Friday, August 18, 2017

A Fusion of Crafts....

Some years back I bought a few crafted fruits made of copper; a well handicraft products from India. It has been on display in the house all the while giving a glow of an artistic works of great craftsman whose creative works add value to our quality of life. Last week my spouse and daughter Lin went on a short holiday to Chiang Mai, Thailand and brought back a handcrafted wooden fruit bowl made from the trunk of the Mango tree. It a gift to me which I instantly loved it for its uniqueness and it the first bowl that I had seen made from wood of the Mango tree. I then decided to put the Copper fruits crafted in India into the new wooden bowl from Thailand and found that it harmonized well; sort of a fusion of two crafts from a different culture, the Thai and India. Above is that fusion. Enjoy it folks. 

Have a nice day.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

78th Birthday....

Good Morning folks. Woke up to a beautiful day in August 2017. Born on August 17, 1939 Alhamdulillah I am 78 years old today and kicking. Thanks to my wonderful soulmate Asmah Abdul Rahman of 55 years and counting who have been with me during the up and down during my life journey I am forever grateful for a wonderful family life. Blessed with three wonderful daughters, five grandchildren, a son in law and two grandsons in law, making me one happy Grandpa; they too give me so much of their precious times in my golden years. Thanks to the many relatives and friends in the virtual world and the physical world my life has been as colorful as well. To those few relatives and friends [you know who you are] who give me your precious time to talk to me or be with me from time to time I am grateful. Thanks folks for contributing in making my life so colorful. 

Have a nice day

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Museum Masjid Sultan Abdullah, Pekan...

A few years ago, I went for a visit to Pekan, the royal town of Pahang. While there I saw the oldest mosque there, the Sultan Abdullah Mosque was left in ruin. It was a beautiful mosque built by the British colonial authority in 1929. It was the first and the oldest constructed in the Moorish architecture as most great mosque were built during that era. I was sad seeing that beautiful mosque left to rot. I then wrote to the Pahang state authority to do whatever necessary to preserve that historic mosque; a piece of history of the state of Pahang. I soon forgot about it and on my recent visit I saw that they have renovated the old mosque and turn it into a museum and at the same time retained the name of the mosque. It is now call the Museum Masjid Sultan Abdullah. A month earlier on a visit to Pekan I saw the mosque had been renovated but did not have the time to visit it; I was concentrating on another museum the Museum Sultan Abu Bakar nearby. Last July 20, 2017 I decided to make an exclusive visit to the museum with a view of blogging about it. With the help of the friendly staffs I make my round of the museum. I was told that other than been a museum a section of it is still used as a prayer place. A beautiful thought indeed; and I am glad that they did it as it provides a continuity of what the place was once; a place where the royal and the ordinary folks did their Friday Prayer as well their daily prayer in such a prestigious space in the new mosque at that time. 

After doing my round there I did an optional prayer and felt enlighten in been able to pray in such a magnificent prayer space in the newly renovated part of the mosque. In this new museum many artifacts of historical significance like old handwritten Quran, musical instruments, traditional tools for communication at prayer times, ceramic plates with Koranic texts are display turning it into a museum of Islamic history of sort. 

One exhibit that I thought is very important is the Tombstone of a grave found at Teluk Che Munah, Kampung Permatang Pasir, Pulau Tambun in Pekan on June 1953, that dated back to the year 1028 AD. It predates the Inscribed Stone found in Terengganu dated 1302 AD. The state authority has done a great job in converting this old and historic mosque into a museum and named it as the Museum Masjid Sultan Abdullah. The collections on display are done in a professional way thus it now has become a place to learn or do research on the history of Islam especially that has to do with the arrival of Islam to the state of Pahang.  I am impressed with the layout of the newly renovated space. It has indeed turn the whole prayer space into a living museum on the history Islam and in doing so has made the old mosque building as relevant as ever. 

Students or researchers on Islam especially so on the coming of Islam to this part of the world would be wise to visit this new museum. It a storehouse of knowledge on Islam as well a marketplace of information and ideas on the history of Islam. I left the place happy that the building that was once left to rot has now became a magnificent building of knowledge in this part of the world. Folks it worth a trip to Pekan to visit this important Museum which is just 45 kilometers away from Kuantan. 

Have a nice day.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Mangis [Mangosteen]...

I love tropical fruits and Banana is my favorite. Banana and Papaya could be got at any times throughout the years whereas the Durian, Duku, Mangis  are seasonal. One of the seasonal fruit is the Mangis. While looking around the lush green surrounding of the Tanjung Inn at Cherating the other day I found a Mangis tree with fruits that has yet to ripen. It greenish white in color. Nowadays unless you live in a Kampong with the tree around your house, it not often that one gets to see young Mangis fruits still hanging from the branches, looking fresh. With my camera, I took a few shots of that fruit. It would take a while before that fruits on this tree could be consumed. Unlike the Durian the Mangis does not smell. The Mangis is different in that it is a small round fruit with dark purple skin. The thick inner skin may stained clothing so it is best to be careful when prying to open the fruit. Inside are the succulent white flesh ready to be eaten. One interesting factor of the Mangis is that the marking at the bottom of the fruit. To know how many Ulas or piece of that white delicacy inside the fruit one should look at the bottom of the fruit. If the pattern at the base shows a five-petal flower like design then the inside white fruits would sure be five. Amazing indeed of how nature present itself for us to enjoy. Here are some images of the Mangis. Enjoy it folks. 

Have a nice day. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Through the lens of the Camera....

It was a beautiful Sunday. The weather was nice and cool. I walk out of the gate of my house and looking up saw the moon up above. It was a three-quarter moon and look magnificent indeed.  I thought that it would be great to get a shot of that moon at this early hours of the morning; just after eight. I went up the house to take my camera and put on the telephoto lens that I need to get a good shot of that moon. I then went out again and on looking I could not see the moon as it has been hidden by the clouds. In photography, it like that; timing and opportunity. Anyway, it is still there behind the clouds. I then took a walk and look at the flowers that I had planted across the road in front of the house. 

The White Hibiscus was blooming and at this early hours of the morning it has yet to open fully. It was nice to get to see the white buds start to open as the light of the morning sun shine of it. I then took some photos of the flowers first with the telephoto lens and then later the wide-angle lens. I kept taking more picture of the flowers as it starts to bloom fully. It was indeed a beautiful sight to watch nature at its best. I was mesmerized at the beauty of that white hibiscus and in that moments lost touch of times. 

I then look up and saw the moon again. With the telephoto lens still attached to the camera I then took a few shots of the moon. It was not that easy but I did get a few good shots. 

I am sharing it here the beautiful photos of the White Hibiscus and the Moon that I took on that beautiful Sunday morning. Much as I had enjoyed taking the images, I believe folks would enjoy it too.

Have a nice day.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hari Raya 2017...

For this year we just had a small Hari Raya Open house and we did it on the third day of Hari Raya which fall on June 27, 2017. We just invited a selected few of relatives and friends. We had expected around forty or so would come and celebrate the Raya with us. At just after noon on that beautiful day folks start arriving in groups and individually. 

The first to arrive were the new extended family from the newly wed granddaughter of ours; the eldest granddaughter who got married in July last year. It was nice of them to come and as usual the house soon was beaming with activities. They then sat down to enjoy the Raya spreads that we had prepared. 

Then after they left another extended family, this time a group from the family of our second granddaughter who got married early this year arrived. It was a large group and it does make us happy to get to meet them. They too sat down to enjoy the spread that we had prepared. 

As the day goes buy more and more friends and relative arrived including one a Blogger and Facebook friend, a couple from Sungai Buloh with their two kids. Then a Malay lady Zubaidah Aziz who live in Germany arrived. She is back in Kuala Lumpur for a short holiday during Ramadan. She had said that she would be coming as she had wanted to me us. It was nice to get to meet her in person, a virtual friend that I got to know on Facebook. She then got to meet my spouse and found the opportunity to chat and share notes; woman to woman and mother to mother as she said later. 

All our kids and grandkids were around to help and entertained the guests and in the process, get to know them especially the relatives that came to our house for the first time. One such case was when a group of my late brother Ali's daughter and their mother came. It was the first time that I get to meet two of them. It was nice for Liza one of the daughter whom I had known earlier to have brought along her mother that we have not seen for such a long time. As usual the atmosphere of the house was festive indeed with folks enjoying the Raya with us. 

Although the space in our home is limited it was nice to see that everyone who came had the opportunity to be at the table to enjoy the foods. It was only after eight in the evening that the last guest left the house. In the end, more than the forty guests came, more than we had expected but the foods were ample and everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the spreads. By the time we had clean up the house it was past ten pm. We were exhausted but happy indeed that so many came to celebrate the Hari Raya with us. 

I append here some of the images of the happening on that auspicious day, the third day of Hari Raya or Eid this year. 

Thanks for coming folks; indeed, a successful event in our lives. 


Have a nice day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Sungai Lembing Museum....

That last time we went to Sungai Lembing it was late and we could not go and see the new Museum there. This time I [my spouse did not come along] decided to go early and head straight to the museum before sightseeing of the other parts of the old town of Sungai Lembing. In its hay days during the colonial era Sungai Lembing was a dynamic small mining town. Here was the largest load tin mine in the world own by a British Company, the PCCL [Pahang Consolidated Company Limited]. The whole area of Sungai Lembing was sort of an autonomous region in the Kuantan District. It was managed by the company head, its General manager or as the Malay at that time call it the Tuan Besar. That is what colonization is all about. In the case of Malaya, the British came and took over the country and exploited it natural resources. They did it legally by signing an agreement with the local authority at that time. The mining of tin in Sungai Lembing was one huge enterprise that provides jobs for the local and made the company lots and lots of money. 

This time I had a chat with the young people who managed the museum who know nothing of the history of this place except what they read in the history book. It different with me or my generation. I live during the colonial era. My eldest sister whose husband work as a driver live and raised her family in Sungai Lembing. From time to time we would visit her and at time slept at her house near the river [Sungai]. At that time, the place was a different world since it has its own supermarket that sell all the imported European goods which at that time could not be obtained in the other towns in Malaya. In those days to get to Sungai Lembing town one had to take a boat from Kuantan town up to Pasir Kemudi and from there take the train to Sungai Lembing. During one of our Scout outing our Scout teacher took us on our first ever train ride and that was to Sungai Lembing. To us kids it was an experience that we enjoyed and remember until this day. Sungai Lembing was a commercial township especially managed to extract Tin ore and other minerals for export back to the UK. It does make the company PCCL rich indeed. 

After the country gain independence in 1957 and then the lease of the place expired, Sungai Lembing was handed over back to the state government of Pahang to manage thus it became a sub district of the District of Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang Since Sungai Lembing is a very important aspect of the Pahang history as well the history of colonization it is only appropriate that a museum of a part of our history is set up. For that the Sungai Lembing Museum is a very important institute to have. I am glad that the local authority made a wise decision in making such museum a reality. I have visited the museum and had a glimpse of the display and happy that it does brought back memories of my past. For the general population go and visit it and understand what colonization is all about especially of how the West exploited our resources for their own benefit. Well go and see and enjoy that visit and in the process, be educated as well. 

Have a nice day.