Tuesday, May 09, 2006

From Another Blog...

Thought I'd add here what I wrote in the other blog...just for safekeeps. Think I'll do it this everytime I add there and vice versa. There's two parts here. mind you.

Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I belong to a group of 9 brothers and 3 sisters working on a webtv project. The webtv, wtv8, can be viewd at http://wtv8.tv, with new editions every Saturday, 9pm Malaysian time, and repeats daily.

Wtv8 is relatively new with most of its content based on the local political scene. We are, in the midst of searching for Islamic material, local and foreign. However, as we are all volunteers in wtv8 and that it is not a profit generating body, we hope to make some form of arrangement for mutual benefit.

Other than that, viewers may contribute news or even comments by joining wtv8_Public@yahoogroups.com. Thank you.

Mood: Tired
Date: May. 06, 2006

Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Today, I shall enter my first writing into this blog...I think.

My previous try in this blog was a dismal failure as somehow maybe due to a glitch somewhere - or was it my ineptness - it did not register. Thus, I pray this time it will. Otherwise, I would be wasting what little energy I have for this day after using most of it in the studio earlier.

Through experience - though new as we may be - we at wtv8 have come to learn many things about webtv production. Perhaps, the oddest thing is that it is not as difficult as we originally thought. Then again, neither is it a walk-in-the-woods either.

With the many failings that we have now, we are nonetheless still confident that we will, be better. InsyAllah.

In a Quran class recently, I learnt that Imam Shafie was once asked: What is the secret to his learning the Quran?
Imam Shafie replied: Repeat 1,000 times and you will memorise.

In our context here in wtv8, it would mean that we have to keep on trying and learning to adapt and adopt new knowledge in producing our programmes.

Though currently limited to 4 productions only: News, Islamic Entertainment, Tazkirah and Talkshow, we do have the intention to produce more. This is our endeavour to produce quality Islamic programmes as an alternative to those non-Islamic whether in presentation or in production.

It will not be easy. Foremost, as all of us volunteered for this project when many have daytime jobs and family, as well as other social respobilities. But the commitment given by several of the brothers, masyAllah, I have no words to describe.

Especially to the brothers and sisters in Malaysia, give us your moral support as we strive to bring you news to counter propoganda by... We are not CNN nor Al-Jazeera; we are wtv8.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Not a Good Monday...

Foremost, when exactly is Monday a good day?

Having spent the entire weekend with your family's constant pleading to take them places other than a relative's house, you are left wondering whether the word 'I' or 'my' does exist in a family. I mean, having worn yourself out during the weekdays, many would give an arm just to laze on the sofa watching nothing on the television.

Even then, while you're watching nothing, your ears just cannot help but pick up the sounds of kids fighting, bawling and yelling their little lungs out. It may even reach the extent that you begin to think that you are like Bethoven, writing loud music hoping to hear even if the sound is more like a whisper. Except, in this case, the unwarranted music is being written by your family. Sheesh...life as a parent must be tough!

To placate the kids and your wife/husband, you take them out to places, wherever that may be. Normally, for a husband, that's the best part as the wife tend to be the parent kids cling to. For the wife though, it can be quite a torrid moment I imagine. Apart from the kid, there's the husband that needs tending to as well! Oh boy!

Anyway, by the time you reach home, its almost dusk. Your weekend dream of lazing on the sofa watching nothing soon turn to lying on the bed watching the ceiling and wishing its Friday evening already. You're worn out by the weekend's activity, only to be worn out by the weekdays' activites! Like I mentioned earlier, it tough to be a parent! Good thing I'm not one...yet!

Still, that does not mean my Monday's are better off. For one, only this morning, after spending more than an hour cleaning the fish water-tank, I'm almost drained out already. Not for any reason, but the fear of my fishes. Remember the ammonia pollution to the water supply in the Klang Valley? I fear it may have happened again.

On that particular day, I had just cleaned the water-tank. To my horror, several of the fishes were soon to be found floating dead! Over the next several days, the scene repeated itself killing some of the best species. The whole episode ended only when the pollutants to the water supply was drained out.

This Monday morning, soon after I cleaned the tank, several of the larger species began to surface for air even though the water and air pump was running as per normal. This behavior is simiilar to the episode mentioned earlier, leaving me to dread what the evening will bring. I can only pray that the whole epidose will not repeat itself as this time it may wipe out all the fishes in the tank.

But come to think about it, my fear for the fishes may be real silly. I mean, I'm worrying for the fishes when it is my neighbourhood I should be thinking of! If indeed the situation is repeating itself, then the whole Klang Valley will again be eating and drinking ammonia-polluted water! When will this end?