Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pelombongan emas di Raub

I'm picking up bits and pieces on this subject. Very interesting. If only Persatuan Sejarah Pahang dan Kuala Kubu ni mengangkat telefon like they are really thinking sejarah 24/7, rasa I hidup I lagi bahagia dari menunggu mcm buah tak gugur. I wish we are all serious about doing our job well. Cuba you call jabatan kerajaan..BN ke PH ke sama je..sebab yang bekerja tu tak bertukar! Haha.

Jawaban paling mudah saya tak tau..tiada dalam simpanan kami...bukan extension ini..saya tak tau..telefon tak berjawab. Yada yada.

But that guy who took the trouble to call me back after finding the info I needed must be applauded. Suka hati dia nak menyampaikan maklumat. Semoga berjaya dalam dunia akhirat, dik, :)

So I want to compare info cicit pelombong emas yang terawal di Raub ni dgn local naratif. Iya ke tidak Tok Gajah humbankan mesin pelombong Australia tu ke dalam Sungai Bilut? (dah lah nak bawak mesin2 berat tu sikit punya susah ke dalam hutan belantara tu semua..senang2 je Tok Gajah humban?). Dan siapa yang sampai dulu dan ambik emas yang banyak kat padang Raub tu (dulu tobek) sampai apabila disedut dgn pam oleh pelombong Australia, tidak ada barang setitik emas yang tinggal? Tapi mereka pergi pulak ke Bukit Koman melombong di situ. Byk dapatnya sampai nama Raub meniti di hujung bibir dunia.

Memang interesting so ingat ni, Raub was not built by the English but Australian miners (ya betul they were born in England sebelum berhijrah ke Australia but most of them considered Australia their home.Hugh Clifford tu datang apabila kerja-kerja melombong dah lama bermula. Kat Penjom it was a British mining company based in Hong Kong tapi Penjom tak banyak mengeluarkan emas like Raub).

Monday, August 06, 2018

Pulang the movie

Since everyone is talking about it, Nik and I decided to check it out.Both of us think it's overrated. The making of it we loved (not being a technical people, we thought it was well done.I read a review that it's full of technical shortcomings.We didn't see them. Heh heh)

I was not convinced it's love that kept Othman away from pulang. But how do you criticise a film based on a real story and Othman is long gone? tak sopan kan? But my gfs and I had a nice discussion on this. They loved the film but I told them why I wasn't sympathetic of Othman. I was over his wife and son. Plot dia tak masuk akal. There were too many gaps before we could fully appreciate the plight of Othman or claim it's true love or epic love. Cik Thom's love was true love. Omar's love for his dad was true love but I doubt Othman's sincerity in loving his wife and son.

Bak kata Pakcik Mat Nor (one of the surviving Malay sailors in Liverpool who I know so well.He knew Othman who died in 1966) sailors are full of adventures..they only think of their parents (read home) when they encounter bad storms (the turning point in Othman's life too). We will never know why Othman didn't pulang or sent money (although the film said he thought Cik Thom had married another). Takkan tak singgah tanya? Main lari je ke?

I also find it annoying Puteri Aishah tu dok sebut Ot-man for Othman instead of Osman. 'th' biasanya bunyi 's'.

If you have not seen it, go.It's not too bad if you have nothing to do on a weekend.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Reward or punishment?

Sometimes kerja masuk bertubi-tubi.Rasa macam punishment la pulak although in the end it's rewarding.

Prof Amir Zikrgoo invited me to introduce his book at his book launch 2 weeks before the event.I was reluctant cos' time factor but he said simple introduction of him and his co translator and the book. I thought oh well, okay.

Then the official invitation listed me as a panelist! say what?To speak on Hamzah Fansuri.Saya pun ingat dia ni orang Iran! Dia sebenarnya orang Melayu.Orang Melayu pertama yang tulis melayu jawi tentang Islam dan pelopor sastera melayu, sastera sufi di nusantara.

I texted Amir tanya apa hal ni? Dia pun terkejut.Dia pun tak tau dia kena jadi panelist.Ingat key speaker ke.
So I had to work extra hours in the library..baca itu ini.The Istac librarian is fabulous.He emailed me stuffs yang berkaitan. You need to be a fast reader to absorb. Nasib no class la ni.Boleh le I spend pagi ke petang membaca.

Tiba harinya I negotiated. Syed Munawar who was supposed to moderate was kind enough to let me do the job.So off we went happily and I thought we had a great discussion.Tan Sri Aziz, Dato Kamala all said it was good and they enjoyed the session. Alhamdulillah.I learned much too.What an amazing mind this Hamzah Fansuri was.Sayang sekali karya dlm jawi dia tidak diterbitkan dalam rumi.Orang Iran dulu beat us to it: they translated Fansuri to Persian.

I hope those reading this and can read jawi faster than me will find ways to translate Fansuri dlm rumi.Setakat ni orang putih je buat and according to Naguib Al Attas, banyak salah dari segi vocabulary, tanda baca dll.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The heat is on

Hari ni I geram banyak benda. Hari ni people from Kementerian Alam Sekitar came with a big rombongan with all government agencies that you can think of to investigage masalah sungai and our alam sekitar. I won't go into details but macam it's tuan tanah punya problem so tuan tanah settle it lah but air, udara, hutan tu semua  SEMUA orang kena jaga bersama, kan? But I think Puan S understands my sentiment.Once I get her laporan, maybe can get the new uni management to look at it. I would just request for a park so bila stress2..ada tempat nak lari. And apparently they can korek the tasik yang dah mati tu jika je kita buat permohonan. If it were that simple...tak payah le kami bersusah payah buat itu ini nak selamatkan tasik, sungai bagai.

Pas tu kes orang pulled out from journal I'm editing. Gamaknya depa ni ingat journal ni boleh publish hari ni hantar, besok keluar? Bukan bdk millenials je rasa entitled ni. Orang tua pun!

Pas tu a writer wrote to thank me for evaluating and editing her manuscript.It's now launched in Spore. Publisher bkn saja tak bayar kerja saya..dia juga tak beritau status buku itu. Oh my! Dan ini dah dekat 2 tahun.Bila call, pass2..or tak call back.Bukan saya nak duit tu sgt tapi tak suka cara tak professional mcm gini. In future, I will say no.

The heat is on.

RALAT: upon checking, I got the wrong paymaster! I had been paid long time ago..I was too busy to notice.Itu le padahnya..ambik job tak catit sapa dah bayar sapa belum.Or worse, catit sapa yang memberi job! (silap tuan)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Jetlag

No joke aging.I used to adapt easily to jetlags. Now dah dekat  seminggu, I still have problem sleeping when I should. Apparently sleeping prob ni berleluasa di kalangan our friends living a stressful life (im not referring to my academic friends).

Anyway, I had a busy schedule tak sampai 24 hours I got home late Tuesday night.But I survived. Then semalam we had wedding invitation and makan durian/manggis dll in Nilai.Nak pengsan trying to stay awake (but bila time tidur mlm tak mau pulak dia tidur.Hadoi)

Nadra's bday today. She said she broke up with her bf. Amboi, baru 7 tahun! We all were surprised by her. Dapat no. 1! Apparently she has a big heart..would give her money to needy friends (because of their "puberty" when she meant poverty. Haha)

Another full day besok. We visited Dr Selva's family in Rawang today. His wife was telling us how the nurse cucuk antibiotics without checking his pressure.Anak dia suspect he died of cardiac arrest sebab low pressure and responding to the antibiotic. Kesiannya. He was on the verge of doing a liver transplant and keadaan dia tidak lah teruk sgt.

We will definitely miss him.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Frankfurt to Den Haag

Faraha saw me off at the station this morning. Yazri was going back to Croatia but F said she's all charged up to work on her thesis. Nice to know.

I dah macam lembik by now. 45 mins to Utretcht, I decided to brave myself and use the public toilet in the train (selalu getik). Nampak button hijau je tekan. Apa lagi, pintu toilet automatically terbuka..ada lelaki tua tengah membuang air kecil.Oi mak oi. I said oh oh sorry and pressed byk kali button hijau tu if the door would shut again. It would not so I just tinggalkan pintu tu ternganga dgn muka terkejut seorang lelaki tua.Nasib toilet tu agak tersorok so not that public.I lari sejauh mungkin so the man would not cross my path but dia pi cari I...just to say the room is now available to use.I nganggok2 je without making eye contact.

When Z picked me up at the Den Haag station, she was not over the fact I missed my train on the way to Frankfurt.I said wait! I have not told you everything yet.She said oh no..should I know.Are you giving me probs to solve again? Is it solved or not yet? Z mmg takut mcm kwn dia Ganesh ckp I takut when I see your mom's tel no. on my phone. Haha.

I just have this to say: I'm glad I am home. Den Haag ni dah mcm home dah.First thing I did was to have cendol kat restoran Indonesia kat apt Z. Then makan nasi and gado2. Z had ABC.

Home.

Den Haag ke Frankfurt

I decided to travel to meet Faraha in Frankfurt naik train frm Den Haag melalui Utretcht (tukar train di sini).I tersilap naik train..tapi sempat patah balik ke Utretcht but train ke Frankfurt dah terlepas.Diberitau kena beli tiket lain rege 130 euro.Was prepared to pay but lelaki asian-dutch di counter tu byk pulak songelnya so i beritau dia tht he was being unkind to me with his cynical remarks (bila i tanya tak leh bagi discount ke..he said no sbb salah i.I said fine..byr..byrlah.Then dia ckp kayanya.Time ni i sergah balik: ada pilihan ke? Dia tak bagi option lain pas tu byk songel I said.But akhirnya he wrote a report psl org silap bagi tau i platform mana tht i termiss my train..so i tak perlu byr extra.Syukur alhamdulillah).

I was delayed 2 hours so sampai je Faraha ajak i pi dinner kat rumah bapak and ibu Bustami yg dah 40 tahun duduk di Germany.Very inspiring couple.

Pas tu F and I bincang psl thesis dia.Besoknya we went to her uni and she introduced me to her supervisor.Sbb mmg tak plan to meet up..kami tak sempat berbual pjg but promised to keep in touch.

Before tht we lunched at the uni cafe..Faraha, me and Makario bdk Filipina.Interesting talking to research students.Makario works on rebels.Faraha on Msian lit.

It's a day of meeting new people, new contacts.We met Linda downtown to celebrate her bday.Petah ckp Melayu.Suaminya org Nicaragua.We took a train to Hanau but takda apa yg menarik sbb gallery Grimm Brothers pun dah tutup.
I dah tak larat menapak.So decided to skip going to nearby castles and balik to rest.

A short trip which I think was meant to help others (there was a grieving mom whose son died in a war and she just poured out her life stories to me whn F and i dok melepak tepi fountain uni tu...before we left she said she was so grateful to bump into us sbb she never told anyone kisah anak dia dan divorce dia.Kesiannya.We hugged).

Ni mcm doa Dina shared with me: i go whr Allah wants me to go, I be who Allah wants me to be.

Berjalan ikut gerak hati.Mcm2lah you jumpa nanti.Pokoknya..apakah iktibar yg dipelajari? Apakah sifat syukur yg perlu?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Treatment Day

The only thing I look forward to daily/weekly in this long break is my treatment appointment be it with my chiropractor or my homeopath or today, my acupuncturist (baru jumpa and female.Cina kat rumah Z ni jantan.Bilik dia kat tingkat atas and he works alone.The last time, Nik was around to accompany me.Takut aih nak pi sorang2.)

Today was my 4th and last appointment with George. My legs are getting stronger but maybe he's right..it's my walking shoes (although those are meant for walking..they don't really support me, kata George).Today was busy.Lepas G, I balik kejap, put everything in the washing machine (baju2 balik dari Vienna over the weekend, melambak), bought my brunch and ate a little then got on Tram no. 9.Z gave me the wrong stop so hampir 30 minit I menapak but I loved the suburb.Very Bangsar like.On the way back, I lunched at restaurant Indonesia nama Anak. Sini senang makan.Restoran Indonesia melambak. If I migrate, I think it's going to be Holland.Orang2 dia pun baik (what a contrast to Vienna..kasar.And so many beggars in Vienna).

The only thing I loved about Vienna was the museum.Well, OK, the cafes too. Two days tak cukup.Lucky we had done Salzburg some years ago.Much more beautiful than Vienna of cos'.We went to meet up with Nik who came for his one week course. Initially I was supposed to stay longer.Nasib tak cos' Vienna is so boring. Mano's brother is the Msian Ambassador in Vienna.Baik juga dia nak call (mesti kena paksa dgn kakak dia..haha) but my stay is too short to meet up. I pun sibuk nak ke sana sini, mengukur museum. :) If you happen to be in Vienna, jangan pergi illusion museum dia.Mahal tak bertempat.Sekali pusing je dah habis for 12 euro.I think Langkawi punya lagi byk ilusinya.Cafes to spoil you rotten Central Cafe and Demel and there's another one I tak reti nak eja. Gila sedapnya.

Then we took a bus to Laxenburg tempat Nik punya course.mmg nasib baik la I changed my plan not to stay longer.Tempat jin bertendang although we loved the 13th century park yang byk castles tu.But that is about all.Holland lagi happening.But had I stayed longer, I would have gone to Hallstatt and lepak lama2 kat situ.Next time lah in sha Allah.

https://youtu.be/vjENnBWOSfc