Monday, June 29, 2015

That Squirrel; Jatoq!...


Some years ago we took in a sick baby Squirrel that had fallen from a tree and nursed it to a healthy baby. It then grow bigger by days and became tame and friendly. We name it Jatoq a Malay words which mean Fall. As it grow bigger we soon found that we could no longer let it live at our little garden in front of our patio. Afraid that it may be caught by other bigger animals we decided to move it to a bigger compound at our daughter's house nearby. We were sad to part with it but because of its safety we had to move it to a safer area. It took to the new surrounding well and start running around but in evening would come back to its cage. As days goes by it did not return. We all felt very sad since we got somewhat emotionally attached to it but eventually we got to accept that it for its safety that we let it go and continue to live in its own habitat and not caged. A friends told us that animals often remember and it or its offspring would eventually return. A few months ago I saw an adult Squirrel grey in colour that look like Jatoq crawling at our garden and a few days later saw it again, this time climbing on the roof. I call it Jatoq! Jatoq!. It look at me and then move on. Then the next few days I saw it again or rather a smaller one at the garden eating at the feeder.  I was happy and told the family that our little Jatoq or its offspring had return. Now it came over regularly to feed at the feeder that I had hang in the little garden. I had created the Feeder to feed the Birds and the Brown Squirrel that comes often to feed at our little garden. Now with the additional visitors I had increase the amount of food that I put on the feeder. Above is the photo of the Jatoq offspring that I took a few days ago when it came to eat at the feeder and sharing it here for all to see. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Redo the Serambi...

After the recent minor repair to the ceiling of the front part of the house I decided to redo the Serambi [patio] and now this is how it look. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Healing Power of Water...


Inspired by this book 'The Hidden Messages of Water' by Marasu Emoto and reflecting on my long journey of life, I am writing this so as to open up our hearts and minds to the power of water in our lives. Water is very important to our survival; seventy percent of our body contain water so it is important to learn more about it and give due respect to it. On this book it all start with a conversation I had with Steven V-I Lee a fellow blogger some years ago. While having breakfast at a restaurant with my spouse and I Steven brought up the subject of this book. He say that I must read it and that he would send a copy to me when he gets back to the UK. When he return to the UK he send me the book and I start reading. As usual with me I analyses the content and after some soul searching I found that what the author Dr. Masaru Emoto say in this book is actually nothing new. The only different is that this doctor did many experiments with water to prove to the scientific world that there is more to the water than is known now. By itself it is a simple cure for all illness thus would give us the quality of life that we have always wanted. He has proven with scientific evidences that water is alive and that it reacts to command we give and by that could react to heal or cure sickness. You would understand more if you take the trouble to read this wonderful book. I am in no way promoting this book. I am doing this just to satisfied my curiosity as to the why water works in our body and its healing process. Now I am no longer skeptical but believe for a fact that water do have the power to heal. Let me give some of my experiences when I was growing up in the forties. At that time modern medicine was just beginning to take root in the society and doctor are mostly working at the government hospital or at the GP in town. In Kuantan there was only two GP and I believe it was the same in other towns. In the rural area there was no doctor all. 

For thousands of years we as a society had survived without modern medicine and relied only on our traditional healers like the Dukun, Pawang, and the Bomoh or for the Chinese their Sen Sai for healing and curing the sick. Every time someone get sick in our house we do not rush him/her to the hospital which in most cases is some kilometers away but we treat them at home in our own ways. In the case of our family there is the Dukun who live opposite our house. A respected man, a simple man who works with the local council for a living and at the same time act as our Dukun. I was just a small boy then and only know this man as Tok Yek. So every time someone get sick I would be ask to call Tok Yek. I would ran across the road and get to his house, told him to come over telling him that someone is sick and need his help and then I ran back to the house. In the meantime at the house my mother had already got everything ready for the use of the Dukun which consist of a Bowl of Fresh water, some Lime fruits, some Pop rice [bertih] an Incense burner and Sireh [Betel leaves]. A while later Tok Yek arrive; after checking the patient would then put incense on the  burner, take the Bowl of water and did the ritual of cutting the lime into two and placed it on the water with the Pop rice. He then studied contents in the Bowl of water. He took a glass of water, crystal clear water that come from the well near our house and then recites some words softly into the water [Jampi] and ask the patient to drink. After that he would take leave with some words of advice. He did this voluntarily and no payment is made. Mostly I notice that the patient got cured. So coming back to water, our traditional healer knew more about water than we care to appreciate. In this case what the Dukun give to drink is water that have been treated with an added value; a message to cure. Most of the time it the only treatment given to heal the sick or for the cure. Only after reading professor Masaru Emoto book that I realized and understood that the water indeed has the power to cure when treated and use in a right way for the treatment of the sick. In the practice of  the Traditional Malay Healer water is used in so many ways to purify, to heal and to cure the sick as in Jampi. Well folks that was the way then and now with modern medicine folks no longer relied solely on the traditional healer to cure the sick but I do believe that Water could help in the healing process of the sick if managed in a wise way as done by the traditional healer in the Malay society.

We are a spiritual being and there are so many things that we have yet to know and understand especially in the healing aspect of our being. Maybe this book would open up our minds to more possibilities that would give us a better understanding of what traditional healing process were and could do. I am indeed in depth to Steven for the gift of this book, that has is some ways open my mind to the new science of water and its power of healing. Some scientists are still skeptical about this finding so let us have an open mind on this as well. Now that science has proven that water does have a healing power we should use it with love and give due respect to it especially in the healing of the sick.

Have a nice day.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Of Stalls @ KLCC...

It was a cool day so I decides to take a drive to KLCC, my favorite lepak place. It is just a five minutes’ drive away from my home. After parking my car at the basement took the lift to Level C. The firsts thing one see at this level are the many stalls in the center of the concourse selling all kinds of goods. With artistically displayed the good turns the stalls into a colorful work of art. Nice to look and I believe it does attract buyer too. I snap some images as I walk from one corner of the concourse to the other. The purpose of my visit today after a lapse of months was to go to the Kinokuniya Bookstore at Level four to see whether there are books that would add to my reading collection. After window-shop as well looking for hat at a few outlets and did not  find any that I like at level C and G I took the lift to level four and went into the bookstore. There were already many people looking for books and a few seen queuing to makes payments at the Cashier counter. I browse along and soon found a book to my liking, paid for it and went out to get some other things along the way. Today the mall was not that crowded as it normally is at this hours of the day. Probably because of the Fasting month and that the school holiday is over. After a while decided to buy some traditional cake at La Cucur and went home. It was a pleasant short visit to the mall. Above are some images of the stall at the concourse. 


Have a nice day.
It was a cool day so I decides to take a drive to KLCC, my favourite lepak place. It is just a five minutes’ drive away from my home. After parking my car at the basement took the lift to Level C. The firsts thing one see at this level are the many stalls in the centre of the concourse selling all kinds of goods. With artistically displayed the good turns the stalls into a colorful work of art. Nice to look and I believe it does attract buyer too. I snap some images as I walk from one corner of the concourse to the other. The purpose of my visit today after a lapse of months was to go to the Kinokuniya Bookstore at Level four to see whether there are books that would add to my reading collection. After window-shop as well looking for hat at a few outlets and did not  find any that I like at level C and G I took the lift to level four and went into the bookstore. There were already many people looking for books and a few seen queuing to makes payments at the Cashier counter. I browse along and soon found a book to my liking, paid for it and went out to get some other things along the way. Today the mall was not that crowded as it normally is at this hours of the day. Probably because of the Fasting month and that the school holiday is over. After a while decided to buy some traditional cake at La Cucur and went home. It was a pleasant short visit to the mall. Above are some images of the stall at the concourse. 


Have a nice day.
Of Stalls @ KLCC... It was a cool day so I decides to take a drive to KLCC, my favourite lepak place. It is just a five minutes’ drive away from my home. After parking my car at the basement took the lift to Level C. The firsts thing one see at this level are the many stalls in the centre of the concourse selling all kinds of goods. With artistically displayed the good turns the stalls into a colorful work of art. Nice to look and I believe it does attract buyer too. I snap some images as I walk from one corner of the concourse to the other. The purpose of my visit today after a lapse of months was to go to the Kinokuniya Bookstore at Level four to see whether there are books that would add to my reading collection. After window-shop as well looking for hat at a few outlets and did not find any that I like at level C and G I took the lift to level four and went into the bookstore. There were already many people looking for books and a few seen queuing to makes payments at the Cashier counter. I browse along and soon found a book to my liking, paid for it and went out to get some other things along the way. Today the mall was not that crowded as it normally is at this hours of the day. Probably because of the Fasting month and that the school holiday is over. After a while decided to buy some traditional cake at La Cucur and went home. It was a pleasant short visit to the mall. Above are some images of the stall at the concourse. Have a nice day.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Night Photography...

I am still learning the best way to do night photography. Last night I saw the  moon and other planets bright against the night sky. There was the crescent Moon and the planet Venus seen bright up above.  I took my camera, fixed it with the telephoto lens and snap a few shots. It did came out alright and I am sharing it here for all to see. The first image is that of  the Moon as seen at 9.07pm and below it are the other planets. The next image is that of the Planet Venus as seen at 9.016pm above my house.  Enjoy it folks. 

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Buka Puasa or Breaking of Fast...

During Ramadan to us grandparents the best moment in time is during the Buka Puasa [the time of Breaking the Fast] just after sunset when all the kids and grand kids are around. This year all our grand kids are in the country and were able to break the fast together at our home. To me it was the best moment in time and I did enjoy it. Above is an image of the refreshment ready for the breaking  of the fast. 

Have a nice day.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Respecting the Plants...

I have always love the plants. During my childhood my playground was the bushes under the Rubber trees in the vicinity of the house. The bushes was my dream world and it was there I learn the names of plants and it uses in the traditional Malay society. At that time it was just a fun place to play with relatives and friends, nothing more and yet to understand the real value of the specie Plant. As I grow up and have more knowledge I slowly began to understand the power of the plants and it relationship of the survival of the other species on planet earth. We all need energy to survive on planet earth and that energy come from the Sun. The only specie that could convert the sun's energy into foods is the Plant. Without the plants all other species could not survived on this planet. And of course without the plants there would be no oxygen that is vital to our survival. Our specie now takes all kind of meat other that vegetable to get the sun's energy. By taking meat mean that we get the energy from a second-hand source. Remember the animals first have to eat the plant in order to get the energy from sun. It is ridiculous for our specie to go to the third party to get our energy when we could easily get it from the second party; the plants. We can get all the nutrition we need to live a healthy life if we just consume vegetable. I am trying to do just that slowly, one step a time. Now we consume less meat. We now take mostly white meats and vegetable and hope in due course we could do away with meat all together. So folks do give due respect to the plant that give so much to enable all to live a beautiful life on this planet.
 

Have a nice day.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bottle-Brush Flower..

In photography we learn all the times. Its an art that continue to evolve as we move on with new equipments and knowledge. In the past before the coming of the Digital Camera we are restricted to taking the maximum of 36 image with a roll of film thus we are careful and selective to take photo because it costly to take more. Today with the Digital Camera we can take as many photo as possible limit only with the memory with had on the card. It is amazing how the evolution of picture taking has gone through in the last 25 years. We learn new technique of how to get a good picture. Two years ago I bought a new Telescopic lens which could be converted into a Micro Lens with just a switch for doing Macro Photography. I did not know that it was possible to do Macro Photography with a telescopic lens not until a friend show me of how he managed to get a close-up of objects that is at a distance with his telescopic lens. I had been doing Macro Photography with my Micro Lens and the result always looks amazing. Using the Micro Lens one had to be close to the object. It is all right when taking the image of just the flowers but if one want to get the activities of insects with the flower it would not be that easy as the insect would normally fly away when one get close to it. With this new lens I could do Macro Photography from a distance. I tried my new lens and shot some flowers from far away using the Micro Lens mode of the Telescopic lens and the result is as amazing. Above is an image of the Bottle-Brush flower that I had taken from a distance of some five meters away. The image shows the flower at close range with the insects enjoying it morning meal sucking nectar of the flower. With this new lens I could do more Macro Photography of flowers and other objects from afar. The result would surely be more interesting. 

Have a nice day.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just Rambling...



I start blogging in 2003. Had it not for blogging I would not have met so many remarkable man and woman; strangers who later became my friends. The friendship that starts in the virtual world became complete when we met in the physical world. After I retired in 1990 after working in the government for 32 years I actually was trying to lie low and enjoy life just like that but when I took to blogging my whole journey of life was transformed into a new reality. A reality that I never thought would be possible. I had always love to help people in one way or the other; my work  in  the  Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports give me that opportunity where I help to train the young in various aspect of leadership. So when I retired through blogging I found I could extend that by sharing my thoughts through writing with a simple hopes that the ideas and information that I share would help whoever read my blog. My first Blog Pak Idrus's Post [In Passing Malaysian] which contain more than 1400 posting was put as a Private Blog and thus no long seen by the public. With that I started this new blog and now renamed it as ''Pak Idrus's Blog; a Life's Journey. Here I would post any subjects that I like and hope that visitors would continue to benefit from it. At this age my like and dislike has changes somewhat so I would only write things that I think would be of benefit to all. I do hopes that visitors would leave comment which would act as a feedback of my writing. Before Facebook I would get many visitors but now not that many as before but I do go on blogging for writing is a passion and it for my personal satisfaction. If others enjoy reading it I happy with it. 

It changing time and some Blogger have move to Facebook and no longer blog but from what I notice there are real Blogger out there who still write and I am happy with their determination just like me, enjoying blogging. Keep it up folks and enjoy blogging. We must remember whatever posted on FB does not last and could not be found when a search is done but everything posted on Blog would be there as contents on the Web. It could be found whenever one search for information and ideas.  Just search and one would find the past posting on Blogs. With the closing of my FB account I would be blogging more and more and that is good for my mental faculty. Bantering on FB at time gets tense and depressing thus it’s not good for my health. That is one reason why I stop Facebooking. I want to enjoy whatever I am doing and blogging did just that. There is no use getting into a debate like in FB which at time left one depressed which in a way does not benefit anyone. 

Well folks life is like that; so be happy and keep enjoying whatever you are doing and live that moment in time.  Have a nice day.