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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My very own history :)

I was looking into the boxes of manuscripts earlier today and found this little note I kept inside one of the writing pads. Oh, how time flies!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Confront Your Myths



I have been reading a book on COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY and it is a very good book. I learn a lot from it. Among others is the importance to examine and confront out beliefs about ourselves and the world around us.

Let me share some of my views with you.

You are wrong if you believe that you are too old to begin a new career or job. One is never too old to go back and start over again. Always ask yourself this: 'Am I happy with my life? Am I doing what I love doing?' 

Yes, we may have made many choices before. Some could be wrong but we don't have to live with them forever. Always remember that we are all smart and talented in our very own ways and WE CAN DO ANYTHING in our lives. We must BE POSITIVE!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

AMSTERDAM :)




Reminder to self: You can always make room for happiness. Stay positive and smile always!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Baking with love :)

A minute lost in the morning is never regained all day.
Wondering what I did earlier today? I baked.
This cookies are mentioned in my novel SAYAP-SAYAP RINDU.

DENA's cookies on the cooling rack.

Readily packed :)

To those who are driving back to their hometowns today, please drive safe.



Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Salam Ramadan!

One thing I learn from reading this book is: Every man must bear consequences of his own actions.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

RINDU AYAH

I am curious to know how many of my books have been sold by now. I want to give part of the royalty to the children in need, InsyaAllah.

To all of you who have purchased my books, thanks a million! May God bless you.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

There are no rules for LOVE ;)

I found this wonderful surprise waiting for me in front of my gate earlier this morning. A neighbour gave this bunch of rambutans with a card saying 'Wishing you a healthy Ramadhan'. Look, how simple gifts like this can make another  happy! I feel loved. 

There are no rules for love. Love each other the way you want to be loved.

Selamat Berpuasa to all my muslim readers.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Have you read this?

Reminder to self: Success is about making opportunities for yourself.

Monday, 9 June 2014

I need your support. Please help :)





It was indeed a very long journey from writing my manuscript at home to seeing it in the form of a book in the bookstores, and I was very fortunate to have very wonderful people with the heart of gold to assist me along the way. I was never alone. My editor, Mr Rozlan Dafinka, who is also the editor to very prominent writers kept on telling me that I should not feel afraid and be embarrassed of my writings as they were quite good for a novice writer. My talented friend, D.H. Danieyal was always enthusiastic throughout the process. Without the assistance of all the hardworking and talented team like Stacey Bennett (my beloved illustrator for all my 4 self- published books), Mr Iqmal (design), MPH Distributors and Crescent News (marketing & sales), all my books would not have been a reality and would not be on the shelves of major bookstores today. I am truly so appreciative of their efforts.

An enormous debt of gratitude is owed to the beautiful purchasers, who offered me valuable support despite not knowing me in person and definitely knew that I am a new author in the market. If there are flaws in the books, I know they are mine alone. Please forgive me.

I am very lucky to have as many smart and talented people in my life, assisting me in the things I do. I would love to extend my thanks to dear group of friends of early readers. Naniz in Singapore, Aznita Azman in London and Finaz in Australia. It was extraordinarily generous of you guys to donate your precious time. And as for my upcoming children book series (which will be internationally  marketed), I would like to thank Miss Tomoko from Japan and my beloved Stacey Bennett from Australia for taking on the role of early readers. It is very difficult to find people who are particularly supportive this days.

I remain tremendously grateful to all the readers out there for making the journey to the bookstores, to call up the publishers, to go online in order to purchase my books. Thank you also to Unikarya.com for their consistent encouragement and support in assisting me to have my books sold via their online portal.

Finally, to those of you who have read my books but dislike them; well... I thank you, too, for your support. It's hard to please everybody. Still, you have read the same words that my team and I had worked so hard to compile into the bound volume that you bought. Writing those books was a process of healing for me. So, in a way, you have helped me as well. Thank you. 

Below are some words I wrote in my diary some time ago. There's so much stuff in my brain lately and I choose to diarise it all. I think it's worth sharing. Have a read.

From my diary~

My mistake  is:
I scare myself by imagining that no one will buy my books. But Alhamdulillah, 250 copies of SAYAP-SAYAP RINDU have been sold so far. And to me, that's the rezeki for the poor and needy.

And 1000 copies of BIAR MEREKA TAHU have been sold since its first publication. Syukur, Alhamdulillah. I want to thank everyone out there who has bought my books and read them. Your kind and sincere support means a lot to me. A percentage of the sale of  BIAR MEREKA TAHU will be forwarded to the orphanages as promised.

I scare myself by imagining that people will laugh at me when I ask them to invite their friends and family members to support me by purchasing my books and I would feel embarrassed. But I have to pursue my dreams, and I will put that feeling of fear away. I do not only dream to make as much money as possible in order to help the needy ones. I also love peace. By helping each other, I believe we will be happier and more peaceful at heart.

I choose to do good things. And here, I am taking the opportunity to ask everyone out there for their support. The more books I sell, the more people I can help. And I hope you will enjoy reading them, too.

If you are reading this status of mine, I hope you realise that you are the chosen one? Help me achieve my dream to help others. 

Will you help me?


Bahasa Melayu translation:

Daripada menulis manuskrip di rumah sehingga melihat ia di dalam bentuk sebuah buku di kedai memang memerlukan satu perjalanan yang jauh. Saya sangat bertuah kerana mempunyai insan-insan yang sangat baik dan berhati emas untuk membantu saya di dalam perjalanan tersebut. Saya tidak pernah keseorangan. En Rozlan Dafinka, editor saya, yang juga editor kepada beberapa penulis tersohor, selalu mengingatkan saya supaya tidak gentar atau malu dengan tulisan saya, yang menurutnya sudah cukup bagus untuk penulis baru. Rakan saya yang berbakat, D.H. Danieyal selalu bersemangat sepanjang proses tersebut. Tanpa bantuan daripada semua orang yang berbakat dan bekerja keras seperti Stacey Bennett (ilustrator untuk kesemua 4 buku terbitan sendiri saya), En Iqmal (rekaan), MPH Distributors dan Crescent News (penjualan dan pemasaran), kesemua buku saya tidak akan mendapat tempat di rak buku kedai-kedai buku terkenal. Saya amat berterima kasih di atas usaha mereka.

Saya juga amat terhutang budi dengan kesemua pembeli budiman yang telah memberikan sokongan yang amat bermakna walaupun tidak mengenali diri saya dan tahu bahawa saya adalah seorang penulis baru di pasaran. Jika terdapat sebarang kesilapan di dalam buku-buku saya, itu semuanya kesalahan saya sendiri. Tolong maafkan saya.

Saya bertuah kerana memiliki ramai orang yang cerdik pandai dan berbakat di dalam hidup saya untuk membantu saya di dalam segala jua usaha saya. Saya ingin memanjangkan terima kasih saya kepada sekumpulan teman tersayang yang telah menjadi pembaca-pembaca pertama saya. Naniz di Singapura, Aznita Azman di London dan Finaz di Australia. Terima kasih kerana telah bermurah hati menyumbangkan masa berharga kalian buat saya. Dan untuk buku kanak-kanak saya yang bakal terbit (yang akan dipasarkan di peringkat antarabangsa), saya berterima kasih kepada Cik Tomoko dari Jepun dan Stacey Bennett dari Australia kerana memainkan peranan sebagai pembaca pertama. Masa kini, adalah amat sukar untuk mencari orang yang sentiasa bersedia menyokong kita. 

Saya sangat menghargai semua pembaca yang telah pergi ke kedai buku, menghubungi penerbit dan pergi ke dalam talian untuk membeli semua buku-buku saya. Terima kasih juga kepada Unikarya.com di atas galakan dan sokongan mereka dalam membantu saya menjual buku-buku melalui portal dalam talian mereka. 

Akhir sekali, kepada mereka-mereka yang telah membaca buku-buku saya tetapi tidak menyukainya, terima kasih juga atas sokongan kalian. Memang susah untuk menggembirakan semua orang. Namun begitu, kalian telah membaca perkataan-perkataan yang sama yang telah susah payah dikumpulkan oleh pasukan saya supaya menjadi lembaran berjilid yang telah kalian miliki. Menulis buku-buku itu merupakan satu proses pemulihan buat saya. Oleh itu, dalam cara tersendiri, kalian telah membantu saya.

Di bawah ini adalah catatan yang telah saya buat di dalam diari saya beberapa waktu dulu. Terlalu banyak yang saya sedang fikirkan sehingga saya memutuskan untuk menulis diari. Saya fikir berbaloi untuk dikongsi bersama. Bacalah.

Daripada diariku~
 
Kesilapan saya adalah:-

Saya menakutkan diri sendiri dengan sentiasa membayangkan bahawa tiada siapa yang akan membeli buku-buku saya. Tetapi Alhamdulillah, 250 naskhah SAYAP-SAYAP RINDU sudah terjual. Dan bagi saya, itu adalah rezeki orang miskin dan daif.

Dan 1000 naskhah BIAR MEREKA TAHU telah terjual semenjak terbitan pertama dahulu. Syukur Alhamdulillah. Saya mahu berterima kasih kepada semua yang telah membeli buku-buku saya dan membacanya. Sokongan tulus dan ikhlas anda amat saya hargai. Sebahagian daripada hasil jualan BIAR MEREKA TAHU akan disalurkan kepada anak-anak yatim seperti dijanjikan.

Saya menakutkan diri sendiri dengan mambayangkan orang akan mentertawakan saya apabila saya meminta mereka menjemput teman dan keluarga mereka untuk menyokong saya dengan membeli buku-buku saya, dan saya berasa malu. Tetapi saya harus mengejar impian saya, dan saya akan menepis perasaan takut itu. Saya bukan sahaja bermimpi untuk mendapatkan wang sebanyak mungkin supaya saya dapat menolong insan yang memerlukan. Saya juga cintakan kedamaian. Dengan membantu antara insan, saya percaya hidup kita akan lebih gembira dan hati kita akan terasa lebih damai.

Saya memilih untuk melakukan kebaikan. dan di sini, saya mengambil peluang untuk memohon bantuan semua orang. Lebih banyak buku yangsayau jual, lebih ramai orang yang saya dapat bantu. Di samping itu, saya juga berharap anda akan terhibur membaca buku-buku saya. 

Kalau anda membaca status saya ini, saya harap anda akan sedar bahawa anda di kalangan orang yang terpilih. Bantulah saya mencapai impian saya untuk membantu orang lain.

Apakah anda sudi membantu saya?



Wednesday, 4 June 2014

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

Well, I love reading and whenever I have the time, I'll read. This is one of my favorites. It is really nice to read. Yummy!

Reminder to self: Cherish leisure because it is a rare commodity.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Knitting my way to success :)

Reminder to self: They that have patience may accomplish anything.

I am still having my writer's block and now I am learning how to knit. Currently, I am knitting my cardigan. Have a look.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

SAYAP-SAYAP RINDU

Sudahkah anda membeli dan membacanya? Sila titipkan pandangan anda di Goodreads, MPHOnline, atau pun terus kepada penulis di aldentebooks@hotmail.com.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Crochet For Cancer

Hello everyone! How have you all been so far? Just sharing my latest news with you. Lately, besides waiting for the right time to continue writing (since I have been having my very own writer's block), I  do something nice for others. Yes, this is what I do. I crochet chemo hats and beanies for the cancer patients using 100% cotton yarns. I believe that love needs to exist for life to go on.

Above is the picture of my first attempt in making chemo hats. 

If you know how to knit and/or crochet, come and join me spread some love. Don't listen to those who say you're wasting your time and money. Do it with love and sincerity. When you do something with love and sincerity, you will feel love grow in you. It works for me. It would surely work for you, too.

Tidak ada salahnya mengasihi sesama insan tanpa mengira bangsa mahupun agama, bukan?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Stay Positive!

PUSH YOUR LIMITS!
Challenge yourself to the impossible and know how much more you can achieve. Stay Positive!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Masih Belum Siap :)

Above is a picture of the scarf I am working on for my sister, Aznita. It's not yet ready. Yup, it is crochet. If you want to know how to do it, just Google 'How to crochet an infinity scarf'. You'll find many free patterns online. Try them!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Crocheting My Author's Block Away :)

Hi there! It has been quite some time since I last sat down and wrote or typed. I don't have the mood. Yup, that's what actually happens sometimes to authors like me. But no worries, for me whenever that happens, I'll find something else to do like acquiring new skills. This time, I learned how to crochet. Yes, I did it online. I refer to Youtube and watched carefully, bought the needed equipment like the crochet hook and yarns, and started doing my own scarf. Have a look. It's still ongoing. I am currently making a scarf for my sister who is studying in London.


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Help struggling readers


I was Googling and found this wonderful page. I know that there are many parents with children struggling to read. Here's the link. It's such a great read. 


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Al Dente Books Facebook Page

Dear Friends, you are all cordially invited to visit Al-Dente Books newly born Facebook page. Click here :)


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Feeling Inspired

Picture credit to: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network






Do you want to know why I write?

I'll tell you: it's about passion and self-respect. Doing what you love doing with much passion and love is the conduit for self-respect.

I don't know how many people have read my books. I also don't know how many of them love reading them. But all I know is that I wrote them with love and sincerity.

And I truly hope that I'll gain plenty of respect for respecting myself.

Thank you very much to all of you who have bought and read my books. I would love to hear your thoughts. Please send your reviews to me at aldentebooks@hotmail.com

Terjemahan Bahasa Melayu:


Anda mahu tahu kenapa saya menulis?

Ketahuilah: Saya menulis kerana minat dan hormat kepada diri. Melakukan sesuatu yang anda suka dengan kecenderungan dan kecintaan adalah jalan menuju kehormatan diri.

Saya tidak tahu berapa ramai orang yang telah membaca buku-buku tulisan saya. Saya juga tidak tahu berapa ramaikah yang suka membacanya. Tetapi apa yang saya tahu ialah saya menulis dengan penuh kecintaan dan kejujuran.

Dan saya sangat berharap saya akan dihormati kerana menghormati diri sendiri.

Terima kasih yang tidak terhingga kepada semua yang telah membeli dan membaca buku-buku saya. Saya suka untuk mendengar pendapat anda Sila hantarkan ulasan anda kepada saya di aldentebooks@hotmail.com


Sunday, 2 February 2014

WRITE....

I am currently taking a short break before continuing writing my new manuscript. I am planning to start writing again in March 2014. What about you? What are you doing now?
No matter what you do, please make sure you enjoy every bits of your life. Make everyday a fulfilling day. Stay happy in your heart always.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

GIFT OF LOVE :)

I am giving away ten (10) FREE copies of 'RINDU AYAH'. Please send me private messages suggesting the names of children you know who you think deserve to receive this book as a surprise gift and why. Don't forget to include the child's particulars and correspondence address.

Saya akan menghadiahkan sepuluh (10) naskhah percuma 'RINDU AYAH'. Sila hantar 'private message' kepada saya mencadangkan nama anak-anak yang anda kenali yang anda rasa patut menerima buku ini sebagai hadiah mengejut dan mengapa. Jangan lupa menyertakan sekali butir-butir anak itu dan alamat surat menyuratnya.


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

RINDU AYAH




'RINDU AYAH' was actually the beginning of another dream that I had last year ~ to write novelette for children. I actually wrote 'RINDU AYAH' in Bangkok some time in March 2013. A few weeks later, I got the manuscript sent to Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM) for the review of 'Panel Penilaian'. With the confidence I had begun to have with me and the belief in myself, I continued writing 'HIDUP BERBUDI' - the second novelette for children.

But because I find that it's a bit too long to wait for a reply from ITBM, I had decided to self-published 'HIDUP BERBUDI'. And guess what? Both 'HIDUP BERBUDI' and 'RINDU AYAH' are now available for purchase in the major bookstores. Both books were written by me with much passion and love but published by different publisher.

I hope you'll love buying them for your children/ niece/ nephew or even give the books away as gifts to children on their birthdays. And I hope that I can continue giving more as I've always wished.

Please pray may the kids who receive them as gifts from you would love them and hopefully  they'll learn a lot from it.

ENJOY READING!