Thursday, September 19, 2013

Food Drive Community Donation

    Assalamualaikum and a very good day (and night) to all of you! Universiti Kuala Lumpur Institute of Medical Science Technology (UniKL MESTECH) will be organizing a charity program, the "Food Drive Community Donation" in conjunction with the "World Environmental Health Day" held by the institute. Let us join this charity drive by donating non-perishable food items, canned food products, rice and many others to the volunteers from the 20th until 26th September 2013. All donations will be distributed to four non-governmental organisation charity house around Bangi and Kajang area. The houses listed are:

-Rumah Al-Fikrah
-Charity Right
-Madina Centre Woman Shelter Home
-Rumah Bakti Al-Kausar Bangi.

    All donations can be sent or made to UniKL Institute of MESTECH, Kajang (nearby MIROS) during the dates stated. Monetary donation is also accepted and hopefully you can share this blog post to private companies or personnel who may be interested in investing for his or her fair share in the hereafter. Please contact the organizers for more details:

Ikmal   : 013-632 1194
Abe Wie : 019-417 2952

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#ExquiSeed: Izrin and the Cockroaches

#ExquiSeed is a newspaper pullout of a joint collaboration between Universiti Putra Malaysia and New Straits Times, exclusively distributed around UPM's green campus only!

Different, unusual and extraordinary; those three words describe Izrin’s unusual hobby of rearing pet insects very clearly. She might appear to be your kind of girl-next-door quality but mind you, she keeps cockroaches as her darling pet in the bedroom! Let us get to know this sweet girl’s profile before going deeper with our interview session.


Full name: Nur Izrin Binti Che Muhamad Hariri
Birth date: 2nd of May 1989
Origin: Kuala Lumpur
Hobby: Keeping insects as pets, taking photos and watching animes.
Educational background:
-Sekolah Kebangsaan Menjalara
-Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Sri Damansara 2
-B. Ed. TESL in UPM (third year).
Social media:
- Instagram (Izrin Hariri)
- Facebook (Izrin Hariri)

    Izrin started this hobby out of curiosity a couple of months ago after being influenced by her classmate on campus, E-Jynn who breeds “Dubia roaches” or scientifically known as “Blaptica Dubia”, the orange-spotted cockroach. She is fairly allergic to furry animals so being the girl playing around with her pet insects is quite a shock to most of us.

“I never developed any fear for insects and I became interested in them as they are different than the usual cockroaches everyone, including the guys is so afraid of”, she says. 

Izrin never thought of keeping Dubia roaches as pets as insects are normally perceived as pests, especially cockroaches. She now has 7 Dubia roaches; 6 females named “Charlie” and a male called “Richtofen”. She further adds that people would give her the odd looks and remarks when she shows her Dubias around but there are some who encourage her obsession.

    Her roaches only need very low maintenance that costs her less than RM 10 every month. They feed on the non-flavoured jelly that is actually their water source and grain-based dry pet food or oats to help them grow bigger and healthier. She also feeds the roaches fruits such as papaya, apples and vegetables occasionally.

“I always check on them on a daily basis to monitor their food and water supply. I will also clean them once a week depending on my schedule. The Dubias are very sensitive to light and they will find dark spaces to hide even underneath each other!”, she adds on.

    In fact, Izrin goes the extra mileage in pursuing her hobby by doing further readings online or meet with the original breeder for information. She would also love to attend gatherings for exotic pets’ keepers to exchange more knowledge and get to know the people who share the same interest.

“I find my hobby interesting because I like to do things that are not common and I am not doing them for the sake of attention. However it would be great if other female friends chip in as well as I feel so alone in this”, says Izrin.

     For those who are wondering, these Dubias are very well-behaved and they are kept in a plastic container with egg crates so they can roam freely or rather hide. This species of roaches cannot fly even though the male Dubias have wings compared to the females with little wing stubs. You can follow her Instagram and Facebook account for video feeds and photos of her Dubia roaches. 

“Insects are as interesting as cats and dogs and they deserve to be loved and cared too even if they don’t meow or bark like other animals. Best part of keeping Dubias as pets—they don’t smell, they don’t bite and they can’t fly! Don’t worry about being called weird, that makes the two of us!”, Izrin then concludes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Share in the Hereafter

Repost from:
    Assalamualaikum and a very good day. My senior in Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur, Idzrul Aizat Bin Idris needs our help. His niece and a few other passengers met with an accident in Bangi a few days after Syawal and Idzrul Aizat had lost his dear mother. The other passengers were badly injured but now slowly recovering and his niece undergone a backbone operation procedure due to her serious injury--broken backbone and shoulder with fractured neck. You can refer to this link for the full story of the crash...
Source: https://www.facebook.com/idzrul.idris

Source: https://www.facebook.com/idzahafsah

    Based on the source, the procedure could cost more than RM 30,000.00 excluding the follow-ups treatment cost. Alhamdulillah, his niece has been safely operated and now she has been moved to a normal ward. I would like to urge my blog readers to help Idzrul Aizat and his family because the amount of money donated to them can really make a difference. You can refer to the photos above for their account number because the littlest sum of money given away as alms can truly ease people's life, especially him who had lost his mother in the car crash. This is just a small effort I can do and the rest is up to you; just remember that giving away alms (bersedekah) is a very noble gesture and we will be paid with a generous "Saham Akhirat" insyallah. Take care and may Allah bless you...

P/S: Al-Fatihah...my heart goes out to him and his family who had lost their loving mother.