Monday, September 11, 2017

Meeting a Stranger.....

I was at KL Sentral this morning and found there are so much changes there.That mean I have not explore it for some times in the past years. I went to meet a friend and after that explore the place to get more information of the train services especially the ETS [Electric Train Service]. I have travel the ETS up to Ipoh when it first started and found it fast and comfortable to travel between cities. I may do it again in the near future. As usual that place was thronged with folks on the move. 

It all start when a FB friend Wan Izzuddin posted in his wall that he would be coming to KL after a trip to Bangkok. Since I have not met him in person I thought this would be an opportunity to meet and get to know each other. I then send a note on Messenger of FB asking whether he would like to meet. I got a reply that he would, that after he arrived back in Kuala lumpur he would take the train from the Airport to KL Sentral, the country's largest transport hub. I told him we would meet there, so that was the reason I got to KL Sentral this morning. 

Nowadays with Uber and Grab it is easier to travel in the city. This morning I took Grab to KL Sentral and then for the return journey to my home in Ampang Jaya I again took Grab, this time from Nu Sentral, the adjacent mall beside the KL Sentral. 

Well folks that was my day this Monday. Have a nice day.

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. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, Pekan...

I was in Kuantan two weeks ago and decided to make a visit to Pekan the royal town of Pahang. There is a new museum, the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum there albeit an old one that had been refurbished and upgraded. Pekan been the royal town of Pahang and the oldest among the town in the state have many artifacts and memorials that of historical significant. I believe most was lying in the many small palaces or istana as usual are in a royal town and Pekan is no exception. The authority decided to place all the priceless artifacts in one building. 

An old build that is a museum piece itself have been converted and most if not all the relevant artifact has been transferred to this new museum and displayed in various room there. On my first visit, I had a glimpse of what in store there and happy that they have done a professional job in displaying the artifact, as well using computer to provides more information to visitors. Since this was my first visit there I decided to just take a general look at all that are been displayed. I must come again to get a closer look at all those priceless items been displayed. I am from the state of Pahang, being born and bred in Kuantan a town just 46 kilometers away thus I have been to this town many times before. As a Pahangnite I am indeed proud that the state authority has found in their heart to have such an important museum here, in Pekan where the history of the state itself has it beginning. The museum is setup in a sprawling space with a garden frontage, which itself is a tourist attraction. For tourists, this is indeed a worthwhile place to visit and see for oneself part of the history of the state of Pahang.  

Have a nice day.         

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Iftar @ Ramadan...

We are now at the beginning of Ramadan. It is a spiritual journey that Muslim all over the world take during the month of Ramadan of the Islamic calendar. During this whole month Muslim would fast during the day and break the fast at Sunset. That moment is call Iftar or Buka Puasa in Malay. Iftar [the breaking of the fast] is done at one's house or at the local mosque. Where families members live nearby like ours the whole families would Buka Puasa at our house. Remember after fasting for the whole day everyone is not in the mood to go out, thus the buffets at the hotel is out of question. So, the best place is at one's house where the atmosphere is relaxing. We really need a relaxing atmosphere to buka puasa and there should be no rush in doing it. The ritual is always the same; when the Azan is heard we break the fast by taking some hot or cold sweet drink and Dates. Then go and perform the Maghrib prayer. Only after that one start to enjoy the first meal of the day. Then after relaxing for a while one may go to the local mosque to perform the Insya prayer follow with the Tarawih prayer or do the Insya prayer or the Tarawih prayer at home.

Have a great Ramadan folks. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Kampong; Kuantan...

Last week I went back to Kuantan and stayed there for three night at my home away from home, the Vistana Hotel. While there I relived my childhood memories, as well visit places like Sungei Lembing, In Sungei lembing was the largest load Tin Mine in the world during the colonial era. There is a museum there now, housed in the once bungalow of the top British administrator of that place. the local call the Tuan Besar. The next day went to Pekan and visit the newly refurbished museum there, the Sultan Abu Bakar Museum. It houses priceless artifact of an era gone by. I like the way the museum is managed and may visit it again in the near future. As usual I went to the Teluk Cempedak beach, a beach that I called my own. I grew up here and always never far away from the beach and the sea. Thus, it has become part of me; I love the salty smell of the sea air as well the sound of the sea bashing the shore endlessly all days and nights. It kept the golden sandy beach clean just like before. In my teens, it was a place we kids would go camping on weekends, learn to swim as well respect the sea. I have always love the sea and the environment around it. That is why even at this age of late seventies I kept going back there. At time, early in the morning to watch the sunrise or in the evening to enjoy the fresh air or just walk along the beach. I have decided to go back to my Kampong Kuantan more often now. In a way to enjoy the remaining part of my life at the place where I was born and bred. So, folk’s life is like that; old age brings back memories of the past and I loved it. 

Have a nice day.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Neighborhood...

I always take a walk in the afternoon around the neighborhood just to keep me fit. It just a walk and at time I would stop at a friend's house and chat on the roadside or in the house. After a while I would continue my walk. Then would sit a while on the bench at the park nearby before going home. One day while taking a walk around the neighborhood I met a friend Ramlee who always ride a bike. He stops by me on the roadside and we chat. He told me that he just heard that Cikgu Razak of Jalan 2 had passed away. I was shock since the last time I met him was at the Friday Prayer, he looks cheerful. Then he says another of our friend Taib of Jalan 4 is in hospital and another a Dato who at one time head a bank has totally lost his memory. The last time I met the Dato was at a Supermarket nearby. He looks sick with his dear wife holding his hand. He could not really remember me. I wished him well. Some time later at KLCC I met a friend Lokman whose wife died a year ago.  Over coffee at La Cucur there we chat on life. He says that he is now lonely and that with the demise of his wife he no longer have anyone to quarrel. We laugh! I agreed with him fully. Well folks at this age what I related here is a common happening with folks like me living in our golden years. So, folks do enjoy life, for life is like that. 

Have a nice day.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Copper Pots....


These are the a copper pots that I inherited from my father. He had numbers of it in various sizes for cooking at the restaurant or at Kenduri. At that time, it was difficult to get such pots in Malaya so he got his friends from Kerala to bring a few and this is the smallest in size. When the restaurant was closed my younger brother, who managed the restaurant after the demised of our father took it to his house and kept it in his store. I went to have a look and it was all blacked with soothes after many years of uses for cooking. I told my brother to let me have two of the smallest and he agreed.  I then took it to my house in Kuala Lumpur. Both were used for decoration. When the kids got their own house, I decided to give both to them, sort of passing down of an inheritance that is priceless. Once belong to their grandfather. A part of our family history. 


Have a nice day.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Smell of Spices...

Spices is part of our cooking culture. Never a day we are without it in our cooking, it always there in the kitchen. A Malay kitchen is never complete without the various spices in its larder. Always ready to be used in the cooking especially the creation of a good Curry. I  love the smell of spices thus I also use it to give a spicy smell to my dinning area or the other part of the house. Above is a concoction of spices that I had put in a container to enhances the environment of my Serambi or Patio.  It does provides an aroma of its own to  my little space on the front of the house. Loved it. 

Have a nice day.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kepal a Traditional Malay cake...



I am not sure whether you folks out there know about the delicious simple traditional kueh that is made of leftover rice. We call it Kepal but maybe others may have another name for it. Anyhow it the period before the coming of the refrigerator where it difficult to keep leftover rice overnight. It would go stale or Basi in Malay. Nothing could be done about leftover rice that is left overnight except to feed the chicken in the early morning. Since steamed rice cannot be kept overnight and carry forward like we do now by putting it in the fridge and reheat it the next day, folks during that period came out with an ingenious way of turning the leftover rice into cake before it goes stale. When I was growing up at my father’s restaurant in Kuantan before we had the fridge, the restaurant at time has left over rice, so with ingenuity they found a way to turn the leftover rice into other food that could consumed later. They turn the leftover rice into Kepal. At individual home housewife do that too and enjoy it at teatime. What folks at that time did was to dry in the Sun the leftover rice that is yet to go stale. It may take hours or days before the leftover rice is completely dried. It is then fry lightly; then shred coconut and palm sugar are added. The mixture is then pound into rough pulps using lesong. It is then mold by hands and turned into a small kueh that we call Kepal. Ready to eat.  Voila! you got there a delicious kueh made of leftover rice. Nowadays I no longer see such cakes since folks no longer need to turn it into Kepal. Leftover rice can now be kept fresh for a long time in the fridge. Now I do miss the Kepal. Anyone out there who still makes this Kepal, would love to have some. My two cents.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Moon last night.

I love to capture the Moon whenever it appears up in the sky above my house. I am learning to do a better photography and the only way is to experiment with my camera. Now I am using a Mirror-less Camera, the Canon M10. Above is an image of the Moon taken yesterday March 9, 2017 at 7.30pm. Enjoy it folks as much as I had enjoyed photographing it. 

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Nenek...

Today is my wife Asmah's Birthday. 

It her 77th.  Happy Birthday dear. 

A bouquet of Roses for her.  

Have a nice day.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Malay Traditional Medicine...

A young man [42] the son of my late friend Hj. Omar woke up one morning and found the left side of his body paralyzed. He apparently had a stroke. He could not move at all. Went to the hospital and got treatment. He could hardly move around and had to use a walking stick if he need to move at all. One day while attending the Friday prayer at the local mosque a friend who saw him in that sad condition advise him to seek traditional healing from a man. He got the address and went to seek treatment.  With great difficulty, he was help by his relative into the house of the Dukun and sat down on a chair. The Dukun after enquiringly as to why he came for treatment, start to massage a few parts of his body on the affected side. After the massaging is done the Dukun ask him to stand up. He says he could not do that since he got the stroke. The Dukun insisted and eventually to his surprise he could stand. Then he was asked to walk without the walking-stick. Again, he hesitates but the Dukun insist that he walk. To his surprise again this time he could walk without assistance for the first time since he got the stroke. He told me he cried and hug the Dukun. This was related to me by that young man last week when I by chance met him. He now could walk and drive his car. Well folks it looks like there are still people of wisdom out there who practice the traditional ways of healing the sick like the old days of my childhood in the forties and fifties. 

 For thousands of years before colonialism our people survived because of the wisdom of our healers like the Dukun, Bomoh and Pawang. Every known sickness is cured or healed by them. It was a practice that I saw myself when I was growing up on the east coast. It was effective indeed. Then came the so called Ostat who starts to tell folks not to believe and practice the traditional ways of curing and healing the sick. In no times the numbers of healer start to diminish and we lost a great tradition of curing and healing the sick. Anyway, some of the wise man kept the practice alive and passed it down the line and today there are some numbers of them practicing it all over the country. 

Here and here are some posting about traditional healing that I had posted in my blog. Do take the time to read it. 

Have a nice day.