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starsinsymmetry.com in temporary offline

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Crap.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I do not have the means to pay for the $98 to reactivate the domain starsinsymmetry.com. So if you put that address to your browser, you will met with something like the above pic.

Not even the ads are paying for the domain…I am pretty much displaying ad on the blog practically for free

However, you can still come to starsinsymmetry.wordpress.com if you still wish to read my articles

Sorry for the inconvenience caused

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Ramadhan Kareem

Its already into the third day of Ramadhan and fasting but I hope it is not too late to say Ramadhan Kareem, Allahu Akram to my each and every Muslim readers.

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The banner above features a stained glass dome that can be seen in Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah of Brunei.  Have a happy and blessed Ramadhan, full of joy and happiness

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Busy, busy August!

It has been a very, very busy month for me! For starters, Muslims fasted for several days into August, and celebrated the Eid  on the 9th or 10th, depending on your country of residence (for us Bruneians, it had become a ‘tradition’ for us to celebrate the Eid one day later than other surrounding countries, so we celebrate on the 10th). It has been a hectic day and night, trying to make the house look presentable and to prepare foods and drinks for serving the guests on the eid during the day, and hopefully, making the most of the last days of Ramadan and searching for the special night, the Lailatul Qadr, in the evening.

As I had just restarting my halted dreams of furthering my studies, and starting my new semester in an online university this year, I have to sit for the final exams. Which starts on the 12th. That means just two days after the Eid. It has been a long standing tradition of the Muslim Malays in this region to celebrate Eid all month long – The houses are kept open for relatives and friends to come and visit, food and drinks kept being served, almost daily invites to feasts, all month long. For the exams, I had to travel to the neighbouring state capital called Kota Kinabalu, which is 6 hours minimum car travel.

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The countryside on our way to Kota Kinabalu

Along the way, I get to see many things. As Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country (Although Sabah, of which Kota Kinabalu is its city, many of its citizens are Christians) Islamic architecture and its influences are everywhere, just like in Brunei, but not as  prevalent. Half way going to the city for a lunch stop, in a waterfront shopping area, there was a tower with a clearly Islamic influence complete with a onion shaped dome on top…On closer inspection that said tower is actually a water tower.

1The Water Tower in front of the sea view shops

In the city itself there are a number of mosques that are note-worthy – these will be featured in the following posts. The place where my exam was held is a mosque of the local university, perched upon a hill with spectacular views of the city. It also featured very impressive usage of Islamic ornamentation throughout the place.  We spend some time sightseeing the city, especially considering I have not visited it for several years (almost a decade, actually) and I have very vague recollection of my last trip.

3A view from our balcony in our rented apartment. From the distance you can see the Mount Kinabalu range; the mountain itself is on the east side, exactly where the sun rises every morning.

I will post about the mosques we went through as I had mentioned, as well as the articles under new categories I had mentioned before.

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Eid Mubarak!

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It is Eid in many parts of the world already, but it will be Eid in Brunei only tomorrow (Friday). To all my readers, Muslims and non-Muslims alike a very happy Eid Mubarak, Taqabal Allahu minna wa minkum

I have not been very well these past few days, and it will be my final examinations soon! Hopefully I can add a little bit of posting before the end of the month.

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Ramadan Kareem

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It has been one week in Ramadan now, but I hope it is not too late to say Ramadan Kareem to all my readers! It has been a typically busy week so far, but Insha Allah I will post a few articles before the end of the month.

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Logos for the Blog

I have been very busy lately, what with all the school work, my day job AND a part time job! Too much work that I cannot spend time posting articles for this little blog of mine.

But sometimes, I have little pockets of free time, usually about 30 minutes or so between tasks, often in the dead of the night (this posting is a prime example, a little time to spend between study and bedtime!) I spend this spare time doing things I like to keep my sanity, like hobbies, games or in this case, my blog!

A few weeks ago, I find myself having some spare time when my brain is most active, so I spend it making a fresh new logo for the blog. Actually not one, but TWO new logos. I am thinking of using either one (or both!) of them.Please tell me which one is most pleasoing, but do note the colours and the overall design is not in any way final, I can still tweak it up into something better…if I have the time!

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This is the first logo I came up with. The logo features the name of the blog in English and Arabic in Diwani script (the Arabic text reads النجوم في تماثل) hopefully it correctly reads Stars in Symmetry. Above the text line is a 10-pointed star design, surrounded with 10 5-pointed stars. This is a very common Islamic geometric design, and I chose this particular design based on the name of the blog – it is symmetrical and there are the five pointed shape people usually associate with stars in it! The colours are still not decided yet, but I am going for two tones, so to make it simple and modern looking.

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I have been tinkering with the Kufic script for a long long time. However, it is only recently that I have taken a serious interst in the Kufi Muraba’ – The Square Kufi. Usually the script is for monumental design, and traditionally created with the help of bricks. I will elaborate on this calligraphy form soon enough. Since I have been invited to a group in Facebook calling for proper and systematic approach for this kind of Kufi script, I had been watching closely the works there and the information posted. Although, to be corrected by the experts there, I have to post my work to be examined and scrutinized for any errors but again, the logo here is merely tentative. Above logo is made in the monumental Kufi Muraba’ script, in the rather popular Square form. To read this, you have to start from the bottom right, working yourself in a spiral. It still reads النجوم في تماثل but if one is not familiar with this kind of script, it may confuse. Also, there is no namesake stars featured. However, I would redesign this logo into proper stars, if I have access to time and brain juice. Braaaaaains….

What would you think be the best logo for my beloved little blog? Any comments made will be much appreciated and other inputs for example the designs or colour recommendations are also welcome. I will update the blog’s poll soon for your ease of choosing the best logo!

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February Inactivity

A whole month of inactivity? Well, inactivity would be a false statement, a month without any post or article would be most befitting. The truth is I cannot post anything “heavy” i.e lots of texts or with pics, I can only approve comments or make tinny tiny post, such as this one. Also, I can only access my dashbord with my tablet, and surprisingly, if I try to access with my laptop, I am greeted with an error message…apparently, my IP blocked a number of websites, including Paypal and WordPress. I don’t really have any explanation for that, really.
Hopefully next month (or the very next day, yikes!) I will be able to post articles…see you in March!

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