The 36-hour Day: Welcome to the United States … and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The three of us, Ian, Mahirah, and myself, took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 2:30 pm (23rd Apr). A 7-hour flight to Haneda, Tokyo, a 2-hour stopover, followed by a 10-hour flight to the Los Angeles International Airport, and we’re all just adrenaline-fueled zombies staggering about – and we weren’t even done yet. Another … Continue reading The 36-hour Day: Welcome to the United States … and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Sustainability goes Artsy: The 2019 LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee Florida

#ICMAProFellows #YSEALI #Spring2019 #ProfessionalFellowshipProgram #Tallahassee #Florida #Sustainability #ArtFestival #ChainOfParks #SustainableTallahassee April 28, 2019, Sunday. Free day for the YSEALI Professional fellows in Florida. A time to relax, chill and stay at home. But not for the people of Tallahassee! Today marks the annual LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival which is currently on its 18th … Continue reading Sustainability goes Artsy: The 2019 LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee Florida

from Sunny Island to Washington D.C

Spring 2019. Jetting from Singapore to participate in a month-long exchange program funded by the U.S State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered through the International City/County Association (ICMA).  This program is in conjunction with the Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiatives (YSEALI) that aims to foster better cultural understanding, build leadership capabilities … Continue reading from Sunny Island to Washington D.C

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

As the aforementioned quote from "Mahatma Gandhi", I believe that when you are serving others, you will learn about yourself in the process. The true core of a person is the part that is not selfish and which works for others. This is the reason why I decided to apply YSEALI pro fellows. I believe … Continue reading The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

27 hours journey; 21 hours flight, 3 cities, one destination.

It was sunny in Brunei when I left. Saying goodbye was fairly easy as my excitement and nervousness kills all traces of sadness. The earth presented me with this mesmerizing sunset as we depart. Leaving Brunei I killed some time with few sitcoms and after 2 short hours, the Lion City welcomes me.  Touchdown Singapore … Continue reading 27 hours journey; 21 hours flight, 3 cities, one destination.

I HESITATE TO JOIN THE PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

To be honest, I was hesitant to join this professional fellowship program in the U.S. Hesitant because I have to leave my kids and wife once again for a relatively long time. Hesitant because I'm afraid I can't find halal food. Hesitant because of television propaganda that America is not friendly enough for Muslims. Hesitant … Continue reading I HESITATE TO JOIN THE PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM