Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wolverine & Jean Grey

My favourite 'couple' from the comics has always been Wolverine (Logan) & Jean Grey.

Jean Grey reminded me of this girl with striking features who was always teased for being intelligent, ambitious and idealistic. Misunderstood by some, my Jean Grey rises against all odds and is the epitome of understated beauty with a brilliant mind and a kind heart. It is she who put others before herself and sacrifices her own happiness for humanity.

Wolverine too reminded me of this boy whose cool, rugged outlook masks his deep affections for Jean Grey. Misunderstood by many as the wild spirit who is tormented by his past, my Wolverine is a caring and eloquent gentleman with a poetic soul.

Although in the X-men comics, Jean Grey married Cyclops, some believe it was Wolverine whom she truly loved. As for Wolverine, alas, no one, not even poets, knows how much a heart can hold...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Raisa Sidenova, PhD (Yale)

Congratulations to Raisa (Raya) my Russian Fulbrighter friend at Lehigh who got accepted into Yale to pursue her PhD! We're so happy for you!

As I type this blog entry, an old song by Survivor came on air:
"I was living for a dream, loving for a moment
Taking on the world, that was just my style..."

Hmm, as we leave to pursue our goals, will we lose our loved one? Will our loved one accompany us on our quest? Will our loved one understand and let us chase our dreams? Will the miles apart take a toll on our love? Will our loved one wait for us? Que sera sera...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Eagle and the Wolf

The wolf remembered the first time he laid eyes on the eagle. How elegant the eagle is, he thought. A creature so refined and revered for she is entrusted with the responsibility of carrying human wishes and prayers to the Creator. The wolf is in awe of the eagle that soars in the blue sky, stopping only to rest in her high nest.

The eagle catches the wolf staring at her. What an intelligent creature, she thought. So strong, dependable, though cunning. Yet she finds kindness in his eyes.

The wolf advances slowly towards her. Is she guarding her eggs? Or does she fly alone? The eagle gives the wolf a piercing stare. The wolf locks in her stare. The eagle vocalises. The wolf howls back. A conversation ensues.

The wolf walks to his lair in trepidation. The eagle looks away in the distance, a little confused yet rejuvenated...

*to be continued

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Walking beside Giants


Google Scholar’s ‘Stand on the shoulders of giants’ got me thinking. Why should I stand on the shoulders of giants? Would it not be better if I walk beside them?
I remember when I was at a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in San Francisco last year. We were given an information flyer of 36 Nobel Prize winners. I thought, so little Nobel Laureates? Then I realised that they were also Fulbright Alumni! In fact, the Fulbright program has more Nobel Laureates than any other scholarship programme of its kind :)

As I aspire to walk beside giants like Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank) famous for his successful application of microcredit (the extension of small loans given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans), I must take small steps first. Setting up my Gedung Kuning Foundation and the Fatimah Jofrie Free Clinic will not happen so soon. So why not start with what I can afford now. Since I had given some sort of a grant to a friend for his masters in 2006, why not continue to do that with other students? Yes, the Hidayah Amin Scholarship is now 'unofficially’ launched. The scholarship is to help students pursue their studies and achieve their aspirations despite facing financial constraints. Although the fund is still small now but God willing, it will grow and benefit more students in the future.

For more information on the Hidayah Amin Scholarship, pls visit

*my "giants"