughout the dark endless sky, questions upon questions come flashing in through my frozen mind.

Every single soul wants freedom. That thing I knew for a long time ago. Free from distress; free from problems; free from oppressions; free from conflicts; free from all those things we consider loathsome; free to be whom we want to be. To be free to do what we want to do. To be free and fight for what we believe is right.
(Ikatlong parte ng HIndi-ko-malaman-kung-hanggang-ilang-parte-ito na seryeng "Limang Minuto". Simple lang po ang patakaran: sa loob ng limang minuto, ako ay magsusulat tungkol sa isang bagay (topic) ng walang pag-aalinlangan. Walang pag-EDIT at walang COPY-PASTE. Limang minuto ng pagsubok ay sisimulan na!

Mga Plato na aking napagDiskitahan
Topic: PLATO
5 minutes starts here==>

Plato. Kung iisipin mo hindi naman natin palaging napapansin ang mga bagay na ito. Mga munting bagay na gawa sa bato o plastic kung saan inahahain natin ang mga pagkain. Minsan isda minsan kakanin. Merong mgaplato na mahal, meron din na napaka mura at madaling masira. Merong may mga litrato ng mga pagkain, bulaklak, yung iba pa nga merong mga litrato ni doraemon. Yung iba na gawa sa metal, yung parang may segregation pa; pang-Kindergarten o pang-Kulungan na mga plato.

ANu kaya ang buhay kung wala sila. Kung ako ang tatanungin mu, Ok lang sa akin. ilang beses na rin ako kumain na walang plato. Minsan sa "plastic" lang (Emisyu Style). Pero ang iba kasi sa atin ayaw daw kumain kung hindi sa plato; mga sosyal kasi sila; mga HIGH PROFILE daw kung baga. Eh pare-pareho lang naman; pwede ka naman kumain sa dahon ng saging. ang mahalaga eh may makain ka diba?
In MSU, when you say OVERNIGHT it means going out with classmates to finish  certain requirement in your subjects; or having a group-study for your final exam the next day; or practicing and rehearsing for your drama and variety shows for your finals; much worst, it can also mean spending the whole 8 hours staying up at night in Internet Cafes. 

I thought it will all end there. That I will certainly miss those exhausting yet happy times I had. I graduated in college, and immediately entered the world of professionals. And then there it was, another kind of OVERNIGHT was actually existing in this new world. (I still cannot consider myself a full-pledged professional. I still look like a student anyway :-)

Professional life is truly far different for Student life.

aaaah! I cannot organize myself here. Sorry for the poorly-written post today.

Its 3AM and I still need to finish my report later this morning (at 8AM).
Need to finish this,,,,

Good morning!
Salam Kasilasa!

Salam.

This is just a quick update of WHERE I HAVE BEEN for the past few days and WHAT I WAS DOING.

Last week, I requested a one-week Leave of Absence from my office to process my school papers (specifically my Diploma and TOR), in preparation for my applications in Med.School next June. By Thursday I went to MSU (my oh-so-dear alma mater) in Marawi City. And then, the supposedly my five-day stay in Marawi end up being extended, day by day.

Well, as to WHAT took me so long, only those who have experienced the MSU LIFE would be able to understand it well *nodding*. I would only say these words for those who don't know: 
"When you plan on getting a job done in MSU by Monday, expect that you will finish it on Tuesday. The next week."

A lot of things did happened in my short visit in Marawi. I went to the Biology department, Com.Cent., Grandstand, Golf Course and other places MSU is known for. Met old friends and classmates who are now either in Masteral Courses, teaching and others in already in Med.School. (I, with a few number of persons I know,  was left behind). I even had the feeling that I never left MSU Marawi. It was just like before, not much had changed.

So far here are the best COMMENTS I had from my friends and colleagues:

"Mad! Pumuti ka!" Hajera Cariga, a very good friend from the Biology department was so shocked. And I was more shocked than her. Hey! Pumuti ba talaga ako? Ayoko maniwala.

"Kuya Mad, Nakakmiss ka rin pala!" -Revidall, after seeing me bigla sa may com.cent.

"Kuya, anung year kana?" -UVPN applicant; Graduate na po ako :-D

"Magkanta ka mun ang MSU Hymn" si Manong taga CNSM Deans Office. Tatang naman, naka-Grad na ako, bat pa ako kakanta para lang ma-approve yung papers ko. huhuhu. (At ako ay kumanta kasabay ang mga Freshmen.)

I'll tell more stories later on.
medyo pagod pa rin sa biahe.

I already Miss the COOL weather sa MSU.

Salam Kasilasa!




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