In 1994, nearly 22 years ago, I (Khairul Hisham Hassan) graduated from The University of Sheffield in the UK with a Bachelor of Laws degree or LLB. And one of my core subjects was International Law.
Hence, together with my 3 Jakarta friends who come from Indonesian legal background and who graduated 15 years ago from Fakultas Hukum of Universitas Trisakti in Jakarta, I have set-up an international consulting firm in Jakarta which provides 'Consultancy on Doing Business in Jakarta' comprehensive services. Currently, most of our clients are Malaysian companies and factories which set-up their PT PMA branch company or Representative Office in Jakarta. These companies were referred to us by Matrade in Jakarta which is part of the Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta. Having said that, at the end of the day it is purely and entirely up to those Malaysian investors to select or appoint any consulting firm or legal advisor of their own choice for their "Doing Business in Jakarta" matters.


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Sahabat-sahabat saya sekalian, tolong benarkan saya berkongsi dengan anda semua sedikit rasa gembira dan sedikit rasa bangga saya (Khairul Hisham Hassan) atas kurniaan anugerah darjah bangsawan "Raden Tumenggung" oleh Sultan Pakubuwono XIII dari Keraton (Istana) Surakarta, Jawa Tengah seperti dalam photo di atas. Sebenarnya selepas Indonesia merdeka, Sultan Keraton (Istana) Jogkakarta dan Keraton Surakarta hanya berperanan sebagai "Gabenor" di Jawa Tengah sahaja. Tapi Perlembagaan Indonesia tidak menghalang pihak Istana ini memberi anugerah darjah kebesaran kepada sesiapa yang Baginda Sultan mahu. Penyanyi Rossa juga ada menerima Darjah Kebangsawanan dari Sultan yang sama i.e Sri Sultan Pakubowono XIII pada 26 Jun 2011. (http://www.cumicumi.com/news/read/20596/rossa-senang-bergelar-bangsawan). Syukur kepada Allah atas anugerah ini.


Tapi yang penting ialah saya tidak pernah meminta-minta, tidak pernah melobi dan tidak pernah membayar kepada pihak Istana Surakarta untuk mendapat gelaran bangsawan ini. Sri Sultan Pakubuwono XIII berkenan menganugerahkan, maka saya terima sajalah anugerah bangsawan ini dengan rasa sangat berterimakasih kepada Sri Sultan dan rasa syukur kepada Allah yang takdirkan semua ini. Anda mahu lihat Mohor Diraja Tulisan Jawa Lama? Sila klik dan besarkan photo di atas. Kemudian sila anda lihat disebelah atas kanan foto. Anda mahu tahu siapa itu "Sultan Pakubuwono XIII"? Sila anda lihat: http://id.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasunanan_Surakarta dan juga http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/pakubuwana_XIII serta anda lihat http://www.karatonsurakarta.com/.



Saya beritahu isteri saya, di Malaysia kita ini biasa-biasa saja tapi Alhamdulillah di Pulau Jawa nama kita berdua secara rasmi ada di dalam "Senarai Bangsawan Istana Surakarta". Nenek-moyang saya yang ratusan tahun dulu datang dari Jawa Tengah pasti bangga dan gembira dengan gelaran bangsawan Keraton Jawa ini. Saya sering berkata kepada diri sendiri seandainya orang mengetahui siapa sebenarnya nenek-moyang atau leluhur saya, maka pasti mereka tidak merasa aneh kenapa saya bisa mendapat gelaran bangsawan Tanah Jawa ini. Hmmm... Namun semua ini tidak penting sehabuk pun bagi saya kerana akhirnya nanti saya akan berbaring di dalam liang lahad kubur seorang diri, tanpa gelaran "Raden Tumenggung" atau gelaran apa pun. Yang penting adalan amalan soleh saya. Period. Full stop.




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January 2015 photo of my 2nd DAUGHTER (Not my wife) i.e Intan Nur Qistina Khairul Hisham (Left) with my 4th kid, Mehmed Al Fateh Khairul Hisham (Right). Intan Nur Qistina is 19 years old. She is now studying at University of Malaya (UM) after completing her SPM at an Islamic boarding school in Kelantan while Mehmed Al Fateh is my 4 months old newborn son.





THIS IS MY LIFE PRINCIPLE
(KHAIRUL HISHAM HASSAN)
(A 45 YEARS OLD REAL MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALIST)
(i.e PROGRESSIVE, HONEST, HARDWORKING AND ROMANTIC MUSLIM)


As a Muslim I believe that the day will DEFINITELY come when my helpless dead body or jenazah finally will be carried away to the grave. As a Muslim I also believe that the day will DEFINITELY come when I will be in my Liang Lahad alone, dealing with Malaikat Munkar & Nakir. And that will be the day when anything else does not matter anymore except my good deeds, my amalan and my amal jariah that I have done when I am still alive. At the end of the day it does not matter anymore whether or not while we are living on this Planet Earth we have a big business empire or a beautiful wife or a big house or a big car or a high position in a big company etc. Does not matter anymore, my friend. Does not matter.




As a Muslim, I solemnly believe that: "The only true measure of my success in life is as to how far I have obeyed Allah's commandments, according to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W". Ukuran kejayaan SEBENAR seseorang manusia itu ialah sejauh mana dia dapat taat perintah Allah, berpandukan kepada sunnah Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. Justeru itu,
kalau seseorang itu kaya-raya atau berpangkat besar atau berwajah cantik atau berumah besar atau berkereta mewah atau bergelar 'Datuk', 'Datuk Seri', 'Tan Sri' tapi dia lalai solat, tidak berakhlak Islam dan tidak amalkan apa yang Islam suruh, maka di mata saya orang seperti ini bukanlah orang yang berjaya. Saya langsung tidak hormat orang seperti ini. Orang seperti ini tidak ada nilai di sisi Allah dan juga tidak ada nilai sehabuk pun di mata saya. Apakah saya kagum dengan kekayaan dan kedudukan orang seperti ini? Jauh sekali. Am I scared of this type of rich and 'powerful' people? Never. Insya-Allah I am not scared of any human-being in this world. Not even for a nanosecond. In my eyes, he or she is nothing. Yes, nothing. Period. Tetapi saya sangat hormat, sangat kagum, sangat kasih dan agak gementar apabila berhadapan dengan orang yang sebenar-benarnya 'Orang Yang Berjaya' iaitu orang yang menjaga solatnya, membaca Al Quran setiap hari, berdisplin Solat Tahajud setiap malam, berakhlak Islam dan tidak pongoh, pemurah dan tidak kedekut-pahit serta cuba mengamalkan keseluruhan ajaran Islam dalam kehidupannya.




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On 28 January 2016 my age was 46 years old. By the way, my eldest daughter is now 21 years old. She is currently studying at International Islamic University (UIA) Malaysia. My second daughter is 19 years old and she is now studying at University of Malaya. And my third child is a 12 years old son. Alhamdulillah after a gap of 10 years, my wife who was 44 years old at that time delivered our fourth child on 24 September 2014 (Photo Above). Well...I do not call myself 'The Descendant of Majapahit Palace Warrior' for nothing, right...? :-) Syukur Alhamdulillah my wife has a smooth and safe delivery. Actually I have told my wife that if our newborn child is a baby girl I will name her 'Intan Nur Iriana'. The meaning of Iriana in Greek is 'peace'. Iriana is also the name of the wife of new Indonesian President Joko Widodo. However, it is our destiny to have another son, not daughter. Hence, I name my newborn son 'Mehmed Al Fateh Bin Khairul Hisham'. Sultan Mehmed Al Fateh is the Muslim Chalip whom at the age of 21 conquered Constantinople which is the modern-day Istanbul. He also brought Islam to Bosnia, Albania and Southern Europe. It is said that Sultan Mehmed Al Fateh has never failed to perform Solat Tahajjud every single night throughout his life from the age of puberty (akil baligh) until the day he died on 3rd of May 1481. It is my wish and also my wife's wish that our son, Mehmed Al Fateh Khairul Hisham will be a brave and pious Muslim like Sultan Mehmed Al Fateh and will never fail to perform Solat Tahajjud each and every night. Amin Ya Allah.



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These are my two beloved daughters: (Left) Intan Nur Farhana Khairul Hisham. She is my 21 years old eldest child. She is the one who is now studying at International Islamic University (UIA) Malaysia. (Right) Intan Nur Qistina Khairul Hisham. She is my 19 years old second daughter. She is now studying at University of Malaya (UM). Yes, both are my lovely princesses! Or shall I say my Javanese and Kelantanese princesses because I am a Javanese warrior and their mother is a Kelantanese lady! I have 3 kids. Apart from two daughters, I also have two sons. Their name are Mahathir Khatami Khairul Hisham who is now 12 years old and Mehmed Al Fateh Khairul Hisham who was born 15 months ago on 23 September 2014.




Kepada Teman-Teman Sekalian Di Mana Jua Pun Anda Berada: Saya Ucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Dan Salam Lebaran Minal Aidin Wal Faizin. Saya (Khairul Hisham Bin Hassan) Adalah Seorang Manusia Yang Banyak Kelemahan. Maka Sempena Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Yang Mulia Ini Saya Memohon Agar Anda Bisa Memaafkan Saya Jika Selama Ini Ada Bicara Saya Yang Menyalakan Api Kemarahan Anda, Jika Ada Perbuatan Saya Yang Menimbulkan Kebencian Anda, Jika Ada Tulisan Saya Yang Menyinggung Perasaan Anda, Jika Ada Akhlak Saya Yang Berbau Keangkuhan Dan Jika Ada Jenaka Saya Yang Berlebihan. Sesungguhnya Suatu Hari Nanti Pasti Akan Tiba Jua Saatnya Saya Akan Bersendirian Di Dalam Liang Lahad. Dan Semoga Pada Hari Apabila Jenazah Saya Diturunkan Ke Liang Lahad Itu, Tiadalah Dosa Sesama Manusia Di Antara Saya Dan Anda. Amen..
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The above photo was taken by my wife near our rented house when both of us lived in Sheffield, north of England 22 years ago. I publish this photo here in my blog just to share my sweet memory with my dear blog readers only. Not to show-off whatsoever. That time I was doing my law degree at The University of Sheffield. It's Winter 1993. Being newly married I just wanted to impress my wife with some steps of my Pencak Silat during the snowfall. Maybe, just maybe, I was the first Malaysian man to perform Pencak Silat (an Indonesian and Malaysian martial art) during heavy snowfall in Sheffield. Well...I do not think Hang Jebat or Hang Tuah dares to perform Pencak Silat during -5 degree Celsius snowfall just by wearing their thin Baju Melayu. Yes, no doubt that Hang Jebat was a brave and hot-tempered man. Yes, he was also the only Malay who was not afraid to tell the cruel Sultan of Malacca more than 500 years ago: "Wahai Sultan Yang Zalim, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry". But I am sure this -5 Celsius degree snowfall will melt whatever spirit left in this great 'Incredible Hulk of Ancient Malacca Kingdom' who loved to run amok here and run amok there.


And...what about Gusti Adipati Handaya Ningrat? (For your information,
Gusti Adipati Handaya Ningrat was a Majapahit Palace Warrior who failed to assassinate Hang Tuah. He was also a hot-tempered Majapahit Prince with a significant high blood pressure problem who could not accept any slightest criticism on his style of leadership. His sister by the name of 'Gusti Putri Retno Dumillah' eventually became the legendary 'Puteri Gunung Ledang'. Legend has it that even after 500 years, Gusti Putri Retno Dumillah is still residing at Gunung Ledang in Malaysia although the Malaysian Immigration Department has never granted her any Expatriate Visa, Permanent Residency or even Spouse Visa). I guess Gusti Adipati Handaya Ningrat would easily win 'Mr Bean Of The Year Award' if he did perform his Pencak Silat here in Sheffield just by wearing his traditional shirtless Majapahit warrior's costume. But one thing for sure..., no matter how sakti this Gusti Adipati Handaya Ningrat was, the -5 degree Celsius temperature would make him shivering non-stop to the extent that the English people would think this shirtless Majapahit Palace Warrior was high on drugs or narkoba while performing his Javanese Pencak Silat!










Who's that guy in the above photo snapped by my wife during Winter 1993 when we lived in Sheffield? Is he Dicky Zulkarnaen The Indonesian Famous Actor? Wrong. Is he Si Pitung Macan Betawi? Nope. He is just 'Si Khairul Kucing Malaysia'! A blast from the past. Look at the background of the photo. Oh! I love living in England. For me, the Victorian style houses in England make it so picturesque. It's a romantic place to live especially in the northern part of England like Sheffield which is near the lake districts. That Winter 1993 was the most memorable winter because I just married in that year. So that Winter 1993 was the first Winter that I had a halal companion sleeping next to me, as husband and wife during long cold night. My wife said I was her 'Natural Winter Heater' that kept her warm and comfortable throughout very cold -5 degree Celsius Winter night.


Sekadar menggamit secebis kenangan lalu saja nih. Hmmm...selagi dinamakan manusia, kita nggak akan bisa melupakan kenangan lalu.
Pasti nggak akan bisa. Nggak seperti komputer yang kapan-kapan saja bisa di delete memory dalam CPU. Maka, apabila kenangan lalu tiba-tiba datang menjelma dan mampir di Inbox pikiran kita, tanpa kita minta, tanpa kita undang, tanpa kemahuan kita, sama ada kenangan itu kenangan yang manis ataupun kenangan yang amat menyedihkan dan sadis, sebagai seorang Muslim mari kita redha dengan Qada dan Qadar yang Allah telah tentukan untuk kita.
Seperti kata teman saya dari Surabaya yang ganteng, Bapak Firman Hadi Sukma Pratama (Pakar Kuasa Pikiran Bawah Sadar dan Founder Wahana Sejati): "Iya, nikmati ajalah..."


JUST MY SPECIAL NOTE: Mari kita tenang-tenang aja karena sebagaimana Allah bisa menjadikan apa pun untuk hal-hal yang sudah pun berlaku, maka sesungguhnya Allah juga bisa mentakdirkan apa pun untuk hal-hal yang akan datang walaupun kelihatannya mustahil untuk berlaku jika menurut logika akal. Bukankah dalam Surah Al Maidah Ayat 40, Allah berfirman: "Dan Allah Maha Kuasa atas segala sesuatu".









PHOTO: THESE BAMBOO TREES FORM A MIND-SOOTHING PANORAMIC VIEW AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE PONDOK PESANTREN AT DESA KERTARAHAYU. I SPEND EVERY WEEKEND AT THIS PONDOK PESANTREN; LEARNING TAFSIR AL QURAN, CONDUCTING MY FREE ENGLISH CLASS TO 'SANTRI & SANTRIWATI' AND MAKING A CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO BE A HAFIZ AL QURAN BEFORE I DIE. AMEN YA ALLAH...


No doubt I love every single minute running my own consultancy business from Monday to Friday at my Jakarta office located not far from the Embassy of Malaysia. BUT for me, the most beautiful thing about living in Jakarta is being able to spend my time every weekend at a Pondok Pesantren Tahfiz Al Quran at Desa Kertarahayu in Kecamatan Setu. This Islamic traditional learning place is located at a panoramic remote village which is a two-hour drive from Jakarta. This is my Paradise. This is my 'Heaven on Earth'. The Pondok Pesantren is located in the middle of a green aromatic ginger and sesame farm, surrounded by paddy fields and green hills. During my weekend stay at this Pondok Pesantren, I diligently learn in-depth about Tajwid and Tafsir Al Quran directly from a charismatic ulama by the name of Pak Kiyai Sarno who is very religious and very well-versed in Ilmu Fiqih, Tafsir Al Quran and Ilmu Hadith. Every single of his explanation is substantiated by the relevant verses in Al Quran and Hadith Sahih.









PHOTO: THREE BEAUTIFUL MUSLIMAH AND HAFIZAH OF PONDOK PESANTREN AT DESA KERTARAHAYU WHO WON THE “MUSABAQAH TAHFIZ AL QURAN SE-JABODETABEK" RECENTLY. THEY ARE ISTIQOMAH IRSYADIAH (LEFT) AND AMATULLAH ASSAATIRAH (YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF PAK KIYAI SARNO)


Pak Kiyai Sarno is a Hafiz who has memorized 30 Juz of Al Quran and could recite the Al Quran verses from memory. His wife (Ibu Rachmah Julaeha) is also a Hafizah. And the 3 sons of Pak Kiyai Sarno are Hafiz Al Quran too. They are Mas Salahuddin, Mas Muhammad Al Fateh and Mas Mujahid. By the way, Mas Salahuddin and Mas Muhammad Al Fateh are now studying at Al Azhar in Egypt while Mas Mujahid is assisting Pak Kiyai Sarno to run his Pondok Pesantren. But Pak Kiyai Sarno plans to send Mas Mujahid to further his study in Sudan in 3 years time. Pak Kiyai Sarno's 10 years old beautiful youngest daughter (Amatullah Assaatirah) so far has managed to memorize 10 Juz of Al Quran.


Actually this is not so much about how many verses, chapters or Juz of Al Quran that a Muslim has managed to memorize. Having said that, it is indeed a proven fact that in order to succesfully memorize all 6,666 verses or 30 Juz of Al Quran, a Hafiz needs to observe his behaviour, akhlak and ibadah strictly based on Islamic rules and regulations. They must also lower their gaze. It is extremely unlikely that a person can eventually be a Hafiz or Hafizah if he or she is not humble. And for a Hafiz or Hafizah, patience is definitely a virtue. They also need to ensure that they do not use their mouth to talk bad about others or insult other human-beings or cause hatred among human-beings. These underlying principles which actually have shaped a Hafiz or Hafizah's behaviour or akhlak to be a very well behaved human-being or 'manusia berakhlak mulia' that makes our Planet Earth a better place to live. Since they have to put in practice in their daily life all the life principles outlined in the Al Quran verses that they have memorized, they ultimately become 'Al Quran Bergerak' or 'The Moving Al Quran'
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PHOTO: THIS IS THE VILLAGE ROAD OUTSIDE THE PERIMETER WALL OF THE PONDOK PESANTREN. FOR ME, THIS IS THE ROAD TO MY 'HEAVEN ON EARTH'. FRIDAY EVENING IS MY BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK BECAUSE EVERY FRIDAY EVENING I WILL TRAVEL TO DESA KERTARAHAYU TO SPEND MY WEEKEND AT THE PONDOK PESANTREN.
FROM MY OFFICE, IT TAKES ABOUT 2 OR 3 HOURS TO REACH THERE. I CAN'T DESCRIBE TO YOU THE NATURAL SENSE OF HAPPINESS IN MY HEART WHEN I SEE THE ENTRANCE GATE OF THE PONDOK PESANTREN, THE PADDY-FIELDS NEARBY AND ALSO THE VERY MOMENT I SEE HIJAB-CLAD MUSLIMAH STROLLING AROUND THE PONDOK PESANTREN AREA. AND USUALLY 10 TO 15 MINUTES AFTER I HAVE ARRIVED AT THE PONDOK, THE MUSLIMAH OR HAFIZAH WILL SERVE ME DELICIOUS INDONESIAN VILLAGE DISHES. OH DEAR! I LOVE THE 'SUASANA AL QURAN' AT THIS PONDOK. I LOVE THE HEAVENLY BEHAVIOUR OF THE PEOPLE AT THIS PONDOK. I LOVE THE VILLAGE FOOD SERVED TO ME AT THIS PONDOK. WHAT CAN I SAY...I SIMPLY FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS PONDOK PESANTREN!


The truth is I am already 46 years old. So, I asked Pak Kiyai Sarno whether it is too old for me to start memorizing all 30 Juz of Al Quran, slowly but surely, during my weekend stay at this Pondok Pesantren and Insya-Allah eventually become a Hafiz Al Quran. Pak Kiyai Sarno answered that no, it is not too old because he has seen a 50 years old man successfully memorizing the whole 30 Juz of Al Quran and became a Hafiz at that later stage of his life. This true story really inspires me. Yes, Monday to Friday I am an International Law Consultant who run my own consultancy business at the heart of Jakarta City Centre but that does not stop me to start learning to become a Hafiz Al Quran during my weekend rendezvous at this Pondok Pesantren. I told Pak Kiyai Sarno that no matter how challenging it will be and no matter how long it will take to become a Hafiz Al Quran, I will persevere and I will istiqomah because I want to die not just as a businessman. In fact I want to die as a Hafiz Al Quran. Yes, I do. This is despite the fact that I come from British law education background and not from Islamic studies background. Indeed this is my new personal ambition. Amen Ya Allah... By the way, to read the 12 benefits and prerogatives of being a Hafiz Al Quran please scroll your mouse to the bottom left of my blog. Each prerogative is supported by the relevant Hadith and verses from Al Quran.









PHOTO: THE MUSLIMAH AND HAFIZAH OF PONDOK PESANTREN ARE IN THE MIDST OF PERFORMING MURAJA’AH OF THE VERSES OF AL QURAN. THESE KIND-HEARTED MUSLIMAHS ARE BEAUTIFUL, SOFT-SPOKEN, POLITE, RELIGIOUS, OBEDIENT AND NO DOUBT THEY ARE SMART


Each time I am at this Pondok Pesantren, the Muslimahs ('Hafizah' or future 'Hafizah') who are learning Islam at this Pondok Pesantren would happily serve and cook for me very delicious Indonesian village dishes for my breakfast, lunch and dinner. These kind-hearted Muslimahs are beautiful, very soft-spoken, very polite, religious, obedient and no doubt they are very smart (what can I say, they memorize 30 chapters of Al Quran). These virgins have the discipline of performing Solat Tahajjud and Solat-Solat Malam every night. For me, it is an honour and a privilege to conduct my free English Class to them every Saturday and Sunday during my weekend rendezvous at this Pondok Pesantren, learning Tajwid and Tafsir Al Quran from their Guru (Pak Kiyai Sarno). And I must confess that by looking at their mind-soothing face alone is enough to make the work stress of my consultancy business in the heart of Jakarta City Centre from Monday to Friday simply gone with the wind. Oh dear...no kidding. And I am very sure this such a soft-spoken Pondok Pesantren lady can definitely make even an extremely violent man like Mike Tyson or Incredible Hulk purrs like a kitten. Yes, you hear me right, purrs like a kitten...


JUST MY SPECIAL NOTE: The purpose I disclose that I am now conducting free English class during my weekend stay at Pondok Pesantren is NOT to show-off or menunjuk-nunjuk. On the other hand, my ONLY purpose is I hope by sharing this story I can inspire all my other friends wherever they are, who have certain skills and specialization to infaq (donate) their skills for the benefit of others by giving their free services or free class during their weekend or free time. Pak Kiyai Sarno has taught me that infaq does not necessarily in the form of money or tangible assets only. Well...besides spending our weekend at Wet World, Taman Negara, Zoo Negara, Pantai Seri Tujuh, Genting Highland, shopping mall, restaurant or other entertainment centre, wouldn't it good if we can also do something and infaq our skills for the benefit of other human-beings during our weekend, right? Wrong? Of course 'right' lah, right...









PHOTO: IN FRONT OF THE 'KAMAR TAMU' ALLOCATED BY PAK KIYAI SARNO FOR ME AND MY KELANTANESE WIFE TO PUT UP DURING MY WEEKEND STAY AT THE PONDOK PESANTREN


Pak Kiyai Sarno has also allocated a comfortable Guest Room for me and my Kelantanese wife to put up during our weekend stay. What a romantic night at this Pondok Pesantren with extremely mind-soothing night breeze blowing from the nearby mountain and paddy fields. I always have a 'feel-good' feeling whenever I am at this Pondok Pesantren. It reminds me of the same feeling during the honeymoon time with my wife when we were newly married 20 years ago in 1993. At that time both of us were nothing but just a 23 and 22 years old young innocent couple who married at such a young age to get Keredhaan Allah. And what a feeling to have my bath here using very clean natural mountain ground water from the well. Oh Mammamia! Mammamia!


JUST KIDDING: But please do not have any slightest imagination of a gagah-perkasa man like me having a romantic private bath or bermandi-manda with a beautiful virgin Muslimah or Hafizah during my weekend rendezvous here. Sheesh...Tak elok tu.










PHOTO: THIS PONDOK PESANTREN IS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF A GREEN SESAME FARM, SURROUNDED BY GREEN PADDY-FIELDS AND GREEN MOUNTAIN. INDEED IT’S MY GREEN PARADISE!



Furthermore, I can't find any word in any dictionary ever published on this Planet Earth to describe my happiness performing Solat Tahajjud and Solat-Solat Malam together with these 'santri-santri' each night when I am staying at this Pondok Pesantren. And what a satisfaction to conduct free English lesson class for them
every weekend at this Pondok Pesantren. The unique thing about this Pondok Pesantren is apart from Islamic studies, this Pondok Pesantren also teaches 'modern' subjects such as English Language, Mathematics and Computer Skills because for their school-age 'santri' they also sit for Indonesian Ujian Nasional which is similar to SPM Exams in Malaysia or O-Level Exams in the UK.









PHOTO: PADDY-FIELDS AROUND THE PONDOK PESANTREN MAKE THE VIEW HERE VERY PICTURESQUE ESPECIALLY DURING SUNRISE AND SUNSET. INDEED THIS IS MY ‘HEAVEN ON EARTH’



Perhaps it's worth mentioning that it's my dream and also my wife's dream to spend most of our post-retirement time later
in a Pondok Pesantren like this which is located in a beautiful Indonesian village surrounded by green hills. We also plan to contribute something to the Pondok Pesantren in term of our skills. I plan to continue teaching these 'anak-anak Pondok Pesantren' English Language and my wife can teach them Computer Skills. By spending our time at Pondok Pesantren, my wife and I plan to learn more about Tafsir Al Quran from the Pak Kiyai. It's also our dream to have the discipline to perform Solat-Solat Malam and Solat Tahajud each and every night together, as a husband and wife, at the Pondok Pesantren. And during day time we will enjoy doing some farming over here. No doubt, it is Heaven on Earth in whatever way both of us see it. Indeed it is.









PHOTO: THIS IS THE ACCOMMODATION BUILDING FOR THE MUSLIMAH AND HAFIZAH OF THIS PONDOK PESANTREN. THE SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. PRAISE TO ALLAH, ALHAMDULLILAH I HAVE MANAGED TO GET MANY OF MY MALAYSAN FRIENDS TO TRANSFER MONEY TO THE PONDOK PESANTREN AS THEIR ‘INFAQ AMAL JARIYAH’. PAK KIYAI SARNO HAS TAUGHT ME THAT IN SURAH AL BAQARAH (VERSE 261) ALLAH HAS PROMISED THAT FOR EVERY 1 THING YOU INFAQ, ALLAH WILL MULTIPLY IT AND GIVE YOU BACK 700 TIMES. INDEED. ALLAH WILL NEVER BREACH HIS PROMISE. NEVER. NEVER. EVER.









PHOTO: THIS IS THE PONDOK PESANTREN MOSQUE WHICH IS USED AS THE CENTRE OF ACTIVITIES. I CONDUCT MY ENGLISH CLASS DURING MY WEEKEND HERE INSIDE THIS MOSQUE. AND EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT I HAPPILY WATCH ISLAMIC FILM INSIDE THIS MOSQUE BY USING PROJECTOR AND PORTABLE WHITE SCREEN TOGETHER WITH ALL THE HAFIZ AND HAFIZAH. WHO SAYS IN ISLAM WE CANNOT 'MENONTON WAYANG'? OF COURSE WE CAN. BUT WE MUST OBSERVE THE SYARIAH GUIDELINES. NO PROBLEM AT ALL. I CAN SEE THEY ENJOY 'NOBAR' AND THEIR WEEKLY MOVIE WATCHING SESSION...










PHOTO: I WISH M.NASIR, THE LEGENDARY MALAYSIAN SONG COMPOSER IS HERE WITH ME, SPENDING TIME UNDER A TREE NEAR THE PADDY-FIELDS AROUND THE PONDOK PESANTREN. THIS SCENIC VIEW MAY STIMULATE M.NASIR’S CREATIVE MIND TO COMPOSE MANY NEW ROMANTIC SONGS! OH I LOVE ROMANTIC SONGS COMPOSED BY M.NASIR SUCH AS 'KEPADAMU KEKASIH' AND 'SUATU MASA'. DO YOU REMEMBER THESE BEAUTIFUL LYRICS?: “BAGAIMANAKAN KU MULA, DAN APAKAH KATA-KATA, YANG INDAH UNTUK DIABADIKAN, TIAP WAJAH BERKISAH, TIAP MADAH BERERTI, MANAKAH ILHAMKU…, CAHAYA DI MATAMU, SENYUM DI BIBIRMU, MENGUKIR SERIBU TANDA PERTANYAAN, MUNGKINKAH KAU JUA DALAM KERINDUAN, DI SAAT BEGINI AKU MERINDUKAN…” (WELL...GEMUK-GEMUK SAYA PUN ADA PERASAAN JUGA..., SIAPA BILANG ORANG GEMUK NGGAK DIBENARKAN ADA PERASAAN 'JIWANG' YA...? NGGAK SALAH KOK..., APATAH LAGI PERASAAN 'JIWANG' ITU HANYA TERHADAP ISTERI SENDIRI. GITU...) BY THE WAY, SINCE M.NASIR ALREADY COMPOSED 'KERONCONG UNTUK ANA' SONG, PERHAPS IT’S A GOOD IDEA IF HERE AT PONDOK PESANTREN HE CAN COMPOSE 'KERONCONG UNTUK ANTA'. I CAN BE THE PENYANYI LATAR










PHOTO: THE PONDOK PESANTREN IS SURROUNDED BY PADDY-FIELDS ON ONE SIDE AND THIS JUNGLE GREENERY ON THE OTHER SIDE. BEING HERE IS LIKE SPENDING TIME IN OUR TAMAN NEGARA BACK IN MALAYSIA. DURING NIGHT TIME ALL SORTS OF MUSICAL VOICE OF INSECTS AND BIRDS CAN BE HEARD COMING FROM THIS JUNGLE. BUT I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE SOUND OF TIGER OR LION ROARING. THAT’S GOOD NEWS BECAUSE COMPARED TO 20 YEARS AGO; I CAN’T RUN THAT FAST ANYMORE. FURTHERMORE, I MUST CONFESS THAT I AM A MAN WITH 3 MONTHS 'PREGNANT' TUMMY. THANKS TO INDONESIAN DELICIOUS FOOD SUCH AS ES TELER, BEBEK KALEYO, PECAL LELE LELA, AYAM BAKAR MAS MONO, AYAM BAKAR WONG SOLO, CHICKEN STORY, SOTO GEBREK, PISANG BAKAR, AYAM KALASAN, MARTABAK BANGKA, KONRO DAENG TATA, AYAM GORENG MBOK BEREK, GADO-GADO BOPLO, SOTO BETAWI, SOTO MAKASAR, SATE SENAYAN, RAWON SETAN, TAHU PETIS KEDUNGDORO, BEBEK SONGKEM, SEMANGGI DEMPO, NASI KRAWU BU RIDA AND MANY MORE. IT SEEMS THAT UNLESS AND UNTIL I CONSUME 'ALPHA LIPID SLIM DIET 2', I WILL BE FOREVER PREGNANT....

















Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun
Punya Wajah Cantik,
Karena Wajah Terakhir Kita Adalah Wajah Jenazah Pucat Pasi

Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun Punya Rumah Besar,
Karena Rumah Terakhir Kita Adalah Liang Lahad


Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun Punya Busana Mahal,
Karena Busana Terakhir Kita Adalah Kain Kafan


Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun Punya Kulit Mulus Dan Kinclong,
Karena Kulit Terakhir Kita Adalah Tanah Kuburan


Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun Punya Mobil Mewah,
Karena Kendaraan Terakhir Kita Adalah Keranda Mayat


Mari Kita Tetap Rendah Diri Meskipun Punya Minyak Wangi Bergengsi,
Karena Wangian Terakhir Kita Adalah Kapur Barus








"Ya Allah...Jika Dengan Terus Hidup, Saya Khairul Hisham Bin Hassan Akan Dapat Terus Beribadat Untuk Menambahkan Pahala Dan Akan Dapat Terus Berbuat Amalan Kebaikan Serta Akan Dapat Terus Memberi Manafaat Kepada Orang Lain, Maka Saya Mohon Tolonglah Panjangkan Umur Saya Ya Allah..."

"Tetapi Ya Allah...Jika Dengan Terus Hidup, Saya Khairul Hisham Bin Hassan Akan Hanya Menambah Berbuat Dosa Dan Akan Hanya Menyakiti Hati Orang Lain Serta Akan Hanya Memberi Mudarat Kepada Orang Lain, Maka Saya Mohon Tolonglah Matikan Saya Secepat Yang Mungkin Jika Mati Itu Lebih Baik Bagi Saya. Dan Matikanlah Saya Dalam Husnul Khotimah..."





Tuesday, March 23, 2010


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- Uniqueness of Kathmandu
- Latest: From Kathmandu With Love!
- Sudanese Culture: My Perspective
- About Raining in Sudan, MRSM Muar And Silat Kuntau Tekpi
- Another Historic Day in the Life of a Village Boy Named "Khairul"
- Romantic Sudanese Sleeps Outdoor Admiring Thousands of Stars!
- The Beauty AndUniqueness of Sudanese Wedding
- How Would Hang Jebat React To Sandstorm In Sudan?
- Met 2 Colonels And 7 Majors In Sudan. My Manohara Odelia Pinot
- Khartoum: Hot Weather, Hot Lady!
- My First Day In Sudan


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26 MORE STORIES RELATED TO NEPAL



PHOTO: My Nepali partner ("General" Basu Rijal) and I ("General" Khairul Hisham), the two no-nonsense marketing generals ready to go to the battlefield (meeting) in full suit. The "military tank" we use is Basu's Bajaj Pulsar motorbike. Full Attack!

PHOTO: I told my partner and my staffs that when we go to sales battlefield, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together.


PHOTO: Jack says: "Oh Rose, your face is so clean. No pimple. What do you use, My Love? Is it L'Oreal Facial Cream?"


PHOTO: The most romantic scene-Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater "You jump, I jump". In my case, if I jump, my wife will jump too because she knows her 100kg husband can't swim as good as her!


PHOTO: Tom Hanks in "Sleepless in Seattle" but in Kathmandu it is Khairul Hanks "Sleepless in Kathmandu"



KHAIRUL HANKS "SLEEPLESS IN KATHMANDU"

I started writing this week blog-posting on 20th March but due to electricity "on" and "off" problem, it is only uploaded on Tuesday, 23rd March.

We meet again today. In fact today , 20th March 2010, is the birthday of my beloved wife, Azura Mohamed.
First and foremost, before I go further writing this week blog, please allow me to pay my tribute to this lovely Kelantanese lady that I have been married for the past 17 years.

I sincerely cannot find any single world in any English-Malay dictionary, or English-Nepali dictionary, or Malay-Nepali dictionary or even Malay-Tibetan dictionary that can best describe my gratitude towards this most beautiful lady in my eyes who was created by Allah specially for me, for being the most loyal and loving wife that a husband can have, for being the most patient and wonderful mother that my children can wish, for being the most romantic Juliet that a Romeo can fantasize and for being the most caring Kelantanese daughter-in-law that my Javanese mother can dream of.


I am not exaggerating my facts here. The truth is "a fact is a fact, no matter what"


The same way that not every single thing which can fly can be eaten (such as we can eat bird but we can't eat aeroplane), so I guess not every beautiful lady can be a good wife or at least a good wife for me. In my eyes it is beyond any reasonable doubt that my wife Azura is the
most beautiful lady who was created by Allah specially for me.

To my only 'Azura': "Thank you and thank you for making me understand the meaning of true love after I married you 17 years ago on 20th August 1993"


No doubt there were times when both of us thought this life is so unfair to me, especially when my first business, K.H Membership Consultant, collapsed in 1997.
But like Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) we will continue navigating our very own Titanic without hitting any iceberg, carlsberg, whoopi goldberg or whatever "berg" that can threaten our great Titanic.

Perhaps it is worth mentioning that in the film "Sleepless in Seattle" there is a scene whereby Dr Marcia, the consultant in a national radio advice show, asked Sam (Tom Hanks): "Tell me what was so special about your wife?".


Without any hesitation, Sam replied: "Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together...and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home...only to no home I'd ever known...I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like...magic."


Similarly, now in "Sleepless in Kathmandu", I can also go on and on rumbling my inner feeling towards this lovely lady, my beloved wife Azura, for another 7 days and 7 nights non-stop (except when I have to go to toilet).


Having said that, I guess my blog readers would like to read my writing about my current experience in Kathmandu, and not about a romantic 100kg Romeo expressing his love to his Juliet.
Alright...alright...I hear you...I hear you...I hear yoouuuuu. So, let's go to our first topic:



ONE MINUTE CALL TO MALAYSIA FROM KATHMANDU EQUIVALENT TO 10 PIECES OF NEPALI ROTI GONE!

PHOTO: Hulk Hogan Junior says: "Hi Khairul! Who said I cannot eat 30 Nepali Roti in one time?"


PHOTO: I don't take Nepali Roti, I eat Spagetthi, Mamamia!


PHOTO: Cyber Cafe owner will not give a damn opening his Internet Phone Centre at 2am just because Khairul, the Malaysian fat Romeo wants to make a call to his Juliet in Malaysia.
 

I am a father of 2 beautiful daughters (Intan Nur Farhana and Intan Nur Qistina) and a macho son (Mahathir Khatami). Thus, almost everyday I must communicate with them, the least by sms-text message or by using Yahoo Messenger chatting if there is internet connection in my room and if that time they are in front of a computer.

Occasionally I have got no choice but to communicate with them through my mobile phone. However, unlike when I was in Manchester UK, developing my UK branch there, I found out calling from Kathmandu to Malaysia is comparatively more expensive.

An sms-text from my mobile by using Ncell to Malaysia cost me nearly 13 Rupee per sms, whereas if I buy one piece of Nepali Roti (similar to "Roti Tempayan" in Malaysia) it only costs me 10 Rupee per Roti.

And what about calling to Malaysia by using mobile phone? I have done my checking and testing. It costs me a whopping 60 Rupees per minute!

So if I call my wife from Kathmandu by using my mobile, for every 1 minute, 6 potential pieces of Nepali Roti will disappear from my plate because 1 piece of Roti is 10 Rupees and 1 minute calling to Malaysia by using Ncell mobile is 60 Rupees.

Being a Romeo, what about if I spend the first 5 minutes of my call to my wife with my usual "I miss you", "My lonely night is disastrous without you", "The Nepali lady is nothing compared to you" bla, bla, bla, bla and 5 minutes of talking is over?

Wow! 30 Nepali Roti will be gone. That's a hell of lot of Roti, man. Even Hulk Hogan can't eat 30 Nepali Roti in one time.

My friend, I do not mean to be so calculative and stingy here. My point here is to prove to you that expressing long distance love via mobile phone is expensive in Nepal. That's exactly my point here.

However, calling to India from Kathmandu is very cheap with some mobile operators offer just 3 Rupees per minute. Unfortunately, my wife is not 'Letchumy' in Tamil Nadhu or 'Aishwarya Rai' in Bollywood. Instead, My wife is a Malay lady now living in a far, far away paradise called "Malaysia"



EXPRESSING LOVE IS EXPENSIVE IN NEPAL



PHOTO: Expressing love from Nepal is expensive. Thus, making calls from Internet Phone Centre in a Cyber Cafe is the cheapest way

My Nepali branch staff (Pratima Manandhar) innocently suggested to me that I can use Internet Phone Centre at any Cyber Cafe in Kathmandu which uses VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to communicate with my wife and children that offer much cheaper rate than by using my mobile.

She may be right but what about during 2am early morning and lonely midnight night time when I have to call my wife for missing her so much?
I cannot knock the door of the Cyber Cafe owner, asking him to open his Cyber Cafe Internet Phone Centre at 2am in the morning just to make me make a cheap call to Malaysia, can I? I do not think he will give a damn opening his Cyber Cafe Internet Phone Centre at 2am just because a Malaysian fat Romeo want to make a call to his Juliet in Malaysia.

Neither will he be bothered if that Romeo dies standing missing his Juliet in front of his Cyber Cafe.


CONSULTANCY BUSINESS IS NOT LIKE MAKING ISFAHAN GAZ. HENCE, I NEED TO BE BASED IN NEW BRANCH FOR 3 MONTHS

PHOTO: No. You cannot learn how to provide consultancy services the same way you learn how to cook Tandoori Chicken by using a Recipe Book!


PHOTO: Isfahan Gaz is my favourite Iranian food. Thus, I am willing to accept payment of my service by cash, cheque or Gaz!


PHOTO: Lavosh, a must for my breakfast last time when I visited Teheran for 2 weeks.

Some people did ask me, as a married man isn't it amazing that my wife and I only meet every 2 or 3 months once. At least for the time being.


I told them the nature of my business which is providing consultancy on 'Doing Business in Malaysia', consultancy on 'Malaysia My Second Home' and consultancy on 'Malaysian Higher Education' leaves me with no choice but to create my network of associate branches all over the world.

My business battlefield is in overseas because overseas is the place where my prospective clients can be found, not in Malaysia.

In Malaysia I can only found Wak Mijan, Wak Tumiran and all other Malaysians who are already citizens of Malaysia and will never ever apply Malaysia My Second Home visa no matter how brilliant I use any of Zig Ziglar's closing sales techniques that I learned by reading his book 5 times. Furthermore, my targetted clients are international business community who want to set up their business in Malaysia.

However, this overseas mission will not be forever. After having at least 20 active associate branches worldwide I will delegate this task to my protege to continue creating another 100 more active associate branches worldwide.

Joking aside. This is my great ambition. I will do it before I breathe my last oxygen in this world. I do this not only to fulfill my ambition to be a multi-millionaire through my own effort, without resorting to dirty corrupt sinful political channels, but also to ensure my children and all my partners' children in the future will be able to be based in any office in any part of the world that they choose.

Even if there is potential associate branch to be set up in Planet Mars or Planet Zuhal, I will do it. If I have to do, I have to do, no matter what.

I do not believe in just issuing a piece of appointment letter that famously called "Representative Company Appointment Letter" to my overseas company branch associate to represent my company in their home country. That piece of appointment letter does not mean anything to me.

This kind of consultancy business is not the same with cooking Tandoori Chicken or making Isfahan Gaz or Iranian Lavosh, where people can just learn to do it by reading a recipe book.

My experience tells me that no, it will not work that way. In fact, it will never work that way. Period.

Therefore I need at least 2 or 3 months to stay and work together full time with my overseas branch partner in that country and his staffs in order to coach them as how to run this consultancy business and also to develop the new market together.



I AM THE MARKETING GENERAL

PHOTO: I am the "5 Star Sales General" in my company. Yes! General "Sexy Bald Head" Khairul Hisham!



PHOTO: When we go to sales battlefield, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together.


I am the Marketing General and when we go to sales battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, my partner, my staffs and I will all come home together. As simple as that.

The branch staff will make the appointments for me and my branch partner to attend and I will do the complete presentation on my company 3 services to the prospective clients in the country that I am operating into.


They will also have the opportunity to hear how I answer the real questions, real enquiry made by real clients. This is the way my new branch partner and their staffs worldwide learn from me. And learned they are.


Not by reading my company brochures like a kindergarten kid. Not by mere repeating the information stated in my corporate website like a parrot. No. No. No.

Only by listening to my various answers to various different clients that would make the learning process more effective.
Some of the questions thrown out by my clients maybe the same with the other clients.

This will make my branch partner and their staffs understand better and much more familiarized with the topics been discussed just by listening to the same answers given by me.


I always believe that in this kind of consultancy line especially in 'Doing Business' consultancy, each client is unique with its specific needs.
Therefore, during the real presentation with different clients, my branch staffs will hear how I answer different type of questions.Thus, the time frame of 3 months will enable my new branch partner and his staffs to learn through best practical way about different kinds of questions or aspects related to the 3 services that my company are offering to the Nepali people.

This various appointments and presentations touch on various subject matters, so by listening to my answers my staffs learned many practical things related to those 3 different services.


THE SALES CYCLE OF MY BUSINESS IS LONG, NOT LIKE IN ROTI CHANAI BUSINESS
PHOTO: Nobody will need one hour long to make a decision whether to buy a 'Roti Chanai' or not !

Besides coaching and training, this 3 months is also a time frame that I set to develop the market for each branch. Like I used to write in my previous blog-posting, the sales-cycle process of my business is longer than any other business such as 'Roti Chanai' and Doner Kebab business.

When you are in the restaurant, it is either you buy that 'Roti Chanai' or not. Nobody will need one hour long to make decision whether to buy that 'Roti Chanai' or not.


I am pretty sure the cook or chef who prepares the Roti Chanai will throw that hot Roti Chanai to your face if you keep on standing in front of him for one hour, thinking whether you want to buy that delicious Roti Chanai or not.


The services that we are promoting sometimes involve nearly 6 months sales-cycle. But 3 months is a reasonable time frame although I also used to get on-the-spot confirmation or within a week decision for them to come to Malaysia either to invest and open a company in Malaysia or to apply for 'Malaysia My Second Home" programme or sending their children to study in Malaysian university.


Therefore, within this 3 months time frame and before I leave them to run the branch operations by themselves, it is in my targeted plan to clinch some deals with the prospective clients in that country so that my branch partner and staffs can see the whole real process of the sales-cycle from A to Z.

That way, they would see by themselves that indeed we can get clients and the business plan is not just a mere amazing theory written in a piece of paper.


Although I myself has got a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from The University of Sheffield in 1994, I still believe a Bachelor degree or a Master degree or even a PhD is just a mere paper qualification which does not guarantee success at all in this line of consultancy services if the correct business modus-operandi is not adopted.



IF YOU EAT 'DURIAN' EVERYDAY, IT WILL EVENTUALLY TASTE LIKE A 'BELACAN' (SHRIMP PASTE)

PHOTO: Malaysian Belacan (Prawn Shrimp Paste). "If almost everyday you eat durian, I can assure you even the best durian will make you feel tasteless as if you eat 'Belacan'!"


PHOTO: Durian-The Undisputed King of Fruits in Malaysia!


From time to time, there were people who did ask me that as a married man wouldn't it a long lonely night spending 3 months in overseas alone without my "halal" wife.
I told them 3 months is nothing compared to many foreign labours in Malaysia who normally go back to their home country once a year or even once in two years time.

Furthermore, as a man who has to travel to different parts of the world setting my associate branches, hence always
left my wife at home in Malaysia, I can't describe to you the bombastic, fantastic and smashing feeling meeting my wife again and having a kind of "First Night" experience once in every 3 months. It's Heaven. Mamamia! Fantastico...

All of you my blog readers are not cute, innocent 6 years old kindergarten kids, so let me be very open to you. Please allow me use eating Durian as an analogy to give my explanation. You know...when you have not eaten Durian, the King of Malaysian Fruit, for 3 months and out of sudden you have got the chance to eat it, only God know how to describe the sweetness, the joy, the "romanticism" and the sheer pleasure of eating that Durian!
But if almost everyday you eat Durian, I can assure you even the best Durian grade D4, D7 or even grade D888 (if there is any such grade) also will make you feel tasteless, as if you are eating 'belacan' (prawn shrimp paste) instead of the delicious Durian, the King of Fruit in Malaysia! It is more or less the same thing with "husband & wife thing". How do I know? I know lah...

Furthermore, the Malay proverb says: "Sayangkan Isteri Tinggal-Tinggalkan" (means if you love your wife, you should leave her, from time to time).


Having said that, I leave my wife just for a temporary period of time. Like I wrote earlier, I have my own target. Whenever I have managed to set up a certain number of active branches network worldwide which will feed or provide my headquarters in Malaysia continuous stream of business clients, then I will delegate this task of developing my company branch associate worldwide to my protege.



I AM NO SANTA CLAUS

PHOTO: Although my big tummy looks like Santa Claus's tummy, I am no Santa Claus who always gives something for free!

For me, the most important thing is having quality and active branch network, not just a branch which hold my "Representative Company Appointment Letter", but produce nothing or zero sales or a very minimum number of sales.


At the end of the day, I am no Santa Claus who gives something for free as mere gifts. Perhaps my big tummy looks like Santa Claus's tummy but I am indeed a legitimate businessman, doing legitimate business who expect a return and who dream to be a multi-millionaire.

Correction...having said that, I think even my dear friend Santa Claus when giving out gifts he also would expect a kind of return, perhaps in the form of good deed made by the recipients of his gifts.

Throughout my reading and from the opinion of many learned person that I have consulted with, in order to know the real character of a person we need to stay with them for at least 40 days continuously.

Thus, I guess 3 months time frame is very much sufficient time for me to understand the character or behaviour, whether good or bad, of my branch partner in the country that I have set up a branch.

During these 3 months time, both my international partner and I will know each other's approach, character and behaviour very well.

This will make them see, by themselves, the passion and commitment that I have with this consultancy business. They will 'smell' my sincerity in bringing sales and profit to their business.

They will also think twice to deal with other consultant who does this same line of consultancy business, simply because they do not know that person as much as they know me.


BLACK PANTHER SIMPLY CAN'T RUN COMFORTABLY IN A TINY CONCRETE JUNGLE OF SINGAPORE
PHOTO: Black Panther can never live happily in a tiny jungle of Singapore


PHOTO: Singapore is just a collection of 'Pigeon-Hole" apartments township.



From my experience attending many meetings and making many presentations to promote my consultancy on 'Doing Business in Malaysia', consultancy on 'Malaysia My Second Home' and consultancy on 'Malaysian Higher Education", I found out many Nepali top corporate men and businessmen that I met almost all have already visited Singapore.Unfortunately, just a few of them have visited Malaysia. The reason is simple; Singapore offers them VOA (Visa on Arrival) which makes traveling to Singapore much easier and hassle-free.

However, Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah) unlike in the 70s whereby Malaysia is a little bit left behind as compared to Singapore, in term of infrastructure development, nowadays even a blind man can 'see' that Malaysia is very much a modern country with high standard of living but lower cost of living.


Without any shadow of doubt, I would contend that Malaysia is certainly on par with Singapore and in certain aspects is very much far ahead than this 'city-country-tiny-miny' Singapore.


I told them if they think Singapore is a good country to visit and live, then they should come to Malaysia and see that Malaysia is even 168 times better than Singapore.For me, Singapore is just a collection of 'Lego-type' modern building country plus the 'Pigeon-hole" apartment township.

In short, Singapore is just a city centre and not a 'real' country.
The so-called natural beauty claimed by Singaporean leaders are all man-made. In simple language it's damn artificial. The beach is artificial, the camping side is artificial and sometimes their smile also 'smells' artificial!

If a black panther wants to leap out in the so called tiny jungle of Singapore, I am sure within minutes this poor Puma will leap into a Singaporean's lap doing Tai-Chi exercise in the gazetted leisure activity area surrounded by its concrete jungle.


On the other hand, unlike Singapore, Malaysia is a country which is not only modern in term of infrastructure, but also well known for its natural beautiful landscape and islands.



SINGAPORE IS A "BARBIE DOLL" BUT MALAYSIA IS LIKE....?




PHOTO: Singapore is like a Barbie Doll. Beautiful but artificial. Miss Barbie Doll can't cook. Can't kiss passionately!




PHOTO: You can't have candlelite dinner with Cik Barbie Binti Doll

During my meeting with a Chairman of an airline and also with CEO of 6 different banks here in Kathmandu I told them it is not wrong for me to make a conclusion that Singapore is just a "Barbie Doll", looks beautiful but artificial.

Well...the truth is you cannot do much with this "Barbie Doll", can you? Can you ask a Barbie Doll to cook and prepare a romantic candle light dinner?

Can you kiss a Barbie Doll passionately? No, you can't and no you won't because even a sex maniac won't kiss a Barbie Doll passionately, will he?


Can you ask a Barbie Doll to provide a mind pleasuring foot-massage to you? No. No. No You certainly can't.

On the other hand, while staring straight at my client's eyes, I told them very openly that unlike this "Barbie Doll" Singapore, Malaysia is indeed akin to "Manisha Koirala" with her natural beauty, erotic natural body design and "architecture", sexy lips and with real passion as a real woman.

There is no need for me to explain here what you can do with "Manisha Koirala". Again, all of you are grown-up adults, not 6 years "Smart Reader" or PASTI kindergarten innocent kid.

So, I will let your creative and wild imagination to run its course, visualizing what you can do with Manisha Koirala, run...run...run non-stop until you can visualize no more.


Let us see why I keep on claiming my beloved country Malaysia is like "Manisha Koirala".



'2009 WORLD'S BEST RETAIL CENTRE' IS IN MALAYSIA, NOT IN LONDON, PARIS OR NEW YORK!

PHOTO: Tanjung Jara Resort Terengganu-"Best Hotel Spa in Asia Pacific" by Condé Nast Traveller UK and "Most Innovative Spa" by Tatler UK-Spa Awards



PHOTO: Pangkor Laut Island Resort-Luciano Pavarotti said "This is a paradise."



PHOTO: Pavillion Kuala Lumpur-FIABCI "2009 World's Best Retails Centre" Award



PHOTO: Luciano Pavarotti used to say: "Pangkor Laut Resort Island is enchanting, it is a paradise."

I told all Nepali businessmen that I met in my meeting with them that Kuala Lumpur is a big metropolitan with its monorail, subway, big modern clean road and highways.

There are many shopping complexes all over the country. One of them is Pavillion at Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur.

Pavillion Kuala Lumpur has even been awarded with the prestigious FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award 2009 as the 'World's Best Retails Centre', beating 26 other world class entries worldwide to win this award.
(http://fiabcinews.com/news/uploads/Emmagen.pdf). Yes...it is the best in the world, not the best in 'JB, Singapore and Batam' only.

They also should see our many other world class shopping centres such as 'The Curve' in Mutiara Damansara and Mid Valley Megamall with its 15 cinema theaters.


Apart from that, we also blessed by Allah with many pristine white sand beaches and islands such as Pangkor Island, Tioman Island, Redang Island, Sipadan Island and many more islands.

Pangkor Laut Island Resort even won the prestigious award of ‘Number One in the World in Top 100 List’ by the Condé Nast Traveller UK magazine in year 2003.

It is in fact an eye-opener that the world best island is not located in the Mediterranean or Caribbean region, but in Malaysia indeed.

Perhaps it's worth mentioning that the late Luciano Pavarotti (Luis Pavarotti "Yang Terlambat") used to say: "This place (Pangkor Laut Island) is enchanting, it is a paradise. The morning when I woke up I went out and I was really moved, almost crying, to see what beautiful things God had done. This is a paradise."

I also tell them since Malaysia is not located at the Pacific Ring of Fire Zone whereby there is earthquake and active volcanoes, the possibility of any earthquake in Malaysia is practically zero.

History has proven that Malaysia is relatively safer from natural disaster as compared to some of the neighbouring countries.

Surely, again the these businessmen do not want to start a new life in a foreign country only to wake up in one fateful morning discovering that there are cracks similar to the size of Wembley Stadium in their house compound because of the earthquake, do they?


Everyone in Dungun, a small town in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia also knows that last time when it was the turn of Malaysian Sepang Circuit to host the Formula 1 racing, Michael Schumacher will definitely spent at least 3 days at Tanjung Jara Resort.

Make no mistake, this beach resort has been picked as "Hotel of the Week" by The Independent on Sunday, UK (November 27, 2005) besides clinching the award of "Best Hotel Spa in Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent" by Condé Nast Traveller UK-Readers’ Spa Awards, 2008.

On top of that, this Tanjung Jara Beach resort also grabbed the number two ranking in “Best of the Best” World’s Top 26 Spas also by Condé Nast Traveller UK-Readers’ Spa Awards, 2008.

As a Malaysian, I am indeed very proud to say Tanjung Jara Resort also won the award of "Most Innovative Spa" by Tatler UK-Spa Awards, 2007 and also the title of "One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World" by the Condé Nast Traveller UK ( March 2006).

Last but not least, according to 2007 statistical survey by the ‘Long Stay Foundation of Japan’, Malaysia ranked first as the most popular long-stay destinations overseas, outpacing even Australia and Thailand which are at the second and third place respectively.

As a matter of fact, there are many other good places, beaches, islands and national parks in Malaysia that have won the admiration of Planet Earth citizens.

However, let us move to other topic so that Singaporean will not cry reading this blog, knowing fully well that there is no way Singapore can compete with Malaysia in overall quality of life.



THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE OF NEPALI WORKERS
PHOTO: One of Sony Products. Sony Electronics Malaysia needs another 2000 more Nepali workers!


"The Republica" newspaper on Thursday, March 19, at page 4 reported that due to positive track record of Nepalis currently employed in its manufacturing plants, Sony Electronics Malaysia needs another 2000 more Nepali workers including 1000 Nepali women to work in its Bangi and Penang branches.

Initially, Sony Malaysia only asked for 300 Nepali workers because they plan to recruit workers from Vietnam and Indonesia.

But later Sony Malaysia change its mind and diverted its demand from Vietnam and Indonesia to Nepal.

The golden question is why there is a sudden demand for Nepali workers? The answer is Nepali workers are comparatively dedicated, professional and hardworking.

In addition, the most important thing is, unlike the "Vietcong-minded" Vietnamese workers or the "Ayuh Berhantam-minded" Indonesian workers, these Nepali workers are very loyal and non-trouble makers.

I can say it with authority because I have been dealing with Nepali staffs here for the past one and half month.

As I already stated in my previous blog writing, my Nepali branch staffs all this while I have been dealing with are Pratima Manandhar, Babita Shrestha and Sunmala Giri.

Just take Pratima Manandhar as an example. She is extremely committed to her work and she always implemented every sales strategy professionally.

Although she always ended her sentences with the word "sir" such as "Thank you sir", "I will do that sir", "I am sorry sir", "No problem sir", it is indeed a big mistake if you think this Nepali staff only good at obeying instructions.

No. It is not only that. I found out that Nepali staff is also smart, creative, persistent and full of "zest" as well as very passionate about their job.

This manifestation of sheer intelligence and dedication can be clearly seen in the case of Pratima Manandhar, who is a very smart person because she always managed to secure an average of 3 (many times 4) appointments per day for me to attend to.

And mind you, these appointments are not with the owner of a "Teh Tarik" stall or with a "Jaga Kereta Boy". On the other hand, these appointments are with CEO or Managing Directors of various banks in Nepal, Chairmans of airline companies, General Managers of 5 Star hotels (not with the Chow Kit Road Rumah Tumpangan "General Manager").

Apart from that, she also many times managed to convince many Presidents of various chambers of commerce in Nepal to have a meeting with me and my Nepali partner, Basu Rijal.

These were all possible because this Nepali lady is a very smart staff. No wonder Sony Malaysia has requested more Nepali workers, instead of Vietnamese and Indonesian foreign workers


IN NEPAL, MY STAFF GO TO THE EXTENT OF VOLUNTARILY WAITING FOR ME IN FRONT OF THE GENTS'. IN MALAYSIA, THEY WOULD ASK: "HOW MUCH SALARY YOU PAID ME THAT YOU EXPECT TO DO MANY THINGS"

PHOTO: My Nepali branch staff, Pratima Manandhar, an exemplary dedicated Nepali professional.

Today I want to share with you another small and simple example as to why I say Nepali worker is also well known for their loyalty and creative attitude.

The story is like this: Once upon a time, on Thursday last week, slightly before I left for a meeting with a Country General Manager of an airline company in Nepal, I really had to go to my office gents' (toilet) first.

To my "surprise" as soon as I stepped out from the gents' I found out this Pratima already waited for me outside the gents' with my briefcase in her hand.

Before I managed to ask why, she already told me: "Excuse me sir, Mr Basu has just arrived from our Bagbazar office, waiting for you downstairs to go to your next appointment already arranged by myself. Here is your briefcase, sir which I have sorted out all the relevant documents order for you to go downstairs immediately now, sir. If not, you would be late for your meeting, sir "


I am stunned with this high level of dedication shown by my Nepali branch staff Pratima Manandhar, an educated Nepali girl who is now pursuing her Master qualification, and who has got the initiative to bring my briefcase waiting for me in front of the gents, so that I can straight-forward rush downstairs to see her other boss (Mr Basu) in order for both of us not to be late for our meeting that day.

Throughout my 16 years working career and business venture, I have yet to meet such a staff with a high degree of commitment and passion towards her work like this Nepali staff by the name of Pratima Manandhar.

In Malaysia, if you ask your staff to do some extra duty or go extra miles or incur just a little bit pressure to them to do the job faster, there is still a possibility that they will rudely and with a high degree of "kebiadapan" ask you back: "Berapa banyak gaji yang you bayar saya untuk buat macam-macam"? (How much salary you paid me that you expect me to go extra-miles?)


WARNING: "IF IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD THERE ARE MANY...."

PHOTO: You think you are cute cat and dog? Wait until Vietnamese foreign workers come to your neighbourhood!

To summarize it let me say that it is not wrong for me to conclude that:

In Malaysia, if in your neighbourhood there are many Indonesian foreign workers, watch out! Your money may one day disappear!(Because some of the Indonesian illegal workers love to commit burglary and robbery)

If in your neighbourhood there are many Vietnamese foreign workers, watch out! Your dog or cat may disappear! (Because some Vietnamese do slaughter cats and dogs and barbecue it)

If in your neighbourhood there are many Indonesian Lombok foreign workers, watch out! Your daughter may disappear! (Because there were many incidence this Lombok man runaway with Malaysian teenager to Lombok Island)

If in your neighbourhood there are many Bangladeshi foreign workers, watch out! Your wife may disappear! (Because some Bangladeshi think they look like Bollywood film stars, hence they tend to seduce Malaysian woman & housewife)

If in your neighbourhood there are many Republic of China foreign workers ladies, watch out! Your husband may disappear! (Because your husband can easily fall in love with this super soft-spoken, silk-skin Republic of China lady)

However, I have not heard any cynical jokes about Nepali workers in Malaysia which is currently nearly 400,000 in total number!



PERODUA SHOWROOM IN KATHMANDU, NOTHING BUT QUALITY-FROM THE SECURITY GUARD TO THE CARS DISPLAYED

PHOTO: In front of impressive Perodua showroom in Kathmandu



PHOTO: Posing with the handsome "Mr Incredible Nepal", Mr Pramod Dhungel, the Perodua Sales Consultant in Kathmandu

On the way to an appointment with the President of Nepal-French Chamber of Commerce, I saw a Perodua (one of Malaysian national cars) showroom at Lazimpat area.


Automatically I asked my Nepali partner to drop-by for a while, just for me to see and take some photos of Perodua showroom.

A a Malaysian, I am naturally proud to see a Malaysian car showroom in a foreign country.

The moment I entered the showroom I felt like as if I was the Nepali Chief of Army Staff, General Chattra Man Singh Gurung or at least like the Defence Minister, Madam Bidhya Bhandari when the Perodua showroom security guard showed his no-nonsense army salute to me with a lot of zest and seriousness splashed all over his commando face.

In my heart, I said: "Wow! I am so impressed but...take it easy Corporal".

Thank God I am not a smartly-dressed would be robber because if I were, this dedicated and patriotic security guard must have saluted a would be robber!

What to do. During that time I was wearing my usual full suit and coat with neck-tie and a briefcase in my hand. So he surely assumed that I was a potential Perodua buyer especially after seeing my big tummy that looks very much like a rich man tummy, not a small tummy of an Ethiopian hungry man.

I love Nepal. In the office almost every statement conveyed to me by Pratima Manandhar will be ended up with the word "Sir" like I am an Army General, and now in a Perodua showroom also another army salute to me. Was I dreaming or what....? No I was not.

Later when I achieve my dream to be a multi millionaire I will contact this no-nonsense, never smile, commando type security guard and I will offer him better salary and better perks than Perodua Kathmandu gives to him, in order for me to bring him to Malaysia to be my chief body guard!

Inside the showroom I was briefed by a very helpful, professional and friendly Sales Consultant, Mr Pramod Dhungel about the price of Perodua models MyVi and Viva.

I was "terkejut-beruk" or shocked to hear that the price of a MyVi SXi in Nepal is Rs 2,385,000 (Rs 2.3 Million) or if we converted to Ringgit Malaysia the price is nearly RM119,250 because RM1 is roughly equivalent to Rs20.

Perodua Viva 1000cc price tag here is Rs1,755,000 (RM 87,750) and Perodua Viva 850cc is Rs1,575,000 (RM 78,750).

Wow! You need to be a Rupee Millionaire to buy a Perodua car in Nepal.


The next question that you may ask me is how come the price of Perodua becomes so high maaaaaa? The answer is it is not Mr Pramod, the handsome Nepali Perodua Sales Consultant's fault. It is not my beautiful Manisha Koirala's fault.

It is not because Nemlink International Traders Pvt Ltd (the Nepali authorised distributor for Perodua Vehiles) wants to get rich very fast by inflating the price. It is not.

The price becomes a little bit crazy as compared to the price in Malaysia because I was told any new car in Nepal will be charged with a total of nearly 210% tax.

Before I left the Perodua showroom I thanked Mr Pramod Dhungel who spared his precious time showing me around.

While shaking his hand to say good bye, I told him: "Thank you for your time. It is very kind of you spending your time with me. And please kindly take note that your face is a very handsome face because you are 93% look like Mr Incredible, the super hero in the Disney film in 2004 who is also the husband of Elastigirl." (Look at the photo attached)



IT'S A "BAHOON", NOT A "BABOON"!

PHOTO: A Baboon in deep thought about his future! There is a significant difference between a Bahoon and a Baboon. A Bahoon is the highest caste and very respectable community in Nepal while a Baboon like this one is a kind of African and Asian Old World monkey .



PHOTO: The highest ranking Bahoon in Nepali government is Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the "Abdullah Badawi" Nepal, only looks fierce but comparatively quite slow, indecisive and don't know what to do maaaaaa


PHOTO: UCPN Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a Prachandra, another top echelon of Nepali opposition party who is also from Bahoon caste. He used to be the Prime Minister of Nepal in 2008.

I found out Nepali name is unique and most of the time depend upon the ethnic or caste they belong to. There are many castes in Nepal. The higher caste is Bahoon or Brahmin. Please...it is "Bahoon" and not "Baboon".

Don't you ever ever made a silly pronunciation mistake by asking a man: "Are you a Baboon?" Come on my friend, there is a significant different between a Bahoon and a Baboon. A Bahoon is the highest caste and very respectable community in Nepal. While a Baboon, without saying, is a kind of African and Asian Old World monkey.

Almost all the top politicians in Nepal whether in the government or opposition parties come from Bahoon caste or community. A very good example is President Ram Baran Yadav is a Bahoon, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is indeed a Bahoon too although somebody told me "Nepal" in his name is also a caste.

The Opposition UCPN Maoist party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal a.k.a Prachandra is also a Bahoon. So is Mr Jhalanath Khanal, the Chairman of other communist party CPN-UML which is the party that PM Madhav Kumar Nepal is a member.

Both of my partners, Umesh Adhikari and Basu Rijal are also Bahoon or Brahmin. So surnames such as Rijal, Yadav, Adhikari, Dahal, Koirala normally are Bahoon surnames.

Although they are Brahmin or Bahoon, please do not visualize that they only cover themselves up with a little clothing or a loin cloth like Hindu holy man Nagas Baba (not Ghaffar Baba).


IF YOU THROW STONE TO A CROWDED STREET OF KATHMANDU, IT WILL LAND ON A "SHRESTHA" HEAD!

PHOTO: In Nepal, a person with a "Shakya" surname simply means he or she is the descendant of Gautama Buddha

Another big community in Nepal is Newar ethnic or caste. In fact from my own research I came to know that Newar is the majority ethnic at Kathmandu Valley. It is not wrong for me to say the Newars generally acknowledged to be the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley

My Nepali branch staffs, Pratima Manandhar and Babita Shrestha are all Newars. In fact the popular surname among the Newar community is "Shrestha".

A good example of a Shrestha is the coming new Chief Justice of Nepal, Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha.

Another prominent Shrestha is the Minister for Land Reforms and Management, Mr Dambar Shreshtha and also Mr Rabindra Shrestha, Minister for General Administration.

From the opposition party side, the top ranking Shrestha is the UCPN Maoist Party Vice Chairman Mr Narayan Kaji Shrestha. Although "kaji" in Malay language means "analyse", it does not mean "Narayan Kaji Shrestha" is "Mr Narayan analysing Mr Shrestha"!

Throughout more than one month I am here I have had a meeting or appointments with many "Mr Shreshta" who are big guns in banking sector and corporate sectors.

The most recent one was with two different "Mr Shreshta" who are the top office bearers in two different Chambers of Commerce in Nepal. For confidentiality purpose, I unable to state their exact name and organization here.

There are many Shreshtas on the street of Kathmandu. I think if I throw a stone to a crowded street of Kathmandu the stone will somehow land on a head of a Shrestha. Guaranteed!


"Shakya" is another surname among the Newar ethnic group. If among the Muslims in the world, it is a well known fact that a "Syed" or "Seyed" is by right a descendant of Prophet Mohamamd (Peace Be Upon Him), over here in Nepal a person with a "Shakya" surname simply means he or she is the descendant of Gautama Buddha.

In fact, Lumbini located in Nepal near the Indian border is indeed a birthplace of Gautama Buddha.




IS A "GURUNG " ETHNIC MAN AUTOMATICALLY A "GARANG" (FIERCE) MAN?
PHOTO: Chief of Army Staff, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, the highest ranking soldier and Gurung in Nepal Army. Does he look like a "Garang Gurung"? ("Garang" is the Malay word for "fierce")



PHOTO: Nepal UCPN Maoist Party People Liberation Army. Yes, Maoist is a party but yes too, Maoist has got his own army. One Nepal two army. Funny but true.


Another big ethnic group in Nepal is the "Gurung". From their facial structure, I see the Gurung looks like a Mongolian or Tibetan origin people.
 
The Gurung ethnic or caste normally like to use the surname Gurung at the end of their name. The majority of the population in Pokhara, a city well known with its beautiful lake and mountain are the Gurungs.
 
The top ranking Gurung in the country is none other than the handsome and no-nonsense Chief of Army Staff, General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung.

For a Malay like me, the immediate sub-conscious mind response when the word Gurung is mentioned is I tend to associate it with the word "Garang" which is a Malay word for "fierce".


General Gurung made newspaper headlines last week when he told the United Nation Under-Secretary Lynn Pascoe who visited him that he was against the bulk integration of Maoist combatants into the Nepali Army.

In one way, I personally of the opinion that General Gurung has got the point here because according to him the integration of politically indoctrinated individuals into the Nepali Army, without meeting the established criteria could divide the army institution.

Naturally, the Chairman of UCPN Maoist Party has come down heavily on the General Chhatra Man Singh Gurung for his stand against group of Maoist combatant into the national army. He said the statement by General Gurung was a violation of Comprehensive Peace Accord that ended the Maoist rebellion against the government.
The Maoist Chairman said as an army general he has to honour any decision on the matter that is based on political consensus.

Again I am personally of the opinion that General Gurung is right because every soldier in any army in the world should be non-partisan, neutral and serve the government of the day, elected by the people.

I can't visualize in Malaysian Army they are group of soldiers used to be the military arm of MIC Party who is loyal to Samy Vellu or former members of military arm of PAS Party who are ready to go for Jihad upon hearing the battlecry of Abdul Hadi Awang.



YOU CALL ME "KHAIRUL TAMANG" I WILL SMILE BUT YOU CALL ME "KHAIRUL SIAMANG" WE WILL GO TO WAR, BROTHER!


PHOTO: This is a no-nonsense "Siamang", a long-hand monkey which can be found in the beautiful jungle of Malaysia, but "Siamang" and "Tamang" are never the same! Tamang is one of the ethnics in Nepal


Another ethnic is "Tamang" which for me they look very much the same like the "Gurung".

The most high ranking Tamang in the country is Subash Chandra Nembang who is the Chairman i.e Speaker of Constituent Assembly.


As a matter of fact throughout my stay here many Nepali thought I am either a Tamang Nepali or a Gurung Nepali. So they thought my name should be "Khairul Gurung" or "Khairul Tamang".

Well...if I don't open my mouth I would easily been assumed as a Tamang or a Gurung. But the moment I open my mouth and start talking, my English accent will make them realize I am not a Nepali.

Guess what?...Out of sudden, everythng instantaneously became expensive to me the moment they know I am a foreigner and not Khairul Tamang.

For example: If a bottle of 1.5 liter mineral water which normally cost Rs15, out of sudden for me it becomes Rs20. A pair of socks which has a street price of Rs60 would become Rs85 and as usual the taxi driver also would refuse to use meter when they know this Khairul Tamang is actually Khairul Majapahit.

When I asked the taxi driver as why on earth they were not using the fare meter, one of the taxi drivers "Selamber-Rock" and bravely replied: "Oh for foreigner or tourist we don't use meter!"

It's alright. It's okay. In my heart I said it is still okay if I look like a Tamang to them, at least it is much better than I look like a "Siamang" (a species of monkey in Malaysia with long hands).

If people call me Khairul Tamang I will feel proud and smile, but the moment they call me Khairul Siamang (long hands monkey), then I am afraid I have left with no choice, but to declare "World War 3" to that people, no matter who.

Please do not forget that Miss Nepal 2009 is Zenisha Moktan, a 20 years old Tamang lady, a famed actress and a model, who is also a former Miss Tamang!



PRESIDENT DR RAM BARAN YADAV IS NOT AS "BARAN" (HOT-TEMPERED) AS HIS NAME

PHOTO: Nepali President, Dr Ram Baran Yadav who is not "Baran" (hot-tempered) at all.

What about the former monarchy? What caste or ethnic they come from? Obviously the former King Gyanendra and the late King Birendra come from the "Shah" family which is a Chhetri by cast or ethnic group.

The Chhetri is the warrior caste. The Chhetri, also known as Nepal Kshatriya, is making up roughly 17% of the entire Nepal population but they used to control the country by being the ruling monarch.

My Nepali branch former staff Sunmala Giri is a Chhetri whom I found out very religious. If I am not mistaken, she told me that once a week she would fast for 24 hours without eating anything except plain water.

In Nepal Constituent Assembly (Parliament), the powerful UCPN Maoist Party Chief Whip Post Bahadur Bogati is also a Chhetri. Recently this "Kshatriya" or "Warrior" threathen Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, that his Maoist party, being the single largest party in the Constiruent Assembly would table a no-confidence motion against the incumbent goivernmet if a unity government was not formed under the Maoist leadership.

You see...some times the name itself may reflect the personality of the person having that name.

For example, I still remember during my boarding school time at MRSM Muar in 1983, one of my college mates name is "Jelita". As a matter of fact, yes..."Jelita" (beautiful) she was.

Hence, when I see the Nepali Presiden Dr Ram Baran Yadav's name has got the word "Baran", I thought this President must be a "Panas Baran" (hot-tempered) personality.

But no...he is not. He is not a "Baran" (hot-tempered) person at all. On the other hand, when you see his face, he actually has a very calm and peaceful face.

I believe any Gurkha army who wants to run amok will cool down just by looking at this President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's face.


AFTER BEEN HORN 20 TIMES PER DAY CAN I CHANGE MY NAME TO "KHAIRUL BARAN HISHAM" ?


When I do my daily walk to the office in Jamal area from my apartment at the end of Thamel area, I surely have to pass-by a crowded Thamel area with its narrow road.

And surely for that 25 minutes walking journey, at least more than 10 times the cars or motorcycles or rickshaws will horn at me, for reasons best known to themselves.

I said "for reasons best known to themselves" because I don't think I obstruct the traffic. What to do ("Ayam mematuk, Itik menyudu").

Maybe they just love to press their horns. Or maybe they just excited to see my buttock which is sexier than Brad Pitt's buttock, so they horn at me. Maybe.


Now the next questions is if you are in my position being horned a total per day more than 20 times by this motorcycles, cars and rickshaw, would there any slightest possibility that, in the balance of probabilities, you would also will be a "Baran" (hot tempered) person.

You bet! The fact that I was constantly "harassed" by non-stop horns can make me instantaneously change to Khairul "Baran" Hisham. But not President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, a truly calm and cool-tempered statesman.

Nonetheless, later when I go back to Malaysia I think I will miss the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, with its vehicle horn non-stop for almost every 2 seconds.

I really really have done my own experiment that every 2 seconds some hands must be very itchy, hence pressing their vehicles' horn.


I jokingly told my Malaysian friend that perhaps this Dr Ram Baran Yadav is the long lost father of the famous Malay singer in the 90s, Ramlah Ram!

You know in Malaysia the last name is not a surname but the father's name



NEPALI NAME RESEMBLING THE MALAY NAME

PHOTO: "Mahat" in Nepal is the surname of two Cabinet Minister. But my friend Mahat in Malaysia loves to tackle others during football match. So I normally count the fingers of my leg, just in case his rough tackle has made me lost any of my leg fingers!

The only Nepali name resembling the Malay name is "Mahat". Currently, there are two Nepali ministers that have got "Mahat" as their surname. They are Minister for Energy, Mr Prakash Sharan Mahat and State Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Mr Dilli Bahadur Mahat.

Every time I read these two "Mahat" ministers name in Nepali newspaper, automatically I remember Mahat, the Malay boy in my small village in Johor, Malaysia.

This Malay Mahat is well known for his no-nonsense tackle during the village football match. After been tackled by Mahat in his effort to possess the ball from me, I would normally count my fingers of my leg, just in case his rough tackle has made me lost any of my leg fingers!



LAST TIME A SHERPA IS JUST A GUIDE FOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITIONS, NOWADAYS A SHERPA OWNS AN AIRLINE

PHOTO: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man reached the peak of Mount Everest together with Sir Edmund Hillary, is seen here at the summit of Mount Everest in a photo taken by Sir Edmund Hillary


PHOTO: A Sherpa-undoubtedly the best guide for mountaineering expedition.

Another very famous etnic which you cannot disassociate with Mount Everest is the famous "Sherpa" ethnic. The famous Sherpa which was the first one who reached the peak of Mount Everest together with Sir Edmund Hillary was Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

Most Sherpas live in the west regions of Nepal while some of them live in Kumbu, located in north eastern Nepal on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest.

However, we can also found some Sherpa live farther west in the Rolwaling Valley

The Sherpa is a very extremely strong group of people, mentally and physically. That's why they can survive living in the harsh surrounding area of the Himalayan.

Last month I have been granted an opportunity to have a meeting with the Chairman of an airline who is indeed a Sherpa ethnic. Although this multi-millionaire owns an airline company and many other big businesses, I was amazed that he is such a nice gentleman, such a humble man with unbelievable degree of humility.

When explaining to me about his origin from Sherpa ethnic, he repeatedly said: "I am just a Sherpa people from the mountain".

This multi-millionaire is an epitome of success among the Sherpa who does not forget his origin, no matter how rich he is now. I feel so small in front of him, in term of his wordly achievements.

If you ever came to Kathmandu, please do not forget to visit a Sherpa shop called "Sherpa Adventure Gear" located at Hattisar.

This shop sells very quality range of clothes and trekking accessories like back packs, sleeping bags, crampons, ice axes, harness, climbing ropes and ice screw.

From a press statement made by the manager, Mr Ang Phurba Sherpa in a newspaper last week, I came to know that this shop alone enjoys a transaction of Rs 18 Million (nearly RM1 Million) in just six months of its operation.



I NEARLY LOST MY SALES BECAUSE I NEARLY MISTAKENLY CALL "MR LOBSANG" AS "MR LOBSTER"


PHOTO: Wow! Mouth-watering lobster! But I would loose my sale if I wrongly call my Nepali client "Mr Lobsang" as "Mr Lobster"


Another Nepali name that is unique and strikes my mind is "Lobsang". From my own observation seeing the facial design or facial structure of "Mr Lobsang", the Nepali who has "Lobsang" surname is most probably originated from Tibet long time ago. Maybe.

By the way, I think I would have a good chance to loose my sale if I wrongly call "Mr Lobsang" as "Mr Lobster". I simply can't imagine the facial expression of Mr Lobsang if I say something like this: "Okay Mr Lobster, apart from being the best place to do business, Malaysia is also a heaven for seafood such as Clawed Lobsters, or Spiny Lobsters or Slipper Lobsters".

Wow! Mr Lobster enjoy eating various types of Lobster at Bagan Sea Food Port Klang. Why not??



MANISHA KOIRALA IS A BAHOON, REKHA TAPA IS A CHHETRI, WHAT ABOUT NEWAR, DON'T THEY HAVE ANY BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS?




Before I stop my rumbling about the Nepali name and ethnic group, let us see what is the ethnic group of Nepali popular actress.

Well...we know Manisha Koirala is a Bahoon. Without saying, a beautiful and smooth skin face lady like Manisha Koirala is definitely not a Baboon. She is a Bahoon. Remember...
a Bahoon is the highest caste and very respectable community in Nepal. While a Baboon, without saying, is a kind of African and Asian Old World monkey.

Furthermore a Baboon has got thick black hair all over its neck, chest and face.
No..No.. I can confirm that Manisha Koirala's neck, face and chest are 100% clean from any hair like a Baboon, black or white, maroon or silver colour!

What about sexy Nepali actress Rekha Thapa? Oh....She is actually a Chhetri. By the way, I met many "Mr Thapa" throughout my appointments in Kathmandu.

In fact many "Mr Thapa" has became PM in Nepal. For example, PM Bhimsen Thapa (1806), PM Madhabar Singh Thapa (1843), and the famous 5 times PM Surya Bahadur Thapa (1963, 1965, 1979, 1997, 2003).

Another promising actress which can give Manisha Koirala a run for her money is Karishma Manandhar. If Manisha Koirala is a Bahoon, Rekha Thapa is a Chhretri, this Karishma Manandhar comes from Newar community.

Unfortunately Karishma Manandhar is not related to my Nepali branch staff, Pratima Manandhar.

If they are in fact related, maybe I can inform Pratima Manandhar that I would like to have a candle night dinner with this beautiful Nepali actress Karishma Manadhar from Newar ethnic.

Anyhow Karishma Manandhar already married to Binod Manandhar, a famous Nepali film director.

Karishma really got 'charisma' because she was awarded with the title of "Nepali Best Actress" in November 2007.

By far, she is the most popular actress in the history of Nepali film industry (while Manisha Koirala is more popular in Bollywood).

Karishma Manandhar major films were ‘Mann Ma Maya’ and ‘Paapi Maanche’.

She was also the brand ambassador for Lux beauty soap for few years. Read here very carefully...its "Lux" beauty soap, not the brand ambassador for "Axe Brand Soap" (Sabun Cap Kapak) or brand ambassador for "Keropok Lekor Mengabang Pok Jin!"



WHEN RIDING A PULSAR TO ATTEND MEETINGS, I WOULD RATHER BE TOM HANK IN "TOP GUN" THAN RAJESH KHANNA IN "ANDAZ"


PHOTO: Two businessmen or shall I say two marketing Generals ready to go to battlefield (meeting) in full suit. Bajaj Pulsar motorbike is the "tank". Attack!


PHOTO: Tom Cruise in the "Top Gun" movie. I swear I have never and will never hug Basu Rijal's waist like this because we are not a loving gay couple. Never.



PHOTO: The same model & colour Bajaj Pulsar that Basu and I use daily to go to our meetings or appointments



PHOTO: Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini ride on the motorbike while singing "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" in Andaz film. No, my Nepali partner Basu and I don't sing "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" like Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini on the street of Kathmandu while riding motorbike to our appointments.


PHOTO: "Milo Tin". Yes ladies, watch out your body figure if you don't want me to call you "Milo Tin Lady", hehehe

Everyday my Nepali support staff (Pratima Manandhar, not Karishma Manadhar) would arrange an average 3 meetings for me and my Nepali partner Basu Rijal to attend.

All the person that we met were "Who's Who" in Nepal. I can confirm there were times when one day after we had a meeting with the person, his photo then appear in full page or front page in some newspapers.

This is the type of the people that Pratima has managed to secure the appointments for me to see for the meeting.

As I told you in Kathmandu the traffic is crazy as compared to Kuala Lumpur and Manchester. Everday it is almost confirm that we are going to be trapped in the Kathmandu traffic jam.

It is also a normal phenomenon in Kathmandu to see people wearing full coat or full office suit use motorcycle to go to office or to their meeting place.

During my appointment with one of the office bearers at United Nation office in Nepal, the person who parked his motorbike next to me, out of sudden take off his full track suit.

The moment his track suit was taken off, he changed himself to a different man with a smart one full set of office suit with the same colour of coat and trouser, ready to attend a meeting.

Without fail, I would normally wear my two-piece, single-breasted suit. If I wear like this during my 3 months attachment in Sudan last year I think my whole body would be sweating like I am sitting inside a Sauna.

Initially for the first 3 appointments or meetings we took a taxi to go to those meeting. But later I told him since we had got at least 3 meetings per day arranged by Pratima at 3 different locations, it is much faster, reliable and predictable if we use his Bajaj Pulsar motorbike to go to the appointments.

Due to massive traffic jam in Kathmandu, the journey on the motorbike is definitely faster than by using taxi. It is also more predicatable in term of time spent because if we use a taxi, we are not guaranteed to get a taxi on the spot if we have an instant meeting or appointment to attend.

So everyday my Nepali partner Basu Rijal and I ride on Basu's Pulsar to go for various meetings arranged by Pratima.

Do you still remember in "Top Gun" film, Tom Cruise loves to ride on his big bike while not on duty as a Navy fighter jet pilot.

The other famous scene that shows motorbike riding was in the Andaz movie in 1971 when actor Rajesh Khanna and actress Hema Malini ride on the motorbike while singing the hit song "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana".

No, I cannot visualize Basu and I romantically sing the lyrics of that famous song while riding his motorbike on the way to attend our daily appointments or meetings:

Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Yahan Kal Kya Ho Kisne Jaana
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana
Yahan Kal Kya Ho Kisne Jaana
Arey Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo
Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo
Oleiyo Leiyo, Oleiyo Leiyo



BOSSES IN NEPAL PREFER TO BUY BIG HOUSES THAN CARS



PHOTO: To those in Malaysia who think my Nepal partner Basu Rijal uses motorbike because he cannot afford to buy a car, well...well...well...you are absolutely wrong. You have to see this Basu's huge two storeys bungalow then.





PHOTO: Oh Dear! Look at this panoramic view surrounding my Nepali Partner Basu Rijal's big bungalow.


In Malaysia I think even a fresh graduate, after 3 or months drawing their first salary, can afford to buy at least a small Perodua Kancil car.

On the other hand, in Kathmandu I found out many bosses or owner of companies would rather ride on a motorbike than buying their own cars.

You are making a terrible mistake if you think the reason these bosses do not buy cars because they do not have got much money. Indeed they have a lot money.

Take for example my Nepali partner, Basu Rijal. His house is a damn big 2 storey bungalow which maybe worth 3 times more than a Mercedes car.

Through my own observation here in Nepal, there are several reasons why some bosses prefer not to buy cars and just happy to ride on their motorbike to go to office.

The first reason is they do not see any "value-for-money" paying 210% tax just to have a car which makes the price of the car ridiculously expensive.

Better still that money can be invested in buying a property. In Malaysia, people stress on what brand of the car a person uses in order to determine the social status or "Biar Papa Asalkan Bergaya". In Nepal it is a different story.

The other reason maybe because of the traffic condition in Nepal itself which makes riding a bike is so convenient

Before I sign off, it is my pleasure to tell you that it is quite funny everyday when I was on the bike with Basu we always joke that when we see a pretty girl walking or riding a bike next to us, we would say: "Oh! Look at that sexy Coca Cola-Bottle lady".

And when a rather fat woman walking we would say: "Oh! Look at that Milo-Tin woman."


If you see the contour or design of a "Coca-Cola Bottle" and "Milo Tin" then you know what I mean, hehehe. When you put two married men on a bike, this is what would happen!

Till we meet again. Phery Vetaula! See you again next week

NOTE: Constructive feedback from my blog readers are indeed welcomed. Please either write your comment below OR write directly to me at khairul.hisham@ymail.com. Thank you for your time reading my blog. Have a fantastic and bombastic day!


64 comments:

  1. Mr Khairul,

    I am amazed with your quite details knowledge about my country Nepal

    You are funny too!

    The issue of one country two army is now become one of the main political issue, especially about the integration of Maoist combatants into Nepal Army.

    It should be done by 28 May, the deadline for our new constitution been drafted.

    Please continue your writing about Nepal!

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  2. Long blog but excellent writing & interesting photos.

    I know a lot about nepal by reading your blog

    good luck to your business venture!

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  3. Brader khairul,

    Dulu manisha koirala, lepas tu Rekaha Thapa,

    la ni pulak karishma manandhar, banyak benor stok perempuan cantik kat nepal. bawak balik satu for me, hahaha

    AS USUAL FUNNY, INTERESTING AND FANATASTIC WRITING!!

    budak kampung

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  4. My friend Khairul,

    I SALUTE YOU! everyday go appointment wearing full suit on a bike

    but take care your safety friend.

    When you are inside a car at least there is car door protecting you, but when you ride a bike, your skin is the "door"

    god bless you.

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  5. Brother,

    first time read your blog, recommended by someone.

    i must say your blog is very entertaining and informative

    keep up this good word

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  6. The longest ever blog I ever read, yet the most entertaining one!!!!!

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  7. Mr Khairul,

    Manisha Manadhar is no more in Nepal. She is now in USA, maybve Baltimore. The same with Manisha Koirala, she is more in Bollywood than in Nepal.
    Only Rekha Thapa among the 3 is in Nepal
    By the way, really enjoy reading your blog!

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  8. Just A Tamang LadyMarch 25, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Dear Sir,

    Next year is Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

    After reading your writing in this blog about Nepal, if I were the Nepali minister in charge of tourism, I will definitely hire you to write good story about Nepal.

    I enjoy reading your blog about Nepal!

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  9. please write about nepali politics

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  10. saudara khairul,
    kenapa tak tulis pasal malaysia? kan bagus promote negara kita berbanding pasal negara nepal, tak gitu. tapi blog saudar sangat sedap dibaca,wassalam

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  11. Your blog is:
    Informative
    Brilliant
    Funny

    Keep on writing, brother Carol!!

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  12. Hi Khairuuul,

    As usual you NEVER disappoint us with your very entertaining, informative and romantic blog.

    Not only that, just by reading your blog I know a lot of Nepali ethnics or castes group.

    Remember! Don't ever ever stop writing your blog, no matter what.

    My hubby kirim salam you.

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  13. It is so awesome!!

    By reading the interesting and funny captions of the photos in your blog already made me laugh and made me have feel good feeling!

    More photo in future about Nepal, okay.

    You make my day, Khairul!

    I will be very angry if you stop writing this blog

    Your Big Fan in PJ

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  14. Bro, Kirim salam Zenisha Moktan, Miss Nepal 2009. suruh dia datang M'sia jadi Mek Guard, security Condominium, hahaha, sure ramai kumpul kat gate Condo!!!!!

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  15. Khairul,

    I am a fat woman (adalah 85kg) but don't call me Milo-Tin Womman, later I call you Watermelon Man, hahaha

    I enjoy reading your blog lah......

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  16. It's good that you have the intention to do aggresive marketing for your soon to be launched book because you want to donate 5% of profit to that orphanage house. God bless you!

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  17. nice background unchained melody instrumental music, bro....
    bring me to diferent world....

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  18. put an online advertisement in your blog later the moment your book is launched and make sure you accept visa & mastercard as payment. i will order 10 copies:-)

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  19. Hi Bro Khairol
    i love the 'ninja' on the motorbike pix and love the durian and belacan analogy....hahahahaha

    keep up the good work
    keep the love flowing.....to ur wife i mean :p

    doc mutalib
    yong peng

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  20. AnakMalaysiaBangsaIndiaApril 2, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    HILLAROUS!!!!

    Continue writing your blog!

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  21. Enjoy reading your blog. a lot of info. Keep it up.

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  22. Hi BroKhairul, your background music "unchained melody' bamboo instrument is sooooooooooooooooo beautiful. I nearly cry listening to it. The Godfather theme music also classic. THANK YOU!!!

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  23. REALLY ENJOY READING YOUR BLOG!

    BRAVO!!!

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  24. I Know You, You Don't Know MeApril 14, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Dear Brother,

    Honestly I'm getting ADDICTED to your writing. You are damn good man!!!!

    Where is your LATEST writing??????

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  25. i miss yr writting. really!

    secret admirer

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  26. Mr Khairul,

    Your style of writing is unique. The truth is I also really waiting for your next blog posting. Please, please find time to write. God bless you!

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  27. Dear Mr. Khairul,

    Your entries always make my day!
    Waiting expectantly for the book and wouldn't mind to queue up as early as 5 in the morning in front of bookstore (or queue-jumping if necessary) in order to get the first edition of it:)
    Btw, is there 'IBM' too in Kathmandu?

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  28. Dear "Anonymous",

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement (above). Big heart people like you that makes a small person like me to do better and to try very hard to achieve whatever dreams I have in this short life. Thank you again..

    To encourage "Freedom of Expression", I normally do no not respond to the comment posted in my blog. However, since you also wrote in your comment a question ("Is there "IBM" too in Kathmandu?"), here is my answer:

    In Kathmandu, IBM (International Business Machines) does not have its own country office because it is directly handled by IBM office in Bangalore with its address:
    IBM Global Services India Pvt Ltd.
    Ground Floor, Golden Enclave, Airport Road, Bangalore, India-560 017
    Tel: +91-80-2526-7117, Fax: +91-80-2527-7991
    E-mail: smcindia@in.ibm.co
    Shopping Toll Free: +91 1800-425-3333

    HOWEVER, to buy IBM range of products in Nepal, IBM has got Authorised Business Partner in Nepal i.e "MERCANTILE OFFICE SYSTEMS" which is located at Durbar Marg, not far from my Nepal office. Mercantile Office Systems telephone number is +977 1 220 773.

    I hope the above information will be of benefit to you. Take Care. God Bless You. Bye for now.

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  29. Dear Mr. Khairul,

    Am very much overwhelmed by your efforts finding the whereabouts of IBM. It shows how reliable and how immensely serious you are in the business. Unlike many people in my country who work with 'IBM' which connotes *God Willing, Tomorrow,I am Sorry*:)-

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  30. "Right Here Waiting For You"April 27, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Your next blog writing, pleaseeee.....

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  31. Dear Mr Khairul,

    I really like reading your blog.

    Thank you so much for so many links under different categories which I find it very useful.

    You surely have spend a lot of time to do this great work. Thank you!

    Your blog is like a one-stop-centre for my research. I like to read the management magazines link.

    You are very humourous and genuinely funny too:-)

    Keep on this good work.

    God bless you, Mr Khairul.

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  32. Brother Carol, Where is your latest blog posting, please?

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  33. Abang Khairul, mana dong tulisan terkini blog Abang? Orang putih kata: "Where is your latest update?"

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  34. Bro, before reading yr blog I never know Nepali lady very beautiful + sexy!!!! TQ for nice photos. I single......still have chance:-)

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  35. salam..
    well..actually i was clicking to 'malaysian embassy in canada' but google sent me to you..err what to do with you yeh?..(sorry about the limited knowladge about you..but indeed..your writing is very entertaining..love it!!..but if u got something to do with malaysian embassy in canada..i would like to ask you something...please reply..thank you..

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  36. Dear Anonymous,
    Salaam...May God grant you good health and peace of mind. Thank you for your comment. However my apology to disappoint you, because I personally have got nothing to do with the Malaysian Embassy in Canada. I wish I could help you.

    My company (http://www.pro-versatile.com )only provides 3 following services:
    (1) Consultancy on "Doing Business in Malaysia"
    (2) Consultancy on "Malaysia My Second Home"
    (3) Consultancy on "Malaysian Higher Education"
    All the related-services are outlined as per http://www.pro-versatile.com/index1_4.htm .

    Thank you again for taking your precious time reading my Blog. And sorry again for the fact that our services maybe not related to what you are looking for i.e Malaysian Embassy in Canada related services. Take Care. May Allah bless you. Amen.

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  37. Bro, gua salute and admire what you are doing!!

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  38. My fren, where r u now? After this where to? best of luck & x forget to update yr blog abt yr sales venture at new place....

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  39. MR KHAIRUL, LATEST BLOG UPDATE, PLEASE..

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  40. justmissyourwritingJune 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    dear sir, i agree with the comments above.... it's already 2 months...no new story from you...what happened?....we really miss your funny and unique way of writing....find time...update your blog...are you in malaysia or where?

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  41. Hi,

    Just found out your blog. Simply fantastic! & thanks for many weblinks under different categories on the right hand side!!!

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  42. Dear Mr Khairul,

    I love very much your background music Besame Mucho....you know...I nearly cry listening to Kenny G saxaphone. I admire your deep love towards your wife...17 years marriage huh...yet still like a teenager in love...not many hubby can express their love towards their own wives like you did....how fortunate your wife is.....many wives actually dream to have a hubby like you....after 17 years of marriage still showing your deep affection towards your wife..how sweet...Alright then my comment is already too long. I will ask my hubby to visit your blog and I cross my finger he can be as romantic as you:)

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  43. my friend, nice b/ground music. i never know u such a romantic man:-) where's yr latest writing?????

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  44. ex-mrsm cheras ladyJuly 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    salaam abg khairul, were u the one who last time in 1989 mrsm cheras A Level wearing songkok, quiet, serious, religious & president of silat kuntau tekpi? If u the "abg khairul" I'm referring to, I'm amazed with yr new personality now i.e humorous, sweet, funny & romantic. Salute u abg khairul!!! Best of Luck!

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  45. Salaam Abang Hisham,
    "ex-MRSM Cheras Lady" is right. BUt I think dulu we call you Abang Hisham, instead of Abang Khairul. I was a member of your Persatuan Silat Kuntau Tekpi in MRSM Cheras (I also did my A Level there but I am your junior). You were our President, very charismatic, polite and guess what.. I think many of us were your secret admirer! hehehehe. BTW who is actually your wife?? Was she last time studying in MRSM Cheras too????? Take care Abang Hisham!

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  46. Mr Khairul, I like reading your blog. Really look forward to reading your latest blog posting! Please update.

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  47. Abang Khairul, saya lihat kat Facebook abg la ni di Jakarta. Bila nak update blog? Updatelah pleaseeeeeee. I miss your writing! Each time I read your blog I'll definitely laugh. So so so please update your blog okay?????

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  48. Bro.Khairul....looking forward to reading your blog update about Jakarta please, please, please. Update brother........................

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  49. Intan Nur Qistina Khairul HishamSeptember 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Ayah...your blog is very good but too long..
    but i love the background music..bye my beloved ayah...

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  50. Bang Khairul, Selamat Hari Raya....I admire what you're doing now. You're such an ambitious man. I'm proud of you! May Allah bless you.

    -your junior in MRSM Cheras '90-

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  51. Khairul dear, I have been your follower since last year. I think it is not too late to wish you Selamat Hari Raya
    I am waiting for your new writing... please...

    Somenone from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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  52. abang hisham, somebody told me about your blog. excellent blog! i miss you too :-) ehem ehem you know me but better i don't tell who i am. take care abang hisham.............

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  53. Mr Khairul, please update your blog about your current Jakarta venture! We miss your unique style of writing and your humour!!!!!!!!

    Your Big Fan

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  54. Khairul, your wife is so lucky to have a romantic and expressive husband (though after 17 years marriage)like you!

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  55. Yes........"Lady" is right. Hmmmm.........why didn't I meet you before, when I was much younger and not married yet. Haha. God bless you. I love your writing!!!

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  56. Dear Abang Khairul Hisham....., TQ for the mind soothing beautiful romantic nice 'Brucia la Terra' background song by Alfredo Ciccognani.., U know..I cried just now listening to it........oooo u are such a romantic man.....and I miss your writing very dearly. Please write again!!!!!!!!!!!

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  57. Dear Sir, Awsome n unique indeed, just realised how special ths writer is. You got talent! Keep it up and don't let go. Count me in as Lady Fan/admirer.

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  58. Reading your blog is like entering different world. Brilliant writing, awesome jokes, romantic songs, beautiful blog!!!! More please.

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  59. Abang Khairul Hisham, miss your writing so much (& miss your humour & miss you!). Bila nak update blog ni???????????????????

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  60. Yeah...i agree with above comment. pls la...abang khairul hisham, what has happened to u? why u do not want to update ur blog. why? why? why? u know....everyday i looking fwrd to reading ur blog update but u disappoint me by not writing anymore. sad...sad....hmmm...from ur facebook wall (which u also now quitting) i came to know u're in jakarta now...so sure a lot of story abt ur daily activities in jakarta to tell us with ur style, humourous. LISTEN...i feel good each time i read ur writing. so pls...pls...pls...update ur blog. pls................

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  61. Tok Sheikh,

    Nice blog. Keep it up. Looking at your picture, are you really that advance in tummy building ?. When are you coming back to KL ? We shud meet one day after these long 15 years.

    Share with me later on whos who in Nepal sea feright / port business ?

    Wassalam. Shamsuri Rashid 019 251 0345

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  62. My Dear Friend (Shamsuri),

    Sorry for the late response.

    My tummy? Well...I guess perhaps my wife's delicious Kelantanese dishes and cooking & also her first class treatment towards me as her husband has tremendously increased my weight and made me look chubby, happier and "sweeter".

    But it's smaller now as compared to when I was in Nepal & Sudan, my friend. Nowadays, I'm extremely determined to be istiqamah in performing my Isnin & Khamis fasting, hopefully:-)

    Regarding port business in Nepal, actually Nepal is a land-locked country. No port. No beach. But there is a romantic & panaromic Lake Fewa at Pokhara, surrounded by the scenic Himalaya mountains.

    Anyhow to see the complete info of who's who in freight business, please have pleasure to click this link http://www.neffa.org.np/ which is the Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) official website, and go to "Members' Profile".

    Take care my friend. I miss all of our Seni Silat Kuntau Tekpi "strong men & ladies" during our MRSM Cheras A-Level time!

    Till we meet again, Khuda Hafiz. Wassalam

    Khairul Hisham Hassan
    khairul@pro-versatile.com
    Jakarta Mobile: +6281210196689

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  63. Vacation rentals come in different types and you need to be certain about what would give you adequate satisfaction.

    Hostel Eilat

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  64. Dear Jaz,

    Thank you for your info. I'm sure your info will benefit my blog readers.

    Thank you also for dropping by to read my blog.

    Have a beautiful Sunday!

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