Sunday, 9 November 2008

Hitting the century mark

This is my 100th post! For today, I thought I'd just spend some time looking back at how this blog has come along. A nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon...

I'm borrowing some ideas from blogger-friend Versedanggerik in this write-up. Boleh kan Verse?

Actually, my first foray in blogging started much earlier, some time around 2001. But it was short-lived... in fact, it had a single opening post (me ranting about my job, the typical overwork and underpaid stuff). The weblog didn't survive because the laptop I was using had to be returned when I left the company. Blogging at home was out of the question because broadband connection for the general public was non-existent back then. Accessing the Internet on a dial-up connection is a real test of patience.

This particular blog came to existence in April this year. The first post was made on 8 April 2008. Seven months down the line, we reach the 100th mark. That works out to an average of just over 14 posts per month. Kira okay la tu...

While it has never been about quantity, I was nonetheless concerned about actually having worthwhile things to write about and share with other citizens of blogosphere. So far, the ideas have been coming in quite regularly... it's always the effort of typing it all out on the laptop that's holding things back. No doubt, some of my posts are just fillers or what I call `interludes' but generally, what I've written are from my own personal experience.

Anyway, here are some highlights :

First commenter - Saudara Mutalib Saifudin on 1st May 2008.
First blogroll link-back - The fiesty Fie The Elf.
First blogging award received - The talented Emila Yusof.
First Facebook friend also on Blogger - Nurie, living life in Riyadh.
First award citation - On 08.09.08 by Patricia, who lives in an English Cottage.
First fellow blogger I met in person - Versedanggerik, in Kuantan on 14 August 2008.

My most sincere apologies to other regular friends and occasional visitors whom I've failed to mention. There are so many of you... I am so honoured by the visits, comments and link-backs.

I reproduce here, part of what I posted previously as a response to the nomination from Pat :

I created this blog primarily as an avenue to sharpen my writing and story-telling skills. It's a very modest journal on personal experiences mostly. It also gives me the chance to meet other writers in blogosphere. Along the way, I get to be friends with readers, commenters and other fellow bloggers... and this is a good thing. Thanks to all of you for dropping by and having something to say about what I write. Most appreciated. I truly hope that we'll be able to meet in real life, one day.

I'll end this post with something that I hope would make you smile today. Remember last week when it was announced that a fatwa was going to be issued about yoga? Well... this one is about a fatwa too.

HARAM MENIKAHI GADIS SATU KAMPUNG

BERITA GEMPAR!!!!! HARAP-HARAP TENANGKAN PERASAAN SEBELUM MEMBACA LAPORAN INI, BAGI YANG TELAH TERLANJUR... APA NAK BUAT!!!!

Haram menikahi gadis satu kampung. JAKIM telah mengeluarkan fatwa baru. Setelah diadakan perbincangan dan diskusi di antara para pemimpin, JAKIM dan ahli ulama' memberikan fatwa pada tanggal 3 Oktober tahun 2008 :

"HARAM HUKUMNYA BAGI SEORANG MUSLIM LAKI-LAKI UNTUK MENIKAH DENGAN GADIS SEKAMPUNG"

Fatwa JAKIM ini telah menimbulkan perdebatan dan bantahan yang sangat sengit antara yang pro dan kontra. Bahkan banyak pihak yang menyatakan bahawa JAKIM telah mengambil keputusan yang tidak munasabah dan terburu-buru. Wartawan Berita Harian telah meminta pegawai kanan JAKIM untuk memberi ulasan yang mendalam sebab-sebab JAKIM mengeluarkan fatwa sedemikian. Inilah isi wawancara tersebut:

Wartawan: Bagaimana JAKIM boleh mengeluarkan fatwa haram untuk menikahi gadis sekampung?

Pegawai Kanan : Bagaimana tidak haram, sedangkan menikahi empat orang wanita sahaja sudah berat, apalagi satu kampung... ... ... .!!!

Hehehehehe... jgn marah ah... nanti kena jual, saya gurau je ... :-)

Have a good week everybody!

29 comments:

jabishah said...

Oldstock,
Congrats on your 100th post. Keep the entries posted.

D said...

congratulations for hitting the double zero count! yup, that's actually quite great to be able to have an average of 14 per month. It's about one posting in two days. I, on the other hand, am trying to cut down. Hehe... as I told Kak Teh, it's a matter of 'gangguan'!! LOL.

btw, think i probably missed pausetoreflect's second anniversary! oops!

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Salaam
Got here through Kak Teh's. You made me smile pagi2 lagi with your 'fatwa' jotting. I was trying to call in which paper story tu keluar. I thought I had missed it completely.. hehehe..good one!

hanitha said...

salam bro, congrats kerna dh capai 100post..mmg orait la tu tuk org yg swamp woth works ehehehe..semoga terus memblog n menulis posts yg menarik dan berilmu tuk segelintir kami yg malas menulis ,hanya syok membaca n beri komen je..
n fatwa jakim tu mmg mengena la...lawak lawak lawak...ehehhe
keep it up bro n take care..

Chahya said...

LOL..funny juga mr.oldstock ni ye.
I'll steal that joke to pass it on to some frens. Can, ah?
Congratulations on yr 100th post.

Emila Yusof said...

Hahaha suspen je!

Emila Yusof said...

Congrats on the 100th post, Fadhil!! You deserves many more awards!!

JUJUL said...

Congrats..bro..

razifembi said...

wow 100 ... good work u did ...

btw ..sempat lagi make joke at end of story....hampehhh.

Tipah tertipu....

*My new blog update Wan Maisara Amirah : A Symbol of Courageous Life .... xde pe2..free bley drop by kat relaxjom ... have a day...

VersedAnggerik said...

Congrats dear,

U didn't borrow anything from me, everything out there is to be shared!

Keep up the good writing. Looking forward to many more interesting reads from U!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! Keep 'em comin'!

Double O said...

Keep cranking !!

Oldstock said...

Ja,

Thanks. Posting yang seterusnya bergantung kpd keadaan... Penyakit M dah datang balik... heheheh.

Oldstock said...

D,

Thanks. Not sure if I can keep up this rate. My project site is running full steam now and it's a bit difficult to steal some time to blog-hop, let alone post something.

Anyway, semangat kena ada. Takleh nak asyik bagi alasan je... :-)

I'm just browsing thru Pause To Reflect... found many good things that I can relect upon.

Oldstock said...

Salam Kama,

Welcome. Always good to have journos drop by this blog. Just don't quote me on that fatwa... heheheh..

If you have the free time, do read my story on Dungun, in the July archives. Thanks.

Oldstock said...

Salam Hanitha @ Kaklong,

Memang swamped with work... jadi takleh janji next post tu bila :-)

Oldstock said...

Chahya, no prob. Please share the joke around :-)

Oldstock said...

Thanks Emila. Lama jugak tak nampak you drop by kat sini. Hope you enjoyed the holiday break at Tioman.

Oldstock said...

Hi Ju,

Thanks. Hope the physiotherapy is making you better. You take care now.

Oldstock said...

Razif,

Thanks for the note about Sara. I like to cycle too... sedih jugak terlepas nak bersembang dgn tuan empunya blog.

Oldstock said...

Verse, thanks again. Agaknya bila kita nak makan mee calung tu?

Oldstock said...

Michelle, thank you. You keep on writing too.

Oldstock said...

Double O, will do. You guys keep up the good work too.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Whoa Oldstock! You do have a knack for story-telling! Sedap betul baca about your recollections of Dungun. I felt melancholic just reading about the nasi dagang lady, those pretty young lasses, nasi kunyit et al.

Simply lovely.. and I'm having you linked so I can enjoy more of the same. Btw, congratulations on reaching 100.. quite a milestone tu, in terms of writing..:)

Kak Teh said...

congratulations!! and keep it up.
mulanya I pun ingat fatwa dari mana ni?

hanitha said...

salam bro, alahai knp tkde post baru...boring nya huhuhu...miss your posting la bro...
tp klu dh dapek penyaki M tu, mmg la tk dapek nk di tolong ehehehe..
ala bro, lotak la cito lawak yg leh ketawa guling2...kira boleh la tu ehehehe
take care bro..

Oldstock said...

Kama, thanks for the link. Dungun's a nice and peaceful place. Had some nice memories there. Some time back, on my way to KT, I stopped by the same stall I used to frequent. The stallowner still remembers me.

Oldstock said...

-> Kak Teh, thank you.

-> Kak Long, the new post is especially for you. :-)

razifembi said...

hey i heard someone mentioned mee calung ...

mcm pernah mkn mee tu kat Pahang dulu...