It’s Saturday night and I got a bag full of stories!
So, what’s in my Osprey?
1. Quran. THE Ultimate Companion. Palm-sized
. A gift from my student.
2. Suunto compass. For reading the Qiblah. Never again will I trust a bipolared qiblah app from Apple Store that points me to pray in the direction of Pyong Yang or Tehran. 😑 But then again you would still need your phone and the internet to know the bearings for Makkah from where you’re at. Anywho, I got this from uni days and this baby costs 200 bucks a pop. You need to be a trekker/sailor/geologist/youtube DIY enthusiast to know how to use this. For a cheaper option, you might just want to consider the ones the small compass with a tiny Ka’bah pointer from Mydin. Works just fine. 😉
3. iPhone. (Not in picture. Duh.) Anywho, I have a history of leaving my phones in public places. I once left this phone at a hospital. Alhamdulillah for honest samaritans!
4. 1-year-old Purse. Mama said get a really good leather purse and use it for 40 years. Challenge accepted.
5. Banana. It’s either that or a ziplock full of dates. Hey, beats my friend who has telur rebus (hardboiled egg) in her Coach. Hahahah.
6. A watch. A mini reward from my first paycheck. I didn’t know the watch was of a good brand. I bought it cause they had this buy 1 free 1 deal and I didn’t wanna go for Fossil (lol don’t hate). Anyway, my jaw dropped when I found out how expensive it was here in KL! I bought this watch at 1/3 the price plus a free apparently-designer watch. Seriously, KL people are rich. Don’t know how they manage to endlessly shop and afford all these expensive stuff. Haaaai Ya Kareem, I should consider moving out of KL.
7. Fitbit! This arm candy reminds me of how Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallaam walked. It was an annual gift from my company. So far it’s helped me track my 10k steps a day. Alhamdulillah. KL people should youtube how Londoners and Hong Kongers walk. Seriously, don’t stroll.
8. A commute-friendly book. Appropriately positioning oneself with a book in one arm and holding a rail with another in a tightly squeezed space is one fine art I have mastered during my daily commute. Seriously, KL people should read more.AND, I am seriously considering a Kindle. Shaykh Isam would be so proud that I’m starting to actually finish reading the books I religiously hoard. (Don’t they have like a fancy name for book hoarders? Bibliophile or something?). 😚
9. Hello Kitty Moleskin. I wrote my will in there. In case they found me dead with none of my family member in close proximity,they can refer to the in-case-i-die-in-front-of-you care-instructions I have prepared. People, if you haven’t written your will please do so and work out your inheritance too. If you’re muslim, and you havent worked that out your should do it after you read this blog. If you’re a non muslim, I kindly suggest you read up on Islam and inheritance. It’s a pretty cool subject. Crisply precise and specific. And of course, I will say this unapologetically, all non muslims should get educated on what Islam really is. If you think you know enough about Islam just because you have muslim friends, believe me you don’t. Anywho, preacher mode off. Let’s keep it rolling.
10. A small pouch to keep my girly-stuff. You know, floss, you-know-what and umm my blood donation book. Which reminds me, I haven’t done that in a while. People, donate blood. It’s very beneficial to your health and to your community.
11. Eos lipbalm which I rarely use but I still keep it in my bag becauze if I leave it in my room my nephew with use it to draw imaginary Pokemons on my bedroom wall.
12. That Osprey messenger bag was also a giftpack from an oil and gas conference I attended a couple of years ago. A generous gift from sponsors whom at that time had no problem being lavish patrons as the oil price was at a good $140/barrel back then. Let’s see if they’re still generous this year now that it’s $50/barrel 😅. Anyway, this bag have had a much bigger purpose than just being some free gift I got at a conference. It had served the purpose carrying my brother’s baby stuff like his sons’ diapers and formula. It has also helped transport my Shaykha’s Macbook from Machines back to her. It certainly has been useful for many other stuff. Alhamdulillah.
Anywho, I don’t mean to waste your time reading this but I hope as muslims, we keep in our handbags and manpurses (lol) what is important and what is going to help us get through the day and the here after. There’s always a purpose in everything we have and everything we do. May Allah reward us for every reason and every action. Ameen.
Till then, take care!
P/s: I have no intention of being artistic by putting the picture upside down. Lolz. I just don’t know how to rotate picture.