Monday, December 30, 2002

Now, I am reading two books at the same time viz: The mind of CEO and Unleasing Ideavirus.

Thursday, December 26, 2002

A few days ago, I bought four "old" management books:
1. The Mind of CEO
2.Plain Talk by a maverick CEO
3. Bill Gates speaks..
4. Unleashing ideavirus

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Now, I am half way through Jack Welch Leadership book. Hope to finish it by end of this year.
By the way, I will be away for about 44 days, from 11.1.2003 till end of Feb.,2003.

Happy reading to all.

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Just completed reading The Summons. Nice drama but the ending is not interesting at all.Just my personal view.

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Every time I am overseas, I will buy some books as souvenirs. And this time around, I did it again even though I have more books than I can read in the next six months. Bangkok is not my favourite city, but I have to be there to attend a regional dialogue organised by Global Water Partnership, UNDP,MRB. The trip is all paid for by the organisers.

I love free trip....anyway, we went there not for our personal gains.

Books bought:
1-Summons- John Grisham( my favourite author)
2-Teams and Teams Building-Phil Baguley
And was given a book for free entitled Solstice by David Hewson.

No more buying books this year for me.
I hope not to buy any more books this year.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

I took more than a month to finish reading The Hungry Spirit. It is good for the mind as well as the spirit. The book expounds on the meaning of capitalism and beyond!

To-day, I have gone 'hungry' on books. Bought four books at Kinokuniya:
1.The Balanced Scorecard
2.Six Sigma
3.Life of Pi
4.Everything's Eventual.

That should enough for the rest of the year 2002.

Friday, October 11, 2002

Reading this book called The Naked Truth will accelerate me into buying my dream iBook;-)

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Mus has loaned me a book called The Naked Truth. It is about mac users!It looks interesting.I hope to read it over the weekend.

Wednesday, October 02, 2002

MPH bookshops is my one of my favourites other than Kunikoniya. I am glad to hear that a Malaysian owned company has gained control of the bookshops retail business. Now, it is up to Malaysians to take it higher.My only request is that the new owner include more Malay books...

Sunday, September 15, 2002

One of my favourite books is Five Equations that Changed the World. I lent it to a friend a year ago. Now ,it is back on my bookshelf.

Saturday, September 14, 2002

After lunch with Dr Y, we went to Specilaist Bookshop.The book on Islam and Secularism is stiill out of stock.Posted remotely from avantblog.

Friday, September 13, 2002

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Friday, September 06, 2002

To-day I am going to buy a few books to give to my friends when we have dinner at Shah Alam.

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

During a lunch to-day, I gave Dr Y a book entitled The Natural Way .After that Peter took me to Kinokuniya to look at some British books on British humour at its best.I was informed by him that Americans love to laugh at others but Brits prefer to laugh at themselves. How about Malaysias? Semua boleh;-)

Thursday, August 29, 2002

For the record, I just completed reading The Pilgrimage.It is a spiritual journey by the author.IMHO, I like Alchemist better but I also learnt a few thing here about the processes one had to undergo in learning about oneself.

Next two months, I will be reading Project Management books and notes in preparation for my prgofessional exam PMP.

Monday, August 26, 2002

Last Saturday, I released three books to my friends. Please visit my bookshelf:

Friday, August 23, 2002

Yesterday, I visited Mischief Bookshop at Ampang Plaza and bought a book A Malaysian Journey written by Rehman Rashid. After that I visited Julia at IWK and loaned her a book on Project Management.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

To-day I bought two books on Gibran Khalil Gibran.(Times Bookshop) Also bought a book for a friend entitled Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid.(The Specialist Bookshop).

Monday, August 19, 2002

Just finished reading Inside Organisation by Charles Handy. It is an eye opener for me to see many organisation as small as family to MNCs in a new light.

Sunday, August 18, 2002

Now, I am reading Pilgrimage by paulo Coelho.It is about life ....
At the same time, I am reading Inside Organisation.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Yesterday I registered five books at
To-day I borrowed a book entitled Inside Organisation by Charles Handy from Dr Yeoh. At the same time I also loan my book entitled Empty Raincoat to LKE.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Two new books are being added to-day to my book collection:-
1. Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
2.Hungry Spirit( given by Peter Wood as a present.

Note: Yahya donated a book entitled On Writing for my book project. TQ

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

8/6/2002 8:13:08 PM
Dear friends/sdara,

I am planning to launch a book project. The risk of failure is quite high but I am willing to take the risk. This idea comes from a similar project launched by the people at : It is about promoting the culture of reading. Considering our Malaysian habit, the chance of its success is low. The original idea was to get a few books and leave them at public places for people to take and read and 
THEN they pass on to their friends and so on. My modified model of the project is to get a few books and give out to a few friends to read. After the readers read the books, they will check into my website:  ( an online forum and bulletin board) and post their comments there. After that the readers will identify the next potential readers to read the book and repeat the same 
process again. The project can fail in many ways: the potential readers don't read the books or they don't pass the books after reading them. My only monitoring system is through their feedback at the mentioned 
website.If they don't give feedback,then I am lost...

For the moment, I am going solo on this project. If it works, then I will extend invitationS to all of you to donate books for the project. In the event anyone of you dare to take the risk to join me in this project,you are 
most welcome !
I  intend to launch this project at my Palmx Annual Dinner  ON 24TH aUGUST,2002 with at least five books.The next five will be at SDARA Egroup Annual Dinner - making it ten books for this year as a trial. 
May I have your suggestions on the books that I should buy and distribute for free.Please give as many suggestionS as possible.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Just finished reading a book entitled The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Below are some lessons/notes that I derived from reading this interesting book:
1.Travelling is a journey of self discovery.
2,Treasure is where your heart is.
3.We do not live in the past nor in the future, but we live in the present.
4.The tradition is sacred- break at your risks!
5.The desert never change - only the sand dunes changes with the prevailing winds.
6.Some do not wish or dare to pursue their dreams because of their fear of losing what they already have and if they were to achieve their dreams, there is nothing more to dream. So they keep dreaming and do sit on their dreams.
7.To achieve your dreams, you need to stay focus and be willing to sacrifice even your life and losing loved ones.
8.Listen to your heart...
9.You will be tested along the joourney to your dreams.Each test will make you stronger for the next hurdle to achieve your dream.
10The omens are there to guide you provided your eyes and your ears are open.
11. In in a grain of sand,one can learn and discover many things if we dare to explore.
Points that I do not understand:
1. The meaning of the Soul of the World
2. Everthing is one.

Monday, June 24, 2002

On 14/6/2002 I bought A book entitled Empty Raincoat written by Charles Handy. He talked about a few paradox in our life ...

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Last weekend, I met my friend and asked him to recommend me a few books on Islam. He suggested that I look for books related to Syaik Abdul Qadir Jailani.And I bought a copy of Secret of the Secrets.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

After having lunch with Tan Sri Omar, he took me a Page One at Kunikuniya Bookshop and showed a few big size books on bridge. Btw, we love structural engineering especially beautiful skyscrappers and bridges.One thing I learnt from this wise man is that the beauty of the bridge is not only measured from exterior dimensions but also how good the designer is in managing the interplay of forces, moments, shears and torsions in the structures.

ON the way back I book entitled Bridge by Judith Dupree' that cost me RM 118.90

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Went to MPH Midvalley. bought a book -a collection of short stories. To read A Doll House to be discussed at the coming MPH RG on 24/05.2002.

Friday, May 10, 2002

To-day I received an email from a dear friend who thanked me for instigating him to read. Now, he reads into the early hours of the morning.Before this, he never read a book in a year! That made my day.

Tuesday, April 30, 2002

During the KL International Book Fair, I bought three books:
Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer, How To Be Good by Nick Hornby and The River at the Centre of the World by Simon Winchester.

Now I have more books that I could read in the next six months;-)

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

A new addition to my bookself:-
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Spark.

Saturday, March 30, 2002

I have been busy and had dificulties to access this blogger website lately.
Just to update on my books:
15th Feb.,2002- Bought Visitors by Anita Bookner for my wife.
26th March,2002- Bought Project Management by Gary R Heerkens

Now, I am reading the second book mentioned above.

Sunday, March 03, 2002

To-day I just got my March 2002 Readers Digest. It has many interesting articles worth reading...

Saturday, February 23, 2002

For the record, I have just finished reading The Welch Ways and The Power of Simplicity. Both are great books and I recommend to any one in management should read the books.

Next on my list to read is Project Management for Dummies! It is better to read books like this tha pretending of having the knowledge but in actual fact we donot have the knowledge;-)

My fiction novels have to wait for at least another one or two months to go.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Dr Musa Fatullah Harun reminded my surau jemaah this morning about the culture of reading. He qouted the Surah Iqra'-the importance of reading in understanding Islam.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

In the last few days I bought two books to read during the CNY. These books are about management.The first is The Welch Ways- 24 lessons from the World's greatest CEO and the other is the The Power of Simplicity by Jack Trout. He is famous for his books on marketing.

Sunday, February 10, 2002

I am pleased to get hold of A Beautiful Mind at our local MPH MidValley for RM 33.90 as compared to the Airport at RM 43.00! I also bought Project Management for Dummies at the cost of RM 68.60. I will try to read later book first and the novel later.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

To-day is the last day of January,2002. I have not finished reading World Class- I hope to do it over the weekend.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Encik Kissman,

Kenang Kenangan Hidup is the life story of Hamka, the famous Indonesian
ulama. He started the story from the time he was born until Sukarno's era.
Reading it has given me a glimse of Indonesian political history as well as
his auto biography-specially his role in the fight of Independence and his
spiritual upbringing.

Sungai Mengalir Lesu is a novelet by our famous author A Samad Said . The
story was about a community of poor and unfortunate community who lived by
the river during the Japanese occupation in Singapore. It told the hardship
of common people during the war. The story was not that extra-ordinary but A
Samad Said's command of Malay language is very good.


From: "kissmanbucit"
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 13:08:45 -0000
Subject: [bookcafe] RE: Adib's Books Read in 2001


Could u write a little bit about 'kenang kenag hidup' and 'sg.
mengalir lesu'

kissman che lah

> Books Bought in 2001
> -------------------------
> Ice Station
> Anil's Ghost
> Chocolat
> Brethren
> Disclosure
> On Writing
> Kenang Kengan Hidup
> Tenggelamnya Kapal
> My Little iMac Book
> The Bookstore
> Tasauf Moden
> The Painted House
> The Code Book
> Enigma The Novel
> Simplicity-Elaine St James
> Sungai Mengalir Lesu
> Frederick Forsyte Stories
> Power Book
> --------------------------------

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Monday, January 21, 2002

Now I am reading the book World Class by Dr Rosabeth Moss Kanter. She was elaborating on three C:concept,competence and connections!

To-night I was at the surau and introduced to a on on Panduan Fardu Ain.

Thursday, January 17, 2002

This afternoon I visited Jacklyn Chong at her office. She was very kind to loan me her book The Poisonwood Bible. I plan to read it by end of this month.

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Last night my cousin Nasir Zihni gave me a book from Mecca entitled The Creation of the Universe by Haron Yahya. To-day I bought a management book by Dr Rosabeth Moss Kanter entitled World Class so that I may understand better the effects of globalisation on my business. I also hope to write a short note to my fellow friends in water industry.
Last night my cousin Nasir Zihni gave me a book from Mecca entitled The Creation of the Universe by Haron Yahya. To-day I bought a management book by Dr Rosabeth Moss Kanter entitled World Class so that I may understand better the effects of globalisation on my business. I also hope to write a short note to my fellow friends in water industry.
Last night my cousin Nasir Zihni gave me a book from Mecca entitled The Creation of the Universe by Haron Yahya. To-day I bought a management book by Dr Rosabeth Moss Kanter entitled World Class so that I may understand better the effects of globalisation on my business. I also hope to write a short note to my fellow friends in water industry.

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Tuesday, January 08, 2002

I am reading The Painted House again.Not very interesting getting fed up and started reading the Code Book.