Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Roadtrip and fake news.

Salam 'alaik.. Kheifiek, shlounak?

Alhamdulillah, just returned last week from a two-week roadtrip to jordon and syria. And alhamdulillah everything went smoothly with no major hiccups.. It was a great experience, the 3/4 day bus ride to jordon, experiencing snow and freezing conditions for the first time, the food, visiting petra and a number of remnants of ancient roman/b.c./islamic history, the dead sea, popular areas in jordan and syria, meeting Shiekh Wahbah al-Zuhaily, making new friends and meeting up with fellow spore students. I wished we were able to stay longer in Syria though.

Along the way, some of the experience have made me reflect about how fortunate, us students in saudi are. We often take things for granted. Hmm.

Maybe will post some pics later.. Rarely visit the internet cafes here, currently updating using my handphone.

updated 22/2 K, Here's some of the pics..

Anyway, Syukran jazeelan to all who have made it possible and memorable.. Alhamdulillah.

Moving on, would like to comment a little about the sensational story that came out in s'pore newspapers about a singapore student in syria being sent back home.

First and foremost, felt sad and disappointed when I learnt that the true story never came out.. Especially when it came from a malay newspaper..

They were presented with two stories, one from those who aided the student throughout the unfortunate incident and experienced the whole incident first hand in syria and another from the student's family side who were in spore the whole time.. They decided to publish the student's family story.. a more sensational, fabricated story that would sell.. Worse, as a result, the students in syria have been blamed for what they did not do or intend.

Thier credibility have been tarnished and future spore students could possibly have difficulties attaining entry to syria, all due to a selfish part of the paper and the family in concealing the truth for their own sakes.

To be fair, do find out the story from both sides before making conclusions..

And Allah knows best.


madame blossom said...

MasyaAllah! beautiful, historic place!

Ikut tour ke.. ada project ke?

redtide said...

Yea nice places to go, jordan n syria.. Saja2 musafir masa term break, bila lagi nak pergi, dah dekat ni.. Walhamdulillah.

Mar said...

Very nice places indeed. Good photos. ; )