Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tag, you're it.

The title I'm using seems strikingly eerie, as are many things I've been doing thoughtlessly. Nurin's tragedy shook me - it was the first time, in a long time, that I have been honestly affected by news. I wouldn't have thought that the abandoned girl was her, and I was still holding out hope that it wasn't, until her family finally relented and claimed her from the mortuary. That was the first time I, the aspiring geneticist, refused faith in the exact science of DNA (I was holding out for that 1/1,000,000 error to pull through).

Talking to my mother after iftar and taraweeh last night, she put the Malaysian situation so simply, it had to be true:

"The whole country is in grief."

This was supposed to be a post in response to Lubna's tagging me. But on second thought.

Maybe when the pain is less raw, and her eyes don't haunt my waking hours any more.

Al-Fatihah. May Allah place her in the Garden, where she will no longer remember pain and suffering. Amin.


this has been a rant by Syazwina Saw at 11:42 pm


Monday, September 10, 2007

on the way back to the garden

Ramadhan is coming.

Maybe that's why the tears have been free-flowing tonight.

I've been mildly homesick for a while, but lately, it's for that Home of a different kind.

And it's been a while since I've cried; Sheera can testify to that (although our laughfest was not bad at all, eh?).

So tonight was surprising.

And I'm sure it's not due to the reading material either (Lehninger's Biochemistry on the Principles of Bioenergetics -- compelling stuff, and not really examinable, pity).

And these people made me cry:


Idris Phillips

Dawud Wharnsby

while this bloke (who's related to another really famous musician) makes me homesick:


(Anyone guessed his musical lineage? Surprising, innit?)

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this has been a rant by Syazwina Saw at 10:27 pm